Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music: Study Abroad Course in Paris

TH 402A
Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music: Study Abroad Course in Paris

June 2-30, 2019
Robert Hasegawa, director

This summer study-abroad program is a four-week, three-credit graduate-level course on contemporary music, open to performers, composers, theorists, and other music scholars. Scheduled to coincide with ManiFeste-2019, a month-long festival of contemporary music produced by IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), the course is designed to explore musical innovations of the last twenty-five years with special emphasis on works performed during the festival. Students will attend class meetings with Prof. Robert Hasegawa for the first two weeks of the course, then will participate as auditors in the ManiFeste Festival Academy for the final two weeks. Academy events include concerts, lectures, masterclasses for composers and performers, open rehearsals, and films.

The course is repertoire-based, and will include readings by composers and theorists and close study of scores and recordings. Course topics will include spectralism, electroacoustic and “mixed” music, microtonality, computer-aided composition, extended serialism, “new complexity,” and transformational theory.

The course is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Students applying to the course should have completed at least four semesters of collegiate-level music theory or the equivalent; previous study of post-tonal theory is recommended but not required. The course will be taught in English, and knowledge of French is not necessary.

Credit for the course can be transferred to most other North American other colleges and universities—contact your institution’s registrar for details. For Eastman DMA students, this course fulfills the post-tonal theory (TH 402) degree requirement; those who have already taken TH 402 can still register for the course using the cross-listed course number CMP 490. Students in other degree programs may apply the course as an elective toward the BM, BA, MM, MA, and PhD degrees.

Please note that the application deadline for this course is Friday, February 1, 2019 (earlier than other summer session courses). Applications may be accepted after this date if there is remaining space in the class. For more detailed information and an online application form, visit the course website at / theory / paris.

The program fee of $5,800 includes shared apartment housing, concert tickets, course materials, local transportation passes, and travel/health insurance. Students will be responsible for all other expenses, including meals and airfare. Students who prefer to arrange their own housing will pay a reduced tuition fee of $5,010 (Eastman’s standard tuition for a three-credit course). Students accepted into the program must submit a deposit of $500 by February 15 to reserve their place in the class. The balance of the program fee will be due on March 8.

$5,800 / 3 credits (housing included)     CRN 19580
$5,010 / 3 credits (no housing)     CRN 19599

“I learned about music in this course I wouldn’t have been exposed to anywhere else. The subject matter was both unique and relevant, since by design it directly overlapped with active music-making occurring today in a prominent setting (IRCAM)” – 2018 student

Read our blog: Cafés, Croissants, and Contemporary Music: An Eastman Summer in Paris