School of Music

Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

Courses Primarily for Non-Majors

MUP 101 Applied Music
An opportunity to continue at the college level the private study of piano, voice, organ, guitar, or any orchestra or band instrument. One half-hour lesson per week for twelve weeks. Restricted to non-majors and certain music students. May be repeated for credit. Special fee assessed. Cr 1.

MUP 102 Applied Music
An opportunity to continue at the college level the private study of piano, voice, organ, guitar, or any orchestra or band instrument. One hour lesson per week for twelve weeks. Restricted to non- majors and certain music students. May be repeated for credit. Special fee assessed. Cr 2.

MUS 100 Music Appreciation and History
A survey of music from the Gregorian chant to the modern times, covering musical practices of the renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Representative works by the outstanding composers of each period. Open to all students. Cr 3.

MUS 102 Music of the Portland Symphony
A course designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the music scheduled for the Portland Symphony Orchestra's regular concerts of the semester. Attendance is required at the concerts in addition to regularly scheduled classes. Historical background, biography of composer, musical analysis, rehearsal and performance techniques, and music criticism. Open to all students. Cr 3.

MUS 103 Introduction to Jazz
A survey of jazz from its inception to the present day. Involves a study of the origins and stylistic development of jazz. Open to all students. Cr 3.

MUS 109 Dynamic Posture and Alignment
Provides students with a practical understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics in order to improve ease and freedom of motion while in a stationary position. This course is designed for musicians, as well as other performers and creative artists, athletes, and computer users. Cr 2.

MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music
A background study of concepts and skills essential to an intelligent reading of music. The development of natural music abilities through participating in singing, rhythmic activities, and instrumental work. An appreciation of music through awareness of basic structures. Open to all students. Cr 3.

MUS 202 Music in America
A survey of the important trends in music from colonial days to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the Native American composer in the development of sacred music, concert music, jazz, musical comedy, and pop music. Open to all students. Cr 3.

MUS 203 Music in the Twentieth Century
A study of trends in European and American music from the beginning of the century to the present with emphasis on the literature of the major composers. Open to all students. Cr 3.

Music Performance Groups
Major Ensembles

MUS 400 Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra
A string, wind, and percussion ensemble open to all University students and community members through audition. The ensemble focuses on the fundamentals of ensemble performance, dealing with a variety of literature, and performs at least one major concert per semester. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 401 University Chorale
A choral ensemble for mixed voices open to all University students through audition. The Chorale sings repertoire from all historical periods and performs locally and on a spring tour. The purposes of the ensemble are to develop musical expression and precision of intonation and rhythm and to promote the musical development necessary for excellence in ensemble singing. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 402 University Concert Band
A wind and percussion ensemble open to all University students through audition. The ensemble focuses on the fundamentals of ensemble performance dealing with a variety of literature. The University Concert Band performs at least one major concert per semester and is active in presenting school assembly programs. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 405 Chamber Singers
An ensemble of mixed voices selected by audition. The ensemble specializes in a cappella repertoire, notably of the Renaissance era and the 20th century. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 407 Jazz Ensemble
An ensemble specializing in the study and performance of jazz for large and small groups. Open to all students by audition. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 408 Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble offers a unique musical experience to its members. The versatility of the Wind Ensemble, based upon the solo performer premise, has established a tradition of performing chamber and large instrumentations, traditional or experimental combinations, and early through contemporary literature. The membership of the Wind Ensemble is selected from Concert Band personnel. Prerequisite: audition. Corequisite: MUS 402. Cr 0.5.

Small Ensemble

MUS 403 Percussion Ensemble
A percussion ensemble open to all University students through audition. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 404 Opera Workshop
This ensemble will focus on the union of musical ideas with dramatic situations and will explore the ways in which singers must convey the essence of a dramatic situation. Performances of scenes from operas, operettas, and musical theater. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5

MUS 406 Chamber Music
A performance course open to all qualified students interested in forming chamber groups: duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc., under faculty supervision. Cr 0.5.

MUS 452 Accompanying
A workshop course in applied accompanying under faculty supervision. One-half credit is awarded for each twenty hours of University-supervised accompanying, with a maximum of two credits in any academic year. Cr 0.5-2.

Music Performance

MUP 201 Applied Music
May be taken in piano, voice, organ, guitar, or any orchestra or band instrument. One half-hour lesson per week for twelve weeks in the minor performance area in fulfillment of applied music requirements. Restricted to music majors and minors. May be repeated for credit. Special fee assessed. Cr 1.

MUP 202 Applied Music
May be taken in piano, voice, organ, guitar, or any orchestra or band instrument. One hour lesson per week for twelve weeks in the major performance area in fulfillment of applied music requirements. Restricted to music majors and minors. May be repeated for credit. Special fee assessed. Cr 2.

MUP 203 Applied Music
May be taken in piano, voice, organ, guitar, or any orchestra or band instrument. One hour lesson per week for twelve weeks in the major performance area in fulfillment of applied music requirements. Restricted to B.M. performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Special fee assessed. Cr 3.

MUP 390 Recital
Public performance in the area of applied study for junior performance majors. Graded pass/fail. Cr 0.

MUP 490 Senior Recital / Seminar
This seminar focuses on the final creative project in each student's applied area.  Cr 3.

MUP 491 Recital
Public performance in the area of applied study for music education majors. Graded pass/fail. Cr 0.

Music Education

MUE 110 ProSeminar I
Provides a professional community for emerging music educators. Students will complete fieldwork, interact with field specialists and practitioners, study emerging topics and contemporary practices in music education. Student will begin to develop their professional portfolios. Corequisite: MUE 111 Professional Foundations for Music Education. Cr. 1.

MUE 111 Professional Foundations for Music Education
The course will survey the cultural and historical contexts of American music education and the philosophies that underpin its practice. Issues of arts advocacy will also be addressed. Cr. 2.

MUE 112 Percussion Techniques
Students will learn techniques and methods to provide instruction on percussion instruments to students in grades 4-12. Corequisite MUE 110 ProSeminar 1. Cr. 1.

MUE 150 ProSeminar II
Provides a professional community for emerging music educators. Students will explore the uses of technology in education through fieldwork and other experiences. Students will continue the development of their teaching portfolios. Prerequisite: MUE 110 ProSeminar I; MUE 111 Professional Foundation for Music Education. Cr. 1.

MUE 210 ProSeminar III
Provides a professional community for emerging music educators. Fieldwork will focus on the application of instructional strategies for guiding critical and creative music listening in a variety of educational contexts. Prerequisite: MUE 150 ProSeminar II. Corequisite: MUE 211 Teaching Creative and Critical Listening PK-12. Cr. 1.

MUE 211 Teaching and Creative and Critical Listening PK-12
Application of music education methods and contemporary learning theory to music education curricula. An investigation of standards, teaching for musical understanding and the design of lesson plans and assessment strategies will empower students to define and demonstrate a comprehensive pedagogical approach as music educators. Prerequisite: MUE 111; Corequisite: MUE 210. Cr. 2.

MUE 250 ProSeminar IV
Provides a professional community for emerging music educators. Fieldwork will focus on the application of classroom and rehearsal strategies for developing young vocal musicians. Prerequisite: MUE 210 ProSeminars III. Corequisite: MUE 251 Teaching Vocal Music PK-12. Cr. 1.

MUE 251 Teaching Vocal Music PK-12
Students will develop personal singing skills as they learn to engage PK-12 singers in the study of vocal music. Students will study vocal pedagogy and group vocal technique. Students will create PK-12 curriculum and assessment materials and learn how to organize and administer a school based vocal music program. Prerequisite: MUE 210 ProSeminar III. Corequisite: MUE 250 ProSeminar IV. Cr. 3.

MUE 252 Choral Conducting
Introduction to conducting gestures and development of non-verbal gestures through choral conducting, including score analysis and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite MUT 200 (Music Theory and Aural Skills III) Cr. 2.

MUE 253 Brass Techniques
Students will learn brass instrumental techniques and methods to provide instruction on brass instruments to students in grades 4-12. The demonstration of proper performance techniques on trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba will be required. Prerequisites: MUE 210 ProSeminar III. Cr 1.

MUE 310 ProSeminar V Teaching Internship
Provides students an opportunity for intensive study and internship in a specialized area of music education. Students will work with the music education faculty to determine an appropriate field placement and course of study. Prerequisite: MUE 250 ProSeminar IV. Corequisite: MUE 311 Research and Evaluation. Cr. 3.

MUE 311 Research and Evaluation in Music Education
The course will introduce philosophical, historical, descriptive, correlational, causal-comparative, experimental, and arts-based research methods as utilized in music education contexts. Students will develop skills to facilitate formalize inquiry including student assessment and program evaluation. Prerequisite: MUE 250 ProSeminar IV. Corequisite: MUE 310 ProSeminar V. Cr. 2.

MUE 312 Teaching Instrumental Music PK-12
The course will acquaint students with methods and procedures of teaching instrumental music in grades PK-12. Teaching techniques and methods, rehearsal techniques, ensemble literature, program administration and organization, recruiting, budgets, public relations, advocacy, ensemble literature, scheduling, and performance will be addressed. Prerequisite: MUE 250 ProSeminar IV. Corequisite MUE 310 ProSeminar V. Cr. 2.

MUE 313 Instrumental Conducting
Advanced development of non-verbal gestures through the art of instrumental conducting. Score reading analysis, rehearsal techniques and performance preparation. Prerequisite: MUT 244. Cr 2.

MUE 314 Guitar Techniques
An introduction to basic guitar skills. Emphasis is placed upon those skills that lead to playing effective accompaniments. Cr 1.

MUE 350 ProSeminar VI
Provides a professional community for emerging music educators. Fieldwork will include both the observation and leadership of improvisation activities in a variety of educational settings. Prerequisite: MUE 310 ProSeminar V. Co-requisite: MUE Teaching Improvisation in Music PK-12. Cr. 1.

MUE 351 Teaching Improvisation in Music PK-12
Students will investigate improvisation in various styles of music and learn how its application can foster creativity in students of all grade levels. Pedagogical methods, materials and standards incorporating jazz and various styles will be reviewed and applied to the music classroom. Prerequisite: MUE 310 ProSeminar V. Co-requisite: MUE 350 and a jazz ensemble (MUS 406 or 407 - by audition). Cr. 2.

MUE 352 String Techniques
Students will learn string techniques and methods to provide instruction on bowed instruments to school aged students. The demonstration of proper performance techniques on violin, viola, cello, and bass will be required. Prerequisite: MUE 310 ProSeminar VI. Cr. 1.

MUE 353 Woodwind Techniques
Students will learn instrumental techniques and methods to provide instruction on flute, single, and double reeds to students in grades 4-12. The demonstration of proper performance techniques will be required. Prerequisite: MUE 250 ProSeminar IV. Cr. 1.

MUE 410 ProSeminar VII
Provides a professional community for emerging music educators. Fieldwork will include both observation and leadership of composition activities in a variety of educational settings. Prerequisite: MUE 350 ProSeminar VI. Corequisite: MUE 411 Teaching Music Composition PK-12; Composer's Ensemble. Cr. 1.

MUE 411 Teaching Music Composition PK-12
Students will develop personal composition skills as they learn to engage young musicians in the study of music composition. Students will study composition pedagogy including individual and group techniques. Students will create PK-12 curriculum and assessment materials and learn how to organize and administer a school based music composition program. Prerequisite: MUE 350 ProSeminar VI. Corequisites: MUE 410 ProSeminar VII, MUS 406 Composers' Ensemble. Cr. 2.

MUE 450 Professional Internship
Full-time student teaching during the senior year is provided for one semester under direct supervision in off-campus situations for all who meet the requirements. Students will experience classroom and ensemble teaching experiences. Corequisite: MUE 451. Cr 8.

MUE 451 Professional Portfolio
Creation of an electronic portfolio aligned with the USM Teacher Certification Standards. The portfolio will contain evidence of preparation, implementation and reflection on music education practices. Co-requisite: MUE 450 Cr 4.

Music Courses

MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz
An overview of selected styles and traditions of jazz and American popular music, as well as World music that has influenced those styles. Developing critical thinking and writing skills, the course stresses close analysis and interpretation of selected works. Cr. 3.

MUH 222 Music History Survey 1
An historical study of the language and style of music from antiquity until 1800. Significant composers, major genres, and representative musical compositions are studied. Music majors only or permission of the instructor. Cr. 3.

MUH 223 Music History Survey 2
An historical study of the language and style of Western art music from 1800 to the present day. Significant composers, major genres, and representative musical compositions are studied. Music majors or permission of instructor. Cr. 3.

MUH 225 World Music
This course is designed to investigate music of various cultures. The course will explore the music of particular regions, for example, the Pacific Rim, India, and the Americas, with the intent of understanding the relationship of music to the culture in which it was created. Listening, analysis, independent research, and writing are required. Prerequisites: None Cr 3.

MUH 300 Topics in Music History Studies
An intensive study of a specific area of music history. This course may be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Limit 6 credits.  Prerequisite: MUH 222, or permission of the instructor. Cr 1-3.

MUH 321 Classical and Romantic Music
This course covers the history of Western music from 1750 to 1900. The elements of musical language and style are traced through representative composers' works. Listening, analysis, independent research, and writing are required. Prerequisites: MUH 222, MUH 223, or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

MUH 329 Devils, Dwarves and Dragons
This course will consider anti-Semitism in music from multiple perspective including that of the performer, composer and audience member. Students will analyze works from musical, cultural, and ethical perspective to understand how they were performed and perceived. Prerequisites: College Writing. Cr 3.

MUS 150 Piano Class 1

This is a piano class for MUE and MUP students not majoring in a keyboard instrument. Topics covered include sight-reading, basic technique, scales, chord progressions, harmonization, transposition and performance of elementary to intermediate piano literature. Prerequisite: music major status or permission of School director. Cr 1.

MUS 151 Piano Class 2
This is a continuation of MUS 150. Prerequisite: MUS 150 or permission of School director. Cr 1.

MUS 205 Music in Film
Exploration of how music interacts with images, dialogue, and other elements to create meaning in films. Readings introduce students to the field of film studies and to the analysis of film music. Assigned films, to be viewed before each class, cover a spectrum of genres. The ability to read music is not required. Prerequisites: EYE and College Writing. Cr 3.

MUS 206 Jazz History
This course provides an in-depth examination of the historical evolution of jazz, as well as a familiarity with the major and secondary figures in the idiom. Emphasis is placed on detailed listening assignments and class discussions. Prerequisite: MUS 103, music major status, or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

MUS 220 Twentieth-Century Music
This course covers the history of Western music from 1900 to the present. The elements of musical language and style are traced through representative composers' works. Listening, analysis, independent research, and writing are required. Music majors only or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

MUS 244 Basic Conducting
Practical conducting experiences; score reading, basic beat patterns, gestures, and interpretation. Prerequisite: MUT 200.
Cr 2.

MUS 250 Piano Class 3
This is a continuation of MUS 151. Prerequisite: MUS 151 or permission of School director. Cr 1.

MUS 251 Piano Class 4
This is a continuation of MUS 250. Prerequisite: MUS 250 or permission of School director. Cr 1.

MUS 252 Jazz Piano Class 1
This is a jazz piano class for MUP Jazz Studies Concentration students not majoring in a keyboard instrument, as well as non-jazz keyboard majors and other instrumentalists who meet the prerequisite. Topics covered include chord voicing for the ii-v-i progression, arrangements of standard tunes, jazz scales and modes, and accompaniment styles. Prerequisite: MUS 151 or permission of School director. Cr 1.

MUS 253 Jazz Piano Class 2
This is a continuation of MUS 252. Prerequisite: MUS 252 or permission of School director. Cr 1.

MUS 255 Guitar
An introduction to basic guitar skills. Emphasis is placed upon those skills that lead to playing effective accompaniments. Cr 1.

MUS 256 Diction for Singers 1: Italian and French
A study in the principles of Italian and French diction through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). An application of these basic principles to vocal literature through written, singing, and aural transcription exercises. Prerequisite: music major or instructor permission. Cr 2.

MUS 257 Diction for Singers 2: French and German
A continuation of study in the principles of French diction and the principles of German diction through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). An application of these basic principles to vocal literature through written, singing, and aural transcription exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 256 or permission of instructor. Cr 2.

MUS 300 Topics in Performance
An intensive study of a specific area of performance. This course may be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Limit 6 credits.  Prerequisite: MUH 222, or permission of the instructor. Cr 1-3.

MUS 301 Topics in General Music Studies
An intensive study of a specific area in general music. This course may be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Limit 6 credits.  Prerequisite: MUH 222, or permission of the instructor. Cr 1-3.

MUS 302 Topics in Pedagogy
An intensive study of a specific area in music pedagogy. This course may be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Limit 6 credits.  Prerequisite: MUH 222, or permission of the instructor. Cr 1-3.

MUS 310 Organ Improvisation 1
This course will cover the basics of improvisation at the organ. The goal is to equip the student with the skills needed in church situations. Hymns, chorales, and plainsong melodies will form the basis for learning to improvise preludes, postludes, and interludes in a variety of styles. This course will be scheduled as an additional applied music time with an organ specialist. Prerequisite: MUT 101 or permission of instructor. Cr 1.

MUS 311 Organ Improvisation 2
This course is the continuation of MUS 310. It will be scheduled as an additional applied music time with an organ specialist. Prerequisites: MUT 101 and MUS 310, or permission of instructor. Cr 1.

MUS 320 Seminar in Music History
A concentrated study of selected topics in music history based on individual research. Prerequisites: MUH 105, 222, 223. For music majors or minors. Others only with permission of instructor. Cr 3.

MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument
A survey of the literature for voice or a specific instrument. Except for piano or voice, which are offered in class sessions when the number of registrants warrants it, this will be scheduled as private study. Normally the piano and voice sessions will be offered in alternate years. For performance majors. Other music majors only with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 322 Piano Literature 2
A survey of keyboard literature from 1890 to the present. For piano majors only, others with permission of the School. Cr. 2.

MUS 323 Organ Literature 2
A survey of organ literature from 1800 to present. For organ majors only, others with permission of School. Cr. 2.

MUS 325 The History of Musical Theatre in America
A study of the development of the musical and its relationship to American social history. Prerequisite: College Writing. Cr. 3.

MUS 330 Form and Analysis
Study and analysis of music of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods with emphasis on homophonic forms and styles. Prerequisite: MUT 200. Cr 3.

MUS 332 Counterpoint
Analysis and writing of tonal counterpoint. Emphasis is given to the study of canon, invention, fugue, chorale prelude, and continuous variations, using eighteenth-century works as models for composition. Prerequisite: MUT 200. Cr 3.

 

MUS 337 Jazz Arranging
Study and analysis of music written for small and large jazz ensembles. Practice in writing for a variety of instrumental combinations in the jazz idiom. Prerequisite: MUT 200 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

MUS 360 Advanced Keyboard Skills 1
This course provides practical instruction in the advanced keyboard skills of score reading, transposition, harmonization of melodies, and realization of continuo. These performance skills will be taught with emphasis on the preparation of examples outside the class as well as the active participation by students in class. Prerequisite: keyboard performance major and MUT 101, or permission of instructor. Cr 2.

MUS 361 Advanced Keyboard Skills 2
The second semester continuation of Advanced Keyboard Skills 1. Prerequisite: MUS 360. Cr 2.

MUS 370 Topics in Music Technology
An intensive study of one or more areas of music technology in the context of producing music compositions, creating pedagogical multimedia applications, performing music with interactive applications, or recording and editing digital audio/video. The area of study will be chosen by the instructor in accordance with his or her expertise and interests. The course may be repeated once for credit as topics vary (limit of 6 credits). Prerequisite: MUT 201 or permission of the instructor.
Cr 3.

MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument
A study of the teaching methods and materials for voice or instruments. Except for piano and voice, which are offered in class sessions when the number of registrants warrants it, this will be scheduled as additional applied music time with an instrumental specialist. Normally the piano and voice sessions will be offered in alternate years. For performance majors. Other music majors only with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 373 Piano Pedagogy 2
This course is the second-semester continuation of MUS 372 in piano. The course focuses on the teaching of child beginners. Students observe a weekly group lesson, research and prepare repertoire and lesson plans, and evaluate their peers' teaching. Each student teaches at least one group lesson. Prerequisite: MUS 372 in piano, piano major, or permission of instructor. Cr 2.

MUS 374 Jazz Pedagogy
A study of the teaching methods and materials in the jazz performance area. Emphasis will be placed on large and small jazz ensemble literature and conducting techniques, jazz improvisation pedagogical techniques, and writing techniques. This course will also address the topic of securing and maintaining employment within the jazz field. Prerequisite: open to music majors of junior standing. Cr 2.

MUS 376 Class Piano Teaching 1
This course provides an overview of teaching group piano to adult beginners. Students spend the semester observing the teaching of Piano Class 1 (MUS150) and meet weekly with the teacher for discussion and additional instruction. Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUP 202 or 203,piano major, or permission of instructor. Cr 2.

MUS 377 Class Piano Teaching 2
This course is the second-semester continuation of Class Piano Teaching I. Students observe the teaching of Piano Class 2 (MUS 151) and meet with the teacher weekly for discussion and additional instruction. Students have the opportunity to teach the class under the instructor's supervision. Prerequisite: MUS 376. Restricted to piano majors. Cr 2.

MUS 378 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy 1
This course provides practical teaching experience in individual piano instruction. Under the supervision of piano pedagogy faculty, students teach private lessons to three or four child beginners. Students also observe piano lessons given by master teachers and do outside readings and research. Prerequisite: MUS 373, four semesters of MUP 202 or 203, piano major, or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

MUS 379 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy 2
This course is the second-semester continuation of MUS 378. Prerequisite: MUS 378. Cr 3.

MUS 380 Jazz Improvisation 1
A course designed to teach the student to improvise in the jazz idiom. Studies include jazz theory and standard jazz literature. Recommended for instrumental music majors. Prerequisite: MUT 101 or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

MUS 381 Jazz Improvisation 2
A performance course designed to expand upon the improvisation principles presented in Jazz Improvisation 1. Students will learn advanced jazz theory and use that knowledge to perform in the jazz language both in class and in lab situations. Prerequisite: MUS 380 or the equivalent. Cr 3.

MUS 420 Orchestration
A study of the nature of the various instruments. Practice in scoring for instrumental combinations, orchestra, and band. Prerequisite: MUT 200. Cr 3.

MUS 442 Recital Class
Performance in major field, stage deportment, and evaluation of performances. May be repeated. Cr 0.

MUS 480 Bibliography and Research in Music
A study of music reference and research tools, use of library resources and networks, and bibliographic style and technique. Cr 3.

MUS 497 Directed Study in Composition
To provide juniors and seniors who have demonstrated creative capability an opportunity to compose utilizing twentieth-century techniques. Prerequisite: MUT 200 and permission of instructor. Cr 1-3.

MUS 498 Independent Study in Music
To provide juniors and seniors who have demonstrated critical and analytical capability an opportunity to pursue a project independently, charting a course and exploring an area of interest within their major field. Music majors only. School permission required. Cr 1-3.

 

MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1
This course covers music theory fundamentals, fundamentals of species counterpoint, principles of notation, instrumentation, solfege, music transcription, and sight singing. Cr. 4.

MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 2
This course covers the concepts of diatonic harmony, cadences, phrase level form and a brief introduction to chromaticism. This material will be explored through the analysis, transcription, composition, and sight singing of topical examples of music. Cr. 4.

MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 3
This course covers chromatic harmony and musical form. This material will be explored through the analysis, transcription, composition, sight singing, and performance of topical examples of music. Cr. 4.

MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 4
A grounding in the materials of 20th and 21st century music from analytical, compositional, and listening perspectives. Students will undertake analyses and model composition exercises involving: modes, synthetic scales, extended tertian harmony, poly harmony, rhythm and meter, atonality, twelve-tone serialism, chance music, and minimalism. As students learn the abstract theoretical concepts, they will be guided to connect them to real music through copious listening, singing, and transcription exercises. Special attention will be paid to the historical contexts of the various techniques and styles covered during the semester, and students will also attend and critique in writing two performances of contemporary art music. Cr. 4.

MUT 300 Topics in Music Theory and Composition Studies
An intensive study of a specific area of music theory or composition. This course may be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Limit 6 credits.  Prerequisite: MUH 222, or permission of the instructor. Cr 1-3.

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MUE 595 Topics in Music Education
Course content will vary to represent the strengths of nationally recognized visiting guest faculty. Cr 3.

MUE 611 Introduction to Research in Music Education
Systematic research methods in music applied to individualized descriptive and experimental music research topics and critical evaluation of music research. Study of measurement theory, standardized tests, test construction and interpretation for music aptitude, achievement, performance, aesthetic response, preference, and appreciation. Cr 3.

MUE 612 Philosophical Bases of Music Education
Investigation of historical and current views on the art of music, the role of music in society, and the role of music in human experience. Cr 3.

MUE 613 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning
Detailed study of topics concerning differential music behavior and perception. This course includes the mechanics of hearing, music memory, learning, and response as well as an overview of researched teaching practices. Cr 3.

MUE 614 Curriculum Development and Assessment
Detailed study of catalysts for curricular change throughout all aspects of music education: reform, content and objectives, evaluation, human rights, multiculturalism, technology, and development of a systematic approach to curriculum design and implementation. Cr 3.

MUE 615 The Professional Portfolio
Oral examination in music education. The oral examination will be scheduled after the completion of all coursework for the MUE master's degree. The student will present the milestones and domain project portions of his/her professional portfolio to a master's examination committee. See details on page 66. Cr 2.

MUE 621 Composing Together: Level I
This course assumes no prior experience in composing music and is designed for teachers who would like to learn the basics of music composition and composition instruction. Participants will learn how to design and implement beginner-level composition activities for students of all ages participating in music in general classroom, computer laboratory, lessons, and rehearsal settings. Cr 3.

MUE 622 Composing Together: Level II
For those who have taken Level I (or want to repeat Level II and desire reinforcement in the principles of teaching the intermediate-level composer). Participants will learn how to design and implement composition activities for students who already have some compositional skills and who are participating in music in general classroom, laboratory, and rehearsal settings. The Level II course assumes prior experience in teaching music composition to students at the beginner level. This course will prepare teachers to introduce compositional techniques appropriate for students at the intermediate level. Participants will learn how to guide intermediate composers in the study of master composers through active analytical listening. Cr 3.

MUE 623 Composing Together: Level III
For those who have taken Level I and II (or want to repeat Level III and desire reinforcement in the principles of teaching the advanced-level composer). Participants will learn how to design and implement composition activities for students with advanced compositional skills who are participating in music in general classroom, laboratory, and rehearsal settings. The Level III course assumes prior experience in teaching music composition to beginner- and intermediate-level student composers. This course will prepare teachers to introduce compositional techniques appropriate for students at the advanced pre-college level. Participants will learn how to guide advanced composers in the creation of larger scale works. Cr 3.

MUS 509 Dynamic Posture and Movement
Provides students with theoretical and applied understandings of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics in order to improve ease and freedom of motion while in a stationary position. This course is designed for musicians, as well as other performers and creative artists, athletes, and computer users. Cr 3.

MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music
A study of music reference and research tools, use of library resources and networks, and bibliographic style and technique. Cr 3.

MUS 516 Organ Improvisation I
This course will cover the basics of improvisation at the organ. The goal is to equip students with the skills needed in church situations. Hymns, chorales, and plainsong melodies will form the basis for learning to improvise preludes, postludes, and interludes in a variety of styles. This course will be scheduled as additional applied music time with an organ specialist. Cr 1.

MUS 517 Organ Improvisation II
This course is the continuation of MUS 516. It will be scheduled as additional applied music time with an organ specialist. Prerequisite: MUS 516. Cr 1.

MUS 518 Music Literature: Organ I
A survey of organ literature up to 1800. For organ majors only, others with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 519 Music Literature: Organ II
A survey of organ literature from 1800 to present. For organ majors only, others with permission of the School. Prerequisite: MUS 518. Cr 2.

MUS 520 Seminar in Music History
In-depth study of one or more topics in music history. A substantial final project will be the culmination of both individual research and a synthesis and application of historical studies and approaches. Cr 3.

MUS 521 Literature of the Major Instrument
Advanced study of the literature for solo instrument. Chamber music will be considered when the performer is a featured soloist. Cr 2.

MUS 522 Music Literature: Voice I
Advanced in-depth study of vocal literature to be determined by the teacher in the areas of German, French, Italian, Russian, or Spanish repertory. For voice majors only or with permission of the instructor. Cr 2.

MUS 523 Music Literature: Voice II
Advanced in-depth study of vocal literature to be determined by the teacher in a contrasting area of study from Music Literature I. For voice majors only or with permission of the instructor. Cr 2.

MUS 524 Music Literature: Piano I
A survey of keyboard literature up to 1830. For piano majors only, others with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 525 Music Literature: Piano II
A survey of keyboard literature from 1830 to the present. For piano majors only, others with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 526 Composition (Twentieth Century Survey)
This survey will cover the major trends, movements, styles, and philosophies that influenced the creation of contemporary concert music in the last century with an overview of current fashion. Cr 3.

MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory
Advanced study of one or more topics in music theory, including both a reading and an analytical component, and the pedagogy of music. A substantial final project is required. Cr 3.

MUS 532 Counterpoint
Analysis and writing of tonal counterpoint. Emphasis is given to the study of canon, invention, fugue, chorale prelude, and continuous variations, using eighteenth-century works as models for composition. Cr 3.

MUS 533 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music
Advanced study of analytical approaches to tonal music: parametric analysis, the analysis of phrase rhythm and hypermeter, and Schenkerian analysis. Cr 3.

MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills
Advanced development of aural skills and the pedagogy of aural skills through the use of contextual listening examples, performance drills, and other ear training and sight singing techniques. Cr 3.

MUS 537 Jazz Composition/Arranging
Detailed study and analysis of music for small and large jazz ensembles including composing and arranging for a variety of instrumental combinations. Cr 3.

MUS 544 Instrumental Conducting
Stylistic study of scores from a variety of periods, advanced baton and left hand techniques, rehearsal techniques, and conducting experience with instrumental ensembles. Cr 3.

MUS 545 Choral Conducting
Advanced development of non-verbal gestures through the art of choral conducting. The course includes musical analysis of choral scores, rehearsal techniques, and performance preparation. A research paper is required. Cr 3.

MUS 556 Diction for Singers 1: Italian and French
A study in the principles of Italian and French diction through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). An application of these basic principles to vocal literature through written, singing, and aural transcription exercises. Cr 2.

MUS 557 Diction for Singers 2: French and German
A continuation of study in the principles of French diction and the principles of German diction through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). An application of these basic principles to vocal literature through written, singing, and aural transcription exercises. Cr 2.

MUS 560 Advanced Keyboard Skills I
This course provides practical instruction in the advanced keyboard skills of score reading, transposition, harmonization of melodies, and realization of continuo. These performance skills will be taught with emphasis on the preparation of examples outside the class as well as the active participation by students in class. Cr 2.

MUS 561 Advanced Keyboard Skills II
The second semester continuation of Advanced Keyboard Skills I. Prerequisite: MUS 560. Cr 2.

MUS 562 Topics in Brass Studies
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of brass instrument study or performance either independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 563 Topics in Keyboard Studies
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of keyboard study or performance either independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 564 Topics in String Studies
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of string study or performance either independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 565 Topics in Vocal Studies
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of vocal study or performance either independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 566 Topics in Woodwind Studies
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of woodwind study or performance either independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 567 Topics in Percussion Studies
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of percussion study or performance either independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 570 Topics in Contemporary Music Technology
Intensive study of one or more areas of music technology in the context of producing music compositions, creating pedagogical multimedia applications, performing music with interactive applications, or recording and editing digital audio/video. A substantial final project is required. Cr 3.

MUS 572 Vocal Pedagogy
A study of the teaching methods and materials for voice. Normally the voice sessions will be offered in alternate years. For performance majors. Other music majors only with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 574 Jazz Pedagogy/Program Administration
Pedagogical approaches to the analysis of jazz ensemble scores, rehearsal techniques, concert planning, public relations, recruiting, promotion, grant writing, and other aspects of the development of a Jazz Studies program. Cr 2.

MUS 575 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument
A study of the teaching methods and materials for instruments, excluding piano. This class will be scheduled as additional applied music time with an instrumental specialist. For performance majors only. Other music majors with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 576 Class Piano Teaching I
This course provides an overview of teaching group piano to adult beginners. Students spend the semester observing the teaching of MUS 150 Piano Class I and meet with the teacher weekly for discussion and additional instruction. Piano majors or permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 577 Class Piano Teaching II
This course is the second semester continuation of MUS 576 Class Piano Teaching I. Students observe the teaching of MUS 151 Piano Class II and meet with the teacher weekly for discussion and additional instruction. Students have the opportunity to teach the class under the instructor's supervision. Piano majors or permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 578 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument: Piano I
A study of the teaching methods and materials for piano. This class will be scheduled as additional applied music time with an instrumental specialist. For performance majors only. Other music majors with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 579 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument: Piano II
This course is the second semester continuation of MUS 578. Students will observe weekly lessons, research and prepare repertoire and lesson plans, and evaluate their peers' teaching. Each student teaches at least one group lesson. This class will be scheduled as additional applied music time with an instructor. For performance majors only. Other music majors with permission of the School. Cr 2.

MUS 596 Topics in Jazz
Critically and analytically pursue a topic of interest independently or in a group. Cr 3.

MUS 598 Independent Study
A project requiring directed research and readings, culminating in a final document. Consent of the instructor required. Cr 3.

MUS 675 Jazz Chamber Music Coaching
Pedagogical approaches to coaching a chamber jazz ensemble. The ensemble will be under the direct coaching responsibility of the student. Cr 3.

MUS 682 Chamber Jazz Ensemble Evolution and Analysis
Advanced analysis and examination of the historical evolution of the chamber jazz ensemble, including detailed listening and critical discussion. Cr 2.

MUS 683 Large Jazz Ensemble Evolution and Analysis
Advanced analysis and examination of the historical evolution of the large jazz ensemble, including detailed listening and critical discussion. Cr 2.

MUS 694 Internship
Afield application of theory and practice. The project will be jointly defined by student, professor, and employer. Graded CR/NC. Cr 3.

MUS 695 Thesis
Credit given on acceptance of thesis. Cr 0-3.

Ensembles

MUS 500 Orchestra
A full symphonic ensemble open to all University students and community members through audition. The ensemble focuses on the skills required for ensemble performance through a variety of literature. The orchestra performs at least one major concert per semester. Cr 0.5.

MUS 501 Chorale
A large choral ensemble of mixed voices open to all University students by audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 502 Concert Band
A wind and percussion ensemble open to all University students through audition. The ensemble focuses on the fundamentals of ensemble performance dealing with a variety of literature. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 503 Percussion Ensemble
A percussion ensemble open to all University students through audition. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 504 Opera Workshop
This ensemble will focus on the union of musical ideas with dramatic situations and will explore the ways in which singers must convey the essence of a dramatic situation. Performances of scenes from operas, operettas, and musical theater. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 505 Chamber Singers
A small choral ensemble of mixed voices, selected by audition, specializing in a cappella singing. Cr 0.5.

MUS 506 Chamber Music
A performance course open to all qualified students interested in forming chamber groups under faculty supervision. Cr 0.5.

MUS 507 Jazz Ensemble
An instrumental ensemble specializing in the study and performance of jazz for large and small groups from early jazz to the present. Open to all students by audition. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 508 Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble, based upon the solo performer premise, has established a tradition of performing chamber and large instrumentations, traditional or experimental combinations, and early through contemporary literature. Prerequisite: audition. Cr 0.5.

MUS 552 Accompanying
A workshop course in applied accompanying, either under faculty supervision or by applied faculty approval. A half credit is awarded for each twenty hours of University-approved accompanying with a maximum of two credits per semester. Cr 0.5-2.

Applied Music

MUP 603 Applied Music, Major Area
Private instruction in the major area of study. May be repeated for credit. Fee assessed. Cr 3.

MUP 604 Applied Music
Private instruction for Pedagogy concentration or in a secondary area of study. May be repeated for credit. Fee assessed. Cr 1-3.

MUP 690 Recital
Public performance in the area of applied study or final project presentation. May be repeated. Cr 0.

Auditions for Community Area Musicians

Youth vocalists, Southern Maine Children's Choir and Southern Maine Youth Chorale will hold auditions on Wednesday, September 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Schedule online.

Adult musicians, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. More information.

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