Ithaca College

School of Music

Courses for the Non-Music Major

MUNM 10300 - Campus Band LA

A wind and percussion ensemble open to any student at Ithaca College who has previously played a wind or percussion instrument. There are no auditions for this ensemble. Campus Band is intended primarily for the non-music major who would like to continue to play an instrument in a large ensemble. One concert is scheduled each semester. Class meeting: Two hours per week. 0-1 credit. (F-S)

MUNM 10700 - Class Voice for the Non-Music Student LA

Small classes in voice to develop an understanding of the vocal mechanism and the application of sound principles of breath control and vowel placement. Course content is designed for the non-music student. 1 credit. (F-S)

MUNM 10800 - Class Voice for the Non-Major Student LA

Small classes in voice to develop an understanding of the vocal mechanism and the application of sound principles of breath control and vowel placement. Course content is designed for the non-music student. 1 credit. (F-S)

MUNM 13000 - Music in Society 3B FA G LA

An exploration of the social roles and implications of music in various cultures, leading to its role in contemporary America. The music is analyzed in terms of its elements -- melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and form -- as a means of identifying its aesthetic, cultural, and social functions. This course may be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. 3 credits. (F)

MUNM 16100 - Worlds of Music 3B FA LA

An introductory survey of the music of different cultures, with an emphasis on Native American, West African, South African, and South Asian contexts. Musical meaning is explored through classroom discussion, musical analysis, listening, and active participation in music making. 3 credits. (F)

MUNM 16200 - Pop 'n' Rock 3B FA LA

For non-music and music majors. A historical overview of rock 'n' roll and popular music, based on listening and analysis of selected musical examples representing stylistic evolution from 1950 to the present. The first few classes are devoted to developing listening techniques (i.e., aural perception of melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, timbre, texture, form, tempo, and dynamics). Course grades are based on exams and a final research paper. This course may be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. 2 credits. (S)

MUNM 16300 - Music in London FA LA

A course for non-music majors focusing on London concerts. The performances are preceded by appropriate historical and theoretical preparation and followed by written and oral critiques. A variety of performances are scheduled, including large ensembles, opera, chamber music, jazz, piano, organ, and voice. Offered through the London Center. 3 credits. (F-S)

MUNM 17100 - Keyboard Musicians I for Musical Theater Majors NLA

An introduction to the fundamentals of keyboard musicianship. Skill emphasis is placed on technique, repertoire, reading, rhythm, harmonization, transposition, playing by ear, and improvisation. Material drawn from popular and classical repertoire. Placement by audition only. 1 credit. (F)

MUNM 17200 - Keyboard Musicianship II for Musical Theater Majors NLA

A continuation of keyboard skills developed in MUNM 17100. Additional emphasis is placed on accompaniment styles, reading, lead line notation, and development of arrangements from lead lines. Course material is drawn largely from popular music sources. Prerequisites: MUNM 17100. 1 credit. (S)

MUNM 17300 - Keyboard Musicianship I for the Non-Music Major LA

An introduction to the fundamentals of music at the piano. Emphasis is placed on music notation, technique, rhythm, intervals, major and minor triads, tetrachords, improvisation, creating accompaniments, reading, and playing by ear. Material is drawn from popular and classical repertoire. Designed for the beginning pianist. 1 credit. (F-S)

MUNM 17400 - Keyboard Musicianship II for the Non-Music Major LA

A continuation of keyboard skills developed in MUNM 17300. Additional emphasis is placed on major and minor keys and scales, modes, transposition, non-harmonic tones, and creating accompaniments using tonic and dominant harmonies. Solo and ensemble repertoire drawn from classical and popular styles. Prerequisites: MUNM 17300 or by audition. 1 credit. (S)

MUNM 22100 - Musicianship for the Theater I FA LA

Musicianship studies designed specifically for B.F.A. musical theater majors -- sight-singing, analysis, score reading, keyboard skills, and a variety of theoretical topics emphasizing diatonic music and music in traditional meters. Prerequisites: MUTH 10100. 3 credits. (F)

MUNM 22200 - Musicianship for the Theater II FA LA

Musicianship studies designed specifically for B.F.A. musical theater majors -- sight-singing, analysis, score reading, keyboard skills, and a variety of theoretical topics emphasizing chromatic music and music in non-traditional meters. Prerequisites: MUNM 22100. 3 credits. (S)

MUNM 25100 - Music and the Media 3B FA LA

A study and comparison of the forms and styles of music commonly used by the media, including radio, television, and film. Analysis of a variety of musical styles, especially music created expressly for media use, focuses on musical and media intent and function, methods of presentation, emotional response, and judgmental listening. No previous experience in music is required. This course may be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. 3 credits. (S)

MUNM 25300 - Involvement with Music FA LA

An exploration of practical music theory and structure designed for students with little or no music training. Skills are developed in the areas of aural perception (sight-singing, dictation, and listening), fundamentals, harmony, composition, conducting, and music analysis. For non-music majors only. 3 credits. (F-O)

MUNM 25500 - Women in Music 3B FA H LA

An examination of the music and lives of women in various musical settings, beginning with classical music in medieval Europe and shifting, in the 20th century, to popular music in the United States. The class examines women's roles and contributions as singers, instrumentalists, composers, and conductors, as well as the challenges facing women as professional musicians. These are viewed within the context of society's perception of women at the time. Listening and analytical skills are developed through studying the music itself. The class is designed for non-music majors, with no musical background necessary, and issues raised are relevant to both men and women. This course may be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F)

MUNM 25600 - Women in Popular Music: From Bessie Smith to MTV 3B FA H LA

An examination of the lives and contributions of women in popular American music of the 20th century, focusing on their role in society as well as the challenges they have faced in developing their professional and personal lives, raising issues relevant to both men and women. The development of American popular culture is viewed in the context of its political climate and in terms of its roots in African American music, country and western music, and the music of American musical theater. The course focuses on the women practitioners in the genres of blues, jazz, gospel, country, and folk music; musical theater; rock; and contemporary pop music. The music is examined in detail, and listening and analytical skills are developed. This course is designed for non-music majors, with no musical background necessary. It may be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S)

MUNM 25700 - History of American Popular Song 3B FA H LA

A survey of popular song in America from the Pilgrims to the present, in which the history of America is brought to life through the study of our continuing rich heritage of popular song. Discussion of the songs focuses on musical content, lyric meaning and message, performance practice and parameters, social and cultural functions, and the historical conditions and events that fostered the development and growth of the various popular styles. This course is designed for non-music majors, with no musical background necessary. It may be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

MUNM 25800 - Music of Latin America FA LA

Survey of the most significant music from Central and South America, with emphasis on the four most important Latin American styles: Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Argentinean music. Aspects of each country's musical tradition and its most significant stylistic features will be analyzed and illustrated in class. This course may be used as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree or as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S)

MUNM 25900 - African American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop FA LA

Traces the evolution of African American music from its roots in the deep South to its urbanization and commercialization throughout the country. Explores the music's functions from plantation life to professional entertainment and studies how this music reflected the social and political environment of the times. Explores the lives and works of artists; the relationship between the industry and the artists from race records onward; and includes in-depth analysis of the music, text, and stylistic influences and evolution. May be used as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree or as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S)

MUNM 35100 - American Musical Theater: History and Analysis 3B FA H LA

A historical study of the American musical theater from its origins to the present, including analysis of its musical and dramatic components, with special emphasis placed on the content, role, and function of the music. The course utilizes live performances in and out of class, focusing study on area productions. This course may be used as a liberal arts elective for the bachelor of arts in music degree or as a music elective for the bachelor of music degree. Prerequisites: Sufficient knowledge of musical notation to follow a written melody and lyrics while listening to a recording; junior standing. 3 credits. (S,IRR)