Loar’s Classes at Northwestern

 
During the years following Loar’s short tenure at Gibson, he was very focused on teaching during the summer months in The School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Here is an outline of his classes and responsibilities from 1930 until his death in 1943. (The following listings are taken directly from the The School of Music’s class schedules.) It should be remembered that his professorial efforts were during the period of The Great Depression and I am sure Loar welcomed the income and employment opportunity. (Please see my “Notes” at the end of the listing.)

1930 – June 23 to August 1

I8b. The Physics of Music – The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Credit – 3 hours. Mr. Loar. (This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours.) 1:30-3:00, Room 37, Fisk Hall.

1931 – June 22 to July 31

I8b. The Physics of Music – The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Credit – 3 hours. Mr. Loar. (This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours.) 1:30-3:00.

1932 – June 18 to July 29

D5. Advanced Theory. A review for graduate students and others who have completed thrre years of study in the field of musical theory. Harmony, counterpoint, form, orchestration and original composition. 2 hours. Mr. Loar. 12:00, Music Hall 2.

I8b. The Physics of Music – The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. 3 hours. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 1:30-3:00, Fisk Hall 37.

1933 – June 17 to July 28

D5. Advanced Theory. (2) A review for graduate students and others sho have completed thrre years of study in the field of musical theory. Harmony, counterpoint, form, orchestration and original composition.

H5. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. Mr Loar.

1934 – June 23 to August 3

I8b. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. 3 hours. 1:30-3:00. Mr. Loar. Fisk Hall 37. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours.

1935 – June 22 to August 2

H5. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00-1:00. Mr Loar. Music Ad. 53

I8b. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. 3 hours. 1:30-3:00. Mr. Loar. Fisk Hall 37. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours.

1936 – June 22 to July 31

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 2:00-3:30, Fisk Hall 37.

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00-1:00. Mr Loar. Music Ad. 53

1937 – June 21 to July 30

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00-1:00. Mr Loar. Music Ad. 53

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 2:00-3:30, Fisk 37.

1938 – June 20 to July 29

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00-1:00. Mr Loar. Music Ad. 53

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 2:00-3:30, Fisk 37.

1939 – June 17 to July 28

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00-1:00. Mr Loar. Music Ad. 53

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 2:00-3:30, Fisk Hall 317.

1940 – June 22 to August 2

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00-1:00. Mr Loar. Student Union 107

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 2:00-3:30, Fisk Hall 317.

1941 – June 23 to August 1

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00. Mr Loar. Music 107

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of various wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. Mr. Loar. This course will be accepted toward a degree as either a music elective or in lieu of Liberal Arts requirement to the limit of three semester hours. 2:00-3:30, Fisk Hall 315.

1942 – June 22 to July 31

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00. Mr Loar. Music 8

C25. The Physics of Music – (3) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of wind and stringed instruments, piano, organ, and voice; radio. 2:00-3:30, Mr Loar. Fisk Hall 315.

1943 – June 21 to July 30

C9. Vocal Composition. (2) The art song. Study of the correlation of the rhetorical principles of poetry and music. Class demonstration of types of art song, combined with individual experiments. 12:00. Mr Loar. Music 8

C25. The Physics of Music – (4) The scientific side of music. Composition of tone; tone color or timbre; sound waves; vibration; resonance; acoustics of wind and stringed instruments; the piano and pipe organ; voice acoustics; radio. 2:00-3:30, Mr Loar. Fisk Hall 315.

1944 (cataloged, but no dates indicated)

C25. The Physics of Music – F-W (4) Sound, noise, tone, pitch, intensity, timbre, vibration, resonance, sound waves. Acoustic analysis of all wind and stringed instruments, voice, amplified instruments, recording, radio, practice rooms, and studios. F 1:30-3:30, Mr Loar.


Notes:

1) It is interesting to note that from 1930 to 1942, The Physics of Music course was a 3-credit program. In 1943 it became a 4-credit program (although no additional hours or a lab were added).

2) From this list, we see that Loar taught three programs: The Physics of Music, Vocal Composition, and Advanced Theory.

3) Loar became ill at the end of July, 1943 and did not complete the last lecture of The Physics of Music class.

4) It appears that The Physics of Music course, as listed in the 1944 class catalog, was to have richer content on acoustics than previously, and included study of “amplified instruments” and “recording.” Had Loar lived to give this class, it would have been one of the first classes ever given on amplified instruments, but unfortunately, Lloyd Loar passed away in September, 1943.

5) A reproduction of the class notebook from the 1943 The Physics of Music course is available from us. Click here for more information on The Physics of Music notebook.

6) The spelling of “acoustics” is not a typographical error. It was spelled this way through around 1931 when one “c” was dropped and the word became “acoustics.’


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