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 3-July 1, 2018
Robert Hasegawa, director

This summer study-abroad program is a three-credit, graduate-level course offered in Paris, France, open to performers, composers, theorists, and other devotees of new music. In parallel with ManiFeste-2018, a month-long festival of contemporary music produced by IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique), the course will explore musical innovations of the last 25 years with special emphasis on the composers featured in the festival. Students will attend course meetings every weekday for the first two weeks, then participate as auditors in the ManiFeste Festival Academy for the final two weeks. Academy events include public lectures, masterclasses for composers and interpreters, open rehearsals, and films.

Applications are welcomed from advanced undergraduates and graduates in any musical discipline. 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. Classes will be offered in English, and no knowledge of French is necessary.

This course fulfills Eastman’s TH 402 requirement for DMA students, and counts as an elective towards the MM, MA, and Ph.D. degrees. Eastman students who have already taken TH 402 may still register for the course under the course number CMP 490. Credit for the course can be transferred to most other North American colleges and universities—contact your institution’s registrar for details.

Please note that the application deadline for this course is Friday, February 9 (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

Tuition 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 $4,830.

$5,700 / 3 credits (housing included)        CRN 19563
$4,830 / 3 credits (no housing)                CRN 19572

“The course benefits greatly from the coordination with the IRCAM Academy and ManiFeste. Secondarily, Professor Hasegawa’s ability to connect with and effectively teach each student in the class is a rare gift.” – 2017 student

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