Course List - Riverland

Music Emphasis

*Piano majors or students meeting piano proficiency requirements may substitute approved electives for these courses.

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

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MUSC1102
Music Theory/SS/ET II

This is the second semester of music theory designed for music students or anyone desiring to learn the theoretical aspects of music and to improve skills in reading and notating music. Emphasis is given to harmonic and melodic structure and cadences. This course also integrates sight-singing and ear training.  Prerequisite: MUSC1101 or instructor approval

(4 Cr – 4 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1145
Beginning Piano Class *

This course is designed for the student who has little or no training in the art of piano playing and music reading. Emphasis will be on reading and performing piano music notation; exploration of the basic elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm; and will include introductory exercises in the areas of composition and improvisation.

(1 Cr – 0 lect, 1 lab)

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MUSC1146
Piano Class II *

This course is a continuation of MUSC 1145 Piano Class I.  It is designed for the student who has had fundamental training in the art of piano playing and music reading.  Emphasis will continue to be placed on reading and performing musical notation with further exploration of the basic elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form.  It will include exercises in the areas of composition and improvisation and expansion of technical control and facility. Prerequisite:  MUSC 1145 or instructor approval.

(2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR1111
Movement for the Stage I

This course will provide performers with the opportunity to study the integration of body and voice in character development. The purpose is to develop and strengthen the body through exercises in relaxation, body alignment, breathing, flexibility, and coordination. Also included are the basics of ballet, jazz, tap, folk, Renaissance and other forms of dance. Students may earn up to 2 credits in the movement sequence.

(1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)

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Approved Electives (see electives below)
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Ensembles MUSC1121-1128 and 2121-2128
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One Course - HLTH/PHED or THTR1111
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Private Lessons MUSC 1150 - 1179 and 2150-2179
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MnTC General Education Courses (40 credits)

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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) or ENGL1102

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1104
Composition II: Argument (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) or ENGL1105 or ENGL1107

This second semester composition course is designed as a continuation of ENGL 1101.  It teaches the skills needed to write clear and coherent essays using different modes of expository prose such as process, comparison and contrast, classification, and definition.  It will culminate in the study of argumentative writing in which the student learns to defend a position and argue a thesis with reason and evidence.  Prerequisite:  ENGL 1101

MnTC (Goal 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1101
Music Theory/SS/ET I (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is the first semester of music theory designed for music students, elementary education students, or anyone desiring to learn the basics of music and to develop or improve skills in reading and notating music.  It includes pitch and rhythmic notation, major, minor and modal scales, key signatures, triads, beginning melody and harmonization.  This course also integrates sight singing and ear training. 

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1111
Survey of Music (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is a survey of music and musical style from the beginning of recorded music history through the present. It includes a brief introduction to musical elements and is designed for the student who has little or no training in music. It combines instruction in musical terminology with extensive, critical listening along with an overview of the history of Western music. MnTC (Goal 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) or SPCH1110

This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations.  This course emphasizes audience analysis, organization, content development including topic selection and speaking ethics.  Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations and demonstrate an ability to apply research from diverse sources.  Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Goal 7 - Human Diversity One non-MUSC course.
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Goal 10 - People & the Environment One course minimum
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Electives (3 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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HUMA1101
Humanities I (Goal 6 & 8)

This course examines the artifacts of prehistory and the birth of civilizations in Egypt and ancient Sumer.  An examination of the Classical legacy, the contribution of Greece and Rome, is followed by a study of the patterns of life and art in the Medieval West.  The course culminates in a study of the flowering of ideas and arts of the Renaissance.  In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies.

     MnTC Goals (6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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HUMA1102
Humanities II (Goal 6 & 8)

This course examines the High Renaissance including the challenge of the Protestant Reformation and its response—the Counter Reformation.  A view of the Baroque style in art, architecture and literature is counterpointed by examining the rise of science with its confidence in the power of human reason and culminating with an analysis of eighteenth century art, music, and society.  Students will investigate the progress from Realism to Modernism in the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries.  In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies.

      MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1114
American Popular Music (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is a study of popular music in America from around 1750 to the present.  Subjects studied are musical elements, historical and social perspectives, and genres and styles of popular music including the music of the slaves, music of early white America, music of the Civil War, post-Civil War, black music, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland, Big Band, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock 'n Roll, Rock, and contemporary styles.

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1140
Guitar Class I

This course emphasizes the fundamentals of guitar technique and performance for the beginning guitar student.  Instruction is presented in a lecture/application format in a group setting.  Each student is responsible for providing his/her own acoustic guitar for use in the class sessions.

(1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC2295
World Cultural Studies

Global culture comes alive as students experience a major international city and its surrounding areas. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at international theater, art, music, and daily culture. Faculty members provide guidance and support while giving students the freedom to explore their own areas of interest. Pre-trip classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip abroad. A special fee is charged to cover travel expenses.  Student must be co-enrolled in THTR 2295.

(1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC2297
World Cultural Studies – Research Option

Global culture comes alive as students experience a major international city and its surrounding areas. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at international theater, art, music, and daily culture. Faculty members provide guidance and support while giving students the freedom to explore their own areas of interest. Pre-trip classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip abroad. Students enrolled in the Research Option will conduct additional research while abroad and prepare a research project on a topic of their choosing.  A special fee is charged to cover travel expenses. Student must be co-enrolled in THTR 2297.

(2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC2600
USA Cultural Studies

This travel/study trip will allow participants to encounter the cultural offerings of the USA’s most vibrant cities.  Experienced faculty will provide a survey of exhibitions and performances in art, music, and theatre, as well as historical background and practical guidance.  This trip offers access to arts experts and cultural experiences not available to most travelers or commercial tour groups, while allowing flexibility for exploration of individual interests.  A special fee is charged to cover travel expenses.

(1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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THTR2100
Beginning Acting (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of acting for the stage. The class is designed not only for those wanting to improve performance skills, but also for those wanting to improve their confidence whenever appearing before a group, personally or professionally. 

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSIC ENSEMBLE MUSC1121-1129; 2121-2129
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PARTICIPATION IN MUSIC: MUSC1130, 1131, 2130, 2131
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APPLIED MUSIC LESSION MUSC 1150-1179; 2150-2179
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MOVEMENT FOR THE STAGE: THTR1112; 2111; 2112

Last Updated: October 21, 2016