Music - MUS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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100 Introduction to Music I
3 hours. Listening, understanding, and enjoying music. May not be taken for credit by music majors or minors. Creative Arts course.

101 Music Theory I
3 hours. Notation of rhythm and pitch; scales, intervals, triads, and seventh chords; principles of voice leading and harmonic progression. Must enroll concurrently in MUS 103 and MUS 170.

102 Music Theory II
3 hours. Non-chord tones; cadences, phrases, and periods; introduction to Schenkerian analysis; inversions of triads and seventh chords. Prerequisite(s): MUS 101. Must enroll concurrently in MUS 104 and MUS 171.

103 Ear Training I
1 hours. The development of aural perception and sight-singing ability; material is correlated with MUS 101. Must enroll concurrently in MUS 101, and MUS 170.

104 Ear Training II
1 hours. The development of aural perception and sight-singing ability; material is correlated with MUS 102. Prerequisite(s): MUS 103 or the equivalent; and concurrent registration in MUS 102 and MUS 171.

107 Fundamentals of Music Theory
3 hours. Notation, metrical organization and rhythmic structure, scales and key signatures, intervals, triads, ear training, and sight singing. For the general student. May not be taken for credit by music majors or minors. Creative Arts course. Creative Arts course.

110 Convocation/Recital
0 hours. A weekly convocation presenting concerts by faculty, visiting artists, or students. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only.

111 Master Class in Performance
0 hours. Three to six master classes are offered per semester. Students must attend at least half of those offered; students must perform in one class each year. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the Music Performance option. Recommended background: Three years of private lessons.

113 Art Song
3 hours. A broad historical survey of the secular art song from the Middle Ages to the present, with greatest emphasis placed on the German, French, Italian, and English song repertory of the 18th and 19th centuries. Creative Arts course.

114 Jazz History
3 hours. A nontechnical survey of the history and development of jazz from its West African roots to contemporary styles. Creative Arts, and Past course.

115 Opera
3 hours. Representative operas from Mozart through the early 20th century from the point of view of how music contributes to drama in opera. Creative Arts course.

117 Music for Symphony Orchestra
3 hours. Examines representative works for symphony orchestra from Haydn through the 20th century focusing on the most important genres; symphony, overture and tone poem. Creative Arts course.

118 American Popular Music since 1850
3 hours. History of American popular music from 1850 to the twenty-first century. Analysis of musical characteristics, survey of traditions, and examination of social/cultural contexts of popular music developments. Creative Arts, and Past course.

119 Music for the Piano
3 hours. A survey of three centuries of keyboard music, from the Baroque to the present. Creative Arts course.

120 Jazz Improvisation I
3 hours. A study of the techniques and methods of jazz improvisation. Non-music majors must pass theory / ear-training pre-test. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 101 and grade of C or better in MUS 102. Corequisite(s): Concurrent registration in MUS 150, MUS 159 or MUS 160. Recommended background: Previous performance in jazz big band or jazz combo.

127 Latin American Music
3 hours. Survey class that introduces students to the rich repertoire of music in Latin America. It explores the history of genres, their development, instruments and representative artists in their geographical, social and cultural contexts. Same as LALS 127. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

150 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1 hours. Study/performance of jazz ensemble techniques and the performance of standard vocal jazz repertoire. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Basic music reading skills and an audition required. Recommended background: Previous choir experience.

151 Concert Band
1 hours. Introduction to varied band and wind ensemble literature. Regular band and wind ensemble literature. Regular performances during the school year. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Occasional field trips. Prerequisite(s): Audition and/or consent of the instructor.

152 Instrumental Ensembles
1 hours. Performance of chamber ensemble literature of varied types. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Occasional concerts on and off campus. Prerequisite(s): Audition and consent of the instructor.

153 University Choir
1 hours. Student performance of choral literature of all musical periods. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Occasional concerts off-campus. Prerequisite(s): Audition required.

154 Chamber Choir
1 hours. Study/performance of choral literature for 16 to 24 voices. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Occasional concerts off-campus. Prerequisite(s): Audition required.

155 Women's Choral Ensemble
1 hours. Study/performance of choral literature of all musical periods. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Occasional concerts off-campus. Prerequisite(s): Basic music-reading skills and an audition required.

156 Pep Band
1 hours. Performs at home basketball and hockey games. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Must enroll concurrently in MUS 151.

157 String Ensemble
1 hours. Introduction to string ensemble literature. Regular performances on campus; occasional field trip concert. Open to orchestral string players and harp. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Field trip required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Audition and/or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Three years of private lessons and/or high school orchestra experience.

159 Jazz Ensemble
1 hours. Practical experience in the preparation and public performance of big band and small ensemble jazz. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips may be required. Prerequisite(s): Audition or consent of the instructor.

160 Small Jazz Ensemble
1 hours. Various instrumental ensembles focusing on performance techniques within the historical development of the American jazz ensemble. Performances at various events across the UIC campus and the greater Chicago community. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Audition or consent of the instructor. Recommended backgroud: Minimum three years private instruction on student's preferred instrument.

170 Keyboard Skills I
2 hours. Development of basic keyboard skills including sight reading, transposition, improvisation, and ensemble playing. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent registration in MUS 101 and 103, or approval of the department.

171 Keyboard Skills II
2 hours. Continues MUS 170. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 170; Concurrent registration in MUS 102 and MUS 104.

180 Private Instrumental Lessons
2 hours. Applied music instruction in woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar or organ. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours. Prerequisite(s): Audition prior to initial registration and approval of the department.

182 Private Voice Lessons
2 hours. Applied music instruction in voice. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department and admission to the music major and successful completion of an audition. Recommended background: Previous music and vocal study.

190 Class Voice
1 hours. Group instruction in singing. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and concurrent registration in MUS 153 or MUS 155. May not be taken concurrently with MUS 180.

201 Theory of Music III
3 hours. Continues MUS 102. Chromatic harmony of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Study of two- and three-part forms. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 102 and grade of C or better in MUS 104 or the equivalents.

202 Theory of Music IV
3 hours. Continues MUS 201. Harmony in the late nineteenth century; introduction to twentieth-century practices. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 201 and Grade of C or better in MUS 203, or the equivalents.

203 Ear Training III
1 hours. Aural perception and sight singing. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 104 or the equivalent; and concurrent registration in MUS 201.

204 Ear Training IV
1 hours. Advanced aural perception and sight singing. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 203. Must enroll concurrently in MUS 202.

220 Jazz Aesthetics
3 hours. A technical survey of the factors and topics that permeate and surround the development and production of jazz. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and MUS 114; and grade of C or better in MUS 102 and grade of C or better in MUS 104. Requires concurrent registration in MUS 150, or MUS 159 or MUS 160. Recommended background: Jazz ensemble performance.

221 Jazz Improvisation II
3 hours. Continues the study of the technique and methods of jazz improvisation. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C of better in MUS 102 and grade of C or better in MUS 104 and grade of C or better in MUS 120 and grade of C or better in MUS 171; and sophomore standing or above; or approval of the department.

222 Music Notation and Copying
2 hours. A study of the art of music notation and score preparation using Finale software. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 102 and sophmore standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

227 Music Cultures of the World
3 hours. Examination of music throughout the world from an ethnomusicological perspective. Emphasis on classical, tribal, and folk musics; music as a cultural phenomenon. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

230 Music History I
3 hours. Principal styles and composers from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 102 and Grade of C or better in MUS 104 or the equivalents. Music Majors may have only one Grade of D among MUS 230, MUS 231, and MUS 232.

231 Music History II
3 hours. Principal styles and composers from the baroque period through the classical period. Prerequisite(s): MUS 230; and a Grade of C or better in MUS 202 and MUS 204, or the equivalents. Music Majors may have only one Grade of D among MUS 230, MUS 231, and MUS 232.

232 Music History III
3 hours. Composers and the development of musical styles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with emphasis on innovations of the latter half of the twentieth century. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 202 and grade of C or better in MUS 204 or the equivalents; and MUS 231. Music Majors may have only one Grade of D among MUS 230, MUS 231, and MUS 232.

240 Music, Gender and Culture
3 hours. Examination of the intersection of music, gender and sexuality in different historical periods and cultures. Study of music's role in the formation and expression of gender identity in classical and popular music. Same as GWS 240. Creative Arts, and Individual and Society course.

270 Keyboard Skills III
2 hours. Continues MUS 171. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 171 and concurrent registration in MUS 201 and MUS 203 or approval of the department.

271 Keyboard Skills IV
2 hours. Advanced keyboard skills, including keyboard harmony, improvisation, accompanying, and score reading. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 270 and concurrent registration in MUS 202 and MUS 204 or approval of the department.

280 Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons
3 hours. Private instruction at an advanced level in woodwinds, brass, percussion, or piano, culminating in a jury exam. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite(s): Four semesters of MUS 180 and approval of the department. Students must receive a grade of B or better in order to repeat this course.

282 Advanced Private Voice Lessons
3 hours. Advanced applied music instruction in voice. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department and admission to the music major and successful completion of four terms of MUS 182. Students must receive a grade of B or better in order to repeat this course. Recommended background: Performance experience beyond regular UIC studies.

298 Selected Topics in Music
3 hours. Study in specialized areas of music history, music theory, jazz, and ethnomusicology. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

299 Independent Study
1 TO 4 hours. Projects and topics for individual investigation. Course number may be used for student-initiated courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): MUS 202 and MUS 204 and approval of the department.

300 Counterpoint
3 hours. Written exercises and study of contrapuntal techniques in a variety of styles. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 202 and grade of C or better MUS 204; or approval of the department. Music major may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

301 Analytic Techniques
3 hours. Analysis of representative works in a variety of genres from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 202. Music majors may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

302 Composition I
3 hours. Class and individual instruction in the basic techniques of twentieth-century composition. Practice in the use of twentieth-century musical materials. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 202 and grade of C or better in MUS 204 or approval of the department. Music majors may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

303 Composition II
3 hours. Continues instruction in the techniques and materials of twentieth-century composition. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 302. Music majors may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

304 Conducting
3 hours. Basic techniques; body position; beat patterns; use of baton; division of beats; starting and stopping; the left hand; dynamics; fermatas; ensemble application; score preparation; memorization. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 202 and grade of C or better in MUS 204 or approval of the department. Music majors may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

306 Orchestration and Arranging I
3 hours. The acoustical properties, musical characteristics, and scoring problems of string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Scoring for string, woodwind, and brass ensembles. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better MUS 202 and grade of C or better in MUS 204 or approval of the department. Music majors may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

307 Orchestration and Arranging II
3 hours. The acoustical properties, musical characteristics, and scoring problems of percussion, keyboard, and electronic instruments. Scoring for mixed ensembles, band, orchestra, jazz, and commercial groups. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 306. Music majors may have only one grade of D in 300-level coursework.

310 Jazz Theory and Keyboard I
3 hours. Introductory course designed to acquaint students with rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural aspects of jazz. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C of better in MUS 202, and Grade of C or better in MUS 204, and Grade of B or better in MUS 271; and junior standing or above; or approval of the department. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

311 Jazz Theory and Keyboard II
3 hours. Advanced course to continue exploration of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural aspects of jazz. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 310. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

312 Jazz Arranging I
3 hours. Concentration on developing compositional and orchestration/arranging skills in various jazz and commercial styles. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 306; and junior standing or above; or approval of the department. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

313 Jazz Arranging II
3 hours. Advanced course for developing compositional and orchestration/arranging skills in various jazz and commercial styles. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 312; or approval of the department. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

320 Music Proseminar
1 TO 3 hours. Selected topics for intensive study in specialized areas of music history or music theory. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing with major in music and consent of the instructor.

391 Study Abroad in Music
0 TO 16 hours. Study abroad within an approved foreign exchange program or department-sponsored program. May be repeated with approval. Approval to repeat course granted by the department. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

490 Music Education: Special Topics
1 TO 4 hours. An investigation of various topics in music education pertinent to practicing music teachers. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.