Music

Department of Music

College of Arts and Sciences
222 Baird Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700

Phone: 716.645.2758
Fax: 716.645.3824
Web: www.music.buffalo.edu

Charles Smith
Chair
Office of the Chair
716.645.2764 x1245

Susan Clark Manns
Director of Student Programs
716.645.2758 x1249

About the Program

The Department of Music offers performers, scholars, and composers a stimulating environment in which to develop their talents and pursue various careers in music. Our goal is to provide a diverse array of courses for music majors, minors, and non-majors which will help them to build a strong foundation in many areas of music.

New music plays an important role in the activity of the department, allowing music students a unique opportunity to start their careers on music�s leading edge. The department offers more than 150 public performances each year as an extension of the academic program. A wide range of performance opportunities is available to students. These include participation in UB Symphony Orchestra, Opera Studio, University Chorus, University Choir, UB Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, UB Jazz Ensemble, UB Marching Band, UB Pep Band, Student Noon Recitals, Contemporary Ensemble, and numerous other small ensembles.

Degree Options

The Department of Music offers two degree programs. The bachelor of music degree in performance provides a comprehensive program of study, including music theory, music history, and instrumental or vocal performance. The bachelor of arts degree, combined with a specialized area of music study, prepares students for graduate programs in music and other music related careers. A major in music theatre is available through the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Music majors and minors receive private instruction in standard orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, harpsichord, classical guitar, electric bass, and voice. Instructors include faculty artists and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Acceptance Information

Application for admission must be made both to the university and separately to the Department of Music. For music department applications, contact the Office of Student Programs, 226 Baird Hall, North Campus, (716) 645-2758, ext. 1249. All applicants to the Department of Music must take a theory placement exam at the time of audition or during university orientation.

Applicants requesting the Mus.B. degree in music performance must pass an evaluation audition and complete MUS 105 with a minimum grade of C for acceptance into the performance degree program. Applicants requesting to enter the B.A. major in music must be acceptable for MUS 105 as determined by the theory placement examination. Registration and completion of MUS 105 constitutes conditional acceptance into the B.A. degree. Formal application is made after three semesters of full-time study. For further information see the B.A. Acceptance Criteria below.

Applications must be submitted and auditions completed by the published audition date in March to be considered for departmental scholarship aid.
Applicants for the B.A. degree in music are not required to perform an audition unless they wish to include instrument or voice study as part of their music electives.

Advisement

The Office of Student Programs personnel, the director of student programs, and faculty provide sources of information about program requirements and many career options in music. For further information regarding preprofessional preparation, contact Student Advising Services, 109 Norton Hall, North Campus, (716) 645-2450.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements for admission to the Department of Music are the same as those for admission to the university. A GPA of 2.0 in each area of Music Theory and Music History with no grades below C- must be maintained to graduate from this degree program.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must apply to the department as well as to the university. The Office of Student Programs will evaluate the transfer credits in music. Up to one-half of the departmental requirements in the areas of music history, theory (determined by examination), performance (determined by audition), and ensemble can be accepted. Grades of D do not fulfill departmental requirements. Performance credits are transferred for degree fulfillment only if the candidate has been accepted as a performance major at the initial audition for admission. Theory credits transfer into the program based on the results of the transfer theory placement exam. Sample transfer exams are available upon request. Music history credits transfer into the program upon the approval of the coordinator of history.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The Department of Music offers scholarships to qualified students. These departmental awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship decisions are based on talent, recommendations, support material, and data compiled at the time of audition. A special scholarship audition is held each spring semester for enrolled students newly requesting scholarship aid and current students wishing to renew their scholarships.

Departmental scholarships are made possible by endowments from the Cameron Baird Fund, the John Lund Memorial Fund, and the Elizabeth Remington Olmstead Fund. These awards carry stipends of up to $2,500 per academic year. The D. Bernard and Jill L. Simon Music Scholarship provides a stipend of $750 per year in addition to any regular departmental or university award. Additionally, the Department of Music receives special funding from the Garahee Foundation to aid talented musicians.

Scholarship applications must accompany the application to the department and must be received no later than the last published March audition date.

A limited number of Performing and Creative Arts Scholarships are available. These range from $5,000 to $10,000 per year and are renewable for up to four years. A select number of music applicants are nominated for this award. They must possess outstanding musical talent and meet the academic requirements of: SAT 1230 or ACT 28 and a minimum GPA of 3.6.

Notable Program Features

The Music department is housed in two adjoining buildings: Baird Hall and Slee Hall. Baird Hall facilities include a multi-purpose recital/rehearsal room, classrooms, sixty-five practice rooms, teaching studios, administrative and faculty offices, a student lounge, the Music Library, a band rehearsal room, a fully-equipped computer music classroom, and a full percussion corridor, including a percussion teaching studio, practice rooms, and two percussion ensemble rehearsal rooms.

Slee Hall offers the 750-seat Lippes Concert Hall with its three-manual and pedal Fisk tracker pipe organ, composition teaching studios, an orchestra rehearsal room, a recording studio, state-of-the-art computer music studios, and the concert/box office.

Music - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Passing the freshman theory exam and successfully completing MUS 105 are required for conditional departmental acceptance. In order to be officially accepted into the B.A. degree program, a student must successfully complete MUS 105, MUS 106, and MUS 213 with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) and submit a formal application [B.A. Degree Acceptance Form]. A GPA in each area of Music Theory and Music History of 2.0 must be maintained to graduate from this degree program.

Advising Note

Four music major free electives are chosen by advisement with the Director of Student Programs (226 Baird Hall) and the thesis advisor.

Prerequisite Courses

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 213 Music History Survey I

Required Courses

MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 214 Music History Survey II
MUS 450 Senior Thesis Seminar
MUS 450 Senior Thesis
Two ensemble courses
Two upper-level music history electives
Four music major free electives
Foreign language courses, as necessary*

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 54-58

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

*Proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through alternatives. Please see the Director of Student Programs for more information. (S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this departmental requirement.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�MUS 105, ensemble
Spring�MUS 106, ensemble

SECOND YEAR
Fall�MUS 211, MUS 213
Spring�MUS 212, MUS 214

THIRD YEAR
Fall�One upper-level music history elective, one music major free elective
Spring�One upper-level music history elective, one music major free elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�MUS 450, one music major free elective
Spring�MUS 450, one music major free elective

Electives and Course Groupings

Music Electives

MUS 205 Jazz Theory
MUS 300 American Classical Music since 1900
MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
MUS 311 Master Composer
MUS 341 History of Jazz 1
MUS 400 Composition Seminar
MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music 1
MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music 2
MUS 404 Acoustics, Audio, and Computer Systems
MUS 407 Composition
MUS 408 Genres of Music
MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century
MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
MUS 418 Music and MIDI
MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music
MUS 439 Seminar in Music History
MUS 440 Seminar in Music History

Emphasis Areas

19th-Century Music
20th-Century Music
Composition
Jazz
Music & Aesthetics
Music & Literature
Music & Technology
Music History
Music Theory


Music Performance - Mus. B.

Acceptance Criteria

Successful audition for primary study on an instrument or in voice and successful completion of MUS 105 with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) by the end of the third semester are requirements for official departmental acceptance. A Grade Point Average (GPA) in each area of Music Theory and Music History of 2.0 must be maintained to graduate from this degree program.

Advising Notes

Performance majors recieve weekley hour lessons for 4 credit hours each semester. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of six semesters of major instrument or voice. A minimum of six semesters of ensemble must be chosen with faculty advisement. All performance majors must pass a keyboard proficiency examination. A pre-recital jury and senior recital are to be completed in the senior year.
Piano major requirement: MUS 324 Piano Literature.
Voice major requirement: MUS 221 Vocal Diction (2 semesters).

Required Courses

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 213 Music History Survey I
MUS 214 Music History Survey II
MUS 221 Vocal Diction (voice majors/2 semesters)
MUS 324 Piano Literature (if available; otherwise, students take individual instruction)
Eight 400-level applied instrument or voice courses
Six ensemble courses
Three upper-level music history electives
One upper-level music theory elective
Foreign Language courses, as necessary*

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 83-88

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

*Proficiency in a foreign language through the second semester of the second year or its equivalent, to be demonstrated through classroom courses or through alternatives. Please see the Director of Student Programs for more information. (S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this departmental requirement.)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�MUS 105; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; MUS 221 (voice majors), ensemble
Spring�MUS 106; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; MUS 221 (voice majors), ensemble

SECOND YEAR
Fall�MUS 211, MUS 213; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble
Spring�MUS 212, MUS 214; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble

THIRD YEAR
Fall�One upper-level music history elective; one upper-level music theory elective, one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble
Spring�One upper-level music history elective; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�One upper-level music history elective; one 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble (optional)
Spring�One 400-level applied instrument or voice course; ensemble (optional)

Electives and Course Groupings

Music Electives

MUS 205 Jazz Theory
MUS 300 American Classical Music since 1900
MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century
MUS 311 Master Composer
MUS 341 History of Jazz 1
MUS 400 Composition Seminar
MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music 1
MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music 2
MUS 404 Acoustics, Audio, and Computer Systems
MUS 407 Composition
MUS 408 Genres of Music
MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages
MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance
MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era
MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period
MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 414 Music of the 20th Century
MUS 416 Counterpoint 18th Century
MUS 418 Music and MIDI
MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music
MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music
MUS 439 Seminar in Music History
MUS 440 Seminar in Music History

Music - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance . Applicants for the performance minor must pass an audition.

Required Courses

PERFORMANCE MINOR
MUS 105-MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I-II
MUS 213-MUS 214 Music History Survey I-II
Two semesters in any ensemble
Four semesters of applied instrument or voice courses (2 credit hours per semester)
Total required credit hours for the minor: 28

ACADEMIC MINOR
MUS 105-MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I-II
MUS 213-MUS 214 Music History Survey I-II
Four music major free electives

*Music Electives (see BA chart above)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 28

Course Descriptions

MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I

Credits:  4 \ 1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Develops skills and techniques necessary for aural and written comprehension of linear, melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music.

MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II

Credits:  4 \ 1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Continuation of MUS 105.

MUS 109 Master Composer

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the life and times of a single composer or a group of composers. Designed for the nonmajor. Requires no background in music.

MUS 110 Seminar in Music History

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies a specific area of the history of music. Topics change with each offering. Specifically designed for nonmajors.

MUS 111 Music in Western Civilization

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A chronological panorama of Western music from medieval times to the present day for nonmajors; explores and defines underlying social and cultural conditions with resultant parallels between music and other arts.

MUS 112 Music in Western Civilization

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A chronological panorama of Western music from medieval times to the present day for nonmajors; explores and defines underlying social and cultural conditions with resultant parallels between music and other arts.

MUS 113 Music and Society

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The relationship between music and twentieth-century American society. Examines art, folk, and commercial music in an attempt to uncover musical meaning, both as a reflection of and stimulus for social change. Requires no prior experience or training.

MUS 114 Genres of Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Studies one of the historically established musical forms, such as opera, concerto, symphony, quartet, computer music, or film music; lectures and listening assignments. Nonmajors; no prerequisites.

MUS 115 Understanding Music

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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History of musical style from the Renaissance to the present day. Examines selected masterpieces of Western music as well as such recent phenomena as serialism, minimalism, electronic, and computer music; requires no previous formal training in music.

MUS 116 Theory of Music for Nonmajors

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Elements of writing music; melody, rhythm, intervals, chords, harmony, tone color, and styles of musical expression. Music signs and symbols; traditional language of �tonal� music, with examples drawn from popular and classical music. No prerequisites.

MUS 117 Pop Music�Ragtime to Rock

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Lectures, recorded musical examples, and handouts both explain and describe the roots of American popular music as found in Early American, European, African, Latin American, and African American cultures.

MUS 118 Pop Song in America

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Fosters sensitivity to and familiarity with American popular song of this century. We study, listen to, and discuss popular song as an indicator of the mores and sentiments of America. Highlights the combined efforts of composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and arranger.

MUS 121 University Chorus

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Open to all members of the university community without audition; often performs major works with orchestra.

MUS 130 UB Marching Band

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Open to all members of the university community without audition; performs in support of athletic events and other campus activities.

MUS 131 UB Concert Band

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

We rehearse and perform traditional and nontraditional band literature; one or two public concerts given each semester. Membership is drawn from all schools and departments of the university; open by audition.

MUS 133 Marching Band Drill Design and Orchestration

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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This course provides thorough instruction in the compositional techniques of marching band drill design and orchestration. The course will contain basic theory and diagrammed applications of the Precision Drill System and Philosophy including, but not limited to, music rhythmic applications, drill animation, positioning, instrumental orchestration, labeling, and visual staging. The student will become well-versed in the diagramming, plotting and orchestration of evolutions, maneuvers, free form, and dynamic free form applications in conjunction with musical examples. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be well-versed in the fundamental principles involved in the visual design, orchestration, and labeling aspects of exhibition marching.

MUS 134 Fundamentals of Exhibition Marching

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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This course provides thorough instruction in the fundamental principles of marching and maneuvering. The course contains basic theory and diagrammed applications of the Precision Drill System and Philosophy including, but not limited to, music rhythmic applications and eurhythmics. The student will gain insight into the diagramming, plotting, and directing of evolutions, maneuvers, free form, and dynamic free form applications. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be well versed in the fundamental principles involved in the visual aspects of exhibition marching. The goals is to prepare students for their role as drill instructors and design consultants for the UB Marching Band and any or all applications of visual choreography associated with athletic bands.

MUS 138 UB Symphony Orchestra

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Includes campus-wide and community-wide membership. We welcome performers concentrating in other disciplines; and give one or two public concerts each semester. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

MUS 143 UB Percussion Ensemble

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Study and performance of works from the vast repertoire for percussion ensemble.

MUS 151 University Choir

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

A select vocal ensemble that performs a variety of choral literature; open to all students of the university by audition.

MUS 155 Basic Keyboard

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Functional piano, harmonization of melodies, scales, sight reading, accompanying, and preparation of pieces at various difficulty levels. Music majors only.

MUS 156 Jazz Ensemble: Big Band

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Traditional big band consisting of a reed section (saxes with some doubles on flute and clarinet), a brass section (trumpets and trombones), and a rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass, drums and vibes). The band studies and performs repertoire from the early big band swing period to today�s big band contemporary and fusion sounds. Emphasis is on ensemble playing as well as improvisational soloing.

MUS 157 Jazz Ensemble: Combo

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Two ensembles are available�Jazz Ensemble Combo (JEC) and an Advanced (JE) Combo. The JEC performs and studies repertoire of the great jazz combos throughout the history of jazz including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, and many others. Some jazz vocalists are excouraged to audition for this class. The Advanced JE is a contemporary ensemble that performs very demanding and challenging music of this idiom. A prerequisite is an advanced level of improvisational skills, as well as compositional experience. Transcriptions and the creation of original compositions are integral components of this ensemble.

MUS 159 Piano

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private piano study. Audition required.

MUS 160 Piano

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private piano study. Audition required.

MUS 163 Organ

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private organ study. Requires audition.

MUS 164 Organ

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private organ study. Requires audition.

MUS 169 Voice

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private voice study. Requires audition.

MUS 170 Voice

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private voice study. Requires audition.

MUS 205 Jazz Theory

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MUS 105-MUS 106 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Various approaches to analyzing jazz; variation techniques and the improvised line.

MUS 206 Music in the Movies

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines film music, considered within its chronological, thematic, and cultural contexts. Devotes class time to the presentation of classic or representative films in the history of film scoring, relevant musical material and concepts, and the basic vocabulary of music and film criticism. No prerequisites; requires no previous musical experience.

MUS 211 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint I

Credits:  5
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Builds on the foundation of first-year theory (MUS 105-MUS 106), systematically incorporates chromatic harmony with an intensive study of music styles, and integrates chordal vocabulary with larger formal processes.

MUS 212 Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint II

Credits:  5
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Builds on the foundation of first-year theory (MUS 105-MUS 106), systematically incorporates chromatic harmony with an intensive study of music styles, and integrates chordal vocabulary with larger formal processes.

MUS 213 Music History Survey I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  one year of theory
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Chronological survey of music from ancient to baroque period.

MUS 214 Music History Survey II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Chronological survey of music, continuing from the late baroque to twentieth century.

MUS 221 Vocal Diction

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Principles of pronunciation, enunciation, and articulation of Italian, French, and German texts, as related to solo vocal literature. Required of all voice students enrolled in primary study; open to pianists and, by permission of instructor, to nonmajors.

MUS 264 World Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the student to music from all over the world, and expands concepts of music in the process. Students learn about different instruments from other cultures and how they influence the music they produce, and explore common features of Asian, European, African, American, and Oceanic music. Students also learn different ways of listening. Designed for nonmajors. Requires no musical background.

MUS 265 Rock Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines the varied musical repertoires that are known collectively as rock, and considers those musical forms that influenced the early history of rock (blues, rhythm and blues, country) and those that have had an influence throughout its development (experimental electronics, classical jazz). Analyzes rock music as both a musical and a sociological phenomenon. Topics include rock aesthetics, musical sub-cultures, music and film, music and politics, the business of rock, and the impact of American/British rock on world musical cultures. Requires no previous experience or training in music.

MUS 300 Music Pluralism Since 1900

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys principal composers and compositional issues native to the U.S., focused through studying and discussing the music and words of such figures as Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, and Steve Reich. Listening and reading assignments. Requires no prior musical training.

MUS 301 Introduction to Musical Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Historical view of the interrelationship of music in the theatre; liturgical drama; the masque; opera; operetta; musical comedy; and music for drama, dance, films, and other forms of mixed media.

MUS 305 Counterpoint 16th Century

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MUS 212 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Sixteenth-century vocal style through analyzing and composing music in two and three parts; music of Palestrina.

MUS 311 Master Composer

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the life and works of a single master composer or group of composers.

MUS 313 American Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MUS 115
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys American music from Colonial times to the present with special emphasis on twentieth-century music.

MUS 314 Chamber Music Literature

Credits:  2
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies a segment of the vast catalog of chamber music literature. Content may change each semester, and cover a specific school, composer, style, or ensemble instrumentation. Requires a final paper and/or a final exam on repertoire.

MUS 321 University Chorus

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Open to all members of the university community without audition; often performs major works with orchestra.

MUS 324 Piano Literature

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Literature of the piano covering works of one composer, several composers, a particular form or period. Requires a final paper and/or a final exam on repertoire. Required of piano majors; nonmajors may take the course by permission of instructor.

MUS 330 UB Pep Band

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 130.

MUS 331 UB Symphony Band

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 131.

MUS 333 Opera History

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Surveys the principal opera composers and their works.

MUS 334 UB Percussion Ensemble

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 143.

MUS 338 UB Symphony Orchestra

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 138.

MUS 340 Chamber Music

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Music majors and interested performers may study and perform the chamber music repertoire. This can include such combinations as piano duo, string quartet, wind quintet, vocal duets and many other instrumental ensembles. Admission by audition.

MUS 341 History of Jazz I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MUS 115-MUS 116, MUS 213 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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1917 to the present; basic issues of musical structure that interest different genres and periods (form, improvised variation, blues, the vocal); assumes elementary analysis and basic understanding of music notation.

MUS 343 Elements of Conducting I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  one year of music theory
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Fundamental conducting and rehearsal techniques. Participation in performing ensembles expected.

MUS 344 Elements of Conducting II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  one year of music theory
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Fundamental conducting and rehearsal techniques. Participation in performing ensembles expected.

MUS 350 UB Opera Studio

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Provides an opportunity to sing in a fully-staged opera as well as concert performances with orchestra. Opera Studio also affords students classes in acting, musical coaching, and scene work in their original languages. Special guest artists make presentations based on availability. Open by audition only.

MUS 351 University Choir

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 151.

MUS 356 Jazz Ensemble: Big Band

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 156.

MUS 357 Jazz Ensemble: Combo

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Same as MUS 157.

MUS 400 Composition Seminar

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 106
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Introduces issues of free composition within the twentieth-century art-music tradition. Investigates relevant literatures and musical techniques. Students receive critical feedback on individual composition projects, working toward the goal of a concert of student works. Explores related issues, such as notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aesthetics. Open to music majors only.

MUS 401 Introduction to Electronic Music I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Two-semester course for students interested in music produced by electronic means. Explores the history and practice of electronic music, synthesizer music, and computer music. Examines experimental, rock, and other popular forms. Students learn basic studio techniques, synthesis/sound manipulation techniques, and psychoacoustic principles.

MUS 402 Introduction to Electronic Music II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Two-semester course for students interested in music produced by electronic means. Explores the history and practice of electronic music, synthesizer music, and computer music. Examines experimental, rock, and other popular forms. Students learn basic studio techniques, synthesis/sound manipulation techniques, and psychoacoustic principles.

MUS 407 Composition

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 400
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Writing and analysis under professional guidance in private consultations and class discussions. Students must present examples of their work and are accepted by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 408 Genres of Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Studies one of the historically established musical forms, such as opera, concerto, symphony, quartet; lectures and listening assignments. Music majors only or by permission of instructor.

MUS 409 Music of the Middle Ages

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Western music from Gregorian chant to the fourteenth century.

MUS 410 Music of the Renaissance

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Music from Dunstable and the Burgundian School to the end of the sixteenth century.

MUS 411 Music of the Baroque Era

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Music from Monteverdi to J. S. Bach.

MUS 412 Music of the Classical Period

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, contemporaries.

MUS 413 Music of the Romantic Period

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Nineteenth-century music from Schubert to Mahler.

MUS 414 Music of the Twentieth Century

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MUS 213-MUS 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Music from Debussy to the present.

MUS 416 Counterpoint Eighteenth Century

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Eighteenth-century counterpoint practice; requires writing compositions in this style. LEC

MUS 421 Vocal Literature

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  voice study at 400 level
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Solo vocal literature from 1600 to the present; recommended for all voice students enrolled in primary study; open by permission of instructor to nonmajors.

MUS 437 Analysis of Tonal Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MUS 211-MUS 212
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Masterworks of all periods; technical means employed in composition.

MUS 438 Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Analytical studies covering a variety of twentieth-century Western musical styles. LEC

MUS 439 Seminar in Music History

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Fulfills upper-level music history requirements of B.A. students preparing a senior thesis. May cover various aspects of music history according to the student's individual needs.

MUS 447 Contemporary Ensemble

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

A select group of performers (instrumental and vocal) who study and perform new music of the twentieth century.

MUS 450 Senior Thesis

Credits:  4 \ 2
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM/TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

SEM must be taken prior to TUT portion

MUS 451 Trombone

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Private trombone study. Audition required.

MUS 452 Trombone

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Private trombone study. Audition required.

MUS 453 Tuba

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Private tuba study. Audition required.

MUS 454 Tuba

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Private tuba study. Audition required.

MUS 455 Percussion

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Private percussion study. Audition required.

MUS 456 Percussion

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Private percussion study. Audition required.

MUS 459 Piano

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private piano study. Audition required.

MUS 460 Piano

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private piano study. Audition required.

MUS 461 Harp

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private harp study. Audition required.

MUS 462 Harp

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private harp study. Audition required.

MUS 463 Organ

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private organ study. Audition required.

MUS 464 Organ

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private organ study. Audition required.

MUS 465 Harpsichord

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private harpsichord study. Audition required.

MUS 466 Harpsichord

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private harpsichord study. Audition required.

MUS 467 Guitar

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private guitar study. Audition required.

MUS 468 Guitar

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private guitar study. Audition required.

MUS 469 Voice

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private voice study. Audition required.

MUS 470 Voice

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private voice study. Audition required.

MUS 471 Violin

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private violin study. Audition required.

MUS 472 Violin

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private violin study. Audition required.

MUS 473 Viola

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private viola study. Audition required.

MUS 474 Viola

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private viola study. Audition required.

MUS 475 Cello

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private cello study. Audition required.

MUS 476 Cello

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private cello study. Audition required.

MUS 477 Double Bass

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private double bass study. Audition required.

MUS 478 Double Bass

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private double bass study. Audition required.

MUS 479 Saxophone

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private saxophone study. Audition required.

MUS 480 Saxophone

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private saxophone study. Audition required.

MUS 481 Flute

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private flute study. Audition required.

MUS 482 Flute

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private flute study. Audition required.

MUS 483 Oboe

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private oboe study. Audition required.

MUS 484 Oboe

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private oboe study. Audition required.

MUS 485 Clarinet

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private clarinet study. Audition required.

MUS 486 Clarinet

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private clarinet study. Audition required.

MUS 487 Bassoon

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private bassoon study. Audition required.

MUS 488 Bassoon

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private bassoon study. Audition required.

MUS 489 French Horn

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private French horn study. Audition required.

MUS 490 French Horn

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private French horn study. Audition required.

MUS 491 Trumpet

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private trumpet study. Audition required.

MUS 492 Trumpet

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Private trumpet study. Audition required.

MUS 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Open to music majors engaged in special study or research in areas not covered by regular courses; permission of the supervising faculty member.

Updated: May 19, 2006 11:08:21 AM