MUS - Music


MUS 103Music Theory IUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Visual & Performing Arts
Prerequisite: MUS 120 or Rudiments Placement Test. Co-requisite: MUS 104.
Continuation of the principles taught in MUS 120. Topics include rhythm and meter, modes and non-diatonic scales, harmonic analysis, cadences, non-harmonic tones, phrase structure, musical texture, and basic part-writing principles.


MUS 104Aural Skills IUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: MUS 120 or aural skills placement test; Co-requisite: MUS 103
The development of aural perception skills in tonal harmony through sight-singing and rhythm reading; scale, interval, and chord identification; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and computer-based music learning.


MUS 107Class Piano IUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Introduction to playing the piano by learning the basics of music notation, five-finger scales, and beginner's repertoire based on hand position.


MUS 112Men's ChoirUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire for men's voices. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue.


MUS 113Women's ChoirUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance choral repertoire for women's voices. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 114Chamber SIngersUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire for small vocal ensemble. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 115State ChoraleUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of advanced choral repertoire from all eras. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 120Rudiments of MusicUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Visual & Performing Arts
Rudiments of music is designed for students with minimal or no music theory background and covers the fundamentals of music, including note reading in treble and bass clefs, rhythm, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, and triads.


MUS 121Raleigh Civic SymphonyUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for symphony orchestra from the 18th-21st centuries, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance.


MUS 122Raleigh Civic Chamber OrchestraUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for chamber orchestra from the 17th-21st centuries, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit . Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated for up to 10 semesters.


MUS 131Marching BandUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Only
Rehearsal and performance of repertoire for marching band. Study of drill and instrumental techniques, memorization, and repertoire of varying styles for large ensemble. May be repeated for credit. There is a band uniform charge; transportation to performances will be provided. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 132Varsity BandUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of repertoire for varsity or athletic band. Study of instrumental techniques and repertoire of varying styles for large ensemble. May be repeated for credit. There is a band uniform charge; transportation to performances will be provided. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 134Wind EnsembleUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for wind ensemble, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated for up to 10 semesters.


MUS 140Jazz ImprovisationUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Study of basic and advanced techniques for jazz improvisation, including in-class performance and study of historical models. May be repeated for credit up to ten semesters. Audition required.


MUS 141Jazz Combo IIUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of basic to advanced repertoire for small jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 142Jazz Ensemble IIUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of basic to advanced repertoire for jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 143Jazz Combo IUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of advanced repertoire for small jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 144Jazz Ensemble IUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of advanced repertoire for jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 150Vocal TechniquesUNITS: 1 - Offered in Spring Only
Development and practice of vocal techniques suitable to solo and ensemble singing in a variety of musical styles, both historical and contemporary.


MUS 152Pipes and DrumsUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Rehearsal and performance of music for bagpipes and drums, including individual practice techniques, traditional performance practices, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.


MUS 180Introduction to Musical ExperiencesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Visual & Performing Arts
Examination of western musical materials, forms, styles and history through the primary musical experiences of composing, performing, and listening. Course designed for students with no formal musical training.


MUS 181Exploring Music TheoryUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Visual & Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Ability to read music
Exploring music theory provides the student insight into Basic theoretical elements of music from Western civilization, which are fundamental to analysis and creation of musical compositions. The course will cover tonality, rhythm, intervals, triads, composition of melodies, harmonic progressions, and lead sheets. This course will enrich the student who performs, sings, composes, and enjoys listening to music.


MUS 200Understanding Music: Global PerspectivesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Music as universal human phenomenon. Global approach to music's elements and concepts like melody, rhythm, and timbre; and how it functions in relationship to religious belief, observation, and experience; its role in the formation, expression, and contestation of social identity; and its expressive power in the exposition of narrative and drama.


MUS 201Introduction to Music Literature IUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Offered Alternate Years, Visual & Performing Arts
Survey of Western art music from antiquity to the mid-18th century, with an emphasis on the characteristic forms and styles of he Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. This course examines the major composers and representative works in light of social, political, and cultural influences. The ability to read music is required.


MUS 202Introduction to Music Literature IIUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Survey of Western art music from the mid-18th century to the present, with an emphasis on he characteristic forms and styles of he late Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. This course examines the major composers and representative works in light of social, political, and cultural influences. The ability to read music is required.


MUS 203Music Theory IIUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: MUS 103 or Music Theory 1 Placement Test
Continuation of the principles taught in MUS 103. Topics include part-writing in four voices, harmonic progression, harmonic rhythm, seventh chords, secondary functions, modulation, and binary and ternary forms.


MUS 204Aural Skills IIUNITS: 1 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: MUS 104 or Aural Skills 1 Placement Test
Continuation of the principles taught in MUS 104. Emphasis is placed on sight-singing and melodic dictation involving all diatonic intervals, diatonic triads and 7th chords in open positions, harmonic progressions, counterpoint in two voices, and computer-based music learning.


MUS 205Introduction to Music in Western SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring and Summer, Visual & Performing Arts
Introduction to the art of music in Western society, for the general student. Focuses on the western art music tradition, including stylistic periods from medieval to post-modern. Begins with the study of basic musical elements, formal principles and compositional techniques.


MUS 206America's MusicUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, U.S. Diversity, Visual & Performing Arts
Historical survey of music in the United States, including classical and popular, secular and religious, vocal and instrumental music genres and styles from the 18th to 21st centuries, studied in the context of relevant social and cultural issues.


MUS 207Class Piano IIUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: MUS 107
The study and performance of intermediate piano repertoire.


MUS 208Piano PedagogyUNITS: 2 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: MUS 390 or MUS 207; C: MUS 390
This course is designed to prepare students to teach piano at the elementary level. Topics discussed are the history of piano pedagogy; principles of pedagogy; age- and level-based learning types; technical, artistic and performance problems; music pedagogy as career; reference and teaching materials; and introduction in MIDI technology. Requirement for music minors in the piano performance emphasis. Prerequisite: MUS 390, 207, or instructor's consent.


MUS (AFS) 230Introduction to African-American MusicUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, U.S. Diversity, Visual & Performing Arts
Comprehensive survey of African-American music in the United States from Colonial times to the present, with emphasis on its unique features and contributions to American culture.


MUS (AFS) 260History of JazzUNITS: 3 - Offered Alternate Years, U.S. Diversity, Visual & Performing Arts
History of jazz and the contributions of major artists. Emphasis of the various styles that have contributed to this American art form. Investigation of structural forms in the jazz idiom.


MUS 300Chamber Music PerformanceUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Satisfactorily passing audition
Performance of chamber music. Emphasis on chamber literature from the sixteen through the twentieth centuries written for a wide variety of combinations ranging from string quartets to pieces written for specific instruments and voices.


MUS 305Music CompositionUNITS: 3 - Visual & Performing Arts
Prerequisite: MUS 103 or MUS 203
Study and creation of musical works. Emphasis on writing original music and works imitative of conventional and contemporary musical styles.


MUS (ARS) 306Music Composition with ComputersUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Visual & Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Some knowledge of music or computer science (e.g. CSC 200)
Survey of the theory and history of computer music, compositional algorithms, digital synthesis techniques, composition of at least one computer music work -- a computer-assisted composition for traditional instruments, a piece for computer music ontape, a real-time piece, or a piece that combines tape and instrument(s).


MUS 310Music of the 17th and 18th CenturiesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Global Knowledge, Offered Alternate Years, Visual & Performing Arts
Evolution of European music from 1600 to 1820, with emphasis on characteristics of Baroque and Classical form and style. Examination of major composers and representative works in light of social, political and cultural influences.


MUS 315Music of the 19th CenturyUNITS: 3 - Global Knowledge, Offered Alternate Years, Visual & Performing Arts
A survey of 19th century European music, including analysis of its texts, forms and composers, and its relations to other art forms of the period.


MUS 320Music of the 20th CenturyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Prerequisite: One 3-hour MUS class
Study of Western Art Music from 1900 to present, emphasizing significant composers, repertoire, and compositional procedures and trends, including traditional, atonal, serial, aleatoric, electronic and computer music.


MUS 330Music DramaUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Offered Alternate Years, Visual & Performing Arts
Survey of staged musical works spanning four centuries. Emphasis on large-scale dramatic works in the genres of opera, operetta, and musical theater. Designed for students with musical and/or theatrical experience.


MUS 350Music of AsiaUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Examination of music from a variety of Asian traditions including India and Pakistan, Japan and Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. Emphasis place on philosophical, social and religious contexts from which music emerges and in which it is experienced bynative performers and listeners. No previous formal training in music in required.


MUS (WGS) 360Women In MusicUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, U.S. Diversity, Visual & Performing Arts
The role of women in music as patrons, teachers, composers, and performers, placing them within the social, economic, and political framework to which they belong. Emphasis on Western Art Music and the role of women in popular music. No previous formal training in music is required.


MUS 390Applied MusicUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Music Minors Only
Individual instruction in voice or instrumental performance. Includes development of technique basic to voice or instrument, as well as advancement of artistry, musicianship, and repertoire.


MUS 493RecitalUNITS: 2 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: 4 Semesters of MUS 390 for Performance Concentration
MUS 493: Recital is the capstone for a student in the Music Minor performance concentration. Students receive weekly 45-minute individual instruction culmination in a public recital. Students also receive instruction in organizing the recital.


MUS 495Special Topics in MusicUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Examination of selected topics in music.


MUS 498Independent Study in MusicUNITS: 1-3
Directed independent study of selected topics for students with specialized interests in music and/or advanced musical ability. Credit and content determined by faculty member in consultation with Director of Music.