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Students may complete a major or minor in Music at Haverford College


Ingrid Arauco, Associate Professor and Chair
Christine Cacioppo, Visiting Instructor
Curt Cacioppo , Ruth Marshall Magill Professor
Richard Freedman, Professor
Heidi Jacob, Associate Professor and Director of the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestral Program
David Kasunic, Visiting Assistant Professor
Thomas Lloyd, Associate Professor and Director of the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Choral Program

The Music curriculum is designed to deepen understanding of musical form and expression through development of skills in composition and performance joined with analysis of musical works and their place in various cultures. A major in music provides a foundation for further study leading to a career in music.

The composition/theory program stresses proficiency in aural, keyboard and vocal skills, and written harmony and counterpoint. Composition following important historical models and experimentation with contemporary styles are emphasized.

The musicology program, which emphasizes European, North American, and Asian traditions, considers music in the rich context of its social, religious, and aesthetic surroundings.

The performance program offers opportunities to participate in the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers, Chorale, Orchestra, and ensembles formed within the context of Haverford's chamber music program. Students can receive academic credit for participating in these ensembles (MUSC 102, 214, 215, 216, and 219), and can receive credit for Private Study (MUSC 208, 209, 210) in voice or their chosen instrument.

Special Programs and Funds

The Music Department Guest Artists Series presents distinguished and emerging performers in public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, reading sessions, and informal encounters. Among artists recently featured have been Native American flutist Mary Youngblood, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, pianist Charles Abramovic, violinist Arnold Steinhardt, the Network for New Music and the American String Quartet.

The William Heartt Reese Music Fund was established in 1977 to honor William Heartt Reese, professor of music and conductor of the glee club and orchestra at Haverford from 1947 to 1975. The fund supports applied music lessons for students enrolled in the department's private study program.

The John H. Davison '51 Fund for Student Composers supports new works by student composers. This fund recognizes Davison's 40 years of teaching and musical creativity at Haverford.

The Orpheus Prize is awarded for exceptional achievement in the practice of tonal harmony.

The Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts sponsors musical performances and lecture-demonstrations that enrich Haverford's cross-cultural programs. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has sponsored visits by artists representing traditions of South, Central and East Asia, and Indonesia .

Major Requirements

  1. Theory-composition: MUSC 203a, 204b, 303a.
  2. Musicology: three courses chosen from MUSC 221a, 222b, 223a, 224b, 325a or b.
  3. Two electives in music, chosen from: MUSC 207a or b, 221a, 222b, 223a, 224b, 227a, 228a, 250a or b, 251a or b, 265a or b, 266b, 304b, and 325a or b.
  4. Performance: participation in a department-sponsored performance group is required for at least a year. MUSC 208, 209, or 210f,i instrumental or vocal private study for one year. Continuing ensemble participation and instrumental or vocal private study are strongly urged.
  5. An additional full credit course equivalent is required of music majors in their senior year. The senior experience in music may be fulfilled through an independent study project (usually a composition, performance, or research paper pursued in the context of MUSC 480) or through enhancement of a regular advanced course offering to include an independent study component. The format of the senior experience will be determined prior to the beginning of the student's senior year, after consultation with the department.
  6. Majors are expected to attend the majority of department-sponsored concerts, lectures, and colloquia.

Minor Requirements

  1. Theory-Composition: MUSC 203a, 204b
  2. Musicology: two courses chosen from MUSC 221a, 222b, 223a, 224b.
  3. One elective chosen from: MUSC 207a or b, courses not already taken in fulfillment of requirement two, 228a or b, 250a or b, 251a or b, 265a or b, 266b, 303a, 304b, 325a or b
  4. MUSC 208, 209, 210f,i instrumental or vocal private study or department ensemble participation for one year. Continuing ensemble participation and instrumental or vocal private study are strongly urged.

Substitutions for Haverford College courses in fulfillment of the major or minor in music must be approved in advance by the Music Department.

Requirements for Honors

Departmental Honors or High Honors will be awarded on the basis of superior work in music courses combined with exceptional accomplishment in the senior experience.

Theory and Composition

MUSC H110 Musicianship and Literature

Intensive introduction to the notational and theoretical materials of music, complemented by work in sight-singing and keyboard harmony. Discussion of musical forms and techniques of melody writing and harmonization; short projects in composition. (Cacioppo)

MUSC H203 Tonal Harmony I

The harmonic vocabulary and compositional techniques of Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and others. Emphasis is on composing melodies, constructing phrases, and harmonizing in four parts. Composition of minuet and trio, set of variations, or other homophonic piece is the final project. Three class hours plus laboratory period covering related aural and keyboard harmony skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 or consent of instructor. (Arauco)

MUSC H204 Tonal Harmony II

Continuation of MUSC 203, introducing chromatic harmony and focusing on the development of sonata forms from the Classical through the Romantic period. Composition of a sonata exposition is the final project. Three class hours plus laboratory period covering related aural and keyboard harmony skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 203. (Cacioppo)

MUSC H265 Symphonic Technique and Tradition

In this course, we will be familiarizing ourselves with significant orchestral repertory of the past three centuries, learning to read the orchestral score, studying the capabilities of various orchestral instruments and how they are used together, and tracing the evolution of orchestral writing and orchestral forms from the Classical period to the present. Short exercises in scoring for orchestra; final project is a presentation on a major orchestral work of your choice. Prerequisite: MUSC 203. (Arauco)

MUSC H266 Composition

An introduction to the art of composition through weekly assignments designed to invite creative, individual responses to a variety of musical ideas. Scoring for various instruments and ensembles; experimentation with harmony, form, notation and text setting. Weekly performance of student pieces; end-of-semester recital. Prerequisite: MUSC 204 or consent of instructor. (Arauco)

MUSC H303 Advanced Tonal Harmony

Study of late 19th-century harmonic practice in selected works of Brahms, Debussy, Faure, Liszt, Mahler, Wagner and Wolf. Exploration of chromatic harmony through analysis and short exercises; final composition project consisting of either art song or piano piece such as nocturne or intermezzo. Musicianship lab covers related aural and keyboard harmony skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 204. (Cacioppo)

MUSC H304 Counterpoint

Eighteenth-century contrapuntal techniques and forms with emphasis on the works of J. S. Bach. Canon; composition of two-part invention; fugal writing in three parts; chorale prelude; analysis. Three class hours plus laboratory period covering related aural and keyboard harmony skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 204. (Arauco)

MUSC H325 Seminar in 20th Century Theory and Practice

Classic and contemporary 20th-century composers, works and trends, with reference to theoretical and aesthetic writings and the broader cultural context. Prerequisite: MUSC 303a or 224. (Arauco) Not offered in 2006-07.


MUSC H102 Chorale

Chorale is a large mixed chorus that performs major works from the oratorio repertoire with orchestra. Attendance at weekly two-hour rehearsals and dress rehearsals during performance week is required. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of the instructor. (Lloyd)

MUSC H107 Introductory Piano

MUSC 107 is an introduction to music and the art of playing the piano. The course consists of a weekly hour long session on Tuesday evenings (lecture, directed listening or playing workshop) plus an individual lesson of 20 minutes at an arranged time. A short paper on the listening assignments is required, as is playing on the class recital at the end of the term (these together will comprise the final exam). Enrollment limited to 16 students (5 spaces for majors/minors). (Christine Cacioppo)

MUSC H207 Topics in Piano

Combines private lessons and studio/master classes, musical analysis, research questions into performance practice and historical context, critical examination of sound recorded sources. Preparation of works of selected composer or style period for end of semester class recital is required. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor. (Cacioppo) Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H208 Private Study: Instrumental

All students enrolled in the private study program should be participating in a departmentally directed ensemble or activity (Chorale, Orchestra, etc.) as advised by their program supervisor. All students in the private study program perform for a faculty jury at the end of the semester. Students assume the cost of their private lessons, but may apply for private study subsidies at the beginning of each semester's study through the department. Prerequisite: Departmental audition and consent of supervisor. (Jacob)

MUSC H209 Private Study: Voice

Prerequisite: Departmental audition and consent of supervisor. (Lloyd)

MUSC H210 Private Study: Piano/Organ

Prerequisite: Departmental audition and consent of supervisor. (Cacioppo)

MUSC H214 Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers is a 30-voice mixed choir that performs a wide range of mostly a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day in original languages. Attendance required at three 80-minute rehearsals weekly. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor. (Lloyd)

MUSC H215 Chamber Music

Intensive rehearsal of works for small instrumental groups, with supplemental research and listening assigned. Performance is required. The course is available to those who are concurrently studying privately, or who have studied privately immediately prior to the start of the semester. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor. (Jacob)

MUSC H216 Orchestra

For students participating in the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra, this course addresses the special musical problems of literature rehearsed and performed during the semester. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor. (Jacob)

MUSC H219 Art Song

A performance course devoted to the American, English, French and German art song literature from Schubert to the present. Weekly performance classes will be accompanied by weekly individual coachings with the instructor, culminating in a public recital at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Vocal Private Study and consent of instructor. (Lloyd)


MUSC H111 Introduction to Western Music

A survey of the European musical tradition from the middle ages to modern times. Students will hear music by Bach, Beethoven, Glass, Monteverdi, Mozart, Stravinsky, Wagner, among many others, developing both listening skills and an awareness of how music relates to the culture that fosters it. In addition to listening and reading, students will attend concerts and prepare written assignments. (Freedman)

MUSC H112 Opera

A survey of the history of opera, focusing on the most influential operas, their forms and the cultural, aesthetic, and political desires that shaped them. The goal of the course is to teach students the art of close listening, that is, to privilege their hearing over their seeing. Audio and visual recordings will be supplemented by a course packet of primary and secondary source readings. No previous musical training or coursework required. (Kasunic) Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H221 Medieval and Renaissance Music

Music of the 12th through 16th centuries, emphasizing changing approaches to composition, notation and expression in works by composers such as Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin de Prez, and many others. This year we will put a special focus on the visit by guest artists, the Orlando Consort. Classroom assignments will consider basic problems raised by the study of early music: questions of style and structure, debates about performance practice, and issues of cultural history. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 or 111 or consent of instructor. (Freedman)

MUSC H222 Baroque Music

Music of the 17th and 18th centuries, with focus on central developments of opera, sacred music, and instrumental genres. Through careful study of works by Bach, Corelli, Handel, Lully, Monteverdi and Rameau, students will explore changing approaches to musical style and design, basic problems of performance practice, and how musicologists have sought to understand the place of music in cultural history. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 or 111 or consent of instructor. (Freedman) Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H223 Classical Music

The music of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert (among many others). Classroom assignments will lead students to explore the origins and development of vocal and instrumental music of the years around 1800, and to consider the ways in which musicologists have approached the study of this repertory. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 or 111 or consent of instructor. (Freedman) Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H224 Romantic Music

Music by Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann, Verdi and Wagner, among others, with special focus on changing approaches to style of expression, and to the aesthetic principles such works articulate. This term our themes will be ballads and myths, nationalisms, and nostalgia and history. Assignments will allow students to explore individual vocal and instrumental works, and will give students a sense of some of the perspectives to be found in the musicological literature on 19th century music. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 or 111 or consent of instructor. (Freedman)

MUSC H251 Music, Film and Narrative

An introduction to music and film, with special attention to works from the 1930's through the 1950's by composers such as Auric, Copland, Eisler, Herrmann, Korngold, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Steiner, Tiomkin and Waxman. Close study of orchestration, harmony and thematic process as they contribute to cinematic narrative and form. Source readings to include artistic positions staked out by film composers themselves, as well as critical and scholarly essays by leading writers on the narrative possibilities of film music. Prerequisite: MUSC 203 or equivalent knowledge of music theory. (Freedman) Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H258 Vienna at the Turns of Centuries: Art, Politics and Culture

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H276 Piano in the Age of Chopin

An inquiry into piano manufacture, composition and pedagogy during the first half of the 19th century, the era of the pianist-composer, when the piano came into its own and assumed its status as the foremost solo musical instrument. Piano performance in class to demonstrate points, though not required, will be encouraged. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 or 111 or consent of instructor. (Kasunic)

MUSC H480 Independent Study


Diverse Traditions

MUSC H149 Native American Music and Belief

Surveys the principal styles of Native North American singing in ceremonial and secular contexts; discusses contemporary Indian musical cross-overs and the aesthetic of multi-culturalism; emphasizes class participation in singing traditional Indian songs. (Caciopppo)

MUSC H227 Jazz and the Politics of Culture

A study of jazz and its social meanings. Starting with an overview of jazz styles and European idioms closely bound to jazz history, the course gives students a basic aural education in musical forms, the process of improvisation, and the fabric of musical performance in the context of how assumptions about order and disorder in music reflect deeply felt views about society and culture. Enrollment limited to 35 students. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher. (Freedman) Not offered in 2006-07.

MUSC H228 Musical Voices of Asia

The musical traditions of South, East and Central Asia, as well as Indonesia . Extensive discussion of vocal and instrumental genres, approaches to texts and stories, and systems of learning. We will also pay special attention to the place of music in broader cultural and social contexts: as a definer of gender or religious identities, as an object of national or political ownership, and in its interaction with Western classical and popular forms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher. (Freedman) Not offered in 2006-07.

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