Fall 2021 Course Information

Below is the list of undergraduate courses offered by the School of Music for the fall 2021 semester with textbook information. If no textbook information is indicated, course materials will be distributed during class and through online learning platforms.

Courses are organized under the following categories:

For detailed information about course descriptions, restrictions, and pre-requisite requirements, please reference the University Calendar (2020/2021).

APPLIED MUSIC COURSES

MUS 140A/B Principal Applied Study I (2 credit hours) requires one hour per week of individual instruction (vocal or instrumental).

MUS 240A/B Principal Applied Study II (2 credit hours) is a continuation of Mus 140A/B.

MUS 1700 Introduction to Music Technology (1 credit hour) provides a practical introduction to useful computer tools for musicians, such as music notation software, basic digital audio editing, and new media.

MUS 2401 Functional Keyboard I (0 credit hours) is an introduction to practical keyboard skills for students whose Principal Applied Study is not piano or organ. Functional accompaniment, transposition and score reading are emphasized.

MUS 2411 Advanced Functional Keyboard I (0 credit hour) is an introduction to practical keyboard skills for students whose Principal Applied Study is piano or organ. Functional accompaniment, transposition and score reading are emphasized.

MUS 2611 Festival Choir (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2612 Chamber Choir (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2613 Chamber Orchestra (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2615 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2616 Opera Workshop (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2617 Opera Workshop (2 credit hours) requires six hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2619 Wind Ensemble (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week. Contact the instructor or the School of Music office before the beginning of the semester regarding the audition.

MUS 2700 Lyric Diction I (1 credit hour) is a study of English, German, French and Italian lyric diction. The International Phonetic Alphabet will be introduced and applied to singing in these four languages.

MUS 340A/B Principal Applied Study III (2 credit hours) is a continuation of Mus 240A/B for students whose Major is other than Performance.

MUS 3401 Functional Keyboard III (0 credit hours) and MUS 3402Functional Keyboard IV emphasize functional keyboard skills for classroom music teachers for students whose Principal Applied Study is not piano or organ. These courses will be offered in 6-week installments with two class meetings per week, allowing students to complete both classes in the fall 2021 semester.

MUS 3500 Chamber Music Seminar (1 credit hour) is an introduction to principles and practices in chamber music performance with an overview of repertoire research methods.

MUS 3511 Chamber Music (1 credit hour) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 10-15 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives six hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3512 Chamber Music (2 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 18-22 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives nine hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3513 Chamber Music (3 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 25-30 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives twelve hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3514 Small Ensemble (Percussion Ensemble) (1 credit hour) is a conducted ensemble requiring two hours per week of rehearsal.

MUS 3517 World Music Ensemble (1 credit hour) is a coached activity exploring one or more world music repertoires. This ensemble requires 2 hours of rehearsal per week.

MUS 3611 Jazz Combo (1 credit hour) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 10-15 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives six hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3612 Jazz Combo (2 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 18-22 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives nine hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3613 Jazz Combo (3 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 25-30 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives twelve hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3751 Studio Pedagogy (3 credit hours) is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of resources and pedagogical approaches used in studio teaching at various levels. May include guest masterclasses and lectures.

MUS 440A/B Principal Applied Study IV (2 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 340A/B.

MUS 345A/B Principal Applied Study III-Performance (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 240A/B. A more intensive approach to performance than in MUS 340A/B.

MUS 445A/B Principal Applied Study IV-Performance (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 345A/B. Students are required to present a public recital consisting of 50 to 60 minutes of music with program notes.

MUS 4701 Music in the Community (1 credit hour), MUS 4702 (2 credit hours) and MUS 4703 (3 credit hours) allows students to explore the role of the artist in the community by planning and carrying out a community musicmaking project. Students will be required to propose a viable collaborative project prior to registering.

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ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUES COURSES

MUS 3221 Brass Techniques I (1 credit hour) Practical study, in a class situation, of the basic techniques of playing brass instruments.

MUS 3281 Percussion Techniques (1 credit hour) Practical study, in a class situation, of the basic techniques of playing percussion instruments.

MUS 3301 Ensemble Leadership II (3 credit hours) is continuation of MUS 3300, with further emphasis placed on reflexive leadership development, and practical and artistic development in ensemble leadership settings, including but not limited to: conducting techniques, rehearsal techniques, applied aural skills, score study, musical interpretation.

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MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION COURSES

MUS 1105 Elements of Music I (3 credit hours) This course will focus on rudiments and basic harmony with an emphasis on the aural comprehension of all pertinent topics.

  • Sarnecki, Mark. The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd edition. Toronto: Frederick Harris Music, 2010.
  • ______. The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd edition, Answer Book. Toronto: Frederick Harris Music, 2010.

MUS 1107 Materials and Techniques of Tonal Music II (3 credit hours) is the study of the basic materials of tonal music; introduction to melody writing and phrase structures; introduction to voice leading with emphasis on chorale style; analysis and composition of smaller formal elements.

MUS 1117 Aural Skills I (1 credit hour) is a course on sightsinging and dictation.

  • Berkowitz, Sol, et. al. A New Approach to Sight Singing, 6th edition. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

MUS 2107 Materials and Techniques of Tonal Music III (3 credit hours) is a study of chromatic harmony with emphasis on both writing and analysis. Introduction to sonata form.

MUS 2117 Aural Skills III (1 credit hour) is a continuation of MUS 1118.

  • Berkowitz, Sol, et. al. A New Approach to Sight Singing, 6th edition. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

MUS 3104 Electronic Music Studio Techniques I (3 credit hours) is a course designed to give basic instruction in the theory, technique, and philosophy of electronic music composition. Students obtain the skills necessary to operate the equipment of an electronic music studio and to use them in appropriate and creative ways.

MUS 3105 Materials and Techniques of Post-Tonal Music (3 credit hours) is a study of compositional devices used in the twentieth century. Topics include minimalism, new tonality, aleatorism, atonality, set theory, serial techniques, and electronic music.

MUS 3106 Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint (3 credit hours) is a course combining the analytical study of 16th-century sacred polyphony with an emphasis on the development of compositional skills in this style.

MUS 3112 Orchestration I (3 credit hours) is an introduction to the principles of orchestration with an emphasis on instrumentation.

MUS 3140 Composition Seminar (3 credit hours) provides intensive composition study for students whose Major or Minor is Composition.

MUS 4140 Advanced Composition Seminar (3 credit hours) provides advanced composition study for students whose Major or Minor is Composition. Students will prepare a recital of original works and/or a portfolio of their compositions.

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MUSICOLOGIES COURSES

MUS 1005 Thinking and Writing About Music (3 credit hours) is designed to develop listening, critical thinking, research and writing skills through selected cross-cultural topics and themes exploring the relationship between music and society. This course has strong listening and writing components.

MUS 2005 History of Western Art Music I (3 credit hours) is an intensive survey, through selected compositions, of the development of musical style to 1700. This course has strong listening and writing components and continues to develop research skills.

MUS 2011 North American Popular Music examines the development of North American popular music from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. No prior musical knowledge is required. Not applicable to the Bachelor of Music Degree.

  • Starr, Larry, and Christopher Waterman. American Popular Music, fifth edition. New York: Oxford Press, 2017.

MUS 2012 Understanding Classical Music: Introduction Through Guided Listening is a course designed to enhance and develop listening skills and an understanding of the basic elements of music. This course has a strong listening component. The ability to read music is not required. Not applicable to the Bachelor of Music Degree.

MUS 3007 A History of Popular Music in Drama (3 credit hours) is a survey of popular music styles in drama from the rise of the Singspiel to the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Weber. Selected works, representing different styles and periods, will be examined in detail. This course has a strong listening component.

MUS 3009 Music in the Modern World (3 credit hours) is an intensive study of music in the 20th and 2Ist centuries. Focused themes address a wide range of genres and styles with particular attention to music's interaction with the other arts and with society. This course has strong listening and writing components and continues to develop research skills.

MUS 3015 World Music: Music of Africa and the Americas (3 credt hours) is an examination of musical theory, genres, instruments, aesthetics, and functions of music in Africa and the Americas, including traditional African musics, neo-African musics of the Americas, Native American musics, and traditional South American musics. This course has a strong listening component.

MUS 3017 Music, Song and Tradition (3 credit hours, same as Folklore 3200) introduces students to a wide range of traditional song. Students will hear and discuss local, regional and international examples. Ability to read music or familiarity with music theory not required.

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Contact

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000