||Course Offerings | Music
Division of Humanities
Barbara Hall (chair), Larry
Bitensky, Vincent DiMartino, Hannah Hopkins-Maupin, Sarah Stoycos; students:
Missy Crowley, Karen Wicke
The Music Program at Centre College seeks to provide a meaningful experience with music of high quality for every student at the College. We are committed to:
1. Enabling students to listen perceptively and communicate clearly about music.
2. Developing each students understanding of the interrelationship of the history, theory, and practice of music.
3. Increasing and broadening student appreciation of a variety of musical styles.
4. Enabling students to become more accomplished, creative, and expressive musicians through participation in applied study and performance organizations.
5. Preparing students with professional aspirations in music for employment and graduate studies in the discipline.
Requirements for the Major
MUS 120, 121, 220, 221,
230, 231, 320, 321, 500 or 501;
Three additional MUS courses, excluding applied music. One may be at the
200-level, two must be at the 300-level;
Five hours of applied music; at least one term must be at the 300-level;
Passing grade on the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam, administered as
the final exam in MUS 321. The exam may be retaken once each term.
for the Minor
MUS 120, 121, 220, 221,
230 or 231;
Three additional three-hour electives, exculding applied music, at the
200-level or above; one must be at the 300 level;
Four credit hours of applied music, at least three terms must be on the same
History and Theory Courses
MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music
An introduction to music theory, including standard music notation,
key signatures, and recognition of simple chords and chord symbols. Designed
for those with little or no previous training in music.
MUS 111 Listening to Music
An introduction to the music of Western culture by careful listening
to masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the present. Historical backgrounds,
important forms, and the elements of music are incorporated into the course
as aids to the development of intensive and intelligent listening.
MUS 112 History of Jazz
An introduction to and discussion of jazz history including the styles,
musical components, and central figures. Course goals are accomplished
through lectures, videos, and musical performances in and out of class.
Knowledge of a musical instrument is not required.
MUS 113 World Music
An exploration of the musical styles and cultural significance of
music in various non-Western cultures through lectures, listening, and
performances. Cultures studied may include those of India, the Middle
East, China, Japan, Africa, and Latin America. No musical knowledge or
experience is necessary.
MUS 114 American Music
Students listen to, read about, and discuss many of this countrys
vernacular music traditionse.g., Appalachian folk ballads, African-American
spirituals, Country Music, the Blues, Psalmody, Shape-Note, Jazz, Tin
Pan Alley, Rock n Roll, etc.with emphasis on the particular
contexts that gave birth to each of these distinctive styles. There is
also a brief look at American classical music, chiefly as it relates to
popular music. Field trips to live performances may be included, depending
on availability. Note: No music reading skills or performance abilities
are required for this course.
MUS 120 Materials and Structure of Music-I
Introduction to the music of the "common practice period"
(European music from about 1650-1900) as well as more recent music based
on similar principles (much of 20th-century popular music). Topics include
diatonic harmony and voice-leading, melodic organization, and simple forms.
Students develop fluency in analysis and in composing imitative style
exercises using computer music notation. Students normally enroll in MUS
121 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS 110 or successful performance on placement
MUS 121 Musicianship-I (one credit hour)
A skills lab for aural recognition (identification of intervals and
chord qualities), sight singing, simple melodic dictation, keyboard harmony,
and elementary improvisation. Group work is heavily supplemented by individual
work using the departments computer facilities. Note: Students may
enroll in MUS 121 without taking MUS 120.
MUS 123 Learning Music through Digital Technology
An introduction to digital electronic music. Students make their own
electronic compositions by learning to use sequencers and sound editors,
using the Music Programs synthesizers and computers. Presentation
of final projects in a public class concert is required.
MUS 124/324 Music Writing Workshop
This introductory class welcomes students at all levelsthose
with little, or considerable experience with music. Students learn techniques
to help them write music that may range from rock, pop and country songs,
jazz and vocal arrangements, to classical works. Ability to read music
is not required, although some experience with singing or a musical instrument
such as guitar or keyboard is very helpful. No prerequisite is required
for the beginning level; MUS 120 is required for the advanced level.
MUS 220 Materials and Structure of Music-II
Continuation of MUS 120. Topics include chromatic harmony and voice-leading,
counterpoint, and classical forms. Students normally enroll in MUS 221
concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS 120.
MUS 221 Musicianship-II (one credit hour)
Continuation of MUS 12M. Intermediate sight singing, melodic and harmonic
dictation, keyboard harmony, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS 120
and MUS 121, or permission of the instructor.
MUS 230, 231 Survey of Music History-I, II
Survey of music literature and history from the medieval period to
the 20th century, emphasizing style, forms, cultural context, and performance
practice. Prerequisite: MUS 110 or permission of the instructor.
MUS 320 Materials and Structure of Music-III
Continuation of MUS 220. Topics include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic
and textural materials of the music of the romantic period, the post-romantic
period including impressionistic styles, and the contemporary period.
Students normally enroll in MUS 321 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS 220.
MUS 321 Musicianship-III (one credit hour)
Continuation of MUS 221. The final exam serves as the comprehensive
musicianship exam for the music major. Prerequisite: MUS 220 and MUS 221,
or permission of the instructor. May be repeated without credit as necessary.
MUS 323 Principles of Conducting
A study of techniques of reading, playing, and conducting from choral
and orchestral scores. Advanced aural skills (sight-singing and dictation)
are practiced. Prerequisite: MUS 220 or permission of the instructor.
MUS 325 Instrumentation and Orchestration
An introduction to the fundamental techniques of instrumentation and orchestration.
Through a combination of score study, listening, workshop sessions, guest
artists, and creative written work, students gain a working knowledge
of how to write and arrange for the modern orchestra. Prerequisite: MUS
220, or concurrently, or permission of the instructor.
MUS 450 Music and Politics Under
the Nazi & Soviet Regimes
This course examines the interaction of music and politics under these
two totalitarian regimes. Specific areas of inquiry include topics such
as music in the Jewish ghettos and concentration camps, Hitler's affinity
for the music of Richard Wagner, the plight of both Jewish and non-Jewish
composers and performers in Germany, music as propaganda, the rise of
new musical genres and styles in response to political demands, and the
implications of Stalin's purges for the lives and music of Soviet composers
such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Prerequisite: MUS 220 and 231.
500 Senior Recital (two credit hours)
Taken in lieu of applied music in
one of the terms during the senior year, the course culminates in a solo
recital of at least 40 minutes of music and substantial program notes
for inclusion in the program. The course also includes a major paper on
a piece or pieces performed in the recital that focuses on analytical
techniques, performance practice, and music history.
MUS 501 Senior Project (two credit hours)
A senior capstone experience requiring a substantial written study
of a topic combining analysis and historical investigation. Students make
a public presentation of the study at the end of the term.
History and Theory Courses
Applied Music Courses
All applied music courses are awarded one credit hour and are normally
offered in the long terms only. Students who plan to take an applied music
course are encouraged to take the course for at least two consecutive
long terms. At the beginning and intermediate levels, two terms are normally
completed before advancing to the next level. Incoming students will be
assigned a level by the instructor after two applied lessons.
Students registering for applied music courses pay a $200 fee, except
in the case of declared music majors who are not charged for applied instruction
in a primary and a secondary instrument, and declared music minors and
music scholarship holders who are not charged for applied instruction
in a primary instrument. A student who drops applied music before taking
a lesson and by the official drop date will be refunded the entire fee.
After one lesson, $100 will be refunded, with no refund after two or more
In addition to the requirements given in the course descriptions below,
attendance at a number of recitals and concerts may be assigned. At the
completion of the second long term at the intermediate and advanced levels
the student must play a performance jury for the music faculty. With permission
of instructor and approval by the music program, any student may give
a public recital after two terms of advanced study. In the term of a recital
no jury is required.
Any student may choose to register for an applied music course on a Pass/Unsatisfactory
basis. However, if this option is chosen, these hours will be counted
against the maximum of seven credit hours of graduation credit that a
student may elect to take on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.
MUS 140-169 First-year Applied Music (one hour of credit per term)
MUS 240-269 Second-year Applied Music (one hour of credit per term)
MUS 340-369 Third-year Applied Music (one hour of credit per term)
MUS 440-469 Fourth-year Applied Music (one hour of credit per term)
Study of an instrument, voice, or composition through private instruction.
Courses stress basic technical development as well as sensitivity to the
appropriate style for literature from various historical periods. Lessons
at all levels include 13 thirty-minute lessons or 8 forty-five minute
lessons plus one thirty-minute lesson. For the beginning level courses,
the instructor has the option of substituting two weekly 45-minute class
lessons for the private lesson. A minimum of four hours per week of practice
at the beginning level and six hours of practice at the intermediate and
advanced levels per week and attendance at a number of studio classes
and/or performances are required. Students taking applied music must participate
in a college sponsored ensemble or, where appropriate, accompany an applied
student or ensemble. The ensemble requirement for composition students
will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Private instruction in instruments other than those listed below may
be offered depending on student interest and availability of qualified
Harpsichord. Permission of instructor; previous keyboard study strongly
Organ. Prerequisite: piano proficiency at the level of J.S. Bachs
Composition. Prerequisite: Mus 110 or permission of the instructor.
All ensembles stress the study and performance of a broad range of music
literature appropriate to the general aims of the liberal arts curriculum.
Choral and instrumental ensembles are offered for credit in the long terms
only. The listed ensembles grant one credit hour per term, require a minimum
of 2.5 hours of rehearsal per week, and are graded Pass/Unsatisfactory
only (these hours do not count against the colleges limit of 7 hours
of ungraded coursework). Music majors and minors are strongly urged to
participate in an ensemble every term. A maximun of six hours of ensemble
credit may be applied toward requirements for the degree.
Centre Womens Voices
Centre Mens Voices
Centre College Choir
Centre College Orchestra
Centre College Jazz Band
Centre Percussion Ensemble
Centre Chamber Ensemble