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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 101 - Fundamentals of Music
Provides the ability to read and identify basic fundamentals of music notation. Teaches major and minor scales, chords and basic harmonic progressions. Covers basic ear training and keyboard exercises.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 101 Detailed Outline
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 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 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 125 - American Music
Presents the development of music in America from early colonists to the present, in light of philosophical, political, geographical, and sociological developments.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 130 - Overview of the Recording Industry
Introduces and surveys employment opportunities in the commercial music industry. Assists students in defining their professional goals. Prerequisite divisional approval.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 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 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
MUS 136 Detailed Outline
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
MUS 137 Detailed Outline
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 140 - Introduction to Recording Techniques
Introduces students to the theory of and practices in digital audio. Describes basic background of the history of audio, culminating with hands-on operation of a digital audio workstation (DAW).
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
The student is not expected to have any previous musical experience.
3 credits
MUS 140 Detailed Outline
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 144 - Jazz Chamber Ensemble
Consists of performance from the standard jazz small group repertoires, including study of ensemble techniques, improvisation, and arranging. Divisional approval and performing experience 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
MUS 144 Detailed Outline
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
MUS 145 Detailed Outline
MUS 148 - Orchestra 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 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
MUS 155 Detailed Outline
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
MUS 159 Detailed Outline
MUS 161 - Class Strings
Offers the beginning string student activities in learning musical notation, in accomplishing sight reading skills, and in mastering techniques of specific string instruments. Presents appropriate literature.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
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
MUS 165 Detailed Outline
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
MUS 175 Detailed Outline
MUS 179 - Music Copyright Law
Introduces the legal problems and normal conventions practiced within the commercial music industry. Provides a basic understanding of national and international music copyright laws. Prerequisite divisional approval.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
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
MUS 185 Detailed Outline
MUS 190 - 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 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 213 - Composition I
Requires the writing of short compositions in several styles, ranging from the 18th to the 20th century, for various instrumental of vocal combinations. Individualized instruction meets the special need of each student. Score analysis forms an important part of this course. Prerequisite divisional approval. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 214 - Composition II
Requires the writing of short compositions in several styles, ranging from the 18th to the 20th century, for various instrumental of vocal combinations. Individualized instruction meets the special need of each student. Score analysis forms an important part of this course. Prerequisite divisional approval. Part II of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 221 - History of Western Music Prior to 1750
Presents the chronology of musical styles and significant composers from Antiquity through the Pre-Classical era. Relates the development of music from a socio-historical perspective including parallel movements within the arts. Develops techniques for listening analytically and critically to music. MUS 221 and 222 may transfer as the same course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 221 Detailed Outline
MUS 222 - Hist of Western Music 1750 to Present
Presents the chronology of musical styles and significant composers from the Classical Period through the Modern era. Relates the development of music from a socio-historical perspective including parallel movements within the arts. Develops techniques for listening analytically and critically to music. MUS 221 and 222 may transfer as the same course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MUS 222 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 227 - Editing and Mixdown Techniques
Introduces the theory and practice of digital editing and mixdown techniques. Provides the skills necessary to edit, mixdown, externally reprocess, and otherwise manipulate multi-track original recordings into finished master recordings.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Enrollment in the Recording Technology Certificate program and completion of all 100 level recording certificate courses.
3 credits
MUS 227 Detailed Outline
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 235 - Advanced Recording Techniques
Introduces advanced digital recording techniques that lead to mix downs and digital masters for commercial CD duplication, other digital media and on-line distribution. Provides knowledge and skills in refined areas of digital multi track recording and mixdown techniques. Includes a study of the process which converts finished digital masters to compact discs and digital files suitable for retail release. Studies trouble shooting skills pertaining to digital audio workstations.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Prerequisite: MUS 140, Introduction to Recording Techniques or division approval.
3 credits
MUS 235 Detailed Outline
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
MUS 237 Detailed Outline
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 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 248 - Orchestra
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 148.
Laboratory 3-6 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 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 285 - Advanced Applied Music - Percussion
Continues Applied Music - Percussion MUS 185. 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 286 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (1 CR.) Continues Percussion Ensemble MUS 186. 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 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
MUS 299 - 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