Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Music

 

 

Note: Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed an Applied Music Fee-$300.00 for ½ hour lesson (MUS 177) and $400.00 for full hour lesson (MUS 178, 278, 378, 478). Contact the department at 860-832-2912 for additional information. (Fees subject to change.) [Note: Fee for MUS 177 corrected 4/30/10]


MUS 090     Concert/Forum Attendance      0

Attendance, totaling 9 per semester, at concerts/student forums sponsored by the Music Department. Music majors are required to enroll every semester except the semester they enrolled in either EDSC 420/421 or MUS 400.


MUS 100     Search in Music   3

Introduction to and overview of various topics, techniques, and genres in music history and/or theory. Titles and themes may vary from section to section. Three hours of lecture per week. Irregular. Study Area I


MUS 101     Practicum in Music Education  2

 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. Open only to music majors. Spring.


MUS 109     Fundamentals of Music   3

Music reading, ear-training, and elementary music theory. Study Area I


MUS 110     Listening to Classical Music  3

Introduction to masterpieces of Western art music and to skills required for critical listening. Study Area I [I]

 

MUS 111     Music of the World's People   3

Introduction to music from a cross-cultural perspective, including African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American musical traditions. Study Area I [I]


MUS 112     Computer Applications to Music      3

Prereq.:  MUS 109 Exploration of music using computer technology. Includes music fundamentals, elementary principles of musical composition, and computer sound synthesis through the use of computers. Study Area I


MUS 113     History of Jazz   3

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. Study Area I


MUS 114     Introduction to Music Technology    1

Prereq.:  MUS 121 (may be taken concurrently) and MUS 250 (or equivalent skills) may be taken concurrently. Introduction to fundamental technology skills relevant to music:  computer-based notation, MIDI sequencing, and basic principles of digital-audio recording and editing. Open to music majors only.


MUS 115     Aural Skills I    1

Development of sight-singing skills, diatonic major and minor materials. Open only to music majors. To be taken concurrently with MUS 121. Fall.


MUS 116     Aural Skills II   1

Prereq.:  MUS 115 (C- or higher). Continued development of diatonic major and minor sight singing and ear training skills. Introduction to chromatic materials. Open only to music majors. To be taken concurrently with MUS 122. Spring.


MUS 121     Music Theory I    2

Prereq.: MUS 114 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor. Basic properties of music with emphasis on melodic materials; study includes stylistic analysis, composition, two and three-part counterpoint. Open only to music majors, minors, or permission of instructor. To be taken concurrently with MUS 115. Fall.


MUS 122     Music Theory II   2

Prereq.:  MUS 121 (C- or higher). Homophonic texture and diatonic harmonic relations, form, and analysis. Open only to music majors, minors, or permission of instructor. To be taken con- currently with MUS 116. Spring.


MUS 140     Ensemble    1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. 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 (except B.A. in Jazz Studies).


MUS 141     Chorus      1

Various types of choral works are performed. Different choral literature is studied each semester. May be repeated for credit with different course content.


MUS 142     Band  1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Open to all students who play band instruments. Various types of literature performed. May be repeated for credit with different content.


MUS 143     Sinfonietta 1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Open to all students who play orchestra instruments. Standard orchestral literature will be played. Course may be repeated for credit with different content.


MUS 144     Marching Band     1

Prereq.:  Basic proficiency in playing a wind or percussion instrument. Performance of marching band music and opportunities to perform at football games and other special events. Fall.


MUS 147A    Traditional Jazz Ensemble     1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Standard big-band instrumentation repertoire that concentrates on ensemble playing while giving the more accomplished musicians improvisatory opportunities.


MUS 147B    Improvisatory Jazz Ensemble   1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Varied instrumentation. May be divided into several groups concentrating on individual development of jazz improvisatory skills. May be repeated for credit with different content.


MUS 148     Ensemble:  University Singers 1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. A select small vocal ensemble which studies and performs primarily a capella repertoire including madrigals, motet, chamber music, vocal jazz, and world music. Performs several times both on and off campus with occasional concert tours. May be repeated for credit with different content.

 

MUS 149     University Chamber Players    1

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. A select ensemble of musicians exploring their passion for chamber music in all its settings. May be repeated for credit with different content.


MUS 177     Applied Music     1

Individual instrumental or vocal instruction in performance. Open to non-majors by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Fee: $300 per semester. [Note: Fee corrected 4/30/10]


MUS 178     Applied Music for Majors      2

Individual instrumental or vocal instruction in performance. Open only to Music majors. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Fee: $400 per semester. (Fee subject to change.)


MUS 211     Ethnomusicology   3

Prereq.:  MUS 121 or MUS 109 for music majors. Introduction to the discipline of ethnomusicology. Case studies explore different musical systems and their relationship to their cultural settings. Fall. [I]


MUS 213     Jazz Styles and Chronology    3

Prereq.:  MUS 113 or permission of instructor. Critical study of major jazz artists and the influence of their lives, culture, and music on the development of jazz. On demand.


MUS 214     Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Art      3

 Historical survey of electro-acoustic music composition and sonic art. Introduction to computer-based digital audio recording and editing, sound synthesis, and effects. Simple electro-acoustic and sonic art composition projects. Spring. Study Area I


MUS 215     Aural Skills III  1

Prereq.:  MUS 116 (C- or higher). Continued development of diatonic major and minor sight singing and eartraining skills. Introduction to modulatory materials. Open only to music majors. To be taken concurrently with MUS 221.


MUS 216     Aural Skills IV   1

Prereq.:  MUS 215 (C- or higher). Continued development of diatonic major and minor sight singing and eartraining skills. Expanded tonal and atonal materials. Open only to music majors. To be taken concurrently with MUS 222. Spring.


MUS 221     Music Theory III  2

Prereq.:  MUS 122 (C- or higher). Harmonic relations continued; chromatic and higher tertian harmony, form, and analysis continued, basic principles of orchestration. Open only to music majors. To be taken concurrently with MUS 215. Fall.


MUS 222     Music Theory IV   2

Prereq.:  MUS 221 (C- or higher). Study of historical forms and contrapuntal techniques through analysis, composition, and performance, continuation of orchestration study. Open only to music majors. To be taken concurrently with MUS 216. Spring.

 

MUS 235     Music History I   3

Prereq.:  MUS 121. Survey of the development of Western music in its historical context from ancient Greece to the late Baroque era. Spring. [I]

 

MUS 236     Music History II  3

Prereq.:  MUS 122 and MUS 235. Survey of the development of Western music in its historical context from the late Baroque to the late Romantic era. Fall. [I]


MUS 250     Piano Class I     2

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.

 

MUS 251     Piano Class II    2

Prereq.:  MUS 250 or equivalent skill and permission of instructor. Continuation of keyboard skills introduced in MUS 250.


MUS 259     Vocal Methods     1

Methods and materials of class instruction in voice. Open only to Music majors. On demand.


MUS 261     Woodwind Methods  1

Beginning class instruction in woodwind instruments. Open only to Music majors. Fall.


MUS 262     Brass Methods     1

Beginning class instruction in brass instruments.  Open only to Music majors. Spring.

 

MUS 263     Percussion Methods      1

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

 

MUS 264     Voice Class 2

Instruction in voice production and vocal techniques. Vocalizations for vowels, range, flexibility. Song repertoire for individual members. Fall.


MUS 267     String Methods: Violin and Viola    1

Methods and materials of class instruction in violin and viola. Open only to Music majors. Fall.


MUS 268     String Methods: Cello and Double Bass     1

Methods and materials class instruction in cello and double bass. Open only to Music majors.


MUS 269     Technology in Music Education 1

Prereq.:  MUS 101 and MUS 114. Introduction to the practical application of general productivity, multimedia, and music-specific technologies to teaching music in elementary, middle, or high schools. Restricted to Music Education majors. Fall.


MUS 273     Jazz Improvisation I    2

Prereq.:  MUS 121 or permission of instructor. Study of jazz theory and performance to develop the basic skills required for improvising. Students will transcribe, perform and analyze solos in various styles while becoming proficient in jazz theory and terminology. Fall.


MUS 274     Jazz Improvisation II   2

Prereq.:  MUS 273 or permission of instructor. Study of jazz theory and performance leading to an advanced level of improvising and proficiency in theory and terminology. Students will transcribe, perform and analyze solos containing complex harmony and advanced vocabulary. Spring.


MUS 278     Applied Music for Majors II   2

Prereq.:  MUS 178. Individual 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.) Spring.


MUS 295     Beginning Composition   2

Prereq.:  MUS 221 (with a grade of C- or higher) and MUS 114; or permission of instructor. Fundamental principles, techniques, and skills of music composition. Introduction to contemporary innovations in musical styles and language. Composition of simple, short musical compositions. Spring.

 

MUS 310     General Music Education, Part I (Grades PK-4)   3

Prereq.:  MUS 101 (C- or higher). Organization, aims, and supervision of elementary school general music programs. Materials for teaching general music in the elementary schools. Open only to Music Education majors. Field experience required (10 hours). To be taken concurrently with EDTE 314.

 

MUS 311     General Music Education, Part II (Grades 5-12)  3

Prereq.:  MUS 101 and MUS 310 (both with grades of C- or higher) and admission to the professional program. Organization, aims, and supervision of general music programs, and resources and techniques for teaching general music. Aims, materials, procedures, and techniques for teaching general music and non-performance classes in middle and high schools grades (7-12). Field experience requirement:  teacher candidates will have a minimum of 15 hours of field experience. To be taken concurrently with EDSC 375 and SPED 315. Spring.


MUS 315     Choral Music Methods    4

Prereq.:  MUS 101 and MUS 310 and MUS 311 (all with grades of C- or higher) and admission to the professional program. Organization, aims, methods and supervision of school vocal programs and choral organizations in elementary, middle and high schools.  Discussion of special problems of choral conducting and the selecting of choral materials and repertoire for students in grades 4-12. Field experience required (20 hours). Open only to Music Education majors. To be taken concurrently with EDF 415. Spring.

 

MUS 316     Instrumental Music Methods    4

Prereq.:  MUS 101 and MUS 310 and 311 (all with grades of C- or higher), and admission to the professional program. Organization, aims, methods, and supervision of school instrumental programs and instrumental organizations. Discussion of special problems of instrumental conducting and the selecting of instrumental materials and repertoire appropriate for students in grades 4-12. Open to Music Education majors only. To be taken concurrently with EDF 415. Spring.


MUS 335     Music History III 3

Prereq.:  MUS 236. Historical and theoretical study of works by major 20th century composers and their compositional procedures. Open to Music majors only. Fall. [I]


MUS 350     Piano Class III   2

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.


MUS 351     Piano Class IV    2

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.

 

MUS 367     Choral Conducting       2

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


MUS 368     Instrumental Conducting 2

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

 

MUS 378     Applied Music for Majors III  2

Prereq.:  MUS 278. Individual 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.)


MUS 380     Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis    2

Prereq.:  MUS 114. Advanced development of music technology skills focusing on computer-based notation, sound synthesis, MIDI sequencing, and digital audio recording and editing. Spring.


MUS 390     Orchestration     2

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


MUS 395     Composition 3

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.


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, or other area to be determined in consultation with a music department advisor. [GR]

 

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. [GR]

 

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. [GR]


MUS 405     Topics in Composers     3

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Historical and analytical study of selected composers and their works. On demand. [GR]

 

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 toward the M.S. degree in Music Education.


MUS 470     Musical Structure and Style   3

Prereq.:  Admission to the M.S. in Music Education program, or four semesters of undergraduate music theory or demonstrated proficiency on the music theory entrance examination. Survey of the principles of music theory through analysis of representative forms from various style periods. Irregular. [GR]

 

MUS 478     Applied Music for Majors IV   2

Prereq.:  MUS 378. Individual 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.)

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