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Course Descriptions

MUSI

1151-4151 -- Concert Choir -- 1 credit hour
An ensemble that focuses on the study and performance of thematic or larger choral literature.  Emphasis is on choral musicianship skills in vocal production and aural theory.  Some additional rehearsals required.  Membership is by audition.  Course rotation: Fall and spring.

1161-4161 -- Band -- 1 credit hour
Ensemble engaged in the preparation and performance of a variety of music for wind and percussion instruments.  The band will perform occasional concerts and play for various athletic events.  Participation requires high school band experience, ability to read music, and permission of the band director.  Course rotation:  Fall and spring.

1171-4171 -- The Lindsey Wilson College Singers -- 1 credit hour
Organized on professional standards to represent the College on and off campus as a performing arts ensemble, the choir studies and performs choral music from all eras, specializing in sacred a cappella anthem literature.  Membership is by audition.  Additional rehearsals required.  Corequisite: MUSI 1151.  Course rotation: Fall and spring.

1201 -- Piano Skills I -- 1 credit hour
Beginning instruction in piano. Sight-reading: be able to read elementary pieces in a variety of keys and meters in the style of a single line melody, unison melody, or melody with accompaniment.  Technique: 5-finger scales and positions in all major keys; I, IV and V chords in all major keys. Repertoire: play the pieces in each appropriate unit of the text.   Functional skills: transpose patterns up or down a whole step (or more); harmonize simple melodies with I, IV, and V chords.  Create simple melodies over ostinato basses.  Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Fall.

1301 -- Piano Skills II -- 1 credit hour
Continuation of Piano Skills I.  Sight-reading: be able to read elementary pieces in a variety of keys and meters with a variety of keyboard patterns and hand positions, finger extensions and contractions, and crossing fingers in the style of a melody with accompaniment and two-voice style.  Technique: play hands together two-octave scales in all major and harmonic minor keys; play I, IV and V chords in all minor keys; and play all major and minor arpeggios and inversions hand over hand.  Repertoire: play the pieces in each appropriate unit of the text.  Functional skills: transpose melodies up or down a whole step (or more) and harmonize simple melodies with I, IV and V chords and add the first inversion ii chord. Play simple tunes by ear.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1201 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring.

1311-4311 -- Private Piano -- 1 credit hour
Individual piano instruction for the student with previous study and recital performance experiences in piano.  The requirement appropriate to the student's course level is contained in each syllabus.  Takes students from their current level of ability and improves their technique and repertoire.  Repeatable credit. ($50 lesson fee.) Prerequisites:  Instructor's permission and/or audition.  Course rotation: Varies.

1411-3411 -- Private Voice -- 1 credit hour
Applied voice with emphasis on development of bel canto style of vocal production.  Attention is given to the development of basic voice repertoire, good vocal habits, and diction.  Repeatable credit. ($50 lesson fee.)  Course rotation: Varies.

1501 -- Voice -- 1 credit hour
Voice instruction with a laboratory component.  Emphasis is given to developing repertoire, musicianship, sight-singing, and basic vocal production techniques.  This course also serves to prepare advanced musicians for their auditioned or contracted roles within larger ensemble performances.  Repeatable credit.  Prerequisite:  Instructor's permission and/or audition.  Course rotation: Varies.

1512-4512 -- Applied Music -- 2 credit hours
Applied lessons for the major instrument each semester.  Includes participation in music program lab and recital series. Requires recital attendance.  Senior recital required at 4000 level.  Course rotation: Fall and Spring.

1612 -- Music Theory I -- 2 credit hours
Development of an applicable knowledge of music elements: rhythms and time signatures with division and subdivision, music notation, keyboard geography, major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals, chords in root position and inversion, dominant seventh chord structures, cadences, and non-harmonic tones with principles of diatonic harmony in four-part chorale writing.  Includes development of sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony skills within a lab setting.  Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week.  Four hours a week.  Course rotation: Fall.

1713 -- Music Theory II -- 3 credit hours
Continuation of Music Theory I.  More intensive study of seventh chords, modulation, two-part and three-part form, utilizing both analysis and writing of music compositions.  Includes continual development of sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony skills within a lab setting.  Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week.  Four hours a week. Prerequisite: MUSI 1612.  Course rotation: Spring.

2003 -- Survey of Musical Masterworks -- 3 credit hours
A historical overview of music history of Western civilization from the Middle Ages to present day.  Substantial listening from all periods of music will help students identify and understand basic music terms, form, style, elements, and genres.  Course rotation: Fall and spring.  General Education: Core -- Inquiry & Analysis.

2103 -- Music in American Culture -- 3 credit hours
A study in American music that explores its significance, diversity, innovation, and influence.  The course seeks to continually incorporate and define milestones within U.S. history and the resulting influence of communal music making on the social strata of such a diverse culture.  Course rotation: Spring.  General Education: Core -- Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.

2201 -- Piano Skills III -- 1 credit hour
Continuation of Piano Skills II with more advanced skill level in sight-reading and technique.  Play all major and harmonic minor scales a range of two octaves.  Play dominant and diminished seventh chords in root position.  Play repertoire comparable to Arabesque and Ballade of Burgmuller or Toccatina by Kabalevsky.  Accompany vocal and instrumental solos selected from early grade collections used in public school music books.  Harmonize melodies such as "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," etc.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 1301 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Fall.

2203 -- Music Education P-5 -- 3 credit hours
Explores teaching methods and materials for classroom teachers in the elementary grades for integration of music into teaching strategies with emphasis given to multiple intelligence theory. Music foundational concepts that pertain to pitch, rhythm, scales, harmony, and keyboard orientation are included. Also listed as EDUC 2203. Course rotation: Fall.

2301 -- Piano Skills IV -- 1 credit hour
Continuation of Piano Skills III with more advanced skill level in sight-reading; be able to read one or more parts of choral or instrumental literature.  More technical fluency is required in the two-octave performance of major and minor scales, chords, and arpeggios.  Play dominant and diminished arpeggios in root position.  Play repertoire comparable to intermediate literature: Sonatinas 1-3, Op. 36 of Clementi.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 2201 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring.

2533 -- History of Music Literature -- 3 credit hours
An introductory study of music literature from the various historical periods to prepare the student for the study of music history.  The course will integrate the musical parameters of form, analysis, and listening and combine significant biographical information on selected composers with detailed listening analyses of representative works.  Course material will be taken from the Middle Ages to the modern period.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1612 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring.  General Education: Core -- Inquiry & Analysis.

2613 -- Music Theory III -- 3 credit hours
Continuation of Music Theory II.  Content includes Renaissance polyphony; eighteenth-century counterpoint; the fugue; borrowed chords and augmented sixth chords; variation, sonata, and rondo forms.  Continual development of sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony skills within a lab setting.  Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week.  Four hours a week.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1713.  Course rotation: Fall.

2713 -- Music Theory IV -- 3 credit hours
Continuation of Music Theory III. Content includes 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, altered dominants and chromatic mediants.  Investigates the nineteenth- and twentieth-century concepts of expanded harmonic and chord vocabularies, post-romanticism, impressionism, twelve-tone composition, serialism, and music since 1945.  Final development of sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony skills within a lab setting.  Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week.  Four hours a week.  Prerequisite:  MUSI 2613.  Course rotation: Spring.

3102 -- Music History I -- 2 credit hours
A study of the history of music in Western cultures beginning with musical life and thought in ancient Greece and Rome and extending to the time of the Enlightenment.  The course is designed to establish a working knowledge of the development of musical styles and their historical importance.  Prerequisites: MUSI 1612 and MUSI 2533.  Course rotation: Fall.

3112 -- Music History II -- 2 credit hours
Continuation of MUSI 3102.  A study of the history of music in Western cultures from the time of the Enlightenment and the early Classic Period to the present day.  Prerequisite: MUSI 2533.  Course rotation: Spring.

3123 -- Worship -- 3 credit hours
Develops an understanding of Christian worship and church music through consideration of its biblical and historical backgrounds and through observation of its current practice.  Experience in planning and conducting worship in a variety of settings.  Also listed as RELI 3123.  Prerequisite: RELI 1003.  Course rotation: Spring even years.

3212 -- Conducting -- 2 credit hours
An introduction to basic conducting skills with and without the baton.  Topics include patterns, cueing, releases, fermatas, phrasing, dynamics, tempo, score reading as well as rehearsal techniques and management.  Extensive use of video assessment for reflection and skill development. Prerequisite: MUSI 1712.  Course rotation: Fall.

3231 -- Woodwinds Methods -- 1 credit hour
The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to the techniques of playing and teaching woodwinds.  Teaching methods, proper playing position, embouchure, common problems and errors made by students, equipment, maintenance and repair of the instruments, performance literature, pedagogical and assessment techniques will be presented.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1613.  Course rotation: Spring.

3241 -- Brass Methods -- 1 credit hour
The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to the techniques of playing and teaching brass.  Teaching methods, proper playing position, embouchure, common problems and errors made by students, equipment, maintenance and repair of the instruments, performance literature, pedagogical and assessment techniques will be presented.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1612.  Course rotation: Fall.

3251 -- Percussion Methods -- 1 credit hour
The purpose of this course is to give the student an introductory study, with actual playing experience, of the major percussion instruments.  Performance literature and pedagogical and assessment techniques will be presented.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1612.  Course rotation: Spring.

3261 -- Strings Methods -- 1 credit hour
A practical class involving the playing and techniques of teaching the bowed, orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and string bass) at an elementary level.  Teaching materials, string pedagogy, and assessment techniques are also considered.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1612.  Course rotation: Fall.

3553 -- Church Music Methods & Materials -- 3 credit hours
Methods and materials for the administration of the church music ministry.  Primary emphasis is given to techniques for directing age-graded choral and instrumental ensembles.  A conducting component is included within a practicum setting.  Also explores technology applications.  Prerequisite:  Instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring odd years. 

4522 -- Marching Band Techniques -- 2 credit hours
A broad overview of all aspects of directing a high school marching band program.  This course will include organization of all performing sections and support groups, drill techniques, modern show design, and judging techniques in the competitive arena.  Assessment of performance ensembles is also considered.  Music software and technology will be integrated. 

4532 -- Choral Pedagogy & Literature -- 2 credit hours
The teaching of voice within the choral ensemble from elementary school through high school.  A survey of standard choral literature from all historical periods for choral ensembles.  Assessment measures will also be considered.

4542 -- Orchestration & Arranging -- 2 credit hours
Techniques of transcribing, arranging, and scoring music for various vocal and instrumental combinations.  Music software and technology will be integrated.  Prerequisite: MUSI 2713.

4613 -- Teaching Elementary School Music -- 3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare music education majors for teaching and managing the elementary music classroom.  It incorporates appropriate elementary music instructional strategies, materials, and classroom management skills.  This course also includes strategies for building a successful music program.  Includes field hours.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program.

4623 -- Teaching Music in Secondary Schools -- 3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare music education majors for teaching and managing the secondary music classroom.  It incorporates appropriate instrumental and choral instructional strategies, materials, and classroom management skills.  This course also will explore the skills needed to administer and maintain a successful music program.  Includes field hours.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. 

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