Music Courses

Performance Courses

Applied private music lessons in piano, organ, guitar, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion are available to all students with the permission of the instructor regardless of the student's major. One credit lessons provide a one-half hour of private instruction per week. Two and three credit lessons provide one hour of private instruction per week. For further information and assistance in registering for music lessons, contact the Music Office of the Conservatory of Music.

ML_100 Lower-level private study. 1 to 3 hours.

ML_300 Upper-level private study. 1 to 4 hours.

MU391 Junior Recital. 0 hour.

MU492 Senior Recital. 1 hour.

Music Academic Courses

MU107 The Theory and Practice of Music I. 3 hours. The fundamentals of music, integrating basic materials and skills. A study of triads, modes, scales, and harmonic progressions, as well as well as analysis of melody and melodic organization. Prerequisites: MU150 or instructor's permission; concurrent enrollment in MU117.

MU108 The Theory and Practice of Music II. 3 hours. A continuation of Music 107, including seventh chords, modulation, secondary chords and the study of simple musical forms. Prerequisites: MU107 and concurrent enrollment in MU118.

MU117 Aural Skills I. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. A study in singing, playing and dictation of the same materials studied in MU 107. Rhythmic training including rhythmic reading is an important part of the course. Prerequisites: MU150 or instructor's permission; concurrent enrollment in MU107.

MU118 Aural Skills II. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. A continuation of MU117. Prerequisites: MU117 and concurrent enrollment in MU108.

MU145 History of Jazz. 3 hours. Introduction to the cultural and musical significance of Jazz in America, its development, and roots in Africa, the West Indies and Europe. Fulfills "Fine Arts" requirement.

MU150 Introduction to Western Music. 2 hours. A common experience course designed to introduce the art music of Western European and American culture. The course consists of three major components: 1) Exploration of representative masterworks of music literature through score study and guided listening; 2) Basics of musical notation and theory including aural skills and sight singing; and 3) introduction of computers and relevant software as tools for the professional musician. MU150 is first course in the theory, and history and literature sequences for the Music major and minor.

MU160 Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

MU188 Music Appreciation - The World of Music. 3 hours. Designed to serve the cultural interests of students not concentrating in music. Lectures and assigned readings are supplemented by recorded music. No credit toward a major in Music. Fulfills "Fine Arts" requirement.

MU190 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Introductory course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

MU207 The Theory and Practice of Music III. 3 hours. A continuation of MU 108, including chromatic harmony, the study of larger musical forms and the analysis of musical style. Prerequisites: MU108 and concurrent enrollment in MU217.

MU217 Aural Skills III. 1 hour. 2 contact hours. A study in singing, playing and dictation of materials studied in MU207. Prerequisites: MU118 and concurrent enrollment in MU207.

MU260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

MU268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours each semester.

MU290 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

MU321 Music History I. 3 hours. Ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque Periods. Prerequisite: MU108.

MU322 Music History II. 3 hours. Classic, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary Periods. Prerequisite: MU108, submitted degree plan, and permission of the Dean of the Conservatory. 11/11

MU335 Instrumentation. 2 hours.   A study of the technical skills necessary for arranging and adapting music from a variety of sources for various instrumental ensembles.  Demonstrating the skills necessary for arranging music for all levels and sizes of instrumental ensembles is an important component of the class.  Many assignments and projects will be completed with the use of notation and sequencing software. Prerequisite: MU207.

MU337 Choral Arranging. 2 hours. A study of technical skills necessary for developing a melody into a complete setting for a particular choral combination with or without accompaniment. Considerations include available vocal resources at elementary school, secondary school, and adult age levels; accompaniments; two-, three-, and four-part arranging in a variety of styles. Prerequisite: MU207.

MU360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

MU365 Form and Analysis. 2 hours. A study of the major forms and structural units in music from the Baroque to the late 19th Century. Prerequisite: MU207.

MU368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours each semester

MU380 Senior Thesis. 3 hours. Intensive supervised study to enhance total musicianship and to increase preparation for the student's role as teacher, performer, graduate student. Special emphasis is placed on music history, music literature, and pedagogy. Open only to Senior majoring in Music.

MU390 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

MU423 American Music. 2 hours. A one-semester survey of American musical culture including ethnic, folk and commercial manifestations. Particular emphasis on continuing traditions of Western European art music in the United States in the 20th Century. Prerequisite: MU 108 or instructor's permission.

MU471 Composition I. 2 hours. Focus on compositional and analytical techniques of the past century. Prerequisite: MU207.

Music Pedagogy and Techniques Courses

MU122 String Techniques. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. Emphasis is on procedures for the instruction of the stringed instruments in the public schools.

MU124 Percussion Techniques. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. Emphasis on procedures for the instruction of percussion instruments of the band and orchestra in the public schools.

MU127 Trumpet Class. 1 hour. Emphasis is on procedures for teaching trumpet to beginning through high school students.

MU128 Clarinet Class. 1 hour. Emphasis is on procedures for teaching clarinet to beginning through high school students.

MU129 Guitar Techniques. 1 hour. Emphasis is on preparing students to use the guitar as an instrument for accompanying simple songs in the elementary school classroom. Prerequisite: Music major or instructor's permission.

MU131 Keyboard Techniques I. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. Group instruction in the fundamental principles of piano technique and keyboard harmony.

MU132 Keyboard Techniques II. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. Group instruction in the fundamental principles of piano technique and keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MU131 or instructor's permission.

MU214 Basic Conducting. 2 hours. An introduction to techniques of conducting with and without a baton. Emphasis is on mastery of basic skills and a repertoire of gestures designed to elicit specific responses from an ensemble.

MU223 Woodwind Techniques. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. Emphasis is on procedures for the instruction of the woodwind instruments of the band and orchestra in the public schools. Prerequisite: MU128.

MU225 Brass Techniques. 1 hour, 2 contact hours. Emphasis is on procedures for the instruction of the brass instruments of the band and orchestra in the public schools. Prerequisite: MU127.

MU241 Diction for Singers. 3 hours. Focuses on English, Italian, French, and German diction, speaking, and singing with the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.   Prerequisite: one semester of voice, or instructor's permission.

MU314 Advanced Conducting-Choral. 2 hours. A study of conducting opportunities unique to choral ensembles; historical style and performance practice; choral organization, rehearsal procedures, and programming; major works analysis; and coordination of choral and instrumental performing forces. Prerequisite: MU214.

MU316 Choral Techniques. 2 hours. One semester course designed to survey techniques of score study, rehearsal and performance in the choral art. Practical aspects of preparing and rehearsing choral music will be stressed. Students will assess strengths, determine needs, research solutions, and practice presentations. Prerequisite: MU214.

MU317 Advanced Conducting-Instrumental. 2 hours. A study of conducting opportunities unique to instrumental ensembles; historical style and performance practice; band and orchestral organization, rehearsal procedures, and programming; and major works analysis. Prerequisite: MU214.

MU324 Choral Literature. 2 hours. A survey of choral music with particular attention to programming literature appropriate to available resources (elementary, middle, secondary schools, churches, community ensembles). Prerequisite: MU107.

MU357 A, B, C Repertoire. 2 hours. A survey of solo repertoire for the appropriate instrument or voice, covering historic periods and styles; appropriate repertoire for various occasions and levels of performer proficiency; comparisons of editions and sources. Sections offered on demand for voice, piano, organ..

MU357A Vocal Repertoire

MU357B Piano Repertoire

MU357C Organ Repertoire

MU358 A, B, D Studio Pedagogy. 2 hours. The study of pedagogical approaches, applied through supervised studio teaching. Emphasis is on studio procedures, methods and materials, professional organizations and ethics. Offered on demand to advanced applied music students in piano, organ, or voice.

MU358A Piano Pedagogy

MU358B Organ Pedagogy

MU358D Vocal Pedagogy

 
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