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MUSI 159 - Fundamentals of Music

Develops various ear training skills, including: sight singing, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and an introduction to harmonic dictation. These skills will be developed in conjunction with an introduction to music theory: simple and compound meter, scales, intervals and chords.  Includes Piano Lab.  Prerequisite: None

MUSI 175 - Home Studio Recording

Introduces basic concepts of recording, mixing and editing music on a macbook.  Course material includes microphone placement, recording, mixing and basic composition.  Prerequisite: None

MUSI 251 – Introduction to Music

Provides a general historical survey of music and introduces basic music theory. The objective of the course is to help students become conversant in the styles and genres of music in the history of western civilization. Popular music styles are discussed in their historical context as well as for their influences on contemporary culture. Course attributes: CCA.  Prerequisite: None

MUSI 252 – Piano I

Classroom piano instruction for students with little or no musical background or experience. Emphasis on basic piano technique and elementary music theory. Prerequisite: None

 

MUSI 253 – World Music

Compares world music and the study of music in the context of culture. Introduces students to the field of ethnomusicology and explores the folk and classical music of Asia, the Balkans, the Americas, and the wealth of ethnic culture in the North Adams area. Course attributes: CCA, CRCU, SOCJ.  Prerequisite: None

MUSI 256 – Guitar I

Provides students with a profi ciency of basic guitar techniques through study and performance of appropriate repertoire. Assumes no musical background or experience. Guitars provided on loan. Prerequisite: None

MUSI 258 – Private Lessons 

Studying privately with a professional musician, students will take 10, one-hour instrumental or voice lessons. Through this study they will advance their technique as well as improve their musicianship. Students will study a selection of exercises and repertoire with the studio instructor and will prepare at least one piece for a final evaluation or performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Two sections may be taken concurrently on different instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Department approval

MUSI 259 – Music Theory II

Introduces musical notations and modes of analysis in a sequential format beginning with basic staff and note symbols, scale and chord structure, major and minor tonality, etc., and continuing through key signatures, chord function, seventh chords, inversions and harmonic analysis and ear training.  Mastery of skills is required before admission to the next level (B or better). Prerequisite: MUSI 159 or Instructor approval

MUSI 275 – Performance Workshop Topic

Studies in depth a specific aspect of music performance. Designed to provide advanced work in analysis, interpretation and research. Offerings may include, but are not limited to: Building a Vocal Portfolio, Broadway, Gershwin, Flute Choir, Performing Mozart.  Prerequisite: None

MUSI 350 – Instrumental Ensembles

Perform with one or more of the following: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Community Band; The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Jazz Band; Chamber Ensembles. These groups perform music from standard and contemporary literature and are intended for experienced instrumentalists.  Prerequisite: None

MUSI 351 – Topics in Music History 

Studies the composition, performance, reception and criticism of music over a specified time period. A historical study of music concerned with a composer’s life and works, performance practice, developments of styles and genres, and place of music in society. Offerings may include but are not limited to genre history, period history, composers or specific works.  Prerequisite: MUSI 251

 MUSI 352 – Piano II

Develops keyboard skills. Attention given to chording, sight reading, accompanying, improvising, performance practice and the development of a repertoire. Prerequisite: MUSI 252 or equivalent

MUSI 356 – Guitar II

Develops intermediate-level performance skills. Prequisite: MUSI 256 or equivalent

MUSI 357 – Vocal Ensembles

Perform with one or both of the following: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Concert Choir; The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Chamber Choir; repertoire includes choral literature from all periods. Prerequisite: None
 

MUSI 358 – Private Lessons

Studying privately with a professional musician, students will take 10, one-hour instrumental or voice lessons. Through this study they will advance their technique, as well as improve their musicianship. Students will study a selection of exercises and repertoire with the instructor and will prepare at least two pieces for a final evaluation or performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Two sections may be taken concurrently on different instruments. Additional fees required. Prerequisite: MUSI 258 and Department approval
 

MUSI 359 – Music Theory III

Continues materials presented in MUSI 259. Advanced work in harmonic analysis, secondary dominants, higher tertian chords, dictation and solfeg. Opportunities to improve conducting, performance, and composition skills. Further analysis of form, orchestration and arranging and ear training. Prerequisite: MUSI 259
 

MUSI 360 – Composing with Software

Introduces students to compositional techniques and formal components of music composition using music composition software. Students will write several pieces of music and practice exercises to demonstrate the compositional principles under study. The course will include lecture and studio settings. Prerequisite: MUSI 359
 

MUSI 375 – Advanced Studio Recording/Live Sound

Continues MUSI 175.  This course investigates advanced techniques of recording and live sounding mixing on hardware and software.  Techniques include microphone placement, speaker and monitor mixing, cabling and soundboard principles.  Students will be prepared for internships, graduate school and employment.  Prerequisite: MUSI 175

MUSI 410 – Orchestration/Arranging

Studies the technique of orchestration. Instruments of the orchestra, instrumental colors, preparing the score, adapting music for different mediums. Students will create one large project (arrangement for band or orchestra). Prerequisite: MUSI 359
 

MUSI 415 – Counterpoint

An in-depth study of 18th century counterpoint with an historical approach. Students will write an invention, a trio-sonata and a fugue. Prerequisite: MUSI 359
 

MUSI 450 – Topics in Music Seminar

Provides advanced work in analysis and interpretation and research. Offerings: Improvisation, Composition; Conducting; History of Musical Theatre, Recording. Prerequisite: MUSI 159
 

MUSI 458 – Private Lessons

Studying privately with a professional musician, students will take 10 one-hour, instrumental-voice lessons. Through this study they will advance their technique and improve their musicianship. Students will study a selection of exercises and repertoire with the instructor and will prepare at least two advanced pieces for a final evaluation or recital performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: MUSI 358 and Department approval


MUSI 459 - Music Theory IV

Examines traditional techniques of musical form and their applications in historical and contemporary styles.  Prerequisite: MUSI 359


MUSI 475 - Music Production Film

Continues MUSI 375.  This course will examine the techniques and procedures in composing and recording for specific uses with film.  Students will create footage or explore outside sourced film and composed and/or mixed music to be connected aforementioned film.  Students will explore the creative as well as the technical aspects of film music recording.  Prerequisite: MUSI 375

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