MUS 120 - Rock & Roll: History & Analysis (3 credits)
This course will focus on the history of rock and roll. Topics include: the distinctions (and similarities) between various sub-categories and chronological periods in rock music, the roles of the primary instruments used in rock and how these roles have evolved, song form, arranging and orchestration in rock tunes, and the role of improvisation in rock. Through reading and listening to many recordings, students will become familiar with many of the important figures in rock music, including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder.
MUS 130 - Survey of Jazz Styles (3 credits)
This course will focus on jazz improvisation, the rhythm section, jazz composition, the roles of each jazz group member and how these roles have evolved, the distinctions (and similarities) between various sub-categories, and chronological periods in jazz. Through reading and listening to jazz recordings, students will learn about great jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and others.
MUS 135 - Music of the Beatles (3 credits)
This course will focus on the groundbreaking rock band known as the Beatles. Though there will be some discussion of historical and sociological context, the main focus will be on their music. Students will learn about the chronology of the Beatles' recorded works, the distinctions (and similarities) among the works and chronological periods in the group's life, the roles of the primary and secondary instruments used in their music, and how the individuals in the band approached these instruments. Through reading and listening to recordings, students will become familiar with the full scope of their work, while also examining their influences, their contemporaries, and the subsequent solo work of the band's members.
MUS 398 - Special Topics in Music (3 credits)
This is a Special Topics course in either Music or Music History (i.e. History of Jazz or various periods in music history). This course may be taken for credit multiple times under different topics. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
MUS 499 - Music Capstone (3 credits)
This is the capstone course for the Music concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is for students to integrate the knowledge gained in the Music concentration courses. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102