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 hours for one 30-minute lesson or 1.0 semester hours 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.  


MUS1210 Beginning Piano (.5 semester hours only)
MUS1410 Beginning Classical Guitar (.5 semester hours only)
MUS2010 Voice I
MUS2210 Piano I
MUS2230 Applied Woodwinds
MUS2240 Applied Brass
MUS2250 Applied Strings
MUS2260 Applied Classical Guitar
MUS2270 Applied Organ
MUS3010 Voice II
MUS3110 Voice III
MUS3210 Piano II
MUS3310 Piano III
MUS4010 Voice IV
MUS4210 Piano IV


MUS1010 Beginning Voice
1 semester hour
Group lessons in which students explore visual, auditory, and aesthetic dimensions of vocal music. Attention to 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. 
No prerequisites. 


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. 
No prerequisites. 


MUS1210 Beginning Piano
.5 semester hour
Individual lessons for the inexperienced or beginning pianist.  Sight reading, aural skills, musical symbols, analysis of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic structures, and finger facility in all keys. Beginning development of aesthetic awareness. Jury performance for music faculty. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. A maximum of 2 semester hours of
MUS1210 may be counted toward graduation.
No prerequisites.


MUS1400 World Music
3 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. 
No Prerequisites.


MUS1410 Beginning Classical Guitar
.5 semester hour
Introduction of 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.  Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.  A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS1410 may be counted toward graduation.
No prerequisites.


MUS1500 Music Appreciation
4 semester hours
Exploration of 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.  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. 
No prerequisites. Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


MUS1510 Exploring Music: American Roots
2 semester hours
Exploration of musical expressions, social contexts, and basic musical principles for the student who wishes to develop musical awareness.  Overview of popular and cultivated musical styles that have developed in American society as a result of America’s diverse ethnic traditions.  Introduction to basic musical notation and characteristic elements of musical styles.  Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.
No prerequisites. Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


MUS1520 Exploring Music: World of Opera
2 semester hours
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. Introduces operas, composers and performers through listening to live and recorded music, discussions and films. Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.
No prerequisites. Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.  


MUS1600 Fundamentals of Music
2 semester hours
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. Listening assignments and possible attendance at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. 
No prerequisites.


MUS1900 Women’s Ensemble
1 semester hour
Open to female musicians of all levels, 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 8 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 levels, 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 required.  A maximum of 8 semester hours of MUS1910 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition.

 
MUS1920 Aurora University Jazz Ensemble
1 semester hour
Small instrumental ensemble studying and performing music in jazz styles from among Latin, blues, swing, bossa nova, and others. Public performances some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings required. Open to performers on trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass and drum set. A maximum of 8 semester hours of MUS1930 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on successful audition.

 
MUS1930 Chamber Ensemble
.5 semester hour
Performance class for instrumentalists or singers who will prepare, study, and perform literature spanning several eras and styles for small groups of 8-15 players.  Public performances some of which may be off campus and/or evenings required.   A maximum of 8 semester hours of MUS1930 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor based on successful audition.


MUS2010 Voice I
.5 – 1 semester hour
Individual mastery of the technical production of vocal sound. Exploration of various vocal styles with a focus on classical art songs, arias and folk songs. Repertoire may include art songs in foreign languages. Students will be expected to progress toward the next level of vocal skill. Studio recital and final jury examination are required. A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS2010 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: MUS1010 and permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition. Co-requisite:  MUS1900 or MUS1910.

 
MUS2060 Aural Skills I
1 semester hour
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.
No Prerequisites: Aural Skills I is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2400. 


MUS2070 Aural Skills II
1 semester hour
In the second level of Aural Skills, students will increase 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. 
Prerequisite: MUS2060. Aural Skills II is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2610. 


MUS2080 Aural Skills III
1 semester hour
Aural Skills III is a continuation of Aural Skills II: 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. 
Prerequisite: MUS2070. Aural Skill III is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2620.


MUS2090 Aural Skills IV
1 semester hour
Aural Skills IV continuation of Aural Skills III: The following skills will be the focus of this course: advanced sight-singing and dictation work, chromatic and atonal material, advance rhythmic and harmonic dictation and preparation for score reading. 
Prerequisite: MUS2080. Aural Skill IV is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2630.


MUS2100 Diction for Singers I
2 semester hours
This course explores language pronunciation for the vocalist focusing upon the 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. The demonstration of these 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. 
No prerequisites.


MUS2110 Diction for Singers II
2 semester hours
This course explores language pronunciation for the vocalist focusing upon the German and French languages. Attention in this course will be given to the proper vocal production (sounds) of the language, with a minimum of grammar and construction. The demonstration of these 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. 
No prerequisites.


MUS2210 Piano I
.5 – 1 semester hour
Study of forms and styles of piano composition and elements of musical interpretation.  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.  Following an audition, a non-beginner who has not previously studied at Aurora University will be placed in the appropriate level.  Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS2210 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor based on successful keyboard audition or two semesters of MUS1210.

 
MUS2230 Applied Woodwinds
.5 – 1 semester hour
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 8 semester hours of MUS2230 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and previous performing experience.

 
MUS2240 Applied Brass
.5 – 1 semester hour
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 8 semester hours of MUS2240 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and previous performing experience.


MUS2250 Applied Strings
.5 – 1 semester hour
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 8 semester hours of MUS2250 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and previous performing experience. 


MUS2260 Applied Classical Guitar
.5 – 1 semester hour
Continuing 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 is 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 8 semester hours of MUS2260 may be counted toward graduation.  
Prerequisites:  Two semesters of MUS1410 and permission of instructor based on successful audition.


MUS2270 Applied Organ
.5 – 1 semester hour
Introduction of 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.  A maximum of 8 semester hours of MUS2270 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor based on successful audition and MUS3210 or equivalent.


MUS2300 Piano Accompanying I
1 semester hour
The purpose of this course is threefold: to broaden the student’s knowledge of vocal and instrumental repertoire, to develop proficiency in collaborative keyboard skills and to strengthen accompanying skills. Piano Accompanying I focuses on two main components: keyboard skills and ensemble repertoire. Keyboard skills consists 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. 
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 
MUS2310 Piano Accompanying II
1 semester hour
The purpose of this two-semester course is threefold: to broaden the student’s knowledge of vocal and instrumental repertoire, to develop proficiency in collaborative keyboard skills and to strengthen their accompanying skills. During the second semester the student reinforces his/her understanding and familiarity with collaborative keyboard skills material including necessary technical skills for dealing with instrumental and vocal repertoire. Ensemble groups and repertoire will be assigned at the beginning of the semester. 
Prerequisite: MUS2300.


MUS2400 Music Theory I
3 semester hours
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. Listening assignments and possible attendance at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges. 
No prerequisites. Music Theory I is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2060.

 
MUS2510 Music History I
3 semester hours
A study of 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: MUS2400. Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


MUS2520 Music History II
3 semester hours
A continuation of MUS2510, 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: MUS2400. Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


MUS2610 Music Theory II
3 semester hours
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. Introduction to phrase structures, elementary forms, and score reading. 
Prerequisite: MUS4000.  Music Theory II is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2070.


MUS2620 Music Theory III
3 semester hours
Music Theory 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. 
Prerequisite: MUS2610.  Music Theory III is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2080.

 
MUS2630 Music Theory IV
3 semester hours
Advanced harmonic analysis of the late nineteenth century, including higher tension and non-tertiary chords. Analysis of tonal forms including sonata and rondo forms. Further investigation of these techniques to develop a mastery of traditional harmony and exploration of compositional technique of the twentieth century. 
Prerequisite: MUS2620. Music Theory IV is a requirement of all music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2090.

 
MUS3010 Voice II
.5 – 1 semester hour
Individual mastery of the technical production of vocal sound.  Exploration of various vocal styles with a focus on classical art songs, arias and folk songs.  Repertoire will include art songs in foreign languages.  Students will be expected to progress toward the next level of vocal skill. Studio recital and final jury examination are required.  A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS3010 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: MUS2010 and permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition. Co-requisite:  MUS1900 or MUS1910.


MUS3110 Voice III
.5 – 1 semester hour
Individual mastery of the technical production of vocal sound.  Exploration of various vocal styles with a focus on classical art songs, arias, and folk songs.  Repertoire will include art songs and arias in foreign languages.  Students will be expected to progress toward the next level of vocal skill.  Studio recital and final jury examination are required.  A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS3110 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: MUS3010 and permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition. Co-requisite:  MUS1900 or MUS1910.


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


MUS3140 Vocal Literature II: Opera
1 semester hours
Vocal Literature: Opera is a fundamental course designed to examine the history and development of opera literature through reading, hearing, and performing examples of opera literature. 
Prerequisites: Two semesters of applied vocal study.


MUS3210 Piano II
.5 – 1 semester hour
Continuation of skills developed in Piano I.  Studio recital and jury performance for music faculty.  Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.  A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS3210 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor based on successful keyboard audition or two semesters of MUS2210.


MUS3310 Piano III
.5 – 1 semester hour
Continuation of skills developed in Piano II.  Studio recital and jury performance for music faculty.  Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.  A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS3310 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor based on successful keyboard audition or two semesters of MUS3210.


MUS3330 Keyboard Literature I
1 semester hour
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 late Baroque and Classical periods. 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.


MUS3340 Keyboard literature II
1 semester hour
This course provides an overview of piano literature and performance practices covering Piano literature of the Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary periods (including brief look at Nationalism). 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. 
Prerequisite: MUS3330.


MUS3400 Conducting
2 semester hours
In this course, the 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.


MUS3400-01 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 their 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.


MUS3510WI Music History III: Music since 1900
3 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 twentieth century and beyond through an examination of compositional methods and materials, history, critical listening and research. Meets Writing Intensive requirement. 
Prerequisites: MUS2610, IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.


MUS4010 Voice IV
.5 – 1 semester hour
Individual mastery of the technical production of vocal sound.  Explore various vocal styles with a focus on classical art songs, arias, and folk songs.  Advanced vocal techniques and repertoire ranging throughout all style periods and in foreign languages.  Half recital of 6-8 songs and final jury examination are required. A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS4010 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites: MUS3110 and permission of instructor based on successful vocal audition. Co-requisite:  MUS1900 or MUS1910.


MUS4210 Piano IV
.5 – 1 semester hour
Continuation of skills developed in Piano III.  Studio recital and jury performance for music faculty.  Attendance may be required at live concerts, some of which may be off-campus and/or evenings with additional ticket charges.  A maximum of 2 semester hours of MUS4210 may be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor based on successful keyboard audition or two semesters of MUS3310.


MUS4100 Vocal Pedagogy
3 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 sty le 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.


MUS4300 Piano Pedagogy
3 semester hours
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. 


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.