Music (MUS)

MUS 101      FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC      Credits: 2

An entry-level music theory course designed to provide fundamental skills in music reading, understanding melodic and harmonic construction, major and minor keys, remedial music analysis, and small-form composition.

MUS 102      MUSIC THEORY I      Credits: 2

Beginning study of the craft of music for music majors and minors or general students with considerable music experience. Includes study and application of scales, intervals, triads, rhythms and elementary chord progression through analysis and writing.
Prerequisites: MUS 101 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 142.

MUS 121      MUSIC APPRECIATION      Credits: 2

An introductory-level course for non-music majors designed to acquaint the student with the elements of music, major historical periods and composers of classical music and developing critical music listening and evaluation skills. Attendance at one off-campus concert is required.

MUS 121H      MUSIC APPRECIATION - HONORS      Credits: 2

An introductory-level course for non-music majors designed to acquaint the Honors student with the elements of music, major historical periods and composers of classical music and developing critical music listening and evaluation skills. Attendance at one off-campus concert is required.
Prerequisites: Non-Honors students - Approval of course instructor(s) and Honors Program director.

MUS 142      AURAL SKILLS I      Credit: 1

The course includes skill development in aural perception as students learn to identify rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns that are heard; translating aural examples through written dictation. Additionally, sight-reading skills are developed through reading and singing melodic notation.
Corequisites: MUS 102.

MUS 201      MUSIC THEORY II      Credits: 2

This course assumes students have an intermediate level in literacy of pitch and rhythm as it explores common practice in using melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials in analysis of existing music and for the creation of original music. It includes intermediate level use of harmonic progressions as related to melodic patterns of the Baroque and Classical eras, and explores polyphonic/contrapuntal writing techniques as developed/evolved in the Renaissance and Baroque eras of music.
Prerequisites: MUS 102 and MUS 142 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 241.

MUS 202      MUSIC THEORY III      Credits: 2

This course assumes students have an intermediate-advanced level in literacy of pitch and rhythm as it explores common practice in using melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials in analysis of existing music and for the creation of original music of the Romantic Era to the beginning of the Modern/20th Century era of music. It includes advanced use of traditional and modern notation and compositional techniques used in the creation of music of those eras.
Prerequisites: MUS 201 and MUS 241 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 242.

MUS 241      AURAL SKILLS II      Credit: 1

The course includes skill development in aural perception as students learn to identify rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic patterns that are heard; translating aural examples through written dictation. Additionally, sight-reading skills are developed through reading and singing melodic notation.
Prerequisites: MUS 102 and MUS 142 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 201.

MUS 242      AURAL SKILLS III      Credit: 1

The course includes skill development in aural perception as students learn to identify rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic patterns that are heard; translating aural examples through written dictation. Additionally, sight-reading skills are developed through reading and singing melodic notation.
Prerequisites: MUS 201 and MUS 241 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 202.

MUS 261      MUSICAL COMPOSITION      Credits: 2

The study of 21st Century musical compositional techniques to facilitate personal skills in musical composition. Students will create original compositions for a variety of musical media using compositional techniques studied in the course.
Prerequisites: MUS 242 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

MUS 265      MUSIC TECHNOLOGY      Credits: 2

Introduction to advances in music technology, including MIDI and other computer-aided composition, recording, sampling, and combining acoustic with electronic music. Historical overview of technological developments and composers who have helped form the medium.
Prerequisites: MUS 101 with a C or higher.

MUS 301      MUSIC THEORY IV      Credits: 2

This course assumes students have an advanced level in literacy of pitch and rhythm as it explores common practice in using melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials in analysis of exiting music and for the creation of original music of the Modern/20th Century era of music. It includes advanced use of traditional and modern musical notation and compositional techniques used in the creation of music of this era.
Prerequisites: MUS 202 and MUS 242 and MUP 211 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 341.

MUS 324      HISTORY OF MUSIC I      Credits: 3

A study of musical composers and their compositions - from ancient times through the musical Baroque Era. Major musical developments are discussed as an expression of the general human condition of each historical age.
Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 121 with a C or higher.

MUS 325      HISTORY OF MUSIC II      Credits: 3

A study of musical composers and their compositions from the Classical period to the Modern period in music. Major musical developments are discussed as an expression of the general human condition in each historical age.
Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 121 with a C or higher.

MUS 326      HISTORY OF MUSIC III      Credits: 3

A survey of World Music - music that explores musical traditions that have evolved apart from the musical tradition of western civilization.
Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 121 with a C or higher.

MUS 327      HISTORY OF MUSIC IV      Credits: 2

An introduction to the history and literature of music in film and theatre. An exploration of the manner in which music is used to enhance themes of film and theatrical presentations.
Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 121 with a C or higher.

MUS 341      AURAL SKILLS IV      Credit: 1

The course includes skill development in aural perception as students learn to identify rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic patterns that are heard; translating aural examples through written dictation. Additionally, sight-reading skills are developed through reading and singing melodic notation.
Prerequisites: MUP 211 and MUS 202 and MUS 242 with a C or higher
Corequisites: MUS 301.

MUS 351      CONDUCTING I      Credits: 2

Beginning study in the craft of conducting, including basic beat patterns, preparatory and release gestures, and simple not-verbal stylistic cues. Students will conduct a music ensemble comprised of members of the class.
Prerequisites: MUP 211 and MUS 202 and MUS 242 with a C or higher.

MUS 364      CHRISTIAN HYMNS AND LITURGY      Credits: 2

Survey of Christian hymnody and liturgical practices to develop awareness of the text and music treasures as well as Biblically sound worship practices. Different forms of hymns will be explored from classical to contemporary. Students will visit churches with different worship styles.
Prerequisites: MUP 211 and MUS 242 and MUS 202 and REL 331 with a C or higher.

MUS 399E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE      Credits: 2

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

MUS 401      ARRANGING AND ORCHESTRATION      Credits: 2

Application of theoretical, stylistic and technical principles to adapting original music for a variety of performing groups including vocal, band, orchestra and small ensembles.
Prerequisites: MUS 201 and MUS 241 with a C or higher.

MUS 422      CHRISTIAN MUSIC, WORSHIP, AND SPIRITUALITY      Credits: 2

The student will study the theology and history of Christian worship, spirituality, and the arts, especially music. The student will learn to develop effective corporate worship experiences and to develop a personal practice of spiritual discipline.
Prerequisites: REL 211 or REL 221 with a D or higher.

MUS 452      CONDUCTING II      Credits: 2

Continuation of Conducting I. Students will build upon their conducting skills with more advance study in expressive gestures, left hand independence, cueing, psychological conducting and score preparation.
Prerequisites: MUS 351 with a C or higher.

MUS 461      MUSICAL COMPOSITION      Credits: 2

The study of 21st century composition techniques to facilitate personal skills in musical composition. Students will create original compositions for a variety of musical media using techniques studied in the course.
Prerequisites: MUS 202 and MUS 242 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment.

MUS 492      SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION      Credit: 1

This course is a required course for students planning to complete a senior thesis. The product olf this course will be a thesis proposal.
Prerequisites: Upper division status as a music major and approval of the instructor.

MUS 493      MUSIC THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN      Credits: 2

The first of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the initial components of the thesis, including literature review and experimental or project design, obtain approval from the Concordia University Research Committee to proceed with the proposed research or project, and begin to implement the research or project.
Prerequisites: MUS 492 with a B or higher. Upper division standing and agreement of a faculty member to serve as Faculty Supervisor for thesis project.

MUS 494      MUSIC THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE      Credits: 2

The second of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the final components of the thesis, including the research or project itself, data gathering (as appropriate) and analysis, and writing and defense of the thesis. The defense of the thesis will be a public event open to faculty, staff, students and community members.
Prerequisites: MUS 493 with a C or higher.

MUS 495      SENIOR RECITAL      Credits: 3

The senior recital is the capstone experience in the undergraduate study of music. The course consists of the planning, preparation, and public performance of a full-length recital and a supporting written document. Enrollment is limited to music majors in their senior year with enrollment in a 400 level private studio study. Approval of Department Chair required.

MUS 496      PRACTICUM      Credits: 3

Supervised experience in a setting related to the student's concentration of choice. Requires a final written summary and presentation of activities by the student.
Prerequisites: Senior status as a music major.