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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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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 viola. 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 viola. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in viola. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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May be repeated for credit to a maximum of seven hours. 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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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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One or two lessons per week. For freshmen and sophomores. 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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One or two lessons per week. For juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. 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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Students will perform repairs such as gluing cracks, applying tailpiece gut, setting and adjusting sound posts, and rehairing bows. Proper care and maintenance of the instrument will be stressed. Prerequisite: Junior standing with a background of stringed instrument study meriting departmental approval. LAB
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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 violin. 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 violin. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in violin. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum of seven hours credit. 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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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 violoncello. 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 violoncello. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in violoncello. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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May be repeated for credit to a maximum of seven hours. 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 study of the fundamentals of singing; performance of songs; an approach to voice instruction in a group situation. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Fundamentals of solo vocal performance with an emphasis on English diction and communicating the English language. IND
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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 (6 for performance majors). IND
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Pronunciation in a specific language to be chosen from Italian, French, English, German, or other languages pertinent to the singer. Open to voice and theatre/voice majors, and to others with approval of instructor. May be repeated for credit as language varies. LEC
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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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Designed for future educators of young voices. Vocal literature and issues related to students aged thirteen to eighteen. May substitute for one semester of the studio voice requirements for Music Education majors with vocal/choral emphasis. Prerequisite: Four semesters of private voice. LEC
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Solo vocal performance in a class situation with emphasis including the preparation, planning of repertoire, and interpretive skills appropriate to a recital. Designed for junior/senior voice and theatre-voice majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Eligibility for VOIC 622. 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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A survey of English song. LEC
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A survey of German song. 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 MEMT 408.) LEC
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Continuation of VOIC 408. LEC
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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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A class in the performance of vocal repertoire. IND
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Pronunciation in a specific language to be chosen from Italian, French, English, German, or other languages pertinent to the singer. Open to voice and theatre/voice majors, and to others with approval of instructor. May be repeated for credit as language varies. LEC
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The study of various aspects of opera, such as character development, aria, chorus, and opera scene study, staging, body movement, and audition techniques. May be repeated for credit. ACT
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The preparation and performance of an opera role. May be repeated for credit. ACT
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Investigation of a special topic or project. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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In-depth investigation of elements of vocal performance such as language, musical style, tradition, and dramatic content and the communication thereof in preparation for the senior recital. Open to undergraduates majoring in voice and theatre/voice in the senior year, with consent of instructor. 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 12 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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Pronunciation in a specific language to be chosen from Italian, French, English, German, or other languages pertinent to the singer. Open to graduate students in voice and opera performance, and to others with approval of instructor. May be repeated for credit as language varies. LEC
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A survey of selected topics in vocal repertoire to be chosen from categories such as: Italian, German, French, and English songs, oratorio literature, and art songs by women composers. The course may be repeated for credit when topic varies. LEC
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An investigation of the development of French melodie. The course will include directed readings, writing, and performance. LEC
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An investigation of the development of German lieder. The course will include directed readings, writing, and performance. LEC
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An investigation of the development of songs in English. The course will include directed readings, writing, and performance. LEC
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For graduate students not majoring in voice. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Solo vocal performance in a class situation with emphasis including the preparation, planning of repertoire, and interpretive skills appropriate to a recital. Advanced repertoire and appropriate level of vocal and musical comprehension shall be expected from the graduate student. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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A class in the performance of vocal repertoire. IND
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A graduate level course designed for the choral director, public school music teacher and voice teacher. Techniques for achieving a distinct, unlabored English pronunciation will be studied. The International Phonetic Alphabet will be employed. IND
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A course offering performers and beginning teachers of classical singing a basic overview of vocal production. The class will explore the empirical and scientific principles of breathing, resonance, timbre, and other vocal features. Discussions of repertoire choices, vocal health, teaching styles, career development and other topics pertaining to the training of singers will be included. Added emphasis will be placed on historical and contemporary pedagogues through original research. LEC
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For graduate students majoring in voice. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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In-depth investigation of elements of vocal performance such as: language, musical style, tradition, dramatic content and the communication thereof. Open to graduate voice majors with consent of instructor. IND
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The study of various aspects of opera, such as character development, aria, chorus, and opera scene study, staging, body movement, and audition techniques. May be repeated for credit. ACT
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The preparation and performance of an opera role. May be repeated for credit. ACT
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Investigation of a special topic or project. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A detailed study of vocal repertoire, performance practice, and stylistic problems on a selected topic from areas such as oratorio, cantata, song cycles, vocal chamber music, song, or opera of specific composers (i.e., Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf, Strauss), or twentieth century song. May be repeated for credit. LEC
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A study of the problems encountered in the teaching of vocal technique, such as breathing, resonance, tone color, dynamic control, and diction, and including sessions of supervised teaching. LEC
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in voice. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum seven hours credit. THE
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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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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For freshmen and sophomores. Materials and concepts for teaching beginning and intermediate instrumental students; instrument repair, adjustments and modification; reed making and adjustment where appropriate; solo and ensemble repertoire. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MEMT 113, Brass; MEMT 114, Woodwinds; MEMT 115, Percussion; or concurrent applied instruction for the appropriate instrument (e.g. FRHN 121, PCUS 221). IND
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For freshmen and sophomores. Weekly reading sessions for wind, percussion and harp students with the objective of acquainting the student with important orchestral passages for his or her particular instrument. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment controlled by the instructor in charge. IND
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For juniors and seniors. Continuation of W&P 125. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MEMT 113, Brass; MEMT 114, Woodwinds; MEMT 115, Percussion; or concurrent applied instruction for the appropriate instrument (e.g. FRHN 321, PCUS 622). IND
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The study of orchestral literature for wind and percussion instruments. May be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor. IND
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Prerequisite: Consent of adviser and instructor. IND
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Physiological factors of woodwind playing, teaching materials and techniques, practice methods, solo and chamber music repertoire, mouthpieces and reeds, discography, techniques of tone production, articulation, embouchure, and intonation. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of five hours. LEC
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Physiological factors of brass playing, teaching materials and techniques, practice methods, solo and chamber music repertoire, mouthpieces, discography, techniques of tone production, articulation, embouchure, and intonation. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of five hours. LEC
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Methods and materials of teaching fundamentals of the instruments. Lecture, class performance, class discussion, teaching demonstration, and library research. Summer session only. Prerequisite: Teaching experience or undergraduate instruction in the instrument, or permission of the instructor. LEC
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The study of percussion pedagogy of Membrane Percussion; Keyboard Percussion; and Jazz/Rock/Commercial Drum Set, Marching and World Percussion. Study will include but not limited to such areas as teaching materials and techniques, repertoire, performance practice, and discography. Course may concentrate on one of the three areas listed above, or be taught as a survey course covering all three topics. May be repeated for credit to maximum of five hours. LEC
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For freshmen and sophomores. Study and performance of original works for various wind instrument combinations. May be repeated for credit. LAB
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For juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Study and performance of original works for various wind instrument combinations. May be repeated for credit. LAB
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