2012 - 2013 Music Courses

MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills (2)
This is a keyboard proficiency, pre-theory course designed strictly for music majors and minors with little or no piano background—the pre-requisite to MUSC 151 (Music Theory I).
 
MUSC 109 Music Appreciation, LE (4)
Explores the inner workings of music through the study of rhythm, melody, and harmony and the realization of this knowledge through performance. Students who want a hands-on, learn-by-doing experience to learning music will enjoy this approach to learning music. Singing, playing recorder, playing percussion instruments and composing will be part of the course activities. Throughout the semester, a study of music from various world cultures will become a major component of this course. Guest speakers and performers will attend class and discuss instruments from their native countries. This creative component fulfills a college-wide goal of creative involvement.
 
MUSC 110 Survey of Western Art Music, LE (3)
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the major styles of Western classical music, especially the dominant styles of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Significant works and different genres from each style period are examined as well as many of the connections between music and culture during those periods.
 
MUSC 111 Survey of World Music, LE (3)
This course explores the ways in which music is both shaped by and gives shape to many different settings in which it is performed. Specific case studies of selected musical traditions from around the world—excluding the Western classical tradition—will be examined closely through listening, analysis, and hands-on instruction. Reading music is not required, but students will learn the fundamentals of listening to and hearing music.
 
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale, LE (1)
Enrollment is open to all Westminster College students, faculty, and staff. This group typically performs twice a semester on campus, and explores sacred and secular repertoire in a variety of classical, traditional, folk, and popular styles. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit given beginning with third semester. Placement audition required.
 
MUSC 121 Piano Class (2)
This course is an introduction to the piano for non-music students with little or no background in piano. For beginners who wish to take private piano lessons, this course is a pre-requisite for lessons. Basic keyboard-related skills and knowledge, and very basic concepts of music theory are covered.
 
MUSC 122 Guitar Class (2)
This course is an introduction to the guitar as a classical instrument. It is designed for both novices and those who have experience playing non-classical styles on the guitar. For beginners who wish to take private classical guitar lessons, it is a pre-requisite. Classical technique and standard notation are integral components to the course.
 
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble, LE (1)
This ensemble is actively trained in the art of jazz improvisation and typically performs at least once a semester. Students may participate in this ensemble with instruments of their choice; the instrumental make-up of the group changes from semester to semester, depending on the instruments students bring. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit given beginning with third semester. Audition required.
 
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra, LE (1)
This ensemble is designed especially for string, woodwind, and brass players. A spectrum of classical styles is typically covered in the course of a year, but most repertoire is taken from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit given beginning with third semester. Casual audition required, but fairly extensive instrumental experience is necessary.
 
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers, LE (1)
This is Westminster College's elite choir, generally made up of 20–24 trained singers. It typically appears in concert on campus twice a semester, but also performs extensively off campus, sometimes on tour in and out of state. A variety of classical, traditional, and folk styles are explored. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit given beginning with third semester. Audition required.
 
MUSC 151 Music Theory I (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory for music majors and minors, featuring the study of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic elements of music (within the Western tonal system). Prerequisite: piano proficiency (extensive background in piano or a successfully completed piano proficiency exam or MUSC 108).
Co-requisite: MUSC 161.
 
MUSC 152 Music Theory II (3)
A continuation of the study of diatonic music theory, featuring the study of functional harmony, music analysis, and four-part writing. Composition will be heavily integrated. Prerequisite: MUSC 151. Co-requisite: MUSC 162.
 
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)
The flute choir studies and performs classical music written specifically and strictly for flutes. Groupings range from 2-3 players to the full ensemble, and the whole family of flutes is cultivated. Enrollment is open to all Westminster College students, faculty, and staff. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I (1)
This course is a lab experience designed to challenge students to improve their basic musical skills in the areas of rhythm, sight-singing, intervallic and harmonic ear training, and fluency in rhythmic and melodic dictation. These skills are essential if music is to be learned efficiently and accurately, and if it is to be performed competently. Prerequisite: MUSC 108 or piano proficiency attained through other means. Co-requisite: MUSC 151.
 
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II (1)
This course is a continuation of Aural Skills I, designed to develop proficiency in singing prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns, and in accurately notating rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUSC 151, 161. Co-requisite: MUSC 152.
 
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio, LE (1)
This course takes students through the entire process of learning a role for an opera, musical or operetta—from casting and preparation to rehearsal and performance, culminating in a fully staged performance. Course work includes daily improvisations, movement and acting exercises, analysis of performances, discussions of expectations and demands at the professional level, and cultivation of singer-specific rehearsal and performance techniques. Successful collaboration is a major factor in the final performance. Upper-division credit given beginning with third semester. Previous vocal training ideal. Audition required.
 
MUSC 191, 192
291, 292
391, 392
491, 492
Private Lessons (1-2)
A student may enroll for one half-hour or one hour-long private lesson each week for a semester, and receive one or two credit hours respectively. MUSC 191 indicates the first semester of study on a particular instrument; MUSC 192, the second semester of study on that same instrument; 291, the third semester; and so forth, up to MUSC 492, which indicates the eighth semester of study, or the equivalent of the final semester of a four-year course of lessons, on one instrument. Registration requires a special application form which may be obtained only in the office of the department chair. A $150 fee is required for each credit hour. Music majors and minors are exempt from fees for lessons taken on their primary instrument. Enrollment is open to Westminster College students only.
 
MUSC 251 Music Theory III (3)
Music Theory III involves the study of harmonic procedures of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a continuation of MUSC 151, with topics including secondary functions, chromatic harmony, and formal structures, and will involve some composition. It is intended for music majors or highly motivated music minors. Prerequisites: MUSC 152, 162. Co-requisite: MUSC 261.
 
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV (3)
This course is a continuation of MUSC 251, with a focus on extended tonal harmony and an introduction to post-tonal harmony and compositional and analytical techniques. This course is intended for music majors or highly motivated music minors. Prerequisites: MUSC 251, 261. Co-requisite: MUSC 262.
 
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III (1)
This course is a continuation of MUSC 162, designed to develop proficiency in singing more complex prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns, and in accurately notating rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUSC 152, 162. Co-requisite: MUSC 251.
 
MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV (1)
This course is a continuation of MUSC 261, designed to develop proficiency in singing increasingly chromatic prepared melodies, melodies at sight, complex rhythmic patterns, and in accurately notating rhythmic, melodic, contrapuntal, and harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUSC 251, 261. Co-requisite: MUSC 252.
 
MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music (1-3)
Significant topics are explored in any of the many sub-disciplines of music. Examples of such courses include: Songwriting, Conducting, Beethoven's Nine Symphonies, The English Madrigal—Style and Performance. Prerequisites will vary with course content. May be repeated for credit.
 
MUSC 301 Choral Conducting (2)
In this course, students will learn techniques necessary for the successful conducting of a choir. Conducting (i.e. metrical) patterns, cuing, non-verbal communication of musical interpretation, score analysis, the relationship between conductor and musicians, and rehearsal techniques will be covered in detail. Course activities—inside and outside class—will include required reading, assigned listening, conducting practice, video-taped practice, live performance, and both peer and instructor evaluations.
 
MUSC 302 Instrumental Conducting (2)
In this course, students will learn techniques necessary for the successful conducting of instrumental ensembles such as concert bands and chamber orchestras. Baton patterns, cuing, non-verbal communication of musical interpretation, score analysis, the relationship between conductor and musicians, and rehearsal techniques will be covered in detail. Course activities—inside and outside class—will include required reading, assigned listening, baton practice, video-taped practice, live performance, and both peer and instructor evaluations.
 
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I (3)
This course provides an in-depth survey of Western classical music, suitable for music minors. Our study will involve a close look at all crucial aspects of form and style, covering most major genres and a large volume of repertoire. This portion of the course will cover Western music's ancient origins; and styles of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Prerequisites: MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110.
 
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II (3)
This course provides an in-depth survey of Western classical music, suitable for music minors. Our study will involve a close look at all crucial aspects of form and style, covering most major genres and a large volume of repertoire. This portion of the course will cover Classical, Romantic, and twentieth-century styles. Prerequisites: MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110.
 
MUSC 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Music Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
 
MUSC 420 Senior Recital (1)
This is the capstone project for music performance minors, a 30–45-minute solo recital to be given on campus in the recital hall during the final semester of private lessons or a semester following the final semester of lessons. This credit hour will be earned in the same manner as that of private lessons, but with the specific goal of a performance determining the nature and intensity of training. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MUSC 392.
 
MUSC 421 Senior Project (1)
This is the capstone course for music majors who are completing the Bachelor of Arts degree without a performance emphasis. This project can address any number of subjects—musical or connected to music in at least one major way—and it may take any number of different forms, though both subject and form must be worked out and agreed upon by the student and at least one music faculty member.
 
MUSC 440 Internship (1-8)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.