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School of Music, Theatre & Dance

It is possible for LSA students to elect a major in Music or a minor in African-American Theatre, Performing Arts Management, or Music, and these programs are described on the LSA website. In addition, Theatre courses and Music courses are frequently elected by LSA students not majoring or minoring in either Music or Theatre.

All courses in Music History/Musicology, Composition, and Music Theory are electable for LSA credit; some but not all Theatre and Drama courses are available for LSA credit. Some of these courses can be used in an area distribution plan. LSA students may elect music PERFORMANCE courses for degree credit, but this credit counts toward the maximum twenty non-LSA credit hours that can be applied toward an LSA degree.

Creative Expression Distribution Credit.

The following University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as LSA courses):

Music Composition (COMP)
221. Introduction to Elementary Composition.
222. Composition.

Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS)
101. Introduction to Acting 1.
102. Introduction to Acting 2.
110. Introduction to Acting for the Camera.
181. Acting I
227 / ENGLISH 227. Introductory Playwriting.
240. Introduction to Design.
242. Directing II.
245. Introduction to Stage Management.

The following University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as Non-LSA):

Performance — Piano (PIANO)
110. Performance. (non-LSA).
111. Performance. (non-LSA).

Dance (DANCE)
100. Introduction to Dance. (non-LSA).
261. Congolese Dance. (non-LSA).
262. Congolese Dance. (non-LSA).

Ensemble (ENS): All Courses 100-399. (non-LSA). .

Courses (100-399) in Music Performance SUBJECTS, (viz., other than Piano Performance, may also be used for Creative Expression, but enrollment is restricted to students of advanced ability).

Course Listings

Courses in Theatre, Music History/Musicology, Composition, Music Theory, and Performing Arts Technology are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Music Composition (COMP)

Composition is the creation of musical works. In Western culture, it often involves the notating of music on paper, but can be extended to improvisatory musics such as jazz.

COMP 221, 222, 421, and 422 offer LSA students the opportunity to work with School of Music composers in a classroom setting. You will have the opportunity to compose your own musical works in a broad array of styles. No previous experience is necessary for COMP 221.

Courses in Music Composition are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. All Music Composition courses count as LSA credit.

COMP 139. Intro Basic Craft
FR.COMP.MAJ. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 140. Intro Basic Craft
COMP 139. (2 - 3). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 221. Intro Elem Comp
NON-MUS ONLY. (3; 2 in the half-term). (CE). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 222. Composition
COMP 221. (3; 2 in the half-term). (CE). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 233. Special Topics in Composition
(2 - 3). May be repeated for credit.

Periodic offerings on topics of special interest in Composition.

COMP 239. Contd Basic Craft
Consent of instructor required. SO.COMP.MAJ. (2 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 240. Contd Basic Craft
Consent of instructor required. COMP 239. (2 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 339. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. JR.COMP.MAJ. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 340. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. COMP 339. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 415. Intro Electron Mus
(2). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 416. Sem Electron Mus
COMP 415. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 421. Creative Comp
MUS&NON-MUS. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 422. Creative Comp
COMP 421. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 423. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. Comp. 421 and 422. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 424. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. COMP 423. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 425. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. Composition 424. Individual instruction. Open to music students and students outside the School of Music. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 426. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. COMP 425. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 433. Special Topics in Composition
(2 - 3). May be repeated for credit. Non-Rackham Graduate credit.

Periodic Offerings on topics of special interest in Composition.

COMP 439. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. SR.COMP.MAJ. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 440. Adv Composition
Consent of instructor required. COMP 439. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 450. Undergrad Seminar
Elect concurrently with THEORY 239, 240, 339, 340, 439, 440, 423, 424, 425, 426. (1). May be repeated for credit. Non-Rackham Graduate credit.

COMP 504. Words & Music
Permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 515. Intro Electron Mus
(2). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 516. Sem Electron Mus
COMP 515 (or 415). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 526. Adv Stdy Elec Mus
COMP 516 (or 416). Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2 - 4). May be repeated for credit.

COMP 601. Independent Study
Consent of instructor required. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Jazz & Improvisational Studies (JAZZ)
JAZZ 466. Jazz Improvistn I
Consent of instructor required. Music major or permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit.

JAZZ 467. Jazz Improvistn II
Consent of instructor required. (3). May be repeated for credit.

Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Musicology is another term for music history and involves research into music as a cultural phenomenon. At its most basic it is the story of the music across time, but its value is also as a wellspring of ideas that enrich the experience of music. These ideas can become the raw material of further creative work by composers and musicians.

A number of music history and theory courses are available to begin exploring the world of music from a research perspective. MUSICOL 121 and THEORY 137 are places to start. MUSICOL 122 offers an introduction to World Music; MUSICOL 123 focuses on popular music.

Courses in Music History/Musicology are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. All Music History/Musicology courses count as LSA credit.

MUSICOL 121. Introduction to the Art of Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. No prior musical experience is required. W.

Introduces western music for the listener in overview from the baroque era to the present.

MUSICOL 122. Intro World Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Introduces the musical cultures of a few selected areas of the world (such as the Caribbeans, West Africa, India, China, and Japan).

MUSICOL 123. Introduction to Popular Music
(4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. F.

This course offers a broad survey of 20th-century popular music, exploring a diverse set of genres and musical artists from the Tin Pan Alley era to the present. The course places the musical conventions, key performers, and aesthetic shifts that mark the history of popular music in social, cultural, technological, and musical context. Designed to develop listening and analytical skills, the course aims to help students to understand, describe, interpret, and write about popular music.

MUSICOL 130. Opera!
(3). (HU). May be repeated for credit.

This is an introductory-level course in music and theatre, open to everyone; opera fans as well as those for whom opera is a completely new experience. Although our primary focus is the music of opera, the course does not require musical literacy or the ability to read music. Students are taught to look at a vocal score of opera without fear, but not training in music theory is presumed.

MUSICOL 139. Intro to Mus
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 140. History of Music
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 239. History of Music
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 240. History of Music
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 305. Special Course
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 306. Special Course
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 343. Music and Islam
(3). (ID). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on the unity and diversity of musical customs from the Muslim cultures of the Middle East, Central Asia, north India and Indonesia. We will investigate musical systems in terms of instruments, repertoire, modal and rhythmic structures and the effect of religious constraints, cultural policy and social history on musical life.

MUSICOL 345. History of Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 346. History of Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 405. Special Course
UG.ONLY. (1 - 3; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 505.

MUSICOL 406. Special Course
(2 - 4; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 506.

MUSICOL 407. Special Course
UG ONLY. (1 - 3; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 507.

MUSICOL 408. Special Course
UG.ONLY. (1 - 3; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 409 / AMCULT 409. American Roots Music from Sacred Harp to Contemporary Blues
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course combines Humanities and Creative Expression as students explore American roots music, build and perform on their own instruments, and do fieldwork in Chicago and the South. Topics and genres include Sacred Harp, Blues, Folk, Cajun, Country, Southern culture, race and ethnicity, gender, cultural geography, urban-rural dynamics, etc.

MUSICOL 411. Hist of Symphony
UG.ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 413. Topics in the Early History of Opera
UG.ONLY. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, is devoted to the study of opera in its first two centuries, from its beginnings to nearly the end of the 18th century. Opera will be studied critically as music, theater, spectacle, performance medium, and cultural expression. Special aspects of the course include a consideration of operatic eroticism, a look at opera's arrival in the Americas, and a focus on the staging practices of early operas.

MUSICOL 414. 19-20th Cent Opera
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 417. History of Jazz
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 420. Topics in Baroque Music
UG.ONLY. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 520.

This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, is devoted to the study of European (and some colonial Latin American) music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Music is to be studied critically, as music and as culture. Assignments will be primarily listening assignments, supplemented by score study, readings from materials on reserve, and some in-class performances.

MUSICOL 421. Mus Classic Era
UG.ONLY. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 422. 19th C Music
UG.ONLY. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 423. 20th C Music
240/EQ. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 424. The Art Song
UG.ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 436. Mus Explor Iss Gend
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 450. Music in U S
UG.ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 456 / AMCULT 436. Music of Asian Americans
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 458. Mus in Culture
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 558.

MUSICOL 464 / AAS 464. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
AAS 202. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 564.

MUSICOL 466. Music of Asia I
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 467. Music of Asia II
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 477. Medieval Music
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 478. Renaissance Music
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 481. Special Projects
Consent of instructor required. UG W P.I. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 509. Teaching an Introduction to Music
(3). May not be repeated for credit. MUSICOL 509 does not fulfill the doctoral course requirement in lieu of the Musicology Prelim Examination.

Musical Theatre (MUSTHTRE)
MUSTHTRE 133. Intro Mus Thtre I
FRSH M T MAJ. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSTHTRE 134. Intro Mus Thtre I I
FRSH M T MAJ. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSTHTRE 441. Hist Musical Theatr
SEE BULLETIN. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSTHTRE 442. Hist Musical Theatr
Consent of instructor required. SEE BULLETIN. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Performing Arts Technology (PAT)

Performing Arts Technology is an interdisciplinary subject bringing computers and other technologies to the service of musical expression. PAT 201 is the gateway course into the PAT offerings. PAT 201 is an Introduction to Computer Music in which students learn to compose using computer sound technology, such as MIDI. No previous experience is necessary. Even if you can't play an instrument, you can use sequencing and other computer music applications to assemble music like a visual collage.

Courses in Performing Arts Technology are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The courses listed below count as LSA courses for LSA degree credit. All other courses in Performing Arts Technology are counted as non-LSA courses.

PAT 201. Introduction to Computer Music
Consent of instructor required. PER.INSTR. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Music Theory (THEORY)
Music Theory covers the nuts and bolts of music composition--materials (scales, chords, etc.) and analytical strategies (themes, form, etc.). This is essential knowledge for composers, performers, and listeners and offers a fascinating view inside the musical work.

A number of music history and theory courses are available to begin exploring the world of music from a research perspective. MUSICOL 121 and THEORY 137 are places to start. MUSICOL 122 offers an introduction to World Music; MUSICOL 123 focuses on popular music.

Courses in Music Theory are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. All Music Theory courses count as LSA credit.

THEORY 135. Intro Music Theory Music Theory Major
THTR MAJORS. (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 137. Introduction to the Theory of Music
No previous formal training in music theory only basic understanding of musical notation. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 139. Bmus Aural Sk I
129/SURV TEST. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 140. Bmus Aural Sk I I
THEORY 139. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 149. Bmus Wrtg Sk I
(2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 150. Bmus Wrtg Sk I I
THEORY 149. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 211. Basic Th at Keybd
THRY 140,150. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 212. Basic Th at Keybd
THEORY 211. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 236. Intro Music Analysis Music Theatre Major
THEORY 135. (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 238. Introduction Music Analysis
THEORY 137. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 239. Bmus Aural Sk I I I
THEORY 140. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 240. Bmus Aural Sk I V
THEORY 239. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 249. Bmus Wrtg Sk I I I
THEORY 140; 150. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 250. Bmus Wrtg Sk I V
THEORY 249. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 334. Soph Thry-Writn Skl
THRY 332&333. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 405. Special Courses
(3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 407. Directed Indiv Stdy
Consent of instructor required. Permission of department chairman. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 408. Senior Project
Consent of instructor required. SR.MAJ THRY. (2). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 430. Advanced Anl Tonal Music
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 433. Analysis of 20th-Century Modernist Music
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 or JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 435. Pop-Rock Music Theory
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 239 or JAZZ 221 may substitute for Theory 250. (3). May be repeated for credit. Non-Rackham Graduate credit.

THEORY 436. Analytical History of Jazz
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 of JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 442. 18th C Counterpoint
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 240; 250 or 259. (3). May not be repeated for credit. F.

THEORY 443. 18th C Counterpoint
THEORY 442. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 454. Orchestration I
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 or JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 455. Orchestration II
THEORY 454. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 460. Special Courses
THEORY 240 and 250. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 531. Schenkerian Theory and Analysis I
Consent of instructor required. Music Theory 430 or 461; permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 532. Schenkerian Theory and Analysis II
THEORY 531 with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 534. Twentieth Century Music: Theory and Analysis I
Consent of instructor required. THEORY 433 or 533; or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 535. Pop-Rock Music Theory
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 or JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May be repeated for credit.

This course explores tonal form and analysis in American and British pop-rock and roots music of 1947-present, from performance, compositional, and critical perspectives. Music includes Tori Amos, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Gloria Gaynor & other disco artists, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Radiohead, the Smiths, Hank Williams, Stevie Wonder & other Motown artists, and many more. Assignments include reading, listening, musical transcription, aural and written analysis, class presentations, and critical writing.

THEORY 537. Proseminar in the Analysis of Music
THEORY 430. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 430 or 461; or permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 552. Project in Tonal Composition
Consent of instructor required. Theory majors only; permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 560. Special Studies
THEORY 240 and 250. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2 - 3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 570. Directed Individual Study
Consent of instructor required. Must secure permission from chairman, Dept of Music Theory, during term prior to that of enrollment. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 590. Teaching Tonal Theory
Consent of instructor required. THEORY 430 or 461; with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 805. Seminar in Theory
Permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 807. Research Project
Consent of instructor required. Permission of department chairman. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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