MUSIC THEORY & ANALYSIS (MTA)
MTA 301 - INSTRUMENTATION/ORCHESTRATION
Study of orchestral instruments, their characteristics and technical capabilities. Analysis of traditional and contemporary orchestral and chamber music; orchestral techniques. Readings of students' orchestrations in class.
MTA 302 - ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION
Scoring for various ensembles; emphasis on larger groups. Study of representative contemporary scores.
Prerequisites: MTA 301
MTA 304 - COUNTERPOINT
Study of contrapuntal practice, forms, and techniques through readings, analysis, and original compositions.
MTA 305 - FORM AND ANALYSIS
Forms, structures, and styles of selected works from 18th through the 20th century. Emphasis on the origins and evolution of organizational approaches and an introduction to current trends in music theory.
MTA 306 - ANALYSIS OF POST-TONAL MUSIC
Major analytical methodologies of the post-tonal era, and their application to important 20th-21st century compositions. Pitch class set theory and fixed integer notation; dodecaphonic method and the Second Viennese School; post-war multiserialism (Messiaen, Boulez, Stravinsky); sound mass, micropolyphony, and net-structures (Penderecki, Ligeti); aleatoricism and textural technique in Lutoslawski; spéctrale; minimalism as aesthetic, style, and technique; New Complexity and irrational meter; polystylism, tempo types, contour theory, multimedia, and musical journalism in the present age (e.g. Gubaidulina, Corigliano, Wolfe, Du Yun).
MTA 325 - INTRO ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC
Introduction to music and sonic-art created through the means of electronics and computers. The history and theory of electro-acoustic music, musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, digital audio theory, digital signal processing. Development of listening skills. The main focus is on students' personal creative projects; students will complete one fixed electronic music project and several assignments on Max/MSP.
MTA 326 - ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC II
Continuation of MTA 325. This class focuses on electro-acoustic music composition in fixed media with one instrument, and a brief introduction to live electronics with one instrument and digital video art using Max/MSP/Jitter. This class is offered in conjunction with the biennial Electro-Acoustic Music Festival where all students' works will be featured as well as works by guest composers.
MTA 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Enrollment in graduate level coursework. Requires permission of Academic Music Studies Dept. Topics vary by semester.