Elements of Music (MUS 1001)
This course is designed as an introduction to music for the general student. Basics of theory, notation, rhythm, and musical style will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of music into society and various cultures. No knowledge of music is required for this course. 3 credits.
College Chorale (MUS 1003)
College Chorale is open to all members of the student body as an opportunity for musical expression. The chorus will present performances of choral literature ranging from Latin a Capella to contemporary music. 4 required rehearsals/week. 1 credit per semester; maximum 8 credits per college career.
Music Appreciation (MUS 1011)
This course is intended to familiarize the student with the joy and purpose of music in society, both present and historical. Through lecture, discussion, listening, research participation, and multimedia, the student will experience first hand the diversity and beauty of music from the past and present of various cultures. Integrated learning through the mediums of the theatre and graphic arts will enhance the student’s perception of music and its vital role in human development. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. 3 credits.
Introduction to West African Djembe (MUS 1130)
This course will begin a journey that will take you to your fears and to your joys. The legacy of the drum master who brought West African rhythm to the United States will guide you in the language and technique of the drum, joining with a community for the nurturing of mind, body and spirit. Must have a full-sized djembe. This course is geared to the beginner. 3 credits.
Advanced West African Djembe (MUS 1132)
This course is a continuation of explorations in music. Students must have a full-sized djembe. Prerequisite: MUS 1130 Introduction to West African Djembe. 3 credits.
Vocal Ensemble: Cantorion (MUS 2011)
This advanced performing ensemble concentrates on music of the 15th to 17th centuries with some work by composers of the 20th century. Members will experience a more demanding performance load, including travel within New England. Prerequisites: Must be a member of Collegiate Chorale; entrance only through audition and permission of choral director. 1 credit.
Special Topics (MUS 2053)
This seminar course deals with specific themes, stylistic periods, or genres of music. The course is designed to meet the particular needs of students, or the particular interests and abilities of instructors, and is offered when circumstances make it appropriate. It is given a specific subtitle when listed in any semester’s class schedule. Students may take this course more than once when a different subtitle is used. Examples of courses previously offered are: Music in the Rock Era: A chronological tour from the Blues through the ‘90s; and Music of World Cultures—reflecting Green Mountain College’s international emphasis—which examines music from cultures around the globe, including Eastern as well as Western traditions, tribal music, and Native American music. 3 class hours; 3 credits.
Studio Course in Music
Private instruction in piano, voice, strings, winds or other instruments are offered by music faculty each term. Not all disciplines are offered every term. Please confer with the music office to receive current offerings in any given term. One term recital each semester of study. Registration for these courses must be completed during add/drop week. All studio courses and Applied recital carry a fee. Rates are established yearly. Note: Any student may register for Applied Music courses. Only those students who are Visual and Performing Arts majors with a concentration in music are required to complete any of these courses.
Concert Band (MUS 2061)
The Green Mountain College/Community Concert Band provides GMC students and area community musicians the opportunity to perform traditional concert band and wind ensemble literature. Founded in the academic year 2000-2001, the band rehearses on Wednesday evenings, culminating in a major performance at the end of each semester. Musical repertoire has included music by Holst, Granger, R.V. Williams, Copland, and transcriptions by Handel, Corelli, and various other composers. 1 credit.
Jazz Ensemble (MUS 2062)
Students meet during weekly sessions to prepare, experiment, and perform a wide range of jazz repertoire, from standards to modern. 1 credit.
Guitar Studio I: Fundamentals and Ensemble (MUS 2063)
Guitar Studio I is a “hands-on” introduction to practical music theory on the fret-board. Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory relating to the guitar. By the end of the course, they will perform as an ensemble. Performance of written music allows a different level of control and complexity than is generally possible in an improvised setting; no one can “fake it.” Prerequisite: Ability to read music or prior familiarity with the guitar. 3 credits.
Music Theory & Composition (MUS 3001)
Traditionally, composers turn to tonal harmony when writing music. This course is intended to be a study of tonal harmony that has retained its validity from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Based on this, the student will gain the tools necessary to analyze music scores and compose. In addition to applied theory and composition, the student will study and compare the procedures and writing styles of composers through the centuries. When appropriate the students will have the opportunity to have their compositions performed by various ensembles on campus. Prerequisite: MUS 1001 Elements of Music. 3 credits.
Applied Recital (MUS 4001)
The student will present a public recital of no less than one hour during the fall or spring semester. A recital committee will be chosen by the student and head of the music division. Repertoire and length for the program will be subject to review three weeks prior to performance date. Rates established yearly. Prerequisite: At least four sections of applied music and successful board jury. 3 credits.