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Music Major

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Concentrations

  • Musicianship
  • Concert Attendance
  • MUS 100: Concert Attendance
  • 0

Students majoring in music must attend 40 concerts/recitals (5 per semester) during their time at Concordia (transfers must accrue 5 times the number of semesters the attend). An updated list will be published at the end of each semester detailing concert attendance. In the semester when students expect to pass 40, they should enroll in MUS 100 for pass/fail certification. Students who fail to complete this requirement will not be approved for graduation with a major in music. Attendence credit is not allowed for concerts/recitals in which the student is a performer for the majority of the repertoire.

  • Piano Competency
  • MUKP 211: Piano Competency
  • 0

Students register for MUKP 211 (Piano Competency) in the spring of the sophomore year. A course fee is assessed. If students fail the competency exam in the sophomore year, they will register for Piano Competency each subsequent semester until they pass the exam. For transfer students, piano skills will be assessed in the first semester and a piano competency timeline will be created.

  • Voice Competency
  • Note: A full year's commitment is required (2 units) if students choose to participate in a choral ensemble (MUE 234, MUE 238, MUE 239) to fulfill this requirement; however, only 1 unit will apply towards degree requirements.

  • Choose 1 of the following courses:
  • MUVO 100: Voice Class
  • 1

This interactive course will introduce students to fundamental aspects of the singing process including alignment, breath support and management, resonance, vowels and consonants, and interpretation and performance techniques.

  • MUVO 101: Private Lessons: Voice I
  • 1

N/A

  • MUE 234: The Concordia Choir
  • 1

The Concordia Choir performs significant musical works of all eras for major concerts and tours as well as campus chapel and area church services and works on the development of advanced vocal techniques and musical skills. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

  • MUE 238: Concordia Donne Di Canto
  • 1

This select women's choir performs choral music of all eras in concerts and church services on and off campus and works on the development of advanced vocal techniques and musical skills. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

  • MUE 239: Concordia Men’s Chorus
  • 1

This select men's choir performs choral music of all eras in concerts and church services both on and off campus and works on the development of advanced vocal techniques and musical skills. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

  • Music Theory and Aural Skills
  • MUS 201: Music Theory I
  • 3

As a beginning study of the craft of music for music majors and minors or general students with considerable musical experience, this course will include the study and application of scales, intervals, triads, rhythms, and elementary chord progression through analysis and writing. Co-requisites: Normally taken concurrently with MUS 211. Recommended MUS 102 or other training in the fundamentals of musical notation.

  • MUS 202: Music Theory II
  • 3

Continuation of MUS 201, this course will study seventh chords, modulation and basic musical forms through analysis and composition of four-part textures. Prerequisite: Should be taken concurrently with MUS 212.

  • MUS 211: Aural Skills I
  • 1

This course will provide students with the training and tools that will aid in the development of sight-singing, dictation, and basic keyboard skills that support basic concepts as they learn to hear and identify basic harmonic (intervals, triads, and chord progressions) and rhythmic and melodic materials using the moveable-do solfege system.

  • MUS 212: Aural Skills II
  • 1

A continuation of MUS 211. Prerequisite: Should be taken concurrently with MUS 202.

  • MUS 303: Music Theory III
  • 3

As a continuation of MUS 202, this course will include analysis of counterpoint, classical forms, and chromatic alteration of melody and chord progression, as well as further development of composition skills. Prerequisite: MUS 202.

  • MUS 304: Music Theory IV
  • 3

As a continuation of MUS 303, this course will study extended forms and melodic-harmonic formula characteristic of the 19th century; introduce techniques of the 20th century; and cultivate related compositional skills. Prerequisite: MUS 303.

  • MUS 323: Aural Skills III
  • 1

A continuation of MUS 212. Prerequisites: MUS 212; should be taken concurrently with MUS 303.

  • MUS 324: Aural Skills IV
  • 1

A continuation of MUS 323. Prerequisites: MUS 323; should be taken concurrently with MUS 304.

  • Ensemble
  • MUE__: Ensemble
  • 8

Students must enroll in an ensemble each semester they are in residence. A minimum of 6 units in 1-unit ensembles; up to 2 units may be in .5-unit ensembles. Note: Church Music concentration students must select 6 units of choir and/or handbells.

  • Applied Study on Primary Instrument
  • MU__ 101-301: Private Lessons
  • 7

MU__ 101-301: Private Lessons

  • MU__ 401: Private Lessons
  • 1

MU__ 401: Private Lessons

  • Applied study (private lessons) is required each semester students are in residence. Music majors may enroll in one private lesson for up to 2 units per semester, and may also enroll in a secondary private lesson for no more than 1 unit per semester (3 total applied units per semester maximum). Each unit of study represents at least 3 hours of deliberate, self-regulated practice per week. Students must progress on a primary instrument from level 101 through successful completion of at least 1 semester at level 401. Students entering with 60 or more semester units may petition to begin applied study at the 301 level by completing an entrance jury in which students must demonstrate competence in performance of repertoire at the 201 level. Approval must be granted by the studio teacher and the director of the performance area before census date of the first semester of study.

  • Contextualization of Music
  • 11 Units
  • MUS 331: Music History: Antiquity to Bach
  • 3

Survey the development of art music in Western history from antiquity through the baroque period, including the social functions of music and the relationship between secular and ecclesiastical, and vocal and instrumental music. This course addresses the question, "Why Art?" in the general education curriculum.

  • MUS 332: Music History: Classical Period to Modernity
  • 3

This survey course will look at the development of art music in Western history from the early classical period to the present, including the social functions of music, the relationship between secular and ecclesiastical music, and vocal and instrumental music. Prerequisite: MUS 202 or instructor approval. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 430: History and Analysis of Modern Music
  • 2

Through reading, and discussion, students will understand the historical development of music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and will apply theoretical and historical analysis to notated and improvised music in the popular, classical and sacred traditions. Prerequisite: MUS 304, MUS 331 and MUS 332.

  • Choose 1 of the following courses:
  • MUS 451: Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations
  • 3

This course will introduce students to the study of music as a universal cultural phenomenon and the discipline of ethnomusicology with exposure to the musical and social aspects of folk, traditional, and art music of Latin America, Africa, India, North America, Southeast Asia, and contemporary mass media. Prerequisite: MUS 102, MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 201 or equivalent knowledge and experience in music strongly encouraged. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 452: Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road
  • 3

This course will introduce students to the study of music as a universal cultural phenomenon and the discipline of ethnomusicology with exposure to the musical and social aspects of folk, traditional, and art music of regions from Eastern Europe to Asia including the Middle East, Oceania, China, Japan, and Korea, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. Prerequisite: MUS 102, MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 201, or equivalent knowledge; experience in music encouraged. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 482: Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity
  • 3

This course will survey of the role, development, and function of music in the Christian church from its roots in the Old Testament to the present day, with attention given to biblical, theological, social, and cultural considerations. Offered alternate years.

  • Leadership and Collaboration 
  • 8 Units
  • MUS 221: Beginning Conducting
  • 2

As a beginning study in the craft of conducting, this course will include the basic beat patterns, preparatory and release gestures, and simple non-verbal stylistic cues. Students will conduct a musical ensemble composed of class members.

  • MUS 222: Intermediate Conducting
  • 2

As a continuation of MUS 221, students will build upon their conducting skills with more advanced study in expressive gestures, left-hand independence, cueing, psychological conducting, and score preparation. Prerequisite: MUS 221.

  • Choose 4 units from the following:
  • MUS 412: Instrumental Methods and Repertoire
  • 2

This advanced instrumental music methods course will focus on repertoire, rehearsal management, advanced conducting issues and techniques, pedagogy, planning, and administration. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and MUS 222 or consent of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 441: Handbell Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This course will study the organization and directing of handbell programs: · the one (1)-unit course includes a philosophy of handbell ringing, methods for beginning ringers, materials and equipment, recruitment, and handbell literature for school and church. · The two (2)-unit course adds literature, curriculum, and methods for more advanced ringers, small ensembles, and solos. · The three (3)-unit course adds work in composition and arranging for handbells as well as advanced conducting. Prerequisites for one (1) or two (2) units: Experience with handbell ringing and familiarity with musical notation; for the three (3)-unit course: MUS 202 and MUS 221.

  • MUS 461: Music for Children
  • 3

This course will enable students to identify, understand, and work with the music capabilities of children. The three (3)-unit course is required for music education and liberal studies majors and others interested in developing school music curricula and/or other special skills and projects. The two (2)-unit course is available to others primarily interested in preparing musical activities and cultivating classroom teaching skills. Basic music reading ability and musical experience recommended.

  • MUS 471: Choral Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This advanced choral music methods course will focus on repertoire, rehearsal management, advanced conducting techniques, vocal pedagogy, planning, and administration. Prerequisites: MUS 202and MUS 222 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • Capstone 
  • 2 Units
  • MUS 493: Senior Thesis
  • 1

The senior thesis is an opportunity for music students to engage in close reading, research, and writing on a musical topic of their choosing. This is an independent study, offered by arrangement with any full-time music faculty member. The senior thesis consists of a structured process leading to a finished academic paper of at least 10 pages.

  • Choose 1 of the following courses:
  • MUS 498: Senior Project in Music
  • 1

This course is the final requirement for students in the music major when church music, music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, or music education is their primary interest (see Mu_ 498). Prerequisite: Approval of senior project application by the music faculty. See also Senior Project Guidelines available in the Music Office.

  • MU__498: Senior Recital
  • 1

MU__498: Senior Recital

  • Music Education concentration students must choose either MUS 451 or MUS 452.
  • Church Music concentration students must choose MUS 482.
  • Instrumental Performance concentration students must choose MUS 412.
  • Church Music concentration students must choose MUS 461 (2-3 units). Music Education concentration students must choose MUS 461 (3 units).
  • Vocal Performance concentration students must choose MUS 471.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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