Music courses

MUS101 - Music Fundamentals
This course provides training in basic musical skills including concepts of pitch, rhythm and time signatures, scales and key signatures, intervals, triads and seventh chords and rules for part writing. It also provides an introduction to aural skills and to understanding Christian approaches to music and music-making.(2 credits)
MUS111 - Music Theory I
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 111: MUS101 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(2 credits)
MUS112 - Music Theory II
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 112: MUS111 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(4 credits)
MUS113AE - Exploring Music
MUS115AE - Music of the Church
(3 credits) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience)This course provides an introduction to the fascinating and frustratinghistory of how Christians have used, created, manipulated, or avoided musicin their worship of God. Although each of us comes from our owndenominational, geographical, and cultural backgrounds, we will seek tounderstand the whole historical sweep of Christian church music, as well asour own place in that history.
MUS116 - Jazz Exploration and Understanding
This course will explore the development, history and music of jazz from its roots to today. Students will learn how culture has affected its development and how it has impacted and changed culture. Students will look closely at the music and those who have been leaders in its development. This multimedia course will focus on an aural and a historical understanding of the nature of the creative process in jazz within the context of a Christian perspective.(3 credits, non-yearly, consult department)
MUS130 - Piano Class (Beginners I)
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS131 - Piano Class (Beginners II)
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS132 - Piano Class (Intermediate I)
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS133 - Piano Class (Intermediate II)
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS164 - Heritage Singers
Membership in each ensemble is by auditions held in the fall during the first week of classes.(1/4 credit)
MUS168 - Percussion Ensemble
MUS170 - A cappella Choir
MUS175 - Women's Choir
MUS176 - Chamber Orchestra
MUS177 - Jazz Band
MUS179 - Percussion Class
This class is designed for non-majors and for majors who desire class instruction in areas of secondary emphasis. The classes deal with ensemble literature, technical development and sight-reading. (1 credit, non-yearly, consult department)
MUS180 - Symphonic Band
Membership in each ensemble is by auditions held in the fall during the first week of classes.(1/2 credit)
MUS181 - Voice Class
This class is designed for the beginning singer and addresses the processes and mechanics of singing such as posture, breathing, tone production and diction. A rudimentary knowledge of note reading is expected.(1 credit)
MUS189 - Brass Class
This class is designed for non-majors and for majors who desire class instruction in areas of secondary emphasis. The classes deal with ensemble literature, technical development and sight-reading. (1 credit, non-yearly, consult department)
MUS191 - Guitar Class
This course is designed for students pursuing music education, elementary education, or church music, as well as beginning guitar students. Students learn how to play the guitar as an accompaniment to singing. Special emphasis is placed on the effective use of the guitar in the elementary classroom and in the church.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS199 - Woodwind Class
This class is designed for non-majors and for majors who desire class instruction in areas of secondary emphasis. The classes deal with ensemble literature, technical development and sight-reading. (1 credit, non-yearly, consult department)
MUS211 - Music Theory III
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits)
MUS212 - Music Theory IV
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS214 - Piano Pedagogy and Literature
This course is designed to prepare students for studio teaching by introducing the fundamental principles of private teaching, knowledge of methods, and materials suitable for pre-school and elementary school level students as well as to provide a broad understanding and perspective on piano teaching through teaching beginning students and observing professional teaching.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS215 - Survey of Instrumental Literature
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the core and standard repertoire for bands and orchestras from a variety of levels. Emphasis will be music suitable for educational settings. In addition, literature for collegiate ensembles will be presented. This course is designed to provide the student with the resources necessary to program band or orchestra literature in a school setting.Prerequisite: MUS112.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS216 - Survey of Piano Literature
MUS217 - Vocal Pedagogy
This course deals with the vocal processes, including the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract. Included in this course is a survey of pedagogical approaches and vocal literature appropriate for the beginning student.Prerequisite: MUS261 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS218 - Vocal Diction
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the singer's pronunciation of English, French, German, Italian and Latin, using the standard International Phonetic Alphabet.Prerequisite: applied voice or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS219 - Survey of Choral Literature
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the core and standard repertoire for choral ensembles from a variety of levels. Primary emphasis will be music for educational settings. In addition, literature for advanced and collegiate ensembles will be presented. This course is designed to provide the student with the resources necessary to program choral literature in a school setting.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS220 - Survey of Vocal Literature
MUS222 - Survey of Organ Literature
This course is a survey of organ literature suitable for use in churches and future teaching purposes. Students interested in organ pedagogy are advised to take MUS214.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS223 - Organ for Music Ministry
MUS224 - Methods of Teaching Brass Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS225 - Methods of Teaching Woodwind Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS226 - Methods of Teaching Percussion Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS227 - Methods of Teaching String Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS228 - Chamber Ensemble
(1/2 credit)
MUS228A - Chamber Ensemble: Woodwinds
MUS228B - Chamber Ensemble: Brass
MUS228C - Chamber Ensemble: Strings
MUS230 - Hymnology/Liturgy
A study of the development and use of music for worship, with emphasis on hymns. The course will outline the historical threads of hymnody and liturgy. Prominent hymn writers and derivations of tunes will be studied.Prerequisite: MUS111.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS231 - Church Music Administration
An examination of several areas of organizational structure for a church setting. Students will gain knowledge in order to work effectively in a Christian community, while exercising a servant model of leadership.Prerequisite: MUS115.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS232 - Music Technology
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of some of the most common technologies in music, both digital and analog. The course is theoretical as well as practical. Hands-on experience and training will comprise a significant element in the class. Midi, digital technology, computers and analog sound amplification comprise broad subjects covered. Students will gain understanding and experience in each of these areas.Prerequisite: MUS111 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS233 - Leading Music for Worship in a Changing Culture
This class will explore the biblical basis for contemporary church music. Through a variety of readings, students will also develop their own philosophy of contemporary music in worship. They will learn to evaluate issues of quality, both in the selection of contemporary songs and in the presentation of them in a service. Students will also learn the role of each instrument in a contemporary ensemble and how to plan and present a contemporary worship service.Prerequisite: MUS111 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS235 - Integrating Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers
MUS243 - String Bass Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS245 - Classical Guitar Lessons
MUS246 - Music Ministry Guitar Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS247 - Harp Lessons
MUS250 - Aural Skills Lessons
MUS251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)
MUS252 - Lead Sheet Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS133 or MUS251(1-2 credits)
MUS253 - Organ Lessons
MUS255 - Piano Ensemble
MUS257 - Oboe Lessons
MUS261 - Voice Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS265 - Percussion Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS267 - Tuba Lessons
MUS271 - Violin Lessons
MUS273 - Cello Lessons
MUS277 - Viola Lessons
MUS281 - Trumpet Lessons
MUS283 - Trombone Lessons
MUS285 - French Horn Lessons
MUS287 - Baritone Horn Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS291 - Clarinet Lessons
MUS293 - Saxophone Lessons
MUS295 - Flute Lessons
MUS297 - Bassoon Lessons
MUS301 - Basic Conducting
This course is designed to assist students in developing a basic conducting technique. Skills are taught which enable the student to direct vocal and instrumental groups. Included in the course are studies in transposition, clef reading and score preparation.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS302 - Advanced Conducting
This course is designed to further develop the student's basic conducting skills. The student will learn how to interpret stylistically the intentions of a composer and how to rehearse effectively. Compositions for band, choir and orchestra are studied. Included in the course are studies in score preparation, clef reading, transposition, rehearsal techniques, and error detection.Prerequisite: MUS301.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS303 - Orchestration
This course provides the students with the principles of scoring for small string and wind ensembles, symphonic orchestra and symphonic band. The study of range, proper notation, transposition and the characteristics of orchestra and band instruments are included.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS307 - Teaching Elementary Music
This course is designed to prepare students who are music majors or minors for teaching in the elementary school. Students, who anticipate becoming specialists, will learn how to teach music to children through traditional methods, as well as through innovations of leading European and American educators. Students will learn how to establish curriculum's for music education that utilize learning strategies encompassed by the conceptual approach. State INTASC Standards, as well as National Music Standards, will be reviewed and applied. Four areas of musical study will be emphasized: historical, philosophical, content and methodology. Students will do guided practice in class teaching assignments.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS308 - Teaching Secondary Vocal Music
This course deals with the areas of curriculum, materials and methodology for teaching music in both non-performance and performance situations.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS309 - Teaching Instrumental Music
This course deals with techniques, literature and materials used for teaching instrumental music at the elementary and secondary levels. A primary emphasis of the course is the study of educational philosophy. Score reading and analysis of wind, percussion and string music, discussion of rehearsal procedures, and the study and observation of marching band techniques are also covered in the course.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS312 - Counterpoint
The study of species counterpoint and 18th century fugues.Prerequisite: MUS211.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS317 - History of Music I
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from ancient times through the Baroque is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS318WI - Music History II
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the Classical era to the middle of the 19th century is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.
MUS319 - History of Music III
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the late 19th century through the present is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS320 - World Musics
World Musics provides an overview of world music traditions and serves as an introduction to the field of ethnomusicology, giving special attention to the use of ethnomusicology in missions and the use of world musics in worship.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS320CC - World Musics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) Music is an integral part of every culture. By studying the music of other cultures, including the way music relates to faith, power, societal structure, and daily life, students will be able to better understand, love, and treat people from other cultures with justice. This class will give students tools from the field of ethnomusicology to engage with the music of the world's people through listening, observing, researching and music-making.
MUS325 - Recital
This course is to be taken along with one credit of applied instruction during the semester in which the degree recital is given. The student will be required to select music of representative styles and periods, research and write program notes, pass the pre-recital jury one month prior to the recital, and give the public performance.Prerequisite: junior class standing or after four semesters of applied study.(1 credit)
MUS334 - Composition Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor(1-2 credits)
MUS335 - Private Conducting Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS302(1-2 credits)
MUS337 - Choral/Instrumental Arranging Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor(1-2 credits)
MUS398 - Directed Study
MUS401 - Music Ministry Practicum
At the conclusion of the music ministry major course work, the student will be placed in a local church to gain hands on experience in the field. Through the practicum the student will further refine areas of strength, be introduced to a broad array of worship ministries and develop skills in organization and planning. The ministry activities and church situation will vary depending on the student's strengths, performance background and career focus.Prerequisites: all course requirements for the music ministry major.(2 credits)
MUS412 - Special Topics in Music
This course provides in-depth study of special topics in music. Students will look at philosophical and practical issues in music within society and various cultures. Students will explore questions in theoretical, theological, historical, and performance approaches to music.Prerequisite: MUS318 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
MUS417 - Internship
Prerequisite: MUS212. (4 credits may apply toward the Arts Administration minor)
MUS420 - Chamber Opera
The study of a selected chamber opera (operas) scene(s) from all periods. The course will involve rehearsal and performance. Students will present their product in the context of recitals or performances.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1/2 credit, non- yearly, consult department)
MUS499 - Honors Research
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