Catalog • 2011-2012

Music Courses

MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music - 3 credits

A beginning class in music reading and sight singing. Emphasis is placed on rhythmic and melodic drills as well as the understanding of basic music materials.

MUS 101 Experiencing Music: An Introduction - 3 credits

A study of the basics of listening to various periods and styles of music. Course content includes listening to both recording and live concerts emphasizing the elements needed to create the artistic product.

MUS 120 Historical Epochs in Music - 3 credits

A rotating topics course focusing on major musical periods and their contributing composers and trends including Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary, Viennese Classical and Medieval/Renaissance. This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.

MUS 130 Healing With Music - 3 credits

Offered in an accelerated two weekend format, students will learn the history of the harp as a healing instrument and gain elementary skills playing an actual instrument. Harp rental fee required.

MUS 191 or 192 Applied Music - 1 or 2 credits

Any student may take applied music courses. Two credits are offered for ten one-hour weekly lessons per term, or one credit for ten half-hour weekly lessons per term. Students taking ten one-hour weekly lessons per term are expected to practice a minimum of eight hours per week while studying. Students taking ten half-hour weekly lessons are expected to practice a minimum of four hours per week while studying. Students may select from the offerings noted below.
Fees: All students taking Applied Music 191 or 192 are charged at the current day per credit rate for each credit taken. Additionally, students are charged a Private Lesson Fee for a 10-week term of private lessons. Please refer to the Academic Fees section for the current rates. Declared music majors and declared music minors will be assessed this fee for any lessons taken after their respective applied music requirements (16 hours for the major; eight hours for the minor) are met.
Piano: Performance, teaching techniques and styling are emphasized in the study of compositions of the Classic, Romantic and Modern composers. A thorough technical foundation is stressed.
Voice: Tone production, breath control and diction are taught in a course of study ranging from simple Italian and English songs to operatic arias, oratorio arias and recitatives and modern song repertoire. Prerequisites: Music 195 or permission of applied music coordinator.
Organ: Prerequisite to the study of organ is the ability to play fluently selections from Bach’s Two- Part Inventions or the equivalent. Hymn-playing and conducting from the organ stressed with a view to preparing the student for a church position.
Woodwinds and Brass: Chamber music ensembles will be developed when possible.
Violin and Viola: Development of playing skills with emphasis on accomplishment prerequisite to participation in chamber music and performance on the solo literature is covered.
Flute: Fundamental techniques are studied with the goal of development of sufficient skill to perform the solo literature and to participate in chamber music ensembles.
Classical and Folk Guitar: Fundamental methods of finger-style playing are studied with emphasis on position, tone and repertoire. Solo, duo and accompaniment techniques are included. The course of study ranges from simple folk tunes to the works of Bach, Villa-Lobos and Sor.
Percussion: Rudiments of percussion-playing are stressed, including classical and jazz styles.

MUS 193 Instrumental Ensemble - 1 credit

Selected musical ensembles are formed each fall.

MUS 194 Ensemble: The Camerata Singers - 1 credit

This community chorus is the vocal ensemble that performs major works for chorus and orchestra. It is an SATB mixed chorus and an audition is required. The group performs twice a year. Meets off campus.

MUS 196 Ensemble: All College Chorus - 1 credit

This group performs twice a year. No audition is required.

MUS 198 Musical Theatre Workshop - 1 credit

Once-a-week group instruction in musical voice training for the theatre with emphasis on the individual strengths of the singer, selection of appropriate music and preparing vocal selections for audition and performance. No audition is required.

MUS 199 Ensemble: Cedar Crest Singers - 1 credit

This ensemble learns and performs small, mostly classical works. The group performs both on and off campus. An audition is required. Commitment is for one year. Consult instructor for last day to drop.

MUS 210 Theory I - 3 credits

The basic principles of tonal harmony and melodic structure are studied. The course includes written exercises, keyboard drills and analysis of tonal music. Emphasis is placed on aural perception of basic materials.
Prerequisite: Music 100 and permission of instructor.

MUS 215 Theory II - 3 credits

An analysis and aural perception of tonal music. Studies are made of 19th century chromaticism, modulation and the emergence of impressionism and atonality. Prerequisite: Music 210 and permission of the instructor.

MUS 216 Theory III: Style Analysis of the 20th Century - 3 credits

Major compositional devices of the 20th century are studied. Coursework includes an analysis of representative works with regard to form, harmony, rhythm, contrapuntal devices and special sonorities and textures.
Prerequisite: Music 215 and permission of the instructor.

MUS 221 Musical Styles - 3 credits

This is a rotating topics course focusing on a specific musical style each term. Topics include jazz, opera, musical theatre, chamber music, piano literature and voice, symphonic music, electronic music and popular music. This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.

MUS 230 Great Composers - 3 credits

This is a rotating topics course covering the works and lives of great composers including Beethoven, Mozart and Bach. The course examines the external influences of the era such as technological developments, social and cultural life and political circumstances on a specific composer each term. This course may be repeated under different topics.

MUS 260 Special Topics - 1-3 credits
MUS 316 Conducting - 2 credits

A study of the principles of choral-conducting; score-reading; the application of musicianship to conducting problems; and the conducting of recordings and live vocal ensembles.
Prerequisite: Music 101 and permission of the instructor.

MUS 390 Independent Study - 1-3 credits

Student-initiated study or special projects, including off-campus experience carried out under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Junior standing and a declared major in music.