MUS (Music)

MUS 134  University Singers  (1 hour)

This is the University’s auditioned, mixed-voice concert choir. It is the primary musical ensemble for the study and performance of choral music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, from the renaissance to the present. The University Chorale chamber choir is chosen by audition from members of the University Singers. Offered every fall and spring.  Prerequisites: An audition and permission of the instructor/conductor.

MUS 135  Beginning Class Voice  (1 hour)

This course is an introduction to the basics of singing which includes posture, breath pressure, phonation, diction, tone and intonation. A variety of easy vocal literature will be studied and performed. Offered upon sufficient demand. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MUS 136  Applied Instruction in Music  (1-2 hours)

The study, practice and performance of techniques and literature on an individual basis. The following areas of private lessons are available: Instrumental (strings, brass and woodwinds); Piano; Voice; Guitar; and Harpsichord. One hour of academic credit provides one thirty-minute lesson each week; two hours of academic credit provides one sixty-minute lesson each week. The semester will culminate in a jury exam unless deemed inappropriate by the instructor. The instructor determines level of study (beginning, intermediate or advanced) and sets appropriate goals in consultation with the student. Offered every fall and spring. A non-refundable fee is billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

MUS 144  Oglethorpe Concert Winds  (1 hour)

Oglethorpe Concert Winds is a general curriculum course that includes woodwinds, brass and percussion. The ensemble studies and performs standard collegiate wind ensemble literature and is open to all students with band or orchestra experience. An audition is required; for exceptional players this requirement may be waived. Those without an instrument may make arrangements for rental through the University.  The Oglethorpe Pep Band is drawn from members of the OU Concert Winds.  Offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: An audition and/or permission of the instructor. A non-refundable fee is billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

MUS 154  Jazz Ensemble  (1 hour)

Jazz Ensemble is a workshop/lab for the study and performance of jazz music in a small and medium-sized mixed instrumental and vocal ensemble. The ensemble meets for 90-minute sessions twice each week. The course will address improvisational techniques, jazz theory and repertoire as preparation for numerous informal and formal performances on and off campus. A non-refundable fee is billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

MUS 290  Special Topics in Music  (1-4 hours)

Courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum such as Brass or String Ensemble; Fundamentals of Music; Basic Techniques of Conducting; Keyboard Accompanying; Studies in Jazz, etc. Prerequisite: see individual course listings in the current semester course schedule. Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

MUS 331  Music Theory I  (2 hours)

This course addresses the fundamentals of music notation and elements of introductory music theory. This includes intervals, clefs, major and minor scales, major and minor chords, key signatures, basic chord progressions, and cadences, transposition, etc.

MUS 332  Music Theory II  (2 hours)

This course continues the sequence of Music Theory I and addresses elements of intermediate music theory such as part-writing, beginning counterpoint, harmonic analysis and chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS 331 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 333  Music History I  (4 hours)

This course addresses the growth and style of Western music from the late Medieval/early Renaissance through the Classical periods. Important composers and their works, musical styles, structures, some non-Western music and trends in culture and society will be addressed. Prerequisite: None, although prior satisfactory completion of both MUS 331 and MUS 332 is strongly encouraged.

MUS 334  Music History II  (4 hours)

This course addresses the growth and style of Western music from the early Romantic period into modern times. Important composers and their works, musical structures, some non-Western music and trends in culture and society will be addressed. Prerequisite: None, although prior satisfactory completion of both MUS 331 and MUS 332 is strongly encouraged.

MUS 335  Roots of American Music  (4 hours)

This seminar-type course will explore the diversity of music making in the United States through focused studies of selected cultures and traditions (folk and ethnic, popular, and jazz). The musical panorama includes American Indian, African, Hispanic and Latin American, southern Country, blues, popular sacred and secular, and jazz. In addition to classroom discussions, concerts and listening assignments, there will be in-class presentations and a research project. Offered every other spring semester.

MUS 340  Music and Emotions  (4 hours)

A seminar exploring philosophical questions about music. The objective of the course is to address with philosophical insight four questions:  What is music? What is a (particular) work of music? How is music related to our emotions? What is the relation of music to morality? From Pythagoras and Confucius onward, philosophers have written with awe of the powerful impact music has on listeners (especially on their emotions and character.) fearing and cheering particular forms of music as a result.  Music is pervasive in our culture, and the debate continues among people like Allan Bloom, the late Frank Zappa, Tipper Gore, etc. (Our interest, however, is not so much with lyrics as with untexted music.) Offered every other spring.

MUS 400  Advanced Independent Study in Music  (1-4 hours)

Supervised advanced research on a selected project or paper. It provides students an opportunity to study and analyze, in depth, a specific musical style, composer, work, genre, etc. Prerequisite: Submission of an application which contains a proposed, detailed outline of study approved by the instructor, the division chair, the student’s advisor and the provost or associate provost. The completed application must be submitted to the office of enrollment services no later than the final day of the drop/add period of the semester of study. For additional criteria, see Independent Study Policy (Sec. 6.15.). Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

MUS 490  Advanced Special Topics in Music  (4 hours)

This course will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum and will be a study of a selected topic in music, such as: Masterpieces of Choral Literature; Philosophy of Music and Aesthetics; and World Music. Offered irregularly. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.  Prerequisite: see individual course listings in the current semester course schedule. Depending on the topic of the course, a non-refundable fee may be billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.

MUS 490  Advanced Special Topic in Music: Jazz Ensemble  (1 hour)

“The Jazzy Petrels” will meet once a week for 90 minutes for rehearsals of small and medium size jazz combo music. The ensemble will offer various performances on and off campus of repertoire drawn from jazz standards, blues, jazz rock and pop arrangements.  This class will also include occasional visits by guest artists for masterclasses, lectures and guest performances. Offered every fall and spring.