MU 101A: Music Fundamentals
Reading pitches and rhythms, intervals, scales and triads; sight singing, basic keyboard skills. Musical patterns common in folk, popular and art music worldwide. For general students seeking basic music literacy; also meets prerequisite for MU 111A. Does not count toward music major or minor.
MU 111A: Music, Sound and Structure
Fundamental skills and knowledge in musical harmony, rhythm, melody and form. Includes written analysis, keyboard harmonies, and sound recording analysis in classical, pop, rock, and jazz styles. Prerequisite: Understanding basic music notation (or MU 101). Formerly MU 145A Tonal Theory Ia.
MU 112: Popular Music Theory
In-depth investigation of organizational and aesthetic principles of various genres of 20th century popular music and jazz. Focuses on sound recording analysis through stylistic identification, diagramming, and interpretation. Prerequisite: MU 111A or equivalent as demonstrated through placement exam or transcripts. Formerly MU 146 Tonal Theory Ib.
MU 113: Form & Analysis
In-depth study of major formal and harmonic structures in Western art music from the 17th to 20th centuries. Includes analysis both of musical scores and sound recordings. Prerequisite: MU 111A or equivalent as demonstrated through placement exam or transcripts. Formerly MU 146 Tonal Theory Ib.
MU 125A: Thinking Musically
Explores significant composers and their music from the 12th to 21st Centuries. Discussion of recorded and live performances; musicians' memoirs, historical accounts and critical readings; short analyses and two papers; listening exam. Formerly MU 121A Myths & Music.
MU 201E: Musical Ecology of New Orleans
Explores New Orleans's unique musical soundscapes through interdisciplinary, ecomusicological perspectives rooted in coastal geography and urban ecology. Musical genres to be studied include jazz, blues, R & B, funk, and hip-hop.
MU 235A: History of Rock
Survey of popular music history from the 1940s to the present. Covers stylistic and technological developments in major styles and genres, alongside socio-cultural and historical perspectives.
MU1 242A: Applied Music - First 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. Fee charged.
MU2 242A: Applied Music - Second Semester
Continuation of MU1 242A. Two semesters required for one course credit. Additional fee.
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. Placement audition required
MU2 245A: Choral Literature and Ensemble - 2nd semester
Continuation of MU1 245A. Two semesters required for one course credit. Placement audition required. Prerequisite: MU1 245A.
MU1 246A: Instrumental Ensemble -1st semester
Participation in either the Eckerd Community Band or Eckerd Chamber Orchestra. Concerts on and off campus. Two semesters required for one course credit. Placement audition required.
MU2 246A: Instrumental Ensemble -2nd semester
Continuation of MU1 246A. Two semesters required for one course credit. Placement audition required. Prerequisite: MU1 246A.
MU 250A: Performing Arts Management
Hands-on study of professional performing arts organizations in the region from both an artistic and organizational perspective. Guest presenters and field trips, plus readings, reflections, presentations and creation of a fictitious performing arts organization. No prerequisites; some arts background helpful.
MU1 256A: Music Performance Lab - First Semester
Participation in a small instrumental ensemble (classical, rock, jazz, improve, etc.). Bi-weekly rehearsals, faculty feedback, public presentations. Two semesters required for one course credit. Placement audition required.
MU2 256A: Music Performance Lab - Second Semester
Continuation of MU1 256A. Two semesters required for one course credit. Placement audition required. Prerequisite: MU1 256A.
MU 256G: World Music
Global music for ritual, work, play and introspection, with emphasis on traditions of West Africa, Southern India, and Indonesia. No prerequisites. Formerly MU 356G World Music.
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. Not recommended for first-semester students.
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 352: Song: From Binchois to Beyonce
Examines song genres from the Medieval period to the present, including French chanson, Renaissance madrigal, Baroque aria, lied, 20th-century art song, jazz, and the pop single. Prerequisite: MU112 or MU113 or instructor's permission.
MU 366A: Music Projects II
For advanced students who wish to pursue work on specialized topics, including composition. Permission of instructor required.
MU 366G: Music of the African Diaspora
Hands-on study of African-derived music of Europe, the Caribbean, North America, Central America and South America, most notably, Brazil. No prerequisites; some arts background helpful; ability to conduct independent research assumed.
MU 499: Senior Thesis
Significant synthetic project designed with guidance of a faculty committee and shared publically. May emphasize performance, composition, conducting, or academic research consistent with the student?s interests and career goals.