MUS-101
Credit Hours:
4
Introduction to Music: Classical
This course is an overview of western "art" music from the Middle Ages to present day. Emphasis is placed on the forms and styles of music categorized by historical periods and the composers' social environment. Extensive music listening is incorporated into the curriculum both in class and as assignments. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-102
Credit Hours:
4
Introduction to Music: Jazz
This course will introduce students to the uniquely American art form Jazz, through a study of the musical contributions of its major figures. The course of study will include all styles of jazz, from early jazz (Dixieland) to the music of today.
MUS-103
Credit Hours:
4
Introduction to Music: World Music
This course explores different approaches to music-making through the world by examining the ritual and social contexts, compositional techniques, performance styles, instruments, and learning traditions of different musical cultures. The course begins with an overview of musical terminology and ethnomusicological methodologies that can be applied to various types of global music. Subsequently, the course builds on this foundational knowledge by examining various case studies from around the world and comparing them to Western classical and popular traditions.
MUS-104
Credit Hours:
4
Music Theory I - Musical Materials
Fundamentals of written musical materials including terminology, tuning systems, notation, intervals, scales, chords, basic diatonic harmony, rhythm, simple forms, aural skills and computer music applications. (Offered fall semester)
MUS-105
Credit Hours:
4
Music Theory II - Harmonic Systems
A survey of approaches to musical harmony including linear systems (counterpoint), vertical systems (common practice tonality, polytonality), mathematical systems (serialism) and jazz systems. Prerequisite: 104. (Offered spring semester)
MUS-199
Credit Hours:
1-4
General Topics in Music
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
MUS-201
Credit Hours:
4
Music History I
A historical survey of the evolution of musical style in Western Europe from the Medieval era through the Baroque. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-202
Credit Hours:
4
Music History II
A historical survey of the evolution of musical style in Western Europe and the United States from roughly 1750 to the late 20th century. Understanding of musical notation is required. Prerequisite: 104. (Offered spring semester)
MUS-204
Credit Hours:
4
Music Theory III - Methods of Analysis
A survey of approaches to the formal analysis of music including the approaches of Rameau, Schenker, Forte and others. Prerequisite: 105. (Offered fall semester)
MUS-206
Credit Hours:
4
Conducting and Orchestration
An introduction to conducting and orchestration. Students will compose, orchestrate and conduct original works of music. Prerequisite: 105. (Offered spring semester)
MUS-214
Credit Hours:
4
Music in America
A survey of music-making in America from the colonial period to the present, including early American sacred, patriotic, and political music; musical theatre; and various popular and art music genres of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly as influenced by the collision between European and African musical traditions. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-215
Credit Hours:
4
Popular Musical Theater in America
This course studies both the antecedents to the American musical (18th century comic opera, blackface minstrels, the revue and vaudeville, and operetta) and the Broadway musical of this century, from Jerome Kern to Stephen Sondheim.
MUS-216
Credit Hours:
4
Sound Editing and Recording
A study of audio recording focusing on acoustics, microphone techniques, live and studio recording techniques, editing, signal processing and production.
MUS-217
Credit Hours:
4
Computer Music
An introduction to creating music with a computer, focusing on sequencing, sampling and direct synthesis.
MUS-219
Credit Hours:
4
Music and Globalization
A consideration of the increasingly complex behavior of music in the modern (or postmodern) world. We will pay particular attention to the function of music: its uses, the ways in which it is part of - and helps to define - daily life for a number of diverse populations in a number of diverse locales, and the ways in which it is transmitted in a global culture. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-220
Credit Hours:
4
Women in Music
Historically, women have played an integral role in musical traditions around the world, although the extent of their contributions has only recently been recognized and studied in an academic context. This course traces the development and current state of women's roles in music, including Western art music composers, performers, critics, and teachers: performers of popular American genres such as jazz, country, and rock; and performers of popular "World Beat" and traditional world musics. Cross-listed with WMST 220.
MUS-224
Credit Hours:
4
Computer Music II
An exploration of advanced topics in computer music including interactive systems, algorithmic composition, granular synthesis, and others.
MUS-225
Credit Hours:
4
Music of the Baroque
In this course, we will look at the development of Western Art music from the end of the Renaissance period through the careers of J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, covering an approximate period of 1600-1750. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-226
Credit Hours:
4
Classical Era: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven
This course will be devoted to a study of the work of the three principal composers of the classical era: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven (early works). We will study the style characteristics, as well as the musical genres and forms employed. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-228
Credit Hours:
4
19th Century Music
A study of 19th-century Western art music, focusing on the genres of art song, piano music, symphonic music, chamber music, and opera, from late Beethoven to Debussy. Works will be considered in their historical and cultural context, as well as from the point of view of their musical characteristics. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-229
Credit Hours:
4
20th Century Music
In this course, we will look at the development of 20th century music idioms and compositional techniques with their larger political and cultural contexts. We will study individual works by composers as well as overall compositional trends. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-230
Credit Hours:
4
The History of American Folk and Country Music
"The History of American Folk and Country Music" is designed to broaden the students' knowledge of America's musical heritage through aural analysis of recorded and live music, as well as study of printed materials. In order to increase the knowledge of America's diverse musical heritage, students will be exposed to the contribution of European immigrants, African Americans, Hispanics, Franco-Americans and Native Americans.
MUS-234
Credit Hours:
4
History of Gospel Music
This course will explore the historical development of African-American gospel music in the 20th Century. The course will begin an examination of the pre-gospel era (pre-1900s-ca. 1920), move on to gospel music's beginnings (ca. 1920s), and continue unto the present. The course will explore the musical, sociological, political, and religious influences that contributed to the development of the various gospel music eras and styles. Through class lectures, demonstrations, music listening, reading and writing assignments, students will learn about the significant musical and non-musical contributions of African American gospel artists and the historical development of African American gospel music. Students will also strive to gain an understanding of the African American musical aesthetic and to determine how it is retained and expressed with African American gospel music and other musical genres. The class is open to students, staff, and faculty of all levels.
MUS-237
Credit Hours:
4
History of Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass has become one of America's most popular folk musics. The History of Bluegrass Music is a comprehensive course that traces this unique art form from its European and African roots, to the hills of Appalachia and beyond. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-239
Credit Hours:
4
The History of Rock Music
This class explores a diversity of movements within rock music from the 1950s through the present. Central to this class is the music itself. Thus while the class will explore the experiences of musicians, it will focus on building a working knowledge of the musical language of rock (including elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form, style). In addition, the class will investigate music-making and listening technologies, as well as rock's relationship to its historical, cultural, and social context. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-241
Credit Hours:
1-4
Special Topics in Music Performance
Special Topics in Music Performance is a course offering that deals with various aspects of performance within music.
MUS-242
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Music Musicology/Music History
Special Topics in Musicology/Music History is a course offering that deals with music with respects to its history, people, and culture.
MUS-243
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Music Composition
Special Topics in Music Composition is a course offering that deals with the creative aspects of music composition.
MUS-244
Credit Hours:
4
Special Ensemble in Musicianship Skills
Special Ensemble in Music Theory is a course offering that deals with the musicianship aspects of Music Theory and Aural Skills.
MUS-245
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Music Collaboration
Special Topics in Music Collaborations are courses that do not fall within the other designations and are collaborative in nature. They may be courses within the department or in collaboration with other Denison departments.
MUS-299
Credit Hours:
1-4
Intermediate Topics in Music
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
MUS-301
Credit Hours:
Junior Recital
The Junior Recital is a 30 to 40 minute solo performance of appropriate concert literature selected in consultation with the private lesson instructor. Must be taken concurrently with Private Lessons.
MUS-314
Credit Hours:
4
Music in America (Majors)
A survey of music-making in America from the colonial period to the present, including early American sacred, patriotic, and political music; musical theatre; and various popular and art music genres of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly as influenced by the collision between European and African musical traditions. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-319
Credit Hours:
4
Music and Globalization (Majors)
A consideration of the increasingly complex behavior of music in the modern (or postmodern) world. We will pay particular attention to the function of music: its uses, the ways in which it is part of - and helps to define - daily life for a number of diverse populations in a number of diverse locales, and the ways in which it is transmitted in a global culture. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-320
Credit Hours:
4
Women in Music (Majors)
Historically, women have played an integral role in musical traditions around the world, although the extent of their contributions has only recently been recognized and studied in an academic context. This course will trace the development and current state of women's roles in music, including Western art music composers, performers, critics, and teachers: performers of popular American genres such as jazz, country, and rock; and performers of popular "World Beat" and traditional world musics.
MUS-326
Credit Hours:
4
Classical Era: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven (Majors)
This course will be devoted to a study of the work of the three principal composers of the classical era: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (early works). We will study the style characteristics, as well as the musical genres and forms employed. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-328
Credit Hours:
4
19th Century Music (Majors)
A study of 19th-century Western art music, focusing on the genres of art song, piano music, symphonic music, chamber music, and opera, from late Beethoven to Debussy. Works will be considered in their historical and cultural context, as well as from the point of view of their musical characteristics. Understanding of musical notation is required.
MUS-329
Credit Hours:
4
20th Century Music (Majors)
In this course, we will look at the development of 20th century music idioms and compositional techniques with their larger political and cultural contexts. We will study individual works by composers as well as overall composition trends. Understand of musical notation is required.
MUS-330
Credit Hours:
4
The History of American Folk and Country Music (Majors)
"The History of American Folk and Country Music" is designed to broaden the students' knowledge of America's musical heritage through aural analysis of recorded and live music, as well as study of printed materials. In order to increase the knowledge of America's diverse musical heritage, students will be exposed to the contribution of European immigrants. African Americans, Hispanics, Franco-American and Native Americans.
MUS-332
Credit Hours:
4
Music and Sexuality
MUS-334
Credit Hours:
4
History of African American Gospel Music (Majors)
This course will explore the historical development of African-American gospel music in the 20th Century. The course will began an examination of the pre-gospel era (pre-1900's-ca 1920), move on to gospel music's beginnings (ca. 1920's), and continue onto the present. The course will explore the musical sociological, political and religious influences that contributed to the development of the various gospel music eras and styles. Through class lectures, demonstrations, music listening, reading and writing assignments, students will learn about the significant musical and non-musical contributions of African American gospel artists and the historical development of African American gospel music. Students will also strive to gain an understanding of the African American musical aesthetic and to determine how it is retained and expressed with African American gospel music and other musical genres. The class is open to students, staff and faculty of all levels.
MUS-337
Credit Hours:
4
History of Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass has become one of America's most popular folk musics. The History of Bluegrass Music is a comprehensive course that traces this unique art form from its European and African roots, to the hills of Appalachia and beyond. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-339
Credit Hours:
4
The History of Rock Music
This class explores a diversity of movements within rock music from the 1950's through the present. Central to this class is the music itself. Thus while the class will explore the experiences of musicians, it will focus on building a working knowledge of the musical language of rock (including elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form, style). In addition, the class will investigate music-making and listening technologies, as well as rock's relationship to its historical, cultural, and social context. The ability to read musical notation is not required.
MUS-341
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Music Performance
Special Topics in Music Performance is a course offering that deals with various aspects of performance within music.
MUS-342
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Musicology/Music History
Special Topics in Musicology/Music History is a course offering that deals with music with respects to its history, people, and culture.
MUS-343
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Music Composition
Special Topics in Music Composition is a course offering that deals with the creative aspects of music composition.
MUS-344
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Musicianship Skills
Special Ensemble in Music Theory is a course offering that deals with the musicianship aspects of Music Theory and Aural Skills.
MUS-345
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Music Collaboration
Special Topics in Music Collaborations are courses that do not fall within the other designations and are collaborative in nature. They may be courses within the department or in collaboration with other Denison departments.
MUS-361
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
MUS-362
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
MUS-363
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
MUS-364
Credit Hours:
1-4
Independent Study
MUS-399
Credit Hours:
1-4
Advanced Topics in Music
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
MUS-401
Credit Hours:
Senior Recital
The Senior Recital is a 50 to 60 minute solo performance of appropriate concert literature selected in consultation with the private lesson instructor. Must be taken concurrently with Private Lessons.
MUS-402
Credit Hours:
1-4
Senior Project
The Senior Project is a composition or research project in the emphasis of the music major (composition, computer music or music history) to be selected and completed in consultation with the appropriate area instructor.
MUS-451
Credit Hours:
4
Senior Research
MUS-452
Credit Hours:
4
Senior Research