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MUS 101 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC

Credits: 4

Survey of music as one of the great arts in Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to the present, with emphasis on the more recent centuries. Consideration of basic elements in the language of music, characterizing features of various cultural epochs, and unique contributions of major composers. Illustrations are for voices (solo, choral and operatic) and for instruments (solo, chamber, and orchestral). Recorded examples are interspersed with live performances.

MUS 112 - MUSIC CULTURES: AFRICA, CARIB, AMER

Credits: 4

An introduction to the study of world music (ethnomusicology) through an examination of both traditional and popular music styles from different music cultures within Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, with emphasis on the specific social and cultural backgrounds that have generated and sustained them. Topics will include the study of ethnomusicology, the influences between traditional and popular music, the social status and training of musicians and performers cross-culturally, the world music business, and ongoing processes of musical exchange between musicians from diverse cultural background.

MUS 113 - JAZZ IN AMERICAN MUSIC

Credits: 4

This course provides an introduction to jazz music, in which the student will learn about the origins and developments of jazz styles through live demonstrations, audio and video presentations, reading, lectures, discussion and direct, critical listening. The central goal of the course is twofold: to learn how to hear jazz critically - how to hear form, texture, style and language - and to understand the values, meanings and sensibilities of jazz as a social practice. After a brief introductory overview of listening skills, the course will follow the progression of jazz history from ragtime up to present day. Representative musical examples from the listening assignments will be discussed and analyzed in lectures. Readings will focus on the stylistic changes and on the social, cultural and political debates that have arisen during the history of jazz. These will be discussed and analyzed in lectures.

MUS 115 - POP, ROCK, AND SOUL MUSICS

Credits: 4

An introduction to the musical elements of popular music, exploring the nature of rhythm, meter, syncopation, form, instrumentation, vocal and instrumental style, and a historical survey of rock, pop and soul musics, tracing their development from roots in blues, jazz, gospel and country music to the music of today. In addition to the "Pop, Rock and Soul" musics of the title, the course covers styles such as rap, reggae, top 40, heavy metal, alternative and punk. Aspects of musical style and personal identity are explored, including the role of African Americans, European Americans and Latino Americans in the development of popular music. No previous musical knowledge or experience is assumed.

MUS 121 - MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

Credits: 2

The study of musical rudiments, including notation of pitch, rhythm, and meter; identification and construction of scales, intervals, key signatures, and chords; and principles of melody and harmony as they relate to theory and performance. The ability to read music is not a prerequisite. This course may be recommended to students prior to enrollment in the theory and musicianship sequence (MUS 215/216) for the major or minor in music.

MUS 141 - CLASS: BEGINNING PIANO

Credits: 2

Introductory keyboard for beginners in which the fundamentals of piano playing and music reading are presented: scales, key signatures, chords, harmonization, etc. are introduced as they relate to keyboard study. For students with no previous keyboard training.

MUS 143A - VOICE CLASS

Credits: 2

The basics of singing: breathing, resonance, stage presence and text communication. Students find out how their voices work and how to keep them healthy. Primarily for non-majors and/or beginners. Recommended as preparation for private lessons.

MUS 143B - AFRICAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Credits: 2

This ensemble will focus on the musics not only from the African continent, but also from the diaspora, including Cuba , Brazil and Haiti . There will be an emphasis on rhythmic development as well as notation and ensemble cohesiveness. We will explore drumming, melodic instruments such as the xylophone and Mbira, and singing. No prior musical experience is necessary.

MUS 215 - THEORY I

Credits: 4

This the first course in the music major and music minor curricula. After a review of fundamentals, we study how melodies relate to one another and how harmonies progress in a musical phrase. We acquire an understanding of the structure of tonal music through analysis and written exercises in harmony, voice leading, and counterpoint.

MUS 216 - MUSICIANSHIP I

Credits: 1

This course, taken concurrently with MUS 215, aims at developing skills in understanding and organizing musical sounds, as well as reading, performing, and writing music accurately. Various exercises will be utilized, involving singing, dictation, conducting, and keyboard work. In addition to twice weekly classes, students are required to meet once a week with a graduate TA to perform individual audits.

MUS 217 - THEORY II

Credits: 4

Continuation of MUS 215, including diatonic and chromatic chord progressions, embellishing tones, and basic formal structures.

MUS 218 - MUSICIANSHIP II

Credits: 1

Continues the development of practical skills in ear training, sight singing, dictation, keyboard harmony, and improvisation, based on materials from MUS 217.

MUS 280B - BEETHOVEN: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC

Exploration of works of Beethoven with special attention to his masterworks in each genre. Biographical references as they relate to his music. Examples of his piano sonatas and variations, violin and piano sonatas, chamber music, symphonies, dramatic overtures, vocal dramatic, and song literature.

MUS 280D - SINGING CHINESE

Credits: 4

Emphasizes both language acquisition and music appreciation. Students learn 25 to 30 Chinese songs, including art songs, folk songs and popular songs from the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong . Song lyrics serve as main texts and their cultural background and stylistic features are introduced. Students improve diction, voice projection and language expression through singing practice.

MUS 301 - HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I

Credits: 4

In-depth survey of Western art music from c. 800 to 1700. Acquaints students with representative composers and compositions through lectures, score analysis, listening and reading assignments. Explores the social, cultural and historical background of the works studied. For majors, minors and non-majors who have the necessary prerequisites, background and interest may register with consent of instructor.

MUS 302 - HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II

Credits: 4

Second in a three-semester sequence of courses examining the genres, forms, and styles of Western art music, and its place in society. Covers the period from approximately 1700 to 1850. Organized around lectures, reading and listening assignments, and critical and analytical writing. For majors, minors and non-majors who have the necessary prerequisites, background and interest may register with consent of instructor.

MUS 303 - HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III

Credits: 4

In-depth survey of Western art music from 1850 through the present day. Acquaints students with representative composers and compositions through lectures, score analysis, listening and reading assignments. Explores the social and historical background of the works studied. For majors, minors and non-majors who have the necessary prerequisites, background and interest may register with consent of instructor.

MUS 304 - INTRO TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

Credits: 4

Examines central themes and methods in ethnomusicology today, explored through the study of music in several different cultural regions. Focus includes the following topics: the study of musical style and the meaning of music in varying cultural contexts; debates over the impact of technology, colonialism and politics on musical change; the benefits and drawbacks of globalization on local music making; and the category of "world music." Relationship between methodology and musical style is also studied by comparing ethnomusicological approaches with those used for the study of Western art music.

MUS 315 - THEORY III

Credits: 4

Continuation of MUS 217, including modulation, modal mixture, advanced chromaticism and enharmonicism, and standard musical forms.

MUS 316 - MUSICIANSHIP III

Credits: 1

Continues the development of practical skills in ear training, sight singing, dictation, keyboard harmony, and improvisation, based on materials from MUS 315.

MUS 317 - THEORY IV

Credits: 4

Continuation of MUS 315, with more advanced techniques involving dissonance and chromaticism, and the study of 20th-century compositional approaches.

MUS 318 - MUSICIANSHIP IV

Credits: 1

Continuation of MUS 316, incorporating more advanced materials for singing, rhythmic training, dictation, and performance.

MUS 331 - COMPOSITION I

Credits: 4

Gives student understanding of the craft of composition. Styles explored include classical music of 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and some popular songs. Techniques studied include writing different types of melodies and accompaniments and writing in different forms.

MUS 380A - MUSIC OF AFRICA & THE DIASPORA

Credits: 4

An introduction to and examination of the rich and diverse musical traditions of the Arabic-speaking world, including Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, the Gulf and Morocco. Topics will include traditional art musics, legendary singers and instrumentalists, contemporary pop, rock, and hip-hop, and the intersection of music and politics.

MUS 427 - CONDUCTING I

Credits: 4

This course will provide an introduction to the study of world music (ethnomusicology) through an examination of both traditional and popular music styles from different Asian cultures, with an emphasis on the specific social and cultural backgrounds that have generated and sustained them. Topics will include the study of ethnomusicology, the influences between traditional and popular music, the social status and training of musicians and performers cross-culturally, the world music business, the influence of Asian music in world music, and world music on Asian music.

MUS 428 - CONDUCTING II

Credits: 4

Continuation and expansion of materials and techniques presented in MUS 427. May be selected as restricted music major elective with consent of departmental adviser and instructor.

MUS 520 - GRADUATE THEORY REVIEW

Credits: 2

This course reviews the basic skills of undergraduate tonal harmony, which may include ear training, score reading, piano skills, harmonic analysis, and analysis of form.

MUS 422/522 - ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES

Credits: 4

This course develops additional skills used to analyze form and musical structures of repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries. Techniques may include phrase rhythm and sonata theory; Schenkerian analysis; implication-realization and semiotic analyses; Neo-Riemannian transformations, and pitch-class set theory.

Last Updated: 6/6/18