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Courses

Term: Fall 2015

Subject: Music

MU 001 - Intro to Classical Music

A survey of musical styles from Medieval Gregorian chant to the present. No prerequisite. May not be counted toward the major.

MU 005 - D1: Intro to Jazz History

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.

MU 007 - D2: Intro World Music Cultures

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.

MU 009 - Music Theory Fundamentals

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.

MU 015 - History of Rock and Roll

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.

MU 021 - Beginning Group Lessons

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.

MU 025 - Group Jazz Piano II

Some review of concepts from MU 024. Exploration of topics including stride, modal comping, and chord substitution. Prerequisites: MU 024; MU/MUSE majors, minors; or Instructor permission.

MU 033 - Applied Lessons

Private instruction in an instrument or voice for non-majors and non-minors. Subject to availability of staff. Lab fee required. May be repeated for credit. Not open for credit to music majors/minors. Prerequisite: successful completion of Level I Examination; contact department office for placement.

MU 034 - Required Secondary Lessons

Private instruction for music majors involving a required secondary instrument/area. Subject to staff availability. Lab fee required. May be repeated for credit.

MU 041 - Piano Proficiency 1

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.

MU 043 - Piano Proficiency 3

Preparation for Piano Proficiency Exam. Scales, repertory, sight reading, chordal accompaniment styles, score reading, transposing. Prerequisites: MU 042 or equivalent determined by placement test.

MU 044 - Elective Secondary Lessons

Private instruction for music majors involving an elective, non-required secondary instrument/area. Subject to staff availability. Lab fee required. May be repeated for credit.

MU 054 - Harmony and Form Lab I

Intensive study of solfege, elementary keyboard harmony, and dictation. Co-requisite: MU 109.

MU 060 - Intro to Music Technology

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.

MU 079 - Percussion Techniques

Class instruction of various orchestral pitched and unpitched percussive instruments including materials and procedures for teaching these instruments in the elementary and secondary schools.

MU 085 - Intro to Music Education

Introduction to the opportunities, challenges, issues, roles, and duties of Pre-K-12 music educators.

MU 095 - Introductory Special Topics

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.

MU 107 - D2: World Music Cultures

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.

MU 109 - Harmony and Form I

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.

MU 111 - Music History & Literature I

Survey of musical styles through the Baroque. Prerequisites: MU 109 and MU 110; MU 001 is strongly recommended; Majors/minors, or Instructor permission.

MU 117 - Swing Band

A big band specializing in dance band styles (Latin as well as swing). Occasional performances for dancers. Prerequisite: audition.

MU 118 - Latin Jazz Ensemble

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.

MU 119 - Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Nine to sixteen vocalists (SATB), a cappella or accompanied by piano or rhythm section, perform arrangements of standard songs and jazz tunes. Prerequisite: audition.

MU 120 - Catamount Pep Band

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.

MU 121 - Concert Band

Concert Band is open to all students. Repertory is chosen from the standard literature as well as contemporary music. Prerequisite: Audition.

MU 122 - University Concert Choir

Mixed SATB choir. Performing choral masterworks from the baroque period to the present. Open to all students.

MU 123 - Orchestra

Full orchestra comprising strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. All university students may audition. Several performances each year.

MU 124 - University Jazz Ensemble

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.

MU 125 - Vermont Wind Ensemble

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.

MU 126 - Accompanying

Lessons in piano accompanying for soloists, taught by piano and instrumental/vocal faculty. Juried performance expected.

MU 127 - University Catamount Singers

Mixed, select SATB chamber choir. Performing vocal music from the medieval period to the present. Open to all students. Prerequisite: Audition.

MU 130 - Chamber Music

Study and performance of masterworks for small groups. Attendance at all rehearsals and public performances required. Outside practice required.

MU 131 - A & B Jazz Combos

Small groups (a rhythm section and three to five solo instruments) in which students improve their improvisational skills while learning jazz repertory.

MU 132 - Post Bop Ensemble

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.

MU 133 - Applied Lessons

Private instruction in an instrument or voice for music minors. Subject to availability of staff. Lab fee required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level I Examination.

MU 134 - Applied Lessons

Private instruction in an instrument or voice for music majors. Lab fee required. Juried examinations generally every semester of study. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level II Examination.

MU 150 - Junior Recital

B.M. Candidates only.

MU 154 - Harmony and Form Lab III

Intensive study of solfege, chromatic harmony at the keyboard, dictation, and score reading. Prerequisite: MU 056 or Instructor permission. Co-requisite: MU 209.

MU 195 - Intermediate Special Topics

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.

MU 197 - Readings and Research

Supervised independent study in music. Inter-disciplinary topics are encouraged. Pre/co-requisites: Department permission.

MU 209 - Harmony and Form III

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.

MU 234 - Applied Lessons

Private instruction in an instrument or voice for majors. Lab fee required. Juried examinations generally every semester of study. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MU 134 and successful completion of Level III Examination.

MU 270 - General Music Methods

Methodologies, lesson planning, assessment, and standards-based curriculum development for general music at the elementary and secondary school levels. Pre/co-requisites: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Education; concurrent enrollment in MU 271.

MU 271 - General Music Practicum

Supervised field experience in general music. Pre/co-requisites: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Education; concurrent enrollment in MU 270.

MU 290 - Teaching Internship

Supervised field work designed to give students experience in specialized areas for their professional development. Prerequisite: Senior standing.