Recommended Courses for First-Year Students

Instrumental Instruction and Performance Courses

Please note: In the instrumental lesson listed below, all offered on a weekly, individual basis, a course of half-hour lessons earns 1 point of credit, and a course of one-hour lessons earns 2 points of credit. Unless otherwise indicated on auditions and registration is posted during the fall registration period by director of Music Performance Program.

MUSIC BC1001 An Introduction to Music I. 3 points.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of music is required.
A survey of the development of Western music from 6th-century Gregorian Chant to Bach and Handel, with emphasis upon important composers and forms. Extensive listening required.

MUSIC BC1002 An Introduction to Music II. 3 points.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of music is required.
A survey of the development of Western music from the first Viennese Classical school at the end of the 18th century to the present, with emphasis upon composers and forms. Extensive listening required.

MUSIC UN1002 Fundamentals of Music
Corequisites: Introductory Ear Training V1312 or higher, as determined by placement test. Introduction to music, including notation, written and aural skills, and basic conceptual resources of music theory. Exploration of scale, mode, rhythm, meter, texture, and form, with reference to diverse range of musics.

MUSIC UN1593 Barnard-Columbia Chorus
Prerequisites: Audition by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College Music, 212-854-5096. Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works form all periods of music literature. Students who register for chorus will receive a maximum of 4 points for four semesters.

MUSIC UN1595 Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers
Prerequisites: Audition by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College Music, 212-854-5096. Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works form all periods of music literature. Students who register for chorus will receive a maximum of 4 points for four semesters.

MUSIC BC1501 Voice Instruction. 2 points.
Entrance by audition only. Call Barnard College, Department of Music during registration for time and place of audition (854-5096).

MUSIC BC3139 Introduction to Vocal Repertoire: Technique in Singing and Performance. 3 points.
This course is designed for developing singers. Group vocalizing, learning of songs and individual workshop performances are aimed at improving the student's technical skill and the elements necessary to create a meaningful musical and dramatic experience. Attention to text, subtext, emotional and psychological aspects of a piece and the performer's relationship to the audience are included in the work. Repertoire is predominantly in English and comes from both classical and popular traditions Individual coaching sessions are available with the class accompanist and help strengthen the students' confidence and skill. The class culminates with an in-class performance.

MUSIC BC3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique and Expression. 3 points.
Vocal exercises and exploration of wide-ranging repertoires, styles, and languages of the Western European song tradition. The rich variety of English, French, Italian and German poetry and music from the Baroque period through the Twentieth Century allows the student to experience both the music and the cultural environment of each of these styles. Attention is given both to meaning oftext and musical interpretation. Individual coaching sessions are available with the class accompanist and help strengthen the students' confidence and skill. The class culminates with an in-class performance.

MUSIC BC3145 Worldmuse Ensemble. 3 points.
Worldmuse Ensemble delves into compelling music from many genres such as world music, gospel, classical--old and new. We perform without a conductor, increasing awareness and interaction among ourselves and our audience. We collaboratively integrate music, dance, and theatre traditions (masks etc.). For experienced singers, and instrumentalists and dancers who sing.

MUSIC V1580 Collegium Musicum. 1 point.
May be taken for Pass credit only.
Prerequisites: an audition to be held during the registration period. Contact the department for further details (854-3825).
Performance of vocal and instrumental music from the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods. The Collegium usually gives one public concert each term.

MUSIC V1591 University Orchestra. 2 points.
Prerequisites: Audition required during first week of classes in FALL semester ONLY. Online audition sign up is available in August, two weeks prior to auditions, at mpp.music.columbia.edu. Questions can be directed to the Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu or 212-854-1257.
The orchestra performs throughout the academic year in works spanning all periods of music including contemporary compositions. Distinguished guest soloists sometimes perform with the orchestra, and qualified student soloists may also have the opportunity either to perform or read concertos with the orchestra. Staff positions: a few persons interested in managerial work may gain experience as orchestra librarian and personnel manager.

MUSIC V1598 Chamber Ensemble. 1 point.
Prerequisites: Audition required during first week of classes in FALL semester ONLY. Online audition sign up is available in August, two weeks prior to auditions, at mpp.music.columbia.edu. Questions can be directed to the Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu or 212-854-1257.
Students registering for chamber music receive ensemble training with the performance associates. Student chamber ensembles perform a recital at the conclusion of each semester and are given other opportunities to perform throughout the academic year. See further mpp.music.columbia.edu for current list of Music Performance Associates.

MUSIC V1618 Columbia University Jazz Ensemble. 1 point.
Prerequisites: Audition required during first week of classes in FALL semester ONLY. Online audition sign up is available in August, two weeks prior to auditions, at mpp.music.columbia.edu. Questions can be directed to the Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu or 212-854-1257.

A small advanced jazz band. The repertoire will cover 1950's hard bop to more adventurous contemporary Avant Garde styles. Students will be required to compose and arrange for the group under the instructor's supervision. Visitmpp.music.columbia.edu for more information.

MUSIC V1625 World Music Ensemble. 1 point.
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu.
Introduce students to specific non-western and non-classical styles and cultures through active participation in group lessons and rehearsal, culminating each semester in at least one public performance. Ensembles offered are: Arab Music; Bluegrass; Japanese Gagaku; Japanese Hogaku; Klezmer; Latin Music. Visit mpp.music.columbia.edu for more information.