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Course Descriptions

Music Course Listings - Spring 2013

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 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.

Instrumental Ensembles
Music 173 - Handbell Choir, Trudy Faber
Music 175 - Jazz Ensemble, Adam McCord
Music 177 - Chamber Orchestra, Brandon Jones
Music 179 - Symphonic Band, Brandon Jones
Choral and Vocal Ensembles
            Music 183 - Opera Studio, Susan Musselman
Music 185 - Wittenberg Choir, Adam Con
Music 187 - Wittenberg Singers, Adam Con
Chamber Ensembles
Music 191 - Flute Ensemble, Lori Akins
Music 193 - Chamber Ensemble, Christopher Durrenberger


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
4 Credits   
Durrenberger, Christopher

Prerequisites: none
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
4 Credits
Grogan, Charles

Prerequisites: none
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
4 Credits
Schubert, David

Prerequisites: none
A basic introductory course designed to explore some of the great works of musical art.  The materials of music, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and texture are examined in their historical contexts from the Medieval period to the present.  Various forms of musical expression such as the fugue, sonata form, and theme and variations are also surveyed.  Listening to a wide variety of music and attendance at concerts is required.  The text is The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening by Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney (11th Edition/Shorter Version,W.W. Norton & Company).

Music 110A Understanding Music
4 Credits
Grogan, Charles

Prerequisites: none
A basic introductory course designed to explore some of the great works of musical art.  The materials of music, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and texture are examined in their historical contexts from the Medieval period to the present.  Various forms of musical expression such as the fugue, sonata form, and theme and variations are also surveyed.  Listening to a wide variety of music and attendance at concerts is required.  The text is The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening by Joseph Machlis and Kristine Forney (11th Edition/Shorter Version,W.W. Norton & Company).

Music 120 - Functional Keyboard Skills
2 Credits
Durrenberger, Christopher

Prerequisites: Must be able to read music
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
Staff

Prerequisite: Departmental permission
Applied music lessons are available for all students regardless of major, for a fee.  Please consult the Schedule for a complete list of offerings.

Music 321 - 346 - Advanced Applied Music Lessons
1 to 2 Credits
Staff

Prerequisite: Departmental permission
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 2012-2013 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 fee 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
2 Credits
Kazez, Daniel

Prerequisite: Music 102 or equivalent, or by placement examination. It is recommended that Music 155 be taken concurrently with Music 156: Music Skills I.
A study of the harmonic practice of the Common Practice Period (1600s-1800s), including triads in second inversion, nonchord tones, and diatonic seventh chords. Form is also be covered. Grading is based on daily homework, tests, and projects in composition and analysis.

Music 156 - Music Skills I
2 Credits
Kazez, Daniel

Prerequisite: Music 102 or equivalent, or by examination. It is recommended that Music 156 be taken concurrently with Music 155: Music Theory I.
Students learn to sing standard pitch and rhythm pattern, to facilitate the playing, singing, conducting, composing, and studying of music. Significant and regular outside practice is required. Grading is based on daily homework. Ear Training is also included: Students learn to notate pitch patterns and rhythm patterns presented aurally, so that they can write down music they hear or create. Grading is based on dictation exams.

Music 199 - Music Practicum
0 Credit
Georges, Corwin

Prerequisite: none
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 216 A/C - Musics of the World
4 Credits
Kazez, Daniel

Prerequisite: none
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 “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 236 - Foreign Language Lyric Diction
2 Credits
Schubert, David

Prerequisite: Permission required
The course presents a basic study in the pronunciation and the application of the German and French languages as these relate to singing through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Materials for the class include Thomas Grubb's Singing in French and William Odom's German for Singers; and examples of repertoire, primarily art songs, from a variety of periods and styles. Applicable to all students of voice and required of all voice performance majors.

Music 259 - Analysis of Music After 1900
2 Credits
Kazez, Daniel

Prerequisite: Music 257, or permission of the instructor.
The music composed after 1900 differs vastly from the music of the Common Practice Period (1600s-1800s). After 1900, composers used innovative techniques to create melody and harmony; elements such as orchestration, form, and rhythm were also distinctive. Through reading, discussion, analysis, and composition, we will study this music in an attempt to understand (both on paper and by sound) the manner in which composers after 1900 achieved originality, organization, and cohesion in their music. Grades will be based on several tests and a major analysis project.

Music 302H 1W - History of Western Music, 1750-1900
4 Credits
Jones, Brandon

Prerequisite: Must be able to read music
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.  Required for music majors.  Writing intensive. 

Music 490 - Independent Study
1 to 4 Credits
Staff

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
Staff

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
2 Credits
Staff

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
2 Credits
Staff

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
0 Credit
Staff

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
2 Credits
Staff

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
2 Credits
Staff

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
1 Credit
Grove, Lisa

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.

Music 250 - Technology for Music Educators
2 Credits
Jones, Brandon

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.

MUSI 464 - Choral Music in the School
3 credits
Con, Adam
Prerequisite: Music 165 and Education 103 or 104.
Study of materials and methods for teaching music in junior, middle and senior high schools with emphasis upon classroom courses such as music history, music theory, etc., as well as the study of vocal problems and techniques of the changing voice and its application to junior and senior high school choral groups. Includes exploratory teaching in the public school. This course satisfies requirements for a teaching licensure in the area of music. Alternate years.

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