Courses

Music Courses (MUS)

MUS-001   Concert/Recital Attendance0 credits

A requirement for all music majors and minors. Attendance for all music majors and minors is required at concerts and recitals. Several professional and ensemble evening concerts are scheduled during each semester. Recital labs meet for 45 minutes each week. S/U grades only.

MUS-100   Music Fundamentals2 credits

A study of the rudiments of music including notation, vocabulary, writing music and forms. Emphasis on the ability to read and understand music. Not open to music majors.

MUS-101   Aural Skills I2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

The primary goal of aural skills is instant, one-to-one mapping of sound to symbol and symbol to sound.The musicianship training in the course enables musicians to develop 'seeing ears' and 'hearing eyes' by emphasizing strategies for accurate and expressive reading, improvising, singing, and dictation using elementary rhythms and diatonic pitch materials in treble, bass and C clefs. Keyboard skills in the class require sight reading, improvisation and technical studies of all major and minor scales. Three hours per week.

MUS-102   Aural Skills II2 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-101

A continuation of MUS-101 in the development of intermediate to advanced skills in sight singing, ear-training and keyboard, adding all the diatonic harmonies, modulation to closely related keys, and more rhythmic complexities. Keyboard skills in the class require application of threoretical concepts to playing chord progressions, Adult level II sight reading, melodic transposition and performance of Classical era sonatina by memory. Three hours per week.

MUS-103   Music Theory I3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A study of the fundamentals of music theory (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, rhythm) leading to a preliminary study of diatonic harmonic relationships and voice leading practices in tonal common practice music.

MUS-104   Music Theory II3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-103

A continuation of the study of traditional diatonic and chromatic harmonic and melodic practices of common practice music.

MUS-111   Introduction to Music Literature3 credits

A course in elementary appreciation and enjoyment of music literature designed for students outside the Music Department. No previous knowledge of music is needed.

MUS-112   Introduction to World Music3 credits

This course surveys the music of prominent world cultures and identifies the purpose and function of music within these cultural settings. Traditional music is the primary focus of the class, although the concept of changing contemporary traditions is explored. No previous music experience is necessary.

MUS-113   Music of Love, Death & All the Rest3 credits

A music appreciation course that introduces music concepts and explores human themes through a variety of music literature.

MUS-115   Beethoven: Music, Context, & Myth Making3 credits

In this course students study the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Students gain a detailed understanding of Beethoven by viewing his life through various perspectives, including biographical studies, Beethoven's letters, and popular modern media. Students also learn to assess source materials and are introduced to the process of myth making. This course is designed for non-musicians, but students with a background in music will also benefit from taking the course.

MUS-116   Mozart: Music, Context, & Myth Making3 credits

In this course students study the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Students gain a detailed understanding of Mozart by viewing his life through various perspectives, including biographical studies, Mozart's letters, and popular modern media. Students also learn to assess source materials and are introduced to the process of myth making. The course is designed for non-musicians, but students with a background in music will also benefit from taking the course.

MUS-121   Sinfonia1 credit

Large string ensemble performing works for string orchestra from the Baroque through 20th century repertoire. This group may be augmented by winds. The Sinfonia will serve as the core ensemble when collaborating with chorus and soloists to perform choral masterworks.

MUS-122   Concert Band1 credit

Open to all students with high school band experience. A wide variety of music is rehearsed and performed in two concerts. (December and May).

MUS-123   Early Music Ensemble0.5 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A recorder ensemble specializing in Renaissance and early Baroque consort music.

MUS-124   Jazz Ensemble1 credit

Two hours of rehearsal weekly and public performance of the best in jazz ensemble literature. Open to all students who possess adequate technique and experience.

MUS-125   Chamber Ensemble0.5 - 1 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and audition

Small organizations on a less formal basis such as string trios and quartets, woodwind ensembles and brass. Chamber Singers is a highly select vocal ensemble that specializes in a cappella choral literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century. Auditions take place the first week of classes in fall term. Students must enroll for three consecutive terms (fall, winter, and spring); contact the instructor for eligible exceptions. Members are responsible for the purchase of ensemble performance attire. This course is offered for 1 credit in the fall and spring semesters and for 0.5 credits in the winter term.

MUS-125   Chamber Ensemble - Strings0.5 - 1 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and audition

See MUS-125 for more information.

MUS-125   Chamber Ensemble - Winds0.5 - 1 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and audition

See MUS-125 for more information.

MUS-125   Chamber Ensemble - Singers0.5 - 1 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and audition

Singers prepare music for performances on and off campus, including the annual Spring Break tour. See MUS-125 for more information.

MUS-126   Chorale1 credit

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

The College of Idaho Chorale is the college's oldest select choral ensemble, and enjoys a long tradition of musical excellence in the Pacific Northwest. This large, mixed-voice ensemble prepares choral literature of varying periods and styles, and aims to enrich the campus and community through music specifically composed for large ensembles. Auditions take place the first week of classes in fall term. Students must enroll for three consecutive terms (fall, winter, and spring); contact the instructor for eligible exceptions. The Chorale may tour with the Chamber Singers during Spring break. Members are responsible for the purchase of ensemble performance attire.

MUS-128   Vocal Jazz Ensemble1 credit

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

The College of Idaho Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a highly select vocal ensemble that specializes in Vocal Jazz Music with an emphasis on jazz improvisation. Singers and the accompanying rhythm section instrumentalists prepare music for performances on and off campus, including the annual College of Idaho Invitation Vocal Jazz Festival and an annual tour. Auditions take place the first week of classes in fall term. Students must enroll for three consecutive terms (fall, winter, spring); contact the instructor for eligible exceptions. Members are responsible for the purchase of ensemble performance attire.

MUS-133   Class Voice1 credit

Group study of the basic techniques and repertoire for the singing voice. This class is a prerequisite for MUSAP-130, Applied Voice, and is offered for beginning level students. May be substituted for one credit of MUSAP-130.

MUS-138   English and Italian Diction for Singers1 credit

A phonetic study of English and Italian applied to singing. Includes transcription of these languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet and an introduction to vocal literature written in the language being studied.

MUS-139   French and German Diction1 credit

A phonetic study of French and German applied to singing. Includes transcription of these languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet and an introduction to vocal literature written in the language being studied.

MUS-202   Music Theory III3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-104

Designed to cover the complete chromatic harmonic language of the late 19th century and to reinforce the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic concepts of traditional music by means of original composition and critical analysis of form and style.

MUS-203   Music Theory IV3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-202

A study of the compositional techniques and materials employed in the 20th century as presented through analysis, score reading, composition, written exercises, and critical listening.

MUS-215   Survey of Opera History3 credits

This course is appropriate for students without a background in music. A study of the historical development of opera with topics alternating from the works of Mozart, Italian Opera, German Romantic Opera, French Grand Opera, American and British works through the 21st Century. Attention will be given to the musical and stylistic characteristics, the music/poetic synthesis as seen through the libretto, and the role of opera in a societal and political perspective.

MUS-231   Piano Proficiency Exam0 credits

Students in the music education program MUS meet a minimum standard of piano proficiency. The exam requires the vocal ed. examinee to play one prepared piece at the late-intermediate level or higher and sight-read a piece at the early-intermediate level. The instrumental ed. examinee is required to play one prepared piece at the early intermediate level or higher, and to sight-read one late beginner piece. Students may opt out of this requirement by taking two semesters of applied piano lessons.

MUS-294   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Special topics in music. See independent study guidelines.

MUS-301   Counterpoint2 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-103

A study in musical material and techniques from the 18th century with an introduction to contrapuntal music through analysis, written exercise and listening.

MUS-308   Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain3 credits

A survey of the literature and history of the music of Britain, with a particular focus given to English and Scottish music. A range of music is studied, including classical, folk, and modern Celtic music, with emphasis being given to the context and function of music in its various settings. The course involves intensive researching and writing. The ability to read/perform music is not a prerequisite, although a background in music will benefit students taking the course.

MUS-311   Music History I3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-104.1

An introduction to the history and literature of European music from antiquity to 1750. Students engage in critical thinking about the contexts of historical performances and practices and develop writing and researching skills regarding music.

MUS-312   Music History II3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-104

An introduction to the history and literature of European music from 1750 to the present. Students engage in critical thinking about the contexts of historical performances and practices and develop writing and researching skills regarding music.

MUS-327   Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1 credit

An ensemble/applied course designed to give practical experience in musical theatrical arts through participation in the production as singer, actor or technician. Course may be repeated.

MUS-333   Vocal Pedagogy and Literature2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A study of vocal anatomy and health. Attention to specific components of voice production and technique: onset/phonation, posture and breath management, resonance, articulation, range and registration, coordination and interpretation. An overview of studio and class voice methods, and literature appropriate for a variety of voice classifications and levels of study.

MUS-337   Pract/Orchestral Lit Violin, Viola, Cello1 credit

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Specialized study of standard orchestral literature through a performance setting. May include group and individual study. Attention given to preparation of specific parts for violin, viola, or cello, as well as audition procedures and performance practices. This course may be repeated for credit. MUS-337F (Fall), MUS-337W (Winter), MUS-337S (Spring).

MUS-341   Beginning Conducting2 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-203 and MUS-231

The study of basic conducting techniques, including baton technique and score reading for both choral and instrumental music.

MUS-342   Advanced Conducting2 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-341

The study of advanced conducting techniques for both choral and instrumental ensembles, with an emphasis on score study and expressivity and leadership.

MUS-345   Teaching Band Instruments2 credits

A laboratory class designed for the music education major to play band instruments (woodwinds, brass, and percussion) and learn how to teach these instruments to elementary students at approximately grades 5 or 6.

MUS-390   Junior Recital1 - 2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Typically performed at the end of the junior year, this is a substantive recital prepared by students for a public audience, demonstrating their accumulated skills and ability to musically communicate at a high artistic level.

MUS-400   Musicology Seminar3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-311

This course engages students in intensive reading, listening, and analyzing regarding a specific musicological topic. Through original research and writing students develop tools for understanding and articulating music-related topics. Topics range from historical to more modern popular subjects.

MUS-410   Composition Seminar and Orchestration for Voice1 credit

The course is designed to give student the tools and skills which are vital to understanding how to write and arrange for the human voice. This course uses the works of successful composers as models for composition training, combining theoretical and practical studies of vocal orchestration with technology resources and live performances.

MUS-411   Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Strings1 credit

Prerequisites: MUS-104

The course is designed to give student the tools and skills which are vital to understanding how to write and arrange for stringed instruments. This course uses the works of successful composers as models for composition training, combining theoretical and practical studies of string orchestration with technology resources and live performances.

MUS-412   Composition Seminar and Orchestration for Woodwinds1 credit

The course is designed to give student the tools and skills which are vital to understanding how to write and arrange for woodwind instruments. This course uses the works of successful composers as models for composition training, combining theoretical and practical studies of woodwind orchestration with technology resources and live performances.

MUS-413   Composition Seminar & Orchestration for Brass & Percussion1 credit

Prerequisites: MUS-104

The course is designed to give student the tools and skills which are vital to understanding how to write and arrange for brass and percussion instruments. This course uses the works of successful composers as models for composition training, combining theoretical and practical studies of brass and percussion orchestration with technology resources and live performances.

MUS-420   Digital Audio Recording, Editing & Production1 credit

Prerequisites: MUS-104

A study of sound, hearing, and the aesthetics of audio recording. An overview of recording processes and technologies including microphones, signal processing, hard drive recording, audio mixers, post production editing using SoundForge, Audacity and ProTools, and various means of archiving and using digital audio online. The recording practice is limited to two-track stereo recording techniques. Students will gain practical experience by recording ensemble and solo performances within the music department.

MUS-442   Music Methods and Materials3 credits

Prerequisites: MUS-341

This course, for music education majors, will include methods and materials of teaching music in the public schools for grades K-12 in elementary general music, secondary vocal music, and secondary instrumental (band and orchestra) music. This course is designed to prepare students for their internship and certification to teach music in public schools. Some of the topics will include philosophy of music education, history of music education, special teaching methods (Kodaly, Orff, Suzuki), national organizations (MENC) and seminars (Tanglewood), instructional planning, research in music education, technology, facilities and ethics.

MUS-443   String Pedagogy and Practicum1 credit

Prerequisites: MUS-342

Corequisites: MUS-121

This class will specialize in methods and materials unique to teaching strings in a group setting. It will include the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring while conducting a string orchestra (The College of Idaho Sinfonia) in rehearsal and concert scenarios.

MUS-444   Choral Pedagogy and Practicum1 credit

Prerequisites: MUS-342

Corequisites: MUS-126

This class will specialize in methods and materials unique to teaching choir. It will include the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring while conducting a choir (The College of Idaho Chorale) in rehearsal and concert scenarios.

MUS-445   Band Pedagogy and Practicum1 credit

Prerequisites: MUS-342

Corequisites: MUS-122

This class will specialize in methods and materials unique to teaching band. It will include the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring while conducting a band (The College of Idaho Concert Band) in rehearsal and concert scenarios.

MUS-490   Senior Recital1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Performed for a public audience at the end of the senior year, this is the culminating project for music performers. As part of this process students demonstrate proficiency in analyzing music and in writing about music, and then prepare and perform, at the highest artistic and technical level, a substantive recital.

MUS-491   Music Minor Capstone1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

As a final project for music minors students write a reflective essay and complete a comprehensive exam that involves listening and writing. A study guide will be provided to help guide students in their preparations for the exam. This course is to be completed concurrently with the final course taken to complete the minor, or no later than one semester after the minor's completion.

MUS-494   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Special topics designed for music majors and minors. See independent study guidelines.

MUS-497   Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Individualized fieldwork arranged and supervised with sponsors in professional musical activities. Designed to provide practical experience in the student's field of emphasis. Periodic reports are required. See internship guidelines.