MUSA 102-151 JAZZ ENSEMBLE & IMPROV 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.
MUSC 203-501 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 303-001 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 315-001 TOPICS MUSC 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 490-007 DIRECT 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 497-007 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 498-007 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 590-007 DIRECT 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.