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
(Audition required.)
A vocal ensemble that performs all eras of American pop, show music and jazz. Includes choreography. Rehearsals lead to dinner shows and an annual tour. (Repeatable for credit. “0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

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
(Music majors and minors only)
Private lessons in voice. (Repeatable for credit.)

MUS 130 Collegiate Wind Ensemble
0–1 credit
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
(Music majors and minors only)
Private lessons on piano or organ. (Repeatable for credit.)

MUS 140 Chamber Ensemble
0–1 credit
Various small instrumental and vocal ensembles open to experienced musicians. (Repeatable for credit. “0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

MUS 141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Strings
½–1 credit
(Music majors and minors only)
Private lessons on orchestral string instruments including guitar. (Repeatable for credit.)

MUS 150 Orchestra
0–1 credit
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
(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
(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
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
(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 209 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
0–1 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 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 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 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 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
Prerequisites: BUA 203, MUS 382
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
Prerequisites: MUS 208, 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
1–4 credits
Prerequisites: BUA 203, MUS 382
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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