Course Descriptions


Private Lessons and Seminars

Instrument, Voice, and Composition
Students receive one-hour private lessons weekly for the 30 weeks of the academic year. Those majoring in instruments or voice are required to pass an examination in their major field before a faculty jury toward the end of the second semester each year. Examination requirements may be obtained from the major teacher.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 8 credits (undergraduate)/12 credits (graduate)

Theory
In addition to class work in Techniques of Music, students majoring in theory receive individual piano lessons during their first two years and are required to pass a piano examination before a faculty jury toward the end of the second semester each year. Examination requirements may be obtained from the piano teacher.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 8 credits

Orchestral Conducting
Conducting lessons, including work with two pianos and study of symphonic, concerto, and operatic literature. All orchestral conducting students work regularly with the Repertory Orchestra, an instrumental ensemble created specifically to support the orchestral conducting program. Advanced students also have the opportunity to conduct reading sessions, rehearsals, and performances of The Mannes Orchestra at the discretion of the music director.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 8 credits (undergraduate)/12 credits (graduate)

Choral Conducting
Conducting technique, relevant aspects of vocal production, and study of the choral literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. All choral conducting students work regularly with the Repertory Vocal Ensemble, a small chorus created specifically to support the choral conducting program. Advanced students also have the opportunity to conduct rehearsals and/or performances of The Mannes Chorus.

3-5 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 8 credits (undergraduate)/12 credits (graduate)


Ensembles and Performance Classes

The Mannes Orchestra
Sight-reading and study of the symphonic and operatic literature, rehearsal and preparation for regular public performances. All majors in orchestral instruments are required to audition annually for seating placement.

6 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

The Mannes Chorus
Sight-reading and study of choral literature from the 15th century to the present, rehearsal and preparation for regular performances. Members accepted on the basis of audition. Two years of chorus are required for all undergraduate students not subject to the orchestra requirement. Required every year for choral conducting majors.

3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

The Mannes Opera
Fundamentals of opera training for those students majoring in voice. The class is divided into small sections led by various coaches and stage directors, each section preparing a brief performance either in concert or of staged scenes from selected operas. A number of students in the class are also chosen to prepare a fully staged production of one or more complete operas for public performance. In addition to their performance obligation, students in the class assist in the technical preparation of staged productions. Entrance to The Mannes Opera is by audition at the beginning of the school year.

Varied hours weekly, 6 credits

Chamber Music
Study of the standard ensemble literature for string instruments, wind and brass instruments, and piano; performances in student recitals and festivals.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Performance Classes—Orchestral Instruments
Reading and study of solo and orchestral literature in classes grouped by major instrument. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of material for professional auditions. Required in each semester of residency.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Percussion Ensemble
Repertory includes standard works and music of many contemporary composers. Required for students concentrating in percussion in each semester of residency.

3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Guitar Ensemble
Music of the lute and guitar repertory of all periods, written for two or more guitars or in combination with other instruments or voice. Required for students majoring in guitar.

3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Baroque Chamber Players
Performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries. A laboratory course with emphasis on ornamentation, improvisation, and idiomatic conventions of notation and rhythm. Open to singers, instrumentalists, and keyboard players.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Contemporary Music Ensemble
Music of the 20th century in classroom performance. Works prepared for periodic public performances.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Piano Ensemble
Sight-reading and study of original compositions for four hands (one and two pianos) and four- and eight-hand arrangements of chamber music and symphonic literature. Required for undergraduate students majoring in piano.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits


Undergraduate Curriculum

Throughout the duration of their studies, students at Mannes follow a program of instruction in the Techniques of Music. Students who are placed into remedial classes (Fundamentals) must pass these courses in order to remain in the college.

FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC

Fundamentals of Theory
Basic elements of music theory: scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, seventh chords, Roman numerals, and figured bass. The concept of musical direction is introduced through simple exercises in melodic analysis. The topics of 4-part writing and 2-part counterpoint are introduced. Students deficient in theory are required to earn a passing grade in Fundamentals of Theory in their first year.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Fundamentals of Ear Training and Dictation
Introduction to “fixed-do” solfège. Scales, intervals, triads. Sight-singing exercises (primarily diatonic) in treble and bass clefs. Articulation of rhythm and meter. Simple melodic and harmonic dictation. Students deficient in ear training and dictation are required to earn a passing grade in Fundamentals of Ear Training and Dictation in their first year.

1 hour weekly, each course, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Fundamentals of Musicianship Workshop
One hour weekly, by advisement, 0 credits.

TECHNIQUES OF MUSIC I

Theory I
Intensive study of the fundamental materials and procedures of tonal music. Writing of harmonic progressions and setting of melodies and figured basses using triads and seventh chords and their inversions. Two-part counterpoint in all five species. Introduction to chromaticism, applied dominant relationships, modulation, and tones of figuration. Emphasis on the linear origin of many chord successions.

3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 6 credits

Ear Training I, Dictation I
Sight-singing of melodies in five clefs. Emphasis on basic rhythmic and tonal patterns. Introduction to score reading and transposition. Melodic, contrapuntal, and harmonic dictation.

1 hour weekly each course, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Piano Class I
Fundamentals of piano technique. Simple pieces for beginners. Major and minor scales, tonic and dominant-seventh chords, basic progressions in major and minor keys. Sight-reading. Required for all majors except keyboard and theory.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

TECHNIQUES OF MUSIC II

Theory II
Three-part counterpoint in all five species. Setting of chorale melodies, further studies of chromaticism and figuration. Written exercises in various styles and media.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Ear Training II, Dictation II
Melodic, contrapuntal, and harmonic dictation; melodic dictation and sightsinging with emphasis on chromaticism; continuation of score reading and transposition using seven clefs.

1 hour weekly each course, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Keyboard I
Contrapuntal and harmonic progression in all keys, keyboard settings of simple chorales and folk tunes, realization of figured basses. Required for keyboard, theory, composition, and conducting majors.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Guitar Fingerboard Harmony
Study of harmonic progressions and figured bass for guitar.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Piano Class II
More advanced technique and pieces. Major and minor scales. Progressions in major and minor keys. Introduction to figured bass. Sight-reading. Required for all majors except keyboard and theory.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

TECHNIQUES OF MUSIC III

Theory III
Combined species counterpoint; imitation, canon, and introduction to fugue. Intensive study of chromaticism, texture, continuity, style, and form. Settings of instrumental and vocal melodies and basses from the literature. Projects in the composition of small forms.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Ear Training III, Dictation III
Continuation of sight-singing, score reading, transposition, and dictation. Introduction to atonal material. A substantial keyboard requirement for theory, composition, conducting, and piano majors.

1 hour weekly each course, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Analysis I
Schenkerian analytic procedures. The structural principles and techniques of triadic tonality are learned in works of smaller dimension. Required for all majors. 2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Keyboard II
The various techniques of prolongation, tonal planning, keyboard settings of instrumental and vocal melodies and basses. Required for keyboard, theory, composition, and conducting majors.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Piano Class III
Available as an elective for qualified students.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

TECHNIQUES OF MUSIC IV

Theory IV
Studies in tonal composition, extended use of chromaticism and imitative counterpoint, including writing of complete fugues.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

20th-Century Theory
Analysis of selected examples from the tonal and post-tonal literature of the 20th century. Written exercises in a variety of styles and media. Required for all majors.

1½ hours weekly, 2 semesters, 3 credits

Ear Training IV, Dictation IV
Continuation of Ear Training III and Dictation III using more difficult material. Required for all majors except voice.

1 hour weekly each course, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Ear Training IV for Singers
Continuation of Ear Training III using more difficult material with emphasis on vocal literature.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Analysis II
Works of larger scope and greater complexity, the linear-harmonic analysis of complete movements and works in various styles. Required for all majors except voice.

1½ hours weekly, 2 semesters, 3 credits

Keyboard III
Study of large-scale prolongations, exercises in improvisation (motivic and thematic development). Required for keyboard, theory, composition, and conducting majors.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Score Reading
Details the various problems of orchestral score reading. The material covered includes the literature from the classic through the modern period. Required for keyboard, theory, composition, and conducting majors.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Tonal Composition
Advanced studies in tonal composition; three- and four-part canon, double and triple fugue; study and exercises in sonata form. Required in place of Theory IV for Composition and Theory majors. Suggested as an elective for other qualified students.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits


Other Required Courses and Electives

The following courses are required for some majors and are open to others as electives.

ORCHESTRATION

Orchestration I
Instrumentation; the basic range and techniques of the instruments of the orchestra; the study of their uses and functions within the musical structure as established by the important composers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries; assignments in writing for individual instruments and small combinations, as well as for small and full orchestra. Required for students majoring in theory, composition, and conducting.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Orchestration II
A continuation of Orchestration I; intensive study and analysis of orchestration; problems of texture, balance, and doubling; exercises and assignments in orchestration; aspects of present-day orchestral music; individual projects. Required for students majoring in composition and conducting.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

VOCAL

Song Interpretation
Designed for singers and pianists who are interested in the performance of art songs. Emphasis is placed on analysis of text and music and their interrelation. May be used by pianists for ensemble credit.

3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Languages I and II (Italian, German, or French)
The main objective of the language courses is to enable the student to think in a foreign language and thereby enjoy a widened cultural experience. Each language is assimilated through speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, translation, conversation and idioms are stressed. In the second year, the student concentrates on reading and translating simple poetry, plays, and short novels in addition to more advanced conversation and vocabulary. Students majoring in voice are required to take one year of each language. Students majoring in theory are required to take two years of either French or German.

Various hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

English Diction
Study of the artistic delivery of English in song using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Required for students majoring in voice and choral conducting.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Italian, French, and German Diction
Study of the Italian, French, and German fundamentals of phonetics, articulation, and pronunciation as applied to song and operatic literature. Accompanists are provided for a number of classes. Required for students majoring in voice and choral conducting.

Each course 2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Movement for Singers
Led by an active professional in the theater and opera industries. Includes stage movement and related techniques/styles such as combat. Required for students majoring in voice and available as an elective for graduate singers not in opera.

Each course: 3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Acting For Singers
For the singer/non-dancer, this course covers human expressive movement techniques from gesture to posture and the beginner-level basics of stage movement. Sources are Emile Jacques-Dalcroze, Rudolf Laban, and Etienne Decroux. Additional lessons in functional anatomy, breath, and alignment. Technical study designed to promote physical responsibility and awareness in the singer/actor and provide a vocabulary for the spontaneous creation of character. Required for students majoring in voice.

Each course: 3 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Voice Performance Class
Coaching of lieder and opera repertoire, culminating in end-of-semester performance.

2 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

PIANO

Piano Sight-Reading
Consists of exercises leading to instant recognition of rhythms, chords, and basic keyboard patterns; keyboard topography; sight-reading of four-hand music, accompaniments, and solo repertory. Required for students majoring in piano who are deficient in sight-reading.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

INSTRUMENTAL

Performance Classes for Orchestral Instruments
Includes separate classes for orchestral instruments. Study and in-class performance of the literature, emphasis on orchestra audition preparation. Discussion of performance practice problems.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Guitar Survey
Study of problems specifically relating to performance on the guitar. Editing of music for performance, transcription, reading of lute tablature, and sightreading. Required for all students majoring in guitar.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Guitar Performance Class
Study and performance of the guitar literature. Required for all students majoring in guitar.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

PEDAGOGY

Ear-Training Pedagogy
Projects in the instruction of ear training and dictation. Includes practical application to actual teaching experiences. Required for students majoring in theory, recommended elective for other qualified undergraduates.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 8 credits; as elective, 4 credits

Theory Pedagogy
Projects in theory instruction. Includes practical application to actual teaching experiences. Required for students majoring in theory, recommended elective for other qualified undergraduates.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 8 credits; as elective, 4 credits

Piano Pedagogy
Examination of teaching material for the preschool child, elementary school beginner, high school beginner, adult beginner, and professional student. Problems and discussions include the development of good musical taste, technical skill, memorization, and performance; intelligent practice and the establishment of a sound relationship between child, teacher, and parent; visiting lecturers; and demonstrations. Observation of class and individual instruction is required; practice teaching of students. Required for students majoring in piano.

1½ hours weekly, 2 semesters, 3 credits

ADDITIONAL MUSIC COURSES

Composition (non-majors)
Study and writing of melodic lines as determinants of musical continuity and direction, two- to four-voiced compositions for specific instruments and voices, simple to more complex forms, individual projects. Required for theory majors.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits


Academic Studies

Required of all undergraduate degree students. Mannes College The New School for Music offers a program of related studies in the humanities. The core curriculum is intended to give students a basic familiarity with the broad spectrum of the humanities, not only as they relate to the field of music but also as a continuum of study that will enable them to take an active role in the community of educated citizens.

More specifically, this program coordinates courses in music, art, literature, and history in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding of each cultural period, as well as a panoramic view of the development of Western civilization in a global context.

This curriculum has been established along lines approved by the music and academic consultants of the New York State Board of Education (Albany) and those of the Middle States Accreditation Association.

In addition, students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of undergraduate liberal arts electives available at The New School.

During the second and third years, the core curriculum includes the History of Music, which is a chronological presentation of music in Western society from classical antiquity through the 19th century (3 hours weekly). The first year of History of Music traces the course of music from its earliest forms to 1800, while the second year is concerned with music from 1800 through the 20th century.

History of Music I
An intensive study of the development of musical styles and forms from the early Middle Ages through the classical period. Emphasis on the relationship of music to social history, the visual arts, literature, and philosophy. Required of all undergraduates.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

History of Music II
A continuation of Music History I, from the romantic period through the 20th century. Required of all undergraduates.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

English Composition
Concentrates on acquiring writing skills beginning with simple compositions and gradually developing an individual style. Introduction to literature, with a focus on writing in various styles.

1½ hours weekly, 1 semester, 1½ credits

Introduction to Humanities
A survey of the major questions of humanities studies: What are the humanities? Why are they so named? What is history and how do we study it? What is literature? What is art?

1½ hours weekly, 1 semester, 1½ credits

Western Civilization
A survey of European civilization from its origins in the Middle East to the present, with emphasis on religious, political, and intellectual developments.

Two semesters: each course 3 hours weekly (two 1½-hour sessions), 1 semester, 3 credits; 6 credits total

I) Pre-history, ancient civilizations of the Middle East, the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance.

II) The Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, imperialism, the World Wars, dictatorships and democracies, the Cold War, global perspectives.

World Literature
The major traditions from antiquity to the present, concentration on epics, dramas, poetry, and the novel.

Two semesters: each course 3 hours weekly (two 1½-hour sessions), 1 semester, 3 credits; 6 credits total

I) The epic, Greek drama, the medieval romance influenced by Christianity, Elizabethan comedies and tragedies.

II) Seventeenth-century, Romantic, and Victorian poetry, the novel, 20th-century literature.

Fine Arts
Study of painting, sculpture, and architecture. The visual arts in their cultural surroundings.

Two semesters: each course 3 hours weekly (two 1½-hour sessions), 1 semester, 3 credits; 6 credits total


Graduate Curriculum

Theory Review for Graduate Students
Intensive review of significant areas of theory: two- and three-part species counterpoint, harmonization, and chromaticism; phrasing, musical form. Survey of Music History from the 17th to 20th centuries. Theory review is required for master’s candidates who, by examination, place below the entrance level in theory.

3 hours weekly (two 1½-hour sessions), 2 semesters, 6 credits; and History Review, 1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 0 credits

Introduction to Graduate Studies
Designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge of reference and research materials requisite for course work in the master of music program.

In addition, the course introduces students to the process of surveying and evaluating editions and to consideration of the practical implications for performance practice. These are intended to help the student acquire a basis for artistically sound and informed interpretation. Required for all master’s candidates.

2 hours weekly, 1 semester, 3 credits

Analysis for Graduate Students
An intensive course in Schenkerian analysis for graduate students. Fundamental concepts and skills of Schenkerian analysis are developed as a preparation for elective seminar courses such as Analysis for Performers. Required for all master of music students. Students whose entrance examination results exempt them from this requirement are required to take an additional elective, preferably from among the theory options.

3 hours weekly, 1 semester, 3 credits

Professional Performance Obligation
Students must present evidence of at least two professional engagements outside of the college having taken place during the student’s tenure in the graduate program. Acceptability of the performances is at the discretion of the administration in consultation with the student’s major teacher. Required for all master’s candidates in performance.

2 credits

Graduation Recital
Candidates for a master of music degree must present a graduation recital at Mannes during the student’s final year.

2 credits

Performance of Student Compositions
During the period of residency, each student must prepare performances of at least three of his or her own works at concert programs given in the college. Required for all master’s candidates in composition.

1 credit

Graduate Score Reading
Advanced studies in reading from orchestral scores. Covers material from various style periods. Required for all master’s candidates in composition, conducting, and theory.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Dictation V, Ear Training V
Advanced studies, including atonal material.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

20th-Century Compositional Techniques
An advanced course that provides an intensive examination of theoretical and stylistic aspects of the work of a particular composer or genre.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Theory: Writing Projects
Each student must prepare each year two article-length papers of depth and originality sufficient to justify submission to professional journals. Topics to be determined in consultation with the faculty. These topics might originate in work done for other graduate-level courses. Students with a commitment to a particular area of interest may petition for the right to prepare a thesis in fulfillment of this requirement. Required for master’s candidates in theory.

Hours and credits arranged in consultation with the assistant dean.

Pedagogy of Ear Training and Dictation
Outline of four-year course of study in Ear Training and Dictation; practical application; teaching and coaching of first-, second-, and third-year undergraduate students. Required for master’s candidates in theory.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Pedagogy of Theory and Analysis
Fundamental problems of theory and analysis instruction are examined, with particular reference to elementary theory teaching as preparation for the study of analysis. Other activities include demonstration of specific teaching techniques, survey of standard textbooks, practice teaching, and designing a theory curriculum for college or professional school. Required for master’s candidates in theory.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 4 credits

Ear Training and Score Reading for Graduate Students I
Sight-singing of advanced rhythms and melodies from the literature. Intensive studies in score reading utilizing seven clefs. Required for all master’s candidates in voice.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Ear Training and Score Reading for Graduate Students II
A continuation of the above course.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Piano Review Class
Piano review class is required for master’s candidates who, by examination, place below entrance levels in piano.

Piano Review I
Fundamentals of piano technique. Simple pieces for beginners. Major and minor scales, basic progressions in major and minor keys. Sight-reading.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Piano Review II
More advanced technique and pieces. Progressions in all keys. Introduction to figured bass. Sight-reading.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Dictation Review Class
Dictation review class is required of master’s candidates who, by examination, place below entrance levels in dictation.

Dictation Review I
Scales and intervals. Simple melodic and contrapuntal dictation.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Dictation Review II
Melodic, contrapuntal, and harmonic dictation.

1 hour weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Vocal Forum
A series of seminars in which students meet with specialists in the vocal arts. Required for all master’s candidates in voice.

2 hours weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Composition Forum
A weekly meeting required for all master’s candidates in composition. Presentations will be made by faculty, students, and invited guest lecturers on topics to be determined each year in accordance with the needs and interests of the students.

2 hours bi-weekly, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Electives
A selection of elective courses is offered each semester by rotation. In addition to the courses listed above, recent offerings have included:

  • Analysis for Performers
  • Baroque Performance Practice
  • 20th-Century Performance Practice
  • Conducting for Non-Majors
  • Performance Master Class
  • Preparing for Orchestra Auditions
  • French Art Song
  • German Lieder
  • Song Interpretation
  • Chamber Music of Brahms
  • Music of the 1980s
 
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