This class, which can be taken sequentially for up to six semesters, is an in-depth exploration of chamber music composition and performance. Students perform, arrange, and/or compose music, and develop an intimate analytical and stylistic knowledge of the repertoire. The music is selected from different time periods and musical styles, or composed and adapted to the skills of the individual students. All participants are encouraged to explore new instruments and roels within the group (perform, compose, and conduct). Assignments include reading and rehearsing scores, creating ad-hoc arrangements to adapt the music to the available instruments, composing new pieces, and researching the music and composers studied. The course includes encourages participation in public concerts of chamber music, given through the semester. 

Is music a language? Do musical works have “meaning”? Is there universality in the semantics of music? Are there universal ways to represent love, anger, or sadness? This introductory course explores various types of music (folk, classical, film, TV) from a semiotic perspective. The main objective is to develop a critical aural/analytical habit that helps to understand and explain the relationship between music and other art forms to which is often associated, such as literature, dance (in all of its forms, including for instance figure skating), theatre (including street performances), TV, online video, and film.