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Music Performance (MUP) Course Descriptions

MUP 101: Concert Choir.
Goal: Students will be taught to sing well and express creatively within the context of a choral ensemble. Focus will be given to musicianship, vocal technique, diction and interpretation. The importance of musical discipline will be emphasized in rigorous rehearsals. A high priority is placed on the responsibility of the individual singer to the ensemble.
Content: Repertoire will be chosen from various styles and languages. Emphasis is placed upon individual accuracy, vocal development and cooperation through participation as a member of the ensemble. Artistry and  expressive communication is demonstrated by the combined efforts of the whole ensemble in various performances.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor.
Grading: Letter grade based on participation, including rehearsal attendance.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking and Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat this course for a total of 8 hours credit. Course fee required for rental of concert attire. 

MUP 102: Wesleyannes.
Goal: Students are given the opportunity to experience singing in a chamber ensemble, with a high level of musical understanding and expressiveness. Music is often performed from memory and without a conductor, placing greater responsibility upon the members of the ensemble. Focus is given to continued development of vocal technique and musicianship.
Content: A variety of repertoire, including popular as well as more serious styles. Frequent performing opportunities on the campus and in the community. 
Taught: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: Annual audition from among students who have satisfactorily completed at least two semesters of concert choir, including the spring tour or permission of instructor.
Grading: Letter grade based on participation, including rehearsal attendance.
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat this course for a total of 8 hours credit. Course fee required for rental of concert attire. 

MUP 103: Instrumental Ensemble.
Goal: To give students an opportunity to perform and express creatively in an instrumental ensemble.
Content: Music literature for the instrumentation of the ensemble. Artistry and expressive communication is demonstrated by the combined efforts of the whole ensemble in various performances.
Taught: Fall; Spring.
Prerequisite: Audition demonstrating music literacy and technical facility on an appropriate musical instrument.
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat this course for a total of 8 hours credit.

MUP 104: Percussion Ensemble.
Goal: To give students an opportunity to perform and express creatively in an ensemble 
Content: Students will be taught the basic rudiments of rhythm and will be asked to develop rhythmic skill in combination with various types of percussion instruments. Students will be given individual attention but will also be asked to perform pieces in combination with other students as an ensemble. Types of instruments to be used will include various types of drums, keyboard percussion instruments (xylophone, bells, etc.), and numerous auxiliary percussion instruments.
Taught: Fall; Spring
Prerequisite: None.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking and Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat this course for a total of 8 hours credit.

MUP 105, 106: Voice Class.
Goal: To acquaint students (non-voice majors) with the various aspects of vocal technique that combine to produce a good singing voice; to enhance students’ ability to control performance anxiety; and to encourage self-expression and to enhance students’ ability to communicate effectively in front of a group. Students are encouraged to take both semesters in order to build and retain skills learned in these courses.
Content: Study of a variety of vocal music.
Taught: Fall (105), Spring (106).
Prerequisite: MUP 105 or permission of instructor is a prerequisite for MUP 106.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking and Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 1 hour.

MUP 107, 108: Piano Class.
Goal: To introduce students to playing the piano and to develop technical skills and musicianship. Students are encouraged to take both semesters in order to build and retain skills learned in these courses.
Content: Reading rhythmic and pitch notation, playing melodies with chordal accompaniments and simple countermelodies. Playing of melodies and accompaniments from vocal literature.
Taught: Fall (107), Spring (108).
Prerequisite: MUP 107 or permission of instructor is a prerequisite for MUP 108.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Thinking and Expressing Creatively; (FA).
Credit: 1 hour.

MUP 110: Musical Theatre Song Workshop.
Goal: To provide students opportunities to work on and perform solo and ensemble repertoire from musical theatre.
Content: Participation in rehearsal and performance of musical theatre repertoire from 1940's to present day. Content will vary.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat this course two times for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

MUP 201: Music Performance and Production.
Goal: To provide students with staged musical performance experiences.
Content: Participation in rehearsal and production of operas, operettas, musical theater pieces, or scenes programs. Content will vary.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of instructor.
Credit: 1 hour.

MUP 471: Senior Music Recital.
Goal: To encourage and develop musical, artistic, and technical skill at an advanced level and to develop the understanding and stamina required to plan and execute a solo recital.
Content: Repertoire from a wide range of periods and genres. Concert and master class attendance is required. A recital pre-hearing must be passed four weeks before the scheduled recital date.
Taught: Spring or as needed.
Prerequisites: 7 semesters of applied instruction in the same instrument and/or permission of instructor.
Credit: 2 hours (55-minute lesson applied music fee required). Students may repeat this course 2 times for a maximum of 2 credit hours for each track declared.

MUP 111 – 211 – 311 – 411:  Applied Percussion Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 121 – 221 – 321 – 421:  Applied Percussion Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on a percussion instrument.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 112 – 212 – 312 – 412: Applied Woodwind Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 122 – 222 – 322 – 422: Applied Woodwind Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on a woodwind instrument.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 113 – 213 – 313 – 413: Applied Brass Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 123 – 223 – 323 – 423: Applied Brass Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on a brass instrument.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level..

MUP 114 – 214 – 314 – 414: Applied Voice Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 124 – 224 – 324 – 424: Applied Voice Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively in voice.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 115 – 215 – 315 – 415: Applied Piano Lessons (half-hour lesson).
MUP 125 – 225 – 325 – 425: Applied Piano Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on piano.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 116 – 216 – 316 – 416: Applied Organ Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 126 – 226 – 326 – 426: Applied Organ Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on organ.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level.
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 117 – 217 – 317 – 417: Applied Harpsichord Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 127 – 227 – 327 – 427: Applied Harpsichord Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on the harpsichord.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods preferred. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 118 – 218 – 318 – 418: Applied String Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 128 – 228 – 328 – 428: Applied String Lessons (55-minute lesson).
Goal: To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on a violin, viola, string bass or cello.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level.
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 119 – 219 – 319 – 419: Applied Guitar Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 129 – 229 – 329 – 429: Applied Guitar Lessons (55-minute lesson). 
Goal:
 To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively on the acoustic guitar.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of instructor or department chair preferred. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 131 – 231 – 331 – 431: Applied Composition Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 141 – 241 – 341 – 441: Applied Composition Lessons (55-minute lesson). 
Goal:
 To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively through musical composition.
Content: Techniques and styles of various genres, periods, and schools of composition. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Approval of department chair or instructor. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

MUP 132 – 232 – 332 – 432: Applied Chamber Music Lessons (30-minute lesson).
MUP 142 – 242 – 342 – 442: Applied Chamber Music Lessons (55-minute lesson). 
Goal: 
To encourage and further both musical and technical development as a means of expressing creatively through collaborative performance.
Content: Repertoire from various genres and periods. Concert and/or masterclass attendance is required.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Approval of department chair or instructor. Students must earn 2 hours at each level before moving to the next higher level. 
Credit: 1 hour. Students may repeat each level only once for a total of two credits in each level.

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