Music General (MUGN)

Major Courses

MUGN M100 Italian Diction and Repertoire 1 cr.

This course is designed for singers and covers the basics of Italian pronunciation, including the International Phonetic Alphabet. It develops the student’s ability to sing convincingly in Italian.

MUGN M105 Music Industry Musicianship 2 crs.

Designed for future music industry professionals with limited musical background, this course covers a basic knowledge of music necessary to work effectively with musicians. Included are basic music terminology, an understanding of the nature of creativity, reading of lead sheets and chord symbols, and listening skills development. This course is for students in the Bachelor of Science track, Music Industry Studies.

MUGN M115 Introduction to Music Technology 3 crs.

A systematic look at music technology. Topics discussed include: computer hardware, software and operating systems, computer assisted instruction, digital audio workstations, recording, sequencing, sampling and syntheses, MIDI, networking, and multimedia authoring systems.

This course has a lab fee associated with it. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M200 French Diction and Repertoire I 1 cr.

This course is designed for singers and covers the basics of French pronunciation, including the International Phonetic Alphabet.

MUGN M201 French Diction and Repertoire II 1 cr.

This course continues to develop the students’ ability to sing convincingly in French.

Prerequisite: MUGN M200

MUGN M225 Digital Audio Production 3 crs.

An in-depth examination of the principles and applications of digital audio in today’s recording and interactive media industries. Topics discussed include: digital audio fundamentals, recording and reproduction systems, computer and hardware based recording and editing, and audio for CD and other media applications.

Prerequisite: MUGN M115

This course has a lab fee associated with it. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M230 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 3 crs.

An introduction to the practical aspects of developing the three basic types of films: documentaries, performance, and conceptual.

This course has a lab fee associated with it. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M260 Internet Technologies I 3 crs.

A systematic and functional study of new media technologies dominating the music industry. Emphasis is placed on web design appropriate for promotion of artists and performing groups, including electronic portfolios. Students will gain a full knowledge of HTML/image editing and streaming audio as well as synchronized multimedia presentations. Also included will be an introduction to video streaming and basic animation techniques.

Prerequisite: MUGN M115

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M300 German Diction and Repertoire I 1 cr.

This course for singers, required for music education and vocal performance majors, covers the basics of German pronunciation, including the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. An accompanist is present, and each student works with the professor on two German lieder by such composers as Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, etc. The student prepares the songs for performance, with emphasis on well sung and articulated German, and communicating the meaning of the text. Offered in the fall only.

MUGN M301 German Diction and Repertoire II 1 cr.

This course for singers continues to develop the students’ ability to sing convincingly in German.

Prerequisite: MUGN M300

MUGN M325 Tech Topics 3 crs.

MUGN M355 Recording Studio Techniques 2 crs.

Studio recording techniques is an in-depth study of the techniques and methods used to produce recordings in the studio, including microphone placement, pre-amps, recording consoles and all outboard equipment.

Prerequisites: MUGN M115, MUGN M250

This course has a lab fee associated with it. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M360 Live Sound Production 3 crs.

Live Sound Production is an in-depth stuff of the practice and techniques for providing live sound reinforcement for concert events. Topics will cover a wide range of technical and non-technical issues including law, electronics, physics and business. The course also showcases new technology developments when appropriate.

Prerequisites: MUGN M350, LGST B205

MUGN M406 Psychology of Music 3 crs.

This course will provide a general introduction to a wide variety of related topics within the psychology of music. Topics will include connections between philosophy and music psychology, the basis for human musicality and musical behaviors from around the world, acoustics, hearing, psychoacoustics, music cognition, the brain, music perception, bodily responses, and emotional responses to music. The class will explore what it means to be a musical person through the examination of literature on music performance skills, the shaping of musical self-identity, music learning, how music plays a significant role in health, and music in a variety of social contexts.

MUGN M408 Internet Technologies II 2 crs.

An in-depth exploration of the technologies behind the distribution and promotion of digital media on the web. Existing platforms will be discussed, as well as programming techniques related to media streaming, web commerce, database management, and related concepts. Students will apply knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, and MySql to create interactive, media-rich web pages.

Prerequisite: MUGN M260

This course has a lab fee associated with it. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M420 Senior Project 3 crs.

An exhaustive inquiry into a single topic chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty member who will supervise and evaluate the project.

Prerequisite: By permission of instructor only

MUGN M425 Video Editing 3 crs.

A basic introduction into the theoretical and practical aspects of video editing, including the use of Final Cut Pro, Avid, and other editing platforms.

Prerequisite: MUGN M230

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

MUGN M430 Video Writing/Directing 3 crs.

An intensive practical experience of writing and directing for film, video, and the new media.

Prerequisite: MUGN M415

MUGN M435 Film Scoring 3 crs.

This course provides students with an overview of film and TV scoring, focusing on both composition and music supervision. The following topics will be addressed: a film’s “music team” (director, producer, music supervisor, film editor, composer) and the respective roles of each will be discussed; the general functions of music in film and TV; budgeting for music; “temp scores; music licensing (master and sync), spotting a film; general vocabulary of the industry; the “tools” used by composers. Students will work with each other in creative teams to “score” scenes from projects.

Prerequisites: MUTH M203, MUGN M105

MUGN M437 Audio for Film and Television 3 crs.

A practical survey of audio recording, editing and mixing for film, television and other distribution mediums. Topics include project supervision and coordination, recording techniques, sound editing and mixing, room acoustics, media management, and post production workflows.

Prerequisites: MUGN M225 or MUGN M350

MUGN M440 Production of Recorded Music 3 crs.

This course touches on the aspects of preproduction, production and postproduction of a recorded music, including the relevant business, technical, legal, financial, human, and creative issues. Students will produce several audio recording projects during the semester.

Prerequisites: MUGN M225 or MUGN M350

MUGN M499 Independent Study Credits Vary

A student may apply for an independent study only in the following two cases: the student needs a course for graduation which is not presently being offered, or the student desires to study a topic(s) not covered in courses offered by the college. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required in order to be eligible to enroll in independent study. In general, students applying for independent study should possess at least junior standing. Exceptions must be discussed with and approved by the associate dean. Students must also complete a formal application prior to registration and obtain approval from the desired tenured instructor and the associate dean. 

Introductory Common Curriculum

MUGN T121 First-Year Seminar 3 crs.

Introductory Common Curriculum

The gateway course to the Common Curriculum is the First-Year Seminar (FYS). This issues-based, interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to college-level thinking and learning as well as Jesuit values at the core of a Loyola education. This FYS has a specific topic within the scope of Music. A full list of currently offered FYS courses can be found on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system.

Advanced Common Curriculum

MUGN U202 Music and the Human Experience 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Diversity

Service Learning Required

This course encourages students to develop a new and different way of speaking and thinking about music and its relevancy to all cultures; hence, this course draws upon music from the Western “classical” tradition as well as from various areas throughout the world. In framing the course from the perspective of the West, our study will not simply compare and contrast the world’s musical cultures with our own, but will further encourage us to reflect on the values, traditions, and ideologies that engender musical experience in the West, both past and present. Thus, tradition and history—two of the strongest cultural agencies that condition the Western musical experience—will serve as a kind of “vantage point” through which we will interpret the cultural practice of music within a variety of global contexts.

MUGN U204 Women in Music 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Diversity

Women in Music examines the role of women in music and musical life of the past and present, primarily in the West. It examines contributions of specific individuals and explores the role of gender in the creation, transmission, and reception of music. The portrayal of women on the stage, in writings about music, in music compositions, and in the media also will be discussed.

MUGN U206 Music and Art in the Middle Ages and Renaissance 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Premodern

This course will examine intersections between music and the visual arts during the middle ages and the early modern period, focusing on selected cultural moments such as the court of Charlemagne c. 800, the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris c. 1200, and Florence in the fifteenth centuries.

MUGN U268 Exploring Western Art Music 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Pre-Modern

This course focuses on developing active listening skills and understanding how music reflects the arts and ideas of its time. If instructor interest and expertise permits, jazz, world musics, and/or popular music may be studied, but the course concentrates on music of the Western art tradition between c. 800 CE and the present.

Not available to students enrolled in the degree program of  Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Arts in Music

MUGN U271 Medieval Music and Mysticism 3 crs.

RAC: Catholic Traditions

This course uses the twelfth-century abbess, composer, and visionary Hildegard of Bingen as a point of entry to the world of the high middle ages. Topics to be considered may include aspects of history, music, liturgy, drama, literacy and education, gender roles, science and medicine, mysticism, monastic organization, and manuscript production.

MUGN V208 Song of the South 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

The south continues to maintain a distinctive set of musical and cultural identities. The various notions of the “South,” however, create a complicated (and often troubled) relationship with those outside of the region. By contextualizing and exploring the diverse musical and media landscapes created within and about the south, and using the New Orleans musical soundscape as a vantage point, this course hopes to work through various understandings of southern identity and the musical sounds that have critically defined crucial aspects of the southern story.

MUGN V244  History of American Popular Music  3 crs. 

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts & Cultures
RAC: Diversity

This course is a comprehensive study of the history of American popular music, dating from the minstrel of the nineteenth century to the MP3 and Internet. The sources of popular music, listening, music identity, technology, and the history of the music business are components of this course.

Prerequisite:  ENGL T122 or equivalent.
This course is not available to students who are enrolled in the degree program of Bachelor of Music.

MUGN V246  History of New Orleans Music  3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts & Cultures

This course is a comprehensive study of the history of New Orleans music, dating from the nineteenth century music in Congo Square and opera to the present-­‐day musicians of rhythm-­‐and-­‐blues, rock, jazz and rap. The sources of the music, listening, music identity, social and racial influences, and the history of the music business in New Orleans are components of this course.

Prerequisite:  ENGL T122 or equivalent

MUGN V272 Jazz in American Culture 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course covers the basic elements and style periods of jazz and how they reflect the culture of America.

MUGN V274 World Music 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Diversity

This class aims to broaden students’ knowledge of world cultures through an appreciation of their music and the multiple roles that music plays in people’s cultural lives. Throughout the course there is an interest in music as sound, but also as tied to aspects of identity, to migration and global social processes, to personal and community memory, to politics and power, and to other aspects.