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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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A continuation of GUIT 100 or for beginning students with considerable music experience. Emphasis on guitar basics, using easy exercises, etudes, chord structure and scales, sight reading, including lead sheets. IND
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A pedagogical approach to guitar literature of medium difficulty. A survey of standard methods, etudes, and literature through group performance and individual assignments. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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A survey of intermediate and advanced etudes as they apply to the representative and corresponding literature. Advanced technical studies. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performing majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in harp. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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For graduate students majoring in harp. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For graduate students. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Summer session limit one to two credits. IND
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An introduction to jazz harmony: Scales, modes, chord symbols, chord voicing practices, analysis, reharmonization practices, scale choices for improvisation, creation of bass lines. Prerequisite: MTHC 105 or consent of instructor. ACT
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For freshmen and sophomores. A performance laboratory specializing in the preparation and presentation of jazz compositions and arrangements. Designed to provide today's student musician with the background and skills necessary to function successfully as a professional studio musician, or as a teacher of popular jazz music. Prerequisite: Consent of director. ACT
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Study and performance of music designed for the small jazz combo. Emphasis placed on jazz improvisation, and a survey of a wide variety of styles for this medium. Prerequisite: Permission of director. ACT
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Study and performance of vocal jazz compositions and arrangements with emphasis on vocal jazz improvisation. Membership by audition. ACT
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Study of techniques involved in jazz improvisation, including application of chord/scale relationships to basic blues and II-V-I chord progressions; transcriptions of recorded jazz solos; and memorization of jazz standards and patterns. Prerequisite: JAZZ 105 or JAZZ 305 or permission of instructor. ACT
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Study of advanced techniques in jazz improvisation, including third relationships, Coltrane changes, advanced reharmonization and altered pentatonic patterns and scales. Continuation of solo transcriptions, patterns and jazz standard memorization from Jazz Improvisation I. Prerequisite: JAZZ 224 or JAZZ 624 or permission of instructor. ACT
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Study of common jazz piano chord voicings, including two hand block chordal voicings and left hand-only voicings. Prerequisite: JAZZ 105 or JAZZ 305 or permission of instructor. ACT
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An introduction to jazz harmony: Scales, modes, chord symbols, chord voicing practices, analysis, reharmonization practices, scale choices for improvisation, creation of bass lines. Prerequisite: MTHC 105 or consent of instructor. ACT
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Study and performance of music designed for the small jazz combo. Emphasis placed on jazz improvisation, and a survey of a wide variety of styles for this medium. Prerequisite: Permission of director. ACT
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Study of techniques and practices involved in arranging for the contemporary jazz ensemble (big band) and jazz combo, including voicings, counterpoint, nomenclature and writing for jazz rhythm sections. Prerequisite: JAZZ 105 or JAZZ 305 and JAZZ 230 or permission of instructor. ACT
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For juniors, seniors, and graduate students. ACT
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Study and performance of vocal jazz compositions and arrangements with emphasis on vocal jazz improvisation. Membership by audition. For juniors, seniors, and graduate students. ACT
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Study of techniques involved in jazz improvisation, including application of chord/scale relationships to basic blues and II-V-I chord progressions; transcriptions of recorded jazz solos; and memorization of jazz standards and patterns. Prerequisite: JAZZ 105 or JAZZ 305 or permission of instructor. LAB
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Study of advanced techniques in jazz improvisation, including third relationships, Coltrane changes, advanced reharmonization and altered pentatonic patterns and scales. Continuation of solo transcriptions, patterns and jazz standard memorization from Jazz Improvisation I. Prerequisite: JAZZ 224 or JAZZ 624 or permission of instructor. ACT
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Study of common jazz piano chord voicings, including two hand block chordal voicings and left hand-only voicings. Prerequisite: JAZZ 105 or JAZZ 305 or permission of instructor. ACT
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Study of techniques and practices involved in arranging for the contemporary jazz ensemble (big band) and jazz combo, including voicings, counterpoint, nomenclature and writing for jazz rhythm sections. Prerequisite: JAZZ 105 or JAZZ 305 and JAZZ 230 or permission of instructor. ACT
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Common chords, major and minor triads and major-minor sevenths, and fundamentals of music notation for guitar. Strumming and rudimentary finger picking. Performance of simple melodies on all six strings from standard notation. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Laboratory class lessons in pedagogy and performance. May be repeated for credit in different specific media. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach brass instruments in music education settings. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach woodwind instruments in music education settings. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach and use percussion instruments in music education settings. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach and use computers, synthesizers, and electronics. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach string instruments in music education settings. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach and use guitar functionally in music education and music therapy settings. LAB
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An overview of the music therapy profession including, but not limited to, history, philosophy, areas of clinical practice, necessary skills and competencies, and career opportunities. LEC
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An overview of the music education field. History, philosophy, curricula, necessary skills and competencies for music educators, and alternative careers in music. LEC
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Music therapy group leadership skills; leading group singing, playing accompanying instruments, and developing effective delivery skills. Prerequisite: MEMT 150/MEMT 823 Principles of Music Therapy. LEC
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Designed to provide students with opportunities to sing and play instruments other than their principal instrument in ensembles. Materials chosen for suitability for secondary school ensembles. Techniques for care and maintenance of the voice and instruments. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LAB
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Continued development of the knowledge and skills needed to teach band in music education settings. Prerequisite: MEMT 113 and MEMT 114, or MEMT 113 and MEMT 115, or MEMT 114 and MEMT 115, or permission of the instructor. LAB
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Continued development of the knowledge and skills needed to teach and use the singing voice in music education and music therapy settings. LAB
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Continued development of the knowledge and skills needed to teach string instruments in music education settings. Prerequisite: MEMT 118 or permission of the instructor. LAB
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This course deals with the techniques of the baton, with gestures, signs, and cures as generally used in conducting choral and instrumental organizations. It includes the essentials of conducting techniques in both the choral and instrumental types of ensemble performance. LAB
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Music learning and development from infancy through adulthood. Development of musical perception, cognition, performance skills, attitudes, and affective/aesthetic responses. Use of theoretical, knowledge-based rationale for building music instruction systems. LEC
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Music therapy treatment techniques (setting goals, selecting/applying treatment, monitoring/evaluating results) for children in a variety of settings. Clinical observation and application of techniques will be course components. LEC
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Music therapy treatment techniques (setting goals, selecting/applying treatment, monitoring/evaluating results) for adults in a variety of settings. Clinical observation and application of techniques will be course components. FLD
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Instruction in playing barre chords, blues and Latin strums, major and minor scales, position studies, and special effects such as the Travis pick, hammer on, and slurring techniques. Prerequisite: MEMT 116-Guitar; or MEMT 111; or permission of instructor. IND
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Rehearsing and conducting ensembles appropriate for music education and music therapy. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct band ensembles. Prerequisite: MEMT 230 and MEMT 246 and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct choral ensembles. Prerequisite: MEMT 231 and MEMT 246 or permission of the instructor. LAB
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Knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct orchestral ensembles. Prerequisite: MEMT 232 and MEMT 246, and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LAB
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Child growth and development in music. Materials as they relate to a sequential music education curriculum in the elementary school. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education or the education division of the graduate school. LEC
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Advanced knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct ensembles, including attention to more difficult literature with ensembles exhibiting increasing sophistication. Prerequisite: Admission into Music Education Professional Sequence and with permission of the MEMT division. LAB
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Advanced knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct band ensembles, including attention to more difficult concert band literature with ensembles exhibiting increasing sophistication. Prerequisite: MEMT 330 and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LAB
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Advanced knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct choral ensembles, including attention to more difficult choral literature with ensembles exhibiting increasing sophistication. Prerequisite: MEMT 331 and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LAB
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Advanced knowledge and skills needed to rehearse and conduct string orchestra ensembles, including attention to more difficult string orchestra literature with ensembles exhibiting increasing sophistication. Prerequisite: MEMT 332 and admission into Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LAB
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Investigative techniques in music therapy and music education with emphasis on small group and case study design and analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional sequence in music education or music therapy or with permission from the MEMT division. LEC
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Theories and techniques for managing the music classroom and clinic setting for best professional practice. Understanding the self and environment as management factors. Field practice of management techniques. Prerequisite: MEMT 250 and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence or Music Therapy Professional Sequence; or with permission from the MEMT Division. LEC
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Supervised clinical practice in on-campus or other approved setting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional sequence in music education or music therapy or with permission from the MEMT division. FLD
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Skills and knowledge needed to facilitate appropriate and productive integration of exceptional children and youth into music classroom settings. Prerequisite: MEMT 367, SPED 326, and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach voice, with particular attention to life span voice anatomy, physiology, and acoustics, diagnosis and correction of vocal inefficiencies, teaching styles, repertoire choice, professional development, and acquaintance with current research in voice science and vocal pedagogy. Includes a voice teaching practicum. (Same as VOIC 408.) Prerequisite: MEMT 160, MEMT 231, MEMT 331 and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence or the Music Therapy Professional Sequence; or with permission from the MEMT division. LEC
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Methods and materials for teaching music through singing, playing instruments, moving, listening, and creative activities to students in early childhood through adulthood, including those with disabilities. The course will also deal with music in diverse cultures and integrating music into the general curriculum. Prerequisite: MEMT 367 and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach choral diction in music education settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach jazz techniques in music education settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence. LEC
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Knowledge and skills needed to teach and administer marching bands in music education settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Application of research-based skills for curriculum development, content selection, and development of teaching strategies for choral music programs to students in early childhood through adulthood including those with disabilities. Prerequisite: MEMT 331, MEMT 420, and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Application of research-based skills for curriculum development, content selection, and development of teaching strategies for instrumental music programs to students in early childhood through adulthood including those with disabilities. Prerequisite: MEMT 330, MEMT 420, and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Laboratory and field research in psychology of music. Prerequisite: MEMT 453 or concurrent enrollment. LEC
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Psychological bases of music and human musical behavior. Study of musical sound perception, cognition, response, reproduction, and creation. Room Acoustics are studied. Research projects required. Prerequisite: MEMT 367, MEMT 420 (music education majors); and admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence or the Music Therapy Professional Sequence; or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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A study of the various effects of music. The place of functional music in music education. Investigation of effective media and musical patterns. The relation of music to health. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional sequence in music education or music therapy or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Issues examined include music therapy concepts in the development of program applications, professional marketing, and job proposals. These applications are based on theoretical constructs concerning the physiological, psychological, and social responses of persons to music. In addition, this course includes current trends in the field along with regulatory guidelines concerning practice design, implementation, evaluation, ethics, and standards of clinical practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional sequence in music education or music therapy or with permission of the MEMT division. LEC
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Clinical, laboratory, field, or historical research in music education or music therapy. Prerequisite: MEMT 366 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. RSH
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Only one enrollment permitted each semester; a maximum of four hours will apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: Recommendation of adviser and consent of instructor. IND
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A supervised teaching experience in an approved school setting, with level and subject area to be selected from either elementary general music or a secondary teaching area not covered in MEMT 496. This experience is a minimum of five weeks full time experience. It will begin the spring of the Senior Year right after the new year. Prerequisite: Admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence and MEMT 496. LEC
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A supervised internship experience leading to initial music teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of music in an approved school setting with level and subject area to be the remaining area not experienced in MEMT 496 or MEMT 498. This experience is a minimum of twelve weeks full time experience. Prerequisite: Admission into the Music Education Professional Sequence and either completion of or concurrent enrollment with MEMT 498. LEC
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A supervised teaching experience in an approved school setting, with level and subject area to be selected according to the teaching field. Prerequisite: Admission to the Student Teaching program. FLD
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Successful completion of six months of full-time clinical experience (minimum of 1,040 hours) as a music therapy intern in an approved setting. Prerequisite: Completion of senior year in music therapy or its equivalent at the graduate level. FLD
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Successful completion of six months of full time clinical experience (minimum of 1040 hours) as a music therapy intern in an approved setting. Prerequisite: Completion of senior year in music therapy or its equivalent at the graduate level. IND
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education students -- primarily for undergraduates. LEC
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(FS) Techniques and materials appropriate for instruction in musical media. May be repeated for credit in different specific media. LAB
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Cultural and social determinants of musical behavior. Musical value systems in contemporary cultures. Prerequisite: MTHC 214 or MEMT 341 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Study of physical aspects of sound, stressing the production, reproduction, transmission, and reception of musical sounds. Acoustics of musical instruments and auditoria, systems of tuning, wave phenomena in musical environments, behavior of the ear, and electrical analysis, synthesis, and recording are included. Laboratory. LEC
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