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Music Department

www.ncsu.edu/music/

Price Music Center
Campus Box 7311
Raleigh, NC 27695-7311
Phone: (919) 515-2981
Fax: (919) 515-4204
Email: music-info@ncsu.edu

The Music Department is committed to providing broad-based educational opportunities for NC State students through a variety of musical experiences and introductory and upper-level academic courses. Departmental faculty seek to assist students in developing musical insights, musical skills, and the capacity to perceive and respond to music in its historical and cultural contexts.

Opportunities for direct student participation as performers include many choral and instrumental organizations. Membership in any ensemble is open to students with a disciplined interest in music. Auditions are scheduled during summer orientation, at the beginning of each semester, and by appointment with the conductor of the group. For further information, please call (919) 515-2981 or visit the Music Department website for audition information.

The department offers a variety of courses, most of which may be taken to fulfill specific general education program. Any course may be taken as a free elective. A 20-hour music minor is offered for qualified undergraduate students who wish to engage in the serious study of music. Emphases include history, liberal arts, composition, and performance—piano, vocal, or instrumental.

The department also serves as a cultural resource for the university community and the public at large through concerts presented by student musical organizations, music faculty, and visiting artists. Concerts are open to students and the public.

Minor in Music

The Music Department offers a 20-hour minor in Music for qualified undergraduate students who wish to engage in the serious study of music within a curricular framework. This minor is designed to foster creative thought, aesthetic understanding, and artistic self-expression. Students may choose one of four emphases:

  1. History
  2. Liberal Arts
  3. Composition
  4. Performance

Core courses include one music theory, aural skills, class piano and a survey of music in Western Civilization. Applications are available in Price Music Center, Room 203. A Bachelor or Arts degree with a focus in Music is available through the Arts Studies Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the minors, please visit the Music Department's website or contact Dr. John Fuller at 919-515-8284 or jafuller@ncsu.edu.

Arts Entrepreneurship

The Music Department also offers a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind. There are a number of unique aspects to the Arts Entrepreneurship Minor. Based on the concepts of both intellectual and experiential readiness, the Minor helps emerging arts entrepreneurs use a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures. Using an innovative classroom experience, a focus on informed decision-making and a cutting-edge curriculum, this is simply the most comprehensive a program on the topic in the country.

For more information please visit the Arts Entrepreneurship website, or contact Dr. Gary Beckman at 919-515-1637 or gdbeckma@ncsu.edu.

Faculty

Dr. Peter Askim
Director of Orchestras

Dr. Gary Beckman
Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts

Dr. John A. Fuller
Asst. Director, Outreach and Assessment

Dr. Paul Garcia
Director of Bands and Percussion Instructor

Dr. Olga Kleiankina
Asst. Teaching Professor

Dr. Tom Koch
Interim Director

Dr. Jonathan Kramer
Teaching Professor

Dr. Nathan Leaf
Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Wes Parker
Director of Jazz Studies

Dr. Rodney Waschka
C.H.A.S.S. Professor


Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Alison Arnold

Jonathan Gangi

Dr. Robert Petters

Darrell Thompson

Kristen Turner


Adjunct Instructors

Mary Boone
Adjunct Instructor of the Flute

Don Eagle
Adjunct Instructor of the Trumpet

Wayne Leechford
Adjunct Instructor of Sax

David Lewis
Adjunct Instructor of Tuba

Jennifer Sieger
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Lin-Ti Wang
Adjunct Instructor of Violin

MUS - Music Courses

MUS 103 Music Theory I 3.
Prerequisite: MUS 120 or Rudiments Placement Test. Co-requisite: MUS 104..

Continuation of the principles taught in MUS 120. Topics include rhythm and meter, modes and non-diatonic scales, harmonic analysis, cadences, non-harmonic tones, phrase structure, musical texture, and basic part-writing principles.

MUS 104 Aural Skills I 1.
Prerequisite: MUS 120 or aural skills placement test; Co-requisite: MUS 103.

The development of aural perception skills in tonal harmony through sight-singing and rhythm reading; scale, interval, and chord identification; melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; and computer-based music learning.

MUS 107 Class Piano I 1.

Introduction to playing the piano by learning the basics of music notation, five-finger scales, and beginner's repertoire based on hand position.

MUS 112 Men's Choir 1.

Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire for men's voices. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue.

MUS 113 Women's Choir 1.

Rehearsal and performance choral repertoire for women's voices. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 114 Chamber SIngers 1.

Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire for small vocal ensemble. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 115 State Chorale 1.

Rehearsal and performance of advanced choral repertoire from all eras. Includes instruction in individual vocal techniques, rehearsal protocols, and discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to a local performance venue. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 120 Introduction to Music Theory 3.

Introduction to Music Theory is designed for students with minimal or no music theory background and covers the fundamentals of music, including note reading in treble and bass clefs, rhythm, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and basic keyboard skills. This course prepares students for entry into Music Theory I (MUS 103) and Aural Skills I (MUS 104), although students may elect to test out by means of a placement test. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event. Auditing is not permitted. Prerequisites: None.

MUS 121 Raleigh Civic Symphony 1.

Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for symphony orchestra from the 18th-21st centuries, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance.

MUS 122 Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra 1.

Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for chamber orchestra from the 17th-21st centuries, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit . Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated for up to 10 semesters.

MUS 131 Marching Band 1.

Rehearsal and performance of repertoire for marching band. Study of drill and instrumental techniques, memorization, and repertoire of varying styles for large ensemble. May be repeated for credit. There is a band uniform charge; transportation to performances will be provided. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 132 Varsity Band 1.

Rehearsal and performance of repertoire for varsity or athletic band. Study of instrumental techniques and repertoire of varying styles for large ensemble. May be repeated for credit. There is a band uniform charge; transportation to performances will be provided. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 133 British Brass Band 1.
Prerequisite: Audition required.

British Brass Band provides an ensemble performing experience in a wide range of musical styles in the British Brass Band musical medium. Music is selected to provide a challenging opportunity for musical growth. Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus events. There is a charge to the student to check out a department-owned instrument.

MUS 134 Wind Ensemble 1.

Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for wind ensemble, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated for up to 10 semesters.

MUS 140 Jazz Improvisation 1.

Study of basic and advanced techniques for jazz improvisation, including in-class performance and study of historical models. May be repeated for credit up to ten semesters. Audition required.

MUS 141 Jazz Combo II 1.

Rehearsal and performance of basic to advanced repertoire for small jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 142 Jazz Ensemble II 1.

Rehearsal and performance of basic to advanced repertoire for jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 143 Jazz Combo I 1.

Rehearsal and performance of advanced repertoire for small jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 144 Jazz Ensemble I 1.

Rehearsal and performance of advanced repertoire for jazz ensemble, including individual practice techniques, improvisation, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance. Audition required. May be repeated up to 10 semesters.

MUS 150 Vocal Techniques 1.

Development and practice of vocal techniques suitable to solo and ensemble singing in a variety of musical styles, both historical and contemporary.

MUS 152 Beginning Bagpiping 1.

Instruction in bagpiping, including individual practice techniques and traditional performance practices. Prepares students for advancement into the NC State Pipes and Drums Band. Students will be required to purchase a bagpipe chanter and to provide individual transportation to off-campus performances. The ability to read music is not required upon entry. This course may be taken up to 6 semesters for credit.

MUS 180 Introduction to Musical Experiences 3.

Examination of western musical materials, forms, styles and history through the primary musical experiences of composing, performing, and listening. Course designed for students with no formal musical training.

MUS 181 Exploring Music Theory 3.
Prerequisite: Ability to read music.

Exploring music theory provides the student insight into Basic theoretical elements of music from Western civilization, which are fundamental to analysis and creation of musical compositions. The course will cover tonality, rhythm, intervals, triads, composition of melodies, harmonic progressions, and lead sheets. This course will enrich the student who performs, sings, composes, and enjoys listening to music.

MUS 200 Understanding Music: Global Perspectives 3.

Music as universal human phenomenon. Global approach to music's elements and concepts like melody, rhythm, and timbre; and how it functions in relationship to religious belief, observation, and experience; its role in the formation, expression, and contestation of social identity; and its expressive power in the exposition of narrative and drama.

MUS 201 Introduction to Music Literature I 3.

Survey of Western art music from antiquity to the mid-18th century, with an emphasis on the characteristic forms and styles of he Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. This course examines the major composers and representative works in light of social, political, and cultural influences. The ability to read music is required.

MUS 202 Introduction to Music Literature II 3.

Survey of Western art music from the mid-18th century to the present, with an emphasis on he characteristic forms and styles of the late Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. This course examines the major composers and representative works in light of social, political, and cultural influences. The ability to read music is required.

MUS 203 Music Theory II 3.
Prerequisite: MUS 103 or Music Theory 1 Placement Test.

Continuation of the principles taught in MUS 103. Topics include part-writing in four voices, harmonic progression, harmonic rhythm, seventh chords, secondary functions, modulation, and binary and ternary forms.

MUS 204 Aural Skills II 1.
Prerequisite: MUS 104 or Aural Skills 1 Placement Test.

Continuation of the principles taught in MUS 104. Emphasis is placed on sight-singing and melodic dictation involving all diatonic intervals, diatonic triads and 7th chords in open positions, harmonic progressions, counterpoint in two voices, and computer-based music learning.

MUS 205 Introduction to Music in Western Society 3.

Introduction to the art of music in Western society, for the general student. Focuses on the western art music tradition, including stylistic periods from medieval to post-modern. Begins with the study of basic musical elements, formal principles and compositional techniques.

MUS 206 America's Music 3.

Historical survey of music in the United States, including classical and popular, secular and religious, vocal and instrumental music genres and styles from the 18th to 21st centuries, studied in the context of relevant social and cultural issues.

MUS 207 Class Piano II 1.
Prerequisite: MUS 107.

The study and performance of intermediate piano repertoire.

MUS 208 Piano Pedagogy 2.
Prerequisite: MUS 390 or MUS 207; C: MUS 390.

This course is designed to prepare students to teach piano at the elementary level. Topics discussed are the history of piano pedagogy; principles of pedagogy; age- and level-based learning types; technical, artistic and performance problems; music pedagogy as career; reference and teaching materials; and introduction in MIDI technology. Requirement for music minors in the piano performance emphasis. Prerequisite: MUS 390, 207, or instructor's consent.

MUS 210 History of Rock I: 1950s-1970s 3.

This course examines the stylistic evolution and cultural impact of rock music from the birth of rock & roll in the 1950s to the mainstream and alternative rock trends of the late 1970s. Emphasis is placed on the contributions of major artists, commercial and critical reception of the music, the role of instrumentation and arrangement, and changes in recording and communication technology. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.

MUS 211 History of Rock II: 1980s-present 3.

The course examines the stylistic development and cultural impact of popular music from the 1980s to the present. Emphasis is placed on the contributions of major artists, commercial and critical reception of the music, the role of instrumentation and arrangement, and changes in recording and communication technology. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.

MUS 230 Introduction to African-American Music 3.

Comprehensive survey of African-American music in the United States from Colonial times to the present, with emphasis on its unique features and contributions to American culture.

MUS 240 Introduction to the Music Industry 3.

This course provides an introduction to the commercial music industry, including its history and development in the context of multiple popular and traditional genres in the United States. Introduction to the Music Industry will increase a student's understanding of common business practices and related knowledge concerning the music industry. It will also assist those students considering further study of the music industry to effectively maintain a professional music career. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of on- and off-campus events.

MUS 260 History of Jazz 3.

History of jazz and the contributions of major artists. Emphasis of the various styles that have contributed to this American art form. Investigation of structural forms in the jazz idiom.

MUS 295 Special Topics in Music 1-3.

Special Topics in Music.

MUS 300 Chamber Music Performance 1.
Prerequisite: Satisfactorily passing audition.

Performance of chamber music. Emphasis on chamber literature from the sixteen through the twentieth centuries written for a wide variety of combinations ranging from string quartets to pieces written for specific instruments and voices.

MUS 305 Music Composition 3.
Theory I (MUS 103) or consent of instructor.

Study and creation of musical works. Emphasis on writing original music and works imitative of conventional and contemporary musical styles.

MUS 306 Music Composition with Computers 3.
Prerequisite: Some knowledge of music or computer science (e.g. CSC 200).

Survey of the theory and history of computer music, compositional algorithms, digital synthesis techniques, composition of at least one computer music work -- a computer-assisted composition for traditional instruments, a piece for computer music on tape, a real-time piece, or a piece that combines tape and instrument(s).

MUS 310 Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries 3.

Evolution of European music from 1600 to 1820, with emphasis on characteristics of Baroque and Classical form and style. Examination of major composers and representative works in light of social, political and cultural influences.

MUS 315 Music of the 19th Century 3.

A survey of 19th century European music, including analysis of its texts, forms and composers, and its relations to other art forms of the period. This course fulfills GEP categories in Visual and Performing Arts and Global Knowledge. Students may be required to attend an on- or off-campus musical event at their own cost and to provide their own means of transportation.

MUS 320 Music of the 20th Century 3.
Prerequisite: One 3-hour MUS class.

Study of Western Art Music from 1900 to present, emphasizing significant composers, repertoire, and compositional procedures and trends, including traditional, atonal, serial, aleatoric, electronic and computer music. Students may be required to attend and purchase a ticket to an on-campus event and to provide their own transportation to an off-campus event.

MUS 330 Music Drama 3.

Survey of staged musical works spanning four centuries. Emphasis on large-scale dramatic works in the genres of opera, operetta, and musical theater. Designed for students with musical and/or theatrical experience.

MUS 350 Music of Asia 3.

Examination of music from a variety of Asian traditions including India and Pakistan, Japan and Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. Emphasis place on philosophical, social and religious contexts from which music emerges and in which it is experienced bynative performers and listeners. No previous formal training in music in required.

MUS 360 Women In Music 3.

The role of women in music as patrons, teachers, composers, and performers, placing them within the social, economic, and political framework to which they belong. Emphasis on Western Art Music and the role of women in popular music. No previous formal training in music is required.

MUS 390 Applied Music 1.
Prerequisite: Music Minors Only.

Individual instruction in voice or instrumental performance. Includes development of technique basic to voice or instrument, as well as advancement of artistry, musicianship, and repertoire.

MUS 493 Recital 1.
Prerequisite: 4 Semesters of MUS 390 for Performance Concentration.

MUS 493: Recital is the capstone for a student in the Music Minor performance concentration. Students receive weekly 45-minute individual instruction culmination in a public recital. Students also receive instruction in organizing the recital.

MUS 495 Special Topics in Music 3.

Examination of selected topics in music.

MUS 498 Independent Study in Music 1-3.

Directed independent study of selected topics for students with specialized interests in music and/or advanced musical ability. Credit and content determined by faculty member in consultation with Director of Music. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.