Music Courses


A comprehensive music program of choral, instrumental music performance classes; basic skills classes in music fundamentals, theory, history, guitar, percussion, piano, and voice; also classes in music technology and musical theater.

MUSI 110 -  Music Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the notation and primary elements of tonal music, which incorporates the following concepts: staff notation in treble and bass clefs, rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; and diatonic chords. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected. Suitable for music majors (as a pre-requisite for further music theory study) and non-majors, as general education requirement.

MUSI 112 - Survey and Appreciation of Music
This course covers and provides the foundations, vocabulary and skills necessary for actively listening to and appraising music performances; with particular emphasis given to musical styles and music history. Also covered in the course are the origins of musical language with explorations into musical practices, composers and repertoire of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and Contemporary styles. Recommended for all music majors.

MUSI 114 - Survey & History of Jazz
A history of jazz that offers the student an analysis and interpretation of jazz, both historical and musical. Incorporates research from the fields of sociology, cultural anthropology, and American history, as well as from music history.

Music 120A – Musicianship I
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory I through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.
 
Music 120B – Musicianship II
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory II through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.
 
Music 120C – Musicianship III
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory III through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.
 
Music 120D – Musicianship IV
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic materials of Music Theory IV through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.

MUSI 121 – Music Theory 1
This course, through guided composition and analysis, incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected. Required for music majors and minors.
Recommended Preparation: MUSI 110

MUSI 122 - Music Theory 2
This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory I. In addition, through guided composition and analysis, the course will include: an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation.
Prerequisite: MUSI 121

MUSI 124 – Computer Applications in Music
This course is a study of computer and synthesizer applications in music. Applications studied include notation software, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface,) audio and sequencing technology for developing musicianship skills, arranging music, and for creating original musical compositions.
Recommended Preparation: MUSI 110

MUSI 126 – Introduction to Sound Reinforcement and Recording
This is an introductory course in sound reinforcement and live and studio recording. It will explore the basic principles of acoustics, use and maintenance of the equipment used for sound reinforcement, and develop techniques for capturing and manipulating audio signals.
Recommended Preparation: MUSI 110

MUSI 147– Composing Music on the Computer
A study of music composition (songwriting, arranging, editing) using industry standard music software, the course will instruct students in the use of acoustic and digital tools to create and further develop their musical compositions. It builds on the skills acquired in Music 124 for an in-depth study of composition using digital technology.
Recommended Preparation: Musi 121 & Musi 124

MUSI 148 – Digital Sound Recording
Music 148 is a course in sound recording (live and studio). It will explore principles of acoustics, use and maintenance of the equipment used for digital sound recording, and develop techniques for capturing and manipulating audio signals.
Recommended Preparation: Musi 110 & Musi 126

MUSI 196 - Music and Movement in Early Childhood
Introduction to teaching music and movement to young children. Basic elements such as beat, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, form, and melody will be explored in developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive ways. Songs, games, finger plays, rhymes, dances, and playing instruments will be presented.

Music 221 – Music Theory III
This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory II. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: introduction to chromatic harmony; secondary/applied chords; modulation; borrowed chords; introduction to Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

Music 222 – Music Theory IV
This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory III. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: Post-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords/modal mixture; chromatic mediants; Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords; ninths, elevenths and thirteenth chords; altered chords and dominants; and 20th century techniques such as Impressionistic harmony, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, meter and rhythm.

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