Music Courses

Fulfil your general education requirements at the School of Theatre & Music with courses in jazz, theory, American pop music, Latin American music, and more.

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Gened Music Courses (Fall 2016)

100 Introduction to Music (Understanding the Creative Arts)
Understanding what to listen for in music; emphasizes representative works from the Western classical tradition.

107 - Fundamentals of Music Theory (Understanding the Creative Arts)
Notation, metrical organization and rhythmic structure, scales and key signatures, intervals, triads, ear training, and sight singing.

114 - Jazz History (Understanding the Creative Arts/ Understanding the Past)
A nontechnical survey of the history and development of jazz from its West African roots to contemporary styles.

118 - American Popular Music (Understanding the Creative Arts/ Understanding the Past)
History of American popular music from 1850 to the twenty-first century.  Analysis of musical characteristics, survey of traditions, and examination of social/cultural contexts of popular music developments.

127 - Latin American Music (Understanding the Creative Arts/ Exploring World Cultures)
Survey class that introduces students to the rich repertoire of music in Latin America. It explores the history of genres, their development, instruments and representative artists in their geographical, social and cultural contexts.

240 Music, Gender and Culture (Creative Arts/ Individual and Society)
Examination of the intersection of music, gender and sexuality in different historical periods and cultures. Study of music's role in the formation and expression of gender identity in classical and popular music.

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100 Introduction to Music (3 Hours)
May not be taken for credit by music majors or minors. Listening, understanding and enjoying music. 

101 Music Theory I (3 Hours)
Notation of rhythm and pitch; scales, intervals, triads, and seventh chords; principles of voice leading and harmonic progression. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MUS 103 and 170.

102 Music Theory II (3 Hours)
Non-chord tones; cadences, phrases, and periods; introduction to Schenkerian analysis; inversions of triads and seventh chords. Prerequisites: MUS 101 and concurrent registration in MUS 104 and 171.

103 Ear Training I (1 Hour)
The development of aural perception and sight-singing ability; material is correlated with MUS 101. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MUS 101 and 170.

104 Ear Training II (1 Hour)
The development of aural perception and sight-singing ability; material is correlated with MUS 102. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MUS 102 and 171.

107 Fundamentals of Music Theory (3 Hours)
For the general student. Notation, metrical organization and rhythmic structure, scales and key signatures, intervals, triads, ear training, and sight singing.

110 Convocation/Recital (0 Hours)
Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade only. A weekly convocation presenting concerts by faculty, visiting artists, or students.

111 Master Class in Performance (0 Hours)
Three to six master classes are offered per semester. Students must attend at least half of those offered; students must perform in one class each year. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the Music Performance option. Recommended background: Three years of private lessons. 

113 Art Song (3 Hour)
A broad historical survey of the secular art song from the Middle Ages to the present, with greatest emphasis placed on the German, French, Italian, and English song repertory of the 18th and 19th centuries. Creative Arts course.

114 Jazz (3 Hours)
A nontechnical survey of the history and development of jazz from its West African roots to contemporary styles.

115 Opera (3 Hours)
Historical survey tracing the growth and development of opera from its beginnings to the present.

117 Music for Symphony Orchestra (3 Hours)
Music for symphony orchestra from Haydn to Bartok: symphony, overture, and tone poem. 

119 Music for the Piano (3 Hours)
A survey of three centuries of keyboard music, from the Baroque to the present.  Creative Arts course.  

120 Jazz Improvisation I (3 Hours)
A study of the techniques and methods of jazz improvisation. Non-music majors must pass theory / ear-training pre-test. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 101 and grade of C or better in MUS 102. Requires concurrent registration in MUS 150, or MUS 159 or MUS 160. Recommended background: Previous performance in jazz big band or jazz combo.

127 Latin American Music (3 Hours)
Survey class that introduces students to the rich repertoire of music in Latin America. It explores the history of genres, their development, instruments and representative artists in their geographical, social and cultural contexts. Same as LALS 127. Creative Arts and World Cultures course.

150 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1 Hour)
Study/performance of jazz ensemble techniques and the performance of standard vocal jazz repertoire. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Basic music reading skills and an audition required. Recommended background: Previous choir experience. 

151 Concert Band (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Introduction to varied band and wind ensemble literature. Regular band and wind ensemble literature. Regular performances during the school year; occasional field trips. Prerequisite: Audition and/or consent of the instructor.

152 Instrumental Ensembles (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Performance of chamber ensemble literature of varied types. Occasional concerts on and off campus. Prerequisite: Audition and/or consent of the instructor.

153 University Choir (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Student performance of choral literature of all musical periods. Occasional concerts off-campus. Prerequisite: Audition required.

154 Chamber Choir (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Study/performance of choral literature for 16 to 24 voices. Occasional concerts off-campus. Prerequisite: Audition required.

155 Women’s Choral Ensemble (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Study/performance of choral literature of all musical periods. Occasional concerts off-campus. Prerequisites: Basic music-reading skills and audition required. 

156 Pep Band (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Performs at home basketball and hockey games. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MUS 151 and consent of the instructor.

159 Jazz Ensemble (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit. Practical experience in the preparation and public performance of big band and small ensemble jazz. Field trips may be required. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

160 Small Jazz Ensemble (1 Hour)
Various instrumental ensembles focusing on performance techniques within the historical development of the American jazz ensemble. Performances at various events across the UIC campus and the greater Chicago community. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Audition or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Minimum three years private instruction on student's preferred instrument. 

170 Keyboard Skills I (2 Hours)
Development of basic keyboard skills including sight reading, transposition, improvisation, and ensemble playing. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MUS 101 and 103; or approval of the department. 

171 Keyboard Skills II (2 Hours)
Continues MUS 170. Prerequisites: MUS 170 and concurrent registration in MUS 102 and 104.

180 Private Instrumental Lessons (2 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 16 hours of credit. Applied music instruction in woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar or organ. Prerequisites: Audition prior to initial registration and approval of the department.

182 Private Voice Lessons (2 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 16 hours of credit. Applied music instruction in voice. Prerequisites: Approval of the department and admission to the music major and successful completion of an audition. Previous music and vocal study recommended.

190 Class Voice (1 Hour)
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours of credit; may not be taken concurrently with private voice lessons (Music 180). Group instruction in singing. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and concurrent registration in MUS 153 or 155.

201 Theory of Music III (3 Hours)
Continues MUS 102. Chromatic harmony of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Study of two- and three-part forms. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MUS 102 and 104 or the equivalents.

202 Theory of Music IV (3 Hours)
Continues Music 201. Harmony in the late nineteenth century; introduction to twentieth-century practices. Prerequisites: MUS 201 and 203 or the equivalents.

203 Ear Training III (1 Hour)
Aural perception and sight singing. Prerequisites: MUS 104 or the equivalent and concurrent registration in MUS 201.

204 Ear Training IV (1 Hour)
Advanced aural perception and sight singing. Prerequisites: MUS 203 and concurrent registration in MUS 202.

220 Jazz Aesthetics (3 Hours)
A technical survey of the factors and topics that permeate and surround the development and production of jazz. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and MUS 114; and grade of C or better in MUS 102 and grade of C or better in MUS 104. Requires concurrent registration in MUS 150, or MUS 159 or MUS 160. Recommended background: Jazz ensemble performance.

221 Jazz Improvisation II (3 Hours)
Continues the study of the technique and methods of jazz improvisation. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C of better in MUS 102 and grade of C or better in MUS 104 and grade of C or better in MUS 120 and grade of C or better in MUS 171; and sophomore standing or above; or approval of the department.

222 Musical Notation and Copying (2 Hours)
A study of the art of music notation and score preparation using Finale software. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 102 and sophmore standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

227 Music Cultures of the World (3 Hours)
Examination of music throughout the world from an ethnomusicological perspective. Emphasis on classical, tribal, and folk musics; music as a cultural phenomenon.

230 Music History I (3 Hours)
Principal styles and composers from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Prerequisites: MUS 102 and 104.

231 Music History II (3 Hours)
Principal styles and composers from the baroque period through the classical period. Prerequisite: MUS 230.

232 Music History III (3 Hours)
Composers and the development of musical styles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with emphasis on innovations of the latter half of the twentieth century. Prerequisites: MUS 202, 204 and 231.

240 Music, Gender and Culture (3 Hours)
Examination of the intersection of music, gender and sexuality in different historical periods and cultures. Study of music's role in the formation and expression of gender identity in classical and popular music. Same as GWS 240. Creative Arts, and Individual and Society course.

270 Keyboard Skills III (2 Hours)
Continues MUS 171. Prerequisites: MUS 171 and concurrent registration in MUS 201 and 203 or approval of the department.

271 Keyboard Skills IV (2 Hours)
Advanced keyboard skills, including keyboard harmony, improvisation, accompanying, and score reading. Prerequisites: MUS 270 and concurrent registration in MUS 202 and 204 or approval of the department.

280 Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons (3 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours of credit. Private instruction at an advanced level in woodwinds, brass, percussion, or piano, culminating in a jury exam. Prerequisites: Four semesters of MUS 180 and approval of the Department.

282 Advanced Private Voice Lessons (3 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours of credit. Advanced applied music instruction in voice. Prerequisites: Approval of the department and admission to the music major and successful completion of four terms of MUS 182. Performance experience beyond regular UIC studies recommended.

298 Selected Topics in Music (3 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours of credit. Study in specialized areas of music history, music theory, jazz, and ethnomusicology. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

299 Independent Study (1 to 4 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 16 hours of credit. Projects and topics for individual investigation. Course number may be used for student-initiated courses. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and 204 and approval of the department.

300 Counterpoint (3 Hours)
Written exercises and study of contrapuntal techniques in a variety of styles. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and 204; or approval of the department.

301 Analytic Techniques (3 Hours)
Analysis of representative works in a variety of genres from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 300.

302 Composition I (3 Hours)
Class and individual instruction in the basic techniques of twentieth-century composition. Practice in the use of twentieth-century musical materials. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and 204, and consent of the instructor.

303 Composition II (3 Hours)
Continues instruction in the techniques and materials of twentieth-century composition. Prerequisite: MUS 302.

304 Conducting (3 Hours)
Basic techniques; body position; beat patterns; use of baton; division of beats; starting and stopping; the left hand; dynamics; fermatas; ensemble application; score preparation; memorization. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and 204.

306 Orchestration and Arranging I (3 Hours)
The acoustical properties, musical characteristics, and scoring problems of string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Scoring for string, woodwind, and brass ensembles. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and 204.

307 Orchestration and Arranging II (3 Hours)
The acoustical properties, musical characteristics, and scoring problems of percussion, keyboard, and electronic instruments. Scoring for mixed ensembles, band, orchestra, jazz, and commercial groups. Prerequisite: MUS 306.

310 Jazz Theory and Keyboard I (3 Hours)
Introductory course designed to acquaint students with rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural aspects of jazz. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C of better in MUS 202, and Grade of C or better in MUS 204, and Grade of B or better in MUS 271; and junior standing or above; or approval of the department. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

311 Jazz Theory and Keyboard II (3 Hours)
Advanced course to continue exploration of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural aspects of jazz. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 310. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

312 Jazz Arranging I (3 Hours)
Concentration on developing compositional and orchestration/arranging skills in various jazz and commercial styles. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 306; and junior standing or above; or approval of the department. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses.

313 Jazz Arranging II (3 Hours)
Advanced course for developing compositional and orchestration/arranging skills in various jazz and commercial styles. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MUS 312; or approval of the department. Majors may have only one D in 300-level courses. 

320 Music Proseminar (1 to 3 Hours)
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of credit. Selected topics for intensive study in specialized areas of music history or music theory. Prerequisites: Senior standing with major in music and consent of the instructor.

391 Study Abroad in Music (0 to 16 Hours)
May be repeated for credit with the approval of the department. Study abroad within an approved foreign exchange program or department-sponsored program. Prerequisite: Approval of the department.

490 Music Education: Special Topics (1 to 4 Hours)
An investigation of various topics in music education pertinent to practicing music teachers. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above.