Music

Professors

Lisa Withers, Chair

Matthew D. Frederick

Michelle Bell

All students majoring in music must develop certain skills in order to complete graduation requirements; in addition to completion of specified courses, the student must demonstrate proficiency in sight-singing, ear training, keyboard harmony, and piano. The first three areas are developed in conjunction with theory courses in the department; students deficient in piano must enroll in Piano Class I-IV: MUSP 110A, 110B, 210A, and 210B. All music majors must participate in ensemble each semester they are enrolled. Attendance at certain concerts and recitals is also required of music majors. In addition to course offerings for students majoring in music, the department offers applied music and ensemble courses for other interested students. Participation in choral, vocal, and instrumental ensembles is open to all students with permission of the director.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MUSC 101 : Introduction to Music

Survey of various parameters of music (pitch, intervals, chord structure, scales, keys, meters, forms, instruments, dynamics, tempos) with simultaneous aural exposure to significant literature representing various styles from plainsong to present.

Semester Hours

3

MUSC 102 : History of Jazz

Introduction to a unique American form of music through its historical and musical manifestations. Listening assignments and attendance at live performances when possible.

Semester Hours

3

MUSC 152 : Music Theory I

Development of reading and writing skills related to basic musicianship and musical literacy.

Semester Hours

3

MUSC 153 : Aural Skills I

Development of aural perception, including identification of interval, scale, and chord quality; dictation/performance of simple melodies and rhythms; development of basic keyboard skills.

Semester Hours

1

MUSC 162 : Music Theory II

Diatonic harmony; tonal and linear analysis; written harmonization of simple tonal melodies and bass patterns.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 152 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 163 : Aural Skills II

Continued development of aural perception, including identification of chord inversions, seventh chords, voice leading; dictation/performance of melodies, rhythms, primary chord progressions.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 153 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 203 : Lyric Diction

Principles of phonetics and skills of lyric diction for singing in Italian, English, German, and French. International Phonetic Alphabet.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

applied voice study or permission of instructor.

MUSC 225 : Intro to Music Education

Contemporary issues facing music teachers in public schools, such as curriculum development, multiculturalism, special needs, music technology, and assessment. History of music education in America. Field observations.

Semester Hours

3

MUSC 226 : Elementary Music Methods

Contemporary music education methods for the elementary general music classroom. Strategies for developing skills in singing, moving, listening, creating, and playing classroom instruments. Specific attention given to child development, special learners, and diverse musical instruments. Field observations.

Semester Hours

2

MUSC 252 : Music Theory III

Diatonic and chromatic harmony; tonal and linear analysis including modulation; analysis of small forms; transposition and arranging projects.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 162 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 253 : Aural Skills III

Continued development of aural perception, involving identification of chromatic inflection, irregular rhythms; dictation/performance of melodies, rhythms, diatonic chord progressions.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 163 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 262 : Music Theory IV

Advanced chromatic and twentieth century techniques; analysis of larger and twentieth century forms; significant research/analysis project.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 252 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 263 : Aural Skills IV

Continued development of aural perception, involving identification of secondary chords, modulations; dictation/performance of chromatic melodies, complex rhythms, highly inflected chord progressions.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 253 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 301 : Music History I

Historical survey of music history from antiquity to 1750, based on music developed in the European traditions. Stylistic and analytical study of the music. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 162 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 302 : Music History II

Historical survey of music history from 1750 to the present. This course satisfies the proficiency requirements for Written Communication and Critical Thinking in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 301 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 303 : Conducting I

Fundamentals of effective conducting: physical gesture and score study. Emphasis on posture, beat patterns, cutoffs and cues, articulation, tempo changes, and listening skills. Laboratory conducting experience.

Semester Hours

2

MUSC 304 : Conducting II - Choral Methods

Skills necessary for effective teaching in middle and high school choral programs. Advanced score study techniques, age-appropriate rehearsal planning, and rehearsal techniques. Methods of developing musical literacy in the ensemble, student assessment, and overall program building. Laboratory conducting experience.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

303.

MUSC 305 : Conducting Ii-Instrumental Met

Skills necessary for effective teaching in elementary, middle, and high school instrumental programs. Advanced score study techniques, age-appropriate rehearsal planning, and rehearsal techniques. Methods of developing musical literacy in the ensemble, student assessment, and overall program building. Laboratory conducting experience. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

303.

MUSC 310 : Literature for Voice With Piano

Survey of art song from 18th century to present; class performance. Stylistic and structural analysis, translation of texts, development of repertory, and program building.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

MUSC 315 : Literature for Piano

Historical survey of the standard piano repertoire with emphasis on discovery of stylistic characteristics of major keyboard composers and their relationship to the development of the piano.

Semester Hours

1

MUSC 317 : Collaborative Piano in Context

Skills and repertoire of the collaborative pianist. Vocal coaching and accompanying, choral ensemble accompanying, the piano in instrumental chamber music, and orchestral piano. Skills including sight reading, score reading/reduction, and transposition.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

private piano study and permission of instructor.

MUSC 318 : Music and Culture

Music fundamentals. Practical experience in leading events with instruments and singing. Techniques and materials for utilizing music in a variety of cultural contexts such as public school classrooms, civic organizations, and churches. No musical experience necessary. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

3

MUSC 319 : Piano Pedagogy

Techniques and materials for teaching piano in private and classroom settings for a variety of age and ability levels.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

private piano study and permission of instructor.

MUSC 320 : Vocal Pedagogy

Techniques and materials for teaching voice in private and classroom settings for a variety of ages and abilities.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

MUSP 216 or MUSP 416 and permission of instructor.

MUSC 325 : Junior Recital

Required of all music performance majors during their third year of private study. One-half semester hour.

Semester Hours

0

MUSC 350 : Special Topics in Music

Study of a particular category of music in historical context; for example, American music, the symphony, music for the theatre. Variation in topics from year to year.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

MUSC 101 or 150.

MUSC 401 : 20th & 21st Century Music

Historical context and analytical techniques in art music of the last century, including intersections with popular and folk music. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

252.

MUSC 425 : Senior Recital

Required of all music performance majors during their final year of private study. One-half semester hour.

Semester Hours

0

MUSC 426 : Senior Research Project

Independent research in a special topic approved by the department faculty, requiring the senior music major to apply analytical skills to a particular musicological or theoretical issue.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status or departmental permission.

MUSC 460 : Independent Study

Studies in theory, history, or literature, under the supervision of a faculty member.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

MUSC 490 : Honors Thesis I

Independent research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.

MUSP 100 : Voice Class I

Provides students new to singing with the fundamentals for a healthy and beautiful sound. Voice physiology and health, vocal registers, selecting literature, lyric diction and pronunciation, and performance psychology. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

MUSP 101 : Brass Methods

For teacher preparation students who will demonstrate rudimentary playing techniques and tone production skills to initiate beginning instruction. Students develop playing on trumpet or French horn and trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

MUSP 102 : Woodwind Methods

For teacher preparation students who will acquire correct tone production and playing techniques sufficient to initiate beginning instruction. Students demonstrate skills with flute, clarinet, saxophone, and oboe or bassoon.

Semester Hours

1

MUSP 103 : Percussion Methods

For teacher preparation students who will demonstrate correct playing techniques and develop a resource file containing information on percussion instruments and instructional materials as needed by the school music teacher. Introduction to the various instruments of the percussion family.

Semester Hours

1

MUSP 104 : Strings Methods

For teacher preparation students who will develop rudimentary playing techniques sufficient to initiate instruction for beginning students. Correct playing positions and tone production for violin, viola, and cello or double bass.

Semester Hours

1

MUSP 109 : Beginning Piano Class

Designed for the non-music major. Offered to any student interested in beginning piano with no prior experience. Classes held on the nine-keyboard electronic

MUSP 110A : Piano Class I

Designed for the music major. Offered to all non-piano concentration music majors who will be developing keyboard skills in harmonizing, score reading, scales/keyboard technique, and sight-reading needed to pass the keyboard proficiency examination. Classes held on the nine-keyboard electronic piano lab. Prerequisite for 110B: C- or higher in 110A.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

.

MUSP 110B : Piano Class II

Designed for the music major. Offered to all non-piano concentration music majors who will be developing keyboard skills in harmonizing, score reading, scales/keyboard technique, and sight-reading needed to pass the keyboard proficiency examination. Classes held on the nine-keyboard electronic piano lab. Prerequisite for 110B: C- or higher in 110A.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

.

MUSP 117 : Beginning Guitar Class

Survey of various guitar styles to help beginning students gain basic skills and determine focus for private guitar study. Student must have his or her own guitar. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

MUSP 210A : Piano Class III

Continuation of 110A-110B. Preparation for the keyboard proficiency examination. Classes held on the ninekeyboard electronic piano lab. Prerequisite for 210A: C- or higher in 110A-110B or permission of instructor. Prerequisite for 210B: C- or higher in 210A.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

.

MUSP 210B : Piano Class IV

Continuation of 110A-110B. Preparation for the keyboard proficiency examination. Classes held on the ninekeyboard electronic piano lab. Prerequisite for 210A: C- or higher in 110A-110B or permission of instructor. Prerequisite for 210B: C- or higher in 210A.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

.

MUSP 211 : Intermediate Piano - Private

Studio lessons in piano for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediate level. One half-hour lesson per week. Occasional performance class required. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in piano and permission of instructor.

MUSP 212 : Intermediate Organ-Private

Studio lessons in organ for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediate level. One half-hour lesson per week. Designed for the student with sufficient facility at the keyboard to permit successful integration of the pipe organ pedalboard. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in piano and permission of instructor.

MUSP 213 : Intermediate Guitar-Private

Studio lessons in guitar for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediate level. One half-hour lesson per week.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in guitar and permission of instructor.

MUSP 214 : Intermediate Brass-Private

Studio lessons in brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba) for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediate level. One half-hour lesson per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in brass and permission of instructor.

MUSP 215 : Intermediate Woodwinds-Private

Studio lessons in woodwinds (clarinet, saxophone, flute) for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediate level. One half-hour lesson per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in woodwinds and permission of instructor.

MUSP 216 : Intermediate Voice-Private

Studio lessons in voice for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediate level. One half-hour lesson per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in voice and permission of instructor.

MUSP 217 : Intermediate Strings - Private

Studio lessons in strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediatelevel. One half-hourlesson per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Prerequisites

priorexperience in strings and permission of instructor.

MUSP 218 : Interm Percussion - Priv

Studio lessons in a variety of percussion instruments for non-music majors and music majors at the intermediatelevel. One half-hourlesson per week.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Prerequisites

priorexperience in percussion and permission of instructor.

MUSP 225 : Festival Choir

Laboratory for development of vocal and choral skills with a primary focus on performance of large choral works. Brief audition with the instructor is required.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One hour per week. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 230 : Concert Choir

The auditioned touring choir with a strong tradition of excellence. Annual national or international tour and representation of the college in other off-campus appearances. Membership by audition.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Four hours per week. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 231 : Choir Ensemble

Participation by audition only. Various vocal combinations possible. One to three hours of rehearsal per week. Onehalf semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 232 : Marching Band

Open to all students who have experience in Marching band and color guard with approved audition. Class meeting is five hours per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry Requirement for Artistic Expression. Onehalf semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 233 : Instrumental Ensemble

Participation by audition only. Various instrumental combinations possible. One to three hours of rehearsal per week. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 234 : Guitar Ensemble

Participation by audition only. One or two hours of rehearsal per week; performances at various campus venues. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 235 : Pep Band/Wind Ensemble

Open to all students who play instruments and are interested in performing for various campus events. Class meetings two hours per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 236 : Brass Quintet

Participation by audition only. Class meetings two to three hours per week; performances for many on-campus and off-campus events and frequent tours. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 237 : Brass Ensemble

Open to all students who play brass instruments and are interested in playing in a large brass ensemble. Class meetings two hours per week; performances at various campus functions.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 238 : Trumpet Ensemble

Open to all students who play the trumpet and are interested in performing in a large ensemble. Class meetings two hours per week; performances at various campus functions. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 239 : Woodwind Ensemble

Open to all students who play woodwind instruments and are interested in performing in a large ensemble. Class meetings two hours per week; performances at various campus functions. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. One-half semester hour. May be repeated for credit.

Semester Hours

0

MUSP 240 : Opera Workshop

Performance of excerpts from the standard repertoire. Open to coaches, accompanists, and stage directors as well as singers.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

MUSP 411 : Advanced Piano-Private

Studio lessons in piano, primarily for music majors at the advanced level. One hour lesson per week. Occasional performance class required.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in piano and permission of instructor.

MUSP 412 : Advanced Organ-Private

Studio lessons in organ, primarily for music majors at the advanced level. One hour lesson per week. Designed for the student with sufficient facility at the keyboard to permit successful integration of the pipe organ pedalboard. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in organ and permission of instructor.

MUSP 413 : Advanced Guitar-Private

Studio lessons in guitar, primarily for music majors at the advanced level. One hour lesson per week.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in guitar and permission of instructor.

MUSP 414 : Advanced Brass-Private

Studio lessons in brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), primarily for music majors at the advanced level. One hour lesson per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in brass and permission of instructor.

MUSP 415 : Advanced Woodwinds-Private

Studio lessons in woodwinds (clarinet, saxophone, flute), primarily for music majors at the advanced level. One hour lesson per week.This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in woodwinds and permission of instructor.

MUSP 416 : Advanced Voice-Private

Studio lessons in voice, primarily for music majors at the advanced level. One hour lesson per week. This course counts toward the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

prior experience in voice and permission of instructor.