Music (MUS) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

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MUS 102 University Chorus (3) Large ensemble singing of various genres of choral music including classical, choral/orchestral, traditional, and world. Study of composers and compositional styles from selected periods of music. Public performance required. No audition required. May be repeated for credit as many times as desired. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 123 Class Voice I (1) Basic principles of voice technique and performance. Relevant problems in vocal literature. Course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 124 Class Voice II (1) A continuation of MUS 123. Principles of vocal technique and performance. Relevant problems in vocal literature. Course may be repeated once for credit. Pre: MUS 123 or instructor's consent.

MUS 125 Class Piano I (1) Basic principles of piano technique and performance. Relevant problems in piano literature. Course may be repeated once for credit.

MUS 126 Class Piano II (1) A continuation of MUS 125. Principles of piano technique and performance. Relevant problems in piano literature. Pre: MUS 125 or instructor's consent.

MUS 130 Convocation (1) Seminar in music performance. Study of best practices in preparation/performance of music drawn from each student's Applied Music lessons. In-class solo performances; and public performance required at the end of semester Convocation Student Recital. Co-req: One of MUS 135,136, 235, 236, 335, 336, 435, 436. May be repeated for credit as many times as desired.

MUS 131 Beginning Applied Music (1) Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. May be repeated for credits three times.

MUS 135 Applied Music I (1) Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Co-req: : MUS 130.

MUS 136 Applied Music II (1) (other) A continuation of MUS 135. Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 135, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 141 Computer Music (3) Music production on a computer. The functionalities and capabilities of music software including virtual instruments and effects. The relationship of available music technology with musical trends and the music industry. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 160 Intro to Music Literature (3) Appreciation of western art music through discussion, listening and reading. Study of elements, textures, forms and style characteristics. No previous music knowledge required. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 163 American Music & Popular Cult (3) A survey of American musical styles of the 20th century, including rock, blues, jazz, country, Motown, R & B, and other folk idioms, as well as American art music. Emphasis will be on stylistic evolution, interactions, and social context. No previous musical knowledge is required. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 165 Introduction To Jazz (3) A survey of classic and modern jazz in a historical framework. Study of elements, trends, genres, forms and style characteristics. Appreciation of jazz through discussion, listening and reading. No previous musical knowledge is required. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 166 Music in World Cultures (3) Explores music as an aspect of human culture focusing on selected non-Western music styles from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. (Attributes: FGC)

MUS 175 Intro Music Of Polynesia (3) A general survey of the traditional and acculturated music of eight major Polynesian island groups: Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Easter Island, and Hawaiʻi. Music is viewed as both an organization of sound and as a product of culture and people. (Same as HWST 175) (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

MUS 176 Hist & Dev Of Hawn Music (3) A general survey of the interrelationships of traditional and acculturated Hawaiian music. Vocal music genres to be discussed include: chant; Christian hymn singing; secular choral singing; male and female falsetto singing; Chalangalang; Hapa Haole; and contemporary. Instrumental music genres include: pre-European instrumental styles; slack key guitar; 'ukulele; and steel guitar. (Same as HWST 176) (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

MUS 180 Fundamentals of Music (3) Musical notation: pitch, rhythm, tonality, and chord structure. Aural skills and first experiences at the piano also included. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 180L Elementary Music Theory Lab (1) Development and application of aural skills through analysis, dictation, and sight-singing. Reinforces concepts presented in MUS 180. Concurrent enrollment with MUS 180.

MUS 185 Music Theory I (3) Designed for those with sufficient musical background. Basic concepts and materials of music. General awareness of musical styles, with concentration on 18th-century norms. Principles of tonality, harmony, 4-part writing. Connecting sound and notation through writing. Pre: Placement conference. Must be taken concurrently with MUS 185L.

MUS 185L Music Theory I Lab (1) (lab) Connecting sound and notation through analysis, aural dictation, and sight singing. Pre: concurrent enrollment with MUS 185.

MUS 186 Music Theory II (3) Emphasis on harmonic aspects of tonal music, including all diatonic triads, dominant seventh and secondary dominants, small forms, increased application through analysis and writing. Pre: MUS 185 and MUS 185L; concurrent enrollment with MUS 186L.

MUS 186L Music Theory II Lab (1) (lab) Increased application of aural skills through analysis, dictation, and sight-singing. Reinforces concepts presented in MUS 186. Pre: MUS 185 and 185L and concurrent enrollment with MUS 186.

MUS 195 Contemporary Island Music (3) Survey of contemporary music in Hawaiʻi from the 1970’s to today’s popular music. Emphasis on performance, via the understanding of multi-cultural influences, styles of composers, and development of musical trends in Hawaiʻi. Practical experience with singing and ukulele included. (Attributes: DA, HPP)

MUS 225 Music Synthesis (3) The use of computer-controlled synthesizers in musical composition, recording and performance; Music Instrument Digital Interface procedures and applications. Pre: MUS 126 and MUS 131C (Applied Music/Piano) or conference.

MUS 235 Applied Music III (1) A continuation of MUS 136. Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 136, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 236 Applied Music IV (1) A continuation of MUS 235. Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 235, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 285 Music Theory III (3) Wider awareness of musical styles; concentration on chromaticism of the 19th century. Diatonic 7th, N6, Aug6, altered dominants, chromatic mediants, 9th, 11th and 13th chords. Large formal designs and advanced melodic/harmonic developments. Examined through analysis and writing. Pre: MUS 186, 186L and concurrent enrollment in MUS 285L.

MUS 285L Music Theory III Laboratory (1) (lab) Expanded concepts in aural dictation and sight-singing. Reinforces concepts presented in MUS 285. Pre: MUS 186, 186L and concurrent enrollment with MUS 285.

MUS 286L Music Theory IV Lab (1) (lab) Expanded concepts in aural dictation and sight-singing. Pre: MUS 285 and 285L.

MUS 325 Arranging/Transcription (3) Utilize technology in the arrangement and transcription of several musical works for different media. Pre: MUS 225, or instructor's consent.

MUS 335 Applied Music V (1) A continuation of MUS 236. Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 236, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 336 Applied Music VI (1) A continuation of MUS 335.Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 335, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 349 Orchestration (3) Survey of instruments of the orchestra and band. Study of selected scores. Scoring and transcribing, and composing for the orchestra, band, or chorus. Pre: instructor's consent.

MUS 359 Music and Activism (3) An exploration of the ways in which music has been used to create and support social change. The role of music in movements involving resistance, protest, and activism for political, social, and environmental justice, both in the U.S. and globally. (Same as WS 359)

MUS 365 History of Western Music I (3) Development of Western music from its origins to the 1750. Styles, schools, and composers. Pre: MUS 160 or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 366 History Of Western Music II (3) Development of Western music from its origins to the twentieth century. Styles, schools, and composers. Pre: MUS 160 or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 375 Japanese Music (3) Historical survey of traditional, contemporary, and Western-influenced music of Japan and study of major genres. No previous musical knowledge is required. Pre: Junior standing or consent of instructor. (Same as JPST 375). (Attributes: GAHP)

MUS 385 20th Century Composition Techn (3) Study of the major compositional techniques and esthetics of twentieth century music, including parallelism, atonality, serialism, pandiatonicism, neoclassicism, indeterminacy, extended techniques, electronic music, neo-romanticism, and eclecticism. Examine important schools of composition, analysis of major works, and composition exercises. Pre: MUS 285 or instructor's consent.

MUS 390 Choral Conducting (3) Basic conducting technique and its application to the directing of choral organizations. Includes score reading, lyric diction, rehearsal techniques, and interpretative problems. Pre: instructor's consent.

MUS 401 Vulcan Band (2) Rehearsals and performances for athletic events, pep rallies, and other similar events. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: Audition.

MUS 402 Jazz Orchestra (3) Instruction and rehearsal in various types/genres of instrumental music. Public performance may be required, on music literacy and individual performance skills. depending on instrumentation and personnel. Emphasis May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition or instructor's consent.

MUS 404 Kapili Choir (3) Performance of choral literature, including accompanied, a capella, and major choral works. May be repeated for credit as many times as desired. Pre: audition and instructor's consent. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 406 Chamber Ensembles (3) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. (A): Jazz Ensemble; (B): Collegium Musicum (Early Music Consort); (C): Vocal Music; (D): Keyboard Accompanying; (E): Saxophone Quartet; (F): Chamber Music; (G): Brass Ensemble; (H): String Ensemble; (I): Woodwind Ensemble; (J): Percussion Ensemble; (L): New Music Ensemble; (M): Musical Theatre. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: Audition and consultation.

MUS 406A Jazz Ensemble (2) (lecture/other) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406B Collegium Musicum (Early Mus) (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406D Keyboard Accompanying (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406E Saxophone Quartet (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406F Chamber Music Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406G Brass Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406H String Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406I Woodwind Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406J Percussion Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406L New Music Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 406M Musical Theatre Ensemble (2) Rehearsals and performance of chamber music for small instrumental/vocal groups. Public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and consultation.

MUS 419 Music for Elem Teachers (3) Survey of practical methods and materials used in teaching basic musical concepts in the elementary classroom; emphasis on music fundamentals, creative activities, and comprehensive musicianship for elementary students; development of skills in singing and using classroom instruments. Pre: MUS 180 or instructor's consent.

MUS 435 Applied Music VII (1) (other) A continuation of MUS 336. Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 336, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 436 Applied Music VIII (1) A continuation of MUS 435. Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance. Course fees are in addition to regular tuition. For course fee amount, see Applied Music Coordinator and consult instructor at time of registration. Performance in student recitals and juries required. Pre: MUS 435, co-req: MUS 130.

MUS 465 The Composer's Life and Music (3) An in-depth study and analysis of a composer's or musician's life and compositions. A composer/musician will be selected for the semester's focus of study. Study to include the adaptations in the modern world, including non-Western cultures. May be repeated for credit once. Pre: MUS 365 and MUS 366, or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DA)

MUS 485 Form & Analysis (3) Form, texture, and style in music literature from Renaissance to present. Formal analysis and writing. Larger forms with various textures; recent contemporary approaches to continuity. Pre: instructor's consent.

MUS 487 Counterpoint (3) Form, texture, and style in music literature from Renaissance to present. Formal analysis and writing. Contrapuntal textures and forms. Pre: Instructor Consent.


MUS x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

MUS x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.