Courses 2014-2015

MUS 000   Concert and Convocation Attendance 0 credits
Designed to encourage concert and convocation attendance as a means of learning about music literature and style, performance practice, and topics of interest to musicians. Attending 75 per cent of the posted events in each semester (as either listener or performer)  qualifies as a “Satisfactory” grade. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

MUS 100   Fundamentals of Music 3 credits
An introduction to music literacy and theory. Students acquire basic skills of reading, writing, and performing music and gain an understanding of scales, intervals, chords, and transposition. The course is open to students with little or no musical background.

MUS 101   Orchestra 1 credit
Open to all who play orchestral instruments and who wish to experience playing orchestral music. The course includes the study and performance of orchestral literature. 

MUS 102   Band 1/2-1 credit
Open to all who play band instruments. The course includes the study and performance of marching and symphonic band literature. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition.  Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.

MUS 104   Chorus 1/2-1 credit
An opportunity for participation in a vocal ensemble. The WSC Concert Choir performs choral masterworks from all historical periods of music and also performs major works as part of the WSC College-Community Choir. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.

MUS 105   Opera 1 credit
Designed to provide experience in musical-dramatic activities. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: admission by campus-wide audition. 

MUS 120 Introduction to Music Education   1 credit

An introductory course for the music major interested in music education K-12. This course provides students with an overview of the concepts, methods and techniques used in music education. Students learn the historical, philosophical, and practical conventions, of all areas of music education, including elementary music, choir orchestra, and band. Students examine different aspects involved in teaching music in public schools, goals of various music programs, and existing curricula including sample lessen plans. Included is an introduction to the Colorado Content Standards for Music and technology used in music education. Prerequisite to the 200 and 300-level music education methods classes.

MUS 121   Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 1/2-1 credit
Designed to give the student-musician rehearsal and performance experience in the area of ensemble and chamber music. Includes the Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, and Jazz Ensembles, as well as Chamber Singers, and additional small ensembles. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.

MUS 128   Theory of Music Laboratory I 1 credit
Development of musicianship skills related to MUS 129.  Students will study, sight read, and perform (voice and keyboard) rhythms, tonicization patterns in major and minor keys, intervals, scales, and diatonic chords.  Students will also learn to take melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. (Offered spring) Prerequisite: MUS 100 or the equivalent. Corequisite: MUS 129.

MUS 129   Theory of Music I 3 credits
A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course concentrates on fundamentals such as major and minor scales, meter, rhythm, pitch intervals, key signatures, triads and inversions, simple chord building, harmonic progressions, and voice leading. (Offered spring) Prerequisite: MUS 100 or the equivalent. Corequisite: MUS 128.

MUS 130   Theory of Music Laboratory II 1 credit
Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS 128 and MUS 129 and develop those areas of musicianship through performance (voice and keyboard) and dictation. This course builds on knowledge of diatonic triads with the inclusion of inversions, non-chord tones, and diatonic seventh chords.  (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 128 and MUS 129 with minimum grades of “C.” Corequisite: MUS 131.

MUS 131   Theory of Music II 3 credits
A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition.  This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 128 and MUS 129 and introduces non-chord tones; diatonic seventh chords, phrase structure and cadences, tonicization and rudimentary counterpoint. (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 128 and MUS 129 with minimum grades of “C.” Corequisite: MUS 130.

MUS 140   Introduction to Music 3 credits
A study of the elements of musical structure designed to form a basis for intelligent listening. Music is selected to illustrate representative styles of music from different historical periods and world cultures. Required of Music majors and minors during their freshman year.

MUS 173   Piano Class 1 credit
Beginning piano.

MUS 174   Piano Class 1 credit
A continuation of MUS 173.

MUS 180   Piano 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 181   Organ 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisite: at least four years of private piano study.

MUS 182   Voice 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 183   Violin 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 184   Viola 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 185   Cello 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 186   Contra Bass 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 187   Flute 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 188   Oboe 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 189   Clarinet 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 190   Bassoon 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 191   Saxophone 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 192   Trumpet 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 193   French Horn 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 194   Trombone 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 195   Baritone 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 196   Tuba 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 197   Special Topics 1-6 credits

MUS 198   Percussion 1-2 credits
Private instruction.

MUS 213   Woodwind Methods (with laboratory) 1 credit
Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all woodwind instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2014).

MUS 214   Brass Methods (with laboratory) 1 credit
Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all brass instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall 2013).

MUS 215   String Methods (with laboratory) 1 credit
Instruction in violin, viola, violoncello and bass for the Music Education student. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall 2012).

MUS 216   Percussion Methods (with laboratory) 1 credit
An introduction to the basic percussion instruments with special attention given to standard and contemporary performance techniques and sound production. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2013).

MUS 217   Voice Methods (with laboratory) 1 credit
A study of tone production, breathing as applied to singing, attack and release, muscular control, posture, and vocal health. Special exercises adapted to individual needs of pupils and simple English songs are sung in the class. Emphasis is on basic skills and techniques for use with young voices in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall 2013).

MUS 240  Perspectives in Music: Jazz History / Music in Media / Women in Music / other selected topics 3 credits
A study of a specific perspective or repertory of music and its relationship to other aspects of musical culture. Historical, sociological, and multicultural influences and implications, are also considered. The course may be taken two times (with different titles) for credit.

MUS 245 History of Rock and Roll   3 credits
An introductory course emphasizing the history and development of Rock and Roll music. The growth and development of major historical periods of rock music and related styles will be explored through the study of historical, social, political and cultural influences. Music is selected to illustrate representative styles of music from different historical periods of Rock music and culture.

MUS 250   Beginning Conducting: Choral and Instrumental 2 credits
A study of the basic techniques of conducting, score reading, beat patterns, rehearsal procedures, and style in the instrumental and vocal media. Emphasis is placed on physical exercises, coordination, and the development of fundamental baton techniques. Students conduct in class and observe rehearsal situations with the College ensembles. Offered in alternate years (fall 2012). Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with minimum grades of “C.”

MUS 253  Theory of Music Laboratory III 1 credit
Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS 130 and MUS 131 and develop those areas of musicianship through performance (voice and keyboard) and dictation. Studies incorporate modulation using diatonic chords, modemixture, chromaticism, and secondary dominants. (Offered spring)  Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with minimum grades of “C.”  Corequisite: MUS 254.

MUS 254   Theory of Music III 3 credits
A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition.  This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 130 and MUS 131 and introduces modulation, chromaticism and altered chords, extension of tertian harmony, and binary and ternary forms. (Offered spring)  Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with minimum grades of “C.”  Corequisite: MUS 253.

MUS 255   Theory of Music Laboratory IV 1 credit
Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS 253 and MUS 254 and develop those areas of musicianship through performance (voice and keyboard) and dictation. This course continues the study of chromaticism including enharmonic modulations, extended chords, and harmonic practices of the late nineteenth and twentieth century. (Offered fall)  Prerequisites: MUS 253 and MUS 254 with minimum grades of “C.” Corequisite: MUS 256.

MUS 256   Theory of Music IV 3 credits
A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 253 and MUS 254 and introduces extended chords, quartal harmony, expanded tonality and serialism, additional twentieth-century compositional techniques, and counterpoint. (Offered fall) Prerequisites: MUS 253 and MUS 254 with minimum grades of “C.” Corequisite: MUS 255.

MUS 275   Piano Class 1 credit
A continuation of MUS 174.

MUS 276   Piano Class 1 credit
A continuation of MUS 275.

MUS 285   Pedagogy for the Applied Instrument or Voice 2 credits
The student becomes acquainted with the methods and materials to be used in the teaching of music students, in both private and class situations.

MUS 290   Introduction to Improvisation 1 credit
An introduction to improvisation for singers and instrumentalists including improvisational experiences in a variety of styles (jazz, classical, and other), integration of music theory with improvisation, and methods of teaching improvisation. Required of majors in the Music Education Emphasis. Offered in alternate years (spring 2014). Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with a minimum grades of “C”, or instructor permission.

MUS 292   Independent Study 1-3 credits

MUS 297   Special Topics 1-6 credits

MUS 301   Orchestra 1 credit
Open to all who play orchestral instruments and who wish to experience playing orchestral music. The course includes the study and performance of orchestral literature. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 101; instructor permission.

MUS 302   Band 1/2-1 credit
Open to all who play band instruments. The course includes the study and performance of marching and symphonic band literature. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 102; instructor permission.

MUS 304   Chorus 1/2-1 credit
An opportunity for participation in a vocal ensemble. The WSC Concert Choir performs choral masterworks from all historical periods of music and also performs major works as part of the WSC College-Community Choir. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.  Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 104; instructor permission.

MUS 305   Opera 1 credit
Designed to provide experience in musical-dramatic activities. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisites: admission by campus-wide audition; junior or senior standing;  minimum of one semester of MUS 105; instructor permission.

MUS 306   Piano Ensemble 1 credit
Designed to acquaint the piano student with ensemble repertoire and performance      traditions. Prerequisite: four credits of piano private study or equivalent performance background.

MUS 311   Principles and Techniques of Composition 3 credits
A study of the basic principles of composition. Harmonic, contrapuntal, and formal structures of various stylistic periods are employed. Prerequisites: MUS 255 and MUS 256 with minimum grades of “C.”

MUS 312   Introduction to Music Technology 1 credits

Designed to acquaint students with music technology hardware (including MIDI—Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and a variety of software programs to enhance learning, teaching, and performing situations at all ages and levels. Students have the opportunity to work with available equipment. Offered in alternate years (fall 2012). Prerequisite: 

MUS 100 or MUS 129 with a minimum grade of “C” or instructor permission.

MUS 320   Scoring 2 credits
A study of techniques of arranging for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 256 with minimum grade of “C.”

MUS 321   Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music 1/2-1 credit
Designed to give the student-musician rehearsal and performance experience in the area of ensemble and chamber music. Includes the Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, and Jazz Ensembles, as well as Chamber Singers and additional small ensembles. Membership is open to Music Majors and non-Music Majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 121; instructor permission.

MUS 350   Advanced Conducting: Choral and Instrumental 2 credits
A study of advanced techniques of conducting, score reading, musical style, materials, and repertoire in the instrumental and vocal media. Emphasis is placed on physical exercises and coordination of the mind and hands, as well as musical terms necessary for proper interpretation of musical scores. Students conduct in both class and laboratory situations with College ensembles. Offered in alternate years (spring 2013). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with minimum grade of “C.”

MUS 352   History of Music 3 credits
A study of the development of music from Antiquity through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is placed on acquaintance with the music literature of successive periods. Offered in alternate years (fall 2013). Prerequisites: Music major or minor status; MUS 140.

MUS 353   History of Music 3 credits
A study of the development of music from the Classical and Romantic periods to the present. Emphasis is placed on acquaintance with the music literature of successive    periods. Offered in alternate years (spring 2012). Prerequisites: Music major or minor status; MUS 140.

MUS 355   Counterpoint 2 credits
A study of contrapuntal techniques necessary to compose polyphonic music in two, three, four, or more parts. Prerequisites: MUS 255 and MUS 256 with minimum grades of “C.”

MUS 360   Teaching General Music in Elementary Schools 2 credit
A study of the teaching of general music in the elementary classroom. Acquaints Music Education majors with methods of teaching the elements of music, working with children’s voices, using instruments, and developing listening skills. Current approaches such as Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, and Suzuki are also addressed. Students survey elementary music texts and learn how to develop and plan a music program. Offered in alternate years (fall 2012). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and MUS 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

MUS 365   Methods and Philosophy of Teaching and Supervising Instrumental Music in the Public Schools: K-12 2 credits
A study of the supervision, organization, and administration of instrumental music in the public schools, K-12, providing background and experience with the philosophical, historical, and practical foundation of instrumental music in the public schools. Emphasis is placed upon contemporary methodology, all aspects of teaching and conducting activities in instrumental music, comprehensive musicianship through performance, and preparation for student teaching. Offered in alternate years (fall 2012). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and MUS 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

MUS 370   Methods and Philosophy of Teaching and Supervising Vocal Music in the Public Schools: K-12 2 credits

An intensive study of materials and methods for teaching vocal and general music in the elementary and secondary school, plus objectives, organization, administration, curriculum content, guidance for student teachers, and background in contemporary trends in music education for all age levels, K-12. Offered in alternate years (spring 2013). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

MUS 380   Piano 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 180; instructor permission.

MUS 381   Organ 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisite: at least four years of piano study; junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 181; instructor permission.

MUS 382   Voice 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 182; instructor permission.

MUS 383   Violin 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 183; instructor permission.

MUS 384   Viola 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 184; instructor permission.

MUS 385   Cello 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 185; instructor permission.

MUS 386   Contra Bass 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 186; instructor permission.

MUS 387   Flute 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 187; instructor permission.

MUS 388   Oboe 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 188; instructor permission.

MUS 389   Clarinet 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 189; instructor permission.

MUS 390   Bassoon 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 190; instructor permission.

MUS 391   Saxophone 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 191; instructor permission.

MUS 392   Trumpet 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 192; instructor permission.

MUS 393   French Horn 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 193; instructor permission.

MUS 394   Trombone 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 194; instructor permission.

MUS 395   Baritone 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 195; instructor permission.

MUS 396   Tuba 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 196; instructor permission.

MUS 397   Special Topics 1-6 credits

MUS 398   Percussion 1-2 credits
Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 198; instructor permission.

MUS 400   Senior Recital / Senior Project 0 credits
Students demonstrate competency in an area of performance, research, composition, or music technology. Senior projects may include a research project, composition, music technology project, or non-credit internship. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: senior standing and consent of faculty advisor.

MUS 424   Band Literature 2 credits
A study and analysis of the literature available to the concert band and the various types of large wind ensembles.

MUS 426   Literature for the Applied Instrument or Voice 2 credits
An historical study of the standard repertoire for the applied instrument or voice.

MUS 429   Diction for Singers 2 credits
A basic course in Italian, German, and French diction designed for voice students. Foreign language diction are studied in selected vocal repertoire.

MUS 488   Composition 3 credits
Students write original compositions for solo or ensemble performing media.

MUS 490   Workshop in Music 1-6 credits
A study of topics related to music study suitable for workshop format. Includes discussion, practice, and demonstration.

MUS 491   Seminar in Research 2 credits
Senior students research and write papers in the area of music appropriate to their courses of study. Offered in alternate years (spring 2012).

MUS 492   Independent Study 1-4 credits
A special study in areas of student interest. May be taken for a maximum of four credits.

MUS 497   Special Topics 1-6 credits

MUS 499   Internship in Music  1-12 credits
An internship may be arranged in this course. Credit earned in this course may be applied to the major or minor with faculty approval. Consult advisor for details.