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UNDERGRADUATE MUSIC COURSES (MUS)
MUS 105-106. Music Theory I-II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: each course is a prerequisite for the next one in the sequence.
Review of theory fundamentals. Introduction to the tonal procedures of the Common Practice period including diatonic harmony, part-writing, simple analysis, and two-part counterpoint. Requires permission of instructor to enroll. Must pass with a minimum grade of C in order to register in the next class in sequence. Open to music majors and minors only. (105 Every year, Fall semester; 106 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 109-110. Class Piano I and II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: each course is a prerequisite for the next one in the sequence.
Basic musicianship through elementary keyboard skills. Includes basic playing skills such as reading, fingering, technique, and elementary repertoire. Also includes functional and theoretical skills such as intervals, chord spelling, chord types, simple progressions, voice leading, and harmonizations. Courses will meet two hours weekly. Requires permission of instructor to enroll. Must pass with a minimum grade of C in order to register in the next class in sequence. Open to music majors and minors only. (109 Every year, Fall semester; 110 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 111. Basic Musicianship I (1 hour)
The cultivation of ear-training skills, including rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation, and sight-singing in the context of diatonic, Common Practice Era tonality. Must pass with a minimum grade of C to register for the next class in the sequence. Open to music majors and minors only. (Every year, Fall semester).
MUS 112. Basic Musicianship II (1 hour)
Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MUS 111.
Continued practice of ear-training and sight-singing skills, with an increased focus on chromatic procedures in Common Practice Era tonality. Must pass with a minimum grade of C. Open to music majors and minors only. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 120. Introduction to Music Research and Writing (4 hours)
Prerequisite: INT 101 or GBK 101; or permission of instructor.
This class meets the criteria specified by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Writing and General Education committees for a “discipline-specific first-year writing course,” and is intended for prospective majors in music or other fine/performing arts. The primary goals of this course are: (a) to introduce students to the ways musicians and artists write and think about their work; and (b) to provide a basic foundation in research and communication skills necessary for advanced study in music. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 121. Sightreading Skills I (1 hour)
This course will be required of all BA and BM Freshman Piano majors. Students will take this course the first year of study in order to help improve sight reading and functional piano skills. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 122. Sightreading Skills II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MUS 121.
This course continues the development of keyboard skills from MUS 121. To be taken concurrently with MUS 106 by students whose applied area is piano. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 139. Organ/Harpsichord Skills I (1 hour)
This course concentrates on non-cantus firmus based and continuo improvisational skills. To be taken concurrently with 105 by students whose applied area is organ/harpsichord. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 140. Organ/Harpsichord Skills II (1 hour)
This course continues the development of keyboard improvisational skills from the MUS 139. To be taken concurrently with 106 by students whose applied area is organ/harpsichord. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 151. Understanding Music (3 hours)
A non-technical course designed for those who have little or no musical training. Elements of music, contributions and musical style of major composers, and characteristic styles and forms of the various cultural periods will be emphasized. Not open to music majors. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 152-153. Jazz Improvisation I-II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: ability to play and understand major scales.
All major or non-major instruments and voice types will gain knowledge in the basic theory of jazz harmony and melody. They will learn the language of jazz improvisation through the study of prescribed melodic patterns that can be placed in common chord progressions in jazz music. The objective of this course is to enable students to be creative in music without notated pitches. (152 Every year, Fall semester; 153 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 155a. Vocal Diction I (1 hour)
Introduction to the diction of English and Italian. Pronunciation taught will be based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 155b. Vocal Diction II (1 hour)
Introduction to the diction of German. Pronunciation taught will be based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. (Spring semester, Even years)
MUS 155c. Vocal Diction III (1 hour)
Introduction to the diction of French. Pronunciation taught will be based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. (Spring semester, odd years)
MUS 157. Vocal Techniques (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 157)
Development of individual performance skills in voice. Instruction will broaden pedagogical understanding and provide group vocal techniques and methods for elementary and secondary school music teachers and for students interested in improving their individual singing voice. Survey and evaluation of materials related to vocal development. Open only to music majors and music minors. (Spring semester, Odd years)
MUS 201. Introduction to Music History I: Antiquity-1750 (3 hours)
Prerequisite: a Grade of C or higher in MUS 106 or permission of instructor.
This class represents the first of a two-semester survey sequence designed to establish a conceptual vocabulary and historical framework for appreciating musical innovation and change. Intended primarily for music majors/minors and emphasizing aural skills, the course will focus on the manifestations of music’s relationship with the sacred and the tension between “high art” and “folk art” as they shaped the idea of a Classical canon prior to the mid-nineteenth century. Students must pass with at least a C to register for MUS 202 Introduction to Music History II: Music After 1850. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 202. Introduction to Music History II: 1750-Present Times (3 hours)
Prerequisite: a grade of C or higher in MUS 201.
This class is the second half of the two-semester introductory historical survey and is intended primarily for music major/minors. The course will examine the ways that Western classical music has been influenced by its changing relationships with popular art, globalization, and technology in the late nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Students must pass with at least a C to register for MUS 402 or MUS 403. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 209-210. Class Piano III and IV (1 hour)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in MUS 110 or its equivalent, as determined by placement tests.
Each course is a prerequisite for the next one in the sequence. Advanced musicianship through keyboard skills. Advanced reading skills and intermediate level repertoire will be stressed along with functional and theoretical skills such as harmonizations, modulation, realization of figured bass, and accompanying. Courses will meet two hours weekly. Requires permission of instructor to enroll. Must pass with a minimum grade of C in order to register in the next class in sequence. Open to music majors and minors only. (209 Every Year, Fall Semester; 210 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 213. Organ/Harpsichord Skills III (1 hour)
This course concentrates on cantus firmus based and continuo improvisational skills. To be taken concurrently with MUS 256 by students whose applied area is organ/harpsichord. (Every Year, Fall Semester)
MUS 214. Organ/Harpsichord Skills IV (1 hour)
A course examining the organ literature of the twentieth century, with emphasis on American repertoire, and improvisation in contemporary styles. To be taken concurrently with MUS 257 by students whose applied area is organ. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 215. Sophomore Practicum I (1 hour)
(Same as EDUC 215)
Sophomore Practicum I will meet each spring semester on a TBA schedule. Each student enrolled will be assigned to various elementary schools in the region for 1-2 hours weekly. At these schools the student will observe the cooperating teacher and engage in minor teaching as appropriate for the situation and experience level of the student. A portfolio of each observation/teaching experience will be maintained for each school visit. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 216. Sophomore Practicum II (1 hour)
(Same as EDUC 216)
Sophomore Practicum II will meet each fall semester on a TBA schedule. Each student enrolled will be assigned to various instrumental programs within the secondary schools in the region for 1-2 hours weekly. At these schools the student will observe the cooperating teacher and engage in minor teaching as appropriate for the situation and experience level of the student. A portfolio of each observation/teaching experience will be maintained for each school visit. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 221. Performance and Instruction Techniques: Woodwind (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 221)
Development of personal performance skills on flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon; knowledge of the technical considerations of the other members of the flute, clarinet, and saxophone families of instruments. Instruction in methods and techniques for elementary and secondary school music teachers. Survey and evaluation of materials and equipment. (Fall semester, Even years)
MUS 222. Performance and Instruction Techniques: Percussion (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 222)
Development of personal performance skills on snare drum, timpani, mallet instruments and other commonly used percussion instruments. Instruction in methods and techniques for elementary and secondary school music teachers. Survey and evaluation of materials and equipment. (Spring semester, Odd years)
MUS 223. Performance and Instruction Techniques: Brass (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 223)
Development of personal performance skills on cornet or trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Instruction in methods and techniques for elementary and secondary school music teachers. Survey and evaluation of materials and equipment. (Fall semester, odd years)
MUS 224. Performance and Instruction Techniques: String (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 224)
Development of personal performance skills on violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass. Instruction in methods and techniques for elementary and secondary school music teachers. Survey and evaluation of materials and equipment. (Spring semester, Even years)
MUS 241. Collaborative Piano Skills I (1 hour)
This course will be required of all Sophomore Piano majors. Focus will be on the study of technical and artistic skills required as a collaborative pianist. Practical participation and performance of standard vocal and instrumental literature will be required. Non majors may audition to register for the class. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 242. Collaborative Piano Skills II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MUS 241.
This course continues the development of keyboard skills from MUS 241. To be taken concurrently with MUS 256 by students whose applied area is piano. Focus will be on the study of technical and artistic skills required of a collaborative pianist. Practical participation and performance of vocal literature and instrumental literature will be required with particular emphasis given to German lieder and French mélodie. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 245. Piano Pedagogy I (1 hour)
This course focuses on elementary pedagogical skills for the Piano major. Practical participation is required. (Fall semester, Even years)
MUS 246. Piano Pedagogy II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MUS 245.
This course continues the development of pedagogical skills for the Piano major. Practical participation is required. (Spring semester, Odd years)
MUS 254-255. Advanced Musicianship Skills I-II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in MUS 112.
Review of musicianship skills including sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, and harmonic dictation in the context of tonal music. Must pass with a minimum grade of C to register for the next class in the sequence. Open to music majors and minors only. (254 Every year, Fall semester; 255 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 256-257. Music Theory III-IV (4 hours)
Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in MUS 106.
A detailed examination of advanced chromatic procedures used in the late 19th century, and an investigation of complex musical forms including Sonata form, Rondo, and theme and variations; in the second semester, the exclusive focus of the class will be 20th century procedures including atonal and polytonal music, partially and fully serialized composition, minimalism, and advanced rhythmic procedures. Must pass with a minimum grade of C to register for the next class in the sequence. Open to music majors and minors only, or with special permission of the instructor. (256 Every year, Fall semester; 257 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 258-259. Beginning Composition (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MUS 106 or permission of the instructor.
Instruction designed to broaden the musical horizon, to introduce students to a wide range of contemporary styles and techniques, and to utilize this knowledge successfully in composition projects. (258 Every year, Fall semester; 259 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 278-279. Intermediate Composition I-II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MUS 259 or permission of the instructor.
A continuation of Beginning Composition, introducing students to new techniques with application to projects of increasing scope and complexity. (278 Every year, Fall semester; 279 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 311. Piano Literature I (2 hours)
This course will be an in-depth survey of keyboard literature from the fourteenth-century through the mid-nineteenth century. Primary focus will be from the late Baroque works through the mid-Romantic masterworks. (Every Year, Fall Semester)
MUS 312. Piano Literature II (1 hour)
This course will be an in-depth survey of piano literature from the late Romantic through the twentieth-century. Primary focus will be on those works which have become staples of the repertoire as well as various twentieth-century schools of composition. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 313. Literature and Materials for Organ/Harpsichord (3 hours)
This course focuses on keyboard literature from its beginning to the organ literature of the present. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 316. Literature of the Instrument (3 hours)
The study, analysis and cataloguing of solo works, chamber works, and other ensemble works for the student’s major instrument. Interpretation, literature, and pedagogical materials will be covered. (Every Fall semester, Even years)
MUS 317. Song Literature I (2 hours)
German, French, and English song will be studied. Emphasis will be on the contributions of major composers of the art song and the development of repertoire for voice students. (Every Fall semester, Odd years)
MUS 327. Song Literature II (2 hours)
French and English song will be studied. Emphasis will be on the contributions of major composers of the art song and the development of repertoire for voice students. (Every Spring semester, Even years)
MUS 336. Advanced Collaborative Piano Skills I (1 hour)
This course continues the development of the art of accompanying. Focus on the study of advanced literature will include such works as Schubert song cycles, woodwind and string sonatas, operatic aria orchestral reductions, Baroque continuo and recitative. Practical participation and performance of assigned literature will be required. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 337. Advanced Collaborative Piano Skills II (1 hour)
This course continues the development of study in MUS 336. Practical participation and performance of assigned literature will be required. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 338-339. Advanced Composition I-II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MUS 279 or permission of instructor.
Application of advanced compositional techniques to projects in large forms, including extended and multi-movement works. (338 Every year, Fall semester; 339 Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 340. Basic Conducting (2 hours)
Prerequisites: MUS 106.
A study of the basic techniques of conducting a musical ensemble. Two class sessions plus a one-hour practicum each week. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 341. Advanced Choral Conducting and Literature (2 hours)
Prerequisite: MUS 340.
A study of choral rehearsal procedure including ways of obtaining the proper balance, tone, and other properties of the choral sound. A survey of the choral music and performance practice of the various stylistic periods will be included. Two class sessions plus a one-hour practicum each week. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 342. Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Literature (2 hours)
Prerequisites: MUS 255, 257, and 340.
Analysis of wind ensemble literature of various styles and periods to determine interpretive dimensions; proper rehearsal and baton techniques will be emphasized. Two class sessions plus a one-hour practicum each week. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 350. Orchestration (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MUS 255 and 257, or permission of the instructor. It is also recommended that the student have several years of successful experience in vocal, band or orchestra performance; in lieu of this, MUS 157, 221, 222, 223, 224 are recommended. Acquiring working knowledge of standard band and orchestral instruments regarding playing ranges, technical limitations, and tone-color possibilities in solo and combination. Guidance and practice in scoring for various combinations of instruments and voices. Performance of class work when practical. (Every Fall semester, odd years)
MUS 357. Music Technology (3 hours)
A survey of techniques used in the creation of computer music. Students acquire abilities with hardware and software for notation, MIDI sequencing, patch editing, algorithmic composition, synthesis, digital recording, and sound editing. Supplemental material on acoustic and history and repertoire of electroacoustic music will be included in lectures, readings, and listening assignments. Emphasis placed on practical experience in the school’s computer music lab. (Every Spring semester, even years)
MUS 359. Counterpoint (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MUS 255 and 257, or permission of instructor.
Contrapuntal technique of the eighteenth century. Students acquire written skills in a variety of texture and genres common to Baroque music, with an emphasis on two and three-part imitative counterpoint. Includes analysis of representative literature. (Every Spring semester, odd years)
MUS 370. The Elementary School Music Specialist (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 370)
Methods and techniques for structuring and guiding music education in the elementary school. Particular attention to the development of children’s voices. Acquaintance with Orff and Kodaly approaches. Field study in elementary school classrooms. Intended for music education majors. (Every Spring semester, odd years)
MUS 402. Music History Seminar I (3 hours)
Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MUS 201 and 202.
Seminar covering one of the following two rotating topics: 1) a major historical period; 2) a region. The major historical periods are: Ancient through Medieval (ca. 500 BCE–1400), Renaissance (1400–1600), Baroque (1600–1750), Classical (1730–1815), Romantic (nineteenth century), and Music of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. This music history seminar can also include rotating topics on music of regional areas, such as American Music, a survey of the music made in the United States since colonization, focusing on traditions of both classical and popular music. Intended for upper-level music majors, this class will explore musical idioms, styles, and historical developments within the historical period or region of focus. Significant attention will be given to the selection and use of primary historical sources, and the articulation of historical argument through writing. Students must earn a minimum grade of C. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 403. Music History Seminar II (3 hours)
Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MUS 201 and 202.
Seminar covering one of the following two rotating topics: 1) styles and subgenres within a particular historical period or region; 2) a major composer and the scholarly writings, compositions, and historical context for the composer. This music history seminar can include styles and subgenres within a particular historical period or region, including but not limited to the “classical style” in the Classical period; or the musical, artistic, and literary trends associated with the Second Viennese School in the early twentieth century. Finally, this seminar can also focus on the music of a major composer within his or her historical context. Intended for upper-level music majors, this class will explore musical idioms, styles, and historical developments within the context of styles and subgenres within the historical period of focus; or the writings, compositions, and scholarly discussion centered around the composer of focus. Significant attention will be given to the selection and use of primary historical sources, and the articulation of historical argument through writing. Students must earn a minimum grade of C. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 438. Vocal Pedagogy (3 hours)
Designed for the potential voice teacher, this course will survey the literature and vocal techniques used in private and class instruction of voice students. Those enrolled will teach beginning voice students under the supervision of the instructor. (Every Spring semester, odd years)
MUS 439. Pedagogy of Orchestral Instruments (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of the applied music instructor.
Survey of the pedagogical history, pedagogical literature, and technical methods of the given instrument. Teaching methods explored for private and group settings. Supervised teaching of elementary students is required. (Every Spring semester, even years)
MUS 474. Advanced Choral Methods (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 474)
This course will encompass the organization of choral music programs at all age levels. Administrative aspects, rehearsal techniques, contest procedures, trip planning, and recruitment/retention methods will be emphasized. Observation and analysis of successful choral programs will also be included. Intended for music education majors, vocal emphasis. (Every Fall semester, even years)
MUS 475. Advanced Instrumental Methods (2 hours)
(Same as EDUC 475)
This course deals with the organization of public school bands and orchestras, organization and administration of the successful marching band program, rehearsal, techniques, instrumental classes, program building and maintenance, contests and trip planning. Observation and analysis of successful instrumental programs in the schools will also be included. Intended for music education majors, instrumental emphasis. (Every Fall semester, odd years)
MUS 479. Music Business (3 hours)
The Music Business course will provide an overview of the aspects and career possibilities in arts administration. The topics covered will be geared toward music performance, but many of the areas covered apply to all of the performing and visual arts. Areas such as marketing, publicity, web site development, and performance contract negotiation will be examined in the course. The business aspects of a career in music performance and administration require a unique study and approach. This course is meant to act as a framework for studying and exploring those unique aspects. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 480. Special Topics in Music (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: junior or senior status, or consent of instructor.
A study of some significant topic in music that is not otherwise covered in the School of Music course offerings. The class carries variable course credit (1 to 3 hours) dependent on the proposed course, and may be repeated with a different topic. Courses are created, approved and assigned course credit in the following manner:
The professor and student create a proposal for the special topics class using the Special Topics Form located in the music office.
The completed form is submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies at least one semester in advance.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies will submit the proposal to the Dean for review. If approved, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will assign the credit hours of the special topics course and create the subtitle of the course.
Applied Music Courses
The following applied music courses are open to music majors as well as non-music majors (based upon availability of instructor and permission of the Dean of the School of Music). Applied music courses will earn one credit for students majoring in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Music degrees (freshman year only) and non-majors. Bachelor of Music majors in the sophomore, junior, and senior years will earn three credits per semester. One hour of academic credit is earned for one sixty-minute lesson each week during the semester for music majors; one hour of academic credit is earned for one thirty-minute lesson each week during the semester for non-music majors; three hours of academic credit are earned for one sixty-minute lesson each week during the semester for Bachelor of Music majors during their sophomore, junior and senior years. Students who enroll in these courses are charged an applied music fee; the fee is assessed at fifteen 60-minute lessons.
MUS 160-260-360-460. Voice (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Voice majors register for 1 hour credit. In addition to their private lessons, students may be required to attend a one-hour class session each week. Students must earn 2 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 161-261-361-461. Piano (1 hour)
Prerequisite: previous course in sequence.
Piano majors register for 1 hour credit. Students must earn 2 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 162-262-362-462. Organ (1 hour)
Prerequisite: pianistic ability satisfactory to instructor.
Organ majors register for 1 hour credit. Students must earn 2 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 163-263-363-463. Orchestra and Band Instruments (1 hour)
Prerequisite: previous course in sequence.
Instrumental majors register for 1 hour credit. Students must earn 2 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
 
A - Flute & Piccolo
N -Tuba
B - Oboe
R - Percussion
C - Bassoon
T - Harp
D - Clarinet
V- Guitar
E - Saxophone
W- Violin
J - Cornet & Trumpet
X- Viola
K –Horn
Y- Violoncello
L -Trombone
Z - Doublebass
M-Euphonium
 
 
MUS 169-269-369-469. Harpsichord (1 hour)
Harpsichord majors register for 1 hour credit. Students must earn 2 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number.
The following applied music courses are open only to students who have been admitted into one of the Bachelor of Music programs beginning in their sophomore year of study. These courses consist of one sixty-minute lesson per week during the semester. Students who enroll in these courses are charged the applied music fee for fifteen 60-minute lessons in the semester. Academic credit in these courses, however, is awarded at 3 hours per course and reflects the increase in practice and performance outside the scheduled lesson time required of students enrolled at this level of music training. (Occasionally)
MUS 170. Applied Music (1 hour)
This course is open to non-majors, music minors, and music majors studying in a secondary applied music area. The student will receive a 30 minute applied music lesson each week. A student may enroll in the same section no more than 8 semesters. Course offerings in an applied area are based upon instructor availability and approval of the Dean of the School of Music. The student is charged an applied music fee each semester. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 265-365-465. Voice (3 hours)
Prerequisite: admission to one of the Bachelor of Music programs.
Credit: 60-minute lesson per week, 3 hours credit per semester. In addition to their private lessons, students may be required to attend a one-hour class session each week. Students must earn 6 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 266-366-466. Piano (3 hours)
Prerequisite: admission to one of the Bachelor of Music programs.
Credit: Same as MUS 265. Students must earn 6 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 267-367-467. Organ (3 hours)
Prerequisite: admission to one of the Bachelor of Music programs.
Credit: Same as MUS 265. Students must earn 6 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 268-368-468. Orchestra and Band Instruments (3 hours)
Prerequisite: admission to one of the Bachelor of Music programs.
Credit: Same as MUS 265. Students must earn 6 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 271-371-471. Harpsichord (3 hours)
Prerequisite: admission to one of the Bachelor of Music programs.
Credit: Same as MUS 265. Students must earn 6 hours in each number before moving to the next higher number. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
 
Center for Strings (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 16CW. Violin (1 hour)
MUS 16CX. Viola (1 hour)
MUS 16CY. Cello (1 hour)
MUS 16CZ. Bass (1 hour)
MUS 26CW-36CW-46CW. Violin (3 hours)
MUS 26CX-36CX-46CX. Viola (3 hours)
MUS 26CY-36CY-46CY. Cello (3 hours)
MUS26CZ-36CZ-46CZ. Bass (3 hours)
 
Performing Ensembles
MUS 180. Chamber Music Ensemble (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Chamber Music is course designed to explore and perform the rich literature for various instrument combinations from the Renaissance to the present. The primary focus is to explore such traditional ensemble repertoire as piano trios, string trios, piano quartets, etc. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 181. Guitar Ensemble (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Guitar ensemble is a course designed to explore and perform literature from the Renaissance to the present. The primary focus is to explore the musical literature for an ensemble of guitars. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 182. Mercer Singers (1 hour)
This mixed ensemble is highly selective and consists of approximately thirty to forty students. This choir performs a cappella and other standard repertoire appropriate for a touring group. Open to all students. An audition is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 183. Women's Chamber Choir (1 hour)
This vocal chamber ensemble performs a wide variety of choral music: madrigals, motets, and music theatre selections. In addition, the group participates in departmental and off-campus performances, as well as appearances in the weekly on-campus chapel services. An audition is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 184. Flute Choir (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Flute Choir is a course designed to explore and perform flute music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The primary focus is to explore the musical literature for an ensemble of flutes. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 185. Jazz Ensemble (1 hour)
The Jazz Ensemble is an eighteen-member group in which students are instructed in the performance of jazz in such styles as swing, bebop, funk, rock, shuffle, and ballad. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required.
(Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 186. Brass Ensemble (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Brass Ensemble is a course designed to explore and perform brass music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The primary focus is to explore a large body of brass music literature in the various instrumentations for which literature exists (brass choir, brass quintet, tuba quartet, horn quartet, and trombone choir). Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 187. Woodwind Ensemble (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Woodwind Ensemble is a course designed to explore and perform woodwind music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The primary focus is to explore a large body of woodwind music literature in the various instrumentations for which literature exists (clarinet ensemble, flute choir, woodwind quintet, and saxophone quartet). Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 188. Percussion Ensemble (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Percussion Ensemble is a course designed to explore and perform percussion music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The primary focus is to explore a large body of percussion music literature in the various instrumentations for which literature exists. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 189. Jazz Combo (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Jazz Combo is a course designed to explore and perform jazz music of all styles from 1920 to the present. The ensemble is confined to standard instrumentation: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, trap set, bass guitar, and piano. The number of jazz combos in a given semester will not be limited. The primary focus will be to explore a large body of jazz combo music literature. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 191. Mercer University Wind Ensemble (1 hour)
This organization of wind and percussion musicians perform music composed for full band as well as various chamber ensembles. Due to its flexible instrumentation, the ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present. In addition, guest soloists, conductors, and composers of international acclaim regularly appear in concert with this ensemble. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 192. Mercer University Orchestra (1 hour)
The Mercer Orchestra is a high quality chamber orchestra which rehearses on a regular schedule and performs at least twice a semester. The repertoire is chosen from standard orchestral literature and includes student, faculty and guest artists and conductors. Open to all students. An audition/interview is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 193. Lab Band (0 hour)
Lab Band will meet spring semester biannually for one hour each week within the meeting time of MUS 342. Advanced Instrumental Conducting. All freshman wind and percussion majors will be required to participate in Lab Band. The lab band will serve as a rehearsal techniques ensemble for the student conductors enrolled in MUS 342. Non music majors could enroll with permission of the instructor only. Grade will be on an S/U basis. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 194. Lab Choir (0 hour)
Lab Choir will meet spring semester biannually for one hour each week within the meeting time of MUS 341 Advanced Choral Conducting. All freshman voice majors would be required to participate in lab choir. The Lab Choir will serve as a rehearsal techniques ensemble for the students enrolled in MUS 341. Non music majors could enroll with permission of the instructor only. Grade will be on an S/U basis. (Every year, Spring semester)
MUS 195. Mercer University Marching Band (0-1 hour)
The Marching Band performs at all home football games, select away games, and as an exhibition group at one or two high school marching band competitions every year. There are no auditions for any section of the band. Anyone with the desire and passion to perform and work hard is welcome to be a part of this performance ensemble. Only students with 18 hours can register for 0 credit. (Every year, Fall semester)
MUS 196. Mercer University Opera (1 hour)
Prerequisite: Audition required.
The ensemble performs Mercer University Opera productions. At least one fully staged and costumed production is given each year, ranging from entire operas to scenes from standard opera and music theatre works. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours.
(Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 197. Mercer University Choir (1 hour)
Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.
This ensemble brings together the Mercer community by uniting the voices of various members of the Mercer campus. This large choral organization will perform literature of various levels and styles with instrumental accompaniment as well as a cappella repertoire. No audition is required. (Every year, Fall and Spring semesters)
MUS 199. Mercer University Pep Band (0-1 hour)
The Pep Band performs at all men's and women's home basketball games with a repertoire selected from a wide variety of pep band tunes as well as all of the favorite Mercer cheers! Although it is a spring semester course, the games/performances will begin in the Fall Semester. The band also performs for select volleyball, baseball and soccer games, as well as other athletic-related events. An audition or interview may be required. Only students with 18 hours can register for 0 credit.
(Every year, Spring semester)
 
Credit Limitation: All credit hours earned in MUS 180 through MUS 199 will appear on the student’s transcript but no more than eight such credits will count toward the hours required to graduate.