2017-18 Academic Catalog

Music

Department Head: Barry E. Kopetz
Department Office:
Music Building A
Telephone: (662) 325-3070
Fax: (662) 325-0250
http://music.msstate.edu/


Mailing Address:
Department of Music
PO Box 6240
Mississippi State, MS 39762


University Bands
Ms. Elva Kaye Lance, Director of Bands
Telephone: (662) 325-2713
http://msuband.msstate.edu


University Choirs
Dr. Gary Packwood, Director of Choral Activities
Telephone: (662) 325-7801
http://www.statesings.com/


University Philharmonia Orchestra
Dr. Barry E. Kopetz, Director
Telephone: (662) 325-3070

Mission
The mission of the Department of Music at Mississippi State University is to contribute to the development of broadly acculturated citizens in our state and region through enhanced musical understanding and enriching musical experiences, providing access and opportunity to our diverse population through programs of teaching, research, and service.


Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in a liberal arts tradition of music study. This degree is designed to provide foundation coursework to apply to a variety of interdisciplinary careers including music, in preparation for graduate study, or for self-improvement.


Auditions
All potential music majors and minors are required to audition for appropriate faculty in order to determine their preparedness to enter the program, participate in ensembles, and determine eligibility for a scholarship or service award.

Although alternate dates are available, the preferred audition date for music majors and minors in all areas is the third Saturday in February. Other audition dates are available by contacting the applied faculty of your area of concentration, the department office (662) 325-3070, or the major ensemble offices.


Transfer Information
After successful admission to the University, and in addition to the music major audition, transfer students are required to complete a music theory and aural skills entrance exam to determine preparedness for upper division study.  For more information see the Department of Music website or call 662-325-3070.


Music Minor
Mississippi State University offers MSU students the opportunity to complete a minor in music. The Music Minor is a comprehensive set of courses designed to increase student musicianship and knowledge.

Students must audition and be accepted as a music minor before the minor may be declared.  Acceptance in any given studio area is on a space available basis. The requirements for the music minor cannot be completed after graduating from MSU.

For information and required courses, visit the Department of Music website: http://www.music.msstate.edu/academics/minorinmusic/

General Education and College Requirements

English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
or EN 1163 Accelerated Composition I
EN 1113English Composition II3
or EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Foreign Languages
3 semesters - Foreign Language - see advisor9
Humanities
Literature Elective - see A&S requirements3
History Elective - see A&S requirements3
Philosophy Elective - see A&S requirements3
Must be from 2 areas - EN, HI, PHI or REL6
Met in Major Core3
Mathematics
MA 1313College Algebra3
Math higher than MA 13133
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences w/lab (CH, GG, PH) 13-4
Biological Sciences w/lab (BIO, EPP, PO) 13-4
Natural Science Elective 23-4
Fine Arts
MU 3013Survey of Western Music History I3
Social Science
See A&S requirements6
Must be from 3 areas - AN, CO, EC, GR, PS, PSY or SO9
Met in Major Core3
Major Core
MU 1213Music Theory I3
MU 1321Ear Training I1
MU 1413Music Theory II3
MU 1521Ear Training II1
MU 2012World Music2
MU 2613Music Theory III3
MU 2721Ear Training III1
MU 2813Music Theory IV3
MU 2921Ear Training IV1
MU 3023Survey of Western Music History II3
MU 3412Conducting2
MU 2111Piano Class1
MU 2121Piano Class1
MU 3111Piano Class1
MU 3121Piano Class1
or MU 3112 Functional Skills of Piano I
MU 3122Functional Skills of Piano II2
Oral Communication Requirement
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Computer Literacy Requirement
Achieved through the Music Theory sequence
MU 1213Music Theory I3
MU 1413Music Theory II3
MU 2613Music Theory III3
MU 2813Music Theory IV3
Writing Requirement
EDF 3413Writing for Thinking (See advisor for other approved courses.)3
Applied Study
6 semesters of study at 2 hours per semester:
2 semesters of 1000-level courses
2 semesters of 2000-level courses
2 semesters of 3000-level courses must be completed on the same instrument
At least 1 semester of 2000-level and 2 semesters of 3000-level work must be completed at MSU.
Ensembles
4 semesters of ensembles must be completed at MSU, two of which must be the designated major ensembles.
Other Requirements
Piano Proficiency Exam
Upper Division Proficiency Exam
MU 1010Recital Hour (must enroll each semester)0
Recital or Project
Music Electives
Music Electives5
Met in College Core6
Total Hours122
1

See University/A&S Core.

2

Consult advisor.

Courses

MU 1001 First Year Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. First-year seminars explore a diverse arrary of topics that provide students with an opportunity to learn about a specific discipline from skilled faculty members

MU 1003 Fundamentals of Music Theory: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Development of skills for music reading, writing, listening and analyzing. Topics will include pitch, rhythm, meter, scales and basic harmony

MU 1010 Recital Hour: 1 hour.

Minimum one (1) hour weekly. Performance and critique experiences in applied music. Required for music (BA) and music education (BME) majors. Can be repeated for credit

MU 1103 African American Music: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A study of African musical and cultural traditions with focus on the impact of these traditions on the development and advancement of African American Music. (Same as AAS 1103)

MU 1111 Piano Class: 1 hour.

Two hours laboratory. Beginning piano for non-music majors

MU 1113 History and Appreciation of Music: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Historical development of music and the composers of the different eras; individual investigation of related special topics; individual and directed listening to music examples

MU 1123 History and Appreciation of American Music: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Historical development of music and composers of the United States; individual investigation of related American music special topics; individual and directed listening to musical examples

MU 1131 Voice Class: 1 hour.

Two hours laboratory. Class study of Voice Production

MU 1133 The History of Rock and Roll: 3 hours.

Three-hour lecture. History of the development of Rock and Roll from the early 1950’s to the present, including early Rock and Roll, the British invasion, and 21st century current trends; the course examines the symbiotic relationship between music and society

MU 1141 Song Literature: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Emphasis is placed on the history and compositional characteristics of Western art song in terms of melody, harmony, rhythm, accompaniment, form, and poetry through score study, research presentations, and listening assignments

MU 1151 Vocal Pedagogy: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Course gives a comprehensive overview of the anatomy/physiology of the human voice, the acoustic properties that govern resonance, and vocal health. It also contains a practicum as students teach voice lessons gaining practical experience

MU 1162 Music History I: 2 hours.

Two hours lecture. An introduction to musical styles and an intensive study of the music and composers of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, emphasizing listening and score-study. (Primarily for Music majors.)

MU 1163 Introduction to Music in Film: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A survey of music in motion picture media, the roles it has played from the silent to contemporary eras, and the cultures and people that produced it

MU 1213 Music Theory I: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Fundamental concepts of notation of key signatures, intervals, scales, chords, and clefs. Principles of Common-Practice Period Functional Harmony. Co-requisite:MU 1321 or consent of instructor

MU 1241 Diction I: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Course acquaints voice student with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols and their application to English and German languages. Correct singing pronunciation of these languages as applied to art song will be the focus of the course

MU 1251 Diction II: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Course acquaints voice student with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols and their application to Italian and French languages. Correct singing pronunciation of these languages as applied to art song will be the focus of the course

MU 1321 Ear Training I: 1 hour.

Two hours laboratory. Aural indentification, singing and dictation of major and minor scales, diatonic melodies, isolated harmonies, simple intervals and rhythms. Co-requisite: MU 1213 or consent of instructor

MU 1413 Music Theory II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: C or better in MU 1213). Three hours lecture. Further elements of harmony, including seventh-chords, non-chord tones, chromatic vocabulary. Small forms. Co-requisite: MU 1521 or consent of instructor

MU 1521 Ear Training II: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: C or better in MU 1321) Two hours laboratory. Aural identification, singing and dictation of diatonic melodies, triads, simple intervals and rhythms. Co-requisite: MU 1413 or consent of instructor

MU 2011 Third Year Woodwind Ensembles: 1 hour.

(Audition Required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant woodwind literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2012 World Music: 2 hours.

Two hours lecture. A survey of the non-Western musics and music cultures of the world. The course will serve as an introduction to the discipline of ethnomusicology, the study of music in the context of culture

MU 2111 Piano Class: 1 hour.

Two hours laboratory. Beginning piano for instrumental and vocal music majors

MU 2121 Piano Class: 1 hour.

Two hours laboratory. Beginning piano for instrumental and vocal music majors

MU 2322 Music History II: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MU 1162 or permission of instructor.) Two hours lecture. An intensive study of the music and composers of the Baroque and Classical periods, Monteverdi through Beethoven, emphasizing listening and score-study.(Primarily for Music majors.)

MU 2323 Music History III: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or betterin MU 2322 or permission of instructor.) Three hours lecture. An intensive study of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Western Art Music and composers and music for non-Western cultures, emphasizing listening, score-study, writing and speaking. (Primarily for Music majors.)

MU 2411 Guitar Ensemble: 1 hour.

(Audition required) One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of guitar ensemble literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2511 Marching Band: 1 hour.

(Audition Required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant marching band literature. May be repeated for credit more than once. (Fall semester only)

MU 2521 Steel Drum Ensemble: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Exploration of performance techniques, repertoire, and cultural history of Trinidadian steel drums. No audition required. May be repeated for credit

MU 2531 Concert Band: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant concert band literature. May be repeated for credit more than once. (Spring semester only)

MU 2551 Percussion Ensemble: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant percussion literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2561 Symphonic Band: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant symphonic band literature. May be repeated for credit more than once. (Spring semester only)

MU 2571 Wind Ensemble: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. Study, rehearsal and performance of select literature from the wind band repertory. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2611 Concert Choir: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant choral literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2613 Music Theory III: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: C or better in MU 1413).Three hours lecture. Chromatic vocabulary, including augmented sixth chords, Neapolitans and modulation, Late Romantic and early 20th Century innovations such as extended tertian chords and substitution chords. Co-requisite: MU 2721 or consent of instructor

MU 2631 Starkville Community Choir: 1 hour.

(Audution required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant choral literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2681 Opera Workshop: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Course acquaints the voice student with the basics of stagecraft, movement, and acting skills. Course provides the student with the opportunity to study, develop, and improve their dramatic skills outside of the voice studio

MU 2721 Ear Training III: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: C or better in MU 1521) Two hours laboratory. Aural identification, singing and dictation of diatonic melodies with chromatic inflection, seventh chords and rhythms. Co-requisite: MU 2613 or consent of instructor

MU 2731 Chamber Singers: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant choral literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2813 Music Theory IV: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: C or higher in MU 2613 and MU 2721, or equivalents; Co-requisite MU 2921 unless already passed with C or better.) Three hours lecture. Advanced harmony and musical structure; mastery developed through readings, exercises, examinations, and creative projects

MU 2851 Brass Ensembles: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant brass literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2911 Jazz Ensemble: 1 hour.

(Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of significant jazz ensemble literature. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 2921 Ear Training IV: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: C or better in MU 2721; co-requisite: MU 2831 or consent of instructor). Two hours laboratory. Aural identification, singing and dictation of modes, artificial scales, non-triadic chords, modulating melodies , compound intervals

MU 2951 Philharmonia: 1 hour.

(Two hour studio.) Study, rehearsal and performance of orchestral repertory with a focus on literature for chamber orchestra. Can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: audition or invitation

MU 2990 Special Topics in Music: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

MU 3013 Survey of Western Music History I: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A survey of western music history from Antiquity through the Baroque Period (up to ca. 1750 A.D./C.E.). This course serves as the first in a 2-course music history sequence required for music majors

MU 3023 Survey of Western Music History II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: MU 3013 or permission of instructor). Three hours lecture. A survey of western music history from Classical Period through the present (from ca. 1750 A.D./C.E.). This is the second in a 2-course music history sequence

MU 3111 Piano Class: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: grade of C or better in MU 2121 or equivalent or permission of instructor). Two hours laboratory. Intermediate piano for instrumental and vocal music majors; continuation of MU 2121

MU 3112 Functional Skills of Piano I: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Prior credit or concurrent enrollment in MU 1213-1413). Two hours laboratory. Functional keyboard skills for music majors who read and play intermediate to advanced-level piano repertoire

MU 3121 Piano Class: 1 hour.

Two hours laboratory. Continuation of MU 3111

MU 3122 Functional Skills of Piano II: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Prior credit or concurrent enrollment in MU 1213-1413). Two hours laboratory. Functional keyboard skills for music majors who read and play intermediate to advanced-level piano repertoire

MU 3123 Creative Arts for Elementary and Middle Levels: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education) Three hours lecture. An exploration of musical and artistic elements utilizing a variety of multicultural music, dance, drama and aesthetic visual. (Same as EDE 3443)

MU 3201 Collaborative Piano Ensemble: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: late intermediate to early advanced piano skills. Audition required). One to five rehearsals per week. The study and performance of vocal/piano and instrumental piano repertoire. May be repeated for credit more than once

MU 3333 Orchestration: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: C or higher in MU 2813 and MU 2921, or equivalents, plus fully-passed Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination.) Three hours lecture. Study of instruments and orchestration techniques; mastery through readings, exercises, examinations, presentations, and creative projects

MU 3412 Conducting: 2 hours.

Two hours lecture. The elements of conducting, baton technique, and interpretation

MU 3433 Piano Literature: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Repertoire, curriculum building, in a chronological and historical organization for teachers. Includes learning repertoire for teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced piano. Recommended for all students in the keyboard concentration. Requires music reading and some knowledge of history

MU 3442 Advanced Conducting: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: MU 3412 or consent of instructor). One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Continuation of MU 3412 with emphasis on interpretation of significant instrumental and choral literature

MU 4000 Directed Individual Study in Music: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

MU 4313 Form and Analysis: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: C or higher in MU 2813 and MU 2921, or equivalents, plus fully-passed Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination.) Three hours lecture. A survey of forms in music literature, with emphasis on harmonic structure and analytical techniques

MU 4322 Band Arranging: 2 hours.

Two hours lecture. (Prerequisite: Passing scores on both written and aural portions of the Music Theory Upper Division exam.) Study of idiomatic writing for instrumental ensembles, including marching, concert, and jazz bands

MU 4990 Special Topics in Music: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

MU 6990 Special Topics in Music: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

MU 7000 Directed Individual Study in Music: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged. modulations, and harmonic analysis

MU 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Music: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

MU 8013 Seminar in Music History Research: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Admission to MME Degree Program.) Three hours graduate seminar. Develops knowledge and skills necessary to conduct advanced research in subjects relating to music history

MU 8023 Seminar in Music Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Admission to MME Degree Program). Three hours seminar. Directed study and discussion of topics in music theory, emphasizing individual analysis, writing and presentation

MU 8402 Advanced Instrumental Arranging: 2 hours.

(Prerequisites: Admission to MME degree program; or permission of instructor). Two hours lecture. Advanced scoring practice in arranging music for concert, marching, jazz bands, and small instrumental ensembles

MU 8412 World Drumming: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Admission to MME Degree Program). Two hours lecture. An introduction to drum techniques, traditional rhythms, performance practices, ensemble organization, and musical concepts of selected world drumming traditions

MU 8422 Keyboard Skills for Music Educators: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Admission to MME Degree Program). Two hours lecture. Group piano course designed to help music educators improve keyboard skills for playing parts and accompaniments, singing and playing, playing from lead sheets, improvisation, and sight playing

MU 8482 Wind Band Literature: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: admittance to the MME program). Two hours lecture. The study of the literature and history of the concert band (Renaissance to present era)

MU 8990 Special Topics in Music: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)