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Courses of special interest

  • Audio Recording Technology
  • Excursions into Non-Western Music
  • History of Jazz and Rock Music (with travel to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Music Theater Workshop
  • Opera Workshop


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Music Courses

MUS 10 University Applied Music Lessons
Music lessons for non-majors/minors or non-juried lessons for music majors/minors. Half-hour lessons each week. CR/NC grading (1/4 course unit)

MUS 1004 Music Appreciation
A survey of Western Art Music from the Middle Ages to the present. The course develops advanced listening skills and contextualizes musical works and styles within a broad cultural framework. II Fine Arts

MUS 1024 Introduction to Music Technology
An introduction to music software applications and hardware components used in the teaching and production of music. Topics include Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), notation, synthesis, digital sequencing, computer assisted instruction, audio mixing and recording, and the history of electronic music. Students are introduced to many software programs and work closely with Pro Tools and Sibelius. Technologies, as well as aesthetics concepts, are introduced and explored through creative projects.

MUS 11 1st Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 1154 Excursions Into Non-Western Music
Introduces students to the music of cultures that developed apart from the Eurocentric tradition, including but not limited to sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, Latin and South America, Native America, and the Asian Subcontinent. III A

MUS 12 2nd Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 1274 Music Theory for the University Student
Develops proficiency in the specific skills and theoretical concepts necessary to read and write music, as well as in the related aural and keyboard skills. Basic pitch and rhythmic notation and manuscript techniques, scales and keys, intervals, chords (including both traditional and commercial notation), and transposition and harmonization. II Fine Arts

MUS 1864 Theoretical Skills of Music I
Intended for the student with some music background, this course combines classroom theory with skill-related development for the serious musician. Beginning with a review of music reading, the student proceeds quickly through musical rudiments to the study of part-writing. The course also includes an introduction to the solfege system, sight-reading, as well as to the keyboard. II Fine Arts

MUS 2024 Audio Recording Technology
A practical study of applications in analog and digital recording technology. Topics of study include the physical aspects of sound, microphone techniques, recording console operation, signal processing and digital effects equipment, hard-disc recording and reproduction, and mastering and mixing techniques. Students will gain experience in hardware and software use. Prerequisite: MUS 1024. IV

MUS 2034 Interactive Music and Multimedia
As digital interactivity increases in many aspects of 21st-century life, it exerts a dramatic impact on the arts. This course examines the aesthetics and technologies of recent interactive artworks, from interactive musical compositions and video pieces, to multimedia installations and performances involving interactive dance technology. Students develop their own interactive projects and learn to program in Max--a graphical computer language for user interface construction, audio synthesis and signal processing, and video capture and rendering. Prerequisite: MUS 1024. IV

MUS 2051 Transylvania Choir
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. Music majors may count a maximum of 2 course units of ensemble credit toward the major.

MUS 2061 Transylvania Concert Band
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. Music majors may count a maximum of 2 course units of ensemble credit toward the major.

MUS 2071 Jazz Ensemble
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. May not be used to satisfy ensemble requirement for major, minor, or music scholarship.

MUS 2081 Chamber Orchestra
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. Music majors may count a maximum of 2 course units of ensemble credit toward the major.

MUS 21 3rd Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 2114 History of Music: Ancient to Baroque
A survey of music history from ancient times to 1750. Prerequisite: MUS 1864. IV; V

MUS 2121 Madrigal Singers
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. May not be used to satisfy ensemble requirement for major, minor, or music scholarship.

MUS 2124 History of Music: Baroque to Present
A survey of music history from 1725 to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1864. IV; V

MUS 2131 Transylvania Singers Women’s Chorus
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. Music majors may count a maximum of 2 course units of ensemble credit toward the major.

MUS 2151 Accompanying
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. May not be used to satisfy ensemble requirement for major, minor, or music scholarship.

MUS 2171 Pioneer Voices Men’s Chorus
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. Music majors may count a maximum of 2 course units of ensemble credit toward the major.

MUS 22 4th Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 2291 Special Topics in Music
The study of an area of inquiry in music not fully treated in other courses. Topics may be theoretical, historical, or practical and may include, but not be limited to, travel/performance opportunities. Topics change. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. (1/2 course unit.)Standard or CR/NC grading, depending on topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS 2292 Special Topics in Music
The study of an area of inquiry in music not fully treated in other courses. Topics may be theoretical, historical, or practical and may include, but not be limited to, travel/performance opportunities. Topics change. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. (1/2 course unit.)Standard or CR/NC grading, depending on topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS 2294 Special Topics in Music
The study of an area of inquiry in music not fully treated in other courses. Topics may be theoretical, historical, or practical and may include, but not be limited to, travel/performance opportunities. Topics change. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. (1 course unit.) Standard or CR/NC grading, depending on topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IV

MUS 2304 Music Cognition
Understanding the complex and mysterious musical mind is a relatively new and interdisciplinary effort. Music cognition applies the methods of cognitive science (experimental, computational, and neurological) to musical issues and problems. Psychoacoustics compares the physical characteristics of sound (harmonic spectrum, intensity, physical location in space) with what is actually perceived by the listener (timbre, pitch, loudness, perceived position in space). Recent research and experiments in psychoacoustics and music cognition will be studied and reproduced. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and familiarity with basic music notation. IV

MUS 2311 Guitar Ensemble
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. Music majors may count a maximum of 2 course units of ensemble credit toward the major.

MUS 2321 Opera Workshop
Participation in ensembles which meet a minimum of twice a week will result in the granting of 1/4 course unit of credit per term toward graduation. All ensembles use standard grading and may be repeated for credit. May not be used to satisfy ensemble requirement for major, minor, or music scholarship.

MUS 2774 History of Jazz/Rock Music
Explores the special cross-cultural development of American popular music since 1900. From African and European roots, this music evolves into the blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, the jazz avant-garde, and current jazz styles. The course then considers the ’language of rebellion’ as a seminal factor in the rapid development of Rock to present day. Rock styles presented will include electric blues, rockabilly and the British invasion; acid rock and psychedelic blues; corporate rock, metal, and punk; grunge, rap and industrial; current mainstream and alternative styles; and the development of popular music since the 1990s in response to the internet revolution. Requires library research of special period, topic, style, or artists, as approved by instructor, to result in a formal research document. When taught in May term, students travel to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to undertake a portion of this research. Prerequisite: FYS 1104. IV; V

MUS 2864 Theoretical Skills of Music II
A continuation of Music 1864, introducing chromatic harmony and emphasizing part-writing, cadences and small forms, and musical elaboration techniques. A continued emphasis on musicianship includes longer and more complex sight-reading and dictation, as well as greater emphasis on keyboard improvisation. Lab required. Prerequisite: MUS 1864. IV Prerequisite for all 3000- and 4000-level music courses: MUS 2864 or permission of instructor.

MUS 3072 Piano Pedagogy I
A study of teaching procedures and material for piano instruction with adaptation to various age levels, including the adult beginner. Correct habits of study and performance, recognition of individual differences, presentation of sight-reading, technical material, aural development, memorization, pedaling, and music interpretation are considered. Leading piano methods and supplementary materials are examined with application to individual and class lessons. One-hour lecture and one-hour supervised teaching per week. (1/2 course unit.)

MUS 3082 Piano Pedagogy II
A continuation of MUS 3072. (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: MUS 3072.

MUS 31 5th Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 3122 String Performance and Pedagogy
The teacher education student will learn the basic performance skills of the instrument family and develop strategies for teaching those skills to students at all levels of instruction (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: MUS 2864, Theoretical Skills of Music II

MUS 3132 Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy
The teacher education student will learn the basic performance skills of the instrument family and develop strategies for teaching those skills to students at all levels of instruction (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: MUS-2864

MUS 3142 Brass Performance and Pedagogy
The teacher education student will learn the basic performance skills of the instrument family and develop strategies for teaching those skills to students at all levels of instruction (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: MUS-2864

MUS 3152 Diction for Singers I
Singing diction as well as vocal techniques appropriate for the pronunciation of languages common to the classical vocal repertoire are studied. The languages studied in this term are English and Italian. (1/2 course unit.)

MUS 3162 Percussion Performance and Pedagogy
The teacher education student will learn the basic performance skills of the instrument family and develop strategies for teaching those skills to students at all levels of instruction (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: MUS-2864

MUS 3194 Teaching General Music
An introduction to the methods of teaching general music and singing to school children, with particular focus on the implementation of developmentally appropriate educational practices, instructional strategies, and curricular content. Special emphasis on preparing young people to sing, including physical and anatomical considerations as well as respiration, phonation, resonance, diction and expression. Requires 15 hours of observation and interview of school personnel. Prerequisite: MUS 2864. IV

MUS 32 6th Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 3254 Conducting
An introduction to the discipline of conducting, applicable to both vocal and instrumental ensembles. Students will learn how to acquire a conception of a musical work through listening, singing and realization at the keyboard; how to clarify that conception through study of the work’s cultural, historical and metaphorical context; how to communicate through gesture; how to plan rehearsals; and how to evaluate their own and others’ conducting in rehearsal and performance. IV

MUS 3272 Piano Literature I
Survey of Baroque, classical, Romantic, and twentieth-century compositions for piano, with particular emphasis on form, style, compositional technique, historical background, and pedagogical issues. (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisites: MUS 2124 and 2864.

MUS 3282 Piano Literature II
In-depth study of an issue or topic, to be defined by student and instructor, related to keyboard literature. The student’s work will culminate with a public presentation. (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: MUS 3272.

MUS 3314 Church Music Administration
A basic course in administering a church music program. The graded choir program, budgeting, scheduling, worship and the arts, and related topics. Prerequisite: MUS 2864. IV

MUS 3322 Vocal Literature I
Vocal solo literature from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Emphasis on the interpretation and performance of different styles. Prerequisite: MUS-2864. (1/2 course unit.)

MUS 3354 Teaching Instrumental Music
For teaching music majors only. Synthesizes the knowledge acquired in the foundation courses taken in the education program with the concepts and skills gained in the content area to enable the teacher education student in music to develop a successful instrumental music program. The course will focus on the implementation of developmentally appropriate educational practices, instructional strategies, and curricular content. Attention will be given to current research on the cognitive foundations of music, on music as it relates to other disciplines, on the development of the teacher education student’s diagnostic and prescriptive skills, and on discipline-specific methods of assessment of student learning. Emphasis will be placed not only on the teaching of technical skills, but also on the use of that skill base as a vehicle to stimulate higher-level critical thinking on the part of the learner. Requires 15 hours of observations and interviews of school personnel. Prerequisite: MUS 2864. IV

MUS 3364 Teaching Choral Music
An introduction to conducting choirs and managing choral programs at the junior high/middle school and high school levels. The course is also applicable to the church musician. It will offer dual tracks in practical and artistic components of a successful choral music program. Prerequisite: MUS 2864. IV

MUS 3864 Theoretical Skills of Music III
Designed for the music major. Emphasis on chromatic harmony as exhibited in the early nineteenth century. Musicianship skills require a greater need for independence of thought and creative development. Lab required. Prerequisites: MUS 2864. IV

MUS 41 7th Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 42 8th Semester Major/Minor Lesson

MUS 4864 Theoretical Skills of Music IV
Designed for the music major. Content emphasizes music of the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Musicianship skills emphasize modal recognition and sight-reading, mixed meter, and awareness of recent sonic developments. Lab required. Prerequisites: MUS 3864. IV

MUS 4881 Independent Study in Music
Individual projects designed to give qualified students opportunities for advanced exploration into various areas of music. (1/4 course unit.) May be repeated for credit, provided the subject changes, up to a maximum of 3 course units between 4881, 4882, and 4884. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS 4882 Independent Study in Music
Individual projects designed to give qualified students opportunities for advanced exploration into various areas of music. (1/2 course unit.) May be repeated for credit, provided the subject changes, up to a maximum of 3 course units between 4881, 4882, and 4884. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS 4884 Independent Study in Music
Individual projects designed to give qualified students opportunities for advanced exploration into various areas of music. (1 course unit.) May be repeated for credit, provided the subject changes, up to a maximum of 3 course units between 4881, 4882, and 4884. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS 4894 Practicum/Internship
Individual projects designed to give qualified students opportunities for advanced exploration into various areas of music technology.

MUS 4951 Senior Recital
Team-taught by members of the music faculty, including the student’s applied instructor, this capstone experience comprises seminar meetings, one-on-one conferences, and weekly applied lessons, culminating with a public performance. The seminar/conference component provides structure for the creation of written or aural program notes, walks the student through logistical and preparation matters related to the performance, and facilitates development of a professional portfolio. Students must be enrolled in Senior Recital during the term of their performance or the term prior, depending on the recital date. Required of all music majors-Music Education students register for 4951 (1/4 unit); Music Technology and Applied Music students register for 4952 (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: Senior standing

MUS 4952 Senior Recital
Team-taught by members of the music faculty, including the student’s applied instructor, this capstone experience comprises seminar meetings, one-on-one conferences, and weekly applied lessons, culminating with a public performance. The seminar/conference component provides structure for the creation of written or aural program notes, walks the student through logistical and preparation matters related to the performance, and facilitates development of a professional portfolio. Students must be enrolled in Senior Recital during the term of their performance or the term prior, depending on the recital date. Required of all music majors-Music Education students register for 4951 (1/4 unit); Music Technology and Applied Music students register for 4952 (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: Senior standing

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