Music Department Courses Offerings

MUSC 001 : Temp:Chamber Singers&Spectrum
  Credits: 0

MUSC 002 : Temp:Festival Chorus
  Credits: 0

MUSC 003 : Temp:Symphony Orch & Wind Ens
  Credits: 0

MUSC 004 : Temp:Percussion Ensemble
  Credits: 0

MUSC 005 : Temp:Jazz Ensemble I & II
  Credits: 0

MUSC 006 : Temp:String Band
  Credits: 0

MUSC 100 : F/Understanding Music:
The general subtitles offered under the heading Understanding Music" will share a common aim of developing perceptive listening and basic analytical skills through exposure to a specific body of music literature, delineated either by style (e.g., jazz or rock) or topic (e.g., The Romantic Spirit, Film Music or a survey of Musical Styles). Each course will begin with an introduction to the musical elements, branching out to consider how these elements function with the specific musical repertory. It will be equally important to consider the role the music, in turn, plays within the ideological, cultural, and political contexts of its time. Attendance at musical performances will be required. "   Credits: 3

MUSC 105 : F/Popular Music in America
An examination of the significant trends and the major figures of American popular music from the eighteenth century to the present. The course will cover vocal and instrumental traditions from the British legacy of the eighteenth century, through the home, stage, and ballroom music of the nineteenth century, to the rise of Tin Pan Alley and Rock and Roll in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed not only on the composers, performers, and the music itself, but also on the social and cultural forces as they have related to America's popular traditions. Offered every spring   Credits: 3

MUSC 110 : F/Basic Musicianship
An introduction to reading and writing musical notation, identifying elementary musical patterns by ear, and performing basic rhythms, melodies and chords through singing and piano playing. This course is not available to students who previously have received credit for MUSC 210.   Credits: 3

MUSC 120 : F/Intro to Music History
An introduction to the history of music from its beginnings in Western culture to the present. Designed for the non-music major with little musical background, the course provides an overview of major composers, trends, and types of music in relationship to the political, economic, and cultural conditions of various historical periods. This course is not available to students who previously have received credit for MUSC 226 and/or MUSC 227. (Attendance at musical performances will be required.) Offered every fall   Credits: 3

MUSC 123 : F/M/Music of World's Peoples
An introduction to the great diversity of music throughout the world. The course will examine the historical backgrounds, social functions, and general technical characteristics of music and musical instruments in Africa, native America, Asia, and Europe. Class members will have opportunities to participate actively in musical traditions being studied. (Attendance at representative musical performances will be required.)   Credits: 3

MUSC 140 : Piano
Instruction in piano designed for students who have had little or no previous experience at the keyboard. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Ability to fluently read standard musical notation in at least one clef and permission of the instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 141 : Voice for the General Student
Instruction in voice designed for students who have had little or no previous voice training. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: permission of the instructor   Credits: 1

MUSC 142 : Woodwinds for General Student
Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, or bassoon intended for the student with a level of technical competence sufficient for admission to a MUSC 165 instrumental organization. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 143 : Brass for the General Student
Instruction in trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba intended for the student with a level of technical competence sufficient for admission to a MUSC 165 instrumental organization. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 144 : Strings for General Student
Instruction in violin, viola, cello, or double-bass intended for the student with a level of technical competence sufficient for admission to a MUSC 165 instrumental organization. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 145 : Percussion for General Student
Instruction in the various percussion instruments intended for the student with a level of technical competence sufficient for admission to a MUSC 165 instrumental organization. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 150 : Piano for Performance Option
Instruction in piano designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-Piano. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 151 : Voice for Performance Option
Instruction in voice designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-Voice. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 152 : Woodwinds for Performance Optn
Instruction in selected woodwind instruments designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-Woodwind. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 153 : Brass for Performance Option
Instruction in selected brass instruments designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-Brass. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 154 : Strings for Performance Option
Instruction in selected string instruments designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-String. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 155 : Percussion for Performance Opt
Instruction in selected percussion instruments designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-Percussion. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 156 : Elementary Composition
Instruction in music composition designed for those admitted to the Composition Option. (May be repeated once for credit). (Attendance at musical performances will be required.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 160 : Choral Organizations
Each of the choruses provides the student with the opportunity to perform a broad variety of musical literature appropriate for that particular ensemble. Special emphasis is placed on the development of good choral technique and vocal production, musical sensitivity, and excellence in performance. The regular rehearsal schedule of each ensemble, which is printed in the Master Schedule of classes for any given semester, is supplemented by required attendance at extra rehearsals and performances on and off campus listed in the calendar accompanying the syllabus for any given semester. Choruses, offered when demand is sufficient, include Chamber Singers, Carol Choristers, Men's Chorus, and Festival Chorus. Admission is by permission of instructor following audition (audition times for any given ensemble are given in the Master Schedule of classes); special registration procedures are handled by the music department.   Credits: 1

MUSC 165 : Instrumental Organizations
The instrumental organizations emphasize the development of musicianship and an expanding knowledge of musical literature. Each organization meets for an average of three hours' rehearsal every week. Opportunities are provided for all groups to perform on and off campus throughout the year. Instrumental groups, offered when demand is sufficient, include Symphony, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, String Band, and Wind Ensemble. Admission is by permission of instructor following audition (audition times for any given ensemble are given in the Master Schedule of classes); special registration procedures are handled by the music department. (May be repeated for credit. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUSC 160 and MUSC 165 combined, may be applied to a degree.)   Credits: 1

MUSC 175 : American Folk Guitar I
An intensive semester designed to provide the student with traditional techniques of accompanying folk songs on the six-string guitar. Instruction is adapted to beginners, and no previous experience is necessary. Graded on a S/U basis. Offered every fall   Credits: 1

MUSC 199 : Directed Study
  Credits: 1-6

MUSC 210 : Theory of Music I
Elementary training in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music. Terminology and musical examples will be presented in analytical, compositional, perceptual, critical, and performing contexts. Prerequisites: An ability to read music fluently. Offered every fall   Credits: 3

MUSC 211 : Theory of Music II
A continuation of MUSC 2l0. Emphasis is placed upon exercises and composition for both voices and instruments in a wider variety of textures, and styles than in MUSC 2l0. The course includes an introduction to the basic elements of musical form. Prerequisites: MUSC 210. Offered every spring   Credits: 3

MUSC 213 : Theory Skills I
Training at the elementary level in dictation, sight singing, and keyboard harmony. Performance activities will focus on intervals, triads and seventh chords, diatonic melodies, rhythms without syncopation, and basic diatonic keyboard patterns played from Roman numerals and popular symbols. Prerequisites: MUSC 210; 2 semesters of MUSC 140 or demonstrated proficiency at the level of 2 semesters of MUSC 140. Offered every spring   Credits: 0-2

MUSC 222 : F/Stage Musicals
An examination of basic principles of dramatic construction that more or less determine ways in which stories may be presented through various mixtures of narrative prose, lyric poetry, music, dance, and scenery. Aristotle's principles of tragic drama form the foundation of that examination for purposes of artistic analysis and criticism. Examples of stage musicals that exhibit a variety of formal origins and presentational styles will be drawn from the repertory available in video format. Attendance at representative performances will be required. Offered every spring   Credits: 3

MUSC 226 : F/Music in Western Civ to 1750
A study of music in the history of Western civilization to 1750. Emphasis is placed not only upon the evolutional development of music as an art but also upon its relationship to the political, economic, and cultural conditions of the various historical periods. (Attendance at musical performances may be required.) Prerequisites: MUSC 110 or MUSC 210 or an equivalent background in music theory. Offered every fall   Credits: 3

MUSC 227 : F/Music-Western Civ Since 1750
A study of music in the history of Western civilization from 1750 to the present, considered within the context of the political, social, and cultural conditions of the various historical periods. Emphasis will be placed not only on stylistic developments within the field of music, but also on interrelationships between music, art, and literature. Listening to, analyzing, and discussing representative compositions will be central to the course. (Attendance at musical performances will be required.) Prerequisites: MUSC 110 or MUSC 210 or an equivalent background in music theory. Offered every spring   Credits: 3

MUSC 232 : F/Folk Music in America
A survey of folk music and related folklore in the United States and Canada. Explores the historical development of traditional song types and styles, instrumental folk music, and folk instruments. The main emphasis is on folk music in the Anglo-American and African-American traditions. Other population groups (e.g., French, Hispanic, German, Slavic and Asian-American) are studied for their influences on this music and for their current importance in an overall view of American folk music. (Attendance at representative musical performances will be required.) Offered fall, odd years   Credits: 3

MUSC 240 : Piano
A continuation of MUSC l40. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: two semesters of MUSC l40 or their equivalent and permission of instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 241 : Voice for the General Student
A continuation of MUSC 141. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 141 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 160 choral organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 242 : Woodwinds for General Student
A continuation of MUSC 142. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 142 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 243 : Brass for the General Student
A continuation of MUSC 143. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 143 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 244 : Strings for General Student
A continuation of MUSC 144. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 144 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 245 : Percussion for General Student
A continuation of MUSC 145. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 145 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 250 : Piano for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 150. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 150 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 251 : Voice for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 151. (May be repeated once for credit.) Two semester of MUSC 151 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 252 : Woodwinds for Performance Opt
A continuation of MUSC 152. (May be repeated once for credit.) Two semester of MUSC 152 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 253 : Brass for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 153. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semester of MUSC 153 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 254 : Strings for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 154. (May be repeated once for credit.) Two semester of MUSC 154 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 255 : Percussion for Performance Opt
A continuation of MUSC 155. (May be repeated once for credit.) Two semester of MUSC 155 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 256 : Intermediate Composition
A continuation of MUSC 156. (May be repeated once for credit). (Attendance at musical performances will be required). Two semester of MUSC 156 or permission of instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 265 : Chamber Music Ensemble
Small ensembles, such as piano trio, string quartet, wind quintet, or brass sextet, for advanced instrumentalists. (May be repeated for credit.) Admission by permission of instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 271 : Musical Theater Workshop
Provides students with a practical study of a selected musical through rehearsal and public performance. Emphasis is placed upon stage diction, song and role interpretation, stage movement and vocal techniques. (May be taken for credit three times.) Admission is by permission of instructor following audition; special registration procedures are handled by the music department. Offered every spring   Credits: 1

MUSC 275 : American Folk Guitar II
This course is designed to provide the student with traditional techniques for accompanying folk songs and an introduction to playing folk-derived instrumental solos. Prerequisites: MUSC 175 American Folk Guitar I or fluency in the basic first position chords. Offered every spring   Credits: 1

MUSC 288 : Experimental:
  Credits: 0-4

MUSC 299 : Directed Study
  Credits: 1-6

MUSC 310 : Theory of Music III
A continuation of MUSC 211. Study of chromatic harmony and nineteenth century harmonic practices. Emphasis is placed on the study of more extended musical forms. Prerequisites: MUSC 211. Offered every fall   Credits: 3

MUSC 311 : Theory of Music IV
A continuation of MUSC 310. Analysis of twentieth century music. Topics include impressionism, twentieth century tonal practice, jazz harmony, atonality, pitch-class sets, serialism, and minimalism. Prerequisites: MUSC 310. Offered every spring   Credits: 3

MUSC 313 : Theory Skills II
A continuation of MUSC 213. Training at a more advanced level in dictation, sightsinging, and keyboard harmony. Performance activities will include seventh chords, modulation, chromaticism, and syncopated rhythms. Prerequisites: MUSC 213. Offered every fall   Credits: 0-2

MUSC 315 : Studies in Music Tech:
Examines in detail a particular topic in musical theory or composition, such as 18th Century Counterpoint Form and Analysis, Jazz Theory and Improvisation, or arranging for ensembles other than orchestra. Emphasis will be placed on the student's exploration of existing models and the development of the proper analytical tools and writing techniques. (May be taken twice under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: MUSC 211. Offered in fall and spring odd years   Credits: 3

MUSC 317 : Orchestration
Instruments and their usages in various kinds of ensembles. Emphasis is upon the development of practical skills, such as scoring and arranging, score and part preparation and score reading. Prerequisites: MUSC 211. Offered in fall, even years, if demand is sufficient   Credits: 3

MUSC 331 : Studies in Keyboard Lit:
A seminar focusing on repertoire composed for the keyboard, delimited by the subtitle in a given semester (e.g., The History of Keyboard Literature, Keyboard Literature of the Classical Period, Twentieth-Century Keyboard Literature, The Keyboard as Chamber Instrument), and considered within the musical and cultural context of its day. Emphasis is on developments in musical style, performance practice, and instrument construction, as well as significant composers, celebrated performers, and contrasting analytical/performing interpretations. Activities central to the course include listening to, analyzing and discussing representative compositions. Attendance at specific musical performances is required. (May be taken two times under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: MUSC 210 and MUSC 227 permission of instructor. Offered fall, even years   Credits: 3

MUSC 333 : Studies in Vocal Lit:
A seminar focusing on repertoire composed for the voice, delimited by the subtitle in a given semester (e.g., The History of Opera, Mozart's Operas, The Operas of Verdi and Wagner, The History of Art Song), and considered within the musical and cultural context of its day. Emphasis is on developments in musical style and performance practice, as well as significant composers, celebrated singers, analytical/performing interpretations, and the relationships between text and music, voice andinstrument, as relevant. Activities central to the course include listening to, viewing, analyzing and discussing representative compositions. Attendance at specific musical performances is required. (May be taken two times under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: MUSC 210 and MUSC 227. Offered spring, odd years   Credits: 3

MUSC 335 : Studies in Instrumental Lit:
A seminar focusing on repertoire composed for instruments, delimited by the subtitle in a given semester (e.g., The History of the Symphony, The History of Chamber Music, Beethoven's Symphonies, The Post-Wagnerian Symphony, The String Quartet), and considered within the musical and cultural context of its day. Emphasis is on developments in musical style, performance practice, and instrument construction, as well as significant composers, celebrated conductors/performers, and analytical/performing interpretations. Activities central to the course include listening to, analyzing and discussing representative compositions. Attendance at specific musical performances is required. (May be taken two times under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: MUSC 210 and MUSC 227. Offered fall, odd years   Credits: 3

MUSC 338 : Folk Music in New York State
An ethnomusicological study of folk music and selected ethnic, popular, and classical traditions in New York State. The course will examine both historical and present day examples and will emphasize the extraordinary variety of musical traditions found within the state. Attendance at off-campus musical events and individual fieldwork will be required. Prerequisites: MUSC 211. Offered in fall, even years, if demand is sufficient   Credits: 3

MUSC 340 : Piano
A continuation of MUSC 240. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: a minimum of two semesters of MUSC 240 or their equivalent and permission of instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 341 : Voice for the General Student
A continuation of MUSC 241. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: two semesters of MUSC 241 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 160 choral organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 342 : Woodwinds for General Student
A continuation of MUSC 242. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 242 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 160 choral organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 343 : Brass for the General Student
A continuation of MUSC 243. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 243 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 344 : Strings for General Student
A continuation of MUSC 244. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: two semesters of MUSC 244 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 345 : Percussion for General Student
A continuation of MUSC 245. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 245 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.   Credits: 1

MUSC 350 : Piano for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 250. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: two semesters of MUSC 250 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 351 : Voice for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 25l. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: two semesters of MUSC 25l and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 352 : Woodwinds for Performance Opt
A continuation of MUSC 252. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 252 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 353 : Brass for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 253. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 253 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 354 : Strings for Performance Option
A continuation of MUSC 254. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 254 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 355 : Percussion for Performance Opt
A continuation of MUSC 255. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 255 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 2

MUSC 356 : Advanced Composition
A continuation of MUSC 256. (May be repeated once for credit). (Attendance at musical performances will be required). Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 256 and permission of instructor.   Credits: 1

MUSC 365 : Conducting I
An introduction to the conductor's art. Training in the basic patterns and gestures of conducting; special exercises in aural development; score reading and analytical skills for score study; rehearsal techniques. Emphasis will be placed upon choral literature and vocal development. (Attendance at musical performances will be required.) Prerequisites: MUSC 211. Offered in fall, odd years, if demand is sufficient   Credits: 0-3

MUSC 366 : Conducting II
A continuation of Conducting I with an emphasis on orchestral and wind ensemble conducting techniques, repertory, sight reading and score reading at the piano. While emphasis is placed on these practical aspects of conducting, students will also be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of all transpositions, instrumental fingerings and ranges. Conducting assignments, resulting in public performance, will be assigned at the beginning of the term. A final "practicum" demonstrating competency in all areas will be expected of each student. In addition, students will be expected to attend specified rehearsals and concerts to observe different rehearsal and conducting techniques. Prerequisites: MUSC 365 or permission of instructor. Offered spring, even years, if demand is sufficient   Credits: 0-3

MUSC 368 : Vocal Pedagogy
A study of various aspects of the singing process in light of analyzing and solving performance problems that commonly confront the student singer. The areas of study include vocal technique, musicianship, communication, and stage presence, with particular emphasis given to vocal technique. In addition to a one-hour class per week, each student pedagogue will be assigned one male and one female voice student with whom to work individually for a minimum of 1/2 hour each, per week. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; two years of previous major vocal study; and permission of instructor. Offered every spring   Credits: 0-2

MUSC 375 : Piano Pedagogy
An introduction to methods and materials used in teaching piano. Study of traditional theories of teaching and playing developed over three centuries, as well as recent methods of dealing with child and adult, beginning and intermediate, students. Field trips may be scheduled. Prerequisites: MUSC l20, MUSC 2l0, and demonstrated proficiency at the keyboard; or permission of instructor. Offered every spring   Credits: 3

MUSC 376 : Piano Teaching Practicum
Students are to observe and assist faculty instructors in group and individual situations in which piano instruction is given on beginning and intermediate levels. Two one-hour sessions of teaching participation and one period devoted to critique and discussion will be required. Students participating will assume the role of tutors only. All grades in the piano courses being taught will be given by faculty instructors. Prerequisites: MUSC 375   Credits: 2

MUSC 388 : Experimental:
  Credits: 0-12

MUSC 393 : Honors Project in Music
Independent study on a musical project mutually agreed upon by the student and a mentor from the Music Faculty. Enrollment by invitation of the Faculty. To be eligible, students normally will have completed 75 semester hours with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average overall and a 3.5 grade point average in music courses. Offered by individual arrangement   Credits: 1-3

MUSC 395 : Internship:
  Credits: 1-15

MUSC 399 : Directed Study
Selected study or research in a field of specialization in music or solo recital under the supervision of a staff member. (1 to 3 semester hours.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Offered by individual arrangement   Credits: 1-16

MUSC TRE : Music Elective
  Credits: 0-6