Introduction to Musical Styles – This undergraduate course presents an overview of the history of western art music, from the music of Ancient Greece to the living art of composers today. It is designed for students with little or no background in music who would like to develop a better understanding of differences in musical styles as well as an appreciation of the musical arts and the composers and compositions that have shaped the musical world today.
Women and Music – an undergraduate course for music majors and non-majors that explores the contributions and roles of women in music as performers, teachers, conductors, producers and patrons. Underlying psychological, historical, and sociological patterns that affect women’s productivity positively or negatively will be examined. Videos, sound recordings, concerts, guest lectures, interviews and field trips will enhance appreciation of women in today’s world in all genres of music.
Women and Popular Music in the USA – an undergraduate course for music majors and non-majors that engages with popular culture through a history of the female in popular music, as performers, composers, and producers, with popular music used in its broadest definition. Students will explore the history of women in the popular music industry , including the ways that gender, class, and race have affected that history.
Graduate History Seminar: Keyboard and Piano Performance Practice after 1600 – This course is designed to introduce the graduate student to the historiography, concepts, and questions of performance practice, or historically informed performance. This course is limited to music after 1600, with a focus on the harpsichord, clavichord and piano. Students will learn not only accepted technical aspects of keyboard playing, but they will also learn how to investigate a piece of music in order to answer performance questions. Students will attend lectures, participate in discussions, lead class discussions, and demonstrate ideas at the keyboard.
Graduate History Seminar: Women Composers of Keyboard Music – This course is designed to introduce the graduate student to musicology, and to the history and music of female-identifying composers. This course is limited to music after 1600, with a focus on the harpsichord/clavichord and the piano. Students will explore concepts of feminist biography, learn to evaluate and critique recent scholarship, and examine the historiography of female-identifying composers in music history. As it is a seminar course, and not a lecture course, each student will be expected to contribute to the discussion and the flow of ideas.