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For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.

MUS-100 | Music Theory | 3 credits
This is an integrated course in basic musicianship approached through the four common elements: duration, pitch, timbre and amplitude. Study of music fundamentals (great staff notation, key signatures and meters, accidentals, clefs), ear-training, sight-reading, functional keyboard, rhythmic and melodic dictation intervals, basic scales, major and minor triads. Non-majors must consult with instructor prior to registration.

MUS-101 | Music Theory | 3 credits
A continuation of MUS 100. Deals with structure of doubling, spacing and voice leading, phrase structure and cadences, harmonic progressions, technocracies of harmonization and non-harmonic tones. Further study of ear-training, sight-reading, rhythmic and melodic dictation and keyboard harmony.
Prerequisite: Take MUS-100

MUS-124 | Recruitment Choir | 0 to 1 credits
Recruitment Choir is by audition only. This is a highly select ensemble that relies not only on strong musicality but a good work ethic and exceptionally positive attitude. Our primary goal is to entertain and recruit potential students, and compete in regional/national a cappella competitions.

MUS-125 | Music Appreciation | 3 credits
This introductory overview music course exposes students to the great composers, compositions and musical trends of the past 400 years. Historical events and cultural trends that influenced the composers and music will also be examined. Composers and music include (but are not limited to) Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi, Wagner, Stravinsky, Gershwin - baroque to the modern era.

MUS-126 | Chamber Choir | 0 to 1 credits
Chamber Choir is by audition only. This select ensemble of 30-40, is meant for the student looking for a more focused and challenging choral experience. Repertoire ranges from all periods and/or genres of music. This ensemble performs for various school functions, as well as local concerts and events.

MUS-127 | Mixed Chorus | 0 to 1 credits
Mixed Chorus is open to all students. No audition is required. Voice placements, to determine your voice type (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) are held the first week of classes. Repertoire ranges from all periods and/or genres of music.

MUS-128 | Concert Band | 0 to 1 credits
This group is open to all college students playing band instruments. The Concert Band meets twice a week for one-hour rehearsals. The group performs one major concert each semester. The MMC Jazz Band and Pep Band are comprised of musicians from the Concert Band.

MUS-142 | Voice Class | 1 credit
This is an introductory-level course in vocal technique designed for students with no previous vocal-music experience. Students will learn the fundamentals of vocal technique. Topics covered in this course include musical notation, introductory sight-singing, and vocal health.

MUS-160 | Piano | 1 to 2 credits
This course consists of individual piano instruction. Students will develop their technical and interpretive skills through the study of selected pieces throughout the semester.

MUS-162 | Voice | 1 to 2 credits
This course consists of individual voice instruction. Students will develop their technical and interpretive skills through the study of selected pieces throughout the semester.

MUS-164 | Organ | 1 to 2 credits
This course covers organ technique (manual and pedal) and various periods and genres of literature. Material covered is determined by the level of each student: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

MUS-166 | Woodwinds | 1 to 2 credits
This is a weekly half-hour individual lesson on a woodwind instrument. The lesson is a combination of scales, technique, solo, and band music.

MUS-168 | Brass | 1 to 2 credits
This is a weekly half-hour individual lesson on a brass instrument. The lesson is a combination of scales, technique, solo, and band music.

MUS-170 | Percussion | 1 to 2 credits
This is a weekly half-hour individual lesson on percussion instruments. The lesson can be a combination of technique, solo, and band music. These lessons are primarily on snare drum, timpani, trap set, and xylophone.

MUS-200 | Music Theory | 3 credits
This course is a continuation of MUS 101. Students will study modulation, ninth chords, augmented sixth chords and altered chords. Advanced study of ear-training, sight-reading, rhythmic and melodic dictation and keyboard harmony.
Prerequisite: Take MUS-101

MUS-201 | Music Theory | 3 credits
This course is a continuation of MUS 200. Students will study of musical structure from the phrase through large forms. Students will also study the music of the 20th/21st centuries in the a-tonal tradition.
Prerequisite: Take MUS-200

MUS-202 | World of Music: Jazz and Popular Music | 2 credits
This course is an introduction to music listening. Course headings are: Jazz and Popular Music, The American Musical, American Folk Music and American Women Composers.

MUS-203 | World of Music: The American Musical | 2 credits
This course is an introduction to music listening. Course headings are: Jazz and Popular Music, The American Musical, American Folk Music and American Women Composers.

MUS-204 | World of Music: American Folk Music | 2 credits
This course is an introduction to music listening. Course headings are: Jazz and Popular Music, The American Musical, American Folk Music and American Women Composers.

MUS-205 | World of Music: American Women Composers | 2 credits
This course is an introduction to music listening. Course headings are: Jazz and Popular Music, The American Musical, American Folk Music and American Women Composers.

MUS-300 | History of Music | 3 credits
This course is a study of Western music in its evolution from pre-plainchant sources through the Baroque period. Emphasis is given to the music through a study of its written and aural forms and the cultural context from which it was generated. Students are thus enabled to recognize the stylistic features and performance practices of each major epoch in the history of music.

MUS-301 | History of Music | 3 credits
This course is a continuation of MUS 300 extending from the pre-Classic period through the Modern eras.
Prerequisite: Take MUS-300

MUS-302 | History of Music | 3 credits
This course is a continuation of MUS 300 and 301, continuing with the study of music history from the Romantic period through the 21st century.

MUS-308 | Instrumental Conducting | 2 credits
This course is designed for the beginning conductor. Students will focus on the rudiments of conducting, knowledge of instrumental groups, vocabulary and instrument transposition. The course also provides the student with conducting experiences.

MUS-309 | Choral Conducting | 2 credits
Choral Conducting focuses on the rudiments of conducting, rehearsal techniques and familiarity with gestural vocabulary and techniques. Analytical skills such as listening, writing and score preparation will also be used. Students should have a working knowledge of music theory and music history, complemented by advanced private study, to have success in this course. The course also provides the student podium time with an ensemble.

MUS-311 | Stringed Instrument Methods | 1 credit
This course is bases on methodologies of teaching stringed instruments.

MUS-312 | Woodwind Instrument Methods | 1 credit
This course is bases on methodologies of teaching woodwind instruments.

MUS-313 | Brass Instrument Methods | 1 credit
This course is bases on methodologies of teaching brass instruments.

MUS-314 | Percussion Instrument Methods | 1 credit
This course is bases on methodologies of teaching percussion instruments.

MUS-315 | Elementary School Music Methods | 2 credits
Students will explore and development basic skills in musicianship needed to teach music in the elementary school with exposure to Orff-Kodaly and Dalcroze methods in this course.

MUS-329 | Liturgical Music | 2 credits
This liturgical music course is a survey of the church music from the roots of the Jewish temple traditions to the twentieth century practices of the Christian Church. While the students will focus on the practices of the Roman Catholic Church, the different protestant church music traditions will also be discussed. The objective is to get a clear historical perspective of tradition and practice and a clear vision of the future.

MUS-330 | Contemporary Liturgical Music | 2 to 4 credits
Students will study the music of sacred worship from the standpoint of the choir director and/or organist. This course is designed to train musicians for positions of leadership in church music. If offers investigation of contemporary sacred music repertoire.

MUS-331 | Hymnody | 2 credits
Hymnody is a survey class that includes a study of the Book of Psalms, Gregorian hymnody and plainsong and Christian hymnody through the ages. While this class is meant for music majors interested in church music, this class would also be helpful for those interested in ministry in the church.

MUS-415 | Methods of Teaching Elementary Music | 3 credits
Students will explore and develop basic skills in musicianship needed to teach elementary school music with exposure to Orff-Kodaly and Dalcroze methods.

MUS-420 | Recital and Research | 1 credit
With this course the student will do a public performance of a major recital and preparation of a paper involving stylistic analysis of the works performed for the recital. Students preparing a recital must schedule a pre-recital "hearing" in front of the music faculty two to four weeks before the scheduled performance date.

MUS-452 | Methods of Instrumental Instruction | 2 credits
Students will explore and develop basic skills needed to teach in the instrumental classroom at the middle school and high school level.

MUS-453 | Methods of Choral Instruction | 2 credits
Students will explore and develop basic skills needed to teach in the choral classroom at the middle school and high school level.

MUS-485 | Internship | 1 to 16 credits
This course offers experiences in areas of music such as music therapy, concert management, music industry (business), music librarianship, church music ministry and instrumental tuning and/or repair. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Prerequisites: Music majors only and consent of music faculty.