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MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (Lecture-based)


MUS 101-  MUSIC APPRECIATION.
   This is a course designed for non-music majors and requires no previous musical experience. It is a survey course that incorporates several modes of instruction including lecture, guided listening, and similar experiences involving music.  The course will cover a minimum of three (3) historical stylistic periods, provide a multi-cultural perspective, and include both vocal and instrumental genres.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of music fundamentals, the aesthetic/stylistic characteristics of historical periods, and an aural perception of style and structure in music.

MUS 104 - JAZZ: AN INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY.  This course provides a study of the origins, development and existing styles of jazz.  Topics include the blues, piano styles, Dixieland, swing, bebop, third stream, cool, free jazz and jazz/rock fusion.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and an aural perception of the different style characteristics of jazz music.

MUS 110 - BASIC MUSICIANSHIP.
  This course is designed to provide rudimentary music knowledge and skills of the student with a limited musical background.  Topics include a study of notation, rhythms, scales, keys, intervals, chords and basic sight singing and ear training skills for rhythm, melody and harmony.

MUS 111 - MUSIC THEORY I.  This course introduces the student to the diatonic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period.  Topics include fundamental musical materials (rhythm, pitch, scales, intervals and an introduction to the principles of voice leading and harmonic progression.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic competency using diatonic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation and keyboard skills.

MUS 112 - MUSIC THEORY II.  This course completes the study of diatonic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period and introduces simple musical forms.  Topics include principles of voice leading used in three-and four-part triadic harmony and diatonic seventh chords, non-chord tones, cadences, phrases and periods.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence using diatonic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation and keyboard skills.