Course Descriptions

MUSC 1003 / Fundamentals of Music

3 credit hours
(Fall only) (Institutional Credit only) A study of foundational music theory and ear-training techniques, including key signatures, intervals, melodic and rhythmic dictation, scales, chords, and elementary harmony. Class meets three day per week with an additional one hour of music lab. (Pass/Not Pass)

 

MUSC 1013 / Music Appreciation

3 credit hours
An introduction to the world of Western European Classical Music, involving Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Jazz, and Rock Styles. The course is designed for both the Church Music Major as well as the non-music major, requiring no prerequisites.

 

MUSC 1102 / Music History I

3 credit hours
(Fall Only) A survey of Western Music History, beginning with Ancient sources and Early Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque Periods. Students will be introduced to Gregorian chant, motet and mass and all genres, important composers and forms of these periods. Listening experiences in and outside of the classroom are also required.

 

MUSC 1403 / Vocal Diction

3 credit hours
A course designed for voice majors and choral concentration Music Education majors. Includes a study of diction in the English, Italian, Latin, German and French languages. In this course the student will become familiar with the rules of the language, as well as practice to achieve proper stress, pure vowels, and correct consonants while singing in the English, Italian, Latin, German and French languages. The International Phonetic Alphabet will be used to develop these goals.

 

MUSC 2102 / Music History II

2 credit hours
(Spring Only) (Prerequisite MUSC 1102) A survey of Western Music History including the Classical Period, the Romantic Period, and 20th century styles. A study of all genres and forms of the periods, along with listening experiences both in and outside of the classroom are required.

 

MUSC 2203 / Music Theory I

3 credit hours
(Spring Only) (Prerequisite: MUSC-1003; Corequisite: MUSC-2213) Advanced principles of music theory including tonality, modality, figured bass, chord progressions and part writing, functional harmony, non-harmonic tones, cadences, and tonal relationships.

 

MUSC 2213 / Music Theory II

3 credit hours
(Fall Only) (Prerequisite: MUSC-2203; Corequisite: MUSC-2411) Continued study of advanced harmonic principles including secondary dominants, diminished chords, further harmonic analysis and treatment of 6/4 chords.

 

MUSC 2401 / Ear Training and Sight Singing I

1 credit hours
(Spring only) (Prerequisite: MUSC-1003; Corequisite: MUSC-2203) Intensified study and development of listening skills including note reading, diatonic progressions and intervallic relationships, rhythm, two-part writing, and simple chromaticism. Includes music lab.

 

MUSC 2411 / Ear Training and Sight Singing II

1 credit hours
(Fall only) (Prerequisite: MUSC- 2401; Corequisite: MUSA-2213) Continued development of listening skills with increased emphasis on non-diatonic writing, chromaticism, contemporary melody, and advanced rhythm. Includes music lab.

 

MUSC 2601 / Congregational Song-leading

1 credit hours
(As needed) Basic fundamentals of conveying rhythm, dynamics, and song leading. Includes choice of hymns, gospel songs, and choruses used in Sunday school, youth meetings, and worship services. Open to non-music majors.

 

MUSC 3112 / Form and Analysis

2 credit hours
(Spring alternate years) (Prerequisite: MUSC-2213) Advanced study of musical form beginning with basic elements for structure and harmonic analysis and progressing into twentieth century styles of composition. Includes extensive score study.

 

MUSC 3203 / Music Theory III

3 credit hours
(Spring only) (Prerequisite: MUSC-2213; Corequisite: MUSC-3411) Continued study of advanced harmonic principle including augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixths, modulation, mode mixture, and introduction to twentieth century practices.

 

MUSC 3213 / Music Theory IV

3 credit hours
(Fall only) (Prerequisite: MUSC-3203; Corequisite: MUSC-3411) Continued study of advanced harmonic principles.

 

MUSC 3401 / Ear Training and Sight Singing III

1 credit hours
(Spring only) (Prerequisite MUSC-2411; Corequisite: MUSC-3203) A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing II (MUSC-2411).

 

MUSC 3411 Ear Training and Sight Singing IV

1 credit hours
(Fall only) (Prerequisite MUSC-3401; Corequisite: MUSC-3213) A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing III (MUSC-3401).

 

MUSC 3502 / Contemporary Arranging/Orchestration and Technology

2 credit hours
(Prerequisite MUSC-2213) A course designed to help the student develop skills in arranging and orchestrating contemporary church music style for vocal and instrumental ensembles. The course will also include training in technology including, all types of sound and media enhancements.

 

MUSC-3512 / Choral Arranging

2 credit hours
(Fall Alternate Years) A study of vocal capabilities and arranging music for various combinations of voices. Special emphasis on arranging music for singers youth through adult ages. Finale Music Notation Software will be mastered in this course.

 

MUSC 3522 / Orchestration

2 credit hours
(Spring Alternate Years) (Prerequisite: MUSC-2213) The study of range and tone quality of orchestral instruments and their appropriate use in instrumental ensembles with practice in the basic skills of scoring. Special emphasis on arranging music for instrumentalists, youth through adult ability levels.Finale Music Notation Software will be mastered in this course.

 

MUSC 3602 / Introduction to Conducting

2 credit hours
(Alternating years in Fall with vocal/piano pedagogy) (Prerequisite: MUSC2203; MUSC-2213) An introduction to choral and instrumental conducting techniques of the baton, basic score reading and fundamentals of conducting.

 

MUSC 3611 / Advanced Accompanying

1 credit hours
For the advanced pianist who wishes to accompany large University groups or ensembles, including Weigle Concert Choir, all touring ensembles, Opera/Musical Theater workshop and weekly chapel services.

 

MUSC 3612 / Instrumental Conducting

2 credit hours
(Spring Alternate Years) (Prerequisite: MUSC-3602) A study of advanced conducting techniques, including style and interpretation; techniques in the use of a baton and instrumental conducting. Includes study of significant choral repertoire for youth and adult voices. Error detection skills and corrective measures will be practiced.

 

MUSC 3622 / Choral Conducting

2 credit hours
(Fall Alternate Years) (Prerequisite: MUSC-3602) An introduction to choral conducting and rehearsal technique. Includes study of significant choral repertoire for youth and adult voices. Error detection skills and corrective measures will be practiced.

 

MUSC 3632 / Worship in the Church

2 credit hours
(Alternating Spring semester with MUSC-4302) A course designed to help the student develop a biblical theology and philosophy of church music. Areas of study include the nature and philosophy of church music and the arts in worship, edification and evangelism, worship service design and worship leadership.

 

MUSC 3712 / Piano Pedagogy

2 credit hours
The techniques and rudiments of teaching piano, including the study of piano literature, teaching materials, and actual studio teaching.

 

MUSC 3713 / Vocal Pedagogy

3 credit hours
A survey of vocal teaching materials and techniques from beginning to advanced levels. In addition to the weekly class meeting, students will teach one-half hour lesson per week for an eight-week period over the duration of the semester.

 

MUSC 4302 / Hymnology

2 credit hours
(Alternating Spring semester with MUSC-3632) An extensive study of the development of the hymn from the early Church through the present time, the prominent composers, and the varying styles in Protestant denominations.

 

MUSC 4312 / Piano Literature

2 credit hours
Survey of the keyboard literature, for piano majors, of important composers form J.S. Bach through the present.

 

MUSC 4322 / Vocal Literature

2 credit hours
Survey of important composers of song literature, for voice majors, from classical through contemporary, including an introduction to and a study of German lieder, important song cycles, French melodie, and American art song.

 

MUSC 4959 / Special Topics

1-3 credit hours
(As needed) (Department chair approval; Senior status) An in-depth study in a specialized area.

 

MUSC 4969 / Special Topics

1-3 credit hours
(As needed) (MUSC-4959; Department chair approval; Senior status) An in-depth study in a specialized area.
 

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