Fall 2020 Courses


The full list of music courses we offer can be found on the Registrar's website. Please note that courses and times are subject to change.

Timetable of Class Meetings posted here.

Fall 2020 class schedule posted here.

MUS 21 Melody and Rhythm

MUS 31 Songwriting

  • Course Description (see below)
  • Professor: César Alvarez
  • Time: F
  • Remote, with synchronous components

The practice of animating language with music shows up in nearly every culture in the world. Throughout time, songs have been a medium for emotion, story, survival, cultural memory, spiritual practice, celebration, mourning, commerce and more.  In this course students will explore the technical, sonic, formal, poetic and metaphysical dimensions of songs through a rigorous weekly practice of songwriting, listening, sharing and critique. We will look broadly at songwriting techniques from many genres and traditions, and we will acquire powerful tools for unlocking and understanding the musicality that exists in language, and the meaning that can unfold from harmonic, melodic and sonic gestures. This course is open to students with any level of musical training or ability, but comfort with singing in front of others is recommended.

MUS 101 Topics in the Repertoire of Electro-Acoustic and Computer Music