Music Course Descriptions

Music Course Descriptions

This unofficial course list gives you an idea of the breadth of courses offered in the Hastings College Department of Music. It is not intended to replace or to supplement the current College Catalog, but can provide a basis of comparison when researching more than one music program. The content, requirements and expectations of these courses, and the combinations and choices that apply to each of our degree programs and options, have been examined, approved and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). It's a "seal of quality" on your learning now and for the future!

Courses in Musicianship

MU131f Fundamentals of Music I (1 hour)
Basic preparation for Music 131/131a for students with no theory background. Prerequisite: Placement Exam.

MU133f Fundamentals of Music II (1 hour)
Continuation of MU131f (Fundamentals of Music I).

MU131 Basic Musicianship I (3 hours)
The development of basic skills in melodic and harmonic writing and analysis. Development of aural skills through the study of sightsinging, ear training, and music technology. (Ear Training Lab required-MU 131a)

MU131a Basic Musicianship Lab I (1 hour)

MU133 Basic Musicianship II (3 hours)
The development of basic skills in melodic and harmonic writing and analysis. An introduction to musical form. Ear training, sightsinging, and music technology. A continuation of Basic Musicianship I. Prerequisite: MU 131. (Ear Training Lab required-MU 133a)

MU133a Basic Musicianship Lab II (1 hour)

MU231 Basic Musicianship III (3 hours)
Music 231 is the continuation of 131/133. Emphasis is placed on the study of chromatic harmony and a review of two and three part form. Prerequisite: MU 133. (Ear Training Lab required-MU 231a)

MU231a Basic Musicianship Lab III (1 hour)

MU233 Basic Musicianship IV (3 hours)
Music 233 is a continuation of Music 231. The emphasis is on form and analysis. Prerequisite: Mu 231. (Ear Training Lab required MU 233a)

MU233a Basic Musicianship Lab IV (1 hour)

Music History & Literature and Performance Practices

MU433 Instrumentation/Orchestration/Choral Arranging (2 hours)
Scoring and arranging for band, orchestra, and smaller instrumental ensembles and/or choral ensembles. Study of ranges and characteristic timbres, and utilization of music technology. Some original work required. Prerequisite: MU 233 or consent of instructor.

MU200 Introduction to Music (2 hours)
A course designed to introduce representative musical masterworks to the non-music major. A study of the materials of music, including basic elements, mediums, styles, and form, is presented as an aid to understanding and enjoying musics of varied cultures.

MU361 History and Literature I (4 hours)
An historical survey of musics of varied cultures, from ancient times to the end of the Baroque Era (1750). Designed to develop a perspective of the evolution of music in its social-cultural milieu, a repertoire of representative compositions, and a technique for listening analytically and critically. Research project required. Prerequisite: MU 131/133, or consent of instructor. Open to non-music majors.

MU363 History and Literature II (4 hours)
A continuation of Music History and Literature I, covering the period 1750-present. Research project required. Prerequisite: Mu 131/133, or consent of instructor. Open to non-music majors.

MU371 Piano Literature I (2 hours)
A study of piano literature through the time of Beethoven. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MU373 Piano Literature II (2 hours)
A continuation of Music 371. A study of piano literature of the Romantic Era through the 20th century. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MU470 Independent Study: Music Literature (2-3 hours)
a. Baroque Period
b. Classical Period
c. Romantic Period
d. 20th Century Period
e. Keyboard Literature
f. Vocal Literature
g. Strings Literature
h. Woodwind Literature
i. Organ Literature
j. Recital Literature (see below)
k. Special Topics
l. World Musics

Independent research culminating in a short monograph. Individual project to be selected by the student in collaboration with the instructor and department chairman. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and department chair. (j. Recital Literature: Major Performance Literature-a study of the literature for the student's degree recital.)

MU480 Seminars (Mainly J-Term Offerings)(3 hours)
a. Opera Workshop
b. Marching Band Techniques
c. Survey of American Music
d. Science of Sound
e. Instrumental Music Seminar
f. Choral Seminar: Show Choir Techniques
g. Jazz Techniques, Literature & History
h. Women in Music
I. Advanced Conducting
j. Directed Reading in Music
k. World Musics

Music Education and Courses in Pedagogy

MU303 Elementary/Middle School Music Methods (3 hours)
Methods and material used for teaching and supervising music in elementary and middle schools. For music majors only. Prerequisite: MU 233.

MU310 Voice Pedagogy & Literature (2-3 hours)
Techniques and materials for teaching voice. Demonstrations and readings in physiology of voice and voice classification.

MU380 Accompanying (1 hour each)
a. General: A course to give training in the art of accompanying. Specific assignments will be made to prepare for class and studio accompanying.
b. Vocal: A course to give training in the art of accompanying vocal performers.

Prerequisite: MU 380a
c. Instrumental: A course to give training in the art of accompanying instrumental performers. Prerequisite: MU 380a.
d. Ensembles: A course to give training in the art of accompanying ensembles. Prerequisite: Mu 380a.

MU391 Piano Pedagogy I (2 hours)
Techniques and materials for teaching piano with emphasis on precollege levels. Observation of both class and private lessons.

MU393 Piano Pedagogy II (2 hours)
A continuation of Piano Pedagogy I with emphasis on practice teaching of both class and private lessons. Prerequisite: MU 391.

MU394 Advanced Piano Pedagogy (3 hours)
Advanced techniques and materials for teaching piano, with emphasis on advanced repertoire. Prerequisite: MU 391 and 393.

MU290/490 Piano Pedagogy Internship (3 hours)
Practice teaching of class and private lessons.

MU161 Fretted Instruments (1 hour)
Basic Instrument is Guitar. Open to all students.

MU163 Fretted Instruments (1 hour)
Basic Instrument is Guitar. Open to all students. Prerequisite: MU 161 or placement audition.

MU341a Strings Methods (2 hours)
A survey of the pedagogical problems associated with teaching stringed instruments through actual use in the class; survey of solo and study literature.

MU341b Woodwind Methods (2 hours)
A survey of the pedagogical problems associated with teaching woodwind instruments through actual use in the class; survey of solo and study literature.

MU343a Brass Methods (2 hours)
A survey of the pedagogical problems associated with teaching brass instruments through actual use in the class; survey of solo and study literature.

MU343b Percussion Methods (2 hours)
A survey of the pedagogical problems associated with teaching percussion A survey of the pedagogical problems associated with teaching percussion instruments through use in the class; survey of solo and study literature.

MU351 Basic Conducting (2 hours)
A course in the techniques of training and conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles. Emphasis is placed on basic conducting patterns, gestures and score reading. Prerequisite: MU 233.

MU353 Choral Conducting (2 hours)
Continuation of Basic Conducting. Emphasis on Score reading and analysis, rehearsal procedures, choral techniques, and repertoire. Prerequisite: MU 351.

MU355 Instrumental Conducting (2 hours)
Continuation of Basic Conducting. Emphasis on score reading and analysis, memorization, use of the baton, and orchestral and/or band technique. Prerequisite: MU 351.

MU390 Music for Elementary Teaching (2 hours)
A course in methods of teaching music in elementary and middle schools designed for classroom teachers who are not majoring in music.

MU420 Teaching Music: Methods/Measurements (3 hours)
Methods and materials used for teaching and supervising music in middle school, junior high and senior high schools. Includes pre-student teaching experiences in the public schools and video-taped lab sessions. Prerequisite: MU 233.

Courses in Performance and Courses in Applied Music Study

Performance instruction, literature and basic pedagogical concepts are offered in the following areas:
Organ: 111a, 113a; 211a, 213a; 311a, 313a; 411a, 413a
Piano: 111b, 113b; 211b, 213b; 311b, 313b; 411b, 413b
Strings: 111c, 113c; 211c, 213c; 311c, 313c; 411c, 413c
Voice: 111d, 113d; 211d, 213d; 311d, 313d; 411d, 413d
Brass: 111e, 113e; 211e, 213e; 311e, 313e; 411e, 413e
Woodwinds: 111f, 113f; 211f, 213f; 311f, 313f; 411f, 413f
Percussion: 111g, 113g; 211g, 213g; 311g, 313g; 411g, 413g
Guitar: 111h, 113h; 211h, 213h; 311h, 313h; 411h, 413h
Composition: 111i, 113i; 211i, 213i; 311i, 313i; 411i, 413i
Chamber Music: 111j, 113j; 211j, 213j; 311j, 313j; 411j, 413j
Diction: Italian=111k, English=113k, German=211k, French=213k

These courses are designed to fill the performance demands of each student's major or secondary performing area. All registrations for performance courses must be approved through the chair of the department. Non-music majors may apply to the department chair for performance instruction.

MU140 Basic Keyboard Skills for Non-Music Majors (1 hour)
Designed to provide the non-music major, a person with no musical training, an opportunity to play the piano. The student will explore a variety of an opportunity to play the piano. The student will explore a variety of literature, develop music reading skills, and develop the ability to harmonize familiar tunes.

MU141 Basic Keyboard Skills I (1 hour)
A course to provide beginning piano students with functional keyboard skills. Objectives: harmonization of melodies with primary chords, transposition, sight-reading, chord and interval studies, ensemble playing and playing lower elementary piano literature.

MU143 Basic Keyboard Skills II (1 hour)
Continuation of Basic Keyboard Skills I. Objectives: harmonization of major-minor modes with primary and secondary chords, playing by ear, sight-reading, transposing, ensemble playing, analysis and playing Grade 2 piano literature.

MU151 Beginning Voice for the Non-Major (1 hour)
Designed to provide the non-music major, an opportunity to study voice/singing. The student will explore vocal techniques, literature, and voice/singing. The student will explore vocal techniques, literature, and develop his/her singing ability.

MU241 Basic Keyboard Skills III (1 hour)
Continuation of Basic Keyboard Skills II. Objectives: harmonization of melodies with secondary dominants, sightreading, playing by ear, ensemble playing, more difficult transpositions, score reduction (vocal and instrumental) and playing upper elementary piano literature.

MU243 Basic Keyboard Skills IV (1 hour)
Continuation of Basic Keyboard Skills III. Objectives: harmonization of melodies, advanced sight-reading, score reading (vocal and instrumental). Modulation, analysis, advanced transposition, development of style concepts and repertoire study.

MU431 Performance Practices (3 hours)
The interpretation of music from the Medieval to the contemporary period. Discussion of bibliographic tools, examination of original sources, and study of contemporary interpretations of earlier performance practices.

Courses offered as Ensembles

MU100/300 Bell Choir (NC/1 hour)
A select ensemble utilizing English/Dutch hand bells. Open to all students: students may participate for credit or no credit. Auditions / placement will occur in the first two weeks of the semester as needed. Each semester.

MU210/410 Chamber Ensemble (NC/1 hour)
Small woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and string ensembles. Prerequisite: Audition. Offered by arrangement.

MU250/450 Band (NC/1 hour)
Open to all students: Students may participate for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: Audition. Each semester.

230/430 Jazz Ensemble (NC/1 hour)
A select instrumental ensemble: Students may participate for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: Membership in College Band / Audition. Each semester.

MU250a/450a Orchestra (NC/1 hour)
Open to all students: May participate for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: Audition. Each semester.

MU260a/460a The Hastings College Choir (NC/1 hour)
Open to all students: Students may participate for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: Audition. Each semester.

MU260b/460b HC Singers (NC/1 hour)
Open to all students: Students may participate for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: No Audition. Each semester.

MU260c/460c Men's Choir (NC/1 hour)
Open to all students: students may participate for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: No Audition. Each semester.

MU230a/430a Entertainment Arts Ensembles (NC/1 hour)
Select vocal ensembles performing chamber music and selections from music theatre, film, vocal jazz, and operetta. Open to all students. Prerequisite: Audition. Each semester.

MU230l/430l Entertainment Arts Ensembles Lab (NC)
Offered in conjunction with ensemble rehearsals. Prerequisite: Membership in one or more Entertainment Arts Ensembles.