School of Music

Course Descriptions

Course Offerings

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


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Music Theory and Composition

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Music Education

  • MUS 132 Foundations and Principles of Teaching Music

     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.

  • MUS 219 Introduction to Private Teaching

    An introduction to the aspects of private teaching applicable to all instruments/voice. Topics include lesson "etiquette," communication with students and their parents, recruitment, recital and event planning, and other aspects of starting and running a private studio. Students will develop a teaching philosophy and studio handbook. Offered in alternate years, fall semester.

  • MUS 221 String Techniques

    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.

  • MUS 222A Woodwind Techniques A

    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.  Offered each fall.

  • MUS 222B Woodwind Techniques B

    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.  Offered each spring.

  • MUS 223 Brass Techniques

    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.

  • MUS 224 Percussion Techniques

    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.

  • MUS 225 Vocal Techniques

    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.

  • MUS 227 Fundamentals of Conducting

    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.

  • MUS 232 Elementary General Music Methods

    This concept-focused course provides application of established methodologies and approaches (Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze, and Gordon) along with current research in constructing, implementing, and assessing music lessons for elementary-aged children. Peer teaching and field experiences in elementary general music classrooms are required. Prerequisites: MUS 132 with a C or higher and TEP acceptance. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 328 Instrumental Conducting

    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.

  • MUS 329 Choral Conducting

    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.

  • MUS 333A Instrumental Music Methods

    This course provides opportunities to develop research-based techniques and materials for teaching instrumental music in both established and less established ensemble settings while acquiring appropriate technology skills to support instruction. Peer teaching and field experiences in secondary instrumental music classrooms are required. Prerequisites: MUS 132 and 232 with a C or higher. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 333B Choral Music Methods

    This course is designed to develop research-based ensemble teaching strategies, and to develop lessons and curricular units relevant to performance skills and music literacy in the secondary choral music classroom. Peer teachings and field experiences in secondary choral music classrooms are required. Prerequisites: MUS 132 and 232 with a C or higher. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 339 Marching Band Practicum

     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.

  • MUS 427 Practicum in Music Education

    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.

  • MUS 428 Advanced Instrumental Conducting

    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.

  • MUS 429 Advanced Choral Conducting

    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.

  • MUS 430 Practicum in Conducting

    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.

  • MUS 497A Student Teaching In Music

    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

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Applied Music

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Piano Pedagogy

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String Pedagogy

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Voice

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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., Symphony 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.
 A student may enroll in more than one ensemble for credit; a grade will be recorded on his or her transcript and will be tabulated as part of his or her GPA. Students are not allowed to “audit” ensembles.  All ensemble participation is graded, and regular attendance is mandatory.

 

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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:

Students interested in fulfilling General Education requirements in “The Arts” through participation in ensembles and/or applied music lessons may choose from among the following four options: 

A. Four semesters of piano lessons (MUS 100) OR one semester of Beginning Class Piano for Non-Music Majors (MUS 101) plus two semesters of applied piano (MUS 100).

B. Four semester of applied voice (MUS 100) OR two semesters of applied voice (MUS 100) with concurrent enrollment in either University Choir (MUS 26) or Collegiate Choir (MUS 23).

C. Four semesters of classical guitar lessons (MUS 100) OR two semesters of applied classical guitar (MUS 100) with concurrent enrollment in Guitar Ensemble (MUS 37).

D. Two semesters of one of the following ensembles – Orchestra (MUS 21), Wind Ensemble (MUS 22), Symphonic Winds (MUS 24), Jazz Ensemble (MUS 34), or Jazz Lab Band (MUS 35) – with concurrent enrollment in the appropriate applied instrumental lessons (MUS 100). 

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.

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