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MUS 100 (1-0-1)

Basic Ensemble

This course is designed to develop skills in music reading and ensemble performance. Class time is dedicated to sight-reading music in classical, jazz, and folk styles; reading and performing rhythm and scale exercises; and preparing music for performance. Fall only


MUS 106 (3-0-3)

Ear Training and Sight Singing

This course develops students’ competencies in sight singing in major and minor keys as well as reading skills in simple and compound meters using solfège—movable Do and Do based minor and Gordon based rhythmic patterns. Students also develop ear training skills including identifying melodic intervals and triad quality


MUS 112 (1-0-1)

Music Notation Software Basics

This course introduces basic music notation through the use of the notation software program Avid Sibelius. Students learn the conventions of staff music notation while using Sibelius to create scores for various instruments, voices, and ensembles. Students examine and create a wide variety of scores, including music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, lead sheets for jazz and popular standards, and classical and romantic symphonies. In addition to traditional staff notation, students also study instrument-specific notation and special technique notation as found in contemporary and non-traditional music. The course includes an arrangement project for a small ensemble of transposing and non-transposing instruments. Student projects are performed in class. Students use Sibelius on individual computers during class and have access to these computers during the day to complete assignments. Though not required, students may wish to acquire a version of Sibelius for use on their own computer.


MUS 113 (1-0-1)

Basic Ensemble II

This course prepares students for the sight reading portion of a college music audition by developing skills in music reading and performance. Students sight read music in a variety of styles and meters; read and perform more complex rhythm and scale exercises and prepare music for performance as part of an ensemble. 
PR/CR: MUS 135 or permission of the School of Music 
Spring only


MUS 114 (0-4-1)

Wind Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of large and moderate size works primarily for brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance. The course provides an experience in concert preparation and rehearsal techniques along with positive performance experiences. Performances will be open to the public. 
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor


MUS 115 (3-0-3)

Rock Music Style and Development

This course explores the historical development of rock music in terms of musical style as well as of rock music’s role as a social, cultural, economic and political force. The course covers the pre-existing styles (pop, country and western, rhythm and blues, jazz, folk, gospel and classical music) that impacted the evolution of rock music. Directed listening exercises emphasize music listening skills and reinforce concepts of musical style and elements such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, timbre and form.


MUS 116 (0-2-1)

Jazz Ensemble

This course provides students with the opportunity to perform classic and contemporary jazz music for big band. Performances will be open to the public and occur both on and off campus.


MUS 117 (1-0-1)

Flute Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of chamber music for various size flute ensembles. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance with special emphasis on the development of independence in chamber music performance skills. The course provides an experience in concert preparation and rehearsal techniques along with positive performance experiences. Performances will be open to the public.  
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor


MUS 118 (0-3-1)

Vocal Chamber Ensemble

This course provides students opportunities to perform a broad range of classic and contemporary works for chamber choral ensemble. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of proper musical techniques including singing, diction, as well as performing in a variety of languages.  
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor


MUS 119 (1-0-1)

Brass Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of chamber and larger size works for brass instruments. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance with special emphasis on the development of performance skills. The course provides an experience in concert preparation and rehearsal techniques along with positive performance experiences. Performances will be open to the public.  
PR: Audition/ Permission of Instructor


MUS 120 (3-0-3)

World Music Styles

This course introduces the music of major world cultures from Africa, the Middle East, Iran, India, Indonesia, Japan, China, and America, and the many ways people perceive and utilize music. Musical examples range from selections from major urban centers to small tribal villages. This course also covers how different forms of music function in unique cultural contexts.


MUS 121 (3-0-3)

The Enjoyment of Music I

This course is a survey of art music of the Western world from the Middle Ages through the Twenty-first Century. By examining music from major style periods, students learn to recognize standard Western instruments and elements of music, including melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form. Students develop listening skills through in-class activities and online music listening assignments. Students develop an understanding of the defining characteristics of the major style periods by examining great musical works and studying major composers from each era and by exploring the relationship between music and other art forms.


MUS 122 (1-0-1)

Guitar Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of chamber music for various size guitar ensembles. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance with special emphasis on the development of independence in chamber music performance skills. The course provides an experience in concert preparation and rehearsal 
techniques along with positive performance experiences. Performances will be open to the public.  
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor


MUS 124 (1-0-1)

Classical Guitar Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of chamber music for various size classical guitar ensembles. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance with special emphasis on the development of independence in chamber music performance skills. The course provides an experience in concert preparation and rehearsal techniques along with positive performance experiences. Performances will be open to the public. 
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor


MUS 126 (0-0-1)

Percussion Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of large and moderate size works for mixed percussion. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance with special emphasis on the development of multi-instrument percussion skills. The course provides an experience in concert preparation and rehearsal techniques along with positive performance experiences. Performances will be open to the public. 
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor 


MUS 127 (3-0-3)

Jazz Styles and Development

This course introduces students to the styles and literature of jazz, a uniquely American art form, and its relationships to popular art music. The course covers jazz development, beginning with pre-jazz styles such as ragtime and blues, and proceeds to swing, bebop, cool, third stream, avant-garde, fusion and contemporary music.


MUS 128 (0-0-1)

Jazz Combo

This course provides students with opportunities to perform classic and contemporary jazz music in a small group format. Special emphasis is placed on group interaction, improvisation, and independent playing. Performances will be open to the public and occur both on and off-campus. 
PR: Audition/Permission of Instructor


MUS 130 (1-0-1)

Chamber Ensemble

This course provides the student with a medium for the performance of mixed instrument chamber music. Students are given the opportunity to perform works selected on the basis of artistic and historical significance as well as pedagogical importance with special emphasis on the development of independent rehearsals, the course provides positive chamber music performance experiences.


MUS 131 (3-0-3)

African American Music Survey

This appreciation and literature course is a survey of African American musical genres and styles. Topics of study range from the slave and folk songs of 19th century America to the popular and classical compositions of the 20th and 21st century African Americans. An emphasis will be placed on the development of listening skills.

 

MUS 132 (0-4-1)

Chorus

This course provides students with the opportunity to perform a broad range of classic and contemporary works for chorus. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of proper musical techniques including singing, diction, as well as performing in a variety of languages.

 

MUS 133 (3-0-3)

Digital Music and Beat Production I

This course introduces the basic music theory concepts, their application to the organization of percussion beats and music samples in varying music styles. The course also covers the organization of tempo maps, sampling, and drum beats using Avid Pro Tools software, as well as the creation of original compositions using MIDI to enhance existing music samples. Basic legal topics such as copyright, leasing, and registering original pieces of music are covered.


MUS 134 (3-0-3)

Digital Music and Beat Production II

This course includes the creation of compositions and beats through the synthesizing of original sounds and using recording techniques to blend in live instruments. Analysis of modern beats and the replication of techniques used by popular music producers is covered as well as recording vocal top lines over compositions. Industry standard software such as Boom, Xpand!2, and Structure Free in conjunction with Avid Pro Tool 12 is used. 
PR: MUS 133, MUS 147 and MUS 178. MUS 147 and MUS 178 may be taken concurrently.


MUS 135 (1-0-2)

Applied Music I

Applied Music I and II consists of weekly one-on-one lessons with a studio instructor and is designed to help students achieve basic competencies in musical performance. Students study techniques and repertoire appropriate to the individual student’s instrument or voice. With the studio instructor’s guidance, students will set personal goals in musicianship and work towards those goals. The course is also used to prepare students for an entrance audition for the A.S. or A.A.S. music degree programs. In addition to the lessons, a minimum of fourteen hours of weekly individual practice is required.


MUS 136 (1-0-2)

Applied Music II

Applied Music I and II consists of weekly one-on-one lessons with a studio instructor and is designed to help students achieve basic competencies in musical performance. Students study techniques and repertoire appropriate to the individual student’s instrument or voice. With the studio instructor’s guidance, students will set personal goals in musicianship and work towards those goals. The course is also used to prepare students for an entrance audition for the A.S. or A.A.S. music degree programs. In addition to the lessons, a minimum of fourteen hours of weekly individual practice is required.


MUS 147 (3-0-3)

Music Fundamentals

This course focuses on the fundamentals of written tonal music. Students develop competencies in the reading and writing of notes, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, and rhythmic elements.


MUS 151 (2-0-2)

Theory I

Theory I covers the fundamentals of tonal music, scales, modes, triads, seventh chords, and cadences. This course prepares the student for more detailed analysis of rhythm, texture, and form, with an emphasis on basic harmony and eighteenth century voice leading practices. 
PR: Acceptance into music degree program 
CR: MUS 155 
Fall only


MUS 152 (2-0-2)

Theory II

Theory II builds on the concepts of Theory I (MUS 151) and covers the eighteenth century voice leading practices, root movements and progressions, and figured bass theory and usage. Dominant seventh chords and non-dominant seventh chords are introduced. Also included are secondary dominants, modulation, applications of cadential formulas, and dance forms including binary and simple ternary forms. 
PR: MUS 151 
CR: MUS 156 
Spring only


MUS 155 (1-1-1)

Aural Skills I

This course focuses on skills to enhance performance through the recognition, mental imaging and vocal performance of a broad range of musical structures. The course begins with the fundamentals of tonal music, scales, rhythmic patterns, intervals, modes, triads, seventh chords, and chord patterns. Students are trained to aurally recognize, notate and vocally reproduce these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing, harmonic, rhythmic and melodic dictation and the use of Solfège as a learning and study tool. 
PR: MUS 151, Acceptance into music degree program. MUS 151 may be taken concurrently.


MUS 156 (1-1-1)

Aural Skills II

This course continues and expands skills developed in MUS 155 Aural Skills I. The course designed to enhance performance through the recognition and mental imaging of a broad range of musical structures and continues work in the fundamentals of tonal music: scales, rhythmic patterns, modes, triads, seventh chords, and chord patterns. The course introduces modulations, non-harmonic tones, inversions of seventh chords, and four voice chord progressions and patterns. Students are trained to aurally recognize, notate and vocally reproduce these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing and the use of Solfège as a learning and study tool. 
PR: MUS 155 
CR: MUS 152 
Spring only


MUS 157 (2-0-1)

Conducting I

This course introduces the basic techniques and competencies of conducting: posture and hand position, baton usage, foreign and technical terms, a survey of large ensemble repertoire, metric patterns in two, three, and four, instrumental transpositions, string bowings, score reading, preparation and analysis, preparatory gestures, gestures of syncopation, fermata and caesura problems. Prepare and conduct simple scores in class and analyze orchestral and other scores. Other topics will include rehearsal technique and interpretation. 
PR: MUS 152, MUS 257 
Fall only


MUS 158 (2-0-1)

Conducting II

This course continues the study of basic techniques and competencies of conducting introduced in MUS 157. These include simple, compound, asymmetrical and subdivided metric patterns, as well as rehearsal planning and techniques. Separate instrumental and choral conducting techniques are introduced. Students conduct scores in class and analyze large orchestral, choral, and wind ensemble scores. Students learn a systematic procedure for marking scores. Other topics include cuing and left-hand independence, changing tempi, and interpretation
PR: MUS 157 


MUS 161 (0-0-1)

Performance Organization I

MUS 161, 162, 261, 262 are the performing ensembles of the SCCC Music Department. They include the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, Woodwind Chamber Ensemble and Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Participation in ensembles is open to all students by audition and/or permission of the Department. 
PR: Audition or permission of the Department 
Fall only


MUS 162 (0-0-1)

Performance Organization II

PR: MUS 161 or permission of the Department 
Spring only


MUS 163 (2-0-2)

Performance Concentration I

Performance Concentration develops the student’s performance and teaching skills to the highest possible level through the careful study of techniques, sight-reading/sight-singing and repertoire appropriate to the individual student’s instrument or voice with a private studio instructor. Weekly Performance Classes with division instructors provide practical experience in performance and critical analysis. In addition, this course requires attendance of several faculty, student, and guest artist concerts presented throughout the semester which provide demonstrations of peer and professional level performance techniques. Division Recitals, given towards the end of the semester, provide a practical experience for each student in formal performance. A final performance examination is administered by a faculty panel, including the studio instructor, at the conclusion of MUS 164 and MUS 264. This course is restricted to students who have been accepted into the Performing Arts: Music A.S. or Music Audio Technology A.A.S. degree.


MUS 164 (2-0-2)

Performance Concentration II

Performance Concentration develops the student’s performance and teaching skills to the highest possible level through the careful study of techniques, sight-reading/sight-singing and repertoire appropriate to the individual student’s instrument or voice with a private studio instructor. Weekly Performance Classes with division instructors provide practical experience in performance and critical analysis. In addition, this course requires attendance of several faculty, student, and guest artist concerts presented throughout the semester which provide demonstrations of peer and professional level performance techniques. Division Recitals, given towards the end of the semester, provide a practical experience for each student in formal performance. A final performance examination is administered by a faculty panel, including the studio instructor, at the conclusion of MUS 164 and MUS 264. This course is restricted to students who have been accepted into the Performing Arts: Music A.S. or Music Audio Technology A.A.S. degree.


MUS 167 (1-0-1)

Percussion Techniques

Percussion Techniques familiarizes students with the fundamentals of percussion performance and pedagogy. Topics include snare and other drum techniques, timpani, mallet percussion, Latin percussion and other non-Western styles, accessories and percussion ensembles.
PR: Successful music degree program audition.


MUS 169 (1-0-1)

Guitar Techniques

This course develops basic competencies in guitar accompaniment for classroom singing. Students focus on basic guitar techniques including strumming, finger picking, scales, and chords. Students also learn basic pedagogical approaches for teaching beginning guitar. Students are required to obtain an acoustic guitar (nylon or steel strings) for class use. (This course is not applicable for students who are enrolled in Guitar Performance Concentration.)  
PR: Approved entrance audition for music degree program


MUS 171 (2-0-2)

Beginning Voice Class

This course presents the fundamentals of basic vocal production and is appropriate for students with no prior vocal instruction. Students develop vocal technique with an emphasis on proper breathing and voice placement through the study of classical and folksong repertoire. The course introduces techniques in pronunciation and diction, pitch control, tone development, and song preparation in Italian, English, and other languages. The course also introduces the basics of vocal anatomy. In addition, students explore the differences between classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater vocal techniques. Vocal score reading is emphasized throughout.

 

MUS 178 (3-0-3)

Audio Recording I

This course presents the basic elements of sound as well as sound generation and recording. Students work on the routing of sound and the principles of recording and tracking in a virtual mixing console environment. The course also covers utilizing specialized equipment for audio tracking including preamps, various types of microphones, compressors and limiters. Other topics include Pro Tools software; the principles required to complete a recording project, from initial set up to final mix; and industry-specific terms used by recording engineers to describe and measure sound levels and frequency content. 
PR: MUS 106 or MUS 147, or acceptance into music degree program. 
MUS 106 or MUS 147 may be taken concurrently.


MUS 179 (3-0-3)

Audio Recording II

This course is a continuation of and builds on MUS 178 Audio Recording I. Students participate in a variety of live recording projects including music and voiceovers. Course projects incorporate miking techniques, overdubbing, mixing and mastering techniques. This course emphasizes the selection and use of appropriate recording equipment. Students will use AVID ProTools software in conjunction with an Avid HDX D-Command mixing console. Note: a minimum 32 GB flash drive is required. 
PR: MUS 178 
MUS 106, MUS 147, or MUS 151 may be taken concurrently. 


MUS 180 (1-0-1)

Introduction to Music Therapy

This course is an introduction to the music therapy career field. It presents the historical background and philosophical basis of music therapy. The course examines music therapy processes and how they are applied across a number of client populations. This course also explores the role of the music therapist as a healthcare field professional and the education and training required to become a board certified music therapist.


MUS 181 (2-0-2)

Beginning Piano

This course provides group instruction for beginning level students. Students learn to read music and develop technical proficiency at the piano through preparation and performance of progressively difficult music. Keyboard ensemble activities are stressed and provide additional opportunities for rhythmic and musical development.


MUS 182 (2-0-2)

Intermediate Piano

This course provides group instruction for intermediate level students. Students further develop music skills and technical proficiency acquired in MUS 181 through preparation and performance of progressively difficult music. Keyboard ensemble activities are stressed and provide additional opportunities for rhythmic and musical development. 
PR: MUS 181 or permission of the Instructor or Dean.


MUS 230 (3-0-3)

Live Sound Reinforcement

This course introduces concepts of analog and computer-based audio signal path, equipment selection, and systems design. The course provides aural skills training necessary for live sound reinforcement and covers aspects of live sound microphone selection/placement and mixing. 
PR: MUS 152 or permission of the Dean.


MUS 231 (3-0-3)

Music Business

This course explores the history and development of the music industry and gives the student experience in identifying and navigating practical, legal, and procedural issues within the music industry. This course also provides an overview of music merchandising, music publishing, recording arts management, copyright law and licensing as well as identifies career options throughout the music business.


MUS 232 (2-0-2)

Jazz Improvisation I

This course provides an introduction to the study of jazz improvisation. Topics include chord scales, modes, arpeggios and harmonic formulae. Special emphasis will be placed on common compositional structures including AABA and blues forms. Material to be studied will include jazz standards by Gershwin, Ellington, Charlie Parker, and others. 
PR: MUS 152


MUS 235 (3-0-3)

Music Business II

This course continues the examination, begun in MUS 231, of practical, legal, and procedural issues encountered in the music industry. The course explores music publishing, recording arts management, artist management, emerging trends and technologies, marketing, and the recording industry and its history. Career options in the music business are identified throughout the course. 
PR: MUS 231


MUS 251 (2-0-2)

Theory III

This course reviews and builds on the concepts of Theory II (MUS 152) beginning with an emphasis on original four-voice chorale composition in accordance with common-practice harmonic and counterpoint principles. The course introduces the voice leading and analysis of borrowed chords, Neapolitan 6th chords, augmented 6th chords, and chord extensions (9th, 11th, and 13th chords). The course also introduces variation technique and rondo form. 
PR: MUS 152 
CR: MUS 255


MUS 252 (2-0-2)

Theory IV

Theory IV builds on the concepts of MUS 251, Theory III and covers two-voice eighteenth century counterpoint, altered dominants, chromatic mediants, enharmonic modulation, and common tone diminished 7th chords. There is a focus on the analysis of sonata form. Twentieth century topics include impressionism, twelve-tone techniques, and the analysis of pitch class sets. The course includes a review of classical and romantic forms. 
PR: MUS 251 
CR: MUS 256


MUS 255 (1-1-1)

Aural Skills III

This course continues and expands skills developed in MUS 156 Aural Skills II. The course is designed to enhance performance through the recognition and mental imaging of a broad range of musical structures and continues work in the fundamentals of tonal music: scales, rhythmic patterns, modes, triads, seventh chords, and chord patterns. The course introduces chromatic and secondary harmonies, modulation to closely related keys, leaps greater than a sixth, asymmetrical meters, changing meters and tempi. Students aurally recognize, notate, vocally reproduce, and analyze these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing, the use of Solfège movable Do and Do based minor and Gordon based rhythmic patterns. 
PR: MUS 156 
CR: MUS 251


MUS 256 (1-1-1)

Aural Skills IV

This course continues and expands skills developed in MUS 255 Aural Skills III. The course is designed to enhance performance through the recognition and mental imaging of a broad range of musical structures and continues work in the fundamentals of tonal music: scales, rhythmic patterns, modes, triads, seventh chords, and chord patterns. The course introduces foreign modulation, augmented sixth chords, impressionist devices, twelve-tone technique, set theory, and other twentieth century elements. Students aurally recognize, notate, and vocally reproduce, and analyze these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing, the use of Solfège movable Do and Do based minor and Gordon based rhythmic patterns. 
PR: MUS 255 
CR: MUS 252


MUS 257 (3-0-3)

Literature and Style I

This course is a comprehensive survey of the works and styles of Western art music in the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods. Students focus on composers and compositions that made important contributions to the development of music, and examine the effects and influences of society, culture, and technology on the evolution of music of various genres. Through active online listening, students analyze specific works focusing on their stylistic elements, genres, and respective time periods. 
PR: Successful audition for music degree program 
MUS 151, MUS 155 may be taken concurrently


MUS 258 (3-0-3)

Literature and Style II

This course is a comprehensive survey of the works and styles of Western art music in the Romantic, Twentieth Century, and Contemporary periods. Students focus on composers and compositions that made important contributions to the development of music, and examine the effects and influences of society, culture, and technology on the evolution of music of various genres. Through active online listening, students analyze specific works focusing on their stylistic elements, genres, and respective time periods. 
PR: MUS 257 
MUS 152, MUS 156 may be taken concurrently.


MUS 261 (0-0-1)

Performance Organization III

PR: MUS 162 or permission of the Department Fall only


MUS 262 (0-0-1)

Performance Organization IV

PR: MUS 261 or permission of the Department Spring only


MUS 263 (2-0-2)

Performance Concentration III

Performance Concentration develops the student’s performance and teaching skills to the highest possible level through the careful study of techniques, sight-reading/sight-singing and repertoire appropriate to the individual student’s instrument or voice with a private studio instructor. Weekly Performance Classes with division instructors provide practical experience in performance and critical analysis. In addition, this course requires attendance of several faculty, student, and guest artist concerts presented throughout the semester which provide demonstrations of peer and professional level performance techniques. Division Recitals, given towards the end of the semester, provide a practical experience for each student in formal performance. A final performance examination is administered by a faculty panel, including the studio instructor, at the conclusion of MUS 164 and MUS 264. This course is restricted to students who have been accepted into the Performing Arts: Music A.S. or Music Audio Technology A.A.S. degree.


MUS 264 (2-0-2)

Performance Concentration IV

Performance Concentration develops the student’s performance and teaching skills to the highest possible level through the careful study of techniques, sight-reading/sight-singing and repertoire appropriate to the individual student’s instrument or voice with a private studio instructor. Weekly Performance Classes with division instructors provide practical experience in performance and critical analysis. In addition, this course requires attendance of several faculty, student, and guest artist concerts presented throughout the semester which provide demonstrations of peer and professional level performance techniques. Division Recitals, given towards the end of the semester, provide a practical experience for each student in formal performance. A final performance examination is administered by a faculty panel, including the studio instructor, at the conclusion of MUS 164 and MUS 264. This course is restricted to students who have been accepted into the Performing Arts: Music A.S. or Music Audio Technology A.A.S. degree.


MUS 270 (1-0-1)

Studio Literature

This course offers a series of one-on-one sessions with the student’s Performance Concentration studio instructor. The student is guided through the study of the seminal literature that has historically, musically, and technically impacted their concentration including orchestral excerpts and operatic excerpts where appropriate. Recorded performances are studied to reinforce the student’s understanding of style and performance practice. This course is intended to prepare the student for MUS 272 (Recital) and guides the student through the process of selecting an appropriate recital program for performance in MUS 272 in a subsequent semester. 
PR: Approval of School of Music faculty and studio instructor 
CR: MUS 163, 164, 263, or 264 (Performance Concentration I, II, III, IV)

 

MUS 272 (1-0-1)

Recital

This course offers a series of one-on-one sessions with the student’s Performance Concentration instructor. The student is guided through the process of planning, preparing, and performing a solo recital. Repertoire selections for this recital are the end result of MUS 270, Studio Literature. In addition to the musical preparation, the student is guided through the coordination of each aspect of the recital, from the facilities arrangements to the actual performance. 
PR: MUS 270 
CR: MUS 163, 164, 263, or 264 (Performance Concentration I, II, III, or IV)


MUS 278 (3-0-3)

Audio Recording III

This course builds on and is a continuation of MUS 179 Audio Recording II. Students will formulate, design, and complete individualized projects using AVID ProTools software in a live recording studio environment. Students’ course projects will incorporate advanced recording, mixing, mastering, compression, and microphone techniques. 
PR: MUS 179, MUS 151, Admission to A.A.S. Music Audio Technology degree program. MUS 151 may be taken concurrently.


MUS 280 (1-6-3)

Audio Recording Field Experience

This course provides students with a structured practical experience in a professional music business environment. The experience may be in audio recording, live sound, music management, or live music production, according to students’ interests. The course requires a minimum of 90 hours of supervised field experience and fifteen hours of classroom instruction. This course also provides preparation for Avid Pro Tools 110 User Certification. 
PR: MUS 152, MUS 278, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Minimum 30 hours completed towards degree, Permission of School of Music.


MUS 283 (3-2-3)

Music in Contemporary Education

This course provides an overview of the professional world of music education. The course covers processes of learning; goals and objectives; basis for selection of strategies, materials and functional techniques; and evaluative considerations within a consistent philosophical rationale related to contemporary education environments. Emphasis is on school grades K-6. Thirty clock-hours of supervised observations in local public schools and in-class teaching opportunities are an integral part of this course. 
PR: MUS 152 and MUS 156 
Fall only 


MUS 284 (3-0-3)

Music in Contemporary Education II

This course provides an overview of current methods, materials and practices in secondary school music instruction. The course covers all aspects of teaching music at the secondary school level, with emphasis on active learning that engages students and involves them directly in the learning process. Particular attention is given to the developmental needs and interests of secondary school students. Thirty clock-hours of supervised observation in local public schools and in-class teaching opportunities are an integral part of this course. 
PR: MUS 152 and MUS 156 
Spring only


MUS 285 (2-0-2)

Brass Techniques

This course familiarizes music students with the fundamentals of brass instruments and pedagogy. Topics and activities include the development of intermediate performance skills on trumpet and trombone and the discussion and demonstration of horn, tuba, and euphonium. This course also focuses on pedagogical approaches for beginning students, basic maintenance of instruments, and instrument accessories. 
PR: MUS 152, MUS 156


MUS 286 (2-0-2)

Woodwind Techniques

This course familiarizes music students with the fundamentals of woodwind instruments and pedagogy. Topics and activities include the development of intermediate performance skills on flute, clarinet, and saxophone and the discussion and demonstration of oboe and bassoon. This course also focuses on pedagogical approaches for beginning students, basic maintenance of instruments, and instrument accessories. 
PR: MUS 152, MUS 156


MUS 287 (1-0-1)

Keyboard Techniques I

This course introduces functional keyboard skills including harmonization, accompaniment styles, improvisation, and analysis. Activities include performance of single line melodies with accompaniment and basic piano repertoire, and exercises in harmonic progressions, scales, and transpositions. This course also emphasizes reading of single and multi-stave scores. 
PR: Successful music degree program audition


MUS 288 (1-0-1)

Keyboard Techniques II

This course continues the development of functional keyboard skills introduced in MUS 287 including harmonization and accompaniment in various styles, improvisation, transposition, and pedagogy. Students harmonize melodies using primary and auxiliary diatonic chords, and secondary (applied) dominants. Course activities include performing intermediate level piano repertoire, multi-stave score reading, 17th century-style figured bass exercises, scales, and harmonic progressions. 
PR: MUS 287


MUS 289 (1-0-1)

Keyboard Techniques III

This course reinforces and further develops functional keyboard skills introduced and developed in MUS 287 and 288. Students harmonize melodies that emphasize chromatic harmonies including secondary (applied) dominant and leading tone chords, as well as melodies that modulate. Students also focus on more advanced piano repertoire that contains elements of chromatic harmony including borrowed chords, augmented sixth chords and Neapolitan chords. Course activities also include performing vocal accompaniments, multi-stave score reading, 17th century-style figured bass exercises, scales, and harmonic progressions. 
PR: MUS 288