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[1] Courses in Theory

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.

[2] Courses in History and Literature

1340 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC LITERATURE Core curriculum requirement of all music majors and minors. Introductory course in music history and literature. Through lectures and aural examples, basic knowledge of styles and periods of music is stressed along with listening techniques and the development of a framework upon which the student may later base a more detailed study of the subject matter. Maybe a substitute for the Fine Arts General Education requirement. Spring.

2300 MUSIC APPRECIATION Option in the UCA Core satisfying the Diversity in Creative Works requirement as a fine arts elective. Introduces students to music, its origin and development through recorded and live instrumental and vocal music. Relates to other arts, cultures, literature, and the social sciences. Methods of instruction are lecture and listening to music. Fall, spring, summer. ACTS: MUSC1003 ]

2305 MUSIC OF CHINA A survey of music culture in China, with special emphasis on the role of music in society, Chinese folk traditions and instruments, and the current influences of Western music on Chinese culture. Lecture. Fall.

3300 CHURCH MUSIC Upper-division elective for music majors. History of Western church music from earliest times to the present and application of this heritage to church music of today. Methods of instruction are lecture and listening to music. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.

3302 MUSIC HISTORY I Core curriculum requirement for all music majors. History of Western art music from antiquity to 1750. Methods of instruction are lecture and listening to music. Prerequisite: MUS 1340. Fall.

3303 MUSIC HISTORY II Core curriculum requirement for all music majors. History of Western art music from 1750 to the present. Methods of instruction are lecture and listening to music. Prerequisite: MUS 3302. Spring.

3345 AMERICAN MUSIC: A PANORAMA American Music is a survey course of music in the United States rooted in folk and popular styles. It is designed for both music majors and non-majors. The purposes of the course are to develop musical perception and to provide a better understanding of the role of music in American culture. It is particularly suitable for non-majors seeking upper division credit and also serves as an upper division elective for the BA in music or the BM in performance. Prerequisite: None. Spring.

4203 PIANO LITERATURE Required for BM piano performance majors and BM education majors with a piano emphasis. Suitable for BA music majors with piano as applied major, with consent of instructor. Covers keyboard works from the late Baroque period through the twenty-first century including works composed for harpsichord and clavichord. Methods of instruction are lecture and CD listening. Spring.

4205 VOCAL LITERATURE Required for BM performance voice majors and optional for other voice or piano majors. Solo vocal literature from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis on style, interpretation, and historical perspective to equip performance majors with the basic content of their profession. Instruction by lecture, listening, and student individual research. Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Spring.

4301 JAZZ: HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN ART FORM Upper-division general education elective. Historical survey of the evolution of jazz from African slave songs to the present. Recognition of jazz styles through listening, studying, and research. Methods of instruction are lecture and listening to music. Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Alternating fall semesters.

4304 HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC Upper-division general education and music elective. Historical survey of rock music, including its antecedents, its development as a musical style, and its influences on modern American culture. Lecture-based with emphasis on the development of listening and communication skills. Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Alternating fall semesters.

[3] Courses in Pedagogy

1141 DICTION FOR SINGERS I Requirement for all BM vocal performance and vocal track music education majors. Pronunciation skills in German and Italian as encountered in the standard repertory of vocal music. Study of the aural and written phonetic, spelling, and articulation skills necessary to successfully study, perform, or teach the literature of the vocal and choral singing instrument. Teaching procedures include lecture, listening, motor and aural exercises, and classroom and individual presentation. Fall.

1142 DICTION FOR SINGERS II Required for all BM vocal performance and vocal track music education majors. Pronunciation skills in French, Spanish, English, and Russian. Study of the aural and written phonetic, spelling, and articulation skills necessary to successfully study, perform, or teach the literature of the vocal and choral singing instrument. Teaching procedures include lecture, listening, motor and aural exercises, and classroom and individual presentations. Prerequisite: MUS 1141. Spring.

2150 STRING CLASS Required of all BM education instrumental music majors. Elective for BM performance instrumental majors or BA music majors who want to learn to play a string instrument other than their major instrument. Pedagogy course which introduces students to the teaching and performing of all standard string instruments, string pedagogy, string terminology, knowledge of the instruments, and their maintenance and purchase. Method of instruction includes diagnostic and corrective procedures. Prerequisite: None for BM education majors, consent of the instructor for BM performance or BA music majors. Fall, spring.

2170 BRASS CLASS I Required for all BM education instrumental majors. Course emphasizes learning basic performance skills and pedagogical techniques for the five major brass instruments in preparation for teaching, with a concentration on the upper brass instruments. Method of instruction includes diagnostic and corrective procedures. Students are required to perform on instruments, to participate in teaching exercises, and to accumulate a permanent file of information. Fall.

2171 BRASS CLASS II A continuation of Brass Class I, with a concentration on lower brass instruments. Spring.

2180 WOODWIND CLASS I Required for all BM education instrumental majors. Course emphasizes learning basic performance skills and pedagogical techniques for the five major woodwind instruments in preparation for teaching with a concentration on single reeds and flute. Method of instruction includes diagnostic and corrective procedures. Students are required to perform on instruments, to participate in teaching exercises, and to accumulate a permanent file of information. Fall.

2181 WOODWIND CLASS II A continuation of Woodwind Class I, with a concentration on double reeds. Spring.

2199 PERCUSSION CLASS Required of BM education instrumental major. The course introduces students to the teaching, maintaining, purchasing, and performing of percussion instruments. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of instruments, their literature, and their pedagogy. The course is presented through lecture, performance demonstration, and lab teaching. Spring.

3201 CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING Required of all BM music education and performance majors, upper division elective for BA music majors. Introduces students to the basic requirements of the conductor of both choral and instrumental ensembles. Presented in lecture and laboratory format. Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Fall.

3205 ADVANCED CONDUCTING METHODS FOR THE SCHOOL BAND Elective for BM brass/woodwind/percussion music education majors. Includes wind band repertoire, advanced instrumental conducting techniques, and advanced technology applications as they relate to educational issues in the school band setting. Course content is divided into three learning wheels: music repertoire and selection for the school band, conducting/error detection/score study, and advanced technology and rehearsal techniques for the school band. Prerequisite: MUS 3201. May be repeated for credit. Spring.

3251 CONCEPTS OF MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Methods of instruction and materials available for use in elementary school. Students with little or no background in music fundamentals are encouraged to enroll in MUS 1300.

3304 SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL METHODS IN MUSIC EDUCATION Required of all BM music education instrumental majors. The course provides the skills to successfully organize and administer a school band program from beginning band through high school band. Learning strategies include lecture, research, microteaching practicums, and observations in the local schools. Prerequisite: Upper division status, admission to the teacher education program, Undergraduate conducting is recommended prior to this class. Spring.

3305 ELEMENTARY METHODS OF MUSIC EDUCATION Required of all BM education majors. Philosophy, materials, techniques, and methods of instruction for an elementary general music program appropriate for grades K-6. Methods of instruction include lecture, demonstration, listening, and laboratory. Prerequisite: Upper division status, admission to the teacher education program. Fall.

3306 SECONDARY CHORAL METHODS IN MUSIC EDUCATION Required of all BM education vocal music majors. Philosophy, materials, techniques, and methods of instruction in choral and general music courses in the junior and senior high school music program. Prerequisite: MUS 3305 and admission to the teacher education program. Spring.

3308 ORCHESTRAL METHODS AND MATERIALS Required of BM education majors who plan to conduct orchestral studies in the public schools. Orchestral and string material including administration, auditioning, recruiting, and repertoire selection for elementary, middle school, and high school orchestras. Methods of instruction include lecture, demonstration, listening, and laboratory. Open to string majors and minors only and other music education majors by request. On demand.

4160 VOCAL PEDAGOGY Required of all BM vocal music majors, performance and education emphasis. Physiological and psychological aspects of voice teaching techniques considered from a historical, evolutionary, and comparative point of view. Diagnostic and corrective procedures. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, observation, and guided student teaching. Fall.

4202 PIANO PEDAGOGY Required of all BM piano majors, performance and education emphasis. Through lecture and reading, the course introduces the student to piano teaching methods and issues relating to learning the craft of teaching beginning through advanced piano students. Students will do observed student teaching in class. Fall.

4204 INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY AND REPERTOIRE Required of BM performance instrumental majors. Includes a survey of pedagogical materials, repertoire, and schools of instrumental performance and instruction in the student's major instrument. Presented in lecture and laboratory format by applied music instructors. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. On demand.

4206 MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES General education elective for the BM education instrumental major. Program development, teaching strategies, drill design, and computerized drill as performance to the school marching band. Learning strategies include lecture, guided projects, computerized instruction, and discussion. Spring.

4340 INTERNSHIP I Students will gain experience in organizing instruction, in creating a productive learning environment, in teaching for student learning and skill building, and in achieving professional behaviors for the discipline of teaching vocal, choral and instrumental music. It requires time in the public school setting. Students must be concurrently enrolled in either MUS 3304, 3306 or 3308. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education and completion of designated professional education and specialty courses. Spring.

4690 INTERNSHIP II This course involves teaching under supervision in a public school setting. It requires full day involvement and seminars. It is taken concurrently with MUS 4691 Internship II. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education and successful completion of MUS 4340 Internship I. Fall, spring.

4691 INTERNSHIP II This course involves teaching under supervision in a public school setting. It requires full day involvement and seminars. It is taken concurrently with MUS 4690 Internship II. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education and successful completion of MUS 4340 Internship I. Fall, spring.

[4] Special Courses

1000 MUSIC RECITAL ATTENDANCE This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and model appropriate concert etiquette as audience members, to develop their critical listening skills in music, and to broaden their musical listening experiences in a live musical environment. Additiionally the course will ensure that students experience a broad range of music repertoire presented in live performances by large ensembles, chamber music groups, and soloists from among UCA faculty and students as well as from guest artists. This course will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters each academic year.

4110 WORKSHOP IN MUSIC EDUCATION Available as an elective for BM education majors. Problems in music education to be determined by student(s) enrolled. Each instructor determines the method of teaching. On demand.

4310 SPECIAL STUDIES IN MUSIC Available for exceptional undergraduate music majors to investigate a selected area within their field, to complete and present an honors research paper or an honors recital which includes a written report.  To be done with the approval of the departmental honors committee and the supervision of music faculty member. Prerequisite: 3.0 accumulative G.P.A., 3.2 music G.P.A., successful proposal submitted to and approved by departmental honors committee. Fall, spring.

4315 INTRODUCTION TO KODALY First course toward the 18-hour certification in the Kodaly Concept. Introduces students to the basic pedagogical practices used in the primary grades. Other courses include Kodaly Concept I, II, III (2 hrs. credit for each), Solfege I, II, III (2 hrs. for each) and Folk Song Research (3 hrs. credit), and Early Childhood Methods and Materials or Children's Choral Music (2 hrs. each);. one or the other must be selected). Workshop format. Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree. On demand.

4121, 4221, 4321 WORKSHOP IN MUSIC Available as an elective for BM majors. Problems in music to be determined by the student(s) enrolled. May be taken for 1 to 3 credits. Each instructor determines the method of teaching. On demand.

4102 SENIOR RECITAL Represents the final applied music project for BM or BA majors. A public recital (suggested minimum duration, BM: 45 minutes) will be evaluated by a faculty jury. The program will include program notes prepared by the student. Prerequisite: Completion of junior-level applied study and approval of the applied teacher. BM education majors may substitute a senior project at the discretion of their applied teacher. Fall, spring.

4108 SENIOR PROJECT This course is designed to be the final project for BM in Education and BA music majors who elect this option in lieu of a senior recital. A project of considerable scope will be required. The actual form of this project could take several directions: extensive analytical research paper, experimental research study, lecture-recital, or other creative project related to the student's major area of concentration. The specific topic and nature of the project will be submitted to a faculty committee appointed by the department chair for approval, prior to registration. Prerequisite: Completion of junior-level applied study, theory and history. Fall, spring.

[5] Applied Classes (group instruction)

1131-1132 PIANO CLASS I AND II Remedial classes for music majors which do not count toward music degrees. These courses cover functional skills such as sight reading, harmonization, improvisation, technique, basic knowledge of harmonic materials (chords, scales, arpeggios, cadences), and repertoire. These classes are conducted as laboratories. No prerequisite for MUS 1131. Non-majors require consent of instructor. Fall, spring.

2133-2134 PIANO CLASS III AND IV Music majors only. The normal entry level for adequately prepared music majors. Emphasis is given to basic keyboard repertory that demonstrates contrasting styles and textures from various periods. Piano Class IV culminates the work in preparation for proficiency at the keyboard demanded for BM education teaching requirements. Successful completion of Piano Class IV with a grade of C or higher represents fulfillment of the piano proficiency requirements. Fall, spring.