Updated to reflect new course numbers to be offered in Fall 2014. Three digit numbers will no longer be used to reference courses, but are indicated in parentheses for reference.
The department offers a variety of courses (MUSA 1100, MUSA 1200, and MUSA 1300) that satisfy the University Core requirement in the Arts and that serve as introductions to the various areas of musical knowledge.
MUSA 1100 (Formerly MU 070)
Fundamentals of Music Theory focuses on technical aspects of the language of music and serves as a prerequisite to Tonal Harmony and further upper level courses in theory and composition, such as Chromatic Harmony, Counterpoint, as well as Jazz Harmony, Instrumentation, and the Seminar in Composition.
MUSA 1200 (Formerly MU 066)
Introduction to Music offer broad surveys of music history and styles of music, while upper level courses focus on either various periods of Western music history (Middle Ages and Renaissance, Baroque, Classical Era, Romantic Era, 20th century), the historical development of various genres (Opera, Symphony), or the contributions of various individual composers (Bach, Beethoven, Wagner).
MUSA 1300 (Formerly MU 030)
History of Popular Music offers a socio-historical approach to the history and context of commercial popular music; upper level cross-cultural courses deal with Western traditions (such as Celtic Musics, Irish Folk Music, Music in America, Rhythm and Blues) and non-Western traditions.
Cultural Diversity Requirements
MUSA 1320 (MU 301) Introduction to Musics of the World, MUSA 2306 (MU 306) African Music and MUSA 2307 (MU 307) Musics of Asia satisfy the Cultural Diversity requirement of the Core.