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2014–2015

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

Bidisciplinary Course

BID 312 The Theater and Music Scene in Chicago
Development of understanding of the techniques and elements of theater and music and their application to live performances in the Chicago area. Includes analysis of print dramatic literary texts and performance and engagement with musical compositions. Lectures, writing assignments, in-class exercises and concert and play attendance provide a basis for the appreciation of theater and music as forms of artistic expression.

Music Courses

AMC 100/300 Theory/Composition Seminar
Composition majors and minors are required to take AMC 100 or 300 while enrolled in applied composition lessons. Students will present their work for discussion/feedback while becoming familiar with contemporary composers and their composition techniques, forms, and aesthetic issues confronted in modern music. Class meets once a week for an hour throughout the term. AMC 300 is for students with junior academic standing and above.

AMC 121–422 Film Scoring
.50 credit

AMC 141–442 Songwriting
.50 credit

AME 301 Piano Pedagogy I
Study of methods and materials for teaching beginning, elementary piano. Psychology of teaching and learning piano as well as group dynamics are studied. Fall Term.

AME 302 Piano Pedagogy II
Study of methods and materials for teaching intermediate and advanced piano. Development of technical and theoretical outlines for teaching and adult methodologies. Prerequisite: AME 301 or consent of instructor. Spring Term.

AME 351 Performance Technique and Pedagogy II
.50 credit
Advanced training pedagogy in brass, woodwinds, guitar and percussion. Enrollment section is determined by major instrument.

AME 401 Supervised Teaching

AME 402 Supervised Teaching

AMU 101-402, AMU 011 Applied Music Performance
Performance seminar provides an opportunity for students to perform on their major instrument or voice for faculty, peers and guests as well as study additional topics and repertoire unique to their major instrument or voice. To be taken in conjunction with applied music lessons.

MUS 100 Concert Attendance
.25 credit
All music majors are required to attend at least eight music department concerts each term. To satisfy the department’s recital attendance requirement, all music majors must enroll in and successfully complete the recital attendance course every term of full-time enrollment as a music major. This course is repeatable and can be taken for credit or non-credit. Specific informa- tion about recitals, concerts, attendance verification, etc., will be discussed at the fall orientation session for music majors and  can be found in the Music Department Handbook.

MUS 120 Jazz Fundamentals I
Fundamental development of the terminology and skills necessary to be competent in jazz and commercial music. Topics include understanding the jazz language and vocabulary, basic chord construction, scales and modes in both major and minor. Required of all jazz studies majors. Fall Term.

MUS 121 Jazz Fundamentals II
Continuation of MUS 120. Theory topics progress to polychord nomenclature, symmetrical scales, pentatonic scales and blues scales. Rhythmic skills and transcription strategies are also addressed. Prerequisite: MUS 120 or consent of instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 135 Theory I
Study of dimensions of music from aesthetics and acoustics to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and form. Fundamental terminology and skills are developed for each dimension. Basic vocabulary of music; reading of musical rhythms and pitches; exercises in counterpoint, part writing and elementary composition; rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation; keyboard exer- cises; and analytical concepts and techniques. Required of all music majors. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 136 Theory II
Continuation of MUS 135. Analytical approaches to the music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and other periods illuminate the devel- opment of tonal harmony and its related terminology. Keyboard, dictation and composition assignments systematically reinforce the analytical studies, with an eye to developing mastery of tonal theory. Required of all music majors. Prerequisite: MUS 135 or equivalent. Spring Term.

MUS 145-446 Women’s Chorus I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and performance of choral literature from a variety of historical periods. Emphasis is placed on vocal technique for the female voice and vocal pedagogy. This group performs on and off campus. Prerequisite: audition and consent of the instructor.

MUS 147-448 Chamber Singers I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and performance of advanced choral literature. Emphasis on a capella singing. Does not fulfill the music major ensemble requirement. This group performs on and off campus. Prerequisite: audition and consent of the instructor.

MUS 150 Introduction to Music Education
The study of principles and procedures for teaching music. An overview of historical, philosophical and psychological foundations of music education. Examination of aesthetics, program development, methods of teaching, administration, supervision and evaluation. Emphasis in two areas: music teaching and learning practices; and the music teacher’s participation in school systems at all educational levels. Recommended for first-year music education majors. Spring Term.

MUS 171A-472A Philharmonic Orchestra I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
The Philharmonic Orchestra is an ensemble that provides string, woodwind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to perform in an orchestra setting. Standard and contemporary literature from orchestral repertoire is per- formed. This ensemble performs formal concerts both on and off campus and is open to all students and community members. Auditions are held the first Thursday of each term. Fulfills major ensemble requirement. Prerequisites: audition and consent of the instructor, Joanne May.

MUS 171B-472B Varsity Strings
.25 credit or non-credit
Varsity Strings is for students who wish to gain additional orchestral experience and for students who desire to build proficiency on a secondary instrument. The Varsity Strings perform a concert each term. Fulfills major ensemble requirement for string majors. Prerequisite: MUS 255 and/or consent of the instructor, Remus Badea.

MUS 173-474 Percussion Ensemble I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and performance of literature for percussion instruments. Does not fulfill music major ensemble requirement. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUS 175-476  Concert Choir I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and public performance of all styles of choral literature. Fulfills music major ensemble requirement. Prerequisites: audition and consent of instructor.

MUS 177A-478A Wind Ensemble I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
The Wind Ensemble is comprised of members who have attained the highest level of proficiency on their instruments. Performing suitable repertoire, the ensemble’s performances include two to three concerts and a tour each term. Fulfills music major ensemble requirement. Prerequisites: audition and consent of the instructor.

MUS 177B-478B  Symphonic Band I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
The Symphonic Band maintains full concert band instrumentation for the study and performance of standard and contemporary band repertoire. The band performs two to three concerts per term and tours each term. Fulfills music major ensemble requirement. Prerequisites: audition and consent of the instructor.

MUS 177C-478C Varsity Band I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Varsity Band is for students who wish to gain additional band experience and/or music edu- cation majors who desire to build proficiency on a secondary instrument. The band performs a concert each term. Prerequisites: audition and consent of the instructor.

MUS 183-484 Choral Union I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and public performance of oratorio literature. Two major performances each year. Does not normally fulfill the music major ensemble requirement. Open to all with an audition.

MUS 185A-486A Jazz Band I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
This group has made  numerous tours of both Eastern and Western Europe, twice at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. The band appears frequently with well-known jazz artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby Shew, Patti Austin, Clark Terry and Randy Brecker. The band has also commissioned works from respected jazz composers Bill Holman and Alan Broadbent. Fulfills the music major ensemble requirement after four terms of choir, concert band or orchestra have been fulfilled. Prerequisites: audition and consent of instructor.

MUS 185B-486B Jazz Lab Band I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Repertoire is drawn from contemporary big band literature. Provides jazz performance opportunities for both jazz studies majors and majors in other disciplines. Fulfills the music major ensemble requirement for jazz studies majors after four terms of choir, concert band or orchestra have been fulfilled. Prerequisites: audition and consent of instructor.

MUS 187A-488A Vocal Jazz Ensemble, “Late Night Blues” I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and performance of vocal jazz literature. Does not fulfill music major ensemble requirement. Prerequisites: audition and consent of instructor.

MUS 187B-488B Vocal Jazz Ensemble, “Blue” I, II, III, IV
.25 credit or non-credit
Study and performance of vocal jazz literature in a small educational jazz ensemble. Does not fulfill music major performance requirement. Prerequisites: audition and consent of instructor.

MUS 212 Music in Western Culture
Development of skills in listening to music. No background in music is needed. Following an introduction to the elements of music, music literature in historical perspective is presented with a view toward awakening critical abilities helpful in understanding and enjoying music.  Attendance at concert performances is required.

MUS 215 Music in the Christian Church
A study of Christian theology as embodied in the worship and music traditions of North American churches. Examination of a broad range of historic worship practices as a meansto understand and appreciate different religious traditions within the church. Exploration of contemporary church issues, including multicultural influences. Open to all students.

MUS 218 The Making of Jazz
A detailed study of jazz from two perspectives: history and listening. The historical perspective will include a study of important eras from New Orleans Dixieland to fusion, with special attention given to important figures such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Listening strategies will focus on the examination of important jazz elements such as improvisation and form. No musical background is required.

MUS 221 Functional Class Piano I
.50 credit
Class piano for students who have had little or no keyboard instruction. Emphasis on harmonizing melodies, transposing, sight reading and other skills useful in classroom music teaching. Class size limited. Fall Term.

MUS 222 Functional Class Piano II
.50 credit
Class piano approach. Skills include a survey of MUS 221 Functional Piano I course content, accompanying, score reading, ensemble playing and advanced transposition and sight reading. Class size limited. Completion satisfies the Keyboard Proficiency requirement. Prerequisite: MUS 221 or consent of instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 223 Jazz Keyboard  Fundamentals
.50 credit
Keyboard realization of jazz harmony with idiomatic voicings. Area studies include: block chording, advanced diatonic chords and foundational progressions in multiple keys. Prerequisite: MUS 221 and 222 or completion of piano proficiency exam. Spring Term.

MUS 225 Music Notation Applications
.50 credit
Study of computer-based music notation software using MIDI  and other note-entry systems for printing musical scores. The course will include file formats, portability issues and techniques for transporting notation to the web and other multimedia creations. Fall Term.

MUS 235 Theory III
Continuation of MUS 136. Detailed study of the expansions of the tonal system achieved in the 18th and 19th centuries. Chromatic harmony, including modulation to distant keys as well as augmented sixth, Neapolitan and altered chords. Keyboard, dictation and composition assignments appropriate to the subject matter. Required of all music majors. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or equivalent. Fall Term.

MUS 236 Theory IV
Continuation of MUS 235. Broad-ranging studies of the compositional, aesthetic and theoretical developments of the late 19th and 20th centuries including tonal ambiguity, expansions and negations of traditional tonality and reorganizations of all musical dimensions. During the latter part of the term, each student is required to compose a work for public performance. Required of all music majors. Prerequisite: MUS 235 or equivalent. Spring Term.

MUS 250 Guitar Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in acoustic guitar. Class size limited. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor.

MUS 251 Woodwind Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone for instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor.

MUS 252 Percussion Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, timpani, mallets and trap percussion instruments for instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Class size limited. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor. January Term, Spring Term.

MUS 253 Vocal Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in voice including chamber singing, vocal jazz techniques and improvisation for instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Class size limited. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor.

MUS 254 Brass Techniques and Pedagogy I
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone and tuba for instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Class size limited. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor. January Term, Spring Term.

MUS 255 String Techniques and Pedagogy I
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in violin, viola, cello and double bass for instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Class size limited. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor.

MUS 256 Jazz Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in the area of jazz. Techniques addressed include jazz band, combos, rehearsal strategies, improvisation, jazz theory, equipment and literature. Fall Term.

MUS 257  Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in choral music including techniques for vocal jazz and show choir. Emphasis will be for the middle and high school choral director. Additional work with vocal jazz/show choir instrumental combos will be addressed. Fall Term.

MUS 258 Technology for Music Educators
.25 credit
Hands-on introduction to music and multimedia software used by music educators. Exposure to software programs used for music notation, CAI (computer-assisted instruction), multimedia authoring, presentations, email, internet exploration and web page development. Emphasis on technology as a set of tools that support educational goals. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 259 Licensure Review for Music Educators
.50 credit
Overview of music theory and history concepts for students taking the State Teacher Licensure Exam in Music. Prerequisites: MUS 236 and MUS 344 or consent of instructor. Summer Term.

MUS 260 Marching Band Techniques
.50 credit
Basic teaching pedagogy in the area of marching band. Techniques addressed, include  designing drills, equipment, rehearsal strategies, computer design, related areas and literature. Fall Term.

MUS 267/367/467 Opera Scenes
This performance oriented class is designed to increase basic knowledge and methods of preparation for stage performance of scenes from operas. Prerequisite: AMV 102 or permission of instructor.

MUS 290 Digital Music I
An exploration of MIDI, audio processing, drum machines, virtual controllers, digital synthesis and signal processing. Development of skills in MIDI  event entry, audio editing and processing, arranging and mixing. Topics of discussion to include sampling, sequencing, and musical compositional and notation. Fall Term.

MUS 291 Digital Music II
An exploration of tactile surfaces, virtual controllers, time compression-expansion, pitch correction, digital synthesis and signal pro- cessing. Development of skills in MIDI  programming, audio editing, arranging, film scoring and mix automation. Topics of discussion to include interactive audio as applied to the World Wide Web, presentations, video games and mobile media. For all levels. Prerequisite: MUS 290 and/or consent of the instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 301 Jazz and Ethnic Percussion I
.50 credit
A survey of jazz percussion, its history and relevance in music as well as its reaching influence. Ethnic percussion will also be discussed with sections on music from Brazil, Cuba, Africa and India. Performance on a regular basis in class.

MUS 302 Jazz and Ethnic Percussion II
.50 credit
A continuing survey of jazz percussion, its history and relevance in music as well as its reaching influence. Ethnic percussion will also be discussed with sections on music from Brazil, Cuba, Africa and India. Performance on a regular basis in class.

MUS 305 West Meets East
This course offers exciting encounters between the classical traditions of India and the West. Students will learn about Indian classical music and the current music “scene” in Chennai, India perform Western orchestral works for Indian audiences and interact with Indian musicians in multiple contexts. Whenever possible, renowned Indian musicians and scholars will provide workshops and lectures/ demonstrations on the history and practice of Indian music. To hear Carnatic music at its finest, students will experience “The Season,” the world’s largest music festival. Student concerts will include performances with church choirs and other musicians and visits to Madras University and K.M. Music Conservatory will afford interactions with Indian music students.

MUS 306 Fingerboard Harmony I
A survey of harmonic vocabulary on the guitar fingerboard, primarily in three voices. Harmonic analysis of selected literature and development of student-written solo or ensemble guitar arrangements will also be explored. All guitarists regardless of style will find the materials insightful and relevant.

MUS 307 Fingerboard Harmony II
A continuing survey of harmonic vocabulary on the guitar fingerboard, primarily in three voices. Harmonic analysis of selected literature and development of student-written solo or ensemble guitar arrangements will also be explored. All guitarists regardless of style will find the materials insightful and relevant.

MUS 310 Varieties of World Music
Aspects of non-Western music cultures, such as West African and North Indian, are studied and compared to aspects of Western music culture. Emphasis on listening and developing the ability to recognize and appreciate musical expressions of each culture. The tools and perspective of ethnomusicology are introduced. Meets the non-Western culture requirement
for state general education licensure. $40.00 lab fee is required. No prerequisite.

MUS 312 Concerts for Credit
Development of capacities for listening to music through guided independent study. Concert attendance, lectures and writing assignments provide a basis for the appreciation of music as an art form. Students predetermine course grades by contracting with the instructor. Limited class meetings. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

MUS 314 History of Musical Theater
See THE 314.

MUS 318 Jazz: A History and Analysis
A detailed study of jazz from two perspectives: history and analysis by instrument. The historical perspective will include a study of important eras from New Orleans Dixieland to Fusion with special attention given to important figures such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Analysis will focus on the examination of important traditions relative to the key musical instruments in jazz.

MUS 320 Performance History and Literature I
.50 credit
A survey of the performance literature for the student’s major instrument from the 15th   through the 20th century, with emphasis on composers, performers and cultural aspects that contributed to the creation of the works. The timeline division between MUS 320 and MUS 321 will be determined by the instructor of each instrument. MUS 320 and MUS 321 need not be taken in sequence.

MUS 321 Performance History and Literature II
.50 credit
A survey of the performance literature for the student’s major instrument from the 15th through the 20th century, with emphasis on composers, performers and cultural aspects that contributed to the creation of the works. The timeline division between MUS 320 and MUS 321 will be determined by the instructor of each instrument. MUS 320 and MUS 321 need not be taken in sequence.

MUS 325 Rhythm Section Fundamentals
.50 credit
A detailed study of the jazz rhythm section, including how it interacts and functions in performance. Topics addressed will include the role of the drums, the bass, the piano and the guitar. Also how this group of instruments works together as a section. Required of all jazz studies majors. Highly recommended for music education majors. Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 121 or consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 330 Principles and Procedures in Music Business
The study of principles and procedures providing a background for work in the music industry. Many phases of music business are explored, including publishing, music licensing, copyright law, music merchandising, music in advertising and others. Special attention is given to self-evaluation and the examination of the many careers in the music field. Prerequisite: MUS 136. Fall Term.

MUS 331 Advanced Studies in Music Business
A detailed analysis of key topics in music business. Areas examined include: arts administration, film music, record companies, talent management, advanced legal aspects, print publishing and digital music. Prerequisite: MUS 330. Spring Term.

MUS 332 Production of Sound Recordings
A study of the techniques and principles involved in producing and marketing a recorded product. Half of the course concentrates on acoustic theory and audio technology and includes hands-on utility in the Gretsch Recording Studio. The second half investigates administrative aspects related to the production and sale of the recorded product: licensing, contracts, record company operations, promotion and merchandising. Students work to produce a sound recording as a final project. Spring Term.

MUS 333 Audio Engineering
A detailed investigation of the principles, techniques and technology used in audio production. Subjects include basic acoustics, microphone techniques, equipment maintenance, multi-track theory, mixing, signal processing and digital mastering. Students utilize the Gretsch Recording Studio in producing projects. Prerequisite: MUS 332 or consent of the instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 335 Orchestration and Arranging
A detailed investigation of modern instruments together with a practical study of the art of scoring and arranging for ensembles, including orchestra, band, jazz band and various small ensembles. Instrument studies and analysis of scores for diverse ensembles prepare students to write original compositions. MIDI  software, used to create and play back scores, allows students to hear their arrangements. Live performance of some scores. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of the instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 336 String Improvisation for Educators
.50 credit
The purpose of this course is to provide current music educators an opportunity to learn string improvisation techniques utilizing fiddling, rock, pop, and jazz styles, and to provide undergraduate students a working knowledge of improvisation. Performance and pedagogical techniques will be taught, and literature appropriate for various levels of school string ensembles will be explored. An intermediate to advanced playing level on a string instrument is required. Summer Term.

MUS 343 History and Literature of Music I
The evolution of musical styles from the earliest times of Western music through the compositions of the Baroque era. Extensive use of scores, recordings and written reports. Introduction to music research. Required of all music majors. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of the instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 344 History and Literature of Music II
Musical style from the early classical era to contemporary times. Required of all music majors. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 350 Jazz Arranging I
Introductory class in the area of jazz orchestration. Topics addressed will include melodic paraphrase, two-part harmonization, countermelody, four-note close position voicings, harmonization of non-harmonic tones, four-note open position voicings, three-note voicings, accompaniment devices, rhythm section writing and small ensemble arranging. Prerequisites: MUS 120, MUS 121 and consent of the instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 351 Jazz Arranging II
Advanced class in the area of jazz orchestration. Topics addressed will include sax section solis, brass section solis, four and five note chord brass section writing, six and seven chord brass section writing, integrating the sax section into brass section voicings, writing the sax section against the brass section and large ensemble writing. Prerequisites: MUS 350 and consent of the instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 353 Diction for Singers and Music Education Majors
.50 credit
For all music education majors and singers. The course will focus on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as an aid in learning accurate pronunciation of Latin, Italian and German solo and choral works. The class will include written phonetic transcriptions, spoken exercises and in-class performances of works in progress. Spring Term.

MUS 354 Vocal Arts Literature
.50 credit
This course will introduce students to the vocal arts by studying the history and the performance of vocal literature. The course will integrate the knowledge, perspective and values of life as seen through the eyes of 18–20th century poets and musicians from various cultures. Prerequisite: AMV 101 or consent of the instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 362 Instrumental and Choral Ensembles
A comprehensive approach to instrumental and choral ensemble programs prefaced by a professional dialogue for public school teaching. Materials and methods for beginning, intermediate and advanced ensembles will be explored, as well as techniques for discipline and classroom management. Fall Term.

MUS 366 Teaching of K-12 Classroom Music
A survey of the fundamentals of music reading, listening and composing, with special reference to teaching methods and materials for both elementary and secondary school students. Exploration of activities from Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze and their application in the music classroom. Current trends in music education and teaching strategies for multicultural music, special education and children at risk are examined. General and music appreciation in both the elementary and the secondary school are included. Fall Term.

MUS 369 Conducting I
.50 credit
A beginning approach to both choral and instrumental conducting including basic skills in baton technique, score reading and rehearsal techniques. Students study and program professional literature as well as participate extensively with videotape.

MUS 370 Conducting II
.50 credit
An advanced course highlighting difficult levels of instrumental and choral score analysis, transposition, ear training and musical motor skills. Spring Term.

MUS 389 Conducting III
.50 credit
This course provides advanced rehearsal techniques for music education majors and students projecting a career in professional conducting. Allows students to receive pre-student teaching hours as well as professional development in conducting to directly apply knowledge from previous conducting classes. Prerequisites: MUS 369, 370 and consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 391 Educational Experiences in Australia
Students who have declared a major in a field of physical education, music education or education will participate in on-site teaching experiences in a comprehensive K-12 school in Australia. Students will attend classes and learn with Australian teachers, exchange ideas about common teaching practices, and educational policy. Students will have the opportunity to stay with Australian families, visit Australian homes, network in an international arena and make lifelong personal and professional friends. Visit world famous architecture, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and attend a musical performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Join us for a unique International Educational experience in Australia and visit Kakadu, Australia’s World Heritage National Park. Be part of a three-day guided excursion in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. Travel in June.

MUS 395 Special Studies in Music Theory
Detailed investigation of topics of special interest in music theory such as counterpoint or form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 396 Special Studies in Music History
Detailed investigation of periods or topics of special interest in music history and literature. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 430 Jazz Improvisation I
A study of jazz improvisation based upon daily classroom performance on the student’s primary instrument as well as on piano. Areas of focus include ear training, key area identification, scale application, progression and mastery of 12 keys. Blues and basic jazz repertoire will be covered. Prerequisites: MUS 120, 121 or consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MUS 431 Jazz Improvisation II
Continuation of MUS 430. A detailed study of the art of jazz improvisation that includes analysis and daily class performance. Areas of focus to include melody, song form, key area identification and scale application. Melodies studied will include selections from basic jazz
repertoire and harmonies that consist of minor key areas and more advanced chord progressions. Prerequisites: MUS 120, 121, 430 or consent of instructor. Spring Term.

MUS 452 Conference Course
.50 or 1.00 credit
Detailed investigation of topics of special interest to members of the class. Prerequisites: MUS 235 and MUS 344, which may  be taken concurrently, or consent of instructor.

MUS 457 Student Teaching in Music
2.00 credits
Full-time placement in both elementary and secondary school districts. Students may elect instrumental, vocal or general music placements. Upon graduation, students may apply for a special K-12 music (type 10) teaching license for Illinois and most other states. Prerequisite: complete 150 hours of approved clinical experience, pass the keyboard proficiency examination, complete all required music education and education courses with a C or better, have a 2.75 or above grade-point average, pass the State Basic Skills examination, pass the State Music Licensure, apply for student teaching one year prior, be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and  be approved for student teaching by the Music Education Faculty Committee and the Teacher Education Committee one term prior.

MUS 468 Internship
1.50 credits
Controlled, on-the-job experience with participating businesses for senior music business students. May be taken during the regular term with part-time employment of 18 to 20 hours weekly or during the Summer Term with 36 to 40 hours per week. Term project required. Applications should be made early in the term preceding registration. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUS 330 and consent of instructor.

MUS 492/292 Independent Study and Research
.50 or 1.00 credits
Composition, directed reading or further study for music majors who show evidence of mature interest in aspects of music not available in other courses. The subject of the study or research must be approved by the chair of the department. Outstanding written or recorded evidence of the project undertaken must be presented. Repeatable for credit.

MUS 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of music culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

MUS 536 String Improvisation for Educators
.75 credit
The purpose of this course is to provide current music educators an opportunity to learn string improvisation techniques utilizing fiddling, rock, pop, and jazz styles, and to provide undergraduate students a working knowledge of improvisation. Performance and pedagogical techniques will be taught, and literature appropriate for various levels of school string ensembles will be explored. An intermediate to advanced playing level on a string instrument is required. Summer Term.

 

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