Course Descriptions Music Furman University

050 Recital Attendance
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051 Freshman Music Colloquium
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060 Symphony Orchestra
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061 Furman Band
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062 Furman Singers
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063 Men's Chorale
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064 Women's Chorale
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065 Chamber Choir
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066 Oratorio Chorus
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067 Jazz Ensemble
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068 Jazz Combo
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069 Brass Ensemble
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070 Woodwind Ensemble
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071 Percussion Ensemble
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072 String Ensemble
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073 String Quartet
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074 Saxophone Quartet
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076 Guitar Ensemble
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101 Introduction to Music
GER: VP (Visual and Performing Arts)
Introduction to the fundamentals of music, exploring a variety of musical genres, and developing an appreciation of the diverse musical genres. Although the focus157 for each section varies, all sections address certain fundamentals of music: listening skills, cultural context, historical development, musical vocabulary, musical structure, and style. Requires out-of-class listening and attendance at live concerts. Descriptions of the sections are published during the enrollment period for each term. Requires out-of-class listening and attendance at live concerts. 4 credits.

102 Introduction to Jazz
GER: VP (Visual and Performing Arts)
Historical overview of the development of jazz. Intended for non-music majors. Includes the study of significant artists and their recordings in a social and historical context. 4 credits.

103 Classic Rock
GER: VP (Visual and Performing Arts)
Historical overview of the development of classic rock music. Intended for non-music majors. Includes the study of significant artists and their recordings in a social and historical context. 4 credits.

104 Voice Class I
Basic fundamentals of correct singing (posture, breathing, tone production). Beginning studies in vocal repertoire. 2 credits.

105 Voice Class II
Continuation development of principles and techniques studied in first voice class. Designed for students with prior singing experience. 2 credits.

106 Piano Class I
First year piano for students with little or no keyboard knowledge. Early study is devoted to keyboard orientation and functional keyboard skills. Later, the study of the styles and literature of the piano is pursued through standard repertoire. 2 credits.

107 Piano Class II
Continuation of Class Piano I. For students with some previous keyboard training. Knowledge of basic rudiments of music is assumed, and emphasis is placed on developing pianistic fluency through standard repertoire and finger exercises. 2 credits.

108 Guitar Class I
Introduction to guitar skills. Intended for students with no guitar skills. Emphasis is on achievement of basic proficiency in chord playing, note reading, strumming patterns, and basic finger styles. 2 credits.

109 Guitar Class II
Continuation of MUS-108. Emphasis is on chord playing, note reading, strumming patterns and basic finger styles through learning various songs. Also designed for students with prior guitar playing experience. 2 credits.

111 Basic Musicianship I
GER: VP (Visual and Performing Arts)
Prerequisite: Department Permission Introduction to music fundamentals, basic principles of voice leading, and harmonic progression through development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard. 4 credits.

112 Basic Musicianship II
Prerequisite: MUS-111
Ongoing study of voice leading, diatonic harmony, basic modulation, and small forms through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard. 4 credits.

113 Composition Seminar
Prerequisite: instructor permission
Issues and topics relevant to contemporary music in general, current day compositional methods, techniques and literature in particular, and forum for presentation and discussion of works by invited guests, faculty, and students. May be repeated for credit. 1 credit.

120 Introductory Music Literature
Prerequisite: MUS-111
Exploration of important composers and works, topics will include: recurring cycles of classicism and romanticism, performance practice, sacredness in music, the nature of creativity, translations of vocal music and the changing roles of the composer, performer and audience in society. 2 credits.

211 Basic Musicianship III
Prerequisite: MUS-112
Ongoing study of voice leading, chromatic harmony, advanced modulation, and small forms through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard. 4 credits.

212 Basic Musicianship IV
Prerequisite: MUS-211
Overview of large musical forms and of contemporary compositional techniques through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard. 4 credits.

220 World Music
GER: WC (World Cultures)
Prerequisite: MUS-211
Examination of music from selected regions of the world. Emphasis on understanding the culture, meaning, and identities found in music outside the western European paradigm. 4 credits.

221 Music History I
Prerequisite: MUS-112
The development of musical style, covering the period from Antiquity to c. 1650. Representative examples of music are discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context and the philosophical origins of Western music. 2 credits.

310 Form and Analysis
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Prelude, reductive analysis, fugue, motivic analysis, continuous variation, binary (simple, rounded, continuous rounded, etc.), sonata (articulated binaries), theme groups, rondo, hybrid forms, concerto, concerted forms, Lieder, song forms, detailed phrase analysis, miniatures, ternary forms, associations to twentieth century music. 4 credits.

311 Composition
Prerequisite: MUS-310
Emphasis on applied study in the craft and technique of composition. Revolving topics include choral/vocal music, chamber music, consorts and mixed ensembles, large ensembles, and electronic music, complemented by analysis of representative works from classical and modern literature. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. 2 credits.

312 Orchestration
Prerequisite: MUS-212
The craft of orchestration through knowledge of transpositions, ranges of instruments, actual scoring for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, and finally culminating in a scoring for full orchestra. Music copying skills are developed. 2 credits.

313 Modal Counterpoint
Prerequisite: MUS-212
The ecclesiastical vocal style typical of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Emphasis on counterpoint in two, three, and four voices based on polyphonic models by Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, and others. 4 credits.

314 Projects in Music Technology
Prerequisite: instructor permission
Focus on applied study of music technology, involving both individual and group lessons. Possible topics to include: digital audio recording/editing, advanced MIDI applications, performance with technology, and multimedia production. Students develop an extended creative project and produce appropriate documentation (live presentation, audio CD, interactive DVD, etc.) May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. 2 credits.

320 Music History II
GER: HA (Historical Analysis of Human Interactions)
Prerequisite: MUS-212 and MUS-221
The stylistic development of Western European art music within the broader context of European history. It will also explore the relationship of music history to other forms of historical inquiry. 4 credits.

321 Music History III
Prerequisite: MUS-212
A survey of the development of musical style from ca. 1890 to the present. Representative musical examples are heard, studied and discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context. 2 credits.

325 Italian Arts and Culture
An interdisciplinary, experiential study of select musical, artistic and architectural treasures of Italy, with emphasis on those of the Tuscan region. This course is offered as a component of the Music Department's study away program. 2 credits.

327 The Alexander Technique and Body Mapping
Familiarization with the Alexander Technique, an approach to body awareness, mapping, and ease of movement, specifically but not exclusively designed for performers. Emphasizes the role of anatomy in developing an understanding and application of the principles of Alexander Technique. Active exploration of the Alexander Technique designed to unlock creativity, discover freedom and ease in performance, reduce stress and tension throughout the body, and prevent performance related injuries. 2 credits. 2 credits.

328 Introduction to Music Research
Prerequisite: MUS-212
An introduction to the methods and standard resources of music scholarship. Emphasis will be on primary sources, research tools, and evaluation strategies. 2 credits.

330 String Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Designed to produce a level of proficiency needed to teach violin, viola, cello and bass in the public schools. 2 credits.

331 Woodwind Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Study of woodwind instruments for the purpose of learning teaching and playing skills. 2 credits.

332 Brass Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Preparing instrumentalists to teach the fundamentals of brass performance at the elementary and secondary school level. Emphasis will be on pedagogy as well as the acquisition of performance skills on all brass Instruments. 2 credits.

333 Percussion Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Preparing instrumentalists to teach the fundamentals of percussion performance at the elementary and secondary school level. Emphasis will be placed upon pedagogy as well as the acquisition of performance skills on all percussion Instruments. 2 credits.

334 Guitar Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Designed to prepare music educators to teach the fundamentals of guitar performance at the elementary and secondary school levels. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogy and course management as well as performance skill. 2 credits.

340 Church Music Ministry
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Relationship of the music ministry to the church functions of worship, education and evangelism; the varying roles of music in the church and aspects of administering a program of church music. 2 credits.

341 Hymnology
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Survey of major developments in hymnody 151 both hymn texts and hymn tunes 151 from the early Christian era to the present. 2 credits.

350 Fundamentals of Jazz Improvisation
Prerequisite: instructor permission
Focus on the techniques and performance practice of jazz improvisation. Includes practical application of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal elements of the aural tradition of jazz. 2 credits.

351 Applied Jazz Improvisation
Prerequisite: MUS-350 and instructor permission
Continuation of topics from MUS-350. Individualized instruction, modeled after traditional one-on-one applied music study, with focus on more advanced applications of the melodic, harmonic, formal and textural elements of solo improvisation. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. 2 credits.

352 Basic Conducting
Prerequisite: MUS-211
Basic skills required of a conductor: beat patterns, cuing, expressive and functional use of the left hand, introduction to score study. 2 credits.

353 Instrumental Conducting
Prerequisite: MUS-352
Designed to develop students146 skills and knowledge of ensemble conducting, acquaint them with a variety of musical repertoire and styles both instrumental and vocal, and develop their ability to research and prepare musical scores and administer musical ensembles. 2 credits.

354 Choral Conducting
Prerequisite: MUS-352
Continuation of MUS-352. Discussion and class performance in areas of rehearsal technique, advanced conducting analysis, criteria for selecting music, and continued development of general conducting skills. Videotaping as well as written and verbal critique of conducting actions included. 2 credits.

355 Opera Performance Studies
Prerequisite: instructor permission
Vocal interpretation and characterization of operatic roles, moving to music, understanding theater skills and conventions, preparation and performance of opera scenes. 2 credits.

356 Lyric Diction I
Prerequisite: MUS-511
Review of the Internation Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Application of IPA to rules of singing in Italian and German with oral and written drill. 2 credits.

410 Tonal Counterpoint
Prerequisite: MUS-212
In-depth study of eighteenth century contrapuntal style through analysis of works by Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries. Emphasis on composing free counterpoint in two, three, and four voices, and imitative works such as invention and fugue. 4 credits.

411 Contemporary Styles and Techniques
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Introduction to the analysis of musical composition and performance practice in the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics include: extended tonality, atonality, serialism, minimalism, and electroacoustic music. 4 credits.

412 Senior Project
Prerequisite: MUS-212 and instructor permission
Capstone requirement of music theory and/or composition degree programs. Synthesis and culmination of undergraduate music study, especially as it relates to the area of specialty. 2 credits.

420 Literature of the Instrument
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Survey of the musical literature of a particular performance area. Students (typically performance majors) channel their research and study toward their own performance specialty and survey the general body of compositions written for that medium 2 credits.

421 History and Literature of the Instrument
Prerequisite: MUS 212
A comprehensive study of the development of a specific instrument and a survey of the music written for it. Topics will include music written originally for the medium as well as modern developments in musical variety 4 credits.

422 Music History and Literature Topics
An intensive study of a narrow area of music history and literature, focusing on a region, genre, style, composer or other theme. The topic for each course offering will vary and will be published beforehand. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. 4 credits.

423 Survey of Choral Literature
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Choral literature, both sacred and secular, beginning with Gregorian Chant and concluding with choral-orchestral music of the 20th and 21st century will be discussed, analyzed, and heard. 2 credits.

424 Beethoven's Ninth: Before and After
Prerequisite: MUS-101 or MUS-120 and the ability to read music
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was recognized as a landmark work even before its first performance in 1824. In the decades following its influence was keenly felt by every composer contemplating writing a symphony. This course will use a seminar format to study Beethoven's most influential work and its aftermath. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

425 Tuning Systems and the Aural Experience
Study of the history of tuning systems which date back thousands of years. Exploring the differences between a Just Intonation tuning system and an Equally Tempered system, including the 12 Tone Equal Temperament System (12-TET). Provides students with a global perspective for experiencing music. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

426 Symphonic Sojourn
Prerequisite: MUS-101 or MUS-120
An opportunity to immerse oneself in orchestral music, through a number of complete works. Students will read a variety of articles and experience performances of symphonies and other works for symphony orchestra, which will become the basis of seminar discussions. Students will prepare a final presentation and paper on a topic to be selected in collaboration with the instructor. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

427 Opera Overload
Prerequisite: MUS-101 or MUS-120 and the ability to read music
Opportunity to intensively study several complete operas. Students will prepare a variety of readings and watch video performances as a group of operas to become the basis of seminar discussions. Students will prepare a final presentation and paper on a topic to be selected in collaboration with the instructor. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

428 Impressionism in France
A detailed study of Debussy and Ravel: influences by their impressionistic colleagues in the art world (Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet) and their collaborations with poets Verlaine, Mallarme, Baudelaire, Rimbaud. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

429 The Music of John Coltrane
Prerequisites: MUS-111A, MUS-111B, MUS-111C and instructor permission
Saxophonist John Coltrane was a titanic figure in jazz history whose career simultaneously featured a quest for both musical discovery and spiritual truth. Students will study Coltrane's life and music, and will analyze a number of Coltrane's seminal compositions and improvised solos. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

430 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Prerequisite: EDU-111 and EDU-120
Designed to prepare students to teach singing and general music in elementary school. Explores methodologies of children's music, the teaching of music reading and basic elements of music, and the use of music in the teaching of other academic content areas. 4 credits.

431 Vocal and Choral Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212 and prior vocal training
Comprehensive study in methods of teaching vocal production in the choral setting and the private studio. Considerable emphasis on breathing, phonation, diction, intonation. In addition to the adult voice, consideration is given to the child and adolescent vocal technique. Designed to develop teaching skill. 2 credits.

432 Instrumental Music Methods
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Comprehensive study in methods of teaching instrumental music for the elementary, middle, and secondary school. Considerable emphasis on philosophy, objectives, and teaching techniques of the various instrumental ensembles. 4 credits.

433 Music Education Methods
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Designed to prepare students for K-12 teaching certification in choral and general music. Explores methodological, philosophical, managerial, instructional, and administrative factors specific to general music curricula and choral programs in middle and high schools 4 credits.

434 Elementary Music Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Required for choral/ general music education majors. Explores Orff, Dalcroze, Kod224ly, Suzuki, and Gordon, their theories of teaching children, and/or their instructional methods and strategies. Other topics include how to teach children to sing properly, how to teach musical concepts and basic skills such as sight-reading and active listening, and how to incorporate technology into the elementary music classroom. Required for choral/general music education majors. 2 credits.

435 Jazz Performance Methods
Prerequisite: MUS-111 and instructor permission
Designed to prepare instrumental music education majors to teach jazz at the secondary school level, but open to any student with jazz experience. Focuses on jazz history, theory, improvisation, rhythm section techniques, rehearsal techniques, and jazz ensemble literature. 2 credits.

440 Practicum in Church Music
Prerequisite: MUS-340 and MUS-341
A semester-long field placement that will serve as a culminating experience in which the philosophies, methods and materials presented in the music core and the Church Music major curricula will be put into practice 4 credits.

450 Vocal Pedagogy
Prerequisite: MUS-212
The science and application of vocal techniques for the teaching of singing. 2 credits.

451 Piano Pedagogy
Prerequisite: MUS-212
Designed for pianists to better understand the process of teaching piano. Learning theories, various piano methods, appropriate literature, and laboratory application, developing teaching skills for the piano. 2 credits.

452 Service Playing
2 credits.

453 Analytical Encounters
Topics in music analysis, in which students will perform analyses, read scholarly materials, and present their findings. The topic will be announced beforehand and vary for each offering. May be repeated for credit. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

456 Lyric Diction II
Prerequisite: MUS-511
Review of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Application of IPA to rules of singing in English, French, Latin and Spanish with oral and written drill. 2 credits.

457 Rites of Spring: the Ballets Russes in Paris
A study away course on the Ballets Russes performed in Paris from1909-29, presenting collaborations that mirrored the aesthetic and socio-political currents of the early 20th century. Uses the company as a catalyst for exploring those currents in their historical and physical context. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

458 Engaging Music
Students develop presentations which combine live chamber music performance with music theory and history in such a way to help non-specialist audiences to recognize and appreciate sophisticated aspects of classical music. Performances will be created and rehearsed, then presented in multiple venues in the local community. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

501 Independent Study
Variable credit.

505 Chamber Music for Winds & Percussion
Practical knowledge of the characteristics and inherent difficulties of individual instruments through rehearsals and coaching sessions, culminating in a public performance of the selected repertoire. Variable credit.

510 Vocal Performance Topics
Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Enhancement of private studio study. Systematic exposure to a wide gamut of technical and artistic musical performance issues. Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Variable credit.

511 Voice
Variable credit.

512 Opera
Variable credit.

520 String Performance Topics
Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Enhancement of private studio study. Systematic exposure to a wide gamut of technical and artistic musical performance issues. Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Variable credit.

521 Violin
Variable credit.

522 Viola
Variable credit.

523 Cello
Variable credit.

524 Double Bass
Variable credit.

525 Classical Guitar
Variable credit.

526 Jazz Guitar
Variable credit.

527 Harp
Variable credit.

528 Jazz Bass
Variable credit.

530 Brass Performance Topics
Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Enhancement of private studio study. Systematic exposure to a wide gamut of technical and artistic musical performance issues. Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Variable credit.

531 Trumpet
Variable credit.

532 Horn
Variable credit.

533 Trombone
Variable credit.

534 Euphonium
Variable credit.

535 Tuba
Variable credit.

540 Woodwind Performance Topics
Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Enhancement of private studio study. Systematic exposure to a wide gamut of technical and artistic musical performance issues. Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Variable credit.

541 Flute
Variable credit.

542 Oboe
Variable credit.

543 Clarinet
Variable credit.

544 Bassoon
Variable credit.

545 Saxophone
Variable credit.

546 Contra-Bassoon
Variable credit.

547 Bass Clarinet
Variable credit.

548 Piccolo
Variable credit.

549 English Horn
Variable credit.

550 Percussion Performance Topics
Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Enhancement of private studio study. Systematic exposure to a wide gamut of technical and artistic musical performance issues. Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Variable credit.

551 Percussion
Variable credit.

552 Drum Set
Variable credit.

560 Keyboard Performance Topics
Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Enhancement of private studio study. Systematic exposure to a wide gamut of technical and artistic musical performance issues. Concurrent enrollment in appropriate performance studies instruction required.
Variable credit.

561 Piano
Variable credit.

562 Organ
Variable credit.

563 Harpsichord
Variable credit.

564 Advanced Collaborative Piano
The study and performance of chamber music literature involving the piano. Works of various style periods and instrumentations will be studied, with specific repertoire chosen to fit the particular strengths and interests of the students enrolled. Variable credit.

565 Chamber Ensemble Piano
Study and performance of chamber music literature involving the piano. Repertoire to be studied will be chosen from the standard chamber music literature, subject to the approval of the instructor, and will be coached during the student's weekly lesson. Variable credit.

566 Organ Pedagogy
Variable credit.

567 Service Playing
Techniques and repertory of organ service playing. Topics include: hymn playing, registration, accompanying of vocal and instrumental repertory, conducting from the console, improvisation, and occasional services. Variable credit.

569 Jazz Piano
Variable credit.​​​

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