Music (MU)

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MU-REC   Senior Recital - Music MajorCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Senior Recital - Music Major. This is a pass/fail course.

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MU-REC   Senior Recital - Music MajorCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Senior Recital - Music Major. This is a pass/fail course.

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MU-101   Music AppreciationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Development of insights into historically significant examples of Western vocal and instrumental music.

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MU-140   Applied Music Industry ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): AT

Students will be introduced to the modern music business ecosystem, find out how all facets of the evolving business function, and learn about the skills needed for a variety of diverse careers in the industry.

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MU-145   Band ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Instrumental experience in concert and stage band combinations to improve one's musicianship; public performances on campus and in the community; two concerts a year. May be taken for as many as eight semesters.

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MU-146   Band IICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Instrumental experience in concert and stage band combinations to improve one's musicianship; public performances on campus and in the community; two concerts a year. May be taken for as many as eight semesters.

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MU-147   Chorus ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): AT

Training in choral music of various styles, in vocal technique, and in aspects of expressive performance; concert participation required. May be taken for as many as eight semesters.

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MU-148   Chorus IICredits: 1   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): AT

Training in choral music of various styles, in vocal technique, and in aspects of expressive performance; concert participation required. May be taken for as many as eight semesters.

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MU-150   Introduction to PianoCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Group instruction in piano with an emphasis on developing beginning skills in keyboard technique, music reading, harmonization, and performance of repertoire. Designed for students with little or no previous musical experience.

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MU-151   Group Piano ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Group instruction in piano with an emphasis on music reading, music theory, piano technique, harmonization, improvisation, and performance of repertoire. Designed for music majors and students with some previous musical experience.

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MU-152   Group Piano IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-151.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Group instruction in piano with an emphasis on more advanced music reading, music theory, piano technique, harmonization, improvisation, and performance of repertoire. Designed for students who would like to continue to develop the skills acquired in MU-151.

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MU-156   Chamber OrchestraCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

The Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra is a small orchestral ensemble of strings with woodwinds, brass, and percussion that is designed to meet the needs of the Music and Theatre Department and public performances on campus and in the community. May be taken for as many as eight semesters.

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MU-157   Chamber Choir ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

The Monmouth University Chamber Chorus is an ensemble of sixteen to twenty-four auditioned singers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in choral arts in a challenging musical setting. The repertoire for this ensemble requires a moderate/high degree of individual musicianship and mastery of specific singing techniques and period music interpretation. The group functions as a concert-ready and portable ensemble that responds to requests for particular types of venues, such as: sporting events, concert tours as a vehicle for a wider public performance experience with regard to public relations, meaningful connections with other academic institutions, and university recruitment. Audition required and registration is by the instructor.

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MU-158   Chamber Choir IICredits: 1   

Prerequisite: MU-157.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of MU-157, the Monmouth University Chamber Chorus is an ensemble of sixteen to twenty-four auditioned singers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in choral arts in a challenging musical setting. The repertoire for this ensemble requires a moderate/high degree of individual musicianship and a mastery of specific singing techniques and period music interpretation. The group functions as a concert-ready and portable ensemble that responds to requests for particular types of venues, such as: sporting events, lecture/presentations, dedications, special events, and graduation ceremonies. Additionally, the group will undertake periodic concert tours as a vehicle for a wider, public performance experience and with regard to public relations, meaningful connections with other academic institutions, and university recruitment. Audition required and registration is by instructor.

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MU-161   Group Instrument ICredits: 2   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed to develop instrumental technique and repertoire; open to students who have some proficiency in strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion.

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MU-162   Group Instrument IICredits: 2   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed to develop instrumental technique and repertoire; open to students who have some proficiency in strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion.

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MU-163   Group StringsCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): AT

Designed especially for music education students who are required to have some proficiency in group strings to meet state certification guidelines. Open to beginners only. Non-music majors may enroll by permission of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.

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MU-164   Group WoodwindsCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): AT

Designed especially for music education students who are required to have some proficiency in group woodwinds to meet state certification guidelines. Open to beginners only. Non-music majors may enroll by permission of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.

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MU-165   Group BrassCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): AT

Designed especially for music education students who are required to have some proficiency in group brass to meet state certification guidelines. Open to beginners only. Non-music majors may enroll by permission of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.

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MU-166   Group PercussionCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): AT

Designed especially for music education students who are required to have some proficiency in group percussion to meet state certification guidelines. Open to beginners only. Non-music majors may enroll by permission of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.

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MU-167   Introduction to Electronic MusicCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Fundamentals of electronic music acquired through lectures, recordings, and hands-on use of electronic synthesizers.

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MU-170   Electronic Music CompositionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A course designed for musicians who wish to compose and record music in a soundtrack, avant- garde, or classical genre. Students will be required to use university recording facilities.

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MU-171   Group Voice ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): AT

Fundamentals of technique and performance of song literature; voice production and principles of singing, including breath control, resonance, tone quality, diction, and pronunciation.

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MU-172   Group Voice IICredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): AT

Fundamentals of technique and performance of song literature; voice production and principles of singing, including breath control, resonance, tone quality, diction, and pronunciation.

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MU-180   Applied Music: Jazz PianoCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in jazz piano; may be repeated for additional credits.

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MU-181   Applied Music: BassCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in bass; may be repeated for additional credits.

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MU-188   Fundamentals of GuitarCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

General music skills as applied to guitar playing; students develop left- and right-hand technique; introduction to basic repertoire and history of repertoire.

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MU-190   Applied Music: PercussionCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in percussion; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-191   Applied Music: VoiceCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in voice; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-192   Applied Music: PianoCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in piano; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-193   Applied Music: Upper BrassCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in upper brass; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-194   Applied Music: Lower BrassCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in lower brass; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-195   Applied Music: WoodwindsCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in woodwinds; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-196   Applied Music: GuitarCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in guitar; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-197   Applied Music: StringsCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): AT

Weekly, fifty-minute private lessons in strings; may be repeated for additional credit.

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MU-198   Special Topics in Music (100 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in music to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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MU-199   Applied Music: Private InstructionCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Private instrumental and vocal instruction. The instructor is selected by the student with the approval of the Music faculty. Students must consult the Music Department.

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MU-216   From Blues to Rap: The African-American Music TraditionCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Contributions of African-Americans to American music: slave songs, spirituals, blues, rhythm and blues, soul, and rap music.

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MU-217   The American Music TraditionCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

A survey of American music from the colonial period to the present, including folk and ethnic music, military and parade music, war songs, Tin Pan Alley pop, Broadway show tunes, and composers, such as Stephen Foster, Woody Guthrie, and Irving Berlin.

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MU-218   History and Literature of Music ICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): WT

Survey of musical idioms and forms from Ancient Greek to the Baroque periods. Primary focus on Western music in Western culture; some time will be spent exploring the music of Asia, Africa, and South America; exploration of the great musical literature that has survived from antiquity through 1700 AD.

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MU-219   History and Literature of Music IICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): WT

Survey of musical forms and idioms from the Classical period until the present. Primary focus is to expose the student to the vast body of musical masterworks created in the modern era, as well as exploration of "world music."

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MU-221   Theory ICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-151 or departmental approval.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Basic knowledge of the procedures of harmony and melody.

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MU-221L   Ear Training ICredits: 1   

Course Type(s): None

The development of sight singing, dictation, and rhythmic skills is the objective of this course. Alto and tenor clefs are introduced during the first level.

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MU-222   Theory IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-221 or departmental approval.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

The rudiments of music writing, from the harmonization of simple melodies to the writing of more complex music. Emphasis on more advanced compositions.

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MU-222L   Ear Training IICredits: 1   

Prerequisite: MU-221L.

Course Type(s): None

The development of sight singing, dictation, and rhythmic skills is the objective of this course. Topics, skills, and abilities introduced in Ear Training I are further developed.

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MU-240   Applied Music Industry IICredits: 1   

Prerequisites: MU-140 and MU-301.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will be introduced to a variety of skills needed in the music industry. Each student will be required to complete specific, hands-on projects in preparation for a major internship off campus.

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MU-241   Applied Music Industry IIICredits: 1   

Prerequisites: MU-140, MU-240, and MU-301.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will be introduced to a variety of skills needed in the music industry. Each student will be required to complete a specific hands-on project as preparation for a major internship off campus. Limited to Music majors.

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MU-290   Rock and Roll in American CultureCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Impact of rock and roll on American culture and music history; rock genres, including rockabilly, protest rock, blues-rock, punk, heavy metal, and rock and roll as a global phenomenon.

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MU-291   Jazz in AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): RE, WT

Musical and cultural overview of the jazz tradition in America, with special emphasis on Dixieland, swing, bop, and jazz fusion, and artists such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane.

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MU-292   Roots, Rock, ReggaeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): RE

A survey of Jamaican reggae music from its inception to the present. The music form's political, religious, and cultural connections will also be examined, as will the major works of reggae composers, such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Peter Tosh.

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MU-298   Special Topics in Music (200 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in music to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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MU-301   The Business of MusicCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An introduction to the inner workings and business strategies of the music industry. In addition to an analysis of the recording arm of the industry, other areas such as concert production, management, media relations, and talent acquisition will also be examined.

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MU-321   Music Theory IIICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MU-221 and MU-222.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Music Theory III is the third semester of a sequential, two-year music theory curriculum. After a brief review of the material covered in Music Theory I (MU-221) and Advanced Theory and Harmony (MU-222), an introduction to the music materials and stylistic practices associated with nineteenth-century music is provided. Procedure will entail examining and working with melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, and structural elements found in the music being studied.

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MU-322   Music Theory IVCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MU-221, MU-222, and MU-321.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Music Theory IV is the fourth semester of a sequential, two-year music theory curriculum. After a brief review of the material covered in Music Theory 1 (MU-221), Advanced Theory and Harmony (MU-222), and Music Theory III (MU-321), an introduction to the music materials, stylistic practices and the unique forms and approaches associated with twentieth-century music is provided. Procedure will entail examining and working with the melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, and structural elements found in the music being studied.

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MU-327   Instrumental Arranging and Basic OrchestrationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-222.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Practical problems of orchestration, including transposition, characteristics and limitation of various band, orchestral, keyboard, and electronic instruments; arranging for instrumental ensembles of various sizes.

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MU-328   ConductingCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MU-218, MU-151, and four semesters of MU-145, MU-146 and/or MU-147, MU-148.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Basic choral and instrumental conducting techniques with emphasis on the physical problems of coordination and control, as well as interpretation, rehearsal, performance, and program planning. Each student will function as an assistant to the choral/instrumental conductors.

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MU-329   Conducting IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-328.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of MU-328. Basic choral and instrumental conducting techniques with emphasis on the physical problems of coordination and control, as well as interpretation, rehearsal, performance, and program planning. Each student will function as an assistant to the choral/instrumental conductors.

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MU-329W   Workshop in the Techniques of Composing MusicCredits: 2   

Prerequisite: MU-222.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Explores problems in melody, rhythm, and harmony, including texture and the elements of musical form, presented in line with the needs of individual students as revealed in their original composition.

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MU-331   Music for the ChildCredits: 2   

Prerequisites: MU-151 and MU-218.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Focus on methods and materials of teaching in the elementary school (K-8): singing, rhythmic expression, listening, use of simple instruments, and correlating music with other areas of learning. It will include pedagogical strategies related to teaching linguistically diverse students, students with diverse needs, using instructional technology and using data to inform instruction. For Music majors only. Also listed as ED-331. Clincal Hours required.

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MU-333   The Teaching of Music in the Secondary SchoolCredits: 2   

Prerequisites: MU-151 and MU-218.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Study and application of appropriate concepts, methods, skills, and materials for secondary-school music teachers. It will include pedagogical strategies for teaching linguistically diverse students, those with special needs using instructional technology and using data to inform instruction. For Music majors only. Clinical Hours required.Also listed as ED-333.

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MU-340   Music and Music Publishing for TV, Radio, and FilmCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Defines and examines the many opportunities available to the musician in the mass media, including theme composition, post scoring, jingle production, news music, production libraries, music editing, soundtrack production, on-air and cable network yearly campaigns, EFX and usage, available orchestrational sources, client relations, timings and conversations, on-air and theatrical publishing, professional societies (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), budgeting, and union relations and affiliations.

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MU-341   Songwriting ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed to analyze and study the many components of songwriting, focusing on today's contemporary music featured on radio, film, and television. Various styles will be studied and developed, from rap to country music. Nashville style group writing will be used as will Writer in the Round type performances. Ability to play an instrument is recommended but not required.

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MU-342   Songwriting IICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of Songwriting I and will focus on final arrangements and production of songs to be presented to publishers, record labels, etc. Also covered will be how to properly present works to producers and session musicians in the form of basic lead sheets and music notation.

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MU-345   Record ProductionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): IM

Examines all of the aspects of record production, from choice of artist and material to the actual art of recording itself. Will meet in a fully equipped recording studio and will be co-taught by the lecturing professor and a professional sound engineer. The recording techniques to be taught will be applicable to all forms of music, including classical jazz, rock, and mass/multimedia. The student will have hands-on instruction on the use of analog and digital recording machines, sound boards, and outboard gear.

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MU-353   Contemporary Rock Ensemble ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Designed to run as a professional touring band would in preparation for a major tour and/or recording session. Covers many different genres with varying instrumentation. Taught by a seasoned road veteran with twenty years of experience in major tours/acts.

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MU-354   Contemporary Rock Ensemble IICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of Rock Ensemble I, which is designed to run as a professional touring band would in preparation for a major tour and/or recording session. It will cover many different genres with varying instrumentation. Taught by a seasoned road veteran with twenty years of experience in major tour/acts.

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MU-398   Special Topics in Music (300 Level)Credits: 3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in music to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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MU-399   Independent Study in MusicCredits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in music to be announced prior to registration.

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MU-401   Music Business Internship SeminarCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MU-301, departmental approval and Junior standing.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX5

Practical experience in the music industry in fields such as concert production, promotion, publicity, music publishing, and management. This course is repeatable for credit.

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MU-402   Music Internship Seminar IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-401.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX5

Practical experience in the music industry in fields such as concert production, promotion, publicity, music publishing, and management. Limited to Music majors only.

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MU-403   Music Internship Seminar IIICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-402.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Practical experience in the music industry in fields such as concert production, promotion, publicity, music publishing, and management. Limited to Music majors only.

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MU-405   CompositionCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MU-218, MU-219, MU-221, and MU-222.

Course Type(s): None

Using the technique of Replicate-Generate From-Generate, this course combines the student's knowledge of traditional styles, form, and analysis in order to replicate music in many styles. The student will then begin to combine his or her own musical ideas into these compositions. The second half of the semester will be devoted to the original compositions of the student while employing the disciplines previously studied. Classical as well as contemporary motifs will be explored in this lecture-discussion-workshop course.

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MU-406   Composition IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-405.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Using the technique of Replicate-Generate From- Generate, this course combines the student's knowledge of traditional styles, form, and analysis in order to replicate music in many styles. The student will then begin to combine his or her own musical ideas into these compositions. The second half of the semester will be devoted to the original composition of the student while employing the disciplines previously studied. Classical as well as contemporary motifs will be explored in this lecture-discussion-workshop course.

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MU-453   Advanced Record ProductionCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: MU-345.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Addresses the aesthetics of record production. Studio techniques, pre-production approaches, actual recording and final mixing are at the heart of this course. Students will learn microphone techniques as well as control room techniques. The full responsibilities of the producer will be taught and discussed in the class, as well as practiced outside of the studio/classroom. Lectures and demonstrations will precede the students' practical application and final product.

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MU-489   Internship in MusicCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisites: Departmental approval and Junior standing.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised practical experience in music; repeatable for credit.

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MU-498   Special Topics in Music (400 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in music to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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MU-499   Independent Study in MusicCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research on a selected topic under the direction of a Music Department faculty member.