Music Minor Upper Division Courses

 

MU 301. Counterpoint. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 105.

Counterpoint as a compositional technique. Modal, tonal, and post-tonal practices. Composition project. 4 lectures.

MU 303. Music Theory III: Advanced Chromaticism. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MU 105 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of instructor.

Compositional procedures employed by composers of the Classical and Romantic periods. Chromatic third-related harmony, linear chromaticism, and extended tertian chords. Chromatic and enharmonic modulation to distantly-related keys. Sonata and rondo forms. Composition project. 4 lectures.

MU 305. Music Theory IV: Contemporary Practices. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: MU 303 or permission of instructor.

Examination of 20th- and 21st-century compositional practices including impressionism, developments in rhythm, polytonality, non-serial atonality, serialism, timbre and form, neoclassicism, minimalism, and the new eclecticism. Analysis and creative projects. 4 lectures.

MU 311. Sound Design: Technologies. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MU 101, MU 120 or consent of instructor.

Fundamental tools of electroacoustic sound design. Concepts and application of music studio procedure, recording, synthesis, and MIDI. Studio projects. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 312. Sound Design: Recording. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: MU 311 or permission of instructor.

Exploring creative use of recording technology. Analog and digital equipment for recording music. Analysis and creative projects. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 320. Music Research and Writing. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MU 105 and ENGL 134 or permission of instructor. Recommended: MU 120.

Methodology for researching, analyzing, and writing about music. Exploration of investigative tools including library resources, periodicals, bibliographic tools, computerized search methods. Performance practice. 4 lectures.

MU 324. Music and Society. 4 units

GE Area C4

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A and a foundation course in Area C.

Exploration into the role of music historically and culturally. Emphasis on deeper understanding and appreciation of the context of music through topics of special interest. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE C4 except for Music majors.

MU 325. America's Music. 4 units

USCP

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: MU 105. Recommended: MU 120.

Explorations of the many styles of America's music through lectures, readings, sound recordings, musical scores, and performance. Includes 'Native American,' 'folk,' 'popular,' and 'fine art' traditions. How American music reflects the different cultural heritages, social contexts, and philosophies of its creators. 4 lectures. Fulfills USCP.

MU 326. Cultural Concepts and Structures in Music. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: MU 121 or consent of instructor.

Exploring the definition, concepts, and structures of music in terms of theory, performance practice, and compositional procedures of selected non-Western cultures. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 328. Women in Music. 4 units

GE Area C4; USCP

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area A and a foundation course in Area C.

Survey of women's contributions as composers and performers of western art and popular music; historical overview of the experiences and perception of women as musicians. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE C4 except for Music majors.

MU 331. Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: MU 320 or consent of instructor. Recommended: MU 120.

Musical literature, styles, composers, theory, genres and notation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Relationship to historical trends. 4 lectures.

MU 332. Music of the Baroque and Early Classic Eras. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: MU 320 or consent of instructor. Recommended: MU 120.

Survey of the history of western art music from 1600 to 1780. 4 lectures.

MU 336. Jazz History and Theory. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 105.

Survey of Jazz theoretical techniques. Emphasis upon historical context and development of Jazz through study and analysis of scores and historical performances. 4 lectures.

MU 340. Conducting: Fundamentals. 2 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MU 105 or consent of instructor.

Principles and techniques of conducting with experience in score reading. 2 activities.

MU 341. Conducting: Choral. 2 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: MU 340.

Continuation of MU 340. Emphasis on choral literature. Score reading, rehearsal techniques, and musical details associated with vocal music. 2 activities.

MU 342. Conducting: Instrumental. 2 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: MU 340.

Continuation of MU 340. Emphasis on band and orchestra literature. Score reading, rehearsal techniques, and musical details associated with instrumental music. 2 activities.

MU 350. Applied Music. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Individual instruction in performance and composition. Total credit limited to 6 units. Specific areas of study are listed in the Class Schedule.

MU 351. Jazz and Popular Music Arranging. 2 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: MU 105.

Arranging for small and large jazz ensembles. Score and part preparation. 2 activities.

MU 352. Orchestration. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 105.

Ranges, transposition, technical capabilities, and scoring of vocal ensembles, band, and orchestra instruments. Creative project. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 360. Music for Classroom Teachers. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 101.

Development of skills for fostering creative music experiences in the classroom. Exploration of various approaches to motivating children musically. Study of folk songs for singing, playing instruments, and learning about music as well as for their ethnic and cultural significance. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 361. Instruments. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Fundamentals of playing and teaching woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 368. Piano Accompanying. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and MU 168 or consent of instructor.

Preparation and performance of vocal and instrumental music written with piano accompaniment. Choral rehearsal accompanist techniques. Open to students who are proficient on piano at a collegiate level. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 370. University Jazz Band. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Study and public performance of music written for big band jazz. Limited to those who have had considerable experience playing musical instruments. The band performs concerts on campus and makes at least one tour annually. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 371. Instrumental Ensemble. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Open to qualified musicians. Rehearsal and public performance in large and small ensembles. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 372. Wind Orchestra. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Study and public performance of music written for large wind band. Open to all qualified students who perform on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 373. Wind Ensemble. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Study and public performance of music written for wind band with limited doubling and flexible instrumentation. Open to all students who perform on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments on an advanced collegiate level. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 374. Symphony Orchestra. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Preparation and performance of orchestral music including both the standard repertoire and rarely performed works. Open to all students whose technique is adequate. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 376. Mustang Band. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Public performance of music and specially-designed shows written for marching bank (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and flag team auxiliary). Limited to those students who have had marching experience with wind and percussion instruments, or flag, rifle or dance lines. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 377. Chamber Winds. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study and public performance of chamber music written for woodwinds, brass, or percussion. Open to all instrumentalists who have college level performance experience. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 378. Field Show Marching Skills. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MU 178 or consent of instructor.

Study and application of advanced field show marching techniques used in performance by the Cal Poly Mustang Band and other university bands. Limited to those students who have experience performing on a wind/percussion instrument, or in a marching band flag/dance team auxiliary. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 381. Polyphonics. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Study and public performance of music for mixed voices. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 383. Vocal Ensemble. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Open to qualified singers. Rehearsal and performance of specialized vocal music. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 385. University Singers. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

Study and public performance of music for large mixed chorus. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 386. Early Music Ensemble. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; junior standing.

Study and public performance of vocal and instrumental music from 1200 to 1750. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 388. Arab Music Ensemble. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MU 188 or consent of instructor.

Rehearsal and performance of instrumental and vocal repertoire drawn from art and popular music of wide-ranging Arabic-speaking societies and historically related cultures. Accompanying music theories, instrumental techniques, and performance practices, with presentation of seminal works in public concerts. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 laboratory.

MU 389. Vocal Practicum. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MU 150, MU 250, MU 350 or MU 450, or consent of instructor.

Study and implementation of performing techniques used by vocalists in a recital or concert setting. Total credit limited to 6 units. 1 activity.

MU 400. Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates. 1-2 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of department head.

Individual investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

MU 411. Sound Design: Synthesis. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: MU 312.

Compositional application of sound synthesis techniques. Realization of computer music. Creative projects. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 412. Sound Design: Composition and Production. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: MU 312.

Production of electroacoustic music in media. Program analysis, technical planning, composition, and product development. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 431. Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MU 303 and MU 320; Recommended: MU 120; or consent of instructor.

Survey of the history of western art music from 1780 to 1900. 4 lectures.

MU 432. Music of the Modern Era. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: MU 303 and MU 320 or consent of instructor. Recommended: MU 305.

Composers, important works, and significant trends in the Western European and American classical tradition during the 20th and 21st Centuries. 4 lectures.

MU 449. Applied Study/Technique. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Individual instruction in performance with emphasis on the technical skills needed for the performance of repertoire. Total credit limited to 3 units. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected.

MU 450. Applied Music. 1 unit

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Individual instruction in performance and composition. Total credit limited to 6 units. Specific areas of study are listed in the Class Schedule.

MU 461. Senior Project. 3 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of department head.

Selection and completion of a project under faculty supervision. Minimum of 90 hours total time. Results presented in a recital, creative work, formal report, or a combination of all three.

MU 465. Choral Literature and Rehearsal Techniques. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 341, or consent of instructor.

Survey of choral literature especially suited for secondary schools. Philosophy and strategy for developing a school program. Musical as well as non-musical techniques for effective rehearsal. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

MU 466. Instrumental Literature and Rehearsal Techniques. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 101 or MU 103; and MU 172 or MU 173 or MU 174.

Survey of instrumental literature written for orchestras, bands, solo instrument, and chamber ensembles. Philosophy and strategy necessary for developing a professional, semi-professional, or school instrumental music program. Musical as well as non-musical techniques for effective rehearsal. 3 seminars, 1 activity.

MU 470. Music History: Selected Advanced Topics. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MU 331, MU 332, MU 431, MU 432, or consent of instructor.

Intensive study of selected topics in music history through the use of readings, recordings, scores, and class presentations. The Schedule of Classes will list topics selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 3 lectures, 1 activity.