Music Courses
MUS 011Music ActivityMusic1FreshmanMusic ensemble activity.
MUS 101Applied Voice - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in voice is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 101BApplied Voice - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in voice is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 102Applied Piano - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in piano is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 102BApplied Piano - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in piano is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 103Applied Guitar - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in classical guitar is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 103BApplied Guitar - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in guitar is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 104Applied Woodwind - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in woodwind is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 104BApplied Woodwind - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in woodwind is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 105Applied Brass - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in brass is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 105BApplied Brass - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in brass is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 106Applied String - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in string is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 106BApplied String - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in string is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 107Applied Percussion - MajorsMusic1FreshmanInstruction in percussion is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1-hour lessons. This course is for Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 107BApplied Percussion - Non MajorMusic0.5FreshmanInstruction in percussion is offered on a private-lesson basis to all Franklin College students. There is an additional $205 fee assessed per each semester. This fee entitles the student to take 14 1/2-hour lessons. This course is for Non-Music Majors only. The student may register for private lessons in as many subsequent semesters as desired.
MUS 110Theory and Musicianship IMusic3FreshmanThe study of theory and musicianship is designed to develop a student’s ability to think in musical sound. A student will learn to hear and write the patterns of music and to understand how music is organized. Theory involves the writing and analysis of music while musicianship involves the skills of ear training and sight singing. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall.
MUS 111Theory and Musicianship IIMusic3FreshmanTheory and Musicianship II is the second semester of the four-semester course sequence that is designed to develop a student’s ability to think in musical sound. This course focuses on diatonic harmony. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in MUS 110 or equivalent. Spring.
MUS 112Piano Proficiency ExaminationMusic0FreshmanNOTE: All prospective music majors and minors must pass MUS 112 prior to graduation. Successful completion of the piano proficiency examination is required of all music majors and minors. Students may be required to take MUS 180 and MUS 181 prior to the piano proficiency examination.
MUS 119Introduction to MusicMusic4FreshmanThis introductory course in music provides students with a fundamental understanding of how music is valued in societies, how the elements of music interrelate in musical compositions, and how musical style is recognized from various historical periods and different cultures. While students come to understand and appreciate diverse styles and genres of music they also develop active listening skills and increase their ability to articulate their musical preferences. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
MUS 121Franklin College SingersMusic1FreshmanFranklin College Singers is a chamber ensemble that is committed to excellence in choral singing. The ensemble performs in concert on campus, at campus athletic events, in the Franklin community, and in area schools and churches. The Franklin College Singers uphold the mission statement of the college and strive to represent the vision of the college both on and off-campus. The high performance standards established by the conductor, upheld by the college, and inherent within the choral repertoire require individual dedication, time, and positive attitude. Satisfies creative arts exploratory if accumulated at least four credit hours between any combination of MUS 121-125; 127. Graded. Fall and Spring.
MUS 122Men's ChorusMusic1FreshmanThis non-auditioned choir is open to all men at Franklin College who enjoy singing. Rehearsals will address music reading skills and voice skills. The ensemble frequently performs for events on campus and in the greater community. Satisfies creative arts exploratory if accumulated at least four credit hours between any combination of MUS 121-125; 127. Graded. Fall and Spring.
MUS 123Women's ChorusMusic1FreshmanThis non-auditioned choir is open to all women at Franklin College who enjoy singing. Rehearsals will address music reading skills and voice skills. A variety of choral music for women’s voices will be performed on campus and within the Franklin community. Satisfies creative arts exploratory if accumulated at least four credit hours between any combination of MUS 121-125; 127. Graded. Fall and Spring.
MUS 124Franklin College BandMusic1FreshmanThe Franklin College Band is open to all students with high school band experience and is dedicated to the musical enrichment of the campus and community. The band performs as a pep band for athletic events and as a wind ensemble for concerts each semester. Satisfies creative arts exploratory if accumulated at least four credit hours between any combination of MUS 121-125; 127. Graded. Fall and Spring.
MUS 125String EnsembleMusic1FreshmanThe String Ensemble is open to all students with high school orchestra experience and is committed to the musical enrichment of the campus and community. The string ensemble plays chamber music for a variety of events and concludes with a concert each semester. Satisfies creative arts exploratory if accumulated at least four credit hours between any combination of MUS 121-125; 127. Graded. Fall and Spring.
MUS 126Piano AccompanyingMusic1FreshmanAccompanying is an ensemble for pianists which develops accompanying skills through practical application. The student will participate in collaborative performing projects with vocalists, instrumentalists or choirs, in settings such as rehearsals, concerts, recitals, vocal applied lessons, vocal literature classes, instrumental and chamber music, church services or musical theatre productions.
MUS 127Percussion EnsembleMusic1FreshmanThe Percussion Ensemble is a chamber ensemble that is committed to percussion performance. The ensemble is open to students with a limited knowledge of music who desire to gain experience learning and playing percussion instruments. The ensemble performs in concert on campus, in the Franklin community, and in area schools. The Percussion Ensemble upholds the mission statement of the college and strives to represent the vision of the college both on and off-campus. Satisfies creative arts exploratory if accumulated at least 4 credit hours between any combination of MUS 121-125; 127. Graded.
MUS 170Class Guitar IMusic2FreshmanThis guitar class is intended as a one-semester introduction to playing popular songs. This will involve learning basic open chords (major, minor, dominant seventh) as well as their progressions and learning to read and play single notes on the sixth, fifth, and fourth strings. Students will also learn basic rhythmic values of notes. During the second seven weeks of the class, students will learn to play bar chords, read and play single notes on the third, second, and first strings, and learn about dotted and tied rhythms. This course is subject to the availability of a qualified instructor and sufficient enrollment. Fall and spring.
MUS 171Class Guitar IIMusic2FreshmanThis guitar class builds upon the skills learned in MUS 170. This course is intended for students who can comfortably play bar chords and have basic knowledge of the instrument. Students will learn how to play and build more advanced harmonies, gain basic knowledge of single line melodies and their improvisation, and start finger picking exercises for the right hand. This course is subject to the availability of a qualified instructor and sufficient enrollment. Prerequisites: MUS 170 or audition. Fall and spring.
MUS 180Class Piano IMusic2FreshmanOpen to all students, this is a beginning level piano class. Students will learn how to play the piano and how to read musical notes and rhythms. Students will learn how to build and play chords. Music styles will include folk, patriotic, and holiday songs, and other familiar tunes. Piano technique will include scales and chord progressions. Class occurs in the electronic piano lab and students will have access to piano practice rooms during the week. Fall.
MUS 181Class Piano IIMusic2FreshmanOpen to all students, this is the second semester of beginning level piano for students who have taken MUS 180 or for students who have a little background in playing the piano. Students will continue with music reading, chord building, harmonizing melodies and improvising in addition to learning more songs. Class occurs in the electronic piano lab and students will have access to piano practice rooms during the week. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in MUS 180 or equivalent. Spring.
MUS 210Theory and Musicianship IIIMusic4SophomoreTheory and Musicianship III is the third semester of the four-semester course sequence that is designed to develop a student’s ability to think in musical sound. This course focuses on chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in MUS 111. Fall.
MUS 219World MusicMusic3FreshmanA survey of Non-Western Music from across the globe. Students will develop skills for describing various musical styles and work toward understanding music‘s role in cultural identity. Students will learn to play instruments from these societies in a weekly performance lab and may choose to participate in a concert on campus at the end of the semester. No prior musical experience is necessary. Satisfies creative arts and international exploratory requirements. Fall.
MUS 310Conducting and Score PreparationMusic2JuniorThis course functions to establish and develop basic conducting skills with an emphasis on simple metrical patterns, fundamental conducting technique, non-verbal communication, and the basics of score study. This course will integrate components of music theory, history and performance in such a way that each student will gain the skills that are appropriate to prepare and conduct rehearsals and performances. Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in MUS 110 and 111. Spring, odd academic years.
MUS 321Woodwind Methods and PedagogyMusic1JuniorThis course offers students instruction on woodwind instruments and provides students with a basic knowledge of how the instruments work and how to play them properly. Through hands-on experience and further class instruction, students will also develop a knowledge of best practices in woodwind pedagogy. Spring, odd academic years.
MUS 322String Methods and PedagogyMusic1JuniorThis course offers students instruction on string instruments and provides students with a basic knowledge of how the instruments work and how to play them properly. Through hands-on experience and further class instruction, students will also develop a knowledge of best practices in string pedagogy. Fall, odd academic years.
MUS 323Brass Methods and PedagogyMusic1JuniorThis course offers students instruction on brass instruments and provides students with a basic knowledge of how the instruments work and how to play them properly. Through hands-on experience and further class instruction, students will also develop a knowledge of best practices in brass pedagogy. Spring, even academic years.
MUS 328Music Technology and ArrangingMusic2JuniorThis course will introduce music students to common technology used within the music industry, including Audacity and Finale. Students will then use the given technology to learn and apply a basic understanding of arranging music for a given ensemble, including instrument and voice range, effective voicing of chords, and providing a publishable product. Spring, odd academic years.
MUS 330Music History II-Early to 1750Music4JuniorThis course is a survey of Western music from its early beginnings to the Classical Era. The course will offer opportunities to become involved with music from a historical perspective, examining the cultural and societal norms which drive the creative process of the time. A focus will be placed upon the examination of many works representing various genres with the Early, Medieval, Baroque and Galant periods. Fulfills the Fine Arts exploratory requirement. Spring, even years.
MUS 331Music History I-1750 to PresentMusic4JuniorThis course is a survey of Western Music from the Classical period to the present. The course will offer opportunities to become involved with music from a historical perspective, examining the cultural and societal norms which drive the creative processes of the time. A focus will be placed upon the examination of many works representing various genres with the Classical, Romantic and Modern/Post-Modern periods. Fulfills the Fine Arts exploratory requirement. Fall.
MUS 334Survey of Band and Orchestra LiteratureMusic1JuniorThis course will introduce the instrumental music student to the major works in the band and orchestra literature. Literature will be investigated according to historical context, style, interpretation, and performance and programming issues. Instrumental music majors should take this class in conjunction with MUS 310. Spring, odd academic years.
MUS 343Survey of Vocal and Choral LiteratureMusic3JuniorThis course will introduce the voice student to the primary genres of vocal and choral literature from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Vocal and choral repertoire will be investigated according to historical context, style, interpretation and performance and programming issues. Fall, even academic years.
MUS 344Vocal PedagogyMusic3JuniorThis course presents the various aspects of teaching private and group voice lessons. A study of teaching techniques will be presented and will emphasize vocal anatomy and physiology as well as components of respiration, phonation and resonance. A survey of repertoire and technique books will be analyzed for appropriateness with differing ability levels. All aspects of the course will focus on developing musicianship skills, voice technique, and artistry in students of singing. Spring, even academic years.
MUS 353Survey of Piano LiteratureMusic3JuniorThis course provides students with a survey of the major compositions for piano from 1600 to the present. In addition to listening to and analyzing this music, students will look at the cultural influences, historical development, nationalistic tendencies, and contemporary impact on the composers. Satisfies intercultural exploratory requirement. On demand.
MUS 354Piano PedagogyMusic3JuniorThis course is an intensive and comprehensive presentation of the various aspects of the piano teaching profession, including a study of techniques and methods for teaching the beginning and intermediate student. A survey of various materials for teaching piano are examined with an emphasis on evaluation and critical analysis of integral elements necessary to achieve music literacy, keyboard musicianship and comprehensive training. On demand.
MUS 482Music PracticumMusic1SeniorA supervised, pre-approved experience which allows a student to pursue specific learning goals and/or be involved in a field experience during the regular academic semester. Instructor permission is required.
MUS 489Senior RecitalMusic1SeniorThrough the senior year experience the student will exhibit an integration of all aspects of music study including theory, history, performance and research. The student will prepare a project in consultation with his/her advisor.
MUS 498Senior PortfolioMusic0JuniorEach student must develop a portfolio containing an appropriate body of work, by the time of graduation, demonstrates the student is ready to make the transition to graduate school or the professional workplace.
MUS 499Senior Competency ExaminationMusic0SeniorSenior music majors take a written, oral and aural comprehensive examination covering basic musical principles and material from the required music courses. Grade of C- or better required. Prerequisites: MUS 110, 111, 112, 210, 211, 310, 330, and 331.
MUS SEMPerformance SeminarMusic0FreshmanThe Performance Seminar is a communal learning forum for all Franklin College music majors and music minors in applied lessons, as well as the music faculty. Other students in applied lessons are welcome to enroll as well. Each week, students will perform pieces they are studying in their applied lessons for the seminar in a Master Class setting. Members of the Franklin College music faculty will provide feedback to demonstrate tools for improving performance and technique. Participants in the seminar will offer additional suggestions and may ask questions that apply to their own repertoire. Guest musicians will attend a few seminars during the semester. In addition, seminar participants are required to attend all concerts sponsored by Franklin College during the semester. Graded on a pass/fail basis. Fall and Spring.

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