Music and Music Education

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MUS 001 : Student Recital

Student Recital is a performance laboratory for all music majors. It is designed to provide student musicians with an outlet for solo and ensemble performance experience and instruction in concert preparation, promotion and etiquette. 

Credits 0

MUS 031 : Fundamentals of Music Theory

The class “Fundamentals of Music Theory” is an introduction to music theory, designed as a prerequisite to MUS 131, Theory of Music I. Placement is based on a theory entrance examination. Spring.

Credits 0

MUS 101 : Secondary Applied Music

Secondary Applied Music is designed as weekly half-hour long individual or group lessons in voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments for majors and non-majors. Students studying secondary applied piano are enrolled in piano class. Secondary Applied Music courses should be taken in sequential order. Consent of instructor.

Credits 1

MUS 102 : Secondary Applied Music

Secondary Applied Music is designed as weekly half-hour long individual or group lessons in voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments for majors and non-majors. Students studying secondary applied piano are enrolled in piano class. Secondary Applied Music courses should be taken in sequential order. Consent of instructor.

Credits 1

MUS 113 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required.   Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 114 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required. Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 121 : Class Voice

Class Voice is designed for non-music and non-voice music majors who enjoy singing and wish to improve their vocal technique, regardless of ability. The student will develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to perform the range of musical styles and genres written for the solo voice. Posture, breathing, phrasing, diction, intonation and tone quality will be addressed in order to aid the student in the development of a healthy singing technique and a better understanding of how the body and mind function in singing.

Credits 2

MUS 123 : Class Piano

Class Piano is designed to teach fundamental keyboard and musicianship skills, including 5 finger position, scales, and progressions. Also taught are accompanying and basic theory, including note recognition, rhythm, harmony, form and basic harmonization. No prior music experience required.

 

Credits 2

MUS 124 : Class Piano

Class Piano is designed to teach fundamental keyboard and musicianship skills, including 5 finger position, scales, and progressions. Also taught are accompanying and basic theory, including note recognition, rhythm, harmony, form and basic harmonization. No prior music experience required.

Credits 2

MUS 131 : Theory of Music I

Theory of Music I is an introduction to music theory and the study of harmony with emphasis on the rudiments of music. The class includes the study of sight-singing and music dictation in laboratory meetings. Class meetings include three lectures and one laboratory per week.

Credits 3

MUS 132 : Theory of Music II

Theory of Music II is a continued study of harmony with emphasis on the rudiments of music and basic four-part writing. The class includes the study of sight-singing and music dictation in laboratory meetings. Class meetings include three lectures and one laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 133 : Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation is designed for non-music majors and requires no previous musical experience. It covers the basics elements of music and active listening and broadly surveys Western Art Music and World Music from the Middle Ages through present day. 

Credits 3

MUS 201 : Secondary Applied Music

Secondary Applied Music is designed as weekly half-hour long individual or group lessons in voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments for majors and non-majors. Students studying secondary applied piano are enrolled in piano class. Secondary Applied Music courses should be taken in sequential order. Consent of instructor.

Credits 1

MUS 202 : Secondary Applied Music

Secondary Applied Music is designed as weekly half-hour long individual or group lessons in voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments for majors and non-majors. Students studying secondary applied piano are enrolled in piano class. Secondary Applied Music courses should be taken in sequential order. Consent of instructor.

Credits 1

MUS 213 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required.  Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 214 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required. Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 223 : Class Piano

Class Piano is designed to teach fundamental keyboard and musicianship skills, including 5 finger position, scales, and progressions. Also taught are accompanying and basic theory, including note recognition, rhythm, harmony, form and basic harmonization.  

 

Credits 2

MUS 224 : Class Piano

Class Piano is designed to teach fundamental keyboard and musicianship skills, including 5 finger position, scales, and progressions. Also taught are accompanying and basic theory, including note recognition, rhythm, harmony, form and basic harmonization. 

 

Credits 2

MUS 225 : Diction for Singers I

Diction for Singers I is an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application to the study and practice of English, German, and Latin diction in the solo vocal repertoire.

Credits 1

Prerequisites

MUS 114-VO or consent of instructor.

MUS 226 : Diction for Singers II

Diction for Singers II is a study of French and Italian pronunciation as it applies to the solo vocal repertoire. Special emphasis is placed on use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), analysis of texts, and performance of selected works.

Credits 1

Prerequisites

MUS 225 or consent of instructor.

MUS 231 : Theory of Music III

Theory of Music III continues the study of music theory, focusing on the study of more complex harmonization with correlated ear training, dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony. The class includes the study of sight-singing and music dictation in laboratory meetings. Class meetings include three lectures and one laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 232 : Advanced Theory and Analysis

Advanced Theory and Analysis is a continuation of Music Theory III, including harmonic and structural analysis of compositions in the smaller and larger forms and a survey of contemporary music theory systems. The class includes the study of sight-singing and music dictation in laboratory meetings. Class meetings include three lectures and one laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 233 : Music for the Classroom Teacher

Music for the Classroom Teacher includes the study of fundamental principles, materials and methods of elementary school music teaching for the classroom teacher. The class is required for Elementary Education majors. 

Credits 3

MUS 234 : Jazz Appreciation

Jazz Appreciation is an overview of the evolution of jazz from its beginnings to the current day. Students will become familiar with the major influential musicians throughout its history and understand the differences between the various styles of jazz. Through lively discussion of assigned readings, recordings, and in-class video presentations, students will consider course material critically and examine its style and performance practice in its historical context. The material is presented with a multi-cultural perspective, and includes all genres specific to the jazz art form.

Credits 3

MUS 236 : Introduction to Finale Music Notation Software

This course is designed to cover all aspects of Finale Music Notation, the industry standard in notational software. Upon completion, students will be capable of producing editions of their own compositions and arrangements that meet the industry standards of professional music publishers. Composition experience is not required.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 301 : Junior Recital

The junior recital is required of all third year applied music majors. Students must perform a minimum of twenty-five minutes of repertoire. Students must also present and pass a recital hearing no fewer than two weeks prior to the recital. The applied instructor must approve all recital repertoire.

Credits 0

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Sophomore Qualifying Examination is required prior to enrolling in Junior Recital.

MUS 310 : Introduction to Marching Band Techniques

Introduction to Marching Band Techniques presents various techniques of marching band drill design. Elements of show designing, beginning with conceptualizing, designing, teaching, and cleaning the show will be covered. The course will also include a discussion of concepts pertaining to planning and developing balanced instrumentation and music selection for the marching band. Proper field placement of instrumentalists and auxiliary units will be covered. Students will be required to design marching band formations by hand and with a computer-based drill design program.

Credits 1

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

MUS 313 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required. Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 314 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required. Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 328 : Survey of Instrumental Techniques

The Survey of Instrumental Techniques is designed to be a practical introduction to the basic techniques of playing brass, percussion and woodwind instruments. Emphasis will be placed on teaching skills and techniques for each instrument. This course is required for vocal students pursuing Alabama State teaching certification in Music (P-12).

Credits 2

MUS 331 : African-American Music

African-American Music is designed to be an exploration of American music showing characteristics surviving from African traditions and the contributions of Black musicians to Western musical culture. Open to all students. 

Credits 3

MUS 334 : Arranging

Arranging is an introductory course in instrumental and choral arranging. Particular emphasis is placed on the practical considerations involved in writing music for young, inexperienced, or amateur singers and players (for example, beginning applied students, school or church ensembles). The course is required for the music major with teacher certification.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 335 : Music History and Literature I

Music History and Literature I is a survey of music in the Western Art Music tradition from prehistory to 1750, including composers, styles, forms, and pieces. Emphasis is placed on visual and aural analysis and the relationship of music to the social and cultural background of each era. Class meetings consist of three lectures per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 336 : Music History and Literature II

Music History and Literature II is a continuation of the survey of music in the Western Art Music tradition. This second installment picks up where MUS 335 leaves off, covering from 1750 to the present day, including composers, styles, forms, and pieces. Emphasis is placed on visual and aural analysis and the relationship of music to the social and cultural background of each era. Class meetings consist of three lectures per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

MUS 401 : Senior Recital

The Senior Recital is the culminating formal performance required of all music majors, and must consist of a minimum of forty-five minutes of repertoire, (excluding the intermission). Students must submit extended program notes discussing the content of the recital. Students must present and pass a recital hearing no fewer than two weeks prior to the scheduled recital. The applied instructor must approve all recital repertoire.

Credits 0

Prerequisites

MUS 413 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required. Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 414 : Principal Applied Music

Principal Applied Music is a weekly hour-long individual lesson in piano, organ, voice, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments required for music majors. Students registered may also be required to attend performance and repertoire classes. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 001 (Student Recital) is required.   Admission is by audition and consent of instructor.

Credits 1

Corequisites

MUS 426 : Conducting

Conducting is the study of the patterns, rehearsal techniques, and other skills necessary for a conductor to lead an ensemble in the production of effective tone, balance, phrasing, and interpretation. The class will cover the organization of choral and instrumental groups and include experience in choral and instrumental conducting.

Credits 2

Prerequisites

MUS 440 : Special Topics in Music

This course will focus on special topics related to music history, music theory, music technology, music performance, music writing (senior thesis), and/or music pedagogy, as determined by the needs of students majoring in Music and the expertise of the Music Faculty.