Music Courses

Courses in music (designated MUSC) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the arts and humanities
  • a major in humanities
  • electives

UMUC offers a limited number of courses each session in this discipline.

Music as Cultural Expression (3 Credits, MUSC 210)

A study of the role of music in various cultures. The objective is to identify key features that define various genres of world music, articulate the roles and functions of music in world cultures, use the medium of music to explore intercultural relationships, and consciously define personal musical perspectives. Discussion covers music from various cultural traditions and the contexts in which composers and musicians practice their craft. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 211 or MUSC 210.

Great Composer Series: Beethoven (3 Credits, MUSC 391)

A survey of the life and music of Beethoven. Biographical data, a historical and cultural overview of Beethoven’s Vienna, and analytical studies of representative works by Beethoven are included.

Jazz: Then and Now (3 Credits, MUSC 436)

An examination of jazz in America during the past 75 years— its major styles and influential artists. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 436 or MUSC 436.