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Music Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


MUS 105 - Aural Foundations of Improvisation I (2, 3)

Prerequisite: Three years prior musical experience or instructor approval

Development of aural recognition and responses to the fundamental elements of melody and harmony within the be-bop style (ca. 1940). Open to all experienced performers.

MUS 106 - Fundamentals of Music (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 107 is required

An introductory music theory course for music and non-music majors. It covers rudiments of music, such as music notation, rhythm, meter, time signature, key signatures, major scales, minor scales, intervals, transposition and chords. Each student has access to an electronic keyboard for direct application of classroom work.  Fee.

MUS 107 - Fundamentals of Ear Training (1, 2)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 106 is required

An introductory aural skills course for music majors to perform four major tasks:

  1. singing intervallic exercises, tonal indexing, dyadic exercises and harmonic drills;
  2. hearing rhythm, meter, intervals, chords and melody;
  3. writing of memorized melodies; and
  4. dictating intervals, melody and chords
 Fee.

MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Literature (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Music reading capability

A survey of music literature including Western Art Music from the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis is placed on hearing, following musical scores and becoming acquainted with significant composers and music literature from commonly accepted music period. (This course is intended for music majors).

MUS 116 - Music Theory I  (IAI: MUS 901) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Proficiency exam or MUS 106, and concurrent enrollment in MUS 117

First music theory course for all music majors in the four-semester sequence. It covers melodic axioms and diatonic harmonic idioms of the common-practice period music, harmonic series, scale patterns, harmonic analysis of tonal music, principles of binary and ternary forms, realization of the Figured Bass numerals and melodic harmonization in piano and homophonic textures.

MUS 117 - Ear Training and Sight Reading I (1, 2)

Prerequisite: MUS 107 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 116 is required

First aural skills course for all music majors in the four-semester sequence. This course is also known as an applied music theory course, in which students apply what they learn in music theory to ear training and sight singing. It consists of two essential parts: singing and writing. The first portion contains different kinds of singing exercises that help students improve their proficiency in tonal retention, visual recognition and tonal reference, and vertical perception. The drills include tonicization patterns, intervals, tonal indexing, memorized melodies, dyadic progression and harmonic progression. Techniques of sight-singing will also be taught. The second part addresses on the speedwriting of memorized melodies and the dictation of interval, rhythm, melody and harmony.  Fee.

MUS 118 - Italian Diction (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of instructor

Italian diction for singers. An introduction to correct pronunciation of Italian songs and arias with translation only to aid in understanding of the music.  Fee.

MUS 119 - German Diction (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of instructor

German diction for singers. An introduction to correct pronunciation of German songs and arias with translation only to aid in understanding of the music.  Fee.

MUS 126 - Music Theory II (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 116 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 127 is required

Continuation of MUS 116 with the addition of two types of chromatic harmony: secondary dominant and chords of modal mixture. Analysis of binary and ternary forms will be discussed.

MUS 127 - Ear Training and Sight Reading II (1, 2)

Prerequisite: MUS 117 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 126 is required

Continuation of MUS 117 with addition of harmonic intervals and computer lab work.  Fee.

MUS 131-145 - Private Applied Music (2, 4)

Some sections are intended as college transfer courses; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Music majors upon recommendation of Audition Committee

Major instrument or voice: two half-hour lessons per week; Piano, 131; Voice, 133; Brass, 135; Woodwinds, 137; Strings, 139; Percussion, 141; Organ, 143; and Classical guitar, 145. May be repeated once for credit; 15 one-hour lessons per semester; minimum of two hours practice per day.  Fee.

MUS 146 - Beginning Private Composition (2, 4)

Prerequisite: MUS 116, MUS 117, and/or permission of instructor

Music composition in its beginning stages. Areas of concentration include organization of pitch, rhythm, and harmony from phrase to section to short form construction in tonal music; analysis of the common practice period composers repertoire; instruction in range, characteristics, and idiom of instruments and voice; and writing of small musical forms for simple media. 15 one hour lessons per semester.  Fee.

MUS 151-165 - Private Applied Music (1, 2)

Some sections are intended as college transfer courses; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Ability to read music notation or consent of instructor

Minor instrument or voice. Piano, 151; Voice, 153; Brass, 155; Woodwinds, 157; Strings, 159; Percussion, 161; Organ, 163; and Classical Guitar, 165. May be repeated once for credit; 15 half-hour lessons per semester with a minimum of one hour practice per day.  Fee.

MUS 169 - Class Instruction Piano I (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Beginning piano in electronic keyboard studio. Elective course designed for non-music majors. Pass/fail option.  Fee.

MUS 170 - Class Instruction Piano II (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 169 or consent of instructor

Continuation of MUS 169 with further development of pianistic skills for nonmusic majors. (Pass/fail option)  Fee.

MUS 171 - Keyboard Harmony I for Music Majors (1, 2)

Prerequisite: MUS 169 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 116 and 117 is required

First keyboard harmony course for all music majors in the four semester sequence. It covers primary harmonic progression patterns, accompaniment patterns, transposition in diatonic keys, figured-bass realization exercises and melody harmonization exercises.  Fee.

MUS 172 - Keyboard Harmony II for Music Majors (1, 2)

Prerequisite: MUS 171 or consent of instructor

Continuation of MUS 171 with the addition of playing secondary harmonic progression patterns and transposition in chromatic keys.  Fee.

MUS 173 - Class Instruction, Voice (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introductory class in voice training geared to the student who does not want to take private lessons. Breathing, sound production, diction, posture, learning of songs and other basic techniques are covered in class.  Fee.

MUS 174 - Class Instruction, Voice (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 173 or consent of instructor

Continuation of MUS 173-with emphasis on vocal literature.  Fee.

MUS 175 - Class Instruction, Brass (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introduction and subsequent advancement in playing cornet, trumpet, flugel horn and French horn. Learn correct embouchure and finger technique and reading in treble and bass clefs.  Fee.

MUS 176 - Class Instruction, Brass (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introduction and subsequent advancement on low brass instruments, i.e., trombone, baritone and tuba. Correct embouchure, finger technique and slide technique, coupled with learning to read bass clef music.  Fee.

MUS 177 - Class Instruction, Woodwinds (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Class instruction in beginning clarinet, saxophone and flute with an emphasis on materials and unique problems in teaching beginning students to play these instruments.  Fee.

MUS 178 - Class Instruction, Woodwinds (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 177 or permission of instructor

Continuation of MUS 177. Class instruction on the double reeds with attention to problems in teaching beginning oboe and bassoon including the study of various methods, materials and reed adjusting.  Fee.

MUS 179 - Class Instruction, Strings (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Violin and viola playing and teaching for instrument and music education majors.  Fee.

MUS 180 - Class Instruction, Strings (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Cello and bass playing and teaching for instrument and music education majors.  Fee.

MUS 181 - Class Instruction, Percussion (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Techniques and performance on percussion instruments.  Fee.

MUS 183 - Jazz Combo (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Audition, invitation or consent of instructor

Open to experienced community and student jazz performers. Repertoire will be drawn from traditional and contemporary composers from the beginning of the twentieth century to present.

MUS 184 - Brass Ensemble (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Audition, invitation or consent of instructor

Open to experienced community and student Brass players. Repertoire will be drawn from traditional and contemporary composers written and/or arranged for brass ensemble.

MUS 185 - Percussion Ensemble (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Audition, invitation or consent of instructor

Open to experienced community and student Percussion players. Repertoire will be drawn from traditional and contemporary composers written and/or arranged for percussion ensemble.

MUS 186 - Woodwind Ensemble (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Audition, invitation or consent of instructor

Open to experienced community and student Woodwind players. Repertoire will be drawn from traditional and contemporary composers written and/or arranged for woodwind ensemble.

MUS 187 - Swing Choir  (IAI: MUS 908) (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Audition, invitation or consent of instructor

Open to experienced community and student vocalists. Performance of a broad spectrum of vocal music with emphasis on vocal jazz.

MUS 216 - Music Theory III (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 126 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 217 is required

Continuation of MUS 126 with the addition of three types of chromatic harmony: augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords, and non-dominant fully-diminished seventh chords. Tertian chords of ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth; altered dominants; and chromatic mediants will also be taught. The principles of the fugue, variation techniques, sonata and rondo forms will be presented.

MUS 217 - Ear Training and Sight Reading III (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 127 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 216 is required

Continuation of MUS 127 with the addition of singing, writing, and dictation in all types of chromatic harmony.  Fee.

MUS 218 - English Diction (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of instructor

English diction for singers. An introduction to correct pronunciation of English songs and arias.  Fee.

MUS 219 - French Diction (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Music majors or consent of instructor

This course is designed to aid voice majors in the pronunciation of French songs. Emphasis is on diction only. Grammar is not taken up at all. The International Phonetic Alphabet is introduced to assist in the recognition of sounds. Besides being a diction class, a considerable amount of songs are learned with the help of recordings, thus acquainting the students with more French song repertoire.

MUS 225 - Introduction to Music Technology (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 106 or equivalent music reading skill

An introduction to the world of electronic music, with an emphasis on digital synthesis, microcomputer applications, and the MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) standard. Students will study the principles of sound synthesis, learn to operate standard components of a MIDI studio and use computer software to record and play MIDI sequences. Students will be expected to schedule two hours per week in the Music Technology Studio.  Fee.

MUS 226 - Music Theory IV (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 216 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 227 is required

Continuation of MUS 216. The course covers harmonic materials in post-tonal music, musical styles of post- Romantic and Impressionistic music, set theory, twelve-tone techniques and other twentieth-century compositional techniques.

MUS 227 - Ear Training and Sight Reading IV (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 217 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 226 is required

Continuation of MUS 217 with an emphasis on singing, writing and dictation in post-tonal and atonal melodic and harmonic material.  Fee.

MUS 228 - Music Technology II (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MUS 225 or consent of instructor

A continuation of MUS 225 Introduction to Music Technology, with an emphasis on digital music publishing techniques. Students will expand their study of the principles of sound syntheses, manage standard components of a MIDI studio, and use computer software in composition. Students will be expected to schedule two hours per week in the Music Technology Studio.

MUS 231-245 - Advanced Applied Music (2, 4)

Some sections are intended as college transfer courses; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 131-145

Major instrumental or voice. Continuation of MUS 131-145 at sophomore level. Two half-hour lessons per week. Piano, 231; Voice, 233; Brass, 235; Woodwinds, 237; Strings, 239; Percussion, 241; Organ 243; Classical Guitar, 245. May be repeated once for credit.  Fee.

MUS 246 - Private Intermediate Composition (2, 4)

Prerequisite: MUS 146, and/or permission of instructor

Continuation of MUS 146. Composition at the secondary stages. Areas of concentration include organization of pitch, rhythm, and harmony from phrase to section to short form construction in post-tonal and atonal music; analysis of the late Romantic and twentieth-century composers repertoire; instruction in range, characteristics, and idiom of instruments and voice; and writing of short musical forms for simple media. 15 one-hour lessons per semester.  Fee.

MUS 251-265 - Advanced Applied Music (1, 2)

Some sections are intended as college transfer courses; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 151-165

Minor instrument or voice. Continuation of MUS 151-165 at sophomore level. One half-hour lesson per week. Piano, 251; Voice, 253; Brass, 255; Woodwinds, 257; Strings, 259; Percussion, 261; Organ, 263; and Classical Guitar, 265. May be repeated once for credit. Fifteen half-hour lessons per semester.  Fee.

MUS 271 - Keyboard Harmony III for Music Majors (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 172 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 216 and 217 is required

Continuation of MUS 172 with the addition of playing secondary dominant and chords of modal mixture.  Fee.

MUS 272 - Keyboard Harmony IV for Music Majors (1, 2)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MUS 271 and/or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 226 and 227 is required

Continuation of MUS 271 with the addition of playing Augmented Sixth Chords and Neapolitan Sixth chord.  Fee.

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