Assistant Professor: Ciabattari (Chairperson)
Instructor: Horn Gunderson
Part-time Instructors: Adams, Breon, Brumbaugh, Burke, Clarke, Cullen, Fisher, Fountain, Laczkoski, Mianulli, Mitchell-Sarch, Muller, Orris, Rammon, Whyman
The student majoring in music is required to take a balanced program of music theory, history, applied music, and ensemble. A minimum of eight courses (exclusive of all ensemble, applied music and instrumental and vocal methods courses) is required and must include MUS 110, 111, 220, 221, 335, and 336. Each major must participate in an ensemble (MUS 167, 168, and/or 169) and take one hour of applied music per week for a minimum of four semesters including the entire period in which the individual is registered as a music major (see MUS 160-166). All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. The Department strongly recommends that students begin applied study in piano and a major applied instrument or voice as soon as possible, preferably in the first semester of the freshman year. Anyone declaring music as a second major must do so by the beginning of the junior year. Four semesters of Music Colloquium are required of all students majoring in music.
Students interested in teacher certification should refer to the Department of Education listing.
The Music Department recommends that non-majors select courses from the following list to meet distribution requirements: MUS 116, 117, 128, 135-138, 224, and 234. Applied music and ensemble courses may also be used to meet distribution requirements.
Student recitals offer opportunities to gain experience in public performance. Music majors and other students qualified in performance may present formal recitals.
The following courses satisfy the cultural diversity requirement: MUS 116, 128, and 234. The following course, when scheduled as a W course, counts toward the writing intensive requirement: MUS 336.
MUSIC THEORY I AND II
A two-semester course, intended for students who have some music-reading ability, which examines the fundamental components and theoretical concepts of music. Students develop musicianship through application of applied skills. Prerequisite to MUS 111: MUS 110.
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
A basic course in the materials and techniques of music. Examples drawn from various periods of western and non-western styles are designed to enhance perception and appreciation through careful and informed listening.
SURVEY OF WESTERN MUSIC
A chronological survey of music in Western civilization from Middle Ages to the present. Composers and musical styles are considered in the context of the broader culture of each major era.
An introductory survey of all types of American music from pre-Revolutionary days to the present. Categories to be covered are folk music of different origins, the development of show music into Broadway musicals, serious concert music for large and small ensembles, jazz, and various popular musics from “Tin Pan Alley” to Rock to New Wave. Alternate years.
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE I
An introduction to the techniques of beginner conditioning and basic movement in ballet, jazz, and tap. One-half unit of credit. Not open to students who have received credit for THEA 135. Cross-listed as THEA 135.
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE II
Continuing exploration of beginner conditioning techniques and basic movement in ballet, jazz, and tap. Prerequisite: MUS 135 or consent of instructor. One-half unit of credit. Not open to students who have received credit for THEA 136. Cross-listed as THEA 136.
HISTORY OF THE DANCE I
A survey of tribal, ethnic, and folk dance from the earliest recorded dance to the 1900s. One-half unit of credit. Not open to students who have received credit for THEA 137. Cross-listed as THEA 137.
HISTORY OF THE DANCE II
A survey of the forms of dance, as they have reflected the history of civilization from the 1900s through the present. One-half unit of credit. Not open to students who have received credit for THEA 138. Cross-listed as THEA 138.
MUSIC THEORY III AND IV
A continuation of the integrated theory course moving toward newer uses of music materials. Prerequisite: MUS 111.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC I
A non-technical introduction to electronic music and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) for the major and non-major alike. The course traces the development of MIDI from its origin to present-day digital synthesizers in combination with sequencing computers.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC II
Further consideration of recording techniques. Use of microphones, multi-track recording, mixing, special effects devices, and synchronization will be introduced. Students take part in live recording of concerts and rehearsals of a variety of ensembles. Student projects include complete recording sessions and the production of electronic music compositions utilizing classical studio techniques and real-time networks. Prerequisite: MUS 224 or consent of instructor.
HISTORY OF JAZZ
A survey of jazz styles, composers, and performers from 1890 to the present: origins, ragtime, blues, New Orleans, Chicago, swing, bebop, cool, funky, free jazz, third stream, and contemporary.
Intermediate ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography. Prerequisite: MUS 136 or consent of instructor. One-half unit of credit. Not open to students who have received credit for THEA 235. Cross-listed as THEA 235.
Advanced ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography. Prerequisite: MUS 235 or consent of instructor. One-half unit of credit. Not open to students who have received credit for THEA 236. Cross-listed as THEA 236.
An introductory course for majors and non-majors who wish to explore their composing abilities. Guided individual projects in smaller instrumental and vocal forms, together with identification and use of techniques employed by the major composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 111 or consent of instructor.
A study of choral conducting with frequent opportunity for practical experience. Emphasis is placed upon technical development, rehearsal technique, and stylistic integrity. Prerequisites: MUS 110-111 or consent of instructor. Alternate years.
A study of instrumental conducting with an emphasis on acquiring skills for self-analysis. Topics include the physical skills and intellectual preparation necessary for clear, expressive, and informed conducting. Other areas such as the development of rehearsal techniques and improvement of aural skills will be addressed on a continual basis. Prerequisites: MUS 110-111 or consent of instructor. Alternate years.
HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I
The development of musical styles and forms from Gregorian chant through Mozart, including composers from the medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and early classical eras.
HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II
The development of musical styles and forms from Beethoven to the present, including composers from the late classical, romantic, and modern eras. Prerequiste: MUS 335
or consent of instructor.
A study of modern orchestral instruments and examination of their use by the great masters with practical problems in instrumentation. The College Music Organizations serve to make performance experience possible. Prerequisites: MUS 110-111 or consent of instructor. Alternate years.
TEACHING MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Methods and materials of teaching music in the elementary school with emphasis on conceptual
development through singing, moving, listening, playing classroom instruments, and creating music. Course work includes peer teaching demonstrations, practical use of the recorder and autoharp, as well as observation of music classes in elementary schools in the Greater Williamsport area. Alternate years.
TEACHING MUSIC IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Methods and materials of teaching music in the secondary schools with emphasis on the development of concepts and skills for effective instruction in all aspects of music learning. The teaching of general music and music theory, as well as the organizing and conducting of choral and instrumental ensembles, is examined. Course work includes evaluation of instructional and performance materials, practical use of the recorder and guitar in middle school settings, as well as observation of music classes in secondary schools in the Greater Williamsport
area. Alternate years.
For students interested in intensive work emphasizing the development of a personal style of composing. Guided individual projects in larger instrumental and vocal forms, together with analysis of selected works from the 20th and 21st century repertory. Pre-requisite: MUS 330 or
consent of instructor.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC
The intensive study of a selected area of music literature, designed to develop research techniques in music. The topic is announced at the Spring pre-registration. Sample topics
include: Beethoven, Impressionism, Vienna 1900-1914. Prerequisite: MUS 116, 117 or
221; or consent of instructor.
The preparation and presentation of a full-length public recital, normally during the student’s senior year. MUS 446 may substitute for one hour of applied music (MUS 160-166). Prerequisite: Approval by the department. May be repeated for credit.
148, 248, 348, and 448
A non-credit seminar in which faculty, students, and invited professionals attend concerts and discuss topics related to musical composition, performance, history and pedagogy. Four semesters of Music Colloquium are required of all students majoring in music. Meets 7-8 times per semester. Pass/ fail. Non-credit seminar.
INTERNSHIP (See index)
INDEPENDENT STUDY (See index)
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS (See index)
APPLIED MUSIC AND ENSEMBLE
The study of performance in piano, harpsichord, voice, organ, strings, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and percussion is designed to develop sound technique and a knowledge of the appropriate literature for the instrument. Student recitals offer opportunities to gain experience in public performance. Credit for applied music courses (private lessons) and ensemble (choir, orchestra and band) is earned on a fractional basis. One hour lesson per week earns one hour credit. One
half- hour lesson per week earns one half-hour credit. Ensemble credit totals one hour credit if
the student enrolls for one or two ensembles (for more information, see course descriptions below). When scheduling please note that an applied course or ensemble should not be substituted for an academic course, but should be taken in addition to the normal four
Applied music courses are private lessons given for 13 weeks: 160, Piano or Harpsichord; 161, Voice; 162, Strings or Guitar; 163, Organ; 164, Brass; 165, Woodwinds; and 166, Percussion. Extra fees apply. See Additional Charges under Financial Matters.
The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra allows students with significant instrumental experience to become members of this regional ensemble. Participation in the W.S.O. is contingent upon audition and the availability of openings. Students are allowed a maximum of one hour of Ensemble credit per semester. A student who is enrolled in orchestra only should register for MUS 167B (one hour credit). A student may belong to two ensembles, choosing either Choir or
Concert Band as the second group. Such a student then registers for MUS 167A (1/2 hour credit) plus either MUS 168A (1/2 hour credit) or MUS 169A (1/2 hour credit).
The Lycoming College Choir is open to all students who would like to sing in an ensemble setting. Emphasis is on performing quality choral literature while developing good vocal technique. Students are allowed a maximum of one hour of Ensemble credit per semester. A student who is enrolled in Choir only should register for MUS 168B (one hour credit). A student may belong to two different ensembles, choosing either Orchestra or Band as the second ensemble. Such a student then registers for MUS 168A (1/2 hour credit) plus either MUS 167A (Orchestra - 1/2 hour credit) or MUS 169A (Band - 1/2 hour credit). If a student has auditioned and been selected for the Chamber Choir (no credit available), he/she should register for MUS 168C in addition to registering for the Lycoming College Choir.
The College Concert Band allows students with some instrumental experience to become acquainted with good band literature and develop personal musicianship through participation in group instrumental activity. Participation in the Band is contingent upon audition. Students are allowed a maximum of one hour of Ensemble credit per semester. A student who is enrolled in Band only should register for MUS 169B (one hour credit). A student may belong to two ensembles, choosing either Orchestra or Choir as the second group. Such a student then
registers for MUS 169A (1/2 hour credit) plus either MUS 167A ( 1/2 hour credit) or MUS 168A (1/2 hour credit). If a student has auditioned and been selected for the woodwind or brass quintets (no credit available), he/she should register for MUS 169C or 169D.
INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL METHODS
Instrumental and vocal methods classes are designed to provide students seeking certification
in music education with a basic understanding of all standard band and orchestral instruments as well as a familiarity with fundamental techniques of singing.
MUS 261 — Brass Methods (one hour credit)
MUS 262 — Percussion Methods (one hour credit)
MUS 263, 264 — String Methods I and II (one hour credit each)
MUS 265 — Vocal Methods (one hour credit)
MUS 266, 267 — Woodwind Methods I and II (one hour credit each)