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Term: Spring 2014
Subject: Music

Courses

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 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. Pre/co-requisite: May not be counted toward the major or minor.

MU 010 - Blues and Related Traditions

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.

MU 011 - D1:Chasing the Blues

Exploration of blues history and culture and its relationship to African American history through travel, speakers, live music, museums, discussion, reading and media.

MU 012 - D1:Music & Culture:New Orleans

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.

MU 021 - Beginning Group Lessons:Guitar

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 024 - Group Jazz Piano I

Introduction to jazz piano techniques, including rootless voicings, soloing, and comping, and covering basic chord progressions, blues, and standard tunes. Prerequisites: MU 041, MU/MUSE majors, minors, or Instructor permission

MU 033 - Applied Lessons:Bassoon

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 - Rqd Sec Lessons:Bassoon

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

MU 042 - Piano Proficiency 2

Functional piano skills for musicians. Scales, technique, harmonizing, sight reading, repertory. Prerequisites: MU 041 or equivalent determined by placement test.

MU 044 - Elec Sec Lessons:Bassoon

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 056 - Harmony and Form Lab II

Intensive study of solfege (music reading), intermediate keyboard harmony, dictation. Prerequisites: MU 054, or Instructor permission. Piano skill equivalent to MU 021 (Group Piano).

MU 061 - Creating Music for Video

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 basic knowledge of music notation.

MU 076 - Brass Techniques

Class instruction on trumpet, trombone, and horn including materials and procedures for teaching these instruments in elementary and secondary schools.

MU 096 - Careers in Arts Management

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 110 - Harmony and Form II

Study of chromatic harmony (applied chords, modulation), and small forms (binary, ternary, variation). With accompanying lab. Prerequisite: MU 109 or Instructor permission.

MU 112 - Music History & Literature II

Survey of musical styles from 1750 to the present. Prerequisites: MU 109 and MU 110; MU 001 is strongly recommended; Majors/minors; or Instructor permission.

MU 113 - Music of Latin Am & Carib

See Schedule of Courses for specific topics. Prerequisite: MU 007 or MU 107; Instructor permission.

MU 117 - Swing Band: Nonet

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 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 129 - Percussion Ensemble

Percussion ensemble is open to all students. Repertory is chosen from the standard literature as well as improvisatory traditions of percussion music.

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:Bassoon

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:Bassoon

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 156 - Harmony and Form Lab IV

Intensive study of solfege (music reading), extended tonality and atonality at the keyboard, dictation, and open-score reading. Prerequisites: MU 154, or Instructor permission.

MU 157 - Composition

Preliminary studies in free composition and the mechanics of score preparation; composition of an extended work for one to five instruments or voices. Prerequisites: MU 109 and MU 110, or Instructor permission.

MU 159 - Theory/Prac Jazz Improv I

Basic repertory, idiomatic usage, aural skills, theoretical constructs, and strategies for the jazz improvisor. Prerequisite: intermediate instrumental skill, ability to read music, previous study of traditional music theory.

MU 181 - Conducting

Baton technique, score reading, and laboratory practice. Preparation and performance of selected scores, including rehearsal procedures. Prerequisites: MU 154 and MU 209.

MU 198 - Readings and Research

Supervised independent study in music. Inter-disciplinary topics are encouraged.

MU 210 - Harmony and Form IV

Writing and analysis: extended tonality, atonality, and 12-tone techniques. Examples drawn from 20th and 21st century literature. With accompanying lab. Prerequisite: MU 209 or permission of the Instructor.

MU 222 - University Concert Choir

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

MU 225 - 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.

MU 227 - University Catamount Singers

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

MU 234 - Applied Lessons:Bassoon

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 256 - Advanced Composition

Creative work in free composition leading, when possible, to public performance of the completed work on a departmental concert. Prerequisites: MU 157 or equivalent with Instructor permission.

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.