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    MUSI 1111 The Sense of Music (3 credits)
    Developing insight into the art of music through guided listening experiences that aim to develop aural perception, historical perspective, an awareness of the formal processes of music, and some critical bases for esthetic discrimination; emphasis on the cultivation of helpful listening habits. No previous training in music is required.

    MUSI 1341 Music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (3 credits)
    Evolution of the forms and practices of Western music during the medieval and Renaissance eras; the development of forms and practices during the Baroque era, emphasizing the works of Machaut, Dufay, Josquin, Ockeghem, and Monteverdi. Prerequisite: MUSI 1111.

    MUSI 1350 Music in the Baroque and Classical Eras (3 credits)
    The development of triadic music, tonality, and its forms in the Baroque era and continuing through the classical era. The growth of opera, concerto, fugue, sonata, and symphony; Western music from Monteverdi to Beethoven. Prerequisite: MUSI 1111.

    MUSI 1351 Music in the Romantic and Modern Eras (3 credits)
    Musical practices in the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with Beethoven's monumental and universal works and their influence on later generations; the increase in chromaticism through the romantic era, the breakdown of tonality, and the harmonic-contrapuntal techniques and structural principles of 20th-century music; Western music from Schubert to Babbitt. Prerequisite: MUSI 1111.

    MUSI 1381 History of Jazz, Blues, and American Pop Music (3 credits)
    African, Afro-American and Euro-American musical genres in the 19th century after emancipation; the mutual cross-cultural assimilation of these genres that synthesized into new, uniquely North American popular and then art music in the 20th century. Jazz styles considered in depth include traditional (early jazz), swing, bebop, and modal and free jazz, emphasizing recordings of influential, innovative performers of each era. Prerequisite: MUSI 1111 or permission of the instructor.

    MUSI 1390 Early Modern and Modern Theories of Music (3 credits)
    A survey of theories of music from Zarlino to Lewin set against the relevant contexts of Western art music history. Topics include contrapuntal theory in Zarlino, musical rhetoric and early harmonic theory in Rameau, Rameaus detractors and supporters, Koch and theory of melody, Weber and harmonic analysis, Marx and musical form, Riemann and harmonic function, Schoenberg vs. Schenker, Babbitt and 12-tone combinatoriality Forte and set theory, and Lewin and transformation theory. Prerequisite: MUSI 2111

    MUSI 1661 Survey of Operatic Literature (3 credits)
    A brief overview of the history of opera, with a focus on various aspects that this genre raises. Topics may include the relative role of words versus music, plots that are appropriate for dramatic treatment, the means by which character is created through music, and political subtexts of certain works. Prerequisite: MUSI 1111 or permission of the instructor.

    MUSI 2105 Music Fundamentals (2 credits)
    An introduction to music notation and the piano keyboard. Designed to give beginners a basic level of skill in sight reading. Peparatory course for further study in applied music theory, ear-training and harmony.

    MUSI 2111, MUSI 2112 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint (3 credits)
    Structural foundations of music and their applications to the reading, sight singing, playing, writing and analysis of melodies, as well as to the writing and playing of simple chordal accompaniments and of four-part chorales; introduction to counterpoint. Some musical experience is desirable. Prerequisite: MUSI 2105. Corequisites: MUSI 2111L, MUSI 2112L.

    MUSI 2111L, MUSI 2112L Elementary Ear Training and Keyboard Skills (1 credit)
    Laboratory course designed to help students master the skills covered in Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint. Emphasis on the development of relative pitch memory and recognition of interval, chord, and chord inversion. Students learn sight singing from simple melodies and counterpoints, and practice elementary skills of chordal accompaniment at the keyboard. Corequisite: MUSI 2111, MUSI 2112.

    MUSI 2113, 2114 Chromatic Harmony (3 credits)
    Continuation of Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint. Principles of chromatic voice leading and chromatic harmony, exploring those topics through model composition and analysis. The second semester also offers an introduction to post-tonal theory and analysis. Prerequisite: MUSI 2112.

    MUSI 2113L Intermediate Ear Training (1 credit)
    Corequisite: MUSI 2113

    MUSI 2120, MUSI 2121 Introduction to Composition I, II (3 credits)
    Basic techniques involved in writing music. Issues of musical structure and expression are explored in traditional and contemporary repertory via composition as well as the analysis of selected works. Prerequisite: MUSI 2112 or permission of the instructor.

    MUSI 3301; MUSI 3302; MUSI 3303; MUSI 3304 Choral Ensemble (1 credit)
    Introduction to the vocal art and to the craft of ensemble singing through explorations in standard choral repertory. Primary objectives are free vocal production and attainment of a refined ensemble sound. Students will do physical and vocal exercises as well as basic work in musical notation, part-singing skills, and training of the ear for the special requirements of ensemble singing.

    MUSI 3461 through 3484 Instrumental Music Ensembles (1-2 credits)
    Introduction to the craft and discipline of small ensemble rehearsal and performance. Emphasis placed on basic musicianship skills, including formal and rhythmic analysis, sight reading, and score reading, as well as on tonal beauty, accurate intonation and expressivity. Prerequisites: ability to play a musical instrument or sing, ability to read music, and permission of the instructor.

    MUSI 4001 Introduction to Music Pedagogy (2-3 credits)
    A survey of intermediate piano repertory and other printed and Internet resources; basic vocal production and conducting, learning theory, teaching methods, organizational and communication skills. Designed to prepare students for future work with private pupils, ensembles and general music classes. Prerequisite: ability to play an instrument and ability to read music, or permission of instructor.

    MUSI 4111; MUSI 4112; MUSI 4113; MUSI 4114 Applied Musical Studies (1-2 credits)
    Vocal or instrumental work arranged by the music staff; literature, material, techniques. A maximum of nine (9) credits may be taken in such courses. Fee: minimum $225 per semester on an individual basis, dependent on extent and nature of services provided. Prerequisite: permission of the senior professor.

    MUSI 4930 Selected Topics in Music (3 credits)

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