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Music in the Liberal Arts
MUL courses are designed for non-music majors and require no previous musical experience or prerequisites except as indicated below. Private lessons for non-music majors are available for an additional tuition fee as staffing permits. Auditions are required. See MUC 131F. Participation in Conservatory ensembles is encouraged. Audition required. See MUC 205F, 206F.

MUL     111          MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS                                           Three credit hours
A comprehensive study of the construction, spelling, recognition, and labeling of rhythms, meter signatures, pitches, intervals, triads, seventh chords, and major and minor key signatures and scales.

MUL  134F            PIANO CLASS                                                          One credit hour
Piano for non-music majors who have had little or no piano experience. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUL  135F            VOICE CLASS                                                          One credit hour
Introduction to the basic elements of singing, including physiological aspects of the singing process, diction principles based on the International Phonetic Alphabet, and expressive techniques. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUL 136F            GUITAR CLASS                                                        One credit hour
Instruction in playing primary chords in several keys, strumming patterns to accompany singing, and a repertoire of songs from the folk, popular, and patriotic literature. Use of bass guitar and amplification included. Prior experience in reading music helpful but not required. Use of personally owned instruments advised. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUL  137F            INTERMEDIATE GUITAR CLASS                               One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUL 136F or consent of instructor
Class instruction to further develop technique and broaden styles introduced in MUL 136F. Barre chords, note reading, accompaniment of singing, playing by ear, transposition, and finger picking are among topics for study. Offered spring semester; may not be offered every year.

MUL  138F            INTERMEDIATE VOICE CLASS                                 One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUL 135F or consent of instructor
Class instruction to further develop technique introduced in MUL 135F. Continued emphasis on development of individual singing skills. Offered spring semester; may not be offered every year.

MUL  139F            INTERMEDIATE PIANO CLASS                                 One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUL 134F or consent of instructor
Class instruction to further the development of technical and musical skills introduced in MUL 134F. Includes playing in major and minor keys, sight-reading, improvisation, harmonization, and appropriate technical studies and literature. Offered spring semester; may not be offered every year.

MUL  171IF           THE ART OF LISTENING TO MUSIC                          Two credit hours
An introductory course designed for the non-music major, with the goal of becoming familiar with representative masterpieces of classical music. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUL  172F            MUSIC APPRECIATION                                             Three credit hours
An introduction to music and its basic elements, focusing on the interaction of these elements in musical styles. Content includes a survey of historical periods with emphasis on stylistic characteristics to inform the knowledgeable listener. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUL  178IF           WORLD MUSIC                                                         Three credit hours
The study of the music of non-Western and Western cultures. Participants study the music of other peoples, thereby gaining an understanding of their culture, mores, and traditions. The different functions music serves in a society are also considered. Study includes music from people of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Students become acquainted with the music of these cultures through listening, reading and other outside assignments, class discussion, and concert attendance. Offered spring semester.

MUL  192              MUSIC IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM    Three credit hours
Required of all elementary education majors. May not be applied to the humanities requirement.
Students will develop strategies for teaching music to children who are three through eight years of age. Classroom time will be spent exploring child development, learning a wide range of repertoire, and fining developmentally appropriate ways to help young children be expressive with music. Supervised clinical and field experiences and/or lab class required. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUL  218F            JAZZ IMPROVISATION                                             Two credit hours
Development of basic improvisational skills. Some performance background necessary. Offered spring semester.

MUL  224FD          HISTORY OF JAZZ                                                    Two credit hours
A survey of jazz from its origins through Dixieland and Ragtime to the present. Offered fall semester.

MUL  315              ELECTRONIC MUSIC                                                Two credit hours
Survey of the evolution of electro-mechanical means of creating music with a focus on contemporary technology. Topics include hardware, software, MIDI, sequencing, sampling, and multimedia applications. May not be offered every year.

Music as Conservatory Study
MUC courses are designed for music majors and minors only, with the exception of MUC 205F Major Ensembles and MUC 206F Elective Ensembles. Non-music majors may enroll in other MUC courses only by consent of the Conservatory Assistant Director.

MUC  001              PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE                                Zero credit hours
Attendance of a minimum number of performances each semester. See individual program requirements.

MUC  002              DEPARTMENTAL RECITAL                                       Zero credit hours
Attendance of scheduled departmental recitals. See individual program requirements.

MUC  050              INDEPENDENT STUDY                                             Credit hours to be arranged
See Independent Study Program, Section II

MUC  070              INTERNSHIP                                                             Credit hours to be arranged
Program of study for the Pedagogy Emphasis. See Internship Program, Section II

MUC  259             FACULTY-STUDENT COLLABORATION                    Credit hours to be arranged
See FSC Program, Section II

MUC  101F, 102F, 201F, 202F, 301F, 302F, 401F, 402F                           Two to four credit hours
PRIMARY INSTRUMENT: PRIVATE LESSONS                                     
Pre-requisite: Entry-level audition; for subsequent levels - previous level. Secondary, minor and elective study use MUC 131F,132F, 231F, 232F
Performance studies, available in all orchestral instruments, keyboard instruments, guitar, or voice. Credit hours and repertoire requirements assigned according to student’s degree program. Core skills addressed include critical thinking and quantitative literacy. All levels offered fall and spring semesters; must be taken concurrently with MUC 002.

MUC  110              MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AND NOTATION                     One credit hour
Introduction to standard guidelines for the written notation of music and computerized notation and sequencing software.

MUC  111, 113       TONAL HARMONY 1, 2                                              Two credit hours each
Prerequisite for MUC 111=successful completion of entering placement examinations; for MUC 113=MUC 111
A comprehensive study of tonal harmony, approached through analysis, composition, and keyboard exercises. MUC 111 offered fall semester, and should be taken concurrently with MUC 112; MUC 113 offered spring semester, and should be taken concurrently with MUC 114.

MUC  112, 114       SOLFÈGE/EURHYTHMICS 1, 2                                  Two credit hours each
Prerequisite for MUC 112=successful completion of entering placement examinations; for MUC 114=MUC 111 and MUC 112
A comprehensive study of ear training, sight-singing, and the development of musical memory. Skills developed include rhythmic and melodic reading ability, and musical dictation. MUC 112 offered fall semester; and should be taken concurrently with MUC 111; MUC 114 offered spring semester, and should be taken concurrently with MUC 113.

MUC  116, 117       INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION 1, 2                    Two credit hours each
Prerequisite: consent of instructor; for MUC-117=MUC 116
An introduction to musical composition, employing the smaller forms in a variety of styles. MUC 116 offered fall semester; MUC 117 offered spring semester.

MUC  121, 122       WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY SURVEY 1, 2                Three credit hours each
Prerequisite for MUC 121=MUC 113 and 114; for MUC 122=MUC 121
A two-semester of the major philosophical and aesthetic trends in Western music history, the noted composers in each style period, and masterworks of the literature. For Music Theatre majors, some BA music majors, and all music minors.

MUC  131F, 132F  SECONDARY INSTRUMENT LEVELS 1, 2                 One credit hour each
Prerequisite for MUC 132F = MUC 131F
Private lessons on secondary instrument for music majors; available for minors and elective study by audition only and as staffing permits. Additional fee required for non-music majors. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  133, 134       KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP 1, 2                               One credit hour each
Prerequisite for MUC 134 = MUC 133
Class instruction in sight-reading and other keyboard skills for the non-piano music major. Open to music majors only. MUC 133 offered fall semester; MUC 134 offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  135              VOICE CLASS                                                          One credit hour
Introduction to the basic elements of singing, including physiological aspects of the singing process, diction principles based on the International Phonetic Alphabet, and expressive techniques. Emphasis on development of individual singing skills. Offered spring semester.

MUC  136              GUITAR CLASS                                                        One credit hour
Instruction in playing primary chords in several keys, strumming patterns to accompany singing, and a repertoire of songs from the folk, popular, and patriotic literature. Use of bass guitar and amplification included. Use of personally owned instruments advised. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  137              INTERMEDIATE GUITAR CLASS                               One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 136 or consent of instructor
Class instruction to further develop technique and broaden styles introduced in MUC 136. Barre chords, note reading, accompaniment of singing, playing by ear, transposition, and finger picking are among topics for study. Offered spring semester; may not be offered every year.

MUC  140              SINGERS’ PHONETICS                                             One credit hour
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet applied to singing in English, Italian, French and German. Offered spring semester.

MUC  141              SINGERS’ DICTION AND LITERATURE 1                   Two credit hours
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet applied to singing in English and the study of recital literature focusing on British and American art song. Offered fall semester.

MUC  142              SINGERS’ DICTION AND LITERATURE 2                   Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 141
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet applied to singing in Italian and the study of recital literature focusing on Italian art song and operatic recitative. Offered spring semester.

MUC  145              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 1:                              One credit hour
                                FUNDAMENTALS OF STAGE PERFORMANCE         
Students undertake an intensive introduction to techniques for acting for the stage, with a specific objective of creating a language and style for Music Theatre performance.  Students will explore the fundamental principles of action—objective and obstacle—as well as the idea of given circumstances, and learn to make non-contemporary, hyper-realistic performance choices. Offered fall semester.

MUC  146              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 2:                              One credit hour
                                INTRO TO MUSIC THEATRE TECHNIQUES              
Prerequisite: MUC 145 or consent of instructor
Students will apply fundamental skills acquired in the first semester to the performance of Music Theatre repertoire.  Students explore song interpretation, self-presentation and specific performance choices, and begin to create an audition songbook. Offered spring semester.

MUC  147              OPERA WORKSHOP 1: ENCOUNTERING TEXT         One credit hour
Students will learn fundamental aspects of the craft of acting for the stage, and apply them to practical acting assignments.  Special emphasis will be placed on developing a physical understanding of how to use performance space.  The semester will culminate in a fully staged program of scenes, which will allow the students to showcase their talents and put their workshop skills into practical performance application. Offered fall semester.

MUC  148              OPERA WORKSHOP 2                                              One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 147 or consent of instructor
Building on the principles explored in the first semester, students will deepen their understanding of the fundamentals of acting for the stage, and will engage in performance projects of a more complex nature.  Self-revelatory performance work, scripted scene-work, contact improvisation, and detailed character research and analysis will serve to build a foundation for future performance endeavors within the degree program.  The semester will culminate in a fully staged program of scenes, which will allow the students to showcase their talents and put their workshop skills into practical performance application. Offered spring semester.

MUC  151              INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THERAPY                       Two credit hours
Provides an overview of the profession including terminology, history, and practical application of music therapy for various client populations. Assessment of personal qualities necessary to become a music therapist is an ongoing process of the class. Observations of music therapists and those in related fields are required in addition to class work. Offered spring semester.

MUC  152              VOCAL SKILLS FOR MUSIC THERAPISTS                Two credit hours
An introduction to the theory and practice of using the voice effectively in music therapy sessions. Topics include anatomy of breathing and the larynx, preventing vocal fatigue, and developing a list of repertoire in appropriate keys for use with various client groups. Offered spring semester.

MUC  171              INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION                   Two credit hours
A survey of American education and music education history, with an emphasis on music teaching and philosophy, school structure and governance, diversity and multicultural education, current approaches, and professional ethics.  Supervised clinical and field experiences required. Offered fall semester.

MUC  172              GROUP VOCAL TECHNIQUES                                  Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 171
Class instruction in group vocal technique with emphasis on the development of diagnostic and pedagogical skills as appropriate in the choral ensemble.  Special focus will be given to the needs of the adolescent singer.  Five hours of supervised clinical and field experience required. Offered fall semester.

MUC     181,182    SIGHT-READING 1, 2                                                One credit hour each
Prerequisite for MUC 182 = MUC 181
Required of piano performance majors in the first year; piano secondaries may enroll with consent of the instructor. Development of fundamental prima-vista and quick-preparation reading skills for pianists. MUC 181 offered fall semester; MUC 182 offered spring semester.

MUC  205F            MAJOR ENSEMBLES                                                One credit hour
                                BW SINGERS
                                UNIVERSITY CHOIR
                                CONCERT WIND ENSEMBLE
                                MOTET CHOIR
                                SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE
                                SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
                                WOMEN’S CHOIR
Participation in rehearsals and performances with a large ensemble. Core skills addressed include critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and teamwork. Audition required. May be repeated for credit. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  206F            ELECTIVE ENSEMBLES                                           One credit hour
                                BRASS CHOIR
                                COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
                                JAZZ BAND
                                JAZZ COMBO
                                PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Participation in rehearsals and performances with an elective ensemble. May not be used to fulfill major ensemble requirement. Core skills addressed include critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and teamwork. Audition required. May be repeated for credit. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  207              CHAMBER MUSIC                                                     One credit hour
Rehearsal and performance of chamber music under faculty guidance. May be repeated for credit. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  211              TONAL HARMONY 3                                                 Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 113
A continuation of the study of tonal harmony focusing on intense chromaticism and modulation through analysis, composition, and keyboard exercises. Offered fall semester; should be taken concurrently with MUC 212.

MUC  212              SOLFÈGE 3                                                              Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 113, MUC 114
A continuation of the study of the hearing and singing of tonal music, focusing on intense chromaticism, modulation, and advanced rhythmic techniques. Offered fall semester; should be taken concurrently with MUC 211.

MUC  213              TONAL COUNTERPOINT                                           Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 211; co-requisite: MUC 223I
A systematic study of important contrapuntal techniques, with emphasis on the contrapuntal style of the eighteenth century.  Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with MUC 223I.

MUC  214              MODAL COUNTERPOINT                                          Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 113
A systematic study concentrating on music of Palestrina and his contemporaries. Offered in alternate years.

MUC  215              COMPOSITION SEMINAR                                         Zero credit hours
Composition majors only or permission of instructor.
Development of compositional skills through a weekly master class. Students focus on developing compositional craftsmanship, working with a variety of forms and contemporary techniques, and composing in a variety of styles for various performance media. Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with Composition Lessons.

MUC  216, 217       COMPOSITION LESSONS 1, 2                                  Three credit hours each
Prerequisite: Composition majors only or permission of instructor.
Co-requisite: MUC-215

Development of compositional skills through individualized study. Students focus on developing compositional craftsmanship, working with a variety of forms and contemporary techniques, and composing in a variety of styles for various performance media. MUC 216 offered fall semester, MUC 217 offered spring semester.

MUC  218F            JAZZ IMPROVISATION                                             Two credit hours
The development of basic improvisational skills. Some performance background necessary. Offered spring semester.

MUC  219F            JAZZ ARRANGING/COMPOSITION                            Two credit hours
Fundamental techniques in arranging and composition for the jazz idiom. Analysis of stylistic approaches, compositional devices, and instrumentation. Weekly compositional and/or arranging projects required. Offered in alternate years.

MUC  220             MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES OF THE MUSICAL       Three credit hours
                               THEATRE REPERTOIRE
Prerequisite: MUC-211 and MUC-212; Co-requisite: MUC 225F
An exploration of the structure, techniques, and performance idioms of music theatre repertoire, with an emphasis on the reading and improvisation skills required by this literature. Offered spring semester.

MUC  221I             MUSIC HISTORY & LITERATURE I:                              Three credit hours                     
                               
World and Medieval Music History

Prerequisite: Music majors only; or the ability to read music and consent of instructor.
An examination of the historical and stylistic elements of selected non-Western musical traditions and the study of the stylistic developments and representative masterworks of the Medieval era in the Western world.  Music is studied in its cultural and historical contexts.  Includes significant listening, score study, and written work.

MUC  223I             MUSIC HISTORY & LITERATURE 2                           Three credit hours
                                Renaissance and Baroque Music History                 
Prerequisite: MUC 221I or the ability to read music and consent of instructor.
A study of stylistic developments and representative masterworks of the Renaissance and Baroque eras of Western music.  Music is studied in its cultural and historical contexts.  Includes significant listening, score study, and written work.  This course should ordinarily be taken concurrently with MUC 213.

MUC  224FD          HISTORY OF JAZZ                                                    Two credit hours
A survey of jazz from its origins through Dixieland and Ragtime to the present. Offered fall semester.

MUC 225F              MUSIC THEATRE HISTORY                                     Three credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 211 and MUC 212; Co-requisite: MUC 220
A survey of the playwrights, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, performers and productions of the American musical theater from its European beginnings to the present, placing the music theatre form within a framework of social and historical relevance. Specific works are studied so that students achieve proficiency in identifying how musicals are crafted, and how stylistic and technical elements within a musical collaborate to express meaning. Offerd spring semester.

MUC  231F, 232F  SECONDARY INSTRUMENT LEVELS 3, 4                 One credit hour each
Prerequisite for MUC 231F=MUC 132F; for MUC 232F=MUC 231F
Private lessons on secondary instrument for music majors; available for minors and elective study by audition only and as staffing permits. Additional fee required for non-music majors. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  233, 234       KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP 3, 4                               One credit hour each
Prerequisite for MUC 233 = MUC 134; for MUC 234 = MUC 233
Class instruction in functional piano skills including melody harmonization, figured-bass realization, improvisation, score reading, sight-reading, and transposition.  Emphasis on spontaneous music making and ensemble playing. Both courses offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  241              SINGERS’ DICTION AND LITERATURE 3                   Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 142
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet applied to singing in German and the study of recital literature focusing on German Lied. Offered fall semester.

MUC  242              SINGER’S DICTION AND LITERATURE 4                   Two credit hours
Pre-requisite: MUC 241
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet applied to singing in French and the study of recital literature focusing on French Mélodie. Offered spring semester.

MUC  245              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 3:                              One credit hour
                                ACTING FOR MUSIC THEATRE       
Prerequisite: MUC 146 or consent of instructor
Students work with scripts and learn how to use language intentionally to create the world of a play.  Students write weekly analytical assignments and work closely and actively with text.  Course work culminates in the performance of a classical scene work. Offered fall semester.

MUC  246              MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP 4:                          One credit hour
                               
 AUDITION TECHNIQUES                                          
Prerequisite: MUC 245 or consent of instructor
Students master the art of the music theatre audition under professional conditions.  Students audition for shows currently touring or running on Broadway, learning how to prepare, choose material, dress, and comport themselves in a professional audition environment. Offered spring semester.

MUC  247              OPERA WORKSHOP 3:                                             One credit hour
                               SINGING, SPEAKING AND MOVING                         
Prerequisite: MUC 148 or consent of instructor
Students will learn the fundamental so of score preparation, language idioms and accents, music learning and memorization techniques, and rehearsal expectations and etiquette.  Students will discover the impact and effectiveness that various styles of clothing and footwear have on body posture, alignment, and character deportment.  Special attention will be given to the process of learning and performing arias through numerous in-class workshops. Offered fall semester.

MUC  248              OPERA WORKSHOP 4:                                             One credit hour
                               COMMUNICATING IN ITALIAN                                  
Prerequisite: MUC 247 or consent of instructor
Students will continue the development of operatic stagecraft.  This semester will focus on more detailed scene work, score analysis and character building.  Special attention will be given to the process of learning and performing recitative and ensembles through numerous in-class workshops and scene work.  This semester will culminate in a fully staged program of opera scenes appropriate to the level of the students, which will allow the students to showcase their talents and put their workshop skills into practical performance application. Offered spring semester.

MUC  251              RECREATIONAL MUSIC:                                           Two credit hours
                               PROGRAMMING AND LEADERSHIP                         
Prerequisite: MUC 151 or consent of instructor
Development of a repertoire of activities to provide a foundation for initial field work experiences. Adaptation of activities and instruments, basic assessment of client interests and needs, and evaluation of observations are required. Offered fall semester.

MUC  253              PERCUSSION SKILLS FOR MUSIC THERAPISTS     One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 151 or consent of instructor
An introduction to percussion instruments, rhythmic counterpoint, and a variety of percussion repertoire that music therapists may use in professional settings. Students will gain basic technical competence on several percussion instruments and understand their function in group settings. Offered fall semester; may not be offered every year.

MUC  257              MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM 1                               One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 151 and MUC 251
Student will complete at least 10 hours of direct client contact in a one-to-one setting at one of the approved practicum sites.  Class content will include developing and administration of a client assessment, treatment plan, treatment evaluation and summary in addition to how-to write progress notes.  Students will also demonstrate and critic client interventions in the class meetings.  Adherence to AMTA Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and HIPAA regulations will be stressed in the conducting this faculty supervised experience. Offered spring semester. 

MUC  263              SEMINAR                                                                  Variable credit
Specialized treatment of particular subjects. May not be offered every year.

MUC  271              MUSIC IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY                                Three credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 171, PSY 100 and 205; Co-requisite: EDU 103D
Readings and experience in intercultural competence, culturally relevant pedagogy, and multicultural music. Students will understand ethnic, religious, and class diversity, particularly as it manifests itself in U.S. schools, and experience various instructional and assessment strategies that meet the needs of diverse learners. Class instruction in guitar, recorder (soprano, alto and tenor), and pitched and non-pitched small percussion instruments with emphasis on the development of playing skills, the understanding of pedagogical techniques and materials, and the ability to play and teach these instruments in a group setting. These instruments, ubiquitous in world music and in the musics found in the Americas, will then be the media, along with the literature, songs, and movement, through which students experience, understand, and transmit culture. Supervised, diverse clinical and field experience required. Offered fall semester.

MUC  272              GENERAL MUSIC METHODS                                    Three credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 271; PSY 205; Corequisite: EDU 201
The study of methods and materials for teaching music to children, pre-K through high school.  Includes child development, music behaviors (performing, creating, listening, analyzing), music teaching philosophies and approaches, planning and assessment, and the use of technology, and sequencing of skills in general music settings across various populations.  Supervised clinical and field experiences, 15 hours of field experiences, and lab class required. Offered spring semester.

MUC  273              BRASS CLASS                                                         Two credit hours

Prerequisite: MUC 171, PSY 100
Class instruction in trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone horn, and tuba, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials.  Supervised clinical and field experiences and lab class required. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  274              WOODWIND CLASS                                                  Two credit hours

Prerequisite: MUC 171, PSY 100
Class instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials.  Supervised clinical and field experiences and lab class required. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  275              STRING CLASS                                                        Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 171, PSY 100
Class instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials.  Supervised clinical and field experiences and lab class required. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  276              PERCUSSION CLASS                                               Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 171, PSY 100
Class instruction in percussion instruments, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials.  Supervised clinical and field experiences and lab class required. Offered spring semester.

MUC  283              COLLABORATIVE PIANO                                          One credit hour
Required of sophomore, junior and senior B.M. Piano Performance majors; others by consent of instructor only. The study of key elements of effective collaborative performing, current career and artistic issues, practice and rehearsal techniques, and repertoire, with emphasis on duo works for piano and instrument/voice. Ongoing work with a minimum of one vocalist and one instrumentalist plus one recital performance required. May be repeated for credit. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  291              CONDUCTING                                                           Two credit hours
Fundamental techniques of choral and instrumental conducting, including basic beat patterns, preparatory motions, cues, and releases. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  292              ADVANCED CONDUCTING                                        Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 291
Offered spring semester.

MUC  303              PARTIAL JUNIOR RECITAL                                       One-half credit hour
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Preparation and performance of a half-length recital program at the junior level. Repertoire chosen to represent technical achievement and a variety of musical styles. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  305              PEDAGOGY OF MUSIC                                             Three credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 202F
An examination of how the human mind interacts with and learns about, in, and through music.  Techniques for effective music instruction as well as specific instruction on the student's primary instrument will be explored and practiced. Offered fall semester.

MUC  306              CHAMBER MUSIC LITERATURE                               Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 211 and MUC 212
A study of the significant genres and stylistic trends in chamber music. The broad scope of chamber music literature will be examined through focus upon pivotal and archetypal masterworks, with an emphasis on understanding the historical and cultural context. Students will increase skills in analyzing as well as in writing and speaking about music. May not be offered every year.

MUC  307              STRING PEDAGOGY                                                 Three credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 305
Pedagogical techniques for string instruments with emphasis on the principal performing area.  A range of pedagogical approaches and teaching literature will be examined.  Mentored teaching experiences will be arranged. May not be offered every year.

MUC  309              ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ADVOCACY                   One credit hour
Must have junior standing
An examination of practical skills and knowledge required for a contemporary professional musician. Includes an introduction to relevant aspects of finance, marketing, contracting, and intellectual property. Additional topics include career exploration & development, audience building, and arts advocacy.

MUC  311              FORM AND ANALYSIS                                              Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 313 or consent of instructor; co-requisite with MUS 321I.
The study of motive, phrase, period, and standard musical forms employed in the Western musical tradition. Emphasis on the historical development of these forms.  Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with MUC 321I.

MUC  313              THEORY OF MUSIC SINCE 1900                                      Two credit hours
Pre-requisite: MUC 211; Co-requisite with MUC 323I and 314
Study of the materials, techniques, theories, and styles of composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with MUC 323I and MUC 314.

MUC  314              SOLFÈGE 4                                                              Two credit hours
Pre-requisite: MUC 211 and 212; co-requisite with MUC 323I and MUC 313
An exploration of the skills and techniques needed to sight sing and recognize common non-tonal and contemporary musical structures and advanced rhythmic techniques. Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with MUC 323I and MUC 313.

MUC  315              ELECTRONIC MUSIC                                                Two credit hours
Survey of the evolution of electro-mechanical means of creating music with a focus on contemporary technology. Topics include hardware, software, MIDI, sequencing, sampling, and multimedia applications. Offered fall semester, odd years.

MUC  316, 317       COMPOSITION LESSONS 3,4                                   Three credit hours each
Prerequisite: MUC 217; Composition majors only or permission of instructor. Co-requisite with MUC 215
Development of compositional skills through individualized study. Students focus on developing compositional craftsmanship, working with a variety of forms and contemporary techniques, and composing in a variety of styles for various performance media.

MUC  318              INSTRUMENTATION AND ORCHESTRATION             Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 211
An introduction to the instruments of the orchestra and the study of basic playing techniques and limitations and scoring methods. Offered spring semester; even years.

MUC  319              ADVANCED ORCHESTRATION                                  Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 318
Advanced orchestration techniques and study of scoring in different stylistic periods. Applied scoring and preparation of score and parts required. Offered fall semester; even years.

MUC  321I             MUSIC HISTORY & LITERATURE 3                           Three credit hours
                               Music of the Classical and the Romantic Eras         
Prerequisite: MUC 223I or the ability to read music and consent of instructor.
A study of stylistic developments and representative masterworks of the Classical and Romantic eras of Western music.  Music is studied in its cultural and historical contexts.  Includes significant listening, score study, and written work.  Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with MUC 311.

MUC  323I             MUSIC HISTORY & LITERATURE 4                           Three credit hours
                                Music Since 1900
                                                  

Prerequisite: MUC 321I or the ability to read music and consent of instructor; co-requisite with MUC 313 and MUC 314.
A study of stylistic developments and representative masterworks of Western music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Music is studied in its cultural and historical contexts.  Includes significant listening, score study, and written work.   Offered fall and spring semesters; should be taken concurrently with MUC 313 and MUC 314.

MUC  326              HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC                               Two credit hours
An historical survey of music performed and composed in the United States from the arrival of the earliest Spanish and English colonists to the present. May not be offered every year.

MUC  327I             HISTORY OF OPERA                                                Two credit hours
An examination of opera from its origins in the 17th century to the present. May not be offered every year.

MUC  329             INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN MUSIC                One credit hour
Introduces students to the nature of research in music.  Through the study of the ways in which music information is created, disseminated, and organized, students will learn to locate, organize, evaluate, and use information.  Skills learned will be applicable across disciplines.  Music History and Music Theory majors will prepare for their senior project by developing a prospectus of their paper. Offered spring semester.

MUC  333, 334       ADVANCED KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP 1, 2            One credit hour each
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Jury 4 proficiency exam; for MUC 334=MUC 333
The study of three and four part figured bass, melody harmonization, and score reading at the keyboard. May not be offered every year.

MUC  341              VOCAL PEDAGOGY                                                  Three credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 305
Practicum semester for students pursuing a Pedagogy Emphasis covering vocal exercises, problem solving techniques, and development of a personal philosophy of voice training. Includes observation of private teachers and supervised student teaching. May not be offered every year.

MUC  345              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 5:                              One credit hour
                               ADVANCED SCENE WORK/ NEW SONGWRITER’S SHOWCASE      
Prerequisite: MUC 246 or consent of instructor
Students work with advanced music theatre repertoire in a scene work context, and rehearse and perform a showcase of new, unpublished work written for Music Theatre by emerging composers. Offered fall semester.

MUC  346              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 6:                              One credit hour
                                ADVANCED ACTING FOR MUSIC THEATRE             
Prerequisite: MUC 345 or consent of instructor
Students acquire proficiency in commercial acting techniques, producing a voice-over demo, working on-camera and with an ear-prompter.  Students rehearse and perform advanced monologue material. Offered spring semester.

MUC  347              OPERA WORKSHOP 5:                                             One credit hour
                               ADVANCED ACTING TECHNIQUES                          
Prerequisite: MUC 248 or consent of instructor
Students will be introduced to the 17th and 18th Century operatic styles of presentation, acting techniques and historical sources unique to this period of opera.  Techniques and process of historically accurate character building, audition techniques, and age appropriate aspects of the business of opera such as Young Artist/summer programs, job searching, professional contacts, and building strong collegial relationships will be explored.  The course will culminate with a public opera scenes performance which will allow student to showcase their talents and put their workshop skills into practical performance application. Offered fall semester.

MUC  348              OPERA WORKSHOP 6:                                             One credit hour
                               APPLICATION OF ADVANCED ACTING TECHNIQUES/
                               COMMUNICATING IN GERMAN                                
Prerequisite: MUC 347 or consent of instructor
Same content as Opera Workshop V with a focus on the operatic styles of presentation, acting techniques, and historical sources unique to the 19th and 20th centuries. Offered spring semester.

MUC  351              MUSIC THERAPY IN PSYCHIATRY                           Three credit hours
                               AND REHABILITATION                                             
Prerequisite: MUC 151 or consent of instructor
Clinical methods as they relate to working with psychiatric, geriatric, medical, neurologically impaired, and addicted clients. Offered fall semester.

MUC  352              MUSIC THERAPY WITH                                            Three credit hours               
                              
 THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED
                                        

Prerequisite: MUC 151 or consent of instructor
Clinical practice as it relates to working with mentally retarded, autistic, sensory-impaired, physically challenged, and learning-disabled clients. Offered spring semester, alternate years.

MUC  353              PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT                                      Two credit hours
                                AND ADMINISTRATION IN MUSIC THERAPY
Prerequisite: MUC 151 or consent of instructor
Focus on program planning, scheduling, budgeting, and public relations strategies. Procedures of documentation, standards of practice, codes of ethics, and legislative issues relating to the practice of music therapy included. Offered spring semester, alternate years.

MUC  354              CREATING MUSIC                                                    One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 211 and MUC 212
The development of functional skills in improvisation, composition, instrumentation, and arranging for use in educational, liturgical, and other community-based settings. May not be offered every year.

MUC  357              MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM 2                               One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 257
Student will complete at least 12 hours of direct client contact with a consistent client group at one of the approved practicum sites.  Continued development of documentation and verbal reporting skills as well as in-class intervention presentations/critiques. Adherence to AMTA Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and HIPAA regulations will be stressed in this faculty-supervised experience. Offered fall semester. 

MUC  358              MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM 3                               One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 357
Student will complete at least 12 hours of direct client contact (with a population/diagnoses not yet experienced in previous practica) at one of the approved practicum sites plus at least 2 hours of Peer Supervision observing and critiquing a peer in their fieldwork experience.  Streamlining and adapting to facility-specific documentation and verbal reporting skills will be focus of class discussion as well as interviewing techniques, preparing for the CBMT exam and CBMT continuing education standards.  Adherence to AMTA Standards of Practice & Code of Ethics, CBMT Scope of Practice and HIPAA regulations will be stressed in this faculty-supervised experience. Offered spring semester. 

MUC  363              SEMINAR                                                                  Variable credit
Specialized treatment of particular subjects. May not be offered every year.

MUC  371              CHORAL MUSIC METHODS                                      Three credit hours
Prerequisites: EDU 201; MUC 272; PSY 205
The study of methods and materials for teaching choral music to students, grade 4 through high school.  Includes the child singing voice, the changing voice, adolescent and late adolescent vocal development, curriculum and planning, repertoire, arranging, improvisation, and technology.  Additional focus on performance settings, standard assessment program administration, specialized learning, adjudicated events, behavior management, recruiting, and public relations.  Supervised clinical and field experiences, 15 hours of field experiences, and lab class required. Offered fall semester.

MUC  372              INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC METHODS                          Three credit hours
Prerequisites: EDU 201; MUC 272; PSY 205
The study of methods and materials for teaching instrumental music to students, grade 4 through high school, from a comprehensive musicianship perspective.  Includes the beginning instrumentalist, starting and planning the instrumental program, instrument testing, adolescent and late adolescent development, curriculum and planning, repertoire, arranging, improvisation, and technology. Additional focus on performance settings, standard assessment, program administration, specialized learning, adjudicated events, behavior management, recruiting, and public relations.  Supervised clinical and field experiences, 15 hours of field experiences, and lab class required. Offered spring semester.

MUC  373              MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES                               One credit hour
A detailed examination of the various elements involved in the marching band curriculum, including basic skills and the instructional techniques of marching and maneuvering, parade and field execution, drill design, auxiliary groups, and competition. Field experience required. May not be offered every year.

MUC  381              PIANO LITERATURE                                                 Three credit hours
A survey of keyboard literature from Elizabethan times to the present. Offered in alternate years.

MUC  382              PIANO PEDAGOGY                                                   Three credit hours
Pre-requisite: MUC-305
The study of elementary, intermediate, and advanced piano methods and materials, with emphasis on teaching techniques, pedagogical philosophy and the integration of theory, musicianship, ear-training, and sight-reading into the private lesson environment. Includes observation of private teachers and supervised student teaching. May not be offered every year.

MUC  385              PREPARATION FOR THE CHURCH MUSICIAN          Three credit hours
Prerequisite: Piano or organ primary; others by consent of instructor|
The development of basic skills for planning and playing a church service. Required for organ primaries. May not be offered every year.

MUC  403              PARTIAL SENIOR RECITAL                                      One-half credit hour
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Preparation and performance of a half-length recital program at the senior level. Repertoire chosen to represent technical achievement and a variety of musical styles. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  404              FULL SENIOR RECITAL                                            One credit hour
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Preparation and performance of a full-length recital program at the senior level. Repertoire chosen to represent technical achievement and a variety of musical styles. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  405              CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL                                      One credit hour
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Preparation and performance of a full-length chamber music recital program at the senior level. Repertoire chosen to represent technical achievement and a variety of musical styles. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  410              SENIOR PRESENTATION                                          One credit hour
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Preparation and performance of a lecture program at the senior level, as a publishable document, and as a defended work of scholarship.  Subject to correspond with the required Senior Research project in Music History or Music Theory. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  411              SENIOR RESEARCH IN MUSIC THEORY                   One credit hour
In-depth analysis and supporting research of a major work of symphonic proportions or a group of shorter works. Use of several analytical approaches expected. Requires completion of major paper in compliance with departmental requirements.

MUC  413              STRUCTURE AND INTERPRETATION                        Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 311 or the consent of instructor
Structural analysis as applied to musical expression. Study of ways the structure of music informs its interpretation and performance. May not be offered every year.

MUC  414              LAYER ANALYSIS                                                    Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 311
Techniques of analysis presented according to the principles of Schenker, Salzer, and Cogan. May not be offered every year.

MUC  415              CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES      Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 217; Composition majors only or permission of instructor
An exploration and compositional modeling course of 20th and 21st century compositional trends and techniques, specifically twelve-tone, serialism, indeterminacy, process/algorithmic, proportional notation, minimalism, third-stream (jazz influence), rock influenced, and tonal/nonfunctional music writing. Offered spring semester, odd years.

MUC  416, 417       COMPOSITION LESSONS 5,6                                   Three credit hours each
Prerequisite: MUC 317, 416; Composition majors only or permission of instructor
Development of compositional skills through individualized study. Students focus on developing compositional craftsmanship, working with a variety of forms and contemporary techniques, and composing in a variety of styles for various performance media. May be repeated for credit.

MUC  418              SENIOR COMPOSITION RECITAL                             One credit hour
Prerequisite: Approval of department
A full length recital of original compositions representing the student's work throughout his or her undergraduate study.  The program is to be chosen in consultation with the Instructor of Composition.

MUC  419              MUSIC THEORY PRACTICUM                                   One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 329 or consent of instructor
Practical application of music theory skills through observation of and participation in supervised professional experience such as, but not limited to, tutoring, course assisting, or research assisting.

MUC  421              SENIOR RESEARCH IN MUSIC HISTORY                  One credit hour
In-depth analysis and supporting research of a major work, composer, or style period. Use of several analytical approaches expected. Requires completion of major paper in compliance with departmental requirements.

MUC  422              SPECIAL STUDIES IN RENAISSANCE MUSIC           Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 223I or consent of instructor
Topics to be selected. May not be offered every year.

MUC  423              SPECIAL STUDIES IN BAROQUE MUSIC                  Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 223I or consent of instructor
Topics to be selected. May not be offered every year.

MUC  424              SPECIAL STUDIES IN THE MUSIC OF J.S. BACH     Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 223I or consent of instructor
Divided into mini-mesters. First mini-mester includes study of works to be performed in the annual Bach Festival and may be repeated for credit. Second mini-mester undertakes a study of Bach and his world and may not be repeated for credit. May not be offered every year.

MUC  425              SPECIAL STUDIES IN 18th CENTURY CLASSICISM  Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 321I or consent of instructor
Topics to be selected. May not be offered every year.

MUC  426              SPECIAL STUDIES IN 19th CENTURY MUSIC           Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 321I or consent of instructor
Topics to be selected. May not be offered every year.

MUC  427              SPECIAL STUDIES IN 20th CENTURY MUSIC           Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 323I or consent of instructor
Topics to be selected. May not be offered every year.

MUC  429              MUSIC HISTORY PRACTICUM                                  One credit hour
Practical application of music history skills through observation of and participation in supervised professional experience such as, but not limited to, tutoring, course assisting, or research assisting.

MUC  445              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 7:                              One credit hour
                              
PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS OF MUSIC
                               THEATRE/ MUSICAL-IN-CONCERT

Prerequisite: MUC 346 or consent of instructor
Students rehearse and perform an in-concert Music Theatre piece, often with the composer in residence.  Students rehearse and perform in a professional environment, developing sound, director-proof rehearsal and performance technique.  Students assemble a professional-quality self-presentation package (headshots and resumes), and acquire strategies for interacting with agents and casting directors. Offered fall semester.

MUC  446              MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP 8:                              One credit hour
                                SHOWCASE
                                                             

Prerequisite: MUC 445 or consent of instructor
Students create, rehearse, and perform a professional Agent Showcase presented in New York City near the end of their final semester.  Students learn strategies for optimizing agent interviews and handling themselves as professionals in a professional context. Offered spring semester.

MUC  447              OPERA WORKSHOP 7: AUDITION PREPARATION    One credit hour
Prerequisite: MUC 348 or consent of instructor
Students will apply and develop the techniques learned in the 100 through 300 level classes with the aim of developing full roles in the process.  This semester will also focus on the development of advanced audition techniques and professional workshops geared toward graduate school and summer festival/Young Artist program auditions.  The scene work will be fully staged and prepared for the Conservatory Outreach program for performance at various area schools and community centers, providing the advanced students with frequent public exposure and performance opportunities. Offered fall semester.

MUC  448              OPERA WORKSHOP 8:                                             One credit hour
                               
INTRODUCTION TO CONCEPTUALIZATION/
COMMUNICATING IN FRENCH
Prerequisite: MUC 447 or consent of instructor
Guided by the advisor, students will reduce, rehearse and perform an opera or operetta from the French repertoire.  They will conceive of an unsupported “production”, create it, and present it.  This project will serve as an introduction to the director’s process while continuing to improve individual performance skills. Offered spring semester.

MUC  451              PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC                                         Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 151 or consent of instructorAn overview of current research in music learning, music preference, acoustics, influence of music on listener behavior, and measurement of music achievement and performance. Offered fall semester.

MUC  452              RESEARCH SEMINAR IN MUSIC THERAPY              Two credit hours
Prerequisite: MUC 451
Practical exposure to research methods. Independent research projects incorporating the most common methods of data analysis and test design required. Offered spring semester.

MUC  454              MUSIC THERAPY INTERNSHIP                                 One credit hour
Prerequisite: Senior Music Therapy majors only; successful completion of all coursework
Six months of full-time clinical experience in an AMTA-approved facility. Documentation and special research projects included according to the clinical internship training plan. Must be completed within two years following conclusion of course work.

MUC  463              SEMINAR                                                                  Variable credit
Specialized treatment of particular subjects. May not be offered every year.

MUC  492              CONDUCTING SEMINAR                                           One credit hour
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Advanced score study and discussion of technical and musical conducting issues and administrative responsibilities. Some large-ensemble conducting opportunities possible. Offered fall and spring semesters.

MUC  493              CONDUCTING APPRENTICESHIP                             One credit hour
Score preparation, rehearsal observation, and some large-ensemble conducting under the guidance of a master conductor. Offered fall and spring semesters.

 

An exploration of the structure, techniques, and performance idioms of music theatre repertoire, with an emphasis on the reading and improvisation skills required by this literature. Offered spring semester.

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