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Music

FOR INFORMATION contact
Ellen Duncan Madame Cadillac Building, Room 250
Direct: (313) 927-1254
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Tara Sievers-Hunt Madame Cadillac Building, Room 248
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts, Music Major (B.A.)
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Performing Arts Major/Minor
Music Minor
Fine Arts Minor
Certificate in Sacred Music

FACULTY
Joanne Clark, DMA
Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, MMus
Ellen Duncan, MA
Sue Vanderbeck Lenz, MMus, MMus
Tara Sievers-Hunt, MMus Carl Stone, MMus
Glenn Burdette, PhD
Megan Higle, MMus
Paul Kinney, MMus
Alice McAllister-Tillman, MMus
Linda Williams-Trotter, MAT
Rita Yevzelman, Master Diploma

Music Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Performer • Private Music Instructor/Coach • Church Organist/Pianist/Vocalist • Production Music Director • Arranger/Composer/Song-Writer • PreK-12 Music Teacher • Ensemble Conductor/Director • Studio Musician

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Marygrove Department of Music offers undergraduate programs designed to prepare students for professional careers in the field of music. It also provides introductory music courses for students majoring in other disciplines. The music department strives to help its students develop: competence in music by connecting musical knowledge to active performance practices; commitment through the discipline required to develop each musical talent; and compassion through an awareness of the uniqueness of each musical gift and the impact it may have on others. 

We strive to provide talented and motivated students with a challenging and supportive music program. With our small class size, students enjoy intensive, interactive engagement with Marygrove faculty and peers, as well as guest artists and lecturers who visit our campus. We are committed to helping our students achieve excellence by learning to integrate musical knowledge and skills into their own unique musical gifts—so that each student may become a well-informed and expressive musician.  In addition to a high quality musical education and performing arts environment, the Marygrove Department of Music also strives to provide students with opportunities to develop crucial professional, critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills for lifelong learning. 

Objectives towards these goals:

  • Teaching excellence among the faculty; and encouragement for excellence among the students.
  • Integration of music subjects (i.e., theory, history, and performance) into musical practices so that each
  • Emphasis on connecting students to performance opportunities (studio classes, departmental recitals,
  • Emphasis on active attendance and participation in workshops, master classes and concerts held both on the
  • Infusion of cultural and musical diversity throughout the curriculum.
  • Exploration of musicianship as leadership, self-expression, civic awareness, and community engagement.
  • Commitment to authentic and reflective assessment practices.
    •      MUS 100A                   Class Piano I
    •      MUS 101,102              Fundamentals of Music I, II
    •      MUS 105                  Encounters with Music
    •      MUS 106A                Voice Class
    •      MUS 204A, 204B     Foundations in Ringing I, II
    •      MUS 110-111               Private lessons in your major instrument
    •   Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.7 (with no course grade less than a B-) 
    •   Successful completion of juries for each semester of private applied study
    •   Active attendance and/or performance in studio classes, recitals, master classes, workshops and
    •   Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.7 (with no course grade less than a B-) 
    •   Successful completion of juries for each semester of private applied study
    •   Active attendance and/or performance in studio classes, recitals, master classes, workshops and

         student understands the multi-dimensionality inherent in comprehensive musicianship.

         concerts, and collaborations both on- and off-campus).

         Marygrove campus, and around the metro-Detroit area.

Our department facilities are located in the renovated west wing of the Madame Cadillac building, and include a beautiful, stained-glass Recital Hall; an electronic keyboard lab; a Mac computer lab; a smart classroom; a music lounge, and a peer-mentoring study room. Performances may also take place in Denk Chapman Hall, which houses a historic 1891 Steinway Grand; the elegant Alumnae Hall; the 400-seat Marygrove Theatre; and Sacred Heart Chapel, which features a 1928 three-manual 40 rank Casavant pipe organ.     

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music is designed for students who wish to have a major in music which allows for a broader experience in the liberal arts. In the B.A. program, you will take approximately 60 credits in music-related courses, which allows for approximately 20 credits in other liberal arts studies. Often, students will combine a complimentary second interest into their BA of Music degree (e.g. dance, theatre, psychology, education, religious studies, literature). Due to the integrated nature of the discipline, a minor is optional, but not required for Bachelor of Arts students with a music major.

The Bachelor of Music degree is a highly specialized program requiring approximately 74-80 credit hours in music. In this program, students engage in coursework, rehearsals and performance opportunities to develop the skills, discipline, and understanding essential for a professional musician.  As a Bachelor of Music student, you may select from these areas of concentration: performance in voice, piano, or organ; music education; sacred music with a choral, organ, or piano emphasis; and piano pedagogy. Due to the integrated nature of the discipline, a minor is optional, but not required for Bachelor of Music students.

The Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts is an individualized, interdisciplinary major across three departments; dance, music, and theatre. The Minor in Performing Arts provides an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a larger, collective sense Please see the PERFORMING ARTS section of this catalog for details.

The Minor in Music is available for students majoring in other college disciplines.  Students may pursue a music minor to develop knowledge and skills that complement their major area of study, or to simply enhance their own understanding and enjoyment of music in their lives.  If you minor in music, you will take a minimum of 24 credit hours that combine comprehensive music courses (e.g. music theory, history) with specialized study in performance (e.g. private lessons, ensembles).

The Minor in Fine Arts, a 24-hour group minor, is selected from at least three of the following areas: art, art history, music, theater, and dance, and provides you with the opportunity to experience the arts in a larger, collective sense. It works well with the humanities, modern languages, history, and a major in any of the arts.

The Certificate in Sacred Music develops skills and knowledge which prepare students to be effective professionals in the field of church music. An audition is required for acceptance into the program. If proficiency is demonstrated at the audition, the Department of Music may waive certain course requirements. Completion of the certificate program is based on specific proficiency levels.

ADMISSION PHASES/AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Some degree of talent and prior experience is typically required for admission into a specialized arts degree, such as music. Students then enhance musical abilities through development of professional, technical and artistic skills, and knowledge gained through the coursework, coachings, master classes, rehearsals, and performances within the degree curriculum.  With the amount of time and dedication required, a music degree may not be for everyone.  Our goal is to help our future graduates succeed as practitioners in their careers after graduation.  It is the combination of talent and hard work, which makes the difference in developing professional musicianship.

Step 1: Entry into the Program

If you have been admitted to the College and wish to major in music, you must contact the music department to arrange for an interview and informal audition with the music department faculty. A formal audition for the full music faculty is only required for students who wish to be considered for a Talent Scholarship [see below].

At your informal audition, you will meet with a Marygrove music faculty member and discuss your course of study. You will be evaluated on current proficiency with your instrument of choice (e.g. voice, piano, organ, guitar), and for your future potential in musical, technical and performance achievement.  You may also be given a music theory placement test to examine your current abilities in reading, writing and analyzing musical structure, and to determine which theory course would be most appropriate for you. If you have piano experience, you may also choose to demonstrate your abilities at this time. The informal audition also gives prospective students an opportunity to ask questions and see if a Marygrove music degree is right for them.

Step 2: Prep Standing

Once a student has been admitted to the College and the music program, he/she enters a three step assessment process utilized for students to enter and progress through the music program. For students who have a strong background in music, but require additional formal music training or music reading skills prior to the core music curriculum, we offer a First-Year Intensive Program. These are preparatory classes which assist incoming students with the foundations of music reading and technical skills required for the core music curriculum. Some of these courses do not count towards the degree. A music faculty advisor will help determine which of the First-Year Intensive Courses would be beneficial to you and will create a preliminary plan-of-work for you.  Students have a limited time to complete these requirements—please contact a department chair for details.

      First-Year Intensive Course Requirements may include:

These courses are proficiency-based and must each be completed with no grade less than a B. Completion of the course work with B- grades may not grant admission to pre-major status. Students may be required to demonstrate skills learned and/or to complete additional coursework prior to acceptance to pre-major standing. If the faculty determines a student lacks significant improvement in musical skills and knowledge, or commitment to the field, he/she may not be allowed to continue in the major.

Step 3: Pre-Major Standing

      To maintain Pre-Major Standing, a student must:

and collaborative performances with outside musical groups. Specific attendance requirements are defined for each semester.

Upon completion of departmental requirements for Pre-Major Standing, students may apply for official major standing in their selected degree program. Acceptance will be determined following: an evaluation of completed music course work, assessment of sight-reading ability, demonstration of technical and expression proficiency on applied instrument, and a personal career goal statement. If the faculty determines a student has not developed a certain level musical skills and knowledge, or does not demonstrate commitment to the field, he/she may not be allowed to continue in the major. 

Step 4: Major Standing

To maintain Major Standing, a student must:

and collaborative performances with outside musical groups. Specific attendance requirements are defined for each semester.

Once a student has been approved for major standing, he/she may begin preparations for development of the capstone project (MUS 496). Students should speak to their advisor for specific information on the capstone.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM

Distinguished Student Awards

These are awarded to students with a minimum grade point average of 2.7, who demonstrate outstanding talent in music. Interested students must complete the Distinguished Music Student Award application and schedule a formal audition and interview with the music department. Awards are given on the recommenda­tion of the music faculty.

Talent Awards

Scholarships are available to incoming students, both first-time and transfer. They may be renewed for up to five years for first-time students, and up to three years for transfer students (provided departmental requirements are maintained – see music department handbook for details).  Scholarship awards are based on an audition and interview, which must be completed prior to the first semester of classes. For details or to schedule an audition, please contact department co-chair, Tara Sievers-Hunt at Tsievers7525@marygrove or (313) 927-1312

Academic Performance

Only classes with a grade of C or better can be applied to the fulfillment of a music major. Students must also have a 2.7 GPA in their major coursework to earn a degree with a music major. 

Professional Experience

Seniors majoring in music may earn credit for work done in music outside of class in such areas as accompanying, church choir conducting, organ playing in church, piano teaching, etc. under the course title Guided Field Experience. (This course is similar to the Cooperative Education Program.)

 

Bachelor of Arts, Music Major (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts with a music major requires approximately 60 credit hours in music studies and completion of the following components. No minor is required.

A. General Education Requirements

 

B. Required Music Courses (34 cr.)

MUS 123                       3 cr.            Written Theory I
MUS 124                       3 cr.            Written Theory II
MUS 233                       3 cr.         Written Theory III
MUS 234                       3 cr.            Written Theory IV
MUS 123A                    1 cr.            Ear Training I
MUS 124B                    1 cr.            Ear Training II
MUS 233A                    1 cr.            Ear Training III
MUS 234B                    1 cr.            Ear Training IV
MUS 305                       3 cr.            Music History I
MUS 306                       3 cr.         Music History II
MUS 309                       3 cr.            Introduction to Computer Assisted Music     
MUS 399A                    3 cr.            Conducting I
MUS 450R                    1 cr.            Guided Field Experience in Research
MUS 496                       4 cr.            Senior Seminar (Capstone)

6 ensemble credits selected from following:

MUS 202/302                 1 cr.            Marygrove College Chorale
MUS 204/404                 1 cr.            Foundations of Ringing I, II
MUS 205                       1 cr.            Community Band 

      Voice Concentration  (30 cr.)

  •   Minimum 16 credits of Private Voice Lessons (MUS 110-423V)
  •   Minimum 6 cred­its of Piano Study (MUS 110-220P)
    • MUS 107                       1 cr.            Introduction to Diction
    • MUS 301                       1 cr.            Lyric Theatre (2 credits total)
    • MUS 365                       3 cr.            Vocal Literature           
    • DAN 254                       2 cr.            Movement for Actors and Singers (or other dance course)

      OTHER B.A. CONCENTRATIONS (e.g. piano, organ) ARE UNDER REVISION –

      PLEASE CONTACT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT CHAIR FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC WITH A CONCENTRATION IN PERFORMANCE (BM)

The Bachelor of Music in Performance requires approximately 74-80 credit hours in music and completion of the following components. No minor is required.

A. General Education Requirements

 

B. Required Music Courses

MUS 123                       3 cr.            Written Theory I
MUS 124                       3 cr.            Written Theory II
MUS 233                       3 cr.            Written Theory III
MUS 234                       3 cr.            Written Theory IV
MUS 123A                    1 cr.            Ear Training I
MUS 124B                    1 cr.            Ear Training II
MUS 233A                    1 cr.            Ear Training III
MUS 234B                    1 cr.            Ear Training IV
MUS 305                       3 cr.            Music History I
MUS 306                       3 cr.            Music History II
MUS 309                       3 cr.            Introduction to Computer Assisted Music
MUS 399A                    3 cr.            Conducting I
MUS 450R                    1-3 crs.      Guided Field Experience in Research

8 ensemble credits from the following:

MUS 202/302                 1 cr.            Marygrove College Chorale
MUS 204A,B                  1 cr.            Foundations of Ringing I, II
MUS 205                        1 cr.            Community Band

C. Applied Music

Students are required to select an applied music emphasis within each concentration.  Details regarding required number of private study within each applied music emphasis may be found below.

D. Concentration

Additional requirements are specified for each area of concentration within music. Details regarding required courses within each applied music emphasis may be found below.

ORGAN PERFORMANCE

  •   Minimum 21 credits of Private Organ Lessons (MUS 110-423O)  
  •   Minimum 16 credits of Private Piano Lessons (MUS 110-423P)   
  •   Minimum 21credits of Private Piano Lessons (MUS 110-423P)
  •   Minimum 20 credits of Private Voice Lessons (MUS 110-423V)*
  •   Minimum 8 cred­its of Piano Study (MUS100A, MUS110B or MUS 110-120P)

MUS 401                       3 cr.            Orchestration
MUS 410                       2 cr.            Hymn Playing, Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment
MUS 333                       2 cr.            Organ Improvisation
MUS 491                       1-3 cr.         Independent Study in Organ Repertoire                                           

*Organ performance majors must complete MUS 421O prior to the senior recital (MUS 496)

**Junior Recital may take place during any 300-400 level applied lesson course, as determined by instructor.

PIANO PEDAGOGY

MUS 351                       3 cr             Piano Pedagogy I
MUS 352                       3 cr             Piano Pedagogy II
MUS 445                       3 cr             Keyboard Literature
MUS 450P                     3 cr             Practicum in Teaching Piano

*Piano Pedagogy majors must complete MUS 321P in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

PIANO PERFORMANCE

MUS 308 or 309           3 cr.            Accompanying or Piano Ensemble
MUS 351                      3 cr.            Piano Pedagogy I
MUS 401                      3 cr.            Orchestration
MUS 443A                    3 cr.            Analytical Techniques
MUS 445                      3 cr.            Keyboard Literature

*Piano performance majors must complete MUS 421P prior to the senior recital (MUS 496)

**Junior Recital may take place during any 300-400 level applied lesson course, as determined by instructor.

VOICE PERFORMANCE

MUS 107                       1 cr.            Introduction to Diction
MUS 207                       2 cr.            Advanced Diction for Singers I
MUS 301                       1 cr.            Lyric Theatre (2 credits total)
MUS 365                       3 cr.            Vocal Literature
FRE 151**                     3 cr.            Elementary French II
DAN 254                       2 cr.            Movement for Actors and Singers (or other dance course)                                              

MUS 491, Independent Study in Vocal Pedagogy (2 cr.) is recommended as an elective with the permission of the instructor. The course provides in-depth understanding of the physiology and psychology of the vocal instrument, and an introduction to vocal instruction.

*Voice performance majors must complete proficiency level MUS 421V prior to the senior recital (MUS 496)

** Elementary French I (FRE 150) is the prerequisite for this course and may be taken as a GenEd option

***Junior Recital may take place during any 300-400 level applied lesson course, as determined by instructor.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC WITH A CONCENTRATION IN SACRED MUSIC

A Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music requires approximately 83 credit hours in music and completion of the following components. No minor is required.

A. General Education Requirements

 

B. Required Music Courses

MUS 123                       3 cr.            Written Theory I
MUS 124                       3 cr.            Written Theory II
MUS 233                       3 cr.            Written Theory III
MUS 234                       3 cr.            Written Theory IV
MUS 123A                    1 cr.            Ear Training I
MUS 124B                    1 cr.            Ear Training II
MUS 233A                    1 cr.            Ear Training III
MUS 234B                    1 cr.            Ear Training IV
MUS 305                       3 cr.            Music History I
MUS 306                       3 cr.           Music History II
MUS 309                       3 cr.            Introduction to Computer Assisted Music
MUS 399A                    3 cr.            Conducting I
MUS 450R                    3 cr.            Guided Field Experience in Research

*8 ensemble credits from the following:

MUS 202/302                 1 cr.            Marygrove College Chorale
MUS 204A/B; 404 A/B    1 cr.            Foundations of Ringing I, II
MUS 205                        1 cr.            Community Band
MUS 350                        3 cr.               Choral Literature
MUS 401                        3 cr.               Orchestration
MUS 399A                      3 cr.               Conducting I
MUS 399B                      3 cr.               Conducting  II
MUS 410                        2 cr.               Hymn Playing, Anthem and Solo Accompanying
MUS 424                        1 cr.               Congregational Music of the Christian Church

RS 150 is recommended and will count toward General Education requirements.

* 2 ensemble credits must be in Foundations in Ringing (MUS 204A, 204B, 404A, 404B) as appropriate                          

C. Concentration

Additional requirements are specified for each area of concentration (organ, choral or piano) within the Sacred Music major.  

Choral Emphasis

Principal Instrument – 12 credits of Voice

Secondary Instrument – 6 credits of Keyboard

MUS 450              3 cr.               Guided Field Experience in Choral Conducting*
MUS 496              4 cr.               Senior Recital/Seminar (Full)*

Organ Emphasis

Principal Instrument – 16 credits of Organ

MUS 106A           3 cr.               Voice Class I
MUS 450              2-3 cr.            Guided Field Experience in Service Playing*
MUS 496              4 cr.               Senior Recital/Seminar (Full)*

Piano Emphasis

Principal Instrument – 12 credits of piano

Secondary Instrument – 4 credits of organ

MUS 106A           3 cr.               Voice Class I
MUS 450              3 cr.               Guided Field Experience in Service Playing*
MUS 496              4 cr.               Senior Recital/Seminar (Full)

*During the semester of the senior recital/seminar the student must be registered for a minimum level of MUS

      3210, or MUS 321P or MUS 321V.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC WITH A CONCENTRATION IN MUSIC EDUCATION (BM)

 

CURRICULUM IS UNDER REVISION – PLEASE CONTACT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT CHAIR FOR INFORMATION REGARDING MUSIC EDUCATION

 

Music Minor

 

A minor in music requires a minimum of 24 hours, including:

A. Required Music Courses

6 credits of Music Theory (MUS101, MUS102, MUS 123, MUS 124 as appropriate)  

MUS 100A                     3 cr.           Piano Class
MUS 105                       3 cr.            Encounters with Music

2 ensemble credits from following:

MUS 202/302                1 cr.            Marygrove College Chorale
MUS 204/404                1 cr.            Foundations of Ringing I, II
MUS 205                       1 cr.            Community Band

B. Applied Music

6 credits of private lessons  in principal instrument (e.g. voice, piano, organ or guitar).

C. Electives

Additional courses are elected in consultation with an advisor.

Education majors at the secondary level may not elect music as a minor, due to state certification requirements.

 

Fine Arts Minor

 

The fine arts minor consists of 24 hours of course work selected from three of the following areas: art, art history, music, dance, and theater. If a student is majoring in any one of the listed arts areas, none of those major classes may be counted toward the fine arts minor. Students wishing a fine arts minor should consult an advisor in the music department.

 

Sacred Music Certificate

The certificate program in sacred music at Marygrove College is designed to offer training which will prepare the candidate for effective professional activity in the field of church music. Courses toward the certificate program may be elected for non-credit or credit. Auditions are required for admission to the program, since the curriculum is proficiency based.

Completion of requirements is contingent upon fulfilling specified proficiency levels. Persons with previous background may be able to waive courses where competency is demonstrated.

Courses required for the Certificate in Sacred Music include:

MUS 123                      3 cr.            Written Theory I
MUS 124                      3 cr.            Written Theory II
MUS 123A                    1 cr.            Ear Training I
MUS 124B                    1 cr.            Ear Training II
MUS 105                      3 cr.            Encounters with Music 
MUS 204/404               1 cr.            Foundations in Ringing
MUS 424                      3 cr.            Congregational Music of the Christian Church
MUS 399A                    3 cr.            Conducting I
MUS 399B                    3 cr.            Conducting II
MUS 350                      3 cr.            Choral Literature
MUS 410                      3 cr.            Hymn Playing/Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment

*Minimum 8 credits in Private Organ Lessons

**Minimum 4 credits in Private Voice Lessons

**3 credits in Religious Studies

Study beyond the above beginning courses will lead to intermediate and advanced levels, which are required for certification by the American Guild of Organists. Courses from the certificate program may be applied toward a Bachelor of Music degree. 

Music Course Descriptions

MUS 100A                          Class Piano I 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; Term: 1 and 2; Fee: yes

A hands-on course in beginning piano. Through group instruction, students will develop basic piano technique and  music reading skills while playing a variety of musical repertoire.

MUS 100B                          Class Piano II 3 hours

Prerequisites: MUS100A or permission of instructor; Offered as needed; Fee: yes

A hands-on course in intermediate piano. Through group instruction, students will continue developing basic piano technique and  music reading skills while playing a variety of musical repertoire

MUS 101                             Fundamentals of Music I 3 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: 1. General Education option

This course is primarily intended for students without extensive formal musical training (e.g. self-taught), or those whose musical learning experiences were primarily aurally-based (e.g. learning music by ear). It introduces the visual symbols and terminology of music notation, and links them to aural understandings of music.

MUS 102                            Fundamentals of Music II 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 101 or permission of instructor

This course continues building a solid foundation in musical literacy in preparation for Theory 1 (MUS123). Continued refinement of the rudiments of music and their application in writing, listening, playing and singing. Topics include basic chord construction and progression, as well as melodic dictation, and sight singing exercises.

MUS 105                             Encounters with Music 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: LS 105.

An introductory examination of the roles that music plays in our lives. Discussion topics include: music as identity, expression, culture, innovation, and revolution.  Students will also develop a stronger awareness of how perception and reaction influence our music listening.

MUS 106A                         Voice Class I 3 hours
Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes. General Education option

A group course, which introduces healthy and natural use of the vocal instrument, as well as the basics of tone production, song preparation and stage presence. Explores the role of the mind, body and personal expression in singing, through the learning and performance of a variety of songs (both solo and group), as well as through

observation, reflection and discussion.

MUS 107                             Introduction to Diction 1 hour
Prerequisites: None; offered Term 2 of odd years

Designed to introduce singers to the technical and artistic aspects of diction in singing. Study of pronunciation and usage of English and Italian languages as encountered in classical and commercial contemporary vocal repertoire. Students will utilize the International Phonetic Alphabet for consistency in vowel and consonant articulation.  

MUS 123                             Written Theory I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Term: 1

An elementary examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common patterns and structures within the musical dimensions (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 123A                             Ear Training I 1 hour
Prerequisites: MUS 101 or permission of instructor; Term: 1

Students will learn to translate written musical notation (visual) into musical sound (aural) , and to identify common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory I (MUS123).

MUS 124                             Written Theory II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 123; Term: 2

An intermediate examination of the language, symbols and structure of music. Students will learn to identify patterns and structures in within the musical dimensions (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 124B                             Ear Training II 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 123A; Term: 2

Students will learn to translate written musical notation (visual) into musical sound (aural),  and to identify common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory II (MUS124).

MUS 202                          Marygrove College Chorale 1 hour
Prerequisites: Audition required; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes.

The Marygrove College Chorale is a vocal ensemble open to all by audition, and gives singers the opportunity to develop their choral singing while performing challenging musical literature ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary periods. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 204A                       Foundations in Ringing I 1 hour

Prerequisite: Permission of department.

A hands-on course exploring beginning hand bell techniques, repertoire, and resources. The emphasis will be on instruction, but will also include performance as a hand bell ensemble.

MUS 204B                          Foundations in Ringing II 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 204A

Continuation of development in intermediate hand bell techniques, repertoire, and resources.

MUS 205                             Community Band 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

Community band is open to woodwind, brass and percussion players, both music majors and non-majors by audition. Rehearsals include concert preparation, sight-reading and sectional practice in a supportive atmosphere.. Both rehearsals and performances take place off-campus.

MUS 207                             Advanced Diction for Singers I 2 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 107 or permission of instructor. Offered Term 2of even years

Continuation of development of technical and artistic aspects of diction in singing. Study of pronunciation and usage of German and French languages as encountered in classical vocal repertoire.

MUS 208                             Accompanying 2 hours
Prerequisites: Piano proficiency and permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as needed.                                

Instruction and practice in the art of accompanying at the piano for musical soloists and groups.

MUS 209                             Piano Ensemble 2 hours
Prerequisites: Piano proficiency and permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as needed.

Preparation and performance of duet and two-piano literature.       

MUS 233                             Written Theory III 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 124; Term: 1

An advanced intermediate examination of the language, symbols and structure of music. Students will learn to identify patterns and structures within the musical dimensions (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods.

MUS 233A                             Ear Training III 1 hour
Prerequisites: MUS 124B; Term: 1

A continuation of aurally identifying common patterns and structures within musical listening. Taken concurrently with Written Theory III (MUS233).

MUS 234                             Written Theory IV 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 233; Term: 2

An advanced examination of the language, symbols and structure of music. Students will learn to identify patterns and structures within the musical dimensions (e.g. melody, rhythm, harmony, form) across a variety of genres, styles, and historical periods.

MUS 234B                                Ear Training IV 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 233A; Term: 2

Taken concurrently with Written Theory IV (MUS234). 

MUS 240                             World Music 3 hours
Prerequisites: none; Fee: yes

A survey of music from cultures around the world, with emphasis on developing listening skills, examining musical traditions in context, and varieties of instruments used. The course is open to non-music majors.

The ability to read music is not necessary.

MUS 301                             Lyric Theatre 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Fee: yes

A performance-based course focused on the development of stage movement and character development through examination and performance of opera, operetta and musical theatre scenes. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 302                             Marygrove College Chorale 1 hour
Prerequisites: At least 3 semesters of MUS 202; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

MUS 305                             Music History I 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, MUS 233; Offered every other year

This course examines musical works as living art, both part and product of their time. Students will studying the effects of environmental factors (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual and artistic) on the development and performance of early Western music.

MUS 306                             Music History II 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 305; Offered every other year

A continued examination of the factors behind the development and performance of later Western music.

MUS 309                             Introduction to Computer-Assisted Music 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered every other year

Designed for music majors, this hands-on course covers the basics of computer technology and music specific computer technology. Students will become acquainted with the basic properties of digital sound, and use editing, sequencing, and notation software to create musical compositions and multimedia presentations.

MUS 333                             Organ Improvisation 2 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 233, at least two semesters of applied organ study, and MUS 401 -OR- permission of instructor. Offered as needed.

Designed for organists to develop skills in the art of improvisation, creating projects that are hymn-based, formally structured, and free in form. A variety of approaches and styles will be addressed.

MUS 345A                             Methods and Materials of Elementary Music Education 2 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of the pre-candidate phase or permission of department chair. Offered as needed                       

Introduction to the foundations of elementary music education. Examination and evaluation of established methods, philosophies and materials; establishing effective and positive classroom environments; creating and implementing comprehensive and student-centered curricula; and developing a personal teaching philosophy.

MUS 345B                             Methods and Materials of Secondary Music Education 2 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of the pre-candidate phase or permission of department chair. Offered as needed                       

Introduction to the foundations of secondary music education. Examination and evaluation of established methods, philosophies and materials; establishing effective and positive classroom environments; creating and implementing comprehensive and student-centered curricula; and developing a personal teaching philosophy.

MUS 350                             Choral Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered every other year

A study of practical choral repertoire for use with children, youth and adult choirs. The course will include examine both standard and newly published works from a broad span of historical periods, genres, and styles. 

MUS 351                             Piano Pedagogy I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered as needed

An introduction to the fundamentals of piano instruction, examination of the learning process, and the objectives and procedures of elementary piano teaching. Examines and evaluates beginning methods and teaching materials.  

MUS 352                             Piano Pedagogy II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 351 and Permission of instructor; Offered as needed

Continuation of the fundamentals of piano teaching methods, and the objectives and procedures for private and group piano instruction.

MUS 365                             Vocal Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered Term 1 of odd years.

The course will help you understand the relationships between text, music, historical/cultural context, and interpretative factors in song literature, and to use this information to achieve an artistic performance. Recorded examples, classroom presentation/discussion and written materials will be used.  

MUS 388/488                       Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 hours
Prerequisite: By arrangement with department; Term 1‚ 2

Part-time work experience in activity related to specialization.  Major standing must be completed. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 399A                             Conducting I 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 124, MUS 124B; Offered every other year

An introduction to the techniques and skills of conducting, score preparation, and rehearsal planning/execution, which are essential for every conductor. Students will learn the fundamental principles of conducting gesture, and translating musical score into physical expression. Primary emphasis on choral conducting.

MUS 399B                      Conducting II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 399A; Offered as needed

Continued refinement of the techniques and skills of conducting, score preparation, and rehearsal planning/execution. Primary emphasis on instrumental conducting and baton techniques.

MUS 400B                             Brass Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year.                                                                                                      

Fundamentals of brass instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and

teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school brass instruction.

MUS 400D                          Percussion Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year                                                                                           

Fundamentals of percussion instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and

teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school percussion instruction.

MUS 400S                           String Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year                                                                                           

Fundamentals of string instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and

teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school string instruction.

MUS 400W                            Woodwinds Methods 1 hour
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.  Offered every other year                                                                                           

Fundamentals of woodwind instruments for music education majors. Emphasis is placed on performing and teaching of these instruments for integration into elementary, middle and high school woodwind instruction.

MUS 401                             Orchestration 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 234; Offered as needed

An intensive study of the techniques and functions of orchestral instrumentation, as well as scoring for various instrumental combinations and for full orchestra.

MUS 404A                          Foundations in Ringing 1 hour
Prerequisite 204B: Permission of department.

Continuation of development in advanced hand bell techniques, repertoire, and resources. MUS 404A will also prepare sacred music majors to develop a hand bell program. 

MUS 404B                             Foundations in Ringing 1 hour
Prerequisite: MUS 404A Permission of department

MUS 410                            Hymn Playing/Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as needed

Designed for the church musician to help develop organ skills in hymn playing, and accompanying of singers

and instrumentalists.

MUS 424/424G                    Congregational Music of the Christian Church 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered as needed

A survey course focusing on the historical development of Christian hymnody and liturgy, and discussions regarding contemporary issues. 

MUS 443A                             Analytical Techniques I 3 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 234. Offered by arrangement

Advanced techniques of musical analysis‚ including harmonic‚ reductive‚ and melodic. Critical study of larger forms and structures.

MUS 445                            Keyboard Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 352 and permission of instructor; Offered as needed

Continuation of study into the methods of piano instruction. Examination and evaluation of standard piano literature for various levels of ability, as well as exploring issues related to the piano teaching profession.

MUS 450                             Guided Field Experience 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Written permission from department head required before registration; Term: 1, 2

Credit for music-related field work completed outside of classroom setting, or for research in music. May be repeated for various topics/contexts. MUS 450R is the department’s writing intensive course.

MUS 491/491G                       Independent Study in Music 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Written permission of department chair required before registration; Term: 1, 2

Directed study in music not covered in other departmental courses. Course content and objectives must be agreed upon by instructor and student(s), and approved by the dean prior to registration. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 496                             Senior Seminar/Senior Recital  4 hours
Prerequisite: Senior status, music major. Permission of department chair required; Term: 1, 2

A completion of studies [capstone] for the undergraduate senior (BM in Performance, BA in Music, BM in Music Education).  Research, preparation of a final performance and/or presentation, and self-reflection related to the applied area of study results in a synthesis of skills and knowledge gained. 

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

 

The Department of Music offers private weekly instruction in piano, voice, organ, and guitar to majors, and non-majors under limited circumstances. Study of other instruments may be arranged with due notice.

All applied music, whether keyboard, vocal, or instru­mental will develop technique, style, musicianship, memorization, interpretation, and repertoire appropri­ate to the medium. Specific technique and repertoire requirements for each proficiency level are available in the department. All music majors and minors enrolled in applied music courses are required to attend music department events as specified each semester.

Please see Music Department Handbook for recital attendance requirement guidelines. 

MUS 110 Private or Small Group Lessons: Beginning Level                                                                     1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Term: 1, 2, 3; Fee: yes

Course descriptions available from department.

MUS 111 Private Lessons: Intermediate Level                                                                                              2-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; Term: 1, 2, 3; Fee: yes

Course descriptions available from department.

MUS 120, 121, 122, 125 Private Lessons: Advanced Level I                                                                         2-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; Term: 1, 2, 3; Fee: yes

Course descriptions available from department.

MUS 220, 221, 222, 225 Private Lessons: Advanced Level II                                                                         2-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; Term: 1, 2, 3; Fee: yes

Course descriptions available from department.

MUS 320, 321, 322, 323 Private Lessons: Advanced Level III                                                                        2-4 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; Term: 1, 2, 3; Fee: yes

Course descriptions available from department.

MUS 420, 421, 422, 423 Private Lessons: Advanced Level IV                                                                        2-4 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; Term: 1, 2, 3; Fee: yes

Course descriptions available in department. 

 

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