Division of Music

Courses

MUSC 099. Recitals/Concerts. 0 Hours.

This zero-credit course is a weekly gathering of all music majors, minors and faculty for performances and presentations on a variety of music topics related to private study, chamber music, professionalism, performance practices, and education. Outside of class, students are expected to attend recitals and concerts from the MSU Division of Music calendar. The final grade will be either Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

MUSC 100. Music Appreciation. 3 Hours.

Designed for the non-music major, may be used as partial fulfillment of General Education requirement (CCS3). The student shall develop a broad knowledge of music from western civilization, from medieval chant to present day literature as well as skills in listening and writing about music.

MUSC 101. Fundamentals of Music. 2 Hours.

Designed for the non-major. The fundamentals of music are gained through studying music theory, reading music notation, playing recorder, ukulele, and keyboard instruments, and composing.

MUSC 102. Private Piano. 1-4 Hour.

Course restricted to majors. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 103. Private Harpsichord. 1 Hour.

Course restricted to majors. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 105. Women's Chorus. 1 Hour.

An auditioned touring performance choir open to all sopranos and altos on campus designed to cover a variety of literature both traditional and multi-cultural, specifically for treble voices. Students will explore music from a variety of eras and styles, connecting with one another outside of their respective majors while singing and performing the great treble choir repertoire.

MUSC 106. Private Organ. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 108. Elective Private Study. 1 Hour.

Meant for non-music majors, this course allows for students to take 1.0 credit of private study in the area of their choice, with approval of the instructor and based upon available load.

MUSC 109. Elective Private Study. 0.5 Hours.

Meant for non-music majors and minors, this course allows for students to take 0.5 credits of private study in the area of their choice, with approval of the instructor and based upon available load.

MUSC 110. Audio/Video Technology. 1 Hour.

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and gain experience with recording live performances. Employing both on-campus and online resources, the students will study basic practices for recording and production as they apply that knowledge to recording projects within the Division of Music.

MUSC 111. Private Voice. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 112. Diction for Singers I. 2 Hours.

Introduces rules, concepts and practice of proper pronunciation and articulation for singing in English and Italian using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Develops specific language skills necessary for solo vocal and choral singing and teaching.

MUSC 113. Diction for Singers II. 2 Hours.

Introduces rules, concepts and practice of proper pronunciation and articulation for singing in French and German using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Develops specific language skills necessary for solo vocal and choral singing and teaching. [Course offered ever spring semester.] Prerequisite: Students must complete MUSC 112 before enrolling in this course.

MUSC 114. Western Plains Opera Production. 1 Hour.

The Western Plains Opera Production course will provide students a variety of opportunities for growth through both the performance and technical aspects of a fully-staged professional music production.

MUSC 115. Opera-Musical Production. 1 Hour.

Techniques of production and staging dramatic musical works, employing operas, scenes from operas, and musical theatre. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUSC 116. Private Strings. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 117. Private Classical Guitar. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 120. Concert Choir. 1 Hour.

A large auditioned touring performance choir made up of a diverse group of music majors and students from all over campus who sing the great a cappella and accompanied repertoire. Students will explore music from a variety of eras and styles, connecting with one another outside of their respective majors while singing and performing the great choral repertoire.

MUSC 121. Intro to Music Theory. 2 Hours.

Designed for the major or minor, but open to all students, this course covers the foundations of music notation and literacy and prepares students for entry into the four-semester Theory sequence. Topics include manuscript, intervals, scales, chords, key signatures, meter, and an introduction to analysis and four-part writing.

MUSC 122. Music Theory I. 3 Hours.

An exploration of diatonic theory through composition and analysis. Topics include species counterpoint, four-part writing in SATB and keyboard styles, roman numeral analysis, transposition, and an introduction to binary, ternary, bar, and other compact forms. Provides a pre-req for MUSC 124.

MUSC 123. Aural Skills I. 1 Hour.

The first of a four-semester sequence in ear-training, sight-singing, rhythmic reading and dictation. Though minimum exam levels are established for passage of each semester, students are allowed to work at their own pace and encouraged to progress as far as they can.

MUSC 124. Music Theory II. 3 Hours.

An exploration of chromatic harmony. Topics include modulation, secondary function, chromatic harmonies, and an introduction to sonata, rondo, concerto and ground bass forms.

MUSC 125. Aural Skills II. 1 Hour.

The second of a four-semester sequence in ear-training, sight-singing, rhythmic reading and dictation. Though minimum exam levels are established for passage of each semester, students are allowed to work at their own pace and encouraged to progress as far as they can.

MUSC 126. Private Brass. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 127. MSU Singers. 1 Hour.

An auditioned and select touring performance chamber choir dedicated to the polyphonic, liturgical and non-liturgical music of the Renaissance and beyond. This ensemble offers students a unique opportunity to connect with one another outside of their respective majors while singing and performing the great chamber choir repertoire.

MUSC 129. Private Composition. 1-4 Hour.

Instructor approval required. Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 131. Private Percussion. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 133. Private Woodwinds. 1-4 Hour.

Repeatable for credit.

MUSC 144. Chamber Ensembles. 1 Hour.

Brass, String, Percussion, Woodwind, Keyboard, and Vocal students are welcome to join on approval of the instructor(s), either as an elective or in fulfillment of their Small Ensemble requirements.

MUSC 150. Orchestra. 1 Hour.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a university-community organization. Open to qualified students upon approval of the conductor. The goals of the course are: to rehearse and perform works of the orchestral repertoire; to improve large ensemble playing skills; to gain knowledge of the different performance practice and styles.

MUSC 153. Accompanying. 3 Hours.

Learning and application of collaborative piano skills. Prerequisite: Passage of sophomore level piano proficiency exam.

MUSC 160. Concert Band. 1 Hour.

Ensemble consisting of woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists dedicated to performance and artistic achievement at the highest level. Open to all students with prior experience performing on traditional woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments, subject to director approval.

MUSC 164. Musical Theatre Professional Preparation. 2 Hours.

Designed to prepare students to be successful at professional Musical Theatre auditions and to provide them with practical skills and information related to show business (i.e: agents, managers, unions, negotiating, contracts, headshots, resumes, casting directors, etc.).

MUSC 165. Jazz Ensemble. 1 Hour.

The Jazz Ensemble is the Division of Music's standard big band, rehearsing and performing material from the swing era to the present. Students learn specifics of big band performance practices, ensemble playing, and improvisation. Open to qualified students subject to approval of director.

MUSC 167. Jazz Combo. 1 Hour.

Jazz combo is an ensemble of variable instrumentation, generally including piano, bass, and drums, with the possible addition of wind and brass players. The ensemble will rehearse and perform material of a variety of jazz composers, create new arrangements, and compose original music. Everyone in the ensemble will improvise. Open to qualified students subject to approval of director.

MUSC 177. Functional Piano. 1 Hour.

Learning and application of basic functional piano skills for freshman level music majors. Prepares students to pass freshman level piano proficiency exam. Prerequisite: Restricted to Music and Music Education Majors.

MUSC 178. Functional Piano. 1 Hour.

Continuation of learning and application of basic functional piano skills for sophomore level music majors. Prepares students to pass sophomore level piano proficiency exam. Prerequisite: MUSC 177, and passage of freshman level piano proficiency exam and Restricted to Music and Music Education Majors.

MUSC 180. Class Guitar I. 1 Hour.

Beginning technique in chord and melody playing is developed in class ensemble.

MUSC 201. World Music. 3 Hours.

An introduction to non-western music in order to encourage and enhance cultural diversity. The aim of this course is very simple: to gain a basic understanding of different cultures of the world through their musical and cultural traditions. May be used as partial fulfillment of the Humanities requirement.

MUSC 202. Private Piano. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division private study.

MUSC 203. Music Theatre Studio. 1 Hour.

Performance of major roles of Musical Theatre in studio projects. Emphasis on the student's integration of singing, acting, and movement into a unified performance.

MUSC 206. Private Organ. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division private study.

MUSC 207. History of Pop and Rock Music. 3 Hours.

Music history is incomplete without an understanding of those transformational artists from the most recent century. Just as Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky wrote music that reflected and characterized their times, so Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and many more wrote and performed music that helps us understand the last 60+ years. Drawing on Pop & Rock music from the early 20th century to the present, this course will explore the social and historical underpinnings that inspired the music, the generations who identified with the artists and their unique sounds, and will give students tools and information to better analyze and understand the music that they love.

MUSC 211. Private Voice. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division private study.

MUSC 216. Private Strings. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division private study.

MUSC 222. Music Theory III. 3 Hours.

An exploration of music innovations from the late-19th through mid-20th centuries: non-functional tonal harmony, modes of the diatonic scale and alternatives to diatonic scales such as the acoustic collection, whole tone scale, octatonic scale, Messiaenic modes of limited transposition, set theory, serialism, and indeterminacy. A closer look at domains of music other than pitch in analysis: rhythm, timbre, texture, dynamics, and form.

MUSC 223. Aural Skills III. 1 Hour.

The third of a four-semester sequence in ear-training, sight-singing, rhythmic reading and dictation. Though minimum exam levels are established for passage of each semester, students are allowed to work at their own pace and encouraged to progress as far as they can.

MUSC 224. Music Theory IV. 2 Hours.

The summative course in the four-semester theory sequence, this course is intended as both a comprehensive look at applied music theory and an introduction to 18th century counterpoint.

MUSC 225. Aural Skills IV. 1 Hour.

The last of a four-semester sequence in ear-training, sight-singing, rhythmic reading and dictation. Though minimum exam levels are established for passage of each semester, students are allowed to work at their own pace and encouraged to progress as far as they can.

MUSC 226. Private Brass. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division study.

MUSC 229. Private Composition. 0.5-4 Hour.

Instructor approval required. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: MUSC 122, 124, 222, and music majors of junior and senior status.

MUSC 231. Private Percussion. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division private study.

MUSC 233. Private Woodwinds. 1-3 Hour.

Upper division private study.

MUSC 250. Basic Conducting. 2 Hours.

Basic Conducting is a course designed to help student musicians acquire introductory conducting skills and the knowledge needed to pursue advanced training in conducting.

MUSC 260. Introduction to Music History. 3 Hours.

Survey of the history and traditions of western civilization through its music. Students will focus on the musical content and trace developmental trends through the common periods of music history. This course is restricted to music majors and meets MSU General Education areas FC1 and CCS3.

MUSC 299. Special Topics. 1-8 Hour.

MUSC 301. Music Methods for the Elementary Teachers. 2 Hours.

This methods course for the classroom teacher builds knowledge and skills for integrating music and movement into the elementary curriculum. Prerequisites: MUSC 101 or MUSC 121 and Admittance to Teacher Education.

MUSC 305. Musical Theatre History. 3 Hours.

History of Musical Theatre, primarily focusing on American Musical Theatre, from its defining influences and roots to the present. Topics to be covered include significant productions, composers, lyricists, librettists, choreographers, directors, designers, and actors.

MUSC 306. Music History and Literature I. 3 Hours.

This course will develop the students' knowledge of Western Civilization through its musical history and literature dating from ancient Greece to 1750. Students will focus on analytical and listening skills to further their understanding of musical styles.

MUSC 307. Music History and Literature II. 3 Hours.

This course will develop the students' knowledge of Western Civilization through its musical history and literature dating from 1750 to the present. Students will focus on analytical and listening skills to further their understanding of musical styles.

MUSC 325. Vocal Pedagogy. 3 Hours.

This course explores topics relating to healthy approaches in the development of successful singing. Attention will focus on the post-puberty voice. Students will become familiar with current and historical leaders in the field of voice teaching and research, and develop skills in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). Students will develop diagnostic skills through listening to singing examples, and will learn to customize vocalizes to address the need of the singer. Prerequisites: Restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

MUSC 340. Voice Methods. 1 Hour.

This course investigates basic vocal pedagogy methods, introducing essential tools for teaching singing. Student will study international phonetic alphabet to assist foreign language diction skills, and explore repertoire suited for the beginning singer. Prerequisite: restricted to major or consent of instructor.

MUSC 341. String Methods. 1 Hour.

A practical class involving the playing and techniques of teaching the bowed, orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and string bass) at the elementary level. Teaching materials and string pedagogy are also considered.

MUSC 342. Woodwind Methods. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to the techniques of playing and teaching woodwinds. Teaching methods, proper playing position, embouchure, common problems and errors made by students, equipment, maintenance and repair of the instruments, and both pedagogical and performance literature will be presented.

MUSC 343. Brass Methods. 1 Hour.

Teaching techniques and performance proficiency on each of the brass family instruments.

MUSC 344. Percussion Methods. 1 Hour.

Techniques and methods of playing and teaching percussion.

MUSC 347. Chamber Music Literature. 2 Hours.

Students will develop their knowledge of the chamber music repertoire through survey and analysis.

MUSC 350. Advanced Conducting. 2 Hours.

Objectives of this course are developing and refining gestures which convey musical meaning, to refine interpretive skills, and to develop an ability to critique and improve ones own conducting. Prerequisites: Restricted to students who are music majors with junior or senior status.

MUSC 366. Instrumental Jazz Improvisation I. 2 Hours.

Study of the utilization and translation of basic musical elements such as scales, mixolydian modes, dominant seventh chords, rhythm, form, and melody into an individually creative jazz performance. Open to all instruments including strings.

MUSC 367. Instrumental Jazz Improvisation II. 2 Hours.

Continuation of MUSC 366 through study of the dorian modes, minor seventh chords, and integration rhythm and melody with actual playing to further the students progress. Prerequisite: MUSC 366.

MUSC 390. Instrumental Methods in Secondary Education. 3 Hours.

Instrumental Methods in Secondary Education is a course designed to prepare music education majors to teach instrumental music (band/orchestra) in middle school and high school settings. In addition to studying various pedagogical approaches to teaching instrumental music in schools, students will observe and reflect on professional teaching practices, create professional documents, and experience teaching in the secondary school setting through practicum experiences.

MUSC 391. Choral Methods in Secondary Education. 3 Hours.

Examination of and practice with methods, philosophies, musical content, and curriculum for teaching choral skills in secondary choral settings.

MUSC 392. Elementary Music Methods. 3 Hours.

Elementary General Music Methods and Materials skills, knowledge, methods, and materials needed for successful teaching in the elementary general music setting. Prerequisites: MUSC 224 and admission to Teacher Education.

MUSC 397. Elementary Music Field Experience. 1 Hour.

This course works in conjunction with MUSC 392. Thirty hours of observation/ teaching experience in an elementary music classroom, applying and practicing methods and materials derived in Music 392. Prerequisites: MUSC 224 and admission to Teacher Education.

MUSC 441. Piano Tuning. 2 Hours.

Study of piano tuning, piano construction and repair in addition to organ tuning, Prerequisites: The ability to play all major chords and any two note interval. May be repeated.

MUSC 442. Piano Pedagogy. 3 Hours.

Learning and application of piano teaching methods and applied music instruction management. Prerequisite: Passage of sophomore level piano proficiency exam.

MUSC 480. Senior Project. 1-2 Hour.

Capstone project representing accomplishment in designated applied study area. Music majors pursuing a Performance Concentration should take MUSC 480 for 2 credits.

MUSC 494. Independent Study Honors Music. 1-8 Hour.

MUSC 499. Special Topics. 1-8 Hour.

Faculty

Music Faculty

Efrain Amaya

Dr. Dianna Anderson

Dr. Erik Anderson

Dr. DeVera Bowles

Dr. Deanna Carpenter

Dr. Elizabeth Demme

Kari Files

Rebecca Petrik

Dr. David Rolandson

Dr. Jon Rumney

Briana Schwan

Karen Tonneson

Avis Veikley

Charles Young