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Music Courses and Scheduling

Applied Instruction change beginning in Fall 2020:

All Applied Instruction courses will begin using the “R” numbers beginning in the Fall 2020 semester.  Freshmen who are currently taking MUS 11__ - level lessons will continue using this course number for their sophomore year.  Sophomores who pass the Advanced Study Jury in May will take lessons at the 33__-level in the fall.  Sophomores who do not pass the ASJ will take MUS 11__-level lessons.  All students who have already passed the ASJ will take MUS 33__-level lessons.

As a result of this change all 22__- and 44__- level applied study courses will be discontinued along with all of the A, B, D, E, and F sections.

  • Freshmen and sophomores will register for the 11__ R level of applied instruction.
    • Music Education and Composition, one credit.
    • Instrumental, Vocal, and Keyboard Performance, freshmen, two credits; sophomores, 4 credits
    • Music Composition, one credit
    • Jazz, two credits (every semester)
  • After passing the Advanced Study Jury, Juniors and Seniors will register for the 33__R level of applied instruction.
    • Music Education and Composition, one credit
    • Instrumental, Vocal, and Keyboard Performance, 4 credits
    • Jazz, two credits (every semester)


Fall 2020 Course Schedule

  • The attached pdf illistrates the music major courses scheduled for the spring 2019 schedule. This schedule is provided to assist student and faculty. In the case of any inconsistencies, please note that the schedule as presented on PAWS indicates the official course meeting time.
  • Courses are highlighted according to the following pattern.
    • Typical courses for freshmen - yellow
    • Typical courses for sophomores - orange
    • Typical courses for juniors - green/brown
    • Ensembles - purple

Music Course Listing - This link presents a list, including the course description, of all music courses approved in the EIU catalog.


Planned Course Rotation 

Fall of Even Semesters (Fall 2020) Spring of Odd Semesters (Spring 2021)
  • MUS 2141 - Vocal Diction I
  • MUS 2071 - Audio Recording Techniques I


  • MUS 2142 - Vocal Diction II
  • MUS 3071 - Audio Recording Techniques II
  • MUS 1560 - Introduction to Music Comp.
  • MUS 3547 - Orchestration
  • MUS 3571 - Music Business 
Fall of Odd Semesters (Fall 2021) Spring of Even Years  (Spring 2022)
  • MUS 2070 – Electronic Music I


  • MUS 3070 – Electronic Music II
  • MUS 3071 – Live Sound Reinforcement
  • MUS 3542/3591 - Music Analysis/Honors



Music Education Advising:

MUS 3400 or MUS 3440: This class should be taken before Practicum. Beginning with spring 2017 semester, this class will alwasy be offered in the spring.  Please note the new pre-requisite for MUS 3400 and 3440:  Prerequisites & Notes Admission to Teacher Education; "C" or better in MUS 2155; and passing score on the TAP, SAT, or ACT as determined by current state requirements.

Practicum: Practicum (SED 3330 and SED 4330) must be taken the semester right before student teaching. Students should not plan on taking an extra fall or spring semester between Practicum and Student Teaching.

SPE 4500:  This class should be taken after MUS 3400/3440.  Since this class is typically offered in the evening during the academic year, it is possible to take SPE 3500 (4500) at the same time as Practicum (SED 3330/4330). Additionally, SPE 3500 (4500) is often offered in the summer. If you choose to take this class during the summer, please do so after taking MUS 3400/3440.

MUS 2442:  Introuction to Instrumental Music Methods:  This course is typically offered in Spring of "even" years, but will be delayed one semester with it's next offering.  The course will be offered in Fall 2020.



Jazz Courses:

Fall 2020
MUS 4850 - Jazz Band Arranging
MUS 3531 - Jazz Improvisation III (if needed, typically offered in fall of "even" years)
MUS 3800 - Jazz Theory I (typically offered in fall of "even" years)
Spring 2021
MUS 1530 - Jazz Improvisation I
MUS 1560 - Introduction to Music Composition
MUS 4861 - Jazz Pedagogy


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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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