Whether you want to try something for the first time, or dive deep into your area of study, our courses offer you the opportunity to shine a light on what interests you. 

Please note: The Course Catalog should be used for all official planning. 

MURP - Music Repertoire-Perf Study

MURP 101: Elementary Piano

A beginning piano course for students without formal piano study and those returning to piano study after an extended absence. Reading of musical notation, terms, and symbols; basic technique; basic keyboard theory; exploration of diverse repertoire. Does not satisfy requirements of any music major. 2 units per term, awarded only upon completion of three terms of study. Consent of instructor required to ensure proper placement. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 2
Prerequisite: Credit awarded upon completion of three terms of study

MURP 102: Elementary Guitar

A beginning course intended for students with little or no experience with the guitar. The purpose of this class is to provide a broad experience with the instrument. Students will learn to read music notation, use a variety of techniques and become familiar with several different styles of guitar music (Classical, Blues, Flamenco and Rock). Guitars will be provided if needed. Course may be repeated for up to 6 units.
Units: 2

MURP 103: Elementary Voice

A beginning voice course for students without formal vocal study and those returning to vocal study after an extended absence. Study of body alignment, breath, onset, phonation, diction, and song interpretation. Does not satisfy requirements for any music major. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

MURP 110: Topics in Repertoire and Performance

This class will enable a variety of performance and repertoire topics to be studied for performers of all musical disciplines. Topics will include but not be limited to stage presence, memorization, professional performance strategies, repertoire history and repertoire development.
Units: 1 TO 6

MURP 120: Deep Listening Lab

In this hands-on studio course, we will discover what it means to actively and deeply listen, and how expansive listening encourages one's creative impulse. using the works of Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, John Muir and others as a starting point, we will explore the vast yet nuanced world of sound, deep listening, and the creative act. Open to all creative explorers.
Units: 3

MURP 121: Sound Lab

This immersive, experiential topics course will explore specific musical topics through a variety of approaches and methodologies. Critical listening and analysis of musical works, class visits from culture bearers, research and class readings, along with song writing, composing, improvisation, performing, and recording will all play a part in the exploration of a particular music tradition. Learning will be assessed through active participation, written assignments, creative assignments and a final project. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Fall 2021: Sound Lab- American Roots Music
This immersive, experiential topics course will explore specific musical topics through a variety of approaches and methodologies. Critical listening and analysis of musical works, class visits from culture bearers, research and class readings, along with song writing, composing, improvisation, performing, and recording will all play a part in the exploration of a particular music tradition. Learning will be assessed through active participation, written assignments, creative assignments and a final project. May be repeated when topic is different.

Units: 3

MURP 151: Intermediate piano

Intermediate-level piano class for students who have completed MURP 101 or have reached a similar level of advancement. Does not satisfy requirements of any music major. Placement determined by audition (two pieces in contrasting styles, at least the level of the Bach Minuets or the easiest Schumann pieces from Album for the Young); consent of instructor required to ensure proper placement. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 2
Prerequisite: MURP 101

MURP 191: Directed Study in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 195: Internship in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 201: Basic Keyboard Skills I

Sight-reading, keyboard harmony, transposition, improvisation, technique, and selected repertoire. Students must demonstrate proficiency at each level before advancing to the next level. Completion of MURP 203 or demonstrated equivalent required of all Bachelor of Music degree candidates and Bachelor of Arts degree candidates with a major in music. Audition for placement required. 1 unit per term. Note: Required in the freshman year of all Bachelor of Music degree students whose performance area is not a keyboard instrument. BKS grades are factored into grade-point averages, but credit does not apply toward requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree. BKS must be completed successfully by the end of the sophomore year. (Music majors and minors are registered for BKS until the requirement has been completed.) Students who do not complete requirements in four terms of study are charged a fee of $75 in each successive term until all requirements are met.
Units: 1

MURP 202: Basic Keyboard Skills II

Sight-reading, keyboard harmony, transposition, improvisation, technique, and selected repertoire. Students must demonstrate proficiency at each level before advancing to the next level. Completion of MURP 203 or demonstrated equivalent required of all Bachelor of Music degree candidates and Bachelor of Arts degree candidates with a major in music. Audition for placement required. 1 unit per term. Note: Required in the freshman year of all Bachelor of Music degree students whose performance area is not a keyboard instrument. BKS grades are factored into grade-point averages, but credit does not apply toward requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree. BKS must be completed successfully by the end of the sophomore year. (Music majors and minors are registered for BKS until the requirement has been completed.) Students who do not complete requirements in four terms of study are charged a fee of $75 in each successive term until all requirements are met.
Units: 1

MURP 203: Basic Keyboard Skills III

Sight-reading, keyboard harmony, transposition, improvisation, technique, and selected repertoire. Students must demonstrate proficiency at each level before advancing to the next level. Completion of MURP 203 or demonstrated equivalent required of all Bachelor of Music degree candidates and Bachelor of Arts degree candidates with a major in music. Audition for placement required. 1 unit per term. Note: Required in the freshman year of all Bachelor of Music degree students whose performance area is not a keyboard instrument. BKS grades are factored into grade-point averages, but credit does not apply toward requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree. BKS must be completed successfully by the end of the sophomore year. (Music majors and minors are registered for BKS until the requirement has been completed.) Students who do not complete requirements in four terms of study are charged a fee of $75 in each successive term until all requirements are met.
Units: 1

MURP 223: Educators' Keyboard Skills

An upper-level keyboard proficiency course for students enrolling in any music education emphasis that includes general music. Students will develop a comfort level at the piano so it can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom. Main topics include vocal warm-ups, improvisation, creating and transposing accompaniments, reading three-part scores and teaching from the keyboard.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: MURP 203 or equivalent

MURP 271: Introduction to Vocal Studies

An orientation class with flexible content that includes strategies and resources for the college student beginning the study of voice.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in voice lessons

MURP 272: English Singing Diction

An introduction to English singing diction, including identification of problematic American regionalisms and basic elements of English poetics. The International Phonetic Alphabet is learned as a tool for work in this and subsequent singing diction classes.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in voice lessons

MURP 273: Italian and Latin Singing Diction

An introduction to Italian singing diction with special attention given to sounds problematic for English speakers. Brief study of the pronunciation of ecclesiastical Latin.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in voice lessons

MURP 274: German Singing Diction

An introduction to the pronunciation of written German for the singer.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in voice lessons

MURP 275: French Singing Diction

An introduction to French singing diction, with special attention to sounds problematic for English speakers. Expressive use of the language, using appropriate mélodie texts, begun.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in voice lessons

MURP 276: Recitative

An introduction to the performance practices of the pre-Romantic recitative, emphasizing the secco style. Critical listening to a variety of recorded examples and individualized selection, preparation, and coaching of appropriate examples of Baroque and Classic recitatives.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in voice lessons

MURP 285: The Eloquent Musician

Course explores and promotes the art of speaking elegantly and knowledgeably about music in the context of live musical performance, and writing engagingly about music for a general audience. Course designed for music majors and other students with strong musical background and interest in interactive concerts and other public programs.
Units: 6
Also listed as Innovation & Entrepreneurship 285
Prerequisite: Major in music or consent of instructor

MURP 301: Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I

Development of functional keyboard skills. Sight-reading, score-reading, transposition, keyboard harmony, playing by ear, improvisation, and conducting from the keyboard. FKS grades are factored into grade-point averages, but credit does not apply toward requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree.
Units: 1

MURP 302: Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II

Development of functional keyboard skills. Sight-reading, score-reading, transposition, keyboard harmony, playing by ear, improvisation, and conducting from the keyboard. FKS grades are factored into grade-point averages, but credit does not apply toward requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree.
Units: 1

MURP 310: Alexander Technique I

The Alexander Movement Technique (AMT) is an educational method for finding easier use of self in daily activity. The technique offers us insight into our own mental processes and perceptions of our body’s structure, and allows us to replace faulty habits with coordinated movement.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 310
Prerequisite: Instructor approval is required. The instructor will talk with each student about the hands-on aspects of the technique and the code of ethics that governs the work.

MURP 315: Fretboard Harmony for the Classical Guitarist

Study of intervals, chord construction, and voice leading, using exercises and examples from the standard guitar repertoire. Includes sight-reading, realizing figured bass and harmonizing melodies.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MURP 317: History and Literature of the Guitar

A study of the guitar and its music from 1500 to present. This course examines the physical evolution of the instrument and surveys the important performers and composers for the guitar and other plucked instruments. Includes readings, listening, analysis, performance, transcription and written assignments.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MURP 320: Functional Jazz Piano

An introduction to jazz piano voicings, basic piano comping techniques, and the role of the keyboard in the jazz rhythm section. Designed to accommodate upperclass students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Music degree program with an emphasis in jazz studies, sophomore Bachelor of Music students planning to apply for the emphasis in jazz studies, and experienced student jazz performers with consent of instructor.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUCA 222 or consent of the instructor

MURP 330: Orchestral Literature for Strings

The course prepares string players for the unique challenges of life in a professional symphony orchestra and will complement work done in university ensembles and private instrumental instruction. Students will learn specific techniques through multiple performance opportunities, class discussion, readings and assigned listening.
Units: 3

MURP 350: Suzuki/Vocal Viewpoints

Explore vocal production from a physically-based, full-bodied approach using the methodology of Tadashi Suzuki and the research of Anne Bogart. A physically-demanding course helping the body gain strength and agility, the voice increase range and capacity, and the actor's brain expand spontaneous, kinesthetic awareness and responsiveness.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: MUEN 280

MURP 361: Acting for Singers 1

An opera/song performance course that develops the fundamental tools to create on stage. This term concentrates on basic acting techniques beginning with spoken word and then transferring those skills to intoned speech (song). These building blocks include understanding and breaking down a script, navigating the stage and movement on it, creating and motivating character choices, response to your fellow performers, honesty on-stage, concentration, imagination and commitment to the script, the environment and your character.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 362
Prerequisite: Two terms of MUIN 303 and instructor approval

MURP 362: Acting for Singers 2

An opera/song performance course that develops the fundamental tools to create on stage. This term concentrates on expanding the techniques from the previous term and on developing a stronger sense of ensemble work. Viewpoints and Theatrical Composition will be the main thrust of the exploration, using the current song and aria repertoire of the individual student.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 364
Prerequisite: MURP 361 or equivalent

MURP 390: Tutorial Studies in Music Repertoire and Performance

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MURP 391: Directed Study in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 395: Internship in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 399: Independent Study in Music Repertoire and Performance

Students considering an honors project should register for independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98

MURP 405: Senegalese Music

This course is part of the Lawrence Francophone Seminar in which students study in French-speaking West Africa for ten weeks.
Units: 3
Also listed as Global Studies 404, French 404
Prerequisite: Must be attending the LU Francophone Seminar

MURP 420: Collaborative Piano: Vocal

Vocal accompanying for the advanced pianist, including art song, opera recitative, and aria. Performances required of all participants.
Units: 3

MURP 425: Collaborative Piano: Instrumental

Instrumental accompanying for the advanced pianist, including duo sonatas and concerto orchestral reductions. Performances required of all participants.
Units: 3

MURP 430: Alexander Technique II: For Performers

This studio-style class applies Alexander Movement Technique (AMT) to performance broadly defined as an activity completed for an audience. Students will work on performance and rehearsal/practice techniques with hands-on guidance from the teacher and will also serve as trained observers for their colleagues. May be taken for 3 or 6 units.
Units: 3 OR 6
Also listed as Theatre Arts 430
Prerequisite: THAR 310

MURP 451: Literature of the Piano I

A two-term historical survey of the repertoire from 1600 to the present, with consideration of performance practice and broader historical context. Lectures, readings, listening, analysis, performance, and written assignments.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

MURP 452: Literature of the Piano II

A two-term historical survey of the repertoire from 1600 to the present, with consideration of performance practice and broader historical context. Lectures, readings, listening, analysis, performance, and written assignments.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: MUPR 451

MURP 455: Vocal Literature

An introductory survey of the history and literature of the solo singer from antiquity to the present.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

MURP 465: Woodwind Chamber Music Literature

A general survey of woodwind chamber music ensembles and music from the classical period to the current day, concentrating on the wind quintet, but also including other ensembles that feature at least one woodwind instrument.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Junior standing

MURP 590: Tutorial Studies in Music Repertoire and Performance

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MURP 591: Directed Study in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 595: Internship in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 599: Independent Study in Music Repertoire and Performance

Students considering an honors project should register for independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MURP 690: Tutorial Studies in Music Repertoire and Performance

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MURP 691: Directed Study in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 695: Internship in Music Repertoire and Performance Studies

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MURP 699: Independent Study in Music Repertoire and Performance

Students considering an honors project should register for independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.