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Course Descriptions


  1. General Courses
  2. Applied Music
  1. Ensembles

101. Introduction to Music
A basic music appreciation course, this one-semester survey examines musical styles from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century with emphasis on the Classic and Romantic eras. Highly recommended for all liberal arts students; no music background is needed. Reading and listening assignments, concert attendance and reviews. May not be counted toward the music major or minor.
Meets general academic requirement A.

102. Fundamentals of Music
An introductory survey of the main aspects of music theory and practice, including rhythm, intervals, scales and keys, melody, harmony, and form. Analysis of listening processes will involve some psychological principles of music perception. Some music reading, creative writing, and analytical studies in various styles and periods are included. Primarily for students without extensive musical training. This course can be used as preparation for Music Theory I.
Meets general academic requirement A.

104. Workshop in Music Composition & Improvisation
A “hands-on” introductory experience in music composition and improvisation for the non-major, providing students a basic foundation in the elements of music in order to allow them to explore music as expression and structure. Various notational languages will be used as well as the basic functions of conventional musical notation. The emphasis will be on developing improvisational experiences using traditional and non-traditional instruments. Designed for the musically inexperienced student. Class participation mandatory with a final project of a composition or an improvisation. May not be counted toward the music major or minor.
Meets general academic requirement A.

111. Music Theory I

A basic course in the materials and structural elements of tonal music: scales, intervals, chords, and the principles of voice-leading and harmonic progression. Development of keyboard skills, sight-singing abilities, and aural perception.
No prerequisites but the ability to read music is assumed.
Meets general academic requirement A.

112. Music Theory II
Continuation of MUS 111 Music Theory I. Use and analysis of non-chord tones, seventh chords, secondary functions, modulation, and small forms. Further development of keyboard, sight-singing, and aural skills.
Prerequisite: MUS 111 Music Theory I or exam

137. Introduction to Electronic Music
A study of the development and practice of electronic music: basic acoustics, the tape studio, musique concrete, tape manipulation, electro-acoustic instruments, and modulation techniques. Analysis of electronic
music literature and development of an understanding of the synthesizer and associated electronic instruments. Individual and class applications of basic synthesizer techniques in shaping and sound structures. Reading and listening assignments, composition projects.
Meets general academic requirement A.

211. Music Theory III
Chromatic harmony: altered chords, modulation to distant keys. Analysis, figured-bass realization. Introduction to Twentieth-Century techniques. Dictation, sight-singing, keyboard skills.
Prerequisite: MUS 112 Music Theory II

212. Form & Analysis
A survey of musical forms from the smallest units of sectional forms (motive, phrase) through binary, ternary, rondo, and sonata forms. Constant analysis of music of all periods embodying various structural principles. Reading and listening assignments; semester project.
Prerequisite: MUS 211 Music Theory III

213. Counterpoint
A study of counterpoint focusing on the countrapuntal practices of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Analysis and written exercises leading to several composition projects. Readings from historical treatises; secondary source readings and listening assignments.
Prerequisite: MUS 211 Music Theory III

214. Techniques of the Avant Garde
A study of the compositional techniques and styles of the twentieth century. Analysis and written exercises leading to compositional projects in a variety of styles. Reading and listening assignments; semester project.
Prerequisite: MUS 211 Music Theory III

221. Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque
The history of musical style from the early Christian period up to the mid-Eighteenth Century: Gregorian chant repertory, the development of polyphony, the Renaissance flowering of sacred and secular vocal music, the rise of national styles in opera and instrumental music, and the culmination of the Baroque period in the music of Bach and Handel. Reading and listening assignments; concert attendance and reviews; semester project. Required of majors.
Meets general academic requirement A and W.

222. Music History II: Classic, Romantic, Twentieth Century

Pre-classical styles and schools; the Viennese classicists (Haydn, Mozart); Beethoven and the Romantic expansion of form and technique; beginnings of modernism (Debussy, Stravinsky); and later developments to mid-century and beyond. Reading and listening assignments; concert attendance and reviews; semester project. Required of majors.
Meets general academic requirement A and W.

224. History of the Symphony
A study of symphonic music ranging from Haydn to Stravinsky. Composers may include Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Berlioz, and others. Readings and listening assignments; semester project.
Meets general academic requirement A.

225. World Music

A study of musics from non-Western cultures. Topics may include the culture, music, and musical-theoretical systems of India, China, Japan, Africa, and Latin America. Readings and listening assignments; performance projects and semester project.
Meets general academic requirement A or D.

226. American Music
A survey of the vernacular (popular) and cultivated (classical) traditions in American music from the Colonial period through the twentieth century; sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music, the influence of European and African practices in concert music and jazz, and the rise of musical institutions in the context of our developing nation. Reading and listening assignments, concert attendance and reviews, semester project. Offered in alternate years.
Meets general academic requirement A.

227. Opera
A survey of the literary and musical aspects of opera from Monteverdi to Berg with greatest attention to repertory works by Gluck, Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Strauss, and Berg. Reading, listening, and viewing assignments; field trips to performances; reviews; semester project. A music background will be helpful. Offered every three years.
Meets general academic requirement A.

228. History of Jazz
This survey of a uniquely American art form traces jazz roots and origins from late Nineteenth Century blues and ragtime: the first recordings; the great soloists, composers, and bands of the 1920s; the “swing era” of the 1930s and ‘40s; “modern jazz” of the late ‘40s through the 1960s; and new developments over the last twenty years. Reading and listening assignments; concert attendance and reviews.
Meets general academic requirement A.

231. Women in Music
Designed for both musicians and non-musicians, this course is an interdisciplinary survey of the history of women in music. From Sappho in ancient Greece to today’s pop divas, women have been active as composers, performers, patrons, teachers, and scholars. As the subject of musical works, women have been alternately deified, as in opera, and vilified, as in Eminem’s rap songs. As we study the roles of women in music, we will investigate the origins of feminist music criticism and consider the future of feminist thought in music.
Meets general academic requirement A.

311. Orchestration (0.5 course units)
A systematic study of the capabilities of the instruments of the orchestra in musical composition. A thorough understanding of these capabilities will be mastered through a study of selected works for solo instruments, chamber works, and the study of orchestral literature. Readings and listening assignments; analysis and written exercises; semester project.
Prerequisite: MUS 211 Music Theory III

312. Jazz Improvisation (0.5 course units)
A study of improvisational techniques from the Jazz tradition. Readings and listening assignments; analysis and performance projects; semester project.
Prerequisite: MUS 112 Music Theory II

315. Composition Workshop I (0.5 course units)
A study of composition in a variety of styles based on the interests of the students and the instructor. Readings and listening assignments; intensive written exercises and compositional projects.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

316. Composition Workshop II (0.5 course units)
A continuation of Composition Workshop I in which students will explore a variety of compositional styles and genres. Readings and listening assignments; intensive written exercises and compositional projects.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

320-326. Music History: Selected Periods
An intensive study of music from one of the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth Century. The course will include analysis of the repertoire and the cultural context that led to its development. Readings and listening assignments; analysis and writing assignments; semester project.
Prerequisites: MUS 211 Music Theory III and MUS 221 Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and MUS 222 Music History II: Classic, Romantic, Twentieth Century

330. Music History Seminar
An intensive study of an area in music history agreed upon by the students and instructor. The course will serve as preparation and guidance for research and a major paper.
Prerequisites: MUS 211 Music Theory III and MUS 221 Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and MUS 222 Music History II: Classic, Romantic, Twentieth Century

921. Beginning Vocal Techniques (0.25 course units)
Vocal technique development for students involved in the Moravian Music Education Certification Program.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

922. Beginning Woodwind Techniques (0.25 course units)
Woodwind technique development for students involved in the Moravian Music Education Certification Program.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

923. Beginning Brass Techniques (0.25 course units)

Brass technique development for students involved in the Moravian Music Education Certification Program.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

926. Beginning Percussion Techniques (0.25 course units)

Percussion technique development for students involved in the Moravian Music Education Certification Program.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

927. Beginning Piano Techniques (0.25 course units)
Piano technique development for students involved in the Moravian Music Education Certification Program.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

928. Beginning Music Technology Techniques (0.25 course units)
Music technology technique development for students involved in the Moravian Music Education Certification Program.
Prerequisite: instructor permission

901-908. Individual Applied Music (0.5 course units)
Individual lessons. Extra fee is charged.

910. Class Applied Music (0.5 course units)
Class study in voice or piano, as available. Extra fee is charged.

911-918. Individual Applied Music – Second Area (0.5 course units)
Individual lessons in another area. Extra fee is charged.

060. College Choir
Open to all students by audition only. Rehearsals are two times weekly. Fall and Spring concerts of sacred and secular music, a cappella or accompanied, and the annual Candlelight Carol Services.

061. Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble provides performance opportunities in traditional and contemporary concert music for interested and qualified wind and percussion players. Open to all students with permission of the director. Rehearsals are held twice weekly. Participation in all performances required.

062. Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra consists of 20-30 string players plus winds, brass, and percussion and performs works from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The ensemble performs one concert each semester.

063. Collegium Musicum
This ensemble is dedicated to the performance of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. The members of the Collegium study early music performance practices and perform on period instruments. The ensemble performs one concert each semester.

064. Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Ensemble is a select group of 20-25 members which performs a wide variety of jazz styles. There is one rehearsal a week and several performances take place during the year. Each year the ensemble features a national jazz artist in concert.

065. Jazz Improvisation Ensemble
This group is devoted to the study and performance of improvised music. Students participating in the ensemble explore traditional, progressive, and experimental forms of jazz in order to develop a wide range of approaches to improvisation. The ensemble performs one concert each semester.

066. Opera Workshop
The Opera Workshop is designed to give advanced vocalists an opportunity to explore and perform operatic solo and ensemble pieces. Members should be concurrently enrolled for Individual Applied Music and College Choir. Open to advanced students by instructor permission.

067. Chamber Singers
A small (24) choral group selected from the members of the College Choir, by audition.

068. Small Ensemble
Various types of small groups including flute ensemble, percussion ensemble, etc.