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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 (Fall Semester). 1 credit.

The study of English and Italian pronunciation using the phonetic alphabet with emphasis on the performance of song literature in each language. Diction is open to music majors and minors or by permission of instructor.

MUS 121. Diction for Singers II (Spring Semester). 1 credit.

The study of French and German pronunciation using the phonetic alphabet with emphasis on the performance of song literature in each language. Diction is open to music majors and minors or by permission of 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; and designed for the non-music major. MUS 131 is a prerequisite to MUS 132. MUS 131 each fall; MUS 132 each spring. Offered in alternate years.

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, modulation to closely related keys, and musical form and analysis. Prerequisite: MUS 142 requires a grade of "C" or higher in MUS 141. MUS 141 each fall; MUS 142 each spring; corequisite: to be taken concurrently with MUS 143-144.

MUS 143-144. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis (0, 3). 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. Programmed tape instruction supplements in-class drill. Prerequisite: MUS 144 requires a grade of "C" or higher in MUS 143; corequisite: to be taken concurrently with MUS 141-142.

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, totalling 120 attendances over the six semesters.

*MUS 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 musics may also be considered. Meets fine arts liberal studies requirement.

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, and is designed to prepare students for keyboard proficiency examination required for most music majors.

*MUS 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. Meets fine arts and American studies liberal studies requirements.

MUS 240. Jazz Improvisation Laboratory I. 1 credit.

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: The ability to read musical notation and perform on a high school level.

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

Continuation of MUS 142. Chromatic harmony, large forms, 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; MUS 241 each fall; MUS 242 each spring; corequisite: to be taken concurrently with MUS 243-244.

MUS 243-244. Theory II: Aural Perception and Analysis (0, 3). 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. Programmed tape 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: to be taken concurrently with MUS 241-242.

MUS 251-252. Music Composition. 2 credits each semester.

Basic composition using 20th century styles and techniques. The course includes classroom instruction with composition projects performed publicly. Prerequisite: MUS 141 and 142, or permission of the instructor. MUS 251 each fall; MUS 252 each spring.

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 small group class which can be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 303.

MUS 317. Basic Conducting (Fall Semester). 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. Prerequisite: MUS 142 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 318. Intermediate Choral Conducting (Spring Semester). 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 (Spring Semester). 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 351-352. Music Composition. 2-3 credits each semester.

Individual/seminar instruction in intermediate composition using 20th century styles and techniques. Composition projects are performed publicly. Prerequisite: MUS 251 and 252; 3 credits required for composition emphasis. MUS 351 each fall; MUS 352 each spring.

*MUS 356. History of Jazz in America (Spring, Odd Years). 3 credits.

A study of American jazz with particular emphasis on its practices with reference to principal performers and composers of jazz-style periods. Meets fine arts U.S. culture requirements.

MUS 357 Music Theater History. (Spring, Even years). 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. Prerequisite: Open to music theater majors only, or by permission of the instructor.

MUS 365-366. Music History. 3 credits each semester.

The development of western music from Gregorian chant to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 141 and 142. MUS 365 is not prerequisite to MUS 366. MUS 365, each fall; MUS 366, each spring.

MUS 371. Private Piano Pedagogy (Fall, Odd Years). 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 420. Piano Technology (Fall, Even Years). 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. 1 credit.

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: Jazz Improvisation Laboratory I or permission of the instructor.

MUS 441-442. Music Arranging. 2 credits each semester.

Arranging for instrumental and vocal ensembles including chorus, band and orchestra. Prerequisite: for MUS 442: MUS 441. MUS 441, each fall; MUS 442, each spring.

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.) Prerequisite: MUS 242 or permission of the instructor. MUS 443, fall, even years; MUS 444, spring, odd years.

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.) Prerequisite: MUS 242 and 244. MUS 449, fall, odd years; MUS 450, spring, even years.

MUS 451-452. Music Composition. 2-3 credits each semester.

Individual/seminar instruction in advanced composition using 20th century styles and techniques. Composition projects are performed publicly. Prerequisite: MUS 351-352; three credits required for composition emphasis. MUS 451 each fall; MUS 452 each spring.

MUS 453. Introduction to Electronic Music (Fall, Odd Years). 2 credits.

An introduction to basic principles of electronic music including theory and acoustics, electronics, and operational techniques. This course is designed for composition majors. Prerequisite: MUS 251 and 252, or permission of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: MUS 365-366 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. Prerequisite: MUS 365-366 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 460. Piano Literature I (Fall, Odd Years). 2 credits.

A survey of baroque and classical literature for the piano encompassing solo, concerto and chamber ensemble repertoire. An examination of literature for the clavichord, harpsichord and pianoforte.

MUS 462. Music of the Romantic Period (Fall, Even Years). 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 Schubert, Weber, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Chopin, Wagner, Brahms and their contemporaries will be covered. Postromanticism study will include the music of Elgar, MacDowell, R. Strauss, Sibelius and others.

MUS 463. 20th Century Music (Spring, Odd Years). 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. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MUS 464. Symphonic Literature (Spring, Odd Years). 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 (Spring, Odd Years). 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. Prerequisite: Junior standing in music or permission of the instructor.

MUS 467. Solo Vocal Literature (Spring, Even Years) . 3 credits.

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

MUS 468. Organ Literature (Spring Semester). 2 credits.

A survey of organ literature from 1600 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on style characteristics of each historical era with some demonstration at the organ where appropriate.

MUS 469. Church Music (Fall Semester). 2 credits.

A course for sacred music majors designed to develop the practical skills required of a church musician. Study and performance of hymns, solo and anthem accompaniments, the liturgies of various religious denominations, and directing from the organ console. Prerequisite: MUS 317 and 318.

MUS 470. Piano Literature II (Spring, Even Years). 2 credits.

A survey of romantic, impressionistic and 20th century literature for the piano, including solo, concerto and chamber ensemble 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 (Fall Semester). 2 credits.

Designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with techniques of vocal pedagogy, both scientific and empirical. The course involves study, practice and observation.

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

A survey of music history and literature from 1590-1750. Prerequisite: MUS 365-366 or permission of instructor.

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

A survey of music history and literature from 1750-1827. Prerequisite: MUS 365-366 or permission of 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. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and school director.

MUS 495. Senior Graduation Recital. 1 credit.

Presentation of a full recital, 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: Permission of the appropriate applied area faculty.

MUS 497. Senior Project in Theory. 1 credit.

Analytical paper or other topic approved by the theory-composition area. Enrollment is for students who wish 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. Year course.


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