Music Courses

Applied Music (noncredit)
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 are required 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. Prerequisite: permission of Music Department for nonmusic majors. See Music Student Handbook. Fee.

Instrumental Classes (1)
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.

  • MUS093 Woodwind Class
  • MUS094 Brass Class
  • MUS095 String Class 
  • MUS096 Percussion Class
  • MUS097 Guitar Class

*FNA112 Arts in Concert (4)
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.

MUS010 Musicianship (0)
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: music major or minor.

MUS092 Vocal Diction Class (1)
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.

MUS098 Voice Class (2)
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.

MUS099 Orff/Kodaly Class (1)
Introduces students to philosophy, methodology and techniques associated with major music education methods. Pedagogy and instrumental technique covered.

MUS110 Organ Class (2)
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

MUS117 Introduction to Music Education (2)
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.

MUS118 Music Education Prepracticum (0)
Field-based course giving music eduction students practical experience planning, teaching and evaluating music lessons in general, vocal and instrumental music lab classroom settings. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS117.

MUL211, 212, 311 Music Theory Labs  I, II, III (1, 1, 1)
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.

MUS211 Music Theory I (3)
Introduces fundamental materials and forms of music. Includes principles of notation, scales, intervales, 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: MUL211.

MUS212 Music Theory II (3)
Continues MUS211, including further part-writing procedures, harmonic progressions, secondary harmonic functions, modulation and introduction of two- and three-part forms. Prerequisite: MUS211; corequisite: MUL212.

MUS214  The Human Larynx (2)
Introduces and explores how human voice is constructed, how and why it functions, the role of oral expression in human history and practical skills on using well-produced voice in speaking and singing.*

MUS218 Composition: Tonal Techniques (2)
Introduces composition: writing original compositions in traditional styles and smaller forms. Prerequisite: MUS212.

MUS219 Composition: Modern Techniques (2)
Requires writing of original compositions utilizing modern techniques and variety of forms. Prerequisites: MUS312, MUL312. Repeatable for credit.

MUS221 Music History and Literature I (2)
Examines music literature from antiquity through Middle Ages, historical background, development of musical forms and style, analysis of representative works. Prerequisites: MUS212, MUL212.

MUS222 Music History and Literature II (2)
Examines music literature in Renaissance period, historical background, development of musical forms and style, analysis of representative works.

*MUS241 A Survey of Musical Masterworks (4)
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.

MUS245 World Music (2)
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. Fee for ensemble attire. See Music Student Handbook.

  • MUS250 College Choir ♦
  • MUS251 Symphonic Band ♦
  • MUS252 Men’s Ensemble ♦
  • MUS253 Gordon Symphony Orchestra ♦
  • MUS254 Women’s Choir ♦
  • MUS258 Wind Ensemble ♦
  • MUS257 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS259 Chamber Music

MUS270 Staging for Singers Workshop (2)
Foundational principles of stage presence and stage movement, theatre techniques, improvisation, ensemble work and role preparation for singer/actor. Theatre games, exercises and staged performances of songs, arias and scenes from operetta, opera and Broadway musicals. Designated as repeatable every semester.

MUS275  Musical Production (4, 2 or 1)
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. Prerequisites: audition and permission of instructor.

MUS311  Music Theory III (3)
Continues MUS212, exploring extended chromatic harmony, Renaissance polyphony, and larger forms such as fugue, invention, rondo, sonata and variations. Prerequisite: MUS212; corequisite: MUL311.

MUS315 20th-Century Techniques (4)
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 bulding 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: MUS311.

MUS318 Conducting (4)
Studies beat patterns and fundamental baton techniques; laboratory experience in conducting literature of medium difficulty. Prerequisites: MUS311, MUL311.

MUS319 Advanced Conducting (2)
Studies baton techniques and further development of conducting skills and rehearsal techniques including areas of critical listening and principles of interpretation. Prerequisites: MUS318, 327 or 328.

MUS321 Music History and Literature III (2)
Explores Baroque period music literature, historical background, development of musical forms and style; analyzes representative works.

MUS322 Music History and Literature IV (2)
Explores Classical period music literature; historical background, development of musical forms and style; analyzes representative works.

MUS323 Music History and Literature V (2)
Explores Romantic period music, historical background, development of musical forms and style; analyzes representative works.

MUS325  Music History Seminar (2)
Explores particular body of music at greater depth than in music history surveys through extensive readings in secondary literature and original research. Topics rotate yearly. Repeatable with different topics. Open to music majors with permission of instructor.

MUS327 Choral Methods and Literature (4)
Explores selected repertoire and organization and administration of choral program; emphasizes choral tone, blend, balance and intonation. Prerequisite: MUS318.

MUS328 Instrumental Methods and Literature (4)
Explores purpose, aims and techniques of instrumental program; emphasizes rehearsal, repertoire and organization. Prerequisite: MUS318.

MUS330 Children’s Choirs: Methods and Practices (2)
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.

MUS331 Pedagogical Practices: Piano (4)
Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; piano. (Alternate years.)

MUS332 Pedagogical Practices: Instrumental (4)
Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; instruments. (Alternate years.)

MUS333 Pedagogical Practices: Vocal (4)
Analyzes applied teaching techniques and materials; vocal. (Alternate years.)

MUS335 Music Education I (K–5) (4)
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: MUS117, 211; MUL211; PSY244.

MUS336 Music Education II (6–12) (4)
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: MUS335.

MUS337 Music in Worship (4)
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.)

MUS338 Hymnology (4)
Explores Christian hymnody through study of theological content, historical context and literary characteristics. Considers philosophical and practical uses of hymns in life of church. (Alternate years.)

MUS343 Music Education Prepracticum (2)
Field-based course prior to student teaching giving music eduction students practical experience planning, teaching and evaluating music lessons in general, vocal and instrumental music lab classroom settings. Prerequisite: MUS117.

MUS346 Instrumentation and Arranging (2)
Introduces arranging music for small ensembles and orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments. Prerequisites: MUS311, MUL311.

MUS347 Counterpoint I (2)
Studies contrapuntal style of 16th-century music and writing of two- and three-voice pieces in that style. Prerequisites: MUS315.

MUS348 Counterpoint II (2)
Studies contrapuntal style of 18th-century late Baroque music and writing of two- and three-voice pieces in that style. Prerequisites: MUS315.

MUS371, 471 Selected Topics I, II (2, 2)
Specialized coursework; focuses on area of interest to music major. Designated as repeatable if topic is different. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

MUS401 Interpretive Analysis and Musicianship I (2)
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. Prerequisites: MUS311, MUL311. (Alternate years.)

MUS402 Interpretive Analysis and Musicianship II (2)
Continues MUS401, Includes study of atonal literature. Prerequisite: MUS401. (Alternate years.)

MUS407 Music Education Seminar (2)
Analyzes issues in music education, classroom management and techniques. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in MUS415.

MUS415 Practicum (12)
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.

MUS420 The History of Piano Literature (4)
Surveys solo piano literature composed from late 17th century to present. Emphasizes recognition of style and form. Prerequisite: MUS324. (Alternate years.)

MUS440 Literature for the Voice (4)
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. Prerequisite: MUS315. (Alternate years.)

MUS482 Special Studies in Music (2)
Introduces research techniques in music with links to literature performed in senior recital. Substantial oral presentations by students in addition to writing program notes for senior recital. Prerequisites: MUS315. MUS241 is also a prerequisite for B.A. degree candidates. 


*   Fulfills core common or thematic requirement.
♦  Fulfills major ensemble requirement for music majors.