Popular Music Studies

Program Overview

The popular music studies major presents students with a focused study in 20th- and 21st-century popular music in a unique context that will give them an unrivaled advantage in any professional aspect of popular music.

Students in the program have the opportunity to develop their own groups and to perform and record projects in an interactive and supportive environment. Rider also helps students gain internships that are tailored to their passions and interests.

Students also can get involved with performance groups such as the Brass Band, Rider Choir, Pep Band and student-run ensembles.

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in Popular Music Studies

Contact

Ivan Fuller, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chairperson
Fine Arts 166
609-895-5630
ifuller@rider.edu

Program website: Popular Music Studies
Associated Department: School of Fine and Performing Arts

Related Programs:


Popular Music Studies Major Requirements

NOTE:  ART 120, MUS 120 and THE 120 do not fulfill any requirements of the major.

General Track

Performance Track

Songwriting Track

GENERAL TRACK

Department Requirements
MUS 106Survey of Music History II3
MUS 113Popular Music Theory I3
MUS 113LPopular Music Theory Lab I1
MUS 204Jazz History3
MUS 205History of Pop and Rock Part I3
MUS 206History of Pop and Rock Part 23
MUS 213Digital Comp of Pop Music I3
MUS 214Writing about Music3
MUS 216Digital Comp of Pop Music II3
MUS 308World Music3
MUS 498Popular Music Culture Capstone3
or MUS 491 Internship in Music
Department Electives
Culture/History12
Select two MUS and two non-MUS courses from the following:
Survey of Music History I
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Music & Techn/Mobile Society
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Music of the Beatles
The Music of Radiohead
Film Music
Black Music in America
Selected Topics in Music
American Myth in Literature, Landscape, and Music
American Folklore
The New South in Literature, Music and Film
American Popular Culture
Hip Hop and American Culture
American Identity in the Arts
Social Impact of Rock and Roll
Communication Criticism
Sex & Politics
Media, Culture and Society
Applied/Performance6
Select six credits of MUS courses from this section:
Applied Lessons (1 credit per term)
Applied Lessons require an audition. Up to three half-hour, 1-credit lessons may be taken under full-time tuition. More than three lessons are allowed. Credits above three will be applied under “free electives.” Credits above three and full-hour, 2 credit lessons incur a fee.
Ensemble (1 credit per ensemble per term)
More than three semesters of ensemble will not be allowed in this section. Credits above three will be applied under “free electives.”
Popular Music Theory II
Popular Music Theory Lab II
Digital DJing
Beginning Piano I
Beginning Piano II
Class Voice I
Class Voice II
Class Guitar I
Class Guitar II
Skills Ensemble I
Pop Music Arranging I
Pop Songwriting I
Skills Ensemble II
Music Theory III
Intermediate Piano
Digital Mixing and Mastering
Pop Music Arranging II
Pop Songwriting II
Selected Topics in Music Perf
Media3
Select one of the following:
Into to Game Design & Development
Business and Art of Recording
Touring and Production Management
Fundamentals of Video Production
Audio Production
Television Production
Music Productn for Mass Media
Advanced Radio Production
Electives
Select 9 additional credits from Department Electives courses (listed above) See note above about applied lessons.9
General Education Requirements
See the School of Fine and Performing Arts General Requirements33
Free Electives27
Total Credits121

SONGWRITING TRACK

Department Requirements
MUS 106Survey of Music History II3
MUS 113Popular Music Theory I3
MUS 113LPopular Music Theory Lab I1
MUS 114Popular Music Theory II3
MUS 114LPopular Music Theory Lab II1
MUS 127Instrumental Ensemble- Band (3 semesters needed)3
or MUS 128 Choir
or MUS 201 Skills Ensemble I
or MUS 301 Skills Ensemble II
MUS 204Jazz History3
MUS 205History of Pop and Rock Part I3
MUS 206History of Pop and Rock Part 23
MUS 213Digital Comp of Pop Music I3
MUS 214Writing about Music3
MUS 216Digital Comp of Pop Music II3
MUS 219Pop Music Arranging I3
MUS 220Pop Songwriting I3
MUS 308World Music3
MUS 319Pop Music Arranging II3
MUS 320Pop Songwriting II3
MUS 498Popular Music Culture Capstone3
or MUS 491 Internship in Music
Department Electives
Culture/History9
Select two MUS and one non-MUS course from the following:
Survey of Music History I
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Music & Techn/Mobile Society
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Music of the Beatles
The Music of Radiohead
Film Music
Black Music in America
Selected Topics in Music
American Myth in Literature, Landscape, and Music
American Folklore
The New South in Literature, Music and Film
American Popular Culture
Hip Hop and American Culture
American Identity in the Arts
Social Impact of Rock and Roll
Communication Criticism
Sex & Politics
Media, Culture and Society
Applied/Performance3
Select 3 credit hours from the following:
Digital DJing
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Beginning Piano I
Beginning Piano II
Class Voice I
Class Voice II
Class Guitar I
Class Guitar II
Skills Ensemble I
Music Theory III
Intermediate Piano
Skills Ensemble II
General Education Requirements
See the School of Fine and Performing Arts General Requirements33
Free Electives25
Total Credits120

PERFORMANCE TRACK

Department Requirements
MUS 113Popular Music Theory I3
MUS 113LPopular Music Theory Lab I1
MUS 114Popular Music Theory II3
MUS 114LPopular Music Theory Lab II1
MUS 127Instrumental Ensemble- Band (2 semesters needed)2
or MUS 129 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
MUS 205History of Pop and Rock Part I3
MUS 206History of Pop and Rock Part 23
MUS 213Digital Comp of Pop Music I3
MUS 214Writing about Music3
MUS 220Pop Songwriting I3
MUS 498Popular Music Culture Capstone3
or MUS 491 Internship in Music
Complete 8 combined hours of the following courses and private lessons (maximum 4 hours of private lessons):8
Beginning Piano I
Beginning Piano II
Class Voice I
Class Voice II
Class Guitar I
Class Guitar II
Complete 6 total hours of the following (minimum 2 hours of MUS 301):6
Skills Ensemble I
Skills Ensemble II
Department Electives
Culture/History6
Select two of the following:
Survey of Music History I
Survey of Music History II
Jazz History
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Music & Techn/Mobile Society
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Music of the Beatles
The Music of Radiohead
World Music
Film Music
Black Music in America
Selected Topics in Music
Entrepreneurial3
Choose 1 of the following:
Business and Art of Recording
Legal Aspects of the Arts
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Intro to Law: Contracts
Social Media and Social Change
Applied/Performance3
Choose 3 total hours from the following:
Digital DJing
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Beginning Piano I
Beginning Piano II
Class Voice I
Class Voice II
Class Guitar I
Class Guitar II
Skills Ensemble I
Music Theory III
Digital Comp of Pop Music II
Pop Music Arranging I
Intermediate Piano
Skills Ensemble II
Pop Music Arranging II
Pop Songwriting II
General Education Requirements
See the School of Fine and Performing Arts General Requirements33
Free Electives33
Total Credits120

Popular Music Studies Minor Requirements

(18 credits)

Required Courses
MUS 204Jazz History3
MUS 205History of Pop and Rock Part I3
MUS 206History of Pop and Rock Part 23
MUS 304Music of the Beatles3
or MUS 307 The Music of Radiohead
MUS 106Survey of Music History II3
or MUS 309 Film Music
Elective
Select one of the following:3
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Cartoon and Anime Culture
Writing about Music
Music & Techn/Mobile Society
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Beethoven and the Romantic Age
Contemp Music Experience
World Music
Film Music
Black Music in America
Selected Topics in Music
Total Credits18

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

** Note that ART 120, MUS 120 or THE 120 do not fulfill any requirements of the major. **

GENERAL TRACK

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
MUS 205 History of Pop and Rock Part I 3
MUS 213 Digital Comp of Pop Music I 3
Gen Ed 3
Applied/Media Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MUS 206 History of Pop and Rock Part 2 3
MUS 113 Popular Music Theory I 3
MUS 113L Popular Music Theory Lab I 1
MUS 216 Digital Comp of Pop Music II 3
Gen Ed 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
MUS 204 Jazz History 3
Culture/History Elective 3
Gen Ed 3
Gen Ed 3
Applied/Media Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3
MUS 214 Writing about Music 3
Culture/History Elective 3
Gen Ed 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
MUS 308 World Music 3
Gen Ed 3
Gen Ed 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Culture/History Elective 3
Applied/Media Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
Department Elective 3
Culture/History Elective 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Minor/Free Elective 2
Applied/Media Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
Department Elective 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Gen Ed 3
Applied/Media Elective 1
Department Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
MUS 498 Popular Music Culture Capstone 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Minor/Free Elective 3
Gen Ed 3
Department Elective 1
Department Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

PERFORMANCE TRACK

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
MUS 131
Beginning Piano I
or Class Voice I
or Class Guitar I
2
MUS 205 History of Pop and Rock Part I 3
MUS 213 Digital Comp of Pop Music I 3
General Education 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MUS 113 Popular Music Theory I 3
MUS 113L Popular Music Theory Lab I 1
MUS 132
Beginning Piano II
or Class Voice II
or Class Guitar II
2
MUS 216 Digital Comp of Pop Music II 3
MUS 220 Pop Songwriting I 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
MUS 114 Popular Music Theory II 3
MUS 114L Popular Music Theory Lab II 1
MUS 201
Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
Applied Lessons 1
General Education 6
Free elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUS 201
Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
MUS 214 Writing about Music 3
Applied Lessons 1
Culture/History elective 3
General Education 6
Free elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall Semester
MUS 201
Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
Applied Lessons 1
General Education 6
Free electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
MUS 201
Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
MUS 127
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
or Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
1
Applied Lesson 1
Culture/History elective 3
Entrepreneurial elective 3
General Education 3
Free elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
MUS 127
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
or Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
1
MUS 301 Skills Ensemble II 1
Culture/History elective 3
General Education 6
Free elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
MUS 301 Skills Ensemble II 1
MUS 498
Popular Music Culture Capstone
or Internship in Music
3
Free electives 12
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

SONGWRITING TRACK

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
MUS 205 History of Pop and Rock Part I 3
MUS 213 Digital Comp of Pop Music I 3
General Education 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
MUS 113 Popular Music Theory I 3
MUS 113L Popular Music Theory Lab I 1
General Education 3
MUS 206 History of Pop and Rock Part 2 3
MUS 216 Digital Comp of Pop Music II 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
MUS 114 Popular Music Theory II 3
MUS 114L Popular Music Theory Lab II 1
MUS 204 Jazz History 3
MUS 220 Pop Songwriting I 3
General Education 3
Free elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3
MUS 214 Writing about Music 3
MUS 320 Pop Songwriting II 3
Culture/History elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
MUS 127
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
or Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
or Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
MUS 308 World Music 3
General Education 6
Free elective 3
MUS 219 Pop Music Arranging I 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
MUS 127
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
or Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
or Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
MUS 319 Pop Music Arranging II 3
Culture/History elective 3
General Education 3
Free elective 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
MUS 127
Instrumental Ensemble- Band
or Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
or Skills Ensemble I
or Skills Ensemble II
1
Culture/History elective 3
General Education 6
Free electives 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
MUS 498
Popular Music Culture Capstone
or Internship in Music
3
Free electives 9
Applied/Performance elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

MUS 001S Applied Voice Studio 0 Credits

MUS 105 Survey of Music History I 3 Credits

A chronological survey of Western music from the Medieval through the Baroque periods stressing the origin and evolution of musical forms, musical styles, and the important composers before 1750. The relation between the music and the aesthetic movements of each period is studied.

MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3 Credits

A chronological survey of Western music from the classical through the contemporary periods stressing the origin and evolution of musical forms, musical styles, and the important composers since 1750. The relation between the music and the aesthetic movements of each period is studied.

MUS 109S Basic Music Theory 3 Credits

This is a beginner’s course in music theory. It familiarizes the student with the basic elements (e.g., staff, clefs, time signatures, musical notation, intervals, triads and chords). This course is ideal for both the student wanting to know only the essential, or the student wanting to go on to develop their theoretical skills. For non-music majors, MUS 109S counts toward graduation and grades are awarded on an A-F basis. For music majors, MUS 109S does not count toward graduation, and grading is on a pass (“Y”) or fail (“Z”) basis.

MUS 110 Music Theory I 3 Credits

A practical introduction to the basic elements of music, beginning with the reading of music notation. Practice in scales and chords; ear-training in rhythm and pitch. Techniques may be applied to the student’s own instrument (e.g., guitar, piano, winds) if he or she plays one. Prerequisite(s): MUS 109S or placement.

Corequisite(s): MUS 110L.

MUS 110L Music Theory I Lab 1 Credits

Dictation, aural skills training, sight singing, and keyboard skills to accompany MUS 110 (Music Theory I). Prerequisite(s): MUS 109S or placement.

Corequisite(s): MUS 110.

MUS 111 Music Theory II 3 Credits

Continuation of MUS 110,leading to some original composition. Prerequisite(s): MUS 110 and MUS 110L.

Corequisite(s): MUS 111L.

MUS 111L Music Theory II Lab 1 Credits

Dictation, aural skills training, sight singing, and keyboard skills to accompany MUS 111 (Music Theory II). Prerequisite(s): MUS 110 and MUS 110L or placement.

Corequisite(s): MUS 111.

MUS 113 Popular Music Theory I 3 Credits

Popular Music Theory I covers basic elements of music, including the reading of music notation in traditional formats as well as in audio wave form and in the visualization of standard Digital Audio Workstations. Practice in scales and chords; ear-training in rhythm, pitch, and timbre. Techniques may be applied to the student’s own instrument (e.g., guitar, piano, voice)

Corequisite(s): MUS 113L.

MUS 113L Popular Music Theory Lab I 1 Credits

Taken in conjunction with Popular Music Theory I, the lab applies theoretical concepts in a performance context. Applied aural training and improvisation skills on primary and secondary instruments.

Corequisite(s): MUS 113.

MUS 114 Popular Music Theory II 3 Credits

A continuation of Popular Music Theory I, progressing to intermediate elements of music, including the reading of music notation in traditional formats as well as in audio wave form and in the visualization of standard Digital Audio Workstations. Practice in scales and chords, ear-training in rhythm, pitch, and timbre. Techniques may be applied to the student’s own instrument (e.g., guitar, piano, voice).

MUS 114L Popular Music Theory Lab II 1 Credits

Taken in conjunction with Popular Music Theory II, the lab applies theoretical concepts in a performance context. Applied aural training and improvisation skills on primary and secondary instruments.

MUS 116 Digital DJing 3 Credits

Digital DJing is a three-week, software-based course that develops musical mixing skills for the purpose of creating the kinds of DJ sets one may play on the radio or at live events. Includes repertory building across several popular and dance genres.

MUS 120 Music and Society 3 Credits

Introduction to the basic elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, etc.) and the appreciation of representative types of music from all historical periods.

MUS 127 Instrumental Ensemble- Band 1 Credits

Ensemble rehearsal and performance of traditional and current concert band music. Maximum of eight credits are accepted in band, choir, and/or theater production.

MUS 128 Choir 1 Credits

Rehearsal and performance of multi-era Western and non-Western repertoire. Instruction in music fundamentals and vocal production. Pitch matching and part-singing abilities must be demonstrated in the first-week sectional hearing.

MUS 129 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble 1 Credits

The objective of the contemporary vocal ensemble course is to allow students to experience the aesthetics of popular music through the study, interpretation and performance of the music. Students will develop their ensemble skills, independent part singing, as they experience a wide range of popular music genres (jazz, pop, R&B, world, etc.) Students must pass an audition to participate in this course.

MUS 130 Music in Children's Lives 3 Credits

Students in this course will study how music interacts in the lives of children as they sing, listen, play instruments and move. Song repertoire and selections for listening and moving from the American, European and non-Western cultures will be introduced. Playing recorder as well as pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments will be demonstrated.

MUS 131 Beginning Piano I 2 Credits

Class approach to learning to play the piano. How to read music, basic piano technique, and appropriate piano pieces and songs are studied.

MUS 132 Beginning Piano II 2 Credits

Continuation of MUS 131. Emphasis on further development of technique and the ability to interpret piano music from a variety of styles.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 131 or equivalent.

MUS 133 Class Voice I 2 Credits

Class approach to learning pop vocals. How to read music, basic vocal production technique and appropriate vocal pieces and songs are studied, especially in popular genres.

MUS 134 Class Voice II 2 Credits

Continuation of class approach to learning pop vocals started in Class Voice I. Intermediate vocal technique for popular music

Prerequisite(s): MUS 133 or placement exam.

MUS 135 Class Guitar I 2 Credits

Class approach to learning to play the guitar. How to read tablature, basic guitar technique, and appropriate guitar pieces and songs are studied, especially in popular genres. Students must provide their own guitars; if electric, they should provide their own amps, too.

MUS 136 Class Guitar II 2 Credits

Continuation of class approach to learning to play the guitar started in Class Guitar I. Intermediate guitar technique for popular music. Students must provide their own guitars; if electric, they should provide their own amps, too.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 135 or placement exam.

MUS 150A Applied Flute 2 Credits

MUS 150B Applied Flute 1 Credits

MUS 150C Applied Flute 2 Credits

MUS 150D Applied Flute Elective 1 Credits

MUS 151A Applied Oboe 2 Credits

MUS 151B Applied Oboe 1 Credits

MUS 151C Applied Oboe 2 Credits

MUS 151D Applied Oboe Elective 1 Credits

MUS 152A Applied Clarinet 2 Credits

MUS 152B Applied Clarinet 1 Credits

MUS 152C Applied Clarinet 2 Credits

MUS 152D Applied Clarinet Elective 1 Credits

MUS 153A Applied Bassoon 2 Credits

MUS 153D Applied Bassoon Elective 1 Credits

MUS 154A Applied Saxophone 2 Credits

MUS 154D Applied Saxophone Elective 1 Credits

MUS 155A Applied French Horn 2 Credits

MUS 155D Applied French Horn Elective 1 Credits

MUS 156A Applied Trumpet 2 Credits

MUS 156B Applied Trumpet 1 Credits

MUS 156C Applied Trumpet 2 Credits

MUS 156D Applied Trumpet Elective 1 Credits

MUS 157A Applied Trombone 2 Credits

MUS 157D Applied Trombone Elective 1 Credits

MUS 158A Applied Euphonium 2 Credits

MUS 158D Applied Euphonium Elective 1 Credits

MUS 159A Applied Tuba 2 Credits

MUS 159D Applied Tuba Elective 1 Credits

MUS 160A Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 160B Applied Guitar 1 Credits

MUS 160C Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 160D Applied Guitar Elective 1 Credits

MUS 160E Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 161A Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 161B Applied Violin 1 Credits

MUS 161C Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 161D Applied Violin Elective 1 Credits

MUS 161E Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 161G Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 162A Applied Viola 2 Credits

MUS 162D Applied Viola Elective 1 Credits

MUS 163A Applied Cello 2 Credits

MUS 163D Applied Cello Elective 1 Credits

MUS 164A Applied String Bass 2 Credits

MUS 164B Applied String Bass 1 Credits

MUS 164C Applied String Bass 2 Credits

MUS 164D Applied String Bass Elective 1 Credits

MUS 165A Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 165B Applied Piano 1 Credits

MUS 165C Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 165D Applied Piano Elective 1 Credits

MUS 165G Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 166A Applied Organ 2 Credits

MUS 166D Applied Organ Elective 1 Credits

MUS 167A Applied Percussion 2 Credits

MUS 167B Applied Percussion 1 Credits

MUS 167C Applied Percussion Elective 2 Credits

MUS 167D Applied Percussion Elective 1 Credits

MUS 168A Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168B Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 168C Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168D Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 168E Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168F Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 168G Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 168S Applied Voice Studio 0 Credits

MUS 169A Applied Composition 2 Credits

MUS 169D Applied Composition Elective 1 Credits

MUS 199 The Arts in Contemporary Civil 3 Credits

An integrated study of the arts and their place in contemporary American life. Includes attendance at several events in art, music, and drama.

MUS 201 Skills Ensemble I 1 Credits

A Contemporary Performance skills ensemble focusing on interactive musicianship, composition, ear training, transcription, and notation, for popular music studies majors. Students will develop proficiency in the following areas: • Developing ensemble skills • Preparing and rehearsing original compositions • Recognizing scales, intervals and chords • Harmonic, Melodic, and Rhythmic Transcription • Recognizing basic structural elements in different musical genres: Pop(Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock)/Jazz/Classical as well as understand their basic vernacular • Writing legible and clear musical scores (charts).

MUS 204 Jazz History 3 Credits

Survey from 19th C. roots to 21st C. styles. Development of listening skills and overview of musical skills used by jazz performers. Exploration of the relationship between jazz and poetry, race relations, and the reputation of jazz in popular culture.

Prerequisite(s): CMP 120 or LL 131.

MUS 205 History of Pop and Rock Part I 3 Credits

Students will receive grounding in the origins and flow of popular music up to the break-up of the Beatles. They will learn the musical developments set in their historical and sociological contexts.

MUS 206 History of Pop and Rock Part 2 3 Credits

Students will receive grounding in the developments and flow of popular music from the 1970s to today. They will learn the specific musical developments set in their historical and sociological contexts.

MUS 207 Masterworks in Music 3 Credits

Major works by great composers from different historical periods Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Wagner, among others are studied. Up to 10 compositions by six composers are covered, with an emphasis on listening to recorded and live performances of representative works.

MUS 208 Music of the Theater 3 Credits

A study of music drama both historical and contemporary covering European opera of the Baroque, classical and romantic periods, and the American musical theatre, especially the contemporary Broadway musical.

MUS 209 Great Composers 3 Credits

A study of selected major composers life, works, and historical significance with an emphasis on the listening experience. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, or others.

MUS 210 Music Theory III 3 Credits

Analysis of musical forms, including binary, rounded binary, ternary, and popular song. Identification of techniques that support musical form, including harmonic language, contrast/repetition, compositional process. Advanced sight singing and aural drills.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 111 and MUS 111L.

MUS 211 Music Theory for Music Theater 3 Credits

Analysis of music theater songs, scenes and scores. Various techniques, placement of examples into historical, musical, artistic, and literary perspective. Reading of full and piano/vocal scores, conducting, orchestration and harmonic language will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 111 and MUS 111L.

MUS 212 Cartoon and Anime Culture 3 Credits

This course investigates the music and culture of animated films and television shows, anime, animated shorts including cartoons, and related incidental music for documentary films.

MUS 213 Digital Comp of Pop Music I 3 Credits

This course is about “the doing of music”. It ties music theory to pragmatic concerns with keyboards and software in the making and distribution of music.

MUS 214 Writing about Music 3 Credits

This course instructs students in the art of writing about music, from small-form criticism to large scale scholarship, focusing especially on the ability to translate what one hears into engaging prose.

Prerequisite(s): CMP 120 and 125, MUS 110, 110L and 213.

MUS 215 Music & Techn/Mobile Society 3 Credits

This course compares the recent history of music technology to past innovations, focusing on the aesthetic implications and ideological influences of an increasingly mobilized musical milieu.

MUS 216 Digital Comp of Pop Music II 3 Credits

This course is about “the doing of music.” It ties music theory to pragmatic concerns with keyboards and software in the making and distribution of music, continuing the content begun in The Digital Composition of Popular Music I.

MUS 217 Black Music in America 3 Credits

This course covers the history of music made by and/or about African Americans, from minstrel shows to hip-hop and everything in between.

MUS 218 Postmodernism & Populr Culture 3 Credits

This course considers music in light of the ideological trends of postmodernism in order to better understand contemporary music in its cultural context.

MUS 219 Pop Music Arranging I 3 Credits

The Pop Music Arranging I course is the first of a two-semester course sequence whose goal is to explore the fundamental arranging techniques for popular music styles. Students will learn to arrange popular music for the standard instrumentation found in a pop/rock ensemble (bass guitar, drumset, rhythm guitar, and keyboard). This course will develop comprehensive musicianship and fundamental arranging techniques, as well as develop skills as they relate to the software platforms Logic Pro X and Finale notation.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 110, MUS 110L.

MUS 220 Pop Songwriting I 3 Credits

The Songwriting I course is an introduction to songwriting in popular music styles. Students will learn to compose music by themselves and collaboratively. This course will develop comprehensive musicianship and compositional techniques, as well as learn to use the software platforms Logic Pro X and Finale notation.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 110, MUS 110L.

MUS 233 Intermediate Piano 3-12 Credits

Continuation of MUS 132 with further development of reading skills, piano techniques and interpretation. Each student studies a set of pieces selected together with the instructor tailored specifically to the students’ needs and interests.

MUS 300 Beethoven and the Romantic Age 3 Credits

A study of the Romantic period with particular emphasis on Beethoven. The classical heritage, the transformation of that heritage into romantic terms, the prominent influence of Beethoven on 19th century musical style.

MUS 301 Skills Ensemble II 1 Credits

The Contemporary Performance Skills Ensemble II is a course whose focus is interactive musicianship, composition, ear training, transcription, and notation, for popular music studies majors. This course will require a higher level of musical ability, aptitude, and technical development than the Skills I Ensemble course. Students will develop proficiency in the following areas: • Developing ensemble skills • Preparing and rehearsing original compositions • Recognizing scales, intervals and chords • Harmonic, Melodic, and Rhythmic Transcription • Recognizing basic structural elements in different musical genres: Pop(Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock)/Jazz/Classical as well as understand their basic vernacular • Writing legible and clear musical scores (charts) • Improvisation.

MUS 303 Music Literature: Baroque Era 3 Credits

A survey of European musical styles from c. 1600 to 1750, approached by listening to the music of the period, including Bach, Handel, and many lesser known masters. Topics include the development of modern musical sound, instrumental forms, Lutheran and Catholic church music, and the beginnings of dramatic music.

MUS 304 Music of the Beatles 3 Credits

This course is a very in-depth analysis of the music and personalities of the Beatles. The student will gain in depth insight to the Beatles songs and albums as the course proceeds through the music chronologically. This will be contextualized historically and sociologically where required.

MUS 305 Words and Music 3 Credits

MUS 306 Contemp Music Experience 3 Credits

A survey of European and American musical styles of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include postromantic music, neoclassicism, serialism, electronic music, and the current avant garde.

MUS 307 The Music of Radiohead 3 Credits

This course investigates the music, lyrics, art and marketing strategies of the British so called ”alternative” band, Radiohead, moving song by song through their demos, videos and albums.

MUS 308 World Music 3 Credits

The student is introduced to selected world cultures by listening to and analyzing specific music that is indigenous to each culture. The position and importance of the music within each society will be the main focus of the investigation. Comparing this music to the music of our American culture will provide a basis for judging and interacting with unfamiliar world cultures.

MUS 309 Film Music 3 Credits

A study of music in feature film, documentary film, and television. A chronological survey of film music from silent to contemporary film, animated shorts, and television, with emphasis on listening to recorded performance of representative works.

MUS 312 The Arts Abroad 3 Credits

A two week trip abroad that includes a critical study of music and theater. Students are required to attend all performances, guided tours, and classes before and after the trip.

MUS 315 Black Music in America 3 Credits

This course covers the history of music made by and/or about African Americans, from minstrel shows to hip hop and everything in between.

MUS 316 Digital Mixing and Mastering 3 Credits

Digital Mixing and Mastering is a practical skills class focusing on post-production skills in software interfaces. Students will learn how to work with multiple editing softwares and plug-in tools to achieve balanced, lively, professional mixes.

MUS 319 Pop Music Arranging II 3 Credits

The Pop Music Arranging II course is the terminal course of a two-semester sequence whose goal is to explore the advanced arranging techniques for popular music styles. Students will learn to arrange popular music for the standard instrumentation found in a pop/rock ensemble (bass guitar, drumset, rhythm guitar, and keyboard). This course will develop comprehensive musicianship and advanced arranging techniques, as well as develop advanced skills as they relate to the utilization of the software platforms Logic Pro X and Finale notation.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 110, MUS 110L, MUS 219.

MUS 320 Pop Songwriting II 3 Credits

The Pop Songwriting II course is a continuation of the songwriting course sequence whose goal is to explore advanced compositional techniques for popular music styles. Students will learn to compose music by themselves and collaboratively. This course will develop comprehensive musicianship and advanced compositional techniques, as well as develop advanced skills as they relate to the software platforms Logic Pro X and Finale notation.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 110, MUS 110L, MUS 220.

MUS 350A Applied Flute 2 Credits

MUS 350B Applied Flute 1 Credits

MUS 351A Applied Oboe 2 Credits

MUS 351B Applied Oboe 1 Credits

MUS 352A Applied Clarinet 2 Credits

MUS 353A Applied Bassoon 2 Credits

MUS 354A Applied Saxophone 2 Credits

MUS 355A Applied French Horn 2 Credits

MUS 356A Applied Trumpet 2 Credits

MUS 356B Applied Trumpet 1 Credits

MUS 357A Applied Trombone 2 Credits

MUS 358A Applied Euphonium 2 Credits

MUS 359A Applied Tuba 2 Credits

MUS 360A Applied Guitar 2 Credits

MUS 360B Applied Guitar 1 Credits

MUS 361A Applied Violin 2 Credits

MUS 362A Applied Viola 2 Credits

MUS 363A Applied Cello 2 Credits

MUS 364A Applied String Bass 2 Credits

MUS 364B Applied String Bass 1 Credits

MUS 365A Applied Piano 2 Credits

MUS 365B Applied Piano 1 Credits

MUS 366A Applied Organ 2 Credits

MUS 367A Applied Percussion 2 Credits

MUS 368A Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 368B Applied Voice 1 Credits

MUS 368C Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 368E Applied Voice 2 Credits

MUS 369A Applied Composition 2 Credits

MUS 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1 to 4 Credits. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing; good academic standing.

MUS 491 Internship in Music 1-4 Credits

Provides junior or senior music majors with the opportunity to gain practical experience working within a professional music environment. Students must be sponsored by a music professor. For each academic credit, interns must work 48 hours for the semester, or approximately 3.7 hours each week.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

MUS 493 Selected Topics in Music Perf 3 Credits

Intensive study of a particular topic in applied music for the intermediate to advanced student. Students are led to understand the historic and aesthetic elements in music through critical listening, performance, research, and class projects.

MUS 495 Selected Topics in Music 3 Credits

Studies specialized aspects of the literature, history, or theory of music, to supplement the established curriculum. Emphasis on creative investigative work and individual experiences in music.

MUS 498 Popular Music Culture Capstone 3 Credits

The capstone is an independent, student-led project resulting in a material product (recording/performance/event/presentation) that demonstrates a student's interests and skills in the area of popular music.

MUS 499 Senior Honors Program 3 Credits

A senior honors program may be submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for graduation with honors in fine arts. Honors work is limited to those departmental majors with a GPA of 3.5 in fine arts courses and cognates. The program, planned under the direction of a faculty advisor, represents a culmination of demonstrated excellence in a specific area of fine arts. Candidates for honors in fine arts must be approved by the department chairperson and the faculty.