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


MUSIC EDUCATION (MED)

Many School of Music courses are offered on a rotation basis. Consult the School of Music Rotation Guide available in the Performing Arts Center, Student Services Office

100. Introductory Class Piano. 2 hrs. Beginning class instruction in piano for non-music majors; credit may not be applied toward a degree in music or music education

101. Class Piano I. 1 hr. Beginning class instruction in piano for music majors. Non-majors may be admitted with permission of instructor (CC 1510)

102. Class Piano II. Prerequisite(s): Earn a passing grade in MED 101 or permission of instructor. Intermediate class instruction in piano. (CC 1521)

130. Reedmaking I: Oboe and Bassoon. 1 hr. Development of basic skills required to produce double reeds: forming, scraping, repairing

201. Class Piano III. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MED 102 or permission of instructor. Advanced class instruction in piano (CC 2511)

202. Class Piano IV. 1 hr.Prerequisite(s): Earn a passing grade in MED 201 or permission of instructor. Advanced class instruction in piano; prepares music educators to pass a piano competency test

219. Guitar Class I. 1 hr. Class instruction in guitar for beginners

220. Guitar Class II. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MED 219 or approval of instructor. Intermediate class instruction in guitar

221. String Class. 1 hr. Practical class instruction on all strings. Problems of beginning students; material for public school classes

222. String Class. 1 hr. A continuation of MED 221

300. Music Education Practicum. 2 hrs. An introduction to Music Education as a profession

301. Voice Class. 2 hrs. Designed to give the instrumental major a general knowledge of vocal and choral techniques

302. Piano Competency. 0 hrs

303. Class Piano Review. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MED 202 or permission of instructor. Advanced review class instruction in piano; prepares music educators for piano competency exam

+311. Elementary Music Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MED 102 and MED 199. Music education programs for the elementary student; emphasis placed on the total curriculum

+312. Secondary Music Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MUS 102, MUS 102L, and MED 332 or permission of instructor. Consideration of the secondary music program; special attention given to the development of a balanced curriculum

313. Choral Procedures.  2 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MED 331, MED 333, MUS 202 and MUS 202L or permission of instructor. Choral programming in secondary schools.

320. Instrumental Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MUS 102, MUS 102L and concurrent enrollment in MED 332 or permission of instructor. Techniques of developing successful bands and orchestras; emphasis placed on woodwinds and brass

321. Instrumental Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MUS 102, MUS 102L and concurrent enrollment in MED 332 or permission of instructor. Continuation of MED 320. Techniques of developing successful bands and orchestras. Emphasis placed on woodwinds and brass

330. Reedmaking II: Oboe and Bassoon. 1 hr. Developing advanced techniques in making and finishing double reeds; fashioning and adapting alternate reed designs will be covered

331. Choral Conducting. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MED 202 or permission of instructor. Techniques of choral conducting

332. Instrumental Conducting. 2 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MUS 202 or permission of instructor. Techniques used in conducting instrumental ensembles

333. Choral Conducting II. 2 hrs. A continuation of MED 331. Techniques used in conducting choral ensembles

334. Instrumental Conducting II. 2 hrs. Advanced techniques used in conducting instrumental ensembles. A continuation of MED 332.

400. Marching Band Fundamentals. 1 hr. Techniques for teaching marching band: music selection, rehearsal organization and charting

401. Marching Band Methods. 3 hrs. Techniques for developing marching band programs; emphasis on music selection, rehearsal organization and drill charting techniques; provides tools for administering and directing marching band programs

402. Advanced Computer-assisted Marching Band Drill Design. 3 hrs. Introduction to writing marching band design; provides charting-proficient student with skills in developing form and flow. Includes computer lab time

410. Teaching and Learning Music. 2 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MED 312. Basic sequence of Education Core and COMP test. Principles, goals, objectives and evaluation of music teaching; must be taken concurrently with MED 493 and MED 494

411. Choral Methods and Curriculum Problems. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): MUS 202 or permission of instructor. Organization and administration of choral activities in secondary schools

412. Instrumental Methods and Curriculum I. 3 hrs. Techniques of developing successful concert bands and orchestras. Emphasis on woodwinds and brass

413. Instrumental Methods and Curriculum II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MED 412. Continuation of MED 412

428. Percussion Class. 2 hrs. Review of percussion texts, techniques, and pedagogy.

429. Piano Tuning and Repair. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Study of basic technique of tuning and repairing pianos

438. Band Literature. 2 hrs. A study of masterworks for band

440. Music Education in the Elementary Schools. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: MED 311, 312. An in-depth course which examines current techniques and methods of music programs in upper and lower elementary grades

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

450. Vocal Pedagogy. 2 hrs. Techniques, practices and materials used in teaching voice; practical experience in teaching voice

451. Vocal Pedagogy. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: MED 450. A continuation of MED 450

452. Piano Pedagogy. 2 hrs. Modern methods of teaching; lectures, observation of private and class lessons; teaching piano to adults; required of all senior piano majors

453. Piano Pedagogy. 2 hrs. A continuation of MED 452

454. Organ Pedagogy. 2 hrs. Required of all senior organ majors

455. Organ Pedagogy. 2 hrs. A continuation of MED 454

456. String Pedagogy. 2 hrs. Required of all string majors

458. Wind/Percussion Pedagogy. 2 hrs. Required of all wind/percussion majors

490. Piano Workshop. 2 hrs. A continuation of MED 390; credit for this course may not be applied toward degrees in music and music education

491. Instrumental Workshop. 2 hrs. A continuation of MED 391; credit for this course may not be applied toward degrees in music and music education

492. Choral Workshop. 1-3 hrs. A continuation of MED 392; credit for this course may not be applied toward degrees in music and music education

+493. Student Teaching in Music Education I. 6 hrs. Prerequisite: Must have passed Piano Competency Examination, a test that measures whether the student has met the expectations of MED 202, Class Piano IV and be cleared to student teach per Southern Miss requirements; concurrent registration in MED 410 and MED 494 required

+494. Student Teaching in Music Education II. 6 hrs. Continuation of MED 493. Concurrent registration in MED 410 and MED 493 required

 


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.)