MUS - Music

Note: All music ensemble credits are transferable and can be used as elective credits up to 12 credits. Most music programs require 12 ensemble credits.

MUS101 Music Fundamentals

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A preparatory course for private instruction, for ensemble participation, and for a better understanding of music and music history. Music fundamentals, scales, key signatures, meter, notation, chords, non-harmonics, introduction to piano, and sight-singing. Recommended for music minors, beginning musicians, and preparatory for some music majors. (Contact music advisor for proper placement.)

MUS111/112/113 Music Theory I

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A course to instruct in the fundamentals of music, figured bass analysis, four part composition, chords with sevenths, secondary dominants, modulation, and basic musical form. This is a preparatory course for private instruction, for ensemble participation, and for a better understanding of music and music history. Required for music majors and minors, recommended for beginning and intermediate musicians. Prerequisites: For MUS112; MUS111. For MUS113; MUS112. Concurrent: For MUS111; MUS131. MUS112; MUS132. MUS113; MUS133.

MUS114/115/116 Aural Skills I

1 credit (2 lec/lab hr/wk) Learn to hear music and identify tones and chords (Dictation), transfer music notation and communicate notation by voice (Sight Singing)  Learn to hear what we see (Sight Singing) and be able to see what we hear (Dictation).  Prerequisites: For MUS115; MUS114. For MUS116; MUS115.

MUS120 FINALE: Music Printing (Computer Composition)

2 credits (1 lec, 1 lec/lab hr/wk) Learn to use Finale, a music printing program and secondarily a sequencing program. A wide range of musical capabilities will be put at the disposal of the student. This program will benefit every musician from the elementary to the most advanced. Students will learn to enter both vocal and instrumental music into the computer, how to use musical markings and terminology, how to transpose and arrange and how to prepare a musical composition to be a professional-looking sheet of music. Students will be expected to schedule computer time outside of the class and to maintain personal disks with all of their assignments.

MUS131 Piano Class

1 credit (2 lec/lab hr/wk) Piano basics and music fundamentals. Learn to read notes, basic music symbols, perform simple chords, proper finger techniques and major and minor scale performance. Concurrent: MUS111

MUS132 Piano Class

1 credit (2 lec/lab hr/wk) Based upon continuing the work in MUS131, all major keys - introduction to minor keys.  Performance of chord progressions in major and minor keys, transposition, simple modulations using Deceptive Cadences, Sight Reading, and repertoire.  This course is taught in conjunction with MUS112.  Prerequisite: MUS131.Concurrent: MUS112.

MUS133 Piano Class

1 credit (2 lec/lab hr/wk) Based upon continuing the work in MUS132 all major and minor keys.  Performance of chord progressions in all keys, transposition, simple manipulations, sight reading and repertoire.  Prerequisite: MUS132. Concurrent: MUS113.

MUS134/135/136 Voice Class

1 credit (1 lec hr/wk) A study of vocal basics. An introduction to music fundamentals, tone production, abdominal breathing, vowel-consonant clarity, and relaxation techniques.

MUS137 Guitar Class

1 credit (1 lec hr/wk) Guitar basics and music fundamentals. Learn to read notes, basic music symbols, perform simple to advanced chords, strumming-picking techniques, and “barring.” Introduction to Classical Guitar Methods.

MUS161 Jazz Improvisation (Blues and Beginnings)

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) Blues and beginning improvisation. Listening, theory demonstration, explanation and using improvisation in performance.  Concurrent: MUP105.

MUS170 Introduction to Recording Techniques

3 credits (2 lec, 1 lab hrs/wk)  this course is designed to teach students how to record music using state of the art digital recording equipment.  The use of industry standard digital recording software, in conjunction with a computer and mixing equipment, will be utilized in a limited "hands on" environment.  Topics of instruction will include, microphone placement, basic acoustic principles, multiple tracking techniques including bouncing and splitting, mixing multiple tracks into 2 tracks (stereo), working with analog and digital signals, final and post-production of recordings, making CD's, ect.

MUS198/298 Independent Study in Music

1-3 credits (hrs to be arranged) This course allows students to independently increase their knowledge and skills in the discipline of music by studying specific topics which are not part of other 100/200-level music courses or which may not be offered in depth in other 100-level music courses. Instructor supervision and division approval required.  Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

MUS201 Introduction to Music and its Literature

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) The study of musical styles and the historical context of music from Antiquity through the Renaissance. Emphasis is on the examination and subsequent appreciation of the music literature and the composers who wrote that music in these time periods.  Listening skills for music will also be developed, concentrating on the development of  a deeper understanding of music and its role in the cultural context of various historical time periods.

MUS202 Introduction to Music and its Literature

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) The study of musical styles and the historical context of music from the Early Baroque Period through the late Classical Period. Emphasis is on the examination and subsequent appreciation of the music literature and the composers who wrote the music in these time periods.  Listening skills for music will also be developed, concentrating on the development of  a deeper understanding of music and its role in the cultural context of  the various historical time periods.

MUS203 Introduction to Music and its Literature

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) The study of musical styles and the historical context of music from the Romantic Period (1827 - 1900) through the 20th Century and into the 21st Century. Emphasis is on the examination and subsequent appreciation of the music literature and the composers who wrote that music in these time periods.  Listening skills for music will also be developed, concentrating on the development of  a deeper understanding of music and its role in the cultural context of  the various historical time periods.

MUS205 Introduction to Jazz History

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) An introduction to the one true American Music Genre.  Exploring the beginning of Jazz, Early Blues, Dixieland, the Big Band Era, BeBop, Fusion, Free Form Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and Straight Ahead Jazz.  Students will also be introduced to Rhythm and Blues, Gospel and Early Rock and Roll.  This course has been approved to meet our Cultural Literacy requirement.

MUS206 Introduction to History of Rock and Roll

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A survey of Rock music from its origins to the present as revealed through the study of the most innovative and influential artists of this American musical form.  Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to Rock and Roll, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research and reading of the text.  

MUS211 Music Theory II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A study of polyphony, counterpoint, extended chromatically altered chords, and 20th century composition. Prerequisite: MUS113. Concurrent: MUS114.

MUS212 Music Theory II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A study of polyphony, counterpoint, chromatic chords, and 20th century composition.  Prerequisite: MUS211.  Concurrent: MUS224.

MUS213 Music Theory II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A study of polyphony, counterpoint, extended and chromatically altered chords, and 20th century composition.  Prerequisite: MUS212.  Concurrent: MUS225.

MUS221 Arranging I

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) Basic arranging techniques, instrumentation and notation practices for live rhythm section, lead vocal, score preparation, parts preparation, notation and nomenclature in contemporary styles.  Prerequisite: MUS226.

MUS222 Arranging II

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) A continuation of rhythm section arranging with the addition of one or two horns; saxophone and trumpet. Discussion of transposition and range on contemporary music styles.  Prerequisite: MUS221.

MUS223 Arranging III

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) The third level of this series focuses on various contemporary applications of small horn section writing with rhythm section. Voicings and styles is discussed.  Prerequisite: MUS222.

MUS224/225/226 Sight Singing, Ear Training II

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) This class is designed to teach the student to hear, identify, write and sing melodies, chords and rhythm from sight and by listening to melodic and harmonic material played for the student. Music majors take three terms.  Prerequisites: For MUS224; MUS116. For MUS225; MUS224. For MUS226; MUS225.Concurrent: For MUS224; MUS212 and MUS231. For MUS225; MUS212 and MUS232. For MUS226; MUS 213 and MUS233.

MUS231/232/233 Piano Class

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) Second year of music and piano skills. Proficiency in major and minor scales and corresponding chord progressions, transposition harmonization, sight reading and late beginning repertoire.  Prerequisite: For MUS 232; MUS231. For MUS233; MUS232.



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