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Undergraduate Music Courses

MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music for Dance (A). Provides a study of rhythm and elements of music. Explores the significance of "time" in movements and its importance to rhythmic phrasing in music and dance. 2 Cr.

MUS 105 Introduction to Music (A,P). Open to all students. Required for Arts for Children and Dance majors and Music minors. Includes a performance component. No musical background is required. Covers fundamentals such as reading music in treble and bass clefs, keyboard, scales, intervals, chords and ear training. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

MUS 112 World Music (A,F,O). Examines the universal principles that connect music around the world. Includes the music of India, Africa, Japan, South America, the United States and Europe. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

MUS 135 Class Piano I (B). Allows development of practical skills in reading music at the keyboard, including some knowledge of scales and chords to provide basic accompaniment. 2 Cr. Fall.

MUS 139 Class Voice I (B). Allows development of basic vocal skills, including breathing, placement, sight reading; study of vowels, consonants, and appropriate song literature. 2 Cr.

MUS 201 Computers and Music (A,T). Provides an introduction to computer basics and hands-on experience with music software. Explores computers as used by musicians and artists. Emphasizes sound analysis and digital music production. Surveys electronic and computer music. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

MUS 210 Music Appreciation With the RPO (A,F). The class will explore Classical music composed for the symphony orchestra. Lectures and course materials will cover basic musical principles and survey the history of orchestral composition. A series of in-class demonstrations/performances given by the members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will showcase the unique qualities of different instruments. The goal of the course is to encourage students to become educated, discerning listeners through guided exposure to the symphonic repertoire. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

MUS 235 Class Piano II (A). Piano II provides students an opportunity to continue the skills developed in Class Piano I. Emphasis will be on further mastery of the keyboard through increased technical abilities such as sight-reading, improvisation and harmonization. By the end of the course students will be able to play all major scales and minor scales on white keys, 2 octaves, hands together and all white key major and minor arpeggios. Repertoire will focus on pieces by great masters at the late elementary or early intermediate levels and will stress hand independence, a broader choice of articulation, a wider dynamic range, scale passages, chords in root and inverted position and 7th chords. 2 Cr. Fall.

MUS 278 Afro-American Music and Culture (A). Cross listed as AAS 278. Provides a basic history of African-American music and related aspects of theatre, dance, and literature from the 17th century to the present. 3 Cr. Fall.

MUS 300 Music for Dance (A). Emphasizes the correlation between rhythm and dynamics in music and movement, and rhythmic notation in relation to dance. Studies musical techniques needed to provide percussion accompaniment for dance movement. Provides some analysis of simple musical forms, and an introduction to music resources for the dance. 3 Cr.

MUS 305 Music Theory I (A). Music Theory I has written exercises in the basic harmonic system, melodic principles of part-writing, the chorale and four-part writing in root position and in inversions, secondary dominants and modulation. It also contains exercises in rhythmic, melodic, and simple harmonic ear-training. 3 Cr. Fall.

MUS 306 Music Theory II (A). Music Theory II is a continuation of Music Theory I and begins with exercises in chromatic harmonic, including secondary dominants, jazz and popular harmony, modulation and beginning counterpoint. Students will use computer notation software (Sibelius) in completing assignments for the course. Advanced ear-training in rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation is included. Prerequisite for MUS 306 is MUS 305 or equivalent. 3 Cr. Spring.

MUS 308 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (A). Introduces ethnomusicology’s principal concepts, theories, methods, history, development and fieldwork approaches. Readings and case studies in the field introduce students to applied ethnomusicological and anthropological theory, method, and analysis, while class projects and discussions prepare students to document and discuss a world of music on their own terms. Students complete an original research paper, surveying and documenting sound in their local environments. 3 Cr.

MUS 310 Music of the Mediterranean (A,I). Students will investigate how music embodies diverse individual and communal identities in the Mediterranean, a region that spans North Africa, the Levant, and southern Europe. Through ethnographies, articles, and guided listening, students will explore such themes as national identity, gender and sexuality, emotion and meaning, and globalization. Students will also examine parallels between music, food, and film in traditional and popular culture. 3 Cr.

MUS 320 Brockport College Community Chorus (B). Includes performance of standard choral works from many styles and periods. 1 Cr.

MUS 321 Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (B). Includes performance of instrumental and vocal jazz. Provides an instruction in improvisation, stylistic elements, and historical background. 1 Cr.

MUS 322 Gospel Music I (B). Cross-listed as AAS 322. Provides a basic history of black American gospel music and its relationship to contemporary music form; and includes performances of Gospel Music. 1 Cr.

MUS 323 Instrumental Ensemble (A). Instrumental ensemble acts as a blanket course for small ensembles (e.g. xylophone ensemble, saxophone quartet, etc.) and large ensembles such as a community band, jazz ensemble, Brockport Symphony Orchestra, etc. Can be repeated for up to 8 credits. 1 Cr. Every Semester.

MUS 330 Class Piano II (A). Provides students an opportunity to continue the skills developed in Class Piano I. Emphasis is on further mastery of the keyboard through increased technical abilities such as sight-reading, improvisation and harmonization. By the end of the course, students will be able to play all major scales and minor scales on white keys, 2 octaves, hands together, and all white key major and minor arpeggios. Repertoire will focus on pieces by great masters at the late elementary to early intermediate levels and will stress hand independence, a broader choice of articulation, a wider dynamic range, scale passages, chords in root and inverted positions, and 7th chords. 2 Cr.

MUS 335 Advanced Piano Class (B). Allows development of more advanced skills in piano performance techniques, including pedaling, phrases and fingering, and study of polyphonic and homophonic styles. 2 Cr. Fall.

MUS 339 Class Voice II (A). Studies standard vocal repertoire, improvement of technical vocal problems through performance, and stage awareness. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

MUS 399 Independent Study in Music (A). To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

MUS 401 The Films and Film Music of India (A). Uses film to examine the culture and music of India. Introduces Indian films, popular music genres, and use of melodrama and emotion in narrative development and as an expression of the Indian psyche. Adopts critical approaches for looking at the representation of India through cinema, music, and constructions of mainstream and marginalized identities (gender, caste, religion), narrative formulas, song picturizations, theatrical characterizations, and spectacle. 3 Cr. Spring.

MUS 413 American Music (A). Provides a study of representative music styles and idioms of North America from Colonial times to the present; analysis of visual and aural, structural and stylistic characteristics of the music; and recognition of important composers and musicians who contributed to the development of American music. 3 Cr.

MUS 414 American Musical Theatre (A). Surveys the American musical theatre, including Broadway shows, through investigation of its form. Provides analyses, discussions, viewing and research of selected works to serve as a basis for a more aware listening technique. 3 Cr.

MUS 420 Music Literature for Dance (A). Prerequisites: MUS 300. Provides a study of musical literature with particular reference to interrela-tionships between dance and music; a historical survey; selection of music for dance; and Western classical, jazz, and world music resources. 3 Cr.

MUS 455 Music Resources for Dance (A). Prerequisite: MUS 300. Explores music materials and resources for use in choreography; techniques of taping and creating taped collages for production; and concerns for original scores. Analyzes musical forms and rhythmic structure; and historical styles of music. 3 Cr.

MUS 475 Contemporary Social Issues in Music (A,I). Explores music’s unique influence in modern Western society. Topics include music globalization, mediaization, music as cultural expression and political change agent through a variety of technological and media formats and live performance venues. Students will examine their own participation in a music culture as well as the participation of others as they implement an original ethnographic fieldwork project. No prior musical experience is necessary. 3 Cr.

MUS 485 American Roots Music (A). Takes a performance approach to the history, styles, and repertoire of North-American folk music. Allows students to learn approximately 100 folk songs, covering all geographic regions, from performances by the instructor, guest artists, members of the class, films, and recordings. Especially recommended for arts for children, recreation and leisure, education, and music education majors. 3 Cr.

MUS 487 Music and the Child (A). Prerequisite: MUS 105. Covers current approaches in using music with children and ways in which music can contribute to the total growth of the child. Explores existing vocal and instrumental materials suitable for children, creating original songs, rhythmic games, and sound stories. 3 Cr. Spring.

MUS 488 Music Practicum (A). Provides students with the opportunity to observe elementary music classes and gain experience teaching in a school setting. Students will be placed in a local elementary/middle school to work with a tenured instructor, either in general, choral, or band, as per the student’s area of concentration. 3 Cr.

MUS 495 Contemporary Social Issues in Music (A,I). Explores the complex role of music in contemporary society using theoretical approaches from the field of ethnomusicology to study music in our daily lives. The course discusses the nature of the field of ethnomusicology and the relationship of sound and culture; introduces ethnomusicological approaches to fieldwork, and analyzes different types of music social and network systems. This is an on-line class. 3 Cr.

MUS 499 Independent Study in Music (A). To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.