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Wind ensemble is St. Norbert's top instrumental ensemble, open to majors and non-majors alike. The wind ensemble is dedicated to excellence in the performance of both traditional and contemporary wind and percussion literature. The group represents St. Norbert College through performances in a variety of venues each year. Principal ensemble. Prerequisite: audition. Every semester, repeatable.

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Concert Band is open to all students, regardless of major, with no audition required. Typically consisting of non-music majors and music majors on secondary instruments, the atmosphere is designed for enjoyment while preparing both traditional and contemporary band literature. Principal ensemble. Every semester, repeatable.

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Chamber singers is a select ensemble of mixed voices, chosen each year by audition. The group is open to all students, regardless of major. Performing a wide variety of literature, from madrigals to major choral works, the chamber singers focus on technical precision with sensitive musical interpretation. Principal ensemble. Prerequisite: audition. Every semester, repeatable.

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Participants in opera workshop study various genres of musical drama and vocal performance styles through staged presentations. Opera workshop productions present scenes from, or full productions of, significant operatic works. During rehearsal, students are expected to be involved in all aspects of production, from the technical and directorial to the actual performance. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Fall semester, repeatable.

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The concert choir consists of two ensembles – the men’s chorus and the women’s chorus. These groups perform both as separate ensembles and combined as a large ensemble of mixed voices. Open to all students on campus with no audition required, these groups maintain a consistently high level of musicality and performance expertise. Participants in concert choir perform music of many styles and genres in a minimum of two on-campus concerts each semester. Principal ensemble. Every semester, repeatable.

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Brass ensembles are open to all students with the approval of the instructor. Ensembles range from trios, quartets and quintets to larger groups, and students often perform a wide variety of music ranging from the Renaissance to modern works. Performing in a chamber-music setting gives brass players the opportunity to work on skills that are rarely used in larger ensembles and to become better musicians. Every semester, repeatable.

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This course is designed for the advanced pianist to experience collaboration with vocalists and instrumentalists. Requirements include accompanying vocal lessons and wind-class performances. Every semester, repeatable.

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Vocal jazz participants rehearse and perform vocal jazz literature from a variety of styles and eras. Emphasis is given to solo jazz-singing technique and stylistic aspects of ensemble singing. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Spring semester, repeatable.

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The goal of jazz ensemble is the study and performance of jazz ensemble literature from a variety of styles and eras. Smaller ensemble work is also offered through the jazz combo program and is organized based on instrumentation and student interest. All participants work on the development of improvisational skills, effective musical style and teamwork. Prerequisite: audition. Every semester, repeatable.

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The St. Norbert saxophone ensemble is open to all students by audition. The ensemble provides students with the opportunity to work in a small chamber-music setting. The repertoire the ensemble performs is wide-ranging, including works from the Renaissance to contemporary saxophone literature. Ensemble members have the opportunity to help select literature and contribute to the interpretation of the music. Advanced members may arrange or compose for the ensemble. Every semester, repeatable.

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Flute choir meets once each week and regularly performs one concert per semester. Our members are comprised of music majors, minors and flutists from the St. Norbert community. The group size varies depending on the availability of our players. We perform both traditional and contemporary music, always with the goal of making beautiful music and having fun while doing so. Every semester, repeatable.

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The SNC clarinet choir is open to all students who have previous experience playing any member of the clarinet family. We cover music from the standard and original clarinet choir and chamber-music repertory, as well as transcriptions from all styles and periods. Students learn how to blend within an ensemble while focusing on intonation, rhythm, tone, technique, historical context and performance practice. Every semester, repeatable.

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String ensemble is open to all students, regardless of major. Participants are expected to have previous experience playing a string instrument and reading music. Course goals include the improvement of individual playing technique, and the study and performance of chamber and orchestral music written for strings. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Every semester, repeatable.

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This chamber music course is open to music majors, music minors and any other college student with note-reading ability. It is available for audit or credit. The goal of the handbell choir is to perform a wide variety of handbell music on campus and/or other arranged events with a high musical standard of excellence. The handbell choir performs a variety of literature for handbell choir and learns and practices handbell performance techniques. Every semester, repeatable.

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This course is designed for those that are enrolled in piano lessons for credit at the intermediate or advanced level. It emphasizes the vast repertoire of literature available for duet, trio and quartet ensemble piano pieces. The capstone for this course is a performance at the biannual chamber music concert. Every semester, repeatable.

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This course is dedicated to the study and performance of music for guitar duos, trios, quartets and larger groups. Repertoire includes various musical styles and is drawn from all historical periods through the present time. Class sessions consist of chamber music rehearsals where students learn to collaborate with each other in the production of ensemble music.

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The Composers Ensemble is a modular group of musicians meeting for the purpose of creating and performing their own music. Students will create musical works to be performed at an end of the semester concert. You may perform your own works or write for other members of the ensemble. Class meetings will involve critique of student work and suggestions to develop both compositional craft and artistic ideas. Students will also study and analyze music to inspire their creativity. Participation in composition studio class is encouraged. Every semester. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Co-enrollment in or completion of MUSI 170, or instructor’s permission. Fall semester.

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The study of vocal production, literature and performance techniques consisting of one lesson per week and participation in a voice studio class. MUSI 061 culminates in a recital performance. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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Lower-division lessons emphasize the development of technical facility and knowledge of various styles of keyboard literature. Upper-division lessons concentrate on the preparation of specific selections for performance. For keyboard and piano pedagogy majors, MUSI 062 culminates in a recital performance. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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One lesson per week on a brass instrument and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 063 culminates in a recital. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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One lesson per week on a woodwind instrument and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 064 culminates in a recital. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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One lesson per week on the organ. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 065 culminates in a recital performance. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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One lesson per week of private composition and participation in a composition studio class. MUSIC 067 culminates in a recital performance of original works. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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One lesson per week on percussion instruments and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 068 culminates in a recital performance. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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One lesson per week on guitar or string instrument, and participation in one instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 069 culminates in a recital performance. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Co-requisite: ensemble participation. Every semester, repeatable.

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This course introduces students to fundamental guitar techniques and musicianship concepts through the study of music theory, music notation, right- and left-hand techniques, accompaniment skills, ensemble playing and more. This course meets twice per week and is open to all students with no prerequisite or ensemble participation required. This course is offered every semester when enrollment meets expectation. Each student is required to own (or rent) an acoustic guitar for class instruction and practice. Every semester, repeatable. No audit.

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This course emphasizes basic sight-reading skills, scales, chords and repertoire of elementary pieces for the piano. Included in the course are basic concepts of music theory. The course is open to all students with no prerequisite or ensemble participation required. No audit.

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This class is designed for students who are interested in learning the basics of vocal technique in a small-group setting. Students sing as a group and prepare solo songs to perform for the class. Repertoire encompasses a wide range of genres from classical to musical theatre. Each student receives individual feedback in the group setting and private lesson time with the instructor. Subjects covered include breath management for singing, producing a pleasant tone, how to practice, maintaining vocal health, and basic vocal anatomy and performance technique. The course is open to all students. No prerequisite or ensemble participation required. Every semester, repeatable. No audit.

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This course is intended to foster and develop the individual’s unique musical vocabulary across a variety of genres while exposing students to basic techniques used in music composition, including notation, engraving, instrumentation, arranging, improvisation and composition. Through practical guidance in the composition of original music and the exploration of a variety of compositional paradigms across multiple centuries, students use current technology to arrange and create original works. Spring semester, even-numbered years. No audit.

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This course provides a basic introduction of world music methods and problems, and surveys several non-Western musical cultures including the cultures of Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Southeastern Europe, Latin America, India and Native American. Students listen to and analyze representative works, and do independent research on a pertinent topic. Fall semester.

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This is the first of a sequence of courses in which students will learn the elements of music and standard notation, aural and score analysis of compositions, and style characteristics within their musical and historical contexts, and the development of composition, appreciation and interpretive skills. Basic music theory skills emphasized. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard labs are included. Fall semester.

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This course emphasizes part writing, and harmonic and formal analysis of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 167 or instructor consent. Spring semester.

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This is the first of a sequence of courses in which students learn the elements of music and standard notation, aural and score analysis of compositions, and the development of composition, appreciation and interpretive skills. Music theory fundamentals are emphasized. Aural skills and keyboard labs are included. Fall semester.

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This course emphasizes intermediate-level analytical techniques appropriate to common practice tonal music. Skills emphasized include harmonic analysis and model composition. Aural skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 170 or instructor consent. Spring semester.

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Designed for minors and non-majors, this course is concerned with the art of intelligent and perceptive music listening for those interested in increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of music. The course traces the development of music up to the present day. Various media are employed. Note: course not open to music majors. Spring semester.

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The course covers the history of popular music in the United States from the late 19th century to the present day. Genres discussed include modern styles such as rock, R&B, hip-hop, folk, country, jazz, ragtime, blues and early musical theatre. A chronological study of popular styles exposes students to important songwriters and performers, and shows how their music was influenced by elements like racial prejudice, political events and social structures. Modern technological influences (radio, recording media, television, computers) also are explored. Fall semester.

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This course introduces students to the International Phonetic Alphabet for learning pronunciation of English, Italian, German and French song texts. Students recite and sing songs in foreign languages with attention to translation, pronunciation, accent and inflection. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing, or instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

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The study of Western music of the Baroque era, including theoretical and formal analysis, stylistic development of compositional genres, and significant works examined in historical context. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 168 or instructor consent. Fall semester.

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The study of Western music of the Classic Era, including theoretical and formal analysis, stylistic characteristics and significant works examined in their historical context. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard skills are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 267 or instructor consent. Spring semester.

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This course explores advanced analytical techniques appropriate to common practice tonal music. Skills emphasized include harmonic and formal analysis, model composition, and writing about music. Aural skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 171 or instructor consent. Spring semester.

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In this course, students will apply music theory principles from Music Theory I–IV to music that they are currently performing. The study of music from the students' applied lessons or large ensembles will prove to be a challenging and rewarding exploration. Students will be tasked with figuring out what combination of analytical techniques are appropriate for a given piece. At the end of the course, students will present a short lecture recital as their final project. Prerequisite: MUSI 271. Spring semester.

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This course explores advanced analytical techniques, especially those useful for the post-tonal repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries. Significant works from impressionism through the musical experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries will be covered. Skills emphasized include harmonic analysis, model composition, and writing about music. Aural skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 270 or instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

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This course is offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in music exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

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Individual study of an approved topic in music under the supervision of a music faculty member. This course permits faculty and students to explore together a subject of special or personal interest. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

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This course will examine the role of women as performers, creators, and consumers of music in a variety of contexts within the Western Art Music tradition. In addition to surveying influential figures and their unique musical roles, a primary goal will be to interpret representations of women, gender, and sexuality in a variety of musical and social contexts. Ultimately, students will be challenged to consider their own perspectives, musical experiences, and interpretation of gender representations in the world today.

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This course is designed to meet the needs and interests of the general student rather than the music major. Students view selected operas on videotape and study the development of opera from Monteverdi to the present, exploring the opera as a social and cultural phenomenon and as an expression of national musical styles. The course attempts not only to make the student aware of the history of opera in its many forms, but to appreciate the extent to which modern music, including popular musical drama, is indebted to the success and popularity of opera. Note: course not open to music majors.

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The study of jazz from its origins in New Orleans to the present day. The course focuses on important performers and songwriters, types of literature, an appreciation of jazz improvisation, and the interaction of social, political and economic elements that strongly influenced the genre. Audio and video presentations are used extensively. Spring semester.

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Piano pedagogy explores the various theories of teaching the piano and includes technical analysis of the playing mechanism. Teaching methods and procedures are developed for establishing efficient practice and working with individual learning styles. Students survey and evaluate teaching materials and learn to analyze the technical requirements of keyboard music. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

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This course is designed to give students experience in the practical application of piano-teaching skills and concepts of the mechanism. Prerequisites: MUSI 321 and instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

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This course is designed to provide the piano major with an understanding of significant forms in the history of piano music, the important compositions within these genres, and a functional and practical literature library of compositions for use in a variety of settings. Spring semester.

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This course is designed to provide the vocal major with an understanding of significant forms in the history of vocal music, the important compositions within these genres, and a functional and practical literature library of compositions for use in a variety of settings. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

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This course is designed to provide the emerging choral conductor with an understanding of significant forms in the history of choral music, the compositions that hold preeminence within those genres, and a functional and practical repertoire of compositions for use in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: junior standing.

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This course is designed to provide singers with an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and physics of singing and song production. As part of this course, students teach voice lessons under the supervision of the instructor. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and instructor’s consent. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

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Basic principles of teaching and performing on woodwind instruments. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

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Basic principles of teaching and performing on string instruments. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

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Basic principles of teaching and performing on brass instruments. Spring semester, alternate years.

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Basic principles of teaching and performing on percussion instruments. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

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Romantic and Nationalistic music will be examined through the study of significant composers and their compositions. Emphasis is given to chromaticism, advanced harmonic analysis and extended forms within the historical context of the era. Keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 268 or instructor consent. Fall semester.

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The concluding course of the sequence, Comprehensive Musicianship 6 examines significant works from Impressionism through the musical experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will compose, write about music and learn advanced analytical techniques. Prerequisite: MUSI 367. Spring semester.

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This course introduces students to jazz improvisation, or the spontaneous composition through the study of great soloists and their transcriptions. Emphasis is placed on common scales, modes and harmonic progressions. Mastering this skill requires intense practice and a deep knowledge of style, form and jazz harmony. Students are expected to perform in the classroom setting.

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This course surveys the history of Western art music from antiquity to 1750 with emphasis on musical style characteristics, the development of compositional forms and genres, and the work of significant performers and composers. The study of music history familiarizes students with repertoires, musical elements, genres and notable musicians of the Western art music tradition within their social and historical contexts. This course may be an important part of a music professional’s career preparations or an important contribution to any student's musical understanding. Prerequisite: MUSI 170. Fall semester.

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This course surveys the history of Western art music from 18th to 21st centuries C.E., with emphasis on musical style characteristics, the development of compositional forms and genres, and the work of significant performers and composers. The study of music history familiarizes students with repertoires, musical elements, genres and notable musicians of the Western art music tradition within their social and historical contexts. It is an important part of a music professional’s career preparations, contributing to one’s musical understanding and development as a producer and consumer of music, and providing a common language with which musicians can communicate effectively with one another. Prerequisite: MUSI 371. Spring semester.

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Baton techniques and conducting problems utilizing a cross-section of instrumental and choral music from all periods. Students practice with live performers and are videotaped. Required of all music majors and minors. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

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A continuation of Introduction to Conducting, with advanced study in choral conducting, technique, score reading and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: MUSI 381. Fall semester.

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A continuation of Introduction to Conducting, with advanced study in instrumental conducting technique, score reading and rehearsal techniques. Members of the class form a small ensemble to provide laboratory rehearsal experience. Prerequisite: MUSI 381. Fall semester.

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A study of the instruments of the concert band and orchestra, their tonal characteristics and transpositions. Assignments involve scoring for orchestra, concert band and various small ensembles. Coursework includes score analysis, listening and computer generation of assignments. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor’s consent. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

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This course is offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in music exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

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A full recital with research paper for exceptional students in performance. Contingent upon completion of junior and senior recitals. Results in an automatic waiver of applied lessons in the eighth semester. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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Students in this course will engage in a variety of activities and discussions pertaining to student teaching in a K-12 music classroom, as well as explore current trends in music education. This course is required for all music education majors. 2 credits. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: music education major, senior standing. Fall semester.

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A course offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in music exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

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Individual study of an approved topic in music under the supervision of a music faculty member. This course permits faculty and students to explore together a subject of special or personal interest. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent and approval of the associate dean of visual and performing arts.

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