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 200 Independent Study in Music (1-4 hours)

This course provides the opportunity for an intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)


MUS 234 OU Chorale (1 hour)

The Oglethorpe University Chorale is an auditioned, mixed-voice chamber choir. It is the advanced musical ensemble for the study and performance of choral music, predominantly unaccompanied, reserved for experienced singers. Offered every fall and spring. It is strongly suggested that students co-enroll in MUS 134. Prerequisites:  Permission of the instructor


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. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.

Specifically, this Music course has included topics such as Brass or String Ensemble; Fundamentals of Music; Basic Techniques of Conducting; Keyboard Accompanying; Studies in Jazz, etc. 

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)

This course provides the opportunity for an advanced, intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)

Specifically, this Music course provides students an opportunity to study and analyze, in depth, a specific musical style, composer, work, genre, etc.

MUS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Music (1-4 hours)
Advanced courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.

Specifically, this Music course has explored topics such as:  Masterpieces of Choral Literature, Philosophy of Music and Aesthetics, and World Music.


MUS 495 Internship in Music (1-12 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to have an application (which satisfies all internship requirements developed by the academic program that oversees the internship) and to obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study. All internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course.