Music Courses

  
MUS 100 The Understanding and Enjoyment of Music St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 101 Theory I St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 201 Theory II St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 205 Jazz St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 206 The Opera St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 210 The Romantic Era St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 211 Development of Music in Motion Pictures St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 212 Latin American Music St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 213 Development of Music in Motion Pictures II St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 214 Postmodern MusicSt. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus
MUS 215 History of the SymphonySt. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus 
MUS 216 Latin American Music II St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus 
MUS 217 Music in Paris St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
MUS 218 Music of ChinaSt. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus 
MUS 308 Mozart St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus 
MUS 310 Beethoven St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus  


MUS 100 THE UNDERSTANDING AND ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This is a course in active listening through a survey of musical compositions from ancient times to the present.  Illustrative media, required attendance at one concert.  3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 101 THEORY I

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introduction to basic theory. Intensive drill in notation and visual recognition in treble and bass clefs, their signatures, scales, intervals and meters. A sense of tonality is developed through basic sight singing and melodic dictation. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 201 THEORY II

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is intended to develop the student’s aural perception: chords, inversions and cadences; melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation; sight-reading, modulation and transposition. MUS 101 or an equivalent is required. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Summer and intersession.

MUS 205 JAZZ

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The phenomenon of jazz resounds far deeper than the music itself. It is a true manifestation of American ideals: democracy in action, freedom of choice through improvisation, and a national identity in music for African Americans. Class discussions of the lives of jazz performers and repertoire will be presented in their social and historical context. Illustrative media, required attendance at one concert.  3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 206 THE OPERA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The evolution of the opera. Historical background of the great composers. Representative recordings and videos to supplement the lectures. Analysis of several individual operas. Required attendance at an opera performance. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 210 THE ROMANTIC ERA

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Musical thought in the 19th century. The Romantic movement as manifested in music. Changing forms of musical composition such as the symphony, solo sonata, concerto and opera. Special study of program music and musical nationalism. Analysis of the works of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Dvorak, Berlioz, Wagner and Verdi. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Summer and intersession.

MUS 211 DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC IN MOTION PICTURES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course examines film from the musical perspective: how music can enhance the desired effect of corresponding drama and images. A variety of films will be analyzed from the classics of accomplished directors to popular films of today. Historical and other relevant background of selected music will be discussed. Through contrast and comparison, students will develop a greater understanding of how music is used in motion pictures and how this ultimately influences and shapes our perception of culture in the past, present, and future. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 212 LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is an introduction to Latin American music. Including the music of Cuba, Brazil and Argentina, Latin American Music tends to provide the students with a closer perspective on the genre. Topics will include a discussion of instrumental music, translations of vocal text, as well as a focus on the percussive elements. Concerning the latter, a large part of the class will be spent introducing students to the principal elements of playing Latin percussion. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

MUS 213 DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC IN MOTION PICTURES II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Featuring a special emphasis on recently released films and music scores, this course continues to examine film from the musical perspective: how music can enhance the desired effect of corresponding drama and images and how this ultimately influences and shapes our perception of culture. Historical traditions and other relevant background of selected music will be discussed. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 214 postmodern music

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus 

As one of the most illusive terms, Postmodernism is highly resistant to definition. As a term transcendent and ironic of time itself, the application of this to music through specific practices identified as postmodern further reveals its complexity. The ease of cultural exchange, facilitated by the technology and globalism of the recent decades, provided fertile ground for this new musical direction. The class will be a directed forum for contextualized discussion, investigating the music of the most current young leaders in composition and performance, as well as a survey into the pioneers of the aesthetic: John Cage, John Zorn, and the minimalists Steve Reich and Phillip Glass. Punk rock, post rock, experimental music, performance art, jazz fusion and eclecticism will also be explored. This course will examine the difference between modern and postmodern music, the postmodern ideal in contemporary popular music, and the cultural and sociological implications for the present and future.

MUS 215 HISTORY OF THE SYMPHONY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
This course traces the development of the symphony from the Sinfonia of the 18th century through the symphonies of the 20th century. Major symphonic composers will be discussed and their contributions to the symphonic literature, including Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Johann Stamitz, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Shubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Peter Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Class discussions of the lives of composers and their symphonies will be presented in their social and historical context. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 216 Latin American Music II

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course continues to examine Latin American music, including the Afro-venezuelan drumming traditions, Colombian Currulao, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Mexican Marimba, Puerto Rican Bomba, Plena and Reggaeton, Dominican Bachata, Cuban Mambo and Timba.  Class discussions of the lives of composers and their music will be presented in their social and historical context.  3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and Spring.

MUS 217 music in paris

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the music in Paris in between the world wars and beyond, including Les Six, Claude Debussy, students of Nadia Boulanger and music during Vichy. Popular music of Edith Piaf and others will also be studied as well as their influence on global culture. Class discussions of the lives of composers and their symphonies will be presented in their social and historical context.

MUS 218 MUSIC of china

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course surveys traditional, folk, instrumental and pop genres from musical traditions in China from the ancient to present time. Having exposure to Chinese tonality, notation and language, students will approach music as both aesthetic and social processes, gaining insight into the differences between East and West. Utilizing social media, the classroom will connect to all parts of China, developing basic skills in critical listening, analysis, and writing about music. Illustrative media, required attendance at one event of Chinese music or theater. No prerequisite; previous knowledge of musical instrument or notation is not required.

MUS 308 MOZART 

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) revealed a genius in every sense of the word. From his early days as a prodigy to the final days of his short life, his music displays the tenets of classical form: symmetry, organization and control. His classical style reflected the social and political aims of the age of enlightenment. Students will learn how Mozart was a true architect of this era. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 310 BEETHOVEN

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Ludwig van Beethoven is perhaps the most famous musician of all time. He has been revered as the principal figure in the history of Western music. He brought classical genres — symphony, concerto, sonata, string quartet — into the 19th century and transformed them into the vehicles of musical expression for a new age. Through an in-depth survey of works from his early, middle and late periods, a better understanding of this great artist will be gained. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

Studio Courses

MUS 120 VOCAL TECHNIQUE, CHORAL LITERATURE AND PERFORMANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A performance-directed choral experience with emphasis on developing the average voice to sing freely and in tune throughout its full range. Music reading and rhythmic perception required of representative choral works of the great historical periods. This course may be applied as a core course if a student takes a music history or theory course.  3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

MUS 121 VOCAL TECHNIQUE, CHORAL LITERATURE
AND PERFORMANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of choral literature and music theory. This course may be applied as a core course if a student takes a music history or theory course.  3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

MUS 122 VOCAL TECHNIQUE, CHORAL LITERATURE AND PERFORMANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of choral literature and music theory. 1 hour a week, 1 semester, 1 credit. Fall.

MUS 123 VOCAL TECHNIQUE, CHORAL LITERATURE AND PERFORMANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of choral literature and music theory. 1 hour a week, 1 semester, 1 credit. Spring.

MUS 222 THE CHAMBER CHOIR

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This studio course is a choral ensemble for the performance of contemporary, popular, jazz and/or classical works written and arranged for contemporary choral ensembles (a cappella and/or with accompaniment).  In addition to performances planned throughout the year, the ensemble will be featured in an end-of-semester concert.  Interested students should contact the ensemble instructor or department chair for more information.  Repeatable once for credit for students who declare a music minor.  This course may be applied as a core course if a student takes a music history or theory course.  3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

MUS 224 CHAMBER CHOIR

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This studio course is a choral ensemble for the performance of contemporary, popular, jazz and/or classical works written and arranged for contemporary choral ensembles (a cappella and/or with accompaniment).  In addition to performances planned throughout the year, the ensemble will be featured in an end-of-semester concert.  Interested students should contact the ensemble instructor or department chair for more information.  Repeatable for credit. 1 hour a week, 1 semester, 1 credit. Fall and spring.

MUS 227 Instrumental Ensemble

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This studio course is an instrumental ensemble for the performance of contemporary, popular, jazz and/or classical works written and arranged for contemporary music ensembles (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums) and/or concert band and orchestra (brass, winds, strings).  In addition to performances planned throughout the year, the ensemble will be featured in a fall concert and a spring concert.  Interested students should contact the ensemble instructor or department chair for more information.  Repeatable once for credit.  Repeatable twice for students who declare a music concentration.  This course may be applied as a core course if a student takes a music history or theory course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

MUS 228 Instrumental Ensemble

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This studio course is an instrumental ensemble for the performance of contemporary, popular, jazz and/or classical works written and arranged for contemporary music ensembles (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums) and/or concert band and orchestra (brass, winds, strings).  In addition to performances planned throughout the year, the ensemble will be featured in a fall concert and a spring concert.  Interested students should contact the ensemble instructor or department chair for more information.  Repeatable for credit.  1 hour a week, 1 semester, 1 credit.

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