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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Letters

Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room 205

570-422-3694......www.esu.edu/mus

About the Program

Music majors and minors, as well as anyone at East Stroudsburg University with an interest in music, have many opportunities to develop their skills through numerous performances on and off campus. Individual talents are nurtured through personalized instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, and string instruments.

Presentations by guest artists provide students with an opportunity to hear and interact with world-class musicians.

All concerts take place in the 300-seat Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall, with its outstanding acoustics.

Potential students are always welcome to visit the department or to attend one of the many presentations through the academic year.

Choose Music at ESU

  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Small class size
  • Close faculty interaction
  • Opportunities for participation in multiple performing groups
  • Individual applied vocal and instrumental lessons

Performance Opportunities:

  • Concert Choir
  • University/Community Concert Band
  • University/Community Orchestra
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Warrior Marching Band
  • A Cappella Ensemble
  • University Singers
  • University Jazz Ensemble
  • More information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Music

  • Majors/Minors into this program are no longer being accepted


    • Required Core Courses (21 credits): MUS 203, 220, 211, 311, 320,410, and 496 Senior Seminar (or ART 496 or THTR 496)
    • Corequisites: Any (9) credits in ART and any (9) credits in THTR

    Senior Seminar will consist of a major recital (Applied Music concentration majors and/or Jazz Studies concentration majors) a lecture-presentation conducting experience with one or more of the university ensembles (to include program notes), or a research project (Music Theory/History/Literature majors and/or Jazz Studies concentration majors not doing a recital).

    All students are required to pass a basic piano proficiency consisting of:

    • One prepared piece equivalent to a late beginner level of Anna Magdeline Book of Piano Literature
    • One sight-reading piece equivalent to a standard hymn

    Completing two semesters of piano class (MUS 110 and MUS 111) with a grade of C or better will fulfill this requirement.

    Applied Music Concentration (48 credits)

    All students are required to participate in a major performing ensemble each semester. Piano majors may fulfill this requirement by serving as an accompanist for major performing ensembles and/or recitals.

    Jazz Studies Concentration (48 credits)

    All students are required to participate in either the ESU Jazz Ensemble or the ESU Pop/Jazz Singers each semester.

    Music Literature and Theory Concentration (45 credits)

    • 15 credits of core music credits
    • 12 credits of Music Literature from the following: MUS 204, 304, 315, 400, 404
    • 4 credits of Keyboard Music Theory (MUS 370 & 403)
    • 8 credits of music electives

    All majors are required to attend a minimum of four recitals each semester. The concerts must be varied in content and may not be one in which the student is performing.

    Other Requirements: Students must have a minimum:

    • QPA of 2.5 in MUS courses
    • 12 credits in MUS courses at the 300-400 level
    • 18 credits in MUS course completed at East Stroudsburg University

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      MUS 220: Music Theory I

      3

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      ART 101: Introduction to Art or THTR 100: Introduction to Theatre

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      Music 320 Music Theory II

      3

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      ART 101: Introduction to Art or THTR 100: Introduction to Theatre

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      MUS 203: Jazz and Popular Music

      3

      MUS 225: Ear Training & Music Reading I

      2

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      General Education Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Fitness Course

      1

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      Music Elective

      2

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      ART or THTR Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Fitness Course

      1

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      MUS 211: Music of Renaissance and Baroque Era

      3

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      ART or THTR Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      MUS 311: Music of Classical and Romantic Era

      3

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      ART or THTR Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      MUS 410: 20th Century and American Music

      3

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      Music Elective

      3

      ART or THTR Course

      3

      General Education Course

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      MUS 496: Fine Arts Seminar

      3

      Ensemble

      1

      Applied Lesson

      2

      Music Elective

      3

      Music Elective

      3

      ART or THTR Course

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3694 or visit www.esu.edu/mus

Music Minor

  • Majors/Minors into this program are no longer being accepted


    18 semester hours

    One three-credit music history courses at the 200 level or above.

    One three-credit music theory at the 200 level or above.

    Three credits of a performance ensemble or applied lessons.

    Nine credits of music courses at the 300-400 level

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • Majors/Minors into this program are no longer being accepted


    Courses marked with * fulfill the requirements for Fine Arts.

    Courses marked with ** fulfill the requirements for Performing Arts.

  • MUS 100 GE: Introduction to Music (3:3:0)*

    • This course is a survey of western music from the Pre-Renaissance to the present; styles and musical periods are studied and correlated with other areas of learning; listening both in and out of class is stressed.

  • MUS 101 GE: Fundamentals of Music (3:3:0)*

    • This course is designed to give students basic knowledge and skills in music reading, theory or harmony, and aural theory so that they can intelligently read, sing, and perform a simple musical score or diatonic melody. It is recommended that the course be taken during the semester prior to enrolling in Music Theory I.

  • MUS 105 GE: Popular Music from Mozart through the New Millennium (3:3:0)

    • This course will examine popular music from the classical period through today. Students will compare and contrast the diverse styles of popular music genres throughout the various time periods. Political, social, cultural, and historical influences upon music will also be discussed.

  • MUS 110 GE: Piano Class I (2:1:2)**

    • This course provides elementary class instruction in piano and keyboard harmony and harmonic materials applicable to the piano. An individual approach is used.

  • MUS 111 GE: Piano Class II (2:1:2)**

    • This course is a continuation of the study of material in MUS 110. Since an individual approach is used, this course may be elected more than once for credit. Prerequisite: MUS 110.

  • MUS 113 GE: Class Voice (2:2:0)**

    • Group voice instruction for the beginning singer will include emphasis upon posture, breathing, voice building, and the appropriate vocal literature which will develop the full potential of each student.

  • MUS 115 GE: Guitar I (2:1:2)**

    • This is a course that includes elementary class instruction in classic guitar technique and performance, fingerboard harmony, and applied music theory. An individual approach is used.

  • MUS 116 GE: Guitar II (2:1:2)**

    • This course is a continuation of the material studied in MUS 115 with an emphasis on sight-reading and performance. Since an individual approach is used, this course may be elected more than once for credit. Prerequisite: MUS 115.

  • MUS 130 GE: Concert Choir (1:0:3)**

    • The Concert Choir is the university’s large mixed voice choral group. Rehearsals stress the preparation of high quality choral music from various periods of music history and in various musical styles. Musical skills such as reading musical notation, ensemble blend, tone quality, and proper interpretation are emphasized at rehearsals. Public performances may be scheduled by the group’s director.

  • MUS 134 Marching Band (1:0:3)**

    • The University Marching Band is open to all university students with prior experience at the high school or college level, or with permission of the instructor. The group will be exposed to both standard marching band music and accompanying drill movements. Emphasis will be placed on developing musicianship in the areas of intonation, rhythm and balance, as well as visual effect. The ensemble may be taken for credit or no credit. Prerequisite: Attendance at Band Camp one week prior to Fall semester.

  • MUS 135 GE: University/Community Concert Band (1:0:3)**

    • The University/Community Concert Band is open to all university and community instrumentalists with previous experience in high school and/or college band. This group will be exposed to standard concert band literature, marches, musical show selections, and pop music. Emphasis will be on developing musicianship, especially tone, blend, balance, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and sight-reading. Public performances may be scheduled by the group’s director.

  • MUS 140 GE: University/Community Orchestra (1:0:3)**

    • The University/Community Orchestra is open to all university and community instrumentalists with prior experience at the high school or college level. The group will be exposed to standard orchestral literature as well as seasonal and popular music. Emphasis will be placed on developing musicianship in the areas of intonation, rhythm, sight-reading, and the nuances of playing in an ensemble.

  • MUS 160, 161, 260, 261, 360, 361, 460, 461 GE: Applied Music: Piano (2:Arr)**

    • This course offers the private music study of developmental skills as it relates to tone production, phrasing, and other performance related concerns. Repertoire and technique requirements will be selected by the instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor who will assign the course number based on the student’s prior experience and skill level.

  • MUS 162, 163, 262, 263, 362, 363, 462, 463 GE: Applied Music: Voice (2:Arr)**

    • This course offers the private music study of developmental skills as it relates to tone production, phrasing, and other performance related concerns. Repertoire and technique requirements will be selected by the instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor who will assign the course number based on the student’s prior experience and skill level.

  • MUS 164, 165, 264, 265, 364, 365, 464, 465 GE: Applied Music: Band/Orchestra Instruments (2:Arr)**

    • This course offers the private music study of developmental skills as it relates to tone production, phrasing, and other performance related concerns. Repertoire and technique requirements will be selected by the instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor who will assign the course number based on the student’s prior experience and skill level.

  • MUS 203 GE: Discovering Jazz (3:3:0)*

    • This course traces the evolution of jazz from roots in African, European, and American folk music to its emergence as a new art music that is indigenous to the U.S.A. The stylistic genres of jazz history are studied including Dixieland, Blues, Ragtime, Bebop, Free Jazz, and Jazz Rock Fusion. These styles are also discussed in their relationship to popular music. Recordings are studied to exemplify the skills of major jazz artists and the styles with which they are associated.

  • MUS 204 GE: Musical Theatre (3:3:0)*

    • This course is a broad study of the various elements and repertoire that constitute musical theatre. This study will examine the music, characters, plots of specific works relating them to the music, and artistic achievement, characters, historical significance, social relevance, and performance practices. Material will cover various aspects of musical comedy, operetta, cabaret, and opera. This is a general course for all students interested in broadening their awareness of the form.

  • MUS 211 GE: Music of the Renaissance and Baroque Era (3:3:0)*

    • This course is a survey of the development of musical art form from ancient times to around 1750. Music listening is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: MUS 100.

  • MUS 220 GE: Music Theory I (3:3:0)*

    • This course begins with a review of basic music fundamentals and continues with the study of harmonic progressions in the major and minor mode, principles of voice leading, first inversion and second inversion chords, figured bass, function and structure of melody, non-harmonic tones, harmonization of a melody, and sight singing and dictation activities. Prerequisite: MUS 101 or equivalent experience.

  • MUS 225 Ear Training and Music Reading I (2:2:0)*

    • This course is designed to develop skills in aural perception of music through melodic/rhythmic performance & dictation, and harmonic identification. Students will learn to perform and identify melodies in major keys with solfege, major/minor intervals within the octave, and basic rhythm patterns in essential simple and compound meters. Students will also learn to recognize chord voicings and progressions integral to Western music compositional techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 101.

  • MUS 226 Ear Training and Music Reading II (2:2:0)*

    • This course is designed as a continuation of MUS 225, further developing skills in aural perception of music through melodic/rhythmic performance & dictation, and harmonic identification. Students will learn to identify and sing melodies with wide intervals, minor keys and chromaticism. They will also learn to identify and perform rhythm patterns featuring dotted rhythms, triplets, syncopations, and diverse meters. Students will learn to recognize more advanced chord progressions, including those with inversions and dominant seventh chords. Prerequisite: MUS 225

  • MUS 240 GE: University Singers (1:0:3)

    • University Singers is a select ensemble of mixed voices whose repertoire covers a wide range of styles, including jazz and popular music. Rehearsals stress development of vocal musical skills and the techniques needed for the successful performance of music in a variety of styles. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Public performances may be scheduled by the ensemble‚Äôs director.

  • MUS 241 Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (1:0:2)**

    • Special ensembles are formed to perform instrumental chamber music works. Ensembles may include a variety of combinations, i.e. strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, etc. Participants must be prepared to perform works either in recital or for a faculty jury at the conclusion of the semester. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

  • MUS 242 GE: University Jazz Ensemble (1:0:3)**

    • This group will consist of the following instrumental sections: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm. The music rehearsed will reflect a wide variety of jazz styles with emphasis on the development of good ensemble techniques, rhythmic accuracy, tonal balance, intonation, improvisation, and sight reading skills. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Public performances may be scheduled by the group’s director.

  • MUS 243 A Cappella Ensemble (1:0:2)**

    • A Cappella Ensemble is a medium-sized select group of mixed voices specializing in unaccompanied choral masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Enrollment is only by permission of instructor through audition. Rehearsals stress good musicianship, music reading skills, choral tone, blend, and intonation, as well as the learning of different performance styles and languages. The group performs every semester on campus, and additional public performances may be scheduled by the director. The course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment by audition.

  • MUS 245 GE: Jazz Improvisation I (2:1:2)**

    • This course explores jazz scales and modes so that instrumentalists and vocalists develop fluency in various jazz styles. By using practice patterns in all keys, transcribed solos, recordings of the jazz masters, and play-along records, students will approach the goal of playing what they hear in their minds. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

  • MUS 250 GE: American Movie Music (3:3:0)*

    • This course emphasizes and explores the connection of American music to film via exceptional American composed scores and the use of American popular music. Basic musical terms and concepts will be applied toward communication about music as sound, and music’s relation to the visual aspects of movies. Films will be experienced from not only an auditory perspective, but also from the perspective of American culture and sociology, analyzing American music’s effect on many aspects of a film. Prerequisite: MUS 100 or CMST 163.

  • MUS 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students or are offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for and value of introducing them as part of the university curriculum.

  • MUS 304 GE: Opera for Everyone (3:3:0)*

    • Through the use of videos, popular operas will be studied in complete and abridged versions with English subtitles. Emphasis will be placed on characters, plot social historical significance, and vocal performance styles. A research project will be required. Prerequisite: MUS 100 and/or MUS 204.

  • MUS 306 GE: Jazz Improvisation II (2:1:2)**

    • This course is a continuation of Jazz Improvisation I (MUS 245) and explores advanced rhythms, harmonic structures, minor modes, whole-tone scales, and chord substitutions. Transcribed solos of the jazz masters are analyzed while participants improvise using the above elements. Prerequisite: MUS 245.

  • MUS 311 GE: Music of the Classical and Romantic Era (3:3:0)*

    • This course consists of discussion and study of the background of classicism and romanticism as it applies to music: forms, content, types of music and their application to the Classic and Romantic periods including correlations with various economic, political, and social phases of the periods. Prerequisite: MUS 100.

  • MUS 315 GE: The Art of Film Music (3:3:0)*

    • This course will concentrate on how to listen to a film in an analytical and critical manner. This will allow film music to go from being an unconscious experience to a conscious experience. It will focus on the evolution of the unique art of film music, especially its meanings, functions, associations, techniques, and styles. Topics will include the interaction between visual and musical elements; significant film scores/soundtracks and composers; and technological, sociological, practical, and aesthetic issues. Prerequisites: MUS 100 or CMST 163.

  • MUS 320 Music Theory II (3:3:0)*

    • This course is a continuation of MUS 220. Further aspects of music theory to be explored include cadence types, harmonic rhythm, dominant seventh chords, secondary dominants, modulation, and more complex sight singing and diction activities. Prerequisite: MUS 220.

  • MUS 343 GE: Brass Ensemble (1:0:2)**

    • This course consists of a select instrument ensemble composed of instruments of the brass family. The course is offered as proper instrumentation warrants. Prerequisite: MUS 135 or permission of instructor. Public performances may be scheduled by the group’s director.

  • MUS 344 GE: Woodwind Ensemble (1:0:2)**

    • This course consists of a select instrumental ensemble composed of instruments of the woodwind family. The course is offered as proper instrumentation warrants. Prerequisite: MUS 135 or permission of instructor. Public performances may be scheduled by the group’s director.

  • MUS 370 Keyboard Harmony (2:1:2)*

    • This course is designed to develop the musician’s ability to invent and organize musical ideas at the piano. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing and transposing melodies with appropriate easy accompaniment, working with harmonic progressions, reading figured bass accurately, reducing easy choral and instrumental scores at the piano, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS 101 or equivalent experience, permission of instructor.

  • MUS 400 Keyboard Literature (3:3:0)

    • This course is a historical survey of music for harpsichord and piano from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. The course emphasizes keyboard composers, style, forms, and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 100, one of MUS 211, 311, or Applied Music: Piano.

  • MUS 403 Jazz Keyboard Chords (2:1:2)

    • Students will learn to perform standard jazz chords with extensions in major and minor keys on a keyboard. Standard chord voicings for two hands and left hand only will assist auditory training, knowledge of music theory, and some jazz improvisation. Students will accompany pre-existing melodies with jazz chords. Prerequisite: MUS 245; MUS 306.

  • MUS 404 Jazz Masters Seminar (1-3:3:0)

    • Students will study the lives, music, and careers of several accomplished, active jazz professionals. Each artist will then be a guest speaker, interacting with the class. Writing assignments will make this the culminating academic jazz experience. Prerequisite: Any two: MUS 100, 203, 242, 245,306, 403, 492, 496.

  • MUS 405 Choral Reading Techniques Workshop (1:1:0)

    • This course will emphasize various approaches to reading choral music in terms of diction, nuance, rhythm, phrasing, and dynamics. Nationally known guest conductors and composers will present several sessions where participants will execute reading techniques as an ensemble. Prerequisite: 90 undergraduate credit hours or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 410 Twentieth Century and American Music (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to acquaint the student with important developments in twentieth century and American music. An historical background of music in the United States will be explored with an emphasis on American music of the 20th century. Major musical developments in Europe and South America will also be included. Prerequisite: MUS 101 and MUS 211 or 311.

  • MUS 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • Directed research and study is provided on an individual basis in order to deepen a specific interest in the discipline.

  • MUS 491 Choral Music Symposium (1:1:0)

    • This course will be a comprehensive choral training symposium for church choral directors and directors of school choirs. Clinicians, including composers, will direct sessions in choral rehearsal techniques and performance practices and conduct studies on curriculum materials.

  • MUS 492 Instrumental Music Master Class (1:1:0)

    • This course is a master class taught by a renowned professional instrumental performer. Topics stressed will include instrumental techniques, phrasing, expressive nuances, and practice/performance strategies. Student performance will be evaluated, and constructive suggestions will be provided. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

  • MUS 493 Nonsecular Music Symposium (1:1:0)

    • This workshop will train choir directors and musicians in repertoire selection, performance practices, and the execution of musical elements of various events. Different rehearsal methods and vocal techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. The latest literature and trends in traditional and contemporary choral music programming will be presented in choral reading sessions. Prerequisite: 90 undergraduate credit hours or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 496 Fine Arts Seminar (3:3:0)

    • This is a team taught interdisciplinary capstone experience for senior Fine Arts majors. In conjunction with this seminar the student and faculty explore selected topics in the fine arts relative to the preparation of a thesis project in Art, Music or Theatre through which the student will demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance and/or research skills. Prerequisite: Advanced standing of 90 credits and permission of the instructor.