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MUS 300 - Beethoven and Revolution

A study of the life, times, and music of Beethoven, with attention to the ideas of revolution, Beethoven's relationship to Napoleon, and ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. Listening examples include a broad range of repertoire, with life performances to enhance the class experience. Prerequisite(s): MUS 110 or MUS 210 or HIS 101 or HIS 306

MUS 301 - American Music

American music from the settlement of this country to the present day, emphasizing the cultural processes which have been contributing factors. Prerequisite(s): MUS 110, MUS 115, or MUS 210.

MUS 303 - In Search of Mozart

Through the eyes, ears, music and persona of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) students examine his place in the culture and aesthetics of the 18th century Classic era. Music of composers of the Bach family, Haydn and Beethoven are heard and discussed, as well as concepts of the Enlightenment and Freemasonry.

MUS 311 - Jazz History

Traces the origins and evolution of jazz from a sociological and musical context. Topics include: ragtime, New Orleans traditions, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool, free, avant garde, fusion and contemporary styles; emphasis on artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Prerequisite(s): MUS 110, MUS 115, or MUS 210.

MUS 314 - Music of the Jewish People

A survey of Jewish music from the Biblical Period to the present day. Topics include discussion of Ashkenazic and Sephardic liturgical and secular music, traditions, music from the Holocaust, and the contemporary American Jewish music scene.

MUS 315 - Jazz History Since 1945

An exploration of the movements in jazz that emerged beginning around th end of World War II to the present; including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal, and free jazz. Other topics include jazz-rock fusion and the jazz avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, the emergence of a neoclassical movement in the 1980s, and the downtown scene of the 1990s. Performers who were central to the development of post-bebop directions in   jazz are discussed including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and members of the New York Downtown Scene. Prerequisite(s): One from: MUS 110, MUS 115, MUS 210, MUS 211, MUS 230, MUS 330.