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MUSI 101G: Introduction to Music
1 course credit

A study of musical materials, principles of organization, and historical styles. Designed to develop an understanding of music.

This course does not count toward the music major.

MUSI 121: Theory of Music I
1 course credit

An introductory investigation into the basic theoretical foundations of music—melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, and form—through the study of music from various stylistic periods and the development of composition and analysis. This course includes two hours a week of aural skills lab.

MUSI 122: Theory of Music II
1 course credit

Continuation of MUSI 121 at the elementary level. This course includes two hours a week of aural skills lab.

Prerequisite: MUSI 121 or by permission.

MUSI 203G: Evolution of Jazz
1 course credit

A study of the origin and development of jazz and its components. Designed to develop an understanding of jazz as it relates to American society and other styles of music. Offered subject to staffing availability.

This course does not count toward the music major.

MUSI 205G: History of American Music
1 course credit

A survey of music in North America (primarily the United States) from the colonial era to the present day. Emphasizes works, styles, and artists from a variety of musical traditions. Designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the broad range of musical styles found in the United States and the equally broad range of cultural traditions from which they emerged.

Offered subject to staffing availability. This course does not count toward the music major.

MUSI 211: History and Literature of Music I
1 course credit

A study of the development and evolution of Western art music through time. Emphasizes works, styles, and formal and theoretical considerations. Includes an introduction to bibliographic materials and procedures for research in music. For the 2012-2013 academic year and beyond, this course will focus on music from the earliest times to 1750.

Prerequisites: MUSI 122 or by permission.

MUSI 212: History and Literature of Music II
1 course credit

A study of music from 1750 to the present. Emphasizes works, styles, and formal and theoretical considerations. Includes continued study of bibliographic materials and procedures.

Prerequisites: MUSI 122 or by permission.

MUSI 221: Theory of Music III
1 course credit

Continuation of MUSI 122 at the intermediate level. This course includes two hours a week of aural skills lab.

Prerequisite: MUSI 122 or by permission.

MUSI 222: Theory of Music IV
1 course credit

Continuation of MUSI 221 at the advanced level. This course includes two hours a week of aural skills lab.

Prerequisite: MUSI 221 or by permission.

MUSI 250: Special Topics
.5 – 1 one course credit

MUSI 252: String Techniques
.25 course credit

A study of the techniques of playing the violin, viola, cello, and double bass for students preparing to teach music at the elementary or secondary level.

Prerequisite: MUSI 222 or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 253: Woodwind Techniques
.25 course credit

A study of the techniques of playing the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon for students preparing to teach music at the elementary or secondary level.

Prerequisite: MUSI 222 or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 254: Brass Techniques
.25 course credit

A study of the techniques of playing the trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, and tuba for students preparing to teach music at the elementary or secondary level.

Prerequisite: MUSI 222 or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 255: Percussion Techniques
.25 course credit

A study of the techniques of playing snare drum, timpani, mallet instruments, drum set, and auxiliary percussion instruments for students preparing to teach music at the elementary or secondary level.

Prerequisite: MUSI 222 or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 256G: Vocal Diction and Literature
.50 course credit

Designed to introduce the International Phonetic Alphabet to music students as a means of learning correct pronunciation in commonly used languages in vocal music: Italian, German, French, Latin, and Spanish. Students will apply their knowledge of IPA through performance of vocal literature in each language.

Prerequisite: By permission of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 301: Introduction to Conducting
1 course credit

An introduction to the principles of conducting that includes interpretive study of choral and instrumental scores. May include conducting campus music groups and keyboard exercises.

Prerequisites: Passed Piano Proficiency, MUSI 222, and MUSI 211, or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 302: Form and Analysis
1 course credit

An examination of the significant formal structures in Western tonal music through various analytical techniques.

Prerequisites: Passed Piano Proficiency, MUSI 222, and MUSI 211, or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 304: Orchestration and Arranging
1 course credit

An exploration of the properties of musical instruments and voices and their combination in ensembles. Students analyze characteristic uses of instruments in standard literature and arrange music for a variety of performing groups, using computer techniques in this process.

Prerequisites: Passed Piano Proficiency, MUSI 222, and MUSI 211, or by permission. Offered in alternate years.

MUSI 420: Senior Research Seminar
1 course credit

Advanced study of bibliographic materials and procedures for research in music, culminating in individual study of a topic of special interest directed by a member of the music faculty.

Prerequisites: Passed Piano Proficiency, MUSI 222, MUSI 211, and two 300-level music history courses, or by permission of the instructor.

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