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Music - CE

MUS 101 – Music Education - Great Symphonic and Chamber Music

Enter the world of symphonic and chamber music. Explore the compositions of such greats as J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and others. Learn about the baroque, romantic and classical eras and study the works of composers of the modern period.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the formal designs used by hundreds of composers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries;
2. apply the topics covered in this course to familiar and unfamiliar music by composers of various nationalities;
3. define musical terminology; and
4. identify the characteristics of music written during different periods.

MUS 108 – Music Education: 19th Century Romanticism in Music

Study the formal designs and expressive content of the master composers of the 19th century as it related to their vocal and instrumental compositions.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a familiarity with formal design employed by composers of romantic music;
2. identify sonata, theme and variation, and rondo forms; and
3. apply an understanding of formal design to the listening experience.

MUS 136 – Jazz Past and Present

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the basics of the history of jazz. Topics to be covered include the techniques of some of the greatest jazz arts, and the elements of ragtime, blues, and marching band.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the elements that make up jazz music,
2. demonstrate an understanding of improvisation techniques,
3. develop a knowledge of the variety of instruments used to create traditional jazz music, and
4. identify the skills of some of the greatest jazz artists.

MUS 137 – Jazz Theory

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about basic theoretical melodic and harmonic function in jazz. Topics to be covered include reading and notating music, the keys to improvisation elements, ragtime, blues, and Dixieland.

Course Objectives:
1. articulate the elements that make up jazz music,
2. demonstrate an understanding of improvisation techniques,
3. write traditional chord progressions used in jazz music
4. demonstrate an understanding of the skills of some of the greatest jazz artists, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of how to notate shorthand jazz.

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