Term: Spring 2018
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.
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.
Traces the development of blues from African origins to modern blues, its rural and urban social contexts, and relation to African-American history and culture.
Examines the interrelationships between styles of music in New Orleans and the cultures that support them; includes a trip to New Orleans during spring break.
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.
Introduction to jazz piano techniques, including rootless voicings, soloing, and comping, and covering basic chord progressions, blues, and standard tunes. Prerequisite: MU 021; or basic keyboard knowledge and Instructor permission.
Functional piano skills for musicians. Scales, technique, harmonizing, sight reading, repertory. Prerequisites: MU 041 or equivalent determined by placement test.
Intensive study of solfege, intermediate keyboard harmony, and dictation. Prerequisites: MU 054 or Instructor permission; piano skill equivalent to MU 041. Co-requisite: MU 110.
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.
Students will score short films using digital audio software. Emphasis is on 4-5 scoring projects, with additional background reading and written critiques. Prerequisites: MU 009 or Instructor permission.
Class instruction on trumpet, trombone, and horn including materials and procedures for teaching these instruments in elementary and secondary schools.
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.
Study of chromatic harmony (applied chords, modulation) and small forms (binary, ternary, variation). Music majors take MU 056 concurrently. Prerequisite: MU 109 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, extended tonality and atonality at the keyboard, dictation, and score reading. Prerequisite: MU 154 or Instructor permission. Co-requisite: MU 210.
Basic repertory, idiomatic usage, aural skills, theoretical constructs, and strategies for the jazz improvisor. Prerequisites: MU 103 or MU 109 or Instructor permission; intermediate instrumental skill.
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.
Survey of basic concepts and practices in music business including copyright, licensing, publishing, contracts, marketing, agencies, unions and guilds, and career development. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
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 extended tonality, atonality, and 12-tone techniques. Examples drawn from 20th and 21st century literature. Music majors take MU 156 concurrently. Prerequisite: MU 209 or Instructor permission.
Composing and arranging for big band. Practice in techniques of jazz arranging and study of historic works. Final project is jazz standard arranged for big band, read by the UVM Jazz Ensemble. Prerequisite: MU 013 or MU 110 or Instructor permission.
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.
Project utilizes current music technology. Topic chosen under direction of faculty member. Prerequisite: MU 261 and Senior standing in Music Technology Concentration.
Standards-based curriculum development, lesson planning, repertoire selection, rehearsal techniques, and assessment strategies for teaching choral music at the elementary and secondary school levels. Pre/co-requisite: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Education; concurrent enrollment in MU 273.
Supervised field experience in choral music. Pre/co-requisites: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Education; concurrent enrollment in MU 272.
Supervised field work designed to give students experience in specialized areas for their professional development. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Supervised fieldwork designed to give students experience in specialized areas for their professional development. Prerequisite: MU 261; Music Technology & Business concentration; Senior standing; Instructor permission.