CORE MUSIC CLASSES

 

MUSC-122  Music Theory I  (3 Credit Hours)  

The first in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The courses includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, introduction to form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUSC 137, Aural Skills I and MUSC 141, Class Piano I. 

 MUSC-123  Music Theory II  (3 Credit Hours)

 The second in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The courses includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, introduction to form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. Basic keyboard skills are included and support sequential development of functional knowledge of the keyboard and playing skills sufficient to handle practical situations, including harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, improvisation, accompanying, ensemble playing, and keyboard literature appropriate to the level of the course. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUSC 138 - Aural Skills II. 

MUSC-137  Aural Skills I  (1 Credit Hour) 

Examines the theoretical knowledge and skills needed for success in music performance, education, or composition. Diatonic Sight-singing, dictation, computer assisted instruction in major and minor keys, and in simple meters. 

 MUSC-138  Aural Skills II  (1 Credit Hour) 

Continuation of MUSC 137. Develop sight singing and dictation skills necessary for performance and teaching of tonal music. Focuses on rhythmic performance and drills intervals, scales, triads, and simple melodies. 

MUSC-141  Class Piano I  (1 Credit Hour) 

Group approach to teaching the fundamentals of piano playing. For students with little or no piano study. Sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, technical studies, and solo ensemble literature. 

MUSC-142  Class Piano II (1 Credit Hour) 

Continuation of MUSC 141. Emphasis on developing technique, functional use of chords, and study of piano literature in a wider range of different styles and periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 141 or equivalent.

MUSC-201  Aural Skills III  (1 Credit Hour) 

Continuation of MUSC 138. Develop sight singing and dictation skills necessary for performance and teaching of tonal music. Focuses on rhythmic performance and drills intervals, scales, triads, and simple melodies. Introduces Chromaticism, Syncopation, Secondary Function Chords, and Modulation. 

MUSC-202  Aural Skills IV  (1 Credit Hour) 

Continuation of MUSC 201. Develop sight singing and dictation skills necessary for performance and teaching of tonal music. Focuses on rhythmic performance and drills intervals, scales, triads, and simple melodies. Introduces Neapolitan, Augmented Chords, Asymmetrical Meters, Medieval Modes, and Twentieth Century Melodies. 

MUSC-203  Music Literature I  (3 Credit Hours) 

Study of music as an art in Western civilization from antiquity to 1750; emphasizes acquaintance with representative musical works and styles and understanding musical concepts in their historical background. 

 MUSC-204  Music Literature II  (3 Credit Hours) 

Study of music as an art in Western civilization 1750 to the present; emphasizes acquaintance with representative musical works and styles and understanding musical concepts in their historical background. Prerequisite: MUSC 203. 

MUSC-207  Intro to Music Hist and Lit  (3 Credit Hours) 

The historical development of Western music, including various musical styles and periods, and the contributions of key composers, conductors and performers in shaping the Western musical tradition. Emphasizes concepts, structure, musical idioms and aesthetics. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the appropriate Dean. 

MUSC-222  Music Theory III (3 Credit Hours) 

(IAI MUS 903) The third in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The courses includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, introduction to form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUSC 201 - Aural Skills III and MUSC 241 - Class Piano III. 

 

 MUSC-223  Music Theory IV  (3 Credit Hours) 

(IAI MUS 904) The fourth in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The course includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. Requires concurrent enrollment in MUSC 202 - Aural Skills IV and MUSC 242 - Class Piano IV. 

MUSC-241  Class Piano III  (1 Credit Hour) 

Continuation of MUSC 142. Emphasis on developing technique, functional use of chords, and study of piano literature in wider range of different styles and periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 142 or equivalent. 

MUSC-242  Class Piano IV  (1 Credit Hour) 

Continuation of MUSC 241. Emphasis on developing technique, functional use of chords, and study of piano literature in a wider range of different styles and periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 240 or equivalent.

MUSC-290  Introduction to Conducting  (2 Credit Hours) 

This course is designed as an introduction to basic conducting skills with emphasis on the art and study of conducting. Emphasis is placed on baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions and score reading. Students will practice with choral and instrumental recordings and/or live groups.

MUSC-299  AFA Portfolio  (1 Credit Hour) 

This course is the culmination of two years of musical study. It is the final step of the Associate in Fine Arts degree. Students will create a portfolio using a current form of media technology. This course will include a half-recital or project of a similar scope, as appropriate to the studentís focus and as approved by the instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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