Music

School of Music

MUS 100-101. Elementary Class Piano. 1 credit each semester.

Primarily for music majors on beginning piano level. The course includes basic techniques, sight reading, elementary repertoire and functional theory-related keyboard skills.

MUS 120. Diction for Singers I. 1 credit.

The study of English and Italian pronunciation using the phonetic alphabet with emphasis on the performance of song literature in each language. Open to music majors and minors or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor.

MUS 121. Diction for Singers II. 1 credit.

The study of French and German pronunciation using the phonetic  alphabet with emphasis on the performance of song literature in  each language. Prerequisite: Music major or minor or by permission of the instructor.

MUS 131-132. Fundamentals of Music for Non-music Majors  I and II. 3 credits each semester.

Covers basic information in music theory, basic ear-training and sight-singing skills and basic keyboard skills designed for the non-music major. MUS 131 is a prerequisite to MUS 132.

MUS 141-142. Theory I: Writing and Analysis Techniques.  3 credits each semester.

Music scale construction, rhythm and interval work, melody writing and a study of triads, inversions, primary and secondary chords, embellishments, introduction to chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS 142 requires a grade of “C-” or higher in MUS 141; Corequisite: Should be taken concurrently with MUS 143-144.

MUS 143-144. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis. 1 credit each semester.

A coordinated laboratory course with MUS 141-142 encompassing sight singing and ear training. The course involves music reading and aural perception in unison and parts, dictation, error detection and analytical listening. Computer assisted instruction supplements in-class drill. Prerequisite: MUS 144 requires a grade of “C-” or higher in MUS 143; Corequisite: should be taken concurrently with MUS 141-142.

MUS 150. Introduction to Technological Applications in Music. 1 credit.

This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of two technological tools applicable to a variety of musical tasks: music notation and sequencing. It serves music education students as the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the use of technology in music teaching.

MUS 195. Recital Attendance. 0 credit.

Required of all music majors for the first six semesters of their enrollment as a major. The course is repeatable and each section of the course represents a semester. Successful completion of the course requires a minimum of 20 recitals attended each semester, totaling 120 attendances over the six semesters.

GMUS 200. Music in General Culture. 3 credits.

Designed to increase the student’s perceptual ability in listening to music and to encourage an interest in both familiar and unfamiliar music. Primary study will be on music from the classic Western heritage. Folk, jazz, popular and non-Western music may also be considered.

MUS 202-303. Class Piano. 1 credit each semester.

Class instruction in functional piano skills for music majors with placement in intermediate through advanced levels of instruction by audition/interview. The course includes sight reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, playing by ear and accompanying techniques. It is designed to prepare students for keyboard proficiency examination required for most music majors.

GMUS 203. Music in America. 3 credits.

Knowledge and skills to increase the student’s perceptual ability in music listening with a survey of American music; examining relationships between popular and classical music styles.

MUS 204. History of Rock. 3 credits.

History of Rock is a music appreciation course designed to develop an understanding of both musical and cultural roots of rock music, and the ability to hear a direct relationship between those roots and current popular music. A major component of the course is a survey of the history of 20th Century American popular music.

GMUS 205. Global Music to the 18th Century. 3 credits.

A survey of the musical traditions of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The course will focus on aesthetics, musical forms and styles and the relationship of music to the other arts. Emphasis will be placed on historical, religious and cultural events and their influence on the development of music.

GMUS 206. Global Music: 18th Century to Present. 3 credits.

A survey of the musical traditions of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The course will focus on aesthetics, musical forms and styles and the relationship of music to the other arts. Emphasis will be placed on historical, political and cultural events and their influence on the development of music.

MUS 240. Jazz Improvisation Laboratory I. 2 credits.

Presents the fundamentals of improvisation in both jazz and popular musical styles. The class emphasis will be on creative work although some theory and chord nomenclature will be taught. Both vocal and instrumental musicians will be permitted to enroll, including both the general student and the music major. Prerequisite: Music major or jazz minor or permission of instructor.

MUS 241-242. Theory II: Writing and Analysis Techniques.  3 credits each semester.

Continuation of MUS 142. Chromatic harmony, modulation, musical form and analysis, introduction to 20th-century compositional techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 241 requires a grade of “C-” or higher in MUS 142; MUS 242 requires a grade of “C-” or higher in MUS 241; Corequisite: Should be taken concurrently with MUS 243-244.

MUS 243-244. Theory II: Aural Perception and Analysis. 1 credit each semester.

A coordinated laboratory course with MUS 241-242 encompassing sight singing and ear training and involving music reading and aural perception in unison and parts, dictation, error detection and analytical listening. Computer assisted instruction supplements in-class drill. Prerequisite: MUS 243 requires a grade of “C-” or higher in MUS 144; MUS 244 requires a grade of “C-” or higher in MUS 243; Corequisite: Should be taken concurrently with MUS 241-242.

MUS 304. Advanced Keyboard Skills. 1 credit.

Designed for music majors who are required to minor in piano and/or organ. The emphasis is on sight reading and other keyboard skills beyond those covered in the class piano MUS 303 course. This is a group class which can be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 303.

MUS 317. Basic Conducting. 2 credits.

Designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental elements of conducting technique, such as beat patterns, cueing, expression, transposition and score reading, with an emphasis on applying  these techniques in practical conducting experiences involving vocal  and instrumental forces. Prerequisites: MUS 142 and MUS 144  or junior standing.

MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting. 2 credits.

Consists of the further application of basic conducting skills learned in MUS 317 to the choral situation with emphasis on baton techniques, score reading and preparation and introduction to choral literature. Prerequisite: MUS 317.

MUS 319. Intermediate Instrumental Conducting. 2 credits.

A continuation of basic conducting to develop skills in baton technique with emphasis on advanced literature for public school use. Included are score sight-reading skills and literature selection. Prerequisite: MUS 317.

MUS 352. Music Composition. 2-3 credits.

Individual/seminar instruction in composition using 20th-century styles and techniques. Compositions are performed publicly. Prerequisites: MUS 141 and 142 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated.

MUS 356. History of Jazz in America. 3 credits.

A study of American jazz with particular emphasis on its practices with reference to principal performers and composers of jazz-style periods.

MUS/THEA 357. Music Theater History. 3 credits.

A survey study of the history of music theater with consideration of the chronological and stylistic development of the popular forms of music theater. Emphasis will be on historical trends and theatric viability through the study of specific masterworks.

MUS 371. Private Piano Pedagogy. 3 credits.

Procedures and materials for the teaching of private piano students, especially elementary and intermediate. Piano solo and ensemble literature for children are emphasized. The problems of the adult beginner are studied.

MUS 372. Supervised Private Piano Teaching. 1 credit.

Supervised practice teaching in private lesson settings involving beginning and intermediate piano students of various ages and abilities. Prerequisite: MUS 371.

MUS 373. Music History. 2 credits.

A history of western music from the early Christian era through 1600.

MUS 374. Music History. 2 credits.

A history of western music from 1600 through 1827.

MUS 375. Music History. 2 credits.

A history of western music from1827 through 1945.

MUS 376. Music History: Music in Contemporary Culture. 2 credits.

A history of western music since 1945, including western art music,  music in Latin America and musical systems and literature from non-western cultures including Islamic, Indian, Native American, Javanese and Chinese music.

MUS 395. Junior or Senior Half Recital. 0 credits.

Presentation of a half recital, representative in quality of passing performance level 6 or 7 as set by the pertinent performance area faculty. Memorization is required in those areas that traditionally expect it. Course to be graded on credit/no credit basis. Prerequisites: Junior standing and approval of the performance faculty of the performer’s area.

MUS 420. Piano Technology. 1-2 credits.

The acoustical and mechanical design and history of the piano. This course includes the theory of tuning and temperaments; procedures and techniques of regulating and voicing pianos; and an additional hour for tuning lab.

MUS 440. Jazz Improvisation Laboratory II. 2 credits.

Presents intermediate to advanced improvisation skills in the jazz idiom alone. There is an emphasis on the theoretical analysis of chord progressions as well as on creative musical application. The course concludes by introducing some advanced musical improvisation concepts. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 240 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 441. Vocal Arranging. 3 credits.

Arranging for vocal ensembles. Included will be fundamental concepts of orchestration. Prerequisites: MUS 242 and MUS 244.

MUS 442. Instrumental Arranging. 3 credits

Arranging for various instrumental ensembles, including fundamental concepts for orchestration. Prerequisites: MUS 242 and MUS 244.

MUS 443-444. Counterpoint. 2 credits each semester.

MUS 443: Compositional and analytical study of 16th-century sacred vocal polyphony with two-voice and three-voice assignments and projects.

MUS 444: Compositional and analytical study of 18th century Bach-style polyphony with detailed study of invention, fugue and chorale prelude. (Courses may be taken in sequence or separately.) Prerequisites: MUS 142 and MUS 144.

MUS 449-450. Advanced Music Analysis. 2 credits each semester.

Analytical investigation of musical examples in a variety of styles with emphasis on musical form and harmony. MUS 449: Renaissance and Baroque period. MUS 450: 20th century, including Debussy, Bartok and Stravinsky. (Courses may be taken in sequence or separately.) Prerequisites: MUS 242 and MUS 244.

MUS 456. Choral Literature I. 3 credits.

A survey of choral literature from the pre-Renaissance through the Classical period, including a cappella and accompanied works. Attention will be given to parallel trends in keyboard and instrumental music where applicable. Prerequisites: MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 457. Choral Literature II. 3 credits.

A survey of choral literature from the Romantic period through the present, including a cappella and accompanied works. Attention will be given to parallel trends in keyboard and instrumental music where applicable. Prerequisites: MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 460. Piano Literature I. 2 credits.

A survey of baroque and classical literature for the piano encompassing solo and concerto repertoire. An examination of literature for the clavichord, harpsichord and pianoforte. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

MUS 462. Music of the Romantic Period. 3 credits.

A study of the Romantic movement in music with reference to its historical background and parallel movement in literature and art. The music of Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Wagner and their contemporaries will be covered. Prerequisites: MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 463. 20th-Century Music. 3 credits.

A survey of the trends found in 20th century music. Included will be impressionism; new music from Satie through Schoenberg, Bartok, Xanakis and Penderecki, and the music of contemporary American composers. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisites: MUS 373,  MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 464. Symphonic Literature. 3 credits.

A historical survey of symphonic literature concentrating primarily on major composers and compositions from Baroque to present.

MUS 465. Opera History and Literature. 3 credits.

A survey study of the history of opera. Consideration will be given to the chronological development of all forms of music theater with an emphasis on style characteristics through aural identification. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisites: MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 467. Solo Vocal Literature. 3 credits.

A survey of vocal art-song literature in Western culture.

MUS 470. Piano Literature II. 2 credits.

A survey of romantic, impressionistic and 20th-century literature for the piano, including solo and concerto repertoire, with an emphasis on stylistic trends of the 20th century.

MUS 472. Instrumental Pedagogy. 1 credit.

Presentations of instrumental methods, solo and ensemble literature related to the instrumental performer’s own major area. Private instruction approaches and techniques are also considered with particular reference to the beginning player.

MUS 477. Vocal Pedagogy. 2 credits.

Designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with techniques of vocal pedagogy, both scientific and empirical. The course involves study, practice and observation. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

MUS 478. Music During the Baroque Period. 3 credits.

A survey of music history and literature from 1590-1750.  Prerequisites: MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 479. Music During the Classical Period. 3 credits.

A survey of music history and literature from 1750-1827. Prerequisites: MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 375 and MUS 376 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 490. Special Studies in Music. 1-3 credits each semester.

Designed to give superior music students an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and school director.

MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital. 1 credit.

Presentation of a full recital, with the quality of performance to meet standards for admission to graduate school master’s of music programs. Memorized recital presentations will be required in those areas which traditionally demand them. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

MUS 497. Senior Project in Theory. 1 credit.

Analytical paper or other topic approved by the theory-composition area. Enrollment is for students who are planning to do graduate work in music theory.

MUS 498. Selected Topics in Music. 1-3 credits.

Courses in music or music education which are of a topical nature. This may be repeated.

MUS 499. Honors. 6 credits.

This is a year-long course.



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