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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
MUS 355
Operatic Lit
Surveys the entire field of operatic music from 1600 to the present, including 17th century Baroque opera; 18th century operatic reforms (Gluck and Mozart); opera in the 19th century (Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, and Puccini); 20th century trends in opera, (Stravinsky, Berg, Britten, Menotti, etc.) Prerequisites: MUS 345, 347, or permission of instructor. Offered when faculty is available.|
MUS 356
Choral Literature
Surveys choral music from the 15th century to the present. Emphasizes masses, motets, and madrigals of the Renaissance period; oratorios, cantatas, and passions of the Baroque period; major choral works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelsso,hn, Verdi, and Brahms; choral works of the 20th century. Prerequisites: MUS 345, 347, or permission of the instructor. Offered when faculty is available.|
MUS 357
Band Literature
Surveys the available published and recorded literature for marching, military, and concert bands, symphonic and wind ensembles, and woodwind and brass chamber ensembles. Includes transcriptions and arrangements; major publishers in the field; evalua,tion of various editions; and also a study of the principal trends of instrumental pedagogy, repertoire, and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 131 . Offered when faculty is available.|
MUS 359
Method of Tch Voca & Class Mus
Examines and analyzes principles and procedures of organizing and conducting vocal music ensembles and teaching classroom music grades K-12. Course content includes introduction of Orff, Dalcrose, and Kodaly methods, vocal technique, tone production,, diction, rehearsal techniques, the role of classroom teacher, lesson planning, student development, attitudes, and problems in teaching vocal and classroom music, curriculum development, professional ethics, and student assessment/evaluation. In-fie,ld supervised teaching experiences are arranged each semester. Restricted to music majors or minors only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Music Education program or permission of instructor. Fall, annually.|
MUS 360
Basic Conducting
Develops skilled baton technique and clarity of gesture. Focuses on traditional and modern beat patterns, expressive gestures, cues, and development of left hand. Prerequisite: Music majors or by permission of the instructor. Fall, annually.|
MUS 361
Piano Tch Meth
Surveys modern piano teaching methods and available published teaching materials. Emphasizes the teaching of notation and the development of reading skills; the teaching of keyboard techniques through an understanding of the player's physical mechani,sm and the coordination of timing and touch; problems of fingering, pedaling, and memorization. Evaluates materials for beginning students; easier teaching pieces by the great composers; anthologies; appropriate music for the intermediate student, le,ading to a more advanced technique and musicianship and to acquaintance with a wide range of composers and musical styles. Prerequisites: MUS 346 or 131 and permission of the instructor. Offered when faculty is available.|
MUS 362
Instrumental Meth
Analyzes principles and procedures of organizing and conducting instrumental classes, bands, and orchestras in the public schools. Includes examination and use of texts, methods, and other materials. For music majors or by permission. Prerequisites:,MUS 127; MUSA 130/330 or 131/331; MUSA 135/335, 136/336, 137/337, 138/338, or 301; MUSA 136/336; and completion of Early Field Experience requirement. Spring, annually.|
MUS 363
Vocal Methods
Analyzes principles and procedures of organizing and conducting vocal classes and choral ensembles in the public schools. Includes vocal techniques, tone production, proper vowel placement, proper focus on tone, diction, diaphragmatic breathing, and,investigation of choral literature. For music majors or by permission. Prerequisites MUS 127; MUSA 130/330 or 131/331; MUSA 135/335, 136/336, 137/337, 138/338, or 301; MUSA 136/336; and completion of Early Field Experience requirement. Fall, annually,.|
MUS 364
Composition
Examines the nature of the musical idea and of the various possibilities of its subsequent development, including canonic or fugal treatment, motivic development, and variational procedures. Reviews traditional structural plans and of contemporary fo,rmal and stylistic trends. Creative assignments emphasize the understanding of past and present compositional styles and techniques and the gradual development of a personal language. Prerequisites: MUS 127 or permission of instructor. Offered when f,aculty is available.|
MUS 365
Instrumental Conducting
Further develops skilled baton techniques and clarity of gesture. Includes effective rehearsal technique, understanding of performance problems involving tonal balance, tempo, complex rhythmic situations, especially related to intermediate and second,ary school instrumental groups. Prerequisite: MUS 360. Spring, annually.|
MUS 366
Choral Conducting
Further develops skilled choral conducting techniques and clarity of gesture. Includes effective rehearsal technique, understanding of performance problems involving tonal balance, tempo, complex rhythmic situations, especially related to intermediat,e and secondary school choral groups. Prerequisite: MUS 360. Spring, annually.|
MUS 368
Band Arranging
Explores instrumentation and scoring problems in marching, military, and concert bands, symphonic wind ensembles, and woodwind and brass chamber ensembles. Emphasizes score layout and notation, copying and multiple reproduction of parts, copyright im,plications, and knowledge of effective combination of instrumental sounds. Prerequisites: MUS 131 (or equivalent background) and consent of instructor. Offered when faculty is available.|
MUS 369
Marching Band Tech
Examines the marching band, including organization, music materials, care of instruments and uniforms, marching essentials, administration, and contemporary techniques. Prerequisites: MUS 127 or permission of instructor. On demand.|
MUS 370
Orchestration/Arranging
A study of basic orchestration/arranging procedures and principles relative to instrumental and vocal ensembles. Emphasizes music for school use. Prerequisites: MUS 136, 162, 24245. Spring, annually.|
MUS 374
Inter Stu In Music Business
Explores special topics in the music industry, including the record industry; advanced issues in broadcasting and film; and career planning and development. Emphasizes individual projects in accordance with student interest. Prerequisite: MUS 274. Fa,ll, annually.|
MUS 375
West Mus Hist I: Antiquit-1825
This course is designated as the first course in the music history sequence required for music majors. This course explores the historically important genres, techniques, innovations, composers, and literature from the Romantic Period to the present., Further, this information will be related to the artistic, social, political, and economic conditions of each period. Prerequisites: MUS 127 or by permission of instructor.|
MUS 376
West Mus Hist II: 1825 to Pres
This course is designated as the second course in the music history sequence required for music majors. This course explores the historically important genres, techniques, innovations, composers, and literature from the Romantic Period to the present,. Further, this information will be related to the artistic, social, political, and economic conditions of each period. Prerequisites: MUS 127 or by permission of instructor.|
MUS 410
Senior Recital
The Music Department's Senior Recital series, which satisfies a department requirement. Music majors elect this course if they are preparing for a recital in their senior year of study. Elected concurrently with MUS 110. Prerequisite: Must be enrolle,d in upper-division applied music study. Each semester.|
MUS 411
Special Topics
Topics of special interest in the field of music will be offered. Previous subject areas have included Orff--music for children; Kodaly method; and Mozart, the man and his music. Topics will be announced in advance. Offered occasionally.|
MUS 451
Advanced Conducting
Analyzes selected works by band, choral, and orchestral literature with particular reference of performance problems involving tonal balance, tempi, complex rhythmic and polymetric situations, vocal intonations, and diction. Provides conducting exper,ience with band, choir, and/or madrigal singers, and orchestra in rehearsal. Emphasizes thorough understanding of the musical score and on effective rehearsal techniques. Prerequisites: MUS 365, 366, or permission of instructor. Offered when faculty,is available.|
MUS 452
Western Music
Examines Western music in its stylistic relationship to the fine arts from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Explores how the various arts responded to each other in the pattern of cultural history. No prerequisite courses are required, but a, rudimentary background in music or art is desirable. Offered when faculty is available.|
MUS 453
Melodic Impro
Provides advanced music students with fundamental concepts of improvisational techniques that may be applied to the development of skills for the invention and performance of improvised melodies. Prerequisite: MUS 227, or equivalent music theory back,ground. Offered when faculty is available, alternate years.|
MUS 455
Jazz Comp And Arr
Explores basic techniques and methods of jazz composition and arranging. Participants write musical arrangements and original compositions for various jazz and popular idioms, and have the opportunity to conduct and perform their own works. Alternate, years.|
MUS 461
Adv Strg Tech And Ped
The sequence of courses listed below constitutes further study of the symphonic instruments. Specialized techniques, which are employed by each instrumental family, will be presented and mastered (strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion.) Students,develop sufficient techniques to enable them to introduce and teach these instruments successfully at the elementary or secondary level. Includes methods, materials, manufacturers, suppliers, repair procedures, and procedures for private, homogeneou,s and heterogeneous group instruction, studio teaching and management, musicianship and creativity as part of the lesson, planning for various grade levels, history of teaching, and study of leading methods.|
MUS 462
Adv Woodwind Tch And Ped
The sequence of courses listed below constitutes further study of the symphonic instruments. Specialized techniques, which are employed by each instrumental family, will be presented and mastered (strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion.) Students,develop sufficient techniques to enable them to introduce and teach these instruments successfully at the elementary or secondary level. Includes methods, materials, manufacturers, suppliers, repair procedures, and procedures for private, homogeneou,s and heterogeneous group instruction, studio teaching and management, musicianship and creativity as part of the lesson, planning for various grade levels, history of teaching, and study of leading methods.|
MUS 463
Adv Brass T And P
The sequence of courses listed below constitutes further study of the symphonic instruments. Specialized techniques, which are employed by each instrumental family, will be presented and mastered (strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion.) Students,develop sufficient techniques to enable them to introduce and teach these instruments successfully at the elementary or secondary level. Includes methods, materials, manufacturers, suppliers, repair procedures, and procedures for private, homogeneou,s and heterogeneous group instruction, studio teaching and management, musicianship and creativity as part of the lesson, planning for various grade levels, history of teaching, and study of leading methods.|
MUS 464
Adv Perc T And P
The sequence of courses listed below constitutes further study of the symphonic instruments. Specialized techniques, which are employed by each instrumental family, will be presented and mastered (strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion.) Students,develop sufficient techniques to enable them to introduce and teach these instruments successfully at the elementary or secondary level. Includes methods, materials, manufacturers, suppliers, repair procedures, and procedures for private, homogeneou,s and heterogeneous group instruction, studio teaching and management, musicianship and creativity as part of the lesson, planning for various grade levels, history of teaching, and study of leading methods.|
MUS 470
Form And Analysis
Analyzes musical styles from the pre-Baroque to the 20th Century, with emphasis on the common practice period. An overview of the operative generators of art music such as substructure (motives and phrases); normative structure (e.g. rondo, sonata, v,ariation forms); and aspects of melody, rhythm, counterpoint, and elements of sound. Prerequisites: MUS 236 or permission of instructor. Fall, annually.|
MUS 490
Independent Study
Provides opportunity to explore, in depth, an area of music of particular interest under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires a scholarly paper or special project(s) for credit and grade. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and depart,ment chair.|
MUSA 110
Ap Mus: Violin I
Individual instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, voice, organ and guitar. Stresses development of an attitude of artistic maturity on the part of the student and upon artistic performance at all levels of proficiency. All mat,riculated music majors must elect applied music credits on their major instrument/voice Each semester in residence. Admission by audition and permission of instructor and department chair. Admission of non-majors is dependent upon availability of t,he staff. For more information, see Music Department chair. Prerequisite: MUS 131 or equivalent background. 200-, 300-, and 400-levels reserved for music majors only.|