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Bonnie Susan Gordon

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
Old Cabell 203
30 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

Bonnie Gordon's primary research interests center on the experiences of sound in Early Modern music making and the affective potential of the human voice.  She works on curricular and co-curricular civic engagement programs that engage social injustice through the arts.  Dr. Gordon is currently working on two book projects. Voice Machines: The Castrato, The Cat Piano and Other Strange Sounds uses the castrato as a point of departure for asking several questions about the interrelated histories of music, technology, sound, and the limits of the human body. It positions castrati as sonic figures who tell a story about music, sound and technology before electricity. Jefferson’s Ear closely explores the historical record, especially what is and is not in his music collection. The book focuses on sound, music, and race in two locations; Monticello and New Orleans. The silences in the written record resound with the racial fear and exclusion that were as much a part of the American Revolution as inalienable rights, and that musical aesthetics mattered deeply in the emergence of race as a political and social category.Her first book, Monteverdi's Unruly Women (Cambridge University Press, 2004) frames the composer's madrigals and music dramas written between 1600 and 1640 as windows into contemporary notions of sound, body, voice, and sense. She has explored similar issues in articles about contemporary singer-songwriters Kate Bush and Tori Amos. She co-edited an interdisciplinary and cross cultural volume of essays about courtesans entitled The Courtesans Arts, (Oxford University Press, 2006).  She has also published on the Soundscapes of early America. Dr. Gordon is the recipient of two grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a dissertation grant from the American Association of University Women, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brandeis University, a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has also been the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Dr. Gordon also plays rock, jazz, and classical viola and has published in the Washington Post and Slate.

MUSI 1010: Introduction to Music
Credits: 3
Surveys the musical literatures that make up the common listening experience of contemporary Americans, emphasizing such 'classical' repertories as symphony, opera, 'early music' 'new music,' blues, and jazz. Teaches effective ways of listening to and thinking critically about each repertoire. Considers how musical choices reflect or create cultural identities, including attitudes toward gender, ethnicity, social relationships, and ideas of the sacred.
EGMT 1510: Aesthetic Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to identify, describe, and analyze aesthetic phenomena, understand the social role and ongoing evolution of human creative expression, and develop their own approach to creative expression.
MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3010: Studies in Early Modern Music (1500-1700)
Credits: 3
Introduction to crucial shifts in musical culture that signaled the emergence of a self-consciously 'modern,' self-consciously 'European' musicality over the period 1500-1700; and to the ways such early modern genres as the polyphonic Mass, the madrigal, opera, oratorio, cantata, sonata, suite, and congregational hymnody have been assimilated into 20th-century American ideas about 'musicality.' Specific topics announced in advance. Prerequisite: The ability to read music. MUSI 3310 highly recommended.
MUSI 3559: New Course in Music
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Music.
MUSI 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PAVS 4500: Pavilion Seminar
Credits: 3
The Pavilion Seminars are open, by instructor permission, to 3rd and 4th year students. They are 3-credit, multidisciplinary seminars, focused on big topics and limited to max. 15 students each. For detailed descriptions of current offerings, see http://college.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/PAVS.
MUSI 4520: Critical Studies of Music
Credits: 3
Selected topics, announced in advance, exploring the study of music within critical frameworks. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
WGS 4559: New Course in Women, Gender & Sexuality
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of studies of women and gender.
MUSI 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7509: Cultural and Historical Studies of Music
Credits: 3
Selected topics, announced in advance, exploring the study of music within cultural and historical frameworks. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7511: Introduction to Research in Music
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
MUSI 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
MUSI 9910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9940: Independent Research
Credits: 3
Research carried out by graduate student in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.