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MU 090 Music Recital Class 0 hour
A class designed to expose students to various types of music in the vocal, instrumental, andkeyboard genres. This course is required of all music majors for eight semesters on a pass/fail basis and all music minors for four semesters on a pass/fail basis.
 
MU 100 Individual Instruction 1-2 hours
Designed for the beginner and/or intermediate student. Not available for credit toward degreerequirements. Students are expected to practice five hours per one credit hour. Repeatablecredit. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: audition.
 
MU 101 Class Piano 1 hour
Introduction to the fundamentals of piano playing. Especially designed for the beginner. Notavailable for credit toward degree requirements. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 102 Class Voice 1 hour
Introduction to the fundamentals of singing. Designed especially for the beginner. Notavailable for credit toward degree requirements. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 103 Class Instrument 1 hour
Introduction to the fundamentals of playing an instrument. Especially designed for the beginner.Not available for credit toward degree requirements. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 104 Class Organ 1 hour
An introduction to the fundamentals of organ playing. This course is especially designed forthe beginner. Not available for credit toward degree requirements. Repeatable credit. Offeredalternate years.
 
MU 111 Basic Musicianship 3 hours
This course is a study of the rudiments of music. It is designed for the general universitystudent or the music major and minor whose pre-university music skills are deficient. Notavailable for credit toward degree requirements. Repeatable credit. Music majors must takethis concurrently with MU 101 or MU 161-164.
 
MU 140 English and Italian Diction for Singers 3 hours
Principles of pronunciation and articulation for sung and spoken English and Italian through theuse of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Emphasis is placed upon correct articulation,stress, and inflection for singing of each language.
 
MU 141 German and French Diction for Singers 3 hours
Principles of pronunciation and articulation for sung and spoken French and German throughthe use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Emphasis is placed upon correctarticulation, stress and inflection for singing of each language.
 
MU 161-164 Piano Proficiency I-IV 1, 1, 1, 1 hour
This class is especially designed to prepare music majors for the piano proficiency examinationgiven at the end of each academic year. The piano proficiency exam must be successfullycompleted by the end of the sophomore year. Audition/permission of the instructor. Musicmajors must take this concurrently with MU 111.
 
MU 165-166 Individual Instruction and Laboratory 1-2 hours
This course is designed for majors and minors in the study of primary and secondary areasof concentration. Students are expected to practice five hours a week per one hour credit.The laboratory consists of a weekly forum that provides an opportunity for performing in alow-stress situation in preparation for juries and recitals. Students must enroll every semester,except during internships, until the senior recital is passed. Limited enrollments. Prerequisite:audition/jury.
 
MU 170 Introduction to Music Technology 3 hours
An introduction to audio recording technique based on Pro Tools, including survey of popularmusic software and hardware. Software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets,database, and PowerPoint is included. Assignments include vocal recordings, creating shortfilm soundtracks and practical use of software tools. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
 
MU 200 Music Appreciation 3 hours
An introduction to the music of the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present time.Consideration is given to the various political, social, and religious factors that have causedchanges in musical style from one art period to another. Representative compositions fromeach art period will be studied. Out-of-class listening and concert and recital attendance arealso a part of class activities.
 
MU 201 University Choir 0-1 hour
A large ensemble ranging from 80 to 100 plus voices. Membership in this ensemble is byaudition and/or consent of the director. This ensemble will prepare students for the smallerensemble, the Aeolians, MU 202. Choral literature from the classical, romantic, and modernart periods will be performed. In addition, larger choral works will be sung, and when possible,these works will be performed with orchestra. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 202 Aeolians 0-1 hour
This ensemble is a midsize ensemble (40-55 members) of select voices primarily made up ofmusic majors and minors. Membership into this ensemble is by audition and/or consent of thedirector. The ensemble performs for civic, religious, academic and cultural events. Repertoirespanning from early baroque to contemporary gospel music is performed. Members joiningthis ensemble must demonstrate the ability to sing in various musical genres with ease. TheAeolians will join with the University Choir for certain civic, academic, and or religious eventsas needed. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 204 Wind Ensemble 0-1 hour
A large ensemble that rehearses and performs standard band repertory. Membership byaudition. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 205 Chamber Ensemble 0-1 hour
A variety of small ensembles that rehearse and perform literature appropriate for the ensemble(composition, vocal, piano, instrumental, hand bells, etc.). Limited membership by audition.Repeatable credit.
 
MU 207 Orchestra 0-1 hour
A large ensemble that rehearses and performs standard orchestral literature. Membershipby audition. Repeatable credit.
 
MU 211, 212 Theory I and Laboratory 3, 3 hours
A study of the structural and harmonic materials of diatonic music, with examples drawn fromstandard classical literature. Written, aural, and keyboard work are an integral part of thiscourse. Prerequisite: MU 111 or placement test.
 
MU 217, 218 Sight Singing, Ear Training, and Dictation 1, 1 hour
Concentration on development of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ear training skills.Concurrent registration in MU 211, 212. Prerequisite: basic musicianship
 
MU 220 Music Repertoire 3 hours
Guided listening to standard works of the Western classical repertoire. The list of works isdetermined by the entire music faculty and is revised periodically. Prerequisite: MU 211 orpermission of instructor.
 
MU 230 Principles of Teaching Music Education 2 hours
A basic survey course designed to give the prospective teacher an understanding of theprinciples of music teaching and learning. The procedures employed will be the organization,motivation, and management of preschool-12 instrumental, vocal/choral, and generalmusic. Opportunities are provided by observing, assisting, conducting, playing, singing, andparticipating in laboratory activities.
 
MU 231 Survey of Woodwind Instruments 1 hour
This course is designed to develop the technical knowledge necessary for teaching toneproduction and performance skills on woodwind instruments. Offered alternate years, pendingenrollment.
 
MU 232 Survey of String Instruments 1 hour
This course is designed to develop the technical knowledge necessary for teaching toneproduction and performance skills on string instruments. Offered alternate years, pendingenrollment.
 
MU 233 Survey of Percussion Instruments 1 hour
This course is designed to develop the technical knowledge necessary for teaching toneproduction and performance skills on percussion instruments. Offered alternate years.Prerequisite: MU 212.
 
MU 234 Survey of Brass Instruments 1 hour
This course is designed to develop the technical knowledge necessary for teaching toneproduction and performance skills on brass instruments. Offered alternate years, pendingenrollment.
 
MU 265, 266 Individual Instruction and Laboratory 1-2 hours
For course description, see MU 165, 166. Prerequisite: audition/jury. Limited enrollment.
 
MU 270 Music Acoustics and Microphone Technique 3 hours
This course provides a scientific appreciation of musical acoustics as it relates to the physicalproperties of sound, analysis of sound production by musical instruments, the human voiceand how our ears and brain analyze musical events. Prerequisite: MU 170.
 
MU 300 Individual Instruction 1-2 hours
Not available for credit to majors and minors. Limited enrollment. Students are expected topractice five hours a week per one credit hour. Repeatable credit. Junior level. Prerequisite:audition.
 
MU 311, 312 Theory II and Laboratory 3, 3 hours
The study of structural and harmonic materials of chromatic music, with examples drawnfrom standard classical literature. Written, aural, and keyboard work are integral parts of thiscourse. Prerequisite: MU 212.
 
MU 314 18th Century Counterpoint 3 hours
A study of 18th century two-, three-, and four-voice counterpoint. Offered alternate years,pending enrollment. Prerequisite: MU 212.
 
MU 315 Form and Analysis 2-3 hours
A detailed analysis of structure, harmonic, and contrapuntal forms in tonal music. Offeredfall semester, odd years only. Prerequisite: MU 212.
 
MU 316 Orchestration 3 hours
The study of range, techniques, timbre, and transportation of orchestral and band instruments.Written exercises are an integral part of the course. Offered spring semester, even numberedyears only. Prerequisite: MU 212.
 
MU 317, 318 Sight Singing, Ear Training, and Dictation 1, 1 hour
Advanced concentration on development of rhythmic, melodic, and ear training skills.Concurrent registration in MU 311, 312. Prerequisite: MU 217, 218.
 
MU 320 Music History and Literature I Chant to Chorale, 600-1600 (W) 3 hours
An in-depth study of the development of Western music from the monophonic chants of theearly church and continuing to the growth of polyphony, to the appearance of secular formsand to the music of the Reformation. Compositions will be studied, analyzed, and listened to.Attention will be drawn to the political, religious, philosophical, and social events that shapethe arts of any given time. Out-of-class listening and concert and recital attendance are alsopart of the class activities. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: junior standing and MU212, MU 220, EN 112, or permission of the instructor.
 
MU 321 Music History and Literature II Monteverdi to Mozart (W) 3 hours
The development of major musical styles in the baroque and classical periods. Compositionswill be studied, analyzed, and listened to. Attention will be drawn to the political, religious,philosophical, and social events that shape the arts of any given time. Out-of-class listening andconcert and recital attendance are also part of the class activities. Offered spring semesters.Prerequisites: junior standing and MU 212, EN 112, or permission of the instructor.
 
MU 322 Music History and Literature III Beethoven to the Present (W) 3 hours
A study of the development of musical styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.Consideration will also be paid to the influence of African-American composers and theirmusic. Compositions will be studied, analyzed, and listened to. Attention will be drawn tothe political, religious, philosophical, and social events that shape the arts of any given time.Out-of-class listening and concert and recital attendance are also part of the class activities.Prerequisites: junior standing and MU 212, MU 220, EN 112 or permission of the instructor.
 
MU 323 History of African-American Music (W) 3 hours
A study of the history of African-American music from 1619 through the present day. Focusesupon the socio-historical context in which popular music, folk music, classical music, andreligious music evolved. Topics include the spiritual, blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, andcontemporary music, as well as women in music. Open to non-music majors. No technicalknowledge required. Offered spring semester.
 
MU 324, 325 Piano Literature I, II 3, 3 hours
A comprehensive study of teaching methods and piano literature from all art periods. Stylistictendencies as well as performance practices will be studied. Offered alternate years, pendingenrollment. Prerequisite: MU 265
 
MU 326 Vocal Literature - Song Repertoire 2 hours
A survey of song literature from 1600 to the present day. Study of representative composers,poets, and works, with extensive listening and performance required. Emphasis will be placedon German Lieder, French Melodie, Italian Canzone, and the British and American art song. Ananalysis of performance practices of the various musical periods, styles, and representativecomposers of each genre. Offered alternating odd years, pending enrollment. Prerequisite:MU 140, MU 141, MU 265. Offered fall semester, odd numbered years only.
 
MU 328 Church Music and Worship (W) 3 hours
The study of the development of church music literature from antiquity to the present. Emphasiswill be placed upon hymnology, church music practice, and Biblical principles governingmusic ministry. Prerequisite: junior standing, and/or permission of the instructor. Offered fallsemester, even numbered years only.
 
MU 329 Instrumental Literature 3 hours
A comprehensive study of teaching methods and literature for various instruments from allart periods. Stylistic tendencies as well as performance practices will be considered. Offeredalternate years, pending enrollment. Prerequisite: MU 265.
 
MU 330 Literature of School Music 3 hours
A critical study of school music literature pertaining to American multiculturalism. Appropriatefor P-12 in public and private settings. A practicum is required. Prerequisite: MU 230.
 
MU 331 Diction for School Music 1 hour
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet as it pertains to romantic and Germaniclanguages to aid in effective communication with students of diverse backgrounds in publicand private school settings. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: MU 230.
 
MU 332, 333 Methods and Materials of Teaching 2, 3 hours
A two-part course in methods, materials, and techniques of teaching school music frompreschool-grade 12. Emphasis is placed on the planning and implementation of learningactivities in simulated and/or clinical settings. A practicum is required. Offered alternateyears, pending enrollment. Prerequisite: ED 300.
 
MU 360 Conducting 2-3 hours
The study of basic conducting techniques and patterns and their application in solving musicalproblems of tempo changes, dynamics, fermatas, cuing, and the development of the left hand.Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: MU 212.
 
MU 362 Opera Workshop I 2 hours
A survey of operatic literature from the Baroque to the Romantic Period. This course willemphasize the performance and staging of representative works of important composersfrom these musical periods culminating with a staged production. Prerequisites: MU 140,MU 141, and MU 265. Offered spring semester, even numbered years only.
 
MU 363 Opera Workshop II 2 hours
A survey of operatic literature and musical theatre literature from the 20th century to thepresent day. This course will emphasize the performance and staging of representativeworks of important composers from this time period, culminating with a staged production.MU 140, MU 141, MU 265. Offered spring semester, odd numbered years only.
 
MU 365, 366 Individual Instruction and Laboratory 1-2 hours
For course description, see MU 165, 166. Prerequisites: audition/jury. Limited enrollment.
 
MU 371 Digital Orchestration and Music Notation 2 hours
A study of construction, timbre, and characteristic of MIDI and digital instruments for soundtrackcreation, with advanced study in music notation programs. Prerequisite: MU 170.
 
MU 380 Piano Pedagogy and Practicum 3 hours
A comprehensive study of methods, materials, and physiological and technical problemsinvolved in teaching piano. Students will have supervised experiences in the teaching ofprivate lessons. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: MU 265.
 
MU 382 Instrument Pedagogy and Practicum 3 hours
A comprehensive study of methods, materials, and physiological and technical problemsinvolved in teaching various instruments. Students will have supervised experiences in theteaching of private lessons. Offered alternate years or as needed. Prerequisite: MU 265.
 
MU 383 Anatomy for Singers 3 hours
A study of the anatomical structure of the human body as it relates to the art of singing.Attention will be given to the function and structure of organs, muscles, cartilage, and bonesinvolved in the respiratory and phonation process needed for singing. Offered fall semester,even numbered years only. Prerequisite: MU 265.
 
MU 384 Vocal Pedagogy and Practicum 3 hours
A comprehensive study of methods, materials, and sequence for teaching voice. Emphasis isplaced upon proper voice development and methods of vocal production and maintenance.Students will have supervised experiences in the teaching of private lessons. Offered alternateyears. Prerequisite: MU 265.
 
MU 411 Modern-Day Arranging 3 hours
A study of the art of arranging for voice and instruments using conventional and twentiethcenturytechniques. Offered alternate years, pending enrollment. Prerequisite: MU 315.
 
MU 412 19th and 20th Century Analytical Technique 3 hours
This course is a continuation of MU 315 Form and Analysis and includes the study andanalysis of nineteenth- and twentieth-century scores and compositional techniques. Studentswill analyze different types (orchestral, keyboard, vocal, etc.) and write a paper on each piece.Prerequisites: MU 312, 314, 315.
 
MU 465, 466 Individual Instruction and Laboratory 1-2 hours
For course description, see MU 165, 166. Prerequisite: MU 365, 366. Limited enrollment.
 
MU 470 Audio Workstation I 3 hours
An advanced study of digital recording and editing based on computer-based recordingsystems on live and studio recording projects. Prerequisite: MU 170.
 
MU 471 Audio Workstation II 3 hours
An advanced study of audio mixing and MIDI and film soundtrack composition. Prerequisites:MU 170, MU 470.
 
MU 472 Virtual Instruments 2 hours
A study of software (plug-in) and re-wired virtual instruments in Pro Tools sessions, andGarageband including Reason and Live. Prerequisite: MU 470
 
MU 490-491 Research and Independent Study each 1-3 hours
An individual investigation into the art/science of music. A major research project is required.Prerequisite: MU 321.
 
MU 499 Recital 0-2 hours
Attendance at all departmental recitals and concerts is required of all majors and minors.All solo recitals are preceded by a pre-recital six weeks prior to the recital date. Individualinstruction is required. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires one 30-minute junior recital andone 60-minute senior recital. Senior status begins after the completion of the junior recital. TheBachelor of Science degree requires one 40-minute recital. The Bachelor of Music degreerequires one 30-minute recital and one 60-minute recital. The minor in music requires one 30-minute recital. All recitals must be given in the same medium and be memorized accordingto traditional protocol. Repeatable credit. Prerequisites: MU 366. Permission from instructorrequired.
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