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Music Courses

MUS 100 Music Reading

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to music reading and elementary music theory: notation, terminology, key and time signatures, rhythm, meter, major scales, diatonic and chromatic intervals and triads and inversions.

MUS 101 Piano I

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to help the student acquire the basic skills needed for piano playing proficiency. Notation, fingerings, keyboard awareness, treble and bass clef reading, major scales, root position triads, rhythms and time signatures will be studied and incorporated in classroom performance. Self-disciplined daily practice is also needed to achieve the course goals.

MUS 102 Piano II

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed as a continuation of studies begun in Music 101 to further develop skills needed for reading and performing piano music. Five minor scales will be studied. Chords based on major and minor scales will be learned and used to accompany simple melodies. Self-disciplined daily practice is needed to achieve the course goals.
Prerequisite: MUS 101.

MUS 103 Introduction to Music

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the art and science of listening to music with engagement and understanding, presuming no prior musical knowledge or experience. Students will learn how to listen to music actively and critically, with emphasis on instrumentation, musical form, function, performance practices, cultural influences, and aesthetics. Examples from Western and world music will be used to engage students in discussion and study.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies requirements.

MUS 105 Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of music in western civilization focusing on Western music written between 1600-1825, including works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Fulfills Interpretive Studies requirement.

MUS 106 Great Romantic Music

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of music in Western civilization during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel and others. Songs, tone poems, symphonies, sonatas, operas, ballets, concerti, nationalism and impressionism.

MUS 107 Music Composition

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the basics of music composition and songwriting, stressing techniques and procedures for developing original musical ideas. Students learn skills for writing melody, harmony, and formal structures through score analysis, listening and composing.
Prerequisite: MUS 100 and MUS 115

NOTE: Music majors will supply their own instruments for all applied music courses.

MUS 108 Guitar I

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Guitar I covers the basics of guitar playing: free stroke, rest stroke, note reading, left and right fingering on the strings, arpeggios, strumming patterns and chord progressions. Weekly performance assignments include right and left hand fingering development, note and tablature reading, strumming patterns, arpeggios, chords in major and minor keys, counting and rhythms. Student must provide their own instruments.

MUS 109 Guitar II

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Guitar II continues basic guitar technique, building on the techniques learned in Guitar I. Weekly performance assignments include more advanced right and left hand fingering, note and tablature reading, strumming patterns, arpeggios, chords in major and minor keys, counting and rhythms. Students must provide their own instruments.
Prerequisite: MUS 108 .

MUS 111 Aural Theory I

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A practical course which develops initial skills in sight-singing and dictation: diatonic major mode melodies, simple and compound meters, intervals up to the sixth (excluding tritones), simple rhythms down to quadruple divisions of the beat, treble and bass clefs.
Prerequisite: MUS 100 or placement examination.

MUS 113 Aural Theory II

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of Music 111 emphasizing sight-singing and dictation utilizing more complex musical materials: minor keys, intervals up to sevenths including tritones, alto and tenor clefs, advanced quadruple and sextuple divisions of the beat, and triplets.
Prerequisite: MUS 111 or placement examination.

MUS 114 Harmony I

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to harmonic principles of classical music, jazz and popular music through analysis and composition: chord structure and relationship in major and minor keys, triads, seventh chords, figured bass and chord symbols.
Prerequisite: MUS 100.

MUS 115 Introduction to Music Technology

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This hands-on course teaches students how to create, edit, and manipulate MIDI files in order to print publishable music, and to layer various tracks to create finished MIDI sequences for recording. Students will apply their compositional and editing skills using industry-standard computers and digital audio hardware and software. They will learn how to properly connect various pieces of MIDI equipment and how to set up for different typical music applications. In addition to the hands-on curriculum, students will learn about the history of electronic music, analog synthesis and the progression of the technology, noticing how developments in the past are directly affecting our technology of today and the future.
Additional course fee: $75.

MUS 120 Music of African-Americans

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course consists of a survey of music that evolved from the African-American experience in America: folk music, blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, and concert music. This course also discusses the instruments, singing style and performance practice of traditional West African music.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity and Interpretive Studies requirements.

MUS 121 Modern American Music

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of music in 20th and 21st century America including examples from both popular and concert traditions: jazz, musical theater, opera, ballet and popular music.

NOTE: Music majors will supply their own instruments for all applied music courses.

MUS 141, 142, 143, 144, 241, 242, 243, 244 - Applied Music I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly, half-hour, private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills.
Prerequisite: performance major status. Student must see department chair prior to enrolling. Students may not audit Applied Music courses.

MUS 180 Music Business

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the business of music including career opportunities, promotion and marketing procedures. This course is designed to help prepare music students to interact with the many facets of the music industry. Students will explore various professions in the music field and learn essential skills in music law, publishing, concert production, management, merchandising and recording. Students will work to build a portfolio throughout the course to aid in preparation for a career within the industry.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

MUS 196, 197, 296, 297
Ensemble I - IV

0-2-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Music 196, 197, 296 and 297 teach music majors skills needed to play with vocal, jazz, guitar, percussion, orchestra and chamber groups: sight-reading, ensemble performance skills, rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette and recital production.
Additional course fee (MUS 196, 197, 296 and 297): $75.

MUS 201 Piano III

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

This course is a continuation of piano studies beyond Music 101 and 102, with additional major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales. Chord progressions combining a sequencing of I, IV, V, I harmonies will be applied to compositions of both popular and traditional music.
Prerequisite: MUS 102.

MUS 202 Piano IV

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Students completing this fourth semester of piano study will be well-versed in techniques needed to improve performance skills. Chord progressions combining a sequencing of I, IV, V, I harmonies will be applied to compositions of both popular and traditional music. Additional major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales will be studied to complete the entire cycle of major and relative minor scales; students also learn arpeggios and expanded harmonies.
Prerequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 211 Aural Theory III

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Continuation of MUS 113: chromatic melodies, mixed meters, syncopation, melodic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisites: MUS 102, MUS 113, MUS 114 or placement examination.

MUS 214 Harmony II

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

The structures and relationships of chromatic chords in classical music, jazz and popular music: secondary dominants, full-and half-diminished seventh chords, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and modulation.
Prerequisite: MUS 114.

MUS 215 Advanced Music Technology and Multimedia

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of studies begun in MUS 115, this course focuses on advanced concepts in music technology and their application to multimedia. Students learn how to score for film, synchronize multimedia and create a resulting DVD. Students also learn how to use MAX and other computer programming languages written specifically for creating music applications and interactive music compositions.
Prerequisite: MUS 115.
Additional course fee: $75.

MUS 220 ProTools - Digital Audio Editing

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

A thorough, hands-on study of Digidesign ProTools, the industry standard in digital audio editing and recording. This course teaches recording and mastering techniques using the Digidesign Pro Tools software and hardware.
Prerequisite: MUS 215.
Additional course fee: $75.

MUS 260 Sound Reinforcement and Recording Session

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares students for the techniques and practices used in a professional recording studio. It includes learning various studio hardware, signal processing, mixing board console navigation, signal flow, microphone designs and how they are used for recording sound, and where they are typically placed. Students learn how to run a live recording session and the best way to record, edit and master that session.
Prerequisite: MUS 220.
Additional course fee: $75.

MUS 290 Music Internship

1-10-2
Credit Hours: 2

The Music Internship provides 120 hours of work experience for the student. In addition, students attend a weekly seminar to discuss topics including the latest software and hardware tools, ProTools certification, final resume preparation, and management of issues or problems that may arise on the job. Students will work in local music businesses or other venues appropriate to the individual student’s goals.
Prerequisite: MUS 180 and MUS 260, which may be taken concurrently.

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.