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Division of Music

Course Descriptions

Music

MUSC 099 Recitals/Concerts 0 cr. This is a non-credit course which will appear on each music major's semester program. It is designed to accumulate information as to the student's required attendance at predesignated recitals, concerts, and seminars. Grading Basis: S/U. Repeatable.

MUSC 100 Music Appreciation 3 cr. (GE3) Designed for the non-music major and may be used as partial fulfillment of Humanities requirement. Representative works from many cultures will be studied.

MUSC 101 Fundamentals of Music 2 cr. Introduction to fundamental elements of music and functional musicianship for non-music majors.

MUSC 102 Private Piano 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 103 Private Harpsichord 1 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Course restricted to majors. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 105 Women's Chorus 1 cr. Open to female singers with interest in singing. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 106 Private Organ 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 110 Audio/Video Technology 1 cr. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and gain experience with recording live perfromances. Employing both on campus and online resources, the students will study basic practices for recording and production as they apply that knowledge to recording projects with the Division of Music.

MUSC 111 Private Voice 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 115 Opera-Musical Production 1 cr. Techniques of production and staging dramatic musical works, employing operas and scenes from operas. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 116 Private Strings 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 117 Private Classical Guitar 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 119 Vocal Ensemble 1 cr. Membership subject to approval of director. (Rehearsals by arrangement.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 120 Concert Choir 1 cr. (GE4) Membership subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 121 Intro to Music Theory 2 cr. Foundations of music notation and basic music literacy. Course provides a background for MUSC 122 Music Theory and a foundation for successful pursuit of the Music Major. Co-requisite: MUSC 123.

MUSC 122 Music Theory I 3 cr. Study of music notation and basic structure of music, including key signatures, scales, chords, four-part writing and instrumental notation. Provides students with practical applications of music theory concepts.

MUSC 123 Aural Skills I 1 cr. A lab experience to develop abilities in sight-singing, ear training, rhythm reading and error detection, interval and chord identification.

MUSC 124 Music Theory II 3 cr. Further develops a student's understanding of music notation and basic structures of music, including voice-leading, figured bass, melodic forms, modulations and seventh chords. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 122.

MUSC 125 Aural Skills II 1 cr. A lab experience to develop abilities in sight-singing, ear training, rhythm reading and error detection, interval and chord identification. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 123.

MUSC 126 Private Brass 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 127 MSU Singers 1 cr. By audition. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 128 Keyboard Theory 1 cr. Corequisite: MUSC 122

MUSC 130 Brass Ensemble 1 cr. Rehearsals are arranged and membership is subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 131 Private Percussion 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 133 Private Woodwinds 0.5-4 cr. ($150 lesson fee.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 135 Woodwind Ensemble 1 cr. Rehearsals arranged and membership subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 140 String Ensemble 1 cr. Membership subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 145 Percussion Ensemble 1 cr. Rehearsals are arranged and membership subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 150 Orchestra 1 cr. (GE4) Rehearses Thursday evening. The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a university-community organization. Open to qualified students upon approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 153 Accompanying 3 cr. Open to music majors with declared piano or organ performing medium. This course helps the student develop skill at accompanying soloists, being a partner in a chamber music ensemble, and as a community music leader. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 155 Wind Ensemble 1 cr. (GE4) Open to qualified students subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 160 Concert Band 1 cr. (GE4) Open to qualified students subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 163 Beaver Athletic Band 1 cr. Brass & Percussion Ensemble which performs at athletic events, in concert and in recital, community events and tours regularly. Members are selected by audition. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 165 Jazz Ensemble 1 cr. Open to qualified students subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 167 Jazz Combo 1 cr. Open to qualified students subject to approval of director. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 177 Functional Piano 1 cr. A piano class designed for students who are beginners on the instrument, first year theory students, and elementary education majors. Course restricted to majors. (Class meets twice weekly.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 178 Functional Piano 1 cr. Continuation of MUSC 177. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 177. (Class meets twice weekly.) Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 180 Class Guitar I 1 cr. Beginning technique in chord and melody playing is developed in class ensemble. Courses in progressive order of advancement.

MUSC 181 Class Guitar II 1 cr. Continuation of MUSC 180. Prerequisite(s): 180.

MUSC 201 World Music 3 cr. (GE3-Diversity) Designed to introduce the world's major music's in order to encourage and enhance cultural diversity.

MUSC 205 History of the United States Through its Music 3 cr. (GE3-Diversity) Designed for the non-music major. American music which accompanied significant historical eras and development will be studied.

MUSC 206 Intro to Music History 3 cr. Survey of the history and traditions of western civilization through its music. Students will focus on the musical content and trace developmental trends through the common periods of music history.

MUSC 207 History of Pop and Rock Music 3 cr. (GE3-Diversity) Pop Music and American liberal capitalism helped to create a planetary culture. Twentieth Century events that brought the world to this pass were not so much a movement as a force of creativity and capitalism yoked by the first global communications network. This class brings liberal arts students into contact with tools and information on this subject.

MUSC 222 Music Theory III 3 cr. A continuing study of the underlying theoretical background of tonal music, begun in Theory I and II. Topics include a thorough study of chromatic harmony and the deterioration of functional harmony in the late 19th century to the demise of tonality in the 20th. Analytical techniques are stressed. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 123, 124 or 125.

MUSC 223 Aural Skills III 1 cr. A practical continuation of previous aural studies. Areas to be covered include advanced work in musical dictation, error detection, and sight singing. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 124 or 125.

MUSC 224 Form and Analysis 3 cr. This course will explore the analysis of compositional forms, phrase structure, and advanced harmonic analysis of works from the 18th century to modern music.

MUSC 225 Aural Skills IV 1 cr. A practical continuation of previous aural studies. Areas to be covered include highly advanced work in musical dictation, error detection, and sight singing. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 222 or 223.

MUSC 250 Basic Conducting 2 cr. A Foundation of knowledge and manual proficiency that allows the conductor to communicate with an ensemble. The focus of the course is on the conductor's individual skill.

MUSC 301 Music Methods for the Elementary Teacher 2 cr. Methods and materials for the classroom teacher in guiding young children in musical experiences K-6. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 101 or 122 and Admission to Teacher Education.

MUSC 306 Music History & Literature I 3 cr. This course will develop the students' knowledge of Western Civilization through its musical history and literature dating from ancient Greece to 1750. Students will focus on analytical and listening skills to further their understanding of musical styles.

MUSC 307 Music History & Literature II 3 cr. This course will develop the students' knowledge of Western Civilization through its musical history and literature dating from 1750 to the present. Students will focus on analytical and listening skills to further their understanding of musical styles.

MUSC 325 Vocal Pedagogy 3 cr. Techniques and materials for the voice teacher. Diction practices in English, Italian, German and French prepare the student to not only perform in those languages, but also to teach those song literatures. This course benefits BA and BSE majors equally.

MUSC 340 Voice Methods 1 cr. This course investigates basic vocal pedagogy methods, introducing essential tools for teaching singing. Study of international phonetic alphabet will assist foreign language diction skill, and exploration of repertoire suited for the beginning singer. Prerequisite(s): restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

MUSC 341 String Methods 1 cr. A practical class involving the playing and techniques of teaching the bowed, orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and string bass) at an elementary level. Teaching materials and string pedagogy are also considered.

MUSC 342 Woodwind Methods 1 cr. The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to the techniques of playing and teaching woodwinds. Teaching methods, proper playing position, embouchure, common problems and errors made by students, equipment, maintenance and repair of the instruments, and both pedagogical and performance literature will be presented.

MUSC 343 Brass Methods 1 cr. Teaching techniques and performance proficiency on each of the brass family instruments.

MUSC 344 Percussion Methods 1 cr. Techniques and methods of playing and teaching percussion.

MUSC 345 Wind Band Literature 2 cr. Services the needs of large ensemble literature for the wind and symphonic band musician. Secondary education relies heavily on this body of literature for both quality performance and teaching material. Many contemporary composers and arrangers make this genre one that provides and prolific source of new works. Knowledge of this genre benefits the educator and performing musician, as well as opening the door for the developing composer.

MUSC 346 Symphonic Literature 2 cr. Services the need of large ensemble literature for the string and wind orchestral musician. It further represents one of the largest and most performed bodies of musical composition in all of classical literature. Knowledge of this genre benefits the educator and performing musician alike.

MUSC 347 Chamber Music Literature 2 cr. Services the needs of small ensemble literature for the string, wind and piano student. It further represents one of the largest bodies of musical composition and employs numerous combination of instrumentation.

MUSC 350 Adv. Conducting and Arranging 3 cr. Objectives of this course are to develop and refine gestures which convey musical meaning, to successfully arrange simple scores for a variety of ensembles using standard notational software, to refine interpretive skills, and to develop an ability to critique and improve one's own conducting.

MUSC 366 Instrumental Jazz Improvisation I 2 cr. Study of the utilization and translation of basic musical elements such as scales, mixolydian modes, dominant seventh chords, rhythm, form, and melody into an individually creative jazz performance. Open to all instruments including strings.

MUSC 367 Instrumental Jazz Improvisation II 2 cr. Continuation of MUSC 36666 by studying the dorian modes, minor seventh chords, and integration rhythm and melody with actual playing to further the students progress. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 36666.

MUSC 384 Orchestra Methods in Secondary Education 3 cr. Provides the parallel alternative for Band and Choral Methods classes. The string educator is often hired to teach only strings for a school system. This course includes methods and materials relative to a successful string program. Prerequisite: MUSC 124 and admission to teacher education.

MUSC 390 Band Methods in Secondary Education3 cr. Instrumental conducting, score reading and performance preparation, including examination of methods and materials used in the secondary band program. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 124 and admission to teacher education.

MUSC 391 Choral Methods in Secondary Education 3 cr. Choral conducting, score reading and performance preparation, including examination of methods and materials used in the secondary choir program. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 124 and admission to teacher education.

MUSC 392 Elementary Music Methods 3 cr. Methods and materials used in elementary classroom music curriculums grades K-8. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 124 and admission to teacher education.

MUSC 397 Elementary Music Field Experience 1 cr. Provides the opportunity for the music education students to achieve 25-30 of the required practicum hours for observation and visitation in the public school classroom. This "hands on" time in the classroom is invaluable in forming the expectations and realities of life in the teaching field. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 124 and Admission to Teacher Education.

MUSC 440 Instrument Repair 1 cr. Basic techniques in instrument maintenance and care.

MUSC 441 Piano Tuning 2 cr. Study of piano tuning, piano construction and repair in addition to organ tuning. Prerequisite(s): The ability to play all major chords and any two note interval. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 442 Piano Pedagogy 3 cr. The examination of teaching methods and applied music instruction management for piano students.

MUSC 480 Senior Project 1 cr. Capstone project representing accomplishment in designated applied study area.