Music Humanities

Chair of Music Humanities
Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino
621 Dodge
212-854-6299
gg2024@columbia.edu

Music Humanities Website

Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, HUMA UN1123 Masterpieces of Western Music , or “Music Humanities,’’ aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the issues of various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. Since 2004, the works of jazz composers and improvisers, such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker, have been added to the list of masterpieces to be studied in this class. Music Humanities digital resources can be viewed at http://www.columbia.edu/itc/music.

Registration Procedure

All information concerning registration in HUMA UN1123 Masterpieces of Western Music is included in the registration materials sent to students. It is the expectation of the College that all students complete Music Humanities by the end of their third year.

All Core Curriculum courses, including Music Humanities, must be taken for a letter grade. Students may not drop or withdraw from Music Humanities after the Core drop deadline (which is also the end of the Change-of-Program period). For more information, see Registration—Dropping Core Courses.

Courses of Instruction

HUMA UN1123 Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 points.

Analysis and discussion of representative works from the Middle Ages to the present.

Fall 2017: HUMA UN1123
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HUMA 1123 001/11754 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 002/16274 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Thomas Smith 3 22/25
HUMA 1123 003/60526 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Laura Weber 3 19/25
HUMA 1123 004/14456 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 005/27530 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Samuel Yulsman 3 21/25
HUMA 1123 006/29345 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Jane Forner 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 007/10740 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Ralph Whyte 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 008/11340 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mario Cancel-Bigay 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 009/62574 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Taylor Brook 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 010/20262 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Lucie Vagnerova 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 011/12135 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Marilyn McCoy 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 012/18079 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Rachel Chung 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 013/93647 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Lucie Vagnerova 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 014/61881 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Julia Hamilton 3 22/25
HUMA 1123 015/23298 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Mark DeBellis 3 22/25
HUMA 1123 016/26893 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Rodolfo Toledo 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 017/67116 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Mario Diaz de Leon 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 018/67986 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Alexander Rothe 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 019/64719 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Ashkan Behzadi 3 22/25
HUMA 1123 020/17155 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Mario Diaz de Leon 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 021/74227 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Alexander Rothe 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 022/68054 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Elise Bonner 3 21/25
HUMA 1123 023/63023 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Anne Levitsky 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 024/22791 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Carl Bettendorf 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 025/77448 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Magdalena Baczewska 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 026/11345 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Velia Ivanova 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 027/24142 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mahir Cetiz 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 028/69420 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Mary Robb 3 17/25
HUMA 1123 029/72977 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Joshua Mailman 3 15/25
HUMA 1123 030/66083 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mahir Cetiz 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 031/18871 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Ryan Pratt 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 032/72259 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Daniel Chiarilli 3 24/25
Spring 2018: HUMA UN1123
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HUMA 1123 001/11163 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 002/72879 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 003/27287 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 004/26194 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 005/72481 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 006/17270 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 007/68112 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 008/26680 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 009/70688 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 010/76861 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 011/16756 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 012/12183 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 013/70964 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 014/29535 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 015/29328 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 016/76488 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 017/22951 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 018/72983 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 019/71643 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 020/16705 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 021/70076 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 19/20
HUMA 1123 022/23146 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 023/29382 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 024/12877 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 025/60471 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 026/60983 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 027/65133 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 028/75857 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 029/19317 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 030/64729 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 031/11453 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 032/27228 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 033/74244 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 24/24

Exemption from Music Humanities

Although all Columbia students are expected to take Music Humanities, there are some students who enter with exceptional musical backgrounds that may qualify them for exemption. Exemption from Music Humanities may be obtained by passing an Exemption Exam. In the case of transfer students, exemption may also be obtained by filing a course substitution request.

Exemption Exam

The Exemption Exam is offered on the first Friday of the fall semester by the Music Department (621 Dodge Hall). Students who matriculate in the spring semester should take the exam in the following fall term. Students may take the exam only once during their first year at Columbia. If they do not pass the exam, they must enroll in a section of Music Humanities.

Course Substitution

In addition to the Exemption Exam, students with approved transfer credit have the option of requesting exemption on the basis of a similar music course passed with a grade of B or higher at another college or university. This exemption must be requested during the student’s first semester at Columbia. Petitions submitted in subsequent semesters will not be considered by the Center for the Core Curriculum.