Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021

MUSC - Music

MUSC 0001 First Year Academic Seminar

Introduction to the academic, community and career aspects of the music programs within the departments of music and theatre. Includes community service assignments, as well as attendance at recital classes and professional recitals and concerts. This course does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

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MUSC 1000 Voice Class

This course is designed for theatre majors who want to learn the basics of singing. The objectives of this course are to learn why vocalizing is necessary to maintain and build a healthy voice; to learn exercises to expand range and improve tone quality; to demonstrate knowledge of breath control, tone production; diction and posture through repertoire performed; and to become familiar with basic vocal repertoire.

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MUSC 1001 Music Lessons-Non Musc Majors

This new course is designed to offer a semester of 30-minute lessons to non-music majors who are interested in personal musical enrichment in singing and/playing a musical instrument. It is for .5 credit and may be taken as an elective and repeated. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 1045 Improvisation

An exploration of musical improvisation with emphasis on the jazz and contemporary idioms. Emphasis on acquiring basic improvisational skills and techniques. This course is repeatable for credit and may be taken for 0 or 1 credit hour.

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MUSC 1105 Music & Civilization

This course will acquaint students with the crucial issues, methodologies, vocabulary, personalities, styles and important compositions in the musical experience.

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MUSC 1200 Intro to Music Literature

This course is designed to provide an in-depth and historically informed listening experience with regard to the major styles and traditions of music of Europe and North America, as well as of a number of important musical cultures from around the world. Basic music analysis and theoretical discussions will provide the environment for a culturally enriched hearing of the music within a context of political, social and cultural history. Intended for any student with a background of formal music instruction. Useful for music majors as preparation for taking more advanced courses in music history.

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MUSC 1210 Class Instruct in Piano I

This course is designed to equip music majors with functional keyboard skills as required on the departmental Functional Keyboard Proficiency Exam.

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MUSC 1220 Class Instruct in Piano II

Prerequisite: MUSC 1210 or permission of instructor. Completion of skill development begun in MUSC 1210.

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MUSC 1230 Class Instruction in Piano III

Prerequisite: MUSC 1220 or permission of instructor. Continuation of skill development from MUSC 1220.

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MUSC 1240 Beginning Guitar

This course is designed primarily for non-music majors who wish to learn how to play acoustic (folk) guitar and is oriented toward the basics of guitar playing. The students will have fun learning and understanding basic musical notation and fundamental guitar technique. This course can be taken as an elective by any non-music major. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 1250 Advanced Guitar for Everyone

Prerequisite: MUSC 1240 or Permission of instructor. This class is oriented toward the beginning guitarist who has some basic skills as a musician such as knowledge of the treble clef, basic rhythmic comprehension, basic sight-reading capability of single melodic lines, proper left and right hand usage, knowledge of the notes of the major scale and the first position of the guitar and basic strum patterns. This course will not only build on these fundamental techniques but will also use them to make more advanced techniques more accessible. This course is non-repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 1500 Music Theory I

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Study of compositional and analytical procedures appropriate to 18th century tonal music. First of four sequential courses. Should be taken concurrently with its laboratory component, MUSC 1501.

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MUSC 1501 Aural Skills I

Sight-singing, ear training and keyboard applications of material covered in MUSC 1500. Required in all Music-based programs.

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MUSC 1510 Music Theory II

Prerequisite: C or better in MUSC 1500. Continues the study of compositional and analytical procedures appropriate to 18th century tonal music. Second of four sequential courses. Should be taken concurrently with its laboratory component, MUSC 1511.

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MUSC 1511 Aural Skills II

Prerequisite: C or better in MUSC 1500. Sight-singing, ear training and keyboard applications of material covered in MUSC 1510. Required in all music-based programs.

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MUSC 1990 Recital Attendance

Practical exposure to musical events through attendance of concert programs and recitals. Required of music majors and music minors.

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MUSC 2250 Class Guitar

Functional class guitar skills for those with no previous guitar skills or training. Emphasis is placed on folk and pop guitar skills, including chords, strumming, tuning and picking styles.

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MUSC 2500 Music Theory III

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MUSC 1510. Continues the study of compositional and analytical procedures appropriate to 18th- and 19th-century tonal music. Third of four sequential courses. Should be taken concurrently with its laboratory component, MUSC 2501.

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MUSC 2501 Aural Skills III

Prerequisite: MUSC 1511. Sight-singing, ear training and keyboard applications of material covered in MUSC 2500. Required in all Music-based programs.

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MUSC 2510 Music Theory IV

Prerequisite: C or better in MUSC 2500. Continues the study of compositional and analytical procedures appropriate to 18th- and 19th-century tonal music, and introduces procedures appropriate to several styles of 20th- and 21st-century music. Should be taken concurrently with its laboratory component, MUSC 2511.

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MUSC 2511 Aural Skills IV

Prerequisite: MUSC 2501. Sight-singing, ear training, and keyboard applications of materials covered in MUSC 2510. Required in all Music-based programs.

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MUSC 2700 Diction for Singers I

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. The study and use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and training in the correct pronunciation of English and Italian languages in relation to vocal literature.

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MUSC 2710 Diction for Singers II

Prerequisites: MUSC 2700 or permission of the instructor. The study and use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and training in the correct pronunciation of French and German languages in relation to vocal literature.

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MUSC 3045 Improvisation

An exploration of musical improvisation with emphasis on the jazz and contemporary idioms. Emphasis on acquiring basic improvisational skills and techniques. This course is repeatable for credit and may be taken for 0 or 1 credit hour.

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MUSC 3300 Tonal Counterpoint

Prerequisite: MUSC 2510. A study of traditional contrapuntal procedures, particularly those of the eighteenth century, with emphasis on score analysis and written projects.

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MUSC 3315 Music Technology I

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills. An introduction to the history, tools, and techniques of electronic music. Topics include acoustics, digital recording, digital editing, composition, and basic analog sound synthesis techniques. Through lectures, lab work, composing, reading, and critical listening, students will gain a broad understanding of the role of technology in music-making.

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MUSC 3320 Music Technology II

Prerequisite: MUSC 3315. A continuation of studies begun in MUSC 3315. Topics include MIDI sequencing, basic film and video scoring techniques, advanced analog sound synthesis, and an introduction to digital sound design. Through lectures, lab work, composing, reading, and critical-listening, students will gain a deeper understanding of the techniques and aesthetics of electronic music.

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MUSC 3350 Keyboard Literature

A survey of the musical styles, genres, forms, aesthetic criteria and techniques that have characterized the great keyboard literature of the Western musical heritage.

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MUSC 3360 Vocal Literature I

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Study and performance of sacred and secular solo literature including Italian, French, German, English and American repertoire for professional singers and church musicians.

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MUSC 3370 Vocal Literature II

Prerequisite: MUSC 3360 or permission of instructor. Advanced study and performance of sacred and secular solo literature for the voice. Emphasis on the programming of literature for a solo recital.

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MUSC 3400 Intro to Conducting

Prerequisite: MUSC 2510. Beginning conducting techniques, application of baton technique, terms for conductors, transposition interpretation and styles of different musical eras. Choral and instrumental styles.

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MUSC 3470 Study in Choral Lit & Adv Cond

Prerequisite: MUSC 3400. Advanced study of choral literature from the Renaissance through Twentieth Century periods with emphasis on advanced conducting techniques and interpretation and styles. Laboratory conducting experience also included.

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MUSC 3480 Instru Conducting & Literature

Prerequisite: MUSC 3400. Advanced conducting techniques and study of the history and repertory of wind instruments in the orchestra, band and wind ensemble.

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MUSC 3500 Form and Analysis

Prerequisite: MUSC 2510. The study of the overall harmonic and thematic organization of musical compositions from the common-practice period (c. 1600 to 1900). In addition, an examination of 20th c. and 21st c. forms will be included. Drawing on all of the theoretical knowledge gained in the 4-semester Music Theory sequence, this course focuses first on small structures (motives, phrases, etc.) and gradually progresses to large forms (sonata, rondo, etc.) and multi-movement forms (symphony, concerto, etc.)

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MUSC 3550 Intro to Instru Choral Arrangm

Prerequisite: MUSC 2510. This course is designed to assist the student in developing basic techniques in arranging music for instrumental ensembles and for vocal ensembles. Focuses on practical issues and general arranging strategies for ensembles of different skill levels. Projects include work in the student's chosen emphasis, as well as work covering multi-cultural issues. It is a project-oriented course resulting in a small portfolio of usable work.

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MUSC 3600 Music History I

Prerequisites: HIST 1131 or HIST 1132; and MUSC 1500, MUSC 1501, MUSC 1510, MUSC 1511, MUSC 2500, MUSC 2501, MUSC 2510, MUSC 2511; or Permission of Instructor. This is the first of two courses that traces the history of the classical music tradition of Europe and its cultural extensions. In this course, students will develop their ability to think historically and conceptually with regard to the various compositional genres and composers, and the social, geographic, and cultural settings that produced them. The period covered is from the earliest traces of Greek and Persian music to the end of the Baroque era (c. 1750 A.D.). The course includes a mixture of lecture, group discussion, and analytical and musicological exercises, including intensive score and aural analysis. Offered every Fall term.

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MUSC 3610 Music History II

Prerequisites: HIST 1131 or HIST 1132; and MUSC 1500, MUSC 1501, MUSC 1510, MUSC 1511, MUSC 2500, MUSC 2501, MUSC 2510, MUSC 2511; or Permission of Instructor. This is the second of two courses that traces the history of the classical music tradition of Europe and its cultural extensions. In this course, students will develop their ability to think historically and conceptually with regard to the various compositional genres and composers, and the social, geographic, and cultural settings that produced them. The period covered is from the beginning of the classical period (1725) to the end of the 20th century. The course includes a mixture of lecture, group discussion, and analytical and musicological exercises, including intensive score and aural analysis. Offered every Spring term.

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MUSC 3650 Jazz History

A survey of the development and evolution of jazz as an American art form. Special attention is paid to social and cultural context. Emphasis will be placed upon the musical styles, artists, and major innovations in each of the various eras of jazz history. Additional topics include, but are not limited to: race, gender, technology, the economics of music, and popular culture. (Cross-listed as BLST 3650.)

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Cross Listed Courses

BLST 3650

MUSC 3660 American Music

A survey course that explores the development of the various musical traditions that take root in the United States. The focus of the course will be to examine the style and aesthetics of each musical tradition, as well as the cultural, sociological and sometimes political motivations behind it. Topics include but are not limited to such American traditions as sacred music, jazz, art music, and musical theater. Writing and study skills must be highly developed.

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MUSC 4210 Computer Music

Prerequisite: C or better in MUSC 3310. An introduction to the principles and techniques of digital sound synthesis and the creation of music with computers. Students will gain hands-on experience with the most up-to-date synthesis software, programming languages, and research tools. Through lectures, lab work, reading, composing, and critical-listening students will gain the necessary skills to create computer music using digital instruments of their own design.

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MUSC 4300 Form and Analysis

Prerequisite: MUSC 2510. Advanced study in analytical protocols and the thory of forms. Includes various forms of layer analysis, paradigmatic analysis, and generative grammar, as well as twentieth-century formal developments.

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MUSC 4310 Electroacoustic Music Comp

Prerequisite: C or higher in MUSC 3310. A course in which students focus on a particular area of music composition in the electronic medium. Building on skills learned in MUSC 1300 and MUSC 3310, students will concentrate on compositional problems and issues while creating original electroacoustic musical works. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 4430 Vocal Pedagogy I

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Techniques for teaching voice, including an in-depth study of vocal anatomy.

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MUSC 4440 Vocal Pedagogy II

Prerequisite: MUSC 4430. Advanced techniques for teaching voice. Emphasis on the selection of appropriate vocal literature and the correction of vocal faults. The course includes supervised teaching.

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MUSC 4500 Keyboard Pedagogy

Survey of the various pedagogical philosophies and methodologies of keyboard study throughout history.

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MUSC 4600 Analysis for the Performer

Prerequisite: MUSC 3500 or permission of the instructor. This course is designed as a seminar to help student performers to build their analytical and interpretive skills with reference to the music being learned in their applied studies. The semester's work culminates in an analytical / interpretive essay and a presentation to the class. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 4800 Studies in World Music

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to lead and direct students on an excursion of musical-cultural practices of various ethnic peoples of the world. and will include a lecture component as well as a seminar style (team) student presentation component. The focus of the class is on the music and its aesthetic and cultural meanings. We will also discuss the cross-influences of these different music cultures in the world today, and talk about what each system has to offer today's world in terms of philosophy, aesthetics, social structure, instruments and behaviors.

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MUSC 4940 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of the Departmental Chair. Tutorial investigation of topic of special interest. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 4950 Special Topics

Prerequisite: Permission of Departmental Chair. Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies, with special emphasis on pedagogy and literature. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 4960 Internship

Prerequisite: Approval by the Departmental Chair. An individually designed and planned learning experience involving off-campus field experience and study in the private or public sector.

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MUSC 4980 Study Abroad

Prerequisite: Permission of Director of International Services and Programs and Departmental Chair. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MUSC 4990 Senior Project

This course is designed as the senior capstone course for the B.A. Music / General Music program. The nature of the work is open-ended, being decided on through discussions between the student and the chosen advisor for the course (usually, but not limited to, the student's academic advisor.) The project design should include both a practical and academic component and should include work in various areas of interest (including the student's minor or second concentration if he/she has one.)

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