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1230 HARMONY I Core requirement for all music majors and minors. Taken concurrently with Ear Training I. Fundamentals of music, major and minor scales, modes, key signatures, intervals, triads, melodic and harmonic analysis. Part-writing using root position and first inversion triads, and related keyboard assignments. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: MUS 1300 Fundamentals of Music or scoring a passing grade on the fundamentals of music entrance examination. To be taken concurrently with MUS 1231. Fall.

1231 EAR TRAINING I Core requirement of all music majors and minors. Taken concurrently with Harmony I. Enhances overall musicianship through improvement of ear training skills such as rhythmic reading, sight singing, melodic and harmonic dictation. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: Scoring a passing grade on the fundamentals of music entrance examination. To be taken concurrently with MUS 1230. Fall.

1232 HARMONY II Core requirement of all music majors and minors. Continuation of Harmony I. Taken concurrently with Ear Training II. Seventh chords, non-chord tones, secondary dominants and secondary leading tone seventh chords, modulations, and small forms. Part-writing using second inversion triads and seventh chords and related analysis, keyboard harmony, and composition. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. To be taken concurrently with MUS 1233. Prerequisites: MUS 1230 and 1231. Spring.

1233 EAR TRAINING II Core requirement of all music majors and minors. Continuation of Ear Training I. Taken concurrently with Harmony II. Enhances overall musicianship through improvement of ear training skills such as rhythmic reading, sight singing, melodic and harmonic dictation. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisites: MUS 1230, 1231. To be taken concurrently with MUS 1232. Spring.

1300 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY Prerequisite for Theory I and Ear Training I for music majors without a strong music background. Recommended as an elective for non-majors who are interested in learning about the rudiments of music. Music fundamentals including notation, keys, scales, intervals, meter, rhythm, melody, and harmony in preparation for MUS 1230 (Harmony I). Methods of instruction are lecture and working theoretical exercises using the computer. Minimal computer skills will be helpful. Credit earned in this course is in addition to that earned in required theory courses. Fall, spring, summer.

2210 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY  Elective for music performance majors as enrollment allows. An introduction to music computer technology and related multi-media technology, including a survey of computer hardware and software appropriate for computer-assisted instruction in the private studio and classroom. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, workshop, and laboratory. Prerequisites: MUS 1230, 1232. Fall, spring.

2211 INTEGRATION OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY INTO TEACHING AND LEARNING Required of all music education majors.  This course is designed to integrate music technology into classrooms specifically to enhance the instruction and learning for all grade levels (P-12). Teacher candidates will demonstrate the use of technology to plan, assess, and conduct classroom activities, and to make connections between technology and specific grade levels in music education. This course will also prepare music education students for their upper division academic music classes as well as the integration of technology into methods classes. This course must therefore be taken in the sophomore year before the junior block of methods courses. Prerequisite: EDUC 1240 or passing score on the Education Technology Competency Exam. Once per year.

2233 COMPOSITION CLASS Required of all performance majors. Composing music for instrumental and vocal media, working from smaller to larger forms, and focusing on twentieth century styles and materials. Methods of instruction are lecture and music composition. Prerequisite: MUS 3210. Spring.

2430 THEORY III Core requirement of all music majors. Continuation of Harmony II and Ear Training II. Borrowed chords, Neapolitan triads, augmented sixth chords, chromatic mediants, sonata and rondo forms. Ear training, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, and composition projects are correlated with written work. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisites: MUS 1232, 1233. Fall.

2431 THEORY IV Core requirement of all music majors. Continuation of Theory III. Ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords and advanced modulation. Analysis of small and large forms of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Ear training, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, and composition projects are correlated with written work. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: MUS 2430. Spring.

3210 COUNTERPOINT I Upper-division elective for music majors. A study of the principles of strict contrapuntal writing in two, three, and four voices as composed in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: MUS 2431. Fall.

3230 FORM AND ANALYSIS Upper-division elective for music majors. Examination of representative twentieth-century analytical and compositional techniques, including set theory, 12-tone theory, poly-harmony, linear counterpoint, multi-rhythms, and aleatoric devices. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: MUS 2430. Spring.

4210 INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGING Required of instrumental performance majors and may be chosen as an optional requirement for instrumental music education majors. Study of band and orchestra instruments in regard to ranges and standard orchestration techniques from the baroque to present. Course is taught in lecture/discussion format. Prerequisite: All previous theory courses. Fall.

4215 CHORAL ARRANGING Required of vocal performance majors and may be chosen as an optional requirement for vocal music education majors and piano performance majors. Arranging music for choirs, which may be sung a cappella or accompanied with adolescent through adult voices. Methods of teaching are lecture, discussion, and laboratory. After instruction, students write exercises and full choral arrangements using Finale, a music engraving program for either Macintosh or PC. Prerequisite: All previous theory courses, MUS 2210 Introduction to Music Technology and previous choral experience. Spring.

4311 INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR ANALYSIS Upper level music theory elective. The course focuses on the interaction of harmony and counterpoint as the underlying basis of common practice tonal music. Emphasis on analysis at surface and reductive levels. Methods of instruction are lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: MUS 1230-1233, 2430-2431. Once per year, as required.