Music

The Department of Music is located at Haverford and offers well-qualified students a major and minor in music. For a list of requirements and courses offered, see Music at Haverford.

Faculty

  • Ingrid Arauco, Department Chair, Professor of Music
  • Curtis Cacioppo, Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music
  • Richard Freedman, John C. Whitehead Professor of Music
  • Heidi Jacob, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral and Instrumental Studies
  • Thomas Lloyd, Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies
  • Leonardo Dugan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
  • Christine Cacioppo, Visiting Instructor in Music

The music curriculum is designed to deepen students’ understandi ng of musical form and expression through the development of skill 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.

As a result of having majored in our department, students exhibit proficiency in various skills appropriate to a specific area of the curriculum as listed below. But beyond such competence, we seek to develop their awareness of aesthetics and of their place in the history of musical performance, craft, and scholarship.

Music Department faculty members are committed to the education of the whole musician. This entails the study of performance, theory, and history, as we believe these disciplines support each other in a comprehensive understanding of music. Depending on the level of the individual course, we aim for students to:

  • Gain command of chosen instrument or voice, showing understanding of technical skills of musicianship
  • Understand how to apply appropriate interpretive choices to a given musical work
  • Analyze important aspects of musical style and structure, both in score and aurally
  • Demonstrate ability to deploy elements of melody, harmony, and structure in original creations
  • Develop rhetorical skills to speak and write about music with conviction, and the bibliographical skills required to find works and critical perspectives that inform these judgements.

Composition/Theory

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.

Musicology

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

Performance

Haverford’s music performance program offers opportunities to participate in the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers, Chorale, Orchestra, and chamber ensembles. Students can receive academic credit for their participation (MUSC 102, 214, 215, and 216), and can receive credit for Private Study (Music 208 for Instrumental Study, Music 209 for Voice Study, and Music 210 for Keyboard Study). Student chamber ensembles, solo instrumentalists, and vocalists also give informal recitals during the year. Courses such as Art Song and Topics in Piano have a built-in performance component.

Private Lessons

Students can arrange private music lessons through the Department or independently. We have a referral list of many fine teachers in the Philadelphia area with whom we are affiliated. The Department helps to subsidize the cost of lessons for students with financial need who are studying for academic credit.

Major Requirements

1. Composition/Theory: MUSC 203, 204, 303.

2. Musicology: Three courses, MUSC 229, plus any two of MUSC 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, or 225.

3. Two electives in Music, from: MUSC 149, 207, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 227, 250, 254, 265, 266, 270, 304, and 325.

4. Performance:

  • Participation in a Department-sponsored performance group for at least a year.
  • MUSC 208, 209, or 210 instrumental or vocal private study for one year.
  • We strongly urge continuing ensemble participation and instrumental or vocal private study.

5. A Senior Project (as detailed below)

6. We expect majors to attend the majority of Department-sponsored concerts, lectures, and colloquia.

Minor Requirements

1. Composition/Theory: MUSC 203 and 204.

2. Musicology: MUSC 229; plus any one of 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, or 225.

3. One elective from the following: MUSC 149, 207, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 227, 250, 254, 265, 266, 270, 303, 304, and 325.

4. MUSC 208, 209, 210 instrumental/vocal private study or Department ensemble participation for one year.

5. We expect minors to attend the majority of Department-sponsored concerts, lectures, and colloquia.

COURSES

MUSC H102F Chorale

Chorale is a large mixed chorus that performs major works from the oratorio repertoire with orchestra and student soloists. Attendance at weekly two-hour rehearsals and dress rehearsals during performance week is required. Entrance by audition. Students can start Chorale at the beginning of any semester.
Lloyd,Thomas

MUSC H107F Introductory Piano

An introduction to the art of playing the piano and the music written for it. No prior musical experience is required. This course consists of weekly hour-long sessions in the form of either a class lecture/workshop given on Tuesday evenings, or self-directed listening sessions posted on Moodle, as well as weekly 20-minute private lessons at an arranged time. It is expected that the student will practice an hour each day, six days a week, and keep a listening journal, giving personal responses to the required listening as well as to three professional concerts. The final exam is a performance of two or more short works on the class recital at the end of the term.
Cacioppo,Christine

MUSC H110A Introduction to Music Theory

An intensive introduction to the notational and theoretical materials of music, complemented by work in sight-singing, keyboard harmony, and dictation. This course is appropriate for students who sing or play an instrument, but who have had little or no systematic instruction in music theory. Topics include time and pitch and their notation, scales, intervals, triads, basic harmonic progressions, melodic construction, harmonization of melody, non-harmonic tones, transposition, and key change (modulation). Students who wish to explore the art of musical composition will find this course especially useful, as two creative projects are assigned: the composition of a pair of melodies in the major and minor modes, and a 32-bar piece which changes key. Preparation for these projects is provided through listening and analysis of works in a variety of musical styles. Students having completed this course will be prepared to enter Music 203, the first semester of the theory sequence for music majors.
Dugan,Leonardo

MUSC H203A Tonal Harmony I

The harmonic vocabulary and compositional techniques of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, 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.
Arauco,Ingrid

MUSC H207A Topics in Piano

Combines private lessons and studio/master classes, musical analysis, research questions into performance practice and historical context, and critical examination of sound recorded sources. Requires preparation of works of selected composer or style period for end-of-semester recital. Recent topics have included The Italian Keyboard Tradition, J.S. Bach and his Trans-Generational Impact, and American Roots.
Cacioppo,Curtis

MUSC H208F 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. Students receive ten hour-long lessons with approved teachers for one-half credit, graded. All students in the private study program perform for a faculty jury at the end of the semester. Students assume the cost of their lessons, but may apply for private study subsidies at the beginning of each semester’s study through the department.
Attributes: Humanities
Jacob,Heidi Carolyn

MUSC H209F Private Study: Voice

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. Students receive ten hour-long lessons with approved teachers for one-half credit, graded. All students in the private study program perform for a faculty jury at the end of the semester. Students assume the cost of their lessons, but may apply for private study subsidies at the beginning of each semester’s study through the department.
Lloyd,Thomas

MUSC H210F Private Study: Keyboard

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. Students receive ten hour-long lessons with approved teachers for one-half credit, graded. All students in the private study program perform for a faculty jury at the end of the semester. Students assume the cost of their lessons, but may apply for private study subsidies at the beginning of each semester’s study through the department.
Cacioppo,Curtis

MUSC H214F Chamber Singers

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. The choir performs on and off campus, both public concerts and outreach concerts to underserved audiences. International tours revolving around shared concerts with choirs in the cities visited happen every 3-4 years. Requires attendance at three 80-minute rehearsals weekly. Entrance by audition at the beginning of the Fall semester each year.
Lloyd,Thomas

MUSC H215F Chamber Music

Intensive rehearsal of works for small instrumental groups, with supplemental assigned research and listening. Performance is required. Students enrolled in Chamber Music have the opportunity to receive coaching from visiting artists on the Concert Artist Series and from resident ensembles. Performances take place at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, and other community venues.This course is available to those students who are concurrently studying privately, or who have studied privately immediately prior to the start of the semester. In addition, all students playing orchestral instruments must participate concurrently in the Orchestra, unless granted permission by the music director. Entrance by audition only.
Jacob,Heidi Carolyn

MUSC H216F Orchestra

The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra has over seventy members and performs a wide range of symphonic repertory. Orchestra members are expected to attend one two-and-a-half hour rehearsal per week, and are guided in sectional rehearsals by professional musicians. There are three/four performances a year, including Parents/Family Weekend concerts. The spring Orchestra concert features the winner of the annual student concerto competition. Entrance by audition only.
Jacob,Heidi Carolyn

MUSC H223A Mozart’s World

This course takes students on a musical tour of Europe in the eighteenth century. Traveling from Naples to Paris, London, and Vienna, we consider how politics, religion, commerce, and technology shaped local musical cultures. At the same time, we explore the formation of a pan-European musical language, the galant style, in works by composers like Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven.
Pre-requisite(s): Music 110, 111, or consent of the instructor.
Gray,Myron

MUSC H229A Thinking about Music: Ideas, History, and Musicology

Core concepts and perspectives for the serious study of music. Students explore music, meaning, and musicological method in a variety of contexts through a set of six foundational themes and questions: Music and the Idea of Genius, Who Owns Music?, Music and Technology, The Global Soundscape, Music and the State, and Tonality, Sense, and Reason. Each unit uses a small number of musical works, performances, or documents as a focal point. In each unit we also read current musicological work in an attempt to understand the methods, arguments, and perspectives through which scholars interpret music and its many meanings. This course is required of all music majors and minors in their sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Music 110, 111, or 203.
Freedman,Richard

MUSC H266A Composition

Preparation of a portfolio of compositions for various instruments and ensembles. Weekly assignments designed to invite creative, individual responses to a variety of musical ideas; experimentation with harmony, form, notation, and text-setting. Performance of student works-in-progress and final reading/recording session with professional musicians. Recent classes have had their compositions read by Network for New Music, percussionist Phillip O’Banion, and the Amernet String Quartet.
Arauco,Ingrid

MUSC H303A Advanced Tonal Harmony

Study of late 19th-century harmonic practice in selected works of Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Fauré, Wolf, Debussy, and Mahler. Exploration of chromatic harmony through analysis and short compositions; 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: Music 204.
Cacioppo,Curtis

MUSC H480A Independent Study
Prerequisite: Approval of department and consent of instructor.
Jacob,Heidi Carolyn
Freedman,Richard
Arauco,Ingrid
Lloyd,Thomas
Cacioppo,Curtis