Academics

Music Course Descriptions

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Applied Studies in Music

Ensemble Music

MUS 021 Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. 1 cr.
The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir is a select mixed choral ensemble that explores all the best in choral literature. The ensemble presents concerts on campus and tours regionally, nationally, and internationally. The choir rehearses five hours each week. Membership is by audition only. Large ensemble.
MUS 022 Chamber Choir. 1 cr.
The Chamber Choir is a select 24 voice mixed choral ensemble. Members of the Chamber Choir must also be enrolled in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. The chorus will meet three hours each week. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 023 Chapel Choir. 1 cr.
The Chapel Choir is a choral ensemble with an emphasis given to developing the musical and vocal skills of its members. The chorus will perform for chapel and at the various concerts of the music department each semester. The chorus will meet two hours each week. Large ensemble.
MUS 025 Concert Band. 1 cr.
The Concert Band is a select instrumental ensemble that explores all the best in wind band literature. The ensemble presents concerts on campus and tours regionally and nationally. The band rehearses five hours each week. Membership is by audition only. Large ensemble.
MUS 028 Jazz Band. 1 cr.
The Jazz Band meets for two hours each week. The ensemble performs on campus and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Large ensemble.
MUS 029 Handbells. 1 cr.
The Handbells will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs on campus and for community functions. (Placement by director is required.) Small ensemble.
MUS 046 Saxophone Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Saxophone Ensemble will meet for two hours each week. Membership is by audition only. The ensemble performs in campus concert and recitals. Small ensemble.
MUS 048 Flute Choir. 1 cr.
The Flute Choir will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs in campus recitals and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 049 Clarinet Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Clarinet Ensemble will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs in campus concert and recitals. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 057 Brass Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Brass ensemble will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs in campus recitals and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 058 Trumpet Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Trumpet ensemble will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs in campus recitals and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 059 Trombone Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Trombone ensemble will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs in campus recitals and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 067 Chamber Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Chamber Ensemble will meet for two hours each week. This string ensemble performs in campus recitals and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 077 Percussion Ensemble. 1 cr.
The Percussion ensemble will meet for two hours each week. The ensemble performs in campus recitals and for community functions. Membership is by audition only. Small ensemble.
MUS 078 World Drumming. 1cr.
This course is intended as an introduction to hand drumming in the African and Afro Cuban style. General degree students, drum enthusiasts, education majors and music education majors will learn how to present this music in performace. Future educators will learn how to teach this music and how to incorporate drumming into their curricula. This ensemble meets two hours a week, and at the instructor’s discretion my participate in campus performances and concerts.

Voice

MUS 031 Voice Class 1. 1 cr.
This course is intended for beginners in voice and shall be limited to a maximum of 6 students per section. Basic singing techniques will be taught, including an understanding of the various muscles used, projection, support, the shaping of the jaw and tongue, etc. Beginners are encouraged to sign up for this rather than for MUS 023. The class will meet twice a week. There is no special fee for enrolling in this class as there is for private lessons.
MUS 032 Voice Class 2. 1 cr.
Continuation of techniques in MUS 031. No prerequisite.
MUS 133 Private Voice Lessons. 1 cr.
This course is intended for those who are beyond the beginning level of instruction in voice. Enrollment in this course entails the private lesson fee per credit hour. Prereq: MUS 031 and/or MUS 032 or placement by audition.
MUS 233 Private Voice Lessons. 2 cr.

Woodwinds

MUS 040 Woodwind Techniques - Single Reed. 1 cr.
A study of the basic fingering, tonguing, care, and pedagogy of the flute and single reed woodwinds. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 045 Woodwind Techniques - Double Reed. 1 cr.
A study of the basic fingering, tonguing, care, and pedagogy of the double reed woodwinds. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 141 Flute Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 142 Clarinet Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 143 Saxophone Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 144 Recorder Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 146 Oboe Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 147 Bassoon Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 241 Flute Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 242 Clarinet Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 243 Saxophone Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 244 Recorder Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 246 Oboe Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 247 Bassoon Lessons. 2 cr.

Brass

MUS 050 Brass Techniques - High. 1 cr.
A study of the basic fingering, tonguing, care, and pedagogy of the trumpet and french horn. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 055 Brass Techniques - Low. 1 cr.
A study of the basic fingering, tonguing, care, and pedagogy of the trombone, euphonium and tuba. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 151 Trumpet Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 152 French Horn Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 156 Trombone Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 157 Baritone Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 158 Tuba Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 251 Trumpet Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 252 French Horn Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 256 Trombone Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 257 Baritone Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 258 Tuba Lessons. 2 cr.

Strings

MUS 060 String Techniques - High. 1 cr.
A study of basic fingering, bowing, care, and pedagogy of the violin and viola. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 065 String Techniques - Low. 1-2 cr.
A study of basic fingering, bowing, care, and pedagogy of the cello and string bass. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 161 Violin Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 162 Viola Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 163 Guitar Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 166 Cello Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 167 String Bass Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 168 Guitar and Autoharp Lessons. 1 cr.
Intended for music education majors. Required for both vocal and instrumental music education.
MUS 261 Violin Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 262 Viola Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 263 Guitar Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 266 Cello Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 267 String Bass Lessons. 2 cr.

Percussion

MUS 070 Percussion Techniques. 1 cr.
A study of basic technique in playing all the major concert percussion instruments. Intended for instrumental music education majors.
MUS 171 Snare Drum Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 172 Timpani Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 173 Xylophone or Marimba Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 271 Snare Drum Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 272 Timpani Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 273 Xylophone or Marimba Lessons. 2 cr.

Keyboard

MUS 083 Class Piano 1. 1 cr.
Development of basic music reading skills at the piano keyboard. Includes technique, sight reading, basic keyboarding harmonization, improvisation, accompaniment and elementary piano repertoire. May be substituted for one semester of MUS 182.
MUS 084 Class Piano 2. 1 cr.
Continuation of MUS 083. This course is designed for students who have had two to four years of lessons or who have had MUS 083 Piano Class I. May be substituted for one semester of MUS 182.
MUS 087 Organ Class. 1 cr.
Prerequisite: Ability to play four part chorales (at the piano keyboard) such as those found in Christian Worship or any standard Christian hymnal. Open to non-majors. The development of fundamental organ playing skills. This includes the basic fundamentals of organ keyboard and pedal technique, registration, organ repertoire, hymn and liturgy accompaniment, improvisation, and the accompaniment of congregational singing. This class may be substituted for one credit of MUS 181 Organ Lessons.
MUS 181 Organ Lessons. 1 cr.
 
MUS 182 Piano Lessons. 1 cr.
This course is intended for those who are beyond the beginning level of instruction in piano. Prereq: MUS 083 and MUS 084.
MUS 183 Jazz Improvisation Lessons. 1 cr.
In an applied lesson setting, students will learn to perform standard jazz repertoire, to interact skillfully in a jazz ensemble, to improvise using authentic techniques of the jazz idiom, to understand and utilize the essential elements of jazz theory, and to understand the history of jazz music and how to use it as a resource in developing their individual playing style. Prereq: Basic proficiency on your instrument.
MUS 184 Applied Harpsichord 1 cr.
Students will learn proper technique for playing the harpsichord, and will learn appropriate stylistic practice for performing music written for the harpsichord. Prereq: At least two semesters of MUS 181 or MUS 182 or approval from the Music Department.
MUS 281 Organ Lessons. 2 cr.
 
MUS 282 Piano Lessons. 2 cr.
This course is intended for those who are beyond the beginning level of instruction in piano. Prereq: MUS 083 and MUS 084.
MUS 284 Applied Harpsichord 2 cr.
Students will learn proper technique for playing the harpsichord, and will learn appropriate stylistic practice for performing music written for the harpsichord. Prereq: At least two semesters of MUS 181 or MUS 182 or approval from the Music Department.

Academic Studies in Music

MUS 100 Music Appreciation. 3 cr.
A survey of the basic rudiments of music making and a survey of the history of music. Intended for non-music majors.
MUS 101 Music Fundamentals. 3 cr.
This course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of music theory and aural skills including: pitch notation, rhythmic notation, clefs, scales, intervals, chords, sight reading, ear training, and basic keyboard harmonization.
MUS 110 Music Theory 1/Sightsinging. 3 cr.
Basic harmonic theory including scales, intervals, chords and basic part-writing.
MUS 111 Aural Skills 1. 1 cr.
College level study of keyboard harmony, sights-singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation, harmonic dictation, and related aural skills, as they apply to and enhance the study of written music theory. To be taken concurrently with MUS 110.
MUS 120 Music Theory 2/Sightsinging. 3 cr.
A continuation of the study of basic theory including Dominant 7th chords, Diminished 7th chords, other Diatonic 7th chords, secondary dominants, and modulations. Prereq: MUS 110.
MUS 121 Aural Skills 2. 1 cr.
Continuation of MUS 111. To be taken concurrently with MUS 120. Prereq: MUS 111.
MUS 210 Music Theory 3/Sightsinging. 3 cr.
A continuation of music theory including the study of altered chords including borrowed chords, augmented sixth chords, chords of 9th, 11th and 13th. Prereq: MUS 120.
MUS 211 Aural Skills 3. 1 cr.
CContinuation of work with harmonizing melodies at the keyboard, realizing of figured bass, and employing of chords learned in MUS 210. To be taken concurrently with MUS 210. Prereq: MUS 121.
MUS 220 Music Theory 4/Sightsinging. 3 cr.
A study of Post Romantic and Twentieth century theory. Prereq: MUS 210.
MUS 221 Aural Skills 4. 1 cr.
Continuation of work with harmonizing melodies at the keyboard, realizing of figured bass, and employing counterpuntal techniques learned in MUS 220. To be taken concurrently with MUS 220. Prerequisite: MUS 211.
MUS 230 Conducting Fundamentals. 2 cr.
An introduction to conducting which provides the fundamentals of hand and stick techniques, basic problems encountered in conducting and opportunities for actual practical experience.
MUS 240 Accompanying. 2 cr.
The basic techniques and principles of accompanying vocal and instrumental ensembles including sight-reading, part-playing, transpositions, and reading from open score.
MUS 302 Music History 1. 3 cr.
A detailed study of the various styles, composers, genre, and masterpieces from the Greek, Medieval, and Renaissance Eras. Music will be viewed in its social, political and cultural context. Prereq: MUS 120.
MUS 303 Music History 2. 3 cr.
A detailed study of the various styles, composers, genre, and masterpieces from the Baroque and Classical Eras. Music will be viewed in its social, political and cultural context. Prereq: MUS 120.
MUS 305 Music History 3. 3 cr.
A detailed study of the various styles, composers, genre, and masterpieces from the Romantic and Twentieth Century Eras. Music will be viewed in its social, political and cultural context. Prereq: MUS 120.
MUS 313 Music Arranging. 3 cr.
Vocal and instrumental ensembles are studied through analysis, score-reading, and listening for the purpose of writing and arranging for various musical groups. Projects in scoring and arranging for several ensembles are completed. Prereq: MUS 220.
MUS 320 Hymnology. 2 cr.
A survey of hymnologies literature, sources, historical background, and composers.
MUS 322 Instructional Strategies/General Music. 2 cr.
A methods course in general music which will develop the skills and strategies needed in the instruction of general music from primary through secondary schools.
MUS 323 Instructional Strategies/Choral. 2 cr.
A methods course in choral music which will develop the skill and strategies needed in the instruction of choral music from primary through secondary schools.
MUS 324 Instructional Strategies/Instrumental. 2 cr.
A methods course in instrumental music which will develop the skills and strategies needed in the instruction of instrumental music from primary through secondary schools.
MUS 330 Liturgical Christian Worship. 2 cr.
A look at the historical moorings and development of liturgical worship, particularly as it applies to the Lutheran church.
MUS 340 Vocal Pedagogy. 2 cr.
This course examines basic vocal anatomy, analysis of vocal problems and corrective procedures, and the use and care of the vocal mechanism. Intended for music majors with a vocal education emphasis and vocal performance emphasis. Prereq: 2 semesters of Voice class or Voice Lessons.
MUS 341 Instrumental Pedagogy. 2 cr.
Explores the methods, materials, and objectives of effective instrumental pedagogy. Intended for music majors with instrumental performance emphasis (other than piano). Prereq: 2 semesters of lessons in the student's primary instrument.
MUS 342 Piano Pedagogy 1. 2 cr.
Explores the methods, materials, and objectives of effective piano pedagogy. Includes studio management, pedagogical methods and practical experience in piano instruction. Intended for music majors with piano performance emphasis. Prereq: 2 semesters of private piano lessons.
MUS 343 English and Italian Diction. 2 cr.
An introduction to the pronunciation for singing of English and Italian languages. Intended for music majors with a vocal education emphasis or vocal performance emphasis. Prereq: 2 semesters of Voice class or Lessons. 
MUS 344 French and German Diction. 2 cr.
An introduction to the pronunciation for singing of French and German languages. Intended for music majors with a vocal education emphasis or vocal performance emphasis. Prereq: 2 semesters of Voice class or Lessons.
MUS 345 Piano Pedagogy 2. 2 cr.
 
MUS 350 Choral Conducting and Literature. 3 cr.
Continued development of conducting skills with special emphasis on conducting choral music and the literature of choral music from the Medieval Era through the Twentieth Century. Prereq: MUS 230.
MUS 351 Instrumental Conducting and Literature. 3 cr.
Continued development of conducting skills with special emphasis on conducting instrumental music and the literature of instrumental ensemble music. Prereq: MUS 230.
MUS 360 Form and Analysis. 3 cr.
A concentrated study of the structural features of various instrumental and vocal forms. Emphasis on larger forms: development types, fugal, and large sectional forms. Prereq: MUS 220.
MUS 370 Counterpoint. 3 cr.
A study of contrapuntal styles, forms and techniques. Written exercises lead to the analysis and writing of short suite type movements, canons, and fugal forms. Prereq: MUS 210.
MUS 398 Junior Recital. 1 cr.
Performance majors must present a recital of a half-hour in duration in their junior year. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
MUS 410 Survey of Sacred Choral Literature. 2 cr.
The study and analysis of sacred choral music over the past five centuries.
MUS 411 Piano Literature. 2 cr.
A study of the piano literature from the seventeenth century to the present by listening, analyzing and performing. Intended for music majors with a piano performance emphasis. Prereq: MUS 303 or MUS 305.
MUS 412 Vocal Literature. 2 cr.
A survey of European and American art songs, opera, and solo repertoire from major choral works. Intended for music majors with a vocal education emphasis and vocal performance emphasis. Prereq: MUS 303 or MUS 305.
MUS 420 Opera. 2 cr.
A historical survey of the development of opera from the time of Monteverdi through contemporary opera. Prereq: MUS 303 and 305.
MUS 430 Symphony. 2 cr.
A historical survey of the development of the symphony from the Pre-classical era through the Twentieth Century. Prereq: MUS 303 and 305.
MUS 440 Composition. 2 cr.
A study of the essential features and techniques necessary for serious composing. Regular assignments will be shared and analyzed in class. Prereq: MUS 220.
MUS 490 Music Internship. 1 - 3 cr.
Special work in music or music related area either on or off campus. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
MUS 498 Senior Recital. 1 cr.
All music majors shall present a senior recital. Performance majors must present a recital of one hour in duration; all other majors present a recital of half-hour duration. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
MUS 199-499 Independent Study. 1 - 3 cr.
Junior standing or consent of instructor. This course allows the advanced student in music to do special study under the supervision of the instructor. Prereq: Permission of instructor.