Music Course Descriptions

Instrumental, Vocal & Composition Courses
Music Therapy Courses


Instrumental & Vocal Music Courses:

100 Level Courses:
MUSC 101: Introduction to Composition I
MUSC 102: Introduction to Composition II
MUSC 105: Recital Attendance
MUSC 107: Beginning Class Guitar for Non Majors
MUSC 108: Percussion Class
MUSC 109, 110: String Class
MUSC 111, 112: Brass Class
MUSC 113, 114: Woodwind Class
MUSC 115: Introduction to Music
MUSC 117: Music Theory I
MUSC 118: Music Theory II
MUSC 120: Voice Class
MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I
MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II
MUSC 127, 128: Percussion Ensemble
MUSC 129, 130: Flue Ensemble
MUSC 131, 132: Brass Ensemble
MUSC 133, 134: Clarinet Ensemble
MUSC 135, 136: Woodwind Quintet
MUSC 137, 138: Jazz Ensemble II
MUSC 139, 140: Drury Wind Symphony
MUSC 141, 142: Jazz Ensemble I
MUSC 143, 144: Jazz Combo
MUSC 145, 146: Chamber Choir
MUSC 147, 148: Drury Singers
MUSC 149, 150: Concert Choir
MUSC 152, 153: Jazz Improvisation
MUSC 155, 156: Chamber Groups
MUSC 157, 158: String Quartet
MUSC 159, 160: Chamber Orchestra/Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra
MUSC 165: Pep Band
MUSC 170: Diction for Singers

200 Level Courses
MUSC 201: Composition III
MUSC 202: Composition IV
MUSC 211: Sophomore Review
MUSC 217: Music Theory III
MUSC 218: Music Theory IV
MUSC 219: Ear Training and Sight Singing III
MUSC 220: Ear Training and Sight Singing IV
MUSC 221: African-American Music
MUSC 224: Jazz History
MUSC 284: Audience Connection
MUSC 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses
MUSC 300: Half Recital
MUSC 301: Composition V
MUSC 302: Composition VI
MUSC 305: Piano Concepts for Music Therapy
MUSC 306: Form and Analysis
MUSC 308: Twentieth Century Theory
MUSC 310: Recreational Music
MUSC 321, 322: History of Music I and II
MUSC 331: Organ Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 332: String Instrument Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 333: Piano Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 334: Song Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 335: Choral Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 344: Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 345: Flute Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 346: Marching Techniques and Materials

MUSC 349: History and Development of American Musical Theatre
MUSC 356: Conducting
MUSC 357: Choral Conducting
MUSC 358: Instrumental Conducting
MUSC 374: Elementary and Secondary Music Methods
MUSC 385: Instrumentation
MUSC 386: Choral Arranging
MUSC 390: Selected Topics
MUSC 391, 392: Research

400 Level Courses
MUSC 400: Full Recital
MUSC 401: Advanced Composition VII
MUSC 402: Advanced Composition VIII
MUSC 490: Selected Topics
MUSC 491, 492: Research
MUSC 493: Senior Seminar


MUSC 101: Introduction to Composition I. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Introduction to principles of composition. Written work modeled on analyses of representative forms. Original composition in various forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software. 2 cr (major)/1 cr (non-major).

MUSC 102: Introduction to Composition II. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 101.
Introduction to principles of composition. Written work modeled on analyses of representative forms. Original composition in various forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software. 2 cr (major)/1 cr (non-major).

MUSC 105: Recital Attendance. 0 hours.
Music majors are required to attend weekly recital class and ten concerts each semester. Attendance will be taken at each event.

MUSC 107: Beginning Class Guitar for Non-Majors. 1 hour.
Beginning class guitar group instruction for non-music majors. Focus on first position chords and ability to play a variety of pop music quickly. Ability to read music is not necessary for success in this course.

MUSC 108: Percussion Class. 2 hours.
This course is an introduction to mallet and battery percussion and timpani. Students will be expected to learn to perform both solo and ensemble literature on one instrument from each of the three groups. Works ranging from easy to medium difficulty will be used.

MUSC 109, 110: String Class. 2 hours.
Historical development of the bowed string family, with ensemble practice on violin, viola, cello and bass. Emphasis upon individual performance and methods for elementary string instruction.

MUSC 111, 112: Brass Class. 2 hours.
The study of the trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone horn and tuba. Students are expected to demonstrate ability to perform scales and arpeggios, small ensemble and solo work of medium difficulty.

MUSC 113, 114: Woodwind Class. 2 hours.
A study of five woodwind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone. Students are expected to demonstrate ability to perform scales and arpeggios, small ensemble and solo work of medium difficulty.

MUSC 115: Introduction to Music. 3 hours.
An introductory course in the music of our western culture for non-music majors. Learning how to listen to music and acquiring a basic knowledge of the musician's technique and vocabulary.

MUSC 117: Music Theory I. 3 hours.
Introduction to the basic music vocabulary. Elements of tonal music approached through hearing, writing and analytical; work in diatonic harmony and basic species counterpoint. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing I.

MUSC 118: Music Theory II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 117.
Continuation of diatonic harmony with an emphasis on 4-part writing. Analysis of Bach chorales and an introduction to musical forms. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing II.

MUSC 120: Voice Class. 2 hours.
Basic physical and psychological principles of voice production, with particular attention to problems of tone, diction, development of vocal range and sight reading. Offered fall semester.

MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I. 1 hour.
An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II. 1 hour.
An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 127, 128: Percussion Ensemble. .5 hours.
Percussion ensemble provides students with the opportunity to learn standard percussion ensemble music, address technical demands when preparing music for performance and to foster growth in the areas of general and ethnic percussion pedagogy.

MUSC 129, 130: Flute Ensemble. .5 hours.
Flute ensemble is designed to familiarize students with a variety of flute ensemble literature, coach students in flute fundamentals for effective ensemble performance and to provide performance opportunities for Drury and the community.

MUSC 131, 132: Brass Ensemble. .5 hours.
Outstanding instrumentalists may be selected to be in Drury's three scholarship ensembles, each of which provides a financial award above-and-beyond Department of Music activity grants. These ensembles receive weekly coaching with faculty and perform in twice-yearly chamber music concerts and as part of the Drury Consort.

MUSC 133, 134: Clarinet Ensemble. .5 hours.
Clarinet ensemble is open to all students and is devoted to performing literature written expressly for clarinet family of instruments.

MUSC 135, 136: Woodwind Quintet. .5 hours.
Outstanding instrumentalists may be selected to be in Drury's three scholarship ensembles, each of which provides a financial award above-and-beyond Department of Music activity grants. These ensembles receive weekly coaching with faculty and perform in twice-yearly chamber music concerts and as part of the Drury Consort.

MUSC 137, 138: Jazz Ensemble II. 1 hour.
Drury's Jazz Ensemble II is open to all Drury students based on audition. Two concerts are performed each semester on a variety of literature.

MUSC 139, 140: Drury Wind Symphony. 1 hour.
The Drury University Wind Symphony is comprised of wind and percussion players from the university community. Performing both contemporary and traditional literature for the wind band, the Wind Symphony presents three major concerts yearly and performs on tour, special events and the annual commencement exercises. Membership is by audition. Course fee required.

MUSC 141, 142: Jazz Ensemble I. 1 hour.
Drury's Jazz Ensemble I is open to all Drury students based on audition. At least two concerts are performed each semester. Literature includes contemporary works and jazz masterworks. Jazz Ensemble I also takes a yearly regional or national tour.

MUSC 143, 144: Jazz Combo. 1 hour each.
This course is open by audition to any Drury University student regardless of major. It is designed to give students the skills necessary to function in a small jazz combo setting. Some topics addressed will be choosing literature, arranging tunes, learning jazz standards, listening, improvisation, communication, rehearsal techniques, rehearsal/performance etiquette, and musical interaction.

MUSC 145, 146: Chamber Choir. .5 hours.
Chamber Choir is open by audition to all Drury students currently enrolled in Drury Singers. Interested students should audition for Drury Singers and contact the music department for further information.

MUSC 147, 148: Drury Singers. 1 hour.
Drury Singers is a select choir open by audition to all Drury students each fall. The choir tours annually, including internationally and performs primarily a capella literature. Interested students should contact the music department about the audition process prior to the start of fall semester.

MUSC 149, 150: Concert Choir. 1 hour.
Concert choir is open to all Drury students. This choir performs a wide variety of repertoire, including larger works with orchestra. Interested students should contact the music department.

MUSC 152, 153: Jazz Improvisation. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Individual or small group. Introduction to principles of jazz improvisation, jazz theory, listening, and transcription.

MUSC 155, 156: Chamber Groups. .5 hours.
Chamber groups covers those chamber ensembles that do not perform on a regular basis. Membership is based on student need and faculty availability. This course can be used for both vocal and instrumental combinations. Contact the Department of Music for more information.

MUSC 157, 158: String Quartet. .5 hours.
Outstanding instrumentalists may be selected to be in Drury's three scholarship ensembles, each of which provides a financial award above-and-beyond Department of Music activity grants. These ensembles receive weekly coaching with faculty and perform in twice-yearly chamber music concerts and as part of the Drury Consort.

MUSC 159, 160: Chamber Orchestra/Springfield - Drury Civic Orchestra. 1 hour.
The Drury Chamber Orchestra is comprised of string, wind and percussion players drawn from the university community. In addition to regular season concerts, the Chamber Orchestra also collaborates with the opera workshop in a yearly, fully staged opera production. The Drury Consort, a subset of the Chamber Orchestra, is a select ensemble comprising the permanent members of Drury's scholarship chamber ensembles (Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, String Quartet) plus a few additional advanced instrumentalists. Among other events, the Drury Consort performs the university's annual presentation of Sergei Prokofiev's beloved Peter and the Wolf. Members of the Chamber Orchestra also perform in the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO), a regional community orchestra comprising of professional performers and educators, students at neighboring universities, advanced high school players and dedicated enthusiasts. The SDCO presents three full concerts yearly. Membership in the Drury orchestra program is by audition. Course fee required.

MUSC 165: Pep Band. 1 hour.
Pep Band is a performing ensemble that performs at all regular season home games for the men's and women's basketball teams. The Pep Band also plays for all home playoff games and may travel with the teams to the NCAA tournament. Membership in the ensemble is open to all Drury students regardless of major as well as to Drury faculty and staff and Springfield community members.

MUSC 170: Diction for Singers. 2 hours.
Introduction to basic phonetics and pronunciation using the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). A study of the formation and phonation of vowel and consonant sounds of the English, Italian, French and German languages as they serve the foundation for expressive singing.

MUSC 201: Composition III. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 101, MUSC 102.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 202: Composition IV. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 201.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 211: Sophomore Review. 0 hours.
All music majors are required to pass the sophomore review. Requirements are found in the music major handbook.

MUSC 217: Music Theory III. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 117, MUSC 118.
Introduction to chromatic harmony and discussion, writing assignments and analysis of musical excerpts from the Baroque and Classical periods. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing III.

MUSC 218: Music Theory IV. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 217.
Continuation of chromatic harmony and introduction to twentieth century compositional techniques. Discussion, writing assignments and analysis of musical excerpts from the romantic era and the twentieth Century. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing IV.

MUSC 219: Ear Training and Sight Singing III. 1 hour.
An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 220: Ear Training and Sight Singing IV. 1 hour.
An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 221: African-American Music. 3 hours.
The course is a study of the musical and cultural influence of African-Americans, from their West African roots to the present day, on American music styles. Attention will be given to the mixing of these components with traditional European influences to shape such American musical genres as ragtime, blues, Dixieland, jazz, bebop, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz-rock, fusion and rock and roll.

MUSC 224: Jazz History. 3 hours.
This course is a survey of the history of jazz from its origins as African-American slave music to the present day. Topics will include musical trends, influential musicians and discussion of political, racial and social factors that have contributed to the development of the genre.

MUSC 284: Audience Connection. 2 hours.
A course designed to help music majors connect to an audience, in order to make music accessible, visceral and relevant. It will involve coaching on how to present music to adults and children and will debate the importance of music in our world using the media outlets available as well as other art forms. Same as AADM 284.

MUSC 300: Half Recital. 1 hour.

MUSC 301: Composition V. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 202.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 302: Composition VI. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 301.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 305: Piano Concepts for Music Therapy. 1 hour.
Private instruction with an emphasis toward meeting the piano competencies of the American Music Therapy Association; advanced studies in reading, harmonizing, transposing, chording (playing progressions as accompaniments) and improvising the musical preferences of clients. Each one-half hour lesson per week, plus a minimum of six hours practice per week, for one-semester grants one hour credit. Students may take either one or two hours credit each semester.

MUSC 306: Form and Analysis. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 218.
A study of musical form through the analysis of homophonic and contrapuntal compositions.

MUSC 308: Twentieth Century Theory. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 218.
Trends, techniques and leading composers of modern music, from the French Impressionists to the present.

MUSC 310: Recreational Music. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Pass piano and guitar proficiency examinations.
Materials and methods in music therapy; nontraditional piano, guitar, hand bell and percussion techniques; musical movement; music activity leadership; arranging and improvisation techniques in music therapy.

MUSC 321, 322: History of Music I and II. 3 hours each semester.
Prerequisite: MUSC 118.
A survey of the history and literature of music from Greco-Roman times to the present. Emphasis upon the study of musical forms and styles against the background of historic, artistic and cultural developments.

MUSC 331: Organ Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
A survey of the development of the organ and its literature with emphasis given to differences in playing style and technique among the countries which have been most significant in the field. A required course for organ majors. Emphasis on analysis and performance of major repertoire.

MUSC 332: String Instrument Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
Basic literature of the entire bowed string family, both solo and ensemble (from duo to nonet). Includes literature for string groups utilizing both keyboard and wind instruments.

MUSC 333: Piano Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
A survey of the most significant piano literature of the Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods, including an examination of various pedagogical practices in current use in the keyboard field.

MUSC 334: Song Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
Presentation and analysis of pedagogical practices in the vocal area; study of standard song literature classified into development periods, languages and composers; study of diction and interpretation.

MUSC 335: Choral Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 356
Reading and study of vocal ensemble literature from Renaissance to present. Emphasis on style, diction and rehearsal techniques.

MUSC 344: Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 356 and MUSC 358.
Study of representative music for the orchestra and concert band, with emphasis on score preparation, rehearsal techniques and performance practice. A small portion of the course will concern the logistical problems of running a musical organization.

MUSC 345: Flute Literature and Pedagogy. 2 hours.
This course will survey representative solo, chamber and orchestral flute literature from the historical musical periods, as well as teaching materials, methods and techniques of flute pedagogy.

MUSC 346: Marching Techniques and Materials. 1 hour.
Appraisal of Military Drills, Patterns in Motion, Step Two and current trends in precision maneuvers. Attention given to pageantry, charting of formations and other problems pertinent to outdoor band.

MUSC 349: History and Development of American Musical Theatre. 3 hours.
A study of the development of musical theatre in America from its roots in minstrels, burlesques and eighteenth and nineteenth century European forms through its variations of the twentieth century. Same as THTR 349.

MUSC 356: Conducting. 2 hours.
This course introduces the fundamentals of conducting technique and pedagogy; greatest emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition of kinesthetic awareness and foundational control of conducting gestures.

MUSC 357: Choral Conducting. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 356.
A study of the techniques and procedures of conducting vocal ensembles, including score reading and analysis. Emphasis upon the development of choral rehearsal and performance techniques.

MUSC 358: Instrumental Conducting. 2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 356.
A study of the techniques and procedures of band and orchestral conducting, including score reading and analysis. Emphasis upon the development of instrumental rehearsal and performance techniques.

MUSC 374: Elementary and Secondary Music Methods. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, MUSC 117, MUSC 118, and formal admission to teacher education program.
This course will deal with philosophical ideals and practical application of those ideals in the elementary and secondary music program. Emphasis also will be placed on both performance and non-performance courses and will include studies of the high school musical, theory class and general music appreciation class. Some practical observation will be required. Same as EDUC 374. Taken concurrently with EDUC 304.

MUSC 385: Instrumentation. 2 hours.
Intensive study of transposition, range and scoring techniques of all instruments. Manuscript preparation includes transcription for band and orchestra or works from various media. Includes origin and evolution of symphonic instrumentation.

MUSC 386: Choral Arranging. 2 hours.
A study of techniques of arranging for voices in both large and small ensembles. Assignments will include writing for various combinations of voices in various musical styles.

MUSC 400: Full Recital. 2 hours.

MUSC 401: Advanced Composition VII. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 302.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Advanced projects utilizing instruments and voices. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 402: Advanced Composition VIII. 1-2 hours.
Prerequisite: MUSC 401.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Advanced projects utilizing instruments and voices. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

MUSC 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

MUSC 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.


Music Therapy Courses:

100 Level Courses:
MTHP 101: Field Studies I
MTHP 102: Music Therapy Orientation & Accountability
MTHP 130: Beginning Class Guitar
MTHP 131: Intermediate Class Guitar
MTHP 132: Intergenerational Rock Band
MTHP 140: Music and Developmental Disabilities

200 Level Courses:
MTHP 201: Field Studies II
MTHP 202: Medical Music Therapy
MTHP 205: Music Therapy in Geriatrics, Hospice and Bereavement

300 Level Courses:
MTHP 301: Field Studies III
MTHP 305: Music Therapy in Behavioral Health
MTHP 310: Recreational Music
MTHP 315: Behavior Measurement and Ethics
MTHP 380: Internship Experience

400 Level Courses:
MTHP 401: Field Studies IV
MTHP 405: Psychology of Music
MTHP 425: Music Therapy Research Methods
MTHP 480: Internship Experience
MTHP 497: Music Therapy Internship

600 Level Courses:
MTHP 600: Seminar in Music Therapy Research
MTHP 601: Clinical Training
MTHP 610: Clinical Music Laboratory
MTHP 620: Music Therapy Education and Supervision
MTHP 621: Clinical Music Laboratory
MTHP 625: Advanced Piano for Music Therapy
MTHP 630: Advanced Music Therapy Methods
MTHP 635: Advanced Guitar for Music Therapy
MTHP 640: Assessment and Evaluation in Music

700 Level Courses:
MTHP 700: Final Project

MTHP 101: Field Studies I. 1 hour.
Pre-internship experiences; counseling techniques in music therapy; 42 clock hours of clinical contact including a weekly seminar.

MTHP 102: Music Therapy Orientation & Accountability. 2 hours.
Exploration of the history o