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Description of Courses

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MUS MUSIC (Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

096-097. Beginning Piano - 2-0-1
Course for nonmusic majors designed to develop basic keyboard skills. Includes solo and ensemble literature from traditional style periods and basic skills encompassing reading, keyboard theory, harmonization, transposition, improvisation and scales. Taught in a class setting.

101-102. Elementary Theory - 3-0-3
Fundamental training in scales, keys, notation, meter, rhythm, chord structures, part writing and application to the keyboard. Elementary sight singing and dictation. Includes computer-assisted learning.

108. Improvisation - 1-1-1
Beginning to advanced musical improvisation in various styles including jazz, fusion, bebop, blues and others. Uses prerecorded and computer-assisted rhythm sections. Offered to keyboardists and instrumentalists. Taught in a class setting. PR: CI.

110. Opera Workshop - 0-2-1
Rehearsal and performance of scenes from opera literature.

111. Concert Choir - 3-0-1
This singing group offers qualified students an opportunity to become acquainted with a broad variety of choral music. In addition to presenting on-campus concerts each semester, the choir tours biennially. No audition requirements. May be repeated for credit.

111a. Concert Choir - 3-0-0
Zero-credit option for Concert Choir.

115. Women's Ensemble - 3-0-1
Women's performance ensemble dedicated to the rehearsal, study and performance of women's choral literature from the Medieval era to the 21st century. Open by audition to any woman, freshmen through seniors. May be repeated for credit.

115a. Women's Ensemble - 3-0-0
Zero-credit option for Women's Ensemble.

121. Berry Singers - 3-0-1
This chamber vocal ensemble of mixed voices is open to all college students who can qualify by audition. The Berry Singers limits participation to 24 voices and presents a variety of examples of choral art best suited to small ensemble. May be repeated for credit.

121a. Berry Singers - 3-0-0
Zero-credit option for Berry Singers.

131. Symphonic Band/Orchestra - 3-0-1
Open to qualified students by audition. These groups perform literature from all style periods and present concerts on and off campus. May be repeated for credit.

131a. Symphonic Band/Orchestra - 3-0-0
Zero-credit option for Symphonic Band/Orchestra.

132. Chamber Music - 2-0-1
Study and performance of literature of all periods for various woodwind, percussion and brass-ensemble combinations.

132a. Chamber Music - 2-0-0
Zero-credit option for Chamber Music.

141. Jazz Ensemble - 3-0-1
This ensemble consists of full sections of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, rhythm-section instruments and other instruments as needed. The group performs contemporary jazz/rock/pop music of all styles. Membership is open to all college students.

141a. Jazz Ensemble - 3-0-0
Zero-credit option for Jazz Ensemble.

190. Instrumental Training - 2-0-2
General introduction to the basic techniques of performance for string, brass, woodwind, percussion and fretted instruments for noninstrumentalists. Not applicable to the music major's degree for instrumentalists majoring in music education. Includes pedagogical techniques and proficiency in each area.

191. String Methods - 2-0-2

Class instruction in string instruments.

192. Woodwind Methods - 2-0-2
Class instruction in woodwind instruments.

193. Brass Methods - 2-0-2
Class instruction in brass instruments.

194. Percussion Methods - 2-0-2
Class instruction in percussion instruments.

195. Voice Class - 1-0-1
Class instruction in voice for nonvocal majors.

196-197. Class Piano - 2-0-1
Sequence of courses in functional use of piano employing group and individual techniques designed to develop keyboard proficiency for music majors. Successful completion satisfies piano-proficiency requirements. Basic keyboard skills include scales, arpeggios, harmonization, transposition and improvisation.

201-202. Intermediate Theory - 3-0-3
Continuation of MUS 101-102. Triads, seventh chords, ninth chords, nonharmonic tones, chromatic alteration. Diatonic, chromatic and enharmonic modulation and application to the keyboard. A study of 18th-century contrapuntal writing and 20th-century compositional techniques. Ear training and sight singing. PR: MUS 101-102.

215. Appreciation of Music - 3-0-3
Understanding of musical style, structure, media and forms, explained and illustrated by performances and recordings. Open to students in all departments. May not be counted toward a major or minor in music.

228. Topics in Music - 1 to 3 hours
Special topics in music offered on demand for areas of study not covered by the regular music curriculum.

247. Introduction to Music History and Related Literature - 2-0-2
Historical survey of music history and literature with emphasis on representative forms, styles and composers. The course begins with the Medieval period and goes to the present. Required for music minors.

296-97. Class Piano - 2-0-1
Continuation of 196-197. PR: MUS 196-197.

300. Seminar in Composition - 2-0-1
Developing compositional skill, extending from creative-style explorations to synthesis of a personal style expressed in a complete work. May be repeated for credit. PR: CI.

301. Form and Analysis - 2-0-2
Theory and analysis of musical forms, including binary, ternary, sonata, rondo and dance forms. Harmonic analysis of representative works. PR: MUS 101-102.

302. Composition and Arranging - 3-0-3
Developing compositional skills with original compositions in simpler forms, including contemporary materials and techniques of musical composition. Approach to arranging through knowledge of timbre and range of voices and instruments; opportunity to arrange for various media. Laboratory experiences with MIDI technology including notation and sequencing of class assignments. PR: MUS 101-102.

305. Music Curriculum - 2-2-3
Examination of the fundamentals of music curricula for preschool through secondary education including content, style and technique for music teaching; includes school-based field experience. PR: Admittance to teacher-education program.

320. Musical Theatre - 3-0-3
(See THE 320.) Appreciation of musical theatre throughout history with an emphasis on major influences and forms.

328-329. Conducting - 2-0-2
Development of skills of conducting and score reading. Special attention to individual problems, including preparation of school groups for concert and contest. PR: MUS 101-102.

346. Women in Music - 3-0-3
An introduction to women making music from the Middle Ages to the present. Topics include composers and their music, performers, iconography and ramifications of gender in vocal and instrumental genres. Emphasis on historical context and reception.

347. Literature and History of Music I - 2-0-2
The history of Western music from early Greek and Hebrew music through the Renaissance with an effort to pinpoint divergent idioms. PR: MUS 101-102.

348WI-349WI. Literature and History of Music II, III - 3-0-3
The history of Western music from the beginning of the baroque period through modernism to the present day, with an effort to pinpoint divergent idioms. PR: MUS 101-102.

355. World Music - 2-0-2
Style and function of music in non-traditional style including the music of Asia, Eastern cultures, Africa, South America, Europe and Australia, as well as the development of American musical forms including jazz and popular music.

390. The Music Industry - 2-0-2
Overview of the music industry regarding arts business and concert management, sales and promotion, professional associations and organizations, publishing, instrument manufacturing, recording industry, legal and financial services, retailing and wholesaling. Includes field trips.

402. Music Education - 2-0-2
Materials and basic philosophy of the aims of music education in the early childhood, middle-grades, junior- and senior-high school music programs. Instructional management for student teaching. PR: Admittance to teacher-education program.

422. Band Literature and Techniques - 2-0-2
Development of band instrumentation, marching techniques, performance styles and literature. Detailed study of organization and administration of the school instrumental program.

439. Choral Literature and Techniques - 3-0-3
Choral literature from early Renaissance to the present. Elements of choral performance in public school, college and adult choral groups, including the problems in tone quality, intonation and diction.

442. Opera Literature - 3-0-3
Standard masterworks of opera literature from 1600 to present.

444. Vocal Literature - 3-0-3
Song literature from 1600 to the present. Particular emphasis on interpretive problems. Class performance stressed.

446. Piano Accompanying - 1-2-1
Instruction and practical experience in accompanying.

447. Piano Methods - 2-2-3
Practical application of the principles of teaching piano by means of apprenticeship. Lectures and observations.

450. Piano Literature - 3-0-3
Survey of literature for piano from various periods of piano composition including analysis and performance.

496. Academic Internship - 3 to 9 hours
Problem-oriented experiences on specific academic problems relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this catalog.

498. Directed Study - 1 to 3 hours
Advanced study of individual research of specific problems. PR: JS or SS, music major and approval of school dean.

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