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  • MUSC 101: Perspectives on Music
    An introduction to various facets of music through guided listening to selected masterpieces of Western music as well as exposure to folk music, popular music, and non-Western music. No previous knowledge is needed. Intended for non-majors.
  • MUSC 104: Men's Chorus
    The Lake Forest College Men's Chorus focuses on choral repertoire written exclusively for the male voice, from all genres and time periods. Concerts, both on and off campus, may include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other college and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. Placement in this ensemble is at the discretion of the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 105: Women's Chorus
    The Lake Forest College Women's Chorus focuses on choral repertoire written exclusively for the female voice, from all genres and time periods. Concerts, both on and off campus, may include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other college and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. Placement in this ensemble is at the discretion of the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 106: College/Community Chorus
    The Lake Forest College College/Community Chorus is an introductory mixed choral ensemble for beginning singers from the Lake Forest College Community. The College/Community Chorus performs choral music from classical, global, and popular repertoire in concerts both on and off campus. Performances may include collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other collegiate and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. No audition is required. No prerequisites. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 107: Concert Band
    The Band performs marches, overtures, waltzes, and suites by such composers as Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sousa, and others. The ensemble is open to all students. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 108: Chamber Orchestra
    The Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble devoted to the performance of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and twentieth-century repertoire. The group performs two concerts each semester. The Chamber Orchestra is open to all qualified members of the College community. Auditions will be held early in the fall. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 109: West African Drumming Ensemble
    The African Drumming Ensemble is a hands-on workshop for students of all levels interested in learning the basics of West African drumming. Students work on developing rhythmic skills using authentic instruments and learn about the role of music in the cultures of Guinea, Mali, and other countries. No prerequisite. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 110: Jazz Ensemble
    The Jazz Ensemble performs music from big band classics and contemporary repertoire. The ensemble is open to all students by audition. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 111: Applied Music
    Private instruction in piano, organ, orchestral instruments, and voice. For noncredit weekly lessons of one-half, three-fourths, or one hour, an additional fee is charged. See Undergraduate Tuition and Expenses for details. For credit, the student must either have Music 150 as a pre- or co-requisite or obtain consent of the chairperson of the department; the student must satisfactorily complete at least twelve weekly one-hour lessons and participate in two workshops and one recital each semester. A half credit is earned after each semester. This course is graded on a letter-grade basis. Following are the sections available by instrument: 01 Classical Piano, 02 Jazz Piano, 03 Classical Guitar, 04 Voice, 05 Flute, 06 Oboe, 07 Clarinet, 08 Bassoon, 09 Saxophone, 10 Horn, 11 Trumpet, 12 Low Brass, 13 Percussion, 14 Violin, 15 Viola, 16 Cello, 17 Bass, 18 Jazz/Blues Guitar, 19 Improvisation, 20 Miscellaneous.
  • MUSC 118: Introduction to Singing
    An introduction to vocal production for the beginning singer, including the physiology of the voice, how to sightread a vocal line, how to make your voice more beautiful and durable, how to communicate the lyrics clearly through improved diction, how to extend your range to reach notes you never thought possible, and how to deliver a song powerfully and effectively. Focusing on the novice musician, this class will prepare students to sing solos and to participate in choruses; it will also be useful for stage actors and public speakers.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 128
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  • MUSC 119: Opera Workshop
    The Opera Workshop is a course designed for advanced voice students who are participating in an opera production at Lake Forest College. Students taking this course will sing roles in operas, operettas, or opera adaptations in public performance. Participation is by audition only.
  • MUSC 150: Fundamentals of Music
    Introduction to elements and basic principles of tonal music: notation, intervals, scales, rhythm, meter, melody, and harmony. Emphasis on listening and creative work. No prerequisite, but some musical experience is helpful.  
  • MUSC 160: Musicianship
    This course is dedicated to the development of practical skills important for a musician, including sightsinging, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and ear training. Aural and written exercises as well as creative projects will be incorporated. Music majors may substitute this course for the aural-skills proficiency exams with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: Music 150.
  • MUSC 170: Intro to Music Teaching & Learning
    This course introduces students to the skills of teaching music. It explores how human beings acquire musicianship, and covers the foundational elements of music education. Musical elements addressed include: musical development, musical aptitude, listening, movement, rhythm, song teaching, singing, improvisation, composition, and basic teaching techniques associated with these. Students should expect to actively engage in music making, teaching, and critical thinking. Peer teaching and clinical work with elementary students are key components of this course. Prerequisite: MUSC 150 or permission of instructor.
    Cross-listed as: EDUC 170, MUSE 170
  • MUSC 204: The Singing Statesmen
    The Lake Forest College Singing Statesmen is the premier choral ensemble for men's voices at Lake Forest College. The ensemble performs choral music from classical, global, and popular repertoire in concerts both on and off campus. Performances may include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other collegiate and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. Members of this ensemble are drawn from the ranks of the Concert Choir. Placement in this ensemble is contingent upon an audition, held at the beginning of the year. Prerequisite: 1 semester of MUSC 104 or MUSC 106, or permission of the instructor. Co-requisite: MUSC 206. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 205: Advanced Women's Chorale
    The Lake Forest College Advanced Women's Chorale is the premier choral ensemble for women's voices at Lake Forest College. The Chorale performs choral music from classical, global, and popular repertoire in concerts both on and off campus. Performances may include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other collegiate and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. Membership in this ensemble is contingent upon a voice placement hearing, held at the beginning of the year. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 206: Concert Choir
    The Lake Forest College Concert Choir is the premier large mixed choral ensemble at Lake Forest College. Concert Choir performs choral music from classical, global, and popular repertoire in concerts both on and off campus. Performances may include convention presentations, and collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other collegiate and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. Membership in this ensemble is contingent upon a voice placement hearing, held at the beginning of the year. Prerequisite: 1 year of MUSC 104, 105, 106, or 205; or permission of the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • MUSC 217: World Music Survey
    Survey of music of the world's peoples: music in the cultures of Africa, Asia, and Latin America; the social and cultural roles of music. No prerequisite. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • MUSC 220: Songwriting
    How to write songs. Emphasis on popular forms in the styles of the 1960s to the present, including pop, rock, folk, Broadway, and others. Covers text, setting, forms, harmony, instrumentation, arranging, studio techniques, and performance. Prerequisite: Music 150.
  • MUSC 225: Intro to Electronic Music
    Designed to foster creative work in the College's recording/electronic music studio, the course deals first with the history of electronic music (Futurism, musique concrete, early analog analysis) and then with studio techniques, using both analog and digital equipment, microphones, tape recorders, mixing, digital synthesis, and a creative project. Two regular sessions and one laboratory each week. Co-requisite: Music 150.
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  • MUSC 227: History of Jazz
    Principal styles of representative jazz musicians; the roots (including blues and ragtime); jazz in New Orleans and Chicago; and big band, swing, bop, and fusion. No prerequisite. (Cross-listed as American Studies 227. Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AMER 227
  • MUSC 235: 20th Cent Theater: Musical Theater
    A study of representative musical comedies, operettas, and related works that will provide topics for papers by students. Emphasis will be placed on relationship to political, social, and cultural events. Videotapes of musicals are viewed and discussed. Among works to be discussed are Show Boat, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, and others.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 236, ENGL 236
  • MUSC 251: Music Theory I
    Basic elements of tonal harmony including triads, seventh chords, figured bass, harmonic progression, voice leading, and four-part writing. Prerequisite: Music 150 or consent of the instructor.
  • MUSC 252: Music Theory II
    A continuation of the study of harmony, including modulation, chromatic harmony, and counterpoint. Prerequisite: Music 251 or consent of the instructor. 
  • MUSC 262: Great Composers
    In this course we will examine the lives and works of three significant composers in detail. Each semester the three selected composers will change. Some of the composers might include: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Copland, Duke Ellington, John Adams, and others. The course involves biographical readings, close listening analysis, and concert attendance. No prerequisite.
  • MUSC 264: History of Rock and Roll
    This course covers the history of rock music from its origins in the blues and American country music to the diverse rock styles heard today. Analysis of performances and compositional styles of several familiar rock stars is included. Social and political influences will be addressed, but the focus will be on the music itself. No prerequisite.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 264
  • MUSC 265: American Music
    Music in the United States from the time of the pilgrims to the present day. The course includes art music, folk music, religious music, and jazz. Prerequisite: Any music class or consent of the instructor. (Cross-listed as American Studies 265.)
  • MUSC 266: Music in Film
    Music has played an important part of the movie-going experience since the beginnings of the film industry in the 1890's, and the blending of music and drama has deeper roots still.  This course charts the development of music and sound in film, from these deep roots through the mis-named silent-movie era and on to the great film composers of the twentieth century and today.  Students will learn the fundamental elements of a film score, investigate how a film composer works, and develop a vocabulary for describing and assessing film music.  No prior knowledge of music or film history is necessary.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 266
  • MUSC 270: Beginning Conducting
    This course is designed to expose music students to the essential skills of the successful conductor. The course combines the theoretical skills of score analysis and aural imaging with the practical skills of baton and rehearsal techniques. Class sessions will be devoted to lecture, discussion, and practical lab experience, using the students in the class as an ensemble. Prerequisite: MUSC 251 or permission of instructor.
  • MUSC 271: Teaching Winds and Percussion
    MUSC 271: The Art of Teaching Wind and Percussion Instruments. This course introduces students to the techniques of teaching woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Students will develop competency on these instruments and learn appropriate instructional strategies to teach these instruments. Specific instruments include: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, snare drum, and bells. Students should expect to actively engage in music making, teaching, and critical thinking. Peer teaching and clinical work with elementary/middle school students are key components of this course. Prerequisites: EDUC 170 Corequisites: No corequisites
    Cross-listed as: MUSE 271
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  • MUSC 272: Teaching String Instruments
    MUSC 272: The Art of Teaching String Instruments. This course introduces students to the techniques of playing and teaching string instruments. Students will develop competency on these instruments and learn appropriate instructional strategies to teach these instruments. Specific instruments include: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students should expect to actively engage in music making, teaching, and critical thinking. Peer teaching and clinical work with elementary/middle school students are key components of this course. Prerequisites: EDUC 170, with a grade of B- or better. Corequisites: No corequisites.
    Cross-listed as: MUSE 272
  • MUSC 273: Teaching Instrumental Ensembles
    MUSC 273: The Art of Teaching Instrumental Ensembles. This course introduces students to the techniques of teaching bands and orchestras. This course is intended to provide students with a strong foundation of both skill and conceptual understanding in order to prepare them for a career in instrumental music education. It involve learning within both a college classroom setting and as a teacher and observer within K-12 schools. Specific elements include: conducting, score study, rehearsal technique, practical elements associated with organizing and executing an instrumental ensemble, and band/orchestra literature. Students should expect to actively engage in music making, teaching, and critical thinking. Peer teaching and clinical work with middle school students are key components of this course. Prerequisites: EDUC 170 with a grade of B- or better. Corequisites: No corequisites.
    Cross-listed as: MUSE 273
  • MUSC 274: Teaching Choral Ensembles
    MUSC 274: The Art of Teaching Choral Ensembles. This course introduces students to the techniques of teaching choir. This course is intended to provide students with a strong foundation of both skill and conceptual understanding in order to prepare them for a career in vocal music education. It involves learning within both a classroom setting and as a teacher and observer within K-12 schools. Specific elements include: conducting, score study, rehearsal technique, practical elements associated with organizing and executing a choral ensemble, and choral literature. Students should expect to actively engage in music making, teaching, and critical thinking. Peer teaching and clinical work with middle school students are key components of this course. Prerequisites: EDUC 170 with a grade of B- or better. Corequisites: No corequisites.
    Cross-listed as: MUSE 274
  • MUSC 280: Wagner,Tolkien, and Star Wars
    An in-depth comparative study of three epic masterpieces of Western culture: Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungen, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (through the films by Peter Jackson), and George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy. Special consideration will be given to the role of music in each of these epics (including the film scores of John Williams and Howard Shore).
  • MUSC 287: Music of the Arab World
    Study of the history and repertories of Arabic music from the traditional or 'classical' music to contemporary popular music, including music associated with religious practices.  Emphasis on understanding music in culture and the theory and performance practice of Arabic music.  No prerequisite.  (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • MUSC 306: Chamber Singers
    The Lake Forest College Chamber Singers is a selective mixed choral ensemble whose members are drawn from the roster of the Concert Choir. Chamber Singers performs vocal chamber music from classical, global, and popular repertoire in concerts both on and off campus. Performances may include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with other ensembles including the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, other collegiate and community choruses, and a wide range of soloists. Membership in this ensemble is contingent upon a voice placement hearing, held at the beginning of the year. Co-requisite: MUSC 206. (May be taken for .25 credit or 0 credit).
  • MUSC 325: Adv Electronic Music
    A continuation of Music 225. More independent work and hard disk recording. Prerequisite: Music 225.
  • MUSC 351: Music Theory III
    (Music Theory III: Atonal Systems and Theory of Jazz, Rock and World Music) This course will explore the theoretical systems of atonal and post-tonal music, including set theory and serialism. Theories and analyses of jazz, rock and world music will also be presented and explored. Prerequisite: Music 252.
  • MUSC 352: Form and Tonal Analysis
    Study of the principal forms in Western art music including binary and ternary forms, sonata, theme and variation, and rondo. This course covers analysis of tonal masterworks of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including music of J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms, applying the knowledge gained in the study of tonal harmony. Prerequisite: Music 351.
  • MUSC 360: Music History I
    (Music History I: From Chant to Bach) An introduction to the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Composers emphasized include Machaut, Josquin, Palestrina, Lassus, Monteverdi, Schutz, Purcell, A. Scarlatti, Handel, and Bach. Music 360 and 361 may be taken out of order. Prerequisite: Music 150 or consent of the instructor.
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  • MUSC 361: Music His II:Classical to Contemp
    Representative composers and compositions from the Classical and Romantic periods will be discussed, including Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Wagner. The many trends and styles of music of the twentieth century will be covered, including Impressionism, Expressionism, Neo-Classicism, Minimalism, and Indeterminacy. Composers will include Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Reich, and Cage. Music 360 and 361 may be taken out of order. Prerequisite: Music 150 or consent of the instructor.
  • MUSC 480: Senior Seminar
    This course covers analysis of twentieth-century music, composition, and conducting. As part of the conducting component, students will have the opportunity to conduct a rehearsal of the Lake Forest College Chorus or Chamber Orchestra. Other special topics may also be included.

Applied Music Courses

  • MUSA 111: Applied Music
    Private instruction in piano, organ, orchestral instruments, and voice. For credit or noncredit weekly lessons of one-half or one hour, an additional fee is charged. See Undergraduate Tuition and Expenses for details. A fee waiver may be granted for those students actively participating in a Music Department Ensemble, at the discretion of the ensemble director. Waivers are also available for music majors and minors. See your Music Department advisor for more details. The student must satisfactorily complete at least twelve weekly lessons and participate in both a workshop and recital each semester. Either a half credit or quarter credit is earned after each semester, depending on lesson length. This course is graded on a letter-grade basis. Following are the sections available by instrument: 01 Classical Piano, 02 Jazz Piano, 03 Classical Guitar, 04 Voice, 05 Flute, 06 Oboe, 07 Clarinet, 08 Bassoon, 09 Saxophone, 10 Horn, 11 Trumpet, 12 Low Brass, 13 Percussion, 14 Violin, 15 Viola, 16 Cello, 17 Bass, 18 Jazz/Blues Guitar, 19 Improvisation, 20 Miscellaneous.
  • MUSA 112: Applied Music
    Continuation of MUSA 111.
  • MUSA 211: Applied Music
    Continuation of applied music study. Prerequisite: MUSA 112.
  • MUSA 212: Applied Music
    Continuation of MUSA 211.
  • MUSA 311: Applied Music
    Continuation of applied music study. Prerequisite: MUSA 212.
  • MUSA 312: Applied Music
    Continuation of MUSA 311.
  • MUSA 411: Applied Music
    Continuation of applied music study. Prerequisite: MUSA 312.
  • MUSA 412: Applied Music
    Continuation of MUSA 411.

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