Music (MU)

MU 100  Ensemble/Audition  2.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Temporary assignment. Students will audition with the Music Department to determine actual ensemble placement.

MU 107  English Diction  2 Credits  

The first in a four-semester singing diction sequence, this course covers English Diction and the International Phonetic alphablet. Designed for classical voice majors, this course explores lyric singing and diction, diction for the stage and concert hall thorugh singing, voice and breath control, phrasing and rhyhtm.

MU 108  Italian Diction  2 Credits  

The course teaches the singer various aspects of singing in Italian – including language flow, syllable stress, as well as some knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and dramatic intent.

MU 109  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 110  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 111  Theory I  2 Credits  

An introduction to basic music theory including correct use of standard notation (meters, major and minor key signatures, stems, flags, clefs, form notation, etc.), chromatic, major and minor scale modes, triads and seventh chords, transposition, intervals, diatonic and secondary harmony, basic counterpoint, and foundational concepts in rhythm.

MU 112  Theory II  2 Credits  

An introduction to basic music theory including correct use of standard notation (meters, major and minor key signatures, stems, flags, clefs, form notation, etc.), chromatic, major and minor scale modes, triads and seventh chords, transposition, intervals, diatonic and secondary harmony, basic counterpoint, and foundational concepts in rhythm.

MU 125  Eartraining I  2 Credits  

An introduction to eartraining including developing the ability to sing and identify intervals, major, harmonic minor, melodic minor, natural minor, and major scale modes, triads and seventh chords, transcribe diatonic harmony (major and minor keys), recognize diatonic progressions, sing basic 8th, 16th, and triplet notation accurately, and sight sing diatonic and mildly chromatic melodies (major and minor keys).

MU 126  Eartraining II  2 Credits  

An introduction to eartraining including developing the ability to sing and identify intervals, major, harmonic minor, melodic minor, natural minor, and major scale modes, triads and seventh chords, transcribe diatonic harmony (major and minor keys), recognize diatonic progressions, sing basic 8th, 16th, and triplet notation accurately, and sight sing diatonic and mildly chromatic melodies (major and minor keys).

MU 151  Composition Colloquium I  1 Credit  

While composers often work alone exploring their creative process and crafting their music, it is important that they have an opportunity to meet in community with their fellow composers and share common interests and concerns. This colloquium provides a forum for student and faculty composers to meet and discuss music and to share perspectives on composers and composition. The colloquium provides a convenient and exciting forum for visiting composers and performers to address the composition program as a whole. Colloquium sessions will involve presentations by guest composers, presentations by student composers, and faculty presentations on their work or the work of other composers. Grading is based on class participation, attendance, concert attendance, keeping a listening journal, and service to the composition community.

MU 152  Composition Colloquium II  1 Credit  

A continuation of MU 151, this colloquium provides a forum for student and faculty composers to meet and discuss music and to share perspectives on composers and composition. Colloquium sessions will involve presentations by guest composers, presentations by student composers, and faculty presentations on their work or the work of other composers. Grading is based on class participation, attendance, concert attendance, keeping a listening journal, and service to the composition community.

MU 161  Rhythm I  1 Credit  

A one-semester course designed to address the multiple aspects of rhythm, while giving the student a strong foundational core. Through recordings, videos and written scores, students will gain familiarity with rhythmic vocabulary from a wide range of sources including classical music, jazz, funk, rock, and a variety of world music traditions. At the conclusion of this course, students will have mastered basic rhythmic skills and concepts, comprising two-, three-, and four-note subdivisions of the beat in simple and compound time, as well as duple, triple, and quadruple meters. Improving rhythmic sight-reading and accurate musical notation will be emphasized, and basic pulse will be strengthened through integrating voice, conducting and hand-clapping patterns.

MU 162  Rhythm II  1 Credit  

A one-semester course designed to build more advanced rhythmic concepts and vocabulary. At the conclusion of this course, students will have mastered rhythmic groupings comprising two- to seven-note subdivisions of the beat in simple and compound time, as well as irregular and changing meters. Developing accurate transcribing skills, analysis tools, and sight-reading will be emphasized through recorded examples, written scores, conducting and class improvisation assignments. Application of materials to improvisation and composition will be studied through transcriptions and analysis from a variety of sources.

MU 165  Piano I  1 Credit  

A yearlong course designed for students who have successfully completed Piano Fundamentals. Students will learn to sight-read and play from memory all major and minor scales and modes in two octaves, and play 2-3 classical pieces involving both hands or 2-3 jazz tunes using sophisticated chord voicings with melody and basic improvisation.

MU 166  Piano II  1 Credit  

A yearlong course designed for students who have successfully completed Piano Fundamentals. Students will learn to sight-read and play from memory all major and minor scales and modes in two octaves, and play 2-3 classical pieces involving both hands or 2-3 jazz tunes using sophisticated chord voicings with melody and basic improvisation.

MU 173  Chamber Music Ensemble I  2 Credits  

An ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumental chamber music for those students with limited previous experience playing chamber music. Focus is on performance of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 183  Foundations of Singing  1 Credit  

A one-semester course to introduce students to the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument (including the body), and the effect of posture, breath support, tension, resonance, diction, dramatic delivery, etc., on the ability to sing with freedom and confidence.

MU 187  Jazz Ensemble I  2 Credits  

An ensemble class for students with little or no experience playing and soloing in a small jazz ensemble. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 191  Primary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 192  Secondary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 193  Primary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 25 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 194  Secondary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 30 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 209  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 210  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 211  Classical Theory III  3 Credits  

This is the first semester of the sophomore year classical music theory curriculum. Students will study tonal and chromatic harmony and develop an understanding of such fundamental musical elements as line, motion, impulse and resolution. Students will also listen to and analyze music from a variety of historical time-periods and cultures.

MU 212  Classical Theory IV  3 Credits  

This is the second semester of the year-long sophomore classical music theory curriculum. Students will study contemporary theoretical practices in atonality, centricity, minimalism, and indeterminacy. and develop an understanding of the music of the 20th and 21st century. Students will also listen to and analyze music from a variety of styles in contemporary practice.

MU 213  Jazz Theory III  3 Credits  

This is the first semester of the sophomore year jazz theory curriculum. Students will develop a command of jazz tonal harmonic languages for application to composition and improvisation including a comprehensive study of chord/scale relationships, harmonic languages, chord construction, and melodic and harmonic analysis.

MU 214  Jazz Theory IV  3 Credits  

This is the second semester of the year-long sophomore jazz theory curriculum. Students will develop a command of jazz modal harmonic languages for application to composition and improvisation including a comprehensive study of chord/scale relationships, harmonic languages, chord construction, and melodic and harmonic analysis.

MU 225  Eartraining III  2 Credits  

Students will develop their musical perception skills to hear and recognize chord qualities and extensions, chord progressions, scales and their use in improvisation through dictation, sight singing, and score or lead-sheet reading.

MU 226  Eartraining IV  2 Credits  

This is the yearlong, sophomore eartraining curriculum. Students will develop their musical perception skills to hear and recognize chord qualities and extensions, chord progressions, scales and their use in improvisation through dictation, sight singing, and score or lead-sheet reading.

MU 227  Fundamentals of Electronic Music  2 Credits  

This course explores the history of technology as a means of musical expression. We will listen to a wide variety of musical examples culled from the past fifty years. Students will also have hands-on experience with the tools and techniques used to create electronic music. All class assignments will take the form of short musical compositions as we learn about acoustics, psychoacoustics, analog and digital audio, mixing, looping, a wee bit of mathematics, and more. This is NOT a course in recording engineering, nor is it a course in computer-based audio editing; the latter is covered in MU 228.

MU 228  Intro to Digital Audio Workstations  2 Credits  

Computers and digital audio have transformed the ways we create and listen to music. Any musician wanting to record and distribute their music today must first have a thorough understanding of digital audio production. This course provides students with a theoretical and practical introduction to digital audio production hardware and software with an emphasis on creative, hands-on, music-making using ProTools 9 and Sibelius 7 software. Topics covered include an introduction to acoustics, basic recording techniques, audio editing, audio processing, multi-track sound mixing and mastering. Students will develop a basic familiarity with the concepts underlying digital audio workstations (DAW), MIDI sequencing software, virtual instruments, plug-ins, and music notation software.

MU 230  Technical Production for Musicians  1 Credit  

A one-semester course designed to provide the music student with hands-on exposure to the basic aspects of technical production, and a foundation for understanding how and why technical choices are made. The student will develop a working vocabulary and basic understanding of backstage and front-of-house organization including the roles and responsibilities of all involved in the production of a successful concert. The class will provide an overview of fundamental audio concepts as it pertains to both live performance and the recording studio. Students will be expected to work on the running crew for two Cornish music events as a requirement of the class.

MU 241  Vocal Jazz Standards I  2 Credits  

A yearlong course designed to introduce students to repertoire and performance skills including learning tunes in-depth with an understanding of changes, arranging tunes, trading fours, and working with a rhythm section.

MU 242  Vocal Jazz Standards II  2 Credits  

A yearlong course designed to introduce students to repertoire and performance skills including learning tunes in-depth with an understanding of changes, arranging tunes, trading fours, and working with a rhythm section.

MU 243  Techniques of Improvisation  2 Credits  

For musicians who wish to unleash their creative nature and develop spontaneous, interactive music making skills. Through exploring various exercises specifically designed to cultivate deeper listening and release fears, the class will delve into facility, form, and freedom in the art of improvisation.

MU 251  Composition Colloquium III  1 Credit  

While composers often work alone exploring their creative process and crafting their music, it is important that they have an opportunity to meet in community with their fellow composers and share common interests and concerns. This colloquium provides a forum for student and faculty composers to meet and discuss music and to share perspectives on composers and composition. The colloquium provides a convenient and exciting forum for visiting composers and performers to address the composition program as a whole. Colloquium sessions will involve presentations by guest composers, presentations by student composers, and faculty presentations on their work or the work of other composers. Grading is based on class participation, attendance, concert attendance, keeping a listening journal, and service to the composition community.

MU 252  Composition Colloquium IV  1 Credit  

A continuation of MU 251, this colloquium provides a forum for student and faculty composers to meet and discuss music and to share perspectives on composers and composition. Colloquium sessions will involve presentations by guest composers, presentations by student composers, and faculty presentations on their work or the work of other composers. Grading is based on class participation, attendance, concert attendance, keeping a listening journal, and service to the composition community.

MU 260  Music Notation  2 Credits  

The course covers both the “why” as well as the “how” of music notation. Students will learn the variety of ways available to notate music including standard Western music notation, graphic notation, and non-Western systems, and study the intimate relationship between notation and the development of musical styles. The course covers how to layout scores and notate correctly for different musical instruments as well as how to use music notation computer software with a special emphasis on Sibelius 6.

MU 262  World Music Traditions  3 Credits  

This class acknowledges and celebrates our rich cultural diversity and heritage through a selected survey of music from around the world. The course begins with a general introduction to the subject, followed by in-depth looks at several specific cultures and their music. The class includes guest artists, as well as lectures, listening, and analysis. Through an engagement with different musical cultures we hope to expand our skills as listeners and to expand what we consider music to be. We also have an opportunity to consider music in its various cultural roles, to expand our theoretical understanding of music, and stimulate our own creative process. Satisfies Music History requirement. Note: This course can satisfy H&S elective requirements for non-major students.

MU 265  Piano III  1 Credit  

A yearlong course designed for students who have successfully completed Piano I/II (MU 165/166). At the conclusion of this course Classical music students should be able to play a Bach chorale, a movement from a classical sonata, and a piece in the contemporary idiom and demonstrate fluency in sight-reading. At the conclusion of this course Jazz music students should be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of scales, chord voicings, and the performance of jazz lead sheets including improvisation and demonstrate fluency in sight-reading.

MU 266  Piano IV  1 Credit  

A yearlong course designed for students who have successfully completed Piano I/II (MU 165/166). At the conclusion of this course Classical music students should be able to: - Play a Bach chorale, a movement from a classical sonata, and a piece in the contemporary idiom. - Demonstrate fluency in sight-reading. At the conclusion of this course Jazz music students should be able to: - Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of scales, chord voicings, and the performance of jazz lead sheets including improvisation. - Demonstrate fluency in sight-reading.

MU 273  Chamber Music Ensemble II  2 Credits  

An ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumental chamber music for students with moderate chamber music playing experience; focus is on performance of both traditional and contemporary repertoire in a variety of styles. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 275  Beginning Gamelan Ensemble  2 Credits  

This course exposes students to a rich and complex music with its roots in another culture. The gamelan is a gong-chime percussion ensemble that originated in Indonesia but which has now spread to many different countries throughout the world. This class provides an introduction to traditional music from the island of Java in Indonesia, as well as contemporary compositions for gamelan. The emphasis is on learning about the music directly through playing. Students will learn to play music on a large Central Javanese gamelan, become familiar with the names of the instruments in the gamelan orchestra, and develop a basic understanding of the form and structure of traditional gamelan music. The course is open to students from all departments. No previous musical experience is required! Satisfies Music ensemble or Music elective Credit.

MU 277  Percussion Ensemble  2 Credits  

Percussion instruments have redefined the sound of music since early in the 20th century. This ensemble explores some of the rich sonic and rhythmic styles that have resulted from this process. Nonpercussionists are invited to participate, and student compositions are encouraged. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 287  Jazz Ensemble II  2 Credits  

An ensemble for students with moderate experience in ensemble playing. Focus is on performance of traditional and contemporary material. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 291  Primary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 292  Secondary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 293  Primary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 25 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 294  Secondary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 30 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 297  Group Study  2.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Group Study is defined as project based study, research, or other learning experience, that is developed by student(s) or a department to augment existing curricula. Group study must be approved by the Department Chair and structured by clearly defined criteria with learning outcomes. There is a five student minimum enrollment required for all group study courses with a maximum enrollment of nine students per course. Students may not enroll in more than one Group Study per semester.

MU 301  Career Development  2 Credits  

What are the career options open to aspiring musicians? What are the extra-musical skills one needs in order to find a niche in the complex world of contemporary music making? This class assists students in preparation for professional careers.

MU 307  French Diction  1 Credit  

This course is designed to train the classical voice major to sing in French with the correct pronunciation, articulation, and style. Folded into the class will be an exploration of French melodie and the great French composers. Singers will be able to accurately pronounce and articulate the text of French melodies. They will have an understanding of how to translate the text, and how to transcribe the text into the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students will have researched a variety of composers, their particular musical “signatures,” and will be able to negotiate the subtleties of singing lyrical French diction and melody with the unsettled emotional undercurrents found in the text.

MU 308  German Diction  1 Credit  

This course is designed to train the classical voice major to sing in German with the correct pronunciation, articulation and style. Folded into the class will be an exploration of German Lieder and the foremost composers. The repertoire will focus mostly on the 19th and 20th centuries. Singers will be able to accurately pronounce and articulate the text of German Lieder. They will be able to translate the text, transcribe the text into the International Phonetic Alphabet and be familiar with various composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Singers will understand the explosive and expressive qualities of German diction.

MU 309  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 310  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 311  Form and Analysis  2 Credits  

What means and methods can we use to describe music? What strategies do composers use to shape musical works? What tools are useful for a practical and aesthetic understanding of music? Should music analysis be concerned with methodology, structure or meaning? Is musical information abstract and absolute, or is it social information that influences the way that we perceive our feelings, our bodies, and our desires? These are just some of the questions this course will pose as we seek to analyze music, employing familiar theoretical ideas, as well as drawing on intuition and original insight. Compositions for study include 20th century works, as well as those from the “common practice” period. Satisfies Upper Level Theory requirement.

Prerequisite: Mu 212, or permission of instructor. Open to non-music majors by permission.

MU 314  Scoring for Film & Games  2 Credits  

This hands-on course is an introduction to the equipment, techniques, and artistic issues one confronts when creating musical scores for film and video. Students will analyze what makes a score effective, and learn about the music breakdown of the script, temporary tracks, editing, synchronization, rough and fine cut, spotting, mixing, and more. Counts toward Composition Seminar or Music Composition elective credit.

MU 318  Music Internship  1.00 - 6.00 Credits  

Music Internships consist of structured work experiences with a variety of for-profit and non¬profit music-related organizations designed to provide the Music Department student with practical “real world” experience and exposure to potential future employment opportunities. Participation requires junior standing and permission of the Department Chair. Credits depend on the nature and duration of the internship and can range from 1 to 6 credits.

MU 321  Opera Scenes Workshop  2 Credits  

An opportunity for the singer actor to develop the skills necessary to integrate song, movement, acting, and improvisation into a complete performance of selected opera scenes from the baroque era to contemporary repertoire. Through ongoing work with a stage director, music director, vocal coach, and accompanist, the student will come to understand the process for articulating meaning through song and action, developing a character, and conveying the relationship between music and drama. Designed for students performing at the intermediate or advanced level. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 332  Composing for Voice  2 Credits  

This class will focus on composing for solo voice and voice with accompaniment. The human voice is probably the most singular expression of a musical culture. The variety of vocal music found throughout the world is staggering. Composing for voice involves not only the use of melody, harmony, and rhythm, but can involve the understanding of language, poetry, and how story and meaning interact with music. The composer must also understand the range of the voice, its expressive and timbral capabilities, the types of vocal production associated with different styles of music, and the relationship between voice and accompaniment. The possibilities are limitless. Students will compose for voice and have the opportunity to have their music rehearsed and performed by professional musicians. Counts toward Composition Seminar or Music Composition elective credit.

MU 335  Composing for Percussion  2 Credits  

The 20th century saw the emergence of percussion as a significant resource for composers. Cornish was at the center of what Henry Cowell referred to as the “drums along the Pacific” movement when John Cage mounted his first concerts of percussion music here in the late 1930s. This seminar focuses on composing for percussion. Working with Cornish ensemble-in-residence the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, students have the opportunity to write for some of Seattle’s top percussionists while exploring compositional ideas like rhythmic structures, duration controls, metric modulation, and other techniques. Counts toward Composition Seminar or Music Composition elective credit.

MU 336  Composing for Dance  2 Credits  

From Le Sacre du Printemps to Cage’s Bacchanale to electronica and hip-hop, the world of dance has always been receptive to the most innovative ideas in music. This seminar focuses on writing music for dance and the process of collaborating with a choreographer. Composers will work with choreographers from the Cornish Dance Department to create new works. Collaborative strategies are explored, as well as some of the stylistic and aesthetic innovations of modern and post-modern dance. We will also address issues of preparation of music for rehearsal and performance. Counts toward Composition Seminar or Music Composition elective credit.

MU 338  Composing for Electronic Media  2 Credits  

The emergence of electronic media is arguably the most important innovation in contemporary music in recent years. The advent of recording technology and signal processing techniques has changed the face of contemporary music creation and dissemination. Musique concrete, microsound, phonology, sound art - many new terms have entered the music vocabulary as a result of work in this area. This seminar focuses on composing for electro-acoustic and digital media. Students will create new works while learning about the history and evolving technical and aesthetic concerns of the medium. Counts toward Composition Seminar or Music Composition elective credit.

MU 340  Symphony Orchestra  1 Credit  

A semester-long performance ensemble focused on the symphonic orchestral repertoire offered through arrangement with Orchestra Seattle. Audition only, private instructor permission required. May be repeated for credit. Juniors and Seniors only, or with instructor permission.

MU 341  Vocal Jazz Standards III  2 Credits  

A repertoire and performance class that includes learning tunes in-depth with an understanding of changes, arranging tunes, trading fours, and working with a rhythm section.

MU 342  Vocal Jazz Standards IV  2 Credits  

A repertoire and performance class that includes learning tunes in-depth with an understanding of changes, arranging tunes, trading fours, and working with a rhythm section.

MU 343  Improvisation II  2 Credits  

While further developing skills introduced in Improvisation I, this class will venture into a wide spectrum of projects which will include: the collaboration process, designing scores for improvisation, large ensemble improvisation, theme and variation, influences of nature, creating beauty, and intuitive global perspective.

MU 344  Piano Repertoire  2 Credits  

The piano has the largest repertoire of any Western musical instrument. This course helps students become aware of what they need to know and prepares them for future individual study. Focus on listening, with some research.

MU 345  Accompanying for Pianists  2 Credits  

Accompanying is a vital skill for professional pianists. This course includes lecture/listening plus considerable ensemble and performance experience designed to give the student a basic foundation in the skills required to become an accompanist.

MU 350  ST: Music History Elective  3 Credits  

A rotating selection of special topics in music history that satisfy both departmental music elective requirements and non-music major College elective requirements. Past offerings have included: “African Music History,” “Brazilian Music History” and “When Tonality Fell from Grace,” an examination of early 20th century composers and their individual responses to shifting conceptions of tonality.

MU 351  Rhythm Section Class  2 Credits  

An examination of the history and recordings of the rhythm section and an in-depth look at the roles of the piano, bass, drums, and guitar in the jazz rhythm section. Focuses on jazz styles, keeping time, and fine-tuning students’ playing skills.

MU 355  Composing for the Jazz Ensemble  2 Credits  

Composing for the Jazz Ensemble explores the theory, technique, and practice of composing and arranging for the jazz ensemble. Students will explore several ways to create musical scores and instrumental parts for ensembles of all sizes from trio to octet. The class will cover re-harmonization, multiple voicing for horns, arranging formats, and the creation of effective rhythm section parts. The instructor will demonstrate different arranging techniques and present both recorded and written musical examples. Students will be required to create their own arrangements and instrumental parts, which will be performed by a professional ensemble at the conclusion of the semester. Counts toward Composition Seminar or Music Composition elective credit. a working knowledge of jazz harmony is required.

MU 358  The Art of Songwriting  2 Credits  

An historical and stylistic overview of songwriting, with a focus on the actual practice of songwriting. Exercises in lyric writing, text setting and composing within established styles (ballad, folk, pop, art songs, theater songs, etc.) are at the core of the course. Counts toward Music Composition elective credit.

MU 359  Orchestration  2 Credits  

Designed to help students understand the sonorities created by the combination of various instruments. Includes the study of standard orchestral instruments. Satisfies Upper Level Theory requirement.

MU 360  ST: Upper Level Theory  2 Credits  

Upper Level Theory Special Topics.

MU 361  Conducting  2 Credits  

A practical overview of basic conducting techniques for students with little or no prior experience. In addition to introducing and practicing basic score-reading and conducting technique, this course also addresses the subsidiary issues involved in conducting such as leadership, trouble-shooting, and techniques for obtaining the best performance from instrumentalists and vocalists. Special projects include conducting the a cappella choir Canzonetta and observing the rehearsals of the Seattle Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Satisfies Upper Level Theory requirement.

MU 364  Western Classical Music History  3 Credits  

Western classical music developed in unprecedented ways in the years from 1750 to 1900. Composers struggled to have their music performed. Audiences clamored for new, louder, and more expansive sounds. The idea of the symphony orchestra emerged. The intimate world of the string quartet was born. The ubiquitous piano became the most popular musical instrument on the planet. Flamboyant virtuosos captured the public’s fascination, and opera achieved an unimaginable popularity. This course follows the passionate journey of the impalpable force we call music, and examines the enormous impact Western classical music of this period continues to have on music throughout the world to this day. Note: This course can satisfy H&S elective requirements for non-major students.

MU 365  20th Century Music History  3 Credits  

Focuses on the development and cross-fertilization of music in Europe and the U.S. throughout the 20th century. The 20th century was a time when the music world exploded with influences from every part of the world. This course will survey the expanse of the Euro-American musical tradition in the 20th Century including everything from Antheil to Zappa, and from 12-tone serialism to post-minimalism. Satisfies Music History Elective requirement. Note: This course can satisfy H&S elective requirements for non-major students.

MU 367  Jazz History  3 Credits  

An in-depth examination of selected areas of jazz history, from the roots of jazz music in New Orleans to its present day forms, using video and audio recordings. Satisfies Music History requirement. Note: This course can satisfy H&S elective requirements for non-major students.

MU 370  Special Topics  2 Credits  

A rotating selection of special topics and ensembles that satisfy departmental music elective or music ensemble requirements. Past offerings have included: Baroque Performance Practices, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Tango Ensemble, and Afro-Cuban Ensemble.

MU 373  Chamber Music Ensemble III  2 Credits  

An ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumental chamber music for students with extensive chamber music playing experience at the intermediate to advanced levels; focus is on performance of both traditional and contemporary repertoire in a variety of styles. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 375  Chamber Singers  2 Credits  

A small performing ensemble dedicated to the exploration of a cappella music, and with an emphasis on part-singing. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 378  African Drumming Ensemble  2 Credits  

An ensemble dedicated to learning about and performing the drum music of West Africa, and in particular Ghana. Satisfies Music Ensemble or Music Elective Credit.

MU 381  Vocal Repertoire I  2 Credits  

This course explores the passion and turmoil, intrigue and laughter encompassed in the operatic repertoire. Be prepared to discover new worlds of language, etiquette, and musicality within the universal themes of love, loss, and societal responsibility. Class time and assignments will focus on listening, discussion, and student presentations including performance or research projects.

MU 383  Latin Ensemble  2 Credits  

Explores musical languages from Latin America and the Caribbean. Students learn to listen and to express themselves in these languages and, working in an ensemble context, perform in traditional and contemporary styles. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 387  Jazz Ensemble III  2 Credits  

An ensemble for students at the intermediate to advanced level that examines the art of improvisation and jazz combo performance. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 388  Jazz Composers Ensemble  2 Credits  

An ensemble for students at the advanced level with a special emphasis on performing works composed or arranged by ensemble members. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music Elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 389  Blues Ensemble  2 Credits  

This class will explore rhythmic, melodic and harmonic aspects of blues forms/styles through an historical perspective. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 391  Primary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 392  Secondary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 393  Primary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 25 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 394  Secondary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 30 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 395  Cornerstone Project Colloquium  1 Credit  

Colloquium taken during the semester of a student's 3rd Year Cornerstone Project. Students offer feedback, critique, and support of cohort projects and work with designated faculty member on topics related to the completion of the Cornerstone Project.

MU 398  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Junior standing and permission from Department Chair required.

MU 399  Cornerstone Project  3 Credits  

Working with a selected faculty member, students undertake a significant project during their 3rd year. Projects may include a recital, lecture/recital, a substantial research project or composition, or an alternative project approved by the department.

MU 409  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 410  Performance Studio  1 Credit  

This is a hands-on performance masterclass. It supplements private instruction by giving students an opportunity to perform and receive feedback from the faculty as well as their peers. This course may be team taught by various performance faculty members, providing students with the opportunity to benefit from instructors with different points of view. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate critiques of their own. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to perform more confidently in public. They will also have seen professional musicians delivering feedback at a high level, and they will have developed their own skills of delivering criticism in a public setting.

MU 418  Music Internship  0 Credits  

Music Internships consist of structured work experiences with a variety of for-profit and non¬profit music-related organizations designed to provide the Music Department student with practical “real world” experience and exposure to potential future employment opportunities. Participation requires junior standing and permission of the Department Chair. Credits depend on the nature and duration of the internship and can range from 1 to 6 credits.

MU 473  Chamber Music Ensemble IV  2 Credits  

An ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumental chamber music for students with extensive chamber music playing experience at the advanced levels; focus is on the performance of challenging and innovative works from both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 475  Advanced Gamelan Ensemble  2 Credits  

Students continue their study of gamelan by playing in the Cornish Gamelan Ensemble. They build on their introductory gamelan experience by learning more advanced playing techniques and elaboration styles and expanding their knowledge of gamelan theory and practice. They have opportunities to work one-on-one with the instructor to learn and improve instrumental technique. Meets concurrently with MU 275. Satisfies Music Ensemble or Music elective Credit.

MU 485  Spontaneous Composition Ensemble  2 Credits  

An advanced ensemble exploring the foundations and concepts of playing free jazz. The focus is on group improvisation. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 487  Jazz Ensemble IV  2 Credits  

Exploration of specific jazz styles, composition, improvisation, and performance for the advanced player. Counts toward Music ensemble or Music elective credit. Open to non-music majors by audition.

MU 491  Primary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 492  Secondary Private Instruction  3 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 50 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 493  Primary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 25 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition.

MU 494  Secondary Private Instruction  2 Credits  

Private Instruction fee applies. 30 minutes of instruction per week. Individual instruction is offered for all instruments, voice, and composition. Private Instruction fees apply.

MU 495  Capstone Project Colloquium  1 Credit  

Colloquium taken during the semester of a student's 4th Year Capstone Project. Students offer feedback, critique, and support of cohort projects and work with designated faculty member on topics related to the completion of the Capstone Project

MU 498  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Senior standing and permission from Department Chair required.

MU 499  Capstone Project  3 Credits  

Working with a selected faculty member, students undertake a significant project during their 4th year. Projects may include a recital, lecture/recital, a substantial research project or composition, or an alternative project approved by the department.