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Music Department Course Offerings

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*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.

Music Department Course Descriptions:

021 Music Theory Fundamentals (2-2).
A course designed for students with little or no previous training in music theory. This course is an introduction to the practical skills of music theory and musicianship, in which you will learn to, read and notate basic music elements and concepts up through major and minor scales, key signatures, and triad identification. (Fall and spring)
100 Music Studio Class (0-0). Co-req.: Private Music Applied Lessons
A gathering of all students enrolled in private music lessons at Belhaven University. Students are required to attend Music Studio Class weekly and perform at least once per semester. Students receive a S/U on their transcript for each semester of participation. Students may be exempted from attending the course due to other obligations with the approval of the music department chair. Performance exemptions are rare. (Fall and spring)
108-109 Guitar Fundamentals I & II (1-1).
A foundational two-semester sequence in guitar for non-majors wishing to study guitar at a beginning level. The course features instruction in small groups. Course sections are divided according to playing ability. This two-semester sequence is a prerequisite for all non-guitar majors who wish to take group or private guitar applied study. All students who have previous guitar study experience are encourage to audition with the music department for exemption from all or part of this course sequence in order to proceed to group or private guitar study. (Fall and spring)
110-111 Vocal Fundamentals: Health and Technique I & II (1-1).
A foundational two-semester sequence on vocal health, applied vocal technique, and basic musicianship for aspiring public speakers, actors, broadcasters, and singers (non-music majors). This sequence is a prerequisite for all non-voice majors who wish to take group or private voice applied study as a minor or secondary student. Students who have the needed musical skills to teach themselves their own vocal literature may audition with the music department for exemption from this course sequence in order to proceed to group or private voice applied study. (Fall and spring)
112 Brass Methods (1).
One of a series of four courses designed to prepare music majors to teach the basics of instrumental playing to elementary and secondary beginning through intermediate students. Focus will be on trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba. (Fall, even years)
113 Percussion Methods (1).
One of a series of four courses designed to prepare music majors to teach the basics of instrumental playing to elementary and secondary beginning through intermediate students. Course objectives include study of rhythm, technique, sound production, repertoire, and pedagogy on snare drum, marching percussion, drumset, hand drums, keyboards, timpani, and orchestral accessories. (Fall, even years)
114 String Methods (1).
One of a series of four courses designed to prepare music majors to teach the basics of instrumental playing to elementary and secondary beginning through intermediate students. Focus will be on violin, viola, cello and bass. (Spring, even years)
115 Woodwind Methods (1).
One of a series of four courses designed to prepare music majors to teach the basics of instrumental playing to elementary and secondary beginning through intermediate students. Focus will be on flute, clarinet, saxophone and a double reed instrument.  (Spring, even years)
116 Keyboard Chord Progressions (1).
This course is designed to provide preparation for those not able to "play off lead sheets" which utilize popular chord symbols. Common harmonic progressions will be learned and freely transposed through major and minor keys. Proficiency in chording at keyboard or guitar is necessary. Students successfully completing this course should be ready to pass proficiency for Keyboard Chord Progressions. (Fall and spring)
117-118 Piano Fundamentals I & II (1-1).
A foundational two-semester sequence in piano for non-majors wishing to study piano at a beginning level. The course features instruction in small groups in a piano lab setting. This two-semester sequence is a prerequisite for all non-piano majors who wish to take group or private piano applied study. All students who have previous piano study experience are encouraged to audition with the music department for exemption from all or part of this course sequence in order to proceed to group or private piano applied study. (Music majors may be required to take MUS 117-118 to prepare for Piano Proficiency Juries. See Piano Proficiency Juries). (Fall and spring)
119 Piano Fundamentals III (1).
A third semester piano course designed solely for music majors preparing to pass required piano competencies in several of the music concentrations. Piano Fundamentals III is to be taken in lieu of private study. The course may be repeated for credit as needed. (See Piano Proficiency Juries). (Fall and spring)
120 Music Appreciation (3).
A non-technical course that emphasizes music fundamentals, history, literature, styles, composers, and performers and is designed to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of music. It is open to all students, and no musical background is necessary. (Spring only).
121-122 Theory I-II (3-3).
Introduction to the musical grammar and principles of common-practice tonality as a basis for understanding a variety of musical languages and dialects. Includes rhythm, meter, melody, species counterpoint, major/minor keys, diatonic harmony, voice-leading, tonicization and modulation. Placement exam required before enrolling. (121, fall only; 122, spring only)
123-124 Musicianship I-II (1-1, repeatable for credit).
Foundational skills in perceiving, understanding, and expressing music. Includes rhythm, basic conducting patterns, sight-singing and prepared singing with solfege, intervals, melodic and harmonic dictation, and elements of interpretation and expression. Coursework involves daily practice and use of the music computer lab. Placement exam required before enrolling. Advancement to subsequent levels of musicianship requires a grade of C or better. Fall and spring)
143-144 Concert Choir (1-1). Open to all students by audition.
May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. Includes concerts on and off campus. Repertoire includes music from the Renaissance through the 20th century. (143, fall only; 144, spring only)>
151-152 Belhaven Chorale (1-1). Open to advanced singers by audition.
May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. Includes concerts on and off campus and occasional short tours in the region. Repertoire includes music from the Renaissance through the 20th century. (151, fall only; 152, spring only)
160-161 Guitar Ensemble (1-1). Open by audition to students enrolled in guitar lessons. Classical and Jazz Guitar Ensembles are available. May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. (160, fall only; 161, spring only)
170-171 String Chamber Orchestra (1-1). Open by audition to string instrumentalists. May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. (170, fall only; 171, spring only)
173-174 Symphony Orchestra (1-1). Open by audition to string, wind and percussion instrumentalists. Both symphonic and string orchestra will be included each semester.  May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. (173, fall only; 174, spring only)
175 Marching Band (1-0)
Open by audition to brass, percussion, and wind instrumentalists as well as qualified students participating in the band front. May be repeated each fall semester for credit. (Fall only)
177-178 Jazz Ensemble (1-1)
Open by audition to brass, percussion, and wind instrumentalists as well as qualified students involved in sound reinforcement and vocals. May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. (177, fall only; 178 spring only)
180-181 Wind Ensemble (1-1). Open by audition to wind and percussion players.
Instrumentalists will focus primarily on repertoire for Concert Band. May be repeated each spring semester for credit. (180, fall only; 181, spring only)
190-191 Chamber Music (1-1). Open by audition to instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists. May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. (190, fall only; 191, spring only)
192-193 Percussion Ensemble (1-1).
An ensemble of various mallet percussion, drum and miscellaneous rhythm instruments open by audition to all students who have ever played percussion instruments. First semester participants may form the core of the Marching Band drumline. May be repeated each semester for up to eight hours of credit. (193, fall and spring; 193, spring only)
221-222 Theory III-IV (3-3). Prereq: MUS 121-122.
Continued study of common-practice tonality and introduction to related musical dialects and materials, focusing on the central ideas and pluralism of 20th-century musical techniques and traditions. Includes study of post-tonal theory, serial and atonal techniques, neo-tonal practices, simultaneity, elements of jazz and popular influences. (221, fall only; 222, spring only)
223-224 Musicianship III-IV (1-1, repeatable for credit). Prereq: Advancement by jury. Intermediate and advanced skills in perceiving, understanding, and expressing music. Includes sight-singing using solfege, melodic and harmonic dictation, transcription, and elements of interpretation and expression. Coursework involves daily practice and use of the music computer lab. Advancement to Musicianship IV requires a grade of C or better. (Fall and spring)
229 Keyboard Chord Progression Embellishment (3). Prereq: MUS121-122, pass Keyboard Chord Progressions proficiency.
This course is the equivalent of MUS221 Music Theory III and is designed for students in Worship Arts and/or those students who have passed the Keyboard Chord Progressions proficiency. Common popular style harmonic progressions are expanded through a broader harmonic language including chord substitution, modulation, etc. (Fall only)
231 Software, Sound, Lighting, Technology (3).
This course presents future Worship Arts leaders with a great deal of information including hands-on opportunities dealing with software, web-based resources including digital media, copyright realities, graphics design protocols, basics of acoustics, foundational principles of sound and lighting design, current applications of cutting edge technologies, and stewardship of equipment. (Fall only)
321 Introduction to Compositional Process (2). Prereq: MUS 121-122.
A theologically-grounded exploration of the creative process as it applies to various aspects of composition (including songwriting and improvisation), with emphasis on applying thoughtfully-developed perspective to the practical experience of composing music for the concert hall, the church, and other situations. (Spring only)
322 Kingdom Songwriting (2). Prereq: MUS 121-122, 321.
This course challenges Kingdom songwriters (composers and lyricists) to employ the highest standards of integrity to image-bearing in the art of song writing. Students should acquire the tools to develop the substantive creative language and compositional skills necessary to maximize expressive communication in song. Songs constructed should be both informed by biblical revelation and potential impact within the culture. (Fall only, starting 2014)
325 Seminar on Musical Culture - Worldview and Aesthetics (2). Pre-requisite: Junior/Senior class standing
The course will challenge students to be agents of godly transformation in the musical world, exploring strategies for redemptive transformation within the complex dynamics of modern musical culture. The course will emphasize "whole life," not just "musical life" integrity, ethics as well as aesthetics, as the necessary components of genuine godly impact of a Kingdom musician. (Spring Only)
335 Counterpoint I (2). Prereq: MUS 121-122, 221-222.
This is an applied study of contrapuntal forms, principles, and techniques in historical context, from the 16th century to the present, with emphasis on analyzing and imitating representative examples. Includes focus on the 18th century style typified by the work of J. S. Bach. (Spring, odd years)
336 Counterpoint II (2). Prereq: MUS 335.
Continuation of MUS335. (Fall, odd years)
337 Form and Analysis I(2). Prereq: MUS 121-122.
A study of the structure of music and its relationship to expressive meaning, focusing on the practical uses of analytical tools and techniques to explore, understand, and evaluate music. (Fall, odd years)
338 Form and Analysis II (2). Prereq: MUS 337.
Continuation of MUS337. (Spring, even years)
340 Composers Forum (1-1).
A workshop and production ensemble intended for composition/theory majors. Explores compositional music-making by producing a concert of students' new works each semester, exploring and discussing new music of various kinds, and reflecting on how the Christian call to a daily practice of humility, love, and perseverance shapes music-making. Provides opportunities for students to apply their understanding in practical, personal ways. May be repeated each semester for credit up to eight hours. (Fall and spring)
351 Choral Methods and Arranging (2).
Music Education students are introduced to integration of healthy vocal technique with expressive choral singing.  Repertoire and rehearsal methods appropriate to the music education classroom and beyond will be studied.  (Spring, odd years)
352 Instrumental Music Methods in Secondary Schools (3).
Music education students are introduced to a variety of individual instrumental techniques and supporting materials. Diverse repertoire for elementary, middle and high school instrumentalists will be explored. These methods and materials prepare the music education student for K-12 instrumental instruction. (Spring, odd years)
353-354 Accompanying (1-1).
Accompanying is a weekly performance lab of master classes.  Pianists perform with instrumentalists and vocalists. Feedback is provided by faculty and students. Participants perform several times each semester. Focus and reflection required regarding the Christian collaborative pianist‘s call to a practice of humility, love, and perseverance, shaping the performance process where other musicians perform in equal or more dominant roles. May be repeated for credit. (353, fall only; 354, spring only)
355 Music for Children (2).
This course provides prospective elementary classroom teachers and music majors with fundamental musical skills to structure programs and to teach music to children grades K-6. Included are the teaching of Orff and Kodaly methods, rote songs, reading songs and listening lessons. (Offered on demand)
356 Conducting Basics (1). Prereq: MUS 121, 122.
This course focuses on the basic gestural techniques of conducting. Topics include techniques to promote muscular control, direct and bound movement, conducting planes and patterns (non-expressive and expressive forms), the technique of negation, the gesture of preparation, the gesture of syncopation, the measured preparatory gesture, gestures of completion and body language. (Fall only)
357 Piano Pedagogy (3).
A survey of methods and materials appropriate for the teaching of piano at the preparatory level. Emphasis is placed on developing a repertoire for teaching children and adult students. (Fall, even years)
358 Vocal Pedagogy (3)
This course explores the art and science of training voices to achieve technical freedom and musical artistry informed by the findings of Vocal Science. Topics include anatomical structures, maturational changes, voice classifications, the vocal process, sequencing of technical objectives and repertoire, therapeutic exercises, psychological issues and learning styles, diction skills, resources for the vocal professional, and specific schools of vocal pedagogy. (Spring, even years)
359 Organ Pedagogy (3)
A survey of methods and materials appropriate for the teaching of beginning organists. Emphasis is placed on teaching music suitable for the worship service. (Offered on demand)
360 String Pedagogy (3)
A survey of methods and materials appropriate for the teaching of violin and other string instruments at a preparatory level. Emphasis would be placed on developing repertoire and technique for teaching children and adults. (Spring, even years)
365-366 Advanced Conducting Lab I-II (1-1). Prerequisite: MUS356.
This advanced conducting sequence focuses on refining the gestural skills of conducting acquired in MUS 356 Conducting Basics with discussions concerning the application of specific gestural approaches to specific pieces of music. May be repeated for credit as available. (offered on demand)
371 Worship Design (3).
This course seeks to flesh out a practical biblical framework for worship and anticipates situations worship leaders invariably face working within the local church today. Music majors in the Worship Arts emphasis and others will deal with "real-life" situations in worship design where leadership decisions, pastoral concerns, worship traditions, and a secular cultural environment can combine to create an arena relational conflict instead of God-honoring worship. (Fall only, beginning 2015)
373 Historical Perspectives in Music Ministry (1).
This course is designed to generate thoughtful interaction reflecting on the musical ideologies and practices of the church throughout its history with special emphasis on the controversial issues facing the church today. (Spring, odd years)
374 Sacred Music Literature (3).
This course explores sacred vocal and instrumental literature addressing the needs of the congregation, various choirs of all ages, small ensembles, and soloists. Principles of organ registration, hymnal orchestrations, handbells, Orff instruments, folk instruments, synthesizers, and orchestral techniques are topics for discussion. (offered on Demand)
380-381 History of Music I-II (3-3).
A survey of Western art music history from ancient Greek life and thought through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods as well as post-Romantic and 20th-century music. (380, fall only; 381, spring only)
382-383 History of Arts in Worship I-II (4-4).
A survey for music majors with an emphasis in Worship Arts. This two semester team taught sequence incorporates all of the Arts where students will learn how the arts have been utilized in worship during the past millennia, where the church is today with the inclusion of the Arts in worship, and a vision of the future for how the Arts in worship might be even more broadly inclusive. (382, fall only; 383, spring only, begins 2014-2015)
384 World Music (2).
A survey of world music; cultural contexts and approaches to the study of indigenous music. Students will be asked to examine many different musics aesthetically from a Christian world view. (Spring only)
385 Junior Recital (1).
For junior music majors. Prepare and present a solo recital consisting of 22.5-30 minutes of music (not including breaks) which may include a collaborative segment. All recitals are subject to the approval of the Music Chair and are evaluated by a faculty jury (see studio policy). (Fall and spring)
392 Popular Music from the 1930s to the present (2).
Popular music of the United States from the 1930s to the present will be studied from roots in early blues, jazz, and rock music into the diverse forms of contemporary popular culture, including contemporary Christian music. (Fall only)
393 Musical Theatre History and Literature (3).
This course reflectively surveys musical theatre history and repertoire. (Spring only)
395 Music Ministry Internship (non-credit, one semester required).
During the junior or senior year (earlier by approval of the chair of the music department), Music Ministry emphasis music majors must fulfill a minimum semester internship in a local church. Employment at a church in a church music role is permitted to fulfill this requirement so long as the internship objectives are met. Belhaven University policy requires an overall GPA of 2.75 to do an internship. Open only to Music Ministry emphasis music majors. Graded on a pass/fail basis. (Refer to "Student Intern Programs and Practicums" for further requirements.) (offered on Demand)
410-411 Chapel Worship Team (1-1).
Open to all students by interview - audition. This music ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists will participate in Chapel music ministry, including think tank and short range planning, leading in worship during each semester's Chapels through Chapel singing, performing solos and in small ensembles, leading the Chapel Worship Team, and rehearsing in and directing rehearsals of the ensemble. May be repeated each semester for credit up to eight hours. (410, fall only; 411, spring only)
423 Keyboard Harmony (2). Prereq: 4 semesters of applied private piano study and/or permission of the instructor.
Keyboard skills including Sight Reading, Open Score Reading, Transposition, Elementary Improvisation in a variety of accompaniment styles and Realization of Figured Bass at the keyboard are offered with the goal of leading advanced pianists to a more versatile skill set for use in the marketplace.
425 Music Administration (3).
The course develops a model for music leadership that gleans valuable lessons form the current and classic literature while maintaining a thoroughly biblical, Kingdom centered, framework. The course addresses skills of managing self and others, budgeting, cataloging, filing, scheduling, communication, and working under authority. The course provides a working knowledge of music architecture and equipment. Careful attention will be given to stewardship of resources. (Fall, odd years)
426 Orchestration (2). Prereq: MUS 121-122, 221-222. (221-222 pre-requisite may be waived at the discretion of the instructor).
Technical, applied study of writing music for various instruments and ensembles, with emphasis on orchestral repertoire as a basis for understanding issues of balance and timbral possibilities in a variety of musical situations. (Fall, odd years)
429 Vocal Diction (2).
This course is designed to train students in the competent use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, principles of writing and working from phonetic translations, while teaching them standard diction rudiments of English, Latin, Italian, French, and German which are expected of all vocal performers. (Offered on demand)
430 Choral Literature and Interpretation (2).
This course surveys choral repertoire with emphasis on the musical characteristics of the various style periods and genres. Particular emphasis is given to employing choral methods in the preparation of a particular score for performance. (Offered on demand)
431 Vocal Literature (2). Prereq: MUS 222, 321.
An historical survey of the available vocal solo and small ensemble literature, exploring major genres and composers to the present day. Though focusing principally on the classical tradition, other genres, Broadway, Jazz will also be explored. The course addresses issues of literature selection from a Christian worldview and offers advice on the appropriate sequencing of material for pedagogical purposes. (Offered on demand)
432 Chamber Music Literature (2). Prereq: MUS 222, 321.
A music literature course focusing on string duos, trios, quartets and piano trios, quartets and quintets. In class performance of various works during the semester expected of capable students. (Offered on demand)
433 Orchestra Literature (2). Prereq: MUS 222, 321.
Music for string and symphony orchestra from early Rococo to present day compositions will be surveyed.
(Offered on demand)
434 Keyboard Literature (2). Prereq: MUS 222, 321.
A keyboard music literature course focusing on a survey of music for harpsichord, organ and piano of the 17th-21st centuries. (Offered on demand)
435 Survey of New Music (2). Prereq: MUS 222, 321.
Required for Composition majors but open to other students, this course surveys music composed in a variety of traditions in the last 50 years. (Offered on demand)
438 Topics in Theory and Composition (2).
Advanced and/or ancillary study of topics relevant for professional work or graduate studies in areas related to composition and music theory. Content varies according to needs and interests of students. Offered as available. (Offered as available)
480 Senior Project in Musical Theatre (2).
The 45-60 minutes of music (not counting intermission, breaks, etc.) musical theatre performance project for the senior musical theatre student may be a solo performance or a collaborative one. The production should utilize the student's unique potentials in musical theatre expression. All projects are subject to the approval of the Music Chair and are evaluated by a music faculty jury (see studio policy). (Fall and spring)
485 Senior Recital (2).
For senior music majors. Prepare and present a solo recital consisting of 45-60 minutes of music (not including breaks) which may include a collaborative segment. All recitals are subject to the approval of the Music Chair and are evaluated by a faculty jury (see studio policy). (Fall and spring)