Music Courses

List of Courses:
  • 040 - Applied Lessons (50 Minutes)
    Applied instrumental or vocal instruction. Thirteen 50-minute lessons per semester, with two hours of practice daily. For applied music lessons for credit, refer to MUS 120.
  • 044 - Applied Lessons (25 Minutes)
    Applied instrumental or vocal instruction. Thirteen 25-minute lessons or equivalent per semester, with one hour practice daily. For applied music lessons for credit, refer to MUS 130.
  • 050 - College Choir - No Credit
    Preparation and performance of choral literature focusing on concepts of style, ensemble, and vocal production. Open to the entire community without audition.
  • 051 - Chorus for Musical
    Preparation and performance of chorus parts for the musical production. By audition only. Offered only in semesters when there is a musical production.
  • 052 - Prin Music Tour - No Credit
    Preparation of music literature for performance on tour focusing on style, ensemble, presentation, and tour logistics. A star (*) grade will be assigned until completion of the tour. Offered by invitation only. Offered on demand.
  • 053 - Baccalaureate Choir
    Preparation and performance of choral selections for the Baccalaureate service held during commencement weekend. Open to the community without audition.
  • 061 - Orchestra - No Credit
    Preparation and performance of instrumental literature covering style, expressive interpretation, and ensemble. Open to the entire community.
  • 065 - Jazz Ensemble
    Reading and rehearsing music from various big band and combo styles. Special attention is given to style awareness, ensemble, and improvisation techniques. Open to the entire community.
  • 071 - Chamber Music - No Credit
    Small chamber ensemble, vocal or instrumental. May be taken more than once.
  • 080 - Student Recital - No Credit
    Thirty-minute recital on instrument or voice, demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Subject to music faculty approval. Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.
  • 100 - Intro to the Art of Music
    Provides music listening skills, a knowledge of the elements and vocabulary of music, and an acquaintance with the styles and characteristics of classical music through the ages. Designed primarily for the non-major.
  • 101 - Symphonic Masterworks
    A survey of symphonic masterworks. Focuses on the style characteristics of the great symphonic composers, a study of symphonic forms, and listening to selected symphonic masterworks. For majors and non-majors.
  • 102 - Operatic Masterworks
    A survey of operatic masterworks. Focusing on the style characteristics of the great opera composers through viewing complete performances of the operas studied. For majors and non-majors.
  • 110 - Introduction to Computer Music
    Students learn to use the computer to create music. Various methods are presented including sound design and graphic software for sound creation and performance. Collaborative performance such as laptop orchestra is emphasized. May be taken six times up to a total of six semester hours.
  • 112 - Music Recording Techniques
    A study of the methods and techniques necessary to make basic and intermediate level acoustic audio recordings in a studio environment, including microphone placement, effects processing, mixing, basic mastering, and the use of the computer software. Study of the role of the producer and recording engineer is emphasized. May be taken six times up to a total of six semester hours.
  • 120 - Applied Lessons (50 Minutes)
    Applied instrumental or vocal lessons. Thirteen 50-minute lessons per semester, with two hours of practice daily.
  • 130 - Applied Lessons (25 Minutes)
    Applied instrumental or vocal lessons. Thirteen 25-minute lessons per semester, with one hour of practice daily.
  • 139 - Fundamentals: Beginning
    Study of notation, rhythm, meter, intervals, scales, and triads. Melodic and rhythmic dictation and sight-singing. No musical background is required.
  • 140 - Fundamentals: Advanced
    Study of notation, rhythm, meter, intervals, scales, and triads. Melodic and rhythmic dictation and sight-singing. Prerequisite: music background.
  • 160 - Musicianship I
    Sight-singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic studies, diatonic chord recognition, keyboard harmony. Taken concurrently with MUS 170. Prerequisite: MUS 139 or 140 (with a grade no lower than C).
  • 165 - Jazz Ensemble
    Reading and rehearsing music from various big band and combo styles. Special attention is given to style awareness, ensemble, and improvisation techniques. Open to the entire community. May be taken more than once.
  • 170 - Music Theory I
    A study of harmonic materials. Part-writing, tonal function, voice leading, harmonization of melody lines. Taken concurrently with MUS 160. Prerequisite: MUS 139 or MUS 140 (with a grade no lower than C).
  • 180 - Instrumental Techniques
    Techniques, characteristics, and usage of brass, woodwind, and string instruments. Acquisition of playing ability on one instrument from each group.
  • 182 - Choral Conducting
    Introduction to the basics of conducting choral music. Includes emphasis on conducting patterns, rehearsal pedagogy, vocal production, choral literature, score analysis, and choral performance practices.
  • 200 - Topics in Music History
    A comprehensive study of a notable composer or topic of music history. The course serves to acquaint students with a significant body of music and its importance in music history. Includes historical context, analysis, and listening. The title will be extended to describe the current topic, e.g., Johannes Brahms, Women in Music, Charles-Marie Widor, Native American Music, Legendary Pianists. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 201 - Beethoven: The Great Master
    A survey of the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) including his symphonies, string quartets, piano music, chamber music, and Fidelio. No music background is required.
  • 203 - American Musical Theater
    An overview of the development of the modern American musical theater with emphasis on the music, lyrics, composers, writers, producers, directors, and the history and folklore of "Broadway." No musical background is required.
  • 204 - The Jazz Tradition in America
    Explores the connection between jazz music and its cultural and social contexts. The heritage of the lives and music of jazz artists is discussed. Traces the legacy of jazz from its roots in African and American music to current styles. No musical background is required.
  • 205 - The Creative World of Mozart
    A survey of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). An exploration of the beauty, peace, grandeur, drama, and grace of Mozart's operas, symphonies, piano concertos, chamber music, and choral music. No musical background is required.
  • 206 - Student Recital
    Thirty-minute recital on instrument or voice, demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Subject to music faculty approval. May be taken for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once. Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.
  • 207 - Popular Music in America
    A study of the popular music of America as the voice of the people in society and culture. The rich and varied styles of popular music are discussed in the context of the artists, recordings, and political events surrounding them. No musical background is required.
  • 209 - Songs through Time
    Traces the development of solo song in Western culture. Includes discussion of the basic aspects of a song, important types of singing styles, and some famous singers. No musical background is required.
  • 213 - Music of the World
    A selected survey of classical, popular, and folk music traditions from around the world. The role of music as ritual, mode of communication, and artistic expression is studied.
  • 225 - Music Composition
    Study of the methods and techniques of music composition including historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic considerations. Emphasis on preparation for students who intend to do a capstone in music composition. May be taken more than once.
  • 227 - Field Studies in Music
    Field study of materials covered in music courses such as MUS 100, MUS 101, and MUS 102. Offered only as part of an abroad or field study program.
  • 228 - Great Composers &Their Culture
    This course includes a study of the great composers and their individual cultures that will be experienced on a music abroad. A specialized survey of music, history, art, and culture directly related to countries visited and composers studied.
  • 235 - Advanced Recording
    Advanced study in music recording leading to a strong working knowledge of standard studio production practice. Microphone selection and placement, automation, critical listening skills, and session management will be discussed. Prerequisite: MUS 112.
  • 250 - College Choir
    Preparation and performance of choral literature focusing on concepts of style, ensemble, and vocal production. May be taken more than once. Open to the entire community.
  • 251 - Chorus for Musical
    Preparation and performance of chorus parts for the musical production. By audition only. Offered only in semesters when there is a musical production. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken four times up to a total of eight semester hours.
  • 252 - Principia Music Tour
    Preparation of music literature for performance on tour focusing on style, ensemble, presentation, and tour logistics. A star (*) grade will be assigned until completion of the tour. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken more than once. Offered by invitation only.
  • 261 - Orchestra
    Preparation and performance of instrumental literature focusing on style, expressive interpretation, and ensemble. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken more than once. Open to the entire community.
  • 265 - Musicianship II
    Continuation of MUS 160. Taken concurrently with MUS 275. Prerequisite: MUS 160 (with a grade no lower than C).
  • 266 - Musicianship III
    Concentrates on practical musicianship, including harmonic and rhythmic exercises of increasing complexity. Literature from chant to 20th century, harmonic dictation, and intricate rhythms and keyboard skills are studied. Taken concurrently with MUS 276. Prerequisite: MUS 265 (with a grade no lower than C).
  • 271 - Chamber Music for Credit
    Small chamber ensemble, vocal or instrumental. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken more than once.
  • 275 - Music Theory II
    Analysis and exercises in common-practice harmony concentrating on advanced chromatic techniques and species counterpoint. Taken concurrently with MUS 265. Prerequisite: MUS 170 (with a grade no lower than C).
  • 276 - Music Theory III
    Analysis and exercises in two-part counterpoint. Study of 20th century styles including set theory, atonality, dodecaphony, and minimalism. Taken concurrently with MUS 266. Prerequisite: MUS 275 (with a grade no lower than C).
  • 281 - Instrumental Conducting
    Introduction to the basics of conducting instrumental music. Includes all essential beat patterns, expressive gestures, score-reading, learning of instrumental transpositions, and score reduction at the keyboard. May be taken four times up to a total of eight semester hours. Prerequisite: completion of piano proficiency requirement.
  • 303 - Junior Recital
    Thirty-minute recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Subject to music faculty approval. May be offered for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once. Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.
  • 321 - Music History I
    A study of musical styles and forms of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classic periods with considerable emphasis on listening to the music from these periods.
  • 322 - Music History II
    A study of musical styles and forms of the Romantic period through the present, with considerable emphasis on listening to music from these periods.
  • 391 - Form and Analysis
    In-depth analysis of compositions from the Middle Ages to the present. Development of analytical techniques to enable the student to approach a piece of music and discover the essence of its structure, melody, harmony, texture, and style. Prerequisites: MUS 265 and MUS 275.
  • 401 - Senior Project: Composition
    An original composition prepared for performance, demonstrating competency in compositional devices and understanding of formal and idiomatic considerations. A written analysis is also required. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the composition is performed. May be taken twice. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 407.
  • 402 - SR Project: Music Research
    Fifty-page research paper on a special topic in music history or ethnomusicology. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the project is completed. May be taken twice.
  • 403 - SR Project: Adv Performance
    Sixty-minute recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the recital is given. May be taken twice. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 407.
  • 404 - Senior Project: Analysis
    Analysis of a major work plus a paper presenting the analysis and placing the work in its historical and theoretical context. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the project is completed. May be taken twice.
  • 405 - SR Proj: Performance/Research
    Thirty-minute recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles plus a 25-page research/analysis paper of the music performed. May be taken twice. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the recital is given.
  • 407 - Recital Program Notes
    By writing program notes for the senior project, students learn how to use research and organizational skills to synthesize the knowledge gained during undergraduate study. Will receive star (*) grade until the term in which the project is completed. May be taken twice. Prerequisite: completion of phase four of all-college writing requirement. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 401, MUS 403 or MUS 408.
  • 408 - SR Project: Music Recital
    Thirty-minute (minimum) recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. May be taken twice up to a total of four semester hours. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the recital is given. Open only to students who double major in music and another area that also requires a capstone. Enrollment requires approval of the music faculty. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 407. Prerequisites: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.
  • 408C - Sr Project: Performance

The Creative World of Mozart

Beauty, peace, grandeur, drama, grace—these are only a few of the many qualities expressed in the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.