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MUSI 104: Group Instruction-Basic Guitar

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

An introduction to playing the acoustic guitar, with practice in simple chords and melodies. Previous experience in music and in playing guitar are not required. Students need to furnish their own guitar. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 105: Class Piano I

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

An introduction to reading and performing keyboard music along with the fundamentals of music theory. Particular focus is on learning and performing musical scales, chords, and short piano pieces. Some goals of this course are to stimulate interest in performing music, to provide information about music fundamentals, and ultimately to enhance each student’s appreciation for music. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 106: Class Voice I

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

An introduction to reading and performing vocal music with the fundamentals of music theory. Particular focus is on learning and performing musical scales, exercises, and short songs. Some of the goals of this course are to stimulate interest in performing music, to provide information about music fundamentals, and ultimately to enhance each student’s appreciation for music. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 110: Music Theory, Keyboard, and Aural Skills

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

A beginning course in music theory includes introductory materials in harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods. This is the first in a four-semester sequence of courses in music theory for those intending to major in music. The music theory component includes introductory materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods. The keyboard component involves the performance of major and minor scales and harmonization of simple melodies. Aural skills covered in this course include the sequential development of ear training, sight singing, and dictation. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 111: Music Theory, Keyboard, and Aural Skills II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 110
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

A course in music theory including introductory materials in harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods. This is the second in a four-semester sequence of courses in music theory for those intending to major in music. The music theory component includes introductory materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods. The keyboard component involves the performance of major and minor scales and harmonization of simple melodies. Aural skills covered in this course include the sequential development of ear training, sight singing, and dictation. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 120: Choir

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Repertoire of choral works from the Renaissance to the present, with an emphasis on the students’ vocal development and improved musicianship. No audition required. 1 credit hour

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 145: Jazz Ensemble

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Rehearsal and performance in jazz ensemble. 1 credit hour

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Fine Arts MUSI 150: Music Appreciation

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

An introduction to music appreciation and theory for students who do not intend to major in music. This course is designed to provide familiarity with the elements of music and with various musical forms and stylistic periods so the students can actively and perceptively listen to a wide variety of music. The ability to read music is not required for enrollment in MUSI 150. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - F1 900

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Fine Arts MUSI 160: Non-Western Music

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

A study of representative music of selected cultures of the non-Western world, with an emphasis on understanding music in cultural and social contexts. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - F1 903N

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 170: Music History & Literature I: Antiquity to the 18th Century

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or higher

This course focuses on music as an art in western civilization from Antiquity to 1750, emphasizing the study of representative musical works and styles of major periods of music history: Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque era. Particular attention is given to understanding musical works, aesthetics, and concepts in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 171: Music History and Literature II: The Classical Era to the Present

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or higher

This course focuses on music as an art in western civilization from 1750 to the present time, emphasizing the study of representative musical works and styles of major periods of music history. Particular attention is given to understanding musical works, aesthetics, and concepts in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 196: Applied Music Instruction for Nonmajors

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual music instruction for students on a particular instrument or voice, for 30 or 60 minutes a week. MUSI 196 is for students who do not intend to major in music. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. The lessons are designed to stimulate interest in the respective instrument, in performing music, in learning and applying music fundamentals, and in understanding the aesthetical qualities of music. Graduation credit for nonmajor applied music lessons is limited to four hours. See your academic advisor to register. 1-2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 197: Applied Music Instruction for Nonmajors

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 196 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction for students on a particular instrument or voice, for 30 or 60 minutes a week. MUSI 197 is for students who do not intend to major in music. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. The lessons are designed to stimulate interest in the respective instrument, in performing music, in learning and applying music fundamentals, and in understanding the aesthetical qualities of music. Graduation credit for nonmajor applied music lessons is limited to four hours. See your academic advisor to register. 1-2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 198: Applied Music Instruction for Nonmajors

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 197 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction for students on a particular instrument or voice, for 30 or 60 minutes a week. MUSI 198 is for students who do not intend to major in music. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. The lessons are designed to stimulate interest in the respective instrument, in performing music, in learning and applying music fundamentals, and in understanding the aesthetical qualities of music. Graduation credit for nonmajor applied music lessons is limited to four hours. See your academic advisor to register 1-2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 199: Applied Music Instruction for Nonmajors

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 198 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction for students on a particular instrument or voice, for 30 or 60 minutes a week. MUSI 199 is for students who do not intend to major in music. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. The lessons are designed to stimulate interest in the respective instrument, in performing music, in learning and applying music fundamentals, and in understanding the aesthetical qualities of music. Graduation credit for nonmajor applied music lessons is limited to four hours. See your academic advisor to register. 1-2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 200: Applied Instruction in Music

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction in voice or a particular instrument for 60 minutes a week. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. MUSI 200 lessons are designed for students who intend to major in music in a bachelor’s degree program. The lessons will incorporate representative solo and study materials for the respective instrument and will guide the student in acquiring a basic knowledge of the care and use of the instrument, knowledge and interpretation of the appropriate literature for the instrument, and performance skills, including both preparation and opportunities for public performance. Both attendance and performance at student recitals are required. Performance evaluation is juried. Graduation credit for applied lessons for music majors is limited to eight hours. See your academic advisor to register. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 201: Applied Instruction in Music

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 200 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction in voice or a particular instrument for 60 minutes a week. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. MUSI 201 lessons are designed for students who intend to major in music in a bachelor’s degree program. The lessons will incorporate representative solo and study materials for the respective instrument and will guide the student in acquiring a basic knowledge of the care and use of the instrument, knowledge and interpretation of the appropriate literature for the instrument, and performance skills, including both preparation and opportunities for public performance. Both attendance and performance at student recitals are required. Performance evaluation is juried. Graduation credit for applied lessons for music majors is limited to eight hours. See your academic advisor to register. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 202: Applied Instruction in Music

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 201 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction in voice or a particular instrument for 60 minutes a week. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. MUSI 202 lessons are designed for students who intend to major in music in a bachelor’s degree program. The lessons will incorporate representative solo and study materials for the respective instrument and will guide the student in acquiring a basic knowledge of the care and use of the instrument, knowledge and interpretation of the appropriate literature for the instrument, and performance skills, including both preparation and opportunities for public performance. Both attendance and performance at student recitals are required. Performance evaluation is juried. Graduation credit for applied lessons for music majors is limited to eight hours. See your academic advisor to register. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 203: Applied Instruction in Music

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 202 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

Individual instruction in voice or a particular instrument for 60 minutes a week. The lessons will be appropriate for the skill of the student. MUSI 203 lessons are designed for students who intend to major in music in a bachelor’s degree program. The lessons will incorporate representative solo and study materials for the respective instrument and will guide the student in acquiring a basic knowledge of the care and use of the instrument, knowledge and interpretation of the appropriate literature for the instrument, and performance skills, including both preparation and opportunities for public performance. Both attendance and performance at student recitals are required. Performance evaluation is juried. Graduation credit for applied lessons for music majors is limited to eight hours.See your academic advisor to register. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 210: Music Theory, Keyboard, and Aural Skills III

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 111 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

A course in music theory with focus on intermediate materials in harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods. This is the third in a four-semester sequence of courses in music theory for those intending to major in music. The music theory component includes intermediate materials in diatonic and chromatic harmony, dissonance in tonal music, contrapuntal techniques, form, analysis and compositional methods. The keyboard component involves the performance of major, minor, and chromatic scales and harmonization of chromatic melodies. Aural skills covered in this course include the sequential development of ear training, sight singing, and dictation. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 211: Music Theory, Keyboard, and Aural Skills IV

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MUSI 210 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

A course in music theory with focus on advanced materials in harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods. This is the fourth in a four-semester sequence of courses in music theory for those intending to major in music. The music theory component includes advanced materials in modal and chromatic harmony, form, analysis and compositional methods with particular emphasis on late nineteenth and twentieth-century techniques. The keyboard component involves the performance of major, minor, and chromatic scales and arpeggios and harmonization of chromatic, modal, and atonal melodies. Aural skills covered in this course include the sequential development of ear training, sight singing, and dictation. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Fine Arts MUSI 260: Jazz, Blues and Rock ’N’ Roll

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

An exploratory history of various types and styles of African-American music in the United States and the Caribbean which manifested themselves in the forms of blues, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, and other related musical types. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - F1 905D

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

MUSI 296: Special Topics in Music

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better

This is an advanced course in music with variable content that is focused on research, theory, and application in a particular area of music (such as critical theory and the study of music, theory and practice of the blues, film music, etc.). Readings will center on current developments in the study of music and may have an interdisciplinary, social, scientific, ethnographic, and/or critical perspective. Because topics and research studied will change each semester, MUSI 296 may be repeated for a total of six credits toward graduation. 1-3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.