Course Descriptions

INSTRUMENT STUDIES

MUS 108-109. Class Applied Instruction (1). Class instruction on various instruments. MUS 108 courses are open to all; no previous experience required. MUS 109 courses continue comparable 108 sections and require instructor approval. Course suffixes vary with the instrument:
A Afro-Cuban Percussion
B Brass
G Acoustic Guitar
K Piano
P Percussion
V Voice
W Woodwinds
Z Strings

Each course may be repeated once. Guitar students must provide their own instruments. [GE.]

MUS 112. Piano I (1). Beginning class piano studies for music majors.[Prereq: MUS 110 or MUS 108K.]

MUS 113. Piano II (1). The second semester of class piano studies for music majors. [Prereq: MUS 112.]

MUS 130. Piano III (1). Class instruction for non-piano emphasis music majors and minors. [Prereq: MUS 112 and MUS 113 or IA. Coreq: MUS 215. Rep once.]

MUS 220-237. Studio Instruction, Intermediate (1-3). Individual instruction. Guitar students must provide own instrument. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

220 Studio Piano, Intermediate [Coreq: MUS 106 or 107 or MUS 150 or MUS 353 or MUS 406 or MUS 407 or MUS 450.]

221 Studio Voice, Intermediate [Coreq: MUS 106 or 107 or MUS 406 or MUS 407.]

[Coreq. for MUS 222-237: MUS 106 or 107 or MUS 150 or MUS 406 or MUS 407 or MUS 450.]

222 Studio Flute, Intermediate
223 Studio Oboe, Intermediate
224 Studio Clarinet, Intermediate
225 Studio Bassoon, Intermediate
226 Studio Saxophone, Intermediate
227 Studio Trumpet, Intermediate
228 Studio Horn, Intermediate
229 Studio Trombone, Intermediate
230 Studio Euphonium, Intermediate
231 Studio Tuba, Intermediate
232 Studio Percussion, Intermediate
233 Studio Violin, Intermediate
234 Studio Viola, Intermediate
235 Studio Cello, Intermediate
236 Studio String Bass, Intermediate
237 Studio Guitar, Intermediate

MUS 357. Piano—Intermediate (1-3). Class instruction in piano. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

MUS 420-438. Studio Instruction, Advanced (1-3). Individual instruction continuing comparable MUS 220-237 courses. Guitar students must provide own instrument. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

420 Studio Piano, Advanced [Coreq: MUS 106 or 107 or MUS 150 or MUS 353 or MUS 406 or MUS 407 or MUS 450.]

421 Studio Voice, Advanced [Coreq: MUS 106 or 107 or MUS 406 or MUS 407.]

[Coreq. for MUS 422-437: MUS 106 or 107 or MUS 150 or MUS 406 or MUS 407 or MUS 450.]

422 Studio Flute, Advanced
423 Studio Oboe, Advanced
424 Studio Clarinet, Advanced
425 Studio Bassoon, Advanced
426 Studio Saxophone, Advanced
427 Studio Trumpet, Advanced
428 Studio Horn, Advanced
429 Studio Trombone, Advanced
430 Studio Euphonium, Advanced
431 Studio Tuba, Advanced
432 Studio Percussion, Advanced
433 Studio Violin, Advanced
434 Studio Viola, Advanced
435 Studio Cello, Advanced
436 Studio String Bass, Advanced
437 Studio Guitar, Advanced
438 Studio Composition, Advanced

MUSICAL ENSEMBLES

MUS 106B / MUS 406B. University Singers (1). Study/perform choral literature of many styles and periods. Occasional off-campus concerts. [CR/NC. Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep. GE 106B only.]

MUS 106E / MUS 406E. Opera Workshop (1-3). Traditional and contemporary musical theatre repertoire: operetta, grand operas, chamber operas, and Broadway musicals. Prepare individual roles, ensembles, and scenes, culminating in public performance. [Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep. GE 106E only.]

MUS 106F / MUS 406F. Mad River Transit Singers (1-2). Study/perform jazz-idiom choral music. Stylistic interpretation; available literature. Occasional off-campus concerts. [Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep. GE 106F only.]

MUS 106H / MUS 406H. Symphonic Band (1). Study/perform symphonic band and wind ensemble literature. Occasional off-campus concerts. [CR/NC. Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep. GE 106H only.]

MUS 106J / MUS 406J. AM Jazz Big Band (1). Performance ensemble for novice jazz instrumentalists. Perform jazz literature; study jazz techniques. [Rep. GE 106J only.]

MUS 106K / MUS 406K. Jazz Orchestra (1-2). Perform literature composed or arranged for large jazz ensemble. Stylistic interpretation; ensemble playing; study of literature. Occasional off-campus concerts. [Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep. GE 106K only.]

MUS 106N / MUS 406N. Humboldt Chorale (1). Study/perform choral music of all periods. Emphasis on larger works. No formal audition. [Prereq: IA based on interview. Rep. GE 106N only.]

MUS 107B / MUS 407B. Brass Chamber Music (1-2). Study/perform brass chamber music of all eras. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107B only.]

MUS 107C / MUS 407C. Calypso Band (1-2). Study/perform traditional and contemporary music for steelband. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107C only.]

MUS 107G / MUS 407G. Guitar Chamber Music (1-2). Study/perform guitar chamber music of all eras. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107G only.]

MUS 107i / MUS 407i. Intermediate Orchestra (1-2). Study/perform orchestral music for less experienced players. [GE 107i only.]

MUS 107J / MUS 407J. Jazz Combos (1-2). Study/perform jazz combo music from all eras. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107J only.]

MUS 107P / MUS 407P. Percussion Ensemble (1-2). Study/perform traditional and contemporary music for percussion ensemble. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107P only.]

MUS 107S / MUS 407S. String Chamber Music - Service Learning (1). Study/perform chamber music from all eras. Perform for community partners, and assess and reflect on the experience.  [Prereq: IA, Rec: fall semester enrollment in a Chamber Music course. Rep. GE 107S only.]

MUS 107V / MUS 407V. Madrigal Singers (1-2). Study/perform small ensemble vocal music with emphasis on music of the Renaissance. [Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep. GE 107V only.]

MUS 107W / MUS 407W. Woodwind Chamber Music (1-2). Study/perform woodwind chamber music of all eras. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107W only.]

MUS 107Z / MUS 407Z. String Chamber Music (1-2). Study/perform string chamber music of all eras. [Prereq: IA. Rep. GE 107W only.]

MUS 150 / MUS 450. Humboldt Symphony (1). Study/perform orchestral literature. Occasional off-campus concerts. [CR/NC. Prereq: IA based on auditions. Rep.]

LOWER DIVISION (lecture courses)

MUS 102. Jazz and America (3). Investigates the basic musical elements of jazz, selected important jazz artists, and development of jazz styles in the context of related social changes in American in the 20th century. [GE.]

MUS 103. Listening to the Movies (3). Movie classics will be viewed and discussed to acquire a comprehensive and practical understanding of the prevailing techniques employed in the art and craft of contemporary film scoring techniques. [GE.]

MUS 104. Introduction to Music (3). Non-music majors learn styles, techniques, and forms of various musical periods. Lectures, recordings, concerts. Acquire greater understanding and enjoyment of music. [GE.]

MUS 105. The American Musical (3). Historical survey of musical theatre in US, emphasizing Broadway productions. Song and dialog presented through recordings and videos. [GE.]

MUS 110. Fundamentals of Music (3). For music majors needing additional preparation before entering MUS 214, for minors, and for general student wishing to improve knowledge/skills in beginning theory, keyboard, and aural comprehension. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

MUS 180. Special Topics Seminar (1-3). Topics relevant to performance practices, periods, or genre of music history and literature. [Rep.]

MUS 214. Theory I (3). Diatonic melodic and harmonic practices involving analysis and 4-part writing. Species counterpoint, modes, triads, 7th chords, figured bass, nonharmonic tones, chord progressions, cadences. [Prereq: MUS 110 or passing score on placement test.]

MUS 215. Theory II (3). Continues MUS 114: pre-dominant 7th chords, sequences, secondary chords, modulation, binary and ternary forms. [Prereq: MUS 214 or IA.]

MUS 216. Ear Training I (1). Comprehensive ear training correlated to MUS 214; develop music reading and perception skills through studies in rhythm, sight singing, dictation, keyboard, and notation. [Coreq: MUS 214 or IA.]

MUS 217. Ear Training II (1). Continues MUS 216. [Coreq: MUS 215 or IA. Prereq: MUS 214 and MUS 216.]

MUS 280. Special Topics Seminar (1-3). Special topics such as career preparation, technology, performance practices, music history, or music theory. [Rep; multiple enrollments in term..]

UPPER DIVISION (lecture courses)

MUS 301. Rock: An American Music (3). Major artists and movements of rock music studied in social, historical, and musical contexts. Pioneers of the 50s through today’s rebellion, experimentation, and new trends. [GE.]

MUS 302. Music in World Culture (3). Explores the musical traditions of African, Indian, Asian, Indonesian, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures compared in artistic, social, religious, and political contexts. [GE. DCG-n.]

MUS 305. Jazz: An American Art Form (3). Uniquely American art form of jazz. African- American jazz innovators. Perspectives of history, society, performance, gender, and current trends. Lecture, listening, discussion. [GE.]

MUS 314. Theory III (3). Neapolitan, augmented 6th, and mixed chords; enharmonic modulation; fugue, rondo, variation techniques; sonata form. [Prereq: MUS 215 or IA.]

MUS 315. Theory IV (3). 20th century techniques: tone rows, set theory, quartal harmony, polytonality, pandiatonicism, chance operations, modal writing, polymeters, and asymmetric meters. [Prereq: MUS 314 or IA.]

MUS 316. Ear Training III (1). Comprehensive ear training correlated to MUS 314. Develop music reading and perception skills through studies in rhythm (traditional, 20th century), sight singing (traditional, 20th century), dictation, and keyboard. [Coreq: MUS 314. Prereq: MUS 215 and 217 or IA.]

MUS 317. Ear Training IV (1). Continues MUS 316. [Coreq: MUS 315. Prereq: MUS 314 (C) and 316 (C) or IA.]

MUS 318. Jazz Improvisation (2). Train in contemporary art of jazz improvisation through use of scales, chords, and idiomatic musical devices. [Prereq: MUS 214 or IA. Rep once.]

MUS 319. Elementary Music Methods (2). Materials and methods for teaching elementary general music in the self-contained K-8 classroom.  Designed for preservice music specialists and not for preservice general classroom teachers.  [Prereq: MUS 314; admission to music credential track; IA.]

MUS 320. Composition: Film Scoring (3). Study and compose music for scenes of dramatic and narrative films. [Rep.]

MUS 320B. Composition: Jazz & Pop Arranging (3). Arranging techniques. Emphasis on big band. [Prereq: MUS 215. Rep.]

MUS 320C. Composition: Electronic Music (3). Use computer-driven devices to compose electronic and electro-acoustic music. [Prereq: MUS 215. Rep.]

MUS 322. Music in the K-8 Classroom (3). Prepares pre-service teachers for effective deliver y of general music lessons in the elementary self-contained classroom.  Designed primarily for LSEE majors; music majors should take MUS 319 instead.

MUS 324. Contemporary Composition Techniques (2). General survey of contemporary composition. Individual projects; concert presentation. [Coreq: MUS 215. Prereq: IA. Rep twice.]

MUS 326. Counterpoint (2). Overview of Renaissance, common practice, and modern counterpoint. Emphasis: baroque techniques. [Prereq: MUS 315 or IA.]

MUS 330. Piano IV (1). Piano accompaniments developed from chord symbols, notated melodies, or choral and instrumental music. Chord voicing, chord analysis, stylistic appropriateness. [Prereq: MUS 130. Coreq: MUS 314. IA. Rep.]

MUS 334. Fundamentals of Conducting (2). Beat patterns, expressive gestures, score reading, musical ranges, rehearsal planning, correction of errors. [Prereq: MUS 314 or  IA.]

MUS 338. Vocal & Instrumental Scoring (3). Techniques of arranging music for vocal and instrumental performing groups (large and small). Score layout and legibility, part copying, transpositions, and ranges of instruments and voices. [Prereq: MUS 314.]

MUS 340. Junior Recital (0). Junior Recital for Piano Performance Option majors.  To be taken during the semester that the recital is performed.  Requires permission of the Studio Instructor.  [Coreq: MUS 420. CR/NC.]

MUS 348. Music History: Antiquity to 1750 (3). Analyze musical styles and composition technique in examples selected from medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music. For music majors and minors or by instructor approval. [Prereq: MUS 104 and MUS 314(C).]

MUS 349. Music History: 1750 to Present (3). Analyze musical style in selected examples of classical, romantic, and 20th century music. Written research projects. [Prereq: MUS 315(C) and MUS 348.]

MUS 353. Accompanying (1). Keyboard accompanying for instrumental or vocal solos or groups. [Prereq: MUS 220 (C). Rep.]

MUS 356. Lyric Diction (2). Techniques and problems of singers’ pronunciation in all major languages. [Prereq: MUS 215 or IA.]

MUS 360. Music Technology (2). Computer technology and music applications. Keyboard controllers and music printing programs. [Prereq: IA.]

MUS 361. Music Technology: Recording & Playback (2). Digital and analog recording techniques combined with digital sequencing, CD-ROM burning, use of digital synthesizers, and soft synthesizer design.

MUS 370W. Woodwind Techniques I (.5). Instruction in woodwind instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Rep once.]

MUS 370Z. String Techniques I (.5). Instruction in string instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Rep once.]

MUS 371W. Woodwind Techniques II (.5). Instruction in woodwind instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Prereq: MUS 370W. Rep once.]

MUS 371Z. String Techniques II (.5). Instruction in string instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Prereq: MUS 370Z. Rep once.]

MUS 372B. Brass Techniques I (.5). Instruction in brass instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Rep once.]

MUS 372P. Percussion Techniques I (.5). Instruction in percussion instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Rep once.]

MUS 373B. Brass Techniques II (.5). Instruction in brass instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Prereq: MUS 372B. Rep once.]

MUS 373P. Percussion Techniques II (.5). Instruction in percussion instrumental techniques and pedagogy. [Prereq: MUS 372P. Rep once.]

MUS 377. Reed Making (1). Making and adjusting single and double reeds. For intermediate and advanced woodwind students or prospective teachers of woodwind instruments. [CR/NC. Prereq: IA. Rep.]

MUS 384. Advanced Choral Conducting & Literature  (2). Advanced conducting techniques and survey of choral literature for application to K-12 music teaching.  Through lecture and physical activity, this course expands on basic conducting patterns and techniques introduced in MUS 334 to include mixed meter, irregular meter, senza misura, cuing, use of left hand, and baton technique. Literature appropriate for major choral ensemble types (concert choir, jazz choir, madrigals, etc. ) will be studied. [Prereq: MUS 3334 and IA.]

MUS 385 P / V. Performance Seminar (1). Perform, listen to, and critique literature and performances. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

MUS 386. Teaching of Applied Music (1). Methods/ materials in teaching class and private piano, voice, or instruments. [Rep.]

MUS 386L. Teaching of Applied Music Lab (1). Lab practice teaching class and private piano, voice, or instruments.

MUS 387. Advanced Instrumental Conducting & Literature (2). Advanced conducting techniques and survey of instrumental literature for application to K-12 music teaching.  Through lecture and physical activity, this course expands on basic conducting patterns and techniques introduced in MUS 334 to include mixed meter , irregular meter, senza misurea, curing, use of left hand, and baton technique.  Literature appropriate for major ensemble types will be studied.  [Prereq: MUS 334 and IA.]

MUS 438. Composition Instruction (1-3). Individual instruction. Techniques for composition, notation, score preparation, instrumentation. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

MUS 440. Senior Recital (0). Senior Recital for Performance Option majors. To be taken during the semester that the recital is performed.  Requires permission of the Studio Instructor. [Coreq: one of MUS 420 - MUS 438, CR/NC.]

MUS 455. Secondary Music Methods (3). Music education philosophies, methodologies, history, reform movements, significant leaders.  Explores the theoretical basis for teaching music in the secondary schools.  Reheasal strategies for K-12 ensembles. Scheduling issues and curriculum in music education. Connecting music with other disciplines. [Prereq: MUS 319 and IA.]

MUS 480. Special Topics (1-3). Special topics such as career preparation, technology, performance practices, music history, or music theory. [Rep: multiple enrollments in term.]

MUS 485. Undergraduate Seminar (1-3). Performance practices, periods, or genre of music history and literature not treated in depth in other offerings. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]

MUS 499. Directed Study (1-3). Methods of research; projects in music and music teaching. [Prereq: IA. Rep.]