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Course descriptions

Course Descriptions

MUAP 501: Applied Wind Conducting. The purpose of this course is to expose the student to advanced aspects of conducting and score study. Students will be required to prepare materials that address the following areas: 1) advanced conducting technique; 2) advanced score marking and preparation; and 3) advanced rehearsal techniques. Areas of further consideration will include transposition, advanced ear training/error detection and repertoire selection. The student will play an integral part in the specific plan devised for them.

MUAP 502: Applied Choral Conducting. This course will focus on the review and refinement of established conducting skills. Study will involve graded conducting of choral repertoire and exercises, self-evaluation of conducting in rehearsal and performance through the use of videotapes, evaluations of assigned videos and readings from texts and supplementary materials. Representative literature from all periods will be studied and conducted. Conducting techniques, rehearsal and vocal techniques, diction, performance practice, and score analysis will be emphasized.

MUAP 503: Applied Orchestral Conducting. The purpose of this course is to develop the student's skills to advanced aspects of conducting and score study. Students will be required to prepare materials that address the following areas: 1) advanced conducting technique; 2) advanced score study marking and preparation; and 3) advanced rehearsal techniques. Areas of further consideration will include transposition, advanced ear training/error detection and repertoire selection. The student will play an integral part in the specific plan devised for them. Emphasis is placed on developing good habits of score study and baton technique, as well as the skills to intelligently critique conducting technique. These skills will serve as a foundation for future development.

MUAP 504: Advanced Conducting Project
. This course is the culmination of study in the area of specialization consisting of a written document and a DVD-video component of the student's conducting experiences.

MUAP 505: Applied Conducting II. The purpose of this course is to provide additional in-depth study into all aspects of conducting and score study. Each student will be required to prepare materials that address the following areas: 1) advanced conducting technique; 2) advanced score marking and preparation; and 3) advanced rehearsal techniques. These concepts will be addressed using repertoire that will stretch the students understanding of music and its compositional structure. In the second semester of study, all students will be studying repertoire of the most advanced levels. Areas of further study and refinement will include transposition, advanced ear training/error detection and repertoire selection.

MUED 501: Woodwind Pedagogy. Woodwind Pedagogy includes learning detailed pedagogical techniques for teaching clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon. The participants will receive advanced instruction on proper techniques and pedagogy for each of the instruments.

MUED 502: Brass Pedagogy. In this course students will continue to expand their knowledge of and ability to teach brass instruments effectively by developing pedagogically sound concepts and delivery systems. In addition students will gain an expanded knowledge of printed, recorded, and electronic resources available, including method books and literature, solo CDs, websites relative to brass instruments.

MUED 503: High String Pedagogy. In upper string pedagogy students will receive in depth analysis of the various aspects that go into playing the violin and viola at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Participants will explore various exercises used to teach left and right arm/hand techniques; instrument playing position, practicing tips and will explore literature specific to developing these techniques.

MUED 504: Low String Pedagogy. This course is designed to prepare music educators in the specialized techniques of teaching and of performing on the violoncello and the string bass through practical playing experience.  Students will explore various exercises used to teach left and right hand/arm techniques, and will examine literature specific to developing these techniques.

MUED 505: Percussion Pedagogy. This course will familiarize students with various methods of teaching percussion with an emphasis placed on concert percussion. Students will learn to integrate these concepts into elementary, junior high, and high school level percussion instruction. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of how to play and teach the percussion family of instruments and incorporate pedagogical strategies into their individual teaching schedule.

MUMH 501: Wind Literature. This course will provide students an in-depth discussion of the development of the wind band and its repertoire. Each student will gain insight into the wind band and surrounding political and social climates that shaped its direction. The semester will include the Ancient and Medieval through the Baroque and Classic Periods.

MUMH 502: Choral Literature
.  This course is a survey of choral literature from the 14th to the 21st centuries.  The course will focus on the choral forms, styles, and issues of performance practice within historical contexts.  Attention will also be given to specific composers and text settings.

MUMH 503: Orchestral Literature
. This course is a study of the music composed for orchestra with a special focus on the development of the symphony. Study will include historical perspective, style analysis, listening and score study of relevant works in a chronological context.

MUMH 504: Topics in Music History and Literature: Wind
. This course will provide students an in-depth discussion of the development of the wind band and its repertoire. Each student will gain insight into the wind band and surrounding political and social climates that shaped its direction. This course will include the French Revolution through present day.

MUMH 505: Research Methods and Materials
. This course is designed to acquaint students with the range of reference tools employed in the study of music, and to foster critical thinking in handling and preparing research materials.  It will provide students with a foundation of knowledge and experience adequate to pursue various music research projects, both in graduate work and during one's professional career in music.

MUMH 506: Topics in Music History and Literature: Choral . This course will survey choral literature from the 20th and 21st centuries ranging Germanic and Non-Germanic traditions.  The course will follow a geographical outline, highlighting specific political, social, and cultural issues within those regions.

MUSI 501: Wind Conductors Symposium. The purpose of this course is to expose each student to hands -on experience in front of a large ensemble exploring repertoire selection, programming, conducting technique, performance practice knowledge, rehearsal strategies and planning, rehearsal techniques, and error detection. Students will gain knowledge and experience as it pertains to the art of rehearsal and performance of instrumental ensembles. The course will include availability of an ensemble providing a laboratory experience for each of the students.

MUSI 502: Choral Conductors Symposium. This course is devoted to the enhancement of beautiful and communicative choral singing. To that end, conducting and rehearsal techniques appropriate for a wide range of choral ensembles will be explored and discussed. Students will conduct in class and will be video recorded to aid in the evaluation of their work. Evening choral rehearsals, during which student and community singers will join members of the class, will also provide practical opportunities for students.

MUSI 503: Orchestral Conductors Symposium. This course will develop a student's individual ability to 1) communicate musical ideas in a score through gestural communication, employing appropriate and expressive baton technique; 2) apply skills and knowledge of music theory, music history and musicianship to score study; and 3) demonstrate a critical awareness of conducting technique and principles of cause and effect between gesture and sound.

MUSI 504: Conductor’s Symposium II. The purpose of this course is to provide more in-depth opportunities for students to explore and refine conducting technique, rehearsal techniques, score study and error detection. Students will continue to build knowledge and expertise as it pertains to the art of creating a visual representation of the aural image. Each conductor will be refining their skills to assist their ensembles in the advancement of performance outcomes. The course will include the availability of an ensemble providing a laboratory experience for each of the students.

MUSI 511: Vocal Pedagogy for the Choral Director. Vocal pedagogy may be defined as the science of teaching the art of singing. Beginning with the earliest methodologies of vocal pedagogy there has been extensive disagreement as to whether the teaching of singing should focus on the psychological (imagery) or the scientific (technical) aspects of singing. The discussion continues among voice teachers and researchers today, though most now agree that a balance between the two approaches is most effective. Any one working with voices should have a solid grasp of the anatomical structures and the physiological and acoustical processes of voice production as well as an awareness of how imagery concepts can influence singing. A choral director, whose task is complex and multi-faceted, has to assume many roles, one of which is a group voice teacher. This course will lay a foundation of voice science information which should prove helpful in promoting healthy choral vocalism while achieving choral artistry.

MUSI 512: Latin and Italian Diction. In this course, there will be three areas of focus for Ecclesiastical Latin and Italian diction:  1) basic working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); 2) basic working knowledge of the written rules of diction as they apply to the Ecclesiastical use of Latin and Italian languages; and 3) executing the proper sounds based on the diction rules for the Latin and Italian languages.

MUSI 513: French and German Diction. In this course, there will be two areas of focus for German and French diction: 1) basic working knowledge of the written rules of diction as they apply to the German and French languages; and 2) executing the proper sounds based on the diction rules for the German and French languages.

MUSI 521: Chamber Music Workshop: Strings and Piano. In this course students will gain an overview of the history of chamber music for string quartet and piano trio/quartet/quintet from the late 18th Century to the present. Through this study, each student will develop rehearsal strategies to assist in the process of preparation for performance. Each student will rehearse/coach the ensemble, preparing them for a culminating performance taking place at week's end.

MUTH 501: Analytical Studies for Conductors. The advanced application of music theory will review components of a com-position including (but not limited to) rhythm, melody, harmony, and texture. This course will also briefly explore various standard musical forms and how the more basic elements support and connect these larger structures. Analysis for interpretation at the podium will be the primary emphasis.