Course Descriptions

MUS 001: Concert Choir
Students will be taught to sing well within the context of a choral ensemble. Focus will be given to musicianship, vocal technique, diction and interpretation. The importance of musical discipline will be emphasized in rigorous rehearsals. A high priority is placed on the responsibility of the individual singer to the ensemble.
Content: Repertoire will be chosen from various styles and languages. Emphasis is placed upon individual accuracy, vocal development and cooperation through participation as a member of the ensemble. Artistry and expressiveness is demonstrated by the combined efforts of the whole ensemble in various performances.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor.
Grading: Letter grade based on participation, including rehearsal attendance.
Gen. Ed. Category: Artistic expression.
Credit: 1 hour.

MUS 002: Wesleyannes
Students are given the opportunity to experience singing in a chamber ensemble, with a high level of musical understanding and expressiveness. Music is often performed from memory and without a conductor, placing greater responsibility upon the members of the ensemble. Focus is given to continued development of vocal technique and musicianship.
Content: A variety of repertoire, including popular as well as more serious styles. Frequent performing opportunities on the campus and in the community.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Annual audition from among students who have satisfactorily completed at least two semesters of concert choir, including the spring tour or permission of instructor.
Grading: Letter grade based on participation, including rehearsal attendance.
Credit: 1 hour.

MUS 014/114: Applied Voice Lessons
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development in voice.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor.
Gen. Ed. Category: Artistic expression.
Credit: 1 hour.

MUS 220: Music Performance and Production
Goal: To provide students with staged musical performance experiences.
Content: Participation in rehearsal and production of operas, operettas, musical theater pieces, or scenes programs.  Content will vary.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour.

MUS 286: Diction for Singers
Goal: To learn correct pronunciation and articulation for singing in English, Italian, Latin, French, German, and Spanish. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) will be an integral tool in this process.
Content: The literature covered will include pieces from choral and solo vocal literature in various languages.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of Applied Voice.
Credit: 3 hours.

MUS 315S: History of Vocal Literature, Performance and Style
Goal: A study of solo vocal literature from a historical perspective with emphasis upon performance and style. Students will be expected to develop a vocabulary for discussing and writing about this repertoire; oral presentations are included.
Content: Italian, German, French, British, Spanish and American song repertoire will be explored. Women composers and their contributions to vocal literature will be highlighted.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite: MUS 181 and MUS 182; S-course.
Credit: 2 hours; S-course.

MUS 415: Senior Music Project
Goal: To provide the student an opportunity to complete a comprehensive music project including a recital and a project that integrates music with another liberal arts discipline.
Content: Recital and accompanying components; must be approved by the music faculty. Part of the course is a one hour weekly applied music lesson for which the associated fee will be charged.
Taught: Annually.
Credit: 4 hours (2, 2). This course is the Senior Integrative Experience for the Piano, Organ, and Voice Tracks.

MUS 451: Directed Independent Study (Choral Conducting)
Goal: To permit the student to explore a topic of study not covered in the regular course structure. To encourage a concentrated course of study for the serious and independent student.
Content: Varies according to interest of student; to be agreed upon by student and professor, with the approval of the department chair.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chair.
Credit: 1-6 hours.

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