Chatham University

Music Curriculum

The music program offers a variety of courses in the history, theory, composition and performance of music, including cross-cultural and technological aspects. Performance is encouraged through numerous student recitals, the tutorial, and participation in the Chatham University Choir. Students have opportunities to study privately with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and on occasion may present public performances with their teachers. The student majoring in music also may choose to focus on other aspects of the discipline, including creative projects. The cross-disciplinary opportunities afforded by the College curriculum allow for imaginative program design.

Program Requirements

+ Major Requirements

14 courses, including:

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS363 Music Theory III

The course examines the elements of 18th-century tonal counterpoint. The principles of tonal harmony are applied in combination with various contrapuntal techniques, and contrapuntal forms of the Baroque period are analyzed. The composition of small forms is included. Prerequisite(s): MUS 252 or equivalent.

4
MUS267 History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368 History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS498 Tutorial: Music

4
MUS499 Tutorial: Music

4

1 of the following:

MUS174 Jazz Survey

Students explore the origin and development of jazz from its African origins to Dixieland and contemporary styles. They become familiar with jazz musicians and a wide variety of jazz styles through recorded music and, when possible, live performances.

3
MUS203 History of Rock, Pop and Soul

This course explores the evolution of American and Brititsh popular music from about 1950 to the present day. Musical styles are studied and contextualized with an examination of related cultural, social and political trends. This course also introduces fundamental music terminology that is germane to the study of popular music.

3
ART206 Digital Sound Production

A studio course designed to present the theoretical and practical elements of audio physiology and production techniques, creating a learning environment in which students can apply their production skills to a variety of media. Specific material includes recording and dubbing techniques, audio mixing, equipment management, and digital sound. Prerequisite(s): Art 141 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
MUS232 Women in Music

This course is a survey of women composers in Western art music, with a special emphasis on contemporary composers. This survey will include such important figures as Ruth Crawford, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, and Tania Leon.

3
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
MUS266 World Music

The course focuses on the music and related arts of selected major civilizations of the world, including India, China, and Japan as well as areas such as Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. Emphasis is placed on the factors resulting in art that is sometimes quite different from Western music.

3

4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program.

Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

Additional Major Requirements

Voice Concentration

MUS171 Choir

Students prepare and perform a wide variety of choral literature for both women’s and mixed voices. An audition is required as are two, two-hour rehearsals per week. Pass/fail grading only.

2

Two semesters of a foreign language approved by a student‘s advisor or the Music Program Director. Preferred language includes, French, German and Italian.

Piano and Orchestral Instrument Concentrations

During the course of the program, four solo ensemble performances (piano and instrument, two piano, voice and piano, etc), supervised by Applied Music Faculty.

Composition Concentration Requirements

MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
Four semesters of
MUS183 Composition

Students will work closely with the composition instructor to identify and articulate their personal artistic perspective, and develop sound or multimedia compositions that express this outlook. Students may also work on analytic projects that relate to their artistic projects. Specific goals are determined in collaboration with the instructor.

3

Interdisciplinary Major Requirements

9 courses, excluding the tutorial:

MUS160 The Art of Music

Through guided listening, students examine musical works and gain an understanding of the style of various composers and historical periods. Relevant cultural features are presented, and basic elements of music are introduced to enhance the appreciation of this art form.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267 History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368 History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music.

+ Minor Requirements

Chatham Courses

In addition to all courses required for the Music major and General Education:

EDU100 Introduction to Field Experiences

This course is designed to ensure that all students are properly prepared for field experiences in Pittsburgh area schools. The course involves discussion of legal, social and cultural issues. In the second half of the course students are placed in school settings to complete observation assignments. Co-requisite: EDU 102

1
EDU102 Principles of Teaching and Learning

This course is taken concurrently with Introduction to Field Experiences. Students explore the fundamental principles of learning and how these principles are applied in classroom settings. Learning and the factors that influence learning are analyzed. Effective teaching, management, instruction, and assessment are studied for their impact on learning.

Co-requisite: EDU 100

2

  • 2 courses in Mathematics
  • 1 course in English Literature
  • 1 course in Developmental Psychology
  • 1 Professional Education course
  • 1 Applied Music course (fretted instrument)

Carnegie Mellon Courses

15 courses (30-33 credits), including Student Teaching in Spring term of Senior Year. A complete listing of all courses is posted on the Music web page.