Courses & Requirements

Requirements for the Music Major

The minimum number of credits required of a music major is 48.

Students emphasize theory or musicology/ethnomusicology by selecting a minimum of one academic elective at the 200 level and one at the 300 level or above.

Required Courses

Theory

Students with a background in Music Theory may place out of 109 and/or 110, via a placement exam administered during Orientation.

MUS-109: Music Theory I: Fundamentals (4.00)

This introductory course teaches the rudiments of music in sufficient depth to enable the student to read music and describe musical relationships. The course focuses on the fundamental elements of musical structure, including scales, keys, intervals, chords, melody, meter, and rhythm.

MUS-110: Music Theory II: Diatonic Harmony (4.00)

This course continues the study of musical structure, including the development of aural skills via computer-assisted instruction. Exploring both classical and popular music, course topics include diatonic chord relationships, voice leading, tonal syntax and prolongation, chord inversions, cadences, and non-chord tones. Prerequisite: MUS-109 or successful completion of placement exam.

Course requisites: Take MUS-109 or pass placement exam

MUS-209: Music Theory III: Chromatic Harmony (4.00)

A continuation of 110, this course explores chromaticism, covering topics such as secondary dominants, modulation, modal mixture, chromatic chords, and the basics of musical form. Students will improve their aural skills and technical vocabulary and increase their musical creativity through composition.

Course requisites: Take MUS-110;

MUS-210: Music Theory IV: Contemporary Trends (4.00)

The culminating course in the theory sequence, this course explores the dissolution of the tonal system and the alternative means of structuring music that emerge during the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics include advanced chromaticism, nondiatonic scales, nonfunctional pitch centricity, set theory, serialism, and jazz.

Course requisites: MUS-209

History

One of the listed 200-level courses in appreciation or history.

MUS-106: Musical Elements in Global Perspective (4.00)

MUSICAL ELEMENTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE--Basic concepts and terminology for music in a cross-cultural context. Examination of music in human life through case studies of traditions from around the world, with an emphasis on migration of people and traditions, and changing musical meanings over time.

MUS-204: History of Jazz (4.00)

A study of the personalities and styles that define American jazz and an examination of the socio-economic conditions that both fostered and nurtured it.

MUS-205: American Popular Music (4.00)

AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC--A chronological study of American popular music in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Works are examined in terms of musical and textual content and in the light of their sociological contexts.

MUS-206: Topics in Music and Culture (4.00)

TOPICS IN MUSIC AND CULTURE--Special interest topics that address the intersection of music and culture, for example, Music and Ethnicity in the United States, Music and Social Movements, or Music and Film, offered on an occasional basis.

Description for "INTRODUCTION TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY"--This course presents a broad overview of the recording and music industry including artist development, publishing, labels, distribution, marketing, copyrights and digital technology. Students examine how individual links of the music industry operate on a day-to-day basis and how they relate to one another. Material includes historic perspective as well as current issues and concerns within the music industry.

Description for "MUSIC MARKETING AND GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION"--Even though the internet has been around for well over 20 years, the music industry is still rocking from its impact on how music is marketed and consumed in the U.S. and around the world. Independent and major artists/musicians alike have a more direct path to reach fans and promote their music, while technological advancements have allowed consumers to choose, and often prefer, access versus ownership of the music. This course will give students an in-depth look at the key components of a successful marketing strategy for musicians, songwriters, producers and artists, to develop and expand a sustainable fanbase in today's ever changing musical landscape. We will focus on direct marketing, publicity, touring & merchandising, radio promotion, and consumer advertising; both in the digital and physical space. An emphasis will be placed on social media platforms, and the many tools that they each offer to help craft messages that reach intended audiences, and push creative content through the "digital clutter." Furthermore, students will be exposed to the numerous ways that music is distributed globally with a detailed examination of the inner workings of companies such as Itunes, Spotify, Tunecore, RED, and Sony, just to name a few. We will study streaming, downloading and physical distribution, while breaking down royalty splits, territories, and laws that govern the distribution of music.

MUS-219: Women in World Music (4.00)

WOMEN IN WORLD MUSIC--An historical and sociological overview of the various roles women have played in music in cultures around the world as composers, performers, teachers, entertainers, and patrons, etc., from antiquity to the present day, with emphasis on non-Western traditions. Cross-listed with WS-219.

MUS-299: Crosslisted Topics in Music and Culture (4.00)

CROSS-LISTED TOPICS IN MUSIC AND CULTURE--Special interest topics that address the intersection of music and culture that are offered on a one-time or occasional basis and are cross-listed with multiple disciplines. Example is MUS/AS/WS-299 Black Women and Music taught by visiting Dabney Hart Scholar in Music.

Description for "BLACK WOMEN AND MUSIC"--This course explores the place, role, and representation of African American women in American music. It will span the gamut of American music from the late 19th century to the present. This is a cross-genre study that considers popular music as well as concert music and opera. It seeks to interrogate and understand the complicated intersections of gender, race, sexuality, economics, and power in the extraordinary expression called American music. There are no prerequisites for this course. All musical terms and concepts will be taught during the class.

MUS-301: Music Before 1750 (4.00)

A chronological study of Western art music from the Greek civilization through the Baroque era.

Course requisites: Prereq: MUS-109 only; MUS-106 also preferred but not req'd

MUS-302: Music Since 1750 (4.00)

A chronological study of Western music since the mid-18th century.

Course requisites: MUS-106 and MUS-110

Elective

A minimum of one additional course in theory or musicology/ethnomusicology at the 300 level or above.

MUS-311: Arranging and Orchestration (4.00)

This course equips students with the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of scoring for diverse ensemble types including jazz (small and big band), orchestra, and electroacoustic media. Emphasis is placed on score examination, familiarization with current software applications, and creative instrumentation.

Course requisites: MUS-110 is required prerequisite

MUS-312: Form and Analysis (4.00)

An examination of musical form drawing parallels between traditional and nontraditional musical practices. Through discussion and study of the classical repertoire, and comparative analysis with jazz, popular, and non-Western music, students will develop versatile tools for the analysis and comprehension of structures and organizing principles in a wide variety of musical styles.

Course requisites: MUS-209 (or MUS-212)

MUS-343: Applied Music - Composition (1.00)

Writing of original compositions to develop an individual creative style, analysis and discussion of the students' own works. Students will be charged for an applied music fee.

MUS-350: Topics in Music History (4.00)

Special interest topics, such as genres, repertoires and national music, offered on an occasional basis according to student interest and as the need arises.

Course requisites: MUS-110

MUS-360: Topics in Ethnomusicology (4.00)

Special interest topics, such as methods in ethnomusicology, area studies, and history of the discipline, offered on an occasional basis according to student interest and as the need arises.

Course requisites: MUS-110

MUS-370: Topics in Music Theory (4.00)

Special interest topics in music theory, offered on an occasional basis according to student interest and as the need arises.

Course requisites: 212

Performance

A minimum of 6 credits in one instrument or voice.

Ensemble Experience

A minimum of three years in approved college ensembles. Students normally satisfy this requirement in the major ensemble related to the student's applied-music area.

MUS-131: Vocal Ensemble: Collegiate Chorale (1.00)

A choral ensemble that performs music from Western and non-Western musical tradition. Open by audition.

MUS-132: Vocal Ensemble: Sotto Voce (1.00)

A select chamber choir open to Chorale members by audition.

MUS-133: Vocal Ensemble: Joyful Noise (1.00)

A gospel choir in the African-American tradition. No experience or audition required.

MUS-134: Instrumental Ensemble: Orchestra (1.00)

A full orchestra of strings, winds and percussion open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Open by audition.

MUS-136: Instrumental Ensemble: Chamber Music Strings (1.00)

A classical string ensemble that provides a chamber-music experience for violinists, violists and cellists. Open by audition.

Course requisites: Written permission of ensemble director required for first enrollment only.

MUS-137: Chamber Music Keyboard & Winds Keyboard (1.00)

Chamber group open to pianists, woodwind and brass players and devoted to exploring chamber literature. Open by audition.

Course requisites: Written permission of ensemble director required for first enrollment only.

MUS-139: Jazz Ensemble (1.00)

A small combo for students interested in various jazz genres. Open by audition.

Course requisites: Written permission of ensemble director required for first enrollment only.

MUS-215: World Percussion Ensemble (1.00)

Explores rhythms from around the world on an eclectic variety of college-owned percussion instruments. No experience or audition required.

Senior Seminar

Students may add a performance emphasis by electing 399 and/or 499.

Students with an emphasis in vocal performance must satisfy piano-proficiency requirements prior to graduation.

MUS-480: Senior Seminar (4.00)

Specialized areas of music designed to meet the needs of students in the seminar. Open to senior music majors only.

MUS-399: Junior Recital (2.00)

Student will be charged for an applied music fee.

MUS-499: Senior Recital (2.00)

Student will be charged for an applied music fee.

Requirements for the Music Minor

A minimum of 20 credits in the department including Music 106 and 110, four credits in one applied area, and four semesters of an ensemble.

A minor program must be created with the guidance and approval of a full-time department member. Minors may apply a maximum of 14 credits in applied music toward graduation.

Required Courses

MUS-106: Musical Elements in Global Perspective (4.00)

MUSICAL ELEMENTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE--Basic concepts and terminology for music in a cross-cultural context. Examination of music in human life through case studies of traditions from around the world, with an emphasis on migration of people and traditions, and changing musical meanings over time.

MUS-110: Music Theory II: Diatonic Harmony (4.00)

This course continues the study of musical structure, including the development of aural skills via computer-assisted instruction. Exploring both classical and popular music, course topics include diatonic chord relationships, voice leading, tonal syntax and prolongation, chord inversions, cadences, and non-chord tones. Prerequisite: MUS-109 or successful completion of placement exam.

Course requisites: Take MUS-109 or pass placement exam

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