Course Descriptions

Applied Music (1 credit)
Private instruction in applied music. An extra, non-refundable fee is required. Private lessons are listed as “TBA” by the Office of the Registrar. You will arrange your lesson time with the instructor.

MUSC 601 Piano
MUSC 602 Organ
MUSC 603 Voice
MUSC 604 Woodwind
MUSC 605 Brass
MUSC 606 Percussion
MUSC 607 Strings

Ensemble (1 credit)
Each graduate student is required to participate for credit in one of the Music Program ensembles each semester for total of 4 semester hours.

MUSC 612 Graduate Ensemble - Choral Union
MUSC 613 Graduate Ensemble - Wind Symphony

MUSC 504 Graduate Music Theory Review (2 credits)
Remedial music theory courses (for those who do not pass the Music Theory Diagnostic Test) will cover materials on basic and elaborated tonal harmonic languages, overview of 16th- and 18th-century counterpoint and rudiments of forms and analysis.

MUSC 614 Applied Conducting – Choral (1 credit)

MUSC 615 Applied Conducting – Instrumental (1 credit)
Private conducting lessons

MUSC 621 Research Methods in Music (3 credits)
A survey of materials and references in the field of music, bibliography and research in music will provide a foundation for basic methods of research. Areas of emphasis include bibliographical problems, practical research, and the writing of a research document.

MUSC 624 Music and Literature of the Baroque Era (3 credits)
Music and Literature of the Baroque Era is a survey course that traces the developments of musical thought and expression from 1580-1750. This era in music history produced at its inception, the innovative ideas of Monteverdi and Schultz and culminated with the works of Handel and Bach.

MUSC 625 Music and Literature of the Classical Era (3 credits)
Music and Literature of the Classical Era is a survey course that traces the developments of musical thought and expression from 1750-1825. An exploration of classical style, including the origins, confluence of performance practices, evolution of classicism, and the historical perspectives of this time era are emphasized.

MUSC 627 Music and Literature of the Romantic Era (3 credits)
Music and Literature of the Romantic Era is a survey course that traces the developments of musical thought and expression from 1825-1900. An exploration of style, including the origins, confluence of performance practices, evolution of romanticism, and the historical perspectives of this time era are emphasized.

MUSC 628 Music and Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (3 credits)
Music and Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries is a survey course that traces the developments of musical thought and expression from 1900 to present. An exploration of style, including the origins, confluence of performance practices, evolution of contemporary society, and the historical perspectives of this time era are emphasized.

MUSC 626 Analysis and Performance (3 credits)
This course involves advanced score analysis techniques that all conductors should know. Macrocosm to microcosm analyses lead to a better understanding of music and guide in the means of conducting preparation.  Prerequisite: a passing grade on the music theory diagnostic exam or successful completion of graduate theory review.

MUSC 631 Practicum in Choral Conducting (1 credit)
This is a practicum ensemble for choral conductors. The course stresses development of effective rehearsal techniques such as conducting gestures, error detection, and rehearsal pacing in a laboratory setting. Each conducting student chooses, prepares, and rehearses music with other students, and the instructor provides feedback on the student’s rehearsal and conducting effectiveness.

MUSC 632 Choral Methods (3 credits)
This is a hands-on study of choral and vocal pedagogy for choral conductors. The course explores theories and practices of vocal/choral tone, its production, and its effect in both solo and choral singing, especially with regard to quality, dynamics, blending, intonation, and diction.

MUSC 633 Choral Literature and Style Analysis (3 credits)
This course is an in-depth study of choral literatures with emphasis on historical context, performance practice, interpretive issues, performance techniques, and conducting problems.

MUSC 641 Practicum in Instrumental Conducting (1 credit)
A study of techniques and interpretive skills of the conductor of instrumental ensembles to successfully realize the written score. Student participation in a lab setting is required.

MUSC 642 Instrumental Method and Pedagogy (3 credits)
A study of instrumental music education developed through the examination of instructional materials and curriculum organization. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogical literature, administrative strategies, recruitment, and special interest groups (jazz/marching band) appropriate for instrumental music programs.

MUSC 643 Symphonic Literature (3 credits)
A survey of literature for the symphony orchestra from its inception to the present with an emphasis on standard works.

MUSC 644 Historic Wind Band Literature to 1950 (3 credits)
A study of historical, social, and stylistic trends unique to the wind band literature from the Renaissance period (Gabrieli) to traditional wind works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Holst, Grainger, Poulenc, and others up to 1950.

MUSC 645 Contemporary Wind Ensemble Literature (3 credits)
A study of wind ensemble literature since 1950, with emphasis on performance analysis and conducting techniques in the works of Schuller, Hindemith, Persichetti, Arnold, Painter, Reed, and others.

MUSC 699 Graduate Project (2 credits)
All students are required to present a full conducting recital. You will select, study, and rehearse an approximately 60-minute recital under the guidance of your major advisor. Graded Pass/Fail by the committee.