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Music Studies

Utica College Library research guide for music literature. The Library does NOT have a recording collection; inquire of the college's Performing and Fine Arts Department


This guide is intended to help you use Utica College Library resources, both in the library and online, to get started with basic music research projects. 


Simply click on the tabs for basic information on finding books and articles, as well as web resources in music research.

Finding Books

Finding Articles

Finding Websites

Citing Sources

Scholarly v. Popular Articles

Music Courses at Utica College


Music at UC
MUS 110 – Choir (1)

The study, rehearsal, and performance of choral music. Three hours of rehearsal a week. May be taken four times for credit.

MUS 115 – Introduction to Music (3)

Introductory study covering a variety of types of music, including works by major composers from various historic periods. Emphasis on development of structured listening based on the elements of music.

MUS 120 – Band (1)

Study, rehearsal, and performance of music for band and, as instrumentation permits, stage band as well. Three hours of rehearsal a week. May be taken four times for credit.

MUS 230 – Jazz Ensemble (1)

Techniques of jazz performance and jazz styles (from the 1940s to the present), including the development of improvisation through listening, discussion, and performance. Experience in jazz medium required. Audition may be necessary.

MUS 230 – Rock Ensemble (1)

This music performance course will give an overview of small group performance in a rock band setting.  The goal of this course is to help you further establish your role within a musical group.  We will cover various concepts including basic music theory, instrumental technique, chart reading, arranging, improvisation, songwriting, rehearsal techniques and more.  We will also study music through listening and video examples, and may have the opportunity to record at Castle Studios.

MUS 240 – Beginner African Hand Drumming (1)

This course is both exciting and hands on, and will give an overview of West African hand drumming. We will cover basic djembe techniques including tone, bass, slap and muffle strokes. You'll learn traditional drumming rhythms of the Ewe people of Ghana, ensemble playing, call and response & improvisation.  No musical experience is necessary, and drums are provided in class.

MUS 245 – History of Music I (3)

Survey of Western music from its Greek origins through the Baroque period, emphasizing the development of styles and forms and the relationships between music and the other arts and their times.    

MUS 246 – History of Music II (3)

Survey of Western music from the latter part of the Baroque period to the present,
emphasizing the development of styles and forms and the relationships between music and the other arts and their times.

MUS 300 – History of Hip Hop (1)

This course will introduce students to the general history of hip hop music from its origins until now, by giving a broad overview of major artists from this period. We will also explore connections between the rap music and the other elements of hip hop culture.  

MUS 300 – History of Rock (1)

This course will cover the origins of popular music in the 20th century, and the social and historical context that gave birth to it, along with other related genres.  From blues and country to punk and heavy metal, students will familiarize themselves with landmark groups, music, and movements of different periods, exploring connections between modern music and the artists from the past who have paved the way for the popular music of today.

MUS 300 – History of World Music (1)


This course provides an introductory survey of traditions and transformations of music in a global perspective, exploring music both as a phenomenon of sound and a phenomenon of culture. The focus of the course is not traditional music per se, but is rather musics of tradition, with tradition understood as a process of transformation whose most remarkable feature is the continuity it nurtures and sustains. Within this framework, we will explore everything from folk and classical genres to contemporary styles of world beat, jazz, popular, and experimental music.

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