Music Course Descriptions

Music History & Music Theory Courses

MU 102, History of Jazz, 3 CR
This course features a study of jazz styles from historical African sources to the contemporary era.

MU 103, Bach to Beethoven: Their Lives and Music, 3 CR
This course focuses on famous compositions and composers primarily from the Baroque and Classical eras, 16001825. Highlights include classics and well-known works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. The music of these composers reflects the era in which it was created, but continues to provide contemporary meaning and inspiration to people around the world.

MU 104, Brahms to Bernstein: Their Lives and Music, 3 CR
Highlights of this course include exciting pieces by Romantic and 20th-century composers from 1825 to the present. These composers created music that reflects the various cultures in which they lived, but additionally shows inspiring creativity, individuality, and uniqueness in an ever-changing world.

MU 106, Introduction to Irish Traditional Music, 3 CR
Students will survey the development of Irish music from pre-Christian times through to the present, attend live performances and learn to play the Irish whistle.

MU107 Intro To Music Therapy
A historical, theoretical, and clinical basis for defining and understanding music therapy and/or continuing its study. It is designed as a survey and experiential course to give historical background to the development of the profession, as well as basic understanding of technique,  and application served by music therapists with many populations in hospitals schools, individual therapy and ritual. Music proficiencies are helpful but not required for enrollment in this course.

MU108 The Power Of Sacred Music
Reflection on the use, history and teaching of sacred music throughout time, through aboriginal and mystical traditions to modern applications in religion, yoga and Buddhist teachings. The student will learn through experiential learning, applications, readings and research studies.  Sacred music for the individual, society and in  healthcare will be addressed. A paper on a specific area of interest will be assigned.  Class participation and experience will be required.

MU 110, Women in Music, 3 CR
This class will give a general overview of women's involvement in the world of music from Medieval roots to current American popular music, including composers, performers, educators and conductors.

MU 112, Music in America, 3 CR
U.S. folk, jazz, popular and fine art music are studied in this course. Emphasis is on aural analysis and placing historical and contemporary music in its cultural context.

MU 114, Latin American and Caribbean Music, 3 CR
This course traces the development of the most important Latin American musical styles from their historical folk origins to the present. Focus is on music from Cuba and Brazil.

MU 121, Musicianship I, 3 CR
This course focuses on the development and enhancement of musical skills through music reading and notation, rhythmic and tonal perception and analysis. Other areas covered include the construction and function of scales, intervals and triads. Open to all students. Offered Fall semesters.

MU 122, Musicianship II, 3 CR
This course continues the development of musical skills through further practice with music notation, musical analysis, and aural perception. The construction and function of triads, harmonic motion, rhythm, texture and writing are covered. Offered Spring semesters. Prerequisite: MU 121 or by permission

MU 125, Music in the Performing Arts, 3 CR
A study of music and artists in the dramatic and performing arts, both past and present. Focus is on chamber music, opera, and musical theatre.

MU/RS 239, Catholic Church Music, 3 CR
Interesting and important works from the great tradition of music written for the Catholic Church are viewed through the Churchs historical and present liturgical traditions. As a significant component of the Catholic Intellectual Traditions, relevant musical examples from the early through contemporary periods are examined from liturgical, technical, and cultural viewpoints. The Churchs reaction to and use of the wide variety of musical compositions are examined and discussed.

Private Lessons

MU 130-233, Applied Music, 12 CR
Private or group music performance courses that may be repeated for credit. Applied Music courses do not satisfy Area B-1 requirements.

MU 131, Private Lessons, 1 CR
Individual instruction in selected instruments or voice. One half-hour lesson per week. Fee required. Prerequisite: Departmental permission

MU 132, Private Lessons, 2 CR
Individual instruction in selected instruments or voice. One-hour lesson per week. Fee required. Prerequisite: Departmental permission

Ensembles

MU 136, University Band, 1 CR
This course develops students talents and musicianship through participation in a performing instrumental group. The ensemble presents a wide variety of interesting and significant repertoire arranged and written for concert band, in both on-and off-campus concerts and events. Prerequisite: Audition and permission

MU 137, Concert Choir, 1 CR
This course develops students talents and musicianship through participation in a larger vocal ensemble. The choir focuses on the training in and performance of interesting and significant choral works from many different cultures and historical periods. Participants perform in concerts and events both on and off campus. Prerequisite: vocal interview and permission

MU 138, Jazz Ensemble, 1 CR
This course develops students musicianship and musical talent in a contemporary musical art form. The jazz workshop approach develops stylistic and improvisatorial skills with the goal of presenting concerts and performing. Prerequisite: Permission

MU 139, Guitar Ensemble, 1 CR
This course develops students talents and musicianship through participation in a performing instrumental group. The ensemble presents a wide variety of repertoire arranged and written for guitar in both on- and off-campus concerts and events. Prerequisite: Permission

MU 198, Liturgical Choir, 1 CR
This ensemble is open to all singers and instrumentalists by audition who wish to participate in the music of the Sunday evening liturgy. Students meaningfully experience and appreciate the vibrant heritage of the Catholic music tradition. Both contemporary and traditional styles of music are offered in the spirit of prayer. Through practice and presentation of appropriate music, musical skills are utilized, encouraged and further developed. Prerequisite: Audition

MU 233, 4-Heart Harmony, 1 CR
This advanced mixed chamber choir performs a wide variety of significant and interesting music, including a capella, jazz, pop, show tunes, multicultural and classical choral repertoire. Participants perform in concerts and events both on and off campus. Members are experienced choral singers and the ensemble is open by interview and vocal audition. Prerequisite: Permission.

MU 299, Instrumental Chamber Music, 1 CR
This course is consists of String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, & Percussion Ensemble.  Chamber music was originally intended to be performed in homes during social gatherings or parties and we strive to keep that intimate feeling through the music we play and the concerts we give. All the ensembles enjoy a flexibility of repertoire that includes music from all styles such as classical, jazz, pop, ragtime, modern, and almost anything under the sun! Prerequisite: Permission