I -- M U S I C E N S E M B L E S
All students may participate in a variety of choral and instrumental music ensembles. Music majors and minors must fulfill the ensemble requirement in their designated programs. Initial placement in an ensemble is determined by means of an interview or audition with the ensemble conductor; chamber ensembles are formed when sufficient interest warrants. Successful participation in a music ensemble may earn one credit each semester toward the maximum allowed in the student’s degree program. Please contact the ensemble conductor for further information.
Music 171 - Brass Choir, Daniel Zehringer
Music 173 - Handbell Choir, Margaret Dill
Music 177 - Chamber Orchestra, Brandon Jones
Music 179 - Symphonic Band, Brandon Jones
Choral and Vocal Ensembles
Music 183 - Opera Studio, Kenneth Scheffel
Music 185 - Wittenberg Choir, Donald Busarow
Music 187 - Wittenberg Singers, Carol Todd
Music 189 - Chamber Singers, Joyce Wendel
Music 191 - Flute Ensemble, Lori Akins
II -- G E N E R A L M U S I C C O U R S E S
The student may enroll in the following General Music courses to satisfy 1) the requirements of the General Education Program (usually applicable to Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts or Western Historical Perspectives or Non-Western Cultures: please check the Schedule of Classes for precise designations); 2) certain requirements in the music major or minor; or 3) the desire for the elective credit. The courses are leveled in accord with the guidelines given below, which serve as prerequisites.
Courses at the A “100” level -- Generally open to all students. Such courses assume no particular familiarity with music and tend to emphasize a substantial number of listening experiences.
Courses at the A “200” level -- The ability to read music and some experience in listening to music are recommended. Most courses at this level are writing-intensive and presume the successful completion of English 101.
Courses at the A “300” level -- Because standard college-level music texts may be used, the ability to read music is required. Students should have the ability to read critically from musical scores and literary sources of the period. Junior standing is recommended.
Music 100A - Fundamentals of Music: Studio
A course surveying the practical fundamentals of music, taught at instruments in the electronic keyboard laboratory. Reading and written assignments are de-emphasized -- the focus is on actively learning musical concepts, such as score reading, melody, harmony, and improvisation at the keyboard. Students will also be exposed to the margins of music and technology through such mediums as MIDI. Designed for those with little or no piano experience, the course has no prerequisites, but students must be willing to devote daily practice time to the mastering of cumulative skills. There will be a few written quizzes, but most of the examinations will consist of short exercises and performances at the keyboard. $5 Charge for headphone use.
Music 101A- Elementary Music Theory
A course designed for the non-major who wants to learn about basic music theory including scales, intervals, triads, keys, counterpoint, harmony, and analysis. A rudimentary ability to read music is helpful. The course includes extensive daily written and aural skills work, including sight-singing, performing rhythms, and dictation. Evaluation is by graded homework, written tests administered regularly throughout the course, and a final exam. By the end of the semester the successful student should have sufficient knowledge of the fundamentals of music to support additional music course work.
Music 110A - Understanding Music
A basic introductory course emphasizing aural perceptual skills and designed to enable the student to appreciate some of the great works of musical art. Explores the materials of music, i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, form and mediums of expression. Surveys the basic style periods of music. Required outside listening to a wide variety of music and attendance at selected, appropriate live performances. Assessment is by regular testing throughout the course, and a functional final exam.
Music 120 - Functional Keyboard Skills
A course designed to develop basic keyboard skills needed by non-keyboard music majors. Rudiments of theory, keyboard technique, basic improvisation, and harmonization will be covered. Taught in the electronic keyboard lab.
III -- A P P L I E D M U S I C L E S S O N S
Music 121 - 146 -- Applied Music Lessons
1 to 2 Credits
Applied music lessons are available for all students regardless of major. Please consult the Schedule for a complete list of offerings.
Music 321 - 346 - Advanced Applied Music Lessons
1 to 2 Credits
Students may take advanced applied lessons only after passing an examination in the applied area.
Enrollment and scheduling - Initial enrollment and teacher assignment can be arranged by contacting the chairperson of the Department of Music in Krieg Hall. At the time of the first lesson, the student’s level and course of study will be determined. In Applied Organ, Piano, and Voice, it may be necessary for students to audition in order to ascertain the suitability of applied study and to arrange for teacher assignment. If the student does not read music, enrollment in Music 100 (Fundamentals of Music: A Studio Course) may be recommended in order to establish enough background so that the student can practice independently and in a profitable manner. Because applied lessons are individually scheduled, it is necessary for continuing students to file copies of their proposed schedules with the departmental office before registering with the Registrar’s Office each semester lessons are taken.
Credit - Normally, weekly private lessons during the fifteen-week semester are 30 minutes in length and earn one credit. The expected time for practice is at least one hour a day. Should desire and program permit, it is possible to enroll for a 60-minute lesson every week and earn two credits. The expectations for practice time increase proportionately. The grade earned will be figured into the cumulative grade-point-average of the student.
Fees - During the 2005-2006 academic year, the fee for private applied music lessons is $300 for each credit taken. The applied music fee is usually waived if the lessons are part of the requirements for a major or a minor in music. Generally, for the minor, only one credit is waived each semester.
Practice rooms - Every student who is registered for applied music lessons may reserve suitable practice space of Krieg Hall. Since most practice rooms are always kept locked, a key deposit is required of those students who use them. Please consult the departmental office in order to obtain a key and to schedule practice rooms and rehearsal space. NOTE: Only students who are involved in the programs of the Department of Music, i.e., applied lessons or ensembles, may use a practice room.
Lockers - Lockers with combination locks for the storage of music and musical instruments are available in Krieg Hall and may be reserved by contacting the office of the Department of Music, Krieg 301B. Liability coverage is the responsibility of the student.
IV -- I N T E N S I V E M U S I C C O U R S E S
The following intensive courses in music are open to all students with the permission of the instructor; they are primarily designed for the music major. Further information about the courses may be obtained from the departmental office.
Music 155 - Music Theory I
Prerequisite: Music 102 or equivalent, or by placement examination. It is recommended that Music 155 be taken concurrently with Music 156: Music Skills I.
Begins with a review of the materials of music-scales, intervals, triads during the first two weeks of the semester. The text used is Walter Piston’s Harmony, fifth edition. The course then proceeds into harmonic progressions, first with the major mode and then the minor mode along with principles of voice leading, open and close positions, and rules of motion as set forth in Common Practice Period (1600-1825). Chords of inversion, non-harmonic tones, cadences, dominant seventh chords, and secondary dominants, (borrowed chords) complete the course. Exercises in each of these areas are provided in the text and supplemented with analytical work provided by the instructor. Grading is based on results of daily assignments. Every year.
Music 156 - Music Skills I
Prerequisite: Music 102 or equivalent, or by examination. It is recommended that Music 156 be taken concurrently with Music 155: Music Theory I. Music Skills includes two related components: (1) Singing: Students learn to sing pitch patterns and rhythm patterns, in order to facilitate their playing, singing, conducting, composing, and studying of music. Significant and regular outside practice is required. Grading is based on daily homework. (2) Ear Training: Students learn to notate pitch patterns and rhythm patterns presented aurally. Students learn to write down music they hear or create. Grading is based on dictation exams.
Music 199 - Music Practicum
Monitors attendance and participation by the music major at concert and recital events, at special workshops and clinics. Includes attending or participating in a monthly student recital. Required of all music majors every semester.
Music 208A – 1W 20th Century American Music
The course surveys, through written, visual, and recorded examples the major trends and events which have influenced the music of America in the twentieth century. The major topics of concentration include American serious composition, both traditional and avant garde; the heritage of American song and musical theater, as reflected in the music of Tin Pan Alley, and the modern Broadway musical; the roots of rag and jazz and their evolutions from World War I to the present; the influence of technology, with special emphasis on the media and motion pictures, as reflected in the musical impact of radio-tv and film composition, respectively. The course emphasizes a strong historical-sociological thrust, and effects of such events as the Great Depression, two World Wars, and twentieth-century technology are examined with respect to their impact on American culture and music. The course includes a midterm, a final and a paper. The text is Music in the New World by Charles Hamm (Norton, 1983). Writing intensive.
Music 216A/C 1W - Musics of the World
The world’s musics are as diverse as its lands, peoples, cultures, and languages. We study the music and culture of several disparate societies, including India, Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, and Latin America. This course serves as an introduction to research methods in ethnomusicology (the study of music in culture). At the conclusion, students will be equipped to answer the following questions: (a) What role does music play in the lives of its composers, performers, and listeners? (b) What musical elements create the unique sound of the music of a given culture? (c) What other elements of culture (language, art, literature, society, etc.) are relevant to the study of a society’s music?
Music 250 - Technology for Music Educators
An introduction to the many uses of technology in Music Education. Students learn how to use MIDI, digital audio and video, music notation programs, and sequencing programs. Grading will be based on completing a series of projects to prove competency in each area.
Music 259 - Post Tonal Theory
Prerequisite: Music 257, or permission of the instructor.
An introduction to basic theoretical concepts for understanding post-tonal music of the twentieth century. Students will learn and apply contemporary theoretical tools used in music analysis and composition. The student's grade will be based on homework assignments and tests.
Music 302H 1W - History of Western Music, 1750-1900
A survey of European music history and literature from the beginnings of the Classical style to the end of the Romantic era. The works of pre-classicists such as Rameau and Scarlatti are examined, as well as the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Major Romantic works by composers such as Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms are also surveyed in detail. The course includes a midterm, a final, and a paper. The text is The Development of Western Music by K Marie Stolba (McGraw-Hill, 1998). Required for music majors. Writing intensive.
Music 351 - Choral/Instrumental Conducting
Wendel, Joyce (Choral) and Jones, Brandon (Instrumental)
Prerequisite: Music 350.
The course will explore advanced conducting techniques in Choral and Instrumental conducting. Included will be ear training exercises, baton technique, terminology, conducting mixed meters, choral diction, transposition, and rehearsal techniques. There will be written exams as well as practical opportunities to apply the techniques.
Music 470 – Problems in Pedagogy & Literature: Voice
1 to 4 Credits
Prerequisite: Approval of the Department Chair and supervising professor.
Music 490 - Independent Study
1 to 4 Credits
Prerequisite: Approval of the Department Chair and supervising professor.
Individual project as arranged by the student with the supervising professor and the Department Chair. May be writing intensive.
Music 491 – Internship
2 to 4 Credits
Supervised learning-work experience at various on- or off-campus sites generally taken the senior year. Usually involves a written report, a journal, or other assignments.
Music 495 - Senior Recital/Paper
Prerequisite: At least three terms of advanced study in the primary area of applied music, senior standing, and concurrent registration in the area of advanced applied study.
Presentation of a full-length recital in the primary area of applied music study. A challenging program to be determined in consultation with the applied music teacher. Designed as a culmination of preceding studies. A written paper of moderate length and relating to some aspect of the program is also required. Required of Bachelor of Music degree students. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the student’s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Students qualified to pursue departmental honors will register for Music 496 with permission of the department chair. Writing intensive.
Music 496 - Senior Recital & Paper with Honors
Prerequisite: At least three terms of advanced study in the primary area of applied music, senior standing, and concurrent registration in the area of advanced applied study and permission of the department chair.
Presentation of a full-length recital in the primary area of applied music study. A challenging program to be determined in consultation with the applied music teacher. Designed as a culmination of preceding studies. A written paper of moderate length and relating to some aspect of the program is also required. Required of Bachelor of Music degree students. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the student’s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Writing intensive.
Music 497 - Senior Portfolio Review
Presentation of selected classwork and related materials and resources and the demonstration of musical skills and competencies in an oral examination format before a committee of three faculty members. Required of the major in music education. The review and examination should occur at the beginning of the senior year and at least one full semester prior to the student taking Education 495: Student Teaching.
Music 498 - Senior Project
Full-scale investigation of a selected topic or a production of a creative project. Usually presented in a written form. The project is juried by a committee of three faculty members. Both the project and the committee should be determined by the end of the student’s junior year and in consultation with the academic adviser and the department chair. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the student’s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Students qualified to pursue departmental honors will register for Music 499 with permission of the department chair. Writing intensive.
Music 499 -Senior Project with Honors
Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.
Full-scale investigation of a selected topic or a production of a creative project. Usually presented in a written form. The project is juried by a committee of three faculty members. Both the project and the committee should be determined by the end of the student’s junior year and in consultation with the academic adviser and the department chair. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the student’s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Writing intensive.
V -- M U S I C E D U C A T I O N
Music 231 - Woodwind Instruments
Prerequisites: Music 165 or instructor permission
This course is for music majors. Applied class instruction will be given in all of the woodwind instruments, with emphasis on teaching techniques and procedures. Available resources and teaching materials will also be surveyed.