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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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Skills and knowledge needed to facilitate appropriate and productive integration of children and youth with disabilities into music classroom settings. Prerequisite: MEMT 500 and SPED 431. LEC
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Participation in approved professional development conferences. Requires documentation of attendance, an annotated time log of activities, and a short paper. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours. FLD
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Applications of current digital and electronic technologies to choral ensemble teaching and learning. LEC
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Skills and knowledge needed by professional music educators to assess and evaluate students, learning, instruction, curriculum, and programs. Measurement and evaluation techniques for cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning in music. Criterion and norm reference measures in formative and summative evaluation. Use of evaluation data for improving instruction, curriculum, and program. Standardized tests. Reporting and interpreting evaluation results. LEC
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Psychological and acoustical bases of music and human musical behavior. Study of musical sound production, transmission, perception, cognition, response, and reproduction. Laboratory component and research project required. LEC
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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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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. FLD
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Music therapy treatment techniques (setting goals, selecting/appling 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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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 from 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, and evaluation, ethics, and standards of clinical practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional sequence in music education or music therapy or with permission from 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, permission of instructor. IND
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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. FLD
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Specific methodologies, strategies, approaches, and materials for music education/music therapy for specific populations, musical media, instructional settings, or clinical environments. LEC
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education professionals -- primarily for graduate students. LEC
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Study of research in music education and music therapy. Required of all candidates for graduate degrees. Enrollment must precede or be concurrent with enrollment in thesis. LEC
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A study of music education with reference to its historical development and to educational psychology. Consideration of recent trends and the place of music in the school curriculum. Criteria for the evaluation of activities, courses, materials, and methods in a well-balanced program of music. LEC
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A study of societal influence on musical thought and practice, both in historical perspective and in comparative study of contemporary societies. The relations between school and community music. The role of musical organizations, institutions, and agencies in American life. LEC
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Examination of musical values in the context of music's functions and uses. Diverse viewpoints are considered, with attention to philosophical and psychological aesthetics. Implications and applications of values systems for music education, music therapy, and other fields. LEC
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A comprehensive study of the elements that contribute to current practice and successful music programs (many of all of these may be anticipated dependent upon the class participants' needs): curriculum, standards, assessment, classroom management, pedagogy, leadership, organizational structure, budget and finance, scheduling, federal mandates, and administrative practices. LEC
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A survey of music methodologies (general, vocal, instrumental) used by teachers at the pre-school, elementary, middle/junior high, and high school levels. LEC
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A study of behavioral theories and techniques as applied to classroom and clinical settings for music professionals. Emphasis on a conceptual framework for human behavior and the ameliorative aspects of music. LEC
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Child development as related to musical development, including implications for participation in music from birth through age seven. Current trends in goals, objectives, materials, equipment, facilities, training and evaluation will be discussed. LEC
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Refinement of conducting and teaching skills in a choral setting. Focus on relationships between gesture and choral sound, rehearsal structure and optimal learning, and age-appropriate choral literature and development of musicality. (Same as COND 820.) LAB
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Study of methods to teach and learn diction in choral music contexts. Attention to International Phonetic Alphabet, acoustic implications of particular phonemes, and contributions of emerging technologies. Application of various languages, including English, Latin, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. (Same as CHOR 825.) LEC
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Scientific approaches to the pedagogy of adolescent male and female voices during voice change. (Same as CHOR 826.) LEC
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Scientific approaches to understanding and working with unchanged children's voices. (Same as CHOR 827.) LEC
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Comprehensive examination of vocal anatomy, respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, and voice development, with particular attention to research-based vocal/choral pedagogies for working with child through senior adult voices. (Same as CHOR 828.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A comprehensive study of the elements of management, leadership, organizational structure, budget and finance, federal mandates, and administrative practices. LEC
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A comprehensive study and application of the elements that contribute to current practice in methodology and pedagogy in the music classroom, encompassing elementary general, choral, orchestral, and band music. LEC
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The use of the Orff-Shulwerk approach in music education and music therapy. Course includes historical background, philosophical approach and practical application of the process. Prerequisite: Admission to professional sequence or permission from MEMT division. LEC
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Development of individual and group improvisation skills and their applications in professional practice. LEC
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Developing a practical and useful music curriculum that aligns theoretical/philosophical position, program goals, course objectives, instructional materials, learning activities, and assessments. LEC
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Measurement theory applied to the development and administration of measures of musical ability, achievement, attitude, and performance for the use in individual and program evaluation. Classical and innovative methods for establishing reliability and validity. Each student will develop and evaluate a measure of some type of musical behavior appropriate for an educational or therapeutic setting. LEC
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The use of music therapy in individual and group pediatric settings. Course includes an overview of childhood illnesses, associated medical terminology, and therapy techniques used as contextual and procedural support. Prerequisite: Admission to professional sequence or permission from MEMT division. LEC
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The use of music therapy for hospice patients and their families, as well as clients who are grieving due to death of a loved one. Course includes historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. Prerequisite: Admission to professional sequence or permission from MEMT division. LEC
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The scientific basis for the neurological influence of music on behaviors in physical functioning and cognitive functioning will be explored in rehabilitation and learning models. Clinical experience will be included. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in music therapy or permission of the instructor. FLD
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The theories and clinical applications of music therapy across the life span of older adults, including the young old, the middle old, and the old old. Special considerations will be given to persons with debilitating conditions including dementia, and to older persons' professional and family caregivers. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in music therapy or permission of the instructor. FLD
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The theories and practice of music therapy as enhancement to health and wellness and to medical interventions for adults will include applications within the medical setting and in the home setting. Interventions will include, among others, approaches for stress management, medical procedural support, pre-operative and post-operative support, follow-up care in catastrophic illness, interventions in post-traumatic stress disorder, and others. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in music therapy or permission of the instructor. FLD
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Skills and knowledge needed to assess and evaluate clients, goals, treatments and their effectiveness, program outcomes, program quality, and quality of care. LEC
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A comprehensive study of the elements that contribute to current practice in music therapy, but not limited to, professional competencies, code of ethics, assessment and implementation of interventions, leadership, organizational structure, budget and finance, scheduling and management of contracts, grant writing, and other administrative practices. FLD
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A laboratory and research course to accompany or follow MEMT 763. LAB
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Concentrated, interdisciplinary study of conceptual foundations for music therapy. LEC
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Advanced music therapy practice including clinical work with a population of the student's choice which incorporates music therapy program design, implementation, and evaluation. The student will work in consultation with qualified Music Therapy staff. FLD
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The student will articulate, test and refine music therapy clinical practice protocol(s) with a clientele(s) of choice. Students will work in consultation with qualified Music Therapy staff. FLD
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Study and application of theoretical models and supervisory roles applicable to music therapy clinical supervision. Students will review developmental levels for supervisors and practicum students. Supervision of music therapy clinical practicum students will be required. LEC
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A model of practicum supervision will be applied in music therapy clinical practicum supervision. Video and/or tape recordings of supervision conferences with practicum students will be reviewed in consultation with qualified music therapy staff. LEC
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Prerequisite: Consent of adviser and instructor. RSH
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An independent course in preparation for the non-thesis M.M.E. degree final examination. The grade will be S or U as determined by performance on the examination. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. IND
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(V) A broad survey of formal learning theories and other approaches to the teaching-learning situation, accenting implications for, applications to, and research needs in music education. LEC
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A study of the administration of music education programs at all school levels; topics will include personnel, finance, curriculum, supervision, and articulation of the music program with other segments of the school and community. LEC
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Knowledge, skills, and dispositions for graduate students in music who are preparing to teach at the college level. This course is directed toward the end of developing competencies and understandings that will contribute to one's becoming an effective college/university teacher. LEC
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Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. LEC
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Study and experimental investigation of acoustical, psychoacoustical, and psychological phenomena as they influence music. Attention will be given to physical parameters; estimation of pitch, loudness, and timbre; magnitude estimation; theories of consonance; experimental aesthetics; and measurement and prediction of musical ability. Each student will be expected to complete an experiment or quasi-experiment related to human musical behavior. (Same as PSYC 853.) Prerequisite: MEMT 453 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. LEC
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An advanced study of experimental and descriptive research techniques with careful investigation of research design, experimental control, analysis and manuscript composition. Consideration of recent trends in research methods and their place in the schorlarly schemata will be reviewed. Prerequisite: MEMT 812 or permission of instructor. LEC
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For students who are sufficiently qualified to conduct original investigations in this field. Consent of instructor necessary. IND
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education professionals -- primarily for post-master's level students. IND
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Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational settings. The adviser will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the adviser. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit may not exceed eight hours. FLD
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College teaching experience, guided by a major professor in the department. Open only to doctoral aspirants or candidates. FLD
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Prerequisite: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of instructor. IND
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An intensive study of music fundamentals. Open to music majors only. LEC
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The first semester of an integrated two-year theory sequence that examines the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal organization of music while developing critical listening and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: Music major or consent of instructor. LEC
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The second semester of an integrated two-year theory sequence that examines the harmonic, rhythmic, and formal organization of music while developing critical listening and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MTHC 105. LEC
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An introductory course for non-music majors, emphasizing western art and vernacular styles of music. Students will participate in and interact with various parameters of music through the acquisition of basic musical skills. For freshmen and sophomores. LEC
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The third semester of an integrated two-year theory sequence that examines the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal organization of music while developing critical listening and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MTHC 115. LEC
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For music theory and composition majors. Creative writing using basic concepts in harmony, melody, and form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MTHC 115. IND
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The fourth semester of an integrated two-year theory sequence that examines the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal organization of music while developing critical listening and keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MTHC 205. LEC
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A study of musical forms from the common practice period through the present day and analytical techniques for post-tonal music. The class is designed for music education and music therapy majors. Prerequisite: MTHC 205, music education, or music therapy major. LEC
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An introductory course for non-music majors, emphasizing western art and vernacular styles of music. Students will participate in and interact with various parameters of music through the acquisition of basic musical skills. For juniors and seniors. LEC
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Investigation of a subject by means of directed readings using primary scholarly sources. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A survey of harmonic principles with emphasis on nineteenth and early twentieth century materials. For graduate students deficient in undergraduate harmonic theory. LEC
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Development of aural and sight-reading skills using materials related to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For graduate students deficient in undergraduate aural theory. LEC
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Basis concepts. Structural analysis of binary, ternary, rondo, sonata-allegro, variations, and contrapuntal forms. Multi-movement forms. Prerequisite: MTHC 205. LEC
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Introductory course in the sequence, presenting the basic tools of post-tonal and 20th century composition, including, serial techniques, set theory, extended tertian harmony, minimalist techniques, contemporary tonality and other trends. Exploration of form and complex rhythmic structures as well as aural skills appropriate to the subject matter. Prerequisite: MTHC 315. LEC
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Analysis seminar, emphasizing intense study of larger contemporary works, using techniques learned in the first course (MTHC 732). Further content will vary according to the instructor. Includes aural skills work appropriate to the subject matter. Prerequisite: MTHC 432. LEC
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Primary voicings and textural possibilities for wind and percussion instruments will be stressed as these resources relate to the arranging of music for marching and pep bands at the secondary level. (Same as BAND 459.) Prerequisite: MTHC 205. LEC
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For music majors interested in learning to write for primary and secondary educational performing groups. Emphasizes conventional tonal practices and idiomatic, accessible writing for young players. Prerequisite: MTHC 205, MTHC 484, and MTHC 459. IND
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Composition recital for undergraduate music composition majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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For seniors majoring in music theory who will normally enroll for two credits in each of the last two semesters. Students will write a scholarly paper on an approved topic. IND
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A study of eighteenth century style with analysis and original work. Prerequisite: MTHC 205. LEC
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A study of sixteenth-century style with analysis and original work. Prerequisite: MTHC 205. LEC
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Curriculum includes idiomatic writing, tonal balance, scoring for large percussion sections, and analysis of wind colors and instrumental combinations found in music of Holst, Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Stravinsky, Hindemith, and C. Williams. (Same as BAND 559.) Prerequisite: MTHC 205 and MTHC 459. IND
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Advanced composition including larger forms in a variety of media. Composition majors will present a public recital of original works during the fourth semester of enrollment. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MTHC 253 or consent of instructor. IND
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Basic concepts. Structural analysis of binary, ternary, rondo, sonata-allegro, variations and contrapuntal forms. Multi-movement forms. LEC
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Investigation of a subject by means of directed readings of primary scholarly sources. Prerequisite: MTHC 410 and consent of instructor. IND
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Composing and arranging for voice, including solo voice, choral and operatic settings. Prerequisite: Six hours of MTHC 253 and MTHC 541 and consent of instructor. LEC
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A study of the four families of orchestral instruments (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings) concentrating on ranges, transpositions, timbres, and techniques of the various instruments. Scoring projects concentrate on voicing and balance within the individual choirs of the orchestra. Prerequisite: MTHC 205. LEC
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A continuation of MTHC 674. Emphasis on scoring for full symphony orchestra and the large wind ensemble. Prerequisite: MTHC 674. LEC
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Survey of concepts and practices of electronic sound synthesis. Required of music theory and composition majors, and open to other music majors by consent of department. Prerequisite: MTHC 315 or MTHC 316. LEC
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Basic concepts and techniques of electronic composition. For majors in music theory and composition. Prerequisite: MTHC 678 and consent of division. LEC
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Introductory course in the sequence, presenting the basic tools of post-tonal and 20th century composition, including, serial techniques, set theory, extended tertian harmony, minimalist techniques, contemporary tonality and other trends. Exploration of form and complex rhythmic structures as well as aural skills appropriate to the subject matter. Prerequisite: MTHC 315 or MTHC 316. LEC
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Analytical seminar, emphasizing intense study of larger contemporary works, using techniques learned in the first course (MTHC 732). Further content will vary according to the instructor. Includes aural skills work appropriate to the subject matter. Prerequisite: MTHC 732. LEC
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A study of strict imitation and fugal writing. Practical work in two, three, and four parts in various media. Prerequisite: MTHC 541. LEC
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A historical survey of music theory, both practical and speculative, from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century. (Same as MUSC 778.) LEC
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Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. LEC
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A survey of the principal theories of musical analysis, including Schenkerian analysis, set theory, serial theory, and semiology. Prerequisite: MTHC 510 or an equivalent course in musical forms. LEC
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