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Course Descriptions - Music

Music (MUA—Applied Music)
MUA 100. Elementary Piano Class. (2)

Non-music majors. No prior keyboard experience. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUA 101, 102. Elementary Piano Class. (2, 2)

Music majors and minors only. Practical keyboard facility; fundamentals of music. MUA 101 may be exempted by a qualifying exam which should be taken before registration for the class. MUA 101 offered fall semester; MUA 102 offered spring semester.

MUA 104. Guitar Class. (2)

A study of the performance techniques and basic repertoire for classical, blues and folk guitar styles. Includes chords and scales. Non-music majors are welcome in this course (no prerequisite, but students must supply their own guitar). Offered spring semester.

Lessons
MUA 110. Voice Studio. (0)

A weekly studio master class required of all students taking voice lessons. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUA 115, 116, 215, 216, 315, 316, 415, or 416.

MUA 111. Percussion Studio. (0)

A weekly studio master class required of all students taking percussion lessons.
Requires concurrent enrollment in MUA 155, 156, 255, 256, 355, 356, 455, or 456.

MUA 112. Flute Studio. (0)

A weekly studio master class required of all students taking flute lessons.
Requires concurrent enrollment in MUA 145, 146, 245, 246, 345, 346, 445, or 446.

MUA 115, 116, 215, 216, 315, 316, 415, 416. Voice. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUA 110.

MUA 120. Keyboard Studio. (0)

A weekly studio master class required of all piano and organ majors and minors. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUA 121, 122, 221, 222, 321, 322, 421, or 422 or MUA 125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426.

MUA 121, 122, 221, 222, 321, 322, 421, 422. Piano. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument.

MUA 125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426. Organ. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument.

MUA 131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432. Improvisation. (1-4)

An interpretation of improvisation nomenclature; chord symbols, scales, modes.

MUA 135, 136, 235, 236, 335, 336, 435, 436. Composition. (1-4)

Private instruction in a variety of styles of composing music.

MUA 141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442. Brass Instrument. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument.

MUA 145, 146, 245, 246, 345, 346, 445, 446. Woodwind Instrument. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument.

MUA 155, 156, 255, 256, 355, 356, 455, 456. Percussion Instrument. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUA 111.

MUA 165,166, 265,266, 365,366, 465,466. String Lessons. (1-4)

Major or secondary instrument.

Classes
MUA 105. String Class. (2)

A study of scales, techniques and teaching methods for stringed instruments. Offered spring semester. Requires 2 hours of field experience.

MUA 207. Brass Class.  (2)

A study of scales, techniques and teaching methods for brass instruments. Offered spring semester. Requires 2 hours of field experience.

MUA 210. Woodwind Class.  (2)

A study of scales, techniques and teaching methods for woodwind instruments. Offered fall semester. Requires 2 hours of field experience.

MUA 213. Percussion Class.  (2)

A study of rudiments, techniques and teaching methods of all percussion instruments. Offered fall semester. Requires 2 hours of field experience.

Recitals
MUA 380. Recital. (1)

Performance of approximately 30 minutes. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUA 480. Recital. (2)

Performance of approximately 60 minutes. Offered at departmental discretion.

Music (MUE—Music Ensembles)
MUE 101. Marching Band. (0-1)

Required for all Instrumental majors. Offered fall semester.

MUE 102. Symphonic Band. (0-1)

Required for all Instrumental majors. Offered spring semester.

MUE 103. Wind Symphony. (0-1)

Required for all Instrumental majors.  Offered fall and spring semester. 

MUE 104. Jazz Ensemble. (0-1)
Offered every semester.
MUE 111. Newberry College Singers. (0-1)

Required for all Vocal majors. Offered every semester.

Chamber Music Experience
MUE 105. Jazz Combo. (0-1)

Offered every semester.  If chosen in the fall by Bachelor of Music in Performance majors it must be taken in conjunction with another option.

MUE 106. Woodwind Ensembles. (0-1)
MUE 106 A. Clarinet Ensemble. (0-1)
MUE 106 B. Flute Ensemble. (0-1)
MUE 106 C. Saxophone Ensemble. (0-1)
MUE 106 D. Woodwind Quintet. (0-1)

Offered every semester, as student enrollment permits.

MUE 107. Brass Ensemble. (0-1)

Offered every semester.

MUE 108. Percussion Ensemble. (0-1)

Offered every semester, as student enrollment permits.

MUE 110. Chamber Music Ensemble. (0-2)

Students are able to create alternative chamber music ensembles with suitable repertoire, with approval and supervision of the appropriate faculty member(s). Offered every semester, as student enrollment requires. Requires permission of appropriate music faculty member(s).

MUE 112. Madrigals. (0-1)

Offered every semester.

Music (MUS—Music History)
MUS 141. History of American Music. (3)

A study of the development of American music beginning with Native American music and then progressing from Colonial music to contemporary American music. The first half of the course will cover classical and folk music, while the second half will examine jazz, rock, and popular music styles. This course will usually be team taught within the music department.
Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered spring semester.

MUS 341. History of Music I: Early and Religious Music. (3)

For music majors or by permission of instructor. A study of the development of music from ancient times through the middle Baroque period, emphasizing sacred music. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Religion and Ethics, Area F-1b for Music Education majors. Offered fall semester.

MUS 342. History of Music II. (3)

For music majors or by permission of instructor. A study of the development of music from the late Baroque period through the present. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered spring semester.

MUS 343. Hymnody and Liturgy. (3)

For music majors or by permission of instructor. The student will experience an historical and cultural overview of the great wealth of hymns, from the earliest hymnody through current trends. Students will develop an understanding of appropriate performance practice for each style. Students will also become familiar with the history and current practices of the
liturgy of the Lutheran church and other denominations. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered at departmental discretion.

Music (MUS—Music Literature)
MUS 100. Repertory Seminar. (0)

Weekly performing and listening experiences, including student, faculty, and guest recitals and concerts. Written critiques of selected performances will be required of all students. Eight semesters required of all music majors. Graded on Pass/Fail basis. Offered every semester.

MUS 150. Introduction to Music Appreciation. (3)

For non-music majors only. A guide for students with limited or no musical experience to gain a greater sensitivity, understanding, and appreciation for a variety of musical styles. Cultural and other artistic influences will be discussed and the students‘ listening skills will improve as they learn what musical elements make each style unique. The main emphasis of learning is early to modern classical music, and as time allows will include basic introductions to folk, jazz, and rock.
Lecture and listening to recordings are the primary methods of instruction. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered fall semester.

MUS 151. Music Literature. (3)

For music majors or by permission of Department Chair. Survey of musical styles and forms of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. A brief study of early American church, folk, and popular music, AS WELL AS AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC, will also be introduced. Analytical listening.
Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered spring semester.

MUS 241. Opera Workshop. (0-2)

For music majors. This class provides students with the opportunity to study, develop, and improvve their dramatic skills outside of their voice studios and gain valuable stage experience through performance of full-staged operatic scenes. As a result of their stage experience, students will have a greater understanding of what it means to be a part of an operatic production and the development of performance practice as it relates to other historical, theoretical, and compositional music studies. Satisfies the chamber music requirements for vocal majors. Offered spring semester.

MUS 261. World Music. (3)

A study of the music of a wide variety of cultures around the world, including the relationships between music and society. This is primarily a lecture and listening course. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered fall semester.

MUS 262. Music and the Romantics. (3)

A study of Nineteenth Century Romanticism in music emphasizing the influence of literature and nationalism.
Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Area C-3. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 350. Vocal Literature. (2)

A survey of materials utilized in teaching and performance from all periods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 351. Woodwind Literature. (2)

A survey of materials utilized in teaching and performance from all periods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 352. Brass Instrument Literature. (2)

A survey of materials utilized in teaching and performance from all periods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 353. Keyboard Literature. (2)

A survey of materials utilized in teaching and performance from all periods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 354. Percussion Literature. (2)

A survey of materials utilized in teaching and performance from all periods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 355. Guitar/Bass Literature. (2)

A survey of materials utilized in teaching and performance from all periods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 359. Stylistic Analysis. (2)

A study of Western musical style and form from Gregorian Chant to the present, stressing aural analysis. Offered at departmental discretion.

Music (MUS—Music Theory)
MUS 171. Ear Training I. (2)

Sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation on the elementary level. Offered fall semester.

MUS 172. Ear Training II. (2)

Prerequisites: MUS 171 & MUS 173. Sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation on the intermediate level.
Offered spring semester.

MUS 173. Theory of Music I. (2)

An introduction to the basic elements of the musical language, with extensive drilling of keys, scales, triads, seventh chords, Roman numerals, inversions, and voice leading. Offered fall semester.

MUS 174. Theory of Music II. (2)

Prerequisites: MUS 171 & MUS 173. A study of diatonic harmony, with attention to tonal chord progressions, appropriate use of inverted chords, figured bass, voice leading, dominant seventh chord resolutions, and harmonization.
Offered spring semester.

MUS 265 (365). Foreign Language Diction for Singers. (2)

A study of proper diction for English, Italian, French, and German for singing. The use of the International
Phonetic Alphabet and transliteration skills will be the central focus of the course of study.Required for all voice majors. Highly recommended for Choral Music Education and Church Music Majors. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 271. Ear Training III. (1)

Prerequisites: MUS 172 & MUS 174. Advanced sight-singing and melodic and harmonic dictation corresponding to the vocabulary of the harmonic materials in MUS 273. Offered fall semester.

MUS 273. Theory of Music III. (3)

Prerequisites: MUS 172 & MUS 174. Modulation and chromatic harmonies, including secondary dominant and leading tone chords, mode mixture, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and extended dominants. Special attention is given to music of the Romantic Era. Analysis and composition are included as major assignments.  Offered fall semester.

MUS 274. Theory of Music IV. (3 or 4)

Prerequisite: MUS 273. A study of materials used in twentieth-century compositions, including scales, vertical sonorities, rhythms, voice leading, and pitch centricity. Examination of a variety of compositional styles, including free atonality and serial techniques. Analysis and composition are included as major assignments. Bachelor of Music Education students, 3 hours; Bachelor of Music students, 4 hours; Bachelor of Arts-Applied and Church Music majors, 3 hours; Bachelor of Arts-Theory majors, 4 hours. Offered spring semester.

MUS 366. Counterpoint. (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 273. Analysis of 18th century counterpoint and instruction in composing in this style.
Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 367. Composition and Analysis. (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 274. A study of 20th century composition techniques; analysis of 20th century music.
Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 463. Orchestration. (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 274. A study of the characteristics of the individual instruments of the orchestra and band; orchestra and band arranging. Offered at departmental discretion.

Music (MUS—Music Education)
MUS 102. Introduction to Music Education. (1)

Required for all Music Education majors and taken the spring semester of the freshman year. Students beginning their journey as music teachers will explore the many facets involved in public school music education and begin the development of a philosophical stance for teaching children. Issues in education, an historical background of music education, symposiums and people, realizations and introspection of why music is required in the public schools, and why one wants to be a music teacher will be probed. This class will also continue the study in world music. Beginning lessons
and lesson plans will be initiated, and requirements for sophomore barrier, graduation and state licensure will be presented. 10 field experience hours are required.

MUS 153. Introduction to Music Appreciation for the Elementary Education Major. (3)

Required for all Early Childhood and Elementary Education Majors. This course is a guide in gaining a greater understanding, appreciation, and discrimination of the various styles of music, with a special emphasis on classical music. Cultural, historical, societal, and other artistic influences on the music of each style will be discussed, giving the student a broad spectrum of knowledge. An introduction to fundamental music theory will also be an important function of this class in preparing the student for MUS 370. Offered fall semester.

MUS 280. Music and Technology. (2)

A study of instructional design principles, multi-media tools, and their use in the PK-12 music education classroom. Students will use electronic keyboards, midi-equipped personal computers, and appropriate software to integrate and assess teaching and learning with technology in the PK-12 music education curriculum. Other music majors and non-music majors may enroll with permission of the instructor. Offered spring semester.

MUS 281. Music Teaching in Practice. (2)

Required for all music education majors and taken the fall semester of the sophomore year. Discussions of philosophical stance, educational issues, and understanding of the public school music classroom will be continued from MUS 102. On-going exposure and practice in planning, teaching, and assessing musical concepts and literacy, particularly through hands-on and discovery methods, will be prevalent. Management issues and outside influences will also be addressed for each of the music areas. This course will provide an introduction, continuation, and application of different music genres, with continued study in world music. 15 field experience hours are required.

MUS 282. Secondary Music Methods and Materials. (1)

Required for all music education majors and taken the spring semester of the sophomore year. Continuing and expanding previously practiced teaching strategies, this class will concentrate on gaining knowledge and experience in educating the secondary student in general music, music appreciation and (to a lesser degree) performance group classes. Curriculum and utilization of classroom technology for instruction will be examined. Management and other issues affecting the success of these music classes will also be addressed. 12 field experience hours are required.

MUS 370. Music for Early Childhood/ Elementary Teachers. (3)

Prerequisite: MUS 153. A hands-on class introducing methods and materials, and the role of music in the public school setting. Emphasis will be on improving very basic musical skills and developing a philosophical base about music in the classroom with practice in teaching, singing, playing, moving, creating, and listening. Required of Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors. Offered spring semester.

MUS 371. Vocal Pedagogy. (2)

Prerequisite: Sophomore class standing. A study of the voice as a musical instrument and vocal teaching methods.
Offered spring semester. 8 field experience hours are required.

MUS 372. Woodwind Pedagogy. (2)

A study of woodwind teaching methods Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 373. Keyboard Pedagogy. (2)

A study of piano or organ teaching methods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 374. Brass Pedagogy. (2)

A study of brass teaching methods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 375. Percussion Pedagogy. (2)

A study of percussion teaching methods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 376. Guitar/Bass Pedagogy. (2)

A study of guitar and bass teaching methods. Offered at departmental discretion.

MUS 377. Choral Conducting. (2)

Prerequisite: A passing grade in MUS 174 or discretion of the instructor. Interpretation of choral works from Renaissance polyphony through the 21st century, use of the baton, choral rehearsal techniques, development of the conducting gesture. Offered fall semester.

MUS 378. Instrumental Conducting. (2)

Interpretation of instrumental works, use of the baton and gestures, and rehearsal techniques; practical experience with band; instrumental methods and observations; arranging for band.Offered spring semester.

MUS 381. Elementary School Music Methods and Materials. (3)

This class concentrates on the total development of the younger child through teaching music. A more substantial understanding of music technique and methods, such as Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, and Gordon will be acquired. A great amount of time will be devoted to teaching practices using a variety of methods and strategies. The importance of promoting aesthetic experiences and a re-enforcement of philosophy and technique will be paramount. A continuation and expansion of planning, assessment, and management skills will be exercised and studies of curriculum and various approaches will be addressed. Required for teacher certification for choral and instrumental music education majors, and taken the fall semester of the junior year. 18 field experience hours are required.

MUS 471. Instrumental Methods and Materials. (3)

Prerequisite: Junior class standing. Materials and methods of teaching public school instrumental music at all levels. Required for teacher certification for instrumental music education majors. Offered at departmental discretion; normally fall of the senior year. 18 field experience hours are required.

MUS 472. Choral Methods and Materials. (3)

Prerequisites: Junior class standing and passing piano proficiency. Materials and methods of teaching public school choral music at all levels. Required for teacher certification for choral music education majors. Offered at departmental discretion; normally fall of the senior year. 18 field experience hours are required.

MUS 483. Practice of Church Music. (3)

For Music Majors or Church Music Minors or by permission of the instructor. A survey of the practical and theological aspects of church music. Includes techniques for planning, preparing and leading music in a wide variety of worship, starting with the Lutheran church and then expanding into many denominations and styles. Students will gain practical experience with handbells, Orff instruments, and keyboard instruments, as well as choral/instrumental groups and sacred literature. Offered at departmental discretion.

Music (MUS—Jazz Studies)
MUS 311. History of Jazz. (3)

Prerequisite: MUS 151. A study of the history of jazz from ragtime to the present and the influence of jazz musicians on current trends in jazz. Offered fall semester, alternate years.

MUS 312. Jazz Theory and Arranging. (3)

Prerequisite: MUS 173 and MUS 174. A study of music theory as it is used in jazz and how it relates to musical composition. There is an emphasis on arranging music for performance in jazz settings. Offered spring semester, alternate years.

MUS 331. Improvisation I. (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 312. A study of the art and techniques of jazz improvisation at the beginning to intermediate level. The class will include practical application of these techniques in a lab band setting. Offered fall semester, alternate years.

MUS 332. Improvisation II. (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 331. A study of the art and techniques of jazz improvisation at the intermediate to advanced level. The class will include practical application of these techniques in a lab band setting. Also included will be study of  improvisational styles of specific jazz performers. Offered spring semester, alternate years.

Music (MUS—Other Music)
MUS 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3, 1-3)

Independent study in a selected field of music. The topic to be chosen will be in consultation with the Department of Music staff member under whose guidance the study will be conducted. Subject to rules and regulations on page 64 of the 2012-2013 Catalog.

MUS 495. Internship. (1-12)

Internships or practical experience in an approved program of study. Limited to majors in the department.
Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 64 the 2012-2013 Catalog.

MUS 499. Senior Essay. (1-3)

A project requiring scholarly research. Subject to rules and regulations on page 65 the 2012-2013 Catalog.

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