Course Descriptions


Music (MUS) Courses

MUS 100 Music Appreciation (3-0) 3 credits

A course for the general interest student, the intent of which is to heighten the student's awareness of the place of music in our culture and enhance his or her enjoyment of the art form itself. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 105 Basic Musicianship (3-0) 3 credits

Major course topics include a study of scales, intervals, key signatures, meters, rhythmic reading, and chords. This course is for students with little or no background in music performance or theory. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 106 Music Theory I (3-0) 3 credits

An introductory course designed for the general student and for individuals majoring in Music or Music Recording. Students learn the fundamentals of harmony, music reading, part-writing in root position, simple chorale analysis, keyboard skills, and sight singing. Attendance at one hour of keyboard lab weekly is required in addition to the lectures. Prerequisite: A score of 13 or higher on the Theory Placement Exam or MUS 105. Corequisite: MUS 106L. This course carries SUNY General Education Humanities credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 106L Music Theory I Lab (0-2) 1 credit

An introductory course designed for individuals majoring in Music or Music Recording to amplify the material covered in the lecture portion. Course specific skills developed include sight-singing and ear training. Co-requisite: MUS 106. This course carries SUNY General Education Humanities credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 107 Music Theory II (3-0) 3 credits

This course is a continuation of Music Theory I. Concepts include a continuation of part-writing triads, a study of chord and non-chord tone function in tonal system, analyses of chorales and easy keyboard literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. Attendance at one hour of keyboard lab weekly is required in addition to the lectures. Prerequisite: MUS 106, Corequisite: MUS 107L.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 107L Music Theory II Lab (0-2) 1 credit

This course is a continuation of Music Theory Aural Lab I, designed for individuals majoring in Music and Music Recording. Course content amplifies the material covered in the lecture portion. Course specific skills developed include sight-singing and ear training. Prerequisite: MUS 106L. Co-requisite: MUS 107.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 108 Class Piano (3-0) 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to keyboard performance in a group setting for students with little or no prior background. It is especially appropriate for non-piano majors who must gain basic keyboard proficiency. The course emphasizes sight-reading, transposition, harmonization and improvisation, as well as exposing the student to solo and ensemble repertory from a number of styles.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 109 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (3-0) 1 credit

A select group of students chosen annually through audition and with the approval of instructor, who perform jazz and pop standards in concerts each semester. Prerequisite: Audition and approval of instructor.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 111 Master Composers I (3-0) 3 credits

A study of canonic pieces of Western Music Literature as well as critical issues involved in the assertion of canonicity or “greatness”. Students will consider a number of genres including art songs, piano music, and electronic music. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 117 Master Composers II (3-0) 3 credits

The complimentary study (with MUS 111) of canonic pieces of Western Music Literature as well as critical issues involved in the assertion of canonicity or “greatness”. Students will consider a number of genres including concerti, opera, and symphony.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 118 Guitar Ensemble (0-3) 1 credit

Members rehearse and perform guitar instrumental arrangements.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 119 Percussion Ensemble (0-3) 1 credit

Members rehearse and perform percussion instrumental arrangements  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 120 Finger Lakes Chorale (0-3) 1 credit

A mixed chorus of about seventy singers from both the College and community; performs large choral works from all principal style periods in concerts each semester.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 125 Finger Lakes Camerata (0-3) 1 credit

A select group of about twenty-four community members and students chosen annually through audition, who perform a cappella works and music for chamber chorus in concerts each semester.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 126 College Singers (0-3) 1 credit

College Singers is a course offered to students who have at least one semester of chorale ensemble experience. It is designed to develop students' overall musical skills as well as their ability to successfully rehearse and perform wide variety of choral literature in concerts at the end of each semester.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 127 Jazz Ensemble (0-3) 1 credit

Members rehearse and perform contemporary jazz/rock arrangements and originals. Instrumental ability and some band experience are required.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 129 Performance Class I (0-3) 1 credit

Members rehearse and perform instrumental arrangements. Prerequisite: MUS 106 or higher.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 131 131-135, 137, 146, 159, 160, 161, 163-165, 167-169, Applied Music (1-0) 1 credit

Instruction in a particular instrument or voice. All students who take applied music as an elective pay for the lessons in addition to the tuition charge. A minimum of twelve forty-five minute lessons is required per semester for a single academic credit. Students are required to play a performance examination at the end of each term. These courses carry SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 145 Chamber Wind Ensemble (0-3) 1 credit

Rehearsal and performance of chamber music written for a combination of brass and woodwind instruments. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 155 Rehearsal and Performance (3-3) 3 credits

An intensive course in musical theatre production. Students will prepare a musical or straight play for public performance. Students are required to participate in the load-in and strike processes of the show. This course is open to all students including high school juniors and seniors as well as members of the community. No pre-requisite. May be taken more than once for credit. (Also listed as THE 105)  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 156 Jazz History (3-0) 3 credits

A study of the history of jazz, from the late 19th century to present day. Major trends will be explored, including dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, fusion, free and contemporary. Topics will also include contributions by important musicians, changes in technology, and societal trends and their effect on jazz. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 157 Music Notation Using Sibelius (3-0) 3 credits

This course is an introduction to AVID Sibelius music notation software employing Apple Mac computers. Students will apply music theory to Sibelius software via hands-on projects in music composition, notation, scoring, MIDI, rhythm, and note entry. Sample course topics include Mac computer literacy, music arranging, and composing for film. Prerequisite: A score of 13 or higher on the Music Theory Placement Exam or MUS 105.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 170 Techniques of Audio Recording I (3-0) 3 credits

A study of mixer formats, patch bays, decibels, acoustics, and microphones. Emphasis is on gaining practical knowledge through working with recording equipment. Consideration is also given to production concepts and aesthetics. Students will work on both studio and field recording projects. Corequisite: MUS 106.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 176 Music Business (3-0) 3 credits

Consideration of the business aspects of each step in the marketing of music, music services, and music products. The student learns about recording studio operation, record companies, record distribution, merchandising, promotion, administration, the media, and careers in music.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 177 Introduction to Music Business (1-0) 1 credit

This course serves as an introduction to the dynamics of the music industry including intellectual property concerns, distribution and marketing, and how technical innovation affects the current business model. ENG 101 recommended.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 178 Music Licensing and Revenue Streams (1-0) 1 credit

This course explores the various revenue streams within the music industry for copyright holders, as well as performers/artists and the surrounding actors including concert promoters and venues.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 179 Career Paths in the Music Industry (1-0) 1 credit

This course highlights the opportunities that exist in the music industry. Students examine the people that make the music industry work, the many different career paths that are available, as well as resources for starting a business.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 183 History of Rock Music (3-0) 3 credits

This is a survey course that traces the history of British and American rock music. Beginning with its roots in jazz, rhythm and blues, and country and western music, the course traces the development of Rock to the present day and examines the cultural, economic, and social contexts of the music. We will study the music of Chuck Berry, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Nirvana, and many more artists. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 206 Music Theory III (3-0) 3 credits

MUS 206 continues the study of tonal harmony and voice leading from MUS 107. MUS 206 also includes a survey of common chromatic chords, modulation and modal inflection as well as basic formal types and fundamental procedures in fugue. Attendance at one hour of keyboard lab weekly is required in addition to the lectures. Pre-Requisite: MUS 107; Co-Requisite: MUS 206L.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 206L Music Theory III Lab (0-2) 1 credit

This course is a continuation of Music Theory Aural Lab II, designed for individuals majoring in Music and Music Recording. Course content amplifies the material covered in the lecture portion. Course specific skills developed include sight-singing and ear training. Co-requisite: MUS 206.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 207 Music Theory IV (3-0) 3 credits

Music 207 is the continued study (from Music 206) of harmony and voice leading (particularly chromatic harmony) and the continued consideration of basic formal idioms in more complex applications. Music 207 also surveys mainstream 20th Century compositional techniques. Attendance at one hour of keyboard lab weekly is required in addition to the lectures. Pre-Requisite: MUS 206; Co-Requisite: MUS 207L.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 207L Music Theory IV Lab (0-2) 1 credit

This course is a continuation of Music Theory Aural Lab III, designed for individuals majoring in Music and Music Recording. Course content amplifies the material covered in the lecture portion. Course specific skills developed include sight-singing and ear training. Co-requisite: MUS 207.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 215 Music History I: Medieval to Baroque (3-0) 3 credits

A study of the evolution of music from Gregorian chant and music of the troubadours through the writings of J.S. Bach. Students will engage with the material in a variety of ways, such as composing. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and MUS 107  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 216 Music History II: Classic to Modern (3-0) 3 credits

The history of music from the rise of sonata form in the works of Haydn and Mozart to the twelve-tone, aleatoric, and electronic music of the present. Students will engage with the material in a variety of ways such as listening, researching, and writing. Prerequisite: ENG 101and MUS 107.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 229 Class Performance II (3-0) 1 credit

Members rehearse and perform instrumental arrangements culminating in a performance at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MUS 106 or higher.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 250 Audio Recording Practicum/Internship 3 credits

Students are provided with practical experiences on commercial projects in commercial recording studios, live recording and sound reinforcement companies, and/or live recording and sound reinforcement venues. Prerequisites: MUS 170, MUS 176, MUS 270, MUS 271 and permission of instructor.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 270 Techniques of Audio Recording II (3-0) 3 credits

This is a continuation of audio one. Emphasis will be on gaining experience in the studio thru a variety of student projects. Students will study multi track theory, aural analysis, microphones, effects and sequencing. Prerequisite: MUS 170, Corequisite: MUS 107.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 271 Techniques of Audio Recording III (3-0) 3 credits

This course covers all the material acquired in the two prerequisite courses in greater detail, and discusses how to use those concepts within stylistic norms. Throughout the course we will emphasize “ear training” and the art of listening, in conjunction with mixing techniques and practice. Prerequisite: MUS 270, Corequisite: MUS 206.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 272 Techniques of Audio Recording IV (3-0) 3 credits

This course serves as a capstone experience for students in the Music Recording Program. Students will be expected to function as a professional recording engineer with clients, booking sessions, meeting deadlines and seeking possible album distribution. Prerequisite: MUS 271, Corequisite: MUS 207.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MUS 290 Sound Reinforcement and Live Recording Techniques (3-1) 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to sound reinforcement systems and practical live recording applications. Emphasis is placed on sound system components, design, and function with a hands-on approach to set up, maintenance, troubleshooting, operation, analysis, and safety. Other course topics will include a study of a variety of recording formats as well as digital multi-track equipment and operation leading to individual on-location recording projects. Some basic tools required. Prerequisites: MUS 270.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF