I -- M U S I C E N S E M B L E S
All students may participate in a variety of choral and instrumental music ensembles. Music majors and 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 are formed when sufficient interest warrants. Successful participation in a music ensemble may earn one credit each semester toward the maximum allowed in the studentâ€™s degree program. Please contact the ensemble conductor for further information.
- Music 175A - Jazz Ensemble, Tom Zinninger
- Music 177A - Chamber Orchestra, Brandon Jones
- Music 179A - Symphonic Band, Brandon Jones
Choral and Vocal Ensembles
- Music 183A - Opera Studio, Fotina Naumenko
- Music 185A - Wittenberg Choir, Erik Zinter
- Music 187A - Wittenberg Singers, Erik Zinter
- Music 195 â€“ Guitar Ensemble, Lawrence Pitzer
II -- G E N E R A L M U S I C C O U R S E S
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 the elective credit. The courses are leveled in accord with the guidelines given below, which serve as prerequisites.
Courses at the A â€œ100â€ 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 â€œ200â€ 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 â€œ300â€ 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.
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.
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.
Functional Keyboard Skills
Prerequisites: Must be able to read music
A course designed to develop basic keyboard skills needed by non-keyboard music majors. Rudiments of theory, keyboard technique, basic improvisation, and harmonization will be covered. Taught in the electronic keyboard lab. Text is Alfredâ€™s Group Piano for Adults: An Innovative Method Enhanced with Audio and MIDI files for Practice and Performance by E.L. Lancaster & Kenon D. Renfrow. (Book 1, second edition, Alfred.)
Music 121 - 146
Applied Music Lessons
1 to 2 Credits
Prerequisite: Departmental permission
Applied music lessons are available for all students regardless of major, for a fee. Please consult the schedule for a complete list of offerings.
Music 321 - 346
Advanced Applied Music Lessons
1 to 2 Credits
Prerequisite: Departmental permission
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 studentâ€™s level and course of study will be determined. In Applied Organ, Piano, and Voice, 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) may 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 class schedules with the departmental office before registering with the Registrarâ€™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 2016-2017 academic year, the fee for private applied music lessons is $425 for each credit taken.
Practice rooms - Every student who is registered for applied music lessons may reserve suitable practice space of Krieg Hall. Since most practice rooms are always kept locked, a rental fee is required. Please consult the departmental office in order to obtain a key and to schedule practice rooms and rehearsal space. NOTE: Only students who are involved in the programs of the Department of Music, i.e., applied lessons or ensembles, may rent a practice room or locker. Practice rooms are shared 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 and may be rented by contacting the office of the Department of Music, Krieg 301B. Liability coverage is the responsibility of the student.
IV -- I N T E N S I V E M U S I C C O U R S E S
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.
Intermediate Music Theory I
Prerequisite: Music 102 or equivalent, or by placement examination.
A study of the harmonic practice of the common-practice period of classical music (1600s-1800s), including triads in first inversion and second inversion, nonchord tones, seventh chords, and an introduction to chromatic harmony. Grading is based on daily assignments, tests, and a final project. It is recommended that Music 155 be taken concurrently with Music 156 Intermediate Music Skills I.
Intermediate Music Skills I
Prerequisite: Music 102 or equivalent, or by examination. Students learn to sing standard pitch and rhythm pattern, to facilitate the playing, singing, conducting, composing, and studying of music. Significant and regular outside practice is required. Grading is based on daily homework. Ear Training is also included: Students learn to notate pitch patterns and rhythm patterns presented aurally, so that they can write down music they hear or create. Grading is based on dictation exams. It is recommended that Music 156 be taken concurrently with Music 155: Intermediate Music Theory I.
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.
Foreign Language Diction
This class is designed for the voice major or minor interested in pronouncing German and French utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The course will begin with the phonetics of English, which will assist in the phonetic symbols utilized in these languages. The texts utilized for this course include William Odomâ€™s German for Singers and Thomas Grubbâ€™s Singing in French.
1 to 4 Credits
Prerequisite: Approval of the Department Chair and supervising professor.
Individual project as arranged by the student with the supervising professor and the Department Chair. May be writing intensive.
2 to 4 Credits
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.
Prerequisite: At least three terms of advanced study in the primary area of applied music, senior standing, and concurrent registration in the area of advanced applied study.
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. Program notes are also required. Every year.
Senior Recital & Paper with Honors
Prerequisite: At least three terms of advanced study in the primary area of applied music, senior standing, and concurrent registration in the area of advanced applied study and permission of the department chair.
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 studentâ€™s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Writing intensive.
Senior Portfolio Review
Presentation of selected classwork 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.
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 should be determined by the end of the studentâ€™s junior year and in consultation with the academic adviser and the department chair. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the studentâ€™s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Students qualified to pursue departmental honors will register for Music 499 with permission of the department chair. Writing intensive.
Senior Project with Honors
Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.
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 should be determined by the end of the studentâ€™s junior year and in consultation with the academic adviser and the department chair. An oral examination, reviewing and assessing the studentâ€™s previous work in all areas of the music major, concludes the course. Writing intensive.
V -- M U S I C E D U C A T I O N
Prerequisites: Music 165 or permission of Chair
This course is for music majors. Applied class instruction will be given in all of the woodwind instruments, with emphasis on teaching techniques and procedures. Available resources and teaching materials will also be surveyed.
Introduction to Music Technology
Prerequisite: Music 257 or permission of the department chair
A course that will introduce the student to the basics of technology as it relates to teaching music in the schools. The student will gain general skills and knowledge of current technology in the following areas: the Internet, computer-assisted instruction, desktop publishing, music notation, music sequencing, digital audio and multimedia.