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Music (MUS)

Department of Music

226 Baird Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700

Jonathan Golove
Chair

Eric Huebner
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nicole Rosen
Director of Student Programs

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

MUS Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    In the Music Department, students will experience a low teacher to student ratio within a dynamic and personal learning environment. Students will work with faculty who are active and renowned performers and scholars. Apart from individual lessons, the Music Department offers small music history and music theory classes so that students are given every opportunity to thrive in an academic setting. Students will find themselves apart of a close-knit community, forming lasting professional connections and friendships among their peers. Music majors and minors are well supported through advising and faculty mentoring. Students will have opportunities to pursue internships that will connect them to Buffalo’s active cultural and musical environment.

    About Our Facilities

    The Music department is housed in two adjoining buildings: Baird Hall and Slee Hall. Baird Hall facilities include a multi-purpose recital/rehearsal room, classrooms, 45 practice rooms, teaching studios, administrative and faculty offices, a student lounge, the Music Library, a band rehearsal room, a fully-equipped computer music classroom, and a full percussion corridor, including a percussion teaching studio, practice rooms, and two percussion ensemble rehearsal rooms.

    Slee Hall offers the 750-seat Lippes Concert Hall with its three-manual and pedal Fisk tracker pipe organ, composition teaching studios, an orchestra rehearsal room, a recording studio, state-of-the-art computer music studios, and the concert/box office.

    About Our Faculty

    The faculty at the University at Buffalo Department of Music is comprised of internationally known soloists, ensemble musicians, orchestral players, composers, music theorists, and historical musicologists committed to preparing students for careers in music. The department's modest size insures that students receive a high degree of individual instruction and supervision from 12 full time professors, 16 adjunct professors, and 16 teaching assistants. Members of the music faculty currently hold prestigious appointments such as Slee Chair, the Birge Cary Chair, and the Ziegele Chair.

    View faculty biographies and recent activities .

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    Please visit the Music department website for additional information about our faculty.

  • MUS 103LAB Musicianship I
    Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 103LEC Music Theory for Theatre & Dance
    Lecture

    Develops skills and techniques necessary for aural and written comprehension of music theory appropriate for theatre & dance students.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 104LAB Ear Training
    Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 104LEC Music Theory for Theatre & Dance 2
    Lecture

    Continuation of MUS 103.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 105LAB Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 1
    Laboratory

    Development of aural understanding through singing, conducting, improvisation, and listening.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 105LEC and MUS 105LAB in the same term.
  • MUS 105LEC Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 1
    Lecture

    Music 105 is the first of a two-semester course introducing basic topics and skills associated with music theory, analysis, and tonal composition. Following an in-depth review of basic music materials--scales, intervals, and chords--we examine counterpoint, harmonic function, and phrase structure in Western classical music and modern popular music.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 105LEC and MUS 105LAB in the same term.
  • MUS 106LAB Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 2
    Laboratory

    Development of aural understanding through singing, conducting, improvisation, and listening.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 106LEC and MUS 106LAB in the same term.Pre-Requisite: MUS 105.
  • MUS 106LEC Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 2
    Lecture

    Music 106 is the second of a two-semester course introducing basic topics and skills associated with music theory and analysis. This course--concentrating on Western classical music and modern popular music--completes the study of diatonic harmony begun in Music 105, begins the study of chromaticism, and introduces small formal structures.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 106LEC and MUS 106LAB in the same term.Pre-Requisite: MUS 105.
  • MUS 109LEC Master Composer
    Lecture

    Studies the life and times of a single composer or a group of composers. Designed for the nonmajor. Requires no background in music.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 110LEC History of Jazz
    Lecture

    This course will guide the student through an understanding of the musical, social, economic and cultural importance of Jazz music. No prior musical experience is necessary for success in comprehending the structures and history of Jazz music therefore this course is open to anyone willing to listen to and read about Jazz music. History of Jazz is a Pathway course within the UB Curriculum, and it can help you to complete topics in the obvious categories of Cultures, Art and Imagination, Human Nature, but also Communities, Populations and Spaces, Economy, Business and Society and Equality, Power and Justice. History of Jazz is structured around a series of listenings, readings and viewing of historical videos that place Jazz within the context of societal changes, economic development and artistic evolution of American culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 111LEC Music in Western Civilization
    Lecture

    A chronological panorama of Western music from medieval times to the present day for nonmajors; explores and defines underlying social and cultural conditions with resultant parallels between music and other arts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 112LEC Music in Western Civilization
    Lecture

    A chronological panorama of Western music from medieval times to the present day for nonmajors; explores and defines underlying social and cultural conditions with resultant parallels between music and other arts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 113LEC Music in Society: Music and Gender
    Lecture

    This course is designed for students who wish to explore some of the interfaces between two fundamental aspects of human culture and identity, i.e. music and gender. We will examine the ways in which music has represented, reinforced, questioned, challenged, and/or dismantled gender identity in repertoire ranging from twelfth-century Christian mysticism to Hip Hop at the end of the twentieth century. Specifically, the first half of the semester explores how art music of the convent, the court, the opera stage, or the concert hall has shaped and given voice to historical and political configurations of gender and sexuality and how those representations have carried over into popular music. The second half of the semester examines in more detail styles and genres of popular music that have been instrumental in addressing issues of gender and sexuality in relation to questions of race and class. This course is the same as GGS 114 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 114LEC Genres of Music
    Lecture

    Studies one of the historically established musical forms in Western art music, computer music, popular music, or film music; lectures and listening assignments. Nonmajors; no prerequisites.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 115LEC Understanding Music
    Lecture

    History of musical style from the Renaissance to the present day. Examines selected masterpieces of Western music as well as such recent phenomena as serialism, minimalism, electronic, and computer music; requires no previous formal training in music.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 116LEC Theory of Music for Nonmajors
    Lecture

    Elements of writing music; melody, rhythm, intervals, chords, harmony, tone color, and styles of musical expression. Music signs and symbols; traditional language of tonal music, with examples drawn from popular and classical music. No prerequisites.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 117LEC Pop Music-Ragtime to Rock
    Lecture

    Lectures, recorded musical examples, and handouts both explain and describe the roots of American popular music as found in Early American, European, African, Latin American, and African American cultures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 118LEC The Beatles in the 1960's
    Lecture

    This course explores the music, careers, and cultural phenomenon of the Beatles from their early days in Liverpool to the beginning of their solo careers. First we will examine the early musical and cultural influences that contributed to the band¿s identity in England. In doing so, we will delve into the popular music of the 1950s and the 1960s, including rockabilly, girl groups, Motown, rhythm and blues, the British Invasion, folk music, psychedelia, and rock. The class will proceed by concentrating upon the meaning of the Beatles' music and self-fashioning within the political, social, and historical context of the counter culture of the 1960s.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 119LAB Class Voice Production
    Laboratory

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 121LAB University Chorus
    Laboratory

    Open to all members of the university community without audition; often performs major works with orchestra.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 130LAB UB Marching Band
    Laboratory

    Open to all members of the university community without audition; performs in support of athletic events and other campus activities.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 131LAB UB Concert Band
    Laboratory

    We rehearse and perform traditional and nontraditional band literature; one or two public concerts given each semester. Membership is drawn from all schools and departments of the university; open by audition.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 132LAB UB Wind Ensemble
    Laboratory

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 133LAB Marching Band Drill Design and Orchestration
    Laboratory

    This course provides thorough instruction in the compositional techniques of marching band drill design and orchestration. The course will contain basic theory and diagrammed applications of the Precision Drill System and Philosophy including, but not limited to, music rhythmic applications, drill animation, positioning, instrumental orchestration, labeling, and visual staging. The student will become well-versed in the diagramming, plotting and orchestration of evolutions, maneuvers, free form, and dynamic free form applications in conjunction with musical examples. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be well-versed in the fundamental principles involved in the visual design, orchestration, and labeling aspects of exhibition marching.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 134LAB Fundamentals of Exhibition Marching
    Laboratory

    This course provides thorough instruction in the fundamental principles of marching and maneuvering. The course contains basic theory and diagrammed applications of the Precision Drill System and Philosophy including, but not limited to, music rhythmic applications and eurhythmics. The student will gain insight into the diagramming, plotting, and directing of evolutions, maneuvers, free form, and dynamic free form applications. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be well versed in the fundamental principles involved in the visual aspects of exhibition marching. The goals is to prepare students for their role as drill instructors and design consultants for the UB Marching Band and any or all applications of visual choreography associated with athletic bands.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 138LAB UB Symphony Orchestra
    Laboratory

    There are students from several different majors in our orchestra, and we encourage participation of everyone (regardless of their major) interested in playing some of the best music ever written. Eligible members of the orchestra will be invited to take instrumental lessons for free with the distinguished faculty of the UB Music Department.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 151LAB University Choir
    Laboratory

    A select vocal ensemble that performs a variety of choral literature; open to all students of the university by audition.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 155LAB Basic Keyboard
    Laboratory

    Functional piano, harmonization of melodies, scales, sight reading, accompanying, and preparation of pieces at various difficulty levels. Music majors only.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 156LAB Jazz Ensemble: Big Band
    Laboratory

    Traditional big band consisting of a reed section (saxes with some doubles on flute and clarinet), a brass section (trumpets and trombones), and a rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass, drums and vibes). The band studies and performs repertoire from the early big band swing period to today's big band contemporary and fusion sounds. Emphasis is on ensemble playing as well as improvisational soloing.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 157LAB Jazz Ensemble: Combo
    Laboratory

    Two ensembles are available-Jazz Ensemble Combo (JEC) and an Advanced (JE) Combo. The JEC performs and studies repertoire of the great jazz combos throughout the history of jazz including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, and many others. Some jazz vocalists are encouraged to audition for this class. The Advanced JE is a contemporary ensemble that performs very demanding and challenging music of this idiom. A prerequisite is an advanced level of improvisational skills, as well as compositional experience. Transcriptions and the creation of original compositions are integral components of this ensemble.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 198LAB Percussion
    Laboratory

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MUS 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MUS 204LEC Music and Money
    Lecture

    Is great music the product of inner genius, or divine inspiration? Whatever the answer may be, many of our most celebrated composers and songwriters also use their talents to earn a living. To discover how the basic principles of capitalism can influence both the creation and reception of music across a variety of genres, Music and Money takes an objective look at the historical circumstances that have shaped the development of the modern musical marketplace. Through a series of case studies, students will first evaluate the kinds of economic decisions faced not only by composers but also by performers, publishers, and audiences. Students will then explore the professional and artistic consequences of such decisions for musicians and for the music that they produce.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 205LEC Jazz Theory
    Lecture

    Various approaches to analyzing jazz; variation techniques and the improvised line.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 206LEC Music in the Movies
    Lecture

    Examines film music, considered within its chronological, thematic, and cultural contexts. Devotes class time to the presentation of classic or representative films in the history of film scoring, relevant musical material and concepts, and the basic vocabulary of music and film criticism. No prerequisites; requires no previous musical experience.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 211LAB Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 3
    Laboratory

    Development of aural understanding through singing, conducting, improvisation, and listening.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 211LEC and MUS 211LAB in the same term.Pre-Requisite: MUS 106LEC and MUS 106LAB.
  • MUS 211LEC Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 3
    Lecture

    Music 211 is the first of a two-semester course in which students develop theoretical knowledge and analytical skills associated with four different musical genres. In MUS 211, students typically study large formal structures of Western classical music and music-text relationships in nineteenth-century art song. Students gain experience with these genres through analysis, writing, and composition projects.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 211LEC and MUS 211LAB in the same term.Pre-Requisite: MUS 106LEC and MUS 106LAB.
  • MUS 212LAB Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 4
    Laboratory

    Development of aural understanding through singing, conducting, improvisation, and listening.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 212LEC and MUS 212LAB in the same term.Pre-Requisite: MUS 211LEC and MUS 211LAB.
  • MUS 212LEC Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 4
    Lecture

    Music 212 is the second of a two-semester course in which students develop theoretical and analytical skills with a variety of musical genres. In Mus 212, students typically study aspects of harmony, rhythm, and form in modern popular music, jazz, film or video-game music, and post-tonal music.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Co-Requisite: Students must register for MUS 212LEC and MUS 212LAB in the same term.Pre-Requisite: MUS 211LEC and MUS 211LAB.
  • MUS 213LEC Music History Survey 1
    Lecture

    This course introduces students to the people and institutions who shaped the history of Western music from antiquity through the Baroque period. Important topics of discussion will include the origins of Western musical notation, the development of polyphony, the shift from modal to tonal theories of harmony, and the invention of opera. Throughout the semester, we shall focus on understanding how even the largest of these developments came about through the decisions of individual musicians and their patrons in response to an ever-changing mosaic of historical circumstances. The broader aims of the course are to encourage music majors and minors to start developing a breadth of understanding as to the multiple ways in which understanding music in an historical time frame might be important. We will also use the historical case studies as a means of investigating issues that have a trans-historical valence, such as: the role of music in ritual practice; the aesthetics of difficulty in music; questions of expression; the variety of means by which text and music might interact; problems posed to understanding by music.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 105 Or MUS 106.
  • MUS 214LEC Music History Survey 2
    Lecture

    This course is Part II of the required Music History Survey for Music Majors and Minors. We will be seeking to use the skills acquired in Part I of the Survey into the investigation of Western music from the middle of the eighteenth-century through to the early 1960s. The course will develop students' abilities to apply historical, critical, and political concepts to the specific analytic details of both musical scores and musical sound. And thus, on the pragmatic level, the course will aim to develop students¿ skills at reading musical scores analytically, listening to music within an historically informed framework, being able broadly to recognize the different stylistic periods, and (by means of the examinations) to develop a basic toolbox of important musical terms and to develop a memory and repertoire of different musics (through score identification). We will also continue developing the practice of reading scholarly texts, already begun in MUS 213, with the four substantial readings that have been assigned for the course of the semester. Whilst the reportorial focus of our investigations will be the works of the Western art music cannon, the larger (and more important) aims of the course will, nevertheless, be to understand that the conflicts, difficulties, and uncertainties that we face today as humans in an increasingly vexed global context are part of a long-term and ongoing debate about what the human is, what its rights should be, and how its creative, artistic and musical endeavors should relate to the social and political structures that come into being as a result. This ongoing discourse we can call, for want of a better term, modernity, and its roots lie, to a large degree, in the philosophical ideas and political and social practices that started to come into being at the point at which Part II of the survey begins: in other words, the beginning of the eighteenth century.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 216LAB Guitar Basics: Acoustic & Classic Guitar Fundamentals
    Laboratory

    Designed for beginning guitarists who wish to understand the fundamentals of music and performance through the guitar. Prior instruction is not required. Upon completing this course, students are encouraged to audition for individual lessons to pursue a minor or major in music. Also, students may continue their studies on the guitar through non-major lessons. It is recommended that less experienced students wishing to register for individual lessons take this course before auditioning. In this course, students will develop fluency in reading standard notation through the use of beginning classical and fingerstyle guitar techniques. Other basic skills such as chord strumming, tablature notation, improvisation, and ensemble playing will be covered. With a primary focus on the classical and rock guitar repertories, students will explore a wide range of musical genres to develop a strong foundation for further studies. Students are required to have their own instrument. The use of a classical guitar nylon-string is highly recommended for the purposes of this course, but acoustic guitars (steel-string) will be accepted.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 218LAB Guitar Basics 2
    Laboratory

    Guitar Basics 2

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 216 Guitar Basics.
  • MUS 220LAB Break on Through
    Laboratory

    Unlock the doors to creativity and artistry. In this safe environment, students use sound work, body work, visualization practices, and other creative experimentation, students learn to break through inhibitions and fears, and develop a stronger sense of their personal artistic identity. Exercises strengthen self awareness, focus, and intention, helping students feel more at ease on and off the stage. This class is designed to support performance artists of all genres. Open to actors, dancers, public speakers, musicians, and others, by permission of the instructor.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 221LEC Vocal Diction
    Lecture

    Principles of pronunciation, enunciation, and articulation of Italian, French, and German texts, as related to solo vocal literature. Required of all voice students enrolled in primary study; open to pianists and, by permission of instructor to nonmajors.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 300LEC Music Pluralism Since 1900
    Lecture

    Surveys principal composers and compositional issues native to the U.S., focused through studying and discussing the music and words of such figures as Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, and Steve Reich. The class includes listening and reading assignments. Requires no prior musical training.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 301LEC Introduction to Electronic Music I
    Lecture

    Two-semester course for students interested in music produced by electronic means. Explores the history and practice of electronic music, synthesizer music, and computer music. Examines experimental, rock, and other popular forms. Students learn basic studio techniques, synthesis/sound manipulation techniques, and psychoacoustic principles. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 302LEC Introduction to Electronic Music II
    Lecture

    Two-semester course for students interested in music produced by electronic means. Explores the history and practice of electronic music, synthesizer music, and computer music. Examines experimental, rock, and other popular forms. Students learn basic studio techniques, synthesis/sound manipulation techniques, and psychoacoustic principles. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 305LEC Renaissance Counterpoint
    Lecture

    In this course, we will gain familiarity with techniques of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century music, primarily through composition that focusing on two-, three- and four-part writing--often in imitate styles. We will also learn to interpret sixteenth-century notation (including mensural notation and tablature) and discuss approaches to historical performance practice and historically-informed music analysis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 106LEC and MUS 106LAB.
  • MUS 311LEC Master Composer: Women in Music
    Lecture

    Musical activities of women from the middle ages through the twentieth century. From exploring the music of Hildegard of Bingen to PJ Harvey, this course will not only examine the music of women composers but also prominent women musicians in art music and popular music.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 213 Or MUS 214.
  • MUS 321LAB University Chorus
    Laboratory

    Open to all members of the university community without audition; often performs major works with orchestra.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 324LEC Piano Literature
    Lecture

    Literature of the piano covering works of one composer, several composers, a particular form or period. Requires a final paper and/or a final exam on repertoire. Required of piano majors; nonmajors may take the course by permission of instructor.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 330LAB UB Pep Band
    Laboratory

    Same as MUS 130.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 331LAB UB Symphony Band
    Laboratory

    Same as MUS 131.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 333LEC Opera History
    Lecture

    Surveys the principal opera composers and their works.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 334LAB UB Percussion Ensemble
    Laboratory

    Same as MUS 143.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 335LAB String Orchestra
    Laboratory

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 337LAB Chamber Orchestra
    Laboratory

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 338LAB UB Symphony Orchestra
    Laboratory

    There are students from several different majors in our orchestra, and we encourage participation of everyone (regardless of their major) interested in playing some of the best music ever written. Eligible members of the orchestra will be invited to take instrumental lessons for free with the distinguished faculty of the UB Music Department.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 340LAB Chamber Music
    Laboratory

    Music majors and interested performers may study and perform the chamber music repertoire. This can include such combinations as piano duo, string quartet, wind quintet, vocal duets and many other instrumental ensembles. Admission by audition.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 341LEC History of Jazz I
    Lecture

    1917 to the present; basic issues of musical structure that interest different genres and periods (form, improvised variation, blues, the vocal); assumes elementary analysis and basic understanding of music notation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 343LEC Elements of Conducting I
    Lecture

    Fundamental conducting and rehearsal techniques. Participation in performing ensembles expected.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 344LEC Elements of Conducting II
    Lecture

    Fundamental conducting and rehearsal techniques. Participation in performing ensembles expected.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 343.
  • MUS 350LAB UB Opera Studio
    Laboratory

    Provides an opportunity to sing in a fully-staged opera as well as concert performances with orchestra. Opera Studio also affords students classes in acting, musical coaching, and scene work in their original languages. Special guest artists make presentations based on availability. Open by audition only.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 351LAB University Choir
    Laboratory

    Same as MUS 151.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 356LAB Jazz Ensemble: Big Band
    Laboratory

    Same as MUS 156.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 357LAB Jazz Ensemble: Combo
    Laboratory

    Same as MUS 157.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 364LEC World Music
    Lecture

    Introduces the student to music from all over the world, and expands concepts of music in the process. Students learn about different instruments from other cultures and how they influence the music they produce, and explore common features of Asian, European, African, American, and Oceanic music. Students also learn different ways of listening. Designed for non-majors. Requires no musical background.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 365LEC Rock Music
    Lecture

    Examines the varied musical repertoires that are known collectively as rock, and considers those musical forms that influenced the early history of rock (blues, rhythm and blues, country) and those that have had an influence throughout its development (experimental electronics, classical jazz). Analyzes rock music as both a musical and a sociological phenomenon. Topics include rock aesthetics, musical sub-cultures, music and film, music and politics, the business of rock, and the impact of American/British rock on world musical cultures. Requires no previous experience or training in music.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 366LEC Music in Society: Arts One
    Lecture

    ARTS ONE is an experiential course offered as part of the University's Creative Arts Initiative, a new program designed to bring creators and performers in the arts to campus to present their work and engage in conversations with students, faculty, and members of the community. Class size is limited to 16. Every week students will be exposed to what is going on in the arts in Buffalo: exhibits at the galleries, musical performances in various venues, literary events. Most weeks, someone connected with an event, a curator at one of the galleries or a writer or musical performer or composer, will meet with the class and have a conversation and answer questions. There will be no exam, but students will be expected to maintain a detailed notebook/diary about the various events. The goal is for participants to engage a wide variety of artistic events and have conversations with some of the people who make them happen. Tickets will be provided and so will transportation, as necessary.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 400SEM Composition Seminar
    Seminar

    Introduces issues of free composition within the twentieth-century art-music tradition. Investigates relevant literatures and musical techniques. Students receive critical feedback on individual composition projects, working toward the goal of a concert of student works. Explores related issues, such as notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aesthetics. Open to music majors only.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 404LEC Recording Studio Techniques
    Lecture

    This course covers advanced aspects of modern recording techniques including: automation, editing, arranging, mixing, microphones, advanced audio processing and acoustics. Students will have access to ProTools, but may use their own software on their own laptops to complete projects and assignments. The course will be taught, in part, using a real recording studio. The course is designed for those who have taken Music 401 or who have significant experience with ProTools, Logic or their equivalent.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 401.
  • MUS 407STU Composition
    Studio

    Writing and analysis under professional guidance in private consultations and class discussions. Students must present examples of their work and are accepted by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 408LEC Genres of Music
    Lecture

    Studies one of the historically established musical forms, such as opera, concerto, symphony, quartet, popular music; lectures and listening assignments. Music majors only or by permission of instructor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 213 Or MUS 214.
  • MUS 415LEC Studies in Jazz History
    Lecture

    Music majors only or by permission of instructor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MUS 421LEC Vocal Literature
    Lecture

    Solo vocal literature from 1600 to the present; recommended for all voice students enrolled in primary study; open by permission of instructor to nonmajors.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 436LAB Dance Accompaniment
    Laboratory

    Student musicians play for dance technique classes improvising a score in relationship to movement material. Students hone their improvisation skills and gain the skill and experience needed to play for dance companies and festivals throughout the world.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 437LEC Analysis and Performance
    Lecture

    This course explores the relationship between music analysis and performance, and is designed to develop analytical, listening, writing, and interpretive skills. A student¿s own repertoire will be a focus of the course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 106LEC and MUS 106LAB.
  • MUS 438LEC Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music
    Lecture

    Analytical studies covering a variety of twentieth-century Western musical styles. LEC

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Requisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 105 Or MUS 106.
  • MUS 439SEM Seminar in Music History
    Seminar

    Fulfills upper-level music history requirements of B.A. students preparing a senior thesis. May cover various aspects of music history according to the student's individual needs. Music majors only or by permission of instructor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 440SEM Seminar in American Music
    Seminar

    Music majors only or by permission of instructor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 447LAB Contemporary Ensemble
    Laboratory

    A select group of performers (instrumental and vocal) who study and perform new music of the twentieth century.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 452STU Trombone
    Studio

    Private trombone study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 453LAB Tuba
    Laboratory

    Private tuba study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 454STU Tuba
    Studio

    Private tuba study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MUS 456STU Percussion
    Studio

    Private percussion study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 460STU Piano
    Studio

    Private piano study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 461LAB Harp
    Laboratory

    Private harp study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 464STU Organ
    Studio

    Private organ study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 466STU Harpsichord
    Studio

    Private harpsichord study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 468STU Guitar
    Studio

    Private guitar study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 469STU Voice
    Studio

    Private voice study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MUS 470STU Voice
    Studio

    Private voice study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 472STU Violin
    Studio

    Private violin study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 474STU Viola
    Studio

    Private viola study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 476STU Cello
    Studio

    Private cello study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 478STU Double Bass
    Studio

    Private double bass study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 480STU Saxophone
    Studio

    Private saxophone study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 482STU Flute
    Studio

    Private flute study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 484STU Oboe
    Studio

    Private oboe study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 486STU Clarinet
    Studio

    Private clarinet study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 488STU Bassoon
    Studio

    Private bassoon study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 490STU French Horn
    Studio

    Private French horn study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 492STU Trumpet
    Studio

    Private trumpet study. Audition required.

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 496TUT Music Internship
    Tutorial

    Credits: 2 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MUS 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Open to music majors engaged in special study or research in areas not covered by regular courses; permission of the supervising faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
 
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