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MUS101 (3 credits)
Music Fundamentals I
Focuses on reading and writing basic music notation. Includes note names, scales, key signatures, overtone series, intervals, basic rhythms and meters, spelling triads and seventh chords, and basic ear training skills. Prerequisite:  RD90 or WR91 or designated placement score.

MUS105 (3 credits)
Music Appreciation
Introduces the history and repertory of music. Through guided listening, students will develop both an aural and an intellectual understanding of music while emphasizing the political, cultural, and scientific values that have shaped Western music. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS108 (3 credits)
Music in World Cultures
Introduces music from various cultures with an international and cross-cultural perspective. Explores both commonalties and differences in how music is defined, valued, and utilized in many cultures around the world. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS111 (4 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Examines the fundamentals of tonal music including the overtone series, major and minor scales, keys, intervals, spelling triads and seventh chords, and harmonic analysis. Includes ear training (dictation) and sight-singing skills using diatonic melodies in major keys in simple meter. Introduces solfege as a tool for sight singing. MUS111, 112, 113 courses must be taken in sequence. Pre-requisite: MUS101. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS112 (4 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills II
Continues the examination of tonal music including harmonic analysis in a key/tonal context, harmonic progressions, realizing a figured bass, and part-writing procedures using a figured bass and soprano line. Continues dictation and sight-singing skills using diatonic melodies, dyads, and harmonies in major and minor keys using simple and compound meter. MUS111, 112, 113 courses must be taken in sequence. Pre-requisite: MUS101. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS113 (4 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills III
Continues the examination of tonal music including harmonic analysis in a key/tonal context harmonic progressions, part writing procedures, and realizing more advanced figured bass lines. Continues dictation and sight-singing skills using diatonic and chromatic melodies, dyads, and harmonies in major and minor keys. MUS111, 112, 113 courses must be taken in sequence. Pre-requisite: MUS101. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS131 (2 credits)
Class Piano I
Offers elementary instruction covering the principles of piano playing to fit the needs of beginners in a class setting. A piano or keyboard is needed for practice. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

MUS135 (2 credits)
Beginning Hand Drums
Provides students hands-on experience with a variety of hand percussion instruments from around the world. Students will learn basic techniques and rhythms to facilitate musical performance in a group setting. May be repeated for up to four credits.

MUS137 (2 credits)
Group Guitar: Beginning
Covers the basic construction of the guitar, principles of tuning, maintenance, and treatment of the instrument. Also covered are key signatures, scales, primary chords and their structures, as well as fingering methods, right hand picking styles and techniques specific to the guitar. Students will learn how to accompany solo and group singing, and learn skills needed to translate music and methods for solving problems common to guitar players. May be repeated for up to 4 credits.

MUS138 (2 credits)
Group Guitar: Intermediate
Enables students to create more complicated common style arrangements to folk, blues, and popular song styles by adding melody notes and bass runs to open chords. Students will also learn accompanying styles to a much broader range of song types, the use of more sophisticated chords and voicings, and the use of barre chords affording the guitarist the ability to play in any key. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Prerequisite: MUS137.

MUS199 (variable credits)
Special Studies: Music
Serves a variety of needs and interests, and is used to develop a music course focused around various themes, in keeping with the department mission to increase students' literacy, awareness of cultures and different cultural values, critical thinking, and self-awareness.  The course is offered in a number of formats: workshop, seminar, or independent study and may be repeated for up to 6 credits. Co-requisite: WR115.

MUS201 (4 credits)
Introduction to Western Music
Studies styles and historical contexts of music from antiquity to the present. No musical background is required. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS205 (3 credits)
History of Jazz
Surveys jazz styles from its origins to the present as revealed through the study of the most innovative and influential artists of this uniquely American musical form. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to jazz, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS206 (3 credits)
Introduction to Rock Music
Surveys rock music from its origins to the present as revealed through the study of the most innovative and influential artists of this American musical form. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS207 (3 credits)
Songwriting
Studies examples of songwriting techniques used and recommended by successful songwriters. Students will compose original songs for peer and instructor review. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS208 (3 credits)
Film Music
Explores the capacity of music to enhance drama and affect our emotions in the medium of film, and looks at different ways music has been used in film since the birth of cinema to the present. The course is focused around various themes, in keeping with the department mission to increase students' literacy, awareness of cultures and different cultural values, critical thinking, and self-awareness. Course contains an online component. No prior knowledge of music or film history is necessary. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS211 (4 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills IV
Continues MUS111, MUS112 and MUS113. Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on chromatic harmony as used in the common practice period through the 21st century. Students will realize four parts from a chromatic figured bass and analyze more advanced chord progressions, cadences, phrases and forms as used in the music of the masters. Students will also analyze various atonal styles of music. More advanced (chromatic) sight-singing and dictation exercises along with conducting exercises will be used. Prerequisites: MUS113 or equivalent knowledge. MUS211, 212, 213 courses must be taken in sequence.

MUS212 (4 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills V
Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on chromatic harmony as used in the common practice period through the 21st century. Students will realize four parts from a chromatic figured bass and analyze more advanced chord progressions, cadences, phrases and forms as used in the music of the masters. Students will also analyze various atonal styles of music. More advanced (chromatic) sight-singing and dictation exercises along with conducting exercises will be used.  Prerequisites: MUS113 or equivalent knowledge. MUS211, 212, 213 courses must be taken in sequence.

MUS213 (4 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills VI
Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on chromatic harmony as used in the common practice period through the 21st century. Students will realize four parts from a chromatic figured bass and analyze more advanced chord progressions, cadences, phrases and forms as used in the music of the masters. Students will also analyze various atonal styles of music. More advanced (chromatic) sight-singing and dictation exercises along with conducting exercises will be used. Prerequisites: MUS113 or equivalent knowledge. MUS211, 212, 213 courses must be taken in sequence, unless instructor permission is granted.

MUS261 (4 credits)
History of Western Music I: Ancient to Baroque
Primarily for music majors, studies development of Western musical styles from antiquity through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque, to become familiar with the wide range of cultural diversity within the Western tradition. Prerequisite: MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music and WR115. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS262 (4 credits)
History of Western Music II: Classical and Romantic
Primarily for music majors, studies development of Western musical styles from both the Classical and Romantic periods to become familiar with the wide range of cultural diversity within the Western tradition. Prerequisite: MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music and WR115. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS263 (4 credits)
History of Western Music III: 20th Century to Modern Day
Primarily for music majors, studies development of Western musical styles from antiquity through the Late Romantic, Modern periods, and present day to become familiar with the wide range of cultural diversity within the Western tradition. Prerequisite: MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music and WR115. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS264 (3 credits)
History of Rock I: The Roots of Rock
Provides students with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from its pre-rock influences and its development through c.1963. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text.. Prerequisite: WR115. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS265 (3 credits)
History of Rock II: Rock's Golden Age
Provides students with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from its pre-rock influences and its development from 1964-1975. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Co-requisite: WR121.

MUS266 (3 credits)
History of Rock III: Heavy Metal to Hip-Hop
Provides an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from c.1975 through the present day. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Co-requisite: WR121.