Music History and Music Theory
Although not a degree area at CSU, Music History and Music Theory are an integral component of every music student's program of study. The School of Music Theatre and Dance offers intense training in specialized music disciplines, combined with a balance of core music courses in music history and theory.
Music history at Colorado State University is grounded in the discipline of musicology, the scholarly study of music. Foundational areas include historical inquiry, research, ethnomusicological fieldwork, music theory, and performance practice. All musicians use musicology in their pursuits, regardless of whether their specialty is performance, education, therapy, or another academic area.
CSU offers courses in musicology to both music majors and non-majors. Classes cover topics such as the history of western art music, the history of jazz, rock and roll, American music, and music in non-western cultures. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of ways that music reflects cultural and societal norms in the time and location in which it was produced. All undergraduate and graduate music majors are required to take music history and research courses.
400 level courses may count as graduate electives.
Previous musical training not necessary. Survey of music from a wide range of periods and styles.
Landmarks of music history and literature from 1300 to the present.
Examination of the role of women in music from historical and societal perspectives.
Historical overview of rock and roll with emphasis on listening skills, musical analysis, the artists, and the industry.
Music of the medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods.
Music of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods.
Hymns and congregational singing in the Christian tradition.
History of the music and rites of Christian liturgy from its beginnings to the present.
Musical traditions of the poetry and psalms of the Hebrew Bible, primarily from the perspective of Jewish and Christian liturgy.
History and practice of contemporary liturgical music in America.
Physical structure, tonal disposition, acoustical surroundings, and historical development.
Some courses, such as Music History I and Music History II have an honors option for students enrolled in the honors college. The student conducts a flexible independent research project under the guidance of the professor and then presents it to his or her peers at the end of the semester.
- Composition and theory
- Music History
Ideal for a student with specific interests not covered by the regular course offerings. The student works with a professor to research and write about a topic of interest; practical applications and in-depth analysis especially welcome.
A semester-long capstone research project on an original topic. Required for Composition and B.A. students, but may be taken as an elective by any music major with instructor approval.
Requires participation in University Honors Program.
A scholarly project on an original research topic, composition, or creative performance, evaluated by a committee of faculty members.
500 level courses open to qualified undergraduates.
Music in Western civilization from its beginnings through Middle Ages.
Music of 15th and 16th centuries.
Style and musical language of baroque from Gabrieli through Johann Sebastian Bach.
Vocal and instrumental music of middle and late 18th century.
Musical works, philosophies, and related arts of the 19th century.
20th-century music emphasizing stylistic and theoretical concepts.