CNSV 101 Studio Instruction

4 credits


CNSV 105  Secondary Piano

2 credits


CNSV 108 Aural Skills I

2 credits


CNSV 109  Aural Skills II

2 credits


CNSV 111  Chamber Music

0 credits


CNSV 113  Orchestral Training & Repertoire

0 credits


CNSV 116  Conservatory Seminar II

4 credits


CNSV 121  Wind Class

2 credits


CNSV 211  Alexander Technique for Musicians

1 credit


CNSV 310  Keyboard Skills

2 credits


CNSV 220  Music, Language & Mind

4 credits A survey of recent work in musical cognition focussing on the connections between language and music.  Aniruddh Patel's recent  "Language, Music and the Brain” will serve as the main text augmented with additional readings by  Lerdahl, Baker, Jackendoff,  Meyer, Hayes and others. Among the broad questions we will attempt to address are the following.  Does the shared terminology we employ to refer to the basic elements of music and language-e.g. accent, rhythm, phrase, stress, etc.-  point  to underlying similarities in the two mental systems or does it  obscure fundamental differences? What aspects of music are elucidated by the cognitive approach which forms the foundation of contemporary linguistics and what important characteristics of musical experience are, in principle, unanswerable by viewing music as a Chomskyan "natural object"?  Does the evidence offered by contemporary neuropsychological research indicate that linguistic and musical syntax make use of similar or distinct neural circuitry?  What kinds of empirical results would a definitive answer to this question require?  What evidence is there for a musi-language in our evolutionary history which would later bifurcate into language and music as distinct expressive and cognitive systems? What are the connections between poetic meter as a formal pattern (as defined in traditional prosody), rhythmicized speech (as in rap, chant and nursery rhymes), settings of metrical poetry by composers and song form?  Some fluency with musical notation will be helpful but is not required.


New course:


CNSV 280  Mann and Schoenberg:  Music in Fiction and Reality  

Eugene Drucker

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1:30 pm -3:50 pm

OLIN 303


Cross-listed: Literature   (1 credit)   Students will be expected to read Thomas Mann's Dr. Faustus, with some additional background reading in music theory (especially twelve-tone theory).  The class meetings will consist largely of discussion.  A 10 to 15 page paper will be required, with a draft due after the second class meeting and the final version due at the final class meeting.  The grade will be based on that paper and class participation.  No pre-requisites. This mini-course will meet three times, as follows:  Wednesday, February 4, 1 – 4 p.m.;   Wednesday, February 18, 1 - 4 p.m.;  Wednesday, February 25, 1 - 4 p.m.



CNSV  IND A  Independent Study: Chamber Music

2 credits


CNSV  IND B  Independent Study: Orchestral Studies

2 credits