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APMU 111 Wesleyan Singers (1) (A)

Offered as a cultural experience for any student of the college. A wide variety of choral literature is studied and performed, occasionally accompanied by a professional orchestra. Offered each semester. Lab fee. *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

APMU 113 Class Voice (2) (A)

Students study basic vocal techniques to develop the voice for solo and choral use. Students will learn the fundamentals of posture, breath, phonation, and control. No previous experience is required. To be taken as an introduction to singing or as a complement to other musical study on campus. Offered each semester. *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

APMU 121 Private Study (Instrumental) (2) (A)

Private applied music study is offered to students enrolled in the college regardless of previous musical background or major interest. A serious commitment to learning about classical music literature and the technique required to perform such literature is required. Students who wish to advance to the 300-level must achieve a grade of C+ or better at the 200-level. Students registered for Private Study Voice must also participate in Wesleyan Singers, APMU 111. Applied music fee of $250. For APMU 131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, and 432 an additional $150 accompanist's fee. Prerequisites: consent. *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

APMU 131 Private Study (Voice) (2) (A)

See APMU 121.

APMU 141 Private Study (Piano/Organ) (2) (A)

See APMU 121.

APMU 151 Private Study (Guitar) (2) (A)

See APMU 121.

APMU 161 Private Study (Composition) (2) (A)

See ApMu 121.

APMU 211 Virginia Wesleyan Chorale (1) (A)

A small performance ensemble that offers an opportunity for students to explore singing on a higher level than is possible in a larger group of non-auditioned singers. An audition is required. Co-requisite: membership in Wesleyan Singers. Prerequsite: Consent. Offered each semester. *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

APMU 300 Chamber Music (2)

Students explore the body of chamber music written for their instrument and select and prepare a chamber music composition for performance with a professional ensemble. A weekly one-hour coaching session offers rehearsal strategies as well as discussion of musical ideas and interpretations. In addition, students prepare a listening journal that documents their listening experiences and generate an annotated bibliography of chamber music compositions for their instrument. Applied music fee of $250.

MUS 100 Introduction to Listening (4) (A)

Offers a user-friendly introduction to the music of such great classical composers as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart while including limited encounters with the musical expressions of popular culture. An ideal survey for nonmusicians lacking musical knowledge and performance skills, the course also serves as a helpful introduction to the realm of classical music for those who are contemplating a music major. Films, recordings, lectures, web pages, and live concerts on campus and in the community provide opportunities to develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of our musical heritage.

MUS 101 Basic Musicianship (4) (A)

Fundamentals of music, including pitch and rhythmic notation. Students learn to interpret music notation using recorders and other simple folk instruments. Students may not receive credit for MUS 101 if they have already taken MUS 102. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS 102 Basic Musicianship with Guitar (4) (A)

No previous musical experience is necessary, but basic fundamentals of music notation (pitch and rhythm) are taught. Students learn to make music from a written score using the guitar. Students must own their own instrument. Students may not receive credit for MUS 102 if they have already taken MUS 101. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 110 A World of Music (4) (A)

Students listen to music as it exists in the real world, exploring the diversity of the world's music to acquire a sense of what exists beyond their own experience. Students learn about American folk, religious, jazz, popular, and ethnic music, as well as some world music. The course concludes with a thorough overview of Western classical music. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS 201 Music and Art Around the World (4) (A)

Explores connections between music and art around the world. Cultural areas and historical periods explored will include West Africa, East Asia, European historical periods, Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary urban artistic expression. Class discussions will focus on how the arts reflect the sociocultural conditions of their time and place. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 213 Music History I (4) (A)

A chronological study of music from its origins through the early 18th century. Prerequisites: MUS 110, 201, or consent. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 214 Music History II (4) (A)

A continuation of MUS 213 from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 110, 201, 213/313, or consent. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 225 Intermediate Musicianship I (4)

A study of music theory, sightsinging, and ear training as part of a program to develop complete musicianship. Music theory is the logical and systematic study of the rationality of music that eventually justifies and broadens natural musical instincts and intuitions. Sightsinging and ear training enhance the musician's ability to envision the sound of a musical composition from an examination of the printed score. Includes elementary harmony and analysis, including modes, triads and inversions, melodic construction, and simple harmonization with primary and secondary triads. Prerequisite: ability to read music notation. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 226 Intermediate Musicianship II (4)

A study of music theory, sightsinging, and ear training as part of a program to develop complete musicianship. Music theory is the logical and systematic study of the rationality of music that eventually justifies and broadens natural musical instincts and intuitions. Sightsinging and ear training enhance the musician's ability to envision the sound of a musical composition from an examination of the printed score. Includes elementary harmony and analysis, including modes, triads and inversions, melodic construction, and simple harmonization with primary and secondary triads. Prerequisites: ability to read music notation and a grade of C or higher in MUS 225. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 250 Music from the Baroque Era (1600-1750) (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the Baroque. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Vivaldi, Couperin, Scarlatti, Handel, Bach, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 251 Music in the Classic Era (1750 to 1825) (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the Classic era. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 252 19th-Century Music (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the 19th century. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Beethoven, Schubert, the Schumanns (both Clara and Robert), Chopin, Liszt, Verdi, Berlioz, Brahms, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS 253 20th-Century Music (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the 20th century. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Debussy, Ravel, Puccini, Bartok, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Ives, Copland, Varèèse, Barber, Glass, Gorecki, Päärt, Zwilich, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS 300 Study Abroad (3)

MUS 310 Topics in Sacred Music (4)

An in-depth study of some aspect of sacred music including, but not limited to, hymnology and sacred choral literature, sacred music history, and choral directing, all within the context of a variety of religious traditions. May be repeated for credit as designated topics change. Offered each semester.

MUS 313 Music History I (4) (A,W)

A chronological study of music from its origins through the early 18th century. A research project and some analysis are required. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and MUS 110, 201, or consent. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 314 Music History II (4) (A,W)

A continuation of MUS 313 from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and MUS 110, 201, 213/313, or consent. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 318 Great Works (4) (A,W)

This course will be focused musical study of historically significant works curated within a particular topic (topics may include Popular Music, Symphonic Music, or Choral Music). Each class will also connect the music to its place in a larger historical context. This course may be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered each spring.

MUS 321 Conducting Techniques (4)

Offers basic and advanced skills for choral and instrumental conductors. Includes all conducting patterns, instrumental and choral techniques, rehearsal technique, and score study. Prerequisite: MUS 226, APMU 111, 211, or equivalent. Offered on demand.

MUS 325 Advanced Musicianship I (4)

A continuation of MUS 225 and 226. Focuses on a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance to the present. More complex chords and larger forms such as the fugues, rondo, theme and variations, and sonata are studied. Various strategies analyzing musical compositions are investigated. Post-impressionist and serial composition techniques are included. Theoretical analysis and study are accompanied by parallel exercises in sightsinging and ear training. Prerequisite: MUS 226 with a grade of C or higher. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS 326 Advanced Musicianship II (4)

A continuation of MUS 225 and 226. Focuses on a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance to the present. More complex chords and larger forms such as fugues, rondo, theme and variations, and sonata are studied. Various strategies to analyze musical compositions are investigated. Post-impressionist and serial composition techniques are included. Theoretical analysis and study are accompanied by parallel exercises in sightsinging and ear training. Prerequisite: MUS 325 with a grade of C or higher. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS 336 Arts Management (4)

Essentials of arts management including organizational and audience development, fundraising, program planning, and public relations. Designed primarily for students in the performing and visual arts, this class will complement their training as artists, teachers, and practioners, and lay the foundation for participation in arts organizations as leaders, participants or supporters. Offered annually.

MUS 350 Music from the Baroque Era (1600-1750) (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the Baroque. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Vivaldi, Couperin, Scarlatti, Handel, Bach, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 351 Music in the Classic Era (1750-1825) (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the Classic era. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 352 19th-Century Music (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the 19th century. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Beethoven, Schubert, the Schumanns (both Clara and Robert), Chopin, Liszt, Verdi, Berlioz, Brahms, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS 353 20th-Century Music (4) (A)

A listening course exploring music from the 20th century. Students listen to works from this period in their entirety and discover how this music reflects the cultural history of the era. Works by Debussy, Ravel, Puccini, Bartok, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Ives, Copland, Varèèse, Barber, Glass, Gorecki, Päärt, Zwilich, and others are included. Students have the opportunity to attend selected live performances as part of their coursework. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS 354 Vocal Music Methods and Materials (4)

Designed for students seeking certification in music education, this course covers facets of vocal music education in Elementary, Middle, and High school areas. This course also serves as preparation for the Praxis II Music Content Knowledge test. Prerequisite: MUS*321. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS 480 Senior Project (2-4)

The culminating experience in the music major. Students present a formal recital or write an historical or critical thesis. Using music selected from each major historical period, they demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge gleaned from the study of music history and music theory to their interpretations or investigations of the chosen repertoire. Students electing to perform a recital take MUS 480 concurrently with the final semester of applied music study and receive 2 semester hours. Students writing a thesis receive 4 semester hours. Prerequisite: grades of C or higher in MUS 313 and 325. Prerequisites/corequisites: MUS 314 and 326.

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