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MUS 110: CLASS PIANO I

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

These courses are for 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. This course can be repeated up to three times.

MUS 111: CLASS PIANO II

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 110 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is for 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. This course can be repeated up to three times.

MUS 114: CLASS PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course is for non-music majors 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: APPLIED PIANO I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Piano experience, and registration in ensemble or department approval

This course provides continuing study for the piano major on an individualized basis. Music majors are expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 118: APPLIED PIANO II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Piano experience, completion of previous course in sequence, and registration in ensemble or department approval

This course provides continuing study for the piano major on an individualized basis. Music majors are expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 128: APPLIED VOICE I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the voice major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 129: APPLIED VOICE II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 128 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the voice major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 130: CHAMBER SINGERS

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

Voice majors should enroll in this ensemble which is open to a limited number of auditioned singers. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 131: CONCERT BAND

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

All students who play wind or percussion instruments may enroll. Music students whose major performing instrument is brass, woodwind or percussion must enroll. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 132: JAZZ BAND

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

All students who play guitar, piano, wind and percussion instruments may enroll. Some students may be required to audition. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 134: CONCERT CHOIR

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

All students who want to sing in a choral organization may enroll. Voice majors should enroll. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 136: MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

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 music majors with insufficient background for music theory.

MUS 137: VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

Voice majors, voice minors, and students from the total student body are encouraged to audition for this ensemble. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 146: BEGINNING CLASS GUITAR I

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

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.

MUS 147: BEGINNING CLASS GUITAR II

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 146

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.

MUS 148: INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

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; and early blues, 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. [IAI: F1 904]

MUS 149: INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC LITERATURE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

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. [IAI: F1 901]

MUS 150: MUSIC APPRECIATION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval

This is a general course introducing representative music of various periods from our musical heritage. Skills of intelligent listening are taught. [IAI: F1 900]

MUS 154: APPLIED BRASS I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Previous brass experience, and registration in ensemble or department approval

This course provides for continuing study for the brass major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 154: APPLIED BRASS I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides for continuing study for the brass major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 155: APPLIED BRASS II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 154 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides for continuing study for the brass major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 158: APPLIED WOODWIND I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the woodwind major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 159: APPLIED WOODWIND II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 158 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the woodwind major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 160: APPLIED PERCUSSION I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the percussion major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 161: APPLIED PERCUSSION II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 160 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the percussion major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 162: APPLIED GUITAR I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in an ensemble.

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.

MUS 163: APPLIED GUITAR II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 162 with a grade of "C' or better and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

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.

MUS 164: GUITAR ENSEMBLE

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

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.

MUS 170: HARMONY AND ANALYSIS I

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 136 or department examination. Theory placement test score must be 70 or higher to enroll and concurrent enrollment in MUS 180.

This is the first course in a series of four courses in music theory. The course includes basic fundamentals, diatonic chords and principles of voice leading. Study in harmonic progression concludes this course. Music majors must complete this course and MUS 180 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in MUS 171.

MUS 171: HARMONY AND ANALYSIS II

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 170 and MUS 180 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 181.

This is the second course in a series of four courses in music theory. This course begins the study of inversion and continues through cadences and phrases, non-chord tones and an introduction to seventh chords. Music majors must complete this course and MUS 181 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in MUS 270, the third course in the sequence.

MUS 180: MUSICIANSHIP I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 136 or department examination. Theory placement score must be 70 or higher to enroll and concurrent enrollment in MUS 170.

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, 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. Music majors must complete this course and MUS 170 with a "C" or better to enroll in MUS 181.

MUS 181: MUSICIANSHIP II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 180 and MUS 170 with a grade of "C" or better.

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, sight singing, and improvisation. Music majors must complete this course and MUS 171 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in MUS 280.

MUS 210: CLASS PIANO III

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 111 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course is for 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. Laboratory hours will be practice outside of the classroom. This course can be repeated up to three times.

MUS 211: CLASS PIANO IV

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 210 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course is for 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. Laboratory hours will be practice outside of the classroom. This course can be repeated up to three times.

MUS 214: CLASS PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 114 with a grade of "C" or better

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.

MUS 217: APPLIED PIANO III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Piano experience, completion of previous course in sequence, and registration in ensemble or department approval

This course provides continuing study for the piano major on an individualized basis. Music majors are expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 218: APPLIED PIANO IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Piano experience, completion of previous course in sequence, and registration in ensemble or department approval

This course provides continuing study for the piano major on an individualized basis. Music majors are expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 228: APPLIED VOICE III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 129 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the voice major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 229: APPLIED VOICE IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 228 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the voice major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 230: CHAMBER SINGERS

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

Voice majors should enroll in this ensemble which is open to a limited number of auditioned singers. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 231: CONCERT BAND

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

All students who play wind or percussion instruments may enroll. Music students whose major performing instrument is brass, woodwind or percussion must enroll. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 232: JAZZ BAND

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

All students who play guitar, piano, wind and percussion instruments may enroll. Some students may be required to audition. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 234: CONCERT CHOIR

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

All students who want to sing in a choral organization may enroll. Voice majors should enroll. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 237: VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

Voice majors, voice minors, and students from the total student body are encouraged to audition for this ensemble. This course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 254: APPLIED BRASS III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 155 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides for continuing study for the brass major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 255: APPLIED BRASS IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 254 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides for continuing study for the brass major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 258: APPLIED WOODWIND III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 159 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the woodwind major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 259: APPLIED WOODWIND IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 258 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the woodwind major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 260: APPLIED PERCUSSION III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 161 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

This course provides continuing study for the percussion major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 261: APPLIED PERCUSSION IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Previous percussion experience, completion of previous course in sequence, and registration in ensemble or department approval

This course provides continuing study for the percussion major on an individualized basis. The music major is expected to register for applied music each semester.

MUS 262: APPLIED GUITAR III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Previous guitar experience, completion of previous course in sequence, and registration in ensemble or department approval

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.

MUS 262: APPLIED GUITAR III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 162 with a "C" or better and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

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.

MUS 263: APPLIED GUITAR IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 262 and concurrent registration in an ensemble.

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.

MUS 264: GUITAR ENSEMBLE

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

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.

MUS 270: HARMONY AND ANALYSIS III

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 171 and MUS 181 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 280.

This is the third course in a series of four courses in music theory. The course includes basic fundamentals, diatonic chords and principles of voice leading. Study in harmonic progression concludes this course. Music majors must complete this course with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in MUS 271, the fourth course in the sequence.

MUS 271: HARMONY AND ANALYSIS IV

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 270 and MUS 280 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 281.

This is the fourth course in a series of four courses in music theory. The course includes Neapolitan chords, augmented 6th chords, other chromatic materials, and enharmonic modulation. Late 19th century harmony and an introduction to 20th century practices are also included.

MUS 280: MUSICIANSHIP III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 181 and MUS 171 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 270.

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. Music majors must complete this course and MUS 270 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in MUS 281, the fourth course in the sequence.

MUS 281: MUSICIANSHIP IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: MUS 280 and MUS 270 with a grade of "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in MUS 271.

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.