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The Georgetown College Department of Music is housed in the Nunnelley Music Building. The primary goal of the department is to provide a wealth of meaningful experiences with and about music for all members of our campus community. Within the historic and distinctive tradition of liberal arts scholarship for which the College is nationally recognized, the department strives for excellence, whether in the classroom, studio, or ensemble setting.

Program Contact: Professor Pete LaRue

Majors and Minors

Classes

MUS101 : Chorale

A non-auditioned choral ensemble with membership open to all students. The Chorale performs a variety of choral repertoire, including works from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. Numerous performances are presented annually.

Credit Hour(s)

1

MUS105 : College Band

A large instrumental ensemble engaged in the preparation and performance of a variety of music composed, arranged, or transcribed for wind and percussion instruments. The College Band performs each semester on campus and engages in regional tours. Participation requires the permission of the Director. The Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band, an integral offering of the instrumental program at Georgetown College, performs at home football and basketball games, and travels throughout the country. Participation is open to students from across campus with the permission of the Director.

Credit Hour(s)

1

MUS107 : Music Appreciation

A study of the styles of music through listening, reading, and lecture. Reading knowledge of music is not required. A general course designed for students in any discipline. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry Requirement [AOI] in Fine Arts may be met by successful completion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

2

MUS111 : Music Theory for the College Student

Study of the fundamentals of musicianship, including aural and writing skills, keyboard harmony and sight singing. Harmony vocabulary includes functional use of diatonic triads in major and minor. This course is designed for the music minor, or any college student who desires to better understand the materials and structures of music.

Credit Hour(s)

3

MUS126 : Music History and Styles

A study of the stylish characteristics, major composers, and works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, as well as an exploration of the 20th and 21st century American jazz/blues music and musicians.

Credit Hour(s)

3

Prerequisites

MUS 111

MUS147 : Liberal Arts Voice

Group instruction in singing. The course will also include the following segments: development of music-reading skills, basic anatomy and function of the breathing and vocal mechanisms, maintaining vocal health, major composers and performers of vocal repertoire, styles of vocal repertoire, and an introduction to singer’s diction. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry Requirement [AOI] in Fine Arts may be met by successful completion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

2

MUS149 : Liberal Arts Piano Lab

Group instruction for students with limited or no background playing the piano. The course will also include the following topics: reading music, major piano composers and performers, representative piano works from the last three centuries, the evolution of the instrument, and piano maintenance. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry Requirement [AOI] in Fine Arts may be met by successful completion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

2

MUS160 : Applied Music

Individual instruction for music electives.

Credit Hour(s)

1

Prerequisites

Declared music minor or permission of the instructor.

MUS191 : Chorale PLUS

A non-auditioned choral ensemble with membership open to all students. The Chorale performs a variety of choral repertoire, including works from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. Numerous performances are presented annually. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry [AOI] requirement in Fine Arts may be met with successful completion of this course. Participation is open to students from across campus with the permission of the Director.

Credit Hour(s)

2

MUS195 : College Band PLUS

A large instrumental ensemble experience in the preparation and performance of a variety of music composed, arranged, or transcribed for wind and percussion instruments. Varying musical eras and styles are explored each semester with an emphasis on connections with other art forms, artists, and authors. Participation in Band PLUS would include membership in the Tiger Symphonic Band and may also include membership in the Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry [AOI] re-quirement in Fine Arts may be met with successful completion of this course. Participation is open to students from across campus with the permission of the Director.

Credit Hour(s)

2

MUS305 : Tunes for Twangers - A History of Country Music

Tunes for Twangers will present a history of country music in the United States. It is important to note that it is “a” history, not “the” history of that which we know as country music. Through reading, discussion, listening, and reflecting, the early influences of country music through the music of today shall be examined with an emphasis on societal patterns that have always shaped this American art form. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry Requirement [AOI] in Fine Arts may be met by successful completion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

2

MUS307 : History of Rock Music

Study of the origins, characteristics, and stylistic development of rock and roll music from the early 1950s through the 1990s. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry Requirement [AOI] in Fine Arts may be met by successful completion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

3

MUS309 : Film Music: From Psyco to Star Wars, and More!

A historical and aesthetic survey of the styles, trends, and notable figures in the development of film music from the inception of moving pictures to the present. Partial fulfillment of the Area of Inquiry Requirement [AOI] in Fine Arts may be met by successful completion of this course.

Credit Hour(s)

3

MUS335 : Conducting

A study of the fundamentals of conducting and rehearsal techniques applicable to either instrumental or choral ensembles.

Credit Hour(s)

2

Prerequisites

MUS 111