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The following is an overview of courses associated with our music major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Core Courses:
MUS 111 Theory I

Theory I is an introductory class to the technical elements of music. Basic elements of pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony and musical structure are explored in this class. This class will focus on the fundamental aspects of major and minor key signatures, simple triads and seventh chords, voice leading and basics of functional harmony.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Corequisite: MUS 113.

MUS 112 Theory II

All the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and structure are studied in this class. This class will also explore aspects of harmonic progressions, seventh chords, modulations, secondary dominants and basic musical forms.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Corequisite: MUS 114.
Prerequisites: MUS 111 and 113.

MUS 113 Aural Skills I

This is an introductory course in the skills of sight singing and dictation, concentration upon simple diatonic melodies within the octave and basic rhythmic structures.

Fall Semester.
1 semester hour.
Corequisite: MUS 111.

MUS 114 Aural Skills II

Spring Semester. 1 semester hour. Co-requisite: MUS 112. Prerequisites: MUS 111 and MUS 113. Students will further develop their sight singing and dictation skills. Emphasis is given to minor keys and more complex rhythmic structures.

Spring Semester.
1 semester hour.
Co-requisite: MUS 112.
Prerequisites: MUS 111 and MUS 113.

MUS 141 Piano Class I

This class will focus on principles and techniques of classical, folk and popular piano. This course is open to all students.

Fall Semester.
1 semester hour.

MUS 142 Piano Class II

This class will focus on advanced principles and techniques of classical, folk and popular piano.

Spring Semester.
1 semester hour.
Prerequisites: MUS 141 and instructor permission.

MUS 211 Theory III

This class will focus on chromatic harmony, altered chords, advanced secondary harmony, modal mixture and simple musical forms, as well as set theory and atonal music.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: MUS 112 and MUS 114.
Corequisite: MUS 213.

MUS 212 Theory IV

This class will explore aspects of advanced composition and analyses techniques with an introduction to Set Theory, and other methods of contemporary music theory analyses. Elements of musical form will also be addressed.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: MUS 211 and MUS 213.
Corequisite: MUS 214.

MUS 213 Aural Skills III

Students will focus in the perception of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic changes, through sight singing and aural dictation. Emphasis is given to modulation to related keys and syncopation.

Fall Semester.
1 semester hour.
Corequisite: MUS 211.
Prerequisites: MUS 112 and 114.

MUS 214 Aural Skills IV

Students will focus in perception of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic changes, through sight singing and aural dictation. Emphasis is given to mode, advanced modulations and complex rhythmic structures.

Spring Semester.
1 semester hour.
Corequisite: MUS 212.
Prerequisites: MUS 211 and 213.

MUS 221 Comprehensive Music History I

This course will focus on music and literature from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through 1600. There is a strong emphasis on reading, listening, musical analysis, research and citing writing.

Fall Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: MUS 112.

MUS 222 Comprehensive Music History II

This course will focus on music and literature from the Baroque and Classical periods. There is a strong emphasis on reading, listening, musical analysis, research and critical writing.

Spring Semester, even years.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: MUS 112.

MUS 311 Form and Analysis

This course is an introduction to the analysis of musical form, beginning with structural elements and proceeding to the analysis of classical forms, from simple song forms to smaller compound forms such as Minuet and Rondo. Other more advanced forms to be examined include: Sonata Form, Theme and Variations and Fugue.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: MUS 212 or permission of the instructor.

MUS 321 Comprehensive Music History III

This class will focus upon music and literature from the Romantic era (19th century) through the present day. There is a strong emphasis on reading, listening, score analysis, research and critical writing.

Fall Semester, even years.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: MUS 112.

MUS 322 Comprehensive Music History IV

This class will focus on ethnomusicology: music of the world’s people. Course will concentrate on non-western art music as well as various folk music idioms. There is a strong emphasis on reading, listening, score analysis, research and critical writing.

Spring Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Global Diversity requirement.
Prerequisites: MUS 112.

MUS 497 Senior Experience

This course will help the student in preparation for and performance of a Senior Recital or a Senior Music Project approved by the faculty and Music Program Director.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.

Private Lessons (8 Semester Hours):
MUS 118/218/318/418 Private Lessons

The student will take private lessons in his/her major instrument, voice or in musical composition.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1 semester hour.
Prerequisites: audition for the Music Program; academic credit can only be earned by persons who are currently enrolled at Olivet College.

Ensembles (8 Semester Hours):
MUS 150/250/350/450 Olivet College Choir

This choir is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. This ensemble performs music of all historical periods and styles and performs throughout the academic year both on- and off-campus. The ability to read music is not mandatory, but basic singing ability is necessary.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1 semester hour.
Satisfies one of three semester hours of Creative
Experience requirement.

MUS 160/260/360/460 Olivet College Wind Ensemble

The Olivet College Concert Band is an ensemble that offers wind players the opportunity to perform traditional band repertoire. This class is open to all students. Audition is necessary for seat placement.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1 semester hour.
Satisfies one of three semester hours of Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: Audition required.

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