Department of Music Theory, History and Composition

College of Arts and Humanities

110 Swope Music Building (Office of the Dean)
610-436-2739
Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition
Dr. Robert MaggioChairperson

The mission of the School of Music at West Chester University is to create a learning environment that provides the highest order of education in all major aspects of music, to establish a foundation for life-long growth in music, and to offer programs and degrees that are tradition based but future oriented. In pursuing this mission, we reaffirm our commitment to diversity within the School of Music. Our faculty members strive to be inspiring teachers as well as musical and intellectual leaders. Further, we endeavor to expand the music opportunities available to all University students and to enhance the quality of our community's musical life.

Professors

Robert C. Maggio (1991)

Chairperson, Music Theory History and Composition

B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Julian Onderdonk (2001)

B.A., Bowdoin College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

Mark T. Rimple (2000)

B.Mus., University of the Arts; M.Mus., D.M.A., Temple University

Alexander Rozin (2002)

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Associate Professors

Adam B. Silverman (2008)

B.M., University of Miami; M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale University

Van Stiefel (2006)

B.A., Yale College; M.M., Yale School of Music; Ph.D., Princeton University

Assistant Professors

Jacob Cooper (2014)

B.A., Amherst College; M.A., A.D., D.M.A., Yale School of Music

Hayoung Heidi Lee (2013)

B.A., M.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., Stanford University

Thomas Winters (1988)

B.A., Bucknell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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MHL

MHL 121. Music in Culture and History. 3 Credits.

A course in appreciating music as an informed listener. Includes an introduction to the basic elements of musical style necessary for understanding music in its cultural and historical context, examination of the great European composers and their masterworks, and topics in popular music, jazz, and/or world music. No Prerequisites. Ability to read music is NOT expected.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MHL 125. Perspectives in Jazz. 3 Credits.

Guided listening to improve understanding and enjoyment of jazz with emphasis on jazz heritages, chronological development, and sociological considerations, culminating in an analysis of the eclectic styles of the 1960s and 1970s. Not open to music majors.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement, Diversity Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MHL 127. Sounds of Philadelphia and its Surroundings. 3 Credits.

This course examines the rich musico-cultural life of Philadelphia and its surroundings. Through a focus on music history, students will study music, culture, politics, history and migration of the Philadelphia area. The topics and genre covered in the course would be broad and diverse in genre and styles of music.
Distance education offering may be available.

MHL 179. Special Subjects Seminar. 3 Credits.

Significant topics in music history and literature presented by faculty members and/or visiting lecturers. Designed for the nonmusic major who has had little or no previous musical experience. Fulfills the general requirements. Not open to music majors.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 201. Form and Style in the Arts. 3 Credits.

Relationships between the arts (music, literature, fine arts, and dance) stressed through common principles of form and style. Concentration on the development of skills of critical perception through practical application with reference to various arts. Fulfills the interdisciplinary requirement.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MHL 210. Music History I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to musical style and listening techniques within a historical context: (1) an introduction to style periods, music listening skills, concepts of form, and style analysis in both Western and non-Western music; (2) historical survey of music beginning with the music of the early Church and continuing through the end of the 16th century.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MHL 211. Music History II. 3 Credits.

A historical survey of music from 1600 to 1825. Analysis of appropriate genres, styles, forms, social contexts, aesthetics, and performance practices will be considered.
Pre / Co requisites: MHL 211 requires prerequisites of C- or better in MHL 210.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MHL 212. Music History III. 3 Credits.

A historical survey of music from 1825 to the present. Analysis of appropriate genre, styles, forms, social contexts, aesthetic concepts, and performance practices will be considered.
Pre / Co requisites: MHL 212 requires prerequisites of MHL 211 with a C- or better.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MHL 301. Music and the Related Arts. 3 Credits.

Examines ways in which music parallels at least two other visual, performing, and/or verbal arts in Western and/or non-Western culture. Concentration on the development of skills of critical perception through practical application to music and other arts.
Pre / Co requisites: MHL 301 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212 and MHL 211 or permission of instructor.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement, Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall.

MHL 310. Collegium Musicum. 1 Credit.

A chamber ensemble specializing in the use of authentic instruments and performance techniques in the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. Membership by audition.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 312. Women in Music. 3 Credits.

A survey of the role that women played in the history of music from the Middle Ages to the present. Open to nonmusic majors and music majors without prerequisites.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Spring.

MHL 325. History of Rock. 3 Credits.

This course traces the development of 1950s rock and roll from its rhythm and blues and country and western sources through the world music influences of the 1970s and beyond.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Spring.

MHL 420. World Music. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the study of tribal, folk, popular, and oriental music and ethnomusicology methodology. Open to music majors and nonmusic majors without prerequisites.
Typically offered in Spring.

MHL 422. History of Jazz. 3 Credits.

A survey of the history of jazz, including representative performers and their music.
Pre / Co requisites: MHL 322 requires prerequisite of MHL 212.
Typically offered in Fall.

MHL 440. Medieval Music. 3 Credits.

Development of plainsong and secular monody and beginnings of early history of polyphony through the 14th century. Consideration of trends in the visual arts, history and literature.

MHL 454. History of Opera. 3 Credits.

A basic course in the origin and development of opera and its dissemination throughout the Western world.
Pre / Co requisites: MHL 454 requires prerequisite of MHL 212.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Spring.

MHL 455. History of Orchestral Music. 3 Credits.

A study of representative orchestral works: symphonies, concerti, suites, overtures, and others, from the Baroque Period to the present.
Pre / Co requisites: MHL 455 requires prerequisite of MHL 212.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.

MHL 459. Topics in American Music. 3 Credits.

Survey of the development of music and musical styles from 1620 to the present. Analysis of styles, forms, aesthetic concepts, and practices.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.

MHL 479. Topics in Music History I. 3 Credits.

Significant topics presented by faculty members and/or visiting lecturers. Designed to meet specific needs of undergraduate music majors.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 480. Topics in Music History II. 3 Credits.

Significant topics presented by faculty members and/or visiting lecturers. Designed to meet specific needs of undergraduate music majors.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 481. Independent Study. 1 Credit.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 482. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 483. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHL 498. Senior Project I. 3 Credits.

Research and writing for Music History Senior Project.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.

MHL 499. Senior Project II. 3 Credits.

Completion of research and writing for Music History Senior Project.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.

MHW

MHW 405. Workshop in Music History. 1-3 Credits.

Participation-oriented workshops designed to meet specific needs in music history and to develop skills for practical application in teaching and professional settings.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHW 406. Workshop in Music History. 1-3 Credits.

Participation-oriented workshops designed to meet specific needs in music history and to develop skills for practical application in teaching and professional settings.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHW 407. Workshop in Music History. 1-3 Credits.

Participation-oriented workshops designed to meet specific needs in music history and to develop skills for practical application in teaching and professional settings.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHW 408. Workshop in Music History. 1-3 Credits.

Participation-oriented workshops designed to meet specific needs in music history and to develop skills for practical application in teaching and professional settings.
Repeatable for Credit.

MHW 409. Workshop in Music History. 1-3 Credits.

Participation-oriented workshops designed to meet specific needs in music history and to develop skills for practical application in teaching and professional settings.
Repeatable for Credit.

MTC

MTC 101. Music Matters. 3 Credits.

Why is music one of the few cross-cultural universals? Why don't other species have music? This course considers why we invest so much time and money in creating and listening to music by exploring specific topics such as psychoacoustics, emotional responses to music, creativity, how music reflects and influences culture, music's role in shaping personal identity, how music contributes to movies, and music's potential as a therapeutic agent. We will listen to a diverse array of music ranging from Bach to the Beatles, to jazz, to music from India, Cuba, and other cultures around the world.
Gen Ed Attribute: Interdisciplinary Requirement.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 110. Making Music. 3 Credits.

A study of basic elements of music for those without previous musical experience. For nonmusic majors only.
Gen Ed Attribute: Arts Distributive Requirement.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 111. The Developing Musician. 3 Credits.

A continuation of MTC 110, this course further explores music fundamentals, focusing on refining listening skills, examining creative approaches, and investigating diverse musical forms.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 111 requires prerequisite of MTC 110.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 112. Theory of Music I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to music theory, the materials of music. Analysis and creative activity.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 113. Theory of Music II. 3 Credits.

Form; motive; cadence; phrase; melody. Analysis and creative activity.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 114. Aural Activities I. 2 Credits.

Development of basic hearing skills, chiefly through sight singing and dictation activities based on the subject matter of MTC 112.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 114 requires co-requisite of MTC 112.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 115. Aural Activities II. 2 Credits.

Continued development of basic hearing skills.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 115 requires prerequisites of MTC 112 and MTC 114.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 171. Popular Music Songwriting/Recording. 3 Credits.

Analysis and composition of recent popular music; introduction to recording and editing techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 171 requires prerequisite of MTC 113.

MTC 212. Theory of Music III. 3 Credits.

Harmony and counterpoint; dissonance; voice motion; harmonic progression; modulation; texture. Analysis and creative activity. PREREQ: MTC113, with a grade of C- or better.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 212 requires a prerequisite of MTC 113.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 213. Theory of Music IV. 3 Credits.

In depth analysis of specific styles, genres, and forms; compositional style studies.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 213 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 214. Aural Activities III. 2 Credits.

Material of advanced difficulty involving chromatic alteration, foreign modulation, and intricate rhythms.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 214 requires prerequisite of MTC 113 and MTC 115 or co-requisite of MTC 113 and MTC 115.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 215. Aural Activities IV. 2 Credits.

Continuation of MTC 214 and activities involving nontonal music.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 215 requires prerequisites of MTC 212 and MTC 214.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 271. Scoring for Film and Television. 3 Credits.

Techniques used in composing, orchestrating, mixing, and recording music for the film and television industry. Use of sequencing software and sample libraries to write production-quality cues synchronized to film clips.

MTC 312. Composition I. 3 Credits.

Creative writing in the forms, styles, and media best suited to the capabilities and needs of the student.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 312 requires a prerequisite of MTC 112.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 313. Composition II. 3 Credits.

Further application of MTC 312, stressing contemporary techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 313 requires prerequisite of MTC 312.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 341. Orchestration. 3 Credits.

The orchestra; use of instruments individually and in combination.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 341 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 342. Music Analysis. 3 Credits.

An overview of major trends in music analysis applied to a variety of musical styles. Addresses how analysis informs composition, performance, scholarship and pedagogy.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 342 requires a prerequisite of MTC 212.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 344. 16th Century Counterpoint. 3 Credits.

The contrapuntal techniques of tonal music. Chorale prelude and invention.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 344 requires prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 345. 18th Century Counterpoint. 3 Credits.

Advanced contrapuntal forms including canon and fugue.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 345 requires prerequisite of MTC 212.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 361. Jazz Harmony and Arranging I. 3 Credits.

A basic course in jazz/popular harmony and arranging techniques, including contemporary chord symbols and terminology, and basic voicing for brass, reed, and rhythm sections.
Typically offered in Fall.

MTC 362. Jazz Harmony and Arranging II. 3 Credits.

An intermediate course in jazz/popular harmony and arranging techniques, including more advanced harmonic techniques. Writing for strings, woodwinds, and electronic instruments is introduced.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 364. Performance Practices in Contemporary Music. 3 Credits.

Technical problems of understanding new notation (e.g., graphic, proportional, multiphonics, microtones, metric modulation, asymmetrical rhythm groupings, prose scores, etc.) and facility in performing scores that include these techniques.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 364 requires prerequisite of MTC 213.

MTC 412. Composition III. 3 Credits.

Private composition instruction for composition majors.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 412 requires prerequisite of MTC 313.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 413. Composition IV. 3 Credits.

Advanced composition involving major projects in a contemporary idiom.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 413 requires prerequisite of MTC 412.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 417. Computer Music I. 3 Credits.

Materials and techniques of electronic music and their use in composition. Laboratory experience in the composition of electronic music.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 417 requires a prerequisite of MTC 312.
Typically offered in Spring.

MTC 418. Composition V. 3 Credits.

Advanced composition lessons for theory/composition majors.
Pre / Co requisites: MTC 418 requires a prerequisite of MTC 413.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 479. Music Theory/Composition Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

Special topics seminar designed to meet specific needs of undergraduate music majors.
Repeatable for Credit.

MTC 481. Independent Study. 1 Credit.

Contact department for more information about this course.
Repeatable for Credit.

MTC 485. Senior Thesis I. 3 Credits.

Private instruction and preparation of music theory senior thesis.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 486. Senior Thesis II. 3 Credits.

Private instruction and further preparation of music theory senior thesis.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 487. Senior Recital Preparation I. 3 Credits.

Private composition instruction and preparation for senior composition recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC 488. Senior Recital Preparation II. 3 Credits.

Private composition instruction and further preparation for senior composition recital.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MTC Q14. Basic Ear Training and Sight Singing. 2 Credits.

A preparatory course for music majors emphasizing basic aural perception and sight-singing skills needed for effective music study. A final grade of C or better is a prerequisite for taking MTC 114. Please note: This is a developmental course and the credits do not count towards degree completion.
Typically offered in Fall.

MUS

MUS 199. Transfer Credits. 1-10 Credits.

Transfer Credits.
Repeatable for Credit.

MWS

MWS 436. Synthesizer Workshop: Contemp Applicatns. 3 Credits.

Contact department for more information about this course.