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Instrumental Performance, Orchestras & Ensembles

An exciting and diverse range of instrumental music is welcome at Stanford. In over 150 concerts a year, students, faculty, and guest artists perform music from around the world. The instruments and styles taught include Western classical, jazz, calypso, taiko, and Chinese traditional, among others. Participation in all instrumental ensembles, lessons, and activities is available by audition to students in any major. Some ensembles are open to community members as well.

 

 

Lectures and Seminars

Music 2A: The Symphony
Music 4SI: Interactive Introduction to North American Taiko
Music 6F: Art is My Occupation: Professional Development in Music
Music 18A: Jazz History: Ragtime to Bebop, 1900-1940
Music 18B: Jazz History: Bebop to Present, 1940-Present
Music 31N: Behind the Big Drums: Exploring Taiko
Music 37N: Ki ho'alu: The New Renaissance of a Hawaiian Musical Tradition
Music 70: Stories and Music of Refugees
Music 115: Individual Undergraduate Projects in Jazz
Music 127A: Instrumentation and Orchestration
Music 127B: Advanced Orchestration
Music 155A/255A: Piano Literature
Music 155S: Strings Literature
Music 186E: Sounds of Islam
Music 187: Spiritual Sound of Central Asia: Introduction to the Music of Central Asia

Keyboard Studies

Kumaran Arul photo
Piano • Chamber Music
Piano • Collaborative Piano • Vocal Studies • Chamber Music
Collaborative Piano
Lori Lack photo
Collaborative Piano
Collaborative Piano
Murray Low photo
Jazz Piano • Jazz Ensembles • Music History
Robert Huw Morgan photo
Organ • Choral Ensembles • Conducting
Su Mi Park photo
Collaborative Piano
Thomas Schultz photo
Piano • Chamber Music
Elaine Thornburgh photo
Harpsichord • Early Music
Fred Weldy photo
Piano • Chamber Music

Music 155A/255A Piano Literature

Music 12A: Introductory Piano Class Level 1
Music 12B: Introductory Piano Class Level 2
Music 12C: Introductory Piano Class Level 3
Music 72A: Intermediate Piano Class
Music 72C: Harpsichord Class
Music 72D: Jazz Piano Class
Music 172A: Piano
Music 172B: Organ
Music 172C: Harpsichord
Music 172D: Jazz Piano
Music 172E: Fortepiano
Music 172F: Carillon
Music 272A: Advanced Piano
Music 272B: Advanced Organ
Music 272C: Advanced Harpsichord
Music 272D: Advanced Jazz Piano
Music 272E: Advanced Fortepiano
Music 272F: Advanced Carillon

String Studies

Cello • Chamber Music
Violin • Chamber Music
Tony Doheny
Violin
Charles Ferguson photo
Classical Guitar
Violin • Chamber Music
Dawn Harms photo
Violin • Chamber Music
Stephen Harrison photo
Cello • Chamber Music
Violin • Chamber Music
Anthony Martin photo
Violin • Baroque Instruments • Chamber Music
Herb Myers photo
Renaissance Instruments • Baroque Instruments • Early Music
Geoff Nuttall photo
Violin • Chamber Music
Viola • Chamber Music
Robin Sharp photo
Violin • Chamber Music
Annabelle Taubl photo
Harp • Chamber Music
Josh Thurston-Milgrom photo
Jazz Bass • Electric Bass • Jazz Combos
Rick Vandivier photo
Jazz and Contemporary Guitar
Daisy You photo
Guzheng • Chinese Music Ensemble

Music 155S String Literature

Music 72G: Gu-Zheng Class
Music 74AA: Introductory Violin Class Level 1: Beginner
Music 74AB: Introductory Violin Class Level 2: Intermediate
Music 74AC: Introductory Violin Class Level 3: Advanced Intermediate
Music 74C: Classical Guitar Class
Music 74D: Harp Class
Music 172G: Gu-Zheng
Music 174A: Violin
Music 174B: Viola
Music 174C: Violoncello
Music 174D: Contrabass
Music 174E: Viola Da Gamba
Music 174F: Classical Guitar
Music 174G: Harp
Music 174H: Baroque Violin
Music 174I: Jazz Bass
Music 174J: Jazz Guitar.
Music 272G: Advanced Gu-Zheng
Music 273: Advanced Voice
Music 274A: Advanced Violin
Music 274B: Advanced Viola
Music 274C: Advanced Violoncello
Music 274D: Advanced Contrabass
Music 274E: Advanced Viola da Gamba
Music 274F: Advanced Classical Guitar
Music 274G: Advanced Harp
Music 274H: Advanced Baroque Violin
Music 274IAdvanced Jazz Bass
Music 274J: Advanced Jazz Guitar

Winds, Brass & Percussion Studies

Akwasi Abrefah photo
Steel Pan • Music of the Caribbean
Giancarlo Aquilanti photo
Music Theory • Composition • Conducting • Wind Symphony
Mark Brandenburg photo
Clarinet
David Henderson photo
Saxophone
McDowell Kenley photo
Trombone • Chamber Music
Adam Luftman photo
Trumpet
Robin May photo
Oboe
Charlie McCarthy photo
Jazz Saxophone
Percussion
Jim Nadel photo
Jazz Combos • Music Theory
Larry Ragent photo
French Horn
Joshua Redman photo
Jazz • Improvisation
Drum Set • Jazz
Choral Ensembles • Conducting • Taiko • Asian American Studies
Linda Uyechi photo
Taiko • Asian American Studies
Jazz Trumpet

Music 31N: Behind the Big Drums: Exploring Taiko
Music 75B: Renaissance Wind Instruments Class
Music 76: Brass Instruments Class
Music 76A: Tuba Class.
Music 77: Percussion Class
Music 175A: Flute
Music 175B: Oboe
Music 175C: Clarinet
Music 175D: Bassoon
Music 175E: Recorder/Early Winds
Music 175F: Saxophone
Music 175G: Baroque Flute
Music 175H: Jazz Saxophone
Music 176A: French Horn
Music 176B: Trumpet
Music 176C: Trombone
Music 176D: Tuba
Music 176E: Jazz Trumpet
Music 177: Percussion
Music 177A: Drum Set Lessons
Music 275A: Advanced Flute
Music 275B: Advanced Oboe
Music 275C: Advanced Clarinet
Music 275D: Advanced Bassoon
Music 275E: Advanced Recorder/Early Winds
Music 275F: Advanced Saxophone
Music 275G: Advanced Baroque Flute
Music 275H: Advanced Jazz Saxophone
Music 276A: Advanced French Horn
Music 276B: Advanced Trumpet
Music 276C: Advanced Trombone
Music 276D: Advanced Tuba
Music 276E: Advanced Jazz Trumpet
Music 277: Advanced Percussion
Music 277A: Advanced Drum Set

Chamber Music & Jazz Combos

Akwasi Abrefah photo
Steel Pan • Music of the Caribbean
Kumaran Arul photo
Piano • Chamber Music
Cello • Chamber Music
Piano • Collaborative Piano • Vocal Studies • Chamber Music
Violin • Chamber Music
Violin • Chamber Music
Dawn Harms photo
Violin • Chamber Music
Stephen Harrison photo
Cello • Chamber Music
David Henderson photo
Saxophone
Wendy Hillhouse photo
Vocal Studies • Musical Theater • Opera
McDowell Kenley photo
Trombone • Chamber Music
Adam Luftman photo
Trumpet
Herb Myers photo
Renaissance Instruments • Baroque Instruments • Early Music
Jim Nadel photo
Jazz Combos • Music Theory
Geoff Nuttall photo
Violin • Chamber Music
Viola • Chamber Music
Robin Sharp photo
Violin • Chamber Music
Annabelle Taubl photo
Harp • Chamber Music
Karen Van Dyke photo
Flute • Chamber Music
Fred Weldy photo
Piano • Chamber Music

Music 170: Collaborative Piano
Music 171: Chamber Music
Music 181: Jazz Combos

Orchestras & Ensembles

Akwasi Abrefah photo
Steel Pan • Music of the Caribbean
Composition • Improvisation • Music History • Popular Music
Giancarlo Aquilanti photo
Music Theory • Composition • Conducting • Wind Symphony
Mark Brandenburg photo
Clarinet
Chris Chafe photo
Composition • Music, Science, and Technology • Improvisation
Michael Galisatus photo
Jazz Ensembles • Jazz Combos
Wind Symphony • Music Education • Music Theory
Denise Gill photo
Ethnomusicology • Islamic Studies • Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Hans Kretz photo
New Music Ensemble • Music History
Murray Low photo
Jazz Piano • Jazz Ensembles • Music History
Anthony Martin photo
Violin • Baroque Instruments • Chamber Music
Paul Phillips photo
Conducting • Orchestras • Music History
Choral Ensembles • Conducting • Taiko • Asian American Studies
Linda Uyechi photo
Taiko • Asian American Studies
Ge Wang photo
Artful Design • Music, Science, and Technology • Media Theory
Matt Wright photo
Music, Science, and Technology

Music 128: Stanford Laptop Orchestra: Composition, Coding, and Performance
Music 151B: Stanford Red Vest Band
Music 151C: Stanford University Ragtime Ensemble
Music 153: Online Jamming and Concert Technology
Music 156: "sic": Improvisation Collective
Music 158: Cardinal Calypso
Music 160: Stanford Symphony Orchestra
Music 160A: Stanford Philharmonia
Music 160B: Stanford New Ensemble
Music 160C: Stanford Baroque Soloists
Music 160S: Stanford Summer Symphony
Music 161A: Stanford Wind Symphony
Music 161B: Stanford Jazz Orchestra
Music 161D: Stanford Brass Ensemble
Music 161E: Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Music 161F: Ottoman Music ensemble
Music 169: Stanford Taiko
Music 184B: Topics in Opera Stagecraft
Music 187: Spiritual Sound of Central Asia: Introduction to the Music of Central Asia

Courses in the Spotlight

MUSIC 160B. Stanford New Ensemble

Performing compositions of the 20th century, recent works of this century, and new works by Stanford faculty and student composers. Musicians collaborate with composers and artists visiting and performing at Stanford. One concert per quarter.

MUSIC 153. Online Jamming and Concert Technology

Today's vast amount of streaming and video conferencing on the Internet lacks one aspect of musical fun and that's what this course is about: high-quality, near-synchronous musical collaboration. Under the right conditions, the Internet can be used for ultra-low-latency, uncompressed sound transmission. The course teaches open-source (free) techniques for setting up city-to-city studio-to-studio audio links. Distributed rehearsing, production and split ensemble concerts are the goal. Setting up such links and debugging them requires knowledge of network protocols, network audio issues and some ear training.

MUSIC 6F. Art is My Occupation: Professional Development in Music

This course is designed for students wishing to explore their personal and artistic identities as they embark on careers in performance and/or music industry. Weekly guest speakers provide real world insights on topics related to professional advancement. Open to majors and non-majors.

MUSIC 70: Stories and music of refugees

As part of a creative project to gather cultural materials of people who inhabited the shores of the Mekong River, this course will combine ethnomusicology, anthropology, and cultural history with creative projects based upon gathering and compiling first hand materials through interviews and recordings of people around the Bay Area, and perhaps beyond, who were transplanted from their native homes in the Mekong region.

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