University of Pittsburgh

Music & Cultural History Track

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Music BA Curriculum   42 credits

Music & Cultural History Track

Dr. Deane Root, Advisor – dlr@pitt.edu

 

The Music and Cultural History concentration at the University of Pittsburgh provides students with a background in the history, culture, and practice of music in the Western imagination.  From Mozart’s Symphony No. 21 to K-pop band 2NE1, this concentration emphasizes diversity and depth of experience in historical developments and styles, giving students a wide-ranging liberal arts education grounded in Western history, critical thinking, and music literacy.  Students will be challenged to develop rigorous writing and aural skills that prepare them to be become critics and curators of music in Western culture. 

 

The Music and Cultural History concentration requires students to take core courses in history and theory, with optional performance requirements.  Students then individually craft their major by choosing upper-level seminars that emphasize music’s history or build complementary skills in composition, jazz, ethnomusicology, or popular music.  Graduates of this program are expected to be prepared at a high level for careers and further education as engaged intellectuals, practitioners, and stewards in the field of music.

 

Prerequisite course:  

MUS 0100       Fundamentals of Western Music (3 cr.)

 

Required Core Courses for all Music Major tracks - 21 credits

 

MUS 0411 Theory 1 (3 cr.)

MUS 0412, 0416 Musicianship 1&2 (2 cr.)

MUS 0222 Music History 1 (3 cr.)

MUS 1310 Intro to Global/Popular Music (3 cr.)

MUS 0711 History of Jazz, or (3 cr.)

MUS 1326 African American Music in the US

MUS 1904 Senior Seminar * (3 cr.)

MUS 1903 Senior Project (1 cr.)

** Performance: 3 semesters (3 cr.) 

(must include at least one world music ensemble)

 

Music & Cultural History Track additions = 21 credits

 

MUS 0415 Theory 2 (3 cr.)

MUS 0224 Music History 2 (3 cr.)

2 seminars from the 1200 series*** (6 cr.)

2 seminars 1200, 1300, or 1400*** (6 cr.)

3 performance credits . . . ** (3 cr.)

 

Prerequisite course:  Music 0100 must be passed with at least a “B-” grade before a student is accepted as a Music Major. 

 

* The Senior Project may consist of a recital, a paper, an oral presentation, or other culminating project suitable to the interests and abilities of the student.  Ambitious Senior Projects could be taken as a “Special Topics-Directed Research” for 1 credit. 

 

* Senior Project: Each student plans a Senior Project under the guidance of a faculty member, and signs a written agreement signed by the faculty members and submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies that maps out the project from beginning to completion.  The project might grow out of or result from the Senior Seminar.

 

The Senior Project should showcase the student’s strengths and interests, whether it is:

1) performing a solo recital;

2) performing in a chamber ensemble recital;

3) having an original composition performed;

4) presenting a research paper, in either written or oral form; or

5) other type of project.

 

The faculty member may be regular full-time faculty, or a part-time instructor of performance or ensembles employed by the University to teach in the Music Department.  The faculty member will guide and monitor the quality of the Senior Project.

 

The more ambitious student who wishes to prepare and present a solo recital for 1 credit (registered as “Special Topics-Directed Research”) would write a biographical sketch of each composer represented on the recital program, write program notes, find and pay an accompanist, reserve a recital venue, and publicize the event (i.e. do sufficient work to justify the credit).

 

** Includes private lessons and/or ensemble participation.  Must include at least one world music ensemble: MUS 0549 Tabla, MUS 0615 Carpathian, MUS 0660 African Drumming, MUS 0690 Gamelan

 

*** MUS 1222 Medieval & Early Renaissance, MUS 1224 Later Renaissance & Baroque, MUS 1226 Classical & Early Romantic, MUS 1228 Late Romantic & Early 20th Century, MUS 1230 Music since 1945, MUS 1242 Major Composer, MUS 1252 History of Performance Styles, MUS 1332 Music in Latin America, MUS 1340 Music in Africa, MUS 1352 Music in East Asia, MUS 1421 Composition 1, MUS 1422 Composition 2, MUS 1431 Instrumentation & Orchestration, MUS 1441 Electronic & Computer Music 1, MUS 1442 Electronic & Computer Music 2

 

NOTE: Majors may accumulate up to 60 credits in music courses that count towards graduation.  Additional electives may be selected depending on the interests of the student from these: MUS 1222 Medieval & Early Renaissance, MUS 1224, Later Renaissance & Baroque, MUS 1226 Classical & Early Romantic, MUS 1228 Late Romantic & Early 20th Century, MUS 1230 Music since 1945, MUS 1242 Major Composer, MUS 1252 History of Performance Styles, MUS 1332 Music in Latin America, MUS 1340 Music in Africa, MUS 1352 Music in East Asia, MUS 1421 Composition 1, MUS 1422 Composition 2, MUS 1431 Instrumentation & Orchestration, MUS 1441 Electronic & Computer Music 1, MUS 1442 Electronic & Computer Music 2

 

Departmental Honors: To graduate with "Departmental Honors," a student must earn a minimum 3.25 QPA overall, a minimum 3.50 QPA in the music courses with no grade lower than a B-, take the Department's Honors course (Senior Seminar MUSIC 1904 or other designated course) and complete a Senior Project for at least one credit.

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