Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Music Course Listings

Fall 2022

Courses Offered

  • MU 201 - Music Fundamentals (fulfills fine arts core requirement)
  • MU 202 - Class Piano (fulfills fine arts core requirement)
  • MU 203 - The Art of Listening (fulfills fine arts core requirement)
  • MU 204 - Western Musical Traditions (fulfills fine arts core requirement)
  • MU 205 - Musicianship I
  • MU 350 - Recording Studio I

Ensembles Offered

  • MU 211 - Jazz Ensemble I
  • MU 220 - Chamber Ensemble I
  • MU 221 - Concert Choir I
  • MU 231 - Steel Pan Ensemble I
  • MU 311 - Jazz Ensemble II
  • MU 320 - Chamber Ensemble II
  • MU 321 - Concert Choir II
  • MU 323 - Jazz Combo
  • MU 327 - Cantorei

Private Lessons Offered

  • MU 360, 361 - Applied Music (catalogue years 2022-2023 and later)
  • MU 370, 375, 380, 385 - Applied Music (catalogue years 2021-2022 and earlier)

Lessons are available in piano, voice, guitar, flute, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, percussion, trumpet, oboe, bass, trombone, organ, and harp.

Music Course Descriptions

MU 201 - 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.

Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

MU 202 - 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. Fulfills fine arts core requirement.

Restrictions: Restricted to beginning students.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 203 - The Art of Listening

(3.00 cr.)
Through guided listening and an investigation of the cultural histories behind selected works from the western musical tradition – from medieval chant to pop – this course helps students become more perceptive and informed listeners. The ability to read music is not a prerequisite. Fulfills fine arts core requirement.

Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

MU 204 - Western Musical Traditions

(3.00 cr.)
An introduction to the major forms and styles in the western musical tradition, with an emphasis on guided listening of masterworks and the study of issues in musical aesthetics through scholarly and primary source texts. Aims to develop a more perceptive and informed listener and to introduce skills in music scholarship. Recommended for majors and minors as a replacement for MU 203. Fulfills fine arts core requirement. Closed to students who have taken MU 203. Same course as HN 322.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered: Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies: IGE

MU 205 - Musicianship I

(1.50 cr.)
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.

MU 206 - Musicianship II

(1.50 cr.)
A continuation of MU 205.

MU 210 - American Musical Theatre: Uptown and Down

(3.00 cr.)
Studies the variety found in American musical theatre, including musical drama, opera, and musical comedy. Through readings, recordings, and video tapes, students investigate this lively art. At least one live performance is viewed during the semester. Same course as DR 210.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered: Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies: IU

MU 301 - Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries

(3.00 cr.)
A survey of music in Europe and its colonies during the Baroque and Classical periods.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies:
IGR

MU 302 - Structure of Music: Theory I

(3.00 cr.)
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.

Recommended Prerequisite: MU 201 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 303 - 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.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 304 - Music and Medicine

(3.00 cr.)
Examines the historical intersections of music and health, with a consideration of how music has been used to improve wellbeing, how myths about maladies have been represented in musical works, and how disabilities of composers and performers have been received by audiences. No training in music necessary.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 305 - Music in the Twentieth Century

(3.00 cr.)
A survey of European and American art music since 1900.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 307 - Music of the Romantic Period

(3.00 cr.)
A survey of 19th-century Western art and popular music, as well as the social and intellectual conditions that produced it.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies:
IGE

MU 308 - Hearing the Movies

(3.00 cr.)
Surveying representative works in a wide range of genres—from silent film, to film musicals, to contemporary epics—this course explores the technical relationships between soundtracks and image tracks, and investigates how the sonic dimension of film can influence narrative interpretation and audience responses.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Varies
Interdisciplinary Studies:
IF

MU 309 - Opera and Theatre

(3.00 cr.)
Studies the development of opera and its conventions from the genre's origins as an aristocratic experiment to its flowering as commercial entertainment. Through case studies of representative works, this course reveals how opera reflects broader socio-political concerns, such as imperial power, gender, and race. Same course as DR 309.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered: Annually

MU 310 - Structure of Music: Theory II

(3.00 cr.)
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.

Prerequisite: MU 302
Sessions Typically Offered:
Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 312 - Jazz Improvisation I

(3.00 cr.)
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, Mixolydian modes and the Blues scale.

Prerequisite: MU 201 or MU 302 or MU 310 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 313 - Music Performance Workshop

(3.00 cr.)
Explores effective programming, preparation, and performance. Topics include choosing repertoire, arranging, rehearsal techniques, and program annotation. The course culminates in an on-campus performance. Counts once toward the music major or minor; may be repeated for free elective credit.

Prerequisite: Written or electronic permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered: Annually

MU 314 - Topics in Non-Western Music

(3.00 cr.)
A survey of musics from around the world and the cultural settings in which they were produced and performed. Specific topics determined by faculty expertise and interests. No training in music necessary.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually
Interdisciplinary Studies:
CU/ICL

MU 315 - 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.

Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 322 - Jazz Improvisation II

(3.00 cr.)
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.

Prerequisite: MU 312
Sessions Typically Offered:
Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 324 - Composition

(3.00 cr.)
Student study the process of musical composition by examining masterworks and by completing a series of composition assignments and original works. Assignments progress from basic melody writing, through two- and three-part writing, to multivoiced works for piano or small ensemble.

Prerequisite: MU 302
Sessions Typically Offered:
Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 325 - Counterpoint

(3.00 cr.)
Students study the art of imitative and nonimitative counterpoint by studying examples of polyphonic music from the Renaissance and Baroque.

Prerequisite: MU 302
Sessions Typically Offered: Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 326 – Songwriting and Arranging

(3.00 cr.)
Introduces the fundamental methods, techniques, and practices of songwriting. Study includes a survey of styles such as pop, folk, hip hop, singer-songwriter, rhythm and blues, and country, including such artists as George Gershwin, The Beatles, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, and others based on student interest. Students have the opportunity to develop their own original material, work in collaboration with others, and receive individual feedback on their work. Sample topics include song form, text-setting, melody & harmony, and instrumentation.

Prerequisite: MU 110 or MU 201 or MU 202 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Varies
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 350 - Recording Studio I

(3.00 cr.)
In this hands-on course, students work in Loyola's recording studio and learn the art and craft of live and studio multi-track recording. Students are assigned a number of projects to gain an understanding of fundamental principles and attain facility with recording equipment, techniques, and software applications. Through the study and application of the proper and creative use of these elements, students learn how the recording process not only documents the creation of expressive music but is also an integral part of that creation. The primary goal is to enable each student to produce articulate and expressive musical works through the digital process.

Prerequisite: MU 110 or MU 201 or MU 202 or MU 203 or one MU 300-level course or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 351 - Recording Studio II

(3.00 cr.)
A continuation of MU 350. Focuses on the application of advanced techniques in digital recording. Students complete recording assignments in live stereo recording, studio tracking, mixing, equalization, the use of effects, and basic mastering. The primary goal is to provide students with a broader technical and artistic foundation from which to produce articulate and expressive musical works of very high quality through the digital process.

Prerequisite: MU 350 or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered:
Annually

MU 352 - Mixing and Mastering

(3.00 cr.)
In this project-based course, students, working with multi-track recordings, will learn the principles of music editing, mixing, mastering, and how to confidently and musically use these principles to create finished music productions of high quality. Students learn how to monitor, prepare, and edit raw tracks, balance them, and apply EQ, compression, and effects. Finally, students will learn how to create a high-quality two-track master which meets the loudness standards for streaming and other forms of distribution. The primary goal of the course is to enable students to edit and mix articulate and expressive musical works through the digital process.

Prerequisite: MU 110 or MU 201 or MU 202 or MU 203 or one MU 300-level course or written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered:
Fall
Years Typically Offered:
Varies

MU 355 - Special Topics in Music

(3.00 cr.)
An intensive investigation of a special topic of music, music history, performance, or creation. May be repeated twice for credit with different topics.

Prerequisite: Written permission of the instructor.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Annually

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Music Ensemble Course Descriptions

MU 211 - Jazz Ensemble I

(1.50 cr.)
The Loyola Jazz Ensemble is open to all instrumentalists by audition. Repertoire includes jazz standards and original compositions. Students are given opportunities for solo playing. An audition with the instructor is required. Students should be able to read a chart. May be repeated for credit.

MU 220 - Chamber Ensemble I

(1.50 cr.)
Provides performance opportunities for instrumentalists who wish to play as soloists or as members of small groups (two to eight players), with a concert performance at the end of the semester. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

MU 221 - Concert Choir I

(1.50 cr.)
Concert Choir 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. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

MU 230 - Guitar Ensemble I

(1.50 cr.)
Designed for acoustic guitarists to perform in small groups of two to eight players. There are performance opportunities each semester. Open to students, faculty, and staff by audition. May be repeated for credit.

MU 231 - Steel Pan Ensemble I

(1.50 cr.)
Repertoire from Trinidad and Tobago. Panorama, transcription, calypso, soca, latin, jazz, ragtime, classical, and island favorites are performed with a full steel pan orchestra. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

MU 311 - Jazz Ensemble II

(1.50 cr.)
A continuation of MU 211. May be repeated for credit.

MU 320 - Chamber Ensemble II

(1.50 cr.)
A continuation of MU 220. May be repeated for credit.

MU 321 - Concert Choir II

(1.50 cr.)
A continuation of MU 221. May be repeated for credit.

MU 323 - Jazz Combo

(1.50 cr.)
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. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

MU 327 - Cantorei

(1.50 cr.)
Cantorei is a smaller ensemble that specializes in a repertoire of specific genres, periods, and composers selected each semester. The choir frequently performs ensemble from musical theatre. Participants must also be active members of the Concert Choir. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit. MU 221 or MU 321 must be taken at the same time as this course.

MU 330 - Guitar Ensemble II

(1.50 cr.)
A continuation of MU 230. May be repeated for credit.

MU 331 - Steel Pan Ensemble II

(1.50 cr.)
A continuation of MU 231. May be repeated for credit.

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Music Lesson Course Descriptions

Catalogue Years 2022-2023 and Later

MU 360 - Introductory Applied Music Lessons

(1.00 cr.)
Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. 12 half-hour lessons with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. Cannot be repeated. Restricted to Freshmen and first-semester sophomores, or with permission of the chair of Visual and Performing Arts.

MU 361 - Applied Music Lessons

(1.50 cr.)
Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. 12 45-minute lessons with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. Restricted to declared music majors and minors and performing arts comprehensive track majors. May be repeated for credit.

Catalogue Years 2012-2022 and Earlier

MU 370 - Applied Music (1/2 hour)

(1.00 cr.)
Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. 12 half-hour lessons with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. Can be repeated for credit.

MU 375 - Applied Music (1 hour)

(2.00 cr.)
Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. 12 one-hour lessons with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. Can be repeated for credit.

MU 380 - Applied Music (1/2 hour)

(1.00 cr.)
Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. 12 half-hour lessons with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. Can be repeated for credit.

MU 385 - Applied Music (1 hour)

(2.00 cr.)
Private instruction in musical instruments and voice. 12 one-hour lessons with independent practice as prescribed by the teacher. Can be repeated for credit.

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