Music Courses

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 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

Music studio lessons from beginning to advanced study are available for credit for
all Millsaps students, regardless of major. A placement interview is required for
lesson approval.

  • Students interested in studio voice lessons should contact Dr. Cheryl Coker.
  • Students interested in private piano lessons, beginning piano class, or instrumental lessons (organ,
    guitar, and orchestral instruments) should contact Dr. Rachel Heard.
  • Students interested in composition lessons should contact Dr. Jason Rosenberg.

Incoming first-year students: Lessons can set up for you during the summer or when
you arrive on campus.

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.

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