Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Music

Note: Additional work will be required for graduate credit in 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, or other area to be determined in consultation with a music department advisor. 

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. 

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 470         Musical Structure and Style                                                                       3
Prereq.:  Admission to the Master of Science (MS) 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. 

MUS 501         Topics in Music                                                                                  1 TO 3
Selected topics in music covering specialized areas not covered in regular course offerings. Open only to students with an undergraduate degree in music or with special permission of the department chair. May be repeated with different topics up to 6 credits. Irregular.

MUS 502         Topics in Music Education                                                                1 TO 3
In-service experience designed to meet specific needs of public school music teachers. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 503         Topics in Instrumental Music Education                                        1 TO 3
Study of specialized areas of instrumental music for the experienced music educator. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 504         Principles and Foundations of Music Education                                     3
Prereq.:  Admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Music Education degree program. The study of the school music program from a historical, philosophical, and psychological basis. Special emphasis on current research in pedagogy and trends in aesthetic education. Irregular.

MUS 505         Topics in Pedagogy and Curriculum                                               1 TO 3
Exploration of specialized topics in music pedagogy and curriculum for the experienced music educator. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 506         Topics in Choral Music Education                                                            2
Specialized areas of choral music and the school choral music program for the experienced music educator. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 507         Topics in Conducting                                                                        1 TO 3
Selected topics in band, choral, or orchestral conducting covering specialized areas for the experienced conductor. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 508         Topics in Choral Literature                                                                       2
Selected choral literature and rehearsal techniques for specific choral ensembles, including elementary, middle, high school, and community choirs. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 509         Comparative Music Studies                                                                       3
Prereq.:  Admission to the graduate program in Music Education (M.S.) degree program. Study of the world of music from many perspectives including universal themes, organology, acoustics, iconography, notation, uses and function of music, and social identity. Irregular.

MUS 510         Current Issues in Music Education                                                           3
Prereq.:  Admission to Master of Science (MS) in Music Education and MUS 504 or permission of graduate coordinator. Contemporary issues in music education and how these interface with educational reform. Topics and projects include curriculum (music and interdisciplinary), research, assessment, equity, and access. Irregular.

MUS 512         Topics in String Pedagogy                                                                         2
Intensive study of the elements of pedagogy, with emphasis on program development. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 515         Topics in Digital Synthesizer Techniques                                                2
A study of selected aspects of digital synthesizer techniques and their application to the music classroom. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with different content. Summer.

MUS 526         Developing Children's Choirs                                                                    2
Study of organizational techniques, resource materials, and rehearsal techniques for developing children's choirs. Summer.

MUS 528         Topics in Computer Music Notation                                                         2
Specialized topics in computer music notation software and its application to the music classroom. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits.

MUS 529         Topics in Sequencing and Synthesis                                                         2
Specialized topics in MIDI sequencing and synthesis software tools and their application to the music classroom. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits.

MUS 536         Topics in Music Technology                                                             1 TO 3
Specialized topics in music technology including computer-assisted instruction, Internet and multi-media authoring, and music computerlabs. Mat be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer. 

MUS 540         Chamber Ensemble                                                                                    1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor by audition. Study and performance of music for various chamber ensembles. Will be offered based on availability of faculty and student interest. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits toward the M.S. in Music Education degree. Irregular.

MUS 540E      Ensemble:  Clarinet                                                                                     1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor by audition.

MUS 540F      Ensemble:  Percussion                                                                               1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor by audition.

MUS 547A      Ensemble - Traditional Jazz                                                                       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. May be repeated for up to 4 credits with different content.

MUS 547B      Ensemble - Improvisatory Jazz                                                                 1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Varied instrumentation. May be divided into several groups. Concentration on individual development of jazz improvisatory skills. May be repeated for up to 4 credits with different content.

MUS 548         Ensemble-University Singers                                                                     1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Select small vocal ensemble studies and performs primarily a capella repertoire including madrigals, motet, chamber music, vocal jazz and world music. The ensemble performs several times both on and off campus with occasional concert tours. May be repeated for up to 4 credits with different content.

MUS 549         University Chamber Players                                                                      1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor through audition. Select ensemble of musicians exploring their passion for chamber music in all its settings. May be repeated up to 4 credits with different content.

MUS 551         Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training Course Level I                                   3
Foundations and principles of the Orff-Schulwerk process for teaching music to children; includes training in recorder pedagogy, ostination, bordun and canon. Summer.

MUS 552         Folk Dance and Movement Across the Curriculum                                2
Multicultural and interdisciplinary course based on traditional folk music and dances. Movement education will be explored. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 556         Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training Course Level II                                  3
Prereq.:  MUS 551. A continuation of MUS 551; various accompaniment patterns, orchestrations, and modulation. Rhythmic training including irregular rhythms and meters; continuation of soprano recorder and introduction of alto recorder. Summer.

MUS 557         Topics in General Music Education                                                          2
Study of specialized areas of classroom music throughout the K-12 music program. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 559         Topics in High School Music Curriculum                                                 2
Study of selected non-performance curricula for the secondary music teacher. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 562         Topics in Instrument Repair                                                                     2
Repair and preventative maintenance of brass, woodwinds, and string instruments. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 567         String Repair                                                                                               2
Fundamentals of violin family repair through lecture, demonstration, and lab experience. Areas of emphasis include bridge and peg repair, seam and crack gluing, making and setting of sound posts, instrument cleaning, and bow rehairing. Summer.

MUS 570         Topics in Vocal Techniques                                                                       2
Study of vocal techniques for selected age groups and/or levels of musical development. May be repeated for maximum of six credits with different content. Summer.

MUS 572         Topics in Literature for Bands                                                                  2

Study of selected instrumental literature for specific instrumental ensembles, including elementary, middle, and high school bands, and wind and jazz ensembles. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 574         Topics in Assessment and Evaluation                                                      2
Study of various methods and evaluation as related to student, teacher, and program assessment. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 575         Topics in Band                                                                                            2
Study of selected aspects of the public school band program. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with different content. Summer.

MUS 578         Advanced Applied Music or Conducting                                                  2
Prereq.:  Admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Music Education degree program and approval for the Capstone Recital or Conducting Special Project. Individual instrumental or vocal instruction in performance or conducting. May be taken more than once for credit. Fee: $400 (subject to change).

MUS 579         Topics in Improvisation                                                                             2
Study of function and usage in specialized areas of improvisation. Development of basic skills in such realms as jazz, classical, and world music. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Summer.

MUS 590         Sinfonietta                                                                                                   1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Standard symphonic literature will be rehearsed for concert performance. No more than a total of 4 credits from MUS 590, 591, and 592 may be taken for credit towards the M.S. in Music Education degree.

MUS 591         Chorus                                                                                                         1
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Representative chorus works from the great composers will be rehearsed and performed. No more than a total of 4 credits from MUS 590, 591, and 592 may be taken for credit towards the M.S. in Music Education degree.

MUS 592A      Wind Symphony                                                                                         1
Various styles of band music and different compositions studied for performance each semester. No more than a total of 3 credits from MUS 590, 591, and 592A may be taken for credit towards the degree.

MUS 597A      Capstone Project in Music                                                                         3
Prereq.:  Admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Music Education degree program at least 18 credits toward the planned program of study, a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and permission of the department's graduate committee. Individual study or research in an area of the student's choice with the consultation of the Capstone Project advisor; may include action research or composition. Summer.

MUS 597B      Performance or Conducting Recital                                                         3
Prereq.:  Admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Music Education degree program, approval of the audition committee, at least 18 credits toward the planned program of study and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. The preparation and presentation of a performance or conducting recital under the guidance of the appropriate applied music instructor. Summer.

MUS 598         Research in Music Education                                                                    3
Prereq.:  Admission to MS in Music Education degree program and MUS 504 or permission of Graduate Music Coordinator. Study of research methods used in music education and the primary sources needed to conduct these types of research. Irregular.

MUS 599         Thesis                                                                                                           3
Prereq.:  Admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Music Education degree program; permission of the department's graduate committee; at least 18 credits toward the planned program of study; and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor. Irregular.

 


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