Music Course Descriptions 2016-2017

MUSIC COURSES  

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. GTAH1

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 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 Western Concert Choir per forms choral masterworks from all historical periods of music and also performs major works as part of the Western University-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 campuswide 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 lesson plans. Included is an introduction to the Colorado standards for music education K-12 and technology used in music education. Prerequisite to the 300level 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 deter- mined 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.

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 fall) Prerequisite: 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 counter- point. (Offered fall) Prerequisite: MUS 129 with minimum grades of “C.”

MUS 135 Introduction to Algorithmic Music 3 credits

An introduction to musical representation and creation using computer programming code.  This class explores musical concepts using functional language programming techniques.  Primary topics include representation of musical structures through abstraction and thematic code-based composition using generative structures.  Significant focus is placed on modern compositional styles that can be expressed using algorithmic tools.  

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. GT-AH1

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 P

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 212 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 2013). Prerequisite: MUS 100 or MUS 129 with a minimum grade of “C” or instructor permission.

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 2014).

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 2015).

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 (Spring 2014).

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 University ensembles. Offered in alternate years (Fall 2014). 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, mode mixture, 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 University-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 campuswide 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 313 Music Production 3 credits  

An introduction to current production software designed to give students experience utilizing digital audio recording techniques and electronic sequencers.  Students utilize sequencing and sound design software to create electronic music, demonstrate signal flow analysis using real and virtual hardware, understand and demonstrate a variety of microphone-based recording techniques, and create projects using a digital audio workstation.  Prerequisite: MUS 131 with a minimum grade of "C."  

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 University ensembles. Offered in alternate years (Spring 2015). 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 2014). 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 credits  

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 (Spring 2015). 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 2014). 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 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 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.