• Our Music Courses


  • Music (MUS)

    MUS-090 : Preparation for Music Theory

    [ Summer Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course familiarizes students with terminology and building blocks used in Music Theory. Students who have played in ensembles or sang in choirs, but have not had a formal music theory program before, will find that this course prepares them to succeed in the Music Theory sequence (MUS-111-113).

    MUS-101 : Music Fundamentals

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to fundamentals of reading and writing music. Designed for non-majors or majors needing substantial preparation for Music Theory I.

    MUS-102 : Music Fundamentals

    [ WI/SP | 3 - credits ]

    Continues an introduction to fundamentals of reading and writing music. Designed for non-majors or majors needing substantial preparation for Music Theory I.

    MUS-103 : Music Fundamentals

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Continuance of an introduction to fundamentals of reading and writing music. Designed for non-majors or majors needing substantial preparation for Music Theory I.

    MUS-105 : Music Appreciation

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Emphasis on engaging in the study of instrumental and vocal musical genres from the ancient period through the contemporary music of our time. Includes critical analysis, study of elements, forms, styles, composers, performers, cultural, and historical issues and events.

    MUS-106 : Audio Recording At Home

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - credits ]

    An overview of the basic tools and techniques used in audio recording at home. Depending on participant needs, topics may include signal path, microphone applications, software, hardware, outboard gear, soldering techniques, tracking, mixing, and editing.

    MUS-108 : Introduction to Audio Recording II

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Exploration of techniques and tools used in audio recording. Analog, digital, and hard drive recording will be explored. Areas of study include multi-tracking, signal path, microphone applications, software, hardware, outboard gear, soldering techniques, tracking, mixing, and editing. Software/hardware includes ProTools, ADAT, Mackie, etc.

    MUS-109 : Introduction to Audio Recording III

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Exploration of digital recording/editing software and production of CD project. Advanced exploration of techniques and tools used in audio recording. Areas of study include signal path, microphone applications, software, hardware, outboard gear, tracking, mixing, and editing. Analog, digital, and hard drive recording will be explored. Software/hardware includes ProTools, ADAT, Mackie, etc.

    MUS-111 : Music Theory I

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Presents the diatonic material and structure of tonal music in theory and practice through written exercises, compositions, listening, and analysis. This is the first term of a three-term sequence that includes concepts of pitch and rhythm, intervals, two voice composition, triads, notation, scoring, and Renaissance practices. Provides a thorough groundwork in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music. Includes study of the practices and styles of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and other 17th and 18th century composers.

    MUS-111L : Music Notation Software I

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Introduces students to Finale (music notation software) on Macintosh computers. Required for first-year music majors.

    MUS-112 : Music Theory I

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Presents the diatonic material and structure of tonal music in theory and practice through written exercises, compositions, listening, and analysis. This is the second term of a three-term sequence that includes tonic/dominant voice leading phrase models, embellishing tones, chorale harmonization, figured bass and Renaissance and Baroque Practices. Provides a thorough groundwork in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music. Includes study of the practices and styles of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and other 17th and 18th century composers. Required for music majors.

    MUS-112L : Music Notation Software I

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Continues an introduction to Finale (music notation software) on Macintosh computers. Required for first-year music majors.

    MUS-113 : Music Theory I

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Presents the diatonic material and structure of tonal music in theory and practice through written exercises, compositions, listening, and analysis. This is the third term of a three-term sequence that includes leading tone and six-four chords, interaction of melody and harmony, diatonic sequences, secondary dominants and leading tone chords, phrase rhythm and motivic analysis, and Renaissance and Baroque Practices. Provides a thorough groundwork in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music. Includes study of the practices and styles of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and other 17th and 18th century composers.

    MUS-113L : Music Notation Software I

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Continues an introduction to Finale (music notation software) on Macintosh computers. Required for first-year music majors.

    MUS-114 : Aural Skills I

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    First course in a year-long sequence. Diatonic sight singing in major keys using sol feg syllables and moveable "do." Melodic dictation and aural recognition of intervals and triads. Required for first-year music majors.

    MUS-115 : Aural Skills I

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Second of three courses in a year-long sequence. Diatonic sight singing in major keys using sol feg syllables and moveable "do." Melodic dictation and aural recognition of intervals, triads, and 7th chords. Required for first-year music majors.

    MUS-116 : Aural Skills I

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Third of three courses in a year-long sequence. Diatonic sight singing in major keys using sol feg syllables and moveable "do." Melodic dictation and aural recognition of intervals, triads, and 7th chords. Required for first-year music majors.

    MUS-117 : Sightreading

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Learning to read and sing music by sight. Students will spend time practicing sightsinging, starting with easy exercises and moving to more difficult exercises as the term progresses.

    MUS-127 : Keyboard Skills I

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Develops basic keyboard skills. Studies keyboard applications of the materials of tonal music. Required for music majors.

    MUS-128 : Keyboard Skills I

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Develops basic keyboard skills. Studies keyboard applications of the materials of tonal music. Required for music majors.

    MUS-129 : Keyboard Skills I

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Develops basic keyboard skills. Studies keyboard applications of the materials of tonal music. Required for music majors.

    MUS-130 : Music and Media: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    Explores the relationship of music to economic, political, cultural and artistic subjects. Examines how music serves and is served by pop culture and media, and how media impacts attitudes and behaviors.

    MUS-131 : Group Piano: Piano for Pleasure

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    First of three courses in a year-long sequence. Beginning classroom piano instruction for non-music majors. Includes reading, theory, technique, exercises, and the opportunity to share your music with others. All levels welcome, beginners through advanced.

    MUS-132 : Group Piano: Piano for Pleasure

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Second of three courses in a year-long sequence. Beginning classroom piano instruction for non-music majors. Includes reading, theory, technique, exercises, and the opportunity to share your music with others. All levels welcome, beginners through advanced.

    MUS-133 : Group Piano: Piano for Pleasure

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Beginning classroom piano instruction for non-music majors. Includes reading, theory, technique, exercises, and the opportunity to share your music with others. All levels welcome, beginners through advanced.

    MUS-134 : Group Voice: Anyone Can Sing

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Basic vocal techniques for the solo and ensemble singer. For music and non-music majors, voice and music education majors, and/or students who received a low rating on MUP-174 audition.

    MUS-135 : Group Voice: Anyone Can Sing

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Vocal techniques for the solo and ensemble singer. For music and non-music majors, voice and music education majors, and/or students who received a low rating on MUP-174 audition.

    MUS-136 : Group Voice: Anyone Can Sing

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Vocal techniques for the solo and ensemble singer. For music and non-music majors, voice and music education majors, and/or students who received a low rating on MUP-174 audition.

    MUS-137 : Group Guitar I: Guitar for Dummies

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - credits ]

    For beginning to intermediate players. Covers finger picking, lead guitar, rock and popular styles, music reading, and music theory. Students provide own instrument.

    MUS-138 : Group Guitar II

    [ WI/SP | 1 - credits ]

    For intermediate to advanced players. Covers finger picking, lead guitar, rock and popular styles, music reading, and music theory. Students provide their own instrument.

    MUS-140 : Careers in Music

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    An overview of the music industry career opportunities. Studies include recording studio management/engineering, music merchandising, promotion, music contracting, agent/personal manager, live performing, teaching, technical support, record business, video and film production/editing, retailing, and instrument repair. Required for the Music Technology certificate.

    MUS-141 : Introduction to the Music Business

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Explores business basics, songwriting, demos, agents, managers, copyrights, gig and concert promotion, publishing, licensing, and music business structures.

    MUS-142 : Introduction to Electronic Music I: MIDI

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to synthesis, MIDI sequencing, basic musical elements, and the basics of production. Learn how to make beats, songs, etc. Uses common production software/hardware.

    MUS-143 : Introduction to Electronic Music II: Sequencing, Audio Looping, Sound EFX

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    An introduction to digital audio in the MIDI environment. This course continues MIDI sequencing, and integrates audio into the MIDI environment with audio looping, and spotting sound effects. Uses common production software/hardware.

    MUS-144 : Introduction to Electronic Music III: Digital Audio

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Exploration of digital music recording and editing, synthesis, sampling, and sequencing. Presents CD/audio file production techniques integrating digital audio with the MIDI sequence. Uses Pro Tools, and other common production software/hardware.

    MUS-145 : Introduction to Digital Sound, Video & Animation

    [ WI/SP | 1 - 3 credits ]

    An introduction to new media. Includes sound, video, animation, mp3, DVD, and compression technology.

    MUS-147 : Music, Sound & Moviemaking

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Presents the basic components of designing, shooting, recording audio, and post production of movies as well as the history and theory that has led to contemporary film production.

    MUS-148 : Live Sound Engineering

    [ WI/SP | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to the basic techniques and tools used in live sound engineering and mixing. Areas of study include set up, signal path, microphone applications, hardware, and outboard gear.

    MUS-149 : Advanced Pro Tools Editing Techniques

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    Additional advanced training in Pro Tools audio software techniques. The student will learn techniques in audio editing using warp audio, Beat Detective, and other plug-ins not covered in the MUS-107 through MUS-109 series.

    MUS-160 : Songwriting I

    [ WI/SP | 2 - credits ]

    Studies the techniques of a working songwriter, including use of form, lyrics, harmonic progressions and symbolism in the creative aspect of songwriting. Solo writing as well as the concept of collaboration are introduced. Participants will work individually and in small groups.

    MUS-161 : Songwriting II

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Songwriting II is a continuation of MUS-160, Songwriting I. Further explores the elements of songwriting, focuses on creating a digital composition portfolio and public performance.

    MUS-170 : Introduction to Scoring Music for Media

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction to the analysis and writing of basic film/video/game music score and spotting music cues.

    MUS-171 : Sound Design

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of sound design through a series of practical, hands-on activities. Students will gain an understanding of the skills, tools, and concepts used in the creation and synchronization of sound effects in modern visual media. Through a thorough introduction to sound recording, editing and mixing, audio manipulation, and electronic synthesis, this course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to create unique sound effects using industry standard software like Pro Tools, Propellerhead's Reason, Ableton Live, Native Instrument's Reaktor, and other sound design-specific software.

    MUS-189 : Performance & Repertoire

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - credits ]

    A performance forum required for all students studying privately non-jazz sections at the MUP 171-191 and MUP 271-291 levels. Each student must perform as a soloist on his/her major instrument at least once a term and must be present for performances of classmates. Performers will be critiqued by the instructor. Students will be required to attend approved concerts.

    MUS-201 : Music Fundamentals II

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    The first in a three course sequence for students who wants to learn functional, contemporary theory from the keyboard. Course includes progression study, transcribing songs, writing charts and keyboard study.

    MUS-202 : Music Fundamentals II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    The second in a three course sequence for students who wants to learn functional, contemporary theory from the keyboard. Course includes progression study, transcribing songs, writing charts and keyboard study.

    MUS-203 : Music Fundamentals II

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    The third courses in a three course sequence for students who wants to learn functional, contemporary theory from the keyboard. Course includes progression study, transcribing songs, writing charts and keyboard study.

    MUS-205 : Music Literature: History of Jazz

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 4 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Emphasis on engaging in the study of Jazz music and surrounding cultural/historical issues. Includes critical analysis, study of elements, forms, styles, composers, performers, cultural, and historical issues and events.

    MUS-206 : Music Literature: History of Rock

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 4 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Emphasis on engaging in the study of Rock music and surrounding cultural/historical issues. Includes critical analysis, study of elements, forms, styles, composers, performers, cultural, and historical issues and events. An examination of Rock music as a contemporary social medium.

    MUS-211 : Music Theory II

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Continuation of the study of harmony and of the material and structure of tonal music in theory and practice through written exercises, compositions, listening, and analysis. This is the first term of a three-term sequence that includes the study of species counterpoint, melodic and rhythmic embellishment, notation and scoring, phrase model review, chord voicing in multiple parts, embellishing tones, and chorale harmonization. Also includes study of harmonic counterpoint and composition in small forms in various 18th, 19th, and 20th century idioms.

    MUS-211L : Music Notation Software II

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Advanced use of Finale (music notation software). Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-212 : Music Theory II

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Continuation of the study of harmony and of the material and structure of tonal music in theory and practice through written exercises, compositions, listening, and analysis. This is the second term of a three-term sequence that includes the study of cadences, diatonic sequence, secondary dominants, tonicizing, modulation, and binary and ternary forms. Also includes study of harmonic counterpoint and composition in small forms in various 18th, 19th, and 20th century idioms. Required for music majors.

    MUS-212L : Music Notation Software II

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Advanced use of Finale (music notation software). Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-213 : Music Theory II

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    For non-majors and music majors. Continuation of the study of harmony and of the material and structure of tonal music in theory and practice through written exercises, compositions, listening, and analysis. This is the third term of a three-term sequence that includes study of modal mixture-color and drama in composition, neapolitan and augmented sixths, popular song and art song, rondo and variation, sonata form and chromaticism. Also includes study of harmonic counterpoint and composition in small forms in various 18th, 19th, and 20th century idioms.

    MUS-213L : Music Notation Software II

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Advanced use of Finale (music notation software) and basic use of InDesign (desktop publishing software) on Macintosh computers.

    MUS-214 : Keyboard Skills II

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Advanced keyboard applications of the materials of diatonic and chromatic music. Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-215 : Keyboard Skills II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Second course in the sequential second year of advanced keyboard applications covering the materials of diatonic and chromatic music. Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-216 : Keyboard Skills II

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Advanced keyboard applications of the materials of diatonic and chromatic music.

    MUS-224 : Aural Skills II

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    First of three courses in a year-long sequence. Diatonic and chromatic sight singing with sol feg syllables and moveable "do." Four-part dictation including all chromatic devices studied in Theory II. Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-225 : Aural Skills II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Second of three courses in a year-long sequence. Diatonic and chromatic sight singing with sol feg syllables and moveable "do." Four-part dictation including all chromatic devices studied in Theory II. Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-226 : Aural Skills II

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Third of three courses in a year-long sequence. Diatonic and chromatic sight singing with sol feg syllables and moveable "do." Four-part dictation including all chromatic devices studied in Theory II. Required for second-year music majors.

    MUS-230 : Music and Media: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 4 - credits ]

    Explores history and development of the pop music, pop culture and media industries in America.

    MUS-247 : Sound for Media

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to sound as related to film making, animation, and video games. Students will have the opportunity to create and assemble sound for media into a finished product. Explores the basic components of commercial film/video production as they relate to sound.


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