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Music: Courses

The courses listed below are those most frequently offered in the Department of Music. Other music courses are offered on a more periodic basis. The complete course listing is available in the Clarion University Undergraduate Catalog (7.85Mb).

Applied Music

Individual instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, voice, organ and guitar. Stresses development of an attitude of artistic maturity on the part of the student and upon artistic performance at all levels of proficiency. All music majors must elect applied music credits on their major instrument/voice and participate in weekly studio classes each semester in residence. Admission by audition and permission of instructor and department chair. Admission of non-majors is dependent upon availability of the staff. For more information, see Music Department chair. Prerequisite: MUS 131 or equivalent background. Course numbers are listed below. 300- and 400-levels reserved for music majors only. (1 cr.)

 

MUSA 110/210/310/410 APPLIED MUSIC : VIOLIN
MUSA 111/211/311/411 APPLIED MUSIC : VIOLA
MUSA 112/212/312/412 APPLIED MUSIC : CELLO
MUSA 113/213/313/413 APPLIED MUSIC : DOUBLE BASS
MUSA 114/214/314/414 APPLIED MUSIC : FLUTE
MUSA 115/215/315/415 APPLIED MUSIC : OBOE
MUSA 116/216/316/416 APPLIED MUSIC : CLARINET
MUSA 117/217/317/417 APPLIED MUSIC : SAXOPHONE
MUSA 118/218/318/418 APPLIED MUSIC : BASSOON
MUSA 119/219/319/419 APPLIED MUSIC : TRUMPET
MUSA 120/220/320/420 APPLIED MUSIC : FRENCH HORN
MUSA 121/221/321/421 APPLIED MUSIC : EUPHONIUM
MUSA 122/222/322/422 APPLIED MUSIC : TROMBONE
MUSA 123/223/323/423 APPLIED MUSIC : TUBA
MUSA 124/224/324/424 APPLIED MUSIC : PERCUSSION
MUSA 125/225/325/425 APPLIED MUSIC : PIANO
MUSA 126/226/326/426 APPLIED MUSIC : VOICE

PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: MUSA 130-149 may be taken for one credit or for no credit. Credits earned may not be counted among the humanities in general education but may be counted under personal development and life skills and under free electives. Music majors may count a total of 3 credits ONLY toward graduation. Open to all students. 300-level reserved for music majors only.  (0-1 cr.)


MUSA 130/330: CONCERT CHOIR
MUSA 131/331: MADRIGAL SINGERS
MUSA 135/335: SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MUSA 136/336: MARCHING BAND
MUSA 137/337: SYMPHONIC BAND
MUSA 138/338: WIND ENSEMBLE
MUSA 139/339: JAZZ BAND
MUSA 142/342: WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
MUSA 143/343: BRASS ENSEMBLE
MUSA 144/344: STRING ENSEMBLE
MUSA 145/345: PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
MUSA 149/349: PIANO ACCOMPANYING ENSEMBLE

MUSA 301: INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE PRACTICUM   (0-1 cr.)
Provides ensemble performance experience for music majors on secondary instruments. Also provides student conductors the opportunity to develop rehearsal technique through experiences directing an ensemble. Prerequisites: At least two of the following: MUS 243, 245, 247; and MUS 365.

MUSA 302: CHORAL ENSEMBLE PRACTICUM   (0-1 cr.) 
Provides performance experience for music majors in a choral ensemble laboratory setting. Also provides student conductors the opportunity to develop rehearsal technique through experiences directing an ensemble. Prerequisites: At least two of the following: MUS 182; and MUS 366 to conduct.

MUS 110: APPLIED MUSIC SEMINAR   (0 cr.) 

Student recital series satisfies departmental requirement. All music students must elect this course each semester in residence as an extension of their curricular and performance activities. Music majors experience and/or perform music literature of all periods appropriate to their instrument or voice.

MUS 111: INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC   (3 cr.)
Introduces the enjoyment and understanding of music. Uses recordings, concerts, and other media. No prerequisite courses or special abilities required.

MUS 113: HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC   (3 cr.)
Surveys rock music from its origins to the present. Focuses on musical developments within the genre, as well acr.storical, sociological, literary and other cultural in.uences related to this subject.

MUS 114: INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC   (3 cr.)
Introduces traditional and contemporary musical styles from Algeria to Zanzibar. Examines the diversity of styles such as Zouk, Soukour, Salsa, Rai and Zydeco to name a few. Introduces the myriad of styles collectively known as “World Music.”

MUS 125: FOUNDATIONS OF MUSICIANSHIP   (3 cr.)
Basic training for the music major, to precede the study of MUS 126. Rigorous, hands-on course fosters mastering essential skills, including theory fundamentals, sight singing, and ear training. Intended as a prerequisite to the theory sequence currently in place. Students may be granted an exemption via a theory exam.

MUS 126: MUSIC THEORY I   (2 cr.)
Introduces fundamental elements of music construction, function, and analysis. Covers scale construction and identification, triad and seventh chord construction and identification, elements of rhythm, functional harmony, and voice leading. Prerequisite: Music majors or by permission.

MUS 127: MUSIC THEORY II   (2 cr.)
Continuation of Music Theory I. Provides students with fundamental knowledge of music construction and analysis. Covers voice leading, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, secondary functions, modulations, phrase/period structure, cadences, and simple forms (binary and ternary). Prerequisite: MUS 126, grade of C or better.

MUS 128: AURAL SKILLS I   (1 cr.)
Aural skills are essential to the success of all students studying music. Covers melodic and harmonic interval recognition, scale recognition and identification, triad recognition and identification, sight singing (melodic and rhythmic), melodic dictation, and rhythmic dictation. Should be taken concurrently with MUS 126.

MUS 129: AURAL SKILLS II   (1 cr.)
Continuation of Aural Skills I. Covers interval recognition, triad and seventh chord recognition (root position and inversions), sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, and error detection. Prerequisite: MUS 128, grade of C or better.

MUS 131: FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC   (3 cr.)
Examines the basic vocabulary of music fundamentals: notation, scale structures, key signatures, triads and seventh chords, rhythm and meter, harmony and its functions, intervals, sight-singing and ear training, dynamics, transposition, and practical application by use of a keyboard instrument.

MUS 160: PIANO CLASS I   (1 cr.)
Serves two categories of students: the non-piano music major and the non-music major. The purpose for both is the same: teaching piano to beginners in such a manner that they attain an acceptable degree of elementary technical proficiency at the keyboard, a basic knowledge of fundamental scales and chords, and a burgeoning comprehension of the existence and desirability of musicianship. Stresses the development of basic keyboard skills and upon a musical performance on all levels of performance. Limited to 12 students; therefore the possibility exists that a non-music major may be required to recr.dule the class so freshman/sophomore music majors can elect the class to meet curriculum requirements. 

MUS 161: PIANO CLASS II   (1 cr.)
Helps students develop the ability to perform the skills begun in Piano Class I at a more advanced level. 

MUS 182: VOICE CLASS   (1 cr.)
Gives students an approach to vocal methods in order to eliminate problems. Teaches students to treat their voices as instruments. Class instruction is offered in voice for the non-voice major. Emphasizes development of the vocal instrument and an attitude of artistic maturity on the part of the students and upon artistic performance at all levels of proficiency.

MUS 220: PIANO CLASS III   (1 cr.)
Continues developing skills acquired in Piano Class II to prepare music majors for piano competency exam, including sight reading, transposition, technique, and repertoire.

MUS 221: PIANO SKILLS SEMINAR   (0-1 cr.)
Continues group instruction in preparation of the Piano Competency Exam for music majors. Continues development of functional and applied piano skills including piano technique, chording, harmonization, and accompaniment skills. Credits earned do not apply toward graduation.

MUS 224: MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM   (3 cr.)
Investigates the pertinent fundamentals of music which can be incorporated by the non-music teacher. Presents pedagogical techniques that develop singing, listening, rhythm, movement, and musical skills. Equips future elementary teachers with skills to employ a variety of musical techniques in the classroom.

MUS 225: INTEGRATING THE ARTS INTO THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM   (3 cr.)
Investigates fundamentals of music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts which can be incorporated as primary media for communication, inquiry, and engagement by the elementary classroom teacher into instruction in other subject areas. Presents pedagogical techniques that address elements and standards for each arts area.

MUS 226: MUSIC THEORY III   (2 cr.)
Continuation of Theory II. Emphasizes chromaticism and musical forms as developed in the Baroque and Classical periods.

MUS 228: AURAL SKILLS III   (1 cr.)
Continuation of Aural Skills II. Emphasizes increasingly complex melodies, rhythmic and harmonic progressions.

MUS 229: AURAL SKILLS IV   (1 cr.)
Continuation of Aural Skills III. Emphasizes complex melodies (modal, tonal, and atonal), rhythmic and harmonic material. Study includes 20th-century models of tonal organizations.

MUS 243: BRASS CLASS   (1 cr.)
Introduces playing and teaching brass instruments. Includes techniques of tone production, fingering, and class procedure learned through individual and ensemble playing. Students expected to develop an elementary proficiency on each instrument.

MUS 244: STRING CLASS   (1 cr.)
Introduces playing and teaching the string instruments. Includes techniques of tone production, fingering, and class procedure learned through individual and ensemble playing. Students expected to develop an elementary proficiency on each instrument.

MUS 245: PERCUSSION CLASS   (1 cr.)
Introduces playing and teaching standard percussion instruments. Includes the characteristics of various standard percussion instruments, performance techniques, development of performing ability necessary to develop an elementary proficiency on each instrument.

MUS 247: WOODWIND CLASS   (1 cr.)
Introduces playing and teaching the woodwind instruments. Includes techniques of tone production, fingering, and class procedure learned through individual and ensemble playing. Students expected to develop an elementary proficiency on each instrument.

MUS 253: HISTORY OF JAZZ   (3 cr.)
Emphasizes the nature and process of jazz and particularly itcr.storical background and development in the United States. Presents logical musical derivatives and developments and demonstrates the important elements that comprise individual jazz styles as they have evolved to the present time.

MUS 289 MUSIC EDUCATION SEMINAR   (0 cr.)
Designed for students preparing to enter the upper-division music methods courses. Introduces students to major components of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Emphasis is placed on philosophical, psychological, historical, and practical issues affecting the process of music teaching and learning.

MUS 310: JUNIOR RECITAL   (0 cr.)
Music majors elect this course if they are presenting a recital in their junior year of applied study. Elected concurrently with MUS 110. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in upper-division applied study and successfully complete an audition.

MUS 333: ELEMENTARY MUSIC METHODS   (2 cr.)
Explores the role of music in elementary school; the roles of classroom teachers, the music specialists, and the consultant. Plans, attitudes, and problems in teaching vocal and instrumental music; curriculum development. Evaluation of musical experience and growth in primary, intermediate, and upper elementary grades. Includes music reading as an integral part of the total music program, musical growth and experience in singing, part-singing, listening, instrumental and rhythmic activities. Emphasizes development of ability to use the voice effectively in teaching, and on the thorough familiarity with music series texts, use of keyboard, rhythmic instruments, recordings, and new developments in teaching aids. Introduces the Orff and Kodaly methods. Required observations and supervised teaching experiences arranged each semester. For music majors or minors only. Lab required.

MUS 345: MUSIC FROM 1750 TO 1900   (3 cr.)
Intensive study of the musical styles of the pre-classical, classical, and romantic periods of western music. Discusses important composers and their literature in relation to artistic, social, political, and economic conditions of their period. Emphasizes analysis and listening.

MUS 346: MUSIC FROM ANTIQUITY TO 1750   (2 cr.)
Intensive study of the musical styles from the ages of classical Greece and Rome through the Baroque period, including the foundations of plainchant, early polyphony, sacred, and secular music of the 13th to mid-18th centuries. Discusses important composers and their literature in relation to artistic, social, political, and economic conditions of their period. Emphasizes analysis and listening.

MUS 347: 20TH-CENTURY MUSIC   (3 cr.)
Intensive study of the musical styles of the late Romantic Period (1890) through the 20th century. Discusses important composers and their literature in relation to artistic, social, political, and economic conditions of their period. Emphasizes analysis and listening.

MUS 360: BASIC CONDUCTING   (1 cr.)
Develops skilled baton technique and clarity of gesture. Focuses on traditional and modern beat patterns, expressive gestures, cues, and development of left hand.

MUS 362: INSTRUMENTAL METHODS   (2 cr.)
Analyzes principles and procedures of organizing and conducting instrumental classes, bands, and orchestras in the public schools. Includes examination and use of texts, methods, and other materials. Lab required.

MUS 363: VOCAL METHODS   (2 cr.)
Principles and procedures of organizing and teaching/conducting vocal classes and choral ensembles in music programs at the junior/middle and senior high school level. Includes dealing with student voices and their vocal development. Lab required.

MUS 365: INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING   (2 cr.)
Further develops skilled baton technique and clarity of gesture. Includes effective rehearsal technique, understanding or performance problems involving tonal balance, tempo, complex rhythmic situations, especially related to secondary school instrumental groups.

MUS 366: CHORAL CONDUCTING   (2 cr.)
Further develops skilled baton technique and clarity of gesture. Includes effective rehearsal technique, understanding or performance problems involving tonal balance, tempo, complex rhythmic situations, especially related to secondary school choral groups.

MUS 370: ORCHESTRATION/ARRANGING   (2 cr.)
A study of basic orchestration/arranging procedures and principles relative to instrumental and vocal ensembles. Emphasizes music for school use.

MUS 410 - Senior Recital (0 cr.)
Music majors elect this course if they are presenting a recital in their senior year of applied study. Elected concurrently with MUS 110. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in upper-division applied study and successfully complete an audition.