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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.

MUAS 1010: Recital Attendance
Required of all music majors. First-year students attend MUAS 1020 fall term.

MUAS 1020: 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. Fall term. 

MUAS 1323: Exploring the Power of Music in Our Lives - From Chaos 2 Creation
Explores how to use music creatively to effect positive change. Includes the building blocks of sound and music (pitch, timbre, rhythm, melody, harmony), effects of the environment on the sound source, hearing systems, how sound and music affect the brain and body, music and emotions, and the uses of musical improvisation, composition, and songwriting to help express thoughts and feelings in healthy and creative ways. No previous music training is required. 

MUAS 2149: 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. Fall term. 

MUAS 3011, 3111: 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, 3184, 3284, 3384: 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: General Music Practicum
Focus of this course is on crafting and teaching mini-lessons for peers in the college classroom as  well  as  in  area  public  school  classrooms.  Video  camera  is  used  extensively  for  accurate feedback. Fall term. Prerequisite: MUED 3330. 

MUAS 5145: Overview of Piano Technology
Provides 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. Fall semesters.

MUAS 5146: Upper String Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching violin and viola. Fall term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors. 

MUAS 5147: Lower String Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching cello and bass. Spring term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors. 

MUAS 5148: Single-Reed and Flute Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching single-reed and flute instruments. Fall term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors. 

MUAS 5149: Double-Reed Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching double-reed instruments. Spring term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors. 

MUAS 5150: Low-Brass Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching low brass. Fall term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors.

MUAS 5151: High-Brass Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching upper brass. Spring term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors. 

MUAS 5152: Percussion Techniques
Basic principles involved in playing and teaching percussion. Fall term. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors. 

MUAS 5153: Vocal Techniques
Basic principles involved in singing and teaching voice. Reserved for Music Majors and Minors.

MUAS 5154: Marching Band and Jazz Techniques
Provides music education students opportunities to learn skills/techniques involved in marching band.

MUAS 5155: Jazz Techniques
Provides a basic introduction to jazz pedagogy with an emphasis on improv.

MUAS 5320: Recording Technology
A philosophical comparison of approaches to music recording in all forms of mass media. Studio equipment, including digital recording and editing will be demonstrated. 

MUAS 5322: Analysis of Music Production
Provides a basic, yet broad understanding of the function of a music producer in both artistic and music business environments. The goal is to provide a forum to discuss and demonstrate how the role of 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. Students gain an understanding of the process through which any musical work is produced as a live performance or recording. 

MUAS 6010: Recital Attendance
Required of all full-time music majors.

MUAS 6020: Language Skills
Instruction in the English language for Artist Certificate students who have not passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

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