Fine and Performing Arts

Complete Music Course Listing


Music Degree Options: Music Education | Classical Performance | Jazz Studies

MUS 1000. Student Recital (I, II; 0) — Music majors must attend this class and perform on their principal instument once each semester. Students attend concerts, lectures, theater productions, art exhibitions, master classes, etc.

MUS 1100. Fundamentals of Theory (I; 5) — The objective of this course is to prepare students for MUS 1101. It includes the study of standard notation, triads, scales, intervals, rhythm elements, sight-singing, and dictation in tonal music. Aural skills will focus on translation of notation into sound and sound into notation. This course is for students not passing the placement exam. Open to non-music majors. | Back to top

MUS 1101. Music Theory I (I; 5) — The objective of this course sequence (MUS 1101 and 1102) is for students to become literate in the language of music (and perhaps one or two of its diverse dialects or styles). Students learn the basics of music theory (such as notation, intervals, scales, chords, time classifications, time signatures, etc.) and begin to develop aural organizational skills through sight singing, dictation, and improvisational exercises. The Western European compositional practice of the years 1600-1830 is studied through analysis of musical examples at the phrase level (cadences, phrase members, motives, period structure, etc.) and by writing melodies, voice leading exercises (including species counterpoint exercises adapted to this period), and other short compositions that explore and demonstrate an understanding of the contrapuntal and harmonic practice from that period. These skills and concepts are generalized and adapted to the study of related musical dialects of other cultures and time periods: i.e., “Dixieland” and other early jazz and improvisatory styles; and African, African-American, and European traditional and popular music styles of the twentieth century. | Back to top

MUS 1102. Music Theory II (II; 5) — The objective of this course sequence (MUS 1101 and 1102) is for students to become literate in the language of music (and perhaps one or two of its diverse dialects or styles). Students learn the basics of music theory (such as notation, intervals, scales, chords, time classifications, time signatures, etc.) and begin to develop aural organizational skills through sight singing, dictation, and improvisational exercises. The Western European compositional practice of the years 1600-1830 is studied through analysis of musical examples at the phrase level (cadences, phrase members, motives, period structure, etc.) and by writing melodies, voice leading exercises (including species counterpoint exercises adapted to this period), and other short compositions that explore and demonstrate an understanding of the contrapuntal and harmonic practice from that period. These skills and concepts are generalized and adapted to the study of related musical dialects of other cultures and time periods: i.e., “Dixieland” and other early jazz and improvisatory styles; and African, African-American, and European traditional and popular music styles of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUS 1101. | Back to top

MUS 1127. Marching Band (I; 1) — Preparation of band pageants for appearances at football games and in parades. Students not only perform, but also gain an appreciation for the rich marching band tradition at historically African-American colleges and universities. Music education majors are encouraged to arrange music and chart marching drills for the band. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1128. Concert Band (II; 1) — An organization which studies and performs representative works from the concert band literature, including Western and non-Western music, with an emphasis on standard repertory, and an emphasis on African and African-American music. Open to all University students. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1129. Robeson Winds (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of classical literature for small wind ensembles. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1131. University Choir (I, II; 1) — An organization which studies and performs representative masterworks from Western and non-Western music (with emphasis on standard repertory and on African and African-American literature). Required of all music majors with a vocal emphasis. Open to all University students. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1140. Music Appreciation (I, II; 3) — An introduction to the elements of music; development of intelligent listening with emphasis on the popular music of today; a brief introduction to music styles of the past. Previous training in music not required. | Back to top

MUS 1151. Piano Class I (I; 1) — Elementary keyboard technique, five-finger patterns, basic chord patterns, major and minor scales, beginning Hanon and Bartok; fundamentals of notation, harmonization, transposition, sight reading, by ear tunes, triads and inversions; full chords and inversions; accompaniment patterns; repertory from each of the following: baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary. Three classes per week. | Back to top

MUS 1152. Piano Class II (II; 1) — Continuation of elementary keyboard technique, five-finger patterns, basic chord patterns, major and minor scales, beginning Hanon and Bartok; fundamentals of notation, harmonization, transposition, sight reading, by-ear tunes, triads and inversions; full chords and inversions; accompaniment patterns; repertory from each of the following: baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary. Three classes per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1151. | Back to top

MUS 1157. University Singers (I, II; 1) — Choral ensemble of 20 to 30 selected voices. Study and performance of significant literature from Renaissance through contemporary styles. Study and performance of selected works by Black composers. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1167. String Ensemble (On demand; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of string ensemble literature of all periods and a number of cultures, including Western and non-Western music (with emphasis on standard repertory and on African and African-American music). Open to all University students. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1177. Woodwind Ensemble (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of woodwind ensemble literature of all periods and a number of cultures, including Western and non-Western music (with emphasis on standard repertory and on African and African-American music). Open to all University students. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1178. Brass Ensemble (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of brass ensemble literature of all periods and a number of cultures, including Western and non-Western music (with emphasis on standard repertory and on African and African-American music). Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1179. Percussion Ensemble (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of aural and written percussion ensemble literature of all periods and a number of cultures, including Western and non-Western music (with an emphasis on standard repertory and on African and African American music). Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1187. Jazz Ensemble (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of jazz literature. Required of all jazz studies majors. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1501, 1502. Principal Applied - Voice (I, II; 2-4) — Development of vocal technique; proper command of posture, carriage, and breathing; improved ability in diction, resonance, and dynamics. Vocalizes by Baccar, Marzo, Concone and others; English song literature, folk songs, old Italian arias, simple oratorio. A German lieder and French art songs; simple operatic arias; art songs by Black composers, continued study of English songs. One-hour lesson per week and one hour laboratory period (Voice Studio Class) per week. | Back to top

MUS 1503, 1504. Secondary Applied - Voice (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1521, 1522. Principal Applied - Piano (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Major and minor scales and arpeggios for one octave; Pischna studies; Bach Little Preludes and Fugues, short works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok, or Prokofiev; pieces from advanced repertoire, if the student has the facility and background. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1523, 1524. Secondary Applied - Piano (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1531, 1532. Principal Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in all major and minor keys, including Klose, Lazarus and other representative and appropriate repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1533, 1534. Secondary Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1541, 1542. Principal Applied - Percussion (I, II; 2-4) — Scales, rudiments and studies of Harr, Schinstine, Yoder, Rothman, Cook, Stevens, and Stone; representative repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1543, 1544. Secondary Applied - Percussion (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1551, 1552. Principal Applied - Guitar (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in fundamentals of guitar. Major scales in all positions. II, V, I progressions in major and minor keys. Repertoire from Ellington, Parker, and others. One one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1553, 1554. Secondary Applied - Guitar (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1561, 1562. Principal Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Fundamentals of bass playing, scales, technique, and standard jazz repertoire. | Back to top

MUS 1563, 1564. Secondary Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1571, 1572. Principal Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Studies in all major and minor keys-Arbans, Reinhardt, etc. Representative approach repertoire. | Back to top

MUS 1573, 1574. Secondary Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1581, 1582. Principal Applied - Trombone (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in all major and minor keys — Arbans, Reinhardt, etc. Representative approach repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1583, 1584. Secondary Applied - Trombone (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1591, 1592. Principal Applied - Tuba (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in all major and minor keys — Arbans, Reinhardt, etc. Representative approach repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1593, 1594. Secondary Applied - Tuba (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1601, 1602. Principal Applied - French Horn (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in all major and minor keys. Representative approach repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1603, 1604. Secondary Applied - French Horn (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1611, 1612. Principal Applied - Oboe (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in all major and minor keys. Representative approach repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. | Back to top

MUS 1613, 1614. Secondary Applied - Oboe (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 1621, 1622. Principal Applied - Strings (I, II; 2-4) — Major and minor scales and arpeggios, technical studies of Sevick, Wohlfart, Kayser, Mazas or Donte, and selected works from the literature for violin. A one- hour lesson per week and practice as required. | Back to top

MUS 1623, 1624. Secondary Applied - Strings (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2201. Music Theory III (I; 5) — The objective of this course sequence (MUS 2201 and 2202) is the further development of a student’s musical literacy. Students continue the study of the basics of music theory to increase their skill, speed and mastery. Aural organizational skills are further developed through sight singing, dictation, and improvisational exercises that include chromaticism, chromatic harmony, modulation (to closely and distantly related keys), and atonality. The Western European compositional practices of the years 1800 through the early twentieth century are studied through the analysis (labeling of melodic and harmonic structures, modulations, etc.; and analysis of contrapuntal harmonic structures and forms) of representative compositions. Students write melodies, voice-leading exercises (including counterpoint), and other short compositions to explore and demonstrate an understanding of the contrapuntal and harmonic practice of the above-mentioned period. These skills and concepts are generalized and adapted to the study of related musical dialects from other cultures and time periods: i.e., jazz from 1940-1970, and African and African-American traditional and popular music traditions. Prerequisite: MUS 1102. | Back to top

MUS 2202. Music Theory IV (II; 5) — The objective of this course sequence (MUS 2201 and 2202) is the further development of a student’s musical literacy. Students continue the study of the basics of music theory to increase their skill, speed, and mastery. Aural organizational skills are further developed through sight singing, dictation, and improvisational exercises that include chromaticism, chromatic harmony, modulation (to closely and distantly related keys), and atonality. The Western European compositional practices of the years 1800 through the early twentieth century are studied through the analysis (labeling of melodic and harmonic structures, modulations, etc.; and analysis of contrapuntal harmonic structures and forms) of representative compositions. Students write melodies, voice-leading exercises (including counterpoint), and other short compositions to explore and demonstrate an understanding of the contrapuntal and harmonic practice of the abovementioned period. These skills and concepts are generalized and adapted to the study of related musical dialects from other cultures and time periods: i.e., jazz from 1940-1970, and African and African-American traditional and popular music traditions. Prerequisite: MUS 2201. | Back to top

MUS 2210. Jazz Band Lab (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of jazz literature. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2215. Music for Early Childhood Education (I; 2) — This course is designed to provide the early childhood teacher with an overview of the purposes and content of early childhood music programs. Topics include the nature of early musical responses, objectives, experience levels of the program, methods of teaching and materials. Observation of and participation in music teaching in early childhood centers are included in coursework. Not open to music majors for credit. | Back to top

MUS 2226. String Class (II; 2) — Techniques and fundamental problems in playing violin, viola, cello, and string bass: position, fingering and bowing. Four classes per week. | Back to top

MUS 2228. Brass Class (I; 2) — Techniques and fundamental problems in playing brass instruments. Principles of intonation, fingering, breathing, embouchure, and transposition. | Back to top

MUS 2229. Percussion Class (II; 2) — Techniques and fundamental problems in playing percussion instruments. | Back to top

MUS 2230. Voice Class (II; 2) — Study of fundamental voice elements, and development of elementary skills designed particularly for music education majors; problems of the unchanged, changing, and mature voice. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor (if student is not music major). | Back to top

MUS 2231. Woodwind Class I (I; 2) — Techniques and fundamental problems in playing woodwind instruments. Principles of intonation, fingering, breathing, and embouchure are studied. Emphasis on clarinet and saxophone. | Back to top

MUS 2232. Woodwind Class II (II; 2) — Continuation of study from Woodwind Class I. Emphasis on flute and double reeds. Prerequisite: MUS 2231. | Back to top

MUS 2233. History of Jazz (I, II; 3) — This course follows the development of jazz from its roots to the present day. Includes study of ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Chicago jazz, swing, bebop, hard-bop, fusion, free jazz and current trends. Special emphasis on the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. | Back to top

MUS 2236. Computer Music Technology (II; 2) —The use of music computer software such as Finale for the production of music and music printing, basics of MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) and music sequencing programs will also be introduced. | Back to top

MUS 2251. Piano Class III (I; 1) — Elementary keyboard technique, five-finger patterns, basic chord patterns, major and minor scales, beginning Hanon and Bartok; fundamentals of notation and harmonization; transposition; sight-reading, by-ear tunes, triads, and inversions; full chords and inversions; accompaniment patterns; repertory from each of the following: baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary. Three classes per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1151. | Back to top

MUS 2252. Piano Class IV (II; 1) — Major and minor scales; tonic and dominant seventh arpeggios; basic cadential patterns; harmonization; improvisation; sight reading; vocal score reading; triads and inversions; full chords and inversions; accompaniment patterns; repertory from each of the following: baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary. Three classes per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2251. | Back to top

MUS 2262. Jazz Workshop (I, II; 1) — Emphasis on small group playing. Advanced improvisational problems and group dynamics. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2271. Jazz Keyboard Harmony I (I; 2) — Major modes, diatonic sevenths, chord extensions, and altered dominants as applied to the keyboard. Keyboard practice in shell voicing, II-V-I’s, the blues progression, and turnarounds. | Back to top

MUS 2272. Jazz Keyboard Harmony II (II; 2) — Four and five-note voicing; tritone substitution; application of jazz keyboard techniques to standard repertoire. | Back to top

MUS 2280. Introduction to Music Education (I; 3) — This course covers music education at the pre- kindergarten through secondary levels. Topics include history and philosophy of music education; influences of philosophies of general education past and present; issues relevant to music education in pre-kindergarten through secondary education; the objective and structure of school music programs at various levels; and the relationship to school structures at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, and secondary levels. Directed classroom observations in pre-schools and elementary schools will be offered. | Back to top

MUS 2501, 2502. Principal Applied - Voice (I, II; 2-4) — Technical studies; improvement in dynamics and range; studies in coloratura; oratorio arias by J. S. Bach, Handel, and Haydn; songs by Mozart and Gluck; German lieder and French art songs; simple operatic arias; art songs by Black composers; and continued study of English songs. One-hour lesson per week and one hour laboratory period (Voice Studio Class) per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1502. | Back to top

MUS 2503, 2504. Secondary Applied - Voice (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2521, 2522. Principal Applied - Piano (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Major and minor scales; arpeggios in faster tempo; Bach French suites; three-part inventions; sonatas by Scarlatti, Haydn, and Mozart; a Beethoven sonata movement; Brahms Intermezzo; impressionistic and modern works; and advanced works. Prerequisite: MUS 1522. | Back to top

MUS 2523, 2524. Secondary Applied - Piano (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2531, 2532. Principal Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, and repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1532. | Back to top

MUS 2533, 2534. Secondary Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2541, 2542. Principal Applied - Percussion (I, II; 2-4) — Continuation of MUS 1542. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1542. | Back to top

MUS 2543, 2544. Secondary Applied - Percussion (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2551, 2552. Principal Applied - Guitar (I, II; 2-4) — One-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1552. | Back to top

MUS 2553, 2554. Secondary Applied - Guitar (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2561, 2562. Principal Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1562. | Back to top

MUS 2563, 2564. Secondary Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2571, 2572. Principal Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Technique from Arbans, Reinhardt, etc. Representative approach repertoire. Continued study of tone production, scales, tonguing with various articulations, and repertory. Prerequisite: MUS 1572. | Back to top

MUS 2573, 2574. Secondary Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2581, 2582. Principal Applied - Trombone (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, tonguing with various articulations, and repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1582. | Back to top

MUS 2583, 2584. Secondary Applied - Trombone (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2591, 2592. Principal Applied - Tuba (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, tonguing with various articulations, and repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1592. | Back to top

MUS 2593, 2594. Secondary Applied - Tuba (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2601, 2602. Principal Applied - French Horn (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, tonguing with various articulations, and repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1602. | Back to top

MUS 2603, 2604. Secondary Applied - French Horn (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2611, 2612. Principal Applied - Oboe (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, and repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1612. | Back to top

MUS 2613, 2614. Secondary Applied - Oboe (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 2621, 2622. Principal Applied - Strings (I, II; 2-4) — Continued development of major and minor scales and arpeggios, technical studies of Sevick, Wohlfart, Kayser, Mazas or Donte, and selected works from the literature for violin. A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Prerequisite: MUS 1622. | Back to top

MUS 2623, 2624. Secondary Applied - Strings (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3301. Diction for Singers (On demand; 2) — Study of phonetics as related to singing in Italian, French, and German. | Back to top

MUS 3311. Jazz Composition and Arranging I (I; 3) — Study of chord, scale, and voicing concepts in the jazz idiom with application to composing for the small jazz combo (1-4 horns). Composing in standard forms such as blues, AABA, and rhythm changes. | Back to top

MUS 3312. Jazz Composition and Arranging II (II; 3) — Analysis of modern compositions by Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and others. Writing for the big band including close position, open position, shout choruses, and full ensemble. | Back to top

MUS 3340. African Ethnomusicology (II; 2) — Area studies from a socio-historical perspective. Students will examine African music in its cultural context, listen to and analyze various African musical styles in the global context, and do independent research and presentations. Prerequisite: MUS 1140. | Back to top

MUS 3341. Conducting Fundamentals and Practice (I; 2) — The introduction and study of score reading and of fundamental conducting techniques: basic beat patterns, baton techniques, cueing entrances, up beats, independence of the hands, instrument and voice ranges, clef reading, transpositions, etc. The student will develop a clear and concise conducting technique and will begin to study the communication of musical expression through eye contact and appropriate hand gestures, rehearsal, and score preparation skills and techniques. Wind ensemble, band, choral, and orchestral literature is studied, analyzed, and prepared for performance. Leadership skills appropriate for working with elementary, secondary; college and professional ensembles are discussed and developed. Prerequisite: MUS 2202. | Back to top

MUS 3342. Advanced Choral Conducting (I; 2) — Students develop and demonstrate advanced conducting, rehearsal, and score preparation skills and techniques. Choral literature is studied, analyzed, and prepared for performance. Students will have the opportunity to conduct one of the University’s choirs. Prerequisite: MUS 3341. | Back to top

MUS 3343. Advanced Instrumental Conducting (II; 2) — Students develop and demonstrate advanced conducting, rehearsal, and score preparation skills and techniques. Wind ensemble, band, choral, and orchestral literature is studied, analyzed, and prepared for performance. Students will have the opportunity to conduct one of the University’s ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 3341. | Back to top

MUS 3375. Band and Orchestra Literature and Arranging (II; 4) — This course involves exposure to the graded performance literature appropriate for school instrumental groups of all sizes in grades 5 through 12; the various ensemble training materials available for school groups; and appropriate solo and training literature for teaching individual performers. Students learn to write, arrange, and score music for wind ensemble, concert band, and orchestra. Instrument ranges, characteristics, idiosyncrasies, and technical difficulties are studied. Articulations, bowings, tempo indications, dynamics and other appropriate descriptors of phrasing and expression are learned and applied in the production of musical scores. Piano scores are analyzed as to form, content, and expression; arrangements for large ensembles are produced that are musically and aesthetically faithful to the composer’s original intentions. Prerequisites: All instrument classes except Advanced Instrument Conducting. | Back to top

MUS 3376. Instrumental Methods (II; 2) — This course involves methods and techniques of teaching instrumental music for grades 5 through 12, and methods and techniques for organizing, developing, and financing school instrumental groups for grades 5 through 12. Other topics include classroom management skills; interpersonal relationships; evaluation of students; and use of appropriate media with instrumental groups. Field-based/clinical activities will be offered. Prerequisite: Pass Praxis I; All instrument classes or permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3379. Music Methods and Materials: Elementary — Field-Based Experiences (I; 1) — This is the field-based/ clinical experience component of the elementary methods and materials class. Includes actual observations and hands-on experiences of the total contemporary music educational program in area public schools. FBEs enable students to develop and to gain a sense of the full range of teacher responsibilities that is consistent with NASM and NCATE standards. Co-requisite: MUS 3380; Prerequisites: MUS 2280; Pass Praxis I. | Back to top

MUS 3380. Music Methods and Materials for Music Majors: Elementary (I; 2) — This course offers practical experience with various methods and materials at the pre-kindergarten and elementary levels; experiences with fretted instruments; multicultural content; music classroom management skills; interpersonal skills; reading in the content area; evaluation of students; media appropriate for teaching elementary music; and field-based/clinical experiences. Co-requisites: MUS 3379; Prerequisites: MUS 2280; Pass Praxis I. | Back to top

MUS 3381. Music History I (I; 3) — This course traces the beginnings of music in antiquity through the development of medieval monophony and polyphony, Burgundian and Renaissance techniques and composers, the influence of the reformation on Music, and the Baroque era (in both instrumental and vocal music). Prerequisite: MUS 2202, ENG 1102. | Back to top

MUS 3382. Music History II (II; 3) — The course continues the study of the history of music, beginning with the rise of the classical era and composers of the first Viennese School, and continuing through Romanticism into the modern era (including twentieth century composers and techniques). Prerequisites: MUS 2202; MUS 3381. | Back to top

MUS 3386. Area Studies in Ethnomusicology (I; 2) — A socio-anthropological study of African-American music in the diaspora and the resulting genres, styles, and forms of musical expression that developed from the synthesis of African and Western musical traditions. The course begins with fundamental ethnomusicology theory and methodology as applied to the study of non-Western music. Prerequisite: MUS 2251. | Back to top

MUS 3391. Jazz Improvisation I (I; 2) — Study of chord and scale concepts used in the jazz idiom. Emphasis on modes of the major scale, diatonic seventh chords in major and minor, the blues progression and scale, development of II-V techniques, and dominant chord scales. | Back to top

MUS 3392. Jazz Improvisation II (II; 2) — Development of standard repertoire from the bebop era. Advanced improvisational techniques including use of pentatonic, scales in fourths, and melodic minor modes. Emphasis on post-bebop styles for the second part of the semester. | Back to top

MUS 3395. Chamber Music (On demand; 1) — Two one-hour studio sessions per week with chamber music coach. Each student will learn and perform in recital at least one selection from the standard chamber music repertoire. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3397. Junior Recital and Research (I, II, III; 3) — Required for B.M. in Performance degree only. Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3501, 3502. Principal Applied - Voice (I, II; 2-4) — Stability and consistent quality in the upper and lower vocal registers. Continuation of advanced German lieder and French art songs; simple art songs by Black composers; operatic arias; contemporary songs; Russian songs to be sung in English. One-hour lesson per week and one hour laboratory period (Voice Studio Class) per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2502. | Back to top

MUS 3503, 3504. Secondary Applied - Voice (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3521, 3522. Principal Applied - Piano (I, II, 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. All major and white key (harmonic and melodic) scales, 3 octaves, metronome 108 in quarter, eighth, and triplet notes; all major and minor triad arpeggios and dominant and diminished seventh chord arpeggios, 3 octaves, metronome 108 in quarter, eights, and triplet notes; 3 pieces from the standard repertoire per semester. Prerequisites: MUS 2522 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 3523, 3524. Secondary Applied - Piano (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3531, 3532. Principal Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2532. | Back to top

MUS 3533, 3534. Secondary Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3541, 3542. Principal Applied - Percussion (I, II; 2-4) — Continuation of MUS 2542. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2522. | Back to top

MUS 3543, 3544. Secondary Applied - Percussion (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3551, 3552. Principal Applied - Guitar (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2552. | Back to top

MUS 3553, 3554. Secondary Applied - Guitar (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3561, 3562. Principal Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2562. | Back to top

MUS 3563, 3564. Secondary Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3571, 3572. Principal Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Technique from Arbans, Reinhardt, etc. Representative approach repertoire. Continued study of tone production, scales, tonguing with various articulations; repertory. Prerequisite: MUS 2572. | Back to top

MUS 3573, 3574. Secondary Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3581, 3582. Principal Applied - Trombone (I, II; 2-4) — Continued emphasis on legato study and breath control, more advanced technical studies, and scales — Williams, Arbans, etc. — or equivalent repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2582. | Back to top

MUS 3583, 3584. Secondary Applied - Trombone (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for nonmajors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3591, 3592. Principal Applied - Tuba (I, II; 2-4) — Continued emphasis on legato study and breath control, more advanced technical studies, and scales — Williams, Arbans, etc. — or equivalent repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2592. | Back to top

MUS 3593, 3594. Secondary Applied - Tuba (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3601, 3602. Principal Applied - French Horn (I, II; 2-4) — Continued emphasis on legato study and breathe control, more advanced technical studies, scales, and repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2602. | Back to top

MUS 3603, 3604. Secondary Applied - French Horn (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3611, 3612. Principal Applied - Oboe (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2612. | Back to top

MUS 3613, 3614. Secondary Applied - Oboe (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3621, 3622. Principal Applied - Strings (I, II; 2-4) — One-hour lesson per week. Prerequisite: MUS 2622. | Back to top

MUS 3623, 3624. Secondary Applied - Strings (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 3750. Opera Workshop (II; 1) – Solo and ensemble study of singer-actor techniques through performance of opera and musical theatre works. Primarily for junior and senior vocal music majors. Open to all University students, including those skilled in theatrical technology, design, operation, costuming, properties, make-up, visual media, and promotion. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4341. Form and Analysis (I; 2) — Students develop and demonstrate labeling and analytical techniques that are appropriate for the study of the disparate contrapuntal and harmonic structures found in four periods of Western music: baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth century. The analytical techniques are adapted to the study of a representative sample of the music of other cultures, and of a representative sample of Western music before 1600. Students will write critical analyses of several extended compositions. Prerequisite: MUS 2202. | Back to top

MUS 4342. Counterpoint (II; 2) — The art of combining melodies in the style of 18th century tonal counterpoint using a specially adapted species of counterpoint pedagogy. Prerequisite: MUS 2202. | Back to top

MUS 4400. Studies in Pedagogy (On demand; 2) — An individualized study of the pedagogical materials and techniques used in a student’s principal applied area. Topics include: textbook evaluations, current periodicals, group and private lessons, standard technique and repertoire, and the business aspects of music teaching as a profession. | Back to top

MUS 4427. Small Ensemble (I, II; 1) — Two one-hour studio classes per week with the chamber music coach. Each student will learn and perform a student recital of at least one piece from the standard chamber music repertoire. Pieces learned will depend on the instrument of those who register. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4428. Steel Band (I, II; 1) — An organization devoted to the study and performance of the music of the Caribbean Islands on the steel drums. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4476. Choral Methods (I; 2) — The course involves in-depth learning methods and techniques in teaching secondary choral groups; organizing school choral groups; classroom management skills; interpersonal skills; and evaluating vocal performance (solo, ensemble, and choral). Field-based/clinical experiences will be provided. Prerequisites: MUS 2230 and MUS 3342. | Back to top

MUS 4477. Choral Literature and Arranging (II; 2) — The course involves the study of literature for individual voices, small ensembles, and large ensembles appropriate for secondary choral programs; study of appropriate training materials for secondary choral groups; and basic arranging skills of music appropriate for secondary choral groups. Prerequisites: MUS 2230 and MUS 3342. | Back to top

MUS 4479. Music Methods and Materials: Secondary — Field-Based Experiences (II; 1) — The field- based/clinical experiences component of the secondary methods and materials class. Includes actual observations and hands-on experiences of the total contemporary music educational program in area public schools. FBEs enable students to develop and to gain a sense of the full range of teacher responsibilities that is consistent with NASM and NCATE standards. Co-requisite: MUS 4480; Prerequisites: MUS 2280; Pass Praxis I. | Back to top

MUS 4480. Music Methods and Materials for Music Majors: Secondary (II; 2) — This course involves the study of methods, materials and organization of secondary nonperforming music programs with a brief overview of choral programs. Other topics will include music classroom management techniques; interpersonal skills; evaluation of students; reading in the content area; and appropriate media for non- performing music classes. Field-based/clinical experiences will be provided. Co-requisites: MUS 4479; Prerequisites: MUS 2280; Pass Praxis I. | Back to top

MUS 4490. Recording Studio Practicum (II; 3) — Seniors in the jazz studies major learn basic recording techniques to produce a jazz recording of their own performance. Along with Senior Recital, this is a capstone experience for jazz studies majors. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4495. Senior Recital (I, II; 0) — Capstone experience for all Principal Applied sequences. Must pass full faculty hearing two weeks prior to performance date. | Back to top

MUS 4497. Senior Recital and Research (I, II; 3) — Required for capstone experience for B.M. in Performance degree only. Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4501, 4502. Principal Applied - Voice (I, II; 2-4) — Stability and consistent quality in the upper and lower vocal registers. Continuation of advanced German lieder and French art songs; simple art songs by Black composers; operatic arms; contemporary songs; Russian songs to be sung in English. One-hour lesson per week and one hour laboratory period (Voice Studio Class) per week. Prerequisites: MUS 3502 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4503, 4504. Secondary Applied - Voice (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4521, 4522. Principal Applied - Piano (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Completion of Beethoven sonata; Bach well-tempered clavier, Vol. 1; Chopin etudes, polonaises, recital preparation. Note: Works of quality and grade of difficulty comparable to the titles listed may be substituted. Prerequisites: MUS 3522 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4523, 4524. Secondary Applied - Piano (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4531, 4532. Principal Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 2-4) — Studies in all major and minor keys — Klose, Lazarus and other representative appropriate repertoire. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisites: MUS 3532 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4533, 4534. Secondary Applied - Woodwinds (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4541, 4542. Principal Applied - Percussion (I, II; 2-4) — Continuation of MUS 3542. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisites: MUS 3542 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4543, 4544. Secondary Applied - Percussion (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4551, 4552. Principal Applied - Guitar (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisites: MUS 3552 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4553, 4554. Secondary Applied - Guitar (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4561, 4562. Principal Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisites: MUS 3562 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4563, 4564. Secondary Applied - Jazz Bass (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4571, 4572. Principal Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Technique from Arbans, Reinhardt, etc. Representative approach repertoire. Continued study of tone production, scales, tonguing with various articulations; repertory. Prerequisites: MUS 3572 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4573, 4574. Secondary Applied - Trumpet (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4581, 4582. Principal Applied - Trombone (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Preparation of Senior Recital repertoire. Prerequisites: MUS 3582 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4583, 4584. Secondary Applied - Trombone (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4591, 4592. Principal Applied - Tuba (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Senior Recital preparation. Prerequisites: MUS 3592 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4593, 4594. Secondary Applied - Tuba (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4601, 4602. Principal Applied - French Horn (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week. Continued development of technique and repertoire. Preparation of Senior Recital repertoire. Prerequisites: MUS 3602 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4603, 4604. Secondary Applied - French Horn (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4611, 4612. Principal Applied - Oboe (I, II; 2-4) — Continued study of tone production, scales, repertory. A one-hour lesson per week. Prerequisites: MUS 3612 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4613, 4614. Secondary Applied - Oboe (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top

MUS 4621, 4622. Principal Applied - Strings (I, II; 2-4) — A one-hour lesson per week and practice as required. Preparation of Senior Recital repertoire. Prerequisites: MUS 3622 and completion of Junior Recital. | Back to top

MUS 4623, 4624. Secondary Applied - Strings (I, II; 1) — One thirty-minute lesson per week and practice as required. Technique and repertoire appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. | Back to top


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