Music Courses

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MU 016 Concert Music/0
Attendance at professional, school, and church concerts. Meets weekly for student recitals. Required of all music majors, minors, and music concentrations.

MU 050 Fundamentals of Music/0-1
A study of the rudiments of music, including meter, rhythm, note names, and keyboard exposure. Fall semester. Offered on demand.

MU 080 Piano Seminar/0
Weekly repertoire and technique sessions for performance and discussion of topics related to piano playing. Required for piano majors and minors.

MU 102, 302 Voice/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 103 Voice Class/0-1
An introductory course for all music majors (and open to non-majors), designed to familiarize and equip the student with the basic fundamentals of singing, to offer the student a variety of singing experiences, and to expose the student to an aesthetic appreciation of vocal performance. Offered on demand.

MU 106, 306 Piano/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 107 Piano Class/0-1
Elementary instruction in piano for non-music majors. Offered on demand.

MU 110, 310 Organ/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 112, 312 Brass Instrument/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 116, 316 Woodwind Instrument/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 117, 317 Guitar/1
Study and drill in the techniques of solo performance using appropriate pedagogical materials and music literature. This course is private instruction with students receiving one 30-minute lesson per week. Credit normally includes a short public performance and/or a juried examination. Lesson fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 120, 320 String Instrument/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 124, 324 Percussion Instrument/1
Lesson Fee. Prerequisites: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same applied lesson before registering at the 300 level; consent of instructor.

MU 125/126/225/226 Piano Proficiency I, II, III, IV/1
Instruction in keyboard skills in preparation for proficiency exams. See instructor for placement.

MU 128, 328 Concert Choir/Chorale/0-1
Enrollment by audition for both fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same ensemble (band, choir, or chorale) before registering at the 300 level.

MU 132, 332 Concert Band/0-1
Enrollment by audition for both fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same ensemble (band, choir, or chorale) before registering at the 300 level.

MU 133, 333 Tabor College Community Chorale/0-.5
The Tabor College Community Chorale offers college and community singers an opportunity to join together in performing choral literature. This non-auditioned choir may join the Tabor College Concert Choir in the winter and spring oratorios, as well as perform two yearly concerts of their own. Rehearses once per week for 12 weeks each semester.

MU 138, 338 Vocal Ensemble/0-1
Enrollment by audition for both fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same ensemble before registering at the 300 level.

MU139,339 Handbell Choir-0-1
Enrollment by audition for both fall and spring semesters by demonstrating basic musical knowledge. Previous handbell experience is not required. Prerequisite: Students need to registrar at the 100 level for four semesters before registering at the 300 level

MU 140, 340 Instrumental Ensemble/0-1
Enrollment by audition for both fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Students need to register at the 100 level for four semesters of the same ensemble before registering at the 300 level. Enrollment in Brass Ensemble and Jazz Band requires concurrent enrollment in MU 132 Concert Band.

MU 141-G Music Theory I/3
An integrated course in the theory of music, sight singing and ear training, including the fundamentals of music, introduction to style periods, and elementary four-part harmonization and analysis.

MU 142 Music Theory II/3
An integrated course in the theory of music, including the fundamentals of music, introduction to style periods, and elementary four-part harmonization and analysis. Prerequisite: MU 141-G. Spring semester.

MU 143 Sight Singing and Ear Training I/1
Provides experiences and practice designed to develop the abilities and focus on the skills in reading and hearing necessary to become fluent in transforming written melody, harmony, and rhythm notation to performance. Taught as a companion course to MU 141-G Music Theory I. Fall semester.

MU 144 Sight Singing and Ear Training II/1
Continues to provide experiences and practice designed to develop the abilities and focus on the skills in reading and hearing necessary to become fluent in transforming written melody, harmony, and rhythm notation to performance. Taught as a companion course to MU 142 Music Theory II. Spring semester.

MU 241 Theory III/3
Completion of the study of basic diatonic materials as well as extensive study of the chromatic materials of music and an introduction to the compositional techniques of the 20th century. Included are studies in form and analysis and assignments in composition. Prerequisite: MU 142. Fall semester.

MU 243 Sight Singing and Ear Training III/1
Continues to provide experiences and practice designed to develop the abilities and focus on the skills in reading and hearing necessary to become fluent in transforming written melody, harmony, and rhythm notation to performance. Taught as a companion course to MU 241 Music Theory III. Fall semester.

MU 272 Conducting Techniques/1
An introduction to the technique and fundamentals of conducting, including proper beat patterns, cueing, expression, and musical terms. Meets first 5 weeks of semester. Meets concurrently with MU 372. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

MU 280 Piano Pedagogy I/2
An introductory study of the philosophy, business procedures, methods, and materials for the independent music teacher. Primary focus will be on the elementary level of all ages of piano students. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

MU 281/481 Preparatory School Practicum/1
Supervised practice teaching taken by all students doing teaching in the Music Preparatory School (or other approved music school). May be repeated every semester. Prerequisite: MU 280 for MU 281, and four semesters of MU 281 for MU 481.

MU 314 Brass/Woodwind Methods and Materials/1
Instruction in pedagogy, technique, and care of brass and woodwind instruments, including appropriate teaching materials to meet the wide range of individual differences in students. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

MU 315 Elementary School Music/2
Materials and procedures for teaching music for grades K-6. Fundamentals of music and development of music appreciation by use of song, reading materials, and rhythmics, including games, rhythm and melody instruments, listening and creative activities. For non-music majors. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program or consent of Education Department chairperson. Fall semester.

MU 326 String/Percussion Methods and Materials/2
Instruction in pedagogy, technique, and care of string and percussion instruments, including appropriate teaching materials to meet the wide range of individual differences in students. Instruction in violin, viola, cello, bass, and percussion instruments. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

MU 334 Music Technology Seminar/2
This course has three components: the integration of the use of public address equipment in a performance setting; the use of electronic keyboard and computers including the integration into recording, performing, scoring and sequencing; the use of computers in generating worship materials for the contemporary church. Prerequisite: junior level standing. Offered alternate years starting Fall semester 2010.

MU 342 Music Arranging/3
Completion of the study of basic diatonic materials as well as introduction to the study of the chromatic materials of music and compositional techniques of the 20th century. Score study, study of orchestral instruments, including range, clef and transposition study, tonal colors and arranging for instruments in various combinations with singing groups and voices. Prerequisite: MU 241 or permission. Spring semester.

MU 353 Vocal Pedagogy and Diction/3
The study of the art of teaching voice. Topics include vocal technique and development, physiology of the voice, and teaching philosophies and strategies. Rules for pronunciation of Italian, German, French, and English are included, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. The course will include a practicum in private teaching. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

MU 361 Music History and Literature I/3
A study of the history and literature of music from the pre-Christian era through the Baroque period. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

MU 362 Music History and Literature II/3
A study of the history and literature of music from the classical period until the present time. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

MU 365 Music in Christian Worship: Foundations and Forms/2
Reading and discussion regarding biblical definitions, directives, and the nature of Christian worship. Includes the study and formation of various worship practices, ranging from traditional Protestant to contemporary and blended forms of corporate worship. (Same as RS 365) Spring semester, even-numbered years, first half of semester.

MU 366 Music in Christian Worship: Planning and Leading/2
Exposure to the repertoire and resources of music for Christian worship, and methods of organizing and leading corporate worship in a variety of formats, ranging from traditional Protestant to contemporary and blended forms of corporate worship. (Same as RS 366) Spring semester, even-numbered years, second half of semester.

MU 372 Choral Conducting and Literature/3
An introduction to the technique of conducting choral ensembles, including proper beat patterns, cueing, expression, and score preparation. The music styles of the five major compositional periods will also be discussed, particularly in regard to their application in conducting. Teaching methods and materials appropriate for 7-12 will be included and a practicum in conjunction with the Teacher Education Department will provide students the opportunity for hands-on conducting and micro teaching in a classroom setting. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

MU 380 Piano Pedagogy II/2
A continuation of Piano Pedagogy I. This course focuses on the intermediate level for private and group settings. Assessment and grading of teaching literature and research into pedagogical categories will be included. Prerequisite: MU 280. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

MU 385 Internship in Church Music/1-4
Supervised field experience in a church. Students gain hands-on experience and knowledge in a local church setting, as well as develop reflective thinking skills. Students must meet regularly with the faculty supervisor. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the department. Offered Fall 2010, Interterm 2011 and Spring 2011 semesters.

MU 423 K-12 Clinical Experience/10
Student teaching in public schools.

MU 445 Senior Project/1
A recital is presented as a culmination of the student’s educational experience in the field of music.

MU 446 Capstone Project/1
A senior level project culminating the student’s experience in the area of church music studies, demonstrating a synthesis of skills and knowledge developed through the coursework in church music. Students will be expected to do independent research on a project approved by the music faculty, read and defend church music processes, participate in group discussions and make a formal presentation of findings to church music majors and minors and the music faculty. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered senior year. Spring 2012, yearly

MU 452 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Music/4
Materials and procedures for teaching vocal music in grades PreK-12. Emphasis placed upon techniques for teaching music reading and performance skills, utilizing Kodaly methods for elementary school music, and focusing upon voice production, ensemble techniques, literature for solo and ensembles, and administration for secondary schools.

MU 454 Instrumental Materials and Methods 4-12/3
Materials and procedures for teaching instrumental music in grades 4-12. Emphasis is placed on beginning instrumental ensembles and lesson procedures, advanced band-orchestra techniques, marching band, related materials, and instrumental administration. Prerequisite: MU 472. Interterm.

MU 460 Church Music Administration Seminar/1
Principles of structuring and developing a church music program, including graded choirs, music filing, recruiting, working with pastors and music education in the church. Field observations required. Prerequisite: Open to students completing a major or minor in music with an emphasis in church music or by permission. Offered fall 2011 and alternate years

MU 472 Instrumental Conducting and Orchestration/3
An in-depth examination of conducting technique and score study in preparation for conducting instrumental ensembles, including proper beat patterns, cueing, expression, and score preparation. The music styles of the five major compositional periods will also be discussed, particularly in regard to their application in conducting. Teaching methods and materials appropriate for 7-12 classrooms will be included. A study of the uses of instrumentation and instrumental textures as identified by the use of instruments in a variety of combinations is included. A practicum in conjunction with the Teacher Education Department will provide students the opportunity for hands-on conducting and micro teaching in a classroom setting. Prerequisite: MU 372. Spring semester.

MU 480 Pedagogy Capstone/2
A senior-level course synthesizing skills and principles outlined and used in the pedagogy courses and practicums. Students will be expected to do a research project/presentation on an approved pedagogical topic, teach group piano lessons in the Music Preparatory School, as well as complete a literature review of piano repertoire.. Prerequisite: MU 380, senior standing. Offered on demand.