Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Course Requirements

The core of this course consists of lectures, in-class listening and discussion, and outside reading and listening assignments. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented, where possible, with guest lecture-demonstrations, film or video screenings, and hands-on workshops. Regular attendance of class is required, and students will be expected to actively participate in discussions and in-class workshops.


There is no required textbook for this course. Readings from various sources will be assigned for each class session.

Papers and Projects

Students are required to write two papers, complete a musical transcription exercise, and produce a final project paper and oral presentation.

Exams and Quizzes

One in-class exam, scheduled on Lec #13, will cover materials from lecture, readings, and listening assignments from the first three units. A short quiz will be given towards the end of the semester. There will be no exam during the final examination period.

Academic Honesty

Please remember that plagiarism in writing papers is a serious academic offense, and includes any use of unacknowledged outside sources, either scholarly or by fellow students.


Written Assignments, Attendance, and Participation 50%
Exams and Quizzes 20%
Final Project 30%

Students must receive a passing grade for each component of the course in order to pass the course as a whole.