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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "MUSC-School of Music"

MUSC - School of Music

MUSC 099 Performance Attendance () Performance attendance laboratory for undergraduate music majors.

MUSC 100 Beginning Class Voice (2) A laboratory course involving a variety of voices and vocal problems. Principles of correct breathing as applied to singing; fundamentals of tone production and diction. Repertoire of folk songs and songs of the Classical and Romantic periods. Development of students' voices.

MUSC 102 Class Piano (2) Functional piano training for beginners. Development of techniques for school and community playing. Basic piano techniques; chord, arpeggio and scale techniques; melody and song playing; simple accompaniments, improvisation for accompaniments and rhythms; sight reading and transposition and playing by ear.

MUSC 103 Beginning Class Piano II (2) Prerequisite: MUSC102; or permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Functional piano training for beginners. Development of techniques useful for school and community playing. Basic piano techniques; chord, arpeggio, and scale techniques; melody and song playing; simple accompaniments, improvisation for accompaniments and rhythms; sight reading and transposition, and playing by ear. MUSC 103 is a continuation of MUSC 102; elementary repertoire is begun.

MUSC 106 Beginning Classical Guitar (2) Introduction to classical guitar notation, technique, literature and performance. No previous musical experience required.

MUSC 123 Movement for Singers (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Systematic exercises, improvisations and dances in conjunction with artistic vocal expression. Performance and critique of stage deportment, gestures and recital techniques.

MUSC 126 Vocal Diction: English and Latin (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Augmentation of private voice study. Phonetics and diction for singers of English and Latin vocal literature.

MUSC 127 Vocal Diction: Italian (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-School of Music department. Augmentation of private voice study. Phonetics and diction for singers of Italian and Spanish vocal literature.

MUSC 128 Sight Reading For Pianists (2) Repeatable to 4 credits. A course to give the piano major an opportunity to develop proficiency in sight reading at the keyboard.

MUSC 129 Ensemble (1) Rehearsal and performance of selected works for small ensembles of instruments, piano, or small vocal groups. After two registrations in MUSC129, the student will elect MUSC229 for two additional semesters and MUSC329 thereafter.

MUSC 130 Survey of Music Literature (3) Restriction: Must not be in any of the following programs (Music (Professional Program); Music Education). A study of the principles upon which music is based, and an introduction to the musical repertory performed in America today.

MUSC 140 Music Fundamentals I (3) Restriction: Must not be in any of the following programs (Music (Professional Program); Music Education). Introductory theory course. Notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills.

MUSC 150 Theory of Music I (3) Prerequisite: Departmental audition and entrance examination. Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Music (Liberal Arts Program); Music (Jazz Performance Option); Music (Winds & Percussions Performance Option); Music (Voice Performance Option); Music Composition; Music (Professional Program); Music (Piano Performance Option); Music Performance-Winds and Percussion; Music Theory and Composition; Music Performance-Piano; Music Performance-Jazz Studies; Music Performance-Voice; Music Performance-Strings; Music (Strings Performance Option)). A study of basic concepts and skills in tonal melody and harmony through analysis and composition.

MUSC 151 Theory of Music II (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MUSC150. A continuation of MUSC150, including study of more advanced harmonic techniques of the eighteenth century, such as modulation and chromatic harmonies. Emphasis on sight singing, ear training, analysis and compositional skills.

MUSC 200 Intermediate Class Voice I (2) Prerequisite: MUSC100; or must have equivalent vocal training. Continuation of MUSC100, with more advanced repertory for solo voice and small ensembles. A special section for music education majors will include the study of methods and materials for teaching class voice.

MUSC 202 Intermediate Class Piano I (2) Prerequisite: MUSC103; or must have equivalent piano training. Advanced keyboard techniques. Continuation of skills introduced in MUSC103. Transposition, modulation and sight reading; methods of teaching functional piano.

MUSC 203 Intermediate Class Piano II (2) Prerequisite: MUSC202; or must have equivalent piano training. Advanced keyboard techniques. Continuation of skills introduced in MUSC202. Transposition, modulation and sight reading; methods of teaching functional piano. Development of style in playing accompaniments and in playing for community singing. More advanced repertory.

MUSC 204 Popular Music in Black America (3) Traces black popular music in the U.S. with a special focus on spirituals, ragtime, the blues, early jazz, R&B, Motown, funk, soul, and rap. Examines how these styles have been borrowed by the American music industry.

MUSC 205 History of Popular Music, 1950-Present (3) A historical survey of rock music (blues, rock, soul, metal, rap, etc.) from circa 1950 to the present, with emphasis on popular music as music and popular music as social history.

MUSC 210 The Impact of Music on Life (3) Credit only granted for: MUET210 or MUSC210. Formerly: MUET210. Music as a part of culture. Materials drawn from traditions throughout the globe to illustrate issues of historical and contemporary significance, including the impact of race, class and gender on the study of music.

MUSC 215 World Popular Musics and Identity (3) Credit only granted for: MUET200 or MUSC215. Formerly: MUET200. Focus on popular musics in different cultures with an emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons and analysis of how musics and identity intersect.

MUSC 220 Selected Musical Cultures of the World (3) Credit only granted for: MUET220 or MUSC220. Formerly: MUET220. A survey of selected musical cultures of the world, such as India, Japan, China, Indonesia, West Africa, Eastern Europe and the Near East.

MUSC 226 Vocal Diction: French (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-School of Music department. Augmentation of private voice study. Phonetics and diction for singers of French vocal literature.

MUSC 227 Vocal Diction: German (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-School of Music department. Augmentation of private study. Phonetics and diction for singers of German vocal literature.

MUSC 228 Introduction to Accompanying for Pianists (2) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 10 credits. A course to introduce the piano major to accompanying at an intermediate level of difficulty. Class instruction will center on rehearsal and coaching geared toward performance, and will be supplemented by experience working as an accompanist in voice classes or applied studios.

MUSC 229 Ensemble (1) Rehearsal and performance of selected works for small ensembles of instruments, piano, or small vocal groups. After two registrations in MUSC129, the student will elect MUSC229 for two additional semesters and MUSC329 thereafter.

MUSC 248 Selected Topics in Music (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Designed to allow a student of theory or music history to pursue a specialized topic or project under the supervision of a faculty member.

MUSC 250 Advanced Theory of Music I (4) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MUSC151. A continuation of MUSC 151, with further study of chromatic and modulatory techniques of the nineteenth century. Emphasis on sight singing, ear training, analysis and compositional skills.

MUSC 251 Advanced Theory of Music II (4) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MUSC250. A continuation of MUSC250, concentrating on late nineteenth-century chromatic harmony and an introduction to twentieth-century melody and harmony. Emphasis on sight singing, ear training, analysis and compositional skills.

MUSC 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

MUSC 310 Music History I (3) Prerequisite: MUSC151; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Credit only granted for: MUSC310 or MUSC331. Formerly: MUSC331. A historical study of Western music from Antiquity to 1600.

MUSC 320 Music History II (3) Prerequisite: MUSC310; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Credit only granted for: MUSC230 or MUSC320. Formerly: MUSC230. A historical study of Western music from 1600 to 1800.

MUSC 328 Introduction to Chamber Music for Pianists (2) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 10 credits. A course to introduce the piano major to chamber music at a moderately difficult level. Class instruction will center on actual rehearsal and coaching geared toward performance, and will be supplemented by further experience in applied instrumental studios.

MUSC 329 Ensemble (1) Rehearsal and performance of selected works for small ensembles of instruments, piano, or small vocal groups. After two registrations in MUSC129, the student will elect MUSC229 for two additional semesters and MUSC329 thereafter.

MUSC 330 Music History III (3) Prerequisite: MUSC320; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A historical study of Western music from 1800 to present.

MUSC 339 Honors in Music (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Corequisite: MUSC349. Repeatable to 6 credits. The production of one or more recitals or lecture-recitals; one or more compositions; or one or more honors theses in addition to regular degree requirements. Two semesters required.

MUSC 349 Honors Seminar in Music (1) Corequisite: MUSC339. Repeatable to 2 credits. Group discussion of projects undertaken in MUSC339. Two semesters required.

MUSC 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

MUSC 379 Opera Workshop (1) Restriction: Must complete a departmental audition. Repeatable to 4 credits. Open to music and non-music majors (by audition). Operatic production and performance, performance techniques and coaching, stage direction, set design, costume design and make-up. Repertory will include smaller operatic works, excerpts or scenes.

MUSC 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

MUSC 388 Music Internship (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Corequisite: MUSC389. Repeatable to 6 credits. Pre-professional field work in music.

MUSC 389 Music Internship Analysis (1) Corequisite: MUSC388. Repeatable to 2 credits. Documentation and evaluation of field work experience.

MUSC 400 Music Pedagogy (3) Prerequisite: MUSP315; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Conference course. A study of major pedagogical treatises in music, and an evaluation of pedagogical techniques, materials, and procedures.

MUSC 420 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3) Prerequisite: MUSC210 and MUSC130; or permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Study of principal concepts and methods in ethnomusicology, covering history of field, linguistics and anthropology, music in various settings, musical cognition and ethnography of performance.

MUSC 428 Repertoire Coaching of Vocal or Chamber Music (2) Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MUSC328. A course for piano students who wish to go further than the work offered in MUSC128, MUSC228 and MUSC328 by becoming specialists in the areas of vocal coaching or chamber music coaching. Elements of pedagogy, conducting and responsible artistic decision-making for the entire musical production.

MUSC 430 The American Musical Experience: North America (3) Prerequisite: MUSC210 or MUSC130. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Many musical styles found in North America portray the ideas and belief that characterize our diverse society. Specific problems and issues in American society examined through the American musical experience.

MUSC 432 Music in World Culture I (3) Prerequisite: MUSC130; or permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Musics of the Pacific and Asia analyzed in terms of musical, social and aesthetic interrelationships.

MUSC 433 Music in World Cultures II (3) Prerequisite: MUSC130; or permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Musics of Europe, Africa, and the Americas analyzed in terms of musical social and aesthetic interrelationships.

MUSC 435 Music of North America (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A survey of North American music from Colonial times to present.

MUSC 436 Jazz: Then and Now (3) Major styles and influential artists of the past 75 years of jazz.

MUSC 438 Area Studies in Ethnomusicology (3) Prerequisite: MUSC433 or MUSC432; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Advanced study of musics in selected parts of the world.

MUSC 439 Collegium Musicum (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 5 credits. Open to undergraduates and graduates, music majors and non-majors. Procurement, edition and performance of music not belonging to a standard repertory: early music, compositions for unusual performing media, works which demand reconstruction of their original circumstances of performance. Outcome of a semester's work may be one or more performances for the public.

MUSC 443 Solo Vocal Literature (3) Prerequisite: MUSC330 and MUSC331; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. The study of solo vocal literature from the Baroque Cantata to the Art Song of the present. The Lied, Melodie, vocal chamber music and the orchestral song are examined.

MUSC 444 Wind and Percussion Literature (1) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Corequisite: MUSP420 or MUSP419. Recital program notes and written projects in wind or percussion literature.

MUSC 445 Survey of the Opera (3) Prerequisite: MUSC330 and MUSC331; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. A study of the music, librettos and composers of the standard operas.

MUSC 446 String Literature (1) Prerequisite: MUSP316; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Recital program notes and written projects in string literature.

MUSC 448 Selected Topics in Music (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

MUSC 450 Musical Form (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251. A study of the principles of organization in music with emphasis on eighteenth and nineteenth century European music. Reading and analysis of scores exemplifying the musical forms.

MUSC 451 Analysis of Music (3) Prerequisite: MUSC450; or permission of instructor. A course in the analysis of music. Discussion of individual works, with emphasis on their unique characteristics and on the relation of analysis to performance.

MUSC 453 Jazz Improvisation I (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Credit only granted for: MUSC345 or MUSC453. Formerly: MUSC345. Jazz theory, notational conventions, improvisation techniques, reading and analysis of music, and performance in small combo format.

MUSC 454 Jazz Improvisation II (3) Prerequisite: MUSC453; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Credit only granted for: MUSC346 or MUSC454. Formerly: MUSC346. Continuation of MUSC453 including scoring and transcription.

MUSC 455 Theory of Jazz (3) Prerequisite: MUSC250; or permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-School of Music department. Analysis of jazz harmony, with emphasis on principles of substitution, reharmonization, and syntax. Topics may also include chord/scale relationships, phrasing and articulation, notation, and introductory arranging concepts such as orchestration and form.

MUSC 456 Jazz Arranging (3) Prerequisite: MUSC455; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Credit only granted for: MUSC448N or MUSC456. Formerly: MUSC448N. A comprehensive approach to jazz arranging. Topics to include chord scale theory, voicing techniques, part and score layout, and formal construction of an arrangement.

MUSC 460 Tonal Counterpoint I (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251; or permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A course in Eighteenth-Century contrapuntal techniques, analysis and original composition of two-voice dances, preludes, and inventions. Includes an introduction to the study of fugue and canon.

MUSC 461 Theory and Analysis of Atonal and Twelve-tone Music (2) Prerequisite: MUSC251 and MUSC450; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in Music Theory and Composition program. An advanced technical introduction to theory and analysis of atonal and twelve-tone music, with an emphasis on music by Schoenberg, Webern, Bartok, and Stravinsky.

MUSC 463 Applications in Music Technology (3) A hands-on study of computer hardware and software that makes use of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) specification. This protocol allows computers, synthesizers and various other devices to send and receive information about musical performance, notation and sound. The course focuses on two of the most frequently used applications on MIDI -- sequencing and music notation. Also included is an introduction to digital audio. No previous experience with computers is required. Ability to read music on a grand staff (treble and bass clef) is recommended.

MUSC 464 The Theories of Heinrich Schenker (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251 and MUSC450; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must not have completed MUSC651. Credit only granted for: MUSC464 or MUSC651. An advanced analysis course in tonal music with specific emphasis on the theories of the early 20th century theorist Heinrich Schenker. Specific analyses of music by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms.

MUSC 465 Theory in Analysis (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251 and MUSC450; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-School of Music department. An advanced readings course in theory of music analysis, embracing philosophy of approach and analytic applications. Topics include standards for discourse, musical sound and context, segmentation and categorization, among others.

MUSC 467 Piano Pedagogy I (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A study of major pedagogical treatises in music, and an evaluation of pedagogical techniques, materials, and procedures.

MUSC 468 Piano Pedagogy II (3) Prerequisite: MUSC467; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 6 credits. Application of the studies begun in MUSC467 to the actual lesson situation. Evaluation of results.

MUSC 469 Orchestral Excerpts for String Players (1) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: MUSC469, MUSC448B, MUSC448Q, MUSC448V, or MUSC448X. Formerly: MUSC448B, MUSC448Q, MUSC448V, and MUSC448X. In-depth study of the orchestral excerpts required for professional orchestra auditions.

MUSC 470 Harmonic and Contrapuntal Practices of the Twentieth Century (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A theoretical and analytical study of twentieth century materials.

MUSC 471 Contemporary Compositional Techniques (3) Prerequisite: MUSC470; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Continuation of MUSC470, with emphasis on the analysis of individual works written since 1945.

MUSC 480 Music in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (3) Survey of western music from Hellenic times to 1450.

MUSC 481 Music in the Renaissance (3) Survey of western music from 1450 to 1600.

MUSC 482 Music in the Baroque Era (3) Survey of western music from 1600 to 1750.

MUSC 483 Music in the Classic Era (3) Survey of western music from 1750 to 1820.

MUSC 484 Music in the Romantic Era (3) Survey of western music from 1820 to 1900.

MUSC 485 Music in the 20th Century (3) Survey of western music from 1900 to the present.

MUSC 486 Orchestration I (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A study of the ranges, musical functions and technical characteristics of the instruments and their color possibilities in various combinations. Practical experience in orchestrating for small and large ensembles.

MUSC 490 Conducting (2) Prerequisite: MUSC251. Vocal and instrumental baton techniques.

MUSC 491 Conducting II (2) Prerequisite: MUSC490; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Baton techniques applied to score reading, rehearsal techniques, tone production, style and interpretation.

MUSC 492 Keyboard Music I (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. The history and literature of harpsichord and solo piano music from its beginning to the romantic period. Emphasis is placed on those segments of repertory which are encountered in performance and teaching situations at the present time.

MUSC 493 Keyboard Music II (3) Prerequisite: MUSC492; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. The history and literature of harpsichord and solo piano music from the Romantic period to the present. Emphasis is placed on those segments of repertory which are encountered in performance and teaching situations at the present time.

MUSC 494 Survey of Theory (3) Prerequisite: MUSC251; and permission of ARHU-School of Music department. A study of the major contributions of music theorists from Greek antiquity through the twentieth century.

MUSC 499 Independent Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Music department. Additional information: May be repeated once for credit. Independent research on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor, which may culminate in a paper or appropriate project.

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