Music Courses

MUS 1011, 3011               
Concert Band    

The Concert Band is comprised of university students who wish to continue performing traditional band literature in a traditional university ''campus band'' setting. The ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members while performing music of artistic and historical significance. The Concert Band also serves as a practicum for music education majors, and collaborates with the Pep Band for athletic events and university functions. All bands incorporate improvisation as part of ensemble skills taught in the course.Membership is open to all university students and community, regardless of major, and is by audition only. One class meeting per week. Spring Semesteronly.May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1011, 3011               
Band     

A performing band available to all university students by audition with the director. Meets daily. Fall Semester only. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1021, 3021               
Chamber Chorale           

A highly selective and actively performing choral ensemble choosing literature from a wide range of choral classics. Audition required. Four class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1031           
Piano Class for Non Majors        

A beginning course in group piano introducing fundamentals such keyboard topography, technique, and theory that are necessary for the development of competent sight-reading and playing skills at the elementary level. One class meeting per week. May be repeated for credit. A $15.00 lab fee is assessed.

MUS 1041, 3041               
Band Laboratory              

Performance on minor instruments, conducting of beginning instrumental ensembles, study of instrumental pedagogical problems, development of error detection skills, and study of grade 1, 2, and 3 band literature. Two class meetings per week. MUS 1041 offered Fall Semester. MUS 3041 offered Spring Semester.

MUS 1051, 1061               
Piano Class I and II         

A beginning course in group piano, for non-keyboard music majors, designed to develop functional skills such as technique, sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, play-by-ear, and solo playing at the early-elementary and late-elementary levels. Sight-singing and music theory skills are an integral part of the group piano curriculum. Two class meetings per week. A $15.00 lab fee is assessed. MUS 1051 is prerequisite to MUS 1061.

MUS 1071, 3071               
Concert Choir   

A large performing vocal ensemble designed for the music major and the general university student who enjoys singing by audition with the director. Three class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1080, 3080               
Performance Laboratory             

A recital class comprised primarily of weekly general student recitals, junior and senior music degree recitals, ensemble presentations, and faculty and guest artist programs. Required of all music majors for a minimum of seven semesters.

MUS 1171, 3171               
Opera Workshop            

A workshop setting in which acting and interpretation skills are developed. These skills are then incorporated into the performance of opera scenes or one act chamber operas. Open to all university students by audition. Three class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1191, 1201               
Language and Diction   

Phonetics applied to the study of English, Italian, German, and French song literature. The study of diction problems applicable to all song literature. Two class meetings per week.

MUS 1212           
Introduction to Music Literature             

Study of significant musical works from all style periods of music history. Emphasis is placed on techniques of listening. Two class meetings per week. Spring Semester only.

MUS 1221, 3221               
String Orchestra              

A performing string orchestra available to all university students by audition with the director. Two class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1233, 1243               
Theory I & II      

Study of the diatonic compositional principles of the 18th century from music fundamentals through elementary chromatic harmonies and modulations. Three class meetings per week. MUS 1233 is a prerequisite to MUS 1243.

MUS 1251, 1261               
Sight-Singing/Ear-Training I & II               

Development of sight-singing and aural skills. Two class meetings per week. MUS 1251 is a prerequisite to MUS 1261.

MUS 1451, 3451               
Jazz Improvisation Laboratory  

The study of the fundamentals of jazz, including chord nomenclature, scale construction, form, and improvisational techniques. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Two class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1493, 3493               
Composition     

A beginning and intermediary study of the techniques of music composition. Selected semesters only.

MUS 1531, 3531               
Symphony Band
              

The Symphony Band is comprised of student musicians who have demonstrated an outstanding level of musicianship and commitment to musical excellence. The Symphony Band performs two on-campus concerts during the spring semester, featuring works for larger wind band in addition to works that are considered to be among the core wind repertoire. All bands incorporate improvisation as part of ensemble skills taught in the course.is open to all university students, regardless of major, and is by audition only. Three class meetings per week. Spring Semester only.be repeated for credit.

MUS 1641, 3641               
Woodwind Ensemble   

A small instrumental ensemble required of woodwind instrument majors on scholarship, and open to all university students by audition. Two class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1671, 3671               
Percussion Ensemble   

A small instrumental ensemble required of percussion instrument majors on scholarship, and open to all university students by audition. Two class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1771, 3771               
Jazz Ensemble  

An instrumental ensemble which performs and studies jazz and contemporary music. Open to all university students by audition. Three class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1781           
Techniques of Ensemble Playing             

Basic training in sight reading and experience in playing repertoire for piano, four and eight hands, and for chamber groups with piano. Two class meetings per week. Selected semesters only.

MUS 1791           
Techniques of Accompanying   

Instruction in the principles and practices of the art of accompanying. Two class meetings per week. Spring Semester only in odd-number years.

MUS 1801, 3801               
Accompanying 

Two hours weekly of studio and/or ensemble accompanying plus additional extra rehearsals as needed. Prerequisite: MUS 1791 or consent of Director of Keyboard Studies. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1822           
Introduction to Music Theory   

Establishment of the fundamentals of music theory, aural skills, and piano. Fall Semester only.

MUS 1851, 3851               
Brass Ensemble               

A small instrumental ensemble required of brass instrument majors on scholarship and open to all university students by audition. Two class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1941, 3941               
Reddie Pep Band            

A small ensemble of wind and percussion instrumentalists which plays at basketball games. Open to all university students with permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1951, 3951               
Wind Ensemble              

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the university’s finest wind and percussion musicians and performs traditional and contemporary wind repertoire of the highest quality in a smaller ensemble setting. The Wind Ensemble performs two on-campus concerts every spring semester, as well as an annual tour which includes performances at national and state conferences and in the public schools. All bands incorporate improvisation as part of ensemble skills taught in the course.is open to all university students, regardless of major, and is by audition only. Two class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1971, 3971
Womens Choir

A performing vocal ensemble designed for the general university female student who enjoys singing. Two class meetings per week.May be repeated for credit.

MUS 2033 (MUSC1003)
Humanities: Music        

A course designed to heighten the student's awareness of music's role in society, to introduce the elements of music, to assist in the development of analytical listening skills, and to broaden the student's musical appreciation. Three class meetings per week.

MUS 2091           
Instruments for Singers               

The study of string, wind, and percussion instruments for students with no instrumental music experience. This course is designed to give choral and choral/keyboard majors a functional knowledge of band and orchestra instruments. Students in the course must be able to read notes and rhythms. Open to all university students with permission of the instructor. Two class meetings per week. Fall Semester only in odd-number years.

MUS 2111, 2121               
Brass Class         

The first semester includes the study of Trumpet and Horn. The second semester includes Low Brass study. A study of brass pedagogical techniques, including elementary and advanced teaching procedures and analyzing student problems. All students will demonstrate a basic proficiency on each instrument. Two class meetings per week.

MUS 2151, 2161               
Voice Class        

An elementary course in singing, employing both group and individual techniques. The problems of singing and of voice improvement are studied through exercise and song interpretation. One class meeting per week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 2273, 2283               
Theory III & IV  

A study of theory from advanced chromatic harmony through 20th century techniques. Three class meetings per week. Prerequisite: MUS 1233.

MUS 2402           
Public School Music      

Required of all P-4, 4-8 education majors. A study of music fundamentals and methods necessary for elementary classroom music instruction. Two class meetings per week. For P-4, 4-8 Education majors only, or by permission of instructor.

MUS 2521-3, 4521-3       
Special Studies in Music              

Individual research on worthy music projects. Permission of department chair required. Selected semesters only.

MUS 2601, 2611               
Piano Class III and IV     

A continuation of MUS 1061. Further development of keyboard functional skills necessary for the preparation for piano proficiency. Hymnal and open-scores (transposing instruments, choral), instrumental/vocal accompaniment, and intermediate-level standard solo repertoire are included. Sight-singing and music theory skills continue to be an integral part of the curriculum. Two class meetings per week. A $15.00 lab fee is assessed. MUS 1061 is prerequisite to MUS 2601; MUS 2601 is prerequisite to MUS 2611.

MUS 2621, 2631               
Sight-Singing/Ear-Training III & IV          

Further development of sight-singing and aural skills. Two class meetings per week. MUS 1261 is prerequisite to MUS 2621; MUS 2621 is prerequisite to MUS 2631.

MUS 3001           
Introduction to Electronic Music             

Use of electronics in music composition. Open to all university students by permission of instructor. Selected semesters only.

MUS 3131, 3141               
Woodwind Class             

The first semester includes the study of the Flute, Oboe, and Bassoon. Second semester will include study of the Saxophone and Clarinet. A study of woodwind pedagogical techniques, including elementary and advanced teaching procedures and analyzing student problems. All students will demonstrate a basic proficiency on each instrument. Two class meetings per week.

MUS 3182           
American Popular Music             

A survey course of the history and development of popular music in America from the 18th century to current styles (i.e., Rhythm 'n' Blues and Rock 'n' Roll). This course focuses on the origins, stylistic development, and influence of music of various cultures and ethnic groups found in the United States. This course is a general college elective. Selected semesters only.

MUS 3293           
Counterpoint   

Study of compositional principles in 18th century contrapuntal forms. Three class meetings per week. Prerequisites: MUS 1243, MUS 2273, and MUS 2283. Fall Semester only in odd-number years.

MUS 3302           
Service Playing

Training in the playing of hymns, anthems, arranging piano accompaniments for organ, improvisation, and modulation. Selected semesters only.

MUS 3333           
Form and Analysis          

A study of various concepts of harmony and form as found in music of the 18th through the 20th century. Prerequisites: MUS 1243, MUS 2273, and MUS 2283. Three class meetings per week. Fall Semester only.

MUS 3340           
Junior Recital   

This course represents the applied music project for junior music performance majors. A public recital will be given during junior-level applied study and with the approval of the applied teacher. This course is taken in addition to applied music during the Junior Recital semester. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment and applied music as required by the degree.

MUS 3392           
Vocal Pedagogy               

A study of pedagogical techniques and materials for instruction of voice. Two class meetings per week. Spring Semester only.

MUS 3461           
Percussion Class             

A study of percussion pedagogical techniques, including elementary and advanced teaching procedures and analysis of student problems. All students will demonstrate a basic proficiency in percussion. Two class meetings per week. Spring Semester only.

MUS 3473           
Survey of Non Western Music  

A course designed to heighten the student's awareness of music from non-western cultures. Folk, sacred, and traditional music from countries such as Africa, India, and Eastern Europe will be studied. This course will fulfill the general education requirement in non-western cultures for all university students. Required of music majors. Three class meetings per week.

MUS 3482           
Organ Pedagogy
              

A study of pedagogical techniques for instruction of organ. Selected Semesters only.

MUS 3592           
Piano Pedagogy              

A study of pedagogical techniques for individual and group piano instruction at the elementary level. Course content includes, but is not limited to, the survey of major keyboard methods, learning styles, supplementary teaching repertoire, the business of teaching, and the incorporation of technology such as computer-assisted instructional software and online websites into an independent piano curriculum. Selected semesters only. Permission of the instructor is required.

MUS 3931           
Class Piano Pedagogy   

A study of pedagogical techniques for group piano instruction at the college level. Course content includes, but is not limited to, the survey of major instructional textbooks, classroom management, the integration of ear-training/sight-singing, theory, and keyboard skills, and the use of technology for teaching and student learning. Selected semesters only. Permission of the instructor is required.

MUS 3961           
String Class        

A study of string pedagogical techniques, including elementary and advanced teaching procedures and analysis of student problems. Required for instrumental music education students. Two class meetings per week. Spring Semester only.

MUS 4313           
Conducting        

Basic techniques of the baton and interpretation of the musical score required of all music majors. Three class meetings per week. Prerequisites: MUS 1243, MUS 2273, MUS 2283, and MUS 2631 and successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment. Fall Semester only.

MUS 4351           
Senior Recital   

This course represents the final applied music project for music majors. A public recital will be given after the completion of junior-level applied study and with the approval of the applied teacher. This course should be taken in lieu of applied music during the Senior Recital semester. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment and applied music as required by the degree.

MUS 4363, 4373               
(WI) History of Music I & II        

A detailed study of styles, genres, and composers of music in the history of Western Civilization from ancient Greece to 1900. Three class meetings per week. Prerequisites: MUS 1261, MUS 1233 and one of the following: MUS 1243, MUS 2273, or MUS 2283.

MUS 4382           
(WI) Twentieth Century Music 

A study of the history and styles in music since 1900. Postromanticism, nationalism, neo classicism, and later trends in contemporary music will be studied. Two class meetings per week. Prerequisite: MUS 4363 or MUS 4373. Fall Semester only.

MUS 4413           
Advanced Choral Conducting/Choral Literature

An advanced course for choral (vocal and keyboard) students dealing with literature, score study, rehearsal techniques, and conducting. Three class meetings per week. Prerequisite: MUS 4313. Selected semesters only.

MUS 4432           
Instrumentation             

Basic elements of instrumental arranging. Study of transpositions, ranges, limitations and advantages of commonly used instruments in ensemble settings. Orchestral terminology and practical score and parts preparation is included. Two class meetings per week. Prerequisites: MUS 1243, MUS 2273 and MUS 2283. Spring Semester only.

MUS 4501           
Capstone Experience    

This course is intended to synthesize a student’s musical knowledge, methodology and skill into a culminating senior project. To be completed in close consultation with an advisor, the Capstone Experience may take the form of an undergraduate thesis, lecture recital, or other approved comprehensive semester project. This course is for Bachelor of Arts in Music majors only. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment and approval of the Department Chair.

MUS 4722           
Special Methods: Music-Vocal 

Special methods in the teaching of Junior and Senior High School vocal music. Two class meetings per week. Prerequisites: MUS 4313 and MUS 4413. Fall Semester only.

MUS 4732           
Special Methods: Instrumental I             

Special methods in the administration of instrumental program K 12 and rehearsal techniques. Two class meetings per week. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment. Spring Semester only.

MUS 4742           
Special Methods: Instrumental II            

Special methods in rehearsal techniques for marching band. Two class meetings per week. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment. Fall Semester only.

MUS 4752           
Special Methods: Music-Elementary     

Special methods in the teaching of Elementary and Middle School general music. Two class meetings per week. Prerequisites: successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Assessment and admission to Teacher Education Program or concurrent enrollment in courses leading to admission to Teacher Education Program. Fall Semester only.

MUS 4903           
Piano Literature I            

Survey of keyboard literature from the English virginalist school through the works of Haydn and Mozart. Prerequisites: MUS 1243, MUS 2273 and MUS 2283 or permission of instructor. Selected semesters only.

MUS 4913           
Piano Literature II          

Survey of keyboard literature from the works of Beethoven through the works of avante garde composers. Prerequisites: MUS 1243, MUS 2273 and MUS 2283 or permission of instructor. Selected semesters only.