Music Classes

MUS 100

FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC is designed for the student
with no previous training in music, or as a review for those who have
had limited contact with music. Basic elements—melodic, rhythmic, and
harmonic—will be covered. Students will learn how to read musical
notation and will gain familiarity with the keyboard, with harmony, and
with creating music. The course will incorporate training in sight
singing and ear training.
3 credit hours

MUS 107, 108

EAR TRAINING I & II will equip students with aural skills required of professional musicians. The content of the courses will complement the written theoretical skills cultivated in MUS 109 and 110: Theory & Analysis I and II. Specific attention will be given to the identification of intervals and chords, the ability to sing any interval on command, the ability to dictate melodies, rhythms, and harmonic progressions, and the ability to sing melodies at sight. The courses must be taken in sequence concurrently with MUS 109 and 110, although students may test out of MUS 107 by taking a placement test at the beginning of the fall semester. Both courses are required of Sacred Music majors and minors.
1 credit each

 

MUS 109, 110

THEORY AND ANALYSIS I & II give students a
grounding in musical praxis, notation, tonal harmony, formal analysis,
counterpoint, composition, ear training and sight singing. Combined with
MUS 209 and 210, all four courses are required of sacred music majors
and MUS 109 and 110 are required of sacred music minors. The courses
must be taken in sequence; however, students may test out of MUS 109 by
taking a placement test at the beginning of the fall semester.
3 credit hours per semester

 

MUS 111

GUITAR CLASS I stresses basic techniques of playing
the guitar and the functional application of these techniques to enable
the student to use the guitar as an accompaniment instrument.
1 credit hour

 

MUS 112

GUITAR CLASS II is a continuation of Guitar Class I
with further development of accompaniment techniques, along with
providing the necessary skills to use the guitar as a tool for the
teaching of music.
Prerequisite: Mus 111 or permission of instructor
1 credit hour

 

MUS 115

VOICE CLASS is an introduction to the techniques of
singing including posture, breathing, pitch matching, interval
recognition, and other areas related to ear training and sight singing.
1 credit hour

 

MUS 120

DICTION FOR SINGERS I: LATIN AND ITALIAN DICTION
gives students a grounding in the rules governing the pronunciation of
Latin and Italian in solo and choral repertoire. Students will learn the
symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its
application to lyric diction. Practical usage will be emphasized through
in-class performances and text preparation.
1 credit hour

 

MUS 121

DICTION FOR SINGERS II: GERMAN DICTION gives
students an understanding of the rules governing the pronunciation of
German and its applications to vocal repertoire. Students will learn the
IPA symbols and sounds unique to the German language and its
application to lyric diction. Practical usage will be emphasized through
in-class performances and text preparation.
Prerequisite: MUS 120
1 credit hour

 

MUS 122

DICTION FOR SINGERS III: FRENCH DICTION gives
students a grounding in the rules governing the pronunciation of French
and the differences between spoken and lyric French. Students will learn
the IPA symbols and sounds of the French language as well as the rules
governing elision and liaison. Practical usage will be emphasized
through in-class performances and text preparation.
Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 121
1 credit hour

 

MUS 170, 171

ORGAN I & II (Major Instrument) helps organ
majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument.
Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of
keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a
varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ
study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from
the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active
accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and
occasionally leading congregational song. 7 semesters of instruction on
the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is
required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills
required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of
organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all
organ majors and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass,
solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice,
arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 172, 173

VOICE I & II (Major Instrument) expects majors
to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study. Entrance into
the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of ability, and
voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional level of
ability upon graduation. 7 semesters of instruction on the major
instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required of all
sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is required.
Additional diction classes will also be required of voice majors as
part of their private study.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 174

ORGAN I (Non-Majors) students will need to
demonstrate at least intermediate keyboard proficiency before beginning
study. Weekly lessons will introduce students to the unique technical
challenges of the instrument as well as registration and basic pipe
organ design. Attendance at weekly performance class is encouraged. This
course may be repeated.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
1 credit hour

 

MUS 175

SCHOLA CANTORUM FRANCISCANA is required of all
sacred music majors (three years), and all singers in the community are
encouraged to audition. For sacred music majors, Schola Cantorum
constitutes the formal element of their sacred music practicum in that
its purpose is the performance of sacred music in the liturgy. It will
also be the laboratory for the choral conducting students’ final
projects and for organists, who will have ample opportunity for
supervised accompanying and leading congregational song. The group meets
twice per week with an additional sectional for men and women. This
course may be repeated.
Prerequisite: Audition is required of non-majors
1 credit hour

 

MUS 176

VOICE I (Non-majors) is required of all organ majors
to fulfill their secondary instrument requirement. Priority will be
given to music majors and minors in admitting students for instruction,
and the number of secondary voice students taken additionally will
depend upon the availability of the voice teacher. Attendance at weekly
performance class is encouraged. This course may be repeated.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
1 credit hour

 

MUS 180

FRANCISCAN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY exists for the
promotion of classical vocal and instrumental music performance at the
University. Franciscan Chamber Music Society comprises small chamber
ensembles from a single soloist to four or five musicians. Ensembles
perform at least once per semester. This course may be taken for credit
or for no credit and may be repeated (up to 6 credits may be earned).
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the director
1 credit hour

 

MUS 182

CHORUS involves the study and performance of choral
literature. Chorus has two rehearsal sessions per week and performs for
University functions.
Prerequisite: Audition
1 credit hour

 

MUS 183

PIANO lessons will be given to voice majors and
music minors, and additional lessons may be given based on the
availability of the piano teachers. Voice majors are required to take at
least two semesters of piano or organ. This course may be repeated.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
1 credit hour

 

MUS 185

FRANCISCAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA plays classical works
for string and wind instruments. The orchestra performs at least once
per semester. This course may be taken for credit or for no credit and
may be repeated. (Communications Core)
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the director
1 credit hour

 

MUS 186

FRANCISCAN BRASS ENSEMBLE is comprised of any
combination available of trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, French
horn, and tuba. The ensemble plays for at least one event per semester.
This course may be taken for credit or for no credit and may be repeated
(up to 6 credits may be earned). (Communications Core)
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the director
1 credit hour

 

MUS 204

MUSIC APPRECIATION employs a listening approach for understanding musical styles, forms, and compositions as related to musical history.
3 credit hours

 

MUS 209, 210

THEORY AND ANALYSIS III & IV give students a
grounding in musical praxis, notation, tonal harmony, formal analysis,
counterpoint, composition, ear-training and sight-singing. Combined with
MUS 109 and 110, all four courses are required of sacred music majors
and MUS 109 and 110 are required of sacred music minors. The courses
must be taken in sequence; however, students may test out of MUS 109 by
taking a placement test at the beginning of the fall semester.
Prerequisites: MUS 109 and 110
3 credits each

 

MUS 211

GUITAR CLASS III is an introductory course in
classical guitar to train students to progress beyond simple folk
strumming and to begin mastery of the guitar as a solo instrument.
(Classical guitar required)
Prerequisites: MUS 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor
1 credit hour

 

MUS 212

GUITAR CLASS IV is a continuation of Guitar Class
III, emphasizing improved coordination of the fingers through
appropriate exercises, improved sight reading skills, and an
introduction to the different styles of music in different periods:
Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary. (Classical
guitar required)
Prerequisites: MUS 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor
1 credit hour

 

MUS 221

INTRODUCTION TO GREGORIAN CHANT gives students the
opportunity to learn about the development of the oldest body of music
in the world. In this course, students will learn how to read Gregorian
chant notation and how to sing the most commonly used melodies for the
Mass and the Divine Office. Students will also engage the teaching of
the Church on sacred music in order to understand the place of Gregorian
chant in the modern Church.
3 credit hours

 

MUS 222, 223

GREGORIAN CHANT I & II will put the ear training
received in Theory and Analysis I & II to practical use. In gaining
a working knowledge of neumatic notation through the time-honored
note-reading system developed by Guido of Arezzo, students will learn a
number of Gregorian Ordinary and Proper settings, the psalm tones and
the common hymns, canticles, responsories and antiphons of the Gregorian
repertoire. Unlike Introduction to Gregorian Chant, this course will be
a more aggressive engagement with Gregorian Chant and its context in
the liturgy and the fruits of this course will augment the musical
offerings of the Schola Cantorum on and off campus.
Prerequisites: MUS 109 and 110
1 credit hour each

 

MUS 224

MUSIC HISTORY SURVEY offers an overview of basic
musical trends throughout history, focusing particularly on the
development of Western music since the Renaissance. A more detailed
exploration of Medieval music can be undertaken in the Survey of Sacred
and Religious Music (MUS 260) and Introduction to Gregorian Chant (MUS
220). Sacred music majors are ineligible to take this course.
Prerequisites: MUS 109 and 110
3 credit hours

 

MUS 261

SURVEY OF SACRED AND RELIGIOUS MUSIC is the central
course of the Sacred Music Minor and is an overview of the history of
sacred music, its context in the development of the liturgy, and its
role in the modern Church. The course is open to all University
students; however, sacred music majors are ineligible to take this
course. (Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core)
3 credit hours

 

MUS 270, 271

ORGAN III & IV (Major Instrument) help organ
majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument.
Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of
keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a
varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ
study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from
the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active
accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and
occasionally leading congregational song. 7 semesters of instruction on
the primary instrument, as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is
required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills
required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of
organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all
organ majors, and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass,
solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice,
arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 272, 273

VOICE III & IV (Major Instrument) majors are
expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study.
Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of
ability, and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional
level of ability upon graduation. 7 semesters of instruction on the
major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required
of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is
required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice
majors as part of their private study.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 303, 304

MUSIC HISTORY I & II explore the progression of
musical practices, styles, genres, forms, and pieces in the history of
Western Music. Due to the emphasis on Medieval and Renaissance music in
other courses (particularly Gregorian Chant I and II and Schola
Cantorum), these courses will primarily focus on the music of the last
five centuries.
Prerequisites: MUS 109, 110, 209, 210
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 313, 314

CONDUCTING I & II explore the fundamentals of
choral and instrumental conducting, and score-reading techniques. The
University ensembles, particularly the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and
the Franciscan Chamber Orchestra, will provide the opportunity for
conducting students to have hands-on experience directing ensembles in
rehearsal and (occasionally) in performance.
Prerequisites: MUS 109, 110, 209, 210; Non-organ majors also need MUS 174 or 183
1 credit hour each

 

MUS 370, 371

ORGAN V & VI (Major Instrument) help organ
majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument.
Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of
keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a
varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ
study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from
the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active
accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and
occasionally leading congregational song. 7 semesters of instruction on
the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is
required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills
required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of
organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all
organ majors, and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass,
solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice,
arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 372, 373

VOICE V & VI (Major Instrument) majors are
expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study.
Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of
ability, and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional
level of ability upon graduation. 7 semesters of instruction on the
major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required
of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is
required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice
majors as part of their private study.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 405, 406

SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM I & II constitute the
central experience of the program in sacred music along with the Schola
Cantorum Franciscana and private performance study. Team-taught by all
of the music faculty and guest lecturers over the course of one year,
Sacred Music Colloquium will offer practical instruction about how to
plan liturgies and the manner of their execution. Attention will be
given to the resources available for church musicians and magisterial
teaching on the role of sacred music in the liturgy. Also, students will
be exposed to the literature of choral, organ and congregational music
as well as the traditions of Protestant churches and different styles of
music for worship. This course will augment the practical experience
gained in the Schola Cantorum while allowing the four experienced church
musicians on staff to offer their instruction to the future generation
of church musicians.
Prerequisites: MUS 109, 110, 209, 210 and either MUS 174, 176 or 183 and completion of the jury or permission of the instructor
1 credit hour each

 

MUS 470, 471

ORGAN VII & VIII (Major Instrument) help organ
majors to achieve a high level of competency in their instrument.
Entrance into the major presupposes at least an intermediate level of
keyboard proficiency. An organ major should be able to demonstrate a
varied and professional level of ability upon graduation. In organ
study, students will be required to perform representative pieces from
the organ literature of the past five centuries and will be active
accompanying the Schola Cantorum Franciscana at liturgies and
occasionally leading congregational song. 7 semesters of instruction on
the primary instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is
required of all sacred music majors. In addition, the various skills
required to play the organ in the liturgy will constitute a part of
organ study. Attendance at weekly performance class is required of all
organ majors and will include the study of improvisation, figured bass,
solo accompanying, congregational accompanying, performance practice,
arranging, organ design and history, and organ literature.
3 credit hours each

 

MUS 472, 473

VOICE VII & VIII (Major Instrument) majors are
expected to achieve a high level of ability in their area of study.
Entrance into the program presupposes at least an intermediate level of
ability, and voice majors should be able to demonstrate a professional
level of ability upon graduation. 7 semesters of instruction on the
major instrument as well as three years of Schola Cantorum is required
of all sacred music majors. Attendance at weekly performance class is
required. Additional diction classes will also be required of voice
majors as part of their private study.
3 credit hours each

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