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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

  • MUS 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.

  • MUS 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

  • MUS 100A 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.

  • MUS 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.

  • MUS 103 Music Theory I

    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.

  • MUS 104 Music Theory II

    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.

  • MUS 201 Survey of Music History I

    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. Treats antiquity through late Baroque. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each semester.

  • MUS 202 Survey of Music History II

    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. Spans the Classical period to the present. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each semester.

  • MUS 203 Music Theory III

    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.

  • MUS 204 Music Theory IV

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

  • MUS 205 Functional Piano I

    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.

  • MUS 206 Functional Piano II

    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.

  • MUS 207 Keyboard Harmony I

    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.

  • MUS 208 Keyboard Harmony II

    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

  • MUS 111 Introduction to Music Composition

    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.

  • MUS 112 Composition I

    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.

  • MUS 211 Composition II

    Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 112 or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 212 Composition III

    Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 211 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 301 Tonal Counterpoint

    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.

  • MUS 302 Advanced Analysis

    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.

  • MUS 307 Free Composition

    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.

  • MUS 309 Orchestration

    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.

  • MUS 311 Composition IV

    Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 212 or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 312 Composition V

    Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 311 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 313 Electroacoustic Music

    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.

  • MUS 411 Composition VI

    Includes weekly seminar class and continued creative work in composition. For composition majors. Prerequisite: 312 or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 412 Composition VII

    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

  • 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 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 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

    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 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 332 Teaching Elementary School Music

    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.

  • MUS 333 Teaching Secondary School Music

    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.

  • 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

  • MUS 164 The Gourmet Listener

    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.

  • MUS 201 Survey of Music History I

    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. Treats antiquity through late Baroque. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each semester.

  • MUS 202 Survey of Music History II

    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. Spans the Classical period to the present. Prerequisite: 104 or equivalent skill. Offered each semester.

  • MUS 250 Special Topics

    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.

  • MUS 264 Jazz History

    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.

  • MUS 268 Latin American Music

    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.

  • 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.

  • MUS 351 History of Opera

    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.

  • MUS 352 Choral Literature

    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.

  • MUS 353 History of Musical Style I: Renaissance

    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.

  • MUS 354 History of Musical Style II: Baroque

    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.

  • MUS 355 History of Musical Style III: Classic

    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.

  • MUS 356 History of Musical Style IV: Romantic

    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.

  • MUS 357 History of Musical Style V: Post-Romanticism to WWII

    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.

  • MUS 358 History of Music Style VI: Post-World War II to the Present

    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.

  • MUS 360 Keyboard Literature

    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.

  • MUS 361 Keyboard Literature

    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.

  • MUS 370 Special Topics in Music

    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.

  • MUS 475 Independent Study

    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

  • MUS 100 / 100X Bachelor of Arts or Minor Study

    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.

  • MUS 171 Freshman Applied B.A.

    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. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 173 Freshman Applied B.A.

    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. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 181 Freshman Applied Major

    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. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 183 Freshman Applied Major

    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. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 271 Sophomore Applied B.A.

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 273 Sophomore Applied B.A.

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 281 Sophomore Applied Concentration

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. Offered each fall

  • MUS 283 Sophomore Applied Concentration

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. Offered each spring

  • MUS 291 Sophomore Applied Major

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. For potential performance majors. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 293 Sophomore Applied Major

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. For potential performance majors. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 300 (X) Minor Study

    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.

  • MUS 371 Junior Applied B.A.

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 373 Junior Applied B.A.

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 381 Junior Applied Concentration

    A continuation of applied work as described under 181 at the junior level. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 383 Junior Applied Concentration

    A continuation of applied work as described under 181 at the junior level. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 391 Junior Applied Major

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. A public recital is required in the junior year. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 393 Junior Applied Major

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. A public recital is required in the junior year. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 471 Senior Applied B.A.

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 473 Senior Applied B.A.

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 171. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 481 Senior Applied Concentration

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. A public recital is required in the junior year. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 483 Senior Applied Concentration

    A continuation of applied work in the chosen field as described under 181. A public recital is required in the junior year. Offered each spring.

  • MUS 491 Senior Applied Major

    A continuation of applied work as described under 181. A public recital is required in the senior year. Offered each fall.

  • MUS 493 Senior Applied Major

    A continuation of applied work as described under 181. A public recital is required in the senior year. Offered each spring.

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Piano Pedagogy

  • MUS 360 Keyboard Literature

    See listing under Music History and Literature. Offered in alternate years.

  • MUS 361 Keyboard Literature

    See listing under Music History and Literature. Offered in alternate years.

  • MUS 366 Piano Pedagogy: Methodologies and Resources

    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.

  • MUS 367 Studies in Pedagogical Literature

    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

  • MUS 38 Opera Theatre Workshop

    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.

  • MUS 39 Opera Theatre Performance

    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.

  • MUS 185 English Diction and Literature

    A laboratory course in English diction for singers, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Offered in alternate years.

  • MUS 186 French Diction and Literature

    A laboratory course in French diction for singers. Prerequisite: working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Offered in alternate years

  • MUS 187 Italian Diction and Literature

    A laboratory course in Italian diction for singers, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Offered in alternate years.

  • MUS 188 German Diction and Literature

    A laboratory course in German diction for singers, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet.. Offered in alternate years.

  • MUS 325 Vocal Pedagogy

    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.
 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.

  • MUS 21 / 21X Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra

    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.

  • MUS 22 / 22X Wind Ensemble

    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.

  • MUS 23 /23X Collegiate Choir

    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.

  • MUS 24 / 24X Symphonic Winds

    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.

  • MUS 25X Titan Band

    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.

  • MUS 26 / 26X University Choir

    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.

  • MUS 31 / 31X Chamber Music: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Voice, Piano Accompaniment, and Piano Ensemble

    Ensembles of varying size and instrumentation which engage in the study and performance of chamber music. Offered as needed.

  • MUS 34 / 34X (Section One) Jazz Ensemble

    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.

  • MUS 34 / 34X (Section Two) Jazz Lab Band

    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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