Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Music Course Listings

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MU110 Class Piano (3.00 cr.)

Group instruction in piano technique and repertoire for the beginning student. Covers basic skills including music reading. Students work both in groups and individually. Restricted to beginning students.

MU118 Voice Class I (1.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: An audition with the voice program director. An introduction to basic skills for beginning singers, including mechanics of breathing and posture, knowledge of vocal anatomy, health and care of the voice, vocal exercises and warm-ups, performance skills, and basic sight-singing skills (solfeggio). Songs are individually assigned. A fee is charged for private instruction and is payable directly to the instructor. Enrollment limited to six students.

MU119 Voice Class II (1.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU118. A continuation of MU118 with more emphasis on sight-singing skills, song preparation, communication of text, application of vocal techniques for assigned songs, stage deportment and dress, and performance anxiety management. Includes individual work with students during class and a recital for invited guests at the end of the semester. A fee is charged for private instruction and is payable directly to the instructor. Enrollment limited to six students.

MU201 Music Fundamentals (3.00 cr.)

Develops in the student an awareness of some of the systems within music: acoustical, tonal, rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and formal, and how they relate in an inseparable way to make music. An integrated approach--hearing, seeing, writing, and performing--is the goal. Fulfills fine arts core requirement.

MU203 Mozart to Mahler: Music of the Classical and Romantic Periods (3.00 cr.)

Most of the repertoire heard today in the concert hall or on recordings is taken from the span of time from Mozart to Mahler. Why do these composers and their works endure? How are the parts of their compositions put together to make a satisfying whole? Attempts to answer these questions through a study of masterworks from the Classical and Romantic periods. Emphasis on developing a more perceptive and informed listener. Fulfills fine arts core requirement.

MU205 Musicianship I (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite or corequisite: MU201, or permission of the instructor. Using systematic approaches to sight singing and aural dictation, students will develop skills to perform music more accurately and musically. Students will also develop the ability to dictate melodic and harmonic intervals, rhythms, whole melodies, chord qualities, and harmonic progressions.

MU206 Musicianship II (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU205. A continuation of MU205.

MU207 Musicianship III (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU206. A continuation of MU206.

MU208 Musicianship IV (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU207. A continuation of MU207.

MU208 American Roots Music (3.00 cr.)

A survey of American roots music with a special focus on bluegrass and its predecessors, including Anglo-Irish folk music, the blues, country music, and the folk revival. Students should have the ability to read music and some experience in musical analysis. May be taken for free elective credit only. Counts toward American Studies minor.

MU209 Special Topics: Musical Training (1-3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: Written permission of the music director. Intensive private instruction in more than one instrument. May be repeated eight times for credit.

MU217 Scenes for Singers (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: An audition with the instructor. Instruction to develop ensemble skills in solo singers and in pianists interested in working with singers. Participants are assigned partners with whom they prepare chamber duets and trios by composers such as Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Vivaldi. Some American musical theatre repertoire may be included. Weekly meetings (1.5 hours) and an additional 1.5-hour rehearsal are required, with a recital given at the end of the semester. A fee is charged for private instruction and is payable directly to the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MU218 Applied Music (1/2 hour) (1.00 cr.)

Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. Each lesson is one-half hour per week with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. All applied music courses are set up through, and require the permission of, the music director. A fee is charged for private instruction and is payable directly to the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MU 220 Chamber Ensemble (1.5 credits)

This class allows instrumentalists to experience playing in small groups. Groups are formed from the enrolled instrumentation presented each semester. Students rehearse weekly in a 1.5 hr. period in their designated groups. Private coaching is supplied to each group for a partial part of the class. Individuals learn to become "Team Players" and improve skills such as rhythm, intonation, and dynamics, while developing an understanding of musicality and correct period style. The culmination of this effort is realized in performing in a chamber music concert at the end of each semester. Open to students, faculty and staff by audition. May be repeated for credit.

MU221 Loyola Singers I (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: An audition with the instructor. The Loyola Singers is a mixed ensemble that performs a varied and challenging program of choral music from all stylistic periods. Some solo opportunities are available. The choir performs several times throughout the semester at venues both on and off campus. May be repeated for credit.

MU230 Classical Guitar Ensemble I (1.50 cr.)

Designed for classical guitarists to perform in small groups of two to eight players. Participants are grouped according to level of ability, and music from the classical repertoire is rehearsed and studied. There are performance opportunities each semester. Open to students, faculty, and staff by audition. May be repeated for credit.

MU302 Structure of Music: Theory I (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU201 or written permission of the department chair. Music theory encompasses the study of melodic and harmonic practices common in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Focuses on comprehension through the development of skills including exercises, drills, ear-training, sight-singing, and analysis as well as lecture.

MU303 American Jazz (3.00 cr.)

Traces the origin and development of a truly American musical phenomenon: jazz. Topics include pre-jazz, ragtime, New Orleans and Chicago jazz, big band, bop, and contemporary styles. Discusses the effect of jazz on the popular music of the time.

MU305 Music in the Twentieth-Century (3.00 cr.)

The most significant musical revolution in three hundred years took place at the beginning of the twentieth century. What was the revolution? How and why do we need to listen to new music in a different way? These questions will be addressed as the course investigates the music of Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Copland, and Glass.

MU306 World Music: Common Ground, Separate Sound (3.00 cr.)

Music is a worldwide phenomenon; however, there is no common musical language. Each culture develops its own instruments and musical traditions which reflect that culture's needs and resources. Indeed, the very function of music changes from culture to culture. This course focuses on the music of non-Western cultures, principally India, Pakistan, Bali, West Africa, and the altiplano region of Peru/Ecuador.

MU307 Music of the Romantic Period (3.00 cr.)

A comprehensive survey of nineteenth century Western art music, including social, political, and philosophical issues of the period which impacted the composers and their lives. Grading based on a series of listening/written exams as well as class participation.

MU309 Opera and Theatre (3.00 cr.)

Many operas are based on great literary and dramatic sources. Details the transformation of these works from spoken drama to musical setting. Traces the works' origins citing direct parallels, dissimilarities, omissions, condensations, and the musical conventions of opera. Addresses the association of librettist and composer. Compares various performances, both historic and current, and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of opera on film. Same course as DR309.

MU310 Theory II (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU302. Third music theory course in the curriculum. Students begin working with advanced techniques of analysis and composing short works. Topics include modulation, melodic development, composition in two and three voices, canon, and fugue.

MU311 Jazz Ensemble II (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MU211 and an audition with the instructor. A continuation of MU211. May be repeated for credit.

MU312 Jazz Improvisation I (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU201 or written permission of the music director and the department chair. Helps the student become a more musical improviser principally in the jazz idiom through a four-pronged approach which involves listening, theory, practice, and performance. Students study, play, and transcribe great jazz solos and invent new melodies. Covers the development of a basic vocabulary for improvising. Examines rhythm in jazz and improvisation in the Major, Dorian, Mixoljdian modes and the Blues scale.

MU315 Conducting (3.00 cr.)

Students study the art of conducting. Topics include score preparation, conducting, and rehearsal techniques. Students work with choral and/or instrumental ensembles in preparation for performance.

MU318 Applied Music (1/2 hour) (1.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MU218 or MU219, a passed jury, and written permission of the music director. A continuation of MU218 or MU219. A fee is charged for private instruction and is payable directly to the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MU319 Applied Music (1 hour) (2.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MU218 or MU219, a passed jury, and written permission of the music director. A continuation of MU218 or MU219. A fee is charged for private instruction and is payable directly to the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MU320 Chamber Ensemble II (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MU220 and an audition with the instructor. A continuation of MU220. May be repeated for credit.

MU321 Loyola Singers II (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MU221 and an audition with the instructor. A continuation of MU221. May be repeated for credit.

MU322 Jazz Improvisation II (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU312. A continuation of the development of the student as a more musical improvisor. Examines II, V, I progressions; basic jazz forms and rhythm changes; the Locrian and Aeolian modes; and the minor, diminished, and whole tone scales.

MU323 Jazz Combo (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: An audition with the instructor. Corequisite: MU211 or MU311. An instrumental jazz group of four to eight players, representing the top jazz musicians on campus. The combo performs repertoire from "lead sheets," requiring performers to create arrangements collectively and to develop a musically mature improvisational language. Members must be active in the jazz ensemble. May be repeated for credit.

MU324 Composition (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU302. Student study the process of musical composition by examining master works and by completing a series of composition assignments and original works. Assignments progress from basic melody writing, through two- and three-part writing, to multi-voiced works for piano or small ensemble.

MU325 Counterpoint (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU302. Students study the art of imitative and non-imitative counterpoint by studying examples of polyphonic music from the baroque to the present. Exercises focus on specific aspects of contrapuntal writing and the creation of original contrapuntal works.

MU326 Songwriting and Arranging (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU201. Students study the popular idiom of songwriting. Topics include melody writing, lyric setting, the melody/harmony connection, the production of a lead sheet, copyright procedures, and basic arranging. The works of such popular songwriters as Gershwin and Porter are considered.

MU327 Repertory Choir (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: An audition with the instructor. Corequisite: MU221 or MU321. The Repertory Choir is a smaller ensemble that specializes in repertoire of specific genres, periods and composers selected each semester. This ensemble frequently performs repertoire from musical theater. Participants must also be active members of the Loyola Singers. May be repeated for credit.

MU330 Classical Guitar Ensemble II (1.50 cr.)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MU230 or an audition with the instructor. Designed for classical guitarists to perform in small groups of two to eight players. Participants are grouped according to level of ability, and music from the classical repertoire is rehearsed and studied. There are performance opportunities each semester. Open to students, faculty, and staff by audition. May be repeated for credit.

MU350 Electronic Music Studio (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU201 or written permission of the department chair. Use of digital and analog synthesizers and samplers to create and modify original sounds. These new timbres will then be used in both preexisting and original pieces of music. Students work in the studio both in and out of class.

MU351 Electronic Music Studio II: Digital Recording from Tracking to Mastering (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: MU350. Focuses on the application of advanced techniques in digital recording. Students complete musical assignments in live stereo recording, studio tracking, mixing, equalization, the use of effects, and mastering. A fully mixed and mastered CD is assigned as a culminating project.

MU412 Senior Project in Music (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: Senior status and written permission of the department. Students develop an advanced project under the direction of a faculty member. Work on the project continues throughout both semesters of the student's senior year. Proposals for senior projects must be approved by the fine arts faculty during the spring semester of the student's junior year.