Department of Music
College of Fine Arts
Material will include large choral works with and without accompaniment. Student will be expected to develop skills in reading score.
An intensive study of large instrumental works. Skill development of each individual will be stressed.
Subject matter will change each semester. Students will make presentations and write an extensive research paper. Seminar may be repeated (with departmental approval), provided subject matter is not. An in-depth study can be made of narrowly defined areas, such as life and/or works of a specific composer or group of composers.
Composition of music in various song forms through the rondos and the larger sonata allegro form. Careful analysis of similar forms of major composers. Instruction will be highly individualized and will depend considerably on personal interest of the student.
Consideration to problems of scoring for full symphony orchestra, string orchestra, and chamber orchestra. Students will produce a full score and orchestra parts so that orchestra may be tested by actual playing by the University Symphony.
A study of the contrapuntal style of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries in the late Baroque era, which includes learning the essence of the "species" counterpoint of J. J. Fux and applying it to written exercises based on a given cantus firmus, as well as original compositions in the style of Bach. In addition to close study of Bach’s Two-part Inventions and of the fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, students will hear and discuss their exercises and compositions in class so that they may learn from each other.
Study of representative compositions of various periods, with emphasis on formal harmonic and stylistic analysis. Student will develop basic analytical techniques necessary for analysis of music of any period.
Theory and practical application of fundamentals of precision drill. This course also deals with building “half-time shows” and with materials and instrumentation of the marching band.
Concentration in special interest areas. Content varies.
Provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in up to three ensembles. Each student must audition for ensemble placement at the beginning of each semester.
Introduces graduate students to various types of music, music literature, and bibliographical tools which exist and which may be used in research in music. As a project, students will prepare an extensive annotated bibliography of a music subject within their special interest.
Combines undergraduate concepts and skills in music theory, literature, and performance at an advanced level using an integrated approach. Prepares student to function in a variety of musical roles.
Includes learning strategies, experiences, and activities appropriate for introducing comprehensive musicianship at elementary and secondary school levels.
Study of historical, philosophical, and social foundation of music education, including educational thought and implications for school music programs.
Review of conventional administrative organization of music education in public schools. Role of music director, music specialist, consultant, and music resources teacher will be carefully defined. Consideration of problems of scheduling in public school. Current issues concerned with music education and public education in general will be considered, including curriculum development.
Study of techniques appropriate for music and music education, including selection of research problem, collection of data, types of research, survey of current research studies in music, and use of library in connection with research problems. Elements of statistics are introduced as needed to interpret research reports. As part of requirements, student will prepare a written plan for research project or thesis.
An analysis of the latest evidence produced by the field of psychology in music as applied in actual classroom situations.
Examination and application of modern communications media and their role in music education. Development of an experimental sound lab and use of electronic devices, synthesizers, and computers. Application of systems approach and programmed learning to music education.
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