Course descriptions index


Music


MUS F101 University Chorus (h)

1 Credit

A chorus serving both beginning and skilled singers presenting concerts each semester of popular and classic choral literature. (0+3)


MUS F103 Music Fundamentals (h)

3 Credits

An introductory study of the language of music. Includes basic notation, melodic and rhythmic writing, scales, bass and treble clefs, and basic harmony. Also available via Independent Learning. (3+0)


MUS F105 UAF Steel Drum Ensemble (h)

1 Credit

Performance class designed to prepare performances of soca, calypso, and reggae music from the Caribbean Islands, as well as Latin style music. Ensemble includes percussion and a few other supporting instruments. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Ability to sight-read music; permission of instructor. Recommended: MUS F103. (0+3)


MUS F117 Northern Lights String Orchestra (h)

1 Credit

Explore literature written primarily for string orchestra. Periodically, winds and percussion will join for performances of literature requiring additional instruments. Works studied vary from semester to semester depending on the instrumentation of those enrolled in the course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Previous instruction on a bowed string instrument; permission of instructor. (0+3)


MUS F122 History of Popular Music (h)

3 Credits

The development of American popular music from ragtime to rock to rap: its styles, artists, cultural origins, social symbolism and influence worldwide. How popular music in each decade reflects the social ethos of the times, expresses youth attitudes and mirrors lifestyle. An examination of music's function in society. (3+0)


MUS F125 Enjoying Jazz (h)

2 Credits

An overview of the jazz idiom. Learning about the performers, styles and the music by using records, CD's, cassettes and video tapes. A listening intensive course that should provide students with a better understanding of this art form and the significant styles and artists in it. Also available via Independent Learning. (2+0)


MUS F131 Basic Music Theory (h)

2 Credits

Intensive training in fundamentals of music, pitch and rhythm notation, scales, modes, triads and techniques of harmonization. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUS F133. (2+0)


MUS F132 Basic Music Theory (h)

2 Credits

Concentration upon acquisition of skills in harmonization and techniques of formal and harmonic analysis. Prerequisites: MUS F131 or equivalent and concurrent enrollment in MUS F134 unless exempted by music theory placement test. (2+0)


MUS F133 Basic Ear Training (h)

2 Credits

Ear training skills including sight reading, sight singing, error detection and dictation. Use of programmed materials in a laboratory situation in addition to classroom instruction. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUS F131. (2+0)


MUS F134 Basic Ear Training (h)

2 Credits

Ear training skills including sight reading, sight singing, error detection and dictation. Use of programmed materials in a laboratory situation in addition to classroom instruction. Prerequisites: MUS F133 or equivalent and concurrent enrollment in MUS F132 unless exempted by music theory placement test. (2+0)


MUS F151 Class Lesson (h)

1 Credit

Class instruction in piano, voice, orchestral instrument or guitar. May be repeated for credit. Course may not be audited. Special fees apply. (0+3)


MUS F153 Functional Piano (h)

1 Credit

Laboratory instruction to help music majors obtain performance, sight-reading and harmonization-transposition skills needed to pass the piano proficiency examination. It also provides non-music majors an opportunity to study basic piano skills on a space-available basis. Course may not be audited. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: For music majors, MUS F131 or equivalent or concurrent enrollment in MUS F131. For non-music majors, permission of instructor. (1+0)


MUS F161 Private Lessons (h)

2 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2+0)


MUS F162 Private Lessons (h)

2 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361-F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2+0)


MUS F190 Recital Attendance

0 Credits

Recital and concert attendance. Graded Pass/Fail. (1+0)


MUS F200X Aesthetic Appreciation: Interrelation of Art, Drama, and Music (h)

3 Credits

Understanding and appreciation of art, drama, and music through an exploration of their relationship. Topics include the creative process, structure, cultural application and diversity, the role of the artist in society, and popular movements and trends. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; sophomore standing; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ART F200X; THR F200X.) (3+0)


MUS F203 Orchestra (h)

1 Credit

Prerequisites: Admission by audition. (0+3)


MUS F205 Wind Ensemble (h)

1 Credit

Prerequisites: Admission by audition. (0+3)


MUS F207 UAF Jazz Band (h)

1 Credit

A performance ensemble that performs a feature concert each semester and tours frequently within the state and occasionally outside the state. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor. Course may not be audited. (0+3)


MUS F211 Choir of the North (h)

1 Credit

A mixed choir serving more advanced singers presenting concerts of more advanced choral music literature. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. (0+3)


MUS F221 History of Music (h)

3 Credits

Music before 1750. Prerequisites: MUS F131; MUS F132; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F222 History of Music (h)

3 Credits

Music since 1750. Prerequisites: MUS F131; MUS F132; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F223 Alaska Native Music (h)

3 Credits

Eskimo and Indian dance and song styles in Alaska. Emphasis on the sound, effect and purpose unique to each and the collection methods, analysis and the development of a broad musical perspective. (Cross-listed with ANS F223.) (3+0)


MUS F231 Advanced Music Theory (h)

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Continued study of harmony and musical form through analysis of representative works from the standard repertoire. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUS F233. (1+2)


MUS F232 Advanced Music Theory (h)

2 Credits     Offered Spring

Study and synthesis of 20th century stylistic and harmonic idioms. Prerequisites: MUS F231 or equivalent; concurrent enrollment in MUS F234 unless exempted by music theory placement test. (1+2)


MUS F233 Advanced Ear Training

1 Credit

Continued training in sight singing and melodic dictation skills begun in MUS F133 and MUS F134. Harmonic dictation and error detection skills also included. Prerequisites: MUS F134 or equivalent; concurrent enrollment in MUS F231. (0+2)


MUS F234 Advanced Ear Training

1 Credit

Continued training in sight singing and melodic dictation skills begun in MUS F133 and MUS F134. Harmonic dictation and error detection skills also included. Prerequisites: MUS F233 and concurrent enrollment in MUS F232 unless exempted by music theory placement test. (0+2)


MUS F245 Singer's Diction I: English and Italian (h)

2 Credits

A systematic approach for singers through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet for the transcription and pronunciation of song texts in English and Italian. A singer's diction course would be valuable to radio announcers or anyone needing rules of pronunciation for names, titles, phrases, etc. in foreign languages. Recommended: One year of private voice lessons. (2+0)


MUS F246 Singer's Diction II: French & German (h)

2 Credits

A systematic approach for singers through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet for the transcription and pronunciation of song texts in French and German. A singer's diction course would be valuable to radio announcers or anyone needing rules of pronunciation for names, titles, phrases, etc. in foreign languages. Recommended: One year of private voice lessons. (2+0)


MUS F253 Piano Proficiency

0 Credits

Final phase of piano proficiency examination. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: MUS F153; music major; permission of instructor. (0+1)


MUS F261 Private Lessons (h)

2 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2+0)


MUS F262 Private Lessons (h)

2 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2+0)


MUS F307 Chamber Music (h)

1 Credit

String, brass or woodwind chamber music; piano chamber music and accompanying; stage band; and Alaska Camerata. Note: Course may not be audited. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (0+3)


MUS F313 Opera Workshop (h)

1 - 3 Credits

(0+3 - 9)


MUS F317 Arctic Chamber Orchestra (h)

1 Credit

The touring group of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. Must be a member of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. (MUS F203-EV1). Prerequisites: By audition only. (0+3)


MUS F319 Alaska Chamber Chorale (h)

1 Credit

An auditioned vocal ensemble of no more than 32 singers, male and female. The music learned and performed will be primarily, but not limited to, a cappella pieces with an emphasis on pre-classical and 20th century music. The group will perform alone and with other UAF music groups. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor. (0+3)


MUS F331 Form and Analysis (h)

3 Credits

Formal and stylistic musical elements in historical context with special application to problems of proper stylistic performance. Prerequisites: MUS F232 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F332 Introduction to Computer-based Music Technology (h)

3 Credits

An introduction to personal computer-based software and music synthesis hardware to enable the student to print music scores and/or develop MIDI format sequencer files. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUS F232 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Recommended: MUS F432. (3+0)


MUS F351O Conducting (h)

3 Credits

Principles of conducting; interpretation of vocal and instrumental ensemble music. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; MUS F232. (3+0)


MUS F361 Private Lessons (h)

2 or 4 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2 or 4+0)


MUS F362 Private Lessons (h)

2 or 4 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2 or 4+0)


MUS F390 Junior Recital

0 Credits

Half-length solo music performance recital. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: MUS F262 or equivalent; music major; junior standing in music study; permission of instructor. (0+0)


MUS F410W Women in Music History (h)

3 Credits

Lives and works of female musicians, composers and performers will be traced from the earliest days of the ancient and mythological periods through the medieval, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods with special emphasis on composers of the 20th century. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with WMS F410.) (3+0)


MUS F421W Music before 1620 (h)

3 Credits

Music from its origins in Greek antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to and including the emergence of opera at the turn of the 17th century. Includes study of prominent composers, early musical forms, original sources in translation, development of musical notation and development of early musical instruments. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; MUS F221; MUS F222; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F422W Music in the 17th and 18th Centuries (h)

3 Credits

Style and performance practices of opera, oratorio, cantata, sonata and concerto, as well as chamber music. Development of keyboard instruments as well as other instrumental genres: strings, winds and brasses. Style study of representative works from early Baroque composers through Bach, Handel, Bach's sons, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and others. Musical developments in Italy, England, France, Germany, Austria and cross-cultural influences. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; MUS F221; MUS F222; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F423W Music of the 19th Century (h)

3 Credits

Musical trends in the 19th century. Romanticism, nationalism, Italian opera and Wagnerian music drama, as exemplified by representative works, chosen from the music of Weber, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and others. Related readings in other aspects of the Romantic movement. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; MUS F221 or MUS F222; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F424W Music since 1900 (h)

3 Credits

Study of significant works from the modern repertoire, beginning with the later works of Strauss and continuing to the music of Stravinsky, the Expressionists, the Neoclassicists, Bartok, the Minimalists, and more recent developments. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; MUS F221 or MUS F222; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F426 Music Literature (h)

2 Credits

Music literature of brass, strings, keyboard, voice or winds, on a rotating basis as announced for the semester of offering. Course may be repeated four times for a total of 10 credits. Prerequisites: MUS F261 or equivalent; or permission of instructor. Recommended: MUS F221; MUS F222, and one course from the MUS F421-F424 Period Music History course sequence. (2+0)


MUS F431 Counterpoint (h)

3 Credits

Contrapuntal techniques by means of analysis and synthesis of pieces in contrapuntal idioms. (3+0)


MUS F432 Orchestration and Arranging (h)

3 Credits

Instrumentation and arranging for vocal and instrumental ensembles. (3+0)


MUS F433 Seminar in Musical Composition (h)

2 - 3 Credits

Development of compositional skills based upon the works of predominately 20th-century composers. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUS F232 or equivalent; permission of instructor. (2 - 3+0)


MUS F434 Advanced Harmonic Analysis (h)

3 Credits

Strengthens understanding of functional harmony through a series of case studies with each gradually increasing in analytical difficulty. Chromatic music of late-19th century European art music, represented by composers such as Chopin, Franck and Scriagin. Prerequisites: MUS F232 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F435 Private Lessons in Music Composition (h)

2 - 4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Private instruction in advanced music composition consisting of one private lesson per week. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: MUS F433 or equivalent; audition; permission of instructor. Course may not be audited. (1 - 2+3)


MUS F461 Private Lessons (h)

2 or 4 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. See accompanying box for private lesson fees. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2 or 4+0)


MUS F462 Private Lessons (h)

2 or 4 Credits

Private instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar, orchestral and band instruments. Private instruction shall consist of one private lesson per week. Music performance majors must enroll for 4 credits for MUS F361- F462 levels of study. All other students will normally enroll for 2 credits, except where special permission is granted. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission by audition. Special permission required. Note: Course may not be audited. Credit-No Credit grading not permitted. Concurrent enrollment in MUS F190: Recital Attendance required. (2 or 4+0)


MUS F490 Senior Recital

0 Credits

Full length music solo recital. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: MUS F362 or equivalent; MUS F390 or equivalent; music major; senior standing in music study; permission of instructor. (0+0)


MUS F601 Introduction to Graduate Study

3 Credits

Materials, techniques and procedures for research in music. Examination of bibliographic sources. Required of all graduate students in music. Students should register for this class during their first fall semester in residence. Prerequisites: Provisional admission to graduate study and permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F606 Advanced Chamber Music

1 - 2 Credits

Advanced string, woodwind, brass, vocal chamber music, piano chamber music and accompanying. Prerequisites: MUS F307; graduate standing; and permission of instructor. Course may not be audited. (0+3 or 6)


MUS F607 Seminar in Elementary and Secondary General Classroom Music

3 Credits

Discussion of the theoretical basis for developing objectives for general and classroom music in the elementary and secondary schools. Evaluation of current curricula, methods and materials with respect to stated objectives. Evaluative methods in music. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F608 Seminar in Secondary Music Education

2 Credits

Examination of current trends and problems in all aspects of secondary music education. Emphasis on curriculum development, philosophy and goals, instrumental and choral program administration, and aspects of music learning and evaluation. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (2+0)


MUS F625 Topics in Music History

3 Credits

Detailed study of selected topics in music history and/or literature. Specific topic to be announced in advance of course offering. (3+0)


MUS F626 Advanced Music Literature

2 Credits

Advanced music literature of brass, strings, keyboard, voice or winds, on a rotating basis as announced each semester. Course may be repeated up to four times for a total of 10 credits. Prerequisites: MUS F461 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Recommended: MUS F221; MUS F222; and/or courses from the MUS F421-F424 sequence. (2+0)


MUS F631 Seminar in Music Theory: History and Pedagogy

3 Credits

Historical development of music theory and music theory pedagogy (current teaching practices and survey of available teaching materials). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (3+0)


MUS F635 Graduate Private Lessons in Composition

2 - 4 Credits

Private instruction in advanced music composition consisting of one private lesson per week. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; MUS F433 or equivalent: audition; permission of instructor. Course may not be audited. Recommended: Familiarity with computer-assisted music score preparation software. (1 - 2+3)


MUS F651 Advanced Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques

2 - 3 Credits

Study of conducting style and techniques and their application to representative compositions for different instrumental and vocal mediums. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: MUS F351 or equivalent; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (2 - 3+0)


MUS F661 Advanced Private Lessons

2 or 4 Credits

Private instruction in piano, voice, or orchestral instruments consisting of one private lesson per week. Repeatable for credit. Course may not be audited. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Special permission required. Graduate standing; MUS F462 or equivalent; audition. Note: Course may not be audited. (2 or 4+0)


MUS F690 Graduate Recital

0 Credits

Full length solo performance recital. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: MUS F490 or equivalent; graduate standing in applied music study; permission of instructor. (0+0)


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