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Music Courses

MUS 100 - Music Reading

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to music reading and elementary music theory: notation, terminology, key and time signatures, rhythm, meter, major scales, diatonic and chromatic intervals and triads and inversions.

Offered Online:Yes

MUS 101 - Piano I

1-0-1
Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to help the student acquire the basic skills needed for piano playing proficiency. Notation, fingerings, keyboard awareness, treble and bass clef reading, major scales, root position triads, rhythms and time signatures will be studied and incorporated in classroom performance. Self-disciplined daily practice is also needed to achieve the course goals.

Prerequisite:

ENGL 071 and ENGL 081/ENGL 091 or higher placement. 

MUS 102 - Piano II

1-0-1
Credit Hours: 1

This course is a continuation of studies begun in Music 101, to further develop skills needed for reading and performing piano music. Students will master compositions in which each hand simultaneously plays an independent part, in order to build left hand-right hand coordination, a necessity for piano performance. Students will also study ten minor scales. In addition, students will learn root position triads for harmonic minor scales, to be played in sequence, ascending and descending, with both hands simultaneously. 

Prerequisite:

MUS 101ENGL 071 and ENGL 081/ENGL 091 or higher placement. 

MUS 103 - Introduction to Music

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the art and science of listening to music with engagement and understanding, presuming no prior musical knowledge or experience. Students will learn how to listen to music actively and critically, with emphasis on instrumentation, musical form, function, performance practices, cultural influences, and aesthetics. Examples from Western and world music will be used to engage students in discussion and study. 

Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies requirements.

  • Fulfills Interpretive Studies
  • Fulfills American/Global Diversity
Offered Online:Yes

MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of music in western civilization focusing on Western music written between 1600-1825, including works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. 

Fulfills Interpretive Studies requirement.

  • Fulfills Interpretive Studies

MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of music in Western civilization during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel and others. Songs, tone poems, symphonies, sonatas, operas, ballets, concerti, nationalism and impressionism.

MUS 107 - Music Composition

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the basics of music composition and songwriting, stressing techniques and procedures for developing original musical ideas. Students learn skills for writing melody, harmony, and formal structures through score analysis, listening and composing. 

NOTE: Music majors will supply their own instruments for all applied music courses.

Prerequisite:

MUS 100 and MUS 115

MUS 108 - Guitar I

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Guitar I covers the basics of guitar playing: free stroke, rest stroke, note reading, left and right fingering on the strings, arpeggios, strumming patterns and chord progressions. Weekly performance assignments include right and left hand fingering development, note and tablature reading, strumming patterns, arpeggios, chords in major and minor keys, counting and rhythms. Student must provide their own instruments.

Prerequisite:

ENGL 071 and ENGL 081/ENGL 091 or higher placement. 

MUS 109 - Guitar II

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Guitar II continues basic guitar technique, building on the techniques learned in Guitar I. Weekly performance assignments include more advanced right and left hand fingering, note and tablature reading, strumming patterns, arpeggios, chords in major and minor keys, counting and rhythms. Students must provide their own instruments. 

Prerequisite:

MUS 108ENGL 071 and ENGL 081/ENGL 091 or higher placement. 

MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This hands-on course teaches students how to create, edit, and manipulate MIDI files in order to layer various tracks to create finished MIDI sequences. Students will learn compositional and editing skills using industry-standard computers and digital audio hardware and software. They will learn how to properly connect various pieces of audio and MIDI hardware and how to set up music applications. In addition to the hands-on curriculum, students will learn about the history of analog and digital synthesis and the evolution of the technology, focusing on the relationships between past and present technologies.

Additional course fee : $85.

MUS 116 - Theory I

4-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

A first-level coordinated study of practical musical literacy (sight-reading and musical dictation) and musical grammar and structure (harmony), demonstrating and reinforcing the common language between the two aspects of musical discipline.

Prerequisite:

MUS 100

MUS 118 - Theory II

4-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

An intermediate coordinated study of practical musical literacy (sight-reading and musical dictation) and musical grammar and structure (harmony), reinforcing the common language between the two aspects of musical discipline.

Prerequisite:

MUS 116

MUS 120 - Music of African-Americans

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course consists of a survey of music that evolved from the African-American experience in America: folk music, blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, and concert music. This course also discusses the instruments, singing style and performance practice of traditional West African music. 

Fulfills the American/Global Diversity and Interpretive Studies requirements.

  • Fulfills Interpretive Studies
  • Fulfills American/Global Diversity
Offered Online:Yes

MUS 121 - Modern American Music

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of music in 20th and 21st century America including examples from both popular and concert traditions: jazz, musical theater, opera, ballet and popular music.

NOTE: Music majors will supply their own instruments for all applied music courses.

MUS 141 - Applied Music I

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 142 - Applied Music II

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 143 - Applied Music III

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 144 - Applied Music IV

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 180 - Music Business

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the business of music including career opportunities, promotion and marketing procedures. This course is designed to help prepare music students to interact with the many facets of the music industry. Students will explore various professions in the music field and learn essential skills in music law, publishing, concert production, management, merchandising and recording. Students will work to build a portfolio throughout the course to aid in preparation for a career within the industry. 

MUS 196 - Ensemble I

0-2-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Music 196197296 and 297 teach music majors skills needed to play with vocal, jazz, guitar, percussion, orchestra and chamber groups: sight-reading, ensemble performance skills, rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette and recital production.

Additional course fee: $85.

Course Number Appendix Course Title
B Brass Ensemble I
C Chamber Music Ensemble I
E Electronic Ensemble I
G Jazz Guitar Ensemble I
H Hip Hop Ensemble I
J Jazz Ensemble I
P Pop & Rock Ensemble I
SA Soprano/Alto Ensemble I
TB Tenor/Bass Ensemble I

MUS 197 - Ensemble II

0-2-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Music 196197296 and 297 teach music majors skills needed to play with vocal, jazz, guitar, percussion, orchestra and chamber groups: sight-reading, ensemble performance skills, rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette and recital production.

Additional course fee: $85.

Course Number Appendix Course Title
B Brass Ensemble II
C Chamber Music Ensemble II
E Electronic Ensemble II
G Jazz Guitar Ensemble II
H Hip Hop Ensemble II
J Jazz Ensemble II
P Pop & Rock Ensemble II
SA Soprano/Alto Ensemble II
TB Tenor/Bass Ensemble II

MUS 201 - Piano III

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

This course is a continuation of piano studies beyond Music 101 and 102, with additional major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales. Chord progressions combining a sequencing of I, IV, V, I harmonies will be applied to compositions of both popular and traditional music. 

Prerequisite:

MUS 102

MUS 202 - Piano IV

1-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Students completing this fourth semester of piano study will be well-versed in techniques needed to improve performance skills. Chord progressions combining a sequencing of I, IV, V, I harmonies will be applied to compositions of both popular and traditional music. Additional major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales will be studied to complete the entire cycle of major and relative minor scales; students also learn arpeggios and expanded harmonies.

Prerequisite:

MUS 201

MUS 215 - Advanced Music Technology and Multimedia

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of studies begun in MUS 115, this course focuses on advanced concepts in music technology and their application to multimedia. Students learn how to score for film and synchronize multimedia with advanced sound design, sampling, and production techniques.

Additional course fee : $85.

Prerequisite:

MUS 115

MUS 216 - Theory III

4-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

MUS 118 - Theory IIAn advanced level coordinated study of practical musical literacy (sight-reading and musical dictation) and musical grammar and structure (harmony), reinforcing the common language between the two aspects of musical discipline.

Prerequisite:

MUS 118

MUS 220 - ProTools - Digital Audio Editing

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

A thorough, hands-on study of Digidesign ProTools, the industry standard in digital audio editing and recording. This course teaches recording and mastering techniques using the Digidesign Pro Tools software and hardware. 

Additional course fee: $85.

Prerequisite:

MUS 215

MUS 241- Applied Music V

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 242 - Applied Music VI

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 243 - Applied Music VII

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 244 - Applied Music VIII

.5-0-9-2
Credit Hours: 2

Fifteen weekly half-hour private music lessons: technique, repertoire and professional performing skills. MUS 244 applied music instruction includes a final recital as well as a repertoire paper to be handed in and disseminated to faculty one week prior to the student's recital.

Restricted to music performance majors only

Additional course fee: $200

MUS 260 - Sound Reinforcement and Recording Session

4-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course prepares students for the techniques and practices used in a professional recording studio. It includes learning various studio hardware, signal processing, mixing board console navigation, signal flow, microphone designs and how they are used for recording sound, and where they are typically placed. Students learn how to run a live recording session and the best way to record, edit and master that session. 

Prerequisite:

MUS 215

MUS 280 - Music Entrepreneurship, Licensing and Marketing

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of studies begun in MUS 180, this course focuses on entrepreneurship in the music industry: marketing music projects, contracts and licensing, royalty reporting and other technological competencies necessary for a successful entertainment industry business. Students work on artist release projects from the College's record label, Spring Garden Records, designing promotional campaigns for press and promotion.

Prerequisite:

MUS 180

MUS 290 - Music Internship

1-10-2
Credit Hours: 2

The Music Internship provides 120 hours of work experience for the student. In addition, students attend a weekly seminar to discuss topics including the latest software and hardware tools, ProTools certification, final resume preparation, and management of issues or problems that may arise on the job. Students will work in local music businesses or other venues appropriate to the individual student’s goals. 

Prerequisite:

MUS 180 and MUS 260, which may be taken concurrently.

MUS 296 - Ensemble III

0-2-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Music 196197296 and 297 teach music majors skills needed to play with vocal, jazz, guitar, percussion, orchestra and chamber groups: sight-reading, ensemble performance skills, rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette and recital production.

Additional course fee: $85.

Course Number Appendix Course Title
B Brass Ensemble III
C Chamber Music Ensemble III
E Electronic Ensemble III
G Jazz Guitar Ensemble III
H Hip Hop Ensemble III
J Jazz Ensemble III
P Pop & Rock Ensemble III
SA Soprano/Alto Ensemble III
TB Tenor/Bass Ensemble III

MUS 297 - Ensemble IV

0-2-4-1
Credit Hours: 1

Music 196197296 and 297 teach music majors skills needed to play with vocal, jazz, guitar, percussion, orchestra and chamber groups: sight-reading, ensemble performance skills, rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette and recital production.

Additional course fee: $85.

Course Number Appendix Course Title
B Brass Ensemble IV
C Chamber Music Ensemble IV
E Electronic Ensemble IV
G Jazz Guitar Ensemble IV
H Hip Hop Ensemble IV
J Jazz Ensemble IV
P Pop & Rock Ensemble IV
SA Soprano/Alto Ensemble IV
TB Tenor/Bass Ensemble IV