Academics

MUS 109 RECORDING TECHNIQUES I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will provide students with knowledge of the fundamentals of audio recording theory, equipment, procedures, terminology, and how to apply this knowledge in the world today. Topics covered include the basics of the physics of sound and how we perceive sound, the audio production console and signal flow, microphone concepts, and studio session procedures. Lectures and labs focus on the production of short-form audio works of voice, music, and sound effects to develop and improve engineering and production skills.


MUS 110 CLASS PIANO I

2 Credit Hours (TC)
These courses are for future music majors who have little or no previous piano instruction. The purpose of these courses is to develop a basic ability at the keyboard required of the musician and enhance aural understanding of music. Laboratory hours will be practice outside of the classroom.


MUS 111 CLASS PIANO II

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is for future music majors who have little or no previous piano instruction. The purpose of this course is to develop a basic ability at the keyboard required of the musician and enhance aural understanding of music. Laboratory hours will be practice outside of the classroom.

Pre-requisite: MUS 110 with a grade of "C" or better


MUS 114 CLASS PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is for non-music students who have little or no previous piano instruction. By the end of the semester the student is able to play most simple keyboard music for personal enjoyment.


MUS 117 ENRICHMENT FOR PIANO

0.5 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual piano study for the developing music student and music students working on a secondary instrument. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: MUS 114 or department approval


MUS 119 RECORDING TECHNIQUES II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
Course provides students to build a foundation in working with recording techniques for musicians. Students will gain knowledge and skills in recording, mixing, mastering, and preparing audio deliverables. Students participate in a series of exercises to develop and refine critical listening, evaluation, and judgment abilities. In the process, students adopt techniques and strategies for organizing and managing sessions, developing effective communication and presentation skills, and acquiring a sense of professionalism in the field.

Pre-requisite: MUS 109 or department approval


MUS 120 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC BUSINESS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
An introduction to the field of music business through a review of the various areas and careers within the music industry including: music publishing, recording/digital distribution, licensing, music products, concert promotion, artist management, and arts administration. This class will approach music marketing and entrepreneurship.


MUS 128 ENRICHMENT FOR VOICE

0.5 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual vocal instruction for the developing music student and music students working on a secondary instrument. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 130 CHAMBER SINGERS

1 Credit Hours (TC)
Students interested in studying vocal music should enroll in this ensemble which is open to a limited number of auditioned singers. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


MUS 131 CONCERT BAND

1 Credit Hours (TC)
All students who play wind or percussion instruments may enroll. Music students whose performing instrument is brass, woodwind or percussion should enroll. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 132 JAZZ BAND

1 Credit Hours (TC)
All students who play guitar, piano, wind and percussion instruments may enroll. Some students may be required to audition. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 134 CONCERT CHOIR

1 Credit Hours (TC)
All students who want to sing in a choral organization may enroll. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 136 MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to music fundamentals: music notation, scales, rhythm, harmony, melody, ear training, basic sight-singing, familiarity with the keyboard, and an optional composition. Recommended for non-music majors who wish to learn music basics and future music majors with insufficient background for music theory.


MUS 137 VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course concentrates on the study of various styles and techniques of the vocal jazz genre. In addition to vocal jazz literature and performance, ensemble intonation, sound reinforcement and improvisation will be presented. Voice majors, voice minors, and students from the total student body are encouraged to audition for this ensemble. This course may be repeated three times for credit. Three lab hours per week and additional rehearsals and performances as scheduled.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


MUS 146 BEGINNING CLASS GUITAR I

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This is a basic course in beginning guitar. Students will study the fundamentals of tuning, proper instrument grip, proper finger positions, various strumming and picking styles, and chord structures. Instruction will include the essential elements of music theory, such as notation, keys, scales, intervals, and triads, as these apply to the playing of the guitar. Students must supply their own guitar.


MUS 147 BEGINNING CLASS GUITAR II

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is a second semester/continuation of a basic course in beginning guitar. Students will study the fundamentals of tuning, proper instrument grip, proper finger positions, various strumming and picking styles, and chord structures, progressing toward an intermediate level. Instruction will include review and expansion upon essential elements of music theory, such as notation, keys, scales, intervals, and triads, as these elements apply to the playing of the guitar.

Pre-requisite: MUS 146 with a grade of "C" or better


MUS 148 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN MUSIC

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is a study of the musical heritages as they combined in the United States to create jazz, what many critics consider America's greatest contribution to art music. From the earliest performances to its present day pre-eminence in the musical world, this course covers formative influences such as religious music and spirituals; solo piano styles such as ragtime, boogie, and stride; blues history, work songs, and field hollers. It culminates in a detailed exploration of the various style periods in jazz, placing each movement in its historical and sociological context, including jazz as practiced today.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent


MUS 149 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC LITERATURE

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is an introduction to the standard concert repertoire through intensive guided listening. Representative works by major composers are chosen to illustrate the principal styles, forms, and techniques of vocal and instrumental music. Although there is no music prerequisite for this course, there is an assumption of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the elements of music.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent


MUS 150 MUSIC APPRECIATION

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This is a general course introducing representative music of various periods from our musical heritage. Skills of intelligent listening are taught.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent


MUS 154 ENRICHMENT FOR BRASS

0.5 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual brass instruction for the developing music student and music students working on a secondary instrument. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 158 ENRICHMENT FOR WOODWIND

0.5 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual woodwind instruction for the developing music student and music students working on a secondary instrument. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 160 ENRICHMENT FOR PERCUSSION

0.5 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provide individual percussion instruction for the developing music student and music students working on a secondary instrument. This course may be repeated three times for credit.


MUS 162 ENRICHMENT FOR GUITAR

0.5 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual guitar instruction for the developing music student and music students working on a secondary instrument. This course may be repeated 3 times for credit.


MUS 163 APPLIED GUITAR II

1 Credit Hours (TC)
In this course, on-going study for the guitar major on an individualized basis is provided. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

Pre-requisite: MUS 162 with a grade of "C' or better and concurrent registration in an ensemble


MUS 164 GUITAR ENSEMBLE

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course involves working with others to prepare music for public performance using guitar. The student applies techniques and musical concepts learned from Applied Guitar, Enrichment for Guitar and/or Class Guitar. This course can be repeated up to a maximum of three times.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


MUS 170 THEORY I

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the first course in a series of four courses in music theory. The course includes basic fundamentals, diatonic functions, triads and seventh chords, principles of voice leading, harmonic progressions, inversions and concludes with cadences, phrases and sequences.

Pre-requisite: MUS 136 with a grade of "C" or better, or a score of 35 on the Theory Placement exam, and concurrent enrollment in MUS 180


MUS 171 THEORY II

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the second course in a series of four courses in music theory. This course begins the study of non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords voice leading practices, and concludes with secondary functions.

Pre-requisite: MUS 170 and MUS 180 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 181


MUS 180 MUSICIANSHIP I

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the first course in a series of four courses devoted to the aural skills of musicianship. The course includes division of the beat in simple and compound meters; identification of scales, diatonic intervals, triads, and seventh chords; and melodies moving by step and using skips within the tonic triad in major and minor tonalities. Aural understanding is developed through dictation and sight singing.

Pre-requisite: MUS 136 with a grade of "C" or better, or a score of 35 on the Theory Placement exam, and concurrent enrollment in MUS 170


MUS 181 MUSICIANSHIP II

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the second course in a series of four courses devoted to the aural skills of musicianship. The course includes intervals from the dominant triad and dominant seventh chord in major and minor keys in simple and compound meters; other diatonic intervals of the seventh and tritone; subdivision of the beat in simple and compound meters; and structured improvisation. Aural understanding is developed through dictation, and sight singing.

Pre-requisite: MUS 180 and MUS 170 both with a grade of "C" or better


MUS 210 CLASS PIANO III

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is for future music majors who have little or no previous piano instruction. The purpose of this course is to develop a basic quality at the keyboard required by the musician and enhance aural understanding of music. Practice outside of the classroom required.

Pre-requisite: MUS 111 with a "C" or better


MUS 211 CLASS PIANO IV

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is for future music majors who have little or no previous piano instruction. The purpose of this course is to develop a basic quality at the keyboard required by the musician and enhance aural musicianship. Practice outside of the classroom required.

Pre-requisite: MUS 210 with a "C" or better


MUS 214 CLASS PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is for non-music majors who have little or no previous piano instruction. By the end of the second semester the student is able to play most keyboard music for personal enjoyment.

Pre-requisite: MUS 114 with a grade of "C" or better


MUS 217 APPLIED PIANO

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides continuing individual study for the piano student planning to major in music. The student is expected to register for applied piano each semester. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in one of the following ensembles: MUS 130, 131, 132, 134, 137; and department approval


MUS 228 APPLIED VOICE

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides continuing individual study for the voice student planning to major in music. The student is expected to register for Applied Voice each semester. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in one of the following ensembles: MUS 130, 131, 132, 134, 137; or department approval


MUS 254 APPLIED BRASS

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individualized study for the brass student planning to major in music. The student is expected to register for Applied Music each semester. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in one of the following ensembles: MUS 130, 131, 132, 134, 137; or department approval


MUS 258 APPLIED WOODWIND

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual woodwind instruction for the student planning to major in music. The student is expected to register for Applied Music each semester. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in one of the following ensembles: MUS 130, 131, 132, 134, 137; or department approval


MUS 260 APPLIED PERCUSSION

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual percussion instruction for the student planning to major in music. The student is expected to register for Applied Music each semester. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in one of the following ensembles: MUS 130, 131, 132, 134, 137; or department approval


MUS 262 APPLIED GUITAR

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides individual guitar instruction for the student planning to major in music.The student is expected to register for Applied Guitar each semester. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in one of the following ensembles: MUS 130,131, 132, 134, 137; or departmental approval


MUS 264 GUITAR ENSEMBLE

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course involves working with others to prepare guitar ensemble music for public performance. The student applies techniques and musical concepts learned from Applied Guitar and/or Group Guitar. This course can be repeated up to a maximum of three times.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


MUS 270 THEORY III

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the third course in a series of four courses in music theory. The course includes modulations, larger forms, mode mixture and the Neapolitan. The study of augmented sixth chords concludes this course.

Pre-requisite: MUS 171 and MUS 181 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 280


MUS 271 THEORY IV

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the fourth course in a series of four courses in music theory. The course includes enharmonic spellings and modulations, ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords, unclassified chord structures and complex harmonic progressions. Late 19th century harmony and 20th century materials and techniques like serial composition and atonality are also included.

Pre-requisite: MUS 270 and MUS 280 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 281


MUS 280 MUSICIANSHIP III

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This is the third course in a series of four courses devoted to the aural skills of musicianship. The course includes an introduction to chromaticism; modulation to closely-related keys; and syncopation. Aural understanding is developed through dictation and sight singing.

Pre-requisite: MUS 181 and MUS 171 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 270


MUS 281 MUSICIANSHIP IV

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is the last in a series of four courses devoted to the aural skills of musicianship. The course includes professional rhythmic and harmonic concepts such as changing meters; the hemiola; remote modulation; diatonic modes; and post-tonal structures. Aural understanding is developed through dictation and sight singing.

Pre-requisite: MUS 280 and MUS 270 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 271


MUS 290 MUSIC INTERNSHIP

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is designed to give the student the opportunities in their own field under the direct supervision of a professional. The student will work at least 75 hours per credit hour received or equivalent plus weekly meeting with a college supervising professor.

Pre-requisite: Department approval