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Basic Musicianship
Music Theory and Composition
Music Education
Music History and Literature
Applied Music
Piano Pedagogy
Voice
Organizations and Ensembles
"The Arts" Requirement

 

Basic Musicianship

14X Colloquia in Music This course will expose first-year music majors and minors to a variety of musical styles, forms and topics in musical leadership through attendance at performances and colloquia given by faculty and guest artists. Students will gain a framework upon which future musical study wil be based. No prerequisite. Offered each fall.

15X Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  This course will expose music majors and minors to a variety of musical styles, forms, and artistic interpretations through attendance at a required number of performance.  Through listening to performances and observing performers, students will develop their own personal style and strategies for use in preparation of their own musical presentations.  No prerequisite.  Offered each semester

100A, 100B Keyboard Basics A course of instruction for those music majors whose keyboard preparation is insufficient to effectively interact in the first-year theory sequence without additional tutoring in keyboard skills. Is not part of basic degree requirements, no prerequisite. Offered each semester.

103 Theory I (1) Basic materials of music, scales, intervals, primary and secondary chords, elementary voice-leading, basic harmonic analysis, related aural and keyboard skills instruction is integrated with written work in a laboratory situation. Offered each fall.

104 Theory II (1) Secondary dominants, more advanced voice-leading, harmonic analysis, elementary formal analysis, related aural and keyboard skills instruction is integrated with written work in a laboratory situation. Prerequisite: 103 or equivalent skill. Offered each spring.

201, 202 Survey of Music History I & II (.5) (.5) (CH) Two semester introduction to the intellectual, aesthetic, and stylistic trends of Western music history and to the representative genres and composers associated with them.  Familiarizes students with primary sources and teaches analytical techniques for articulating historical and stylistic observations in writing.  Includes a substantial amount of required listening.  MUS 201 treats antiquity through late Baroque, and MUS 202 spans the Classical period to the present.  Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each semester.

203 Theory III (1) Chromatic harmonies/ borrowed chords, advanced voice leading and part writing, formal analysis, aural skills instruction are integrated with written work. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each fall.

204 Theory IV (1) Twentieth century compositional/ harmonic techniques, advanced formal analysis, aural skills instruction are integrated with written work. Prerequisite: 203. Offered each spring.

205 Functional Piano I (.5) A keyboard-oriented reinforcement of theoretical concepts with special attention to the development of sufficient keyboard technique to handle the demands of vocal and instrumental accompaniments, basic score reading, harmonization and improvisation. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent proficiency. Offered each fall.

206 Functional Piano II (.5) A keyboard-oriented reinforcement of theoretical concepts with special attention to the development of sufficient keyboard technique to handle the demands of vocal and instrumental accompaniments, basic score reading, harmonization and improvisation. Prerequisite: 205 Offered each spring.

207 Keyboard Harmony I (.5) Techniques of melodic harmonization, transposition, sightreading, realization of figured bass, improvisation, and other related skills. Designed specifically for music majors with keyboard as the major applied instrument. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each fall.

208 Keyboard Harmony II (.5) Techniques of melodic harmonization, transposition, sight reading, realization of figured bass, improvisation, and other related skills. Designed specifically for music majors with keyboard as the major applied instrument. Prerequisite: 207. Offered each spring.

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Music Theory and Composition

111 Introduction to Music Composition (.5) An introduction to writing original music and an overview of related areas such as notation, instrumentation and contemporary musical styles. Class sessions plus weekly individual lessons. Open to all students.  Prerequisite: ability to read music, consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

112 Composition I (.5) Guided creative work in composition, emphasizing the development of a personal style and a clear connection between inner ear and final score.  Includes weekly seminar class.  For composition majors. Prerequisite: MUS 111. Offered each spring.

211 Composition II (.5) Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 112 or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

212 Composition III (.5) Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 211 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.

301 Tonal Counterpoint (1) Instruction in 18th century contrapuntal style/ techniques, including practical applications with cantus firmus, inventions and fugues. Prerequisite: 204 or consent of instructor. Offered every other spring.

302 Advanced Analysis (1) A detailed study of the principal organizing factors and structural patterns found in large-scale musical works of the 18th to 20th centuries, including comparisons between the treatment of similar forms in different style periods. Prerequisite: 204. Offered each fall.

307 Free Composition (.5 ) Guided creative work in composition. Includes weekly seminar class.  For non-composition majors with a strong musical background. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered each semester.

309 Orchestration (1) Physical and sonic characteristics of orchestral instruments, individually and in combination. In-class demonstrations; performances of student assignments; analysis of orchestrational techniques in the works of important composers; final project in composing or arranging for orchestra. Prerequisite: 103 or consent of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

311 Composition IV (1) Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition.  For composition majors.  Prerequisite: 212 or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

312 Composition V (1) Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition.  For composition majors.   Prerequisite: 311 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.

313 Electroacoustic Music (1) History and literature of electronic and computer music.  Techniques of sound production, modification, and recording, with an emphasis on creative compositional applications. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.

411 Composition VI (1)  Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition.  For composition majors. Prerequisite: 312 or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

412 Composition VII (1) Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition.  For composition majors.   Prerequisite: 411 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.

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Music Education

132 Foundations and Principles of Teaching Music (1) Introduction to explore careers as music teachers; current music pedagogies; examination of educational theories and philosophies related to music; opportunities to observe and critique music teaching; simulated teaching experiences; assessments of the suitability of student personality and interest for teaching.  Offered each spring.

221 String Techniques (.5) A laboratory class in string instrument techniques and teaching materials and methods designed to familiarize students with the fingerings and idioms of the instruments. Attention is also given to the study of pedagogical strategies and arranging appropriate to the grade level.  Offered each spring.

222A, B Woodwind Techniques (.25) A laboratory class in woodwind instrument techniques and teaching materials and methods. Attention is also given to the study of pedagogical strategies and arranging appropriate to the grade level.  Must be taken in sequence.  BME students only, or consent of the instructor.  A offered each fall; B offered each spring.

223 Brass Techniques (.5) A laboratory class in brass instrument techniques and teaching materials and methods.  Attention is also given to the study of pedagogical strategies and arranging appropriate to the grade level.  Offered each fall.

224 Percussion Techniques (.5) A laboratory class in percussion instrument techniques and teaching materials and methods.  Attention is also given to the study of pedagogical strategies and arranging appropriate to the grade level.  Offered each spring.

225 Vocal Techniques (.5) A laboratory class in vocal techniques and teaching materials and methods.  Attention is also given to the study of pedagogical strategies and arranging appropriate to the grade level.  Not recommended for first-year students; however, if first-year students strongly desire to take this course, then they must seek permission of the instructor.  Offered each spring.

227 Fundamentals of Conducting (.5) Designed to assist the student in acquiring a mastery of the basic techniques of conducting.  Includes the accurate and clear beating of all conducting patterns, together with the coordinate use of the left hand.  Offered each semester.

328 Instrumental Conducting (.5) Attention is focused on the refinement of fundamental conducting techniques.  Kinesthetic, aural, and rehearsal techniques are applied to the successful conducting of an instrumental ensemble. Attention is also given to the study of arranging, orchestral bowing, and transpositions.  Prerequisite: 227. Offered each spring.

329 Choral Conducting (.5) Basic beat patterns are coordinated with the specific demands of choral literature.  Ear training and conducting exercises supplement instruction in manual technique.  The study of choral performance includes warm-ups, physical preparation, posture, breath, tone, balance, diction, intonation, rhythm and more.  Other topics include organization of choral groups, testing and classification of voices, the audition procedure, program building, arranging, score analysis and marking and rehearsal techniques.  Prerequisite: 227.  Offered each fall semester.

332 Teaching Elementary School Music (1) Designed to develop techniques, materials, and skills for teaching music in the elementary schools in both vocal and instrumental settings; examine current methodologies, philosophies, and materials for effective teaching including diverse cultural backgrounds and special populations, multicultural musics, arranging and improvisation utilizing the Orff instrumentarium, and observing and teaching elementary general music classes in the public schools.  Designed for Music Education majors; open to Elementary Education majors with consent of instructor.  Prerequisites: MUS 132, MUS 202, MUS 204. Offered each fall.

333 Teaching Secondary School Music (1)  Designed to develop techniques, materials, and skills for teaching music in the junior and senior high schools in both vocal and instrumental (and performance and non-performance) settings; examine current methodologies, philosophies, and materials for effective teaching including diverse cultural backgrounds and special populations, multicultural musics, arranging and improvisation, and observing and teaching junior and senior high music classes in the public schools.  Designed for Music Education majors.  Prerequisites: MUS 132, MUS 202, MUS 204, MUS 332, successfully pass all portions of the B.M.E. upper division interview, and admittance to upper division status within the B.M.E. program. Offered each spring.

339 Marching Band Practicum (.25) A laboratory class in which selected instrumental majors are largely responsible for the planning and execution of football half-time shows with the Marching Band. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

427 Practicum in Music Education (.25 or .5) The application of knowledge and skills acquired in courses to a live teaching situation. Prerequisites: junior standing, successfully pass all portions of the B.M.E. upper division interview, and admittance to upper division status within the B.M.E. program.  Offered each semester.

428 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (.5) Advanced rehearsal techniques involved in the performance of excellent orchestral and band literature; refinement of baton technique and careful attention to analysis and interpretation of instrumental scores.  Students have the opportunity to conduct a lab ensemble.  Prerequisite: MUS 328. Offered each fall.

429 Advanced Choral Conducting (.5) This course focuses on the refinement of manual technique, rehearsal procedures and aspects of interpretation (i.e., performance practice, stylistic understanding, and arranging).  Larger choral/ orchestral  works are discussed from the conductor's viewpoint.  Prerequisite: MUS 329. Offered in alternate years during the spring semester.

430 Practicum in Conducting (.25 or .5) Application of acquired conducting skills through preparing and conducting works in concert performance.  Prerequisites: MUS 227 and MUS 328 or 329 and consent of the instructor.  Offered occasionally.

497A Student Teaching In Music (4) A one-semester experience in both elementary and secondary settings under the guidance of certified personnel and the University supervisor, with a concurrent weekly on-campus seminar. Students are exempt from all other activities or requirements during the semester. Offered each semester.

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Music History and Literature

164 The Gourmet Listener (1) (AR) Designed for liberal arts students, this course is an introduction to the numerous genres of Western concert music.  Emphasis will be placed on identifying different styles and forms of music.  Features live performances.  Offered each May term.

201/202 Survey of Music History I & II (.5, .5) Two semester introduction to the intellectual, aesthetic, and stylistic trends of Western music history and to the representative genres and composers associated with them.  Familiarizes students with primary sources and teaches analytical techniques for articulating historical and stylistic observations in writing.  Includes a substantial amount of required listening.  MUS 201 treats antiquity through late Baroque, and MUS 202 spans the Classical period to the present.  Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each semester.

250 Special Topics (1) Dedicated to specific topics, periods, styles or ideas in music.  May be repeated for credit if the topic is not duplicated.  See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements.  Offered occasionally.

264 Jazz History (1) (U)  The origins, evolution and emergence of jazz as an art form. Lectures, readings, and listening to recorded and live performances illustrate various styles in the development of jazz.  An emphasis is placed on individual styles important to the periods of jazz.  Open to all students.  Offered each spring.

268 Latin American Music (1) (G) Folk, popular and concert musics of Hispanic America, from their roots on three continents to their most contemporary forms.  Emphasis on cultural understanding and critical approaches to listening and writing about music. No previous background in music is required.  Offered occasionally.

350 Special Topics in Music (1) Intensive study in a selected topic in music.  Topics vary from semester to semester.  Open to all students.  May be repeated for credit if the topic is not duplicated.  See current P rogram of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements.  Offered occasionally.

351 History of Opera (1) A survey of opera from its origins to the present day.  The study will explore the relationship between music and drama, the development of characterization, the theatrical and aesthetic conventions of operatic production and the interrelationship between the operatic art work and its parent culture.  Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. 

352 Choral Literature (.5) A survey of selected major choral compositions and composers of the past 500 years, with emphasis on the standard masterpieces, but also including lesser-known works of importance.  Other topics include selection of quality literature, sources of literature and practical application of choral literature to various types of ensembles.  Offered in alternate years during the spring semester.

353 History of Musical Style I: Renaissance (1) (W) Study of musical styles and historical context 1450-1600, culminating in the works of Palestrina and Victoria.  Explores in greater depth the core repertory and composers covered in MUS 210 with emphasis on musical analysis and interdisciplinary perspectives.  Substantial writing component and required listening.  Prerequisite: MUS 202.  Offered occasionally.

354 History of Musical Style II: Baroque (1) (W)  Study of musical style in Europe from the Florentine camerata to the end of high-Baroque counterpoint.  Emphasis on application of appropriate analytical techniques, interdisciplinary perspectives, performance practice and interpretation.  Substantial written component, required listening.  Prerequisite: MUS 202.  Offered occasionally.

355 History of Musical Style III: Classic (1) (W)   Study of the Classic period in Europe and its opera, symphonic, piano, and chamber repertories.  Emphasis on application of appropriate analytical techniques, interdisciplinary perspectives, historical and cultural context, performance practice and interpretation.  Substantial written component, required listening.  Prerequisite: MUS 202.  Offered occasionally.

356 History of Musical Style IV: Romantic (1) (W)  Study of 19th century music in Europe and its opera, symphonic, piano, and chamber repertories.  Emphasis on application of appropriate analytical techniques, interdisciplinary perspectives, historical and cultural context, performance practice and interpretation.  Substantial written component, required listening.  Prerequisite: MUS 202.  Offered occasionally.

357 History of Musical Style V: Post-Romanticism to WWII (1) (W)  Study of developments and innovations in musical styles during this volatile period.  Emphasis on application techniques, interdisciplinary perspectives, and cultural contexts.  Substantial written component, required listening.  Prerequisite: MUS 202.  Offered in alternate years, fall term.

358 History of Music Style VI: Post-World War II to the Present (1) (W)  The expanding concert-music universe of the contemporary era.  The modernist, neoclassic and postmodern aesthetics; the exploration of timbre, texture and intonation; the growth of electronic and computer music; the development of new forms of music theater; the profound effects of popular, jazz, and traditional musics.  Substantial required writing and listening.  Prerequisite: MUS 202.  Offered in alternate years, spring term.

360, 361 Keyboard Literature (1) (1) A survey of the literature written for stringed keyboard instruments from the 16th century to the present, involving playing, listening, and analysis. Offered in alternate years.

370 Special Topics in Music (1) Intensive study of a selected topic in music for music majors.  Topics will vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit if the topic is not duplicated.  Offered occasionally.

475 Independent Study (1)  Studies of selected topics in the areas of music history and literature, music education, performance practice, or sacred music.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of the instructor.  Offered each semester.

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Applied Music

100, 100X Bachelor of Arts or Minor Study (.25) Instruction in the minor fields is designed to aid students in meeting the required minimum proficiencies for the various degree programs in the School of Music and to broaden their contacts with performance media beyond the applied major. Music majors electing minor lessons beyond those actually required for specific degree programs pay an additional fee for this instruction.  See the current Course Catalog for price.
    Applied music lessons are open to students in other division of the University with the consent of the instructor and payment of special fees (see Course Catalog).  Students will be assigned to teachers for one half-hour private lesson each week.  Instruction is available in the following fields: Voice Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ, Harpsichord), Stringed Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass), Woodwind Instruments (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone), Brass Instruments (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba), and Percussion Instruments. Offered each semester.

171, 173 Freshman Applied B.A. (.25) (.25)  Instruction in the principal field of applied music is designed to prepare students to meet the performance requirements in the B.A. degree program in addition to providing a laboratory for the study of the literature of the art of music.  Instruction is available in the following fields: Voice, Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ, Harpsichord), Stringed Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass), Woodwind Instruments (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone), Brass Instruments (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba), and Percussion Instruments. 171 offered each fall; 173 offered each spring.

181, 183 Freshman Applied Major (.5) (.5) Instruction in the principal field of applied music is designed to prepare students to meet the performance requirements in the various degree programs in addition to providing a laboratory for the study of the literature of the art of music. Instruction is available in the following fields: Voice, Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ, Harpsichord), Stringed Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass), Woodwind Instruments (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone), Brass Instruments (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba), and Percussion Instruments. 181 offered each fall; 183 offered each spring.

271, 283 Sophomore Applied B.A. (.25) (.25)  A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171.  271 offered each fall; 273 offered each spring.

281, 283 Sophomore Applied Concentration (.5) (.5) A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181.  281 offered each fall; 283 offered each spring.

291, 293 Sophomore Applied Major (1) (1) A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. For potential performance majors. 291 offered each fall; 293 offered each spring.

300, 300X Minor Study (.25) A continuation of applied work in the minor field as described under 100.  Prerequisite: four semesters of minor study or consent of instructor. Offered each semester.

371, 373 Junior Applied B.A. (.25) (.25) A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171.  371 offered each fall; 373 offered each spring.

381, 383 Junior Applied Concentration (.5) (.5) A continuation of applied work as described under 181 at the junior level.  381 offered each fall; 383 offered each spring.

391, 393 Junior Applied Major (1) (1) A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181.  A public recital is required in the junior year.  391 offered each fall; 393 offered each spring.

471, 473 Senior Applied B.A. (.25) (.25) A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. 481 offered each fall; 483 offered each spring.

481, 483 Senior Applied Concentration (.5) (.5) A continuation of applied work as described under 181 at the senior level. 481 offered each fall; 483 offered each spring.

491, 493 Senior Applied Major (1) (1) A continuation of applied work as described under 181. A public recital is required in the senior year.  491 offered each fall; 493 offered each spring.

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Piano Pedagogy

360, 361 Keyboard Literature (1, 1) See listing under Music History and Literature. Offered in alternate years.

366 Piano Pedagogy: Methodologies and Resources (1) Concepts and materials for teaching piano to pre-school children, and individual and group lessons to average-age beginners, adult beginners, and intermediate level students; survey of elementary method books, piano literature available to bridge the transition from method books to the standard advanced repertory, and study of the development of technique in the advancing pianist; curriculum and lesson planning concepts; introduction to computer-aided instruction in music theory and the use of other MIDI applications in the applied studio; includes components of observation and intern teaching in the Illinois Wesleyan piano preparatory program.  Offered in alternate years.

367 Studies in Pedagogical Literature (1) Research and study of various philosophical schools and historical ideas in advanced piano pedagogy. Focus on the selection of appropriate literature to foster a logical sequence of musical and technical development in the advanced student, formulation of an annotated bibliography of source readings, and a study of the strengths and weaknesses of various editions as standard scores. Offered in alternate years.

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Voice

38 Opera Theatre Workshop (.25) A laboratory course devoted to the analysis and preparation of solos and ensembles based on operatic/ musical drama literature chosen from opera seria to 20th century musical dramatic entertainments.  Course instruction will include audition processes, stylistic performance practice, role research, musical coachings, stage movement, makeup application, and technical support systems. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered every other year.

39 Opera Theatre Performance (.25) A laboratory course devoted to the performance of operatic/ musical drama literature. Prerequisites: Completion of a successful audition and consent of instructor. Offered every semester.

185 English Diction and Literature (.5) A laboratory course in English diction for singers, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet.  Offered in alternate years.

186 French Diction and Literature (.5) A laboratory course in French diction for singers.  Prerequisite: working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet.  Offered in alternate years.

187 Italian Diction and Literature (.5) A laboratory course in Italian diction for singers, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet.  Offered in alternate years.

188 German Diction and Literature (.5) A laboratory course in German diction for singers, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet..  Offered in alternate years.

325 Vocal Pedagogy (.5)  A course designed to foster the development of a practical philosophy of singing and teaching.  Prerequisite: MUS 225 Vocal Techniques.  Offered each spring.

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Organizations and Ensembles

    The various ensembles listed below are open for participation by all students in the University regardless of major.  These require an entrance audition before approval to register can be granted (e.g., Civic Orchestra, Collegiate Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble).
    The "X" listing indicates that the ensemble is taken for no credit.   "X" courses will not count toward the accumulation of units required for a non-music degree.  However, coursework will be evaluated and a grade recorded on the student's transcript.
    Music degree candidates enrolling in more than one ensemble in a single term must register for the "X" (no credit) number in each ensemble beyond the first.

 21, 21X Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra (.25) A Symphony Orchestra open by audition to all string, wind and percussion students of the University.  The Orchestra performs the standard orchestral repertoire and presents many concerts each year.  Offered each semester.

22, 22X Wind Ensemble (.25) The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the more experienced wind and percussion students at the University and performs the finest in wind and percussion literature.  Besides performing many concerts at home, the Wind Ensemble also tours.  Offered each semester.

23, 23X Collegiate Choir (.25) A mixed ensemble that perfects the finest sacred and secular choral literature of the past five centuries. Open to all students by audition. The choir presents numerous programs on the campus and on an annual Spring Choir Tour. Offered each semester.

24, 24X Symphonic Winds(.25) The Symphonic Winds is one of two wind bands that rehearses and performs serious literature from the best of the band repertoire. The Symphonic Winds performs at least once per semester and is comprised of students from the University regardless of major. The ensemble is open, by successful audition or with permission of instructor, to all students.  Offered each semester.

25X Titan Band (NC) An activity band that performs at home football and basketball games. Students must register for the season, which runs from late August through the first half of March.  Open to all students in the University.

26, 26X University Choir (.25) A mixed ensemble maintained for the study and performance of sacred and secular choral literature of different periods and styles.  Performs at least three times per year.  Open to all students by preliminary placement hearing.  Offered each semester.

31, 31X Chamber Music: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Voice, Piano Accompaniment, and Piano Ensemble (.25) Ensembles of varying size and instrumentation which engage in the study and performance of chamber music. Offered as needed.

34, 34X (Section One) Jazz Ensemble (.25) Rehearsal, study and performance of all styles of music in the jazz idiom.  Jazz improvisation is stressed in rehearsals and out of class assignments.  Student arrangers and composers are encouraged to have their works performed.  Open by audition to all students of the University. Offered each semester.

34, 34X (Section Two) Jazz Lab Band (.25)  A lab jazz band available to any campus student without audition.  Secondary instruments are encouraged.  The basics of improvisation, reading and jazz styles encourage involvement in jazz throughout the student's life.

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General Education requirement in “The Arts”

In addition to specific traditional music courses approved for credit in the General Education category “The Arts” (listed below), the School of Music offers students several additional ways in which they may fulfill this requirement.  Students with an interest in pursuing applied study in voice, piano, or on a string, wind, or percussion instrument may choose from the following options:

  • four semesters of piano lessons (Music 100)
  • four semesters of voice lessons (Music 100)
  • two semesters of voice lessons (Music 100) taken concurrently with either University Choir (Music 26) or Collegiate Choir (Music 23).
  • Two semester of lessons on a string, wind, or percussion instrument (Music 100) taken concurrently with either Orchestra (Music 21), Wind Ensemble (Music 22), Symphonic Winds (Music 24), Jazz Ensemble (Music 34-1), or Jazz Lab Band (Music 34-1).

Disclaimer:  Participation in all the ensembles listed above, with exception of Jazz Lab Band, is by audition onlyThere is an additional charge for lessons for students who are not participating the Jennings Scholarship Program.

Class Options:

  • MUS 164: Gourmet Listener
            Designed for the liberal arts students, this course is an introduction to the numerous genres of Western concert music.  Emphasis will be placed on identifying different styles and forms of music.  Features live performances.  Offered each May Term
  • MUS 264: Jazz History (also fulfills U.S. Diversity flag)
            The origins, evolution, and emergence of jazz as an art form.  Lectures, reading, and listening to recorded and live performances illustrate various styles in the development of jazz.  An emphasis is placed on individual styles important to the periods of jazz.  Open to all students.  Offered each spring
  • MUS 268: Latin American Music (also fulfills Global Diversity flag)
            Folk, popular, and concert music of Hispanic America, from their roots on three continents to their most contemporary forms.  Emphasis on cultural understanding and critical approaches to listening and writing about music.  No previous background in music is required.  Offered occasionally
  • MUS 350: Special Topics in Music
            Intensive study in a selected topic in music.  Topics vary from semester to semester.  Open to all students.  May be repeated for credit if the topic is not duplicated.  See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements.  Offered occasionally

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