Advanced Applied Literature
Intensification and deeper study of Music 505A materials.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMUSIC 505A
Course Outcomes: 

Brass Literature

Students will gain a working knowledge of the solo, chamber, orchestral, and pedagogical literature for their chosen instrument.

Through a study of specific repertoire, students will be able to identify and trace the development of their instrument's literature from its inception to the Contemporary period.

String Literature, graduate level

Be able to discuss, listen to, perform, read and write about an advanced topic (or topics) in string literature. The ultimate purpose is to pursue a specific subject that has greatly piqued your interest in string literature (such as performance practice, an aspect of pedagogy, development of your instrument, a select body of literature or techniques etc.)

Organ Literature

Students will gain indepth understanding of organ literature in the most important points of the instrument's history. Likewise, students will be able to readily engage in scholarly discussions about the studied literature.

MUS 505B - Percussion Literature

Expose students to an in depth study of percussion ensemble literature from trios to large ensembles of ten or more players. Student presentations will be made so that they can evaluate compositional techniques, instrumentation, styles, and difficulty. Use of recordings will help students become familiar with the variety of textures and sounds available. Score analysis will help students determine the quality of pieces when recordings are unavailable and will aid in their ability to conduct and teach the pieces to their own students.


Students will engage in in-depth research on a topic of vocal literature that has been approved by the instructor.

Piano Literature

Students will gain an overview of piano literature, from the Renaissance to the Avant Garde.


As future pedagogues, students will learn to evaluate and choose instructional materials for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.

Research Paper

Students will prepare a written research paper on their topic following the guidelines set by the instructor.


At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to list and describe their instrument’s primary resources available for historical, pedagogical and artistic research.

Oral Exam

Students will be able to readily engage in scholarly discussions about the studied literature.


Students will present the results of their research to the class in a seminar presentation on their topic.