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Course Offerings

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

Course List

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: 2. Corequisite: MUSC 103L. Not open to students who have passed MUSC 107 or its equivalent.

MUSC 107 - MUSIC THEORY I

An introduction to the terms, structures, and functions of music. After a review of fundamentals, students will study harmonic function, cadences, non-chord tones, part-writing (including figured bass, melodic analysis, and harmonization), and diatonic harmonic anlaysis. To include laboratory work, MUSC 107L should be taken concurrently. Hours credit: 3.

MUSC 107L - MUSIC THEORY I 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. Corequisite: MUSC 107.

MUSC 108 - MUSIC THEORY II

Continued study of harmonic analysis and part-writing in diatonic harmony. Course material includes harmonic progression, cadences, counterpoint, and an introduction to analysis of form and compositional procedures. To include laboratory work, MUSC 108L should be taken concurrently. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 107.

MUSC 108L - MUSIC THEORY II LABORATORY

Continued study of ear-training, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony studies to correlate with MUSC 108. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite or corequisite: MUSC 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 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 presents sacred and secular choral music of all periods. Concerts include Christmas Vespers, touring, Spring Concert, and collaboration 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 167 - PERCUSSION

Hours credit for each semester: 1 or 2. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair. Lesson Fee.

MUSC 172 - CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

A major performing ensemble which presents orchestral and choral/orchestral repertoire. Concerts include Fall Concert, Christmas Vespers, Spring Concert, and collaboration with other ensembles. Hours credit for each semester: 1. Prerequisite: by audition only.

MUSC 207 - MUSIC THEORY III

Introduction to contrapuntal procedures and continued study of harmonic analysis and part-writing including secondary function, chromatic harmony, and modulation. To include laboratory work, MUSC 207L should be taken concurrently. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 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

The first half of the semester will address form and analysis, including sentence and period structure, binary and ternary forms, rondo, and sonata-allegro form. The second half of the semester focuses on post-tonal practices and procedures. To include laboratory work, MUSC 208L 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 209 - COMPOSITION

An exploration of musical composition through the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, orchestration, and form. Projects include creating new musical works for various solo instruments, voices, and ensembles. Instruction is conducted by individual private lessons. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: MUSC 107 or permission of the instructor. Lesson Fee.

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-PRESENT

A survey of the societal trends, culture, and musical styles that evolved in America from the 1950s 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 219 - AMERICA'S MUSIC

In this course, the varieties of music that have been heard in the United States from colonial times through the early 20th century will be surveyed. The works that the students listen to and discuss span four centuries of music making, ranging from that of American Indians to spirituals, from ballads and traditional fiddle tunes to the concert stage. 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 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 - INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING

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

MUSC 271 - ENSEMBLE

The study and performance of chamber music repertoire. Hours credit for each semester: .5. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

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 I

The history of music from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Discussion, which uses analyses of works and biography as points of departure, will be directed toward considerations of the development of the major style periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 108. Offered as needed.

MUSC 312 - HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II

The history of music from the nineteenth century to the present. Discussion, which uses analyses of works and biography as points of departure, will be directed toward considerations of the development of Classicism, Romanticism, and modern music. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 207. 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. Prerequisite: MUSC 493. Corequisite: individual instruction. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only

MUSC 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR

Students will acquire bibliography and research techniques by studying selected compositions from the literature, writing papers, and making oral presentations of their research. This course will familiarize students with research and analysis methods in music and prepare students for success in the senior project, whether research paper or recital. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 208 and 312.

MUSC 494 - SENIOR PAPER

Preparation and presentation of the senior paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUSC 493.

MUSC 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

MUSC 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

MUSC 509 - MUSIC AND IDEAS

This course explores the development of western art music through its relationship to the major cultural and political events since 1600.

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