Music Courses

MU 100 Applied Music for Non-majors (1 credit)

Provides individual instruction for the beginning student on piano, any instrument or voice. May be taken up to four times. Small class instruction offered in voice, piano and guitar (one semester only). Lesson fee required.

MU 101 Applied Music (1 credit)

Provides individual instruction on piano, instrument, or voice. A voice, piano and guitar class are also offered. Lesson fee required.

MU 101F Piano Class (1)

Basic keyboard skills are introduced and developed, including major and minor pentascales and triads. Students learn to read and play two-voice texture notated on the grand staff. Co-requisite: MU 117 or Basic Skills Test.

MU 103 Theory I (3 credits)

Studies the basic materials of music, including scales, intervals, triads, seventh chords, beginning partwriting and harmonic progression. (Prerequisite: MU 117 or Basic Skills Test. Co-requisites: MU 118 and MU 126

MU 104 Theory II (3 credits)

 Continues from Theory I with more partwriting, analysis of basic forms and cadences, non-chord tones, secondary chords and modulation.

Prerequisite: MU 103

Co-requisites: MU 119 and MU 127

MU 117 Music Fundamentals (1 credit)

 Provides basic music reading skills including note reading, scales, rhythmic notation and meter recognition, using classroom instruction, keyboard and computer drills.

MU 118Sight-singing and Ear Training (1)

 Develops aural recognition skills and ability to perform intervals, rhythms, and patterns at sight. Co-requisite: MU 103

MU 119 Sight-singing and Ear Training II (1)

Continues practice of aural recognition, performance and dictation of rhythms, melodies and harmonies studied in Theory II.

Pre-requisite: MU 118

Co-requisites: MU 104 and MU 127

MU 122 Language of Music(3 credits)

Develops a working musical literacy among students without musical training. The focus is on the materials and vocabulary of music, enabling the students to hear and better understand many styles of music, but especially those in the Western European and American tradition.

MU 125 College Choir (1)

Provides rehearsal and performance of varied vocal literature. Open to all students. Performance at two concerts, occasional off-campus events, and many college celebrations.

MU 126 Keyboard Harmony I (1)

Practical application at the keyboard, of concepts studied in Theory I; Includes scales, arpeggios, intervals and melodies with chordal accompaniment.

Pre-requisite: MU 101 F or Keyboard test.

Co-requisites: MU 103 and MU 118

MU 127 Keyboard Harmony II (1)

Practical application at the keyboard, of concepts studied in Theory II; Includes chord progressions, melodies with accompaniment figures and 3 part chorales.

Pre-requisite: MU 126

Co-requisites: MU 104 and MU 119

MU 130 Opera Workshop (1)

Preparation and performance of scenes from musical theater, operetta and opera. Students will assist in all aspects of production, such as musical preparation, costuming, staging, program design. Open to all singers and pianists.

MU 135 Wind Ensemble (1)

Study of wind ensemble literature and performance in three major concerts. Open to all musicians.

MU 140 Jazz Ensemble (1)

Study of improvisation and jazz literature and performance in three concerts. Open to all musicians.

MU 203 Theory III (3 credits)

Continues course of study in Western harmony including Neapolitan and Augmented chords, more modulation and composition.

Prerequisite: MU 104

Co-requisites: MU 218 and MU 226

MU 204 Theory IV (3 credits)

Continues with study of 20th century music and compositional techniques. (Prerequisite: MU 203)

MU 206 History and Literature of Music I (3 credits)

Surveys the music, musicians and musical life in Europe and European colonies and the Americas from antiquity to the death of Beethoven in 1827.

MU 207 History and Literature of Music II (3 credits)

Surveys the music, musicians and musical life in Europe, the European colonies and the Americas from the 19th century to the present. (Prerequisite: MU 206)

MU 208 Instrumental Techniques: Strings (1 credit)

Develops playing proficiency on one stringed instrument and gives teaching skills on an elementary level in all strings.

MU 218 Sight-singing and Ear Training III (1)

Continues practice of aural recognition, performance and dictation of complex rhythms, modulating melodies and advanced harmonic progressions as studied in Theory III.

Pre-requisite: MU 119

Co-requisites: MU 203 and MU 226

MU 220 Jazz History (3 credits)

Examines and compares diverse styles of Jazz from Ragtime and blues to current trends, and the various musicians who created and performed these styles. Course emphasizes listening to jazz, understanding how it evolved, and how it works.

MU 226 Keyboard Harmony III (1)

Continued application of theoretical principles of music. Study includes realization of figured bass, playing 4-part chorales, open scores and harmonic progressions of 7th chords.

Pre-requisite: MU 127

Co-requisites: MU 203 and MU 218

MU 240 American Music (3)

A survey of the music of the North American colonies and the United States from the 17th century to the present. The course will seek to establish the continuity of American music with the Western European tradition while exploring the diversity of influences from other world cultures. The continuing interactions of classical, folk, and popular music, which give American music its uniqueness, will be fully explored. Two field trips to concerts will be required.

MU 250 Women in Music (3 credits)

Traces the contributions of women as composers, performers, conductors and supporters throughout western music history. Open to all students, especially those interested in music and women’s studies.

MU 306 Topics in History and Literature of Music (3 credits)

A variety of specialized offerings including:

American Musical Theatre – traced from its beginning to the current Broadway shows. Includes a trip to a live performance (ticket fee required).

Opera History – which surveys opera from its inception in the 17th century Italy, through development in various international styles to the current trends. Includes a live performance (ticket fee required).

Music of the Twentieth Century – presentation and discussion of musical masterworks of the past 100 years, with a study of composers, styles, forms and philosophical concepts that inspired them.

MU 308 Instrumental Techniques: Winds (1 credit)

Develops playing proficiency on the clarinet, flute or saxophone and gives teaching skills on an elementary level for all woodwinds.

MU 309 Composition (2 credits)

Uses workshop approach as students listen and discuss each other’s musical compositions. (Prerequisite: MU 104)

MU 310 Conducting (3 credits)

Emphasizes skills necessary to conduct choral and instrumental ensembles; score reading. Actual performances are part of the experience.

MU 350 Introduction to Computers in Music (3 credits)

Beginning instruction in the use of computer music software, focusing on music printing and use of synthesizer for sequencing. (Prerequisite: MU 104 or instructor permission.)

MU 408 Instrumental Techniques: Brass: (1 credit)

Develops playing proficiency on the trumpet, trombone or French horn and gives teaching skills on an elementary level in brass and percussion.

MU 425 Style, Form and Analysis (3 credits)

Analysis of musical structure and form from motives and phrases to compound structures such as Sonata Allegro or Theme and Variations form. Includes comparison of styles of major composers and composition projects. (Prerequisite: MU 203)

MU 431 Techniques of Music for Children (3 credits)

Explores various philosophies of elementary music education, including Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. Investigates current texts and techniques for teaching elementary school music.

MU 432 Choral and Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques (3 credits)

Continues instruction in conducting with special emphasis on programming, rehearsal and performance with Jr. and Sr. High student groups in mind.

MU 489 Field Internship (3 credits)

Offers qualified students the opportunity to do off-campus field work by individual arrangement.

MU 499 Independent Study – Senior Recital or Research Project (3 credits)

Music majors are expected to synthesize their musical study with a final project (lecture or demonstration) or recital which will be developed with the assistance of a faculty advisor. This also provides an opportunity to explore areas of musical interest that are outside of our course offerings. By permission of faculty advisor.

 


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