Music History and Literature

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MUH 100 : RECITAL ATTENDANCE

A minimum of 20 Fall Term, 20 Jan/Spring Term concert/recital/special music event attendances is required, selected from The Petrie School of Music Calendar of Events or outside events approved in advance by the instructor. Six terms (a minimum of 20 Fall Term, 20 Jan/Spring Term) must be passed in order to graduate. Required of all undergraduate music majors, all degrees. Pass/fail grading.

Credits

0

MUH 103 : MUSIC HISTORY II

A survey of the development of western music from 1400 to 1750. Required of all music majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 125 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 110 : MUSIC APPRECIATION

An introduction to the music of Western Civilization through a study of its history and literature. Partial fulfillment of the fine arts requirement in the General Education Program for non-music majors.

Credits

3

MUH 111 : AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC

A survey of American popular music including folk, blues, jazz, rock and roll, and musical theatre. Partial fulfillment of the fine arts requirement in the General Education Program for non-music majors.

Credits

3

MUH 112 : FILM MUSIC

A survey of the history, repertoire, and techniques of composing for motion pictures and television. Partial fulfillment of the fine arts requirement in the General Education Program for non-music majors.

Credits

3

MUH 115 : THE BEATLES

A survey of the history and published body of work by The Beatles, 1957- 1970. Fulfills a GEP fine arts requirement for non- music majors.

Credits

3

MUH 125 : FIRST YEAR SEMINAR

First-Year Seminars constitutes a common and academically significant experience in a student’s first year at Converse University. All incoming first-year students are required to take a 3-credit hour FYS in the fall semester, choosing from a variety of discipline specific topics. Each FYS carries the corresponding departmental prefix, but with the common course number (except for designated honors sections). Each FYS course is designed to have no more than 18 students, and counts in some designated category of the General Education Program. Strong writing and speaking components are required elements of the course. For music majors the First Year Seminar will be Music History I: An Introduction to the study of music history, including terminology, acoustics and research skills. The course will also include the development of Western music from Antiquity through 1400.

Credits

3

MUH 201 : MUSIC HISTORY III

A survey of the development of Western music from 1750 to the 1900. Required of all music majors.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 103 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 203 : MUSIC HISTORY IV

A survey of the development of Western music from 1900 to the present. Required of all music majors. Writing intensive.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 201 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 210 : SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC

Varying music topics focusing on subjects and experiences that are not part of the standard music curriculum but of general interest to a non-musician. Possible subjects include popular culture, a body of work or musical style, biographies of musicians, non-Western music, etc. Partial fulfillment of the fine arts requirement in the General Education Program for non-music majors.

Credits

3

MUH 299H : INTERDISCIPLINARY HONORS COURSE

This course is team taught by members in two departments and is open to Nisbet Honors Program participants and to others who meet Honors Program guidelines. All students registering for these courses must register not only through the Honors Program but also with their adviser and the Registrar’s Office.

Credits

3

MUH 299H : INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPIC: MUSICALS AND AMERICAN SOCIETY: AN APPRECIATION OF ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN MUSICALS

This course examines the relationship of Broadway musicals and social criticism in American society during the 1940s and 1950s from the examination of five musicals coming from the collaboration of Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rogers. We will consider both the musical contributions and social issues raised in the context of a developing Cold War mentality in the United States. Cross listed with HST 299H.

Credits

3

MUH 450 : INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC HISTORY

A supervised internship which provides music majors with the opportunity to explore an external area of interest related to Music History. The course will serve as a music elective or a free elective in the student’s degree program. Pass/fail grading.

Credits

1 - 6

Prerequisites

Declared music major; permission of the department.

MUH 451 : SONG LITERATURE

A survey of standard art song literature from the 16th Century to the present, with emphasis on both music and poetry. Offered in alternate years.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 203 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 453 : PIANO LITERATURE

A survey of piano and harpsichord literature from the Baroque to the present. Offered in alternate years.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 203 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 460 : OPERA LITERATURE

A survey of standard opera literature form the 17th century to the present. Offered alternate years.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 203 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 463 : ORCHESTRAL LITERATURE

A survey of the literature for large and small orchestras from the Baroque to the present, as well as a survey of solo literature appropriate to the student’s primary instrument. Offered in alternate years.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 203 with a grade of C- or higher.

MUH 475 : SEMINAR IN MUSICOLOGY

An intensive seminar experience in a special topic.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MUH 203 with a grade of C- or higher and MUT 203 with a grade of C- or higher or permission of Department.

MUH 480 : DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY

Projects of independent study approved by the faculty and the Music Curriculum Committee.

Credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

Approval of the Music Curriculum Committee.

MUH 485 : SENIOR PROJECT

The project consists of a lecture-recital or capstone. A $50 scheduling fee is required for the lecture-recital.

Credits

0

Prerequisites

Approval of the faculty.