Course Descriptions

Music Courses

MUS 109 - Keyboard Musicianship I

3.00 Cr
Introduction to music reading and keyboard playing. Emphasis on the elements of music through the study of keyboard technique and performance, solo and ensemble repertoire, music theory, harmonization, and transposition. No previous musical background is required.

MUS 119 - Sight Singing & Aural Skills

3.00 Cr
An introduction to aural skills with an emphasis on sight singing, rhythmic and melodic identification, analysis and creation of melody, and simple part-singing designed for aural development. Materials will focus on rhythm and meter, basic conducting patterns, diatonic melodies, and use of solfege. This course emphasizes the aural component of musicianship and is highly recommended for anyone interested in music performance of all kinds. No previous musical background is required.

MUS 125 - Voice I

3.00 Cr
Voice I explores the vocal process and prepares the student for performance of vocal solos. Emphasis is on the individual's voice, posture, breathing, strengthening and expanding the range, acoustics and care of the voice. Students develop basic music reading and writing skills and are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet. Normal classes consist of lecture, vocal warm-ups, group singing and individual solo presentations. Students will prepare and present solo vocal selections drawn from Folk, Classical, and Broadway repertoire. Evaluation is by both written and singing exams.

MUS 129 - Carroll College Choir

1.00 Cr
The ensemble performs a diverse repertoire for SATB choir. Each semester, the choir normally presents one major concert, sings one or two Masses at the Cathedral of St Helena, takes a two or three-day tour, and performs for special events on and off campus.

MUS 130 - Carroll College Choir

1.00 Cr
The ensemble performs a diverse repertoire for SATB choir. Each semester, the choir normally presents one major concert, sings one or two Masses at the Cathedral of St Helena, takes a two or three-day tour, and performs for special events on and off campus.

MUS 165 - American Popular Music

3.00 Cr
An examination of the development and use of all types of music in the United States. Special emphasis on sources of music, music and race, music and technology, and the music industry. Of primary interest is the study of music in relation to its historical and social context. Includes guided listening to recordings and video clips. No previous musical background is required.

MUS 199 - Music Practicum

1.00 Cr
Students can earn credit for participating as musicians in local musical productions, concerts or performing arts organizations (such as the Helena Symphony) under the guidance of qualified music directors. Participation in Carroll College music ensembles is not eligible for Music Practicum credit; see separate listings for those courses. A minimum of thirty (30) hours of participation is required for each hour of credit. Evaluation is conducted by music faculty in consultation with the music director. Pass/Fail grading only. Prerequisite: Interview and/or audition with music faculty. Does not satisfy Fine Arts CORE requirements.

MUS 209 - Keyboard Musicianship II

3.00 Cr
Further development of musicianship, with emphasis on keyboard repertoire, harmonization, accompanying, score reading, analysis of diatonic and chromatic materials, transpositions of instruments, composition and improvisation. Topics include further study in meter and rhythm, scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords, chord inversion, non-chord tones, phrase structure and form, and jazz scales and chords.

MUS 212 - Composition

3.00 Cr
This course explores elements of music composition, including rhythm, melody, harmony and form. Focus is on the application of these elements through individual and group composition projects and performances in class.

MUS 229 - Chamber Choir-Audition Only

1.00 Cr
Chamber Choir is the premier mixed-voice vocal ensemble on campus. Admission to the group is by competitive audition, and membership is normally limited to sixteen singers. The Chamber Choir is committed to the highest musical and artistic standards in presenting a wide variety of music. Each semester, the choir normally presents one major concert, sings one or two Masses at the Cathedral of St. Helena, takes a two or three-day tour, and performs for special events on and off campus.

MUS 230 - Chamber Choir-Audition Only

1.00 Cr
Chamber Choir is the premier mixed-voice vocal ensemble on campus. Admission to the group is by competitive audition, and membership is normally limited to sixteen singers. The Chamber Choir is committed to the highest musical and artistic standards in presenting a wide variety of music. Each semester, the choir normally presents one major concert, sings one or two Masses at the Cathedral of St. Helena, takes a two or three-day tour, and performs for special events on and off campus.

MUS 231 - Jazz Band-Audition Only

1.00 Cr
Jazz Band is open to instrumentalists by audition only, and students must register for the course in order to participate. Repertoire includes diverse styles such as swing, blues, Latin, and standards. There is also work with improvisation and jazz theory. Rehearsals are twice per week, and 2-3 performances are scheduled on campus each semester, plus occasional performances off campus.

MUS 232 - Jazz Band-Audition Only

1.00 Cr
Jazz Band is open to instrumentalists by audition only, and students must register for the course in order to participate. Repertoire includes diverse styles such as swing, blues, Latin, and standards. There is also work with improvisation and jazz theory. Rehearsals are twice per week, and 2-3 performances are scheduled on campus each semester, plus occasional performances off campus.

MUS 235 - String Ensemble

1.00 Cr
Open to String Players: Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass. The Ensemble will rehearse and perform a variety of music that is appropriate for the college level string ensemble. The String Ensemble will perform at a semester end concert, as well other playing opportunities within Carroll Colleges departments, Talent Shows, and possible tours locally or with Carroll College Choir. Prerequisites: Private or high school orchestra experience of at least 3 years. Permission of instructor required.

MUS 236 - String Ensemble

1.00 Cr
Open to String Players: Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass. The Ensemble will rehearse and perform a variety of music that is appropriate for the college level string ensemble. The String Ensemble will perform at a semester end concert, as well other playing opportunities within Carroll Colleges departments, Talent Shows, and possible tours locally or with Carroll College Choir. Prerequisites: Private or high school orchestra experience of at least 3 years. Permission of instructor required.

MUS 261 - Music Appreciation

3.00 Cr
An introduction to the fine-art music tradition of Western civilization. Intended to acquaint the listener and non-musician with the basic repertoire of concert music through a survey of significant compositions and innovations from each major style period. Emphasis on guided listening; concert attendance required. No previous background in music is required.

MUS 289 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

MUS 399 - Music Projects

1.00 Cr
An opportunity for qualified music students to participate in musical productions or performing arts organizations, in roles with a significant amount of responsibility and leadership. Projects may include activities related to music such as performance, directing, research, or internship. Prerequisite: At least twelve (12) credits of college-level music courses and consent of the music faculty following extensive interviews. Does not satisfy Fine Arts CORE requirements.

MUS 425 - MUS Internship

1.00 Cr
Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work experience that contributes significantly to the student?s overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the intership coordinator at the Career Services Office.

MUS 475 - Applied Music

1.00 Cr
Private study on an instrument or in voice with a local private teacher approved by the music faculty. Students must have prior music study on the instrument/voice. Students are personally responsible for financial arrangements with the private teacher. Evaluation is conducted by music faculty in consultation with the private teacher at the end of each semester. Pass/Fail grading only. May be repeated each semester. Does not satisfy Fine Arts CORE credit.