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Music Theory

MUS 90 Harmony and Counterpoint I

This course is a study of the basic procedures of tonality with an emphasis on four-part harmony, the principles of counterpoint, voice-leading and figured bass with analytic applications to the music literature. Open only to Music Majors.
Prerequisite: Music 2 or its equivalent.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MUS 90A Sight Singing and Ear Training I

Open only to Music Majors
Co-requisite: MUS 90.
Every Semester, 1 credit

MUS 90B Keyboard Harmony I

Practical study at the piano keyboard of harmonic procedures studied in Music 90. Open only to Music Majors.
Co-requisite: MUS 90.
Every Semester, 1 credit

MUS 91 Harmony and Counterpoint II

A continuation of MUS 90.
Prerequisite: MUS 90
Every Semester, 3 credits per semester

MUS 91A Sight Singing and Ear Training II

A continuation of MUS 90A.
Prerequisite: MUS 90A.
Co-requisite: MUS 91.
Every Semester, 1 credit per semester

MUS 91B Keyboard Harmony II

A continuation of MUS 90B.
Prerequisite: MUS 90B.
Co-Requisite: MUS 91.
Every Semester, 1 credit

MUS 92 Harmony and Counterpoint III

A continuation of MUS 91.
Prerequisite: MUS 91.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MUS 92A Sight Singing III

A continuation of MUS 91A.
Prerequisite: MUS 91A.
Co-requisite: MUS 92.
Every Semester, 1 credit

MUS 92B Keyboard Harmony III

A continuation of MUS 90B and 9lB.
Prerequisites: MUS 9lB.
Co-requisite: MUS 92.
Every Semester, 1 credit

Music History

MUS 11 Introduction to Music Literature

This course is an overview of the history and literature of music for Music Majors who are planning to take the music history sequence MUS 21, MUS 22 and MUS 23.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MUS 21 Music in Western Civilization I

Characteristics and development of Western music, with illustrative examples from literature, are examined. Lectures, discussions, analysis and evolution of style, from antiquity to the 17th century, are also included.
Prerequisite: MUS 11.
Spring, 3 credits

MUS 22 Music in Western Civilization II

The course is a continuation of MUS 21 with an emphasis on the 17th to 19th centuries.
Prerequisite: MUS 11.
Fall, 3 credits

MUS 23 Music in Western Civilization III

Contemporary compositional practices, including the most recent, are the focus of this course. The music of Berg, Bartok, Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Varese, Webern, Wolpe and other composers are studied and discussed.
Prerequisite: MUS 11.
Spring, 3 credits

MUS 24 History of Rock Music

The development of Rock Music from the 1950s to the present is covered. The emphasis is placed upon the music as well as its links to earlier styles of popular music including folk, jazz and blues. The cultural and social positions of rock and its interaction with other music are examined.
Spring, 3 credits

MUS 26 The Symphony

This course is a study of the masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 28 History of Jazz

A study of this unique American invention from its African and European roots to the present is included in this course. The focus is on the musical and historical evolution of its many styles and its main performers and composers.
Fall, 3 credits

MUS 29 Masterpieces of Choral Music

This course is a study and analysis of sacred and secular choral compositions from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Emphasis is placed on individual masterpieces and their historic significance and interrelationships.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 34 Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

An introduction to the rich musical traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean, this course explores a wide variety of genres and the social contexts of their performance. Special attention is given to the presence of many of these musical cultures in the New York area.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 41 Piano Literature of the 19th Century

The course is the study of piano music from Beethoven through the late 19th century. The course features performances by members of the Department of Music.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 42 Music in Society

This course is a study of the role of music in various cultures and social institutions including the church, the court, and the theatre, as well as the role of music in contemporary life.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 43 Opera History

The course is the study of operatic masterpieces from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
Fall, 3 credits

MUS 44 Song Literature: Performance and History

This course is a historical survey of song literature. Students perform examples of song literature from the 17th century to the present. Both music and poetry are analyzed and discussed in historical perspective. The course is taught jointly by a singer, a pianist and a musicologist. Open to both music and non-music majors. Intended for singers and pianists, but open to non-performers as well. The art of grouping songs by text, composers and style periods is taught as well as research methods for writing program notes. This course presents the opportunity to perform excerpts from the song literature with a complete understanding of the repertory.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 47 Music for the Theatre

This course is a workshop in the preparation and performance of a theatrical production.
On Occasion, 3 credits

MUS 48 History of American Musical Comedy

This is an interdisciplinary course in the study of musical comedy from its origins in the 18th century through its development in the 19th to its fruition in the 20th. Emphasis is on various guises musical comedy has taken and on experiments in the form.
Same as Theatre 48
On Occasion, 3 credits

Applied Music

MUS 20 Conducting I

The course covers the elements of conducting.
Prerequisite: MUS 91 or permission of instructor.
Fall, 2 credits

MUS 40 Conducting II

Advanced problems and techniques of instrumental and choral conducting are explored.
Prerequisite: Music 20.
Spring, 2 credits