Course Descriptions — Music

Music lessons: For courses in the list below, applied music study is offered in the form of a weekly individual lesson for either .5 semester hour for one 30-minute lesson or 1.0 semester hour for one 60-minute lesson (except where noted). A final jury examination is required. Applied lessons may require attendance at studio classes and/or live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.

MUS1410 Beginning Classical Guitar (.5 semester hours only)
MUS2200 Applied Piano for Non-Majors
MUS2030 Applied Voice for Non-Majors
MUS2230 Applied Woodwinds
MUS2240 Applied Brass
MUS2250 Applied Strings
MUS2260 Applied Classical Guitar
MUS2270 Applied Organ
MUS3030 Intermediate Applied Voice
MUS3200 Intermediate Applied Piano
MUS4030 Advanced Applied Voice
MUS4200 Advanced Applied Piano

MUS1010 Beginning Voice 1 semester hour
Beginning Voice is organized as a group lesson in which students explore visual, auditory and aesthetic dimensions of vocal music. Attention will be given to the fundamentals of singing, including technique, tone production, breath control, ear training, diction, dynamic control, interpretation and analytical preparation. Students gain performance experience in a studio-class setting, while learning to give and take musical suggestions and criticism. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.

MUS1070 Recital Attendance 0 semester hours
Intentional listening is essential for the growth of all musicians. Students enrolled in Recital Attendance are expected to listen critically in order to increase their musical experience, their knowledge of performance skill and literature with the intent of applying this knowledge to better their own performance and understanding of music. Recital Attendance is a pass/fail course that is required of all music majors each semester of enrollment.

MUS1400 World Music 4 semester hours
This course provides an introductory survey of traditions and of music in global perspective. The musical content will be that of traditional musics of a wide sampling of cultures in the world. The content focuses upon how culture affects music, how mixing cultures expresses itself musically, and naturally of the materials of music used by each culture.

MUS1410 Beginning Classical Guitar .5 semester hour
This course is an introduction to technical skills for performing classical guitar repertoire, including the study of representative works from the literature, scales, arpeggios, etudes, and the development of aesthetic awareness. Jury performance for music faculty is required. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.

MUS1500 Music Appreciation 4 semester hours
This course explores the dominant trends in Western music, including the major composers, their masterworks, musical styles, and historical eras from the Middle Ages to the present. Attention to the development of active listening skills and discernment of musical styles. This course centers on the study of musical expression as a manifestation of social and cultural customs and as an artistic and aesthetic communication. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

MUS1520 Exploring Music: World of Opera 2 semester hours
World of Opera traces the history and development of opera from its beginnings to the present, emphasizing opera as a combination of music, literature, theatre, dance and visual arts. This course introduces operas, composers and performers through listening to live and recorded music, discussions and films.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

MUS1900 Women’s Ensemble 1 semester hour
The AU Women’s Ensemble explores treble choral literature from all historical periods and seeks out a variety of performance venues. The group focuses on vocal technique, precision intonation and choral unity. The Women’s Ensemble represents the music department at special campus events. Public performances, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings, are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS1900 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition.

MUS1910 University Chorale 1 semester hour
Open to musicians of all majors, the AU Chorale focuses primarily on vocal skills and the creation of a unified choral sound. Members study a variety of music, ranging from medieval and renaissance to contemporary, preparing quality choral literature for performance and education. Public performances, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings, are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS1910 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on successful audition.

MUS1930 Chamber Ensemble .5 semester hour
This is a performance class for instrumentalists or singers who will prepare, study, and perform literature spanning several eras and styles for small groups of 3–30. Public performances, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings, are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS1930 may be counted toward graduation. Chamber Ensemble options may include Chamber Choir, Pep Band, Flute Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Chamber Strings or others as determined by the music department.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on successful audition.

MUS2030 Applied Voice for Non-Majors .5–1 semester hour
Students work individually with an instructor to develop the technical production of vocal sound. Learners will explore various vocal styles with a focus on classical art songs, arias and folk songs and may include works in foreign languages. Students will gain the tools to progress toward the next level of vocal skill. Studio class and final jury examination are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2030 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition.
Co-requisite: MUS1900 or MUS1910.

MUS2100 Diction for Singers I 2 semester hours
This course explores language pronunciation for the vocalist focusing upon English and Italian. Attention in this course will be given to the proper vocal production (sounds) of the language, with a minimum of grammar and construction. Skills will be demonstrated through classroom foreign language readings, as well as in classroom performances. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.

MUS2110 Diction for Singers II 2 semester hours
This course explores language pronunciation for the vocalist focusing upon German and French. Attention in this course will be given to the proper vocal production (sounds) of the language, with a minimum of grammar and construction. Skills will be demonstrated through classroom foreign language readings, as well as in classroom performances. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.

MUS2200 Applied Piano for Non-Majors .5–1 semester hour
Students who wish to begin or continue piano study will gain skill in reading musical notation, piano technique and forms and styles of piano composition. Mastery of technical skills for performing and memorizing piano repertoire, including the study of representative works from the piano literature, scales, triads, arpeggios and the development of aesthetic awareness. Studio recital and
jury performance for music faculty will be required. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2200 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS2230 Applied Woodwinds .5–1 semester hour
This course involves the mastery of technical skills for performing woodwind repertoire (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone), including the study of representative works from the literature, scales, arpeggios, etudes, and the development of aesthetic awareness. Studio recital and final jury examination are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2230 may be counted
toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS2240 Applied Brass .5–1 semester hour
This course involves the mastery of technical skills for performing brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba) repertoire, including the study of representative works from the literature, scales, arpeggios, etudes, and the development of aesthetic awareness. Studio recital and final jury examination are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2240 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS2250 Applied Strings .5–1 semester hour
This course involves the mastery of technical skills for performing string (violin, viola, cello, double bass) repertoire, including the study of representative works from the literature, scales, arpeggios, etudes, and the development of aesthetic awareness. Studio recital and final jury examination are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2250 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

MUS2260 Applied Classical Guitar .5–1 semester hour
This course continues the development of technical skills for performing classical guitar repertoire, including the study of representative works from the literature, scales, arpeggios and etudes, and the development of musicianship and aesthetic awareness. Studio recital and jury performance are required. Performance or attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2260 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUS1410 and/or permission of instructor.

MUS2270 Applied Organ .5–1 semester hour
This course introduces technical skills for performing organ repertoire, including the study of representative works from the literature, development of musicianship, and basic knowledge of the construction of the instrument. Jury performance for music faculty will be required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS2270 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS2300 Piano Accompanying 1 semester hour
The purpose of this course is threefold: to broaden and deepen the student’s knowledge of vocal and instrumental repertoire, to develop proficiency in collaborative keyboard skills and to strengthen accompanying skills. Piano Accompanying focuses on two main components: keyboard skills and ensemble repertoire. Keyboard skills consist of the development of sight reading, open-score reading, transposition, score-reading, harmonization, or any skill related to collaborative activities. Ensemble groups and repertoire will be assigned at the beginning of the semester, and keyboard skills assignments will be addressed on a weekly basis. This course serves as the ensemble requirement for piano majors and minors.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS2600 Musicianship I 4 semester hours
Musicianship I is an introduction to fundamental organizing principles of Western tonal music, including notating and reading major and minor scales, key signatures, chords, intervals on treble and bass clefs, rhythms, and meters. Basic score reading and instrumental transpositions, vocabulary for tempo and expression will be covered. In addition to theoretical study, this course is an introductory development of the ability to hear the basic elements of diatonic music, including scales, intervals, chord qualities, melodic shapes, rhythms, harmonic functions and form. Practice reading and singing rhythms and diatonic melodies at sight and notating music examples will be the foundational methods for accomplishing the goals of the course. The course will include listening assignments and possible attendance at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. Musicianship I is a requirement of all music majors and music minors.

MUS2610 Musicianship II 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the theoretical basis of diatonic harmony, including chord spellings, harmonic functions and composition in two, three, and four parts using triads in the common practice style. Analysis of the compositional features of masterworks and an introduction to phrase structures, elementary forms, and score reading are undertaken. Included also are the aural skill components of increased the ability to hear diatonic music and the basic elements of chromatic music, including scales, intervals, chord qualities, melodic shapes, rhythms, harmonic functions, and form. Skills will be developed through practice reading and singing rhythms and diatonic and chromatic melodies at sight and notating music examples. Musicianship II is a requirement of all music majors and music minors.
Prerequisite:MUS2600.

MUS2620 Musicianship III 4 semester hours
Musicianship III is a study of modulation to closely related keys, binary and ternary forms, altered and borrowed chords, leading tone chords, and diminished seventh chords. Students will be introduced to polyphonic analysis and writing, variations forms, fugue and related forms. Additionally, analysis of representative classical compositions will be included. Aural skill components commensurate with the theoretical concepts presented in the course will be acquired including sight-singing in multiple clefs, one- and two-voice melodic dictation will be mastered. The course explores further use of chromatic material, intermediate rhythm and more advanced harmonic dictation. Musicianship III is a requirement of all music majors.
Prerequisite: MUS2610.

MUS2630 Musicianship IV 4 semester hours
Musicianship IV explores advanced harmonic analysis of the late 19th century, including higher tension and non-tertiary chords. The course involves analysis of tonal forms, including sonata and rondo forms. Students will further investigate techniques to develop a mastery of traditional harmony and exploration of compositional technique of the 20th century. Aural skills commensurate with the theoretical concepts presented will be acquired, including advanced sight singing of chromatic and atonal material, advanced rhythmic and harmonic dictation and preparation for score reading. Musicianship IV is a requirement of all music majors.
Prerequisite: MUS2620.

MUS2700 Jazz History 4 semester hours
This course is designed to introduce the students to the art of jazz and its related cultural and historical developments. The course will examine the music and its significant figures in a forum that will emphasize the ethnic, racial, political and societal underpinnings at the heart of the music. Focus will also be placed on the cognitive listening skills necessary to better understand and appreciate this uniquely American art form.

MUS3030 Intermediate Applied Voice .5–1 semester hour
This course is primarily for music majors and minors or individuals with high interest in vocal progress. Singers work individually with an instructor to gain and refine mastery of the technical production of vocal sound. Exploration of musical style and interpretation will be emphasized. Repertoire will focus on art songs, arias and folk songs and musical theater. Repertoire will include works in a variety of languages. Performance on Studio Class or Student Recital and final jury examination are required. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS3030 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Co-requisite: MUS1900 or MUS1910.

MUS3130 Vocal Literature 2 semester hours
Vocal Literature is a fundamental course designed to examine the history and development of the art song and opera through reading, hearing and performing examples of the song literature for solo voice.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of applied vocal study.

MUS3200 Intermediate Applied Piano .5 – 1 semester hour
This course is primarily intended for music majors or minors in piano. Nonmajors who are highly motivated or advanced may be included by permission. Pianists work individually with an instructor to gain and refine mastery of the technique of playing the piano. Exploration of musical style and interpretation will be emphasized. Performance on Studio Class or Student Recital and jury performance for music faculty are required. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUS3200 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUS3330 Keyboard Literature 2 semester hours
This course provides an overview of piano literature and performance practices beginning with the earliest examples of keyboard music leading up to and inclusive of the standard repertoire of the standard periods of western art music. By means of score study, listening, readings and presentations, the student will acquire analytical skills and develop historical concepts needed for the understanding and performance of this literature.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of Applied Piano Study.

MUS3400 Conducting 2 semester hours
In this course, students will gain skill in conducting choral and instrumental ensembles. Skills presented include beat patterns, rehearsal techniques, score study, terminology, transpositions, left hand independency, and expressive conducting techniques. Students will use the class and on occasions existing groups on campus as laboratory ensembles.
Prerequisite: MUS2610.

MUS3410 Music History I 4 semester hours
This course studies the development of Western Art Music from antiquity through the end of the Baroque era. Attention will be placed on the relationship of music to the artistic, historical and social trends of each era. Emphasis will be placed on
the ability to analyze, evaluate and communicate, both verbally and in writing,
about music history and literature through listening and the reading of primary
and secondary texts.
Prerequisite: MUS2610.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

MUS3450 Music History II 4 semester hours
A continuation of MUS3410, this class is a study of the development of Western Art Music during the Classical and Romantic eras. Attention will be placed on the relationship of music to the artistic, historical and social trends of each era. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to analyze, evaluate and communicate, both verbally and in writing, about music history and literature through listening and the reading of primary and secondary texts.
Prerequisite: MUS2610.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

MUS3500 Applied Conducting .5–1 semester hour
This course is organized as an applied lesson in conducting. The student will get highly individualized feedback and instruction on the finer points of conducting, while still developing conducting skills from the student’s starting point and attempting to take further his or her conducting potential. In the practice of the spiral curriculum, all conducting skills will be revisited to hone them to a sharper edge, a higher level of proficiency. These skills will be put into use in the conducting practicum for a hands-on approach to the art. Literature will be approached in a seminar fashion, with students making frequent presentations of research on assigned topics.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission or MUS3400.

MUS3510 Music History III 4 semester hours
Music History III is an integrative study of the history and theory of Art Music since 1900. This course will explore the historical, sociological, philosophical and aesthetic contexts of music in the 20th century and beyond through an examination of compositional methods and materials, history, critical listening and research. Additional study of World Music is included.
Prerequisite: MUS2610.

MUS4030 Advanced Applied Voice 1 semester hour
This course is primarily intended for music majors. Highly motivated advanced non-majors can be admitted with instructor permission. Singers work with an instructor to accomplish upper level literature and advanced concepts in musical style and interpretation. Students will gain advanced vocal techniques and repertoire ranging throughout all style periods and in foreign languages. Performance on Studio Class, Student Recital and a final jury examination are required. Attendance will be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. A maximum of 8 semester hours of MUS4010 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor based on successful passage of the sophomore jury.
Co-requisite: MUS1900 or MUS1910.

MUS4100 Vocal Pedagogy 2 semester hours
This course is designed to help students: 1) develop a working knowledge of the anatomy and function of the vocal mechanism and how it relates to specific vocal problems, 2) develop their own teaching philosophy and style by exposing them to a variety of pedagogical methodologies, 3) become acquainted with appropriate teaching repertoire and resources. Laboratory teaching will be utilized to give the students hands-on experience.
Prerequisites: Five semesters of applied vocal study.

MUS4200 Advanced Applied Piano 1 semester hour
Advanced Applied Piano lessons for music majors and minors is designed to instruct students in methods and techniques that polishes expressive performance skill and explores in greater detail the mastery of piano technique. The development of this high level of performance will be guided through the use of etudes, scales, arpeggios and exploration of compositional styles and advanced musical literature appropriate to the pianist’s level. The student’s repertoire will include standard compositions from across eras, genres and styles. Skill mastery will be demonstrated through performance in Studio Class, Student Recital, and final jury examination for music faculty.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on successful passage of the sophomore jury.

MUS4300 Piano Pedagogy 2 semester hours
Piano Pedagogy is the study of principles and practices of music teaching focused on the piano. The discussion of methods and materials is followed by guided laboratory work with both class and private students. The course includes methods of teaching piano, appropriate materials and techniques for all levels.
Prerequisites: Five semesters of applied piano study.

MUS4400 Audio Recording and the Business of Music 2 semester hours
This course gives the student an introduction to important aspects of the music profession. Topics covered are basic sound recording techniques and principles, self-promotion, music advocacy, taxes for self-employed musicians, and music and the law.
Prerequisite: MUS2610.

MUS4990 Senior Recital/Capstone 1 semester hour
This course is the final or penultimate course in the sequence of Applied Lessons depending on when the recital is scheduled during the senior year. The student will successfully perform a full recital from memory, unless accepted performance practice indicates usage of music. The student will research the music selected for performance and write program notes for the recital.
Prerequisites: Six semesters of applied study and instructor permission.