Music


*General Education Courses In Music
**Performance Ensembles open to all students by audition or consent of instructor.

MUS 100 History & Appreciation of Music* 3 SH
A survey course to enrich the non-music major’s knowledge and enjoyment of serious music. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

MUS 101 Evolution of Jazz & Rock Music* 3 SH
An exploration of the evolution of jazz and rock music from its origins as folk and gospel music through the swing and bebop eras; the evolution of the blues and country music into rock and roll in the late 1950s; the British Invasion, and the rise of rock and pop culture; and the emergence of jazz as one of the innovative and unique American art forms of the 20th century. General Education: Humanities/ Fine Arts.

MUS 103 World Music* 3 SH
This course will focus on increasing the students’ understanding and appreciation of music of other cultures through the study of folk and traditional music from Africa, North and South America, Europe, The Pacific, Near East and Asia. General Education: Humanities/ Fine Arts.

MUS 105 Music Essentials* 3 SH
An introduction to music involving both basic theory and performance skills on relatively simple instruments. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

MUS 106 Class Piano I* 3 SH
Basic keyboard techniques for non-music students. Recommended for students who have never studied keyboard instruments. Every semester. General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.

MUS 108, 109 Music Theory I & II 2 SH each
A two-semester study of theory and development of diatonic harmony using part-writing, stylistic study, composition, and analysis. Prerequisite: for MUS 108-qualifying score on the theory placement examination; for MUS 109-MUS 108.

MUS 112 Jazz Theory 3 SH
An introductory course in jazz theory and arranging. Fundamental principles of chord progression, chord substitution, melodic construction, voicing, and part writing are covered. Student arrangements and compositions are performed every semester by WCSU jazz ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 109 and MUS 115.

MUS 113 Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire 0 SH
Ever Monday and Wednesday, a vast repertoire of music is performed during the recital hour, and this non-credit course is designed to provide music majors with a weekly formal listening experience of live music performance. In addition to the Monday and Wednesday recital attendance requirement, music majors must also attend a minimum of five concerts each semester to fulfill this course. Required of all full-time B.A., B.M. and B.S. music majors every semester. Every Monday and Wednesday.

MUS 114, 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training I & II 2 SH each
A two-semester course to help students develop music reading and dictation skills. Prerequisite: for MUS 114-qualifying score on theory placement examination; for MUS 115: MUS 114.

MUS 125, 126 Keyboard Competency I & II .5 SH each
Freshman level requirement.

MUS 138, 139 Brass Repertoire I & II 1 SH each
Designed to investigate, through live and recorded performances, solo and chamber literature for brass instruments. MUS 138-fall semester; MUS 139-spring semester.

MUS 140, 141 Vocal Repertoire I & II 1 SH each
A survey of music of all periods for the voice, utilizing recordings and class performance. MUS 140-fall semester; MUS 141-spring semester.

MUS 142, 143 Piano Repertoire I & II 1 SH each
Designed to acquaint the student with the piano repertoire, including solo and chamber works, through performance, listening and discussion. MUS 142-fall semester. MUS 143-spring semester.

MUS 144, 145 String Repertoire I & II 1 SH each
Designed to acquaint the student with the string repertoire, including solo and chamber works, through performance, listening and discussion. MUS 144-fall semester. MUS 145-spring semester.

MUS 146, 147 Percussion each Repertoire I & II 1 SH
The study of literature for percussion through performance, listening and discussion. Literature studied includes solo, ensemble and orchestral works. MUS 146-fall semester; MUS 147-spring semester.

MUS 148, 149 Woodwind Repertoire I & II 1 SH each
Designed to acquaint the student with the woodwind repertoire, including solo and chamber works, through performance, listening and discussion. MUS 148-fall semester; MUS 149-spring semester.

MUS 150, 151 Guitar Repertoire I & II 1 SH each
Designed to acquaint the student with the guitar repertoire, including solo and chamber works, through performance, listening and discussion.

MUS 170, 171 Piano Accompanying I & II 1 SH each
For bachelor of music majors. A two-semester course dealing with the nature of accompanying and problems of style.

MUS 172, 173 Advanced Piano Accompanying I & II 1 SH each
Year-long continuation of MUS 170 and 171. MUS 172-fall semester; MUS 173-spring semester.

MUS 180, 181 Applied Music 2 SH each
The student will study privately with a teacher who is highly qualified to teach performance techniques and practices on a given instrument/voice. Twelve hour lessons per semester. Designed for B.S. in Music Education majors. MUS 180-fall semester; MUS 181-spring semester.

MUS 182, 183 Applied Music 1 SH each
Twelve half-hour lessons per semester with no performance required. Designed for B.A. in Music majors and music minors. MUS 182-fall semester; MUS 183-spring semester.

MUS 186, 187 Applied Music 3 SH each
The student will study privately with a teacher who is highly qualified to teach performance techniques and practices on a given instrument/voice. Both technique and repertoire will be emphasized. Twelve one-hour lessons per semester with one recital and one jury each semester. Designed for Bachelor of Music degree students only. MUS 186-fall semester; MUS 187-spring semester.

*MUS 191 Symphonic Band** .5 SH
An ensemble of wind and percussion players; open to all students of the university. Every semester.

*MUS 192 Orchestra** .5 SH
Open to all students of the university. Every semester.

*MUS 195 Concert Choir** .5 SH
A select group of mixed voices. Auditions open to all students in the university. Every semester.

MUS 208, 209 Music Theory III & IV 2 SH each
A two-semester study of theory and development of diatonic harmony using part-writing, stylistic study, composition, and analysis. Prerequisite: for MUS 208-MUS 109; for MUS 209-MUS 208.

MUS 210, 211 Sight Singing/Ear Training III & IV 2 SH each
A two-semester course to help students develop music reading and dictation skills. Prerequisite: for MUS 210-MUS 115; for MUS 211-MUS 210.

MUS 212 Diction for Singers I 1 SH each
This course focuses on mastering the International Phonetic Alphabet by gaining, first, an understanding of the symbols through an already familiar language (English), before moving on to one of the phonetically simpler foreign languages (Italian).

MUS 213 Diction for Singers II 1 SH each
This course focuses on the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet in the pronunciation of German and French, as well as the phonetic symbols for sounds unique to other foreign languages, such as Eastern European, Spanish or Scandinavian languages. Prerequisite: MUS 212.

MUS 214 Half Recital 1 SH each
This course consists of the performance of a half-hour recital in the junior year of study. The recital program must be representative of literature for the specific instrumental/vocal, applied music concentration. Prerequisite: completion of five semesters of applied music study and successful completion of a pre-recital jury performance.

MUS 216 Jazz & Commercial Piano I .5 SH each
This course offers the jazz performer and educator an opportunity to learn to play and aurally identify standard chord progressions in major and minor keys.

MUS 217 Jazz & Commercial Piano II .5 SH each
This course offers the jazz performer and educator an opportunity to learn to play and aurally identify complex chord progressions in major and minor keys. Successful completion of this course fulfills the jazz piano proficiency. Prerequisite: MUS 216.

MUS 220 Keyboard Pedagogy I     1 SH
An introduction to the study and aesthetic of keyboard instruction. This course includes an overview of the history of keyboard pedagogy. Instructional materials and method books for beginning students will be surveyed, including materials for group instruction.  Topics include learning strategies, theories and introduction to technology-assisted instructional programs.
Prerequisite: MUS 108, MUS 109, MUS 114, and MUS 115.

MUS 221 Keyboard Pedagogy II   1 SH
A continuation of Keyboard Pedagogy I, the study and aesthetic of keyboard instruction. This course includes a survey of instructional materials for intermediate and advanced students, including technology-assisted instructional programs. Topics include the study of the relationship between performance preparation and teaching, the development of a personal philosophy of teaching and business practices for establishing and maintaining an independent studio.   Prerequisite: MUS 108, MUS 109, MUS 114, MUS 115, and MUS 220.

MUS 225, 226 Keyboard Competency III & IV .5 SH each
Sophomore level requirement.

MUS 230, 231 Music History and Literature I & II 3 SH each
A two-semester, detailed study of Western and Non-Western music from the early 17th century to the present. The courses include in-depth investigation, through listening and discussion, of stylistic elements of select music literature. MUS 230 covers the music of the early 17th century through the late 18th century. MUS 231 covers the early 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in a music major or music minor degree program. MUS 230-fall semester; MUS 231-spring semester.

MUS 235 Jazz Improvisation I 2 SH
A course designed for the beginning improvisor to become acquainted with and develop the art of jazz improvisation. Studies will include analysis of styles and techniques of jazz greats, playing techniques and laboratory experiences with instruments and/or voice. This course will deal with modal, blues and ballad material. Fall semester. Prerequisite: MUS 109.

MUS 236 Jazz Improvisation II 2 SH
A course designed for the more advanced jazz improvisor. Studies will include further analysis and performance laboratory experiences of more complicated forms and styles, such as latin, bop, jazz rock and fusion. Spring semester. Prerequisite: MUS 235.

*MUS 280 Wind Ensemble** .5 SH
A select group of wind players. Auditions open to all students in the university. Every semester.

*MUS 281 Opera Ensemble** .5 SH

*MUS 282 Guitar Ensemble** .5 SH

*MUS 283 Jazz Guitar Ensemble** .5 SH

*MUS 287 Saxophone Quartet** .5 SH
This course will explore the extensive repertoire for the saxophone quartet. The study of this repertoire will prepare students for professional teaching, performance and compositional opportunities. Saxophone quartets perform both on- and off-campus each semester.

*MUS 288 Woodwind Quintet** .5 SH

*MUS 289 Chamber Jazz** Variable
The study of traditional and contemporary jazz through performances in small groups (quartets, quintets, etc.)

*MUS 290 Chamber Percussion** .5 SH

*MUS 291 Chamber String** .5 SH

*MUS 292 Chamber Brass** .5 SH

*MUS 293 Chamber Woodwind** .5 SH

*MUS 294 Chamber Singers** .5 SH

*MUS 296 Jazz Ensemble** .5 SH

*MUS 297 Clarinet Quartet** .5 SH

MUS 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

MUS 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

MUS 311 History of Jazz 3 SH
An in-depth study of jazz from its roots in African and American folk music, through its emergence as a popular dance music in the 1930s to its present status as an art form through the analysis and discussion of the individual artists who were prominent and essential to the process. A discussion of the cultural sources and influences of jazz is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: MUS 209.

MUS 314 Jazz Arranging 3 SH
An advanced course in arranging and composition for large instrumental jazz ensembles. Student arrangements and compositions are performed in public by WCSU jazz ensembles each semester. Prerequisite: MUS 112, MUS 208 and MUS 210.

MUS 315 Jazz Pedagogy 2 SH
This course is designed to prepare students to enter the field of music education with the skills and information necessary to organize and conduct instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 320.

MUS 317 Musical Form and Analysis 3 SH
A study of the structure of representative works by composers of various stylistic periods. Prerequisite: MUS 209 and MUS 211.

MUS 318 Music Technology 3 SH
An introduction to the use of computers in music production, music notation, and music education. Basic software and concepts in educational and music technology will be emphasized. Sources, selection, evaluation, creation and implementation of electronic media for the musician and music educator will be covered in this course. Prerequisite: music major with junior standing.

MUS 320 Basic Conducting 2 SH
A study of the factors involved in the leadership of performing groups, including functions of the right and left hands and rehearsal techniques. Every semester. Prerequisite: MUS 208 and MUS 210.

MUS 321 Choral Conducting 2 SH
A study of the techniques involved in the leadership of choral groups. Fall semesters only. Prerequisite: MUS 320.

MUS 322 Instrumental Conducting 2 SH
A study of more complex problems concentrating on the instrumental aspect. Instrumentation and orchestration, instruments and their transposition, scoring clef reading with the open score and conducting instrumental groups. Spring semesters only. Prerequisite: MUS 320.

MUS 332 Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance 3 SH
A detailed study and stylistic analysis of music literature of these historical periods. Prerequisite: MUS 230 and MUS 231.

MUS 333 Music of the Baroque Era 3 SH
A detailed study and stylistic analysis of 17th century music literature. Prerequisite: MUS 230 and MUS 231.

MUS 334 Music of the Classical Era 3 SH
A detailed study and stylistic analysis of 18th century music literature. Prerequisite: MUS 230 and MUS 231.

MUS 335 Music of the Romantic Era 3 SH
A detailed study and stylistic analysis of 19th century music literature. Prerequisite: MUS 230 and MUS 231.

MUS 337 Contemporary Music 3 SH
A course designed to investigate the relationships between the music of today and the past, in which contemporary music is viewed as a natural outgrowth of the music of earlier periods. Prerequisite: MUS 230 and MUS 231.

MUS 380 Full Recital 2 SH
This course consists of the performance of an hour recital in the senior year of study. The recital program must be representative of literature for the specific instrument/vocal, applied music concentration. Prerequisite: completion of seven semesters of applied music study and successful completion of a pre-recital jury performance.

*MUS 388 Frankensax** .5 SH
This course will explore the advanced repertoire of the contemporary saxophone ensemble. Emphasis will be placed on music by leading contemporary composers in the jazz idiom as well as student and faculty compositions. The study of this repertoire will prepare students for professional performance and compositional opportunities. Frankensax will perform both on- and off-campus each semester.

MUS 390, 391 Applied Music 2 SH each
The student will study with a teacher who is highly qualified to teach performance techniques and practices on a given instrument/voice. Twelve half-hour lessons per semester. Designed for music education majors. Prerequisite: four semesters of MUS 180,181 and passing of performance barrier. MUS 390-fall semester; MUS 391-spring semester.

MUS 392, 393 Applied Music 3 SH each
The student will study with a teacher who is highly qualified to teach performance techniques and practices on a given instrument/voice. Twelve one-hour lessons per semester. Designed for bachelor of music degree students only. Prerequisite: successful completion of four semesters of MUS 186, MUS 187 and passing of performance barrier. MUS 392-fall semester; MUS 393-spring semester.

*MUS 396 Jazz Orchestra** .5 SH
This course will explore the advanced repertoire for the contemporary jazz orchestra. Emphasis will be on music by leading contemporary composers in the jazz idiom as well as student and faculty compositions. The study of this repertoire will prepare students for professional performance and compositional opportunities. The jazz orchestra is the premier jazz ensemble at WCSU and will perform both on- and off-campus each semester.

*MUS 397 New Music Ensemble** .5 SH
This course will explore the advanced repertoire of the contemporary chamber ensemble. Emphasis will be on music by leading contemporary composers, selected music from the 20th Century, and student and faculty compositions. The study of this repertoire will prepare students for professional performance and compositional opportunities. The new music ensemble is WCSU’s premiere chamber ensemble, comprised of the finest student performers and faculty artists. The new music ensemble performs both on- and off-campus each semester.


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