Music

The Music Program at Drexel offers students of every major the opportunity to participate in numerous ensembles, take appreciation-type courses, or study music in depth.  Ensembles range in their musical style and make-up.  Most perform concerts several times per year and offer students high caliber performance experiences.  Courses range from appreciation-type classes to in-depth advanced musical analysis and composition.  Students can take one class as an elective, or complete one of our four different music minors.

Courses

MUSC 101 University Chorus 1.0 Credit

A large chorus that studies and performs music of many styles; performs each term. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 102 Chamber Singers 1.0 Credit

A select choir that performs advanced choral repertoire; performs frequently on and off campus. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 105 Concert Band 1.0 Credit

Performs a wide variety of music written for a large band; concerts given each term. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 106 Guitar Ensembles 1.0 Credit

Performs a wide variety of music written for a small guitar ensemble; concerts given at least twice a year. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 107 Jazz Ensembles 1.0 Credit

Offers rehearsal, study, and performance of jazz compositions for both large and small ensembles; concerts given on and off campus, sometimes with guest soloists. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 109 String Ensembles 1.0 Credit

Performs music from 18th century to the present for various string combinations; concerts given each term. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 110 Keyboard Ensembles 1.0 Credit

Performs a wide variety of music written for a small keyboard ensemble; concerts given at least twice a year. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 111 Chamber Music Ensemble 1.0 Credit

Various small ensembles performing a variety of music of many periods and styles. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 112 Fusion Band 1.0 Credit

Performs a wide variety of music written for a small fusion ensemble. The Fusion Band gives concerts at least twice a year. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 113 Percussion Ensembles 1.0 Credit

Performs a wide variety of music written for a small percussion ensemble. The ensemble gives concerts at least twice a year. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 115 Gospel Choir 1.0 Credit

Performs gospel music drawn from both traditional and contemporary sources. Performance opportunities for both singers and instrumentalists. Concerts given on and off campus each term. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 120 Music Fundamentals 3.0 Credits

Music Fundamentals teaches students essential skills and knowledge relating to Western music. Focus is placed on ear training and core music theory concepts. This course perfectly compliments any student’s musical playing ability, beginning to advanced, and is essential to further musical development.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 121 Music Theory I 3.0 Credits

Covers basics in the materials of music, its structures, and grammar, including chords, melodic lines, and elementary rhythm.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 122 Music Theory II 3.0 Credits

Covers organization of pitch in Western and non-Western music. Covers the major-minor key system, medieval and ethnic modes, the 12-tone system, and tuning.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 121 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 123 Music Theory III 3.0 Credits

Covers a variety of musical forms from binary and rondo to sonata-allegro, including both sectional and continuous forms, to gain an understanding of the relationship between form and the materials of music. Studies form both in relation to its historical evolution and in terms of its generative role in the creation of music.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 122 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 125 Ear Training I 1.0 Credit

Introduces the basics of ear training and sight singing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 121 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 126 Ear Training II 1.0 Credit

Continues MUSC 125.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 125 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 127 Ear Training III 1.0 Credit

Continues MUSC 126.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 126 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 130 Introduction to Music 3.0 Credits

Provides an introduction to music in the European classical tradition, including elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, structure, history, and principal composers. Emphasizes listening with understanding.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 190 Class Piano I 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach basic performance skills and beginning instruction on piano.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 191 Class Guitar I 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach basic performance skills and beginning instruction on guitar.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 192 Class Percussion I 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach basic performance skills and beginning instruction on percussion.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 193 Class Voice I 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach basic performance skills and beginning instruction in voice.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 194 Class Bass I 2.0 Credits

Class Bass I uses group instruction to teach basic performance skills and techniques on electric bass guitar and upright bass.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits

MUSC 195 Class Bass II 2.0 Credits

Class Bass II uses group instruction to teach advanced performance skills and techniques on electric bass guitar and upright bass.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits

MUSC 229 Modern Arranging Techniques 3.0 Credits

Modern Arranging Techniques. Discusses the capabilities and ranges of varying instruments. Students study modern arranging techniques utilizing strategies and standard music material.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 122 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 231 [WI] Music History I 3.0 Credits

Surveys and analyzes compositions from antiquity through the Baroque period in European music history. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 232 [WI] Music History II 3.0 Credits

Surveys and analyzes compositions from the classical and romantic periods in European music history as well as the development of music in the 20th century. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 234 The Beatles 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the cultural phenomena of The Beatles from their early history as a band through the end of their regular collaboration in 1970. While The Beatles have been examined in many different ways, this course will concentrate on their productivity as a rock band through the single pop song, the pop album, and film. It will also serve to provide a more in depth study of the group and their influence on other popular culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 236 Rock Music Through the Mid-60s 3.0 Credits

Surveys rock music from its roots through the mid-60s.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 238 Rock Music Since the Mid-60s 3.0 Credits

Surveys rock music from the mid-60s through the mid-90s.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 241 Applied Music 2.0 Credits

Weekly private applied music instruction. Instruction may be taken in various instruments, including voice. Fee requirement. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 242 Applied Music V 2.0 Credits

Continuation of MUSC 242. Weekly private applied music instruction at the sophomore level. Fee requirement. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 241 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 243 Applied Music VI 2.0 Credits

Continuation of MUSC 242. Weekly private applied music instruction at the sophomore level. Fee requirement. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 242 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 249 Digital Music Composition 3.0 Credits

Digital Music Composition teaches students how to compose music intended to be produced by a computer and related to software, opposed to composing for acoustic instruments. Students will learn how to use specific music software and explore contemporary compositional techniques.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 121 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 252 Music Composition 3.0 Credits

Music Composition engages students in writing music for ensembles ranging from solo performer to large ensemble. Techniques of the common practice period as well as modernist harmonic techniques will be introduced and applied. Live performance of student projects will be provided and is an important feature of the course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 229 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 290 Advanced Class Piano 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach performance skills on piano. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 190 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 291 Advanced Class Guitar 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach performance skills on guitar. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 191 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 292 Advanced Class Percussion 2.0 Credits

Uses a group situation to teach performance skills on percussion. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 192 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 300 Improvisation 3.0 Credits

Provides study and practice of various improvisatory styles in music. Includes classroom lectures, listening, and solo and ensemble performance.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 323 Songwriting 3.0 Credits

Addresses basic songwriting techniques including form, melody, rhythm, lyrics, and production. Projects are required.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 122 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 331 World Musics 3.0 Credits

Surveys various musical traditions from around the world in their cultural contexts. Includes selected music from Africa, the Americas, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, West Asia, and Oceania.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 333 Afro-American Music USA 3.0 Credits

Examines the African heritage and related New World forms outside the United States. Covers work songs, spirituals, blues, folk music, ragtime, gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, etc.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 336 History of Jazz 3.0 Credits

Surveys the music popularly known as jazz from before 1900 through the stylistic changes and trends of the 20th century. Covers precursors, early jazz, big bands, bebop, the new music, etc.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 338 [WI] American Popular Music 3.0 Credits

Examines popular music (dances, marches, ragtime, jazz, musical comedy, movie music, swing, rock, etc.) from Colonial times to the present, with cultural-historical contexts. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MUSC 341 Advanced Applied Music 2.0 Credits

Weekly private applied music instruction at the advanced level. Fee requirement. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 243 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 342 Applied Music-Recital 2.0 Credits

Students will present a public recital featuring significant solo repertoire. Repertoire choices for recital must be made through the Applied Music instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MUSC 241 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 380 Special Topics in Music 0.5-12.0 Credits

Covers selected topics in music. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MUSC 381 MADKo Concert Promotions 1.0-3.0 Credit

Students participate in organizing, advancing, booking, promoting and implementing concerts at venues both on and off -campus.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 9 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EAM or major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MUSC 262 [Min Grade: D] or MUSC 265 [Min Grade: D] or THTR 132 [Min Grade: D]

MUSC 470 Advanced Seminar in Music 3.0 Credits

Covers selected topics in music-theoretical, historical, technical, or commercial. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSC or major is MUSI and classification is Junior or Senior.

MUSC 495 Directed Studies in Music 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides supervised individual study of special subjects in music. May be repeated for credit. Department permission required.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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