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Music (MUSC)

099:  Music Fundamentals. (3-0-0)
An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory including pitch and rhythmic notation, terminology, key signatures, intervals, scales, and sol feggio, incorporating skills of basic musicianship and ear training through analysis and critical study. This course is designed as an introductory course to the basic study of music theory.

101:  Class Voice. (1-0-1)
Elementary group lessons in voice. Basic vocal and music reading skills are addressed in addition to posture, breath control, tone production, and diction. This course includes both group and individual singing of simple vocalises and songs in English.

105:  Class Guitar. (1-0-1)
Elementary group lessons in guitar/electric bass. Basic instrument technique and music reading skills are addressed.

110:  Class Piano I. (1-0-3)
Elementary group lessons in piano for the beginner.  Basic piano theory and keyboard skills are addressed.

111:  Class Piano II. (1-0-3)
Prerequisite: MUSC 110.
Post-elementary group piano lessons.  This course is a continuation of MUSC 110.  Scales, cadences, harmonization, sight reading skills, and repertoire are emphasized.

112:  Ear Training/Sightsinging I. (1-3-0)
Prerequisite: Music majors are required to take a music theory placement exam prior to enrolling in MUSC 112.
Corequisite: MUSC 122.
An elementary study and application of aural musical skills.  Course includes study of melodic and harmonic dictation, rhythmic reading, and rhythmic diction.  Sight singing drills are conducted.  Solfeggio is introduced and developed.  Computer-based music applications for ear-training drill will be introduced and utilized.  Tests include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and error dictation.

113:  Ear Training/Sightsinging II (1-3-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 112 and MUSC 122.
Corequisite: MUSC 123.
A continuation of the study and application of aural musical skills. Course includes study of melodic and harmonic dictation, rhythmic reading and rhythmic dictation. Sight singing drills are conducted. Solfeggio is developed. Computer-based music applications for ear- training drill are used. Tests include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and error dictation.

120:  Music Appreciation. (3-3-0)
A cultural course for the general college student with emphasis on basic elements of music, music periods and styles, listening to recorded instrumental and vocal music and live concerts. Course is designed to develop an understanding and enjoyment of music.

121:  Jazz Appreciation. (3-3-0)
A survey of jazz focusing on an understanding of its essential musical elements, musical characteristics, historical evolution, and societal significance. Stylistic differences and standard forms will be addressed. In and out of class listening experiences required.

122:  Music Theory I. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: Students are required to take a music theory placement exam prior to enrolling in MUSC 122.
Corequisite: MUSC 112.
A study of fundamentals of pitch and rhythmic notation, terminology, scales, and chords, incorporating skills of basic musicianship through analysis and critical study. Course includes primary triads and some four part writing.

123:  Music Theory II. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 122 and MUSC 112.
Corequisite: MUSC 113.

A study of chord structure and chord progressions from the period of common harmonic practice. Proper voice leading, three or four-part writing is emphasized, along with analysis and composition studies in major and minor keys. Course includes non-chord tones, diatonic sevenths, and dominant sevenths.

140:  Concert Band. (1-0-3)
A diverse variety of band repertoire will be rehearsed and performed each term. Works to be studied will include, but not be limited to, orchestral transcriptions, original band and wind ensemble works, solos with band accompaniment, and section features. Instruction will also include coaching toward proper ensemble/individual performance techniques, sight reading, and rhythmic reading skills. Open to all students who have high school experience playing a traditional band instrument. (May be repeated for credit.)

144:  Jazz Ensemble. (1-0-3)
A diverse variety of jazz-related repertoire will be rehearsed and performed each term. Works to be studied will include, but not limited to, transcriptions, original jazz and big band ensemble works, solos with band accompaniment, and section features. Instruction will also include coaching toward proper ensemble/individual performance techniques, sight reading, and rhythmic reading skills. Open to all students who have high school experience playing a traditional jazz ensemble instrument. Admittance is based on available seats in the ensemble. (May be repeated for credit.)

148:  Concert Choir. (1-0-3)
A diverse variety of choir repertoire will be rehearsed and performed each term. Instruction will also include coaching toward proper ensemble/individual performance techniques, sight reading, and rhythmic reading skills. Open to all students. (May be repeated for credit.)

149:  Chamber Singers. (1-0-3)
Prerequisite: MUSC 148 and Audition
An advanced choral ensemble of approximately sixteen voices specializing in the performance of chamber choral music from all historical periods.  Open to all students by audition.  On and off campus performances required as needed for public relations functions and semester concerts. (May be repeated for credit.)

199:  Diction for Singers (0-0-1)
Corequisite: MUSC 231.
Aural and written skills of the International Phonetic Alphabet are introduced.  Applications of this phonetic transcription method to English, Italian, French, and German diction relative to solo song literature are addressed. (May be repeated as determined by advisor.)

212:  Ear Training/Sightsinging III. (1-3-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 113 and MUSC 123.
Corequisite: MUSC 222.

A continuation of the study and application of aural musical skills. Continued development of sight singing and dictation skills through the use of more complex and demanding examples of music. Sight singing drills are conducted. Solfeggio is developed. Principles of chromatic elements are introduced and developed. Computer-based music applications for ear-training drill are used. Tests include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and error dictation.

213:  Ear Training/Sightsinging IV. (1-3-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 212 and MUSC 222.
Corequisite: MUSC 223.

A continuation of the study of aural musical skills. Continued development of sight-singing and dictation skills through the use of more complex and demanding examples of music. Sight singing drills are conducted. Solfeggio is developed. Principles of chromatic elements are developed. Computer-based music applications for ear training drill are used. Tests include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and error dictation.

215:  Introduction to Music Technology. (2-2-0)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Introduction in computer-based music applications and basic MIDI (synthesizer) technology. Course covers concepts, techniques, and terminology of computing through music applications. Course includes experience with current hardware and software for music notation and sequencing.

216:  Basic Conducting. (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: MUSC 113 and MUSC 123.
A study of conducting and rehearsal techniques applicable to both instrumental and choral performance with the goal of shaping a well-rounded conductor. Content will include, but not be limited to, basic patterns, advanced patterns, use of the left hand, body language and coordination, score study and interpretation, and virtuoso techniques. Students will work with ensembles.

220:  Historical Survey. (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: MUSC 120 or Permission of instructor.
An in-depth survey of Western art music beginning with the Medieval/Ancient times and progressing through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

222:  Music Theory III. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 113 and MUSC 123.
Corequisite: MUSC 212.

A study of chromatic harmony; including, secondary dominant and diminished 7th chords, borrowed chords, Neapolitan triad, augmented 6th chords, pedal point, and modulation. Structures of these chords and traditional uses, voice leading, and resolution are emphasized as well as writing individual exercises using these chords. Aural and visual analysis of musical excerpts which use these chords are also included.

223:  Music Theory IV. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 212 and MUSC 222.
Corequisite: MUSC 213.

A study of upper tertian chords, modal and nonfunctional harmony, artificial scales, non-tertian harmony, 12-tone serialism, and set theory. Students will compose short pieces in various styles and will aurally and visually analyze musical excerpts which incorporate those devices.

230-244:  Applied Studio Lessons
A weekly private one-on-one lesson. Students will study proper performance techniques for their specific instrument or voice. Lessons may include, but are not limited to, traditional repertoire, scales, etudes, orchestral excerpts, solos, chamber music, sight-reading, and other skills unique to the instrument or voice. A minimum of 14 lessons per term are required.

230:  Applied Piano. (2-1-0)

231:  Applied Voice. (2-1-0)

232:  Applied Flute. (2-1-0)

233:  Applied Oboe. (2-1-0)

234:  Applied Clarinet. (2-1-0)

235:  Applied Bassoon. (2-1-0)

236:  Applied Saxophone. (2-1-0)

237:  Applied Trumpet. (2-1-0)

238:  Applied Horn. (2-1-0)

239:  Applied Trombone. (2-1-0)

240:  Applied Tuba/Euphonium. (2-1-0)

241:  Applied Percussion. (2-1-0)

242:  Applied Classical Guitar. (2-1-0)

243:  Applied Electric Bass. (2-1-0)

244:  Applied Orchestral Strings. (2-1-0)

299:  Piano Proficiency. (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: MUSC 230 or Permission of instructor.
A capstone experience and barrier examination required for the partial fulfillment of the Associate of Arts in Music degree. Taken in conjunction with the private one-on-one piano lesson, requiring students to perform all major scales, harmonic, melodic, and natural minor scales two octaves, hands together; prepare two memorized pieces in contrasting style; harmonize folk songs; transpose simple melodies to any given key; and sight read. (Piano majors will perform scales four octaves.) Music majors must pass with a grade of Satisfactory (S).

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