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Term: Spring 2015
Subject: Music

Courses

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 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 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

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

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 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 - 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 056 - Harmony and Form Lab II

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.

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 Instructor permission.

MU 062 - Technology for Music Education

Explores technology used in music education. Topics include computer hardware and software, electronic keyboards and MIDI, recording equipment and introductory technique. Prerequisites: MU 009 and Instructor permission.

MU 078 - Woodwind Techniques

Class instruction on flute, clarinet, saxophone and oboe/bassoon including materials and procedures for teaching these instruments in elementary and secondary schools.

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 096 - 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 110 - Harmony and Form II

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.

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 - Seminar in Ethnomusicology

See Schedule of Courses for specific topics. Prerequisite: MU 007 or MU 107; 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 128 - Opera Workshop

Study and performance of scenes from the operatic and musical theater repertory for the stage actor/actress.

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

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 156 - Harmony and Form Lab IV

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.

MU 159 - Theory/Prac Jazz Improv I

Basic repertory, idiomatic usage, aural skills, theoretical constructs, and strategies for the jazz improvisor. Prerequisites: MU 009 or Instructor permission; intermediate instrumental skill.

MU 196 - 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 198 - Readings and Research

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

MU 210 - Harmony and Form IV

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.

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 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 258 - Advanced Jazz Comp and Arr

Composing for small jazz ensembles. Practice in 2-, 3-, and 4-horn techniques. This seminar features student-led analysis, discussion, and in-class performances of writing projects. Final project is original composition arranged for small jazz ensemble, performed on departmental concert. Prerequisite: MU 257 or Instructor permission.

MU 272 - Choral Music Methods

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.

MU 273 - Choral Music Practicum

Supervised field experience in choral music. Pre/co-requisites: MU 085; acceptance into licensure program in Music Education; concurrent enrollment in MU 272.

MU 290 - Teaching Internship

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

MU 295 - Advanced Special Topics

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.