Sunderman Conservatory of Music

Program Description

The Sunderman Conservatory of Music devotes itself to the development of the art of music in the lives of the campus and broader community by blending excellent, comprehensive musical training with Gettysburg College's strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges.

Music-the traditions of classical, jazz, and world musics working side-by-side and crossing boundaries-provides the lens through which students achieve a rich, well-rounded education. The Conservatory offers a wide range of music opportunities for its majors and minors and for those majoring in other fields who are interested in having music as an important part of their lives. It is our belief that the whole person can be fostered through the transforming and transcendent power of music.

A program of rigorous study in specialized music disciplines, coupled with a core curriculum in music theory, history, and literature, not only prepares music majors for distinction as performers, scholars, and teachers but also inspires success in a broad array of potential career choices. 

Three degrees- Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Bachelor of Music Education-are offered, as is a minor in music.

A successful audition and a music theory placement assessment are required for acceptance into the music major and minor programs.

 

The Sunderman Conservatory is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Program Requirements

The Sunderman Conservatory is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in music degree is designed for students with serious preparation for and interest in the study of music within a liberal arts context. Students build strong musical foundations through performance, applied study, music theory, music history, and world music. Advanced work in the major continues with a selection of courses that serve to concentrate and contextualize students' understanding of music.

Some students may choose to work with a faculty mentor to focus on particular areas of interest within music (for example, composition, conducting, teaching, jazz studies, musicology, ethnomusicology) through coursework, independent study, or internships.

The BA in Music offers a broad array of options, including the opportunity to pursue a second major or a minor in another disciplinary field. Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in music performance, composition, conducting, teaching, musicology, and ethnomusicology and in related fields such as arts management, arts marketing, music recording, and music librarianship. Others have completed graduate or professional programs in law, medicine, chemistry, physics, math, and numerous other fields while continuing to remain involved in music as an avocation. Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music is by audition.

Major Requirements

  • MUS_CLAS 141, 142, 210, 211, 212, 241, 242, 442
  • One additional restricted elective course in music theory or history at the 300-level (MUS_CLAS 304, 318, 341, 342) or other with Conservatory approval
  • Major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice all semesters in residence
  • Minimum of 6 semesters of applied lessons at the 200 level on the student's principal instrument/voice. Concurrent registration in applied lessons required during semester of senior capstone
  • Senior Capstone (Mus 456)

 


 

Bachelor of Music in Performance

This 36-course degree typically leads to graduate work in performance for those who seek careers as performers and studio teachers. It also provides the foundation for those pursuing careers as singers in opera and musical theater, as instrumentalists in orchestras and bands, as solo recitalists, collaborative pianists, conductors, college instructors, and church musicians. It is considered a professional music degree with approximately two-thirds of the course work in music. Admission to the Bachelor of Music is by audition.

Major Requirements

Voice Track

  • Eight semesters of Applied Study that includes a weekly studio class and, during the junior and senior years, preparation and performance of the junior and senior recitals (MUSIC 157, 158, 257, 258, 357, 358, 457, 458; 1.0 course units each)
  • Major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice all semesters in residence (0.25 course units each)
  • One semester of Chamber Music (MUS_ENS 191; 0.25 course units)
  • Two semesters of MUS_CLAS 250 Opera Workshop
  • Vocal Diction 1 and 2 (MUS_CLAS 207, 208; 0.50 course units each)
  • Vocal Literature 1 and 2 (MUS_CLAS 213, 214; 0.50 course units each)
  • Vocal Pedagogy (MUS_CLAS 334; 0.50 course units)
  • Five courses in music theory (Mus_Clas 141, 142, 241, 242, and a choice among the following: 304, 341, or 342)
  • Conducting (Mus_Clas 205)
  • Four courses in music history (Mus_Clas 210, 211, 212, 442)
  • An elective course.

Voice students must also take one year minimum studying each of two approved languages, which are Italian, French, German, and Spanish.

Keyboard Track

  • Eight semesters of Applied Study that includes a weekly studio class and, during the junior and senior years, preparation and performance of the junior and senior recitals (MUSIC 157, 158, 257, 258, 357, 358, 457, 458; 1.0 course units each)
  • Major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice all semesters in residence (0.25 course units each)
  • Two semesters of Chamber Music (MUS_ENS 191; 0.25 course units each)
  • Four semesters of Accompanying
  • Keyboard Literature (MUS_CLAS 332; 0.50 course units)
  • Keyboard Pedagogy (MUS_CLAS 334; 0.50 course units)
  • Five courses in music theory (MUS_CLAS 141, 142, 241, 242, and a choice among the following: 304, 341, or 342)
  • Conducting (Mus_Clas 205)
  • Four courses in music history (MUS_CLAS 210, 211, 212, 442)
  • Four elective courses.

Strings Track

  • Eight semesters of Applied Study that includes a weekly studio class and, during the junior and senior years, preparation and performance of the junior and senior recitals (MUSIC 157, 158, 257, 258, 357, 358, 457, 458; 1.0 course units each)/li>
  • Major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice all semesters in residence (0.25 course units each)
  • Seven semesters of Chamber Music (MUS_ENS 191/192; 0.25 course units each)
  • String Literature (MUS_CLAS 332; 0.50 course units)
  • String Pedagogy (MUS_CLAS 334; 0.50 course units)
  • Five courses in music theory (MUS_CLAS 141, 142, 241, 242, and a choice among the following: 304, 341, or 342)
  • Conducting (MUS_CLAS 205)
  • Four courses in music history (Mus_Clas 210, 211, 212, 442)
  • 3.5 elective courses.

Wind/Percussion Track

  • Eight semesters of Applied Study that includes a weekly studio class and, during the junior and senior years, preparation and performance of the junior and senior recitals (MUSIC 157, 158, 257, 258, 357, 358, 457, 458; 1.0 course units each)
  • Major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice all semesters in residence (0.25 course units each)
  • Seven semesters of Chamber Music (MUS_ENS 191; 0.25 course units each)
  • Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Literature (MUS_ENS 332; 0.50 course units)
  • Woodwind, Brass. or Percussion Pedagogy (MUS_ENS 334; 0.50 course units)
  • Five courses in music theory (Mus_Clas 141, 142, 241, 242, and a choice among the following: 304, 341, or 342)
  • Conducting (MUS_CLAS 205)
  • Four courses in music history (MUS_CLAS 210, 211, 212, 442)
  • 3.5 elective courses.

 


 

Bachelor of Music Education

This 36-course degree prepares students for careers as music educators at all levels in public and independent schools upon graduation. The curriculum treats all aspects of music education, including general music, vocal/choral music, and instrumental music. Music education students are given a wealth of classroom experience prior to graduation and will develop the performance skills essential to good teaching through applied lessons, large and small ensemble participation, and an impressive variety of performance opportunities. Non-Western traditions and approaches to popular music are integrated throughout the music education curriculum. While the majority of graduates move immediately into a teaching career, some may also choose to pursue graduate work in music education or in music performance, composition, or arts administration. Approximately one-half of the coursework is in music, while another 15 percent is in education courses. Students earn Pennsylvania K-12 music teaching certification upon successful completion of all requirements. Admission to the Bachelor of Music Education is by audition.

Major requirements

  • Music courses (MUS_CLAS 141, 142, 205, 210, 211, 212, 241, 242, 341)
  • Music education courses (MUS_CLAS 120, 121, 149, 150, 152, 154, 156, 159, 320, 321, 410, 412, 440, 476)
  • Education courses (MUS_CLAS 149, EDUC 201, 298/320, 340)
  • Electives must include two semesters of a foreign language, two math courses, one writing course, and one literature course in American or British literature.
  • Performance requirements include a degree recital performance, major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice all semesters in residence, small/chamber ensemble for two semesters (MUS_ENS 191), applied study on the principal instrument/voice each semester in residence at the 200-level, and participation in an ensemble outside the student’s primary performance area for one semester (students whose primary area is instrumental to participate in a choral ensemble; students whose primary area is voice to participate in an instrumental ensemble)
  • Other requirements include successful completion of a piano proficiency exam and all state education exams, as well as acceptance into music teacher education in the spring of the sophomore year (sophomore assessment and interview) and teacher education in the fall of the junior year

 


 

Music Minor

For students whose involvement with music and the Conservatory forms an essential aspect of their undergraduate career, the minor in music offers both formal recognition and structural coherence to their musical studies. The music minor encourages students to engage with musical theories, materials, and techniques, the study of music in history and culture, and performance. Admission to the music minor is by audition.

Music Minor Requirements

  • Two courses in music theory (MUS_CLAS 141, 142)
  • Two courses in musicology (MUS_CLAS 210, 212)
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of major ensemble participation on the student’s principal instrument/voice (0.25 course units each)
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of applied lessons (at the 100 level) on the student's principal instrument/voice culminating in a jury in the fourth semester of applied study. Music minors on Wagnild scholarships will enroll in applied study for a minimum of 4 semesters at the 200-level and follow guidelines for music majors with regard to applied study, including performance of a jury each semester of enrollment (0.25 course units each)

 


 

Ensemble Participation Policy

All students who are music majors are required to participate in major ensembles in their primary performing medium (instrument or voice) for credit each semester of residence. All students who are music minors are required to participate in major ensembles in their primary performing medium (instrument or voice) for credit for a minimum of four semesters. Music minors receiving Wagnild or Patrick awards have the same ensemble requirements as music majors (participation required each semester in residence).

For string players, the major ensemble is the Symphony Orchestra. For brass, percussion, and woodwind players, major ensembles are the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. For singers, the major ensemble is the College Choir. Students whose primary performing medium is keyboard (piano/organ) or guitar can satisfy the requirement by participation in either vocal or instrumental ensembles. Students not accepted by audition into one of these ensembles will be placed in appropriate alternate ensembles.

Singers pursuing the BM in Performance (vocal track) should also participate in Opera Workshop for a minimum of two semesters. All music majors are required to participate in chamber ensembles or appropriate chamber music experiences as defined by their respective degree requirements.

Exceptions to this policy/requirement may be approved by the Conservatory Director through student petition with the support of the student’s advisor and relevant ensemble director(s).

Friday Now Hear This!
Now Hear This! is a weekly time for our community of musicians to gather for student solo and chamber music performances, master classes, and presentations by Conservatory faculty members and guests. The purpose is to increase students' understanding of music, the aspects of music performance, and various professional issues related to music. Through attendance, students are exposed to a wide variety of repertory and styles, mediums, genres, and techniques. Attendance is expected of all music majors. Music minors are expected to attend during the semesters in which they are registered for applied instrument/voice lessons. Any student registered for applied study is eligible to perform.

Course Listing

Course level:
100 | 200 | 300 | 400

MUSIC-121 Applied Voice
Private instruction in singing technique, with emphasis on breath support, resonance, tone quality, diction and interpretation. Study includes song literature in various styles and languages. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-123 Applied Piano
Private instruction in the development of the necessary techniques for facility in reading and interpreting a musical score at the keyboard, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-125 Applied Organ
Private instruction designed to include literature of various periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Satisfactory piano skills and permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-126 Jazz Improvisation
Private or small group instruction emphasizing fundamentals of jazz improvisation including the study of modes, scales, the blues, and standard progressions used by jazz musicians. Literature study of a variety of jazz styles periods and transcribing solos by seminal jazz musicians are also an integral part of the class. Weekly half-hour applied lesson. Repeated every semester. Open to non-music majors and music majors/minors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 credit.

MUSIC-127BA Applied Bassoon
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the bassoon. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127CL Applied Clarinet
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the clarinet. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127DS Applied Drum Set
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals of drumset techniques, basic sticking, swing, backbeat, basic hand/foot patterns, basic drumset styles, chart reading, and rhythm section interaction. Weekly half-hour applied lesson. Repeated every semester. Open to non-music majors and music majors/minors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit.

MUSIC-127EU Applied Euphonium
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the euphonium. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127FL Applied Flute
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the flute. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127HN Applied Horn
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the horn. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127OB Applied Oboe
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the oboe. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127PE Applied Percussion
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of percussion instruments. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127SX Applied Saxophone
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the saxophone. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127TB Applied Trombone
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the trombone. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127TR Applied Trumpet
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the trumpet. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-127TU Applied Tuba
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the tuba. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-128 Applied Guitar
Private instruction emphasizing skills of technique, interpretation, reading, and fretboard knowledge. Classical and other styles are offered according to needs of students. Weekly half-hour applied lesson; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-129BA Applied Bass
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-129CE Applied Cello
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-129HP Applied Harp
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-129VA Applied Viola
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-129VN Applied Violin
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly half-hour applied lesson and studio class; juried performance in 4th semester of enrollment. Repeated every semester. Open to music minors, non-music majors, and music majors studying secondary performance areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-157 Applied Studies I
The first of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Prerequisite: audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each fall.

MUSIC-158 Applied Studies II
The second of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Prerequisite: MUSIC 157; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each spring.

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MUSIC-221 Voice
Private instruction in singing technique, with emphasis on breath support, resonance, tone quality, diction and interpretation. Study includes song literature in various styles and languages. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-223 Applied Piano
Private instruction in the development of the necessary techniques for facility in reading and interpreting a musical score at the keyboard, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-225 Applied Organ
Private instruction designed to include representative literature of various periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227BA Applied Bassoon
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the bassoon. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227CL Applied Clarinet
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the clarinet. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227EU Applied Euphonium
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the euphonium. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227FL Applied Flute
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the flute. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227HN Applied Horn
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the horn. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227OB Applied Oboe
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the oboe. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227PE Applied Percussion
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of percussion instruments. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227SX Applied Saxophone
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the saxophone. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227TB Applied Trombone
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the trombone. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227TR Applied Trumpet
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the trumpet. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-227TU Applied Tuba
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the tuba. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-228 Applied Guitar
Private instruction emphasizing fundamentals and representative repertoire for the performance of the guitar. Repeated every semester. Weekly one-hour applied lesson; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-229BA Applied Bass
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-229CE Applied Cello
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-229HP Applied Harp
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-229VA Applied Viola
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-229VN Applied Violin
Private instruction, with emphasis on tone production, physical comfort, efficient practice, ease of performance, and musical style. Literature includes representative compositions of various styles and periods. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Repeated every semester. Open to B.A. and B.M.E. students majoring in music or music education, as well as music minors on Wagnild Scholarships. Prerequisite: Audition and declared music major or Wagnild Scholarship. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of repeated enrollment satisfy MI: Arts requirement.

MUSIC-257 Applied Studies III
The third of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance. Prerequisite: MUSIC 158; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each fall.

MUSIC-258 Applied Studies IV
The fourth of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in sophomore assessment and interview. Prerequisite: MUSIC 257; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each spring.

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MUSIC-357 Applied Studies V
The fifth of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance or a half recital to be given in either the fall or spring of the junior year as a component of this curriculum. Prerequisite: MUSIC 258; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each fall.

MUSIC-358 Applied Studies VI
The sixth of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance or a half recital to be given in either the fall or spring of the junior year as a component of this curriculum. Prerequisite: MUSIC 357; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each spring.

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MUSIC-450 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F

MUSIC-456 Senior Capstone
Summative capstone of the B.A. music major curriculum which demonstrates mastery over the area of concentration and the communication conventions of the major. Possible formats include a performance or composition recital with a summative component, a recital that combines performance and a second discipline, and a thesis or presentation. Required for all B.A. students majoring in music. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and music faculty. Co-requisite: registration in applied lessons as appropriate at the 200-level.

MUSIC-457 Applied Studies VII
The seventh of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance or a full recital to be given in either the fall or spring of the senior year as a component of this curriculum. Prerequisite: MUSIC 358; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each fall.

MUSIC-458 Applied Studies VIII
The eighth of an eight-semester course sequence of music performance instruction for students in the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Weekly one-hour applied lesson and studio class; culminates in juried performance or a full recital to be given in either the fall or spring of the senior year as a component of this curriculum. Prerequisite: MUSIC 457; audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. Offered each spring.

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Course level:
100 | 200 | 300 | 400

MUS_CLAS-101 Introduction to Music Listening
This course for the general student population considers the vocabulary of music and presents a variety of important musical forms and genres of western music in relation to the cultural contexts in which they are found. Through a study of landmark works in classical and/or popular music, students develop and apply listening techniques that sharpen critical perception and enjoyment of music. Topics may vary by semester. Requires attendance at several live concerts. Offered each semester.

MUS_CLAS-102 World Music
Study of music found in selected cultures around the world, which may include Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia, as well as selected ethnic cultures within the Americas. Related arts are examined in relation to the cultural contexts in which they are found. Music making activities and small group projects are part of the course. Special event attendance is required.

MUS_CLAS-105 Intro to Contemporary Music
Study of music from a variety of Western and non-Western genres from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on the development of perceptive listening skills and the analysis of cultural context. Offered occasionally. Specific topics on contemporary music may vary.

MUS_CLAS-110 Jazz: The Evolution of America's Music
Study of America's indigenous musical art form from early blues and Dixieland through current trends. Concert attendance and listening assignments are required to attain an understanding of the genesis and development of jazz.

MUS_CLAS-111 Fundamentals of Music
Designed for students with minimum background in music, this course teaches fundamental materials of music through the creative experiences of music reading, functional keyboard skills, aural analysis, and singing. Introduction to the basics of music theory. Prerequisite: the ability to read in treble or bass clef and to match pitch vocally. Offered as needed.

MUS_CLAS-120 Introductory Piano
First of a two-course sequence. Students will begin to gain skills in piano performance, piano technique, reading from the grand staff, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, and performing accompaniments for typical songs used in the public and private school music curriculums. Required for music education majors. Offered each fall.

MUS_CLAS-121 Teaching Classroom Piano
Students will continue to develop performance, transposition, harmonization, and improvisation skills and technique for piano first introduced in MUS_CLAS 120. Students will develop and implement teaching practices commonly found in piano lab settings. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisites: state and federal clearances for working with children and a grade of C or higher in MUS_CLAS or permission of instructor. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-141 Test Credit in Music Theory

MUS_CLAS-141 Theory I
A comprehensive introduction to the structural principles and compositional techniques of diatonic music which includes the basic elements of theory: pitch, rhythm, notation, intervals, triads and inversion, seventh chords, tonal and modal scales, harmonic progression, and basic voice-leading principles. Correlated sight-singing using solfege, aural perception skills, and keyboard playing. Prerequisite: Ability to read musical notation and knowledge of scales and key signatures, acceptance into the music major or minor programs and/or permission of instructor. Offered each fall.

MUS_CLAS-142 Theory II
The course builds upon principals from MUS_CLAS 141 to develop a harmonic vocabulary through analysis, use of seventh chords, secondary functions, and simple modulation. Correlated sight-singing using solfege, aural perception skills, and keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 141 with a grade of C or better. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-149 Social Foundations of Music Education
Orientation to the practice of teaching and learning music. Students are provided both theoretical and practical experience in understanding the social, cultural, and historical development and implementation of various models used in teaching and learning music in the U.S. and across the globe. Students will learn to develop optimum environments for learning that address the needs of diverse populations and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Open to all music majors. Prerequisites for music education majors: state and federal clearances for working with children. Offered each fall.

MUS_CLAS-150 Teaching and Learning Woodwinds
Instruction and practice in the technique of playing and approaches to teaching woodwind instruments. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisite: state and federal clearances for working with children and declared major in music education or permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-152 Teaching and Learning Brass
Instruction and practice in the technique of playing and approaches to teaching brass instruments. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisite: state and federal clearances for working with children and declared major in music education or permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-154 Teaching and Learning Strings
Instruction and practice in the technique of playing and approaches to teaching string instruments. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisite: state and federal clearances for working with children and declared major in music education or permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Offered each fall.

MUS_CLAS-156 Teaching and Learning Percussion
Instruction and practice in the technique of playing and approaches to teaching percussion instruments. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisite: state and federal clearances for working with children and declared major in music education or permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-159 Teaching and Learning Voice
Instruction and practice in solo and ensemble vocal music performance and teaching. Includes required field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisite: state and federal clearances for working with children and declared major in music education or permission of instructor. 0.25 course credit. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-170 Video Game Music: Style, Technology, and Culture
Survey of technological, sociological, and artistic issues related to games and game music. Students will critically examine notions of play; explore the evolution of video game soundtracks; analyze how music operates in games; explore and critique "music games" such as Guitar Hero; and explore music and sound in game-related cultural phenomena (such as video game soundtrack concerts and tribute bands). The course includes a substantial multimedia component. Offered occasionally.

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MUS_CLAS-203 Film Music
A critical and historical survey of film music, with a particular focus on the Hollywood film industry. Students will become familiar with the history of film music from the silent era through the twenty-first century, and will consider the ways music and film have co-existed throughout history. We will also explore the contexts of film music: its relationship with other musical genres (including opera and popular music) and musical developments (trends in twentieth-century music both popular and classical). Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with music theory and notation. Offered occasionally.

MUS_CLAS-205 Conducting I
Development of basic conducting technique. Areas of study include conducting gestures, baton skills, score reading, basic rehearsal techniques, introductory score analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 142. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-207 Vocal Diction 1
A detailed study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, with particular attention to the principles and symbols of Italian and German diction. Application of principles through written assignments, oral drill, lab work, and individual performance in class. Normally offered in the fall of odd-numbered years. 0.50 course credit.

MUS_CLAS-208 Vocal Diction 2
A detailed study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, with particular attention to the principles and symbols of English and French diction. Application of principles through written assignments, oral drill, lab work, and individual performance in class. Normally offered in the spring of even-numbered years. 0.50 course credit.

MUS_CLAS-210 Musicology I: Western Music in the Medieval through Romantic Eras
This course presents a historical survey of Western art music from the Medieval through Modern Romantic eras. Students engage with representative and canonic texts of art music (through both listening and score-study) as well as discuss the various contexts for these texts: the composers who wrote them, the performers who performed them, the patrons who supported them, and the audiences and critics who wrote about them. In addition, students explore the relationship between these texts and the world beyond music, looking at contemporary developments in art, literature, drama, philosophy, religion, and politics. Prerequisite: declared music major or minor, or permission of the instructor. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-211 Musicology II: Western Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
In this seminar-style course students will think, write, and listen critically to Western art music, American vernacular music, and jazz, exploring a broad array of genres, topics, and issues. Students engage both representative and neglected texts of music through study of scores and performances, historical primary sources, and scholarly secondary sources. Students will explore in more depth the relationship between these various types of texts, the intellectual and historical world beyond music, and broader cultural currents such as race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, and social class. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 210 or permission of the instructor. Fulfills Multiple Inquiries—Humanities. Offered each fall.

MUS_CLAS-212 Musicology I: Introduction to Ethnomusicology
This course is an introduction to ethnomusicology, the study of music in its cultural context. Students develop skills to think and write about music from cross-cultural perspectives, and world music repertoires from Africa, Asia, and the Americas are covered. Emphasis is placed on roles that music has played in struggles for social justice. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 210, MUS_CLAS 211, or permission of instructor. Fulfills Multiple Inquiries—Arts and Conceptual Diversity—Global Understanding. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-213 Vocal Literature 1
Survey of solo vocal literature from the 17th to the 21st century focusing on works in English and Italian through the context of history, culture, and musical tradition with emphasis on evolving poetic and harmonic styles. The course highlights the significant features and development of the art song and provides approaches and resources for studying this literature. Works of oratorio and chamber music, as well as art songs in Russian, Spanish, Czech, Slavic and Scandinavian languages may be included as special projects. The course requires extensive listening assignments and in-class performances. Normally offered in the fall of even-numbered years. 0.50 course credit.

MUS_CLAS-214 Vocal Literature 2
Survey of solo vocal literature from the 17th to the 21st century focusing on works in German and French through the context of history, culture, and musical tradition with emphasis on evolving poetic and harmonic styles. The course highlights the significant features and development of the art song and provides approaches and resources for studying this literature. Works of oratorio and chamber music, as well as art songs in Russian, Spanish, Czech, Slavic and Scandinavian languages may be included as special projects. The course requires extensive listening assignments and in-class performances. Normally offered in the spring of odd-numbered years. 0.50 course credit.

MUS_CLAS-218 American Roots Music and Dance
An exploration of American globalization through the lens of music and dance. This course focuses on music and dance traditions at their center of origin, but also their diffusion and change over time. Students discover cultural contexts in which these traditions function, using music and dance as lenses on various societies, events, and individual creators. Studying American music as a process, in tandem with its dance, reflects recent conceptual shifts in ethnomusicology. Offered occasionally.

MUS_CLAS-220 Performance and Analysis in Music
An intensive two-week experience in performance and analysis off-campus as part of a summer music festival. Students rigorously study the elements of analysis, coherent interpretation, and performance of musical compositions. Particular emphasis is placed on solo and chamber music repertoire with opportunities to perform in concerts and master classes with international musicians. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered occasionally.

MUS_CLAS-241 Theory III
Building on skills gained in MUS_CLAS 141 and 142, students explore musical structure through small forms and composition projects. Other topics include advanced modulation techniques, and chromatic harmony. Correlated skills in sight-singing, aural perception, and keyboard harmony include singing chromatic melodies and melodies that modulate and notating and playing progressively more complex melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic idioms. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 142 with a grade of C or better. Offered each fall.

MUS_CLAS-242 Theory IV
Theoretical study of compositional techniques and musical vocabularies of the late 19th century to the present, including extension of tonality, developments in rhythm, atonality and serialism, set theory, notational innovations, and assumptions and practices of the avant-garde. Analysis of larger forms, a 20th-21st-century research component, and composition projects. Correlated increasingly advanced skills in sight-singing and aural perception. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 241 with a grade of C or better. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-244 Jazz: African American Classical Music
Jazz is appropriately considered to be African American classical music because 1) its major innovators are black; 2) it is acknowledged as a uniquely American art form, and, 3) like European and Asian classical musics, it stresses virtuosity, is performed by professionals, and (nowadays) is meant primarily for listening. This course surveys the development of jazz in relation to African American history and aesthetics, addressing socio-political contexts as well as musical style. AFS 244 and MUS_CLAS 244 are cross-listed.

MUS_CLAS-247 History of African American Music
A survey of the history of African American music in the United States, beginning with a perusal of music in Africa and the Caribbean and tracing its development from spirituals to hip-hop. Disciplinary perspectives range from ethnomusicology (the study of music in its cultural context) to anthropology, religious studies, critical race theory and gender studies. No previous academic experience with music is required. Cross-listed with AFS 247.

MUS_CLAS-250 Opera Workshop
Intensive performance-based course providing students with an appropriate educational environment for the preparation and performance of scenes from operas, operettas, and/or musical theatre from the standard repertoire. Emphasis is on musical preparation, vocal coaching, diction, acting techniques, written in-depth character analysis, and stage movement, culminating in a public performance. Open to all students by audition or consent of instructor. Offered each spring. May be taken two times for credit.

MUS_CLAS-251 Topics in Musicology: Global - Music of the Caribbean
An examination of music in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Trinidad. Disciplinary perspectives come from ethnomusicology (the study of music as culture), Africana Studies, and Latin American Studies. Covers recreational musics (such as reggae and salsa) as well as religious musics (such as bata drumming) in relation to broader cultural currents such as national identity, race, social class, gender, sexuality, and religion. MUS 251, AFS 251, and LAS 251 are cross-listed.

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MUS_CLAS-304 Counterpoint and Composition
Introduction to contrapuntal techniques of the eighteenth century and species counterpoint. Original composition projects for small ensembles are an integral part of the course. A working knowledge of Sibelius software is helpful. Completion of MUSIC 242 or permission of instructor is required. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 242. Offered in the fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-305 Conducting II
Concentration on advanced conducting skills and technique. Areas of study include more highly developed conducting gestures, advanced interpretive and rehearsal techniques, and a more intensive study of literature and score analysis. Prerequisites: MUS-CLAS 205, MUS-CLAS 242, MUS_CLAS 210, and MUS_CLAS 211 (or permission of instructor). Offered occasionally.

MUS_CLAS-317 Topics in String Music Literature
Study of selected string quartets and string ensemble works with strong emphasis on the application of analysis to performance. The class explores the development of the music's compositional styles against the backdrop of historical and social settings. Particular attention is given to studying the harmonic and melodic language of the composers within the context of their writing for strings with particular emphasis on stylistic comparisons among the works studied and performed during the semester. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Open to string instrumentalists by permission of instructor. Offered occasionally.

MUS_CLAS-318 Africana Music: Juju to Hip Hop
An interdisciplinary perusal of issues surrounding Africana musics ranging from African music such as juju to Afro-Caribbean styles such as salsa and African American forms such as jazz and hip-hop. This discussion-oriented course calls upon perspectives from Africana studies, ethnomusicology (the study of music in its cultural context), anthropology, religious studies, history, philosophy, critical race theory, gender studies, and literary criticism. Cross-listed with AFS 318.

MUS_CLAS-320 Teaching Children Music
Study and evaluation of philosophies, approaches, and materials of teaching and learning music with children from birth to adolescence. Students will explore approaches for guiding children to listen to, respond to, create with, and perform music. Creative and collaborative projects include: writing culturally responsive lessons, unit plans, and curricula for different stages of childhood. Includes required field experience with area music teachers. Prerequisites: state and federal clearances for working with children, declared major in music education and MUS_CLAS 120, 121, 149, and 159. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-321 Teaching Adolescents Music
Study and evaluation of philosopies, approaches, and materials of teaching and learning music with adolescents. Students explore music as a medium for enacting social change. Topics center around diversity, creativity, identity formation, and the use of popular, culturally responsive, and critical pedagogies in music. Creative and collaborative projects include building ukuleles; composing; recording and mastering original songs; writing, performing, filming, and showcasing an original musical; and developing and implementing lessons and curricula for a wide variety of learning contexts outside of large ensemble settings. Includes required field experience with area music teachers. Prerequisites: state and federal clearances for working with children and MUS_CLAS 149. Offered each spring.

MUS_CLAS-332 Literature of the Applied Instrument
Survey of the musical literature of a particular performance area for students pursuing instrumental tracks in the BM in Performance degree. Students channel their research and study toward their own performance specialty and survey the general body of compositions written for that medium. Prerequisite: audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music Performance degree or permission of instructor. 0.50 course credit. Offered as needed.

MUS_CLAS-334 Pedagogy of Applied Music
A comprehensive survey of learning theories, various pedagogical methods, appropriate literature, and laboratory application for the principal instrument or voice. Students will develop skills for private studio teaching and be introduced to the practical considerations of studio administration. Prerequisite: audition and acceptance to the Bachelor of Music Performance degree or permission of instructor. 0.50 course credit. Offered as needed.

MUS_CLAS-341 Theory V: Orchestration
Study of capabilities and limitations of the standard wind, string, and percussion instruments. Included is score study, transcription, transposition, arranging and emphasis on applied orchestration projects for laboratory performance and critique. Prerequisite: MUS_CLAS 242. Normally offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-342 Theory VI: Form and Analysis
Course designed to give advanced music majors the opportunity to study common forms and procedural types, and other musical processes in depth and to challenge them to grapple with music's complexities using a variety of analytical methodologies. Prerequisites: MUS_CLAS 212 and 242, or permission of instructor. Offered occasionally.

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MUS_CLAS-410 Teaching and Conducting Choral Ensembles
Study of philosophies and approaches of teaching and conducting choral ensembles. Students learn advanced skills of conducting choral ensembles, including score analysis, musical interpretation, rehearsal techniques, and approaches for communicating musical intent through conducting gestures. Other topics include the organization of choral ensembles and music programs and a survey of musical literature appropriate for choral ensembles of various ages and contexts. Partially fulfills the certification requirement for field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisites: state and federal clearances for working with children, declared major in music education, and MUS_CLAS 120, 121, 149, 159, and 205. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-412 Teaching and Conducting Instrumental Ensembles
Study of philosophies and approaches of teaching and conducting instrumental groups including orchestra and wind band ensembles. Students learn advanced skills of conducting instrumental ensembles, including score analysis, musical interpretation, rehearsal techniques, and approaches for communicating musical intent through conducting gestures. Other topics include the organization of instrumental ensembles and music programs and a survey of musical literature appropriate for instrumental ensembles of various ages and contexts. Partially fulfills the certification requirement for field experience hours with area music teachers. Prerequisites: state and federal clearances for working with children, declared major in music education, and MUS_CLAS 149, 150, 152, 154, 156, and 205. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

MUS_CLAS-440 Music Student Teaching Seminar
The seminar, an accompaniment to the semester of music student teaching, explores approaches for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students in pre-adulthood school music settings. It also addresses informal and formal assessment techniques within an interactive assessment-instruction framework, the processes for implementing assessments, and adapting instruction for students with learning differences. Students will learn how to apply for and interview for jobs and create and present a reflective teaching portfolio and website. Co-requisite: MUS_CLAS 476. Offered as needed, normally every spring.

MUS_CLAS-442 Topics Seminar
In-depth study, using historical and other appropriate methodologies, of a unifying musical topic such as the works of a single composer or small group of composers, a study of a particular musical genre, geographical place, or a focused look at an important musical issue. Prerequisites: MUS_CLAS 210, 211, 242, or permission of the instructor.

MUS_CLAS-450 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F

MUS_CLAS-451 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U

MUS_CLAS-452 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial not counting toward minimum requirements in a major or minor, grades A-F.

MUS_CLAS-453 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U

MUS_CLAS-460 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F

MUS_CLAS-461 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U

MUS_CLAS-462 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research not counting toward minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F.

MUS_CLAS-463 Individualized Study-Research
Individualized research not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor graded S/U

MUS_CLAS-470 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F

MUS_CLAS-471 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U

MUS_CLAS-472 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F

MUS_CLAS-473 Individualized Study-Internship
Internship not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U

MUS_CLAS-474 Summer Internship
Summer internship graded A-F, counts for minimum requirements for a major or minor only with written permission filed in the Registrar's Office.

MUS_CLAS-475 Summer Internship
Summer Internship graded S/U, counts for minimum requirements for a major or minor only with written permission filed in the Registrar's Office

MUS_CLAS-476 Music Student Teaching
Teaching in school settings with varied age groups in cooperation with and under the supervision of experienced teachers. Individual conferences and seminars with the College supervisor and cooperating teacher are required. Students spend at least 15 weeks in the classroom Pre-requisites: state and federal clearances for working with children, declared major in music education, and MUS_CLAS 320, 321, 410, 412. Co-requisite: MUS_CLAS 440. 3 course units. Offered as needed, normally every spring.

MUS_CLAS-477 Half Credit Internship
Half credit internship, graded S/U.

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100

MUS_ENS-161 Wind Symphony
The premier wind band in the Sunderman Conservatory designed for the development of the professional performer, music educators, and dedicated musicians. A select group of 40-50 players, the ensemble rehearses and performs a combination of wind band masterworks and new repertoire. The Wind Symphony is open to all Gettysburg College students. Prerequisite: audition/permission of instructor. Four hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-162 Marching Band
The Bullets Marching Band performs at all home football games and various other functions throughout the fall semester. Participation is open to any Gettysburg College student who plays a wind or percussion instrument, as well as to visual performers in Color Guard (Flag/Rifle/Saber). Four hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered each fall. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-163 Symphony Band
Symphony Band is a large concert ensemble performing a wide range of traditional wind literature and new works for band. The ensemble meets during the spring semester and is open to any interested Gettysburg College student who plays a wind or percussion instrument. Faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate. There are no auditions; seating will be determined at the first rehearsal. Two hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered each spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-165 Orchestra
The orchestra is dedicated to performing a wide variety of works of orchestral music ranging from the Baroque period through the present. The Orchestra is open to all Gettysburg College Students. Prerequisite: audition/permission of instructor. Four hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-171 Jazz Ensemble
A traditional jazz ensemble of 18-22 musicians dedicated to preserving and advancing America's indigenous musical art form. All styles of jazz are studied from big band swing through contemporary fusion. Campus, community, and festival performances. The jazz ensemble is open to all Gettysburg College students. Prerequisite: audition/ permission of instructor. Two hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-181 College Choir
Mixed (SATB) choral ensemble for experienced singers. This choir of 40-50 singers performs choral literature from all periods of music history. Performances on campus and in the region, with periodic national or international tours. Open to all Gettysburg College students. Prerequisite: audition/permission of instructor. Four hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-182 Concert Choir
Mixed choral ensemble of 70-90 singers that performs sacred and secular music for large choirs. Open to all Gettysburg College students. Faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate. Prerequisite: audition/ permission of instructor. Two hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-183 Audeamus
Advanced ensemble that performs music for treble voices from various periods and styles. Ensemble performs in major choral concerts each semester and in other campus or community performances. Open to all Gettysburg College students. Prerequisite: audition/permission of instructor. Two hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit. Four semesters of participation earn MI: Arts credit.

MUS_ENS-191 Chamber Music
Chamber ensembles perform a wide variety of music representing all historical periods. Emphasis is on "one-to-a-part" performance without conductor. Size of the groups will typically range from trios to sextets. Examples of ensembles may include: brass quintet, flute ensemble, piano trio, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, string quartet, vocal quartet, chamber opera, and other/mixed ensembles. Instrumental/vocal combinations vary depending upon student availability and demand. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit.

MUS_ENS-192 Sunderman Strings
All string chamber ensembles are known as Sunderman Strings. The size of individual groups can cover the gamut from duos to un-conducted chamber orchestra. Combinations may vary from year to year. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit.

MUS_ENS-193 Percussion Ensemble
Performs a wide variety of percussion ensemble literature drawn from many eras and styles. Open to all percussionists, including music majors, music minors, and all Gettysburg College students. Musicians whose primary performance area is not percussion may be admitted with permission of instructor. Two hours of rehearsal each week. Graded A-F. Offered each spring. 0.25 course credit.

MUS_ENS-194 Jazz Dispatch
Focuses on small group jazz improvisation. Repertoire covers the gamut of musical types found in contemporary jazz, stressing the bebop language and the popular song form but also modal, Latin, and free approaches. The group performs both on and off campus. Prerequsite: audition/permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in MUS_ENS 171 Jazz Ensemble. Two hours of rehearsal each week. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit.

MUS_ENS-195 Camerata
Advanced vocal chamber ensemble performing music written for small ensembles, from madrigals to vocal jazz. Ensemble performs in choral concerts and in other campus or community performances. Prerequisite: audition/permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in a choral ensemble (MUS_ENS 181, 182, or 183). Two hours of rehearsal each week. Graded A-F. Offered fall and spring. 0.25 course credit.

MUS_ENS-196 Afro-Latin Percussion Group
The Afro-Latin Percussion Group is open to all Gettysburg College students, regardless of major. This course is designed to for beginners as well as for experienced drummers. Students will explore a number of different cultures, learning traditional rhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru and West Africa. While course emphasis is on the enjoyment of music and on learning, students will also perform publicly. Graded A-F. Offered each fall. 0.25 course credit.

MUS_ENS-197 Gamelan Gita Semara
Gamelan Gita Semara is an instrumental ensemble from Bali, Indonesia consisting of metallic barred instruments, gongs, bronze pots, drums, cymbals, and flutes. The ensemble is open to any interested Gettysburg College student, regardless of major. The course is designed for beginning as well as experienced musicians. Music is learned without notation and taught through an aural transmission process. Each semester, the ensemble performs programs of traditional and contemporary Balinese music on campus and at venues throughout the region. Faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate. There are no auditions. Two hours of rehearsal weekly. Graded A-F. Offered each semester. 0.25 course credit.

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