Music Courses (MU)

101 Introduction to Reading and Writing Music (4 credits; Fall, Spring) An elementary course in the elements and fundamentals of music, stressing practical application of clefs, scales, keys, rhythms and meters, chords, and a functional knowledge of the general field of music. Includes the nature and organization of various kinds of performing groups, the business of music, and copyright and publishing aspects. No prior knowledge of music is necessary.

102 Song Writing, Melody, Harmony, Arranging and Composing Music (4 credits; Fall, Spring) Review of music fundamentals, stressing harmonic procedures from a practical and functional point of view. Emphasizes use of chords and chord progressions and includes creative work at individual levels of interest and competency. Prerequisite: MU 101 or the equivalent with permission of the instructor.

141 Survey of Jazz (4 credits, Fall) (3 credits, Spring) Chronological survey of jazz as an art form from its origins to the present, with special emphasis on stylistic tendencies, performers, composers, arrangers and social implications. Intended to enhance the appreciation of jazz and to consider the perspective of specific social and economic conditions which influenced the development of styles and trends.

151 The Enjoyment of Music (4 credits, Fall) (3 credits, evening; Fall, Spring) A study of masterworks in music and composers from the earliest times to the present day. Doctrines of taste and listening techniques are emphasized along with the background of social and political events of each historical period.

159 Performance Study (Applied Music) (1 credit; Fall, Spring) Applied music, private instruction, is offered for piano, voice, guitar, and all orchestral, band and jazz instruments. Students enrolled in music lessons for credit take a weekly one-hour lesson. Applied music also may be pursued during summer session, providing that the proper number of hours are completed. Students are billed a performance music fee above regular tuition cost. The fee is equal to the tuition for one undergraduate credit. This should be seen as a great value as private instruction outside the university is considerably higher. May be taken more than once for credit. If the student does not own an instrument, they may rent one from www.musicandarts.com. Performance Study Instruments: Voice, Piano, Guitar (all fretted string instruments), Electric Bass, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright String Bass (Jazz or Classical), Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Jazz Voice, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Piano, Synthesizer, Piano Accompanying and Accordion. If your preferred instrument is not listed, contact the department chair and it will be added.

160 University Choir (2 credits; Fall; Spring) A performance course designed for students interested in singing in a variety of contemporary musical styles. Students will be given an opportunity to identify and perform jazz, rock, pop, world and gospel music in a group setting. In addition, students are taught basic principles of music along with music reading skills. There is no performance music fee for this course. May be taken more than once for credit.

161 Instrumental Ensemble (2 credits; Fall, Spring) A performance course designed for students interested in singing in a variety of musical styles. Students will be given an opportunity to identify and perform classical, jazz, rock, pop, world and gospel music in a group setting. Students are instructed in sight-reading, blending as a group, musical styles and performance practices. There is no performance music fee for this course. May be taken more than once for credit.

162 Beginner Dance Swing and Latin Music (2 credits; Fall; Spring) This performing arts dance/music course focuses on the development of performance, musicality, technique, style, rhythm and creative collaboration as well as the presentation of the history and cultural impact of each dance modality inclusive of Swing (6 styles), Cha Cha, Mambo, Salsa and Merengue.

163 Intermediate Dance Swing and Latin Music (2 credits; Fall; Spring) This performing arts dance/music course focuses on the development of intermediate-level performance, musicality, highly technical competence, improved personal style, rhythm and creative collaboration as well as the presentation of the history and cultural impact of each dance modality inclusive of Swing (6 styles), Cha Cha, Mambo and Salsa. Prerequisites: MU 162.

164 / 164.OL1 Beginning Class Guitar (2 credits; Online, or Lecture; Fall; Spring) A simple and straightforward approach to preparing music and performing on guitar. Technique, theory, ear training, reading, repertoire, improvisation, musical idioms, composition, and interpretation will be included in practical application. A course designed to enhance the musical skills and perspective of the student. Creative and practical use of the materials necessary for performance on the guitar will be explored. Prerequisite: None for MU164, but students must have the skill and knowledge of each preceding segment for entrance into the next level, or permission of the instructor.

165 Elementary Class Guitar (2 credits; Fall; Spring)

166 Intermediate Class Guitar (2 credits; Fall; Spring)

167 Advanced Class Guitar (2 credits; Fall, Spring)

168 Elementary Class Piano (2 credits; Fall; Spring)

169 Intermediate Class Piano (2 credits; Fall; Spring)

170 Advanced Class Piano (2 credits; Fall; Spring)

171 Tap/Jazz Dance (2 credits; Fall; Spring) This performing arts dance/music course focuses on the development of performance, musicality, technique, style, rhythm and creative collaboration as well as the presentation of the history and cultural impact of tap and jazz dance.

173 Class Voice (2 credits; Fall; Spring) This course is designed to introduce both non-music majors and non-voice majors to rudimentary skills in vocal performance. Included is a cursory investigation into vocal pedagogy, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and diverse vocal repertoire. Students will learn and perform a song of their choice, a folk-song, a musical theater song, an Italian art song and an English art song. This course places a great deal of emphasis on performance. To that end, students are expected to sing in front of their peers in group and solo situations. It is expected that each student will develop and grow in terms of technique, artistry, and overall confidence. As a class, this group of students will acquire skills to sing as a solo performance artist.

174 Jazz Ensemble
(2 credits; Fall) The objective of this course is to develop and improve students’ performance skills in jazz and to further an understanding of the musical arts. A further objective is to enhance the students’ perception of the aesthetic values of major jazz artists and significant repertoire through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate musical literature. Prerequisite: Musical performance skill of a reasonably proficient level is necessary, previous concert or jazz band experience is highly desirable.

203 Symphonic Literature and Repertoire (3 credits; Fall; Spring) A comprehensive study of composers and masterworks in the orchestral idiom from the 18th century to the present, with special emphasis on style, structure and doctrines of taste. This course is intended to encourage an understanding of orchestral music in sufficient depth to permit individuals to pursue an interest in this field and to acquaint students with symphonic masterworks. Offered in odd years.(Students may not take both MU 203 and MU 204.)

204 The Symphony (4 credits; Spring) Survey of the development of symphonic orchestral music from its origins to the present. Includes the study of significant composers, symphonies and various styles of music. Encourages perceptive listening to the standard repertoire and is designed to develop a lasting understanding of concert music. Offered in odd years. (Students may not take both MU 203 and MU 204.)

205 Music in History I (4 credits; Fall) Survey of music in history from ancient times to the end of the 18th century. Emphasizes significant developments in music against the background of historical events having impact on the arts of the times. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. 

206 Music in History II (4 credits; Spring) A chronological study of developments in music from the 18th century to the present. Includes significant composer, masterworks, characteristics of style and important social, political and economic factors having an influence on music and the allied arts. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. 

215 Broadway Musicals (4 credits; Fall; Spring) Survey course tracing the development of musicals from the early 20th century to the present. Studies include the evolution of various styles, important composers, librettists and lyricists, and common performance practices. Considering significant social trends as they impact on this art form enhances perspective. This course is designed to acquaint students with the elements of this kind of drama with music and to enhance aesthetic pleasure through enlightened observation and timely indulgence. No prior knowledge of music is necessary.

301 Music with Computers (4 credits; Fall; Spring) An introductory course in the use of music software for arranging, composing, and recording music, stressing the skills of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic functions in the practical applications of the basic theory aspects of creative writing. Prerequisites: MU 101 and 102 or the equivalent.

307 Survey of Opera (4 credits; Fall) A comprehensive study of the evolution of opera from its beginning to the present. This course is designed to enhance the study of dramatic music as a total art form and to acquaint students with the significance and intrinsic values of opera against the background of social change. Includes the detailed study of significant composers and operas; and the music, plots, characters and musical themes related to each. 

308 20th Century Music (4 credits; Fall) Detailed study of the composers, trends, styles and techniques in music beginning with the breakaway from the Romanticism of the 19th century until the present. Special consideration is given to various philosophies, aesthetics and performance media. Fundamental concepts of music appreciation and listening technique are stressed, in order to further the understanding of contemporary music through a study of recent experiments and the social changes which have given rise to them. 

310 Survey of Music in America (4 credits; Spring) A comprehensive survey of American music from primitive times until the present. Emphasizes contributions of American composers, performers, conductors and musicologists, through a wide variety of musical examples presented in perspective with social implications. 

341 Swing and the Big Bands (4 credits; Fall, Summer) The comprehensive study of the Swing Era and the Big Bands from the roaring twenties, through the great depression and World War II. An emphasis is placed on the music and those who created it, against the background of the social economic and political aspects of the times, and the technological developments that contributed to the spread of the art form. 

360 String Ensemble (2 credits; Fall, Spring) A performance course designed for students interested in playing in a string ensemble. Performers will study ensemble techniques and interpretation. Students should own their instruments (or rent one) and have prior string ensemble experience. There is no performance fee for this course. Prerequisite: Prior performance experience on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) or enrollment in string performance study at Arcadia University. If any discrepancy exists, an audition may be required to assess performance level.

374 Music in the Classical Period (4 credits; Spring) The music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and their contemporaries. A thorough study of 18th century styles and masterworks in every genre, with special emphasis on the lives and times of the composers. This course stresses techniques of listening and doctrines of taste unique to the music of the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution.

375 Modern Arranging Seminar I (4 credits; Fall, Summer) The comprehensive study and practical application of existing and original materials for various kinds of professional and school-performing organizations. A course designed to acquaint students with the art of arranging in order to enhance their skills and perspective in the creative utilization of functional materials for practical use. 

376 Seminar in Composition I (4 credits; Spring, Summer) Seminar in creative work in the various techniques, devices, and methods of organization employed in the art of composition. A course designed to acquaint the students with the various organizational styles of composing music, with the general objective of having them develop choices of their own in order to establish unique compositional languages. 

389 Independent Study (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer) Individualized study guided by a member of the faculty and reviewed by two professors, one of whom must be from outside the discipline of music. Scholarly research, creativity and interdisciplinary subjects are encouraged. Frequent consultations and a final paper are required. A fundamental knowledge of music is presumed and departmental approval is prerequisite.

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