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MUS 111 - Music Theory I
Discusses elements of musical construction of scales, intervals, triads, and chord progressions. Develops ability to sing at sight and write from dictation. Introduces the analysis of the Bach chorale style. Expands facility with harmonic dictation and enables the student to use these techniques at the keyboard. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
MUS 121 - Music in Society
Explores the language of music through an introduction to basic elements, forms and styles across time. Acquaints students with composers' lives and influential creative individualities, discovering representative works and milestones in western society. Develops techniques for listening analytically and critically. Reviews historical development and significance of art music within the context of evolving societal structures.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 121 Detailed Outline
MUS 133 - Recording Systems Services I
Introduces the principles of recording systems and recording system designs. Provides the student with theoretical and practical site locations. Includes the study of sound studio design and construction, production costs, and retail distribution. Prerequisite divisional approval. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 139 - Shape Note Singing
An introductory level course on the history and performance of shape note singing in the central Appalachian region . Classroom instruction will include lecture, demonstrations, assignments, reports, and quizzes. Student practice will be required outside of classroom hours.
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 139 Detailed Outline
MUS 150 - Old Time String Band
An introductory level course on the history and performance of traditional American
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 150 Detailed Outline
MUS 163 - Guitar Theory and Practice I
Studies the fundamentals of sound production, music theory, and harmony as they apply to guitar. Builds proficiency in both the techniques of playing the guitar and in the application of music fundamentals to these techniques. Presents different types of guitars and related instruments. Emphasizes music as entertainment and as a communication skill. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 164 - Guitar Theory and Practice II
Studies the fundamentals of sound production, music theory, and harmony as they apply to guitar. Builds proficiency in both the techniques of playing the guitar and in the application of music fundamentals to these techniques. Presents different types of guitars and related instruments. Emphasizes music as entertainment and as a communication skill. Part II of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 167 - Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer
An introductory level course on the history of the Appalachian dulcimer, regional
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 167 Detailed Outline
MUS 168 - Beginning Clawhammer Banjo
An introductory level course on the history of the banjo, regional musicians, influences, and performance with emphasis on the old time, clawhammer style found in the central Appalachian region. Classroom instruction will include lecture, demonstrations, assignments, reports, and quizzes. Student practice will be required outside of
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 168 Detailed Outline
MUS 169 - Beginning Fiddle
An introductory level course on the history of the fiddle, regional musicians, influences, and performance with emphasis on the old time styles found in the central Appalachian region. Classroom instruction will include lecture, demonstrations, assignments, reports, and quizzes. Student practice will be required outside of classroom hours.
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 169 Detailed Outline
MUS 170 - Beginning Rhythm Guitar
An introductory level course on the history of rhythm guitar, regional musicians,
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 170 Detailed Outline
MUS 171 - Beginning Mandolin
An introductory level course on the history of the mandolin, regional musicians,
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 171 Detailed Outline
MUS 172 - Beginning Upright Bass
An introductory level course on the history of the upright bass, regional musicians, influences, and performance with emphasis on the old time, style found in the central Appalachian region .
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 172 Detailed Outline
MUS 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MUS 218 - Traditional Music and Musicians of Central Appalachia
Introduces students to the traditional music and musicians, historical and contemporary, of the central Appalachian region. Explore influences of the music of various cultures, both within and outside the region, on the musical styles.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 218 Detailed Outline
MUS 225 - The History of Jazz
Studies the underlying elements of jazz, concentrating on the socio-cultural and historical development from earliest stages to the present. Explores key figures and significant works instrumental in the development and evolution of jazz.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 225 Detailed Outline
MUS 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MUS 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits