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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course. An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

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MUS 100 - Music Seminar [Lecture] (0.0)

Attendance is required for all Music majors at this weekly meeting for departmental recitals and/or seminars. A grade is given based on attendance requirements, which include evening programs.

MUS 101 - Theory I [Lecture] (3.0)

The fundamentals in music are studied, including notation of pitch in various clefs, scales, intervals, elements of rhythm, triads and seventh chords, diatonic chords, principles of voice leading, part-writing, and harmonic progression.

MUS 101A - Aural Skills I [Lecture] (1.0)

All courses in the sightsinging sequence include rhythmic studies, singing with solfege syllables, and melodic and rhythmic dictation exercise. This course involves singing and aural recognition of diatonic intervals in the major and minor modes. Rhythms are limited to the first division of the beat in simple and compound meters. Taken concurrently with MUS 101 unless approved by the Division Chair.

MUS 102 - Theory II [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is a continuation of MUS 101 with the addition of part-writing with inverted triads, seventh chords in root position and inversion, nonchord tones, and elements of form. Prerequisite: MUS 101.

MUS 102A - Aural Skills II [Lecture] (1.0)

Exercises include melodies in major and minor modes with chromatic alteration and single modulation, the subdivision of the beat, and syncopation. Prerequisite: MUS 101A.

MUS 104 - Introduction to Music [Lecture] (2.0)

Students are introduced to the art of music and its materials with emphasis on the development of listening skills. Requirements of the course include attendance at assigned recitals and concerts on campus and at other Rochester institutions. This course is not open to Music majors.

MUS 112 - Music History and Literature I [Lecture] (3.0)

The literature, stylistic features, and historical background of music from antiquity through the 17th century are examined. The relationships between music and general culture are also examined. Prerequisite: Music major.

MUS 116 - Teaching Musical Concepts/Children Ages 4-7 [Lecture] (1.0)

Musical concepts and teaching procedures appropriate for pre-school and kindergarten music are taught using the keyboard as the primary instrument. Open to students outside the piano pedagogy certificate program. (Offered in summer only)

MUS 120 - Jazz History [Lecture] (2.0)

A comprehensive study of the history of jazz beginning in the 1890's to the present, including the social, ethnic, and economic environment in and around New Orleans at the turn of the century. Recorded examples of jazz from ragtime through fusion will be analyzed. Also included are biographical studies of the most influential musicians responsible for the stylistic shifts that occurred during the 20th century.

MUS 125 - Percussion Methods [Lecture] (1.0)

Students learn to play percussion instruments including snare, timpani, mallet and auxiliary percussion. No audit is permitted. Prerequisite: Music Major

MUS 130 - String Methods [Lecture] (1.0)

Students learn to play string instruments including violin, viola, cello, and bass. No audit is permitted. Prerequisite: Music Major.

MUS 200 - Theory III [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is the continuation of MUS 102, with the introduction of chromatic harmony via secondary functions, mode mixture, the Neapolitan Chord, and modulation processes. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

MUS 200A - Aural Skills III [Lecture] (1.0)

Exercises include chromaticism in diatonic context, further division of the beat, triplets in simple meter, duplets in compound meter, and changing meters. Prerequisite: MUS 102A.

MUS 205 - Theory IV [Lecture] (3.0)

This continuation of MUS 200 pursues chromaticism with other altered chords, enharmonic spellings and modulations, and concludes with an introduction to twentieth-century practices. Prerequisite: MUS 200.

MUS 207 - Piano Pedagogy II [Lecture] (2.0)

This continuation of MUS 115 is designed for teaching the second-level student. Students are taught how to teach in private, dyad, or group lessons. Theory, ear training, sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation are included with the traditional repertoire and technique--all geared for second-level piano students. Prerequisite: MUS 115. (Offered in summer only)

MUS 208 - Piano Pedagogy III [Lecture] (2.0)

This continuation of MUS 207 is designed for teaching the third-level student. Students work with major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads in all inversions, two-octave scales, and related theory. Prerequisite: MUS 207. (Offered in summer only)

MUS 212 - Music History & Literature II [Lecture] (3.0)

The literature, stylistic features, and historical background of 17th century through the early Romantic music are examined. The relationships between music and general culture are also examined.

MUS 213 - Fretboard Harmony [Lecture] (2.0)

This course is designed to develop a full knowledge of the fretboard through the study of fingerings, harmony, sight-reading, score reading, transposition, and figured bass. (Offered on demand)

MUS 216 - Piano Pedagogy IV [Lecture] (2.0)

The continuation of MUS 208 is for teaching the fourth- and fifth-level student. More advanced solo and ensemble literature in the four major historical periods is used. Four-octave scales, diminished 7th exercises, theory using chormatic harmony and 7th chords, and improvisation in various styles are included. Prerequisite: MUS 208. (Offered in summer only)

MUS 230 - Brass Methods I [Lecture] (1.0)

Students learn to play brass instruments including horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. No audit is permitted. Prerequisite: Music Major.

MUS 231 - Brass Methods II [Lecture] (1.0)

This is a continuation of MUS 230.

MUS 235 - Woodwind Methods I [Lecture] (1.0)

Students learn to play woodwind instruments including flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. No audit is permitted. Prerequisite: Music Major.

MUS 236 - Woodwind Methods II [Lecture] (1.0)

This is a continuation of MUS 235.

MUS 237 - String Pedagogy [Lecture] (2.0)

The objective, procedures, and methods of teaching string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) and the development of teaching skills for private and group lessons are studied. Demonstration and participation are included. Offered on demand.

MUS 260 - Chorale [Performance] (0.0-2.0)

Students selected by audition meet four hours a week. The Chorale performs a wide range of choral literature for men's and women's voices. Concerts are presented on annual tours and in the surrounding area. Auditions are held each fall.

MUS 261 - Percussion Ensemble [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

Students selected by audition meet two hours per week. The Ensemble usually presents one evening performance per semester. The Percussion Ensemble meets weekly, performing a variety of literature and offering opportunities for performance both on and off campus. Membership is by audition.

MUS 263 - Chamber Singers [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

The Chamber Singers meet twice weekly. They are a group of 8-12 auditioned singers and perform for on- and off-campus activities. Membership is by audition.

MUS 264 - Jazz Ensemble [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

The RWC Jazz Ensemble is made up of 16-20 musicians and performs composed and improvised music derived from the American big band tradition; African-American composers and improvisers; contemporary classical music; and Latino, Brazilian, and various other ethnic traditions. Two hours of weekly rehearsal: sectional rehearsals also required. One major concert per semester, with additional performances on and off campus. Membership is by audition.

MUS 265 - Wind Ensemble [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

Students, selected by audition, meet four hours a week. The Wind Ensemble performs an extensive range of concert repertoire. Concerts are presented on an annual tour and in the surrounding area. Auditions are held each fall.

MUS 266 - Jazz Combo [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

Experience is offered in small chamber jazz groups that perform throughout the school year on and off campus.

MUS 267 - Instrumental Chamber Ensemble [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

Rehearsals, coaching, and literature are arranged by consensus and faculty coach approval. Performances are combined with other groups, usually one evening program per semester, and occasionally during Music Seminar (MUS 100).

MUS 270 - College-Community Orchestra [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

Rehearsal is one evening a week. The College-Community Orchestra is open to qualified instrumentalists from the College and community. The orchestra normally performs five concerts each year.

MUS 275 - Women's Choir [Performance] (0.0-1.0)

This group rehearses three hours a week. The Women's Choir offers opportunities for performance both on and off campus. The choir is open to all women students without auditions.

MUS 280 - Guitar Class [Lecture] (1.0)

Students receive group instruction in functional guitar for use in the general music classroom. The class is for Music Education majors only except by permission of the Division Chair. No audit is permitted.

MUS 285 - Secondary Instrument - Clarinet [Performance] (1.0)

This course is designed for non-woodwind instrumental music education majors. Students learn to play the clarinet at an intermediate level. No audit is permitted.

MUS 286 - Secondary Instrument - Trombone [Performance] (1.0)

This course is designed for non-brass instrumental music education majors. Students learn to play the trombone at an intermediate level. No audit is permitted.

MUS 287 - Secondary Instrument - Strings [Performance] (1.0)

This course is designed for string music education majors. Students learn to play the violin or cello at an intermediate level. No audit is permitted. (offered on demand)

MUS 294 - Music and Community Service [Performance] (0.0)

This is a volunteer program but is recorded on transcripts when requirements are met. The course is designed to take musical performance gifts into the community as a gesture of sharing and service. Requirements include the following: (1) approval of classical music selection(s) by applied teacher(s), (2) a minimum of 15 minutes performance time, (3) coaching by faculty in the area(s) of participant(s) before performances, and (4) a written report signed by participant(s) and faculty member(s). (Offered on demand)

MUS 295 - Basic Conducting [Lecture] (1.0)

Students study the fundamental techniques of conducting. This course is required as a core course for Music majors, and is recommended for liberal arts students and students studying for the ministry. To be taken concurrently with MUS 295 OPE by Music Education students.

MUS 295 - Basic Conducting [OPE] (0.0)

(25 hours school-based field experience.) Students observe and participate in local school classrooms. To be taken concurrently with MUS 295 by all Music Education majors.

MUS 296 - Music in the Church [Lecture] (3.0)

Students survey the history of church music with focus on hymnody, analysis and evaluation of hymns and hymn tunes, discussion of music in worship, and development of basic song leading skills. (Offered alternate years)

MUS 301 - Jazz Arranging & Composing [Lecture] (2.0)

Jazz Arranging and Composing is a course designed to instruct the student in arranging for rhythm section plus four wind instruments (four part density) and serves as a pre-requisite to arranging for the standard 16-17 piece jazz ensemble. Offered on demand.

MUS 302 - Choral Conducting [Lecture] (2.0)

This course studies choral techniques and literature. Prerequisite: MUS 295.

MUS 303 - Instrumental Conducting [Lecture] (2.0)

This study of instrumental techniques and literature emphasizes beat patterns, various styles of conducting, and rehearsal techniques. Class participation in a lab band is required. Prerequisite: MUS 295.

MUS 308 - School Music Methods [Lecture] (3.0)

The philosophy, objectives, and procedures of teaching music in the public schools are studied with an emphasis on teaching general music in grades 1-8. Students gain practical experience planning and teaching lessons which require the application of current methodologies, development of children's musical behaviors, and creation of authentic world music learning experiences. To be taken concurrently with MUS 308 OPE by Music Education students. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Music Education major.

MUS 308 - School Music Methods [OPE] (0.0)

(25 hours school-based field experience.) Students observe and participate in local school classrooms. To be taken concurrently with MUS 308 by all Music Education majors.

MUS 309 - Vocal Pedagogy [Lecture] (3.0)

Emphasis is on pedagogical principles of German, Italian, French, and English schools of voice training. Fundamental knowledge of scientific concepts of breathing, phonetics, and resonance are included. (Offered alternate years)

MUS 310 - Musical Stage Performance [Performance] (2.0)

Musical Stage Performance equips students with techniques and skills of stage direction, rehearsal planning, and the audition process, which are needed by both educators and performers. Students will organize sets, costumes, makeup, props, and programs, and will produce and present scenes from operas in the European tradition, as well as musical traditions found in American cultures.

MUS 312 - Music History & Literature III [Lecture] (3.0)

The literature, stylistic features, and historical background of music from 1850 through the end of the millennium are examined. Stylistic features of and perspectives regarding World Music, representative musical compositions, and relationships between music and general culture are also examined.

MUS 313 - Guitar Pedagogy [Lecture] (2.0)

This course is designed to examine the historic and contemporary materials and techniques available for effectively teaching the guitar to students at all levels. The course surveys a wide range of method and studies, and examines the effectiveness of various pedagogical approaches to technique and interpretive analysis. The history of guitar pedagogy is also studied. (Offered on demand)

MUS 315 - Instrumental Methods [Lecture] (3.0)

The objectives, procedures, and methods of teaching instrumental music in the public schools are studied. “To be taken concurrently with MUS 315 OPE. Prerequisite: MUS 308.

MUS 315 - Instrumental Methods [OPE] (0.0)

(25 hours school-based field experience.) Students observe and participate in local school classrooms. To be taken concurrently with MUS 315 by all Music Education majors.

MUS 316 - Vocal Methods [Lecture] (3.0)

The objectives, procedures, and methods for teaching general and vocal music in the public schools are studied. Demonstration and participation are included. to be taken concurrently with MUS 316 OPE. Prerequisite: MUS 308

MUS 316 - Vocal Methods [OPE] (0.0)

(25 hours school-based field experience.) Students observe and participate in local school classrooms. To be taken concurrently with MUS 316 by all Music Education (Vocal) majors.

MUS 317 - Piano Field Experience I [Practicum] (1.0)

This course, designed for piano performance majors, requires weekly observation and teaching under the supervision of a member of the piano faculty. Prerequisite: MUS 311. Offered on demand. Prerequisite: MUS 318.

MUS 318 - Piano Pedagogy [Lecture] (2.0)

The course is a sequential presentation of methods and materials for teaching the piano student. There is an emphasis on multi-key and group teaching in the Robert Pace method. Students are taught how to teach in private, dyad, or group lessons. Theory, ear training, sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation are included with the traditional repertoire and technique. Prerequisite: applied level three in piano.

MUS 319 - Vocal Field Experience [Practicum] (1.0)

This course, designed for vocal performance majors, requires weekly observation and teaching under the supervision of a member of the vocal faculty. Prerequisite: MUS 309. Offered on demand.

MUS 320 - Instrumental Field Experience [Practicum] (1.0)

This course, designed for instrumental performance majors, requires weekly observation and teaching under the supervision of a member of the instrument faculty. Prerequisite: MUS 315 (non-string) or MUS 237 (strings). Offered on demand.

MUS 324 - Opera Workshop [Performance] (0.0-2.0)

Fundamentals of stage performance and the production of operas, operettas, and/or musicals are studied, equipping the student with skills necessary to succeed as a teacher and as a performer. Course may be repeated for 0 credit.

MUS 325 - Diction for Singers [Lecture] (3.0)

The purpose of Diction for Singers is to develop the voice student's understanding and mastery of the pronunciation of English and the foreign languages commonly used in the performance of classical vocal literature: French, German, and Italian. (Offered alternate years)

MUS 330 - Jazz Theory/Improvisation [Lecture] (2.0)

Through the aural study of jazz traditions and cultural influences, students learn the theory and practices of jazz improvisation. The jam session setting emphasizes learning to swing and improvise over songs from the classic American songbook.

MUS 390 - Piano Literature I [Lecture] (3.0)

This is a survey of representative Baroque and Classical keyboard works with emphasis on comparative listening. (Offered on demand)

MUS 391 - Vocal Literature I [Lecture] (2.0)

This survey of representative Baroque and Classical works emphasizes literature for practical teaching. (Offered alternate years)

MUS 392 - Instrumental Literature [Lecture] (3.0)

This is a survey of representative works from Baroque to 20th century with emphasis on comparative listening and literature practical for teaching. (Offered on demand)

MUS 411 - Orchestration [Lecture] (3.0)

This course is a study of instrumental characteristics and notation, scoring and arranging for the instruments of the orchestra and band from small to large ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 200.

MUS 418 - Piano Field Experience II [Practicum] (1.0)

This course is a continuation of MUS 317. (Offered on demand)

MUS 443 - K-12 Music Education Student Teaching Seminar [Lecture] (1.0)

This capstone experience is taken concurrently with student teaching. The students will debrief and process their student teaching experiences. Attention will be given to classroom management issues, to schools as organizations, to hiring and interviewing processes, and to the review of pedagogical issues in music.

MUS 491 - Vocal Literature II [Lecture] (2.0)

This survey of representative Romantic and twentieth century works emphasizes literature for practical teaching. (Offered alternate years)

MUS 495 - Independent Study in Music [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.

MUS 498 - Undergraduate Research [Independent Study] (1.0-4.0)

Students conduct laboratory research in music under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required. (May be repeated with new research.) Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar. (Offered on demand)

MUS 498H - Senior Honors Project [Honors Option] (1.0-3.0)

MUS1001 - Applied Piano [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1001 - Applied Piano [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1001 - Applied Piano [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1002 - Applied Organ [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1002 - Applied Organ [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1002 - Applied Organ [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1003 - Applied Voice [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1003 - Applied Voice [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1003 - Applied Voice [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1004 - Applied Violin [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1004 - Applied Violin [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1004 - Applied Violin [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1005 - Applied Viola [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1005 - Applied Viola [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1005 - Applied Viola [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1006 - Applied Cello [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1006 - Applied Cello [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1006 - Applied Cello [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1007 - Applied String Bass [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1007 - Applied String Bass [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1007 - Applied String Bass [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1008 - Applied Trumpet [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1008 - Applied Trumpet [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1008 - Applied Trumpet [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1009 - Applied French Horn [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1009 - Applied French Horn [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1009 - Applied French Horn [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1010 - Applied Trombone [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1010 - Applied Trombone [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1010 - Applied Trombone [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1011 - Applied Baritone [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1011 - Applied Baritone [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1011 - Applied Baritone [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1012 - Applied Euphonium [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1012 - Applied Euphonium [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1012 - Applied Euphonium [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1013 - Applied Tuba [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1013 - Applied Tuba [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1013 - Applied Tuba [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1014 - Applied Flute [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1014 - Applied Flute [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1014 - Applied Flute [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1015 - Applied Clarinet [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1015 - Applied Clarinet [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1015 - Applied Clarinet [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1016 - Applied Oboe [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1016 - Applied Oboe [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1016 - Applied Oboe [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1017 - Applied Bassoon [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1017 - Applied Bassoon [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1017 - Applied Bassoon [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1018 - Applied Saxophone [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1018 - Applied Saxophone [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1018 - Applied Saxophone [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1019 - Applied Percussion [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1019 - Applied Percussion [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1019 - Applied Percussion [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1020 - Applied Guitar [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1020 - Applied Guitar [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1020 - Applied Guitar [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1021 - Jazz Improvisation [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1021 - Jazz Improvisation [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1021 - Jazz Improvisation [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1022 - Applied Harp [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

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MUS1022 - Applied Harp [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

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MUS1022 - Applied Harp [Lesson 3 Credits] (3.0)

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MUS1025 - Accompanying [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

The principles and problems of accompanying are studied. Students attend a private or class lesson each week and accompany three students per semester (assigned by piano faculty). Course fee applicable.

MUS1026 - Applied Composition [Lesson 1 Credit] (1.0)

Weekly composition lessons working one-on-one with the composition teacher. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS1026 - Applied Composition [Lesson 2 Credits] (2.0)

Weekly composition lessons working one-on-one with the composition teacher. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.