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GENERAL EDUCATION

104. AMERICAN MUSIC: A PANORAMA (3 credit hours)
American music in the twentieth century is notable in its diversity. Composers, performers, and consumers are attracted to many media and many styles. This broad panorama or spectrum includes: orchestral music, chamber music, jazz music, rock music, church music, and varying types of folk music. The many faces of American Music will be heard, analyzed, and discussed.

107. APPRECIATION OF MUSIC (3 credit hours)
An introduction to music for the non-major through historical survey and the development of listening skills. The individuals in the class will expect to understand the basic elements of music in order to develop competence in the aural analysis of music. The development of music will be examined in the light of historical events, and will be integrated with developments in the other arts, literature, and the humanities.


MUSIC EDUCATION

105. MUSIC SKILLS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS (2 credit hours)
The basic principles of music theory as applied to elementary school teaching: notation, sightsinging, key signatures, meter signatures, scale resources, and simple harmonic structures. Introduction of recorders and piano for simple song accompaniment.

106. MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES (2 credit hours)
A continuation of Music 105 with increased emphasis on materials and procedures as applied to music teaching on the elementary school level. Projects include rote songs, part songs, rhythmic games and dances, and preparing a music resource unit. Utilization of classroom instruments such as recorder, piano, melody bells, autoharp, and percussion. Prerequisite: MUS 105.

123. VOICE CLASS (1 credit hour)
Basic instruction in proper vocal production, including breathing, phonation, resonance and diction; knowledge of physiology of the voice; and development of a basic repertoire. Designed for non- music and non-vocal music majors who read music. Prerequisite: Ability to read music.

124. VOICE CLASS (1 credit hour)
A continuation of Music 123; further instruction in vocal techniques including expansion of range and dynamic capabilities; and expansion of repertoire.Prerequisite: MUS 123 or demonstrated equivalence.

207. CHORAL CONDUCTING (3 credit hours)
Introduction to basic conducting techniques. Choral conducting techniques and problems: rehearsal and performance procedures, development of stylistic interpretation, score reading and analysis. Practical application through the media of the Concert Choir and a vocal ensemble comprised of class participants. Prerequisite: MUS 101. Concurrent MUS 150.

305. WOODWINDS AND STRINGS: CLASS INSTRUCTION (3 credit hours)
A study of correct tone production, technical procedures, care of the various instruments, and an introduction to the appropriate literature for different grade levels.

306. BRASS AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS: CLASS INSTRUCTION (3 credit hours)
A study of correct tone production, technical procedures, care of the various instruments, and an introduction to the appropriate literature for different grade levels.

307. INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING (3 credit hours)
Study of instrumental conducting techniques and problems: rehearsal and performance procedures, baton techniques, and development of musical interpretation. The practical aspects of conducting a rehearsal and performance through the media of the Marching/Concert Band and instrumental ensembles comprised of class participants.Prerequisites: MUS 101 and 207.

308. ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to familiarize students with the basics of electronic music.  Focus is on commercial music production and the creation of pieces of radio/TV commercials, short documentary films, and entertainment.  Instruction in computer-based composition, sequencing, score preparation, and recording through the use of the current software.  Arranged lab hours are required.  Prerequisites: MUS 101 or 105 and C S 106 or permission of instructor.

313. TEACHING MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS (3 credit hours)
Materials, techniques, and procedures for teaching vocal and instrumental music in the elementary and middle schools. Familiarization with Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff approaches, and utilization of classroom instruments such as recorder, piano, melody bells, autoharp, guitar, and percussion.Prerequisite: EDUC 316.

314. TEACHING MUSIC IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS (3 credit hours)
A unified and balanced approach to the study of music instruction at the middle and senior high school levels. Phases and problems of the choral and instrumental program, as well as the area of music education directed and influenced by the philosophy that music is a significant and integral part of man's intellectual and aesthetic growth.Prerequisite: EDUC 316.


MUSIC THEORY

101. ELEMENTARY THEORY I (3 credit hours)
A beginning course in music theory that includes the comprehensive study of the components of music: notation; scales, tonality; key, and modes; intervals and transposition; chords; cadences and nonharmonic tones; melodic organization; texture.The ability to read music and play an instrument or sing is required.

110. ELEMENTARY PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
Course designed for persons with little or no previous musical background. All major scales, simple melodies in all major keys, and simple chord structures are studied. Two class hours.

115. ELEMENTARY AURAL THEORY I (1 credit hour)
Material of easy to moderately easy tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythm reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; internal and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.

102. ELEMENTARY THEORY II (3 credit hours)
A continuation of the development of writing and analytical skills. This course includes the study of music structures and forms, binary and ternary, through style analysis; the specific language of dominant seventh chords; other seventh chords, secondary dominant chords, altered tones, and modulation.Prerequisite: MUS 101.

111. PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
A continuation of the beginning piano class, which introduces the student to minor keys and chords, use of the sostenuto pedal, rhythmic and coordination techniques. Two class hours. Prerequisite: MUS 110.

116. ELEMENTARY AURAL THEORY II (1 credit hour)
Material of moderately easy to moderate tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythmic reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; interval and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.Prerequisite: MUS 115.

201. ADVANCED THEORY I (3 credit hours)
A continuation and expansion of the elementary theory background by focusing on musical styles from the Renaissance to the 18th century. Includes more complex chords and analysis of musical procedures found in polyphonic compositions from the Renaissance and Baroque and procedures such as theme and variation, rondo, and sonata form found in homophonic compositions from the classical era. Analytical, historical, and compositional perspectives are stressed for students' added insight into performance of their own musical repertoire. Prerequisites: MUS 102, 116

210. PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
Introduces the student to the piano literature in Classics to Moderns, harmonization and inversion of chords to fit melodies, and simple transposition procedures. Two class hours. Prerequisite: MUS 111.

215. ADVANCED AURAL THEORY I (1 credit hour)
Material of moderate to moderately difficult tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythm reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; internal and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.Prerequisite: MUS 116.

202. ADVANCED THEORY II (3 credit hours)
A continuation and expansion of MUS 201 by studying musical styles of the Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary eras, focusing on harmonic devices which increase dissonance and chromaticism and lead ultimately to the end of tonality. Analytical, historical, and compositional perspectives continue to be stressed to increase the musical maturity and well-roundedness of the student. Prerequisite: MUS 201,
215.

211. PIANO CLASS (1 credit hour)
A continuation into the piano literature from Classics to Moderns, more advanced harmonization and chording of melodies, and more advanced procedures of transposition and modulation. Two class hours. Final examination is a Piano Proficiency Examination.Prerequisite: MUS 210.201.

216. ADVANCED AURAL THEORY II (1 credit hour)
Material of moderately difficult to difficult tonal and rhythmic content: sight singing; rhythmic reading; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; interval and chord identification; chord progressions; and related activities. Meets two hours weekly.Prerequisite: MUS 215.

205. JAZZ IMPROVISATION AND ARRANGING (3 credit hours)
The functions of this course will be two-fold: (1) the exploration of various procedures and techniques in rhythmic and melodic improvisation as applied to the voice and other instruments; (2) the study of chord inversions, voice leading, and instrumental color in composing and arranging for the large and small jazz ensemble.

405. ORCHESTRATION AND ARRANGING (3 credit hours)
Technical and scoring aspects of the various band and orchestra instruments, as they are employed in chamber and large ensembles. Special effects peculiar to each instrumental family will be discussed; and the special problems in transcribing from one medium to another will be analyzed. Projects will be performed by students in the class and other ensembles in the department.Prerequisite: MUS 102 or permission of instructor.


MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE

221. SACRED VOCAL-CHORAL LITERATURE (3 credit hours)
An overview of music literature for the church, with particular attention given to the more accessible literature of the last several centuries. Study of both solo and ensemble works and their historical functions in the worship service. Also involves some basic aspects of choral arranging and editing for performance.

303. HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF MUSIC (3 credit hours)
Historical survey of music history and literature from Antiquity through the Baroque. Emphasis is placed on the origin of the theories of music, the distinct role of the church, the development of forms, and the musicians responsible for the major developments in Western musical style. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

304. HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF MUSIC (3 credit hours)
A continuation of the historical survey of music history and literature spanning the periods referred to as Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Modern. A study of the larger forms and genres: sonata, concerto, symphony, song cycle, and opera, as they relate to their origin, historical development and performance practices. Research projects many be required in order to gain better insight into the great works of musical literature, past and present. Prerequisite: MUS 102, 203.


ORGANIZATIONS AND ENSEMBLES

130. STATE SINGERS (1 credit hour)
Select vocal jazz ensemble of 8-12 voices. Repertoire focuses on vocal jazz but also incorporates a wide range of styles appropriate for a small vocal ensemble. Singers perform with individual microphones and are trained in the use of sound equipment. Three class hours. Prerequisites: Audition required, concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir.

150. CONCERT CHOIR (1 credit hour)
This organization offers the student the opportunity to learn concepts of ensemble singing and to study representative choral literature from all music periods. Some semesters will include work on a major choral work (cantata, oratorio, etc.) Open to all college students. Three class hours.

160. MARCHING BAND/FALL SEMESTER (1 credit hour)
Open to all students at the College, music majors and non-music majors alike, in the Fall Semester to enhance the football program.  The band program offers the student an opportunity to perform and study music in a variety of styles for performance at all home football games and at special invitational events and parades.  Students may participate by playing musical instruments. Six class hours.

161. SYMPHONIC BAND/SPRING SEMESTER  (1 credit hour)
Open to all students at the College, music majors and non-music majors alike, in the Spring Semester. The band program offers the student an opportunity to perform and study music in a variety of styles through the medium of a large wind band, including the standard repertoire for band and popular selections of the 20th century. Six class hours.

170. JAZZ ENSEMBLE (1 credit hour)
The performance and study of historical and current styles in the area of jazz, rock, and popular music. An additional emphasis on stimulating creative improvisation and composition. Three class hours.Prerequisites: Audition required, concurrent enrollment in a major ensemble.


APPLIED MUSIC

191, 192, 291, 292. APPLIED MUSIC (1 credit hour)
Weekly arranged lessons with a specialist on the instrument that the student has chosen as a major or minor interest.  Literature studies and performance requirements are assigned according to the degree of proficiency of the student. Prerequisite: Lower level applied music courses must be taken in numerical order.

391, 392, 491, 492. ADVANCED APPLIED MUSIC (2 credit hours)
Weekly arranged lessons in advanced applied music for students entering their junior and senior years.  Literature studies and performance requirements are assigned by the instructor with the appropriate level of difficulty for the degree of proficiency of the student.Prerequisite: MUS 191, 192, 291, and 292. Upper level applied music courses must be taken in numerical order.

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