Music Program

Music Courses

MUA-040 - Beginning Class Piano
Introduction to fundamentals of the keyboard. Familiar songs, sight-reading, transposition, chords, ensemble playing.


MUA-044 - Preparatory Piano
Repertoire may range from beginning materials to more advanced repertoire appropriate to the individual student.


MUA-050 - Beginning Class Voice
Class lessons in voice will provide the non-major student an introduction to the fundamental techniques required to develop a stable and healthy singing voice. Students will explore the roots of vocal identity, breathing system, posture, initiating tone, vocal registration, optimizing tone quality, learning and performing a song. No previous vocal/choral experience necessary.


MUA-054 - Preparatory Voice
Repertoire may range from beginning materials to more advanced repertoire appropriate to the individual student.


MUA-068 - Guitar Class
Beginning instruction in folk guitar. Basic chords, notations, rhythm. No previous guitar experience necessary; guitars furnished.


MUA-090 - String and Percussion Techniques
A study of the pedagogies of string and percussion instruments and strategies for teaching them in a classroom setting.


MUA-091 - Brass and Woodwind Techniques
A study of the pedagogies of brass and woodwind instruments and strategies for teaching them in a classroom setting.


MUA-105 - Composition
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.


MUA-144 - Piano I
J.S. Bach - Easier preludes, dance movements, inventions or sinfonias; a sonata-form movement from a Classical period sonata or sonatina; an etude and character piece from the Romantic period; compositions from the Impressionistic or Nationalistic schools; an American composition composed after 1950.


MUA-145 - Organ I
Manual and pedal technique. Bach Eight Little Preludes and Fugues, Orgelbuechelein; Dupre Seventy-Nine Chorales; works of comparable difficulty from all periods; hymn playing.


MUA-146 - Harpsichord I


MUA-154 - Voice I
Position and poise of the body, exercises to enhance vocal freedom through coordination of breath and tone. Emphasis on evenness of tone and smoothness of phrase. Simpler songs from classical literature, English and Italian pronunciation.


MUA-164 - Violin I
Thorough study of bowing and left-hand technique; Laoreux Etudes, Bk. II; Mazas Op. 36; concertos by DeBeriot and Accoloay; sonatinas by Schubert.


MUA-165 - Viola I


MUA-166 - Cello I


MUA-167 - Double Bass I


MUA-168 - Guitar I
A study of scales, arpeggios, slurs, and chords in the first position. Compositions by Carulli, Carcassi, Aguardo, Giulini. May be taken without course prerequisite with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: MUA-068.


MUA-174 - Flute I


MUA-175 - Clarinet I


MUA-176 - Oboe I


MUA-177 - Saxophone I


MUA-178 - Bassoon I


MUA-179 - Harp I


MUA-184 - Trumpet I


MUA-185 - French Horn I


MUA-186 - Trombone I


MUA-187 - Euphonium I


MUA-189 - Percussion I


MUA-205 - Composition II
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.


MUA-244 - Piano II
J.S. Bach - A prelude and fugue from WTC, or two contrasting dance movements from a suite; a complete sonata by a Classical composer; a character piece from the Romantic period; a composition such as an etude or toccata from the 20th century; a piece composed since 1950.


MUA-245 - Organ II
Bach preludes and fugues of the first master period, chorale preludes, trio sonatas; works of Mendelssohn, Franck, and other romantics; selected 20th century and pre-Bach repertoire; service-playing, improvisation.


MUA-246 - Harpsichord II


MUA-254 - Voice II
Technical work of the freshman year continued; scales and staccato exercises. Moderately difficult songs by composers of romantic and contemporary literature. French and German pronunciation.


MUA-264 - Violin II
Scales and arpeggios in three octaves; Mazas Etudes Speciales, Kreutzer etudes; sonatas of Corelli and Handel; concertos by Rode, Viotti, and Kreutzer.


MUA-265 - Viola II


MUA-266 - Cello II


MUA-267 - Double Bass II


MUA-268 - Guitar II
Continued work with technique; Segovia, diatonic scales; compositions by Sor, Milan, Tarrega, DeVisee.


MUA-274 - Flute II


MUA-275 - Clarinet II


MUA-276 - Oboe II


MUA-277 - Saxophone II


MUA-278 - Bassoon II


MUA-284 - Trumpet II


MUA-285 - French Horn II


MUA-289 - Percussion II


MUA-290 - Sophomore Recital
A solo recital (which may be shared by two or three performers). Prerequisites: 4 student recital appearances, approved by the faculty in the student's applied music area, and a hearing at least two weeks prior to the recital. Recital fee assessed.


MUA-305 - Composition III
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments, and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.


MUA-344 - Piano III
J.S. Bach - A prelude and fugue, a complete suite, or toccata; a complete sonata by a Classical or Romantic composer; a piece or movement from the piano ensemble literature.


MUA-345 - Organ III
Bach, smaller works of the mature master period, selected romantic works of French and German composers; 20th century works of comparable difficulty to Hindemith Sonatas; larger works of early Baroque; service-playing, improvisation.


MUA-346 - Harpsichord III


MUA-354 - Voice III
More advanced technique and vocalizations. Advanced literature. Introduction of oratorio and operatic repertoire.


MUA-364 - Violin III
Technical work continued; etudes by Kreutzer and Horillo; sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven; concertos by Viotti, Kreutzer, and Mozart.


MUA-365 - Viola III


MUA-366 - Cello III


MUA-367 - Double Bass III


MUA-368 - Guitar III
Continued work with technique; preludes by Ponce, Villa-Lobos; compositions by Bach, Weiss, Dowland.


MUA-374 - Flute III


MUA-375 - Clarinet III


MUA-376 - Oboe III


MUA-377 - Saxophone III


MUA-378 - Bassoon III


MUA-389 - Percussion III


MUA-390 - Junior Recital
A solo recital (which may be shared by two or three performers), given during the student's junior year. The student's research will lead to program notes to be distributed at the recital. Prerequisites: 6 student recital appearances, approved by the faculty in the student's applied music area, and a hearing at least two weeks prior to the recital. Recital fee assessed.


MUA-391 - Lecture-Recital
The piano pedagogy student will present a lecture-recital or workshop illustrating some aspect of literature or teaching techniques related to study in pedagogy. Recital fee assessed.


MUA-405 - Composition IV
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.


MUA-444 - Piano IV
A major work or group of shorter works, 10-15 minutes in duration, from the Baroque or Classical periods; a complete sonata or a major single work, 10-15 minutes in duration, from the Classical or Romantic periods; a major work, or group of shorter works, by a Romantic composer; a major work, or group of shorter works, representing the 20th century.


MUA-445 - Organ IV
Bach, larger works of the mature master period; compositions of Franck, Widor, Vieme, Mendelssohn, Reger, and other romantics; early Baroque, larger 20th century compositions; service-playing, improvisation.


MUA-446 - Harpsichord IV


MUA-454 - Voice IV
Technical work continued, stressing flexibility. Total repertory [MUA-154 through MUA-454] to include four arias from operatic literature, four arias from oratorio literature, 20 songs from the classic and romantic literature, 20 songs from modern literature.


MUA-464 - Violin IV
Scales in thirds and octaves; etudes by Rode and Gavinies; concertos by Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Godard, and others; sonatas by Bach, Tartini, and Beethoven.


MUA-465 - Viola IV


MUA-466 - Cello IV


MUA-467 - Double Bass IV


MUA-468 - Guitar IV
Etudes by Villa-Lobos; large works by Bach, Ponce, Tedesco, Albeniz; contemporary works; music for guitar and ensemble.


MUA-474 - Flute IV


MUA-475 - Clarinet IV


MUA-476 - Oboe IV


MUA-477 - Saxophone IV


MUA-478 - Bassoon IV


MUA-489 - Percussion IV


MUA-490 - Graduation Recital (Performance majors)
A 50- to 60-minute recital including music at senior level to be offered during the fall or spring of the final year of study. The student's research will be distributed at the recital. The recital fulfills the Graduation Recital requirement for the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance. Performance majors only. Recital fee assessed.


MUA-491 - Graduation Recital (B.A. or Music Education Majors)
A 20- to 60-minute recital, including music at the appropriate level of advancement, to be offered during the fall or spring of the final year of study. The student's research will lead to two documents associated with the recital: 1) program notes 2) a theoretical and historical analysis of the works and a discussion of how the learner has generated new insights or interpretations that foster reflection and self-understanding. The recital fulfills the Graduation Recital requirement for the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education or for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music. B.A. or music education majors only. For the Bachelor of Arts candidate, a culminating project which combines research and performance may be substituted for a solo or shared recital. This substitution may be made upon recommendation of the faculty. Recital fee assessed.


MUE-134 - Meredith Chorus
Open to all students without audition. Gives approximately two performances per semester on and off of the campus. Students learn to advance their choral performance skills. A wide variety of music is programmed.


MUE-136 - Accompanying Class
All students whose principal applied study is piano or organ are expected to fulfill at least two semesters of their ensemble requirement in accompanying. Two credit hours of accompanying class are required for credit in accompanying, or for accompanying a recital. Students are urged to take this class as early in their studies as possible.


MUE-139 - Handbell Choir
Handbell ringers perform on and off campus. Students must be able to read music. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-231 - Wind Ensemble
Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-232 - Flute Ensemble
Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-233 - Chamber Music Ensemble
Rehearsal and performance of chamber music, selected to match the abilities of the students enrolled. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-236 - Accompanying
All students whose principal applied study is piano or organ are expected to fulfill at least two semesters of their ensemble requirement in accompanying. In addition, these students are expected to accompany [with or without credit] every semester, except for the two semesters that, they are in a choral ensemble. Normally, one of the following is expected for one hour of credit: a) prepare to accompany a recital for one major; b) accompany lessons, jury examinations, and student recital appearances for one major; c) accompany lessons and juries for two non-majors [the equivalent of one 60-minute or two 30-minute lessons]; or d) accompany an ensemble. Any work beyond this must be approved by the accompanist's principal applied instructor. Non-music majors may earn credit by accompanying lessons and juries for one 60-minute or two 30-minute lessons. Prerequisite: MUE-136.


MUE-237 - String Ensemble
Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-238 - Meredith Sinfonietta
Rehearsal and performance of orchestral works, selected to match the abilities of the students enrolled. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-332 - Flute Quartet
Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-334 - Meredith Chorale
A select group of approximately 35-45 singers who represent the College in several concerts per semester both on campus and off. A music tour is planned each spring and other off campus experiences as opportunity arises. By audition only. Instructor's consent required. This course fulfills the General Educational experiential learning requirement.


MUE-335 - Encore!
A group of about eight singers who perform small ensemble literature such as jazz, barbershop, madrigal, motets and some popular music. Performances occur both on campus and off. Admission by audition only. Instructor's consent required. Co-requisite courses: for music majors whose principal applied study is voice: MUE-134 or MUE-334.


MUE-336 - Piano Ensemble
Study of works for piano, four hands or two pianos. Instructor's consent required.


MUE-338 - Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
A community orchestra which rehearses and performs primarily at Meredith. Conductor's and instructor's consent required.


MUS-010 - Recital Seminar/Repertoire Class
Recital and repertoire class attendance and written reflection; designed to give music students performance opportunities and experiences as well as to develop critical listening skills.


MUS-100 - Elementary Theory & Composition
Introduction to the theory of music and its creation; fundamental aspects of melody and harmony explored in detail. Emphasis on rhythm and meter, notation, tonality, triads, composition and analysis, modulation, two-, three-, and four-voice writing, and functional harmony through dominant seventh chords. Three class hours weekly; at least one hour per week in the computer laboratory.


MUS-101 - Elementary Theory & Composition
Introduction to the theory of music and its creation; fundamental aspects of melody and harmony explored in detail. Emphasis on rhythm and meter, notation, tonality, triads, composition and analysis, modulation, two-, three-, and four-voice writing, and functional harmony through dominant seventh chords. Three class hours weekly; at least one hour per week in the computer laboratory. Prerequisite: MUS-100.


MUS-140 - Elementary Keyboard Harmony I
Exploration of the keyboard aimed at fluency in basic chordal progressions in all keys and modes. Simple transposition of melodies stressing interval relationships and using basic accompanying patterns. Sight-reading. Methods of keyboard improvisation are introduced. Regular and accelerated sections are offered. Prerequisites: The ability to read music and some basic piano study.


MUS-141 - Elementary Keyboard Harmony II
Exploration of the keyboard aimed at fluency in basic chordal progressions in all keys and modes. Simple transposition of melodies stressing interval relationships and using basic accompanying patterns. Sight-reading. Methods of keyboard improvisation are introduced. Regular and accelerated sections are offered. Prerequisite: MUS-140.


MUS-150 - Elementary Ear-Training
Introduction to sight-singing and ear-training through the basic elements of intervallic relationships, rhythm, and chord structure. Emphasis on converting notation to musical sound and musical sound back to notation. Basic conducting patterns must be mastered in conjunction with sight-singing. Use of programmed computer instruction in a lab setting to drill these skills. Students must be able to read music and to match pitch.


MUS-151 - Elementary Ear-Training
Introduction to sight-singing and ear-training through the basic elements of intervallic relationships, rhythm, and chord structure. Emphasis on converting notation to musical sound and musical sound back to notation. Basic conducting patterns must be mastered in conjunction with sight-singing. Use of programmed computer instruction in a lab setting to drill these skills. Students must be able to read music and to match pitch. Prerequisite: MUS-150.


MUS-202 - Advanced Theory & Composition
Review and continuation, through analysis and composition, of functional harmony. Seventh, ninth, and eleventh chords. Study of form, analysis, counterpoint, 20th century techniques. Harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS-101.


MUS-203 - Advanced Theory & Composition
Review and continuation, through analysis and composition, of functional harmony. Seventh, ninth, and eleventh chords. Study of form, analysis, counterpoint, 20th century techniques. Harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS-202.


MUS-214 - Music Appreciation
A course designed to impart an understanding of music as an element of liberal culture and to develop the power of listening intelligently. Masterworks in music literature will be learned. No technical knowledge is required.


MUS-215 - Music Literature
An introduction of music from a global perspective, to music resources such as reference materials, to aural analysis of music and score analysis. Students learn to listen actively to music from folk, popular and art traditions, both Western and non-Western. The process of writing about music will be explored as well as career opportunities in music. This course is a foundation for more advanced studies in music history and literature and is designed for music majors and students with some formal music background. Required of freshman majors; prerequisite to music history and literature.


MUS-242 - Intermediate Keyboard Harmony I
Reinforcement at the keyboard of harmonic vocabulary associated with MUS-202 and MUS-203. Emphasis on four-part texture, with controlled voice leading, through realization of abstract harmonic settings, figured bass and melody accompaniment. Development of basic functional skills, such as harmonization of melody, score reading, sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS-141.


MUS-243 - Intermediate Keyboard Harmony II
Reinforcement at the keyboard of harmonic vocabulary associated with MUS-202 and MUS-203. Emphasis on four-part texture, with controlled voice leading, through realization of abstract harmonic settings, figured bass and melody accompaniment. Development of basic functional skills, such as harmonization of melody, score reading, sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS-242.


MUS-252 - Intermediate Ear-Training
Continued development of ear-training, sight-singing, and conducting skills begun in MUS-150 and MUS-151. Prerequisite: MUS-151.


MUS-253 - Intermediate Ear-Training
Continued development of ear-training, sight-singing, and conducting skills begun in MUS-150 and MUS-151. Prerequisite: MUS-252.


MUS-299 - Introduction to Research in Music
Open to freshmen and sophomores who have an interest in music and who would like to work individually with a faculty member on a project involving research, performance, or other creative endeavor in music. In conjunction with a faculty member, the student will formulate and execute a project at an intermediate level of complexity. The project will require a culminating experience involving a written report and/or a public presentation of its purpose, process, and outcomes. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. MUS-100.


MUS-300 - Conducting
Students will learn basic conducting patterns, techniques, and beginning rehearsal procedures for instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisites: MUS-101.


MUS-301 - Conducting Workshop
Advanced conducting techniques, score study, and rehearsal pedagogy culminate in laboratory setting with live musicians of diverse musical backgrounds and skill sets.


MUS-305 - Arranging for Instruments and Voices
A study of the characteristics of instrumentation and ranges of the voice, wind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and string instruments. This course utilizes technology in orchestration and voice-leading techniques. Prerequisites: MUS-203, MUS-151, MUS-253.


MUS-315 - History of Musical Styles and Structure: Antiquity -1750
A historical and stylistic study of music from ancient Greece through the Baroque period including analysis, composition in specific styles, performance and listening. Prerequisites: MUS-101, MUS-214.


MUS-316 - History of Musical Styles and Structure: 1750 to the Present
A historical and stylistic study of music from the early Classical period into the 21st century. Includes analysis, composition in specific styles, performance and listening. Prerequisites: MUS-101, MUS-214.


MUS-400 - Special Topics in Music
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the literature, materials and pedagogy of her applied area. It will rotate through voice, keyboard and instrumental areas. Structure of the course will vary according to the applied area. Prerequisite: MUS-101.


MUS-455 - Opera Workshop
A course focusing on preparation and performance of opera scenes or of a complete opera. This course offers singers in various stages of vocal development an opportunity to learn basic stagecraft. Emphasis on character development, ensemble acting, role preparation. Scenes and roles will be assigned, musically prepared, staged and presented in a performance at the end of each semester. Functions in collaboration with Capitol Opera Raleigh. May be repeated for credit.


MUS-494 - Seminar in Music Literature
Research in topics related to music literature, history, or performance selected by the instructor, individual students, or the class. Different topics each semester.


MUS-498 - Honors Thesis in Music
Joint participation by students and faculty in the discovery, examination, and analysis of knowledge in music. The project must meet honors program thesis requirements as well as expectations of the music faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs only.


MUS-499 - Research in Music
Open to junior and senior music majors or others with permission. In conjunction with a music faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project at an advanced level of complexity culminating in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: MUS-203 and 4 credits from courses MUS-315, MUS-316.


MUS-580 - Internship in Music
An internship in professional music designed to give students practical knowledge and experience preparing them for careers in the national not-for-profit and commercial music arena. For three hours credit students must work 120 hours in one approved professional music organization or with a private studio teacher. Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate in Professional Performance Program in music.


MUS-720 - Materials and Methods in Elementary Schools
Designed for music education majors, this course is based on the development of concepts through a series of sequential music activities. Attention is given to formulating a philosophy of music education, Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze techniques and lesson planning. Public school observation and teaching are included. Prerequisites: MUS 203, 253, 300. Pre or Corequisite: EDU-232.


MUS-721 - Materials and Methods in Middle Schools
A study of teaching methodologies appropriate for middle school with special attention given to classroom management, middle school choral and instrumental programs, general music, and music assessment. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


MUS-722 - Materials and Methods in Secondary Schools
A study of the scope and sequence in the music programs of secondary schools. Attention is given to developing vocal and instrumental programs, with emphasis on repertoire, techniques, performance preparations, and program building. School observation and teaching is required. Prerequisites: MUS-203, MUS-253, MUS-300, EDU 232. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.


MUS-725 - Materials and Methods in Middle and Secondary Schools
A study of the scope and sequence in the music programs of middle and secondary schools. Attention is given to developing vocal and instrumental programs, with emphasis on repertoire, techniques, performance preparations, and program building. School observation and teaching required. Prerequisites: MUS-203, MUS-253, MUS-300, EDU-232, admission to Teacher Education.