Music Course Descriptions
MU 1000,1001 A Cappella Singers (0,1)
MU 1010,1011 University Singers (0,1)
MU 1020,1021 Chamber Singers (0,1)
MU 1030,1031 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (0,1)
MU 1040,1041 Opera Workshop (0,1)
MU 1050,1051 Wind Ensemble (0,1)
MU 1060,1061 Jazz Ensemble (0,1)
MU 1070,1071 Early Music Consort (0,1)
MU 1080, 1081 Orchestra(0,1)
MU 1090,1091 Chamber Ensemble (0,1) .01 String Ensemble,
.02 Guitar Ensemble, .03 Flute Ensemble, .04 Percussion Ensemble, .05 New Music Ensemble
(Note: Students who enroll in an ensemble for non-credit may not opt to change that to credit status after the published deadlines for making course changes in a given semester.)
2200, 2211 Collaborative Piano (0, 1)
**Students who enroll in an ensemble for noncredit may not opt to change that to credit status after the published deadlines for making course changes in a given semester.
1012 Introduction to Music Technology (2) F
This course is designed for music students with little or no experience in live performance, recording or computer technologies. Basic computer skills, DAW recording principles, MIDI sequencing, basic signal flow and processing (both analog and digital), and familiarity with microphones, cabling, mixers, amplification and speakers are included in the course of study. Minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to CMU 1012 (Digital Audio Production). This course may be counted as elective credit but is not a part of any major or minor program in music.
1103 Fundamentals of Music (3) F
This course is designed for music majors, worship ministry majors, music minors and non-majors with little or no previous training in music theory. Written and aural skills, notation, rhythm, scales, key signatures, time signatures, intervals and triads are included in the course of study. Minimum grade of “C” required to proceed to Music 1133. This course may be counted as elective credit but is not a part of any major or minor program in music.
1111, 1121 Sight-Singing, Ear-Training I (1) SP, II (1) F
Includes rhythmic, melodic and harmonic reading and dictation, error detection and sight-singing. Courses to be taken in sequence. Prerequisite for 1111 is Music 1103 or pass theory placement exam. Corequisite, respectively: Music 1133 and 1143. Prerequisite for Music 1121 is a passing grade in Music 1111. Minimum grade of “C” required to proceed to Music 2111.
1133, 1143 Theory I (3) SP, II (3) F
The first year of college music theory, including part-writing, harmonic analysis, and melodic harmonization applied to music of the common practice period (1600-1900). Courses to be taken in sequence. Prerequisite for 1133 is Music 1103 or pass theory placement exam. Corequisite, respectively: Music 1111 and 1121. Prerequisite for Music 1143 is a minimum grade of “C” in Music 1133. Minimum grade of “C” required to proceed to Music 2133, 3413 and 3423.
2000, 2001 Recital Seminar (0, 1)
Required of all music majors during every semester of full-time enrollment.
2111 Sight-Singing, Ear-Training III (1) SP
Continuation of the development of aural skills including dictation and sight-singing. To be taken concurrently with Music 2133. Prerequisite: Music 1121. Minimum grade of “C” required to proceed as music major.
2133 Theory III (3) SP
A study of chromaticism that includes a common practice an introduction to Schenkerian reduction techniques and the Nashville number system. The course explores parallels in nomenclature and technique between the common practice and contemporary music, analyzing both classical scores and lead sheets. Corequisite: Music 2111. Prerequisite is a passing grade (“C” for majors) in Music 1143.
2143 Theory IV (3) F
A study of post-tonal music and related compositional materials, techniques and analytical systems including impressionism, serialism, the Hindemith series, integral serialism, electronic music, indeterminacy, minimalism and Forte set theory. Includes a study of compositional process in traditional Indian classical music and other world musics. Prerequisite is a passing grade (“C” for majors) in Music 2133.
2402 Music Literature (2) SP
A survey of music literature from the historical periods, with listening experiences and examination of scores of representative works. Prerequisite: minimum grade of “C” in Music 1143. Meets 3 hours.
2843 Brass and Percussion Methods (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
Develops functional playing ability and pedagogical considerations for the brass and percussion instruments.
2852 Woodwind Methods (2) F Offered odd-numbered years
Develops functional playing ability and pedagogical considerations for woodwind instruments.
2881 String Methods (1) SP Offered odd-numbered years
Develops functional playing ability and pedagogical considerations for string instruments.
300V Independent Study (1, 2, 3) Offered in unusual situations.
302V Special Topics in Music (1-3) Offered on demand
A variety of topics will be offered. The course will provide an in-depth study of the specified topics which normally receive only brief mention in survey courses. Topics will be announced in the semester schedule. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor and academic chair.
3011 Junior Recital, Performance Emphasis (1) F, SP
A demonstration of the student’s performance fluency at the close of the junior year.
3013 Jazz and Pop Music Theory (3) F
Explores tonal, harmonic and rhythmic analysis of American music including jazz, blues, country, gospel and rock. American and British pop music from early rock-n-roll to today’s EDM is also addressed. Includes aural transcription of music and the creation of musical scores and lead sheets as well as a study of the techniques of re-harmonization and advanced modal harmony. Prerequisite is a passing grade (“C” for majors) in Music 2133.
3112 Form and Analysis (2) SP
A study of the general principles which govern the structure of music. The course includes experiences in Schenkerian reduction analysis and covers traditional Western music forms in many genres, as well as form in popular music and various world musics. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in Music 2143.
3203 Music for Children (3) F, SP
A study of the child’s singing voice and a survey of age appropriate materials, methods, and activities. Fulfills the arts requirement for all interdisciplinary K-6 majors unless they are music minors, who take Music 4243.
3303 Music in Worship I (3) F*
Designed to provide the potential worship leader/minister with the musical tools necessary to function effectively in a local congregation. The course will focus on leading congregational worship and finding music appropriate for worship and working with church singers, both individually and in praise teams or choirs. Open to students in any degree program.
3313 Music in Worship II (3) SP* Offered odd-numbered years
This course is designed to provide the potential worship leader/minister with the practical tools necessary to plan worship and administer a worship ministry in a local congregation. The course will focus on the following areas: identifying and utilizing worship ministry resources, planning meaningful worship services, arranging music for a cappella worship, utilizing worship related software and technology and administering a music/worship ministry. Prerequisites: Music 1121, 1143 and 3303.
3403 History of Church Music (3) SP* Offered even-numbered years
A study of the history of music in the church with emphasis on the cultural backgrounds and practice of music in the Bible, the impact of the Reformation, and recent trends within American church music. Open to students in any degree program.
3413, 3423 History of Music I, II (3, 3) F, SP
A survey of music in Western culture from its ancient Greek beginnings to the present; particular attention is given to the development of stylistic concepts through the extensive use of scores and recordings. Prerequisite: Theory III and minimum grade of “C” in MU 2133 and MU 2402.
3503 Digital Audio Synthesis (3) F Offered even-numbered years
Fundamental concepts and techniques of digital audio synthesis, signal processing, and sound design, including an introduction to applications for recording, sequencing, editing and synthesis relevant to the generation, processing, recording and reproduction of sound.
3513 Solo Vocal Literature (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
Survey of art song literature from Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Spain, South America, eastern Europe and the United States. The student will become familiar with basic and advanced vocal literature for all voice types to learn to program, plan and develop solo recitals. Prerequisites: One year of private voice study, Music 2402.
390V Internship in Music (1-3)
Provides students the opportunity to gain experience in a work setting. Prerequisite: proposal submitted to professor in charge and approved by academic chair. Open to juniors and seniors.
4000 Recital (0)
Senior, emphasis in teaching.
4001 Senior Recital (1) F, SP
A culmination of the student’s performance and scholarly study, representing work across multiple semesters. In addition to a traditional recital format, a lecture recital or equivalent project may be approved to fulfill this degree requirement.
4002 Pedagogy Practicum (2) SP Offered even-numbered years
A structured opportunity for pedagogy students to gain experience in teaching beginning students under the supervision of experienced instructors.
4012 Senior Recital, Performance Emphasis (2) F, SP
A culmination of the student’s performance study, representing work across multiple semesters to develop performing fluency on a body of literature, as well as additional research for purposes of analysis, historical performance practice and program preparation.
4020 Piano Proficiency (0)
The piano proficiency is a demonstration of student’s keyboard skills. It includes scales and arpeggios, score reading, transposition, harmonization and sight reading. In addition, students will prepare and perform a composition of intermediate difficulty. Requirements differ for music majors, worship ministry majors, church music and general music minors. This should be attempted by the end of the fourth semester of study.
4030 Guitar Proficiency (0)
The guitar proficiency is a demonstration of student’s guitar skills. It includes assessment of right-hand techniques (strumming, fingerpicking), chord voicings and sight-reading of an intermediate level chord chart. This barrier is an option for majors in commercial music (in lieu of the piano barrier). Students will prepare and perform a composition of intermediate difficulty and should attempt this barrier by the end of the fourth semester of study.
4103 Counterpoint (3) F Offered odd-numbered years
A course designed to give students writing experience in two- and three-voice 18th century counterpoint. Major projects will include the writing of a two-part invention, a passacaglia and threevoice fugue. Prerequisite: MU 2133.
4113 Orchestration (3) SP
The techniques of writing for orchestral instruments individually and in various combinations. The range, transposition and idiomatic characteristics of each instrument are studied. Projects will include writing for orchestra and/or wind ensemble and preparation of Nashville number system charts for smaller ensembles. Prerequisite: MU 2133.
4202 Voice Pedagogy (2) F Offered even-numbered years
A study of the various techniques and concepts used in teaching voice. Special emphasis is placed on learning to communicate sound principles of vocal production. Required of all vocal applied and music teaching majors.
4213 Choral Methods (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
A detailed study of the vocal music program in the secondary schools; emphasis is given to appropriate methods and materials of instruction. Lab included.
4224 Instrumental Methods (4) F Offered even-numbered years
A detailed study of the secondary instrumental music program emphasizing classroom discipline and methods, materials of instruction, teaching philosophy, musical acoustics, literature selection and marching show charting and design.
4232 Piano Pedagogy (2) F Offered odd-numbered years
A study of teaching methods and materials, the history of pianism, professional organizations and business aspects of teaching.
4243 Elementary School Music (3) F Offered even-numbered years
Methodology, aims and materials of teaching music in elementary school, including Orff and Kodaly techniques; required of all music education majors and music minors who are interdisciplinary K-6 majors. Lab included.
4412 Diction for Singers (2) F Offered odd-numbered years
Diction for Singers will train students in using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and in pronouncing Latin, Italian, French and German for the purposes of singing art songs and choral compositions. The class will include information on how to pronounce each language as well as practical experience with beginning level vocal solo literature and secondary level choral pieces.
4423 Piano Literature (3) F Offered even-numbered years
A survey of harpsichord and piano literature from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: Music 2402.
4433 Instrumental Chamber Literature (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
A survey of chamber music literature written for string and wind instruments from the Renaissance to the present, with special emphasis on major works within each type of instrumentation and within the output of major composers for chamber ensembles. In addition to a core of essential works, special emphasis (major course project) will be given to the performance areas of the individual students. A significant portion of the class will be spent in listening and score reading. Prerequisite: Music 2402.
4612 Conducting (2) F
Introduction to the physical and psychological fundamentals of conducting, with limited emphasis on interpretation, style and rehearsal procedures. Prerequisites: Music 1121 and 1143.
4622 Choral Conducting and Literature (2) SP Offered odd-numbered years
A study of specific techniques used in conducting and rehearsing choral ensembles and a survey of choral literature representative of the commonly performed styles. Prerequisite: Music 4612.
4632 Instrumental Conducting and Literature (2) SP Offered odd-numbered years
Exposure to specific techniques used to conduct and rehearse instrumental ensembles with specific emphasis on score analysis and available literature for the medium, both from a functional and historical standpoint. Prerequisite: Music 4612.
Instruction in Commercial Music (CMU)
1012 Digital Audio Production (2) S
An introduction to the basics of digital audio production, this course examines the roles of musician, vocalist, producer and engineer in the creation of audio. The student learns the digital workstation environment of Pro Tools and Logic, including MIDI, samples, softsynths, plugins and outboard gear. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of “C” in MU 1012, Introduction to Music Technology, or a passing grade on the music technology placement exam.
1013 Introduction to Music Business (3) S
A survey course in the fundamentals of the commercial music business, including Nashvillecentric music recording history, vocation/job survey, aesthetics, ethics, entrepreneurship, leadership, corporate music business practice, human resources, legal and business affairs, accounting, administration, finance and capitalization, commerce, common income streams, copyright, publishing, PROs, licensing, communication, manufacturing, publicity, traditional and interactive promotion and marketing, distribution models, artistry, the role of innovation and virtuosity, live performance, touring, booking, career strategies, independent music, major label business, artist development, A&R, artist and project management, survey of digital media and converging technologies, and an overview of graphic arts, photography, and video production as they relate to the music business.
2013 Music Entrepreneurship (3) F
Designed to create competitive music entrepreneurs, focused on life and music-making entrepreneurial skills. Class sessions are split between microlecture, case studies of Nashville-centric music entrepreneurs and beyond, and the creation of real-time entrepreneurial student projects. Students are required to cultivate exceptional computer and office skills with mastery in two or more music industry related software platforms (e.g. InDesign, ProTools, Logic, Final Cut Pro, Word). Application of content will be made to both Songwriting and Music Production majors.
2023 & 2033 Music Production I, II (3,3) F/S
Focused on the twin emphasis of classic Nashvillecentric record production and engineering knowledge, techniques, and equipment, and current digital music production/engineering techniques, platforms, and plug-ins. This is an immersive course, involving hands-on study and work with Nashville producers, engineers, and session musicians on campus and in studios throughout Music City. Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals of sound, production trends, recording/engineering methodologies, basic and complex signal flow, critical/analytical listening, acoustics, basic audio and engineering principles, digital multi-track recording, general and advanced production and engineering techniques, MIDI, sample library and software survey and use, analog and digital equipment survey and use, musical instrument history and use, cabling, console and patch-bay routing, music production for film and creative media, mixing, remixing, mastering, and working knowledge of both Pro Tools and Logic production platforms. Second semester builds upon the previous encouraging the development of skill and ability, as well as a flexible, entrepreneurial approach to the diversity of music production work common to the music business in Nashville and beyond. Must be taken in Sequence.
2043 & 2053 Songwriting I, II (3,3) F/S
A year-long, immersive course, involving handson study and work with Nashville songwriters, music publishers, producers, and session musicians on campus and in studios throughout Music City. The course focuses on the twin emphasis of classic Nashville-centric solo and collaborative songwriting history and technique, and current digital music production songwriting methods. The second semester builds upon the previous encouraging the development of skill and ability, as well as a flexible, entrepreneurial approach to the songwriting and composition work common to the music business in Nashville and beyond. Must be taken in Sequence.
2063 Lyric Writing Lab (3) F
A hands-on, advanced course focused specifically on the art of lyric writing. Students will study specific exceptional lyrics from writers past and present (including Nashville greats), as well as the form, function, and analysis of lyrics in general. Students will write lyrics alone and in collaboration with others. The course reveals common techniques and structures and promotes the development of a literate, imaginative mind. Prerequisite is a minimum grade of “C” in Songwriting II.
3013 Pro Tools Mix Techniques (3) F
An introduction to the art and science of mixing digital audio in Pro Tools from multi-track source material to two-track stereo master. Students learn critical listening, signal flow, mix prep protocols, editing, balancing, gain optimization, sub-grouping, frequency analysis, equalization, compression/limiting, effects and general sonic manipulation and treatment of source material in the assembly of a mix. Prerequisite: CMU 2033 Music Production II.
3023 History of Popular Music (3) S
A Nashville-centric and globally-informed overview of the history of popular music. The course explores varied roles, techniques, philosophies, and achievements of songwriters and musicians throughout recent popular music history. It is popular artist and recording focused, with a secondary emphasis on the historical business relationship between artists and music publishers/A&R staff. The course is an invitation to students to appreciate songwriting’s past and imagine themselves in its future.
3033 Studio Arranging and Improvisation (3) S
A course focused on audio production, including the art of arranging for a Nashville-centric studio tracking session with musicians, and within the producer/programmer digital workspace of Pro Tools and Logic. Course content includes immersion in melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and soundscape studies, frequency analysis and function of instrumentation, the art of improvising, and history and contemporary trends in arranging. Students must have approved competency in DAW editing and programming, music notation by hand, chord voicings and names, and the Nashville number system of chord designation. Application of content will be made to both Songwriter and Music Production majors.
3042 & 3052 Catalog & Portfolio I, II, (2,2) F/S – Year One
Year one of Catalog & Portfolio, designed to instruct 3rd year students in the creation of a competitive song catalog and/or music production portfolio. Students will imagine and create a catalog/portfolio drawing upon their ever-expanding songwriting and audio production technique and skill. Instruction will be given on imaging and marketing strategies for presenting the songwriter/producer’s work to potential artists, music publishers, and Ad/ Film & TV music supervisors. The course teaches the student to manage a song catalog, both in physical form and as an online catalog, and involves classroom and studio participation, as well as self-directed production and songwriting. May be taken out of sequence with approval.
3062 Songwriting and Production for Digital media (2) S
Focuses on developing the foundational songwriting, composing, and production skills needed in creating for digital media, film and television. Comprehensive in scope, the course surveys a wide variety of techniques and practices, styles, genres, and uses for commercial music in digital media, from web ads to episodic television. Students will write for specific digital media uses and trace the use from ideation to market. Uniquely, this course interacts with Film & Creative Media providing students with real-time projects to analyze and score.
4013 Legendary Productions and Producers (3) F
A survey of legendary productions and producers across multiple genres, including rock, country, and pop. This is step-wise instruction in the essential choices that make up history-making, legendary recordings. The course guides students through an in-depth analysis of the recording artist’s performances, how the producer and engineer captured those recordings, and how the recordings were enhanced through instrumentation and additional production and mix choices. Critical listening and the cultivation of analytical and naming skills are at the heart of this music production course. Prerequisite: CMU 3013 Pro Tools Mix Techniques.
4023 Legendary Songs and Songwriters (3) F
This survey course looks at legendary songs and songwriters across multiple genres, including rock, country, and pop. This is step-wise instruction in analyzing the essential elements and choices that make up history-making, legendary songs. The development of critical listening skills, analytical skills, and learning to differentiate and name uniqueness are at the heart of this songwriting course. Prerequisite: CMU 2063 Lyric Writing Lab.
4033 Business of Songwriting & Music Production (3) F
Focuses on all things business related to songwriting and music production including contract structures and strategies, interaction with artists and publishers, record companies, and business affairs, as well as co-writer selection and project scheduling, budgeting, problem-solving, and knowledge of the various income streams related to songwriting and music production. Students will experience hands-on immersion in the entrepreneurial fundamentals of managing a musical career over a lifetime.
4042 & 4052 Catalog & Portfolio III, IV (2,2) F/S – Year Two
Year two of Catalog & Portfolio, designed to instruct 4th year students in the creation of a competitive song catalog and/or music production portfolio. Students will imagine and create an advanced catalog/portfolio drawing upon their ever-expanding songwriting and audio production technique and skill. The course teaches the student to manage a song catalog, both in physical form and as an online catalog. Involves classroom and studio participation, as well as self-directed production and songwriting. May be taken out of sequence with approval.
Individual Instruction (MU)
Individual instruction classes require, in addition to the tuition charge, a special fee as listed in Section 4. Courses numbered 3000 or above require consent of the department. Any individual instruction course may be repeated.
1410 Composition (0)
1411, 3411 Composition (1, 1)
1412, 3412 Composition (2, 2)
1510 Voice (0)
1511, 3511 Voice (1, 1)
1512, 3512 Voice (2, 2)
1610 Piano (0)
1611, 3611 Piano (1, 1)
1612, 3612 Piano (2, 2)
1710 Guitar (0)
1711, 3711 Guitar (1)
1712, 3712 Guitar (2)
1810 Strings (0)
1811, 3811 Strings (1, 1)
1812, 3812 Strings (2, 2)
1910 Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (0)
1911, 3911 Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (1, 1)
1912, 3912 Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (2, 2)