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The arts, languages, and philosophy department offers a variety of music ensembles and content-based courses to choose from. Even if you don’t have any prior music knowledge, can’t read music, or haven’t played an instrument before, we have courses you can take!
Music Understanding and Appreciation
Music 1150 – MoWe 2-2:50 p.m. Blended course with online instruction on Fridays.
A study of the development of music with emphasis on understanding music forms and the role music has played in the various historical periods. No previous music experience or the ability to read music is necessary. Great for students who would like to take just one music course.
History and Analysis of Music II
Music 3252/History 3722 – MoWe 1-1:50 p.m. Blended course with online instruction on Fridays.
An exploration of the history of European and American music from the late 18th century through the dawn of the 20th century. Students will learn about the great composers of the Classical and Romantic eras (including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Wagner), their major compositions and the historical and political context in which they lived and worked. Assignments will consist of self-guided listening exercises, class discussion and projects. Cross-listed as History 3722. You DO NOT need to have taken History and Analysis of Music I to take this course.
Theory of Music I
Music 2161 – TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m
An introduction to the language of music. Students will learn notes, rhythms, chords and beyond as they take their first steps in composition and analysis of music. Together we will explore and begin speaking the language of music. No prior music knowledge required.
Introduction to Music Composition and Arranging
Music 2163 – online asynchronous
Have you ever wanted to write music? Have you ever had a musical idea, but you’re not quite sure what to do with it? In Introduction to Music Composition and Arranging we will discuss compositional techniques, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and orchestration. Through a mixture of small group and individual instruction, this course will guide you through the process of music composition as you complete a work of technical and artistic significance over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: Current or previous enrollment in a music ensemble, or permission from the instructor.
Music 1130 – MoWeFr 12-12:50 p.m.
The University Wind Symphony performs a variety of works from standard wind band literature. In the fall the ensemble is open to all students who play wind or percussion instruments and in the spring it’s open to students who successfully pass an audition.
Music 1131 – TuWeTh 4-5:30 p.m.
The Miner Marching Band is open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument regardless of marching experience. The band performs at all home football games as well as pep rallies and local parades, including S&T’s Parade of Nations and the annual St. Pat’s Parade.
Music 1136 – Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
The Jazz Ensemble plays works for big band from various styles and time periods including Swing, Latin, Funk, and Rock. Open to all students who play a big band instrument. No auditions are required.
Music 1132 – Mo 7-9:30 p.m.
The University Orchestra performs music from the Baroque to Modern eras. Open to all students who play stringed, wind, percussion or keyboard instruments used in the symphony orchestra. No auditions are required.
Music 1140 – online asynchronous
University Choir will be online for the fall semester, BUT it’s still a choir and will culminate with a “Virtual Choir” performance! No choir experience needed, and no need to know how to read music. Open to all who are interested in learning to sing in a choral setting. We will work on music theory, breath support, sound production, diction, listening, sight-reading, and ensemble singing. At the end of the semester, our final performances together will be posted via approved university outlets. Students will have music files to practice with, so no need even for a piano! Computer and recording capabilities are all that’s needed.
Music 1141 – TuTh 12:30-1:45 p.m.
For fall semester only, NO AUDITION is required for Chamber Choir! No previous music experience is necessary. Any and all students that are looking for a choral experience on campus, Chamber Choir is for you. Chamber Choir will touch on basic music theory, proper breathing and vocal production techniques, and sight-reading skills while learning several standard choral pieces.
Questions? Contact the arts, languages, and philosophy department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-341-4185.