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MUS 101 Music Fundamentals

This course provides the student an opportunity to develop a working knowledge of the elements of music. Students learn the basic skills needed to read, write, analyze, and compose simple music. Students may find it helpful to take Group Piano MUS 131 or Group Guitar MUS 137 concurrently. This course prepares one for Music Theory MUS 111. May be offered online.
 

MUS 103 Songwriting Techniques and Analysis 1

Prerequisite: MUS 101 or instructor consent. Songwriting Techniques and Analysis is a class for students to explore the art and craft of songwriting. Students will analyze popular songs from a variety of sources including British Invasion, Rock, Country, Reggae, Rap, and Blues. Analysis will include keys, harmonies, song forms, melodic construction, phrasing, settings of lyrics. Recordings and scores will be used as reference materials for all analysis projects. Using the techniques and concepts gleaned through this analysis, the students will then create their own songs or develop more refined song analysis techniques.
 

MUS 107 Audio Engineering 1

Prerequisite: MUS 101 and MUS 119. Audio Engineering is available for students who are seeking the tools to work and function as a recording engineer in a recording environment i.e., recording studio or live concert recording. Students will meet with the instructor in the recording studio where the following topics, among others, will be addressed and demonstrated: sound and hearing, studio acoustics, microphones choices and positioning, mixing board, recording technology, tracking, audio editing, signal processing, monitoring, mixing, mastering, work flow, and professionalism.
 

MUS 109 Audio Engineering 2

Prerequisite: MUS 107. This course is available for students who are seeking the tools to work and function as recording engineers in a recording environment (recording studio or live concert recording). Students will meet with the instructor in the recording studio where the following topics, among others, will be addressed and demonstrated, and hands-on assignments, using the recording studio equipment, will begin taking place: operation of outboard mic pre amps and signal processors, signal flow and setting up various signal paths within the control room, microphone placement and basic multitrack recording of various instruments, using the mixing console, tracking to different mediums, etc.
 

MUS 110 Audio Engineering 3

Prerequisite: MUS109. Audio Engineering 3 is the third course in the Audio Engineering sequence, which is designed to train students seeking the tools to work and function as recording engineers in a recording environment. Students will meet with the instructor in the Recording Studio. The following topics, among others, will be addressed and demonstrated as students work on a large-scale recording project: Studio Etiquette, Studio Preparation, Selecting a Recording Format, Rehearsal Sessions, Console Logistics, Initial Tracking, Overdubbing, Compression Techniques, EQ Techniques, Signal Processing, Console Automation, Mixing, and Mastering.
 

MUS 111 Music Theory 1 (First Term)

Theory placement test required. MUS 111, 112, 113 must be taken in sequence. Thorough review of the fundamentals of music followed by their application to melody, harmony, and rhythm through analysis and composition. Emphasis of MUS 111 is on fluency of key signatures, scales, rhythm, intervals, triads and 7th chords, individually and in context, as well as 1st species modal and tonal counterpoint. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 114 and MUS 127 concurrently.
 

MUS 112 Music Theory 1 (Second Term)

Prerequisite: MUS 111. Must be taken in sequence. Emphasis of MUS112 is on tonal species counter point and tonal music in 4 part context. Includes tonal functional harmony involving tonic and dominant harmonies, non-harmonic tones, scoring, figured bass and introduction of cadences. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 115 and MUS 128 concurrently.
 

MUS 113 Music Theory 1 (Third Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 112. Must be taken in sequence. Emphasis of MUS 113 is in concepts of prolongation and contextual analysis. Includes all diatonic chords, cadences, embellishing chords, melodic analysis, sequences, and secondary dominants. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 116 and MUS 129 concurrently.
 

MUS 114 Sight-reading and Ear Training (First Term)

Theory placement test required. In this three term sequence of courses, one develops the skills necessary to read melodies at sight and to notate melodies one hears. It includes study of rhythm and meter, tonality and modality (solfeggio) scales, triads and seventh chords, cadences, and conducting patterns. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 111 and MUS 127 concurrently.
 

MUS 115 Sight-reading and Ear Training (Second Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 114. In this second of the three term sequence, the course solidifies the singing and listening skills that focuses on tonic and dominant chords. It introduces harmony and melodies using pre-dominant chords, and practices rhythmic patterns involving further subdivisions. Exercises with topics such as intervals, chord identifications, cadences, borrowed rhythms, and minor tonalities are introduced. Designed to be taken with MUS 112 and MUS 128 concurrently.
 

MUS 116 Sight-reading and Ear Training (Third Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 115. Emphasis of MUS 116 is on exercises using all diatonic chords, complex rhythmic subdivisions, sequences, and non-chord tones. Basic understanding of secondary dominant chords is introduced. This course is to be designed to be taken with MUS 113 and MUS 129 concurrently.
 

MUS 118 Music Technology MIDI/Audio 1

This course provides the student with an opportunity, through group instruction and hands-on experience, to study current applications of music technology in a comprehensive MIDI/audio studio. Students will learn to use various music production tools, using MIDI sequencing, patch editing, digital audio recording, MIDI networking, digital effects devices and plug-ins, and both digital and analog mixing systems. Each student is assigned to one of the 20 MIDI/audio studios, where they will complete creative lab assignments. Students will work in the studios a minimum of 3 hours per week outside of class.
 

MUS 119 Music Technology MIDI/Audio 2

Prerequisite: MUS 118. This course provides the student with an opportunity, through group instruction and hands-on experience, to study advanced techniques in the field of music technology in a comprehensive MIDI/audio studio. Students will learn advanced applications of synthesizers, professional sound recording/editing software, MIDI networking, MIDI sequencing, digital effects and both analog, digital mixing, and mastering. In addition, students will gain experience in syncing sound and music to digital videos. Students will also have the opportunity to work with many audio formats such as AIFF, WAV, MP3, and surround sound as they work on their sound event projects. Students will work in the studio a minimum of 3 hours per week outside of class.
 

MUS 127 Keyboard Skills 1 (First Term)

Theory placement test required. This course is the first of a three-term sequence. It is designed to develop piano skills essential for all music majors: performance of rhythmic patterns, scales & arpeggios, intervals, chord progressions (including cadences) with correct voice leading and resolution, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, realization of figured bass, sight-reading of 2-part piano texture. This course is designed to taken with MUS111 and MUS114 concurrently.
 

MUS 128 Keyboard Skills 1 (Second Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 127. This course is the second of a three-term sequence. It is designed to develop piano skills essential for all music majors: performance of rhythmic patterns, scales & arpeggios, intervals, chord progressions (including cadences) with correct voice leading and resolution, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, realization of figured bass, sight-reading of 2-part piano texture. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 112 and MUS 115 concurrently.
 

MUS 129 Keyboard Skills 1 (Third Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 128. This course is the third of a three-term sequence. It is designed to develop piano skills essential for all music majors: performance of rhythmic patterns, scales & arpeggios, intervals, chord progressions (including cadences) with correct voice leading and resolution, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, realization of figured bass, sight-reading of 2-part piano texture. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 113 and MUS 116 concurrently.
 

MUS 131 Group Piano

This course is for students who are not music majors who are interested in learning to play piano or continuing their keyboard studies. The course provides group instruction covering principles of piano playing. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 6 total credits. May be applied to transfer associate's degrees.
 

MUS 134 Group Voice

This class is designed to help students develop their voices for singing. They will be instructed individually and as a group in vocal techniques that will improve the quality of their voices. They will learn about diction, phrasing, dynamics, expression, posture, breath-control, and vocal resonance as well as the basic anatomy of singing. They will also learn how to cope with the fear of singing in front of others. No musical background is needed to take this class. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 6 total credits. May be applied to transfer associate's degrees.
 

MUS 137 Group Guitar

The student must have access to an acoustical guitar. Group Guitar provides a basic orientation to guitar techniques that encompass accompaniment and solo skills. Students will learn to read standard musical notation. A variety of strumming and finger-picking are taught to accompany singing. May be repeated up to 6 total credits.
 

MUS 138 Group Guitar 2

Group Guitar will involve an intermediate level orientation to guitar techniques, including reading the whole neck above the fourth fret, that will encompass accompaniment and solo skills in a variety of styles. Intermediate level standard music reading will be covered. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 6 total credits.
 

MUS 161 Jazz Improvisation: Instrumental

Students will study elements of jazz harmony, jazz standards and classic recordings of jazz artists to build background and a platform for development of skills in jazz improvisation. Students should have considerable skill on their instrument and knowledge of major key signatures and major scales. MUS 101 - Music Fundamentals or instructor approval required. May be repeated up to 12 total credits.
 

MUS 201 Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

This class covers the development of Western Music from its beginnings through modern times. It is an overview of styles and practices with a focus on what to listen for in music. A brief opening section on ethnomusicology helps define the thread that connects the music of world cultures. The focus of this class is on the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Eras. First course in sequence. Course can be taken out of sequence. No prerequisite. Course fulfills Arts and Letters requirement for AAOT. May be offered online.
 

MUS 202 Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

This class covers the development of Western Music from its beginnings through modern times. It is an overview of styles and practices with a focus on what to listen for in music. A brief opening section on ethnomusicology helps define the thread that connects the music of world cultures. The course looks briefly at some music in the Eighteenth Century; however the main focus of this class is on the Romantic Era and the origins and rise of Opera through the Romantic Era. Second course in sequence. Course can be taken out of sequence. No prerequisite. Course fulfills Arts and Letters requirement for AAOT. May be offered online.
 

MUS 203 Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

This class covers the development of Western Music from its beginnings through modern times. It is an overview of styles and practices with a focus on what to listen for in music. A brief opening section on ethnomusicology helps define the thread that connects the music of world cultures. Enjoyment of music through understanding is the primary emphasis. The class looks at some music at the end of the Nineteenth Century' however the main focus of this class is on music of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. Third course in sequence. Course can be taken out of sequence. No prerequisite. Course fulfills Arts and Letters requirement for AAOT. May be offered online.
 

MUS 205 Introduction to Jazz History

This course provides the student with listening skills and a historical overview of jazz from its origins to the present. Emphasis is on in-class listening and discussion of the music. No musical background is needed to take this class. Satisfies Arts and Letters and cultural literacy requirements for AAOT, and in addition satisfies one of the University of Oregon cultural literacy requirements.
 

MUS 211 Music Theory 2: (First Term)

Prerequisite: MUS 113, MUS116, and MUS 129. This three-term sequence is a continuation of Music Theory I (MUS111, 112, 113) with further studies of compositional techniques in tonal harmony. Emphasis of MUS 211 is on chromaticism and analysis. Includes altered chords (N6 and augmented sixths chords), modal mixture and diatonic modulation. Designed to be taken with MUS 214 and MUS 224 concurrently.
 

MUS 212 Music Theory 2 (Second Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 211. Continuation of MUS 211, with chromatic elaboration and enharmonic modulation using fully diminished seventh chords, augmented 6ths and Mm 7ths. Emphasis of MUS 212 is on form and analysis including binary, ternary, rondo, variations, art song, and sonata form. Designed to be taken with MUS 215 and MUS 225 concurrently.
 

MUS 213 Music Theory 2 (Third Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 212. Emphasis is on musical language of the 20th century, including modes, atonality, serialism, set theory, new forms and new organizations of rhythm and meter. Designed to be taken with MUS 216 and MUS 226 concurrently.
 

MUS 214 Keyboard Skills 2 (First Term)

Prerequisite: MUS 113, MUS 116, and MUS 129. This course is the first of a three-term sequence. It is designed to develop piano skills essential for all music majors. Keyboard Skills 2 focuses on chromatic harmony. Skills include the performance of scales and arpeggios, chord progressions with modulations (including altered chords) with corrective voice leading and resolution, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, realization of figured bass, sight-reading of two-part piano texture. Designed to be taken with MUS 211 and 224 concurrently.
 

MUS 215 Keyboard Skills 2(Second Term)

Prerequisite: MUS 214. This course is part of a six-term sequence. It is designed to develop piano skills essential for all music majors. Keyboard Skills 2 focuses on chromatic harmony. Skills include the performance of scales and arpeggios, chord progressions with modulations (including altered chords) with corrective voice leading and resolution, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, realization of figured bass, sight-reading of two-part piano texture. Designed to be taken with MUS 212 and MUS 225 concurrently.
 

MUS 216 Keyboard Skills 2(Third Term)

Prerequisite: MUS 215. This course is the third in a three-term sequence. It is designed to develop piano skills essential for all music majors. Keyboard Skills 2 focuses on chromatic harmony. Skills include the performance of scales and arpeggios, chord progressions with chromatic and enharmonic modulations (including altered chords) with corrective voice leading and resolution, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, realization of figured bass, sight-reading of two-part piano texture. Designed to be taken with MUS 213 and 226.
 

MUS 224 Sight-reading and Ear Training (First Term)

Pre-reqs: MUS 113, MUS 116, MUS 129. This is the first of a three-term sequence. MUS 224 solidifies the knowledge of diatonic harmony and melody in both singing and dictation. In addition, it introduces chromatic harmonies involving secondary dominant chords and modulations to closely related keys. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 211 and MUS 214 concurrently.
 

MUS 225 Sight-reading and Ear Training (Second Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 224. This is the second of a three-term sequence. This course continues to solidify an understanding of secondary dominant harmonies while teaching students how to begin to identify various compositional forms by ear. Student practice singing, conducting, and dictation exercises written in asymmetrical meters, as well as hemiolas, modal mixture, Neapolitan 6th chords, and augmented 6th chords. Further work on modulations to closely related keys are discussed and practiced while modulations to remote keys are introduced. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 212 and MUS 215 concurrently.
 

MUS 226 Sight-reading and Ear Training (Third Term)

Prerequisites: MUS 225. This is the third of a three-term sequence. MUs 226 encapsulates the students' understanding of both tonal and chromatic harmony, and focuses on the concept of remote modulation. In addition, it introduces strategies for singing and hearing atonal and modal music. This course is designed to be taken with MUS 213 and MUS 216 concurrently.
 

MUS 260 History of Hip-Hop and Rap music

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of hip-hop and rap music from its birth in the 1970’s to its development through today, while learning about important artists in this style. We will identify and analyze complex practices, values and beliefs and the cultural and historically defined meanings of difference in the hip-hop world and explore how culturally-based assumptions influence perceptions related to hip-hop culture and rap music. We will explore how these culturally-based assumptions influence perceptions and stigmas relating to hip-hop culture and compare/contrast attitudes and values of specific eras of this culture. We will analyze pertinent artists, events and landmark recordings in this process.
 

MUS 264 Roots of Rock (Roots- 1963)

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of Rock music from its pre-Rock influences and its development through c.1963, while learning about important artists in this style. May be offered online.
 

MUS 265 Golden Age of Rock & Roll (1964-1974)

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of Rock music from its pre-Rock influences and its development through 1964-1975, while learning about important artists in this style. May be offered online.
 

MUS 266 Rockin’ the New Millennium (1974-2006)

This course is designed to provide an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from c. 1974 through 2006, while learning about important artists in this style. May be offered online.
 

MUS 268 History of Electronic Music

This course will provide a survey of electronic music history: the origin of electronic music, early musical instruments, tape music, musique concrete, computer music, digital synthesis, birth of MIDI, sampling, synth pop, disco, sound art, the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) era, and live electronics. We will identify and analyze electronic music works by major composers, groups, and bands. We will explore fundamental ideas and practices applied throughout the history of electronic music, such as tape music editing, synthesis techniques, sampling techniques and the development of the DAW system.We will also explore how electronic music is placed in other media, such as: video games, film scoring, television, theatrical productions, orchestral scores, multi-media performances, and liveperformance. We will also discuss the impact of electronic music in the United States a􀀱d in other countries globally. May be offered online.
 

MUS 280 Co-op Ed: Music

Co-op offers students on-the-job work experience in a music-related site. Students integrate theory and practice gained in the classroom with practical experience in the professional world. Students develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers while earning credit toward a degree. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. Please contact music cooperative education coordinator before attempting to register.
 

MUS 290 Gospel Choir

Gospel choir provides a performance opportunity for the student who does not read music. The ensemble will primarily explore traditional African-American sacred music from the early spirituals to today's contemporary gospel sound. Emphasis will be placed on both group and personal expression which historically characterized the wellsprings of this music, which is native to the United States. No audition required; open to all Lane students. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits.
 

MUS 291 Chamber Choir

This is a select vocal ensemble that rehearses and performs choral chamber music from the medieval period to the present. Audition during first week of class. Students need to be able to read music. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. May be transferred.
 

MUS 293 Jazz Combos

Music reading or concurrent enrollment in MUS 101 is recommended. This course is for instrumentalists wishing to study jazz styles in a small group (combo) setting. Students form several small ensembles combos of up to seven players to study jazz standards from the Real Book and other jazz "fake books". Emphasis is placed on performance styles as well as fundamentals/elements of jazz theory as they relate to harmonic form and improvisation and listening. No audition required. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. May be transferred.
 

MUS 294 Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is a class for students who wish to study jazz music in a performance environment. This course blends the talents of experienced community instrumentalists with student musicians creating an excellent orchestra experience for all. The class is limited to six saxophones, five trumpets, five trombones, piano, bass, guitar, and trap set. Audition required. The Lane Jazz Ensemble performs formal concerts on and off campus throughout the year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. May be transferred.
 

MUS 295 Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band provides an opportunity for woodwind, brass, and percussion students to study, rehearse, and perform all types of concert band literature. An audition is recommended for new members though not required. Returning members do not need to audition. High school or college ensemble experience is recommended. This course blends the talents of experienced community instrumentalists with student musicians creating an excellent orchestra experience for all. The Lane Symphonic band performs at least one formal concert at the end of fall, winter and spring term. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. May be transferred.
 

MUS 297 Concert Choir

This class is open to anyone interested in singing in a large ensemble. No prior experience is necessary, but ability to match pitch is required. Students develop their vocal skills and learn music of various periods and styles in preparation for at least one public performance each term. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. May be transferred.
 

MUS 298 Independent Study

A variable credit course based on independent study contracted between an instructor and a student. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits. For Marching Band: Student needs to be enrolled in at least one other Lane music class.
 
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