Department of Music

Chair: Dr. Marin Jacobson

PURPOSE:

The Music Department trains students to improve their communities with meaningful, beautiful, and edifying musical activity.  This is accomplished through coursework designed to develop broadly-skilled musicians and frequent public performances in different contexts, especially where our music can help to share the Christian faith.

FUNCTION:

Students from across the university are engaged in music-making through ensembles, lessons, and music classes. Some choose a music minor.  For those who want to develop music as a primary vocation, the Music Department offers a 54-unit major, with add-on concentrations in church music, music education, performance (piano, voice, instrumental), composition, and commercial music.  Concentrations require additional units (13-18) beyond the 54-unit major.

Music Program Learning Outcomes

Practical Musicianship

  • Develop musical skills that reflect competent applications of the materials and conventions of music.

Performance Musicianship

  • Generate musical performances that are technically adept and artistic.

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Utilize the techniques, philosophies, and best practices of musical leadership and collaboration in order to enhance a community.

Critical Listening

  • Interpret, analyze and evaluate musical works and performances.

Contextualization

  • Evaluate the significance of music in various contexts (e.g., spiritual, social, historical, ritual, cultural).

Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Music

Concentrations:

  • Church Music
  • Commercial Music
  • Composition
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music Education
  • Piano Performance
  • Vocal Performance 

Music

Musicianship

The musicianship core develops Practical Musicianship, Performance Musicianship, and Critical Listening through voice and piano competency, music theory, aural skills (2 years), applied music (4 years), ensemble involvement (4 years), and concert attendance (4 years).

Concert Attendance
MUS 100Concert Attendance0
Students must attend 40 concerts/recitals (5 per semester) during their time at Concordia (transfers must accrue 5 times the number of semesters they 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. Attendance credit is not allowed for recitals/concerts in which the student is a performer for the majority of the repertoire.
Piano Competency
MUKP 211Piano Competency0
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:1
Voice Class1
Private Lessons: Voice I1
The Concordia Choir1
Concordia Donne Di Canto1
Concordia Men’s Chorus1
Music Theory and Aural Skills
MUS 201Music Theory I3
MUS 202Music Theory II3
MUS 211Aural Skills I1
MUS 212Aural Skills II1
MUS 303Music Theory III3
MUS 304Music Theory IV3
MUS 323Aural Skills III1
MUS 324Aural Skills IV1
Ensemble
MUE__Ensemble8
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 Instrument8
MU__ 101-301
Private Lessons
7
MU__ 401
Private Lessons
1
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

MUS 331Music History: Antiquity through Bach3
MUS 332Music History: Classical Period through Modernity3
MUS 430History and Analysis of Modern Music2
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations *3
Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road *3
Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity **3

Leadership and Collaboration 

MUS 221Beginning Conducting2
MUS 222Intermediate Conducting2
Choose 4 units from the following:4
Instrumental Methods and Repertoire ***2
Handbell Methods and Repertoire1-3
Music for Children ****2,3
Choral Methods and Repertoire *****3

Capstone 

See Music Office for application forms and procedures.
MUS 493Senior Thesis1
Choose 1 of the following courses:1
MU__498
Senior Recital
1
Senior Project in Music1
Total Units54
*

 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.

Concentrations

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Music may choose to complete one or more optional concentrations in music. Concentrations are designed to help students prepare for professional work or graduate study in specific areas.

Church Music

Church music students must select MUS 482, MUS 461 (2-3 units) and 6 units of choir and/or handbells in the Music major.  Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.  Organ study and worship band participation are recommended.  Please see Christ College certificate requirements for additional requirements.

MUKC 311Church Music Keyboard Competency0
or MUGC 211 Church Music Guitar Competency
MUS 216Music Technology I2
MUS 281Introduction to Worship Band1
MUS 483A Survey of Christian Hymnody3
MUS 484Planning Music in Christian Worship2
THL 382Corporate Worship3
Choose 2 units from the following:2
MU__101-401
Secondary Instrument
1,2
Organ Class1
Piano Class I1
Piano Class II1
Piano Class III1
Recommended courses:
Private Lessons: Composition I2
Private Lessons: Composition II
Private Lessons: Composition III
Private Lessons: Composition IV
Organ Class1
Arranging2
Practicum: Contemporary Ensemble Leadership1
Contemporary Music Theory2
Instrumental Methods and Repertoire2
Handbell Methods and Repertoire1-3
Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations3
Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road3
Choral Methods and Repertoire3
Vocal Pedagogy and Literature3
Contemporary Christian Song2
Worship Arts Ministry3
Total Units13

Commercial Music

Ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.  The Worship Arts Leadership minor is recommended with this concentration.

MUS 216Music Technology I2
MUS 281Introduction to Worship Band1
MUS 305Arranging2
MUS 316Music Technology II2
MUS 393Practicum: Contemporary Ensemble Leadership1
MUS 404Contemporary Music Theory2
Choose 4 units from the following:4
Jazz Combo0.5
Worship Band0.5
Commercial Music Ensemble0.5
Total Units14

Composition

Applied units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.

MUCO 101Private Lessons: Composition I2
or MUCO 201 Private Lessons: Composition II
MUCO 301Private Lessons: Composition III4
or MUCO 401 Private Lessons: Composition IV
MUS 216Music Technology I2
MUS 305Arranging2
MUS 403Instrumentation and Orchestration3
MUS 392Practicum: Composition2
Choose 2 units from the following:2
Piano Class III1
Private Lessons: Piano I1
Private Lessons: Piano II1
Private Lessons: Piano III1
Private Lessons: Piano IV1
Private Lessons: Organ I1
Private Lessons: Organ II1
Private Lessons: Organ III1
Private Lessons: Organ IV1
Total Units17

Instrumental Performance

Instrumental Performance students must select MUS 412 in the Music major.  Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.

MU__ 301-401Applied Music: Primary Instrument6
MU__ 398Junior Recital1
Choose 6 units from the following categories:6
Music Technology I2
Arranging2
Brass Techniques1
Percussion Techniques1
Woodwind Techniques1
String Techniques1
Instrumentation and Orchestration3
Choose up to 2 units from the following:
MU_ 101-401
Applied Music: Secondary Instrument
1
Piano Class I1
Piano Class II1
Piano Class III1
Choose up to 2 units from the following:
String Ensemble0.5
Concordia Brass0.5
Woodwind Ensemble0.5
Jazz Combo0.5
Percussion Ensemble0.5
Jazz Ensemble0.5
Flute Ensemble0.5
Chamber Music Ensemble0.5
Total Units13

Music Education

Music Education students must select MUS 461 (3 units) and either MUS 451 or MUS 452 in the Music major. Applied units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.   

OPTIONAL: Lutheran Teacher Certificate (15 units); Please see Christ College Certificate Requirements for additional requirements.

OPTIONAL:  California Teacher Credential (34 units); Course requirements are available from the School of Education. Included in the 34 units is a student teaching experience (12 units), which entails all-day fieldwork for an entire semester.  This typically happens during an extra semester, after all other coursework has been completed and after the student has passed the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).   

MUS 261Introduction to Music Teaching *1
MUS 462Music in Secondary Schools2
MUKP 100CPiano Class III1
or MUKP 101 Private Lessons: Piano I
or MUKP 201 Private Lessons: Piano II
or MUKP 301 Private Lessons: Piano III
or MUKP 401 Private Lessons: Piano IV
Choose 7 units from the following:7
Music Technology I2
Arranging2
Instrumental Methods and Repertoire2
Handbell Methods and Repertoire1-3
Choral Methods and Repertoire3
Choose 4 of the following courses:4
Brass Techniques1
Percussion Techniques1
Woodwind Techniques1
String Techniques1
Guitar Class I1
Total Units15
*

Desirable to be taken concurrently with EDUC 101 or EDUC 204/EDSP 204.

Piano Performance

Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.

MUKP 301Private Lessons: Piano III6
or MUKP 401 Private Lessons: Piano IV
MUKP 398Junior Recital: Piano1
MUS 240Introduction to Accompanying2
MUS 442Piano Pedagogy2
MUS 443Piano Literature2
Choose 5 units from the following 4 categories:5
Choose up to 2 units from the following:
Private Lessons: Keyboard Improvisation II1
Private Lessons: Keyboard Improvisation III1
Private Lessons: Keyboard Improvisation IV1
Choose up to 2 units from the following:
Jazz Combo.5
Jazz Ensemble.5
Piano Ensemble.5
Worship Band.5
Introduction to Worship Band1
Choose up to 2 units from the following:
Chamber Music Ensemble.5
Choose up to 3 units from the following:
Private Lessons: Organ I1
Total Units18

Vocal Performance

Vocal Performance students must select MUS 471 in the Music major.  Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music major.  

MUVO 301Private Lessons: Voice III6
or MUVO 401 Private Lessons: Voice IV
MUS 271Diction for Singers I: English/Italian2
MUS 272Diction for Singers II: German/French2
MUS 472Vocal Pedagogy and Literature3
MUVO 398Junior Recital: Voice1
Choose 4 units from the following:4
Jazz Combo0.5
Chamber Music Ensemble0.5
Worship Band0.5
Piano Class I1
Piano Class II1
Piano Class III1
Private Lessons: Piano I1
Private Lessons: Piano II1
Private Lessons: Piano III1
Private Lessons: Piano IV1
Opera Workshop I2
Opera Workshop II2
Opera Workshop III2
Opera Workshop IV2
Total Units18

Undergraduate Minor

Music

Music Minor

The Music minor is designed for non-music major students who highly value their involvement in music activities and would like formal recognition of their study in areas of performance, musicianship and music electives.

Concert Attendance
MUS 100Concert Attendance0
Students must attend 10 concerts/recitals during their time at Concordia. An updated list will be published at the end of each semester detailing concert attendance. In the semester when students expect to pass 10, they should enroll in MUS 100 for pass/fail certification. Attendance credit is not allowed for recitals/concerts in which the student is a performer for the majority of the repertoire.
MUS 201Music Theory I3
MUS 202Music Theory II3
MUS 211Aural Skills I1
MUS 212Aural Skills II1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument4
MU__101
Applied Music: Primary Instrument
0-2
or MU__201
Applied Music: Primary Instrument
2-4
or MU__301
Applied Music: Primary Instrument
2-4
or MU__401
Applied Music: Primary Instrument
2-4
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Music History: Antiquity through Bach3
Music History: Classical Period through Modernity3
Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations3
Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road3
Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity3
Choose 9 units from the following: 9
MU__ 301-401
Applied Music
1-9
MUS 300-400
Any course not chosen above
1-9
Total Units24