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Music Performance Courses

ADVANCED SIGHT SINGING
FAM 1111 – 54095 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3:35-4:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Area: FA Fine Arts
The appreciation of music is enhanced by a deeper knowledge of musical materials and structures. This introductory course will be singing-based, using solfege to develop aural skills through musical recognition and performance, with an emphasis on diatonic music. You will learn to read and perform rhythms as well as recognize what you hear and perform music without the aid of external help, other than a tuning fork, i.e. sign at sight. The skills learned in this course will provide basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.
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BEARCAT PEP BAND
ENSM 2072 – 49757:
(TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts
An ensemble consisting of wind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists that presents pre-game, half-time and post-game musical performances at all home basketball games and selected away games. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals and numerous musical styles.
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BEARCAT CONCERT BAND
ENS 2073 – 49758: (Tuesday 6:30-9:10 p.m.)
ENS 2073 – 49760: (Thursday 6:30-9:10 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts
An ensemble consisting of wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists that presents musical performances on the UC campus and selected venues. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals and numerous musical styles.
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BEARCAT JAZZ BAND 1
ENSM 2074 – 51880: (Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts
An ensemble consisting of wind, brass and rhythm section instrumentalists that presents musical performances on the UC campus and selected venues. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals, elements of jazz interpretation and improvisation and numerous jazz styles including swing era, bebop, mainstream, Latin and jazz/rock fusion.
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BEARCAT JAZZ BAND II
ENSM 2075 – 51881: (Monday 5-6:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts
An ensemble consisting of wind, brass and rhythm section instrumentalists that presents musical performances on the UC campus and selected venues. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals, elements of jazz interpretation and improvisation and numerous jazz styles including swing era, bebop, mainstream, Latin and jazz/rock fusion.
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CLASSICAL GUITAR CLASS
GTAR 5175 – 46669:
 (Tuesday/Thursday 12:20-1:15 p.m.)
GTAR 6075 – 46695: (Tuesday/Thursday 12:20-1:15 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration
Applied course in basic guitar skills. Emphasis on playing classical and folk styles. Review of current published methods and materials. Open to non-CCM students. Course repeats each semester. Students provide their own nylon string guitars.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
FAM 1101 – 54093
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:30-3:25 p.m.)   
Breadth of Knowledge Area: FA Fine Arts
The appreciation of music is enhanced by a deeper knowledge of musical materials and structures. This introductory course will focus on reading and writing music in treble, bass and C clefs, using rhythms as complicate as triplets in simple and compound meters, recognition of intervals and chords, and understanding basic forms used in popular in classical music. The skills learned in this course will provide the basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.
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GROUP PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS l
PIAN 1001 – 49500: (Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts
Designed for those with little or no piano experience; teaches the fundamentals of reading music, playing by ear, using chord charts and improving finger flexibility.
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GROUP PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS ll
PIAN 1002 – 49518: (Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts
This is a continuation of Group Piano for Non-music Majors I. Students learn the basics of piano playing and chord playing, as well as basic music theory. Technical skills are taught. Pre-Requisite: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Course PIAN1001 min grade C-.
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GROUP PIANO FOR THE NON-MUSIC MAJOR
PIAN 8001 – 50286: (Tuesday/Thursday 12:20-1:15 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts
Designed for those with little or no piano experience; teaches the fundamentals of reading music, playing by ear, using chord charts and improving finger flexibility.
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GROUP PIANO FOR NON-MAJORS II
PIAN 8002 – 50287: (Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts
This is a continuation of Group Piano for Non-music Majors I. Students learn the basics of piano playing and chord playing, as well as basic music theory. Technical skills are taught.
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JAMMIN' WITH LAPTOPS
FAM 2014 – 49711: (Tuesday/Thursday 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, Mid-Collegiate Experience
This course will explore the potentials of laptop computers for music making. Various technical topics, including analog v. digital sound, audio software, effects, gear, MIDI and audio programming languages will be surveyed. In addition, a survey of the history of computer music will be conducted by way of an investigation into seminal readings and recordings. Both of these inquiries will provide participants with the technical and analytical skills to utilize their laptops to creative ends. Participants will also be expected to work in small groups on creative projects.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023 – 49205
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts

In this online course, you will play, record, and make music with online instruments. There are three units, and each unit includes a distinctive music making session; Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2), and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will individually study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording the music that you played through the exercises. In the Midterm Exam, you will be asked to answer the basic knowledge that you have learned so far. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your laptop band with your online classmates to play and record music together. In Unit 2, you will collaborate with 1-2 classmate(s) to complete the assignment together. In Unit 3, you will collaborate with 2-4 classmates to create your own band under your instruction to direct your band members, and play for your band member's music under their respective directions. In the Final Exam, you will be asked to answer all the materials that you have learned.
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LEAD SHEET AND CHORD PLAYING AT THE PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS
PIAN 1003 – 49517: (Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)
PIAN 1003 – 52799: (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:20-1:15 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, FA Fine Arts
Students will learn how to play piano parts of popular idiom piano pieces. They will learn how to realize chord “lead” sheets and also listen to music to pick up piano accompaniment styles. Learning to read music is not part of this course, although you will learn to read rhythm charts. Music will be chosen from artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, as well as earlier works by Chicago, Motley Crue and John Lennon. Choices will be made depending on the type of accompaniment style you are learning.
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UC CABARET SINGERS
ENSM 1082 – 49755: (Monday 8-9:30 p.m./Wednesday 7:30-9 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts
The UC Men's and Women's Choruses seek to enrich the university experience by providing students a wide range of aesthetic experiences, introducing them to a variety of musical styles, helping them gain appreciation for tonal sounds and making connections between music and their own personal lives. Members of the UC Men's and Women's Choruses will work toward excellence in performance with other students who share a common interest in choral music. The ensembles regularly perform on campus, locally and on annual national tours. The Cabaret Singers is a select auditioned group drawn out of the Men's and Women's Choruses. The ensemble will explore a wide variety of music designed for a smaller ensemble.
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UC MEN’S CHORUS
ENSM 1081 – 49754: (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-5:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts
The University of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus is an ensemble comprised of talented students from all 14 UC colleges. It provides men at the University of Cincinnati the opportunity to perform choral music representing a variety of styles and time periods while fostering a fraternal environment. The members of UC Men’s Chorus create and maintain social connections throughout their time at UC. This ensemble performs regularly in concerts and at athletic events on the UC campus, around the Cincinnati area and on its annual national tour. The goal of the UC Men’s Chorus is that each member becomes a better singer, musician and performer. No previous choral music experience is required to join. *UC Men’s Chorus can be taken for either one (1) or zero (0) credits to accommodate for the many students with full schedules.
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UC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ENSM 2091 – 49762: (Tuesday 8-10 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts
The UC Symphony Orchestra is specifically for and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform great orchestral repertoire. Membership in the orchestra is open to instrumentalists who own their own instrument, have a basic technical proficiency and the ability to read music. Specific seating assignments in the orchestra are determined by informal auditions at the start of each semester.
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UC WOMEN’S CHORUS
ENSM 1085 – 49756: (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-5:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts
The University of Cincinnati Women’s Chorus is an ensemble comprised of talented students from all 14 UC colleges. It provides women at the University of Cincinnati the opportunity to perform choral music representing a variety of styles and time periods while fostering an environment. The members of UC Women’s Chorus create and maintain social connections throughout their time at UC. This ensemble performs regularly in concerts and at athletic events on the UC campus, around the Cincinnati area and on its annual national tour. The goal of the UC Women’s Chorus is that each member becomes a better singer, musician and performer. No previous choral music experience is required to join. *UC Women’s Chorus can be taken for either one (1) or zero (0) credits to accommodate for the many students with full schedules.
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VOICE CLASS
VOIC 1075 – 50376:
(Thursday 2-2:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Area: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, FA Fine Arts
Voice Class is intended to impart the rudiments of classical vocal technique. Topics addressed include breathing for singing, phonation, anatomy of the breathing process, anatomy of the larynx, posture, vowel formation and characteristics of consonant sounds. The class will culminate in the student performing a song in English.
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VOICE ELECTIVE
VOIC 5030 – 49924:
(TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Area: CT Critical Thinking
Non degree-required applied voice instruction. Weekly 1/2-hour lesson (1 credit) or 1-hour lesson (2 credits). Content consists of technical exercises, solo repertoire and orchestral excerpt repertoire to be determined for each student by the instructor.
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VOICE ELECTIVE
VOIC 7030 – 50299:
(TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Area: CT Critical Thinking
Non degree-required applied instruction. Weekly 1/2 hour lesson (1 credit) or 1 hour lesson (2 credits). Content consists of technical exercises and solo repertoire to be determined for each student by the instructor. Pre-Requisite: To take this course you must: Be enrolled in one of these Programs 16DOC, 16GOP, 16MAS.
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Registration Info

UC students can register online at webapps2.uc.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.