Music Courses

Fall 2016 Music Courses

Music Courses (MUSI)

110 Fundamentals of Guitar (3 credits) A course for the beginning student (including those without any previous musical experience). Designed to provide basic skills in guitar technique and music fundamentals by exploring a diverse repertory that includes classical (course emphasis), folk, country, and popular styles.

140, 240, Music Theory I, II (3 credits each) An investigation of the basic elements of Western tonal music into innovations of the 20th century; part writing and analysis, composition; instruction is integrated with technology

141, 241  Aural Skills I-III (2 credits each) The development of aural skills necessary for musicians.  Skills developed include singing at sight, taking musical dictation, and identification of musical elements solely by ear.

170 Country Music (3 credits) A survey of the history, fundamental ingredients, and structure comprising the American musical genre nicknamed “country; that is the music of the American rural dweller, farmer, mountain inhabitant, and the Great Plains states circumventing the Great Depression to the present day.

174 History of Radio (3 credits) Provides an introduction to the history of radio and its powerful presence as a provider of news, information, and entertainment. Topics include: history of radio broadcasting from its inception in the early part of the 1920s; important individuals involved in radio technology who became the foundation of early broadcasting; the inter-relative facets of radio, its personalities, and effects on entertainment and information with respect to historical happenings and the constantly changing tastes of the listening public; the continued importance of radio in our lives; and radio’s historic role as a mirror of social change and development.

264, 364  Music History I, III (3 credits each) (Antiquity, Medieval, and Renaissance music, ca. 500 BC – 1700 AD) An exploration of the music of the Western classical tradition from antiquity to present.  Music as a social force and historical agent as well as connections between the arts are the basis for our study.

280 Music of the World’s Cultures (3 credits) An introduction to musics around the world from a variety of lenses such as music as a political vehicle, a means of self and group identity, and the multiple layers of meaning assigned to music.

322 Instrumental Conducting (3 credits each) A practical study the conductor’s art through hands-on experiences and group projects.


Music Education Courses (MUED)

100 Introduction to Music Education (3 credits) This introductory course to music education will address the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of the discipline. The topics of diversity, lifelong learning, alternative contexts for the teaching and learning of music, world musics, and teaching exceptional learners in music and integrating music technology into the curriculum will be introduced. Students will begin to develop a personal philosophy of music education.

221, 223  Keyboard Techniques I, III  (1 credit each) Harmonization, transposition, improvisation, part reading from choral works, sight-reading, accompanying, scales, arpeggios, technical exercises. Materials are sequenced to accommodate different backgrounds, but basic keyboard reading skill is required. The course is a four-semester sequence that progresses developmentally through all skill areas.

Instrumental Methods- 226 Woodwinds (2 credits) Pedagogy, playing, and care of instruments, teaching methods and materials, hands-on teaching exercises.

302 Contemporary Trends in Music Education: Secondary Level (3 credits) The course focuses primarily on developing teaching strategies and skills for the secondary music classroom in general music choral and instrumental specialties including lesson planning/rehearsal planning, teaching special needs students, classroom management skills, and other current related topics.


Music Performance Courses (MUPF)

MUPF 202-211; 302-311: private instruction in the following areas: keyboard, voice, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, composition, accompanying, conducting, and world musics.  Private lesson instruction is open to all students, pending instructor approval.


Ensembles

313 Chamber Orchestra (1 credit) Performs string and full orchestral music from the Baroque through modern eras. (Major performance ensemble) (EL)

314 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit) Explores contemporary as well as historically important big band literature. (EL)

315 Jazz Combo (1 credit) A small ensemble that focuses the repertoire of the jazz masters – Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and the art of improvisation. (EL)

316 Brass Ensemble (1 credit) A chamber ensemble that explores original and arranged works for the medium.

320 Chamber Choir (1 credit) A select choir that performs advanced works; audition required.

330 College Wind Ensemble/ Pep Band (1 credit) Explores the standard and more contemporary band literature.

332 College Choir (1 credit) A mixed choral ensemble of about 60 members. Performs a wide variety of choral works, including masses, and oratorios, as well as secular works.

334 Catskill Symphony Orchestra (1 credit) Exceptional student musicians may be accepted into the symphony orchestra, pending audition.


Regular Offerings

Music Courses (MUSI)

110 Fundamentals of Guitar (3 credits) A course for the beginning student (including those without any previous musical experience). Designed to provide basic skills in guitar technique and music fundamentals by exploring a diverse repertory that includes classical (course emphasis), folk, country, and popular styles.

140, 141, 240, 241 Music Theory I-IV (3 credits each) An investigation of the basic elements of Western tonal music into innovations of the 20th century; part writing and analysis, composition; instruction is integrated with technology

141, 143, 241, 243 Aural Skills I-IV (2 credits each) The development of aural skills necessary for musicians.  Skills developed include singing at sight, taking musical dictation, and identification of musical elements solely by ear.

160 Music of World Wars I and II (3 credits) An exploration of the role that music played in World Wars I and II. Topics covered include: music for and by soldiers, music as propaganda, music in reaction to wartime events, music on the home front and the civilian experience, music made for and by victims of war time atrocities, and the music of remembrance.

170 Country Music (3 credits) A survey of the history, fundamental ingredients, and structure comprising the American musical genre nicknamed “country; that is the music of the American rural dweller, farmer, mountain inhabitant, and the Great Plains states circumventing the Great Depression to the present day.

172 Progressive Rock (3 credits) An exploration of a popular musical genre originating in Britain from approximately1967-1979, conceptualized in the music of the Beatles and culminating in complex, classically based compositions utilizing traditional orchestral instruments and electronic instrumentation associated with popular musical idioms of the period.

174 History of Radio (3 credits) Provides an introduction to the history of radio and its powerful presence as a provider of news, information, and entertainment. Topics include: history of radio broadcasting from its inception in the early part of the 1920s; important individuals involved in radio technology who became the foundation of early broadcasting; the inter-relative facets of radio, its personalities, and effects on entertainment and information with respect to historical happenings and the constantly changing tastes of the listening public; the continued importance of radio in our lives; and radio’s historic role as a mirror of social change and development.

175 Evolution and Mechanics of Broadway (3 credits) Explores the development of American musical theatre from1840- present, its musical and theatrical elements and those individuals and influences which constitute its characteristics. Contribution of immigrants, ethnic cultures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the songs, stories, and stage productions created to express new and ever-changing lifestyles.

176 Rock Music History (3 credits) Surveys American history and its social precepts as viewed through the sound of popular music of the time.

178 History of Jazz (3 credits) An introduction to the principle trends, sounds, and stylistic developments in jazz from ragtime (ca. 1900) to the present. Major performers, arrangers, and innovators are studied throughout the semester with the emphasis on sound rather than theoretical principles. Offered every other year.

250 Topics in Music (3 credits) Offered periodically in special aspects of music. Generally for majors and non- majors.

264, 265, 364  Music History I-III (3 credits each) (Antiquity, Medieval, and Renaissance music, ca. 500 BC – 1700 AD) An exploration of the music of the Western classical tradition from antiquity to present.  Music as a social force and historical agent as well as connections between the arts are the basis for our study.

280 Music of the World’s Cultures (3 credits) An introduction to musics around the world from a variety of lenses such as music as a political vehicle, a means of self and group identity, and the multiple layers of meaning assigned to music.

295 Sophomore Internship in Music (3 credits)

320, 322 Choral and Instrumental Conducting (3 credits each) A practical study the conductor’s art through hands-on experiences and group projects.

324 Foreign Language Diction (3 credits) Covers English, Italian, French, German, and Latin diction and song literature as well as the application of these language skills to musical literature.

350 Topics in Music (3 credits) Offered periodically in special aspects of music. Generally for majors and non- majors.

364 Music History III: Romanticism to Neo-Romanticism (3 credits) (Romanticism and the 20th Century ca. 1800-1970) The dissolution of diatonic harmony, the emergence of national styles of composition, the styles and influences of modern musical movements such as Impressionism and Serialism, and the growing gulf between composer and audience are among topics explored. Primarily for music majors but interested students who read music may enroll with instructor’s approval. Prerequisite: MUSI 265. Offered every fall semester.

395 Junior Internship in Music (3 credits) An internship in a music-related field.

440 Orchestration and Arranging (3 credits) A study of the properties the string, wind, and percussion instruments, their properties, and how they are combined anew. Competence in music theory and in score reading/writing is necessary. Offered every other spring. Prerequisite: MUSI 242. (EL)

450 Topics in Music (3 credits) Offered periodically in special aspects of music. Generally for majors.

490 Senior Thesis (3 credits) Entails a public recital on the student’s primary instrument/voice as well a large- scale project. Topics for the research project can take on a variety of forms. These might include: issues in performance practice, case studies, analysis, composition, musicology, multimedia, lecture/demonstration, or community based projects.

495 Senior Internship in Music (3 credits) An internship in a music-related field.


Music Education Courses (MUED)

100 Introduction to Music Education (3 credits) This introductory course to music education will address the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of the discipline. The topics of diversity, lifelong learning, alternative contexts for the teaching and learning of music, world musics, and teaching exceptional learners in music and integrating music technology into the curriculum will be introduced. Students will begin to develop a personal philosophy of music education.

221-224 Keyboard Techniques I-IV (1 credit each) Harmonization, transposition, improvisation, part reading from choral works, sight-reading, accompanying, scales, arpeggios, technical exercises. Materials are sequenced to accommodate different backgrounds, but basic keyboard reading skill is required. The course is a four-semester sequence that progresses developmentally through all skill areas.

Instrumental Methods- 225 Brass, 226 Woodwinds, 227 Percussion, 228 String (2 credits each)

226 Woodwind Methods (2 credits) Pedagogy, playing, and care of instruments, teaching methods and materials, hands-on teaching exercises.

229 Vocal Methods (2 credits) Basics of the vocal mechanism, the care of development of the voice, as well as the principles of singing technique. Important components of this course are class exercises, performances, as well as peer-teaching.

301 Contemporary Trends in Music Education: Elementary Level (3 credits) This course focuses primarily on developing teaching strategies and skills for the elementary/general music classroom (grades K-5/6), including lesson planning, teaching special needs students, classroom management skills, and other current related topics.

302 Contemporary Trends in Music Education: Secondary Level (3 credits) The course focuses primarily on developing teaching strategies and skills for the secondary music classroom in general music choral and instrumental specialties including lesson planning/rehearsal planning, teaching special needs students, classroom management skills, and other current related topics.


Music Performance Courses (MUPF)

MUPF 202-211; 302-311: private instruction in the following areas: keyboard, voice, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, composition, accompanying, conducting, and world musics.  Private lesson instruction is open to all students, pending instructor approval.


Ensembles

313 Chamber Orchestra (1 credit) Performs string and full orchestral music from the Baroque through modern eras. (Major performance ensemble) (EL)

314 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit) Explores contemporary as well as historically important big band literature. (EL)

315 Jazz Combo (1 credit) A small ensemble that focuses the repertoire of the jazz masters – Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and the art of improvisation. (EL)

316 Brass Ensemble (1 credit) A chamber ensemble that explores original and arranged works for the medium.

320 Chamber Choir (1 credit)  A select choir that performs advanced works; audition required.

330 College Wind Ensemble/ Pep Band (1 credit) Explores the standard and more contemporary band literature.

332 College Choir (1 credit) A mixed choral ensemble of about 60 members. Performs a wide variety of choral works, including masses, and oratorios, as well as secular works.

334 Catskill Symphony Orchestra (1 credit) Exceptional student musicians may be accepted into the symphony orchestra, pending audition.

 

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