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  • In the portion of this catalog dealing with ensembles, labs, and academic courses, descriptive titles of courses are followed by two numbers in parentheses. The first number gives the number of lecture hours each week; the second gives the number of rehearsal or laboratory hours each week. For example, (1-1) indicates one hour of lecture and one hour of laboratory each week. For ensembles, (0-5) indicates five hours of rehearsal each week.

    The numbers in parentheses following MUAP courses and MUSI courses taught in a private setting indicate actual clock hours of instruction. For example, (1/2) indicates one half hour of private instruction each week, while (1) indicates one hour of private instruction each week.

    B.A. majors, non-majors, and B.M. students studying a secondary instrument may only take one credit (1/2 hour) lessons.

    Non-music majors: A limited number of non-music majors will be accommodated in applied study each semester. Enrollment is not guaranteed.

    Students enrolled in applied music are expected to practice. B.A. students are expected to practice a minimum of six hours a week in addition to lesson time. B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students are expected to practice a minimum of nine hours a week in addition to lesson time. B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance-Instrumental/Piano or Voice students are expected to practice a minimum of twelve hours a week in addition to lesson time.

    Music (MUEN - Ensemble)

    All ensembles may be repeated for credit. Participation in ensembles is by permission of the instructor.

    1100, 3100 Concert Choir (0-5). Performance experience of choral art music repertoire. Open to all students by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3100: Advanced standing in music.

    1101, 3101 Chamber Singers (0-3). Performance experience of chamber works from the choral art music repertoire. Open to all students by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3101: Advanced standing in music.

    1102, 3102 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 perform ensembles, quartets, trios, and duets as well as solo material. Open to all students by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3102: Advanced standing in music.

    1103, 3103 Mesquite Singers (0-2). Performance experience of works from the popular choral music repertoire. The ensemble presents regular performances to the ASU community, its alumni, friends, and to the greater San Angelo and West Texas communities. Open to all students by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3103: Advanced standing in music.

    1110, 3110 Marching Ram Band (0-5). Performance experience in the Marching Ram Band. Open to all students with three years of high school marching band experience or equivalent.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3110: Advanced standing in music.

    1111, 3111 Wind Ensemble (0-3/5). Performance experience of wind band repertoire. Open to all students by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3111: Advanced standing in music.

    1112, 3112 Symphonic Band (0-3). Performance experience in the concert band medium. Open to all students with three years of high school band experience or equivalent.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3112: Advanced standing in music.

    1113, 3113 Jazz Ensemble (0-3). Performance experience of jazz band repertoire. Open to all students with the permission of the instructor.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3113: Advanced standing in music.

    1114, 3114 Basketball Pep Band (0-3). Performance experience in the Basketball Pep Band. Open to all students by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3114: Advanced standing in music.

    1115, 3115 Marching Percussion (0-2). Performance experience in Marching Percussion.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUEN 1110/3110.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3115: Advanced standing in music.

    1120, 3120 Symphony Orchestra (0-5). Performance experience of orchestral and string repertoire. Violin, viola, cello and bass players may enroll with high school orchestra or similar experience. Open to wind and percussion players by audition.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3120: Advanced standing in music.

    1130, 3130 Small Ensembles (0-2). Performance experience in a small ensemble. Includes Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, Trumpet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, String Quartet, Mixed String Ensemble, Double Bass Ensemble, Beginning String Orchestra, and Intermediate String Orchestra.
    Prerequisite for MUEN 3130: Advanced standing in music.

    Music (MUAP - Applied Music)

    1100 Applied Music for Music Minors or Non-majors (1/2). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For music minors, non-majors, and secondary study for music majors. (May be repeated for credit.)

    1101 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of principles and techniques of performance on an instrument or voice. For B.A. students.

    1102 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.A. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 1101.

    1201 Applied Music (1). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. students.

    1202 Applied Music (1). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 1201.

    2101 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.A. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 1102.

    2102 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.A. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 2101.

    2201 Applied Music (1). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. students.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUAP 1202 and Sophomore Barrier Jury.

    2202 Applied Music (1). Private study of principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 2201.

    3101 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.A. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 2102.

    3102 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.A. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 3101.

    3199 Junior Recital (1/2). A minimum of 25 minutes representative repertoire for the instrument or voice. May be shared with another student.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.
    Corequisite: Concurrent registration in MUAP 3202.

    3201 Applied Music (1). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. students.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUAP 2202 and Junior Barrier jury.

    3202 Applied Music (1). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 3201.

    4101 Applied Music (1/2). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 3202.

    4199 Senior Recital (1/2). A minimum of 25 minutes (B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification) or 50 minutes (B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance) of representative repertoire for the instrument or voice.
    Prerequisites: Advanced standing in music and departmental permission required.

    4201 Applied Music (1). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 3202.

    4202 Applied Music (1). Private study of advanced principles and techniques of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUAP 4201.

    Music (MUSI)

    1000 Recital Attendance (0). Attendance at 15 departmentally approved recitals/concerts per semester. May be repeated. Grading will be either pass or fail.

    1117/MUSI 1117 Aural Skills II (0-2). Sight-singing and ear-training of rhythms, intervals, scales, melodies and harmony.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 1211 or a passing score on the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 1312.

    1211/MUSI 1211 Music Theory I - Basic Musicianship (2-1). Introduction to the elements of Music Theory: scales, intervals, keys, triads, elementary ear training, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, notation, meter, and rhythm. For entry-level music majors and minors needing to develop an understanding of the rudimentary aspects of music.

    1303/MUSI 1303 Introduction to Music Theory (3-0). Introduction to the elements of music theory, including scales, intervals, keys, triads, notation, meter, and rhythm. This course also examines the music of non Western cultures. This course is designed for non-music majors.

    1305 The History of Jazz (3-0). A survey of the genesis and development of this uniquely American art form encompassing the rich multicultural heritage of the early jazz pioneers to today’s avant-garde. This course is designed for non-music majors.

    1306/MUSI 1306 Introduction to Music (3-0). A study of what constitutes art music, the basic elements of music, and their use in the major style periods and genres of Western European Art Music.

    1308 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.

    1310/MUSI 1310 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.

    1312/MUSI 1312 Music Theory II (3-0). The study of concepts in music theory including intervals, scales, triads, seventh chords, tonal harmonic progression, voice leading, triads in inversion, and small scale form. Students will use these concepts to harmonize melodies and figured bass examples and to analyze tonal compositions.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 1211 or a passing score on the Theory Diagnostic Exam.

    1313 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.

    2116/MUSI 2116 Aural Skills III (0-2). A continuation of MUSI 1117.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 1117 and 1312.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 2311.

    2117/MUSI 2117 Aural Skills IV (0-2). A continuation of MUSI 2116.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 2116 and 2311.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 2312.

    2311/MUSI 2311 Music Theory III (3-0). A continuation of MUSI 1312. The study of non-harmonic tones, the use of seventh chords in harmonization, tonal harmonic progression and voice leading, secondary dominant and secondary leading tone chords, modulation, and binary and ternary forms. Students will harmonize melodies and figured bass examples and analyze tonal compositions.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 1117 and 1312.

    2312/MUSI 2312 Music Theory IV (3-0). A continuation of MUSI 2311. The study of moal borrowing, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, enharmonicism, and a multitude of 20th and 21st century practices and techniques. Students will learn to use the information covered in class to harmonize melodies and figured bass examples and analyze tonal and 20th century compositions.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 2116 and 2311.

    3136 The High School Marching Band (0-2). The study of the organization, administration, current practices, drill writing and appropriate literature for the high school marching band. Application of concepts included.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3150 Improvisation (1-1). A study of the techniques, practices and styles of improvisation in music through the use of practical experiences.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3233 Elementary Music Methods (2-1). The study of philosophies and methodologies related to teaching in the elementary music classroom. Application will be through participation in sample lessons and creating and tracking elementary music lessons. Field experiences included.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3234 Secondary Instrumental Methods (2-1). The study of band and orchestral curriculum, scheduling, organization, recruitment, band/orchestral literature and its sources, class management and discipline, ensemble performance skills, professional organizations and their application to the public school setting, administrators, central administrations and parent booster organizations.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3235 Secondary Choral Methods (2-1). The study of the adolescent voice, the changing male voice, voice classification, choral curriculum and scheduling, choral organization, auditioning, recruitment, overview of choral literature, source for choral literature, repertoire selection, class management and discipline, ensemble performance skills, professional organizations, administrators and central administrations, and parent booster organizations.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3251 Form and Analysis (2-0). An overview of forms used in Western music. Music from the medieval period through the 21st century will be considered.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3340 Music History I (3-0). A survey of Western art music, including its social contexts, from Antiquity through the Classical Era ending with Mozart. This course emphasizes listening and a comprehension of important styles and genres.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    3341 Music History II (3-0). A survey of Western art music, including its social contexts, beginning with Beethoven through the modern era. This course emphasizes listening and comprehension of important styles and genres.
    Prerequisites: Advanced standing in music and successful completion of MUSI 3340.

    4131 Choral Conducting (1-1). The application of the skills learned in Conducting I to the choral ensemble and choral repertoire. Advanced choral conducting techniques will be learned while studying standard works of the choral art repertoire. In addition, choral score preparation, rehearsal techniques, and performance skills will be covered.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 4230.

    4132 Instrumental Conducting (1-1). The application of the skills learned in Conducting I to instrumental ensembles and the instrumental repertoire. Advanced instrumental conducting techniques will be learned while studying standard works of the wind-band and orchestral repertoire. In addition, band and orchestral score preparation, rehearsal techniques, and performance skills will be covered.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 4230.

    4152 Orchestration (1-1). Basic principles of orchestration with a focus on the instruments of the orchestra and concert band and their use in various ensembles. Emphasis is upon the development of practical orchestration skills such as transcribing, arranging, score and part preparation, and the use of music notation software.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    4153 Composition (1/2). Introduction to 20th and 21st century composition techniques. Enables the student to gain facility in the art of music composition and using music notation software. (May be repeated for credit.)
    Prerequisites: Advanced standing in music and permission of instructor.

    4230 Conducting I (2-1). The study and practice of the physical gestures associated with conducting beat patters, use of the left hand, cues, dynamics, tempo, phrasing, accents, character, starting and stopping, fermatas, merging, and baton technique.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in music. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)
    Prerequisites: Advanced standing in music and permission of instructor.

    4391 Independent Research. A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in music.
    Prerequisites: Advanced standing in music and permission of instructor.

    Class Piano

    1180 Class Piano for Non-majors (0-2). Class piano for non-music majors who have little or no background in music.

    1181/MUSI 1181 Class Piano I Keyboard Literacy (0-2). Keyboard literacy for B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification and B.N. with a specialization in Applied Performance students with no previous piano training.

    1182/MUSI 1182 Class Piano II (0-3). Class piano for B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification and B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 1181 or a passing score on the Piano Placement exam.

    2181/MUSI 2181 Class Piano III (0-3). Class piano for B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification and B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 1182 or a passing score on the Piano Placement exam.

    2182/MUSI 2182 Class Piano IV (0-3). Class piano for B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification and B.M. with a specialization in Applied Performance students.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSI 2181.

    Instrument Classes and Diction

    1183/MUSI 1183 Voice Class for Instrumentalists (0-2). A study of the vocal process and vocal techniques for singing. For B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students only.

    1185 Brass Methods (1-1). Nomenclature of brass instruments, teaching methods, and fundamentals of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students only.

    1186 Strings Methods (1-1). Nomenclature of string instruments, teaching methods, and fundamentals of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students only.

    1187 Woodwinds Methods (1-1). Nomenclature of woodwind instruments, teaching methods, and fundamentals of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students only.

    1188/MUSI 1188 Percussion Methods (1-1). Nomenclature of percussion instruments, teaching methods, and fundamentals of performance. For B.M. with a specialization in Teacher Certification students only.

    2183 Diction I (1-1). A study of English and Italian vocal singing diction. Emphasis will be upon application to singing and learning the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Sophomore Barrier Jury.

    2184 Diction II (1-1). A study of French and German vocal singing diction. Emphasis will be upon application to singing and learning the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Sophomore Barrier Jury and MUSI 2183.

    Pedagogy, Literature, Bibliography, and Senior Project

    3190 Vocal Literature (1/2). An overview of vocal literature including opera, art song, and oratorio.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in upper division MUAP applied lessons in the major instrument.

    3191 Instrumental Literature (1/2). Survey of standard literature in the major instrument.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in upper division MUAP applied lessons in the major instrument.

    4190 Vocal Pedagogy (1/2). A study of the anatomical vocal process and vocal techniques for building the stage singing voice.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in upper division MUAP applied lessons in the major instrument.

    4191 Instrumental Pedagogy (1/2). A study in the methods of pedagogy in the major instrument.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in upper division MUAP applied lessons in the major instrument.

    4192 Bibliography/Research (1/2). Foundations in the research of music. Library, database, and online resources will be examined to explore topics related to music performance.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in upper division MUAP applied lessons in the major instrument.

    4193 Senior Project (1/2). A written document, based on repertoire in the Senior Recital, discussing the historical, biographical, and theoretical aspects of pieces to be performed.
    Prerequisite: Advanced standing in music and successful completion of MUSI 4192.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUAP 4202 and 4199.

    Music (MUS)

    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.

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

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

    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.

    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 MUS 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 MUS 3264.

    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 MUS 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.

    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.

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