MUS 124 - Private Piano 1 credit; Offered fall and spring; Private music lesson fee; Course may be repeated for credit
This course introduces the student to the techniques of piano playing. Students will develop proficiency in reading treble and bass clefs, recognize basic rhythmic patterns, major scales, key signatures and learn to play piano pieces according to their ability.
Students with prior experience will work at their current level. Class meets once weekly for 30 minutes.
MUS 128 - Voice 1 credit; Offered fall and spring; Private music lesson fee; Course may be repeated for credit
Discover your voice! Private vocal study will prove to be tailormade made for you. Enjoy the process of getting to know your voice at your own pace.
For students with prior experience, the lessons are structured around each person’s current level.
MUS 141 - Guitar 1 credit; Offered fall and spring; Private music lesson fee; Course may be repeated for credit
Students receive private instruction on the guitar. All levels, beginner through advanced, are welcome. Lessons are structured around each student’s experience level. The course covers many styles, including Rock, Pop, Jazz, and R&B, while focusing on modem guitar technique.
Material covered includes chordal technique (rhythm) as well as improvisation (lead), reading music (standard musical notation), and theory.
MUS 202 - Survey of Music 3 credits; Offered fall and spring
This course surveys music from the Middle Ages to modern time with emphasis on music from the late baroque to the early 20th century. Focused listening is stressed to increase understanding and enjoyment of music.
MUS 206 - American Music 3 credits
This course encourages an appreciation of American musical life from colonial times to the present. Emphasis is on the multi-faceted aspects of America’s music: art, folk, jazz, popular song, Broadway musical, and film. Lecture is supplemented with recordings, tapes, videos, and live performances.
MUS 208 - Jazz and Its Heritage 3 credits
This course surveys jazz, tracing its development from African European musical traditions to its fusion into American culture. Landmark recordings of major jazz artists are heard. Materials presented include ragtime to rock.
MUS 212 - Interpretation of the Opera 3 credits
This course addresses selected operas of contrasting style and character. Lecture is supplemented with audio, video, and live performance.
MUS 214 - Music/Culture of South and Southeast Asia 3 credits; Offered fall and spring
This course focuses in depth on several representative cultures from south and southeast Asia. The traditional music of Malaysia, Indonesia, and India is examined as a human activity in diverse historical, social, and cultural contexts. Films, videos, slides, sound recordings, and live performances are used to bring the student as close as possible to the culture being studied. Previous knowledge of music is not required.
MUS 220 - College Chorus 1.5 credits; Offered fall and spring; Course may be repeated for credit or taken as non-credit
This course involves the study and performance of music of diverse styles. No audition is required. Group performs public concert each semester.
MUS 306 - Masterpieces of Orchestral Music 3 credits; Offered as needed
This course focuses on major orchestral works. Topics include symphonies, concertos, suites, overtures, and tone poems. Lecture is supplemented with recordings, tapes, and live performances.
MUS 310 - Performing Arts in America 3 credits; Offered as needed; Course may be repeated for credit
This course offers an introduction to selected performing media in America today. Particular emphasis is on Broadway musical theater, opera and dance. Reading, lecture, television performances, and analyses of critical reviews are included.