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Course Descriptions

Spring 2018 Music Department Handbook

MUS 1/101 AB; CD - Musicianship I (3,1;3,1)
(Harmony - 3, Solfege - 1 Lecture, three hours, and laboratory, two hours each week.) A functional study of the theoretical elements of music including the quantitative and aesthetic aspects of rhythm, intervals, scales, triads, two- and three-part counterpoint, and problem-solving chord connection up to the chord of the seventh.  Development of aural, visual, singing, writing, playing, improvisatory, and compositional skills in notation, scales, modes, rhythm, and melodic and harmonic intervals.  Prerequisite: MUS 3 or consent of instructor. 

MUS 2/102 AB - Musicianship II (3,1)
(Harmony - 3, Solfege - 1 Lecture, three hours, and laboratory two hours each week.) Continuation of Musicianship I, including ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords, chromatic harmony and modulation. Contemporary techniques in harmony, rhythm, melody, counterpoint and form, including the 12-tone technique, chance and electronic music. Development of aural, visual, singing, writing, playing, improvisatory, and compositional skills in compound intervals, chromatic and atonal melodies, chromatic harmonies, modulation, and more complex meters and rhythms to include twentieth century techniques. 

MUS 3 Discovering - Music Fundamentals (3)
A functional approach to the theoretical aspects of music for personal enjoyment, teaching, or access to more advanced theory courses. Emphasis on experiencing the melodic, rhythmic, harmonic and formal aspects of music.

MUS 4 - Guitar Class (1)
Class instruction in the basic technique and performance of the guitar, development of music reading skills and appropriate repertoire. Students must provide their own instruments. 

MUS 5 - Music Practicum  (.5)
Study of music literature of varied times, styles, and cultures through performance, concert attendance, lectures and reports.  Discussion and study of selected issues and trends impacting the music profession. 

MUS 6/106M - The Fine Arts: Music  (3)
Beginning with an introduction to the world and language of music, this course explores the richness of the art of sound from varieties of avenues in order to heighten awareness, understanding and appreciation of this art.  Emphasis on the diversity and stylistic development of music as it reflects the times and world cultures.    Both MUS 6/106 may be taken for honors credit.
Designed for non-music majors. GS-IIIA, VI 

MUS 7 - Voice Class (1)
Study of fundamental techniques of breath control, tone production, diction, and interpretation. Development of appropriate repertoire. Open to both music (other than voice major) and non-music majors. May be repeated for credit. 

MUS 8A - Elementary Piano I  (1)
Orientation to the piano, introduction to rudiments of music including note reading, basic chords and five finger scales. Simple pieces played with both hands in several major keys. 

MUS 8B - Elementary Piano II  (1)
Instruction includes scale structures of major keys and primary chord harmonizations in simple major and minor keys. Easy pieces making use of extended hand positions, and played with attention to good rhythm, tone and dynamics.
Prerequisite: MUS 8A 

MUS 8C - Intermediate Piano (1)
The course includes technical studies, major and minor scales, hand over hand arpeggios and chord progressions. Pieces from easy classic repertoire played with attention to basic concepts of piano technique, style and interpretation.
Prerequisite: MUS 8B. 

MUS 11 - Functional Keyboard Skills (1)
A keyboard class to develop practical knowledge of chords, chord progressions, cadences, simple accompaniment of melodies, transposition and modulation. Includes program for progressive development of sight-reading, technical skills, and improvisation.  Often taken as Directed Study. 

*MUS 13/113 - Applied Music (1-3)
Private instruction - instrumental or vocal. For non-music majors. May be repeated for credit. 

*MUS 15/115 - Applied Music  (1-3)
Private instruction - instrumental or vocal. For music majors. May be repeated for credit. 

*MUS 19/119 - Mount Chorus (1)
Study and performance of masterpieces of choral literature from all periods for women. Open to all college students, members of the community, and to qualified high school students with senior standing. May be repeated for credit. 

*MUS 21/121 - Mount Singers (1)
Study and performance of masterpieces of choral literature from all periods. Open to men and women, members of the community, and to qualified high school students with senior standing by audition. May be repeated for credit.  Participating students must enroll in MUS 19/119 concurrently. 

*MUS 23/123 - Chamber Music (1)
Study and performance of chamber music for various instrumental and/or vocal combinations. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor. 

MUS 24/124 ABC - Surveys of the History and Literature of Music (3,3)
Development of compositional forms and styles viewed from the historical perspective. A.  Antiquity to Renaissance  B. Baroque to Classical C. Romantic to present

MUS 26 - Brass instruments

MUS 27 - Woodwind instruments 

MUS 28 - Percussion Instruments

MUS 29 - String instruments

MUS 98/198 - Directed Studies

MUS 112 - Music Ministry (3)
An examination of the role and responsibility of the music minister within the parish structure. Study of legislation governing the use of music in the church as well as administrative practices conducive to a successful music program. Often taken as Directed Studies. 

MUS 16/116 - World Music (3)
GS VI  Diversity

Add  MUS 17/117 - Women in Music (3)

MUS 60/160 - Mount Orchestra (0-1)

MUS 122 - Performance Practices (2)
Study and performance of significant instrumental and vocal literature for solo and ensembles. 

MUS 125 - Music Masterpieces (3)
Study of selected masterpieces of music in historical context.  Open to all students.  Areas of emphasis may vary and will be advertised prior to its scheduled offering.  Prerequisite:  MUS 6 or consent of instructor.  GS-IIIA

MUS 130 - Creative Music Experience (1)
An introduction to music and its use in the education and development of children. Emphasis is placed on rhythm, melody, harmony, form, style, notation, and creativity. It includes instruction on melodic, percussion, and fretted instruments, classroom observation and participation. This course serves as basic preparation for the elementary and intermediate school instructor, and for those working in various areas of child development.
Prerequisite: MUS 6 or adequate background. 

MUS 131 - Music Technology (2)

MUS 132 - Counterpoint

MUS 133AB - Music Analysis (2,2)
A. A study of the forms found in Classical period music: motive, phrase, period, song form, rondo, theme and variation, and sonata. Principles of understanding musical structures as they apply to folk, pop and music of world cultures.

B. A study of the forms found in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. 

MUS 134 - Orchestration

MUS 135 - Composition (2)
Analysis, improvisation and composition of music in various styles, forms, and instrumental and/or vocal combinations, and electronic sound sources. May be repeated for credit.  Often taken as Directed Study. 

MUS 136 - Technique of Arranging

MUS 137 - Diction for Singers

MUS 139 - Instrumental Conducting (2)
Study of baton technique, score reading, and interpretation of orchestral literature. 

MUS 140 - Choral Techniques (2)
Study of baton technique, score reading, and interpretation of choral literature of various styles. 

MUS 141 - Historical Period Studies

MUS 142 - American Musical Theater (3)
A history of the American Musical from its origins to the present day. The class will include in-depth analysis of varied musicals to further the understanding of how plot, musical structure and interpretation combine to define the genre. GS IIIA

MUS 143 - Composer Studies

MUS 146 - Special Projects in Music (Independent Study) (1-3)
A. Vocal Literature
B. Instrumental Literature
C. Music History and Literature
D. Church Music
E. Theory and Composition
F. Music Education
G. Musicianship
H. Chamber Music
I. Choral Music
J. Music Therapy
K. Conducting
L. Special Subject
N. Electronic Media 

MUS 149 - The Business of Music

Mus 150 - Accompanying

MUS 151ABC - Pedagogy: Principles and Methods (2)
Analysis and comparison of various procedures for beginning and intermediate instruction. Review of various approaches to the art of teaching and selection of appropriate literature for keyboard, voice, and instruments.

MUS 165 - Guitar Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 190 - Workshop (1-3)
May be repeated for credit. 

MUS 196H - Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.