Music (MUS)

Classes

MUS 121B : Voice 1

This course of beginning voice instruction emphasizes proper breathing and vocal placement. The primary objective of the course is to free the voice. 

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 121C : Piano 1

This course provides beginning piano instruction teaching students basic keyboard skills and concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. The study of popular music and classical music of the 18th through 20th centuries is included.

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 121D : Elementary Guitar

This is an introductory classroom instruction in the art of classic guitar playing. It will deal with solo and ensemble performance, technique, music reading, interpretation, stage etiquette, and music literature.

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

MUS 121F : Elementary Slack Key Guitar

This course takes up the fundamentals of slack key playing. The emphasis is on slack key techniques using the standard G and double slack key tunings. Reading of tablature and the counting of basic rhythms will also be covered. No prior training in any style of guitar playing is required. Students must provide their own guitars.

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

MUS 122B : Voice 2

This course is a continuation of MUS 121B and develops principles of voice production, correct voice placement, breath control, vocal range, diction, dynamics, phrasing, interpretation, and stage presence. Students perform songs of various styles.

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in MUS 121B.

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 122C : Piano Class II

This course is a continuation of MUS 121C to develop more complex keyboard skills and concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. It includes popular music and classical music.

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

Prerequisites

Approval of instructor.

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 166 : Popular Music in America

This course is a study of folk, pop and rock music of the 20th century. Students will look at important composers, styles and performers in a historical framework. No musical knowledge is required.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

MUS 201 : Vocal Ensemble

This course is a study and performance of choral literature from Renaissance to present. It will include a capella and choral/instrumental repertoire.

credits

2

Class Hours

1 lecture and 2 lecture/lab

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall

MUS 202 : College Band

This course covers the performance of band literature with emphasis on excellence in musical performance and development of professional musicianship. Class members will participate in rehearsals and concerts.

credits

1

Class Hours

2 lecture/lab

Prerequisites

Approval of instructor.

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 203S : College Orchestra

This course provides an opportunity for orchestral musicians to perform repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary popular music.

credits

1

Class Hours

2 lecture/lab

Prerequisites

Approval of instructor.

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 204 : Jazz Ensemble

This course is the performance of stage band literature from swing to contemporary periods. Students will study jazz concepts, including improvisation. Public performances are required.

credits

1

Class Hours

2 lecture/lab

Prerequisites

Approval of instructor.

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 220 : Musical Theatre

This course provides students with the opportunity to study vocal and theatrical technique in a musical theatre context.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Spring

MUS 253 : Basic Experiences of Music

This course is an engagement in the practice of the components of music, specifically, time, pitch, media, musical expression, and form, and how these interact with each other to comprise a musical experience. The means through which these components will be explored are singing; using rhythm instruments, playing recorder, ukulele, bells, piano, and other classroom instruments; listening as a primary means of engaging the musical mind; movement as a primary means of engaging the kinesthetic and body senses; performing from notation; notating music; and analyzing music aurally and from score.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Arts — DA
Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

MUS 254 : Songwriting and Transcription

The course is divided into three parts, and each part constitutes approximately one-third of the semester. Part I focuses on developing aural skills (recognition and notation of intervals, rhythm, and harmony) and the setting of text and music. Part II is a study of standard song structures, harmonic progressions, and notation with the Sibelius music software. Part III will be devoted to song composition. The student will compose at least four songs and notate them with the Sibelius music software.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

“C” or higher in MUS 253.

Designations

Graduation Requirement: Alternative Communication — AC

Semester Offered

Spring