Music (MUS)

Music

Course Information Cr Hrs
MUS-101 Music of the World

This course explores and practices the music listening skills that enable the student to listen to music of other cultures with understanding and enjoyment.  Students will examine what it means to be human through the exploration of various world music.  Students will also learn how the element of organized sound distinguishes humans from other species.   Additionally, the elements of music, world music history, and the relationship of music and culture will be explored.  Students are required to attend at least one live musical performance during the semester culminating in a written review of the performance. 

3-3-0
MUS-102 Music Therapy Orientation

Introduction to the current practice, philosophy, and history of Music Therapy. Students will also be introduced to field studies. Students will be required to participate in twelve hours of observational clinical experience.

2-2-0
MUS-105 Western Music Appreciation

Western Music Appreciation explores the development of music from the Medieval Period to the present. Through this class students gain skills to listen and understand different types of classical music. The elements of music, music history and the relation of music and culture are explored through recorded and live performances of music.

3-3-0
MUS-106 Jazz Appreciation

This course is a look at the art form of Jazz and how it relates to the American experience.  It is an introduction to basic terminology using the elements of music as well as terminology unique to Jazz.  Students will not only learn about the instruments involved in Jazz; but will also develop a vocabulary and ability to listen, understand and discuss Jazz using proper terminology.  This class will explore the evolution and transformation of Jazz from the 19th century to the present including social, political and cultural conditions in which this music grew.

3-3-0
MUS-110 Music Fundamentals

Music Fundamentals is a general survey of basic music including the rudiments of music such as notation, rhythmic understanding and chordal structures. The basic elements of music are taught and explored through the use of a texbook, recordings and live performances. Students are expected to attend musical events during the semester.

3-3-0
MUS-111 Music Fundamentals II

Music Fundamentals II is an application course of basic musical knowledge including the rudiments of music such as notation, rhythmic understanding and chordal structures.  The basic elements of music will be reviewed and applied to various genres of music including non-Western music, blues, jazz, movie music and more.  Students will be expected to attend musical events during the semester.

 Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 110 with a grade of C or better or score of C or better on the Music Placement Exam
3-3-0
MUS-115 Introduction to Songwriting

This seminar-style course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of songwriting through analysis and practice, as well as a survey of songwriting history, contemporary music business and the educational and private uses of the art. As the students develop their skills in recognizing the major components of the craft, they employ these components on composing and performing their own songs.

3-3-0
MUS-120 Music Theory I

This class is an introduction to diatonic harmony for all music majors, including the elements of pitch and rhythm, major and minor scales, major and minor key signatures, functional harmony of all diatonic chords in major and minor keys, voice leading and root position part writing.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in MUS 110 or "C" or better on the music placement exam.
2-2-0
MUS-121 Music Theory II

This course expands on the basic skills learned in Music Theory I.  Students will continue with diatonic and chromatic harmony as well as voice-leading and part-writing.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MUS 120. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 126 required.
2-2-0
MUS-125 Sight Singing and Ear Training I

This course teaches the fundamentals in reading and performing music, ear training and sight singing.  Basic concepts of notation, rhythm, tonality, and harmony are applied to reading and hearing music through performance and dictation of melodies, intervals and triads.

 Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 120 required.
1-1-0
MUS-126 Sight Singing and Ear Training II

Students will continue developing skills begun in Sight Singing I.  Through graded exercises and regular practice, the students' musical ear will be developed to hear, notate, and sing given rhythms, melodies and harmonies.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MUS 125. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 121 required.
1-1-0
MUS-130 Piano Class I

This course is an introduction to basic piano skills. No prior knowledge is required. Students are taught coordination skills as well as note reading and rhytmn. Emphasis is on the application of basic piano techniques introduced in this course.

1-0-2
MUS-131 Piano Class II

This course is a continuation of the basic piano skills taught in Piano Class I. Students build on previous techniques while learning intermediate skills. Emphasis is on the application of basic piano techniques introduced in this course.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MUS 130.
1-0-2
MUS-132 Music I for Non-Music Majors

This course is an introduction to basic piano skills.  No prior knowledge is required.  Students will be taught coordination skills, sight reading, rhythm, and basic theory knowledge.  Emphasis will be on learning to play piano solos and duets.

1-0-2
MUS-133 Piano II for Non-Music Majors

This course is a continuation of MUS 132. Functional keyboard ski lls and music fundamentals will be explored. Students will continue to build their skills performing scales, sightreading and the performance of appropriate piano literature. A "C" or better in MUS 132 or audition is required to enroll in this course.

 MUS-130 and MUS-132 Grade of "C" or better
1-0-2
MUS-134 Voice Class

This course will give the student proper technical skills to become a better singer.  Students will learn various techniques, technical skills and proper pronunciation of foreign languages in musical literature. Vocal exercises and appropriate literature will be used to develop singing technique.

1-0-2
MUS-135 Choir I

A choral ensemble open to any singer from within the college who is dedicated to performing to the highest standards possible. The students practice and perform choral works throughout the semester. Emphasis on vocal technique and performance practice is an integral part of the choral experience. This course may be repeated up to 6 times.

1-0-2
MUS-136 Voice Class II

This course is a continuation of the basic vocal techniques taught in Voice Class I.  Students will enhance their vocal skills through the application of vocal principles, style and diction.  Students will also learn proper pronunciation of foreign languages in musical literature including German and French.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MUS 134
1-0-2
MUS-140 Small Ensemble

Instrumentals ensembles may be arranged according to availability and student profiency each semester to meet the needs of the participating students and the Fine Arts program. Ensembles will explore a higher degree of musicality and experience working as a group resulting in a performance of your instrument. The course will include at least one performance at the end of the semester.  Students must be able to read musical notation for their instrument.  This course may be repeated up to 6 times.

 Prerequisite: None
1-0-2
MUS-150 Guitar Class I

This course is a beginning guitar group class. Students are taught the fundamentals of guitar technique and performance practices. Appropriate guitar literature is performed as well. Students must provide their own guitar.

1-0-2
MUS-151 Guitar Class II

This course explores intermediate and advanced guitar techniques and repertoire. Intermediate and advanced chord progressions, strumming patterns and repertoire are alsotaught.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MUS 150.
1-0-2
MUS-155 Classical Guitar Class I

This course is a beginning classical guitar group course. Students are taught the fundamentals of classical guitar technique and performance practices. Appropriate guitar literature is performed as well. Students must provide their own guitar.

1-0-2
MUS-156 Classical Guitar Class II

This course is an advanced Classical guitar group class. This course explores advanced guitar techniques and repertoire.. Appropriate guitar literature will be performed as well. Students must provide their own classical guitar.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in MUS 155.
1-0-2
MUS-201 Latin-American Music

This course focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of music as a force shaped by society and shaping society, within the context of Latin-American countries. By applying critical thinking, analytical reading, valuing and information management skills, students link Latin-American musics with their territorial history, geography and politics, understanding the multiple processes of acculturation and syncretism of Native aborigins, Africans and Europeans.

 Prerequisites: COM 105 and ENG 101.
3-3-0
MUS-220 Music Theory III

This course is a continuation of harmonic studies including 18th century common-practice harmony, modulation and chords. Theoretical concepts are applied through analyzing musical literature.

 Prerequisites: MUS 121 and Grade of C or better in MUS 126. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 225.
2-2-0
MUS-221 Music Theory IV

This course offers advanced chromatic harmony; twentieth-century and contemporary techniques; knowledge of larger forms and an advanced study of chromaticism.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MUS 220 and Grade of C or better in MUS 225. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 226.
2-2-0
MUS-225 Sight Singing and Ear Training III

This course explores, through sight singing and notation, more advanced levels of melodic and harmonic dictation in addition to chromatic harmony and modulation. This course includes sight singing and dictation of melodies and rhythms, error detection, modulation to closely related keys, dictation and identification of chromatic harmony.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C of better in MUS 126. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 220.
1-1-0
MUS-226 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV

This course consists of sight singing and dictation of more complex melodies and rhythms; error detection, harmonic dictation, diatonic modes and other non-tonal scales and improvisation.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MUS 225. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 221.
1-1-0
MUS-230 Piano Class III

This course is the third of four piano class offerings.  Emphasis will be on the application of intermediate piano techniques introduced in this course. 

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in MUS 131.
1-0-2
MUS-231 Piano Class IV

This course is the final piano class offering.  Emphasis will be on the application of advanced piano techniques. Students will explore ensemble, duo and solo playing as well as advanced use of chords and modern harmonization.  

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in MUS 230.
1-0-2
MUS-235 Performance Choir

A choral ensemble open to any singer from within the college who is dedicated to performing to the highest standards possible and passes the vocal audition.  The student will practice and perform choral works throughout the semester.  Emphasis on vocal technique and performance practice will be an integral part of the choral experience.  A live performance will be mandatory.  This course may be repeated up to 6 times.

 Prerequisite: Vocal Audition
1-0-3
MUS-236 OTC Chamber Singers

Singers selected from an advanced audition will study chamber choral works.  Emphasis on advanced vocal technique and performance practice will be an integral part of the choral experience.  One formal concert each semester.  Must be enrolled in MUS 235 concurrently.  This course may be repeated up to 6 times.

 Prerequisites: Audition and concurrent enrollment in MUS 235
1-0-3