General Studies Program

 

MUSIC OPTION

 

Music Course Descriptions

 

This option provides study in music or music education for those students who wish to major in these subjects at a four-year institution.  The music curriculum also affords an excellent opportunity to choose electives that will enrich personal lifestyles. Music as an avocation can be developed through individual and ensemble instruction.

 

 

 

Transferability: You should become familiar with the requirements of your transfer institution.

 

 

 

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)

Program Concentration                                     22 Credits

 

 

 

MUS 1030 Concert Choir

OR

MUS 1110 Instrumental Ensemble ......................................................1

MUS 1150 Theory I.............................................................................3

MUS 1160 Theory II............................................................................3

MUS 1210 Class Piano I

OR

MUS 1230 Class Voice I ....................................................................1

MUS 2150 Theory III...........................................................................3

MUS 2160 Theory IV..........................................................................3

MUS 1290-1420 Applied Music.............................................................4

MUS 2290-2420 Advanced Applied Music..............................................4

 

 

 

Supporting Courses/Electives                           42-44 Credits

 

 

English Composition I and II*.............................................................6

Humanities*.....................................................................................9

   Choose one course from each group:

   Group A:  SPH 1010, SPH 1050, SPH 1090, SPH III0

   Group B:  MUS 1050

   Group C: Any 2000-level English literature course

Mathematics (MAT 1130 recommended)............................................3

Science*.........................................................................................7-8

   Two courses, one course must carry laboratory credit.

Social Sciences*.............................................................................9

   Group A:  One history course from general education list

   Group B:  Two courses from social sciences general education list,

                   one course must be nonhistory.

Computer Literacy*..........................................................................3

   CIS 1010

Cultural Diversity*............................................................................3

Health/Physical Education...............................................................2-3

   Any HLE or at least 2 credits of PED

 

 

Minimum required for A.A. degree:  64 credit hours

*Satisfies General Education requirement (see College Catalog pp. 33-36)

 

 

MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

 

MUS 1000.           Fundamentals of Music Theory               3 Credits

 

 Preparation for MUS 115 for those lacking a strong background. Basic principles of music theory.   2 class/2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1010.           Music Appreciation                                 3 Credits

 

Appraisal of the different styles of music from the Middle Ages to the present time. Not open to music majors.  Prerequisite:  Reading proficiency level.

 

MUS 1030.           Concert Choir                                         1 Credit

 

 Mixed chorus performing music selected from the Renaissance to the present. Required for voice majors. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. 3 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1050.           Survey of Music Literature                     3 Credits

 

Survey of the musical repertoire. Prerequisites: Reading proficiency level and MUS 115 or permission of instructor.

 

MUS 1110.            Instrumental Ensemble                           1 Credit

 

Group performance for instrumentalists. Required for students taking applied instrumental lessons. May be repeated for up to 4 credits.  3 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1150.           Theory I                                                 3 Credits

 

Principles of music theory. Primary triads and inversion, cadence, form; keyboard, solfege, dictation. Prerequisite: Placement exam or MUS 100. 2 class/4 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1160.           Theory II                                                3 Credits

 

Continuation of MUS 115. Secondary triad, nonharmonic tones, dominant and supertonic seventh 

chords and inversions; keyboard, solfege, dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 115. 2 class/4 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1210.           Class Piano I                                          1 Credit

 

Group piano instruction for beginners; music reading, scales, chords, repertory. Practice facilities available.     Required of non-piano music majors. 2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1220.           Class Piano II                                         1 Credit

 

Group instruction for advanced beginners. Practice facilities available. Prerequisite: MUS 121 or referral. 2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1230.           Class Voice I                                           1 Credit

 

Training the singing voice, applying vocal principles to the preparation of songs. Required of non-voice music majors. 2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1240.           Class Voice II                                          1 Credit

 

English, Italian, German, and French pronunciation in song literature, stage presence, and recital planning. lab hrs.

 

MUS 1250.           Sight Singing                                         1 Credit

 

Sight singing through use of the basic symbols of notation plus melodic/harmonic and rhythmic reading. Practice of standard music scores. 2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 1290-1420.     Applied Music (Private Instruction)*       2 Credits

 

                           MUS 1290-1300. Voice

                           MUS 1310-1320. Woodwind

                           MUS 1330-1340. Brass

                           MUS 1350-1360. Strings, including Jazz, 

                                               Classical, and Bass Guitar

                           MUS 1370-1380. Percussion

                           MUS 1390-1400. Piano

                           MUS 1400-1420. Organ

 

*Special fee: $250.00 for private instruction, one hour per week per semester. Private lessons may be taken as a major emphasis toward a music degree, as a supplementary subject in the music program, or for personal enrichment. Students enrolling for credit must audition and are required to perform in two seminars, attend eight seminars, enroll in an ensemble, and take a jury exam.

 

MUS 1500.           Introduction to Music Technology        3 Credits

 

This course will cover various contemporary and historical technologies used in the composition, notation, performance, recording and distribution of music.  Special attention will be given to recent digital technologies.  Through Lectures, discussions, audio visual presentations, written assignments, class projects, and experimentation, students will explore the influence of technology upon music and music culture.

 

MUS 1510.           Digital Notation                                     3 Credits

 

This course covers the technologies utilized in creating and publishing printed music.  Students produce printed vocal scores that include notation and lyrics; and instrumental scores that accommodate transposing instruments.  Through score analysis, practical exercises, and assigned projects, students gain proficiency with state-of-the-art music publishing techniques.

 

MUS 2150.           Theory III                                              3 Credits

 

Continuation of MUS 116. Modulation to closely related keys, all seventh chords, altered chords, analysis; keyboard, solfege, dictation.  Prerequisite: MUS 116. 6 lab hrs.

 

MUS 2160.           Theory IV                                              3 Credits

 

 Continuation of MUS 215. Augmented-sixth chords, foreign modulation, and extended chords; musical  analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUS 215. 6 lab hrs.

 

MUS 2210.           Class Piano III                                       1 Credit

 

Emphasis on sight reading, musicianship, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, and keyboard fluency. Prerequisite: MUS 122 or permission of instructor. 2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 2220.           Class Piano IV                                        1 Credit

 

 Ensemble playing, duets, two-piano, sight reading, harmonizing melodies, and basic accompanying. Prerequisite: MUS 221 or permission of instructor. 2 lab hrs.

 

MUS 2290-2420.      Advanced Applied Music                      *2 Credits

                          (Private Instruction)  

 

                           MUS 2290-2300. Voice

                           MUS 2310-2320. Woodwind

                           MUS 2330-2340. Brass

                           MUS 2350-2360. Strings, including Jazz, 

                                               Classical, and Bass Guitar

                           MUS 3470-3480. Percussion

                           MUS 2390-2400. Piano

                           MUS 2410-2420. Organ

 

**Special fee: $250.00 for private instruction, one hour per week per semester. Private lessons may be taken as a major emphasis toward a music degree or as a supplementary subject in the music program. Students enrolling for credit must audition and are required to perform in two seminars, attend eight seminars, enroll in an ensemble, and take a jury exam.

 

MUS 2480.         Conducting                                              2 Credits

 

Fundamental aspects of manual technique, score reading, rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 115 or equivalent.

 

MUS 2910-2930.   Cooperative Education                          1-3 Credits