Department of Music and Theatre

Course Descriptions

Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Study and performance of vocal jazz music. Investigates the popular idiom of jazz and its evolution into the vocal setting with experiences in ensemble and solo singing (improvisation and scat singing). Students are selected by audition from Collegiate Singers or by departmental approval. Two rehearsal periods per week. Each number may be repeated once with the exception of 404 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 104. (1) Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
  • MU 204. (1) Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
  • MU 304. (1) Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
  • MU 404. (1) Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

University Band. The study and performance of literature for the band. Five class periods of rehearsal per week. Each number may be repeated only once with the exception of 405 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. Prerequisite: assignment by departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 105. (1) University Band.
  • MU 205. (1) University Band.
  • MU 305. (1) University Band.
  • MU 405. (1) University Band.

Jazz Band. The study and performance of popular music. Students are selected for the Jazz Band by audition and have two rehearsals per week. Each number may be repeated only once with the exception of 406 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. Prerequisite: assignment by departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 106. (1) Jazz Band.
  • MU 206. (1) Jazz Band.
  • MU 306. (1) Jazz Band.
  • MU 406. (1) Jazz Band.

University Chorale. The study and performance of choral music. Three rehearsal periods per week. Each number may be repeated once with the exception of 407 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 107. (1) University Chorale
  • MU 207. (1) University Chorale
  • MU 307. (1) University Chorale
  • MU 407. (1) University Chorale

Opera/Music Theater Workshop. The study and performance of opera and musical theater literature. One 2–hour rehearsal per week. Each number may be repeated only once with the exception of 408 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. Admission by audition only. (Offered on sufficient demand)

  • MU 108. (1) Opera/Music Theater Workshop.
  • MU 208. (1) Opera/Music Theater Workshop.
  • MU 308. (1) Opera/Music Theater Workshop.
  • MU 408. (1) Opera/Music Theater Workshop.

Shoals Symphony at UNA. The study and performance of orchestral music. Two class periods of rehearsal per week. Each number may be repeated only once with the exception of 409 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 109. (1) Shoals Symphony at UNA.
  • MU 209. (1) Shoals Symphony at UNA.
  • MU 309. (1) Shoals Symphony at UNA.
  • MU 409. (1) Shoals Symphony at UNA.

Collegiate Singers. Specialized study and performance of choral music. Students are selected for the Collegiate Singers by audition and have four rehearsal periods per week. Each number may be repeated only once with the exception of 410 which may be repeated more than once with departmental approval. Prerequisite: assignment by departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 110. (1) Collegiate Singers.
  • MU 210. (1) Collegiate Singers.
  • MU 310. (1) Collegiate Singers.
  • MU 410. (1) Collegiate Singers.

Chamber Ensembles. The study and performance of chamber music on various instruments. Each class has one rehearsal period per week for one credit hour. Each course in each area represents a sequence of progression in level of competency. Admission by departmental approval. Prerequisite: assignment by departmental approval. (Fall, Spring)

  • MU 127, 227, 327, 427. Chamber Choir.
  • MU 137, 237, 337, 437. Keyboard Ensemble.
  • MU 147, 247, 347, 447. Brass Ensemble.
  • MU 157, 158, 257, 258, 357, 358, 457, 458. Percussion Ensemble.
  • MU 167, 267, 367, 467. String Ensemble.
  • MU 177, 277, 377, 477. Woodwind Ensemble.
  • MU 187, 287, 387, 487. Guitar Ensemble.

CLASS AND APPLIED MUSIC

Applied Music. *Individual instruction in voice, instruments and composition by arrangement. One credit hour for each half-hour lesson per week, with five hours preparation required for each lesson; may be taken for one or two credit hours; and may be repeated in each area with departmental approval. Prerequisite: departmental approval for 100-level courses; the directly preceding level courses for 200, 300 and 400-level courses. Special fee per credit hour: $60.00. In some instances may be taught in groups of four at half fee. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

  • MU 111, 211, 311, 411. Voice.
  • MU 112, 212, 312, 412. Piano.
  • MU 113, 213, 313, 413. Organ.
  • MU 114, 214, 314, 414. Brass.
  • MU 115, 215, 315, 415. Percussion.
  • MU 116, 216, 316, 416. Strings.
  • MU 117, 217, 317, 417. Woodwinds.
  • MU 118, 218, 318, 418. Guitar.
  • MU 123, 223, 323, 423. Composition.
  • MU 419. Senior Recital. (1–2) No fee.

Class Music. Basic instruction in voice and instruments in a class situation. Each class meets two periods per week for one hour credit. Prerequisite: assignment by departmental approval. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

  • MU 121, 122. Class Voice.
  • MU 131, 132, 231, 232. Class Piano. I, II, III, IV.
  • MU 134, 135. Class Accompanying.
  • MU 141, 142. Class Brass.
  • MU 151, 152. Class Percussion.
  • MU 161, 162. Class Strings.
  • MU 171, 172. Class Woodwinds.
  • MU 181, 182. Class Guitar.

MU 011. (0) Performance Attendance. The purpose of this course is to provide a formal vehicle for organizing, monitoring and evaluating music students learning experiences through attendance at performances, such as recitals and concerts. Students seeking to complete a major in music or a minor in music must register for and successfully complete the requirements for this course a total of six times and two times, respectively. A list of events that qualify for performance attendance credit is published each semester by the Department of Music and Theatre. (Fall, Spring)

MU 100. (3) Fundamentals of Music. Basic fundamentals of music, including basic terms, notation, key and time signatures, and rhythm. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

MU 101. (3) Music Theory I. The melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and structural elements of music; written harmonization and dictation; and musical analysis. Must be taken concurrently with MU 190, or may be taken separately if previous credit for Sight Singing and Ear Training has been awarded. Prerequisite: MU 100 or departmental approval. (Fall)

MU 102. (3) Music Theory II. A continuation of Music 101. Must be taken concurrently with MU 191 or may be taken separately if previous credit for Sight Singing and Ear Training has been awarded. Prerequisite: MU 101. (Spring)

MU 190. (1) Sight Singing/Ear Training I. The development of vocal skills through music reading (singing); and aural skills through melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation and keyboard harmonization. Two class periods per week. Must be taken concurrently with MU 101, or may be taken separately if previous credit for Music Theory has been awarded. (Fall)

MU 191. (1) Sight Singing/Ear Training II. A continuation of MU 190. Two class periods per week. Prerequisite: must be taken concurrently with MU 102, or may be taken separately if previous credit for Music Theory has been awarded. (Spring)

MU 201. (3) Music Theory III. Same as MU 301. Complex musical forms of music. Nineteenth and twentieth-century treatment of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and structural materials, with emphasis on chromatic harmony. Prerequisites: MU 101, 102. Corequisite: MU 290. (Fall)

MU 202. (3) Music Theory IV. Same as MU 302. A continuation of MU 201. Prerequisites: MU 201. Corequisite: MU 291.(Spring)

MU 222. (3) Music Appreciation. The materials of music terminologies, styles, literature, and forms covered chronologically from Baroque to twentieth century. Lecture and listening designed to enhance a better understanding and enjoyment of music. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

MU 222H. (3) Honors Music Appreciation. Directed independent study of text followed by class listening and discussion. Music literature from the Renaissance through the 20th Century studied critically with special emphasis on how the various musical styles were affected by the parallel movements in the visual arts and the socio-economic and political conditions of the time periods. Emphasis on written examinations. Students must be members of the Honors Program or have departmental approval to enroll in this course. (Fall, Spring)

MU 232. (1) Class Piano IV. Class Music.  The fourth of four levels of basic instruction in piano in a group-learning environment.  Meets two 50-minute periods per week for one hour credit.  Prerequisite: MU 231 Class Piano III. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

MU 233. (3) Music in World Cultures. This lecture course is an examination of Western and non-Western musical cultures, including ethnic origins of folk and traditional music in America.  Includes listening assignments, exams and a final research paper. Open to all students.  (Fall)

MU 244. (3) Survey of Music Literature. A general survey of the forms and styles of music. (Spring)

MU 290. (1) Sight Singing/Ear Training III. This course is corequisite for MU 201 Music Theory III and is the third course in the sequence of instruction that seeks to build aural skills as a companion skill set to the study of music theory.  A continuation of Sight Singing/Ear Training II, this course focuses on building technical competencies and musical understandings of rhythm reading, sight singing, melodic dictation and other aural and written skills.  Two classes per week.  Must be taken concurrently with MU 201.  Prerequisite:  MU 191 or departmental approval.  (Fall)

MU 291. (1) Sight Singing/Ear Training IV. This course is corequisite for MU 202 Music Theory IV and is the fourth and final course in the sequence of instruction that seeks to build aural skills as a companion skill set to the study of music theory. A continuation of Sight Singing/Ear Training III, this course focuses on completion of the process through which students build technical competencies and musical understandings of rhythm reading, sight singing, melodic dictation and other aural and written skills necessary for professional careers in music and the advanced study of music. Two classes per week. Must be taken concurrently with MU 202. Prerequisite: MU 290 or departmental approval. (Spring)

MU 345W. (3) History of Music I. The development of musical thought, tendencies, styles, and influences; the relationships and coordinations among the fine arts up to 1750. The background and setting of social and political history. (Fall)

MU 346. (3) History of Music II. The development of musical thought, tendencies, styles, and influences; the relationships and coordinations among the fine arts from 1750 to the present. The background and setting of social and political history. (Spring)

MU 361. (2) Orchestration and Arranging. The study of the skills of instrumental scoring and arranging for various small and large groups. Transpositions, tone colors, blends, and techniques of instrumentation and arranging are earned, as well as computer notation programs, with an emphasis given to the creation of original and derivative works of music. Prerequisite: MU 202. (Fall)

MU 363. (3) Form and Analysis. Music of various periods is analyzed formally, harmonically, and contrapuntally. Prerequisite: MU 202. (Fall)

MU 372. (3) Introduction to Music Technology. This course serves as introduction to technology as it pertains to music, including consideration of cross-disciplinary computer hardware and software, digital video and audio equipment and software, electronic sound equipment, MIDI concepts and related software programs, the music-writing software Sibelius, as well as historical considerations in the development of technology useful for the teaching/learning process. (Spring)

MU 381. (3) Elementary School Music Methods. Basic music experiences in the elementary and middle schools, including listening, singing, playing, moving, creating, and reading activities, and Kodaly and Orff techniques. (Spring)

MU 382. (2) Fundamentals of Conducting. An introduction to the craft of music conducting, beginning with the basics of conducting gesture as it relates to choral, orchestral, and wind ensembles. The course emphasizes the problems of obtaining nuance, rhythmic precision, and subtle accentuation through ones conducting technique. Competencies addressed include baton technique, appropriate gestures, score preparation and rehearsal techniques. (Fall)

MU 383. (2) Instrumental Conducting. Advanced instruction emphasizing the problems of obtaining nuance, rhythmic precision, and subtle accentuation through ones baton technique as related to instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: MU 382 (Spring)

MU 384. (2) Choral Conducting. Advanced instruction emphasizing the problems of obtaining nuance, rhythmic precision, and subtle accentuation through ones conducting technique, as related to choral ensembles. Students must attend one rehearsal each week of the University Chorale. Prerequisite: MU 382 (Fall)

MU 392. (2) Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy. A study of instrumental literature from the pre-Baroque to the twentieth century including analysis, performance techniques, teaching techniques, materials, practices and theories for the students major instrument. Prerequisite: assignment by departmental approval. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 393. (2) Instrumental Techniques. Techniques of developing successful marching and concert bands. (Fall)

MU 394. (2) Choral Techniques. Organization and administration of choral activities in middle and secondary schools. Must be taken concurrently with MU 107, 207, 307, or 407. (Spring)

MU 395. (2) Vocal Diction I. The study of phonetic sounds for singing in Italian and German with no attempt to develop grammar. Prerequisite: MU 111 or departmental approval. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

MU 396. (2) Vocal Diction II. The study of phonetic sounds for singing in French and English with no attempt to develop grammar. Prerequisite: Vocal Diction I. (Spring, even-numbered years)

MU 397. (2) Vocal Pedagogy. Study of respiration, phonation, articulation, registration, and resonance; concepts and techniques of singing. Includes listening to recordings, viewing videotapes, and studio observation. Prerequisite: MU 111 or departmental approval. (Fall, even-numbered years)

MU 398. (2) Vocal Literature. Study of the major American, English, French, and German composers of solo vocal literature from the Baroque to the present, their style characteristics, and overall contributions to the body of vocal literature known as art song. Includes listening to recordings and general survey of literature for all voice classifications. Prerequisite: departmental approval. (Spring, odd numbered years)

MU 403. (2) Music of the Twentieth Century. A survey of contemporary composers, their products, and their stylistic tendencies. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 442. (3) Organ Literature and Materials. An examination of an extensive amount of music for organ, and of the composers and their backgrounds. Two class periods per week. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 443. (3) Organ Pedagogy. Principles, philosophy, psychology, and professional ethics of the private organ teacher; materials, standards, and studio recitals, parental school and community relationships. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 444. (3) Secondary School Music Methods. A practical comprehensive course designed to help the prospective music teacher in the secondary school; includes curriculum, evaluation, and teaching methods. (Fall)

MU 445. (3) Piano Literature and Materials. An examination of an extensive amount of music for piano, and of the composers and their backgrounds. Two class periods per week. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 446. (3) Piano Pedagogy. Principles, philosophy, psychology, and professional ethics of the private piano teacher; materials, musical standards, and studio recitals, parental, school, and community relationships. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 490. (1-3) Special Topics. Topics selected with the approval of the department head. May be repeated but not to exceed a total of three semester hours. (Offered on sufficient demand)

MU 495. (3) Music Practicum. Selected problems and practice emphasizing actual professional work situations in commercial music, sacred music, performance, and music education through special study, projects or field experience under departmental supervision and evaluation. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: departmental approval. (Fall, Spring, Summer)