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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)
The College Choir is open to all members of the student body as a creative outlet through singing. Performances of standard choral repertoire such as folk, ballads, and sacred music provide the group with a traditional focus, while exploration of other styles such as jazz and pop broaden and enrich the singing experience. The choir normally presents two performances each semester. 1 credit per semester, maximum 8 credits per college career

Music Appreciation (MUS 1011)
This course is meant to introduce students to the development of Western music from antiquity to the twentieth century. The course will help students learn how to critically listen to music and to develop skills needed to understand the significant contributions of composers throughout music history. The course will also introduce the various elements, forms, styles and genres of Western musical traditions. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the stylistic features of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century Western music and be familiar with basic music terminology. In addition, students will possess a music vocabulary that will enable them to be active listeners and discuss music with others. 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. Students 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 ensemble generally concentrates on polyphoric music from the 16th to 19th centuries with occasional works by contemporary composers. Prerequisites: Must be a member of the College Choir; entrance only through audition and permission of choral director. 1 credit.

History of American Music (MUS 2035)
Just as the American landscape is an impressive variety of forms, colors, and textures, so too is the music that has become part of our national heritage. This course is intended to familiarize and acquaint the student with the history of American music, both present and historically. Through lecture, discussion, listening, and research participation the student will experience first hand, the diversity and beauty of outstanding American music from the past to the present. 3 credits.

Early American Work Songs of the Land and Sea (MUS 2021)
This course will explore the working man and woman of the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, along with the study of different ethnic groups that were a major work force in building this country.. Research will include sea shanties, African slave songs, and the work songs of the textile worker, cowboy, miner, lumberjack, railroad builder and the chain gang. 3 credits.

Special Topics (MUS 2053)
This seminar course takes in 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.

Applied Music Instruction
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.

Folk Ensemble "The Green Mountaineers" (MUS 2060)
The Green Mountaineers is a high energy group that performs “old time” folk music ranging from the mountains of New England to Appalachia. In addition to singing, members play a variety of acoustic instruments such as fiddle, mandolin, guitar, string bass and banjo. The ensemble generally rehearses on Tuesday evenings. No audition required. 1 credit

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. The ensemble is open to both vocalists and instrumentalists. 1 credit.

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 or permission from instructor. 3 credits.

Senior Recital (MUS 4001)
The student will present a public recital during the fall or spring semester generally during their Junior or Senior year. A recital committee will be chosen by the student and director of the music program. Repertoire and length for the program will be subject to review three weeks prior to performance date. Prerequisite: At least four sections of applied music and successful board jury. 3 credits.

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