Music (MUS*)

MUS*101, Music History and Appreciation I  (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge

Understanding and appreciation of music literature. Classic, Romantic, and Modern styles studied through the works of composers of those periods.  (Updated November 2014)

MUS*104, World Music (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Aesthetic Dimensions, Global KnowledgeHistorical Knowledge
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. Fulfills a “D” course requirement for students who enrolled in a degree program prior to the Fall 2016 semester.(Updated April 2018)

MUS*111, Fundamentals of Music I  (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Aesthetic Dimensions

Development of basic skills in note reading, rhythm, meter, pitch symbols, scales, key signatures, interval, triads and ear training. (Updated November 2014)

MUS*117, Electronic Music (3 credits) 
Gen Ed Competencies: Aesthetic DimensionsCreativity
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. (Updated April 2018)

MUS*137, History and Appreciation of Jazz  (3 credits) 
Gen Ed Competency: Aesthetic DimensionsHistorical Knowledge
A music appreciation course that uncovers the development of Jazz, from ragtime to contemporary practice. (Updated November 2014)

MUS*138, Rock and Roll History and Appreciation (3 credits)
Gen Ed Competency: Aesthetic DimensionsHistorical Knowledge
A survey of the evolution of rock music and the origins, characteristics, stylistic development, and cultural/social perspectives.

MUS*152, Drumming and Percussion Ensemble (3 Credits)
Gen Ed Competencies: Aesthetic DimensionsCreativity
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.  Prior to the Fall 2016 semester, this course was offered for 2 credits.  Students who took this course prior to the Fall 2016 semester cannot retroactively receive 3 credits for this course.  (Updated April 2018) 
(Fulfills a “D” course requirement for students who enrolled in a degree program prior to the Fall 2016 semester.)

MUS*219, Electronic Music Composition / Audio Technology I
3 credits
A continuation of the principles of electronic music composition and audio production:  This course emphasizes the techniques and methodologies used in studio and live recording, mixing, and processing of music. Students will be expected to complete projects both individually and collaboratively resulting in the recording, editing, and mastering of music compositions. Topics will include multi-track recording, studio acoustics, microphone placement techniques, sound design, digital mixing consoles, signal processors, and studio session procedures. Prerequisite: COM*131 and MUS*117.

MUS*237, Principles of Sound Recording 
(3 credits)   

This course is an advanced study of the techniques and methodologies used in studio and live recording of sound and music. Students will be expected to work both individually and collaboratively in the recording and mastering of live or studio music recording projects. Topics will include advanced knowledge of multi-track recording, studio acoustics, sound design, digital mixing consoles, microphone placement techniques, signal processors, monitoring, talkback systems, and studio session procedures. Prerequisite:  MUS*219.

MUS*238, Audio Mixing and Processing
3 credits

This is advanced-level course in audio and music mixing and signal processing. Students will be expected to take pre-recorded multi-track audio and music production files and edit, mix, process, and master them at a professional level. Topics will include advanced-level sound design, multi-track digital mixing and signal processing, including audio compression, equalization, filtering, reverb, echo, delay, flanging, modulation, pitch shifting, chorus, and other digital effects.  Prerequisite: MUS*219 (may be taken concurrently).  (New course, Fall 2017; Updated April 2018)
Gen Ed Competency: Creativity