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Virginia Butera, Ph.D.
Chairperson of Art, Dance, and Music
Professor of Art
Director of the Maloney Art Gallery

Phone: 973-290-4315
Email: vbutera@cse.edu
Office: Annunciation Center - Room 202

Music

Program Overview

The objectives of the Music Minor and the Dance Minor at the College of Saint Elizabeth are to provide all students with opportunities to directly study and experience music and/or dance of various periods, styles, forms, and cultures which have contributed to the common artistic heritage of the human race.

Small class sizes and individual attention are provided for students who minor in Music or Dance. In addition to taking the requirements, students may work with a faculty member to design a course of study that is also appropriate to the specific talents and development of the individual music or dance student. The Music faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds and bring to the program their talents as teachers, scholars and professional musicians. The Dance faculty members include New Jersey and New York professional dancers and teachers who are experts in various styles and types of dance.

Outcomes

A Minor in Music or a Minor in Dance introduces the student to various aspects that are integral parts of each discipline that form the basis for knowledge that could lead to further study or a career in that discipline. In Music, performance study of one or more instruments, music history courses and music theory classes could help a student begin to prepare for a career in the music business, teaching, performance, composition, music ministry, musicological research among other jobs in the music industry. With the dance minor, key foundational concepts of ballet and modern dance movement help students learn various styles of dance and underlie their efforts in choreography. These skills will help a student plan for further study, become a dance studio owner (with a special certificate – see below) or work in other aspects of the dance industry.

Graduates

Students completing the degree in music are equipped with the skills to begin building a successful career in music. Through careful study and planning our majors are prepared for advanced educational pursuits in graduate or professional schools.

Graduates from the Music Program work in a variety of careers such as:

  • Professional musicians
  • Music teachers
  • Music directors for church parishes
  • Musical producers

Students have studied music in graduate school, followed by careers in music therapy, and composers of music for video and film. We have graduates who have also performed in musical theater both on and off Broadway.

Requirements

Minor in Music

  • MUS101 Instrument or Voice (4)
  • MUS201 Harmony I (3)
  • MUS203 Harmony II (3)
  • MUS205 Dictation and Sight-Reading I (1)
  • MUS217 Instrumental Chamber Music Ensemble or equivalent (4)

OR

  • MUS223 Elizabeth Singers or equivalent (4)
  • MUS--- History of Music Elective (3)
  • MUS--- History of Music Elective (3)
  • MUS309 Keyboard Harmony I (1)
  • MUS--- Elective (3)
  • MUS--- Elective (3)

Total: 28 credits

Additional Requirements

  • Public performance of a mini recital during the last semester of applied instrumental or vocal study.

Minor in Dance

The Dance Minor offers students an opportunity to learn or build on previous experiences within the genres of Modern, Jazz and Ballet dance as the fundamentals of the discipline. Further options exist for students to elect courses which will satisfy the New Jersey Department of Education requirement for Dance Teacher K-6 certification eligibility.

  • DAN215 Fundamentals of Dance (3)
  • DANC225 Modern Dance I (2)
  • DANC220 Jazz Dance I (2)
  • DANC240 Ballet I (2)
  • DANC305 Choreography and Improvisation (3)
  • DANC230 Dance Appreciation (3)

Electives in Dance Minor (choose one)

  • DANC227 Modern Dance II (3)
  • DANC222 Jazz Dance II (3)
  • DANC243 Ballet II (3)
  • DANC280 Theories of Dance Education K-6 (3)

Total: 18 credits

Students who choose to elect PE 310 and have completed the Education major, including student teaching, may apply to the New Jersey Department of Education for certification in Dance Education K-6. With this certification, these Dance minors may open and operate their own schools of dance.

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

MUS-101C
Performance Study Cello
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101CL
Performance Study Clarinet
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101DR
Performance Study Drums
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101F
Performance Study Flute
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101G
Performance Study Guitar
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101O
Performance Study Oboe
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101OR
Performance Study Organ
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101P
Performance Study Piano
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101PERC
Percussion
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101V
Performance Study Voice
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101VI
Performance Study Violin
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-101VIOLA
Performance Study:Viola
Credit Hours: 1

Private instruction in voice, piano, or other instrument adapted to the aptitude or previous training of the student. One 50-minute lesson a week earns one credit a semester. Non-music majors may elect to take Performance Study for no credit on a pass/fail basis. Students taking the class for 0 credit will be charged corresponding to the number of weekly lessons they are taking. Open to all students, beginning to advanced. (Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Violin, Voice, as well as other instruments on request to the Chairperson.). Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits. Please check the catalog for other fees.

MUS-107
Class Piano I
Credit Hours: 2

An introduction to the fundamental principles of piano playing with a focus on reading music, basic piano technique and musicianship.

MUS-109
Class Piano II
Credit Hours: 2

Continuation of basic principles listed in MUS 107 with program building.

MUS-111
Class Voice I
Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to the fundamental principles of correct and artistic singing: breath control, tone production, and resonance. The course includes exercises and song material to improve range, timbre, amplitude and music reading ability. Open to all students. Recommended for all music majors and for those interested in improving their understanding of vocal skills and literature.

MUS-113
Class Voice II
Credit Hours: 2

Continuation of basic principles listed in Class Voice I. Emphasis is on application of vocal principles to suitable vocal literature, performance practices, interpretation, diction, stage presence, and program building.

MUS-115
Fundamentals of Musicianship
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the basic vocabulary of music, with emphasis on elements of music, notation, sight-singing, and ear-training for students with no previous theoretical knowledge of music. Open to all students.

MUS-117
Fundamentals of the Guitar
Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to basic guitar techniques. Included will be the study of chords, chord charts, accompaniment patterns and strums, music notation, and guitar tablature.

MUS-119
Lives & Music of Great Composers*
Credit Hours: 3

Survey of the major style periods of Western music with special emphasis on the lives and musical masterworks of the world's greatest composers from the time of Greek Antiquity through the twentieth century. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City. Satisfies Cluster 1 or Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

MUS-121
Lives and Music of Female Musicians*
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the world's major female musicians and a presentation of women's musical masterworks throughout the centuries. Consideration of the unique challenges facing history's female musicians. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City. Satisfies a Cluster I or Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

MUS-123
Great Performers of the Western Wld*
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the world's great performers and their unique gifts to music history as conductors, pianists, solo instrumentalists, and opera or oratorio singers. Presentation and study of historic recordings as these become increasingly available through CD technology. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

MUS-125
Learning to Listen to Music*
Credit Hours: 3

As an introduction to listening to all types of music, students learn how to follow a motif or theme, recognize formal structure, hear basic harmonic structure, listen for instrumentation, and recognize historical styles (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Twentieth Century, etc.). CDs, videos and DVDs help introduce these concepts. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

MUS-151
The Broadway Musicl*
Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the Broadway musical from its roots in colonial America, through the minstrel and vaudeville shows of the nineteenth century, the imported operettas of the early twentieth century, and the musical comedies of the twenties and thirties that developed on Broadway. Videos and DVDs of performances will be studied, and attendance at a musical is required. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

MUS-155
Music, History, & Ideas*
Credit Hours: 3

An approach to music as a means of aesthetic expression and artistic communication. Selected historical events and movements are explored in the ways they influenced musical styles, forms and genres. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

Course Level: 2

MUS-201
Harmony I
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to tertian diatonic harmony, emphasizing four-part writing employing triads, seventh chords, and non-chord tones. Corequisite: MUS 205.

MUS-203
Harmony II
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to chromatic harmony, emphasizing secondary seventh chords, modulation, chromatic chords, and supertriadic chords. Corequisite: MUS 207.

MUS-205
Dictation & Sight Reading
Credit Hours: 1

Introduction to melodic dictation in all meters. Systematic approaches to and practice in reading at sight. Corequisite: MUS 201.

MUS-207
Dictation & Sight Reading II
Credit Hours: 1

Introduction to harmonic dictation. Practice in reading music of moderate difficulty at sight. Corequisite: MUS 203.

MUS-213
Instrumental Techniques:Strings
Credit Hours: 2

Elementary survey of the methods of playing the stringed instruments of the orchestra-violin, viola, cello, and double bass-for the purpose of giving the prospective teacher basic facility. Open to all students.

MUS-215
Instrumental Techniques:Wind Instruments
Credit Hours: 2

Elementary survey of the methods of playing the instruments in the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra or band. Open to all students.

DANC-215
Fundamentals of Dance*
Credit Hours: 3

Introduces activities that will develop aesthetic awareness, the ability to create artistic products and performances, activities that plan the form and function of space, and explores the skills needed to analyze and critique dance. The class explores the various cultural, historical, and social influences and traditions which have generated artistic accomplishments throughout the ages and which continue to shape contemporary arts.

MUS-217
Instrument Chamber Music Ensemble
Credit Hours: 1

Study and performance of chamber music. Variable Credit, students can register 0 or 1 credits.

MUS-219
Advanced Instrument Chamber Music Ensemb
Credit Hours: 1

Advanced study and performance of chamber music. Variable credit, students can register 0 or 1 credit.

DANC-220
Jazz Dance I*
Credit Hours: 2

This is an introductory class which includes the history, terminology, and basic concepts of the art form utilizing a variety of popular, percussion and jazz music.

MUS-221
Learning to Read Music
Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to the essential elements of music theory and sight reading.

DANC-222
Jazz Dance II*
Credit Hours: 3

This is an advanced level of jazz which emphasizes technique, terminology, and repertoire.

MUS-223
Elizabeth Singers*
Credit Hours: 1

Study, rehearsal, and performance of liturgical and secular choral literature. Performances several times each semester, including Founder's Day and, Oktoberfest. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement if taken three times. Variable Credit, studnets can register 0 or 1 credits.

MUS-225
Choral Conducting
Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to principles of conducting, techniques of the baton, problems of the choral conductor, and methods of conducting simple choral compositions. Open to non-music majors with approval of instructor.

DANC-225
Modern Dance I*
Credit Hours: 2

To increase strength, flexibility, and coordination while exploring self-expression through movement. Students will learn the history, terminology, and basic concepts of modern dance. Students will become aware of the aesthetics of movement with an understanding of underlying movement principles while showing an increase in sensitivity and kinesthetic response demonstrating growth in concentration, memory, and focus.

MUS-227
Elizabeth Ringers Handbell Choir*
Credit Hours: 1

Study, rehearsal, and performance of the fine art of English Handbell Ringing. Students participate in spring and fall concerts. Occasional performances for church and community festivals. Prerequisite: MUS 221 (may be a corequisite) or the ability to read music. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement if taken three times. Variable Credit, students can register 0 or 1 credits.

DANC-227
Modern Dance II*
Credit Hours: 3

This is a further study and application of basic movement, vocabulary, alignment, complex movement patterns, style, and performance.

MUS-229
Community Choir*
Credit Hours: 2

Study, rehearsal, and performance of the world's finest choral masterworks and anthems for SATB Choir. Students participate in spring and fall concerts and an occasional community presentation. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement if taken often enough to total 3 credits. Variable Credit, students can register 0-2 credits.

DANC-230
Dance Appreciation*
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of dance forms as they have existed in history from primitive rituals and ancient Egypt to contemporary concert and social forms.

MUS-231
Opera & Oratorio*
Credit Hours: 3

Survey of opera and oratorio literature based on the current New York repertoire. Videos, DVDs and recordings are used with each opera studied. Students study and attend a rehearsal of an opera at the Metropolitan Opera House or another venue. Attendance at a final production of an opera is also required. Open to all students. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

MUS-233
American Music*
Credit Hours: 3

Survey of music from the colonial period up to the present. Topics include our social and cultural heritage, various ethnic contributions, and the vital forces and influences that have contributed to the development of music in the United States. Open to all students. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education requirement.

DANC-240
Ballet I*
Credit Hours: 2

This course is for the student with limited background in ballet. The primary emphasis will be to develop and refine ballet technique.

DANC-243
Ballet II*
Credit Hours: 3

This provides a continued emphasis on technical development of ballet with Introduction of beginner levels of public performance.

MUS-255
Joy of Bach*
Credit Hours: 3

Presentation of the masterpieces of music literature composed before 1750, with a study of the relevant composers, styles, forms, and philosophical concepts that inspired them. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City or NJPAC. Satisfies Cluster 1 General Education Requirement.

MUS-257
Beethoven & Friends*
Credit Hours: 3

Presentation of the musical masterworks composed from 1750 to 1820, with a study of relevant composers, styles, forms, and philosophical concepts that inspired them. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City or NJPAC. Satisfies Cluster 1 or Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

MUS-259
The Great Romantics*
Credit Hours: 3

Presentation of the masterworks of music literature from the nineteenth century, with a study of relevant composers, styles, forms, and philosophical concepts that inspired them. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students will participate in a field trip to New York City or NJPAC. Satisfies Cluster 1or Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

MUS-261
Music of our Time*
Credit Hours: 3

Presentation of the masterworks of music literature composed during the twentieth century with a study of relevant composers, styles, forms, and philosophical concepts that inspired them. Attendance at a musical performance or concert is required; students participate in a field trip to New York City or NJPAC. Satisfies Cluster 1 or Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

DANC-280
Theories of Dance Education (K-6)*
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the student with the theoretical Practice in dance education for young children. The course fulfills the State of New Jersey requirement as part of a teaching endorsement in K-6 dance education for qualified teachers.

Course Level: 3

MUS-301
Counterpoint
Credit Hours: 3

Modal and tonal contrapuntal writing in the five species and traditional contrapuntal forms. Corequisite: MUS 309.

DANC-305
Dance Choreography & Improvisation
Credit Hours: 3

Dancers are guided through exercises and movement concepts which develop improvisational and choreographic skills.

MUS-309
Keyboard Harmony I
Credit Hours: 1

Practice in harmonizing diatonic melodies and figured basses at the keyboard in simple chordal style. Corequisite: MUS 301.

MUS-313
Keyboard Harmony II
Credit Hours: 1

Practice in harmonizing chromatic and modulating melodies and figured basses, utilizing non-chord tones and various patterns for accompaniment.

MUS-317
Orchestration
Credit Hours: 2

Study of the techniques of scoring for the instruments of the orchestra. Prerequisites: Two semesters of Theory.

MUS-319
Form & Analysis
Credit Hours: 2

Study of methods of harmonic and stylistic description, and analysis of selected musical works representative of various periods. Prerequisites: ability to read music, MUS 115 and 201 or their equivalent. Open to all qualified students.

Course Level: 4

MUS-491
Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3

Open to seniors who are music majors or minors. Offered only on request and at the discretion of the Program Chairperson. Variable Credit, students can register 2-4 credits.

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