Looking for a music elective? Check out these options open to all BW students.
This course will explore what it means to be a contemporary songwriter. Through hands-on modeling and experimentation, students will apply tools and techniques to their own songwriting while simultaneously analyzing current contemporary, commercial, and art-pop trends. Weekly assignments and projects that capture the spirit of the course’s six parts will challenge students to create songs individually or as a collaborative team.
Professor Josh Ryan
MUL 132I introduces students to technically safe drumming techniques with hands and sticks and explores their application to the music of West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. Students will have the opportunity to learn traditional music and have the option of studying traditional dance as well. Each unit will be presented in its cultural context as a product of the complex legacy of chattel slavery, colonialism, and the mixing of the global cultures. Students will perform parts of traditional pieces, identify important elements of traditional Afro-centric music, and understand their manifestation in modern American life.
Professor Greg Upton
Piano for non-music majors who have had little or no piano experience. Core skills addressed include effective communication and knowledge of human behaviors, cultures and the natural world.
Professor Sue Wallin
Introduction to the basic elements of singing, including physiological aspects of the singing process, diction principles based on the International Phonetic Alphabet, and expressive techniques. Core skills addressed include effective communication and knowledge of human behaviors, cultures and the natural world.
Professor Bryan Reichert
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the guitar, but didn't know where to start? Or maybe, you play already, but don't know where to go next? Then Guitar Class is the place for you!
Guitar Class at BW provides students of all backgrounds and majors the opportunity to learn the guitar in a supportive classroom environment. We start playing from the very first class meeting and by the end of the semester, leave with a confident understanding of popular guitar playing styles and the tools to continue playing long after. Please contact Prof. Bryan Reichert, BW Conservatory of Music faculty, for more information!
Professor Bryan Reichert
Intermediate Guitar Class is a lab and lecture combined class instructed by Prof. Bryan Reichert that reviews and builds-on popular guitar playing techniques: fundamental to intermediate. Throughout the semester, we will identify guitar playing styles commonly found in your favorite popular music genres (rock, classical, jazz, blues, etc.) and learn the characteristics that define each style. You will be encouraged to bring music examples from your favorite artists to the group, which we will then play (step-by-step) and analyze as a class. Not only will we learn to play the techniques used in various guitar styles, but also discuss the history of guitar music and the incredible musicians that play it. In addition, we will identify apps, websites, and devices available to help take your playing to the next level!
Dr. Jay Hirt
An introductory course designed for the non-music major, with the goal of becoming familiar with representative masterpieces of classical music. Core skills addressed include complex thinking skills and knowledge of human behaviors, cultures and the natural world.
Professor Greg Upton
An introduction to music and its basic elements, focusing on the interaction of these elements in musical styles. Content includes a survey of historical periods with emphasis on stylistic characteristics to inform the knowledgeable listener.
Professor Gabriel Pique
A survey of jazz from its origins through Dixieland and Ragtime to the present.
Dr. Christine Dorey
Examines the evolution of American popular music in its social, political, and cultural contexts from the Civil War to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. An exploration of the century during which distinctive American musical styles, functions, sounds, and identities were established will reveal way the music develops, assimilates, and changes within its social and political contexts. In addition, the consideration of cultural contexts, geographic perspectives, and racial issues offer paths toward insight into the character, influence, and purposes of music in America.
Professor Lorelei Batislaong
This course is for anyone interested in developing their accompaniment musicianship skills (in either ukulele or guitar) to use in a classroom setting. Within this context, we will experience elemental improvisation (using recorders, barred instruments, technology) and elemental movement and discuss pedagogical strategies to teaching young students. While this course is geared towards future music teachers, BW students entering the field of education and wanting to incorporate music in their classroom, or students seeking a musical elective would find this a meaningful course. Come as you are. No previous music experience required.
Dr. Gene Willet
Prerequisite: ENG 131
Music and sound play a vital role in the reception, interpretation, and enjoyment of films; yet their roles are often overlooked when a film is critically examined. This course examines the role of music and sound in film. The course will include a survey of the important writings on music and sound in film, as well as the development of terms and methods for analyzing and interpreting the soundtracks of films paying particular attention to music’s role in the soundtrack and the overall relation between soundtrack and image-track. Additionally, student will explore how soundtracks are put together and will be given an opportunity to create their own soundtrack to an image-track provided by the professor.
This is neither a course in analyzing music per se, nor a historical survey of film music, at least as traditionally construed. But it is analytical and interpretive, and we will address historical questions, especially with regard to style, genre, and influence. While helpful, courses in music and/or film history and analysis are not a prerequisite for success in the course. The main requirement is a willingness to listen carefully and to articulate what you hear.
To learn more about music classes open to all Conservatory students, click MUC ELECTIVES.