- Programs of Study
Lower Division Courses:
MUSC 1000 Approaching the Arts: Music (3)
An introduction to the appreciation and understanding of the basic elements, genres, and style periods of Western music. Classical and popular styles will be presented; some live concert attendance will be required. Arts and Sciences Core Requirement for non-majors.
MUSC 1100 Music Fundamentals (3)
An introductory course in music notation and the basic building blocks of western musical thought. Includes study of pitches, clefs, key signatures, scales, intervals, rhythms, symbols, terms, and basic harmony. Fulfills the Core Arts requirement for non-majors. If needed, it can serve as a preparatory study of music theory for music majors, but does not count toward the music degree.
MUSC 1150 History of Jazz (3)
An introduction to the development of jazz and related American styles through lecture and extensive audio-video examples. Course work includes reading and listening assignments, two exams, one review of a live performance and one brief paper. Arts and Sciences Core Requirement for non-majors. May be used as a music literature elective for music majors.
MUSC 1170 World Music (3)
Introductory course to musical cultures around the world. History, sources, and aesthetic principles in each culture will be examined and compared with western society's Eurocentric styles. Students will learn to identify musical elements and characteristics unique to each culture, and acquire vocabulary for intelligent, respectful discussion of the topics.
MUSC 1180 Music of the African Diaspora (3)
A study of the musical traditions of people of African descent outside of Africa with special emphasis on the influence of African music on popular music in America. Special attention will be given to historical and social context. No prerequisites required.
MUSC 1190 American Musical Mosaic: Songs of an Immigrant Nation (3)
An exploration of the diverse musical styles in the United States, an immigrant nation, using historical/contemporary constructions of socio-cultural identity: class, race, ethnicity, geography, religion, language, and gender. Styles range from folk ballads to jazz, blues, Hispanic music, rock, to musical theatre, Native American and classical genres.
MUSC 1260 Class Piano I (1)
A course for beginners at the keyboard, open to both music and non-music majors. Beginning keyboard and musicianship skills are learned, including reading and playing in bass and treble clefs, simple rhythm symbols and patterns, major and minor five-finger patterns, major scales and arpeggios, and basic chord progressions. Repertoire includes song arrangements with simple accompaniment patterns and elementary-level piano repertoire. Beginning work in harmonization, sight-reading, and transposition is included. Taught in small group setting.
MUSC 1270 Class Piano II (1)
A continuation of MUSC 127. Second course in class piano, for both majors and non-majors at the late-elementary or early-intermediate level of performance. Course work includes minor scales and arpeggios, seventh chords and inversions, more extensive chord progressions, and more advanced repertoire. The study of sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, and collaborative skills is continued.
MUSC 1400 Lower Division Class Music (2)
Brass, Voice, Strings, Piano, Guitar, Woodwinds. Class instruction in voice or instruments.
MUSC 2010-2100 Applied Music (1-2)
Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds. An Applied Music Fee is required. Private studio lessons on voice or an instrument. One credit: thirteen half-hour lessons per semester. Two credits: thirteen one-hour lessons per semester.
MUSC 2260 Music Computer Skills (1)
Hands on instruction in the use of MIDI software and hardware. Programs in Music Notation, Music Sequencing, and Computer Assisted Instruction will be practiced and evaluated.
MUSC 2270 Music Theory I (3)
The first of the four-semester sequence of intensive theoretical study required of all music majors. Not an entry-level course: Students enrolled in this class should be literate musicians with considerable prior experience performing/reading music. Specific topics include review of basic principles of notation, major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, triadic harmony, figured bass, melody and two-voice counterpoint, fundamentals of diatonic harmony, and part writing in two, three, and four voices. Course tests, sight singing practice, and weekly computer assignments in ear training. It is strongly recommended that non-pianists concurrently study class piano.
MUSC 2271 Aural Skills I (1)
This course focuses on the acquisition of skills to recognize and perform elementary rhythmic and melodic patterns through sight-singing and ear-training. Co-req: MUSC 2270
MUSC 2280 Music Theory II (3)
Second course in the required sequence for music majors. Continuation of Theory 1; includes treatment of triads in inversion, cadences and beginning musical form, non-harmonic tones, and diatonic seventh chords. Prerequisite: MUSC 2270.
MUSC 2281 Aural Skills II (1)
This course builds on skills acquired in MUSC 2271 by introducing progressively more complex rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic structures. Co-req: MUSC 2280
MUSC 2300 Intro to Music Therapy (3)
This course gives an overview of basic principles of music therapy, including its history, research methods, characteristics of diverse populations served, and treatment process (referral, assessment, treatment plan, documentation and evaluation). Course includes field trips to clinical settings, and exploration of ethical issues and student’s attitudes and motives as helpers.
MUSC 2500 Class Piano III (1)
Prerequisite: MUSC1270. A continuation of MUSC 1270. Class Piano III is a course at the early-to-mid intermediate level of piano training. It is the third in the series of four class piano levels designed to develop basic skills and techniques at the keyboard. These skills are applicable to all musical styles, including classical, jazz, and popular music, and the series culminates, for the music major, in achievement of the piano proficiency requirement required for the degree in music. However, class activities and assignments are structured to accommodate both music majors and adult amateurs who are learning an instrument for pleasure and enrichment. Prerequisite: MUSC 1270.
MUSC 2510 Class Piano IV (1)
Prerequisite: MUSC 2500. A continuation of MUSC 2500. Class Piano IV is a course at the mid-to-late intermediate level of piano training. It is the last in the series of four class piano levels designed to develop basic skills and techniques at the keyboard. These skills are applicable to all musical styles, including classical, jazz, and popular music, and the series culminates, for the music major, in achievement of the piano proficiency requirement required for the degree in music. However, class activities and assignments are structured to accommodate both music majors and adult amateurs who are learning an instrument for plea-sure and enrichment. Prerequisite: MUSC 2500.
MUSC 2980 Independent Study (1-3)
Permission of Instructor required.
Upper Division Courses:
MUSC 3010-3100 Applied Music (1-2)
Private studio lessons for majors only who have demonstrated required competencies in performance. An Applied Music Fee is required. One credit: thirteen half-hour lessons per semester. Two credits: thirteen one-hour lessons per semester.
MUSC 3270 Music Theory III (3)
Third course in the required sequence for music majors. Study of secondary dominants, chromaticism and altered chords, modulations, and binary-ternary forms; traditional and contemporary harmonic usage. Prerequisite: MUSC 2280.
MUSC 3271 Aural Skills III (1)
TThis course builds on skills acquired in MUSC 2281 by introducing progressively more complex rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic structures. Co-req: MUSC 3270
MUSC 3290 Music Theory IV (3)
Fourth course in the required sequence for music majors. Continuation of the study of the complex harmonic vocabulary of the late 19th/20th centuries, including extended chromaticism and tertian harmony, modes, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, enharmonic modulations, serialism, parallelism, aleatoric works, pandiatonicism, etc. Prerequisite: MUSC 3270.
MUSC 3300 History of Music I (3)
The study of classical musical styles, genres, and masterworks from antiquity through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras, ending with the music of J.S. Bach in 1750.
MUSC 3310 History of Music II (3)
Continuation of MUSC 3300. The study of classical music styles, genres, and masterworks from the style gallant of 1750 through Romantic, Impressionist, and Twentieth-Century styles to the present day.
MUSC 3320 Music Since 1900 (3)
This course explores both history and theory of music written since 1900. Major compositional techniques and methods are explored while simultaneously studying the historical, social, and political context in which each work was written. Pre-req: MUSC 3270
MUSC 3360 Music Literature Seminar (3)
A seminar offered periodically, on varying historical and musical subjects; examples include "American Popular Music, " "History of the Oratorio," "Piano Repertoire." Course covers the significant characteristics of selected musical style periods, genres, or composers, examined in their musical, social and historical frameworks. Course work includes presentation of a research paper, two exams, reading and listening assignments, formal analysis of musical examples, and attendance at live musical presentations. Prerequisites: MUSC 2270, MUSC 3300, MUSC 3310 or consent of instructor.
MUSC 3420 University Chorale (0-1)
Study and performance of choral arrangements and masterworks for large mixed ensemble. Open to all students with some choral experience and/or vocal aptitude.
MUSC 3440 University Mastersingers (0-1)
Highly selective small vocal ensemble; frequent public performances of early choral music and a capella works. Entrance by audition only which generally takes place on the last Thursday of the Spring Semester.
MUSC 3450 Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 3460 String Orchestra
MUSC 3480 Guitar Ensemble
MUSC 3490 Concert Wind Ensemble
MUSC 3500 Piano Ensemble
MUSC 3840 Junior Research Methods (1)
Junior music majors with a concentration in Music Studies examine standard research tools & techniques and produce a working bibliography of musical reference materials.
MUSC 4410 Conducting (2)
Theory and practice of conducting vocal and instrumental organizations. Required of music majors. Prerequisite: MUSA2270 and MUSC 2280 or special permission of the instructor.
MUSC 4960 Senior Capstone (1)
Senior music majors with a concentration in Music Studies engage in in-depth directed research and present their findings in an open forum lecture-presentation.
MUSC 4961 Senior Recital (1)
Senior music majors with a Performance concentration present a Senior Recital, 50 minutes in duration, comprising representative classical and related works at appropriate performance level.
MUSC 4980 Independent Study (1-6)
Permission of Instructor required.