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Course Descriptions Music (MUS)

MUSIC (MUS)

Updated for 2014-2015

MUS 103 Guitar Ensemble I (3)

Performance of literature for guitar ensembles: duets, trios, quartets, and larger groups. Course will culminate with a public performance of major works. May be repeated for additional credits. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Rec Prep: MUS 121D.

MUS 104 Beginning Jazz Ensemble (2)

Performance of music for large Jazz Ensemble. Students are expected to be proficient performers on alto, tenor or baritone saxophone, trumpet or trombone, piano, guitar, bass or drums. Students should have good reading skills. Acceptance into the ensemble is by audition. May be repeated for additional credit. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

MUS 106 Introduction to Music Literature (3)

Covers the history and development of Classical music. Emphasis is on music of the western hemisphere from the listener’s point of view. (45 lecture hours) (DH)

MUS 107 Music in World Cultures (3)

Folk, popular, and art music from major regions of the world, with emphasis upon Asia and the Pacific; representative styles and regional characteristics. (FG, Group C)

MUS 108 Music Fundamentals (3)

Covers basic concepts of reading, notating and aurally recognizing music in Western culture. Notation of rhythms, pitch, diatonic scales, key and time signatures, the recognition of intervals and use of chords shall be presented. Emphasis will be on music reading, notation, and aural dictation. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

MUS 112 Hawaiian Ensemble I (2)

Hawaiian Ensemble will focus on basic vocal and instrumental group performance and study of earlier to contemporary Hawaiian songs. Two and three part harmony will be introduced. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Rec Prep: MUS 108 and either MUS 121Z or 122Z.

MUS 113 Hawaiian Ensemble II (2)

Hawaiian Ensemble II, a continuation of Hawaiian Ensemble I. will focus on increasingly difficult vocal and instrumental group performance of and study of early to contemporary Hawaiian songs. Increased emphasis on stage deportment appropriate to Hawaiian image and enlarged repertoire. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 112 or consent of instructor.

Rec Prep: MUS 108 and either MUS 121Z or MUS 122Z.

MUS 114 College Chorus (2)

MUS 114 is a performance-oriented course for all students interested in singing in a large ensemble. The selected repertoire is drawn from a range of classical, popular (jazz, musical theatre), and Polynesian/ethnic choral literature. Rehearsal and performing practices as well as basic music reading are included in the course of study. An extra-curricular concert is scheduled at the end of the semester. Previous choral experience is not required. May be repeated for additional credits. (DA)

Rec Prep: MUS 108, 121B, and 122B strongly recommended.

MUS 121B Beginning Voice (2)

MUS 121B is the first of a three-semester sequence in learning solo singing skills. This course will provide the student with the opportunity to explore their natural singing voice and find their vocal identity. Concepts and skills introduced in the class include the basic techniques in vocal production: alignment, breathing, vowels, resonance, and energy. Solo performances of memorized songs will be required. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 108 is strongly recommended. (DA)

MUS 121C Beginning Piano I (2)

An introduction to keyboard skills to include exploring and developing finger technique and elementary note reading skills as it relates to the piano keyboard. (DA) (45 lecture hours)

MUS 121D Classic Guitar I (2)

Introductory classroom instruction in the art of classic guitar playing: solo and ensemble performance, technique, music reading, interpretation, stage etiquette and music literature. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

MUS 121E Pop/Folk Guitar I (2)

Introductory classroom instruction in folk and popular styles of guitar playing: technique, music reading, chord symbols, song accompaniment patterns, stage etiquette, and ensemble performance. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

MUS 121F Slack Key Guitar (1)

An introduction to Hawaiian style slack key guitar playing of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian compositions. Emphasis on slack key techniques: standard G and double slack key tunings, reading of tablature and counting of basic rhythms. An introduction to slack guitar technique history in Hawai‘i is included. May be repeated for additional credit. (30 lecture/lab hours)

MUS 121Z ‘Ukulele I (2)

Introductory classroom instruction in Hawaiian 'ukulele playing: technique, music reading, chord symbols, song accompaniment, stage etiquette and ensemble performance. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

MUS 122B Intermediate Voice (3)

MUS 122B is the second of a three-semester sequence in learning solo singing skills. This course will provide the student with the opportunity to explore their natural singing voice and find their vocal identity. Four vocal styles are explored and studied to experience the different vocal and musical skills required for each genre. Performances of each style are required. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 108 is strongly recommended. (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 121B or consent of instructor.

Rec Prep: MUS 108 strongly recommended

MUS 122C Beginning Piano II (3)

A continuation of Music 121C. This course emphasizes the art of piano playing in a solo and an ensemble setting. (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 121C with C or better or consent of instructor.

MUS 122D Classic Guitar II (3)

A continuation of the skills and concepts in MUS 121D, Classic Guitar I: solo and ensemble performance, technique, interpretation, stage etiquette and music literature for guitar. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 121D with C or better or consent of instructor.

MUS 122E Pop/Folk Guitar II (3)

A continuation of MUS 121E, Folk Guitar I. Classroom instruction in folk and popular styles of guitar playing: technique, music reading, chord symbols, song accompaniment patterns, simple improvisation, stage etiquette and ensemble performance. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 121E with C or better or consent of instructor

MUS 122F Slack Key Guitar (1)

A continued study of Hawaiian style slack key guitar performance begun in MUS 121F. More advanced compositions and techniques including C tunings. Memorization of compositions emphasized in relation to Hawaiian being an oral language. May be repeated for additional credit. (30 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 121F or consent of instructor.

MUS 122Z ‘Ukulele II (2)

A continuation of MUS 121Z, ‘Ukulele, with classroom instruction in Hawaiian and popular styles of ‘ukulele playing: technique, music reading, chord symbols, song accompaniment patterns, improvisation, stage etiquette and ensemble performance. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 121Z with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

MUS 140 Introduction to Audio Production (3)

Introduction to the process of audio engineering for live concerts or recorded sound. Students learn the proper usage of audio production tools through lecture and hands-on studio projects. (45 lecture hours)

MUS 201 Vocal Ensemble (2)

MUS 201 is a performance-oriented course for all students interested in singing in a small ensemble. The selected repertoire is drawn from a range of classical, popular (jazz, musical theatre), and Polynesian/ethnic choral literature. Rehearsal and performing practices as well as intermediate music reading are included in the course of study. A mandatory concert is scheduled at the end of the semester where they will perform the learned repertoire. Previous choral experience is helpful but not required. May be repeated for additional credits. (DA)

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor required.

Rec Prep: Previous choral experience and MUS 121B.

MUS 203D Keyboard Ensemble (2)

This is a performance course that explores and develops repertoire for six hands and four hands on both one piano and two pianos and small groups of two or more keyboards. May be repeated for additional credit. Concurrent registration in Mus 215 is strongly recommended. (45 lecture/lab hours)

Prerequisite: MUS 122C or consent of instructor.

MUS 203G Guitar Ensemble II (3)

Performance of advanced literature for guitar ensembles: duets, trios, quartets and larger groups. Course will culminate with a public performance of major works. May be repeated for additional credits. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 103.

MUS 207 Music of the Pacific (3)

MUS 207 introduces the music of the Pacific island cultures, including those of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. In each island study, the musical concepts, performance contents, and cultural processes will be surveyed and analyzed through aural and visual classroom activities.

Rec Prep: Enrollment in MUS 107 is recommended.

MUS 221B Advanced Voice (2)

MUS 221B is the third in a three-semester sequence in developing solo voice as a class. Students will enhance their vocal performance skills on an advanced intermediate level through the selected repertoire which includes musical theater scenes and/or opera scenes. May be repeated for additional credits. (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 122B or consent of instructor;

Rec Prep: MUS 108

MUS 221C Intermediate Piano Class I (2)

Music 221C is a continuation of Music 122C, Beginning Piano Class II, with a focus on developing a repertoire of piano literature of intermediate levels. This course will continue to develop keyboard skills, basic musicianship skills to include music reading, improvising, transposing, harmonizing, and ear training. Performance skills will continue to be emphasized. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 122C or consent of instructor.

MUS 221D Woodwind, Brass or Percussion (2)

Offers three hours per week of Master Classes and recital preparation. May be repeated for additional credit. This course is intended for students who are experienced on a wind or percussion instrument. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 122D or consent of instructor.

MUS 221H Classic Guitar III (2)

A continuation of MUS 122D, Classic Guitar II. Intermediate and advanced skills and concepts involving solo and ensemble performance, technique, interpretation, stage etiquette and music literature are addressed. May be repeated for additional credits. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 122D with C or better or consent of instructor.

MUS 222C Intermediate Piano Class II (2)

Music 216 is a continuation of Music 215, Intermediate Piano Class I, with a focus on developing further a repertoire of piano literature of intermediate levels. This course will continue to develop keyboard skills, basic musicianship skills to include music reading, improvising, transposing, harmonizing, and ear training. Performance skills will continue to be emphasized. (45 lecture/lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 221C or consent of instructor.

MUS 232 Applied Music (1)

Offers individual music instruction for commercial music majors (CMUS). MUS 232: B Voice; C Piano; D Organ; E Harpsichord; F Harp; G Classic Guitar; H Violin; I Viola; J Cello; K Double Bass; M Flute; N Oboe; O Clarinet; P Bassoon; Q Saxophone; R Trumpet; S French Horn; T Trombone; U Tuba; W Baritone Horn; Y Percussion; Z Other. May be repeated for additional credit. (DA) (7 1/2 lecture hours) (15 1/2 hour lessons)

Prerequisite: Audition and instructor approval

MUS 232B Applied Music: Voice (1)

Offers individual music instruction for intended music majors. May be repeated for additional credits.

Prerequisite: instructor’s approval.

Rec Prep: MUS 121B

MUS 232G Applied Music: Classic Guitar

Private instruction in the art of classical guitar playing for intended music majors. May be repeated for additional credits. (DA)

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in guitar ensemble, MUS 103 or 203G.

Rec Prep: MUS 121D and 122D

MUS 240 Introduction to Digital Music 
Production (3)

An introduction to the theory and practice of digital music production on the Macintosh computer: music notation; MIDI sequencing; audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering; and preparation of audio files for CD and MP3 formats.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or instructor consent

Rec Prep: MUS 108 or MUS 253.

MUS 253 Music For Classroom Teachers (3)

An exploration of the theory and practice of music for prospective elementary school teachers. Specifically, this course examines the elements of music-time, pitch, performance media, musical expression and form-and how these elements interact within the musical experience. These elements are explored and applied through singing and the playing of percussion instruments, ukulele, autoharp, piano, and other classroom instruments; listening; movement; notation of music; performing from notation; and analysis of music both aurally and from musical scores. The creative use of musical elements as a means of understanding music is an integral component of this course. (Required of UH Mānoa elementary education majors.) (DA)

Prerequisite: ENG 21 or 22; MATH 1B with a grade of C or better.

MUS 281 Music Theory I (3)

A survey of elementary concepts in music theory: melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic materials; musical structure and form; composition and analysis. To be taken concurrently with MUS 283. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 108 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor

Corequisite: MUS 283.

MUS 282 Music Theory II (3)

A continuation of Music 281. Fundamental concepts in music theory are examined in detail: melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic materials; musical structure and form; composition and analysis. To be taken concurrently with MUS 284. (45 lecture hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 281 with C or better or consent of instructor

Corequisite: MUS 284.

MUS 283 Aural Training I (1)

A course in the development of aural perception through the techniques of music dictation, sight singing and rhythm exercises. To be taken concurrently with MUS 281. (45 lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 108 or consent of instructor.

Corequisite: MUS 281.

MUS 284 Aural Training II (1)

A continuation of Music 283. A course in the development of aural perception through the techniques of music dictation, sight singing, and rhythm exercises. To be taken concurrently with MUS 282. (45 lab hours) (DA)

Prerequisite: MUS 283 or consent of instructor.

Corequisite: MUS 282.

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