Bari Mort

BFA, State University of New York–Purchase. MM, The Juilliard School. Pianist, winner of Artists International Young Musicians Auditions; New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Member of New York Chamber Ensemble; performed with International String Quartet, Musica de Camera, Da Capo Chamber Players, Colorado String Quartet, American Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts. Broadcasts include PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and NPR in New York and San Francisco. Recorded for ERM Records and Albany Records. Faculty member, Bard College, 1997-2006. SLC, 2008–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Music

Theory I: Materials of Music

Component

Hearing and Singing is taken concurrently with this course. This course is a prerequisite to the Theory II: Basic Tonal Theory and Composition and the Advanced Theory sequence.

This introductory course will meet twice each week (two 90-minute sessions). We will study elements of music—such as pitch, rhythm, intensity, and timbre—and will see how they combine in various musical structures and how these structures communicate. Studies will include notation and ear training, as well as theoretical exercises, rudimentary analyses, and the study of repertoire from various eras of Western music.

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Keyboard Lab

Component

Placement arranged by the piano faculty.

This course is designed to accommodate beginning piano students who take Keyboard Lab as the core of their Music Third. Instruction takes place in a group setting, with eight keyboard stations and one master station. Students will be introduced to elementary keyboard technique and simple piano pieces.

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Music Workshops and Open Concerts

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These workshops provide an opportunity for students to perform music that they have been studying in an informal, supportive environment. In this class, participants will present a prepared piece and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and other students. Along with the specifics of each performance, class discussion may include general performance issues such as dealing with anxiety, stage presence, and other related topics. Each term will consist of three workshops, culminating at the end of each semester in an open concert that is a more formal recital. The entire SLC community is welcome and encouraged to participate.

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Previous Courses

First Viennese School

Seminar—Fall

An ability to read music and some experience in music theory is necessary. This is one of the music history component courses required for all Advanced Theory students (see above).

The First Viennese School—referring to the 18th-century Classical music composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven—will delve into the cultural history of the time, along with biographical and compositional study. Backing into this time period with a quick look at late-Baroque and early-Classical composers, we will discover how the Classical style evolved, followed by an in-depth study of the three great composers, their influence on one another, and a comparative study of their work. The course will include listening, reading, score analysis, and discussion.

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Romanticism in 19th-Century European Music

Seminar—Spring

An ability to read music and some experience in music theory is necessary. This is one of the music history component courses required for all Advanced Theory students (see above).

This course will explore 19th-century European music against the cultural backdrop of Romanticism, nationalism, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of the middle class. During these years, the symphony orchestra grew from 30 or 40 players to upwards of 100 or more; composers began writing with increased technical virtuosity and were searching for more emotion, color, and drama with increased use of dissonance and chromaticism. We will study these developments with Beethoven as a “launching pad” and then move into the lives and music of Schubert, Chopin, Berlioz, Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, and Liszt. The course will include listening, reading, score analysis, and discussion.

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Keyboard Literature

Component—Spring

This is one of the music history component courses required for all Advanced Theory students.

This class will offer an introductory survey of the history of keyboard music and will include seminal works from the Renaissance to the 21st century. We will study these works for their stylistic and formal properties and will also discuss their social context and performance practices. The course will feature frequent in-class performances by guests, the instructor, and possibly some of the class members. Reading knowledge of music is required, and some theory background would be helpful.

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