Course descriptions

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MUSIC (MUS)

Many School of Music courses are offered on a rotation basis. Consult the School of Music semester by semester guide at www.usm.edu/music/undergraduate

100. Music Fundamentals. 1 hr. Prerequisite: must be a music major or minor. An intensive study of the basic elements of music: notation (pitch, rhythm, key signatures) and major scales (spelling, singing, playing on the piano) (CC 1133)

101. Music Theory. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: must be a music major or minor. Scales, intervals and part-writing using triads, the dominant seventh chord, non-harmonic tones, modulation, dictation and sight- singing; concurrent registration in MUS 103 required (CC 1214)

101L. Developing Aural Skills I. 1 hr. Prerequisite: must be a music major or minor. Sight-singing, ear-training, dictation. Concurrent registration in MUS 101L required (CC 1211)

102. Music Theory. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 101. A continuation of MUS 101; concurrent registration in MUS 102L required (CC 1224)

102L. Developing Aural Skills II. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MUS 101. Concurrent registration in MUS 102 required (CC 1221)

105. Introduction to Careers in Music and the Music Industry. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An introductory course to familiarize students with the many varied career opportunities within the music industry

120. Music Theory for Non-majors. 3 hrs. Music Theory for non-majors will introduce the student to the fundamentals of music reading and notation, providing a better understanding of how to read, write, and listen to music.

199. Success for Music Majors. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: must be a music major or minor. An introduction to being a music major. Course will focus on skills needed to be a successful music major, performer, and teacher.

201. Advanced Music Theory. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 102. Part-writing, including secondary seventh chords, borrowed chords, altered chords, foreign modulation, dictation and sight-singing; concurrent registration in MUS 201L required (CC 2214)

201L. Advanced Aural Skills I. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MUS 102. Sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation, ear-training; concurrent registration in MUS 201 required (CC 2211)

202. Advanced Music Theory. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 201. A continuation of MUS 201; concurrent registration in MUS 202L required (CC 2224)

202L. Advanced Aural Skills II. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MUS 201. Concurrent registration in MUS 202 required (CC 2221)

239. IPA/Italian Diction. 2 hrs. Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the phonetics of lyric Italian diction.

301. 20th Century Harmony. 2 hrs. Prerequisites: MUS 202. Investigation of the various styles and harmonic elements of 20th- Century music, coupled with practical applications

302. Form and Analysis. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 202. Music of various periods is analyzed formally, harmonically and contrapuntally

305. Graded Church Choirs I. 3 hrs. Materials and methods for organizing, promoting, training and maintaining pre-school age and elementary school age choirs

306. Graded Church Choirs II. 3 hrs. Organizing, developing, maintaining and training volunteer youth and adult choirs (including senior citizens) in relationship to the total church program

307. History of Music I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 102. Music in Western civilization traced from its primitive sources to the present

308. History of Music II. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: MUS 102. A continuation of MUS 307

321. Counterpoint. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 202 or permission of instructor. Two, three and four-voice writing in the style of Palestrina

322. Counterpoint. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 202 or permission of instructor. Two, three and four-voice contrapuntal writing in the style of Bach

332. American Music. 3 hrs. A study of music in the United States; for nonmusic majors; the ability to read music notation is not required; may not be applied as credit for a music or music education degree

351. History of Church Music. 3 hrs. History of Christian Church music, with emphasis on the use of literature

360. Stylistic Developments in Jazz. 3 hrs. Study of the development of jazz idioms; includes elements of jazz history leading to study of more complex idioms

+361. Basic Music Skills. 3 hrs. An introduction to the fundamentals of music for the non-music major through a comprehensive approach using singing, playing instruments, creative movement and listening. Designed especially for Elementary Education majors.

365. The Enjoyment of Music. 3 hrs. Study of the basic elements of music necessary for intelligent listening and appreciation; this course may not be applied toward a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree, or a music minor

366. American Popular Music. 3 hrs. A musical, socio- political study of popular music in America and its impact on U.S. Culture

367. Improvisation. 1 hr. Study and performance of jazz improvisation

368. Improvisation. 1 hr. A continuation of MUS 367

375. Beginning Techniques of Scoring for Jazz Ensembles. 2 hrs. Study in composing and arranging music for jazz ensembles

376. Intermediate Techniques of Scoring for Jazz Ensembles. 2 hrs. A continuation of MUS 375

401. Instrumentation. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 202. Study of the instruments of the band and orchestra; scoring for instrumental ensembles

423. The Organ in Worship. 1 hr. A study of elementary principles of construction and design, and of effective use in church service, including appropriate organ literature

431. History of Opera. 3 hrs. The history of the musical theatre from Greek drama to the present; open to non-music majors with consent of instructor

432. Music in the U.S. 3 hrs. Study of the development of music in North America; open to non-music majors with consent of instructor

433. 20th-Century Music. 3 hrs. Examination of musical trends since Debussy and Mahler; open to nonmusic majors with consent of instructor

434. Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Music. 3 hrs. A study of music in the ancient world, and of Western music from early Christian times through the sixteenth century; open to nonmajors with consent of instructor

435. Baroque Music. 3 hrs. The development of musical styles and forms from Monteverdi through J.S. Bach; open to nonmusic majors with the consent of instructor

436. 18th-Century Music. 3 hrs. The development of classical styles and forms, emphasis on style gallant, Empfindsamer Stil, and the Viennese classicists; open to nonmusic majors with consent of instructor

437. 19th-Century Music. 3 hrs. The development of musical romanticism, emphasis on the expression of classical forms and the appearance of new stylistic concepts; open to nonmusic majors with consent of instructor

439. Diction. 3 hrs. Introduction to phonetics of various foreign languages for singing; may be repeated once; second registration permitted only when languages emphasized are different

440. Vocal Literature. 2 hrs. Survey of solo vocal literature from the Renaissance to the present; emphasis upon style, interpretation and presentation of solo materials for all voice classifications

441. Vocal Literature. 2 hrs. A continuation of MUS 440

442. Keyboard History and Literature I. 3 hrs. The history and literature of keyboard music from pre-Baroque times through the Classical period

443. Keyboard History and Literature II. 2 hrs. The history and literature of keyboard music from the Classical period to the present.

444. Organ Literature. 3 hrs. Required of all organ majors

446. Instrumental Literature. 2 hrs. Required of all senior instrumental majors

448. Choral Literature I. 3 hrs. A survey of choral literature; study will include materials suitable for school and church choirs as well as standard masterworks

449. Choral Literature II. 3 hrs. Selected topics in Choral Literature, post-Baroque

450. Symphonic Literature. 3 hrs. History and literature of the symphony orchestra from 1600 to the present; open to non- music majors with consent of instructor

451. Chamber Music Literature. 3 hrs. A survey of music for small instrumental ensembles; open to non-music majors with consent of instructor

452. Orchestral Repertoire Class. 2 hrs. This course is an introduction to the core orchestral repertoire containing mock auditions designed to simulate the procedure for auditioning for a major orchestra

453. Church Music Literature and Materials. 3 hrs. Church music repertoire for all choirs and handbells; supplementary materials such as teaching aids will also be included

456. Choral Arranging. 2 hrs. Basic concepts and techniques of scoring for voices, with emphasis on arranging rather than on original compositions for chorus

460. Administration of Church Music. 3 hrs. Administrative procedures for the total music program of the church, including basic philosophy, planning, budgeting, promotion, training music leaders and developing program goals

462. Hymnology. 3 hrs. History of the Christian hymn from its roots to present-day form

467. Improvisation. 1 hr. A continuation of MUS 368

468. Improvisation. 1 hr. A continuation of MUS 467

470. Organization and Management of Jazz Ensembles. 3 hrs. Studies in general management of commercial and academically- oriented jazz groups

471. Seminar in Masterpieces of Music. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 232 or consent of instructor. A thorough exploration of major compositions. May be taken two times. May be taken by nonmusic majors

475. Advanced Techniques of Scoring for Jazz Ensembles. 2 hrs. A continuation of MUS 376

476. Advanced Techniques of Scoring for Jazz Ensembles. 2 hrs. A continuation of MUS 475

491. Senior Thesis/Research Project. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Instructor preapproval

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair

499. British Studies in Music. 3-6 hrs. Prerequisite: MUS 202 and MUS 232, or approval of instructor. A contemporary view of opera, orchestral, instrumental/chamber and popular music examining Britain’s historical musical heritage in terms of its impact on current artistic trends

 


EXPLANATION

The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
Example:

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)