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MUSIC MUSIC 101. (3) INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC. The aim of this lecture course is to develop listening skills, musical understanding, and knowledge of historical and contemporary music practices. It examines music in its historical and cultural contexts through readings, lectures, demonstrations, audio-visual materials, listening guides, concert attendance, and creative assignments. No special musical knowledge or ability is required. The course is open to all students. Prerequisite: none. MUSIC 121. (3) FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of music notation and music theory. Students learn how to read treble and bass clefs, construct scales, identify key signatures and intervals, and write chord progressions. The course includes applied skills such as basic keyboarding, composition, and aural skills development. This is the first course in the music minor, but is open to all interested students. Prerequisite: none. MUSIC 141 – 241. (3-3) PIANO I & II. These are practice-based classes that teach basic keyboard skills, an essential tool for the student musician. With a focus on technique, theory fundamentals, and repertoire in varied styles, beginning and intermediate piano students will gain an understanding of the keyboard, prepare scales and exercises, play solo and duet repertoire, sight read, and perform. The class will include lecture and keyboard sessions. 141/241 offered concurrently each spring. Prerequisite for 141: Music 121, or permission of the instructor. Prerequisite for 241: Music 141 or permission of the instructor. MUSIC 216. (3) MUSIC OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. This lecture course provides an intensive study of the art music of the past century. Significant composers and the musical, historical, philosophical, and social contexts of their works are explored; attendance at several concerts is required. Prerequisite: none.

MUSIC 217. (3) AMERICAN MUSIC. This lecture course is a survey of the music of the North American colonies and the United States from the 17th century to the present. The course seeks to establish the continuity of American music with the Western European tradition while exploring the diversity of influences from other world cultures. The continuing interactions of classical, folk, and popular music, which give American music its uniqueness, are fully examined. Concert attendance is expected. Prerequisite: none. MUSIC 218. (3) JAZZ HISTORY. This lecture course is an examination of jazz as both a musical and a sociological phenomenon. The course focuses on the musical developments that resulted in the creation of jazz, the major jazz styles from New Orleans origins to the present day, the musicians who perform jazz, and the influence the art of jazz has had on other areas of music. Attendance at a local jazz concert is required. Prerequisite: none. MUSIC 219. (3) HISTORY OF OPERA. This lecture course is a study of opera from its origins in the work of the Florentine Camerata and Monteverdi, through the more familiar works of Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini, to the contemporary creations of Carlisle Floyd, Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, William Bolcom, and John Harbison. Films and telecasts of operas are shown, and a field trip to an opera performance is organized. Prerequisite: none. MUSIC 221. (3) MUSIC THEORY I. This lecture class is designed to refine music reading, writing, and analytical skills. Classwork regularly involves critical listening and exercises in diatonic harmony and composition. Other topics include notation, basic counterpoint, basic musical forms, and score study. Prerequisite: Music 121, or permission of the instructor. MUSIC 321. (3) MUSIC THEORY II. This lecture class is an advanced continuation of Music 221. Topics include chromatic harmony, modes, the analysis of larger musical forms, and more advanced score study. Prerequisite: Music 221, or permission of the instructor.

Academic Catalogue, 2018-19  
Academic Catalogue, 2018-19