Music Course Descriptions – Music, Music Education, & Applied Music

Music

MUSC 101: Music in Western Culture (A)
Credits: 3

A chronological survey of the development of music, its styles and characteristics, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period. No musical background necessary.

MUSC 103: Introduction to Music Theory
Credits: 3

A study in the fundamentals of music. Topics include properties of sound, music notation, elements of music, scales and intervals. Students experience music through exercises that consist of writing, analysis, ear training and listening. The course is mandatory for music majors who are not prepared for Theory I (MUSU 201). Credits are not applicable to the music major degree.

MUSC 105: Aural Skills
Credits: 3

Designed for the development of music literacy, sight-singing diatonic melodies, executing basic reading patterns, and training the ear to hear major and minor tonalities. Students sing and play at the keyboard using simple melodies.

MUSC 106: Aural Skills II
Credits: 3

Designed for the further development of music literacy, sight-singing diatonic and chromatic melodies, executing complex reading patterns, and training the ear to hear major and minor tonalities and harmonies.

MUSC 107: Native Peoples of North America (A)
Credits: 3

Designed for the general student interested in the art, music and culture of the aboriginal people of North America. Explores the history, struggles and hopes of the natives. Focuses on the Ojibway, Cree, Metis and Innuit of Canada, and the Navajo, Iroquois, Cherokee and Sioux of the United States. Course format includes lecture, listening, viewing and discussion.

MUSC 124: Music in Twentieth Century America (A)
Credits: 3

A panoramic survey of the streams of American music in the twentieth century. Encompasses ethnic, folk, religious, and popular music; jazz and its forerunners and a brief history of Rock and Roll. No musical background necessary.

MUSC 125: Music in Twentieth Century America II (A)
Credits: 3

A panoramic survey of streams of American music in the twentieth century which not only includes the ethnic, folk and religious music of the century, but also fine art music and the development of the American Musical Theater .No musical background necessary.

MUSC 129: The History of Jazz (A)
Credits: 3

A study of this unique American art form from its origin to the present day, including its impact on contemporary society. No musical background necessary

MUSC 140: Film Music: A Critical Survey of Music in Film (A)
Credits: 3

Empowers students to better appreciate and understand, the contribution of music in a film work. Through a series of viewing and listening experiences students are introduced to how the elements of music and the principles of music composition are used in film making.

MUSC 142: Broadway Bound (A)
Credits: 3

This course surveys a broad range of exemplary models from the American Music Theater. Using videos, DVDs, and recording, students discover how the elements of music and the principles of music composition are employed in musicals. Studies a broad range of examples from Broadway musical literature and introduces some exemplary models of musical theater. Ultimately, musicals are placed within an historical context that examines the milieu of the composer(s) and the socio-political setting of the era.

MUSC-144: Creating, Recording, Marketing/Song

Credits: 3

Students are led through the process of song creation from the first moment of inspiration to the final production of the CD. Working in the recording studio is part of this musical experience.

MUSC 180: Jazz Improvisation I
Credits: 3

An introductory course that prepares students for more advanced theoretical and analytical study in jazz. Topics include rhythm studies in swing and latin music, technical studies, chord progressions, turnarounds, blues, and modes. Students experience music through activities such as performance, composition, analysis, ear training, and listening. (Prerequisite: proficiency in music reading, private study of an instrument, and knowledge of basic theory). Permission of instructor required.

MUSC-181: Jazz Improvisation II

Credits: 3

An elective that is a continuation of Jazz Improvisation I, which addresses more advanced theoretical and analytical jazz studies. Topics include reharmonization, chord substitution, modes, passing chords, appoggiatura chords, diminished scales, and synthetic scales. Pre-requisite: MUSC-180. 

MUSC 190: Music and Technology
Credits: 3

An introduction to computer hardware as used in music, the history of technology in music and the impact of computers on the music industry. Focuses on music software. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music reading. 

MUSC 201: Music Theory I
Credits: 3

A fundamental study of music theory, including scales, intervals,  basic triad formation. Required of all music majors and minors.

MUSC 202: Music Theory II
Credits: 3

A continuation of 201: Music Theory I  reading in the movable clef, and further exploration of diatonicism in both aural and written harmony. Includes four-part harmony in the common practice period. Students analyze the formal structure of the works under study, including keyboard application and plans of modulation. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 or equivalent. 

MUSC 203: Sounds of the World (A)
Credits: 3

An introduction to the music of Western and non-Western cultures, including Celtic, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Eastern and Southern Asia in varying classes. Explores the music, art, and culture of these countries or regions.

MUSC 212: Keyboard Harmony
Credits: 2

Designed to develop facility in applying principles of theory. Involves playing chord progressions, sequences, modulations and harmonizations of small forms as well as transposition, extemporization, and reading from instrumental ensembles.
Prerequisite: MUSC 201-202. 

MUSC 218: Basic Conducting
Credits: 2

Explores fundamental techniques of conducting, including beat patterns, gesture, technique, and repertoire. Attention is given to various style periods and their characteristic sound quality. Opportunities to conduct student ensembles.

MUSU 221-222: History of Western Music
Credits: 3

 A chronological in-depth study of the styles, features and aspects of music. I: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, II: Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century. Designed for the music major or for the student with a strong background in music. Permission of the instructor is required.

 

MUSC-221: WesternMusic/Medieval-Baroque (A)

Credits: 3

A chronological in-depth study of the styles, features and aspects of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. Music of non-Western cultures is also explored. Designed for the music major or for the student with a strong background in music.

MUSC-221: WesternMusic/Classical-21st Century(A)

Credits: 3

A chronological in-depth study of the styles, features and aspects of Classical, Romantic, Twentieth-and Twenty First-Century music. Music of non-Western cultures is also explored. Designed for the music major or for the student with a strong background in music

MUSC 252: The Business of Music (A)
Credits: 3

 

An introductory course in the business fundamentals of the music entertainment industry. the following topics are addressed: music as a profession,agents, personal managers and publishers, performing rights, contracts, music copyrights, record companies/record industry, music licensing, promotion and publicity, music for film and video production, radio and TV advertising and career options.

MUSC 301: Theory III
Credits: 3

Explores chromatic harmony, and continues studies both melodic and harmonic analysis, as well as the continued analysis of form.
Prerequisite: MUSC 201-202 or equivalent. 

MUSC 302: Theory IV
Credits: 3

A guide to understanding the complexities of twentieth century music, while continuing to study music of the past . Includes form and analysis. Students analyzes representative works and learn the technical explanations.
Prerequisite: MUSU 301 or equivalent. 

MUSC 307: Counterpoint
Credits: 3

Study of eighteenth century counterpoint. Two-and three-part inventions with parallel analysis of musical literature; introduction to canon and fugue. Prerequisite: MUSU 302. 

MUSC 309: Orchestration
Credits: 3

Examines the ranges, techniques, and timbres of orchestral instruments. Students will arrange piano music for sections of the orchestra with particular emphasis on scoring for high-school orchestras. Score reading and computer use for score writing are stressed. Prerequisite MUSC 302. 

MUSC-310: Jazz Arranging

Credits: 3

An elective that studies the melodic and harmonic materials commonly used in jazz - the application of which is demonstrated by arranging projects for small combo to jazz orchestra. Topics include writing for the rhythm section, brass and reeds, creating an arrangement, introductions, interludes and endings, pedal point, harmonic planing, cadences, altered harmony and modulation.

MUSC 401: Internship in Music
Credits: 3

Provides practical experience at a site approved by the department and is tailored to the specific interests of the student.

MUSC 498: Senior Seminar
Credits: 3

An opportunity to synthesize the aesthetic, philosophical, sociological, and educational aspects of music. Requires an in-depth study of a particular aspect of music/music education not stressed in structured courses. Varies according to individual needs and interests. Formal presentation of a paper concludes the research.

MUSC-498L: Senior Seminar WritingLab

Credits: 1

Required of select students in Fall 2010.

 

Music Education

MUSE 159: Choral Methods
Credits: 1

Instruction in vocal techniques as applies to building choral sound, intonation, balance and blend. Attention to various grade levels, cultures and styles. Practical experience with a choir. Includes observation and teaching.

MSEDU 161-162: String Methods
Credits: .5

 

A practical study of the instruments of the string family. Problems in teaching, examination of methods and materials for each instrument, fingering and bowing styles, tone production, and ensemble experience. Proficiency exam at end of course. Includes observation and teaching.  Lab Fee $50.

MUSE-161-162: String Methods

Credits: 0.5

A practical study of the instruments of the string family. Problems in teaching, examination of methods and materials for each instrument, fingering and bowing

styles, tone production, and ensemble experience. Field observations included. For Music Education Majors only.

 

MUSE 163: Guitar Methods
Credits: 1

Teaching methods in accompanying, reading music, history of guitar. Student aims to sing and accompany self on guitar. Proficiency exam at end of course. Includes observation and teaching. Lab fee $50.

MUSE 165-166: Woodwind Methods
Credits: .5

A practical study of the instruments of the woodwind family: assembling, holding and maintenance of instruments; embouchure and tone production; transposition; fingering; range; problems in teaching young players; examination of methods and materials for each instrument; makes of instruments, quality, prices.  Includes observation and teaching. Lab Fee $50.

MUSE 167-168: Brass Methods
Credits: .5

A practical study of the instruments of the brass family: assembling, holding, maintenance of these instruments; embouchure and tone production; transposition; arranging, fingerings and range; problems in teaching young players; examination of methods and materials; makes of instruments, quality, price. Proficiency exam at end of course. Includes observation and teaching. Lab Fee $50.

MUSE 170: Percussion Methods
Credits: 1

A practical study of the instruments of the percussion family. Discusses and demonstrates literature in order to identify, examine and suggest methods of assisting young musician. Students perform percussion ensemble literature and consider problems of purchasing, maintenance and repair. Proficiency exam at end of course.  Includes observation and teaching. Lab Fee $50.

MUSE-172: Instrumental Methods

Credits: 0.5

A practical study of instrumental techniques and procedures for teaching small and large ensembles.

MUSE 320: Music For Diverse Learners
Credits: 3

Assists the student teacher in learning skills and approaches to working with the mainstreamed child in the music classroom.

MUSE 350: Music Education in the Elementary School
Credits: 3

Using newly designed National Standards for Arts Education, this course introduces methods and materials used in teaching music in the elementary (K-6) classroom. Topics include basic issues and trends, planning and presenting music experiences, basal music texts, and new directions in curriculum. Field observations included.

MUSE 351: Music Education in the Middle and Senior High School
Credits: 3

Presents pluralistic approaches for teaching in the middle and senior high school. Topics include curriculum development, general music perspectives, philosophical, psychological, and aesthetic foundations of music, instrumental and vocal music approaches as well as contemporary issues relevant to the subject area. Field observations included.

MUSE 352: Student Teaching
Credits: 6

Observation, participation, and teaching in all phases of music education. Requires a minimum of 150 clock hours at both the elementary and secondary level. Prerequisite: Completion of all music education courses and PRAXIS tests.

MUSE 353: Student Teaching Seminar
Credits: 3

A study of current issues, directions and research in music education. Involves weekly conference to correlate methods with field experience. Professional conferences and visitations are integral to the seminar. Required of all music education majors while student teaching.

Applied Music

Course number changed with each semester the student belongs to the performance group.

MUSP 351A-351N: Gospel Choir  
1 non-academic credit or .5 academic credit

Gospel style performing group open to all students. Audition required.

MUSP 341A-341N: Here Comes Treble
1 non-academic credit or .5 academic credit

A cappella women's group that performs during the year. repertoire includes pop styles.Audition required.

MUSP 353A-351N: Chorus Performance
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

Performance of choral literature for mixed voices. The chorus performs at the annual Christmas Concert and other events as scheduled.

MUSP 355A-355N: Chamber Ensemble Performance
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

The study and performance of instrumental music of various styles. Open to students with knowledge of an orchestral instrument. Performances include Carol Night, Spring Concert, and other events as scheduled. Collaboration with Villanova instrumental ensemble occurs for various occasions.

MUSP 357A-357N: The Hill Singers
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

Choral group meets weekly to prepare repertoire for various college-related functions and the community. No previous singing experience is necessary. Audition required.

MUSP 359A-359N: Jazz Ensemble
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

The performance of various styles of jazz and contemporary music for various college events. Open to students with knowledge of orchestral / band instruments.

MUSP-367A-367N: Flute Ensemble Performance
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

Students learn literature arranged for flute. Meets weekly and performs on and off campus at college functions. Flute Ensemble is open to all students; audition is required.

MUSP-369A-369N: Brass Ensemble Performance
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

Students learn literature arranged for brass ensemble. Meets weekly and performs on and off campus at college functions. Flute Ensemble is open to all students; audition is required.

MUSP 381A-381N: Jazz Improvisation Workshop
Credits: 1 non-academic or .5 academic

Students learn and experience the performance of jazz improvisation both individually and within a larger jazz ensemble. Permission of instructor required

MUSP-391A-391N: Saxophone Ensemble Performance
Credits: 1

Saxophone Ensemble is open to all students; however, an audition is required. Credits do not count towards the total required for graduation. Course is repeatable. Graded Pass or Fail only.

MUSP-393A-393N: String Ensemble Performance
Credits: 1

String Ensemble is open to all students; however, an audition is required.