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Course Descriptions

MUSC 101D American Music
MUSC 102D Jazz
MUSC 103 Music for the Stage
MUSC 105 Class Piano I
MUSC 106 We Shall Overcome: Singing for Justice, Freedom and Peace

MUSC 107 Class Voice
MUSC 108 Class Guitar
MUSC 109 Introduction to Sonic Arts
MUSC 120 Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUSC 130 Music in Society
MUSC 140 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 150/350 Chamber Music Ensembles
MUSC 151/351 USD Strings

MUSC 152/352 Choral Scholars
MUSC 153/353 Concert Choir
MUSC 154/354 Opera Workshop
MUSC 155/355 Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 156/356 Band

MUSC 157/357 Gamelan Ensemble
MUSC 158/358 Mariachi Ensemble
MUSC 160-181/360-381 Individual Music Lessons
MUSC 200 Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators
MUSC 205 Class Piano II
MUSC 210 Aural and Keyboard Skills I
MUSC 211 Aural and Keyboard Skills II
MUSC 220 Harmony I
MUSC 221 Harmony II

MUSC 300 Career Design in Music
MUSC 310 Form and Analysis
MUSC 315 Introduction to Conducting

MUSC 320 Instrumentation and Contemporary Composition
MUSC 321 Counterpoint and Schenkerian Analysis
MUSC 322 Rhythm and Time

MUSC 330 Music History I: Antiquity-1600 (Euripides-Monteverdi)
MUSC 331 Music History II: 1600-1830 (Monteverdi-Beethoven)
MUSC 332 Music History III: 1830-Present (Schubert to Philip Glass)
MUSC 333W Pro-Seminar in Musicology
MUSC 334 Musical Iconography: Sound and Image
MUSC 336 Music Therapy

MUSC 340 Topics in World Music
MUSC 411 Composition Studio 1
MUSC 412 Composition Studio 2
MUSC 413 Composition Studio 3
MUSC 420 Digital Audio Composition
MUSC 421 Interactive Digital Music and Arts

MUSC 424 Art and the Soundscape
MUSC 440W Topics in Ethnomusicology
MUSC 441 Bach, Beethoven, Brahms

MUSC 442 Opera
MUSC 444D The Bebop Era
MUSC 493 Special Topics in Music History
MUSC 494 Special Topics in Music Theory/Composition
MUSC 495 Senior Project
MUSC 498 Music Internship
MUSC 499 Independent Study


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101D American Music / 3 UNITS
This course will explore a variety of musical styles and practices from the late 1800s to the present, including blues, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater, art music, and the many faces of popular music. Historical and cultural aspects will be examined in order to better understand how political events, cultural values, social norms, and racial and gender discrimination influenced each of these musical styles. Topics will include nationalism in post-war years, lyrical sexism in popular music, Tin Pan Alley and- the greatest years of American songwriting, the rise of rock ‘n roll, folk music as protest, and the golden age of the American musical. How are all of these styles linked together as forms of American music, and when does music in America become American music? No previous musical training is necessary. This course fulfills the USD Diversity requirement and also a core curriculum requirement under Fine Arts.

102D Jazz / 3 UNITS
This course examines the nature and history of jazz in America from its roots to the present. In contrast to Western European music, American jazz traces its history primarily through the performances of individual artists; the performers are the creators of jazz. The lives and contributions of legendary musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman will be profiled. Examination of the geographical and socio-political contexts, heavily influenced by racial and gender discrimination, must be studied in order to understand the development of each musical style. This course fulfills the USD Diversity requirement and also a core curriculum requirement under Fine Arts.

103 Music for the Stage/ 3 UNITS
A survey course that examines the history and masterworks of music-theater, beginning with the birth of opera but concentrating on the role of music-theater in the United States. The course includes discussion of important aesthetic, social, and musical developments that shaped music-theater in the last 500 years, while examining the ever-changing balance in the importance of text, music, and spectacle. Reading, writing, listening, and concert attendance required. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

105 Class Piano I / 1 UNIT
Designed for students with no prior keyboard training. Study of notation, keys, scales, chords, and elementary piano repertoire. Class sessions will include ensemble playing, sight reading, melodic harmonization, improvisation and individual coaching on theory, technique and repertoire. Students will be expected to practice five days a week in order to be prepared for each class session. May be repeated for credit up to 2 units.

106 We Shall Overcome: Singing for Justice, Freedom and Peace / 3 UNITS
This course examines the complex relationship between song and social dissent. We will explore the use of popular, traditional, and art musics by activists and social change-makers, drawing on a range of global group singing traditions. In doing so, we will seek to understand how and why group singing can be effective in mobilizing social movements, and how it might be able to advance causes of social justice in our communities today. This course bridges two sub-disciplines of music, ethnomusicology and performance; in addition to seminar-style exploration of history and culture, a significant portion of the course will include group singing, culminating in a end-of-semester song festival led by the members of the course. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

107 Class Voice / 1 UNIT
Voice study in a classroom environment for all levels of singers. Students will be introduced to the elements of classical vocal technique, which they will apply in the performance of classical and musical theater repertoire. Fee required to pay for accompanist. May be repeated for credit up to two units.

108 Class Guitar / 1 UNIT
Guitar study in a classroom environment for beginners. Basics of traditional notation, chordal accompaniment, and development of right and left hand techniques. Emphasis on how the guitar is used in a variety of styles including classical, flamenco, blues, and jazz. Students must have their own instrument. May be repeated for credit up to two units.

109 Introduction to Sonic Arts / 3 UNITS
A survey of the natural, cultural, historical, and artistic experience of sound with an emphasis on the use of sound in artistic and critical engagements with the world. Topics include: acoustic ecology, philosophy of music, musical instrument technology; scientific and mathematical application of sound; radical challenges to musical traditions in the 20th century, including electronic, experimental, and improvised musics; installations and sound sculpture; technologies of sound reproduction; copyright and technological change; sampling; and DJ culture. Cross-listed as ARTH 109. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement and may be taken to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

120 Fundamentals of Music Theory / 3 UNITS
Establishes a firm foundation for music theory, including Western music notation, rhythm, scales and transpositions, intervals and inversions, chords, tonal harmony, and their practical application in singing and keyboard playing. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement and may be taken to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

130 Music in Society / 3 UNITS
An introduction to musical terminology, followed by a survey of Western classical music from the Middle Ages to the present, focusing on the social, political, and religious function of music in its society. Reading, writing, listening, and concert visits required. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

140 Music in World Cultures / 3 UNITS
This course explores music as an aspect of human culture focusing on selected non-Western music styles from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It examines broad historical, cultural, and social contexts of music and contributes to cross-cultural understanding. Students study local, regional, national and global values of music; become familiar with traditional, religious, folk, art, and popular musical styles of several countries; and acquire active listening skills and a mastery of music terms. They examine the roles of the media, politics, religion, gender, and popular trends on expressive culture, and explore the interdisciplinary nature of music and the connections between the arts and human values. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

150/350 Chamber Music Ensembles / 1 UNIT
Study and public performance of chamber music, instrumental or vocal. On- and off-campus performances each semester. Audition and fee required. Must be taken concurrently with individual music lessons on enrolled instrument. May be repeated for credit without limit. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. See the Ensembles page at www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/ensembles/chamber_music_ensemble for complete information.

151/351 USD Strings
Study and public performance of strings music. On- and off-campus performances each semester. Audition required. Must be taken concurrently with individual music lessons on enrolled instrument. May be repeated for credit without limit. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement in Fine Arts.

152/352 Choral Scholars / 1 UNIT
A highly selective vocal ensemble devoted to intensive study of choral literature from all historical periods. Students serve as ambassadors for the university; demanding performance schedule. By audition only; minor in music, voice lessons, leadership skills required. May be repeated for credit without limit. Go to www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/ensembles/chorals for complete information.

153/353 Concert Choir / 1 UNIT
A mixed choral ensemble devoted to the study and performance of choral literature from all historical periods. Audition required. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit without limit . Go to www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/ensembles/usd_concert_choir for complete information.

154/354 Opera Workshop / 1 UNIT
Training in preparation of productions of operas and musicals; coaching, directing, staging, and lighting, culminating in full performance. May be repeated for credit without limit. Go to www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/ensembles/opera_workshop for complete information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit

155/355 Jazz Ensemble/ 1 UNIT
Study and public performance of jazz music, instrumental or vocal. On- and off-campus performances each semester. No audition or fee required. Individual lessons on enrolled instrument available each semester. May be repeated for credit without limit. Go to www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/ensembles/jazz_ensemble for complete information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit.

156/356 Band / 1 UNIT
This course involves study and public performance of band (Concert Band and Athletic Band-including Marching and Pep Band) music. There will be on- and off-campus performances each semester. Audition required. Must be taken concurrently with individual music lessons on enrolled instrument. Go to www.sandiego.edu/music for more information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit without limit.

157/357 Gamelan Ensemble/ 1 UNIT
This hands-on performance course focuses on the technique and performance of gamelan (a bronze percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia) as an exploration of Asian communal music making. The gamelan angklung students will play is a four-toned village ensemble consisting of metal xylophones, gong chimes, cymbals, gongs, and drums. The course introduces students to the gamelan instruments, the techniques of performance, the gamelan’s performance practice, and its cultural role within Bali, greater Indonesia, and Southeast Asia. Class activity may include selected readings and video presentations. The course culminates in a final concert in which all students participate. See the Ensembles page at www.sandiego.edu/music for more information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit.

158/358 Mariachi Ensemble/1 UNIT
This course introduces students to a wide and rich variety of mariachi ensemble repertoire, consisting of traditional and original compositions. Students will be coached and expected to develop musical, technical, and ensemble-playing skills. The ensemble will perform various styles of mariachi music and sometimes collaborate with FAMA – the USD Folkloric Dance and Mariachi Student Organization. This course fulfills one unit of the curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC 160-181/360-381 Individual Music Lessons/ 1 UNIT
Students may enroll in Individual Music Lessons if they are music majors, music minors, or actively enrolled in one of our ensembles such as Chamber Music Ensembles, Symphony Orchestra, or Concert Choir. Each student has to complete a graded jury at the end of each semester, and may also perform in recitals. Music majors, chamber music students, and vocalists in the Choral Scholars have the fee for one Individual Music Lesson enrollment reimbursed each semester. A fee of $540 for non-music majors (rarely for music minors) may be required. The department of music provides accompanists for juries and one rehearsal; students must pay for additional times. Vocalists must pay additional accompanist fees as per request of instructor. All Individual Music Lessons require the approval of a full-time music faculty member. 300-level Individual Music Lessons are for performance emphasis music majors and advanced performers only. Audition into the performance emphasis is required. May be repeated for credit without limit.
160/360 Piano
161/361 Voice
162/362 Strings: violin
163/363 Strings: viola
164/364 Strings: violoncello
165/365 Strings: double bass
166/366 Woodwinds: flute/piccolo
167/367 Woodwinds: oboe/English horn
168/368 Woodwinds: clarinet/bass clarinet
169/369 Woodwinds: bassoon/contrabassoon
170/370 Brass: horn
171/371 Brass: trumpet
172/372 Brass: trombone and tuba
173/373 Saxophone
174/374 Percussion
175/375 Harp
176/376 Early Music Performance Practice (winds)
177/377 Early Music Performance Practice (strings)
178/378 Guitar
179/379 Pipe organ/harpsichord
180/380 Conducting
181/381 Improvisation

200 Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators / 3 UNITS
The purpose of the course is to provide future teachers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully teach music in the elementary-level classroom. There are three components to this course: music literacy through basic musical notation reading and composition; music performance skills in singing, conducting, playing ukulele, keyboards, handbells, autoharps, and various rhythm instruments; pedagogical considerations for teaching classroom music to children. Team-teaching a group of young children is a course requirement. Students must purchase their own soprano ukulele. No previous musical experience necessary.

205 Class Piano II / 1 UNIT
Designed for music majors who need to prepare for the piano proficiency examination. Non-majors with elementary piano training and adequate reading skills can also succeed in this course. Class sessions are devoted to sight reading, melodic harmonization, transposition, improvisation, open-score reading and both solo and ensemble repertoire. Students will be expected to practice outside of class in order to be prepared for class sessions. Prerequisite: MUSC 105 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

210 Aural and Keyboard Skills I / 1 UNIT
Practical application of Harmony I; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 220.

211 Aural and Keyboard Skills II / 1 UNIT
Practical application of Harmony II; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 221.

220 Harmony I / 3 UNITS
Elementary harmony and composition; study of figured bass, cadences, modulations, basic harmonic progressions, voice-leading principles; and introduction to harmonic, linear, and formal analysis. Prerequisite: MUSC 120 or consent of instructor; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 210.

221 Harmony II / 3 UNITS
Continuation of Harmony I; study of chromatic harmony, advanced harmonic, linear, and formal analysis, composition in small forms, and introduction to 20th-century techniques. Prerequisite: MUSC 220 or consent of instructor; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 211.

300 Career Design in Music / 3 UNITS
A survey of the music industry and career options in music, with studies on social media, industry standards (royalties, licensing, copyright, contracts), working in non- and for-profit institutions, publicity and artist management, and projects on tour/event planning, grant-writing, bookkeeping, developing digital portfolios, community outreach, and posting original material.

310 Form and Analysis / 3 UNITS
Study of musical forms from all historical style periods and survey of historical and contemporary analytic methods; analysis and writing in various styles and forms. Prerequisite: MUSC 221 or consent of instructor.

315 Introduction to Conducting / 3 UNITS
Good conductors combine technique, a repertoire of interpretative gestures, verbal skills...and a bit of charisma to lead an ensemble musically. In this course, we will cultivate this special skill set with gestural practice, score study exercises and conducting laboratories. We will develop a technique to articulate an interpretive vision for a piece of music both verbally and gesturally, to set and vary tempo, as well as control and mix the sound produced by each musician in the ensemble using concise and communicative conducting gestures. Prerequisites: MUSC 220 and 210 or consent of instructor.

320 Instrumentation and Contemporary Composition / 3 UNITS
A careful examination of contemporary writing for Western instruments through understanding instrument construction and analysis of modern repertoire. Includes both standard and experimental playing techniques, notation of score and parts, extensive composition, and some informal performance opportunities. Prerequisite: MUSC 221 or consent of instructor.

321 Counterpoint and Schenkerian Analysis / 3 UNITS
Species counterpoint, polyphony, contrapuntal writing in historical styles from Renaissance to Romantic eras and selected 20th-century works, and Schenkerian analysis. Composition of contrapuntal music in any style and some informal performance opportunities. Prerequisite: MUSC 221 or consent of instructor.

322 Rhythm and Time / 3 UNITS
A survey of the theory and practice of rhythm, and the organization of musical events in time, with studies of Western classical music, modern innovations, and selected non-Western traditions. The course includes regular workshops on advanced rhythmic skills suitable for all voice types and instruments. Prerequisites: MUSC 120 or consent of instructor.

330 Music History I: Antiquity-1600 (Euripides-Monteverdi) / 3 UNITS
A historical survey of music through the Renaissance, presented in a cultural context. We will study composers of Western music and learn how to distinguish their works according to changing style characteristics, shifting esthetic and philosophical perspectives, and changing historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing, live concert visits . Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor.

331 Music History II: 1600-1830 (Monteverdi-Beethoven) / 3 UNITS
A historical survey of music from the Baroque through the Viennese Classical Era, presented in a cultural context. Students will study composers of Western music and learn how to distinguish their works according to changing style characteristics, shifting esthetic and philosophical perspectives, and changing historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing, live concert visits. Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor.

332 Music History III: 1830-Present (Schubert to Philip Glass) / 3 UNITS
A historical survey of music from the Romantic Era through the present, offered in a cultural context. Students will study composers of Western music and learn how to distinguish their works according to changing style characteristics, shifting esthetic and philosophical perspectives, and changing historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing, live concert visits. Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor.

333W Pro-Seminar in Musicology/ 3 UNITS
Changing topics, e.g. Music and Faith; Musical Manuscripts; Bach’s Cantatas; Early Music Performance Practices; Choral Music Literature). May be repeated for credit when topics change. This course fulfills the upper-division writing requirement. Pre-requisite: one from MUSC 330, 331, 332, or consent of instructor.

334 Musical Iconography: Sound and Image / 3 UNITS
Musical subject matter has been depicted in visual art throughout the ages, in paintings, in sculpture, in book illuminations. This includes musical notation, musical instruments, composer portraits, images of public and domestic performances, depictions of ritual actions with music or of spiritual life (weddings, funerals, church services, music of the spheres, the angelic consort, etc). In this course we will explore the nature of the music that is the subject of the artwork and will discover the appropriate musical sounds implied in the visual art. We will match each image with the historically and stylistically appropriate music, and thus explore the hidden sound behind the canvas. Examples will be taken from all historical periods, from Classical Antiquity through Modernity in Art and Music.

336 Music Therapy / 3 UNITS
This course offers an overview of Music Therapy in Theory and Practice. It traces the historical connections between music and healing, and introduces the modern field of music therapy as practiced in the United States and in Europe. Organized in three parts, the course surveys the various forms that music therapy takes today, defines the diverse clinical populations served by music therapists, and explores professional issues such as the education and training of music therapists, as well as employment options.

340 Topics in World Music / 3 UNITS
This course explores the relationships between music and culture in a global context, surveying the musical application of topics such as cultural identity, nationalism, politics, religion, aesthetics, border crossings, gender, race, economics, copyright law, cultural appropriation, and technology. Case studies from around the world are examined in depth through readings, listenings, and live performances. May be repeated for credit if the topics change. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

411 Composition Studio 1/ 1 UNIT
Individual free composition. Weekly meetings of Studio for presentation and critique of work-in-progress, collaborative performances of drafts, and planning and preparation for annual Student Composers Concert. Study of manuscript and computer notation, professional score and part preparation, selected topics in contemporary music and composition. Offered every Fall. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment required in junior year for composition emphasis majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 210 and 220.

412 Composition Studio 2/ 1 UNIT
Individual free composition, continues MUSC 411. Collaborate in production of Student Composers Concert. Presentation of Senior Project proposal. Offered every Spring. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment required in junior year for composition emphasis majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 211 and 221.

413 Composition Studio 3/ 1 UNIT
Individual free composition, continues MUSC 412. Composition work centers on Senior Project. Offered every Fall. Prerequisite: MUSC 310 and 412 and declared composition emphasis.

420 Digital Audio Composition / 3 UNITS
Analysis of historical and contemporary experimental music and sound provides the foundation for structured and creative composition using digitized sound. Includes an introduction to sampling, recording techniques, digital audio editing, effects processing, and mixing using Digital Performer and related software. Workshop format includes critique of work-in-progress and opportunities for public performance. Cross-listed as ARTV 420. Prerequisite: MUSC 109/ARTH 109 recommended but not required. Prior musical experience not required.

421 Interactive Digital Music and Arts / 3 UNITS
A workshop on the creation of interactive digital works of sound art or music using state-of-the-art hardware and software, focusing on Max/MSP/Jitter. Includes the study of theoretical, aesthetic, philosophical and historical background in computer-human interaction and the arts, basic tenets of programming, and practical exercises in programming interactive computer multimedia art. Cross-listed as ARTV 421. Prerequisite: MUSC 420/ARTV420.

424 Art and the Soundscape / 3 UNITS
Artistic and scholarly investigation into the soundscape — the totality of the sonic environment invested with significance by human imagination. Creative work in media of the students choice, including new and cross-disciplinary media such as sound art, installation art, electronic music, phonography, instrument construction and the internet. Critical writing about creative work and its social and historical situation. Cross listed as ARTV 424. Recommended prerequisite: MUSC 109/ARTH 109.

440W Topics in Ethnomusicology / 3 UNITS
This course explores and applies the current issues within the field of Ethnomusicology, and may include critical examinations of the field itself, theoretical approaches toward world musics, or conceptual areas—identity, cultural politics, religion, class, race, gender, exoticism, hybridity—in contexts both local and global. Issues within the field are examined in depth through readings, listening’s, discussions, and live performances. May be repeated for credit if the topics change. This course fulfills the upper-division writing requirement.

441 Bach, Beethoven, Brahms / 3 UNITS
Three major composers of far-reaching influence. We will study their contributions to solo, chamber, orchestral and vocal genres, and consider their secular music for entertainment at court and in the concert hall, their sacred music for worship and private edification, and their music for the theater stage. Focus will be on musical style characteristics, esthetic principles, philosophical perspectives, and historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing are central aspects of the course.

442 Opera / 3 UNITS
Focus will be on the evolution of opera in music history, in chronological order, as seen through contemporary documents. These documents include memoirs, letters, histories, polemical writings, reviews, biography essays, and poetry. Such historical responses to opera illustrate changing attitudes of successive generations of opera lovers to the art form, as well as demonstrate the impact contemporary views have had on composers of opera and on operatic developments themselves. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing are central aspects of the course.

444D The Bebop Era / 3 UNITS
This course is designed to study the musical and social history of the bebop era. The focus will be on examining how the inherent qualities of the music itself (an unprecedented creative freedom expressed through virtuosic improvisations and a newly complex harmonic language) are a direct result of the basic human rights and privileges that these artists were denied due to color and/or gender. In other words, the bebop era represents both a stylistic evolution and a social revolution. The musical pioneers such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk will be thoroughly studied. Additional topics: why bebop music was always considered outside the mainstream of popular music; why commercialism was considered a corrupting influence on the artist; how bebop influenced jazz in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Live performances. This course fulfills the diversity experience requirement. No previous musical training necessary.

493 Special Topics in Music History/ 3 UNITS
Changing inter-disciplinary topics, e.g. Women in Music; Music and Politics; Music and Poetry; Music and Faith; may be repeated for credit when topics change.

494 Special Topics in Music Theory/Composition/ 3 UNITS
An examination of selected topics in depth, such as history of sacred music, history of opera, piano literature, vocal literature, or string literature. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites may apply.

495 Senior Project / 1 UNIT
Public presentation during the senior year of a solo recital, the performance of a substantial original composition, a written research project or analytical study, under the direction of a faculty supervisor. For Music majors only, according to area of emphasis. General music majors may design a senior project or conduct service learning in consultation with faculty advisor. This course should be taken in the final semester of the degree program.

498 Music Internship / 1-3 UNITS
Practical experience in music management through service to a university or community performance organization. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of music department director required.

499 Independent Study / 1-3 UNIT
Individual work in theory, composition, musicology, or liturgical music with the approval of the music faculty. For Music majors only. Prerequisite: Approval of music department director required.