Graduate Music Courses: MUS 5000–5999

Ritmica Method
MUS 5060
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Develops in students a deeper understanding of rhythm as a musical element, moving beyond the arithmetic function of rhythm to explore its melodic and intuitive functions.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUS 5250
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A mixed ensemble of vocal performance with students from all areas of the campus. The chorus performs a varied repertoire of music and presents concerts on campus and in touring venues with orchestra and professional soloists.
Prerequisite: Prior choral experience

Advanced Jazz Arranging I and II
MUS 5310
and 5320 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Covers advanced arranging concepts in both big bands and small groups, centering on the styles of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans, and Duke Ellington. Students have opportunities for performance and recordings of their work.

Topics in Jazz Seminar
MUS 5350
/ 3 credits / Fall
Problematic aspects of each student’s playing are remedied through transcription and analysis of solos by master players. Students are assisted in reaching the next level of their playing ability and in developing a passion for life through music.

Seminar in Jazz Styles
MUS 5360
/ 3 credits / Spring
This seminar focuses on fostering students’ creativity in their original compositions, arrangements, and related original works. These works prepared and presented for live in-class group evaluation.

Seminar in Studio Pedagogy I and II
MUS 5375
and 5385 / 2 credits (per semester)
Special topic (offered irregularly; I: Fall; II: Spring)
Practical classroom and tutorial experience in the concepts of teaching. Assignments may include teaching assistantships in theory, ear training, basic keyboard, music history, and recording technology.

Seminar in Music Notation Software
MUS 5430
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In this hands-on primer, students become proficient in the use of Finale and Sibelius, the industry standards in music notation software. The embedded tutorials are used as a basis for a project-driven introduction to music notation via the computer.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Topics in Professional Development
MUS 5455
/ .5 credit / Every semester
A moderated series of guest lectures that address practical concerns of the professional musician. Topics may include dealing with injuries and injury prevention, tax strategies and tax-related record keeping, advertising and self-promotion in the age of the Internet, travel and airport security issues for the touring musician, and union protections and benefits.

New Modalities in Chamber Music
MUS 5470
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines the varied career paths open to composers and performers in the changing musical ecosystem. Contemporary, classical, jazz and world, indie rock, electronica, multimedia work, and more are explored. Analysis of different artists, ensembles, presenters, and festivals, trips to New York venues, and interviews with leaders in the field provide unique insights. Students create and present a performance project.

The Art of Programming Music in the 21st Century
MUS 5480
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A concert program should be more than a random selection of works. How is a concert program put together? What are the reasons for choosing each piece? Is there an underlying concept or stylistic concern? Are there political issues involved? What are the public-relations ramifications? This course examines the philosophical, aesthetic, and practical considerations in concert programming today.

Independent Study
MUS 5900
/ Variable credits / Every semester
Independent study at the graduate level is intended to address special artistic, philosophical, ethnomusicological, technological, or entrepreneurial issues.
Prerequisite: A special course contract, filled out by the student and a faculty advisor, specifying goals, criteria, and credits

Graduate Project
MUS 5990
/ Variable credits / Every semester
Graduate projects allow innovative presentation of materials not particularly suitable for live performance or score/tape review (e.g., transcription, recitation, or other nontraditional recital postures).
Prerequisite: Faculty recommendation and approval of the conservatory director

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