Mark Burford


Leila Falk

Musicology, chamber music. On sabbatical fall 2007.

Virginia Hancock

Musicology, choral conducting.

David Schiff

Composition, orchestral conducting.

Many Reed students are interested in music. To encourage and develop these interests, the music department offers courses in music history, theory, and performance, many without prerequisites. Majors and non-majors alike are welcome to take classes in all areas of music history, theory, and performance.

Prospective majors should begin their course of study with Theory II (112) and the Historical Survey (121 and122) in the first two years. Students should make early inquiry into their preparation for Theory II by taking the placement examination, which is given at the beginning of each year. We recommend that majors also take piano lessons if they have never done so. Majors are expected to participate in performance activities; therefore, fees for private instruction are waived for junior and senior music majors.

Music majors must complete Theory II, two semesters of Historical Survey, and at least one other course above the 110 level in order to make formal application for junior status; still another course above the 110 level must be completed before the junior qualifying examination. The department strongly recommends that one of these courses be Theory III (212).

For the junior qualifying examination in music, students will write essays about musical selections from the Medieval to post-modern periods and about selected prose passages about music from those eras.

Topics not ordinarily included in the regular curriculum may be offered to juniors and seniors with special interests as independent study courses (481).

Requirements for the Major

  1. Theory courses—Music 112, 212, and 343.
  2. History courses—Music 121, 122 and 311. Music 121 and 122 should be taken before the junior year.
  3. Four semesters of ensemble from among 103 (orchestra), 105 (chorus), 107 (Collegium), 109 (chamber music); one-half unit to be taken in each of four semesters.
  4. Thesis (470).
  5. Three more one-unit courses, two of which may be met by taking instrumental or vocal lessons (Music 101) in the junior and senior year, provided that such study culminates in a senior recital, the program to be approved by the department at the beginning of the junior year. This recital does not substitute for a senior thesis.

Recommended but not required: piano lessons.

Senior Thesis
Students planning to do theses in music must demonstrate their competence, before the senior year, in the particular area in which they wish to work. That is, they may not use the thesis as an occasion to explore an entirely new area, which may be done in a regular 481 (independent study) course. The thesis may be an extended historical or analytical essay or a composition thesis, which must include a printed score and a tape of a performance. To be considered for a composition thesis, a student should have already taken composition and at least one semester of independent study in advanced composition. At the beginning of the senior year, students prepare short written statements describing the nature of their theses and meet with the entire department to discuss their thesis proposals.

Music department facilities include Kaul Auditorium, where the orchestra, Collegium and chorus perform; the chapel, which is used for Collegium and Friday at Four concerts and other chamber music; a band practice room in the commons; a library of scores and recordings, housed in the library; an adjacent music listening room; and 20 instrumental practice rooms (including 15 pianos and other keyboard instruments) in Prexy, formerly the president’s house. All students have access to the practice rooms. Both the Library and Prexy house modest computer music laboratories equipped with computers, synthesizers, and laser printers for students in theory and composition courses. Prexy is open to students from 7 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week. For additional recreational use, students may use pianos in the student union and in the social rooms of several of the residence halls.

Performing Opportunities
Reed attracts many students who are accomplished musicians. Performance activities sponsored by the department are open to all members of the community. A significant percentage of the student body participates in music-making on the campus—as solo players or singers, in chamber music ensembles, or in the ensembles conducted by faculty members. Registration procedures for lessons and ensembles are explained in the class schedule each term. A number of student recitals and concerts by the ensembles are held each year. The Friday at Four series, consisting of 8-10 concerts each year, usually features students who take private lessons. The chamber orchestra and chorus perform a concert in Kaul Auditorium each semester.

The department also helps organize and coach chamber ensembles, which are available by audition for students interested in playing together in small groups. In addition, coaching sessions with members of the music performance staff can sometimes be substituted for private lessons with department approval.

Private Instruction—Bonnie Garrett, director
Reed offers individual instruction in guitar, harpsichord, piano, voice, and all orchestral instruments, as well as jazz and some ethnic instruments. Our teachers, all of whom are accomplished performers, are selected from the best available in the Portland community. Some are members of the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and various chamber, jazz, and ethnic ensembles in the area, and have appeared as solo artists with these groups. Our private music instructors include Craig Jones (jazz piano); Phil Baldino (saxophone); Jeff Homan (saxophone and jazz flute); Marcy Lohman (flute); Dunja Jennings (clarinet); Pablo Izquierdo (oboe); Bonnie Cox (bassoon); Joe Berger (French horn); Craig Gibson (trumpet); David Bryan (trombone); Bill Hunt (violin and viola); John Hubbard (cello); Don Hermanns (double bass); Brongaene Griffin, Celtic fiddling, Kevin Deitz (jazz bass); Scott Kritzer (classical guitar); Scott Pemberton (jazz guitar), Deborah Cleaver, Susan Smith, and Denise Van Leuven (piano); Bonnie Garrett (piano and harpsichord); Jenny Lindner (harp); Elizabeth Nicholson, Celtic harp; Lee Garrett, pipe organ, Gayle Neuman (recorder and other Renaissance winds); Timothy Scott (viola da gamba); Barbara Irvin and John Vergin (voice); Nisha Joshi (sitar, Northern classical Indian singing); Jan deWeese (mandolin and banjo); Janna McAuslan (flamenco guitar); Joel Bluestone and Kyle MacLowry (percussion); and Obo Addy (Ghanaian drumming). Instructors of other instruments are added to the staff as need arises.

Fees for private instruction (Music 101) are $405 each semester for twelve 45-minute lessons; some scholarship aid is available. Private instruction fees are waived for junior and senior music majors, who are expected to enroll in private instruction for at least two of their final four semesters.

Academic Credit for Music Performance
All students participating in music performance courses (Music 101, 103, 105, 107, 109) should register; these courses are graded on a credit/no credit basis. The courses carry variable credit: either one-half course or zero credit for one semester. To qualify for credit, students must have taken or be currently enrolled in a one-unit course at level 110 or above at Reed, for which they can receive two half-units of credit for a music performance course, one-half unit per semester. No more than one-half credit may be earned per semester. A second one-unit course at level 110 or above qualifies the student for another two half-units of credit for music performance. No more than two units may be received for the same music performance course. A third one-unit course at level 110 or above qualifies the student for two more half-units of credit in a different music performance course. These credits in music performance may be used toward the quantity requirement of 30 units for graduation, though not toward the Group A or Group X requirements. If the accompanying classroom course is dropped, credit for music performance must also be relinquished.

Music Course Descriptions

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