Ithaca College

Music

Music Courses

Course Numbering System

Course numbers consist of two groups of digits -- a prefix designating the school and department in which the course is offered and a five-digit number that identifies the specific course. The first of the latter five digits is the “level” of a course.

Graduate students may take courses at level five, level six, and level seven. At least 50 percent of the degree coursework must be at level six or above. A maximum of 5 workshop credits may be used toward graduation.

Pass/Fail Option

Only graduate workshops may be taken for credit on a pass/fail basis.

Key to Symbols

F = fall, S = spring, SU = summer, E = even years (e.g., academic year 2006-7), O = odd years (e.g., academic year 2007-8), Y = yearly, IRR = offered at irregular intervals, F-S = offered in both fall and spring semesters

Performance Study

Each credit of private instruction involves one-half hour of instruction per week. Students may enroll for only 1 or 2 credits of performance study per semester, unless special approval is given by both the major instructor and the graduate chair. There is a 1-credit performance study fee for study during the fall and spring semesters, and an additional fee for each credit of performance study taken during the summer session.

The graduate chair assigns instructors to music students. Students contact their performance teachers during the first week of classes to arrange their private lesson schedules.

  • PFMJ-60100 Voice
  • PFMJ-60300 Piano
  • PFMJ-60500 Organ
  • PFMJ-60700 Harpsichord
  • PFMJ-60900 Violin
  • PFMJ-61100 Viola
  • PFMJ-61300 Cello
  • PFMJ-61500 Double Bass
  • PFMJ-61700 Guitar
  • PFMJ-62100 Flute
  • PFMJ-62300 Oboe
  • PFMJ-62500 Clarinet
  • PFMJ-62700 Bassoon
  • PFMJ-62900 Saxophone
  • PFMJ-63100 French Horn
  • PFMJ-63300 Trumpet
  • PFMJ-63500 Trombone
  • PFMJ-63700 Euphonium
  • PFMJ-63900 Tuba
  • PFMJ-64100 Percussion
  • PFMJ-64500 Conducting

PFMJ-60100 - PFMJ-64500
Intensive study of advanced performance technique, interpretation, and literature representing all appropriate musical style periods. 1 or 2 credits, through permission of the graduate chair in music.

Ensembles

Full-time graduate students whose degree programs stipulate an ensemble requirement are expected to participate in at least one major ensemble during the fall and spring semesters. Assignment is normally made by audition. Exceptions will be decided by the graduate chair in music, in consultation with the student, the performance studies teacher, and the conductor. (Some graduate students are required to participate in a large or small ensemble as part of their graduate assistantship.)

MUEN-60400 Piano Ensemble
Study and performance of music for piano four hands, one and two pianos, and eight hands, two pianos. Class meeting: Two hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-60500 Wind Ensemble
A select wind and percussion ensemble with an active program of concerts scheduled throughout the school year. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. Class meeting: Five hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-60600 Concert Band
A wind and percussion ensemble open to any student who can qualify by audition. Several concerts are scheduled each semester. Class meeting: Four hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-60700 Symphonic Band
A wind and percussion ensemble open to any student who can qualify by audition. Several concerts are scheduled each semester. Class meeting: Four hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-60800 Choir
A select choral ensemble with an active performance schedule. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. A commitment for both fall and spring semesters is required. Class meeting: Five hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-60900 Chorus
A large choral ensemble open to any student who can qualify by audition. Several concerts are scheduled each semester. Class meeting: Four hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-61000 Women’s Chorale
A choral ensemble open to all female students who can qualify by audition. Several concerts are scheduled each semester. A commitment for both fall and spring semesters is required. Class meeting: Four hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-61100 Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra is open to any student who can qualify by audition. An active program of concerts is scheduled each semester. Class meeting: Five hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-61300 Madrigal Singers
A select vocal chamber ensemble with an active performance schedule. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. Class meeting: Two hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-61400 Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
The rehearsal and performance of chamber music written in the 20th century, with emphasis placed on recently composed works. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. Class meetings by arrangement. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-61500 Guitar Ensemble
Performance situations for small guitar ensembles of varying combinations. Class meeting: One hour per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-61900 Jazz Laboratory
Experience in jazz ensemble playing. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. Several concerts are scheduled each year. Class meeting: Four hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-62100 Chamber Orchestra
A select chamber orchestra open to any student who can qualify by audition. An active schedule of concert appearances is maintained throughout the year. Class meeting: Three hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-62200 Instrumental Chamber Music
Study, rehearsal, and performance of a broad spectrum of chamber music by selected ensembles. Class meeting: One hour of coaching and a minimum of two hours of rehearsal per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-62300 Brass Choir
Study, rehearsal, and performance of standard brass choir literature and orchestral works. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. Class meeting: Two hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-62500 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
A select jazz chamber ensemble for singers and instrumentalists. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. An active program of concerts is scheduled each semester. Class meeting: Two hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-62700 Percussion Ensemble
Ensemble experience and exposure to contemporary percussion literature. Several concerts are scheduled each semester. Open to any student who can qualify by audition. Class meeting: Four hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUEN-64000 Musical Theater Rehearsal and Performance
Participation in rehearsal and performance of a major musical theater production sponsored jointly with the Department of Theatre Arts in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Students receive credit for assignments in instrumental or vocal performance. Evaluated for pass/fail grade only by the music faculty member in charge of the designated area of specialization. Evaluation based on degree of professional attitude and quality of performance. Audition required prior to enrolling. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

Recitals

Elective recitals and lecture-recitals are taken for 1 credit; recitals in conducting and in woodwinds, strings, or brasses are taken for 3 credits; all other required recitals are taken for 2 credits.

MUMC-61100 Recital (permission of major professor)      1-3
MUMC-61200 Lecture-Recital (permission of major professor)    1

Conducting

MUED-63300/63400 Choral Conducting  1-2
MUED-63500/63600 Instrumental Conducting  1-2

Music History, Literature, and Philosophy

MUTH-53900 Wind Literature and Performance Practice
The study of wind literature from its beginnings in the music of Gabrieli through the classical wind serenades of Mozart to the composers of today. The course will include music written for wind chamber groups as well as music for wind ensemble and the traditional concert band. 2 credits.

MUTH-54000 Choral Literature and Performance Practice
A survey of choral literature and performance practices from the Renaissance to the present. 2 credits.

MUTH-54100 Music from 1600 to 1800
Examination of musical styles and repertoire from the beginnings of functional harmony to the end of the classical era. Focus will be on figures such as Monteverdi, Schutz, Lully, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven. Overviews of musical contexts in which these composers worked will provide opportunities for discussion of culture and associated musical figures. 3 credits.

MUTH-54200 Music since 1800
Examination of musical styles and repertoire from the early 19th century to the present. Focus will be on figures such as Schubert, Brahms, Verdi, Wagner, Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Messiaen. Overviews of musical contexts in which these composers worked will provide opportunities for discussion of culture and associated musical figures. Study of topics from approximately 1900 on will frequently extend to concert music traditions beyond Western Europe. 3 credits.

MUTH-55100 Instrumental Chamber Music Literature
A historical survey of instrumental chamber music from the Renaissance to the present day. 3 credits.

MUTH-55200 History and Literature of the Art Song
A broad historical survey of the secular art-song from the Middle Ages to the present with greatest emphasis on the German, French, Italian, and English song repertory of the 18th and 19th centuries. 3 credits.

MUTH-55300 Performance Studies in Early Music
The study and performance of early music for singers and instrumentalists. Projects will require transcribing music from primary and secondary sources, studying performance techniques on available historical instruments, and rehearsing and performing the transcribed music. Historical authenticity versus modern practicality will be discussed. May be repeated for credit. Class meetings: Two hours per week. 2 credits.

MUTH-55700 History and Literature of Opera
History and development of opera from the Florentine Camerata to the present. Special projects in transcription from unpublished sources and presentation of performing editions are available to interested students. 3 credits.

MUTH-55800 The Symphony
The study of orchestral music, tracing its development from the baroque era to the 20th century. Representative examples of the concerto and symphonic poem are included. 3 credits.

MUTH-59500 Survey of Piano Literature I
The study of piano literature from the high baroque through the middle romantic periods. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. One hour of lecture and one half hour of lab meetings weekly. 1 credit.

MUTH-59600 Survey of Piano Literature II
The study of piano literature from the middle romantic period through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. One hour of lecture and one half hour of lab meetings weekly. 1 credit.

MUTH-59700 Survey of Violin and Viola Literature
The study of violin and viola literature from the 17th through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Weekly aural assignments, individual projects, and periodic examinations are required. 2 credits.

MUTH-65200 Bibliography and Research in Music
Survey of the basic bibliographical materials and references in the various fields of music. Methods of research are considered, as well as the establishment and efficient use of bibliographical data. Attention to special bibliographical problems, practical research, and writing of the research paper. This course should be taken in the first semester of degree study. 3 credits.

MUTH-65400/65500 Independent Research
Research projects in the areas of music history, literature, theory, or pedagogy under the advisement of a faculty member from the appropriate field. May be taken for 1 credit by students who are preparing for a lecture-recital to be given during the following semester. The project normally culminates in a paper or formal report. Prerequisites: MUTH-65200 and permission of the graduate adviser and the faculty member involved. 1-3 credits.

Music Theory and Composition

MUTH-50100 Intensive Part Writing and Analysis
A study of tonal harmony and syntax. Students will assimilate the voice-leading and functional conventions of music, from the common-practice period through part writing, model composition, and analysis. 2 credits.

MUTH-52100 Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
Changing topics in music theory and analysis. 2 credits.

MUTH-53100 Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint
Study of polyphonic techniques based on the stylistic principles of 16th-century sacred literature. Composition of canons, motets, and movements from the mass. 2 credits.

MUTH-53200 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint
Study of polyphonic techniques based on the stylistic principles of 18th-century keyboard literature. Invention (two and three voice), choral prelude, canon, and fugue are studied. Analysis and written projects. 2 credits.

MUTH-53500 Choral Arranging
Functional and theoretical writing for elementary and junior high school choruses, special choirs, and mixed choral groups. Analysis and study of choral part-writing encompassing unison, simple two-, three-, and four-part, and multi-voice units. 2 credits.

MUTH-53700 Orchestration
Study of orchestral and band instruments in terms of range, transposition, and individual characteristics. Scoring of works for both standardized and less common ensembles of various sizes. Performance of works in class whenever possible. 2 credits.

MUTH-54301 Pedagogy of Music Theory
A survey of the pedagogic aspects of teaching music theory and solfeggio on the high school and college levels, with a focus on current techniques of approach, presentation, and implementation of suitable materials, including programmed courses of study for theory and aural perception. 3 credits.

MUTH-56400 Introduction to Composition
Development of techniques of monodic writing with emphasis on styles from the 16th through 20th centuries. Detailed study of pitch and rhythmic procedures. Continuation with two-part writing culminating in pieces in small forms. 2 credits.

MUTH-57400 Stylistic Analysis of Tonal Music
Detailed analysis of stylistic characteristics and important compositional techniques of composers from the classical and romantic eras, including works of Scarlatti, Sammartini, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Wolf, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner, and others. A variety of analytical approaches is employed, based on their suitability to particular works. 2 credits.

MUTH-57500 Stylistic Analysis of Post-Tonal Music
Study of musical style and important compositional techniques of the 20th century, as reflected in the music of Bartók, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Powell, Persichetti, Copland, Carter, Schuller, and Ives. 2 credits.

MUTH-65600 Independent Research in 20th-Century Analysis
An independent research project required of composition majors. The student analyzes selected compositions from the 20th-century repertoire and writes a major paper comparing and contrasting the compositional techniques utilized. The project is directed by a member of the composition faculty, selected in consultation with the graduate chair. Prerequisites: MUTH-65200, MUTH-66400. 2 credits.

MUTH-66000 Thesis
Independent research on a substantial topic that culminates in the thesis under the direction of a specific faculty member. The thesis must be in the area of analysis, pedagogy, or history and a logical outgrowth of the student’s graduate coursework. The topic and proposal outline must be approved by the department. The thesis in music composition is described in the section on the major in composition.

MUTH-66100/66200/66300 Composition
Stimulation of the inventive capacity and realization of the musical concept in tones (and the symbols representing them). The student practices self-expression in a variety of the smaller and in some of the larger forms, and so becomes familiar with the skills required for composition. Knowledge of theory, harmony, and musical form is a prerequisite. Open only by permission of the instructor. 3 credits each.

MUTH-66400 Analytical Techniques
Introduction to the analysis of music using such approaches as set theory and information theory and the individual systems of Schenker, Hindemith, Reti, Babbitt, Forte, and Meyer. 3 credits.

Music Education

MUED-50100 Advanced Choral Conducting
Study of conducting choral music with a variety of styles and interpretive techniques. Students have the opportunity to conduct several visiting high school or college choirs during class sessions. 2 credits.

MUED-50200 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Studies and practices aimed toward the improved clarity of basic stick technique through the use of unequal motions (rhythmic and melodic). Practical exploration of rehearsal techniques with an emphasis on clarity and efficiency in solving problems of balance, ensemble, intonation, and phrasing. 2 credits.

MUED-54900 Marching Band Techniques
A study of techniques employed by high school and college marching bands, including arranging fundamentals and charting procedures. Each student is required to chart an entire field band show. Extensive use is made of film and videotape. 2 credits.

MUED-57100 Suzuki Seminar I
An in-depth study of the philosophy, psychology, and pedagogy of the Suzuki method. An in-depth study of the Suzuki repertoire contained in the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) foundation unit, and units I and II with emphasis on both the pedagogical understanding and the performance skills of the pieces. A special study is made of techniques needed to teach preschool children. 3 credits.

MUED-57200 Suzuki Seminar II
Continuation of Suzuki Seminar I with emphasis on the repertoire and pedagogy continued in the SAA units III and IV. An analysis of how Shinichi Suzuki’s approach to the technique fits into the broader historical development of instrument technique. 3 credits.

MUED-65400 Portfolio and Presentation I
An independent planning, analysis, and reflective project directed by a member of the graduate music education faculty. Study includes the development of a process-product portfolio and a detailed investigation of personal pedagogical beliefs and practices based on the student’s graduate music education coursework and teaching experience. Prerequisites: For matriculated music education graduate students, to be taken concurrently with MUED-68000. 1 credit.

MUED-65500 Portfolio and Presentation II
A continuation of the project started in MUED-65400, leading to a final presentation. Further development of a process-product portfolio and a detailed investigation of personal pedagogical beliefs and practices based on the student’s graduate music education coursework and teaching experience. Prerequisites: For matriculated music education graduate students, to be taken concurrently with MUED-68200. 1 credit.

MUED-67300 Suzuki Practicum I
A practical application of the techniques learned in Suzuki Seminars I and II in a “live” private school situation. 2 credits.

MUED-67400 Suzuki Practicum II
A practical application of the techniques learned in Suzuki Seminars I and II in a “live” private school situation. Continuation of the practical experiences of Suzuki Practicum I. Completion of Suzuki Practicum II fulfills the requirements of SAA unit IX. 2 credits.

MUED-68000 Psychology of Music Teaching
An investigation and discussion of current theories of learning as they relate specifically to the teaching of music. This course includes the study of specific teaching strategies, research techniques, tests and measurements, and the nature of musical response. Prerequisites: MUTH-65200. 3 credits.

MUED-68200 Seminar in Music Education
Research, presentation, and discussion of papers on topics of concern to music education. Topics include special music teaching techniques and philosophy, curricular developments, current research, and educational policy. Prerequisites: MUED-68000 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

MUED-68300 Practicum in Teaching
A professional experience relating to the music teaching/learning process. Under the supervision of a music education faculty member, the student chooses one or more specific pedagogical topics. A synthesis of the topics is demonstrated during actual teaching situations, during discussions at personal conferences, and in a final written summary report. 2 credits.

MUED-68600 Choral Rehearsal and Vocal Techniques
Study, through lectures, class discussions, and student conducting, of basic principles and procedures in developing the choral ensemble and choral literature for various ensemble levels. Considerable attention is devoted to the care and teaching of the adolescence voice, both in the solo and the ensemble situation. 2 credits.

MUED-68700 Literature and Rehearsal Techniques for the Public School Wind Band
An investigation of principles and procedures for developing the public school wind band. 2 credits.

MUED-69000 Comprehensive Curriculum: General/Choral Music, K-8
For the instrumental and vocal music educator seeking a comprehensive understanding of pedagogical techniques and materials appropriate for general music and choral programs in a K-8 music curriculum. 3 credits.

MUED-69100 Music Education for the Special Learner
Materials, techniques, and curriculum for teaching music to the special learner in school music programs. 3 credits.

MUED-69200 Administration and Supervision of Music Education
Detailed consideration of the functions of supervisors and directors of music education in administering music programs in elementary and secondary schools. 3 credits.

MUED-69300 Music, Humanities, and Related Arts
An exploration of relationships between music and other arts. Consideration of works of art in terms of social, political, religious, economic, and philosophical implications. Teaching the arts as a humanistic discipline. 3 credits.

MUED-69800/69900 Curriculum Developments and the Contemporary Music Educator
Intensive course concentrating on recent trends in music education. One concept or development is studied in depth each semester in order to acquaint students fully with the practical, theoretical, and research techniques needed in effectively adapting new concepts of music teaching. 3 credits.

Summer Suzuki Teacher Institute

The Ithaca College Summer Suzuki Teacher Institute provides an intensive study of the Suzuki method with guest instructors. A broadened view of the method itself is presented together with an opportunity to share in discussion groups with a wide range of teachers and graduate students. The institute also provides opportunities to observe 40 to 50 international faculty members at work with students from the United States and Canada.

Students normally enroll in two SAA unit courses during the summer institute, for a total of 3 credits.

Each Suzuki summer institute course is an in-depth study of the repertoire of one SAA unit, with emphasis on both the pedagogical understanding and the performance skills of the pieces.

SAA Unit    Credits
MUED-74000 Foundation Unit        1.5
MUED-74100 Unit I        1.5
MUED-74200 Unit II        1.5
MUED-74300 Unit III        1.5
MUED-74400 Unit IV        1.5
MUED-74500 Unit V        1.5
MUED-74600 Unit VI        1.5
MUED-74700 Unit VII        1.5
MUED-74800 Unit VIII        1.5

Additional Music Courses

MUMC-50300 Computer Technology in Music Education
Advanced course in computer technology for students majoring in music education. Activities include surveying current CAI materials, creating MIDI and digital audio resources for web delivery, and developing musical resources designed for use in teaching. 2 credits.

MUMC-51000 Feldenkrais for Musicians
This course is based on the “awareness through movement” lessons developed by Moshe Feldenkrais. Through gentle movement sequences, musicians can learn to improve coordination, posture, and balance, which can lead to more artistic performance. 1 credit.

MUMC-51100 Creative Arts for Older Adults
Techniques for developing a creative arts program that includes music, drama, and movement for older adults. The process combines an overview of gerontology issues and their relationship to the needs of older adults. Classes meet on campus and at local adult-care facilities. 3 credits.

MUMC-54500 Musical Theater Workshop
A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the selection, development, and presentation of scenes from musicals. Admission by audition presented to the faculty at the first meeting of each semester or by permission of instructors. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 8 credits. 2 credits.

MUMC-54700 Opera Workshop
A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the selection, development, and presentation of scenes from the standard and contemporary operatic repertoire. Admission by audition presented to the faculty at the first meeting of each semester or by permission of instructors. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 8 credits. 2 credits.

MUMC-55000 Reed Making
Laboratory course in the making of single and double reeds. 1 credit.

MUMC-55500 Vocal Pedagogy
Aspects of teaching voice, private or group, at the secondary and college level. Writings of vocal pedagogues and voice scientists are studied. Students are expected to develop vocal exercise procedures and compile lists of adaptable teaching repertoire. Faculty members assist with lectures and discussions. This course is not limited to voice majors, but vocal ability adequate to demonstrate is required. 2 credits.

MUMC-56900 String Instrument Maintenance and Repair
An introductory course dealing with string instrument adjustments, troubleshooting, and emergency repairs typically needed by teachers in public school music programs. 1 credit.

MUMC-57000 Introduction to Brass Repair
An introduction to the care, maintenance, and repair of the trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba. 1 credit.

MUMC-57100 Introduction to Woodwind Repair
An introduction to tools and toolmaking, care of woodwinds, emergency repairs, basic clarinet repair skills, and work with flute and saxophone. This course is less detailed than MUMC-47200. 1 credit.

MUMC-57200 Woodwind Repair
A skill development course designed to help the musician care for and service woodwind instruments. Primary emphasis is on clarinet, followed by significant coverage of flute and saxophone, with brief units on oboe and bassoon. Individual projects are encouraged as competence progresses. 2 credits.

MUMC-58100 Selected Topics in Music
Study of topics in music chosen by the instructor and approved by the appropriate department. 1-3 credits.

MUMC-59300 Piano Pedagogy
In-depth study by keyboard majors of methods and materials pertaining to the study of piano as both a major and minor instrument. Special consideration is given to the area of beginning piano study. Various aspects of both the group and individual lesson are considered. 2 credits.

MUMC-59400 Piano Technology
Study of the art and science of piano tuning, repair, and action regulating, including history of the piano and its predecessors, physics of keyboard instruments, and practical work in maintenance and rebuilding of pianos. 2 credits.