- Programs of Study
Lower Division Courses:
MUSC 100 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 110 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 115 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 126 Class Piano I (2)
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 127 Class Piano II (2)
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 140 Lower Division Class Music (2)
Brass, Voice, Strings, Piano, Guitar, Woodwinds. Class instruction in voice or instruments.
MUSC 200 Recital Attendance (0)
Required of all music majors. Attendance at Music Department events and participation in ensembles and recitals are required for each semester.
MUSC 201-210 Applied Music (1-2)
Brass, Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds. An Applied Music Fee is required. Private studio lessons on voice or an instrument; fourteen half-hour lessons per semester. Appropriate technical exercises and repertoire are assigned individually. End of semester jury before a panel of teachers is required.
MUSC 226 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 227 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 228 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 227.
MUSC 250 Class Piano III (3)
Prerequisite: MUSC127. A continuation of MUS-A127. 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 127.
MUSC 251 Class Piano IV (3)
Prerequisite: MUSC 250. A continuation of MUS-A250. 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 250
MUSC 285 Piano Proficiency
Upper Division Courses:
MUSC 327 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 228.
MUSC 328 Counterpoint (3)
Required of theory majors. Study of two-, three-, and four-part writing of common period style and analysis of contrapuntal forms. Prerequisite: MUSC 327.
MUSC 329 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 327.
MUSC 330 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 331 History of Music II (3)
Continuation of MUSC 330. 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 335 Music of Women Composers (3)
A survey course studying representative music written by women composers from the Middle Ages to the present. Keyboard, vocal, and instrumental works will be examined. Writings about specific women composers will be discussed, and recordings and scores will be compared with works from the music history canon. Course work will require reading, listening to specific works, and attendance at concerts.
MUSC 336 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 227, MUSC 330, MUSC 331 or consent of instructor.
MUSC 342 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 344 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 345 Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 346 String Orchestra
MUSC 348 Guitar Ensemble
MUSC 349 Concert Wind Ensemble
MUSC 350 Piano Ensemble
MUSC 427 Music Analysis (3)
Required of theory majors. Study of recent theoretical concepts and application of them to the analysis of musical structures of various periods; emphasis on contemporary composition. Prerequisite: MUSC 327.
MUSC 441 Conducting (3)
Theory and practice of conducting vocal and instrumental organizations. Required of music majors. Prerequisite: MUSA227 and MUSA228 or special permission of the instructor.
MUSC 485 Senior Capstone (0)
Senior Recital or Lecture-Presentation required of Music Performance and Music Studies Majors. Senior Recitals are 50-60 minutes long, comprised of several groups of classical music selections of varying style periods, and are performed from memory for the public in a University venue. Senior Lecture-Presentations are readings or demonstrations of studies in related fields, supervised by the student's primary advisor, and delivered in a University classroom or auditorium.
MUSC 495 Senior Residency (0)
MUSC 498 Independent Study (1-6)
Permission of Instructor required.