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MUS - 101 Music Appreciation is a study of the materials and basic components of music, primary musical forms and major musical styles, and of the development of music form the pre-Baroque period to the present 3 lectures, 3 credits General Education Course

MUS - 103 Fundamentals of Music is a study of such rudiments of music as notation, the structure of scales, intervals, keys triads, and simple harmonic progressions. 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 105 A History of Jazz in America is a study of the historical development of jazz from its origin as a form of Black American folk music to its acceptance as a major expression of American art. 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 107 Music History I is a study of the historical and stylistic development of music from the Gothic period through the Baroque period 3 lectures, 3 credits General Education Course

MUS - 108 Music History II is a study of the historical and stylistic development of music from the Classical period through the Baroque period 3 lectures, 3 credits General Education Course

MUS - 109 The Musical: A Survey introduces the fundamental aspects of musical theatre. Students will study selected standard repertoire of American Musical Theatre and understand the interaction of multiple artistic considerations. Repertoire will be used as a tool for illustration of musical elements and theatrical techniques. Selected works will be considered form the context of their relationship to historical and artistic values. Students will consider aspects of performance in musical theatre and gain an understand of the responsibilities and expectations involved in the field. 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 110 Music, Art, and Drama is designed to promote and understanding and appreciation of the human cultural heritages and concentrates upon major developments in music, art and drama during the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. 3 lectures, 3 credits General Education Course

MUS - 118 Vocal Workshop is an introduction the basic principles of vocal production. Application of correct vocal techniques is introduced through a series of group and solo singing activities. 1 lecture, 2 labs, 2 credits

MUS - 119 Songwriting Workshop provides students with a solid background in the art of craft and song writing. Students will study the elements of songwriting: lyrics, rhythm, melody, harmony, and song structure. Students will work on their original compositions through a series of group and solo activities. 1 lecture, 2 labs, 2 credits

MUS - 120 Pop/Rock Ensemble I requires students to study and to perform in a variety of popular music styles, Special attention will be given to the development of creative skills and reading pop charts, Students are expected to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 121 Chorus I requires students to study and to perform standard and contemporary choral literature for mixed voices and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 125 Chamber Ensemble I This course requires students to study and to perform standard and contemporary instrumental literature and to participate in concerts of college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 131 Class Piano I is an introductory course designed to provide fundamental piano instructions. 1 lecture, 2 lab, 3 credits

MUS - 132 Music Theory I is a study of elementary diatonic harmony. It includes the study of major scales, natural, harmonic, and melodic forms of minor scales, Also included is the study of interval and triad construction, the figured bass, cadences, plus bass and soprano harmonization. 1 lecture, 2 labs, 2 credits

​MUS - 133 Music Dictation and Sight Reading is an introduction to score reading, the rudiments of conducting, musical dictation, and other elements that are essential to an understand of music. 1 lecture, 2 labs, 2 credits

MUS - 134 Ear Training Musicianship I designed to develop a comprehension of musical structure and style through sights singing and musical dictation. 1 lecture, 2 labs, 2 credits

MUS - 137 Guitar in the Classroom is a systematic approach to basic guitar technique and an introduction to contemporary music. 1 lecture, 2 labs, 2 credits

MUS - 140 Jazz Ensemble I requires students to study and to perform in a verity of jazz styles. Special attention will be given to the development of improvisations skills and reading jazz charts. Students are expected to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 150 Introduction to MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis introduces students to the concepts of computer utilization in the manipulation of music. These concepts include composing, arranging, editing and gaining understanding of the developing skills in electronic music from theoretical, aesthetic and practical perspectives. Essential topics to be included when exploring the used of computers music will be music sequencing and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface); creating sounds and music with digital audio; computer music and the Internet; and desktop music notation. 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 151 Introduction to Audio Recording is a systematic approach to sound, music, and multimedia production. The student will be involved with all phases of hard disk-based recording, editing, synchronization technologies, hardware and software systems, disk-based recording, editing, synchronization technologies, hardware and software systems, digital signal processing techniques, and in creating digital audio and MIDI-based music. Whether the projects will be on DAT, a CD-ROM, DVD, or any desktop audio, this class will develop the ability to record and playback multiple tracks of digital audio . 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 152 Music Business I is a course designed to provide students with important skills and knowledge that will enhance their abilities for a career in fields combining music and business. Basic concepts of how the music industry works and how music is created and marketed will be presented along with discussions of numerous career options. Topics discussed will provide and overview of the record, radio, video, film, television, and advertised industries how each used music. 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 153 Piano Pedagogy I studies effective teaching skills for elementary and intermediate levels of piano instruction, including the investigation of specific solo and developmental piano repertoire and method books. It introduces fundamental business aspects of teaching private piano. 2 lectures, 2 labs, 3 credits

MUS - 220 Pop/Rock Ensemble II requires students of study and to perform in a variety of popular music styles. Special attention will be given to the development of creative skills and reading pop charts. Students are expected to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit Prerequisite: MUS-120

MUS 221 Pop/Rock Ensemble III requires students to study and to perform in a variety of popular music styles. Special attention will be given to the development of creative skills and reading pop charts. Students are expected to participate in concerts of college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit Prerequisite: MUS-220

MUS - 222 Pop/Rock Ensemble IV required students to study and to perform in a variety of popular music styles. Special attention will be given to the development of creative skills and reading pop charts. Student so are expected to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit Prerequisite: MUS-220

MUS - 231 Class Piano II provides continuing piano instruction for any student who fulfills the prerequisite for the course. the course includes the study of piano literature from the Baroque period to the present and emphasizes the further development of the student's piano technique. 1 lecture, 2 lab, 2 credit Prerequisite: MUS-131 or by permission of the Academic Department Chair

MUS - 232 Music Theory II is a study of harmonization and harmonic progressions. The course includes the study of six-four chords, non-harmonic tones, modulation, and the dominant seventh chord.  1 lecture, 2 lab, 2 credit Prerequisite: MUS-132

MUS - 234 Ear Training and Musicianship II is a continuation of Ear Training and Musicianship I focusing on the development of aural comprehension skills through sight-singing and music dictation exercises.  1 lecture, 2 lab, 2 credit Prerequisite: MUS-134

MUS - 241 Class Piano III is a course designed to develop skills in sight reading, transposition, harmonization styles, and improvisation techniques. Included is the study of piano literature form the Baroque to the present. The emphasis is on good pianist technique.  1 lecture, 2 lab, 2 credit Prerequisite: MUS-231

MUS - 242 Class Piano IV is a course designed to further develop skills in sight-reading, transposition, harmonization styles, and accompaniment techniques. Included is further study of piano literature form the Baroque to the present. There is continued emphasis on good pianistic technique.  1 lecture, 2 lab, 2 credit Prerequisite: MUS-241

MUS - 246 Jazz Ensemble II requires students to study and to perform in a variety of jazz styles. Special attention will be given to the development of improvisational skills and reading jazz charts. Students are expected to participate in concerts for the college ceremonies and functions.  1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit Prerequisite: MUS-140

MUS - 247 Jazz Ensemble III requires students to study and to perform in a variety of jazz styles. Special attention will be given to the development of improvisational skills and reading jazz charts. Students are expected to participate in concerts for the college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit Prerequisite: MUS-246

MUS - 248 Jazz Ensemble IV requires students to study and to perform in a variety of jazz styles. Special attention will be given to the development of improvisational skills and reading jazz charts. Students are expected to participate in concerts for the college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit Prerequisite: MUS-247

MUS - 250 Electronic Music Composition introduces students to advance concepts of creating standalone electronic music compositions as well as compositions for visual media. Topics covered include subtractive, additive, granular, FM and RM synthesis, mosque concrete composition, film/video scoring, and programming. Students will also be exposed to various forms of MIDI-based music as a basis for composing techniques and will use state-of-the-art music software and hardware to create composition. 2 lecture, 2 lab, 3 credit Prerequisite: MUS-150

MUS - 251 Studio Recording Techniques introduces students to the concepts of recording live instruments and vocals in a state-of-the-art digital recording studio. Students will learn techniques for recording orchestral instruments as well as instruments used in popular music. Topics covered include studio signal flow, microphone selection and placement, used of outboard and software-based effects processors, overdubbing, creating composite audio tracks, and mixing, Students are expected to spend additional time in the studio and/or music technology lab working on assigned projects. 2 lecture, 2 lab, 3 credit Prerequisite: MUS-151

MUS - 252 Music Business II provides further study of the music industry for students who wish to seek employment in fields combining music and business. This course will provide an in depth study focusing upon topics including music publishing, national and international copyright law, live performance, managers and agents, music organizations, recording agreements, music publishing, film and television music production, music merchandising, and other contractual obligations, 3 lectures, 3 credits Prerequisite: MUS-152

MUS - 253 Piano Pedagogy II continues the study of effective teaching skills for intermediate to advance levels of piano instruction, including the investigation of specific solo and developmental repertoire that are standard in the field of piano pedagogy and performance. The course surveys and examines current piano methods, literature and materials. It further delineates aspects of successful business practices for the private and/or non-profit piano studio. 2 lecture, 2 lab, 3 credit Prerequisite: MUS-153 Piano Pedagogy I

MUS - 255 Chorus II requires students to study and perform standard and contemporary choral literature for mixed voices and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 256 Chorus III requires students to study and perform standard and contemporary choral literature for mixed voices and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 257 Chorus IV requires students to study and perform standard and contemporary choral literature for mixed voices and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 258 Chamber Ensemble II requires students to study and perform standard and contemporary instrumental literature and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 259 Chamber Ensemble III requires students to study and perform standard and contemporary instrumental literature and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 260 Chamber Ensemble IV requires students to study and perform standard and contemporary instrumental literature and to participate in concerts for college ceremonies and functions. 1 lecture, 1 lab, 1 credit

MUS - 261 Advanced Studio Recording is a further study of recording technology as applied to music production. Topics covered included techniques of live multi-track recording and over dubbing, including microphone selection and setup, mixing techniques such as creaking automated mixes using software techniques of CD, DVD and other consumer formats such as web-based audio and video. Prerequisite: MUS-251 2 lectures 2 labs, 3 credits

MUS - 262 Concert Promotion and Production is a practical introduction to the structure of the live performance industry. Topics covered include artist relations, talent and venue management, advertising public relations, licensing, live sound reinforcement, stage and lighting systems as well as performing arts administration, The student will gain practical experience by participation in the promotion and production of college sponsored events. Prerequisite: MUS-151 or MUS-152 2 lecture, 2 lab, 3 credits

MUS - 263 Careers in the Music Industry is an introductory survey of career opportunities in the music industry, and non-profit arts management. Students will prepare promotions materials necessary for embarking on a career in the music field. Prerequisite: MUS-152 3 lectures, 3 credits

MUS - 462 - 463 - 464 Co-Op Work Experience [Music] is designed to provide the student with hands-on experience in a work environment. It is an opportunity for a student to bridge classroom theory with on the job experience under professional guidance in a college approved work environment. On site evaluations are done by a faculty member/employer.

MUS - 462 1 lecture; plus 120 minimum hours work experience distributed over the semester, 2 credits

MUS - 463 1 lecture; plus 180 minimum hours work experience distributed over the semester, 3 credits

MUS - 464 1 lecture; plus 240 minimum hours work experience distributed over the semester, 4 credits​​​​​​