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, 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 of the conductor’s art through hands-on experience.

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) 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, 402-407 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. The 402-407 level courses are for music majors.


150 Rock Ensemble (1 credit) The Rock Ensemble plays everything from Chuck Berry to Queen to Radiohead.  No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to learn how to shred.  Demand is high – contact Dr. Kellett to find out about auditioning.

250 Musical Theater Pit Ensemble (1 credit) Each J-term, the Music and Theater departments coordinate to stage a full musical.  The Pit ensemble is open to any instrumentalists, depending on instrumentation needs.  Recent productions include Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical and Chicago.

313 Chamber Orchestra (1 credit) The Hartwick/SUNY-Oneonta Chamber Orchestra performs one program of full orchestral literature each semester in concerts at both Hartwick and SUNY.  It is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players from both campuses.

314 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit) This standard big band covers jazz classics from the swing era, as well as exploring music from other important genres, such as ballads, rock, cool jazz and Latin. The ensemble strives for an advanced level of performance, but accepts any individual willing to make the commitment to attending weekly rehearsals, semester concerts and other performance events organized throughout the year. Open to Hartwick students and faculty, talented high school students and community members.

315 Jazz Combo (1 credit) This small, eclectic group of musicians dives deep into music from all genres and periods of jazz, and also looks beyond jazz’s borders.  Students in this ensemble work together to create their own arrangements, with an emphasis on improvisation.

316 Brass Ensemble (1 credit) With a repertoire spanning nearly 500 years, this ensemble plays a diverse selection of music at events on and off campus, including open houses, college ceremonies, and concerts.  Rehearsals feature a healthy dose of brass playing fundamentals.

317 Flute Choir (1 credit) Featuring students from both Hartwick and SUNY-Oneonta, this small group plays chamber pieces for flutes of all sizes, from piccolo to bass flute.  In addition to performing at standard concerts, this group also appears at special events on and off campus.

318 Opera/Musical Theater Scenes (1 credit) This course is designed to familiarize students with vocal ensemble selections from the operatic and musical theater repertory through study, rehearsal, and live performance.

320 Chamber Choir (1 credit)  is open to all students by audition, regardless of major. Auditions take place during the first week of classes each term. Depending on the number of qualified voices in any given semester, the Chamber Choir may be a treble or mixed voice ensemble. Like the College Choir, the chamber choir sings repertoire from diverse time periods and styles. Due to the smaller size of the ensemble (12-16 members) singers work on more intimate repertoire, occasionally performing without a conductor. The Chamber Choir is often asked to sing for college events and community functions.

330/430 College Wind Ensemble (1 credit) The Hartwick Wind Ensemble performs two standard concerts each semester.  The music we play includes everything from the standard wind band repertoire by Holst, Grainger, Sousa, and Vaughan Williams to the latest in new repertoire, including new commissions.  The Wind Ensemble also plays at the True Blue Weekend football game and is featured at Hartwick’s Commencement.  This ensemble features opportunities for students to select music and for student conductors. No audition required.

332/432 College Choir (1 credit) The College Choir is a mixed ensemble open to all students, regardless of major. The choir sings repertoire from diverse time periods and styles, including both secular and sacred works from a variety of traditions. We champion the work of living composers through the premiering of newly commissioned works and regular performance of twenty-first century repertoire. Collaborations with other local ensembles, including the Catskill Choral Society and the Catskill Symphony expose students to a broad range of performance experiences. While some previous choral experience is helpful, it is not required. Voice placement auditions take place during the first week of classes each term.

334 Catskill Symphony Orchestra (1 credit) Exceptional student musicians may be accepted into the region’s professional symphony orchestra by faculty invitation only. (See