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MUMT 200 INTRODUCTION TO THE MUSIC BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP [+]
Designed for music students as well as any student contemplating a career or business venture in the music field. Experience a broad introduction to entrepreneurship and the music industry. Examine a wide range of areas in music business, such as publishing, recording and management, and examine different legal, artistic and financial considerations facing graduates entering the music field today. Learn the skills necessary to think creatively, identify opportunities and assess risks, and acquire basic business skills in order to be successful in the music field. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUMT 234 BEGINNING AUDIO PRODUCTION [+]
Covers the basic skills and techniques required for media recording. Emphasis is on studio procedures, microphone techniques and principles of digital recording. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUMT 300 EAR TRAINING FOR RECORDING ENGINEERS [+]
Critical listening skills are developed through class demonstration and ear-training exercises. Specific skills include hearing and discriminating frequencies, mixes, etc. while listening musically to various production styles. Explores the ear, mechanics of hearing, and how the brain interprets sound. Discusses critical definition of what constitutes good vs. bad sound and how to incorportate the definition into music production. Develops deep listening skills. Prerequisites: MUSC 311 and 312. Two hours per week.
MUMT 354 ADVANCED AUDIO PRODUCTION [+]
Intensive audio production course designed to expand upon the concepts covered in MUMT 234, focusing on post-production techniques. Relevant topics include automation, quantization, drum replacement, advanced signal processing and mastering. Edit and mix live recordings, as well as produce studio creations with the intent of contributing to a class compilation CD at the end of the course. Prerequisite: MUMT 234. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUMT 355 TOPICS IN AUDIO PRODUCTION [+]
Expands upon the concepts covered in MUMT 234 and MUMT 354, focusing on advanced topics in modern music production. Relevant topics include digital signal processing, sound for video and audio mastering. Work with SU Event Technical Services to record Music Department events and edit/mix these recordings for distribution. Prerequisite: C or better in MUMT 354. Three hours per week.
MUMT 356 LIVE SOUND PRODUCTION [+]
Provides an overview of the audio technology required in a live performance setting. Gain hands-on experience in setting-up and operating live sound systems, as well as study-related topics, including gain structure, power handling, system design and live recording. Work with SU Event Technical Services to assist with the audio production at campus events. Prerequisite: C or better in MUMT 354. Two hours per week.
MUMT 400 MUSIC ACOUSTICS [+]
Provides a broad overview of various aspects of musical acoustics, a very unique area of study where both science and music unite. Explores the science of sound and how the ear responds to it. Explores the study of sound generated from various types of musical instruments, the human voice, real world acoustical experiences, electronic generated sound and their application to musical acoustics. Prerequisites: PHYS 121. Three hours per week.
MUMT 495 INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY [+]
MUSC 495 is not a traditional course held in a classroom on campus. Eligible students find an occupational setting that relates to their career aspirations in the music technology field. Workplace duties will be negotiated with an employer who will serve as mentor and supervisor. Provides an outlet for students to gain practical hands-on experience in a professional setting by applying theoretical, technical and musical skills learned in previous coursework. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the department.
MUMT 496 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PROJECT [+]
Required of music technology majors in the senior year of the B.A. in music program, but is open to all music majors. Project is intended to be a recording project, electronic music composition, acoustical analysis or other technological exploration. Project is of the student's choice in consultation with a faculty mentor. Students meet weekly with their faculty mentor. Sign up in Music Department office one term in advance. Prerequisites: Senior standing, completion of core and permission of instructor. One hour per week with enhancement.

MUSA 100 UNIVERSITY CHORALE [+]
A non-auditioned ensemble of mixed SATB voices which performs a variety of choral literature from all style periods. Sight-reading fluency and small ensemble work are achieved in rehearsals. Some singing ability and understanding of musical notation expected. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for majors. Three hours per week.
MUSA 101 UNIVERSITY BAND [+]
Non-auditioned ensemble open to all University wind and percussion students who wish to continue their performance experience at the university level. Performances include select athletic events, on-campus functions and special activities. Two hours per week.
MUSA 102 JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND IMPROVISATION [+]
Study and performance of a variety of jazz styles, including swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, contemporary, blues, fusion and Latin in big band and small and large combo contexts. Study and application of improvisation skills as an integral part of the ensemble experience. Open to all students and community players. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for music major and minor. Performance background, sight-reading skills preferred. Prerequisite: Placement audition required. Contact instructor immediately after registration. Three hours per week.
MUSA 103 CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES [+]
Study, rehearsal and performance of selected works for small ensembles, both vocal and instrumental (designated by the department for any given semester). Advanced students with prior performing experience and full-time undergraduate students only. Prerequisites: Audition, approval of the instructor/department in writing. Two hours per week.
MUSA 104 MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP [+]
Research, study, rehearse and perform songs (duets, trios, small ensembles and choruses) and scenes from American musical theatre. Study of vocal and audition techniques, performance practice, staging, “characterizing” a song, musical theatre styles and performance etiquette. Open to all students. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for music major and ensemble requirement for music minor. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours per week.
MUSA 105 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA [+]
Study and performance of standard orchestral literature and contemporary compositions. Repertoire may also include chamber orchestra/chamber wind literature as well. The orchestra is a full-size symphonic ensemble comprised of students, faculty, professionals and community players. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for music minor. Prerequisite: Non-string players need permission from instructor. Three hours per week.
MUSA 106 CHAMBER CHOIR [+]
Selected choral ensemble whose members assume individual responsibility for professionalism, commitment, awareness of musical objectives and excellence in performance. Attendance at all rehearsals mandatory; outside preparation required to equalize differing levels of ability. Open to all students by audition only. Fulfills small ensemble requirement for majors. Three hours per week.
MUSA 107 CONCERT BAND [+]
Select ensemble of wind and percussion instrumentalists. Performance of “chamber” and “large” ensemble repertoire spanning all musical epochs. Open to all majors. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for majors. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances mandatory. Three hours per week.
MUSA 108 CLASS VOICE I [+]
Introduction to vocal techniques through voice placement, breathing, tone production and diction. Recommended for the general student as well as students interested in music theatre and communication arts. Includes introduction to art song literature and musical theatre repertoire. Two hours per week.
MUSA 110 SALISBURY CHORALE [+]
Salisbury Chorale is a mixed - soprano, alto, tenor, bass - choral ensemble whose membership is comprised of persons from the community and University faculty, staff and students. Members assume individual responsibility for professionalism, commitment, awareness of musical objectives and excellence in performance. Provides an opportunity for all members of the greater community to sing masterworks of the choral literature. Two hours per week.
MUSA 131 ACCOMPANYING [+]
Designed for ensemble work in instrumental and vocal studies. Two semesters required for majors with keyboard emphasis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two hours per week.
MUSA 138 APPLIED MUSIC I [+]
Study of fundamental skills appropriate to the instrument or voice with survey of basic literature. Prerequisite: entrance audition, permission of department chair. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 139 APPLIED MUSIC II [+]
Continues MUSC 138 with study of fundamental voice or instrument skills and survey of relevant literature. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSC 138. Corerequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 205 CLASS PIANO I [+]
Group piano instruction with individual help, to develop fundamental piano skills for students with little or no piano experience. Basic skills included are reading, harmonization, transposition, improvization, and compositional techniques. Each course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 or equivalent; Piano I a prerequisite to Piano II. Two hours per week.
MUSA 206 CLASSICAL PIANO II [+]
Group piano instruction with individual help, to develop fundamental piano skills for students with little or no piano experience. Basic skills included are reading, harmonization, transposition, improvization, and compositional techniques. Each course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 or equivalent; Piano I a prerequisite to Piano II. Two hours per week.
MUSA 209 CLASSICAL GUITAR I [+]
Fundamentals of six-string guitar techniques, chords and basic classical guitar using musical notation, accompaniment styles, melodies and appropriate literature. May be repeated once for credit. Two hours per week.
MUSA 210 CLASSICAL GUITAR II [+]
Fundamentals of six-string guitar techniques, chords and basic classical guitar using musical notation, accompaniment styles, melodies and appropriate literature. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: MUSA 209. Two hours per week.
MUSA 213 SING DICTION I [+]
Introduction to the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) and the application of English and Italian diction to contemporary English and 18th century Italian art song literature. Required for vocal track. Co-requisite: Applied voice study. Two hours per week.
MUSA 214 SINGERS DICTION II [+]
Continued study of diction through application of the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) and German and French diction to German “Lieder” and French “Melodie.” Required for vocal track. Prerequisite: MUSA 213. Co-requisite: Applied voice study. Two hours lab per week.
MUSA 238 APPLIED MUSIC III [+]
Continues MUSC 139 with study of fundamental voice or instrument skills and survey of relevant literature. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSC 139. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 239 APPLIED MUSIC IV [+]
Continues MUSC 238 with study of fundamental voice or instrument skills and survey of relevant literature. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSC 238. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 338 APPLIED MUSIC V [+]
Continues MUSA 239 with study of fundamental voice or instrumental skills and survey of relevant literature. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSA 239. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 339 APPLIED MUSIC VI [+]
Continuation of MUSA 338. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSA 338, permission to prepare for a public recital. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 390 APPLIED STUDY [+]
Individual studio lessons in an instrument or voice as a minor specialty. Open to majors and non-majors. Repeatable under all sections. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 391 PERFORMANCE CLASS [+]
Designed as a repertory and performance preparation class for all music majors. All majors are required to take this class while studying their major applied area in the following courses: MUSA 138, 139, 238, 239, 338, 339, 438, 439 or 390. Composition students will present lectures on their own compositions and/or on analyses in lieu of instrumental performing. One hour per week.
MUSA 438 APPLIED MUSIC VII [+]
Continues MUSA 339 with study of fundamental voice or instrument skills and survey of relevant literature. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSA 339. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 439 APPLIED MUSIC VIII [+]
Continuation of MUSA 438 with a concentration on selected literature appropriate for a public recital. Must be approved by chair. Prerequisite: Successful panel evaluation at the conclusion of MUSA 339. Corequisite: MUSA 391. One half-hour meeting per week per credit.
MUSA 501 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA [+]
Research and performance of major works in orchestral literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 502 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA [+]
Continued research and performance of major works in the field of orchestral literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 503 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA [+]
Research and performance of major works in the field of orchestral literature using advanced conducting techniques. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours studio per week.
MUSA 507 CHAMBER CHOIR [+]
Research and performance of major works in choral literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 508 CHAMBER CHOIR [+]
Continued research and performance of major works in the field of choral literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 509 CHAMBER CHOIR [+]
Research and performance of major works in the field of choral literature using advanced conducting techniques. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 516 WIND ENSEMBLE [+]
Research and performance of major works in wind ensemble literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 517 WIND ENSEMBLE [+]
Continued research and performance of major works in the field of wind ensemble literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 518 WIND ENSEMBLE [+]
Research and performance of major works in the field of wind ensemble literature using advanced conducting techniques. Prerequisite: Audition. Three hours rehearsal per week.
MUSA 538 APPLIED MUSIC IX [+]
Individual studio instruction providing a graduate extension of an undergraduate major performing area. Prerequisite: Audition.
MUSA 539 APPLIED MUSIC X [+]
Continued individual studio instruction at graduate level in a major performing area. Prerequisites: Audition, MUSA 538.
MUSA 540 APPLIED MUSIC XI [+]
A continuation of individual studio instruction at the graduate level in a major performing area. Prerequisite: Audition, MUSA 539. 1-2 hours per week.
MUSA 541 APPLIED MUSIC XII [+]
Continuation of MUSA 540 with a concentration in advanced literture appropriate for a graduate level course. Prerequisites: Audition, MUSA 540. 1-2 hours per week.

MUSC 112 CREATIVITY AND ELECTRONIC/ ACOUSTIC MUSIC [+]
Stylistic, technical and intuitive aspects of music examined through listening, discussion and creative exercises. Students explore their creative potential in music and are familiarized with newer techniques of composition including synthesized music. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 114 MUSIC APPRECIATION [+]
A general historical survey of musical styles and genres from around the world. Topics may include Western classical music, non-Western cultures, folk music and jazz. May not be repeated for credit under different topics. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 115 HISTORY OF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL [+]
Covers a broad spectrum of knowledge and themes based on the social phenomena depicted and commented upon in Broadway musicals. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 201 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY [+]
Principles of music construction based on a historical perspective of music theory in Western culture. Emphasis on the nature of modes and/or tonal centers and the organization of melody, harmony and voice leading utilizing basic elements of keys, scales, chords, notation and ear training. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 202 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY [+]
Broad overview of various hardware and software applications in music. Explores historical and current uses of music and technology through composition and presentation projects, online forums, web-page design, and other forms of production. Basic consideration of ethical, aesthetic, economic, and social issues involving music technology applications are also explored. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education Requirement IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 203 THEORY I [+]
Intermediate music fundamentals including rhythm, basic melodic and harmonic relationships, voice leading, harmonic functions and basic composition. Prior knowledge of music notation, key signatures, scales, and triads recommended. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 and permission of instructor for non-music majors. Three hours per week.
MUSC 204 THEORY II [+]
Continuation of MUSC 203 with added emphasis on voice leading with complex diatonic chords, localized musical formal features, non-chord tones, analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUSC 203 or approval of instructor. Three hours per week.
MUSC 210 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC [+]
An introductory course on a special topic in music. Topics include empases on specific genres and sub-genres such as Western classical, world music, folk music, jass, rock, blues, and other music history, musicology, and interdisciplinary topics. Prior musical experience and/or knowledge is helpful but not necessary. May be taken three times under different topics for credit. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC. Three hours per week plus enhancement.
MUSC 215 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES-WOODWINDS [+]
Introduction of traditional woodwind instruments and their development in the Western culture. Basic cognitive and psychomotor techniques involving instrument handling, embouchure, breathing, articulation and fingering combinations are discussed, practiced and demonstrated. Prerequisite: Music major or approval of instructor. Two lab hours per week.
MUSC 216 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES PERCUSSION [+]
Introduction to traditional percussion instruments and their development in Western culture. Basic cognitive and psychomotor techniques that involve proper handling and traditional performance practices are discussed, practiced and demonstrated. Prerequisite: Music major or approval of Instructor. Two lab hours per week.
MUSC 217 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES- STRINGS [+]
Introduction to traditional orchestral string instruments and their development in Western culture. Basic cognitive and psycho-motor techniques involving instrument handling, bowing, finger patterns and shifting are discussed, practiced and demonstrated. Prerequisite: Music major or approval of instructor. Two lab hours per week.
MUSC 218 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES-BRASS [+]
Introduction to traditional brass instruments and their development in Western culture. Basic cognitive and psychomotor techniques that involve embouchure, breathing, articulation, fingering combinations and tone production are discussed, practiced and demonstrated. Prerequisite: Music major or approval of instructor. Two lab hours per week.
MUSC 220 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC OF THE WORLD [+]
Introduction to world musical traditions and practices, such as Africa, China, India, Japan, and the Americas. Ability to read music is not necessary. Open to non-music majors, music majors and minors. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education requirement IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 221 BLUES: ROOTS OF ROCK AND ROLL [+]
The study of the development of blues as a song style and the effect it has on modern American music. Traces the historical origins and traditions that developed into a style of its own and the influence the Blues had on rock and roll, Gospel, Country, R&B, and Soul. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 222 POPULAR MUSIC AFTER 1945 [+]
An historical survey of Pop, Rock, and Soul music, from the 1920s to the present. The student will to develop an understanding of the different musical styles as well as the social and cultural issues associated with each. Prior knowledge of music is helpful but not required. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education requirement IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: 1B).
MUSC 225 MUSIC AND LANDSCAPE [+]
Introduction to the study of landscape interpretations through music analysis. Focuses on the study of 'soundscapes' as aural dimension to the study of past, present or imagined places. No prior knowledge of music or clutrual geography is required. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education requirement IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 230 MUSIC FOR CHILDREN [+]
Introduction to the role of music in the lives of children. Emphasizes the acquisition of musical skills, experiences, and information needed to help students become a nurturing, self-directed and competent facilitator of musical experiences in the lives of children. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education requirement IIIA or IIIB (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 301 JAZZ THEORY [+]
An introduction to jazz melody and harmony with particular emphasis on the innovations of bebop and its resultant styles. A historical perspective, analytical approaches to harmony and melody, and short composition and arranging exercises provide students with tools to sythesize amterials. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 or approval of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 303 THEORY III [+]
Study of chromatic harmonies and their voice leading tendencies and modulation with added emphasis on analysis, composition and musical interpretation. Prerequisite: MUSC 204 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
MUSC 304 THEORY IV [+]
Theories of advanced chromaticism in late Romantic and twentieth-century music. Study of analytical and compositional techniques used to interpret uniquely structured neotonal, nontonal, and atonal music. Prerequisite: MUSC 303 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
MUSC 305 MUSIC HISTORY I [+]
A historical survey of musical style from the earliest times to the present. Music History I covers music from the Gregorian chant through the Baroque period. Music History II covers music from the Pre-Classical through the Modern periods. Non-western music is also included in both classes. Analysis, listening and discussion of music in a cultural context is covered. Ability to read music is necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non-music majors. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIB (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 306 MUSIC HISTORY II [+]
western music is also included in both classes. Analysis, listening and discussion of music in a cultural context is covered. Ability to read music is necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non-music majors. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIB (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 308 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES AND METHODS [+]
Designed to examine techniques for administering a school instrumental music program. Emphasizes rehearsal techniques, literature, material for school use and the role of instrumental music in the public, andthe development of skills for teaching beginning instrumentalists. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. It is recommended that students have completed one or more of the following: MUSC 215, MUSC 216, MUSC 217, MUSC 218. Two hours per week.
MUSC 309 CHORAL TECHNIQUES & METHODS [+]
Study of rehearsal techniques for developing appropriate diction, tone, production, intonation, phrasing and interpretation in a choral ensemble. Explores the examination of materials, methods and procedures in organizing school choral ensembles. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two hours per week.
MUSC 310 CONDUCTING AND SCORE READING [+]
Application of basic conducting patterns in expressing a variety of styles, dynamics and tempi; analysis of conductor's score and rehearsal techniques in both choral and instrumental music. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two hours per week.
MUSC 311 MUSIC PERCEPTION I [+]
Develops the ability of the musician to visually and aurally perceive fundamentally organized musical events for the purpose of accurately performing and notating them. Focuses on prominent musical constructs including all aspects of simple melody, simple harmony and progression, and basic rhythm. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 or proficiency equivalence. Co-requisite: MUSC 203. Two hours per week.
MUSC 312 MUSIC PERCEPTION II [+]
Develops the ability of the intermediate musician to visually and aurally perceive organized musical events for the purpose of accurately performing and notating them. Melodic materials outline diatonic chords and large functional progressions embellished by light chromaticism. Harmonic study culminates in inverted diatonic seventh chords being contextualized within tonic, dominant preparation, and dominant relationships. Rhythmic materials explore such concepts as syncopation in complex compound meters and two-against-three patterns. Prerequisites: MUSC 203 and 311 or proficiency equivalence. Co-requisite: MUSC 204. Two hours per week.
MUSC 313 MUSIC PERCEPTION III [+]
Develops the ability of the intermediate musician to visually and aurally perceive complex musical events for the purpose of accurately performing and notating them. Melodic materials explore chromatic alterations within the tonal contexts of secondary functions and modulation. Harmonic study emphasizes secondary functions and modulations to closely related keys. Meter changes, simple metric modulations, and simple polyrhythms are considered. Prerequisite: MUSC 204 and 312 proficiency equivalence. Co-requisite: MUSC 303. Two hours per week.
MUSC 314 MUSIC PERCEPTION IV [+]
Develops the ability of the advanced musician to visually and aurally perceive complex musical events for the purpose of accurately performing and notating them. Melodic materials involve advanced chromaticism, modulations and intervals, as well as modal idioms. Harmonic study culminates in highly chromatic progressions involving secondary leading-tone, Neapolitan, and augmented-sixth chords. Rhythmic materials incorporate advanced tuplets, meters with unequal beats, complex meter changes, and tempo modulation. Prerequisites: MUSC 303 and 313 or proficiency equivalence. Co-requisite: MUSC 304. Two hours per week.
MUSC 315 TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY/ANALYSIS [+]
Analysis and discussion of a particular past or contemporary musical style, compositional or analytical techniques, composer or aspect of music. May be used as an upper-level music theory requirement for the music major. May be repeated three times for degree credit under different course titles. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 or approval of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 316 TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY [+]
Special topics course. Studies and discussion of a particular past or contemporary period or aspect of music literature. Such topics may include world music, folk music, jazz, rock, blues, and modern music. May be used as an upper-level music literature requirement for the music major. May be taken three times under different course titles. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
MUSC 318 WELLNESS IN PERFORMANCE [+]
Designed to address the physiological and psychological issues that are encountered by all types of performers. Specific issues concerning injury/illness, wellness concepts, practice techniques and performance preparation will be examined. The course addresses all students who need pedagogical help with performance preparation, regardless of instrument. Open to all students in areas of music, acting, musical theatre, sports, dance and public speaking. Three hours per week. Meets General IB
MUSC 403 THE HISTORY OF THE PIANOFORTE AND ITS LITERATURE [+]
Comprehensive study of the piano and its predecessors. Traces the history of keyboard instruments, emphasizing the ways in which the development of the instruments interacted with the development of keyboard literature and performance practices. Includes familiarization with the principal keyboard composers, performers and instrument makers from earliest times to the present. The history of piano technique, piano pedagogy and how it relates to the development of the piano and its literature will be examined. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 413 ADVANCED CONDUCTING [+]
Continues MUSC 310 with review and refinement of skills in conducting. Students develop a common language in which cognitive understanding and psychomotor skills can be aesthetically communicated to an ensemble via the conducting gesture. Prerequisite: MUSC 310. Two hours per week.
MUSC 420 HISTORY OF THE ART SONG [+]
Surveys the diverse history interpretation and poetic content of Italian, French, German and English/American art song (including arranged folk songs and spirituals) from the Renaissance to the present. Includes test and musical analysis of representative works with an emphasis on compositional styles and performance practices. Covers performance and pedagogical components including the mastering of art song recital programming. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 425 MUSICAL FORM AND ANALYSIS [+]
Study of the organizing principles of musical composition and their application to the most prevalent forms through the sonata-allegro and fugue. Analysis of music literature illustrating the basic vocal and instrumental forms and some original composition in these forms. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MUSC 303. Two hours per week.
MUSC 426 ARRANGING FOR VOICES AND INSTRUMENTS [+]
Fundamental techniques of scoring for various cappella and accompanied voice combinations, special characteristics of each choir of instruments, range of voices, selection on suitable literature for treatment in different ensembles, with considerations of style. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MUSC 304. Two hours per week.
MUSC 435 CHORAL LITERATURE [+]
Class investigation and evaluation of choral music for all voice combinations appropriate for elementary school through senior high school and adult ensembles. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 441 INSTRUMENTAL LITERATURE [+]
Class investigation and evaluation of new methods and materials for bands, orchestras and instrumental ensembles. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 450 STUDIES IN MUSIC [+]
Study of a single composer, musical form, performance medium or technique, or topic in music education. Topic varies semester to semester. May be taken twice for credit. Possible prerequisite(s) listed according to topic by semester. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 490 DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY [+]
Tutorial in any area of music; open to seniors and graduate students. May include continuation of a skills development program begun in the lower-level independent study course, or any type of individual research in music not normally included in courses offered by the department, or individual study of an area needed for teacher certification but not offered by the department in the current semester. Approval in writing of department chair and supervising faculty member prior to registration, with the area of study to be specified in writing. May be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. Hours vary, up to 4 hours per week.
MUSC 497 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH [+]
Designed to encourage students to pursue an important area of original research in either music history, theory, composition or performance. Allows student to study a subject area in more depth than possible in the traditional classroom setting. Public presentation required. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. One to four hours per week.
MUSC 498 SENIOR PROJECT [+]
Required of music majors in senior year of the BA in music (traditional and music technology) tracks but it is open to all music majors. Designed to be a research paper, recital or composition. This project is of the student's choice in consultation with a faculty mentor. Students will meet weekly with their faculty mentor. Sign up in music office one term in advance. Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of music core, permission of chair. Three hours per week with enhancement.
MUSC 503 THE HISTORY OF THE PIANOFORTE AND ITS LITERATURE [+]
Comprehensive study of the piano and its predecessors. Traces the history of keyboard instruments, emphasizing the ways in which the development of the instruments interacted with the development of keyboard literature and performance practices. Includes familiarization with the principal keyboard composers, performers and instrument makers from earliest times to the present. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
MUSC 510 RECENT ISSUES AND TRENDS IN MUSIC EDUCATION [+]
Student-researched seminar presentations on pertinent current issues in general, vocal and instrumental music education. The seminar presentations will, through researching current trends, arrive at conclusions compatible with current practices in music education. Prerequisites: ELED 419 and SCED 429 or equivalent. Three hours per week.
MUSC 515 GRADUATE CONDUCTING [+]
Designed for the practical conductor and teacher of bands, choruses, orchestras, and musical theatre. Focus will be on advanced skill building in the areas of baton technique, stylistic interpretation, repetoire and organizational problem analysis. Prerequisite: MUSC 310 or equivalent. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
MUSC 520 PHILISOPHICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERPECTIVES IN MUSIC EDUCATION [+]
A review of philosophical tenets and psychological principles as applied to contemporary music education practices, including the standard and recently developed musical aptitude and achievement tests. Prerequisite: Graduate status. Three hours per week.
MUSC 530 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN MUSIC/ MUSIC EDUCATION [+]
Preparation of optional research project in the M.Ed. program under the direction of departmental faculty. Weekly conference with faculty sponsor.
MUSC 535 CHORAL LITERATURE [+]
Class investigation and evaluation of choral music for all voice combinations appropriate for elementary school through senior high school and adult ensembles. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
MUSC 550 STUDIES IN MUSIC [+]
Study of a single composer, musical form, performance medium or technique, or topic in music education. Topic varies semester to semester. May be taken twice for credit. Possible prerequisite(s) listed according to topic by semester. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Three hours per week.
MUSC 590 DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY [+]
An individual, graduate tutorial course including research topics not covered in available courses. May be repeated for a maximum of three hours credit under difference course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Prerequisite: Written specified area of study approved in writing by department chair and supervising faculty member prior to registration.