ACADEMICS

  • Music Courses

    MU 100 Music Fundamentals
    LASC—Creative Arts
    An introduction to the rudiments of music theory, including pitch and rhythmic organization. Emphasis is placed on
    intervals, major and minor scales, reading and writing rhythm, and chord structures.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 101 Fundamentals of Music and Aural Skills
    LASC—Creative Arts
    An introduction to reading and writing conventional music notation, the fundamentals of music theory, and basic
    aural skills. Emphasis will be placed on intervals, scales, chords, rhythmic values, sight-singing, melodic dictation,
    and aural recognition of intervals and chords.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 102 Applied Music
    Prerequisite: Audition required
    Instruments offered: Piano, voice, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, cello, percussion,
    classical guitar, organ. Instructors for other instruments may be arranged by special request to Music Department.
    Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one-half hour lesson per week. Studio fee required. May be repeated.
    Offered every year. 1 credit.
     
    MU 115 Music Appreciation
    LASC—Creative Arts
    A general survey of masterpieces of the major composers of various periods in the history of music.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 120 Ear-Training
    Prerequisites: MU 100 or MU 101
    An introductory course in the fundamentals of ear-training and sight-singing. Emphasis will be placed on the
    development of basic melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aural skills through listening, dictation, and application of
    solfege.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 125 Jazz Appreciation
    LASC—Creative Arts, Thought, Language, and Culture
    Surveys the history of jazz, beginning with the earliest roots in the American South to today.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 140 World Music
    LASC—Creative Arts
    An introduction to music of various cultures and continents including music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, The
    Middle East and India.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 150 Opera
    Analysis of the masterworks of the standard operatic repertoire.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 175 Music in America
    A survey of music history and literature in America including gospel spirituals, jazz, popular and classical music.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU 190 Class Piano
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: MU 100 or MU 101
    Basic piano proficiency. Class topics will include an introduction to the keyboard, hand position, and music theory.
    Solo literature appropriate to the level will be studied.
    Offered every year: 1 credit.
     
    Visual and Performing Arts
    MU 193 Special Topics in Music for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 195 Class Guitar
    An introduction to playing the guitar, including technique, reading tabs and notation, and harmonization of melodies
    with chords. Solo literature appropriate to the level will be studied. Students are required to provide an instrument.
    Offered every year: 1 credit.
     
    MU 200 Issues in Music
    This course deals with topics of special interest, in both seminars and applied environments at an introductory level.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 202 Applied Music
    Prerequisite: Audition required
    Note: Please refer to instrument listing for MU 102
    Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one-half hour lesson per week. Studio fee required. May be repeated.
    Offered every year. 1 credit.
     
    MU 204 Composition l
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: MU 100 or MU 101
    An introduction to compositional methods and techniques. Students develop personal expression by creating musical
    works while exploring use of melody, harmony, timbre, rhythm, texture, and tonality within conventional musical forms.
    Offered every other year. 3 credit.
     
    MU 205 Music Theory I
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: MU 100

    Analysis and application of harmonization techniques using diatonic chords. Further emphasis is placed on voiceleading,
    figured bass, melodic construction, and embellishing tones.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 208 Music Software
    Prerequisites: MU 100 or MU 101
    A survey of music software including Finale, Sibelius, Logic, GarageBand and other current applications. Students
    will explore the features of each program relative to notation, composition, arranging, and recording.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 210 Music Theory II
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: MU 205

    Analysis and application of harmonization techniques using diatonic and chromatic chords. Emphasis is placed on
    voice-leading, non-chord tones, secondary chords, and modulation.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 213 Music Technology of MIDI Systems and Digital Audio
    Prerequisite: MU 100 or knowledge of notation and department consent
    Offers study in MIDI/Digital Audio Systems and electronic music synthesis in a PC environment. Prepares student
    interested in audio engineering.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 215 Chorus and Music Theory
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: Audition required
    Mixed choral repertoire and performance, covering vocal problems and techniques. Introduction to music theory,
    rhythms, intervals, basic chordal structures, harmonization. Participation in college chorus required.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 220 Chorus
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: MU 215

    Mixed chorus repertoire. May be repeated.
    Offered every semester. 1 credit.
     
    MU 222 African Drumming
    LASC—Creative Arts, Global Perspectives, Diversity Across the Curriculum
    An exploration of African music and drumming techniques from the culture of Ghana. Students will develop
    performance skills and present a public performance during the course of the semester.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 225 Band
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: Audition required
    Study and experience in repertoire and performance. May be repeated.
    Offered every year. 1 credit.
     
    MU 226 Band and Music Theory
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: Audition required

    Study and experience in music notation and style of instrumental music. Participation in college band required.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 230 New England Jazz Artists
    To enhance the student's knowledge of jazz by studying and analyzing the music of the great jazz artists and venues
    of the New England area.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 231 Women in Music

    LASC—Creative Arts; Thought, Language, and Culture
    A survey of the role of women in music, particularly the great women composers from Medieval to Contemporary times.
    Category 1. 3 credits.
     
    MU 234 Music of the Baroque Period

    The period 1600-1750 with emphasis on Bach and Handel.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU 235 Music of the Classical Period
    The period 1750-1827; Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU 237 Music in the Elementary School
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Discover the benefits of using music to enrich general education from preschool through high school. Develop your
    own musicianship through learning to use your singing voice, learning to play the recorder, learning to read notation
    and gaining an overview of western music history.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 240 Music of the Romantic Period
    A survey of nineteenth-century music beginning with Beethoven.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU 245 Twentieth-Century Music
    A comprehensive study and general listener’s approach to contemporary music beginning with Impressionism.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU/CM 250 Music of the Cinema: Spectacle, Splendor, and Spielberg
    LASC—Creative Arts; Thoughts, Language and Culture
    An introduction to the role, impact, and importance of music in motion pictures from silent movies through contemporary
    film.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    MU 255 The Golden Era of Piano Music

    LASC—Creative Arts
    A survey of piano music beginning with Beethoven and continuing through the Romantic tradition to the early
    twentieth century.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 260 Symphonic Music
    LASC—Creative Arts
    A survey of symphonic music beginning with the classical period.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 265 The Concerto
    LASC—Creative Arts
    The concerto from the eighteenth to the twentieth century with emphasis on the development of the piano concerto.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU 270 Music in Horror Films
    A survey of scores composed for horror films. Emphasis is placed on the role of music in the genre and the composer's
    interpretation of various components of screenplays, including narrative, characters, and emotional content.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 281 Music History I
    LASC—Creative Arts
    A general survey of western art music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 282 Music History II
    LASC—Creative Arts
    A general survey of western art music from the Classical and Romantic periods, and the twentieth century.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 300 Chorale
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisites: By audition only
    Study and performance of a cappella choral literature from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. May be repeated.
    Category 1. 1 credit.
     
    MU 302 Applied Music
    Prerequisite: Audition required
    Note: Please refer to instrument listing for MU 102
    Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one-half hour lesson per week. Studio fee required. May be repeated.
    Offered every year. 1 credit.
     
    MU 310 The American Musical in Performance
    Study, rehearsal and performance of a great American musical. Music, acting and dance will all be skills which are
    developed.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    MU 321 Small Music Chamber Ensemble

    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: By audition or consent of the instructor

    The performance of musical works by a small ensemble.
    Offered every year. 1 or .5 credit.
     
    MU 380 Form and Analysis
    Prerequisite: MU 210
    An introduction to and analysis of the formal structures of music.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    MU 400 Independent Study in Music
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    An opportunity for further study in a special field of interest under faculty supervision.
    Offered every year. 1-6 credits.
     
    MU 402 Applied Music
    Prerequisite: Audition required
    Note: Please refer to instrument listing for MU 102
    Private instruction in an instrument or voice, one-half hour lesson per week. Studio fee required. May be repeated.
    Offered every year. 1 credit.
     
    MU 410 Special Topics in Music
    This course will allow members of the music faculty to develop courses of special interest. This would include seminars
    on specific composers or compositions, in both classroom and applied studio environments.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.