Course Descriptions

Music Courses

Faculty

Professors: Angelin Chang, Rita Klinger, Howard Meeker, Andrew Rindfleisch, Eric Ziolek (Chairperson); Professors Emeriti: J. Heywood Alexander, Albert Blaser, Judith Eckelmeyer, John A. Flower, Edwin London, William R. Martin, Howie Smith; Associate Professors: Birch Browning, Elizabeth Unis Chesko, Gregory D'Alessio, Victor Liva, John Perrine; Associate Professor Emeritus: Ernest Hisey; Assistant Professor: Lily Hirsch; Applied Music Faculty: Gary Adams (tuba), George Bachmann (guitar), Daniel Barber (piano), Lee Bush (guitar),Charles Carleton (string bass), Robert Cassidy (piano), Treneere Cheshier (French horn), Charles Couch (trumpet), Mark DeMio (bassoon), Scott Dixon (string bass), Bryan Dumm (cello), Molly Fung Dumm (violin), Robert Fraser (guitar), Tom Freer (percussion), Sean Gabriel (flute), Jody Guinn (harp), Hanne-berit Hahnemann (violin), David Alan Harrell (cello), Christine Hill (piano), Glenn Holmes (jazz string bass), Shachar Israel (trombone), Theodore Johnson (clarinet), Arthur Klima (viola), Rebecca Mayhew (oboe), David McGuire (oboe), Eileen Moore (voice), Peter Otto (violin), Joanna Patterson (viola), Noriko Paukert (voice), Maria Pla (piano), William Ransom (jazz drums), Christiana Reader (viola), George Shernit (saxophone), Margaret Scharf (organ), Jason Smith (trombone & euphonium), Yasuhito Sugiyama (tuba), Rock Wehrmann (jazz piano), Feza Zweifel (percussion); Adjunct classroom faculty: Melanie Blaser, Leo Coach, Alvin Fulton, Fritz Schaufele, Stephen Stanziano, Nicholas Underhill, Frank Vazzano.

Course Descriptions

See also Applied Music Courses (Performance)

MUS 101 University Chorus (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor at first rehearsal. Open to university community at large, the University Chorus sings a wide variety of repertoire, including multicultural works as well as those from the European tradition. Basic music reading skills pertaining to choral singing will be developed. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 102 Band/ Wind Ensemble (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor at first rehearsal. Repertoire selected according to nature of each performance, with emphasis on music written specifically for wind band. Chamber Winds (one player per part) is listed as a different section number under this course when offered. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 103 Collegium Musicum (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Membership by audition. Small ensemble of singers and instrumentalists for the study and performance of music of all eras, with emphasis on works written prior to 1750. May be repeated and may be taken with or without credit. Return to top

MUS 104 University Orchestra (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor at first rehearsal. Orchestral repertoire from the various stylistic periods prepared and performed in three concerts per semester. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 105 CSU Chorale (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor at first rehearsal. Select ensemble of approximately 30 voices chosen by audition from the student body; provides advanced challenge and opportunity to those with singing experience; music of various genres and stylistic eras. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 106 Chamber Ensembles (0-2-1). For those participating in student recitals. Ensembles of one person per part, working under faculty supervision. Chamber Ensemble credit cannot be earned by student receiving recital credit for the same project. May be repeated for credit, but credit awarded only once for any particular project. Return to top

MUS 107 Jazz Ensemble (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor at first rehearsal. Provides experience in reading and performing jazz band arrangements and compositions. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 108 Opera Theater Workshop (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor at first rehearsal. Practical experience in performance and production of opera scenes, including theatrical improvisation and stage movement. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 109 New Music Ensemble (0-4-1). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A performing chamber ensemble dedicated to music literature composed since 1950 with emphasis on more recent literature. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

MUS 111 The Enjoyment of Music (4-0-4). An introductory course in classical music, principally through aural understanding. Live and recorded listening experiences. Return to top

MUS 113 Writing about Music (2-0-2). Prerequisites: ENG 101 and music major/ minor status only. Builds on skills of English 101 while developing basic research skills, information literacy and preparation of writing assignments, specifically short essays such as a set of recital program notes, a historical or analytical essay, and an extended research paper on a musical subject. English: Equivalent to ENG 102. Return to top

MUS 116 Collaborative Piano and Accompanying (3-0-3). Instruction in the technique and art of musical collaboration on the piano. Return to top

MUS 122 Materials of Music (3-0-3). Open to any university student. Survey course with drills and creative exercises in reading and writing basic pitch and rhythmic materials of music. Return to top

MUS 151 Jazz Survey (4-0-4). An introductory course in jazz with a broad overview of its performers, composers, and styles. Live and recorded listening experiences. Return to top

MUS 161 Roots of Rock and Soul (4-0-4). Survey of the roots and development of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music with an examination of social causes and effects; commonalities to art music and role in culture in the United States. Return to top

MUS 205 Orientation to Music Education (1-1-1).Survey of general, choral, and instrumental music at elementary and secondary levels in selected urban and suburban schools. Includes lecture and discussions on campus and observations in schools. Return to top

MUS 218 Composition Studies I (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Study sessions with composition faculty. Independent projects explore large and small forms, compositional techniques, and modes of expression for various media. May be repeated for credit. A weekly composition forum is part of this course. Return to top

MUS 231 Harmony and Form I (3-0-3). Prerequisite: none. Harmonic, rhythmic and formal practices in tonal music of the common practice period. Correlated creative work and analysis. Return to top

MUS 232 Harmony and Form II (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MUS 231 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Harmonic, rhythmic, and formal procedures in music from J.S. Bach through the Classic Era. Correlated creative work and analysis. Return to top

MUS 233 Harmony and Form III (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MUS 232 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Harmonic, rhythmic, and formal procedures in music from Beethoven through the chromatic music of the late 19th century. Correlated creative work and analysis. Return to top

MUS 234 Harmony and Form IV (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MUS 233 with a grade of C or better,or equivalent. Harmonic, rhythmic, and formal procedures in music from Impressionism through the 20th century. Correlated creative work and analysis. Return to top

MUS 235 Jazz and Pop Music Harmony and Form I (3-0-3). Prerequisite:; MUS 232 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. For B.A. majors and those whose major ensemble is jazz ensemble. Study of the harmonic language and formal designs of jazz and pop music in the first half of the twentieth century. This will include knowledge of the uses of harmony, song forms, keyboard skills, songwriting and performance. The course is structured along historical lines so a grounding in the musicological evolution of popular styles is also provided. Return to top

MUS 236 Jazz and Pop Music Harmony and Form II (3-0-3). Prerequisite:MUS 235 with a grade of C or better. Continuation of MUS 235 with an emphasis on music from the second half of the twentieth century to the present. Return to top

MUS 241 Musicianship I (0-3-1). Corequisite: MUS 231. Course is designed to develop basic skills in sightreading, sightsinging, keyboard, improvisation, basic conducting, and musical perception. Return to top

MUS 242 Musicianship II (0-3-1). Prerequisite: MUS 241 or equivalent. Continuation of MUS 241 with more advanced materials for sightsinging, improvisation, keyboard, score reading and musical perception. Return to top

MUS 243 Musicianship III (0-3-1). Prerequisite: MUS 242 or equivalent. Advanced skills course including sightsinging, improvisation, keyboard, holistic listening, and musical perception. Return to top

MUS 244 Musicianship IV (0-3-1). Prerequisite: MUS 243 or equivalent. Advanced materials for sightsinging, rhythmic performance, improvisation, holistic listening, and musical perception dealing mainly with features of 20th-century concert music and jazz. Return to top

MUS 260H The Performing Arts in Cleveland (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. A course designed to examine original sources for works of art that are presented during the regular seasonal offerings of performing arts organizations in Cleveland and on the Cleveland State University campus. Students will attend concerts, plays, dance recitals, ballet, musical theater, and opera. In preparation for each event, the historical, social, and aesthetic context of each work will be studied along with related topics that enhance the appreciation of the event. Return to top

MUS 261H The Evolution of Western Popular Music (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. This course will explore the elements of current popular music and the way they have developed over throughout history. A central issue will be tracing the development of the expression of individual experience as the main concern of music both as an art and as a commercial product. The class will draw on literature, art, and philosophy as well as writings specifically on music in the exploration of these issues. The course will begin with students making a critical evaluation of the musical culture in which they have grown up. From that evaluation we will derive the key expressive elements and musical genres that will serve as the focus of the class. Return to top

MUS 262 Nonwestern Popular Music (3-0-3). The course will use postcolonial popular music to examine the effect of independence, urbanization, and technology as well as political, social, religious, and gender issues in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and India in the later half of the twentieth century. Return to top

MUS 263 Black Music of Two Worlds (3-0-3). A survey course that will focus on three primary areas: an introductory study of traditional music and culture of Africa, an examination of how traditional African music changed and developed in the western hemisphere, and the influence these neo-African musical forms had on postcolonial African music. Attention will be given to the role of music in culture. Return to top

MUS 301 Music Fundamentals and Methods for the Classroom Teacher (4-0-4). Prerequisite: For College of Education majors only. Aural, written, and performance competency in musical notation, scales, intervals, key and meter signatures, and primary triads in major and minor modes. Development of skills in singing, conducting, and performance on keyboard, recorder, and classroom music instruments. Applications to elementary classroom activities covered in methods component. Return to top

MUS 310 The Business of Music (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Open to any university student with permission of instructor. A team-taught overview of business practices and how they affect musicians. Topics include auditions, promotional materials, recording, concert production, contracts, copyrights, management, unions, taxes, and grant writing. Return to top

MUS 341 Counterpoint (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MUS 234 and 244 or equivalents. Modal and tonal counterpoint in two and three voices; composition of melodies, subjects, and examination of contrapuntal devices; invertible counterpoint; binary forms, inventions and fugue. Return to top

MUS 351 Teaching String Instruments (1-2-2). Prerequisites: MUS 205, MUS 232, MUS 242. Techniques of playing and teaching violin, viola, cello, and contrabass with an emphasis upon beginning instruction and methods and materials for group lessons. Laboratory class for music-education majors as preparation for teaching school instrumental music. Return to top

MUS 352 Teaching Woodwind Instruments (1-2-2). Prerequisites: MUS 205, MUS 232, MUS 242. Techniques of playing and teaching flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon, with an emphasis upon beginning instruction and methods and materials for group lessons. Laboratory class for music education majors as preparation for teaching school instrumental music. Return to top

MUS 353 Teaching Brass Instruments (1-2-2). Prerequisites: MUS 205, MUS 232, MUS 242. Techniques of playing and teaching trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, and tuba with an emphasis upon beginning instruction and methods and materials for group lessons. Laboratory class for music education majors as preparation for teaching school instrumental music. Return to top

MUS 354 Teaching Percussion Instruments (1-2-2). Prerequisites: MUS 205, MUS 232, MUS 242. Techniques of playing and teaching timpani, snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, cymbals, Afro-Indio-Latin drums, and jazz drumset with an emphasis upon beginning instruction and methods and materials for group lessons. Laboratory class for music education majors as preparation for teaching school instrumental music. Return to top

MUS 355 Vocal Techniques for the Classroom (1-0-1) . Prerequisites: MUS 205, MUS 232, MUS 242. Techniques for learning and teaching proper use of the singing voice in elementary- and secondary-school music. Emphasis upon methods and materials for K-12 singers in general music classes and choral ensembles. Laboratory class for music education majors as preparation for teaching school vocal/choral music. Return to top

MUS 356 Diction (3-0-3). Prerequisite: For performance majors in voice and others with permission of instructor. Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means to teach proper pronunciation for singers; basic concepts for the formation and use of vowels and consonants within a vocal line; application of IPA symbols to sounds in French, German and Italian; basic rules for singing in English. Return to top

MUS 361 Voice Class (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Not for voice majors. Assists students in the basic elements and techniques of vocal production for singing. Return to top

MUS 362 Guitar Class (2-2-2). A studio/ lab course for music therapy majors to learn basics of guitar playing. Students learn to read tablature and traditional notation, to play chords, to transpose, to play accompaniment for songs, and basics of playing with a flat pick. Open to non-majors depending upon availability of space and with permission of instructor. Return to top

MUS 381 Jazz Theory and Improvisation I (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Music major status or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of spontaneous composition/performance in a jazz style, with emphasis on the 12-bar blues form, modal materials, and melodic derivatives of harmonic progressions. Return to top

MUS 382 Jazz Theory and Improvisation II (2-0-2). Prerequisite: MUS 381 or permission of instructor. Further exploration of melodic-harmonic inter-relation, harmonic substitution, modal materials, and rhythmic styles. Advanced harmonic and rhythmic concepts. Return to top

MUS 390 Introduction to Music Therapy (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. Provides an overview of the profession including terminology, history and practical application of music therapy for various client populations. Assessment of personal qualities to become a music therapist is an ongoing process of the class. Observations of music therapists and those in related fields are required in addition to class work. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 391 Recreational Music: Programming and Leadership (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. Development of a repertoire of activities to provide a foundation for initial field work experiences. Adaptation of activities and instruments, basic assessment of client interests and needs, and evaluation of observations are required. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 392 Music Therapy Practicum (0-0-1). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. Experiences working in a community agency, each experience including a musical and behavioral assessment of the group or individual, the development and implementation of ongoing treatment procedures and evaluation. May be repeated for credit; a minimum of three practica required. Assignments made by director of Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium. Return to top

MUS 411 Music History I (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MUS 113, MUS 234 and MUS 244 or permission of instructor. Survey of the history of Western music from Antiquity to 1750 through examination of stylistic characteristics and literature from chronological eras, as well as individual composers' lives and the culture of their times. Return to top

MUS 412 Music History II (3-0-3). Prerequisites:MUS 113, MUS 234 and MUS 244 or permission of instructor. Survey of the history of Western music from 1750 to the present through examination of stylistic characteristics and literature from chronological eras, as well as individual composers' lives and the culture of their times. Return to top

MUS 414 Ethnomusicology (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Music major status or permission of instructor. The study of music outside the European art tradition. Return to top

MUS 415 World Music Studies (3-0-3). Variable topics include music from specifically selected non-Western world cultures. Return to top

MUS 418 Composition Studies II (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Advanced study sessions with composition faculty. Independent projects explore large and small forms, compositional techniques and modes of expression for various media. Recital preparation for undergraduate exit project in composition. May be repeated for credit. A weekly composition forum is part of this course. Return to top

MUS 420 Music Therapy in Psychiatry and Rehabilitation (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. Clinical methods as they relate to working with clients who are psychiatric, geriatric, medical, neurologically impaired, and/or addicted. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 421 Music Therapy with the Developmentally Disabled (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. Clinical practice as it relates to working with clients who are autistic, sensory-impaired, physically challenged, and/or learning or cognitive-disabled. Offered alternate years. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 422 Psychology of Music I (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. An overview of current research in music learning, music preference, acoustics, influence of music on listener behavior, and measurements of music achievement and performance. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 423 Psychology of Music II (0-2-2). Prerequisites: MUS 422; music therapy majors only. Practical exposure to research methods. Independent research projects incorporating the most common methods of data analysis and test design required. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 424 Program Development and Administration in Music Therapy (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Music therapy majors only. Focus on program planning, scheduling, budgeting, and public relations strategies. Procedures of documentation, standards of practice, codes of ethics, and legislative issues relating to the practice of music therapy included. Offered in alternate years. Taught at Baldwin-Wallace. Return to top

MUS 425 Internship (16 credits). Six months of full-time clinical experience in an AMTA approved facility. Documentation and special research projects included according to the clinical internship training plan. Must be completed within two years following the conclusion of course work. Music therapy majors only. Return to top

MUS 427 Computer Music I (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Introduction to creating music with the use of computers. Topics include synthesis, midi sequencing, sampling, notation, and aesthetics. Also includes an overview of the repertoire of electronic and electro-acoustic music. Assigned studio time for individual composition projects. Return to top

MUS 428 Computer Music II (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MUS 427 or permission of instructor. Advanced applications in computer music. Topics include digital audio, digital signal processing, computer synthesis, and recording techniques. Assigned studio time for individual composition projects. Return to top

MUS 442 Choral Methods (2-0-2).Pre-requisites MUS 461 and MUS 355 as either prerequisite or corequisite. Materials and methods for preparing and conducting vocal and choral ensembles in middle school, junior high school and high school settings. Includes the selection and preparation of repertoire , related warm-ups, age/grade appropriate repertoire, and rehearsal planning and techniques. Laboratory class for music education majors as preparation for teaching secondary school vocal/choral music.Return to top

MUS 443 Music Literacy and Learning (1-2-2). Prerequisites: MUS 444, EDB 305. Understanding the music-reading process through the association of verbal sounds/syllables and symbols of notation. Includes experiences in informal assessment of reading proficiency and in the teaching of pattern recognition. A field component is required. Return to top

MUS 444 Elementary Music Curriculum and Methods (2-2-3). Prerequisites: MUS 205, MUS 234, MUS 244. Corequisite: MUS 454. Lesson planning, curricular materials, and instructional strategies for preschool and elementary-school classroom music. Includes curriculum design, principles of assessment, and issues of classroom management. A field component required. Return to top

MUS 445 Secondary Music Curriculum and Methods (2-2-3). Prerequisite: MUS 444. Corequisites: MUS 446, MUS 455. Lesson planning, curricular materials, instructional and rehearsal strategies for middle-school and high-school music. Includes curriculum design, principles of assessment, and issues of classroom management for both general music and school ensembles. A field component is required. Return to top

MUS 446 Instrumental Methods (2-2-3). Prerequisites: MUS 351, MUS 352, MUS 353, MUS 354, MUS 461. Corequisites: MUS 445, MUS 455. Development of instructional methods for elementary, middle- and high-school instrumental ensembles, including specific strategies for concert, jazz and marching bands, and string-and full-orchestras. Strategies for recruiting and starting beginners, selecting or creating appropriate materials, and refinement of rehearsal skills. The course includes an in-class lab component during which students will practice rehearsing a peer ensemble. Students will also have an opportunity to continue developing performance skills on secondary instruments. Return to top

MUS 451 Orchestration (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MUS 234 or MUS236 or permission of instructor. Study of characteristics and capabilities of orchestral instruments; writing for various instrumental combinations; and correlated analysis of symphonic forms and orchestral techniques. Return to top

MUS 452 Career in Composition (3-0-3). The course is designed to study aspects of how to build and maintain a career as a composer in a competitive music industry. Defining and researching the many resources available to composers within this industry will be coupled with detailed assignments and projects focusing on proposal composition and the vital understanding of music publishing, commercial recording, commissioning, contracts and publicity. Return to top

MUS 454 Elementary Music Field Experience (1-2-1). Prerequisites: MUS 205, completion of Music Education Gateway Exam, and permission of instructor. Corequisite: MUS 444. Guided field experience under the supervision of a music specialist in the elementary school. Return to top

MUS 455 Secondary Music Field Experience (1-4-1). Prerequisites: MUS 205, and permission of instructor, completion of Music Education Gateway. Corequisites: MUS 445, MUS 446. Guided field experience under the supervision of a music specialist in the secondary school. Return to top

MUS 461 Conducting School Ensembles (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MUS 234 and 244. Development of effective conducting and rehearsal techniques common to instrumental and vocal ensembles. May culminate in a rehearsal reading with the University Band or Chorus depending on the student's focus. Team taught. Return to top

MUS 475 Workshop (1-4 variable credit). Special presentations offered by faculty or visiting specialists for professional development. Carries undergraduate or graduate credit. May be repeated with change of topic. Return to top

MUS 476 Extended Workshop (1-4 variable credit). Special presentations offered by faculty or visiting specialists for professional development. Carries undergraduate or graduate credit. May be repeated with change of topic. These workshops extend beyond the normal semester. Students will receive a "T" grade at the end of the semester and a grade for credit upon completion of the workshop. Return to top

MUS 481 Senior Recital (0-0-1). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Thirty-minute recital demonstrating appropriate level of competency. Required of all music majors. Return to top

MUS 482 Full Recital (0-0-2). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Sixty-minute recital demonstrating appropriate level of competency. Required of all applied music majors. Return to top

MUS 485 Composition Recital (0-0-2). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A recital of works for various media representing the creative accomplishments of composition study. Return to top

MUS 493 Special Topics (1-4 variable credit). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Topics designed by faculty to be announced in semester schedule. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

MUS 496 Independent Study (1-4 credit as arranged). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Faculty-supervised independent study in areas of individual interest. Return to top

MUS 498 Senior Project (0-0-3). Prerequisite: To be elected by candidates pursuing the B.A. degree with a major in music at least one semester prior to graduation. The project is a focal point bringing together the various strands of the undergraduate's career in a meaningful way. It represents individual work done under committee guidance, resulting in either a formal research paper, public presentation, or both. Return to top

Return to top

 

engaged learning

Mailing Address
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 107A
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
This site contains files that require the free Adobe Reader to view.