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Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study.

Courses are offered in vocal performance, the history and appreciation of music, and music education.


MUS 161 Music Theory I (3) The fundamentals of music theory through part-writing and analysis. Course content includes key signatures, scales, intervals, triads and an introduction to figured bass.

MUS 162 Music Theory II (3) A continuation of MUS 161 emphasizing inversions of triads, the dominant seventh chord, non-harmonic tones, and elementary modulations through part-writing, composition, and analysis with and without figured bass. Prereq: MUS 161 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 171 Aural Skills I (1) This course offers a practical application of the materials studied in MUS 161 and provides the necessary drill in the skills of sight-singing, aural perception and the dictation of music. Prereq: MUS 161 or consent of instructor.

MUS 172 Aural Skills II (1) This course offers a practical application of the materials studied in MUS 162 and provides the necessary drill in the skills of sight-singing, aural perception and dictation of music. Prereq: Music 171

MUS 181 Class Piano I (1) This course provides a comprehensive introduction to piano performance, functional keyboard skills, and the keyboard literature of beginning piano students. Focus will be given to major scales, primary chord progressions, melodic harmonization, and performance of recital repertory relevant to the course objectives. Prereq: none.

MUS 182 Class Piano II (1) The second course in the Class Piano sequence provides a comprehensive introduction to piano performance, functional keyboard skills, and keyboard literature of beginning piano students. Focus will be given to major and minor scales and their inversions, primary chord progressions in root and inverted positions, melodic harmonization, and performance of repertory relevant to the course objectives. Prereq: MUS 181 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 200 USI Chamber Choir (2*) Ten hours weekly. A select touring choir devoted to performance of an eclectic repertory of choral literature for mixed voices (S.A.T.B.). This course will focus on the development of vocal technique, performance practices, and will culminate with several performances throughout the year.  A maximum of 18 hours of credit may be earned in choral ensembles. Prereq.: audition and consent of instructor.

MUS 202 Introduction to Music (3) A basic survey of the media elements and organizational patterns of the art of music. No prereq.

MUS 206X Jazz History (3) This course examines the history of one of America's great musical contributions to world culture. Students will explore the fundamental musical elements, the historical roots, the diversity of the musicians, and the development of the main styles of jazz.  Various listening and vocal music guides will facilitate the student's knowledge and awareness of these different styles.  In addition, the course will examine some of the social and political contexts of this music.

MUS 219 USI Women’s Choir (1*) Three hours weekly. A select group devoted to the performance of standard choral repertory for women. This ensemble will focus on the development of vocal technique beginning with the simplest part-songs and progressing through more difficult choral works. This course will culminate in a choral performance near the end of the semester. A maximum of 18 hours of credit may be earned in choral ensembles. Prereq: audition and consent of the instructor.

MUS 220 Class Voice (1) This course focuses on the proper methods of singing and vocal health through active assignments in singing, warm-up techniques, and breathing and vocal exercises. Students will prepare several musical selections for short in-class recital to be held at the end of each semester. No prereq.

MUS 251 Music and Movement in the Elementary School (3) Develops appreciation and skills in music as applied by the middle level education major in voice, keyboard and recorded musical materials. Comparative study will also be pursued in the areas of integrated curriculum and methodology presently used in the instruction of music and movement in grades three to six. Guided field experience. Prereq: EDUC 196.

MUS 290 USI Jazz Ensemble (2*) A select ensemble consisting of any combination of jazz players from a small combo up to a full jazz “big band.” The purpose of this course is to educate players in the area of jazz realization and improvisation through the study of standard repertory, improvisation texts, listening assignments, and rehearsal. This ensemble will perform regularly throughout the year. Prereq: audition and consent of the instructor.

* A maximum of 18 hours of credit may be earned in choral ensembles.