Music Courses

MUS 098. Elements of Music I
Five lab hours. A course designed for preparatory study leading to Music Theory 111. Fundamentals of pitch notation, rhythmic notation, simple meter, scales, and intervals Offered on demand. Fall.

MUS 099. Elements of Music II
Spring.

MUS 111. Music Theory I
Three lecture hours. Fundamentals of tonal theory including pitch notation, scales, key signatures, triads, intervals, rhythmic notation, and four-part vocal writing with primary triads in root position. Prerequisite: Successful completion of departmental theory placement examination.

MUS 112. Music Theory II
Three lecture hours. Completion of studies of the diatonic vocabulary: triads, seventh chords, inversion, figured bass, and non-chord tones. Prerequisite: MUS 111.

MUS 113. Aural Skills Lab I
Two lab hours. Basics of sightsinging and listening skills. Emphasis on intervals, rhythms, and melodic lines. Concentration upon rhythm reading, rhythm dictation, and rhythm notation. Fall.

MUS 114. Aural Skills Lab II
Two lab hours. Development of tonal sightsinging and dictation with emphasis on scalar and triadic materials. Prerequisite: MUS 113. Spring.

MUS 116. Percussion Montage
Performance styles and techniques of all percussion instruments. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 131. English Diction for Singers
2 lab hours. Introduction to the rules of English diction including exercises in pronunciation, accentuation, and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Fall.

MUS 132. Estill Voice Craft
2 lab hours. Anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism using Estill Voice Craft Compulsory Figures for VoiceTM. Prerequisite MUS 131. Spring.

MUS 133. Italian/German Diction for Singers
2 lab hours. Introduction to the rules of Italian and German diction including exercises in pronunciation, accentuation, and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Prerequisite: MUS 131. Fall.

MUS 134. French/Spanish Diction for Singers
2 lab hours. Introduction to the rules of French and Spanish diction including exercises in pronunciation, accentuation, and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Prerequisite: MUS 131. On demand.

MUS 135. Singer on Stage I
MUST BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE
1 lab hour. Applied course designed for the singer/actor to develop speech, sob/cry and belt voice qualities using Estill Voice Craft system. Repertory drawn from musical theatre literature. Prerequisites: MUS 131, MUS 132. Fall.

MUS 136. Singer on Stage II
MUST BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE
1 lab hour. Continuing applied course designed for the singer/actor to develop nasal twang and oral twang voice qualities using Estill Voice Craft system. Repertory drawn from musical theatre literature. Prerequisites: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 135. Spring.

MUS 137. Singer on Stage III
MUST BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE
1 lab hour. Continuing applied course designed for the singer/actor to explore jazz as a vocal style using Estill Voice Craft system. Brief history of jazz singer, improvisational techniques including scat, and microphone technique. Prerequisites: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 135, MUS 136. Fall.

MUS 138. Singer on Stage IV
MUST BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE
Continuing course designed for the singer/actor to prepare vocal literature for public performance using the Estill Voice Craft system. Repertory drawn from international song and operatic literature. Prerequisites: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 135, MUS 136, MUS 137. Spring.

MUS 139. Musical Theatre Scenes
MAY BE REPEATED
1 hour lab. Applied course for Musical Theatre majors that includes performance of scenes involving acting, singing, and dancing. Repertoire drawn from solo and ensemble literature. Prerequisites: TA 112, TA 117, TA 131. Fall, Spring.

MUS 140. Piano Practicum
1 hour weekly lab. this lab will include weekly performance opportunities in solo and ensemble literature. In addition to weekly performance, students will study topics such as pedagogy, accompanying, literature and history of piano. Required for all keyboard majors. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 175. Voice Class for Non-majors
Introduction to basics of singing, techniques and repertoire. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall. May be repeated.

MUS 177. Class Piano
Two lab hours. Basic keyboard introduction; required of all non-keyboard majors and minors until the student is prepared for MUS 273. May be repeated for credit. Students may be exempted by examination. Fall.

MUS 201. Accompanying
Keyboard accompanying techniques and problems. Appropriate performance opportunities presented. Permission of instructor.

MUS 211. Music Theory III
Three lecture hours. Chromatic harmony and techniques of modulation. Prerequisite: MUS 112.

MUS 213. Aural Skills Lab III
Continuation of sightsinging and ear training, including dictation. Spring. Prerequisite: MUS 114.

MUS 214. Aural Skills Lab IV
Continuation of sightsinging and ear training, including four-part dictation. Required for choral, vocal, and keyboard majors. Prerequisite: MUS 213. Fall.

MUS 217. Music Technology
Three lab hours. Designed to help music students acquire knowledge and skills which will equip them to use computing and music technology effectively. Topics include MIDI instruments and systems, MIDI sequencing notation, automatic accompaniment software, the use of the Internet as a resource for music education, constructing a simple web page, and digital recording and editing techniques. Music education majors will begin the process of creating the electronic portfolio as required licensure. Prerequisite: MUS 112, MTH 107 or MTH 115, ENG 112.

MUS 218. World Music
World music is a hands-on, experiential course. Students will experience musical, cultural, and religious traditions through drumming circles, reading, and listening. Meets Arts Experience Connector requirement.

MUS 261. Internship
An initial outside-the-classroom experience enabling students to explore new areas or to supplement regular courses. Department approval required.

MUS 273. Professional Keyboard Skills
Two lab hours. Basic techniques of harmonizing simple melodies at the keyboard. Required of all non-keyboard majors and minors. The goal is to prepare students for the Piano Proficiency Exam, which must be attempted to complete requirements. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MUS 177 or permission of instructor. Spring.

MUS 311, 312. Music History I, II
MUST BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE Emphasis on chronological perspective from Gregorian chant through the Romantic period. Essentially an historical approach with considerable attention to listening analysis. Prerequisite: MUS 211.

MUS 313. Form and Analysis
Three lecture hours. Spring semester. Analytical techniques for music of the common practice period. Prerequisite: MUS 211.

MUS 315. Score Preparation
Topics include instrument transposition, ranges, and score layouts; the creation of musical scores for standard instrumental and choral ensembles through basic techniques of arranging and transcription. A method of score study for the prospective conductor of choral or instrumental ensembles is also presented.

MUS 318. Jazz Improvisation
Offered on demand. Prerequisite: MUS 111.

MUS 327. Special Topics
Options for students to study a variety of topics not covered in regular courses. To be announced.

MUS 335, 336. Service Playing
Techniques and materials used in playing for church services. Offered on Demand. Organ principals only.

MUS 337. String Techniques
Two lab hours. Playing techniques and teaching methods on stringed instruments and guitar. For all Music Education majors. On demand.

MUS 338. Instrumental Techniques
Two lab hours. Designed for all music education majors. The course offers introductory levels of playing techniques and teaching methods for instrumental music in the public schools. On demand.

MUS 340. Advanced Brass Techniques
Two lab hours. Playing techniques and teaching methods. For the Music Education major whose AMU concentration is wind, percussion, or strings. Prerequisite: MUS 338.

MUS 342. Advanced Woodwind Techniques
Two lab hours. Playing techniques and teaching methods. For the Music Education major whose AMU concentration is wind, percussion, or strings. Prerequisite: MUS 338.

MUS 344. Advanced Percussion Techniques
Two lab hours. Playing techniques and teaching methods. For the Music Education major whose AMU concentration is wind, percussion, or strings. Prerequisite: MUS 338.

MUS 345. Vocal Techniques
Two lab hours. Basic singing techniques and teaching methods. For Music Education majors whose principal applied music instrument is other than voice. Offered on demand.

MUS 349. Organ Techniques
One lecture hour. Introduction to techniques and characteristics of the organ. For students whose AMU Principal Instrument is other than organ. Offered on Demand.

MUS 353. Choral Conducting
Three lab hours. Conducting techniques and procedures for the choral director. Includes score reading, rehearsal preparation and techniques, programming, and application of vocal techniques to choral singing. Prerequisite: MUS 211, 214.

MUS 354. Advanced Choral Conducting
Three lab hours. Continuation of MUS 353. Prerequisite: MUS 353.

MUS 355. Instrumental Conducting
Three lab hours. Conducting techniques and procedures for the instrumental director. Includes score reading, rehearsal preparation and techniques, programming, and application of instrumental techniques to ensemble playing.

MUS 356. Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Three lab hours. Continuation of MUS 355. Prerequisite: MUS 355.

MUS 360. Music for the Elementary Classroom Teacher
Three lecture hours. Music fundamentals and methods for the elementary classroom teacher. Not open to music majors. Fall, Spring.

MUS 374. Keyboard Skills for the Choral Director
Two lab hours. Development of accompanying skill appropriate for the choral director. For all Music Education majors with a choral emphasis. Spring. Prerequisite: MUS 273 and completion of Piano Proficiency Exam.

MUS 375. Accompanying for the Elementary Music Class
Two lab hours. Development of accompanying skill on the guitar and piano sufficient to accompany songs for elementary children. Required of all Elementary Music Education majors. Prerequisite: MUS 273. On demand.

MUS 376. Handbells
Two lab hours. Playing techniques and literature for the handbell choir. Offered on demand.

MUS 380. Church Music History
Two lecture hours. The history of music in the Christian church and its position as a functional part of the service. Offered on demand.

MUS 381. Church Music Administration
Three lecture hours. Overview of the principal areas of responsibility in managing a church music program. Offered on demand.

MUS 390. Junior Recital–Performance Majors
Recital of 40-55 minutes on the major instrument. See Music Handbook.

MUS 410. Contemporary Music
A survey of music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The course explores forms, genres, style, theoretical principles, compositional materials and procedures within a historical context. Course content will include music of both western and non-western musical traditions. Prerequisites: MUS 211, 312. Fall. This course is required of all music majors and fulfills the LAA capstone requirement.

MUS 413. Counterpoint
Survey of modal and tonal contrapuntal techniques and genres. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Offered on demand.

MUS 415. Composition
The devices and processes used in the composition of music. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Offered on demand.

MUS 417. Using Computers in the Music Classroom
A summer class which meets in a workshop setting: five consecutive days with six contact hours each day. The course serves as a source of certificate renewal credit. Topics include an introduction to the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, sequencing, recording, notation printing, computer specifications, electronic instruments, creating classroom tools with technology, and an introductory experience with music education resources on the Internet.

MUS 441. Principles of Music Education
Three lecture hours. Basic approaches, materials, and other resources for Elementary, Choral, and Instrumental Music Education. Required for all Music Education majors. On demand.

MUS 443. Elementary Music Methods
Two lecture hours. Methods and materials for elementary general, vocal music in schools, grades K-8. Required of all Elementary Music Education majors. Elective for others. On demand.

MUS 445. Choral Music Methods
Two lecture hours. Methods and materials for the choral performance in schools, grades 5-12. Required for all Choral Music Education majors. Elective for others. On demand.

MUS 447. Instrumental Music Methods
Two lecture hours. Methods and materials for the instrumental performance group in schools, grades 5-12. Required for all Instrumental Music Education majors. Elective for others. Spring.

MUS 449. Marching Band Techniques
Marching band techniques and practices. Required for Instrumental Music Education majors. Fall .

MUS 457, 458. Directed Readings
Independent readings directed by members of the department faculty.

MUS 460. Independent Study
Independent in-depth investigation, reading, and research in a professional area of interest. Department approval required.

MUS 461. Internship
A student/agency-originated and departmentally-approved field-learning experience which enables students to apply previously attained knowledge and skills.

MUS 467. Instrumental Music of the Southern Mountains
Traditional string band styles and styles of fiddle, guitar, and banjo playing. Offered on demand for Regional Studies minor.

MUS 468. Ballads, Folksongs, and Christian Harmony Singing in the Southern Mountains
Elizabethan and traditional ballads and folksongs still present in the Southern mountains. Also, a study of the Christian Harmony and other shape-note traditions. Offered on demand.

MUS 469. Appalachian Smooth and Clog Dancing
Performance of traditional and choreographed square dances.

Applied music lessons are available in guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

MUS 490. Senior Recital–Performance Majors
Recital of approximately 55 minutes on the principal instrument. See Music Handbook.

MLIT. Literature of the Applied Instrument
Two consecutive semesters; required for the Performance major. Survey of the historical development and literature of the student’s applied instrument. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in applied music. Offered on demand.

MPED. Pedagogy of the Applied Instrument
Required for the Performance major. Survey of teaching methods and materials for the student’s applied instrument. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in applied music. Offered on demand.

Ensembles

May be repeated for credit. Each student is required to participate each semester in the major ensemble appropriate for his/her applied area (MUS 101 Choir or MUS 102 Wind Symphony). Piano Performance majors may substitute one semester of piano ensemble for one semester of the major ensemble requirement, with approval of Department Chair.

MUS 100. Chapel Choir
Open to all students by permission of instructor. Required of Freshman choral emphasis majors with vocal or keyboard applied.

MUS 101. Choir
Open to all students by audition. Prerequisite: successful audition and theory placement exam.

MUS 102. Wind Symphony
Open to all students by audition.

MUS 103. Piano Ensemble
Performance with other piano performance majors. Requires approval from Chair of the Department of Music.

MUS 104. Woodwind Ensemble
Open to all students by consultation with the director.

MUS 105. Percussion Ensemble
Open to all students by consultation with the director.

MUS 108. Jazz Ensemble
Open to all students by consultation with the director.

MUS 109. Brass Ensembles
Open to all students by consultation with the director.

MUS 115. Chamber Singers
Open by audition to members of the College Choir.

MUS 117. Collegiate Band
Open to all students by consultation with the director.

MUS 150. Marching Band
Open to all students with permission of instructor. Fall.

MUS 470. Appalachian String Band
Open to all students through audition.

Applied Music

All students enrolled in AMU courses pay an Applied Music fee each semester. Students enrolled in Applied Voice (AMU 015) pay a set accompanist fee each semester. (Please see “Financial Information” in the front of this Catalog for specifics.) Students enrolled in all other Applied Music courses will have accompanist fees which vary by individual needs.

All students enrolled in Applied Music courses will need to plan for expenses including purchasing music, instruments/accessories, and appropriate performance attire. These expenses vary by individual student. The Applied Music faculty will provide more specific information for each individual.

Applies music lessons are given in piano, organ, voice, guitar, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Details of Applied Music requirements and policies can be found in the “Music Department Handbook.”

AMU Courses:
002 Clarinet
003 Flute
004 Horn
005 Oboe
006 Organ
007 Percussion
008 Piano (2 sections)
009 Saxophone
010 Trombone
011 Trumpet
015 Voice (5 sections)
016 Tuba
017 Euphonium
019 Banjo
020 Bassoon
022 Folk Guitar