Music (MUS)

College of Liberal Studies
School of Arts and Communication
Department Chair: Greg Balfany
242 Center for the Arts,
(608)785-8419
email: balfany.greg@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/Music

Professors: Balfany, Frye, C., Pinnell, Walth;
Associate Professors: Kelly, T., Ritterling, Tollefson, Mary;
Assistant Professors: Fisher;
Lecturers: Brown, T., Phipps, Quinn;
Visiting Associate Professor: Rusterholz, P.

Music Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs – Auditions required) Students enrolling in this major must complete the music major core requirements and one or more areas of emphasis. Students enrolling in teacher licensure emphases must also complete teacher education requirements.

Music major core requirements -

25 credits –  MUS 201, 202, 235, 236, 237, 238, 301, 302, 335, 336, 337, 338; successful completion of concert attendance.

— Performance Emphasis

    37 credits including music core requirements; applied music: six credits in a single applied area, at least three credits must be taken at the 300 level and one at the 400 level; MUS 480 (two credits); music electives: four credits; six semesters of participation in large ensembles.

— Music History Emphasis

    37 credits, including music core requirements; applied music: six credits in a single applied area, at least two credits must be taken at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level; music electives: four credits to be chosen from MUS 305, 403, 407; MUS 480 (two credits); six semesters of participation in large ensembles.

— Music Theory Emphasis

    37 credits, including music core requirements; MUS 149, 480 (two credits); applied music: six credits in a single applied area, at least two credits must be taken at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level; music electives: three credits to be chosen from MUS 432, 437, 439, 480; six semesters of participation in large ensembles.

— Jazz Performance Emphasis

    37 credits, including music core requirements; applied music: six credits in a single applied area, at least three credits must be taken at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level; music electives: six credits to be chosen from MUS 209, 326, 327, 480.

— Piano Pedagogy Emphasis

    37 credits, including music core requirements; applied music: six credits in applied piano, at least two credits must be taken at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level; MUS 480 (two credits); MUS 351 and 352; six semesters of participation in ensembles, including two semesters of large ensemble.

— Music Theatre Emphasis

    37 credits, including music core requirements; applied music: six credits in applied voice, at least three credits must be taken at the 300 level or above and one credit at the 400 level; MUS 310; music electives, three credits at the 300 level or above; six semesters of participation in ensembles. Students enrolling in this major must enroll as a Theatre Minor: Music Theatre Emphasis.

Music Education Major

(Teacher Certification Programs)

— General Music Emphasis

(Early Childhood through Adolescence licensure) — 62 credits – music core requirements; MUS 149, 211, 212, 213, 263, 308, 321, 322; CI 307, 371; applied music (see list on page 213): six credits must include two credits at the 300 level (any voice or instrument), two credits of MUS 243 or MUS 343; MUS 341 or MUS 349; large ensembles: six credits to be selected from MUS 151, 153, 155, 157, 159, 163, 167; small ensembles: two credits; electives: two credits. Additional teacher education requirements are listed here.

Note: 
Students must complete MUS 149 with a grade of “B” or higher prior to student teaching.

— Choral Music Emphasis

(Early Childhood through Adolescence licensure) — 61 credits – music core requirements; MUS 149, 211, 212, 213, 263, 318, 321, 322, 349; CI 306; applied music: six credits MUS 343 (two credits), and MUS 443; large ensembles: six credits from MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 (two credits must be from MUS 153 and/or 167); small ensembles: two credits; electives: five credits. Additional teacher education requirements are listed here.

Note: 
Students must complete MUS 149 with a grade of “B” or higher and successfully complete the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) prior to student teaching.

— Instrumental Music Emphasis

(Early Childhood through Adolescence licensure) — 61 credits – music core requirements; MUS 149, 211, 263, 316, 320; CI 308; applied music: six credits in one instrument, including at least two at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level; large ensembles: six credits from MUS 151, 154, 155, 163; small ensembles: two credits; electives: three credits. Technique classes: students in the instrumental emphasis must take eight credits of technique courses. Technique courses will be determined by the student’s performance instrument and desired teaching area. See below for specific requirements. Additional teacher education requirements are listed here.

Note: 
Students must complete MUS 149 with a grade of “B” or higher and successfully complete the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) prior to student teaching.

Performance Instrument and Teaching Area

(applicable to music education major, instrumental music emphasis)

— Woodwind and Brass — Band

    Four credits of woodwind and brass techniques, omitting major instrument; one credit marching band and jazz ensembles techniques, one credit of string techniques; two credits of percussion techniques.

— Woodwind and Brass — Orchestra

    Two credits of string techniques; one credit orchestra techniques; two credits of percussion techniques; three credits of brass and woodwind techniques, omitting major instrument.

— String — Band

    Two credits of percussion techniques; one credit of marching band and jazz ensemble techniques; and five credits of brass and woodwind techniques.

— String — Orchestra

    Two credits of woodwind techniques; two credits of brass techniques; two credits of percussion techniques; one credit of string techniques, omitting major instrument; one credit of orchestra techniques.

— Percussion — Band

    Five credits of brass and woodwind techniques; two credits of string techniques; and one credit of marching band and jazz ensembles techniques.

— Percussion — Orchestra

    Five credits of brass and woodwind techniques; two credits of string techniques; and one credit of orchestration techniques.

Music Minor

(All colleges — auditions required) — 25 credits – MUS 201, 202, 235, 236, 237, 238, 301, 302; applied music: four credits in voice or one instrument; electives: four credits; four semesters of participation in large ensembles.

Note: 
Teaching certification is not granted for minor only.

Music Theatre Minor

(open to theatre major: music theatre emphasis students only) 22 credits – MUS 235, 236, 237, 238, 308; applied music: four credits in voice; four credits in ESS 100: music theatre and tap are required. Remaining two credits may be chosen from Ballet, Jazz and Modern. Three credits in Music Theatre Practicum THA 360. Four semesters of participation in ensembles. Students enrolling in this minor must be theater major: music theater emphasis.

Large Ensembles

(Open to students in all schools and colleges within the university with consent of instructor) —one credit per semester. A maximum of six credits may be earned in large ensembles toward a music major.

— MUS 151 Screaming Eagles Marching Band
— MUS 153 Concert Choir
— MUS 154 Symphonic Band
— MUS 155 Orchestra
— MUS 157 Mannerchor
— MUS 159 Women’s Chorus
— MUS 163 Wind Symphony
— MUS 167 Choral Union

Small Ensembles

(Open to students in all schools and colleges within the university with consent of instructor) — one credit per semester. Prerequisite: current enrollment in MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 (if choral or general music education major), MUS 151, 155, 163 (if instrumental or general music education major). A maximum of two credits earned in small ensembles may be applied toward the music major.

— MUS 152 Opera Workshop
— MUS 161 Ensembles
— MUS 165 Jazz Ensemble I
— MUS 166 Jazz Ensemble II
— MUS 168 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
— MUS 169 Chamber Choir

Students who register for credit in music organizations are required to register in the same manner and within the time limits established for registration in all other courses.

Applied Music

Applied music courses are open to music majors and minors. Other students may audition to take applied music courses on a space-available basis and must pay an applied music fee for private instruction.

Students with little or no formal training should enroll in 100 level courses. Placement in intermediate (200 level) and advanced (300 level) courses is determined by audition. Students enrolled in 200 or 300 level courses will perform for a Music Department jury at the close of each semester of instruction. Students enrolled in recital-level courses (400 level) will present a public recital. Students enrolled in 200 and 300 level courses take one (one-half hour) private lesson per week and will also meet for one class lesson per week. Students may enroll in a maximum of two applied areas each semester (100 level courses are excluded from this total.) All applied music courses are for one credit.

A music major may enroll for a maximum of nine semesters in a single applied area without paying an extra fee. Of those nine semesters, only six may be earned at the 200 level. A music minor may enroll for a maximum of four semesters in an applied music area without paying a fee. Generally, after receiving permission to register for applied music, as student may register for the course and pay only tuition for the credit. However, there are some conditions which require a student to pay a special fee in addition to tuition.

— MUS 143 Class Voice
— MUS 241 Private Piano
— MUS 243 Private Voice
— MUS 245 Private Instrument
— MUS 341 Private Piano
— MUS 343 Private Voice
— MUS 345 Private Instrument
— MUS 441 Piano Recital
— MUS 443 Voice Recital
— MUS 445 Private Instrument Recital
— MUS 451 Piano Performance Emphasis Recital
— MUS 453 Vocal Performance Emphasis Recital
— MUS 455 Instrumental Performance Emphasis Recital
— MUS 461 Piano Jazz Performance Emphasis Recital
— MUS 463 Vocal Jazz Performance Emphasis Recital
— MUS 465 Instrumental Jazz Performance Emphasis Recital


+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


+ MUS 105 Cr. 2 Music Appreciation

The Western classical tradition. A survey of the forms and styles within each period since the Baroque. Emphasis on the content of specific masterpieces to enhance perceptive learning. Not open to students with credit in MUS 110. Not applicable to major or minor.

+ MUS 110 Cr. 3 The Listening Experience in Music

An introductory course to music listening, with emphasis on methods of perceiving and understanding musical information. Topics include factors in listening, recognition of musical elements and other concepts which contribute to aural perception, and understanding the influence of musical context. The course content will include representative examples of world music, compositions by women, and representative music from the Western classical tradition. Prerequisite: Not open to students with credit in MUS 105. Not applicable to major or minor. Offered occasionally.

MUS 143 Cr. 1 Class Voice

Applied course requiring little or no formal training. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered occasionally.

MUS 146 Cr. 1 Keyboard Competencies I

This course is designed to prepare students to use the piano as a functional vehicle of expression and as an accompanying instrument. Emphasis will be given to developing physical coordination of keyboard performance skills, building basic piano technique and basic keyboard theory, harmonizing melodies with given chord symbols and by ear, and reading simple piano literature in traditional music notation. Lect. 1, Lab. 1. Prerequisite: music major or minor or concurrent registration in MUS 235. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 147 Cr. 1 Keyboard Competencies II

This course is designed to prepare students to use the piano as a functional vehicle of expression and as an accompanying instrument. From performance level attained in Keyboard I, students will continue developing physical coordination of keyboard performance skills, building basic technique, applying keyboard theory and harmonizing melodies. Primary emphasis will be to increase performance ability at first sight through practice strategies, musical analysis and several pieces of piano literature. Lect. 1, Lab. 1. Prerequisite: MUS 146. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 148 Cr. 1 Keyboard Competencies III

This course is designed to prepare students to use the piano as a functional vehicle of expression and as an accompanying instrument. Having achieved basic piano technique and reading skills, the emphasis in this course will be to expand the use of the keyboard in practical music education contexts: accompaniments, multiple staff (score) reading and transposition. Students will have opportunities to articulate practice strategies and to assess performances. Practical situations which call for modification of the printed score will also be addressed. Lect. 1, Lab. 1. Prerequisite: MUS 147. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 149 Cr. 1 Keyboard Competencies IV

This course prepares music education students to address standards for keyboard competency as stipulated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. All activities in the course will be driven by practical situations in the classroom using keyboard skills. These skills include demonstration of keyboard technique (scales, chord progressions), folk song accompaniments, transposition of melodies to other keys, score reading (choral or instrumental ensembles) and performance of accompaniments with appropriate stylistic considerations. Lect. 1, Lab. 1. Prerequisite: MUS 148. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS  151 Cr. 1 Screaming Eagles Marching Band

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall.

MUS 152 Cr. 1 Opera Workshop

Small ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. Requires concurrent enrollment in a large ensemble (MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 if choral or general music ed major; MUS 151, 155, 163 if instrumental or general music ed major). A maximum of two credits in all small ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered occasionally.

MUS 153 Cr. 1 Concert Choir

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 154 Cr. 1 Symphonic Band

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Spring.

MUS 155 Cr. 1 Orchestra

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 157 Cr. 1 Mannerchoir

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall.

MUS 159 Cr. 1 Women’s Chorus

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 161 Cr. 1 Ensembles

Small ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. Requires concurrent enrollment in a large ensemble (MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 if choral or general music ed major; MUS 151, 155, 163 if instrumental or general music ed major). A maximum of two credits in all small ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 163 Cr. 1 Wind Symphony

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 165 Cr. 1 Jazz Ensemble I

Small ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. Requires concurrent enrollment in a large ensemble (MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 if choral or general music ed major; MUS 151, 155, 163 if instrumental or general music ed major). A maximum of two credits in all small ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 166 Cr. 1 Jazz Ensemble II

Small ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. Requires concurrent enrollment in a large ensemble (MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 if choral or general music ed major; MUS 151, 155, 163 if instrumental or general music ed major). A maximum of two credits in all small ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 167 Cr. 1 Choral Union

Large ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges and community members with consent of instructor. A maximum of six credits in all large ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS  168 Cr. 1 Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Small ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. Requires concurrent enrollment in a large ensemble (MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 if choral or general music ed major; MUS 151, 155, 163 if instrumental or general music ed major). A maximum of two credits in all small ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 169 Cr. 1 Chamber Choir

Small ensemble open to students in all schools and colleges with consent of instructor. Requires concurrent enrollment in a large ensemble (MUS 153, 157, 159, 167 if choral or general music ed major; MUS 151, 155, 163 if instrumental or general music ed major). A maximum of two credits in all small ensembles may be applied to music major. Offered occasionally.

+ MUS 201 Cr. 3 Musical Cultures

World music from a global perspective, celebrating both the similarities and differences of musical expressions. Exemplary artistic, folkloric, and popular music cultures of the world are compared to those of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. An introduction to hearing these expressions as cultural phenomena, using objective methods of study that lead to a general understanding of music by visual and aural analysis and by hearing music in its cultural context. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or MUS 110 or music major, minor. Offered Fall.

MUS 202 Cr. 2 Music History: 1600-1825

A study of music history and literature in the Western world from 1600-1825. Prerequisite: MUS 105, or 110, or 201. Offered Spring.

+  MUS 204 Cr. 3 Latin American Music: Its Context
and Impact

A survey of Latin American musical styles, their cultural contexts, and their impact in the U.S. An assessment of religious, artistic, and popular music, focusing on major schools and traditions in Latin America. The course develops from a geographical, chronological approach ranging from pre-Columbian to European and African manifestations in the 20 Latin American republics, with emphasis on the Hispanic domination. Then the course traces the U.S. impact of Mexicans in the southwest since the California missions, Puerto Ricans in New York, and Cubans in Miami; the inroads of Latin dances on jazz and rock. Offered occasionally.

+  MUS 209 Cr. 3 History of Jazz Culture

A chronological study of the history of jazz from its African/Creole roots to the present with emphasis on ethnic cultural contributions and innovations through listening and selected readings. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 211 Cr. 2 Basic Conducting

Development of the physical and mental skills necessary for accurate beat patterns, cueing, fermatas, cut-offs, accerlandos and ritardandos. Emphasis is placed on body posture, body language, eye contact, accurate tempos and dynamics. A basic knowledge of musical terms is required along with the ability to use them to teach the aesthetic qualities of music. Prerequisite: MUS 147 and 236. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 212 Cr. 1 Folk and Classroom Instruments I — Recorder and Autoharp

Concentration in development of skills necessary for the use of these instruments in the elementary and middle school classroom, including a variety of ways the instruments may be used to accompany singing as well as in solo capacities. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 213 Cr. 1 Folk and Classroom Instruments II — Guitar and Percussion

Concentration in development of skills necessary for the use of these instruments in the elementary and middle school classroom, including a variety of ways the instruments may be used to accompany singing as well as in solo capacities. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 214 Cr. 1 String Techniques I

Group instruction on violin/viola. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 215 Cr. 1 String Techniques II

Group instruction on cello and double bass. This course is designed to prepare students to perform and demonstrate on these instruments at a middle school ability level, teach and diagnose performance problems in elementary and secondary students, and present technical information and demonstrations on the care and maintenance of string instruments. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 220 Cr. 1 High Brass Techniques

Group instruction on trumpet/horn. Offered Spring even-numbered years.

MUS 221 Cr. 1 Low Brass Techniques

Group instruction on trombone/tuba. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 225 Cr. 1 Percussion Techniques I

Group lessons in snare, tympani and mallet instruments. Primarily for students preparing to teach instrumental music. Two periods per week. Offered Spring, odd years.

MUS 226 Cr. 1 Percussion Techniques II

Group lessons in mallets, Latin equipment and drum set. Primarily for students preparing to teach instrumental music. Two periods per week. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 227 Cr. 1 Woodwind Techniques I

Group instruction on clarinet. Primarily for students planning to teach instrumental music. Two periods per week. Offered Spring, even years.

MUS 228 Cr. 1 Woodwind Techniques II

Group instruction on oboe and flute. Primarily for students planning to teach instrumental music. Two periods per week. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 229 Cr. 1 Woodwind Techniques III

Group instruction on bassoon and saxophone. Primarily for students planning to teach instrumental music. Offered Spring, odd years.

MUS 231 Cr. 2 Elements of Music

Fundamentals of music. Basic vocabulary of music terms, symbols, elements needed for music reading, use of the voice, keyboard instruments, song flute, and autoharp. For elementary education majors. Credit for this course does not apply to a music major or minor. Offered occasionally.

MUS 235 Cr. 3 Music Theory I

Basic materials in music theory, rhythm, intervals, triads, harmony, modes. Introduction to four-part writing, and to the analysis of forms and styles. Keyboard harmony. Offered Fall.

MUS 236 Cr. 3 Music Theory II

Continuation of Music Theory I. Modulation, seventh chords and altered chords. Nonharmonic tones. Keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MUS 235 or equivalent. Offered Spring.

MUS 237 Cr. 1 Music Reading and Aural Skills I

Singing at sight and aural recognition (dictation) of scales and modes, intervals, diatonic melody involving tonic and dominant harmonies, rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meters; introduction to alto and tenor clefs. Prerequisite: concurrent registration in MUS 235. Two periods per week. Offered Fall.

MUS 238 Cr. 1 Music Reading and Aural Skills II

Continuation of MUS 237; subdominant harmonies, secondary dominant harmonies, secondary dominants, modulation to near-related keys, two-voice counterpoint, more complex rhythmic patterns involving syncopation and borrowed divisions of the beat. Prerequisite: successful completion of MUS 237 with a grade of “C” or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 236. Two periods per week. Offered Spring.

MUS 241 Cr. 1 Private Piano

Intermediate applied course requiring audition. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week; performance for music department jury at end of semester. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 243 Cr. 1 Private Voice

Intermediate applied course requiring audition. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week; performance for music department jury at end of semester. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 245 Cr. 1 Private Instrument

Intermediate applied course requiring audition. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week; performance for music department jury at end of semester. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 249 Cr. 1 Piano Sight-Reading

This course is intensely focused on reading piano music at sight. While the majority of the course provides opportunities to read/perform new music at sight, strategies to improve initial sight-reading skills will be given on a regular basis. Lect.1, lab.1 Prerequisite: MUS 149. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 263 Cr. 1 Introduction to Music Technology

This course introduces the basic principles of music production with recorders, mixers, microphones, synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, computers, video discs and CD ROM devices. It includes fundamental concepts in recording with analog and digital recorders, mixing, analog and digital synthesis, sampling and MIDI/computer applications for music sequencing, notation and education. Prerequisite: MUS 235. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 301 Cr. 2 Music History: 1825-1900

A study of music history and literature in the Western world from 1825 to 1900: the Romantic Period. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or 110 or music major. Offered Fall.

MUS 302 Cr. 2 Music History: 20th Century

A study of music history and literature in the Western world from 1900 to the present: the Contemporary Period. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or 110 or music major. Offered Spring.

MUS 305 Cr. 2 American Music

A study of musical development in the United States. Colonial music, folk music, jazz, and the development of music as an art in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or 110 or music major. Offered occasionally.

MUS 308 Cr. 3 Musical Culture in America

The history and development of contemporary popular musical idioms including folk and popular music, jazz and rock, electronic music and musical comedy. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or 110 or music major. Offered occasionally.

MUS/THA 310 Cr. 3 The Singer/Actor

This course examines the process of acting through song and verse. Its purpose is to explore a variety of theoretical and practical approaches integrating acting, vocal and stylistic techniques which support and strengthen each other. Prerequisite: THA 220 or 222, MUS 235, 236 237, 238. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 312 Cr. 1 Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble Techniques

Pedagogical techniques and problem solving for conductors of middle school and high school marching bands and jazz ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 211, 225 or 226, 220 or 221, and 226 or 227 or 228. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 313 Cr. 1 Orchestra Techniques

Practical approaches to the design and development of a successful school string and orchestra program. Topics covered will be special recruitment and teaching techniques to the string section, the relationship between bowing and style, effective use of heterogenous teaching methods, chamber music in the string curriculum and scheduling, repertoire, equipment, style and techniques for the full orchestra, string orchestra, strolling strings and “Pops” orchestra. Prerequisite: MUS 211 and 214 or 215. Offered occasionally.

MUS 316 Cr. 2 Advanced Instrumental Conducting

The study of advanced problems in instrumental conducting. Topics covered include baton technique, score preparation and analysis, interpretation, rehearsal technique and procedure and the study of appropriate instrumental literature of the band and orchestra in relation to its performance and practice. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

+ MUS 317 Cr. 3 Musical Classroom

Contextual music methodology course designed for elementary classroom teachers. This course is intended to explore the role of the classroom teacher. The emphasis of the course is to incorporate music into the daily class activities through performance and teaching opportunities. The course content will include listening to representative selections of Western classical, American, and Asian music in relation to its historical, social, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Not applicable to the music major or minor. Most appropriate for Teacher Education. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 318 Cr. 2 Advanced Choral Conducting

The study of advanced problems in choral conducting. Topics covered will include conducting techniques, score preparation, and analysis, interpretation, rehearsal techniques and procedures, and appropriate choral literature. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Offered Spring even-numbered years.

MUS 320 Cr. 2 Orchestration

A study of the characteristics and capabilities of orchestral and band instruments and the writing of practical transcription and arrangements for various small ensembles, the full band and the orchestra. Prerequisite: MUS 236. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 321 Cr. 2 Choral Arranging

Scoring and arranging for mixed chorus, choirs, glee clubs and small vocal ensembles; scoring of instrumental accompaniment for vocal groups. Prerequisite: MUS 335. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

MUS 322 Cr. 3 Choral Techniques

Basic principles of choral performance. Elements of expression, stylistic characteristic and preparation of choral groups. The voice at different age levels. Examination and evaluation of choral materials. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 326 Cr. 2 Jazz Improvisation I

The study and application of the theoretical, technical and performance aspects of jazz improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS 236 and consent of instructor. Three periods per week. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 327 Cr. 2 Jazz Improvisation II

A continuation of the principles and techniques of Jazz Improvisation I, but at a higher performance level. Prerequisite: MUS 326 and consent of instructor. Three periods per week. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

MUS 328 Cr. 1 Diction in Music

The study of diction for music majors and minors dealing with the phonetic systems and texts in foreign language. Offered occasionally.

MUS 329  Cr. 1 Recording Techniques

Physical properties of sound, the recording chain and principles of audio recording will be covered. Participants will be responsible for a final recording project. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

MUS 333 Cr. 2 Electronic Music

Basic principles and theory of the generation and modification of acoustical wave-forms by electronic means. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

MUS 335 Cr. 3 Music Theory III

Continuation of Music Theory I and II, with further study of modulation, altered chords, and extended chords. Stylistic and formal analysis and composition with emphasis upon eighteenth and nineteenth century styles and techniques. Keyboard harmony, sight reading and ear training. Prerequisite: MUS 236 or equivalent. Offered Fall.

MUS 336 Cr. 3 Music Theory IV

Continuation of Music Theory III, with analysis of the principal forms of music. Stylistic and formal analysis and composition with emphasis upon twentieth-century idioms. Keyboard harmony, sight reading and ear training. Prerequisite: MUS 335 or equivalent. Offered Spring.

MUS 337 Cr. 1 Music Reading and Aural Skills III

Continuation of MUS 238; chromatic harmonies, four-voice dictation, rhythmic patterns involving changing and complex meters. Prerequisite: completion of MUS 238 with a grade of “C” or better; concurrent enrollment in MUS 335. Two periods per week. Offered Fall.

MUS 338 Cr. 1 Music Reading and Aural Skills IV

Continuation of MUS 337; higher chords, non-tonal melody, rhythmic patterns involving syncopation in changing and complex meters. Prerequisite: completion of MUS 337 with a grade of “C” or better; concurrent enrollment in MUS 336. Two periods per week. Offered Spring.

MUS 341 Cr. 1 Private Piano

Advanced applied course requiring audition. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week; performance for music department jury at end of semester. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 342 Cr. 1 Keyboard Accompanying

Instruction and practical experience in keyboard accompanying. Prerequisite: permission by department chair. Offered occasionally.

MUS 343 Cr. 1 Private Voice

Advanced applied course requiring audition. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week; performance for music department jury at end of semester. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 345 Cr. 1 Private Instrument

Advanced applied course requiring audition. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week; performance for music department jury at end of semester. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 349 Cr. 1 Vocal Accompanying

Instruction and practical experience in vocal accompanying. Topics include score reading, rehearsal techniques, simplifying scores, improving pianistic interpretation in performance. Lect. 1, Lab. 1. Prerequisite: MUS 249. Offered Spring even-numbered years.

MUS 351 Cr. 2 Piano Pedagogy I

An introduction to teaching piano. Topics include methods and materials currently used for studying piano, business and administrative issues related to operating independent teaching studios, innovative strategies beyond traditional method book instruction and piano literature. Through a comprehensive survey of piano literature and essential pedagogical collections of repertoire, students will establish a foundation for teaching styles of intermediate and advanced piano literature. Lect. 2. Lab. 1. Prerequisite: music major and concurrent registration in MUS 341. Offered Spring odd-numbered years.

MUS 352 Cr. 2 Piano Pedagogy II: Instruction Strategies

This course is designed to study and implement strategies for improving effectiveness in piano teaching. A systematic examination and evaluation of piano methods will be covered, as well as discussions regarding teaching content versus teaching process. Topics on teaching effectiveness will include behavioral modifications, task analysis, teaching cycles, and observation and evaluation techniques. Students also receive initial training in systematic methods for making independent changes in both piano practice and piano teaching environments. Lect. 2. Lab. 1. Prerequisite: MUS 351 and concurrent registration in MUS 341. Offered Spring even-numbered years.

MUS 403 Cr. 2 Symphonic Literature

A study of the development of the orchestra, the important orchestral forms and the evolution of orchestral styles through the study of compositions of representative composers. Prerequisite: MUS 301 or 302. Offered occasionally.

MUS 407 Cr. 2 Survey of Opera

A historical survey of opera from its origin to the present, emphasizing an understanding of the parameters of opera as an art form. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or 110 or music major and MUS 301 or 302. Offered occasionally.

MUS 432 Cr. 2 Counterpoint

Composition of musical themes with analysis and writing of counterpoint in two and three parts. Prerequisite: MUS 335. Offered occasionally.

MUS 437 Cr. 2 Form and Analysis

The study of the basic structural principles and patterns of music, of their expansion into the chief homophonic and contrapuntal forms in Western music. Prerequisite: MUS 335. Offered occasionally.

MUS 439 Cr. 2 Composition

The study of compositional techniques and their application to the writing of original music. Individual projects in composition. Prerequisite: MUS 336. Offered occasionally.

MUS 441 Cr. 1 Piano Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 443 Cr. 1 Voice Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 445 Cr. 1 Private Instrument Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 451 Cr. 1 Piano Performance Emphasis Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 453 Cr. 1 Vocal Performance Emphasis Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 455 Cr. 1 Instrumental Performance Emphasis Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 461 Cr. 1 Piano Jazz Performance Emphasis Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 463 Cr. 1 Vocal Jazz Performance
Emphasis Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.

MUS 465 Cr. 1 Instrumental Jazz Performance
Emphasis Recital

Highest level applied course. Includes one-half hour private lesson per week and one class lesson per week plus public recital. Prerequisite: open to music major or minor plan; others may enroll on a space-available basis based on audition. Non-music majors and minors pay applied music fee. Offered Fall, Spring.  

MUS 480 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study of Music

Individual projects. Concentration in one area of advanced music study. Open to selected advanced students who have excellent records in the department. Admission by consent of adviser, instructor, and music department staff. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered occasionally.

MUS 499/699 Cr. 1-3  Special Topics in Music and Music Education

Special topics in music and music education not covered by current courses taught in the music department. The particular topic selected to be determined by the Music Department according to the current need and interest. Prerequisite: MUS 336. Repeatable for credit. Offered occasionally.