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  • MUS 0010

    Carthage Choir

    0-2cr
    The Carthage Choir presents concerts of both anthems and longer works, sings for school and community functions, hosts an annual choral workshop, takes an annual spring tour, and tours in Europe every third J-Term. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0020

    Carthage Chorale

    0-1cr
    The Carthae Chorale is a mixed choral ensemble that regularly sings both sacred and secular music in a variety of venues. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0030

    Lincoln Singers

    0-1cr
    The Lincoln Chamber Singers is a select, small vocal ensemble that performs secular and sacred music of a more intimate nature both on and off campus. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0050

    Carthage Wind Orchestra

    0-2cr
    The Carthage Wind Orchestra focuses on developing individual musical expression within a large ensemble setting, presents concerts, and participates in various campus and community events. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0051

    Concert Band

    0-2cr
    The Carthage Concert Band focuses on developing ensemble performance skills while performing standard band repertoire and music written for pedagogical practice. Serves as the lab ensemble for music education students, and presents concerts for campus and community events. Membership is by individual audition.

  • MUS 0070

    Carthage Philharmonic

    0-1cr
    The Carthage Chamber Orchestra is an orchestra that performs as a unit and in smaller ensembles. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0080

    Jazz Band

    0-1cr
    The Jazz Band is a laboratory ensemble that studies and performs music in various jazz styles, both on and off campus. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0090

    Small Instrumental Ensembles

    0cr
    This experience is geared toward individuals or very small groups in order for them to become acquainted with and perform chamber literature. Enrollment with consent of instructor.

  • MUS 0120

    Pep Band

    0cr
    The Pep Band regularly plays at all home football and basketball games. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0150

    Private Piano

    1cr
    Applied piano study focused on the development of proper technique, appropriate literature, and performance skills.

  • MUS 0160

    Keyboard Skills I

    1cr
    Introduction to the basic fundamentals of keyboard study including elementary solo repertoire.
    Prerequisite: Music major status or consent of department

  • MUS 0170

    Keyboard Skills II

    1cr
    Accompaniment patterns, transposition, and basic improvisation skills through harmonization study. Continued development of keyboard technique through solo and ensemble literature.
    Prerequisite: MUS 0160 or consent of instructor

  • MUS 0180

    Keyboard Skills III

    1cr
    Intermediate study of chord progressions, improvisation, harmonization, and accompaniment patterns. Beginning study of four-part sight reading, analysis of hymns, and score reading. Solo and ensemble literature will focus on intermediate level standard repertoire.
    Prerequisite: MUS 0170 or consent of instructor

  • MUS 0190

    Keyboard Skills IV

    1cr
    Chord progressions correlated to chromatic harmonic materials of Music Theory III and basic jazz chords. Four-part open choral score, hymn reading, and applied composition. Intermediate level solo and accompaniment standard literature.
    Prerequisite: MUS 0180 or consent of instructor

  • MUS 0200

    Class Voice

    1cr
    Class Voice is designed for beginning students who have had no previous voice training. Healthy and efficient singing technique will be covered, including posture, breath, resonance strategies, diction, and phrasing. Students will rehearse and perform solo literature in a group setting.

  • MUS 0210

    Class Guitar

    1cr
    Class Guitar is designed for beginning guitar students who have had little or no previous training. The course will focus on music fundamentals applied to guitar playing, including proper technique, reading notation, fingerboard geography, rhythmic skills, style, and interpretation. Students must have their own guitar.

  • MUS 0240

    Carthage Women's Ensemble

    0-1cr
    The Carthage Women's Ensemble regularly sings both sacred and secular music on and off campus. Membership by individual audition.

  • MUS 0250

    Private Voice

    1cr
    Applied voice study focused on the development of technique, literature, and performance skills. Principles of classical vocal technique as well as music theatre style will be studied alongside literature appropriate for the developmental level of the student. Performance opportunities will include formal and informal settings.

  • MUS 0450

    Private Organ

    1cr
    Students with keyboard experience may elect to take applied organ. Weekly private lessons will address technical skill development, building of repertoire, and development of artistic technique

  • MUS 0550

    Private Instrument

    1cr
    Study will focus on development of technique, literature, and performance skills. Principals of technique will be studied alongside developmentally appropriate literature. Performance in formal and informal settings is required.
    Instruments include Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Harp, and Classical Guitar.

  • MUS 0650

    Private Conducting

    1cr
    Private Conducting is designed for students who have completed Basic Conducting and either Instrumental Conducting or Vocal Conducting. This advanced, private lesson provides opportunities for students to develop score study skills, conducting technique, and rehearsal strategies.

  • MUS 0700

    Recital Attendance

    0cr
    Required of all music majors each term and of all music minors during their four semesters of applied study. Music education emphasis majors are exempt during their practice-teaching term.

  • MUS 1010

    Music Theory I

    3cr
    An in-depth study of harmony and musical materials. Includes music notation, rhythm and meter, the concepts of key and scale, interval quality, diatonic harmony, and phrase structure.
    Prerequisite: Passing grade on Music Literacy Assessment

  • MUS 1020

    Aural Skills I

    1cr
    The development of aural skills, applied to the musical concepts studied in Music Theory I, through sight singing, rhythmic reading, and melodic and harmonic dictation.

  • MUS 1030

    Music Theory II

    3cr
    A continuation of Music Theory 1010. Includes diatonic and chromatic harmony, nonharmonic tone analysis, and melodic development in various textures and styles.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1010 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 1040

    Aural Skills II

    1cr
    A continuation of Aural Skills I, applied to musical concepts studied in Music Theory II.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1020 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 1150

    Exploring Music (FAR)

    4cr
    A basic music appreciation course covering a representative body of Western music from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The course intends to enable students to learn the basic language needed to talk and write about music; to be able to recognize and differentiate the standard styles, structures, and mediums of music; and to appreciate different styles of music in their cultural contexts.

  • MUS 1170

    Music Technology and Industry

    2cr
    A course for music majors to explore the range of business applications inherent in the music industry. Certain practical skills in technology, such as recording techniques, website development, and other computer-assisted music applications, will support a general survey of the current climate for professional musicians.

  • MUS 1180

    Introduction to Music Education

    2cr
    The history of music education as well as traditional music education philosophies and methodologies comprise the basic content of this course. Additionally, students will examine current trends in the field of music education. Observation experience required.

  • MUS 1400

    Thinking Musically (FAR)

    4cr
    Students will examine three works of the standard repertory of Western Art Music from the perspective of a conductor to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to stand at the podium and lead an ensemble in a successful performance of the works. Prior experience making music may be helpful, but it is not necessary for full engagement in the course.

  • MUS 2000

    A Survey of Symphonic Literature (FAR)

    4cr
    A study of music for the symphony orchestra from the Classical, Romantic, and 20th century style periods. Depending on class size and ticket availability, it may be possible to attend orchestra concerts or rehearsals in the evening. A background in music is not assumed, since the course will introduce students to basic music terminology and the families of instruments.

  • MUS 2010

    Music Theory III

    3cr
    A continuation of Music Theory 1030. Includes advanced chromatic harmony and small forms in various textures and styles.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1030 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 2020

    Aural Skills III

    1cr
    A continuation of Aural Skills II, applied to the musical concepts studied in Music Theory III, with particular emphasis on secondary key areas, modulations, and 19th century harmony.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1040 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 2030

    Music Theory IV

    3cr
    A continuation of Music Theory 2010. Includes large forms in tonal music and an in-depth study of musical materials of the 20th century, including scales, set theory, twelve-tone operations, electronic music, and eclecticism.
    Prerequisite: MUS 2010 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 2040

    Aural Skills IV

    1cr
    A continuation of Aural Skills III, applied to musical concepts studied in Music Theory IV and with particular focus on 20th century melody, harmony, and rhythm.
    Prerequisite: MUS 2020 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 2050

    Woodwind Techniques in Schools

    1cr
    A course designed to acquaint the music student with techniques and problems involved in the teaching and performance of woodwind instruments in grades five through twelve.

  • MUS 2060

    Brass Techniques in Schools

    1cr
    A course designed to acquaint the music student with techniques and problems involved in the teaching and performance of brass instruments in grades five through twelve.

  • MUS 2070

    Percussion Techniques in Schools

    1cr
    A course designed to acquaint the music student with techniques and problems involved in the teaching and performance of percussion instruments in grades five through twelve.

  • MUS 2075

    Instrumental Chamber Music Workshop

    0-2cr
    Student ensembles, either preformed or assigned audition, will participate weekly in workshops and master classes to develop their skills as chamber musicians led by members of Carthage's Ensemble in Residence. Full group sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including rehearsal techniques, intonation/ensemble playing, and stage presence, along with creative presentation skills including public speaking and connective. Weekly individual ensemble coaching sessions with assigned faculty members are a concurrent requirement. End-of-semester performances will take place on campus and at community venues throughout the Kenosha area.

  • MUS 2080

    String Techniques in Schools

    1cr
    A course designed to acquaint the music student with techniques and problems involved in the teaching and performance of stringed instruments in grades five through twelve.

  • MUS 2090

    Global Music Education

    2cr
    A survey of materials for teaching global music in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on non-Western art music, including music from cultures around the world as well as indigenous American music such as jazz, blues, and Native American music. Students will develop an understanding of culturally authentic music through listening, participating, and leading activities. Global improvisation lab required: a lab experience in the folk, popular, and art music of Western and non-Western cultures, incorporating ethnic and non-Western instruments suitable for classroom use.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1180 or consent of the department

  • MUS 2110

    Introduction to Western Music History

    4cr
    This introductory course will survey music in the Western classical tradition from the early Christian era through contemporary Western art music. The course will acquaint the student with major works through musical analysis and critical listening. Significant attention will be paid to musical forms and their cultural context.

  • MUS 2180

    Basic Conducting

    2cr
    Basic gestures of conducting and basic procedures for leading a musical ensemble to achieve its musical and technical potential.
    Fall

  • MUS 2200

    Popular Music in America (FAR)

    4cr
    An appreciation course focusing on the broad range of popular music in America. It presents an overview of popular music and demonstrates how the elements of music, rhythm, melody, and instrumentation apply to the style. The heart of the course is devoted to a survey of American popular music from 1840 to the present as well as related musical styles that influenced its development.

  • MUS 2210

    Opera (FAR)

    4cr
    Intended for music majors and nonmajors, this course is a study in appreciation of the structure and form of opera, ranging from recitative and aria to the people involved, and a brief overview of the historical development and importance of opera. Emphasis is placed on experiencing opera both through recorded example and live performances.

  • MUS 2490

    Vocal Diction and Literature

    4cr
    Fundamentals of phonetics and sound production as applied to singing in English, Italian, German, and French. Study of representative vocal literature of each language.

  • MUS 2510

    Piano Pedagogy and Literature I

    2cr
    Includes basic knowledge of learning theories and their application to piano teaching, communication skills for private and group teaching, curriculum and lesson planning, teaching of practice skills, the fundamentals of developing piano technique, the fundamentals of style and historical performance practice, elements of student preparation for performance, and an introduction to the business of piano teaching (setup and operation of a studio, selecting materials and equipment, strategies for marketing and publicity). The focus of precollegiate literature in this term is on the beginning piano method.

  • MUS 2520

    Piano Pedagogy and Literature II

    2cr
    Continues development of topics described in Piano Pedagogy and Literature I; also includes the acquisition of bibliographic information and the importance of continuing education and ongoing professional development. The focus of precollegiate literature in this term is intermediate and early advanced repertoire.

  • MUS 2620

    Music Theatre Workshop

    0-2cr
    This course for the singer-actor provides formal and informal venues to develop music theatre skills: character development and portrayal, scene study, and audition skills. The laboratory format allows students to learn from the instructor as well as each other as they cover varied repertory. The course culminates in a performance at the end of each term.
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • MUS 3000

    Opera Production

    4cr
    The study and application of the various facets involved in opera production. Scenes from the operatic repertoire and/or full-scale operas will be studied and performed. May be repeated.
    Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

  • MUS 3010

    Seminar in Form and Analysis

    2cr
    Advanced formal and stylistic analysis of selected major works from the Baroque to the present.
    Prerequisite: MUS 2010 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 3020

    Survey of Music of West and Southern Africa (FAR)

    4cr
    A survey of the musics of West and Southern Africa (traditional and contemporary) with a focus on fundamental style concepts among cultures and tribes. Emphasis will be placed upon culture and the role it plays in musicking. In addition to assigned readings and written work, the course will include opportunities to play instruments, sing, and dance.

  • MUS 3050

    Music History I

    4cr
    This segment of the two-part music history survey covers the music of the Western classical tradition from chant through Beethoven. The course will acquaint the student with a substantial body of musical works by placing them within the larger context of European history. In examining these works and their aesthetic underpinnings, the course employs various techniques, including music analysis, critical listening, cultural critique, and aesthetic theory.

  • MUS 3060

    Music History II

    4cr
    This segment of the two-part music history survey covers the music of the Western classical and popular traditions from Romanticism through the present day. The course will acquaint the student with a substantial body of musical works by placing them within the larger context of European and American history. In examining these works and their aesthetic underpinnings, the course employs various techniques, including music analysis, critical listening, cultural critique, and aesthetic theory.

  • MUS 3070

    Music History: Literature and Depth

    4cr
    This course is a writing-intensive upper-class seminar that explores in depth a single era, style, or genre in music history. The course centers on the musical, aesthetic, and historical context of the topic, which rotates from semester to semester. Students will focus on the intricacies of music analysis that rest both on the technical knowledge of form and harmony and that of aesthetics and history. Course work includes individual presentations and a full-length research paper. This course is a variable content course and can be repeated for credit.

  • MUS 3100

    Instrumental Conducting and Techniques

    2cr
    Basic gestures of conducting and basic procedures for training an instrumental ensemble to achieve its musical and technical potential.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1010 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 3110

    Choral Conducting and Techniques

    2cr
    Basic gestures of conducting and basic procedures for training a choral ensemble to achieve its musical and technical potential.
    Prerequisite: MUS 1010 or consent of the instructor

  • MUS 3120

    Orchestration

    2cr
    Film music and classical music will be the focus in the study of instrumental timbres and idioms. Scoring and arranging for various ensembles with performance whenever possible.
    Prerequisites: MUS 1010 and MUS 1020

  • MUS 3130

    Choral Literature

    2cr
    Survey of choral literature of all eras, for all voices, and of all types: major works and short pieces, sacred and secular, accompanied and unaccompanied.

  • MUS 3140

    Learning About Instruments

    1cr
    A lab course designed for music students in the general and choral music education emphases that will provide the background for teaching about instruments in the elementary general music classroom. By means of hands-on experiences, students will gain competencies with the four basic families of instruments.

  • MUS 3155

    Women in the Visual and Performing Arts (FAR)

    4cr
    Have there been any great women artists? Have there been ANY at all? This interdisciplinary Art History Music Womens and Gender Studies course examines artifactual evidence to discover not only those women and their activities that have fallen from historical record, but also to discover just what women have been doing from eight in the morning until eight at night, what historical conditions have shaped their activities, and what roles they have played as art and music makers, patrons, muses, and subjects consider Vinnie Ream Hoxie, our own Madison teenager who sculpted the famous Lincoln statue in the U.S. Capitol!
    Prerequisite: None

  • MUS 3200

    Field Experience

    0cr
    Each student is assigned to a specific school. The central feature of the field experience is the opportunity it affords to explore the relationship between professional academic courses and the future teaching experience. Placements require faculty supervision and regular meetings between the student and the supervising faculty member.

  • MUS 3400

    Music Theatre History

    4cr
    An exploration of how drama, art, movement, and music combine into the "spectacular" form of music theatre. This course is designed to provide foundational grounding in music theatre history and criticism. Specific attention will be paid to developing analytical skills specific to the art form of music theatre. Course activities will include critical listening and analysis as well as research practices in music theatre. Given that music theatre is performance-based, application of course content to performance practice will constitute an important dimension of the course. Ticket fee.

  • MUS 3510

    Practicum in Piano Pedagogy

    1cr
    Includes observation of group and private teaching by experienced teachers, practice teaching lessons with two students (one beginner and one with some prior training) under the supervision of a pedagogy instructor and with peer/teacher evaluation, critique, and commentary of lessons through audio and videotaping. May be repeated once.

  • MUS 4000

    Seminar

    4cr
    An intensive study of a selected topic or period in music with occasional reports and a final seminar paper.
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department chairperson and the instructor

  • MUS 4100

    Piano Literature

    4cr
    This course is an historical survey of piano literature from the late Baroque through the 20th century. It is intended for music majors who are piano students and for any other students who have substantial background and skills in piano performance. Representative literature of each composer and style period will be studied so that students may gain a comprehensive foundation of structural, stylistic, and technical points.

  • MUS 4200

    Instrumental Music Methods

    4cr
    A survey of methods and materials for teaching instrumental music in the public schools. Course content will include development of instrumental music programs at the elementary and secondary level, including materials, instructional methods, organization, management, and assessment. A significant portion of the course will involve practice microteaching off campus. Students seeking licensure are required to have a grade of C- or better.
    Prerequisite: Must be accepted into the TEP

  • MUS 4210

    General Music Methods

    4cr
    The survey of methods and materials for teaching general music in the elementary and secondary classroom. Course content will include developing lesson plans, effective classroom management strategies, and evaluation in the general music classroom. A significant portion of the course will involve practice microteachings off campus. Guitar lab required. Students seeking Wisconsin licensure are required to have a grade of C- or better.
    Prerequisite: Must be accepted into the TEP
    Fall

  • MUS 4220

    Vocal Music Methods

    4cr
    A survey of methods and materials for teaching in the public school vocal program. Course content will include development of choral music programs at the elementary and secondary level, including materials, instructional methods, organization, management, and assessment. A significant portion of the course will involve practice microteaching off campus. Students seeking licensure are required to have a grade of C- or better.
    Prerequisite: Must be accepted into the TEP

  • MUS 4980

    Half Recital Completion

    0 cr
    Students in this course will successfully perform 30 minutes of solo or chamber repertoire planned in collaboration with the private lesson teacher and appropriate to the student's primary area of study. Students must pass a pre-recital jury at least three weeks in advance of the performance date to be granted permission to give the public performance.

  • MUS 4990

    Senior Thesis Completion

    0cr
    Students should register for MUS 4990 the semester they intend to complete their senior project.

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