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.

MUS118 Music and Coomputers

3 credits (3 lec hr/wk)  This course is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of how computers are used in the music field. Students will be introduced to MIDI (Musical Instrumental Digital Interface) which is an industry standard protocol utilized by all digital music instruments. In addition, students will be introduced to various software packages that make use of this MIDI technology. Students will also be given hands-on experience working with a computer and digital musical instruments and sound modules culminating in their ability to set up their own MIDI studio, or work in a MIDI studio that is already in place i.e. a recording studio or educational classroom.

MUS131 Piano Class

2 credits (2 lec/lab hr/wk) Piano basics and music fundamentals. Learn to read notes, basic music symbols, perform simple chords, major scales, and repertoire. Simple transposition and harmonization will also be taught.

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.

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.

MUS161 Jazz Improvisation

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) Blues & beginning Improv. Listening, theory demonstration, explanation and using improve in performance.  

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.

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.  

MUS206 Introduction to the 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.

MUS207 The Beatles and Their Music

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) The Beatles rose to prominence in the 1960's and this course will look at how they got started following them through the British Invasion culminating in their final roof top concert at Abbey Road studios and their final album "Let It Be" which was released in 1970. While looking at the drug counter-culture as only part of the myth that surrounds the Beatles, this course will also look at how their music came together both on the road and in the recording studio. It will also examine how and why their music is still popular today, 50 years after their first number 1 hit! 

MUS211 Music Theory II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A study of Music that includes the extended diatonic and chromatic harmonies indicatve of the Late Baroque, Classical and early Romantic Periods. Included in this study is the writing of 4 part SATB part writing, analysis of form, melody and harmony including the use of secondary dominants, modulation, neapolitan harmonies and mode mixture. Larger forms such as Rondo and Sonata Allegro will also be introduced.

MUS212 Music Theory II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A study of Music that includes the extended diatonic and chromatic harmonies indicatve of the Late Classical and Romantic Periods. Included in this study is the writing of 4 part SATB part writing, analysis of form, melody and harmony including the use of secondary dominants, modulation, neapolitan harmonies, mode mixture, Augmented Sixth Chords, 9th 11th & 13th Chords, and Church Modes. Larger forms such as Rondo, Sonata Allegro, Sonta Rondo, Minuet and Trio, and others will also be introduced.

MUS213 Music Theory II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) A study of Music that includes the extended diatonic and chromatic melodies and harmonies indicatve of the Late Romantic, Impressionistic, and 20th Century stylistic periods. This includes the study of 9th 11th & 13th Chords, Church Modes, 12 tone music, Atonal, Bitonal, Polytonal and all other 20th century compositional practices.

MUS221/222/223 Arranging I,II and III

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. A continuation of rhythm section arranging with the addition of one or two horns; saxaphone and trumpet. Discussion of transportation and range on contemporary music stlyes.  The third level of this series focuses on various contemporary applications of small horn section writing and rhythm section. Voicing's styles are discussed.

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.

 

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