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Music (MUS) Course Descriptions

MUS 5003  Graduate Music Theory Review
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music Theory Placement Examination. Harmonic analysis, part-writing, form, sight-singing and aural skills, as well as twentieth-century materials will be reviewed. A grade of “B” or higher is required before taking further graduate studies in music theory. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program.

MUS 5013  Graduate Music History Review
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Music History Placement Examination. Surveys the styles, periods, composers, and historical developments of Western art music. A grade of “B” or higher is required before taking further graduate studies in music history. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program.

MUS 5023  Graduate Music Pedagogy Review
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Graduate Pedagogy Placement Examination. Anatomy, physiology, acoustics, lifespan development and performing arts health issues will be reviewed. A grade of “B” or higher is required before taking further graduate studies in music pedagogy. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program.

MUS 5031  Graduate Music Diction Review
(1-0) 1 hour credit.
Designed to satisfy deficiencies indicated by the Lyric Diction Diagnostic Examination. A comprehensive review and study of the basic rules of German, French, and Italian lyric diction, using the International Phonetic Alphabet to analyze and transcribe vocal repertoire. Cannot be counted toward any Master of Music degree program.

MUS 5133  Topics in Music Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of selected areas of music theory. Topics may include twentieth-century analytical techniques, Schenkerian analysis, theory pedagogy, performance and analysis, history of theory, theory and aesthetics of music, and rhythmic analysis. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently.

MUS 5163  Composition
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and consent of instructor.
Private study for the development of techniques and tools for composition, with emphasis on the craft of writing chamber works for various media in contemporary styles. Seminar attendance may be required.

MUS 5223  Ensemble Repertoire
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of repertoire for ensembles including a historical perspective. Topics are (1) Choral; (2) Instrumental; and (3) Keyboard. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 5233  Introduction to Music Research
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A survey of references and sources consulted in graduate music courses; format for papers and thesis, including footnotes and bibliography. Research methods in music are explored.

MUS 5263  Topics in Music History
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of works and styles appropriate to the topics listed. Topics are (1) Middle Ages; (2) Renaissance; (3) Baroque Period; (4) Classic Period; (5) Romantic Period; (6) Twentieth Century; (7) World Music; and (8) Music Practices and Styles. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently.

MUS 5403  Psychological Foundations of Music Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor.
A study of the psychological foundations of music education. An investigation of topics such as perception of and responses to music, the nature of musical attributes, music learning, and the measurement of musical behavior.

MUS 5413  Research in Music Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor.
An introduction to historical, philosophical, descriptive, and experimental research in music education. Students will conduct a research study and prepare a final report.

MUS 5421  Practicum in Advanced Teaching
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: MUS 5533 or consent of instructor.
Observation and teaching of an advanced undergraduate student under the direct supervision of a studio professor.

MUS 5423  Foundations of Music Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor.
Overview of principles, methodologies and practices of music education.

MUS 5433  Performance Repertoire
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of the solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 5511  Secondary Performance
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Placement by audition.
Private instruction for graduate students desiring secondary study in the following areas: baritone, bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, conducting, contrabass, cornet, flute, harpsichord, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice. Seminar attendance and/or concurrent enrollment in an assigned University ensemble may be required. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 5523  Rehearsal Techniques
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of rehearsal techniques, including tone development, phrasing, rehearsal score study, style, and rehearsal organization. Topics are (1) Choral; and (2) Instrumental. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics may be taken concurrently.

MUS 5533  Pedagogy of Musical Performance
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
Techniques and materials of teaching musical performance to students of all levels. A critical comparison of existing materials is included. Each student is required to demonstrate teaching techniques. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 5542  Music Performance
2 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and successful audition.
Private instruction in baritone, bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, conducting, contrabass, cornet, flute, harpsichord, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, or voice. Seminar attendance may be required. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 5554  Music Performance–Performance Emphasis
4 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and successful audition.
Private instruction for graduate students with emphasis in performance or conducting. Instruction offered in baritone, bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, conducting, contrabass, cornet, flute, harpsichord, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, or voice. Seminar attendance may be required. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 5572  Pedagogy of Classroom Instruction
(2-0) 2 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of pedagogical techniques and materials used for group instruction in the classroom for instrumentalists and/or vocalists. Students will have an opportunity to tutor individual students under the supervision of the instructor. (Formerly titled “Class Piano Pedagogy.”)

MUS 5583  Advanced Instrumental Techniques
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of advanced playing and teaching techniques, selection of materials, and maintenance care. Topics are (1) Winds and Percussion; (2) Strings; and (3) Keyboard. Designed primarily for instrumental music teachers.

MUS 5593  Elementary Music
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of the current methods and materials used in teaching elementary music. Classroom instruments are also studied.

MUS 5711  Graduate Ensemble
(0-3) 1 hour credit.
The study of selected ensemble works through participation in rehearsal and performance. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 6313  The Use of Microcomputers in Music Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of the role of microcomputers in music education. Students are given the opportunity to learn basic programming techniques with specific applications to music instruction. Currently available software and hardware applicable to music instruction are examined.

MUS 6353  Multimedia Production
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Provides instruction on the development of computer-aided presentations and interactive applications that integrate various media including music, narration, sound, text, and graphics. Students use current multimedia development and presentation packages to apply concepts of effective production management, audiovisual design, and educational psychology. Supplementary instruction includes scanning, digital audio/video manipulation, and graphics creation. Projects are individualized to reflect each student’s chosen discipline.

MUS 6413  Seminar in Piano Pedagogy
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music or consent of instructor.
Studies in the specialized methods and materials and current trends in piano pedagogy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 6423  Seminar in Music Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in music and MUS 5233, or consent of instructor.
Studies in the philosophy, historical background, and current trends in music education. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 6543  Diction for Singers
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in music.
A study of performance diction for singers. The pronunciation of the language as it applies to public performance. Topics include English, French, Italian, and German. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MUS 6903  Project in Music Pedagogy
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and program advisor.
Offers the opportunity to complete a professional project in music pedagogy relevant to the student’s background, interests, and/or needs. The project should include, but not necessarily be limited to, appropriate written documentation. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 6913  Thesis in Music Education
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and project director.
Offers the opportunity to complete a thesis in music education relevant to the student’s background, interests, and/or needs. The thesis should include, but not necessarily be limited to, appropriate written documentation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 3 hours will apply to the Master of Music degree. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

MUS 6941  Recital
1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and music performance instructor. Concurrent registration required in MUS 5542 or MUS 5554 for pedagogy and performance emphasis and music performance emphasis.
A recital approximately one hour in length; required of all students in the performance, conducting, or pedagogy and performance emphases.

MUS 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Music degree.

MUS 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). MUS 6961 is a degree requirement for all students in all emphases. Credit earned in MUS 6961 cannot be counted in the total hours required for the Music Education emphasis or Piano Pedagogy and Performance emphasis. Credit earned in MUS 6961 will be counted in the total hours required for the Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Conducting, Choral Conducting, and Vocal Pedagogy and Performance emphases.

MUS 6971-3  Special Problems
(1-0, 2-0, 3-0) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Offers the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Music degree.

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