North Central College - Naperville, IL

Music Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

MUS 101 Basic Music Theory I (3.00)
Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions, voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions, and rudimentary forms. Corequisite: MUS 108.

MUS 102 Basic Music Theory II (3.00)
A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones, and seventh chords. The course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature. Corequisite: MUS 109. Prerequisite: MUS 101.

MUS 108 Basic Musicianship I (1.00)
Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, and ear training. Corequisite: MUS 101.

MUS 109 Basic Musicianship II (1.00)
Continued basic work in sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, and melodic and rhythmic dictation. Corequisite: MUS 102. Prerequisite: MUS 108.

MUS 110 Cardinal Chorus (0.00-0.50)
Cardinal Chorus is dedicated to the study and performance of a wide variety of choral repertoire and to the development of foundational choral and vocal skills such as sight-reading, tone color, choral diction, and blend and balance. Each term includes at least one public performance. No audition required, but a voice placement will take place as part of the rehearsal process each term.

MUS 111 Concert Choir (0.00-0.50)
The North Central Concert Choir performs a varied repertoire in three formal college concerts as well as occasional off-campus appearances. Membership is open to all North Central students with consent of instructor. Audition is required. Instructor consent required.

MUS 112 North Central Express (0.00-0.50)
Membership in the North Central Express is limited to 16 members and is by audition only. Auditions are held the second week of Fall Term. Repertoire is of a popular nature and performances are staged and choreographed. This group has frequent off-campus performances. Instructor consent required.

MUS 113 Naperville Chorus (0.00-0.50)
The Naperville Chorus is dedicated to the performance of large-scale musical works, with orchestral accompaniment and professional soloists. Membership is open without audition to anyone with previous singing experience.

MUS 114 Concert Winds (0.00-0.50)
Concert Winds performs a wide variety of music, including new music and works from the standard repertoire. Concert performances are scheduled both on and off campus. Auditions are held for placement within sections and for the select ensemble, Chamber Winds. Prerequisite: Ability to play instrument.

MUS 115 Big Band (0.00-0.50)
The 20-member Big Band performs a wide variety of large-ensemble jazz and popular music. Each year the ensemble performs at least three concerts on campus and makes several appearances off-campus. Audition is required.

MUS 116 Women's Chorale (0.00-0.50)
The study and performance of choral music for women's voices. Each term culminates in one or more public performances. Audition required. Instructor consent required.

MUS 150 Listening to Music (3.00)
Introduction to the masterpieces of Western music; a broadly-based grounding in the rudiments of music, aesthetic values, and literature of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary periods. Core: Humanities.

MUS 156 The World of Music (3.00)
Introductory course with examples drawn from the music of the five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Core: Humanities.

MUS 181 Jazz Improvisation I (3.00)
Fundamentals of jazz harmony, rhythmic style, and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training, and improvisation exercises using the major scales and the dorian and mixolydian modes. Analysis, transcription, and performance of recorded jazz solos are used to illustrate these principles. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

MUS 182 Jazz Improvisation II (3.00)
Principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style, and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training, and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the ii-V-I harmonic progression, the blues scale and form, the aeolian and locrian modes, and the minor ii-V-I harmonic progression. Analysis, transcription, and performance of recorded jazz solos illustrating these principles. Prerequisite: MUS 181.

MUS 201 Intermediate Music Theory I (3.00)
A study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords, and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature. Corequisite: MUS 208. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

MUS 202 Intermediate Music Theory II (3.00)
A study of extended chords, modulations to foreign keys, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords, and the tone row. The study of techniques and modulations are applied to the analysis and form of standard music literature. Corequisite: MUS 209. Prerequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 205 Opera Workshop (0.00-0.50)
A basic study of performance techniques for the singer of musical theatre and opera, designed to give students experience in singing and acting through study and active participation in works of the musical stage. This course is repeatable. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. Instructor consent required.

MUS 208 Intermediate Musicianship I (1.00)
Intermediate work in sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords, and harmonic dictation. Corequisite: MUS 201. Prerequisite: MUS 109.

MUS 209 Intermediate Musicianship II (1.00)
Continued intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords, and harmonic dictation. Introduction of modes, intervals beyond the octave, and hearing of forms. Corequisite: MUS 202. Prerequisite: MUS 208.

MUS 211 Piano Lessons (0.00-1.00)
Available to all students. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 102. Instructor consent required.

MUS 221 Voice Lessons (0.00-1.00)
Available to all students. May be repeated. Instructor consent required.

MUS 231 Instrumental Lessons (0.00-1.00)
Available to all students. May be repeated. Instructor consent required.

MUS 241 Jazz Combo (0.00-0.50)
A performance student chamber ensemble open to instrumentalists and vocalists with an interest in the improvisational art form of jazz. Audition required.

MUS 245 Vocal Jazz Lab Ensemble (0.00-0.50)
A vocal workshop ensemble open to all students interested in the improvisational art form of jazz as presented in a multi-voice setting. Audition required.

MUS 250 Music Literature I (2.00)
Composers and selected examples of their musical work in historical perspective. An introduction to musical styles, genres, and forms in Western music from the Middle Ages through the Classical Period. Prerequisite: MUS 101 or MUS 150. Core: Humanities.

MUS 251 Music Literature II (2.00)
Composers and selected examples of their musical work in historical perspective. A study of the musical styles, genres, and forms in Western music from the Romantic Period through the present day. Prerequisite: MUS 101 or MUS 150. Core: Humanities.

MUS 260 Jazz Harmony I (3.00)
Music theory as it applies to Swing and Bebop Jazz styles. Scale/chord relationships; harmonic notation; standard sectional song forms; and alterations, extensions, and substitutions. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

MUS 261 Jazz Harmony II (3.00)
Music theory as it applies to the stylistic changes which occurred in jazz after Bebop. Modal and chromatic harmony, polychords, pedal points, free playing, and quartal harmony. Prerequisite: MUS 260.

MUS 281 Jazz Improvisation III (3.00)
Intermediate principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style, and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training, and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the lydian and phrygian modes, sectional forms, the diminished mode, and the whole tone scale. Analysis, transcription, and performance of recorded jazz solos illustrating these principles. Prerequisite: MUS 182.

MUS 282 Jazz Improvisation IV (3.00)
Advanced principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style, and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training, and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the harmonic and melodic minor scales, altered lydian modes, pentatonic scales, and Coltrane substitutions. Analysis, transcription, and performance of recorded jazz solos illustrating these principles. Prerequisite: MUS 281.

MUS 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

MUS 301 Music History I (2.00)
The study of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance Period. Prerequisite: Junior standing, MUS 250, MUS 251.

MUS 302 Music History II (2.00)
The study of Western music of the Baroque and Classical Periods. Prerequisite: MUS 301.

MUS 303 Music History III (2.00)
The study of Western music from the Romantic Period to the present day. Prerequisite: MUS 302.

MUS 305 Jazz History I (3.00)
The stylistic evolution of Jazz from its origins to 1945, examined within its American cultural context. Traces its historical development from early Combo Jazz through the Swing era to the development of Bebop. Prerequisite: MUS 102 or instructor consent.

MUS 306 Jazz History II (3.00)
The stylistic evolution of modern jazz after Bebop; from 1945 to the present, examined within its American cultural context. Traces the historical development of the diverse styles - Bop, Third Stream, Free Jazz, Fusion - co-existing within the contemporary Jazz idiom. Prerequisite: MUS 305 or instructor consent.

MUS 307 Chamber Ensemble (0.00-0.50)
A variety of instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles, such as brass and woodwind quintets, string quartet, world music ensemble, or a cappella groups. Changes annually. May register for 0.00 or 0.50 hours. Instructor consent required.

MUS 311 Piano (0.00-1.00)
Available to qualified juniors and seniors who have demonstrated the stipulated proficiency in their major performing area by passing with distinction a Jury-Exam at the end of the sophomore year where each plays approximately 15 minutes of memorized music. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Instructor consent required.

MUS 321 Voice (0.00-1.00)
Available to qualified juniors and seniors who have demonstrated the stipulated proficiency in their major performing area by passing with distinction a Jury-Exam at the end of the sophomore year where each sings approximately 15 minutes of memorized music. Prerequisite: MUS 221. Instructor consent required.

MUS 322 Woodwind Techniques (1.50)
A study of the performance techniques of the flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon. Student study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels. Prerequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 323 Brass Techniques (1.50)
A study of the performance techniques of the trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels. Prerequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 324 String Techniques (1.50)
A study of the performance techniques of the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels. Prerequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 325 Percussion Techniques (1.50)
A study of the performance techniques of the various percussion instruments found in the band and orchestra. Student study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels. Prerequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 328 Diction for Singers (1.50)
Instruction in Italian, German, and French diction as it applies to vocal music. Coursework includes use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the preparation and in-class performance of representative vocal solos in each language studied. Required for all Music Education majors in choral track; recommended for all those studying voice.

MUS 329 Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques (1.50)
The study of the vocal instrument and techniques for proper use. Emphasis is on healthy production and the establishment of a technique to be used with young or amateur singers. Required for Music Education majors in the choral track; recommended for any student studying voice.

MUS 331 Instrumental Lessons (0.00-1.00)
Available to qualified juniors and seniors who have demonstrated the stipulated proficiency in their major performing area by passing with distinction a Jury-Exam at the end of the sophomore year where each plays approximately 15 minutes of memorized music. Prerequisite: MUS 231. Instructor consent required.

MUS 341 Advanced Music Theory (3.00)
A study of chromaticism including mode mixture, enharmonic spellings, and enharmonic modulations. The course covers tonal harmony in the late nineteenth century as well as the twentieth century use of rhythm, serialism, and non-tertian harmonic techniques. Materials studied are applied to the form and analysis of standard music literature. Corequisite: MUS 343. Prerequisite: MUS 202.

MUS 342 Arranging and Orchestration (3.00)
Students study the technical and historic aspects of orchestration and arranging for both vocal and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 341.

MUS 343 Advanced Musicianship (1.00)
Advanced level work with sight singing and ear training including modal, atonal, and contemporary idioms. Special projects involving transcriptions and dictation from students' area of interest. Corequisite: MUS 341. Prerequisite: MUS 209.

MUS 344 Elements of Conducting (2.00)
Basic conducting technique, including posture, position of the arms and hands, simple patterns, cueing, and releases. Introduction to score preparation and rehearsal technique. Prerequisites: MUS 341, MUS 343; or instructor consent.

MUS 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

MUS 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

MUS 407 Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Techniques (3.00)
A study of advanced instrumental conducting techniques, including score preparation and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisites: MUS 202, MUS 344.

MUS 408 Advanced Choral Conducting and Techniques (3.00)
Advanced conducting technique as related to the choral ensemble. Further study on score preparation and rehearsal techniques, using standard choral repertoire as a basis for study. Prerequisites: MUS 202, MUS 344.

MUS 490 Seminar in Music (3.00)
Topics of interest to the music major, such as philosophy of music, music and the community, marching band techniques, or electronic music applications. Instructor consent required.

MUS 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

MUS 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.