Music Courses

MUS 111 The Materials of Music

2 hours

Students with little or no music theory background are provided an opportunity to study and make music through singing with solfège, playing the piano, composing and studying scores. This course prepares students for Music Theory and Ear Training 121/121L.

MUS 120 Introduction to Musical Styles

4 hours

Designed to acquaint the general student with music as one of the humanities. Development of perceptive listening; a survey of western music as an art form. No prerequisite. (HE)

MUS 121 Theory I

3 hours

An intensive study of music fundamentals and materials followed by an introduction to part writing in two voices (counterpoint). Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical example. MUS 131 is the honors section of Theory 1. Co-requisite: MUS 121L. (HE)

MUS 121L Ear Training I

1 hour

A study including sightsinging, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. MUS 131L is the honors section of Ear Training I. Corequisite: MUS 121.

MUS 122 Theory II

3 hours

A continuation of Theory I. Covers part-writing in four voices, harmonic function, phrase structure, sequences, the harmonization of melodies and basses, and an introduction to chromatic harmony. Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples. Music 132 is the honors section of Theory II. Prerequisites: MUS 121, 121L. Co-requisite: MUS 122L. (HE)

MUS 122L Ear Training II

1 hour

Continuation of MUS 121L. Taken concurrently with MUS 122. Music 132L is the honors section of Ear Training II. Prerequisites: MUS 121 and MUS 121L.

MUS 135 Principles of Improvisation

2 hours

A seminar that introduces instrumentalists and vocalists to basic concepts and techniques of music improvisation. Individual and ensemble exercises guide students in explorations of jazz, blues, and free-form styles. Special regard is given to personal philosophy and harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic vocabulary.

MUS 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

MUS 145 Orchestral Repertoire for Harp

1 hour

This is a one-credit course covering the performance and rehearsal aspects of harp in orchestral playing and other ensembles employing the harp. Course includes marking and pedaling harp parts, pre-rehearsal preparation including listening to recordings and studying scores, and ensemble practice and performance including conducting skills. Students may register regardless of orchestral experience.

MUS 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

MUS 227 Music/Performing Arts in the Elementary Classroom

2 hours

This course presents methods of teaching music/performing arts for use in the classroom by the elementary teacher. Topics included are: basic music/performing arts concepts, presenting music/performing arts to elementary children and an overview of such programs in the elementary school including content, methods and materials for instruction. Prerequisite: EDUC 185/215.

MUS 231 Theory III

3 hours

A continuation of Theory II. Covers chromatic harmony and voice leading, modulation, modal mixture, and styles and techniques relating to music of the twentieth century and beyond. Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples. Prerequisites: MUS 122, 122L. Corequistite: MUS 231L.

MUS 231L Ear Training III

1 hour

A study including sightsinging, rhythmic performance, keyboard and improvisation exercises, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. Taken concurrently with MUS 231. Prerequisites: MUS 122, 122L.

MUS 236 Music, Worship, and Culture

4 hours

A study of the theology and history of worship in society within the principal branches of the church, from Biblical times through the present, with particular emphasis on defining and illustrating the musical expressions of corporate worship within the context of the rapid cultural and technological changes in the 20th century. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HE)

MUS 237 Worship and Music in the Life of the Church

2 hours

This course will familiarize students with the role that music plays in liturgical and nonliturgical worship. It will include practical topics such as planning and selecting instrumental and vocal repertoire, directing a church music program, hymnody, and congregational worship life. Alternate years. No prerequisite.

MUS 238 Composition Workshop

1 hour

A workshop for students interested in exploring composition and improvisation. No prior composition experience necessary, but facility on an instrument or voice is helpful. Students also participate in a weekly composition seminar and interact with guest composers. Class culminates in a concert of new works. Prerequisite: MUS 332 or consent of instructor.

MUS 245 Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa

4 hours

This is a travel course that promotes intercultural exchange through music. Music from the western tradition is learned and presented along with learning and presenting traditional Namibian and South African music in local languages. This takes place in church services, through choral exchanges and concerts, and in schools, hospitals and informal settings. Students also learn about the history of Namibia, its fight for independence and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa through visits to sites of cultural and historic importance. Offered during January Term. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Intcl)

MUS 247 History of Jazz

4 hours

A survey of the history and development of jazz, from the 1890's to the present. Includes origins and early jazz through the modern jazz era. Listening activities focus on the major figures of each historical period. Offered alternate years. (Same as AFRS 247) (HEPT, Hist, Intcl)

MUS 248 World Music Cultures

4 hours

An introduction to music cultures outside of the West, which may include the art and vernacular musics of Africa, the Americas, East and South Asia, and Northern and Eastern Europe. This course will be grounded in theoretical perspectives from ethnomusicology, exploring both sound structures and social structures as well as the relationships between them. This course is intended for students fluent in reading and writing Western notation, and able to hear and speak analytically about aspects of musical sound (meter, scale, texture). Students who have this preparation but have not completed the prerequisite are encouraged to speak to the instructor to determine if the course will be a good fit for their interests. Prerequisite: MUS 121L or MUS 111 or consent of instructor. (HE, Intcl)

MUS 249 Listening Live in London

4 hours

This is a course devoted to listening carefully and thoughtfully to live music, and to broadening the contexts that inform our listening experiences. It is intended for students from all majors, with discussions centering on music and benefiting from the varied academic and experiential backgrounds of the students. Taking full advantage of the range of musical performances available and the rich musical history and cultures of London, we spend approximately the first two weeks of the course attending concerts in the evenings and spend the afternoons visiting sites that help provide the context for the music we hear. Morning class time is devoted to discussions not only of music, but of art, literature, and historical and current events as they relate to the cultural climate of the musical works. For the remainder of the course, we travel to another city or series of smaller towns for a different set of listening experiences to explore different functions, audiences, and styles of music making. As a group, we explore the ways in which our knowledge and differing perspectives affect the experience of listening to musical performances. Offered alternate years, during January Term. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (HE, Intcl)

MUS 250 Introduction to Conducting

2 hours

A study of the fundamental gesture, technique, and score preparation. Additional focus is given to oral communication and writing related to the art of conducting and self-evaluation. Prerequisites: MUS 332, 332L.

MUS 265 Diction for Singers I: Italian and German

2 hours

Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet as an aid to learning accurate pronunciation for singing Italian and German. (First seven weeks, Italian; second seven weeks, German.) Offered alternate years.

MUS 266 Diction for Singers II: French and English

2 hours

Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet as an aid to learning accurate pronunciation for singing French and English. (First seven weeks, French; second seven weeks, English.) Offered alternate years.

MUS 267 Vocal Literature I: Italian/Spanish and German

2 hours

Historical survey of the art song from c. 1600 to the present day. The course is designed to correspond with Diction for Singers. Offered alternate years, each area of study receiving seven weeks.

MUS 268 Vocal Literature II: French and British/American

2 hours

Historical survey of the art song from c. 1600 to the present day. The course is designed to correspond with Diction for Singers. Offered alternate years, each area of study receiving seven weeks.

MUS 272 Symphonic Music

2 hours

A survey of the repertoire of the orchestra including literature from the 17th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on concepts of style and historical evolution. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite.

MUS 273 Chamber Music

1 hour

Instruction in the literature for small ensembles. Ensembles should be approved by an instructor before registration. Open to all students regardless of major. All ensemble members must be registered.

MUS 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. MUS 285 can be taken only during January Term, MUS 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

MUS 332 Theory IV

3 hours

A continuation of Theory III. A culmination of theory study, which focuses on the large-scale tonal organization of entire compositions or movements, with an emphasis on conventions relating to form and style. Covers traditional instrumental and vocal forms, contrapuntal genres, and popular music forms. The course emphasizes writing and speaking about music and includes an introduction to library research. Prerequisites: MUS 231, 231L. Co-requisite: MUS 332L.

MUS 332L Ear Training IV

1 hour

A continuation of MUS 231L. Normally taken concurrently with MUS 332. Prerequisites: MUS 231, 231L.

MUS 338 Composition: Private Lesson

1–2 hours

Individual composition lessons designed to develop compositional facility in a variety of styles and media. Students also participate in a weekly composition seminar and interact with guest composers. May be repeated for credit. May be taken for 1 or 2 credits as directed by instructor. Prerequisite: MUS 238 or consent of instructor.

MUS 341 History of Music: Antiquity through 1750

4 hours

A survey of musical life and literature from Ancient Greece through the Baroque Era: the Greek theoretical legacy; sacred and secular developments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; invention of opera and growth of idiomatic instrumental styles; life and works of Bach and Handel; American topics: early psalters and hymnals. Prerequisites: MUS 122, 122L. (Hist, R, W)

MUS 342 History of Music: The Classical Period

2 hours

A survey of musical life and literature from 1730 to 1825: origins and development of the divertimento, symphony, string quartet, piano concerto, and related genres; developments in opera and sacred vocal forms; life and works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; American topics: early instruction books and singing schools, shape-notes, the Moravians, William Billings. Prerequisites: MUS 122, 122L.

MUS 343 History of Music: The Romantic Era

2 hours

A survey of musical life and literature in the 19th century: the Lied and song cycle, romantic opera, concert overture, symphonic poem, program symphony, virtuoso violin and piano schools; survey of the life and works of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Mahler, and Richard Strauss; American topics: the Negro spiritual, minstrel shows, Lowell Mason, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Stephen Foster. Prerequisites: MUS 122, 122L.

MUS 344 History of Music: Contemporary

4 hours

A survey of musical life and literature from the late-19th century to the present: tonality in its luxuriant-chromatic phase; the fin-de-siècle in Europe and America; jazz, atonality and serialism; midcentury symphonic music; popular music, concert music, and performance art since 1945. Prerequisites: MUS 332, 332L. (HEPT, Hist, R, W)

MUS 351 Advanced Conducting: Choral

2 hours

A detailed study of rehearsal techniques, musical components and conducting expressiveness and effectiveness related to a choral rehearsal. Additional attention is given to a general choral repertoire survey and written self-evaluations. Strongly recommended for vocal performance music majors and required for vocal music education majors. Prerequisite: MUS 250.

MUS 353 Conducting: Instrumental

2 hours

A study of advanced gesture technique as applied to instrumental rehearsal and performance. Additional attention is given to rehearsal techniques, score study, accompaniment, and performance practice. Prerequisite: MUS 250.

MUS 356 Electro-Acoustic Music

2 hours

An introductory course in electro-acoustic music in which students: 1) listen to music that uses technology in an essential way, 2) study the physics of sound and digital signal processing, and 3) create original music using a digital audio workstation. The course culminates in a recital of original works. This course is normally required as preparation for advanced independent work in the Presser Electronic Music Studio. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUS 362 Opera Workshop: Scenes

1, 2, or 4 hours

The study, rehearsal and staging of operatic repertoire (such as arias, scenes or one-act operas) through public performance and/or in-class assignments. Credit is dependent on role(s) and other duties assigned. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUS 130 (Private Voice Instruction) and consent of voice teacher.

MUS 363 Opera Workshop: Production

1, 2, or 4 hours

The study, rehearsal, and performance of a music-faculty directed opera. Credit dependent on role(s) and other duties assigned. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUS 130 (Private Voice Instruction) and consent of voice instructor.

MUS 371 Orchestration

2 hours

A study of the fundamentals and practices of arranging and composing for large ensembles. Course culminates with readings of student arrangements and/or compositions. Alternate years. Prerequisite: MUS 332 or consent of instructor.

MUS 375 Directed Readings

2 hours

Students who develop an interest in a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited may follow a prescribed reading list under the direction of a member of the faculty with expertise in that area.

MUS 376 Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying

2 hours

A performance seminar for pianists. Students are coached in repertoire that requires keyboard accompaniment. The goal is for pianists to develop and refine skills unique to the art of accompanying while becoming familiar with a wide variety of musical styles. Emphasis on vocal accompanying with additional consideration of instrumental repertoire. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (S)

MUS 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

MUS 445 Performance Practices of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods

2 hours

Historical study of the interpretation of music based on reading from the letters, diaries, essays, critical reviews, and performance treaties of the period. Seminar format with a substantial performance project. Open to music majors, or by consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 446 Performance Practices of the Classical and Early Romantic Periods

2 hours

Historical study of the interpretation of music based on reading from the letters, diaries, essays, critical reviews, and performance treaties of the period. Seminar format with a substantial performance project. Open to music majors, or by consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 454 16th Century Counterpoint

2 hours

A study of the 16th century modal counterpoint style of Palestrina. Written exercises lead to the composition and performance of a mass movement. Prerequisite: MUS 332.

MUS 455 Analytical Studies

2 hours

This course is designed to further the analytical skills of a student through intensive study of selected works from music literature. About six pieces will be studied in a semester, with the choice of scores representing a variety of styles, periods, and the special interest of students enrolled in the course. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: MUS 332.

MUS 469 Advanced Ear Training

1 hour

A continuation of MUS 332L. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: MUS 332, 332L.

MUS 485 Seminar

Credit arr.

MUS 490 Senior Project

1 hour

MUS 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement. (R, S)