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Rutgers Arts Online offers online courses on your schedule. Our list of Music courses are taught by working artists who are experts in their field.

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Music

Online Courses

Rutgers Arts Online offers online courses on your schedule. Our list of Music courses are taught by working artists who are experts in their field.

Matriculated and non-matriculated students may take courses through Rutgers Arts Online. Non-matriculated students must complete the Rutgers University application before registering for a course.

Graduate online music courses are available along with our fully-online Master of Music in Music Education degree program.

Available Courses

07:700:131 Introduction to Music Online

This course is divided into three sections. The first covers the fundamentals of music, including sound production, common instruments, the basics of music notation, basic musical materials such as scales and chords, and examines the variety of musical textures. The second section focuses on the way that these materials can be organized including form. The last section focuses on music of other cultures and on ways in which music is used around us, for example, in film and TV, advertisement, cartoons, and in shaping our beliefs. Despite the emphasis on organization and style, there is also a historical component to help the student understand the context of the music he hears and the reasons for change. The course is not limited to classical music, but includes popular styles among the examples. The course is media rich and contains some interactive features. No prerequisite.

This course may be used to satisfy the music history requirement for the music minor.

3 credits

Note: Students will not receive credit for both 07:700:131 and 07:700:101.

07:700:133 Introduction to Music Theory Online

Intended for students with little or no musical background. As a result, no previous musical experience is required. This course covers the rudiments of music, including pitch, duration, scales, keys, intervals, meter, rhythm and other related areas.

This course may be used to satisfy the theory requirement for the music minor.

3 credits

Note: Students will not receive credit for both Introduction to 07:700:133 and 07:700:103.

07:700:134 Introduction to Music Theory Online Short Course

This is a compressed, 2-credit course.

This course is intended for students with little or no musical background. As a result, no previous musical experience is required. This course covers the rudiments of music, including pitch, duration, scales, keys, intervals, meter, rhythm and other related areas.

This course may be used to satisfy the theory requirement for the music minor.

2 Credits

07:700:135 Making Music with Computers: Introduction to Digital Audio Online

This course is an introduction to computer music technology with a focus on creative composition projects. This course is designed to deepen your creative and critical approach to music composition while building a solid foundation for working with digital audio. Topics include acoustics, sound design for video, basic mixing, and an introduction to MIDI. You will gain hands-on experience in sound file editing, DSP techniques, and working with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

3 credits

Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following: 07:700:135, 07:700:105, and 07:700:127.

07:700:230 Music in Film Online

This course examines music created for film from both historical and analytical perspectives. The objective is to establish an appreciation for the art of film music, to understand its nature and requirements, and to study the composers and directors who work in the medium. Topics studied will include the functions of the film score, aesthetics, the film industry, synchronization, the early sound film, the rise of the symphonic film score, and composers from the 1930s to the present.

3 credits

07:700:233 American Popular Song Online

An overview of American popular song from the arrival of the earliest Europeans through the 1970s. It examines the melding of European and African musical cultures in the 19th century to create a true American style, then traces the various styles and genres that evolved from the 19th century and those who created them. No prerequisite required.

3 credits

Note: Students will not receive credit for both  07:700:233 and 07:700:295.

07:700:234 From Jazz to Hip Hop: African American Music in the 20th Century Online

From Jazz to Hip Hop is designed as an exploration of the relationships between jazz and other African American musical traditions from early 1900s to the present, including blues, R&B, rock, soul and hip hop. The course focuses on the development, evolution, influence and issues of jazz music in America, an exploration that starts with the ephemeral roots of popular African American music in the folk and religious music of the 1800s.

Special attention will be paid to the roles jazz and jazz musicians have played in black popular music and the means by which jazz has helped inform the development of popular American musical styles.

3 credits

Note: Students will not receive credit for both 07:700:234 and 07:700:295.

07:700:235 Rock ‘N’ Roll: Origins to Present Online

How does a musical genre such as rock become a cultural force bringing about social, sartorial, and political change? How does our sense of identity—race, gender, class, etc.—influence the music we listen to? What roles do technology and commerce play in shaping local and global ideas of popular music? In short, how and why did rock ‘n’ roll transform the world?

This class broadly explores the history of rock music from a wide array of perspectives, covering the period from its early beginnings to rockabilly, soul, metal, punk, and many other subgenres throughout the second half of the 20th century.

3 credits

Note: Students will not receive credit for both 07:700:235 and 07:700:290.

07:700:239 Rock ‘N’ Roll: Origins to Present Online Short Course

This is a compressed, 2-credit course.

How does a musical genre such as rock become a cultural force bringing about social, sartorial, and political change? How does our sense of identity—race, gender, class, etc.—influence the music we listen to? What roles do technology and commerce play in shaping local and global ideas of popular music? In short, how and why did rock ‘n’ roll transform the world?

This class broadly explores the history of rock music from a wide array of perspectives, covering the period from its early beginnings to rockabilly, soul, metal, punk, and many other subgenres throughout the second half of the 20th century.

2 credits

07:700:241 Studies in World Music Online

Studies in World Music focuses on introducing and surveying the music of diverse societies and cultures of the world using social and cultural theories and ethnomusicological methodologies as a framework. Throughout this course, students will explore the idea of “world music” in various social, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. To understand music as culture in the modern world, we must examine music in its various social functions and roles, as well as its theoretical components. The goal of this course is to cultivate an informed, critical, and sensitive understanding of music in the modern world. The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to and survey of the music of various societies throughout the world.

There are no prerequisites or co-requisites.You do not have to be able to read music to understand the material in this course.

3 credits

07:700:242 Country Music: A Cultural and Musical Survey Online

Country music has been part of American popular culture for close to 100 years. From the fiddle tunes and blue yodels of the 1920s to the Americana revival and “hick-hop” of today, music associated with rural American life has fascinated and entertained. Moreover—despite its roots in obscure, rural Southern and Western folk song—country music has become one of the most commercially successful music styles of the past decade.

In this introductory-level elective course, students will cultivate critical thinking and analysis skills through the study of country music’s historical development. Following a detailed examination of the genre’s formation and popular trajectory over the course of the twentieth century, the course concludes with a thorough investigation of the cultural, social and musical implications of country music’s 21st-century resurgence.

3 credits

07:700:244 Global Pop Music Online

This course will explore the popular music of various societies from around the world, and how it is created and transformed by cultural and musical influences from other societies and world views when they encounter and interact with one another. Students will examine the artistic, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of global popular music. Topics of inquiry include hybridity and diversity in music; the effects of globalization on musical/cultural development; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from expressive cultural forms expanding around the world, both historically and currently.

3 credits

07:700:293 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation Online

Introduction to Jazz Improvisation covers the basic harmonic structures underlying melodic jazz improvisation. During the course the student will be introduced to both the vertical (chord spellings including tensions) and horizontal (diatonic) harmonic structures found in many types of western music; including classical, jazz, hip hop, folk, pop, rock gospel, and other popular musical forms.

The student will learn to improvise with these 3 and 4 note structures and apply there use over common chord progressions. Each online lesson includes a detailed video explanation, a written description, as well as supplemental audio play-along material.

3 credits

07:700:310 The Business of Music Online

This course covers the fundamentals of the music industry from a variety of perspectives including major record labels and publishers, independent musicians and labels, managers, attorneys, and agents. Furthermore, students will gain entrepreneurial experience recording their own work and releasing/promoting it to the on-line community. There will also be some brief discussion about musician finances, job/internship acquisition/promotion, resume writing, and career building. This is the new online version of the former face-to-face class.

3 credits

07:700:389 Inclusive Learning in Music Online

Skills and techniques for teaching music to diverse student populations. Emphasis is on neurological, physical, and behavioral diversity, but other aspects of student diversity are also addressed. Strategies for teaching music in both inclusive and self-contained music classrooms.

Pre or Co-requisite: Introduction Special Education 05:300:383.

Co-requisite: Elementary Methods and Materials (07:700:381), Methods and Materials in Choral Music Education (07:700:382), Methods and Materials in Instrumental Music Education (07:700:384) or Clinical Practice I (07:700:483).

3 credits

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Michael Billingsley
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Rick Deja
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Solomon Guhl-Miller
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Alice M. Hammel
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Rachael Leigh Lansang
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Craig Levesque
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Sean Lorre
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David Martin
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Robinson McClellan
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Richard Metzger
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Michael Noordzy
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MyungJin Oh
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Christopher Opperman
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Sameer Anjur Ramchandran
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Thomas Rudolph
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Domecq Smith
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Martha Sullivan
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Laura Weber
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Stephen Wilcox
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Ruth M. "Sunni" Witmer
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