2014–2015 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 for MUSC 171 & 181.

       
MUSC 109 Music Appreciation, LE (4)

This course 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)

This is 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. Major composers are introduced, and significant works and different genres from each style period are examined—with some connections explored between music and culture.

       
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 112 Survey of Jazz, LE (3)

This course is a survey of one of America’s most important art forms—jazz. The basic history of
jazz—including its precursors, many distinct styles, marriage with other musical idioms, and global
spread—will be examined in conjunction with a close look at many different performances by the
great jazz musicians. Reading and extensive listening will both be important aspects of the course.

       
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
earned beginning with third semester. Placement audition required.

       
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 earned 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
earned beginning with third semester. Audition required.

       
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers, LE (1)

This is Westminster College’s elite choir, generally made up of 36-40 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 earned beginning with third semester.
Audition required.

       
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. Upper-division credit earned beginning with third semester. Audition required.

       
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. Previous vocal training ideal. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit earned beginning with third semester. Audition required.

       
MUSC 171 Music Theory I (3)

This is 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: MUSC 108 or piano proficiency documented through other means. Co-requisite: MUSC 181.

       
MUSC 181 Aural Skills I (2)

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
documented through other means. Co-requisite: MUSC 171.

       
MUSC 175/375 Westminster Percussion Ensemble (1)

This class provides an opportunity to investigate rhythm and a wide variety of interesting percussion instruments and tone colors in the social setting of a performing ensemble. At least one performance will be given on campus every semester, involving everyone in the class. Beginners and more experienced players are welcome. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit earned beginning with third semester. No audition required at this time.

       
MUSC 185/385 Chamber Music (1)

This class provides Westminster music students—music majors, minors, and otherwise—with an opportunity to join a small group of musicians (2-10 players) in studying and performing great music written specifically for small groups with one player per part. Class time will take the form of the professor coaching each group separately with all groups present. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit earned beginning with third semester. Audition required.

       
MUSC 195/395 Westminster A Cappella Choir (1)

This ensemble is comprised of singers from two a cappella ensembles: the men’s choir, the Griffin 5, and the women’s choir, Tonality. A wide variety of popular styles will be cultivated—from barbershop and sweet adeliene traditions to more contemporary pieces. All students enrolled are strongly advised (in some cased required) to concurrently take one or more of the following: voice lessons, piano lessons, Music Theory I and Aural Skills I; and all participants must be members of the Westminster Chamber Singers. May be repeated for credit. Upper-division credit earned beginning with third semester. 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, currently Dr. Karlyn Bond. A $150 fee is required for each credit hour. Music majors and minors are exempt from fees for lessons taken on their primary instrument, as are students concurrently enrolled in a performing ensemble. Enrollment is open to Westminster students only.

       
MUSC 271 Music Theory II (3)

This is 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
171 & 181. Co-requisite: MUSC 281.

       
MUSC 281 Aural Skills II (2)

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 171 & 181. Co-requisite: MUSC 271.

       
MUSC 371 Music Theory III (3)

This course is a continuation of Music Theory II and involves the study of harmonic procedures of the 18th and 19th centuries, with topics including secondary functions, chromatic harmony, and formal structures. Some composition involved. Intended for music majors or highly motivated music minors. Prerequisites: MUSC 271 & 281. Co-requisite: MUSC 381.

       
MUSC 381 Aural Skills III (2)

This course is a continuation of Aural Skills II, 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 271 & 281. Co-requisite: MUSC 371.

       
       
       
       
       
       
MUSC 471 Music Theory IV (3)

This course is a continuation of Music Theory III, with a focus on extended tonal harmony and an
introduction to post-tonal harmony and compositional and analytical techniques. Intended for music majors or highly motivated music minors. Prerequisites: MUSC 371 & 381.
Co-requisite: MUSC 481.

       
MUSC 481 Aural Skills IV (2)

This course is a continuation of Aural Skills III, 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 371 & 381.
Co-requisite: MUSC 471.

       
MUSC 201 Instrumental Conducting (2)

This is a fundamental course designed to help student singers acquire knowledge and understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the correct pronunciation of English and Italian consonants and vowels, the diction rules for singing classical music in these two languages, and translation skills involving both.

       
MUSC 202 French and German Diction for Singers (2)

This course builds on the skills gained in MUSC 201 (English and Italian Diction for Singers), using knowledge of IPA to acquaint student singers with the correct pronunciation of French and German consonants and vowels, the diction rules for singing classical music in these two languages, and translation skills involving both.

       
MUSC 203 Vocal Pedagogy (2)

This class will include a thorough study of the physiological, acoustical and scientific aspects of vocal production; the establishing of a standard for bel canto (beautiful singing); and an exploration of what bel canto means in practical terms. All the essential aspects of good teaching will be studied and discussed in a variety of ways, including students being required to teach other students—both privately and in a group setting.

       
MUSC 204 Art Song Literature Survey (2)

This course will survey the varied repertoire of art song music, from 18th century Italian songs, to the great German Romantic composers of the 19th century, to the French Symbolists at the turn of the 20th century, as well as American and British composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Study will be combined with performance as part of the course work.

       
MUSC 205 Opera Literature Survey (2)

This course will survey the world of opera, from the 17th century Baroque masterpieces of Monteverdi to the brilliant Classical-period operas of Mozart, to the grand operas of the Romantic era to the minimalist contemporary operas of John Adams. The course will require students to immerse themselves in the art form, watching operas on video, attending live operas in Salt Lake City and studying composers and libretti, and completing a variety of assignments pertaining to all.

       
MUSC 300 Senior Project (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 Classical Music I (3)

This course provides an in-depth survey of Western classical music, suitable for music majors and 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 the foundations of Western music from Antiquity, and styles from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Prerequisites: MUSC 271 & 281; ENGL 110.

       
MUSC 352 History of Western Classical Music II (3)

This course provides an in-depth survey of Western classical music, suitable for music majors and 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 music from the Classical period through the Romantic period. Prerequisites: MUSC 271 & 281; ENGL 110.

       
MUSC 353 History of Western Classical Music III (3)

This course provides an in-depth survey of Western classical music, suitable for music majors. 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 music and styles from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Prerequisites: MUSC 271 & 281; 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, MUSC 491. Co-requisite: MUSC 492.

       
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.