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School of Music

The following courses are offered through the School of Music. Many, including the ensembles, dance courses and music lessons, are available to students in the Asbury College of Liberal Arts (additional fees may apply).

For descriptions and advising worksheets for the degrees offered through the school of music, go to: http://www.depauw.edu/academics/catalog/majors-and-minors/school-of-music/.

Course Catalog

Requirements for a minor

Music Creation and Technology (Music Majors) (Fall 2023)

Total courses required Five
Core courses Composition (either MUS 380 or MUS 320) - two semesters (1 credit)
  • MUS 280: Topics in Music Technology (.5 credit)
  • MUS CMP: Applied Lessons in Composition, including bi-monthly ARR studio class (2 total credits)
  • Other required courses Electives - at least 1.5 credits of courses from following (ARTS 165, ARTS 272, ARTH281, COMM 211, ENG 149, ENG 311, ENG 312, ENG 245, ENG 342, ENG 343, FLME 195, MUS 323, MUS 360, interdisciplinary music: concepts and workshops, Jazz Theory, Jazz Arranging, Choral Arranging, Jazz Improvisation, Concert Programming, MUS 432: Independent Study in a Music Creation or Music Technology topic, or Other creation/tech/new music focused electives added in the future)
    Number 300 and 400 level courses Two

    Courses in School of Music

    MUS 140

    Music Theory and Musicianship I

    Music Theory and Musicianship I builds foundational skills for collegiate music study. Students discover broadly applicable musical concepts in the domains of pitch relationships, rhythm, timbre, and form, and build fluency with those concepts through skill-building activities. These activities include composition, improvisation, performance, transcription, sight-reading, aural identification, music analysis, music technology applications, and writing. This course also builds keyboard and vocal skills: concepts will be drilled at the piano, vocally (using moveable Do solfege), and on students' primary instruments, if different. Concepts and activities will be situated within current discourses in music studies.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1 course

    MUS 141

    Music Theory & Musicianship II

    Building on Music Theory and Musicianship I, Music Theory and Musicianship II expands students' knowledge of and fluency with fundamental concepts for collegiate music study. Students continue discovering applicable musical concepts in the domains of pitch relationships, rhythm, timbre, and form, and building fluency with those concepts through skill-building activities. These activities include composition, improvisation, performance, transcription, sight-reading, aural identification, music analysis, music technology applications, and writing. This course also builds keyboard and vocal skills: concepts will be drilled at the piano, vocally (using moveable Do solfege), and on students' primary instruments, if different. Concepts and activities will be situated within current discourses in music studies. This course is required for BMA and BA students. Prerequisites: Musicianship I or permission of instructor based on placement exam results.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Musicianship I or permission of instructor based on placement exam results 1 course

    MUS 300

    Music and the Related Arts

    Music and the Related Arts provides a theoretical and practical introduction to interdisciplinary work that integrates music with a range of other fine and performing arts disciplines. Students spend the first half of the semester learning about the intersection of music and other artistic disciplines, cross-disciplinary aesthetic and practical considerations, and models for interdisciplinary/collaborative creative process, as well as experiencing and analyzing a range of existing interdisciplinary works. In the second half of the semester, students will create and present their own interdisciplinary projects in small groups. This course will feature guest speakers from other Creative School departments and offer opportunities for off-campus field trips to experience interdisciplinary work in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. This course is open to all DePauw students (prerequisite: MUS 100 or MUS 140), and is required for the BMA in music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 100 or MUS 140 1 course

    MUS 310

    Building Musical Lives and Communities

    Building Musical Lives and Communities introduces skills, knowledge and mindsets that help musical artists develop careers, and allows students to put these into practice by collaboratively developing and producing a musical project. Using case studies of artists with diverse career paths as models, students refine their understanding of their own strengths, aspirations, and artistic mission, and develop digital materials to communicate that identity. In groups of individuals with overlapping missions, students develop, fund, and produce musical projects that thoughtfully engage a community outside of the class, building practical arts management skills such as grant-writing, contracting, and budgeting experientially. Class activities are contextualized and shaped by discussions of current equity, labor, policy, and advocacy issues that affect the arts.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1 course

    MUS 454

    Senior Performance/Creation Recital Capstone

    For MUS 454, Senior Performance/Creation Recital Capstone, students will enroll for two semesters (.5 credit each) with their applied teacher in the fall and spring of their senior year (with a 60-minute performance recital or a public presentation of original creative work of appropriate scope in the spring semester), or the previous spring of their junior year and fall of Senior year (if they wish to have a 60-minute recital or a public presentation of creative work in the fall Semester.) They can pursue this Capstone in their primary instrument or composition.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 001

    Concert Attendance

    Music majors are required to attend recitals and concerts programmed by the School of Music every semester in residence.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    0 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 100

    Thinking, Listening, Creating with Music

    A basic course that enables the non-music major to understand the manner in which the elements of music are constructed and combined in order to form a coherent musical expression. Not open to students in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1 course

    Courses in Music History & Literature

    MUS 102

    Exploring Music in History and Culture

    This course is open to all students who wish to develop a deeper love and understanding of music. The course introduces concepts and terms of music studies and teaches the skills to listen more deeply and to write and speak fluently about music. The course explores some of the historical and cultural factors that have influenced musical creation and performance and the roles that music has played in social life past and present. No previous musical experience or ability to read music notation is required. No prerequisites.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 104

    Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors

    An introduction to the basic structures, terminology, and analysis methods for tonal music including scales, harmony, form, and simple composition.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities Evidence of ability to read music as documented by high school participation for two years in band or orchestra or four years in choir or qualifying score on a music notation placement test. Not open to students in the School of Music. 1 course

    MUS 105

    Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship

    Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship builds foundational skills for collegiate music study. Students discover broadly applicable musical concepts in the domains of pitch relationships, rhythm, timbre, and form, and build fluency with those concepts through skill-building activities, composition, improvisation, performance, transcription, aural identification, music analysis, music technology applications, and writing. Students will also discuss and reflect on current areas of discourse in music studies. This course is required for first-year School of Music students unless their placement exam indicates they should enter the Theory/Musicianship sequence with Theory I and Musicianship I.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 110

    Introduction to Music Technology

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid practical knowledge of music technology and its applications to music composition, performance and production. Through lecture, discussion, hands-on experience and projects, students develop basic proficiency in tools and methods used to create, perform and share music in the digital domain.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities Liberal Arts students may register with the consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 111

    Theory I

    The first of four core courses in music theory. Students will study the over-arching theory of tonality and structural phenomena, starting the habits of students to think analytically about music. Lead sheet labels, Roman Numerals, and functional bass theory will be introduced.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    MUS 112

    Theory II

    The second of four core courses in music theory. Students will continue studying the over-arching theory of tonality and structural phenomena. Roman Numeral and functional bass analysis will be explained in greater detail, along with structural phenomena that form the building blocks of form.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 111 or consent of theory/musicianship coordinator 1/2 course

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 115

    Technology in Music Education

    The goal of this course is to provide music education students with a solid practical knowledge of music technologies, in the context of music pedagogy. Through lecture, discussion, hands-on experience and projects, students will explore the tools and methods used for digital music composition, performance and production, through the lens of music instruction.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 121

    Musicianship I

    The first of four core courses that develop aural and performance skills. Sight singing (movable Do solfege), melodic and harmonic dictation, improvisation, and keyboard skills are covered.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    3/4 course

    MUS 122

    Musicianship II

    The second of four core courses that develop aural and performance skills. Sight singing (movable Do solfege), melodic and harmonic dictation, improvisation, and keyboard skills are covered.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 121 or consent of theory/musicianship coordinator 3/4 course

    Courses in 21st Century Music

    MUS 130

    Musicking (was Understanding Music)

    The idea of musicking conceives of music as a process rather than an object. It encompasses all activity involved in and surrounding music, including but not limited to performing, improvising, composing, listening, responding, dancing, teaching, engaging with music theory and history, and attending and producing musical events. MUS 130, a team-taught class, explores selected dimensions of musicking from multiple perspectives. Students rotate through modules that offer a foundational framework of the following skills: artistic creation, the exercise of individual and collaborative creativity in developing an artistic voice; critical thinking, the intellectual skills of curiosity, rational thought, analysis, and problem solving; and, everyday advocacy, the habits of mind for making meaningful connections between our audiences and our art and effectively advocating for what we value.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    3/4 course

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 150

    Introduction to Music Education

    Introduces the student to the music teaching profession. Emphasis is placed upon teacher-student relationships, role of the music teacher in schools and the individual examination and refinement of personal attitudes and skills needed to become an effective music teacher. Field experiences are required for all students. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/4 course

    MUS 170

    Foundations of Music Education

    A study of major points of view in contemporary American education and those knowledge bases that influence educational decisions. Survey of the historical, sociological, philosophical and psychological factors and functions of music in general education as they relate to principles and practices in education today. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Dance

    MUS 171

    Beginning Ballet I

    Designed for the student who has had no previous dance training. Basic concepts and terminology will be considered as will aspects of history and appreciation.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2 course

    MUS 172

    Beginning Ballet II

    A continuation of MUS 171.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 171 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 173

    Intermediate Ballet I

    A continuation of MUS 172.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 172 or consent of instructor

    MUS 174

    Intermediate Ballet II

    A continuation of MUS 173.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 173 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 175

    Beginning Jazz Dance I

    Designed for the student who has had no previous dance training. Basic jazz technique and terminology will be addressed. Students will gain body control and awareness through class performance.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2 course

    MUS 176

    Beginning Jazz Dance II

    Continuation of MUS 175

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 175 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 177

    Intermediate Jazz Dance I

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 176 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 178

    Intermediate Jazz Dance II

    A continuation of MUS 177.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 177 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 179

    Ballroom Dancing

    An introduction to the history and practice of ballroom dancing.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2 course

    MUS 180

    Beginning Tap

    This course is the study of tap dance technique from the basic rhythms and time steps to creating and performing tap routines. Emphasis on individual and group performance.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 183

    Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

    An off-campus course offered during the Winter or May term that includes on-campus preparation. May be offered for .5 course credits or as a co-curricular (0 credit). Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Variable

    MUS 184

    On-Campus Extended Studies Course

    An on-campus course offered during the Winter or May term. May be offered for .5 course credits or as a co-curricular (0 credit). Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Variable

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 190

    Foundations of Music Education

    A study of major points of view in contemporary American education and those knowledge bases that influence educational decisions. Survey of the historical, sociological, philosophical and psychological factors and functions of music in general education as they relate to principles and practices in education today. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    3/4 course

    MUS 191

    Italian Diction for Singers

    A theoretical and practical consideration of pronunciation principles for singers of the Italian repertoire. Applicable to voice majors and their degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    MUS 192

    German Diction for Singers

    A theoretical and practical consideration of pronunciation principles for singers of the German repertoire. Applicable to voice majors and their degrees in the School of Music. Prerequisites: MUS 191 and MUS 194.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 191 and MUS 194 1/2 course

    MUS 193

    French Diction for Singers

    A theoretical and practical consideration of pronunciation principles for singers of the French repertoire. Applicable to voice majors and their degrees in the School of Music. Prerequisites: MUS 191 and MUS 194.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 191 and MUS 194 1/2 course

    MUS 194

    English Diction for Singers

    A theoretical and practical consideration of pronunciation principles for singers of the English repertoire. Applicable to voice majors and their degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 197

    First-Year Seminar

    A seminar focused on a theme in the study of music. Open only to first-year students.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 211

    Theory III

    The third of four core courses in music theory. Students will be introduced to specific forms, voice-leading, harmonic language, and rhythmic language in Common-Practice, jazz, contemporary classical, pop/rock, and musical theater styles.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 112 or consent of theory/musicianship coordinator 3/4 course

    MUS 212

    Theory IV

    The fourth of four core courses in music theory. Students will explore more advanced topics in form, harmonic language, orchestration, and rhythmic language in Common-Practice, contemporary classical, jazz, popular, and Indonesian Gamelan styles.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 or consent of theory/musicianship coordinator 3/4 course

    MUS 221

    Musicianship III

    The third of four core courses that develop aural and performance skills. Sight singing (movable Do solfege), melodic and harmonic dictation, improvisation, and keyboard skills are covered.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 122 or consent of theory/musicianship coordinator 1/2 course

    MUS 222

    Musicianship IV

    The fourth of four courses that develop aural and performance skills. Sight singing (movable Do solfege), melodic and harmonic dictation, improvisation, and keyboard skills are covered.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 221 or consent of theory/musicianship coordinator 1/2 course

    Courses in Music History & Literature

    MUS 231

    Jazz History

    A consideration of jazz history from its beginnings to the present day. Students will develop an awareness of important periods, major performers and composers, trends, influences, stylistic features, terminology, and related materials. This course is appropriate for liberal arts students.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2 course

    MUS 233

    Miles and 'Trane

    This course examines the life and works of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, two of the most influential musicians in the world. For more than 45 years, from 1945 when he first made his mark on the jazz scene until his death in 1991, Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. His music has defined jazz for three different generations of listeners. John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz history, a pioneer in world music, and an intensely emotional force. The immense force of Coltrane's music has inspired poetry, sculpture and modern dance. This course is appropriate for liberal arts students.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2 course

    MUS 236

    Survey of Wind Literature

    An introduction to the vast array of literature available to the band and wind ensemble from a historical perspective. Students develop both aural and score knowledge of the variety of styles of wind music (from the Middle Ages through the 20th century) and an understanding of the development of wind composition.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in 21st Century Music

    MUS 240

    State of the Art

    State of the Art gives students a thorough overview of the challenges and opportunities facing professional musicians and music organizations in the current marketplace. Starting with an exploration of high-profile contemporary situations, the course then examines the economics of professional classical music, using NEA arts participation data and various articles and online resources as texts. As the course moves to an exploration of successful arts organizations, small ensembles, and individual performers, students develop case studies of successful current musical enterprises.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Course not open to first-year students. 1 course

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 251

    Percussion Techniques

    Study and practice of the standard range of percussion instruments. Students are taught using method books designed for elementary, middle and secondary schools, and they learn to employ appropriate pedagogical techniques for group instruction in school settings. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    MUS 252

    String Techniques

    Study and practice of each of the following string instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass. Students are taught using method books designed for elementary, middle and secondary schools, and they learn to employ appropriate pedagogical techniques for group instruction in school settings. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    MUS 253

    Brass Techniques

    Study and practice of each of the following brass instruments: trumpet, French horn, trombone, and euphonium/tuba. Students are taught using method books designed for elementary, middle and secondary schools, and they learn to employ appropriate pedagogical techniques for group instruction in school settings. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    MUS 254

    Woodwind Techniques

    Study and practice of each of the following woodwind instruments: flute, clarinet and saxophone. Students are taught using method books designed for elementary, middle and secondary schools, and they learn to employ appropriate pedagogical techniques for group instruction in school settings. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    MUS 255

    Instrumental/Choral Music Education Lab

    This course provides an environment in which future music educators learn to rehearse and arrange for middle school and high school instrumental and choral ensembles. Students enroll in the course three spring semesters and gradually assume teaching responsibilities. By the conclusion of their third semester, students will: apply their pedagogical knowledge in the sequencing of lesson/rehearsal materials, select appropriate methods and literature for school ensembles, employ appropriate rehearsal techniques, refine their personal communicative teaching skills, hone their performance skills on secondary instruments, and assess student progress. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/4 course (first- and second-year students); 1/2 course (third-year students)

    MUS 262

    Music in Early Childhood

    Detailed consideration of the music programs in nursery schools, preschools, and kindergarten; topics include the nature of early musical responses, learning objectives, experience levels within the programs, methods of teaching, and materials. Observation of music teaching and participation in music teaching are included in the coursework.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 150 and MUS 170 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 263

    Music for Students with Diverse Needs

    Introduction to student diversity with an emphasis on providing music instruction to P-12 students with diverse needs. In this music teacher education course, pre-service music teachers will develop skills in planning developmentally and culturally appropriate music lessons and in structuring experiences to facilitate participation and learning by all students. Course content includes overviews of student diversity, special education, and multicultural education; examination of the challenges that issues of diversity pose to the learning process; study of legislation, procedures, and current practice; application of appropriate instructional and assessment strategies; and, provision of reasonable accommodations. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for teaching music to a wide variety of learners. Field experience is required.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 150 and MUS 170 or consent of instructor 3/4 course

    Courses in Music History & Literature

    MUS 265

    History of Western Music I

    European art music from the ancient Greeks to the end of the Classical Era (ca. 1800). The course places the stylistic development of important genres and forms of Western art music into a spectrum of musical, social and economic contexts. The analysis of historically important works will consider how music has been experienced by composers, performers, patrons and audiences.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 111, 121, or consent of instructor 1 course

    MUS 266

    History of Western Music II

    This course provides a historical survey of music in Europe and the United States from 1800 to the present day, exploring some of the many genres and styles circulating during these transformative centuries. Considering each work and composer as a case study indicative of broader trends, the course delves into the historical contexts, philosophical and literary underpinnings, and social dynamics of this music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 111, 121, or consent of instructor 1 course

    Courses in Music Ensemble

    MUS 271

    University Symphony Orchestra

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 272

    Large Instrumental Ensemble

    All School of Music instrumental students and College of Liberal Arts musicians with a Music Performance Award register for Large Instrumental Ensemble. Instrumental ensemble directors for Jazz Ensemble, University Band, and University Orchestra assign students into a rotation of large ensemble performance opportunities providing different repertoire and pedagogy. Students rotate through the different ensembles each semester. To receive .25 credit, students spend a total of 63 hours across 14 weeks participating in the different ensemble configurations. Auditions are held in August for the fall semester and December or early February for second semester.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 273

    University Band

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 275

    University Chorus

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 276

    Vox Animae

    This treble (SSAA) chamber group is open to any student at DePauw regardless of major, but requires an audition to participate. In rigorous rehearsals, students learn repertoire of every level and of different eras, genres, and cultures, which facilitates the development of skills necessary in becoming and advanced choral singer and musician. A semester typically includes several joint performances with other choirs and ensembles of the School of Music. This group also serves as a musical ambassador of the university for special occasions on and off campus.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 277

    Chamber Singers

    This mixed (SATB) chamber group is open to any student at DePauw regardless of major, but requires an audition to participate. In rigorous rehearsals, students learn repertoire of every level and of different eras, genres, and cultures, which facilitates the development of skills necessary in becoming an advanced choral singer and musician. A semester typically includes several joint performances with other choirs and ensembles of the School of Music. This group also serves as a musical ambassador of the university for special occasions on and off campus.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 278

    Jazz Ensemble

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 280

    Topics in Music Technology

    Students will further develop proficiency in music technologies and their applications to music composition, performance and production, by exploring a range of topical subjects that may include: computer-based recording, engineering and production strategies for live and recorded sound; live-sound support, recording and production; contemporary electroacoustic music composition; acoustics and sound design; contemporary digital songwriting, production and distribution; cultural contexts of popular music; music for film. Prerequisites: MUS110 or consent of instructor.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 110 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in Music Ensemble

    MUS 282

    Music for the Stage

    This course is designed to give students the skills required to sing effectively on stage through the study of a variety of vocal repertoire for the stage, including, but not limited to, opera and musical theatre.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 283

    Performing Opera

    This course is a performance-based course that offers practical experience in the preparation and performance of appropriate selections from the operatic repertoire. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of role preparation with a focus on stagecraft and musical preparation.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 284

    Performing Musical Theatre

    This course is a performance-based course that offers practical experience in the preparation and performance of appropriate selections from the musical theatre repertoire. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of role preparation with a focus on stagecraft and musical preparation.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 288

    Asbury String Quartet

    Based on an audition, selected students will be assigned to a specific named chamber ensemble. Students will rehearse as a group independently and under the tutelage of a chamber music coach. Ensembles will perform on and off campus representing the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 290

    Topics

    Investigation of special topics in music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/2-1 course

    MUS 299

    Internship in Music Business

    An experiential course for those students who are completing an internship with an agency or organization not usually included in University programs. A detailed written project proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the Dean of the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Consent of the Dean of the School of Music. 1/2-1 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 313

    Advanced Keyboard Skills

    This class involves the development of harmonization and transposition skills. Realization of figured bass and open score reading are included as well.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 212 and MUS 222 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 320

    Composition

    The general goals of this course are: to nurture the student's compositional creativity and craft; to refine the student's ability to express compositional ideas through notation and other media; to broaden the student's exposure to contemporary music and compositional techniques; to improve the student's aural skills, focusing in particular on the perception of events and processes at work in contemporary music; to develop the student's ability to write effectively for individual instruments and voices, and groups of instruments and voices; to improve the student's ability to write and speak articulately about her or his music; and to deepen the student's understanding of herself or himself as an artist. May be taken up to four times for credit.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and MUS 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 323

    Orchestration

    Modern band and orchestral instrumentation. Arrangements for string, woodwind, brass and percussion combinations and orchestrations of composition by classical, romantic and modern composers.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and MUS 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in 21st Century Music

    MUS 335

    Career Development

    Career Development introduces skills, knowledge and mindsets that help musical artists develop their own career path in the current music marketplace. Through case studies of diverse musicians and their unique careers, students gain an understanding of artistic, institutional, and social issues that professional musicians consider as they navigate the field. Using these case studies as models, students refine their understanding of their own personal strengths, aspirations, and artistic mission, and develop a portfolio of materials that communicate their story/brand to audiences using various digital media. Students also learn about practical elements of self-managing a music career, such as contracts, household budgeting, and tax preparation for musicians.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music History & Literature

    MUS 336

    Solo Vocal Literature I

    A consideration of the development of Italian and German art song from its origins to the present.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 337

    Solo Vocal Literature II

    A consideration of the development of French Melodie and British and American art song from its origins to the present.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in 21st Century Music

    MUS 340

    Music Entrepreneurship

    A project-based introduction to the attitudes, skills and habits needed for musicians entering the marketplace to create their own opportunities rather than (or in addition to) seeking employment from existing musical organizations. Topics include entrepreneurial mindset; authentic motivation; portfolio/project-based career models; importance of marketplace distinction; networking and relationship building; developing a personal (or group) following; promotional writing (biographies, press releases, etc.); traditional and electronic marketing, including social media and video; funding models; and basics of personal finance.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Open to first-year students and sophomores by permission only. Open to CLA students by permission only. 1/2 course

    Courses in Music History & Literature

    MUS 343

    Symphonic Literature

    An investigation of the significant symphonic literature of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 212, MUS 222, MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 345

    Organ Design and Repertoire

    An investigation of the organ as an instrument, its history and development, its mechanical and tonal design and its repertoire through the various stylistic periods. Practical work in registration is included.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 346

    The Organ in the Church Service

    Techniques of service playing in both liturgical and non-liturgical services, anthem accompanying, improvisation in the church service and repertoire for church use.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 347

    Keyboard Literature I

    A consideration of keyboard literature from its origins to the present.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 348

    Keyboard Literature II

    A consideration of keyboard literature from its origins to the present.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 351

    Elementary General Music: Methods, Materials and Curricula

    Methods and materials suitable for teaching music in the elementary school. General survey of elementary music curricula. Includes critical analysis of texts and literature relevant to the elementary music program. Incorporates theories of learning; curriculum development, organization and evaluation; and, teaching strategies, techniques, and best practices. Observation of music teaching and participation in music teaching are included in the coursework. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    3/4 course

    MUS 352

    Secondary Vocal Music: Methods, Materials and Curricula

    Methods and materials appropriate for teaching vocal music at the middle and high school levels. General survey of middle and high school curricula and study of philosophical bases of curriculum design. Includes an analysis of texts, literature and representative materials outlining related responsibilities of the vocal music teacher. Provides detailed consideration of organization, development, maintenance and evaluation of comprehensive choral programs in secondary schools. Observation of music teaching and participation in music teaching are included in the coursework. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    3/4 course

    MUS 354

    Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music: Methods, Materials and Curricula

    Methods of teaching instrumental music in the elementary and secondary schools, including an analysis of texts and literature for concert band, jazz band, orchestra and small ensembles, and representative material outlining related responsibilities of the instrumental music teacher. Observation of music teaching and participation in music teaching are included in the coursework. Applicable only to degrees in the School of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    3/4 course

    MUS 355

    Secondary General Music: Methods, Materials and Curricula

    Introduction to teaching general music in the secondary schools. Examination of the objectives, organization and operation of a secondary general music program. Study of teaching materials, curricula, instructional methods and assessment practices appropriate for adolescent learners. Observation of and participation in music teaching are included in the coursework.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 360

    Conducting I

    Baton technique, simple and complex rhythms, specific problems from symphonic literature, score reading and practical experience in conducting.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and MUS 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 362

    Conducting II

    A. Instrumental: Advanced baton techniques and specific problems related to instrumental conducting with practical experiences in conducting. B. Choral: Advanced conducting techniques related specifically to choral music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 360 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in 21st Century Music

    MUS 380

    21CM Topics

    Investigations of specialized, current approaches to music creation, presentation, and dissemination. These courses complement other courses offered in the 21CM curriculum.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Variable

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 384

    Jazz Theory

    This course will focus on understanding jazz structures by analyzing the various elements of harmony, chord and scale functions as they relate to the jazz forms and songs that have developed throughout its history and are being employed today.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and MUS 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 386

    Jazz Improvisation

    This course is a fundamental study of jazz improvisation. Students will develop a primary awareness of techniques, style, rhythm, nomenclature, ear training and improvisational exercises. Students will examine standard and basic tune vehicles including blues, modality, II V I progressions and the ballad.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and MUS 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in Music History & Literature

    MUS 390

    Music History Topics

    In-depth investigations of specialized topics in music history (encompassing art, popular, and folk musics) explored through musicological and interdisciplinary lenses. These courses usually put an emphasis on writing and/or speaking skills. Recent offerings have included studies of genres (Broadway musicals; sacred music of the 18th century), composers (Mozart), and eras (the Vietnam War).

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1 course

    MUS 395

    Topics

    Investigation of specialized topics in areas such as music history, literature, theory, musical cultures and performance issues. Recent offerings have included History of Broadway Musicals, Jazz Styles and Analysis, and Psychology of Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1/2-1 course

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 397

    Piano Teaching Methods and Materials

    A study of elementary and advanced piano playing procedures, including technique, interpretation and methods for both class and individual instruction.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course each semester

    MUS 398

    Piano Teaching Methods and Materials

    A continuation of MUS 397.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 397 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 399

    Pedagogy

    Brass, harp, organ, percussion, string, vocal and woodwind. A study of the methods, materials and techniques relevant to the teaching of beginning, intermediate and advanced students in individual lessons and class contexts.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 211 and 221 or consent of instructor 1/2 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 432

    Independent Study Projects

    Independent investigations under the direction of a music faculty member. A research paper or performance subject to review by three members of the music faculty is required. A detailed written project proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the Dean of the School of Music. The course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/4-1/2-1 course

    Courses in 21st Century Music

    MUS 440

    Practicum

    A workshop-format course in which students, individually or in small groups, conceive, develop, and execute a project or projects involving 21CM skill areas such as creative programming and presentation, alternative venues, marketing and promotion, audience development, and community engagement. As the capstone course of the core 21CM curriculum, Practicum asks students to think broadly about the professional music field through a variety of critical lenses, and to synthesize 21CM concepts and skills through action and reflection. May be repeated for credit.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 340 and MUS 240 or consent of the instructor 1/2 course

    MUS 445

    Making Music in Communities

    Through experiential learning, students learn how to work collaboratively, within and across organizations, to develop and produce musical projects. Over the course of the semester, students will build small-group collaborative organizations and develop, fund, and produce a musical project that meaningfully engages a community (broadly defined) outside the School of Music. Alongside their projects, students will deepen their understanding of inter-related equity, labor, policy, and advocacy matters in the arts through discussion and written responses, culminating in a final assignment in which students reflectively and creatively articulate their vision for the field of music and their role in relation to it.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    1/2 course

    Courses in Music (Other)

    MUS 450

    Senior Seminar

    The Senior Seminar in Music is the capstone experience for students earning the BMA degree or the BA degree with a music major. Capstone projects involve researching and writing a substantial original thesis paper on a topic of the student's choosing and formally presenting that research.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor 1 course

    Courses in Music Education & Diction

    MUS 451

    Student Teaching in Music

    A 14-week, full-time teaching experience in an approved music department of a school district. Student teachers are under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and at least one university supervisor. This course is required for state licensure, is typically offered spring semester, and may not be taken pass/fail. Students must concurrently enroll in MUS 452, Senior Seminar for Music Educators.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Admission to Student Teaching and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Applications are submitted one full year in advance of the student teaching semester. Two courses

    MUS 452

    Senior Seminar for Music Educators

    Professional examination of principles of classroom management, legal rights and responsibilities, certification, accountability, and current issues in education. Practical problems faced in the profession will be addressed. An emphasis is placed upon the examination and refinement of personal attitudes, dispositions, and teaching skills. Students will participate in a final exhibition that involves a formal presentation of their personal growth and competence as well as the unit of study that was developed and delivered and an analysis of the corresponding student assessment data. This course is typically offered spring semester and may not be taken pass/fail. Students must concurrently enroll in MUS 451, Student Teaching in Music.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Admission to Student Teaching. 1 course

    Courses in Music Theory & Musicianship

    MUS 480

    Advanced Jazz Improvisation

    A continuation of the materials and skill developments begun in MUS 380. The emphasis is on the practical application of jazz theory.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 386 or consent of instructor. 1/2 course

    MUS 482

    Jazz Arranging

    Study and practice of arranging techniques for jazz ensembles.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    MUS 384 and 386 or consent of instructor. 1/2 course

    Courses in Applied Music

    MUS 900

    Beginning Class Piano (CLA)

    Open only to students with very limited or no prior experience in the study of piano.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 901

    Class Piano I

    Open only to students with very limited or no prior experience in the study of piano.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 902

    Class Piano II

    A continuation of MUS 901.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 901 or the equivalent or consent of instructor 1/4 course

    MUS 903

    Class Piano III

    A continuation of MUS 901-902.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 902 or the equivalent or consent of instructor 1/4 course

    MUS 904

    Class Piano IV

    A continuation of MUS 903.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 903 or the equivalent or consent of instructor 1/4 course

    MUS 905

    Beginning Class Voice

    This course teaches vocal fundamentals in a group format through the study of the physiology and acoustics of the human singing voice. Classical and non-classical styles are studied.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 907

    Beginning Folk Guitar I

    Open only to students with very limited or no prior experience in the study of guitar.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities 1/4 course

    MUS 908

    Beginning Folk Guitar II

    A continuation of MUS 907.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities MUS 907 or the equivalent or consent of instructor 1/4 course

    MUS APP

    Individual Applied Lessons

    First-year and sophomore music students earn one-half course credit, and juniors and seniors earn one course credit, for weekly 60-minute lessons on their primary instrument. Music majors do not pay fees for private lessons on their primary instrument or required applied piano classes. Additional fees are charged for individual applied lessons on a secondary instrument (.25 credit for weekly 30-minute lessons or .5 credit for weekly 60-minute lessons) and other applied music classes that are not required for the students' degree. Students pay additional fees for piano accompanists. Permission of the instructor is required for liberal arts students to enroll in applied lessons. All CLA students who have not studied applied voice previously at DPU must contact the Voice Area Coordinator to schedule and complete an audition before registering for applied voice lessons. Degree-seeking students may not take applied music courses on an audit basis.

    Individual applied lessons are offered in the following areas: BAS String Bass; BASJ Jazz Bass; BSN Bassoon; CLO Cello; CLR Clarinet; EUP Euphonium; FLT Flute; GUI Folk Guitar; GUIJ Jazz Guitar; HCD Harpsichord; HRN Horn; HRP Harp; JPNJ Jazz Piano; OBO Oboe; ORG Organ; PNO Piano; PRC Percussion; SAX Saxophone; TBA Tuba; TBN Trombone; TPT Trumpet; VLA Viola; VLN Violin; VOC Voice.

    Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
    Arts and Humanities Consent of instructor 1/4-1/2-1 Course