Current Academic Year Offerings
MS-101 Music Fundamentals (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Designed to teach students the basic tools and elements of music and its notation. Students learn to become literate in the fundamentals of music (reading and writing music notes, intervals, scales, chords, rhythms, structure...) and apply that knowledge to composition (e.g. a group project composing a brief " percussion " ensemble piece) and basic piano skills. Discussions of the importance of music in society and in education. Listening skills are developed over the course of the semester.
MS-110 Survey of Western Music (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F) Uses the historical development of " Western " music literature as the basis for forming a better understanding of the art of music. Listening skills are developed over the course of the semester.
MS-112 Introduction to Aesthetic Experience (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; F) Introduces the aesthetic experience as a phenomenon of the human condition. Emphasizes an understanding of what the aesthetic experience is and learning to maximize the experience through perception of how the elements of an art work interact. Students learn to take from art what it uniquely offers.
MS-116 World Musics and Cultures (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; F,I,SW-GE) World Musics and Cultures is a survey class intended to educate students about a variety of different cultures and how music functions in human society. Cultures covered will include South Asia (India and Pakistan), East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), the Caribbean (Jamaica, Trinidad, and Cuba), and Sub-Saharan Africa, along with other possibilities.
MS-125 Musical Acoustics (Variable; Variable; 4.00 Credits; F,N) This course and its lab covers concepts of physics as applied to music. Topics include sound and resonance, pitch and tuning systems, psychoacoustics, anatomy of the ear, workings of musical instruments, electronic music fundamentals and literature, a review of musical notation, and aural recognition of intervals and pitches. Students will design and build a musical instrument, and participate in a performance.
MS-199 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the departments to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.
MS-230 History of American Popular Music (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; F) This course covers popular music in America, from Revolutionary War era through modern practices. Units on mainstream pop, jazz and its ancestors, early town bands, musical theatre, country, the fragmentation of the market in the 1960's, and other topics are included. Students complete various presentations and readings on auxiliary topics affecting the development of mainstream pop music. Prerequisites: MS110.
MS-299 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the departments to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.
MS-399 Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Provides supplements to the regular departmental program, exploring topics and areas not regularly scheduled. Note: abbreviated ST: (title). Students may take each ST course for credit.