Applied private music lessons with the faculty are offered on a select basis for non-majors dependent on availability. Some studios have more room than others. Please check with the area coordinator of the desired instrument/voice to see if non-major lessons are offered.
These classes have been taught in the School of Music. Please check MyZou for specific times and semesters that they are offered. They are not all offered every semester.
Fundamentals of Music I*
Introduction to rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural elements of music.
Songwriting and Beat Making*
Introductory course into the world of creating music that starts from the very beginnings of melody, harmony, and form to a finished, recorded product ready to be released.
Experiencing Music Through Concert Attendance*
Development of music listening skills through concert attendance, reading and class attendance.
Beginning Piano class
Piano instruction in a group setting designed for non-music majors with little or no piano experience.
Elementary Folk Guitar Class
Teaching correct hand position, strum patterns, and chords needed for accompaniment of popular and folk songs.
Development of musicianship through music reading, playing, creating, and perceptive listening, including study of pitch, rhythm, structure, style, expressive and interpretive elements, and related vocabulary.
Voice Class I
Fundamentals of singing: posture, breath support, control, vocalization, concepts of tone quality, placement and resonance. Literature selected for students with no previous vocal training. Adapted to needs of drama and other interdisciplinary students.
Masterpieces of Western Music*
MUSIC_NM 1310 Sec. 1
Introduction to the Western fine-art tradition through the study of representative masterworks, emphasis on developing listening skills; directed to non-majors.
Jazz, Pop, and Rock*
Historical introduction to jazz (to approximately 1970) and the American popular song, including rock and roll (to approximately 1980).
Introduction to World Music*
Introduction to the musical traditions of selected non-Western societies; emphasis on developing listening skills.
Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles*
An introduction to music from the late Baroque to the present day, including fine art, folk, and popular music. Designed to serve as a foundation for developing knowledge and skills of musical perception that will eventually lead to thoughtful written commentary on musical performances. Graded on A-F basis only.
Career Development for Musicians
Examination of professional opportunities available in the Creative Economy; development of a framework for career planning, professional portfolio, and personal business plan. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and instructor's consent.
Arts Industry Survey
In-depth survey of the commercial arts industry world, with emphasis on career opportunities within the recording, performing, music retail, and music management sectors. Prerequisites: MUS_GENL 4510 and sophomore standing.
Non-Profit Management in the Arts
Introduction to management strategy and its application within the not-for-profit arts sector. Prerequisites: MUS_GENL 4510, sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
Community Engagement in the Arts
Introduction to community-based arts and their relationship to personal branding in the non-profit arts sector.
*Satisfies the humanities requirement.