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.

MUS 123 Elementary Voice Class I (1) Fundamentals of voice production applied to vocal literature at elementary level.

MUS 124 Elem Voice Class II (1) A continuation of MUS 123. Refinement of vocal skills; study and performance of vocal literature in English and other languages. Pre: MUS 123.

MUS 125 Class Piano I (1) Basic principles of piano performance. Relevant problems in piano literature at elementary level. This course is designed for music majors (or intended music majors) only.

MUS 126 Class Piano II (1) A continuation of MUS 125. Application of harmonic concepts and basic keyboard techniques. Expanding repertoire of pieces at the elementary level. Pre: MUS 125.

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 Intro To Applied Music (1) Individual instruction in solo vocal or instrumental performance for non-music majors and music majors in secondary performance field. May be repeated for credit. Individual instruction given in voice, piano, wind instruments, and percussion.

MUS 135 First-Level Applied Music (1–2) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Individual instruction given in voice, piano, wind instruments, and percussion. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at the time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries.

MUS 136 First-Level Applied Music (1–2) (other) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Individual instruction given in voice, piano, wind instruments, and percussion. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at the time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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: GAHP, HPP)

MUS 180 Elementary Music Theory (3) Designed for non-music majors. Aural skills and musical notation: pitch, rhythm, tonality, and chord structure. First experiences at the piano also included.

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 Hawai’i 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 Hawai’i. Practical experience with singing and ukulele included. (Attributes: 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 Second-Level Applied Music (1) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Continuation of MUS 135-136. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at the time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries. Pre: MUS 136.

MUS 236 Second-Level Applied Music (1) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Continuation of MUS 135-136. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hours lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at the time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries. Pre: MUS 136.

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) The use of Macintosh computers and MIDI keyboards in the arrangement and transcription of several musical works for different media. Pre: MUS 186, 225, or instructor's consent.

MUS 335 Third-Level Applied Music (1–2) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Continuation of MUS 235-236. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at the time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries. Pre: MUS 236.

MUS 336 Third-Level Applied Music (1–2) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Continuation of MUS 235-236. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at the time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries. Pre: MUS 236.

MUS 349 Orchestration (3) Survey of instruments of the orchestra and band. Study of selected scores. Basic principles of scoring and transcribing for the orchestra or band. Two semester projects. Pre: MUS 186 or 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 twentieth century. Styles, schools, and composers. Pre: MUS 160 and 186 or instructor's consent.

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 and 186 or instructor's consent.

MUS 375 Jpnse 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. Required: concurrent enrollment in a choral ensemble . Pre: MUS 186 or 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, depending on instrumentation and personnel. Emphasis on music literacy and individual performance skills. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition or instructor's consent.

MUS 404 Kapili Choir (3) Performance of choral literature from Renaissance to the present, including ethnic music, world music, jazz, and choral/orchestral. Public performance required. Tour may be required. May be repeated for credit. Pre: audition and instructor's consent.

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 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 Fourth-Level Applied Music (1–2) (other) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Continuation of MUS 335-336. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries. Pre: MUS 336.

MUS 436 Fourth-Level Applied Music (1) For music majors or performers of considerable experience. Continuation of MUS 335-336. Instruction is given in individual lessons for music majors and minors. One (1) credit consists of one half-hour lesson per week for 13 weeks of the semester. Two (2) credits may be earned by taking either two half-hour lessons per week, or one (1) one-hour lesson per week. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, see Performing Arts department chair and consult instructor at time of registration. Students are required to participate in student recitals and juries. Pre: MUS 336.

MUS 465 The World and the Composer (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 modern 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.

MUS 485 Form & Analysis (3) Structural analysis of music literature from various style periods, including standard form types and analytical techniques applicable to post-19th century music.

MUS 487 Counterpoint (3) Contrapuntal procedures and techniques of the 16th (modal counterpoint) and 18th (tonal counterpoint) centuries. Pre: MUS 285.


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.