Courses

0256. Music Theory Fundamentals: 2 hours

An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory for the beginning music student. Music reading ability not required as a prerequisite.

0257. Aural Skills Fundamentals: 2 hours

An introduction to the fundamentals of ear training and sightsinging for the beginning music student. Music reading ability not required. If student cannot read music, concurrent enrollment in MUS 0256 is strongly recommended.

1101. Class Piano: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

1104. Class Voice: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A course designed to present basic vocal and musical techniques and ideas in a class format. It is for the non-major interested in taking voice. May be repeated as desired to cover additional periods and repertoire.

1105. Music Theory Preview: 1 hour

Summer workshop designed to enhance music reading and knowledge of fundamental music skills. Includes rhythm studies, clef reading, keys and key signatures, intervals, triads, and seventh chords. Particularly useful as a preparation for MUS 1202 Music Theory I.

1201. Aural Skills I: 2 hours

Prerequisite: Freshman placement examination
The study of melody, harmony, and rhythm through dictation and sightsinging.

1202. Music Theory I: 2 hours

Prerequisite: Freshman placement examination
Techniques of music analysis, with an emphasis on part-writing, harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic patterns.

1203. Aural Skills II: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1201 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
Second semester of applied skills in elementary melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sightsinging techniques.

1204. Music Theory II: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1202 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
Study of chromatic harmony from secondary function to augmented sixth chords, plus modulation techniques.

1316. Music History: Western Period and Styles: 3 hours

The first half of a two-semester sequence in music history for the undergraduate music major or minor. Beginning with the Greeks of antiquity (500 BCE) and ending with contemporary music, this course will present the changing face of Western music during the past two millenniums. Attention will be given to specific music periods and styles from these periods.

1317. Music History: Western Composers and Works: 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3313
The second half of a two-semester sequence in music history for the music major or minor. Beginning in the late Middle Ages and moving to recent contemporary music, this course will provide information about the musical events and personalities of each era. Composers and works will be chosen on the basis of their perceived significance to the era.

2101. Class Piano: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

2102. Class Piano: 1 hour

Prerequisite: MUS 2101 or consent of instructor

2103. Sophomore Barrier Exam: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Completion of all Gateway Division courses
A combination of written examination, extended performance jury and personal interview executed and adjudicated by all members of the music faculty. Questions for the exam cover basic skills, knowledge, applications and understandings of fundamental course work completed by the student in the Gateway Division courses.

2111. Piano Pedagogy: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A course open to experienced pianists. Includes a survey of teaching methods and materials and offers practical, supervised experience in teaching children and beginning adults. Required of students doing concentration in piano.

2121. Accompanying: 1 hour

A study of the art of accompanying with practical class experience. Required of students doing concentration in piano. Open to any pianist with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

2131. Jazz Improvisation: 1 hour

Prerequisite: MUS 1201, 1202, or consent of instructor
A course devised to develop the instrumental student's ability to analyze and perform improvisation of contemporary music. May be repeated once for credit.

2201. Aural Skills III: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1203 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
Applied skills in advanced melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sightsinging.

2202. Music Theory III: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1204 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
An introduction to the music and analytic methods of music since 1900.

2221. Music Literature: 2 hours

A survey of major style periods from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Major composers and their works will be identified.

2242. Introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI): 2 hours

Fundamentals of music sequencing, editing, and printing using Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) techniques.

2312. Music in America: 3 hours

A chronological survey of various styles of American music from New England Psalm singing to the avant-garde, including art music, folk, and popular music and jazz. Course will include lecture, demonstration, discussion, listening, and participation.

2342. Introduction to Microcomputers in Music: 3 hours

An introductory course presenting the computer, window navigation, menus, mouse movements, and the use of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Emphasis on digital multi-track recording (sequencing), with editing and mixing functions and computer- based music notation.

2365. Contexts for the Arts (ART 2365, THA 2365): 3 hours

This Integrated Arts Core (IAC) component will introduce philosophical, international, and aesthetic perspectives across the arts ñ architecture, dance, design, drama, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. The arts will be explored for the contexts in which they were/are made, for environments in which they are experienced today, and for changes in our perception of them over time and place. These explorations will consider socio-economic factors, belief systems, culture, race, gender, economics, and political influences. The course will utilize topic specific approaches, projects, team work, and direct investigations of cultural practices in the community and will help students understand the differences in communication styles and priorities as well as how the arts may be viewed and experienced outside our culture.

3111. String Instrumental Technique: 1 hour

A practical introduction to the techniques of playing and teaching the violin, viola, cello, and string bass and a survey of literature and materials.

3112. Percussion Instrumental Technique: 1 hour

Class instruction in the playing and teaching of percussion instruments and a survey of literature and materials.

3113. Woodwind Instrumental Technique: 1 hour

Class instruction in the playing and teaching of woodwind instruments and a survey of literature and materials.

3114. Brass Instrumental Technique: 1 hour

Class instruction in the playing and teaching of brass instruments and a survey of literature and materials.

3201. Counterpoint: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204
The study and writing of contrapuntal forms and techniques.

3221. Composition: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204
A study of composition techniques, including new methods of musical organization introduced in the twentieth century. Composition in small forms for simple media in a style of the student's choice. May be repeated for credit. May also be taken privately on the same basis as applied music.

3222. Survey of Musical Theatre: 2 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A survey of major writers, composers, and production trends in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

3228. Fundamentals of Conducting: 2 hours

A course designed to acquaint students with basic motor skills and techniques involved in conducting.

3241. Language/Diction: 2 hours

A study of the phonetics and grammatical structures of the languages basic to singing English and Italian.

3242. Language/Diction: 2 hours

A continued study of the phonetics and grammatical structures of the languages basic to singing German and French.

3310. Sociology of Music (SOC 3310): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301
This course is intended to develop appreciation for alternative musical expressions especially as they pertain to musical traditions from the nonwestern world. Students will learn the context in which music is created, its value to the people whose culture it inhabits, the instruments upon which the music is played, and the transformation of music in different cultures. Music reading skills and knowledge of basic music principles are advisable.

3311. Principles of Music Education, Elementary: 3 hours

A study of the foundations and principles of elementary school music instruction as an educational discipline for the music major.

3313. Music History I: 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1201, 1202, 1203, and 1204
A stylistic survey of western music from the Greek through the Baroque period.

3315. Music History II: 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3313 or consent of instructor
A stylistic survey of western music from the classical period through the twentieth century.

3321. Studies in the History of Music: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the history of music.

3322. Studies in the Creation of Music: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the creative process in music.

3343. Survey of Musical Theatre (THA 3343): 3 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A survey of major writers, composers, and production trends in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

3360. Music of Women Composers (WST 3360): 3 hours

A historical survey of the music of women composers from medieval times to the present.

3365. Innovations in the Arts (ART 3365, THA 3365): 3 hours

The Integrated Arts Core component is a series of case studies concerning innovations in the arts from their inspiration and conception through their influences on current practice in areas such as architecture, dance, design, drama, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Specific topics will vary each semester. Students will conduct and present research on a variety of topics associated with the case studies and engage in a series of dialogues and exercises with guest artists from a cross-section of arts fields. For each innovation topic, students will develop an individual or group project to demonstrate understanding of the theories and principles in the case studies. Students can expect to work both inside and outside of their chosen majors and areas of specialization.

4000. Senior Project: 0 hoursPrerequisite: To be done in the final semester of residence
A culminating project planned and carried out by the student under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Projects may vary according to the student's interests and ability and may include a recital, lecture/recital, original composition, or analytical or historical paper.

4101. Senior Oral Exam: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status
A one-hour comprehensive oral examination executed and adjudicated by three members of the music faculty. Questions for the exam cover a wide range of musical topics.

4102. Music Enrichment and Travel: 1 hour

A learning-enhanced travel experience with emphasis on some aspects of the arts. Involves domestic or overseas travel and will be offered during Winter Break or May Term. Required once during the undergraduate semesters. A specific fee will be applied to defray travel costs.

4110. Vocal Pedagogy: 1 hour

Teaching principles for group and individual instruction. Vocal problems, exercises, literature, and performance practices. Historical survey of methods and materials.

4200. Senior Project: 2 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status
A culminating project planned and executed by the student under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Projects may vary according to the studentís interest and ability. Taken in the final semester of the degree plan in lieu of MAPC courses.

4201. Orchestration: 2 hours

Study and practical experience in symphonic scoring for band and orchestra.

4211. Form and Analysis I: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204
The study of musical form and style, including binary, ternary, rondo, variations, sonata, and other formal designs in music.

4228. Instrumental Conducting: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3228
The conducting, interpretation, and organization of instrumental repertoire.

4229. Choral Conducting: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3228
The conducting, interpretation, and organization of choral repertoire.

4232. Advanced Instrumental Conducting: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 4228
Detailed study of conducting techniques and styles involving the more advanced repertoire for both large and small instrumental groups.

4233. Advanced Choral Conducting: 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 4229
A more intensive study of all facets of choral conducting and literature, including the larger works.

4318. Instruction in Secondary School, Instrumental Methods and Materials: 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3111, 3112, 3113, and 3114
Focuses on instructional strategies and curriculum development. Includes an analysis of the essential elements to be taught in Texas secondary schools as well as methods and materials for instruction in school music programs.

4319. Instruction in Secondary Schools, Choral Methods (EDU 4319)3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3228 3 hours
Focuses on instructional strategies and curriculum development. Includes an analysis of the essential elements to be taught in Texas secondary schools as well as methods and materials for instruction in school choral music programs.

4320. Music Study Tour (FAR 4320): 3 hours

Instructor-escorted tour to worldwide centers of musical interest. Students attend recitals and concerts in each location and visit sites of outstanding historical and cultural significance. No prerequisites or formal music background necessary. Fulfills the general education fine arts requirement.

4321. Studies in the Theory of Music: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the theory of music.

4322. Studies in the Performance of Music: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the performance of music.

4340. Senior Seminar: 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3314 or consent of instructor
Studies in selected historical, theoretical, and aesthetic topics in music utilizing advanced analysis skills and research methods. Students will write a research paper designed to be worthy of submission for graduate school admissions application.

4365. Collaborations through the Arts (ART 4365, THA 4365): 3 hours

This culminating, Integrated Arts Core (IAC) course is designed to inform, explore, and integrate processes of collaborating in the production and/or performance of the arts, including architecture, dance, design, drams, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. The course is designed in three segments. First, collaboration will be studied as a process of work in our culture, including the business area, in order for students to collect strategies and processes helpful to such work in the arts. Next, specific instances and case studies of collaborative experiences in the arts will be studied for application guidelines and idea generation. Finally, students will complete the semester with the faculty facilitator in teams and groups, with a collaborative performance or academic presentation as the final project. Students can expect to work both inside and outside of their chosen majors and areas of specialization, and to demonstrate analysis and synthesis skills in a number of ways in class activities and the final project.

4393. Internship I: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours or deanís approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to oneís major field of study.

4394. Internship II: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours or deanís approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to oneís major field of study.

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