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Music Course Descriptions

0 credits:

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.)

21 credits:

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 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 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.

7 credits from the following:

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

2 credits:

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.

7 credits:

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.)

5-6 credits from the following:

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 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 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 411   Arranging
1 credit
Prerequisite: MUS 311
A course that prepares the prospective music teacher to arrange and adapt music for various ensembles.

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