Academic Catalog

Music Performance Studies (MUPS)

MUPS 12000 The Singing Performer I: Body Awareness (NLA)

Develop body awareness through guided practice. Explore various techniques to emphasize physical presence and connection between body and space. Work primarily takes place during class time. (F,Y)
1 Credit

MUPS 12200 The Singing Performer II: Voice and Body Connection (NLA)

Develop body awareness through guided practice. Employ various techniques to emphasize physical and vocal presence, and connection between body, voice, and space. Work primarily takes place during class time. (S,Y)
1 Credit

MUPS 16100 Diction I (NLA)

A detailed study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, with particular attention to the rules and symbols of English, Italian, and German diction. Application of rules through written assignments, oral drill, language lab work, and individual performance in class. (F)
2 Credits

MUPS 16200 Diction II (NLA)

A detailed study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, with particular attention to the rules and symbols of French diction. Application of rules through written assignments, oral drill, language lab work, and individual performance in class. Prerequisites: MUMC 16100 or MUPS 16100. (S)
2 Credits

MUPS 16300 Diction for the Non-Vocal Music Major (NLA)

The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as it relates to English, Italian, German, and French vowel and consonant sounds. Application of rules through written assignments, oral drill, language lab work, and individual performance in class. For music majors in the Music Education,and four-and-one-half-year programs, piano and guitar tracks. (S)
2 Credits

MUPS 17100 Performance Diction I: IPA and English Lyric Diction (NLA)

This class examines the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). This will be applied to the singing pronunciation of English and then expanded to include resources for beginning comprehension and pronunciation of other languages. Through written exercises, lecture, listening lab, poetic recitation, repetition, and in-class coaching and performance, students will learn the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), develop their ability to identify the component sounds of English, and to enunciate and express them with clarity and physical ease. They will also learn how to effectively use English diction for expressive purposes. Corequisites: PFMJ 10100. (F)
1 Credit

MUPS 17200 Performance Diction II: Italian and Spanish Lyric Diction (NLA)

This class examines the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as applied to the singing pronunciation of Italian and Spanish. Through written exercises, lecture, listening lab, poetic recitation, repetition, and in-class coaching and performance of recitative, arias and songs, students will continue to learn the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), develop their ability to identify the component sounds of Italian and Spanish, and to enunciate and express them with clarity and physical ease. Prerequisites: MUPS 17100 or MUPS 16300. (S)
1 Credit

MUPS 17300 Performance Diction III: German Lyric Diction (NLA)

This class examines the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as applied to the singing pronunciation of German. Through written exercises, lecture, listening lab, poetic recitation, repetition, and in-class coaching and performance, students will continue to learn the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), develop their ability to identify the component sounds of German, and to enunciate and express them with clarity and physical ease. Prerequisites: MUPS 17100 or MUPS 16100 or MUPS 16300. (F)
1 Credit

MUPS 17400 Performance Diction IV: French Lyric Diction (NLA)

This class examines the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as applied to the singing pronunciation of French. Through written exercises, lecture, listening lab, poetic recitation, repetition, and in-class coaching and performance, students will continue to learn the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), develop their ability to identify the component sounds of French, and to enunciate and express them with clarity and physical ease. Prerequisites: MUPS 17100, MUPS 16100, or MUPS 16300. (S)
1 Credit

MUPS 20000 Basic Piano Pedagogy (NLA)

The art and science of piano pedagogy is explored through an overview of the basic components of professional piano teaching. The emphasis is on teaching beginners focusing on principles of one-on-one instruction. A review of mainstream methods and materials focuses on technique and the early development of musicianship through piano study. Career opportunities as an independent studio teacher are explored through learning the strategies and standards for developing an independent studio business. Prerequisites: PFMJ 10300. (E,F)
1 Credit

MUPS 21000 Group Piano Pedagogy (NLA)

Explore the history, rationale, and logistical considerations of teaching group piano in a college setting or as part of an independent studio. Experience teaching piano in a group environment through active participation in peer teaching and guided observations. Discover how cooperative learning theory and creative curriculum development can motivate your students. Groups of all ages including small children, teens (in the public-school environment), college-aged music majors and non-majors, and senior adults are part of the practical teaching experiences. Prerequisites: PFMJ 10300. (F,O)
1 Credit

MUPS 22000 The Singing Performer III: Interpretation and Integration (NLA)

An interdisciplinary course designed to further develop body awareness and theatrical acting skills for singers. Emphasis on acting techniques and styles of movement. Culminates in a performance of a song or aria, using acting styles and movement techniques to create a fully formed, identifiable stage persona. Prerequisites: PFMJ 10100. (Y)
2 Credits

MUPS 27700 Introduction to the Organ (NLA)

Basic instruction in playing the organ, with an overview of organ history and construction. Covers the basics of legato, including substitution and thumb glissando, as well as pedal playing. Weekly meetings in a seminar setting include lecture, written, and keyboard components. Prerequisites: PFSM 17600. (F,S)
1 Credit

MUPS 27900 Introduction to the Harpsichord (NLA)

Basic instruction in playing the harpsichord, as well as insight into playing continuo, with an overview of harpsichord history, literature, and construction, and the basics of figured bass realization and figured bass in the context of continuo accompaniment. Adaptation of realized continuo parts into more usable accompaniments is emphasized. Prerequisites: PFSM 17600. (F,S)
1 Credit

MUPS 35000 Piano Pedagogy Practicum (NLA)

Piano pedagogy practicum is a hands-on mentored teaching experience for students interested in teaching in an independent private studio. Teaching assignments are individually designed to complement the student’s interest. Opportunities exist in the on-campus Teaching Intern Program (average age beginners), off-campus studios and programs, individual or group lessons, and with a variety of age groups including adults and senior citizens. Mentoring involves guided preparation and assessment. Credit is determined by the scope of the teaching assignment. Prerequisites: MUMC 20000. (F,S)
0.5-2 Credits

MUPS 37300 Required Junior Recital (NLA)

As a condition for graduation, students in the performance and four-and-a-half year programs are required to present a junior solo recital approximately one hour long. (F,S)
1 Credit

MUPS 41000 Piano Pedagogy Forum (NLA)

Engage in an in-depth study of selected topics in the art and science of piano pedagogy. Build upon foundational principles of piano pedagogy through research, discussion, and applied practice. This course is cross-listed with MUPS 51000 for graduate students. Prerequisites: MUPS 35000. (F,S)
1-2 Credits

MUPS 47301 Senior Voice Recital (NLA)

As a condition for graduation, students in the performance and four-and-a-half year programs are required to present a senior solo recital, approximately one hour long. This capstone experience includes preparation through private voice lessons as well as study of the languages, poetry, and musical and dramatic elements with a vocal coach. Prerequisites: MUMC 37300. (F,S)
2 Credits

MUPS 48500 Survey of Piano Literature I (LA)

Examine the standard piano literature from the origins of the keyboard through the middle romantic period by listening, performing, and analyzing the repertoire. Develop an appreciation for, and a historical understanding of, the rich heritage of piano literature. (F,O)
2 Credits

MUPS 48600 Survey of Piano Literature II (LA)

Piano literature in the period from the mid 19th century Romantic Period through the present day is explored through listening, performing, and analyzing the repertoire. Through in-depth study of the literature, this course develops appreciation for the rich heritage, as well as the historical and cultural context of piano literature. (O,S)
2 Credits

MUPS 51000-51500 Piano Pedagogy Forum (NLA)

Engage in an in-depth study of selected topics in the art and science of piano pedagogy. Build upon foundational principles of piano pedagogy through research, discussion, and applied practice. This course is cross-listed with MUPS 41000 for graduate students. Prerequisites: MUPS 35000. (F,S)
1-2 Credits

MUPS 55500 Vocal Pedagogy (NLA)

This course combines lecture and experiential components related to teaching voice in the private lesson setting. The pedagogy of teaching voice, including teaching methods, voice science, performance psychology, and artistic concerns will be covered. In addition, students will teach two volunteer students in weekly singing lessons, culminating in a volunteer student recital. Included in the course are aspects of the business of running an independent voice studio. (S,Y)
2 Credits

MUPS 58500 Survey of Piano Literature I (LA)

The study of piano literature from the high baroque through the middle romantic periods. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. One hour of lecture and one half hour of lab meetings weekly. (F,O)
2 Credits

MUPS 58600 Survey of Piano Literature II (LA)

The study of piano literature from the middle romantic period through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. One hour of lecture and one-half hour of lab meetings weekly. (O,S)
2 Credits

MUPS 59000 Choral Literature and Performance Practice 1 (LA)

A survey of choral literature and performance practices from the Medieval era to the Classical era. (E,S)
2 Credits

MUPS 59100 Choral Literature and Performance Practice 2 (LA)

A survey of choral literature and performance practices from the Romantic era to the present including world musics. (O,S)
2 Credits

MUPS 65000 Piano Pedagogy Practicum (NLA)

A mentored teaching experience for students interested in teaching piano in a “real world” environment. Teaching assignments are individually designed to complement the student’s interest. Opportunities exist in the on-campus Teaching Intern Program (average age beginners), off-campus studios and programs, individual or group lessons, and with a variety of age groups including adults and senior citizens. Mentoring involves guided preparation and assessment. Credit is determined by the scope of the teaching assignment. (F,S,Y)
1-2 Credits