Music

Music Course Offerings

Music courses are divided into several categories, each of which has a 4-letter code for its course listings: Music Education (MUED), History and Literature course (MUHL), Music Theory (MUTH), Music Technology (MUTC), and Music Performance (MUPR). 

Music Education course offerings (MUED)

100 – Introduction to Music Education (3)

An introduction to music education techniques at multiple levels; elementary, middle, and high school.  Students learn lesson planning for the music classroom, rehearsal techniques for both vocal and instrumental ensembles, rhythmic teaching, and music assessment and evaluation.

Music History and Literature course offerings (MUHL)

151 – Great Musical Masterworks (3)

An introductory level course that follows a “great books” approach. For the non major.

152 – Music and Society (3)

A study of musical works that mirror the society that produced them. The topics chosen for study will include at least two centuries and two continents. For the non major.

153 – Women in Opera (3)

A historical survey of opera that focuses on an examination of the roles of women and their social and economic opportunities.

154 – Musics of the World (3)

A course investigating the roles of music, its distinguishing features, and performance traditions in eight to 10 geographic regions to appreciate how it differs from a Western perspective.

156 – American Music (3)

A study of the developments in American Music provided by America’s various ethnicities that focus on genre, composer, and/or era.

261 – Topics in Vocal Music (3)

An exploration of chiefly vocal repertories focusing on genre, composer, and/or era.

262 – Topics in Instrumental Music (3)

An exploration of chiefly instrumental repertories focusing on genre, composer, and/or era.

263 – Mozart (3)

A biographical and analytical study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his music. Works from all genres are included.

362 – Beethoven (3)

A biographical and analytical study, pertaining to Ludwig van Beethoven and his music.

368 – History of Jazz (3)

The study of the development of jazz, ragtime, blues, Dixieland, boogie-woogie, and later styles, which evolved in the genre.

375 – Music History I: Genre and Form (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 191. A chronological survey of select genres across several centuries and in different musical styles, focusing on the non-musical factors which effect musical evolution.  Analysis and research.

376 – Music History II: Narratives and Ideologies (3)

Prerequisites: MUTH 191. A historical examination of evolving technologies of music production and dissemination; of changing sources of patronage of composers and performers, and of how music history came to be written (creation of the Western canon) and the consequences for those privileged or silenced.  Research.

473 – Special Studies in Music History and Literature (3)

Studies of a topic in music history or literature.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music History and Literature (1-3, 1-3)

Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required. Departmental permission required.

499 – Internship in Music History and Literature (1-3)

Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency. Departmental permission required.

Music Technology course offerings (MUTC)

100—Technology for Musicians (3)

An introduction to notational tools, sound reinforcement, recording, sequencing, video capture/editing and music-specific web design and social media.

170— MIDI Composition (3)

A comprehensive overview of composing through a digital audio workstation.  Topics include vocoding, sampling, synthesis, film scoring, automation, and bussing through a series of interactive projects.

320 – Audio Recording (3)

Fundamental of acoustics audio recording for all types of instruments and ensembles including microphone selection and placement, acoustical treatments, professional practices and applications in related fields.

330 – Audio Production (3)

Prerequisite: MUTC 320. Production techniques in a variety of styles with an exploration of the roles that production, artists, and finances play in the process from conception to finished recording.

370 –Electroacoustic Techniques (3)

A study on compositional techniques in electroacoustic music with an emphasis on interactivity.  Lectures are designed to compliment student projects in a variety of topics including hid, electronic instrument design, live coding, and real-time processing.

473 – Special studies in Music Technology (3)

Studies of a topic of music technology.

Music Theory course offerings (MUTH)

181 – Materials and Sources for Music Theory (3)

A conceptual explanation of basic music vocabulary and sound resources–rhythm, meter, modes, scales, clefs, intervals, notation, acoustics–with musical examples.

191 – Diatonic Music Theory (3)

Co-requisite: MUTH 192.  Materials and structural elements of tonal music: scales, intervals, and cords.  Explores major-minor tonality, figured bass, 7th chords, cadence formulae. Includes principles of voice-leading and harmonic progression.  Analysis emphasized.

192 – Diatonic Music Theory Skills (1)

Co-requisite: MUTH 191.  Harmonic and melodic Dictation in coordination with MUTH 191.  Sight-singing, keyboard applications, basic conducting, beginning improvisational techniques.

291 – Chromatic Music Theory (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 191 and 192. Co-requisite: MUTH 292. Chromatic Music Theory of the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Harmonic syntax and structure including altered chords, missed modes, advanced tonality and modulation, small forms.

292 – Chromatic Music Theory Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 191 and 192. Co-requisite: MUTH 291.  Continued harmonic and melodic dictation in coordination with MUTH 291. Sight-singing, keyboard applications, basic conducting, beginning improvisational techniques.

351 – Fundamentals of Counterpoint and Form (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291. Introduction to the principles of counterpoint as exemplified in the music of the Renaissance.  Introduction to larger musical forms.

369 – Music Orchestration (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291, 292. A study of techniques of instrumental scoring considered historically and creatively. Project required.

391 – Post-Tonal Music Theory (3)

Prerequisite MUTH 291 and 292. Co-requisite: MUTH 392.  Contemporary music theory.  Theoretical developments and analytical techniques of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

392 – Post-Tonal Music Theory Skills (1)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291 and 292. Co-requisite: MUTH 391.  Development and application of aural and written skills pertaining to modern era.  Includes continuations of sight-singing, dictation, keyboard, conducting and improvisational techniques.

473 – Special Studies in Music Theory (3)

Studies of a topic in Music Theory.

483 – Music Composition (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291 and 292. A study of compositional techniques focusing on selected style periods, featuring both large and small models. Creative project required.

490 – Music Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: MUHL 376 and MUTH 391. Project required, presenting research from historical and theoretical perspectives.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music Theory (1-3, 1-3)

Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required. Departmental permission required.

499 – Internship in Music Theory (1-3)

Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency. Departmental permission required.

Music Performance course offerings (MUPR)

201, 202 – Class Voice I, II (1, 1)

Class instruction through the intermediate performance level, emphasizing fundamentals of vocal technique through performance, as preparation for private voice study. Placement audition.

203, 204 – Class Voice III, IV (1, 1)

Corequisite: Private Voice (MUPR 301). A comprehensive study of diction applying the standard international phonetic alphabet to the Italian and German (MUPR 203) and English and French (MUPR 204) languages.

205, 206, 207 – Class Piano I, II, III, (1, 1, 1)

Class instruction for beginners through the intermediate level. MUPR 205 and 206 deal with fundamental performance techniques. The course presumes the ability to read music. MUPR 207 emphasizes musical expression and preparation for private piano study. Placement audition.

214 – Class Woodwinds (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of woodwind instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

215 – Class Guitar I (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of guitar. Recommended for students with no prior music reading and performing experience. Class Guitar I is an introduction to playing chords, reading music, interpreting charts, and developing basic music skills needed to understand various published methods on learning guitar.

216 – Class Guitar II (1)

Prerequisite: Music Performance 215. Intermediate group study in more involved principles and techniques to prepare for private lesson study and ensembles.

223 – Class Brass (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of brass instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

225 – Class Percussion (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of percussion instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

235 – Class Strings (1)

Beginning group study in performance techniques of string instruments. Recommended for music majors seeking teaching certification in the instrumental area and for students interested in composition.

Private Instruction

Registration for private instruction is contingent upon a successful audition. All 300-level courses consist of one half-hour lesson per week for one credit. The 400-level courses consist of a one-hour lesson per week for two credits. Both are available by permission from the department chairperson. Each course may be repeated for additional credit at the discretion of the instructor. A lesson fee applies for all students.

301, 401 – Voice (1, 2)
305, 405 – Piano (1, 2)
309, 409 – Harp (1, 2)
310, 410 – Organ (1, 2)
311, 411 – Flute (1, 2)
312, 412 – Oboe (1, 2)
313, 413 – Clarinet (1, 2)
314, 414 – Bassoon (1, 2)
315, 415 – Saxophone (1 ,2)
321, 421 – French horn (1, 2)
322, 422 – Trumpet (1, 2)
323, 423 – Trombone (1, 2)
324, 424 – Tuba/Euphonium (1, 2)
325, 425 – Percussion (1, 2)
331, 431 – Violin (1, 2)
332, 432 – Viola (1, 2)
333, 433 – Cello (1, 2)
334, 434 – Contrabass (1, 2)
335, 435 – Guitar (1, 2)
336, 436 – Composition (1, 2)

 

Performing Ensembles (courses 341 – 344)

341E – Chorus: UMW Chorus (1)

Treble voices performing representative repertoire of all periods of music. Open by audition.

341F – Chorus: Fredericksburg Singers (1)

Mixed voices performing representative repertoire of all periods of music. Open by audition. In cooperation with local community musicians.

341H – Chamber Choir (1)

Mixed voices performing representative repertoire of all periods of music. Open by audition.

342 – Orchestra (1)

Opportunity to study and perform selected repertoire representative of the literature written for orchestra. Open by audition. In cooperation with local community musicians.

344 – Instrumental Ensemble (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized repertoire. Open by audition.

344A1 – Instrumental Ensemble: Jazz (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized repertoire in the jazz genre. Open by audition.

344B – Instrumental Ensemble: Flute (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized repertoire for flute choir. Open by audition.

344D – Instrumental Ensemble: Brass (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized brass repertoire. Open by audition.

344E Concert Band (1)

Opportunity to study and perform selected repertoire representative of the literature written for band. Open by audition.

344F – Instrumental Ensemble: String (1)

Opportunity to study and perform specialized string repertoire. Open by audition.

344G – Guitar Ensemble (1)

Prerequisite: MUPR 216. Opportunity to study and perform specialized guitar repertoire. Open by audition.

347 – Choral Conducting (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291, 292. The principles and techniques of choral conducting, including score reading and analysis, program planning, and workshop experience.

348 – Instrumental Conducting (3)

Prerequisite: MUTH 291, 292. The principles and techniques of instrumental conducting, including score reading and analysis, program planning, and workshop experience.

441 – Opera Workshop (Operafest) (3)

Opportunity to study and perform scenes from the operatic repertoire. Open by audition. First summer session only.

473 – Special Studies in Music Performance (3)

Studies of a topic in music performance.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Music Performance (1-3, 1-3)

Advanced study under the direction of a music department faculty member. Project required. Departmental permission required.

499 – Internship in Music Performance (1-3)

Supervised off-campus work developed in consultation with the Department of Music and the off-campus agency. Departmental permission required.