Music Courses & Descriptions

MUL Group instruction is available in voice and piano.  Emphasis is placed on the rudiments of music, basic performance technique, and general musicianship skills.  Upon completion of one or a sequence of courses, the student t should be able to demonstrate a basic proficiency in singing or playing and knowledge of music fundamentals.  Class meets twice a week for 1 hr. credit.

CLASS PIANO  I, II, III, IV
MUL 101    (class for beginners)
MUL 102

CLASS VOICE 
MUL   111 (no experience necessary)

MUL      MUSIC ENSEMBLES
PREREQUISITE:  Permission of instructor (audition required)
Emphasis is placed on rehearsing and performing literature appropriate to the mission and goals of the group.  Upon completion, the student should be able to effectively participate in performances presented by the ensemble.

Shelton Singers (Chorus I, II, III, IV)
MUL 180    (permission for I)
MUL 181
MUL 280
MUL 281

BACH TO ROCK (JAZZ, SHOW CHOIR I, II, III, IV)
MUL 184     (auditions 1st week of semester)
MUL  185
MUL  284
MUL  285

JAZZ ENSEMBLE (JAZZ.SHOW BAND I, II, III, IV)
MUL 196    (audition required)
MUL  197
MUL  296
MUL  297
 
MUP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE INSTRUCTION
Applied study in voice and instrumental areas is limited to four semesters of study.  Additional study for students may be requested of the instructor.  Individual performance instruction is available in keyboard instruments, voice, and percussion.  Emphasis is placed on developing technique, repertoire, and performance skills commensurate with the student’s educational goals.  The student is required to practice a minimum of five hours per week for each credit hour.  Upon completion, the student should be able to effectively perform assigned repertoire and technical studies in an appropriate performance evaluation setting.
INSTRUCTION:   Students receive individual lesson and participate in a weekly performance lab.
CREDIT HOUR:   Student may receive 1 or 2 credit hours MUP courses. Credit hour is determined by student’s career goals and  the instructor.
PREREQUISITE:  PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR THE 1 SEMESTER OF STUDY.
                              
PIANO I, II, III, IV
MUP 101,
MUP 102
MUP 201
MUP 202

VOICE I, II, III, IV
MUP 111
MUP 112
MUP 211
MUP 212

PERCUSSION I, II, III, IV
MUP 181
MUP 182
MUP 281
MUP 282

Students enrolled in music courses may request applied study in brass, woodwind, or string instrument.  These students must be full time and planning to transfer as a music major to a four year institution with a performance emphasis on the instrument requested.   Approval by the administration will be required.

LECTURE CLASSES
MUS 100 CONVOCATION- TERRIFIC TUESDAY CONCERT SERIES    1 HR.

This course is designed to expose the student to a variety of repertory styles and to give the student an opportunity to practice individual performance skills. Emphasis is placed on exposure to performances and lectures by guest artists, faculty, or students, and on personal performance(s) in class each semester.

Class meets on Tuesdays from 1:15-2:-0 5 pm in the Alabama Power Recital Hall.

MUS 101  MUSIC APPRECIATION       3 HRS.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 OR equivalent placement score.

This course is designed for non-music majors and requires no previous musical experience.  It is a survey course that incorporates several modes of instruction including lecture, guided listening, and similar experiences involving music.  The course will cover a minimum of three stylistic periods, provide a multi-cultural perspective, and include both vocal and instrumental genres.  Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge of music fundamentals, the aesthetic/stylistic characteristics of historical periods, and an aural perception of style and structure in music.

Students in MUS 101 are encouraged to attend the Terrific Tuesday Concert Series (MUS 100) on Tuesdays 1:15 p.m.

MUS 110 BASIC MUSICIANSHIP       3 HRS.
PREREQUISITE:  NONE.

This course is designed to provide rudimentary music knowledge and skills for the student with a limited music background.  Topics include a study of notation, rhythm, scales, keys, intervals, chords, and basic sight singing and ear training skills. Upon completion, the student should be able to read and understand music scores and demonstrate basic sight and ear training skills for rhythm, melody, and harmony. 

This is a blended course presented in lecture and using technology.

MUS 111 MUSIC THEORY I       3 HRS.
PREREQUISTIE:  MUS 110, or permission of the instructor.
COREQUISITE:   MUS 113, ear training, separate course.

This course introduces the student to the diatonic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period.  Topics include fundamental musical materials (rhythm, pitch, scales, intervals, diatonic harmonies) and an introduction to the principles of voice leading and harmonic progression.  Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate a basic competency using diatonic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

This course is approved for transfer in AREA V of the STARS GUIDE.

MUS 112 MUSIC THEORY II    3 HRS.
PREREQUISTIE:  MUS 111.      
COREQUISITE:   MUS 114, ear training, separate course.

This course completes the study of diatonic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period and introduces simple musical forms.  Topics include principles of voice leading used in three-and four-part triadic harmony and diatonic seventh chords, non-chord tones, cadences, phrases, and periods.  Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate competence using diatonic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

This course is approved for transfer in AREA V in the STARS GUIDE.

MUS 113 MUSIC THEORY LAB I   1 HR.
PREREQUISTIE:  MUS 110 or permission of the instructor.
PREREQUISITE: MUS 111, ear training, separate course.

This course provides the practical application of basic musical materials through sight singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony.  Topics include intervals, simple triads, diatonic stepwise melodies, basic rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meter, and four-part triadic progressions in root position.  Upon completion, the student should be able to write, sing, and play intervals, scales, basic rhythmic patterns, diatonic stepwise melodies, simple triads, and short four-part progressions in root position.

This course is approved for transfer in AREA V in the STARS GUIDE along with MUS 111.

MUS 114  MUSIC THEORY LAB II   1 HR.
PREREQUISITE:  MUS 113.
COREQUISITE:  MUS 112, ear training, separate lab.

This course continues the practical application of diatonic musical materials through sight singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony.  topics include intervals, scales, diatonic melodies with triadic arpeggiations, more complex rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meter, and four-part diatonic progressions in all inversions.  Upon completion, the student should be able to write, sing, and play all intervals, rhythmic patterns employing syncopations and beat divisions, diatonic melodies, and four-part diatonic progressions.

MUS 115 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC    3 HRS.
PREREQUISITE:  RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.

This course is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of music and develop usable musical skills for the classroom teacher.  Topics include rhythmic notation, simple and compound meters, pitch notation, correct singing techniques, phrases, keyboard awareness, key signatures, scales, intervals and harmony using I, IV, and V with a chordal instrument.  Upon completion, the student should be able to sing a song, harmonize a simple tune, demonstrate rhythmic patterns, and identify musical concepts through written documentation.
Students in this course complete the MUSIC ACE software.  This course is designed similar to Music for Teachers.

MUS 116 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MUSIC   2 HRS.
PREREQUISTE:  MUS 111 or equivalent.

This course introduces the history and use of computer applications in music.  Topics include an introduction to computer skills, MIDI and the application of notation, and sequencing software programs (i.e. Finale, Performer).  Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate basic competency in the use of computers in music.

MUS 211  MUSIC THEORY IIII        3 HRS.
PREREQUISITE:  MUS 112. 
COREQUISTE:  MUS 213, ear training, separate lab.

This course introduces the student to the chromatic harmonic practices in the Common Practice Period. Topics include secondary functions, modulatory techniques, and binary and ternary forms.  Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate competence using chromatic harmony through analysis, writing, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills.

MUS 213 MUSIC THEORY LAB III    1 HR.
PREREQUISITE:  MUS 114. 
COREQUISITE: MUS 211, ear training, separate lab.

This course provides the practical application of chromatic musical materials through sight singing; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and keyboard harmony.  Topics include melodies with simple modulations, complex rhythms in simple and compound meter, and secondary function chords.  Upon completion the student should be able to write, sing, and play modulating melodies, rhythmic patterns with beat subdivisions, and four-part chromatic harmony.