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Table of Contents: 2013-2014 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities 1.09 Resources and Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections

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4.17 Music (MUS)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.

Applied Music Lessons - Lessons may be taken in a number of areas: piano, voice, and organ (all levels) as well as fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and bass. When feasible, weekly small-group instruction is combined with performance opportunities. Emphasis is placed on performing skills, musical analysis, and aesthetic awareness. An extra $50 fee per credit is charged for applied music lessons. With departmental pre-approval, students taking other applied music lessons (percussion, band/orchestra instruments, etc.) with private instructors are eligible to receive academic credit. See Department Chair for more information.


MUS 103 - Chapel Choir 1cr

This course is open to all members of the Warren Wilson community as well as to interested members of the larger community. Weekly rehearsals are planned to help members develop vocal, ensemble, and musical skills, and to prepare music for Sunday worship services for which this group frequently provides leadership. No audition is required. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 105 - College Choir 1cr

The College Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble devoted to the performance of a variety of musical styles. This ensemble is for students who seek the opportunity to perform at the college level with members who represent a wide variety of academic majors. Alumni of the College and community members are welcome to participate as well. The repertoire includes a variety of works, both sacred and secular, from various countries, languages, and historical periods. The College Choir performs at various on-campus and off-campus events. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 110 - Music Appreciation 4cr

An introduction to Western art music from its beginnings to the present, this course helps students develop skills in listening to music. Common musical forms such as the sonata, concerto, fugue, and others will be discussed and heard through audio/visual presentations. No previous music experience is necessary.


MUS 112 - Music Cultures of the World 4cr

This course uses music as a lens through which students examine different cultures around the globe. Students explore music as a functional activity in people's lives, as a reflection of gender and other identity issues, and as a form of artistic expression. Through enhanced listening skills and contextual analysis, students develop a framework for understanding the meaning and significance of music in various societies, including their own.

Language/Global Issues


MUS 120 - Beginning Music Theory 2cr

This course introduces students to the basic elements of music theory beginning with reading lines and spaces, note values, major and minor scales, chords and harmony. Beginning Music Theory is required of all students interested in further studies in music, including Applied music instruction. Students with previous music experience may elect to take a placement examination if they feel their background is sufficient.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 122 - Applied Bass 1cr

This course is designed to prepare bass students for professional work one or more of the following areas: classical music, jazz, traditional music, and other popular music styles. It develops fundamental abilities, principals, competencies, and concepts, helping students gain an increased repertoire of standard literature or tunes and improvement in the skills necessary for successful bass performance. Such skills may include standard notation reading, bass line construction, improvisation, and technique. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 127 - Jazz Ensemble 1cr

Each semester, the Jazz Ensemble explores music from different jazz styles (i.e. Swing, Dixieland, and Latin Jazz), and gives public performances of works learned. This ensemble is open to all Warren Wilson College students, staff, and faculty. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is expected for the group to successfully attain excellence in collaboration and performance. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: Ensemble members must demonstrate command of their instruments.


MUS 130 - Applied Piano 1cr

Students with past keyboard experience may take this course. Literature appropriate to each student's ability is chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. Jazz, Ragtime, or other suitable contemporary compositions are included as a part of every student's study. This course focuses on helping students develop their technique, and their ability to play expressively, and it fosters an understanding and an appreciation of the differences in the styles from each music period. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 134 - Beginning Voice 2cr

In this course, students learn basic concepts of producing good sound including proper breath management, good diction, and developing the full range of the voice. The opportunity to sing for and listen to colleagues is an important aspect of the class.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 135 - Applied Voice 1cr

Students with prior vocal training may take this course. It focuses on development of the student's technical and artistic skills through lessons, practice, performance, listening, and concert attendance. The repertoire is selected from classical vocal literature appropriate to the student's level of proficiency; musical theatre and operetta selections may also be assigned. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 137 - Applied Organ 1cr

This course is for students with a strong background in piano who are interested in learning to play the organ. Beginning organ students study keyboard and pedal techniques and hymn playing. Upper level students study compositions of diverse styles and periods. Performance opportunities include recitals, chapel services, and convocations. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 140 - Old-Time Fiddle I 1cr

This course for beginning fiddlers is an introduction to the traditions of southern old-time fiddling. Students will learn the basics of tuning, fingering, and simple bowing patterns as well as open-string drones and double-stops. The class will focus on a basic repertoire of standard old-time southern dance tunes, in cross-tuning, as well as standard tuning, taught mostly by ear. This course will be designed to accommodate those with prior classical training as well as those who are new to the instrument.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 141 - Old-Time Fiddle II 1cr

This course, a continuation of Old-Time Fiddle I, is for advanced-beginner and intermediate fiddlers, as well as students who have had classical violin training. The focus of the class will be on traditional tunes and songs from the southern old-time fiddle repertoire. Students will learn tunes, mostly by ear, in the various traditional cross-tunings as well as standard tuning. Basic bowing patterns and the use of open-string drones and double-stops characteristic of southern old-time fiddling will also be explored. It is assumed that students know basic fingering and scales.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 140 Old-Time Fiddle I or permission of instructor.


MUS 142 - Mandolin 1cr

This course is an introduction to the mandolin for beginners. Students will learn simple scales, basic chords, and some old-time or bluegrass tunes and songs, as well as how to play backup to other instruments or vocalists.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 155 - Appalachian Flatfooting and Clogging 1 cr

In this course, students learn the basics of Appalachian flatfooting and clogging, the traditional step dances of the Appalachian region. They also learn about the traditions of team clogging and have the opportunity to create a clogging group for performance. Through assigned readings, documentary videos, and possible visits to regional dance venues, students gain an understanding of the roots and history of these traditional dance forms and their role in Appalachian community, past and present. Although prior dance knowledge is welcome, it is not a prerequisite for the course.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 156 - Appalachian Square Dance 1 cr

This course, open to dancers of all levels, focuses on the traditional square dances of the southern Appalachian region. Students learn these dances and gain an understanding of their roots and history as well as their role in the Appalachian community, past and present. Contra dances, reels, and other dance forms that have influenced the southern dance tradition will also be examined. Students who wish to (not required) learn how to call dance figures. Although prior dance experience is welcome, it is not a prerequisite for this class.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 157 - Beginning String Band 1cr

In this course for intermediate players with knowledge of basic chords and/or Appalachian repertoire, students learn how to play as an ensemble and create a band with opportunities to perform on campus for dances and other community events. Through the classic Southern Appalachian string band repertoire, the class explores rhythm, arrangements, lead and harmony singing, performance dynamics, and various possibilities of instrumental combinations. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: Some proficiency on an appropriate stringed instrument.


MUS 161 - Guitar I: Beginning Folk Guitar 1cr

In this introductory course, students learn the basics of acoustic guitar playing, including tuning, chords, strumming patterns, and picking out melodies. Repertoire is drawn from a variety of styles including folk, country, bluegrass, old-time, blues, and popular music.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 162 - Guitar II: Flatpicking and Fingerpicking 1cr

This intermediate level course is for students who have taken MUS 161 Guitar I: Beginning Folk Guitar (or have prior experience) and are comfortable with basic guitar chords and technique. Students learn traditional fingerpicking styles as well as basic bluegrass flatpicking technique.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 161 Guitar I: Beginning Folk Guitar or permission of instructor.


MUS 164 - Old-Time Banjo 1cr

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques of clawhammer-style old-time banjo. Students will learn a variety of banjo tunes and songs using several different traditional tunings. No experience with the banjo is required.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 165 - Bluegrass Banjo 1cr

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques of clawhammer-style old-time banjo. Students will learn a variety of banjo tunes and songs using several different traditional tunings. No experience with the banjo is required.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 169 - Old-Time Singing 1cr

Drawing from the rich vocal traditions of rural southern music, students in this course learn to sing a wide variety of old-time songs including ballads and folksongs, minstrel songs, sentimental parlor songs, bluegrass, old-time, and gospel songs. Students also learn to sing harmony as well as melody.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 176 - Gamelan Ensemble 1cr

Gamelan is a traditional instrumental ensemble of Indonesia that includes many metal percussion instruments. This ensemble is an introduction to Indonesian gamelan performance, and focuses on Central Javanese style or Sundanese (degung). While auditions are not required, students must demonstrate competence in musical ability. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 180 - Appalachian Ballads and Folk Songs 1cr

This course is an introduction to the unaccompanied ballad and folk song traditions of Appalachia. Students will learn Appalachian versions of British ballads that were brought to the southern Appalachians at the end of the 18th century as well as 19th century ballads that are native to America. In addition to singing, students will learn about the history of the ballads, their cultural context in Appalachia, and the ballad collectors ("songcatchers") who came to the region in the early 20th century.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression


MUS 201 - Applied Music Theory 2cr

This course continues where MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory leaves off, then focuses on conventional theory of Western music. Beginning with chords and their inversions, this course continues with chord progressions, Roman numeral analysis, harmonic analysis, voice leading in 4-part writing, figured bass, non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants, and modulation.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 202 - Applied Music Theory for Traditional Musicians 2cr

This course is an introduction to music theory as applicable to the traditional vernacular music of North America, with a focus on the music traditions of the southern Appalachian region. Such traditions include old time music, bluegrass, country music, and gospel music. Students explore relevant aural skills and examine intervals, chord construction, scales, and modes with respect to their uses in traditional music. In addition, the course introduces the Nashville Number System, including concepts of simple chart writing and transposition. The course also covers practical applications of its content in traditional vocal and/or instrumental performance settings.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 109 Intro. to Music or MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 209 - Theory/Improvisation 4cr

This course helps students develop their improvisation skills. Students study the scales, chords, and progressions that are the basic elements jazz musicians use to improvise. By using the traditional blues and jazz forms for structure, students learn how to develop their spontaneous ideas into a logical musical statement and a meaningful improvisation.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory or permission of instructor.


MUS 211 - American Vernacular Music 4cr

This course examines America's rich tapestry of vernacular music from the perspective of one particular tradition or genre. Proceeding from a topical approach, the course may focus on such areas as bluegrass music history, American folk music festivals, Appalachian sacred music traditions, the history of the blues, or another relevant topic. As a result, students become familiar with important issues surrounding the creation, perception, and idea of a particular tradition or genre within American vernacular music. They also gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of America's cultural history and its connections with music.


MUS 232 - Appalachian Music and Dance 4cr

This course explores the music and dance traditions of the southern Appalachian region by tracing their historical development from their Scots-Irish and African folk roots to the present day. Topics include ballads and folk songs, sacred singing, dance music, early hillbilly recordings and radio, the folk music revival and contemporary old-time music, bluegrass and early country music, buckdancing, clogging, and square dancing. Although musicians are welcome, musicianship is not a prerequisite for this class.


MUS 240 - Applied Traditional Music: Fiddle 1cr

This course offers students with prior experience in traditional music the opportunity to advance their musical technique through weekly individual lessons in fiddle (old-time or bluegrass). In addition to technique, students learn relevant music theory, develop the ability to play expressively, and gain a better understanding and awareness of the musical traditions, history, and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. Repertoire appropriate to each student's individual ability is selected from the traditional old-time or bluegrass canon, and students perform in a juried recital at the end of the semester. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Artistic Expression

prerequisite: Prior experience on the fiddle and permission of instructor.


MUS 242 - Applied Traditional Music: Mandolin 1cr

This course offers students with prior experience in traditional music the opportunity to advance their musical technique through weekly individual lessons in mandolin. In addition to technique, students learn relevant music theory, develop the ability to play expressively, and gain a better understanding and awareness of the musical traditions, history, and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. Repertoire appropriate to each student's individual ability is selected from the traditional old-time or bluegrass canon, and students perform in a juried recital at the end of the semester. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Artistic Expression

prerequisite: Prior experience on the mandolin and permission of instructor.


MUS 253 - Latin Music 4cr

Latin music is everywhere. Its distinctive styles are enjoyed and danced to throughout the world; its elements are prevalent in jazz, rock, hip hop and commercial music. This course traces the African and Spanish components that are an integral part of the music. It focuses on significant styles and countries of origin: Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Students look at the music within its cultural and social framework and examine other musical genres it has influenced. Two weeks of this course are be taught together with ANT 315 Dance, Culture, and Identity, giving it an interdisciplinary lens.


MUS 257 - Old-Time String Band 1cr

This course is for musicians who are proficient on a traditional Appalachian instrument and have already had some experience playing as part of an ensemble. Students work together to form an old-time band that is capable of playing for dances or other performances both on and off campus. Topics include repertoire, arrangements, starting and endings, tempo, rhythm, lead, back-up, chord choices, singing, dynamics, how to achieve a cohesive band sound, and performance for dances and concerts. Students meet once each week with the professor for guidance and feedback and once every week as a group (on their own) for a band practice. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: Proficiency on an appropriate stringed instrument and permission of instructor.


MUS 261 - Applied Traditional Music: Guitar 1cr

This course offers students with prior experience in traditional music the opportunity to advance their musical technique through weekly individual lessons in acoustic guitar. In addition to technique, students learn relevant music theory, develop the ability to play expressively, and gain a better understanding and awareness of the musical traditions, history, and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. Repertoire appropriate to each student's individual ability is selected from the traditional old-time or bluegrass canon, and students perform in a juried recital at the end of the semester. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Artistic Expression

prerequisite: Prior experience on the acoustic guitar and permission of instructor.


MUS 264 - Applied Traditional Music: Banjo 1cr

This course offers students with prior experience in traditional music the opportunity to advance their musical technique through weekly individual lessons in banjo (old-time or bluegrass). In addition to technique, students learn relevant music theory, develop the ability to play expressively, and gain a better understanding and awareness of the musical traditions, history, and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. Repertoire appropriate to each student's individual ability is selected from the traditional old-time or bluegrass canon, and students perform in a juried recital at the end of the semester. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Artistic Expression

prerequisite: Prior experience on the banjo and permission of instructor.


MUS 271 - Bluegrass Band 1cr

This course is for musicians who are proficient on a traditional bluegrass instrument and have already had some experience playing as part of an ensemble. Students work together to form a bluegrass band that is capable of playing for dances or other performances both on and off campus. Topics include repertoire, arrangements, starting and endings, temp, rhythm, lead, back-up, chord choices, singing, dynamics, how to achieve a cohesive band sound, and performance for dances and concerts. Students meet once each week with the professor for guidance and feedback and once every week as a group (on their own) for a band practice. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: Proficiency on an appropriate stringed instrument and permission of instructor.


MUS/THR 280 - Opera as Drama 4cr

This course introduces students to the world of opera and emphasizes the dramatic and musical aspects. Students study selected operas from various periods of history, including comic and serious operas, and analyze complete operas by discussing the libretto and the musical score. Students are expected to spend additional time outside of class to view videos of opera performances.

prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


MUS 286 - Jazz Appreciation 4cr

Jazz originated, developed, and evolved in the United States; it is a significant American contribution to the world of music. Like any great music, it has progressed through distinguishable periods and introduced outstanding musicians to society and the world. In this course, students study the history of jazz by tracing its emergence at the turn of the twentieth century, through the proliferation of styles current today. Through assigned readings, listening to recordings, watching videotaped performances, and attending live concerts, understanding and appreciation of swing, bebop, cool, and free jazz will be fostered.


MUS 389 - Traditions of Work and Music in the Southern Mountains 4cr

What's a gandy dancer? Which side are you on? And why did Gastonia Gallop? Such questions beg an examination of the ways work and music are bound together in modern Appalachian culture, and this course examines those connections while investigating intersections of musical and social history in this region. Students focus on three main themes: work music, music about work, and music as work. The entire class also completes service-learning components at area music events.

Prerequisites: MUS 112 Music Cultures of the World or GBL 125 Intro. to Appalachian Studies or MUS 232 Appalachian Music and Dance or permission of instructor.


MUS 485 - Music Practicum 1cr

A senior music student may design a practicum that culminates his or her course of study in a selected area of specialization. The practicum is an in-depth application of some area of musical study, research, performance, instruction, composition, or some combination of these elements. Students must submit an application in advance to the Music Department.

Prerequisites: Senior standing, Music minor. Permission of supervising staff member and music department chair.

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.