Core Music Curriculum

MUSC 122 - Music Theory I  (3 Credit Hours)

The first in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The courses includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, introduction to form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. For music major and minors, concurrent enrollment in MUSC 137 and MUSC 141 is required.

MUSC 123 - Music Theory II (3 Credit Hours)

The second in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The courses includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, introduction to form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. Basic keyboard skills are included and support sequential development of functional knowledge of the
keyboard and playing skills sufficient to handle practical situations, including harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, improvisation, accompanying, ensemble playing, and keyboard literature appropriate to the level of the course. For music majors and minors, concurrent enrollment in MUSC 138 and MUSC 142 is required. Prerequisite: MUSC 122 with a grade of C or better.

MUSC 132 - Diction I (2 Credit Hours)

A fundamental course designed to give singers, vocal coaches, and choral conductors the skills needed to sing in English, Latin and Italian languages with ease, accuracy and expression. The International Phonetic Alphabet will serve as a basic tool for pronunciation study. This course will also give the students a rudimentary understanding of English, Latin and Italian languages in order to translate and thus interpret vocal literature. The activities of the course will include the preparation and presentation of spoken and sung excerpts from English, Latin and 200 Italian recitative, song, and operatic repertoire from all historical style periods. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MUSC 133- Diction II (2 Credit Hour)

A fundamental course designed to give singers, vocal coaches, and choral conductors the skills needed to sing in French and German languages with ease, accuracy and expression. The International Phonetic Alphabet will serve as a basic tool for pronunciation study. This course will also give the students a rudimentary understanding of French and German languages in order to translate and thus interpret vocal literature. The activities of the course will include the preparation and presentation of spoken and sung excerpts from French and German recitative, song, and operatic repertoire from all historical style periods.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSC 132.

MUSC 137 - Aural Skills I (1 Credit Hour)

Examines the theoretical knowledge and skills needed for success in music performance, education, or composition, Diatonic Sightsinging, dictation, computer assisted instruction in major and minor keys, and in simple meters.

MUSC 138 - Aural Skills II (1 Credit Hour)

Continuation of MUSC 137. Develop sight singing and dictation skills necessary for performance and teaching of tonal music. Focuses on rhythmic performance and drills intervals, scales, triads, and simple melodies. Prerequisite: MUSC-137 with a grade of C or better.

MUSC 141 - Class Piano I  (1 Credit Hour)

Group approach to teaching the fundamentals of piano playing. For students with little or no previous piano study. Sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, technical studies, solo repertoire, and ensemble literature.

MUSC 142 - Class Piano II (1 Credit Hour)

Continuation of MUSC 141. Emphasis on developing technique, functional use of chords, and study of piano literature in a wider range of different styles and periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 141 or equivalent.

MUSC 201 - Aural Skills III (1 Credit Hour)

Continuation of MUSC 138. Develop sight singing and dictation skills necessary for performance and teaching of tonal music. Focuses on rhythmic performance and drills intervals, scales,triads, and simple melodies. Introduces Chromaticism, Syncopation, Secondary Function Chords, and Modulation. Prerequisite: MUSC- 138 with a grade of C or better.

MUSC 202 - Aural Skills IV (1 Credit Hour)

Continuation of MUSC 201. Develop sight singing and dictation skills necessary for performance and teaching of tonal music. Focuses on rhythmic performance and drills intervals, scales, triads, and simple melodies. Introduces Neapolitan, Augmented Chords, Asymmetrical Meters, Medieval Modes, and Twentieth Century Melodies. Prerequisite: MUSC-201 grade of C or better.

MUSC 207 - Introduction to Music History and Literature (3 Credit Hours)

The historical development of Western music, including various musical styles and periods, and the contributions of key composers, conductors and performers in shaping the Western musical tradition. Emphasizes concepts, structure, musical idioms and aesthetics. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 222 - Music Theory III (3 Credit Hours)

The third in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The courses includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, introduction to form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. For music majors and minors, concurrent enrollment in MUSC 201 and MUSC 241 is required. Prerequisite: MUSC 123 with a grade of C or better.

MUSC 223 - Music Theory IV  (3 Credit Hours)

The fourth in a four-semester sequence of courses in which music majors need to enroll each term of the freshman and sophomore year. The course includes introductory through advanced materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, form and analysis, and 20th century compositional methods. For music majors and minors, concurrent enrollment in MUSC 202 and MUSC 242 is required. Prerequisite: MUSC 222 with a grade of C or better.

MUSC 241 - Class Piano III  (1 Credit Hour)

Third level in a sequence of four courses designed to build a solid foundation of keyboard study. Group approach to teaching the fundamentals of piano playing. Sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, technical studies, solo repertoire, and ensemble literature. Prerequisite: MUSC 142 or equivalent.

MUSC 242 - Class Piano IV (1 Credit Hour)

Continuation of MUSC 241. Emphasis on developing technique, functional use of chords, and study of piano literature in a wider range of different styles and periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 240 or equivalent. MUSC-245

MUSC 290 - Introduction to Conducting (2 Credit Hours)

This course is designed as an introduction to basic conducting skills with emphasis on the art and study of conducting. Emphasis is placed on baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions and score reading. Students will practice with choral and instrumental recordings and/or live groups. Prerequisite: A "C" or better in MUSC 122, MUSC 123, MUSC127, and MUSC 138.

MUSC 299 - AFA Portfolio (1 Credit Hour)

This course is the culmination of two years of Associate in Fine Arts degree. Students will create a portfolio using a current form of media technology. This course will include a half-recital or project of a similar scope, as appropriate to the student's focus and as approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.