Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Music Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

A bachelor of arts degree consisting of 46-48 credit hours. Students must complete 36 credits of core courses and 10-12 credits from one of the three tracks (music performance- vocal, music performance-instrumental or music pedagogy).

Core Courses

MUS-115 Keyboard Skills I

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Pentascales, major scales, and chord progressions. Harmonization of pentascale melodies, sight reading, score reading, solo repertoire, improvisation, and transposition at a beginner level. Students may place out of this course with a satisfactory performance on a playing test. Corequisite: MUS-225

MUS-116 Keyboard Skills II

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

Major scales and chord progressions. Harmonization of melodies, sight reading, score reading, solo repertoire, improvisation, and transposition at a late beginner level. Prerequisites: MUS-115 or a satisfactory performance on a playing test Corequisite: MUS-226

MUS-215 Keyboard Skills III

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Minor scales and chord progressions. Harmonization of melodies with secondary chords, sight reading, score reading, solo repertoire, improvisation, and transposition at an early intermediate level. Prerequisites: MUS-116 or a satisfactory performance on a playing test Corequisite: MUS-345

MUS-216 Keyboard Skills IV

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

Minor scales and chord progressions. Harmonization of melodies with secondary dominants, sight reading, score reading, solo repertoire, improvisation, and transposition at an intermediate level. Prepares the student for the keyboard proficiency examination. Prerequisites: MUS-215 or a satisfactory performance on a playing test

MUS-220 Introduction to Western Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Listening and learning to recognize forms, styles, composers, and works in Western music from the early Christian era to the present. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: fine arts & music

MUS-225 Theory and Aural Skills I

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Diatonic harmony, voice leading and phrase structure. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites: MUS-110

MUS-226 Theory and Aural Skills II

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Continuation of harmony and voice leading with an exploration of secondary functions. Analyses of classical forms including sonata and rondo. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in MUS 225

MUS-320 Basic Conducting

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

An introduction to basic conducting skills including posture, patterns, left hand technique, baton technique, non-verbal communication, conducting terminology, transpositions, and score reading. Alternate years: offered 2021-2022

MUS-343 Music Arranging

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Band and orchestral instruments and voices, and their classifications, ranges and general use. The course includes writing and arranging music for vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. Prerequisite or corequisite: MUS-226 Offered alternate years

MUS-345 Theory and Aural Skills III

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Exploration of chromatic harmony, modal mixture, the Neapolitan chord, augmented sixth chords, and musical forms including variations and fugue. Introduction to post-tonal harmony. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS-226

MUS-380W Exploration of Western Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

An in-depth study of Western music history from the medieval to modern eras through the analysis of scores, primary sources, and historical essays. This course builds on MUS-220 by investigating canonical works, by introducing lesser-known composers, and by delving more deeply into the details of the stylistic evolution of Western classical music. Students are expected to analyze scores, and so the ability to read music is required. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW, ENG-110 and MUS-220 FILA general education: writing intensive

MUS-450 Senior Recital

Credits: 1 Term Offered:

As the final capstone of the music major, the senior recital is a presentation of a recital consisting of 40 minutes of music on one's primary instrument or voice, in coordination with the applied lesson teacher. Prerequisites: Senior standing, music major or minor or permission of the instructor

6 credit hours in applied music in the major performance area (300-level)

5 credit hours of ensembles

Music Performance Vocal (Track 1) 46 Credits Total

MUS-210 Voice Methods

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

Development of the singing voice: posture, breathing, vowels, consonants, intonation, placement and resonance; English, German, French and Italian diction; and choral and solo literature in several styles. Practical methods in teaching vocal music. Prerequisite: music major or permission of the instructor

MUS-321 Vocal Diction

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

Study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application to the four major singing languages: French, German, Italian, and English. Students will learn the basics of singer's diction for each of these languages and demonstrate their knowledge through written examination, speaking, and singing. Alternate years: offered 2021-2022

MUS-322 Choral Literature

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course provides a general survey of choral literature from 1450 to the present day. Standard repertoire, programming and curriculum planning, resource development, and organizational strategies will be explored in order to develop skills for selecting appropriate choral literature for elementary through high school, community, and church choral ensembles.

MUS-350 Junior Recital

Credits: 1 Term Offered:

Presentation of a recital consisting of 20 minutes of music on one's primary instrument or voice, in coordination with the applied lesson teacher. Prerequisites: Junior Standing, music major or minor or permission of the instructor

Choose at least 6 credits from the following courses:

MUS-140 Introduction to Music Education

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

This introductory seminar in Music Education is designed to provide an introduction to the music teaching profession to supplement the EDUC-140 curriculum. Emphasis will be on the historical development of music education, qualities of effective teaching in music, the National Core Arts Standards and the Virginia Music Standards of Learning. Corequisite: EDUC-140

MUS-201 Piano

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

(May be taken twice for credit)

MUS-208 Guitar

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

(May be taken twice for credit)

MUS-232 American Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

American musical life from colonial times to the present. Samplings include music following both the European classical tradition (operatic, choral, symphonic, etc.) and America's popular tradition (ragtime, jazz, rock, etc.). Specific topics in the general areas are treated in detail by individual research. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: fine arts and music

MUS-233 Social History of Jazz in America

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines how jazz music has mirrored the social history of the American people, reflecting ethnic and racial influences, historic events, and cultural change. Examines the history, styles and techniques of American jazz through lecture, audio and video recordings, and live demonstrations. Increases the appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: fine arts & music (Cross-listed as SOC-233)

MUS-235 Music in Latin America

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Provides an introduction to music throughout Latin America through a close examination of five large musical regions: Brazil, Southern Cone and the Andean Region, The Caribbean Region, Central America, and Mexico. Over the semester students will become familiar with the different styles and repertoires of these regions. Students will study the historical background and social functions of these styles, as well as relevant composers, performers, and musical instruments. Different social classes will be included, from indigenous ritual music to Western Art (Classical) music by Latin American composers. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: world cultures

COMM/MUS-309X Audio Production

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of modern multi-track recording. Students will gain experience with the equipment fundamental to audio engineering and production, including recording consoles, microphones, equalizers, time-based effects and Avid Pro Tools; the industry standard digital audio workstation. Participants will engage in a variety of projects which demonstrate the breadth of activity of an audio engineer. These include creating a podcast and engaging in a series of real world sessions with professional recording artists. Through these sessions, the techniques of recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio will be explored. Prerequisite: COMM-100 FILA general education: experiential learning (Cross-listed as COMM-309X)

MUS-346 Advanced Theory

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Topics include enharmonic reinterpretation, chromatic modulation, altered dominants, synthetic scales, set theory and twelve-tone serialism. Prerequisites: MUS-345 Offered on demand

MUS-362 Counterpoint

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to the art of composing polyphonic music. Includes exploration of 16th century and 18th century styles. Prerequisites: MUS-226 Offered on demand

MUS-400 Composition

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

The study and practice of musical composition, both traditional and modern. Prerequisite: MUS 226 Offered on demand

MUS-421 Choral Conducting and Methods

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Elements of choral conducting, use of the baton, score reading, the organization and administration of ensembles, and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined choral and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS-226 Offered alternate years

THEA-325 Acting

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Acting provides the student with an organized and practical approach to acting. A systematic approach to acting through a thorough examination and application of Konstantin Stanislavski's system of acting with in depth attention to the technique of the actor and their use of body and voice. Textual analysis, scene work, monologues, auditioning, performance pieces, and various training exercises will be used. No theatre experience is necessary. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW Offered alternate years FILA general education: fine arts & music

Music Performance Instrumental (Track 2) 46-47 credits total

MUS-350 Junior Recital

Credits: 1 Term Offered:

Presentation of a recital consisting of 20 minutes of music on one's primary instrument or voice, in coordination with the applied lesson teacher. Prerequisites: Junior Standing, music major or minor or permission of the instructor

Choose at least 6 credits from the following:

MUS-140 Introduction to Music Education

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

This introductory seminar in Music Education is designed to provide an introduction to the music teaching profession to supplement the EDUC-140 curriculum. Emphasis will be on the historical development of music education, qualities of effective teaching in music, the National Core Arts Standards and the Virginia Music Standards of Learning. Corequisite: EDUC-140

MUS-232 American Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

American musical life from colonial times to the present. Samplings include music following both the European classical tradition (operatic, choral, symphonic, etc.) and America's popular tradition (ragtime, jazz, rock, etc.). Specific topics in the general areas are treated in detail by individual research. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: fine arts and music

MUS/SOC-233 Social History of Jazz in America

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines how jazz music has mirrored the social history of the American people, reflecting ethnic and racial influences, historic events, and cultural change. Examines the history, styles and techniques of American jazz through lecture, audio and video recordings, and live demonstrations. Increases the appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: fine arts & music (Cross-listed as SOC-233)

MUS-235 Music in Latin America

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Provides an introduction to music throughout Latin America through a close examination of five large musical regions: Brazil, Southern Cone and the Andean Region, The Caribbean Region, Central America, and Mexico. Over the semester students will become familiar with the different styles and repertoires of these regions. Students will study the historical background and social functions of these styles, as well as relevant composers, performers, and musical instruments. Different social classes will be included, from indigenous ritual music to Western Art (Classical) music by Latin American composers. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW FILA general education: world cultures

MUS/COMM-309X Audio Production

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of modern multi-track recording. Students will gain experience with the equipment fundamental to audio engineering and production, including recording consoles, microphones, equalizers, time-based effects and Avid Pro Tools; the industry standard digital audio workstation. Participants will engage in a variety of projects which demonstrate the breadth of activity of an audio engineer. These include creating a podcast and engaging in a series of real world sessions with professional recording artists. Through these sessions, the techniques of recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio will be explored. Prerequisite: COMM-100 FILA general education: experiential learning (Cross-listed as COMM-309X)

MUS-323 Band Literature

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

A study of the literature of the wind band from 1500 to the present day. Standard repertoire, performance practice and conducting considerations are discussed in order to develop skills for selecting appropriate music for middle school through advanced high school bands. Offered alternate years

MUS-346 Advanced Theory

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Topics include enharmonic reinterpretation, chromatic modulation, altered dominants, synthetic scales, set theory and twelve-tone serialism. Prerequisites: MUS-345 Offered on demand

MUS-362 Counterpoint

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to the art of composing polyphonic music. Includes exploration of 16th century and 18th century styles. Prerequisites: MUS-226 Offered on demand

MUS-400 Composition

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

The study and practice of musical composition, both traditional and modern. Prerequisite: MUS 226 Offered on demand

MUS-445 Chamber Music

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Small groups of brass, guitars, percussion, woodwinds, vocalists, handbells and mixed ensembles. Groups perform on and off campus. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

(May be taken twice for credit)

MUS 201-208 Applied Lessons in any secondary instrument (1 credit) (May be taken twice for credit)

MUS-201 Piano

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-202 Organ

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-203 Voice

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-204 Woodwind

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-205 Brass

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-206 Percussion

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-207 Strings

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

MUS-208 Guitar

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Applied music lesson. The expectation is that the student will practice at least three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee.

Choose at least 3-4 credits from the following:

MUS-211 Brass Methods

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Fall Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of brass instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Prerequisite: music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-212 Woodwinds Methods

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of woodwind instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-213 String Methods

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of string instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-214 Percussion Methods

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of percussion instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

Music Pedagogy (Track 3) 48 credits total

MUS-140 Introduction to Music Education

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

This introductory seminar in Music Education is designed to provide an introduction to the music teaching profession to supplement the EDUC-140 curriculum. Emphasis will be on the historical development of music education, qualities of effective teaching in music, the National Core Arts Standards and the Virginia Music Standards of Learning. Corequisite: EDUC-140

MUS-210 Voice Methods

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

Development of the singing voice: posture, breathing, vowels, consonants, intonation, placement and resonance; English, German, French and Italian diction; and choral and solo literature in several styles. Practical methods in teaching vocal music. Prerequisite: music major or permission of the instructor

MUS-211 Brass Methods

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Fall Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of brass instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Prerequisite: music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-212 Woodwinds Methods

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of woodwind instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-213 String Methods

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of string instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-214 Percussion Methods

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Practical course in the teaching, playing, and care of percussion instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

MUS-322 Choral Literature

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course provides a general survey of choral literature from 1450 to the present day. Standard repertoire, programming and curriculum planning, resource development, and organizational strategies will be explored in order to develop skills for selecting appropriate choral literature for elementary through high school, community, and church choral ensembles.

or

MUS-323 Band Literature

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

A study of the literature of the wind band from 1500 to the present day. Standard repertoire, performance practice and conducting considerations are discussed in order to develop skills for selecting appropriate music for middle school through advanced high school bands. Offered alternate years

MUS-420 Instrumental Conducting & Methods

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Elements of instrumental conducting, use of the baton, score reading, the organization and administration of ensembles, and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS-226 Offered alternate years

or

MUS-421 Choral Conducting and Methods

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Elements of choral conducting, use of the baton, score reading, the organization and administration of ensembles, and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined choral and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS-226 Offered alternate years

Licensure

For PreK-12 licensure, completion of the following professional education, music education and field experience courses and requirements, admission to the education department and passing scores on the PRAXIS Examinations:

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical, sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education, as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically, culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local, state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Surveys principles of development, learning and evaluation as they relate to learners' educational growth. The study of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy, motivation, classroom management, and assessment.

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Explores cultural, linguistic and academic diversity, with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Includes a minimum 10 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: minimum 2.5 GPA, have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Mathematics, have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA); Sophomore standing.

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically, culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including: vocabulary development; literal, interpretive, critical and evaluative comprehension; critical thinking; writing strategies; and listening and speaking skills. Includes minimum 20 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP and junior standing

EDUC-372E Classroom Management, Secondary

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Effective and efficient management of time, space and resources, including lessons and classroom behaviors, are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive, respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Includes a minimum of 20 hours field experience in 6-12 classroom (or in a classroom of the licensure.) Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW, ENG-110, and admission to the TEP FILA general education: ethical reasoning

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term & Summe

Three-week, full-day, field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement, but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times, participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher, and engage in reflective seminars back on campus, or through online delivery. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW, admission to the TEP, successful completion of EDUC-371E or EDUC-372E and taken in May Term or summer before student teaching FILA general education: experiential learning Note: Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC-371E or EDUC-372E.

EDUC-452 Seminar in Educational Practices, Secondary

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Taken during the student teaching experience, this course emphasizes professional licensure requirements and teacher performance standards, measuring student academic progress and collaboration models of teaching. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources, including the development of an online educational portfolio, consistent with InTASC standards for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP Corequisites: EDUC-465 or EDUC-470

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

Credits: 13 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite: EDUC-451 or EDUC-452

MUS-422 Music Education in the Elementary School

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

For future music teachers. Introduction to the melodic and harmonic instruments used in the elementary school. Selection and presentation of songs by rote and note, rhythmic activities, creative activities, and listening materials for grades K-6. Prerequisite: MUS-226 Offered alternate years

MUS-436 Music Education in the Secondary School

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The methodology and philosophy of teaching music in the secondary school including general music, music appreciation, music theory, and performing groups. Prerequisite: MUS-226 Offered alternate years