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MUS 021   Recital and Concert Attendance ...   0

Attendance and/or participation at musical performances and master classes, repeated until degree requirement is satisfactorily met.

MUS 101   Foundations of Music ...   3

Study in clefs, notation, rhythm, scale structures, pitch, and melodic writing. Basic introduction with no previous experience necessary.

MUS 102   Accompanying ...   0.25

Prerequisites: MUS 151 and consent of instructor

Practical experience and working knowledge of basic and advanced techniques for successful piano accompanying.

MUS 105   SCC Singers I ...   1

Performance class; students will work on music culminating in public performances. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 106   SCC Singers II ...   1

Second enrollment of MUS 105.

MUS 107   SCC Singers III ...   1

Third enrollment of MUS 105

MUS 108   SCC Singers IV ...   1

Fourth enrollment of MUS 105.

MUS 109   American Popular Music ...   3

Survey of American popular music from 1840 to the present. Examination of the types, styles, and influential musicians of American pop music.

MUS 110   American Music Appreciation ...   3

Emphasis on American music as a panorama of distinct yet parallel streams-popular, folk, sacred, and classical-that reflect the uniquely diverse character of the United States. Musical styles will be compared and contrasted across regions and time, delivering a vision of American music both exuberant and inventive, a music that arises out of the history and musical traditions of many immigrants.

MUS 111   Music Appreciation ...   3

Introductory course for non-music majors. Presents main elements of music, how they develop and change throughout history, and the role of music in society. Emphasis on understanding musical elements and aural applications. Attendance required at live performances.

MUS 112   Jazz Appreciation ...   3

Explores the earliest origins of jazz from Creole roots in Louisiana through blues, ragtime, Dixieland, big band, swing, be-bop, cool jazz, avante garde, Latin jazz, and fusion. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MUS 234.

MUS 113   Musical Theater Appreciation I ...   3

Study of musical theater from its beginnings through Rodgers & Hammerstein. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MUS 229/ THE 229.

MUS 114   Musical Theater Appreciation II ...   3

Study of musical theater from Rodgers and Hammerstein to the present. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MUS 230/THE 230.

MUS 115   Chamber Choir ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition with instructor approval.

Select choral ensemble specializing in chamber, madrigal, and show choir literature, culminating in public performance. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 116   Chamber Choir II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 115

Select choral ensemble specializing in chamber, madrigal, and show choir literature, culminating in public performance. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 117   Chamber Choir III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 116

Select choral ensemble specializing in chamber, madrigal, and show choir literature, culminating in public performance. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 118   Chamber Choir IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 117, ASMNT INS.

Fourth semester of Chamber Choir.

MUS 119   Piano Proficiency I ...   1

Entry-level piano course for music majors with little knowledge of basic rudiments and grand staff reading. The first of a four-course sequence needed to prepare music education majors to meet Missouri piano proficiency requirements for certification to teach in public schools.

Corequisites: MUS 131 and MUS 133

MUS 120   Piano Proficiency II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 119 or Piano Skills Exam.

Continuation of MUS 119.

MUS 121   Piano Class I ...   2

Develops basic skills and techniques in piano playing, applicable to various types of music. No previous keyboard experience required.

MUS 122   Piano Class II ...   2

Prerequisites: MUS 121

Continuation of MUS 121.

MUS 123   Voice Class I ...   1

Fundamentals of tone production, diction, posture, and breathing. Includes simple songs and part singing.

MUS 124   Voice Class II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 123

Continuation of MUS 123.

MUS 125   Guitar Class I ...   1

Basic guitar skills through a classic method, including first-position notes and scales, root chords, and accompaniment patterns while developing solo and ensemble skills. Corequisite: MUS 101 or basic theory knowledge. Recommended materials: Classic Guitar.

MUS 126   Guitar Class II ...   1

Second enrollment of MUS 125.

MUS 127   Guitar Class III ...   1

Third enrollment of MUS 125 and 126.

MUS 128   Guitar Class IV ...   1

Fourth enrollment of MUS 125, 126, and 127.

MUS 129   Percussion Class I ...   1

Open to students with little or no previous formal training. Note-reading and basic percussion playing techniques for snare drum, timpani, xylophone/marimba, orchestral percussion instruments, drum set, and Latin percussion instruments (bongos, congas, timbales, etc.) will be included. Selected works for each instrument will be studied.

MUS 130   Percussion Class II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 129

Open to students with little or no previous formal training. Note-reading and basic percussion playing techniques for snare drum, timpani, xylophone/marimba, orchestral percussion instruments, drum set, and Latin percussion instruments (bongos, congas, timbales, etc.) will be included. Selected works for each instrument will be studied.

MUS 131   Music Theory I ...   3

Prerequisites: MUS 101 or permission of instructor.

Study of basic rhythm, melody, principal triads and inversions, dominant seventh chords, cadences, non-harmonic tones, part-writing, and keyboard harmony.

Corequisites: MUS 133.

MUS 132   Music Theory II ...   3

Prerequisites: MUS 131

continuation of MUS 131 including secondary triads, seventh chords, secondary dominants, elementary modulation, figured bass, and keyboard harmony.

Corequisites: MUS 134

MUS 133   Ear Training and Sightsinging I ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 101 or music assessment test.

Study of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation in major and minor scales and sightsinging in treble and bass clefs.

Corequisites: MUS 131

MUS 134   Ear Training and Sightsinging II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 133

Continuation of MUS 133 involving more complex rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation and sightsinging.

Corequisites: MUS 132

MUS 135   Women's Chorale I ...   1

Treble voiced choral ensemble; students work on music culminating in public performance. Not limited to women but is only for singers with treble voices.

MUS 136   Women's Chorale II ...   1

Second enrollment of MUS 135.

MUS 137   Women's Chorale III ...   1

Third enrollment of MUS 135.

MUS 138   Women's Chorale IV ...   1

Fourth enrollment of MUS 135.

MUS 139   Percussion Class III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 129

Third semester of percussion class.

MUS 139   Percussion Class III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 129

Third semester of Percussion class.

MUS 140   Percussion Class IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 139

Fourth semester of Percussion Class.

MUS 141   Show Choir I ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition

Select choral ensemble presenting choreographed numbers from musical theater and contemporary popular music.

MUS 142   Show Choir II ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition

Second enrollment of MUS 141.

MUS 143   Show Choir III ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition

Third enrollment of MUS 141

MUS 144   Show Choir IV ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition

Fourth enrollment of MUS 141.

MUS 145   Jazz Band I ...   1

Performance course; students rehearse with semester performance as culmination. Must supply own instrument. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 146   Jazz Band II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 145

Performance course; students rehearse with semester performance as culmination. Must supply own instrument. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 147   Jazz Band III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 146

Performance course; students rehearse with semester performance as culmination. Must supply own instrument. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 148   Jazz Band IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 147

Performance course; students rehearse with semester performance as culmination. Must supply own instrument. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

MUS 162   English/Italian Diction ...   1

Basic study of International Phonetic Alphabet and comprehensive study of rules, phonetics, and techniques of English and Italian diction in performance.

MUS 163   German/French Diction ...   1

Basic study of International Phonetic Alphabet and comprehensive study of rules, phonetics, and techniques of German and French diction in performance.

MUS 164   Jazz Improvisation ...   2

Prerequisites: MUS 101 or instructor's approval.

Explores all aspects of improvisation from beginning to intermediate level. Includes various playing techniques and application of basic theory. Previous playing experience required. Must supply own instrument.

MUS 165   Instrumental Chamber Ensemble I ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition

Performance class; students study music and performance techniques through rehearsals culminating in public performances. Must supply own instrument.

MUS 166   Instrumental Chamber Ensemble II ...   1

Second enrollment of MUS 165

MUS 167   Instrumental Chamber Ensemble III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 166

Third enrollment of MUS 165

MUS 175   Concert Band I ...   1

Students study music techniques through rehearsals culminating in public performances. Must supply own instrument.

MUS 176   Concert Band II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 175

Second enrollment of MUS 175

MUS 177   Concert Band III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 176

Third enrollment of MUS 175

MUS 178   Concert Band IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 177

Fourth enrollment of MUS 175

MUS 185   Orchestra I ...   1

Prerequisites: Must be able to read music and be proficient on an orchestral instrument.

Preparation and performance techniques through the study of orchestral repertoire with emphasis on rehearsal disciplines and musical interpretations. Final performance at end of the semester. Enrollment subject to instrumentation.

MUS 186   Orchestra II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 185

Second enrollment of MUS 185

MUS 187   Orchestra III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 186

Third enrollment of MUS 185

MUS 188   Orchestra IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 187

Continuation of MUS 185

MUS 195   Wind Ensemble I ...   1

Prerequisites: Audition with instructor's approval.

A select 12-20 piece ensemble; students prepare music culminating in public performance.

Corequisites: Concert Band.

MUS 196   Wind Ensemble II ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 195

Second Enrollment of MUS 195.

Corequisites: Concert Band.

MUS 197   Wind Ensemble III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 196

Third enrollment of MUS 195.

Corequisites: Concert Band.

MUS 198   Wind Ensemble IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 197

Fourth enrollment of MUS 195

Corequisites: Concert Band.

MUS 210   Music Typography ...   2

Prerequisites: MUS 101

Introduction to the art of music notation using notation software.

MUS 219   Piano Proficiency III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 120 or Piano Skills Exam.

Intermediate level piano class for music majors who possess a knowledge of all basic rudiments.

MUS 220   Piano Proficiency IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 219 or Piano Skills Exam.

Continuation of MUS 219 to prepare music majors for piano proficiency exam.

MUS 225   Elements of Conducting ...   3

Prerequisites: MUS 101

Introduction to baton techniques and elements of interpretation in conducting choral and instrumental music.

MUS 229   History of American Musical Theater I ...   3

Study of American musical theater from its origins through Rodgers & Hammerstein. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MUS 113.

MUS 230   History of American Musical Theater II ...   3

Study of American musical theater from Rodgers & Hammerstein to the present. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MUS 114.

MUS 231   Music History I ...   3

Survey of development of Western music from the ancient Greeks through the Baroque period. More in-depth coverage of art music than MUS 111.

MUS 232   Music History II ...   3

Continuation of MUS 231. Survey of music from 1600-1827.

Corequisites: Recommended prerequisite: MUS 231.

MUS 234   Jazz History ...   3

Explores earliest origins of Jazz from Creole roots in Louisiana, big band, swing, cool jazz, bebop, avant-garde, Latin jazz, and fusion. For students planning to major in music. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MUS 112.

MUS 235   Music in the Americas ...   3

Survey of music cultures found in the Americas focusing on the imported and indigenous music along with select music such as African-American music and Latin-American music.  Appropriate for general students and music students.

MUS 250   Music Audio Production I ...   3

Basic background for working principles of audio and audio production in the music industry. Introduction to basic audio production techniques and theory. Topics include: microphones, speakers, mixing console operation, and audio editing. Students will complete projects independently and in small groups.

MUS 259   Music Theater Workshop I ...   1

Performance-oriented workshop experience that studies acting styles as applied to a song. Covers various styles and periods of musical theater.

Corequisites: MUS 229

MUS 260   Music Theater Workshop ...   1

Performance-oriented workshop experience that studies acting styles as applied to a song. Covers various styles and periods of musical theater.

Corequisites: MUS 230

MUS 264   Jazz Improvisation II ...   2

Prerequisites: MUS 164

Continuation of concepts and techniques learned in Jazz Improvisation I. Explore stylistic trends and developments of jazz improvisation.

MUS 281   Music Theory III ...   3

Prerequisites: MUS 132

Continuation of MUS 132. Including secondary functions 1 and 2, modulations, Binary and Ternary Form.

Corequisites: MUS 283

MUS 282   Music Theory IV ...   3

Prerequisites: MUS 281

Continuation of MUS 281

Corequisites: MUS 284

MUS 283   Ear Training and Sightsinging III ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 134

Continuation of MUS 134

Corequisites: MUS 281

MUS 284   Ear Training and Sightsinging IV ...   1

Prerequisites: MUS 283

Continuation of MUS 283

Corequisites: MUS 282

MUS 285   Woodwind Methods ...   2

Prepare to teach woodwind instruments to elementary and middle school level students.  Techniques for successful beginning woodwind instruction and performance are studied, along with instructional planning, procedures, and resource materials.  Students' teaching and playing competencies will be centered on the flute, clarinet, and saxophone.  Students will also become familiar with the oboe and bassoon.

MUS 286   Brass Methods ...   2

Prepare to teach brass instruments to elementary and middle school level students.  Techniques for successful beginning brass instruction and performance are studied, along with instructional planning, procedures, and resource materials.  Students' teaching and playing competencies will be on the trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.

MUS 287   String Methods ...   2

Prepare to teach string instruments to elementary and middle school level students.  Techniques for successful beginning string instruction and performance are studied, along with instructional planning, procedures, and resource materials.  Students' teaching and playing competencies will be on the violin, viola, cello and bass.

MUS 288   Percussion Methods ...   2

Prepare to teach the major instruments found in the percussion family to elementary and middle school level students.  Techniques for successful beginning percussion instruction and performance are studied, along with instructional planning, procedures, and resource materials.  Students' teaching and playing competencies will be on the major instruments found in the percussion family.

MUS 295   Opera Theater Workshop ...   1-3

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

A performing ensemble workshop emphasizing training and performance of operatic literature. Musical coaching/rehearsal, staging, stage movement, character development and technical stage training are included.

MUS 299   Sophomore Recital ...   0

Prerequisites: Completion of at least three (3) semesters of applied instrumental or vocal instruction (e.g. MUS 154).

Solo presentation (with accompaniment) in a recital-type setting of at least 30 minutes.