Music Ministry

The music ministry minor will enable you to learn about the history, practice, performance and theology of music for worship while pursuing other areas of study, preparing you to contribute to a church music program with insight and experience.

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Minor requirements

MUS 111 - 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)
MUS 112 - 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)
MUS 115AE - 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.
MUS 230 - Song of the Church
(2 credits, alternate year, consult department) This course is a study ofthe development and use of music for worship, with emphasis on music forcongregational singing. Metrical psalms, Lutheran Chorales, English hymns,Global song, Taize chants, contemporary worship songs, and Emergingofferings will all be surveyed. Students will also become familiar with thecraft of writing and choosing good texts and good tunes for congregationsong.
MUS 233 - The Practice of Music Ministry
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course covers severalinterconnected practical aspects of music ministry. First, methods ofteaching and coaching the various instruments used in music worship bands,with emphases both on the technical aspects of each instrument and the rolesthese instruments play within a properly functioning band. Second, thiscourse explores leadership skills necessary for working with volunteers,providing pastoral care for team members, and preparing for and leadingrehearsals. Third, an articulate and sound personal philosophy of music inworship will be developed. In addition, this course deals with otherpractical aspects such as budgets, legal issues, and planning, leading, andthen evaluating worship services. Prerequisite: MUS112.
Ensembles (2 credits)
Private Lessons (2 credits)
Choose one credit:
MUS 181 - 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)
MUS 261 - Voice
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
Choose one credit:
MUS 130 - 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)
MUS 131 - 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)
MUS 132 - 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)
MUS 133 - 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)
MUS 251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)
MUS 252 - Lead Sheet Piano
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS133 or MUS251(1-2 credits)
Choose five credits:
At least 2 credits must be at the 300 level.
MUS 211 - 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)
MUS 219 - 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)
MUS 222 - 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)
MUS 246 - Music Ministry Guitar
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS 301 - 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)
MUS 318WI - History of Music 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.
MUS 319 - 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)
MUS 320CC - World Musics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option underCross-Cultural Engagement) Music is an integralpart of every culture. By studying the music of other cultures, includingthe way music relates to faith, power, societal structure, and dailylife, students will be able to better understand, love, and treat peoplefrom other cultures with justice. This class will give students toolsfrom the field of ethnomusicology to engage with the music of the world'speople through listening, observing, researching and music-making.
MUS 325 - 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)
MUS 337 - Choral/Instrumental Arranging
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor(1-2 credits)

Total credits required: 24

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