Music

Music courses offered in:
Ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, music technology, performance ensembles, chamber music, guitar, and piano.

www.uis.edu/music/
Email: music@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6240
Office Location: VPA 62

Departmental Information

The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre includes academic programs of study in the disciplines of Art, Music, and Theatre. Art offers a BA in Visual Arts, as well as a Minor in Visual Arts. Theatre offers a BA and a Minor in Theatre, and Music provides various curricular and co-curricular offerings. The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre fosters study in the practical application of the various arts disciplines, as well as study in the historical, cultural and philosophical underpinnings of each discipline. Art classes are listed in the course schedule under Visual Arts, with the prefix, ART. Music classes are listed in the course schedule under MUS, and Theatre classes are listed in the course schedule under THE. Please refer to each discipline’s catalog entry or website for information about courses, degree offerings, and co-curricular opportunities.

Music Program Information

The University of Illinois at Springfield offers music courses that fulfill requirements in the UIS General Education curriculum, particularly in the areas of Humanities and Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

Students may also take music classes for general elective credit.

Our curriculum includes classes in ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, music technology, performance ensembles, chamber music, and more.

Although UIS does not offer a music degree, music studies are integral to a liberal arts curriculum. These courses offer students the opportunity to develop skills in reading, creating, performing, and thinking critically about music.

Music course offerings are listed in the current course schedule under the MUS course prefix.

The UIS Music minor is designed to help students increase their general music knowledge and acquire a basic understanding of diverse methodologies of music study.  It introduces students to a range of musical instruments, styles, methodologies and career options.  Students may plan a broad-based minor that includes courses in music performance, ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, and music technology, or they may tailor their degree to focus on one particular aspect of music study.  Currently, the music program maintains strong course offerings in the areas of ethnomusicology and fundamental questions about the role of music in human social life focusing on diverse issues like cultural relativity, national identity, globalization, and social justice.  Music performance courses help students advance their technical proficiency, engage in critical thinking about music as text, and hone their collaborative skills in a variety of world music traditions.  The Music minor is open to students in any field.

Admission Requirements:

There are no special requirements for admission into the Music minor.

Advising:

Students should see their academic advisor and consult with a faculty member who teaches in the Music minor in order to assess their curricular needs.

Grading Policy:

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses that apply toward the degree.  Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted toward the Music minor.

Requirements of the minor:

To earn a minor in Music, students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours.  Two lower-division courses are required for the minor.  Nine hours of electives are required for the minor, and six of these elective hours must be upper division courses taken at UIS.  The program may approve transfer credit of no more than two courses.  A maximum of 3 lower level ensemble credit hours and three upper level ensemble credit hours may be applied toward the minor (six total ensemble credit hours).  Music ensembles can be repeated for additional credit.  Students should consult with an academic advisor to ensure that they have understood the minor requirements.

Select one of the following courses: 13
MUS 191Musics of the World3
SOA 191Musics of the World3
MUS 281Music, Technology, and Culture3
SOA 281Music, Technology, and Culture3
Select one of the following courses: 1
MUS 111Fundamentals of Music Theory3
MUS 121Music Appreciation3
Select nine hours of electives, six hours of which must be upper division9
MUS 101Vocal Music Ensemble1
MUS 105Instrumental Music Ensemble1
MUS 131Beginning Class Guitar3
MUS 133Beginning Class Piano3
MUS 141Individual Music Lessons I1,2
MUS 151Arts & Identity: Japan & U.S.3
MUS 181Introduction to Music Technology3
MUS 301Vocal Music Ensemble1-2
MUS 305Instrumental Music Ensemble1-2
MUS 319ECCE: Music and Social Justice4
SOA 319ECCE: Music and Social Justice4
MUS 335Jazz in American Culture4
SOA 335Jazz in American Culture4
MUS 341Individual Music Lessons II1,2
MUS 367ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures4
SOA 367ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures4
MUS 380Topics in Music4
MUS 419ECCE: American Musics4
SOA 419ECCE: American Musics4
MUS 499Tutorial1-12
Total Hours15
1

 Any of the courses listed in this section can count as an elective towards the minor if not selected as a required course for the minor.

Courses

MUS 101. Vocal Music Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Study and practice of vocal ensemble literature and performance techniques. Preparation of materials for concert performance. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 105. Instrumental Music Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Study and practice of instrumental ensemble literature and performance techniques. Preparation of materials for concert performance. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 111. Fundamentals of Music Theory. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the fundamental elements or Western Classical Art music with a brief review of historic style periods. No prerequisites needed except an interest in music. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 121. Music Appreciation. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to introduce the student to Western Art Music. Students will learn about the elements of music, and listen to, read about, discuss, and write about the musical composers, genres, and styles of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern Periods. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 131. Beginning Class Guitar. 3 Hours.

This course offers class instruction in guitar to students with little or no previous training. It includes fundamentals of reading, technique, and creative activities; study and performance of simple solo and ensemble repertoire. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 133. Beginning Class Piano. 3 Hours.

This course offers class instruction in piano to students with little or no pervious training. It includes fundamentals of reading, technique, and creative activities; study and performance of simple solo and ensemble repertoire. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 141. Individual Music Lessons I. 1,2 Hour.

Individualized instructions in voice or an instrument for students at the beginning to intermediate level, Individual instructors provide training in fundamentals of reading, technique, and appropriate level repertoire. Course Information: Additional course fees apply, see class schedule. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.

MUS 151. Arts & Identity: Japan & U.S.. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the arts of Japan and the United States. Explores relationships between the arts and the socio-cultural issues in these countries, including the importance of the arts in religious, political and popular rituals. Interdisciplinary focus is on points at which artistic traditions are related or have common themes. Course Information: Same as ART 151. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Comparative Societies Humanities.

MUS 181. Introduction to Music Technology. 3 Hours.

This course offers hands on experience with a broad variety of computer music software, and is open to students of all levels of knowledge and experience, supporting UIS' commitment to both traditional and nontraditional learners. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 191. Musics of the World. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to the diversities and commonalities of music cultures from around the world. Course Information: Same as SOA 191. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Comparative Societies Humanities.

MUS 239. ECCE: Black Music in American Culture. 3 Hours.

This course has been designed to acquaint the student with the major issues and trends related to understanding the historical experiences of African American people in this country, through the study of the styles of music created by African Americans in the twentieth century: the blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. Course Information: Same as AAS 239. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of U.S. Communities.

MUS 281. Music, Technology, and Culture. 3 Hours.

Course develops music listening, analysis, and compositional skills and familiarizes students with music technology in a broad array of historical and geographical musical environments. Students create an original instrument, compose and perform a work for the new instrument and computer, and explain choices made during this creative process. Course Information: Same as SOA 281. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 301. Vocal Music Ensemble. 1-2 Hours.

Study and practice of vocal ensemble literature and performance techniques. Preparation of materials for concert performance. Course Information: Demonstration of advanced musicianship skills and a leadership role within the ensemble is expected. May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 305. Instrumental Music Ensemble. 1-2 Hours.

Study and practice of instrumental ensemble literature and performance techniques. Preparation of materials for concert performance. Course Information: Demonstration of advanced musicianship skills and a leadership role within the ensemble is expected. May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

MUS 319. ECCE: Music and Social Justice. 4 Hours.

This course provides a forum for students to engage with social justice issues through music. With a combined geographical and topical approach, students examine the role of music in various social justice movements and develop a vocabulary to discuss music as a medium for change in various cultural contexts. Course Information: Same as SOA 319. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

MUS 335. Jazz in American Culture. 4 Hours.

Explores development of jazz as a popular art form, the influence of American culture (e.g., race, class, gender relations, religion and moralism, and the dominance of commercial values) on the shape of this art form, its performance and enjoyment, and the reciprocal influence of jazz on American culture. Course Information: Same as SOA 335. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

MUS 341. Individual Music Lessons II. 1,2 Hour.

Individual instruction in voice or an instrument for students at the advanced level. Individual instructors provide training in reading, technique, and appropriate level repertoire. Course Information: Additional course fees apply, see class schedule. May be repeated to maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisites: performance audition and permission of instructor.

MUS 367. ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures. 4 Hours.

This course explores the concept of identity in Pacific/Oceania Island cultures as expressed through the arts. Students will engage with topics and issues including indigenous and colonial history and relationships; traditional music, dance, visual arts, and seamanship; diversity amongst island cultures; and contemporary Oceanic arts and artists within a global society. Course Information: Same as ART 367 and SOA 367. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

MUS 380. Topics in Music. 4 Hours.

This course is an intensive study of a current topic in music, music history, music theory, music composition, musicology, or ethnomusicology. Description of topics for a given course will be stated in the course schedule.

MUS 419. ECCE: American Musics. 4 Hours.

Students from all backgrounds learn to use research tools developed by anthropologists, musicologists, folklorists, linguists, historians and others to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of musical styles, aesthetic views, and socio-cultural functions of music in differing U.S. sub-cultures. Course Information: Same as SOA 419. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of U.S. Communities.

MUS 499. Tutorial. 1-12 Hours.

Intended to supplement, not supplant, regular course offerings. Students interested in a tutorial must secure the consent of the faculty member concerned before registration and submit any required documentation to him or her. Independent Study. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours with approval.