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Music Course Descriptions

Music Course Descriptions

108A Rudiments of Music (3)
Review of fundamental music concepts including reading and notation, rhythm, pitch, and intervals; basic preparation for students wishing or needing to develop music reading skill. Open to majors and non-majors. Majors need advisor's approval to register.

108B Listening to Music (3)
Emphasis on the development of techniques for listening analytically and critically; representative examples drawn from various musical periods.

109 Theory I (3)
Basic integrated study of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic elements of music; topics include study of circle of fifths, scales, intervals, triads, time signatures, ear-training, and correlation to keyboard work.

110 Theory II (3)
Continued integrated study of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of music; topics include study of seventh chords secondary dominants, augmented sixth chords, advanced rhythmic drills, harmonization, ear-training and correlation to keyboard work. Prerequisite: MUS 109

123 Applied Music (2)
Private lessons for non-majors; one-half hour private lesson, 1 credit; one hour private lesson, 2 credits. (Special Fee)

126 Applied Music (1 or 2)
Private lessons for non-majors; one-half hour private lesson, 1 credit; one hour private lesson, 2 credits; may be repeated for additional credit. (Special Fee) This is a repeatable course.

135, 136 Applied Music (1 or 2)
First and second enrollments on a particular instrument; for Music majors and minors only. (Special Fee)

168 Percussion Techniques (1)
Introduction to basic playing and teaching methods on percussion instruments.

169 Woodwind Techniques (1)
Introduction to basic playing and teaching methods on woodwind instruments.

170 Brass Techniques (1)
Introduction to basic playing and teaching methods on brass instruments.

171 String Techniques (1)
Introduction to basic playing and teaching methods on string instruments.

180 University Chorale (1)
A choral ensemble comprised of students and community members. No audition required.

186 Ensemble (1)
Ensembles including Choir, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Liturgical Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. (Repeatable course.)

192 Performance Workshop (2)
Performance Workshop is a class designed to integrate music skills acquired in choral ensembles, applied lessons, and music coursework, with theatre skills, including acting and movement, through observation, research, and performance practice.

200 Diction for Singers (1)
A study of correct pronunciation for singing in English, Italian, French and German through a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

205 Piano Sight Reading (1)
Formal instruction in the art of sight-reading. Emphasis on the development of techniques used to train the eye, hand and ear. A variety of musical styles will be presented. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of instructor.

211 Theory III (3)
Advanced integrated study of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of music; topics may include four part writing, form and analysis, tertian harmonic analysis, and its correlation to instruments and voice. Prerequisite: MUS 110.

212 Theory IV (3)
Continued advanced integrated study of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of music; topics may include chromatic harmony, twentieth century techniques, analytical listening, and its correlation to instruments and voice. Prerequisite: MUS 211.

223 Piano Literature I (1)
An overview of the standard piano literature from the Baroque and Classical periods. Primary teaching tools will be lectures, readings, recordings and musical scores. The course is suited to the musician and non-musician alike. Prerequisite: none.

234 Piano Literature II (1)
An overview of the standard piano literature from the Romantic and Modern periods. Primary teaching tools will be lectures, readings, recordings and musical scores. The course is suited to the musician and non-musician alike. Prerequisite: none.

287/288 Applied Music (1 or 2)
Third and fourth enrollments on a particular instrument; for Music majors and minors only. Prerequisite: MUS 135/136. (Special fee)

300 Special Topics (1-3)
Course content designed to fill specific needs or interests.

302 Accompaniment (1)
A practical approach to the preparation of musical scores for collaborative piano playing with a singer, instrumentalist, or chorus. A large variety of repertoire will be examined. Prerequisite: Piano major or permission of instructor.

303 Sound Reinforcement (3)
Study of the physical properties of sound including sound propagation and perception, followed by an exploration of sound reinforcement systems and techniques. Prerequisites: MUS110 or by permission of faculty.

309 Survey of Vocal Literature I (1)
A broad overview of the standard vocal repertoire. Examination of English, French, and German art song from the early Romantic period through the Twentieth century masters of the form. Prerequisites: Music major or permission of instructor.

310 Survey of Vocal Literature II (1)
A broad overview of operatic repertoire from its inception with the Florentine Camerata (circa. 1600) to the present. The works of Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, the bel canto composers, and the great Romantic composers, including Verdi and Wagner, are studied and compared to the modern operas of Puccini, Strauss, Britten, Menotti, and other Twentieth century masters. Prerequisites: Music major or permission of instructor.

324 Musical Theatre Styles I (3)
A course designed to trace the history of the American Musical Theatre from its origins in Minstrel Shows and Vaudeville to the 1950's. Works discussed will include the most important shows of each genre.

325 Musical Theatre Styles II (3)
A course designed to trace the history of the American Musical Theatre from the 1950's to the present. Works discussed will include the most important shows of each genre.

326 Electronic Music/MIDI (3)
An introduction to the technology, tools, and software used in the creation of digital music composition, music scoring, and computer assisted instruction. Prerequisite: MUS 110. (Special fee)

327 History: Baroque and Classical Music (3)
A study of the development of music from the Baroque period (1600-1750) and the Classical period (1750-1820). Emphasis will be placed on the biographies of the great composers and in-depth guided listening and analyses of representative musical compositions. Live class performances will also be used for purposes of demonstration and development of appropriate performance practice.

328 History: Romantic Music (3)
A study of the development of music from the Romantic period (1820-1900). Emphasis will be placed on the biographies of the great composers and in-depth guided listening and analyses of representative musical compositions. Live class performances will also be used for purposes of demonstration and development of appropriate performance practice.

329 History: Twentieth Century Music (3)
A study of the development of music from the twentieth century (1900 to the present). Emphasis will be placed on the biographies of the great composers and in-depth guided listening and analyses of representative compositions. Live class performances will also be used for purposes of demonstration and development of appropriate performance practice.

330 The American Musical Theatre: The Golden Age (3)
A course exploring the American Musical Theatre during the golden age (1930-1960) and its predecessors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

335/338 Applied Music (1 or 2)
Fifth and sixth semesters of study on a particular instrument; for Music majors and minors only. Prerequisite: MUS 287/288. (Special fee).

340 Sight Singing/Ear Training (1)
This course is designed to cultivate the aural skills necessary for the developing music student. The skills that will be implemented include: sight singing in various clefs, intervallic and chordal recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation.

350 History of Sacred Music Literature (3)
A historical examination of the music of the worship service from early Gregorian and Hebrew chant, to contemporary compositions. This course will examine sacred music repertoire performance practices to assist in the development of the liturgy.

359 Independent Study (3)

375 Piano Pedagogy (1)
Investigation of resources and techniques necessary in the teaching of piano. An emphasis is placed on methods most suitable to beginning piano study. Prerequisite: Piano major or permission of instructor.

380 University Chorale (1)
A choral ensemble comprised of students and community members. No audition required. (Repeatable course)

384 Conducting I (2)
Techniques of instrumental and choral conducting.

385 Conducting II (2)
Advanced instrumental and choral conducting techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 384.

386 Ensemble (1)
Ensembles including Choir, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Liturgical Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. (Repeatable course)

392 Performance Workshop (2)
Performance workshop is designed to integrate music skills acquired in choral ensembles, applied lessons, and music coursework, with theatre skills, including acting and movement, through observation, research, and performance practice. (Repeatable course)

420 Vocal Interpretation (1)
A practical approach to preparation for recital and public performance. A one-on-one coaching with detailed attention paid to stylistic appropriateness, practice strategies, techniques of interpretation, memorization and ensemble skills with the pianist. Prerequisite: For vocal specialization majors presenting junior or senior recital only. (Repeatable course)

422 Instrumental Interpretation (1)
A practical approach to preparation for recital and public performance. A one-on-one coaching with detailed attention paid to stylistic appropriateness, practice strategies, techniques of interpretation, memorization and ensemble skills with the pianist. For instrumental specialization majors presenting junior or senior recital only. (Repeatable course)

476 Methods in Music Education (3)
Philosophy, curriculum, and methods pertinent to the development of musical expressions for students of music in different grades and levels.

488 Vocal Pedagogy (1)
A study of the anatomy and physiology of the voice and its function. Analysis of teaching methods and corrective techniques.

487/490 Applied Music (2)
This is the seventh and eighth semester of study on a particular instrument; for Music majors and minors only. Prerequisite: MUS 335/338. (Special fee)

497 Senior Seminar (1)
An integrative experience, including comprehensive examinations in music theory and music history, to assist the music major in preparation for graduate study or professional work.

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