Music Classes

MUS 100E Music Fundamentals
A technical, intensive introduction to the theory of music, including a study of basic concepts of pitch, rhythm, and notation, as well as scales of major and minor keys, intervals, and the construction of major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads. Also includes ear training and basic key-board orientation.

MUS120E Introduction to the Study of Music
A conceptual approach to developing the critical faculties necessary to listen to, and appreciate, music. This course is designed to teach how to listen to music and how to respond to it on sensual, aesthetic and intellectual levels. Three categories of music (music with words, program music, and absolute music) are studied. All types of music (Western art music, jazz, popular, and non Western music) are given equal consideration and respect
MUS122E History of Music I
After a study of the vocabulary and basic materials of music, a study of the historical development of music. Major composers and their works and major musical styles are studied, and all are related to cultural history in general.

MUS125E World Music

A survey of musical traditions from around the world, including an examination of the cultures and philosophies that shape them. Topics include instrumentation, form, texture, rhythm, melody, and performance practice in the music of Native Americans, Africa, Central and Southeastern Europe, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Latin America.

MUS190E Community Chorus: Salisbury Singers

A chorus of mixed adult voices reflects a divers community of singers: faculty and staff, alumni/ae, students, and the renowned Salisbury Singers under the direction of Dr. Michelle Graveline. Rehearsals on Monday nights for approximately eight weeks lead to one concert performance each semester. Students may take this course up to a maximum of three times to earn a total of three credits. Admission is subject to approval by chorus director.

MUS223E Bach to Beethoven
A study of the history and literature of music in the 17th and 18th centuries. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and other composers are studied

MUS225E Music of the Romantic Period and the Twentieth Century
The history and literature of music during the 19th century and to the present day, including works of Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. Composers in the French tradition include Franck, Faure, Debussy and Ravel. Contemporary composers and trends include Bartok, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Serialism and electronic music
MUS233E Music in the United States
This course covers the music in the Colonies, with emphasis on the singing-school, the fighting songs of the Revolutionary War period, and the traditional songs that best reflect the 19th century culture. Twentieth century trends include topics on jazz, swing and rock music. Composers whose lives and works are studied in some detail include Billing, Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin, Copland, Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

MUS235E Women and Music

The purpose of this course is to chart the history of women in music as performers, composers and pedagogues. In addition to the societal evolution of women in music, the course focuses on the lives and works of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Teresa Carreno, Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Wanda Landowska, as well as contemporary artists and composers currently emerging and impacting on the American scene.

MUS 237E American Popular Song
The story of America’s popular song, from the 18th century to the present, is the story of America’s people–their lives and loves, successes and failures, dreams and hopes–told on a grassroots level. This survey course is an amazing journey, from New England meetinghouse choirs in the late 1700s to songs of the Civil War to rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and beyond. Artists include Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, The Band, Neil Young, and Ani DiFranco.
MUS 239E Bob Dylan: Singing Poet
Bob Dylan is arguably the most significant American poet-musician of our time. From his recording debut in 1961 to 2006’s eloquent “Modern Times,” and in thousands of live performances given before, between, and since those landmarks, he has sung poetry of beauty and power to music equally beautiful and powerful, constantly reinventing his own songs from performance to performance. This course digs deep into Dylan’s art — analyzing his music and poetry, and considering many of his released albums as artistic statements — but it will be impossible to ignore certain themes in the life of the artist as they have influenced his creative work.

MUS241E The Roots of Rock
This course is a close-up look at the various musical streams that flowed into the river of rock ‘n’ roll and, beyond that, the ocean of American popular music in the last few decades of the 20th century. The musical traditions covered here span from just after the Civil War to Elvis Presley’s first recordings in 1954, and include blues, rhythm and blues, early country music, gospel, and folk. Through reading, discussion, careful listening, and viewing performances and interviews on DVD, not only musical but socio-cultural issues are unearthed and investigated in depth.

MUS250E American Musical Theater
An historical and stylistic study of modern American musical theater from its beginnings to recent productions. The course includes an introduction to the elements of musical theater with an emphasis on book, lyrics, and music, and covers major developments and figures, including George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Works viewed may include My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line.