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.

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.

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. 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, 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, covering folk traditions, church music, popular and commercial music, the musical stage, and the fine-art tradition. Special emphasis on current phenomena of commercial and media music along with structural and cultural elements of the various musical styles. Primary interest is the study of music in relation to its historical and social context. Includes guided listening to recordings and video clips.

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.

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.

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.

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. Emphasis on guided listening; concert attendance required.

MUS 289 - Special Topics

1.00 Cr
-189 -289 -389 -489 course descriptions: 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.

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.