Undergraduate Courses in Music (MUS)

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

1111 Individual Instruction (1/2-6)

(May be repeated for credit)  One 30-minute lesson and not less than five hours practice per week. Enrollment is open to music majors and minors, and all interested students with the permission of the instructor.  

01 Piano 05 Clarinet 09 Trumpet 13 Percussion
02 Voice 06 Saxophone 10 Trombone 14 Guitar
03 Flute 07 Bassoon 11 Euphonium 15 Violin Family
04 Oboe 08 French Horn 12 Tuba 16 Organ

1112 Vocal Ensembles (0-3)

(May be repeated for credit)

  • 01 University Chorus - This group prepares and presents a major composite musical work each semester.  There are usually two performances per semester.  Enrollment is open to all students, regardless of their musical skills and/or experience, the ability to match pitch is essential.
  • 02 Concert Choir - This group prepares and presents sacred and secular music of all styles, as well as folk and popular song arrangements. Enrollment is open to all students with permission of the instructor.
  • 03 Vocal Ensemble - This group will prepare and perform music from the classical and popular styles.
  • 04 Musical Theatre Ensemble - This group will prepare and perform music of the musical theatre idiom.  Performances may be staged or sung in a concert setting, depending on the repertoire for the given semester.  Prerequisite:  Students must be able to accurately match pitch and sing confidently alone or with a group.  Placement auditions may be held at the beginning of the semester

1113 Instrumental Ensembles (0-3)

(May be repeated for credit)

  • 01 Concert Band - This group performs concert band literature. Enrollment is open to all students with permission of the instructor.
  • 02 Symphonic Wind Ensemble - This group prepares and presents the finest of band and wind ensemble literature available. Membership is by audition only.
  • 03 Stage Band - This group prepares and presents music in styles ranging from Glenn Miller to the latest rock. Membership is by audition only.
  • 04 Brass Ensemble - This group prepares and presents selected small brass ensemble literature. Membership is by audition only.
  • 05 Woodwind Ensemble - This group prepares and presents selected woodwind ensemble literature. Membership is by audition only.
  • 06 Football Showband - This group performs for the athletic events, parades and pep rallies. Enrollment is open to all with permission of the instructor.
  • 07 Guitar Ensemble - Membership by audition only.
  • 08 Specialty Ensemble - Special instrumentation. Membership by audition only.
  • 09 Percussion Ensemble - Membership by audition only.
  • 10 Orchestra - Membership by audition only.

1114 Instrument Class Instruction (2-0)

(May be repeated for credit -- maximum 2 sch each)  Class instruction for music majors and minors who have not had previous study, and for other interested students. Emphasis is on the ability to play and compose for the instruments studied.  

01 Strings 02 Percussion 09 Brass 13 Woodwind

1115 Piano Class (0-2)

(May be repeated for credit once only)  Class instruction for music majors and minors and for other students who have not had previous study.

1116 Voice Class (0-2)

(May be repeated for credit once only) Class instruction for students who have had previous study and for music majors and minors and other students in the use and understanding of the singing voice. Emphasis is on the ability to use the voice correctly by study of fundamentals of vocal technique, sight singing, ear training and repertoire.

1117 Individual Studies (0-1)

Individual study of selected topics in music.

1118 Guitar Class (0-2)

(May be repeated for credit once only)  For beginning guitarists. Emphasis on learning cords, strumming, fingerstyle and note reading. Several guitars available for rent. Open to all students.

1121 Ear Training I (2-0)

The aural study of basic musical elements with emphasis on sight singing, scales, intervals, chords, and harmonic and melodic diction.  Meets two hours per week.

1131 Ear Training II (2-0)

Continuation of MUS 1121.  Meets two hours per week.

1211 Individual Instruction (1-9)

(May be repeated for credit)  Two 30-minute lessons or one-hour lesson and not less than 10 hours practice per week. Designed for music majors, but other students may enroll with the permission of the instructor.  

01 Piano 05 Clarinet 09 Trumpet 13 Percussion
02 Voice 06 Saxophone 10 Trombone 14 Guitar
03 Flute 07 Bassoon 11 Euphonium 15 Violin Family
04 Oboe 08 French Horn 12 Tuba 16 Organ

1310 Problems in Music (3-0)

Individual or small group study of specific topics in music on the lower-division level. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

1312 Music Literature (3-0)

(A fine arts/humanities course)  A course designed to acquaint students with representative music of different ages, styles, media and forms; and to its historical background. This course meets fine arts requirements. (MUSI 1308)

1313 Fundamentals of Music (3-0)

An elementary course for general students in the fundamentals of music; singing, piano keyboard, listening activities, and a study of clefs, keys and rhythms will be used to explore these fundamentals. This course meets fine arts requirements.

1314 Vocal Techniques (3-0)

This course covers three areas:  basic theory of singing, including the relationship of the body to singing; lyric diction for choral ensembles and soloists; and vocal/choral rehearsal techniques.

1321 Music Theory I  (3-0)

A study of basic musical elements with emphasis on terminology, scales, intervals, chords, tonal relationships, and simple part writing.

1331 Music Theory II (3-0)

Continuation of MUS 1321.  Prerequisite:  MUS 1321 or equivalent.

2115 Piano Class II (0-2)

(May be repeated for credit). A study to develop keyboard skills, ear training, sight reading, keyboard harmonization. Class instruction is for music majors, minors or permission from the instructor.

2141 Ear Training III (2-0)

The continued aural study of basic musical elements with emphasis on sight singing, scales, intervals, chords, and harmonic melodic dication as well as musical forms and structures.  Prerequisite:  MUS 1131

2341 Music Theory III (3-0)

A continuation of musical elements studied in MUS 1331, with greater emphasis on musical structure, analysis, and music writing.  Prerequisite:  MUS 1331 

2411 Musicianship III (3-2)

A continuation of the study of elements treated in Music 1412, with greater emphasis on musical structure, analysis and music writing. Prerequisite: Music 1412 or its equivalent.

3111 Individual Instruction (1/2-6)

May be repeated for credit. One 30-minute lesson and not less than five hours practice per week. Enrollment is open to music majors and minors, and all interested students with the permission of the instructor.  

01 Piano 05 Clarinet 09 Trumpet 13 Percussion
02 Voice 06 Saxophone 10 Trombone 14 Guitar
03 Flute 07 Bassoon 11 Euphonium 15 Violin Family
04 Oboe 08 French Horn 12 Tuba 16 Organ

3112 Vocal Ensembles (0-3)

(May be repeated for credit)

  • 01 University Chorus
  • 02 Concert Choir
  • 03 Vocal Ensemble

3113 Instrumental Ensembles (0-3)

(May be repeated for credit)  

01 Concert Band 06 Football Showband
02 Symphonic Wind Ensemble 07 Guitar Ensemble
03 Stage Band 08 Specialty Ensemble
04 Brass Band 09 Orchestra
05 Woodwind Ensemble 10 Percussion Ensemble

3117 Individual Studies (0-1)

Individual study of selected academic topics in music.

3141 Eat Training IV (2-0)

The aural study of advanced musical elements with emphasis on sight singing, chromatics, scales, intervals, chords, and harmonic and melodic dictation, as well as forms and structure.  Prerequisite:  MUS 2141

3211 Individual Instruction (1-9)

(May be repeated for credit)  Two 30-minute lessons or one-hour lesson and not less than 10 hours practice per week. Designed for music majors and minors, but other students may enroll with the permission of the instructor.  

01 Piano 05 Clarinet 09 Trumpet 13 Percussion
02 Voice 06 Saxophone 10 Trombone 14 Guitar
03 Flute 07 Bassoon 11 Euphonium 15 Violin Family
04 Oboe 08 French Horn 12 Tuba 16 Other

3217 Individual Studies (0-1)

Individual study of selected academic topics in music.

3310 Special Topics in Music (3-0)

Topics to be selected from history and literature of music, music in the general culture, techniques of instrumental or vocal music or another topic in the field of music. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

3311 Music Materials for Children (3-0)

A study of music materials and skills which are effective in providing a musical background for children.

3312 Problems in Music (3-0)

Individual or small group study of specific topics in music on the upper division level.  May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.  Prerequisite:  junior standing.

3313 Fundamentals of Conducting (3-0)

(May be repeated for credit if conducting problem varies)  A study of effective hand and baton techniques used in conducting music ensembles.

3316 Music Materials for Adolescents (3-0)

A study of the value of music in society; music as a fine art; music for the performer; music for the listener; the necessary skills required for vocalists and instrumentalists, including the understanding of the changing male adolescent voice; appropriateness of music literature for use in instrumental or vocal ensembles for adolescents; music as a cultural force in society; and basic understanding of instrumental and vocal ensembles organization. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of the instructor.

3317 Problems in Music (3-0)

Individual or small group study of specific topics in music on the upper-division level. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

3341 Music Theory IV (3-0)

Continuation of MUS 2341, plus analytical techniques used in the understanding of formal structures found in musical compositions.  Prerequisite:  MUS 2341 or equivalent.

4131 Senior Recital (1-0)

A course to be the capstone of applied music individual instruction.  Students will prepare 20 minutes (actual) of music for a public recital, demonstrating proficiency on their instrument or voice.  They will also prepare a program, including scholarly program notes which have been researched and relate to the music to be preformed. 

4215 Marching Band Techniques (2-0)

A study of the problems peculiar to the marching band and their solutions; planning, charting, and rehearsing of marching performances for parades, half-time shows, and contests; the administration of marching band personnel and equipment; baton twirling and drum majoring. 

4216 Arranging (2-0)

(May be repeated for credit if arranging problem varies)  A practical study of arranging music for a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles through an understanding of their traditions and problems. Prerequisite: Music 2411 or its equivalent.

4311 History and Literature of Music (3-0) A survey of the history and literature of music, including in-depth study of composers, periods, styles and musical development from 1600 to the present time. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.