Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Music Minor

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Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 23 credit hours including the following courses:

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: MUS-225

MUS-315W History of Music to 1750

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

History of western musical styles from the early Christian era to 1750, including medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. This course presumes that students are able to read music notation. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, and ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts & music and writing intensive

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MUS-316 History of Music Since 1750

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

History of Western musical style including Classical and Romantic eras as well as music of the 20th century. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. FILA general education: fine arts and music

2 credit hours in applied music

4 credit hours of ensembles

And at least 8 additional credits chosen 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-350 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-350 FILA general education: fine arts & music (Cross-listed as SOC-233)

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-315W History of Music to 1750

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

History of western musical styles from the early Christian era to 1750, including medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. This course presumes that students are able to read music notation. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, and ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts & music and writing intensive

MUS-316 History of Music Since 1750

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

History of Western musical style including Classical and Romantic eras as well as music of the 20th century. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. FILA general education: fine arts and music

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 2019-2020

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 2019-2020

MUS-322 Vocal Literature

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Overview of solo vocal literature, including art song, opera, oratorio, cantata, chamber music, and other vocal genres. Explores the origins of solo song, its significant composers, forms and styles from the Renaissance to the present in the four major singing languages: French, German, Italian, and English.

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-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-370X History of Dramatic Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Analytical study of the history of dramatic music, especially opera and oratorio. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general Education: fine arts & music and experiential learning

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

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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

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

MUS-445 Chamber Music

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

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

(maximum of 2 credit hours)

Applied lessons (maximum of 2 additional credit hours)