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MUS Courses - Lower Division

100. Selected Topics - Major Performance Organization (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Audition may be required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. (3-5 hrs reh.)

  • A. Concert Band
  • B. Symphonic Band
  • C. Wind Symphony
  • E. Forty-Niner Chorus
  • F. University Choir
  • G. Chamber Choir
  • J. Symphony Orchestra
  • L. Studio Jazz Band
  • M. Vocal Jazz Ensemble I
  • N. Vocal Jazz Ensemble II
  • O. Concert Jazz Orchestra

119. Group Piano for the Non-Major (1)

Beginning level repertoire and technical exercises for dexterity emphasized. Simple chord progressions and basic improvisational skills taught. Knowledge of reading music preferred but not required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 2 units. (2 hrs lab)

120A-B. Class Piano (1,1)

Technique, tone production, rhythm, sight-reading, interpretation and keyboard facility.
(2 hrs lab)

122A-B. Class Voice (1-1)

Fundamental techniques of singing, tone production, voice placement, breathing, diction, repertoire, and song interpretation.
(2 hrs lab)

125. Selected Topics - Instrumental Methods (1)

Class instruction in applied music and technology. Limited to music majors and minors.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. (2 hrs lab)

  • A. Single Reeds/Flute
  • B. Double Reeds
  • C. Brass
  • D. Percussion
  • E. Strings
  • F. Guitar
  • T. Music Technology

129. Selected Topics - Individual Instruction for Music Majors (1)

Open to music majors only. Private lessons in major performance medium. Application must be made to Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music during semester prior to registration. Registration subject to conservatory's approval.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

  • A. Baritone/Tuba
  • B. French Horn
  • C. Trombone
  • D. Trumpet
  • E. Harpsichord
  • F. Organ
  • G. Piano
  • J. Percussion
  • K. Double Bass
  • L. Cello
  • M. Viola
  • N. Violin
  • O. Guitar
  • P. Harp
  • Q. Voice
  • R. Bassoon
  • S. Clarinet
  • T. Flute
  • U. Oboe
  • V. Saxophone

130. Opera (1)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Performance of excerpts and complete works for lyric theatre; solo and ensemble coaching; intensive language and diction training; preparation and performance of entire role in original language; additional areas include stage management, scheduling, costuming, set construction.
(3 hrs or more lab)

131. Music Theater (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Performance of musical theater works and operas. Additional areas include stage management, scheduling, costuming, and set construction.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units, only 2 of which may count toward degree. (2 hrs reh.)

140. Basic Music Theory (2)

Notation and reading of music. Written, aural and performance experience with scales, intervals, chords, and melodies. Provides essential background for more advanced courses in music theory.
Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

141A. Musicianship I (2)

Corequisite: MUS 142A.
Study of basic skills in music reading, ear training, sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation. Computer assisted instruction is available.
Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

141B. Musicianship II (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 141A or satisfactory score on theory placement test. Corequisite: MUS 142B.
Study of skills in music reading, ear training, sight-singing, and melodic and harmonic dictation through modulation and chromatic harmony. Computer assisted instruction is available.
Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

142A. Harmony I (3)

Corequisite: MUS 141A.
Beginning principles of part-writing, to include modal counterpoint, concepts of chord progression, chord prolongation, and analysis in diatonic and chromatic tonal music.

142B. Harmony II (3)

Prerequisites: MUS 141A & MUS 142A or satisfactory score in theory placement test. Corequisite: MUS 141B.
Principles of part-writing, to include modal counterpoint, concepts of chord progression, chord prolongation, and analysis in diatonic and chromatic tonal music.

160. History of Music: Baroque/Classic (3)

Prerequisite: MUS 190.
Chronological survey of music and musical styles from 1600 to 1750 with selected readings, recordings, and scores for in-depth study. Primarily for music majors and minors, but open to others who can read music.
Letter grade only (A-F).

180. Exploring Music (3)

Fundamentals of music, listening skills, and simple compositional techniques introduced and developed through basic performance skills on recorder and simple percussion instruments. K-6 language arts and social science content standards addressed pertaining to appropriate performance/listening activities.
Non-music majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

190. Listener's Approach to Music (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1) or another GE Foundation course.
Non-technical course open to all students. Materials, forms and styles of music with extensive listening.

200. Selected Topics - Chamber Music (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
May be repeated to a maximum of 12 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. (2 hrs or more rehearsal)

  • A. Brass Ensemble
  • B. New Music Ensemble
  • C. String Ensemble
  • D. University String Quartet
  • E. University Wind Quintet
  • F. University Brass Quintet
  • G. Piano Ensemble
  • I. Men's Chorus
  • J. Jazz Combos
  • K. Performance
  • L. Brass Chamber Music
  • M. Percussion Ensemble
  • N. Steel Drum Orchestra
  • O. Woodwind Chamber Music
  • P. String Chamber Music
  • Q. Women's Chorus
  • R. Collegium-Vocal
  • S. Collegium-Instrumental
  • T. Saxophone Ensemble
  • U. Directed Accompanying
  • W. Laptop Ensemble
  • X. World Percussion Group
  • Y. World/Traditional Music Performance
  • Z. University Percussion Group

220A-B. Class Piano (1-1)

Continuation of 120A-B.
(2 hours laboratory.)

221A. Class Jazz Piano I (1)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of conservatory's keyboard proficiency exam.
Basic jazz keyboard skills including realization of jazz harmony and progressions with idiomatic chord voicings.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lab)

221B. Class Jazz Piano II (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 221A or consent of instructor.
Advanced Keyboard realization of jazz harmony, performing idiomatic chord voicings and chord progressions performed with metronome and by memory.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lab)

224. Orchestral Literature: Performance and Styles (1)

Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.
Performance of standard orchestral repertoire in instrumental sectional for Brass and/or Woodwinds or Strings.
Letter grade only (A-F). Repeatable to 8 units in different semesters. (2 hrs. rehearsal)

229. Selected Topics - Individual Instruction for the Music Major (2)

Open to performance majors only.
Private lessons in major performance medium. Application must be made to Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music during semester prior to registration. Registration subject to conservatory's approval.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

  • A. Baritone/Tuba
  • B. French Horn
  • C. Trombone
  • D. Trumpet
  • E. Harpsichord
  • F. Organ
  • G. Piano
  • J. Percussion
  • K. Double Bass
  • L. Cello
  • M. Viola
  • N. Violin
  • O. Guitar
  • P. Harp
  • Q. Voice
  • R. Bassoon
  • S. Clarinet
  • T. Flute
  • U. Oboe
  • V. Saxophone

240. Advanced Musicianship (2)

Prerequisites: MUS 141B and MUS 142B or satisfactory score on theory placement test.
Study of advanced skills in ear training and sight singing.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

241. Counterpoint (3)

Prerequisites: MUS 141B and MUS 142B.
Analysis and writing of canons, two-part inventions, and fugues.

244A. Composition Workshop I (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 142A and consent of instructor.
Survey of contemporary techniques in composition, music notation and contemporary literature. Short compositions in workshop setting for beginning composers.
Letter grade only (A-F).

244B. Composition Workshop II (2)

Prerequisites: MUS 244A and consent of instructor.
Survey of contemporary techniques in composition, music notation and contemporary literature. Short compositions in workshop setting for beginning composers.
Letter grade only (A-F).

272A. Jazz Theory I (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 142B or consent of instructor.
Jazz notation, chord progressions, chord voicing, voice-leading, jazz harmonization, chord-scale relationships, functional and non-functional harmony, jazz rhythm and form.
Not open for credit to students with credit in MUS 372 or MUS 372A. Letter grade only (A-F).

272B. Jazz Theory II (2)

Prerequisite: MUS 272A or consent of instructor.
Analysis of music by jazz masters such as Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. Includes introduction to many great improvisers through analysis and performance of solo transcription and composition in representative styles.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in 372B.

273A. Diction for Singers (2)

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
Focus on IPA, International Phonetic Alphabet, and its application in English and Italian. Repertoire focuses on correct pronunciation of art song, choral repertoire, and opera arias.
Letter grade only (A-F).

273B. French Diction for Singers (1)

Prerequisite: MUS 273A.
Focus on mastering application of International Phonetic Alphabet with phonetic transliteration skills to French language. Content focuses on correct pronunciation of art songs, choral repertoire, and opera arias.
Letter grade only (A-F).

273C. German Diction for Singers (1)

Prerequisites: MUS 273A.
Focus on mastering application of International Phonetic Alphabet with phonetic transliteration skills to German language. Content focuses on correct pronunciation of art song, choral repertoire, and opera aria.
Letter grade only (A-F).

277. Keyboard Skills (2)

Open to Music majors only.
Development of basic technical skills at the piano, including sight-reading, harmonization at the keyboard, chord and scale identification, score analysis, and beginning ensemble playing.
Not open for credit to students with credit in MUS 277A.

290. Popular Music in America (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Artistic and socio-economic influences on popular music in America from 1840 to present. Special consideration of impact on "pop" music of various cultures and ethnic groups within U.S.

295. Selected Topics (3)

Topics of current interest in various fields of music selected for special presentation and development.
Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. (3 hours lecture)


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