Degrees & Courses

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Core Curriculum

The music major consists of a 43-unit core (providing foundation courses in music theory, music history, and music performance) and four separate major options

  • MUS 104 Introduction to Music — Non-music majors learn styles, techniques, and forms of various musical periods. Lectures, recordings, concerts. Acquire greater understanding and enjoyment of music.
  • MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 150 Ensembles* (Four required.)
  • MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music — For music majors needing additional preparation before entering MUS 214, for minors, and for general student wishing to improve knowledge/skills in beginning theory, keyboard, and aural comprehension.
  • MUS 112 Piano I — Beginning class piano studies for music majors.
  • MUS 113 Piano II — The second semester of class piano studies for music majors.
  • MUS 130 Piano III (based on placement evaluation, with advisor’s consent, pianists may substitute a voice or instrument class) — Class instruction for non-piano emphasis music majors and minors.
  • MUS 214 Theory I — Diatonic melodic and harmonic practices involving analysis and 4-part writing. Species counterpoint, modes, triads, 7th chords, figured bass, nonharmonic tones, chord progressions, cadences.
  • MUS 215 Theory II — Continues MUS 214: pre-dominant 7th chords, sequences, secondary chords, modulation, binary and ternary forms.
  • MUS 216 Ear Training I — Comprehensive ear training correlated to MUS 214; develop music reading and perception skills through studies in rhythm, sight singing, dictation, keyboard, and notation.
  • MUS 217 Ear Training II — Continues MUS 216.
  • MUS 302 Music in World Culture — Explores the musical traditions of African, Indian, Asian, Indonesian, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures compared in artistic, social, religious, and political contexts.
  • MUS 314 Theory III — Neapolitan, augmented 6th, and mixed chords; enharmonic modulation; fugue, rondo, variation techniques; sonata form.
  • MUS 315 Theory IV — 20th century techniques: tone rows, set theory, quartal harmony, polytonality, pandiatonicism, chance operations, modal writing, polymeters, and asymmetric meters.
  • MUS 316 Ear Training III — Comprehensive ear training correlated to MUS 314. Develop music reading and perception skills through studies in rhythm (traditional, 20th century), sight singing (traditional, 20th century), dictation, and keyboard.
  • MUS 317 Ear Training IV — Continues MUS 316.
  • MUS 330 Piano IV: Improvisation (with advisor’s consent, pianists may substitute a voice or instrument class) — Piano accompaniments developed from chord symbols, notated melodies, or choral and instrumental music. Chord voicing, chord analysis, stylistic appropriateness.
  • MUS 348 Music History: Antiquity to 1750 — Analyze musical styles and composition technique in examples selected from medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music. For music majors and minors or by instructor approval.
  • MUS 349 Music History: 1750 to Present — Analyze musical style in selected examples of classical, romantic, and 20th century music. Written research projects.
  • MUS 406, MUS 407, MUS 450 Ensembles* (Four required.)