Academic Catalog

Music (MUSC)

MUSC 101  Music Fundamentals  3 cr.  

This course is designed for a student with little or no knowledge in music theory. It is a study in the rudiments of music such as notation, the structure of scales, intervals, keys, triads, and simple harmonic progressions. This course is intended to prepare students for entry into the Theory of Music I class.

MUSC 120  Applied Music I  2 cr.   (1 + 0 + 3)  

Beginning or intermediate students receive one-on-one instruction in the technical and interpretive aspects of music performance as it relates to their instrument or voice with emphasis on tone production and intonation, expression, technique, and interpretation. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per week or work outside class on assigned warm-ups, exercises, and appropriate repertoire. Weekly lesson times are arranged between instructors and students and approved by the dean/assistant dean. Code 3 course fee.

MUSC 121  Applied Music II  2 cr.   (1 + 0 + 3)  

Beginning or intermediate students receive one-on-one instruction in the technical and interpretive aspects of music performance as it relates to their instrument or voice with emphasis on tone production and intonation, expression, technique, and interpretation. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per week or work outside class on assigned warm-ups, exercises, and appropriate repertoire. Weekly lesson times are arranged between instructors and students and approved by the dean/assistant dean. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 120
MUSC 142  Jazz Band I  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is designed to give students experience in playing in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of jazz styles, improvising, listening and interacting in a collaborative musical environment, while exercising creativity. Students are expected to participate in all scheduled on-campus and off-campus performances. Code 2 course fee.

MUSC 143  Jazz Band II  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is designed to give students experience in playing in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of jazz styles, improvising, listening and interacting in a collaborative musical environment, while exercising creativity. Students are expected to participate in all scheduled on-campus and off-campus performances. Code 2 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 142
MUSC 150  Introduction to Group Keyboard  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

This course is an introduction to piano playing for students with no prior music experience. In addition to sight reading, transposition and improvisation, this is a very practical way of introducing the materials of music to students who plan to study music further or just play for their own enjoyment. Code 3 course fee.

MUSC 160  College Choir I  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

The aim of the choir is to develop and perpetuate a high standard of choral-ensemble singing. Repertoire of various styles and periods will be performed. Pre-requisite: Passing score on tone test. Contact department to set up test.

MUSC 161  College Choir II  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

The aim of the choir is to develop and perpetuate a high standard of choral-ensemble singing. Repertoire of various styles and periods will be performed.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 160
MUSC 164  Introduction to Group Voice  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course is designed to develop the range and quality of the singing voice. Fundamentals of vocal technique and introduction to vocal repertory are emphasized. The ability to read music is helpful.

MUSC 173  Concert Band I  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is for music students who wish to perform in innovative instrumental performing groups and develop their practical musicianship. Students will demonstrate further proficiency on their instruments and in ensemble performance. Code 3 course fee.

MUSC 174  Concert Band II  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is for music students who wish to perform in innovative instrumental performing groups and develop their practical musicianship. Students will demonstrate further proficiency on their instruments and in ensemble performance. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 173
MUSC 177  Ear Training and Sight Singing I  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course emphasizes the development of aural skills through intensive sight singing and music dictation. Topics include diatonic melody, primary chord harmony, and simple meter rhythm. This course develops the aural skills necessary in order to interpret notated music with increased quickness and fluency. Code 2 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 101 or appropriate placement score on the Music placement test, and passing score on tone test. Contact the department to set up the tone test.
MUSC 178  Ear Training and Sight Singing II  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course is a continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing I, focusing on the development of aural skills through intensive sight singing and music dictation. Topics include the use of simple and compound meters, all diatonic triad and seventh chord structures based on major and minor scales, and phrase-length chord progressions. Code 2 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 177 and MUSC 181, and a passing score on tone test. Contact the department to set up tone test.
MUSC 181  Theory of Music I  3 cr.  

This course is a study of elementary diatonic harmony. It includes triads and seventh chords within tonal context, the principles of voice leading, part writing and harmonic progression, and the function of nonchord tones. Also included is an introduction to the elements of musical form.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 101 or appropriate placement score on the Music placement test.
MUSC 182  Theory of Music II  3 cr.  

This course is a continuation of MUSC 181, with instruction in chromaticism, modulation, and analysis. Students will learn secondary chord functions and various types of modulatory techniques as applied to common music repertoire. Musical structural analysis will include the larger forms of binary and ternary design.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 181
MUSC 183  Beginning Jazz Theory and Improvisation  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course will provide students with the basic skills required to improvise intelligently and musically in the jazz, blues, and other genres. The basics of the language and theory of jazz and how to apply improvisational techniques are emphasized. No experience in playing jazz or improvising is required. Code 1 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 101 or appropriate placement score on the Music placement test.
MUSC 185  Introduction to Jazz History  3 cr.  

This course which requires no prior musical training, is a survey of jazz music from its origins to the present. It emphasizes the cultural, social, economic, political, technological, and historical influences on the birth and development of jazz music and vice versa. It focuses on musicians who have led in shaping the musical, cultural, social, and political significance of jazz. In additon to fundamental aspects of the music (melody, rhythm, harmony, improvisation, form, style, aesthetics, and dance), the course helps students develop the critical listening skills needed to listen to it intelligently, resulting in heightened understanding and enjoyment.

MUSC 190  Introduction to Music Appreciation  3 cr.  

This is an introductory course that exposes students to music. The most important styles and types of music will be studied through the examination of representative examples drawn from the different eras of music history. Recorded and visual materials will be utilized to stimulate a discriminating understanding of and appreciation for the various styles and types of music. Attendance at live performance may be required. Code 1 course fee.

MUSC 192  Music History and Literature to 1750  3 cr.  

This course focuses on the historical and stylistic development of western music and literature from the Greek heritage through the Medieval, Renaissance, and late Baroque periods. Code 1 course fee.

MUSC 193  Music History 1750-1920  3 cr.  

This course focuses on the historical and stylistic development of western music and literature from the Classical, Romantic, and Impressionistic periods. Code 1 course fee.

MUSC 194  Introduction to World Music  3 cr.  

Through case studies, the music of various cultures is studied in the context of human life. Recorded visual materials and student-selected projects stimulate understanding and appreciation for various types of music in our world. This course is planned primarily for students without previous musical training. Code 1 course fee.

MUSC 195  Music History and Literature Since 1920  3 cr.  

This course focuses on the historical and stylistic development of western music and literaure from the early 20th century to the present.

MUSC 220  Applied Music III  2 cr.   (1 + 0 + 3)  

Beginning or intermediate students receive one-on-one instruction in the technical and interpretive aspects of music performance as it relates to their instrument or voice with emphasis on tone production and intonation, expression, technique, and interpretation. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per week or work outside class on assigned warm-ups, exercises, and appropriate repertoire. Weekly lesson times are arranged between instructors and students and approved by the dean/assistant dean. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 121
MUSC 221  Applied Music IV  2 cr.   (1 + 0 + 3)  

Beginning or intermediate students receive one-on-one instruction in the technical and interpretive aspects of music performance as it relates to their instrument or voice with emphasis on tone production and intonation, expression, technique, and interpretation. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per week or work outside class on assigned warm-ups, exercises, and appropriate repertoire. Weekly lesson times are arranged between instructors and students and approved by the dean/assistant dean. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 220
MUSC 242  Jazz Band III  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is designed to give students experience in playing in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of jazz styles, improvising, listening and interacting in a collaborative musical environment, while exercising creativity. Students are expected to participate in all scheduled on-campus and off-campus performances. Code 2 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 143
MUSC 243  Jazz Band IV  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is designed to give students experience in playing in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of jazz styles, improvising, listening and interacting in a collaborative musical environment, while exercising creativity. Students are expected to participate in all scheduled on-campus and off-campus performances. Code 2 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 242
MUSC 260  College Choir III  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

The aim of the choir is to develop and perpetuate a high standard of choral-ensemble singing. Repertoire of various styles and periods will be performed.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 161
MUSC 261  College Choir IV  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

The aim of the choir is to develop and perpetuate a high standard of choral-ensemble singing. Repertoire of various styles and periods will be performed.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 260
MUSC 273  Concert Band III  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is for music students who wish to perform in innovative instrumental performing groups and develop their practical musicianship. Students will demonstrate further proficiency on their instruments and in ensemble performance. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 174
MUSC 274  Concert Band IV  1 cr.   (0 + 2)  

This course is for music students who wish to perform in innovative instrumental performing groups and develop their practical musicianship. Students will demonstrate further proficiency on their instruments and in ensemble performance. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MUSC 273