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For the baccalaureate degree, the student may present no more than 12 semester credit hours in ensemble and no more than eight semester credit hours in any one course. The student must utilize the first 12 semester credit hours earned in ensemble toward the baccalaureate degree.

1111 Band (0-5). Performance experience in concert band ensemble; open to all students by audition.

1112 Concert Chorale (0-3/5). Performance experience in choral ensemble; open to all students. Non-music majors meet three days a week; music majors meet five days a week.

MUS 1113 Orchestra.  Performance experience in string orchestra; open to all students with experience playing the violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  May be repeated for credit.

1114 Small Ensembles (0-2). Performance experience in a small choral, instrumental, or string ensemble. Students selected by audition.

1115 Chamber Choir (0-5). Performance experience in a chamber choral ensemble. Students selected by audition.

1116 Jazz Ensemble (0-3). Performance experience in a jazz band ensemble. Students selected by audition.

1117 Opera/Music Theatre Workshop (0-3). A study of singing-acting techniques with experimental learning through the use of scene work taken from opera and music theatre literature. This group will work on ensembles, quartets, trios, and duets as well as solo material. Students are selected by audition.

1118 Athletic Band (0-3/5). Performance experience in Athletic Band including Marching Band; open to all students by audition.

1139 Marching Percussion (0-2). Performance and pedagogical techniques of Marching Percussion ensembles. (Must be taken concurrently with MUS 1111 Ram Band).

Applied

For the baccalaureate degree, the student may present no more than 14 semester credit hours in applied music, and no more than 12 of these semester credit hours may be lower division, with one (B.A.) to two (B.M.) semester credit hours of upper division credit in the major instrument. Non-music majors: A limited number of non-music majors will be accommodated each semester, and enrollment is not guaranteed.

The numbers in parentheses following applied music course titles indicate actual clock hours of instruction and practice (or rehearsal) required for course credit. (1/2-6) indicates one-half hour of private instruction and six hours of practice for one semester credit hour. A (1-9) indicates two one-half hours of private instruction and nine hours of practice for two semester credit hours. Music Majors: 1200 level; non-music majors: 1100 level. Class piano meetings are scheduled three hours each week for one semester credit hour, and scheduled practice assignments are variable in accordance with student needs.

1121, 1221 Brass (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance, open to all students. (May be repeated for credit.) Board harmony, notation, meter, and rhythm. Intended for entry-level music majors needing to develop an understanding of the rudimentary aspects of music.

1122 Piano (1/2-6). Private study of principles and techniques of piano performance. For non-music majors or non-piano majors who successfully complete MUS 1134 or piano majors in the B.A. in music degree program. Piano faculty approval required. (May be repeated for credit.)

1124, 1224 Voice (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of principles and techniques of voice performance, open to all students. (May be repeated for credit.)

1125, 1225 Woodwinds (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance, open to all students. (May be repeated for credit.)

1126, 1226 Percussion (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of principles and techniques of percussion performance, open to all students. (May be repeated for credit.)

1127, 1227 Organ (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance, open to all students. (May be repeated for credit.)

1128/1228 Strings (1/2-6 or 1/9).  Private study of principles and techniques of string instrument performance (violin, viola, cello, or double bass).  May be repeated for credit.

1130 Class Piano Level 0 (0-3). Class designed to prepare music majors with no previous piano training for 1131. Does not count toward minor instrument.

1132 Class Piano Level 2 (0-3). Class designed to prepare music majors to pass the second level of piano proficiency examinations. The satisfactory performance of major and minor chord progressions, America the Beautiful, and the Star-Spangled Banner fulfills the requirements of this course.

1134 Class Piano Level 3 (0-3). Class designed to prepare music majors to pass the third level of piano proficiency examinations. The satisfactory performance of two free choice pieces (instrumentalists only), one accompaniment (vocal majors only), harmonization/transposition, and sight-reading fulfills the requirements of this course.

1135, 1136 Class Voice for Non-Music Majors (0-2). The class study of proper vocal techniques and repertoire in the development of the singing voice. (May be repeated once for credit.)

1137, 1138 Non-Music Major Class Piano (0-2). Class piano for non-music majors who have little or no background in music. Students should develop basic keyboard skills to enable them to play piano for self enjoyment.

1222 Piano (1-9). Private study of principles and techniques of piano performance. For piano majors in B.M. degree program only. (May be repeated for credit.) Piano faculty approval required.

2221 Brass (1/9). Continuing study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance. Open to music majors only. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1221 and proficiency exam.

2222 Piano (1/9). Continuing study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance. Open to music majors only. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1222 and proficiency exam.

2224 Voice (1/9). Continuing study of principles and techniques of vocal performance. Open to music majors only. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1224 and proficiency exam.

2225 Woodwinds (1/9). Continuing study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance. Open to music majors only. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1225 and proficiency exam.

2226 Percussion (1/9). Continuing study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance. Open to music majors only. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1226 and proficiency exam.

2227 Organ (1/9). Continuing study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance. Open to music majors only. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1227 and proficiency exam.

2228 Strings (1/9).  Continuing study of principles and techniques of instrumental performance.  Open to music majors only.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Music 1228 and proficiency exam.

3121, 3221 Brass (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of brass performance. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Music 1121 or 1221, Junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

3122, 3222 Piano (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of piano performance. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Music 1122 or 1222, Junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

3124, 3224 Voice (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of vocal performance. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Music 1124 or 1224, Junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

3125, 3225 Woodwinds (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of woodwind performance. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Music 1125 or 1225, Junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

3126, 3226 Percussion (1/2-6 or 1-9). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of percussion performance. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Music 1126 or 1226, junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

3127 Organ (1/2-6). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of organ performance. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Music 1127 or 1227, junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

3128, 3228  Strings (1/2-6 or 1/9).  Private study of advanced principles and techniques of string instrument performance.  (May be repeated for credit.)  Prerequisites:  Music  1128 or 1228, junior standing, and upper division approval by faculty committee.

Class Instruments and Diction

2131/1168 Brass Class (0-2). Nomenclature of brass instruments and fundamentals of performance.

2132/2188 Percussion Class (0-2). Nomenclature of percussion instruments and fundamentals of performance.

2133/1189 Strings Class (0-2). Nomenclature of string instruments and fundamentals of performance.

2134/1166 Woodwinds Class (0-2). Nomenclature of woodwind instruments and fundamentals of performance.

2141 Diction 1 (0-2). A study of English and Italian diction and vocal repertory. Emphasis will be upon vocal techniques rather than knowledge of grammar or vocabulary. Designed primarily for vocal music majors.

2142 Diction 2 (0-2). A study of French and German diction and vocal repertory. Emphasis will be upon vocal techniques rather than knowledge of grammar or vocabulary. Designed primarily for vocal music majors.

Other Courses in Music

All music majors (B.A. and B.M.) including transfer students must take and pass all sections of the sophomore upper level exam before being certified to student teach and/or graduate.

1151/1116 Aural Skills I (0-2). Sight-singing and ear-training of rhythms, intervals, scales, melodies and harmony. To be taken concurrently with Theory of Music.

1152/1117 Aural Skills II (0-2). A continuation of MUS 1151. To be taken concurrently with Theory of Music.

1310 The History of Jazz (3-0). A survey of the genesis and development of this uniquely American art form encompassing the rich multi-cultural heritage of the early jazz pioneers to today’s avant-garde. This course is designed for non-music majors.

1341/1306 Introduction to Music (3-0). A course designed to lead to a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of music for students not majoring or minoring in music, with emphasis on classical music.

1342 Survey of Rock and Roll (3-0). A study of the beginnings of rock music in the early 50’s and the developments in this style up to the present. The course is designed for non-music majors.

1350/1301 Introduction to Music Theory (3-0). Introduction to the elements of Music Theory: scales, intervals, keys, triads, elementary ear training, keyboard harmony, notation, meter, and rhythm. Intended for entry-level music majors needing to develop an understanding of the rudimentary aspects of music.

1351/1311 Theory of Music I (3-0). A study of music fundamentals followed by a stylistic approach to the diatonic harmony of the 17th and 18th centuries. The course, designed primarily for music majors and minors, includes part-writing and analysis as well as keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: Successful completion of freshmen theory placement exam or Music 1350.

1352/1312 Theory of Music II (3-0). A continuation of Music 1351. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 1351.

1361 Fundamentals of Music (3-0). This course is concerned with elementary musical materials and is designed for non-music majors. However, entry-level music majors may take the course to gain a working knowledge of music fundamentals, but it does not meet requirements for the music major.

1375 American Musical Theatre (3-0). A study of the history and development of the broadway musical and related art forms. This course is designed for non-music majors.

1376 American Popular Music (3-0). A study of the history and development of popular music in the United States, including jazz, blues, country, and rock and roll. This course is designed for non-music majors.

2151/2116 Aural Skills III (0-2). The further development of sight-singing and ear-training associated with sophomore level music theory. To be taken concurrently with Theory of Music. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 1152.

2152/2117 Aural Skills IV (0-2). A continuation of Music 2151. To be taken concurrently with Theory of Music.

2243/1208 Music History I (2-0). The history and styling of music from antiquity to 1600. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 1351.

2244/1209 Music History II (2-0). The history and styling of music from 1600 to 1816 (middle Beethoven). Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 2351.

2271 Introduction to Music Instruction (2-0). An introduction to the philosophy, practices and procedures related to music instruction. Class field experiences are included. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

2351/2311 Theory of Music III (3-0). A study of the harmonic and melodic techniques of the 19th and 20th centuries with an emphasis on the changes in musical style from romanticism to the present time. Stylistic writing and analysis is included as well as keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 1352.

2352/2312 Theory of Music IV (3-0). A continuation of Music 2351. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 2351.

2353 Electronic Music (3-0). The study of computer technology and its applications to music theory, composition, and data management.

3143 World Musics (0-2). A study of music from various world cultures and the impact it has on musical practices in America. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

3153 Improvisation (0-2). A study of the techniques, practices and styles of improvisation in music through the use of practical experiences. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Music 2352.

3163 Choral/Instrumental Seminar I (1-0). Choral majors will receive introductory instrumental training, and instrumental majors will receive introductory choral training. Must be taken concurrently with 3263.

3164 Choral/Instrumental Seminar II (1-0). Choral majors will receive introductory instrumental training and instrumental majors will receive introductory choral training as it relates to advanced students. Must be taken concurrently with 3264.

3251 Analytic Techniques (0-3). A study of methods of analysis currently being applied to music of all periods. Students will learn to approach a piece of music with tools for understanding the work as a whole and the relationship of its parts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of sophomore evaluation.

3263 Survey of Choral and Instrumental Literature I (2-0). A comprehensive survey of choral or instrumental theories, practices, and literature suitable for elementary/middle school ages. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of 2352 or consent of instructor.

3264 Survey of Choral and Instrumental Literature II (2-0). A continuation of 3263 with application to secondary grades. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3163 and 3263 or consent of the instructor.

3341 Music History III (3-0). The history and style of music from middle Beethoven through Mahler. Prerequisite: Successful completion of sophomore evaluation.

3342 Music History IV (3-0). The history and style of music from Debussy to present. Prerequisite: Successful completion of sophomore evaluation.

3385 The High School Marching Band (3-0). A study of the organization, administration, current practices, and appropriate literature for the high school marching band.

4151 Composition (0-1). Individual instruction in the techniques of composing for both small and large ensembles in various forms. (May be repeated for a maximum of three semester credit hours.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

4183 Advanced Conducting (1-1). A study of advanced physical, rehearsal and analytical techniques used in the art of conducting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music 4281 and 4282.

4253 Orchestration (0-3). A study of the capabilities of voices and all orchestral and wind ensemble instruments, including arranging and transcribing music for vocal and instrumental ensembles. This course includes a lab portion with hands-on experience. Prerequisite: Successful completion of sophomore evaluation.

4281 Conducting I (1-2). A study of the basic techniques and fundamentals of conducting and score reading. Prerequisite: Successful completion of sophomore evaluation.

4282 Conducting II (1-2). A continuation of 4281. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 4281.

4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in music. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

4391 Research. A specialized course that may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in music. Prerequisite: Junior standing.