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MUS 8 - Fundamentals of Music
Teaches the beginner to read, write, and understand the symbols of music notation. Introduces both pitch and rhythmic notation symbols. Combines listening and visual exercises in order to develop performance skills and proficiency in the language of music. Re-registration permitted until course objectives are completed.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 98 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MUS 99 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MUS 101 - Basic Musicianship I
Provides exercises leading to knowledge and skill in the rudiments of music. Includes rhythmic notation as well as scales, keys, and intervals along with exercises in sight reading and ear training. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 102 - Basic Musicianship II
Provides exercises leading to knowledge and skill in the rudiments of music. Includes rhythmic notation as well as scales, keys, and intervals along with exercises in sight reading and ear training. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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 112 - Music Theory II
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 II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
MUS 121 - Music Appreciation I
Increases the variety and depth of the student's interest, knowledge, and involvement in music and related cultural activities. Acquaints the student with traditional and twentieth century music literature, emphasizing the relationship music has as an art form with man and society. Increases the student's awareness of the composers and performers of all eras through listening and concert experiences. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 122 - Music Appreciation II
Increases the variety and depth of the student's interest, knowledge, and involvement in music and related cultural activities. Acquaints the student with traditional and twentieth century music literature, emphasizing the relationship music has as an art form with man and society. Increases the student's awareness of the composers and performers of all eras through listening and concert experiences. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 131 - Class Voice I
Introduces the many aspects of singing from the physical act through the aesthetic experience. The course is designed for the beginning singer who desires vocal improvement, and for the voice major as an addition to and extension of skills and knowledge necessary for artistic development. Introduces appropriate repertoire. Part I of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 132 - Class Voice II
Introduces the many aspects of singing from the physical act through the aesthetic experience. The course is designed for the beginning singer who desires vocal improvement, and for the voice major as an addition to and extension of skills and knowledge necessary for artistic development. Introduces appropriate repertoire. Part II of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
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 135 - Jazz Ensemble
Consists of performance from Standard Jazz and American Songbook Repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques, interpretation, and improvisation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit.
(1-2 Cr.) Lecture 0, Lab 3-6 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
None
1-2 credits
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MUS 136 - Applied Music-Voice
Teaches singing, proper breath control, diction, and development of tone. Studies the standard vocal repertoire. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. One or two half-hour lessons per week. Four to eight hours practice required.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week. Total 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 137 - Chorus Ensemble
Ensemble consists of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. May be repeated for credit.
Credits 1 - 2. Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 138 - Small Vocal Ensemble
Ensemble consist of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 141 - Class Piano I
Offers the beginning piano student activities in learning musical notation, in accomplishing sight reading skills, and in mastering techniques of keyboard playing. Presents appropriate literature. Open to all students and may be used to fulfill applied minor instrument requirement for music major. Part I of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 142 - Class Piano II
Offers the beginning piano student activities in learning musical notation, in accomplishing sight reading skills, and in mastering techniques of keyboard playing. Presents appropriate literature. Open to all students and may be used to fulfill applied minor instrument requirement for music major. Part II of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 143 - Chamber Ensemble
Consists of performance in a select ensemble, designed for high-level, artistic, public performances of major literature strings, winds, brass, percussion, keyboard and voice. Membership in the Chamber Ensemble is open to any student who qualifies through audition. May be repeated for credit.
(1-2 Cr.) Lecture 0, Lab 3-6 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
None
1-2 credits
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MUS 145 - Applied Music - Keyboard
Teaches piano, organ, harpsichord, or synthesizer. Studies the standard repertoire. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. 1-2 half-hour lessons per week, 4-8 hours practice (laboratory) required.
Laboratory 4-8 hours. Total 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 147 - Applied Music Composition
Teaches the fundamentals of music composition, including score notation software. Introduces basic manipulation of melodic and motivic composition devices, conscious use of texture, and basic knowledge of orchestration.
(1-2 Cr.) Lecture 0, Lab 3-6 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
None
1-2 credits
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MUS 149 - Band Ensemble
Ensemble consists of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 155 - Applied Music - Woodwinds
Teaches fundamentals of the woodwind instruments. Studies the standard repertoire. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. 1-2 half-hour lessons per week, 4-8 hours practice (laboratory) required.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week. Total 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 159 - Improvisational Techniques
Introduces the principles of improvisation using harmonic structures and progressions from the period of common practice. Includes listening to and performing music of the standard jazz and popular repertoire. Develops performance skills utilizing specific improvisational devices employed in different historical periods.
Credits 3. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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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 165 - Applied Music - Strings
Teaches fundamentals of string instruments, harp, or guitar. Studies the standard repertoire. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. 1-2 half-hour lessons per week, 4-8 hours practice (laboratory) required.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week. Total 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 166 - String Ensemble
Performs standard string ensemble repertoire. Studies ensemble techniques and interpretation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: An audition may be required.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
2 credits
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
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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
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MUS 175 - Applied Music - Brass
Teaches fundamentals of brass instruments. Studies the standard repertoire. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. 1-2 half-hour lessons per week, 4-8 hours practice (laboratory) required.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week. Total 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 185 - Applied Music - Percussion
Teaches fundamentals of percussion instruments. Studies the standard repertoire. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. 1-2 half-hour lessons per week, 4-8 hours practice (laboratory) required.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week. Total 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
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 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MUS 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MUS 211 - Advanced Music Theory I
Increases facility in the analysis and usage of diatonic and chromatic harmonies. Continues harmonic analysis of Bach style. Includes exercises in sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony. Prerequisite MUS 111-112 or equivalent. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
MUS 212 - Advanced Music Theory II
Increases facility in the analysis and usage of diatonic and chromatic harmonies. Continues harmonic analysis of Bach style. Includes exercises in sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony. Prerequisite MUS 111-112 or equivalent. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
MUS 221 - History of Music I
Presents the chronology of musical styles from antiquity to the present time. Relates the historical development of music to parallel movements in art, drama, and literature. Develops techniques for listening analytically and critically to music. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 222 - History of Music II
Presents the chronology of musical styles from antiquity to the present time. Relates the historical development of music to parallel movements in art, drama, and literature. Develops techniques for listening analytically and critically to music. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 225 - The History of Jazz
Studies the underlying elements of jazz, concentrating on its cultural and historical development from earliest stages to the present. No previous knowledge of music is required.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 231 - Advanced Class Voice I
Continues MUS 131-132. Continues the expansion of appropriate vocal repertoire. Part I of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 232 - Advanced Class Voice II
Continues MUS 131-132. Continues the expansion of appropriate vocal repertoire. Part II of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 236 - Advanced Applied Music - Voice
Continues MUS 126. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. Laboratory 1-2 hours per week. & MUS 237 CHORUS (1 CR.) Continues MUS 137. Courses in ensemble consist of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 237 - Chorus Ensemble
Courses in ensemble consist of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. May be repeated for credit. Continues MUS 137.
Credits 1 - 2. Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
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MUS 238 - Small Vocal Ensemble
Ensemble consist of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit. Continues MUS 138.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 239 - Advanced Jazz Ensemble
Consists of performance from Standard Jazz and American Songbook Repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques, interpretation, and improvisation. Divisional approval and completion of Jazz Ensemble required. May be repeated for credit.
(1-2 Cr.) Lecture 0, Lab 3-6 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
None
1-2 credits
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MUS 241 - Advanced Class Piano I
Teaches advanced applications of keyboard fundamentals and technical skills. Includes exercises in intervals, triads, all major and minor scales, and simple and compound meters. Uses advanced repertoire. Part I of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 242 - Advanced Class Piano II
Teaches advanced applications of keyboard fundamentals and technical skills. Includes exercises in intervals, triads, all major and minor scales, and simple and compound meters. Uses advanced repertoire. Part II of II.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MUS 245 - Advanced Applied Music - Keyboard
Continues Applied Music - Keyboard MUS 145. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 249 - Band Ensemble
Ensemble consist of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit. Continues MUS 149.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 255 - Advanced Applied Music - Woodwinds
Continues Applied Music - Woodwinds MUS 155. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 259 - Advanced Improvisational Techniques
Extends the improvisational performance skills of the student in the standard jazz repertoire through the use of techniques based on harmonic progressions, rhythmic patterns, and scalar and arpeggio patterns. Includes the practical application of modal theory to standard jazz and popular repertoire. Prerequisite MUS 159.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 265 - Advanced Applied Music - Strings
Continues Applied Music - Strings MUS 165. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 275 - Advanced Applied Music - Brass
Continues Applied Music Brass MUS 175. Private lessons are available for either 1 or 2 hours of credit per semester. The length of the lessons will be 1/2 hour for 1 hour credit and 1 hour for 2 hours credit per semester. All courses in applied music may be repeated for a total of 8 hours for the major and 4 hours for the minor. Laboratory 1-2 hours per week. & MUS 276 BRASS ENSEMBLE (1 CR.) Continues Brass Ensemble MUS 176. Courses in ensemble consist of performance from the standard repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques and interpretation. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit.
Laboratory 4-8 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MUS 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
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