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MUS 1000,3000: Recital Attendance

Offered on a pass/fail basis. Students are required to attend a specified number of recitals each semester and must pass at least six semesters to receive the B.A. degree in music or bachelor of music education.

MUS 1151: Class Guitar I

Prerequisite: Music major

Introductory class instruction in folk and popular styles of guitar playing with emphasis on guitar as a teaching tool for classroom music instruction.

MUS 1321: Jazz Piano

Offered: As needed

Prerequisites: MUS 1713, MUS 1201 or 1441, or instructor approval.

Materials and practices for typical jazz keyboard playing.

One hour per week.

MUS 1431: Class Piano

Non music majors. For students who have little or no music reading skills, this course concentrates on basic piano skills while learning to read music. At the end of the course students will play pieces using a chord based approach in several keys and styles.

$20 applied music fee.

MUS 1441: Class Piano I, II, III, and IV

Prerequisite: Music major

A development of the fundamental skills of the piano, emphasizing those aspects most useful to non piano majors. A knowledge of chords is stressed, as is sight reading, improvising, playing in all keys and harmonizing melodies. The second year of class piano extends these skills adding the reading of multiple score parts, modulation, harmonizing with secondary chords, improvising in various composers' styles, playing a wide variety of literature, and accompanying.

$10 applied music fee.

MUS 1713: Theory I

Co-requisites: MUS 1731, 1741

Study of scales, triads, seventh chords, diatonic harmonies, simple modulation. Introduction to small forms.

MUS 1723: Theory II

Co-requisites: MUS 1731, 1741

Study of scales, triads, seventh chords, diatonic harmonies, simple modulation. Introduction to small forms.

MUS 1731: Ear Training I

The elements of music fundamentals, both written and aural.

MUS 1741: Ear Training II

The elements of music fundamentals, both written and aural.

MUS 2003: Introduction to Music

ACTS Common Course - MUSC1003

An overall view of music history from Medieval to Contemporary times with a focus on relating musical happenings and concepts to the other arts.

MUS 2201: Accompanying Seminar

Prerequisites: Piano major or permission of instructor.

Development of basic accompanying techniques. Class coaching and presentation one hour weekly, plus assigned accompanying responsibilities in a variety of media.

Note: May be repeated three times.

MUS 2441: Class Voice

Offered: Fall

Prerequisite: Music major

Development of basic vocal techniques through group participation and solo singing. Emphasis is placed on understanding of vocal pedagogy.

Supervised practice two hours per week.

MUS 2451: Class Voice

Offered: Fall

(Non music majors) Development of basic vocal techniques through group participation and solo singing.

Supervised practice two hours per week.

MUS 2713: Theory III

Co-requisites: MUS 2731, 2741

More advanced harmonic concepts, modulation, chromatic harmonies. Further study of larger forms.

MUS 2723: Theory IV

Co-requisites: MUS 2731, 2741

More advanced harmonic concepts, modulation, chromatic harmonies. Further study of larger forms.

MUS 2731: Ear Training III

Further work in more advanced ear training and sight singing.

MUS 2741: Ear Training IV

Further work in more advanced ear training and sight singing.

MUS 3281: Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials I

Laboratory experience in conducting and performance of materials appropriate to teaching band in the public school.

MUS 3321: Practice of Improvisation

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUS 3332 or instructor approval.

Laboratory experience in improvisation in all jazz styles.

Note: This course may be repeated for credit.

MUS 3322: Theory of Improvisation (Jazz)

Prerequisites: MUS 1713, 1723, 1441, and/or instructor approval.

Music theory, materials and practices for improvising or extemporaneous playing.

Note: May not be repeated for credit. May not be taken for credit after completion of MUS 3332.

One hour class, two hour laboratory per week.

MUS 3332: Theory of Improvisation (Jazz)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUS 3322

Advanced music theory, materials and practices for improvising or extemporaneous playing.

Note: May not be repeated for credit.

One hour class, two hour laboratory per week.

MUS 3401: Brass Instruments

Prerequisite: Music major

A study of the instruments of the brass family to the extent that scales and grade one and two solos can be played on selected instruments.

Class two hours, practice two hours.

MUS 3421: Woodwind Instruments, Double Reeds

Prerequisite: Music major

A study of playing and teaching techniques of the woodwind family (oboe, bassoon). Playing of selected instruments will be developed through major scales and grade one and two solos or methods.

MUS 3431: Woodwind Instruments, Single Reeds

Prerequisite: Music major

A study of playing and teaching techniques of the woodwind family (flute, clarinet, saxophone). Playing of selected instruments will be developed through major scales and grade one and two solos or methods.

MUS 3441: Instrumental Concepts

Prerequisites: Vocal or Keyboard major

A study designed to give non-instrumental music education majors functional knowledge of band and orchestral instruments.

MUS 3442: Piano Pedagogy

Offered: Spring

A study of pedagogical principles involved in the teaching of private and class piano, with emphasis on outside reading, class discussion, and observation of actual lessons and classes.

MUS 3481: Stringed Instruments

Prerequisite: Music major

A study of instruments of the string family (violin, viola, cello, and string bass) with emphasis on the fundamentals of good tone production and bowing techniques to the extent that scales and grade one and two orchestra music can be played on selected instruments.

MUS 3692: History of Music III

Prerequisite: MUS 2723, music major or permission of instructor.

A study of 20th century music. Includes one unit of non- western music.

MUS 3702: Music Educational Technology

Prerequisites: Music major with junior standing.

Applications of Technology in Music Education. An overview of current technologies to enhance music instruction, assessment, and productivity by the music educator.

MUS 3712: Counterpoint

Offered: As needed

Prerequisite: MUS 2723

The contrapuntal techniques and forms of the Baroque era. Analysis of Canons, two and three part Inventions, and fugues of J.S. Bach plus written exercises in two voice counterpoint.

MUS 3762: Instrumental and Choral Arranging

An introduction to scoring for instrumental and choral groups to meet the needs of adapting music to meet the needs and ability levels of school performing groups and classroom situations.

MUS 3771,3772: Composition

Offered: As needed

Prerequisites: 16 hours of music theory and senior standing or consent of instructor.

The study of basic compositional techniques of twentieth-century works and completion of composition project.

MUS 3773: History of Music I

Offered: Fall

Prerequisites: MUS 2723 (Theory IV) or permission of instructor.

A study of Western Art music from ancient civilization to A.D. 1750.

MUS 3783: History of Music II

Prerequisite: MUS 2723 or permission of instructor.

A study of classical and 19th century music.

MUS 3802: Principles of Conducting

Offered: Fall

Principles and practices of conducting; a study of music terminology and transpositions; development of baton techniques based on the practice of outstanding choral and instrumental conductors.

MUS 3821: Secondary Choral Methods and Materials I

Choral conducting techniques, tone and diction styles and interpretation, rehearsal techniques, programs and concerts, planning and organization, and service information. Conducting of student ensembles and organizations. Methods and materials I will include review of literature for large and small ensembles appropriate for middle school, junior high, and smaller high school teaching situations.

MUS 3853: Music in the Elementary Classroom

Prerequisites: MUS 2723, successful completion of Keyboard Exit Exam, and SEED 2002 or permission of instructor.

A study of current practices, methods, and materials for teaching general music to elementary school children with emphasis on curriculum development and diversity in the classroom.

MUS 4001: Senior Recital

Prerequisite: Six semesters of major applied study.

Required of all music education majors.

$175 applied music fee.

MUS 4201: Accompanying Seminar

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUS 2201 and/or permission of instructor.

Advanced accompanying techniques for piano majors. Class coaching and presentation one hour weekly, plus assigned responsibilities in a variety of media.

Note: May be repeated three times.

Note: May substitute for required 3000 level hour of major ensemble enrollment with assignment by instructor to successfully accompany major ensemble or recital.

MUS 4281: Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials II

Laboratory experience in conducting and performance of materials appropriate to teaching band in the public school.

MUS 4461: Percussion Instruments

Prerequisite: Music major

A study of the instruments of the percussion family to the extent that scales and/or rudiments and grade one and two solos can be played on selected instruments. Designed as a practical preparation for public school teachers.

Two hours weekly.

MUS 4701: Special Methods in Music

Offered: Spring

Prerequisites: Admission to Stage II of the Teacher Education program.

Intensive on campus exploration of the principles of curriculum construction, teaching methods, use of community resources, evaluation as related to teaching music, and dealing with diversity in the classroom.

MUS 4712: Form and Analysis

Offered: Fall

Prerequisite: MUS 2723

A study of the standard forms of the Classical period with emphasis on instrumental forms and genres developed in the period 1750-1825 and the continuation and expansion of those forms in the nineteenth century.

MUS 4803: History of American Music: Jazz and Folk

Open to all students. An in-depth study of folk music and the relationship between these forms and American life. Research, aural activity, and analysis are used to explore a variety of musical forms, composers, and performers.

MUS 4811: Keyboard Literature

Offered: Fall

A survey of piano or organ literature with emphasis on historical development, analysis of selected compositions, and listings of suitable pedagogical materials.

MUS 4821: Secondary Choral Methods and Materials II

Choral conducting techniques, tone and diction styles and interpretation, rehearsal techniques, programs and concerts, planning and organization, and service information. Conducting of student ensembles and organizations. Methods and materials II will include a review of historically important choral works and the music of the master composers of each musical epoch. Sight singing methods for group sight reading will be reviewed.

MUS 4832: Vocal Pedagogy

Offered: Spring

Prerequisites: Pass Vocal Sophomore Barrier and Keyboard Barrier

A study of pedagogical principles involved in the teaching of singing, with emphasis on outside reading, class discussion, and laboratory teaching of actual voice students.

MUS 4853: Music of the World's Peoples

Cross-listed: ANTH 4853

Open to students in all majors. A survey of predominantly non-Western world music cultures with attention to sonic structures, musicians, musical instruments, and socio-cultural contexts of music making. Listening emphasized.

MUS 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Music

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

MUS 4991,4992,4993: Special Problems in Music

Offered: As needed

Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor.

Additional work in an area of the student's choice under the direction of the faculty member competent in that area.