Close
Please Wait. Loading Menu...

Courses Offered

MUSC 100 Fundamentals of Music

(First semester/2 credits) 

A study of the basic building blocks of music: note reading, scales, intervals, keys, triads, rhythms and meters. Geared toward those who want to learn how to read music and build on basic skills. Note: students must either pass this course or its exemption exam in order to register for MUSC 101. New students with a background in music should take the exemption exam in the summer to determine if they are eligible to exempt MUSC 100.

MUSC 101 Beginning Music Theory and Musicianship

Prerequisite: MUSC 100 or Level I placement on the Music Fundamentals Placement Test. (Second semester/4 credits/3 class hours, 1 laboratory hour)

A study of diatonic music: concepts, terminology and skills necessary to understand, compose/arrange, and perform music. Topics include diatonic chords in major and minor keys, voice-leading, part-writing, harmonic progressions, sequences, intro to formal analysis, non-chord tones. Musicianship portion to include recognition of scales, intervals, triads, seventh chords, and rhythms, plus executing rhythms and sight-singing with solmization.

MUSC 103 Introduction to Music (CORE—Art, Music, Film or Other Media)

(Both semesters/3 credits/3 class hours) 

A study of the materials of music from a listener’s point of view, the styles and composers of the various periods, and the relationship of music to the other arts and to its social and historical background.

MUSC 201 Intermediate Music Theory and Musicianship

Prerequisite: MUSC 101. (First semester/4 credits)

A study of chromatic music: concepts, terminology and skills necessary to understand, compose/arrange, and perform music. Topics include secondary functions, modulation, binary and ternary forms, sonata form, rondo form, mode mixture, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords. Aural skills to include recognition of compound intervals, seventh chords in inversion, two-part dictation, plus executing rhythms and sight-singing with solmization.

MUSC 299 Special Topics in Music (CORE—3 credits required—Art, Music, Film or Other Media)

(Offered as needed/1-3 credits) 

Occasional special courses, taught on a one-time basis. Topics have included study trips to Europe, a Beethoven research class, and opera history and literature.

MUSC 300 Monuments of Western Music (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation section of the Core curriculum. (Offered once a year/3 credits)

A study of one of Western culture’s great composers and/or important musical genres, with special attention given to the historical, social, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and literary events of the time.

  • MUSC 300A The World of Mozart (CORE—Western Civilization)
    A study of the life, music and influence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with special attention given to the historical, social, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and literary events of Europe in the late 18th century, and how they influenced him.

  • MUSC 300B The World of Beethoven (CORE—Western Civilization)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the central figures of the Western musical canon, was witness to tremendous changes in European culture at the end of the 18th century and the start of the 19th. His career was bookended on one end by cultural milestones like the French Revolution and Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and on the other end by the Napoleonic Wars and the death of Goethe. His music thus serves as a musical backdrop to a great era of change in European culture.

MUSC 302 World Music (CORE—Non-Western Civilization)

Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation section of the Core curriculum, or by permission of the instructor. (Second semester/3 credits) 

A survey of the non-Western musical cultures of Africa, East Asia, India, Latin America and North America within the context of ethnomusicology, aesthetics, cultural anthropology and ethnic diversity.

MUSC 304 Music History and Literature II

Prerequisites: MUSC 201. (Second semester—even years/4 credits)

This class surveys the repertoire of Western art music from 1800 to the present, covering the late Romantic, modern, and postmodern periods. We will discuss the major composers of these periods (Wagner, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berio, Reich, etc.) alongside major historical milestones such as the revolutions of 1848, the First and Second World Wars, the Civil Rights Era, and the internet age.

MUSC 335 Teaching Assistantship in Music

(Either semester/2 credits—may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits) 

An opportunity for qualified juniors or seniors to assist in the teaching of music theory or history. Interested students are selected by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis.

MUSC 375 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of the department. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

A special project or the intensive study of the music of an individual composer, periods or type, involving independent, first-hand examination of the music. May be conducted in a group when several students pursue the same study. Note: music history and literature minors will pursue a topic in American or non-Western music.

MUSC 399 Internship in Music

Prerequisite: Open to junior and senior music majors, with permission of the department. (Either semester/3-12 credits) 

Supervised part-time work in a musical setting approved by the department. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

MUSC 470 Senior Project: Music History and Literature

Prerequisites: Completion of all music theory and music history requirements for the major in music history and literature. The course may, if necessary, be taken in conjunction with the last semester of theory and the last 3 credits of music history. (Both semesters/3 credits) 

A capstone research project in which the student will work one-on-one with a professor in writing a significant historical paper in music history and literature. The student will present his or her findings in a public reading at the end of the semester of study.

MUSC 471 Senior Project: Piano Pedagogy

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 8 credits of applied piano and all other requirements for the concentration in piano pedagogy. This course is usually taken in the senior year. (Both semesters/ 3 credits) 

A capstone experience for the piano pedagogy track. Students will observe and critique piano lessons in the department, write several chapters of a sample method book and teach several students of varying ability, under the supervision of a faculty member. The piano students will perform their pieces for a panel of faculty pianists for evaluation.

MUSC 474 Junior Recital

Prerequisites: Student must be a declared music major in performance, must have completed at least 6 credits of applied music in the area of the recital and must have approval of the department. (Both semesters/1 credit) 

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a 25-minute solo recital. The recital would normally be given in the junior year. For vocalists and pianists, the recital must be performed from memory, though one work, especially a chamber piece, may be played with the score. Piano Pedagogy students are required to play one work or a short group of pieces from memory.

MUSC 475 Senior Recital

Prerequisites: MUSC 474 and completion of at least 8 credits of applied music in the area of the recital and taken in conjunction with the last 2 credits of applied music. Senior recital is normally given in the senior year; students must have departmental approval of the recital program and must adhere to the senior recital guidelines as set forth by the department. (Both semesters/2 credits) 

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a 50-minute representative recital in one area of applied music.

HNMU 318 Theory and Practice in the Arts: The Philosophy of Music (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisites: Completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature and the Aesthetic Appreciation/Art, Music, Film areas of the core. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Honors Program or with permission of the instructor. (Second semester—even years/3 credits) 

Music has meant many things to many different peoples and times. Some consider it the most abstract of the arts because it has no spatial form. Others consider it the most natural of the arts because it is the one art form we share with animals (birds, whales). Still others consider it the most fundamentally human of the arts since no culture on earth has been discovered that does not have music. In this class we will survey the writings of philosophers, artists, and other figures who attempted to explain why music appeals to us and what the musical experience says about human nature. These readings will be taken from antiquity, the distant past, and the present day. Our focus will be twofold: (1) to study how philosophers, artists, and writers have attempted to explain why music appeals to us and what the musical experience says about human nature; (2) to study what these explanations say about the time periods and cultures from which they came."

MUSC 301 Advanced Music Theory/Form and Analysis

Prerequisite: MUSC 201 (First semester/4 credits)

A study of advanced, late, and post-tonal harmony and various twentieth-century systems including atonal and serial techniques, plus study of counterpoint and fugal analysis and tonal and formal analysis of small and large works. Each student will undertake a analysis of a large work for a report and class presentation. Aural skills to include recognition of form and chord progressions, plus executing rhythms and sight-singing with solmization.

MUSE 160 Choir

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s choir, which performs both choral masterworks and lighter repertoire. Grade is based on attendance, participation and performance.

MUSE 161 String Ensemble

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s string ensemble, which performs music by the masters for smaller string ensemble. There are occasional joint performances with the wind ensemble. Grade is based on attendance, participation and performance. Selection is based on audition.

MUSE 162 Wind Ensemble

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s wind ensemble, which performs music by the masters for winds and brass. There are occasional joint performances with the string ensemble. Grade is based on attendance, participation and performance. Selection is based on audition.

MUSE 163 Early Music Ensemble

Prerequisite: Participation must be approved by the director. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s early music ensemble, which performs works from the earliest eras of Western music—the late Renaissance through early Baroque. Grade is based on attendance, participation and performance.

MUSE 164 Jazz Ensemble

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Selection is based on audition. (Both semesters/ one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s jazz ensemble, which enables students to discover and perform music from America’s great art form—jazz.

MUSE 165 Gospel Ensemble

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s gospel ensemble, which performs both traditional spirituals and contemporary gospel repertoire. Grade is based on attendance, participation and performance.

MUSE 260 Chamber Singers

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

Participation in Hood’s chamber singers, which performs smaller-scale choral masterworks each semester. Selection is based on audition, and grade is based on attendance, participation and performance. Membership in chamber singers requires concurrent participation in choir.

MUSE 261 Piano Ensemble I

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (First semester—odd years/one-half credit) 

A study of the literature and performance of repertoire for piano ensemble. Topics include music for one piano, four-hands and two pianos.

MUSE 262 Piano Ensemble II

Prerequisites: MUSE 261 and permission of the instructor. (Second semester—even years/one-half credit) 

A study of the literature and performance of repertoire for piano ensemble. Topics include music with voices and other instruments.

MUSE 263 Small Ensemble

Prerequisite: Permission of the department. (Both semesters/one-half credit) 

An opportunity for students to form string quartets, string trios, woodwind quintets and other groups as deemed appropriate by the department, and to rehearse and perform the literature for those groups under the direction of a faculty coach.

MUSC 500 Monuments of Western Music (Humanities Elective)

(Offered once a year/3 credits) 

A study of one of western culture’s great composers and/or important musical genres, with special attention given to the historical, social, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and literary events of the time.