Music Studies-Degree Requirements

Music Major
(36-39 SH)

MUSC 203      Foundations of Music I
MUSC 205      Foundations of Music II
MUSC 207      Class Piano I
MUSC 208      Class Piano II
MUSC 335      Music Literature I
MUSC 336      Music Literature II
MUSC 450      Capstone Experience
300 level Music elective - 3 SH
     Chosen from: MUSC 325 Basic Conducting; MUSC 330 Music and the Arts; MUSC 337 Music
     Technology; MUSC 345 Studies in Music and Community
400 level Music Elective
     MUSC 405 Music and Ministry; MUSC 525 Music and the Arts Workshop;
     MUSC 406 Production and Composition Workshop; 6 semester hour Capstone Experience
Applied music
     Ensembles and Lessons 13 SH
MUSC 450 Capstone Experience 3-6 SH

Minor
21 Semester Hours Minimum 

MUSC 203     Foundations of Music I
MUSC 205     Foundations of Music II
MUSC 207     Class Piano I
MUSC 208     Class Piano II
MUSC 335     Music Literature I OR
                     MUSC 336 Music Literature
Music elective 3 SH
Applied Music 7 SH
     Ensembles and lessons

Friends of Music

handbells 8 croppedThe vision of Pfeiffer University encourages students to embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity, and service as they become servant leaders and lifelong learners.  Through music and the arts, we affirm the university's mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Your contribution to the Music Program through the Friends of Music enables us to provide students meaningful opportunities in education and service.

Your financial contributions are gratefully appreciated, as are in-kind contributions of time and material gifts. Join us in this important effort and help our students reach new heights of musical excellence.

Pfeiffer University Friends of Music Gifts:

  • Patron: $1,000+                        
  • Composer: $500-$999
  • Conductor: $250-$499              
  • Musician: $100-$249
  • Friend: Up to $99

Click here to download a Contribution Form.

Music-Courses Offered

Courses Offered
ENSEMBLES
Music ensembles (MUSC 102-MUSC 110) are open to all students based on stated qualifications.
MUSC 102-110 (activities) may be repeated for credit an unlimited number of times.
MUSC 105 Concert Choir F;S Activity-1 SH

A mixed ensemble of 40 voices. This choir makes an annual American tour and has made several highly successful concert tours of Europe. Membership is by audition and invitation. Membership in the Symphonic Choir is required of all Concert Choir members.

MUSC 107 Wind Ensemble F;S Activity 1-SH

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments which performs all types of literature both on and off-campus. Open to all students by audition.

MUSC 108 Jazz Ensemble F;S Activity 1-SH

A small instrumental group which performs the music of the “Big Band” era as well as music of today. This group performs both on- and off-campus for social and school events. Open to all students by audition and permission of the director.

MUSC 109 Handbell Choir F;S Activity- 1 SH

A select group of players performing both secular and sacred repertoire. This choir plays on campus and makes an annual tour. Open to all students by audition and invitation.

MUSC 110 Chamber Music F;S Activity- 1SH

Small ensembles of three or more instrumentalists (brass and/or woodwind) combined to perform chamber literature from all periods of music. Open to all students by audition.

       
APPLIED MUSIC

The following series of courses, MUSC 111 - MUSC 169, are private music lessons and carry an instruction fee of $150 per semester hour (SH) in addition to the regular tuition.

Voice Concentration
The Voice Concentration is up to music majors only.
MUSC 111 Voice Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH

Fundamentals of vocal tone production through proper use of the vocal mechanism. Students study early Italian songs and art songs in English.

Voice-Secondary and Elective    
MUSC 119 Voice Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F;S 1 SH

Fundamentals of vocal tone production including correct posture, breathing, phonation and diction for proper tone and production. Repertoire of all styles and periods is selected by the instructor as determined by the ability of the student. May be repeated for credit.

Piano Concentration      

The Piano Concentration is open to music majors only, and all students are required to accompany at least one soloist per semester.

MUSC 121 Piano Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH

Development of basic piano technique through scales; repertoire and sight-reading; piano literature of moderate difficulty.

MUSC 129 Lessons(1/2-hour lesson per week) F;S 1 SH
Development of basic piano technique and reading ability as practical aids to the student's enjoyment and career. Literature of all periods and styles is selected by the instructor as determined by the ability of the student. May be repeated for credit.
MUSC 131 Organ Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH
Development of basic organ technique; part playing; articulation and phrasing; hymn playing and studies in organ literature by old masters and contemporary composers.
MUSC 139 Organ Lessons (1/2 hour lesson per week) F;S 1 SH

Development of basic techniques of organ playing and performance through exercises and music of all periods. The sequence of studies varies, depending upon background and ability, and is worked out in consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Brass Concentration
The Brass Concentration is open to music majors only.
MUSC 141 Brass Lessons(1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH
Development of characteristic tone and technique through the study of scales, arpeggios,  
MUSC 149 Brass Lessons (1/2 lesson per week) F;S 1 SH

Development of the characteristic tone, technique and repertoire of brass instruments. The sequence of studies varies, depending on background and ability. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC 151 Woodwind Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH
Development of characteristic tone and technique through the study of scales, arpeggios and exercises from appropriate methods books. Studies in appropriate literature are drawn from a selected list of materials.
MUSC 159 Woodwind Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH
Development of the characteristic tone, technique and repertoire of woodwind instruments. The sequence of studies varies depending on background and ability. May be repeated for credit.
MUSC 161 Percussion Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH
Development of characteristic tone and technique through the study of scales, arpeggios, and exercises from appropriate methods books. Studies in appropriate literature are drawn from a selected list of materials.
MUSC 169 Percussion Lessons (1/2 hour session per week) F;S 2 SH
Development of the characteristic tone, technique and repertoire of percussion instruments. The sequence of studies varies depending on background and ability. May be repeated for credit.
MUSC 171 Strings Lessons (1-hour lesson per week) F;S 2 SH
The String Concentration is open to music majors only.
MUSC 179 Strings Lessons (1/2-hour lesson per week) F;S 1 SH
Development of the characteristic tone, technique and repertoire of string instruments. The sequence of studies varies depending on background and ability. May be repeated for credit.

Welcome to the Pfeiffer University Music Department

Pfeiffer Music StudentsComing fall 2014 pending SACS approval

The vision of Pfeiffer University encourages students to embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity, and service as they become servant leaders and lifelong learners.

Through music and the arts, we affirm the university's mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

Music Studies is a liberal arts degree for students with a vocational interest in music. Majors are encouraged to combine music studies with another major or minor such as business, communication, psychology, or history. The program seeks to build musical knowledge and skills in the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education with a focus on forming and building community involvement in music. Music Studies majors can expect to be involved in private lessons, ensembles, theatrical productions, concerts, church music activities, performance tours, program planning, public relations, interdisciplinary projects, and community outreach and service. The program is open to students with all levels of musical background.

There are a variety of opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents including:

  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Glee Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Handbell Choir
  • Wind Ensemble

You are welcome to visit our campus any time - we will look forward to seeing you!

Ensembles

windensemble 3 resizedChoral Ensembles

Pfeiffer University Choral Ensembles are open to all students, including non-music majors. The groups perform regularly at a variety of venues. Some ensembles require an audition. Contact Joseph Judge for more information.

Concert Choir
Mixed ensemble that performs a variety of choral music including short form and major works with an orchestra.

Chamber Choir
A select ensemble that performs a variety of A cappella vocal music. Audition required.

Handbell Choir
Pfeiffer University is very fortunate to have an outstanding handbell choir. The University Bell Choir has been performing on and off campus for over 20 years. The choir performs a wide variety of sacred and secular music on five octaves of English handbells. The bell choir is open to all students by audition. An ability to read music, especially rhythms is required.


Instrumental Ensembles

Pfeiffer University Instrumental Ensembles are open to all students, including non-music majors. The groups perform regularly at a variety of venues. Some ensembles require an audition. Contact David Kirby for more information.

Wind Ensemble
An ensemble of 35-50 musicians performing original masterworks and transcriptions for wind band. The Wind Ensemble tours to perform for public schools throughout the region.

Jazz Ensemble
A standard big-band that performs modern jazz arrangements and compositions as well as big band classics. The Jazz Ensemble tours to regional jazz festivals and to perform for public school students.  By audition or invitation.

Jazz Combo
A smaller jazz group focusing on improvisation. The Jazz Combo performs at many campus functions. By audition or invitation.

Brass Chamber Music
Brass chamber ensembles include Horn Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. These ensembles perform on campus and throughout the community. By audition or invitation.

Woodwind Chamber Music
Woodwind chamber ensembles include Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, and Woodwind Quintet. These ensembles perform on campus and throughout the community. By audition or invitation.

Percussion Ensemble
The Percussion Ensemble performs arrangements and original compositions for percussion instruments. Open to all students with permission of director.

Auditions and Scholarships

 Music scholarships, awarded based on audition outcomes, are available for Pfeiffer University students. Auditions are conducted on Falcon Preview Days or by appointment on another date with the Department of Music. Falcon Preview Dates for 2012 are Jan. 21 and April 14; auditions take place in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. To schedule an audition on one of these dates or at a different time, call or email:

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Director of Choral and Vocal Music
Office: (704) 463-3148
Cell: (704) 737-8864

A scholarship audition serves also as the audition for the Department of Music; to receive a scholarship a student must declare a music major. Students who wish to enroll at Pfeiffer University as a music major must apply separately to the University (through the Office of Admissions) and the Department of Music. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance as a music major or vice versa.

• University Application      
• Music Department Application

Before your audition: 

  1. Choose a short solo with the help of your director or private teacher.(No sight reading is required.) A selection from an all-district, all-county or honors chorus audition is fine. Percussionists may demonstrate their skills on snare, mallets, timpani and/or trap set. Auditions at Pfeiffer are designed to signal your potential in music; relax and perform your best.
  2. If your audition is on a Falcon Preview Day, it will be arranged to fit in the day's schedule. The Department of Music will coordinate audition times with the Office of Admissions, so please confirm your audition time several days in advance with one of the music department contacts listed above.

When you arrive:

  1. Proceed to Henry Pfeiffer Chapel located on the south side of campus. Someone will direct you to Dr. Kirby or Mr. Judge.
  2. Listen to the presentation about Pfeiffer University and take a campus tour. You'll have time to warm up before your audition.
  3. Parents are encouraged to participate in Falcon Preview Day activities designed for their interests (including financial aid).

Audio Samples

Samples from Pfeiffer music students.

Toccata Marziale

 

Festival Piece on St. Anne

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Praise to the Lord Almighty

With a Voice of Singing

When in Music God is Glorified

Rondo

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing


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