Courses in Music

Courses in Music

1000-level

MUS 1001: Music Departmental (0)
A weekly meeting of all music majors providing opportunity for performance and peer review along with discussion of music curricular topics. Attendance at weekly music departmental meetings is required of all music majors. Seven semesters of successful completion of this course are required for graduation.

MUS 1010: Introduction to Music Reading (3)
A beginning-level course that enhances the student’s ability to read, analyze, and perform music. In-class performance is emphasized.

MUS 1040: Introduction to Music Technology (3)
A beginning course in music technology that provides an introduction to MIDI, digital audio, computer-aided instruction, musical notation, and multimedia presentation.

MUS 1111/3111: Highland Winds (0.5 or 1)
The Highland Winds is open to all college students with previous instrumental experience. Two hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1112/3112: Marching Highland Cavaliers (0.5 or 1)
Prerequisite: Audition
The Highland Cavalier Marching Band performs for UVa-Wise home football games and other college events throughout the fall semester. Three to five hours of rehearsal/performance each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience by audition. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1121/3121: Wind Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
The Wind Ensemble is open to all college students with previous instrumental experience. Three to five hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1122/3122: Highland Cavalier Pep Band (0.5 or 1)
The Pep Band performs exclusively for select college athletic events throughout the semester. One to three hours of rehearsal/performance each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1123/3123: Jazz Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
A jazz ensemble open to all students with previous instrumental jazz experience. One to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. Open to students with prior instrumental experience. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1124/3124: Brass Ensemble (Low Brass) (0.5 or 1)
The Brass Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1125/3125: Brass Ensemble (High Brass) (0.5 or 1)
The Brass Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1126/3126: Woodwind Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
The Woodwind Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1127/3127: Bluegrass Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
The Bluegrass Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1128/3128: Percussion Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
The Percussion Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1129/3129: String Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The String Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1140/3140: Guitar Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The Guitar Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1141/3141: Handbell Ensemble (0.5 or 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The Handbell Ensemble is open to all students with previous instrumental experience. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1151/3151: Concert Choir (0.5 or 1)
The concert choir is open to all students by audition. Three to five hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1152/3152: Highland Chorale (0.5 or 1)
The Highland Chorale is open to all college students. Two to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week.
May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1161/3161: Madrigal Choir (0.5 or 1)
The Madrigal Choir is open to all students by audition. One to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week.
May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1162/3162: Highland Singers (0.5 or 1)
The Highland Singers is open to all students by audition. One to three hours of lecture/rehearsal each week. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 1231: Beginning Class Voice (1)
Open to students without prior vocal training. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary vocal literature, skills in sight singing, interpretation, and basic vocal techniques.

MUS 1251: Beginning Class Piano (1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Students must read rhythmic notation and pitch notation in at least treble or bass clef before enrolling; intended for instrumentalists or singers with no previous piano experience. Open to students without prior keyboard experience. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary keyboard literature. Skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation, and basic piano technique. The Division of Music Beginning Class Piano Proficiency Examination will be given as the final exam in the course and must be successfully completed in order to receive a passing grade in MUS 1251.

MUS 1252: Intermediate Class Piano (1)
Prerequisite: MUS 1251 or placement by entrance examination
Continuation of Beginning Class Piano. Development of general musicianship through the study of intermediate keyboard literature. Skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation, and intermediate piano technique. The Division of Music Intermediate Class Piano Proficiency Examination will be given as the final exam in the course and must be successfully completed in order to receive a passing grade in MUS 1252.

MUS 1265: Beginning Class Guitar (1)
Open to students without prior guitar experience. Development of general musicianship through the study of elementary guitar literature, skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation, and basic guitar technique.

MUS 13xx: Applied Music Secondary: Piano, Organ, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Percussion, Composition (1)
Prerequisite: Audition
One 30-minute private lesson per week for one credit per semester. Music is determined by the instructor according to the level and ability of the student. Prior performing experience and an audition are required before registration. May be repeated for credit.

  • MUS 1311 Applied Music Secondary Trumpet
  • MUS 1312 Applied Music Secondary Horn
  • MUS 1313 Applied Music Secondary Trombone
  • MUS 1314 Applied Music Secondary Euphonium
  • MUS 1315 Applied Music Secondary Tuba
  • MUS 1321 Applied Music Secondary Flute
  • MUS 1322 Applied Music Secondary Oboe
  • MUS 1323 Applied Music Secondary Clarinet
  • MUS 1324 Applied Music Secondary Bassoon
  • MUS 1325 Applied Music Secondary Saxophone
  • MUS 1331 Applied Music Secondary Voice
  • MUS 1341 Applied Music Secondary Percussion
  • MUS 1351 Applied Music Secondary Piano
  • MUS 1352 Applied Music Secondary Organ
  • MUS 1361 Applied Music Secondary Violin
  • MUS 1362 Applied Music Secondary Viola
  • MUS 1363 Applied Music Secondary Cello
  • MUS 1364 Applied Music Secondary Double Bass
  • MUS 1365 Applied Music Secondary Guitar
  • MUS 1371 Applied Music Secondary Composition

MUS 14xx: Applied Music Principal: Piano, Organ, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Percussion (2)
Prerequisite: Audition
One 60-minute private lesson per week for two credits per semester. Music is determined by the instructoraccording to the level and ability of the student. Prior performing experience and an audition are required before registration. May be repeated for credit. Following two semesters of study in MUS 14xx, students will complete the Freshman Evaluation. Successful completion of the evaluation is required before enrolling in MUS 24xx.

  • MUS 1411 Applied Music Principal Trumpet
  • MUS 1412 Applied Music Principal Horn
  • MUS 1413 Applied Music Principal Trombone
  • MUS 1414 Applied Music Principal Euphonium
  • MUS 1415 Applied Music Principal Tuba
  • MUS 1421 Applied Music Principal Flute
  • MUS 1422 Applied Music Principal Oboe
  • MUS 1423 Applied Music Principal Clarinet
  • MUS 1424 Applied Music Principal Bassoon
  • MUS 1425 Applied Music Principal Saxophone
  • MUS 1431 Applied Music Principal Voice
  • MUS 1441 Applied Music Principal Percussion
  • MUS 1451 Applied Music Principal Piano
  • MUS 1452 Applied Music Principal Organ
  • MUS 1461 Applied Music Principal Violin
  • MUS 1462 Applied Music Principal Viola
  • MUS 1463 Applied Music Principal Cello
  • MUS 1464 Applied Music Principal Double Bass
  • MUS 1465 Applied Music Principal Guitar

MUS 1551: Music Theory I (3)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or permission of instructor
An intensive introduction to the materials and structures of common-practice tonal music.

MUS 1552: Aural Skills I (1)
Prerequisite or co-requisite: MUS 1551
The development of aural skills and sight-singing skills through listening and performing exercises based on the musical materials studied in MUS 1551.

MUS 1553: Music Theory II (3)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or MUS 1551
A continuation of MUS 1551. Exploration of the diatonic and chromatic harmonies typically exhibited in the Classical period as well as its general compositional forms.

MUS 1554: Aural Skills II (1)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or MUS 1552; MUS 1553 must also be taken as a prerequisite or co-requisite.
Continued development of aural and sight singing skills through listening and performing exercises based on the musical materials studied in MUS 1553.

2000-level

MUS 2030: Music Appreciation (3)
A study of the materials of music as a means of developing listening skills. Emphasis on perception and understanding of a variety of musical styles.

MUS 2031/3031: Jazz and Related Styles (3)
A survey of the various styles of jazz literature including ragtime, blues, New Orleans Dixieland, Chicago Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, avant-garde, fusion, and neo classical jazz. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments in MUS 2031.

MUS 2032/3032: American Musical Theatre (3)
A survey of musical theatre in the United States from the Colonial period to the present with an emphasis on the development of the musical from Show Boat to the contemporary musical. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments in MUS 2032.

MUS 2034/3034: Music in the United States (3)
The study of American music from the Colonial period to the present. Included are a study of “popular” music, music theatre including opera, African-American music, music in the European tradition, electronic music and other genres. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments in MUS 2034.

MUS 2035/3035: The History of Opera (3)
Introduction to opera as musical theatre. The study of opera structures, types of voices, and representative examples from the operas of Monteverdi to present. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments in MUS 2035.

MUS 2038/3038: Popular and World Music (3)
Survey of the history and development of popular music in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century minstrel show to present day forms as well as an exploration of music cultures throughout the world. Students seeking upper-level credit for this course will complete a research project in addition to the assignments in MUS 2038. Music majors must enroll in MUS 3038.

MUS 2251: Advanced Class Piano (1)
Prerequisite: MUS 1252 or placement by entrance examination
The culminating course of the Division of Music Class Piano program. Continued development of general musicianship through the study of intermediate/advanced keyboard literature. Skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation, and intermediate piano technique. The Division of Music Advanced Class Piano Proficiency Examination will be given as the final exam in the course and must be successfully completed in order to receive a passing grade in MUS 2251.

MUS 2265: Intermediate Class Guitar (1)
Prerequisite: MUS 1265
Continuation in the development of general musicianship through the study of intermediate guitar literature, skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation and basic guitar technique.

MUS 24xx: Applied Music Principal: Piano, Organ, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Percussion (2)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Freshman Evaluation or placement by audition
One 60-minute private lesson per week for two credits per semester. Music is determined by the instructor according to the level and ability of the student. May be repeated for credit. Following two semesters of study in MUS 24x, students will complete the Division of Music Sophomore Evaluation. Successful completion of the evaluation is required before enrolling in MUS 34xx or MUS 3900.

  • MUS 2411 Applied Music Principal Trumpet
  • MUS 2412 Applied Music Principal Horn
  • MUS 2413 Applied Music Principal Trombone
  • MUS 2414 Applied Music Principal Euphonium
  • MUS 2415 Applied Music Principal Tuba
  • MUS 2421 Applied Music Principal Flute
  • MUS 2422 Applied Music Principal Oboe
  • MUS 2423 Applied Music Principal Clarinet
  • MUS 2424 Applied Music Principal Bassoon
  • MUS 2425 Applied Music Principal Saxophone
  • MUS 2431 Applied Music Principal Voice
  • MUS 2441 Applied Music Principal Percussion
  • MUS 2451 Applied Music Principal Piano
  • MUS 2452 Applied Music Principal Organ
  • MUS 2461 Applied Music Principal Violin
  • MUS 2462 Applied Music Principal Viola
  • MUS 2463 Applied Music Principal Cello
  • MUS 2464 Applied Music Principal Double Bass
  • MUS 2465 Applied Music Principal Guitar

MUS 2511: Instrumental Techniques: Brass (1)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music
An introduction to general performance techniques idiomatic to the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba.

MUS 2512: Instrumental Techniques: Percussion (1)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music
An introduction to general performance techniques idiomatic to percussion instruments.

MUS 2513: Instrumental Techniques: Strings (1)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music
An introduction to general performance techniques idiomatic to the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

MUS 2514: Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds (1)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music
An introduction to general performance techniques idiomatic to the flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon.

MUS 2551: Music Theory III (3)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or MUS 1553
An intensive introduction to the materials and structures of common-practice tonal music.

MUS 2552: Aural Skills III (1)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or MUS 1554. MUS 2551 must also be taken as a pre-requisite or co-requisite. 
The development of aural skills and sight-singing skills through listening and performing exercises based on the musical materials studied in MUS 2551.

MUS 2553: Music Theory IV (3)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or MUS 2551
A continuation of MUS 2551. Exploration of the diatonic and chromatic harmonies typically exhibited in the Romantic period and introduction to compositional techniques of the 20th century.

MUS 2554: Aural Skills IV (1)
Prerequisite: Placement by entrance examination or MUS 2552; MUS 2553 must also be taken as a prerequisite or co-requisite.
A continued development of aural and sight singing skills through listening and performing exercises based on the musical materials studied in MUS 2553.

MUS 2950, 2960: Special Topics in Music

3000-level

MUS 3265: Advanced Class Guitar (1)
Prerequisite: MUS 2265
Continuation in the development of general musicianship through the study of advanced guitar literature, skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, interpretation and basic guitar technique.

MUS 34xx: Applied Music Principal: Piano, Organ, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Percussion (2)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Sophomore Evaluation or placement by audition
One 60-minute private lesson per week for two credits per semester. Music is determined by the instructor according to the level and ability of the student. May be repeated for credit. Note: Completion of the

Junior Lecture Recital (MUS 3900) is required as a prerequisite to enrolling MUS 44xx.

  • MUS 3411 Applied Music Principal Trumpet
  • MUS 3412 Applied Music Principal Horn
  • MUS 3413 Applied Music Principal Trombone
  • MUS 3414 Applied Music Principal Euphonium
  • MUS 3415 Applied Music Principal Tuba
  • MUS 3421 Applied Music Principal Flute
  • MUS 3422 Applied Music Principal Oboe
  • MUS 3423 Applied Music Principal Clarinet
  • MUS 3424 Applied Music Principal Bassoon
  • MUS 3425 Applied Music Principal Saxophone
  • MUS 3431 Applied Music Principal Voice
  • MUS 3441 Applied Music Principal Percussion
  • MUS 3451 Applied Music Principal Piano
  • MUS 3452 Applied Music Principal Organ
  • MUS 3461 Applied Music Principal Violin
  • MUS 3462 Applied Music Principal Viola
  • MUS 3463 Applied Music Principal Cello
  • MUS 3464 Applied Music Principal Double Bass
  • MUS 3465 Applied Music Principal Guitar

MUS 3520: Beginning Conducting (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 1551
An introduction to the basic techniques of conducting instrumental and choral ensembles.

MUS 3521: Advanced Conducting and Literature: Choral (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 3520
Continued development of basic conducting techniques introduced in MUS 3620, the exploration of specific conducting techniques for choral ensembles as well as a general review of choral literature.

MUS 3522: Advanced Conducting and Literature: Instrumental (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 3520
Continued development of basic conducting techniques introduced in MUS 3520, the exploration of specific conducting techniques for instrumental ensembles as well as a general review of instrumental literature. Music for wind ensembles and bands is emphasized.

MUS 3540: Advanced Music Technology (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 1040
An advanced course in music technology which continues instruction began in MUS 1040 in the areas of MIDI, digital audio, computer-aided instruction, musical notation, and multimedia presentation. As in MUS 1040, emphasis is placed on the integration of technological skills acquired into research and teaching.

MUS 3551: Counterpoint (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 2553 or permission of instructor
An advanced music theory course focusing on the contrapuntal styles of the 16th century and 18th century.

MUS 3552: Form and Style (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 2553 or permission of instructor
An advanced music theory course focusing on the development of vocal and instrumental forms from the medieval to contemporary historical periods. Particular emphasis is given to classical forms including sonata and rondo forms.

MUS 3553: Advanced Chromaticism (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 2553 or permission of instructor
An advanced music theory course focusing on the development of chromatic harmony through the 19th and early 20th centuries.

MUS 3554: 20th Century Styles (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 2553 or permission of instructor
An advanced music theory course focusing on the compositional styles of the 20th century and theoretical systems for musical analysis.

MUS 3611: Improvisation (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 1551, 1552, 1553, 1554
A study of transcription, analysis, and development of jazz improvisation skills via theoretical and practical techniques.

MUS 3651: Orchestration and Arranging (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 1553 or permission of instructor
An introduction to the techniques of orchestration and arranging for woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments as well as piano and chorus.

MUS 3652: Opera Coaching (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Preparatory rehearsals and vocal coaching in preparation for an operatic performance.

MUS 3900: Junior Lecture Recital (2)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Sophomore Evaluation or permission of music faculty
Presentation of a 30-minute lecture recital that serves as the “capstone” for the BA-Music degree. During the semester of registration in MUS 3900, students receive one 60-minute private lesson per week.

4000-level

MUS 44xx: Applied Music Principal: Piano, Organ, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Percussion (2)
Prerequisite: Successful completion the Junior Lecture Recital (MUS 3900) or placement by audition
One 60-minute private lesson per week for two credits per semester. Music is determined by the instructor according to the level and ability of the student. May be repeated for credit.

  • MUS 4411 Applied Music Principal Trumpet
  • MUS 4412 Applied Music Principal Horn
  • MUS 4413 Applied Music Principal Trombone
  • MUS 4414 Applied Music Principal Euphonium
  • MUS 4415 Applied Music Principal Tuba
  • MUS 4421 Applied Music Principal Flute
  • MUS 4422 Applied Music Principal Oboe
  • MUS 4423 Applied Music Principal Clarinet
  • MUS 4424 Applied Music Principal Bassoon
  • MUS 4425 Applied Music Principal Saxophone
  • MUS 4431 Applied Music Principal Voice
  • MUS 4441 Applied Music Principal Percussion
  • MUS 4451 Applied Music Principal Piano
  • MUS 4452 Applied Music Principal Organ
  • MUS 4461 Applied Music Principal Violin
  • MUS 4462 Applied Music Principal Viola
  • MUS 4463 Applied Music Principal Cello
  • MUS 4464 Applied Music Principal Double Bass
  • MUS 4465 Applied Music Principal Guitar

MUS 4531: Music History I (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 2030 or placement by entrance examination
A survey course covering the history of western music in the ancient, medieval, renaissance and baroque periods.

MUS 4532: Music History II (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 2030 or placement by entrance examination
A survey course covering the history of western music in the classic, romantic and contemporary periods.

MUS 4711: Classroom Management in Music (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 3520
A survey of instructional method and literature for beginning, intermediate, and advanced school chorus, band, and general music courses. Includes curriculum planning, rehearsal techniques, performance practices for various style periods and cultures.

MUS 4712: Elementary Music Education (3)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music, or permission of instructor
Introduces methods and materials for teaching basic musical concepts in the elementary classroom. Music activities suitable for children in grades K-6: singing, movement, listening, and instrumental activities appropriate to child growth and development.

MUS 4713: Band Administration (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 4711, MUS 4787, admission to TEP
A course that prepares instrumental music education students with the requirements and responsibilities of teaching winds and percussion in middle and secondary schools.

MUS 4786: Secondary Music Methods: Choral (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 3520
Principals and theories of planning and teaching choral music in the secondary classroom. Directed field-based experience is required.

MUS 4787: Secondary Music Methods: Instrumental (2)
Prerequisite: MUS 3520
Principals and theories of planning and teaching instrumental music in the secondary classroom. Directed field-based experience is required.

MUS 4900: Senior Recital (2)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Junior Lecture Recital or permission of music faculty
Presentation of a 60-minute performance recital during the Senior year. During the semester of registration in MUS 4900, students receive one 60-minute private lesson per week.

MUS 4950, 4960: Special Topics in Music (1-3, 1-3)

MUS 4970: Independent Study in Music (1-3)