Part I: Requirements

Major: B.A. /B.S. in Music

Major Requirements:

A major in music with a B.A. /B.S. degree requires a minimum of 54 semester hours in music courses.

Music Course Requirements for a B.A. /B.S. in Music

Musicianship

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MUS1010 Music Theory (2)
MUS1020 Music Theory (2)
MUS1030 Sight-Singing and Dictation (1)
MUS1040 Sight-Singing and Dictation (1)
MUS1150 Piano Proficiency I (1)
MUS1160 Piano Proficiency II (1)
*MUS1210 English and Italian Diction (2)
*MUS1220 French and German Diction (2)
MUS2010 Advanced Music Theory (2)
MUS2020 Advanced Music Theory (2)
MUS2030 Advanced Sight Singing and Dictation (1)
MUS2040 Advanced Sight Singing and Dictation (1)
MUS2090 Music Literature (2)
MUS2150 Piano Proficiency III (1)
MUS2160 Piano Proficiency IV (1)
MUS3110 Music History I (3)
MUS3120 Music History II (3)

6 hours of Advanced Music (from any 3000 or 4000 level courses except applied music lessons and ensembles)

Examples are:

MUS3030 Conducting (3)
MUS3040 Orchestration and Form (3)
MUS4030 Advanced Conduction (2)
MUS3230 History of the Art Song (2)
MUS4350 Voice Pedagogy (2)
MUS3100 Church Music (2)
MUS3010 Introduction to Counterpoint (3)
MUS3210 Jazz Theory (2)
MUS3220 Analysis and Composition in Small Forms (2)
MUS4500 Special Topics/Music (3)

Total: 30-34 Credits

Musical Performance

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Applied Principal Instrument 16
Ensembles 8
MUS1614 Chorale
MUS1615 Jazz Ensemble
MUS1601 Marching/Concert Band
MUS1616 Show Choir
MUS1602 Brass Ensemble
MUS1609 Percussion Ensemble
MUS1604 Chamber Singers
MUS1606 Philharmonia/Choir
MUS1610 Opera Workshop
MUS1612 Jazz Improvisation Workshop
MUS1608 Woodwind Ensemble
MUS1605 String Ensemble
MUS1607 Handbells

Total Music Performance: 24 Credits

Electives (12-17)

General Studies Electives (choice of students)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MUS3030 Conducting
MUS3040 Orchestration and Form
MUS4030 Advanced Conducting
MUS3230 History of the Art Song
MUS4350 Voice Pedagogy
MUS3100 Church Music
MUS3010 Introduction to Counterpoint
MUS1050 Harmonic Materials for Improvisation
MUS2050 Improvisation I
MUS2060 Improvisation II
MUS2080 Jazz Appreciation

Total Electives: 12-17 Credits

Students must successfully complete the minimum number of elective hours to reach total 124 semester hours, which is the minimum for the degree. Elective courses are those that are not counting toward general education or major requirements. At least one elective course must be a two-semester hour course. All music majors who desire to emphasize performance are required to present a one-hour recital during the senior year and a half-hour recital during the junior year.


Part II: Course Descriptions

MUS 1010 Music Theory (2)
This course covers the fundamentals of music, including elements of pitch and rhythm, introduction to triads and seventh chords, diatonic chords in major and minor keys, construction and function of scale and intervals, principles of voice leading, harmonic progression, triads in first inversion, and musical form. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 1020 Music Theory (2)
This course covers triads in second inversion, use of non-harmonic tones, triads, and dominant seventh chords in root position and inversions, modulation, correlated analysis, secondary dominants, basic principles of musical form, and part writing. Prerequisite: MUS 1010. Offered every Spring Semester.

MUS 1030 Sight Singing and Dictation (Level 1) (1)
This course develops the sight singing ability of the student through utilizing solfeggio syllables to sing melodic passages in all major keys in simple and compound meters. The aural skills emphasized include the identification of all diatonic intervals by sight and sound, melodic dictation in major keys, and chordal recognition of the tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords. This course will assist the student in developing skills related to music theory. The class will focus on interval recognition, sight singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation, basic chordal recognition, and computer-based music learning skills. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 1040 Sight Singing and Dictation (Level 2) (1)
This course develops the sight singing ability of the student through utilizing solfeggio syllables to sing melodic passages in all major and minor keys in simple and compound meters. The aural skills emphasized include the identification of all diatonic intervals, melodic dictation in minor and major keys, two-part harmonic dictation, and chordal identification of the basic chords in major and minor keys. The class will focus on interval recognition, sight singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation, basic chordal recognition, and computer-based music learning skills. Offered every Spring Semester.

MUS 1150 Piano Proficiency – Level I (1)
The course includes sight reading, clapping simple rhythmic patterns, folk tunes with block accompaniment, construction of major scales, recognition and explanation of time and major key signatures, and simple I-V-I progressions in major keys, including improvisation of the I-IV-I progression in all twelve keys and improvisation of simple melodies using this progression. Meets one hour weekly. For music and music education majors only. Offered every semester.

Each Piano Proficiency student receiving the CO grade is given one full semester to complete course requirements and a letter grade is assigned at the end of the semester. If the student does not complete course requirements, he or she is assigned a D or F. All music majors must complete Piano Proficiency requirements by the end of the junior year. Students who do not finish are required to petition the music faculty to continue Piano Proficiency during the senior year. Those without extenuating circumstances are required to finish Piano Proficiency in summer school prior to the senior year.

MUS 1160 Piano Proficiency – Level II (1)
The course includes sight reading and clapping more complicated rhythmic patterns, folk tunes with broken chord accompaniments, minor key signatures, construction of major and minor triads, simple I-IV-V-I, major and minor triads, solid and broken, including improvisation of the I-IV-I-V7-I in all keys and improvisation of simple melodies using this progression. Meets one hour weekly. For music and music education majors only. See course description for MUS 1150 for grading information. Offered every semester.

MUS 1210 English and Italian Diction (2)
This includes a study of pronunciation and problems related to singing. Special attention is given to vocabulary prevalent in vocal repertoire as well as the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 1220 French and German Diction (2)
This is a continuation of the approach of MUS 121. Prerequisite: MUS 1210. Offered every Spring Semester.

MUS 2010 Advanced Music Theory (2)
This course provides advanced study of harmony and musical form within the diatonic major and minor system. Course content is divided into two parts: part one includes the diatonic seventh chords in root position and inversions, while part two includes the study of chromaticism, secondary functions, modulation, and examination of the following forms: binary, ternary, sonata, rondo, and additional derivatives of binary and ternary forms. Prerequisite: MUS 1010, 1020. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 2020 Advanced Music Theory (2)
This course provides advanced study of harmony and musical form within the diatonic major and minor system, continuing where MUS 2010 left off. Course content includes chromaticism, with an emphasis on mode mixtures, the Neopolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, inharmonic modulation; and a study of the late romanticism and 20th century techniques. Special emphasis is placed on composing at the computer, using 20th century techniques such as modal composition, those of impressionism, and “pop” chord symbols. Prerequisite: MUS 1010, 1020, 2010. Offered every Spring Semester.

MUS 2030 Advanced Sight-Singing and Dictation (Level 3) (1)
This course develops the sight singing ability of the student through the use of solfeggio syllables in singing melodic passages in major and minor keys with scalar variants, modulation to closely related keys, and complex rhythms. The aural skills emphasized include the identification of all diatonic intervals, melodic dictation in minor and major keys with scalar variants, three-part harmonic dictation, and chordal identification and utilization of seventh chords and augmented chords. The class will focus on interval recognition, sight singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation, basic chordal recognition, and computer-based music learning skills. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 2040 Sight Singing and Dictation (Level 4) (1)
This course develops the sight singing ability of the student by using solfeggio syllables to sing melodic passages in major and minor keys with scalar variants, modulation to closely and non-related keys, and complex rhythms. The aural skills emphasized include the identification of all diatonic intervals, melodic dictation with modulation to related keys, four-part harmonic dictation, and chordal identification and utilization of seventh chords, augmented chords, and secondary dominant chords. Offered every Spring Semester.

MUS 2090 Music Literature (2)
This course is designed to give students a general understanding of stylistic periods of Western art music and representative composers. Through the study of this course, the student will develop an understanding of the materials of western art music including melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic tradition; the student will develop an understanding of the basic forms of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century periods, showing recognition from both score and recordings. The student will also develop facility in reading orchestral scores; the student will develop an introductory understanding of ethnomusicology, including the music of other cultures. Much outside listening is required and students are expected to pass an exit listening exam to pass the course. Music Literature is required of music and music education majors during the sophomore year. Prerequisites: MUS 1010, 1020, 1030, and 1150; ENCS (101) and (102). Non-music majors may be permitted to take the course with permission of the instructor. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 2150 Piano Proficiency – Level III (1)
This includes sight reading, two rhythmically independent lines (three parts, two staves), harmonization of melodies with solid chords, transposition of simple melodies, scale playing, embellishments of folk tunes, improvising chords for a given melody, and improvising melodies for given chords. Meets one hour weekly. For music and music education majors only. See course description for MUS 1150 for grading information. Offered every semester.

MUS 2160 Piano Proficiency – Level IV (1)
This includes sight reading, simple hymns, free accompaniments for melodies with I-IV-V-I, transposition of folk tunes, systematic playing of all major and minor (three forms) scales (two octaves, two hands), major and minor triads, solid and broken, improvisation of simple melodic and chordal structures, improvisation using scales and chord tones to improvise over given chord progressions as well as basic standard chord progressions. Meets one hour weekly. For music and music education majors only. See course description for MUS 115 for grading information. Offered every semester.

MUS 3110 Music History I (3)
This is a survey of Western music from classical Greece through early Christian chant, medieval monophony, early polyphony, Ars Nova and the Renaissance. Reading assignments are supplemented by audio and video tapes in the library. The class meets three times a week and is open to all students. Music and music education majors are expected to pass an exit exam to pass the course. Prerequisites: MUS 2010, 2020, and 2090. Offered every Fall Semester.

MUS 3120 Music History II (3)
This is a survey of Western music from the early Baroque through eighteenth century classicism, nineteenth century romanticism and the major currents of the twentieth century. Reading assignments are supplemented by audio and videotapes in the library. The class meets three times a week and is open to all students. Music and music education majors are expected to pass an exit exam to pass the course. May be taken independently of MUS 3110. Prerequisites: MUS 2010, 2020, and 2090. Offered every Spring Semester.

Advanced Music Courses:

MUS 3030 Conducting (3)
This course covers techniques of conducting both with and without the baton, work with instrumental and choral ensembles, requirements of school, community, church; score reading, transposition and orchestration for middle/high school choral, band, and orchestral programs; rehearsal procedures, fundamentals of choral and orchestral interpretation, program building and opportunities to conduct various college ensembles as well as middle and high school ensembles. Videotaping is used for evaluation. The class meets two times a week and is open to all students. Offered Spring Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 3040 Orchestration and Form (3)
This is a study of orchestral and band instruments with assignments in writing and scoring for individual instruments, sections and full ensembles. Form is studied both as basic principles (part-forms, rondo, fugue, variations, sonata-allegro) and in relation to motivic and interthematic unities in selected compositions. Prerequisite: MUS 2010. Offered Spring Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 4030 Advanced Conducting (2)
This course requires advanced score reading which includes conducting of works in larger forms, examination of conducting techniques in relation to content and style, and use of the symphonic repertory and choral-instrumental repertory. Prerequisite: MUS 3030. Offered Fall Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 3230 History of the Art Song (2)
This course provides an opportunity for advanced study of the history and chronology of German, French, Italian and English Art Song. Emphasis is on the development of the art song from its conception to the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUS 3120. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 4350 Voice Pedagogy (2)
This course deals principally with the study and teaching of the fundamentals of voice production and materials and its presentation to groups. This course is designed to lay a foundation of knowledge and vocabulary related to the teaching of singing so there is understanding of the workings of the voice as an instrument. The student should learn the various approaches to the teaching of singing and be able to offer beginning level voice instruction. Reference works required. Offered Spring 2006 and Fall 2007.

MUS 3100 Church Music (2)
This is a study of the principal liturgical services; non-liturgical services; choral repertoire for adult choirs, youth choirs, children’s choirs; hymns and hymn playing; anthem and solo accompaniment; cantata and oratorio preparation; choir rehearsal techniques; conducting from the organ; organ literature as related to the liturgical year; and principles of organ design. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 3010 Introduction to Counterpoint (3)
This course is a one-semester analytic and compositional exploration of central aspects of both sixteenth century counterpoint and eighteenth century counterpoint. Topics covered include species counterpoint in the style of Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria; species counterpoint and contrapuntal techniques in the inventions of J.S. Bach; two- and three-part tonal counterpoint; and analysis of soprano and bass counterpoint in the music of Haydn and Mozart. Prerequisites: MUS 104, 116, and 202. Offered Spring Semesters, 2007 and 2009.

MUS 3210 Jazz Theory (2)
This course follows Improvisation I and II and provides a deeper examination of tonal and non-tonal applications in jazz. It is intended as a lecture course that may include transcription and performance application. Prerequisites: Music 2050 and 2060. Offered in the fall of 2006.

MUS 3220 Analysis and Composition in Small Form (2)
This course emphasizes the recognition and implementation of style characteristics in American popular music, including jazz, R and B, blues, country and western, etc. The course material will be the instructor’s choice and the course work will include transcription, composition, and arranging for various studio ensembles. Prerequisites: MUS 2050 and 2060. Offered in the fall of 2007.

MUS 4500 Special Topics in Music Theory/Music
History/Performance Practice/American Music (3) Offered in rotation , these three hour courses offer advanced study in topics not covered in survey courses. The subject matter will be determined by the faculty and will be announced during the preceding registration period. In fall, 2006, the sequence will be music theory, music history (spring, 2007), and American music (spring, 2008) Prerequisites include MUS 2020 and MUS 3120.

Music Performance

MUS 1614 Chorale (1)
This course is open to all Greensboro College students by audition. May be repeated for credit. Offered every semester.

MUS 1615 Jazz Ensemble (1)
Dance music and jazz are performed. Open to all Greensboro College students by audition. May be repeated for credit. Offered every semester.

MUS 1601 Marching/Concert Band (1)
Marching Band occurs during the Fall Semester while Concert Band occurs during the Spring Semester. Marching Band allows for a wide range of repertoire from traditional marches to eclectic show arrangements. Corps style marching is utilized for parades and field shows. Traditional through contemporary band literature is studied in Concert Band which performs at least two concerts during the Spring Semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester as indicated above.

MUS 1616 Show Choir (1)
This performing ensemble combines excellent performance of vocal jazz and Broadway show music with elements of drama and dance. Students are selected through a vocal and dance audition. Members are required to purchase a performing outfit. Open to all Greensboro College students by audition. Three hours of rehearsals each week. May be repeated for credit. Offered periodically.

MUS 1602 Brass Ensemble (1)
Requires a high level of performing skills by its members. Membership is by audition. Renaissance, Baroque and 20th century brass works are studied and performed in concert. The Brass Ensemble travels throughout North Carolina to perform at churches and high schools. The Ensemble also participates in recitals, convocations, concerts, music conferences, and other campus events. May be repeated for credit. Offered every semester.

MUS 1609 Percussion Ensemble (1)
Performs exciting percussion literature and transcriptions. Especially useful for all instrumental music education majors. Open to all students by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered every Spring Semester.

MUS 1604 Chamber Singers (1)
This course includes study and performance of choral chamber ensemble literature. Members are required to purchase a performing outfit. May be repeated for credit. Offered every semester. Non-music majors are invited to audition.

MUS 1606 Philharmonia (1)
Membership is open to music majors by audition. Works from the symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries are performed. A major concert is presented each semester as well as holiday concerts. May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester.

MUS 1610 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop (1)
Open to voice majors by audition. It provides the students with the opportunity to study operatic works, arias, ensembles, and full rolls within the works being performed as well as works from the American musical theatre genre. Performances are presented for the College and the community as well as for the public schools. May be repeated for credit. Offered every semester.

MUS 1612 Jazz Workshop (1)
This course is open to all students by permission of the instructor. Meets the ensemble requirement for music and music education majors. May be repeated for credit. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 1608 Woodwind Ensemble (1)
Woodwind Ensemble may comprise trios, quartets, and quintets for various woodwind groupings. Open to all students by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 1605 String Ensemble (1)
This course is open to all students by permission of the instructor. Meets the ensemble requirement for music and music education majors. May be repeated for credit. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 1607 Hand bells (1)
Open to all students. Concentration is on literature from the traditional sacred setting. May be repeated for credit. Offered periodically based upon student need.

Electives

MUS 3030 Conducting (3)
This course covers techniques of conducting both with and without the baton, work with instrumental and choral ensembles, requirements of school, community, church; score reading, transposition and orchestration for middle/high school choral, band, and orchestral programs; rehearsal procedures, fundamentals of choral and orchestral interpretation, program building and opportunities to conduct various college ensembles as well as middle and high school ensembles. Videotaping is used for evaluation. The class meets two times a week and is open to all students. Offered Spring Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 3040 Orchestration and Form (3)
This is a study of orchestral and band instruments with assignments in writing and scoring for individual instruments, sections and full ensembles. Form is studied both as basic principles (part-forms, rondo, fugue, variations, sonata-allegro) and in relation to motivic and interthematic unities in selected compositions. Prerequisite: MUS 201. Offered Spring Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 4030 Advanced Conducting (2)
This course requires advanced score reading which includes conducting of works in larger forms, examination of conducting techniques in relation to content and style, and use of the symphonic repertory and choral-instrumental repertory. Prerequisite: MUS 303. Offered Fall Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 3230 History of the Art Song (2)
This course provides an opportunity for advanced study of the history and chronology of German, French, Italian and English Art Song. Emphasis is on the development of the art song from its conception to the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUS 212. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 4350 Voice Pedagogy (2)
This course deals principally with the study and teaching of the fundamentals of voice production and materials and its presentation to groups. This course is designed to lay a foundation of knowledge and vocabulary related to the teaching of singing so there is understanding of the workings of the voice as an instrument. The student should learn the various approaches to the teaching of singing and be able to offer beginning level voice instruction. Reference works required. Offered Spring 2006 and Fall 2007.

MUS 3100 Church Music (2)
This is a study of the principal liturgical services; non-liturgical services; choral repertoire for adult choirs, youth choirs, children’s choirs; hymns and hymn playing; anthem and solo accompaniment; cantata and oratorio preparation; choir rehearsal techniques; conducting from the organ; organ literature as related to the liturgical year; and principles of organ design. Offered periodically based upon student need.

MUS 1050 Harmonic Materials for Improvisation (2)
This course is a practicum in which students learn the essential chord/scale materials of contemporary music (ninth chords, modes, and phrases) through in-class drill and applying those materials to appropriate typical harmonic progressions. Prerequisite: MUS 1030 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 2050 Improvisation I (2)
In this course, students will develop improvisational skills within the jazz idiom through transcribing, studying, and performing recorded solos and using that knowledge to create their own solos. This course requires skills in both aural recognition and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 1010 or permission of the instructor. Offered Fall Semesters, 2006 and 2008.

MUS 2060 Improvisation II (2)
This course is an extension of MUS 205, focusing the student’s efforts on the work of one or two specific artists. The course emphasizes the ability to emulate the style of the soloists studied. Prerequisite: MUS2050. Offered Spring Semesters, 2007 and 2009.

MUS 2080 Jazz Appreciation (3)
This course emphasizes the evolution of the jazz idiom as well as the historical and sociological events contemporary with various times during that evolution. Early jazz recordings through jazz-rock fusion are studied. Intended for both music majors and students with little or no formal music background. Satisfies Fine Arts General Education requirement; theoretical-lecture credit. Offered periodically based upon student need.