Music

College of Arts and Humanities

Division of Performing and Digital Media Arts

 

General Music Option

Music Education Option (Single Field Major)

Performance Option

 

Music

 

Faculty

Richard Kravchak, Coordinator, Department of Music

Professors: David Bradfield, Hansonia Caldwell, Sally Etcheto, Jonathon Grasse, Richard Kravchak, Stephen Moore, Frances Steiner, Mark Waldrep

Studio and Adjunct Teachers: Jason Gamer (Trumpet), D.M.A., University of Southern California; Joseph Mitchell (Percussion), M.F.A., University of California at Los Angeles; Scott Morris (Guitar), D.M.A., Claremont; David Nivens (Music History), Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles,; Sung-Hwa Park (Piano), D.M.A. University of Southern California; Jaqueline Shannon (Horn), D.M.A. University of Washington; Steve Venz (Acoustic and Electric Bass), M.M. University of Southern California; Shirley Yamamoto (Flute), B.M. University of Southern California.

Melodee A CJ Wilcox, Division Secretary

Division Office: LCH E-303, (310) 243-3543

 

Emeriti Faculty

Marshall Bialosky, David Champion, Francis Steiner

 

Program Description

The music program is affiliated with the Division of Performing and Digital Media Arts at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Students majoring in Digital Media Arts with an option in audio recording, or electronic music synthesis may choose the minor in music.

A Master of Arts in Humanities is offered by the School of Humanities and Fine Arts. It is possible to have an emphasis in music while broadening your knowledge in the other humanities.

The objectives of the music program are:

1.   to offer music courses for both the General Education program and the department that develop cultural knowledge and professional skills.

2.   to provide each music student with a broad knowledge of music history and theory.

3.   to improve the musicianship skills of each music student.

4.   to give students opportunities for hands-on experience with current music and media-related technologies.

5.   to provide music students with career-oriented skills for use in the music industry.

6.   to provide courses appropriate for the training of music teachers for studios and private and public schools.

7.   to provide opportunities for the entire University community to experience music as a means of personal fulfillment.

 

Features

The Music Program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Ste. 21, Reston, VA, 22090. The Program is distinguished by the wide range of possible experiences it offers the student: performance, composition, conducting, music history, world music, jazz, popular and gospel.

The program also is characterized by a close interaction between students and faculty. The size and quality of the department offers all of the advantages of a small, private university at a state supported university. Student recitals each semester give the faculty the opportunity to monitor the progress of each student.

Students are encouraged to attend concerts and recitals on campus and in the community. Los Angeles has an outstanding Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Musical Theater.

The Department of Music is housed in the La Corte Hall Building, which contains the Marvin Laser Recital Hall, an audio recording and music synthesis complex of studios, a large rehearsal room for orchestra and band, theory and history classroom, piano classroom and a number of teaching studios. Practice rooms are available in the nearby Educational Resource Center. Musical events also are held in the 485-seat University Theatre.

Financial aid and scholarships are available through the Office of Financial Aid. Several scholarships are specifically for music majors and require special application to the Department of Music. Auditions for scholarships are usually held in April. The Music Department Scholarship provides support to students who excel in music performance. The Lou Bell Memorial Scholarship also provides funds to music performers. The Jubilee Choir Scholarship is a grant to a voice major. The Mary L. & Frederick C. Peters Memorial Scholarship provides a scholarship to orchestral musicians. The Panosian Grant provides up to $1,400 to outstanding performers of orchestral instruments. Mu Phi Epsilon, the Honorary Music Fraternity, offers scholarships to members on the basis of grade point average, music performance and service to the department and fraternity. Two additional scholarships include the Marshall Bialosky Endowment Scholarship fund and a cash award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

 

Academic Advisement

Students and prospective students who have chosen CSU Dominguez Hills for the study of music should seek academic advisement from a Department of Music faculty member at the earliest opportunity.

 

Preparation

High school students preparing for university music study should take every opportunity to study and perform music. High school participation in band, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles and musical theater productions is highly recommended. In addition, private piano lessons, as well as vocal or instrumental lessons, will help to provide the incoming student with the basic musical skills and performance competencies necessary for success in pursuing
a university degree in music.

Community college transfer students preparing for university music study should be sure that their program is paralleling equivalent courses being offered to freshman and sophomore music majors at CSU Dominguez Hills.

 

Career Possibilities

Graduates currently are working in the following fields: music teaching; private music teaching in music stores, studios and in the home; community college teaching; arts administration; symphony orchestra performance; opera performance; church music composition and performance; church choir direction; music buying and music store management; popular music and jazz performance; gospel music performance and composition. Some graduates have elected to continue postgraduate study in the areas of teaching, musicology, composition, performance and conducting.

 

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate students may be candidates for graduation with Honors in Music if they meet the following criteria:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.

2.   A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements for the Music major.

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Music.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

See the “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

 

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

 

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the “General Education” requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the “Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement” in the University Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

No minor is required.

 

Major Requirements (52-71 units)

Students must select one of the options listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

 

A.   Recommended Courses

1.   Lower Division

PHY 100.       Patterns in Nature (3)

MUS 100.      Concert Music I (1)

MUS 120.      Beginning Voice Class (1)

MUS 180.      Individual Lessons (1)

MUS 181.      Beginning Piano Class (1)

MUS 182.      Beginning Guitar Class (1)

MUS 200.      Concert Music II (1)

MUS 222.      Intermediate Guitar Class (1) [I]

MUS 280.      Individual Lessons (1) and

                        Foreign language study in French, German
or Italian.

MUS 220.      Intermediate Voice Class (1)

MUS 281.      Intermediate Piano Class (1)

MUS 282.      Intermediate Piano Class (1)

2.   Upper Division

      Music majors are encouraged to broaden their knowledge
of music by taking a variety of upper division electives in music. Courses beyond the minimum requirements will give a broader base for later professional development.

 

B.  Common Core Requirements (26-29 units)

1.   Lower Division Required Courses (16-19 units)

MUS 101.      Introducing Music (3)

MUS 110.      Music Fundamentals (3) and/or

MUS 111.      Introduction to Music Theory (3)

MUS 209.      Musicianship Skills (1,1)

MUS 210.      Music Theory I (3)

MUS 211.      Music Theory II (3)

2.   Upper Division Required Courses (10 units)

MUS 309.      Advanced Musicianship Skills (1,1)

MUS 310.      Advanced Music Theory I (3)

MUS 311.      Advanced Music Theory II (3)

NOTE: A minimum of two ensembles are required.

 

C.  Additional requirements for ALL music majors

1.   Ensemble Requirement: Participate in one of the University’s performing ensembles during each semester of full-time residency. Part-time students (6 units or less) need only participate in an ensemble every other semester. At least half of these ensemble units must be in orchestra, chorus or jazz ensemble (for Music Education option at least half of the ensemble units must be in orchestra or chorus). The remaining ensemble units may be in other ensembles.

2.   Musicianship Proficiency Exam: Requires students to demonstrate a level of musicianship skills appropriate for a university graduate majoring in music. These skills include sight-reading, dictation, and aural comprehension of the common elements of music—rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture and dynamics. Every graduating student will be required to pass a musicianship proficiency examination or have a record of at least two semester units of Advanced Musicianship Skills (MUS 309) with a grade of B or better.

3.   Piano Proficiency Exam: Every graduating student will be required to pass a piano proficiency examination or have record of at least two semester units of Advanced class piano (MUS 381, MUS 382) with a grade of B or better.

 

General Music Option (53 units)

A.   Recommended Courses

MUS 300.    Concert Music III (1)

MUS 400.    Concert Music IV (1)

MUS 401.    Afro-American Music (3)

 

B.  Common Core Requirements (26 units)

 

C.  Lower Division Requirements

      Performance Placement Exam on major instrument or voice.

 

D.  Upper Division Required Courses (27 units)

MUS 301.    Music in World Cultures (3) [I]

MUS 315.    Counterpoint (3)

MUS 316.    Instrumentation (3)

MUS 385.    Medieval and Renaissance Music (3)

MUS 386.    Baroque and Classical Music (3)

MUS 402.    American Music (3) [I]

MUS 485.    Romantic Music (3)

MUS 486.    Twentieth Century Music (3)

MUS 499.    Senior Project (3)

 

Music Education Option (38-71 units)

Single Field Major - no minor required

This option does not require an additional academic minor outside the field of music.

 

A.   Recommended Courses

MUS 120.    Beginning Voice Class (1)

MUS 300.    Concert Music III (1)

MUS 379.    Music Theater Workshop III (1)

MUS 479.    Music Theater Workshop IV (1)

 

B.  Common Core Requirements (26 units)

 

C.  Lower Division Required Courses (2 units)

MUS 122.    Beginning Guitar (1)

MUS 220.    Intermediate Voice Class (1) and

                      Performance Placement Exam on major instrument or voice.

 

D.  Upper Division Required Courses (40 units)

MUS 301.    Music in World Cultures (3) or

MUS 401.    Afro-American Music (3)

MUS 316.    Instrumentation (3)

MUS 320.    Advanced Voice Class (1)

MUS 325.    Conducting (3)

MUS 333.    Foundations of Music Education (3)

MUS 380.    Individual Lessons (1,1)

MUS 386.    Early Music to Baroque (3)

MUS 420.    Vocal and Choral Techniques (3)

MUS 421.    Instrumental Methods (3)

MUS 433.    Pedagogy (2)

MUS 445.    String Instruments (1)

MUS 446.    Woodwind Instruments (1)

MUS 447.    Brass Instruments (1)

MUS 448.    Percussion Instruments (1)

MUS 480.    Individual Lessons (1,1)

MUS 485.    Classical Romantic Music (3)

MUS 486.    Late Romantic Twentieth Century Music (3)

 

E.  Repertory Requirements in Major Performance Area. Before being approved for graduation, students must perform at a certain level of advancement and proficiency. A detailed list of representative repertory is available from the Music Department.

F.   Summative Exam: Every graduating student is required to pass a summative pedagogy skills exam. A detailed study guide is available from the Music Department.

 

Performance Option (52 units)

An emphasis is placed on vocal or instrumental performance, conducting, or composition.

 

A.   Upper Division Recommended Courses

MUS 300.    Concert Music III (1,1)

MUS 400.    Concert Music IV (1,1)

 

B.  Common Core Requirements (26 units)

 

C.  Lower Division Requirement

Performance Placement exam on instrument or voice.

 

D.  Upper Division Requirements (23 units)

1.   Required Courses

MUS 315.      Counterpoint (3)

MUS 325.      Conducting (3)

MUS 386.      Early Music to Baroque (3)

MUS 485.      Classical Romantic Music (3)

MUS 486.      Late Romantic Twentieth Century Music (3)

2.   With the assistance of an advisor, select eight units from
the following :

MUS 316.      Instrumentation (3)

MUS 380.      Individual Lessons (1,1)

MUS 415.      Composition and Arranging: Art Music (3) [I] or

MUS 416.      Composition and Arranging: Popular and

Jazz (3)

MUS 420.      Vocal and Choral Technique (3)

MUS 433.      Pedagogy (3)

MUS 480.      Individual Lessons (1,1)

MUS 481.      Individual Lessons: Composition & Arranging (1,1)

MUS 483.      Interpretation of Music (1) [I]

 

E.  Repertory Requirements. Before being approved for graduation, students must perform or compose at a certain level of advancement and proficiency. A detailed list of representative repertory is available from the Music Department.

 

Minor in Music (18 units)

A.   Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)

MUS 101.    Introducing Music (3)

MUS 110.    Music Fundamentals (3)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (12 units)

1.   Select one course from the following (3 units):

MUS 310.      Advanced Theory I (3)

MUS 386.      Baroque and Classical Music (3)

MUS 485.      Romantic Music (3)

2.   Select nine additional units of upper division music courses with the assistance of an advisor.

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Lower Division

MUS 100               Concert Music I (1).

Grade based on verified attendance at seven approved concerts and final essay exam. Orientation and final exam are the only class meetings. Instructor available two office hours each week for guidance.
Open to all students. Maybe repeated once. CR/NC grading.

MUS 101               Introducing Music (3).

The technique of listening to music. The elements of music, musical forms, and historical styles. Concert attendance and discussion will be an integral part. Satisfies a General Education Requirement.

MUS 109               Introduction to Musicianship (1).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 101 or MUS 110 is recommended.

An activity course in which students will begin exercises in music perception skills, pitch matching, identification of musical patterns, beginning ear-training and sight-singing drills. Preparation for the Musicianship Proficiency Exam. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 110               Music Fundamentals (3).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 109 is recommended.

Music rudiments taught through reading, writing, harmonizing and creating songs. Includes principles of notation, key signatures, scales, intervals, triads and chord progressions. Satisfies a General Education Requirement.

MUS 111 Introduction to Music Theory (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 110 or placement test.

Elements of music taught through reading, writing and harmonizing at the keyboard. Topics include key signatures, scales, intervals and basic harmony.

MUS 120               Beginning Voice Class (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Fundamental principles of singing. Posture, breath control, tone production, diction and performance techniques and styles. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 170               Chamber Music (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small instrumental ensemble rehearsal and performance. Type of group may vary. See Class Schedule for title. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 171               Chamber Singers (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small vocal ensemble rehearsal and performance. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 172               Jubilee Choir (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study and performance of choral music of Afro-American culture. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 173               Jazz Ensemble (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Techniques of improvisation and a study and performance of instrumental jazz repertoire. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 176               Orchestra (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of music for symphony orchestra. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 177               Chorus (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of music for chorus. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 179               Music Theater Workshop (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of instructor.

Study of roles and representative excerpts from opera, operetta, and musical comedy and the basic musical, dramatic and language technique of the musical theater. Performance of excerpts or complete musical theatrical works. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 180               Individual Lessons (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of Department Chair and Instructor.

Individual instruction in the student’s major performance medium developing technique and repertoire. Individual one-half hour lesson times are arranged with the studio teacher. Public performance and jury evaluation expected. Lessons are available in voice, piano, harpsichord, organ, accordion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, classical guitar, lute, commercial guitar, and electric bass. Primarily for performance majors. Instrument fee may be required. Repeatable course.

MUS 181 Beginning Piano I (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

MUS 182 Beginning Piano II (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 182 or consent of instructor.

Beginning instruction in keyboard technique. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 200               Concert Music II (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 100.

Grade based on verified attendance at seven approved concerts and final essay exam. Orientation and final exam are the only class meetings. Instructor available two office hours each week for guidance. Open to all students. Repeatable once. CR/NC grading.

MUS 209               Musicianship Skills (1).

Prerequisites: Placement exam and consent of instructor. MUS 101, MUS 109, and MUS 110 are recommended.

Ear training, sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard harmony, and melodic and rhythmic dictation. This course is meant to parallel work in MUS 210 and MUS 211. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 210 Music Theory I (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 111 or consent of department.

Musical theory emphasizing materials from the Common Practice Period (1700-1900). The vocabulary of diatonic scales and modes, chords and their relationships, phrase structure and cadences, harmonic progressions, non-harmonic tones and the technique of harmonization.

MUS 211               Music Theory II (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 210 and concurrent enrollment in MUS 209 or consent of instructor.

Chromatic Harmony of the Common Practice Period. Harmonic analysis, secondary dominants, modulation, borrowed chords, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords, diminished sevenths, and ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords.

MUS 220               Intermediate Voice Class (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 101, MUS 110 and MUS 120 or Consent of instructor.

Singing with an emphasis on the vocal mechanism, use of the voice in ensemble singing and style in songs. Development of solo repertoire. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 270               Chamber Music (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Music study through small instrumental ensemble rehearsal and performance. Type of group may vary. See Class Schedule for title. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 271               Chamber Singers (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small vocal ensemble rehearsal and performance. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 272               Jubilee Choir (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study and performance of choral music
of Afro-American culture. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 273               Jazz Ensemble (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Techniques of improvisation and a study and performance of instrumental jazz repertoire. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 276               Orchestra (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Rehearsal and performance of music for symphony orchestra. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 277               Chorus (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Rehearsal and performance of music for chorus. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 279               Music Theater Workshop (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of instructor.

Study of roles and representative excerpts from opera, operetta, and musical comedy and the basic musical, dramatic and language technique of the musical theater. Performance of excerpts and complete musical theatrical works. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 280               Individual Lessons (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of department chair and instructor.

Individual instruction in the student’s major performance medium developing technique and repertoire. Individual lesson times are arranged with the studio teacher. Some lessons may be off-campus. Public performance and jury evaluation expected. Lessons are available in voice, piano, harpsichord, organ, accordion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, classical guitar, lute, commercial guitar, and electric bass. Primarily for performance majors. Instrument fee may be required. Repeatable course.

MUS 281 Intermediate Piano I (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 182 or Consent of instructor.

MUS 282 Intermediate Piano II (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 282 or Consent of instructor.

Intermediate instruction in keyboard technique. Keyboard harmony, scales, chords and improvised accompaniments. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 294               Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.

The student investigates a scholarly topic or undertakes directed research or a creative project with the assistance of a Music faculty member. Repeatable course.

 

Upper Division

MUS 300               Concert Music III (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 200.

Graded on verified attendance at seven approved concerts and final essay exam. Orientation and final exam are the only class meetings. Instructor available two office hours each week for guidance. Open to all students. Repeatable once. CR/NC grading.

MUS 301               Music in World Cultures (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 101 or 110 or consent of instructor.

Survey of non-Western cultures from a musical point of view. Using familiar folk and popular music for comparison, students will be guided into new listening experiences, develop a vocabulary for discussing world music, and gain an appreciation of cultural pluralism.

MUS 308               Popular and Jazz Harmony (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 210 or consent of instructor.

Analysis of chords and scale patterns, chord symbols, and chord substitutions in popular music and jazz.

MUS 309               Advanced Musicianship Skills (1).

Prerequisites: Musicianship placement exam and consent of instructor.

Ear training, sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard harmony, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. This course parallels work in MUS 310 and MUS 311 and provide preparation for the Musicianship Proficiency Exam. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 310               Advanced Music Theory I (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 211 or consent of department.

Structural, contrapuntal and harmonic analysis of musical forms from the Medieval through the Classical periods. A study of the literature, instrumentation, and notation. Practice includes aural analysis and creative composition.

MUS 311               Advanced Music Theory II (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 310 or consent of instructor is required; concurrent enrollment in MUS 309 and MUS 316 is recommended.

Structural, harmonic and contrapuntal analysis of musical forms from the Romantic period through the Twentieth Century. A study of the literature, instrumentation and notation. Practice includes aural analysis and creative composition.

MUS 315               Counterpoint (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 211 or consent of instructor.

Counterpoint as a linear mode of compositional technique in Western music. Modal, tonal and post-tonal practices.

MUS 316               Instrumentation (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 211 or MUS 308.

Acoustical and musical characteristics of all the major orchestral and band instruments. Written assignments will include transcriptions for combination of instruments both as families and mixed ensembles.

MUS 320               Advanced Voice Class (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 101, MUS 110 and MUS 220 or consent of instructor.

Singing with emphasis on vocal mechanism, use of the voice in ensemble singing, and style in songs. Development of solo repertoire in foreign languages. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 325               Conducting (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 310 or consent of instructor.

An introduction to the basic techniques of conducting both instrumental and choral groups. Score reading, baton technique and fundamentals of interpretation. Repeatable course. Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

MUS 333 Foundations of Music Education (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 180 and MUS 280.

A survey of the leading pedagogical and philosophical approaches to music education in the United States along with field observation of K-12 classes. Appropriate for students entering or considering the music teaching profession at the K-12 level.

MUS 340               Music for Children (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

Survey and analysis of music suitable for children. History and philosophy of American music education emphasizing influences of European systems of Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff. Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

MUS 370               Chamber Music (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small instrumental ensemble rehearsal and performance. Type of group may vary by section and semester. See Class Schedule for title. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 371               Chamber Singers (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small vocal ensemble rehearsal and performance. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 372               Jubilee Choir (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study and performance of choral music of Afro-American culture. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 373               Jazz Ensemble (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Techniques of improvisation and a study of performance of instrumental jazz repertoire. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 376               Orchestra (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of music for symphony orchestra. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 377 Chorus (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of music for chorus. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 379               Music Theater Workshop (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of instructor.

Study of roles and representative excerpts from opera, operetta, and musical comedy and the basic musical, dramatic and language technique of the musical theater. Performance of excerpts and complete musical theatrical works. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extras rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 380               Individual Lessons (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of department chair and instructor.

Individual instruction in the student’s major performance medium. Development of technique and repertoire. Individual lesson times are arranged with the studio teacher. Some lessons may be off-campus. Public performance and jury evaluation expected. Lessons are listed in the Class Schedule by voice or instrument. Lessons are available in voice, piano, harpsichord, organ, accordion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, classical guitar, lute, commercial guitar and electric bass. Primarily for performance majors. Instrument fee may be required.

MUS 381 Advanced Piano I (1).

Prerequisites: 82 or consent of instructor.

MUS 382 Advanced Piano II (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 381 or consent of instructor.

Advanced instruction in keyboard technique. Development of solo repertoire and preparation for the Piano Proficiency Exam. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 386               Early Music to Baroque (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

A survey of music literature from the Medieval through the Baroque period. Study of styles to uncover the various musical, aesthetic, and social determinants underlying the musical literature.

MUS 400               Concert Music IV (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 300.

Attendance at on-campus and off-campus concerts and recitals. Open to all students. Grade based on verified attendance at seven approved concerts and final essay exam. Orientation and final exam are the only class meetings. Repeatable course. Instructor available two office hours each week for guidance. CR/NC grading.

MUS 401               Afro-American Music (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 101 or consent of instructor.

The influence of African and Afro-American musical ideas on the culture of America and the world moving from folk material through the development of jazz and its subsequent influence on both the popular and the symphonic worlds in the twentieth century.

MUS 415 Composition and Arranging: Art Music (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 311 or consent of instructor.

Composition and arranging of art music utilizing a variety of resources, from traditional instruments and voice to new instruments, electronics and computer. Repeatable course.

MUS 416               Composition and Arranging: Popular and Jazz (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 308 or consent of instructor.

Composition and arranging for popular and jazz ensembles with an emphasis on contemporary styles. Repeatable course.

MUS 420               Vocal and Choral Techniques (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 320 or consent of instructor.

Voice physiology and function, common vocal faults, pedagogical approaches and methodology in both the choral and private instructional context. Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

MUS 421 Instrumental Methods for Music Educators (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 333.

Intensive preparation for prospective music educators, including classroom management, instrumental ensamble pedagogy and literature. Includes field experience with a selected K-12 educator.

MUS 433 Pedagogy (2).

Prerequisites: MUS 180 and MUS 280. MUS 333 is recommended.

Preparation to teach individual and group lessons in the students’ major applied area.

MUS 440               Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 or MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

Basic principles of the early childhood music teaching methods developed by Carl Orff. Music education through movement, singing, speech and drama and use of Orff musical instruments. Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

MUS 441 Marching Band Techniques (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 333

Pedagogy, management, and administration of a marching band program. Content will address marching percussion, marching and maneuvering, and attached units.

MUS 445               String Instruments (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the principles and literature of string instruments, with emphasis on skills necessary for future teachers of instrumental ensembles. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week. Instrument fee may be required.

MUS 446               Woodwind Instruments (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 110 or consent of instructor. Instrument fee may be required.

Introduction to the principles and literature of woodwind instruments with emphasis on skills necessary for future teachers of instrumental ensembles. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 447               Brass Instruments (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the principles and literature of brass instruments with emphasis on skills, necessary for future teachers of instrumental performance times to be arranged.

MUS 448               Percussion ­­­Instruments (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the principles and literature of percussion instruments with emphasis on skills necessary for future teachers of instrumental ensembles. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week. Instrument fee may be required.

MUS 470               Chamber Music (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small instrumental ensemble rehearsal and performance. Type of group may vary by section and semester. See Class Schedule for title. Public performances expected. Repeatable course. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 471               Chamber Singers (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of music through small vocal ensemble rehearsal and performance. Public performances expected. Repeatable course. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 472               Jubilee Choir (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study and performance of choral music
of Afro-American culture. Public performances expected. Repeatable course.
Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 473               Jazz Ensemble (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Techniques of improvisation and a study and performance of instrumental jazz repertoire. Public performances expected. Repeatable course. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 476               Orchestra (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of music for symphony orchestra. Public performances expected. Repeatable course. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 477               Chorus (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of music for chorus. Public performances expected. Repeatable course. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 479               Music Theater Workshop (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of instructor.

Study of roles and representative excerpts from opera, operetta, and musical comedy and the basic musical, dramatic and language technique of the musical theater. Performance of excerpts and complete musical theatrical works. Repeatable course. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 480 Individual Lessons (1).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of department chair and instructor.

Individual instruction in the student’s major performance medium. Development of technique and repertoire. Audition and consent of department and instructor required. Individual lesson times are arranged with the studio teacher. Some lessons may be off-campus. Public performance and jury evaluation expected. Lessons are listed in the class schedule by voice or instrument. Lessons are available in voice, piano, harpsichord, organ, accordion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, classical guitar, lute, commercial guitar, and electric bass. Primarily for performance majors. Instrument fee may be required. Repeatable course.

MUS 481               Individual Lessons: Composition and Arranging (1).

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.

Individual instruction and guidance with music composition and arranging projects. Individual lesson times are arranged with the instructor. Jury evaluation expected. Primarily for composition majors. Repeatable course.

MUS 483               The Interpretation of Music (1).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in upper division individual lessons or consent of instructor.

Exploration of a wide variety of topics relating to the interpretation of music from various stylistic periods. Recorded examples and student performances will be analyzed and compared with particular attention given to historic authenticity and contemporary practices. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 485               Classical-Romantic Music (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

A survey of music literature from the Classical through the Romantic period. Study of styles to uncover the various musical, aesthetic, and social determinants underlying the musical literature.

MUS 486               Late Romantic-Twentieth Century Music (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

A survey of music literature from the late Romantic period through the present. Study of styles to uncover the various musical, aesthetic, and social determinants underlying the musical literature.

MUS 493               Recital (1).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 480 or MUS 580.

Preparation and performance of a full or half music recital. Repeatable course.

MUS 494               Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.

In consultation with a Music faculty member, the student investigates a scholarly topic or undertakes a creative project. Repeatable course.

MUS 495               Special Studies in Music (1-3).

Special topics vary by section and semester. See Class Schedule for title and prerequisites. Repeatable course.

MUS 496               Music Internship (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Students participate in an off-campus internship with an approved employer. Provides for an integration of academic study and related work experience. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course.

MUS 499               Senior Project (3).

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.

In consultation with a Music faculty member, student undertakes a major project which may be one of the following: original research and thesis on a given music history or theoretical topic, a creative project such as an original composition or a full recital with supporting scholarly program notes.

 

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled on a “demand” basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next schedule offering.

 

MUS 122               Beginning Guitar Class (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor is recommended.

Beginning instruction in guitar technique, single string melody, and chord positions. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 175               Band (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A study of music through rehearsal and performance of concert band music. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 222               Intermediate Guitar Class (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 101, MUS 110 and MUS 122 or consent of instructor.

Intermediate instruction in guitar technique, scales, chords and improvised accompaniments. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 275               Band (1).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Rehearsal and performance of concert band music. Public performances expected. Repeatable once. Three hours of activity per week plus extra rehearsal and performance times to be arranged.

MUS 305               Music for Dance (1).

Prerequisite: MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

An introduction to music fundamentals and techniques for dance accompaniment. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 322               Advanced Guitar Class (1).

Prerequisites: MUS 101, MUS 110 and MUS 222 or consent of instructor.

Advanced instruction in guitar technique. Development of solo repertoire. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week.

MUS 385               Medieval and Renaissance Music (3).

Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent  of instructor.

Music from the Medieval period through the Renaissance. Gregorian chant, Leonin, Perotin, Machaut, Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Gombert, Willaert, Palestrina, Lasso, Gabrielli and other composers. Study of styles of music to uncover the various musical, aesthetic, and social determinants underlying the musical literature.

MUS 402               American Music (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 101 or consent of instructor.

An examination of selected works in American music from colonial times to the present, concentrating on the emergence of several important styles and composers in the Twentieth Century and their relationship to American society.

MUS 408               Advanced Song Writing (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 308 or consent of instructor.

Original songs created by students will be performed, discussed, and constructively criticized. Well-known popular, show, country, rock and R and B songs will be studied as models of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, structural and poetic composition. Field trips and guest lecturers from the industry. Publishing and copyright procedures.

MUS 415 Composition and Arranging: Art Music (3).

Prerequisite: MUS 311 or consent of instructor.

Composition and arranging of art music utilizing a variety of resources, from traditional instruments and voice to new instruments, electronics and computer. Repeatable course.

 

Graduate

Graduate standing or consent of the graduate program coordinator is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses.

 

MUS 580               Performance, Performance Practices and Repertoire (2).

Prerequisites: Audition and consent of department chair and instructor.

Ensembles. Repeatable course. Two hours of activity per week. Instrument fee may be required.

MUS 581               Individual Lessons: Composition and Arranging (1).

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.

Individual instruction and guidance with music composition and arranging projects. Individual lesson times are arranged with the instructor. Jury evaluation expected. Primarily for composition majors. Repeatable course.

MUS 582               Individual Lessons: Conducting (1).

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.

Individual instruction and guidance in the technique of conducting instrumental and vocal ensembles. Individual lesson times are arranged with the instructor. Public performance and jury evaluation expected. Primarily for conducting majors. Repeatable course.

MUS 593               Recital (1).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 580.

Preparation and performance of a full or half music recital. Repeatable course.

MUS 594               Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.

In consultation with a Music faculty member, the student investigates a scholarly topic or undertakes a creative project. Repeatable course.