MUSIC: GENERAL STUDIES (MUS)

MUS 111 - FOUNDATIONS OF MUSICIANSHIP

Melody, harmony, and rhythm in tonal music. Music reading and notation. Scales, chords, and meters. Basic ear training.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: No credit toward BM or BMA degrees.

MUS 115 - BEGINNING PIANO

For non-music majors with no experience in piano. Class instruction in basic performance and musicianship skills.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

MUS 120 - BEGINNING VOICE

Basic vocal training focused on fundamental techniques (breath support, tone, diction), expression, and interpretation. Ability to read music is desirable.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

MUS 131 - LAKERS THEATRE ENSEMBLE

The Lakers Theatre Ensemble will introduce students to the practice of acting and theatre making through collaborative performance. Students will receive instruction in a variety of performance styles and dramatic texts in order to develop an ever-growing theatrical vocabulary and voice. Students will participate in all aspects of theatre-making including acting and directing, as well as scenic, properties, costume and lighting design as dictated by the script which will enhance the students understanding and appreciation of theatre as an art form. The ensemble will present a variety of individual, small group and large group works as well as perform at selected Roosevelt University athletic and community events throughout the year.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: Open to all Roosevelt University students regardless of, f major. Offered through Roosevelt University Athletics.

MUS 150 - LAKERS MARCHING BAND/PEP BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE

The Lakers Band will transition through the scheduled RU athletic seasons and provide performance opportunities in Marching Band, Pep Band and Wind Ensemble. Students will develop both individual and ensemble technical and musical skills through their performance of a wide variety of music literature throughout the year. The ensemble will perform at Roosevelt University Lakers football and basketball games, other athletic events and also present classical concerts.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

Course Notes: Open to all RU students regardless of major., Previous band experience required.

MUS 151 - LAKERS CHOIR ENSEMBLE

The Lakers Choir Ensemble is designed to help students develop strong vocal technique in a choral setting, foster proper performance etiquette, mature and refine music reading skills and increase musical expression. Music from different genres and cultures will be explored throughout the year. The ensemble will perform at a variety of Roosevelt University athletic and community events in addition to traditional choral music concerts.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

Course Notes: Open to all RU students regardless of major

MUS 152 - LAKERS STRING ENSEMBLE

The Lakers String Ensemble is designed to develop individual and ensemble technical and musical skills through their performance of a wide variety of string literature throughout the year. The ensemble will present formal classical concerts as well as perform at selected Roosevelt University athletic and community events.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

Course Notes: Open to all Roosevelt University students regardless of, major. Previous string experience is required.

MUS 153 - LAEKRS COLOR/WINTER GUARD

The Lakers Color/Winter Guard provides performance opportunities within the RU athletic schedule at football and basketball games as well as other athletic and community affairs. The guard will perform alongside the Lakers Marching Band as well as present individual routines for entertainment at a variety of other events. Students will be introduced to basic and intermediate skills using traditional and contemporary color guard techniques.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

Course Notes: Open to all Roosevelt University students regardless of, major. Previous guard experience preferred.

MUS 154 - LAKERS DRUMLINE/PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

The Lakers Drumline/Percussion Ensemble will transition through the scheduled RU athletic seasons. The ensemble will provide performance opportunities as a Drumline at Roosevelt University football games, as part of the Lakers Pep Band at RU basketball games, as part of the Lakers Wind Ensemble and as the stand-alone Lakers Percussion Ensemble. Students will develop both individual and group ensemble skills through their performance of a wide variety of musical styles and the development of rudiments, cadences and other percussion specific techniques.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

Course Notes: Open to all Roosevelt University students regardless of, major. Previous percussion experience is required.

MUS 155 - LAKERS JAZZ ENSEMBLE

The Lakers Jazz Ensemble is designed to provide performance opportunities for students in the areas of big band and/or jazz combo. Emphasis will be centered on the development of individual and ensemble technique utilizing a variety of jazz styles and literature along with expanding students’ knowledge of jazz history, theory and listening. The ensemble will present formal concerts as well as perform at selected Roosevelt University athletic and community events throughout the year.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

Course Notes: Open to all Roosevelt University students regardless of, major. Previous instrumental experience is required.

MUS 156 - BEGINNING GUITAR

Introduction to acoustic guitar. Basic right hand and left hand technique and terminology, proper sitting position, development of solo and ensemble playing skills. Introduction to harmony, rhythm, and note reading. Basic accompaniment (finger patterns and with pick) with the goal of singing and playing simultaneously.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

MUS 200 - ARTS ED & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

How educators and artists engage with Chicago youth to encourage self-expression, support contributions to the community, and apply creative approaches to social change. Historical and contemporary research on the role of the arts in Chicago community development. Operations of urban nonprofits, partnerships and community organizations. The dynamics of leadership, creativity, demographics and educational strategies in such organizations. Final projects will analyze engagement and arts learning at specific Chicago sites.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

MUS 201 - PRINCIPLES OF MUSIC COMPOSITION

Through writing short original works, students will learn the principles of music composition and the elements of compositional style. Topics include notation, form, structure, shape, and instrumentation, as well as listening skills and various 20th and 21st century styles.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

MUS 204 - UNIVERSITY SINGERS

Rehearsal and informal performance of a wide range of musical styles, with emphasis on basic reading and performance skills and increasing musical understanding.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities

MUS 240 - MUSIC IN CULTURE & SOCIETY

No formal music background required. Study of the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form) and the influence of culture on creation, production, artistic expression, media, technology, the role of the artist in society, and the listener's perception, through investigation of various genres, styles, artists, and/or time periods. Music as critique and commentary on society, and as a vehicle for social change. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Humanities