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MUS - Music

MUS 105 Music Fundamentals (3)

Designed for students with little or no music theory background. An introduction to music reading skills, including sightsinging, basic keyboard skills, and the structure of music. Does not count toward the Music or Music Education major or minor. (ART)

 

MUS 111 Music in Time (3)

An introduction to the study of music through exploring a particular style or historical period, including social and cultural influences on the music. This course is designed primarily for the non-music major as an introduction to creative listening. (ART)

 

MUS 114 World Music (3)

Explores the music of world cultures that are not normally addressed in traditional western European-based courses in music. Includes music of India, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and other world cultures. (ART, GPN)

 

MUS 120 Theory and Aural Skills I (4)

A study of the relationships of rhythm, harmony and melody. Class activities include writing and performing music, sight singing and exercises in keyboard harmony, score reading and ear training. (ART)

 

MUS 125 Theory and Aural Skills II (4)

Prerequisite: MUS 120. A continuation of MUS 120.

 

MUS 150 Introduction to Music Education (1)

Prerequisite: Intended for first year students interested in music education. An introductory course to music education for prospective music education majors. Students will learn the historical and philosophical underpinnings to music education in America. Students will become acquainted with methods, tools, language, and literature in the music education profession.

 

MUS 211 History of Western Music: Antiquity to 1750 (3)

The development of Western music from pre-Christian antiquity to 1750, with emphasis on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and pre-Classical periods. Emphasis is also placed on listening to music for form and style. Completion of MUS 125 or equivalent musical preparation is strongly advised before taking this course. (ART, WRT)

 

MUS 212 History of Western Music: Pre-Classical to 1940 (3)

The development of Western music from the pre-Classical era to 1940, with emphasis is on the Classical, Romantic, Late Romantic, and early Modern eras. Emphasis is also placed on listening to music for form and style. Completion of MUS 125 or equivalent musical preparation is strongly advised before taking this course. (ART, WRT)

  

MUS 215 Piano for Proficiency I (1)

Develops sight-reading, score-reading, improvisation, accompanying, and harmonization skills necessary for passing the piano proficiency exam that is required of all music and music education majors. Students with keyboard experience may take a placement test to exempt themselves from taking the Piano for Proficiency courses.

 

MUS 216 Piano for Proficiency II (1)

Develops sight-reading, score-reading, improvisation, accompanying, and harmonization skills necessary for passing the piano proficiency exam that is required of all music and music education majors. Students with keyboard experience may take a placement test to exempt themselves from taking the Piano for Proficiency courses.

 

MUS 220 Theory and Aural Skills III (4)

Prerequisite: MUS 125. A continuation of MUS 125. Students must concurrently enroll in MUS 215 Piano for Proficiency I unless exempted by proficiency exam.

 

MUS 228 Diction for Singers (2)

Focuses on the correct song pronunciation of the four major vocal solo and choral classic languages (English, French, German, and Italian). The course incorporates the International Phonetic Alphabet. It is required for all vocal music education majors and encouraged for all vocal performers and conductors.

MUS 231 Conducting (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 125. A study of fundamental conducting techniques, both choral and instrumental.

 

MUS 235 Theory and Aural Skills IV (4)

Prerequisite: MUS 220. A study of contemporary theory derived from jazz and popular music. Includes composition and improvisation in a variety of styles, as well as basic arranging techniques. Students must concurrently enroll in MUS 216 Piano for Proficiency II unless exempted by proficiency exam.

 

MUS 236 Show Choir and Jazz Choir Techniques (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 125 and admission to teacher education. Co- or prerequisite of MUS 231. Students will learn the fundamentals in terms of directing and managing both a show choir and a jazz choir. Implementation and observation of both kinds of ensembles will help to further facilitate the learning throughout the semester. Vocal music education students need to be well versed and trained to direct many different kinds of ensembles, including show choir and a jazz choir.

 

MUS 240 Music Technology (1)

An introduction to computer software available for the music idiom.

 

MUS 249 Instrumental Methods: Percussion (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 120 and MUS 125 or instructor permission. A basic methods course for prospective instrumental music teachers. Students learn to play the instruments in the percussion family and basic techniques for teaching the instruments. Other information relating to effective teaching (e.g., history of the instruments, selection of instruments, repertoire) is also addressed. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

 

MUS 250 Instrumental Methods: Woodwinds (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 120 and MUS 125 or instructor permission. A basic methods course for prospective instrumental music teachers. Students learn to play the instruments in the woodwind family and basic techniques for teaching the instruments. Other information relating to effective teaching (e.g., history of the instruments, selection of instruments, repertoire) is also addressed. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

 

MUS 251 Instrumental Methods: Brass (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 120 and MUS 125 or instructor permission. A basic methods course for prospective instrumental music teachers. Students learn to play the instruments in the brass family and basic techniques for teaching the instruments. Other information relating to effective teaching (e.g., history of the instruments, selection of instruments, repertoire) is also addressed. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

 

MUS 252 Instrumental Methods: Strings (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 120 and MUS 125 or instructor permission. A basic methods course for prospective instrumental music teachers. Students learn to play the instruments in the string family and basic techniques for teaching the instruments. Other information relating to effective teaching (e.g., history of the instruments, selection of instruments, repertoire) is also addressed. Offered fall of even-numbered years..

 

MUS 255 Voice for Instrumental Music Majors (1)

Prerequisites: MUS 125 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Provides instrumental music education majors with basic knowledge for working with school-age singers. Structure and function of the larynx and breathing apparatus; developmental factors affecting school age singers; techniques for teaching good vocal production; guidelines for choosing repertoire at each point in the developmental spectrum. In class singing and role playing are integral parts of the course.

 

MUS 256 Instrumental Methods for Vocalists (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 125. Provides choral music education majors an introduction to wind, percussion, and string methods and pedagogy. Students will learn from experts in the field and explore real-world situations by partnering with K-12 instrumental music educators throughout the course. In-class playing and ensemble participation will be woven into the curriculum.

 

MUS 313 Music History: 1940-Present (3)

Prerequisite: MUS 212. The development of Western music from 1940- present, with an emphasis on Modernist and Postmodernist approaches to musical composition. This course also provides the opportunity for upper-level music students to research and present on selected topics from the literature of genres such as orchestral, chamber, symphonic, concerto, art song, opera and oratorio. Completion of MUS 125 or equivalent musical preparation is strongly advised before taking this course.

 

MUS 332 Advanced Choral Conducting and Methods (4)

Prerequisite MUS 231. Examines the artistic nature of choral conducting and the methods for leading an effective choral program.  Emphasis is given to the variety of choral repertoire and stylistic considerations.

 

MUS 333 Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Methods (4)

Prerequisite: MUS 231. Examines the artistic nature of instrumental conducting and the methods for leading an effective band or orchestra programs. Emphasis is given to repertoire and stylistic considerations.

 

MUS 334 Marching Band Techniques (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 125; Pre- or- Co-requisite: MUS 231. Studies the materials, organization and methods for charting marching band shows for school programs. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

 

MUS 335 Jazz Band Techniques (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 125; Pre- or- Co-requisite: MUS 231. Studies the materials, organization and methods for teaching improvisation to musicians in jazz programs. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

 

MUS 341 Voice Pedagogy (3)

Prerequisite: two semesters of MUSL 120, MUSL 220 or MUSL 320. An introduction to the teaching of singing. Topics include the structure and function of the vocal mechanism; principles of good vocal technique; methods of teaching voice; and sources of repertoire for beginning voice students. During the final six weeks of the semester, each class member will give lessons to two beginning voice students with supervision and feedback. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

 

MUS 397/497 Internship (Arr)

Prerequisite: Departmental approval and instructor’s approval. An applied experience in the major, requiring a minimum number of hours of work per credit hour. Includes conferences with the on-campus instructor and an evaluation by the job supervisor. Pass/No Credit basis. Offered on request.

 

MUS 499 Independent Study (Arr)

Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Research in approved topics. May be repeated on demand. Offered on request.