Course Descriptions - Conservatory of Music

GENERAL EDUCATION


MUS 1000 Music Survey (3)
Intended to develop a more profound understanding and appreciation of art music. Students develop the ability to think analytically about music, to evaluate it, and to respond to great works of artistic expression by composers throughout music history.
Prerequisite: None

MUS 2220/1 Music in World Culture (3/2)
An introduction to music of world cultures, including both sound and socio-cultural dimensions of music. Case studies of major world musical traditions including music from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, North and South America. Meets the Africana Studies requirement.
Prerequisite: None; MUS 2221 for Music Major

MUS 2240 Latin American Music Survey (3)
A study of indigenous, African and European influences on the music and composers of Latin America including the Caribbean. Taught in Spanish. Approved course for the Spanish Speaking Program.
Prerequisite: None

MUS 2201 Music History I (3)
Development of music in ancient and non-Western cultures leading to the art music of Western civilization from the beginning of international Christianity through 1750. Significant genres, stylistic trends, musical innovations, and relevant technical matters.
Prerequisite: MUS 2221

MUS 4105 Music History II (3)
Historical development of art music from the Classical Era to modern times (c.1750 to 1950). A Writing Emphasis course.
Prerequisite: MUS 2201 or consent of instructor. Available as a Jewish Studies Collateral elective with instructor's consent.

ADDITIONAL MUSIC LITERATURE COURSES


MUS 3202 Backstage at Lincoln Center (3)
An intense experience combining class meetings with rehearsals and performances at the New York State Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, and Avery Fisher Hall. Additional fees; field trips.
Prerequisite: MUS1000 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3250 Jazz in American Culture: From Dixieland to Rock (3)
The development and influence of American Jazz from its beginnings in New Orleans to the present highlighting the musical styles of innovative vocalists and instrumentalists and their influence upon American culture. Meets the Africana Studies requirement.
Prerequisite: None

MUS 3255 Music of the American Theatre (3)
The evolution of theater music in the United States from the nineteenth century minstrel shows to the musicals of the present.
Prerequisite: None

MUS 4209 Special Topics in Music Literature (3)
An in-depth coverage of a specific topic such as the music of Beethoven, choral music literature, a comparison of the operas of Wagner and Verdi, etc. Extra fees for concerts in New York City will apply. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

MUSICAL SKILLS FOR NON-MAJORS


MUS 1050 Music Fundamentals (3)
Introduction to rudiments of music and notation. Developing an understanding of the music language and facility in music reading and aural perception, through class and individual vocal and instrumental practice and written work. Requirement for early childhood and elementary education majors.
Prerequisite: None

MUS 1517 Elementary Piano (3)
For beginning piano students who are non-music majors. Students will develop general keyboard facility through music reading, harmonizing well-known melodies, and the performance of easy classics.
Prerequisite: None

MUS  3300 Principles of the Alexander Technique (3)
Using the principles of the Alexander Technique, this course will give students the skills to recognize and change potentially harmful movement patterns. These changes can result in increased coordination, flexibility, facility, and career longevity.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

CORE MUSIC REQUIREMENTS


MUS 1001 Foundations of Music (3)
A study of the rudiments of music covering music notation of pitch, rhythm, dynamics and articulation. Emphasis will be placed on scales, keys and intervals as well as an introduction to triads and seventh chords including inversion, chord symbols and figured bass. Elementary keyboard skills will be covered as well as basic techniques of sight singing and an introduction to musical style periods.
Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor, or consent of instructor.

MUS 1101 Music Theory I (2)
Introduction to the materials of tonal music. Tertian harmony and voice-leading principles including primary functions and harmonic cadences. Non-chord tones and aspects of diatonic melody.
Prerequisite: MUS 1001, or consent of instructor.

MUS 1111 Sight-Singing and Ear-Training I (1.5)
Emphasis on the development of aural skills with diatonic harmony: melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, tertian chord recognition, and intensive sight-singing activities using solmization.
Prerequisite: MUS 1001; Corequisite: MUS 1101 or consent of instructor.

MUS 2102 Music Theory II (2)
A continuation of MUS1101 including an introduction to secondary functions and modulation. Rudiments of form and melodic analysis.
Prerequisite: MUS 1101 or consent of instructor.

MUS 2112 Sight Singing and Ear Training II (1.5)
Continuation of MUS 1111.
Prerequisite: MUS 1111 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3103 Music Theory III (2)
A continuation of MUS 2102 covering the musical materials found in the repertoire of the Eighteenth and early-Nineteenth Century. Emphasis on elements of chromaticism and higher-level concepts in tonality including an introduction to larger-scale linear principles.
Prerequisite: MUS 2102 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3113 Sight Singing and Ear Training III (1.5)
Emphasis on developing aural skills with chromatic harmony: melodic and harmonic dictation, intensive sight-singing activities and advanced rhythmic materials.
Prerequisite: MUS 2112 or consent of the instructor.

MUS 4104 Music Theory IV (2)
A continuation of MUS 3103, covering the musical materials found in the repertoire of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Emphasis on expanded chromaticism, extended tonality and the emergence of non-tonal practice.
Prerequisite: MUS 3103 or consent of the instructor.

MUS 4114 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV (1.5)
Continuation of MUS 3113 with an introduction to twentieth century materials.
Prerequisite: 3113 or consent of instructor.
Musicianship


MUS 2710 Accompanying (1)
Study and practice of piano accompanying for vocal and instrumental works, including sight-reading and transposition.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUS 2881 Elements of Jazz (1)
This course will provide an introduction to jazz theory and jazz improvisation as well as an overview of the history and development of jazz.
Prerequisite: MUS 4105

MUS 3111 Form and Analysis (2)
Tonal and structural analysis of the most common forms used in 18th and 19th century Western Art Music.
Prerequisite: MUS 4104 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3121 Choral Conducting (2)
This course is designed to provide the student with score preparation, conducting skills and rehearsal techniques used in choral rehearsal. Students are also to participate in a co-requisite choral conducting lab.
Prerequisites: MUS 3120 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3122 Instrumental Conducting (2)
This course is designed to provide the student with score preparation, conducting skills and rehearsal techniques used in band and orchestra rehearsals. Students are also to participate in a co-requisite instrumental conducting lab.
Prerequisites: MUS 3120 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3131 Orchestration I (2)
Instrumental ranges and playing characteristics, principles of scoring and arranging, study of scores and appropriate orchestral literature, scoring for various instrumental ensembles. Required in music education curriculum.
Prerequisite: MUS 3103 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3135 Introduction to Electronic Music (2)
An introduction to electronic music, including its history, compositional techniques employed, the electronic synthesis of sound, music synthesizers, and the computer.
Prerequisite: MUS 1050 or consent of the instructor.

MUS 3137 Computer Applications for Music (2)
Survey of music software applications including theory and keyboard pedagogy, MIDI sequencing, computer-based synthesis, digital audio recording/editing and music notation.
Prerequisite: MUS 1050 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3138 Music Notation on Computers (2)
Intensive study of music notational conventions, document processing, and desktop publishing featuring notational software applications.
Prerequisite: MUS 1050 or consent of instructor.

MUS 3341 Instrumental Music Program (1)
This course will address both the teaching and administrative responsibilities associated with the school instrumental music program. A sample of topics to be explored include: creating a beginner instrumental music program, a review of proper pedagogy for the developing instrumental music student, student motivation and discipline, and preparing a school budget.
Prerequisite: Music Education major or consent of the instructor.

MUS 3120 Elementary Conducting (2)
This course will introduce students to the art and craft of conducting. Topics to be covered include: beat patterns, dealing with fermata, cueing, and basoc score preparation.
Prerequisites: Music major

MUSIC EDUCATION


MUS 2900 Foundations and Principles of Music Education (3)
An observational and analytical study of K-12 music education programs in multi-cultural urban and suburban educational settings. Approximately one-third of the course will involve a supervised field-based experience. Required of all students in music education before admission to the program.
Prerequisite: Sophomore music education level and permission of instructor.

MUS 3310 Elementary School Music (3)
Music activities and materials, classroom music procedure and beginning choral techniques for the elementary school. Emphasis on activities and materials for gifted and talented students, ethnically diverse groups, mainstreaming and special education classes.
Prerequisites: MUS2900 and acceptance into the Music Education major or permission of instructor. Corequisite: MUS 3311, EDUC 3000.

MUS 3311 Elementary School Music Field Experience (1)
Students spend 1/2 day per week per semester in a selected elementary school music setting. Application of content learned in MUS 3310. Emphasis on curriculum content, basic teaching strategies and scheduling. On-site observation by college supervisors.
Prerequisite: MUS 2900 and acceptance into the Music Education major or permission of department. Corequisite: MUS 3310.

MUS 3320 Secondary School Music (3)
Course development, organization problems, music in world cultures, instrumental and choral groups, voice classification, musical theatre productions and music clubs. Study and evaluation of texts and materials. Emphasis on activities and materials for gifted and talented students, ethnically diverse groups, mainstreaming and special education classes.
Prerequisite: MUS3310 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: MUS 3321.

MUS 3321 Secondary School Music Field Experience (1)
Students spend 1/2 day per week per semester in a selected secondary school music setting. Application of content learned in MUS 3320. Emphasis on curriculum content, basic teaching strategies and scheduling. On-site observation by University supervisors.
Prerequisite: MUS 3310 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: MUS 3320.

MUS 4000 Music Teacher and The Classroom (3)
The students will develop classroom management and organizational techniques through their reflections and analysis of music classroom dynamics. Instructional design and assessment supporting educational theories, with consideration of school context and student characteristics will also be examined.

MUS 4300 Student Teaching (9)
Students will teach for a 15-week period in both elementary and secondary school under the direction of a University supervisor and cooperating teacher. The experience will include work with normal students, gifted and talented students, special education classes, mainstreaming, ethnically diverse groups, and three on-campus evening seminars. Prerequisite: All requirements for the degree except for MUS 4000.

GROUP LESSONS


Required for music education majors, but open to others by instructor consent and space availability. (See B.A. in Music Education degree requirements for details.) These courses cover both performance skills and methodologies of teaching.
MUS 1501-1502 Class Voice I-II4 (.5 + .5)
Fundamentals of singing, including physiology of the larynx, posture, breathing, resonance, song preparation, range expansion, introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet, stage deportment, and methods of teaching voice.
Prerequisite: 1501 is prerequisite for 1502; Music Education major or consent of instructor.

MUS 1511, 1512, 1513, 1514 Class Piano I-IV  (1.5 x 4)
A progressive sequence of four courses in class piano. These courses provide students with functional keyboard skills, including sight-reading, improvising accompaniments, reading choral parts, ensemble playing, transposition, and standard patriotic pieces.
Prerequisite: MUS 1001; Music Education major or consent of instructor.

MUS 1551 Class Strings (1)
Learning to play one or more stringed instruments and the method of teaching the stringed instruments. Overview of the literature and history of the stringed instruments. Primary emphasis on learning to play the violin and cello.
Prerequisite: Music Education major or consent of instructor.

MUS 1561 Class Woodwinds I (1)
The rudiments of playing the flute, clarinet, and saxophone will be stressed in conjunction with the teaching methods, materials, and repertoire associated with each. An overview of the history of the woodwind family will also be presented.
Prerequisite: Music Education major or consent of instructor.

MUS 1562 Class Woodwinds II (1)
The rudiments of playing the oboe and bassoon will be stressed in conjunction with the teaching methods, materials, and repertoire associated with each. An overview of the history of the woodwind family will also be presented.
Prerequisite: MUS 1561; Music Education major or consent of instructor

MUS 1570 Class Brass (1)
Learning to play one or more brass instruments and the methods of teaching the brass instruments. Overview of the literature and history of brass instruments. Primary emphasis on learning to play the trumpet and the trombone.
Prerequisite: Music Education major or consent of instructor.

MUS 1590 Class Percussion (1)
Learning to play the snare drum, tympani, mallet percussion instruments, and some of the smaller instruments used in the band. Methods of teaching and maintaining percussion instruments.
Prerequisite: Music Education major or consent of instructor.

PRIVATE STUDIO LESSONS


(available to students in good academic standing)
Weekly, private 50-minute lessons, generally reserved for music majors and minors. The goal of private studio instruction is to achieve significant progress each semester in technique, musicianship, sight-reading, and repertoire development. The student must show weekly evidence of a minimum of one to two hours of daily practice, and is required to perform in at least one department performance forum each semester plus a jury. Private studio lessons have a corequisite major ensemble.
Prerequisite: music major or minor and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
MUS 3600 Voice (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3800
MUS 3610 Piano (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3800
MUS 3620 Organ (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3800
MUS 3630 Harp (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3800, 3850 or 3860
MUS 3640 Guitar (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3800
MUS 3650 Violin (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3850
MUS 3651 Viola (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3850
MUS 3652 Cello (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3850
MUS 3653 Double Bass (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3850
MUS 3660 Flute (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3661 Oboe (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3662 Clarinet (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3663 Saxophone (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3664 Bassoon (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3670 Trumpet/Cornet (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3671 French Horn (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3672 Trombone/Baritone Horn (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3673 Tuba (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860
MUS 3680 Composition (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3800 OR 3860
MUS 3690 Percussion (1)
Corequisite: MUS 3860

REPERTORY


Weekly classes that provide an opportunity for students to perform the music being studied in their private lessons. Students will also become familiar with the solo literature and discuss issues of performance and program construction.
Corequisite: Private Studio Lessons. May be repeated for credit.
MUS 3700 Voice Repertory (.5)
MUS 3710 Piano Repertory (.5)
MUS 3720 Guitar Repertory (.5)
MUS 3730 Instrumental Repertory* (.5)
*four sections: brass, strings, woodwinds, and percussion.

ENSEMBLES


(available to students in good academic standing)
Study, rehearsal and performance of representative works. In addition to preparing performances and developing ensemble skills, emphasis is placed on strengthening sight-reading ability and intonation accuracy. May be repeated for credit; open to all students by audition. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory, including those occurring at other than designated class times.
Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor.


MUS 2810 Chorale (1)
A small, select mixed ensemble, specializing in a cappella literature such as madrigals and madrigal dinner repertoire. Open to both music majors and students majoring in other disciplines
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 2879 Jazz Ensemble (1)
The study, rehearsal, and performance of standard jazz repertoire and other jazz and jazz/rock styles. Open to both music majors and students majoring in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 2890  Percussion Ensemble (1)
The study, rehearsal, and performance of standard percussion ensemble repertoire. Open to both music majors and students major in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 3750 Chamber Music (1)
The study, rehearsal, and performance of representative chamber music works from a variety of musical styles. Students learn to focus on the difference between solo and chamber music playing. Open to both music majors and students majoring in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 3800 Concert Choir (1)
The rehearsal and performance of major choral works with orchestra, a cappella pieces, and Non-Western choral music. Performances on and off campus. An annual choir tour is required. Open to both music majors and students majoring in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 3850 Orchestra (1)
The rehearsal and performance of works for orchestra. Students may receive credit for performance with the Livingston Symphony, or other ensembles approved by the instructor. Open to both music majors and students majoring in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS 3860 Concert Band (1)
The rehearsal and performance of works for concert band. Emphasis on skill development and exposure to quality band literature. Open to both music majors and students majoring in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUS  3845 Opera Workshop (1)
Participatory course enabling vocal students to prepare and perform scenes from operas. Emphasis on developing operatic stage techniques and musical skills  involved in opera performance.
Prerequisite: Approval of private studio instructor

INDEPENDENT STUDY


MUS 4901, 4902, 4903 Independent Study in Music  (1, 2, 3)
The opportunity for students of advanced ability to pursue in a concentrated but informal manner a specific area of study in music not available through current course offerings.
Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson.

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