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Through lecture and discussion, this course provides a broad-based introduction to the cultural context, historical importance, and aesthetic ideologies of various dance forms existing in our multicultural world. An examination of dance as a catalyst for social awareness and change will be explored through choreographic works dealing with but not limited to feminism, racism, and oppression. Relevant movement and performance experiences serve to illuminate class discussions. Attendance required at dance concerts. Three lecture hours per week. Fulfills the CEA or WC general core categories. Not open to students who received credit for SMS 178.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec, World Cultures

This course is designed for the student with no previous dance experience. The course will introduce the novice student to basic dance technique while examining the creative process of dance making, and exposing the student to performance skills both through viewing and executing dances. Students will engage in movement classes with an emphasis on physical, social, and emotional wellness, view dance works through a cultural lens, and create choreographic compositions in response to ethical issues. This course fulfills the Creative Expression and Appreciation or Personal Growth and Responsibility general core category.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec, Pers Growth & Responsibility

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of a select dance technique for students with no previous dance training. The selection of the dance form will be determined by the department each semester. The course will examine the selected topic through the execution of the movement practice, studying the historical context, viewing dances, and participating in the creative process. Proper dance attire must be worn. Repeatable multiple times for credit. Three hours per week. Students taking the course a total of three times fulfill the Creative Expression and Appreciation general education category.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course will examine dances in relation to aesthetic principles and cultural context of a selected dance form. The selection of the dance form will be determined by the department each semester. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. May be taken for credit up to four times.Three hours per week. Not open to students who received 4 credits for SMS 159.

Credits: 1.00

This level-one ballet technique class is designed for the student with previous dance experience. Emphasis will be on correct body alignment, form and musicality. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. This course is repeatable two times for a total of 3 credits. Not open to students who received 3 credits of SMS154. Three hours per week.

Credits: 1.00

This is an intermediate level ballet technique class. Emphasis will be on correct body alignment, form and musicality. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. This course is repeatable two times for a total of 3 credits. Three hours per week.
Prerequisites: SMS154, DAN 110 or permission of instructor is required.

Credits: 1.00

This is an advanced level ballet technique class. Emphasis will be on correct body alignment, form and musicality. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. Three hours per week. This course is repeatable two times for a total of 3 credits. Not open to students who received 3 credits for SMS 156.
Prerequisites: SMS154, SMS155, DAN110, DAN111 or permission of instructor is required.

Credits: 1.00

This level I modern dance technique class is designed for the student with previous dance experience. Structured exercises and combinations will focus on space, time, energy and movement dynamics. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. Three hours per week. This course is repeatable three times for a total of 4 credits. Student may receive a maximum of four credits between SMS 150 and DAN 120.

Credits: 1.00

This course is an intermediate level modern dance technique class. Structured exercises and combinations will focus on space, time, energy, and movement dynamics. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. Three hours per week. This course is repeatable three times for a total of 4 credits. Students may receive a maximum of four credits between SMS151 and DAN121.
Prerequisites: SMS150, DAN120 or permission of instructor is required.

Credits: 1.00

This is an advanced level modern dance technique class. Structured exercises and combinations will focus on space, time, energy, and movement dynamics. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. Three hours per week. This course is repeatable three times for a total of 4 credits. Student may receive a maximum of four credits between SMS152 and DAN122.
Prerequisites: SMS150, SMS152, DAN120, DAN121 or permission of instructor is required.

Credits: 1.00

This course will explore the act of creating movement spontaneously. Through guided direction by the instructor, students will develop skills that create awareness about how the body relates to space, time and energy. These skills are designed to enhance students' creativity. This course is designed for students without dance training and students of various levels of experience. Not open to students who received credit for SMS157. Three hours per week.

Credits: 1.00

This level I hip hop dance technique class is designed for the student with previous dance experience. Structured exercises and combinations will focus on space, time, and energy. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. This course is repeatable three times for a total of 4 credits. Three hours per week.

Credits: 1.00

This intermediate level hip hop dance technique class is designed for the student with previous dance experience. Structured exercises and combinations will focus on space, time, and energy. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. This course is repeatable three times for a total of 4 credits. Three hours per week.
Prerequisite: DAN 130 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 1.00

This advanced level hip hop dance technique class is designed for the student with previous dance experience. Structured exercises and combinations will focus on space, time, and energy. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. This course is repeatable three times for a total of 4 credits. Three hours per week.
Prerequisites: DAN 130, DAN 131, or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 1.00

This course is for students with dance experience who are interested in exploring dance as a performing art. Students will learn choreography that will culminate in a performance at the end of the semester. Throughout the course students will work in collaboration with each other and the instructor to create a dance piece that will be performed at the end of the semester. Students are required to attend and participate in crew production hours for various dance presentations on campus. Fulfills the Creative Expression and Appreciation general core category. Not open to students who received credit for SMS 179.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course will provide a structured environment for students to explore and experiment with the creative process in dance making and to find personal expression in their own choreography. Students will learn about and apply various compositional tools and choreographic approaches to expand their movement language and choreographic ideas. Discussion and feedback on choreographic assignments will develop critical response skills and deepen students' understanding of the creative process. Readings, video screenings and live performances will provide students with a critical understanding of dance and place their own dance making in a cultural and historical context. Three lecture hours per week. Fulfills Creative Expression and Appreciation general core category. Not open to students who received credit for SMS 240.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course is for students with previous dance experience who are interested in exploring dance as a performing art. Students will collaborate to create material that will be integrated into a piece of choreography. Students will learn choreography taught by instructor that will culminate in a performance at the end of the semester. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. Three lecture hours. Repeatable one time. Not open to students who received credit for SMS442.
Prerequisite: SMS179 or DAN150.

Credits: 3.00 - 6.00

This course is designed for students who wish to further develop their abilities as a choreographer. Building on previous experience and study, students will continue to develop a movement language to articulate physical expression, and to explore how structure organizes choreographic ideas. Material developed in this class will build towards a finished work. Three lecture hours per week. Repeatable one time. Not open to students who received credit for SMS443.
Prerequisite: SMS240 or DAN151.

Credits: 3.00

This course will provide a study of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body from a kinesiologic approach including somatic practices and perceptual motor learning as it applies to the dancing body. Emphasis will be placed on human movement analysis in relation to dance practices. Three lecture hours per week. Appropriate dance attire must be worn. Not open to students who have taken SMS241.

Credits: 3.00

Through lecture and discussion, this course provides an indepth examination of the cultural context, historical importance, and aesthetic ideologies of various dance forms existing in our multicultural world. An examination of dance as a catalyst for social awareness and change will be explored through choreographic works and dance writings dealing with, but not limited to geopolitics, race, gender and other social structures. Relevant movement and performance experiences serve to illuminate class discussions. Attendance required at dance concerts. Four lecture hours per week. Required for dance majors. Prerequisite: WI or its equivalent.

Credits: 4.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

This course is designed to provide an overview of how to navigate a sustainable lifestyle in the dance field as an artist, teacher, studio owner, and/or arts administrator. Topics include potential careers, portfolio and resume writing, auditioning, marketing, grant writing and development, company management, and community outreach. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who received credit for SMS340.

Credits: 3.00

This course prepares the student to think critically about dance. Through the study of dance theory, choreographic styles, and published critical writing, the course examines the impact of dance forms on our cultures and the important role dance plays in society. Four lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for SMS440.

Credits: 4.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

This course is designed to provide students with the theories, standards and skills to teach various dance forms in studios and public and private schools. Students will investigate personal beliefs about teaching and learning as well as essential skills needed to become a dance teacher. Topics will include the learning environment, methodology, lesson planning, and assessment. Four lecture hours per week. Not open to students who received credit for SMS 441.

Credits: 4.00

This writing-intensive course provides students with an opportunity to reflect broadly upon their education at Salem State University and the dance field. This course emphasizes the connection between theory, research, and practice, as well as how dance connects to the larger society. Final projects include a written paper and a presentation of research and creative work. Three lecture hours per week. Required of and open to junior or senior Dance Majors or permission by Department Chair. Fulfills Written Communication - Level III category.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Commun-Level III

This is an independent study in an area of special interest in Dance. Prior to registration, a proposal must be submitted and approved by the instructor and the Department Chairperson. DAN 500 can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits and is repeatable up to a total of 6 credits of Directed Study.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chairperson

Credits: 1.00 - 3.00

This course records the student's direct supervised involvement in attendance of dance performances, master classes and workshops, and the student's participation in Departmental dance productions. A Pass/Fail grade is based on completion of assigned activities for Departmental productions. Required for every semester that the student is enrolled as a dance major, this course may be repeated for a maximum total of eight times. Does not give degree credits and has no impact on GPA.

Credits: 0.00

This course explores music of selected periods of Western European culture. Emphasis is placed on how to listen to music. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. Students will be introduced to major composers and music of each period. Discussion will focus on the characteristics of each musical period and how they are reflected in music, the aesthetic qualities of each work discussed, and the lives of the composers and the times in which they lived. Three lecture hours per week. Attendance at performances/concerts outside of class is required. Required in the Music minor.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

A course about music and its relation to Western culture. Class discussion will include music from the earliest civilizations through the Baroque with concurrent developments in art, architecture, literature, and philosophy. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. Attendance at concerts/art exhibits outside of class may be required. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for MUS102. Offered every Fall semester.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: The Human Past

This course is about music and its relationship to Western culture. Attention is focused on music from the Classical period through the present with concurrent developments in art, architecture, literature, and philosophy. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. Attendance at concerts and/or art exhibits outside of class may be required. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor. Three lecture hours per week. Offered every spring semester. Not open to students who have received credit for MUS113.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: The Human Past

A course designed to develop musicianship through keyboard technique and music literacy. This course is intended for students with no previous piano training. Concert attendance outside of class may be required. Open to all students. Satisfies a skills elective in the Music minor. Meets 150 minutes per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This introductory course in the fundamentals of ear training and sight singing will focus on developing basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic aural skills through listening, dictation and singing exercises. No previous musical experience is required. Open to all students. Required for all Music Majors who do not achieve a satisfactory grade on the fundamentals portion of the Music Theory Placement Examination. It is strongly recommended to Music Majors that this course be taken concurrently with MUS120. This course must be passed with a grade of C or better in order to register for MUS132N. Course meets 150 minutes per week. Offered every fall semester.

Credits: 1.00

This course examines some of the principal forms of American Popular music. Combining the study of musical elements and social history, the course enhances a student's ability to listen and enjoy and also offers an introduction to the place of popular music in American society. Open to all students. Three lecture hours per week. Satisfies an elective in the Music Minor.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course will explore a variety of topics including Salem State University and the surrounding communities, the music major, musical artistry, and various careers in music including graduate school. Discussions will include music advocacy and leadership, music and the brain, music education and community engagement, and technology's effect on the music industry. Students will undertake various reading and writing assignments, view videos, attend live concerts both individually and as a class, participate in discussions, and develop a professional portfolio. Attendance at live concerts outside of class is mandatory. This course is required of all Music Majors and meets three lecture hours per week. Students should plan to take this course during their first fall semester as a music major. Not open to students who have received credit for MUS 111.

Credits: 3.00

This course addresses music as a social phenomenon, inseparable from its cultural context. Therefore, students will study not only a variety of styles and repertoires of music from around the world but also the behaviors, beliefs, and histories of those who make music. Students are encouraged to use the study of music as a tool to analyze broader patterns and dynamics of human activity. Class sessions will consist of a mixture of lecture, discussion and listening/viewing. Open to all students. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor. Concert attendance is required. Students may also be required to do individual or group research projects. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec, World Cultures

This honors course introduces students to the field of ethnomusicology. Students will explore traditional and popular musics from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Oceania, as well as vernacular and diasporic musics in Europe and North America. Concert attendance may be required. Three lecture hours per week. Open to students in the Commonwealth Honors Program and to students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec, World Cultures

Introduction to Computers and Music will provide students with an overview of the hardware and software used in a variety of areas associated with music production. Students will be introduced to the broad spectrum of ways people create music with technology including, but not limited to MIDI and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). Basic projects will be created using each technology studied. Three lecture hours per week. A minimum of 3 additional lab hours per week are required. Satisfies a requirement in the Music Technology Minor.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This is a course for Music Majors that teaches the fundamental skills required to play the piano. This course helps prepare students for the Piano Proficiency Exam. Music reading and technical skill are emphasized, benefiting the integration of learning throughout the music major, and aiding the acquisition of accompaniment skills. This course meets for 150 minutes per week, may be repeated for credit, but may not be used for credits toward the Music major.

Credits: 1.00

A study of the history of jazz from its origins in the early 20th century to the present day. This course traces its development through various styles including Dixieland, swing, bop, modal, free-jazz, and fusion. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor. Course meets three lecture hours per week. Fundamental music reading skills recommended. Concert attendance outside of class may be required. Not open to students who have received credit for MUS317N.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

In Fundamentals of Audio Engineering, students will study the theory and principles of recording analog and digital audio signals. Discussions will explore many aspects of recording from signal source through outputting final mixes. Special emphasis is placed on proper microphone technique, critical listening and signal processing.
Three lecture hours per week. A minimum of 3 additional lab hours per week are required. Satisfies a requirement in the MusicTechnology Minor.
Prerequisite: MUS114 or permission of Chairperson required.

Credits: 3.00

An introductory course in the fundamentals of music theory. It includes basic notation, scales, intervals, and chords. No previous musical experience is required. Open to all students. Required for all Music Majors and Music Minors who do not achieve a satisfactory grade on the fundamentals portion of the Music Theory Placement Examination. Satisfies a music theory requirement for the Music minor. Required for the Music Technology minor. It is strongly recommended that Music Majors take this course concurrently with MUS107. This course must be passed with a grade of C or better in order to register for MUS132N. Three lecture hours per week. Offered every fall semester.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course will explore contributions of women in Western and non-Western art and popular music as well as obstacles they faced as composers, patrons and performers. The portrayal of women in opera and musical theater will also be explored. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. Assignments may include listening, reading, writing and group and individual projects. Three lecture hours per week. Attendance at performances/concerts outside of class is required. Satisfies an elective in the music minor.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: The Human Past

This course in ear training and sight singing includes interval and chord recognition, rhythmic studies, melodic dictation, and solfege. Required for all Music majors. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with MUS132N. Course meets 150 minutes per week.
Prerequisites: Required grade of C or better in MUS107 and MUS120, or a passing grade on the fundamentals portion of the Music Theory Entrance Examination.

Credits: 1.00

This course teaches basic skills in the performance of varied musical traditions from Asia and Africa. Particular emphasis will be placed on the tabla drum from India, the mbira dza Vadzimu from Zimbabwe, and instruments of the Javanese gamelan orchestra. The course emphasizes both instrumental and vocal skills of non-Western traditions and students will learn primarily through the oral tradition. The course is intended for students who have no previous experience and wish to develop fundamental skills in world music instruments prior to enrolling in performance ensembles and/or applied lessons. Attendance at performances outside of class may be required. Open to all students. Satisfies a skills elective in the music minor. May be repeated for credit with permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec, World Cultures

This is a course in the fundamentals of playing a musical instrument of the concert band or orchestra (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings) in a class situation. It is intended for students who have no previous experience and wish to learn how to play an instrument of the orchestra or band prior to enrolling in performance ensembles and /or applied lessons. Open to all students. Satisfies a skills elective in the music minor. Course meets 150 minutes per week. Offered every other year. May be repeated for credit with permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course provides private study of music on an instrument or voice that includes the development of proper technique,repertoire and other issues related to music performance. These lessons occur in a one-on-one studio setting and are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. Opportunities for student recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total of credits in applied music may not
exceed three credits. Applied Music credits may be substituted for the skills requirement in the Music Minor. MUS 126 may not be substituted for the applied music requirement in the Music Major. Open to Music Minors only. One half hour of applied music instruction per week totaling seven hours per semester.
Prerequisites: For Music Minors only or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 1.00

Introduction to Music Therapy investigates how music can be used to help create positive change in individual physical and emotional health, as well as in society at large. The course provides a historical, theoretical, and clinical basis for defining and understanding music therapy. Various models and approaches to music therapy will be described and applications with different clinical populations will be explored. No music or therapeutic experience is required for enrollment in this course.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society

This is the first course in the music theory sequence. Topics include notation, scales, modes, tonality, intervals, chords, figured bass, cadences, non-harmonic tones, and melodic organization. Three lecture hours per week. Required for all Music Majors. It is strongly encouraged that this course be taken concurrently with MUS122. Offered every spring semester.
Prerequisite: Required grade of C or better in MUS107 and MUS120, or a passing grade on fundamentals portion of the Music Theory Entrance Examination.

Credits: 3.00

The University Band is an instrumental ensemble, studying, rehearsing, and performing contemporary and traditional wind band literature. Three rehearsal hours per week. Open to all students with experience playing a band instrument. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

An introductory course designed to develop music literacy and skills as a guitar player, emphasizing music reading, fingering techniques, and hand position. Basic classical guitar music is the primary repertoire for study. Guitars are provided. Open to all students. Limited enrollment. Concert attendance outside of class will be required. Satisfies a skills elective in the Music minor. Three class hours per week. Class meets 150 minutes per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course provides private study of piano that includes the development of proper technique, repertoire, and other issues related to piano performance. These lessons occur in a one-on-one studio setting and are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.

Credits: 1.00

This course provides private study in composition. Includes study of major compositional practices of the 20th century and application of these to one's own work. These lessons occur in a one-on-one studio setting and are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. A jury submission is required and opportunities for student recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.

Credits: 1.00

This course provides private study of voice that includes the development of proper technique, repertoire, and other issues related to vocal performance. These lessons occur in a one-on-one studio setting and are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. A jury performance is required and opportunities for student recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.

Credits: 1.00

A course that introduces students to the performance of jazz. Students will study and perform music in a variety of styles characteristic of the jazz idiom. It is recommended that students also enroll in MUS218 concurrently. Open to all students. Satisfies a performance ensemble credit in the Music major and Music minor. Three rehearsal hours per week. May be repeated for credit. This course serves as a prerequisite for MUS156. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are require for performances.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

An instrumental organization specializing in learning the style of Big Band Jazz covering various idioms including Blues, Latin, Swing, Jazz/Rock and the New Orleans Style. Auditions for placement may be required. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music Majors and Music Minors. Students are encouraged to also enroll in MUS218 or MUS318 concurrently. Three rehearsal hours per week. Extra performance hours, individual practice and adherence to a dress code for performances are required. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

A balanced group of singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) that prepares choral masterpieces for performance. Open to all students. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. Three rehearsal hours per week. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course provides private study of a musical instrument (woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, strings, and others) that includes the development of proper technique, repertoire, and other issues related to instrumental performance. These lessons occur in a one-on-one studio setting and are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. A jury performance is required and opportunities for student recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.

Credits: 1.00

A mixed chorus that studies and performs repertoire for small vocal ensembles. Three rehearsal hours per week. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Successful audition; and MUS160 or MUS170 or permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This vocal ensemble rehearses and performs a variety of repertoire in the SSA, treble range. Open and welcome to all students. No audition required. 150 minutes of rehearsal each week with performances each semester. Extra evening hours and a gender non-specific dress code are required for performances. May be used to satisfy an ensemble credit for music majors and music minors. Course may be
repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

The Chamber Orchestra is an instrumental ensemble that prepares orchestral repertoire for performance. Students enrolled in the course may also participate in small ensemble rehearsals and performances. Three rehearsal hours per week. Open to all students with experience playing a traditional string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Pianists are also invited to enroll. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

A performance organization of small music ensembles that engages in a variety of music-making activities, including rehearsal,composition, collaboration, and performance. The various types of ensembles may include guitar, bass, hand bell, percussion, piano, electronic instruments, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, or any combination. Ensemble placements may be changed by Instructor after consultation with student. Each small ensemble will have a faculty mentor assigned by the Instructor of Record. Minimum of one rehearsal per week in an assigned ensemble with additional rehearsals expected by members of each ensemble. Open to all students. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MUS205N

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

The Handbell Ensemble is a performance organization that prepares music for performance both on and off campus. Three rehearsal hours per week. Open to all students. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This performance ensemble focuses on musical practices outside of the Western classical tradition. The ensemble currently focuses on the classical instruments of North India, the tabla and sitar. Vocalists are also encouraged to join. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music majors and Music minors. Three rehearsal hours per week. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This project-based course develops students' understanding of global computing concepts and their relationship to hardware and software used throughout the music industry. Students will develop basic computing skills, e.g. data storage, file types, memory, input/output devices, and learn how these are implemented in various ways throughout the music industry. Topics will include exploring applications employed in music production and creation, music notation, and education software, as well as multimedia and web applications. The course assumes basic computer literacy, including basic computer concepts, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics,the Internet, and electronic mail. Three lecture hours per week. A minimum of 3 additional lab hours are required. This course satisfies the computer literacy core requirement.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

Percussion Ensemble explores the many facets of contemporary music, ethnic rhythms, and diversity of cultures through percussion. Different techniques for various instruments are taught, including percussion, timpani, and hand drumming. The focus is on learning technical skills, strengthening rhythmic and dynamic interpretation, and becoming a sensitive musician in a group setting. Experience with percussion instruments is highly recommended. Open to all students who have prior experience in an ensemble and who can read music. Three rehearsal hours per week. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement in the Music major and the Music minor. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

The guitar ensemble is a performance organization that prepares music for performance. Three rehearsal hours per week. Open to all students with experience playing the guitar. Music reading skills recommended. Satisfies a performance ensemble requirement for Music Majors and Music Minors. Extra performance hours and adherence to a dress code are required for performances. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 1.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

Music Industry I will provide an overview of selected nonperformance areas of the music industry including, artist & repertoire executive (A&R), music publishing, managing, booking, public relations (PR), promotion, producer, engineer, entertainment attorney and retail sales. Special attention will be given to understanding basic elements common to agreements associated with recording, publishing and licensing. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society

A course using group instruction for the development of vocal technique and solo performance. Satisfies a skills requirement for Music minors. Recommended for Theatre majors who minor in Music. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This introductory course explores various teaching methodologies and techniques that are used to teach music to children and also introduces the basic skills needed to deliver these techniques. Content will cover the basic principles of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Suzuki learning methods and will include materials and activities most suited to teaching music to children ages 4-12. No prior knowledge of music is necessary but it is recommended. Not open to students who received credit for MUS205.Three lecture hours per week

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This is an intermediate level course designed to continue the development of musicianship, keyboard techniques and music literacy skills. This course is a continuation of MUS106N Piano Class I and requires some fundamental piano training. Concert attendance outside of class may be required. Course meets 150 minutes per week. Satisfies a skills elective in the Music minor.
Prerequisite: MUS106N or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

Students in this course will study different types of sound synthesis using a variety of analog and digital tools. Principles of sound theory are covered as well as an examination of their historical origins. The study of MIDI protocol and sequencing, which serves as the basis of sound synthesis laboratory work will be explored using different types of digital audio workstations and application programming. Three lecture hours per week. A minimum of 3 additional lab hours per week are required. Satisfies an elective credit in Music Technology Minor. Prerequisite: MUS 114 and MUS 120.

Credits: 3.00

A class in the principles of music theory, with an emphasis on how they relate to jazz and improvisation. Topics include chord extensions, modes, chord-scale relationships, common progression, and standard forms. Students will also explore the art and techniques of improvisation. Ear training, listening, and analysis are important components of the class. There will be some lab activities involving application of the concepts learned to one's primary instrument. Satisfies a music theory requirement for Music Minors. Course meets three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: MUS132N.

Credits: 3.00

This course will provide students with an introduction to songwriting techniques and encourage the development of individual musical creativity. Emphasis will be placed on writing in standard song form and discussions on the relationship of speech patterns to melody. Projects, in a variety of styles, will be submitted in lead sheet format culminating with a live public performance of the student's work. Attendance of singer/songwriter performance is required. Three lecture hours per week plus additional lab work. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

Recording Production I introduces students to current technology and techniques. Discussions will focus on multi-tracking, live recording, microphone selection and placement, computer software and hardware (including principles of signal flow), recording techniques and signal processing. Three lecture hours per week. A minimum of 3 hours additional lab work per week are required. Prerequisites: MUS 114, MUS 119, and MUS 120.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Creative Expression & Apprec

This course is a continuation of MUS132N Music Theory I. Topics include species counterpoint, voice leading in four voices, harmonic progression, 7th chords, modulation, and secondary dominants. Forms studied include two-part/binary, three-part/ternary. It is strongly recommended that students take MUS233 and MUS270N concurrently with this course. Three lecture hours per week. Required for all Music Majors. Offered every fall semester.
Prerequisite: Required grade of C or better in MUS132N and MUS122 or passing grade on the Music Theory Placement Examination.

Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of MUS122 Ear Training I. This course will continue training in interval and chord recognition, rhythmic studies, melodic dictation, and solfege. Required for all Music majors. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with MUS232N and MUS270N. Course meets 150 minutes per week.
Prerequisites: Required grade of C or better in MUS132N and MUS122.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS141. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS141.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS146. A jury submission is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS146.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS151. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS151.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS161. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS161.

Credits: 1.00

The first course in the music history sequence covers music literature and history from ancient Greece through the early Classical periods, including the early works of Mozart and Haydn. Discussions will focus on how philosophical, social, political, and economic changes influenced compositional techniques and the evolution of instrumental and vocal forms. Concert attendance outside of class is required. It is strongly recommended that students take this course concurrently with MUS232N and MUS233. Three lecture hours per week. Required of all Music majors. Satisfies an elective in the Music minor and fulfills the W-II requirement.
Prerequisites: W-I course and MUS132N or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

This course covers music literature from the late Classical era of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven through the Romantic period and modernism of the early 20th Century. Musical discussions will focus on cultural shifts as manifested by the political and social ramifications of the Age of Reason up to World War I. Emphasis will center on the apex and gradual decline of tonal structures. Outside concert attendance and listening outside of class will be required. It is strongly recommended that students take this course concurrently with MUS332. Three lecture hours per week. Required of all music majors.
Prerequisite: MUS232N.

Credits: 3.00

This course, a continuation of MUS 205N, will introduce music into various Head Start and preschool programs located in Salem and surrounding areas. The course will cover an introduction to Venezuelan visionary Jose Antonio Abreu and El Sistema, several music pedagogies including Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Feireabend, preparation of age appropriate musical activities, lesson design, classroom management, and teaching, as well as assessment and reflection around teaching and learning. Students should expect to be off-campus for much of the semester during class time at partner sites in and around Salem. Three lecture hours per week. Course is repeatable up to two times.
Prerequisite: MUS205N.

Credits: 3.00

Recording Production II expands upon concepts learned in MUS 220 Recording Production I. Advanced use of recording studio technologies will be employed in the creation of large-scale multi-track projects. Additional areas of study will include studio etiquette, session and personnel management, mixing and preparation of music for various forms of multimedia production. Three lecture hours per week. A minimum of 3 hours additional lab work and studio/concert recording per week are required. Satisfies a requirement in the Music Technology Minor. Prerequisite: MUS 220

Credits: 3.00

A social analysis of American popular music in the 20th century, from its beginnings in Tin Pan Alley, blues and country music up to recent movements in rock, pop, and rap. Students will examine the relationship between popular music and broader themes such as race, gender, sexuality, and social class. Assignments will include reading, listening and video-viewing, concert attendance, and substantial writing and revising assignments. As part of the general education writing curriculum, students will critique and practice the craft of writing in varied modes and genres. More than 50% of the student's overall grade will be based on these writing assignments. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: Completion of W-I writing course.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society, Written Communication-Level II

This course is a continuation of Music Theory II. Topics include Neapolitan 6th chords, augmented 6th chords, and extended and chromatic harmony through the late 19th century. Forms studied include Fugue, Variation, Sonata-Allegro, and Rondo. It is strongly recommended that students take MUS333 and MUS271 concurrently with this course. Three lecture hours per week. Required of all Music majors. Offered every spring semester.
Prerequisite: MUS232N.

Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of MUS233 Ear Training I. This course will cover more advanced training in interval and chord recognition, rhythmic studies, melodic dictation, and solfege. Required for all Music majors. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with MUS332 and MUS271. Course meets 150 minutes per week.
Prerequisite: MUS232N and MUS233.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS241. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS241.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS246. A jury submission is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS246.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS251. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS251.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS261. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS261.

Credits: 1.00

This course is designed to introduce students to conducting music ensembles. Skills taught will include but are not limited to basic conducting patterns, score reading, analytical techniques, pacing of rehearsals, and rehearsal techniques. Students will participate as both conductor and member of the ensemble. Lab hours outside of class may be required. Three lecture hours per week. Satisfies an elective credit in the Music minor.
Prerequisite: MUS132N.

Credits: 3.00

Concentrated study of repertoire from the 20th Century, Post-war European fascination with jazz, neoclassicism and serialism is geared to complement MUS432. Ives, Cowell, Harris, Bernstein, and Copland are included from the American School. After World War II, the influences of popular music such as swing, jazz, and rock 'n roll are studied in the serious music of Adams, Corigliano, Zappa and Glass. Outside concert attendance and listening outside of class is required. It is strongly recommended that students take this course concurrently with MUS432. Three lecture hours per week. Required of all Music majors.
Prerequisite: MUS332.

Credits: 3.00

This course extends the aural skills of music majors by emphasizing ear training in musical systems beyond the Euro-American tradition. Examining selected world musics from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, students will broaden their abilities to hear and perform melodies and rhythms by studying non-western uses of mode (Hindustani raga, Javanese pathet, Persian dastgah, etc.), cyclical and
interlocking rhythmic patterns (Hindustani tala, Javanese irama, mbira patterns from Zimbabwe, etc.), and other elements of human music making such as ornamentation, improvisation, timbre, and coordination of social activities such as labor and dance. Required for all Music majors. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: MUS 333 and MUS 332.

Credits: 1.00

This course is an introductory study of the nature and capabilities of musical instruments through written exercises, listening, demonstration and analysis of techniques employed in representative scores from standard instrumental repertoire. Particular attention is paid to instrument characteristics, timbre, balance, articulation, texture and proper notation/scoring for large and small ensembles. Outside concert attendance and lab work is required. Course meets three lecture hours per week. Course offered every other year.
Prerequisite: MUS332.

Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of Music Theory III. Topics include Impressionism, atonality, pitch-class sets, serialism, and developments in rhythm, texture, and notation in the early 20th century. It is strongly recommended that students take this course concurrently with MUS383 and MUS370. Three lecture hours per week. Required of all Music majors. Offered every fall semester.
Prerequisite: MUS332.

Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of MUS341. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS341.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS346. A jury submission is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS346.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS351. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS351.

Credits: 1.00

This course is a continuation of MUS361. A jury performance is required and opportunities for recital performance may be available. May be repeated for credit. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS361.

Credits: 1.00

This is a course rooted in the methods and theories of ethnomusicology. Using selected examples from various world civilizations (Asian, African, Latin American, and more), students will explore the nature of the relationship between music and culture. Class sessions will consist of a mixture of lecture, discussion, and listening/viewing. Students may also be required to do individual or group research projects, musical transcription assignments, and concert reports. Required for all music majors. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for MUS336.
Prerequisites: MUS432 and MUS370.

Credits: 3.00

This course provides the advanced student an opportunity to take a course not listed in the catalog or to explore more deeply an area of music that is of particular interest. This study is carried out on an individual or group basis under faculty supervision. The student(s) must submit a proposal to the intended faculty advisor and the proposal must be approved before enrolling in the course. MUS500 can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits and is repeatable up to a total of 6 credits of Directed Study.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing. Approval of Music Department Chairperson.

Credits: 1.00 - 3.00

This course is an opportunity for intensive study in a specific area of music in a small group setting. The topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This Senior Seminar, a capstone course for Music majors, is taken in the final spring semester of the degree program and seeks to integrate and synthesize the knowledge gained in the music core. As part of the course, students will develop an outreach project as a group or as individuals to present to a community partner. Capstone projects may include, but are not limited to, undergraduate research, music composition, or performance, as applicable to the student. The capstone experience requires students to undertake a significant creative project in the discipline of music and may require a concurrent directed study under the direct supervision of a faculty member in a relevant discipline. In the case of a full recital or a recording project, an additional semester of directed study with a supervising faculty member is required prior to registering for this course. All projects are presented. Required of all Music majors. Course meets for three lecture hours per week. Students must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam, and successfully complete a WII course prior to registering for this course, or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Commun-Level III

This course is intended for those students who are preparing a full, one-hour recital as a final project for MUS511N and provides for the private study of voice in a one-on-one studio setting. This course is taken only with the recommendation of the applied instructor. These lessons are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. A jury performance is required. May not be repeated. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisites: MUS451, MUS500, recommendation of Applied Instructor and permission of department chairperson.
Co-requisite: MUS511N.

Credits: 1.00

This course is intended for those students who are preparing a full, one-hour recital as a final project for MUS511N and provides for the private study of instrumental music in a one-on-one studio setting. This course is taken only with the recommendation of the applied instructor. These lessons are scheduled by the student in conjunction with the Coordinator of Applied Music and the applied music instructor. A jury performance is required. May not be repeated. Total number of credits in applied music may not exceed 8 credits. Seven hours of individual instruction per semester. Open to Music Majors only.
Prerequisite: MUS451, MUS500, recommendation of Applied Instructor and permission of department chairperson.
Co-requisite: MUS511N.

Credits: 1.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

This course is designed to document the student's attendance at Music Department events. Recital Attendance provides the application of the basic principles and practices of critical listening, evaluation of musical performance, audience engagement, scholarly presentations, and research that are addressed in courses in the Music Major curriculum. The pass or fail grade will be based on students attending the required number of department sponsored events each semester. Sample events earning Music Recital Attendance credits are listed and explained in the Music Department handbook Music Matters!, which is provided to every Music Major at the beginning of each academic year.

Credits: 0.00

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