Chatham University

Music Curriculum

The music program offers a variety of courses in the history, theory, and performance of music, including cross-cultural and technological aspects. Performance is encouraged through numerous student recitals, the Integrative Capstone, and participation in the Chatham College 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.

Students must earn a C- or better in all major courses. Failure to earn this minimum grade will result in the need to repeat the course thereby possibly extending the student’s course of study beyond four years.

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
MUS267W 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
MUS368W 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
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
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
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

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.

+Music elective

Choose one of the following music electives.

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
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
MUS150 History of Rock, Pop and Soul

This course explores the evolution of American and British 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. Attention is given to issues and constructions of race and gender as they relate to course material, particularly the changing role and status of women in American and British popular music. This course also introduces fundamental music terminology that is germane to the study of popular music.

3
MUS210 Music & the Natural World

This course will explore the intersection of music and nature in musical thought and practice. Students will explore readings from a variety of historical periods to understand the variety of ways in which the relationship between music and nature has been conceived. Particular emphasis will be placed on Early Modern thought as well as living composers such as David Dunn, Annea Lockwood, John Luther Adams, Alvin Curran, Christopher Shultis, and other sonic ecologists who incorporate sounds from the natural environment into their work. This course fulfills an environmental general education mission course requirement.

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

+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

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 MUS 183: Composition (3)

+Interdisciplinary Major Requirements

9 courses, excluding the Integrative Capstone

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
MUS267W 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
MUS368W 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
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
4 two-credit courses in applied music

+Minor Requirements

6 courses selected in conjunction with the music program director and approved by the faculty advisor and music program director.

+Certification Program in Music Education

A cooperative program in Music Education Certification has been established with Carnegie Mellon University. At Chatham, students take the courses required for the Music major. Concurrently, at Carnegie Mellon, students cross-register for the courses required for certification in Music Education. In four years, upon successful completion of all courses in both programs, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Certification in Music Education. Well-qualified students should begin the Chatham Music major program in the first year and the Carnegie Mellon program in the sophomore year. Consultation should be maintained with the Music Program Director at Chatham, and the Certification Officers at both institutions.

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
EDU102 Principles Of Teaching And Learning

PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION RESHMAN STATUS

1
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.