Music Musicianship (MUSM) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
MUSM 100. Introduction to Musical Concepts [Goal 6]
An introductory study of the language and basic concepts of music. (Not applicable for credit towards a music major/minor program.) 3 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 101. Theory I
Western diatonic voice leading and harmonic practices of the 18th and 19th centuries. Prereq.: Theory Placement Exam or MUSM 100. Coreq.: 111. 3 Cr. S.
MUSM 111. Musicianship 1
Active analysis, creation and performance of music, including major tonality in simple and compound meters. Coreq.: 101. 2 Cr. S.
MUSM 123. Experiencing Live Music [Goal 6]
Study of the nature of music through listening to live performances and through lectures and discussions relating to these performances. The listening will include live performances in class, on campus and in the community. 3 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 125. Music in World Culture [Goal 6, Goal 8] (Diversity/MGM)
Comparative study of music and its function within cultures of non-Western countries and various Western folk traditions. Listener's point of view. Cultures surveyed include Oceania, East and Southeast Asia, India, Africa (and some American folk traditions). No previous musical experience required. 3 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 126. History of Rock and Roll Music [Goal 6]
American musical styles including rhythm and blues, rock and roll, country, folk and rock in historical and cultural perspective. 3 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 202. Theory II
Western chromatic voice leading and harmonic practices of the 18th and 19th centuries, and the analysis of basic large-scale formal structures. Prereq.: 101. Coreq.: 205, 212. 3 Cr. F.
MUSM 205. Introduction to Music Technology
Introduction to pedagogical and creative applications of computer-based music technology, and development of the skills necessary to further explore music technologies. Coreq.: 202. 2 Cr. F.
MUSM 212. Musicianship 2
Continuation of Musicianship 1, adding minor tonality and more advanced rhythms. Coreq.: 202. 2 Cr. F.
MUSM 229. Jazz History [Goal 6]
Jazz music, musicians and the society that created them with emphasis on their relationship to rock and roll and jazz/rock fusion. 3 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 301. Composition
Writing original compositions through practice and examination of music. May be repeated up to 6 credits. 1 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 303. Theory III
Advanced Western chromatic voice leading and harmonic practices of the common practice and post-romantic periods, and large-scale formal and structural principles in tonal music. Prereq.: 202, 212. Coreq.: 313. 3 Cr. S.
MUSM 304. Theory IV
Study of theories and formal processes of Western musical practice from ca. 1900 to the present. Prereq.: 303. 3 Cr. F.
MUSM 313. Musicianship 3
Continuation of Musicianship 2, adding chromaticism and advanced rhythms and meters. Coreq.: 303. 2 Cr. S.
MUSM 325. Topics in Musical Study
Variable topics in musical study. Designed for students wishing an elective in music. May be repeated with different topics to a maximum of 6 credits. 1-3 Cr. DEMAND.
MUSM 351. History of Western Music to 1750
Historical survey of western and non-western music from ancient Greece to 1750. Prereq.: 202. 3 Cr. S.
MUSM 352. History of Western Music from 1750-1900
Historical survey of western music from 1750-1900. Prereq.: 202. 3 Cr. F.
MUSM 353. History of Music Since 1900
Historical survey of western and non-western music from 1900 to present. Prereq.: 304. Coreq.: 305. 2 Cr. S.
MUSM 421. Instrumental Literature
Literature for solo, ensemble and chamber music performance by a specific instrument. 2 Cr. DEMAND.
Music Musicianship (MUSM) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
MUSM 402/502. Orchestration
Principles and methods of writing and arranging music for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Instruments of the orchestra, the human voice, Western music literature and arranging for various combinations of instruments. Prereq.: 203. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
MUSM 403/503. Counterpoint
Examination and application of contrapuntal practices of Western music of the 16th-21st centuries. Prereq.: 304. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
MUSM 404/504. Pedagogy of Music Theory
A comprehensive review of Western music theory and pedagogic methodology. Prereq.: 304. 2 Cr. F, EVEN.
MUSM 423/523. Jazz Harmony
A comprehensive study of jazz harmony and its application in 20th century practices. Prereq.: 304. 2 Cr. DEMAND.
MUSM 433/533. Electric Sound
Development of audio recording and editing skills using portable digital recorders and in the studio. Sound-art projects reflecting different styles of fixed-media electroacoustic art based on recorded sound. History and literature of electroacoustic music. 3 Cr. F.
MUSM 434/534. Digital Sound, Synthesis and Composition
Create and work with digitally synthesized sound. Sound-art projects reflecting different styles of fixed-media and real-time electroacoustic art based on synthesized sound. Introduction to history and literature of electroacoustic music featuring synthesized and digital sound. 3 Cr. S.
MUSM 435/535. Studio for Interrelated Media
Collaborative arts creation experience integrating music and other arts. Creating, rehearsing and performing collaborative/cross disciplinary works. Open to students from music, and other arts areas: poetry, visual arts, theatre, film, dance. May be repeated to maximum of 9 credits. Prereq.: 205 or 433/533 or 434/534 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. F, S.
MUSM 436/536. Piano Literature
Survey of western piano literature since 1700. Prereq.: 321, 322. 2 Cr. DEMAND.
MUSM 437/537. Topics in New Media: Non-Traditional Performance Study
Real-time sound manipulation and sound installations in new media. Use of common software in the field. Construction of low-tech, interactive devices. History and current practices of realtime or installation sound art. May be repeated up to 9 credits. Prereq.: 205 or 433-533 or 434-534 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. F.
MUSM 438/538. Topics in New Media: Theoretical Approach
Role of sound and image in cinema, new media, and the Web from a historical and analytical perspective. Use of tools for creating works employing audio and images, and implementing new media interactivity. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits. Prereq.: 205 or 433/533 or 434/534 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. F.
MUSM 468/568. Jazz Improvisation
Improvisation in the jazz style for all instruments. Permission of the instructor. 2 Cr. DEMAND.
MUSM 469/569. Jazz Arranging
Application of practical and theoretical harmony to jazz style and scoring for jazz ensembles. Prereq.: 304. 2 Cr. DEMAND.