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Music Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

MU 102
Aural Skills I
An in-depth study of the fundamentals of music theory with emphasis on the development of aural performance and perception. Content includes melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and contextual listening and identification. A grade of C or higher in this course is required in order to register for MU 104.
1
credits
MU 103
Music Theory I
The procedures of writing and analyzing music in the common practice idiom. Topics include notation practices (manuscript and using computer), triads and seventh chords, figured bass, lead sheet notation, setting texts to music, transposition, voice leading, part writing using triads, and cadences. A grade of C or higher in this course is required in order to register for MU 105.
3
credits
MUAP X71
Piano
The principal objectives of applied instruction are the development of performing competencies and the ability to read, understand, and bring to performance musical compositions. There are four levels of instruction. Students with no prior experience should register for 100-level. Students with prior experience or training should register for the 200-level. Advanced skills and abilities are required to register for 300 & 400 levels (instructor permission needed).
2
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Secondary Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
14

Semester 2

MU 104
Aural Skills II
A continuation of MU 102. Content includes more advanced involvement in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and contextual listening and identification.
1
credits
MU 105
Music Theory II
A continuation of MU 103. Topics include non-chord tones, part writing and harmonization using seventh chords and secondary chords, modulations, and large-scale formal structures.
3
credits
MUAP 272
Keyboard Skills
Focuses on realizing lead sheets and playing short pieces and hymns.
1
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Secondary Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
13

Semester 3

MU 202
Aural Skills III
A continuation of MU 104. Content includes local chromaticism, melodic and harmonic modulations to closely related keys, and aural identification of these elements within the context of larger excerpts. Methods include sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation and analytical listening.
1
credits
MU 203
Music Theory III
A continuation of MU 105. Topics include chromatic harmonies, borrowed chords, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and extended and altered harmonies. Analysis and composition based on techniques of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
3
credits
MU 211
Music History to 1750
A survey of music literature and history from ancient times to about 1750.
3
credits
MUAP 272
Keyboard Skills
Focuses on realizing lead sheets and playing short pieces and hymns.
1
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 4

MU 204
Aural Skills IV
A continuation of MU 202. Content includes those from prior semesters, plus modal and atonal melodies, and mixed and asymmetrical meters. Methods include sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation and analytical listening.
1
credits
MU 205
Music Theory IV
A continuation of MU 203. Topics include analysis of and composition in the basic polyphonic techniques and procedures as found in the motet, invention, and fugue; analysis of significant larger forms of homophonic compositions as exemplified in theme and variations, rondo, and sonata–allegro; and analysis of and composition in the techniques and procedures of contemporary and electronic music.
3
credits
MU 212
Music History since 1750
A survey of music literature and history from about 1750 to the present day.
3
credits
MU 213
World Music
A study of the unique musical styles and traditions associated with diverse world cultures, including Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the comparison of historical and contemporary performance practices.
3
credits
MUAP 272
Keyboard Skills
Focuses on realizing lead sheets and playing short pieces and hymns.
1
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
21

Semester 5

MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
10

Semester 6

MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
2
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
11

Semester 7

MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
10

Semester 8

MU 493
Senior Project
The capstone experience in the undergraduate study of music. It contains two parts: the planning, preparation, and public performance of a recital, and the research and development of a supporting written project. Enrollment is limited to fourth year music majors.
2
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
GEN ED
Electives & Ensembles
General electives from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
12