Course Descriptions

105 Class Voice
Fundamentals of voice production including breath control, tone quality, range extension, flexibility, diction, and sight reading. Experiences include singing group exercises, solo songs of all styles, sight-reading, and listening to recordings. (May be repeated for credit. This course does not count for credit toward the music major or minor.) (1/4) Lecture-Laboratory: 1 hr/wk.

106 Class Piano
An introduction to functional keyboard skills including transposition, sight-reading, harmonization, and improvisation. Open to all interested students. (1/4)

107 Studio Guitar
Jazz and rock styles of guitar taught on beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels in a group context. Chords, solo techniques, and basic musical concepts will be covered in a one-hour, group session each week. (May be repeated for credit. This course does not count for credit toward the music major or minor.) (1/4) Lecture-Lab: 1 hr/wk.
Prerequisite: None.

110 Preparation for Music
Studies in music relating to its use in the classroom, grades one through six. (1/2) Lecture-Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

111 Concert Choir
Training in a cappella and accompanied music from all style periods. (Students must participate in all performances unless excused by the director prior to the performance. May be repeated for credit.) (1/4) Lecture-Laboratory: 4 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Entrance by audition only.

112 Wind Ensemble
Experience in band literature. (Students must participate in all performances unless excused by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.) (1/4) Rehearsals: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

113 Jazz Ensemble
Experience in jazz instrumental and vocal ensemble. (Students must participate in all performances unless excused by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.) (1/4) Rehearsals: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

114 Chamber Ensemble
Experience in chamber music of various periods and styles. (Students must participate in all performances unless excused by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.) (1/4) Rehearsals: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

115 Maroon Band
Experience in Pep Band performance. (Students must participate in all performances unless excused by the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Although this course is officially offered only during the spring semester, in order to receive full academic credit students must also participate in all of the rehearsals and game performances during the fall semester.) (1/4) Rehearsals: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Entrance by audition.

116 Chamber Band
Experience in band ensemble performance. Focus will be on the traditional band repertoire with emphasis on music from the contemporary period. (1/4) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

121 Collegium Musicum
Performance of selected areas of instrumental and vocal music for small groups. Emphasis will be placed on music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. (May be repeated for credit.) (1/4) Rehearsals: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Entrance by audition.

125 Music Appreciation
An introduction to musical styles, forms, and genres, concentrating on the masterworks of the Western tradition. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

150 Fundamentals of Music
Pitch and rhythm fundamentals: reading music notation, sight singing, reading chord charts. Focus on intervals, key signatures, scales, meter, and chords. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

199 Special Topics
Ensemble/workshop experience in areas not normally offered, with the focus to be determined by the music faculty. May be repeated for credit. (1/4). Lecture/Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

251 Basic Theory
Diatonic part writing; melodic harmonization and dictation; figured bass realization; basic species counterpoint; introduction to tonal theory, harmonic analysis, and simple forms. (1) Lecture: 1 hr/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Music 150 or competency.

252 Intermediate Theory
Diatonic and chromatic part writing; chorale harmonization and dictation; figured bass realization; introduction to simple composition and arranging (traditional and popular). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Music 251.

299 Special Topics
Selected studies in specialized performance, composition, or literature/history areas. May be repeated for credit. (1/2) Lecture/Laboratory: hours vary.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

321 Instrumentation and Score Reading
Survey of the musical instruments and their use in composition and arranging for various ensembles. Primary emphasis on the study of clef transposition and keyboard reduction; secondary emphasis on arranging short excerpts for diverse ensembles. (1/2) Lecture-Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. (Offered in alternate years or as demand indicates.)
Prerequisite: Music 252.

323 Conducting
Emphasis on practice with beat patterns, cues, phrasing, dynamics, tempo, and accent. Introduction to score preparation, rehearsal techniques for vocal and instrumental groups, balance control, and error detection. (1/2) Lecture-Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk. (Offered in alternate years or as demand indicates.)
Prerequisite: Music 321 or permission.

339 Music Education in the Elementary School
The objectives, content, and materials for the teaching of music in elementary school and kindergarten. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. (Offered in alternate years or as demand indicates.)

340 Music Education in Secondary School
Curriculum making, instructional planning, and organization of the secondary school music program. Current practices and trends. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. (Offered in alternate years or as demand indicates.)

350 Advanced Theory
Contrapuntal practices from the Renaissance to the present; chromatic part-writing; twentieth-century harmony; introduction to larger forms. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Music 252 or permission.

361 History and Analysis I: 300 AD to 1750
A course of study tracing the development of styles and genres in the canon of Western music from Gregorian chant to the end of the Baroque. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. (Offered in alternate years or as demand indicates.)
Prerequisites: Music 321 or 350 or permission of instructor.

362 History and Analysis II: 1750 to present
A continuation of Music 261, tracing the development of styles and genres in the canon of Western music from the pre-classic era to the present. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Music 361 or permission.

399 Special Topics
A course, offered in various formats, designed to give students instruction is a subject not regularly offered. May be repeated for credit. (1) Lecture/Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

405,406,407 Independent Study and Research
A program of advanced intensive study and experience in music under the guidance of the area staff. The student will submit a written proposal for specific study before the beginning of Examination Week of the term prior to the term in which the work is to be done. Admission by approval of the Music Area faculty on the recommendation of the directing professor. Students are alerted to consult the departmental "Guidelines for Independent Studies/Internships" prior to initiating their planning. (1/2, 1, 1/2) Lecture-Laboratory: Hrs. vary.
Prerequisite: Basic through advanced courses in area of interest, or by permission.

409 Seminar in Analysis
An advanced study of musical analysis, involving a broad range of styles and genres. Students pursue a project from a selected repertoire, give a class presentation, and submit a final paper. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Music 350 and 362 or permission.

416 Internship
Practical experience working in or with an artistic organization as participant-observer, leading to the preparation of a report which describes and evaluates that organization's activities. The student will submit a written proposal for specific study before the beginning of Examination Week of the term prior to the term in which the work is to be done. Admission with approval of the faculty professor. Students are alerted to consult the departmental "Guidelines for Independent Studies/ Internships" prior to initiating their planning. (1) Lecture-Laboratory: Hrs. vary.
Prerequisite: Basic through advanced course in area of interest, or by permission.

420,421,422 Senior Project
A public presentation by the music major in one of three areas of concentration: composition, performance, or research. (1/2, 1, 1/2) Lecture/Studio: Hours vary.
Prerequisites: Approval of the music faculty; Music Major with senior standing.

495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.
Prerequisites: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the summer prior to the senior year, must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. (1/2, 1, 1/2)

 
Opening minds to the power of art

Opening minds to the power of art

“Art doesn’t have to be just an object on the wall. It can move you or amuse you, or you can have an interaction with it that will change the way you look at something,” says Cassullo.

See all related stories