Music Courses

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.