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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.

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.

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.

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.

1300 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY Prerequisite for Harmony I and Ear Training I for music majors and minors who did not pass the fundamentals of music entrance examination. 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.

2210 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY An introduction to music technology and related multimedia technology relevant to contemporary professional practices in music, including audio recording technology and music notation software. Projects for this course assist students in using current software and applications to create promotional materials, professional budgets, recital programs and program notes, as well as professional documents, e.g., cover letter and curriculum vitae. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, workshop, and laboratory. Prerequisites: MUS 1230 and 1232.

2233 COMPOSITION CLASS 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. Prerequisites: MUS 1230 and 1231.

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.

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.

3210 COUNTERPOINT I  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 and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music. [UD UCA Core: I]

3230 FORM AND ANALYSIS  Examination of representative twentieth-century analytical and compositional techniques, including set theory, 12-tone theory, polyharmony, linear counterpoint, multirhythms, and aleatoric devices. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: MUS 2430 and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4210 INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGING Study of instruments in regard to ranges and standard orchestration techniques from the baroque to the present. Prerequisites: MUS 2431 Theory IV and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4214 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC This course focuses on the basics of creating, manipulating, and refining music with computers and other technologies. Methods of instruction are lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: MUS 2431, either MUS 2210 or 2211, and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music. [UD UCA Core: C, I]

4215 CHORAL ARRANGING 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 successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualify1ing Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4311 INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR ANALYSIS This 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, and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music. [UD UCA Core: I]

[2] Courses in History and Literature

1340 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC LITERATURE 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. Prerequisite: MUS 1232.

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. [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.

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.

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 and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music. [UD UCA Core: D, C]

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 and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music. [UD UCA Core: D, C]

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.

4203 PIANO LITERATURE 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 listening. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4205 VOCAL LITERATURE 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: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4301 JAZZ: HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN ART FORM To quote Wesley Morris, “Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America.” This course is an overview of the American jazz tradition from its roots in nineteenth-century slave songs, minstrelsy and ragtime until about 1950. Along the way, we will discuss styles such as traditional New Orleans jazz, jazz during the Harlem Renaissance, the Swing Era, Latin influences, and Bebop. At all times we will concentrate on the contributions of people of color, how this music was disseminated, and how different societal strata viewed this music. Upper-division general elective. Also fulfills an elective requirement in the African and African-American Studies program.

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.

[3] Courses in Pedagogy

1141 DICTION FOR SINGERS I Pronunciation skills in Latin 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.

1142 DICTION FOR SINGERS II Pronunciation skills in French and German. 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.

2150 STRING METHODS Pedagogy course that 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.

2170 HIGH BRASS METHODS Course emphasizes learning basic performance skills and pedagogical techniques for 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.

2171 LOW BRASS METHODS Course emphasizes learning basic performance skills and pedagogical techniques for brass instruments in preparation for teaching, with a concentration on the low 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.

2180 DOUBLE REED METHODS Course emphasizes learning basic performance skills and pedagogical techniques for woodwind instruments in preparation for teaching with a concentration on double reed 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.

2181 SINGLE REED/FLUTE METHODS Course emphasizes learning basic performance skills and pedagogical techniques for woodwind instruments in preparation for teaching with a concentration on flute and single reed 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.

2199 PERCUSSION METHODS  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.

2202 PIANO PEDAGOGY Introduction to piano teaching curriculum and methods, and overview of issues relating to teaching beginning through advanced piano students. The class will include lecture, demonstration, projects, and various practice teaching situations during class. Prerequisite: Acceptance as a student in the BM concentration in Piano Pedagogy or permission of the instructor.

2211 INTEGRATION OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY INTO TEACHING AND LEARNING 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. Prerequisite: EDUC 1300 or permission of the instructor.

2320 PIANO PEDAGOGY II Discusses materials and methods of piano teaching with an emphasis on the intermediate level. Other content includes observation of teaching, critique of student teaching, lecture on group teaching, adult students, and use of instructional technology. Prerequisite: MUS 2202 Piano Pedagogy or permission of the instructor.

3201 CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING Introduces students to the basic requirements of the conductor of both choral and instrumental ensembles. Presented in lecture and laboratory format. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

3205 ADVANCED CONDUCTING METHODS FOR THE SCHOOL BAND Elective for BME 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 and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music. May be repeated for credit.

3206 PIANO INTERNSHIP I Weekly piano teaching under the supervision of the professor. Students will teach group and private lessons to beginners and be graded on their teaching. Prerequisite: MUS 2320 Piano Pedagogy II or permission of the instructor and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

3207 PIANO INTERNSHIP II Continuation of MUS 3206 Piano Internship I. Weekly piano teaching under the supervision of the professor. Students will teach group and private lessons to beginners and be graded on their teaching. Prerequisite: MUS 3206 Piano Internship I or permission of the instructor and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

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 This course provides the skills to successfully organize and administer a school band program from beginning band through high school band. Learning strategies include lecture, demonstration, microteaching, and fieldwork in schools. Prerequisites: MUS 3201, MUS 3305, admission to the teacher education program, and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in Music (or by permission of the instructor).

3305 ELEMENTARY METHODS OF MUSIC EDUCATION This course provides the skills to successfully lead an elementary general music program appropriate for grades K-6. Learning strategies include lecture, demonstration, microteaching, and fieldwork. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA} in music and admission to the teacher education program.

3306 SECONDARY CHORAL METHODS IN MUSIC EDUCATION This course provides the skills to successfully organize and administer a school choral program for grades 7-12. Learning strategies include lecture, demonstration, microteaching, and fieldwork in schools. Prerequisites: MUS 3201, MUS 3305, admission to the teacher education program, and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in Music (or by permission of the instructor).

3308 ORCHESTRAL METHODS AND MATERIALS 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. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music and admission to the teacher education program.

3312 MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING This course assists music teacher candidates in developing an understanding of key theorists and theories in human learning and development, including musical development. Candidates will apply their knowledge of these principles in analyzing and evaluating the needs of students at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels for the purpose of designing effective instruction. Learning strategies include cooperative projects, small and large group work, individual study, presentations, and simulations. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. [UD UCA Core: R]

3320 PIANO PEDAGOGY III Discusses materials and methods of piano teaching with an emphasis on the late intermediate and early advanced levels. Other content includes observation of teaching, critique of student teaching, performance practices, and practical aspects of teaching piano. Prerequisite: MUS 2320 Piano Pedagogy II or permission of the instructor and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4160 VOCAL PEDAGOGY 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. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4202 PIANO PEDAGOGY Pedagogy course for non BM Piano Pedagogy piano majors. 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. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4204 INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY AND REPERTOIRE 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: consent of the instructor and successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4206 MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES 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. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.

4340 INTERNSHIP I Students will gain experience in organizing instruction, creating a productive learning environment, teaching for student learning, and achieving professional behaviors for the discipline of teaching general, choral, or instrumental music. This course requires time in the public school setting. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUS 3304, 3306, or 3308. [UD UCA Core: I, C]

4690 INTERNSHIP II Students will further develop their skills in organizing instruction, creating a productive learning environment, teaching for student learning, and achieving professional behaviors for the discipline of teaching general, choral, or instrumental music. 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. [UD UCA Core: Z]

4691 INTERNSHIP II Students will further develop their skills in organizing instruction, creating a productive learning environment, teaching for student learning, and achieving professional behaviors for the discipline of teaching general, choral, or instrumental music. 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. [UD UCA Core: Z]

[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. Additionally 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.

4V21 WORKSHOP IN MUSIC (Variable credit: 1-3 credit hours.) Problems in music to be determined by the student(s) enrolled. Each instructor determines the method of teaching.

4102 SENIOR RECITAL Represents the final applied music project for music 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. BME music education majors and BA music majors may substitute a senior project at the discretion of their applied teacher. [UD UCA Core: Z]

4108 SENIOR PROJECT This course is designed to be the final project for BME 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. [UD UCA Core: Z]

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.

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.

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.

[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.

2133, 2134 PIANO CLASS III AND IV The normal entry-level piano courses 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 the Piano Proficiency portion of the Upper-Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) in music.