• Handel's Messiah includes vocal and instrumental performances
  • School of Music faculty excel both in performing and teaching
  • Ensembles provide multiple avenues for performance experience
  • At MTSU, talent is nurtured and cherished

Voice Performance

MTSU provides diversity in training for students pursuing a Music degree in Voice Performance. Opportunities abound to perform in operas, musicals, and an array of ensembles, as well as at local theaters and the Nashville Opera. Voice faculty members, who perform professionally, guide students in not only learning how to sing, but also how to establish and maintain a career. Guest clinicians are brought in, and faculty members hold weekly master classes so that students can perform with feedback. The School of Music and the theatre program work collaboratively to help students move into the real world of performance.

Grads have opera careers at the Met, abroad

Grads have opera careers at the Met, abroad

Soprano Holli Harrison, a former vocal performance major at MTSU, is on the roster at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She made her debut recently in the role in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. Harrison was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Bass baritone Seth Mease Carico, voice performance graduate, is presently singing roles with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He has performed with numerous other companies, including Fort Worth Opera, Lake George Opera, and Theatro Regio Torino. Both previously won the Orpheus National Vocal Competition.

Voice Performance alum in L.A. scene

Voice Performance alum in L.A. scene

MTSU graduate Courtney Blooding has been working for famous producer David Foster, a multiple Grammy winner and Oscar nominee, out of Los Angeles. Blooding ('03) got a degree majoring in Voice Performance as well as Recording Industry Management. She has been involved in production coordination, singing, engineering, project management, and more. "I have had the opportunity to work with Josh Groban, Cher, Paul Anka, Michael Buble, Richard Marx, Diane Warren, Joshua Bell, and Laura Pausini,” Blooding said. She also auditioned forAmerican Idol 7.

Paths taken by Voice Performance graduates from MTSU include making a living as performers, continuing work in advanced music studies or other graduate programs, or pursuing music-related careers. Some undergraduates also have won prestigious competitions and been accepted to outstanding music schools for advanced degrees.  Here are some examples of job possibilities: 

  • Actor
  • Church musician/worship leader
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Music critic/journalist
  • Music editor and publisher
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Music theater director
  • Musicologist
  • Salesperson/marketer
  • Singer/performer
  • Songwriter
  • Studio/private teacher
  • Talent agent
  • University professor
  • Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni

Graduates from MTSU's music program in Voice Performance are employed by or have appeared in/with

  • Ashland (Ohio) Symphony
  • Broadway productions
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Centre College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Deutsche Oper Berlin
  • Evansville Philharmonic
  • Fort Worth Opera
  • Kentucky Opera and Cincinnati Opera
  • Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
  • Lake George Opera
  • Lexington Philharmonia
  • Liber: Ensemble for Early Music
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Metropolitan Opera, New York
  • Music producer David Foster
  • Nashville Opera
  • Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Opera Cleveland
  • Opera New Jersey
  • Seattle Opera
  • Theater Bremen
  • Theatro Regio Torino

MTSU's School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.

Music, Voice Performance Concentration, B.M.

School of Music 
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Christine Isley-Farmer, program coordinator
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To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree should refer to The School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook that serves as the official document of the school concerning specific additional degree requirements and school policies and procedures. It is essential that all music majors consult their advisors each semester.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student's progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Voice Performance, B.M., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (75 hours)

Music Core (26 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, MUTH 2110, MUTH 2120 (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610, MUHL 3010, MUHL 3020 (music history sequence).

  • MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance  0 credit hours  (6 semesters)

    MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance

    0 credit hours

    Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

  • MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting  2 credit hours  

    MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with a grade of C- or better or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. The first required music history course for music majors. Surveys the basic elements of music, world music cultures, American vernacular music, and Western art music. Establishes foundation of further music study.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 and MUTH 1110 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

Voice Performance Concentration (49 hours)

  • MUS 1530 - Class Piano I  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1530 - Class Piano I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUS 1540 - Class Piano II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 1540 - Class Piano II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

    NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

    Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

  • MUPD 2180 - Diction for Singers I (English and Latin)

    2 credit hours

    Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in English and Latin.

  • MUPD 2190 - Diction for Singers II (Italian)

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in Italian.

  • MUS 2530 - Class Piano III  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2530 - Class Piano III

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

  • MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUAP 3800 - Junior Recital

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: One semester of upper-division private study. Corequisite: Private lesson in major area of performance. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance. Constitutes approximately 30 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor; recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • MUTH 4110 - Form and Analysis

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Binary and tenary forms, simple rondos and sonatinas progressing to sonata form, large rondos, theme and variations, art song, and free forms. Stylistic analysis and study of devices and materials from early to contemporary periods.

  • MUPD 2200 - Diction for Singers III (German)

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for the familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in German.

  • MUPD 2210 - Diction for Singers IV (French)

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in French.

  • MUPD 4310 - Vocal Pedagogy  2 credit hours  

    MUPD 4310 - Vocal Pedagogy

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Techniques for teaching the fundamentals of singing. Vocalises and repertoire. Physical aspects of singing.

  • MUHL 4710 - Vocal Literature  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4710 - Vocal Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Basic repertory of Italian airs, German lieder, French art songs, and solo vocal works of other nationalistic schools, as well as English and American song literature.

  • MUEN 3- - -  - Ensembles (9 hrs. participation required) ** (7 credit hours)
  • MUAP 2372 - Private Instruction-Voice  2 credit hours  (8 credit hours required)

    MUAP 2372 - Private Instruction-Voice

    2 credit hours

    Private instruction is available to qualified students on all orchestral and band instruments, voice, guitar, keyboards and composition. Those students enrolling in private instruction for the first time audition to determine if they are adequately prepared for college-level study. To arrange for an audition, students should contact the School of Music Office. One-credit private instruction courses require one-half hour lesson per week. Two-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. Students who are not prepared for such private instruction as stated above should register for class instruction, e.g., class piano, class guitar, or class voice. If class instruction is not available, students may be allowed to enroll in private instruction for one semester after which a faculty jury examination must be passed to continue private instruction. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated each semester of study. A maximum of four semesters of lower-division private instruction may be applied to a music degree. Fees per semester are $325 for a one-hour lesson and $175 for a half-hour lesson.

  • MUAP 4373 - Private Instruction-Voice  3 credit hours  (12 credit hours required)

    MUAP 4373 - Private Instruction-Voice

    3 credit hours

    Promotion to the upper division does not follow automatically after the completion of four semesters of courses in the lower division but is made only upon the successful completion of the upper-division jury. This jury, normally given at the end of the sophomore year to music majors, is conducted by the McLean School of Music. Recommendation to upper division is made only if the student's proficiency as a performer bears promise of future artistic qualities as a soloist. It is at this level that the music major normally begins preparation for his/her junior and/or senior recital. A student who fails to pass the upper-division jury must continue lower-division private instruction until the jury is passed. Private instruction course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study. A one-credit course requires one half-hour lesson per week. Two- and three-credit courses are for music majors only and require one hour-long lesson per week. A corequisite enrollment in an appropriate music ensemble is required for students registered for private instruction in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, and percussion. After successful completion of the upper-division jury, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of three semesters before being allowed to give the senior recital. Students must pass the upper-division performance jury before being allowed to student teach. Three-credit private instruction courses are designed for only those students majoring in music with performance as their concentration. Students enrolled in these courses will receive one hour of instruction per week. Although three-credit courses meet for the same length of time as two-credit courses, students enrolled are expected to spend more time in preparation for their lessons and perform more repertoire during the course of the semester as assigned by the instructor.

  • MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital  2 credit hours  

    MUAP 4900 - Senior Recital

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUAP 3800 with a grade of C or better (Vocal or Instrumental Performance); three semesters of upper-division private study. Required of all Bachelor of Music majors with a concentration in Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Theory-Composition. Constitutes approximately 50 minutes of music with appropriate repertoire as assigned by the private instructor. Recital performance graded by a faculty committee; must be passed with a grade of C or better.

**Ensembles

NOTE: Nine (9) hours of ensemble participation are required, but only seven (7) of those hours may be counted toward degree requirements; the remaining two hours may be taken for zero (0) credit.

6 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3200 - Concert Chorale

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of chorus, including rehearsals and appearances.

  • MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3210 - Meister Singers

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Participation in all phases of the group, including rehearsals and appearances. Reading of early English madrigals and traditional American music.

  • MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3220 - Women's Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of treble clef choral repertoire.

  • MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3230 - Schola Cantorum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of English madrigals and traditional American choral repertoire. Open by audition.

  • MUEN 3260 - University Chorus  0 to 1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3260 - University Chorus

    0 to 1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of varied choral repertoire. Open by audition.

3 hours from:

 

  • MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater  1 credit hour credit hours  

    MUEN 3250 - Opera Theater

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Preparation and public performance of opera. Technical and performing aspects of opera production as they pertain to light and grand opera.

Foreign Language 3 hours

Foreign language proficiency: One year of foreign language proficiency in Italian, French, or German must be established through examination by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures or by a passing grade for the second semester (1020) of Elementary Italian, French, or German. In addition, three credit hours of study are required in a second foreign language, either Italian, French, or German.

Elective (1 hour)

Total hours in program: 120

 

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Music

MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance
0 credit hours

Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

MUS 1020 - Music Enrichment Instrumental
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment.

MUS 1021 - Music Enrichment Vocal
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional large ensemble and opera workshop rehearsals and performances and voice master classes.

MUS 1022 - Music Enrichment Piano
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional applied studio instruction, supervised practice sessions, chamber ensemble rehearsals and performances, master classes, and solo performances.

MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music
3 credit hours

Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music.

MUS 1510 - Class Voice I
1 credit hour credit

Basic vocal techniques including posture, breath control, tone quality, and diction. Italian and English diction, Vaccai studies, and moderately easy song repertory.

MUS 1520 - Class Voice II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1510. A continuation of the vocal techniques in Class Voice I with addition of vocal flexibility, uniform tone quality in extending the voice range, interpretation of songs, and stage deportment in public performance. Further study of Vaccai, Italian art songs, and English songs.

MUS 1530 - Class Piano I
1 credit hour credit

Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1540 - Class Piano II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

NOTE: All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons. Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550 and MUS 2560 in lieu of class piano.

MUS 1550 - Class Guitar I
1 credit hour credit

Beginning guitar playing, teaching basic techniques through chording and melodic elements.

MUS 1560 - Class Guitar II
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1550 . Continuation of skills and concepts sought in Class Guitar I with emphasis on more advanced playing and repertory study.

MUS 2530 - Class Piano III
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I
1 credit hour credit

Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II
1 credit hour credit

Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2660 - Jazz Guitar Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, basic proficiency in reading music, and consent of instructor. Recommended: Class Guitar I or one semester of private instruction. Provides minimum background in performing popular guitar styles in an ensemble or studio situation. Course may be taken more than one semester for credit.

MUS 2670 - Jazz Piano Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1540. For beginning jazz keyboard students. Study of the harmonic language of jazz, chord voicing, keyboard techniques, interpretation of melodies, and improvisation.

MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUED 2320 and MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonization of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

MUS 4000 - Special Topics in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Study of a topic in music. Topic and prerequisites to be announced.

MUS 4100 - Independent Study in Music
1 to 3 credit hours

Intensive study of a chosen subject. An indication of reasonable skill and knowledge of research techniques, writing, and creativity expected. Requires permission of the instructor and director of the music school.

MUS 4270 - Music Internship
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination and experiences in music industry, music education, or instrumental or choral conducting. Music industry may include songwriting and the creative aspects of music, studio production, music publishing, and music merchandising. Music education may include public and private school settings, state board of education arts consulting, and music textbook consulting. Conducting may include school and church conducting, music publishing, and private or public orchestras and/or choirs. Pass/Fail.

MUS 4360 - The Music Industry Professional
3 credit hours

Creation, examination, and experience in developing and implementing a business plan in the selected areas of the music business. Areas include studio teaching, freelance musicianship, contracting, performing, producing, nonprofit organizations, and similar areas of music specialization.

MUS 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours

(Same as DANC 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.

Music Pedagogy

MUPD 2180 - Diction for Singers I (English and Latin)
2 credit hours

Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in English and Latin.

MUPD 2190 - Diction for Singers II (Italian)
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in Italian.

MUPD 2200 - Diction for Singers III (German)
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for the familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in German.

MUPD 2210 - Diction for Singers IV (French)
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUPD 2180. Lecture demonstration course for familiarization of the International Phonetic Alphabet and correct pronunciation of texts in French.

MUPD 3050 - Jazz Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Techniques and methods of teaching jazz studies including the training of jazz ensembles and combos.

MUPD 4110 - Advanced Brass Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Advanced study of conceptual, physiological, acoustical, and pedagogical methods and materials used in the teaching of beginning, intermediate, and advanced brass students.

MUPD 4120 - Advanced Percussion Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Advanced study of conceptual, physiological, acoustical, and pedagogical methods and materials used in the teaching of beginning, intermediate, and advanced percussion students.

MUPD 4130 - Advanced String Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Advanced study of conceptual, physiological, acoustical, and pedagogical methods and materials used in the teaching of beginning, intermediate, and advanced string students.

MUPD 4140 - Advanced Woodwind Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Advanced study of conceptual, physiological, acoustical, and pedagogical methods and materials used in the teaching of beginning, intermediate, and advanced woodwind students.

MUPD 4310 - Vocal Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Techniques for teaching the fundamentals of singing. Vocalises and repertoire. Physical aspects of singing.

MUPD 4320 - Piano Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. The various technical and philosophical approaches in teaching piano. Examination of teaching repertory through intermediate level. Supervised teaching through intermediate level.

MUPD 4330 - Organ Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Instruction in the principles of teaching organ--(1) manual and pedal techniques, (2) organ methods, and (3) organ repertoire of varying degrees of difficulty and of all period styles from pre-Bach through twentieth century.

MUPD 4350 - Guitar Pedagogy
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Study of the theoretical and practical basis of teaching guitar.

Contact and Student Information

Connie Bowrey
bowrey@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2469

Brad Baumgardner
Brad.Baumgardner@mtsu.edu
615-494-7649 | JH 113

School of Music
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 47
1439 Faulkinberry Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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