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Music Department Degrees

Course Descriptions

  • MUSC 101
  • Introduction to Western Music

Introduction to music as an art form, emphasizing the development of perceptive listening techniques and critical judgment; representative compositions are not necessarily selected with regard to chronology. Offered every semester.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 105
  • Recital Attendance

Required of all music, vocal performance and music education majors, this course monitors each student's exposure to a large and varied body of music through study and attendance at recitals, concerts, opera and musical theatre productions, and other performances. Offered every semester.

CREDIT: 0 hours

  • MUED 110
  • Music & Society

This course introduces the student to the historical, social and philosophical foundations of music including critical evaluation of contemporary trends leading to a clarification of an individual musician’s philosophy of music and professional ethics. The course includes an introduction to basic law and arts policy in the US and the socio-cultural interplay of music, schools, and society. It will also explore the artistic pathways and qualities that aid in the pursuit of extraordinary musicianship. Offered every fall.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 110
  • Fundamentals of Music

An introduction to the basic language and construction of music. This course introduces fundamental aspects of pitch, rhythm, meter, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form. An understanding of these concepts is developed through the reading of pitches and rhythms on a staff, the examination and construction of intervals, scales, and chords, and the composition of simple musical exercises. Students will have the opportunity to practice basic musical skills and to listen to, discuss, and write about music. Offered every semester.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 111
  • Music Theory I

An introduction to the basic principles of harmony in tonal music. This course begins with a brief review of pitch, rhythm, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, and triads, and then continues with a thorough study of diatonic harmony through Roman numeral analysis and part-writing. Intended for students who already have a solid foundation in music fundamentals (as given in MUSC 110). Offered every Fall. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MUSC 110 or departmental permission.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 112
  • Music Theory II

A continuation of the concepts introduced in Music Theory I, with particular focus on chromatic harmony. This course covers phrase form, seventh chords, modulation, secondary functions and other chromatic chords. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: MUSC 111.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 121
  • English and Italian Diction

This course is designed to introduce the student to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application for the singer and choral conductor with particular regard to the English and Italian languages. While not intended as a substitute for proper study of a language, this course is designed to aid the student in producing clarity, accuracy, ease, and uniformity in the singing of these languages. Offered Fall of odd-numbered years.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 122
  • French and German Diction

A continuation of Music 121, with particular regard to the German and French languages. Offered Spring of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: MUSC 121.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUED 125
  • CMENC

Enrollment and membership in the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) is required of all music education majors. Regularly scheduled meetings will allow students to explore special topics in music education with leaders in the field. Offered every semester.

CREDIT: 0 hours

  • MUSC 141
  • Keyboard Skills I

Keyboard study in a laboratory setting. This course covers basic keyboard skills ideal for beginning piano students and those preparing for the piano proficiency examination. Offered every Fall.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 142
  • Keyboard Skills II

Keyboard study in a laboratory setting. This course provides continued study of keyboard skills in preparation for the piano proficiency examination. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: MUSC 141 or departmental approval.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 145
  • Guitar Class

Instruction in guitar offered in a laboratory format. Designed for beginners only. Offered every semester. Additional fees apply.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 171
  • Aural Skills I

This course offers basic training in the development of aural skills through sight-singing, rhythm reading, error detection, and melodic and rhythmic dictation. Emphasis will be on diatonic, conjunct melodies and simple rhythms. Offered every Fall.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 172
  • Aural Skills II

This course offers continued training in the development of aural skills through sight-singing, rhythm reading, error detection, and melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. Emphasis will be on diatonic melodies with larger leaps, moderately difficult rhythms, and chord progressions using all diatonic triads and inversions. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: MUSC 171.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUED 202
  • Teaching Music with Technology

This course is designed to introduce students to a large variety of software, hardware and MIDI applications available for use within the music classroom. It will also introduce the student to the grant writing process. The course will take place in both a classroom and laboratory setting. Offered Spring of even-numbered years.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 205
  • Vocal Methods

Basic instruction in performance and teaching voice as well as the study of vocal methods & materials appropriate for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of instruction. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of singing at the beginning level. Offered Fall of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: MUSC 147 or one semester of a choral ensemble.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUED 206
  • String Methods

Basic instruction in performance and teaching of orchestral string instruments as well as the study of instructional methods & materials appropriate for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level of instruction. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of playing the instruments at the beginning level. Offered Spring of even-numbered years.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUED 207
  • Percussion Methods

Basic instruction in the performance and teaching of percussion instruments as well as the study of instructional methods & materials appropriate for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level of instruction. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of playing the major percussion instruments at the beginning level. Offered Fall of odd-numbered years.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUED 208
  • Brass Methods

Basic instruction in the performance and teaching of brass instruments as well as the study of instructional methods & materials appropriate for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level of instruction. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of playing the instruments at the beginning level. Offered Spring of odd-numbered years.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUED 209
  • Woodwind Methods

Basic instruction in the performance and teaching of woodwind instruments as well as the study of instructional methods & materials appropriate for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level of instruction. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of playing the instruments at the beginning level. Offered Fall of even-numbered years.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 211
  • Music Theory III

An examination of the music from the late Renaissance to the Classical periods through the analysis of selected works from each period. This course introduces counterpoint and pursues further study of harmony and form, including binary and ternary forms, fugue, theme and variations, sonata form, and rondo form. Offered every Fall. Additional fees apply. Prerequisite: MUSC 112.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 212
  • Music Theory IV

An examination of the music from the Romantic period to the twentieth century through the analysis of selected works from each period. This course continues the study of form from Music Theory III and pursues an advanced study of chromatic harmony. Methods for the analysis of post-tonal music and other styles of twentieth-century music will be discussed and applied. Offered every Spring. Additional fees apply. Prerequisite: MUSC 211.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 231
  • History of Jazz

This course provides an introduction to jazz and its history. This course will examine the origins of jazz, learn about different styles of jazz in various historical eras, and familiarize the student with the "jazz giants"—those players and singers who have made lasting contributions to this uniquely American art form. A primary focus in this class will be learning how to listen to, understand, and enjoy jazz. Offered every Spring.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 232
  • World Music

This course provides an introduction to the musical tradtitions of a number of world cultures including the music of India, the Middle East, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America (including Native American music). Students will learn not only to appreciate different styles of world music aesthetically as listeners, but to understand the role that such music plays in its own culture. Offered every Fall.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 241
  • Keyboard Skills III

Keyboard study in a laboratory setting. This course provides continued study of keyboard skills in preparation for the piano proficiency examination. Offered every Fall. Prerequisite: MUSC 142.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 242
  • Keyboard Skills IV

Keyboard study in a laboratory setting. This course provides continued study of keyboard skills in preparation for the piano proficiency examination. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: MUSC 241.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 271
  • Aural Skills III

This course offers continued training in the development of aural skills through sight-singing, rhythm reading, error detection, and melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. Emphasis will be on chromatic and modal melodies, more difficult rhythms, and chord progressions using all triads and sevenths with inversions. Offered every Fall. Prerequisite: MUSC 172.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 272
  • Aural Skills IV

This course offers continued training in the development of aural skills through sight-singing, rhythm reading, error detection, and melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. Emphasis will be on chromatic and modulating melodies, challenging rhythms, and harmonic dictation of chord progressions that modulate or use chromatic chords. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: MUSC 271.

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 303
  • Beginning Conducting

Introduction to the principles and techniques of choral and instrumental conducting. Offered Spring of even-numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC 111, 171 and departmental approval.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUSC 304
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting

Advanced conducting and rehearsal techniques applicable to instrumental ensemble literature and performance. Emphasis will also be placed on score reading and error detection skills. Offered Spring of even-numbered years Prerequisites: MUSC 201.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUSC 305
  • Advanced Choral Conducting

Advanced conducting and rehearsal techniques applicable to choral ensemble literature and performance. Emphasis will also be placed on score reading and error detection skills. Offered Fall of odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC 201.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUSC 312
  • Orchestration & Arranging

This course provides an introduction to techniques of scoring and arranging for a variety of ensembles, including full orchestra. Course activities will include scoring exercises for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, piano reductions, piano transcriptions, and the creation of professional scores and parts. Additional attention will be given to arranging for choral ensembles. Students will be required to use music notation software. Offered Spring of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: MUSC 212 or departmental approval.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUED 321
  • Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy

This course covers the foundation and process of singing as it pertains to prospective teachers of singing. Its topics include but are not limited to the following: the philosophy and psychology of singing; respiration, phonation, registration, resonation, articulation, the diagnosis and correction of faults related to these areas; and the use, pathology, and care of the singer's instrument. Offered Fall of odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: two semesters of applied study in voice.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUSC 321
  • Choral Literature

This course provides a survey of choral literature for all ability levels with particular emphasis on assessing the suitability of literature for various age groups and developing knowledge of appropriate performance practice for various style periods. Offered Fall of even-numbered years.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUED 322
  • Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy

This course covers the foundation and process of applied instrumental instruction as it pertains to prospective instrumental teachers. Its topics include but are not limited to the following as they relate to standard wind and percussion instruments: respiration, articulation, registration, embouchure, posture, the diagnosis and correction of faults related to these areas; and the use and care of these instruments. Offered Fall of odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: MUED 208 and 209.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUSC 322
  • Band Literature

This course provides a survey of band literature for all ability levels with particular emphasis on assessing the suitability of literature for various age groups and developing knowledge of appropriate performance practice for various style periods. Offered Fall of even-numbered years.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUED 323
  • Marching Band Techniques

This course will introduce the student to the history and evolution of contemporary marching bands, administrative and philosophical concepts involving marching band in an educational setting, and help to develop skills in show charting, design, and a variety of marching techniques. Offered Fall of odd-numbered years.

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUED 324
  • Music in the Elementary School

This course focuses on knowledge and skills required of general music teachers working with the developing child including, but not limited to, knowledge of Kodaly and Orff methods, the study of music repertoire suitable to middle and upper elementary students, and the development of curricula and assessment techniques with regard to the National Standards for Arts Education. Offered Fall of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: MUED 110

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUED 325
  • Advanced Vocal Pedagogy

This course covers the foundation and process of singing as it pertains to prospective teachers of singing and continues with topics covered in MUED 321 with an emphasis on practical application. Additionally, its topics will include, but are not limited to, the following: the anatomy of the vocal mechanism, historical perspectives in vocal pedagogy, and appropriate literature selection. Offered Spring of even-numbered years. Prerequisites: MUED 321

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUSC 330
  • Music History I

This course addresses the development of Western music from ancient Greece to the early Classic period. This course examines musical styles and representative compositions from each historical era and considers the cultural contexts that influenced the course of music’s development. This course has been identified as a Writing Proficiency course and so requires successful completions (C- or better) of WRIT 101. Offered in Fall of even-numbered years.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUSC 331
  • Music History II

This course addresses the development of Western music from the Classic era to the 20th century. The course examines musical styles and representative compositions from each historical era and considers the cultural contexts that influenced the course of music’s development. This course has been identified as a Writing Proficiency course and so requires successful completions (C- or better) of ENGL 101. Offered in Spring of odd-numbered years.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 332
  • Special Topics in Vocal Literature

An examination of selected genres of classical vocal literature ranging from opera to art song. Topics will vary with each course offering. May be repeated for credit. Offered every Fall.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 401
  • Secondary Instrumental Methods

The course addresses the role of instrumental music instruction in public education, techniques of teaching instrumental music, and the study of music from various cultures appropriate to students in instrumental ensembles, and the administration and organization of instrumental ensembles. The course includes observations and instruction experiences in public school music classes, formulation of age-appropriate lesson plans, and peer teaching opportunities. Offered Fall of even-numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC 304 and MUED 110

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 402
  • Secondary Choral Methods

The course addresses the role of choral music instruction in public education, techniques of teaching choral music, and the study of music from various cultures appropriate to students in choral ensembles, and the administration and organization of choral ensembles. The course includes observations and instruction experiences in public school music classes, formulation of age-appropriate lesson plans, and peer teaching opportunities. Offered Spring of even-numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC 305 and MUED 110

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 403
  • Music for Early & Middle Childhood Education

This course addresses the planning and implementation of musical experiences in the elementary grades including an introduction to Orff, Kodaly and music in special education, all considered in light of contemporary child development theory. The course includes observations and instruction experiences in public school music classes, formulation of age-appropriate lesson plans, and peer teaching opportunities. Offered Fal of odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: MUED 110

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 425
  • Pedagogy Practicum

A supervised teaching experience in which students will be required to evaluate, develop individualized lesson plans for, and teach private applied students throughout the semester. Offered Fall of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: MUED 325

CREDIT: 2 hours

  • MUED 457
  • Special Seminar in Music Education

This seminar is offered in conjunction with the student teaching semester and will address topics ranging from licensure examination preparation to resume preparation as well as provide an opportunity for students to exchange ideas and learn from their different teaching assignments. Offered every Spring. Co-requisite: MUED 490

CREDIT: 1 hour

  • MUSC 485
  • Senior Capstone

Designed to be completed during a student's senior year of study. This course is offered as an independent project supported by several collective class sessions. Each student completes a special project in the area of the student's emphasis, which includes a supportive paper that journals the procedure of the special project and explains the relationship of all other aspects of their musical discipline to that project. Students in the BA in Music Performance program must complete option A. Students in the BA in Music degree may choose from Options B through E:

A. Music Performance: Student will present a one-hour senior recital in their area of emphasis (instrumental, vocal, or conducting). Students choosing this option will give their recital in addition to the recital requirement, which should then be presented in their junior year. This option is available to students completing a BM in Vocal Performance only.

B. Music Theory/Composition: Student will present a major paper of theoretical analysis and/or a portfolio of original composition(s) for performance.

C. Music Scholarship: Student will present a research thesis on musicological or theoretical subjects in both written and lecture forms.

D. Applied Pedagogy: Student will present a lecture-recital to demonstrate pedagogical principles and results. Prerequisite: Special study in pedagogy

E. Internship: Departmental-approved, supervised field experience in music or music-related activities.

CREDIT: 3 hours

  • MUED 490
  • Student Teaching: Multi-Age Music

Fourteen week supervised professional teaching experience in the greater Washington County, Ohio, area in a placement in either a secondary and elementary music classroom. Supervision shall be done by a Marietta College faculty member and selected cooperating teacher(s) who possess appropriate credentials and experience in music. Students are required to follow school district calendar. Additional fees apply. Prerequisite: Departmental approval and completion of all 400-level music education coursework. Offered every Spring. Co-requisite: EDUC 452 and MUED 457

CREDIT: 12 hours

  • Applied Music Study
  • MUSC 150, 151, 251, 351, 451

Applied music study is available to all students of Marietta College ranging from beginners to those with previous experience. The department of music offers individualized instruction in piano, voice, guitar, and all major orchestral instruments. Beginning students should register for Preparatory Applied Study (MUSC 150). Credits in Preparatory Study may NOT be applied toward either a minor or major in music. Students who have taken lessons previously or those wishing to pursue a major or minor in music should contact the department of music prior to registration at higher levels of study. Offered every semester.

3 hours of applied lessons in the same instrument, numbered 151 or above may be applied toward the fine arts requirement in place of one 3-credit "R" designated course; 3 additional hours may replace the second 3-credit Fine Arts requirement. Additional fees apply.

CREDIT: 1 Hour each semester (for one half-hour of private instruction per week)


With departmental permission, 2 hours of credit per semester may be elected (for two half-hours of private instruction per week)

  • Ensembles

Performing ensembles play an important role in life at Marietta College and are open to all interested students. All ensembles are offered every semester except for MUSC 362 which is offered every Spring. 3 hours of MUSC 161, 162, 163, 165 and/or 361 may be applied toward the fine arts requirement in place of one 3-credit "R" designated course; 3 additional hours may replace the second 3-credit Fine Arts requirement.

MUSC 161 Men's Ensemble: The Men's ensemble performs a variety of musical styles suitable to male voices. No audition is required. Additional fees apply.

MUSC 162 Women's Choir: The Women's Choir performs a variety of musical styles suitable for female voices. No audition is required. Additional fees apply.

MUSC 163 Oratorio Chorus: The Oratorio Chorus performs major choral/orchestral works each semester and is open to both Marietta College students and members of the community. No audition is required.

MUSC 165 Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band provides students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind band literature with emphasis placed on both individual and group improvement. Both large and chamber ensemble music is programmed for each concert with the intent of providing members with a wide variety of performing experiences. Instructor permission is required to enroll. Additional fees apply.

MUSC 166 Jazz Ensemble: This ensemble provides exposure to high quality jazz literature with emphasis placed on jazz styles and performance practices. Instructor permission is required to enroll.

MUSC 361 Concert Choir: The Concert Choir is a select mixed chorus requiring an audition. As the primary touring ensemble of Marietta College the choir has performed throughout the United States. Concert tours are scheduled annually during the week following graduation day in early May. Auditions are held the first two days of the fall semester. Additional fees apply.

MUSC 362 Opera Workshop: Opera Workshop provides students with the opportunity to study, develop, and improve their dramatic skills outside of their voice studios and gain valuable stage experience through performances of staged operatic scenes. As a result of their stage experience students will have a greater understanding of what it means to be a part of a complete operatic conception. This experience will help the students to better understand the development of performance practice as it relates to other historical, theoretical, and compositional music studies.

MUSC 364 Collegiate A Cappella Ensemble: The Collegiate A Cappella Ensemble is a select group of 6 to 12 mixed voices. These singers perform frequently within the Marietta community. Auditions are held the first week of fall term.

MUSC 365 Small Ensembles: Flexible instrumental ensemble(s) for smaller works for instruments of various types. Instructor permission is required to enroll.

MUSC 366 Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble requiring an audition. The ensemble provides the opportunity to reherse and perform high quality wind band literature in an advanced environment. Members will also serve in positions of music leadership within the Symphonic Band (MUSC 165) for which concurrent registration is required.

CREDIT: 1 hour