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 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 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.

MUS 107 Symphony Band (0.00-0.50)
The Symphony Band performs a wide variety of band music while focusing on the development of fundamental instrumental and ensemble skills. The Symphony Band performs on campus at least once a term. No adutiion is required; however, auditions are held for placement within the sections and for section leaders.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

MUS 201 Music Theory III (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.

MUS 202 Music Theory IV (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.

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 Aural Skills III (1.00)
Intermediate work in sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords, and harmonic dictation. Corequisite: MUS 201.

MUS 209 Aural Skills IV (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.

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

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

MUS 228 Diction for Singers I (1.00)
The fundamental diction course designed to introduce singers to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), leading to the correct pronunciation of English and Italian. Topics include IPA transcription and the application of diction principles to important English and Italian vocal literature of the 18th through 20th centuries.

MUS 229 Diction for Singers II (1.00)
A continuation from Diction for Singers I of the fundamental course designed to acquaint singers with the IPA, leading to the correct pronunciation of French and German. Topics include IPA transcription and the application of diction principles to important French and German vocal literature of the 18th through 20th centuries.

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.

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.

MUS 258 Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas (2.00)
This course introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliographic, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading, and writing skills. This course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 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. 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. Instructor consent required.

MUS 322 Woodwind Techniques I (1.00)
An applied course focused on developing proficiency on the clarinet, saxophone and flute families in order to prepare future music educators to gain aptitude in instrument pedagogy for use in beginning, junior high and high school band/orchestra. The course will delve into the various pedagogical concerns that accompany proficiency on single reeds and flutes. The course will also develop a procedure-based classroom management strategy for beginning band classes.

MUS 323 Brass Techniques (1.00)
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.

MUS 324 String Techniques (1.00)
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.

MUS 325 Percussion Techniques (1.00)
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.

MUS 326 Woodwind Techniques II (1.00)
An applied course focused on developing proficiency on the oboe and bassoon families in order to prepare future music educators to gain aptitude in instrument pedagogy for use in beginning, junior high and high school band/orchestra. The course will delve into the various pedagogical concerns that accompany proficiency on single reeds and flutes. The course will also develop a procedure-based classroom management strategy for beginning band classes.

MUS 329 Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques (1.00)
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. Instructor consent required.

MUS 334 Piano Pedagogy (1.00)
The study and methodology related to the materials and techniques of teaching piano in both individual and group settings. Topics include incorporating various classical and alternative methods for the beginning to intermediate piano student.

MUS 336 Collaborative Piano (1.00)
An applied course focused on the aspects of collaborative piano including accompanying, chamber music, harmonization and accompanimental improvisation.

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

MUS 343 Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory (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.

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.

MUS 352 General Music Classroom Instrument Techniques (1.00)
This course is the study of methodology, materials and techniques of teaching various instruments of the general music classroom in a group setting. Topics include Orff techniques, classroom composition and methodology, guitar and ukulele, recorder, world drumming and classroom piano.

MUS 360 Jazz Composition and Arranging (3.00)
Advanced topics in jazz composition and arranging introduced though the exploration and analysis of jazz repertory. Topics include writing in various tonal forms, writing for rhythm section, and arranging for small jazz ensembles and various big band formations.

MUS 370 Performance and Analysis (3.00)
Advanced analytical techniques for tonal and post-tonal music. Topics include large-scale score analysis, harmonic analysis, reductive analysis, and rhythmic analysis. Other topics include issues in cognition and perception and computer-assisted analysis.

MUS 380 Ethnomusicology (3.00)
An intensive study of musical structures from an ethnomusicology perspective. The music's include but not limited to; Indian raga, Arabic maqam, Javanese gamelan, Irish-Anglo folk, Easter European fold traditions, Australian aboriginal music, Native American music's and West-African rhythm. The course will include critical analysis and study of notation, aesthetic principles, and various cultural aspects of work music's. ACR: Intercultural.

MUS 382 Computer and Electronic Music (3.00)
Basic concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition, and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills will be allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques. Same As: MED 382 Instructor consent required.

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.

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.

MUS 428 Vocal Literature (1.00)
An overview of the performance and communication of song and operatic repertoire with detailed attention to style, interpretation, foreign language diction, phrasing, dramatic expression and performance practice. The course will cover a wide range of repertoire within the common practice period with a primary focus on performance styles, performance practices and interpretive skills as applied to English, French, German and Italian texts.

MUS 434 Piano Literature (1.00)
An in-depth study of keyboard and piano literature of the extended common-practice period with a focus on the 18th through 20th centuries. Along with the history of the piano, the performance and analysis of forms, genres, style and primary composers are studied. The course will be taught through lectures, reading and listening assignments.

MUS 452 Instrumental Literature (1.00)
An in-depth study of chamber repertoire, instrumental genres, composers, performance practices, compositional techniques, style and the interpretation of instrumental literature primarily in the common practice period to the 20th and 21st centuries.

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.