Undergraduate Music Courses: MUS 1000–4999

Jazz Repertoire I and II: The Great American Songbook
MUS 1070
and 2080 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Presents many of the essential American standards (e.g., Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Hammerstein) regularly performed by working jazz musicians. Each week, a tune is studied aurally, learned by ear, analyzed, and memorized. Small combo techniques, transposition, and interaction are included. Sample recordings of all the selections for these courses are made available. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Piano Pedagogy
MUS 1160
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Fall)
Pianists are introduced to the art of teaching through discussions, lectures, and assignments. Class activities explore teaching techniques, materials, repertoire, and curriculum planning for intermediate and advanced pianists. Students are also given opportunities for practice teaching. Other projects may include conducting a master class, adjudicating a competition, preparing a recital, and researching new technology resources related to pedagogy.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Chorus
MUS 1250
/ 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. Offered as SOA 1600 for students in other disciplines.
Prerequisite for MUS 1250: Prior choral experience

Songwriting I
MUS 1320
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Introductory study of the craft of songwriting: analysis of lyrics, rhyme, emotional projection, melodic contour, and formal verse-chorus practice. Offered as SOA 1700 for students in other disciplines.

Songwriting II
MUS 1330
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A continuation of MUS 1320. Further study of the craft of songwriting. Offered as SOA 1710 for students in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: MUS 1320

Independent Study (Lower Level)
MUS 1900
Independent Study (Upper Level)
MUS 3900
Variable credits / Every semester
Independent study, covering any area of musical scholarship, is an elective arranged between a student (or group of students) and a faculty member. It demands student initiative and self-guidance.
Prerequisite: A special course contract, filled out by the student and a faculty advisor, specifying goals, criteria, and credits

Jazz Improvisation I
MUS 2050
/ 1.5 credits / Fall
Introductory study in jazz improvisation: blues; pentatonic scales; and ionian, aeolian, and dorian modes. AABA forms. Simple chord positions, substitutions, and turnarounds. Melodic contours, rhythmic studies, transposition, and development. Analysis, accompanying, and improvisation. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Improvisation II
MUS 2060
/ 1.5 credits / Spring
A continuation of MUS 2050. Rhythm changes, Latin patterns. Diminished and synthetic scales; chords: super-locrian and lydian-flat 7; and alternative. Modal, linear tunes, binary solos, countermelodies, and background riffs. Analysis, accompanying, and improvisation. Limited to jazz studies majors.
Prerequisite: MUS 2050

Rhythmic Analysis
MUS 2065
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Provides students with fluency in performance-based sight reading of jazz music. The course is designed to enhance each student’s ability to feel, identify, transcribe, and notate rhythm, with a primary focus on the most common time signatures and divisions of the beat. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Introduction to Ethnomusicology
MUS 2610
Refer to ANT 2610 in Anthropology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description.

Tutorial (Lower Level)
MUS 2900
Tutorial (Upper Level)
MUS 4900
Variable credits / Every semester
A tutorial is an elective arranged between a student and a faculty member. It is intended to allow for intensive study of a particular problem.
Prerequisite: A special course contract, filled out by the student and a faculty advisor, specifying goals, criteria, and credits

Ritmica Method
MUS 3060
/ 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. Offered as SOA 3560 for students in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Jazz Repertoire III: Latin Jazz
MUS 3070
/ 2 credits / Fall
An examination of the melodic and rhythmic influence on jazz of the music of the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America with an emphasis on the music of Brazil. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Repertoire IV: Bebop
MUS 3080
/ 2 credits / Spring
The bebop era changed not only the manner of playing jazz but the way of composing it as well. This course explores the bebop style of composing alternative melodies over the chords of standard popular songs of the day. In addition to learning standard repertoire of the era, students compose original bebop-style melodies. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Repertoire V: Modal and Cool Jazz
MUS 3090
/ 2 credits / Fall
Jazz repertoire and styles presented include examples of modal and cool jazz. The material is taught by rote to develop and strengthen the ability to learn by ear. Classes are conducted in an ensemble format and explore improvisational techniques for all course material. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Repertoire VI: Contemporary and Post-Bop
MUS 3100
/ 2 credits / Spring
Jazz repertoire and styles presented include examples of contemporary and post-bop jazz. The material is taught by rote to develop and strengthen the ability to learn by ear. Classes are conducted in an ensemble format and explore improvisational techniques for all course material. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Great Producers I and II
MUS 3300
and 3310 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Special topic (offered irregularly, Fall);
II: Special topic (offered irregularly, Spring)
Students study and analyze production techniques of the great producers in recording history, from the earliest blues sides of the 1920s to the work of George Martin with the Beatles to current work by Dr. Dre and many others. Dynamics, texture, instrumentation, the psychology of production, and use of reverbs and other special effects are examined. Such musical styles as reggae dub, lounge, surf, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and pop are also studied closely.

Music and Cultural Expression in the Middle East
MUS 3405
Refer to JST 3405 in Jewish Studies Courses (School of Humanities) for description.

Studio Apprenticeship
MUS 3770
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Provides self-directed study in studio technology in areas collaboratively defined by students and their academic mentors. Lab instruction is expected.

Internship
MUS 3980
/ Variable credits / Every semester
An internship is work-related elective study, typically involving off-campus work (e.g., record companies, tour support, publishing companies, schools, radio stations) and requiring both faculty and on-site supervision.
Prerequisite: Prior arrangement with a private company, internship forms (available from the Career Development Center, ext. 6370), and initial conference with a faculty supervisor

Jazz Repertoire VII and VIII: Synthesis and Performance
MUS 4070
and 4080 / 2 credits (per semester)
VII: Fall; VIII: Spring
Synthesizes the knowledge acquired in Jazz Repertoire I–VI. Drawing on the base of knowledge developed in the first three years of study, students deepen their strengths and interests, refine areas for further development, and define performance styles, with the goal of becoming more fully prepared for professional appearances. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Arranging I and II
MUS 4410
and 4420 / 2.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A thorough introduction to arranging for small jazz ensemble. Topics include basic techniques of melodic harmonization, writing for two to five horns and rhythm section, and form and development. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Music Notation Software
MUS 4430
/ 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.

Topics in Professional Development
MUS 4455
/ .5 credit / Special topic (offered irregularly)
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 4470
/ 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 4480
/ 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.


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