Music Minor Course Catalog

Music Minor Course Catalog

MUS 102 Applied Voice

0.5 Hours

Students will receive one half-hour lesson each week. Significant practice time is required. Participation in a student recital and sememster jury is required. Students may repeat this course up to four times and it partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. An additional fee is required.

MUS 104 Applied Instrument

0.5 Hours

Students will receive one half-hour lesson each week. Significant practice time is required. Participation in a student recital and sememster jury is required. Students may repeat this course up to four times. An additional fee is required.

MUS 115 Fundamentals of Music

3 Hours

Students will learn tonal harmony in four-part writing using diatonic triads and seventh chords in all inversions. They will analyze musical excerpts related to voice leading, chord use and non-chord tones, and develop keyboard and aural skills. Original compositions and other written projects are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music.

MUS 215 Music Theory II

3 Hours

Students will learn tonal harmony in four-part writing using chromatically altered chords, secondary dominant and leading tone chords, mode mixture, augmented sixth andNeapolitan chords, and modulation to closely related keys. Students will analyze musical excerpts related to voice leading, chromatic chord use and modulation, and continue to develop keyboard and aural skills. Original compositions and other written projects are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: MUS 115.

MUS 315 Music Theory III

3 Hours

Students will study chromatically altered chords, secondary dominant and leading tone chords, and modulation to distant keys. Students will continue to develop keyboard and aural skills. Original compositions and other written projects are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: MUS 215.

MUS 131 Ensemble

1 Hours

Various performing ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, will meet. Students may take this class for credit and repeat it up to four times. It may be used to partially fulfill requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

MUS 120 Introduction to Western Music

3 Hours

This course discusses the major trends in music from the late 17th century to the present. General Education: The Arts (effective by 2009)

MUS 250 World Music

3 Hours

This is a general introduction to the music of the world. Significant time is required to examine and listen to various examples of music of many cultures. Written assignments, including a term paper, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness (effective fall 2009) General Education: Culteral Awareness or the Arts (prior to fall 2009)

MUS 311 Music History I

3 Hours

Students will study the historical development of music in Western Civilization from the Medieval period to the end of the Baroque. Emphasis is placed on music's cultural implications, composers, styles and performance practices. Written assignments, including two major papers, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music.

MUS 312 Music History II

3 Hours

Students will study the historical development of music in Western Civilization from the middle of the 18th century to the present. This course continues to place an emphasis on music's cultural implications, composers, styles and performance practices. Written assignments, including two major papers, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite:MUS 311.

MUS 320 Computer Music Composition

2 Hours

Students will learn basic principles of scoring, transcribing and arranging music for choral ensembles, including writing and arranging for individual voices, small ensembles and large groups. Written assignments, including one arrangement for voices and instruments, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music.

MUS 330 Vocal Literature & Pedagogy

2 Hours

This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the vocal mechanism, its physiology and correct use. Students will learn basic techniques of singing and methods for teaching singing.This course includes a survey of art songs and vocal literature particularly suited for secondary students. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 340 Secondary Choral Methods

2 Hours

Students will learn methods and materials for developing comprehensive musicianship through choral music. Students will consider the changing voice, choral music repertoire and rehearsal techniques, methods for recruiting and organizing choral ensembles, budgeting, and program administration. A minimum of 30 hours of observation in secondary choral music classrooms is required.

MUS 350 Conducting

3 Hours

This is a comprehensive course in conducting. Students will learn score reading, score preparation and analysis, and conducting techniques. Preparation and performance of music for the public is required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: MUS 355.

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