Music (MUS)

MUS 100   Concert Attendance   0 Units

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.

MUS 102   Music Fundamentals   3 Units

This entry-level course is intended for general education students or those considering a music major and will provide an opportunity to develop skills in sight reading, music theory, and aspects of basic musical analysis.

MUS 111   Experiences in Music   3 Units

Through integrated reading, listening, discussion, musical participation, and concert attendance students will identify, experience, and understand the elements of music and basic notation and will apply active listening skills to the study of global and Western music from the Middle Ages to the present day in this course. A class fee is required to cover the cost of concert attendance.

MUS 112   Music in the Liberal Arts   3 Units

Through integrated reading, multimedia presentations, listening, writing, and concert attendance, students will engage with music in this online course in the context of history, style, literature, science, faith, sociology, and philosophy. A class fee is required to cover the cost of concert attendance.

MUS 176   Opera Workshop I   2 Units

In this course students will learn basic concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, writing, and develop performance skills by singing in the opera chorus.

MUS 201   Music Theory I   3 Units

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 Units

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 Unit

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 Unit

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

MUS 215   Music Technology   1 Unit

This course will introduce the electronic tools for music making including CD mastering, sequencing, recording, and score production. Offered alternate years.

MUS 216   Music Technology I   2 Units

An introduction to music technology hardware and software, focusing on the tools and methods used to create, prepare and perform music. Topics include MIDI, digital audio workstations, score preparation, live performance systems, and methods of music production. Students will participate in hands-on projects in which they will apply their understanding of basic music technology principles. Students should be able to read muscial notation.

MUS 221   Beginning Conducting   2 Units

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 Units

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.

MUS 240   Introduction to Accompanying   2 Units

Keyboard accompanying is a course designed to give keyboard players an introduction to accompanying and topics related to collaborative playing. It is an interactive course that will include class meetings to discuss topics related to the field of accompanying, individual coaching sessions, and a final project or performance. The keyboardist will have readings and assignments to complete outside of class and will be assigned musical partners (singers and instrumentalists) to work with throughout the semester. Pre-requisite: Concurrent registration in MUKP 201, MUKP 301, or MUKP 401.

MUS 261   Introduction to Music Teaching   1 Unit

This course will explore career opportunities in music education including elementary, middle, and high school as well as studio pedagogy through readings, seminar discussions, and field experience in area schools and studios. Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing, MUS 102, MUS 111, MUS 112, or MUS 201 (or concurrent registration), or permission of instructor.

MUS 271   Diction for Singers I: English/Italian   2 Units

Study of basic phonetics in English and Italian as applied to singer's diction with an introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet.

MUS 272   Diction for Singers II: German/French   2 Units

Study of basic phonetics in German and French as applied to singer's diction. Continued study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: MUS 271.

MUS 276   Opera Workshop II   2 Units

In this course students will learn basic concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, and writing as they develop performing skills through singing in the opera chorus and learning small solo roles.

MUS 281   Introduction to Worship Band   1 Unit

This course is a focused classroom and rehearsal experience teaching standard concepts and worship band ensemble methods that are applied in the preparation and performance of much of today's modern worship repertoire. It is open to all students but specifically required for all incoming freshmen or transfer students that are new to our worship band program. All ensembles may be repeated for credit, but only two (2) units will apply toward graduation except in the case of students in a music major/minor where additional units are required.

MUS 303   Music Theory III   3 Units

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 Units

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 305   Arranging   2 Units

This course introduces students to the basic principles of arranging pre-existing musical material for the small ensembles commonly encountered in church, educational, and commercial settings. Aspects of reharmonization, voicing, scoring, part generation, and idiomatic instrumental and choral writing will be studied. Pre-requisite: MUS 202.

MUS 312   Brass Techniques   1 Unit

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining brass instruments along with curricular concepts and materials for teaching beginning instrumentalists will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 313   Percussion Techniques   1 Unit

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining percussion instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 314   Woodwind Techniques   1 Unit

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining woodwind instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 315   String Techniques   1 Unit

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining string instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 316   Music Technology II   2 Units

Building on the skills attained in Music Technology I, this course is focused on the creation of music, utilizing state of the art music technology with an emphasis on preparing the student for vocation in the classroom, studio or stage. Prerequisite: MUS 216 or permission of instructor.

MUS 323   Aural Skills III   1 Unit

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

MUS 324   Aural Skills IV   1 Unit

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

MUS 331   Music History: Antiquity through Bach   3 Units

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 through Modernity   3 Units

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 376   Opera Workshop III   2 Units

In this course students will learn concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, and writing as they develop performance skills by participating in the opera chorus and singing solo roles.

MUS 381   Contemporary Issues in Church Music   3 Units

This course will look at the theology, methods, and principles for leading a worship arts ministry including the evaluation and development of working definitions for 'contemporary' worship; planning worship services for varied congregational settings; worship ministry in the context of congregational change; values that shape worship ministry programming; the role of technology; and the application of a theology of worship in cultivating a character of leadership. Prerequisite: MUS 281 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 382   Contemporary Worship Ensemble Leadership   3 Units

This course will study and apply worship band ensemble leadership principles including the development of an intentional leadership team; the audition process; rehearsal techniques for band and vocal teams; arranging and writing lead sheets and rhythm charts; and the role and direction of a praise choir, organization, and spiritual leadership. Prerequisites: THL 281 and THL 381 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 390   Practicum: Music Leadership   1-2 Units

As a closely supervised introductory experience in directing musical ensembles, this course will assist students in classroom teaching or other approved music leadership activity. Prerequisites: Junior standing, completion of at least fifteen (15) units in music, an appropriate methods course, demonstrated music leadership ability, and consent of instructor.

MUS 391   Practicum: Church Music   0.5-2 Units

This is a supervised experience in leadership of campus worship music or preliminary field work in a Christian congregation. Taken in .5 unit increments.

MUS 392   Practicum: Composition   1-2 Units

Projects in music composition guided by a faculty mentor.

MUS 393   Practicum: Contemporary Ensemble Leadership   1 Unit

Contemporary Ensemble Leadership is a practicum designed to prepare the student for the effective leadership of jazz, pop, rock and worship ensembles. The class includes ensemble lab experience and individual coaching and instruction between the instructor and the student. The student may function as a member of the ensemble or a sa non-playing ensemble leader. Requires consent of instructor.

MUS 398   Junior Recital   1-3 Units

Preparation of musical repertoire guided by an applied music instructor and culminating in a performance recital.

MUS 401   Advanced Studies in Music   3 Units

This course will be scheduled when there is adequate student interest in particular topics such as jazz, counterpoint, arranging for instrumental, choral or handbell groups, electronic music, music in particular cultures, a period of music history, or topics in music education. Prerequisites: Depends on the topic selected, but normally MUS 202 and one (1) music history course.

MUS 402   Orchestration   2 Units

As a study of instrumental timbre and the application of instrument combinations to achieve artistic sonority in music, this course will emphasize the study of orchestral scores and will culminate with a final project consisting of a full orchestration of a short organ prelude. This course will also help students become familiar with music notation software. Prerequisites: MUS 202, one (1) history course, and one (1) instrumental techniques course or equivalent experience. Offered alternate years.

MUS 403   Instrumentation and Orchestration   3 Units

The course focuses on the practical and artistic aspects of scoring for large instrumental and choral ensembles. A significant portion of the class will be devoted to a study of the tonal and technical characteristics of band and orchestral instruments. Through class readings, score study, and composition-oriented projects, students will build competence in arranging and composing for large ensembles. Pre-requisite: MUS 303.

MUS 404   Contemporary Music Theory   2 Units

An introduction to modern harmonic relationships found in jazz, contemporary pop and worship music, focusing on chord structure, spelling, inversions, plural interior chords, scalar relationships, and jazz and pop notation. Students will learn to create genre-specific improvised melodic and harmonic accompaniment from a lead sheet or rhythm section chart. Pre-requisite: MUS 304.

MUS 412   Instrumental Methods and Repertoire   2 Units

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 430   History and Analysis of Modern Music   2 Units

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.

MUS 441   Handbell Methods and Repertoire   1-3 Units

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 442   Piano Pedagogy   2 Units

This course explores aspects of piano pedagogy, teaching techniques, and instructional materials appropriate for beginning and intermediate students through research, discussion, observation of private teaching studio, and reading. The course will also provide opportunities to apply these principles in practical piano teaching. Prerequisite: Completion of MUKP 201, MUKP 301 or MUKP 401 or permission of instructor.

MUS 443   Piano Literature   2 Units

This course will inform students about the range and scope of piano repertoire. The course will study the pianist's standard repertoire from the Baroque to the present day, including elements of style, form, historical context, and stylistic characteristics of major composers. Prerequisite: MUKP 201, MUKP 301 or MUKP 401.

MUS 451   Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations   3 Units

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 Units

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 461   Music for Children   2,3 Units

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 462   Music in Secondary Schools   2 Units

This course will study the principles and practices for teaching music in secondary (middle and high) schools including philosophy, organization, curriculum development, and lesson-planning for general music. It will also prepare students to take the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) in music. Prerequisites: MUS 261 and MUS 461 or concurrent registration. Offered alternate years.

MUS 471   Choral Methods and Repertoire   3 Units

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

MUS 472   Vocal Pedagogy and Literature   3 Units

A survey of voice anatomy, acoustics, physiology, hygiene and vocal development. The course will explore teaching singers of various ages and selection of age-appropriate repertoire. Prerequisite: MUVO 201, MUVO 301 or MUVO 401.

MUS 476   Opera Workshop IV   2 Units

In this course students will learn concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, and writing as they develop performance skills by participating in the opera chorus and singing solo roles and writing program notes related to their role.

MUS 481   Contemporary Issues in Church Music   2 Units

The historical and theological foundation and preparation of contemporary Christian music for the worship service. Course activities may include various methods and materials for music teams, arranging for contemporary worship ensemble, modern music theory and instruction in the use of MIDI-based devices and software. Prerequisite: MUS 221 or experience in leading church music activities. Keyboard experience recommended.

MUS 482   Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity   3 Units

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.

MUS 483   A Survey of Christian Hymnody   3 Units

This is an historical survey course of Christian hymnody which will develop an awareness of the poetic, musical, theological, and spiritual aspects of hymnody for both congregational and devotional use. Offered alternate years.

MUS 484   Planning Music in Christian Worship   2 Units

A practical study of planning music within the worship service will be presented in this course as students draw upon their experiences in theology, worship, history, arranging, performance, and repertoire courses to create and evaluate worship forms in today's church. Prerequisites: THL 382.

MUS 485   Contemporary Christian Song   2 Units

This survey course that will look at the development and function of contemporary Christian music appropriate for use within both liturgical and non-liturgical worship services as students draw upon their experiences in theology, music, and worship courses and learn to select and evaluate contemporary music appropriate for a Lutheran-Christian worship context. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 482/THL 482 and MUS 483/THL 483 are also suggested.

MUS 490   Internship: Music   1-6 Units

This is a culminating field experience course for students preparing for a professional career in music. Prerequisites: Music major with senior standing and all core courses completed.

MUS 493   Senior Thesis   1 Unit

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.

MUS 498   Senior Project in Music   1-3 Units

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.