Music Minor Requirements

2017 - 2018 Catalog

Music minor

A minor in music requires at least 23 credits. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in music. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

  1. MUS 120, 161,162, 163, 164, 202
  2. Two additional 3- or 4-credit courses selected from music courses taken at the 200 level or above or MUS/FILM 285
  3. Three credits of ensemble coursework chosen from MUS 108-116
  4. Successful completion of MUS 200 for two terms.
  1. Required courses:
    • MUS 120 - Introduction to Music
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyT. Gaylard

      Development of musical understanding and enjoyment through acquiring skills in listening to music. Emphasis is placed upon learning to hear, to recognize, and to relate the various elements of music.


    • MUS 161 - Music Theory I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      A study of scales, triads, and chord progressions. Instruction will include harmonic analysis and four-part writing from the 17th and 18th century common-practice tradition. This course covers the rudiments of music, analysis and part-writing of basic diatonic triads and dominant-seventh chords, the evaluation of music through performance analysis and the use of software to compose simple works with proper notation.


    • MUS 162 - Music Theory II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteMUS 161. Corequisite: MUS 164
      FacultyStaff

      A continuation of MUS 161, including scales, triads, chord progressions, four-part writing and harmonic analysis of the common practice period in Western music, especially focusing on diatonic harmony. It covers the various chord types used in tonal harmony: tertian triads and seventh-chords It will focus on the tendency of certain chords to progress to certain other chords.  


    • MUS 163 - Aural Skills I
      Credits1
      CorequisiteMUS 161
      FacultyS. Petty

      This course aims to develop fundamental aural skills through ear-training (rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation) and sight-singing (pitch and rhythm) via ear-training and sight-singing exercises in class, homework assignments, and regular practice in singing and rhythmic drilling. In addition, students work on introductory level improvisational skills in singing as well as basic keyboard skills.


    • MUS 164 - Aural Skills II
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteMUS 161 and 163. Corequisite: MUS 162
      FacultyS. Petty

      This course aims to further develop fundamental aural skills through ear-training (rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation) and sight-singing (pitch and rhythm) via ear-training and sight-singing exercises in class, homework assignments, and regular practice in singing, rhythmic drilling, and keyboard harmony. In addition. students develop elementary level improvisational skills through guided materials including lead sheets.


    • MUS 202 - Music History II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteAbility to read music
      FacultyGaylard

      Student who take this course should have the ability to read music.  A survey of music from the Pre-Classical to the Late Romantic period.


  2. Two additional courses
  3. Two additional 3- or 4-credit courses selected from music courses at the 200 level or above or MUS/FILM 285

    • MUS 201 - Music History I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyGaylard

      A survey of music from the Middle Ages through the Baroque period.


    • MUS 205 - Introduction to the Music Industry
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultySpice

      This course is a general overview and a study of the major functional areas of the music business. Emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship, students use a case study model for the analysis and synthesis of new ideas. Course work emphasizes the skills of discussion and listening, reflection and writing, and creative collaboration. This course engages students in learning the fundamentals of the music business while discovering ways to shape the industry's future


    • MUS 220 - Music in the United States, 1607-1970
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyGaylard

      A study of musical styles in America from the time of the first settlers. Topics include Puritan psalms, patriotic music, songs of the Civil War, spirituals, gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz, rock'n'roll, musical comedy, popular song, and various trends in Classical music from the Moravians to the avant-garde. The course will cover major works by Ives, Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington.


    • MUS 221 - History of Jazz
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyVosbein

      A study of the development of jazz from its roots in turn-of-the-century New Orleans to contemporary styles. Strong emphasis is placed on listening and recognition of the performers and composers discussed.


    • MUS 231 - Classical Music
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyGaylard

      Stylistic study of music of the last half of the 18th century. Emphasis on the symphonies, sonatas, choral music, chamber music, and operas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


    • MUS 232 - Romantic Music
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyGaylard

      Topics in the 19th century, including the symphony, the symphonic poem, program music, piano music, nationalism, song, and opera. Composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Mahler will be covered.


    • MUS 261 - Music Theory III
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteMUS 162
      FacultyVosbein

      A continuation of MUS 162, focusing on analysis of harmonies, forms, and styles from the Romantic period, impressionism, and the early 20th century.


    • MUS 285 - Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
      FDRHS
      Creditsr
      FacultyGaylard

      How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980). The ability to read music is not a requirement for this course.


    • MUS 295 - Topics in Music
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      FacultyStaff

      Selected studies in music with a focus on history and culture, non-classical genres, ethnomusicological topics, or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2018, MUS 295-01: Special Topics in Music: Southeast Asian Musical Cultures (3). Survey of the music of the Southeast Asian continent and its role in society, religion, history, and politics. Examines theoretical systems, modes of learning, musical instruments, ensembles, and performance practices by cultural groups, as well as significant genres in national and folk traditions. Explores the impact of westernization and modernization on musical cultures as well as new musical practices in the world music markets of the 21st century. Music genres include, but are not limited to, folk, court, popular, and classical. No formal music training is required for this course. (HA). Euprasert.


    • MUS 362 - Advanced Composition II
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteMUS 260
      FacultyVosbein

      A continuation of MUS 361.


    • MUS 423 - Directed Individual Project
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteMusic major and instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      May be repeated for degree credit with permission.


    • MUS 452 - Internship
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteAt least 12 credits in music appropriate to the internship
      FacultyStaff

      After consultation with the head of the Department of Music and a representative of the sponsoring organization, students may submit a written description of a proposed summer internship with an organization such as an arts presenter, a performance group, a record company, or an opera company. Specific conditions of the internship and of required on-campus, follow-up projects must be approved by the department in advance. Students register for the internship credit(s) during fall registration, and the credit is awarded at the end of the fall term upon acceptable completion of the required, on-campus follow-up project, reviewed by a faculty adviser and the department head.


    • FILM 285 - Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyGaylard

      How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980). The ability to read music is not a requirement for this course.


  4. Three credits of ensemble coursework chosen from:
    • MUS 108 - Supervised Piano Accompanying
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyS. Petty

      A practical course in the skills of piano accompaniment, including sight reading, score reading, study of style, methods of expression, transposition, and rehearsal techniques. Students are expected to accompany solo vocalists and instrumentalists, play in chamber ensembles, or accompany the University choruses. A faculty member is assigned to coach and tutor the student. This course may be repeated.


    • MUS 109M - Men's Glee Club
      Credits1
      FacultyLynch

      The oldest choral ensemble at W&L, dating back to early 20th century, the Glee Club performs regularly on campus, at athletic events, and in the community in the time-honored tradition of men's choral singing. The Glee Club also routinely performs mixed choral repertoire with Cantatrici. This course may be repeated.


    • MUS 109W - Cantatrici
      Credits1
      FacultyLynch

      Cantatrici ("excellent female singers") is the newest ensemble at W&L. Made up of singers representing a diverse cross-section of the student body, Cantatrici performs regularly throughout the campus and community, focusing on regional touring and community outreach. Cantatrici also routinely performs mixed choral repertoire with the Men's Glee Club. This course may be repeated.


    • MUS 110 - University Singers
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyLynch

      University Singers are chosen by a competitive audition process each Spring, representing a wide cross-section of majors, resulting in one of the finest a cappella choirs in the region and undertaking national or international tours every year. The University Singers perform a wide variety of literature at major venues across the globe while serving as W&L artistic ambassadors in concert series, music festivals, conventions, and university events, including concerts, convocations, and the annual candlelight lessons and carols service. This course may be repeated.


    • MUS 112 - Chamber Ensembles
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteMost sections require instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      This course may be repeated. Small chamber groups consisting of vocalists and instrumentalists are created to perform music. 

      Bluegrass Ensemble offers students the opportunity to study and perform the traditional music of Appalachia in which improvisation is encouraged.

      Brass Ensemble offers students the opportunity to study and perform literature for brass instruments in various combinations.

      String Ensemble offers students the opportunity to study and perform literature for violin, viola, cello, and double bass in various combinations.

      Woodwind Ensemble offers students the opportunity to study and perform literature for woodwind instruments in various combinations.


    • MUS 113 - University Wind Ensemble
      Credits1
      FacultyDobbins

      This course may be repeated. The University Wind Ensemble consists of wind and percussion players who perform band repertoire in concerts on and off campus.


    • MUS 114 - University Orchestra
      Credits1
      FacultyDobbins

      This course may be repeated. Students who play wind, percussion, or orchestral string instruments may join the Orchestra, which is composed of university students, as well as area professional musicians and local residents.


    • MUS 115 - University Jazz Ensemble
      Credits1
      FacultyVosbein

      This course may be repeated. The University Jazz Ensemble is made up of woodwind, brass, and rhythm section players and performs in a wide range of styles, from early swing to contemporary sounds.


    • MUS 116 - Bentley Musical Rehearsals
      Credits1
      FacultyStaff

      This course may be repeated. This course is designed for rehearsal of music in preparation for the annual Bentley Musical. Only those cast in the production may enroll. Rehearsals are scheduled each year subject to the availability of the cast and instructor. While some cast members rehearse during weekdays, most should expect evening and weekend rehearsals. An audition is required and such dates are announced in advance by the Departments of Music and Theater and Dance.


  5. Successful completion of MUS 200 for two terms.
    • MUS 200 - Recital Attendance
      Credits0
      FacultyStaff

      Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. A course focused on the development of listening and performance skills through attendance at Department of Music concerts and recitals. Students attend at least 75 percent of the afternoon and evening events sponsored by the Department of Music. Students must also attend the music convocation that takes place one Friday afternoon each month during the fall and winter terms. Music majors must complete the course each term in residence after declaring the major. Music minors must complete two terms.