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Music Degree Requirements

MUSIC AND WORSHIP MAJOR

MUSIC STUDIES
Foundational Music Knowledge (21 SH)
MUSI 201 Musicianship I
MUSI 202 Musicianship II
MUSI 203 Music Theory I
MUSI 204 Music Theory II
MUSI 205 Class Piano I
MUSI 206 Class Piano II
MUSI 301 Musicianship III
MUSI 302 Musicianship IV
MUSI 303 Music Theory III
MUSI 304 Music Theory IV
MUSI 305 Music Literature I
MUSI 306 Music Literature II
MUSI 503 Senior Recital and Research
Supporting Music Knowledge (13 SH)
MUSI 307 Vocal and Choral Methods
MUSI 308 Children and Youth Choir Methods
MUSI 309 Orchestration
MUSI 310 Basic Conducting
MUSI 311 Music Technology
MUSI 410 Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques

APPLIED MUSIC (28 SH)
Applied Music Concentration (16 SH)
Applied Music Secondary (4 SH)
MUSI 119 Voice
MUSI 129 Piano
OR
MUSI 1795 Guitar
MUSI 1692 Handbell
MUSI 189 Musical Instruments for Children
Ensembles (8 SH)

CROSS DISCIPLINARY STUDIES (25 SH)
MUSI 312 Music and the Arts
OR
MUSI 313 Building Communities Through Music
MUSI 314 Music and Ministry
MUSI 414 Church Music Administration
MUSI 501 Production and Composition Workshop
MUSI 502 Music and the Arts Workshop
MUSI 504 Capstone Experience
TBD Religion/Practical Theology

MUSIC MINOR

33 Semester Hours Minimum
Foundational Music Knowledge (14 SH)
MUSI 201 Musicianship I
MUSI 202 Musicianship II
MUSI 203 Music Theory I
MUSI 204 Music Theory II
MUSI 205 Class Piano I
MUSI 206 Class Piano II
MUSI 305 Music Literature I
MUSI 306 Music Literature II
Music Elective (3 SH)
Applied Music (8 SH)
Ensembles (8 SH)

Music Courses Offered

ENSEMBLES

Music ensembles (MUSI 101 – MUSI 109) are open to all students by audition. MUSI 101 – MUSI 109 (activities) may be repeated for credit an unlimited number of times.

NOTE: Music Majors Only

1.       Students registered for music ensembles will receive academic letter grades rather than pass/fail designations.

2.       MUSIC FACULTY will designate one ensemble for which students will receive academic credit, and will submit same to Registrar’s office no later than 2 weeks after classes begin.

3.       Students will receive ONLY academic credit for the ensemble indicated. They will NOT receive activity credit for this ensemble.

 

MUSI 101  Concert Choir F; S Activity – 1 SH
An ensemble of mixed voices which performs a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire in a variety of classical and contemporary styles. This group performs on and off campus.
MUSI 102  Gospel Choir  F; S  Activity – 1 SH
A multicultural and interdenominational choral ensemble which primarily performs African-American spirituals and gospel music on and off campus.
MUSI 103 Concert Band  F; S    Activity – 1 SH
An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments which performs traditional and contemporary repertoire composed and transcribed for concert band. Comprised of students and members of the local community, the band performs concerts on and off campus.
MUSI 104 Jazz Ensemble F; S Activity – 1 SH
A small ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumentation which performs contemporary and traditional jazz, Latin, and pop music. This group performs on and off campus.
MUSI 105 Pep Band F; S  Activity – 1 SH
An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments which performs popular tunes and chants at Pfeiffer athletic events.
MUSI 106  Praise Band F; S  Activity – 1 SH
A small ensemble of singers and keyboard, guitar, bass, and drum players which performs worship music on campus in the Village Church.
MUSI 107 Handbell Choir F; S  Activity – 1 SH
An ensemble of English handbell ringers which performs secular and sacred repertoire on and off campus.
MUSI 108 Guitar Ensemble F; S Activity – 1 SH
An ensemble which performs traditional and contemporary music written or arranged for multiple guitars. Open to all students by audition.
MUSI 109 Chamber Music  F; S Activity – 1 SH
A small ensemble of two or more instrumentalists combined to perform chamber repertoire from all periods of music. Open to all students by audition.

 APPLIED MUSIC

The following series of courses, MUSI 118 – MUSI 189, designate private music lessons and carry an instruction fee of $150 per semester hour (SH) in addition to the regular tuition. Lessons may be repeated for credit. For MUSI 118 – MUSI 179, lessons provide individual instruction to develop proper technique, sound, tone production, intonation, rhythm, repertoire and musical expression; repertoire of all styles and periods is selected by the instructor as determined by the ability of the student.

MUSI 118 Voice Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S 2 SH  
MUSI 119 Voice Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F; S 1 SH   
MUSI 128  Piano Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S 2 SH  
MUSI 129 Piano Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F; S 1 SH  
MUSI 138 Organ Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S 2 SH  
MUSI 139 Organ Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F; S 1 SH  
MUSI 148 Woodwind Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S 2 SH  
Course numbers for 1-hour woodwind lessons by instrument are as follows:  
MUSI 1481 Flute      
MUSI 1482 Oboe      
MUSI 1483 Clarinet      
MUSI 1484 Bassoon      
MUSI 1485 Saxophone      
MUSI 149 Woodwind Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week)  F; S 1 SH  
Course numbers for 1/2-hour woodwind lessons by instrument are as follows:  
MUSI 1491 Flute      
MUSI 1492 Oboe      
MUSI 1493 Clarinet      
MUSI 1494 Bassoon      
MUSI 1495 Saxophone      
MUSI 158 Brass Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S  2 SH  
Course numbers for 1-hour brass lessons by instrument are as follows:  
MUSI 1581 Trumpet      
MUSI 1582 French Horn      
MUSI 1583 Trombone      
MUSI 1584 Euphonium      
MUSI 1585 Tuba      
MUSI 159 Brass Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F; S 1 SH  
MUSI 1591 Trumpet      
MUSI 1592 French Horn      
MUSI 1593 Trombone      
MUSI 1594 Euphonium      
MUSI 1595 Tuba      
MUSI 168 Percussion Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S 2 SH  
MUSI 169 Percussion Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F; S 1 SH  
Course numbers for 1/2-hour percussion lessons by instrument are as follows:  
MUSI 1691 Percussion      
MUSI 1692 Handbell      
MUSI 178 String Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F; S 2 SH  
Course numbers for 1-hour string lessons by instrument are as follows:  
MUSI 1781 Violin      
MUSI 1782 Viola      
MUSI 1783 Cello      
MUSI 1784 Double Bass      
MUSI 1785 Guitar      
MUSI 1786 Electric Bass      
MUSI 179  String Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F; S 1 SH  
Course numbers for 1/2-hour string lessons by instrument are as follows:  
MUSI 1791 Violin      
MUSI 1792 Viola      
MUSI 1793 Cello      
MUSI 1794 Double Bass      
MUSI 1795 Guitar      
MUSI 1796 Electric Bass      
MUSI 189 Musical Instruments for Children F; S 1 SH  
Instruction to develop proper technique, sound, tone production, intonation, rhythm, repertoire and   
musical expression on a variety of instruments young children play as they engage in worship activities.  

ACADEMIC COURSES

MUSI 120V Introduction to Music F 3 SH
Introduction to music history and practice with a focus on basic notation and sight-reading, 
musical styles, music vocabulary, and hearing and comprehending music. No previous study of 
music is required. Open to all majors.
MUSI 130 Beginning Guitar F; S 3 SH
Introduction to the history and culture of the guitar with a focus on playing basic chords and 
beginning repertoire. Students will learn basic music notation and sight-reading. More advanced
students can pursue lessons or join the guitar ensemble. Open to all majors.
MUSI 200 World Music  S 3 SH
Study of folk, regional, and non-western musical traditions in a global context. Open to all majors.
MUSI 201 Musicianship I F 1 SH
Recognition, sight-singing and dictation of melodic and harmonic intervals using diatonic tones 
within the octave and stressing accurate tuning of these intervals. Sight-singing melodies based on
primary triads. Rhythmic study including simple division of the beat in simple meters. Introduction 
of major, minor, augmented and diminished triads in root position.
MUSI 202 Musicianship II S 1 SH
All major, minor, augmented and diminished triads and inversions. Sight-singing and dictation of 
more advanced melodies with skips and chromatic tones. Increasing level of rhythmic studies. 
Introduction to the C clef. Prerequisite: MUSI 201, Musicianship I.
MUSI 203 Music Theory I   F 2 SH
A course designed to acquaint the student with the theoretical elements of music beginning with 
the basics of notation, harmony, rhythm and key signatures. Introduction to four-part writing.
MUSI 204 Music Theory II   S 2 SH
Seventh chords, modulation and secondary dominants. Prerequisite: MUSI 203, Music Theory I.
MUSI 205 Class Piano I F 1 SH
Fundamentals of piano technique. Study of simple repertoire for beginners; major and minor 
scales; tonic and dominant-seventh chords; basic progressions in major and minor keys; sight-
reading; transposition; and accompanying. Required for all music majors except keyboard.
MUSI 206 Class Piano II S 1 SH
More advanced technique and repertoire. Study of major and minor scales; progressions in major 
and minor keys; introduction to figured bass; sight-reading; transposition; and accompanying.  
Required for all majors except keyboard. Prerequisite: MUSI 205, Class Piano I.
MUSI 301 Musicianship III F 1 SH
Seventh chords and their inversions. Sight-singing and dictation of melodies with increasing 
complexity. Performance of two-part rhythmic exercises. Two- and three-part dictation. 
Recognition of harmonic progressions. Prerequisite: MUSI 202, Musicianship II.
MUSI 302 Musicianship IV S 1 SH
Sight-singing and dictation of advanced melodies with modulations to remote keys. Rhythms 
involving changes in meter and all patterns of note and rest values. Four-part dictation. 
Prerequisite: MUSI 301, Musicianship III.
MUSI 303 Music Theory III F 2 SH
Introduction of polyphonic techniques of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Formal structures 
and analysis of music in the Classical Period. Chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUSI 204, Music Theory II.
MUSI 304 Music Theory IV S 2 SH
Compositional techniques, harmony, formal structures, and analysis of music in the Romantic 
Period, and 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: MUSI 303, Music Theory III.
MUSI 305 Music Literature I F 3 SH
Exploration of the history and literature of music, with emphasis on development of standard 
musical forms and practice to the end of the Classical Period.
MUSI 306 Music Literature II S 3 SH
Exploration of the history and literature of music, with emphasis on development of standard 
musical forms and practice since the end of the Classical Period. Prerequisite: MUSI 305, Music Literature I.
MUSI 307 Vocal and Choral Methods F 2 SH
Study of vocal pedagogy for high school students and adults.
MUSI 308 Children and Youth Choir Methods S 2 SH
Introduction to repertoire, rehearsal techniques and vocal pedagogy of the junior-age voice 
(grades 4-6). Students gain experience using a demonstration choir.
MUSI 309 Orchestration F 2 SH
Ranges, acoustical properties, practical usage and history of string, woodwind, brass and 
percussion instruments in groupings from small ensembles to full symphony orchestra.
MUSI 310 Basic Conducting S 2 SH
Introduction to basic techniques of conducting, including beat patterns, phrasing, achieving
balance, basic score preparation and analysis, and rehearsal techniques.
MUSI 311 Music Technology F 3 SH
A study of the impact of technology on the creation, performance, consumption and globalization 
of music. The course will include hands-on application of contemporary music technologies.
MUSI 312 Music and the Arts S 3 SH
How to listen to music critically and examine historical and social themes in various artistic and 
humanistic contexts. Open to all majors.
MUSI 313 Building Communities Through Music S 3 SH
Exploration of ways in which music is and has been used to build formal and informal communities
from worship arts to Hip Hop. Each student will complete a performance project as a team member. Open to  
all majors.
MUSI 314 Music and Ministry S 3 SH
Music in the history of Christianity and the Christian liturgy and applied in contemporary worship 
practices. Open to all majors.
MUSI 399V Music Theater F 3 SH
Examination of the history and masterworks of musical theater, beginning with the birth of opera 
and focusing on musicals in the United States. Open to all majors.
MUSI 410 Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques  F 2 SH
Instrumental conducting technique and further study of rehearsal techniques for instrumental 
ensembles. Prerequisite: MUSI 310, Basic Conducting.
MUSI 414 Church Music Administration    S 3 SH
Integration of the ministry of music into the total church; the multiple choir program, music 
committee and music in Christian education.
MUSI 501 Production and Composition Workshop F 3 SH
Hands-on experience with composing and using composition and recording software.  
Prerequisite: MUSI 311, Music Technology.
MUSI 502 Music and the Arts Workshop F 3 SH
Interdisciplinary teams design, plan, and present integrative arts performances. Each workshop 
will end with a public performance and/or community arts activity.
MUSI 503 Senior Recital and Research  F 1 SH
Presentation of a full-length recital in the applied music concentration. Students prepare a paper 
on the music to be performed and write program notes for the recital performance. The paper and
program notes must be completed and approved by his or her applied teacher two weeks prior to 
the date of the student’s recital hearing. The recital will be performed within two weeks after 
successful completion of the recital hearing. Students will refer to this research when introducing
each piece during the recital program. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the applied instructor. 
Corequisite: Applied music at the senior level.
MUSI 504 Capstone Experience  S 4 SH
Each student will design a senior year experience in collaboration with a faculty supervisor or
supervisors if it is an interdisciplinary project. The Capstone Experience could be a creative project, an
internship, or a community project.
MUSI 590 Recital Attendance  F; S 0 SH
Attendance and performance at campus concerts, recitals, and music lectures. Taken 
concurrently with each semester of applied music.
       

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