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MUSA: (APPLIED MUSIC) 101,102,201,202,301,302,401,402 APPLIED PIANO (fall, spring) 1 CR each
Prerequisite Fine Arts Majors. (Audition required). This course is a study of the basic principles of piano playing, including scales, arpeggios, easy etudes.

MUSA 103,104,203,204,303,304,403,404 JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each. 
These courses provide a study and performance of big band and jazz composition. Open to all Bowie State University students through audition.

MUSA 105,106,205,206,305,306,405,406 UNIVERSITY CHOIR (fall, spring) 1 CR each
These courses provide a study and performance of classical, popular, folk, spirituals, and theatre choral music. Open to all Bowie State University students through audition.

MUSA 107,108,207,208,307,308,407,408 CONCERT BAND (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each
These courses provide a study and stylistic performance of literature for wind ensembles of all sizes. Open to all Bowie State University students through audition.

MUSA 119,120,219,220,319,320,419,420 MARCHING BAND (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each. 
These courses, which are presented in laboratory style, provide an opportunity for students to learn discipline, responsibility, and social awareness, with the ultimate goal being performance. This goal is accomplished through rehearsal and performance of standard and contemporary repertoire, with emphasis given to sight-reading, interpretation, musicianship, improvisation, memorization, and choreographed physical movement.

MUSA 129,130,229,230,329,330,429,430 BRASS ENSEMBLE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each. 
These courses are an ensemble that performs contemporary and standard brass music, with emphasis given to sight reading, interpretation, and musicianship. Open to all Bowie State University students through audition.

MUSA 137,138,237,238,337,338,437,438 WOODWIND ENSEMBLE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each. 
These courses provide a study and performance of intermediate and advanced woodwind literature, both traditional and contemporary. Open to all Bowie State University students through audition.

MUSA 135,136,235,236,335,336,435,436 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each. 
These courses provide a study and performance of standard and contemporary percussion ensemble literature.

MUSA 194,195,294,295,394,395,494,495 GOSPEL CHOIR (Fall, Spring) 1 CR each. 
These courses provide a study and performance of traditional, modern, contemporary gospel, anthems, spirituals, and theatre music. Open to all Bowie State University students through audition.

MUSA 127,128,227,228,327,328,427,428 PIANO MINOR (Fall, Spring) 1 CR
Prerequisite: Fine Arts Majors Only; Prior Audition Required. This course is the study of scales, chords, arpeggios, transposition, and harmonization for students with rudimental background in piano.

MUSA 185,186,285,286,385,386,485,486 APPLIED INSTRUMENTAL (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 160,161,260,261,360,361,460,461 APPLIED BASSOON (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 183,184,283,284,383,384,483,484 APPLIED CELLO (Fall, Spring) 1 CR
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 175,176,275,276,375,376,475,476 APPLIED CLARINET (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 165,166,265,266,365,366,465,466 APPLIED EUPHONIUM (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 177,178,277,278,377,378,477,478 APPLIED FRENCH HORN (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 171,172,271,272,371,372,471,472 APPLIED FLUTE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 114,115,214,215,314,315,414,415 APPLIED GUITAR (Fall, Spring) 1 CR
This course provides individual instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire through individual and solo performance.

MUSA 158,159,258,259,358,359,458,459 APPLIED OBOE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 173,174,273,274,373,374,473,474 APPLIED TUBA (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 163,164,263,264,363,364,463,464 APPLIED TROMBONE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 153,154,253,254,353,354,453,454 APPLIED TRUMPET (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 181,182,281,282,381,382,481,482 APPLIED VIOLA (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 179,180,279,280,379,380,479,480 APPLIED VIOLIN (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course is a study of scales, arpeggios, and selected etudes and solos in all styles.

MUSA 125, 126,225,226,325, 326, 425,426 APPLIED VOICE (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course provides instruction in the principles of breathing, phonetics, diction, scales, and arpeggios and vocalism. Selected songs of all styles and periods are introduced.

MUSA 196,197,296,297,396,397,496,497 VOICE CLASS (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs
This course provides group instruction in technique of musicianship and repertoire through solo and group performance.

MUSA 123,124,223,234,323,324,423,424 GUITAR CLASS (Fall, Spring) 1 CR
This course provides small group instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire through group and solo performance.

MUSA 167,168,267,268,367,368,467,468 WOODWIND CLASS (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course provides small group instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire through group and solo performance.

MUSA 169,170,269,270,369,370,469,470 BRASSWIND CLASS (Fall, Spring) 1 CR. 
This course provides small group instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire through group and solo performance.

MUSA 121,122,221,222,321,322,421,422 VOICE MINOR (Fall, Spring) 1 CR
This course provides individual instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire through solo and group performance.

MUSA 192,193 CLASS PIANO I (Fall Only) 2 CRs
Prerequisite: Audition or Permission of Instructor. This course provides group instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire designed to develop general keyboard facility with chords, scales, sight-reading, harmonization, transposing, and improvising. Open to all students with no previous instruction.

MUSA 311 ADVANCED CLASS PIANO (Spring Only) 2 CRs
Prerequisite: MUSC 310 or Permission of Instructor. This course provides group instruction in technique, musicianship, and repertoire designed to develop general keyboard facility with chords, scales, sight-reading, harmonization, transposing, and improvising.

MUSA 109,110,209,210,309,310,409,410 SEMINAR (Fall, Spring) 0 CRs
Fine arts music majors are expected to participate on at least seven seminars and receive a satisfactory grade. All music student are required to attend each scheduled seminar.

MUSA 411,412 RECITAL (Fall, Spring) 0 CRs
Prerequisite: Required as criteria for completion of concentration by fine arts majors. A solo recital is required of all graduating seniors with a concentration in music. The repetoire for the recital is to be selected by the applied music instructor from music studied at Bowie State University. The recital must be at least 45 minutes in length with intermission. All materials must be memorized.

MUSC 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC (Fall, Spring) 3 CRs
This course is a study of functional musical skills. Designed for the general student, this course provides instruction and drill in reading music, sight singing, recorder playing, and keyboard harmony.

MUSC 110 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs
Prerequisite/s: Required for all fine arts majors new music technology students. Prior knowledge of music fundamentals will assist in the understanding of course materials. Open to all students. Introduction lab design to learn software programs used to sequence and notate music. Comprehension of MIDI (Musical Instrumental Digital Interface) music is developed through application of digital and electric music devices interfaced with the computer using step-time and real-time applications.

MUSC 111 KEYBOARD TECHNOLOGY 1 (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs Prerequisite/s: MUSC 110
This course is designed to develop knowledge of keyboards and synthesizers through the use of MIDI. Students learn how to sequence, using cord symbols, pre-recorded music examples, and sheet music.

MUSC 112 KEYBOARD TECHNOLOGY II (Fall, Spring) 3 CRs Prerequisite: MUSC 111
Continuation of MUSC 111. Preparation of music using analog instrument and synthesized sounds. Creating drum tracks for various styles of music.

MUSC 145 MUSIC HISTORY TO 1810 (Fall Only) 3 CRs
Fine Arts Majors only. This course is a study of the history of music from the early Christian era through the music of early Beethoven.

MUSC 146 MUSIC HISTORY SINCE 1810 (Spring Only) 3 CRs
Fine Arts Majors only. This course is a study of the history of music from the middle period of Beethoven to the present time.

MUSC 155 BASIC MUSIC THEORY (Fall Only) 3 CRs
This course is a study of the physics of musical sounds, conventions of notation, fundamental musical grammar, melodic construction, cadences, and simple melodies harmonized with block chords. (Fine Arts Majors only).

MUSC 156 INTERMEDIATE MUSIC THEORY (Spring Only) 3 CRs
This course is a study of functional harmony using figured bass, inversions, seventh chords, secondary function, non-chord, and embellishing tones. A study of the intermediate forms; keyboard drill will include harmonization's from simple figured bass and popular music chord symbols and the development of variety in accompaniment patterns. (Fine Arts Majors only).

MUSC 157 SIGHT-SINGING (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs
This course is a systematic applied study of sight-singing with tonic Sol-Fa and Solfege syllables designed to develop the interval and rhythmic aspects of the art through solo and group performance.

MUSC 211 COMPUTER SEQUENCING (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs
Prerequisite/s: MUSC 110. Use Cakewalk Home Studio, Master Tracks Pro Audio, and Power Tracks Audio to develop computer sequences in step-time and real-time formats. Prepare sequences and drum tracks from Midi to Wave files for recording on CDs.

MUSC 212 COMPUTER NOTATION (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs
Prerequisite/s: MUSC 110, MUSC 155. Sibelius notation software is used to prepare lead sheets, small and large ensemble compositions for performance. Learn about other popular notation software packages for both the PC and MAC platforms.

MUSC 255 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY (Fall Only) 3 CRs
This course is a study of electronic instruments and devices, some of which employ computer parts. Designed for the general student, this course provides instruction and workshop participation in electronic instruments and devices with an emphasis on MIDI (Music Instrumental Digital Interface), its uses and applications.

MUSC 256 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC THEORY (THEORY IV) (Spring Only) 3 CRs
Fine Arts Majors only. This course is a study of 20th Century music idioms including extensions of tertian harmony, the twelve-tone system, jazz harmony, and aleatoric techniques. Keyboard drill will include modulation and transposition to all keys as well as further development of score reading and harmonizations skills.

MUSC 301 DICTION AND VOCAL LITERATURE I (Fall Only) 2 CRs
Fine Arts Majors, Vocal Majors and Minors. This course is a study of diction and vocal literature designed to strengthen the singers' knowledge of Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English diction, through the fundamental use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), with practical application through the study and performance of vocal literature.

MUSC 302 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC (Fall, Spring) 3 CRs
This course is an exploration of representative music literature for various media from all periods with emphasis upon the functions of the various forms. It fuses music, art and history, and the development of aural perceptions through class and extra-class listening.

MUSC 304 DICTION AND VOCAL LITERATURE II (Spring Only) 2 CRs
Fine Arts Majors, Vocal Majors and Minors Only. This course is a study of the technical aspects of vocal music and in depth survey of historical and current musical literature emphasizing English and French.

MUSC 306-307 INSTRUMENTAL METHODS (Fall, Spring)3 CRs each
Prerequisite: Junior Level Standing mandatory. These courses provide an introduction to playing strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments through solo and group performance. Emphasis is on methods of teaching and routine maintenance of the instruments.

MUSC 110 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC (Fall Only) 2 CRs
This course is a study of chromatic harmony, modulation, and the larger forms. Keyboard drill will include score-reading, transposition, modulation to closely related keys, and a continuation of harmonization. Software applications will be explored and used in connection with harmonic structures.

MUSC 311 ELECTRONIC COMPOSITION AND ARRANGING I (Lab/Lecture) 
2 CRs Prerequisite: MUSC 211, MUSC 156 This course is designed to create compositions for all types of ensembles used in commercial song and jingle writing. Chord symbols and chord progressions are employed to develop composition for live and electronic performance. Project-based curriculum using the electronic music keyboard and MIDI.

MUSC 312 ELECTRONIC COMP AND ARRANGING II (Spring Only) 3 CRs
Prerequisite: MUSC 311, MUSC 156 Continuation of MUSC 311. Song and jingle writing for large ensembles using orchestral and big band instrument combinations. Project-based curriculum using electronic music keyboard and MIDI.

MUSC 345 BLACK AMERICAN MUSIC (Fall, Spring) 3 CRs
This course is a study of the history of black american music from 1819 to the present. Designed for the general student. (Prerequisite for MUSC 345 is ENGL 101).

MUSC 408: BUSINESS OF MUSIC (Lecture) 3 CRs 
Prerequisite/s: Offered in Summer Only. Learn about the basic principles of laws of the music and entertainment business and their application with an emphasis on contracts, negotiations, and copyright. Can be taken at anytime during enrollment.

MUSC 410 MULTIMEDIA RECORDING AND PRODUCTION I (Lab/Lecture) (Fall Only) 2 CRs
Prerequisite: MUSC 311 This course is designed to provide opportunities for the developing of skills to interface with multimedia projects. Learn to prepare PowerPoint presentation for industrial trade shows and web application. Work with multi-track analog/digital mixing and editing equipment. Prepare Midi and Wave sound tracks for animation. Use of the digital camera or downloaded images for projects.

MUSC 411 MULTIMEDIA RECORDING AND PRODUCTION II (Lab/Lecture) (Spring Only) 3 CRs 
Prerequisite: MUSC 410 Record projects assigned for student Seminars and Concerts using portable recording devices. Edit and prepare sound footage for archival purposes on CD, DVD media. Learn about room acoustics, microphone design and placement for live and recoding purposes.

MUSC 455 VOCAL-INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGING (Fall, Spring) 2 CRs
This course is a study of the techniques of writing for a variety of vocal instrumental ensembles of all age groups, accompanied and a cappella. Students will prepare at least six (6) complete arrangements suitable for duplication and performance by ensembles from Easy to Advanced levels.