Academic Catalog

Music (MUSI)

MUSI 159 Music Theory I4 cr

Develops various ear training skills, including sight singing, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and an introduction to harmonic dictation. These skills will be developed in conjunction with an introduction to music theory: simple and compound meter, scales, intervals, and chords. Includes Piano Lab.

MUSI 175 Home Studio Recording3 cr

Introduces basic concepts of recording, mixing and editing music on a macbook. Course material includes microphone placement, recording, mixing and basic composition.

MUSI 251 Introduction to Music3 cr

Provides a general historical survey of music and introduces basic music theory. The objective of the course is to help students become conversant in the styles and genres of music in the history of western civilization. Popular music styles are discussed in their historical context as well as for their influences on contemporary culture.

Attributes: Core Creative Arts (CCA)  
MUSI 252 Piano I3 cr

Classroom piano instruction for students with little or no musical background or experience. Emphasis on basic piano technique and elementary music theory.

MUSI 253 World Music3 cr

Compares world music and the study of music in the context of culture. Introduces students to the field of ethnomusicology and explores the folk and classical music of Asia, the Balkans, the Americans, and the wealth of ethnic culture in the North Adams area.

Attributes: Core Creative Arts (CCA)  
MUSI 256 Guitar I3 cr

Provides students with a proficiency of basic guitar techniques through study and performance of appropriate repertoire. Assumes no musical background or experience. Guitars provided on loan.

MUSI 258 Private Lessons1 cr

Studying privately with a professional musician, students will take 10, one-hour instrumental or voice lessons. Through this study they will advance their technique as well as improve their musicianship. Students will study a selection of exercises and repertoire with the studio instructor and will prepare at least one piece for a final evaluation or performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Two sections may be taken concurrently on different instruments. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: Department approval  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
Repeatable: maximum of 3 credits  
MUSI 259 Music Theory II4 cr

Introduces musical notations and modes of analysis in a sequential format beginning with basic staff and note symbols, scale and chord structure, major and minor tonality, etc., and continuing through key signatures, chord function, seventh chords, inversions and harmonic analysis and ear training. Mastery of skills is required before admission to the next level (B or better).

Prerequisite: MUSI 159 or instructor approval  
MUSI 275 Performance Workshop Topic3 cr

Studies in depth a specific aspect of music performance. Designed to provide advanced work in analysis, interpretation and research. Offerings may include, but are not limited to: Building a Vocal Portfolio, Broadway, Gershwin, Flute Choir, Performing Mozart.

Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MUSI 350 Instrumental Ensembles1-3 cr

Perform with one or more of the following: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Community Band; The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Jazz Band; Chamber Ensembles. These groups perform music from standard and contemporary literature and are intended for experienced instrumentalists.

Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MUSI 351 Topics in Music History3 cr

Studies the composition, performance, reception and criticism of music over a specified time period. A historical study of music concerned with a composer's life and works, performance practice, developments of styles and genres, and place of music in society. Offerings may include but are not limited to genre history, period history, composers or specific works.

Prerequisite: MUSI 251  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MUSI 352 Piano II3 cr

Develops keyboard skills. Attention given to chording, sight reading, accompanying, improvising, performance practice and the development of a repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUSI 252 or equivalent  
MUSI 356 Guitar II3 cr

Develops intermediate-level performance skills.

Prerequisite: MUSIC 256 or equivalent  
MUSI 357 Vocal Ensembles1-3 cr

Perform with one or both of the following: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Concert Choir; The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Chamber Choir; repertoire includes choral literature from all periods.

Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MUSI 358 Private Lessons1 cr

Studying privately with a professional musician, students will take 10, one-hour instrumental or voice lessons. Through this study they will advance their technique, as well as improve their musicianship. Students will study a selection of exercises and repertoire with the instructor and will prepare at least two pieces for a final evaluation or performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Two sections may be taken concurrently on different instruments. Additional fees required.

Prerequisite: MUSI 258, department approval  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
Repeatable: maximum of 3 credits  
MUSI 359 Music Theory III3 cr

Continues materials presented in MUSI 259. Advanced work in harmonic analysis, secondary dominants, higher tertian chords, dictation and solfeg. Opportunities to improve conducting, performance, and composition skills. Further analysis of form, orchestration, arranging, and ear training.

Prerequisite: MUSI 259  
MUSI 360 Composing with Software3 cr

Introduces students to compositional techniques and formal components of music composition using music composition software. Students will write several pieces of music and practice exercises to demonstrate the compositional principles under study. The course will include lecture and studio settings.

Prerequisite: MUSI 359  
MUSI 375 Advanced Studio Recording/Live Sound3 cr

Continues MUSI 175. This course investigates advanced techniques of recording and live-sounding mixing on hardware and software. Techniques include microphone placement, speaker and monitor mixing, cabling and sound board principles. Students will be prepared for internships, graduate school and employment.

Prerequisite: MUSI 175  
MUSI 410 Orchestration/Arranging3 cr

Studies the technique of orchestration. Instruments of the orchestra, instrumental colors, preparing the score, adapting music for different mediums. Students will create one large project (arrangement for band or orchestra).

Prerequisite: MUSI 359  
MUSI 415 Counterpoint3 cr

An in-depth study of 18th century counterpoint with an historical approach. Students will write an invention, a trio-sonata and a fugue.

Prerequisite: MUSI 359  
MUSI 450 Topics in Music Seminar3 cr

Provides advanced work in analysis and interpretation and research. Offerings: Improvisation, Composition; Conducting; History of Musical Theatre, Recording.

Prerequisite: MUSI 159  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MUSI 458 Private Lessons1 cr

Studying privately with a professional musician, students will take 10 one-hour, instrumental-voice lessons. Through this study they will advance their technique and improve their musicianship. Students will study a selection of exercises and repertoire with the instructor and will prepare at least two advanced pieces for a final evaluation or recital performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: MUSI 358, department approval  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
Repeatable: maximum of 3 credits  
MUSI 459 Music Theory IV3 cr

Examines traditional techniques of musical form and their applications in historical and contemporary styles.

Prerequisite: MUSI 359  
MUSI 475 Music Production Film3 cr

Continues MUSI 375. This course will examine the techniques and procedures of composing and recording music for specific uses with film. Students will create footage or explore outside sourced film and compose and/or mix music to be connected with aforementioned film. Students will explore the creative as well as the technical aspects of film music recording.

Prerequisite: MUSI 375