The Virginia S. and W.W. Nelson Department of Music began as a conservatory of music even before the college's founding in 1885. The program is a charter member -- since 1931 -- of the National Association of Schools of Music, whose curricula guide the baccalaureate offerings.
Since the conservatory's restructuring as a liberal arts department in 1966, Rollins has continued to enjoy a reputation as one of the finest schools in the Southeast offering preprofessional music training.
The mission of the department is fourfold:
Fifty-six (56) semester hours are required: twenty-eight (28) in musicianship, twelve (12) in performance, and twelve (12) in electives, and four (4) in a senior capstone course.
MUSICIANSHIP AREA -- Twenty-eight (28) semester hours required.
Twenty-eight (28) semester hours are required.
The department offers private instruction in voice, piano, organ, guitar, all orchestral instruments, harpsichord, conducting, and composition.
MUA 101 Applied Music for Enrichment I: Involves one half-hour lesson per week in any applied area. No recital or jury performance required. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward major/minor. Graded credit/no credit. Appropriate for beginners.
MUA 102 Applied Music for Enrichment II: Involves one 45-minute lesson per week in any applied area. No recital or jury performance required. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward major/minor. Graded credit/no credit. Appropriate for beginners.
MUA 201P or 201C Applied Music for the Music Major/Minor: Offers 45-minute lesson per week in any major applied or concentration area. No recital required. May be repeated for credit. Graded on letter basis. Appropriate for those continuing studies.
MUA 301 Applied Music for the Music Major/Minor: Requires one 45-minute lesson per week in any applied area and jury/recital participation. May be repeated for credit. Graded on letter basis. Prerequisites: excellent performance skills and admission audition usually no later than end of sophomore year.
MUA 401 Applied Music for the Music Major/Minor: Requires one 45-minute lesson per week in any applied area and jury/recital participation. May be repeated for credit. Graded on letter basis. Prerequisites: superior performance skills and admission audition, available in senior year only.
MUA 200.01 Rollins College Choir: Emphasizes performance of high-quality literature for large choral ensemble.
MUA 200.02 Rollins Singers: Concentrates on contemporary, popular, and musical theater pieces for several small music ensembles. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.03 Concert Choir: Focuses on music for the most select choral ensemble. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.04 Women's Ensemble: Spans wide variety of styles, especially composers who specialize in music in this voicing. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.05 Rollins Brass Ensemble: Joins students and community members in performing brass music from Renaissance through 20th century. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.06 Rollins Jazz Ensemble: Performs jazz from all periods. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.07 Flute Choir: Combines students and community members in performing flute ensemble music. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.08 Percussion Ensemble: Emphasizes music for percussion instruments. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.09 Small Chamber Ensembles: Includes small vocal and instrumental ensembles. Varies from term to term. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.10 Bach Festival Choir: Joins students and community members in performing primarily oratorio works. Prestigious, historical music organization. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.11 String Ensemble: Tailors orchestral literature from all periods to ensemble's instrumentation. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.12 Horn Ensemble: Teams students with community members in performing horn music from Renaissance through 20th century. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.13 Opera Workshop: Delves into study and performance of opera roles and scenes. Corequisite: choral ensemble. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.14 Mallet Ensemble: Performs music for marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, and chimes. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.15 Pep Band: Performs at college athletic events. Winds, brass, and percussion. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.16 Sightsinging: Additional training for the musical ear. Involves elements of association, habit, memory, theoretical understanding and imagery. Prerequisite: MUS 152.
MUA 200.17 Orchestra: Performs orchestral literature including concertos and symphonies. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.18 Wind Ensemble: Performs wind ensemble and light classical literature. Prerequisite: audition.
MUA 200.19 Men's Chorus: Spans wide variety of styles, especially composers who specialize in this voicing. Prerequisite: audition.
MUS 120 Musical Awareness: Presents aspects of American folk music, jazz and rock, Western European art music, and non-Western music. Suitable for nonmajors. May not count toward the major in music.
MUS 121 Introduction to Film Scoring. Introduces students to facets of the music technology world. Utilizing recording software, notation software and MIDI sequencing, gives students insight into real world applications of these programs. Builds upon students' previous aural training to begin working on projects that could be useful in real world job opportunities.
MUS 140 Introduction to Music Theory: Builds skills in notation, scales, harmony, and elementary sight-singing for those with little or no musical experience. Suitable for nonmajors. May not count toward the major in music.
MUS 150 Introduction to Keyboard Music Theory: Teaches students to explore the language and skills of music performance through the study of music theory and beginning keyboard literature on a Triton LE Music Workstation. This technology gives students the opportunity to listen and play musical examples and understand the creative concept of music literature in a historical and cultural context.
MUS 151 Theory 1 (Harmony): Develops skills in notation, scales, and elementary harmony, as well as sight-singing and ear-training. Keyboard Harmony/Secondary Piano laboratory required.
MUS 152 Theory 2 (Harmony): Explores perceiving and writing music through simple exercises in traditional harmony and voice leading in the context of historical examples. Keyboard Harmony/Secondary Piano laboratory required. Prerequisite: MUS 151 or consent.
MUS 153 Keyboard Harmony I: Teaches students the skills of harmonization, transposition, and sight-reading leading to the study of standard classical piano repertoire. Designed for all music majors and minors who are enrolled in MUS 151. Skill emphasis placed on scale and chord constructions, chord progressions, diatonic harmonization, transposition, alto clef, and sight reading.
MUS 154 Keyboard Harmony II: A continuation of MUS 153 Keyboard Harmony I. Emphasis on harmonization, transposition, modulation, improvisation, music dictation, and figured bass leading to four-part writing. Augmented and diminished triads, as well as major and minor seventh chords, also introduced. Other skills, such as reading tenor and alto clefs and score reading, taught in the latter part of the course. Prerequisite: MUS 153.
MUS 160 History of Jazz: Examines American popular musical styles from 1930 to present -- from musical components to musicians. Touches upon cultural, social, and historical milieu.
MUS 165 History of Rock and Roll: Probes sociological, cultural, political, and musical impact of rock and roll. Samples diverse style of "pop" music and discusses technology of electronic music.
MUS 190 Introduction to Music and Technology: Introduces musical uses of computers, synthesizers, and sound design. Students will learn to sequence, edit, mix, notate, and arrange music using modern techniques and computer applications. These applications include: Digital Performer, Sibelius, and Pro Tools. Knowledge of both computers and music is imperative.
MUS 210 Designing Music with Digital Media. Examines how technology has affected the history of music and how technology can be applied to the music of today's composer and arranger. Utilizes notation and recording software, to teach important real world applications of existing theoretical knowledge. Utilizes and strengthens the writing, arranging, and aural abilities of the non-performing musician. Prerequisite: MUS 151.
MUS 215 Discovering Music Through Technology. Introduces students to facets of the music technology world. Gives insight into real-world applications of recording software, notation software, and MIDI sequencing. Builds on previous aural training to begin working on projects that could be useful in real world job opportunities. Prerequisite: MUS 151.
MUS 220 The Marriage of Music and Poetry: Compares music ("language" of sound) and poetry ("music" of language) as expression: form, structure, syntax, articulation, and influences. Ponders how combination of music and poetry often results in a more expressive and fused art form.
MUS 223 Singing Diction - English & Italian: Reinforces the lyric diction skills in Italian and English based on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) system. Students will study diction technique and will demonstrate accurate and stylistic pronunciation in and out of the context of a song or aria.
MUS 224 Singing Diction - German & French: Reinforces the lyric diction skills in German and French based on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) system. Students will study diction technique and will demonstrate accurate and stylistic pronunciation in and out of the context of a song or aria.
MUS 225 Topics in Music: Ranges from popular music to masterworks of European art music. Varies from term to term.
MUS 227 Song Writing I. Examines the tools and methods of the songwriter, and to inspire and encourage the creation of original compositions. Through the study of lyric structure, rhyme schemes, harmonic structure, song forms and song styles, the participants will become proficient in both the analytical and the artistic aspects of producing original works.
MUS 230 Rhythm of Music and Life: Provides an understanding of rhythms from different cultures and how societies are shaped by cultural and artistic beliefs. Examines rhythms from Africa, South America, and world cultures. Includes basic percussion instruction on a variety of instruments.
MUS 251 Theory 3 (Counterpoint): Expands writing skills in species counterpoint in two and three voices. Includes analysis of contrapuntal forms -- invention and fugue. Prerequisite: MUS 152 or consent.
MUS 252 Theory 4 (Chromatic Harmony and Introduction to Analysis): Highlights writing more chromatic harmonic accompaniments to melodies (Neapolitan 6th, 9th, 11th , and 13th chords), as well as analyzing varied music. Prerequisite: MUS 152 or consent.
MUS 260 Music of the Caribbean and Brazil: From the Son to the Samba: Through study of musical styles and traditions of five influential countries, examines historical, economical, sociological and technological factors that shaped their music. Extensive classroom listening and performances.
MUS 280 Masterpieces of Choral Music: Surveys history and performance practices of masterworks of choral literature from Renaissance to 20th century.
MUS 285 Music Business and Technology: Familiarizes students with the many aspects of business and technology associated with the contemporary music industry. Topics include MIDI, notation printing, royalties, web applications, marketing, recording techniques, and common music business structuring. Prerequisite: MUS 152 or consent.
MUS 286 Introduction to Sound Recording: Examines the methods and technologies used to record, edit, format, manufacture, and distribute music. Students gain an understanding of how to produce their own recordings.
MUS 290 Basic Conducting: Includes baton technique and basic score reading. Laboratory format. Prerequisite: music major and sophomore standing, or consent.
MUS 292 Introduction to the Business of Music: An introduction to the music business including the interaction of corporations, creativity, copyright, compensation, and cyberlaw. Topics include history, MIDI, royalties, web applications, marketing, recording techniques, and common business structures.
MUS 310 The Art of Performing: Explores etiology and elimination of stage fright. Presents methods for reducing anxiety and communicating with confidence.
MUS 314 Improvisation: Presents the rudiments of jazz idiom improvisational techniques. Discussion, demonstration, and performance of scales, harmonic devices, and forms. Prerequisite: music major or consent.
MUS 320 Writing About Music: Discusses how to describe subjective experience in simple, declarative prose. Students review off-campus and out-of-class concerts and recitals while developing sources for bibliography. Event admission fees required.
MUS 325 Love, Death, and Opera: Traces inspiration of specific operas -- original novels and plays, as well as librettos derived from them. Follows transformations of written word to lyric stage. Does not require reading knowledge of music.
MUS 330 Bach's Back: A writing-intensive course keyed to the music performed by the Bach Festival Society during the spring term of each year. Readings focus on the cultural, social, and historical contexts of the musical works. Prerequisite: MUS 152 or consent.
MUS 340/341/342/343 Methods: Percussion/Brass/Strings/Woodwinds: Study, discussion, and analysis of methods and techniques of all instruments in the (percussion/brass/string/woodwind) family; development of experimental studies for each instrument separately and together; development of playing and teaching skills. Prerequisite: MUS major or minor.
MUS 351/352 Seminar in Composition I and II: Emphasizes the development of a solid compositional craft to be attained through writing projects for a variety of media. Recent musical trends and literature will be discussed and each semester will culminate in a recital of student works. Prerequisites: MUS 152 for MUS 351 and MUS 351 for MUS 352.
MUS 355 Practicum: Composition: Continues instruction in composition beyond MUS 351/352 Seminar in Composition I and II at an advanced level. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 352.
MUS 360 Music in the Global Environment: Introduces the variety of native music and instruments throughout the world, as well as the effect of globalization on native culture, and native cultures on music throughout the world.
MUS 361 Music History: Renaissance/Baroque: Spans Renaissance (1450-1600) through baroque era (1600-1750). Prerequisite: MUS 152.
MUS 362 Music History: Classic/Romantic: Spans classic era (1750-1820) through romantic period (1820-1900). Prerequisite: MUS 152.
MUS 363 American Music: Explores the soundtrack of United States history, from the music of Native Americans and early colonists, through the various styles, periods, and performers of American Music History: Tin Pan Alley; jazz mixed with blues; classical; Broadway and bop; Copland, country, and Coltrane.
MUS 364 Music History: 20th-Century Music: Surveys concert music styles of the 20th century and their reflection of society and events of the time. Prerequisite: music reading skills preferred, but not required.
MUS 372 Survey of Jews and Music: From Sinai to Symphony: Surveys some of the definitions of what is "Jewish" in music, from liturgical chant, to folk songs, to music of the concert hall and Tin Pan Alley. Fulfills an elective requirement for the music major, music minor, and Jewish studies minor. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
MUS 380 Literature of the Instrument: Surveys major works of a particular instrument. Requires historical research, examination, and performance of scores, and extensive listening to recordings.
MUS 385 Piano Accompanying: Instruction in the art of piano accompanying through actual classroom performance with instrumentalists and vocalists.
MUS 386 Advanced Sound Recording: Examines advanced methods and technologies used to record, edit, format, manufacture, and distribute music. Students produce their own stereo and multi-track music recordings, and CD masters. Prerequisite: MUS 286.
MUS 388 Advanced Music Technology: Examines the methods and technologies used to record, edit, format, manufacture and distribute music. Prerequisite: MUS 190.
MUS 390 Advanced Conducting and Repertory: Features preparation and performance of compositions from standard repertory. Prerequisite:MUS 290.
MUS 391 Practicum: Conducting: Continues instruction for conducting students at an advanced level to further develop their knowledge of repertoire, performance practices, aural discrimination, and conducting technique. Prerequisite: MUS 390 or consent.
MUS 392 Introduction to Arts Management: Introduces topics required to operate an arts organization, including (but not limited to) public relations, financial management and accounting, marketing, fundraising, and intellectual property, culminating in presentation of a business plan. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent.
MUS 393 Piano Pedagogy I: Introduction to the problems and psychology of teaching the beginning piano student. Emphasis on practical applications of pedagogical principles. Discussions of current methods and beginning materials, adaptation of the child to the instrument, and the development of the techniques and musicianship at the elementary level. Prerequisite: applied piano 201 or consent.
MUS 394 Piano Pedagogy II: Practicum: Observation of private and group instruction at the Community School of Music and opportunity to teach private and group lessons under supervision of the instructor. Continuing discussions of appropriate teaching materials for more advanced student. Prerequisite: MUS 393.
MUS 395 Pedagogy for the Singing Voice: Details anatomy and operation of laryngeal and respiratory apparatus as applied to singing voice. Examines standard voice nomenclature, fundamental acoustics, current singing science, care and hygiene for voice, teaching methods, and current literature in vocal research. Prerequisite: at least three years of applied voice study or consent.
MUS 396 Voice Pedagogy: Practicum: Student teaching of at least two private voice students under supervision. Observation of voice teaching in the College. Seminars in technique and teaching methods. Prerequisite: MUS 395.
MUS 425 Topics in Music: Focuses on single topic, such as composer, genre, or artistic movement.
MUS 451 Form and Analysis: Examines basic principles of musical construction as seen through detailed analysis of representative compositions dating from the baroque to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 252.
MUS 455 Paris, Moscow, Vienna 1890-1915. Investigates various structural principles at work in music by Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Stravinsky; Faure, Debussy, and Ravel; and Mahler, Strauss, Schoenberg, and Berg. Prerequisite: MUS 252.
MUS 495 Senior Project: This course is designed to tie together students' academic career at Rollins. Individual focus area may include a recital performance, student teaching, or a research project directed by the appropriate music faculty member. Prerequisite: senior standing.