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Music B.A.

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 34 to 50
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The BA program is for students who wish to major in music within a broad liberal arts degree program.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students who pursue the music BA choose to specialize in one of two sub-plans: academic emphasis or applied emphasis. The academic emphasis does not require an entrance audition to the School of Music. Admission to the applied emphasis is contingent upon passing an audition. Auditions are competitive with students normally having studied privately for a number of years on the primary instrument. Auditions are held during the spring semester prior to entrance in the fall semester. Some instruments require a DVD screening round. Please visit the School of Music website for more information about each emphasis.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the Music BA is MUS. Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree from the School of Music: a BA or a B.Mus or a minor. Students may earn more than one major within the B.Mus degree, but may not earn more than one emphasis within the BA degree. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Music Theory and Ear Training
Take the following 6 courses for a total of 9 credits
MUS 1501 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music I (2.0 cr)
MUS 1502 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music II (2.0 cr)
MUS 1511 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I (1.0 cr)
MUS 1512 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing II (1.0 cr)
MUS 3501 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music III (2.0 cr)
MUS 3511 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing III (1.0 cr)
Music History
Take the following 3 courses for a total of 9 credits.
MUS 3601W - History of Western Music I [WI] (3.0 cr)
MUS 3602W - History of Western Music II [WI] (3.0 cr)
MUS 3603W - History of Western Music III [WI] (3.0 cr)
Keyboard
Take 1-2 courses for a total of 2-4 credits. For non-keyboard majors, MUS 1155 may be substituted for MUS 1151-1152. Keyboard majors must consult departmental advisor for appropriate course series.
MUS 1155 - Keyboard Skills I (2.0 cr)
or MUS 1151 - Piano: Class Lessons I (2.0 cr)
MUS 1152 - Piano: Class Lessons II (2.0 cr)
Research and Senior Project
Take the following course for 1 credit.
MUS 3995 - Major Project (1.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· MUS 3601W - History of Western Music I [WI] (3.0 cr)
· MUS 3602W - History of Western Music II [WI] (3.0 cr)
· MUS 3603W - History of Western Music III [WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Academic Emphasis
Additional Music Theory and Ear Training
Take the following 2 courses for a total of 3 credits.
MUS 4504 - Intensive Theory and Analysis of 20th-Century Music (2.0 cr)
MUS 4514 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing for 20th-Century Music (1.0 cr)
Ethnomusicology
Take 1 of the following courses for 3 credits.
MUS 1801W - Music, Society, and Cultures [AH, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or MUS 1804 - World Music [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
Performance
Take a minimum of one 'Performance' credit by enrolling in a School of Music ensemble course, or a private- or group-lesson instruction course (beyond the 'Keyboard' requirement), or a composition course.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 3200 - Campus Singers (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3230 - Chorus (1.0-2.0 cr)
· MUS 3400 - University and Campus Bands (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3410 - University Wind Bands (1.0 cr)
· MUS 3420 - Orchestra (1.0 cr)
· MUS 3430 - Campus Orchestra (2.0 cr)
Electives in Music
Take two courses in music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, or creative studies and media. Note: MUS 5950 must be taken for a minimum of 3 credits and it must be pre-approved by the departmental advisor in order to fulfill electives in music requirement.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
Music Theory Electives
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· MUS 3506 - Theory and Analysis of American Popular Music (3.0 cr)
· MUS 4502 - 18th-Century Counterpoint (3.0 cr)
· MUS 4505 - Jazz Theory (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5333 - Post-tonal Theory and Analysis II (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5541 - 16th-Century Counterpoint (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5571 - Schenkerian Analysis for Performers (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5573 - Analysis of Late-Romantic Orchestral Literature (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5574 - Wagner's Ring: Conception, Coherence, Consequence (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5597 - Music and Text (3.0 cr)
· Musicology
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· MUS 5620 - Topics in Opera History (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5624 - Music of J. S. Bach (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5647 - 20th-Century European/American Music (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5950 - Topics in Music (1.0-4.0 cr)
· Creative Studies and Media
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· MUS 3331 - Jazz Improvisation I (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3950 - Topics in Music (1.0-3.0 cr)
· MUS 5550 - Class Composition (2.0 cr)
· MUS 5561 - Orchestration I (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5562 - Orchestration II (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5591 - Introduction to Music Information Technology (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5592 - Music Informatics Seminar (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5701 - Music, Disability, and Society (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5731 - Jazz and Modernism (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5336 - Jazz Arranging (3.0 cr)
Applied Emphasis
Ethnomusicology
Take the following course for 3 credits.
MUS 1801W - Music, Society, and Cultures [AH, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
Applied Lessons
Take 4 courses for a total of 8 credits.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUSA 12xx (2.0 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUSA 22xx (2.0 cr)
Ensembles/Chamber Music
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 3200 - Campus Singers (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3230 - Chorus (1.0-2.0 cr)
· MUS 3340 - Jazz Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MUS 3350 - Jazz Combo (1.0 cr)
· MUS 3400 - University and Campus Bands (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3410 - University Wind Bands (1.0 cr)
· MUS 3420 - Orchestra (1.0 cr)
· MUS 3430 - Campus Orchestra (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3440 - Chamber Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MUS 5430 - Contemporary Music Workshop (1.0 cr)
· MUS 5440 - Chamber Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MUS 5460 - World Music Ensemble (1.0-2.0 cr)
· MUS 5480 - University Brass Choir (1.0 cr)
· MUS 5490 - Percussion Ensemble (1.0 cr)
Electives in Music
Electives are chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. Courses that have already counted towards a different requirement may not also fulfill the electives in music requirement.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
MUS Electives
The following courses may not count towards this course group: MUS 3021, MUS 3029, MUS 3045, or any ensemble course.
Take 9 - 12 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 3xxx
· MUS 4xxx
· MUS 5xxx
· Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 1xxx
· Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· MUSA 22xx
 
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MUS 1501 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Develop basic music vocabulary. Chromatic harmonic, contrapuntal and voice leading principles in common-practice music (Corelli to Brahms). Analyze chromatic progressions/contrapuntal functions in variety of textures and styles. Proficiency in keyboard skills. prereq: dept consent
MUS 1502 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develop basic music vocabulary. Chromatic harmonic, contrapuntal/voice leading principles in common-practice music (Corelli to Brahms). Analyze chromatic progressions/contrapuntal functions in variety of textures/styles. Proficiency in keyboard skills. prereq: [1501, 1511 with grade of at least C-] or diagnostic test administered by School of Music
MUS 1511 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to foundations of ear-training/sight-singing. prereq: dept consent
MUS 1512 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develop basic music vocabulary. Chromatic harmonic, contrapuntal/voice leading principles in common-practice music (Corelli to Brahms). Analyze chromatic progressions, rhythms, melodies, contrapuntal functions. Proficiency in keyboard skills. prereq: [1501, 1511 with grade of at least C-] or diagnostic exam administered by School of Music], [music major or instr consent]
MUS 3501 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Harmony and voice-leading. Diatonic and basic chromatic chords. Form. Analysis of music from 18th/19th centuries. prereq: [[1501, 1502, 1511, 1512] with grade of at least C-] or diagnostic test administered by School of Music
MUS 3511 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing III
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Sight-singing. Clef reading. Emphasizes chromatic harmony. prereq: [[1501, 1511] with grade of at least C-] or diagnostic test administered by School of Music], [music major or instr consent]
MUS 3601W - History of Western Music I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of European art-music tradition, its social contexts from antiquity to 1700: composers, styles, structures, social institutions. prereq: dept consent
MUS 3602W - History of Western Music II (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of European art-music tradition, its social contexts, from 1700 to 1850. Composers, styles, structures, social institutions. prereq: 1502, 3601, music major, instr consent
MUS 3603W - History of Western Music III (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of European/American art, popular music traditions, from 1850 to present. Composers, styles, structures, social institutions. prereq: [[3501 3511, 3602] with a grade of at least C-, music major] or instr consent
MUS 1155 - Keyboard Skills I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Reading, transposing, harmonizing, improvising, playing by ear. Keyboard theory, technique, music learning skills. prereq: Keyboard major or music major with extensive keyboard background or instr consent
MUS 1151 - Piano: Class Lessons I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Functional skills such as reading, transposing, harmonizing, improvising, and playing by ear. Keyboard theory, technique, and repertoire. prereq: Music major, instr consent
MUS 1152 - Piano: Class Lessons II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Functional skills such as reading, transposing, harmonizing, improvising, and playing by ear. Keyboard theory, technique, and repertoire. prereq: instr consent
MUS 3995 - Major Project
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Required of music majors in senior year of the B.A. program. Research paper on topic of student's choice in consultation with faculty mentor. Sign up in Undergraduate Studies office one term in advance. prereq: Undergrad music major in B.A. program, instr consent, dept consent
MUS 3601W - History of Western Music I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of European art-music tradition, its social contexts from antiquity to 1700: composers, styles, structures, social institutions. prereq: dept consent
MUS 3602W - History of Western Music II (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of European art-music tradition, its social contexts, from 1700 to 1850. Composers, styles, structures, social institutions. prereq: 1502, 3601, music major, instr consent
MUS 3603W - History of Western Music III (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of European/American art, popular music traditions, from 1850 to present. Composers, styles, structures, social institutions. prereq: [[3501 3511, 3602] with a grade of at least C-, music major] or instr consent
MUS 4504 - Intensive Theory and Analysis of 20th-Century Music
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory and analysis of art music in various styles developed in 20th century. prereq: [3501, 3511] or instr consent
MUS 4514 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing for 20th-Century Music
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developing aural skills relevant to 20th-century Western art musics. Focuses on pitch relations, rhythmic techniques, form, and to a lesser degree, timbre and texture. prereq: Completion of [3502, 3512] with grade of at least C-
MUS 1801W - Music, Society, and Cultures (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study rural, urban, tribal musics throughout world with interdisciplinary methods of humanities/social sciences. World-wide distribution of musical creativity with audio/video documentation. prereq: Registration for this course is open until the first day of class, at which point instructor consent will be required.
MUS 1804 - World Music (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Musical practice/meaning around the world and in our backyard. World music styles/perspectives in cultural context. Lectures, in-class music making, guest artists, videos, listening. prereq: Registration for this course is open until the first day of class, at which point instructor consent will be required.
MUS 3200 - Campus Singers
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Campus Singers is a non-auditioned ensemble and open to all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Campus Singers sing diverse repertoire from various periods/cultures.
MUS 3230 - Chorus
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Includes the University Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Concert Choir, and Choral Union. Choirs participate in a variety of programs exploring both Western and non-Western repertoire from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Concerts include touring, and collaborative campus and community performances. prereq: Choral and/or instrumental music background, audition, instr consent
MUS 3400 - University and Campus Bands
Credits: 2.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Lab course.
MUS 3410 - University Wind Bands
Credits: 1.0 [max 14.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Wind ensemble and symphony bands perform standard and contemporary literature; concerts and tour appearances. Players from all colleges may participate. prereq: Audition, instr consent
MUS 3420 - Orchestra
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Symphony orchestra performs standard repertory and major works with chorus; concerts and tour appearances. Players from all colleges may participate. prereq: Audition, instr consent
MUS 3430 - Campus Orchestra
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Orchestra for players who are not music majors or are unable to register for University Orchestra. Standard chamber/string orchestra literature rehearsed/performed. prereq: Non-music major or unable to register for University Orchestra
MUS 3506 - Theory and Analysis of American Popular Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Analysis of popular songs, primarily those within the Anglo-American tradition, with the strongest focus on the United States. Musical details, techniques, and forms pertaining to popular songs. Larger interpretive, historical, and sociological questions in the context of analyzing specific songs and recordings. prereq: [3501, 3511] with a grade of C- or better
MUS 4502 - 18th-Century Counterpoint
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Harmony and voice-leading. Advanced chromatic practices. Analysis of music from late 19th/early 20th centuries. Ear-training, sight-singing. prereq: [3501, 3508] or pass basic skills exam
MUS 4505 - Jazz Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Beginning through advanced techniques for chord construction. Extended chords. Nomenclature in jazz idiom. prereq: [3501, 3511] with grades of at least C-
MUS 5333 - Post-tonal Theory and Analysis II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Art music composed since 1945. Develop skills in analyzing and interpreting this literature.
MUS 5541 - 16th-Century Counterpoint
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Polyphonic counterpoint in modal style of Renaissance. Writing exercises in species counterpoint and in two, three, and four parts. Cantus firmus techniques, mixed values, invertible counterpoint, canon. Representative works by Josquin, Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria, and others. Renaissance treatises by Artusi, Banchieri, Diruta, Morley, Zarlino, and others. prereq: [3501, 3508] or pass basic skills exam
MUS 5571 - Schenkerian Analysis for Performers
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Theory/analysis of tonal music using principles developed by Henrich Schenker. Basic concepts/notation, their application to excerpts/short pieces from 18th/19th centuries. prereq: 3502
MUS 5573 - Analysis of Late-Romantic Orchestral Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Advanced tonal analysis. Dramatic orchestral music by Wagner, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Moussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff as focus for projects/discussions related to chromatic harmony, form, and orchestration. prereq: 3502 or Theory IV Exam or instr consent; [4504 or equiv] recommended
MUS 5574 - Wagner's Ring: Conception, Coherence, Consequence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Enrich process of listening to Wagner's Ring by providing analytic insight into Wagner's compositional technique and the dramatic, tonal, and motivic structure of the work. Analytic approach broadened with a number of interdisciplinary forays. prereq: 3502 or equiv
MUS 5597 - Music and Text
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed for music majors only. Introduction to analysis of music with texts. Song/opera.
MUS 5620 - Topics in Opera History
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of specific operas. Development of opera in context of other artistic, social, cultural, political events, movements, changes. Periods/countries vary each semester.
MUS 5624 - Music of J. S. Bach
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Issues of musical style, historical context. Moves chronologically through Bach?s career. Relationships between his duties and works he composed. Genesis, function, relationship of a work to genre and performing forces. Lectures, presentations, research/analysis assignments. prereq: Grad student in music or instr consent
MUS 5647 - 20th-Century European/American Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Emphasizes major artistic movements, stylistic turning points, social roles of music. Interactions between high art, popular, ethnic musics; contributions of men and woman as composers and performers. prereq: 3603 or equiv, 5501 or equiv, 12 undergrad cr in music history
MUS 5950 - Topics in Music
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 60.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Each offering focuses on a single topic. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
MUS 3331 - Jazz Improvisation I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Rudiments; analysis; improvisation on blues in three major keys and standard American popular jazz compositions from swing era to early bebop; applications of major and minor scales; ear training. prereq: Music major or instr consent
MUS 3950 - Topics in Music
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Each offering focuses on a single topic. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
MUS 5550 - Class Composition
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Original works in various forms. Development of individual compositional style in a post-tonal idiom. Various forms, performing forces, techniques. prereq: [4504, 4514 [with C- or better]] or instr consent
MUS 5561 - Orchestration I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scoring techniques for ensembles in combination and full orchestra; year-long sequence. Score study of representative works from 18th through 20th centuries. prereq: 3502
MUS 5562 - Orchestration II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scoring techniques for ensembles in combination and full orchestra; year-long sequence. Score study of representative works from 18th through 20th centuries. prereq: 5561
MUS 5591 - Introduction to Music Information Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of acoustics, electronic sound generation/manipulation, digital signal processing techniques. Programming languages for digital sound synthesis. Editing software, MIDI applications. prereq: Music grad student or instr consent
MUS 5592 - Music Informatics Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Filtering, formant synthesis, reverberation techniques, additive synthesis. Interactive MIDI applications. prereq: 5591 or instr consent
MUS 5701 - Music, Disability, and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student in music or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Study of intersection of music/disability in culture from perspective of interdisciplinary disability studies. Musician's injuries, "adaptive music" accommodations, participation in music/music education as human/civil right. Universal Instructional Design pedagogy. prereq: Grad student in music or instr consent
MUS 5731 - Jazz and Modernism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Graduate student in music or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Critical consideration of the mutual impact and cross-influences of jazz practices and modernist aesthetics. Contextualizes the emergence of styles including ragtime, swing, bebop, cool, third-stream, modal, and avant-garde jazz within the broader aesthetic currents of 20th-century art and popular music cultures. prereq: Graduate student in music or instr consent
MUS 5336 - Jazz Arranging
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning techniques of arranging for jazz combo and jazz ensemble; vocal and instrumental. prereq: 3502 or instr consent
MUS 1801W - Music, Society, and Cultures (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study rural, urban, tribal musics throughout world with interdisciplinary methods of humanities/social sciences. World-wide distribution of musical creativity with audio/video documentation. prereq: Registration for this course is open until the first day of class, at which point instructor consent will be required.
MUS 3200 - Campus Singers
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Campus Singers is a non-auditioned ensemble and open to all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Campus Singers sing diverse repertoire from various periods/cultures.
MUS 3230 - Chorus
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Includes the University Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Concert Choir, and Choral Union. Choirs participate in a variety of programs exploring both Western and non-Western repertoire from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Concerts include touring, and collaborative campus and community performances. prereq: Choral and/or instrumental music background, audition, instr consent
MUS 3340 - Jazz Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A 20-member performing organization covering significant jazz compositions and arrangements written specifically for this medium. prereq: Audition, instr consent
MUS 3350 - Jazz Combo
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A performance laboratory class with emphasis on improvisation and learning the jazz vocabulary. A minimum of two public performances is required each semester. prereq: Audition, instr consent
MUS 3400 - University and Campus Bands
Credits: 2.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Lab course.
MUS 3410 - University Wind Bands
Credits: 1.0 [max 14.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Wind ensemble and symphony bands perform standard and contemporary literature; concerts and tour appearances. Players from all colleges may participate. prereq: Audition, instr consent
MUS 3420 - Orchestra
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Symphony orchestra performs standard repertory and major works with chorus; concerts and tour appearances. Players from all colleges may participate. prereq: Audition, instr consent
MUS 3430 - Campus Orchestra
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Orchestra for players who are not music majors or are unable to register for University Orchestra. Standard chamber/string orchestra literature rehearsed/performed. prereq: Non-music major or unable to register for University Orchestra
MUS 3440 - Chamber Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Performance of chamber music; duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and other ensemble combinations for instruments and voices. prereq: instr consent
MUS 5430 - Contemporary Music Workshop
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Generation/performance of new chamber works set within context to situate musical works within dynamic field of historical, philosophical, and expressive import. prereq: instr consent
MUS 5440 - Chamber Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Performance of chamber music; duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and other ensemble combinations for instruments and/or voices. prereq: audition, instr consent
MUS 5460 - World Music Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Caribbean popular repertories. Samba, bossa nova, salsa, merengue, mambo. Planned master classes/clinics with local artists to complement regularly scheduled rehearsals/performances. No audition required.
MUS 5480 - University Brass Choir
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The University Brass Choir is an ensemble of 16 brass and percussion players exploring unique literature that spans 400 years. From the rich antiphonal music of Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) to the works of the 20th century. The Brass Choir performs in Twin Cities churches and concert halls. prereq: audition, instr consent
MUS 5490 - Percussion Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice and performance of standard and contemporary compositions for percussion instruments in various combinations. prereq: instr consent