At MIT, the arts are widely practiced, performed, and celebrated - in corridors and classrooms, on stage and in the studio.
Hundreds of exhibitions, performances, and readings enliven MIT's campus annually, enhancing and enriching campus life while drawing tens of thousands of visitors from throughout the region.
Between 60 and 70 percent of incoming freshmen come to MIT with strong interests and involvement in the arts. Many pursue their artistic interests through participation in MIT's Music and Theater Arts Section, which provides numerous opportunities for students to develop artistically and intellectually.
MIT's Music Program provides a challenging, rewarding undergraduate musical education for students at every level of preparation and talent. The music faculty includes internationally known composers and performers, and students may choose from a wide variety of offerings in performance, theory/analysis/composition, and music history/literature.
MIT students can major, double major, minor or concentrate in music. In addition to individual and class study in traditional and experimental music, students may participate in many performance groups directed by members of the faculty. These include the MIT Symphony and String Chamber Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Festival Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Music Society, Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus, Gamelan Galak-Tika and the Senegalese performing ensemble, RAMBAX MIT.
Through MIT's Theater Arts Program, students explore diverse theatrical forms and practices, from the scripted play to actor-created theater, from musical theater to the theater of identity politics. Courses range from playwriting to directing to set design, always reflecting a commitment to diverse aesthetics. Students participate in numerous curricular and extracurricular ensembles ranging from the curricular Dramashop to the extracurricular improv comedy troupe, Roadkill Buffet.
The Program welcomes students' unique cultural and individual perspectives in a collaborative environment that encourages inquiry as the cornerstone of both personal and artistic growth. Together, MIT Theater's faculty and students work together in search of expression, depth and mastery in the art of theater.
|Course #||Course Title||Level|
|21M.011||Introduction to Western Music||Undergraduate|
|21M.013J||The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture||Undergraduate|
|21M.030||Introduction to World Music (Spring 2013)||Undergraduate|
|21M.030||Introduction to World Music (Fall 2006)||Undergraduate|
|21M.051||Fundamentals of Music||Undergraduate|
|21M.065||Introduction to Musical Composition (Spring 2014)||Undergraduate|
|21M.065||Introduction to Musical Composition (Fall 2005)||Undergraduate|
|21M.113||Developing Musical Structures||Undergraduate|
|21M.223J||Introduction to Anglo-American Folk Music||Undergraduate|
|21M.235||Monteverdi to Mozart: 1600-1800||Undergraduate|
|21M.250||Beethoven to Mahler||Undergraduate|
|21M.250||Schubert to Debussy||Undergraduate|
|21M.262||Modern Music: 1900-1960||Undergraduate|
|21M.263||Music Since 1960||Undergraduate|
|21M.269||Studies in Western Music History: Quantitative and Computational Approaches to Music History||Undergraduate|
|21M.271||Symphony and Concerto||Undergraduate|
|21M.291||Music of India||Undergraduate|
|21M.293||Music of Africa||Undergraduate|
|21M.294||Popular Musics of the World||Undergraduate|
|21M.295||American Popular Music||Undergraduate|
|21M.301||Harmony and Counterpoint I||Undergraduate|
|21M.302||Harmony and Counterpoint II||Undergraduate|
|21M.303||Writing in Tonal Forms I||Undergraduate|
|21M.304||Writing in Tonal Forms II||Undergraduate|
|21M.342||Composing for Jazz Orchestra||Undergraduate|
|21M.351||Music Composition (Fall 2008)||Undergraduate|
|21M.361||Composing with Computers I (Electronic Music Composition)||Undergraduate|
|21M.380||Music and Technology: Recording Techniques and Audio Production||Undergraduate|
|21M.380||Music and Technology: Live Electronics Performance Practices||Undergraduate|
|21M.380||Music and Technology: Algorithmic and Generative Music||Undergraduate|
|21M.380||Music and Technology (Contemporary History and Aesthetics)||Undergraduate|
|21M.410||Vocal Repertoire and Performance: Women Composers (Spring 2007)||Undergraduate|
|21M.410||Vocal Repertoire and Performance: African American Composers (Spring 2005)||Undergraduate|
|21M.539||Topics in Culture and Globalization: Reggae as Transnational Culture||Undergraduate|
|21M.542||Interdisciplinary Approaches to Musical Time||Undergraduate|
|21M.603||Principles of Design||Undergraduate|
|21M.606||Introduction to Stagecraft||Undergraduate|
|21M.611||Foundations of Theater Practice||Undergraduate|
|21M.616||Learning from the Past: Drama, Science, Performance||Undergraduate|
|21M.621||Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.||Undergraduate|
|21M.630J||Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies||Undergraduate|
|21M.670||Traditions in American Concert Dance: Gender and Autobiography||Undergraduate|
|21M.675||Dance Theory and Composition||Undergraduate|
|21M.710||Script Analysis (Fall 2011)||Undergraduate|
|21M.710||Script Analysis (Fall 2005)||Undergraduate|
|21M.714||Studies in Drama: Theater and Science in a Time of War||Undergraduate|
|21M.715||The Craft of Costume Design||Undergraduate|
|21M.732||Beginning Costume Design and Construction||Undergraduate|
|21M.733||Design for the Theater: Scenery (Spring 2005)||Undergraduate|
|21M.734||Design for the Theater: Scenery (Spring 2005)||Undergraduate|
|21M.734||Lighting Design for the Theatre||Undergraduate|
|21M.735||Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects||Undergraduate|
|21M.873||Theater Arts Topics - Suburbia||Undergraduate|
|21M.873||Theater Arts Topics||Undergraduate|
|21M.S53||Chinese Popular Musics in Dialogue||Undergraduate|
|21M.505||Music Composition (Fall 2008)||Graduate|
|21M.515||Vocal Repertoire and Performance: Women Composers (Spring 2007)||Graduate|
|21M.515||Vocal Repertoire and Performance: African American Composers (Spring 2005)||Graduate|
Some prior versions of courses listed above have been archived in OCW's DSpace@MIT repository for long-term access and preservation. Links to archived prior versions of a course may be found on that course's "Other Versions" tab.
Additionally, the Archived Music and Theater Arts Courses page has links to every archived course from this department.