Courses

100 Level Courses:

MUS 101
PRACTICUM IN MUSIC EDUCATION
Prereq.: Certification in Music Education declared. Overview of topics related to a career in music education. Includes case study analysis, discussion of issues in music education, observations and reflections on classroom teaching and rehearsals, and laboratory in music education technology. Spring.

MUS 109
FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
Music reading, ear-training and elementary music theory. Mode 4

MUS 110
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
Survey of music of Western civilization from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Mode 4

MUS 112
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS TO MUSIC
Exploration of music using computer technology. Includes music fundamentals, elementary principles of musical composition and computer sound synthesis through the use of computers. Mode 4

MUS 113
HISTORY OF JAZZ
Survey of the evolution of jazz from its origins in African-American, European and American ethnic styles through present models as illustrated through lectures, recordings and related readings. Mode 4

MUS 121
THEORY I
Basic properties of music with emphasis on melodic materials; study includes stylistic analysis, composition, two- and three-part counterpoint and melodic dictation.There is an aural skills lab required. Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 122
THEORY II
Prereq.: MUS 121 or equivalent. Homophonic texture and diatonic harmonic relations, form and analysis, harmonic dictation. There is an aural skills lab required. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 140
ENSEMBLE
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Study and performance for ensembles for
various combinations. May be repeated for credit with different content. This
course does not satisfy ensemble degree requirements for Music majors. Mode 4

MUS 141
CHORUS
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Various types of choral works are performed. Different choral literature is studied each semester. May be repeated for credit with different course content. Mode 4

MUS 142
BAND : WIND ENSEMBLE
Open to all students who play band instruments. Various types of literature performed. Students must audition for Wind Ensemble. May be repeated for credit with different content. Mode 4

MUS 143 (& MUS 590)
SINFONIETTA
Prereq.: Permission of instructor through audition. Open to all students who play orchestra instruments. Standard orchestral literature will be played. Course may be repeated. Combined credit in Music 140, 141,142 and 143 is limited to 7 credits. Mode 4

MUS 144
MARCHING BAND
Prereq.:Experience playing a wind or percussion instrument. Presentation of halftime shows at football games and performances at other special events. May be repeated for credit with different content. Fall. Mode 4 or Area D

MUS 177
APPLIED MUSIC
Individual instrumental or vocal instruction in performance. Open to non majors by permission of the instructor Fee: $150 per semester.* Mode 4

MUS 178
APPLIED MUSIC FOR MAJORS
Individual instrumental or vocal instruction in performance. Open only to Music majors. Fee: $200 per semester.*

200 Level Courses

MUS 221
THEORY III
Prereq.: MUS 122 or equivalent. Harmonic relations continued: chromatic and higher tertian harmony, form and analysis continued, basic principles of orchestration, harmonic dictation. The aural skills lab continues the development of diatonic and chromatic sightsinging skills. Introduction to modulatory materials.Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 222
THEORY IV
Prereq.: MUS 221 or equivalent. Study of historical forms and contrapuntal techniques through analysis, composition and performance, continuation of orchestration study and ear-training. The lab includes continued development of diatonic and chromatic sightsinging skills. Expanded tonal and atonal materials. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 235
MUSIC HISTORY I
Prereq.: MUS 110. Survey of the development of Western music in its historical context from ancient time through 1750. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 236
MUSIC HISTORY II
Prereq.: MUS 170 or equivalent. Survey of the development of Western music in its historical context from 1750 to 1900. Fall. Area C

MUS 250
PIANO CLASS I
Introduction to piano through the study of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic patterns. Elementary keyboard skills in sight-reading, transposition and melody harmonization. For students with no previous piano training. Mode 4

MUS 251
PIANO CLASS II
Prereq.: MUS 250 or equivalent skill and permission of instructor. Continuation of keyboard skills introduced in MUS 250. Repertoire at level of Easy Classic to Modern, Volume 17. Mode 4

MUS 259
VOCAL METHODS
Methods and materials of class instruction in voice. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 261
WOODWIND CLASS
Beginning class instruction in woodwind instruments. Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 262
BRASS CLASS
Beginning class instruction in brass instruments. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 263
PERCUSSION CLASS
Class instruction in snare drum, tympani and related orchestral and band percussion instruments. Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 264
VOICE CLASS
Instruction in voice production and vocal techniques. Vocalizations for vowels, range, flexibility. Song repertoire for individual members. Fall. Mode 4

MUS 267
STRING CLASS : VIOLIN & VIOLA
Methods and materials of class instruction in violin and viola. Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 268
STRING CLASS : CELLO & DOUBLE BASS
Methods and materials class instruction in cello and double bass. Open only to Music majors.

300 Level Courses

MUS 310
MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Organization, aims, methods and supervision of elementary and middle school programs. Materials and methods for teaching general music in the middle school. Open only to Music Education majors. Fall.

MUS 313
GREAT JAZZ PERFORMERS AND COMPOSERS
Prereq.: MUS 109 or 113, or permission of instructor. Detailed study of past and present jazz musicians with emphasis on individual listening and reading, culminating in a term paper on a selected artist. Irregular. Mode 4

MUS 315
VOCAL MUSIC IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Organization and aims of the secondary school vocal programs and choral organizations. Special problems of choral conducting and the selecting of choral materials. Open only to Music majors. Music Education majors will select either MUS 315 or 316. Spring.

MUS 316
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Organization and aims of the secondary school instrumental programs. Special problems of instrumental conducting and the selecting of instrumental materials. Open only to Music majors. Music Education majors will select either MUS 315 or 316. Spring

MUS 335
MUSIC HISTORY III
Prereq.: MUS 236. Historical and theoretical study of works by major 20th century composers and their compositional procedures. Open to Music majors only. Spring.

MUS 350
PIANO CLASS III
Prereq.: MUS 251 or equivalent skill and permission of instructor. Continuation of MUS 251 with emphasis on keyboard skill. Harmonization of folk melodies, improvising to given chord pattern, sight-reading of community songs. Fall. Mode 4

MUS 351
PIANO CLASS IV
Prereq.: MUS 350 or equivalent skill and permission of instructor. Continuation of MUS 350. Improvisation on more advanced level. Repertoire from various styles of piano literature. Spring. Mode 4

MUS 361
WOODWIND CLASS II
Methods and materials of class instruction in woodwind instruments. Open only to Music Majors. Fall.

MUS 362
BRASS CLASS II
Prereq.: MUS 222 or equivalent. Methods and materials of class instruction in brass instruments. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 363
JAZZ IMPROVISATION I
Prereq.: MUS 222 or permission of instructor. Performance study of the elements of jazz harmony and transcription of solos. Students will perform on their major instruments. Fall.

MUS 364
JAZZ IMPROVISATION II
Prereq.: MUS 222 or 363 or permission of instructor. Performance study of the elements in the jazz idiom, with emphasis on creative expression. The course will focus on the development of musical ideas while also giving the student a broad experience of styles and historical genres in the jazz idiom. Spring.

MUS 365
JAZZ COMPOSING AND ARRANGING
Prereq.: MUS 222 or permission of instructor. Compositional and arranging techniques in the jazz idiom. Student will arrange and compose pieces for jazz ensemble. Student must be able to work independently. Fall.

MUS 367
CHORAL CONDUCTING
Prereq.: MUS 222 or equivalent. Development of skills in choral conducting and score reading. Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 368
INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING
Prereq.: MUS 367. Development of skills in instrumental conducting, baton technique and score reading. Open only to Music majors. Spring.

MUS 390
ORCHESTRATION
Prereq.: MUS 222. Techniques and principles of orchestration; both instrumental and vocal arranging. Open only to Music majors. Fall.

MUS 395
COMPOSITION
Prereq.: MUS 222 or permission of instructor. Principles and techniques of music composition, geared to the mature musician; much independent work. Open only to Music majors. Spring.
 
 400 Level Courses

MUS 400
PROJECT IN MUSIC (1 to 4)
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Individual study in an area of student's choice. May take the form of performance, composition, paper, etc., to be determined in consultation with a Music Department adviser.

MUS 401
TOPICS IN MUSIC (1 to 3)
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. This course can be taken for the American Studies program. Selected topics in music to include specialized areas not covered in regular course offerings. May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 credits. Irregular. AMS

MUS 402
STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (1)
Seminar in which students discuss experiences in their learning communities, share resources, problem-solve, and develop and refine teaching techniques. Taken concurrently with EDSC 420 and/or 421.

MUS 404
TOPICS IN PERFORMANCE (1 to 3)
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Topics relevant to the performing musician including accompaniment, diction for singers, and performance practice. On demand.

MUS 405
TOPICS IN COMPOSERS (3)
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Historical and analytical study of selected composers and their works. On demand.

MUS 406
THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER/PEDAGOGUE (2)
Prereq.: All required 300 level music courses (C- or better). Preparation for students to make the transition from acadame to a variety of professional venues. Topics include the development of the professional musician and experience with the fundamentals of pedagogy in specific areas. Open only to Music majors. On demand.

MUS 407
JAZZ PEDAGOGY (2)
Prereq.: MUS 222 and MUS 364 or permission of instructor. Includes examination of existing jazz music and texts; the administration and development of jazz ensembles. Open only to Music majors. On demand.

MUS 435
MUSIC HISTORY III (3)
Prereq.: MUS 335 or permission of instructor. Survey of the development of Western music in its historical context from the late Romantic era to the present. Fall.

MUS 469
MUSIC THEORY REVIEW (2)
Prereq.: Four semesters of undergraduate music theory. Survey of the principles of diatonic and chromatic elements of theory. This course is a prerequisite to MUS 470 if graduate theory placement exam is not passed. Credits from this course may not be applied to the M.S. degree in Music Education.

MUS 470
MUSICAL STRUCTURE AND STYLE (3)
Prereq.: Four semesters of undergraduate theory or demonstrated proficiency on the Music Theory Placement Examination. Survey of the principles of music theory through analysis of representative forms from various style periods. Emphasis on aural awareness through melodic and harmonic dictation. Irregular.

MUS 478
APPLIED MUSIC FOR MAJORS (2)
Prereq.: MUS 378. Indicdual instrumental or vocal instruction in performance. Open only to Music majors. May be repeated for up to 4 credits in any one performing area. Special conditions: demonstrated proficiency at prerequisite level. Fee: $400 per semester. (Fee subject to change)T

MUS 495
ADVANCED COMPOSITION (2)
Prereq.: MUS 395 or permission of instructor. Continuation of MUS 395. Principles and techniques of musical composition, emphasis on larger forms and independent work. Irregular.
 


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