CNSV 101 Studio Instruction

4 credits







CNSV 105 Secondary Piano

2 credits





Students should contact Frank Corliss


CNSV 108 Aural Skills I

2 credits





Basic skills in sight-singing, harmonic, melodic and rhythmic dictation, clef reading, keyboard harmony, harmonic analysis and other requirements of functional musical literacy. Instructor: John Halle


CNSV 108 Aural Skills II

2 credits







CNSV 111 Chamber Music

0 credits







CNSV 113 Orchestral Training and Repertoire

0 credits





The purpose of this course is to introduce Conservatory students to the art of orchestral playing.  Weekly sessions will include preparation for concerts, orchestral exercises, and readings of important orchestral repertoire including concerto accompaniments for fellow students.   Required for all Conservatory performance majors (pianists as needed). Instructors:  Leon Botstein and Erica Kiesewetter


CNSV 116 Conservatory Seminar II

4 credits


10:10-11:30 am



A continuation of Conservatory Seminar I focused on broader principles relating to musical form and expressive content of the Conservatory Orchestra concert repertoire. Regular class readings and guest lectures from featured composers provide background for an in depth discussion of these works and their performance contexts. Seminar concludes with final presentations of works drawn from students’ solo or chamber music repertoire. Instructors: John Halle.- Christopher Gibbs


CNSV 121 Wind Class

2 credits







CNSV 204 Performance Practice Workshop

2 credits







CNSV 210 Klezmer Ensemble  

2 credits







CNSV 211 Alexander Technique for Musicians

1 credit





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. Instructor: Alex Farkas


CNSV 215A Conservatory Seminar III: Composing in Styles

4 credits







CNSV 215B Conservatory Seminar III:
Species Counterpoint

4 credits







CNSV 215B Conservatory Seminar IV:

4 credits







CNSV 299  The Syntax of Natural Language

4 credits

M . W . .

3:10 – 4:30 pm



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.
Open to all students. Instructor: John Halle


CNSV 310 Keyboard Skills

2 credits





Instructor: Frank Corliss


CNSV 316 Seminar: Topics in Music Cognition

4 credits

. . .Th.

2:00-4:30 pm



This seminar will be focused around the discussion of chapters from Dmitri Tymoczko's recently published Geometry of Music and Fred Lerdahl's Tonal Pitch Space along with (if possible) guest lectures by both of these scholars. Additional topics and readings will be engaged based on the interests and abilities of students in the class. This class requires a reasonable degree of preparation, i.e. previous classes in formal music theory and/or formal systems, and/or a strong motivation and willingness to work independently.


CNSV IND A  Independent Study:
Chamber Music

2 credits







CNSV IND B  Independent Study:
Orchestral Studies

2 credits