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  • 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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