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MUS 1001 - Fundamentals of Music ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Explanation of musical notation and practice in reading, writing and performing music. Student expands musical enjoyment from merely aural to interpretation of written musical symbols.


MUS 1101 - Music Theory I ( V, VIII ) - 4 cr.
Basic musicianship course, including study of materials and language of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, chords, part-writing, analysis of masterworks. Approach is from both conceptual and performance standpoint: hearing, writing, playing, singing.


MUS 1102 - Music Theory II - 4 cr.
Continuation of MUS 1101. Prerequisite: MUS 1101.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1101


MUS 1210 - Men's Chorus - 1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week. No audition necessary


MUS 1211 - Women's Chorus ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week. No audition necessary.


MUS 1212 - Hand Drum Ensemble ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Study and performance of hand drum repertoire, including African music as well as contemporary music and improvisation.


MUS 1213 - Drum Line ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Study and performance of marching percussion repertoire.


MUS 1214 - Steel Band ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Study and performance of steel band repertoire.


MUS 1301 - Music in Western Culture ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Survey in sound of the past 1,000 years, including the politics and aesthetics that have been crucial in the development of Western music. No prerequisites or musical experience necessary.


MUS 1302 - Music Literature - 2 cr.
Introductory course dealing with the great music of the world and its history, makers, styles. Prerequisite or taken concurrently: MUS 1101.


MUS 1390 - Recital Attendance - 0 cr.
Minimum recital attendance requirement for Music majors: all Musicorums, all applied music seminars, nine additional concerts per semester.


MUS 1410 - Beginning Piano Class ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Class piano for beginners. Course is open to majors whose performance area is other than piano and to nonmajors.


MUS 1411 - Class Piano II ( VIII ) - 1 cr.
Continuation of MUS 1410.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1410


MUS 1412 - Advanced Class Piano - 1 cr.
Preparation for MUS 2298 Keyboard Proficiency Exam.


MUS 1421 - Beginning Voice Class ( VIII ) - 1 cr.
Class voice for those who have not studied voice privately before. Course is open to majors whose performance area is other than voice and to nonmajors.


MUS 1430 - Beginning Guitar Class ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Beginning guitar instruction for non-music majors and for music majors whose performance area is other than guitar.


MUS 1431 - Beginning Recorder I ( VIII ) - 1 cr.
Beginning recorder instruction for majors whose performance area is other than recorder and for non majors.


MUS 1700 - Private Music Lessons ( VIII ) - 1-4 cr.
Private music lessons.


MUS 1713 - Music Lessons ( VIII ) - 1 cr.
Weekly private music lessons. Third digit of course number indicates the number of credits: one credit requires a minimum of three hours practice per week; two credits require a minimum of six hours practice per week, and four credits require a minimum of 12 hours practice per week. Fourth digit of course number indicates lesson length of 30 (3) or 50 (5) minutes. Permission of instructor is required for a 50-minute lesson and four credits may be taken only with 50-minute lessons. Lab fee assessed. Bassoon Harp Piano Trumpet Violoncello Clarinet Harpsichord Recorder Tuba Voice Composition Horn Saxophone Viola da gamba Other Flute Lute String Bass Viola Guitar Oboe Trombone Violin Percussion


MUS 1715 - Music Lessons ( VIII ) - 1 cr.
Weekly private music lessons. Third digit of course number indicates the number of credits: one credit requires a minimum of three hours practice per week; two credits require a minimum of six hours practice per week, and four credits require a minimum of 12 hours practice per week. Fourth digit of course number indicates lesson length of 30 (3) or 50 (5) minutes. Permission of instructor is required for a 50-minute lesson and four credits may be taken only with 50-minute lessons. Lab fee assessed. Bassoon Harp Piano Trumpet Violoncello Clarinet Harpsichord Recorder Tuba Voice Composition Horn Saxophone Viola da gamba Other Flute Lute String Bass Viola Guitar Oboe Trombone Violin Percussion


MUS 1723 - Music Lessons ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Weekly private music lessons. Third digit of course number indicates the number of credits: one credit requires a minimum of three hours practice per week; two credits require a minimum of six hours practice per week, and four credits require a minimum of 12 hours practice per week. Fourth digit of course number indicates lesson length of 30 (3) or 50 (5) minutes. Permission of instructor is required for a 50-minute lesson and four credits may be taken only with 50-minute lessons. Lab fee assessed. Bassoon Harp Piano Trumpet Violoncello Clarinet Harpsichord Recorder Tuba Voice Composition Horn Saxophone Viola da gamba Other Flute Lute String Bass Viola Guitar Oboe Trombone Violin Percussion


MUS 1725 - Music Lessons ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Weekly private music lessons. Third digit of course number indicates the number of credits: one credit requires a minimum of three hours practice per week; two credits require a minimum of six hours practice per week, and four credits require a minimum of 12 hours practice per week. Fourth digit of course number indicates lesson length of 30 (3) or 50 (5) minutes. Permission of instructor is required for a 50-minute lesson and four credits may be taken only with 50-minute lessons. Lab fee assessed. Bassoon Harp Piano Trumpet Violoncello Clarinet Harpsichord Recorder Tuba Voice Composition Horn Saxophone Viola da gamba Other Flute Lute String Bass Viola Guitar Oboe Trombone Violin Percussion


MUS 1735 - Music Lessons - 3 cr.
Weekly private music lessons. Third digit of course number indicates the number of credits: one credit requires a minimum of three hours practice per week; two credits require a minimum of six hours practice per week, and four credits require a minimum of 12 hours practice per week. Fourth digit of course number indicates lesson length of 30 (3) or 50 (5) minutes. Permission of instructor is required for a 50-minute lesson and four credits may be taken only with 50-minute lessons. Lab fee assessed. Bassoon Harp Piano Trumpet Violoncello Clarinet Harpsichord Recorder Tuba Voice Composition Horn Saxophone Viola da gamba Other Flute Lute String Bass Viola Guitar Oboe Trombone Violin Percussion


MUS 1745 - Music Lessons ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Weekly private music lessons. Third digit of course number indicates the number of credits: one credit requires a minimum of three hours practice per week; two credits require a minimum of six hours practice per week, and four credits require a minimum of 12 hours practice per week. Fourth digit of course number indicates lesson length of 30 (3) or 50 (5) minutes. Permission of instructor is required for a 50-minute lesson and four credits may be taken only with 50-minute lessons. Lab fee assessed. Bassoon Harp Piano Trumpet Violoncello Clarinet Harpsichord Recorder Tuba Voice Composition Horn Saxophone Viola da gamba Other Flute Lute String Bass Viola Guitar Oboe Trombone Violin Percussion


MUS 2103 - Sightsinging - 1 cr.
Sightsinging instruction and practice for music majors who have not passed MUS 2298 Sightsinging Proficiency Exam. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1102


MUS 2111 - Advanced Harmony - 2 cr.
Advanced study of harmonic practice as applied by composers from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1102


MUS 2112 - Form and Analysis - 2 cr.
The study of form in Western art music . Prerequisite: MUS 2111

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1102


MUS 2251 - Conducting - 2 cr.
Study of conducting technique, score study and responsibilities of a conductor of an ensemble. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1102


MUS 2252 - Intro to Music Education - 1 cr.
Provides an overview of the field of music education and licensure requirements. Corequisite: EDU 2800.


MUS 2297 - Sophomore Recital - 0 cr.
Sophomore recital may be partial. Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.


MUS 2298 - Keyboard/Sightsinging Profcncy - 0 cr.
Required of all Music majors. Exam includes the following skills at the keyboard: major and minor scales, memorized piece, sight reading, improvisation, transposition, accompanying. Exam also includes sight singing.


MUS 2301 - Introduction to Opera ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Demystifies opera so that the student can not only experience it but actually make it his/her own.


MUS 2302 - Introduction to Symphony ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Symphonies: not just fragile museum pieces for the cultural elite, rather, passionate and articulate cries from the heart of Everyman to the soul of Everyman and Everywoman.


MUS 2303 - Music of the Caribbean ( I, VIII ) - 2 cr.
Explores the most recognizable and influential musical cultures within the Caribbean, such as Reggae, Calypso, and Salsa, with special emphasis placed on the importance of musical expression in defining cultural heritage and ethnic identity.


MUS 2304 - Music of Africa ( I, VIII ) - 2 cr.
An exploration of African music with special emphasis placed on the importance of musical expression in defining cultural heritage and ethnic identity.


MUS 2305 - Jazz Music and Musicians ( I, VIII ) - 2 cr.
An exploration of jazz music and music makers, including the culture and racial discrimination from which the musical style originated. Stories of important people and events that shaped the development of jazz from its origins in New Orleans to the present and the influence of jazz on popular culture will be studied.


MUS 2306 - Mozart's Life and Works ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Mozart has been described as “the most universal composer in the history of Western music.” To better understand his music and importance to Western culture, we will explore answers to questions such as: What influences shaped Mozart? What types of music did he write? Why has his music appealed to people across time and distance?


MUS 2307 - Beethoven's Life and Works ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Possibly the most admired composer in the history of Western music, Beethoven has attained a mythic status as a cultural hero. The appeal of his music transcends boundaries of time, place, and culture. Yet this transcendent music came into existence only through the perseverance and struggles of a very real person rooted in specific circumstances. In a chronological survey, this course explores Beethoven’s music and the circumstances that gave rise to it.


MUS 2308 - Irish Traditional music ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Irish Traditional Music will focus on instrumental and vocal traditions of Irish music. An overall sense of Ireland’s musical history will be studied within the context of traditional Irish culture.


MUS 2411 - String Instruments I - 2 cr.
Beginning through intermediate techniques for playing violin-family string instruments. Focus is on one instrument with basic skills developed on other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.


MUS 2412 - Woodwind Instruments I - 2 cr.
Beginning techniques for playing woodwind instruments. Student studies one instrument in depth for six weeks, then a second the next six weeks with the remaining time spent gaining a general knowledge of range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.


MUS 2413 - Brass & Percussion Instruments - 2 cr.
Beginning techniques for playing brass and percussion instruments. Focus is on one instrument with general understanding of the range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.


MUS 2713 - Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Continuation of 1000-levelmusic lessons. Second-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 2715 - Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Continuation of 1000-levelmusic lessons. Second-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 2723 - Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Continuation of 1000-levelmusic lessons. Second-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 2725 - Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Continuation of 1000-levelmusic lessons. Second-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 2745 - Music Lessons - 4 cr.
Continuation of 1000-levelmusic lessons. Second-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 2777 - Topics in Music ( VIII ) - 1-4 cr.
Topics.


MUS 2999 - Self-Designed Study - 1-4 cr.
Independent project agreed on by advisor and student.


MUS 3111 - Counterpoint - 2 cr.
The study of 16th, 18th, and 20th-century contrapuntal procedures. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1102


MUS 3112 - Orchestration - 2 cr.
Introduction to arranging and/or composing for strings, winds and percussion. Prerequisites: MUS 1102, 2411, and 2412 or 2413.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 1102, MUS 2411, MUS 2412, MUS 2413


MUS 3210 - Bella Voce ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Select women's ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal plus required sectional each week. Tours regularly. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition.


MUS 3211 - Concert Choir ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Select mixed ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal plus required sectional each week. Tours regularly. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition.


MUS 3212 - Concert Band ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of quality band literature. Prerequisite: audition.


MUS 3213 - Jazz Ensemble ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of different styles of jazz through listening, playing and improvising. Prerequisite: audition.


MUS 3214 - String Orchestra ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of string ensemble repertoire from the Renaissance through the present. Prerequisite: audition.


MUS 3215 - Vocal Jazz ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of vocal jazz and pop music. One rehearsal per week. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition and concurrent enrollment in MUS 1210, 1211, 3210, or 3211.


MUS 3281 - Topics in Pedagogy - 2 cr.
Techniques and materials of studio teaching; also directed observation of private lessons given by students.


MUS 3298 - Music Education Proficiency - 0 cr.
Required of all Music Education majors. Exam includes basic proficiency in improvisation, on recorder, and on a fretted string instrument such as guitar or ukulele.


MUS 3309 - World Music ( I, VIII ) - 4 cr.
Study of art, folk, and popular music of both Eastern and Western cultures and relationship of the music to the history, geography and society of the region. No prerequisites or musical experience necessary.


MUS 3310 - Hist Medieval/Renaissance MUS ( VII, VIII ) - 4 cr.
Study of compositional techniques, notation, forms and performance practice in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time is included. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 1102, MUS 1302


MUS 3311 - Hist Baroque/Classical MUS - 4 cr.
Study of music of 1600-1800. Course includes study of suite, concerto, cantata, opera, fugue and other Baroque genres; study of sonata, symphony, concerto, opera, chamber music of the classical era; analysis of performance practice; relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 1102, MUS 1302


MUS 3312 - Hist Romantic/20th Cent MUS - 4 cr.
Study of music from 1800 to the present. Course includes study of harmonic developments, compositional techniques, forms, media; relation of music to social and political, literary and graphic arts developments. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 1102, MUS 1302


MUS 3411 - Music Technology - 1 cr.
Study of current technology for use in teaching music.


MUS 3412 - Vocal Pedagogy - 1 cr.
Study of vocal performance pedagogy and vocal health, including the child voice and the changing voice. Prerequisite: MUS 1421 or MUS 1700 Sec. 24 Voice Lessons

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 1421, MUS 1700


MUS 3413 - Advanced Choral/Conducting Lit - 3 cr.
Develops skills in conducting and rehearsal techniques plus knowledge of literature and materials for use in teaching choral music. Prerequisite: MUS 2251 and 2252.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 2251, MUS 2252


MUS 3414 - Advanced Instrumental/Conducti - 3 cr.
Develops skills in conducting and rehearsal techniques plus knowledge of literature and materials for use in teaching instrumental music. Prerequisite: MUS 2251 and 2252.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 2251, MUS 2252


MUS 3415 - Teaching General Music - 3 cr.
Develops knowledge and skills needed in order to teach general music. Prerequisite: MUS 2252.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 2252


MUS 3416 - Advanced Orchestration & Bands - 1 cr.
Develops skills in composing and arranging for diverse groups represented by instrumental students in grades 5-12. Prerequisite: MUS 3112.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 3102


MUS 3417 - Choral Arranging - 1 cr.
Develops skills in composing and arranging for diverse groups represented by choral and general music students in grades K-12. Prerequisite: MUS 3112.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 3102


MUS 3713 - Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Continuation of 2000-level music lessons. Third-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 3715 - Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Continuation of 2000-level music lessons. Third-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 3723 - Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Continuation of 2000-level music lessons. Third-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 3725 - Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Continuation of 2000-level music lessons. Third-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 3735 - Music Lesson - 3 cr.
Description coming soon.


MUS 3745 - Music Lessons - 4 cr.
Continuation of 2000-level music lessons. Third-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 3777 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Topics.


MUS 4211 - Small Ensembles ( VIII ) - 0-1 cr.
Chamber music studied and performed in weekly rehearsals. Ensembles are open to all majors by audition. Flute Ensemble Piano Ensemble Woodwind Quintet Clarinet Ensemble Saxophone Ensemble Brass Ensemble Accompanying Recorder Consort Guitar Ensemble


MUS 4297 - Senior Recital - 0 cr.
Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.


MUS 4713 - Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Continuation of 3000-level music lessons. Fourth-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 4715 - Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Continuation of 3000-level music lessons. Fourth-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 4723 - Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Continuation of 3000-level music lessons. Fourth-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 4725 - Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Continuation of 3000-level music lessons. Fourth-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 4745 - Music Lessons - 4 cr.
Continuation of 3000-level music lessons. Fourth-year college study or equivalent, determined by audition. Participation in Musicorum.


MUS 4777 - Topics in Music - 1-4 cr.
Topics.


MUS 4888 - Senior Thesis - 2-4 cr.
Independent research project in which the senior Music Literature major uses primary and secondary sources to write a scholarly paper on an original topic in music literature. Project includes oral presentation to an audience of music students and faculty. Prerequisites: three of the following courses: MUS 3309, 3310, 3311, 3312.

Prerequisite Courses: MUS 3309, MUS 3310, MUS 3311, MUS 3312


MUS 4999 - Self-Designed Study - 1-3 cr.
Independent project agreed on by advisor and student.