Music

Includes such musical activities as meetings, recitals, concerts, small ensemble performances, master classes, and guest lectures. Fall, Spring.

MUA101-102 Applied Music

1-2 credits each

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. For Music Education or B.A. in Music majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons on an instrument or voice. For Music Performance majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. For Music majors or minors only. Fall, Spring.

Study of concepts, skills, and techniques necessary to read and understand music. An introduction to intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, and solfege. Not available for credit toward a Music major or minor. 

Analytical and critical listening to music of various historical periods. Primary attention is given to music of the European-American classical tradition as well as popular music styles. Not available for credit toward a Music major or minor. Fall, Spring.

Emphasizes the development and improvement of proper vocal techniques for those with little or no vocal training. Helps non-Music majors with a variety of interests in singing. Fall, Spring.

For students with little or no previous study of a keyboard instrument. Instruction takes place in a digital piano laboratory and emphasizes the development of music reading and playing skills for lifetime enjoyment. Designed for non-Music majors or minors. Fall, Spring.

Continuation of MU 108. Development of previous experience at the keyboard. Emphasis on studying and playing easy, original keyboard music. Digital piano lab allows for individual level and pace. Designed for non-music majors/minors. Prerequisite: MU 108 with grade C or better, or by audition and permission of instructor. Spring.

Introductory study of the guitar. Emphasis on development of music reading skills, basic chording, plectrum and finger picking techniques, and single-line melodic playing in the first position. Fall, Spring.

A cultural, social, and historical survey of Latin American folk and art music that emphasizes African, European, and Amerindian roots of representative regional and national styles. Students learn through readings, lectures, films, listening, and performance on indigenous instruments. Fall.

A study of selected folkloric, popular, and non-Western art music traditions and their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Fall, Spring.

The study of recurring issues concerning women composers, teachers, performers, and patrons, in both historical and contemporary cultures. Spring.

Introduction to keyboard fundamentals, keyboard harmony, improvisation at the piano, and reading the grand staff with two hands. Prepares students for the first half of the department piano proficiency exam. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisites: Music major or minor status and MU 151. Fall, Spring.

Continuation of MU 118. More advanced study and development of keyboard technique and performance skills. Introduction to sight-reading and transposition at the keyboard, ensemble playing, and the accumulation of repertoire and skills necessary for successful completion of MU 283. Meets two hours a week. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: MU 118. Fall, Spring.

A study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application to languages for singing. This course will primarily cover English, French, and Italian. Fall.

A study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application to languages for singing. This course will primarily cover German, Latin, and Spanish. Prerequisite: MU 140. Spring.

Fundamentals, including key signatures, scales, intervals, triads, and seventh chords. Roman numerals, basic part-writing using root-position chords, cadences, nonharmonic tones, basic figured bass analysis, and basic keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: Music major or minor. Fall, Spring.

Counterpoint, part-writing using root position and first inversion chords, uses of six-four chords, harmonic tendencies, analysis and realization of figured bass, modes, secondary dominants and tonicization, and keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MU 151, with a grade C or higher. Spring.

Sight-singing and aural dictation skills, including major and minor scales; major, minor, and perfect intervals; diminished, minor, major, and augmented triads; basic rhythms in simple meter; major and minor diatonic melodies; and basic root position harmonic progressions. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisite: Music major or minor. Fall, Spring.

Sight-singing and aural dictation skills, including major and minor scales; modes; consonant and dissonant intervals; triads in inversion; seventh chords in root position; rhythms in simple meter, with introduction to compound meter; and major, minor, and modal melodies. Harmonic dictation to include secondary dominants. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisite: MU 161, with a grade C or higher. Spring.

Open by audition to a limited number of students. Performance of traditional and/or contemporary chamber works in various ensembles. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

Open by audition to any student with adequate singing ability, within limits of balance of voices. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

Open to a limited number of singers selected by audition. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

MU174 Orchestra

0-1 credits

Open to any student with adequate playing ability, within limits of balanced instrumentation. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

MU175 Jazz Ensemble

0-1 credits

Open by audition to a limited number of players. A select group specializing in jazz of various periods. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

MU177 Concert Band

0-1 credits

Open by audition to any student with adequate playing ability, within limits of balanced instrumentation. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

A performing group composed of various sizes of classical guitars, specializing in the performance of works for multiple guitars. Audition required. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

Pianists are guided through the characteristics of appropriate collaborative performance practices in both vocal and instrumental accompanying. Open by audition. Fall, Spring.

MUA201-202 Applied Music

1-2 credits each

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. For Music Education or B.A. in Music majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons on an instrument or voice. For Music Performance majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. For Music majors or minors only. Fall, Spring.

An overview of the essential elements of music technology. Included topics will be sound, audio, MIDI, synthesis, and sampling. Also includes a review of the history of music technology and electronic music. Fall.

An introduction to the basics of recording technology. Topics will include analog and digital recording systems, microphone design, microphone placement, and basic mixing techniques. This course will be primarily classroom-based with some hands-on projects. Spring.

Preliminary study of the process of musical composition in a classroom setting. Includes the effective use of counterpoint; listening to examples from the standard literature; composing works for solo instrument or chamber groups. Prerequisite: MU 152 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Continuation of MU 213. More advanced work with counterpoint techniques. Additional literature review. Composing for a wider variety of instruments or voice. Prerequisite: MU 213. Spring.

Study of the growth and diffusion of popular music and its surrounding culture in the '50s and '60s, including concurrent historical events and movements as well as trends in other arts. Fall, Spring.

Jazz from its origins through modern developments. Ethnic backgrounds, contributing factors, style characteristics, and interrelationships, literature, and performers. Fall, Spring.

Students will improve sight-reading and transposition skills through the study of choral, band, and orchestral scores. Figured bass, easy keyboard literature, and an introduction to vocal accompanying strategies. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisite: MU 119. Fall.

Students will lead the class, run a choir rehearsal, and practice teaching from the keyboard. Repertoire and ensemble playing will continue to reinforce sight-reading and performance skills. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisite: MU 218. Spring.

An introduction to music technology and its relationship to music education. Topics are based on the areas of competency in music technology for K-12 music teachers established by the Technology Institute for Music Educators and competency in music arranging. Prerequisites: Music Education major, sophomore standing. Fall.

Within the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre and form, this course will provide a foundation for developing extemporaneous musical skills useful in performance and teaching. Students are expected to have completed one year of music theory prior to taking this course. Fall, Spring.

Class instruction in string performance, pedagogy, methods, materials, and basic instrument maintenance. Two instruments are studied. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of instructor. Meets first half of semester only. Fall.

Continuation of MU 223. Additional stringed instruments are studied. Prerequisite: MU 223. Meets second half of semester only. Fall.

Class instruction in brass performance, pedagogy, methods, materials, and basic maintenance. Two brass instruments are studied. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of instructor. Meets first half of the semester only. Fall.

Two additional brass instruments are studied. Prerequisites: MU 225 and major in Music. Meets second half of the semester only. Fall.

Class instruction in woodwind performance, pedagogy, methods, materials, and basic maintenance. One woodwind instrument will be studied. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of instructor. Meets first half of the semester only. Spring.

Continuation of MU 227. One additional woodwind instrument will be studied. Prerequisites: MU 227 and major in Music. Meets second half of the semester only. Spring.

Class instruction in percussion performance, pedagogy, methods, materials, and basic instrument maintenance. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of instructor. Meets first half of semester only. Spring.

Continuation of MU 229. Prerequisite: MU 229. Meets second half of semester only. Spring.

Class instruction in basic guitar skills, emphasizing application in classroom teaching situations at the elementary and junior high levels, methods and materials, and basic instrument maintenance. Fall, Spring.

This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of Brazilian arts and culture, with an emphasis on music, literature, and film. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Spring.

This course examines the history of music in the United States, with an emphasis on 20th-century music. Students will study traditional, popular, and classical music from historical and social perspectives. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, even years.

The course will enrich anyone's appreciation for this art form and provide an introduction to the music of the film industry. The development of film music will be traced from the early Silent Film era through the advent of the "Talkies" and on to the grand Romantic scores of modern times. Fall, Spring.

Part-writing using all inversions, modulation to closely related keys, chromatic harmonies. Keyboard harmony. Major forms, including binary, ternary, rondo, and sonata-allegro. Analysis of Bach chorales, mid- to late-classical and early-Romantic music. Prerequisite: MU 152, with a grade C or higher. Fall.

Modulation to distant keys, chromatic modulation, and chromatic mediant relationships. Continued part-writing and analysis of late-classical and Romantic music. Twentieth-century rhythmic, tonal, and post-tonal concepts, and analysis of contemporary repertoire. Keyboard harmony and score reading. Prerequisite: MU 251, with a grade C or higher. Spring.

Sight-singing and aural dictation skills, including scales, modes, consonant and dissonant intervals, all triads and dominant seventh chords in root position and inversions, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, and compound rhythm. Advanced diatonic melodies and harmonies, including secondary dominants, chromatic chords, and modulation to closely related keys. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisite: MU 162, with a grade C or higher. Fall.

Sight-singing and aural dictation skills, including major, minor, modal, and contemporary scales; compound intervals; triads and seventh chords in root position and inversions; and chromatic chords. Rhythms in simple, compound, and changing meters. Melodies and harmonies to include secondary dominants, chromatic chords, and modulation to close and distant keys. Meets two hours a week. Prerequisite: MU 261, with a grade C or higher. Spring.

Opera excerpts are studied and performed. Complete operas are also studied: composers, plots, and characters. May be repeated for credit. Spring.

Required of all music majors. One of three mid-level assessment exams required by the Department of Music necessary for continuation in the program. Taken concurrently with MU 261. May be repeated once. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Required of all music majors. One of three mid-level assessment exams required by the Department of Music necessary for continuation in the program. May be repeated once. Graded Pass/Fail. Spring.

Required of all music majors. One of three mid-level assessment exams required by the Department of Music necessary for continuation in the program. May be repeated once prior to junior-level coursework (Music Education majors and BA candidates), or junior recital jury (Music Performance majors). Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Study of selected topics in music. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: ITW 101 or permission of instructor.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent is required from the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

MUA301-302 Applied Music

1-2 credits each

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. For Music Education or B.A. in Music majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons on an instrument or voice. For Music Performance majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. For Music majors or minors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50 minute lessons and a semi-weekly Composers Forum. Prerequisite: MU 214 with a grade of "C" or higher. Fall, Spring

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons on an instrument or voice. Successful completion of junior recital requirements is necessary for passing grade in this course. For Music Performance majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50 minute lessons and a semi-weekly Composers Forum. Prerequisite: MUC 301 with a grade of "C" or higher. Fall, Spring

Jewish Music from biblical times to the present. Includes liturgical, cantorial, holiday, folk, and concert music; Israeli, Yiddish, Klezmer, and contemporary synagogue music; choral tradition and music of the Holocaust. Fall, Spring.

A survey of Western art music traditions from the Medieval era up to the 18th century. Emphasis on the development of musical style. Prerequisite: MU 251. Fall.

MU311 Sound Design

4 credits

This course continues the study of physical acoustics and psychoacoustics, with an emphasis on music and audio applications. Topics will include software synthesis, acoustic modeling, wave mechanics, acoustic measurements, tuning and temperament, and the perceptual properties of sound. Prerequisite: MU 211 with a grade of C or higher. Fall.

Students will explore cultural origins, diversity, and the role of music by using examples from various representative regions of Latin America. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

A chronological survey of music from the 18th century to the present day. Emphasis on the development of musical style. Prerequisite: MU 251. Spring.

MU315 Conducting I

2 credits

Basic conducting techniques, experience in score reading, baton technique, and interpretation. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the departmental assessment exams (MU 281, MU 282, MU 283). Additionally, Music Education majors must have gained admission to Educator Preparation. Fall.

Sequel to MU 315. More advanced conducting techniques used in both instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisite: MU 315, with a grade C or higher. Spring.

Directed study of materials and approaches to studio teaching of one's primary applied instrument or voice to students of all ages and levels. Prerequisite: MUA 102 or MUAP 102, and permission of instructor. Vocal: Fall, Piano: Fall, odd years. Guitar: Spring, even years. Other instruments: As needed.

Connecting the music of Africa and the Americans, this course looks at traditional African music; contemporary African popular styles such as soukous, highlife, afrobeat, and mbaqanga; music from Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Martinique; and African American styles from early folk music to gospel, blues, R&B and funk. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

Sections offered in literature for voice, piano, guitar, and other instruments as needed. Classes include performance of examples with coaching in stylistic interpretation of literature from all periods. Voice: Spring. Piano: Fall, even years. Guitar: Spring, odd years. Other instruments: As needed.

Supervised field experience in K-12 General Music classroom(s). Prerequisite: Admission to Educator Preparation program and successful completion of departmental exams (MU 281, MU 282, MU 283). Corequisite: MU 357 Fall.

Planning, teaching, and assessing general music lessons (K-12) in accordance with the National Music Standards. Implementation of Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze pedagogies including keyboard skills, singing, playing classroom instruments, solfege, and Curwin hand signs. Classroom observations and field teaching are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educator Preparation program, successful completion of Piano Proficiency Exam and Aural Skills Proficiency Exams. Corequisite: MU 356. Fall.

Principles, techniques, and materials for developing and administering a complete school choral program. Includes sources and criteria for selection of repertoire. Prerequisites: Admission to Educator Preparation program and successful completion of the departmental assessment exams (MU 281, MU 282, MU 283) and MU 315. Corequisites: MU 359 and MU 360. Spring.

This is a course designed to create supervised field experiences in public school instrumental and/or choral music programs for music education majors. Prerequisite: Admission to Educator Preparation program and successful completion of the departmental assessment exams (piano, aural skills, mid-level review). Corequisites: MU 358 and MU 360. Spring.

Principles, techniques, organization, and materials for developing and administering a complete school instrumental program. Includes sources and criteria for selection of repertoire. Prerequisites: Admission to Educator Preparation program and successful completion of the departmental assessment exams (MU 281, MU 282, MU 283). Corequisites: MU 359 and MU 360. Spring.

MUA401 Applied Music

1-2 credits

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons (for 2 credits) or twelve 25-minute lessons (for 1 credit) on an instrument or in voice. Successful completion of senior recital requirements is necessary for a passing grade in this course for Music Education majors. For Music Education or B.A. in Music majors only. This course is repeatable. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons on an instrument or voice. For Music Performance majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50 minute lessons and a semi-weekly Composers Forum. Prerequisite: MUC 302 with a grade of "C" or higher. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons on an instrument or voice. Successful completion of senior recital requirements is necessary for passing grade in this course. This course is repeatable. For Music Performance majors only. Fall, Spring.

Individual instruction consisting of twelve 50-minute lessons and a semi-weekly Composers Forum. Successful completion of senior recital requirements is necessary for a passing grade in this course. Prerequisite: MUC 401 with a grade of C or higher. Fall, Spring.

This course will address the influence of music on children from a variety of perspectives in both music and education. Students will develop skills in singing, listening, creating, playing classroom instruments, and leading music activities. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.

An advanced course in the sound design oriented toward independent projects. Projects will require the development of sounds for video and audio. Prerequisite: MU 311 with grade of C or higher. Fall.

An advanced lecture and project-oriented course centered on the audio production processes of recording, mixing, and mastering. Topics will include aesthetics of a mix and various processes and techniques relevant to music production. Students will engage in extensive critical listening throughout the course. Spring.

Presented in a seminar format, this course involves a study of how experimentalism and avant-garde developed in the context of rock music. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

Allows upper-division Music majors to participate as apprentices in performing groups. Students may be asked to assist in selection of literature, group logistics, rehearsal, and performance. Prerequisites: MU 315 and MU 316, an audition, and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Techniques, methods, materials, and repertoire for teaching intermediate and early advanced levels of piano instruction. Also, the history of piano pedagogy, the development of modern piano technique, and current approaches to piano technique. A practicum in teaching both individual and group lessons is an essential component of the course. Prerequisite: MU 326. Spring, even years.

Full-time seven-week placement in elementary-level music classroom setting(s) appropriate to intended certification. Supervision provided by college supervisor and field-based professional toward mastery of principles, attitudes, and techniques for successful teaching. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of Educator Preparation Office. Fall, Spring.

Full-time seven-week placement in secondary-level music classroom setting(s) appropriate to intended certification. Supervision provided by college supervisor and field-based professional toward mastery of principles, attitudes, and techniques for successful teaching. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of Educator Preparation Office. Fall, Spring.

Seminar taken during student teaching focuses on current social, legal, and ethical issues affecting music education. Includes reflection on professional identity and culminating portfolio development. Corequisites: MU 475 and MU 476. Fall, Spring.

Integrates a student's knowledge and skills in music and applies them in an upper-level seminar setting. Presents one topic per semester: Counterpoint, Analytical Techniques in Music, 20th-century music, or other topics. Final projects relate to a student's degree specialization or interests. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: MU 252. Fall, Spring.

A capstone project in Music Technology demonstrating competence as an audio engineer and sound designer. The project, in consultation with the instructor, may take the form of a lecture recital or significant development project with lecture presentation. Spring.

80-hour supervised, contracted internship arranged by the student with an approved music technology company, for either a semester's work or summer employment. Contract must be approved by the music technology coordinator. Responsible faculty supervision and review required. Prerequisites: MU 211, MU 212, MU 311, MU 411 and MU 412. Fall, Spring.

Independent reading and study in a selected area of Music, conducted on a tutorial basis. Students must obtain approval of the supervising faculty member before registering. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.