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Music Arts and Skills (MUAS) Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

View the Music section of the SMU Meadows Course Catalog.

MUAS 1010 (0). RECITAL ATTENDANCE.
Required of all music majors. First-year students attend MUAS 1020 fall term.

MUAS 1020 (0). MUSIC PATHWAYS: EXPLORING MEADOWS AND YOUR FUTURE.
Required orientation for all first-year music majors. Provides valuable information about college life and professional opportunities in music.

MUAS 1323 (3). EXPLORING THE POWER OF MUSIC IN OUR LIVES: FROM CHAOS 2 CREATION.
Experiential course that explores ways to use music creatively in order to effect positive change. Covers the building blocks of sound and music (pitch, timbre, rhythm, melody, harmony), how the environment affects the sound source, and how sound and music affect the brain and body. Topics include hearing systems and music and emotions. Also, using musical improvisation, composition, and songwriting to help express thoughts and feelings in healthy and creative ways. No previous music training is required.

MUAS 2149 (1). INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION.
A broad-based survey of the issues, aims, and opportunities in music education programs of all levels, with an introduction to music education philosophies and methodologies.

MUAS 3011 (0). PRACTICUM IN MUSIC.
Practical on-campus work in areas such as piano technology or recording engineering. Specific learning outcomes, measures, and activities are stated in an individualized syllabus. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. Departmental permission required.

MUAS 3084 (0). INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC.
Internship credit for practical off-campus work in the music industry or with a professional music organization. Specific learning outcomes, measures, and activities are stated in an individualized syllabus. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. Departmental permission required.

MUAS 3111 (1). PRACTICUM IN MUSIC.
Practical on-campus work in areas such as piano technology or recording engineering. Specific learning outcomes, measures, and activities are stated in an individualized syllabus. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. Departmental permission required.

MUAS 3184 (1). INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC.
Internship credit for practical off-campus work in the music industry or with a professional music organization. Specific learning outcomes, measures, and activities are stated in an individualized syllabus. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. Departmental permission required.

MUAS 3284 (2). INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC.
Internship credit for practical off-campus work in the music industry or with a professional music organization. Specific learning outcomes, measures, and activities are stated in an individualized syllabus. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. Departmental permission required.

MUAS 3384 (3). INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC.
Internship credit for practical off-campus work in the music industry or with a professional music organization. Specific learning outcomes, measures, and activities are stated in an individualized syllabus. Students are limited to a total of 3 credit hours for internships and practica. Departmental permission required.

MUAS 4230 (2). ELEMENTARY MUSIC PRACTICUM.
Focuses on crafting and teaching short lessons for peers in the college classroom and for area public school classrooms. Video camera is used extensively for accurate feedback. Prerequisite: MUED 3330.

MUAS 5145 (1). OVERVIEW OF PIANO TECHNOLOGY.
An overview of the history and development of the piano, grand and upright construction and regulation, tuning, temperament, and relationships with technicians and retailers. Hands-on instruction in tuning techniques includes unison and octave tuning.

MUAS 5146 (1). UPPER STRING TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching violin and viola. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5147 (1). LOWER STRING TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching cello and bass. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5148 (1). SINGLE REED AND FLUTE TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching single reed and flute instruments. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5149 (1). DOUBLE REED TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching double reed instruments. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5150 (1). LOW BRASS TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching low brass. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5151 (1). HIGH BRASS TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching upper brass. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5152 (1). PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching percussion. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5153 (1). VOCAL TECHNIQUES.
Basic principles involved in singing and teaching voice. Reserved for music majors and minors.

MUAS 5154 (1). MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES.
(fall term of even-numbered years) Provides music education students with opportunities to learn skills and techniques involved in marching band.

MUAS 5155 (1). JAZZ TECHNIQUES.
(fall term of even-numbered years) Introduces jazz pedagogy, with an emphasis on improv.

MUAS 5310 (3). DIRECTED STUDY IN MUSIC SKILLS.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUAS 5320 (3). RECORDING TECHNOLOGY.
A philosophical comparison of approaches to music recording in all forms of mass media. Includes demonstrations of studio equipment and digital recording and editing.

MUAS 5322 (3). ANALYSIS OF MUSIC PRODUCTION.
Students gain a basic yet broad understanding of the function of a music producer in both artistic and music business environments, and of the process through which any musical work is produced as a live performance or recording. The role of the music producer is concentric to all decisions in recording and defining artistic endeavors. Whether working with a director in producing music for a film score, collaborating with a songwriter to define an expression, working with a composer to achieve an artistic vision, or understanding how an advertising agency needs musical help in order to sell a product, the producer must be able to coordinate the procedure with the vision. Even when the producer is also the artist, composer, recording engineer, and financier, he/she must step outside of all other roles to plan how the end result can best be achieved.

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