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Edward J. Coffey

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
Old Cabell 204
30 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

Ted Coffey makes acoustic and electronic chamber music, interactive installations, and songs. His work has been presented in concerts and festivals across North America, Europe and Asia, at such venues as Judson Church, The Knitting Factory, Roulette, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center (NYC), The Lab, New Langton Arts, Zellerbach Hall, and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), Wolf Trap and The Kennedy Center (DC), the Korean National University of the Arts (Seoul), The Carre Theatre (Amsterdam), and ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany). His writings on aesthetics and politics in the performing arts have been honored with significant awards from the Josephine De Kármán and Andrew C. Mellon Foundations. Coffey studied composition with Jon Appleton, Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, and Paul Lansky, among others, receiving degrees in music from Dartmouth (AB), Mills College (MFA) and Princeton (MFA, PhD). Recordings of his work are available on the Ellipsis Arts, Everglade, Innova, Audition Records, SEAMUS, crackletimesfavor, and EcoSono labels. Coffey is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses in composition, music technologies, music aesthetics, and pop.

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.
EGMT 1530: Engaging Difference
Credits: 2
In this class, students will learn to critically reflect on one's own situation and perspective in relations to one's expanding knowledge of other human experiences, seeking to cultivate a framework for informed reflection on human diversity and social complexity while developing empathy as a foundation for democratic citizenship.
MUSI 2559: New Course in Music
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Music.
MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3370: Songwriting
Credits: 3
Develop aural, analytic and creative abilities through songwriting. Learn about rhythm, melodic design, harmonic progression, lyrics and song forms. Develop ear training, so that concepts you learn will be sonically meaningful. Examples considered from blues, folk, tin pan alley, musicals, R&B, rock and hip hop. Students must sign up for a required Lab section.
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.
MUSI 4543: Sound Studio
Credits: 3
Studies in computer music studio techniques, sound synthesis using a variety of software packages based on the Macintosh platform, and the creation of original music using new technologies. Prerequisite: MUSI 3390 or instructor permission.
MUSI 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7543: Sound Studio
Credits: 3
Studies in computer music studio techniques, sound synthesis using a variety of software packages based on the Macintosh platform, and the creation of original music using new technologies. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7547: Materials of Contemporary Music
Credits: 3
The course is intended for graduate students in music. Topics in contemporary music that will focus on different areas in rotation. Each will involve focused readings, analysis of selected works, and the creation of original compositions that reflect the issues under discussion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7581: Composition
Credits: 3
This course focuses on particular compositional types, in this case choral composition. There are a series of graded exercises, graded compositions, and a major final project that is presented during the final exam period. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7582: Composition
Credits: 3
This course focuses on particular compositional types, in this case choral composition. There are a series of graded exercises, graded compositions, and a major final project that is presented during the final exam period.
MUSI 8810: Advanced Composition
Credits: 3
Advanced Composition Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8820: Advanced Composition
Credits: 3
Advanced Composition 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 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.