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MUS - Music

MUS 110 Jazz

Course Descriptions: A study of the historical and musical origins of jazz, and a survey and analysis of the major schools and trends of jazz. The elements of jazz performance are examined, and there will be an in-depth study of historically significant performers and performing groups as a means of understanding the evolution of jazz practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring. PLV: Spring.

3 - 4 credits

MUS 121 The Concert Season in NYC

3 credits

MUS 131 Private Voice Lessons I

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Students must be a Music Theater Major.

Course Description: Voice lessons gear to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

1 credits

MUS 132 Private Voice Lessons II

Prerequisite: Students must be a Music Theater Major.

Course Description: Voice lessons geared to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 131 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 141 Music Appreciation

Course Description: A survey of musical styles, forms and composers, including medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, and modern. An appreciation of music is cultivated through discussion of the elements of music and through listening to and analysis of masterpieces from all periods.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

MUS 145 Opera: History and Performance

No enrollment over 30 due to ticket restrictions. Fee required for tickets.

Course Description: A survey of the history and tradition of this vocal art form from its beginnings in the Renaissance to the present day. Students will explore the range of productions through recordings, videos, and live performances.

3 credits

MUS 146 Music of World Cultures

Course Description: This course is an introductory, one semester survey of music traditions from various cultures around the globe. The content of the course is organized by geographic regions and will include examinations of the various cultures, music, and how they interact.

Course Rotation NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

MUS 147 Rock and Contemporary Culture

Course Description: The recent musical revolution, including folk music, popular rhythms, politically meaningful lyrics, and its effects on the youth of our time.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

MUS 149 How the Entertainment Industry Works

Course Description: This course will provide students with an understanding of how this country's arts and entertainment industry functions on an organizational level, specifically the areas of Theater, Music, Film and Television in the United States.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Spring.

3 credits

MUS 150 Fundamentals of Music I

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: Designed for those who have had no previous musical training. A study of music notation, music theory; scales, keys, intervals, harmonization, transposition, triads and simple chord progressions. Students will receive ear training, learn how to compose their own simple musical compositions for piano, and learn to play beginning-level piano music at the keyboard.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

MUS 154 Sight Singing and Ear Training

3 credits

MUS 155 Choral Singing

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair and Instructor.

Course Description: A performance-based course offering students the opportunity to rehearse and perform great choral works from all periods of music history. Students accepted to this course join the Westchester Concert Singers, a high-quality chorus based at Pace University, for rehearsals and a public concert at the end of the semester. Previous choral experience is helpful but not required. Acceptance to the course is based on a successful audition.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

MUS 157 Chorus I

Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor or Department Chairperson.

Course Description: This course consists of the study and singing of great choral literature of all historical musical periods, in addition to the singing of outstanding representative folk and popular choral works.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

MUS 157A Topic: Chorus II

Course Description: This course consists of the study and singing of great choral literature of all historical musical periods, in addition to the singing of outstanding representative folk and popular choral works. Students participating in chorus for credit over a three semester peiod will accumulate 3 credits and thus fulfill their core Fine Arts requirement.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 157 Min Grade D

MUS 157B Topic: Chorus III

Course Description: This course consists of the study and singing of great choral literature of all historical musical periods, in addition to the singing of outstanding representative folk and popular choral works. Students participating in chorus for credit over a three-semester period will accumulate 3 credits and thus fulfill their core Fine Arts requirement.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 157A Min Grade D

MUS 196B Topic: How the Entertainment Industry Works

3 credits

MUS 196E The American Musical Theater

3 credits

MUS 196F Topic: Voice I - Repertory

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 150 Min Grade D

MUS 196G Sight - Singing

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 150 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 196H Topic: Voice II

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 196F Min Grade D

MUS 196K Topic: Music Theater Ensemble

Course Description: Music Theater Ensemble is a unique class open to all BFA in Music Theater majors. In this class students will be able to apply their sight singing and theory skills from previous classes directly with music from the music theater repertoire. The group will sing ensemble numbers from different eras and styles giving the students the practical wherewithal to be effective professionals in the chorus of Broadway shows.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

2 credits

MUS 206 Women in Music

3 credits

MUS 231 Private Voice Lessons III

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Students must be a Music Theater Major.

Course Description: Voice lessons gear to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

1 credits

MUS 232 Private Voice Lessons IV

Course Description:: Voice lessons geared to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.
Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 231 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 250 Musical Theatre History and Repertoire I

Course Description: An exploration into the style and repertoire of the most influential composers and lyricists of the early Musical Theatre.

For Musical Theater Majors only.

3 credits

MUS 251 Applied Music I

Course Description: Individual study of an instrument or voice. 7 hours weekly outside preparation. May be taken only once for academic credit. Open to students at all levels of advancement.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

MUS 251N Applied Music I (Piano)

3 credits

MUS 252 Applied Music II

Course Description: A continuation of Applied Music I. May be taken only once for academic credit.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 251 Min Grade D

MUS 252N Applied Music II: Piano

3 credits

MUS 260 Musical Theatre Technique I

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing required. Students must be a Music Theater Major.
Course Description: A performance based class with an emphasis on integration of acting, singing and movement skills. This begins the fundamental musical theater courses.

3 credits

MUS 261 Musical Theatre Technique II

Prerequisite: Open to Theater majors only.

Course Description: A performance-based class with an emphasis on integration of acting, singing and movement skills. In this class, students will learn to sing material from the musical theatre repertoire in a dramatic context.

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 260 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 296A Topic: Vocal Studies I

1 credits

MUS 296C Topic: Freshman Voice II

Course Description: A continuation of the work done is MUS 296A that will help the beginning student to understand how to use the voice in a healthy manner and acquire a healthy vocal technique. In addition, the students will learn how to work with an accompanist/coach and to prepare their music properly.

2 credits

MUS 296D Topic: Sophomore Voice II

Course Description: A continuation of the work done in MUS 296B that will help the more advanced student to understand how to use the voice in a healthy manner and acquire a healthy vocal technique. In addition, the students will learn to increase the support for the voice and to begin building a repertoire while working with an accompanist/coach to prepare their music properly.

2 credits

MUS 296F Music Theater Scene Study

Course Description: A performance class building on the work begun in MUS 196F focusing on the acting and stylistic adjustments required for the performance of a musical number within the context of the scene and the entire musical work. Attention will be paid to partner and ensemble work. In addition to building on an acting foundation the course will address issues of range and vocal support, style and repertory.

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 196H Min Grade D

MUS 310 Writing for the Musical Theatre

Course Description:Learn the basic fundamentals of writing the book, music and lyrics for writing musicals.
Course Rotation: NY;Spring

3 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 150 Minimum Grade of D and MUS 158 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 311 Writing for the Musical Theater II

Course Description: Musical Theatre Writing is a comprehensive art form combining three elements: 1) Music-which is composed of melodies, accompaniment, orchestration, vocal arrangements and more; 2) Lyrics-text set in time; and 3) Book-composed of dialogue, design, character, plot and story. In this course, students will be exposed to and will learn the basics of creating a full-length musical theatre piece.

Course Rotation:NY: Fall

3 credits

MUS 320 Musical Theater History and Repertoire II

Prerequisite: Junior standing and studying towards a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Course Description: A survey class to introduce students to the history of the American Musical Theatre.

3 credits

MUS 331 Private Voice Lessons V

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Students must be a Music Theater Major.

Course Description: Voice lessons geared to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

1 credits

MUS 332 Private Voice Lessons VI

Course Description: Voice lessons geared to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 331 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 361 Musical Theatre Scene Study

Course Description: This is the third of the four anchor classes in the musical theatre program. Students will explore a series of assigned scene in which the book of a musical is integrated with its score, focusing on the skills needed to perform in a musical. Each student with learns and performs two duets, and one small group number. In addition, a scene exploration paper is required for each song assigned.

3 credits

MUS 395 Independent Study in Music

1 - 9 credits

MUS 431 Private Voice Lessons VII

Prerequisite: Permission of Music Department is required. Students must be a Music Theater Major.


Course Description: Voice lessons geared to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

1 credits

MUS 432 Private Voice Lessons VIII

Course Description: Voice lessons geared to the healthy and free vocal production of the musical theatre singer.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

1 credits

Prerequisites

MUS 431 Minimum Grade of D

MUS 460 Musical Theatre Audition Technique

Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of Department Chair. Students must be a Music Theater Major.

Course Description: This is a performance-based class with an emphasis on preparation for professional auditions. In this class, students will be assigned music that is specific to their needs and will be chosen based on the student's range, voice and type. Students will leave this class with all of the necessary skills needed to audition. This will include the completion of a headshot and resume as well as having a book full of appropriate audition material. In addition, students will learn about agents and casting directors. Students will also learn the anatomy of all the different types of auditions. There will be discussion on type and image. For the final, a panel of casting directors and agents will audition each student and give appropriate feedback.

3 credits