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Music Course Descriptions

MUS 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070  

Concert Attendance

0 credits

A course featuring concert attendance as fulfillment of a music major requirement. Includes a field trip each semester for which a fee is required. (CR/NC grade only.)

MUS 101   Music Fundamentals

3 credits

An introduction to basics of music theory: notation, rhythmic reading, sight singing, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, transposition, and terminology. Functional skills of playing melodies and simple accompaniments on piano and other classroom instruments are taught.

 MUS 104   Beginning Voice Class

1 credit

Class lessons in voice with an emphasis on the fundamentals of singing through exercises and standard vocal literature. Audition required.

 MUS 107   Women's Chorale

0-1 credit

A women's ensemble that performs choral literature specifically intended for women's choirs from all eras.  The ensemble meets two hours weekly, performs in concerts and liturgies, and may tour throughout the year. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 111   Beginning Keyboard Class

1 credit

(Music majors and minors only)

An introduction to basic piano techniques, elements of sight-reading and harmonization, and beginning piano literature. It is a class for music majors and minors, elementary education majors, and others by permission of the music department.

 MUS 112   Keyboard Class II

1 credit

Prerequisite: MUS 111

Emphasis on preparation for the keyboard proficiency requirements for music majors. A continuation of MUS 111.

 MUS 121, 122, 221, 222, 321, 322, 421, 422   Voice

½-1 credit per semester

(Music majors and minors only)

Private lessons in voice. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 130   Collegiate Wind Ensemble  

0-1 credit per semester

A band open to experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players. The ensemble rehearses twice a week for 1½ hours and performs one or two concerts each semester. (Repeatable for credit. "0" credit receives CR/NC grade.)

 MUS 131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432  

Keyboard: Piano and Organ

½-1 credit per semester

(Music majors and minors only)

Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 140   Chamber Ensemble

0-1 credit per semester

Various small instrumental and vocal ensembles open to experienced musicians. (Repeatable for credit. "0" credit receives CR/NC grade.)

 

MUS 141, 142, 241, 42, 341, 342, 441, 442   Strings

½-1 credit per semester

(Music majors and minors only)

Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 150   Orchestra

0-1 credit per semester

An orchestra comprised of experienced players from the community and students. Rehearses weekly for 1½ hours and performs at least once each semester. (Repeatable for credit. "0" credit receives CR/NC grade.)

MUS 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452

Woodwinds    

½-1 credit per semester

(Music majors and minors only)

Private lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, or saxophone. (Repeatable for credit.)

MUS 161, 162, 261, 262, 361, 362, 461, 462   Brass

½-1 credit per semester

(Music majors and minors only)

Private lessons on cornet/trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 170   Jazz Ensemble

0-1 credit per semester

An auditioned ensemble whose members explore various jazz idioms, develop improvisational skills, and perform publicly. Rehearses one to three times a week. (Repeatable for credit. "0" credit receives CR/NC grade.)

 MUS 171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472

Percussion

½-1 credit per semester

(Music majors and minors only)

Private lessons on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion, and drum set. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 180  Accompanying

1 credit

A course in applied accompanying. Each student is given an accompanying assignment that lasts through the semester. In addition, students meet three times each semester to address specific problems in accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists. (Repeatable for credit.)

 MUS 200   Music Appreciation

3 credits

A survey of the major forms and compositions of Western art music, with units in world music and jazz. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening skills, as well as historical, biographical, and sociological study to enhance appreciation of the music. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

MUS 202   American Music

3 credits

A survey of the development of music in America, including concert styles, popular, and show music. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

 MUS 203   Jazz Survey

3 credits

A chronological study of jazz and its antecedents from 1900 to the present. Includes style periods, major artists, relevant historical/sociological background, and the development of listening skills. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

 MUS 204   Special Topics

3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

An individual project which could include but is not limited to musical composition, analysis, research, or performance.

MUS 205   World Musics

2-3 credits

A study of various world music including Oriental, African, Eastern European, American jazz, and others, but not including Western art music. Includes study of the structure and the sociological setting of the music, with an emphasis on the development of listening skills. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

MUS 206   Beginning Guitar

3 credits

This course provides class lessons in beginning guitar with an emphasis on learning the fundamentals of music through exercises and varied song material.  Students must provide their own acoustic guitar. (Guitar rental is possible from an area music store)

 MUS 207   Introduction to Voice

3 credits

This course is an introduction to singing. Techniques involving breath control, freedom and relaxation of the singing voice, accurate articulation, and projection are emphasized through vocal exercises and class performance in groups and solos. A listening component, as well as required concert attendance, is included.  This class is for the general student with little or no previous musical training or background.

 MUS 208   Fundamentals of Jazz Improvisation

2 credits

Prerequisite:  MUS 211

A course that will focus on basic jazz chord theory; major, minor, and modal scales; arpeggios; and jazz patterns at specific metronome markings played on your primary instrument.

MUS 209   Vocal Jazz Ensemble

0 credits

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble studies and performs vocal jazz literature of varying styles, including swing, ballad, bebop, Latin, and contemporary. Areas of study include improvisation and scat, ensemble singing, and working with a rhythm section. This ensemble meets three hours weekly and will perform several times per semester. Audition required.  (Repeatable for credit.)

MUS 210   Jazz Theory and Keyboard Harmony

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 111 and MUS 208

This course introduces the student to the fundamental grammar, vocabulary, and structure of the jazz language through the study of its nomenclature, chords, scales, and their application on the piano.

 MUS 211   Music Theory I

3 credits

The study of notation, scales, modes, intervals, basic harmony, instruments, voices, and style periods. The course also includes ear-training and sight-singing and keyboard skills.

MUS 212   Music Theory II

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 211

A continuation of MUS 211, including seventh chords, modulation, secondary dominants, two- and three-part form, and an overview of American music forms and styles. The course includes a continuation of ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard skills.

MUS 220   Chamber Singers

0-1 credit

(Audition required)

An ensemble of auditioned voices that perform chamber choral literature from all eras. The ensemble meets three hours weekly, performs in concerts and liturgies, and may tour throughout the year. (Repeatable for credit.)

MUS 224   Beginning Conducting

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 212

The study of basic conducting skills: beat patterns, attacks, releases, dynamics, tempos, expressive devices, and score reading.

 MUS 226  Choral Conducting

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 224

A course leading to the refinement of skills learned in beginning conducting. Emphasis is placed on score preparation, interpretation of styles, expressive conducting, and ensemble balance and blend unique to choirs. 

 MUS 234   Instrumental Conducting

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 224

A course leading to the refinement of skills in beginning conducting. Emphasis is placed on score preparation, interpretation of styles, expressive conducting, and ensemble blend and balance.

MUS 281   Introduction to the Music Industry

3 credits

Music Administration majors only

An introduction to the careers in the music industry, including the areas of merchandising, songwriting, arranging, publishing, and artist management. The class will include at least two required field trips to area music businesses.

 MUS 282   Promotion and Marketing in Music

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 281

A continuation of MUS 281. Emphasis on music product advertising and promotion, artist management and concert promotion, and retail store policies and procedures relative to sales and service to school music programs. The class will include at least two field trips to area music businesses.

 MUS 292   History and Literature of Christian Church Music

2 credits

A survey of music used in worship, from its beginnings to the 21st century, and criteria for its evaluation for practical use in modern worship.

 MUS 293   Music in Liturgy

2 credits

A course designed to prepare the student to select and prepare music for Sunday and special liturgies, including Mass and other Christian worship, religious feast days and other days of the Liturgical year, weddings, and funerals.

 MUS 294   Administration in Liturgical Music

2 credits

A course designed to develop practical management skills needed by a church music leader, including organizational techniques, promotional skills, and musical leadership skills necessary to work effectively with church staff, worship team members, and other members of a congregation.

 MUS 301   History and Literature of Music I

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 212

A study of music in the Western art tradition from the early Greeks through 1600. While the historical, sociological, philosophical, and artistic setting of the musical examples is examined, the style and interrelationships of the examples and their composers are the main emphasis.

 MUS 302   History and Literature of Music II

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 212

A continuation of MUS 301; history from 1600 to 1900.

 MUS 303   Music Since 1900

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 312

An integrative study of the history and theory of art music in the 20th Century. This course will examine the historical, sociological, philosophical, and artistic setting of twentieth century music through an examination of compositional methods and materials, history, critical listening, and research.

MUS 308   Jazz Arranging

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 210

Arranging and composing for small and large jazz ensembles. Proper notation, voicing, ranges and various combinations of the instruments and sections are studied. All work is done using music notation software.

 MUS 310   Advanced Jazz Improvisation

2 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 208

A continuation of the study of basic tools of jazz improvisation including scales, jazz chord nomenclature, basic keyboard voicings, the blues, and other basic jazz forms.

MUS 311   Music Theory III

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 212

A continuation of MUS 212, including 16th century polyphony, fugue, variation forms, and harmonic practices of the 18th and 19th century. Ear-training, sight-singing, and keyboard skills are continued.

 MUS 312   Music Theory IV

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 311

A continuation of MUS 311, including harmonic practices of the late 19th century, sonata allegro and rondo forms, and 20th century compositional techniques. Ear-training, sight-singing, and keyboard skills are continued.

 MUS 376  Junior Recital

½ credit

(Music majors and minors only)

A course leading to the culminating performance on an instrument or voice for which the student will be evaluated.

 MUS 381   Legal Issues in Music

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 282

A survey of legal issues in the music business, including international copyright law, music licensing agencies, and contracts in the performance and music publishing and recording industry.

 MUS 382   Practicum in Music Administration

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 381

Field experience in the student's area of interest in the music industry. Taken for at least two semesters; repeatable for credit.

 MUS 397   Internship  

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 382, BUA 203

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students' academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

MUS 404   Special Topics

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

An individual project which could include, but is not limited to, musical composition, analysis, research, or performance.

MUS 408   Jazz Techniques for the Music Educator

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 208 and MUS 210

This course is designed to prepare the future music educator for successful experiences in teaching jazz at the secondary level. Students will gain insights into performance and rehearsal techniques for the instrumental jazz ensemble. In addition, approaches for teaching jazz improvisation and selecting literature for young students will be explored. Other topics will include programming, style considerations, articulation, and jazz festival participation.

MUS 411   Arranging

1 credit

Prerequisite: MUS 311

A course that prepares the prospective music teacher to arrange and adapt music for various ensembles.

 MUS 414   Independent Study

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

A course designed by the student with an instructor's guidance to allow students of superior ability to pursue a topic of interest not available through regular courses.

 MUS 476   Senior Recital

1 credit

(Music majors and minors only)

A course leading to the culminating performance on an instrument or voice for which the student will be evaluated.

 MUS 497   Internship

1-3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS 382, BUA 203

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students' academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

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