Functional Piano Skills (SMT 100)

Development of piano repertoire for use with various special populations. Focus on tailoring musical skills to musical styles widely used in music therapy. Practical experience in leading group music, as well as stylistic use of the voice. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Introduction to Music Therapy (SMT 105)

Course provides an overview of the music therapy profession, including history, treatment process, research, current state of the profession, and future trends. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Functional Guitar Skills (SMT 110)

Development of guitar repertoire for use with various special populations. Focus on tailoring musical skills to musical styles widely used in music therapy. Practical experience in leading group music, as well as stylistic use of the voice. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

The Psychology of Music (SMT 120)

Study of psychological and physiological effects of music. Covers the science of music including psychoacoustics and how music is processed; functional uses of music in society; aesthetics and affect; music and personality; and analysis of psychological implications of musical properties (rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, tempo, voice, instrument). Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Music Strategies/Inclusion I (SMT 215)

Course provides an overview of the characteristics, development, and abilities of children and adolescents with diverse needs, both in educational and therapy settings. Strategies for adaptation and accommodation in and through music are explored, and approaches to management of the classroom and therapy setting are addressed. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Music Strategies/Inclusion II (SMT 220)

Course provides an overview of the characteristics, development, and abilities of adults with diverse needs in therapy settings. Strategies for adaptation and accommodation in and through music are explored, and approaches to management of the therapy setting are addressed. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Receptive Techniques in MT (SMT 305)

Explores existing music therapy receptive techniques, including song communication, lyric analysis, music and imagery, music and biofeedback, music and relaxation, and music listening. This course provides the student with first experiencing the technique, then designing and facilitating. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Recreative Techniques in MT (SMT 315)

Explores existing music therapy recreative techniques, including group singing, performance, structured rhythm activities, Orff, movement to music activities, song teaching, conducting, and therapeutic music lessons. This course provides the student with first experiencing the technique, then designing and facilitating. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Creative Techniques in MT (SMT 320)

Explores existing music therapy creative techniques including instrumental improvisation, vocal improvisation, movement improvisation to music, songwriting, clinical drum circle, and art and music experiences. This course provides the student with first experiencing the technique, then designing and facilitating. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Multicultural Music Therapy (SMT 415)

An examination of the multicultural needs of music therapy clients, with emphasis given to the acquisition of skills in ethnic musical forms, as well as a working knowledge of the impact of multicultural identity and music. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Clinical Practicum in Music Therapy (SMT 420)

45 hours of observation and participation in clinical setting. Weekly supervision with board-certified music therapist to discuss professional and clinical issues, as well as problem-solving with peer group. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Prerequisites: SMT105 and SMT120. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

5 Credits.

Special Topics in MT (SMT 425)

Deals with special topics determined by recent trends and developments in the field of music therapy which delineate attention for current practice. May include music in hospice/palliative care; use of songs in psychotherapy; or feminist perspectives in music therapy. Prerequisite: SMT305. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Internship in Music Therapy (SMT 430)

Six-month (1040 hours) internship at AMTA-approved clinical training site. This may take place at any approved facility in the United States. Fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. 2-4 credits.

1 Credit.

Class Guitar I (SMU 126)

Provides basic guitar instruction. Non-music majors must demonstrate basic music reading knowledge or take SMU127 as a pre- or co-requisite. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Class Voice I (SMU 129)

Instruction in the basic techniques of vocal production for non-voice and non-music majors. Non-music majors must demonstrate basic music reading knowledge or take SMU127 as a pre- or co-requisite. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

Percussion Methods (SMU 136)

Section 01 provides an introduction for music education majors to the skills to model and work effectively with students on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments in individual and ensemble settings. Section 02 provides an introduction to music therapy majors of the fundamentals of using percussion instruments in therapeutic settings with a variety of populations. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Diction I (SMU 139)

Beginning instruction in lyric diction for singers. Covers the International Phonetic Alphabet and the basics of Italian Diction. Prerequisite: SMU341. Fall semester. 1 credit.

Harmony I (SMU 160)

The written study of scales, intervals, rhythms, triads, and their uses in four-voiced progressions. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory I (SMU 161)

The study of music theory through critical listening and performance. Emphasis on aural skill and sight singing development through solfeggio, rhythmic patterns, and the identification of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic content through listening, identification, and dictation. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony II (SMU 162)

Continuation of SMU160. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU160. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory II (SMU 163)

Continuation of SMU161. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU161. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Keyboard Strategies 3 (SMU 205)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with early intermediate keyboard experience, this course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level II in the major. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 4 (SMU 206)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with early intermediate keyboard experience, this course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level II in the major. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Class Guitar II (SMU 226)

Continuation of SMU126. Course is designed to lead students to develop the guitar skills necessary to pass the proficiency examination in guitar for the music therapy major. Prerequisite: SMU126. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Harmony III (SMU 260)

A study of increasingly complex and chromatic harmonic practices including 20th century theory and a study of the primary trends including atonal, neoclassical, serial, and chance techniques. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU162. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory III (SMU 261)

Continuation of SMU163 with emphasis on increasingly complex melodies, rhythmic, and harmonic material. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU163. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony IV (SMU 262)

Continuation of SMU260. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU260. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory IV (SMU 263)

Continuation of SMU261. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU261. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from 1750 to Present (SMU 270)

Surveys pre-classical, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles in Western music with an emphasis on listening and music research. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Survey of Music Literature (SMU 271)

An introduction to the history of Western music. Emphasis on music of the high baroque and modern eras as well as listening. Serves as prerequisite to SMU272 for music majors. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from Antiquity to 1750 (SMU 272)

Surveys musical styles of the ancient world, chant, early polyphony, the Renaissance, and the Baroque with an emphasis on listening and music research. Fall semester. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Choral Conducting (SMU 334)

Covers the basic elements of choral conducting, including physical components of conducting as well as rehearsal technique, ensemble tone, score study, selecting repertoire, and choral curriculum. Prerequisite: SMU325. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Instrumental Conducting (SMU 335)

Instruction in conducting of instrumental ensembles, including score preparation and analysis, rehearsal strategies, baton technique, and lab experience. Prerequisites: SMU261, SMU262, and SMU325. Spring semester. 2 credits.

Orchestration (SMU 362)

The application of the principles of instrumentation, ranges, transposition, and voicing. Includes techniques of arranging for various small and large ensembles. Prerequisites: SMU262 and SMU263. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music Forum (SMU 416)

A professional development course for music majors. Course content includes self-assessment of integrated learning objectives and degree and program requirements, student recital performance, recital and concert attendance, and current topics in the field, such as effective practice/performance strategies, health and wellness, career exploration, entrepreneurial skills, service to the profession, and professional performance practice. Fall and spring semesters. 0 credits. Pass/Fail only.

Nutrition for Life (SNT 160)

Introductory study of nutrition principles and their relationship to health. Discussion of topics such as vegetarianism, dieting, and eating disorders. Laboratory experiences investigating nutritional content of food and related topics. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall, spring, and summer and ADP Session 1. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Introductory Psychology (SPY 110)

An introduction to the history, concepts, principles, and problems of modern psychology including experiential study. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Lifespan Development (SPY 223)

An introductory study of the biological, cognitive, and social dimensions of development from conception to death. Designed especially for students in the physician assistant program or pursuing careers in health care. For non-majors and minors only. Spring semester. 3 credits.

Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)

Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)

Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

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