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B.A. Music (Voice) – Course Descriptions

B.A. Music (Voice) – Course Descriptions

MUS 1000 Music Core I (4)

An integrative course of study in music history, music theory, aural skills, and music literature of the Medieval through Renaissance periods. Fulfills General Education Requirement.


MUS 1100 Music Core II (4)

An integrative course of study in music history, music theory, aural skills, and music literature of the Baroque through Classical periods. Prerequisites: MUS-1000


MUS 1200 Voice Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1210 Piano Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1220 Organ Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1230 Brass Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1240 Woodwind Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Each level may be repeated or credits. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1250 Percussion Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1260 Vocal Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1270 Instrumental Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1280 Composition Lessons (1)

Technical studies and development of artistic technique. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1290 String Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1291 Guitar Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building or repertoire, and development of artistic technique for contemporary, classical, and jazz guitar. Selected literature for each level of development. One hour credits each semester. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1300 Chamber Singers (1)

Chamber Singers is a small ensemble of advanced singers, admitted through a competitive audition. The choir performs advanced choral literature and sings frequently throughout the semester. The choir tours regionally, nationally, and internationally on a regular basis. One credits each semester. Course may be repeated. Prerequisites: Audition with the director.


MUS 1310 University Singers (1)

The University Singers is a large choral ensemble that performs a variety of demanding choral literature, including large-scale choral/orchestral works. No audition is required. One credits each semester Course may be repeated.


MUS 1320 Chapel Choir (1)

The Chapel Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble that participates in and provides primary worship leadership for weekly Chapel services. This choir performs a variety of demanding sacred choral literature. One credits each semester. Course may be repeated. Prerequisites: Audition with the director


MUS 1330 Pep Band (1)

The Pep Band is open to all interested brass, woodwind, and percussion students. Enrollment is open to music majors and non-majors. Various styles of contemporary music, including popular, jazz, funk, and Latin music, are studied and performed. One credits each semester Course may be repeated.


MUS 1340 Instrumental Ensembles (1)

Participation in ensembles appropriate to instrument specialty. Includes, but not limited to, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Winds, String Ensemble. One credits each semester Course may be repeated.


MUS 1341 Jazz Ensemble (1)

An instrumental ensemble focusing on the standards of Jazz Repertoire. Will perform several times at various events each semester. Course may be repeated.


MUS 1350 Opera/Opera Scenes (1)

Performance of opera or opera scenes. One credits each semester. Course may be repeated. Prerequisites: Audition with the director


MUS 1360 Musical Theatre/Scenes (1)

Performance of a musical theatre or musical theatre scenes. One credits each semester. Course may be repeated. Prerequisites: Audition with the director


MUS 1400 Diction I (2)

A foundation course for clear and correct diction in singing of Italian, English, and Latin. Emphasis is placed on differences between spoken and sung diction in each language. Two credits each semester.


MUS 1600 Human Dimensions of Music (4)

A study of the nature of music in Western culture from ancient to modern times, with a focus on how humankind perceives self through music. Four credits each semester. Fulfills General Education Requirement.


MUS 2000 Music Core III (4)

An integrative course of study in music history, music theory, aural skills, and music literature of the Romantic period. Four credits. Prerequisites: MUS-1100


MUS 2100 Music Core IV (4)

An integrative course of study in music history, music theory, aural skills, and music literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Four credits. Prerequisites: MUS-2000


MUS 2200 Voice Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2210 Piano Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2220 Organ Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2230 Brass Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2240 Woodwind Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Each level may be repeated or credits. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2250 Percussion Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2260 Vocal Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2270 Instrumental Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2280 Composition Lessons (1)

Technical studies and development of artistic technique. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2290 String Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2291 Guitar Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building or repertoire, and development of artistic technique for contemporary, classical, and jazz guitar. Selected literature for each level of development. One hour credits each semester. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 2400 Diction II (2)

A foundation course for clear and correct diction in singing of German and French. Emphasis is placed on differences between spoken and sung diction in each language.


MUS 3200 Voice Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3210 Piano Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3220 Organ Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3230 Brass Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3240 Woodwind Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Each level may be repeated or credits. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3250 Percussion Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3260 Vocal Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3270 Instrumental Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3280 Composition Lessons (1)

Technical studies and development of artistic technique. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3290 String Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3291 Guitar Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building or repertoire, and development of artistic technique for contemporary, classical, and jazz guitar. Selected literature for each level of development. One hour credits each semester. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 3400 Vocal Pedagogy I (2)

A survey of vocal pedagogical concepts and their application in studio instruction. Structured opportunities to student teach will be provided under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3410 Conducting I (2)

A course designed to teach basic conducting techniques as well as score preparation and rehearsal techniques. Students will also become acquainted with significant choral and instrumental literature. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3420 Instrumental Pedagogy (2)

Philosophies and methods of organizing and teaching instrumental music in the schools and in private lessons. Includes planning and implementing pedagogic techniques in laboratory sessions. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3430 Piano Pedagogy (2)

A survey of piano pedagogical concepts and their application in studio instruction. Structured opportunities to student teach will be provided under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3500 Vocal Literature (2)

Designed as a study of vocal literature in which the students will explore and analyze significant composers and their literature in each of the historical periods through the 21st century. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3510 Piano/Organ Literature (2)

Designed as a study of piano literature in which the students will explore and analyze significant composers and their literature in each of the historical periods through the 21st century. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3520 Instrumental Literature (2)

Designed as a study of instrumental literature in which the students will explore and analyze significant composers and their literature in each of the historical periods through the 21st century. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3530 Opera Literature (2)

Designed as a study of opera literature in which the students will explore and analyze significant composers and their literature in each of the historical periods through the 21st century. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3540 Musical Theatre (2)

Literature Designed as a study of musical theatre literature in which the students will explore and analyze significant composers and their literature in each of the historical periods through the 21st century. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3600 History of Musical Theatre (2)

A historical study of the development of Musical Theatre, the composers, prominent theatres, and performers of the genre. Fulfills General Education Requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3610 History of Opera (2)

A historical study of the development of Opera, the composers, prominent theatres, and performers of the genre. Fulfills General Education Requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3620 History of Pop Music (2)

A historical study of the development of popular music, including genres from the beginning of the 20th century through current trends in the pop idiom. Fulfills General Education Requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3630 History of Church Music (2)

A historical study of the development of church music from pre-Gregorian music to current trends in the discipline. Fulfills General Education Requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3640 History of Jazz (2)

A chronological survey of jazz music and jazz history. Introduction to standard reference works and investigation of socio-cultural aspects. Fulfills General Education Requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3700 Tonal Counterpoint (4)

Contrapuntal techniques and musical forms of the middle and late Baroque period. Analysis of music by composers such as Bach, composition in representative forms, and aural training. Four credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3710 Part Writing (2)

Study and practice of writing vocal music in four parts. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3720 Form & Analysis of Music (4)

A review of western European music history from the Greeks to present day. Analysis of selected representative works, as well as readings and discussions of literature on theoretical concepts of form and analysis will be examined. Four credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3800 Music Business (2)

A course which provides an overview of the inner workings of the recording industry including arts administration, artist and producer agreements, music publishing, copyright registration, music retailing, radio airplay and INDIE promotion, and career options for this field. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3810 Sacred Music Studies (2)

A study of current trends in sacred music in an historical perspective. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 3820 Special Topics in Music (4)

A study of selected topics related to specific degree requirements in each of the music disciplines offered on a rotating basis. Topics include but are not limited to: Music History, Music Composition, Conducting, Sacred Music, Music Business, Jazz Studies, Accompaniment techniques, etc. Two or four credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4200 Voice Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4210 Piano Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4220 Organ Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4230 Brass Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4240 Woodwind Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One credits each semester (two credits available with permission of Department Chair). One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Each level may be repeated or credits. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4250 Percussion Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4260 Vocal Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4270 Instrumental Conducting Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4280 Composition Lessons (1)

Technical studies and development of artistic technique. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4290 String Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique. Selected literature for each level of development. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4291 Guitar Lessons (1)

Technical studies, building or repertoire, and development of artistic technique for contemporary, classical, and jazz guitar. Selected literature for each level of development. One hour credits each semester. One or two private half-hour lessons per week. Course may be repeated.


MUS 4400 Vocal Pedagogy II (2)

A survey of advanced vocal pedagogical concepts and their application in studio instruction. Structured opportunities to student teach will be provided under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: MUS-3400


MUS 4410 Conducting II (2)

A course designed to teach advanced conducting techniques as well as score preparation and rehearsal techniques. Students will also become acquainted with significant choral and instrumental literature. Prerequisites: MUS-3410


MUS 4420 Baroque Performance Interpretation (4)

Vocal and instrumental performance techniques of the music of the Baroque period. Four credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4430 Group Vocal Technique (2)

The study of the pedagogy of singing in a group/choral setting. This course will explore methods for teaching healthy vocal production, uniformity of vowels and ensemble diction for choirs, and rehearsal techniques. This course is intended for those interested in becoming teachers or conductors of choirs and vocal ensembles. Prerequisites: MUS-4410 or by approval of the professor


MUS 4600 World Music Survey (2)

A survey of non-western music, techniques, instruments, and a study of the interaction of music and society in various cultures throughout the world. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4610 Advanced Studies in Music History (4)

Advanced studies in music history from the Renaissance through the Classical eras, including advanced research methods. Four credits. Prerequisites: MUS-2100 and Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4700 Advanced Analytical Techniques (4)

Advanced techniques in the analysis of tonal music. Four credits. Prerequisites: MUS-2100 and Junior standing


MUS 4710 Jazz Analysis (2)

Establishes a foundation of knowledge for the study of jazz improvisation and composition, stressing jazz nomenclature, chord/scale analysis, basic chord substitution, and voice leading. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4720 Schenkerian Analysis (2)

A method of musical analysis of tonal music based on the theories of Heinrich Schenker. Prerequisites: MUS-2100 and Junior standing


MUS 4800 Advanced Music Technology (2)

Advanced techniques of music editing and engraving using a variety of engraving software and midi-technologies. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4810 Global Music in a Western Worship Context (2)

A study of the integration and use of non-western music in the context of worship within mainline western denominations. The course will cover global music from many cultures, performance techniques, and appropriate and practical ways of integrating global music in effective and meaningful ways in western worship. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor


MUS 4820 Special Topics in Music (4)

A study of selected topics related to specific degree requirements in each of the music disciplines offered on a rotating basis. Topics include but are not limited to: Music History, Music Composition, Conducting, Sacred Music, Music Business, Jazz Studies, Accompaniment techniques, etc. Two or four credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing or by approval of the professor

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