Feb 04, 2023  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Course Catalog 2022-2023

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This is a comprehensive listing of all active, credit-bearing courses offered by Oberlin College and Conservatory since Fall 2016. Courses listed this online catalog may not be offered every semester; for up to date information on which courses are offered in a given semester, please see PRESTO. 

For the most part, courses offered by departments are offered within the principal division of the department. Many interdisciplinary departments and programs also offer courses within more than one division.

Individual courses may be counted simultaneously toward more than one General Course Requirement providing they carry the appropriate divisional attributes and/or designations.

 

Anthropology

  
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    ANTH 317 - Qualitative Methods in Environmental Anthropology

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course will provide a foundational training in the core qualitative research methods used in anthropology, with an emphasis on applying those techniques to environmental questions. Methods covered in this course include participant-observation and interviewing along with environmentally-focused methods including soundscape research and collaborative mapping. We will then explore how those methods can be adapted to include considerations for nonhumans like animals, plants, mountains, and spirits. Course materials will include case studies from anthropology on environmental topics in Asia. Students will have an opportunity to use these techniques through an ethnographic research project that addresses nonhumans in the local environment.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: Previous coursework in anthropology encouraged but not required.

    Restrictions: No restrictions on enrollment

    Cross-referenced with ENVS Fulfills their Research methods requirement
  
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    ANTH 322 - Language, Disability, and Sensory Ecologies

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course introduces students to anthropological perspectives on language use as an embodied practice, with attention to the diverse sensory ecologies through which language is produced and perceived. In so doing we will highlight how perspectives from deaf studies and disability studies enrich anthropological understandings of the political and phenomenological dimensions of language.
  
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    ANTH 350 - Ethnographic Methods

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    The class takes an experiential approach toward learning the process of formulating a research question, choosing appropriate methods, conducting ethnography, and analyzing ethnographic data. In addition to learning how to design and conduct an ethnographic study, we will consider the research sensibility encouraged by ethnographic methods and the purposes toward which ethnographic research can be put. Students will consider classical approaches to ethnography, the challenges posed by “studying up,” and strategies for decolonizing research methods. Readings include examples of ethnography, methods texts, and methodological essays.  
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
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    ANTH 353 - Culture Theory

    FC SSCI CD WADV
    4 credits
    A critical examination of theories and debates in the study of culture since the nineteenth century. Topics include: evolutionism, functionalism, symbolic anthropology, structuralism, political economy, feminist and postcolonial critique, and postmodernism. We explore the historical context, legacies, and utility of each approach for theorizing: agency, structure, power, knowledge, culture, subjectivity, and the politics of representation. We consider the consequences of theoretical assumptions for the collection, interpretation, and presentation of ethnographic data.
  
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    ANTH 357 - Graphic Anthropology

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course explores past contributions of and future possibilities for sketching and drawing as anthropological methods. How can sketches complement field notes? How might graphic ethnographies complement scholarly books and articles? How do anthropologists across the ‘four-fields’ engage graphic methods in different ways? What ethical issues might accompany the increasing use of graphic methods? While students do not need any special background in or skill with drawing, participation in this course will involve active experimentation with graphic means of observing, participating in, and analyzing interactions, and of circulating anthropological insights
  
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    ANTH 374 - Heath and Expertise in Africa

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This class examines the social and cultural dimensions of health and expertise in Africa in historical and contemporary contexts. From the interpretation of archaeological ruins to the depiction of African technoscience in fiction, this class will examine the politics of science, technology, and medicine. We will examine the ways in which the categories of Africa, science, and technology have been mutually constructed, and consider a range of contemporary global health interventions on the African continent.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
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    ANTH 376 - Language and Prehistory

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course examines what anthropologists can glean from the prehistoric human past through the study of language relatedness, linguistic reconstruction, and language change. The major theoretical approaches to and methodologies of historical linguistics will be introduced and then applied to specific case studies from around the world. Major issues to be addressed will include prehistoric population contacts and movements, as well as the reconstruction of protolanguages and protocultures.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
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    ANTH 382 - Archaeological Lab Methods

    FC SSCI CD QFR
    4 credits
    A hands-on course aimed at deepening students? understanding of how archaeologists make meaning from the material record. Readings in practical and theoretical problems in the discipline will help guide our survey of basic methods used for artifact and faunal analyses, and for recording, managing, and analyzing archaeological data. We will also consider emerging trends in data sharing and collections building through the use of digital media.
    Prerequisites & Notes: ANTH 203 required. STAT 113 or STAT 114 recommended.
  
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    ANTH 391F - Practicum in Anthropology - Full

    FC SSCI
    4 credits
    Junior or senior majors in the department may receive up to four hours of credit for applied fieldwork in anthropology. The work should be carried out in connection with a systematic course of reading and the writing of a paper on the topic of the project. The purpose of the paper is to tie the field experience to relevant anthropological principles. The program should be worked out in advance with a department faculty sponsor.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required.
  
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    ANTH 391H - Practicum in Anthropology - Half

    HC SSCI
    2 credits
    Junior or senior majors in the department may receive up to three hours of credit for applied fieldwork in anthropology. The work should be carried out in connection with a systematic course of reading and the writing of a paper on the topic of the project. The purpose of the paper is to tie the field experience to relevant anthropological principles. The program should be worked out in advance with a department faculty sponsor.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required.
  
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    ANTH 402 - The Native Languages of the Americas

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course surveys the languages indigenous to North and South America, and addresses such topics as grammatical (phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic) diversity among these languages; language families and other historical relationships in the Americas; the use of linguistic evidence to investigate the first peopling of the Americas; and historical and contemporary cultural contexts of language use in the Americas, including issues surrounding language maintenance and revitalization, and colonial contact and language death.
    Prerequisites & Notes: ANTH 202 or another course in introductory linguistics, or consent of instructor.
  
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    ANTH 415F - Internships in Teaching - Full

    FC SSCI
    4 credits
    Qualified seniors who wish to assist in the teaching of specific courses may, upon consent of the instructor, achieve one or two hours for their work in such courses. Assistance with laboratory sessions, data analysis, and the research concerns of students in the class compose the major activities of the teaching internships.
  
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    ANTH 415H - Internships in Teaching - Half

    HC SSCI
    2 credits
    Qualified seniors who wish to assist in the teaching of specific courses may, upon consent of the instructor, achieve one or two hours for their work in such courses. Assistance with laboratory sessions, data analysis, and the research concerns of students in the class compose the major activities of the teaching internships.
  
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    ANTH 416 - Race, Racism, and Human Variation in Global Perspective

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    The belief that the inborn characteristics of groups of people are responsible for differences in achievement, among other things, between them is present in one form or another in every society. In this seminar we will use a four-fields approach (biological and cultural) to examine both the underlying patterns of human biological variation as well as the varied manifestations of race and racism today. Case studies will be drawn from across the globe.
  
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    ANTH 417 - Writing More-than-Human Worlds

    FC SSCI CD WADV


    4 credits
    How do we write about, and with, nonhumans like animals, plants, and fungi? This course guides students in writing across species boundaries, drawing from writing that focuses on more-than-human relations in Anthropology, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies. This is a writing-advanced course, and as such students will be guided through the process of writing, reviewing, and editing using specialized language related to multispecies and more-than-human ethnography.

     
    Prerequisites & Notes: Suggested: 2 previous courses in Anthropology suggested, but not required.

  
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    ANTH 427 - Advanced Topics in Linguistic Anthropology

    FC SSCI CD WADV


    4 credits
    This course, a sequel to Anthropology 204, allows students to further explore the methods, theories, and applications of Linguistic Anthropology.  The seminar has two primary goals: 1) to engage and evaluate contemporary work in the field and 2) to provide students an opportunity to develop their own topical interests in language as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon.

     
    Prerequisites & Notes: ANTH 204

  
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    ANTH 435 - Biopolitics: The Governance of Life and Death

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    Philosopher Michel Foucault described biopolitics as a kind of politics aimed at fostering life or disallowing it to the point of death. In this class, students will examine work by medical anthropologists who apply the theoretical framework of biopolitics to analyze life and death in contemporary societies. We will consider biopolitics in a variety of political and economic contexts in relation to topics including food, pharmaceuticals, pandemics, human-animal relations, urban space, tobacco, traditional medicine, and humanitarianism.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: ANTH 227
  
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    ANTH 436 - Food, Health, and Culture

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This seminar examines the relationship between food, health, illness, and healing. In particular, we will consider the role of expert knowledge about nutrition in relation to the globalization of foodways. How do the contemporary health sciences conceptualize a healthy diet? How are categories like food insecurity, obesity, and malnutrition conceptualized and intervened upon? What are the strengths and limitations of the medicalization of food? Topics may include metabolic syndromes, eating disorders, fatness, food safety, industrial foodways, and food movements.
    Prerequisites & Notes: ANTH 101
  
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    ANTH 457 - Seminar: Graphic Anthropology

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This seminar course explores past contributions of and future possibilities for sketching and drawing as anthropological methods. How can sketches complement field notes? How might graphic ethnographies complement scholarly books and articles? How do anthropologists across the ‘four-fields’ engage graphic methods in different ways? What ethical issues might accompany the increasing use of graphic methods? While students do not need any special background in or skill with drawing, participation in this course will involve active experimentation with graphic means of observing, participating in, and analyzing interactions, and of circulating anthropological insights.
  
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    ANTH 460 - Museum Anthropology

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course provides an overview of the history, politics and changing roles of anthropological collections housed in museums. In the current era, objects are mediating new relationships between museums, object source communities, and diverse audiences. We will draw on published literature and current initiatives involving Oberlin’s own anthropological collections to explore related themes including co-curation; indigenous “maker movements” and knowledge repatriation; physical repatriation and the law; and digital approaches to democratizing access to physical collections.
  
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    ANTH 460OC - Museum Anthropology

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course provides an overview of the history, politics and changing roles of anthropological collections housed in museums. In the current era, objects are mediating new relationships between museums, object source communities, and diverse audiences. We will draw on published literature and current initiatives involving Oberlin’s own anthropological collections to explore related themes including co-curation; indigenous “maker movements” and knowledge repatriation; physical repatriation and the law; and digital approaches to democratizing access to physical collections. This course is part of the MINING the MUSEUM StudiOC Learning Community.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
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    ANTH 464 - Metaphors of Blood: Race, Kinship and Genetics

    FC SSCI CD
    4 credits
    This course will introduce students to anthropological approaches to the ways in which people conceive of their relatedness to one another historically and cross-culturally. Students will study established formations of kinship, family, race and ethnicity while giving particular attention to the contemporary ways in which advancements in genetics and biotechnology have challenged and reconfigured these formations. We will examine ethical and policy debates that have emerge from recent advances in biotechnology. Topics will include cross-species kinship, assisted reproductive technologies, LGBTQ families; commercial genetic testing, adoption, transnational families, disability, forensic identification, and the nature/nurture debate.
  
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    ANTH 490F - Junior Year Honors - Full

    FC SSCI
    4 credits
    Junior honors.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Requires consent of the instructor.
  
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    ANTH 490H - Junior Year Honors - Half

    HC SSCI
    2 credits
    Junior honors.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Requires consent of the instructor.
  
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    ANTH 491F - Senior Year Honors - Full

    FC SSCI
    4 credits
    Senior honors.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Requires the consent of the instructor.
  
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    ANTH 491H - Senior Year Honors - Half

    HC SSCI
    2 credits
    Senior honors.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of the instructor required.
  
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    ANTH 995F - Private Reading - Full

    FC SSCI
    4 credits
    Private readings are offered as either a half or full academic course and require the faculty member’s approval. Students who wish to pursue a topic not covered in the regular curriculum may register for a private reading. This one-to-one tutorial is normally at the advanced level in a specific field and is arranged with a member of the faculty who has agreed to supervise the student. Unlike other courses, a student cannot register for a private reading via PRESTO. To register for a private reading, obtain a card from the Registrar’s Office, complete the required information, obtain the faculty member’s approval for the reading, and return the card to the Registrar’s Office.
  
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    ANTH 995H - Private Reading - Half

    HC SSCI
    2 credits
    Private readings are offered as either a half or full academic course and require the faculty member’s approval. Students who wish to pursue a topic not covered in the regular curriculum may register for a private reading. This one-to-one tutorial is normally at the advanced level in a specific field and is arranged with a member of the faculty who has agreed to supervise the student. Unlike other courses, a student cannot register for a private reading via PRESTO. To register for a private reading, obtain a card from the Registrar’s Office, complete the required information, obtain the faculty member’s approval for the reading, and return the card to the Registrar’s Office.

Applied Studies

  
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    APST 100 - The Craft of Composition

    HC
    2 credits
    The Craft of Composition
  
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    APST 101 - Beginning Piano

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A one-semester course for Arts and Science students with no previous piano experience.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 102 - Beginning Piano II

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A one-semester course for college majors with some piano experience. This course may be taken as a continuation of APST 101, Beginning Piano, or with consent of instructor.Prerequisites and notes: A one-semester course for Arts and Sciences students who have taken APST 101 or received instructor’s approval.
  
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    APST 110 - Piano Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A basic one-year course (should be taken in the freshman year) including technique, sight reading, harmonization, improvisation, accompaniment, and piano repertoire. Section numbers below (last two digits) relate to placement levels.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Admission by placement/audition. Open only to Conservatory students who must complete a piano requirement. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 111 - Piano Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A basic one-year course (should be taken in the freshman year) including technique, sight reading, harmonization, improvisation, accompaniment and piano repertoire. Section numbers below (last two digits) relate to placement levels.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Admission by placement/audition. Open only to Conservatory students who must complete a piano requirement. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 112 - Keyboard Accompanying (Vocal)

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Following a brief placement audition, pianists are paired with singers according to the needs of the voice department. Students may also make arrangements to accompany specific singers, subject to accompanying faculty’s approval. Accompanying projects are supervised by the voice teacher and accompanying faculty. Five hours of weekly contact time are expected, including rehearsals, voice lessons, coachings with accompanying faculty, but not practice time.
    Prerequisites & Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to all keyboard players. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 113 - Keyboard Accompanying (Instrumental)

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Assignments will be made from repertoire requests submitted by the applied faculty. Students are encouraged to make arrangements to accompany specific instrumentalists, subject to accompanying faculty’s approval. Accompanying projects will be supervised by the instrumental teacher and accompanying faculty. Five hours of weekly contact time are expected, including weekly master classes with accompanying faculty, rehearsals, lessons, coachings, but not individual practice time.
    Prerequisites & Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to all keyboard players. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 114 - Introduction to the Organ

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Introduction to the Organ is a one semester course that lays the foundation for organ studies in a group setting. This course is intended for non-organ majors, however students should have basic keyboard proficiency. The course will cover foundational principles in organ design and function, keyboard and pedal technique, and tonal registration. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the various types of organs represented in Oberlin’s vast collection. Students who finish the course can continue their organ studies through secondary lessons
  
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    APST 117 - Vocal Health and Function

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    An introduction to principles of vocal function and health for the aspiring professional singer.Prerequisites and notes: This course is a prerequisite to LANG 100 English Diction. Preference is given to students for whom this course is a requirement.
  
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    APST 118 - Vocal Studies Seminar

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    Team-taught by members of the Vocal Studies Division and invited guests, this seminar provides voice majors information that will help them succeed at Oberlin and in their future performing careers. Among the topics covered are Learning and Practice Strategies, Vocal Health and Nutrition, Recital Planning, Vocal Coaching, and Resumes/Bios/CVs.
  
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    APST 119 - Movement for Singers

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course will consist of an introduction to techniques and methods of movement specifically designed for singers, incorporating basic yoga postures, mindfulness, basic ballet positions, improvisation, and how these relate to musical and vocal freedom. Students will develop a vocabulary to describe the body and specific movement exercises, analyze postural and alignment patterns, learn to organically respond to music using improvised movement and gestures, and incorporate these movements to facilitate increased vocal ease and confidence on stage.
    Prerequisites & Notes: For Voice Majors
  
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    APST 120 - Beginning Voice Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A one semester, repeatable course in the basics of vocal technique and performance. Exploration of good alignment, breathing, tone production, resonance and communication, developed through group warm-ups and individual song performances.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required (For non-majors & college students.) Course may be repeated.
  
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    APST 120A - Time Travel for Pianists

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    Time Travel for Pianists
  
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    APST 120B - Time Travel for Pianists

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    Time Travel for Pianists
  
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    APST 121 - Performing Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    This course gives students the opportunity to play in a workshop setting with David Breitman at the fortepiano (pitch=A440). Each student will prepare a different movement each week (6 movements over the module). Prior experience with a period violin/bow is neither required nor expected; students may use their modern violin in this course. Differences between the modern and earlier violin will be touched on, however, and interested students may be able to borrow equipment,depending on availability.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Violin majors only (permission of the principal teacher required).
  
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    APST 121A - Bach at the Clavier

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    An introduction to the harpsichord for pianists, focusing on the music of J.S. Bach. This course allows students to experiement with historical styles, techniques, and instruments, applying what they’ve learned to their interpretation of Bach at the piano. Topics include articulation, fingering, meter, arpeggiation, and ornamentation. Students are expected to bring to class pieces by Bach they are studying or have studied in the past.Pre-requisites: This is a one-module course, and may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Students may also consider enrolling in APST 120A and/or APST 120B (Time Travel for Pianists) as a modular complement to this course. Enrollment is by instructor’s consent.
  
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    APST 121B - Bach at the Clavier

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    An introduction to the harpsichord for pianists, focusing on the music of J.S. Bach. This course allows students to experiement with historical styles, techniques, and instruments, applying what they’ve learned to their interpretation of Bach at the piano. Topics include articulation, fingering, meter, arpeggiation, and ornamentation. Students are expected to bring to class pieces by Bach they are studying or have studied in the past.Pre-requisites: This is a one-module course, and may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Students may also consider enrolling in APST 120A and/or APST 120B (Time Travel for Pianists) as a modular complement to this course. Enrollment is by instructor’s consent.
  
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    APST 122 - Performing Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    This course gives students the opportunity to play in a workshop setting with David Breitman at the fortepiano (pitch=A440). Each student will prepare a different movement each week (6 movements over the module). Prior experience with a period cello/bow is neither required nor expected; students may use their modern cello in this course. Differences between the modern and earlier cello will be touched on, however, and interested students may be able to borrow equipment,depending on availability.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Cello majors only (permission of the prinicpal teacher required).
  
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    APST 130 - Viola Class for Violinists

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    A modular course required of all students whose principal applied study is violin. The course is designed to familiarize the student with viola technique and clef reading.
    Prerequisites & Notes: If you have had experience playing the viola and can pass the playing audition during the first week, you may have the viola requirement waived.
  
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    APST 140 - Internalizing Rhythms I

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    A workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists that focuses on the student’s ability to internalize and comprehend a range of rhythms that originate in multiple cultures. The teaching emphasizes speaking rhythm and then performing the lessons on the frame drum. The course materials are based upon a contemporary application of old-world teaching methods from North Africa, the Mid-east, and South India. The rhythms are poly-rhythmical an cyclical in nature. The playing techniques implemented are basic hand and finger techniques adapted from South Indian drumming and can be applied to a variety of percussion instruments.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 141 - Internalizing Rhythms II

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    Continues work on the concepts of levels of rhythms and the ways to view them. The effect of these lessons is meant to give the student a greater sense of the mystical power of something simply done in a clear profound fashion. The class will explore how the split finger drum technique can be applied to other drums and percussion instruments, and watch and hear audio examples of a variety of indigenous musicians from around the world and discuss the aspects that transcend style on a global music basis. Applying the concepts shared in class, students will start to create some pieces using the frame drum and a family of other percussion instruments that the instructor will provide. Class assignments will include original short basic compositions or adaptations of known songs that show a level of mastery of the concepts presented in class.
  
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    APST 142 - Beginning Improvisation

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Intended for beginning improvisers or those with only limited experience in improvisation, this class will introduce techniques and concepts that cultivate the development of basic improvisational skills: Melodic embellishment, outlining chords with melody, melodic transformation, developing vocabulary, strategies for ear training and strengthening theoretical knowledge. This class is not genre specific; examples of common practices in a variety of styles and genres will be studied. Prerequisite & Notes: Prerequisites: Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists in majors other than jazz.
  
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    APST 143 - Approaches and Philosophies of Free Music

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    This course examines free improvisation through theory and implementation. Practical and conceptual topics will be examined through readings, written coursework, structured improvisation assignments, listening and discussion, as well as in-class improvisation exercises and coaching. Students are expected to play in class every week, and engage in class discussion and lectures. Instructor Consent Required.
  
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    APST 204 - Interpretation of Art Song

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Individual coaching sessions for singer/accompanist duos on musical style, interpretation, ensemble, languages, and presentation. Students who begin coaching first semester for a second semester recital will receive a deferred grade pending completion of the recital. Piano majors may substitute this course for one of the required keyboard accompanying credits. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Note: Accompanists may repeat the course for credit once. Open to seniors and artist diploma candidates preparing degree recitals, and to their accompanists.
  
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    APST 205 - Baroque Flute Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A class designed as a continuation of secondary private lesson study in Baroque flute. The class will focus on playing ensemble music written for multiple baroque flutes. Some opportunity will also be available for students to work on solo music and be taught in a masterclass setting. Performance opportunities will be available through the Friday HP Studio class in the second half of the semester.Prerequisites and notes: Previous study in Historical Flute PVST 023 or PVST 073.
  
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    APST 208 - Guided Piano Pedagogy Proj

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    An independent study course for prospective and declared piano pedagogy minors. Students must propose and complete a significant written research project in the field of piano pedagogy and present their work in a public lecture-demonstration. Topics may be drawn from the piano teaching literature, current pedagogical trends, or historical pedagogy.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Open to declared piano pedagogy minors only. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 209 - Guided Teaching Observation

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A student will observe a series of individual and group lessons to become familiar with a variety of teaching styles and pedagogical approaches.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Requirements will include a portfolio of observation reports and regular consultation with the instructor. Open to piano pedagogy minors or those intending to pursue the minor. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 210 - Intermediate Piano Pedagogy

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    General introduction for pianists to pedagogical principles, teaching repertoire, and learning materials and technology, with focus on teaching intermediate level students. Students will engage in lecture-discussions, critically respond to assigned readings, examine current teaching materials, and contribute regularly to a web-based discussion group.
    Prerequisites & Notes: APST 211. Open to piano majors or principals.
  
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    APST 211 - Elementary Piano Pedagogy

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A one-semester introduction to the teaching of beginning piano and musicianship skills to young students in group and private settings. The course covers philosophical and developmental issues; as well as a thorough review of methods, materials, resources, and techniques for teaching at the elementary level. Weekly one-hour lecture; regular supervised group and private teaching experiences.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required. Open to piano majors or principals.
  
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    APST 212 - Advanced Piano Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A continuation of APST 110, 111 Piano Class, including advanced work in technique, sight reading, harmonization, improvisation, accompaniment, and piano repertoire.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Open only to Conservatory students. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 213 - Advanced Piano Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A continuation of APST 110, 111 Piano Class, including advanced work in technique, sight reading, harmonization, improvisation, accompaniment and piano repertoire.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Open only to Conservatory students. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 214 - Keyboard Skills I

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Intensive practical experience in functional keyboard skills including keyboard harmony, sight reading, transposition, improvisation, score reading, continuo playing.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: MUTH 132, APST 214 (or the waiver exam) is prerequisite to APST 215. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 215 - Keyboard Skills II

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Intensive practical experience in functional keyboard skills including keyboard harmony, sight reading, transposition, improvisation, score reading, continuo playing.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: MUTH 132, APST 214 (or the waiver exam) is prerequisite to APST 215.Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 216 - Keyboard Skills for Organists I: Piano Technique

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course focuses on building foundational keyboard skills uniquely suited for organists. It is structured over 4 semesters during the freshman and sophomore years, including piano technique (APST-216, 1 semester), hymn and liturgical music playing, harmonization, score reading (APST-217, 1 semester), and improvisation (APST-218, 2 semesters). The course will consist of both group and individual sessions as scheduled by the professor (50-minute group / 30-minute individual). Students have the option of testing out of one or two semesters depending on their skill level in any of the above areas. The course should be available every semester, beginning fall 2022. Students will enroll at different entry points each semester.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Must be an organ major or consented by the organt department. Note: Students may take APST 216, 217, & 218 in any order.
  
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    APST 217 - Keyboard Skills for Organists II: Hymn & Liturgical Music Playing

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course focuses on building foundational keyboard skills uniquely suited for organists. It is structured over 4 semesters during the freshman and sophomore years, including piano technique (APST-216, 1 semester), hymn and liturgical music playing, harmonization, score reading (APST-217, 1 semester), and improvisation (APST-218, 2 semesters). The course will consist of both group and individual sessions as scheduled by the professor (50-minute group / 30-minute individual). Students have the option of testing out of one or two semesters depending on their skill level in any of the above areas. The course should be available every semester, beginning fall 2022. Students will enroll at different entry points each semester.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Must be an organ major or consented by the organt department. Note: Students may take APST 216, 217, & 218 in any order
  
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    APST 218 - Keyboard Skills for Organists III: Improvisation

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course focuses on building foundational keyboard skills uniquely suited for organists. It is structured over 4 semesters during the freshman and sophomore years, including piano technique (APST-216, 1 semester), hymn and liturgical music playing, harmonization, score reading (APST-217, 1 semester), and improvisation (APST-218, 2 semesters). The course will consist of both group and individual sessions as scheduled by the professor (50-minute group / 30-minute individual). Students have the option of testing out of one or two semesters depending on their skill level in any of the above areas. The course should be available every semester, beginning fall 2022. Students will enroll at different entry points each semester.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Must be an organ major or consented by the organt department. Note: Students may take APST 216, 217, & 218 in any order.
  
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    APST 221 - Sacred Music Skills

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    First semester of a one-year course having an emphasis on skills necessary to become a successful church/synagogue musician. Units include historical and modern church music history, the role of the organist in the modern synagogue, hymnology, liturgy and worship styles, creative hymn playing, chant, accompanying, sight-reading, transposition, basic skills in improvisation, conducting from the console, rehearsal techniques, basic sacred choral repertoire, and church music administration.Prerequisite & Notes: Open to organ majors.
  
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    APST 222 - Sacred Music Skills

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Second semester of a one-year course having an emphasis on skills necessary to become a successful church/synagogue musician. Units include historical and modern church music history, the role of the organist in the modern synagogue, hymnology, liturgy and worship styles, creative hymn playing, chant, accompanying, sight-reading, transposition, basic skills in improvisation, conducting from the console, rehearsal techniques, basic sacred choral repertoire, and church music administration.Notes: Open to organ majors.
  
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    APST 223 - Sacred Music Project

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    The Sacred Music Project is designed to allow the organ student who declares a sacred music concentration to present a special group performance or unique project as part of the senior recital. The scope and subject matter is determined in consultation with the primary teacher and other consulting faculty ad hoc. The course will be available every semester, beginning fall 2022
    Prerequisites & Notes: For students enrolled in the Sacred Music concentration. Organ PVST-003 or PVST-053 Co-Requisite.
  
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    APST 230 - The Teaching of Singing

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    An introduction to aspects of the physiology, acoustics, and phonetics of the singing instrument, relating them directly to comparative vocal techniques and to the materials of teaching. It prsents basic pedagogic principles and practical application of systematic vocal technique to the teaching of singing.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: Significant vocal study. Junior or senior status required.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
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    APST 235 - Percussion Instruments

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Designed to give students knowledge of the pedagogy of percussion instruments, materials and method books, and methods for building percussion sections of school ensembles. All percussion instruments are demonstrated and basic techniques taught, each student being required to develop basic playing ability. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Primarily for music education majors.
  
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    APST 240 - Continuo Realiz at Keyboard

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A course in the technique and practice of realizing continuo parts in the music of the Baroque. Designed primarily for harpsichord, organ, piano, and music history majors.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: MUTH 132 and APST 214.
  
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    APST 241 - Intr Hist Keybrd Inst Pianists

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A team-taught, hands-on introduction to the fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ. Three weeks of small-group meetings will be devoted to each of the instruments, and in the final portion of the semester each student will receive individual instruction on one of them. Students wil be expected to prepare excerpts from a variety of repertory. Related readings will also be asigned. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: MHST 215 (first semester of Keyboard Literature).
  
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    APST 242 - Baroq Violin for Violinists

    CC CNDP
    2 credits
    A one-semester course designed to acquaint violinists with the technique, style, and literature of the violin before 1750. Period instruments and bows will be used. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 242A - Baroq Violin for Violinists

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    A one-semester course designed to acquaint violinists with the technique, style, and literature of the violin before 1750. Period instruments and bows will be used.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required
  
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    APST 244 - Adv Baroq Violn for Violinists

    CC CNDP
    2 credits
    A continuation of the introductory course with an emphasis on the solo repertoire. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 244B - Adv Baroq Violn for Violinists

    CC CNDP
    1 credit
    A continuation of the introductory course with an emphasis on the solo repertoire.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of the instructor required.
  
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    APST 260 - Conducting I: Techniques of Conducting

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Designed for conservatory students in any major, a course stressing baton technique and score preparation. The development of fundamental conducting approaches for expressive articulations and specific conducting problems.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: Completion of MUTH 101 and 131 or the equivalent; some piano proficiency required.
  
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    APST 261 - Conducting II: Instrumental Analysis

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Designed to emphasize the development and refinement of baton and rehearsal technique, score preparation and interpretation. Bowing styles, transpositions and score analysis are included in the orchestral score study. Laboratory experience included. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 260.
  
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    APST 262 - Conducting II: Choral Analysis

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Continued development of conducting technique with emphasis on choral rehearsal procedures, vocal development, diction, and choral performance practices.
    Prerequisites & Notes: APST 260. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 272 - Stringed Instrument Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Includes performance fundamentals on and instructional methods and materials for violin, viola, cello, and double bass with playing experience on these instruments. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 272 is prerequisite for 273 except for those students who are at an advanced level of performing ability on a stringed instrument and who have successfully completed an audition/interview with the instructor.
  
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    APST 274 - Woodwind Instrument Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Includes performance fundamentals on and instructional methods and materials for at least three woodwind instruments. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 274 is a prerequisite for 275 except for those students who are at an advanced level of performing ability on a woodwind instrument and who have successfully completed an audition/interview with the instructor.
  
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    APST 276 - Brass Instrument Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Includes performance fundamentals on and instructional methods and materials for at least three brass instruments. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 276 is a prerequisite for 277 except for those students who are at an advanced level of performing ability on a brass instrument and who have successfully completed an audition/interview with the instructor.
  
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    APST 280 - Prima Vista Group Reading

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A discovery workshop for woodwind and horn students to develop reading ability and ensemble flexibility. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Note: One semester will count toward small ensemble requirement of wind/brass students.
  
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    APST 282 - Viola Orch Repertoire Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A continuing study of those excerpts often required for orchestral auditions. Four to seven pieces will be covered per semester. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Note: May be repeated for credit.
  
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    APST 284 - Orchestra Repertoire Violin

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Repertoire will be chosen from works most frequently encountered at orchestral auditions. Emphasis will be on bowing styles and general techniques used in orchestral playing at the professional level. An attempt will be made to coordinate the repertoire with that of the Oberlin orchestras. Two simulated orchestral auditions will be required. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Notes: May be repeated for credit. P/NP or CR/NE grading.
  
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    APST 285 - Orchestra Rep for Dble Bass

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Concentrated study and preparation of orchestral literature requested at professional orchestra auditions. Repertoire scheduled to be performed by the Oberlin orchestras may be incorporated into the coursework. A simulated professional audition with adjudication will be required at the end of each semester. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 300 - Oratorio Repertoire for Singers

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Oratorio Repertoire for Singers is a performance class that will focus on repertoire, style, and the business of concert singing. Students will sing excerpts from the major oratorio repertoire and prepare presentations about these works. In addition, one class will be devoted to assembling materials for auditions, finding jobs, negotiating fees, and working with conductors. Prerequisite & Notes: Successful completion of sophomore voice committee.
  
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    APST 310 - Intermed Piano Pedag Practicum

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    An opportunity for students who have completed Intermediate Piano Pedagogy (APST 210) to further develop their teaching skills. Students will teach four pupils weekly as part of the Supervised Teaching Program. Required portfolios will include development of syllabi for individual students, self-critiques of video-taped lessons, written lesson reports, and assessments of student progress. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 210. Note: May be repeated for a total of four credits.
  
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    APST 311 - Elementary Piano Pedag Practic

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    An opportunity for students who have completed Elementary Piano Pedagogy (APST 211) to further develop their teaching skills. Students will observe and teach segments of group lessons for children in Piano Lab program. In addition, students will teach weekly individual lessons to two children on a pay basis. Required portfolios will include observation reports, lesson plans and assessments, and self-critiques of video-taped teaching. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites and Notes Prerequisite: APST 211.Note: May be repeated once for credit.
  
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    APST 312 - Class Piano Pedagogy Practicum

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    An opportunity for students to gain experience in teaching college-level group piano. Students will observe all class sessions of a basic-level piano class, prepare and teach a series of class segments, and become familiar with a variety of teaching methods, materials, and technologies. Required portfolios will include observation reports, text evaluations, lesson plans and assessments, and self-critiques of video-taped teaching. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: APST 209, APST 210. Note: May be repeated once for credit.
  
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    APST 330 - Cello Orchestral Repert Class

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A one-semester course designed to prepare junior and senior cello students for professional orchestral auditions. Orchestral repertoire will be studied. The course will culminate in a simulated professional audition. Consent of instructor required.
  
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    APST 340 - Continuo Accompanying

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Coaching sessions for continuo players, individually and within ensembles. Intended primarily for keyboard players but cellists/gambists may enroll with consent of instructor. Students must be currently engaged in preparation of continuo parts for accompaniment of junior, senior, artist diploma, or master?s recitals or other required performances. Students are encouraged to make arrangements to accompany specific soloists, subject to faculty approval. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Note: Historical Performance keyboard majors may take the course four times for credit.
  
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    APST 341 - Advanced Continuo Realization at the Keyboard

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    A sequel to APST 240 (Continuo Realization at the Keyboard). Prerequisites: APST 240. May substitute for two hours of APST 340 (Continuo Accompanying) for harpsichord majors.
  
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    APST 350 - Conducting III: Instrumental

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    An overview of the art of conducting with emphasis given to gesture, score preparation, rehearsal technique, rhythm and transposition skills. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 261 or its equivalent.
  
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    APST 351 - Conducting IV: Advanced Instrumental

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Continued development of the art of conducting with emphasis given to gesture, score preparation, rehearsal technique, rhythm and transposition skills. Participation in conducting labs is required. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: APST 350.
  
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    APST 360 - Conducting III: Choral

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Continued development of conducting technique with emphasis given to structural analysis, score reading, rehearsal technique and performance practice.Pre-requisites and Notes: Applicants must have completed APST 260 or its equivalent. APST 360 is prerequisite to APST 361.
  
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    APST 361 - Conducting IV: Advanced Choral

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Continued development of conducting technique with emphasis given to structural analysis, score reading, rehearsal technique and performance practice. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed APST 260 or its equivalent.APST 360 is prerequisite to APST 361.
  
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    APST 400 - Senior Honors Piano Performance

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    For additional information, see the ‘Honors Program’ section of the Piano Performance Program offered by the Division of Keyboard Studies. Consent of Keyboard Division Director required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Note: Open only to piano performance majors admitted to the Honors Program.
  
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    APST 401 - Senior Honors in Piano Performance

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    For additional information, see the ‘Honors Program’ section of the Piano Performance Program offered by the Division of Keyboard Studies. Consent of Keyboard Division Director required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Note: Open only to piano performance majors admitted to the Honors Program.
  
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    APST 425 - Score Reading

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course trains students enrolled in the MM in instrumental conducting program in reading orchestral scores and realizing them at the keyboard. Skills include fluency in multiple clefs and multiple transpositions. Prerequites and notes: APST 214; piano proficiency.
  
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    APST 460 - Seminar in Choral Conducting and Literature

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    A one-year course. Development of all elements of the conductor’s craft: harmonic and formal analysis, rhythmic security, aural imagery, knowledge of instruments and voices, technique and vocabulary of gesture, group management and psychology, rehearsal techniques, and programming. Participation in performing ensembles and assistance in preparation of ensembles for performance are essential course components.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Consent of instructor required. Open to choral conducting majors. Prerequisite: See statement under Master of Music in Conducting. APST 460 is prerequisite to 461.
 

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