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  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I
  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II
  • MUS 121 - Ear-Training I
  • MUS 122 - Ear-Training II
  • MUS 131 - Music History I
  • MUS 132 - Music History II
  • MUS 141 - Applied Music
  • MUS 141a OR MUS 161 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 142 - Applied Music
  • MUS 142a OR MUS 162 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 153 - Introduction to Composition I
  • MUS 154 - Introduction to Composition II
  • MUS 163 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 164 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 171 - Diction I
  • MUS 172 - Diction II
  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III
  • MUS 202 - Music Theory IV
  • MUS 221 - Ear-Training III
  • MUS 222 - Ear-Training IV
  • MUS 231 - Music History III
  • MUS 232 - Music History IV
  • MUS 241 - Applied Music
  • MUS 241a OR MUS 261 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 242 - Applied Music
  • MUS 242a OR MUS 262 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 243 - Secondary Instrument
  • MUS 244 - Secondary Instrument
  • MUS 251 - Chamber Music
  • MUS 252 - Chamber Music
  • MUS 253 - Performance of an original composition
  • MUS 254 - Performance of an original composition
  • MUS 263 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 264 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 271 - Diction III
  • MUS 272 - Diction IV
  • MUS 301 - Music Theory V
  • MUS 302 - Music Theory VI
  • MUS 341 - Applied Music
  • MUS 341a OR MUS 361 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 342 - Applied Music
  • MUS 342a OR MUS 362 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 351 - Chamber Music
  • MUS 353 - Performance of an original composition
  • MUS 354 - Performance of an original composition
  • MUS 355 - Performance of an Original Composition
  • MUS 356 - Performance of an Original Composition
  • MUS 361 OR 363 OR 341a OR 355 - Ensemble
  • MUS 362 OR 364 OR 342a OR 356 - Ensemble
  • MUS 363 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 364 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 371 - Orchestration I
  • MUS 372 - Orchestration II
  • MUS 381 - Conducting I
  • MUS 382 - Conducting II
  • MUS 391 - Song Repertoire
  • MUS 392 - Opera Repertoire
  • MUS 398 - Artist Diploma Recital
  • MUS 399 - Preparatory Recital
  • MUS 411 - Career Development
  • MUS 441 - Applied Music
  • MUS 441a OR MUS 461 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 442 - Applied Music
  • MUS 442a OR MUS 462 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)
  • MUS 451 - Chamber Music
  • MUS 453 - Performance of an Original Composition
  • MUS 455 - Performance of an Original Composition
  • MUS 456 - Performance of an Original Composition
  • MUS 461 OR 463 OR 441a OR 455 - Ensemble
  • MUS 462 OR 464 OR 442a OR 456 - Ensemble
  • MUS 463 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 464 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)
  • MUS 491 - Theory VII
  • MUS 492 - Theory VIII
  • MUS 498 - Artist Diploma Recital
  • MUS 499 - Graduation Recital
  • Elective - General Education Elective
  • Elective - General Education Elective
  • Elective - General Education Elective
  • Elective - Language Elective
  • Elective - General Education Elective
  • Student Recitals -
  • Public Concerts -
  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    A study of the diatonic practices of harmony in tonal music and species counterpoint in modal music using written and analytical exercises.

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    A study of the diatonic practices of harmony in tonal music and species counterpoint in modal music using written and analytical exercises. Expands upon MUS 101 – Music Theory I.

    MUS 121 - Ear-Training I

    An intensive ear-training and sight-singing course using the moveable “do” system. Tonal, atonal and multiple part diatonic music is studied.

    MUS 122 - Ear-Training II

    An intensive ear-training and sight-singing course using the moveable “do” system. Tonal, atonal and multiple part diatonic music is studied. Builds on the foundations established in MUS 121 – Ear Training I

    MUS 131 - Music History I

    An overview of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present day. Representative scores are studied in conjunction with listening to provide a framework for understanding musical styles and practices.

    MUS 132 - Music History II

    Exploration of Western music of the Baroque and Classic eras. Score studies are enriched with reference to composers and their cultural context. Includes fundamentals of research and writing about music.

    MUS 141 - Applied Music

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 141a OR MUS 161 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: Piano Major
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    MUS 141a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 161 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 142 - Applied Music

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits..

    MUS 142a OR MUS 162 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 161
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    Year:
    Semester:

    MUS 142a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 162 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 153 - Introduction to Composition I

    Students will create basic compositions for one to three instruments after analysis of a variety of 20th- and 21st-century techniques. Includes introduction to Sibelius 7 software. Required for Composition majorsand first year students with theory background; open to other interested students with permission of instructor.

    MUS 154 - Introduction to Composition II

    Continuation of MUS 153. Students will create basic compositions for one to three instruments after analysis of a variety of 20th- and 21st-century techniques. Includes introduction to Sibelius 7 software. Required for Composition majorsand first year students with theory background; open to other interested students with permission of instructor.

    MUS 163 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
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    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 164 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161
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    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

     

    MUS 171 - Diction I

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
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    Study of the basics of lyric pronunciation in the following languages: Italian, Latin, German, French, Spanish, and English. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, singers will learn the rules of pronunciation through the use of examples drawn from the operatic and recital repertoire.

    MUS 172 - Diction II

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 171
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    Study of the basics of lyric pronunciation in the following languages: Italian, Latin, German, French, Spanish, and English. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, singers will learn the rules of pronunciation through the use of examples drawn from the operatic and recital repertoire.

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    A study of the chromatic practices of harmony in tonal music following the same basic approach as presented in MUS 101-102.

    MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 201
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    A study of the chromatic practices of harmony in tonal music following the same basic approach as presented in MUS 101-102.

    MUS 221 - Ear-Training III

    Development of dictation and aural skills to include melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material.

    MUS 222 - Ear-Training IV

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 221
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    Development of dictation and aural skills to include melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material.

    MUS 231 - Music History III

    Composers, styles, and genres from the nineteenth century to the present. A research project is presented in class.

    MUS 232 - Music History IV

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 231
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    The development of European music from Antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    MUS 241 - Applied Music

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 241a OR MUS 261 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 142a
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    MUS 241a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 261 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 242 - Applied Music

    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241
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    Semester:

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 242a OR MUS 262 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 142a
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    MUS 242a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 262 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 243 - Secondary Instrument

    Credits: 2
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Students receive a minimum of thirty-two half-hour private lessons during the academic year; they may also participate in a performance class, master class, technique class, or repertoire class each week, at the discretion of the teacher.  Composition students are required to achieve a performance level on an instrument equivalent to RCM Grade 10.  If the required performance level is not achieved by the end of second year, students are required to continue instrument lessons, without credit and at additional cost, until their performance level is achieved.  For composition students only.

    MUS 244 - Secondary Instrument

    Credits: 2
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Students receive a minimum of thirty-two half-hour private lessons during the academic year; they may also participate in a performance class, master class, technique class, or repertoire class each week, at the discretion of the teacher.  Composition students are required to achieve a performance level on an instrument equivalent to RCM Grade 10.  If the required performance level is not achieved by the end of second year, students are required to continue instrument lessons, without credit and at additional cost, until their performance level is achieved.  For composition students only.

    MUS 251 - Chamber Music

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
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    Coaching in representative repertoire by members of the VAM teaching staff. Students are auditioned and placed in an ensemble.

    MUS 252 - Chamber Music

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 251
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    Coaching in representative repertoire by members of the VAM teaching staff. Students are auditioned and placed in an ensemble.

    MUS 253 - Performance of an original composition

    Credits: 2
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition.  This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue.  It may include performing, or conducting a group of performers.  In second year the original composition will normally be short and involve one or two performers.  In third and fourth years, compositions can be longer and for larger ensembles.  Compositions may be used on the final graduation recital.  For composition majors only.

    MUS 254 - Performance of an original composition

    Credits: 1
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition.  This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue.  It may include performing, or conducting a group of performers.  In second year the original composition will normally be short and involve one or two performers.  In third and fourth years, compositions can be longer and for larger ensembles.  Compositions may be used on the final graduation recital.  For composition majors only.

    MUS 263 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161, MUS 162
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

     

    MUS 264 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 271 - Diction III

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 171, MUS 172
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Study of the basics of lyric pronunciation in the following languages: Italian, Latin, German, French, Spanish, and English. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, singers will learn the rules of pronunciation through the use of examples drawn from the operatic and recital repertoire.

    MUS 272 - Diction IV

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 171, MUS 172, MUS 271
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Study of the basics of lyric pronunciation in the following languages: Italian, Latin, German, French, Spanish, and English. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, singers will learn the rules of pronunciation through the use of examples drawn from the operatic and recital repertoire.

    MUS 301 - Music Theory V

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 201, MUS 202
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    Aural and visual analysis of song form, variations, rondo, sonata allegro, concerto, and symphony, focusing on the music of the Classical and Romantic periods.

    MUS 302 - Music Theory VI

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 201, MUS 202, MUS 301
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    Aural and visual analysis of song form, variations, rondo, sonata allegro, concerto, and symphony, focusing on the music of the Classical and Romantic periods. Continuation of MUS 301.

    MUS 341 - Applied Music

    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242
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    Semester:

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 341a OR MUS 361 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 142a, MUS 241a, MUS 242a
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    MUS 341a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 361 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 342 - Applied Music

    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242, MUS 341
    Program: , , ,
    Year:
    Semester:

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 342a OR MUS 362 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 142a, MUS 241a, MUS 242a, MUS 341a
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.

    MUS 351 - Chamber Music

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 251, MUS 252
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    Year:
    Semester:

    Coaching in representative repertoire by members of the VAM teaching staff. Students are auditioned and placed in an ensemble.

    MUS 353 - Performance of an original composition

    Credits: 2
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition.  This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue.  It may include performing, or conducting a group of performers.  In second year the original composition will normally be short and involve one or two performers.  In third and fourth years, compositions can be longer and for larger ensembles.  Compositions may be used on the final graduation recital.  For composition majors only.

    MUS 354 - Performance of an original composition

    Credits: 2
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition.  This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue.  It may include performing, or conducting a group of performers.  In second year the original composition will normally be short and involve one or two performers.  In third and fourth years, compositions can be longer and for larger ensembles.  Compositions may be used on the final graduation recital.  For composition majors only.

    MUS 355 - Performance of an Original Composition

    Credits: 1
    Year:

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    MUS 356 - Performance of an Original Composition

    Credits: 1

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    MUS 361 OR 363 OR 341a OR 355 - Ensemble

    Credits: 1
    Program:
    Semester:

    MUS 341a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.

    OR

    MUS 355 -Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    OR

    MUS 361 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    OR

    MUS 363 – The Opera Studio provides a six-week Scene Study Workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on a selected operatic repertoire.

    MUS 362 OR 364 OR 342a OR 356 - Ensemble

    Credits: 1
    Program:
    Semester:

    MUS 341a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.

    OR

    MUS 356 – Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    OR

    MUS 362 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    OR

    MUS 364 -The Opera Studio provides a six-week Scene Study Workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on a selected operatic repertoire.

    MUS 363 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261, MUS 262
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 364 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261, MUS 262, MUS 361
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 371 - Orchestration I

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 202
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    Year:
    Semester:

    Introduction to the difficulties and techniques of scoring for the string choir. Transcriptions for the string orchestra. Timbres, ranges, and transpositions for instruments of the orchestra and band.

    MUS 372 - Orchestration II

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 171, MUS 172, MUS 271, MUS 272, MUS 371
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    Semester:

    Introduction to the difficulties and techniques of scoring for woodwinds, brass and percussion. Scoring for diverse combinations of instruments from small groups to full orchestra.

    MUS 381 - Conducting I

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 101, 102, 201, 202
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    Semester:

    Study of basic conducting techniques pertinent to instrumental performance. Development of baton technique and score reading through conducting small ensembles.

    MUS 382 - Conducting II

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 101, 102, 201, 202, 381
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    Advanced in-depth study of orchestral score reading covering elements of style, form, instrumental balance, articulation and phrasing.

    MUS 391 - Song Repertoire

    Credits: 2
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    A survey of the solo song repertoire from 1600 to the present day. Songs will be studied in their historical, stylistic and literary contexts.

    MUS 392 - Opera Repertoire

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 391
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    A study of representative operas and their composers in terms of their relation to the social, political and cultural currents of their time.

    MUS 398 - Artist Diploma Recital

    Credits: 8
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
    Program:
    Semester:

    First year Artist Diploma recital, consisting of a full length program with at least 60 minutes of music.  It will be adjudicated by the applied music teacher and one other juror.  Repertoire for the recital must be approved by the applied music teacher. For the AD in Composition, in place of the full recital in first year, the student can opt to submit a Portfolio of at least four original compositions of contrasting instrumentation presented in the form of printed scores (arrangements/orchestrations are not acceptable).  At least three of the pieces should have performance documentation from the period of the school year, including programs and if possible recordings.  These performances should have occurred within the period of the first year of study, and at least one of them should have taken place at VAM.  Since it is encouraged for composition students to promote their work elsewhere, recordings of performances outside of the school environment are valued. A written statement of 750-1000 words about all submitted works and general thoughts on the composer’s style and ideas must be included.  A short composer talk or lecture is also encouraged.  If the Portfolio option is chosen, performances cannot be the same as those used for MUS 355 and 356.

    MUS 399 - Preparatory Recital

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
    Program: ,
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    Semester:

    Preparatory Recital for Bachelor of Music students: A one-half solo recital presenting at least 30 minutes of music, adjudicated by the applied music teacher and one other examiner.  Repertoire for the recital must be approved by the applied music teacher.  A degree recital will take the place of a jury for that academic year.

    MUS 411 - Career Development

    Credits: 1
    Program:
    Semester:

    Topics include: defining artistic and professional objectives; job application, interview and audition processes; understanding the concert presenter’s perspective; concert programming; audience development; marketing and expanding opportunities; and arts business realities. The goal is to enable students to achieve greater impact and forge successful musical careers.

    MUS 441 - Applied Music

    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242, MUS 341, MUS 342
    Program: , , ,
    Year:
    Semester:

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 441a OR MUS 461 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 142a, MUS 241a, MUS 242a, MUS 341a, MUS 342a
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    MUS 441a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 461 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 442 - Applied Music

    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242, MUS 341, MUS 342, MUS 441
    Program: , , ,
    Year:
    Semester:

    Each college student receives 32 one-hour private lessons during the academic year.  Students also participate in master classes/technique classes/repertoire classes.  Recital appearances are expected.  Students may request a particular private instruction teacher. The Executive Director will assign the student to the requested teacher whenever space permits.

    MUS 442a OR MUS 462 - Piano Pedagogy OR Ensemble (Orchestra)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 141a, MUS 142a, MUS 241a, MUS 242a, MUS 341a, MUS 342a, MUS 441a
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    MUS 442a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.
    OR
    MUS 462 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    MUS 451 - Chamber Music

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 251, MUS 252, MUS 351, MUS 352
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Coaching in representative repertoire by members of the VAM teaching staff. Students are auditioned and placed in an ensemble.

    MUS 453 - Performance of an Original Composition

    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 354
    Program:
    Year:
    Semester:

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition.  This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue.  It may include performing, or conducting a group of performers.  In second year the original composition will normally be short and involve one or two performers.  In third and fourth years, compositions can be longer and for larger ensembles.  Compositions may be used on the final graduation recital.  For composition majors only.n

    MUS 455 - Performance of an Original Composition

    Credits: 1

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    MUS 456 - Performance of an Original Composition

    Credits: 1

    Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    MUS 461 OR 463 OR 441a OR 455 - Ensemble

    Credits: 1
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    MUS 441a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.

    OR

    MUS 455 – Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    OR

    MUS 461 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    OR

    MUS 463 – The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 462 OR 464 OR 442a OR 456 - Ensemble

    Credits: 1
    Program:
    Semester:

    MUS 442a – The examination of piano teaching material for beginning and professional students. Discussion will include the development of good musical taste, technical skills, memorization and intelligent practice. For piano majors only.

    OR

    MUS 456 – Composition students must arrange a public performance of an original composition. This involves preparation of the score, editing, finding performers, organizing rehearsals and arranging a performance date and venue. It may including performing, or conducting a group of performers. For composition majors only.

    OR

    MUS 462 – Preparation and public performance of representative works from the symphonic literature. All instrumental students must be enrolled in the orchestra program. VAM Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year.

    OR

    MUS 464 – The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 463 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261, MUS 262, MUS 361, MUS 362
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    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 464 - Ensemble (Vocal Theatre)

    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261, MUS 262, MUS 361, MUS 362, MUS 461
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    The Vocal Theatre Workshop provides an eight-week performance workshop in each semester to develop the vocal and dramatic interpretative powers of students through practical experience on selected vocal repertoire.

    MUS 491 - Theory VII

    A study of the main trends, styles and techniques of post tonal music with emphasis on analysis and composition exercises.

    MUS 492 - Theory VIII

    Continuation of analysis and composition of post tonal music.

    MUS 498 - Artist Diploma Recital

    Credits: 8
    Pre-Requisites: MUS 398
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    Graduation Recital for Artist Diploma students.  A full-length solo recital adjudicated by the applied music teacher and one other juror, presenting at least 60 minutes of music.  Repertoire for the recital must be approved by the applied music teacher.

    MUS 499 - Graduation Recital

    Graduation Recital: A full length recital adjudicated by the applied music tacher and one other juror, consisting of a minimum of 60 minutes of music.  Repertoire for the recital must be approved by the applied music teacher.  Degree recitals take the place of the jury for that academic year.

    Elective - General Education Elective

    General education electives are by distance education or credit transfer.

    Elective - General Education Elective

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
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    Semester:

    General education electives are by distance education or credit transfer.

    Elective - General Education Elective

    General education electives are by distance education or credit transfer.

    Elective - Language Elective

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
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    Singers are required to take 6 credits (2 courses) of French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish.

    Elective - General Education Elective

    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: n/a
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    General education electives are by distance education or credit transfer.

    Student Recitals -

    Student recitals are held throughout the school year. All students are required to perform in recitals at least once each year as part of their applied music curriculum. The student will consult with the private teacher regarding when and what to perform.

    Public Concerts -

    Every applied music student is expected to participate in a minimum of two public performances each year.