Term: Fall 2017
A survey of musical styles from Medieval Gregorian chant to the present. No prerequisite. May not be counted toward the major.
Survey of jazz from its roots in ragtime and blues of the late nineteenth century to contemporary styles. May not be counted toward the major.
Survey of selected traditional, popular, and classical music cultures from around the globe (Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Latin America, etc.) through readings, recordings, demonstrations. No prerequisite. May not be counted toward the major.
Fundamentals of music notation, rhythm, melody, scales, and harmony. A course for non-majors or for students preparing to enter MU 109. May not be counted toward the major.
Examines rock music as a succession of related musical styles and as a social movement reflecting and influencing the changing American political and social landscape.
Group lessons at the beginning level in voice and various instruments. May not be counted toward the major or minor. May be repeated up to three times for credit. No prerequisites.
Basic piano technique and grand staff reading. For students preparing to enter MU 024 or MU 042. Placement Test. Music majors or Instructor permission. Prerequisites: Rudimentary keyboard skills and reading ability.
Preparation for Piano Proficiency Exam. Scales, repertory, sight reading, chordal accompaniment styles, score reading, transposing. Prerequisites: MU 042 or equivalent determined by placement test.
Intensive study of solfege, elementary keyboard harmony, and dictation. Co-requisite: MU 109.
Survey of MIDI and digital audio sequencing, notation, accompaniment, and multimedia software for music composition/arranging, performance, and pedagogy, including survey of pedagogical music software. Prerequisite: MU 009 or Instructor permission.
Overview of techniques and tools used in amplification of live sound performance in music, theater, and dance. Study of physical properties of sound, fundamentals of acoustics, and current technology and equipment.
Class instruction of various orchestral pitched and unpitched percussive instruments including materials and procedures for teaching these instruments in the elementary and secondary schools.
Introduction to the opportunities, challenges, issues, roles, and duties of Pre-K-12 music educators.
Courses on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. No prerequisite. May be counted toward the major/minor with Instructor permission.
Study of jazz harmony, including essential harmonic progressions, turnarounds, chord substitutions, and melody harmonization. Prerequisite: MU 009 or equivalent music theory fundamentals proficiency. Co-requisite: MU 104.
Musical skills will be sharpened through singing prepared and unprepared material, through practice of rhythmic exercises, and through melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Practice in the use of solfege syllables from the moveable do system to aid successful sight singing. Co-requisite: MU 103.
Through readings, close listening, and hands-on study of percussion instruments, students explore how music communicates in culturally specific contexts from around the globe. Research projects. Prerequisites: Music majors/minors or Instructor permission.
Study of diatonic melody and harmony, phrase structure, and elaborative techniques. Music majors take MU 054 concurrently. Prerequisites: MU 009 or equivalent, determined by placement test.
Survey of musical styles through the Baroque. Prerequisites: MU 109 and MU 110; MU 001 is strongly recommended; Majors/minors, or Instructor permission.
A big band specializing in dance band styles (Latin as well as swing). Occasional performances for dancers. Prerequisite: audition.
A medium-size group (rhythm section and percussionists with horns and sometimes vocalists) where students learn fundamentals of Latin music in a jazz context. Prerequisite: audition.
Nine to sixteen vocalists (SATB), a cappella or accompanied by piano or rhythm section, perform arrangements of standard songs and jazz tunes. Prerequisite: audition.
This ensemble performs at several home winter athletic events. Open to all students; an opportunity for those with previous band experience to continue playing. Prerequisite: audition.
Concert Band is open to all students. Repertory is chosen from the standard literature as well as contemporary music. Prerequisite: Audition.
Mixed SATB choir. Performing choral masterworks from the baroque period to the present. Open to all students.
Full orchestra comprising strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. All university students may audition. Several performances each year.
Exploration of classic big band repertory and works of contemporary composers and arrangers. Performance in one major concert every semester and occasional appearances off campus. Prerequisite: Audition.
Vermont Wind Ensemble is a select group, open to all students. Repertory is chosen from the standard literature as well as contemporary music. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MU 121; audition.
Lessons in piano accompanying for soloists, taught by piano and instrumental/vocal faculty. Juried performance expected. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Mixed, select SATB chamber choir. Performing vocal music from the medieval period to the present. Open to all students. Prerequisite: Audition.
Percussion ensemble is open to all students. Repertory is chosen from the standard literature as well as improvisatory traditions of percussion music.
Study and performance of masterworks for small groups. Attendance at all rehearsals and public performances required. Outside practice required.
Small groups (a rhythm section and three to five solo instruments) in which students improve their improvisational skills while learning jazz repertory.
A small jazz group (rhythm section plus two to four horns) specializing in post-1950's repertoire (Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, etc.) as well as original compositions. Prerequisite: audition.
B.M. Candidates only.
B.M. Candidates only.
Intensive study of solfege, chromatic harmony at the keyboard, dictation, and score reading. Prerequisite: MU 056 or Instructor permission. Co-requisite: MU 209.
Studies in free composition and the mechanics of score preparation, leading to performance of original work on a departmental concert. Prerequisite: MU 110 or Instructor permission.
Explores the fundamentals of music studio recording production. Topics include recording hardware, ProTools software, microphone technique, signal processing, and post production engineering. Prerequisites: MU 060 or Instructor permission.
Explores advanced techniques of music studio production. Topics include recording hardware, signal processing, Digital Audio Workstations, and post production engineering (mixing and mastering). Prerequisite: MU 161.
Focuses on the business of presenting the performing arts. Topics include: planning, marketing, logistics and operations of non-profit arts organizations. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Courses on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: MU 109 and MU 110; Majors/minors or Instructor permission.
A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. faculty member, for which credit is awarded.
Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Study of advanced chromatic harmony, large forms (sonata, rondo), art song, and free forms. Music majors take MU 154 concurrently. Prerequisite: MU 110 or Instructor permission.
Creative work in free composition culminating in public performance of completed work on a departmental concert. Prerequisite: MU 157.
Research paper or composition/analysis; topic chosen under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Composition/Theory concentration; Senior standing; Instructor permission.
Explores professional techniques of music studio production. Topics include recording hardware, signal processing, Digital Audio Workstations, and post production engineering (mixing and mastering). Prerequisite: MU 162.
Standards-based curriculum development, lesson planning, repertoire selection, rehearsal techniques, and assessment strategies for teaching instrumental music at the elementary and secondary school levels. Pre/co-requisites: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Education; concurrent enrollment in MU 275.
Supervised field experience in instrumental music. Pre/co-requisites: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Ed; concurrent enrollment in MU 274.
Supervised field work designed to give students experience in specialized areas for their professional development. Prerequisite: Senior standing.