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Music - General (MUS)

MUS-100 Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
Studies the elements and history of music with concentration on critical listening skills. Includes a review of music history; styles; genres; form and content; schools of composers; and social and historical events of the past and present that influence music selections.
 
MUS-102  Music Fundamentals, 3 cr.
An introduction to the fundamental principles of traditional music, including melody, rhythm, and harmony.  Emphasis is on music reading and application to performance.  This course will help students prepare for Music Theory I.
 
MUS-120 Music Theory I, 3 cr.
Studies the fundamental principles of traditional theory including melody, rhythm and harmony. Key signatures, intervals and triads are also included. This is an entry level course for music majors.
 
MUS-121 Music Theory II, 3 cr.
Continuation of MUS120 which includes diatonic material, cadences, chord progression, inversions, chord spelling and part writing.
 
MUS-135 Music Theory Lab I, 1 cr.
Introduces the solfeggio system of music reading. Both tonal and rhythmic patterns are included in the sight reading exercises as well as principles of key relationships, intervals and triads.
 
MUS-136 Music Theory Lab II, 1 cr.
Continuation of principles of key relationships, intervals, triads and improvement of sight reading musical notation. All aspects of rhythmic and melodic structure are studied and practiced.
 
MUS-140 Concert Choir, 1 cr.
Provides an opportunity for talented singers to rehearse and perform choral music of many styles. There is no required audition.
 
MUS-145 Concert Band, 1 cr.
A music ensemble which studies, rehearses and performs literature for bands and wind ensembles. There is no required auditions.
 
MUS-149  Pep Band, 1 cr.
An activity designed to give students the opportunity to experience one of the many facets of college life through performance college events.
 
MUS-153 Jazz Singers, 1 cr.
Jazz Singers are the college vocal jazz choir. This group provides an opportunity for talented singers to rehearse and perform the close harmonies of vocal jazz repertoire. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
 
MUS-155 Men’s Chorus, 0 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of selected men’s chorus selections with concerts and special occasion performances. Open auditions. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUS-156 Women’s Chorus, 1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of selected women’s chorus selections with concerts and special occasion performances. Open auditions. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUS-166 Jazz Combo Improvisation, 1 cr.
Techniques of improvisation through rehearsal and performance of jazz literature through the jazz combo or small group ensemble.
 
MUS-170 Jazz Band, 0 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of jazz literature, with an annual tour, concerts and special occasion performances. Open auditions.
 
MUS-175 Woodwind Ensemble, 0-1 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of selected woodwind ensemble works with concerts and special occasion performances. Open auditions. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUS-176 Brass Ensemble, 0 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of selected brass ensemble works with concerts and special occasion performances. Open auditions. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUS-177 Percussion Ensemble, 0 cr.
Rehearsal and performance of selected percussion works with concerts and special occasion performances. Open auditions. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUS-178 Handbell Ringers, 0 cr.
Ensemble rehearsal of a wide variety of handbell music and study of the techniques of proper handbell ringing. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
 
MUS-190 Jazz Improvisation, 1 cr.
Teaches improvisation through various musical styles through combo or small group ensemble. Teaches students the art of instant composition.
 
MUS-200 Music History I, 3 cr.
A survey of Western music literature through perceptive listening of significant forms and styles of music of Western civilization, from antiquity to the mid 18th century. Emphasis on the compositional and stylistic evolution of Western Music as evidence in the works of selected pivotal composers. Recommended prerequisites: Music Appreciation or Music Theory I.
 
MUS-201 Music History II, 3 cr.
A survey of Western music. Emphasis on the compositional and stylistic evolution of Western music as evidenced in the works of selected pivotal composers.
 
MUS-202   World Music, 3 cr.
A study of traditional music from the world's cultures, combing elements of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  The purpose and function of music within each society will be studied, along with the instruments of each culture.  The emphasis will be on experiencing and appreciating the music through video, audio, and live performances.  Music from the following selected cultures will be studied:  Native America, Africa, India, Asia, Latin American, and the Arab world.
 
MUS-203 History of American Music, 3 cr.
History of American Music examines musical development in the United States.  This course will study the elements and history of American music with concentration on critical listening skills.  Includes a review of American music history, styles, genres, form and content, schools of composers and social and historical events of the past and present that influence music selections.  Styles include fine art music, popular styles, jazz, blues, country, musical theatre and rock.
 
MUS-205 Jazz History & Appreciation, 3 cr.
Studies the elements and history of jazz music with concentration on critical listening skills. Includes a review of jazz history, styles, genres, form and content, composers, and social and historical events of the past and present that influence music selections.
 
MUS-220 Music Theory III, 3 cr.
Continuation of MUS-121 including the study of advanced triadic structure and synthetic scales. Emphasis on analysis.
 
MUS-221 Music Theory IV, 3 cr.
Continuation of MUS-221.
 
MUS-235 Music Theory Lab III, 1 cr.
Continuation of principles of key relationships, intervals, triads and improvement of sight reading musical notation. All aspects of rhythmic and melodic structure are studied and practiced. Prerequisite: MUS-136.
 
MUS-236 Music Theory Lab IV, 1 cr.
Continuation of principles of key relationships, intervals, triads and improvement of sight reading musical notations. All aspects of rhythmic and melodic structure are studied and practiced. Prerequisite: MUS-235.
 
MUS-250 Musical Play Production, 1 cr.

Production of a musical play. Special attention will be given to singing, acting, set work, props, sound reinforcement and lighting. Open auditions. 

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