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Music Course Descriptions

MUS 100A Class Piano I 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; Term: 1 and 2; Fee: yes
A hands-on course in beginning piano. Through group instruction, students will develop basic piano technique, and music reading skills while playing a variety of musical repertoire.

MUS 100B Class Piano II 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 100A or permission of instructor; Offered as needed; Fee: yes
A hands-on course in intermediate piano. Through group instruction, students will continue developing piano technique, and music reading skills while playing a variety of musical repertoire.

MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music I 3 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1. General Education option
This course is primarily intended for students without extensive formal musical training (e.g. self-taught), or whose musical learning experiences were primarily aurally-based (e.g. learning music by ear). It introduces the visual symbols and terminology of music notation, and links them to aural understandings of music. Basic music theory topics include: pitch, rhythm, key/ time signatures, articulation/dynamic markings, and intervals, as well as ear training skills.

MUS 102 Fundamentals of Music II 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 101 or permission of instructor
This course continues building a solid foundation in musical literacy in preparation for Theory 1 (MUS 123). Continued refinement of the rudiments of music and their application in writing, listening, playing and singing. Topics include basic chord construction and progression, as well as melodic dictation, and sight singing exercises.

MUS 105 Encounters with Music 3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107; Term: 2. General Education option
An introductory examination of the roles that music plays in our lives. Discussion topics include: music as identity, expression, culture, innovation, and revolution. Students will also develop a stronger awareness of how perception and reaction influence our music listening.

MUS 106A Voice Class I 3 hours
Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes. General Education option
A group course, which introduces healthy and natural use of the vocal instrument, as well as the basics of tone production, song preparation and stage presence. Explores the role of the mind, body and personal expression in singing, through the learning and performance of a variety of songs (both solo and group), as well as through observation, reflection and discussion.

MUS 107 Introduction to Diction 1 hour
Prerequisites: None; offered winter of odd years
Designed to introduce singers to the technical and artistic aspects of diction in singing. Study of pronunciation and usage of English and Italian languages as encountered in classical and commercial contemporary vocal repertoire. Students will utilize the International Phonetic Alphabet for consistency in vowel and consonant articulation. Typically taken during freshman or sophomore years.

MUS 123 Written Theory I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Term: 1
An elementary examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 123A Ear Training I 1 hour
Prerequisites: MUS 101 or permission of instructor; Term: 1
Students will learn to translate written musical notation (visual) into musical sound (aural), and to identify common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory I (MUS 123).

MUS 124 Written Theory II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 123; Term: 2
An intermediate examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 124B Ear Training II 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 123A; Term: 2
Students will learn to translate written musical notation (visual) into musical sound (aural), and to identify common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory II (MUS 124).

MUS 202 Marygrove College Chorale 1 hour
Prerequisites: Audition required; May require MUS 100 A or MUS 101; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes.
The Marygrove College Chorale is a vocal ensemble open to all by audition, and gives singers the opportunity to develop their choral singing while performing challenging musical literature ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary periods. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 204A Foundations in Ringing I 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of department. A hands-on course exploring beginning handbell techniques, repertoire, and resources.
The emphasis will be on instruction, but will also include performance as a handbell ensemble.

MUS 204B Foundations in Ringing II 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 204A

MUS 207 Advanced Diction for Singers 2 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 107 or permission of instructor. Offered every other year
Continuation of development of technical and artistic aspects of diction in singing. Study of pronunciation and usage of German and French languages as encountered in classical vocal repertoire. Typically taken during sophomore or junior years.

MUS 208 Accompanying 2 hours
Prerequisites: Piano proficiency and permission of instructor; Fee: yes.
Offered as required Instruction and practice in the art of accompanying at the piano for musical soloists and groups.

MUS 209 Piano Ensemble 2 hours
Prerequisites: Piano proficiency and permission of instructor; Fee: yes.
Offered as required Preparation and performance of duet and two-piano literature.

MUS 233 Written Theory III 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 124; Term: 1
An advanced intermediate examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 233A Ear Training III 1 hour
Prerequisites: MUS 124B; Term: 1
Students will learn to translate written musical notation (visual) into musical sound (aural), and to identify common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory III (MUS 233).

MUS 234 Written Theory IV 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 233; Term: 2
An advanced examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 234B Ear Training IV 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 233A; Term: 2
Students will learn to translate written musical notation (visual) into musical sound (aural), and to identify common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory IV (MUS 234).

MUS 240 World Music 3 hours
Prerequisites: none; Fee: yes; Offered when needed.
A survey of music from cultures around the world, with emphasis on developing listening skills, examining musical traditions in context, and varieties of instruments used. The course is open to non-music majors. The ability to read music is not necessary.

MUS 301 Lyric Theatre 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Fee: yes
A performance-based course focused on the development of stage movement and character development through examination and performance of opera, operetta and musical theatre. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 302 Marygrove College Chorale 1 hour
Prerequisites: At least 3 semesters of MUS 202; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

MUS 305 Music History I 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, MUS 233; Offered every first semester
This course examines musical works as living art, both part and product of their time. Students will study the effects of environmental factors (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual and artistic) on the development of early Western music.

MUS 306 Music History II 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, MUS 124; Offered every other year
Continued examination of the factors behind the development and performance of later Western Music.

MUS 309 Introduction to Music Technology 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered every other year
Designed for music majors, this course covers the basics of music specific computer technology. Students will use software (such as GarageBand and Finale) to engage in a variety of music editing, sequencing, and notation activities.

MUS 333 Organ Improvisation 2 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 233, at least two semesters of applied organ study, and MUS 401 -OR- permission of instructor. Offered as needed.
Designed to develop skills in the art of improvisation, creating projects that are hymn based, formally structured, and free in form. A variety of approaches and styles will be addressed.

MUS 335 Vocal Pedagogy 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 365 and at least four semesters of private applied voice.
The purpose of this course is to introduce undergraduate voice majors to basic vocal physiology and methodologies of modern vocal pedagogy. It is designed as a comprehensive overview for prospective voice teachers, vocal coaches, choral directors, and/or performers. Through readings, class lectures, observations, discussions and reflective writings, students will have the opportunity to explore the art and practice of the teaching of singing. The lab portion of this course provides students with opportunities to apply the information to real life teaching situations.

MUS 350 Choral Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered every other year
A study of choral literature for use with children’s, youth and adult choirs. The course will examine both standard and newly published works from a broad span of historical periods, genres and styles.

MUS 351 Piano Pedagogy I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered as needed
Introduction to the fundamentals of piano teaching, examination of the learning process, and the objectives and procedures of elementary piano teaching. Examines and evaluates beginning methods and teaching materials.

MUS 352 Piano Pedagogy II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 351 and Permission of instructor; Offered as needed
Continuation of the fundamentals of piano teaching methods, and the objectives and procedures for private and group piano instruction.

MUS 365 Vocal Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered fall of odd years.
The course will help you understand the relationships between text, music, historical/cultural context, and interpretative factors in song literature, and to use this information to achieve an artistic performance. Recorded examples, classroom presentation/discussion and written materials will be used.

MUS 388/488 Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 hours
Prerequisite: By arrangement with department; Term 1‚ 2
Part-time work experience in activity related to specialization. Major standing must be completed. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 399A Conducting I 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 124, MUS 124B
An introduction to the techniques and skills of conducting, score preparation, and rehearsal planning/execution, which are essential for every conductor. Students will learn the fundamental principles of conducting gesture, and translating musical score into physical expression. Primary emphasis on choral conducting.

MUS 399B Conducting II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 399A
Continued refinement of the techniques and skills of conducting, score preparation, and rehearsal planning/execution. Primary emphasis on instrumental conducting and baton techniques.

MUS 401 Arranging/Orchestration 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 234; Offered as needed
An intensive study of the techniques and functions of orchestral instrumentation, as well as scoring for various instrumental combinations and for full orchestra.

MUS 410 Hymn Playing/Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as required
Designed for the church musician to develop organ skills in hymn playing and accompanying of singers and instrumentalists.

MUS 443A Analytical Techniques I 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 234. Offered by arrangement
Advanced techniques of musical analysis‚ including harmonic‚ reductive‚ and melodic. Critical study of larger forms and structures.

MUS 445 Keyboard Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 352 and permission of instructor; Offered as needed
Examination and evaluation of standard piano literature for various levels of ability, as well as exploring issues related to the piano teaching profession.

MUS 450 Guided Field Experience 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Written permission from department head required before registration; Term: 1, 2
Credit for field work in music completed outside of classroom setting (e.g. accompanist, church musician, private instructor, conductor, music research). May be repeated. MUS 450R is the department’s writing intensive course.

MUS 491/491G Independent Study in Music 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Written permission of department chair required before registration; Term: 1, 2
Directed study in music not covered in other departmental courses. Course content and objectives must be agreed upon by instructor and student(s), and approved by the dean prior to registration. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 496 Senior Seminar/Senior Recital 4 hours
Prerequisite: Senior status, music major. Permission of department chair required; Term: 1, 2
A completion of studies [capstone] for the undergraduate senior (BM in Performance, BA in Music, BM in Music Education). Research, preparation of a final performance and/or presentation, and self-reflection related to the applied area of study results in a synthesis of skills and knowledge gained.

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