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Music Course Descriptions


General Music Courses (MUS)

A weekly seminar for majors and minors. Seminar includes student recitals, lectures,, concert attendance and master classes. Required for 8 semesters for majors, 2 semesters for minors. Materials fee $20 per semester. Zero hours.

Special courses designed to meet special interests and address current trends in the music discipline. Course content is determined by the department. One to three hours.

All music majors not studying piano as their principal instrument must attain a level of piano proficiency and pass a piano exam or receive exemption from the department. Zero hours.

Basic techniques, problems and teaching approaches for string instruments. Meets twice each week. One hour.

Basic techniques, problems and teaching approaches for woodwind instruments. Meets twice each week. One hour.

Basic techniques, problems and teaching approaches for brass instruments. Meets twice each week. One hour.

Basic techniques, problems and teaching approaches for percussion instruments. Meets twice each week. One hour.

The student learns principles of diction: stress, linkage and correct pronunciation implementing the International Phonetic Alphabet for singing in Italian, German and French. Three hours.

The student will learn the rudimentary skills of conducting such that by the end of the semester a foundation will be laid that will serve him/her to clearly, accurately, effectively and successfully conduct an ensemble of musicians, be it choral or instrumental. The student also learns principles of diction, stress, linkage and correct pronunciation for sung American-English implementing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Three hours.

Special courses designed to meet special interests and address current trends in the music discipline. Course content is determined by the department. Three hours.

Small group study of standard musical theatre dance routines and choreographers. Each semester features instruction in 1/2 specific dance styles. May be repeated for credit once and taken for zero credit with permission of the instructor. Zero or three hours.

The study of foundational areas of pedagogy in voice, addressing the nature of sound, posture, breathing and support, phonation, registration, voice classification, resonation, articulation, the speaking voice and coordination. The student is introduced to the diagnostic perspective that answers the questions, "What is wrong with the sound that I hear?" "What do I think is causing it?" "What would I do about it if I were the teacher?" Prerequisite: MUS 282 or permission of the instructor. Three hours.

A course designed to teach the advanced skills necessary to conduct instrumental music. Three hours.

See academic catalog for requirements.

Study in more advanced dance routines with a focus on the choreography required for a specific Broadway show. Requires audition. May be repeated for credit once and taken for zero credit with permission of the instructor. Zero or three hours.

Off-campus work that utilizes skills developed by the music major to gain experience in church administration (service planning, budget, committee and church hierarchy, rehearsal structure) and provide opportunity to build leadership. Three hours. May be repeated for credit.

This is a course of supervised studio instruction by advanced voice students. The student teacher will prepare and teach individual private lessons with oversight and supervision by the course instructor, and will meet weekly in a seminar class to discuss problems, issues and plans. Prerequisite: MUS 351. Three hours.

A study of jazz improvisation as a vehicle for creative expression. It teaches chord structures, symbols and scales necessary to acquire basic skills in the standard practice of jazz. Requires permission of the instructor. Three hours.

A study of pedagogical methods used in studio teaching, curricula editions, the physiology of the hand and its relationship to piano technique. Lectures include observation of lessons; students teach weekly. Requires permission of the instructor. Three hours.

Advanced study of technique and teaching pedagogy applicable to college-level piano study and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 481. Three hours.

A weekly seminar on the principles of SIP organization, presentation and departmental standards for research, writing, documentation and formatting. Discussion of integrative strategies. Individual assistance with development of the proposal and SIP from initial idea and formal proposal to the conclusion of the SIP. Must be taken Fall semester of senior year. Three hours. ‘S'

Special courses designed to meet special interests and address current trends in the music discipline. Course content is determined by the department. Three hours.


Applied Music

Some Music Department faculty offer private instruction in their area of expertise. The department also maintains a list of local artists who teach applied music for the department. Students needing instruction in a performance area not currently represented among the full-time faculty will be assigned to other local private teachers. In cases where instruction is taken off campus, the student must obtain approval from the department chairman. Music majors and minors may choose to also pursue study in a secondary area of applied music for credit or non-credit. Private music instruction is offered with the following course number sequence:

Private instruction (25 minutes) for non-music majors or minors given in an approved instrument. Requires an additional fee of $430. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for non-music majors or minors given in an approved instrument. Requires an additional fee of $755. Zero-two hours.

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in voice. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in voice. Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours.

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in piano. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in piano. Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours.

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in violin, viola, violoncello, or contrabass. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in violin, viola, violoncello, or contrabass. Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours.

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, or bassoon. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, or bassoon. Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours.

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in percussion. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in percussion. Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours.

Private instruction (25 minutes) for music majors and minors given in unclassified instruments (e.g. organ, bagpipe, etc.). Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Private instruction (50 minutes) for music majors and minors given in unclassified instruments (e.g. organ, bagpipe, etc.). Requires an additional fee of $660. Zero-two hours.

This course consists of private instruction in the creation of original musical works. Topics will include the material foundations of modern music, notation, instrumentation, orchestration, generation of musical content and aesthetic issues in composition. Prerequisite: MUS 162 or permission of instructor. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour.

Continued private instruction in the creation of original musical works. Topics will include the material foundations of modern music, notation, instrumentation, orchestration, generation of musical content and aesthetic issues in composition. Requires permission of instructor. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour each.

Continued private instruction in the creation of original musical works. Topics will include the material foundations of modern music, notation, instrumentation, orchestration, generation of musical content and aesthetic issues in composition. Requires permission of instructor. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour each.

Continued private instruction in the creation of original musical works. Topics will include the material foundations of modern music, notation, instrumentation, orchestration, generation of musical content and aesthetic issues in composition. Requires permission of instructor. Requires an additional fee of $330. Zero-one hour each.

The preparation and performance of 30-60 minutes of music in a formal recital. Requires concurrent participation in the Recital Seminar, which will address issues related to scheduling, music preparation, stage presence and decorum, construction of programs, etc. One hour.

All students studying privately, whether music majors or not, are encouraged to attend departmental recitals and concerts.


Ensembles

The study and performance of standard choral literature. Three hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

The study and performance of standard choral literature appropriate for small voice groups. Two hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

The study and performance of diverse repertory including traditional, contemporary, ethnic and world music. Three hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

TThe study and performance of diverse styles of jazz and improvisational methods, voicing and jazz repertory. Three hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. Zero-one hour.

The study and performance of standard literature for symphonic band and wind ensemble. Three hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

The study and performance of standard symphonic literature. Three hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

The study and performance of brass choir literature from the 16th Century to the present. Two hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

Woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartet, piano trio, percussion ensemble, etc. are arranged according to student needs and performance levels. 0-1 hour.

A seminar analyzing concepts and performance practice applicable to small chamber ensembles of 2-6 instrumentalists with or without keyboard. Requires permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. 0-3 hours.

The study and performance of instrumental/vocal music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is on developing authentic performance practices using modern reproductions of old instruments. Two hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $15 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

The study and performance of instrumental/vocal music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is on developing authentic performance practices using modern reproductions of old instruments. Two hours rehearsal weekly. Members are selected by audition. Materials fee $10 per semester. May be repeated for credit. 0-1 hour.

 


History/Literature

A course designed to explore and listen critically to diverse aspects of musical style and the elements of music within historical and cultural contexts. The musical survey of repertory includes example from western art music, non-western musical culture and contemporary musical styles. Three hours. FA

 

A survey of American musical theatre works, significant performers, directors, composers, choreographers and lyricists of 20th Century Broadway Three hours. FA

An in-depth study of the historical roots of American music with a focus on the cultural statements present in the development of 20th & 21st Century popular musical culture Three hours. FA

The history of European music from late antiquity through the seventeenth century. Requires extensive listening and study of musical scores. Prerequisites: MUS 162 and 171 or permission of instructor. Three hours. 'W'

 

Continuation of MUS 371. Study of eighteenth and nineteenth century music in historical context. Examines late Baroque styles and the development of classicism and romanticism in European music. Requires reading, listening and score study. Prerequisites. MUS 162 and 171 or permission of instructor. Three hours. 'W'

 

Continuation of MUS 372. Study of European and American art music of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in historical context. Examines various modern and postmodern movements, experiential music and new technologies, the growth of popular music, and the impact of world music on the Western classical tradition. Requires reading, listening and score study. Prerequisites: MUS 162 and 71, or permission of instructor. Three hours. 'W''

 

A comprehensive study of art song literature. Three hours.

 

Texual and musical elements of Christian hymnody, including Greek and Latin hymns, the Lutheran chorale, Reformed psalmody, and English and American hymns. Three hours.

 

Survey of the solo and didactic repertoire for the piano beginning with the works of J.S. Bach and culminating in the study of twentieth-century music. Three hours.

 

A survey of the literature of choral music of all periods. Representative literature will be analyzed for structure, performing forces and practice, and aural recognition. Three hours.

 

A survey of the literature for the symphony orchestra including score reading and analysis of symphonies, concertos, tone poems, overtures, and incidental music. Three hours.

 


Theory/ Composition

Introductory study of the basic written and aural elements of music theory, including musical notation, rhythm and meter, scales, key signatures, musical intervals, triads and seventh chords, and elementary harmonic analysis. (Does not count towards fulfillment of the music major or minor degree courses or elective requirements.) Three hours. FA

 

A study of musical rudiments, elementary diatonic harmony, melodic and harmonic phrase structure and analysis. Prerequisite: Exam placement or permission of the instructor. Three hours.

 

A course designed to develop aural acuity through elementary sight singing and melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictations. Prerequisite: MUS 161 or permission of the instructor. Two hours.

 

Exploration of techniques and strategies for creating original music and for generating arrangements of pre-existing music. Students will also gain basic aptitude in computer applications for notation, sequencing, and digital audio production. Three hours.

 

An introduction to the application of modern technological resources to the creation of sound and music, including a study of digital audio, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and several software titles and hardware devices commonly employed in musical notation, composition and production. Prerequiste: MUS 162 or permission of the the instructor. Three hours.

 

A study of advanced diatonic harmony, elementary chromaticism, modulation, large-scale formal design and analysis. Prerequisite: MUS 162 or permission of the instructor. Three hours.

 

A study of extended chromaticism, enharmonic construction and modulation, harmonic practice of the late nineteenth century, tonal and atonal materials and techniques of the twentieth century, and analysis. Prerequisites: MUS 261 or permission of the instructor. Three hours.

 

A course designed to continue the development of aural acuity begun in MUS 164 through intermediate sight singing and melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictations. Prerequisites: MUS 162 and 164, or permission of the instructor. Two hours.

 

A course designed to continue the development of aural acuity begun in MUS 164 and MUS 263 through advanced sight singing and melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictations. Prerequisites: MUS 261 and 263, or permission of the instructor. Two hours.

The harmonic contrapuntal technique of the 18th Century. Prerequisite: MUS 261 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

The analysis of structural functions and formal processes in Western art music from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 261 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

Study of ranges, tonal possibilities, technical limitations, and necessary transpositions of all orchestral and band instruments; scoring of short pieces invarious styles for small and large ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 162. Three hours.

 

Spring 2014 Departmental Course Offerings
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Subject Course# Course Title Days Begin End Instructor
MUS 201B Music Lesson - Elective
MUS 202A Music Lesson-Voice
MUS 202B Music Lesson-Voice
MUS 203A Music Lesson-Piano
MUS 203B Music Lesson-Piano
MUS 204A Music Lesson-Strings
MUS 204B Music Lesson-Strings
MUS 205A Music Lesson - Woodwind
MUS 205B Music Lesson - Woodwind
MUS 206A Music Lesson-Brass
MUS 206B Music Lesson - Brass
MUS 207A Music Lesson - Percussion
MUS 207B Music Lesson
MUS 208A Music Lesson-Other
MUS 208B Music Lesson - Other
MUS 211 Composition I Kreuze, Brandon
MUS 212 Composition II Kreuze, Brandon
MUS 245 Intro to Musical Theatre TR 0930 1045 Funke, Kara
MUS 254 German Diction T 1200 1250 Tahere, David
MUS 261 Int. Conc. of Music Structure MWF 0800 0850 Kreuze, Brandon
MUS 263 Aural Comprehension II TR 0800 0850 Kreuze, Brandon
MUS 282 Basic Conducting MWF 1300 1350 Kim, Lok
MUS 283 Covenant Jazz Ensemble TR 1430 1545 Humphries, Stephen
MUS 293 Chamber Orchestra TR 1600 1715 Kim, Lok
MUS 295 Brass Choir Long, David