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Vocal/General Education

Students who aspire to become music teachers or choral directors in grades K-12 choose to study Vocal/General Education in the School of Music. MTSU students start working in schools from their first freshman classes. Top-notch faculty members have real-world experience as music educators in schools; they stay current through state/national organizations, as journal authors, and by conference speaking. Students perform in ensembles such as Concert Chorale, Women's Chorale (2009 Carnegie Hall performance), University Chorus, Opera Workshop, and MTSU University Singers jazz group; in addition, they may join the Murfreesboro Community Men's Chorus, a collaborative effort of the community and university.

Alum presents hip-hop curriculum to national audience

MTSU alum Alexis Derryberry (B.M., M.A.), Siegel Middle School's music teacher, has designed a hip-hop curriculum and will present it to a national audience. She is invited for a workshop presentation at the National Association for Music Education national conference in October 2013. Derryberry teaches general music and choir at Siegel Middle, Murfreesboro. She is state general music chair of the Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Treble Honor Choir event chair, and Middle Tennessee Vocal Associations president-elect. As a student, she won the Percussive Arts Society college marimba competition.

Voice ed. majors make mark in music associations

MTSU major Sarah Wade is one of three college students invited to participate in a student conducting workshop at the 2013 Tennessee Music Education Association state conference. Music alumnus Grant Farmer, director, and his Wilson Central High School Choir were invited to perform at the state conference as well. Undergraduates Matthew Pyles and Caleb Hawkins both received national scholarships to attend the American Choral Directors Association national conference. Students in MTSU's active National Association for Music Education college chapter tutor other music majors, teach individual lessons at high schools, help with YMCA ArtEmbrace, and volunteer at choral festivals.

MTSU has close to a 100 percent placement rate for students training to be music educators. Vocal/General Education majors generally go into teaching in public schools, but they may pursue graduate studies in school administration, conducting, or other music-related fields. Some future career possibilities include

  • Church/community chorus director
  • Conductor
  • General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
  • Choral director at middle/high schools
  • Musicologist
  • Music theater director
  • Private vocal teacher
  • School administrator
  • Singer/performer
  • Talent agent
  • University professor
  • Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Iowa public schools
  • Jackson (Tenn.) school district
  • Macon County Schools, Tennessee
  • Maury County Schools, Tennessee
  • Memphis City Schools
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi public schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • North Carolina public schools
  • Oklahoma public schools
  • Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee
  • Shelby County Schools, Tennessee
  • Wilson County Schools, Tennessee
  • Williamson County Schools, Tennessee

MTSU's School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Teacher Licensure
Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete (1) a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K–12, (2) minor in Secondary Education, (3) the General Education Program, and (4) additional teacher licensure requirements.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.

Music, Vocal/General Music Education Concentration, B.M.

School of Music 
615-898-5922
Jamila McWhirter, program coordinator
Jamila.Mcwhirter@mtsu.edu

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

NOTE: Students must take and pass the Praxis I exam during their first thirty semester hours at MTSU if their ACT score is below 22 or SAT score is below 1020.

Bachelor of Music Concentration Requirements

General Education Requirements (41 hours)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Music Core Curriculum (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student’s progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Teacher Licensure

Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete (1) a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K–12, (2) minor in Secondary Education, (3) the General Education Program, and (4) additional teacher licensure requirements. Students must contact a Secondary Education minor advisor for additional details and requirements relating to Teacher Licensure (see College of Education).

Secondary Education Minor

 

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

  • YOED 4020 - Residency I: Grades K-12

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format in art, drama, music, or physical education.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

Concentration Requirements (34 hours)

 

  • MUS 1530 - Class Piano I  1 credit hour credit hours  *

    MUS 1530 - Class Piano I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 1540 - Class Piano II  1 credit hour credit hours  *

    MUS 1540 - Class Piano II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

 

  • MUED 2000 - Philosophy and Introduction to Music Education

    2 credit hours

    First course in the music education curriculum for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Organization and curriculum of American music education as well as the place of music education in the total program of the school explored.

  • MUED 2210 - Instrumental Techniques for Music Classroom

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Learning to play the recorder, guitar, autoharp, and basic mallet and other percussion instruments with teaching application to school music.

  • MUED 2310 - Choral Music Lab  1 credit hour credit hours  (two semesters, 1 cr. ea.)

    MUED 2310 - Choral Music Lab

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Two semesters of Choral Music Lab required of all Vocal/General Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

  • MUPD 2180 - Diction for Singers I (English and Latin)

    2 credit hours

    Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in English and Latin.

 

  • MUPD 2190 - Diction for Singers II (Italian)

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in Italian.

  • MUPD 2200 - Diction for Singers III (German)

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for the familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in German.

  • MUPD 2210 - Diction for Singers IV (French)

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in French.

 

  • MUS 2530 - Class Piano III  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2530 - Class Piano III

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV  1 credit hour credit hours  (1 credit hour required)

    MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUED 3190 - General Music in the Middle and Senior High School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Required for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Introduces vocal/general music education majors to methods and materials available for teaching general music to students in grades 6-12.

  • MUED 3200 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Music Majors

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Focuses on the need for music in the classroom, provides experiences in current methods of music education, and seeks to establish a logical framework of the structure and nature of music as a discipline and an art.

  • MUED 3220 - Choral Music in the Middle and Senior High School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUED 3200 and MUS 3140. Rehearsal techniques, choral materials, organization of ensembles, classification of voices including changing voice, general music methods, and materials.

  • MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles (9 hrs. participation required) **
  • MUAP 2- - -  - Private Instruction 4 credit hours
  • MUAP 4- - -  - Private Instruction 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 4800 - Partial Senior Recital  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  (0 credit hours required)

    MUAP 4800 - Partial Senior Recital

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Two semesters of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal/General Music Education, Instrumental Music Education, and Music Industry. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Students must receive permission to present a partial senior recital by giving a pre-recital hearing before the faculty at least two weeks before the scheduled recital. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUED 4680 - Music Education Seminar

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: YOED 4020. Synthesis of contemporary music education methods and observing/teaching experiences during the Residency I internship. Pass/Fail.

**Ensembles

 

Primary Instrument: Piano or Organ

 

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3000 - Accompanying  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3000 - Accompanying

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Both solo and ensemble vocal and instrumental repertory with emphasis on the role of the piano in these combinations. Performance required.

    NOTE: Non-piano majors must complete an audition and receive the permission of the instructor to enroll in the class. In the audition, the student will be required to perform two memorized solo piano pieces, play all major and minor scales, and sight read a short piece or excerpt that will be handed to them. The audition may take place one or two days before the beginning of each semester before the first day the class meets. If a student fails the audition, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in the class.

2 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3730 - Piano Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

4 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

Primary Instrument: Voice

 

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

2 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

2 hours from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensemble)

Primary Instrument: Guitar

 

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

5 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3720 - Guitar Chamber Ensembles

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of appropriate chamber music. Open by audition.

1 hour from:

  • MUEN 3- - -  - (elective ensemble)

Total hours in program: 128

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Vocal/General Music Education, B.M., Academic Map  

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Music

MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance
0 credit hours

Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

MUS 1020 - Music Enrichment Instrumental
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment.

MUS 1021 - Music Enrichment Vocal
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional large ensemble and opera workshop rehearsals and performances and voice master classes.

MUS 1022 - Music Enrichment Piano
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional applied studio instruction, supervised practice sessions, chamber ensemble rehearsals and performances, master classes, and solo performances.

MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music
3 credit hours

Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music.

MUS 1510 - Class Voice I
1 credit hour credit

Basic vocal techniques including posture, breath control, tone quality, and diction. Italian and English diction, Vaccai studies, and moderately easy song repertory.

MUS 1520 - Class Voice II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1510. A continuation of the vocal techniques in Class Voice I with addition of vocal flexibility, uniform tone quality in extending the voice range, interpretation of songs, and stage deportment in public performance. Further study of Vaccai, Italian art songs, and English songs.

MUS 1530 - Class Piano I
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1540 - Class Piano II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1550 - Class Guitar I
1 credit hour credit

Beginning guitar playing, teaching basic techniques through chording and melodic elements.

MUS 1560 - Class Guitar II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1550 . Continuation of skills and concepts sought in Class Guitar I with emphasis on more advanced playing and repertory study.

MUS 2530 - Class Piano III
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I
1 credit hour credit

Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II
1 credit hour credit

Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2660 - Jazz Guitar Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, basic proficiency in reading music, and consent of instructor. Recommended: Class Guitar I or one semester of private instruction. Provides minimum background in performing popular guitar styles in an ensemble or studio situation. Course may be taken more than one semester for credit.

MUS 2670 - Jazz Piano Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. For beginning jazz keyboard students. Study of the harmonic language of jazz, chord voicing, keyboard techniques, interpretation of melodies, and improvisation.

MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUED 2320 and MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonization of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

MUS 4000 - Special Topics in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Study of a topic in music. Topic and prerequisites to be announced.

MUS 4100 - Independent Study in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Intensive study of a chosen subject. An indication of reasonable skill and knowledge of research techniques, writing, and creativity expected. Requires permission of the instructor and director of the music school.

MUS 4270 - Music Internship
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination and experiences in music industry, music education, or instrumental or choral conducting. Music industry may include songwriting and the creative aspects of music, studio production, music publishing, and music merchandising. Music education may include public and private school settings, state board of education arts consulting, and music textbook consulting. Conducting may include school and church conducting, music publishing, and private or public orchestras and/or choirs. Pass/Fail.

MUS 4360 - The Music Industry Professional
3 credit hours

Creation, examination, and experience in developing and implementing a business plan in the selected areas of the music business. Areas include studio teaching, freelance musicianship, contracting, performing, producing, nonprofit organizations, and similar areas of music specialization.

MUS 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours

(Same as DANC 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.

Music Education

MUED 1310 - Woodwind Techniques I
1 credit hour credit

For music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in woodwinds and open to general college students desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1320 - Percussion Techniques
1 credit hour credit

Building performance ability on snare drum in all styles of playing. Introduces performance on principal percussion instruments, including ethnic percussion groups.

MUED 1330 - Brass Techniques
1 credit hour credit

Designed for music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in brass and open to the general college student desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1410 - String Techniques
1 credit hour credit

Instruction in the elements of stringed instrument playing. The student will select one instrument of the string group and continue its study through one semester.

MUED 2000 - Philosophy and Introduction to Music Education
2 credit hours

First course in the music education curriculum for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Organization and curriculum of American music education as well as the place of music education in the total program of the school explored.

MUED 2210 - Instrumental Techniques for Music Classroom
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Learning to play the recorder, guitar, autoharp, and basic mallet and other percussion instruments with teaching application to school music.

MUED 2310 - Choral Music Lab
1 credit hour credit

Two semesters of Choral Music Lab required of all Vocal/General Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 2320 - Instrumental Music Lab
1 credit hour credit

Two semesters of Instrumental Lab required of all Instrumental Music Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 3190 - General Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Required for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Introduces vocal/general music education majors to methods and materials available for teaching general music to students in grades 6-12.

MUED 3200 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Music Majors
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Focuses on the need for music in the classroom, provides experiences in current methods of music education, and seeks to establish a logical framework of the structure and nature of music as a discipline and an art.

MUED 3210 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Non-Music Majors
3 credit hours

Materials and methods appropriate for elementary grade general music, including a comparison of available music series and recordings; care of the child voice; beginning experience in pitched and non-pitched percussion; and simple wind instruments. Pedagogical trends and methods; analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 3220 - Choral Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUED 3200 and MUS 3140. Rehearsal techniques, choral materials, organization of ensembles, classification of voices including changing voice, general music methods, and materials.

MUED 3230 - Instrumental Materials
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140 and successful admission into upper division. Examines materials suitable for public school instrumental music programs. Practice in classifying, grading, and programming. Development of music education philosophy for the control of those procedures.

MUED 3250 - Band Organization and Marching Band Techniques
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUED 2000 and successful admission into upper division. Basic drill, principles of showmanship, and show planning for the band.

MUED 3260 - Orchestra Organization and Techniques
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUED 2000 or permission of instructor. Development of rehearsal management, score preparation, educational string arranging, and performance skills. Examines materials and resources suitable for public and private school strings and orchestra programs. Development of concert production skills and logistical/organizational skills necessary for contests, festivals, and tours.

MUED 3310 - Woodwind Techniques II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUED 1310. Instruction in the principles and problems of teaching woodwind instruments. Emphasis on problems found in performance by school students.

MUED 4210 - General Music Program K-6
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUEN 3200. The role of music and music teaching in elementary education; its objectives, methods, materials, and procedures; innovative trends and exemplary practices; evaluative techniques.

MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child
3 credit hours

Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

MUED 4680 - Music Education Seminar
0 credit hours

Corequisite: YOED 4020. Synthesis of contemporary music education methods and observing/teaching experiences during the Residency I internship. Pass/Fail.

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