Private and/or group applied lessons are basic areas of study for all music majors and approved minors. All other students, including freshmen and transfer students entering in an undeclared major status, who desire applied instruction will be accommodated after declared majors and minors have been scheduled and if time permits. Permission to register must be obtained from the coordinator of the respective applied area:
Small Group Lessons
MUAP 113. 1 credit.
Two hours per week. May be repeated.
MUAP 115. Group Voice for Theater/Dance Majors. 1 credit.
May be repeated for up to four credits.
MUAP 200-level. 1 credit.
One half-hour lesson per week. Five hours minimum practice per week. May be repeated.
MUAP 205. Small Group Voice for Keyboard Majors. 2 credits.
A practical introduction to singing technique and musicianship designed for future choral music teachers and accompanists. Concludes with Vocal Proficiency Examination. Limited to maximum of 8 students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in Music or permission of the instructor.
MUAP 300-level. (See below for credits.)
One hour lesson per week. Ten hours minimum practice per week for two credits; 14 hours for three credits. May be repeated.
Student performing ensembles sponsored by the School of Music provide unique musical experiences for music majors and any other university students who wish to continue developing their performing skills. The numerous large and small choral and instrumental ensembles encompass a wide range of musical styles and repertoire. Although participation in most ensembles requires an audition, several only require the permission of the director. All ensembles must be taken for credit and may be repeated. Students new to JMU should contact the music office during the registration periods for additional information.
MUAP 237. Marching Band (Fall Semester). 2 credits.
The Marching Band will perform music and drill which is artistically structured. The repertoire will be representative of all styles of music. The Marching Band is required for two years of wind and percussion majors in the music education degree program.
MUAP 238. Concert Band. 1 credit.
Open to all interested participants. A wide variety of music is utilized to acquaint the student with different types of band literature.
MUAP 239. Symphonic Band. 1 credit.
The JMU Symphonic Band is a select group of brass, woodwind and percussion students who are dedicated to the performance of both traditional and contemporary band literature. The ensemble performs music of all periods and is open to any university student by audition.
MUAP 344. Chamber Orchestra. 1 credit.
Open to all university students. Membership is determined by audition. Music written for chamber orchestra from all periods is studied and performed.
MUAP 345. Symphony Orchestra. 2 credits.
The JMU Symphony Orchestra is a participating member of the American Symphony Orchestra League. Membership is determined by audition and is open to all university students. Literature performed is from the standard symphonic repertoire.
MUAP 346. Wind Symphony. 2 credits.
The JMU Wind Symphony is a highly select group of brass, woodwind and percussion students who are dedicated to the performance of wind orchestra music and chamber music for winds. The ensemble performs music from all periods and is open to any university student by audition in the fall of each academic year.
MUAP 347. Jazz Ensemble. 2 credits.
music performance ensemble of the standard “big band”
instrumentation whose repertoire reflects jazz styles from the swing era
to contemporary jazz. Admission is by audition.
MUAP 348. Jazz Band. 1 credit.
Instrumental ensemble, performing the standard and contemporary repertoire of American music with emphasis on the jazz idiom. Jazz band is open to all JMU students by audition.
MUAP 350. String Ensemble. 1 credit.
A rehearsal and performance ensemble where students of similar technical and musical ability are grouped in traditional string or piano trios, quartets and quintets and present public performances of important compositions from the chamber music literature of all historical periods.
MUAP 351. Woodwind Ensemble. 1 credit.
Woodwind ensembles consisting of quintets or other smaller and larger combinations, limited to specially selected personnel through auditions. Concerts and other performances are prepared from a variety of literature from the classical period to the present.
MUAP 352. Brass Ensemble. 1 credit.
Open to JMU students by audition. Literature ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th century will be performed using varied instrumentation. Performance experiences range from formal concerts to service-related events.
MUAP 353. Guitar Ensemble. 1 credit.
The performance of guitar music from Renaissance to 20th century for duos, trios and quartets.
MUAP 354. Percussion Ensemble. 1 credit.
The study and preparation for public performance of percussion ensemble literature. The ensemble is open to all university students by audition.
MUAP 355. Jazz Chamber Ensemble. 1 credit.
Open by audition to students demonstrating a high degree of skill in jazz improvisation. Concerts and other performances are prepared from a variety of literature from early jazz to the present day.
MUAP 356. Flute Choir. 1 credit.
Ensemble of multiple flutes, including alto and bass flutes and piccolo, which will rehearse and present concerts each semester. Flute choir is open to any flute player by audition.
MUAP 360. Opera/Music Theatre Orchestra. 1 credit.
This ensemble will serve as the accompanying ensemble for staged productions within the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. Enrollment in this course will be open to all students at the university by audition.
MUAP 234. Men’s Chorus. 1 credit.
Performs music of various styles, but with primary focus on the lighter genres. It is open to the entire male student body without audition. The director reserves the right to limit membership because of balance or space considerations.
MUAP 235. Chorus. 1 credit.
Acquaints students with a variety of choral music including music that is suitable for use with school groups and through this singing helps develop choral techniques and general musicianship. Students may participate in this ensemble without audition. However, the director reserves the right to determine its membership.
MUAP 236. Women’s Chorus. 1 credit.
Performs music of various styles, but with primary focus on the lighter genres. It is open to the entire female student body without audition. The director reserves the right to limit membership because of balance or space considerations.
MUAP 340. Chorale. 1 credit.
A highly selected, 60-voice mixed choir that performs repertoire from the Renaissance to the contemporary era, both sacred and secular. There are opportunities to perform on and off campus. Membership is by audition.
MUAP 341. Madison Singers. 2 credits.
Madison Singers is a highly select choral chamber ensemble that performs the best of representative choral music from the Renaissance to the present. The ensemble is open to any university student by audition in the fall of the academic year.
MUAP 343. Opera Theater. 1-2 credits.
The preparation and public performance of grand opera, light opera and musicals. Work will include coaching of both music and acting. Credit may vary with permission of the instructor depending on the amount of time commitment. Admission is by audition only.
MUAP 357. Piano Accompanying and Piano Ensemble. 1 credit.
A course in basic accompanying skills and style characteristics required for two semesters (one fall, one spring) of all piano majors. Students will be assigned to vocal or instrumental studios and have the opportunity to perform in master class and private coaching sessions.
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