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1001. Music Appreciation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not appropriate for students who have previously passed MUSI 1021 or 1022. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

An approach toward intelligent listening, illustrated by recordings. Intended primarily for students who are not music majors. No previous training required. CA 1.

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1002. Sing and Shout! The History of America in Song

Also offered as: AMST 1002

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Develop an understanding of American people, history and culture through the study and singing of American folk songs. CA 1. CA 4.

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1003. Popular Music and Diversity in American Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to popular music and diversity in America: jazz, blues, Top-40 pop, rock, hip-hop and other genres. Musicians and their music studied in the context of twentieth-century and contemporary American society, emphasizing issues of race, gender, class, and resistance. No prior musical training or knowledge required. CA 1. CA 4. SM-11/9/09, 12/14/09

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1004. Non Western Music

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed MUSI 3421. Ratcliffe Hicks students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Folk, popular, and classical musics of selected non-Western cultures, with an emphasis on the distinctive characteristics of each culture. Intended primarily for students who are not music majors. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1005. Honors Core: Music and Nature, Music and the Environment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

An exploration of how 1) musicians have drawn upon nature as a source of inspiration, and 2) music has been used, in the recent past and continuing today, to call attention to the dangers facing the environment. No previous musical training required. CA 1.

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1006. Earthtones: Vocal Ensemble

Also offered as: FINA 1001

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A world music vocal ensemble that brings to life the songs of specific cultures as a means to gain knowledge and understanding of communities, culture, spirituality and social justice. CA 1. SM- 10/14/13

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1011. Music Fundamentals and Ear Training I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing MUSI 1012.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic skills in note reading, rhythm, meter, pitch symbols, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, sight singing, and dictation. No previous training is required.

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1012. Music Fundamentals and Ear Training II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1011

Grading Basis: Graded

Further development of skills in music reading, sight singing, and dictation.

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1021. Introduction to Music History I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not intended for MUSI majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Music history in relation to other arts from the early Christian era to J.S. Bach (1750). Some background in music fundamentals or performance is highly recommended. CA 1.

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1022. Introduction to Music History II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not intended for MUSI majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Music history in relation to other arts from the mid 18th Century to the present. Some background in music fundamentals or performance is highly recommended. CA 1.

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1101. Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Required of all music majors every semester of residence. No credit. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory.)

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1103. Introduction to University-Level Musical Study

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Required of all music majors during the first fall semester of residence. Study, rehearsal, audience and technology skills. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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1107. Steel Pan Ensemble

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 10 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Performance of a repertoire that varies from the traditional calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago to today's pop music. No previous musical experience required.

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1108. Marching Band

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Repertoire, rehearsal techniques, preparation and presentation of marching band shows. May be repeated for credit.

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1109. Varsity Band

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Repertory, rehearsal techniques, preparation and presentation of performances in support of the University community. May be repeated for credit.

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1110. Band

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Repertoire, rehearsal technique, preparation and presentation of concerts. Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band. May be repeated for credit.

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1111. Chorus

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Choral repertoire from all periods, concentration on vocal and choral techniques as related to musical styles, preparation and presentation of concerts. Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, University Chorale. May be repeated for credit.

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1112. University Symphony Orchestra

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Standard symphonic repertoire, technique of orchestral routine, preparation and presentation of concerts. May be repeated for credit. CA 1.

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1113. Chamber Ensemble

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 1110 or MUSI 1111 or MUSI 1112 must be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Chamber music for various combinations of voices, string, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard instruments. Preparation and presentation of concerts. May be repeated for credit. Students may register for two or more sections concurrently with consent of instructors.

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1114. Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Preparation and presentation of concerts. Gospel and spiritual music of the Black experience. May be repeated for credit.

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1115. Jazz Ensemble

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Jazz repertoire, rehearsal techniques, preparation and presentation of concerts. May be repeated for credit.

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1116. Small Ensemble

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 1110 or MUSI 1111 or MUSI 1112 must be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Small ensemble music under the direction of a conductor. Preparation and presentation of concerts. Students may register for two or more sections concurrently with consent of instructors. May be repeated for credit.

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1117. Women's Choir

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Choral repertoire from all styles, concentration on vocal and choral techniques as related to musical styles, preparation and presentation of concerts. May be repeated for credit.

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1118. Collegium Musicum

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Performance practices, iconography, notation, instrumentation in vocal and instrumental music before 1700. Preparation and participation in historically authentic performance. May be repeated for credit.

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1119. Opera Workshop

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Performance practices. Preparation and participation in scenes from operatic repertoire. May be repeated for credit.

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1193. Foreign Study

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Specific topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content. Consent of department head required, normally before the student's departure to study abroad.

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1221. Secondary Applied Music

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Music majors must take MUSI 1110 or 1111 or 1112 concurrently. Requirement is waived for non-majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic performance techniques. Elementary and intermediate repertoire. Primarily for students majoring in another applied area.

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1222. Applied Music

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 1110 or MUSI 1111 or MUSI 1112 must be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Open to qualified students. Before registering for the course, students must obtain an audition with the department and obtain the consent of the department head. May be repeated for credit.

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1231. Class Instruction in Piano

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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1241. Applied Accompanying

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: This course is intended for students whose area of emphasis is keyboard. An audition is required for all other students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Performance class in accompanying skills. May be repeated for credit.

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1251. Introduction to Diction for Singers

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in applied voice study under MUSI 1222 or 3222 or 5323.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the International Phonetic Association (IPA) symbols with special application to the study of English diction for singers.

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1252. Italian Diction for Singers

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1251; concurrent registration in applied voice study under MUSI 1222, 3222, or 5323.

Grading Basis: Graded

A continuing study of the IPA symbols with their special application to the study of Italian diction for singers.

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1311. Ear Training & Musicianship I

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing MUSI 1312.

Grading Basis: Graded

Devoted to the development of musicianship skills, including sight singing, rhythmic reading, melodic and harmonic dictation, and aural comprehension of musical structure.

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1312. Ear Training & Musicianship II

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1311.

Grading Basis: Graded

Devoted to the continuing development of musicianship skills, including sight singing, rhythmic reading, melodic and harmonic dictation, and aural comprehension of musical structure.

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1313. Harmony I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Writing and analysis of tonal harmony; relation to melody and counterpoint.

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1314. Harmony II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1313. Not open for credit to students who have passed MUSI 3313, 3611, 3631, 3641, 4731.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of MUSI 1313.

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1501. Applied Music Techniques

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Performance and teaching techniques. May be repeated for credit.

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1601. Introduction to Improvisation

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic jazz theory and the elements of improvisation.

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1701. Introduction to Music Education

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of music education and the total music program, K-12 for music pre-teaching students. Demonstration and discussion of relevant approaches to the teaching of music at all levels. Explores career opportunities in music education and related fields. Includes class observations.

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1995. Special Topics Lecture

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

Credits, prerequisites and hours as determined by the Senate Curricula and Course Committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

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2253. German Diction for Singers

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1251; concurrent registration in applied voice study under MUSI 1222, 3222, or 5323.

Grading Basis: Graded

A continuing study of the IPA symbols with their special application to the study of German diction for singers.

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2254. French Diction for Singers

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1251; concurrent registration in applied voice study under MUSI 1222, 3222, or 5323.

Grading Basis: Graded

A continuing study of the IPA symbols with their special application to the study of French diction for singers.

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3222. Applied Music, Advanced Course

1.00 - 5.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Advanced standing in performance as recommended by a faculty jury, recommendation by an instructor in this department and consent of the Department Head.

Grading Basis: Graded

A continuation of MUSI 1222 for students with proven ability. May be repeated for credit.

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3231. Vocal Pedagogy

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3222; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Vocabulary, methodology and practical application of pedagogical techniques.

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3232. Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3222, which must be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

One or two instrumental hours per week.

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3241. Orchestral Techniques

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The art of practice, preparation, and performance of orchestral literature. May be repeated for credit.

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3311. Ear Training and Musicianship III

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1312.

Grading Basis: Graded

Devoted to the continuing development of musicianship skills, including sight singing, rhythmic reading, melodic and harmonic dictation focusing on chromaticism, and aural comprehension of musical structure. SM-12/12/05

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3312. Ear Training and Musicianship IV

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3311. Not open for credit for students who have passed MUSI 3342.

Grading Basis: Graded

Devoted to the continuing development of musicianship skills, including sight singing, rhythmic reading, melodic and harmonic dictation focusing on chromaticism, and aural comprehension of musical structure.

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3313. Harmony III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1314.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of MUSI 1314.

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3314. Harmony IV

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3313. Not open for credit to students who have passed MUSI 3321, 3331, 3342, 3361, 3371, 266.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of MUSI 3313.

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3321. Form and Analysis I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3314

Grading Basis: Graded

Aspects of musical structure and style in works from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Application of a variety of approaches to analysis.

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3322W. Form and Analysis II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3321; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of MUSI 3321. Emphasis on the larger works of the 19th-century and 20th-century styles.

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3331. Composition I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3314; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Creative writing in the smaller forms. Extensive analysis and discussion.

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3332. Composition II

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3331; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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3341. Introduction to Electronic Composition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Composition by synthesizer and computer.

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3342. Arranging for Music Educators

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3312 and 3314

Grading Basis: Graded

Through in-class instrument presentations and score study, students will be exposed to concepts and techniques of adapting and scoring music for small and large instrumental and vocal ensembles.

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3351. Orchestration I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3313; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Range, tone quality, and characteristics of the various orchestral and band instruments. Elementary scoring problems.

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3361. Counterpoint I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3314; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Two- and three-voiced textures in the principal 16th-century styles: Josquin, Lassus, Palestrina.

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3371Q. Twentieth Century Theory and Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3314 and 3321; open to juniors or higher. With consent of instructor, MUSI 3321 may be taken concurrently. Recommended preparation: A course in mathematics.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analytical techniques appropriate to selected styles of twentieth century music. Problems in twentieth century counterpoint and composition.

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3401. Music History to 1750

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or corequisite: MUSI 1313. Recommended preparation: MUSI 1314.

Grading Basis: Graded

Medieval, Renaissance, to High Baroque periods. Score study, development of notation, and relation to other artistic traditions.

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3402. Music History and Literature 1700 to 1830

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3401.

Grading Basis: Graded

Leading composers, genres, elements of style, form and harmony, musical institutions and aesthetics in the High Baroque, Pre-classic, and Classic periods.

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3403. Music History and Literature 1830 to Present

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3402. Cannot be taken for credit after MUSI 3411, 3412, 3413, 3414, 3415, 3416, 4471, 4472, 4473 or 4489.

Grading Basis: Graded

The romantic period and the Twentieth Century.

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3405. Music History from 1750 to the New Millennium

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MUSI 3401. Prerequisite or corequisite: MUSI 1314. Recommended preparation: MUSI 3313 and 3401.

Grading Basis: Graded

Leading composers, genres, elements of style, form and harmony, musical institutions and aesthetics from 1750 through the New Millennium.

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3407W. History of Jazz

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the historical, cultural, and musical contexts of jazz as an American art form and global practice. CA 1. CA 4.

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3409. Masterpieces of Western Music in Historical Context, 1700-1930

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MUSI 3314, 3401 and 3405.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analytical and stylistic study of selected masterpieces of Western music in their musical and broad historical contexts: cultural, social, political, critical, and interpretive.

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3410W. Music, History, and Ideas

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationships of musical styles to cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

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3421W. Music in World Cultures

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3403; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; not open for credit to students who have passed MUSI 1004.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comparison of musical concepts, styles, and performance practice in the social context of various cultures. CA 4-INT.

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3601. Jazz Improvisation and Performance

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 1601; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced jazz theory, styles, and ensemble techniques. May be repeated for credit.

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3631. Jazz Arranging I

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1314 or equivalent and consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Arranging and composition of chamber jazz ensembles and big band.

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3632. Jazz Arranging II

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3631; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of MUSI 3631.

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3721. Vocal Literature I

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3222, which must be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

Songs and arias of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods: Oratorio Literature.

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3722. Vocal Literature II

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3222, which must be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

Classical Period Songs; German Lied.

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3723. Vocal Literature III

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3222, which must be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

French melodie; Songs of Nationalistic origin.

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3724. Vocal Literature IV

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3222, which must be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

British and American Songs; The Modern Period.

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3777. Introduction to Audio and Recording

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Audio theory and recording in the digital domain for musicians, performers, composers and digital media specialists.

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3801. Acoustics and the Perception of Music

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Science of Music, using basic quantitative techniques.

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3851. Music Technology for Music Teachers

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to students in the Music Education Degree program; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Current approaches to the application of music technology to the task of teaching music in elementary and secondary schools.

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3982. Practicum in Music

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) May be repeated for credit.

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3993. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated with a change in course content.

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4333. Composition III

2.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 3332; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Individual instruction in musical composition. May be repeated for credit.

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4339. Composition Forum

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Prerequisites: Music major with a composition emphasis.

Grading Basis: Graded

Weekly forum for students enrolled in the composition emphasis to discuss with each other, faculty, and visiting artists topics relevant to the professional development of composers. Topics include various aspects of the business of music, media technology, and score study. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits.

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4371. Theory Review

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An overview of traditional undergraduate theory. Intended for graduate students in Music.

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4471. Seminar: The Life and Works of Individual Composers

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 3403 and one MUSI 2000 level or higher W course; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits with change of content.

Grading Basis: Graded

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4473. Seminar: History of Musical Forms

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: MUSI 3403 and one MUSI 2000 level or higher W course; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits with change of content.

Grading Basis: Graded

Sonata, concerto, madrigal, motet, or other musical forms.

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4489. Procedures in Historical Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 3403 and one MUSI 2000 level or higher W course; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A project-oriented approach to bibliographic tools and research methods applicable to the historical study of music.

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4731. Conducting I

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 1314; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Physical aspects of conducting, reading of full and condensed scores.

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4732. Conducting II: Choral

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 4731; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

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4733. Conducting II: Instrumental

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MUSI 4731; open to juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

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4979. Senior Recital

Zero credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Required of all Bachelor of Music performance majors.

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4995. Special Topics

1.00 - 4.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classroom course in a special topic as announced in advance for each semester. May be repeated for credit.

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4999. Independent Study

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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