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Course Descriptions

Please Note: This listing is a guide. Please consult either the current catalogue or the Music department for the most up to date information.

Introduction to Music Literature (MUS 010 / 3 SH)
A survey of western music designed to increase the student's understanding and enjoyment of music. Through lecture, discussion, and directed listening, the student will be introduced to representative works of the major stylistic periods in music history with reference to the political, social, and artistic milieu in which they were created. Opportunity will be provided for listening to recordings, films, and live performances. Download the course syllabus here.

Basic Concepts and Skills of Music (MUS 020 / 3 SH)
Designed for students with little or no prior musical experience, this course provides basic knowledge concerning the structure of music, i.e., melody, rhythm, form, harmony, and texture. Along with an orientation to the keyboard, students are introduced to reading, writing, and creating music; sight singing, rhythms, ear training, and dictation. Download the course syllabus here.

Class Piano I (MUS 024 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
A course in practical keyboard facility, sight reading, and harmonization of folk melodies and songs. For all students interested in obtaining a better understanding of music by means of keyboard work. Useful for elementary majors who do not present a minimum degree of proficiency in piano. Download the course syllabus here.

Voice Class I (MUS 079 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop basic singing techniques and apply them to the singing of songs. Class performance stresses the development of confidence and expressiveness. Download the course syllabus here.

Experiencing Contemporary Music (MUS 100 / 3 sh)
A perusal of contemporary practices in musical composition and performance, as well as the socio-economic forces which determine these practices. Various musical media, styles, and historic periods of music will be included to the extent that they impact upon investigations and discussions of current musical events and performances. The course will include visits to the classroom by various artists, as well as visits by the class to local and urban cultural centers. Download the course syllabus here.

Aural Skills I (MUS 101 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
The aural, visual, and theoretical aspects of music reading will be learned and developed. Students will study the movable "DO" system of solfeggio and sing using these syllables, scale degree numbers, and note letter names, using both treble and bass clefs. Students will learn to take melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation in diatonic relationships with few incidental chromatics. The level of harmony parallels the material in MUS 102. It is recommended that these courses be taken concurrently. Download the course syllabus here.

Harmony and Theory I (MUS 102 / 3 SH)
This course is designed as a foundation course in diatonic harmony and music theory. The study of primary and secondary triads and seventh chords, their inversions, and non-harmonic tones will be emphasized, along with related skills in melodic analysis and composition. This course should be taken concurrently with MUS 101. PREREQUISITE: MUS 020 Basic Concepts and Skills of Music or its equivalent. Download the course syllabus here.

Introduction to World Music (MUS 108 / 3 SH)
This course is a survey of music focusing on non-Western cultures. Selected musical traditions from throughout the world will be explored, with emphasis on how music functions as part of the daily life in particular societies. Through lecture, discussion, and directed listening, students will become more familiar with other cultures, values, and traditions, and gain a better aesthetic appreciation of music from diverse societies. Download the course syllabus here.

Class Piano II (MUS 124 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
A study of the piano, its technique, and literature; a continuation of Class Piano I. This course is intended for those who are capable of playing medium grade piano music. Admission by permission of instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Voice Class II (MUS 179 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course is a continuation of vocal technique developed in Voice Class I. It includes interpretation, stage deportment, programming, and song literature. PREREQUISITE: MUS 079 Voice Class I or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

MUS 191 Italian Lyric Diction For Singers (MUS 191 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course is a study in the correct manner of singing Italian lyric diction. Students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means for studying the language. The course is designed to be taken by voice students who are concurrently enrolled in applied voice. PREREQUISITE: MUP 239 Applied Voice. Download the course syllabus here.

MUS 192 German Lyric Diction For Singers (MUS 191 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course is a study in the correct manner of singing German lyric diction. Students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means for studying the language. The course is designed to be taken by voice students who are concurrently enrolled in applied voice. PREREQUISITE: MUP 239 Applied Voice. Download the course syllabus here.

MUS 193 French Lyric Diction For Singers (MUS 191 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course is a study in the correct manner of singing French lyric diction. Students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means for studying the language. The course is designed to be taken by voice students who are concurrently enrolled in applied voice. PREREQUISITE: MUP 239 Applied Voice. Download the course syllabus here.

Aural Skills II (MUS 201 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course is a continuation of MUS 101 Aural Skills I, in which the aural, visual, and theoretical aspects of music reading are developed and expanded. Students will continue working with the movable "DO" system of solfeggio, and will sing using these syllables, scale degree numbers, and note letter names. Both treble and bass clefs will be used for the exercises, and both diatonic and chromatic relationships will be studied. Part singing, including canons, duets, trios, and standard SATB four-part writing, will be studied. The level of harmony parallels the material in MUS 202; it is recommended that these courses be taken concurrently. PREREQUISITE: MUS 101 Aural Skills I and MUS 102 Harmony and Theory I or permission of instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Harmony and Theory II (MUS 202 / 3 SH)
This course is designed to follow the foundation course in harmony and music theory, extending to chromatic harmony and modulation. The study of secondary dominants and seventh chords and their inversions will begin the study of modulation, along with harmonic sequences, pivot chords, direct change of key, borrowed chords, and other elements of chromatic harmony. This course should be taken with MUS 201. PREREQUISITE: MUS 101 Aural Skills I and MUS 102 Harmony and Theory I. Download the course syllabus here.

The Physical Properties of Sound: Music and Music Reproduction (MUS 205 / 3 SH)
A non-mathematical music-based study of sound; its properties, production, storage, and reproduction. It will include the study of acoustical properties of the voice and musical instruments and the electronic devices used to record and reproduce their sounds. The course is designed to provide experiences in the practical uses of the fundamentals of musical acoustics. Download the course syllabus here.

Music in Britain (MUS 207 / 3 SH)
This course is a study of the music of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, including an analysis of its structures, styles, and aesthetic concepts. Major composers of all historic periods will be considered and their contributions in the various genres will be represented within the context of the social and historical background of the British Isles. Prerequisite: MUS 010 or permission of the Instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Women in Music (MUS-WST 209 / 3 SH)
This course will examine the contributions of women as composers, performers, and conductors of music from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Focus will remain mainly on the roles of women in the sphere of classical music, although some jazz and popular music will be included. Class is limited to 25 students. Download the course syllabus here.

Aural Skills III (MUS 213 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course is a continuation of MUS 201 Aural Skills II, in which the aural, visual, and theoretical aspects of music reading are further developed and expanded. Students will continue working with the movable "DO" system of solfeggio, and will sing using these syllables, scale degree numbers, and note letter names. Both diatonic and chromatic relationships will be studied, with emphasis on material involving modulation and an expanded harmonic vocabulary. Part singing, including canons, duets, trios, and standard SATB four-part writing, will be studied. The level of harmony parallels the material in MUS 214; it is recommended that these courses be taken concurrently. PREREQUISITE: MUS 201 Aural Skills II, MUS 202 Harmony and Theory II or permission of instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Harmony and Theory III (MUS 214 / 3 SH)
This course is designed as a continuation of Harmony and Theory II. It emphasizes the study of advanced chromatic harmony, with borrowed chords, augmented sixth chord, ninth/eleventh/thirteenth chords, and other late nineteenth century harmonic devices. PREREQUISITE: MUS 201 Aural Skills II, MUS 202 Harmony and Theory II. To be taken concurrently with MUS 213. Download the course syllabus here.

American Music (MUS 215 / 3 SH)
A study of American Music from the Pre-Columbian period to the present. The influence of the personalities of composers and performers on the evolution of music in America. Ethnic and folk music, opera and musical comedy, symphonic and choral music, as well as jazz will be studied. PREREQUISITE: MUS 010 Introduction to Music Literature or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

The Music of Poetry (MUS-SPE 217 / 3 SH)
This course is designed to develop and intensify the student's intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic responses to the aural qualities of poetry and music through an examination of the similarities and differences between them. Emphasis will be placed upon those poems that particularly convey their meaning(s) through aural and temporal devices. Specific attention will be given to structural aspects common to both poetry and music, such as meter, rhythm, tonality, and form. Analogies to be drawn between music and poetry will provide the student with provocative frames of references for study. PREREQUISITES: MUS 010 Introduction to Music Literature and one basic Literature course. Download the course syllabus here.

Twentieth Century Music (MUS 220 / 3 SH)
An examination of the trends and stylistic concepts developed in Europe and America beginning with Post-Wagnerian Romanticism. Along the trends and styles to be considered are impressionism, neo-classicism twentieth-century nationalism, the twelve-tone school, jazz, and electronic music. PREREQUISITE: MUS 010 Introduction to Music Literature or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Development of the Child Voice (MUS 223 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
The study of the nature of the child voice, its potential, and development. Concentration on techniques which are appropriate to the context of the elementary school: classroom, vocal ensemble, operettas, and special programs. Identification and help for the uncertain and atypical singer. Download the course syllabus here.

Class Piano III (MUS 224 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course will serve as a continuation of Class Piano I and II and also as a placement for students with more fluent reading and playing skills than required for Class Piano II. A placement examination is required of students without prior study in Class Piano II. Download the course syllabus here.

Jazz: Its History and Influence (MUS 225 / 3 SH)
A study that explores the logical musical derivatives and developments in jazz, and how these developments affected and continue to affect individual jazz styles. PREREQUISITE: MUS 010 Introduction to Music Literature or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Creative Keyboard (MUS 227 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course provides an opportunity for students who need additional keyboard skills related to the classroom teaching to expand their usage of the keyboard as a teaching vehicle. It is designed to meet the needs of the classroom teacher while presenting the harmonic and improvisational skills for independent and creative pedagogy. PREREQUISITE: Basic Keyboard Skills. Download the course syllabus here.

The History of American Musical Theatre (MUS-THE 228 / 3 SH)
This course is an advanced history and survey of the musical, the American contribution to the world of theatre. In addition to examining contemporary musicals, American precursors and European influences, innovators and innovations in music, libretto, staging, and choreography will be studied as a means of illustrating changes and trends in music theatre. PREREQUISITE: THE 015 Introduction to Theatre and MUS 010 Introduction to Music Literature or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Music in Childhood Education (MUS 229 / 3 SH)
An advanced course in music education for classroom teachers. It includes a major study of several major songbook series and music listening series. Orff and Kodaly methods of music education, development of song repertoire, and creative experiences in music are also studied. Each student will have frequent opportunities to present demonstration lessons to the class. PREREQUISITES: MUS 010. Download the course syllabus here.

Introduction to Music Technology (MUS 230 / 3 SH)
This course will present the student with an investigation into the equipment and materials available in current trends in music technology. Information presented in the course will relate to the practicing musician as well as music teachers. The course will cover the technique and creative process of incorporating music technology into the school curriculum to meet current standards, and the methods of adapting music technology to various classroom and ensemble settings. PREREQUISITE: MUS 102 Harmony and Theory I or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Selected Topics in Music (MUS 291 / 3 SH)
Topics in the field of Music will be selected for thorough study. For example, topics may include music literature courses such as genres, stylistic periods, ethnic music, performers and composers, or music theory courses such as analysis of selected works, counterpoint, and Twentieth Century compositional techniques. The course may be repeated for credit provided that the same topic is not repeated. Prerequisites will be determined by the topic selected. Download the course syllabus here.

Electronic Music Composition (MUS 303 / 3 SH)
This course is intended to provide the student who is interested in electronic music (music produced by means of synthesizers and computers) with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of electronic music production, the application of MIDI technology, and the basic techniques of electronic music composition using traditional recording and sequencer technology. PREREQUISITE: MUS 102 Harmony and Theory I or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Composition and Arranging (MUS 310 / 3 SH)
An investigation into the creative process of music composition and the craft of adapting compositions to various vocal and instrumental media. PREREQUISITE: MUS 102 Harmony and Theory I or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Music from Ancient Times To 1750 (MUS 311 / 3 SH)
This course is a study of the music literature from ancient times to 1750. It integrates the role of music in a broad overview of historical, artistic, and cultural traditions. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of forms, styles, genres, and compositional approaches, as found in musical scores, to better understand the music in its historical context. PREREQUISITE: MUS 202 Harmony & Theory II or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Music from 1750 to the Present (MUS 312 / 3 SH)
This course is a study of the music literature from 1750 to the present. It integrates the role of music in a broad overview of historical, artistic, and cultural traditions. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of forms, styles, genres, and compositional approaches, as found in musical scores, to better understand the music in its historical context. PREREQUISITE: MUS 311 Music from Ancient Times to 1750 or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Symphonic Literature (MUS 318 / 3 SH)
This course is an in-depth examination of representative orchestral works from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century that are often too long to be studied in other survey courses. While historical and contextual background is addressed, the focus of the course is study and analysis of the form, movement structure, compositional process, performance practice, and orchestration of the works selected through score study and directed listening. PREREQUISITE: MUS 214 Harmony & Theory III or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Keyboard Harmony (MUS 320 / 3 SH)
This course presents an opportunity for the student of harmony to apply to the keyboard in a vital and creative manner the essentials of basic harmony, including chord progressions, approaches to cadences, transposition, modulation, harmonization of melodies, improvisation, analysis, and the use of the figured bass. PREREQUISITES: MUS 020 Basic Concepts and Skills of Music and MUS 024 Class Piano I or equivalent. Download the course syllabus here.

Class Piano IV (MUS 324 / 2 CH - 1 SH)
This course will serve as a continuation of Class Piano I, II, and III, and will complete the cycle of four semesters of basic piano study. Students with more fluent reading and playing skills than are required for Class Piano III may progress to Class Piano IV. Other students without previous Class Piano study may take a placement examination to enroll in the course. Download the course syllabus here.

Conducting (Vocal and Instrumental) (MUS 325 / 3 SH)
The course is a study of the principles of conducting: technique of the baton, methods of adapting to musical organizations of various sizes and abilities, transpositions, reading, and memorization of scores and program building. Skills will be developed through practice with choral and instrumental recordings and/or live groups. Video tapes of students will be made and studied for self-evaluation. PREREQUISITE: MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 201, MUS 202 or permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Advanced Conducting (MUS 326 / 3 SH)
This course is a study of advanced techniques of conducting vocal and/or instrumental music through lecture, demonstration, reading, discussion, and recitation. The primary focus of this course is on developing effective and efficient rehearsal methods and techniques. PREREQUISITES: MUS 325 Conducting. Download the course syllabus here.

Hearing Musical Form I (MUS 328 / 1 SH)
This course develops the ability to identify and hear structural form in Western music. In addition to motives, cadences, and musical phrases, the formal structures of 1-Part form, Binary, Ternary, Ostinato, Variations, and Contrapuntal forms from the 17th through 19th centuries will be studied. Emphasis is placed on techniques for hearing form, analysis of musical scores, and the application of both to performance. PREREQUISITE: MUS 214 Harmony & Theory III and MUS 213 Aural Skills III. Download the course syllabus here.

Hearing Musical Form II (MUS 329 / 1 SH)
This course develops the ability to identify and hear structural form in Western music. In addition to motives, cadences, and musical phrases, the formal structures of Sonata-Fondo, from the 17th through 19th centuries will be studied, as well as 20th and 21st Century innovations in form. Emphasis is placed on techniques for hearing form, analysis of musical scores, and the application of both to performance. PREREQUISITE: MUS 214 Harmony & Theory III and MUS 213 Aural Skills III. Download the course syllabus here.

Analysis of Music Stylistic and Structural (MUS 330 / 3 SH)
The survey and analytical study of tonal and structural materials of music. It includes the critical analysis of the various musical styles and forms that have been developed in Western Civilization from Pre-Renaissance to the present day. PREREQUISITE: MUS 214 Harmony & Theory III. Download the course syllabus here.

Directed Studies in Music (MUS 379 / 1-3 SH)
An individualized approach to the needs and interests of select students through guided research, readings, discussion, and papers. Admission is by permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Senior Seminar in Music (MUS 380 / 2 CH - 2 SH)
This course includes readings and discussions of music as a component of contemporary society, with particular reference to the complementary roles of the composer, performer, consumer, and critic. Download the course syllabus here.

Foundation and Methods of Protestant Worship (MUS 470 / 3 CH - 3 SH)
This course is a study of the history, theology, and practice of music and the arts in Protestant worship. Designed for church musicians and students who are interested in music in the Protestant church, this course will provide biblical and historical perspective and necessary materials and resources to understand and develop creative worship experiences. Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Music Education Lab (MUU 299 / 1 CH - 1 SH)
This is a workshop course for music teacher candidates which provides learning experiences in individual topics including guitar, musical theatre, and jazz improvisation, which meet standards required for teacher certification. No prerequisites. Download the course syllabus here.

Field Experience in Music (MUU 390/391)
Upon approval of a cooperating agency, the student will be placed in a situation in which practical professional experience can be acquired through an organization related to his/her career plans. Interested students should apply through their advisor or the chairperson of the department. PREREQUISITES: Senior status and recommendation of the Department of Music. The course may be scheduled for a variable number of s.h. credits. Download the course syllabus here.

Note: The following are 1 credit private instructional courses.  Download the course syllabus here.

MUP 236 Applied Music: French Horn (pr)
MUP 237 Applied Music: Piano (pr)
MUP 238 Applied Music: Organ (pr)
MUP 239 Applied Music: Voice (pr)
MUP 240 Applied Music: Viola (pr)
MUP 241 Applied Music: Cello (pr)
MUP 242 Applied Music: String Bass (pr)
MUP 243 Applied Music: Flute (pr)
MUP 244 Applied Music: Oboe (pr)
MUP 245 Applied Music: Clarinet (pr)
MUP 246 Applied Music: Bassoon (pr)
MUP 247 Applied Music: Saxophone (pr)
MUP 248 Applied Music: Trumpet (pr)
MUP 249 Applied Music: Violin (pr)
MUP 250 Applied Music: Baritone Horn/Trombone (pr)
MUP 252 Applied Music: Tuba (pr)
MUP 253 Applied Music: Percussion (pr)
MUP 254 Applied Music: Guitar (pr)


University Band (MUP 281 / 3 CH - 1 SH)

The University Band program is comprised of a Marching Band and Concert Band during the fall semester, and a Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble during the spring semester. The Symphonic Band performs of a wide variety of Wind band literature: standard repertoire, recently published compositions, and selections from festival lists. The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top wind, brass, and percussion students from the symphonic band program. The spring semester includes one concert by the Symphonic Band and two concerts by the Wind Ensemble. The Marching Unit performs a diversified musical repertoire with coordinated drill design at all home and selected away football games. The schedule also includes performance at parades and other special events. Repeatable up to 8 s.h. Please note, only the Marching unit rehearses four hours per week. Download the course syllabus here.

University Choir (MUP 283 / 3 CH - 1 SH)
University Choir is a study through rehearsal and performance of the mechanism and aesthetic of choral vocal production, providing experience in the various styles of choral music throughout all periods of music history. Repeatable up to 8 s.h. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

University Orchestra (MUP 285 / 3 CH - 1 SH)
University Orchestra will rehearse and perform the instrumental music literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including genres such as the overture, suite symphony, concerto, and ballet. In addition, there will be opportunities to experience various forms of vocal literature, such as oratorio, cantata, opera, mass, and musical theatre. Formal concerts will take place each semester, with additional performances such as children's concerts and musical theatre productions. Repeatable up to 8 s.h. Download the course syllabus here.

New Music Ensemble (MUP 287 / 1 SH)
The New Music Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to perform experimental and important twentieth and twenty-first century repertoire. It allows the student to study, from a performance perspective, historically important works of the twentieth century, and deepen understanding of current trends in contemporary music. The course develops skills in improvisation, extended techniques, analysis and interpretation, and knowledge of the relationship between world music and contemporary music. No experience with new music is mandatory for participation, but all participants will be held to the highest possible performance standards. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor. Download the course syllabus here.

Jazz Ensemble (MUP 289 / 3 CH - 1 SH)
Jazz Orchestra is a music ensemble which studies and presents a variety of jazz styles including representative music from 1940 to the present. Students participating in the band gain both ensemble and solo experience, the latter frequently through improvisation. regular rehearsals are scheduled and culminate in various performances on and off campus. Audition is required. Download the course syllabus here.

Musical Theatre Workshop (MUP 295 / 1 CH - 1 SH)
This is a workshop course in the preparation and presentation of live musical theatre performances. The course is designed to offer opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to engage in the experiences and develop the skills associated with performing in musical theatre productions. The course is open to all students by audition with the Instructor. Download the course syllabus here.