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Music - Fall 2014

I -- MUSIC ENSEMBLES

All students may participate in a variety of choral and instrumental music ensembles, regardless of major.  Music majors and music minors must fulfill the ensemble requirement in their designated programs.  Initial placement in an ensemble is determined by means of an audition with the ensemble conductor; chamber ensembles may be formed if sufficient interest warrants.  Successful participation in a music ensemble may earn one credit each semester toward the maximum allowed in the student’s degree program.  Please contact the ensemble conductor for further information.

Instrumental Ensembles

Music 173 - Handbell Choir, Trudy Faber
Music 175 - Jazz Ensemble, Thomas Zinninger
Music 177 - Chamber Orchestra, Brandon Jones
Music 179 - Symphonic Band, Brandon Jones

Choral and Vocal Ensembles

Music 183 - Opera Studio, Ellen Graham
Music 185 - Wittenberg Choir, Frances Fonza
Music 187 - Wittenberg Singers, Frances Fonza

Chamber Ensembles

Music 191 Flute Ensemble, Lori Akins
Music 193 Chamber Ensemble, staff
Music 195 Guitar Ensemble, Lawrence Pitzer

II -- GENERAL MUSIC COURSES

The student may enroll in the following General Music courses to satisfy 1) the requirements of the General Education Program (usually applicable to Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts or Western Historical Perspectives or Non-Western Cultures: please check the Schedule of Classes for precise designations); 2) certain requirements in the music major or minor; or 3) the desire for elective credit.  The courses are leveled in accord with the guidelines given below, which serve as prerequisites.

Courses at the A “100” level -- Generally open to all students.  Such courses assume no particular familiarity with music and tend to emphasize a substantial number of listening experiences.

Courses at the A “200” level -- The ability to read music and some experience in listening to music are recommended.  Most courses at this level are writing-intensive and presume the successful completion of English 101.

Courses at the A “300” level -- Because standard college-level music texts may be used, the ability to read music is required.  Students should have the ability to read critically from musical scores and literary sources of the period.  Junior standing is recommended.

 

Music 100A Fundamentals of Music: Studio
4 Credits   
Durrenberger, Christopher

Prerequisite: none
A course surveying the practical fundamentals of music, taught at instruments in the electronic keyboard laboratory.  Reading and written assignments are de-emphasized. The focus is on learning various concepts of musical theory and applying this knowledge to performing at the keyboard with both hands, and to melodic and harmonic improvisation. Designed for those with little or no piano experience, the course has no prerequisites, but students must be willing to devote daily practice time to the mastering of cumulative skills.  There will be written quizzes, but most of the examinations will consist of short exercises and performances at the keyboard.  $5 Charge for headphone use.

 

Music 102A   Basic Music Theory & Skills
4 Credits  
Kazez, Daniel

Prerequisite: Must be able to read music.
A study of melody, harmony, and rhythm in Western classical music of the common-practice period (about 1600-1900), through reading, written exercises, composing, and analysis of short music excerpts, focusing on three- and four-part harmony. Basic ear training (dictation) and rhythm performance skills are also covered. Music 102 counts towards a music minor and a music major. (It is the first course in the theory sequence for music majors.) Grading is based on homework, tests, and a composition project.

 

Music 110A  Understanding Music
4 Credits
Schubert, David

Prerequisite: none
A basic introductory course emphasizing aural perceptual skills and designed to enable the student to appreciate some of the great works of musical art.  Explores the materials of music, i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, form and mediums of expression.  Surveys the basic style periods of music.  Required outside listening to a wide variety of music and attendance at selected, appropriate live performances. Assessment is by regular testing throughout the course, and a functional final exam.

 

Music 110A  Understanding Music
4 Credits
Crean, David

Prerequisite: none
A basic introductory course emphasizing critical listening and designed to enable the student to appreciate works from the whole history of Western music.  The course begins with an introductory unit on the fundamentals of music, but the bulk of the semester is spent on a chronological overview of the basic style periods of European and American music.  Regular reading and listening assignments and attendance at selected, appropriate live performances. Assessment is by regular testing throughout the semester and written reaction papers to live performances.

 

III -- APPLIED MUSIC LESSONS

Music 121 - 146 -- Applied Music Lessons
1 to 2 Credits
Staff

Applied music lessons are available for all students, regardless of major. Instructor permission is required. Please consult the schedule for a complete list of offerings.

 

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

Students may take advanced applied lessons only after passing an examination in the applied area.

Enrollment and scheduling - Initial enrollment and teacher assignment can be arranged by contacting the chairperson of the Department of Music in Krieg Hall.  At the time of the first lesson, the student’s level and course of study will be determined.  It may be necessary for students to audition in order to ascertain the suitability of applied study and to arrange for teacher assignment.  If the student does not read music, enrollment in Music 100 (Fundamentals of Music: A Studio Course) will be recommended in order to establish enough background so that the student can practice independently and in a profitable manner.  Because applied lessons are individually scheduled, it is necessary for continuing students to file copies of their proposed schedules with the departmental office before registering with the Registrar’s Office each semester lessons are taken.

Credit - Normally, weekly private lessons during the fifteen-week semester are 30 minutes in length and earn one credit.  The expected time for practice is at least one hour a day.  Should desire and program permit, it is possible to enroll for a 60-minute lesson every week and earn two credits.  The expectations for practice time increase proportionately.  The grade earned will be figured into the cumulative grade-point-average of the student.

Fees- During the 2014-2015 academic year, the fee for private applied music lessons is $400 per credit hour.

Practice rooms - Every Wittenberg student who is registered for applied music lessons or participating in a Department of Music ensemble may reserve a practice room in Krieg Hall.  Since most practice rooms are always kept locked, a minimal one time fee is required of those students who use them.  Please consult the departmental office in order to obtain a key and to schedule practice rooms and rehearsal space. NOTE: Only Wittenberg students who are registered in the programs of the Department of Music, i.e., applied lessons or ensembles, may use a practice room. Practice rooms are generally shared with other students and may not be used for storage.

Lockers - Lockers with combination locks for the storage of music and musical instruments are available in Krieg Hall for a minimal fee and may be reserved by contacting the office of the Department of Music, Krieg 301B.  Liability coverage is the responsibility of the student.  Locker combinations are changed at the end of each academic year.

 

IV -- INTENSIVE MUSIC COURSES

The following intensive courses in music are open to all students with the permission of the instructor; they are primarily designed for the music major.  Further information about the courses may be obtained from the departmental office.

 

Music 199 - Music Practicum
0 Credit
Staff

Monitors attendance and participation by the music major at concert and recital events, at special workshops and clinics.  Includes attending or participating in a monthly student recital.  Required of all music majors every semester.

 

Music 221   Advanced Keyboard Skills and Improvisation
2 Credits
Durrenberger, Christopher

Prerequisite: Music 120 or permission.
 A course designed to further develop basic keyboard skills needed by music majors.  Advanced levels of theory, keyboard technique harmonization and improvisation will be covered.  Taught in the electronic keyboard lab.  Every year.  $5 Charge for headphone use.

 

Music 257   Intermediate Music Theory II
2 Credits  
Kazez, Daniel

Prerequisite: Music 155 Intermediate Music Theory I.
In Music 257 (a continuation of Music 155), we study chromatic harmony (including the Neapolitan chord, and augmented sixth chords), modulation, and form. Grading is based on daily assignments, tests, and a final project. It is recommended that Music 257 be taken concurrently with Music 258 Intermediate Music Skills II.

 

Music 258   Intermediate Music Skills II
2 Credits
Fonza, Frances

Prerequisite: Music 155 & Music 156, or by examination.
The following material is covered: Pitch: chromatic melodies in major and minor, medieval modes, highly chromatic melodies, modulation and extended melodies; rhythm: syncopation, complex syncopation and musical excerpts (Medieval through Modern). Ear Training: The student learns to understand and notate pitch patterns and rhythm patterns presented aurally. Grading is based on dictation exams, given approximately every other week. Material covered will match the work being done in Sight Singing. In addition, harmonic dictation in major and minor keys will be included. It is recommended that Music 258 be taken concurrently with Music 257: Intermediate Music Theory II.

 

Music 305H 1W - Western Music, 1750 - present
4 Credits
Jones, Brandon

Prerequisite: Must be able to read music
Survey of music history and literature from the beginnings of the Classic style to present day. Required for music majors. Writing intensive. Every year.

 

Music 490 - Independent Study
2 to 12 Credits
Staff

Prerequisite: Departmental permission.
Individual project as arranged by the student with the supervising professor and the Department Chair.  May be writing intensive. 

 

Music 491 – Internship
2 to 4 Credits
Staff

Prerequisite: Departmental permission.
Supervised learning-work experience at various on- or off-campus sites generally taken the senior year.  Usually involves a written report, a journal, or other assignments.

 

Music 495 - Senior Recital
2 semester hours
Staff

Prerequisite: Departmental Permission
Presentation of a full-length recital in the primary area of applied music study. A challenging program to be determined in consultation with the applied music teacher. Designed as a culmination of preceding studies. A written paper of moderate length and relating to some aspect of the program is also required. Required of Bachelor of Music degree students. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the student’s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Every year

 

Music 496 - Senior Recital and Paper with Honors
2 semester hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission

 

Music 497 - Senior Portfolio Review
No credit
Staff
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission
Presentation of selected class work and related materials and resources, and the demonstration of musical skills and competencies in an oral examination format before a committee of three faculty members. Required of the major in music education. The review and examination should occur at the beginning of the senior year and at least one full semester prior to the student taking Education 495: Student Teaching. Every year

 

Music 498 - Senior Project
2 semester hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission
Full-scale investigation of a selected topic or a production of a creative project. Usually presented in a written form. The project is juried by a committee of three faculty members. Both the project and the committee are determined by the end of the student’s junior year and in consultation with the academic adviser and the Department Chair. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the student’s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Writing intensive. Every year.

 

Music 499 – Senior Project with Honors
2 credits
Staff

Prerequisite: Departmental Permission

V -  MUSIC  EDUCATION  COURSES

Music 232   Brass Instruments
1 Credit
Jones, Brandon

Prerequisites: Music 165 or permission of Chair
This course is for music majors. Applied class instruction will be given in all of the brass instruments, with emphasis on teaching techniques and procedures. Available resources and teaching materials will also be surveyed.

 

Music 351 - Choral/Instrumental Conducting
2 Credits
Fonza, Frances (Choral) and Jones, Brandon (Instrumental)

Prerequisite: Music 350
The course will explore advanced conducting techniques in Choral and Instrumental conducting. Included will be ear training exercises, baton technique, terminology, conducting mixed meters, choral diction, transposition, and rehearsal techniques.  There will be written exams as well as practical opportunities to apply the techniques. 

 

Music 464 Choral Music in the Schools
3 Credits
Fonza, Frances

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

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