Courses in Music

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MUSC 1000 Foundations of Music (4 sem. hours).

Foundations of Music explores notation, scales, intervals, chords, rhythm, and introductory concepts about form in music. Since elementary understanding of the keyboard facilitates music learning, some practical keyboard drill is included. Prerequisite: While foundations of music is a prerequisite for all music theory courses, students with a solid theory background may test out of this class by petitioning the instructor.

MUSC 2000 Concepts and Design in Music I (4 sem. hours).

This course explores the basic underlying principles and concepts related to musical abstraction. Students discover and apply thought processes utilized by composers. Independent creative activities that have expressive intent from the core of student work. Aural concepts are emphasized.

MUSC 2010 Concepts and Design in Music II (4 sem. hours).

This course emphasizes music conventions and constructs that shape and define music style. Modal, tonal, and serial approaches to composition are studied. Student compositions and performances provide focus for the study. Aural concepts are emphasized. Prerequisite: MUSC 2000.

MUSC 2100 History of Jazz (4 sem. hours).

A survey course that charts the stylistic evolution of jazz, from its humble beginnings to its status as a respected art form. The course will investigate the early roots of jazz, the importance of the art of improvisation, and recent trends. The social and cultural contexts surrounding the evolution of jazz styles will also be studied.

MUSC 2112 Music in the Marketplace (2 sem. hours).

The study will lead to a critical analysis of how performance and reception of music has evolved historically in response to patronage and market forces. The course will emphasize ways musicians today can respond to a market economy. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 2120 The Age of Enlightenment: Mozart and Beethoven (4 sem. hours).

This course explores the effects of Enlightenment and its influence on the composers of the late 18th and 19th century, and will include readings from the 18th-century philosophers and explore a variety of genres, which reflect this thought. Specific studies will involve the analysis of individual works, including one selected opera, an instrumental string quartet, and a symphony, with special focus on the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 2130 Women and Music (4 sem. hours).

Explores contributions of women to the art of music with special emphasis on women composers and performers beginning with Hildegaard von Bingen in the Middle Ages and concluding with contemporary composers and performers.

MUSC 2140 World Music: Globalization in Sound (4 sem. hours).

An investigation of selected music cultures from around the world, with the goal of understanding 'globalization' as it applies to music, specifically the musical processes through which traditional musics are co-opted and transformed for worldwide commercial consumption.

MUSC 2150 Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde”:

Sensual Love and Philosophy in Music An in-depth study of Richard Wagner’s music drama “Tristan and Isolde” with emphasis on sensual elements in music and how Wagner expressed his understanding of the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer in the opera.

MUSC 3000 Critical Skills and Music Analysis (4 sem. hours).

This course investigates the presentation, development, and relatedness of musical ideas through harmonic and structural analysis of music forms. Student-written analyses and class presentations are an integral part of the study. Prerequisite: MUSC 2010

MUSC 3012 Counterpoint (2 sem. hours).

This course probes 18th-century polyphony. Strict species counterpoint and period contrapuntal forms such as invention and fugue are studied. Drill and practice culminate in student contrapuntal compositions. Prerequisite: MUSC 3000. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 3110 Music History I (4 sem. hours).

A history of Western music in the literature tradition, from the music of Medieval Christianity through Beethoven and early Romanticism. Incorporating stylistic analysis and listening, the course will connect individual works to society, politics, and the other arts, considering questions of meaning and the construction of music history itself.

MUSC 3112 Romanticism (2 sem. hours).

This course is a study of the European 19th century in music, beginning with Schubert and ending with the late Romantic works of Wagner and R. Strauss. The course will not only examine scores and recordings but will require readings in contemporary criticism on Romanticism’s socio-cultural roots. Prerequisite: MUSC 1000 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 3120 Music History II (4 sem. hours).

A history of Western art music from late Romanticism to the present. Incorporating stylistic analysis and listening, the course will connect individual works to society, politics, and the other arts, considering questions of meaning and the construction of music history itself.

MUSC 3122 Symphonic Literature (2 sem. hours).

This course is a study of the most significant symphonic works from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUSC 1000 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 3142 History of Opera (2 sem. hours).

This course is a survey of the history of opera, from its beginnings in the 17th century to selected recent operas with an emphasis on placing the art form in the context of social history. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 3532 Conducting I (2 sem. hours).

This course provides theoretical and practical background for leading a choral ensemble. The class functions as a laboratory for developing conducting techniques. Prerequisite: MUSC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 3542 Conducting II (2 sem. hours).

This course provides additional support for developing conducting/analytical skills while utilizing significant ensemble literature. The class functions as a laboratory. Prerequisite: MUSC 3532. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 3591 Junior Recital (1 sem. hour).

Junior performance concentrators only.

MUSC 4102 Literature for the Piano (2 sem. hours).

This course surveys standard piano repertoire with emphasis on Discovery of stylistic characteristics of major keyboard composers. Student research forms an integral part of the study.

MUSC 4110 Church Music Literature/Hymnology (4 sem. hours).

This course explores significant large and small forms of sacred music during the first half of the course. The second half examines hymnody with emphasis on English and American development of the form. Offered as needed.

MUSC 4132 Literature for the Voice (2 sem. hours).

This course surveys solo song form of the Renaissance through the 20th century. The course emphasizes recital/concert program building from a historical perspective. Class performance is expected. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 4200 Music Methods for Today’s Schools (4 sem. hours).

This course explores strategies for teaching grades K–12. Elementary topics include Suzuki, Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff techniques, while secondary topics emphasize choral methods. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 4202 Piano Pedagogy I (2 sem. hours).

This course emphasizes techniques and materials used in teaching piano to children and older students in both private and class instruction. Papers on topics relating to piano teaching are expected. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 4220 Vocal Pedagogy (4 sem. hours).

This course explores the physical musculature and mechanics of singing, the use of technical exercises, and the psychology of vocal teaching. Vocal health is emphasized. Investigation of basic repertoire for the beginning teacher forms an integral part of the course. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 4230 Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy (4 sem. hours).

This course surveys standard instrumental repertoire with an emphasis on its major composers. Additional techniques of applied and classroom teaching will be explored. Student research, papers, class performance, and teaching demonstrations are expected. Offered as needed.

MUSC 4592 Senior Recital (2 sem. hours).

Senior performance concentrators only.

MUSC 4800–03 Directed Study (1–4 sem. hours).

Students may elect to design a course that allows them to pursue an area of special interest not included in other courses. Faculty approval is required.

MUSC 4852 Internship for Church Musicians (2 sem. hours).

This course provides the prospective church musician practical experience under the guidance of a practicing, full-time church musician. Five to eight hours each week are spent in the church setting.

MUSC 4862 Piano Pedagogy II (2 sem. hours).

This course continues work begun in Piano Pedagogy I. Actual teaching in an internship context is required. Prerequisite: MUSC 4202. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 4900 Senior Seminar (4 sem. hours).

This course is a study of recent trends in music scholarship.

MUSC 4902 Music Study as Aesthetic Contemplation (2 sem. hours).

This course is a study that places in context the main aesthetic philosophies of music performance and education. Offered in alternate years.

MUSC 4910 Undergraduate Thesis (4 sem. hours).

MUSC HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).

Courses in Applied Music

MUSC 15S1 Singers (1 sem. hour).

Students perform important choral works from all major style periods, often with orchestra. A cappella and accompanied presentations are balanced.

MUSC 15C1 Chamber Singers (1 sem hr.).

Gives students opportunities to perform significant works for small choral ensembles. Chamber Singers membership is contingent upon membership in Singers and students are expected to enroll both semesters to receive academic credit. Chamber Singers is the touring choir of the College.

MUSC 1501 Instrumental Ensembles (1 sem. hour).

Gives students opportunities to perform significant works for small ensembles. Instrumental opportunities are offered according to student needs.

MUSC 1531 Piano Class I (1 sem. hour).

A study of the rudiments of playing the piano designed for non-piano concentrators and other music students who have had no previous piano study. Competency in reading keyboard music, scales and arpeggios, harmonization of short melodies, accompanying, transposition, choral score reading, ensemble, and solo repertoire are stressed.

MUSC 1541 Piano Class II (1 sem. hour).

A continuation of study begun in MUSC 1531. Prerequisite: MUSC 1531 or by petitioning the instructor.

MUSC 2531 Piano Class III (1 sem. hour).

A second year continuation of the studies initiated in MUSC 1531 and 1541. Prerequisite: MUSC 1541 or by petitioning the instructor.

MUSC 2541 Piano Class IV (1 sem. hour).

A continuation of study begun in MUSC 2531. Following the completion of these courses, the student should be prepared to take the piano proficiency required of all music majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 2531 or by petitioning the instructor.

MUSC Voice 1511, 1521, 2511, 2521, 3511, 3521, 4511, 4521, 1512, 1522, 2512, 2522, 3512, 3522, 4512, 4522 (1–2 sem. hours).

Private studio lessons for non-music and music majors. Employs basic vocal repertoire appropriate for individual vocal growth. Historical style development as well as breath support, posture, phonation, enunciation, articulation, and related singing skills are emphasized. Weekly repertoire class is required.

MUSC Piano 1511, 1521, 2511, 2521, 3511, 3521, 4511, 4521, 1512, 1522, 2512, 2522, 3512, 3522, 4512, 4522 (1–2 sem. hours).

Private studio lessons for non-music and music majors. Introduces appropriate literature from the major style periods and technical drill.

MUSC Organ 1511, 1521, 2511, 2521, 3511, 3521, 4511, 4521, 1512, 1522, 2512, 2522, 3512, 3522, 4512, 4522 (1–2 sem. hours).

Private studio lessons for non-music and music majors. Provides keyboard and pedal technique needed to perform major organ literature. Sufficient piano background is necessary. Weekly repertoire class is required.

MUSC Instrumental Study 1511, 1521, 2511, 2521, 3511, 3521, 4511, 4521, 1512, 1522, 2512, 2522, 3512, 3522, 4512, and 4522 (1–2 sem. hours).

Private studio lessons for non-music and music majors. Provides fundamental technique for performance on orchestral instruments. Literature appropriate for each student is utilized.