Fall 2017 Course Descriptiopns for Muisc

MUS 151 Theory 1
A comprehensive approach to the study of theory fundamentals including a review of rudiments, an introduction to species counterpoint and fundamentals of tonal harmony as well as sight-singing and ear-training. This class serves as a remedial course for the Music major/theory focus.  Keyboard Harmony/Secondary piano laboratory required. Prerequisite: Placement test 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. Students must take this course concurrently with MUS 151.

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. Students must take this course concurrently with MUS 151.

MUS 165 History of Rock and Roll
Probes sociological, cultural, political, and musical impact of rock and roll. Samples the diverse style of "pop" music and discusses technology of electronic music. Materials Fee.

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 227 Song Writing I
Examines the tools and methods of the songwriter, and inspires and encourages 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 251 Theory 3
Expands writing skills in counterpoint in two and three voices using historical models; introduction to chromatic harmony; sight-singing and ear-training. 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
Introduction to the art of conducting. Includes basic technique and 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 301 Recording Practicum: Experience for the Working Musician
A versatile singer is a working singer.  Students will get real life recording experience in the studio testing their versatility and musicianship. Prerequisite: Junior status or consent.

MUS 305E Topic: Rock Music in Time & Place

MUS 305L Topic: String Pedagogy

MUS 305M Topic: Counterpoint Across Centuries

MUS 341 Methods: Brass
Study, discussion, and analysis of methods and techniques of all instruments in the percussion/brass/string/woodwind families; development of experimental studies for each instrument separately and together; development of playing and teaching skills. Music major/minor.

MUS 355 Composition Practicum
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. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 152.

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: Ancient through Baroque
Spans Ancient/Medieval through Baroque era (500 BCE – 1750 CE). Prerequisite: MUS 152.

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. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

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 290 or 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 396 Opera Production
Teaches students how to prepare a lyric stage role through musical and character development, which culminates in a performance with orchestra, sets, costumes, and other production elements. By audition only.