Courses in Music

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

Course Lookup is the University's semester-by-semester guide to finding classes using a customized search. Consult it for general scheduling. Not all courses are taught each semester.

Performance Courses

The following courses do not require an audition:

MUSI 2311 Topics in Music (3 semester hours) An introduction to specialized topics in music. May include historical or cultural elements of music, a genre or composer, or digital aspects of music. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). (3-0) R

MUSI 2315 Guitar I (3 semester hours) An introductory class in the basic skills in classical and finger-style guitar for both beginning and intermediate students. Course includes hand positions and posture, accurate tuning, music reading, and melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic exercises. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) S

MUSI 2317 Piano I (3 semester hours) Basic piano technique and interpretive skills, suitable for both beginning pianists and students with some keyboard experience but little formal training. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) S

MUSI 2324 Instrumental Ensemble I (3 semester hours) May include orchestra, strings, winds, chamber music, etc. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) S

MUSI 2325 Vocal Instruction I (3 semester hours) A course in basic singing techniques and interpretive skills, suitable for both beginning singers and for students with singing experience but little formal training. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) S

MUSI 2326 Jazz Ensemble I (3 semester hours) A performing ensemble of approximately 24 players. Repertoire is selected from a broad range of jazz music. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) Y

MUSI 2327 Community Chorale (3 semester hours) A choir that combines UT Dallas students, faculty, staff, alumni and singers from the community. Repertoire is selected from sacred and secular choral music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) Y

The following courses require an audition:

MUSI 2113 Pep Band (1 semester hour) The UT Dallas Pep Band (or Spirit Band) is comprised of winds, brass and percussionists. This performing group, in conjunction with Student Life and Student Activities, will provide music for a variety of events on campus throughout the year. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) S

MUSI 3380 Guitar II - Guitar Ensemble (3 semester hours) Course builds musicianship and classical guitar technique through coaching and ensemble performance. Repertoire includes music from the 16th century to present-day composers. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (0-3) Y
Audition required: email Enric Madriguera

MUSI 3381 Orchestra II - Wind Ensemble (3 semester hours) May include orchestra, winds, strings, chamber music, etc. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) S
Audition required: email Winston Stone

MUSI 3381 Orchestra II - String Ensemble (3 semester hours) May include orchestra, winds, strings, chamber music, etc. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) S
Audition required: email Arkady Fomin

MUSI 3382 Vocal Instruction II (3 semester hours) Intermediate singing techniques and interpretive skills, focusing on fundamentals of correct breathing, tone production, style, interpretation, and diction. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) S
Audition required: email Kathryn Evans

MUSI 3385 Chamber Singers (3 semester hours) Chamber Singers is a performing ensemble of approximately 24 singers performing on a regular basis at the University and in the community. The repertoire for the ensemble will be selected from a broad range of chamber vocal literature, sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) S
Audition required: email Kathryn Evans

MUSI 3386 Jazz Ensemble II (3 semester hours) A performing ensemble of approximately 24 players. Repertoire is selected from a broad range of jazz music. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) Y
Audition required: email Kelly Durbin

MUSI 3387 Jazz Improvisation and Keyboard Harmony (3 semester hours) Teaches techniques of jazz improvisation and keyboard harmony for instrumentalists and vocalists. Prerequisite: MUSI 2328 or permission of instructor. (0-3) Y
Audition required: email Kelly Durbin

MUSI 3388 Piano II (3 semester hours) Intermediate piano technique and interpretive skills for students continuing from Piano I or with prior training. The course focuses on repertoire building and performance of the works of major composers. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) T
Permission required: email Mary Medrick

MUSI 4312 Chamber Music Ensemble (3 semester hours) Provides performance opportunities for undergraduate instrumentalists and singers. Repertoire will range from duos and trios to larger ensembles in musical styles from medieval to contemporary. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) S

MUSI 4345 Piano III (3 semester hours) Technique and repertoire of a particular musical medium. May include piano, voice, guitar, strings, winds, or other instruments. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) T

MUSI 4346 Instrumental Ensemble III (3 semester hours) May include Chamber Music Ensemble, Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, or Jazz Ensemble. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (0-3) T

MUSI 4347 Vocal Ensemble III (3 semester hours) May include Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers, or Vocal Ensemble. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (0-3) T
See Course Lookup for audition information.

MUSI 4348 Creating Music (3 semester hours) Theory, principles, and practice of music composition. Includes study of notation, musical forms and styles, and the development and performance of new music. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: MUSI 2328 or permission of instructor. (0-3) T

MUSI 4V61 Individual Instruction in Vocal Performance(1-3 semester hours) Intermediate and advanced-level instruction in singing techniques and interpretive skills. Students must also be enrolled in a 3000 or 4000-level performance ensemble. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. ([1-3]-0) R

MUSI 4V71 Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music(1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and completion of all lower-division requirements in AP, and permission of the instructor. ([1-3]-0) R

Audition required: see Course Lookup for audition information.


Music History and Theory Courses

MUSI 1306 Understanding Music (3 semester hours) An introduction to the elements and basic forms of music, with particular emphasis on the composer's creative process and the listener's participation. Methods of analytical and aesthetic appreciation will be applied to musical examples, with corollaries in literature, history, theatre, and the visual arts. (3-0) Y

MUSI 1313 Fundamentals of Music (3 semester hours) Introduction to the elements and organization of music, including analysis and discussion of representative works. Focuses on developing practical musical skills through oral, aural, and written experiences with rhythms, melodies, intervals, scales, chords, and music notation. (3-0) Y

MUSI 2322 Music in Western Civilization (3 semester hours) A broad review of Western music from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, with emphasis on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern styles. Develops listening skills and an understanding of diverse genres and places works in their social and cultural contexts. (3-0) T

MUSI 2328 Music Theory I (3 semester hours) Studies in music theory and analysis, keyboard harmony, ear training and sight-singing. (0-3) Y

MUSI 2V71 Independent Study in Music (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R

MUSI 3322 Music in Historical Context (3 semester hours) Studies in the development of music from ancient Greece to the 21st century. Topics may include specific periods or musical styles. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: ARTS 1301, MUSI 1306, MUSI 2322, or permission of instructor. (3-0) T

MUSI 3328 Music Theory II (3 semester hours) Harmony and composition, analysis of representative works from the literature, keyboard harmony, ear-training, and sight-singing. Prerequisite: MUSI 2328 or permission of instructor. (0-3) Y

MUSI 3342 Topics in Music (3 semester hours) Topics may include theory and composition, a specific composer, or a genre such as guitar literature, "new music" or jazz. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Three hours of lower-division music coursework or permission of instructor. (3-0) T


Digital Music Courses

MUSI 2319 Digital Music I (3 semester hours) An introduction to the concepts and techniques of digital music production. Topics may include midi sequencing, digital audio, and basic editing techniques. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (0-3) Y

MUSI 3389 Digital Music II (3 semester hours) A project-based course incorporating advanced editing and signal processing techniques. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: MUSI 2319 or permission of the instructor. (0-3) T

While most courses in MUSI are offered every term, not all courses are. Please check Course Lookup for a specific semester.

Graduate (HUAS)

Courses available to MA and PhD students

HUAS 6303 Performance Literature, Theory, and Criticism (3 semester hours) Examination of a wide range of performance and theatrical traditions and texts. Using various critical and theoretical perspectives, the focus will be on the interplay between textual analysis, theoretical and critical frames, and performance. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6305 Criticism, Interpretation, and Performance (3 semester hours) An investigation of the interrelationship among the activities of criticizing, interpreting, and performing artistic texts. Examples may be drawn from literature, theater, performance art, web and inter-media applications, film/video, music, and the visual arts. The course will include an exploration of the effects of various cultural and theoretical perspectives on our response to specific works. (3-0) T

HUAS 6312 Art and Society (3 semester hours) Study of the many forms of interaction between the arts and the society in which they exist. Topics may include the role of the artist in society, the representation of social and religious values in art, or the influence of art and the artist upon society. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6313 The Business of the Arts (3 semester hours) Exploration of effective means to find, create, and manage markets and audiences for works of art. Topics may include digital media, visual or performing arts, museum studies, and arts management. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6317 Art and Authorship (3 semester hours) Study of the role of the maker in the creation of art. Topics vary but may include visual artists, filmmakers, composers, writers, or other artists. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6318 The Arts and Their Institutions (3 semester hours) Studies of the institutions that shape and present the visual and performing arts by providing their physical, administrative, and financial "frames": art museums, theaters, symphony associations, performance consortiums, or private foundations. The course will focus selectively on these institutions, grouping them for study in various ways depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6320 Studies in Experimental Traditions (3 semester hours) Studies in the works of artists whose experimentation with forms of expression breaks new ground in the arts and demands changes in the aesthetic perception of the public. The course will focus on such experimental movements as modernism, postmodernism and various avant-gardes that form the new tradition of the contemporary arts. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6324 Spaces of Display and Performance (3 semester hours) Usually art works and performances are encountered in specific ritualized spaces designed for them and exerting strong influence on their character. The course will address such spaces critically from the point of view of architecture, theories of display, and concepts of ritual spectatorship. (3-0) T

HUAS 6331 Studies in Music (3 semester hours) Studies in forms of musical expression. Topics will vary, but the course will emphasize the nature, development, and artistic possibilities of various forms of music. Courses may relate music to developments in other arts. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6333 Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble (3 semester hours) Workshop in which instrumentalists, singers, dancers, actors, composers, lyricists, visual artists and/or video/performance artists create and perform music for small and larger ensembles, plus multi-media and theater works. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) Permission of instructor required. (3-0) T

HUAS 6334 Iberian Culture and Music (3 semester hours) Study of the transfer of music and culture between Spain, Portugal, and the countries of the Americas which had close connections to the Iberian countries via language, culture, and commerce. (3-0) T

HUAS 6353 Creating Plays and Musicals (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of art and creation of drama, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing plays and musicals in a variety of experimental and traditional forms that combine verbal, written art with the musical and dramatic arts. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6394 Creativity: Performance (3 semester hours) A skills-based course intended to enable the exploration, development, and realization of a performance expression. Project-focused, the course may include playwrighting, adaptation of non-dramatic or oral history sources, or be guided by specific text(s), improvisation, inter-cultural or inter-media explorations. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) Y

HUAS 6399 Music in Historical Context (3 semester hours) Study of music in society: dates, periods, genres, style characteristics, major figures, representative masterworks, political/economical/social climate, corollaries in literature, theatre, visual art. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours) (3-0) T

HUAS 6608 Performance Training (6 semester hours) Intensive workshop-based course focusing on training and performance techniques to develop skills and methods for creating new performance. Activities include physical and vocal training, performance games and exercises, and will focus on methods, strategies, and processes of creation. Special attention to the performer’s relation to' text' exploration and evolution. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 credit hours.) (6-0) T

HUAS 6609 Music Performance (6 semester hours) Applied study of instrumental/vocal techniques, interpretation, repertoire building and performance practice. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 credit hours)(6-0) T

Courses available to PhD students only

HUAS 7355 Interdisciplinary Studies in Music (3 semester hours) Study of music in relation to one or more of the other arts/disciplines: literature, theatre, dance, visual art, cinema, history, psychology, technology, etc. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours) (3-0) T

HUAS 7380 Advanced Topics in Aesthetic Studies (3 semester hours) Advanced study of particular themes, topics, and issues in the various disciplines that constitute aesthetic studies. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) R

HUAS 7601 Advanced Music Performance (6 semester hours) Applied study of advanced instrumental/vocal techniques, interpretive insights, repertoire building and historical performance practice. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 credit hours) (6-0) T