Academics

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Music

Program Details

The Western Illinois University School of Music provides students with exceptional programs that meet the needs of all students pursuing a degree in music. WIU’s small class sizes allow for students to interact with both their peers and professors on a daily basis. The ratio of music majors to full-time music faculty in the WIU School of Music is 6:1. Opportunities for involvement and musical growth through performance, classroom study and research abound. All students planning to major in music must audition for acceptance to their program of choice.

Music Performance and Ensembles

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Marching Leathernecks
  • Pep Band
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • University Band
  • Jazz Studio Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • 4 Jazz Combos
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Steel Band
  • Concert Choir
  • University Singers
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Madrigal Singers
  • Opera Workshop
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • President’s International String Quartet
  • Guitar Ensembles

Student Organizations

All music organizations have well-established memberships on the WIU campus and provide unique opportunities for service projects, professional networking and learning. The Music Student Council consists of the presidents of these organizations:

  • Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Music Business Association
  • Music Therapy Association
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Sigma Alpha Iota

Additional Resources

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Music (MUS) Courses

Orchestra

Ensembles: (All ensembles receive 1 s.h. credit per semester) Open to all University students by permission of instructor.

101 University Orchestra
102 Chamber Orchestra
105 Concert Choir
106 University Singers
107 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
108 Madrigal Singers
109 Opera Workshop
113 Symphonic Wind Ensemble
114 Concert Band
115 University Band
116 University Marching Band
117 Jazz Band
118 Pep Band
121 Brass Chamber Ensembles
122 Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
123 Percussion Ensemble
124 Steel Band
125 Accompanying
126 String Chamber Ensembles
127 Jazz Combo
128 Guitar Ensemble
129 Piano Chamber Ensembles

Applied Study: (1–4 s.h./semester, repeatable to a maximum of 10 semesters) Private, group, and class study in music performance. Prerequisite: audition and written consent of Music advisor. Music majors receiving a grade of D or F in Applied Study on their principal instrument must reaudition for departmental acceptance. Enrollment in upper division courses (400 level) requires a C or better on the third-semester principal instrument applied jury including sightreading. After a student passes the principal instrument third-semester jury, Applied Study in the principal instrument from the fifth through eighth semester will receive upper division credit.

204/404 Violin
205/405 Viola
206/406 Cello
207/407 Bass
209/409 Guitar
211/411 Composition
212/412 Voice
214/414 Organ
215/415 Piano
219/419 Clarinet
220/420 Saxophone
221/421 Flute
222/422 Oboe
223/423 Bassoon
224/424 Trumpet
225/425 Trombone
226/426 Euphonium
227/427 Horn
228/428 Tuba
229/429 Percussion

065 Remedial Piano. (1, repeatable once) Keyboard instruction in a classroom setting for Music majors.

100 Recital Attendance. (0) Attendance at ten music concerts/recitals per semester for satisfactory grade. Graded S/U only.

130 Introduction to Music Education. (1) An overview of Music Education, the types of qualifications required for licensure. Correlated public school observations.

132 String Techniques. (1) A study of the basic techniques of playing and teaching the violin, viola, cello, and bass, including arrangements for solo and string ensemble.

133 Woodwind Techniques. (1) A study of the basic techniques of playing and teaching the flute, oboe, and bassoon.

134 Woodwind Techniques. (1) A study of the basic techniques of playing, teaching, and arranging for the clarinet and saxophone.

135 Brass Techniques. (1) A study of the basic techniques of playing and teaching the trumpet, cornet, and horn.

136 Brass Techniques. (1) A study of the basic techniques of playing, teaching, and arranging for the trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

137 Percussion Techniques. (1) A study of the basic techniques of playing, teaching, and arranging for percussion instruments.

138 Vocal Techniques. (1) Development of vocal techniques and methodology for the instrumental Music Education major. Prerequisite: instrumental Music Education major.

139 Band Instrument Maintenance and Repair. (1, repeatable to 2) A study of the principles of maintenance, repair, and adjustment of band instruments. This hands-on course will include mechanical instruction on all brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Prerequisite: Music major or consent of instructor.

141 Introduction to Music Business. (2) An introduction to the field of Music Business through a review of the various areas and careers within the music industry including music publishing, recording, merchandising, concert promotion, artist management, and arts administration.

151 Introduction to Music Therapy. (2) Definition of music as therapy; introduction to music as a therapeutic function; scope of music therapy; areas of application; professional aspects; and the role of the music therapist in the therapeutic milieu. Field observations. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457).

157 Multicultural Percussion Techniques. (1) Students will gain historical and cultural perspective of nonsymphonic percussion instruments, learn care and maintenance for equipment, and develop fundamental percussion techniques necessary to arrange and facilitate group drumming experiences. Students will play in solo and ensemble settings. Prerequisite: MUS 151 or 130.

158 Observation of Music Therapy. (1) Semester long fieldwork course including weekly observation of clinical music therapy. Clinical and professional topics discussed in weekly seminar. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Open only to Music Therapy majors. Prerequisite: MUS 151 and consent of instructor.

161 Elementary Guitar. (2) Combines beginning guitar techniques and music fundamentals.

165 Class Piano I. (1) Keyboard instruction in a classroom setting for Music majors.

166 Class Piano II. (1) Keyboard instruction in a classroom setting for Music majors. Prerequisite: C or better in MUS 165 or equivalent.

167 Introduction to Jazz Piano. (1) Voicing and comping (piano techniques) for jazz application. Traditional elementary voicings and voice leading applied to jazz. Structures for chord extensions in jazz performance. Piano techniques to realize harmonic notation common to jazz. Prerequisite: MUS 166 or consent of instructor.

180 Fundamentals of Music. (3) An introduction to the basic elements of music. Music reading, sightsinging, and elementary ear training. Open to general University students. Does not apply toward Music major graduation credit. Not open to students who have received credit for MUS 181.

181 Theory I. (2) Techniques and materials of diatonic music. Introduction to tonal harmony through part writing, harmonization of melodies, and analysis. Corequisite: MUS 183. Three meetings each week.

182 Theory II. (2) Further studies in diatonic techniques and initial studies in chromatic techniques. Continuation of music writing skills and analysis. Prerequisite: a grade of C or above in MUS 181 and MUS 183. Corequisite: MUS 184. Three meetings each week.

183 Aural Skills I. (1) Aural Skills I studies diatonic material through sight-singing, dictation, and other exercises. Corequisite: MUS 181. Two meetings each week.

184 Aural Skills II. (1) Aural Skills II continues the study of diatonic material through sight-singing, dictation, and other exercises. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in both MUS 181 and 183. Corequisite: MUS 182. Two meetings each week.

187 Jazz Fundamentals and Theory. (1) Fundamentals of scales and chords related to jazz, performed in a lab setting. Elementary jazz harmonic practices and the rhythm section. Chord nomenclature common to jazz notation.

190 What to Listen for in Music. (3) (General Education/Fine Arts) An exploration of basic elements—rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, and form—with musical illustrations from various styles and media. Recommended for those without music background. IAI: F1 900.

195 American Popular Music. (3) (General Education/Fine Arts or Multicultural Studies) A survey of American popular music from the 19th century to the present. Includes extensive listening to representative styles and outstanding works within those styles, with discussion of historical, sociological, and musical influences. Recommended for those without music background. IAI: F1 904.

196 Music in the Rock Era. (3) (General Education/ Multicultural Studies) An introduction to popular music during the rock era as an expression of multiple cultures; an exploration of the relationship between musical style and meaning and the socio-cultural context from which the music emerges, with emphasis on cross-cultural connections.

216 Applied Musical Theatre Voice, Lower Division. (1–4, repeatable to 8) Applied study of vocal technique and style to meet the needs of students in the BFA Musical Theatre degree program and other students interested in learning to sing in a popular style. Prerequisite: Musical Theatre major or permission of instructor.

231 Classroom Instrument Techniques. (1) The study of the basic techniques of playing, teaching, and arranging for classroom and cultural instruments.

232 Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff in the Classroom. (3) Introduction to Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff approaches to American general Music Education. Includes materials, techniques, and arranging for individual clients and classroom combinations.

241 Practicum in Music Business. (1, repeatable to 2) A part-time practical experience in an area of the music industry. Prerequisites: MUS 141 and permission of program director.

242 Music Industry Career Preparation. (1) This course focuses on in-depth career preparation for those interested in the music industry including: goal setting, the job search process and document preparation, best practices in electronic media, and interview techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or consent of instructor.

248 Introduction to Music Recording and Production Techniques. (3) Developing an understanding of the specialized uses of microphones for recording various genres of acoustic music. Additional study on the use of mixing consoles and diverse formats of storage media. Brief introduction to digital audio editing techniques.

254 Methods and Materials in Music Therapy. (1) Acquisition of selected functional instrumental and vocal skills; basic leadership skills for therapeutic interventions involving singing, moving, playing, and improvising; basic skills in selecting and arranging music for therapy. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisite: MUS 151 and 158; or permission of instructor.

255 Music Therapy Clinical Skills I. (1) Designing and leading music therapy interventions to achieve specific non-musical goals/objectives. Evaluating and measuring responses to music interventions. Development of clinically relevant accompanied vocal repertoire. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisite: MUS 254.

258 Practicum in Music Therapy I. (1, repeatable to 3) Supervised co-lead clinical experience in music therapy focusing upon assessment, treatment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical process. Weekly group supervision. C or better is required in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisite: MUS 151 and 158.

261 Intermediate Guitar. (2) Combines intermediate guitar techniques and related music study.

262 Phonetics and Diction I. (2 per semester) Study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Study of English, Italian, and Latin phonetics and diction as they apply to singing. Utilization of standard vocal literature. Attend a weekly performance lab.

263 Phonetics and Diction II. (2 per semester) Study of French and German diction and phonetics as applied to singing. Utilization of standard vocal literature. Attend a weekly performance lab.

265 Class Piano III. (1) Keyboard instruction in a classroom setting for Music majors. Prerequisite: C or better in MUS 166 or equivalent. Corequisite: MUS 281.

266 Class Piano IV. (1) Keyboard instruction in a classroom setting for Music majors. Prerequisite: C or better in MUS 265 or equivalent.

267 Jazz Improvisation I. (2) The elements of jazz improvisation. Listening skills, transcription, and jazz styles. Application of tonal harmonic language and scale structures to jazz improvisation. Construction of melodies utilizing voice-leading and counterpoints. Prerequisite: MUS 187.

281 Theory III. (2) Further studies in chromatic techniques. Continued music writing skills and analysis, including simple part forms. Prerequisite: a grade of C or above in both MUS 182 and MUS 184. Corequisite: MUS 283. Three meetings each week.

282 Theory IV. (2) Introduction to sonata form and the technical materials of late 19th and early 20th century music through analysis, listening, and music writing. Prerequisite: a grade of C or above in both MUS 281 and MUS 283. Corequisite: MUS 284. Three meetings each week.

283 Aural Skills III. (1) Aural Skills III studies chromatic material and modulation through sightsinging, dictation, and other exercises. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in both MUS 182 and 184. Corequisite: MUS 281. Two meetings each week.

284 Aural Skills IV. (1) Aural Skills IV studies chromatic and twentieth-century material through sightsinging, dictation, and other exercises. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in both MUS 281 and 283. Corequisite: MUS 282. Two meetings each week.

300 Music Student Teaching Review. (0, repeatable) Examination of teacher competencies and skills prior to student teaching semester. Students are reviewed in fundamental teaching skills and knowledge. Students may retest any area to achieve S grade. Prerequisites: for Instrumental-General major, C or better in MUS 166; for Choral-General specialization, C or better in MUS 266; C or better in MUS 282 and C or better in MUS 284. Graded S/U only.

330 Basic Conducting. (2) Introduction to basic conducting skills. Study of conducting patterns, preparatory beats, cueing, and cut-offs. Introduction to score reading and analysis. Prerequisites: MUS 282 and 284.

331 Choral Conducting in the Junior/Senior High School. (2) Study of JH/HS choral program to include choral conducting, rehearsal techniques, literature, methods, programming, style, interpretation, and analysis of choral literature for large and small ensembles, festivals, contests, and concerts. IPTS including classroom management, assessment, reading, and writing. Field experiences. Prerequisite: C or better in MUS 330.

332 Instrumental Conducting. (2) Advanced exploration into the art and technique of conducting and score reading as the means to achieve musical and expressive results. Preparation to assume leadership of instrumental ensembles. Directed observations and field experiences. Prerequisite: C or better in MUS 330.

333 Teaching and Assessment in Elementary/ Middle School General Music. (3) Basic music experiences as related to child development from kindergarten through middle school including reading, academic language, lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, diverse learners, middle school concept, and use of appropriate music literature. Directed observations, field experiences. Open to Music majors and minors only. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184; for Choral-General specialization only, MUS 231–232 or consent of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

334 Music for the Learner with Exceptionalities. (3) Information and practice in various strategies to help Music teachers with the instruction of learners with exceptionalities in Music classrooms. Emphasis on characteristics, Universal Design, accommodations, modifications, and assistive technologies. Discussion of Response to Intervention. Field experiences and teaching experiences. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184; ENG 180 and 280; junior/senior standing; full acceptance into Teacher Education Program.

335 Teaching and Assessment in Middle/High School Choral Music. (3) Study of teaching techniques and organizational procedures of the middle-high school choral programs including resource materials, effective rehearsal and lesson planning methods, vocal pedagogy, repertoire selection/adaptation, classroom management, assessment, and reading/writing in the content area. Directed observations, field experiences. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184; ENG 180 and 280; C or better in MUS 330; full acceptance into Teacher Education Program.

336 Teaching and Assessment in Middle/High School Instrumental Music. (3) Study of teaching techniques and organizational procedures of the M-HS instrumental programs including resource materials, effective rehearsal/lesson planning methods, instrumental pedagogy, repertoire selection and adaptation, classroom management, assessment, and reading/writing in the content area. Directed observations, field experiences. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184; ENG 180 and 280; instrumental techniques courses or equivalent background; full acceptance into Teacher Education Program.

337 Jazz Band Methods and Techniques. (2) A study of the organization of the school jazz band program, methods available for instructors, materials, techniques of rehearsals, and performances. Prerequisite: MUS 166, 182, 184.

341 Music Publishing. (2) A study of publishing as it relates to the music industry. Topics will include how music publishers acquire the rights to music copyrights and how they protect music copyrights from exploitation through music licensing. Prerequisite: MUS 141.

342 Music Administration. (2) A study of notfor- profit music organizations with an emphasis in symphony orchestra and opera company administration. Includes an examination of organization structure, funding, and audience development. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or consent of instructor. Participation in field trips required.

343 The Music Products Industry. (2) A study of the domestic and international music products industry. Topics will include the manufacturing, distribution, and retailing of musical instruments, print music, and accessories. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or consent of instructor. Participation in field trips required.

344 Artist Development. (2) A study of artist development and the live music industry from the perspective of the performing artist. Topics will include the performing artist’s management team, the artist-management agreement, advancing an artist’s career, touring, and concert promotion and production. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or consent of instructor.

345 The Recording Industry. (2) A study of the domestic and international recording industry. Topics will include industry structure, operations, and business and legal affairs. Both major and independent labels will be explored. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or consent of instructor.

348 Advanced Music Recording and Production Techniques. (3) Recording acoustic music and producing music from digital and analog formats using standard microphones, mixers, and storage media. Integrating acoustic music with electronic compositions. Emphasizes traditional and microcomputer editing techniques. Includes procedures for producing a final product for commercial distribution. Prerequisite: MUS 248 or consent of the instructor.

355 Music Therapy Clinical Skills II. (1) Designing and implementing music therapy interventions involving composition, improvisation, arranging, and song analysis. Review of research in music therapy clinical methods. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: MUS 166, 281, 283, 255.

358 Practicum in Music Therapy II. (1, repeatable to 4) Supervised clinical experience in assessing, planning, intervening, measuring, evaluating, and documenting music therapy treatment in an assigned clinical setting. Discussion of clinical and professional topics in a weekly seminar. 2 s.h. required in Music Therapy degree program with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457) Prerequisite: MUS 166, 182, 184; MUS 255 and 258 with a C or better.

365 Keyboard Skills. (2) Development of functional skills for keyboard students of advanced level. Includes sightreading, transposition, harmonization, and improvisation. Prerequisites: MUS 182 and 266 or consent of instructor.

367 Jazz Improvisation II. (2) The elements of jazz improvisation. Listening skills, transcription, and jazz styles. Application of non-tonal harmonic language and scale structures to jazz improvisation. Construction of melodies utilizing voice-leading and counterpoint. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 267.

381 Analysis I. (3) Analysis of common musical forms and genres from the common practice. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 282, 284; ENG 180 and 280.

387 Jazz Arranging and Composition I. (2) The study and analysis of arranging techniques as employed in contemporary jazz with emphasis on the development of arranging and composition skills for ensembles of varied instrumentation. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 187.

390 European Art Music I. (3) (Global Issues) Survey of music history and analysis of musical styles and their social context. Examination of important styles and musical examples cultivated in Western civilization from the Greeks to the middle of the 18th century. Writing Instruction in the Discipline WID course. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, C or better in 190; ENG 180 and 280.

391 European Art Music II. (3) (Global Issues) Continuation of MUS 390. Examination of important styles and musical examples cultivated in Europe and the U.S. from the middle of the 18th century through the 20th century. Writing Instruction in the Discipline WID course. Prerequisites: MUS 390; minors—consent of the instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

393 Orchestral Music. (2) Exploration of the literature for symphony orchestra from the 17th through 20th centuries. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

394 Music in World Cultures. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) (Global Issues) Study of the music, dance, and instruments of the peoples of North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia with emphasis on non-Western cultures. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280. IAI: F1 903N.

395 Band/Orchestra Literature. (2) Historical survey, analysis, assessment, and adaptation of instrumental music literature suitable for all levels. Application of skills acquired in instrumental techniques courses through the reading of school instrumental literature. Prerequisites: one technique class from each of the following groups: MUS 132; 133/134; 135/136; 137; 330.

396 Choral Literature for the Elementary/Junior High/Senior High. (2) Study, analysis, and adaptations of the literature for elementary, middle school, and high school for like and mixed voices in choral groups. Will include both sacred and secular literature of all periods of music. IPTS including assessment, reading/writing. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 232, 262, 263.

397 Jazz Survey. (3) (General Education/ Multicultural Studies) Exploration of the origins of jazz, its many forms, and its present day trends.

400 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 6) A music project outside the regular curriculum for advanced undergraduate students. Each project under the supervision of an instructor and with permission of department chairperson. Course culminates in a written report, examination, and/or performance. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department chairperson.

401 Honors Thesis/Recital. (3) For Music Department Honors students.

402 Recital Performance. (0) Public performance of a student recital of solo or solo/chamber literature approved by the student’s applied performance teacher. Prerequisite: pre-recital hearing approved by the appropriate applied area faculty. Graded S/U only, to be determined by faculty of the appropriate applied area.

403 Proseminar in Music. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Studies in selected topics in Music. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department chairperson.

416 Applied Musical Theatre Voice, Upper Division. (1–4, repeatable to 10) Applied study of vocal technique and style to meet the needs of students in the BFA Musical Theatre degree program and other students interested in learning to sing in a popular style. Prerequisite: junior Musical Theatre major or permission of instructor.

430 Marching Band Techniques. (2) Teaching, assessment, and management of marching band in secondary schools. Preparation of marching band including music, choreography, and drill for the band show. Subjects include administrative responsibilities; effective lesson planning; assessment; diverse learners; leadership and staff; equipment; and philosophies. Prerequisites: MUS 116, 166, 281, 283.

439 Teaching and Assessment in Secondary School Music. (3) Study of music learning and teaching as related to adolescent development in middle/high school. Topics include effective lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, diverse learners, reading/writing, use of academic language, and appropriate music literature. Directed observations, field experiences. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 282, 284, 330; EIS 301; full acceptance into Teacher Education Program.

441 Current Issues in Music Business. (1) A study of current issues in the music industry. In-depth research into the student’s area of interest in preparation for employment will be included. Prerequisites: MUS 141, 341, and senior standing.

442 Internship. (3–12, not repeatable) A one-semester internship in music business. Prerequisites: completion of all other requirements for Music Business and senior standing. Graded S/U only.

451 Psychology of Music. (2) Psychology and psychoacoustics of music including hearing, perception, values and preferences, musical abilities, music and media, and measurement of responses to music. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: 3 s.h. of Psychology coursework and MUS 166, 182, 184; or consent of instructor.

452 Research in Music Therapy. (2) Overview of empirical research methods and findings in music and music therapy. Development of APA writing style. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, and 158; or consent of instructor.

453 Music Therapy in Medicine. (3) Theory, research, and clinical skills related to music therapy in gerontology, neurologic illness and injury, and patients in medical hospitals. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 255, 258; or consent of instructor.

454 Music Therapy in Development and Education. (3) Theory, research, and clinical skills related to music therapy in early intervention, special education, and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 255, 258; or consent of instructor.

455 Psychological Applications and Theories in Music Therapy. (3) Theory, research, and clinical skills related to music therapy in psychotherapy, counseling, and hospice. Music therapy program design and administration. Discussion of music in therapy and music as therapy. Development of personal philosophy of music therapy, Internship preparation. Course must be completed with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 255, 258; or consent of instructor.

457 Clinical Internship in Music Therapy. (4–12, not repeatable) A six-month music therapy clinical internship in approved clinical training centers. The clinical internship is in addition to and follows the completion of the undergraduate requirements for Music Therapy. Prerequisites: completion of all other undergraduate requirements for Music Therapy major including obtaining a C or better in MUS 151, 158, 254, 255, 258, 355, 358 (2 hours required), 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, and 458.

458 Practicum in Music Therapy III. (1, repeatable to 3) Supervised, individually led clinical experience in assessing, planning, intervening, measuring, evaluating, and documenting music therapy treatment in an assigned clinical setting. Discussion of clinical and professional topics in weekly seminar. 1 s.h. required in Music Therapy degree program with a C or better in order to be eligible for internship (MUS 457). Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184; MUS 358 with a C or better; or consent of instructor.

461 String Pedagogy. (1–2, repeatable to 8) A study of the methods and approaches to the teaching of strings in class and studio. Laboratory observation and teaching. Prerequisites: string principal and consent of instructor.

463 Church Service Playing I. (2) Practical training in the playing of hymns and liturgy, choral and solo accompaniments. Discussion of hymnody and liturgies, selection of music for the church service. Prerequisite: organ principal or consent of instructor.

465 Piano Pedagogy I. (2) Introduction to the history of piano pedagogy and current learning theories. Examination of teaching methods and materials at the beginning through intermediate levels. Lecture/ discussion meetings will be complemented with student presentations. Prerequisites: MUS 182, 184; ENG 180 and 280; PSY 100 and 221; piano principal or consent of instructor.

466 Piano Pedagogy II. (2) Introduction to piano pedagogy research. Examination of teaching methods and materials for advanced and adult students. Students will be asked to complete a teaching demonstration. Prerequisite: MUS 465 or permission of instructor.

481 Counterpoint. (3) Studies in tonal counterpoint. Representative techniques and genres including invention and fugue. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 282, 284.

482 Materials of 20th Century Music. (3) Studies in 20th-century compositional practices and styles through analysis and exercises in 20th-century techniques. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 282, 284.

483 Orchestration. (3) Study of instruments and instrumentation through practical exercises. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 282, 284.

485 Techniques of Electronic Music. (3) Fundamental concepts in electronic music and classical techniques in studio work. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184.

487 Jazz Arranging and Composition II. (2) Composition techniques to include writing for the jazz orchestra in extended non-traditional formal designs. Atonal application for jazz composition, to include pan-diatonicism, polytonality, pitch class set techniques, and serial techniques. Prerequisites: MUS 387, 482, or consent of instructor.

490 Literature and Pedagogy of Wind and Percussion Instruments. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Survey of woodwind or brass or percussion literature and pedagogy considered from its historical, formal, stylistic, and aesthetic aspects. Content varies with areas of performance and expertise. Prerequisites: Music major and/or consent of instructor.

491 History of American Music. (3) A history of music in America from colonial times to the present. Prerequisites: MUS 390, or 391, or consent of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

492 String Literature. (2) History of stringed instruments and early performance practices. Performers, pedagogical treatises, and literature through the twentieth century.

495, 496 Piano Literature I and II. (2 per semester) Survey of keyboard literature considered from its historical, formal, stylistic and aesthetic aspects. Nonsequential. Prerequisites: MUS 182, 184; ENG 180 and 280; piano principal or consent of instructor.

497 Jazz History, Selected Topics. (2, repeatable to 4) An in-depth study of selected topics from the history of jazz. Topics in this course change each time it is taught. Prerequisites: MUS 166, 182, 184, 397; consent of instructor.

499 Vocal Literature and Pedagogy. (3) Survey of vocal literature and pedagogical philosophies and techniques considered from historical and applied aspects. Includes performance/pedagogy projects of Early English/Italian repertories, German “Lieder,” French “Melodie,” English language repertory as well as other selected national and ethnic traditions. Prerequisite: vocal or piano major or consent of the instructor.

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