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100 Level Courses

MUSC  100
Introduction to Music [3]  (GFR, GEP)

A study of what music is, with special reference to the relationship between music and listener. For students with little or no formal training in music, this course explores, in a nontechnical way, the elements of music (e.g., rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and form) and discusses the various cultural contexts in which music is found and how these affect the nature of the music and the listener's perception.

MUSC  101
Fundamentals of Music Theory [3]  (GFR, GEP)

A study of the fundamentals of music theory, including notation, scale construction, intervals, chords, meter, etc., with emphasis on learning and developing music reading skills.

MUSC 110
Musicianship Laboratory I [1]

Elementary development of basic musical skills, including sightsinging, notation and dictation.  Note: Students must be able to read standard musical notation.

MUSC 111
Musicianship Laboratory II [1]

Intermediate development of basic musical skills, including sightsinging, notation, dictation and transposition. Prerequisite: MUSC 110 with a grade of "B" or better, or placement examination.

MUSC 112
Music Repertoire [1]

A class for music majors to explore repertoire for their specific instrument or voice. Class involves regular performance opportunities and discussions about repertoire, techniques and stylistic issues. Prerequisite: Permission required

MUSC 113
Italian for Musicians [3]

An introductory course in Italian language addressing the specific needs of musicians, covering basic Italian grammar, vocabulary, and conversation as well as the Italian equivalents for basic music terminology in English.

MUSC 125
Theory I: Basics of Music [3]

A study of the fundamentals of music with intensive consideration of underlying principles of music, such as melodic design, tonality, harmonic organization and elements of formal design. Note: Students must already know standard musical notation on the grand staff, all major and minor scales and their key signatures, simple and compound meters and rhythms, intervals and primary chords.

MUSC 126
Theory II: Form and Analysis [3]

A continuation of MUSC 125. Prerequisite: MUSC 125 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 160
Fundamentals of Music for Elementary Teachers [2]

The fundamentals of music theory and development of skills related to elementary classroom teaching.

MUSC161
Diction: IPA/English/Italian [1]
A course designed to introduce singers to pronunciation and usage of the languages most often encountered in vocal repertoire, while providing an overview of representative repertoire and its development. Offered every fall, this course serves as the foundation for the other two: French and German (offered alternating spring semesters). Required for all voice majors.
MUSC162
Diction: French [1]

A course designed to introduce singers to pronunciation and usage of the languages most often encountered in vocal repertoire, while providing an overview of representative repertoire and its development. Offered alternating spring semesters, this course is one of three that include International Phonetic Alphabet/English/Italian (offered each fall semester) and German.

MUSC163
Diction: German [1]
A course designed to introduce singers to pronunciation and usage of the languages most often encountered in vocal repertoire, while providing an overview of representative repertoire and its development. Offered alternating spring semesters, thisi course is one of three that include International Phonetic Alphabet/English/Italian (offered each fall semester) and French.

MUSC 170
Beginning Voice Class [1]

Beginning instruction in vocal techniques.

MUSC171
Intermediate Voice Class [1]
Intermediate instruction in vocal techniques.  Prerequisite: MUSC 170 or consent of the instructor.

MUSC 173
Introduction to Choral Singing [2]

Introduction to basic sight-singing skills to develop an understanding of how to read choral music. Develop rudimentary musicianship skills, including melodic notation and its application to the keyboard. Traditional hymns will be used to develop this skill. The skills developed in this course will enhance the opportunity to participate in the UMBC choral ensembles in the music department.

MUSC 174
Beginning Vocal Methods [1]

Beginning vocal methods provides an inquiry into effective vocal pedagogy when teaching beginning singers. Designed for intended music educators, the course provides opportunities for observing beginning voice classes, instruction in appropriate teaching methodologies for this population, and practicum experiences.

MUSC 175
Intermediate Vocal Methods [1]

This course provides an inquiry into effective vocal pedagogy when teaching intermediate singers. Designed for intended music educators, the course provides opportunities for observing intermediate voice classes, instruction in appropriateteaching methodologies for this population, and practicum experiences. Prerequisite: MUSC 174 or permission of instructor

MUSC 176
Keyboard Skills I [1]

Development of basic keyboard skills to complement the student's studies in music theory.  Some knowledge of music theory needed.  Note: Course is designed to enable students to achieve the level of proficiency in keyboard skills required for the major.  Areas covered include harmonization, sightreading, technique and functional keyboard harmony.  Prerequisite: permission from the department. Co-requisites: MUSC110 and 125. For music majors only.

MUSC 177
Keyboard Skills II [1]
Continued development of keyboard skills. Basic keyboard experience and good knowledge of music theory required. Course is designed to achieve the level of proficiency in keyboard skills required for the major. Areas covered include harmonization, sightreading, technique and functional keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MUSC176. Corequisites: MUSC111 and 126. For music majors only.
MUSC 178
Keyboard Skills III [1]
Continued development of keyboard skills. Basic keyboard experience and good knowledge of music theory required. Course is designed to enable students to achieve the level of proficiency in keyboard skills required for the major. Areas covered include harmonization, sightreading, technique and functional keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MUSC177. Corequisites: MUSC210 and 225. For music majors only.

MUSC 179
Keyboard Skills IV [1]

Continued development of keyboard skills.  Basic keyboard experience and good knowledge of music theory required.  Course is designed to enable students to achieve the level of proficiency in keyboard skills required for the major. Areas covered include harmonization, sightreading, technique and functional keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MUSC178. Corequisites: MUSC211 and 226. For music majors only. 

MUSC 180
Beginning Piano Class [1]

Geared to the non-music major, this course provides the basics of piano playing, along with basic music theory, harmonization, transposition and sightreading.  No experience needed.

MUSC 181
Intermediate Piano Class [1]

Emphasis on improving one's keyboard skills through solos and technical exercises.  Additional areas include improvisation, composition and ensemble work. Some experience needed.

MUSC 182
Beginning String Methods [1]

Instruction in the methods of teaching basic string techniques. Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 183
Intermediate String Methods [1]

Intermediate instruction in the techniques of teaching string instrument performance.  Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 184
Woodwind Methods: Clarinet, Saxophone[1]

Instruction in the methods of teaching basic and intermediate woodwind techniques.  Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 185
Woodwind Methods: Flute, Oboe[1]

Instruction in the methods of teaching basic and intermediate woodwind techniques.  Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 186
Beginning Brass Methods [1]

Instruction in the methods of teaching basic brass techniques.  Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 187
Intermediate Brass Methods [1]

Intermediate instruction in the techniques of teaching brass instrument performance. Prerequisite: MUSC 186 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 188
Percussion Methods [1]

Instruction in the methods of teaching basic percussion techniques.  Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 189
Guitar Methods [1]

Instruction in the methods of teaching basic guitar techniques.  Open to music education majors only.

MUSC 190
Performance Studies: Western Art Instruments [2-3]

Private music lessons for non-music majors. Instruction is offered in most Western instruments and voice. The studies direct the student toward attaining a competent technique, a diverse performing repertoire and stylistic interpretive sensitivity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

MUSC 191
Recital Preparation [1]

The course is designed to prepare students for public performance by requiring attendance at weekly music forums and attendance at 10 concerts (at least seven on campus) each semester.

MUSC 193
Performance Studies:  Western Art Instruments for Music Majors [3]

Private music lessons for music majors; instruction is offered in most Western instruments and voice. The studies direct the student toward attaining a competent technique, a diverse performing repertoire and stylistic interpretive sensitivity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 194
Performance Studies:  Western Art Instruments for Music Majors [2]

Private instruction in an instrument or voice for music majors only; restricted to students in the music technology emphasis or those music majors studying a second instrument. The studies direct the student toward attaining a competent technique, a diverse performing repertoire and stylistic interpretive sensitivity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

200 Level Courses

MUSC 210
Musicianship Laboratory III [1]

Advanced development of basic musical skills, including sight-singing, notation, dictation and transposition. Prerequisite: MUSC 111 with a grade of "B" or better or placement examination.

MUSC 211
Musicianship Laboratory IV [1]

Advanced studies in sight-singing, notation, dictation and transposition.
Prerequisite
: MUSC 210 with a grade of "B" or better or placement examination.

MUSC 214
The History of Jazz (AH) [3]

This course explores the evolution of jazz from its origins to the present day, focusing in particular on principal genres and representative musicians/ensembles: blues, ragtime, early New Orleans and Chicago schools, swing, big band, bop, cool jazz, hard bop, avant-garde and free jazz, jazz-rock fusion within the context of musical, cultural, social and political developments. For students with little or no formal training in music, this course explores jazz in a non-technical way.

MUSC 216
Introduction to Musical Cultures of East Asia (AH) [3]

Introduction to the music of East Asia, with special focus on China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.  The principal musical genres are discussed in the context of related cultural phenomena.  The mutual relationship between specific cultural areas are explored in historical perspective.  Note: No music background required.

MUSC 217
Rock and Related Music: 1950-Present (AH) [3]

This course explores the evolution of rock 'n roll from its origins to the present day, focusing on soul, folk rock, British rock, psychedelic, heavy metal, disco, punk and rap styles within the context of cultural, social and political developments.  For students with little or no formal training in music, this course's emphasis will be on the styles and evolution of the music, which will be discussed in a non-technical way that centers on music fundamentals, such as melody, harmony, texture, rhythm and form.

MUSC 218
Recording Techniques [3]

Takes the student through the basics of acoustics and psycho-acoustics, microphone design and placement techniques, consoles and stereo recording principles. Students will also conduct hands-on recording sessions of various different musical instruments, ensembles and genres.  Music Majors Only. Prerequisite: Passage of aptitude test or consent of instructor

MUSC 219
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations [3]

This course introduces students to the use of digital audio work stations for music production. Recording, editing and mixing techniques will be explored, and students will work with various musical ensembles. Music Majors Only. Prerequisite: MUSC 218 or consent of instructor

MUSC 220
Introduction to Percussion Ensemble [2]

A beginning percussion ensemble in which students work on technical and reading skills while rehearsing intermediate level repertoire to begin acquiring an experience in the rehearsal/performance process. The course will culminate with an end-of-semester performance. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

MUSC 221
Jazz Theory and Aural Skills [3]

Topics include jazz harmony and materials, basic musical forms, composition, techniques of harmonization and re-harmonization, substitution and aural recognition of basic materials, including modes of the major and melodic minor scale, chords including extensions and alterations, and pentatonic, diminished and whole tone scales. Basic musical forms are learned through composition projects. Prerequisite: MUSC 126

MUSC 222
Jazz Arranging [3]

Course covers the techniques of scoring and arranging jazz music, including orchestration, transposition, melodic and rhythmic embellishment and techniques of harmonization essential to jazz arranging. Techniques covered include tonicization through dominant and diminished sevenths, chromatic and diatonic planing and the linear approach. Composition projects progress to five-part writing, culminating in arranging for nonet. Prerequisite: MUSC 221

MUSC 223
Jazz Composition [3]

Techniques and materials of jazz composition through the study of its masters. The course progresses from basic lead sheet composition, through extended forms to ensemble writing. Composers studied include Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Bud Powell, Wayne Shorter and Clare Fischer. Course culminates in performance and recording of compositions. Prerequisite: MUSC 221

MUSC 224
Instrumentation [3]

This course provides an introduction to arranging and composing for specific instruments and instrumental ensembles. Basics of transposition and standard instrumentations are covered, as well as issues of idiomatic voicing and other timbral and textural considerations when arranging for traditional and nontraditional instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: MUSC 125 or consent of instructor

MUSC 225
Theory III: Counterpoint [3]

The study and application of the various technical aspects of music writing/composition as expressed through tonal and expanded harmonic idioms, contrapuntal procedures and various formal constructions. Prerequisite: MUSC126 or consent of the instructor

MUSC 226
Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony [3]

An analytical study of musical styles and structure, with emphasis on chromatic harmony and 19th-century technique. The course is designed to develop the student's analytical abilities by examining scores. Some of the topics covered include rhythmic, textural and thematic analysis, and the expansion of the orchestra. Prerequisite: MUSC 225 or consent of instructor

MUSC 227
Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]

An analytical study of musical styles and structure, with emphasis on 20th-century technique.  Some of the topics covered include pantonality, serial technique, intermedia forms and chance music. Prerequisite: MUSC 226 OR consent of instructor.

MUSC 230
Musics of the World (AH) [3]

A survey of selected musical cultures of the world, with emphasis on the musical forms, instruments, tonal material, the role of music in society and its relationship to other arts.

MUSC 255
Music History, An Overview (AH) [3]

A survey of the principal periods in the history of Western music, including the principal forms, styles, genres and composers. Prerequisite: Ability to read music.

MUSC 260
Introduction to Music Therapy [3]

In addition to defining the profession, this course focuses on the comprehension of theory, ethics, clinical techniques, trends and perspectives in the practice of music therapy. It also stresses written and verbal modes of communication, musicianship skills, cultural context of the therapy, observational techniques, and objectives in determining and evaluating music therapy goals in clinical practice in today's health care climate.

MUSC 261
Teaching Choral Singing

Teaching Choral Singing provides an introduction to choral pedagogy for music educators. Fundamentals of vocal technique are combined with methodologies for teaching beginning and intermediate choruses how to read choral music and how to create a good choral sound. Class involves opportunities for teacher observation and practicum experiences. Prerequisite: MUSC 174 and 175 or consent of instructor

MUSC 262
Teaching Choral Singing

 

MUSC 263
Popular Music and National Identity in German-Speaking Countries (C) [3]

An overview of popular music in the German-speaking countries, focusing on the post-WWII period. Examines the historical impact of U.S. and British rock music on domestic traditions, subsequent institutional changes, state cultural policies and audience responses in constructing increasingly globalized ethnic, national and cultural identities and traditions. Note: Also listed as MLL 263 and ANTH 263.

300 Level Courses

MUSC 300
Performance Studies Workshop [1-3]

Designed for students with performance abilities in various areas of music. Topics will vary to include opera, musical theatre, mixed-media, Indonesian puppet theatre, medieval and Renaissance music, etc. Note: May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 301
UMBC Chamber Players [2]

The UMBC Chamber Players is a small, select ensemble of instrumentalists and singers coming from all academic areas. A diverse program of chamber music from all historical periods is performed on and off campus throughout the year. Prerequisite: By audition only

MUSC 303
UMBC Camerata-Chamber Choir [2]

The UMBC Camerata is a small, select ensemble of singers coming from all academic areas. A diverse program of vocal literature is performed throughout the year including madrigals and works for small choruses.  Note: May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

MUSC 304
Jubilee Singers [2]

This class affords students instruction in sacred music, predominantly from the African- American heritage. The course will provide an introduction to and study of a variety of musical styles, including spirituals, hymns and anthems. Vocal technique is also part of the class structure. Some vocal instruction will be given, and it is recommended that students take MUSC 170 and 171: Beginning and Intermediate Voice Class, along with the course.

MUSC 305
UMBC Symphony Orchestra [2]

The UMBC Community Symphony is a full-size symphonic ensemble consisting of students, faculty and community members.  The orchestra meets once a week in the evening and performs regularly in public throughout the year.  Note: May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 306
Improvisation Ensemble [2]

The study of recent improvisation practices from graphic scores, to group composition, to coexisting hybrid strategies to free improvisation to intuitive music. Attention also will be given to experimental jazz as a model for further improvisational exploration. Students in the class will be strongly encouraged to develop their own musical voices and invent new ways to improvise. This course is a laboratory for the exploration of the individual musical soul.

MUSC 307
Small Ensembles: Collegium Musicum, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Opera Workshop, Saxophone [2]

Student performance of works from the literature for small ensembles.  May include vocal accompaniment. Note: May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 308
UMBC Wind Ensemble [2]

The UMBC Wind Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble consisting of students, faculty and community members.  The Wind Ensemble meets once a week in the evening.  A diverse program of wind ensemble literature is performed through the year.  Note:  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 309
UMBC New Music Ensemble [2]

The repertory of the UMBC New Music Ensemble centers around the latest developments in the sonic art.  The ensemble explores, performs and studies new concepts in notation, extended performing techniques, group improvisation and group composition.

MUSC 310
Gamelan [2]

Performance of the repertory for the Balinese/Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. Note: May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 311
Free Composition [3]

Introduction to composition. Students are encouraged to develop music in their own styles while exploring a variety of compositional techniques. Students study the works of a variety of composers throughout the semester and hear readings of their compositions by the faculty ensemble Ruckus. Prerequisite: MUSC 125 and MUSC 224 or consent of instructor

MUSC 312
Composition [3]

Advanced studies in musical composition. Note: May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC 315
Alexander Technique for Musicians [3]

This course is offered to singers and instrumentalists who are interested in learning how the Alexander technique can enhance performance skills and reduce performance anxiety and tension while playing or singing. Through group activities, observation and individual work, students will learn about Alexander technique principles and how they apply to various aspects of practicing and performing. Students will gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of anatomy and body mapping and how this information can impact their performance. Prerequisite: Four semesters of individual performance studies of primary instrument or permission of instructor

MUSC 318
Digital Audio Processing [3]

A continuation of MUSC 219 where students will explore advanced applications of audio plug-ins for mixing and mastering through work on various projects. Music Majors Only. Prerequisite: MUSC 219

MUSC 319
Advanced Topics in Music Technology [3]

An exploration of advanced topics in music technology. The subject matter varies from semester to semester but may include surround recording techniques, sound design, audio electronics, sound for video, and multimedia. Music Majors Only. Prerequisite: MUSC 318

MUSC320
UMBC Jazz Ensemble [2]
Student perfromance of jazz works from the literature. May include vocal accompaniment. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and audition. Notes: May be repeated for credit. MUSC320 cannot be taken concurrently with MUSC358.

MUSC 321
Music History I [3]

An analytic study of Western music history and literature from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods with an emphasis on styles, genres and significant composers. Prerequisite: MUSC 126.

MUSC 322
Music History II [3]

An analytic study of Western music history and literature from the Classic and Romantic eras and the early 20th century, with an emphasis on styles, genres, and significant composers.  Prerequisite: MUSC 126.

MUSC 323
Career Development for Musicians [3]

A practicum class that examines the componenets of creating a successful career in the music field. Beginning by exploring traditional careers as well as the many creative, entreprenuerial paths musicians have taken, areas to be studied include self-presentation (writing and speaking), the components of a successful press package, websites, recorded material, and resumes. Financial support options and research methods, legal issues, and contracts will be discussed. Prerequisite: MUSC126

MUSC324
Small Ensemble Jazz Group
Student performance of jazz works from the literature. May include vocal accompaniment. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and audition. Notes: may be repeated for credit. MUSC 324 cannot be taken concurrently with MUSC358.

MUSC 332
A History of American Music [3]

A survey of the various types of music that have existed in roughly the geographical United States from the time of the early European settlers to the present, of the various trends that have shaped American musical thoughts, the cultural environment in which this music was created and the importance of music in American life. Prerequisite: MUSC 100, 101, 110 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 336
The Beatles:  Career, Music, Culture, Innovation, Impact [3]

An exploration of the music and career of the Beatles with respect to innovation in pop music and its impact on Western culture. For the student with little or no musical training in music, the Beatles' music will be discussed in a nontechnical way that centers on music fundamentals - e.g., melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and instrumentation. The course also positions the Beatles' music and influence within the context of cultural, social and political developments. Prerequisite: Any music course, or permission of instructor

MUSC 339
Black American Music (AH) [3]

An in-depth study of the development of the music of blacks in the United States from early colonial period to the present. Particular attention will be devoted to the slave songs, the evolution of the blues and jazz, and the Africanisms evident in these idioms. Prerequisite: AFST 245. Note: Also listed as AFST 345.

MUSC358
Music in Performance (AH)
Designed for students who have been active musicians in high school. This course couples rehearsal and performance with the study of the compositions and styles being performed, and related issues of music performance. Eash week, students rehearse with their preferred ensemble, and meet for a one-hour discussion that involves all students in the course. Prerequisite: One prior college-level music ensemble, and permission o f instructor.

MUSC 360
Seminar in K-12 Choral Methods [3]

Seminar involves a survey of methods and repertoire for K-12 choral education. Class involves reading, performance, discussion and analysis, as well as practicum experiences in the schools. Prerequisite: MUSC 261, 380 and 385 or by consent of the instructor

MUSC 361
Seminar in K-12 Instrumental Methods [3]

Seminar involves a survey of methods and repertoire for K-12 instrumental education. Class involves reading, performance, discussion and analysis, as well as practicum experiences in the schools. Prerequisite: MUSC 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 380 and 385 or by consent of the instructor

MUSC 362
Arts in Education [3]

For advanced music majors, the course offers an introduction to theories of aesthetic education as they relate to all the arts and an in-depth exploration of those theories as they relate to music. Within the context of this practicum based course, students will learn to teach general music in an experiential manner to prepare both K-12 students and adult audience members for a deeper appreciation of the performance of music. Topics include writing effective lessonplans and planning and presenting interactive concerts as teaching artists. The course requires regular observations and presentations at a local elementary school. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUSC 193 or consent of instructor

MUSC 380
Introduction to Conducting [3]

Introductory course to the art of conducting. Students will learn fundamental principles of conducting and develop technical skills, including basic baton techniques, score reading and analytical skills that are essential for a conductor of any medium. Prerequisite: MUSC 111 and 126

MUSC 385
Intermediate Conducting [3]

Sequel to MUSC 380 designed to prepare the students for actual ensemble conducting. Students will study more advanced baton techniques, develop knowledge of various instruments and voices, learn to develop effective rehearsal techniques and further their study of stylistic interpretation. Prerequisite: MUSC 380

MUSC 390
Advanced Performance Studies: Western Art Instruments [2-3]

Advanced students are selected through audition to receive private music lessons;instruction is offered in most Western art instruments and voice. The studies direct the student toward refining technique, broadening performing repertoire and stylistic interpretive sensitivity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

MUSC 391
Advanced Performance Studies - Junior Recital [3]
Advanced students are selected through audition to receive private music lessons; instruction is offered in most Western art instruments and voice. The studies direct the student toward refining technique, broadening performing repertoire and stylistic interpretive sensitivity. This course is for students preparing for their Junior Recital. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
MUSC 392
Advanced Performance Studies - Senior Recital [3]
Advanced students are selected through audition to receive private music lessons; instruction is offered in most Western art instruments and voice. The studies direct the student toward refining technique, broadening performing repertoire and stylistic interpretive sensitivity. This course is for students preparing for their Senior Recital. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUSC 393
Advanced Performance Studies-Honors [3]

See MUSC 390. Limited to honors students.

400 Level Courses

MUSC 400
Special Projects [1-4]

Individual projects in music.  Note: This course may be repeated for credit, but a student may earn no more than eight credit hours total in MUSC 400.  Prerequisite: Approval of project proposal by the instructor who will supervise it.

MUSC 401
Special Projects in Composition [3]

For music majors with an emphasis in composition, this course provides individual instruction in composition in preparation for the senior recital. Prerequisite: MUSC 312

MUSC416
Special Topics in Music Technology: Analog Recording Perspecitves [3]
This course offers instruction in the principles of analog audio production techniques for music, including the history, theory and operation of classic recording studio equipment. Basic electronic circuit theory will be discussed and historical recordings spanning the last 100 years will be examined. Music Majors Only. Prerequisites: MUSC319 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 417
Special Topics in Music Technology: Surround Sound and Video Concepts [3]

This course offers advanced instruction in the principles of surround sound and video production techniques for basic using Digidesign's Pro Tools HD and Apple's Final Cut Studio workstations. Hands-on instruction will include multiple-camera video recording of musical performances with full multi-channel audio support. Post-production synchronization and editing of audio and video elements will be taught, and the sharing of project elements between pro Tools and Final Cut Studio will be stressed. The history of surround sound for music will also be discussed using commercially recorded examples. Music Majors Only. Prerequisites: MUSC319 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 418
Music Technology Internship [3]

This course will acquaint students with the processes of audio production in a professional work environment. Students will work under the guidance of music technology faculty on client-based and/or research projects. The focus of the internship is on the development of ideas, working collaboratively in teams and utilizing evolving technologies. Productions vary each semester and demand different skills from interns. Prerequisite: MUSC 319

MUSC 427
Electronic Music I [3]

A detailed study of the many aspects of electronic music composition. Areas covered include MIDI applications, sampling, hard-disk recording, digital mixing and signal processing. Prerequisite: Music Major or Consent of instructor

MUSC 428
Electronic Music II [3]

An advanced course involving music synthesis, extension of MIDI techniques from MUSC 427 and mixed-media design/ performance. Additional topics may include advanced sequencing, software-based modular design and advanced signal processing/analysis. Prerequisite: MUSC 427 or consent of instructor

MUSC 429
Production of Music by Computer [3]

An overview of major programs in the computer generation of electronic music. Projects include creating a musical composition in the digital studio. Prerequisite: MUSC 428 or consent of instructor

MUSC 467
Music, Art and Society in West Africa [3]

Study of the functions and form of traditional and contemporary music in several West African ethnic groups. The use of instrumentation and voice will be studied through listening and performance. A class visit to one museum housing these instruments is required. Prerequisite: AFST 245

MUSC 480
Topics in Music, Art and Society (WI) [3]

A special topics course.  Intensive study and discussion of the history, theory and social function of the various musical traditions of a particular culture and their relationship to other forms of art.  Topic will be announced in advance by the instructor.  Prerequisites: MUSC 230, MUSC 321 or MUSC 322.  Open to junior/senior music majors - others by permission of the instructor.

MUSC 485
Selected Topics in Music History (WI) [3]

A special topics course. Intensive study and discussion of a particular period, style or aspects of music. Topic will be announced in advance by instructor. Prerequisite: MUSC 322, MUSC 492: Senior Project. [2]

MUSC 492
Senior Project [2]

Examination of special topics concerning musical compositions being performed, composed or written about by participants.

MUSC 497
Senior Seminar [2]

Examination of special topics concerning musical compositions being performed, composed or written about by participants.

600 Level Courses

MUSC 690
Seminar in American Chamber Music [3]

Study and performance of a variety of American chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including important works by Ives, Cowell, Varese, Carter, composers of the New York school (Cage, Feldman and Brown) and composers of the ¿New Complexity.¿ Works examined will represent musical styles that address problems of non-conventional music notation, controlled improvisation, extended instrumental and vocal techniques, and poly-rhythmic complexes.

MUSC 691
Seminar in American Music [3]

An analysis of selected, significant American music from Ives to the present. There will be a discussion of historical context and technological, social/political, literary, aesthetic and other influences. Special attention will be given to tape and interactive computer music and problems encountered in performance.

MUSC 693
Solo Performance Study [3]

Preparation of major solo repertoire for performance, working with faculty mentor in private lessons.

MUSC 694
Solo Performance Study [3]

Preparation of advanced solo repertoire for presentation in a 60-minute recital at the conclusion of the semester; program to include either all-contemporary repertoire (may include works involving music technology), or a program from different eras, including contemporary American music.

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