Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
Chair, 2010-11: Alison Feldt, voice
Vice Chair, 2010-11: Andrew Hisey, piano, piano pedagogy
Faculty, 2010-11: Steven Amundson, orchestra, conducting, theory; Kathryn Ananda-Owens, piano, piano literature, chamber music; Anton Armstrong, choir, conducting, voice, pedagogy for young voices; Christopher Aspaas, choir, choral literature, conducting, voice; Christopher Atzinger, piano, piano literature; Linda Berger, music education; John Bower, composition, theory, electronic music; Julia Byl, world music (ethnomusicology); David Carter, cello, chamber music, string methods, string literature and pedagogy, music appreciation (on leave interim and spring semester); David Castro, theory, counterpoint, advanced analysis; Laura Caviani, jazz piano; Beth Christensen, music librarian; Kurt Claussen, saxophone, chamber music; Anna Clift, cello, chamber music; Dan Dressen, voice, lyric diction; Margaret Eaves-Smith, voice; Andrea Een, violin, viola, Hardanger fiddle, chamber music (on leave); John Ferguson, organ, church music, choir, chapel cantor; Charles Forsberg, theory; Tracey Gorman, voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature; Charles Gray, violin, viola, string literature and pedagogy, chamber music; David Hagedorn, jazz band, percussion, percussion methods; Alice Hanson, music history; J. Robert Hanson, trumpet; Janis Hardy, voice, lyric theater; Philip Hey, drum set; Martin Hodel, trumpet, orchestra, chamber music; Gerald Hoekstra, music history, early music ensembles; Anthony Holt, voice; Rachel Jensen, Hardanger fiddle; Sigrid Johnson, choir, voice; Mark Kelley, bassoon; Kathy Kienzle, harp; Nancy Lee, music education; Dana Maeda, oboe, woodwind methods, chamber music; Jill Mahr, handbell ensembles, flute; Timothy J. Mahr, band, conducting, composition, music education; Mary Martz, voice; Harriet McCleary, voice; James McKeel, voice, lyric theater; Kent McWilliams, piano, chamber music; Justin Merritt, composition, theory, instrumentation (on leave interim and spring semester); Elinor Niemisto, harp; Paul Niemisto, band, low brass, brass methods, chamber music; Nancy Oliveros, violin; Paul Ousley, string bass; Nancy Paddleford, piano; Michael Petruconis, french horn; Jun Qian, clarinet, chamber music; Catherine Ramirez, flute, theory, chamber music; Catherine Rodland, organ, theory; Miriam Scholz-Carlson, string methods, Alexander technique; Ray Shows, violin, viola, chamber music; Robert Smith, voice, vocal literature; Darrin Thomas, gospel choir; Paul Westermeyer, church music; Karen Wilkerson, voice; Herbert Winslow, french horn; Annalee Wolfe, viola; Larry Zimmerman, low brass
Inspired by the conviction that music is a divine gift, the St. Olaf College Music Department devotes itself to the cultivation of this gift in the lives of its students and in the broader community. We dedicate ourselves to creating an educational experience that unites the artistic standards of a professional program with the intellectual rigors and academic breadth of the liberal arts in an environment of free, creative, and critical inquiry. Through music we affirm the college’s mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.
The Music Department offers extensive opportunities to explore, practice, and celebrate the musician’s art with an ongoing commitment to a distinctive ensemble program, excellent individualized instruction, and a comprehensive undergraduate music curriculum. We honor St. Olaf’s rich heritage spanning more than a century of international artistry and scholarship and will continue to cultivate a spirit of exploration and innovation, seeking and celebrating the transcendent and transforming power of music.
The Music Department offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees, which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. St. Olaf students may also pursue the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music double-degree option.
This is a liberal arts degree, with approximately one-third of the course work in music. A B.A. music major offers a wide range of career options in music and related fields such as performance, broadcasting, multimedia, arts administration, advertising, education, arts journalism, music librarianship, or music therapy. Students may choose a general music major or may elect an emphasis in history-literature or theory-composition, or they may opt for a course of study that leads to Minnesota teaching licensure.
This is a professional music degree with approximately two-thirds of the course work in music. Students may elect one of five majors:
Graduates often continue with graduate work in performance, preparing for careers as performers and teachers. This major also serves as good preparation for graduate studies in related fields like music therapy. Piano and organ performance majors may also pursue an emphasis in collaborative keyboard performance.
Graduates generally continue their studies in graduate school or move directly into parishes as church musicians. Careers in conducting, college teaching, or the ministry are also served by this major.
Graduates generally continue their studies in graduate school, eventually moving towards careers in film music and other media, teaching, or conducting.
This degree typically leads to a public school teaching career immediately after graduation, although graduate study is an option as well.
Substantively integrated with professional music studies, students propose and complete an individualized program of study in a second discipline. Admission to this individualized degree program is by a competitive proposal process. Graduates pursue professional careers in music with substantive connections to an additional arts area, business, science, language and culture, or other sphere of expertise.
This program engages students in professional study in music and study in the liberal arts, leading to both the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Students pursuing the double-degree option may choose from four Bachelor of Music graduation majors (church music, music education, performance, and theory-composition, not elective studies) and any of the Bachelor of Arts graduation majors except music. Students must meet the application requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degree programs. This program typically takes five years to complete. Students pursing this option should consult their advisors as early as possible.
Students enrolled through Luther Seminary study with St. Olaf faculty, and take St. Olaf classes in preparation for service in the church as professional, theologically educated, pastoral musicians. For more information, contact Luther Seminary (651-641-3521).
ADMISSION TO THE MUSIC MAJOR
Students may apply for entrance into the music major before enrolling or after beginning their studies at St. Olaf. A complete application for any music major (B.A. or B.M.) requires an audition on the principal instrument/voice, and screenings to test basic music knowledge and skills. More information for prospective students. More information for St. Olaf students.
ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Entrance applications for B.A. music with teaching credential or B.M. music education programs are processed in the second semester of the sophomore year. Interested students must be already-admitted music majors and are classified as B.A. general music majors until accepted into a teacher education degree program. More information.
All students in B.M. and teacher education programs are reviewed for continuance. B.M. performance, church music, theory composition, and elective studies students are generally reviewed at the end of the third semester in the program. Teacher education students are generally reviewed in their junior year. A continuance review includes a juried recital performance, a review of music and overall academic progress, and a possible interview/conference. A student not approved for continuance in any program is no longer in that program. More information.
All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency at a level specified for the major/instrument, and it is recommended that students complete proficiency by the end of the sophomore year. Students may demonstrate proficiency through successful completion of piano classes, or by examination. More information
All full-time students are eligible to audition for membership in any of these musical ensembles. Participation in these ensembles fulfills ensemble graduation requirements for music majors.
Additional opportunities for ensemble performance include Collegiate Chorale, Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, Gospel Choir, Horn Club, Percussion Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Participation in these ensembles does not fulfill graduation requirements for music majors.
To receive departmental distinction, a senior music major must be nominated by a faculty member and confirmed as eligible by a two-thirds vote of the Music Department faculty. Eligibility nominations are based on evidence of sustained academic and musical excellence. Eligible seniors will be notified by October 1.
Typically, distinction candidates complete a project directly relating to their major, for example:
|BM performance||a full recital presented with appropriate accompanying research|
|BA Music, History-Literature emphasis||a major research paper|
|BM or BA, Theory-Composition||a significant composition, publicly performed|
|BM Music Education or BA Music with Teaching Credential||a paper or presentation documenting exploration into a music education-related topic|
|BM Church Music||a full recital, a hymn festival, or other service planned and led by the candidate|
All projects must be approved by a faculty advisor and by the music department chair. All projects are evaluated by a committee of three faculty members, selected by the music department chair. Evaluations are shared with the full music faculty, and a two-thirds majority vote determines the candidates who will receive distinction.
Music Performance Studies
Music performance studies provide a direct opportunity to think and speak the language of music. Lessons integrate aspects of music's cultural and historical contexts, its theoretical properties, and the physical and psychological facets of performance. Music performance studies earn ALS-A credit. A full credit (4 x 0.25) of study on a single instrument or voice is required to meet the ALS-A comprehensive graduation requirement.
Variable credit private lessons are available in bassoon, clarinet, composition, cornet, euphonium, flute, English horn, French horn, Hardanger fiddle, harp, harpsichord, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, jazz piano, saxophone, string bass, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice. Lessons are catalogued as level I and level II Music Performance Studies (MUSPF) courses, and course numbers are referenced in the St. Olaf class & lab schedule.
Music Performance Studies are offered at three credit levels:
0.25 credit: weekly half-hour lessons, daily minimum one-hour practice expectation
0.50 credit: weekly one-hour lessons, daily minimum two-hour practice expectation
1.00 credit: weekly one-hour lessons, daily minimum three-hour practice expectation
Registration for all applied music lessons is processed through the Music Office (CHM 101). Elective private study for non-music majors (0.25 credit) is available on a space-available basis to students demonstrating sufficient skill level gained through prior study.
All students in the Bachelor of Music program receive a lesson scholarship for principal instrument/voice study. Beginning in the sophomore year, Bachelor of Arts music majors also receive a lesson scholarship for principal instrument/voice study.
For all elective and secondary-instrument/voice performance studies, students are assessed a fee of $410 per 0.25 credit. Fees will be refunded only if a student drops the course by the 6th day of classes each semester. No refund is given thereafter.
Enrolled students are expected to participate in studio classes, attend music department-approved events, and fulfill performance-related requirements as detailed by individual instructors. An individual performance jury is required each semester.
To perform solo on any official recital, students must be concurrently enrolled in lessons on the performing instrument/voice.
First-semester music majors explore the elements of music through singing, identifying, and notating progressive dictation examples in melody (intervals, scales, tonal melodies); rhythm (pulse, meter, subdivision); and harmony (basic tonal chord progressions). Co-requisites: Music 113, 161 (or completion of Piano Proficiency Level 1). Offered annually in the fall semester.
Building on principles presented in 111, second-semester music majors encounter more advanced tonal melodies, rhythmic patterns, and harmonic idioms through singing, aural identification, and notation. Prerequisites: Music 111/113. Co-requisites: Music 114, 162 (or completion of Piano Proficiency Level 2). Offered annually in the spring semester.
First-semester music majors explore the fundamentals of music: pitch, rhythm, notation, intervals, triads and inversions, seventh chords, scales, harmonic progression, and basic voice leading principles. Co-requisites: Music 111, 161 (or completion of Piano Proficiency Level 1). Offered annually in the fall semester.
Second-semester music majors build upon principals presented in 113 to develop a harmonic vocabulary through analysis, construction, and use of seventh chords, secondary functions, and common chord modulation. Melody studies include phrase structure, melodic reduction. and an introduction to species counterpoint. Students gain experience with binary and ternary forms. Prerequisites: Music 111/113. Co-requisites: Music 112, 162 (or completion of Piano Proficiency Level 2). Offered annually in the spring semester.
Designed for students with little or no background in music, this hands-on course presents the fundamental materials of music through creative keyboard experiences, music listening, music reading, and aural and visual analysis. Students gain a basic introduction to music notation and music theory. Offered during interim except in 2011.
Primarily for non-music majors, this course presents the fundamental materials of music and exposes students to the development of styles, ideals, practices, and technologies that provide context for listening with understanding. Through a study of landmark works from the 17th to the 20th century, students develop and practice listening techniques that sharpen critical perception and open the door to a fuller enjoyment of the musical arts. The ability to read musical scores is helpful but not required. Activity fee. Offered during interim 2011.
Students gain an overview of the history and development of orchestral music by looking at style, instrumentation, and musical vocabulary in a substantial selection of landmark works. Students attend four professional orchestral concerts and/or rehearsals in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The ability to read musical scores is helpful but not required. Activity fee. Generally offered during interim.
For music majors with little or no prior keyboard experience, this course introduces basic keyboard patterns and technical foundations, applied music theory, harmonization and transposition, and playing by ear. Development of sight playing skill is a central focus. Class sessions include reading, ensemble playing, performance, skill development and drill, and structured improvisation. Co-requisites: Music 111/113. Offered annually in the fall semester.
In this continuation of 161, students further develop their reading fluency and technical skill, and work with more advanced harmonic idioms. Class activities include harmonization and transposition, score reading, performance, by-ear playing, and improvisation. A grade of B- or higher satisfies Piano Proficiency Level 2 requirements. Prerequisite: Music 161, completion of Piano Proficiency Level 1, or audition placement. Co-requisites: Music 112/114. Offered annually in the spring semester.
The course addresses the theory and practical application of F. M. Alexander's discoveries about the process of human coordination. Students learn to apply the Alexander Technique to their practice and performance activities. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Through group instruction, students encounter the fundamentals of singing and an introduction to song literature. In-class performance is required. This course may be repeated once. Offered each semester.
This course introduces basic techniques for performance on a student's choice of three of the following: trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba. Additional topics include: pedagogical techniques, tools, and literature; teaching repertoire; and instrument care. Prerequisite: permission of instructor required for students not majoring in theory/composition or music education. Offered annually in the spring semester.
This course introduces basic techniques for performance on all instruments of the percussion family, with an emphasis on the snare drum. Additional topics include: pedagogical techniques, tools, and literature; teaching repertoire; and instrument care. Prerequisite: permission of instructor required for students not majoring in theory/composition or music education. Offered annually in the spring semester.
This course introduces basic techniques for performance on the violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Additional topics include: pedagogical techniques, tools, and literature; teaching repertoire; and instrument care. Prerequisite: permission of instructor required for students not majoring in theory/composition or music education. Offered annually in the fall semester.
This course introduces basic techniques for performance on selected instruments in the woodwind family. Additional topics include: pedagogical techniques, tools, and literature; teaching repertoire; and instrument history and care. Prerequisite: permission of instructor required for students not majoring in theory/composition or music education. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Building on skills gained through Music 111 and 112, third-semester music majors develop more advanced competencies: sight-singing more chromatic melodies and melodies that modulate; identifying and notating progressively complex melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic idioms. Prerequisites: Music 112/114. Co-requisite: Music 213. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Fourth-semester music majors continue the aural study of chromatic harmony and melody, and 20th-century rhythmic idioms introduced in 211. Students also work on basic improvisation skills in a variety of musical styles: realizing chord symbols and figured bass, generating melodies from harmonic patterns and observing given parameters, and creating ornamentation and cadenza material for existing compositions. Prerequisites: Music 211/213. Co-requisite: Music 214. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Continuing the theory sequence from 114, third-semester music majors explore Baroque counterpoint, Classical and Romantic styles and forms, advanced modulation techniques, and chromatic harmony. This course also introduces musical acoustics and music technology. Prerequisites: Music 112/114. Co-requisite: Music 211. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Building on principles introduced in 213, fourth-semester music majors examine techniques and materials used in compositions written after 1875, including chromaticism and extended tonality. Analysis of late 19th- and 20th-century music is included. Prerequisites: Music 211/213. Co-requisite: Music 212. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Intended for vocal music education and choral church music students, this course introduces fundamental characteristics of orchestra and band instruments, including ranges and transpositions. Students study and learn to use basic approaches to scoring, orchestration, and arranging. Prerequisite: Music 112/114 and junior standing. Offered fall semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
Intended for all theory/composition and instrumental music education students, this course introduces the practical fundamentals of orchestration. Students learn about instrument ranges, nomenclature, proper notation, characteristics of orchestral and band instruments, transposition, and scoring for various instrumental combinations including full orchestra, concert band, and marching band. Prerequisite: Music 114 and junior standing. Recommended: Music 166, 167, 168, 169, or equivalent experience. Offered fall semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
To deepen awareness and understanding of performance music, and to gain tools to produce textural interest in composition, students study the contrapuntal techniques of composers from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern periods including Palestrina, Bach, and Barber. Prerequisite: Music 212/214. Offered fall semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
Students are introduced to a number of compositional techniques and apply them in creating original works of music and hearing them performed. Participants listen to important 20th- and 21st-century compositions, and discuss current trends in music, the changing role of the composer in society, and practical composition issues. Prerequisites: Music 112/114, or permission of instructor. Generally offered each semester.
This course is a hands-on study of the science, aesthetics, history and current practices of electronic music. Creative projects include work with MIDI synthesizers and sequencers, as well as digital sampling and software synthesis. Offered during interim 2010-11 and alternate years.
Students learn to create improvised solos based on standard jazz practice from different historical eras. To internalize the styles of jazz masters from different time periods, participants transcribe recorded jazz solos by ear and perform them in class. Students gain appreciation of and experience with different harmonic and scalar conceptions through performing and analyzing selected jazz solos. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists. Offered fall semester 2010-11.
This course presents a study of the historical development of jazz, from its roots in blues and ragtime at the "beginning" of the 20th century to the present, focusing on its principal forms and styles, its role in American culture, and contributions of major artists. Offered during interim.
An introduction to American sacred, art, folk, and popular music from ca. 1650 to the present. Students examine distinctive styles and forms of selected musical "hits" and consider how they reflect American culture and values. Intended for non-music majors, the course covers basic listening skills, vocabulary, and forms. The ability to read musical scores is helpful but not required. Offered during interim.
Students travel to Shanghai and Beijing for a first-hand experience of the popular, sacred, and art music of China as it is understood in its own cultural context. Through field visits and lectures, students will also observe the assimilation and adaptation of Western music by Chinese musicians in Chinese society. Coursework includes lectures, listening assignments, concert attendance, and field trip participation. Offered only during Interim 2010.
Students study the musical history of hymnody and its relationship to the history of the church. In addition, this course explores the Biblical Psalms and their use in worship of the church and includes references to their musical settings in Gregorian chant, Anglican chant, responsorial settings, and choral music. Offered during interim 2010-11 and alternate years.
An in-depth look at how musical conventions, styles, and forms of music convey drama, emotion, and meaning in dance, opera, musical theater, and film. How does music partner with movement, texts, and visual images to portray time, place, and plot while simultaneously revealing a character's mental state, conveying political messages, or predicting the future? Intended for non-music majors, the course covers basic listening skills and vocabulary for description and analysis. Offered during interim.
An introduction to the diversity of musics on Earth. Topics include performance practice, methods for analysis and comparison of various musics, and interdisciplinary approaches to studying the powerful influence of music in human life. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Students encounter the history and development of Western European music from the Middle Ages to ca. 1750 and study the genres and styles of music from monophonic chant to concerted music of the Baroque. Prerequisite: Music 114. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Continuing the study begun in 241, students encounter the history and development of Western European music from ca. 1750 to the present and study the major forms, styles and representative literature of the Classic and Romantic eras and the 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: Music 114. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Students learn basic conducting gestures (with and without baton) through exercises in meter patterns, preparatory beats and cut-offs, cueing, dynamics, fermata, articulations, phrasing, left hand independence, and face/eye usage. Prerequisite: Music 114 or permission of instructor. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Students learn conducting techniques for choral literature including research-based rehearsal techniques, vocal preparation, score study, and video self-evaluation of gesture and rehearsal. Course work also includes observation of conductors on campus and in the community. Prerequisite: Music 251. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Students learn conducting techniques for instrumental literature, including rehearsal techniques, score preparation, and reading full score. Repertoire includes characteristic examples from standard band and orchestra literature. Students gain practical experience in conducting an instrumental ensemble. Course work includes observation of conducting faculty. Prerequisite: Music 251. Offered annually in the spring semester.
This advanced piano class for music majors only emphasizes sight playing, score reading, harmonization and transposition, advanced harmonic idioms, improvisation, ensemble playing, and performance preparation. A grade of B- or higher satisfies Piano Proficiency Level 3 requirements. Prerequisite: Music 162, completion of Piano Proficiency Level 2, or audition placement. Recommended co-requisites: Music 211/213. Offered annually in the fall semester.
This continuation of 261 emphasizes sight playing, score reading, harmonization and transposition, more advanced improvisation and harmonic usage, performance preparation, and leadership from the keyboard. A grade of B- or higher satisfies Piano Proficiency Level 4 requirements. Prerequisite: Music 261, completion of Piano Proficiency 3, or audition placement. Recommended co-requisites: Music 212/214. Offered annually in the spring semester.
Students study and practice principles for singing in English and Italian with good pronunciation, enunciation, and expression. Course content includes phonetic analysis using the International Phonetic Alphabet and identifying and exercising the phonemic features of English and Italian through class performances and listening assignments. Prerequisite: two semesters of voice lessons. Offered fall semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
Students study and practice principles for singing in French and German with good pronunciation, enunciation, and expression. Course content includes phonetic analysis using the International Phonetic Alphabet and identifying and exercising the phonemic features of French and German through class performances and listening assignments. Prerequisite: Music 263 and two semesters of voice lessons. Offered spring semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
This studio course focuses on advanced techniques of acting and singing for the musical stage with emphasis on opera. Students explore voice, movement, improvisation, and characterization at an advanced level. Participants receive coaching in musical and dramatic style through solo and small ensemble literature and prepare scenes for class performance. The course culminates with public performances of a fully staged and costumed lyric theater work. May be repeated once. Prerequisites: Two semesters of voice study and Theatre 131: Acting for the Lyric Stage. A production fee will be charged to all students participating in the production. Generally offered annually in fall semester.
Participants prepare for performance of a one-act opera or opera scenes. Students receive coaching and performance experience through individual and group singing/acting exercises. The course culminates with staged and costumed public performances. May be repeated once. A class fee may be required. Offered during interim.
Through regular rehearsals and coaching sessions, new or already-formed chamber groups prepare and perform selected literature, learn about related repertoire, and cultivate observation, communication, and leadership skills. Typical ensembles include string quartets, brass or woodwind quintets, piano trios, saxophone quartets, etc. May be repeated. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered each semester.
Students survey the solo art song repertoire of Germany, Italy, and Spain. The course highlights the significant features and development of the art song, and provides context, approaches, and resources for studying this literature. Course work includes in-class performance. Prerequisites: Music 214, 241, 242, or permission of instructor. Preferred prerequisites: Music 263, 264. Offered fall semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
Students survey the solo art song repertoire of France, England, the United States, and the Nordic countries. This course highlights the significant features and development of the art song, and provides context, approaches, and resources for studying this literature. Course work includes in-class performance. Prerequisite: Music 214, 241, 242, or permission of instructor. Preferred prerequisite: Music 263, 264. Offered spring semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
Beginning with the 17th century, students trace the evolution of literature for piano through the major works of such diverse composers as Bach, Boulez, Couperin, and Cage. Course content includes lectures, readings, listening, analysis, performance, and written assignments. Special attention is paid to performance practice traditions and historical context. Prerequisites: Music 214, 241, and 242, or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
This course is a study of the smaller forms of choral music from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on music suitable for junior and senior high school and church choirs. Students study scores and recordings and discuss representative style features and characteristics, interpretation, and conducting problems. Prerequisites: Music 214, 241, and 242 and junior standing. Offered annually in the spring semester.
This course is a study of the larger forms of choral music from the Baroque to the present. Students study scores and recordings and discuss representative style features and characteristics, interpretation, and conducting problems. Prerequisite: Music 214, 241, and 242 and junior standing. Offered spring semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
298 Independent Study
Analysis is a course of discovery, using advanced tools of music theory to examine the ways in which great works of music are put together. Students examine principles of form and style and, using a range of analytical techniques, come to a deeper understanding of tonal music. The course focuses on Classical and Romantic literature, with some work in 20th-century tonality. Prerequisite: Music 214. Offered spring semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
An analytical study of the wide range of musical styles found in the 20th- and 21st-centuries, this course provides an opportunity to study important modern works and to come to a deeper understanding of their structure and meaning. Students study atonal music theory in depth and examine some of the new approaches to tonality in our time. Prerequisite: Music 214. Offered spring semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
Students develop more advanced technique in writing for instruments and voice through individual study in creative composition, focusing on smaller ensembles. This course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Music 223. Generally offered each semester.
This course continues the study in creative composition begun in 223 and 324 and includes writing for large ensembles. This course may be repeated. Prerequisites: Music 221, 223, 324, and permission of instructor. Generally offered each semester.
An in-depth study of music literature and styles, ca. 1430-1600, with a focus on the role of music in the cultural, political, and ecclesiastical life of the time. Students investigate sacred music from Du Fay to Palestrina and Byrd, secular genres in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and the beginnings of independent instrumental music. In addition to lectures and discussion, students engage in listening, score analysis, and significant research and writing. Prerequisites: Music 241, 242. Offered spring semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
An in-depth study of music literature and styles, ca. 1600-1750. Students survey music for vocal chamber ensemble, choirs, and solo and concerted instrumental genres as conceived for church, theater, and chamber settings. Through readings, listening, lectures, discussion, score study, research, and writing, students learn about developments in sacred, instrumental, and dramatic music from Caccini and Monteverdi to Bach and Handel. Prerequisites: Music 241, 242. Offered spring semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
Intensive study of musical literature between 1750 and 1900. The course begins with the development of the Viennese Classical School (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) and continues with European trends in Romantic opera, Lieder, symphony and chamber music (from Rossini through R. Strauss). Prerequisites: Music 241, 242. Offered fall semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
Intensive study of musical masterworks from ca.1890 to the present, focusing on formal and stylistic trends as well as the political, philosophical and economic contexts of Western art and popular music from French impressionism through American hip hop. Course work includes bibliographic instruction, lecture/discussion, and an analytic research paper. Prerequisites: Music 241, 242. Offered fall semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
Students encounter in-depth studies in a specific topic or area of music history. The content and nature of this course are determined by the instructor and the music department. Sample topics include American music, studies in classical music, opera, and folk and pop influences in art music. May be repeated if topics are different. Prerequisites: Music 241, 242. Offered each semester.
Working with a live instrumental or choral ensemble, students learn and conduct complete movements and/or entire works and encounter a variety of advanced baton techniques. Course activities develop skills in reading, preparing, interpreting and memorizing scores, with further focus on rehearsal procedures, performance practice, and concert programming. Participants are required to observe a variety of rehearsals on and off campus. Prerequisites: Music 252 or 253. Offered annually in the fall semester.
An introduction to principles, methods and resources for effective and creative music teaching through the piano. Students observe demonstration teaching at various levels and in individual and group settings, engage in peer teaching, analyze and perform teaching literature, and discuss topics such as technical development, learning stages and styles, and studio management. Offered spring semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
This course introduces a systematic pedagogical approach to the study of voice production for use in the studio or classroom. Students examine basic voice physiology, the healthy use and care of the voice, voice problems, and appropriate vocal literature. Prerequisite: three semesters of voice lessons, one of which may be voice class; or permission of instructor. Offered annually in the fall semester.
This course introduces the principles of vocal pedagogy applied to the child and adolescent voice with an emphasis on understanding the developing voice and establishing good vocal habits with appropriate techniques and literature. Prerequisites: Music 251, completion of one semester of voice or voice class and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Offered annually in the fall semester.
Students examine scores and listen to a broad range of string etudes, solos, sonatas, concertos, and orchestral excerpts with attention to notable performers of the past and present. Through required readings, listening assignments, video viewing, discussion, and hands-on teaching, students engage with practical issues of teaching, repertoire selection for beginning and intermediate players, performance and basic studio management. Prerequisites: Music 214, 241, and 242 or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester 2011-12 and alternate years.
Students study the role of music in worship with an emphasis on strategies for developing music groups, including handbells and Orff instruments, in worship and church education. Prerequisite: Music 214 or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
This course continues the studies begun in 391. Students consider recruitment and music administration, and composing and arranging music for worship. Prerequisite: Music 391. Offered spring semester 2010-11 and alternate years.
This course provides a comprehensive research opportunity, including an introduction to relevant background material, technical instruction, identification of a meaningful project, and data collection. The topic is determined by the faculty member in charge of the course and may relate to his/her research interests. Prerequisite: Determined by individual instructor. Offered based on department decision.
398 Independent Research
Independent Study and Research are available in many areas not regularly taught.