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MUS 1000 - Contemporary Musicianship ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Surveys the knowledge and "tools" that one must be aware of as a musician in current times. Students are introduced to and explore the sounds and language used by musicians to discuss, analyze, interpret, create and perform music (conceptual and practical). Students will develop their musicianship through the practice of skills on their primary instrument, their voice/bodies, the piano, composition, and improvisation. Students will be asked to be civic minded in their pursuit of musical knowledge--how can and should musicians be relevant in modern society.


MUS 1101 - Music Theory I - 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.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1000


MUS 1210 - Cantus Corde ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 1 cr.
Non-auditioned Men’s ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week.


MUS 1211 - Vox Anima ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 0-1 cr.
Non-auditioned Women’s ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week.


MUS 1212 - World Drumming Ensemble ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 0-1 cr.
Study and performance of drumming repertoire from around the world including contemporary music and improvisation.


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


MUS 1214 - Steel Band ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 0-1 cr.
Study and performance of steel band repertoire.


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 - Class Piano I ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 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 ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 2 cr.
Second sequence of group piano for beginning piano students (continuation of MUS 1410).

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1410


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


MUS 1713 - Private Music Lessons - 1 cr.
Private instrumental for vocal study. Lab fee. `


MUS 1715 - Private Music Lessons - 2 cr.
Private instrumental for vocal study. Lab fee.


MUS 1777 - Topics in Music - 0-16 cr.
Description coming soon.


MUS 1999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent study in Music.


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 2297 - Milestone - 1 cr.
A project that demonstrates student achievement and synthesis of work to this point in their musical studies. For Music Minors, this represents the culmination of their achievements within our program. For Music Majors it is an indication of the student’s progress toward degree completion.


MUS 2410 - Survey of Instrumental Techniques - 1 cr.
A survey of instrumental techniques for the Vocal Music Education major. Students will survey string, percussion, brass, and woodwind instrumental groups for a basic understanding of the requirements necessary for interpreting and producing music from a score. Students will learn applicable rehearsal techniques in working with instruments in a choral rehearsal setting.


MUS 2411 - String Instrument Techniques and Pedagogy - 1 cr.
Develops performance skills and learns teaching strategies for string instruments. Required for instrumental music education licensure, course topics cover performance techniques, instrument care and maintenance, instrument selection, technology integration, instructional materials, performance assessment and diverse solo and ensemble repertoire selection.


MUS 2412 - Woodwind Instrument Techniques and Pedagogy - 1 cr.
Develops performance skills and learns teaching strategies for woodwind instruments. Required for instrumental music education licensure, course topics cover performance techniques, instrument care and maintenance, instrument selection, technology integration, instructional materials, performance assessment and diverse solo and ensemble repertoire selection.


MUS 2414 - Brass Instrument Techniques and Pedagogy - 1 cr.
Develops performance skills and learns teaching strategies for brass instruments. Required for instrumental music education licensure, course topics cover performance techniques, instrument care and maintenance, instrument selection, technology integration, instructional materials, performance assessment and diverse solo and ensemble repertoire selection.


MUS 2415 - Percussion Instrument Techniques and Pedagogy - 1 cr.
Develops performance skills and learns teaching strategies for percussion instruments. Required for instrumental music education licensure, course topics cover performance techniques, instrument care and maintenance, instrument selection, technology integration, instructional materials, performance assessment and diverse solo and ensemble repertoire selection.


MUS 2500 - Music of Latin America ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 2 cr.
We explore the richness and diversity of several Latin American musical and dance cultures, developing an understanding of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical frameworks for their vibrant and popular forms. Understanding each musical culture as a hybrid mixture of indigenous expression, Spanish or Portuguese empire, and African diaspora, we examine the contribution of all of these cultural and musical elements to national identity, global politics, and commercial success.

Crosslist Course: GCL 2500


MUS 2777 - Topics in Music - 1-4 cr.
Topics.


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


MUS 3002 - Music Theory II - 4 cr.
Advanced study of Western music theory including 18th-century counterpoint, form and analysis, and chromatic harmony.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1101


MUS 3003 - Music Theory III - 4 cr.
Study and application of 20th- and 21st-century Western music theory; study and application of principles of orchestration and arranging.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 3002


MUS 3113 - History of Western Music I - 4 cr.
Explores the history and literature of art music in Europe and the Americas, MUS 3113 focuses on music from the beginning of Western civilization through the transition to the Classic era. Topics of study include musical styles, genres, contexts, composers, processes of change, and interrelationships with other arts and societal structures of the time. Prerequisite: MUS 1101 or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1101


MUS 3114 - History of Western Music II - 4 cr.
Explores the history and literature of art music in Europe and the Americas, MUS 3114 focuses on music from the height of the Classic era through the first part of the twenty-first century. Topics of study include: compositional styles, genres, contexts, composers, processes of change, and interrelationships with other arts and societal structures of the time. Prerequisite: MUS 1101 or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 1101


MUS 3210 - Bella Voce ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 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 ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 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 ( Conceptions: VCFA - Fine Arts ) - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of quality band literature. Prerequisite: audition.


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


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


MUS 3215 - Vocal Revolution - 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of vocal popular music and jazz. Three rehearsals per week. Prerequisite: audition


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 ( Integrations: VIFA - Fine Arts ) - 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.

Crosslist Course: GCL 3309


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


MUS 3413 - Advanced Choral Conducting - 2 cr.
Develops and refines rehearsal technique and conducting skills in a choral setting.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 2251


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.


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 3418 - Instrumental Music Methods - 2 cr.
Investigate teaching and learning for instrumental music settings. Required for instrumental music education licensure.

Prerequisite Course: MUS 2251


MUS 3713 - Private Music Lessons - 1-2 cr.
Private music instruction for Instrumental/vocal students. Lab fee required.


MUS 3715 - Private Music Lessons - 3-4 cr.
Private music instruction for Instrumental/vocal students. Lab fee required.


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


MUS 4211 - Small Ensembles - 1 cr.
Chamber music studied and performed in weekly rehearsals with opportunities offered for public performance. Ensembles are open to all College students; audition or permission of instructor required.


MUS 4297 - Capstone - 2 cr.
The capstone project is the culmination of the student’s achievements in the music program, demonstrating synthesis of musical knowledge and musicianship.


MUS 4555 - Music Internship - 1-8 cr.
Description coming soon.


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.