Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Music

MUSIC 0062 Concert Choir           1 credit

The Pitt-Johnstown Concert Choir is an auditioned group of singers that performs a wide variety of choral literature from all historical periods. The group performs a cappella pieces as well as pieces accompanied by a variety of instruments.  Repertoire for the choir includes motets, madrigals, folk and part songs, occasional pop arrangements and spirituals.

Music

MUSIC 0063 Chamber Choir        1 credit

The Chamber Choir is a select group of singers that come from the Pitt-Johnstown Concert Choir. The Chamber Choir performs more chamber music oriented pieces.  Admission into this ensemble is by audition only. For more information, please contact the music department.

MUSIC 0065 WOMEN'S CHORUS              1 credit

The Pitt-Johnstown Women's Chorus was founded in the fall of 2007.  The Women's Chorus is an auditioned choral group that performs music from all historical periods.  The repertoire includes a cappella pieces as well as accompanied pieces.  The Women's Chorus participates in an end of semester concert.  Female singers auditioning for concert choir can also be considered for the women's chorus.  Auditions for the women's chorus are held during the first week of classes each semester.

MUSIC 0069 Concert Band           1 credit

Open to all students interested in ensemble playing. Performs concerts and participates in sports events. A varied repertoire is performed. Rehearsals occur twice a week. Contact the Department of Music for more information.

MUSIC 0123 Basic Musicianship: Voice            3 credits

This course provides group and individual instruction in beginning vocal techniques. Students will learn vocal fundamentals such as posture, breath support, diction, and sight-singing.  The course will also have a vocal science aspect, which will include learning about vocal physiology and anatomy. Ability to read music is an asset for this course. In addition, students should have past choral or private voice study experience.

MUSIC 0212 Introduction To Western Art Music               3 credits

Presents the historical unfolding of the major achievements of music in Western culture from Gregorian Chant to the 20th century. Students will be expected to appreciate and identify the development of Western Art Music through critical listening and lecture materials.  No music background is required.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 0223 History Of Western Music To 1750     3 credits

A study of selected master works of Western art music in a historical context from the Middle Ages through the Baroque period. Works by composers such as J.S. Bach and Scarlatti will be examined.  Emphasis is on musical understanding through critical listening and lectures.  No music background is required.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 0225 History Of Western Music Since 1750           3 credits

A survey of the music from the Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. Selected genres such as symphonies and masses will be analyzed, along with specific composers and cultural/historical contexts from these eras. Special attention will be given to stylistic and structural procedures. The music of composers such as Mozart and Beethoven will be studied.  Emphasis will be on listening in a more critical fashion. No music background is required.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 0235 History Of The Symphony    3 credits

This course introduces students to the development of the symphony from its origins to the present. Students study individual symphonic compositions from both historical and analytical viewpoints. Topics covered include changes in instrumentation, harmony, formal design, as well as the changing place of the genre in concert life.

MUSIC 0243 Major Composers 1               3 credits

Examines the life of one or more major figures in Western art music. The content of the course changes, but emphasizes music in its historical and cultural contexts, as well as individual genres and styles from Middle Ages through the Classical era.  This course is not offered every year.

MUSIC 0244 Major Composers 2               3 credits

A continuation and further in-depth study of the musical giants from the romantic period to the 20th century. Will study the lives and compositions of the great composers of this time, within the context of their living standards, personal circumstances, and political ideologies.  This course is not offered every year. 

MUSIC 0413 Theory And Ear Training 1     3 credits

This course introduces students to the basic materials of sounded and written music. Students will be introduced to such topics as note/rest values, clefs, intervals, rhythm and meter, keys, scales and triads. Students will become familiar with how to notate these elements, both by sight and aural recognition. Beginning ear-training teaches students to aurally distinguish intervals, scales, triads and rhythms. This course assumes no initial ability to read music.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 0414 Theory And Ear Training 2     3 credits

This course is a continuation of the materials learned in Theory/Ear-Training 1. New topics will include seventh chords, harmonic functions within a key, melodic and harmonic dictation, and beginning part-writing in four-part vocal texture. Students will demonstrate learned knowledge through examinations and compositions. This course does assume the ability to read music.  Completion of Theory/Ear-Training 1 with a grade of C or better or a satisfactory score on the theory diagnostic exam is a prerequisite for this course.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 0425 Writing About Music            3 credits

This course focuses on how to write critical and analytical papers on the subject of music. Students are expected to learn musical terminology and how to use that terminology in a paper. Students will be required to show marked improvement in both their knowledge of music and how to write formal papers.  Students will be asked to attend events such as concerts, lectures, rehearsals, and film viewings. There are no prerequisites for this class.

MUSIC 0531 Voice (Applied Lessons)             1-6 credits

Individual instruction for students in voice.  Daily practice and improvement is expected by the applied instructor.  Students can take a 30 minute lesson for one credit or a 60 minute lesson for two credits.  Students can earn up to 6 credits in applied lessons.

MUSIC 0532 Piano (Applied Lessons)             1-6 credits

Individual instruction for students in piano.  Daily practice and improvement is expected by the applied instructor.  Students can take a 30 minute lesson for one credit or a 60 minute lesson for two credits.  Students can earn up to 6 credits in applied lessons.

MUSIC 0641 Jazz Ensemble                  1 credit

Open to all students interested in playing jazz.  Performs concerts once a semester.  A varied repertoire is performed.  Rehearsals occur twice a week.  Contact the Department of Music for more information.

MUSIC 0712 Jazz               3 credits

This course will examine jazz from its origins to present. Students will explore the different eras, styles, artists, literature and social issues associated with the evolution of jazz. The course will include listening to, viewing and analyzing a variety of audio and video recordings of jazz performances and related materials. Attention will be focused on key jazz history figures including related to the different eras and styles. Visiting artists may perform and lecture on related jazz topics. Attendance of live jazz performance is encouraged. Students will have an increased understanding, appreciation and enjoyment toward the American art form Jazz and its history.

MUSIC 0845 Special Topics In Music        3 credits

Topics for this course will be chosen by the instructor for each subsequent time the course is offered. This course will allow students to do in-depth exploration of a given topic. Usually, there are no prerequisites for this class. However, prerequisites may be required for a given topic. Check with the instructor of the course for this information.  No music background is required.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 0846 The Beatles     3 credits

This course takes an in-depth look at The Beatles, including their music, compositional techniques, personalities and cultural impact.  The focus of this course will be on critical listening of The Beatles’ music to foster a deeper appreciation for The Beatles.  Recognition of The Beatles music via their albums and singles will be expected.  No music background is required.  This course can fulfill a General Education requirement in the Humanities. 

MUSIC 1905 Independent Study                    1–3 credits

Independent study is elected by students who are making significant use of university resources in an independent project not related to any regularly offered course.   Students can earn from 1 to 3 credit hours.