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MUS 120 : Basic Music I

Prerequisites: None
Description: Fundamentals of music applied through development of basic skills in music reading, writing, listening, and singing or playing selected instruments. Open to all students without prerequisite. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit. May not be repeated for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

MUS 120 : Basic Music I: Dance

Prerequisites: None
Description: Fundamentals of music applied through development of basic skills in music reading, writing, listening, and rhythmic analysis of dance. Open to all students, but designed for dance majors/minors. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

MUS 120 : Basic Music I: Ensemble Instrumental

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of basic skills in selected instrument. Open to all students without prerequisites. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 120 : Basic Music I: Guitar

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of basic skills in guitar. Open to all students without prerequisites. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 120 : Basic Music I: Piano

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of basic skills in piano. Open to all students without prerequisites. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 120 : Basic Music I: Voice

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of basic skills in voice. Open to all students without prerequisites. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 130 : Rudiments of Music Theory

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition. Concurrent enrollment in a basic piano class recommended.
Description: Comprehensive review and drill of music fundamentals. Development of aural skills; written and analytical knowledge of simple harmony. For music majors only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 150 : Concert Music

Prerequisites: None
Description: Audience participation at designated on-campus concerts scheduled by the Department of Music. Required each semester of music majors.
Units: 0
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 201 : Class Piano I

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition, ability to read treble and bass clefs, music major or minor (priority given to music majors; others by approval of department).
Description: Instruction includes techniques, repertoire, and keyboard harmony.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 202 : Class Piano II

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 201 or equivalent. MUS 202 is normally taken concurrently with MUS 232. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Laboratory.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 203 : Class Piano III

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 202 or equivalent. MUS 203 is normally taken concurrently with MUS 233. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Laboratory.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 206 : Beginning Jazz/Pop Piano

Prerequisites: MUS 202 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to jazz and popular piano performance: left and right hand chord voicings, right hand improvisation, and rhythmic comping in a variety of stylistic idioms.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 211 : Class Voice I

Prerequisites: Major/minor in music (priority); major in lyric theatre; others by approval of department; ability to read music.
Description: Foundational techniques in singing, tone production, musicianship, and interpretation. Laboratory. (Not open to studetns who have completed MUS 311.) (Formerly MUS 311.)
Units: 1

MUS 212 : Class Voice II

Prerequisites: Major/minor in music (priority); major in lyric theatre; others by approval of department; MUS 311 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of MUS 211: foundational techniques in singing, tone production, musicianship, and interpretation. Laboratory. (Not open to students who have completed MUS 312.) (Formerly MUS 312.) May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1

MUS 221 : Fundamentals of Ear Training and Musicianship I

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; knowledge of written scales, key signatures, rhythms, intervals, and triads; ability to sing scales. Concurrent enrollment advised in MUS 231 and class piano. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Ear training and sight singing. Melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. Laboratory.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 222 : Fundamentals of Ear Training and Musicianship II

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 221 or equivalent. Concurrent enrollment advised in MUS 232. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Laboratory.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 223 : Fundamentals of Ear Training and Musicianship III

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 222 or equivalent. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Laboratory.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 224 : Ear Training and Musicianship IV

Prerequisites: MUS 223 or consent of instructor.
Description: Sight-reading, keyboard harmony and figured bass, harmonic analysis, ear training, and harmonic and rhythmic dictation.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 230 : Music Growth and Development in Childhood

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of fundamentals and principles for selecting, evaluating, performing, and demonstrating music materials for children; the place of music in the child's education. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

MUS 231 : Contrapuntal Analysis and Synthesis

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 130 or examination; concurrent enrollment advised in MUS 221 and class piano; non-majors with consent of instructor. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Description: Contrapuntal form and procedures through written exercises, analysis, and composition in two to four parts based upon examples from the literature.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 232 : Diatonic Analysis and Synthesis

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 231. Concurrent enrollment advised in MUS 222 and Class Piano. Non-majors with consent of instructor.
Description: Common practice harmonic and formal procedures through written exercises, analysis, and composition: triads, inversions, cadences, seventh chords, binary, ternary, and rondo forms based upon the literature. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 233 : Chromatic Analysis and Synthesis

Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance audition; MUS 231 and 232; concurrent enrollment advised in MUS 223 and class piano; non-majors with consent of instructor.
Description: Procedures found in chromatic music through written exercises, analysis, and composition, including secondary dominants, modulation, altered chords, theme-and-variations, and sonata forms based upon the literature. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 234 : Modern Musicianship: Theory and Ear Training I

Prerequisites: None
Description: Examination of music notation, terminology, rhythm, scales and modes, key signatures and the circle of fifths, intervals, transposition, chords and chord progressions, figured bass, lead sheet notation, Roman numeral analysis and basic structures integrating active performance of all concepts.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 235 : Modern Musicianship: Theory and Ear Training II

Prerequisites: MUS 234.
Description: Continuation of MUS 234. Examination of nondiatonic scales, advanced chords, chord inversions and voicings, chord substitutions, nonharmonic tones, lead sheet notation, Roman numeral analysis, and basic structures. Focus on the integration of written notation and active performance.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 270 : Improvisation

Prerequisites: MUS 203 or 206 and MUS 233 with grade of C or better.
Description: Emphasis on integrating fundamentals across styles and interdisciplinary practices. May be repeated upon advisement.
Units: 1

MUS 301 : Class Piano IV

Prerequisites: MUS 203 or equivalent. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Intermediate class piano for voice, composition, instrumental, and music history majors. Laboratory.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 302 : Class Piano V

Prerequisites: MUS 301 or equivalent. Priority given to music majors.
Description: Intermediate class piano. May be repeated for credit. Laboratory.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 303 : Piano Major

Prerequisites: Audition; music majors only.
Description: Advanced individual projects in performance and literature for piano. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 309 : Singing for Self Expression I

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Basic elements of vocal technique. Analysis of individual problems and corrective vocalises. Breath control, tone production, placement, phonetics in group and individual practice and performance; special needs of self-presentation.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 1

MUS 313 : Voice Major

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, approval of department, and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150, MUS 394, and in a vocal or choral ensemble as assigned. B.A. students must have completed lower division preparation.
Description: Vocal study for the music degree. Repeatable up to 8 units for music performance majors; for other majors, repeatable up to 2 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 351 : Class Orchestral and Band Instruments I

Prerequisites: Ability to read music; music major/minor; others by departmental permission.
Description: Fundamentals in embouchure, fingering, articulation, breath control, and hand position. May be repeated with varying content.
Units: 1

MUS 351 : Class Percussion I

Prerequisites: Ability to read music; music major/minor; others by departmental permission.
Description: Basic skill course covering fundamentals in embouchure, fingering, articulation, breath control, and hand position.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 353 : Instrumental Major

Prerequisites: music major; departmental permission; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Performance and literature for a specific orchestral or band instrument. May be repeated.
Units: 1

MUS 353 : Bassoon Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for bassoon. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Cello Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for cello. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Clarinet Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for clarinet. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Double Bass Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for double bass. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Flute Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for flute. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Guitar Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for guitar. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Harp Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for a specific orchestral or band instrument. May be repeated.
Units: 1

MUS 353 : Horn Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for a horn instrument. May be repeated.
Units: 1

MUS 353 : Jazz Bass Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department and concurrent enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371 or 372.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for electronic bass. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Oboe Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for oboe. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Percussion Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for percussion instruments. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Saxophone Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for saxophone. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Trombone Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for trombone. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Trumpet Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for trumpet. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Tuba Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for tuba. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Viola Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for viola. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : Violin Major

Prerequisites: Music major; approval of department; and simultaneous enrollment in MUS 150 and MUS 371, 372, or 377 (for guitarists) as assigned.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for violin. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 353 : World Musical Instruments

Prerequisites: Music major, dept. permission, concurrent enrollment in MUS 150.
Description: Advanced study in performance and literature for world instruments.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire

Prerequisites: music major, audition, and departmental permission.
Description: Advanced literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Bassoon

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Cello

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Clarinet

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Double Bass

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Flute

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Guitar

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Harp

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Horn

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Oboe

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Percussion

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Piano

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Saxophone

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Trombone

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Trumpet

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Tuba

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Viola

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Violin

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 360 : Major Repertoire: Voice

Prerequisites: Music major, audition, and approval of department.
Description: Advanced study of literature associated with the study of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 323, MUS 343, or MUS 353 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 371 : Orchestra

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Major orchestral ensemble for qualified musicians. May be repeated.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 372 : Wind Ensemble

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Major performance ensemble for woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Rehearsal and performance of a broad range of wind and percussion repertoire. Open to all students by audition.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 373 : Chamber Singers

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Sacred and secular music for vocal chamber ensemble. Open to all students by audition. May be repeated.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 375 : Women's Chorus

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of repertoire for treble voices. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 376 : Opera Workshop

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of opera scenes or opera production. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 377 : Instrumental Ensembles

Prerequisites: Audition. Ensemble to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Preparation and performance of literature for specific woodwind, brass, percussion, or string ensembles. May be repeated.
Units: 1

MUS 377 : Instrumental Ensembles: Guitar

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of literature for specific woodwind, brass, percussion, or string ensembles. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 377 : Instrumental Ensembles: Percussion

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of literature for specific woodwind, brass, percussion, or string ensembles. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 378 : Chamber Music

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of chamber music literature by advanced students in small ensembles. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 379 : University Chorus

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Sacred and secular music for large chorus, including masterworks with orchestra. Sight-reading instruction as needed for 2 units of credit. Open to all students by audition. May be repeated.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 381 : Men's Chorus

Prerequisites: Placement audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of repertoire for tenor, baritone and bass voices. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.
Units: 1

MUS 382 : Keyboard Harmony

Prerequisites: MUS 232 and MUS 303 or equivalent.
Description: Intensive one-semester accelerated course in applied figured-bass realization, open-score reading, and transposition for piano majors. Laboratory.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 383 : Piano Accompaniment

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Development of accompaniment skills through preparation and performance of selected vocal and instrumental literature. May be repeated once.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 384 : Piano Ensemble

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Preparation and performance of selected works for two pianos and one piano/four hands. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 385 : Applied Accompanying

Prerequisites: MUS 383 or consent of instructor.
Description: Practical experience in applied piano accompaniment to be attained by assignment, based on experience and level of ability, to individual studio lessons in the vocal and instrumental area or to various ensembles in music. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 386 : World Music Ensembles

Prerequisites: Audition performance on an instrument or voice.
Description: Two to eight piece interactive performance groups drawing musical traditions: Africa, Middle East, India, Asia, Europe, Americas. Intercultural practice is encouraged. (May be repeated for 12 units for degree credit as topics vary.)
Units: 1

MUS 386 : Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Interactive performance group that emphasizes styles and genres drawn from the Afro-Cuban music tradition. Ensemble includes both vocalists and instrumentalists. May be repeated for a total of 4 units for degree credit.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 386 : Arab Classical Music Ensemble

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, by audition.
Description: Practice of traditional music forms of the Arab World, including concepts of magma and iqa. Introduction to musical culture of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and other Arabic speaking regions of the near Middle East.
Units: 1

MUS 386 : Balinese Gamelan

Prerequisites: Audition performance on an instrument or voice.
Description: Ensemble training in the bronze percussion music of gamelan, with an introduction to structural and socio-cultural contexts of Balinese performing arts, aesthetics, and composition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units for degree credit.
Units: 1

MUS 386 : Creative World Ensemble

Prerequisites: Audition-performance instrument or voice.
Description: Cultural performance group that emphasizes styles and genres drawn from a variety of world music traditions. Performers utilize a variety of western and non-western musical instruments. May be repeated for a total of 4 units for degree credit.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 386 : Kulintang Ensemble

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Introduction to the traditional bronze gong music of the Southern Philippines; practical and theoretical aspects, historical background, and cultural context of the different musical instruments in a Kulintang ensemble.
Units: 1

MUS 386 : North Indian Vocal Ensemble

Prerequisites: Audition-performance on an instrument or voice.
Description: Interactive performance group that focuses on the traditional parameters of Hindustani classical forms.
Units: 1

MUS 387 : Collegium Musicum: Schola Civilis

Prerequisites: Audition or consent of instructor.
Description: Practical study of Gregorian Chant: practice in singing a varied selection of chant repertoire; perform chant in the context of a Latin Mass; development of historically informed performance style of Gregorian Chant; acquire knowledge of theoretical background to chant. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 388 : Jazz Combos

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Two- to eight-piece interactive performance groups in a variety of styles, including Blues-R&B, Swing, Bop and Straight-ahead, model-free, Rock Fusion, Gospel, Afro-Cuban, Creative World, and Vocal. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 1

MUS 388 : Jazz Combos-Instrumental

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Two- to eight-piece instrumental groups that perform in a variety of styles. These can include, but are not limited to, Blues-R&B, Swing, Bop and Straight-ahead, Rock Fusion, and various Latin Jazz styles. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 388 : Jazz Combos-Vocal Jazz

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Two- to eight-piece interactive groups in a variety of styles. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 388 : Jazz/Vocal

Prerequisites: Audition.
Description: Interactive performance group that emphasizes styles drawn from the Gospel Music tradition. An audition is required. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 1

MUS 390 : Jazz Band

Prerequisites: Audition; MUS 430 and MUS 440 or consent of instructor.
Description: Eighteen to twenty piece group consisting of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm sections; arrangement realization and improvisation in all styles. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 391 : Piano Sightreading

Prerequisites: Piano major or audition.
Description: Broad and systematic approach to the skills needed to sightread at a reasonable speed. May be repeated for a total of 2 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MUS 392 : Piano Performance Practicum

Prerequisites: Piano performance major or audition.
Description: Performance in the classroom setting. Technical problems and performance practice of standard concert repertoire. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 394 : Vocal Performance Practicum

Prerequisites: Vocal performance major. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 313, 360, 776 and/or 780.
Description: Performance in the classroom setting. Technical problems and performance practice of standard vocal repertoire. May be repeated.
Units: 0
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 396 : Chamber Music Forum

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in chamber music or consent of instructor.
Description: Performance in the classroom setting. Technical problems and performance practice of chamber music repertoire. May be repeated.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 405 : Tonal Counterpoint

Prerequisites: MUS 233.
Description: Contrapuntal practices of the 18th century through written exercises in two- and three-parts based on analysis of examples from the literature. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 415 : Orchestration

Prerequisites: MUS 233.
Description: Characteristics of modern orchestral instruments and the orchestrational styles and techniques of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Representative scores from the literature and assignments in scoring for various instrumental ensembles. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 416 : Theory Seminar

Prerequisites: MUS 420. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

MUS 416 : Techniques of Musical Analysis

Prerequisites: MUS 420.
Description: Introduction of pertinent and influential musical analysis methodologies including motivic, formal, set, and semiotic analysis. Emphasis on practical work, creative applications, and listening. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MUS 420 : 20th Century Techniques

Prerequisites: MUS 233.
Description: Compositional procedures and musical structures of the 20th century through studies of the literature and composition. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 425 : Composition Workshop

Prerequisites: MUS 420 (may be taken concurrently) and consent of instructor.
Description: Free compositional work under supervision of instructor. Preparation of works for performance at a student recital. Analytical presentations of original works. May be repeated for a total of 5 units; only 1 unit counts in the major.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 430 : Improvisation

Prerequisites: MUS 203 or MUS 206 and MUS 233 with a grade of C or better.
Description: Emphasis on integrating music fundamentals across styles and interdisciplinary practices. May be repeated for a total of 2 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 431 : Jazz Improvisation I

Prerequisites: MUS 270 with a grade of C or better.
Description: Study and application of jazz improvisation concepts utilizing extended harmonic approaches, quartalism, linear chromaticism, and advanced cross-rhythm sensibility. Structures used are primarily the blues and standard tunes. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 432 : Jazz Improvisation II

Prerequisites: MUS 431.
Description: Review and application of jazz improvisation concepts utilizing extended harmonic approaches, quartalism, linear chromaticism, and advanced cross-rhythm sensibility. Structures used are modern jazz standards. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 433 : Introduction to Music Technology

Prerequisites: Familiarity with computers; ability to read music in two clefs; and consent of instructor. Enrollment priority given to music majors.
Description: Basic MIDI protocol; synthesizer programming, sequencing, digital editing, and notation.
Units: 2

MUS 436 : Introduction to the Electronic Music Studio

Prerequisites: MUS 504 or equivalent preparation.
Description: Operation of digital electronic music equipment, including use of computers in controlling electronic musical instruments.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 438 : Fundamentals of Computer Music

Prerequisites: MUS 436 and MUS 504 or equivalent preparation.
Description: Theories and issues in software-based digital audio signal analysis, processing, and synthesis. Software synthesis and control techniques in creating original musical compositions.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 440 : Jazz Harmony

Prerequisites: MUS 203 or MUS 206 and MUS 233 with a grade of C or better.
Description: Notation and realization of harmony in jazz music. Standard chord progressions and lead sheet symbols. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 441 : Jazz Composition and Arranging

Prerequisites: MUS 440.
Description: Major jazz compositional practices, including review and application of form, harmonic and linear progression as developed through jazz masterworks of the 20th century. Composers' scores and transcribed improvisations, as well as student works. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 450 : Projects in Theory and Composition

Prerequisites: MUS 420 and MUS 425; music major; junior standing or consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 460.
Description: Supervised study of composition and theoretical problems and preparation of works for performance. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 460 : Repertoire for Composers

Prerequisites: Music major; MUS 420; junior standing or consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 425 and MUS 450.
Description: Literature associated with the study of MUS 450 as required for the Bachelor of Music. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 477 : Music Business: Career Management in Music

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: An overview of the music business including songwriting, publishing, live performance, recording, merchandising, and licenses. Exploration of music industry career paths such as arts management, music products and merchandizing, public relations, music production and recording, publishing, and online music distribution.
Units: 3

MUS 501 : Music, The Listener's Art

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Music literature in historical/cultural contexts. Skills and techniques of analytical listening and the reading of simple scores.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 502 : The Opera

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Synthesis of drama, music, scenery, costume, and dance in opera. Development of the genre in Italy, France, England, and Germany showing how it differed from one country to the next due to linguistic and theatrical traditions.
Units: 3

MUS 504 : Survey of Electronic Music

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Materials and methodology of electronic music as a contemporary art form. Literature of electronic music and related theoretical issues drawn from the fields of physics, acoustics, psychoacoustics, and digital audio, including the MIDI communication protocol.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 505 : Music of the World's Peoples

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Non-Western music and arts, studied within their socio-cultural context. Autochthonous, folk, and classical music in societal context as art forms. Lecture, discussion, and guided listening, enhanced by selected audio-visual presentations and readings.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - Media Literacy in the Electronic Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Expression: Diversity, Contradiction, Unity
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 506 : Survey of Jazz

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Jazz from early ragtime to the present. Musical-social-economic history of jazz and its interaction with classical and rock musics.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 508 : Modern Music: American Iconoclasts

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Selected iconoclastic 20th century American composers including Charles Ives, Harry Partch, John Cage, and Philip Glass. Innovations, social and artistic context, uniquely American qualities. Stylistic analysis of representative works.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 510 : Keyboard Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Music from 16th to 20th centuries viewed through a survey of piano, harpsichord, and organ literature. Required for majors in piano but open to other qualified students.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MUS 511 : The Roots of Rock

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Popular music as a reflection of American culture; folk and ethnic roots, regionalism, commercialism; influence of technology; country, rhythm and blues, rock. Topics include general aspects of early rock development or focus on a particular early rock group or performer. MUS 511 may be repeated for a total of 6 units as topics vary. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

MUS 511 : The Origins of Rock

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Popular music as a reflection of American culture as seen through early rock; folk and ethnic roots, regionalism, commercialism; influence of technology; country, rhythm and blues, rock. Multi-faceted nature of popular music.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 512 : Rock Since the Mid-1960s

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: An examination of developments in Rock from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s: significant styles, social impact of styles, and the influence of electronic technology, with an emphasis on mid-60s to early 70s styles as being foundational. Lectures, readings, and recordings are used to familiarize students with the history and stylistic development of rock music.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 520 : Seminar in Music Literature

Prerequisites: Completion of JEPET or ENG 414. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

MUS 520 : Bach and Handel

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Selected masterpieces of Baroque repertoire by Bach and Handel are examined along with the lives and times of the composers who created them. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

MUS 520 : Bartok and Stravinsky

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Chronological survey of the life and times of Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky with emphasis on their involvement with the American cultural scene during the final years of their lives. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MUS 520 : Experiments in Art Music & Popular Music Since 1960

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Recent trends in composition, recording, and performance are examined in order to understand the extraordinary pluralism of contemporary music. The interaction of art and popular styles is analyzed in electronic music, minimalism, world music, rock, and the avant-garde.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 520 : Minimal Music

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Study of evolution and development of Minimal Music including the work of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Brian Eno, among others. Discussion of aesthetics; innovations; and social, historical, and artistic context. Musical and stylistic analysis. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 520 : Strauss and Mahler

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Examination of lives, times, and selected masterpieces of the late-Romantic repertoire by R. Strauss and Mahler.
Units: 3

MUS 520 : The Music of France: Late 19th and 20th Century

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: A survey of music by French composers from the late 19th and 20th centuries, including Fauri, Debussy, Ravel, Erik Satie, Les Six, Pierre Henry, Pierre Schafer, Messiaen, and Boulez. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

MUS 530 : Musics of the Middle East and India

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Musical cultures of Iran, Turkey, and the Arab world, including North Africa, Central Asia, and Indian sub-continent. Traditional instruments, concepts, and contexts of music making. Students may substitute this course for MUS 520 as preparation for MUS 598.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 531 : Musics of North and Southeast Asia

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Musical cultures of Japan, Korea, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, as well as Australia and Pacific Oceania. Traditional instruments, concepts, and contexts of music making. Students may substitute this course for MUS 520 as preparation for MUS 598.
Units: 3

MUS 532 : Music of Latin America

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Musical cultures of Central and South America, including Caribbean. Socio-historical events related to contexts of music-making, instruments, and various genres. Students may substitute this course for MUS 520 as preparation for MUS 598.
Units: 3

MUS 542 GW : Ethnomusicology - GWAR

Prerequisites: Music majors only; ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better; upper division standing.
Description: Research and extensive writing and revision skills developed and applied in ethnomusicology to the study of selected musical cultures. History, theory and methodology, fieldwork, transcription, and cross-cultural analysis. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 545 : Traditional Kulintang Music and Dance of the Southern Philippines

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ETHS/DANC 545. For course description, see ETHS 545. May be repeated once. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.
Units: 3

MUS 550 : Music from the Middle Ages to 1750

Prerequisites: MUS 233 and satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: From Gregorian Chant through the death of Bach. Music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras involving stylistic and formal analysis. Examples from literature are related to performance practices of each period. Intended for music majors and minors. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 551 : Classic and Romantic Music

Prerequisites: MUS 233 and satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Classical and Romantic periods through the beginning of the 20th century. Historical performance techniques. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 552 : 20th Century Music

Prerequisites: MUS 233, MUS 551, and satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Evolution of the major trends of musical thought from the late 19th century to the present. Stylistic and formal analysis of representative music literature. Intended for music majors and minors. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 558 : Seminar in Jazz History

Prerequisites: MUS 506. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 12 units as topics vary. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

MUS 558 : African American Roots of Jazz

Prerequisites: MUS 506 or upper division standing.
Description: Survey of the African American roots of jazz and the development of this uniquely American musical form. Its musical origins and impact on American popular music and other styles and genres up to the present are examined.
Units: 3

MUS 558 : Music of John Coltrane

Prerequisites: MUS 506.
Description: Life and music of saxophonist/composer John Coltrane within related socio-historical contexts of jazz in 20th century America. In-class listening/analysis. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 560 : Lyric Diction I

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A systematic study of Italian, Latin, and Spanish signing pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Intended for voice majors and music educators. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MUS 561 : Lyric Diction II

Prerequisites: MUS 560 or consent of instructor.
Description: A systematic study of German and French singing pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Intended for voice majors and music educators. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 565 : Vocal Literature

Prerequisites: MUS 550, MUS 551, or MUS 552.
Description: Vocal literature from the 16th century to the present. History, style, and performance practices. Required for majors in voice, but open to other qualified students. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MUS 598 : Senior Thesis

Prerequisites: MUS 520 and satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Description: Development and completion of the senior thesis and, as appropriate, public presentation of the results of that creative work. Bibliographical and stylistic techniques requisite to the organization and presentation of research projects.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 601 : Music for Children

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Musical materials, concepts, and skills appropriate for use in elementary classrooms. Music fundamentals applied through development of basic skills on an instrument: guitar, recorder, or piano.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 608 : Early Field Experience in Music Education

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Provides 45 hours of observation and participation in school music classes at elementary, middle, and high schools. Classwork, 1 unit; fieldwork, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2

MUS 610 : General Music

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Materials and methods for teaching music in general music classes. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

MUS 612 : The Voice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Physiological and psychological mechanics of singing. Techniques of vocal instruction and comparative methods of developing vocal techniques and repertoire. Intended for music majors and minors. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 614 : Piano Pedagogy

Prerequisites: Piano major or audition.
Description: Problems in teaching piano: elements of technique, theory and sight-reading, performance and analysis of teaching materials, class procedures and methods.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 616 : Woodwinds

Prerequisites: Permission of department.
Description: Individual and class instruction involving techniques and performance problems of flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone. Laboratory.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 618 : Strings

Prerequisites: Permission of department.
Description: Individual and class instruction involving techniques and performance problems of violin, viola, violoncello, and string bass. Laboratory.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MUS 620 : Brass Instruments

Prerequisites: Permission of department.
Description: Individual and class instruction involving techniques and performance problems of horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba. Laboratory.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MUS 640 : Ensemble Conducting

Prerequisites: MUS 232 or equivalent.
Description: Fundamentals of conducting and score-reading; standard patterns, stick technique and conducting gestures used with choral and instrumental ensembles.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MUS 644 : Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; MUS 415, MUS 640.
Description: Elements of conducting with instrumental laboratory experience; director's responsibility and rehearsal methods; selection of literature for wind, string, percussion ensembles in K-12 schools. (Formerly MUS 630.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3