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.

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. This course is open to all students to fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for music.

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. This course is open to all students to fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for music.

MU 110 - Introduction to World Music

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of the folk and cultivated forms of music of representative countries from around the world. Outstanding and representative musical works, instrumental and vocal, are studied along with the ethnic music of various countries. Emphasis is on listening skills and elements of musical organization.

MU 111 - Introduction to the Piano

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an integrated piano study concentrating on music fundamentals, keyboard theory, essential piano technique, and introductory music history. Students learn how to read music, gain proficiency in harmony, and play beginning-level piano repertory. Students also gain knowledge of classical music history in a condensed form. This course is required for music major/minors, and will satisfy the music core requirement for all students.

MU 112 - Studies in African-American Music

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the development of African-American music in the United States. In-depth consideration is given to the ethnic roots, folk and popular-culture developments, and the contributions of African-American composers from pre-Harlem Renaissance to the present. Emphasis is on listening skills and musical organization.

MU 113 - Milwaukee's Musical Cultures

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an exploration of "live" music found in several Milwaukee communities. Through fieldwork, research and discussions, participants will delve into music from Milwaukee's ethnic, folk, classical, religious or popular music communities, expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the variety and quality of musical expression available in the area. An attitude of openness, respect and understanding toward the music and people within the greater Milwaukee community is encouraged.

MU 114 - Introduction to Musical Art

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to enhance understanding, perception and appreciation of musical art through listening and analysis. A wide variety of musical styles are considered including a survey of jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, rock, and Western classical music genres.

MU 115 - Arranging

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to music writing and composition through the use of computer technology. With the use of music writing software, students will progress from simple music notation through complex score arranging/composition. Prerequisite: Ability to read music notation and basic computer skills.

MU 121 - Handbell Choir

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

The handbell choir provides a unique experience in ensemble performance. Weekly rehearsals focus on rhythmic and melodic note reading, handbell performance technique, and musical interpretation. The handbell choir performs for both on- and off-campus events. This course may be repeated three semesters for credit. The handbell choir also is open to all students without credit or fee.

MU 122 - Instrumental Methods - Strings

(Credits: 2.00)

Emphasis is on methods, materials and instructional strategies used in teaching violin, viola, cello and string bass. Special attention is given to the process of starting the beginning student. Students will be expected to attain a minimum proficiency on each string instrument and demonstrate their ability to teach effectively.

MU 123 - Instrumental Methods - Woodwinds

(Credits: 2.00)

Emphasis is on methods, materials and instructional strategies used in teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon. Special attention is given to the process of starting the beginning student. Students will be expected to attain a minimum proficiency on each woodwind instrument and demonstrate their ability to teach effectively.

MU 124 - Instrumental Methods - Brass

(Credits: 2.00)

Emphasis is on methods, materials and instructional strategies used in teaching trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone and tuba. Special attention is given to the process of starting the beginning student. Students will be expected to attain a minimum proficiency on each brass instrument and demonstrate their ability to teach effectively.

MU 125 - Instrumental Methods - Percussion

(Credits: 2.00)

Emphasis is on methods, materials and instructional strategies used in teaching percussion instruments. Special attention is given to the process of starting the beginning student. Students will be expected to attain a minimum proficiency on snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, timpani, Latin percussion, small color percussion instruments and drum set and demonstrate their ability to teach effectively.

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 all 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 all 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 - Chamber Ensembles

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

This string ensemble performs for campus events and in conjunction with other instrumental and vocal groups both on and off campus. The music performed is representative of different periods and styles. Chamber orchestra often functions as the pit orchestra for musical theater productions. This is a required course for instrumental music majors and minors. Membership in the chamber orchestra is also open to all qualified students and without credit or fee. 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 200 - Intermediate Piano

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an integrated piano study concentrating on music fundamentals, keyboard theory, intermediate piano technique, and an overview of music history. Students gain proficiency in sight-reading, harmonization, and transposition, and learn how to play intermediate-level piano repertory. Students also gain knowledge of classical music history. This course is required for music major/minors, and will satisfy the music core requirement for all students. Prerequisite: MU 111 or instructor consent.

MU 201 - Women in Music

(Credits: 3.00)

The music of women composers from the Medieval period through the 20th century is studied. Considerations of musical concepts, era characteristics and compositional techniques are considered. Discussion includes the challenges facing the woman composer as well as her place in society.

MU 202 - Music Education Methods

(Credits: 1.00)

This course develops the future music teacher through the study of learning styles, curriculum, instruction and assessment. In addition, music education majors will be placed in elementary and secondary school music programs as an ongoing practicum experience to observe and participate in the curriculum planning, instruction and assessment. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MU 205 - Recital Seminar

(Credits: 0.00 - 1.00)

Music majors perform the solo and chamber literature pursued in their applied studies. Opportunities for peer coaching are provided in this informal noon-hour recital. This course is required of all music majors as a degree requirement and Music Department convocation. Prerequisite: Music major, minor, or consent of instructor.

MU 209 - Music History III

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of Western art music beginning with the ancient Greeks, including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. This course examines essential elements, genres and 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. 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 is a required course for music majors, and open to 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 is a required course for music majors and open to 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 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 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. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

MU 215 - Harmonic Jazz Theory

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This is an introduction to standard jazz vocabulary. Aspects considered include melodic devices such as primary jazz scales and arpeggios, harmony with emphasis on alterations and extensions, and the ii, V, I and blues progressions with focus on creating melodic improvisations over these structures. Prerequisite: Music major, minor, or consent of instructor.

MU 216 - Melodic Jazz Theory

(Credits: 3.00)

The focus is on melodic devices such as the diminished scales, altered dominant scales and inverted arpeggios. The student will be introduced to harmonic variations on the blues form and the 32-bar song form as well as melodic articulation of the half-diminished and tonic minor sonorities. Prerequisite: Music major, minor, or consent of instructor.

MU 217 - Music History IV

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of Western music beginning with the Classical period and continuing through the Romantic and Contemporary periods of music. This course examines the essential elements, genres and 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 consent from the instructor. Prerequisite: Music major, minor, or consent of instructor.

MU 218 - History of Early Jazz

(Credits: 3.00)

This course traces the African and European roots of jazz and other major influences on the development of jazz as an art form, beginning with African-American work songs, the blues, ragtime, and New Orleans/Chicago styles, continuing through the swing era.

MU 219 - History of Modern Jazz

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines various styles of jazz beginning with Bebop and progressing through the cool, hardbop, fusion and contemporary styles. Special emphasis is placed on the musical art of Parker, Gillespie, Monk, Coltrane, Davis and Brubeck.

MU 225 - Non-Western Music Theory

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will look at concepts of scale, mode, rhythm, melody, texture, timbre, and form in selected non-Western musical cultures. Attention is also given to notational systems, tuning methods, aural analysis, and transcriptions. Prerequisite: MU 106.

MU 226 - Ear Training III

(Credits: 2.00)

Music majors 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 is a required course for music majors and open to all students with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: MU 127.

MU 227 - Ear Training IV

(Credits: 2.00)

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

MU 235 - Musical Cultures of the World I

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a survey of selected musical cultures in Africa, the Middle East, and India, focusing on classification of musical instruments, theoretical systems, scale structures, the role of music in society, and the relationship between music and the other arts in these cultures. Prerequisite: MU 106, MU 109.

MU 236 - Musical Cultures of the World II

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a survey of selected musical cultures in East and Southeast Asia, focusing on classification of musical instruments, theoretical systems, scale structures, the role of music in society, and the relationship between music and the other arts in these cultures. Prerequisite: MU 106, MU 109.

MU 245 - African Music Ensemble

(Credits: 1.00)

Participants will learn to perform traditional East African drumming and amadinda xylophone music from Uganda. Xylophone traditions in Uganda typically have several people performing simultaneously on a single instrument. Though the practice of interlocking musical parts is not foreign to Western music, neither the music nor the instrument itself bears any relationship to Western counterparts. In addition to performing, historical background, contexts of performance, stylistic traits and performance techniques are all thoroughly explored in this course. No previous musical training is required.

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 are integrated into the performance experience. This is required for jazz studies majors, but open to all interested students by audition. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor.

MU 301 - Music Education Foundations

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the history and philosophy of music education, learning theories, instructional models, assessment and current issues in music education. Prerequisite: Music major, junior standing.

MU 302 - Elementary School Music Methods

(Credits: 3.00)

This course features an emphasis on curriculum standards, methods, materials, instructional strategies, and assessments used in elementary music education programs, grades K-6. Students participate in supplementary activities related to their specific major, either K-12 Instrumental or K-12 Choral certification programs. Prerequisite: Music major and consent of instructor.

MU 303 - Secondary School Music Methods

(Credits: 3.00)

The emphasis is on curriculum standards, methods, materials, instructional strategies, and assessments used in secondary music education programs, grades 7-12. Students will participate in supplementary activities related to their specific major, either K-12 Instrumental or K-12 Choral certification programs. Budget and administration of the school music program, preparation for public performances, conducting, arranging, rehearsal techniques and score analysis are addressed. Prerequisite: Music major, junior standing.

MU 304 - Conducting

(Credits: 3.00)

This introduction to choral and instrumental conducting includes baton techniques, gestures, non-verbal communication, rehearsal techniques and score reading. Depending on the student's major, either instrumental or choral lab experiences are required. This is a required course for music majors and open to all students with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Music major and consent of instructor.

MU 305 - Popular Music: A World View

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a survey of primarily non-Western popular music found in major cultural areas around the world. Content includes distinctions among popular, folk, traditional, and art music; influence of the mass media, American popular culture, nationalism, and the process of acculturation; stylistic features; and major performers. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

MU 306 - Vocal Pedagogy

(Credits: 2.00)

This course prepares the choral major to help students develop their singing voices. Attention is focused on teaching techniques for production of good singing tone, proper breathing and breath support, physiological functions involved in voice production, and care of the voice. Prerequisite: 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 required for the Bachelor of Music degree and open to 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 is a required course for the Bachelor of Music degree and open to all students with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MU 315 - Jazz Style Analysis

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will choose a jazz great to research during the semester. The focus is on practicing techniques of this jazz musician's style through transcription, performance and analysis of selected recordings. Prerequisite: MU 216.

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 335 - Musical Cultures of the World III

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a survey of the music of the Americas focusing on classification of musical instruments, theoretical systems, scale structures, the role of music in society, and the relationship between music and the other arts in these cultures. Prerequisite: MU 106, MU 109.

MU 345 - Ethnomusicology

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to ethnomusicology including an historical survey of major works in the field, organology, research methods, fieldwork, and musical ethnography. Prerequisite: MU 225, MU 235, MU 236, MU 335.

MU 395 - Advanced Piano Practicum

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This course 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. Accompanying and solo performance issues are addressed in a master class setting. This course is required for piano performance majors and minors, and open to all qualified students with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Music major, minor and 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 410 - Student Teaching in Music

(Credits: 12.00)

This includes participation and practice in teaching at a school placement consistent with the student's certification track. Small group seminars are incorporated into this experience. Full days in school are required. Prerequisite: Completion of the Music Portfolio II, Teacher Education Committee approval.

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 six to 10 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 a total of three 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 a total of three 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 take three credits in each semester, completing a total of 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).