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Introductory
21M.011 Introduction to Western Music, CI-H
Lecture Pollock W
3:30-5pm
4-270
Recitation 1 Richardson MF
2-3pm
4-158 (M) / 4-162 (F)
Recitation 2 Richardson MF
4-5pm
4-158 (M) / 4-162 (F)
Recitation 3 Neff TR
4-5pm
4-162

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-0-8
HASS-A, CI-H

Provides a broad overview of Western music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, with emphasis on late baroque, classical, romantic, and modernist styles. Designed to enhance the musical experience by developing listening skills and an understanding of diverse forms and genres. Major composers and works placed in social and cultural contexts. Weekly lectures feature demonstrations by professional performers and introduce topics to be discussed in sections. Enrollment limited. 

21M.030 Introduction to World Music, CI-H
Lecture 1 Dempsey MW
9:30-11am
4-364
Lecture 2 Dempsey MW
11-12:30pm
4-364

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A, CI-H

An introduction to diverse musical traditions of the world. Music from a wide range of geographical areas is studied in terms of structure, performance practice, social use, aesthetics, and cross-cultural contact. Includes hands-on music making, live demonstrations by guest artists, and ethnographic research projects. Enrollment limited by lottery.

21M.051 Fundamentals of Music
Lecture 1 Iker MW
9:30-11:00am
4-162
Lecture 2 David TR
2-3:30pm
4-162
Lecture 3 Buckles MF
11-12:30pm
4-158
Piano Lab TBA
TBA
Sign up outside 24-033 first week of classes
Sight Singing Lab Buckles F
3-4pm
4-270

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-2-7 

HASS-A

Introduces students to the rudiments of Western music through oral, aural, and written practice utilizing rhythm, melody, intervals, scales, chords, and musical notation. Individual skills are addressed through a variety of approaches, including keyboard practice in the required piano labs and sight singing lab. Intended for students with little to no prior experience reading music or performing.  Not open to students who have completed 21M.151, 21M.301, or are participating in a performance ensemble where written music is employed. Limited to 20 per section by lottery.

21M.065 Introduction to Musical Composition
Lecture Ruehr MW
12:30-2pm
4-162

Prereq: Permission of instructor
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A

Through a progressive series of composition projects, students investigate the sonic organization of musical works and performances, focusing on fundamental questions of unity and variety. Aesthetic issues are considered in the pragmatic context of the instructions that composers provide to achieve a desired musical result, whether these instructions are notated in prose, as graphic images, or in symbolic notation. Weekly listening, reading, and composition assignments draw on a broad range of musical styles and intellectual traditions, from various cultures and historical periods. Basic music reading skills required. Limited to 18. 

21M.080 Introduction to Music Technology
Lecture Hattwick MW
3:30-5pm
4-364

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A

Investigates how technology is used in the analysis, modeling, synthesis and composition of music, and its contribution to the artistic production practice. With an eye towards historical context as well as modern usage, topics include the physics of sound, digital representations of music, the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), analog and digital synthesis techniques, MIDI and sequencing, electronic instrument design, notation software, generative music systems, and computational analysis of music. Weekly assignments focus on both theory and practice, requiring technical proficiency, creative output, and aesthetic consideration. Enrollment limited. 

Music Technology
21M.361 Electronic Music Composition I
Lecture 1 Whincop M
2-4pm
24-033F
Lecture 2 Whincop T
2-4pm
24-033F
Lab Whincop W
2-3pm
24-033F
Lab Whincop W
3-4pm
24-033F
Lab Whincop W
4-5pm
24-033F

Prereq: None
2-1-9
HASS-A

Students develop basic skills in composition through weekly assignments focusing on sampling and audio processing. Source materials include samples of urban/natural environments, electronically generated sounds, inherent studio/recording noise, and pre-existing recordings. Audio processing includes digital signal processing (DSP) and analog devices. Covers compositional techniques, including mixing, algorithms, studio improvisation, and interaction. Students critique each other's work and give informal presentations on recordings drawn from sound art, experimental electronica, conventional and non-conventional classical electronic works, and popular music. Covers technology, math, and acoustics in varying detail. Limited to 12 per section; preference to Music majors, minors, and concentrators.

21M.362 Electronic Music Composition II
Lecture Whincop T
7:00-9:00pm
24-033F
Lab Whincop R
7:00-9:00pm
24-033F

Prereq: 21M.361 or permission of instructor 
Units: 2-2-8 

HASS-A

Explores sophisticated synthesis techniques, from finely tuned additive to noise filtering and distortion, granular synthesis to vintage emulation. Incorporates production techniques and use of multimedia, with guest lecturers/performers. Considers composing environments such as Max/MSP/Jitter, SPEAR, SoundHack, and Mathematica. Assignments include diverse listening sessions, followed by oral or written presentations, weekly sound studies, critiques, and modular compositions/soundscapes. Prior significant computer music experience preferred. Consult instructor for technical requirements. Limited to 10.

21M.370 Digital Instrument Design
Lecture Hattwick MW
12:30-2pm
4-153
21M.380 Music and Technology
Lecture Schumaker TR
12:30-2pm
24-033F
21M.383 Computational Music Theory and Analysis
Lecture Cuthbert TR
2-3:30pm
4-158
21M.385 Interactive Music Systems
Lecture Egozy MW
11-12:30pm
4-270

(Same subject as 6.809[J])
Prereq: (6.009 and 21M.301) or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 
HASS-A
http://musictech.mit.edu/ims 

Explores audio synthesis, musical structure, human computer interaction (HCI), and visual presentation for the creation of interactive musical experiences. Topics include audio synthesis; mixing and looping; MIDI sequencing; generative composition; motion sensors; music games; and graphics for UI, visualization, and aesthetics. Includes weekly programming assignments in python. Teams build an original, dynamic, and engaging interactive music system for their final project. Enrollment limited. 

Samplings
21M.129 Beethoven the Classicist - 1st Half of Term
Lecture Neff TR
12:30-2pm
4-162
21M.139 Composing Ragtime - 1st Half of Term
Lecture Shadle TR
12:30-2pm
4-158

First half of semester
Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 2-0-4 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Practice in a particular compositional technique not normally covered in the Harmony and Counterpoint or Musical Composition sequences. Possible topics include Renaissance counterpoint, fugue, ragtime, or indeterminacy. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. Enrollment limited. 

Spring 2020 1st Half of Semester Topic: Composing Ragtime
An intensive study, and close reading of selected work from the Ragtime piano repertoire of the early 20th century, will inform and provide a framework for the composition of a new piano Rag. Special emphasis will be placed on the beloved masterpieces of African-American composer Scott Joplin. Experience playing the piano, as well as a basic familiarity with the principles of music theory will provide the student with a secure foundation in this subject. The class will culminate with a public performance of student compositions. Enrolment limited.

21M.151 Introductory Music Theory - 1st Half of Term
Lecture Lam TR
12:30-2pm
4-152

Offered the 1st half of semester. 
Prereq: Permission of instructor​
1-1-4

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Introduction to theoretical elements of music for students who need preparation in the fundamentals of music theory prior to taking 21M.301. Requires ability to read notation in at least one clef. Covers many of the same topics as 21M.051 but at a faster pace. Coverage includes intervals, triads, major and minor keys, basic musical analysis over a variety of idioms in Western music. Also emphasizes developing the ear, voice, and keyboard skills. Ability to read music required. Not open to students who have completed 21M.051, 21M.301 or 21M.302. Limited to 20 per section by lottery.

21M.159 Beethoven the Romantic - 2nd Half of Term
Lecture Neff TR
12:30-2pm
4-162
History/Culture
21M.220 Medieval and Renaissance Music
Lecture Hamilton TR
3:30-5pm
4-158

Prereq: None. Coreq: 21M.301
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A, CI-M

Examines European music from the early Middle Ages until the end of the Renaissance. Includes a chronological survey and intensive study of three topics: chant and its development, music in Italy 1340-1420, and music in Elizabethan England. Focuses on methods and pitfalls in studying music of the distant past. Students' papers, problem sets, and presentations explore lives, genres, and works in depth. Works studied in facsimile of original notation, and from original manuscripts at MIT, where possible.

21M.226 Jazz
Lecture Harvey TR
11-12:30pm
4-152

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 
HASS-A

Historical survey from roots in African and American contexts, including spirituals, blues, and ragtime, through early jazz, Swing, bebop, and post-bop movements, with attention to recent developments. Key jazz styles, the relation of music and society, and major figures such as Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Parker, Monk, Mingus, Coltrane, and others are considered. Some investigation of cross-influences with popular, classical, folk, and rock musics. Enrollment may be limited.

21M.260 Music Since 1900
Lecture Marks MW
12:30-2pm
4-152

Prereq: 21M.301 or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A, CI-M

Surveys musical works drawn from many genres, representing stylistic movements that have transformed classical music over the past hundred years. Focal topics include musical modernism, serialism, neoclassicism, nationalism and ideology, minimalism, and aleatoric and noise composition experiments. Discusses electronic and computer music, and new media and the postmodern present. Begins with Stravinsky's early ballets and ends with music by current MIT composers and other important figures active today. Ability to read music required. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided.

21M.271 Symphony and Concerto
Lecture Pollock MW
12:30-2pm
4-158

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A

Explores the style, form, and history of approximately two dozen pieces of canonical symphonic repertoire. Students write short reviews of musicological articles on the rich cultural history of selected works and complete one project about the state of classical music in contemporary society. Basic score-reading ability required.

21M.283 Musicals
Lecture Marks MW
3:30-5pm
4-162

Prereq: One subject in film, music, or theater or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A

Covers Broadway works and Hollywood films in depth. Proceeds chronologically, exploring three stage musicals and three films at a time, within four historical categories: breakthrough musicals of the 1920s and '30s; classic "book musicals" of the '40s and '50s; modernist and concept musicals of the '60s and '70s; and post modern and cutting-edge works of the '80s and '90s. Attention given to the role of music in relation to script, characterization, and dramatic structure. Final papers involve comparison of one stage and one film work, selected in consultation with the instructor. Oral presentations required and in-class performances encouraged.

21M.294 Popular Musics of the World
Lecture Tang TR
11-12:30pm
4-364

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A

Focuses on popular music created for and transmitted by mass media. Studies various popular music genres from around the world through listening and reading assignments, while considering issues of musical change, syncretism, Westernization, globalization, the impact of recording industries, and the post-colonial era. Case studies include bhangra, Afro-pop, reggae, and global hip-hop. Limited to 25; preference to majors, minors, concentrators. Admittance may be controlled by lottery.

21M.295 American Popular Music
Lecture MW
12:30-2pm
4-364

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 

HASS-A

Surveys the development of popular music in the US, and in a cross-cultural milieu, relative to the history and sociology of the last two hundred years. Examines the ethnic mixture that characterizes modern music, and how it reflects many rich traditions and styles (minstrelsy, music-hall, operetta, Tin Pan Alley, blues, rock, electronic media, etc.). Provides a background for understanding the musical vocabulary of current popular music styles. Limited to 20.

21M.299 Music of Brazil
Lecture Dempsey TR
12:30-2pm
4-364
Composition/Theory
21M.301 Harmony and Counterpoint I
Lecture 1 Lam MW
9:30-11am
4-152
Lecture 2 Lam MW
3:30-5pm
4-152
Lecture 3 Iker MW
2-3:30pm
4-162
Lecture 4 Iker TR
11-12:30pm
4-162
Piano Lab TBA
TBA
Sign up outside 24-033 first week of classes
Sight Singing Lab Buckles F
4-5pm
4-270

Prereq: None
3-3-6
HASS-A

Covers basic writing skills in music of the common-practice period (Bach to Brahms). Regular written assignments lead to the composition of short pieces. Classwork includes analysis of representative works from the literature. Keyboard laboratory and sight-singing choir in addition to regular class meetings. Students should have experience reading music. Limited to 20 per section. 

21M.302 Harmony and Counterpoint II
Lecture 1 Shadle MW
11-12:30pm
4-152
Lecture 2 Child TR
2-3:30pm
4-364
Piano Lab TBA
TBA
Sign up outside 24-033 first week of classes
Musicianship Lab Saraydarian R
4-5pm
4-270
Musicianship Lab Saraydarian F
4-5pm
4-152

Prereq:  21M.301 or Permission of instructor
3-2-7
HASS-A

A continuation of 21M.301, including chromatic harmony and modulation, a more extensive composition project, keyboard laboratory, and musicianship laboratory. Limited to 20 per section.

21M.303 Writing in Tonal Forms I
Lecture Shadle MW
2-3:30pm
4-152
Musicianship Lab Saraydarian R
4-5pm
4-270
Musicianship Lab Saraydarian F
4-5pm
4-152

Prereq: 21M.302​
3-1-8
HASS-A

Written and analytic exercises based on 18th- and 19th-century small forms and harmonic practice found in music such as the chorale preludes of Bach; minuets and trios of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; and the songs and character pieces of Schubert and Schumann. Musicianship laboratory is required. Limited to 20 per section. 

21M.304 Writing in Tonal Forms II
Lecture Child TR
11-12:30pm
4-158
Musicianship Lab Saraydarian R
4-5pm
4-270
Musicianship Lab Saraydarian F
4-5pm
4-152

Prereq: 21M.303 
Units: 3-1-8 
HASS-A

Further written and analytic exercises in tonal music, focusing on larger or more challenging forms. For example, students might compose a sonata-form movement for piano or a two-part invention in the style of Bach. Students have opportunities to write short works that experiment with the expanded tonal techniques of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Musicianship laboratory is required. Limited to 20.

21M.340 Jazz Harmony and Arranging
Lecture Harvey TR
2-3:30pm
4-152

Prereq: 21M.051 or 21M.226 or Permission of instructor
3-0-9
HASS-A

Basic harmony and theory of mainstream jazz and blues; includes required listening in jazz, writing and analysis work, and two full-scale arrangements. Serves as preparation for more advanced work in jazz with application to rock and pop music. Performance of student arrangements. Limited to 15.

21M.351 Music Composition
Lecture Makan F
2-5pm
4-162

(Subject meets with 21M.505) 
Prereq: 21M.304, 21M.310, or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 
HASS-A

Directed composition of original writing involving voices and/or instruments. Includes a weekly seminar in composition for the presentation and discussion of work in progress. Students are expected to produce at least one substantive work and perform it in public by the end of the term. Contemporary compositions and major works from 20th-century music literature are studied. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments.

21M.355 Musical Improvisation
Lecture Harvey MW
2-3:30pm
4-364

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 
HASS-A

Students study concepts and practice techniques of improvisation in solo and ensemble contexts. Examines relationships between improvisation, composition, and performance based in traditional and experimental approaches. Topics, with occasional guest lectures, may include jazz, non-western music, and western concert music, as well as improvisation with film, spoken word, theater, and dance. Enrollment limited to 15; open by audition to instrumental or vocal performers.

Performance
21M.401 Concert Choir
Cutter MW
7-9:30pm
26-100

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-4-2 
This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Rehearsals and performance of primarily large-scale works for chorus, soloists, and orchestra--from the Passions and Masses of J. S. Bach to oratorios of our own time. Open to graduate and undergraduate students by audition.

21M.405 Chamber Chorus
Cutter TR
9:30-11am
W97-162

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-3 
This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire for small chorus, involving literature from the Renaissance to contemporary periods. Limited to 32 by audition.

21M.410 Vocal Repertoire and Performance
Deal TR
3:30-5pm
4-364

(Subject meets with 21M.515) 
Prereq: None. Coreq: Participation in ensemble for vocalists 
Units: 3-0-3 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

For the singer and/or pianist interested in collaborative study of solo vocal performance. Historical study of the repertoire includes listening assignments of representative French, German, Italian, and English works as sung by noted vocal artists of the genre. Topics include diction as facilitated by the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet; performance and audition techniques; and study of body awareness and alignment through the Alexander Technique and yoga. Admission by audition; Emerson Vocal Scholars contact department.

21M.421 MIT Symphony Orchestra
Ziporyn TR
7:30-10pm
Kresge

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-4-2 
This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Rehearsals prepare works for concerts and recordings. Analyses of musical style, structure, and performance practice are integrated into rehearsals as a means of enriching musical conception and the approach to performance. Likewise, additional scores of particular structural or stylistic interest are read whenever time permits. Admission by audition.

21M.426 MIT Wind Ensemble
Amis MW
7-9:30pm
Kresge

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-4-2 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Designed for advanced instrumentalists who are committed to the analysis, performance, and recording of woodwind, brass, and percussion literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century. The repertoire consists primarily of music for small and large wind ensembles. May include ensemble music from Gabrieli to Grainger, Schuller, Mozart, Dvorak, and various mixed media including strings. Performance of newly commissioned works. Opportunities for solo work and work with recognized professional artists and composers. Admission by audition.

21M.442 MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
Harbison TR
5-7:30pm
14W-111

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-4-2 

Designed for instrumentalists dedicated to the analysis, performance, and recording of traditional and contemporary jazz ensemble compositions. Instrumentation includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar or vibraphone, bass, percussion and occasionally french horn, double reeds, and strings. Provides opportunities to work with professional jazz artists and perform commissioned works by recognized jazz composers. Experience in improvisation preferred but not required. Admission by audition.

21M.445 Chamber Music Society
Thompson TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-4-2

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Study of chamber music literature through analysis, rehearsal, and performance. Weekly seminars and coaching. Open to string, piano, brass, woodwind players, and singers. Admission by audition.

21M.450 MIT Balinese Gamelan
W
7:00-10:00pm
N52-199

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 0-3-3 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

A performing ensemble dedicated to the traditional music of Bali. Members of the ensemble study structures and techniques used on various Balinese gamelan instruments and learn to perform gamelan pieces. No previous experience required. Limited to 25 by audition.

21M.451 Studio Accompanying for Pianists
Huang TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: None 
Units arranged 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Open by audition to pianists who wish to explore and develop their talents as accompanists. Pianists are paired with a music scholarship recipient and attend that student's private lesson each week. Accompanists prepare independently, rehearse with the student partner, and provide accompaniment at a juried recital or masterclass each term. Under supervision for music faculty and private lesson instructors, pianists may work with one or two scholarship students each term at 3 units each or one student in 21M.480/21M.512 for 6 units. Subject satisfies the performance requirement for pianists receiving music scholarships.

21M.460 MIT Senegalese Drum Ensemble
Lecture 1 Touré MT
7-8:30pm
N52-199
Lecture 2 Touré MR
8:30-10pm (Mon) & 7-8:30pm (Thu)
N52-199

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-3-3 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

A performance ensemble focusing on the sabar drumming tradition of Senegal, West Africa. Study and rehearse Senegalese drumming techniques and spoken word. Perform in conjunction with MIT Rambax drumming group. No previous experience necessary, but prior enrollment in 21M.030 or 21M.293 strongly recommended. Limited to 30 by audition.

21M.470 MIT Laptop Ensemble
Hattwick TR
3-4:30
14W-111

Prereq: None 
Units: 0-3-3 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

The MIT Laptop Ensemble is a forum for the exploration of emerging digital musical practices, giving ensemble members hands-on experience with compositional and performance strategies based on current research. Concerts by the ensemble include repertoire drawn both from historical electronic and computer music compositions, as well as new compositions by invited composers. Also includes opportunities for ensemble members to compose for and conduct the ensemble. Weekly rehearsals focus on concepts drawn from a variety of 20th- and 21st-century practices, including experimental and improvised music, telematic performance, gestural controllers, multimedia performance, live coding, and interactive music systems. No previous experience required. Admission by audition.

21M.480 Advanced Music Performance
Lecture Thompson M
5-7pm
14W-111

(Subject meets with 21M.512) 
Prereq: None 
Units: 1-2-3 

This class can be combined with another 6-unit Music & Theater Arts samplings or performance ensemble for HASS credit.

Designed for students who demonstrate considerable technical and musical skills and who wish to develop them through intensive private study. Students must take a weekly lesson, attend a regular performance seminar, and participate in a departmental performing group. Full-year commitment required. Information about lesson fees, scholarships, and auditions available in Music Section Office. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments. Admission by audition.

21M.490 Emerson Scholar Solo Recital
Thompson TBA
TBA
TBA
Special Topics/Advanced Subjects
21M.505 Music Composition, Meets with 21M.351
Lecture Makan F
2-5pm
4-162

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.351) 
Prereq: 21M.304, 21M.310, or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 

Directed composition of original writing involving voices and/or instruments. Includes a weekly seminar in composition for the presentation and discussion of work in progress. Students are expected to produce at least one substantive work and perform it in public by the end of the term. Contemporary compositions and major works from 20th-century music literature are studied. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments.

21M.512 (G) Advanced Music Performance Meets with 21M.480
Lecture Thompson M
5-7pm
14W-111

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.480) 
Prereq: None 
Units: 1-2-3 

Designed for students who demonstrate considerable technical and musical skills and who wish to develop them through intensive private study. Students must take a weekly lesson, attend a regular performance seminar, and participate in a departmental performing group. Full-year commitment required. Information about lesson fees, scholarships, and auditions available in Music Section Office. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments. Admission by audition.

21M.515 (G) Vocal Repetoire and Performance
Lecture Deal TR
3:30-5pm
4-364

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.410) 
Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-3 

For the singer and/or pianist interested in collaborative study of solo vocal performance. Historical study of the repertoire includes listening assignments of representative French, German, Italian, and English works as sung by noted vocal artists of the genre. Topics include diction as facilitated by the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet; performance and audition techniques; and study of body awareness and alignment through the Alexander Technique and yoga. Admission by audition. Emerson Vocal Scholars contact department.

21M.525 (G) Emerson Solo Recital
Thompson TBA
TBA
TBA