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Music

  • MUS101 3 credits
    Music Fundamentals I - Register

    Focuses on reading and writing basic music notation. Includes note names, scales, key signatures, overtone series, intervals, basic rhythms and meters, spelling triads and seventh chords, and basic ear training skills.
    Prerequisite: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score. Offered in the spring term.

  • MUS105 3 credits
    Music Appreciation - Register

    Introduces the history and repertory of music. Through guided listening, students will develop both an aural and an intellectual understanding of music while emphasizing the political, cultural, and scientific values that have shaped Western music.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered in summer term.

  • MUS108 4 credits
    Music in World Cultures - Register

    Introduces music from various cultures with an international and cross-cultural perspective. Explores both commonalties and differences in how music is defined, valued, and utilized in many cultures around the world.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently).

  • MUS111 4 credits
    Music Theory and Aural Skills I - Register

    Examines the fundamentals of tonal music including the overtone series, major and minor scales, keys, intervals, spelling triads and seventh chords, and harmonic analysis. Includes ear training (dictation) and sight-singing skills using diatonic melodies in major keys in simple meter. Introduces solfege as a tool for sight singing.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently), and MUS101 or a basic knowledge of music fundamentals. Offered fall term.

  • MUS112 4 credits
    Music Theory and Aural Skills II - Register

    Continues the examination of tonal music including harmonic analysis in a key/tonal context, harmonic progressions, realizing a figured bass, and part-writing procedures using a figured bass and soprano line. Continues dictation and sight-singing skills using diatonic melodies, dyads, and harmonies in major and minor keys using simple and compound meter.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score and MUS111 or permission of the instructor; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered winter term.

  • MUS113 4 credits
    Music Theory and Aural Skills III - Register

    Continues the examination of tonal music including harmonic analysis in a key/tonal context harmonic progressions, part-writing procedures, and realizing more advanced figured bass lines. Continues dictation and sight-singing skills using diatonic and chromatic melodies, dyads, and harmonies in major and minor keys.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score and MUS112 or permission of the instructor; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered spring term.

  • MUS131 2 credits
    Class Piano I - Register

    Offers elementary instruction covering the principles of piano playing to fit the needs of beginners in a class setting. A piano or keyboard is needed for practice.
    Offered fall, winter and spring terms.

  • MUS132 2 credits
    Class Piano II - Register

    Offers elementary instruction covering the principles of piano playing to fit the needs of beginners in a class setting. A piano or keyboard is needed for practice.
    Prerequisite: MUS131. Offered infrequently.

  • MUS133 2 credits
    Class Piano III - Register

    Offers elementary instruction covering the principles of piano playing to fit the needs of beginners in a class setting. A piano or keyboard is needed for practice.
    Prerequisite: MUS132. Offered infrequently.

  • MUS135 2 credits
    Beginning Hand Drums - Register

    Provides students hands-on experience with a variety of hand percussion instruments from around the world. Students will learn basic techniques and rhythms to facilitate musical performance in a group setting. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

  • MUS137 2 credits
    Group Guitar – Beginning - Register

    Covers the basic construction of the guitar, principles of tuning, maintenance, and treatment of the instrument. Also covered are key signatures, scales, primary chords and their structures, as well as fingering methods, right hand picking styles and techniques specific to the guitar. Students will learn how to accompany solo and group singing, and learn skills needed to translate music and methods for solving problems common to guitar players. Course may be repeated for up to two terms (4 credits total).

  • MUS138 2 credits
    Group Guitar – Intermediate - Register

    Enables students to create more complicated common style arrangements to folk, blues, and popular song styles by adding melody notes and bass runs to open chords. Students will also learn accompanying styles to a much broader range of song types, the use of more sophisticated chords and voicings, and the use of barred chords affording the guitarist the ability to play in any key. Course may be repeated for up to two terms (4 credits total).

  • MUS199 Variable credit
    Special Studies: Music - Register

    Serves a variety of student needs and interests in keeping with the department’s mission to increase students' literacy, critical thinking and self awareness through music and to broaden their cultural awareness and values. May be repeated for up to six credits.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR115 (may be taken concurrently).

  • MUS201 4 credits
    Introduction to Western Music - Register

    Studies styles and historical contexts of music from antiquity to the present. No musical background is required.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered fall, winter and spring terms.

  • MUS205 3 credits
    History of Jazz - Register

    Surveys jazz styles from its origins to the present as revealed through the study of the most innovative and influential artists of this uniquely American musical form. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to jazz, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be concurrent). Offered fall and summer terms.

  • MUS206 3 credits
    Introduction to Rock Music - Register

    Surveys rock music from its origins to the present as revealed through the study of the most innovative and influential artists of this American musical form. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently).

  • MUS207 3 credits
    Songwriting - Register

    Studies examples of successful popular songs and the fundamentals of music theory and notation. Students will be asked to compose and record original songs.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered fall, winter and spring terms.

  • MUS208 3 credits
    Film Music - Register

    Explores the capacity of music to enhance drama and affect our emotions in the medium of film and looks at different ways music has been used in film since the birth of cinema to the present. The course is focused around various themes, in keeping with the department mission to increase students' literacy, awareness of cultures and different cultural values, critical thinking, and self-awareness. No prior knowledge of music or film history is necessary.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered winter and summer terms.

  • MUS211 4 credits
    Music Theory and Aural Skills IV - Register

    Continues MUS111, 112 and 113. Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on chromatic harmony as used in the common practice period through the 21st century. Students will realize four parts from a chromatic figured bass and analyze more advanced chord progressions, cadences, phrases and forms as used in the music of the masters. Students will also analyze various atonal styles of music. More advanced (chromatic) sight-singing and dictation exercises along with conducting exercises will be used.
    Prerequisite: MUS113 or equivalent knowledge. Offered infrequently.

  • MUS212 4 credits
    Music Theory and Aural Skills V - Register

    Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on chromatic harmony as used in the common practice period through the 21st century. Students will realize four parts from a chromatic figured bass and analyze more advanced chord progressions, cadences, phrases and forms as used in the music of the masters. Students will also analyze various atonal styles of music. More advanced (chromatic) sight-singing and dictation exercises along with conducting exercises will be used.
    Prerequisite: MUS211 or equivalent knowledge. Offered infrequently.

  • MUS213 4 credits
    Music Theory and Aural Skills VI - Register

    Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on chromatic harmony as used in the common practice period through the 21st century. Students will realize four parts from a chromatic figured bass and analyze more advanced chord progressions, cadences, phrases and forms as used in the music of the masters. Students will also analyze various atonal styles of music. More advanced (chromatic) sight-singing and dictation exercises along with conducting exercises will be used.
    Prerequisite: MUS212 or equivalent knowledge. Offered infrequently.

  • MUS261 4 credits
    History of Western Music I: Ancient to Baroque - Register

    Primarily for music majors, studies development of Western musical styles from antiquity through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, to become familiar with the wide range of cultural diversity within the Western tradition.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently); MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music.

  • MUS262 4 credits
    History of Western Music II: Classical and Romantic - Register

    Primarily for music majors, studies development of Western musical styles from both the Classical and Romantic periods to become familiar with the wide range of cultural diversity within the Western tradition.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently); MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music.

  • MUS263 4 credits
    History of Western Music III: 20th Century to Modern Day - Register

    Primarily for music majors, studies development of Western musical styles from antiquity through the Late Romantic, Modern periods, and present day to become familiar with the wide range of cultural diversity within the Western tradition.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently); MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music.

  • MUS264 3 credits
    History of Rock I: The Roots of Rock - Register

    Provides students with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from its pre-rock influences and its development through c.1963. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered fall term.

  • MUS265 3 credits
    History of Rock II: Rock’s Golden Age - Register

    Provides students with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from its pre-rock influences and its development from 1964-1975. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered winter term.

  • MUS266 3 credits
    History of Rock III: Heavy Metal to Hip-Hop - Register

    Provides an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from c.1975 through the present day. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score; WR121 (may be taken concurrently). Offered spring term.

  • MUS280 Variable credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Music - Register

    Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.