Music Course Descriptions

Description

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: MUS100A or permission of instructor; Offered as needed; Fee: yes

A hands-on course in intermediate piano. Through group instruction, students will continue developing basic 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 those 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.

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 (MUS123). 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
General Education option. Prerequisites: LS 105.

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 Term 2 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.  

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 patterns and structures within the musical dimensions (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 (MUS123).

MUS 124                             Written Theory II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 123; Term: 2

An intermediate examination of the language, symbols and structure of music. Students will learn to identify patterns and structures in within the musical dimensions (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 (MUS124).

MUS 202                          Marygrove College Chorale 1 hour
Prerequisites: Audition required; 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 hand bell techniques, repertoire, and resources. The emphasis will be on instruction, but will also include performance as a hand bell ensemble.

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

Continuation of development in intermediate hand bell techniques, repertoire, and resources.

MUS 205                             Community Band 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

Community band is open to woodwind, brass and percussion players, both music majors and non-majors by audition. Rehearsals include concert preparation, sight-reading and sectional practice in a supportive atmosphere.. Both rehearsals and performances take place off-campus.

MUS 207                             Advanced Diction for Singers I 2 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 107 or permission of instructor. Offered Term 2of even years

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.

MUS 208                             Accompanying 2 hours
Prerequisites: Piano proficiency and permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as needed.                                

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 needed.

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 language, symbols and structure of music. Students will learn to identify patterns and structures within the musical dimensions (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

A continuation of aurally identifying common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory III (MUS233).

MUS 234                             Written Theory IV 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 233; Term: 2

An advanced examination of the language, symbols and structure of music. Students will learn to identify patterns and structures within the musical dimensions (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

Taken concurrently with Written Theory IV (MUS234). 

MUS 240                             World Music 3 hours
Prerequisites: none; Fee: yes

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 scenes. 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 other year

This course examines musical works as living art, both part and product of their time. Students will studying the effects of environmental factors (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual and artistic) on the development and performance of early Western music.

MUS 306                             Music History II 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 305; Offered every other year

A continued examination of the factors behind the development and performance of later Western music.

MUS 309                             Introduction to Computer-Assisted Music 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered every other year

Designed for music majors, this hands-on course covers the basics of computer technology and music specific computer technology. Students will become acquainted with the basic properties of digital sound, and use editing, sequencing, and notation software to create musical compositions and multimedia presentations.

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 for organists 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 345A                             Methods and Materials of Elementary Music Education 2 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of the pre-candidate phase or permission of department chair. Offered as needed                       

Introduction to the foundations of elementary music education. Examination and evaluation of established methods, philosophies and materials; establishing effective and positive classroom environments; creating and implementing comprehensive and student-centered curricula; and developing a personal teaching philosophy.

MUS 345B                             Methods and Materials of Secondary Music Education 2 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of the pre-candidate phase or permission of department chair. Offered as needed                       

Introduction to the foundations of secondary music education. Examination and evaluation of established methods, philosophies and materials; establishing effective and positive classroom environments; creating and implementing comprehensive and student-centered curricula; and developing a personal teaching philosophy.

MUS 350                             Choral Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered every other year

A study of practical choral repertoire for use with children, youth and adult choirs. The course will include 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

An introduction to the fundamentals of piano instruction, 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 Term 1 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; Offered every other year

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; Offered as needed

Continued refinement of the techniques and skills of conducting, score preparation, and rehearsal planning/execution. Primary emphasis on instrumental conducting and baton techniques.

MUS 400B                             Brass Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year.                                                                                                      

Fundamentals of brass instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and

teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school brass instruction.

MUS 400D                          Percussion Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year                                                                                           

Fundamentals of percussion instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and

teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school percussion instruction.

MUS 400S                           String Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year                                                                                           

Fundamentals of string instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and

teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school string instruction.

MUS 400W                            Woodwinds Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year                                                                                           

Fundamentals of woodwind instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school woodwind instruction.

MUS 401                             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 404A                          Foundations in Ringing 1 hour
Prerequisite 204B: Permission of department.

Continuation of development in advanced hand bell techniques, repertoire, and resources. MUS 404A will also prepare sacred music majors to develop a hand bell program. 

MUS 404B                             Foundations in Ringing 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 404A Permission of department

MUS 410                            Hymn Playing/Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as needed

Designed for the church musician to help develop organ skills in hymn playing, and accompanying of singers

and instrumentalists.

MUS 424/424G                    Congregational Music of the Christian Church 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered as needed

A survey course focusing on the historical development of Christian hymnody and liturgy, and discussions regarding contemporary issues. 

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

Continuation of study into the methods of piano instruction. 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 music-related field work completed outside of classroom setting, or for research in music. May be repeated for various topics/contexts. 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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