Courses in Music (all MSC courses)

MSC 099. Recital Attendance. Designed for music majors and minors and graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Music core course.  Graded¬†pass/fail. May be repeated. 0 credits.

MSC 100. Introduction to Music. For the non-music major, a survey of Western music designed to increase the individual's musical perception.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

MSC 101. Fundamentals of Music. For music minors and non-music majors, an introduction to the rudiments of music: notation, key signatures, theory, aural theory and so forth.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

MSC 111. Class Guitar for Beginners. Student provides his or her own instrument.  May be repeated for credit. 1 credit.

MSC 115. Music Theory I. A study of the rudiments of music and their notation. Harmonization of melodies and basses with fundamental triads. Aspects of form and analysis. Music core course.  Prerequisite: audition for admission or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 116. Music Theory II. A study of diatonic tonal harmony, including all triads and seventh chords, nonharmonic material and elementary modulation. Aspects of form and analysis. Music core course.  Prerequisite: MSC 115 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 117. Aural Theory I. The singing and aural recognition of intervals, scales, triads and simple harmonic progressions. Music core course.  Prerequisite: audition for admission or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 118. Aural Theory II. A continuation of MSC 117, emphasizing clef reading, modality, modulation and more complicated rhythmic devices and harmonic patterns. Music core course.  Prerequisite: MSC 117 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 130. Music Composition Workshop. A study of basic composition techniques, including composing in standard forms (theme and variation, binary, ternary) for acoustic instruments, with emphasis on music notation and aspects of analysis. Students compose their own works and participate in the performance during class of other students' works.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: MSC-116. 1 credit.

MSC 150. Class Piano Instruction I. First course in the sequence designed for music majors with minimal piano skills in preparing for piano proficiency.  1 credit.

MSC 151. Class Piano Instruction II. Second course in the sequence designed for music majors in preparing for piano proficiency.  Prerequisite: MSC 150 with a minimum of C- or better, or permission of the instructor. 1 credit.

MSC 152. Class Piano Instruction III. Third course in the sequence designed for music majors in preparing for piano proficiency.  Prerequisite: MSC 151 with a minimum of C- or better, or permission of the instructor. 1 credit.

MSC 153. Class Piano Instruction IV. Fourth course in the sequence designed for music majors in preparing for piano proficiency.  Prerequisite: MSC 152 with a minimum of C- or better, or permission of the instructor. 1 credit.

MSC 160. Class Voice Instruction. Designed for music majors with minimal vocal skills. Preparation for department voice proficiency requirements.  1 credit.

MSC 201. Music of the United States. One of the central concerns of this course is the ability of music to represent American identity. Of particular interest are the historic contributions of minority peoples, particularly African Americans, to the rich diversity of musical styles in the United States. This course considers the importance of geographic and ethnic origins of a particular musical style as well as the consequences of a market-driven music industry which historically has privileged some people groups over others.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. American Social Diversity. 3 credits.

MSC 202. World Musics. A general introduction to musical styles, compositional practices, and aesthetics of specific people groups within the Americas, Asia, and Africa. It discusses traditional, popular, and art music styles, and presents music intimately tied to value systems and social practice.  Fulfills general education requirement: Intercultural Diversity. 3 credits.

MSC 203. All That Jazz: Performance Survey of American Musical Theatre Literature. This course provides students the opportunity to research and experience American Musical Theatre through collaboration and performance of solo and ensemble songs from a variety of eras and styles. The course will culminate in a public student performance of select songs from the semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: MSC 101, MSC 115, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

MSC 215. Music Theory III. A study of chromatic tonal harmony, including secondary dominants, augmented sixth chords, tertian extensions, altered chords and advanced modulation. Aspects of form and analysis. Music core course.  Prerequisite: MSC 116 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 216. Music Theory IV. A study of 20th-century compositional techniques, including modal and whole-tone materials, quartal harmony, polychords, atonality, serialism and various rhythmic and metric procedures. Aspects of form and analysis.  Prerequisite: MSC 215 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 217. Aural Theory III. A continuation of MSC 118, emphasizing chromatic materials and more complex modulations, chord types, rhythms and meters. Music core course.  Prerequisite: MSC 118 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 218. Jazz Theory. A study of jazz theory, including notation, extended chords, improvision and practice.  Prerequisites: MSC 115, MSC 116 and MSC 215. 2 credits.

MSC 233. Diction. An introduction to the pronunciation of singer's English, German, French, Italian and Latin, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Required of voice concentration majors, the course is open to other students with permission of the instructor.  2 credits.

MSC 241. History and Literature of Music I. A survey course in the history of Western music (in the context of world musics of various cultures), with emphasis on stylistic developments and illustrative musical examples, from early music through the Baroque era. Music core course.  3 credits.

MSC 242. History and Literature of Music II. A survey course in the history of Western music (in the context of world musics of various cultures), with emphasis on stylistic developments and illustrative musical examples, from the classical period to the present. Music core course.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: MSC 101, MSC 115, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

MSC 246. Principles of Conducting. Principles of conducting and baton technique. Students conduct ensembles derived from class personnel. Music core course.  2 credits.

MSC 306. Piano Literature. A survey of the development of the piano and its literature with emphasis on piano methods books and related materials.  2 credits.

MSC 315. Counterpoint. Introductory work in strict counterpoint through three- and four-part work in all the species.  2 credits.

MSC 316. Keyboard Harmony. Score reading and the realization of figured bass at the keyboard, transposition and improvisation.  Prerequisite: The successful completion of a piano proficiency jury is required for admission to the course. 2 credits.

MSC 326. Vocal Literature. A survey of solo vocal literature with emphasis on teaching repertoire. Extensive listening is required. Students may have opportunities to perform the works studied.  2 credits.

MSC 327. Vocal Pedagogy. This course prepares the advanced voice student to teach private lessons at the secondary school level. Students are expected to develop vocal exercise procedures, become familiar with suitable teaching repertoire and apply teaching procedures in a laboratory situation. Selected writings in vocal pedagogy and voice therapy will be studied.  2 credits.

MSC 329. Advanced Form and Analysis. An advanced course in analysis, focusing on the methodologies and concepts of music design originated by the Austrian theorist Heinrich Schenker. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate use of symbols and terminology in the reading and construction of graphs of complete tonal compositions.  Prerequisite: MSC 216 or permission of instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 343. 20th Century Music. An advanced course in music history. Beginning with late-19th-century musical developments, the course continues chronologically through the 20th century. Designed for music majors and interested non-majors who read music well.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: MSC 242 or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

MSC 345. Advanced Instrumental Conducting. Emphasis on practical work with instrumental groups. Rehearsal techniques are applied through individual experience.  Prerequisite: MSC 246 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 347. Advanced Choral Conducting. Emphasis is on advanced technique with and without baton, score preparation, interpretation and pedagogy relating to choral organizations.  Prerequisite: MSC 246 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits.

MSC 351. Organ Literature.  A historical survey of representative organ literature from earliest times to the present day.  2 credits.

MSC 352. Organ Pedagogy. Designed with a practical focus, this course surveys various methods of organ teaching. Laboratory teaching and selection of appropriate technical materials for all levels are included.  2 credits.

MSC 403. Instrumental Pedagogy. A survey of teaching materials that relate to the student's performance area. Students may be expected to apply teaching procedures in a laboratory situation.  May be repeated for credit. 2 credits.

MSC 405. Instrumental Literature. A survey of literature (solo and chamber) that relate to the student's performance area.  2 credits.

MSC 406. Piano Pedagogy. A practical course that explores fundamental principles necessary to be an effective piano teacher. Subjects include practice techniques, memorization and the selection of appropriate technical materials for both beginners and advanced students. Laboratory teaching may be required of the student.  2 credits.

MSC 416. Orchestration. A study of instrumentation and the devices and techniques for scoring transcriptions, arrangements and solos for orchestra and band, with special emphasis on practical scoring for mixed ensembles as they occur in public schools. Laboratory analysis and performance. Scoring of original works.  2 credits.

MSC 422. Church Music Methods and Administration. A course that acquaints students with the church music program. Includes the development of a choir program, methods and techniques of rehearsal, budget preparation, and committee and pastoral relationships.  3 credits.

MSC 450. Accompanying. Under the guidance of piano instructor, the piano concentration student prepares accompaniments for recital performance. One credit per semester is given for one solo recital or two half recitals.  A maximum of two credits, usually distributed over the last three years, may be earned. 1-2 credits.