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MU 036 Introduction to Music Theory (non-credit) A

This introductory course prepares students for future studies in the elements of Western art music. It offers basic music theory studies to the music major, music minor, and non-music major. Course components include music notation, scales, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, chords, cadences, and rudimentary concepts of harmony and analysis.

 

MU 100 An Introduction to Music (3) O

An introductory survey of the history, genres, and composers of Western art music from the medieval era to the present. This course includes the study of musical vocabulary, musical elements, and the development of musical style in its cultural contexts. Students will encounter key musical works through regular exercises in focused listening. The development of film music, jazz, and pop will also briefly be considered. Prior musical training is not required.

 

MU 125a Aural Skills I (1.5–1.5L) B

A practical approach to the development of aural skills including melody, rhythm, harmony and sight-singing. Students are required to register for both MU 125a in Fall semester and MU 125b in Winter semester for a total of three credits.

Prerequisite: RCM Advanced Rudiments or equivalent

 

MU 125b Aural Skills I (1.5–1.5L) B

A continuation of MU 125a, providing a practical approach to the development of aural skills including melody, rhythm, harmony and sight-singing.

Prerequisite: MU 125a

 

MU 136 Music Theory I (3-1L) B

An introduction to the elements of Western art music and their notation with application to the design of musical lines and texture. The course will focus primarily on diatonic harmonic function and will include an introduction to species counterpoint. Students will practice complimentary piano proficiency skills in an additional 1-hour (non-credit) lab.

Prerequisite: MU 036

Note: Students can only earn credit for one of the following: MU 136 or MU 126.

 

MU 140/141/240/241/340/341 Applied Music (1.5) A

Private lessons in voice or instrument; one-half hour per week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

Note: Student must earn 3 credits at the 100-level before progressing to senior level courses.

 

MU 157/158/257/258/357/358/457/458 Instrumental Ensemble (1.5) A

Instrument ensemble that involves various instrumental combinations that reflect student demand and availability.

Note: Ensembles must be taken in numerical order. In addition to the requirements of the first two terms of instrumental ensemble, students will be required to participate concurrently in a large vocal ensemble for two terms. No additional credit will be given or additional fees assessed.

 

MU 180/280/281/282/380/381/480/481 Applied Music (3) A

Private lessons in voice, instrument or composition; one hour per week for one semester.

Note: Applied Music courses must be taken in numerical succession.

Pre-requisite: Applied Composition at the 380-level requires a pre-requisite of MU 237 and permission of the department. Upper level composition courses are normally offered to students in Bachelor of Arts: Music or the Bachelor of Music programs.

 

MU 190-1/191-1/290-1/291-1/390-1/391-1/490-1/ 491 -1 University Singers (1.5) A

A choral experience that is open to all students. Participants are encouraged to complete the entire year for three credits. An audition is required.

Note: Student must earn 3 credits at the 100-level before progressing to senior level courses.

 

MU 201 Musics of the Western World (3) B

An experiential and historical approach to a diversity of Western musical styles. The course will normally consist of a series of segments dealing with Opera, Jazz, and Musical Theatre.

Note: This course does not satisfy a senior Music elective for music program students.

 

MU 202 Crossroads: The Blues in Popular Music (3) B

An introduction to the development, influence and expressions of the blues in American popular music and society.

Prerequisite: The completion of 30 credits of undergraduate study

Note: This course does not satisfy a senior Music History elective for music program students.

 

MU 203 History of Music I (3) B

A general survey of the genres, performance practices, composers, performers and cultural context of Western art music from early Christian music to the beginning of the Baroque period.

Prerequisite: A strong musical background is recommended for non-music majors. Permission of the department.

 

MU 204TS Music Educational Travel Study (3) O

This course combines educational travel, study and reflection to examine one or more themes in the area of music. Destinations vary.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

MU 207 History of Music II (3) B

A general survey of the genres, performance practices, composers, performers and cultural context of Western art music from the Baroque period to the Classical period.

Prerequisite: MU 203 or permission of the department

 

MU 211 History of Music III (3) B

A general survey of the genres, performance practices, composers, performers and cultural context of Western art music from the Romantic period to the present.

Prerequisite: MU 207 or permission of the department

 

MU 212 Basic Conducting (3) A

A study and application of the fundamental skill of conducting.

Prerequisite: RCM Advanced Rudiments or equivalent, MU 125a and MU 125b.

 

MU 215 Piano Pedagogy I (3) B

A study of teaching the piano and its literature from the beginning student to the intermediate level. This course will provide an emphasis on piano teaching principles, the psychology of teaching, and problems in the teaching of private lessons.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

MU 225a Aural Skills II (1.5 - 1.5L) B

A continuation of MU 125b, providing a practical approach to the development of aural skills including melody, rhythm, harmony and sight-singing.

Prerequisite: MU 125b

 

MU 225b Aural Skills II (1.5 - 1.5L) B

A continuation of MU 225a, providing a practical approach to the development of aural skills including melody, rhythm, harmony and sight-singing.

Prerequisite: MU 225a

 

MU 236 Music Theory II (3-1L) B

An expansion of the concepts and materials of diatonic harmony as begun and presented in MU 136 with special emphasis on modulation, diatonic seventh chords, melody writing structural analysis, and chromatic harmony and form. Students will practice complimentary piano proficiency skills in an additional 1-hour (non-credit) lab.

Prerequisite: MU 136 or equivalent

Note: Students can only earn credit for one of the following: MU 236 or MU 226.

 

MU 237 Music Theory III (3) B

A continuation of the concepts and materials of chromatic harmony presented in MU 236, with an emphasis on Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, modulation to distantly related keys, and formal considerations of Western art music of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Prerequisite: MU 236

Note: Students can only earn credit for one of the following: MU 237 or MU 326.

 

MU 259 Collaborative Performance (3) A

The art and skill of collaborative music making. Activities will include weekly class ensemble meetings as well as supplementary rehearsals and performances with assigned instrumentalists or singers. Participants will improve musical, performance, and analytical skills related to public performance while learning to receive and apply constructive criticism from colleagues.

Prerequisite: Permission of Departmen

 

MU 270 Jazz Improvisation (3) B

An introduction to basic jazz improvisational techniques and understandings. Application to the student’s chosen jazz instrument will be required.

Prerequisite: MU 136 and permission of the department

 

MU 272 Jazz History (3) B

This course will introduce the student to the significant historical and stylistic elements of the development of jazz, including notable personalities and their unique contributions to jazz.

Prerequisite: RCM Advanced Rudiments or equivalent

 

MU 274 Jazz Theory (3) B

An introduction to the elements of jazz music with emphasis on numerical analysis, jazz modes, and chord progression analysis in standard repertoire. The course will include a strong listening component and minor composition elements.

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MU 236 or Permission of Department

 

MU 299 Special Topics in Music (3) O

Special themes in Music, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

MU 304TS Music Educational Travel Study (3) O

This course combines educational travel, study and reflection to examine one or more themes in the area of music. Destinations vary.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

MU 307 World Music (3) O

An inquiry into the various issues and practices of world music. This will include exposure to a variety of musical cultures from around the world, inquiry into the relationship between culture and musical expression, understanding the use and function of music in society, exposure to the variety of instruments and musical styles, and identification of musical elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture, and form. Some performance application may be included in the course.

Prerequisite: MU 207

Note: This course will fulfill 3 credits in History of Music for Music program students.

 

MU 308 Popular Music from 1945 to the Present (3) B

An inquiry into the various popular music styles of North America and Europe. This course will focus on popular musical practices, the connection to cultural movements, the use of various elements of music making, and significant performers in each style.

Prerequisite: MU 207

Note: This course will fulfill 3 credits in History of Music for Music. program students.

 

MU 312 Advanced Conducting (3) O

A continuation of MU 212, dealing with the development of more complex conducting techniques. Topics include a study of rehearsal techniques, score preparation, repertory choice, and practical laboratory experience.

Prerequisite: MU 212 and permission of the department

 

MU 315 Piano Pedagogy II (3) O

A continuation of MU 215, topics will include the examination of more advanced repertoire for teaching purposes. There will be lecture demonstrations relating to various problems in the teaching of private lessons. Developing an understanding of musical style will be a significant part of the course.

Prerequisite: MU 215

 

MU 325 Vocal Pedagogy (3) B

An introduction to voice science, technology and pedagogical techniques used in the modern voice studio. This course is designed for voice students and vocal music educators.

Prerequisite: 12 credits of Applied Music - Voice

 

MU 336 Music Theory IV (3) B

An introduction to the theory and analysis of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with an emphasis on pitch-class set theory.

Prerequisite: MU 237

Note: Students can only earn credit for one of the following: MU 336 or MU 426.

 

MU 337 Composition and Arranging (3) B

An applied course comprising structured composition projects for a variety of ensembles. Includes a focus on instrumental ranges, characteristics, and techniques.

Prerequisite: MU 336

Note: Students can only earn credit for one of the following: MU 337 or MU 427.

 

MU 344 Music Practicum I (3) O

Observation and guided participation in the practical application of music in music-making settings including schools and churches.

Prerequisite: Permission of the music department and completion of 60 credits of a Bachelor of Arts: Music or Bachelor of Music program.

 

MU 346 Music Practicum II (3) O

Observation and guided participation in the practical application of music in a music-making setting, including schools and churches.

Prerequisite: MU 344

 

MU 352 History of Music and Worship (3) B

A study of the role of music in the historical development of Christian worship: practice, philosophy, function,

and purpose.

Prerequisite: The completion of 30 credits of undergraduate study

 

MU 355 History of Keyboard Music (3) B

A focused look into piano music beginning with the late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Virginalists and their contemporaries, and continuing through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Twentieth-Century Periods. Special attention will be given to keyboard music of the Nineteenth century.

Prerequisite: Music student with minimum of 30 credits or non-music student with permission of the department.

 

MU 359 Collaborative Performance (3) A

The art and skill of collaborative music making. Activities will include weekly class ensemble meetings as well as supplementary rehearsals and performances with assigned instrumentalists or singers. Participants will improve musical, performance, and analytical skills related to public performance while learning to receive and apply constructive criticism from colleagues.

Prerequisite: Permission of Department

 

MU 399 Special Topics in Music (3) O

Special themes in Music, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

MU 401 Psychology of Music (3) B

This course reviews important recent advancement in the interdisciplinary subject of psychology of music. It examines our current understanding on the role of human mental and brain functions in musical activities. Topics to be explored include the origins of music, the nature of sound and music, music perception, cognition and emotion, music acquisition and performance, the creative process of composing music, and the relationship of musical engagement and development of other intellectual abilities.

Prerequisite: 3 credits in Psychology and permission of the department

Note: This course is cross-listed as PS 401.

 

MU 404 History of Music Seminar (3) B

A seminar class which requires in-depth research into an area of music history.

 

MU 404TS Music Educational Travel Study (3) O

This course combines educational travel, study and reflection to examine one or more themes in the area of music. Destinations vary.

 

MU 405 Special Topics in Music (3) O

Special themes in Music, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

MU 416 Elementary Music Methods (3) O

An introduction to pedagogical practices of teaching elementary music through the lens of Orff Schulwerk. Elements of Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Form and Expression will be explored and experienced through a variety of media; singing, movement, active listening, and instrumentation (Body percussion, Non-Pitched Percussion and Pitched Percussion). Students will experience a sequential approach to curriculum delivery using processes ranging from imitation to literacy and literature to improvisation and performance.

Prerequisite: RCM Advanced Rudiments or permission of the department

 

MU 475 Recital (3) O

Instruction and guided research that culminates in a full recital.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Normally open to students who are in their final year of study.

 

MU 485 Faith, Music and Society (3) A

Inquiry into the use of music in faith and society including the value that is given to music as art, function, aesthetic value, and practice. Focus will be placed on a final project related to the student’s interest and musical development.

Prerequisite: Completion of 75 credits (4 year Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts: Music Major) or 60 credits (3 year Bachelor of Arts: Music Concentration).

 

MU 490.1 Independent Study (3) O

An individual research project which investigates a problem area or topic not treated extensively in a regular course.

Prerequisite: Completion of 75 credits in a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts: Music program, permission of the department and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.