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Joan Epstein
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Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Music

Music

Courses

MU 101A: Music Fundamentals
Reading pitches and rhythms, sight singing, basic keyboard performance. Musical patterns common in folk, popular and art music worldwide.

MU 121A: Myths and Music
Classical music appreciation course focused on works inspired by mythology, sacred texts and cosmological models. Listening and analysis, discussion and writing, concert attendance and hands-on activities.

MU 145A: Tonal Theory Ia
Tonal harmony, part-writing skills, primary triads and inversions, non-harmonic tones, sight singing, keyboard harmony. Lab component. Four semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: MU 101A.

MU 146: Tonal Theory Ib
Secondary triads, medieval modes, harmonic sequence, elementary modulation, continued part writing and analysis, ear training, sight singing, keyboard harmony. Lab component. Four semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: MU 145A or equivalent.

MU1 245A: Choral Literature and Ensemble - 1st semester
Study and performance of masterworks of choral music. Concerts given both on and off campus. Smaller vocal ensembles chosen by audition from larger group. Two semesters required for one course credit. Admission by audition with instructor.

MU2 245A: Choral Literature and Ensemble - 2nd semester
Continuation of MU1 245A. Two semesters required for one course credit. Admission by audition with instructor. Prerequisite: MU1 245A.

MU1 246A: Instrumental Ensemble -1st semester
Participation in classical chamber groups, a wind ensemble, a world music improvisation ensemble, or an approved off campus ensemble. Concerts on and off campus. Four hours rehearsal per week. Two semesters earn one course credit. Audition with instructor required.

MU2 246A: Instrumental Ensemble -2nd semester
Continuation of MU1 246A. Two semesters required for one course credit. Placement audition with instructor required. Prerequisite: MU1 246A.

MU 266A: Music Projects I
Opportunities for study in special topics in performance, research, and areas of study not provided for in regular semester courses, by permission of instructor.

MU 326E: American Musical Landscape
Examines American music types from Native American, African American, Anglo American ritual and folk music to classical and popular music of the present in light of its connection to the natural environment. Freshmen with permission of instructor.

MU 331A: Topics In Music Literature
Music of a particular period, genre, or composer in terms of musical style, cultural, historical, or biographical significance. Listening and discussion, development and application of descriptive terminology and research.

MU 332A: Topics in Music Literature
Music of a particular period, genre, or composer in terms of musical style, cultural, historical, or biographical significance. Listening and discussion, development and application of descriptive terminology and research.

MU 341A: Renaissance and Baroque Music
Western art music between 1400 and 1750 with emphasis on dance forms, sacred choral music, madrigals and other secular forms including opera. Research into performance practice and cultural context for each supplements listening and analysis. Counterpoint and analysis lab.

MU 342: Classic Period Music
Development of 18th century classical style through the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Analysis lab. Prerequisites: MU 146, MU 221A and MU 356G.

MU 356G: World Music
Music for ritual, work and play as well as art music traditions from various cultures around the world, including those of early Europe and the Middle East. Aural and videotaped recordings, readings in anthropology and aesthetics, live performances. Freshmen with permission of instructor.

MU 361: Advanced Tonal Harmony
A continuation of MU 146, from modulatory techniques through the chromaticism of the late 19th century. Lab component. Prerequisite: MU 146.

MU 366A: Music Projects II
For advanced students who wish to pursue work on specialized topics, including composition. Permission of instructor required.

MU1 442A: Applied Music - 1st semester
Studio instruction in voice, piano, organ, classical guitar, string, brass and woodwind instruments. One private lesson, and minimum of six hours per week individual practice plus four evening performance classes per semester. Two semesters required for one course credit. Permission of instructor required. Fee charged.

MU2 442A: Applied Music - 2nd semester
Continuation of studio instruction. Two semesters required for one course credit. Prerequisite: MU1 442A.

MU 443: Romantic Music
A study of l9th century art music from late Beethoven through Schubert, Brahms, Chopin and Wagner, among others. Analysis lab. Prerequisites: MU 146 and MU 221A.

MU 444: Modern Music
Beginning with the Impressionists, Neo-classicists and serialists and continuing to aleatoric, electronic and minimalist composers of the more recent past. Analysis lab. Prerequisites: MU 146 and MU 221A.

MU 498: Comprehensive Examination

MU 499: Senior Thesis

Music Travels

Concert Choir in Italy

The Eckerd College Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers travel around the world to perform. The Concert Choir returns to Carnegie Hall this spring to sing the Mozart Coronation Mass. Check out coverage of past trips to Italy and China.