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Music

Music

FOR INFORMATION contact
Ellen Duncan, M.A.
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 250
Direct: (313) 927-1254
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts, Music Major (B.A.)
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Performing Arts Major/Minor
Music Minor
Fine Arts Minor

FACULTY
Ellen Duncan, M.A.
Tara Sievers-Hunt, M.Mus.
Zen Zadravec, M.Mus.
Glenn Burdette, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, M.Mus.
Paul Kinney, M.Mus.
Kimberly Swan, M.Mus.
Rita Yevzelman, Master Diploma

Professor Emeritae
Elaine Grover, M.Mus.
Sue Ann Vanderbeck Lenz, M.Mus.

Music Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS
Performer • Private Music Instructor/Coach • Church Organist/ Pianist/Vocalist • Music Director • Arranger/Composer/ Songwriter • Community Music Teacher • Ensemble Conductor/ Director • Studio Musician

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Department of Music offers undergraduate programs designed to prepare students for professional careers in the field of music. It also provides introductory and general 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. As a student in the music department, you will have intensive, interactive engagement between music coursework, repertoire, and performance, which emphasizes both specific concentrations and general musical study. Courses are offered in the areas of applied music (group and individual lessons), music literacy (theory and aural skills), music history and literature, music education methods and techniques, sacred music, pedagogy (teaching of studio piano and/or voice), performance ensembles (chorale, lyric theatre, and handbells), and guided field experience.

The offices, rehearsal studios and classrooms of the music department are located in a renovated wing of the Madame Cadillac building. Our department facilities also include a beautiful, stained-glass Recital Hall; an electronic keyboard lab; a MIDI 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 Marygrove Department of Music provides talented and motivated students with a challenging and supportive music program. 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
    student understands the value of competency and
    literacy in musicianship.
  • Emphasis on connecting students to performance
    opportunities (studio classes, departmental recitals,
    concerts, and collaborations both on- and off-campus).
  • Emphasis on active attendance and participation at
    workshops, master classes and concerts held both
    on the Marygrove campus and around the metro-
    Detroit area.
  • Infusion of cultural and musical diversity throughout
    the curriculum.
  • Exploration of musicianship as leadership, selfexpression,
    civic awareness, and community
    engagement.
  • Commitment to authentic and reflective assessment practices.
  • Commitment to authentic and reflective
    assessment practices.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music is designed for students who wish to have a major in music which is less specialized and allows for a broader experience in the liberal arts. In the B.A. program, besides your general education courses, you will take approximately 52 music credits, which allows for approximately 25 credits in other liberal arts studies. Often, students will combine a complimentary second interest into their music major (e.g. dance, theatre, psychology, education, religious studies, literature, business). Due to the integrated nature of the discipline, a minor is not required for Bachelor of Arts students with a music major. Students may, however, choose to complete a minor in another field if desired.

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 performance concentration: voice, piano, guitar, or organ. Due to the integrated nature of the disciplines studied for the degree, a minor is not required for Bachelor of Music students. Students may, however, choose to complete a minor in another field if desired.

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 literacy, 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.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
Admission/Major Standing

Some degree of ability and prior experience is typically expected for admission into a specialized arts degree, such as music. Students then develop and enhance natural musical abilities with professional, technical and artistic skills and knowledge gained through coursework, coachings, master classes, rehearsals, and performances in 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. Professional musicians do not rely on natural talent alone – it is the combination of talent and hard work which makes the difference in developing professional musicianship and highly expressive musicality. To help ensure our students gain what they need through our program, we have designed a four-step assessment process from entrance to graduation. Students who wish to enter the Music Department must request an audition. You must have an application on file before auditioning with the department. Formal admission to the Music department is also required, typically in the Sophomore year.

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 with the music department faculty. At your interview, you will meet with one or more Marygrove music faculty members, and discuss your interest in our program.

During your interview, you will be asked to

    1. Tell us about your musical background and future career goals in music.

    2. Perform two selections of your choice with your instrument (e.g. voice, piano, guitar, organ)

You will also be able to ask questions to see if a Marygrove music degree is a good fit for you. If you have any experience in music reading, you may be asked to take a music theory placement test to examine your abilities in reading, writing. and analyzing written music. This assessment allows us to determine which theory course would be most appropriate for your current level of knowledge. If you have experience in piano playing, you may also choose to demonstrate your abilities at this time. A formal audition is only required for students who wish to be considered for a Talent Scholarship [see below].

Step 2: Prep Standing
The first year of coursework allows our students to explore formal musical learning and for our faculty to assist strengths and needs of individuals. These are preparatory classes, which assist incoming students with the foundations of music reading and technical skills required for the core music curriculum. All music courses are proficiency-based and must each be completed with no grade less than a C. Completion of the course work with B- grades may not grant admission to premajor 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 (2nd year)
To maintain Pre-Major Standing, a student must:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.7 in music courses (with no grade less than a C)
  • Successfully complete juries for each semester of private applied study
  • Actively attend and/or perform in studio classes, recitals, master classes, workshops and collaborative performances with outside musical groups. Specific attendance requirements are defined for each semester.

Courses in pre-major standing prepare the student for the Major Approval process. During the sophomore year, each student will 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, a personal career goal statement and an interview with the faculty. If the faculty determines a student has not developed a certain level of 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 (3rd and 4th years)
To maintain Major Standing, a student must:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.7 in music courses (with no grade less than a C)
  • Successfully complete juries for each semester of private applied study
  • Actively attend and/or perform in studio classes, recitals, master classes, workshops 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 the 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 given 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
Talent scholarships are available to incoming students, both first-time and transfer students. 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: Ellen Duncan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (313) 927-1254

Academic Performance
Only classes with a grade of C or better can be applied to the fulfilment 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 60 credit hours in music and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Required Music Courses (34 cr.)
MUS 123 Written Theory I 3 cr.
MUS 124 Written Theory II 3 cr.
MUS 233 Written Theory III 3 cr.
MUS 234 Written Theory IV 3 cr.

MUS 123A Ear Training I 1 cr.
MUS 124B Ear Training II 1 cr.
MUS 233A Ear Training III 1 cr.
MUS 234B Ear Training IV 1 cr.

MUS 305 Music History I 3 cr.
MUS 306 Music History II 3 cr.
MUS 309 Introduction to Music Technology 3 cr.
MUS 399A Conducting I 3 cr.
MUS 450R Guided Field Experience in Research 3 cr.
MUS 496 Senior Seminar (Capstone) 4 cr.

6 ensemble credits from following:
MUS 202/302 Marygrove College Chorale 1 cr.
MUS 211/311 Chamber Singers 1 cr.
MUS 204A, B Foundations of Ringing I, II 1 cr.

Voice Concentration (30 cr.)

Minimum 16 credits of Private Voice Lessons (MUS 110V-423V)
Minimum 6 credits of Piano Study (MUS 110P-220P)

MUS 107 Introduction to Diction 1 cr.
MUS 301 Lyric Theatre (2 credits total) 1 cr.
MUS 365 Vocal Literature 1 cr.
DAN 254 Movement for Actors and Singers 2 cr. or similar course

OTHER B.A. CONCENTRATIONS (e.g. piano, organ, guitar) PLEASE CONTACT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT 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:

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Required Music Courses
MUS 123 Written Theory I 3 cr.
MUS 124 Written Theory II 3 cr.
MUS 233 Written Theory III 3 cr.
MUS 234 Written Theory IV 3 cr.

MUS 123A Ear Training I 1 cr.
MUS 124B Ear Training II 1 cr.
MUS 233A Ear Training III 1 cr.
MUS 234B Ear Training IV 1 cr.

MUS 305 Music History I 3 cr.
MUS 306 Music History II 3 cr.
MUS 309 Introduction to Music Technology 3 cr.
MUS 399A Conducting I 3 cr.
MUS 450R Guided Field Experience in Research 1-3 cr.

8 ensemble credits from the following:
MUS 202/302 Marygrove College Chorale 1 cr.
MUS 211/311 Chamber Singers 1 cr.
MUS 204A,B Foundations of Ringing I, II 1 cr.

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.

FOR GUITAR PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION – PLEASE CONTACT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION

ORGAN PERFORMANCE
Minimum 21 credits of Private Organ Lessons*

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

* 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. Major approvals must be successfully completed prior to the scheduling of the junior recital.

PIANO PEDAGOGY

Minimum 16 credits of Private Piano Lessons*

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

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

PIANO PERFORMANCE

Minimum 21 credits of Private Piano Lessons*

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

* 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. Major approvals must be successfully completed prior to the scheduling of the junior recital.

VOICE PERFORMANCE

Minimum 20 credits of Private Voice Lessons (MUS 110-423V)*

8 credits of Piano Lessons (MUS 110P-220P)

MUS 107 Introduction to Diction 1 cr.
MUS 207 Advanced Diction for Singers I 2 cr.
MUS 301 Lyric Theatre (2 credits total) 1 cr.
MUS 335 Vocal Pedagogy 3 cr.
MUS 365 Vocal Literature 3 cr.
FRE 151 Elementary French II 3 cr.
DAN 254 Movement for Singers and Actors 2 cr. or similar course
MUS 496 Senior Recital/Seminar 4 cr. (approx. 50 mins of music)

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

** Junior Recital may take place during any 300-400 level applied lesson course, as determined by instructor. Major approvals must be successfully completed prior to the junior recital.

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 (MUS 108, MUS 102, MUS 123, MUS 124 as placed)

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

2 ensemble credits from following:
MUS 202/302 Marygrove College Chorale 1 cr.
MUS 211/311 Chamber Singers 1 cr.
MUS 204/404 Foundations of Ringing I, II 1 cr.

B. Applied Music
Six credits are required in 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 coursework 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.

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: MUS 100A or permission of instructor; Offered as needed; Fee: yes
A hands-on course in intermediate piano. Through group instruction, students will continue developing 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 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. Basic music theory topics include: pitch, rhythm, key/ time signatures, articulation/dynamic markings, and intervals, as well as ear training skills.

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 (MUS 123). 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
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107; Term: 2. General Education option
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 winter 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. Typically taken during freshman or sophomore years.

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 dimensions of music (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 (MUS 123).

MUS 124 Written Theory II 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 123; Term: 2
An intermediate examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (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 (MUS 124).

MUS 202 Marygrove College Chorale 1 hour
Prerequisites: Audition required; May require MUS 100 A or MUS 101; 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 handbell techniques, repertoire, and resources.
The emphasis will be on instruction, but will also include performance as a handbell ensemble.

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

MUS 207 Advanced Diction for Singers 2 hours
Prerequisites: MUS 107 or permission of instructor. Offered every other year
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. Typically taken during sophomore or junior years.

MUS 208 Accompanying 2 hours
Prerequisites: Piano proficiency and permission of instructor; Fee: yes.
Offered as required 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 required 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 written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (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
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 III (MUS 233).

MUS 234 Written Theory IV 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 233; Term: 2
An advanced examination of the written language, symbols and structures of music. Students will learn to identify common dimensions of music (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
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 IV (MUS 234).

MUS 240 World Music 3 hours
Prerequisites: none; Fee: yes; Offered when needed.
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. 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 first semester
This course examines musical works as living art, both part and product of their time. Students will study the effects of environmental factors (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual and artistic) on the development of early Western music.

MUS 306 Music History II 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, MUS 124; Offered every other year
Continued examination of the factors behind the development and performance of later Western Music.

MUS 309 Introduction to Music Technology 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered every other year
Designed for music majors, this course covers the basics of music specific computer technology. Students will use software (such as GarageBand and Finale) to engage in a variety of music editing, sequencing, and notation activities.

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 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 335 Vocal Pedagogy 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUS 365 and at least four semesters of private applied voice.
The purpose of this course is to introduce undergraduate voice majors to basic vocal physiology and methodologies of modern vocal pedagogy. It is designed as a comprehensive overview for prospective voice teachers, vocal coaches, choral directors, and/or performers. Through readings, class lectures, observations, discussions and reflective writings, students will have the opportunity to explore the art and practice of the teaching of singing. The lab portion of this course provides students with opportunities to apply the information to real life teaching situations.

MUS 350 Choral Literature 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered every other year
A study of choral literature for use with children’s, youth and adult choirs. The course will 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
Introduction to the fundamentals of piano teaching, 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 fall 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
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
Continued refinement of the techniques and skills of conducting, score preparation, and rehearsal planning/execution. Primary emphasis on instrumental conducting and baton techniques.

MUS 401 Arranging/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 410 Hymn Playing/Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Fee: yes. Offered as required
Designed for the church musician to develop organ skills in hymn playing and accompanying of singers and instrumentalists.

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
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 field work in music completed outside of classroom setting (e.g. accompanist, church musician, private instructor, conductor, music research). May be repeated. 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.

Failure to meet the recital attendance requirements will result in the adjustment of the student’s applied music grade in his/ her applied area of concentration. Please see Music Department Handbook for recital attendance requirement guidelines. 

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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From: October 25 to November 29, 2013                                                                In The MArygrove...
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Marygrove Students and Seniors: Tile Installation
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Marygrove Students and Seniors: Tile Installation
              In 2012, our students from the Arts in Activism...
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Detroit Painters Exhibit
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Detroit Painters Exhibit
 Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the...
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Marygrove College Senior Exhibition
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Marygrove College Senior Exhibition
The Marygrove College Art Department is pleased to announce the...
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CAALS Special Exhibit Opening Tonight!
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CAALS Special Exhibit Opening Tonight!
25th Annual Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series Special Exhibit March 28th...
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2013 Student Exhibition Opening!
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2013 Student Exhibition Opening!
The Student Exhibition opens tomorrow Thursday, March 21st from 11:45am...
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