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APMU 111 College Choir (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. In addition to learning the selected repertoire, members of the choir are given many opportunities to develop musicianship and vocal skills. While the ability to read music notation is not required, participants must be able to match pitch. Offered each semester. *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

APMU 113 Class Voice (2)

Offered in conjunction with APMU 211, Wesleyan Singers. Students study basic vocal techniques to develope the voice for both solo and choral use. Prerequisite: membership in Wesleyan Singers. Offered each semester.

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. Applied music fee of $250. 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 Wesleyan Singers (1) (A)

A small performance ensemble that offers a unique opportunity for advanced students to explore singing on a higher level than is possible in a larger group of non-auditioned singers. Study and performance of appropriate literature for a small group allows the art of choral singing to be more fully realized. Within the ensemble, duets, trios, quartets, etc. may be formed according to talent and interest. An audition is required. Prerequisite: membership in College Choir. Offered each semester. *Three 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 should also serve 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 201 Music and Art in the Western World (4) (A)

Explores the traditions of music, painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Western world. Beginning with the Greeks and continuing through the present time, many individual works from important art periods are introduced. Discussions include how the arts reflect the sociocultural conditions of their time and place, how media are used, and how the elements in each art form contribute to the aesthetic response. Identical to ARTH 201.

MUS 213 Music History I (4)

A chronological study of music from its origins through the early 18th century. Prerequisites: MUS 100, 201, or consent. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 214 Music History II (4)

A continuation of MUS 213 from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 100, 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 (3-9)

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 chronological study of music from its origins through the early 18th century. A research project and some analysis are required. Prerequisite: MUS 100, 201, or consent. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS 314 Music History II (4)

A continuation of MUS 313 from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 100, 201, 213/313, or consent. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

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. 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 226. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

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 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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