MUS*101, Music History and Appreciation I (3 credits)
Understanding and appreciation of music literature. Classic, Romantic, and Modern styles studied through the works of composers of those periods.
MUS*104, World Music (3 credits)
A survey course designed for non-musicians and musicians alike. The course will explore aspects of musical form, melody, rhythm, timbre, texture and instrumentation as rendered meaningful by the global music community. Content may include the music of Asia, Africa, India, and the Americas (including rock, jazz, blues and Native American music). Music in relation to art, ritual, theater, dance, and lifestyles will be considered, as well as aspects of musical instruments, including construction and playing techniques. This is a “D” course.
MUS*111, Fundamentals of Music I (3 credits)
Development of basic skills in note reading, rhythm, meter, pitch symbols, scales, key signatures, interval, triads and ear training.
MUS*117, Electronic Music (3 credits)
Designed for the non-musician, this course focuses on the composition, creation, performing, and recording of music using modern production techniques. Students will learn the compositional elements of music including rhythm, music and chord theory, and song structure and then perform and record their compositions using MIDI keyboards and digital audio workstations.
MUS*137, History and Appreciation of Jazz (3 credits)
A music appreciation course that uncovers the development of Jazz, from ragtime to contemporary practice.
MUS*138, Rock and Roll History and Appreciation (3 credits)
A survey of the evolution of rock music and the origins, characteristics, stylistic development, and cultural/social perspectives.
MUS*152, Drumming and Percussion Ensemble (2 Credits)
Through ensemble playing, students will learn a variety of traditional rhythms such as African, Latin, Indonesian (gamelan), Middle Eastern, etc. Various percussion instruments and playing techniques will be studied, including improvisation. Students will also learn how to use found objects as instruments. The course includes some study of the cultures associated with various instruments. Students should obtain a drum for use in the ensemble. This is a “D” course.