Course numbers consist of two groups of digits --- a prefix designating the school and department in which the course is offered; and a five-digit number that identifies the specific course. The first of the latter five digits is the "level" of a course. Graduate students may take courses at level 4 (with permission of graduate chair and dean), level 5, level 6, and level 7. At least 50% of the degree coursework must be at level 6 or above. A maximum of five workshop credits may be used toward graduation.
Only graduate workshops may be taken for credit on a pass/fail basis.
Each credit of private instruction involves one-half hour of instruction per week. Students may enroll for only 1 or 2 credits of performance study per semester, unless special approval is given by both the major teacher and the graduate chair. There is a one-credit performance study fee for study during the fall and spring semesters, and an additional fee for each credit of performance study taken during the summer session.
Elective recitals and lecture-recitals are taken for 1 credit; recitals in conducting and in woodwinds, strings, or brasses are taken for 3 credits; all other required recitals are taken for 2 credits.
Music History, Literature, and Philosophy
551-45100 Instrumental Chamber Music Literature
A historical survey of instrumental chamber music from the Renaissance to the present day. 3 credits.
551-45200 History and Literature of the Art Song
A broad historical survey of the secular art-song from the Middle Ages to the present with greatest emphasis on the German, French, Italian, and English song repertory of the 18th and 19th centuries. 3 credits.
551-45300 Performance Studies in Early Music
The study and performance of early music for singers and instrumentalists. Projects will require transcribing music from primary and secondary sources, studying performance techniques on available historical instruments, and rehearsing and performing the transcribed music. Historical authenticity versus modern practicality will be discussed. May be repeated for credit. Class meetings: Two hours per week. 2 credits.
551-45700 History and Literature of Opera
History and development of opera from the Florentine Camerata to the present. Special projects in transcription from unpublished sources and presentation of performing editions are available to interested students. 3 credits.
551-45800 The Symphony
The study of orchestral music, tracing its development from the baroque era to the 20th century. Representative examples of the concerto and symphonic poem are included. 3 credits.
551-49500 Survey of Piano Literature I
The study of piano literature from the high baroque through the middle romantic periods. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. One hour of lecture and one-half hour of lab meeting weekly. 1 credit.
551-49600 Survey of Piano Literature II
The study of piano literature from the middle romantic period through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. One hour of lecture and one-half hour of lab meeting weekly. 1 credit.
551-49700 Survey of Violin and Viola Literature
The study of violin and viola literature from the 17th century through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Weekly aural assignments, individual projects, and periodic examinations are required. 2 credits.
551-53900 Wind Literature and Performance Practice
The study of wind literature from its beginnings in the music of Gabrieli through the classical wind serenades of Mozart to the composers of today. The course will include music written for wind chamber groups as well as music for wind ensemble and the traditional concert band. 2 credits.
551-54000 Choral Literature and Performance Practice
A survey of choral literature and performance practices from the Renaissance to the present. 2 credits.
551-54100 Music in the Baroque Period
Survey of musical monuments from the 17th and 18th centuries with particular emphasis on the music of Monteverdi, Schütz, Lully, Purcell, Bach, and Handel. Special attention to questions of baroque aesthetics. 2 credits.
551-54200 Music in the Classical Period
Comprehensive study of major vocal and instrumental compositions by Haydn, Mozart, and their contemporaries, supplemented with analysis and performance of selected works. 2 credits.
551-54300 Music in the Romantic Period
History of musical style from Beethoven to Wagner, supplemented with class performances and intensive study of scores and primary sources. 2 credits.
551-54500 Studies in Contemporary Music
Analysis of trends and stylistic concepts of music in the 20th century. Musical illustrations and discussion of the works of leading American and European composers. 2 credits.
551-65200 Bibliography and Research in Music
Survey of the basic bibliographical materials and references in the various fields of music. Methods of research are considered, as well as the establishment and efficient use of bibliographical data. Attention to special bibliographical problems, practical research, and the writing of the research paper. This course should be taken in the first semester of degree study. 3 credits.
551-65400/65500 Independent Research
Research projects in the areas of music history, literature, theory, or pedagogy under the advisement of a faculty member from the appropriate field. May be taken for 1 credit by students who are preparing for a lecture recital to be given during the following semester. The project normally culminates in a paper or formal report. Prerequisites: 551-65200 and permission of the graduate adviser and the faculty member involved. 1-3 credits.
Music Theory and Composition
551-43100 Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint
Study of polyphonic techniques based on the stylistic principles of the 16th-century sacred literature. Composition of canons, motets, and movements from the mass. 2 credits.
551-43200 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint
Study of polyphonic techniques based on the stylistic principles of the 18th-century keyboard literature. Invention (two and three voice), choral prelude, canon, and fugue are studied. Analysis and written projects. 2 credits.
551-43500 Choral Arranging
Functional and theoretical writing for elementary and junior high school choruses, special choirs, and mixed choral groups. Analysis and study of choral part writing encompassing unison, simple two-, three-, and four-part, and multi-voice units. 2 credits.
Study of orchestral and band instruments in terms of range, transposition, and individual characteristics. Scoring of works for both standardized and less common ensembles of various sizes. Performance of works in class whenever possible. 2 credits.
551-43900 Band Arranging
Transposition, ranges, and a study of sounds of various combinations of wind and percussion instruments. Scoring of works from piano and original compositions. Performance of works in class. 2 credits.
551-44300 Pedagogy of Music Theory
A survey of the pedagogic aspects of teaching music theory and solfeggio on the high school and college levels, with a focus on current techniques of approach, presentation, and implementation of suitable materials including programmed courses of study for theory and aural perception. 3 credits.
551-46400 Introduction to Composition I
Development of techniques of monodic writing with emphasis on styles from the 16th through 20th centuries. Detailed study of pitch and rhythmic procedures. Continuation with two-part writing culminating in pieces in small forms. 2 credits.
551-46500 Introduction to Composition II
Continuation of 551-46400 with expansion into large forms --- binary, ternary, rondo, and free forms. 2 credits.
551-57300 Stylistic Analysis I (Medieval and Renaissance)
Study of musical style and the development of important compositional techniques of music from Gregorian chant to the 16th century. 2 credits.
551-57400 Stylistic Analysis II (Classical and Romantic)
Detailed analysis of stylistic characteristics and important compositional techniques of composers from the classical and romantic eras, including works of Scarlatti, Sammartini, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Wolf, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner, and others. A variety of analytical approaches is employed, based on their suitability to particular works. 2 credits.
551-57500 Stylistic Analysis III (Contemporary)
Study of musical style and important compositional techniques of the 20th century, as reflected in the music of Bartók, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Powell, Persichetti, Copland, Carter, Schuller, and Ives. 2 credits.
551-57600 Graduate Theory Review
Review of the harmonic material of tonal music with attention to the analytical and writing skills of chromatic harmony, modulation, and tonal regions and the structural analysis of binary and ternary form. Does not count toward degree minimum requirements. 2 credits.
551-65600 Independent Research in Twentieth-Century Analysis
An independent research project required of composition majors. The student analyzes selected compositions from the 20th-century repertoire and writes a major paper comparing and contrasting the compositional techniques utilized. The project is directed by a member of the composition faculty, selected in consultation with the graduate chair. Prerequisites: 551-65200, 551-66400. 2 credits.
551-65700/65800 Seminar in Music Theory
Research, presentation, and discussion of papers by faculty and students in specific areas of theoretical study. 1 credit.
Independent research on a substantial topic that culminates in the thesis under the direction of a specific faculty member. The thesis must be in the area of analysis, pedagogy, or history and a logical outgrowth of the student's graduate coursework. The topic and proposal outline must be approved by the department. The thesis in music composition is described in the section on the major in composition, p. 28. 3 credits.
Stimulation of the inventive capacity and realization of the musical concept in tones (and the symbols representing them). The student practices self-expression in a variety of the smaller and in some of the larger forms, and so becomes familiar with the skills required for composition. Knowledge of theory, harmony, and musical form is a prerequisite. Open only by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.
551-66400 Analytical Techniques
Introduction to the analysis of music using such approaches as set theory and information theory and the individual systems of Schenker, Hindemith, Reti, Babbitt, Forte, and Meyer. 3 credits.
552-40100 Advanced Choral Conducting
Study of conducting choral music with a variety of styles and interpretive techniques. Students have the opportunity to conduct several visiting high school or college choirs during class sessions. 2 credits.
552-40200 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Studies and practices aimed toward the improved clarity of basic stick technique through the use of unequal motions (rhythmic and melody). Practical exploration of rehearsal techniques with an emphasis on clarity and efficiency in solving problems of balance, ensemble, intonation, and phrasing. 2 credits.
552-55600 Foundations of Dalcroze Education
A comprehensive study of the history, philosophy, and pedagogical principles of the Méthode Jaques-Dalcroze as applied to the study of music at all levels. The course includes two eurhythmics lessons and one lecture per week. 2 credits.
552-57100 Suzuki Seminar I
An in-depth study of the philosophy, psychology, and pedagogy of the Suzuki method. An in-depth study of the Suzuki repertoire contained in the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Foundation Units, and Units I and II with emphasis on both the pedagogical understanding and the performance skills of the pieces. A special study is made of techniques needed to teach preschool children. 3 credits.
552-57200 Suzuki Seminar II
Continuation of Seminar I with emphasis on the repertoire and pedagogy continued in the SAA Units III and IV. An analysis of how Shinichi Suzuki's approach to the technique fits into the broader historical development of instrument technique. 3 credits.
552-65400 Portfolio and Presentation I
An independent planning, analysis, and reflective project directed by a member of the graduate music education faculty. Study includes the development of a process-product portfolio and a detailed investigation of personal pedagogical beliefs and practices based on the student's graduate music education coursework and teaching experience. Prerequisites: For matriculated music education graduate students, to be taken concurrently with 552-68000 Psychology of Music Teaching. 1 credit. NLA.
552-65500 Portfolio and Presentation II.
A continuation of the project started in 552-65400. Further development of a process-product portfolio and a detailed investigation of personal pedagogical beliefs and practices based on the student's graduate music education coursework and teaching experience leading to a final presentation. Prerequisites: For matriculated music education graduate students, to be taken concurrently with 552-68200 Seminar in Music Education. 1 credit.
552-67300 Suzuki Practicum I
A practical application of the techniques learned in Suzuki Seminars I and II in a "live" private school situation. 2 credits.
552-67400 Suzuki Practicum II
A practical application of the techniques learned in Suzuki Seminars I and II in a "live" private school situation. Continuation of the practical experiences of Practicum I. Completion of Suzuki Practicum II fulfills the requirements of SAA Unit IX. 2 credits.
552-68000 Psychology of Music Teaching
An investigation and discussion of current theories of learning as they relate specifically to the teaching of music. This course includes the study of specific teaching strategies, research techniques, tests and measurements, and the nature of musical response. 3 credits.
552-68200 Seminar in Music Education
Research, presentation, and discussion of papers on topics of concern to music education. Topics include special music teaching techniques and philosophy, curricular developments, current research, and educational policy. Prerequisites: 552-68000 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
552-68300 Practicum in Teaching
A professional experience relating to the music teaching/learning process. Under the supervision of a music education faculty member, the student chooses one or more specific pedagogical topics. A synthesis of the topics is demonstrated during actual teaching situations, during discussions at personal conferences, and in a final written summary report. 2 credits.
552-68600 Choral Rehearsal and Vocal Techniques
Study, through lectures, class discussions, and student conducting, of basic principles and procedures in developing the choral ensemble and choral literature for various ensemble levels. Considerable attention is devoted to the care and teaching of the adolescent voice, both in the solo and the ensemble situation. 2 credits.
552-68700 Literature and Rehearsal Techniques for the Public School Wind Band
An investigation of principles and procedures for developing the public school wind band. 2 credits.
552-69000 Comprehensive Curriculum: General/Choral Music, K-8
For the instrumental and vocal music educator seeking a comprehensive understanding of pedagogical techniques and materials appropriate for general music and choral programs in a K-8 music curriculum. 3 credits.
552-69100 Music Education for the Special Learner
Materials, techniques, and curriculum for teaching music to the special learner in school music programs. 3 credits.
552-69200 Administration and Supervision of Music Education
Detailed consideration of the functions of supervisors and directors of music education in administering music programs in elementary and secondary schools. 3 credits.
552-69300 Music, Humanities, and Related Arts
An exploration of relationships between music and other arts. Consideration of works of art in terms of social, political, religious, economic, and philosophical implications. Teaching the arts as a humanistic discipline. 3 credits.
552-69800/69900 Curriculum Developments and the Contemporary Music Educator
Intensive course concentrating on recent trends in music education. One concept or development is studied in depth each semester in order to acquaint students fully with the practical, theoretical, and research techniques needed in effectively adapting new concepts of music teaching. 3 credits.
Additional Music Courses
554-41000 Feldenkrais for Musicians
This course is based on the "awareness through movement" lessons developed by Moshe Feldenkrais. Through gentle movement sequences, musicians can learn to improve coordination, posture, and balance which can lead to more artistic performance. 1 credit.
554-44500 Musical Theater Workshop
A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the selection, development, and presentation of scenes from musicals. Admission by audition presented to the faculty at the first meeting of each semester or by permission of instructors. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 8 credits. 2 credits.
554-44700 Opera Workshop
A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical theater performance skills through the selection, development, and presentation of scenes from the standard and contemporary operatic repertoire. Admission by audition presented to the faculty at the first meeting of each semester or by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 8 credits. 2 credits.
554-44900 Marching Band Techniques
A study of techniques employed by high school and college marching bands, including arranging fundamentals and charting procedures. Each student is required to chart an entire field band show. Extensive use is made of film and videotape. 2 credits.
554-47000 Introduction to Brass Repair
An introduction to the care, maintenance, and repair of the trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba. 1 credit.
554-47100 Introduction to Woodwind Repair
An introduction to tools and tool making, care of woodwinds, emergency repairs, basic clarinet repair skills, and work with flute and saxophone. This course is less detailed than 554-47200 Woodwind Repair. 1 credit.
554-47200 Woodwind Repair
A skill development course designed to help the musician care for and service woodwind instruments. Primary emphasis is on clarinet, followed by significant coverage of flute and saxophone, with brief units on oboe and bassoon. Individual projects are encouraged as competence progresses. 2 credits.
554-49300 Piano Pedagogy
In-depth study by keyboard majors of methods and materials pertaining to the study of piano as both a major and minor instrument. Special consideration is given to the area of beginning piano study. Various aspects of both the group and individual lesson are considered. 2 credits.
554-49400 Piano Technology
Study of the art and science of piano tuning, repair, and action regulating, including history of the piano and its predecessors, physics of keyboard instruments, and practical work in maintenance and rebuilding of pianos. 2 credits.
554-55000 Reed Making
Laboratory course in the making of single and double reeds. 1 credit.
554-55400 Vocal Pedagogy
Aspects of teaching voice, private or group, on the secondary and college level. Writings of vocal pedagogues and voice scientists are studied. Students are expected to develop vocal exercise procedures and compile lists of adaptable teaching repertoire. Faculty members assist with lectures and discussions. Course not limited to voice majors, but vocal ability adequate to demonstrate is required. 2 credits.
Summer Suzuki Teacher Institute
The Ithaca College Suzuki Teacher Institute provides an intensive study of the Suzuki method with guest instructors. A broadened view of the method itself is presented together with an opportunity to share in discussion groups with a wide range of teachers and graduate students. The institute also provides opportunities to observe 40 to 50 international faculty members at work with students from the United States and Canada. Students normally enroll in two SAA Unit courses during the summer institute for a total of 3 credits.