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Music Course Descriptions

Courses (Music 700)

Note: Courses in music theory include 50:700:125, 161, 162, 205, 206, 225, 226, 321, 325, and 421.

50:700:125 Introduction to Music Theory (3) An introduction to the elements of tonal music. Provides students with an
understanding of rhythm, pitch, keyboard, scales, key signatures, intervals, and triads. Intended primarily for nonmajors and minors.
 
50:700:161 Basic Musicianship I (2) Provides intensive work in sight singing; dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony; score reading;
and keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:162 Basic Musicianship II (2) A continuation of material learned in Basic Musicianship I. Prerequisite: 50:700:161 or permission
of instructor.
 
50:700:173 Studies in Composition I (3) Independent study in musical composition. Intended primarily for music majors
with a concentration in composition and theory.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
 
50:700:174 Studies in Composition II (3) Independent study in music composition. Intended primarily for music majors
with a concentration in composition.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
 
50:700:202 Introduction to Music (G) (3) An approach toward music appreciation that emphasizes the cultural influences
that have determined the varied musical languages throughout the world. No previous musical experience necessary.
 
50:700:203 Introduction to World Music (G) (3) A course designed to develop basic concepts and listening perception of
music in non-Western cultures. This includes the elements, forms, and styles of Polynesia, East Asia, India, Latin America,
and more. No previous musical experience necessary.
 
50:700:205 Basic Musicianship III (2) A continuation of material learned in Basic Musicianship II.
Prerequisite: 50:700:162 or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:206 Basic Musicianship IV (2) A continuation of material learned in Basic Musicianship III.
Prerequisite: 50:700:205.
 
50:700:225 Music Theory I (3) Examines the elements of 18th- and 19th-century harmonic practices, including part writing
in three and four parts, and harmonic analysis of works. Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or passing grade on placement examination,
or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:226 Music Theory II (3) A continuation of Music Theory I with emphasis on secondary functions, modulation, linear chords,
harmonic analysis, form, and creative writing. Prerequisite: 50:700:225.
 
50:700:271 Computer Applications in Music I (3) Introduction to the creative use of computers and synthesizers. Provides an
understanding of MIDI applications, including sequencing, editing, sampling, effects, and notational software.
Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or 161, or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:272 Computer Applications in Music II (3) A continuation of 50:700:271 with emphasis on broadening the development of
creative skills and compositional techniques. Prerequisites: 50:700:125 or 161, 271, or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:291 History of Music I (G) (3) Historical survey of styles, forms, genres, and composers of Western music from
antiquity to the 16th century. Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or 225 or permission of instructor. Intended for music majors and minors.
 
50:700:292 History of Music II (G) (3) Historical survey of styles, forms, genres, and composers from the 17th to the 18th centuries.
Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or 225 or permission of instructor. Intended for music majors and minors.
 
50:700:293 History of Music III (G) (3) Historical survey of styles, forms, genres, and composers from the late 18th to the
late 19th centuries. Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or 225 or permission of instructor. Intended for music majors and minors.
Offered in alternate years.
 
50:700:294 History of Music IV (G) (3) Historical survey of musical styles and genres from the 20th century to the present.
Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or 225 or permission of instructor. Intended for music majors and minors. Offered in alternate years.
 
50:700:305 Gender in Music (G) (3) Provides an overview of the interactions between women and their musical environment in
Europe from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Among the composers studied are Hildegard von Bingen, Francesca Caccini,
Barbara Strozzi, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Constanze Mozart, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel,  Ellen Taaffe Zwillich,
and Joan Tower. May require off-campus concerts and operas. This course may be taken as part of a minor in women’s studies.
 
50:700:309 American Music (D) (3) Survey of music in the United States from the time of the earliest settlers to the present,
including Shaker hymns, Civil War tunes, the establishment of a distinctive American style, the beginnings of jazz, and current
experimental styles.
 
50:700:312 Latin American Music (3)
Explore the many styles and traditions of Latin music especially from the perspective of the U.S., expanding greatly on the Cuban
and Brazilian traditions that have influenced American music.
 
50:700:321 Counterpoint (3) A detailed study of basic voice-leading principles that includes extensive writing in two- and
three-part species counterpoint. Prerequisite: 50:700:125 or permission of instructor. Offered in alternate years.
 
50:700:325 Music Theory III (3) A continuation of 50:700:226 with an introduction to post-tonal music. Provides the student
with a basic analytic technique for the study of 20th-century practices, including atonal and 12-tone works. Prerequisite: 50:700:226.
 
50:700:329 Introduction to Conducting (2) A course designed to introduce the fundamentals of conducting school choruses
and orchestras. Prerequisite: 50:700:225. Intended primarily for majors in the Teacher Preparation Program.
 
50:700:332 Music Theory and Analysis (3) A course designed to provide students with essential analytical skills for comprehensive
analysis of music from various periods. Prerequisite: 50:700:225. May be repeated for credit.
 
50:700:337 Opera (G) (3) A critical survey of the continuing tradition of opera emphasizing the relationship of music and drama
through selected works of varied composers. Prerequisite: 50:700:225.
 
50:700:373 Composition (3) Independent work in contemporary techniques of composition. Intended primarily for music majors.
Prerequisites: 50:700:325 or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:390 Electronic Music (3) This course is an electronic music history survey, including the basics of digital audio.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
 
50:700:391 Music And Computers (3) Introduction to direct-digital software synthesis systems through flowcharting, programming,
and instrument design focusing on the use of Csound.
Prerequisite: 50:700:390 or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:392 Topics in Electroacoustic Music (3) Composition and research in direct digital software synthesis systems to include
advanced instrument design, algorithmic composition, and real-time performance.
Prerequisite: 50:700:391 or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:393 Electroacoustic Composition and Performance (3) Projects in electroacoustic music dealing with real-time,
interactivity, live-electronic, and solo digital media.
Prerequisite: 50:700:392 or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:412 History of Jazz  (3) The History of Jazz concentrates on jazz music from its origins to present day developments.  The musical style traits of different periods will be discussed from a non-technical point of view, making the material understandable to non-musicians.  Historical and sociological factors will also be considered.  The objectives will be accomplished through class discussion, selected listening and videos.
 
50:700:413 World Music (G) (3) An extensive multicultural survey that examines the elements, forms, and styles of
non-Western music. Prerequisite: 50:700:125. Intended primarily for majors and minors.
 
50:700:415 Senior Seminar in Music (3) A course designed for senior music majors with emphasis on reading, discussion,
independent research, oral presentations, and written reports on selected topics in music history. Prerequisite: 50:700:292, 293, or 294.
 
50:700:421 Advanced Theory and Analysis (3) Introduction to post-tonal theory and analysis of works by Schoenberg, Webern,
Berg, and their contemporaries. Prerequisite: 50:700:325.
 
50:700:449 Audio Postproduction (3) Explores audio postproduction techniques for three-dimensional animation, film, and
video including digital recording, editing, sound synthesis and composition, and music to animation/video/film synchronization.
Prerequisites: 50:700:271, 50:080:448, 488, or permission of instructor.
 
50:700:490 Music Internship (BA) An internship in some area of music, which may involve working with a
performing arts organization, or in some other activity that advances the student’s knowledge of music
(40 hours of internship per credit).
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.   
 
50:700:491 Electronic Music Internship (BA) An internship with an agency or music studio. The student qualifies by presenting
a portfolio of works and performs those duties required by the studio; learns new concepts and techniques through in-house
production and postproduction (40 hours of internship per credit).
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
 
50:700:495-496 Honors in Music I,II (3,3) Requires independent research on an approved topic in music history or theory leading
to an honors thesis written under the supervision of a professor in music. Candidates for honors in music must at the end of their junior
year have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and an average of 3.5 or better in the major.
Both semesters must be completed to receive credit.
 
50:700:497 Special Topics in Music (3)  A variety of topics, such as Music in Film, American Popular Song, American Hip Hop, etc. offered on a rotating basis.  Visit the Online Schedule of Classes webpage for current offerings.
 
50:700:498 Special Topics in Music (3) A variety of topics, such as Music in Film, American Popular Song, American Hip Hop, etc. offered on a rotating basis.  Visit the Online Schedule of Classes webpage for current offerings.
 
50:700:499 Individual Study in Music (BA) Independent study, guided by a member of the faculty, intended to provide an
opportunity to investigate areas not covered in regular courses of instruction.

Courses (Applied Music 701)

50:701:340. REPERTORY SINGERS (R) (3)
May be repeated for credit.
A small performing group of select singers who study and perform
smaller masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present.

50:701:140. RUTGERS CHOIR (R) (3)
May be repeated for credit.
Study and performance of choral masterworks.

50:701:321 JAZZ ENSEMBLE I (2)
By audition or permission of instructor.
A performance course that concentrates on a variety of jazz works.

50:701:322 JAZZ ENSEMBLE II (2)
May be repeated for credit. By audition or permission of instructor.
A performance course that concentrates on a variety of jazz works.

50:701:347. MADRIGAL ENSEMBLE (3)
May be repeated for credit. By audition or permission of instructor.
The Madrigal Ensemble is a performance course that concentrates on choral music from the Medieval era through the early 17th century.

50:701:348. PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE (2)
May be repeated for credit. By audition or permission of instructor.
A performance course that concentrates on chamber works from a variety of different musical periods.

50:701:471. INSTRUMENTAL METHODS: PERCUSSION (3)
Intended primarily for majors in the Teacher Preparation Program
Introduces the fundamentals of playing and teaching percussion instruments.

50:701:478. INSTRUMENTAL METHODS: STRINGS (3)
Intended primarily for majors in the Teacher Preparation Program.
Introduce the fundamentals of playing and teaching string instruments.

50:701:488. INSTRUMENTAL METHODS: WOODWINDS (3)
Intended primarily for majors in the Teacher Preparation Program.
Introduces the fundamentals of playing and teaching woodwind instruments.

50:701:494. INSTRUMENTAL METHODS: BRASS (3)
Intended primarily for majors in the Teacher Preparation Program.
Introduces the fundamentals of playing and teaching brass instruments.

50:701:161,162,261,262,361,362,461,462. PIANO (1 EACH)
50:701:165,166,265,266,365,366,465,466. ORGAN (1 EACH)
50:701:169,170,269,270,369,370,469,470. VOICE (1 EACH)
50:701:173,174,273,274,373,374,473,474. VIOLIN (1 EACH)
50:701:175,176,275,276,375,376,475,476. CLASSICAL GUITAR (1 EACH)
50:701:177,178,277,278,377,378,477. VIOLA (1 EACH)
50:701:181,182,281,282,381,382,481,482. VIOLONCELLO (1 EACH)
50:701:185,186,285,286,385,386,485,486. FLUTE (1 EACH)