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Music Course Offerings

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The School of Arts and Performance offers music, General Education, and music appreciation courses. Although there is no major in music, music events, including the Brockport Community-College Chorus and Gospel Music are offered. A unique collaboration has been developed with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which includes RPO performances on the SUNY Brockport campus; a RPO member teaching a music course on campus and invited musicians presenting lecture-demonstrations. Music courses also serve as a component of the Arts for Children program.

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. Fall

MUS 105 Introduction to Music (A,P). Open to all students. Required of Arts for Children majors. No musical background required. Covers music fundamentals, such as reading music in treble and bass clefs, keyboard, scales, intervals, and chords. Also includes a performance component in which students learn to perform rhythm patterns and play the recorder. 3 Cr. Every Semester

MUS 112 World Music (A,C,F,W). Examines the universal principles that connect music around the world. Includes the music of India, Africa, Japan, South America, the United States and Europe. Includes a unit on the contribution of women composers. 3 Cr. Every Semester

MUS 130 Beginning Piano Class (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.

MUS 139 Beginning Voice Class (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). Open to all students; no musical background required. Explores the inner world of orchestral music contra-bassoon; 3 Bs of classical music; contemporary composers; and the influence of changing historical, social, and artistic trends on the orchestra. Studies the use of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences in learning music. Examines the influence of other cultures upon Western music. Helps students to become educated and discriminating listeners through guided listening and required attendance at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. 3 Cr. Every Semester

MUS 230 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.

MUS 239 Advanced Voice Class (B). Studies standard vocal repertoire, improvement of technical vocal problems through performance, and stage awareness. 2 Cr.

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. Fall

MUS 320 Brockport Chorus (B). Includes performance of standard choral works from many styles and periods. 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 326 Brockport Symphony Orchestra (B). Includes performance of standard orchestral repertoire. Allows students to develop orchestral techniques and an understanding of musical styles. 1 Cr.

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 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. Spring

MUS 455 Music Resources for Dance (B). 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 485 American Folk 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 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.

Last Updated 11/20/18

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