Music Course Descriptions
The following performance groups are open to all students of the University who qualify by audition:
ENS 116, 316
ENS 117, 317
ENS 216, 416
ENS 111, 311
Not more than eight hours earned in ensembles may be counted toward a degree unless specified.
||Major ensemble for keyboard students (performance major only).
|ENS 111, 311
||Major ensemble for vocal students.
|ENS 116, 216, 316, 416
||Major ensemble for wind and percussion students.
|ENS 117, 317
||Major ensemble for string students.
Applied Music Instruction
|BSN 101X, 301X, 302X Bassoon
||PER 101X, 301X, 302X Percussion
|HRN 101X, 301X, 302X Horn
||TRP 101X, 301X, 302X Trumpet
|STB 101X, 301X, 302X String Bass
||FLU 101X, 301X, 302X Flute
|CEL 101X, 301X, 302X Cello
||PNO 101X, 301X, 302X Piano
|OBO 101X, 301X, 302X Oboe
||VLA 101X, 301X, 302X Viola
|TBA 101X, 301X, 302X Tuba
||GUI 101X, 301X, 302X Guitar
|CLR 101X, 301X, 302X Clarinet
||SAX 101X, 301X, 302X Saxophone
|ORG 101X, 301X, 302X Organ
||VLN 101X, 301X, 302X Violin
|TRB 101X, 301X, 302X Trombone
||VOI 101X, 301X, 302X Voice
|EUP 101X, 301X, 302X Euphonium
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MUS 110X Class Piano for Non-Music Majors. [MUSI 1101]
Basic techniques of piano playing. Development of musical literacy with respect to
the keyboard. Designed for the non-music major. Two hours lecture and practice.
MUS 111X Class Piano, Level 1. [MUSI 1181]
Basic techniques of piano playing. Development of musical skills with respect to the
keyboard. Designed for the music major who has little familiarity with the keyboard.
Two hours lecture and practice. Credit 1.
MUS 112X Class Piano, Level 2. [MUSI 1182]
Basic techniques of piano playing. Development of musical skills with respect to the
keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 111X. Credit 1.
MUS 113X Class Piano, Level 3. [MUSI 2181 ]
Basic techniques of piano playing. Further development of musical skills with respect
to the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 112X. Credit 1.
MUS 114X Class Piano, Level 4. [MUSI 2182]
Basic techniques of piano playing. Enhancement of musical skills to provide minimum
competencies on keyboard necessary for completion of the music degree.
Prerequisite: MUS 113X. Credit 1.
MUS 113: MUS 116 Study of Woodwinds. [MUSI 1166]: [MUSI 1167]
Basic techniques of teaching and playing clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, flute,
and piccolo. Three hours lecture and practice. Credit 1 each.
Singers Diction. 117: English and Italian. 118:
French. 119: German. MUS
119 These courses are designed to familiarize singers with
the pronunciation of each language as sung in choral music, recital
literature, and opera. Prerequisites: MUS 117: none; MUS 118: MUS
117 and 119; MUS 119: MUS 117. Credit 1 each.
MUS 162 Fundamentals of Guitar. [MUSI 1303]
Basic guitar technique for the beginning student is combined with a study of the fundamentals
of music notation. Not open to music majors. No prerequisite. Credit 3.
MUS 165: MUS 166 Fundamentals of Singing.
A study of the physiology of vocal music production and the development of the singing
voice. Emphasis on correct breathing, tone placement, vowel formations, stage presence
and musical interpretation. Not open to students majoring in Music. Credit 3 each.
MUS 213: MUS 216 Study of Brasses. [MUSI 1168]:[MUSI 2168]
Basic techniques of teaching and playing trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone,
and tuba. Three hours lecture and practice. Credit 1 each.
Conducting I. An introduction to the basic techniques of
conducting choral and instrumental music. Prerequisite: MUS 123
(Theory II) and Sophomore standing. Credit 2.
MUS 262 Advanced Guitar. Continuation of fundamentals of guitar with guitar techniques for advanced students
combined with study of fundamentals of music notation. Credit 3.
MUS 310 Study of Percussion.
Basic techniques of teaching and playing all percussion instruments. Three hours
lecture and practice. Credit 1.
MUS 313: MUS 316 Study of Strings.
Basic techniques of teaching and playing violin, viola, violoncello, and string brass.
Three hours lecture and practice. Credit 1 each.
MUS 417 Recital.
A public solo performance reflecting the work of one full semester of preparation at
the upper division level under supervision of the applied music faculty. The student
must be concurrently enrolled for applied music instruction and must have his/her
program approved by his/her professor. A Recital Hearing must be passed at least
two weeks prior to the scheduled performance. Credit 1.
Conducting II. The study and application of advanced conducting
technique as applied to instrumental and choral ensembles with emphasis
on the development of analytical and interpretative skills. Prerequisite:
MUS 223, 224, and 226 or consent of instructor. Three hours lecture.
MUS 461 Techniques for Wind and String Instruments.
A study of the literature, methods, and teaching techniques of wind and string instruments.
May be taken by conference. Prerequisites: Senior standing in music performance
and consent of instructor. Credit 3.
Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques. Introduction to the teaching
of voice, in both the private and group settings. Students will
survey different schools of approach and study of the physiology
of singing. Prerequisite: successful completion of sophomore proficiency
in voice. Credit 3.
Music Theory and Composition
MUS 122 Theory of Music I. [MUSI 1211]
An introduction to the fundamental materials and structures of music. All diatonic
scales and intervals, notation and structure of basic rhythmic organizations, and simple
vertical sonorities are explored, using the keyboard as an adjunct tool. A study
of tonality, key systems, and simple phrase and period forms are applied to creative
work in order to integrate all concepts with the student’s work in applied and historical
studies. The semester ends with an introduction to the study of tertian harmony as
exemplified in tonal music and including diatonic triads. Credit 2.
Theory of Music II. [MUSI 1212] Continuation of THEORY
OF MUSIC I, expanding the tertian harmonic vocabulary to include
the dominant seventh chord, and an introduction to secondary sevenths,
secondary dominants and leading tone chords, and modulation. The
study of ternary, binary, and through-composed forms and their application
to creative work. Prerequisite: MUS 122 and 124 or permission of
the instructor. Credit 2.
MUS 124 Musicianship I. [MUSI 1216]
Intensive drill in the development of sight-singing and aural skills. The material used
is coordinated with that of THEORY I. Credit 2.
Musicianship II. [MUSI 1217] Continuation of MUSICIANSHIP
I. Material is coordinated with that of THEORY II. Prerequisites:
MUS 122 and 124 or permission of the instructor. Credit 2.
MUS 161 Introduction to The Study of Music. [MUSI 1301]
The study of the fundamentals of music, including major and minor scales, rhythm,
chords, sight-reading, and ear-training. Not open to music majors or minors. Credit 3.
Theory of Music III. [MUSI 2211] A continuation of the
study of harmonic and melodic materials of tonal music expanded
to include all characteristic diatonic and chromatic resources and
their application in keyboard work and creative projects. Formal
procedures studied include the larger traditional structures such
as the rondo, sonata, and contrapuntal forms. Prerequisites: MUS
123 and 125 or permission of the instructor. Credit 2.
Theory of Music IV. [MUSI 2212] A study of musical materials
and structures that evolved in the late nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of the entire
panorama of twentieth century music including folk, ethnic, and
jazz idioms in addition to the developments in the classical tradition.
Prerequisite: MUS 222 and 224 or permission of the instructor. Credit
Musicianship III. [MUSI 2216] Continuation of MUSICIANSHIP
II. Material is coordinated with that of THEORY III. Prerequisites:
MUS 123 and 125 or permission of the instructor. Credit 2.
MUS 362 Orchestration And Analysis.
A study of basic techniques of instrumentation, including ranges, transpositions, and
characteristics of band and orchestral instruments. Practical application in the form
of projects for various instrumental combinations. Prerequisite: MUS 222. Credit 3.
MUS 363 Structure and Analysis.
A study of musical structure and design from all historical periods. Introduces diverse
methods of musical analysis to gain an ability to distinguish various stylistic idioms.
Emphasis is placed on analytical findings as it relates to application in teaching, performance,
music therapy, conducting, and/or composition. Prerequisite: MUS 223.
MUS 370 Class Composition.
An introduction to the craft of composition. Projects involve the application of basic
creative techniques which generate complete pieces, diverse stylistic idioms, and
aesthetic considerations. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUS 222 and
224 or permission of instructor. Credit 3.
MUS 371, 372 Junior Composition.
The study and practice of strict composition. Reference is made to the practices of
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but with emphasis on the stylistic idioms of
the twentieth century. May be taken by conference. Prerequisite: MUS 223. Credit 3
MUS 464 Seminar in Composition.
Creative activity in the composition of larger forms under individual faculty supervision.
Prerequisite: MUS 372. Credit 3.
Counterpoint and Analysis. A survey of polyphony of the
eighteenth through the twentieth centuries with emphasis on creative
projects. Prerequisite: MUS 222 (Theory of Music III). Credit 3.
MUS 474 Twentieth-Century Musical Styles.
Trends, techniques, and the various styles of musical composition in the twentieth
century, beginning with Impressionism, studied conceptually and aurally. Concepts
are applied to exercises in composition. Prerequisite: MUS 223. Credit 3.
Music Education, Literature and History
Survey Of Music Literature. [MUSI 1308] The fundamentals
of music terminology, standard instrumental and vocal forms, and
representative composers and compositions from secular and sacred
music of most eras. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisites: MUS
122, 124 or school consent. Credit 3.
MUS 264 History of Rock, Jazz, and Popular Music. [MUSI 1310]
A survey of the history of jazz, rock, and popular music beginning with their common
origins in African, European, and late 19th-century southern folk music. Continues
through the latest trends and includes individual musicians as well as stylistic details.
No prerequisite; for non-music majors. Credit 3.
MUS 265 Music Appreciation. [MUSI 1306]
A general survey of music literature designed for the non-music major. Representative
composers and their works are studied through recordings, lectures, reports, and live
performances. Credit 3.
MUS 339 Introduction to Music Education.
A survey of the responsibilities, competencies, and contemporary issues that pertain
to the professional music educator. Credit 3.
368 Studies in Music for Children. Introduction to Kodály philosophy and materials, Orff techniques and instruments,
folk song analysis, solfege, Dalcorze concepts and methods of other pedagogues
in the field of elementary music. Several types of curricula for grades K-6 are presented.
Prerequisite: MUS 123. Credit 3 each.
History of Music. A study of musical styles, forms, and
textures in history from antiquity to the present. The first course
(MUS 376) includes music from antiquity through the Renaissance.
The second course (MUS 377) covers the period from Monteverdi to
Beethoven. The third course (MUS 378) begins with the later works
of Beethoven and extends to the present era. MUS 377 and 378
are Writing Enhanced. Prerequisites: MUS 138; junior standing
or consent of instructor. Credit 3 each.
MUS 468 Seminar in Research and Creative Activities.
A course in which the undergraduate student may pursue advanced specialized
study under faculty supervision in the areas of composition, music literature, analysis,
and research. May be repeated for credit. (This course may be taken for Academic
Distinction credit. See Academic Distinction Program in this catalog.) Credit 3.
MUS 210X Practicum in Music.
Supervised pre-clinical experience in community settings; each semester of study
is correlated with the population being considered in the corresponding core music
therapy course. Credit 1 (4 semesters).
MUS 238 Introduction to Music Therapy.
A survey of the role of music as therapy in educational, psychiatric, hospital, nursing
home, and prison settings. No prerequisite. Credit 3.
MUS 239 Psychology of Music.
A study of the effect of music on the mind. Topics include musical acoustics, music
perception, and experimental research in music. No prerequisite. Credit 3.
MUS 336 Instrumental Skills for the Music Therapy Setting.
Study of instrumental skills as applied in the music therapy setting utilizing guitar,
dulcimer, keyboard percussion, and Latin American instruments. Research findings
in the music therapy literature will be used in structuring improvisational opportunities
for specific music therapy populations. Prerequisite: Music or music therapy major.
MUS 365 Observation and Measurement in Music Therapy.
A study of current assessment and evaluation procedures used in music therapy
and the application of observational recording techniques in educational, social, and
therapeutic settings. Prerequisite: Admission to music therapy program. MUS 210
must be taken concurrently. Credit 3.
MUS 366 Music Therapy Techniques I.
An examination of music therapy techniques used in the special education setting
and current legislation related to education of students with disabilities and music/
music therapy to be provided. Prerequisite: MUS 365. MUS 210 must be taken concurrently.
MUS 495 Music Therapy Techniques II.
A study of music therapy procedures used with adults in aging adult settings and an
examination of issues concerning the use of music therapy within this population.
Prerequisites: MUS 365. MUS 210 must be taken concurrently. Credit 3.
MUS 496 Music Therapy Techniques III.
A seminar presentation of contemporary issues in the field of music therapy.
Prerequisite: MUS 365. MUS 210 must be taken concurrently. Credit 3.
MUS 497 Internship in Music Therapy. First three-month period of supervised clinical experience at site approved by the
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework.
MUS 498 Internship in Music Therapy.
Second three-month period of supervised clinical experience. Prerequisite: MUS
497. Credit 3.
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