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Department of Music

The Music Department seeks to develop students’ God-given talents by training skilled musicians for Christian service, fostering aesthetic discernment in varying styles of music and providing opportunities for performing, creating and serving God and the community through music. The Music Department offers majors in music leading to a bachelor of music degree in performance (with primary applied areas in any traditional instrument, voice, or piano) or music education. A bachelor of arts degree in music and a bachelor of science degree in music business are also available. 

Prospective music majors should contact the Music Department before or at the same time they apply to the University to make arrangements for an audition. Performance scholarship and grant money is allotted to outstanding students based upon their auditions and other University criteria. Performance grant application forms may be obtained at any time by calling the Music Department secretary at 260-359-4262. Music audition days are normally held at the beginning of the spring semester of each academic year.

Several assessments are made to ensure that each music student is progressing sufficiently and has a reasonable expectation of completing the degree program in four years. All students enrolled in private applied lessons must complete a performance jury at the end of each semester. Freshmen will interview with the music faculty at the end of the second semester to evaluate the viability of continued study. Sophomores in the bachelor of music degrees will take the upper divisional qualifying exam in their primary applied area at the end of the second semester, in lieu of a jury, to determine their eligibility for advancement to upper division applied lessons. All candidates for the bachelor of music and candidates for the bachelor of arts will take the piano proficiency exam, typically after four semesters of class piano or private study, and will take similar proficiency exams in voice and guitar. All students majoring in music will take MU 115 and two hours of applied music to be counted in fulfillment of core requirements.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Students who choose the performance major in the bachelor of music degree must complete MU 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 178, 301, 302, 303, 304, 341, and 342; pass a piano proficiency exam; and give a one half-hour and one-hour recital. In addition to the basic performance requirements, students whose primary applied area is voice must take FR 111; GM 111; MU 241, 242, 344, 365, 385; MU A01-04; eight semesters of MU P12 (eight credits); four semesters of MU P30 (0 credit); four semesters of applied voice for two credits; four semesters of upper division applied voice for two credits; and eight semesters of MU ALAB. Students whose primary applied areas are wind, string or percussion must take MU 236, 237, 335, 346, 380; MU A01-04; participate in at least one major instrumental ensemble (MU P20 or P21) for eight semesters (eight credits); one semester of MU P22 (one credit); four semesters of applied instrument for two credits; four semesters of upper division applied instrument for two credits; eight semesters of MU ALAB; and participate in a second ensemble for four semesters. Students whose primary applied area is piano must take MU 335, 347, 382; participate in at least one major ensemble (MU P12, P20, P21) for eight semesters (eight credits); one semester of MU P22 (one credit); four semesters of MU P31; four semesters of applied piano for two credits; four semesters of upper division applied piano for two credits; applied study in a secondary instrument or voice (two credits for two semesters); eight semesters of MU ALAB; and an elective in music (two hours). The bachelor of music performance major prepares students for graduate school and college teaching as well as for professions such as solo and ensemble performance, accompanying, conduction, church music ministry, private teaching and teaching at private Christian academies.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education Leading to Teacher Licensing

The music education major in the bachelor of music degree provides the student with two possible licensing programs that permit the student to teach in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Students must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program no later than the fall semester of the junior year. In addition to the required music courses, all music education students must complete PY 111 Introduction to Psychology, ED 212 Introduction to Education, ED 236 Educational Psychology, SE 232 Education of the Exceptional Learner, ED 364 Assessment Strategies for Secondary Educators (or ED 362 Assessment Strategies for Elementary Educators), MU 234 Elementary General Music Methods, MU 325 Middle School Music Methods, either MU 427 Instrumental Methods and Communication or MU 429 Choral Methods and Communication, ED 395 Multicultural Practicum, ED 440 Topics and Problems and ED 450 or 460 Student Teaching in Elementary or Secondary school.

To complete the music education major in the bachelor of music degree with a concentration in all-grade vocal and general music students must complete MU 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 178, 241, 242, 301, 302, 303, 304, 335, 338, 341, 342, 360, 385; MU A01-A04 and A08 (unless in applied area); two semesters of applied voice or applied piano for one credit;  two semesters of applied voice or applied piano for two credits; three semesters of upper division applied voice or applied piano for two credits; seven semesters of MU ALAB; seven semesters of MU P12; pass the piano proficiency exam; and give a 25-minute senior recital. Piano may be the major applied area, in which case, a student must complete four semesters of applied voice.

To complete the music education major in the bachelor of music degree with a concentration in all-grade instrumental and general music students must complete MU 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 178, 236, 237, 301, 302, 303, 304, 335, 341, 342, and 360; MU A01-A04 and MU A06 and A08 (unless in applied area); two semesters of applied instrument for one credit; two semesters of applied instrument for two credits; three semesters of upper division applied instrument for two credits; seven semesters of MU ALAB; MU P22 for two semesters; seven semesters of one major instrumental ensemble (MU P20 or P21); pass the piano proficiency exam; and give a 25-minute senior recital. Piano may be the major applied area, in which case, a comprehensive proficiency on a secondary instrument must be demonstrated.

Bachelor of Arts 

The music major in the bachelor of arts degree is a general liberal arts degree for the student interested in music but not seeking a career in public-school teaching or performance. Students who choose the music major in the bachelor of arts degree must complete MU 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 178, 301, 302, 303, 304, 341, and 342; MU A01, A02, and A08 (unless in applied area); six semesters of applied lessons for one credit; six semesters of MU ALAB; and six semesters of major ensembles (MU P12, P20, P21) for one credit.

Bachelor of Science in Music Business

The music business major in the bachelor of science degree is designed for those students interested in operating a commercial music enterprise, such as a retail music store or private lesson studio or in working in the sound recording or commercial music industry. Students in this program complete MU 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 178, 265, 285, 342; MU A01; MU A02; six semesters of applied study; six semesters of MU ALAB; two semesters of MU P22; seven semesters for credit of a major ensemble (MU P12, P20, P21); AC 241, 242; BA 252, 281, 351; OA 215CG, 215DB; two courses from any 300 or 400 level business course, including OA 371; and 12 hours either on-campus or off-campus at the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Students who select the on-campus program must complete MU 497 and ten hours from MI 304; MU 301, 320, 321, 322, 323, 335, 338. Students who select the off-campus program at the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities must complete CMC 300, 301, 302; and courses to complete one of the following tracks. The artist track requires CMC 406, 407 and 408. The business track requires CMC 412, 413 and 414. The technical track requires CMC 409, 415 and 416.

Minor in Music

A minor in music may be earned by completing 22 hours in music courses, including MU 110, 111, 115, 178; six semesters of a major ensemble for 0 credit (MU P12, P20, or P21); six credits of applied music lessons; six semesters of MU ALAB; and nine additional elective hours from any music course listing.

Courses in Music

MU 105 Music Theory Fundamentals
(1 credit - Spring)

Students will learn basic knowledge related to key signatures, scales, intervals and chords. Student will also develop skills in writing and identifying these foundational music theory elements.
For students wishing to take MU 110 Music Theory I and are unable to pass the Theory Entrance Exam administered on the first day of class, this course will be required to take and pass before enrolling again in MU 110.

MU 110 Music Theory I
(3 credits - Fall)

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the formal construction of music. It includes an in-depth study of rhythmic notation, tonality, scales, key systems, intervals and transposition, chords, figured bass, cadences, non-harmonic tones, melodic organization and analysis, texture, principles of voice leading, first species counterpoint and an introduction to composition and improvisation.
Must be taken concurrently with MU 111.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on Theory Entrance Exam administered on the first day of fall classes. Recommendations for preparation for the Theory Entrance Exam are provided by the Music Department upon request.

MU 111 Aural Skills I
(1 credit - Fall)

An introduction to dictation and recognition exercises in melody, harmony and rhythm, with special attention to intervals. Students learn to sight-sing using the move-able do" system. Dictation and sight-singing exercises are related to studies in written theory/form. "
Must be taken concurrently with MU 110.

MU 112 Music Theory II
(3 credits - Spring)

A continuation of composition, improvisation and voice-leading principles and an in-depth study of harmonic progression and analysis, seventh chords, modulation and binary/ternary forms.
Must be taken concurrently with MU 113.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 110

MU 113 Aural Skills II
(1 credit - Spring)

A continued study of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Sight-singing studies are continued, including singing in minor and using chromatic syllables.
Must be taken concurrently with MU 112.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 111

MU 115 Introduction to Music
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)

An introduction to appreciation of Western music concentrating on: basic terminology and instruments; the time periods of music history and their respective style characteristics; the parallels between poetry, literature, visual art and music; listening skills to encourage life-long learning; and a sociological understanding of how different cultures use music. An emphasis is placed on critical analysis and writing skills. Listening assignments and concert attendance are required.

MU 178 Basic Conducting
(1 credit - Fall)

Introduction to the basic conducting patterns and coordination of both hands. Practice in shaping musical sounds through conducting, demonstrating a functional knowledge of the language of music.
Usually taken concurrently with MU 301 and 302.

MU 234 Elementary General Music Methods
(3 credits - Spring)

The study of the musical development of children ages 3-9 years as well as methods and materials for teaching general music in elementary school. Suzuki, Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and Gordon educational systems will be studied in detail, and the student will become familiar with the basic vocabulary of each method, i.e. Kodaly hand-signals, Dalcroze eurhythmics movement, Orff instruments, etc. Topics related to program administration and assessment of students' progress will be explored.
Field experience, including work with special needs children, required.
Prerequisites: ED 212 and C- or better in MU 301 and 302

MU 236 Brass/Percussion Techniques and Pedagogy
(2 credits - Fall Even Years)

A pedagogical study of the brass and percussion families of instruments, learning basic embouchure, fingerings, how to produce a correct tone, sticks and rhythmic rudiments and melodic percussion mallets. The student will gain a familiarity with the instruments and experience in methods for teaching the instruments to beginners.

MU 237 Woodwind/String Techniques and Pedagogy
(2 credits - Spring Odd Years)

A pedagogical study of the woodwind and string families of instruments, learning basic embouchure or position, fingerings, how to produce a correct tone and other basic rudiments. The student will gain a familiarity with the instruments and experience in methods for teaching the instruments to beginners.

MU 241 English/German Diction and Literature
(2 credits - Fall Even Years)

Students will learn and master the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and drill on phonetics and rules of English diction for singers while studying the major song literature of Great Britain and America, from the Renaissance to the Modern period. Students will apply the IPA to learning German pronunciation and diction for singers while exploring the major German art song repertoire from the Renaissance through the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the major song cycles and other Lieder of the Romantic Period.

MU 242 Latin/Italian/French Diction and Literature
(2 credits - Spring Odd Years)

Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), students will learn correct singer's diction in Latin and Italian, memorize basic vocabulary, learn to translate text and transcribe text into IPA while exploring the Mass and other significant Latin prose and the major Italian art song repertoire of the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Mid-semester, the emphasis will switch to the French language with work on learning correct diction, transcribing orthographic language to IPA, translating and memorizing basic vocabulary while listening to and singing French Melodie from the major periods.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 241

MU 265 Music Technology
(2 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course has two components. The first is an introduction to the use of public address equipment in a performance setting. Topics include the various components of the PA system, its use and criteria for selection and preparation for hands-on work with different systems. The second component features the use of electronic keyboards and computers. The student will learn to connect the two and, through, MIDI interface, exchange information to be used in recording, performing, scoring and sequencing.
Prerequisite: MU 112

MU 285 Introduction to the Music Industry
(2 credits - Spring Even Years)

An overview of the music industry, including a survey of its history and a study of contemporary trends. Focus is given to the recording industry, band organization and legal issues.
Field trips expected.

MU 301 Music Theory III
(3 credits - Fall)

A continuation of composition, improvisation and a study of chromatic harmony, including borrowed chords, Neapolitan sixths, augmented sixths, extended chords, altered dominants, chromatic mediants, common-tone diminished sevenths and foreign modulation.
Must be taken concurrently with MU 302.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 112

MU 302 Aural Skills III
(1 credit - Fall)

An intermediate study of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation and recognition. Sight-singing studies include chromatic syllables, modulation and syncopation.
Must be taken concurrently with MU 301.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 113

MU 303 Music Theory IV
(3 credits - Spring)

A study of form and analysis, including standard classical instrumental and vocal forms, and an introduction to the characteristics and techniques of Impressionist, twentieth century and New Music.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 301

MU 304 Aural Skills IV
(1 credit - Spring)

Advanced study of harmonic dictation and other aural skills. Further sight-singing studies in modulation, as well as modal, non-tonal and twentieth-century melodies.
Must be taken concurrently with MU 303.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 301

MU 320 Basic Song Writing
(2 credits - Fall Odd Years)

Students will receive beginning instruction in song composition. Related areas of song marketing, promotion, publication and copyright law will be explored.
Prerequisite: MU 110

MU 321 Artist Management Strategies
(2 credits - Spring Odd Years)

Students will receive instruction in the management of the musical artist within the music industry. The many forces of the music business that influence and shape the artist and the artistic product are investigated.
Prerequisite: BA 252

MU 322 Introduction to Recording Techniques
(2 credits - Spring Even Years)

Introduction to the equipment of the studio and its use, including studio session procedures and recording production.
Prerequisite: MU 265

MU 323 Marketing for Music
(2 credits - Fall Even Years)

Selected topics in methods and principles of marketing music products.
Prerequisite: BA 381

MU 325 Middle School Music Methods
(3 credits - Fall)

The study of the musical development of children and young adolescents ages 10-14 years as well as methods and materials for teaching general music, guitar class, piano class, beginning band, beginning choir and exploratory music appreciation courses in middle school or junior high.
Field experience, including work with special needs children, required.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 234

MU 335 Orchestration
(2 credits - Fall Odd Years)

An introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, their ranges, tones, technical idiosyncrasies, histories and scoring for small ensembles, wind bands and orchestra. Some non-Western instruments are also studied such as the string instruments of the Far East and percussion instruments of Africa and Latin America.
Prerequisite: MU 112

MU 338 Choral Arranging and Composition
(2 credits - Spring)

Practical experience in and the study of arranging styles and techniques for various choral ensembles, including SATB, SSA and TTBB. Students will learn to use music-writing computer programs to complete major assignments such as arrangements of instrumental works, hymns, simple chorales, transcriptions, freely composed works for different combinations of voices and voices with instruments.
Prerequisite: MU 112

MU 341 Music History and Literature I
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

Detailed study of the history and stylistic development of music from antiquity to 1750, including interdisciplinary studies relating music to other arts and humanities. Although the main focus is on Western art music, many ethnomusicological examples are used and some unusual genre of world music are studied.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 115

MU 342 Music History and Literature II
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

Detailed study of the history and stylistic development of music from 1750 through the twentieth century, including Western art music and non-traditional world music. Students will explore wholly modern idioms such as jazz aleatory and minimalist music and will examine non-Western harmonic systems.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU 115

MU 344 Vocal Literature
(2 credits - Spring Even Years)

A survey of vocal music composers, their styles and their literature from the major musical periods: Baroque, Classic, Romantic, twentieth century and Contemporary. Performance class designed for music majors and minors. Students will complete an annotated compendium and discography of the major vocal literature.
Prerequisite: One year of applied voice (MU A10)

MU 346 Literature of the Instrument
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)

Survey of solo, chamber and concerto literature for an orchestral instrument. This class will usually be taught by the applied instrument instructor concurrently with the applied lessons during the semester of the Senior Recital. Students will complete an annotated bibliography and discography of the major repertoire for their instruments.

MU 347 Piano Literature
(2 credits - Spring Even Years)

Survey of solo, concerto and chamber music literature for the piano. Students will complete an annotated compendium and discography of the major repertoire for piano.
Prerequisite: One year applied study

MU 360 Advanced Conducting
(2 credits - Spring)

Practical application of advanced conducting techniques combined with principles of score study and rehearsal techniques. Students work with various ensembles to hone conducting and rehearsal skills.
Prerequisite: MU 178

MU 365 Techniques of Musical Theatre
(2 credits - Spring Odd Years)

This course is an introduction to the skills essential for today's musical theatre performer. Topics such as song preparation, dance/ movement, ensemble and duet work, musicality and acting the lyric will be covered. The semester will conclude with a public performance of music and scenes.
Identical with TH 365.
Prerequisites: Music or theatre major and sophomore standing

MU 380 Instrumental Pedagogy
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)

Exploration of common pedagogical principles for private wind, string or percussion instrumental instruction, with a study of the methods and materials from most of the major publishers. Consideration of business management, marketing and ethical issues confronting private studio teachers.
Prerequisite: One year of applied study

MU 382 Piano Pedagogy
(2 credits - Fall Odd Years)

Exploration of common pedagogical principles for private and group piano instruction for students of all ages, with a study of the methods and resources from most of the major publishers and suppliers. Consideration of new technology, business management, marketing, ethical and performance issues confronting studio piano teachers.
Prerequisite: One year of applied study

MU 385 Vocal Pedagogy
(2 credits - Fall Odd Years)

A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the singing process, respiration and phonation, the classification of vocal fach and a discussion of the various pedagogical approaches to the teaching of singing. Students will compile an annotated bibliography of 50 books and journals on teaching voice and an additional annotated bibliography of literature for the beginning singer in all fachs.
Prerequisite: One year of voice class or applied study

MU 395 Practicum in Music
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Practicum in some aspect of music designed to give student practical, directed experience.
Prerequisite: Consent

MU 427 Instrumental Methods and Communication
(3 credits - Fall)

The study of teaching instrumental music in the public schools, including pedagogy and materials for band, orchestra and jazz band. Extensive work in communications includes the study of various learning styles and methods for reaching those learners and producing polished written communications. Other topics include organizing booster organizations and planning and managing budgets. Students will complete a detailed written project outlining the establishment of a high school or middle school instrumental program, purchase of instruments, choice of literature, balance of instrumentation, publicity and recruitment.
Field experience, including work with special needs children, required.
Prerequisites: All junior music coursework and C- or better in MU 325

MU 429 Choral Methods and Communication
(3 credits - Fall)

The study of teaching choral music in the public schools, including pedagogy and materials for mixed and same-sex traditional ensembles and show choirs. Using Don Collins' Teaching Choral Music, students will study Piaget and other theories of cognitive development and learning styles and practice methods of communication with each. This writing intensive course culminates in an extensive written project on the development of a high school or middle school comprehensive choral program, including setting up a budget, purchasing equipment, choosing and purchasing uniforms, planning concert programs, publicity and recruitment.
Field experience, including work with special needs children, required.
Prerequisites: All junior music coursework and C- or better in MU 325

MU 490 Independent Study
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

A research project, usually culminating in a formal monograph related to the music major; recommended for seniors preparing to enter graduate school.
Prerequisite: Consent

MU 495 Internship in Music
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

A field experience in music which provides an opportunity for the student to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Student maintains close cooperation with the supervisory personnel in the field.
Prerequisite: Consent

MU 497 Internship in Music Business
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)

Students intern with a music agency, such as a professional recording studio, a retail store or wholesale music or instrument distributor, an applied teaching studio, an instrument building or repair facility, or other commercial music enterprise.
Prerequisite: Completion of junior coursework in music with an emphasis in business

Courses in Applied Music

Private instruction, with emphasis on acquiring a functional knowledge of the language and grammar of music and developing instrumental technique and interpretive skills, is required for all music majors and minors. Private studio work includes a study of standard literature from all periods of music history. Bachelor of music students will receive 12 full-hour lessons per semester in their major instrument and are required to practice one hour per day for each credit hour of applied instruction. Applied students must also attend a weekly area lab, participate in formal and informal recitals and the ensemble appropriate to their instrument and attend a specified number of concerts and recitals for which they are asked to write critical reviews. Music majors may also register for private instruction on a minor instrument, usually a half-hour lesson per week for one credit hour.

Only students who are music majors or minors or who have permission from the Music Department may register for private music lessons. If room is available in the studio teacher’s schedule, non-majors may audition for the music faculty for permission to study applied music. Preference is given to theatre and ministry and missions majors.

Bachelor of arts students taking applied music designated for one credit meet for 12 half-hour lessons per semester. Students taking private lessons pay an applied lesson fee in addition to regular tuition. The fee amount is determined by whether the student is taking a half-hour or full-hour lesson. No refund of lesson fees is made once arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Class applied instruction is offered every semester in piano, voice and guitar; and these classes are open to all Huntington University students regardless of major.

Students pursuing music performance or music education programs who have minimal piano background will normally enroll in Class Piano I-IV, MU A01-04, for their first four semesters of piano study, after which they will be expected to pass a piano proficiency exam and may elect private lessons. Study emphases for non-keyboard music majors and minors are functional keyboard skills rather than repertoire.

Bachelor of music degree students will normally enroll in Class Voice I, MU A06, in the freshman year and in Class Guitar I, MU A08, in the sophomore year. Applied Instruction, MU A10-MU A29, is taken for two credits in the primary applied area and one credit in the minor area during the freshman and sophomore years, after which the student is required to pass an upper divisional qualifying exam. Upon passing the exam, students register in upper division applied instruction, MU A30-A49, for two credits. Students in music education programs register for two-credit lessons for three semesters, culminating in a 25-minute recital. Students completing the music performance program must register for upper division applied lessons for four semesters, culminating in an hour recital. All students registered for applied lessons (MU A10-A49) must also register for applied music lab (MU ALAB).

MUA 01 Class Piano I - Beginning Level One
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

For beginning pianists, this class focuses on the development of music reading, basic piano facility and motor skills. For music majors whose primary applied area is not keyboard, this course is the first in a four-semester sequence in preparation for the piano proficiency exam. The class covers Level One of Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course. Technical study includes five-note scales with varied articulations, all triads, major arpeggios, pedal use, harmonization and transposition of melodies and sight reading.

MUA 02 Class Piano II - Beginning Level Two
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

A continuation of MU A01. Technical study includes all one-octave major and minor scales, all major/minor arpeggios, triad and seventh chord inversions, chord progressions, greater depth in harmonization/transposition of melodies and sight reading.
Prerequisite: MU A01

MUA 03 Class Piano III - Intermediate Level One
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

A continuation of MU A02. Technical study includes one-octave major/minor scales and arpeggios, with more advanced chord progressions and resolutions, harmonization/transposition of melodies and sight reading.
Prerequisite: MU A02

MUA 04 Class Piano IV - Intermediate Level Two
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

A continuation of MU A03. Repertoire focus is on proficiency pieces. Proficiency level is achieved in scales, arpeggios, chord progressions/resolutions, harmonization/transposition and sight reading.
Prerequisite: MU A03

MUA 06 Class Voice I - Beginning
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

Class voice is a group setting in which students learn the basics of singing. Students in this class will learn proper technique in voice production. Repertoire covered includes art songs, arias, folk songs and musicals. Students are expected to sing in front of the class and to practice consistently.

MUA 08 Class Guitar I - Beginning
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

This course is intended for students who have no experience playing the guitar. The focus is on fundamental skills needed to play worship music, including reading traditional sheet music, tablature and chord charts. Students will learn to play finger-style and with a pick, identify and play chords and scales, strum basic patterns and tune the guitar. Emphasis is on formal technique through contemporary praise and worship and folk repertoire.
Students provide their own acoustic guitar in good playing condition. Nylon strings are recommended.

MUA 10 Applied Voice
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 11 Applied Piano
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 12 Applied Organ
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 13 Applied Guitar
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 14 Applied Violin
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 15 Applied Viola
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 16 Applied Cello
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 17 Applied Double Bass
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 18 Applied Flute
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 19 Applied Oboe
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 20 Applied Clarinet
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 21 Applied Bassoon
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 22 Applied Saxophone
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 23 Applied Trumpet
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 24 Applied French Horn
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 25 Applied Trombone
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 26 Applied Euphonium
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 27 Applied Tuba
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 28 Applied Percussion
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 29 Applied Composition
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 30 Upper Division Voice
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 31 Upper Division Piano
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 32 Upper Division Organ
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 33 Upper Division Guitar
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 34 Upper Division Violin
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 35 Upper Division Viola
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 36 Upper Division Cello
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 37 Upper Division Double Bass
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 38 Upper Division Flute
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 39 Upper Division Oboe
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 40 Upper Division Clarinet
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 41 Upper Division Bassoon
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 42 Upper Division Saxophone
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 43 Upper Division Trumpet
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 44 Upper Division French Horn
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 45 Upper Division Trombone
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 46 Upper Division Euphonium
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 47 Upper Division Tuba
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 48 Upper Division Percussion
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA 49 Upper Division Composition
(2 credits - Fall, Spring)


MUA LAB Applied Music Lab
(0 credits - Fall, Spring)

All music majors and minors register for MU ALAB and attend lab sessions in their applied area. The labs for each instrument include a multi-faceted curriculum that is designed to instruct in a variety of areas related to the instrument. Students are coached and perform during lab sessions and discuss topics such as pedagogy, repertoire, performance practice, formal criticism and chamber music.

Music Ensembles

Participation in music ensembles will enhance a functional knowledge of the language and grammar of music. Ensembles are open to any student, regardless of major, and credits earned by participation in an ensemble will apply toward the general education Core requirement of one creative studio arts experience. Students may register in an ensemble for 0 or 1 credit. Students registered for 0 credit will receive grades which are posted on the official transcript but do not affect the grade point average.

MUP 12 Concert Choir
(0 to 1 credits - Fall, Spring)

The Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble and normally tours during the spring semester. Meets four and a half hours per week. Repertoire includes major choral literature, early music and contemporary works for chorus.

MUP 20 Symphonic Band
(0 to 1 credits - Fall, Spring)

For wind, brass and percussion performers, the symphonic band performs standard band literature and provides on- and off-campus performances. May include musicians from the community in addition to students and faculty.

MUP 21 Chamber Orchestra
(0 to 1 credits - Fall, Spring)

The chamber orchestra is open to all string players by audition and performs standard chamber string literature. The chamber strings occasionally join with wind players from the Wind Ensemble to perform standard orchestral literature. Meets two hours per week with additional rehearsals scheduled for pit work. Usually includes one or two performances per semester plus pit work for shows.
May include musicians from the community in addition to students and faculty.

MUP 22 Jazz Improvisation
(0 to 1 credits - Spring)

Group of instrumentalists who perform in various jazz styles. Jazz improvisation is taught as a part of the ensemble. Meets two hours per week. Most performances are held on campus.

MUP 30 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop
(0 to 1 credits - Spring)

An acting, singing and stage movement workshop culminating in scenes for performance from musical theatre, operetta and opera.
Must be able to read music.
Prerequisite: C- or better in MU A06 Class Voice I or one semester of applied voice

MUP 31 Accompanying Seminar
(0 to 1 credits - Fall, Spring)

A weekly workshop seminar in which pianists work with soloists and are coached by the piano faculty to polish selected repertoire in a four-semester cycle. One semester each is devoted to the following: art song, choral music, orchestral reductions (concertos, opera) and chamber music/instrumental works.

Contemporary Music Center Program

CMC 300 Faith, Music and Culture
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

The purpose of this course is to help students develop a Christian approach to the creation, marketing and consumption of contemporary music. While engaging in studies of theory, history and criticism, students will explore the concept of culture and the nature of popular culture, while examining popular art and music in contemporary aesthetic, social, cultural and industrial contexts. Additional topics include a study of the role of popular music in cultural communication, the development of a Christian critical method and an examination of different Christian approaches to popular art and culture.

CMC 301 Inside the Music Business
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Through readings, lectures and seminars, the course will give up-to-the-minute insight into the inner workings of the music industry. Emphasis will be given to career possibilities and the gifts and skills required to succeed in each of the major areas, including work as a performer, songwriter, record producer and engineer, artist manager, booking agent, concert promoter, record retailer, entertainment attorney, A&R executive, marketing executive, sales executive and music journalist. Students will gain an understanding of the structure and methodologies of a typical U.S. record company, including A&R, marketing, radio promotion, public relations, sales and distribution, product development, art, manufacturing and business affairs.

CMC 302 Practicum "Road Tour"
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

The CMC Tour is the capstone experience of the semester. Students and faculty embark on a 6-day tour of college campuses and other venues, mounting a show each night with full production - lights, sound, staging and video. Every student is involved in the process either as a performer, part of the technical staff, or as a producer. The Business Track students are also required to keep the tour on budget by tracking costs and providing daily analysis of the budget.

Artist Track

CMC 406 Essentials of Song Writing
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Artists will receive classroom instruction, participate in directed study with faculty and work in collaboration with other students to develop their use of form, melody, harmony, rhythm and lyric. Emphasis will be placed on the song as the vehicle for the artist's creative exploration and public communication.

CMC 407 Studio Recording
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Artists, via both the classroom and lab, will work with faculty, other students and visiting experts to learn how to produce, record, mix and edit recordings in a professional digital studio.

CMC 408 Performance
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

In consultation with staff and Business Track students, artists develop a live concert presentation that best utilizes their gifts as musicians, entertainers and communicators. Both on-campus showcases and public performances are presented throughout the semester.

Business Track

CMC 412 Strategic Management
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Business Track students will assemble a successful artist roster and participate in the following activities on their artist's behalf: scheduling, creating a business plan, analyzing and forecasting trends in popular music, advising and developing the artists with regard to their live show and recordings.

CMC 413 Music Business Survey
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Through lecture, text and visiting music industry experts, Business Track students will gain a broad understanding of key aspects of the music business, including: booking, artist management, touring, road management, production, marketing and promotion, copyright and legal issues, publishing and licensing. This course will outline economic, creative and spiritual elements critical to a career in contemporary music and guide students in assessing their own strengths, weaknesses and interests. The focus for this course is hands-on application through work with contracts, live show production and career planning.

CMC 414 Advanced Media Marketing
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Through classroom instruction and presentations by visiting industry experts, Business Track students will become familiar with traditional and progressive marketing strategies. Key areas, including publicity, advertising, radio and video promotion, Internet marketing and tour support, will be addressed. Students will develop a comprehensive marketing plan for each Artist and will also create and implement the marketing plan for the CMC Tour.

Technical Track

CMC 409 Advanced Studio Recording
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

This course focuses on professional audio recording and production. The concepts and practices learned in this course will be used by the students to engineer and mix three songs per student in the Artist Track. The goal is for students to leave the CMC prepared for an entry-level position in any area of studio recording.

CMC 415 Concert Production
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

This course focuses on sound reinforcement, stage lighting and design, stage management and concert production management. The concepts and practices learned in this course will be used by the students to produce the weekly CMC Live show in support of the Artist Track.

CMC 416 Audio Engineering
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

This course focuses on concepts and common practices in professional audio. Instructions and practical experience will focus on sound reinforcement for concerts as well as recording studio techniques, since both disciplines employ the same concepts. The information learned in this course will be put into practice in both the Concert Production and Studio Production courses.

Courses in Fine Arts

FA 234 Fine Arts for the Elementary Educator
(3 credits - Fall)

This course is designed to provide pre-service elementary teachers with experience in music, theater, dance and visual arts concepts and materials, so they will be able to successfully incorporate the fine arts into their teaching. Knowledge and skills needed to understand the fine arts will be explored. Grade-level appropriate curriculum will be designed to integrate into lessons, including correct and safe usage of materials and instruments.
Prerequisite: Elementary education major