Applied Music — Private Instruction
Individual instruction with emphasis on developing technical proficiency, a repertoire representative of the literature for the particular instrument or voice and a knowledge of performance styles and practices. Performance in studio and departmental recitals. (One hour credit for one half-hour lesson per week; may also be taken for two hours credit for one-hour lesson per week.) Music lessons can not be audited. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
MUS 101 Piano
MUS 103 Strings
MUS 105 Voice
MUS 107 Brass
MUS 108 Percussion
MUS 109 Woodwinds
MUS 110 Guitar
MUS 123 Organ
MUS 112 Functional Guitar (1)
A course to develop facility on the guitar for practical use in the elementary classroom or for group singing. Basic chord progressions, strumming and picking techniques will be covered. By arrangement.
MUS 113 String Class (2)
Development of adequate technical proficiency on all the orchestral string instruments - violin, viola, cello and string bass - with a view toward teaching the string program in public schools. Study of methods, materials and assessment for teaching strings is included. Observation of teaching in culturally diverse settings required
MUS 116 Voice Class (2)
Introduction to the understanding and production of vocal tone with an emphasis on developing healthy vocal proficiency and basic teaching and assessment skills. Specific areas of exploration include breathing, resonance, diction, vocal anatomy, languages and basic repertoire. Students will be expected to gain solo performing proficiency at a beginning/intermediate level. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.
MUS 117 Brass Class (3)
Introduction to the techniques, including notation and transposition, of trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba, with an emphasis on developing teaching skills. Students will be expected to gain adequate playing proficiency on the instruments consistent with a beginning/intermediate level. A survey of methods, materials and assessment appropriate for teaching in public schools is included. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.
MUS 118 Percussion Class (2)
Development of adequate technical proficiency on the basic percussion instruments - snare drum, timpani and xylophone - with a view toward teaching in public schools. Study of methods, materials and assessment available for teaching is included. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.
MUS 119 Woodwind Class (3)
Development of adequate technical proficiency on all the major woodwind instruments - flute, Bb clarinet, oboe, bassoon and alto saxophone - with a view toward teaching in public schools. Study of notation and transposition for woodwind instruments as well as methods, materials and assessment for teaching is included. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.
MUS 121, 122 Functional Piano 1, 2 (1/1)
This two-course series is for music majors with little or no keyboard background and is designed to introduce and develop skills necessary to pass the piano proficiency examination.
MUS 131, 133 Music Theory 1, 2(2/2)
A two-course series in music fundamentals with emphasis on written theory, including part writing and harmonic analysis, supplemented by keyboard harmony. MUS 133 is a prerequisite to MUS 133.
MUS 132, 134 Aural Skills 1, 2 (2/2)
A two-course series to develop aural skills including sight-singing, melodic dictation and harmonic dictation. MUS 132 is prerequisite to MUS 134.
MUS 141 Beginning Conducting (2)
An introduction to manual conducting skills and baton technique with emphasis on basic beat patterns, cueing, expression, fermatas and independence of right and left hands. The course will also include instruction in score reading, analysis and preparation, utilizing basic four part instrumental and vocal literature. Students will function as ensemble members and as conductors.
MUS 142 Instrumental Conducting (2)
A continuation of MUS 141 with emphasis on the standard band and orchestra literature, including transposition. Students will develop creative conducting and refine their expressive technique. Advanced topics will include 20th century innovations, applied musicianship analysis/interpretation and rehearsal methodology. Prerequisite: MUS 141.
MUS 143 Choral Conducting (2)
A continuation of MUS 141 with emphasis on expressive techniques, selection and score preparation of choral literature and rehearsal methodology for choirs of all ages. Special topics will include development of critical listening, historical and multi-cultural choral styles and research and professional resources for the choral conductor. Prerequisite: MUS 141.
MUS 203 Instrumental Methods/Literature (2)
A survey of methodology necessary for the development and administration of band and orchestra programs on the elementary, intermediate and secondary levels. Included will be specific components covering marching band methods (marching techniques, outdoor performance), jazz ensemble methods (improvisation, electronic enhancement) and string ensemble methods. Essential instrumental literature will be sampled and evaluated.
MUS 204 Choral Methods/Literature (2)
A survey of methodology necessary for the development and administration of a vocal music program at the elementary, intermediate and secondary levels. The course will include techniques and materials for show choirs and staged musical theatre, in addition to traditional choral ensembles. Standard repertoire will be sampled and evaluated.
MUS 212 Electronic Music, Instruments and Equipment (2)
An introduction to electronic MIDI instruments and computer applications in music. Designed to provide familiarity with hardware, software and functions of microcomputers appropriate for use in the public school classroom.
MUS 221, 222 Music History 1, 2 (3/3)
These two courses comprise a survey of Western music literature and styles. Music History 1 covers the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods; Music History 2 continues through the Classical and Romantic periods through the end of the 20th century. The courses include development of and exercises in listening skills, analytical skills and music research technique. Music History 2 also includes an introduction to non-Western musical styles.
MUS 231 Music Ministry (2)
A practical study of methods and materials for the church musician. The course includes study and projects in hymnology, church choir literature, instruments in worship and administration of a church music program. Not offered every year; REL 230 is a recommended prerequisite.
MUS 235 Music Theory 3 (3)
A continuation of MUS 133 with emphasis on chromatic harmony and formal structures of Western music. Development of aural skills, including melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, as well as sight-singing. Prerequisites: MUS 133 and MUS 134.
MUS 236 Music Theory 4 (3)
A continuation of MUS 235 with emphasis on chromatic harmony of the 19th and 20th centuries. Development of aural skills, including melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, as well as sight-singing. Prerequisite: MUS 235.
MUS 300 Junior Recital (0 P/F)
Demonstration of achievement in applied music study during the junior year. Students present approximately 20 minutes of representative repertoire in their major applied area in a group recital.
MUS 303 Orchestration, Composition and Arranging (3)
A study of the techniques of scoring for the instruments of the band and orchestra as well as voices. Students will write and realize arrangements and/or original compositions for homogeneous groups (string, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice) for the study of range, transposition, clef manipulation and notation. Analysis of techniques of selected Classical, Romantic and modern composers included. Specific orchestration, arranging and composition projects will be completed at appropriate times during the semester. Prerequisite: MUS 236.
MUS 311 Piano Pedagogy - Elementary Methods (2)
A course dealing with the issues facing the prospective piano teacher, i.e., studio setup and policies, financial considerations, professional organizations, etc. Also includes an extensive survey of beginning piano pedagogical materials for children and adults. Not offered every year.
MUS 312 Piano Pedagogy - Intermediate, Advanced Methods (2)
A course dealing with piano teaching materials for the intermediate and advanced student as well as a study of college audition requirements and a review of college class piano materials. Not offered every year.
MUS 313 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
A survey of materials, repertoire and teaching methods for both individual and class instruction in singing. Not offered every year.
MUS 329 Music Education in Early Childhood (3)
A study of the methods, materials, techniques, organization and the assessment of learning activities related to music in elementary schools combining the theoretical and practical. In addition, such topics as inclusion of students with differing learning needs, multiculturalism, classroom management, Orff/Koday techniques and administrative procedures will be addressed.
MUS 331 Music Education in Middle Childhood, Adolescence and Young Adults (3)
A course for the prospective secondary school music teacher dealing with methods, materials, techniques, organization and the assessment of learning activities related to music (instrumental, vocal, general, academic), combining the theoretical and practical. Important contemporary philosophical and professional matters are also investigated.
MUS 390 Independent Study (1-2)
MUS 400 Senior Recital (0 P/F)
Demonstration of achievement in applied music study during the senior year. Students present a full recital (approximately 1 hour) of representative repertoire in their major applied area.
MUS 401 Music Seminar (2)
This capstone course involves an in-depth study of a major musical work, including its historical context, an analysis of the forms and techniques employed and applicable performance practices. The course also includes study of current issues and events in music and the arts in our society. The course includes a major research project.
MUS 402 Music Practicum (1)
A supervised work-study experience consistent with students' area of emphasis (music business, church music, music education, piano pedagogy). Sections: 01 Music Business, 02 Music Ministry, 03 Music Education, 04 Piano Pedagogy. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of the faculty supervisor.