Music (MUS)

MUS 129 - Theatre/Musical Workshop

Course Description

Effective: 2014-01-01

Enables students to work in various activities of a play production or a musical production including performance, orchestra, set design, stage carpentry, sound, costuming, lighting, stage managing, props, promotion, or stage crew. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week. This course is cross-listed with CST 136. Credit will not be awarded for both.
Variable hours per week.
1-6 credits

General Course Purpose

To prepare students for employment in theater and musical production and/or transfer into four-year theatre programs which include courses in theater and/or music production as part of their plan of study.

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MUS 135 - Jazz Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

To produce a performing musical ensemble which will meet the ensemble requirements for music majors and serve the college community through quality performances of jazz music.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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MUS 136 - Applied Music-Voice

Course Description

Effective: 2017-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

Students taking applied voice lessons will develop markedly improved vocal tone, a healthy vocal technique (including posture, breathing and vocalization), basic knowledge of vocal physiology and health, and an increasing repertoire of standard vocal literature appropriate for his/her voice and suitable for audition and public performance.

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MUS 137 - Chorus Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2014-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

It is the purpose of this course to utilize the range of voices and varied levels of choral skill and experience of its students to produce outstanding, artistic performances for the college and community of a varied and eclectic repertoire representing the best of the choral art.

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MUS 139 - Shape Note Singing

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, style of shape note singing as taught in singing schools throughout the central Appalachian region. Topics will include the history of this style of singing hymns, the hymnals, the use of regional singing schools and traveling teachers, techniques of learning music with the use of the shaped notes and noting the tunes prior to singing the hymns. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. IntroduCing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia'S Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 140 - Introduction to Recording Techniques

Course Description

Effective: 1988-05-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This class introduces the student to Industry standard software and hardware: Digidesign ProTools , as well as the Macintosh operating system, used in all audio classes that utilize computers for Audio and DAWs in the MSRTC. Related equipment, including microphones, outboard processors and basic concepts in music theory and terms are covered. Studies definitions and nomenclature for equipment and terms used in the current professional environment. Intended for students who are considering a career in music recording technology and/or entering the Music Recording Technology certificate program.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

The student is not expected to have any previous musical experience.

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MUS 143 - Chamber Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

To produce an advanced performing musical ensemble which will meet the ensemble requirements for music majors and serve the college community through quality performances.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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MUS 144 - Jazz Chamber Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

To produce a performing musical ensemble which will meet the ensemble requirements for music majors and serve the college community through quality jazz performances.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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MUS 145 - Applied Music - Keyboard

Course Description

Effective: 2017-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

Students taking applied keyboard lessons will develop markedly improved keyboard technique (including hand and arm posture, fingering and music reading), basic knowledge of hand physiology and health, and an increasing repertoire of standard keyboard literature appropriate and suitable for audition and public performance.

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MUS 146 - Percussion Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2012-11-14

Consists of performance on a variety of percussion instruments. Studies performance techniques of various percussion instruments and interpretation of percussion parts and scores. Divisional approval required. May be repeated for credit.
(1-2 Cr.) Lecture 0, Lab 3-6 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

To produce a performing musical ensemble which will meet the ensemble requirements for music majors and serve the college community through quality performances of percussion literature.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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MUS 147 - Applied Music Composition

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to provide the student with individual instruction in music composition.

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None

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MUS 150 - Old Time String Band

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

An introductory level course on the history and performance of traditional American
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional old time string band music found in the central Appalachian region. Students will explore the historical and cultural identities of the tunes and songs, learn about the musicians, past and present, as well as current musical venues available to them for performance. Involving students of all ages in the petlormance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia 's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Stud ies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 155 - Applied Music - Woodwinds

Course Description

Effective: 2017-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

Students taking applied woodwind lessons will develop markedly improved woodwind technique (including hand and arm posture, fingering, embouchure, and music reading), basic knowledge of hand physiology and health, breath support and an increasing repertoire of standard keyboard literature appropriate and suitable for audition and public performance.

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MUS 159 - Improvisational Techniques

Course Description

Effective: 2014-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

It is the purpose of the Improvisational Techniques to utilize the students? interested in improvising instrumental and vocal jazz at the beginning skill level, prepare and produce artistic performances for the college and community in varied concert venues and repertoire representing the different jazz styles.

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MUS 165 - Applied Music - Strings

Course Description

Effective: 2017-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

Students taking applied strings lessons will develop markedly improved string technique (including hand and arm posture, fingering, bowing and music reading), basic knowledge of hand physiology and health, and an increasing repertoire of standard string literature appropriate and suitable for audition and public performance.

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MUS 167 - Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

An introductory level course on the history of the Appalachian dulcimer, regional
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, old time style of playing the Appalachian dulcimer in the central Appalachian region with topics including the history of the instrument, regional influences, instrument maintenance and tuning, chording and melody techniques, and basic music theory. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and th is style of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia 's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 168 - Beginning Clawhammer Banjo

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional , old time style of playing the banjo in the central Appalachian region with topiCS including the history of the instrument, regional influences, instrument maintenance and tuning, chording and melody techniques, and basic music theory. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia 's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 169 - Beginning Fiddle

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, old time style of playing the fiddle in the central Appalachian region with topics including the history of the instrument, regional influences, instrument maintenance and tuning, chording and melody techniques, and basic music theory. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 170 - Beginning Rhythm Guitar

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

An introductory level course on the history of rhythm guitar, regional musicians,
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, old time style of playing rhythm guitar in the central Appalachian region with topics including the history of the instrument, regional influences, instrument maintenance and tuning, chording and melody techniques, and basic music theory. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 171 - Beginning Mandolin

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

An introductory level course on the history of the mandolin, regional musicians,
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, old time and bluegrass styles of playing the mandolin in the central Appalachian reg ion with topics including the history of the instrument, regional influences, instrument maintenance and tuning, chording and melody techniques, and basic music theory. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of traditional music of the Appalachians will create a better appreciation of traditional culture and these styles of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 172 - Beginning Upright Bass

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the traditional, old time style of playing the upright bass in the central Appalachian region with topics including the history of the instrument, regional influences, instrument maintenance and tuning, chording and melody techniques, and basic music theory. Involving students of all ages in the history and performance of old time music of the Appalachians will cleate a better appreciation of traditional culture and this style of music for supporting and preserving the music. Introducing students to regional musicians and music venues will support the economic development of the region through state initiatives such as the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. This course is for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 174 - Afro-Caribbean Drumming

Course Description

Effective: 2011-08-01

Focuses on the drumming traditions of West Africa, the Caribbean Islands, and South America beginning with their roots and continuing through the development of Jazz and African American spirituals. Includes hand drumming, drum materials and construction, and the different purposes of drumming.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

This applied music course is intended to increase a student?s knowledge of the drumming styles and influences of West Africa and the Caribbean. It is expected that students will take an active role in both the playing and singing of the music presented.

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MUS 175 - Applied Music - Brass

Course Description

Effective: 2017-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

Students taking applied strings lessons will develop markedly improved brass technique (including hand and arm posture, fingering, breath support, embouchere and music reading), basic knowledge of hand physiology and health, and an increasing repertoire of standard brass literature appropriate and suitable for audition and public performance.

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MUS 185 - Applied Music - Percussion

Course Description

Effective: 2017-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

Students taking applied strings lessons will develop markedly improved percussion technique (including hand and arm posture, mallet technique and music reading), basic knowledge of hand physiology and health, and an increasing repertoire of standard percussion literature appropriate and suitable for audition and public performance.

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MUS 218 - Traditional Music and Musicians of Central Appalachia

Course Description

Effective: 2012-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory overview of the settlement of the central Appalachian region and the styles of traditional music that evolved in the region. This course is an elective for the Career Studies Certificate in Old Time Music.

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MUS 227 - Editing and Mixdown Techniques

Course Description

Effective: 1988-05-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to give the student the knowledge and skills necessary to produce a finished product from rough, multi-track, digital studio recordings by using editing, remixing, and external reprocessing techniques with live audio and/or samples. Through theoretical study, experimentation with a variety of editing and reprocessing techniques, directed lab activities, and the production of various finished materials, the student will acquire basic editing, post-production, and mixdown skills.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Enrollment in the Recording Technology Certificate program and completion of all 100 level recording certificate courses.

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MUS 235 - Advanced Recording Techniques

Course Description

Effective: 1988-05-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to introduce the student to advanced techniques in initial recording practices and advanced practices in final mixdown of multi-channel recordings. Through theoretical study, experimentation with a variety of recording techniques and directed lab activities, the student will acquire an in depth understanding of all steps in the process of creating a professional quality master product using advanced practices in dynamic range processing, multiple use of sub-mix routings, synchronization of signal processing events, and application to digital masters.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: MUS 140, Introduction to Recording Techniques or division approval.

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MUS 237 - Chorus Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2014-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

It is the purpose of this course to utilize the range of voices and varied levels of choral skill and experience of its students to produce outstanding, artistic performances for the college and community of a varied and eclectic repertoire representing the best of the choral art.

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MUS 239 - Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Course Description

Effective: 2012-11-14

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.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

To produce a performing musical ensemble which will meet the ensemble requirements for music majors and serve the college community through quality performances of jazz music.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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MUS 243 - Advanced Applied Music Composition

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

Teaches the advanced study of music composition and includes instruction using twentieth and twenty-first century compositional techniques. Studies complex compositional devices including advanced harmony, rhythm, texture, and orchestration.
(1-2 Cr.) Lecture 1-2, Lab 0 hours. Total 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to provide the student with individual instruction in music composition to build upon the 100 level of composition lessons.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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