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MUS 101 Intro Western Music (HC) (4.00 SH). An historical study of the basic elements and major periods of 2,000 years of Western music, major composers and their works, with emphasis on the development of listening skills. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

MUS 102 Intro Ethnomusic (VP) (4.00 SH). Historic survey of music of non-Western societies as it relates to the different cultures. Study of development of instruments, vocal practices and performance media within the specific cultures. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

MUS 103 Intro Classic Jazz (VP) (4.00 SH). An historical survey of the unique development of jazz from its origins as an African-American art form to its present status as an American art form. The course will be taught in conjunction with HIS 223 (African-American History) course as an approved cluster. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

MUS 121 Music Theory 1 (0.00 SH). Music Theory 1 is the first of four semesters of the music theory sequence. Topics to be covered will include: pitch, pitch class, scales, the basics of rhythm, intervals, triads, seventh chords, two-voice counterpoint, and notation and scoring. Students will also be introduced to technologies used in the study of music theory. In addition, a progressive program for developing aural, sight-reading, and keyboard skills will be initiated, which will be continued through the remainder of the required theory courses. Also included is an introductory study of the rhythmic procedures in the music of Africa. This course is prerequisite for all other theory courses and may be waived only upon satisfactory performance on the music theory diagnostic exam. There is no prerequisite for this course. Co-requisite: Students must also register for the lab MUS 121L. A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 121 in order for the course to count toward the music major

MUS 122 Music Theory 2 (4.00 SH). Music Theory 2 is the second of four semesters of the music theory sequence. Topics to be covered will include: SATB voicing, non-chord tones, common-practice harmonic function, phrase and cadence structure, sequences, and secondary dominants. Students will continue to use appropriate technologies for the study of music theory. Also included is an introductory study of the music of China. This course is prerequisite for all other theory courses except MUS 121 and may be waived only upon satisfactory performance on the music theory diagnostic exam. Prerequisite: MUS 121 Music Theory 1. Co-requisite: students must also register for the lab MUS 122L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 122 in order for the course to count toward the music major.

MUS 122P Aural Skills Practicum (0.00 SH). Music Theory II Aural Skills Practicum is the second of four semesters of the music theory lab sequence. Topics to be covered will include: non-chord tones, common-practice harmonic function, phrase and cadence structure, sequences, and secondary dominants. Students will apply their knowledge of these topics by demonstrating their aural skills through melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight-singing, performance, composition, and improvisation. Students will continue to use technologies in the study of aural skills. Prerequisite: MUS 121: Music Theory 1 or satisfactory completion of the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam. Co-requisite: must also register for the course MUS 122. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 122 (theory and aural skills combined) in order for the course to count toward the music major.

MUS 123 Music Theory 3 (4.00 SH). Music Theory 3 is the third of four semesters of the music theory sequence. Topics to be covered will include: a review of secondary dominants and leading-tone chords, phrase rhythm and motivic analysis, modulations by common chord, other modulatory techniques, mode mixture, the intensification of the predominant with Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, enharmonic spellings and modulations, further elements of the harmonic vocabulary, and a brief introduction to the analysis of musical form. Students will continue to use appropriate technologies for the study of music theory. Also included is an introductory study of the music of Korea and Japan. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or higher in MUS 122: Music Theory 2. Co-requisite: students must also register for lab MUS 123L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 123 in order for the course to count toward the music major.

MUS 124 Music Theory 4 (4.00 SH). Music Theory 4 is the fourth of four semesters of the music theory sequence. Topics to be covered will include: new approaches to tonal or centric writing, analysis of non-serial atonal music, analysis of twelve-tone music, neoclassicism, post-1945 serialism, expansion of approaches to rhythm, aleatoric music, sound mass, post-modernism and the use of quotation, minimalism, and present directions in compositional practice. Students will continue to use appropriate technologies for the study of music theory. Also included is an introductory study of the musics of India and Indonesia, particularly as they relate to exoticism in 20th-century European compositions. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or higher in MUS 123: Theory 3. Co-requisite: students must also register for lab MUS 124L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 124 in order for the course to count toward the music major.

MUS 124P Aural Skills Practicum (0.00 SH). Music Theory 4 Aural Skills Lab is the fourth of four semesters of the music theory lab sequence. Aural skills topics to be covered will include: modal and pentatonic scales; centric and symmetrical constructions; atonal cells; atonal relationships; tertian, quartal, and quintal constructions; serial atonality; tonal and atonal hybrids; as well as the aural identification of significant twentieth-century compositions. Students will apply their knowledge of these topics by demonstrating their aural skills through pitch and rhythmic dictation, sight-singing, performance, composition, and improvisation. Students will also continue to use computer assisted instruction in the study of aural skills. Prerequisite: MUS 123. Co-requisite: students must also register for the MUS 124. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 124 (theory and aural skills combined) in order for the course to count toward the music major.

MUS 125 Form & Analysis (4.00 SH). This course is a comprehensive introduction to the study of form in music. The course is based on the premise that form must be perceived aurally, and that the most effective analysis is based on critical listening. Topics covered are the general structural aspects of music, small-scale units of form, and larger-scale units of form. Evaluation will be based on the student’s ability to describe, analyze, and evaluate the function of formal units in various pieces of music in class and in written prose. Prerequisite: MUS 124 and 124L, or permission of the instructor. Note: A grade of at least C- is required for this course to count toward any major in music.

MUS 141 History Western Music to 1750 (HC) (4.00 SH). A historical survey of the development of Western music from primitive sources through the Baroque, with emphasis on composers, styles, and performance practices in relation to the cultural backgrounds. Satisfies IP credit in Humanity and Culture. Prerequisite: All except double majors must have had MUS 121, 122, and 123, or permission of instructor. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 141 in order to count for graduation as a music major. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

MUS 142 History Western Music fr 1750 (HC) (4.00 SH). A continuation of MUS 141. An historical survey of the development of Western music from the pre-Classic to the present, with emphasis on composers, styles, and performance practices in relation to the cultural backgrounds. Also included is an in-depth study of the historical significance and development of the music of African, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern cultures. Satisfies IP credit in Humanity and Culture. Prerequisite: All except double majors must have had MUS 121, 122, and 123, or permission of instructor. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 142 in order to count for graduation as a music major. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

MUS 201 Woodwind Pedagogy II (1.00 SH). A continuation of MUS 200, covering double reeds. Required of all students wishing to teach oboe or bassoon private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Participation in weekly 45-minute Performance Lab required. Prerequisite: MUS 200. Co-requisite: must also register for MUS 600L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 201 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 202 Brass Pedagogy (1.00 SH). Two hours of class instruction per week on brass instruments (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba) with emphasis on the development of performance skills, repertoire, teaching methods, transpositions, basic arranging, and instrument maintenance. Required for all students wishing to teach brass private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Participation in weekly 45-minute Performance Lab required. Co-requisite: must also register for MUS 600L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 202 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 203 Percussion Pedagogy (1.00 SH). Two hours of class instruction per week on percussion instruments (snare, timpani, xylophone, and set) with emphasis on the development of performance skills, repertoire, teaching methods, and instrument maintenance. Required of all students wishing to teach percussion private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Participation in weekly 45-minute Performance Lab required. Co-requisite: must also register for MUS 600L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 203 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 204 String Pedagogy 1 (1.00 SH). Two hours of class instruction per week on violin and viola with emphasis on the development of performance skills, repertoire, and instrument specific teaching methods. Required of all students wishing to teach string private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Participation in weekly 45-minute Performance Lab required. Co-requisite: must also register for MUS 600L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 204 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 205 String Pedagogy 2 (1.00 SH). A continuation of MUS 204, with students learning to play the cello and bass and additional emphasis on maintenance, ability to recognize and choose differing levels of instruments, and classroom teaching skills. Required of all students wishing to teach string private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Participation in weekly 45-minute Performance Lab required. Prerequisite: MUS 204. Co-requisite: must also register for MUS 600L. Note: A letter grade of at least C- must be attained in MUS 205 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 206 Vocal Pedagogy (1.00 SH). A study of the specific principles of teaching voice, and the fundamentals of phonetics through study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), articulation, and pronunciation of English vocal and dramatic literature. Required of all students wishing to teach voice private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Note: A letter grade of C- must be attained in MUS 206R in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 206R Vocal Pedagogy (1.00 SH).

MUS 210 Keyboard Pedagogy, Improv, Harmony (2.00 SH). A study of the specific principles of teaching piano and its literature. Required of all students wishing to teach piano private lessons in the Music Intern Teaching Program. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated.

MUS 210R Piano Pedagogy (1.00 SH).

MUS 212 Woodwind and Brass Repair (2.00 SH). Prepare instrumental music teachers to diagnose repair needs, evaluate quality of repair technician’s work, replace and adjust pads, and perform minimal emergency repairs on woodwind instruments.

MUS 213 Brass Instrument Repair (1.00 SH). Prepare instrumental music teachers to diagnose repair needs, evaluate quality of repair technician’s work, and perform minimal metal repairs (soldering, dent removal, polishing), regulation of rotary valves, etc.

MUS 242 Piano Class Level 1 (1.00 SH). Designed to prepare students to take the piano proficiency exam. This is a remedial and introductory course in piano technique for non-piano majors. May be repeated innumerable times, but will not count towards graduation

MUS 244 Accompanying & Coaching (2.00 SH). A study of interpretations and techniques involved in accompanying and coaching soloists and chamber ensembles, both solo and instrumental. Prerequisites: keyboard facility and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered when need arises

MUS 244R Accompanying & Coaching (2.00 SH).

MUS 251 Service Playing (1.00 SH). A study of the organist’s duties at the console during the worship service. Hymn playing; solo, anthem, and oratorio accompanying; and conducting from the console. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered when need arises.

MUS 251R Service Playing (1.00 SH).

MUS 261 Music Technology (1.00 SH). To make the students familiar with the multi-dimensional uses of technology available in music composition, music education, analysis and MIDI capabilities. Music students need not only to understand the music specific software, they must also reinforce their understanding of the capabilities of computer technology in organization and administration necessary for their careers. Prerequisite: major or minor in music or permission of the instructor.

MUS 261R Music Technology (1.00 SH).

MUS 271 Basic Conducting (1.00 SH). Introduction to basic conducting techniques, including basic frames, baton technique, cueing, score reading and interpretation. Participation in weekly 45-minute Instrumental Performance Lab required. Prerequisite: MUS 121. Note: A letter grade of B- must be attained in MUS 271 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 271R Basic Conducting (1.00 SH).

MUS 272 Choral Conducting (1.00 SH). Choral conducting techniques, including cueing, score reading and interpretation, preparation and delivery of choral rehearsals and performances, with emphasis on organization and techniques of conducting choral groups. Introduction to survey of choral literature. Practice in score reading, rehearsal techniques and conducting performances. Prerequisite: MUS 271 with a minimum grade of B-. Note: A letter grade of B- must be attained in MUS 272 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 272R Choral Conducting (1.00 SH).

MUS 273 Instrumental Conducting (1.00 SH). Instrumental conducting techniques, including cueing, score reading and interpretation, preparation and delivery of instrumental rehearsals and performances, with emphasis on organization and techniques of conducting instrumental groups. Practice in score reading, rehearsal techniques and conducting performances. Participation in weekly 45-minute Instrumental Performance Lab required. Prerequisite: MUS 271 with a minimum grade of B-. Co-requisite: must also register for MUS 600L. Note: A letter grade of B- must be attained in MUS 273 in order to count for graduation as a music education major.

MUS 273R Instrumental Conducting (1.00 SH).

MUS 301 Flute Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 303 Oboe Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 305 Clarinet Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 307 Bassoon Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 309 Saxophone Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 311 Flute Lessons Performance Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 313 Oboe Lessons Performance Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 315 Clarinet Lessons Performance Req (2.00 SH).

MUS 317 Bassoon Lessons Performance Req (2.00 SH).

MUS 319 Saxophone Lessons Performance Req (2.00 SH).

MUS 321 Horn Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 323 Trumpet Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 325 Trombone Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 327 Euphonium Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 329 Tuba Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 331 Horn Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 333 Trumpet Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 335 Trombone Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 337 Euphonium Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 339 Tuba Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 341 Percussion Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 343 Violin Lessons Req (1.00 SH).

MUS 345 Viola Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 347 Cello Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 349 Bass Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 351 Percussion Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 353 Violin Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 355 Viola Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 357 Violincello Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 359 Double Bass Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 361 Guitar Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 363R Carillon Lsns - Req (1.00 SH).

MUS 367 Jazz Improvrovisation Lessons Req (1.00 SH).

MUS 367R Jazz Improvrovisation Lessons Req (1.00 SH).

MUS 371 Guitar Lsns Perf-req (2.00 SH).

MUS 373 Carillon Lsn Perf-re (2.00 SH).

MUS 381 Voice Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 383 Piano Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 385 Harp Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 387 Organ Lessons Required (1.00 SH).

MUS 391 Voice Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 393 Piano Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 395 Harp Lessons Perf Required (2.00 SH).

MUS 401 Band (1.00 SH). A marching band during the first half to two-thirds of the Fall Semester and a symphonic band during the remainder of the fall and all of the Spring Semester. The Marching Band performs both corps and traditional style half-time shows at all home and some away football games. The Symphonic Band performs a diverse and challenging repertoire in two concerts each year. Membership in the fully instrumented organization(s) is open to all students of the College. Students desiring partial Intellectual Perspectives (IP) credit in Visual & Performing Arts should register for MUS 401V. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor.

MUS 401V Band (VP) (1.00 SH). Same as 401, except that students earn Intellectual Perspectives (IP) credit in Visual & Performing Arts after 4 semesters of 401V.

MUS 402 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (1.00 SH). The Jazz Ensemble features improvisation solos by different students at each of several performances each year. Membership in the fully instrumented organizations is open to all students of the College. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS 404 Woodwind Ensemble (1.00 SH). Opportunities for participation in woodwind chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS 405 Brass Ensemble (1.00 SH). Opportunities for participation in brass chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor

MUS 406 Percussion Ensemble (1.00 SH). Opportunities for participation in percussion chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS 407 Wind Ensemble (1.00 SH). The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble of approximately 35 woodwind, brass and percussion players, all of whom also play in the Symphonic Band. This ensemble, which is basically one on a part, is dedicated to performing the very best in modern Wind Ensemble literature. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Co-requisites: enrollment in MUS 401 or 401V and participation in Symphonic Band.

MUS 407V Wind Ensemble (VP) (1.00 SH).

MUS 408 Women's Chamber Ensemble (1.00 SH).

MUS 413 Woodwind Ensemble (1.00 SH).

MUS 414 Horn Ensemble (1.00 SH).

MUS 416 Brass Ensemble (1.00 SH).

MUS 418 Chamber Strings Ensemble (1.00 SH).

MUS 420 Guitar Ensemble (1.00 SH).

MUS 421 Concert Choir (1.00 SH). The Concert Choir sings traditional, contemporary, and ethnic choral pieces, as well as teaches musicianship and vocal education to its members. The choir participates in the College Vesper services, in the annual Christmas Vesper service, and presents several choral concerts through the year. The Concert Choir tours annually throughout part of the United States or Europe. Students desiring partial Intellectual Perspectives (IP) credit in Visual & Performing Arts should register for MUS 421V. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor.

MUS 421V Concert Choir (VP) (1.00 SH). Same as 421, except that students earn Intellectual Perspectives (IP) credit in Visual & Performing Arts after 4 semesters of 421V. Students may accumulate 4 semester hours from the following courses, MUS 421V, MUS 423V and MUS 424V to meet the VP requirement.

MUS 425 Opera Workshop (1.00 SH). Study and performance of oratorio and/or opera scenes. Emphasis is on vocal production and acting. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor.

MUS 426 Musical (1.00 SH). Study and performance of a selected musical, co-produced by the departments of music and theatre. Emphasis is on acting, speaking, staging, scenery, costuming, and singing. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor.

MUS 430 Westminster College Voices (1.00 SH).

MUS 430V Westminster College Voices (VP) (1.00 SH).

MUS 441 Orchestra (1.00 SH). A study of representative Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern literature for chamber and symphony orchestra. Several performances are presented each year, one or more of which may utilize student soloists or choral organizations. The orchestra is open to all string players with the director’s permission. Wind and brass musicians must audition. Students desiring partial Intellectual Perspectives (IP) credit in Visual & Performing Arts should register for MUS 441V. Prerequisite: audition and/or permission of the instructor.

MUS 441V Orchestra (VP) (1.00 SH). Same as 441, except that students earn Intellectual Perspectives (IP) credit in Visual & Performing Arts after four semesters of 441V.

MUS 442 String Chamber Ensemble (1.00 SH). Opportunities for participation in string chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS 443 Handbell Choir (1.00 SH). A 15- to 20-member group of handbell ringers, performing on and off campus throughout the year. An audition is required for membership. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS 501 Band (Symphonic/Marching) (0.00 SH).

MUS 502 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (0.00 SH).

MUS 506 Percussion Ensemble (0.00 SH).

MUS 507 Wind Ensemble (0.00 SH).

MUS 510 Chamber Music (0.00 SH).

MUS 520 Music Travel Course (1.00 SH).

MUS 521 Concert Choir (0.00 SH).

MUS 522 Chamber Singers (0.00 SH).

MUS 525 Opera (0.00 SH).

MUS 526 Musical (0.00 SH).

MUS 530 Westminster College Voices (0.00 SH).

MUS 541 Orchestra (0.00 SH).

MUS 600 Music Colloquium (0.00 SH). Required of all students taking private lessons on primary instruments or voice. Meets twice each week. Co-requisite: must also register for private lessons. Grading is S/U only. May be repeated.

MUS 600M Master Class (0.00 SH). Meets once each week. Performance skills are cultivated. Students of like instruments or voice meet together to perform for and be critiqued publicly by a master teacher. Co-requisite: must also register for private lessons. Note: The grade for MUS 600M will be incorporated into the grade of the appropriate private lesson. May be repeated.

MUS 600P Instrumental Performance Practicum (0.00 SH).

MUS 601 Capstone Recital (4.00 SH). Students will prepare a portfolio, write a comprehensive capstone document (analyses of all pieces on recital), prepare program notes, prepare language translations (where appropriate), and pass a Recital Hearing by the faculty. Students performing Capstone Recital within three weeks of the end-of-semester jury will be exempt from performing the jury, except that they will must perform their independently prepared piece for the jury. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

MUS 602 Capstone Lecture Recital (4.00 SH). Students will prepare a portfolio, write a comprehensive capstone document (analyses of all pieces on recital), prepare program notes, prepare language translations (where appropriate), and pass a Lecture Recital Hearing by the faculty. Students performing Capstone Lecture Recital within three weeks of the end-of-semester jury will be exempt from performing the jury, except that they will must perform their independently prepared piece for the jury. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

 

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