Music

We believe that music represents a basic need and desire of all peoples; study of the musical arts involves and develops perceptual, cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills, while fostering creativity. Whereas musical experiences must enable a person to respond, act and understand in a responsible and meaningful manner, we believe that music is an integral part of the total liberal arts experience and is an emphatic expression of that which makes education worthwhile.

As a department within a church-related liberal arts university, the music department hopes to meet students at their current musical levels and push them to a new understanding of music and its importance in a balanced lifestyle. Goals for our students include maximum development of their academic and musical abilities; recognition of the importance of meaning and faith in relation to music, as either vocation or avocation; cultivation of a spirit of cooperation, rather than competition; and preparation for success and continued learning in contemporary society.

We believe that performance is central to the musical experience. It is our goal to motivate students to achieve the highest levels of proficiency in performance through the presentation of a wide variety of musical events including recitals, departmental performances and Artist Series concerts, and through recital/concert attendance and performance requirements.

For the general student it is our objective to provide opportunities to study music as one of the representative arts in world culture and the global community; to provide opportunities to develop performance skills for use throughout life; to provide ensemble settings in which to use the skills and knowledge while in the university; and to understand and appreciate a variety of musical styles with a continued desire to broaden their musical horizons throughout their lives.

Bluffton University, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and an all Steinway institution, offers two majors in music: music (liberal arts) and music education. A minor in music is offered for students who major in another discipline.

Credit hour

The music department uses the university's credit hour definition as a guiding principle in its academic courses. However, due to the complex nature of the department's course structure, it is necessary to further explain credit hours from the perspective of certain classifications of the department's courses.

a. Applied lessons. Applied lessons may be taken for either 1 or 2 credit hours. 1 hour credit = 30 minute lesson per week plus one 15 minute coaching with our staff collaborative pianist, 6 hours of practice required per week; 2 hours credit = 60-minute lesson per week with one 30 minute coaching with our staff collaborative pianist, 12 hours of practice required each week. Each major taking applied lessons is required to attend departmental recitals and studio classes held regularly throughout the semester as part of their private study.

b. Ensemble classes. Large ensembles are variable credit: either 0 or .5. The amount of credit that the student enrolls in is dependent upon the student's total credit load for a particular semester. Students registered for under 17 hours in a semester will automatically be registered in the "credit" section of an ensemble. Chamber ensembles are variable credit: either 0 or .5 and the amount chosen is the student's prerogative. Note: Students at Bluffton University are charged an additional fee for any credit amount over 17 credits per semester and the variable credit option is intended to assist them with their financial need to stay below the cap as well as have multiple varied ensemble experiences.

c. Academic courses. Bluffton University's definition of a credit hour is the rule that the department follows for its academic courses. Examples of academic courses in the department are courses which can come from music theory, music education, and musicology.

d. Other skill-based courses. Many other courses in the department that focus on developing a skill on a secondary instrument, like keyboard skills, meet two or three times per week for 1 credit. 

Majors

For music (liberal arts) majors, it is our objective to provide a broad-based foundation in music, including theoretical, historical and performance studies. The liberal arts music major provides preparation for further study at the graduate level, as well as for various careers in which a liberal arts degree is appropriate.

Music (liberal arts) majors may choose to focus their studies in one of the following concentration areas: business, music ministry, performance studies or piano pedagogy. Designed to help prepare students for careers in music retailing/arts administration, music ministry, music performance and piano instruction, each concentration maintains a common curricular core of music theory and history, piano and applied area study.

Although most students will choose one area of concentration, up to two areas of concentration may be completed. Music education majors may also elect to add one of the above areas of concentration to their degree program. 
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For music education majors it is our objective to provide the extensive and specialized training needed to become a competent and successful teacher of vocal and instrumental music in public and private schools, grades pre-school through 12. This training includes that expected of all liberal arts music majors, as well as specialized study in music pedagogy, educational philosophy and methodology.

The music education major meets Ohio licensure requirements for vocal/instrumental music, Pre-K 12.

Students who are awarded music scholarships are required to declare a major in music by the end of their first year in order to receive their scholarships the following year.

Music (liberal arts) total 45 hours

(22 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1
(2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2
(2)
MUS 206 Music Theory 2 (2)
MUS 207 Music Theory 3 (3)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)
MUS 401 Music Seminar (2)

Ensembles: (3 hours)
Music majors must participate in at least one of the following ensembles each semester for a total of 3 hours for credit.
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)

Piano proficiency
Piano: MUS 101 (4)
or  MUS 121, MUS 122 (2)

Music recital/lab
All majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester and must pass 6 semesters of the course for graduation.

Junior recital
MUS 300 is taken during the second semester of the junior year.

If no concentration is declared the following must be taken:
Music electives (12 hours)
Major applied area: MUS 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110 (8)
Senior recital is waived

Music major with concentration in Business (45-46 hours)
Music courses: (23-24 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1 (2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2 (2)
MUS 206 Music Theory 2 (2)
MUS 207 Music Theory 3 (3)
MUS 212 Electronic Music, Instruments and Equipment (2)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)
MUS 402-01 Music Practicum (1-2)

Non-music courses: (14 hours)
TEC 102 Using Microcomputers 2 (2)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ACT 151 Principles of Accounting 1 (3)
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)

Applied music: (8 hours)
Piano: MUS 101 and/or MUS 121, MUS 122 (4)
Major applied area: MUS 101, 103, 105, 106, 107,108, 109 and 110 (4)

Ensembles: (3 hours)
Music majors must participate in at least one of the following ensembles each semester for a total of 3 hours for credit.
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)

Music recital/lab
All majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester and must pass 6 semesters of the course for graduation.

Junior recital
MUS 300 is taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Senior recital is waived.

Music major with concentration in Music Ministry (43-44 hours)
Music courses: (25-26 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1 (2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2 (2)
MUS 206 Music Theory 2 (2)
MUS 207 Music Theory 3 (3)
MUS 141 Beginning Conducting (2)
MUS 231 Music Ministry (2)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)
MUS 402-02 Music Practicum (1-2)

Non-music courses: (8 hours)
REL 230 Christian Worship (3)
REL 334 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3)
One of the following three:
COM 340 Religious Communication (3)
THE 224 Drama in Education (3)
THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)

Applied music: (10 hours)
Must include a minimum of two hours in three of the following areas:
MUS 101 Applied Piano (2)
MUS 105 Applied Voice (2)
MUS 106 Applied Organ (2)
MUS 110 Applied Guitar (2)
An additional four hours required in major applied area. (4)

Ensembles: (3 hours)
Music majors must participate in at least one of the following ensembles each semester for a total of 3 hours for credit.
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)

Music recital/lab
All majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester and must pass 6 semesters of the course for graduation.

Junior recital
MUS 300 is taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Senior recital
MUS 400 is taken during the senior year.

Music major with concentration in Performance Studies (43-44 hours)
Music courses: (22 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1 (2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2 (2)
MUS 206 Music Theory 2 (2)
MUS 207 Music Theory 3 (3)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)
MUS 395 Music Literature (2)

One of the following as related to major applied area: (2-3)
MUS 113 String Methods (2)
MUS 116 Voice Methods (2)
MUS 117 Brass Methods (3)
MUS 118 Percussion Methods (2)
MUS 119 Woodwind Methods (3)

Applied music: (16 hours)
Piano: MUS 101 and/or MUS 121, MUS 122 (2)
Major applied area: MUS 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108,109 and 110 (14)

Ensembles: (3 hours)
Music majors must participate in at least one of the following ensembles each semester for a total of 3 hours for credit.
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)

Music recital/lab
All majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester and must pass 6 semesters of the course for graduation.

Junior recital
MUS 300 is taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Senior recital
MUS 400 is taken during the senior year.

Music major with concentration in Piano Pedagogy (44 hours)
Music courses: (32 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1 (2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2 (2)
MUS 206 Music Theory 2 (2)
MUS 207 Music Theory 3 (3)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)
MUS 311 Piano Pedagogy Elem Methods (2)
MUS 312 Piano Pedagogy Int, Adv Methods (2)
MUS 395 Music Literature (2)
MUS 402 Music Practicum (1-2)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Applied music: (12 hours)
Piano: MUS 101 and/or MUS 121, MUS 122 (4)
Major applied area: MUS 101, 103, 105, 106, 107,108, 109 and 110 (8)

Ensembles: (3 hours)
Music majors must participate in at least one of the following ensembles each semester for a total of 3 hours for credit.
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)

Music recital/lab
All majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester and must pass 6 semesters of the course for graduation.

Junior recital
MUS 300 is taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Senior recital
MUS 400 is taken during the senior year.

Music Education

(94 hours including 28 education hours)
MUS 113 String Methods (2)
MUS 116 Voice Methods (2)
MUS 117 Brass Methods (3)
MUS 118 Percussion Methods (2)
MUS 119 Woodwind Methods (3)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1 (2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2 (2)
MUS 206 Music Theory 2 (2)
MUS 207 Music Theory 3 (3)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)
MUS 141 Beginning Conducting (2)
MUS 241 Advanced Conducting (3)
MUS 212 Electronic Music, Instruments and Equipment (2)
MUS 329 Music Teaching Methods: Early Childhood (3)
MUS 340 Marching Band Methods (2) - optional
MUS 350 Music Teaching Methods: Instrumental(3)
MUS 352 Music Teaching Methods: Choral and General Music(3)
MUS 401 Music Seminar (2)

Applied music: (10 hours)
Piano: MUS 101 and/or MUS 121, MUS 122 (3)
Major applied area: MUS 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110 (7)

Ensembles: (3 hours)
Music education majors are required to participate in at least two ensembles each semester, one choral and one instrumental.
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)

Music recital/lab
All majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester and must pass 6 semesters of the course for graduation.

Junior recital
MUS 300 is taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Senior recital
MUS 400 is taken during the senior year.

In addition to the above courses, music education majors must complete 33 hours of professional education courses:
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum & Assessment (2)
EDU 353 Educational Psychology & Instructional Practices (3)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 302 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle Childhood (3)
   or  EDU 305 Content Area Literacy (3)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)
EDU 345 Multi-age Classroom Organization (2)
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
EDU 452 Clinical Practice- Multi-age (10)

For Music Education majors, the following general education course is waived: LAS 301. MUS 321 fulfills the elective humanities requirement.

All Music and Music Education Majors
Performance Requirements
All music and music education majors must successfully complete the following performance requirements:

  • Ensembles: Music liberal arts majors must participate in at least one ensemble each semester. Music education majors must participate in two ensembles each semester, one choral and one instrumental.
  • Piano proficiency: Satisfactory performance on the piano proficiency examination is a graduation requirement in both majors. Music education majors must complete the examination prior to clinical practice. Students must register for piano study each semester until the examination is passed.
  • Degree recital: All students must present a public junior and senior recital under the direction of their major applied professor, demonstrating competence in an applied performance area. The senior recital serves as part of the departmental senior comprehensive examination. (In special situations the music faculty may approve an alternative senior project.)

Please consult the Music Department Handbook for details of these and other departmental requirements.

Minor

(20 hours)
Music theory: (9 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 147 Aural Skills 1 (2)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 205 Aural Skills 2 (2)

Music history: (3 hours required; 6 hours maximum)
MUS 321 Music History 1 (3)
MUS 322 Music History 2 (3)

Performance studies: (2 hours required; 6 hours maximum)
MUS 101 Piano (1-2)
MUS 103 Strings (1-2)
MUS 105 Voice (1-2)
MUS 106 Organ (1-2)
MUS 107 Brass (1-2)
MUS 108 Percussion (1-2)
MUS 109 Woodwinds (1-2)
MUS 110 Guitar (1-2)

Music ensembles/performance studies: (1 hour required; 3 hours maximum)
MUS 005 Music Theatre Workshop (.5)
MUS 010 Chamber Music (.5)
MUS 021 Concert Band (.5)
MUS 022 Jazz Ensemble (.5)
MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra (.5)
MUS 024 University Chorale (.5)
MUS 033 Camerata Singers (.5)
MUS 034 Choral Society (.5)
MUS 035 Gospel Choir (.5)

Electives in Music: (0-5 hours)
Any music courses not included in the above categories to total the required 20 hours in music.

Courses

MUS 005 Music Theatre Workshop (.5)
Preparation and performance of staged opera and musical theatre works, both in their entirety and in excerpts. Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership. 

MUS 010, 021, 022, 023,   024, 033, 034,  035 (.5 hour each)
Participation in designated ensembles, study of the literature being performed, and exposure to rehearsal techniques and performance practices involved. A maximum of three hours may count toward graduation.

MUS 010 Chamber Music -01 (.5), -02 (0)
Small instrumental (e.g. Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Brass Quartet, String Quartet) and vocal ensembles which perform varied repertoire both on and off campus. Ensembles are formed based on student interest. Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.

 

 

MUS 021 Concert Band -01 (.5), -02 (0) 
The Concert Band consists of traditional woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentation, which performs a varied repertoire at several on-campus performances each year. Membership is open to any campus/community instrumentalist desirous of playing. Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.

 

MUS 022 Jazz Ensemble -01 (.5), -02 (0)
A select ensemble which studies and performs music in various contemporary popular idioms, including jazz improvisation. Membership based on auditions; conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.

 

MUS 023 Lima Symphony Orchestra -01 (.5)
A semi-professional community orchestra which performs a series of nine concerts each year. One three-hour rehearsal per week. Audition required. Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.
MUS 024 University Chorale -01 (.5), -02(0)
The University Chorale is a large mixed ensemble focused on diverse repertoire including global, contemporary and traditional sacred and secular music.  This group participates in both on- and off-campus performances and special events and is open to all students.  Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.
MUS 033 Camerata Singers -01 (.5), -02 (0)
The Camerata Singers is a select chamber choir which performs primarily sacred music in concert performances both on-campus and in the region. This ensemble tours extensively. Much of its varied repertoire is performed a cappella. Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.
MUS 034 Choral Society -01 (.5), -02 (0)
Choral Society performs a large choral/orchestra work each semester. The fall semester is the annual performance of Handel's Messiah. The spring semester performance is during the Bach Festival concert. Membership is open to any campus or community member. Conscientious rehearsal and performance attendance is expected to maintain membership.
MUS 035 Gospel Choir -01(.5), -02(0)
Open to all Bluffton University faculty, staff and students, as well the Bluffton community, this group will perform a wide variety of gospel music and spirituals in several on-campus performances per year.

MUS 100 Music Recital/Lab (0 P/F)
Development of musical skills through the experience of at least 10 live musical performances and regularly scheduled conducting labs each semester. Music majors are required to enroll in MUS 100 each semester until graduation.

Applied Music Private Instruction (1-2)
Individual instruction with emphasis on developing technical proficiency, a repertoire representative of the literature for the particular instrument or voice and a knowledge of performance styles and practices. Performance in studio and departmental recitals. (One hour credit for one half-hour lesson per week; may also be taken for two hours credit for one hour lesson per week.) Music lessons can not be audited. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MUS 101 Piano
MUS 103 Strings
MUS 105 Voice
MUS 106 Organ
MUS 107 Brass
MUS 108 Percussion
MUS 109 Woodwinds
MUS 110 Guitar  
MUS 120 Composition 
MUS 144 Conducting

MUS 112 Beginning Guitar Class (1)
A course to develop facility on the guitar for practical use in the elementary classroom or for group singing. Basic chord progressions, strumming and picking techniques are covered.

MUS 113 String Methods (2)
Development of adequate technical proficiency on all the orchestral string instruments violin, viola, cello and string bass with a view toward teaching the string program in public schools. Students are expected to gain adequate playing proficiency on the instruments consistent with a beginning/intermediate level. Study of methods, materials and assessment for teaching strings is included. Observation of teaching in culturally diverse settings required.

MUS 114 Intermediate Guitar Class (1)
A continuation of MUS 112 with a development toward more solo playing skills.  Prerequisite:  MUS 112

MUS 116 Voice Methods (2)
Introduction to the understanding and production of vocal tone with an emphasis on developing healthy vocal proficiency and basic teaching and assessment skills. Specific areas of exploration include breathing, resonance, diction, vocal anatomy, languages and basic repertoire. Students are expected to gain solo performing proficiency at a beginning/intermediate level. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.

MUS 117 Brass Methods (2)
Introduction to the techniques, including notation and transposition, of trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba, with an emphasis on developing teaching skills. Students are expected to gain adequate playing proficiency on the instruments consistent with a beginning/intermediate level. A survey of methods, materials and assessment appropriate for teaching in public schools is included. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.

MUS 118 Percussion Methods (2)
Development of adequate technical proficiency on the basic percussion instruments snare drum, timpani, and xylophone with a view toward teaching in public schools. Students are expected to gain adequate playing proficiency on the instruments consistent with a beginning/intermediate level. Study of methods, materials and assessment available for teaching is included. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.

MUS 119 Woodwind Methods (3)
Development of adequate technical proficiency on all the major woodwind instruments flute, Bb clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and alto saxophone with a view toward teaching in public schools. Students are expected to gain adequate playing proficiency on the instruments consistent with a beginning/intermediate level. Study of notation and transposition for woodwind instruments as well as methods, materials and assessment for teaching is included. Observation of teaching in a culturally diverse setting required.

MUS 120 Applied Composition Private Instruction (1-2)
This course is designed for students interested in learning about music composition in more depth. Individual instruction is given to develop the skills necessary for composing in various genres and styles. (One hour credit for one half-hour lesson per week; may also be taken for two hours credit for one hour lesson per week.) This course may not be audited.

MUS 121, 122 Functional Piano 1, 2 (1/1)
This two-course series is for music majors with little or no keyboard background and is designed to introduce and develop skills necessary to pass the piano proficiency examination.

MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
This course examines music from a variety of perspectives. The first perspective is as an introduction to music fundamentals, stressing note reading, rhythm, recognizing and understanding major and minor scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords. The second perspective is as a performer, with an introduction to basic guitar chords and strummed accompaniments, percussion instruments and simple piano skills. The third perspective is as a listener, with basic ear-training and exploration of music literature, using examples from pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues and world music. This course fulfills the general education fine arts requirement and the first course of the music theory sequence.

MUS 136 World Music (3)
This course examines various world cultures through the lens of their specific musical practices and customs. Students will discover the fundamentals of music in a global perspective and will explore how music functions in several specific cultures and societies: practically, socially, theologically, ideologically and/or politically. Hands-on music-making, observation and multimedia experiences will complement lectures and discussions to create a holistic understanding of music's varying cultural roles. This course fulfills the general education fine arts requirement. 

MUS 140 EXPLORE MUSIC (3)
This course will explore different topics in music. It may focus on a particular style or approach to music such as American Popular Music since 1870 (folk, jazz, blues, country, tin pan alley, hip hop and indie) or History of Rock and Roll since 1950 (studying rock and roll styles, gospel, country, jazz and blues). Topics will vary according to the instructor or current interest that may relate to the civic engagement theme. This course fulfills the general education fine arts requirement.

MUS 141 Beginning Conducting (2)
An introduction to manual conducting skills and baton technique with emphasis on basic beat patterns, cueing, expression, fermatas and independence of right and left hands. The course also includes instruction in score reading, analysis and preparation, utilizing basic four part instrumental and vocal literature. Students function as ensemble members and as conductors.

MUS 147, 205 AURAL SKILLS 1, 2 (2/2)
A two-course series to develop aural skills including sight-singing, melodic dictation and harmonic dictation. MUS 147 is prerequisite to MUS 205.

MUS 148 MUSIC THEORY 1 (2)
A continuation of MUS 135 Intro to Music, this course focuses on music fundamentals with emphasis on written theory, including part writing and harmonic analysis, supplemented by keyboard harmony. MUS 135 is a prerequisite.

MUS 206 MUSIC THEORY 2 (2)
A continuation of MUS 148 with emphasis on chromatic harmony and formal structures of Western music. Development of aural skills, including melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, as well as sight-singing. Prerequisites: MUS 147 and MUS 148.

MUS 207 MUSIC THEORY 3 (3)
A continuation of MUS 206 with emphasis on chromatic harmony of the 19th and 20th centuries. Development of aural skills, including melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, as well as sight-singing. Prerequisites: MUS 205 and MUS 206.

MUS 212 Electronic Music, Instruments and Equipment (2)
An introduction to electronic MIDI instruments and computer applications in music. Designed to provide familiarity with hardware, software and functions of microcomputers appropriate for use in the public school classroom.

MUS 231 MUSIC MINISTRY   (2)
A practical study of methods and materials for the church musician. The course includes study and projects in hymnology, church choir repertoire, instruments in worship and administration of a church music program. Not offered every year REL 230 is a recommended prerequisite.

MUS 241 Advanced Conducting (3)
A continuation of MUS 141 with emphasis on expressive techniques, analysis/interpretation and critical listening and communication skills. Special topics include contemporary conducting innovations, rehearsal methodology, professional resources and historical styles/content.

MUS 300 Junior Recital (0 P/F)
Demonstration of achievement in applied music study during the junior year. Students present approximately 20 minutes of representative repertoire in their major applied area in a group recital.

MUS 303 Orchestration, Composition and Arranging (3)
A study of the techniques of scoring for the instruments of the band and orchestra as well as voices. Students write and realize arrangements and/or original compositions for homogeneous groups (string, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice) for the study of range, transposition, clef manipulation and notation. Analysis of techniques of selected Classical, Romantic and modern composers included. Specific orchestration, arranging and composition projects are completed at appropriate times during the semester. Prerequisite: MUS 236. Offered as needed.

MUS 311 Piano Pedagogy Elementary Methods (2)
A course dealing with the issues facing the prospective piano teacher, i.e., studio setup and policies, financial considerations, professional organizations, etc. Also includes an extensive survey of beginning piano pedagogical materials for children and adults. Offered as needed.

MUS 312 Piano Pedagogy Intermediate, Advanced Methods (2)
A course dealing with piano teaching materials for the intermediate and advanced student as well as a study of college audition requirements and a review of college class piano materials. Offered as needed.

MUS 313 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
A survey of materials, repertoire and teaching methods for both individual and class instruction in singing. Offered as needed.

MUS 321, 322 Music History 1, 2 (3/3)
These two courses comprise a survey of Western music literature and styles. Music History 1 covers the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods; Music History 2 continues through the Classical and Romantic periods through the end of the 20th century. The courses include development of and exercises in listening skills, analytical skills and music research technique. Music History 2 also includes an introduction to non-Western musical styles. Writing-enriched courses. Prerequisites: ENG 110 or ENG 120,  MUS 132 and MUS 133.

MUS 329 Music Teaching Methods: Early Childhood (3)
A study of the methods, materials, techniques, organization and the assessment of learning activities related to music in elementary schools combining the theoretical and practical. In addition, such topics as inclusion of students with differing learning needs, multiculturalism, classroom management, Orff/Kodaly techniques and administrative procedures are addressed. Prerequisite: MUS 236.

MUS 340 Marching Band Methods (2)
A comprehensive course in design and teaching of marching band shows. The course covers writing pre-game drill, contest drill and show drill. Also covered are methods of teaching and cleaning drill and fundamental marching. Students use Pyware 3D Drill Design software to write their drill. Offered as needed.

MUS 350 Music Teaching Methods: Instrumental (3)
A course for the prospective secondary school music teacher dealing with methods, materials, techniques, organization and the assessment of learning activities related to instrumental music, combining the theoretical and practical. A study of techniques for scoring, composition and arranging instrumental music is also included in the course. Prerequisite:  MUS 236.

MUS 352 Music Teaching Methods: Choral and General Music (3)
A course for the prospective secondary school music teacher dealing with methods, materials, techniques, organization and the assessment of learning activities related to choral/vocal music and the general music classroom, combining the theoretical and practical. A study of techniques for scoring, composition and arranging choral music is also included in the course.

MUS 395 Music Literature (2)
A survey of literature appropriate for a specific musical instrument. The study of literature is used to enhance future teaching and performance of the instrument. Music literature from various time periods and styles, as well as difficulty levels involved with the performance of the literature, is studied. Offered as needed.

MUS 400 Senior Recital (0 P/F)
Demonstration of achievement in applied music study during the senior year. Students present a full recital (approximately 1 hour) of representative repertoire in their major applied area. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUS 300.

MUS 401 Music Seminar (2)
This capstone course involves an in-depth study of a major musical work, including its historical context, an analysis of the forms and techniques employed and applicable performance practices. The course also includes study of current issues and events in music and the arts in our society. The course includes a major research project. Prerequisite: MUS 236.

MUS 402 Music Practicum (1-2)
A supervised work-study experience consistent with students' area of emphasis (music business, church music, music education, piano pedagogy). Sections: 01 Music Business, 02 Music Ministry, 03 Music Education, 04 Piano Pedagogy. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of the faculty supervisor.

June 2013