Applied Music Courses



MUS 130 - Applied Piano for Beginners

This course will help the student acquire the basic skills necessary to play the piano, such as reading music, understanding rhythm, coordinating both hands, and phrasing.

MUS 180 Beginning Piano II

Prerequisite: MUS 130

MUS 230 Beginning Piano III

Prerequisite: MUS 130 and MUS 180

MUS 280 Beginning Piano IV

Prerequisite: MUS 130, MUS 180, and MUS 230

MUS 131 - Applied Guitar for Beginners

The course will begin with classical-style finger picking, tone production, sight-reading and tuning techniques. Students will learn both plectrum and finger-style strumming techniques, and will play basic jazz, pop and blues chord progressions. Chord theory and symbol notation will be explained, and the course will conclude with the introduction to basic arranging techniques. Students will complete a performance project. Periodic in-class performances will be required. Students must have an acoustic guitar.

MUS 181 - Guitar II

A continuation of the skills learned in Applied Guitar for Beginners.  Upon entering this class students must have established basic fingerpicking and plectrum techniques and be able to read in the 1st position.  Sight-reading will be reviewed and expanded to the 2nd and 5th positions of the guitar. Rock, jazz and blues improvisational techniques will be studied using modes, minor scales, pentatonic scales, blues scales, arpeggios and memorized patterns.  Chord symbols and chord progressions will be studied in detail. Ensemble playing, ear-training and advanced rhythmic skills will be focused on throughout the course. 

Prerequisite: MUS 131

MUS 132 - Voice I

For anyone who enjoys singing.  Covers breathing, tone and vocal production.  Students sing songs from the classical literature, as well as popular tunes.

MUS 182 - Voice II

A continuation of MUS 132.

Prerequisite:  MUS 132

MUS 134 - World Drumming

This course will explore the realm of percussion from a variety of perspectives incorporating both history and practice. We will look at the historical development of percussion and percussion instruments, as well as their use in various cultural traditions, not only in western classical music, but in the music of indigenous peoples throughout the world. We will also look at the way those traditions have influenced one another to shape the use of percussion today.

The performance aspect of this course will focus on the basic percussion rudiments and building technique for performance. Students may work in groups and individually on percussion exercises and repertoire. This course is designed to be informative for students of any background and is open to all students regardless of ability.

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