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Music Courses

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Music Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

MUSC 103 - BASIC ELEMENTS OF MUSIC
An introduction to the components that constitute music. Topics include rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, tonality, scales, phrases, and how to read and write music notation. Hours credit: 3. Not open to students who have passed MUSC 107 or its equivalent.

MUSC 103L - BASIC MUSICIANSHIP
The building of basic music literacy skills, including recognition of time and key signatures and the ability to accurately read at sight rudimentary rhythms, melodies, and harmonies. Hours credit: .5. Not open to students who have passed MUSC 107 or the equivalent. May be repeated once for credit. Offered on a pass/fail basis only.

MUSC 107 - MUSIC THEORY I
An introduction to the terms, structures, and functions of the components of music. After a review of basic pitch and rhythm notation, students will study meter, scale structures and modes, key signatures, intervals, and triads, seventh chords, and the fundamentals of counterpoint. Elementary ear training, sight singing, and keyboarding skills will also be introduced. Hours credit: 3.

MUSC 108 - MUSIC THEORY II
A continuation of MUSC 107, students will study transposition, harmonic function/progression, cadences, non-chord tones, part-writing (including figured bass, melodic analysis and harmonization), and diatonic harmonic analysis. If the student wishes to include laboratory work, Music 108L should be taken concurrently. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Music 107.

MUSC 108L - MUSIC THEORY II LABORATORY
Ear-training, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony studies designed to provide aural understanding and practical application of theoretical knowledge of tonal music. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite or corequisite: Music 108.

MUSC 109 - INTRO TO MUSIC HISTORY
A survey of the styles and types of Western (or "classical") music from the Middle Ages to the present, with an emphasis on the repertoire and how to listen to it. The class will consider major composers (Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, etc.) and types of music (symphony, opera, sonata, etc.). Hours Credit: 3.

MUSC 119 - AMERICA'S MUSIC
A survey of music in the United States from colonial times to the present. Topics include folk and traditional music, blues and jazz, gospel and early country, protest and early rock, musical theatre, and works by composers such as Copland and Gershwin. Hours credit: 3.

MUSC 129 - INTRODUCTION TO VOICE STUDY
Designed for students with no college-level voice study. An introduction to the art and science of singing. Topics for discussion include anatomy/physiology of the voice, diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, and voice types. Basic principles of vocal technique, musicianship, artistry, communication, posture, diction, breath control, and stage presence are also addressed. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUSC 131 - VOICE
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: by audition only. It is expected that all students enrolled in Music 131R will complete both semesters of Music 235,236 (Diction for Singers) as prerequisite for a third year of MUSC 131R.

MUSC 133 - CHORALE
A major performing ensemble which rehearses and performs sacred and secular choral music of all periods. Performances include the traditional Christmas Vespers, touring, and some collaborations with other ensembles. Hours credit for each semester: 1. Prerequisite: by audition only. MUSC 103LR or sight-reading proficiency strongly recommended.

MUSC 147 - PIANO
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUSC 149 - ORGAN
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUSC 151A - STRINGS:VIOLIN
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 151B - STRINGS:VIOLA
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 151C - STRINGS:CELLO
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 151D - HARP
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 159 - GUITAR
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161A - WOODWINDS:FLUTE
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161B - WOODWINDS:CLARINET
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161C - WOODWINDS:OBOE
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161D - WOODWINDS:BASSOON
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161E - WOODWINDS:SAX
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161F - WOODWINDS:FRENCH HORN
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 161G - WOODWINDS:TRUMPET
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 163A - BRASS: FRENCH HORN
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 163B - BRASS: TRUMPET
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 163C - BRASS: TROMBONE
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 163D - BRASS:TUBA/EUPHONIUM
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 165 - DRUMSET
Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

MUSC 171 - ENSEMBLE
The study and performance of chamber music repertoire. Hours credit for each semester: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

MUSC 172 - CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The study and performance of orchestral repertoire. Hours credit for each semester: 1. Prerequisite: by audition only. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

MUSC 207 - MUSIC THEORY III
Continued study of harmonic analysis and part-writing including modulation and secondary function. An introduction of analysis of form and compositional procedures including sixteenth- and eighteenth-century counterpoint, and binary, ternary, and theme and variation forms of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. If the student wishes to include laboratory work, Music 207L should be taken concurrently. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Music 108.

MUSC 207L - MUSIC THEORY III LABORATORY
Continued study of ear training, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony to correlate with Music 207. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: MUSC 108L. Corequisite: Music 207.

MUSC 208 - MUSIC THEORY IV
Continued study of harmonic analysis and part-writing with emphasis on chromatic harmonies and chromatic and enharmonic modulations. Includes consideration of art song and instrumental forms (compound ternary, sonata-allegro procedure, and rondo) in small and large-scale works of the late eighteenth through nineteenth centuries. If the student wishes to include laboratory work, MUSC 108L should be taken concurrently. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 207.

MUSC 208L - MUSIC THEORY IV LABORATORY
Continued study of ear training, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony to correlate with Music 208. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: MUSC 207L. Prerequisite or corequisite: Music 207, 208.

MUSC 215 - RAGTIME, BLUES, & JAZZ
A survey of the rise, development, and relationship among ragtime, blues, and jazz from the 1890s to the 1940s. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 218 - AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC: 1950'S-PRESENT
A survey of the societal trends, culture, and musical styles that evolved in America from the 1950's to the twenty-first century. Representative musical styles from rock and roll to hip-hop artists. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 222 - BEETHOVEN AND HIS ERA
Beethoven lived during a time of revolutionary change in music, the period when classicism yielded to romanticism. Turning from tradition and casting aside convention, he created works of unprecedented complexity and force. The role and place of his compositions in that rapidly evolving milieu are the subject of this course. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUSC 224 - HISTORY OF WESTERN OPERA
An introduction to the colorful and varied history of opera--from comic to serious, from ballad to grand. While focusing primarily on selected works currently in the repertoire, historically significant composers, works, and developments in opera will also be discussed. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUSC 226 - ROMANTICISM IN MUSIC
Romanticism, the period in music when such composers as Chopin, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky created some of the most enduring works in the repertoire, is the subject of this course. Students will study the history and style of that era along with its leading composers, works, and genres. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 227 - WOMEN IN MUSIC
A survey of the roles and achievements of women in the history of Western music. Students will consider social and historical perspectives, examining how attitudes have developed toward women in music and how women have achieved renown in the field. Study of classical music genres will comprise the first half of the semester, exploring women as performers, composers, teachers, conductors, and patrons. The second half will cover contemporary genres: pop/rock, jazz and blues, folk/country, and rap/hip-hop. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Offered Alternate years.

MUSC 229 - SONG LITERATURE
A survey of European and American art song, with an emphasis on developing familiarity with the repertoire as well as its major composers and poets. Attention also will be given to what one considers when selecting songs for a recital. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

MUSC 233 - VOCAL ENSEMBLE: TOUCH OF HARMONY
A vocal chamber ensemble with emphasis on Renaissance madrigal, vocal jazz, and popular arrangements. Small ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques are developed, including performance without a conductor. Hours credit: .5. Prerequisite: by audition only. MUSC 103LR or sight-reading proficiency strongly recommended.

MUSC 235 - LYRIC DICTION I
Principles of language diction for singers, with use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and practical application. IPA/English/German. Hours credit: 3. Strongly recommended for advanced voice study. Alternate years.

MUSC 236 - LYRIC DICTION II
Principles of language diction for singers, with use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and practical application. IPA//Italian/French/Latin. Hours credit: 3. Strongly recommended for advanced voice study. Alternate years.

MUSC 241 - TOPICS IN PIANO
Topics will be selected from keyboard mechanics (tuning, voicing, and other technical matters), piano literature, piano pedagogy, and vocal/instrumental accompanying. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

MUSC 247 - CONDUCTING I
Fundamentals of conducting and exploration of expressive elements. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: MUSC 107. Offered alternate years.

MUSC 248 - CONDUCTING II
Application of musical analysis and expression, and development of the ability to organize and lead rehearsals of vocal and instrumental ensembles, with the opportunity to lead a vocal ensemble in rehearsal to acquire practical experience in applying the techniques examined in the classroom. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: MUSC 107. Offered alternate years.

MUSC 285 - VOCAL LITERATURE: GERMAN & ITALIAN
An in-depth study of German and Italian vocal repertoire, with an emphasis on developing familiarity with the repertoire as well as its major composers and poets. Some emphasis will be placed on differentiating between opera and oratorio repertoire. Attention will be given to form, use of motifs and text painting, repertoire lists for resumés, and recital programming. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 131 or permission of the instructor. One time only.

MUSC 287 - TOPICS IN CONDUCTING
Exploration and development of programming skills and rehearsal technique. Significant podium time and public performance with a choral and/or instrumental ensemble. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: MUSC 248. One time only.

MUSC 288 - COMPOSITION
This course will explore musical composition through melody, harmony, rhythm, orchestration, and form. Projects will include creating new musical works for various ensembles. Instruction is conducted one-on-one through private lessons. Hours credit: 2. One time only. Prerequisite: MUSC 107 or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 291 - SOPHOMORE RECITAL
Preparation for and performance of sophomore recital as part of candidacy requirements for BFA in music performance. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and candidacy in B.F.A. Program. Corequisite: individual instruction. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

MUSC 311 - HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC
The history of music from the Middle Ages to the present. Discussion, which will use analyses of works and biography as points of departure, will be directed toward considerations of the development of the major style periods. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Music 208 or permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

MUSC 312 - HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC
The history of music from the Middle Ages to the present. Discussion, which will use analyses of works and biography as points of departure, will be directed toward considerations of the development of the major style periods. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Music 208 or permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

MUSC 332 - VOCAL PEDAGOGY
The mechanism of the human voice, and methods of teaching singing in private voice lessons or in coaching voices in an ensemble are studied. Particular attention is paid to physiology and diagnosis and correction of vocal faults. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUSC 489 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

MUSC 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

MUSC 491 - SENIOR RECITAL
Preparation for and performance of senior recital. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: individual instruction. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only

MUSC 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR
The first semester is devoted to acquiring bibliography and research techniques, while the second semester is used for the preparation and formal presentation of the senior paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Music 208 and 312.

MUSC 494 - SENIOR PAPER
The first semester is devoted to acquiring bibliography and research techniques, while the second semester is used for the preparation and formal presentation of the senior paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Music 208 and 312.

MUSC 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

MUSC 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR