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Music (Mus)

This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities. The music curriculum offers the full gamut of courses for the music major. It also has strong appeal to the general student, especially in the activities of the instrumental and choral ensembles.

Objectives—Students become familiar with the traditions of Western and non-Western music through theoretical analysis, research, performance, and historical survey. The curriculum fosters the development of the critical ability necessary to understand those traditions. Students experience the unique relationship between research and performance in music. Theoretical and practical courses that provide a sound academic background in music are available for those who intend to pursue graduate study, teach, or fulfill general education requirements.

Requirements for a Major include 11 enrollments in Mus 0100; 1121-1122-1123, 1124-1125-1126, 1127-1128-1129; 1131-1132-1133, 1134-1135-1136, 1137-1138-1139; 3104-3105-3106; 11 credits in Individual Performance Studies in the major area, of which a minimum of two quarters must be in the 3300 through 3318 series; 3320 (Senior Project); and 9 additional credits in 3xxx music courses. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements. Required courses may not be taken S-N except where noted.

Requirements for a Minor include at least 30 credits including Mus 1121-1122-1123 and either 1131-1132-1133 or 3104-3105-3106. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the minor requirements. Required courses may not be taken S-N except where noted.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—Music majors must complete required professional secondary education courses including methods (MusE 3940, 3945) and student teaching in music; Mus 3339. Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

These specializations are available:

Instrumental K-12—Students need 11 credits of Mus 1400; advanced performance ability on at least one instrument of either the wind or percussion family; secondary performance competence on one instrument of another family (wind or percussion); and Mus 3330, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3334, 3340, 3341.

Vocal K-12—Students need 11 credits from Mus 1430 or 1435; advanced performance ability in voice; secondary performance competence on an instrument (wind, percussion, or keyboard); and Mus 3330, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3334, 3450, 3453.

Course Descriptions

Mus 0100f,w,s. Concert Attendance. (No cr; S-N only)

Encourages concert attendance as an important aspect of learning about music—the literature, various media, performance practice, and related topics. Satisfactory completion is attendance at a minimum of 75 percent of the concert offerings each quarter.

Mus 1121 through 1129. Core Studies I: Music Theory.

Review of fundamentals; contrapuntal and harmonic techniques; develops effective analytical skills. Concurrent classes in ear training, sight singing, and keyboard proficiency develop skills associated with the study of music theory.
Mus 1121f-1122w-1123s. Music Theory. (3 cr per qtr)
Mus 1124f-1125w-1126s. Ear-Training and Sight-Singing. (2 cr per qtr; required for majors, recommended for nonmajors; S-N only)
Mus 1127f-1128w-1129s. Keyboard Proficiency Lab. (1 cr per qtr; required for majors, recommended for nonmajors; S-N only)

Mus 1131 through 1139. Core Studies II: Advanced Music Theory.

Continuation of Core Studies I, including harmonic, contrapuntal, and 20th-century techniques. Analysis of larger forms; works from all periods. Concurrent classes in ear training, sight singing, and keyboard/computer proficiency develop skills associated with the study of music theory.
Mus 1131f-1132w-1133s. Advanced Music Theory. (3 cr per qtr; prereq 1123)
Mus 1134f-1135w-1136s. Advanced Ear-Training and Sight-Singing. (1 cr per qtr; prereq 1126; required for majors, recommended for nonmajors; S-N only)
Mus 1137f. Advanced Keyboard Lab. (1 cr; prereq 1129; required for majors, recommended for nonmajors; S-N only)
Mus 1138w. Computers and Music Lab. (C2; 1 cr; prereq 1137 or #; required for majors, recommended for nonmajors; S-N only)
In the music Macintosh/Synthesizer Lab, students improvise, capture, edit, arrange, and print out scores.
Mus 1139s. Advanced Keyboard Lab. (1 cr; prereq 1138; required for majors, recommended for nonmajors; S-N only)

Mus 1200f,w,s. Introduction to Music. (E6, E8; 5 cr)

Survey emphasizing development of an intelligent understanding and appreciation of music. For non-music majors.

Mus 1210w. Fundamentals of Music. (E6, E7; 5 cr)

Music treated as a performance language. Topics include music notation using computer drills, melodic nuance, and interpretation using Baroque recorders, simple harmony and chord usage, and basic composition. Designed so that the general student can deal with primary issues in the study of music.

Mus 1300 through 1318f,w,s. Individual Performance Studies. (E7; 1 cr per qtr for each; prereq #; special fee required)

Private instruction in the following areas is open to all students. It is recommended that music majors fulfill their requirement of 11 credits in successive enrollments in order to maintain continuous emphasis in the major performance area. The 3300 through 3318 series is intended for music students who have achieved an advanced performance level. A jury examination in the major performance area is required to progress to the advanced performance series. The examination provides an effective check on the music student's progress. All music majors and other students who anticipate applying for the jury exam should enroll under ABCD-N grading only. Note: Applied music instructors are not expected to make up sessions for unexcused absences from scheduled lessons.
Mus 1300. Piano
Mus 1301. Voice
Mus 1303. Violin
Mus 1304. Viola
Mus 1305. Cello
Mus 1306. Double Bass
Mus 1307. Flute
Mus 1308. Oboe
Mus 1309. Clarinet
Mus 1310. Saxophone
Mus 1311. Bassoon
Mus 1312. Trumpet
Mus 1313. French Horn
Mus 1314. Trombone/Baritone
Mus 1315. Tuba
Mus 1316. Percussion
Mus 1317. Organ
Mus 1318. Harpsichord

Mus 1319f,w,s. Accompanying. (E7; 1 cr; repeatable; prereq #; S-N only)

Piano students broaden their music skills by accompanying; students who accompany private lessons may receive credit. Accompanying assignments are made through consultation with the piano faculty.

Mus 1330f,w,s. Class Piano for First-Quarter Beginners. (E7; 1 cr; special fee required)

Note reading, technical studies, and basic playing skills. Continuing students take Mus 1300.

Mus 1400f,w,s. Concert Band. (E7; 1 cr; no more than 12 cr in Mus 1400 through 1435 may count toward degree requirement; prereq #; S-N only)

Rehearsals and concerts cover standard and contemporary band literature. Several concerts annually.

Mus 1405f,w,s. Jazz Ensemble. (E7; 1 cr; no more than 12 cr in Mus 1400 through 1435 may count toward degree requirement; prereq #; S-N only)

Rehearsals and concerts cover the literature for this medium.

Mus 1430f,w,s. University Choir. (E7; 1 cr; no more than 12 cr in Mus 1400 through 1435 may count toward degree requirement; prereq #; S-N only)

Preparation of choral works for at least one public concert each quarter and other special events. Emphasis on basic choral singing techniques and recreational singing.

Mus 1435f,w,s. Concert Choir. (E7; 1 cr; no more than 12 cr in Mus 1400 through 1435 may count toward degree requirement; prereq #; S-N only)

Preparation of choral works from all major periods of music literature with emphasis on concert performance. Several public concerts and appearances scheduled each quarter.

Mus 1460f,w,s. Small Chamber Ensemble. (1 cr; prereq #)

Performance of instrumental or vocal chamber music. Groups are formed according to the interests of students and availability of materials.

Mus 1461f,w,s. Jazz Combo. (1 cr; prereq #)

Performance of instrumental jazz music with emphasis on improvisation.

Mus 1462f,w,s. Vocal Chamber Ensemble. (1 cr; prereq #)

Performance of vocal ensemble music especially written for smaller groups.

Mus 1500f,w,s. Topics in Music. (1-5 cr; prereq #)

Topics in areas of student and faculty interests and needs. Topics announced in advance.

Mus 1510. American Jazz Styles. (E6, E8; 5 cr)

Development and analysis of the New Orleans Dixieland, ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, Chicago Dixieland, swing, bop, cool, funky, progressive, third-stream, free form, and fusion jazz styles. Introductory course to help non-music majors to become familiar with and appreciate this art form.

Mus 3104f-3105w-3106s. Core Studies III: Music History and Literature.

Historical development of Western music and representative literature of the various periods and styles. Comparisons with selected non-Western musics.
Mus 3104f. Music from the Middle Ages to 1700. (E6, E8; 4 cr; prereq 1123)
Mus 3105w. High Baroque and Classical Music. (E6, E8; 4 cr; prereq 1123)
Mus 3106s. Romantic and Modern Music. (W, E6, E8; 4 cr; prereq 1123)

Mus 3300 through 3318f,w,s. Advanced Individual Performance Studies. (1 cr per qtr for each; prereq successful completion of jury examination)

Private instruction in the major performance area for music students at an advanced level of performance. For listing of performance areas, see Mus 1300 through 1318 above. Note: Applied music instructors are not expected to make up sessions for unexcused absences from scheduled lessons.

Mus 3320f,w,s. Senior Project. (1 cr; S-N only)

Culminating activity that allows a graduating student to demonstrate competence as a musician. Projects may take the form of a solo recital, lecture-recital, research paper, chamber music recital, or other major study. Project should be determined in the student's junior year and approved by the music faculty. Majors taking Mus 3300 through 3318 normally satisfy this requirement with a senior recital.

Mus 3330 through 3334. Instrumental/Vocal Techniques.

Mus 3330f. Instrumental Techniques—Woodwind. (2 cr [1 cr option for vocal majors]; not offered 1998-99)
Practical study to develop elementary skills as well as a basic teaching knowledge and understanding of performance problems of the woodwind instruments.
Mus 3331s. Instrumental Techniques—Brass. (1 cr; not offered 1998-99)
Practical study to develop elementary skills as well as a basic teaching knowledge and understanding of performance problems of the brass instruments.
Mus 3332s. Instrumental Techniques—Strings. (1 cr; not offered 1998-99)
Practical study to develop elementary skills as well as a basic teaching knowledge and understanding of performance problems of the string instruments.
Mus 3333w. Instrumental Techniques—Percussion. (1 cr; not offered 1998-99)
Practical study to develop elementary skills as well as a basic teaching knowledge and understanding of performance problems of the percussion instruments.
Mus 3334s. Vocal Techniques and Diction. (3 cr [2 cr option for instrumental majors]; not offered 1998-99)
Practical study to develop elementary skills as well as a basic teaching knowledge and understanding of performance problems of the voice. Diction includes fundamentals of vocal production and phonetics in English, Italian, French, and German as applied to singing.

Mus 3339f. Conducting Techniques. (2 cr; prereq #)

Instrumental and choral conducting skills.

Mus 3340w. Instrumental Conducting and Materials. (2 cr; prereq #, 3339)

Special problems of instrumental conducting and a survey of ensemble materials for various levels of ability and maturity.

Mus 3341s. Instrumental Arranging. (2 cr; prereq 1123 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Theoretical study of orchestral and band instruments and special problems of scoring and arranging for large instrumental ensembles.

Mus 3352s. Counterpoint. (4 cr; prereq 1123 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Contrapuntal techniques from 16th-century modal through 18th-century tonal counterpoint.

Mus 3360w. Form and Analysis. (4 cr; prereq 1123 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Analysis of small and large structural forms in music. Emphasis on student analysis of works of all periods.

Mus 3400f,w,s. Composition. (Cr ar; repeatable; prereq #)

Original work guided on an individual basis.

Mus 3450f. Choral Conducting and Materials. (2 cr; prereq #, 3339)

Special problems of choral conducting and a survey of ensemble materials for various levels of ability and maturity.

Mus 3453s. Choral Arranging. (2 cr; prereq 1123 or #)

Practical study of arranging for vocal ensembles and for vocal ensembles with instruments; exercises dealing with special problems and limitations of different age and ability groups.

Mus 3455s. Opera Workshop. (E7; 3 cr; prereq #)

Practical introduction to opera performance employing fundamental body movement exercises and pantomimes. Students become familiar with a number of opera scenes through preparation and performance of scenes emphasizing ensemble work.

Mus 3500f,w,s. Seminar. (1-5 cr; prereq 3106 or #)

To be arranged according to student and faculty interests and needs. Topics announced in advance.

Mus 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Mus 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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