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Music

Professor French; Associate Professor Hubbs; Visiting Assistant Professor Hope; College Organist Alan Morrison.

The music department offerings are designed to provide an understanding of music through a study of styles and theory as well as performance opportunities. The curriculum is designed to integrate history and theory across historical periods and stylistic idioms while providing ensemble and applied music instruction as a basis for connecting practical and analytical aspects of the discipline. Students who complete a music major can pursue graduate study but also apply their knowledge of music to performing arts administration, music therapy and business applications.

Requirements for Majors

A major in Music consists of 40 semester hours in music coursework. Music majors must take both academic (36 hours) and applied/ensemble (4 hours) music courses. Required courses for the major:

  • 12 semester hours of Music Theory: MUS-100 (unless student passes theory placement test), MUS-221 and MUS-222. Students who test out of MUS-100 may take MUS-226 or MUS-328 for the third Music Theory course.
  • 12 semester hours of Music History: MUS-205, MUS-206 and MUS-307W
  • 8 semester hours of music electives.
  • 4 semester hours of music ensemble and/or applied music. Chosen from the following: MUS-00X, MUS-01X, MUS-02X, MUS-03X, MUS-04X, MUS-05X. Students may only count one semester hour per semester towards this requirement, for a total of two years of ensemble participation. Music majors can fulfill both the capstone and oral presentation requirement by taking MUS- 401 or MUS-491.

Requirements for Minor

A minor concentration in music consists of a minimum of five courses in music. Two courses must be selected from the Music History* area (MUS-205, 206, 207, 208, and 307). An additional two courses must be selected from the Music Theory area (MUS-100, 221, 222, 226, and 328). One course MUST include MUS-100 or MUS-221).

Courses

MUS 100 – Foundations of Music Faculty

An introductory course in music theory which presents essential basic concepts in music through composition, analysis, and listening. The course consists of a study of musical elements, terminology, rhythm, and music notation, including the staff, clefs, notes, intervals, scales, modes, chords, keys and signatures. Additional emphasis on the acquisition of aural skills through ear-training exercises. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A.)

MUS-205. History of Music to 1750 Dr. French

A study of music from its early origins through the end of the Baroque period, including an examination of the music through cultural, political, and societal contexts. Intensive listening assignments and research projects are required for the course. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A, H.)

Note: Students may not receive credit for MUS-205 and MUS-201 or 202.

MUS-206. History of Music, 1750 to Present Dr. French

A study of music from the Classical Period to the present, including an examination of the music through cultural, political, and societal contexts. Intensive listening assignments and research projects are required for the course. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A, H.)

MUS-207. History of Jazz Dr. Hubbs

A survey of the development of jazz from its African origins through the present. Includes a detailed investigation of how various socio-political factors affected the development of this American music. The course will include intensive listening and research assignments, video presentations, and a final research paper. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A, D, H.)

MUS-208. World Music Dr. Hubbs

This course traces the development of world musics by examining significant works of music and the cultural and political milieu in which the works were composed. Students will develop an understanding of musical terminnnology and will develop skills needed to listen to and better understand music of varying cultures. Students will participate in a variety of activities, including singing, playing instruments and dancing. This course will include intensive listening assignments. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A, G, H.)

MUS-221. Music Theory I Dr. Hope

The first semester of an integrated two-semester theory sequence that examines the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal organization of music while developing critical listening skills. The course consists of studying the application of music fundamentals, analysis of small forms, composition, and development of aural skills. Emphasis on diatonic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS-100 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A.)

MUS-222. Music Theory II Dr. Hope

The second semester of an integrated two-semester theory sequence that examines the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal organization of music while developing critical listening skills. The course consists of the development and analysis of motivic structures, analysis of larger forms, composition, and development of aural skills. Introduction to chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS-221 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A.)

MUS-226. Music Technology Dr. Hope

An introductory course in computer-based music technology. Students will learn the concepts of sequencing, mixing, production, loop-based composition, sampler and synth programming, and basic music theory through composition and analysis projects. Emphasis on MIDI and software-based sound generators. Additional concepts may include music notation, music distribution, and digital audio theory. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A.)

MUS-307W. Topics in Music History Dr. French

A study of a specific period or genre of music, and an examination of the music through cultural, political, and societal contexts. Topics in the past have included the Second Viennese School, Race and Gender in American Music, Stravinsky, and others. The course will place emphasis on independent research as well as required listening. Prerequisite: MUS-205, 206, or 207; or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A, H.)

MUS-328. Topics in Music Theory Faculty

A study of a specific style or school of composition such as counterpoint, serial music, chromatic harmony and others. The course will place emphasis on independent research as well as required listening. Prerequisite: Appropriate 200-level music theory course or by permission. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A.)

MUS-381 Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact music faculty for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: approval of an internship adviser and three courses in music. Three semester hours

MUS-382 Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact music faculty for further details. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: approval of an internship adviser and three courses in music. Four semester hours

MUS-401. Special Projects in Music Faculty

Advanced independent work on a creative, historical or theoretical project supervised and approved by a faculty adviser. Four semester hours. (A, I.)

MUS-491 Research/Independent Work Faculty

This course is open to candidates for departmental honors and to other students with the permission of the department chair. Prerequisites: Permission of the department. Four semester hours.

MUS-492 Research/Independent Work Faculty

A continuation of MUS-491. Open only to candidates for honors. Prerequisites: MUS-491 and permission of the department. Four semester hours.

Ensembles and Lessons

MUS-001-008. Ursinus College Choir Dr. French

A large choral ensemble open to everyone in the College community. The College Choir performs three or four major works each year, including performances of Handel’s Messiah in the fall semester. Graded S/U. Two to three hours per week. One semester hour. (A, if four semester hours are completed.)

MUS-011-018. Meistersingers Dr. French

A small choral ensemble open by audition to all students. The repertoire represents diverse styles and cultures suitable to a smaller ensemble. Graded S/U. Three to four hours per week. One semester hour. (A, if four semester hours are completed.)

Mus 021-028. Ursinus College Wind Ensemble Dr. Hubbs

A large instrumental ensemble open to everyone in the College community. Members perform works from standard band repertoire, transcriptions of important orchestral works, and new compositions. The Wind Ensemble presents two major concerts each year and may appear at campus functions. Graded S/U. Two to three hours per week. One semester hour. (A, if four semester hours are completed.)

MUS-031-038. Ursinus College Jazz Ensemble Dr. Hubbs

A big band open by audition to all students. The ensemble performs arrangements and original compositions in a variety of jazz styles. The Jazz Ensemble presents two major concerts each year and may appear at campus functions. Graded S/U. Music lessons fee. Two to three hours per week. One semester hour. (A, if four semester hours are completed.)

MUS-041-048 A. - Guitar

MUS 041-048B. - Piano

MUS-041-048C. - Voice

MUS-041-048D. - Other

Applied Lessons Faculty

This course provides private music instruction for one hour each week, focusing on technique and performance practice. The course will give students the opportunity to continue their growth as musicians. One hour per week. One semester hour. (A, if four semester hours are completed.)

MUS-051-058. Ursinus College String Ensemble Dr. Hope

A chamber strings ensemble open to everyone in the College community. Members will present a campus performance each semester and may appear at campus functions. Graded S/U. Two to three hours per week. One semester hour. (A, if four semester hours are completed.)