Course Description

First Year Course Description

SUBJECTS SERIAL NUMBER CREDITS PER TERM
Performance Principal Study MUP 151 3
Students attend weekly private lessons with their major teacher. The lessons stress technique and increased repertoire. Students perform music from a large variety of all musical periods. In 2nd and 3rd term each student perform a short programme (15 minutes) public recital.
RECITAL MUS 151a 3
All students are required to give two solo recitals. One in each year of the course. The recital will be on the major instrument or voice and demonstrate different musical periods. Year 1 recital is approximately 15 minutes in length. Year 2 is a 30 minute programme. Voice majors are expected to sing in three European language and at least one song in a Nigerian language.
VOCAL TECHNIQUES MUP 103 1
Non voice majors learn the techniques of voice productions, breath control and diction
LANGUAGE AND DICTION FOR VOICE MAJORS MUP 104 1
Voice majors learn correct pronunciation from native speakers of French, German, Italian and English. The course stresses these languages as they are used in European Art songs and opera.
SUBSIDIARY STUDY MUP 121 1
Students are required to have 2 terms of a minor instrument different from their major instrument. All instrumental families plus keyboard are included.
SUBSIDIARY STUDY 121 R 0
Voice students who have not met their piano requirements (grade 2 piano certificate) must take this course to prepare for the grade 2 practical examination.
MASTER CLASS MUP 101 1
Students meet weekly to listen and evaluate each other’s performance. Guest speakers discuss various career options and other topics of interest to musicians. Special Master Classes feature visiting artistes, usually international performers, who interact with the students and offer performance suggestions
CONCERT ATTENDANCE MUP 100 1
MUSON Centre has many concerts given by Nigerian and international artistes throughout the academic year. Students are expected to attend concerts which are free of charge with their student ID cards.

Theory

HARMONY MUT 151 3
Student study the harmonic practices of the 17th and 18th centuries with emphasis on the 4 part harmony of J. S. Bach. This also includes aural harmonic dictation and an introduction to composition.
THEORY MUT 151R 3
Students deficient in the entry theory requirements have 2 hour weekly classes to prepare for the grade 7 theory examination. From 2007 students have the option of taking ABRSM (Associated. Board of the Royal Schools of Music) or MUSON graded theory examinations at the MUSON School.

Music History

MUSIC IN THE COMMON PRACTICE ERA MUH 151 3
This course is a study of European music history. Starting with medieval music it gives a chronological account of the evolution of musical forms through to the 20th century.
AFRICAN MUSIC MUH 121 3
This course begins with Nigerian traditional music then branches out to other African countries. Students are required to recognize and write the rhythms and melodies of folk music and play them on local instruments. Students also compose in the studied styles.

Ensemble

CHAMBER MUSIC MUE 131 1
Each student must belong to a performing ensemble. Students research and select their music for performance. Performance is done in class and in public recitals. Students also have the opportunity to watch performances on DVDs and VCRs.
CHOIR, BAND, ORCHESTRA MUE 101, 102, 103 1
Choir is compulsory for all students. Band is also compulsory for brass, woodwind and percussion majors. Orchestra is compulsory for string majors.

Electives

CLASS PIANO AND NON PIANIST MUS 101 1
Students wishing to increase their keyboard skills beyond the compulsory minor class may take this course which works on pedaling, sight reading and increases repertoire.
ACCOMPANYING FOR KEYBOARD MAJORS MUS 101 1
Pianists are trained in the skills of accompanying by our Resident Pianist.
INSTRUMENT TECHNIQUES MUS 104 1
Students wishing to increase their skills beyond the compulsory minor class may take this course which increases repertoire and technique in an instrument other than major.
GUITAR MUS 116 1
Beginning guitar technique for accompanying and elementary solo performance.
PIANO TECHNOLOGY(TUNING & REPAIR) MUS 110 1
Students are taught techniques of tuning a piano and making simple repairs
AFRICAN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC MUS 117 1
Students are introduced to local instrument such as talking drum, bate drums, local xylophone and kora. They give master class and chamber music class performances

Second Year Course Description

SUBJECTS SERIAL NUMBER CREDITS PER TERM
PERFORMANCE PRINCIPAL STUDY MUP 252 3
Students continue their study of their major instrument with weekly private lessons. All students prepare to give a long recital (30 minutes). There is also preparation for Practical examination of grade 7 and 8.
RECITAL MUP 252a 3
SUBSIDIARY STUDY MUP 221 1
Continuation of 1st year minor instruments that were not studied in first year.
MASTER CLASS MUP 201 1
Students attend weekly classes to perform and be evaluated by their peers and have special classes with visiting musicians.
HARMONY II MUT 252 3
All students study chromatic harmony from diatonic chord alteration and from the viewpoint of scale chromatics. There is also a brief exposition of contemporary tendencies and practices in harmony. Students are take melodic and harmonic dictation. This class also gives preparation for grades 7 and 8 examinations.
CONDUCTING MUT 241 1
Students are trained in vocal and orchestral score reading. Students prepare choral and instrumental works which they conduct with choral and instrumental ensemble

History

Baroque/Classical, Romantic Impressionistic and 20th Century MUH 251 3
Each term gives an in-depth study of each one the above periods in music history. Students will also be exposed to the great works and composers of each musical style through our audio-visual library.
AFRICAN MUSIC IN THE DIASPORA MUH 221 3
This course gives recognition to the influences of African music throughout the world. The particular areas studied will be African American Spirituals, Afro Cuban and Caribbean music, music of Brazil. There will also study the evolution of jazz, gospel, rock and roll, reggae, hip-hop and other contemporary popular musical styles.

Ensemble

CHAMBER MUSIC MUE 231 1
Students research and perform in small groups with emphasis on unconventional ensembles (those with unrelated instruments). Student research will deal with achieving blend and tonal balance in their ensembles. Students are encouraged to use African traditional instruments with the conventional European instruments.
LANGUAGE AND DICTION (VOICE MAJORS) MUS 204 1
Study and practice of English, French, German and Italian as it is used in Art Songs and Opera. Emphasis is placed on the languages in song rather than spoken diction
KEYBOARD HARMONY NWT 241 1
All 2nd year students must learn to harmonize melodies on the piano. Classes cater for both students with limited keyboard skills and keyboard majors.
SCHOOL CHOIR, BAND, ORCHESTRA MUE 202 1
Participation in choir, Band and Orchestra is continued in year 2.

ELECTIVES

PIANO FOR NON-PIANIST MUS 201 1
Students not majoring in piano can prepare to take grades 3 and 4 piano practical examinations.
ORGAN FOR PIANO MAJORS MUS 201a 1
Pianists will have weekly private lessons on the organ.
ACCOMPANYING FOR PIANISTS MUS 202 1
The resident pianist trains pianists to accompany instrumentalists and singers. Each student is attached to a singer or instrumentalist for their lessons and for performance.
VOCAL TECHNIQUES(NON VOICE MAJORS) MUS 203 1
Non Voice Majors can prepare to take higher grade voice practical examinations.
INSTRUMENTAL/VOCAL ARRANGING MUS 205 1
Students learn the techniques of resetting music for different ensembles than the original composition. The course will cover simplification of music and transposition.
COMPOSITION MUS 206 1
Students will learn composition for vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. As an extension of the courses in Harmony, composition gives purpose to the study of the techniques used by early composers. Students will have specific topics for composition. During the Composer’s Seminar students’, work will be performed and evaluated by a composer from the University.
MUSIC METHODOLOGY MUS 207 1
This course will instruct students on the handling of a music class in primary and secondary schools. Students will be given materials useful for each age level. Students will have part of the term practice teaching on the primary and secondary level. This course also covers studio teaching of private students on an individual basis.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY MUS 208 1
This is a course that gives students the ability to use the latest music software and the MIDI techniques now in use in 21St century music composition, editing and recording studio procedures.
FORM AND ANALYSIS MUS 210 1

This is a study that extends the lessons learned in harmony and music history giving the student the ability to understand and organize music. This course will help the study of subjects such as Conducting, Arranging and Composition.The credits determine the length of time in class each week.

Students must take a minimum of 15 credits for each 12 weeks term. An extra 3 credits are added in 3rd term for the recitals mark. Each student must have at least 1 elective each term.

VOCAL ENSEMBLES MUS 213 1
Male and female small a cappella singing ensembles are made up of students of all majors. The separate ensembles join together to perform classic unaccompanied vocal music.
JAZZ MUS 214 1
Students gain techniques in jazz improvising through listening and personal experimentation. They form jazz groups and perform jazz standards adding their own personal touch.
OPERA MUS 215 1
Each term a specific opera is studied in depth and scenes from that opera are performed on stage. Students also perform short operas in full and in the original language.
GUITAR MUS 216 1
Beginning guitar technique for accompanying and elementary solo performance.
PIANO TECHNOLOGY(TUNING & REPAIR) MUS 210 1
Students are taught techniques of tuning a piano and making simple repairs
AFRICAN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC MUS 217 1
Students are introduced to local instrument such as talking drum, bate drums, local xylophone and kora. They give master class and chamber music class performances

Graduation Requirements

The MUSON School of Music has three 12 week terms. Each student must accumulate at least 96 credits over the six terms in the school combining compulsory courses and elective courses. Students must also pass at least graded 7 theory and grade 7 practical examinations of ABRSM or MUSON examination board.

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