Music Course Descriptions

Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information. Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice. 

MUP 171
Individual Lessons - Piano

.5 lecture, 6 lab hrs/wk, 2 cr.

Students take individual instruction in beginning piano. Note: No more than 12 credits on a major instrument and six credits on a secondary instrument of individual lessons may be applied to an associate degree.

MUP 180
Individual Lessons - Guitar

.5 Lecture, 6 lab hrs/wk, 2 Credits

Students take individual instruction in beginning guitar. Note: No more than 12 credits on a major instrument and six credits on a secondary instrument of individual lessons may be applied to an associate degree.

MUS 101
Music Fundamentals

3 class hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Students develop a practical understanding of the language of music and its essential elements of  pitch and rhythm, melody, harmony and scale structure.  Students develop basic note reading, ear-training skills, and sight-singing skills.  No prior music experience is required.

MUS 105
Music Appreciation

3 class hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Students briefly study the elements of music, then examine the major historical music eras including contemporary musical theatre, popular music, and non-western music. Includes significant art music composers and compositions from those eras. (May be offered only via distance education.)

MUS 134
Group Voice - Beginning

2 class hrs/wk, 2 cr.

Students learn techniques of chorale singing. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

MUS 197
Chorus

4 lecture/lab hrs/wk, 2 cr.

Offers singing in a choral ensemble, in a mixed voice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) chorus.  Includes proper singing habits, basic musical terms and expressions, rehearsal techniques procedures, and exposure to a wide variety of music literature, culminating in a final performance.  Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

MUS 201
Introduction to Music and Its Literature 1

3 class hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Focuses on the music of the 17th and 18th Centuries, including early vocal music, the origins of opera and sacred music, and the early instrumental forms of music that led to the classical symphonies of Hayden, Mozart, and Beethoven.

MUS 202
Introduction to Music and Its Literature 2

3 class hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Focuses on the 18th and 19th Centuries, including Beethoven and his Ninth Symphony, the growth of the orchestra and the music written for it, the emergence of the piano as important musical and sociological factor, and the new dimensions of song and opera.

MUS 203
Introduction to Music and Its Literature 3

3 class hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Focuses on the music of the 20th Century, including the Impressionism, Expressionism, Neo-classicism, and Minimalism movements. Covers popular music traditions of the 20th Century, including musical theater, jazz, and rock-n-roll.

MUS 211
Music Theory 1

6 lecture/lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Focuses on Western European music practices, music fundamentals, music analysis, basic sight-singing, and listening. Covers intervals, scales, modes, circle of fifths, triads, seventh chords, figured bass, basic four-part writing, and more. Emphasizes terminology and music concepts from the Renaissance to the present day. Prerequisite: MUS 101 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

MUS 212
Music Theory 2

6 lecture/lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Focuses on Western European music practices and four-part writing practices, music analysis, sight-singing, and listening. Emphasizes terminology and music concepts from the Renaissance to the present day. Prerequisite: MUS 211 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

MUS 213
Music Theory 3

6 lecture/lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Focuses on Western European music practices and advanced four-part writing practices, music analysis, sight-singing, and listening. Emphasizes terminology and music concepts from the Renaissance to the present day.  Prerequisite: MUS 212 with a grade C or better or consent of instructor.