Fall 2018 Course Descriptions for
Music

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 225 Topics in Music
Courses offered in the “Topics in Area” include Schumann and Brahms; Film Scoring; Music in the Movies; Studies in Counterpoint.

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 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 305 Topics in Music
Ranges from popular music to masterworks of European art music.  Courses offered in the “Topics in Area” include Schumann and Brahms; Film Scoring; Music in the Movies; Studies in Counterpoint.

MUS 343 Methods: Woodwinds
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 361 Music History: Ancient through Baroque
Spans Ancient/Medieval through Baroque era (500 BCE – 1750 CE). Prerequisite: MUS 152.

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 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.