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Music Minor Requirements


MUS 101 The History of Western Music


MUS 116 Introduction to Music Theory


MUS Electives 

1-or-2- credit music courses may not be combined to fulfill the elective requirement.


MUS 390/ MUS 391 (Private Lessons)


MUS 394/ MUS 395 (Ensembles)


Spring 2014 Music Courses


MUS 100 - Fundamentals of Music ( 3 credits

The study of basic and essential music skills including: note identification, scales, solfege, chords, listening skills, and music terminology. Students will participate in online journaling and discussion forums. This course is designed to provide foundational music skills that will allow the student to further their study in history, theory, and performance. The course is open to all students. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 101 - Music History- Western Tradition 3 credits

An introduction to the various styles that form the Western tradition in music. Beginning with the earliest notated musical forms of the 13th and 14th centuries and continuing through the modern period. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 102 - Music Industry I 3 credits

Introduces students to the foundations of the music industry, including artist-management relationships, the business of recording and touring, publishing, and copyright law.


MUS 116 - Introduction to Music Theory (3 credits)

An introduction to diatonic and simple chromatic harmony; basic compositional skills. Chord progressions, inversions, cadences, seventh chords and secondary dominants will be among the topics treated. Frequent assignments in composing short musical exercises. Students must be able to read musical notation. Some familiarity with a keyboard instrument is helpful. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 117 - Introduction to the History and Tradition of Jazz (3 credits)

An introduction to the roots and development of Jazz. Topics include the key styles and figures that have influenced Jazz in the 20th century. In-class listening - CD,DVD. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 120 - Fundamentals of Singing (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic components of singing: respiration, phonation, resonation, registration, articulation and interpretation. Instruction includes studio exercises, lecture, student presentation and individual coaching. Fulfills core visual and performing arts require-ment. (VPA)


MUS 121- Musical Theatre History (3 Credits)

Students will study the development of musical theatre, ranging from the dramas of ancient Greece to the megamusicals of today. Students will also study the theatrical review, utilizing this knowledge to critique filmed and live performances. Along the way, students will recognize the link between the development of the musical and societal trends and events. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 208 - Musical Theatre Workshop (3 credits)

Through rehearsals, discussions, and coursework, students will gain in-depth knowledge pertaining to the discipline of musical thatre, including intensive direction ( including stage direction, choreography, and musical direction), all geared toward the final performance of selections from various works of musical theatre.


MUS 217 - Neurons & Notes: The Sceince of Music (3 credits)

The science of music is studied from a number of relevant points of view, including basic acoustic principles; the elements of music; music cognition and perception; and the neurobiological basis of music expectations and preferences. Questions related to the nature of musical sound, the physical aspects of hearing, cultural imprinting and the music instinct are examined. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 218 - Live Sound (1 credit-7 week course)

Students will be introduced to the basics of live sound operations, including the basics of setting up a sound system and operating a sound board and accessories. A key component of the course will be hands-on experience running sound for events on campus, including music, theater, rock bands and much more. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 220-239 - Special Topics 

A course sequence that offers thematically focused elective courses of interest to instructors and students. Selections may include courses in music history, instrumental technique and musical genres.


MUS 225- Guitar and Songwriting Skills (1 credit )   

This course is designed for students wishing to develop basic skills as guitar players and songwriters. Class meetings are like workshops where students perform their songs for each other. Students may take the course for more than one semester, as the curriculum allows each class member to advance at their own pace. Prerequisites: Student must be able to demonstrate basic guitar skills. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 226 - The History of Rock and Roll (3 credits)

This course covers the whole spectrum of Rock and Roll from its roots in blues and early country to the post-modern internet-driven age. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 227 - American Popular Song; A History (3 credits)

The class will survey the major developments in American songwriting from the Civil War to the present, with a focus on storytelling in song, the historical development of song, and critical listening as a means of understanding a song's meaning and cultural significance. Students will be introduced to many styles of songwriting, including Folk, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, Rock, and Hip Hop. the question "What makes a hit?" will be addressed through song analysis. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 240 - Jazz Improvisation  (3 credits)

An introductory course in instrumental jazz improvisation emphasizing basic jazz theory and application of harmonic functions. Topics include the Ionian, Dorian, and Mixolydian jazz modes as well as progressions, parent scales, and pentatonic scales. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA)


MUS 241 - The Concept Album: From Guthrie to Radiohead

Students will learn the skill of active listening and develop a critical framework for listening to, thinking about, and responding to music.

This attention to detail, will enable the student to "see the big picture", to make connections, and to understand how the details help to build a cohesive large-scale work. The course will focus on the history of the concept album from Woody Guthrie to Radiohead and cover many genres, musical techniques and song forms. There will be a heavy emphasis on listening and written response. The following questions will be examined: What actually happens in the details of a musical work that enables the listener to understand the work as a unified whole? What is the composer's intent: is it to tell a story, to describe a state of mind, or to comment on society? Fulfills core visual and performing arts requirement (VPA).


MUS  390/MUS  391 Applied Music (1 credit/ 2 credits)

Course Description: The study of musical performance techniques through private lessons in either voice or an instrument. One half-hour tutorial per week with expectation of individual practice of three hours per week. This course may be repeated for credit up to four credits. Note: students must pay an additional fee per semester for MUS 390. Fulfills Core visual and performing arts requirement. (VPA 


Choral Ensembles 

MUS 394-01 -  Jazzuits - (click for additional information

 TTH 4pm-6pm (1 credit)

MUS 394-50 -  LMC Singers- (click for additional information)

MW 4:30-6:00pm (1 credit)

MUS 394-51 - Chamber Singers- (click for additional information)

MW 6:00pm- 7:30pm (1 credit)


Instrumental Ensembles 

MUS 395-01 -  Chamber Orchestra - (click for additional information)

MW 4:30pm-6:00pm (1 credit)

MUS 395-50 -  Jazz Ensemble - (click for additional information)

TTH 6:00pm-7:30pm  (1 credit)