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  • MUSC 117: Applied Study – Trombone/Euphonium

    Individual instruction in trombone. Open to all students. Offered every term. One semester hour (one hour lesson per week) for music majors whose principal area of concentration is trombone. One-half semester hour (one-half hour lesson per week) for all other students.

  • MUSC 118: Applied Study – Bass

    Individual instruction in bass. Open to all students. Offered every term. One semester hour (one hour lesson per week) for music majors whose principal area of concentration is bass. One-half semester hour (one-half hour lesson per week) for all other students.

  • MUSC 119: Applied Study – Tuba

    Individual instruction in tuba. Open to all students. Offered every term. One semester hour (one hour lesson per week) for music majors whose principal area of concentration is tuba. One-half semester hour (one-half hour lesson per week) for all other students.

  • MUSC 120: Voice Class

    A study of vocal technique and its application in a small group setting (5-12 students). Open to all students. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 124: Piano Class for Beginners

    Group instruction for non-music majors and minors with no previous piano experience. The course teaches basic skills in piano playing, music reading, and theory. Students will learn to play various styles of piano music. Offered every term. Two semester hours.

  • MUSC 130: Applied Study – Accompanying

    Individual instruction in the art and practice of accompanying for piano students. One semester hour (one hour lesson per week) for music majors whose principal area of instruction is piano. One-half semester hour (one-half hour lesson per week) for all other students.

  • MUSC 141: Basic Music Reading Skills

    A study of the fundamentals of music including note reading, rhythmic notation, and basic chords. Open to all students. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours.

  • MUSC 143: Basic Music Theory/Ear Training

    A course in beginning written theory, including a laboratory session for developing aural skills. MUSC 143 offered spring term each year; MUSC 144 offered fall term each year. Three semester hours each semester.

  • MUSC 144: Basic Music Theory/Ear Training

    A course in beginning written theory, including a laboratory session for developing aural skills. MUSC 143 offered spring term each year; MUSC 144 offered fall term each year. Three semester hours each semester.

  • MUSC 163: Survey of Pop Music

    The study and appreciation of American Popular music from 1900 to the present. Offered fall term every year. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 165: Survey of Classical and Film Music

    The study and appreciation of the great music and composers of classical music and film scores. Not open to music majors. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 170: The Alexander Technique

    Introduction to The Alexander Technique, a method of educating the body toward efficient use of the whole self through verbal, visual, and hands-on skills. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 180: Herd Mentality

    Men’s a cappella ensemble performing a variety of literature from pop to jazz to sacred for on and off campus events. By audition. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Offered every term. One-half semester hour.

  • MUSC 181: Heritage

    A select a cappella ensemble of eight singers that frequently represents the college at churches, civic organizations, and college functions. Open to any student by audition. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Offered every term. One-half semester hour.

  • MUSC 182: Civic Band

    Performance with the Johnson City Community Concert Band. One rehearsal per week. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 183: Milligan Women's Chorale

    A choir of all female voices, performs extensively on campus, the local area, as well as out of state. The group also performs at churches for worship. Their repertoire is varied and includes art songs, spirituals, sacred, contemporary Christian, jazz, multi-cultural, and Broadway. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 184: Concert Choir

    A choir of both men and women, performs extensively on campus and throughout the United States, appearing at churches, high schools, and conventions and appearing with professional orchestras throughout the region. Their repertoire is varied and includes classics, spirituals, hymn arrangements, and musical theater. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 188: Chamber Music Ensembles

    Small chamber ensembles (trios, quartets, etc.) by audition that perform a variety of music for on and off campus performance. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Offered as needed. One-half to one semester hour.

  • MUSC 189: Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

    Performance with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Audition required. String players must register concurrently with MUSC 192 Orchestra. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Offered every term. One-half semester hour.

  • MUSC 190: Jazz Combo

    Ensemble devoted to performance of jazz and pop styles within a small group setting. Concentration is on small group ensemble playing and individual improvisation. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Offered every term. One-half semester hour.

  • MUSC 191: Jazz Ensemble

    Organization is devoted to performance of jazz and pop styles, with concentration on ensemble playing, solo playing, and improvisation. Open to all students by audition. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 192: Orchestra

    String orchestra that performs a variety of music from classical masterworks to worship music for on and off campus performances. Open to all students by audition. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 194: Brass Ensemble

    An instrumental ensemble composed of brass instruments devoted to the study and performance of literature written specifically for brass. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Offered fall term every year. One-half semester hour.

  • MUSC 196: String Quartet

    Chamber ensemble made up of string players from the Milligan College Orchestra that performs a variety of music for on and off campus events. This ensemble does not satisfy the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. Open only to students registered for MUSC 192 Orchestra and by audition. Offered every term. One-half semester hour.

  • MUSC 199: Introduction to Music Performance

    An introduction to solo and ensemble performance techniques, practices, and repertoire for Summer Fine Arts Academy participants only. Offered summer term every year. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 201: Piano as a Secondary Concentration

    Applied study for non-piano music majors and minors. Preparation toward attainment of proficiency for music majors. Two class meetings and one lab per week. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours.

  • MUSC 207: Piano Proficiency

    A test of general accomplishment in the music major’s secondary applied concentration. Achievement must be completed to fulfill secondary requirements. Offered every term. No credit.

  • MUSC 211: Introduction to Music Technology

    An introductory survey of software related to music notation, recording, mixing, and other educational applications. Offered fall term odd years. Two semester hours.

  • MUSC 243: Advanced Music Theory/Ear Training

    A course in advanced written theory, including standard musical forms and contemporary music. A concurrent laboratory session develops and maintains aural skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 144 or permission of the instructor. MUSC 243 offered spring term each year; MUSC 244 offered fall term each year. Three semester hours each semester.

  • MUSC 244: Advanced Music Theory/Ear Training

    A course in advanced written theory, including standard musical forms and contemporary music. A concurrent laboratory session develops and maintains aural skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 144 or permission of the instructor. MUSC 243 offered spring term each year; MUSC 244 offered fall term each year. Three semester hours each semester.

  • MUSC 250: World Music

    An introduction to music styles of the world. Readings, discussion, listening to recorded examples, and exposure to performers and instruments of world cultures. Musical skill not required. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core and can be counted toward a major in Humanities. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 256: Opera Workshop

    An opportunity for students to hone their skills in singing and acting through offering fully staged scenes from the opera repertoire. By audition. Offered as needed. One to two semester hours.

  • MUSC 311: Women in Music

    A study of influential women composers and musicians from the Middle Ages to the present and from a variety of musical genres. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 321: Jazz Improvisation

    Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on functional harmony, melodic form, special scales, tune studies, ear training, and development of style. Offered spring term every year. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 345: Composition

    Techniques of musical composition in standard song forms, as well as instrumental solo and ensemble forms. Prerequisite: MUSC 144. Offered fall term odd years. Two semester hours.

  • MUSC 363: Basic Conducting

    A study of conducting techniques, score reading, stylistic characteristics, and elements of interpretation. Prerequisite: MUSC 143 or permission of the instructor. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 364: Advanced Conducting

    A study of advanced conducting techniques for band, choir, and orchestra with concentration on error detection, rehearsal techniques, and score analysis. Prerequisite: MUSC 363. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 367: Music History and Literature I

    A survey of the development of Western music through Baroque, citing major composers and forms of each style period. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 368: Music History and Literature II

    A survey of the development of Western Music from Classical to the present, citing major composers and forms of each style period. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 390: Independent Study

    An individualized course which enables the student to study material either not covered in the curriculum or not covered in a single course. The instructor determines the course of study. Offered as needed. One to three hours credit.

  • MUSC 408: Senior Recital

    One-hour performance. May be substituted with the Senior Project for the music-performance and music education major. Instructor permission required. Prerequisite is the successful completion of a junior recital. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 436: Instrumental Methods I

    A study of brass and string instruments with concentration on playing fundamentals, pedagogy, curriculum, and materials. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 437: Instrumental Methods II

    A study of woodwind and percussion instruments with concentration on playing fundamentals, pedagogy, curriculum, and materials. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 451: Curriculum and Methods for Elementary Music

    A study of the philosophy, curriculum, methods, and materials of teaching music to children including studies of the child’s musical development (grades PreK-5). This course also requires field experience during the first two weeks of a secondary school’s fall semester in order to satisfy Tennessee licensure requirements. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 452: Curriculum and Methods for Secondary Music

    A study of the philosophy, curriculum, methods, and materials of teaching vocal and instrumental music and ensembles in grades 7-12. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 454: Music and Worship Methods

    A study of the materials and methods of music and worship ministry in the local church. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • MUSC 456: Applied Instrumental Pedagogy

    A study of the philosophy, curriculum, methods, and materials of teaching applied instruments. Offered spring term odd years. Two semester hours.

  • MUSC 457: Applied Conducting

    An intensive individual study in conducting techniques, theories, and practices for band, orchestra, and/or choir. The course also includes comprehensive analysis of musical scores. Instructor permission required. Offered every term. One-half semester hour (half-hour lesson per week) or one semester hour (one-hour lesson per week).

  • MUSC 490: Senior Project

    An individualized course of study (thesis, lecture/demonstration, or other project) to be determined by the student and a faculty committee. Often interdisciplinary in nature, the project relates to the student’s career interests. This course serves as the culminating project for the music-jazz studies major. This course may serve as the culminating project for the music-performance and music education major. Instructor permission required. Offered every term. One to two semester hours.

  • MUSC 491: Practicum in Music Ministry

    Supervised work in an approved church music program. Required of all music ministry minors. Offered as needed. One semester hour.