Music Theory

The sequence for music theory courses is as follows:  MUSI 1316-1116, MUSI 1317-1117, MUSI 2316-2116, MUSI 2317-2117, MUSI 4318, MUSI 3312, MUSI 3314, (MUSI 4319 for performance majors only).  Students must make a C or better in order to progress to the next course in the sequence.

1116.  Introduction to Basic Aural Training.  (MUSI 1116) 1(0-2)
Introduction to aural skills fundamentals including emphasis on melodic, harmonic dictation, and sight-singing of music of various ethnic origins and historical style periods.

1117.  Basic Aural Training.  (MUSI 1117) 1(0-2)
Emphasis on dictation and sight-singing of music of various ethnic origins and historical periods.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 1116 with a grade of C or better, or a satisfactory score on the departmental Placement Exam (Music Theory).

1163.  Jazz Theory and Improvisation.  (MUSI 1163)  1(2-0)
A detailed look at the theory of jazz with respect to improvisation.

1301.  Materials of Music.  (MUSI 1301)  3(2-2)
Fundamentals of music with emphasis on developing basic music reading skills on simple melody and/or keyboard instruments.  May not apply toward music major or minor.  Laboratory fee, $5.

1316.  Introduction to Basic Musicianship. 3(3-0)
Introduction to music fundamentals and skills including pitch recognition in various clefs, rhythm competency, basic harmonic construction and recognition, harmonic and melodic usage in various historical style periods.

1317.  Basic Musicianship.  3(3-0)
Introduction to the fundamental elements of music (e.g. pitch, intensity, duration, and timbre), and their interrelationship as the foundation of tonal harmonic structure.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 1316 with a grade of C or better or a satisfactory score on the departmental Placement Exam (Music Theory).

2116-2117.  Intermediate Aural Training.  (MUSI 2116)  2(0-2)
Continuation of MUSI 1117.

2316-2317.  Intermediate Musicianship.    6(3-0)
Continuation of MUSI 1317.

3312.  Orchestration.  3(3-0)
A continuation and practical application of elements of Music Theory and Aural Training.  Study of the compass, techniques, and color of the instruments of the orchestra and band, and their combinations.  Projects in scoring in full orchestra, band, and small ensembles.

3314.  Composition.  3(3-0)
The practical application of creative principles in analysis and original writing of the smaller forms.  The course will include 18th Century counterpoint:  two, three, and four part writing, canon, fugue, and double counterpoint.  Prerequisites:  MUSI 2316, MUSI 2217.

4318.  Analytical Techniques I.  3(3-0)
Aural and visual analysis techniques in all musical styles.  All elements in music; form, vocal, piano, chamber, and full orchestra scores.

4319.  Analytical Techniques II.  3(3-0)
A continuation of MUSI 4318.  Required of applied music majors.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 4318.

History and Literature of Music
1162.  Diction. (MUSI 1162) 1(1-1)
Studies and practice in diction of French, German, and Italian languages through use of vocal literature of 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

2301.  Structure of the Arts.  3(2-4)
Art, music, and theatre arts are combined in selected problems dealing with arts structure.  Creative production is the result of studio activity and critique.  Laboratory fee, $5.

2302.  Music of Latin America. 3(2-2)
A survey of all types of music of Latin America, including folk, popular, and art styles, from pre-Colombian times to the present with a participatory lab.  No previous knowledge of music is required.  Outside listening is required.  Laboratory fee, $5.

2306.  Introduction to Music History and Literature. 3(3-0)
Designed for music students with some background in music.  Techniques of intelligent listening with historical perspective.  Emphasis on basic concepts in music and their evolution:  texture, form, tonality, etc.  Listening techniques to develop aural sensitivity to stylistic features.  Outside listening required.

3302.  Women and the Arts. 3(3-0)
Issues surrounding the participation of women in the arts.  Selected women who have contributed to the visual and performing arts throughout history are studied in relation to the culture of their time and the principles related to the arts.  No previous experience in theatre, art, or music required.  Prerequisite:  completion of Criterion VI requirement.  (Credit may be obtained in only one of ARTS 3302, MUSI 3302, THEA 3302 or WMST 3302.)

3306.  Introduction to Music History. 3(3-0)
Open for nonmusic and music majors alike.  Techniques of intelligent listening with historical perspective.  Emphasis on basic concepts in music and their evolution:  texture, form, tonality, etc.  Listening techniques to develop aural sensitivity to stylistic features.

4307-4308.  Music History and Literature.  6(3-0)
Development of musical styles, schools of composition, bibliography, and evolution of the art of music.  Outside listening required.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 2306.

Music Education
1190.  Marching Band Techniques.  1(0-2)
Fundamentals of and the techniques involved in directing a marching band.

3196.  Basic Conducting.  1(0-2)
Theory and practice of conducting for both vocal and instrumental groups, with emphasis on dealing with incomplete instrumentation and young performers in vocal and instrumental music.  Include conducting  techniques, score reading, and analysis and rehearsal techniques.

3391.  Foundations of Music.  3(3-0)
Develop a foundation for music literacy and skills through vocal expression, instrumental playing, and movement.  The basic elements of music; i.e., beat, rhythm, melody, form, timbre, and harmony, will be covered.  Laboratory fee, $5.

3393.  Elemental Music Concepts.  3(3-0)
The study of basic musical concepts through the performance of and participation in music.  Laboratory fee, $5.

3394.  Advanced Music Concepts.  3(3-0)
Philosophy, content organization, and discussion of the modern performance concepts of music.  Emphasis placed on evaluation of musical concepts with analysis of consequent problems.

3397.  Conducting II.  3(2-2)
Theory and practice of conducting and organizing groups at the secondary school level.  Includes refining baton skills, score analysis, arranging/scoring techniques, performance practices of choral and instrumental ensembles, programming, rehearsal techniques, and laboratory experience.  Prerequisites:  MUSI 3312 and MUSI 3196.

4399.  Special Problems.  V:1-3
For advanced students in music who wish to pursue further some special field of learning.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours when problem changes.

Applied Music
The courses in applied music are designed to meet the requirements and desires of the students who wish to major in performance, to major in music with teacher certification or take applied music as an elective or minor, or to begin study in applied music to use as a teaching tool or as an area of enrichment where public performance is not the goal.

Instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels is offered in the following areas:

French Horn

Catalog Numbers:

The first of the four digits indicates level (i.e., 1-Freshman; 2-Sophomore; 3-Junior; 4-Senior; 5-Graduate); the second digit (1,2,3, or 4) indicates the number of semester hours credit and the minimum hours of daily practice; and the third and fourth digits indicate the instrument or voice.

Students normally progress to the next higher level each year.  Occasionally it may require more than one year of study to accomplish this progress.  The progress of a student from one level of applied music to another is dependent on the jury held at the conclusion of each semester.

Class Instruction
Classes are designed for the beginner in the various areas of performance.  A minimum of two hours individual practice weekly is required.

1166.  Clarinet Class.  (MUSI 1166)  1(0-2)
Study of clarinet through all major scales and alternate fingerings.  Laboratory fee, $5.

1167.  Woodwind Class. (MUSI 1167)  1(0-2)
Laboratory fee, $5.

1174.  Cornet Class.  1(0-2)
Study of cornet through all major scales.  Laboratory fee, $5.

1175.  Brass Class.   1(0-2)
Laboratory fee, $5.

1181.  Piano Class. (MUSI 1181)  1(0-2)
Beginning study of piano with emphasis on functional aspects, e.g. basic techniques, scales, chords, and simple transpositions.  Laboratory fee, $5.

1182.  Piano Class. (MUSI 1182)  1(0-2)
Continuation of MUSI 1181.  Laboratory fee, $5.

1183.  Voice Class. (MUSI 1183)  1(0-2)
The rudiments of vocal music, breathing, correct use of body muscle for breath control, diction, and the development of tone will be studied.  Technical development will include the study of interpretation, tone production, pronunciation, and vocal expression.

1188.  Percussion Class. (MUSI 1188)  1(0-2)
Laboratory fee, $5.

1189.  String Class. (MUSI 1189)  1(0-2)
Laboratory fee, $5.

1192.  Guitar Class. (MUSI 1192)  1(0-2)
Class instruction including chord formation, elementary chord progressions, time and key signatures, and patterns.  Laboratory fee, $5.

1193.  Guitar Class. (MUSI 1193)  1(0-2)
Continuation of MUSI 1192.  Laboratory fee, $5.

2181.  Piano Class. (MUSI 2181)  1(0-2)
Functional piano.  Continuation of MUSI 1182.  Laboratory fee, $5.

2182.  Piano Class. (MUSI 2182)  1(0-2)
Continuation of MUSI 2181.  Laboratory fee, $5.

Ensembles perform on the campus and in various communities throughout Texas.  Ensembles may serve as elective courses in any college of the university.  A limited number of instruments are available to students who wish to join these groups.  Credit in excess of four semesters in a single ensemble will be considered advanced.

1131.  Jazz Workshop.  1(0-3)
Performance, arranging, and composition of music for the stage band in the modern jazz idiom.

1132.  Chamber Music.    1(0-3)

1133.  Mariachi.   1(0-3)
The study of mariachi music through instrumental and vocal performance.

1141.  Choir.    1(0-4)
Required of all voice majors.  Study and performance of choral literature from the Renaissance to the present.

1151.  Singers.   1(0-3)
A select small mixed ensemble which performs music especially written for a vocal chamber group.  Open by audition to all students.

1157.  Opera Workshop. (MUSI 1157)  1(0-5)
Study and performance of scenes and acts from operas as well as full operas.  Practical experience in opera production including dramatic aspects of staged music-drama.  Emphasis on integration of music, acting, and staging.

1159.  Musical Theatre. (MUSI 1159)  1(0-5)
Study and performance of works from the musical theatre repertoire.

1227.  Band.   2(0-6)
The band includes in its repertoire contemporary works composed for the medium as well as marches and transcriptions.  Required of all wind and percussion majors.

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