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MUS-010 Recital Seminar/Repertoire Class (0.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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.


MUA-040 Beginning Class Piano (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Introduction to fundamentals of the keyboard. Familiar songs, sight-reading, transposition, chords, ensemble playing.

MUA-044 Preparatory Piano (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Repertoire may range from beginning materials to more advanced repertoire appropriate to the individual student.

MUA-050 Beginning Class Voice (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Repertoire may range from beginning materials to more advanced repertoire appropriate to the individual student.

MUA-068 Guitar Class (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Beginning instruction in folk guitar. Basic chords, notations, rhythm. No previous guitar experience necessary; guitars furnished.

MUA-090 String and Percussion Techniques (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
A study of the pedagogies of brass and woodwind instruments and strategies for teaching them in a classroom setting.

MUS-100 Elementary Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUA-105 Composition (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.

MUE-134 Meredith Chorus (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Handbell ringers perform on and off campus. Students must be able to read music. Instructor's consent required.

MUS-140 Elementary Keyboard Harmony I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUA-144 Piano I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUS-150 Elementary Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUA-154 Voice I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-166 Cello I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-167 Double Bass I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-168 Guitar I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-175 Clarinet I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-176 Oboe I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-177 Saxophone I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-178 Bassoon I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-179 Harp I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-184 Trumpet I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-185 French Horn I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-186 Trombone I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-187 Euphonium I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-189 Percussion I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUS-202 Advanced Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUA-205 Composition II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.

MUS-214 Music Appreciation (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUE-231 Wind Ensemble (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Rehearsal and performance of chamber music, selected to match the abilities of the students enrolled. Instructor's consent required.

MUE-235 Raleigh Concert Band (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Instructor's consent required.

MUE-236 Accompanying (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Rehearsal and performance of orchestral works, selected to match the abilities of the students enrolled. Instructor's consent required.

MUS-242 Intermediate Keyboard Harmony I (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUA-244 Piano II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUS-252 Intermediate Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Continued development of ear-training, sight-singing, and conducting skills begun in MUS-150 and MUS-151. Prerequisite: MUS-252.

MUA-254 Voice II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-266 Cello II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-267 Double Bass II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-268 Guitar II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Continued work with technique; Segovia, diatonic scales; compositions by Sor, Milan, Tarrega, DeVisee.

MUA-274 Flute II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-275 Clarinet II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-276 Oboe II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-277 Saxophone II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-278 Bassoon II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-284 Trumpet II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-285 French Horn II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-289 Percussion II (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-290 Sophomore Recital (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUS-299 Introduction to Research in Music (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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-303 Conducting (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Students will learn basic conducting patterns, techniques, and beginning rehearsal procedures for instrumental and choral ensembles. Pre-requisite: MUS-101.

MUS-305 Arranging for Instruments and Voices (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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.

MUA-305 Composition III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments, and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.

MUS-315 History of Musical Styles and Structure: Antiquity -1750 (4.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
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 (4.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
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.

MUE-332 Flute Quartet (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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! (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Study of works for piano, four hands or two pianos. Instructor's consent required.

MUE-338 Raleigh Symphony Orchestra (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A community orchestra which rehearses and performs primarily at Meredith. Conductor's and instructor's consent required.

MUA-344 Piano III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-354 Voice III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
More advanced technique and vocalizations. Advanced literature. Introduction of oratorio and operatic repertoire.

MUA-364 Violin III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Technical work continued; etudes by Kreutzer and Horillo; sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven; concertos by Viotti, Kreutzer, and Mozart.

MUA-365 Viola III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-366 Cello III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-367 Double Bass III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-368 Guitar III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Continued work with technique; preludes by Ponce, Villa-Lobos; compositions by Bach, Weiss, Dowland.

MUA-374 Flute III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-375 Clarinet III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-376 Oboe III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-377 Saxophone III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

MUA-378 Bassoon III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-389 Percussion III (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

MUA-390 Junior Recital (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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.

MUS-400 Special Topics in Music (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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.

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