CNSV 100

 Studio Instruction

John Halle





4 credits This course is for Conservatory performance majors studying their primary instrument and consists of 13 one-hour private lessons with members of the Bard College Conservatory faculty. This course is required for all performance majors in every semester. Class size: 35



CNSV 102

 Composition Tutorial

Joan Tower





This course is for Conservatory composition majors  and consists of 13 one-hour private lessons with members of the Bard College Conservatory composition faculty. This course is required for all performance majors in every semester. Class size: 8



CNSV 104

 Secondary Piano

Frank Corliss





Students in this course develop technical and musical skills through weekly private lessons in piano. Students are graded based on the quality of prepartion for lessons, attendance at lessons. and a final end of the semester jury.This course is open to students at all levels of pianistic skill and experience. This course is open to Conservatory students only. College students wishing to take secondary piano do so through the undergraduate music program.  Class size: 20



CNSV 110

 Chamber Music

Marka Gustavsson

  W      7:30 pm-9:30 pm




2 credits. Enrollment in this course is required of all Bard Conservatory performance undergraduates for 7 semesters.** In registering for the class, students are assigned or may form their own groups of 2-9 performers, with whom they commit to the preparation and performance of formative repertoire. Preparation requirements are at least two weekly 90 minute rehearsals, and regular coaching. Performances include the Chamber Music Marathon, noon concerts, and student recitals; the groups participate in the Chamber Music Forum on 7 Wednesday evenings (dates tbd). **Note: For those undergraduate students who enrolled before the fall of 2016, chamber music is required every semester. Students may now take the class for 2 credits, wherein it was previously for 0 credits. Students who have an exceptional need to reduce their work load may apply for a waiver for chamber music; they may be granted a waiver for up to three semesters. You'll find the waiver form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPwC9tG8aTdGCVAyRCmMu9yZrpPlXh5sMfrIM83XvZnwDl7A/viewform?c=0&w=1

For consideration, the waiver form must be submitted on registration day.  Class size: 20



CNSV 112

 Orchestral Training & Rep.

Erica Kiesewetter

 T  Th 7:00 pm-9:30 pm




0 credits  This class will focus on training and performance of orchestral literature (standard and also unusual and contemporary). Bi-annual auditions help familiarize students with this process, and sectionals are held by members of the American Symphony orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and other faculty. Four programs a year including opera, and extra performances in major US cities and abroad. Maestro Leon Botstein is the music director, and guest conductors appear for two programs a year. Class size: 20



CNSV 130

 Orchestral Repertoire

Edward Carroll

  W      4:45 pm-6:45 pm




2 credits   Works drawn from the core of the symphonic repertoire are studied and rehearsed in 2- hour sessions throughout the semester. This course addresses issues of ensemble playing, intonation and musical expression for wind, brass, percussion, and harp players in orchestra. This course also broadens the knowledge of the symphonic repertoire through actual playing experience. Woodwind/Brass class will follow from 7:30 pm   9:30 pm

Class size: 20



CNSV 211

 Alexander Technique for Musicians

Alexander Farkas

    F     9:00 am-4:30 pm

BITO 210



1 credit  The Alexander Technique provides a way of teaching us how to re-connect with our own innate energies. For musicians this means discovering a way of performing with greater muscular ease, less accumulated fatigue and a less restrictive approach to technique. This course introduces both F. M. Alexander's principles and a new set of physical experiences suited to the musician's specific needs. The aim of the class will be learning how to apply the Technique to practice and performance situations. Students will have the opportunity to work with their instruments in class. Class size: 25



CNSV 299

 the syntax of natural language

John Halle

 T  Th   1:30 pm   2:50 pm

BITO 210



Formal syntax, the mental computation connecting thought and language, has been the object of intensive empirical and theoretical inquiry within linguistics for more than half a century. In its mature form, syntax has made it possible to formulate coherent questions and suggest plausible answers with respect to traditional problems such as the origins of the language faculty, the relationship between words and concepts and the apparent miracle of language acquisition. This will be an elementary course focusing on basic concepts in syntax which form the foundation for intermediate and advanced work in the field. Topics covered include parts of speech, phrase structure rules, c-command, theta roles, X-bar theory, government, head and DP movement, case marking, wh- islands constraints, parameters, concluding with a brief introduction to current work within the minimalist program. There are no prerequisites for the class, however, a basic comfort level with abstract theoretical explanation and/or formal systems (i.e. as encountered in formal logic, programming languages, mathematics, physics, etc.) will be helpful. All students welcome.



CNSV 309

 Aural Skills IV

John Halle

  M  W   10:45 am   12:15 pm

BITO 210



This is the fourth of four levels of Aural Skills courses offered at Bard. The course aims to continue developing skills that were acquired from Aural Skills I-III. Advanced topics including aural identification of medieval modes, sight-singing of atonal melodies in various clefs, complex rhythm control, modulation, and extended harmonic progressions will be covered, in addition to general reinforcement of previously learned skills. Class size: 20



CNSV 310

 keyboard skills

Frank Corliss


BLUM 131





CNSV 330

 core sequence class III: composition for performers

Joan Tower

  T       10:00 am   11:30 am

BLUM 214






CNSV 332

 Conservatory Seminar

Peter Laki

John Halle

 M  W    1:30 pm   2:50 pm

BITO 210



The signature class of the core sequence in theory, analysis and composition, Conservatory Seminar examines pieces from the conservatory orchestra repertoire, either current or recently performed, addressing broad questions such as how these works were received by audiences, the political and social context in which they were composed and understood, the relationship between the formal structure of the work and others of a similar general type, how the form of the work conveys meaning for particular sets of listeners, and how these meanings have evolved through time.

Open to conservatory students and college students with permission of instructor. Class size: 20



CNSV 403

 Conservatory senior project

Peter Laki



BLUM 203



4 credits