Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Music (MUS)

MUS* E101 Music History and Appreciation I

A chronological study of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. Various genres will be placed in their historical context and students will become familiar with basic musical terminology and its application. The course will also cover general trends in music composition and the major composers.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

MUS* E115 Music Theory I

A survey of the fundamentals of musical language (notation, rhythm, scales, keys, melodies, and chords), including writing and analysis of music in standard notation. Although music theory is most often studied by students with prior experience in music, this course is intended as a beginning point for students with little or no experience reading music.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

MUS* E116 Music Theory II

A continuation of the elementary materials of music learned in MUS* E115. Further development in the concepts of rhythm, tonality, melody, texture, architectural form and timbre upon which musical organization is based. This course will include analysis, ear training, and written exercises.
Prerequisite: MUS* E115 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

MUS* E137 History & Appreciation of Jazz

African-European heritage of jazz; chronological development from early New Orleans through present trends. Presentation and discussion of important soloists, combos, and large ensembles. Included as part of the course will be attendance at live jazz concerts, lectures, and live performances during class time; use of recordings and films to illustrate characteristics of jazz.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

MUS* E139 Latin and Caribbean Music

An introduction to the variety of music from diverse ethnic groups of the Caribbean and Latin America. The influences of Spain, Africa, Portugal, and other countries on the music of the region will be examined. In addition, the course will explore how the music of the Caribbean and Latin America has made strong impact abroad. The study will also include how the elements of popular culture, dance, and folk music of the region are interrelated.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

MUS* E141 Guitar 1

Guitar 1 provides a basic foundation in guitar performance and musicianship. It assumes no previous experience in the guitar or general music. Literacy in standard notation, all the notes in the first position (first 4 frets), in correct rhythm is developed. Also established are skills in strumming chords for folk and popular music and ensemble playing.

  • Credits: 3

MUS* E298 Special Topics in Music

A faculty-developed music course that focuses on exploring an aspect of the study of music that is outside the current courses that are offered in the humanities department. This course is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to pursue an area of study that is of interest to a large group. Topics will vary by semester and area of expertise of the instructor.
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: F

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