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MUS-0020 Opera Workshop

Prerequisite: Vocal experience and consent of instructor. A practical course of vocal study and opera production. Included will be the study of opera history and styles in acting, stagecraft, and costuming. An opera and/or scenes will be staged each year.

MUS-0040 Recital Lab

Music degree students are required to attend a specified number of the scheduled concerts and recitals each semester for seven semesters. Each student enrolled will perform once each semester. All students will receive a grade of "P" or "F" in this course.

MUS-0050 Wesleyan Singers

Open by audition to experienced singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include four concerts a year, regular touring opportunities, and other off-campus appearances.

MUS-0052 Wind Ensemble

The study and performance of serious contemporary wind and percussion literature. Four concerts are presented on campus each year in addition to other off campus appearances. Open to student body by audition.

MUS-0060 Jazz Ensemble

The study and performance of traditional and contemporary jazz. Open by audition to students with previous experience who desire further opportunity to learn jazz techniques.

MUS-0070 Wesleyan Men's Chorus

Open by audition to experienced male singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include 2-4 concerts a year and other off-campus appearances.

MUS-0075 Wesleyan Women's Chorus

Open by audition to experienced female singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include 2-4 concerts a year and other off-campus appearances.

MUS-0082 Chamber Music-Brass

The study and performance of serious literature for Brass instruments.

MUS-0083 Chamber Music-Winds

The study and performance of serious literature for Woodwind instruments.

MUS-0084 Chamber Music - Jazz Combo

The study and performance of jazz literature

MUS-0085 Chamber Music-Percussion

The study and performance of serious literature for Percussion instruments.

MUS-0086 Cham Mus-Piano Accom

The study of accompanying and collaborative piano.

MUS-0087 Chamber Music-Guitar Ensemble

The study and performance of serious literature for Classical Guitar.

MUS-0088 Chamber Singers

A select, small vocal ensemble of mixed voice (SATB)which performs a diverse repertory. Membership by audition only.

MUS-0120 Opera Workshop

Prerequisite: Vocal experience and consent of instructor. A practical course of vocal study and opera production. Included will be the study of opera history and styles in acting, stagecraft, and costuming. An opera and/or scenes will be staged each year.

MUS-0150 Wesleyan Singers

Open by audition to experienced singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include four concerts a year, regular touring opportunities, and other off-campus appearances.

MUS-0152 Wind Ensemble

The study and performance of serious contemporary wind and percussion literature. Four concerts are presented on campus each year in addition to other off campus appearances. Open to student body by audition.

MUS-0160 Jazz Ensemble

The study and performance of traditional and contemporary jazz. Open by audition to students with previous experience who desire further opportunity to learn jazz techniques.

MUS-0170 Wesleyan Men's Chorus

Open by audition to experienced male singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include 2-4 concerts a year and other off-campus appearances.

MUS-0175 Wesleyan Women's Chorus

Open by audition to experienced female singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include 2-4 concerts a year and other off-campus appearances.

MUS-0182 Chamber Music-Brass

The study and performance of serious literature for Brass instruments.

MUS-0183 Chamber Music-Winds

The study and performance of serious literature for Woodwind instruments.

MUS-0184 Chamber Music - Jazz Combo

The study and performance of jazz literature.

MUS-0185 Chamber Music-Percussion

The study and performance of serious literature for Percussion instruments.

MUS-0186 Cham Mus-Piano Accom

The study of accompanying and collaborative piano.

MUS-0187 Chamber Mus: Guitar

The study and performance of serious literature for Classical Guitar.

MUS-0188 Chamber Singers

A select, small vocal ensemble of mixed voices (SATB) which performs a diverse repertory. Membership by audition only.

MUS-0257 Aural Skills Fund

An introduction to the fundamentals of ear training and sight singing for the beginning music student, including the basics in music theory necessary in order to master these fundamental skills. Music reading ability not required.

MUS-0356 Music Theory I

An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory for the beginning music student. Designed for the 1st semester music major or minor.

MUS-1003 Chamber Music: Strings

Students will learn variety of repertoire, techniques and chamber skills related to string performance. String chamber music is open to all students at the University, regardless of major, who wish to continue performing in a small ensemble setting. All students must satisfactorily pass an audition before enrollment.

MUS-1101 Class Piano

The purpose of this course is to teach non-keyboard students to read music on the grand staff and to play the piano at an elementary level. It is open to non-keyboard music majors and minors and students from other disciplines as an elective.

MUS-1102 Class Piano II

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS-1101. A continuation of skills learned in MUS 1101. The purpose of this course is to teach non-keyboard piano students to read music on the grand staff and to play the piano at an elementary level. It is open to non-keyboard music majors and minors and students from other disciplines as an elective.

MUS-1103 Chamber Music: Strings

Students will learn variety of repertoire, techniques and chamber skills related to string performance. String chamber music is open to all students at the University, regardless of major, who wish to continue performing in a small ensemble setting. All students must satisfactorily pass an audition before enrollment.

MUS-1201 Aural Skills I

Prerequisite: Acceptance, by audition, as a music major or minor, or approval of instructor. The study of melody, harmony, and rhythm through dictation and sight singing.

MUS-1203 Aural Skills II

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Music Department as a music major or minor or by instructor approval. Second semester of applied skills in elementary melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sight singing techniques.

MUS-1205 Aural Skills III

Prerequisite: MUS 1203 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor) Third semester of applied skills in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sight-singing techniques.

MUS-1302 Music Theory II

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

MUS-1304 Mus Theory III

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.

MUS-2003 Soph Barrier Exam

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. Pass/Fail.

MUS-2214 Instru Meth Choral Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instruments as is relevant to K-12 school band. Required for all choral music education majors.

MUS-2224 Intro to Music Educa

Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100. An introduction to the foundations, principals, and history of K-12 school music instruction as an educational discipline for the music major. This course will examine standards, methods, learning theories, and research resources relevant to contemporary music education. Required for all music education majors.

MUS-2313 Music History I

Prerequisites: MUS 1201, 1203, 0356 and 1302. A stylistic survey of western music from the Greek through the Baroque period.

MUS-2315 Music History II

Prerequisites: MUS 1201, 1203, 0356 and 1302 or consent of instructor. A stylistic survey of western music from the classical period through the twentieth century.

MUS-2317 Music History III

Prerequisite: MUS 2313, 1315 or consent of instructor. A stylistic survey of world music and western music in the twentieth century. Required for all music majors.

MUS-3003 Piano Proficiency Exam

Prerequisite: Prior piano study either at the University or in the private sector. The course/proficiency exam must be completed prior to graduating from Texas Wesleyan University even if the piano proficiency was completed at another institution. Students may be waived from this course by completing the exam prior to the beginning of the semester. Students may choose to enroll in either Class Piano or private piano lessons before attempting to complete this course in order to assure they will be prepared to complete all elements of the exam, which includes major and minor scales, hands together, both ascending and descending, major and minor chord inversions and progressions, a prepared solo piece, sight-reading, transposition and harmonization.

MUS-3228 Fund of Conducting

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103. A course designed to acquaint students with basic motor skills and techniques involved in conducting. Required for all music majors.

MUS-3240 Language/Diction I

This course is designed to provide introductory knowledge and skill in English and Italian lyric diction. Through the study of International Phonetic Alphabet symbols, pronunciation rules and practice, and singing assignments, students will gain the skills required to transcribe, pronounce, and sing Latin, Italian, and English solo/choral repertoire.

MUS-3243 Language/Diction II

This course is designed to provide introductory knowledge and skill in German and French lyric diction. Through the study of International Phonetic Alphabet symbols, pronunciation rules and practice, and singing assignments, students will gain the skills required to transcribe, pronounce, and sing Latin, Italian, and French solo/choral repertoire.

MUS-3311 Prin Mus Educ Elem

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status, MUS 2003. A study of the foundations and principles of elementary school music instruction as an educational discipline for the music education major.

MUS-3320 Music in Worship

This class prepares students for music leadership in a church setting. Students will examine the meaning of music ministry within the context of Christian faith and explore the practice of music as a specialized ministry career. Special attention will be given to the organizing and directing of choirs for children, youth, and adults as well as bell choirs and additional ensembles that might be a part of church's music ministry. Music repertoire from all periods appropriate to worship, will be addressed. Additionally, students will develop skills in the use of the lectionary, music in Christian education, church music organization, and in staff relationships.

MUS-3321 Studies in History of Music

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

MUS-3322 Stud in Creat of Mus

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

MUS-3418 Inst Assess Classrm Mgt Instru

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status, MUS 2003, EDU 2100 and admission to Teacher Education. Principals of instruction, assessment, and classroom management relevant to a secondary instrumental classroom. This is a team-taught class and mixed with EDU 3432 for half the semester. This course will help teacher candidates develop tools for successful organizational management of the classroom. Required for all instrumental music education majors. Requires 20 hours of observation.

MUS-4101 Senior Exam Review

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status, MUS 2003. 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.

MUS-4200 Senior Project

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status and MAP 4200C. A culminating project planned and executed by the student under the supervision of the student's Applied Music instructor. Projects may vary according to the students interest and ability. Taken in the final semester of the degree plan in lieu of MAPC courses.

MUS-4232 Adv Instr Conducting

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status, MUS 2003, and MUS 3228. This course is designed to acquaint students with fine motor skills and advanced conducting skills. Students will gain familiarity with standard instrumental literature of various difficulty levels. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MUS-4233 Adv Choral Conduct

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status, MUS 2003 and MUS 3228. This course is designed to acquaint students with fine motor skills and advanced conducting skills. Students will gain familiarity with standard instrumental literature of various difficulty levels. Required for all choral music education majors.

MUS-4321 St. in Mus. Theory-Repetition

Prerequisites: Attainment Division status and MUS 2003, MUS 0356, MUS 1302 and MUS 1304. Upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the theory of music.

MUS-4331 Diff Inst Mix-Ability K-12 Mus

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2003 EDU 2100, 3431 or 3432, 3308, and admission to Teacher Education. A study of the foundations and principals of the various exceptionalities as an educational discipline for the music major. This is a team taught class mixed with EDU-4331 for half of the semester. Required for all music education majors. Requires 10 hours of observation.

MAP-1101S Music-Applied F Sec

MAP-1200C Music-Applied F Conc

MAP-1201S Music-Applied F Conc

MAP-2101S Music-Applied Soph S

MAP-2200C Music-Applied Soph C

MAP-2201S Music-Applied Soph S

MAP-3101S Music-Applied Jr S

MAP-3200C Music-Applied Jr C

MAP-3201S Music Applied Jr S

MAP-4100C Music Applied Sr

MAP-4101S Music-Applied Sr S

MAP-4200C Music-Applied Sr C

MAP-4201S Music-Applied Sr S

MIT-2104 Hi Brass Instr Tech Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of high brass instruments as is relevant to K-12 school band. Students will study half a semester each of trumpet and F Horn. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MIT-2105 Lo Brass Instr Tech Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of low brass instruments as is relevant to K-12 school band. Students will study a third of a semester each of trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MIT-2106 Wdwind Instru Tech Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of single reed woodwind instruments and flute as is relevant to K-12 school band. Students will study a third of a semester each of clarinet, saxophone, and flute. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MIT-2107 Dbl Reed Instru Tech Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of double reed woodwind instruments as is relevant to K-12 school band. Students will study half a semester each of oboe and bassoon. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MIT-2108 String Instru Tech Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of string instruments as is relevant to K-12 school band. Students will study a quarter of a semester each of violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MIT-2109 Percus Instr Tech Majors

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of percussion instruments as is relevant to K-12 school band. Instruments include snare, bass drum, timpani, mallet instruments, and accessories. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

MIT-2110 Vocal Methods

Fundamental techniques and general pedagogy of singing as is relevant to K-12 school choir. Required for all instrumental music education majors.

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