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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.
 

MUS 103 Songwriting Techniques and Analysis 1

Explores 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

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. Topics addressed and demonstrated include: sound and hearing, studio acoustics, microphone choice and positioning, mixing board, recording technology, tracking, audio editing, signal processing, monitoring, mixing, mastering, work flow, and professionalism.
 

MUS 109 Audio Engineering 2

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 and will have hands-on assignments using studio equipment. Topics covered include: outboard mic preamps 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, and tracking to different mediums.
 

MUS 110 Audio Engineering 3

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 and work on a large-scale recording project. Topics include: 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)

Thorough review of the fundamentals of music followed by their application to melody, harmony, and rhythm through analysis and composition. Emphasis 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. Designed to be taken with MUS 114 and MUS 127 concurrently.
 

MUS 112 Music Theory 1 (Second Term)

Emphasis on tonal species counter point and tonal music in four-part context. Includes tonal functional harmony involving tonic and dominant harmonies, non-harmonic tones, scoring, figured bass and introduction of cadences. Designed to be taken with MUS 115 and MUS 128 concurrently.
 

MUS 113 Music Theory 1 (Third Term)

Emphasis on concepts of prolongation and contextual analysis. Includes all diatonic chords, cadences, embellishing chords, melodic analysis, sequences, and secondary dominants. Designed to be taken with MUS 116 and MUS 129 concurrently.
 

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

Course 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. Designed to be taken with MUS 111 and MUS 127 concurrently.
 

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

Solidifies the singing and listening skills that focuses on tonic and dominant chords. 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)

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

MUS 118 Music Technology MIDI/Audio 1

Hands-on instruction in current applications of music technology in a comprehensive MIDI/audio studio. Students will learn to use various music production tools, 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

Hands-on instruction in advanced techniques 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 and digital mixing and mastering. 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)

Course develops 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. Designed to be taken with MUS 111 and MUS 114 concurrently.
 

MUS 128 Keyboard Skills 1 (Second Term)

Course develops 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. Designed to be taken with MUS 112 and MUS 115 concurrently.
 

MUS 129 Keyboard Skills 1 (Third Term)

Course develops 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. 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 and 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.
 

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.
 

MUS 137 Group Guitar

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. Student must have access to an acoustic guitar. May be repeated up to 6 total credits.
 

MUS 138 Group Guitar 2

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. Student must have access to an acoustic guitar. 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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

MUS 211 Music Theory 2: (First Term)

Further studies of compositional techniques in tonal harmony. Emphasis 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)

Course focuses on chromatic elaboration and enharmonic modulation using fully diminished seventh chords, augmented 6ths and Mm 7ths. Emphasis 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)

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)

Course develops 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 MUS 224 concurrently.
 

MUS 215 Keyboard Skills 2(Second Term)

Course develops 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)

Course develops 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 MUS 226 concurrently.
 

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

Course 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. Designed to be taken with MUS 211 and MUS 214 concurrently.
 

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

Course continues to solidify an understanding of secondary dominant harmonies while teaching students how to begin to identify various compositional forms by ear. Students 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. Designed to be taken with MUS 212 and MUS 215 concurrently.
 

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

Course encapsulates the students' understanding of both tonal and chromatic harmony, and focuses on the concept of remote modulation. Introduces strategies for singing and hearing atonal and modal music. Designed to be taken with MUS 213 and MUS 216 concurrently.
 

MUS 260 History of Hip-Hop and Rap music

Explores 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)

Explores 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.
 

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

Explores the musical, social and cultural aspects of Rock music from its pre-Rock influences and its development through 1964 -1974, while learning about important artists in this style.
 

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

Explores the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from c. 1974 through 2006, while learning about important artists in this style.
 

MUS 268 History of Electronic Music

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 live performance. We will also discuss the impact of electronic music in the United States and in other countries globally.
 

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. Contact the music co-op coordinator before registering. 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.
 

MUS 293 Jazz Combos

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. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits.
 

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 ensemble experience for all. The class is limited to five 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.
 

MUS 295 Symphonic Band

Woodwind, brass, and percussion students will study, rehearse, and perform all types of concert band literature. This course blends the talents of experienced community instrumentalists with student musicians creating an excellent ensemble experience for all. The Lane Symphonic band performs at least one formal concert during the term. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course vary from term to term. May be repeated up to 12 total credits.
 

MUS 297 Concert Choir

Open to anyone interested in singing in a large ensemble. 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.
 

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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