Music

Mission Statement: The Department of Music engages the intellect at multiple levels through the theory of music on its own terms, the history of written music, the practice and performance of music, the anthropology of music around the world, and the technology of music analog and digital.

If a student is unsure about his preparation for a given course, he should consult a member of the music faculty. In general, the following courses are designed for the student with little or no musical background:

MUS-101Music in Society: A History1
MUS-102World Music1
MUS-104Topics in Music0.5
MUS-107Basic Theory and Notation1
MUS-161Beginning Applied Music0.5

MUS-101 Music in Society: A History introduces students to musical concepts, styles, and forms and enables listeners to become more sophisticated and articulate. MUS-102 World Music is an introduction to world music apart from the European written classical traditions. MUS-107 Basic Theory and Notation introduces students to the rudiments of music (rhythm, scales, keys, triads), and assumes no prior experience with reading music; it also prepares students for the music theory sequence (MUS-201 Music Theory I, MUS-301 Music Theory II, MUS-302 Music Theory III). MUS-161 Beginning Applied Music provides beginning instruction in voice or a musical instrument. MUS-104 Topics in Music is a ½-credit special-topics course open to all students; previous topics have included Bach, Jazz, and African American Music.

Intermediate courses include the following:

MUS-201Music Theory I1
MUS-202Instruments & Culture1
MUS-204Topics in Music1
MUS-205European Music Before 17501
MUS-206European Music Since 17501
MUS-221Intro to Electronic Music1
MUS-222Electronic Music History & Lit1
MUS-223Digital Sound Synthesis1
MUS-224Global Pers. on Music Cultures&identity1
MUS-261Intermediate Applied Music I0.5

MUS-201 Music Theory I (Theory I) assumes and requires that a student already has the minimum background provided by MUS-107 Basic Theory and Notation, or other prior experience as assessed by the instructor. MUS-205 European Music Before 1750 and MUS-206 European Music Since 1750 focus on the historical periods of the European written classical music traditions, and assume a higher level of interest. MUS-202 Instruments & Culture provides an introduction to a variety of world-music instrumental types as constructed and used in various cultures. MUS-204 Topics in Music is a 1-credit special-topics course open to all students; previous topics have included U.S. American music, electronic music history and literature, computer-driven algorithmic composition, music in East Asian cultures, and music computer programming. MUS-221 Intro to Electronic Music fosters creativity through work in electronic media, and is restricted to sophomores and above. MUS-222 Electronic Music History & Lit focuses on the history of electronic music. MUS-223 Digital Sound Synthesis teaches basic sound synthesis and design through computer programming. MUS-224 Global Pers. on Music Cultures&identity focuses on the ethnography of music in a variety of world cultures, and assumes a higher level of interest. MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I provides intermediate private instruction on an instrument (or voice), and presumes a background of study and performance on that instrument and the ability to read music.

The advanced student is served by the following:

MUS-287Independent Study0.5-1
MUS-288Independent Study0.5-1
MUS-297Electronic Music Projects0.5
MUS-298Electronic Music Projects0.5
MUS-301Music Theory II1
MUS-302Music Theory III1
MUS-304Special Topics in Music1
MUS-361Intermediate Applied Music II0.5
MUS-387Indep Study in Composition0.5-1
MUS-388Independent Study in Composition0.5-1
MUS-401Senior Seminar1
MUS-461Advanced Applied Music0.5

MUS-301 Music Theory II and MUS-302 Music Theory III require the background of MUS-201 Music Theory I. MUS-304 Special Topics in Music is a special topics seminar created especially for Senior music majors, and may serve as a Senior capstone in joint enrollment with students in MUS-204 Topics in Music. MUS-361 Intermediate Applied Music II and MUS-461 Advanced Applied Music provide private instruction on an instrument or voice for students who have studied at the college level in MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I. In MUS-287 Independent Study, MUS-288 Independent Study the individual student pursues a special topic in depth. MUS-297 Electronic Music Projects and MUS-298 Electronic Music Projects require MUS-221 Intro to Electronic Music, and are for independent or group projects in electronic music. Advanced music students who have completed the music theory sequence may take MUS-387 Indep Study in Composition or MUS-388 Independent Study in Composition. MUS-401 Senior Seminar is a capstone course for senior music majors, though MUS-304 Special Topics in Music may be substituted for it.

Music students participating in the New York Arts Program, a semester-long internship program in New York, apprentice themselves to professional musicians or arts managers. The Institute of European Studies in Vienna broadens and strengthens some music majors, particularly in vocal and instrumental instruction. A program in the humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago offers opportunities to students of musicology.

Music Lessons

The Department offers lessons in piano, voice, guitar, percussion, organ, or any standard band, orchestral, or jazz instrument. Instruction is given by professional artists who teach at Wabash one or two days per week. Wabash students pay for lessons on a per-semester basis. Students who wish to take lessons as courses for credit must either take MUS 107 previously or concurrently, or pass an exam to receive departmental permission (for MUS-161 Beginning Applied Music or MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I), or have taken lessons for credit before (for MUS-361 Intermediate Applied Music II or MUS-461 Advanced Applied Music); students who enroll in lessons for credit must pay a $200 fee assessed through the Business Office. For further details, see the course descriptions for MUS-161 Beginning Applied Music, MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I, MUS-361 Intermediate Applied Music II, and MUS-461 Advanced Applied Music.

Ensembles and Music Lessons

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student’s GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student’s GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.

For Applied Music (individual lessons), students earn one-half course credit for two contiguous semesters (one full year) of instruction in voice, piano, organ, guitar, percussion, or one of the standard instruments of the band, orchestra, or jazz ensemble. Students receive twelve half-hour lessons each semester, thus each full-year course consists of 24 half-hour lessons. Students are tested and graded at the end of each semester; the final grade is assigned after the completion of the full year of study. Students may opt to take one-hour lessons but will receive no additional credit, and must pay a fee for the additional half-hour. For students who sign up for one-hour lessons, there is an increased expectation in both preparation and testing. Music majors are required to take MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I and MUS-361 Intermediate Applied Music II over two years. This two-year sequence counts as one of the nine credits toward the major. Music minors are required to take MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I over one year. This one-year course counts as one-half credit toward the minor. All students who take Applied Music must show minimal proficiency in reading music (and matching pitch if voice lessons are taken). Eligibility will be determined by the Music Department through a music reading exam offered during the first week of the fall semester, and by audition at Department discretion. The usual semester sequence is fall-spring, but under unusual circumstances and with the permission of the Music Department, a student may begin lessons in the spring semester and complete them in the fall.

Music Theory

The Music Theory sequence is designed to develop an understanding of the rich grammar and syntax of common-practice functional tonality. This objective is approached through listening, analysis, and writing. Aural skills (the ability to perceive and reconstruct/represent musical events) and basic musicianship skills (sight-singing and basic keyboard performance) will be stressed throughout the course alongside analysis and conception, as any real understanding of music is inconceivable without such abilities. Each theory course requires weekly musicianship meetings in addition to the three weekly class sessions.

The three-semester sequence is required of, but not limited to, music majors. All students wishing to enroll in Theory I must either successfully complete MUS-107 Basic Theory and Notation (Fundamentals of Music) or pass an exam to place them out of MUS-107 Basic Theory and Notation. Since the theory sequence is offered in a rotating schedule, starting over every third semester, interested students are encouraged to take the exam (and, if deemed necessary, MUS-107 Basic Theory and Notation) early in their academic careers in order to be prepared when Theory I comes around in the rotation.

Electronic Music

The Minor in Electronic Music is distinct from the Minor in Music, and relied significantly on a prescribed set of courses that focus only on Electronic Music. These are designed for the teaching and learning of concepts, perspectives, and practices unique to music that is produced through electronic and digital processes.

Requirements for the Major

Music Theory Sequence
MUS-201Music Theory I1
MUS-301Music Theory II1
MUS-302Music Theory III1
Musicology Sequence
MUS-205European Music Before 17501
MUS-206European Music Since 17501
MUS-224Global Pers. on Music Cultures&identity1
Performance Sequence
Ensemble1
Brass Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra
Glee Club
Jazz Improvisation Combo
Jazz Ensemble
Wamidan World Music Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
MUS-261Intermediate Applied Music I0.5
MUS-361Intermediate Applied Music II0.5
Capstone
MUS-401Senior Seminar1
or MUS-304 Special Topics in Music
Total Credits9
1

The requirement to participate in ensembles must be met by enrolling for two full years in the same for-credit ensemble (MUS-151 Brass EnsembleMUS-152 Chamber OrchestraMUS-153 Glee ClubMUS-155 Jazz EnsembleMUS-156 Wamidan World Music Ensemble, or MUS-157 Woodwind Ensemble). Students receive ½ credit for each full year of for-credit ensemble participation. Majors must also complete a Senior Project in music.

Music majors are strongly encouraged to take courses in the following areas in fulfillment of their distribution coursework: Art History, Language Studies (Classical and Modern), Literature (and Culture), Philosophy (especially aesthetics), Psychology (especially perception), and General Physics (especially physics of sound).

For Senior Comprehensives, majors must pass a written departmental examination which draws upon a broad knowledge and understanding of music history, theory, formal analysis, and musicianship. Majors must also pass a one-hour oral examination as part of the comprehensive examinations.

Requirements for the Minor

MUS-151Brass Ensemble 10.5
or MUS-152 Chamber Orchestra
or MUS-153 Glee Club
or MUS-154 Jazz Improvisation Combo
or MUS-155 Jazz Ensemble
or MUS-156 Wamidan World Music Ensemble
or MUS-157 Woodwind Ensemble
MUS-201Music Theory I1
MUS-261Intermediate Applied Music I0.5
Select one from the following:1
European Music Before 1750
European Music Since 1750
Global Pers. on Music Cultures&identity
Music Electives, except MUS-1072
Total Credits5
1

The requirement to participate in ensembles must be met by enrolling for the full year in a for-credit ensemble (MUS-151 Brass EnsembleMUS-152 Chamber OrchestraMUS-153 Glee ClubMUS-155 Jazz EnsembleMUS-156 Wamidan World Music Ensemble, or MUS-157 Woodwind Ensemble). Students receive ½ credit for each full year of for-credit ensemble study.

Music (MUS)

MUS-051 Brass Ensemble (No Credit)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-052 Chamber Orchestra (No Credit)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-053 Glee Club (No Credit)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-054 Jazz Improv Combo (No Credit)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-055 Jazz Ensemble (no Credit)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-056 Wamidan Wld Music Ens (No Cr)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-057 Woodwind Ensemble (No Credit)

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5

MUS-101 Music in Society: A History

Appreciation for the history of music and the art of educated listening for students with little or no formal training. The class covers works from the major style periods of European classical music, as well as some examples from non-Western traditions, both as examples of their genres, and as expressions of the societies that produce them. Students may attend Music Department concerts and review them. This course is open to all students, is suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements, but it does not count for the minor. It is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-102 World Music

An introduction to the various world musical cultures and practices found outside the Western Classical Art tradition. The course gives an overview of music genres, instrumental types and resources, forms, and styles that originate from selected world music traditions in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabic Africa, Middle East, Near East, North America, South/Latin America, and the Caribbean region. Musical practices are studied in terms of structure, performance, aesthetic values, cross-cultural contacts, contextual function, and significance. Coursework includes weekly reading and listening assignments, musical demonstrations, and hands-on experience, as well as the acquisition and development of listening skills. This course is open to all students, is suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements, and is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-104 Topics in Music

A class for all students, regardless of background. Previous topics have included the history of jazz, the symphony, music of Duke Ellington, music of J.S. Bach, music of Beethoven, and music and technology. Suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements. This course does not count toward the major.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-107 Basic Theory and Notation

This course introduces students to the basic components of heard and notated music, and how to read music. Topics include rhythm, pulse, pitch, meter, notation, the piano keyboard, intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, cadences, chord progressions, composing and harmonizing simple melodies, and elementary ear-training. The goals of this course are to provide the student with an understanding of written notation, along with basic skills that promote further music study, performance, and composition. It is open to all students and is suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements, but it does not count toward the major or minor. It is offered every semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-151 Brass Ensemble

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-152 Chamber Orchestra

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-153 Glee Club

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-154 Jazz Improvisation Combo

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-155 Jazz Ensemble

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-156 Wamidan World Music Ensemble

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-157 Woodwind Ensemble

Participation in a given performance ensemble may be either on a non-credit or a for-credit basis. Students are expected to participate in ensembles for a full year. There are no grades assigned for non-credit participation, so it does not compute in the student's GPA; non-credit participation is noted on transcripts. For-credit participation is graded, and therefore does compute in the student's GPA. Students are allowed a maximum of four years (2 credits) of for-credit participation, total, regardless of which ensemble(s) are involved. A total of two years (1 credit) may be applied to the fulfillment of distribution requirements. Ensemble participation is required for majors and minors as detailed above. There is no maximum for non-credit participation; students may participate freely as their own schedules allow. Students do not register for participation in any ensemble at the time of course registration, but initiate participation with the ensemble director or the Fine Arts Center Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the academic year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-161 Beginning Applied Music

This course is for beginning students who have never studied voice or the particular instrument before. Students focus on the basic technical aspects of singing or playing, and are expected to focus on a variety of repertoire. Students are required to perform in at least one student recital during the academic year. Suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements. This does not count toward the major or minor.
Prerequisites: MUS-107 or Departmental Exam
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-201 Music Theory I

This course begins with a review of intervals and triads, followed by an examination of tonal music (consonance and dissonance; functional tonality; meter and tonal rhythm). From this study of functional tonal harmony in both its simultaneous and linear aspects, students move on to examine the notion of form, including: general melodic characteristics; tonality and harmonic implication in melody; tendency tones; melodic cadences; motives; phrases and periods; structure and embellishment in melody.
Prerequisites: MUS-107 or Permission of Instructor
Corequisites: MUS-201L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-202 Instruments & Culture

An introduction to world-music instrumental cultures with an emphasis on organology. A wide selection of traditional instruments will provide a basis for the study of cultural, scientific, and artistic aspects of instrumental music. Specific cultures are illuminated by the examination of aesthetic principles valued by each tradition, the role of musical instruments in culture, the theory of each tradition, and the visual representation of the instrument as both a sound and an art object. The course culminates in a final project. For this project, students may choose to write a term paper, give a class paper presentation, perform on a traditional instrument, or design and build an instrument by constructing a replica of an existing instrument, modifying a traditional instrument, or creating a totally new musical instrument design. It is open to all students, is suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements, and is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-204 Topics in Music

This is a dual-level course. Senior Music Majors register as MUS 304; students who are NOT Senior Music Majors register as MUS 204. This is topical course. In addition to completing the reading assignment required of all students in the course, Senior Music Majors will read additional scholarly sources to be discussed, attend regular additional meetings with the instructor, and write a substanial research paper. This course will be offered every Fall.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-205 European Music Before 1750

The rise of European art music from religious and folk traditions; Gregorian chant and early polyphonic genres; the growth of polyphony in mass, motet, and madrigal; early instrumental music; European genres of the 17th and 18th centuries: opera, oratorio, cantata, concerto, suite, sonata, keyboard music. Some emphasis on the music of J.S. Bach. This course is offered in the spring semester of 2017 and again in the fall of 2019.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-206 European Music Since 1750

A study of the evolution of European classical musical styles and genres from the mid-18th century to the present. The course focuses on Classical composers (Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven) who transformed musical style in sonata, symphony, concerto, chamber music, opera, and sacred music; major Romantic works and significant styles ranging from Schubert to Mahler; developments in European art music during the 20th century with emphasis on increasingly diverse cultural/aesthetic concerns and compositional techniques, as well as experimental departures from European tradition after 1945. This course is offered in the fall semester of 2016-2017 and again in the spring of 2018.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-212 Classical/Romantic Periods

A study of the evolution of European classical musical styles and genres from the mid-18th to the beginning of the 20th century. The first half of the course focuses on composers (Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven) who transformed musical style in sonata, symphony, concerto, chamber music, opera, and sacred music. The second half of the course covers major works and significant styles ranging from Schubert to Mahler. This course is offered in the spring semester of 2014-15.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-213 Music Since 1900

A survey of developments in European art music from 1900 to the present, with emphasis on increasingly diverse cultural/aesthetic concerns and compositional techniques in the first half of the 20th century, and on experimental departures from European tradition after 1945. Topics include impressionism, expressionism, futurism, atonality, the twelve-tone system, neoclassicism, the influence of European folk music on classical composition, integral serialism, indeterminacy, textural music, pluralism, minimalism, music and language, and electronic music. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-221 Intro to Electronic Music

In this course students create electronic music and/or sonic art in the Electronic Music Studio. A background in music is not required, though it may inform the work of some students. Each student learns how electronic music is made with digital applications, creates a series of electronic music projects, and considers what function, meaning and value such sonic objects have. Topics introduced include the Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), digital sequencing, audio editing, signal processing, musical acoustics, sound synthesis, spatialization, computer music mixing and production, aesthetics, psychology and reception of sonic art, and composition of electronic media. Students are expected to spend six hours a week outside class working on their projects in the Electronic Music Studio. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-222 Electronic Music History & Lit

A survey of the history and literature of electronic music, providing thorough treatment of the relevant history behind the marriage of technology and music that has led to the state of electronic music today. Beginning with the early history of electronic music before 1945, the course outlines key composers, inventions, and concepts, ranging from Edgard VarŠse to Brian Eno? musique concrŠte to turntablism? and compositional techniques used in both analog and digital synthesis.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-223 Digital Sound Synthesis

This course teaches digital sound design for electronic music. Using the visual programing language Max/MSP as a basis for both theory and practice, it covers concepts and techniques for basic sound synthesis, processing and sampling? musicrelated programing? additive and vector synthesis? noise generators, filters and subtractive synthesis? virtual synthesizer programing? control signals? and programing techniques for the objectoriented programing environment. These concepts and practices are applied to the composition of electronic music.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-224 Global Pers. on Music Cultures&identity

This course is designed to develop awareness and analytical appreciation of global musical diversity found within a variety world cultures. It covers the origin of Ethnomusicology as a sub-discipline, the classification of instruments, the musical and contextual roles instruments play in various cultures, tonal systems in use, and polyphonic and polyrhythmic textures as commonly applied. Course objectives are met through analysis and discussion of texts, audio recordings, and ethnographic fieldwork videos. This course is offered in the fall semester of 2017 and again in the spring of 2019.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-261 Intermediate Applied Music I

Students are expected to have previous experience on the instrument or voice, and show basic proficiency in reading music. Students progress beyond purely technical aspects of singing or playing. They are expected to master a variety of repertoire and understand historical, cultural, analytic, and stylistic aspects of works studied in applied instruction. Students are required to perform in at least one student recital during the academic year. This course is suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements. It is required for the major and minor.
Prerequisites: MUS-107 or Departmental Exam
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-287 Independent Study

Permission for independent work must be granted before registering. Appropriate forms are available in the department chair's office. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-288 Independent Study

Permission for independent work must be granted before registering. Appropriate forms are available in the department chair's office. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-297 Electronic Music Projects

This course provides individual applied instruction in the conposittion of electronic music projects. Students will individually create studio-based fixed-media compositions and/or develop digital applications for live-processed indivifual or collaborative performance projects. In all cases, students will be required to present their work in public performance.
Prerequisites: Prereq: MUS-221.
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-298 Electronic Music Projects

This course provides individual applied instruction in the conposittion of electronic music projects. Students will individually create studio-based fixed-media compositions and/or develop digital applications for live-processed indivifual or collaborative performance projects. In all cases, students will be required to present their work in public performance.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-301 Music Theory II

This course is a continuation of elements of music theory acquired in MUS 201. Students will learn intermediate elements of harmony such as non-chord tones, diatonic and secondary chord functions, modulation, chromatic voice leading, and basic principles of musical form. This course is offered in the fall semester of 2016 and again in the spring of 2019.
Prerequisites: MUS-201
Corequisites: Take MUS-301L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-302 Music Theory III

This course is a continuation of elements of music theory acquired in MUS 301. Students will finish study of chromatic harmony; learn tonal harmony of the late nineteenth century; 20th century music theory; and classical sonata form. This is the third course of the three-course music theory sequence. This course is offered in the fall semester of 2016 and the spring semester of 2018.
Prerequisites: MUS-301
Corequisites: Take MUS-302L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-304 Special Topics in Music

This is a dual-level course, Senior Music Majors register as MUS 304; students who are NOT Senior Music Majors register as MUS 204. This is a topical course. In addition to completing the reading assignment required of all students in the course, Senior Music Majors will read additional scholarly sources to be discussed, attend regular additional meetings with the instructor, and write a substantial research paper. This course will be offered every Fall.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-313 Special Topics

This is an advanced topics course, which changes from year to year. Previous topics have included Conducting, American Music, Choral Literature, and Major Figures of Jazz. This course may be repeated for credit when a different topic is offered. This course is offered as staffing permits.
Prerequisites: MUS-201
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-361 Intermediate Applied Music II

This course is a continuation of MUS 261 Intermediate Applied Music I. Students are required to perform in at least one student recital during the academic year. Suitable for fulfilling distribution requirements unless a student has already completed both MUS 161 and 261. This course is required for the major.
Prerequisites: MUS-261
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-387 Indep Study in Composition

This course gives advanced students an opportunity to engage in deep analysis and compositional exploration. Students enrolling for a full-course credit will be given listening assignments and will be asked to analyze music related to their analysis or composition projects. This course number is for fall semester independent study in composition.
Prerequisites: Take MUS-302
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-388 Independent Study in Composition

This course gives advanced students an opportunity to engage in generative analysis and compositional exploration. Students enrolling for a full-course credit will be given listening assignments and will be asked to analyze music related to their analysis or composition projects. This course number is for spring semester independent study in composition.
Prerequisites: MUS-302
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-401 Senior Seminar

This is the capstone course for music majors emphasizing connections between theory, history, and practice. Through an in-depth study of three seminal masterpieces (e.g., the Bach B Minor Mass, the Mozart Jupiter Symphony, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire or the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time), this seminar considers the interrelations of theoretical analysis, historical and stylistic awareness, performance practice, and reception. Required of all music majors. It is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-461 Advanced Applied Music

This course is for students who have completed MUS 361 and are either preparing a solo recital in fulfillment of the requirement for Majors to complete a Senior project, or are continuing out of personal interest. For-credit students are tested and graded at the end of each semester; the final grade is assigned after the completion of the full year of study. Students are required to perform a solo recital during the spring semester. This course does not count toward the major.
Prerequisites: MUS-361
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-487 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-488 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

MUS-IND Independent Study

Students may enroll in independent study courses for 0.5 or 1 course credit(s), with the approval of a supervising faculty member, the appropriate department/program chair, and the student's advisor. Registration forms for independent study are available in the Registrar's Office.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

Richard L Bowen

Peter Lucas Hulen (chair)

James K Makubuya

Joanna Matuszak

Reed Michael Spencer

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