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MUS-Music

MUS100 - Introduction to Music

Exposes the student to the various historical, analytical and aesthetic elements of music, thereby providing an opportunity to broaden and enrich personal enjoyment. This exposure to music is made through the use of visual aids, audio and video recordings, and concert attendance. (3 crs.)

MUS104 - Voice Class I

This course is designed for students who want to improve their singing voice as a musically expressive instrument. Breathing, vocal placement, and diction and rhythmic literacy will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to improving sight-singing ability. (3 crs.)

MUS109 - Private Instruction: Brass I

MUS 109, 209, 309, 409. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: BRASS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS119 - Private Instruction: Piano I

MUS 119, 219, 319, 419. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PIANO I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS129 - Private Instruction: Percussion I

MUS 129, 229, 329, 429. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PERCUSSION I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS149 - Private Instruction: Woodwinds I

MUS 149, 249, 349,449. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: WOODWINDS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS159 - Private Instruction: Voice I

MUS 159, 259, 359, 459. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: VOICE I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS170 - Private Instruction: Guitar I

MUS170 - Private Instruction: Guitar I MUS 170, 270, 370, 470. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: GUITAR I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS179 - Private Instruction: String I

MUS 179, 279, 379, 479. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: STRING I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS186 - Clavinova Ensemble

This course will provide a music experience for students so they can actively engage in the artistic, cultural and social benefits of music presentations. This is a performance based course requiring the development of intellectual and physical demonstrations. Active participation by all members is required since the quality of the course and the experiences gained are dependent on the progress of all individuals. The University Clavinova Ensemble performs at concerts both on and off campus. Membership in this ensemble is open to any interested keyboard player. No audition is necessary, but a successful interview with and permission of the director is required. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits. (1crs.)

MUS187 - Guitar Ensemble

This course will provide a music experience for students so they can actively engage in the artistic, cultural and social benefits of music presentations. This is a performance based course requiring the development of intellectual and physical demonstrations. Active participation by all members is required since the quality of the course and the experiences gained are dependent on the progress of all individuals. The University Guitar Ensemble performs at concerts both on and off campus. Membership in this ensemble is open to any interested guitarist. No audition is necessary, but a successful with and permission by the director is required. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits. (1 crs.)

MUS188 - String Ensemble

The String Ensemble will provide a music experience for students so they can actively engage in the artistic, cultural and social benefits of music presentations within a music ensemble. This is a performance based course requiring the development of intellectual and physical demonstrations. Active participation by all members is required since the quality of the course and the experiences gained are dependent on the progress of all individuals. The University String Ensemble performs at concerts both on and off campus (currently two concerts are scheduled yearly with the Washington Symphony Orchestra). Membership in this ensemble is open to any interested keyboard player. No audition is necessary, but a successful interview with and permission of the director is required. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits. (1 crs.)

MUS191 - University Choir

The California University Choir provides an opportunity for students to sing a wide variety of music from both contemporary and traditional repertoire. The choir performs frequently on campus and throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Choir membership is elective; an interview with the director is required. (1 cr., repeatable up to a maximum of 8 crs.)

MUS192 - California Singers

A small (20-24 members) vocal ensemble, with membership determined by audition. The group performs entertainment music of all eras and many cultures; the style of performance is adapted to fit the music being performed, the audience and the season. Smaller groups within the ensemble, such as the A Capella Stella (all women a capella) and Vulcanize (all male acapella), may rehearse separately to prepare extra concert repertoire. Choreography, dialogue or mime is part of some performances. A student may participate with or without using credit. (1 credit repeatable up to a maximum of 8 credits )

MUS193 - University Gospel Choir

The California University Gospel Choir provides an opportunity for students to sing a wide variety of gospel music from both contemporary and traditional repertoire. The choir performs frequently on campus and at various venues throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Choir membership is elective; an interview with the director is required. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits. (1 cr.)

MUS196 - Jazz Ensemble

A traditionally formatted big band, the Jazz Ensemble’s membership is determined by audition. Its performs a wide variety of traditional and contemporary literature written for the idiom. This ensemble also forms the membership pool for jazz combos. Attendance is required at rehearsals and all public performances. (1 cr., repeatable up to a maximum of 8 crs.)

MUS198 - University Marching Band

The University Marching Band performs at football games and parades, and is the featured band at numerous marching band festivals. Membership in this ensemble is open to any interested instrumentalist or equipment technician. There is no audition, but an interview with the director is required. Membership is also open to any student interested in auditioning for feature twirler or for a position on the auxiliary unit as a silk, dancer or rifle. (1 cr., repeatable up to a maximum of 8 crs.)

MUS199 - University Concert Band

The University Concert Band performs a wide variety of traditional and contemporary literature written for the idiom. The University Concert Band performs at convocations and concerts both on and off campus. Membership in this ensemble is open to any interested instrumentalist. No audition is necessary, but an interview with the director is required. (1 cr., repeatable up to a maximum of 8 crs.)

MUS209 - Private Instruction: Brass II

MUS 109, 209, 309, 409. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: BRASS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to Music Majors, pre-CMT Majors and Music Minor only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS211 - Keyboard Class

For the beginning level students interested in achieving facility at the piano. Includes playing of major and minor scales, patterns and fingerings, and chords (I, IV, V) in both major and minor keys followed by their inversions and the common tone chord sequence pattern. A student completing the course should be able to play simple songs by combining melody with chord accompaniment. It is expected that students will be at an entry level in keyboard experience. Prerequisite: MUS 215 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

MUS215 - Comprehensive Musicianship I

Provides a knowledge of the fundamentals of music and an ability to execute basic skills, including the study of notation, rhythms and meters, major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals and chords. Basic ear training and an introduction to piano keyboard is also included. Strongly recommended for elementary education students and any others interested in strengthening their knowledge of music fundamentals. (3 crs)

MUS219 - Private Instruction: Piano II

MUS 119, 219, 319, 419. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PIANO I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS229 - Private Instruction: Percussion II

MUS 129, 229, 329, 429. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PERCUSSION I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS249 - Private Instruction: Woodwinds II

MUS 149, 249, 349,449. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: WOODWINDS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS259 - Private Instruction: Voice II

MUS 159, 259, 359, 459. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: VOICE I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS270 - Private Instruction: Guitar II

MUS 170, 270, 370, 470. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: GUITAR I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS275 - Music & Recording Technology I

Careers in the music technology industry are often multifaceted in nature. This requires one to be prepared to utilize a wide range of skills in the workplace, rather than relying on a single skill set. Music and Recording Technology I is a course that is designed to provide students with a wide range of creative skills, so that they may be confident as they forge their careers in this industry. Students are also introduced to digital music concepts that will be explored in greater depth in future courses. Specific topics that are to be covered include: photo editing, movie editing/production, MIDI recording/editing, audio recording/editing and music notation. Prerequisites: MUS 215 or MUS 211 (3 crs.)

MUS279 - Private Instruction: String II

MUS 179, 279, 379, 479. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: STRING I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS300 - Jazz: History, Form and Analysis

This course presents the various musical, historical, cultural and social elements of jazz. The student will acquire from this course an aural and intellectual grasp of this facet of music. This will be accomplished through the use of lecture/discussion and individual projects as well as the use of audio and video methods to study the important artists and ensembles and their contributions to the art form. Experts in the field will be utilized as guest lecturers. (3 crs.)

MUS304 - American Musical: History, Form and Analysis

This course presents the various historical, cultural and social elements of the American musical. This will be accomplished through the use of visual aids, audio recordings, television, video tapes, films and, whenever possible, attendance at live performances. Experts in the field will be utilized as guest lecturers. Prerequisite: MUS 100 is strongly recommended. (3 crs.)

MUS305 - African-American Gospel and Caribbean Music: History Form and Analysis

This course presents the historical background of gospel music, various styles of Caribbean popular and gospel music, and important artists and ensembles and their contributions realized through analysis of performance styles. Prerequisites: MUS 100 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

MUS306 - The Opera: History, Form and Analysis

This course will examine the origins, history and elements of opera and related dramatic works for voices with instruments. The analysis of various operas will reveal the relationship of plots and music to historical and national events taking place at the time of their composition. The entire class will attend a live opera performance if at all possible. Prerequisites: MUS 100, MUS 215 is strongly recommended. (3 crs.)

MUS307 - Special Music Project

This course revolves around a specific staged musical production. It encompasses all facets of this project from concept through delivery, including individual and ensemble performances, technical design and implementation, business and marketing. (3 crs.)

MUS309 - Private Instruction: Brass III

MUS 109, 209, 309, 409. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: BRASS I-IV. . Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS310 - Music in Media

This class will study the role of music in various media as a reflection and determinant of social behavior as well as an artistic expression. From its earliest roots to today’s top-selling film and TV scores, jingles, video games and other marketing media, the interaction of music with drama and narrative has served to elicit and motivate behavior and reaction amongst audiences. Sociological theories interact with popular theater, film and other media to act upon its audiences at a visceral level. This course aims to explore the evolution of and contemporary uses of the sociological implications of music as used in the media. (3 crs.)

MUS313 - Rock and Roll: History, Form and Analysis

This course presents the various musical, historical, cultural and social elements of rock and roll. The student will acquire from this course an aural and intellectual grasp of this facet of music. This will be accomplished through the use of lecture/discussion and individual projects as well as the use of audio and video methods to study the important artists and ensembles and their contributions to the art form. Experts in the field will be utilized as guest lecturers. Prerequisites: MUS 100 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

MUS315 - Comprehensive Musicianship II

This course is designed for the student who wishes to acquire comprehensive musicianship skills. The student will learn the sol-fa system of note reading and interval identification, using both stationary and moveable tonic. Through sight-singing and ear-training exercises, students will refine their aural skills. Students will learn to notate simple melodies dictated, as well as to sing, whistle, or hum melodies and chords represented by notation. Prerequisite: MUS 215. (3 crs.)

MUS316 - Comprehensive Musicianship III

Comprehensive Musicianship III builds on the foundations of Comprehensive Musicianship I & II. It is the study of advanced theory of music including chromatic harmony. Stylistic differences between 18th- and 19th-century practice will be studied. Sight-singing and ear-training work will be continued. Ongoing practice of basic keyboard skills will continue to reinforce knowledge of these elements of music literacy. Original composition will be encouraged. Prerequisites: MUS 215, MUS 315, MUS 211 or permission of instructor

MUS319 - Private Instruction: Piano III

MUS 119, 219, 319, 419. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PIANO I-IV. . Prerequisite: This class is available to Music Majors, pre-CMT Majors and Music Minor only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS329 - Private Instruction: Percussion III

MUS 129, 229, 329, 429. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PERCUSSION I-IV. . Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS349 - Private Instruction: Woodwinds III

MUS 149, 249, 349,449. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: WOODWINDS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS359 - Private Instruction: Voice III

MUS 159, 259, 359, 459. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: VOICE I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS370 - Private Instruction: Guitar III

MUS 170, 270, 370, 470. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: GUITAR I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS372 - Creative Arts for Elementary Education

This course provides a survey of concepts, theories, and experiences for integrating Arts education into the elementary classroom curriculum. Students will have practical experiences in Art, Music, and Theatre along with Arts and Education theories. This course will enable future teachers to develop arts experiences and lesson plans for children. Prerequisite: EDE 211. Materials fee required. (3 crs.)

MUS375 - Music & Recording Technology II

Music and Recording Technology II provides students with the foundational knowledge needed to begin a career in the recording arts. The primary focus of this course is to expose students to topics related to analog recording and engineering, including: acoustic and psychoacoustic principles of sound, audio cables and connectors, connecting analog sound systems, operating principles of microphones, analog mixing console design and operation, analog recorders, signal routing, and analog signal processing. Prerequisite: MUS 275 (3 crs.)

MUS379 - Private Instruction: String III

MUS 179, 279, 379, 479. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: STRING I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS390 - Music Production I

Music Production I provides students with the foundational knowledge needed to begin a career in the music technology industry. This course will incorporate topics such as audio and MIDI theory, recording technology basics, and also introduce students to various “industry standard” software titles. Prerequisite: MUS 380.

MUS409 - Private Instruction: Brass IV

MUS 109, 209, 309, 409. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: BRASS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS416 - Comprehensive Musicianship IV

Comprehensive Musicianship IV is the final theory course of the rotation and builds on the foundations of Comprehensive Musicianship I, II and III. It is the study of advanced theory of music including chromatic harmony. Stylistic differences between 18th- 19th- and 20th-century practice will be studied. Sight-singing and ear-training work will be continued. Ongoing practice of basic keyboard skills will continue to reinforce knowledge of these elements of music literacy. Original composition will be encouraged. Prerequisites: MUS 215, MUS 315, MUS 316, MUS 211 or permission of instructor.

MUS419 - Private Instruction: Piano IV

MUS 119, 219, 319, 419. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PIANO I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS425 - Commercial Music Arranging

This course will call upon the application of previously acquired skills and apply them to the task of creating imaginative and practical commercial arrangements in various musical styles. Prerequisites: MUS 100, MUS 215, MUS 315, MUS 316, MUS 416, MUS 380

MUS429 - Private Instruction: Percussion IV

MUS 129, 229, 329, 429. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PERCUSSION I-IV. This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS449 - Private Instruction: Woodwinds IV

MUS 149, 249, 349,449. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: WOODWINDS I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS459 - Private Instruction: Voice IV

MUS 159, 259, 359, 459. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: VOICE I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS469 - Independent Study Music

Individualized Study in/of Music. (Variable crs.)

MUS470 - Private Instruction: Guitar IV

MUS 170, 270, 370, 470. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: GUITAR I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS475 - Music & Recording Technology III

Music III exposes students to the concepts and skills used in the field of digital audio production. Students will accomplish this by exploring industry standard recording software titles as well as by completing various independent and group recording projects. At the conclusion of this course, all students will take the Pro Tools User Certification Exam, which, if passed, will award them with Pro Tools User Certification. Prerequisite: MUS 375 (3 crs.)

MUS476 - Music & Recordning Technology IV

Music and Recording Technology IV is a course designed to provide students with the opportunity to hone their skills in the recording studio environment. All work in this course will be project-based, aimed at helping students gain familiarity and comfort with various recording situations as well as with mixing and mastering. As students complete each recording project, they will be required to provide a detailed report of their work and present that report to the class (microphone choice/placement, production techniques, etc.) In addition to studio work, considerable emphasis is placed on music production skill development; communicating properly with clients, using technology to achieve artistic goals and becoming a “go-to” engineer. Prerequisites: MUS 475 (3 crs.)

MUS479 - Private Instruction: String IV

MUS 179, 279, 379, 479. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: STRING I-IV. Prerequisite: This class is available to music majors, pre-CMT majors and music minors only. Private Instruction must be taken concurrently with another MUS course that fulfills degree requirements. (1 cr.)

MUS482 - Music Technology Practicum- Marketing

Music Tech Practicum offers the student the opportunity for practical, professional recording work and field experiences in various on & off-campus settings. Practicums are to be supervised by a departmental practicum supervisor. Prerequisite: Departmental Practicum minimum requirements and/or approval of Department Internship committee. (Variable 1-3 crs.)

MUS483 - Music Technology Practicum - Post Production

Music Department Practicum offers the student the opportunity for practical, professional recording work and field experiences in various on and off-campus settings. Practicums are to be supervised by a departmental practicum supervisor. Prerequisite: Departmental practicum minimum requirements and/or approval of department internship committee (Variable crs. 1-3)

MUS484 - Music Tech Practicum - Sound Engineer

Music Department Practicum offers the student the opportunity for practical, professional recording work and field experiences in various on and off-campus settings. Practicums are to be supervised by a departmental practicum supervisor. Prerequisites: Departmental practicum minimum requirements and/or approval of department internship committee (Variable crs. 1-3)

MUS485 - Music Technology Practicum

Music Department Practicum offers the student the opportunity for practical, professional recording work and field experiences in various on and off-campus settings. Practicums are to be supervised by a departmental practicum supervisor. Prerequisite: Departmental practicum minimum requirements and/or approval of department internship committee (Variable crs. 1-3)

MUS488 - Music Tech Internship

This course offers the student the opportunity for practical, professional recording work and field experiences in various on-and off-campus settings. Internships are to be jointly administered by an on-site supervisor and a departmental internship supervisor. (1-12 credits variable)

MUS499 - Senior Project/Recital

This course serves as the final demonstration of the student’s specialization within the BMUS in Commercial Music Technology program. Under the supervision of a faculty adviser, the student seeks to make a substantive contribution to the discipline. Considerable latitude in the form of the contribution is permitted. Empirical and historical research as well as creative presentations are all appropriate. Other faculty members of the Music Department are assigned to independently pass judgment on the student’s scholastic effort. An oral defense, demonstration or display of the completed project / recital is required. Prerequisite: Approval of department senior project/recital committee. (3 crs.)