Music Class

Music Courses

Applied Music (0 credit)
Private, weekly lessons in voice, piano, organ, guitar and all orchestral instruments. Study consists of building good technique, studying literature appropriate for the student’s level of proficiency and establishing proper practice habits. Minimum of 12 hours of weekly practice expected for a one-hour weekly lesson; six hours for a half-hour lesson. Fee.

Applied Music (credit course)
Private, weekly lessons in voice, piano, organ, guitar and all orchestral instruments. Study consists of building good technique, expression, musicianship and studying literature appropriate for the student’s level of proficiency, selected from various periods of music history. A minimum of 12 hours of weekly practice is recommended for a one-hour weekly lesson; six hours for a half hour. All students taking applied music lessons for credit are required to perform in a juried exam. Designated as repeatable for credit. Non music majors may take applied music for 2 credits per semester.

*Prerequisite: audition and permission of Music Department for nonmusic majors. See Music Student Handbook. Fee.

Instrumental Classes (1 credit)
Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

*Prerequisite: music education major. Fee.

  • MUS 093 Woodwind Class
  • MUS 094 Brass Class
  • MUS 095 String Class 
  • MUS 096 Percussion Class
  • MUS 097 Guitar Class

FNA 112 Arts in Concert (4 credits)
Studies representative works from visual, theatrical and musical arts; important works from all major periods and genres; role of arts in culture; basic principles of artistic expression and response.

MUS 010 Musicianship (0 credits)
Weekly time set aside for students to develop individual musicianship skills through workshops and lectures. A recital laboratory performance venue open only to department majors, minors and faculty, providing opportunity for majors and minors to practice art of performance in nonpublic setting.

*Prerequisite(s): music major or minor.

MUS 092 Vocal Diction Class (1 credit)
Studies principal concepts of singing diction in languages of Italian, French, German, Latin and English. Required for voice majors.

*Prerequisite: voice music major or minor. Semester course designated as repeatable. Two semesters required for music education and performance majors.

MUS 098 Voice Class (2 credits)
Designed for beginning singer. Introduces structures and processes of voice mechanism, foundational principles of singing and voice production, and standard vocal teaching methods. Explores song literature. In-class performances required.

Fulfills voice requirement for music education, music performance and Bachelor of Arts in Music nonvoice majors.

MUS 110 Organ Class (2 credits)
Beginning class for nonorgan majors designed to prepare students for service playing. Includes organ design, registration, techniques and hymn playing. Meets weekly, with three-hour minimum practice required outside of class.

*Prerequisite: Intermediate piano ability

MUS 117 Introduction to Music Education (2 credits)
Exploration of teaching profession in general and survey of foundations of music education, philosophy, history and methods. Observation and reflection on classroom interactions at appropriate grade levels. Field experience required.

MUS 118 Music Education Prepracticum (0 credit)
Field-based course giving music education students practical experience planning, teaching and evaluating music lessons in general, vocal and instrumental music lab classroom settings. May be repeated.

*Prerequisite: MUS 117.

MUL 211, 212, 311 Music Theory Labs  I, II, III (1 credit each)
Lab includes emphases on sight singing, tonal awareness and aural development. Content parallels theory class. Each course is prerequisite for next level and is required with corresponding theory level. No lab fee.

MUS 211 Music Theory I (3 credits)
Introduces fundamental materials and forms of music. Includes principles of notation, scales, intervals, transposition, harmonic analysis and nonharmonic tones, cadences, figured bass realization, species counterpoint, part-writing procedures, clef reading and rhythm. Prerequisites: acceptance into music major or minor; permission of instructor for nonmajors.

*Corequisite: MUL 211.

MUS 212 Music Theory II (3 credits)
Continues MUS211, including further part-writing procedures, harmonic progressions, secondary harmonic functions, modulation and introduction of two- and three-part forms.

*Prerequisite: MUS 211; corequisite: MUL 212.

MUS 218 Composition: Tonal Techniques (2 credits)
Introduces composition: writing original compositions in traditional styles and smaller forms, for solo instruments and small ensembles.

*Prerequisite: MUS 212.

MUS 219 Composition: Post-tonal Techniques (2 credits)
Requires writing of original compositions utilizing post-tonal techniques and variety of forms.

*Prerequisites: MUS 315

MUS 226 Music History and Literature I (4 credits)
Examines music literature from antiquity through Baroque, historical background, development of musical forms and style, analysis of representative works.

*Prerequisites: MUS 211, MUL 211.

MUS 241 A Survey of Musical Masterworks (4 credits)
Surveys great musical masterworks, their composers, historical development, musical form and style; listening skills, music vocabulary, recognition of historical style traits.

Fulfills core Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices theme.

MUS 245 World Music (2 credits)
Survey of selected musical cultures of world from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and North and South America. Musical styles, cultural and social contexts examined.

MUSIC ENSEMBLES (1 credit or participation recorded for semester)
Admission by audition. Representative music of each period of music history studied and performed. Minimum of from three to five hours rehearsal and participation in all public appearances required. Designated as repeatable for credit. See Music Student Handbook. Fee for ensemble attire.

Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.

For non-music majors, applies towards core Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices requirement.

  • MUS 250 College Choir ♦
  • MUS 251 Symphonic Band ♦
  • MUS 252 Men’s Ensemble ♦
  • MUS 253 Gordon Symphony Orchestra ♦
  • MUS 254 Women’s Choir ♦
  • MUS 258 Wind Ensemble ♦
  • MUS 257 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 259 Performance of Chamber Music

MUS 270 Opera Scenes Workshop (0, 2 credits)
Foundational principles of stage movement, theatre techniques, improvisation, ensemble work and role preparation for singers. Theatre games, exercises and staged performances of songs, arias and scenes from operetta, opera and Broadway musicals. This class culminates in a performance of opera scenes or a one-act opera. Repeatable for credit.

MUS 275 Musical Production (0, 1, 2, 4 credits)
Offers experience participating in staged musical production of opera, operetta or Broadway musical in major role, comprimario role, chorus member or technical support position. Text assignments and completed written journal required. Designated as repeatable.

*Prerequisite(s): audition and permission of instructor.

MUS 311 Music Theory III (3 credits)
Continues MUS 212, exploring extended chromatic harmony, Renaissance polyphony, and larger forms such as fugue, invention, rondo, sonata and variations.

*Prerequisite: MUS 212.
*Corequisite: MUL 311.

MUS 315 20th-Century Techniques (4 credits)
Fully integrates study of 20th-century compositional techniques with examination of composer perspectives and historical events of time. Combines discussion of style and aesthetic perspective with analysis of building blocks of 20th-century musical language as encountered in representative works of tonal, post-tonal, atonal and 12-tone construction. Use of form, systems of analysis such as set theory and 12-tone theory and exploration of other dimensions of music-making including orchestration, texture, meter, rhythm, sound color and technology.

*Prerequisite: MUS 311.

MUS 318 Conducting (4 credits)
Studies beat patterns and fundamental baton techniques; laboratory experience in conducting literature of medium difficulty.

*Prerequisites: MUS 311, MUL 311.

MUS 319 Advanced Conducting (2 credits)
Studies baton techniques and further development of conducting skills and rehearsal techniques including areas of critical listening and principles of interpretation.

*Prerequisites: MUS 318, 327 or 328.

MUS 326 Music History and Literature II (4 credits)

Explores music of the Classical and Romantic periods, historical background, development of musical forms and style; analyzes representative works.

*Prerequisite(s): MUS 226

MUS 327 Choral Methods and Literature (4 credits)
Explores selected repertoire and organization and administration of choral program; emphasizes choral tone, blend, balance and intonation.

*Prerequisite: MUS 318.

MUS 328 Instrumental Methods and Literature (4 credits)
Explores purpose, aims and techniques of instrumental program; emphasizes rehearsal, repertoire and organization.

*Prerequisite: MUS 318.

MUS 330 Children’s Choirs: Methods and Practices (2 credits)
Exploration of choral literature and techniques appropriate for child’s voice from early elementary to adolescence. Topics include pitch matching, the uncertain singer, choosing literature, developing sight-singing skills, and developing tone and musicality. Field experience required.

MUS 332 Pedagogical Practices: Instrumental (4 credits)
Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; instrumentalists. (including pianists)
(Alternate years.)

MUS 333 Pedagogical Practices: Vocal (4 credits)
Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; vocal. (Alternate years.)

MUS 335 Music Education I (K–5) (4 credits)
Introduces methods and materials for teaching music to younger children; discussion, development and implementation of individual lessons for general music classes and curriculum planning. Field work. 

*Prerequisites: MUS 117, MUS 311; MUL 311; PSY 244.

MUS 336 Music Education II (6–12) (4 credits)
Introduces methods and materials for teaching music to older children and adolescents; discussion, development and implementation of individual lessons and total curriculum; general music, music theory, music appreciation and performing classes. Fieldwork.

*Prerequisite: MUS 335.

MUS 337 Music in Worship (4 credits)
Examines congregational, choral and instrumental use of music in worship from biblical times to present; explores philosophical and practical issues in liturgical and nonliturgical churches.

Fulfills core Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices theme. (Alternate years.)

MUS 346 Instrumentation and Arranging (2 credits)
Introduces arranging music for small ensembles and orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

*Prerequisites: MUS 311, MUL 311.

MUS 347 Counterpoint I (2 credits)
Studies contrapuntal style of 16th-century music and writing of two- and three-voice pieces in that style.

*Prerequisites: MUS 315.

MUS 348 Counterpoint II (2 credits)
Studies contrapuntal style of 18th-century late Baroque music and writing of two- and three-voice pieces in that style. 

*Prerequisites: MUS 315.

MUS 371 Selected Topics I (2 credits)
Specialized coursework; focuses on area of interest to music major. Designated as repeatable if topic is different. 

*Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

MUS 401 Interpretive Analysis and Musicianship I (2 credits)
Employs music theory and analysis in tonal music to develop practical principles of interpretation for listeners and performers; listening skills and ability to justify intuitive impressions with objective observations about musical score. (Alternate years)

*Prerequisites: MUS 311, MUL 311.

MUS 402 Interpretive Analysis and Musicianship II (2 credits)
Continues MUS 401, Includes study of atonal literature. (Alternate years.)

*Prerequisite: MUS 401.

MUS 407 Music Education Seminar (2 credits)
Analyzes issues in music education, classroom management and techniques.

*Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in MUS 415.

MUS 415 Practicum (12 credits)
Field placement in elementary, middle and/or high school. Supervision by College faculty, staff and cooperating teacher(s) in schools. Minimum of 15 weeks of full-time student teaching required. Students must be registered and finalized prior to starting teaching assignment.

MUS 420 The History of Piano Literature (4 credits)
Surveys solo piano literature composed from late 17th century to present. Emphasizes recognition of style and form. (Alternate years.)

*Prerequisite: MUS 315.

MUS 440 Literature for the Voice (4 credits)
Explores song literature as well as cantata, oratorio, operatic and operetta arias for the voice. Emphasis on study and in-class performance of significant examples from all genres and eras of European and American art music. (Alternate years.)

*Prerequisite: MUS 315

MUS 471 Selected Topics II (2 credits)
Specialized coursework; focuses on area of interest to music major. Designated as repeatable if topic is different. 

*Prerequisite(s): permission of department chair.

MUS 491 Senior Seminar I (2 credits)
Required for B.A. (Music) and B.M. (Performance) seniors. Discussion related to career planning for musicians, assigned reading related to individual student projects and research interests, development of a proposal for the student’s final project (B.A. students) or writing of a final paper related to senior recital repertoire (B.M. performance students).

MUS 492 Senior Seminar II (2 credits)
The Department of Music Senior Seminar (second semester) is required of any B.A. Music student. This semester will culminate in a senior project, which may include: a composition thesis and accompanying paper; a senior recital and accompanying paper; a historical or theoretical/analytical academic thesis.