Course Descriptions

Below is a list of all courses offered by the department.

MU 105 - Music Theory I

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides a foundation for the understanding and application of the following music theory topics: manuscript notation, simple and compound meter, major and minor keys and scales, modes, intervals, triads, seventh chords, inversions, non-harmonic tones, cadences and voice leading. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue with the study of music theory in MU 106. This is a required course for music majors and minors, and open to all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Essential music literacy knowledge and skill. Students who do not receive a passing score on the Music Reading Assessment are required to register for two semesters of applied piano study before reapplying for MU 105..

MU 106 - Music Theory II

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides a basis for the understanding and application of the following music theory knowledge base: first species counterpoint, dominant seventh chords, leading tone seventh chords, non-dominant seventh chords, seventh chord inversions, voice leading in four voices, four-part harmonization, and modulation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue the study of music theory in MU 210. This is a required course for music majors and minors, and open to all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 105.

MU 107 - A Survey of American Music

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a cultural study of the life, times and music of the American people, including indigenous music, folk styles, jazz, blues, and popular styles. Emphasis is on listening skills and elements of musical organization, and historical/cultural contexts.

MU 108 - Music History I

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a historical survey of Western music from the ancient/medieval worlds through the 18th century. Students will examine essential elements, composers, genres, and performance styles of music, with an emphasis on listening and analysis. The course is required for music majors and minors, and open to all students with the consent of the instructor.

MU 109 - Music History II

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a historical survey of Western music from the 19th century to the 21st century. Students will examine essential elements, composers, genres and performance styles of music, with an emphasis on listening and analysis. The course is required for music majors and minors, and open to all students with the consent of the instructor.

MU 114 - Introduction to Musical Art

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to enhance understanding and perception of musical art. The elements, structure and process of music, and a variety of musical genres will be presented, including a survey of jazz, blues, popular and classical styles. This course will focus on the perception of auditory art, the analysis of musical mathematics and design, and the experience of creating and performing musical art.

MU 126 - Ear Training I

(Credits: 2.00)

This is the first of a four-course sequence in ear training and sight singing. Students will pursue mastery of the "Hearing Eye" and the "Seeing Ear" through in-class performance of musical examples in solfeggio and manuscript dictation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue with the study of ear training in MU 127. This is a required course for music majors and minors, and open to all students with consent of the instructor.

MU 127 - Ear Training II

(Credits: 2.00)

This is the second of a four-course sequence in ear training and sight singing. Students will have the opportunity to pursue mastery of the "Hearing Eye" and the "Seeing Ear" through in-class performance of musical examples in solfeggio and manuscript dictation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue with the study of ear training in MU 226. This is a required course for music majors and minors, and open to all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 126.

MU 131 - Concert Choir

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

The concert choir is an ensemble of mixed voices performing choral literature from various stylistic periods. The choir performs at least one formal concert each semester and may tour in the spring semester. This is a required ensemble for voice music majors and minors. Membership in the concert choir is open to all qualified singers without credit or fee. Prerequisite: Audition, consent of the conductor.

MU 141 - Orchestra

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

Students will perform in small (chamber) ensembles, which rehearse during the afternoon, as well as the symphony orchestra (Stritch Community Orchestra), which meets in the evening. The music performed will be representative of different periods and styles. Chamber ensembles perform for campus events in conjunction with other instrumental and vocal groups both on and off campus, and the symphony orchestra performs one formal concert per semester. This is a required course for instrumental music majors and minors. Membership in the symphony orchestra also is open to all qualified students not registered for the course. Prerequisite: Audition, consent of the conductor.

MU 151 - Wind Ensemble

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

The wind ensemble performs a diverse and challenging repertoire. The ensemble performs at least one concert each semester. This is a required course for wind and percussion music majors and minors. Membership in the wind ensemble is open to all qualified wind and percussion musicians without credit or fee. Prerequisite: Audition, consent of the conductor.

MU 161 - Jazz Ensemble

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

The jazz ensemble is a performance group consisting of saxophones, brass and rhythm. Literature performed represents all types of jazz with emphasis on big band swing, bop and the progressive style. Ensemble members will have opportunities to develop and perform improvised solos. This is open to all students by audition and consent of instructor. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor.

MU 205 - Recital Seminar

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

Music majors and minors perform the solo and chamber literature pursued in their applied studies, with a goal of consistent growth in performance technique and musicianship. This course is required of all music majors and minors as a degree requirement and music program convocation. Prerequisite: Music major, minor, or consent of instructor.

MU 210 - Music Theory III

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides a basis for the understanding and application of the following music theory knowledge base: modulation, secondary dominants, borrowed chords, Neapolitan sixths, and augmented sixth chords. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue with the study of music theory in MU 211. This course is open to music majors, music minors, and all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 106.

MU 211 - Music Theory IV

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides a basis for the understanding and application of the following music theory knowledge base: 9th, 11th and 13th chords; altered dominants; chromatic mediants; 12-tone technique; and non-functional harmony. This course is open to music majors, music minors, and all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 210.

MU 212 - Musical Journey through the Americas

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is a historical survey of musical development in America, emphasizing the inherent power of music to provide peaceful resolutions within its own evolution. Exploring musical changes from the late 19th century to the 21st century, students will learn how European origins, African influences, North American roots, and South American inspirations are infused in American contemporary music. Listening to musical examples from each different region, students also will gain knowledge about significant musicians and their contributions to current music that is uniquely American. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

MU 213 - Sacred Sound: Experiencing Interfaith Music

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores faith traditions through music, one of the most universally recognized forms of human experience. The only art form named after a divinity, music has been documented from prehistory to the present age in virtually all known cultures. Musical sound is sacred in most religions because it embodies the divine and can be shared by all participants. The course will survey music of five major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Students will develop cultural awareness that will help guide interactions with communities of diverse peoples. This course will provide experiential learning opportunities and may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

MU 226 - Ear Training III

(Credits: 2.00)

Music majors will pursue mastery of the "Hearing Eye" and the "Seeing Ear" through in-class performance of musical examples in solfeggio and manuscript dictation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue with the study of ear training in MU 227. This course is open to all students with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 127.

MU 227 - Ear Training IV

(Credits: 2.00)

Music majors will pursue mastery of the "Hearing Eye" and the "Seeing Ear" through in-class performance of musical examples in solfeggio and manuscript dictation. This course is open to all students as an elective with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 226.

MU 255 - Jazz Performance Group

(Credits: 2.00)

This course covers the techniques of improvisation, arranging and the development of a standard repertoire through performance in a small jazz ensemble. Jazz theory and history will be integrated into the performance experience. This course is open to all interested students by audition. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor.

MU 310 - Counterpoint

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides a basis for the understanding and application of the following knowledge base: late Renaissance polyphony, species counterpoint, two-voice 18th century counterpoint, the two-part invention, and the fugue. This course is open to music majors, music minors, and all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MU 311 - Form and Analysis

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides a basis for the understanding and application of the following knowledge base: melodic organization, two-part and three-part forms, variation technique, sonata form, rondo form, romantic and post-romantic styles, impressionism, serialism, and twelve-tone technique. This course is open to music majors, music minors, and all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MU 325 - Phonetics for Singers

(Credits: 2.00)

This is a study of the speech sounds of language using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols in order to perform texts in any foreign language. Application is made through the performance of songs in various languages. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MU 401 - Senior Seminar

(Credits: 3.00)

This seminar provides students with the opportunity to review and integrate their knowledge of aesthetic philosophy, historical elements, and performance practice. This course is required for music majors who prepare and perform their senior recital as a final culminating project. Prerequisite: Senior standing in music and consent of Music Department chair.

MU 530 - Piano V

(Credits: 1.00 - 2.00)

This course includes private piano studies designed for piano performance majors. Students will be required to master three to six pieces of standard repertoire per semester, along with exercises and Etudes. Students must take two credits in each semester, completing a total of eight credits in four semesters. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MU 537 - Accompanying Lessons V

(Credits: 1.00 - 2.00)

This course includes ensemble studies designed for piano performance majors or other music majors with strong piano skills. The studies focus on art songs, pieces for one specific instrument plus piano, and sight-reading. Students may take either one or two credits in each semester, completing 3 - 5 credits in four semesters. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MU 557 - Chamber Music Lessons V

(Credits: 1.00 - 2.00)

This course includes ensemble studies designed for piano performance majors or other music majors (including instrumental and voice students) with advanced playing skills. Studies will focus on chamber music literature written for trios and larger groups. Students may take either one or two credits in each semester, completing 3 - 5 credits in four semesters. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MU 595 - Advanced Piano Practicum

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This is an integrated piano study concentrating on the following subjects: piano literature, piano pedagogy, studio performance, and master class. Studies focus on the history of piano literature, both private and group teaching methods, and performance practices of all eras. Students also will gain knowledge of the variety of musical issues involving solo and duet performance skills. Students must complete 4-12 credits in four semesters. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MU 597 - Graduate Seminar

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is an integrated study concentrating on the advanced music theory and history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through in-class discussions and analysis, examinations, and a research paper, students will learn the history, compositional techniques, and notation of contemporary music. Students also will gain knowledge of the variety of musical processes involving performance skills.

MU 599 - Graduate Recital

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is the final project and an integral process of graduate applied study that requires students to demonstrate performance/teaching skills accumulated throughout the years. The recital must include 60-75 minutes of musical content and must be presented in front of a public audience. Depending on each student's emphasis, there are three options in organizing a recital program: all solo performance, combination of solo and collaborative repertoire, or combination of performance and lecture recital. Students will gain knowledge of the variety of musical issues involving stage presentation, communication, endurance and stamina, lecture demonstration, acoustics, and performance anxiety. Memorization skills also will be learned while mastering the program (mandatory in solo performances).