Music

 

MUSIC

 

The Department of Music offers one 6-credit course and eleven 3-credit courses at the 100-level (see course descriptions at the bottom of this page):

6-credit course
MUSI 190 – Applied Performance I

3-credit courses
MUSI 101 – Structure of Music
MUSI 103 – Jazz Theory I
MUSI 106 – Vocal Ensemble I
MUSI 107 – Instrumental Ensembles I:  Includes Jazz Ensemble, Combos, and Percussion Ensembles
MUSI 112 – The Art of Listening
MUSI 117 – History of Popular Music
MUSI 118 – World Music
MUSI 119 – Music in Film, Television & Video Games
MUSI 165 – Jazz Styles and Literature
MUSI 191 – Secondary Instrument I
MUSI 195 – Applied Performance I A

  
MUSI 101, 103, 117, 118, 165 and 190 are required first-year courses for students in all music degrees and in the Diploma in Jazz Studies. In addition, MUSI 106 is a required course for vocalists and MUSI 107 is a required course for instrumentalists. Music students must obtain a minimum grade of 60 in MUSI 190 to be eligible to progress to second year.

MUSI 112 and 119 are elective courses for students outside of the music programs.  They are closed (not permitted for credit) to students in the music programs.

MUSI 191 requires permission from the instructor or the department chair, and is not normally taken in first year.

MUSI 195 is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Arts degree (with Major in Music), and is not for students in the music degrees or in the Diploma in Jazz Studies.  Departmental approval is required.

Other than MUSI 112 and 119, all music courses are open to all students who satisfy the prerequisite and audition (where applicable) requirements. Applied performance courses are only available to non-music students with the permission of the instructor and the department chair.

The most common first-year music courses chosen as electives by students in other programs are MUSI 106, 112, 117, 118, and 119.  These courses may be electives in any program, other than the Diploma in Engineering.

Students intending to complete a pair in music are reminded that a pair requires a minimum of 6 credits at the 200-level or above. Therefore, only two 3-credit courses at the 100-level may be used in a pair. 

 

Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar:

101   Structure of Music
This course covers the fundamentals and basic concepts of music theory, notation, and aural skills.  The ability to read music is required. Three credits.

103   Jazz Theory I
The material studied in jazz theory is designed to be applied to the performance and writing of jazz. Topics include chord-scale relationships; chord construction; three-, four-, and five-part harmony; substitution and function; construction and analysis of harmonic progression. Prerequisite: MUSI 101 with a minimum grade of 60. Three credits.

106   Vocal Ensemble I
Participation in the StFX University Choral and Vocal Jazz Program provides students with an opportunity to develop vocal fundamentals and musicianship through the rehearsal and performance of high quality choral music from all periods and cultures. Vocal Jazz Ensembles provide a more advanced ground for ear-training and performance through the study of complex harmony in many jazz and popular styles. All ensembles are open to all university students by audition during the first week of fall classes. Two sections will be offered; section 11 is for voice majors and students participating in more than one ensemble and section 12 is for non-majors participating in one ensemble. Three credits over the full academic year.

107   Instrumental Ensembles I: Includes Jazz Ensemble, Combos, and Percussion Ensembles
These courses integrate materials from Jazz Theory, Jazz Styles, Jazz History, and Applied Music courses with ensemble playing within a classroom or laboratory format. Ensembles meet weekly; supervision and coaching come from professors and advanced students.  Repertoire will reflect aspects of the jazz canon.  Students will be expected to rehearse outside of the classroom/laboratory setting. Assessment includes performance outside of the classroom.  A concerts is presented at the end of the term. Entry and placement are by audition.  Prerequisite: successful audition. Three credits over the full academic year.

112   The Art of Listening
A survey course designed to acquaint students with the core elements of music, and musical periods, genres, and styles while developing critical listening skills. Three credits.

117   History of Popular Music
A survey of rock and pop styles from 1955 to the near-present.  Among the many topics covered are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, styles of the 1970s, punk rock and the 'New Wave', Synth-pop, Manchester, Rap/Hip-hop and 'Alternative'.  Three credits.

118   World Music
A survey course covering folkloric and ethnic musical traditions from around the world: Africa, Asia, North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe. Three credits.

119   Music in Film, Television & Video Games
A survey course designed to acquaint students with the music used in film, televisions and video games. Exploring the diverse relationship image and music share, the course will examine important composers, works and historical reasons why different styles of music are used in support of these various media. Three credits.

165   Jazz Styles and Literature
An introductory course in improvisational style specifically pertaining to the Jazz Idiom from 1900 to present. Extensive viewing and listening will be required. Six credits.

190   Applied Performance I
This course provides students with instruction on a major applied instrument or voice. Functional piano skills are also covered. Restricted to music major students or may be taken with permission of the instructor. Applied music fees are attached to this course.  Six credits.

191   Secondary Instrument I
This course provides students with instruction on an instrument other than their major instrument. Prerequisite: permission of the chair or studio teacher. Three credits over the full academic year.

195   Applied Performance I A
This course provides students with instruction on a major applied instrument or voice. Functional piano skills are also covered. Restricted to students in the BA with Major in Music. Applied music fees are attached to this course. Three credits.
 

Please refer to Section 9.27 Music in the Academic Calendar.

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