Music

Northwestern’s music department is dedicated to a Christ-centered and holistic educational process that will draw you toward musical maturity so you might transform the world. The music department has the following goals for you:

  1. You will develop a greater understanding of the integration of the Christian faith and your life as a musician.

  2. You will grow in musical maturity through development in critical thinking, creative self-expression, musical sensitivity and artistry. This growth will enable you to transform the world around you through your work in music education, ministry-related positions, other music-related career work, graduate school, further professional or technical training, and/or vocational positions.

  3. You will develop musical and academic skills necessary for cognition in the structure, history, theory and techniques of music.

  4. You will demonstrate musical understanding and growth through active music making and listening.

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Minor requirements

Class or private instruction in major area: 2 credits
Ensemble participation: 2 credits
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.Note: Includes 1 1/2 hours of lab per week. 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.Note: Includes 1 1/2 hours of lab per week. Prerequisite for 112: MUS111 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam. (4 credits)
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.Note: Includes 1 1/2 hours of lab per week. (4 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
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.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive)(NWCore option under Aesthetic Experience)
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)
Choose one course: 2-3
MUS 317 - 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)
MUS 320CC - World Musics
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.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (NWCore option underCross-Cultural Engagement)
Choose one course: 1
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.Note: This class may be repeated. Class instruction is offered in piano, voice, guitar,percussion, brass, and woodwind performance. (1 credit)
MUS 251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Note: Lessons are 30 minutes in length. Lessons are offered every semester and may be repeated. MUS252, Lead Sheet Piano does not count toward class or private instruction in piano requirement for majors or minors. An advanced student may elect to take an hour lesson each week in his/her major area of performance. Practice and repertoire requirements are doubled. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)

Total credits required: 25-26

Note:

Following a music placement exam, students will either be placed in Music Theory I (MUS111) or Music Fundamentals (MUS101). MUS101 does not count toward a music major, music ministry major or minor.

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