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Music Program

Purpose Statement

The McPherson College Music Department develops life-long musicians. The department provides an educational experience that unites the artistic standards of a professional music program and the academic breadth of the liberal arts.

The department achieves this purpose when its students successfully

  • analyze and perform music.
  • develop musicianship skills through applied lessons, culminating in the senior recital.
  • classify and interpret a common body of Western and non-Western music literature.
  • meet Kansas State Department of Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards for licensure in the area of music (education emphasis only).

Expectations for All Music Majors

  1. Students will be required to pass the Piano Proficiency Exam upon entrance to the program of enroll in MU330 Private Lessons (Piano) until such time as the requirement is satisfied.
  2. Students will be required to enroll in one large ensemble (as assigned by the music faculty) per semester of residence.
  3. Students will be required to enroll in the Music Major Lab each semester of residence.
  4. Students must audition for entrance into any music degree program.
  5. The Junior Recital (seminar) will serve to prepare the music major for a half recital (25 minutes) at the end of two semesters of junior-level private lessons.
  6. The Senior Recital (senior project) will serve to prepare the music major for a full recital (50 minutes) at the end of two semesters of senior-level private lessons.
  7. Music majors are required to be active members in music-related professional organization student chapters, such as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
  8. Students must pass a basic audition to pursue the music major.

Expectations for All Music Minors

  1. Students are required to participate in one large ensemble (as assigned by the music faculty) per semester of residence.
  2. Students must pass a basic audition to pursue the music minor.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance

Musicianship
MU 136 Music Theory I (3 cr.)
MU 236 Music Theory II (3 cr.)
MU 336 Music Theory III (3 cr.)
MU 436 Music Theory IV (3 cr.)
MU 159 Sight Singing and Ear Training I (1 cr.)
MU 259 Sight Singing and Ear Training II (1 cr.)
MU 359 Sight Singing and Ear Training III (1 cr.)
MU 459 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV (1 cr.)
MU 345 Conducting (1 cr.)

Performance Study
Private lessons in one’s major instrument are required for eight semesters. Additional semesters may be required to complete the Senior Recital. Also, students must enroll in G-MU 132 College Choir and/or G-MU 134 College Band each semester.
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 cr.)
G-MU 132 College Choir (1 cr.) and/or
G-MU 134 College Band (1 cr.)
MU 375 Junior Recital (1 cr.)
MU 475 Senior Recital (2 cr.)
MU 150 Music Major lab (0 cr.)

History and Literature of Music
G-MU 161 Music Appreciation (3 cr.)
G-MU 210 Introduction to World Music (3 cr.)
G-MU 355 Music History & Literature I (3 cr.)
G-MU 360 Music History & Literature II (3 cr.)

Total major credit hours 48 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, students must:

  1. Meet all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance,
  2. Meet all of the requirements for the Teacher Education program, and
  3. Complete specific courses for music teacher licensure.

Methods for Music Teaching and Learning
MU 370 Methods for Teaching Instrumental Music (3 cr.)
MU 371 Methods for Teaching Choral Music (3 cr.)
MU 372 Methods for Teaching General Music (3 cr.)
MU 465 Advanced Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques (1 cr.)

and
Specialized Emphasis for Choral Studies
MU 385 Vocal Pedagogy (1 cr.)
MU 390 Choral Techniques (1 cr.)
MU 395 Choral Techniques (1 cr.)
MU 274 Instrumental Techniques Lab (1 cr.)

or
Specialized Emphasis for Instrumental Studies
MU 309 Woodwind Techniques (1 cr.)
MU 310 Brass Techniques (1 cr.)
MU 311 Strings Techniques (1 cr.)
MU 312 Percussion Techniques (1 cr.)

Total credit hours 14 hour for music teacher licensure

Music Minor

Musicianship
MU 136 Music Theory I (3 cr.)

Performance Study – Private lessons are required for four semesters.
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 cr.)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 cr.)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 cr.)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 cr.)

Ensemble participation is required for six separate semesters.
G-MU 132 College Choir (1 cr.) and/or
G-MU 134 College Band (1 cr.)

History and Literature of Music
G-MU 161 Music Appreciation (3 cr.)
G-MU 210 Introduction to World Music (3 cr.)

Total credit hours – 19 hours for minor




Music Course Descriptions

G-MU 132 College Choir:
0-1 hour
The McPherson College Choir welcomes students and members of the campus community without audition. This mixed choir performs a multiplicity of choral works from the Renaissance to the present in various styles, genres, and languages. The choir regularly performs on campus, in the commw1ity, and on regional, national, and international tours. College Choir meets The Arts requirement of the Humanities general education distribution requirement when taken for credit. (Fall, spring)

G-MU 134 College Band:
0-1 hour, Entrance interview and informal audition ·with the band director.
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to musically express themselves through the study and performance of band literature. It is open to all students with appropriate experience, regardless of major. The band and any ensembles developed from it will perform a variety of wind, band and jazz literature. College Band meets The Arts requirement of the Humanities general education distribution requirement when taken for credit. Prerequisite: Entrance interview and informal audition with the band director. (Fall, spring)

G-MU 161 Music Appreciation:
3 hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the elements, vocabulary, history, and development of music in Western civilization. Students will be introduced to major style traits, composers, significant compositions, and genres within music thereby gaining greater awareness of how being human is experienced and expressed through the creative process. Music Appreciation assumes a holistic approach and affords students the unique opportunity to study connections between the arts. This course meets The Arts requirement of the Humanities general education distribution requirement. (Interterm, even years)

G-MU 210 Introduction to World Music:
3 hours
This course addresses music as a social phenomenon, inseparable from its cultural context. Therefore, students will study not only a variety of styles and repertoires of music from around the world but also the behaviors, beliefs, and histories of those who make music. Students are encouraged to use the study of music as a tool to analyze broader patterns and dynamics of
human activity. This course meets the Global/Intercultural Experience requirement of the general education foundation requirement. (Spring, even years)

G-MU 355 Music History and Literature I:
3 hours
Historical survey of styles, forms, genres, and composers of Western music from antiquity to the end of the Baroque period. This course meets The Arts requirement of the Humanities general education distribution requirement. (Fall, even years)

G-MU 360 Music History and Literature II:
3 hours
Historical survey of styles, forms, genres, and composers of Western music from the Classical period to the present. This course meets The Arts requirement of the Humanities general education distribution requirement. (Spring, odd years)

MU 136 Music Theory I:
3 hours
This is a foundational course in harmonic concepts and their application in reading, studying and performing music. Students will learn the fundamentals of music including musical notation, major and minor scales, key and time signatures, intervals, triads, and seventh chords. This course is a core requirement for music majors and students seeking music licensure. Co­ requisite: MU 159, Sight Singing and Ear Training I. (Fall, even years)

MU 150 Music Major Lab:
0 hours
This course brings together music majors for lectures, recitals, concerts, guest speakers, masterclasses, and performance labs. Topical subjects, including those related to music professions, educational practices, literature, and musicianship, will be covered. This lab is a core requirement for music majors. (Fall, spring)

MU 159 Sight Singing and Ear Training I:
I hour
A study including sight singing, rhythmic performance, improvisation exercises, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student’s musical ear to the highest degree possible. Co-requisite: MU 136, Music Theory I. (Fall, even years)

MU 223 Music Tour:
3 hours, by consent of Instructor
Travel, lecture, and performance tour of a region of the U.S. or foreign country. Study involves the functions of music and its interaction with culture, emotion, language, dance, art, sculpture and architecture.

MU 232 Vocal Ensemble:
0-1 hour (can be repeated)
Vocal ensemble is a select performance group formed by audition from members of the McPherson College Choir. It is designed to give students opportunity to sing and perform some of the great vocal chamber literature in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: simultaneous enrollment in college choir and consent of instructor. (Fall, spring)

MU 234 Instrumental Ensemble:
0-1 hour (can be repeated)
This course consists of select trios, quartets, quintets, jazz band or combos, and other like-instrument ensembles organized by audition according to interest and available students. Prerequisite: Simultaneous enrollment in college band and/or consent of instructor. (Fall, spring)

MU 236 Music Theory II:
3 hours
This course offers a foundation in analyzing and writing music that will benefit any musical endeavor and is essential for a music educator. Students will be introduced to structural elements of writing music including four-part voice writing using triads in root position, harmonic progressions and harmonic rhythm, and part writing using triads in first and second inversion. This course is designed for music majors and for students seeking music licensure. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 136, Music Theory I. Co-requisite: MU 259, Sight Singing and
Ear Training II. (Spring, odd years)

MU 259 Sight Singing and Ear Training II:
I hour
A continuation of MU 159, Sight Singing and Ear Training I. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 159 Sight Singing and Ear Training I. Co-requisite: MU 236, Music Theory II. (Spring, odd years)

MU 274 Instrumental Techniques Lab:
I hour, by consent of Instructor
This course provides students with an introductory, hands-on experience in playing and teaching band instruments at the public school level. This course is designed for choral emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Spring, odd years)

MU 309 Woodwind Techniques:
I hour, by consent of Instructor
Class instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials. This course is designed for instrumental emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Spring, even years)

MU 310 Brass Techniques:
I hour, by consent of Instructor
Class instruction in trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone horn, and tuba, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials. This course is designed for instrumental emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Fall, odd years)

MU 311 Strings Techniques:
I hour, by consent of Instructor
Class instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials. This course is designed for instrumental emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Spring, odd years)

MU 312 Percussion Techniques:
1 hour, by consent of Instructor
Class instruction in percussion instruments, with emphasis on the development of individual performance skills and diagnostic pedagogical techniques and materials. This course is designed for instrumental emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Fall, even years)

———-Private Lessons———-

1 hour (can be repeated)

These lessons offer an intensive learning experience through a one-to-one setting. Students will develop their musicianship and technical ability through the preparation, interpretation and performance of representative works of the past and the present.

MU 330B Brass-MU 330P Percussion-MU 330S Strings-MU 330W Woodwind
Students will 1) address personal levels of skill and technique as appropriate for their instruments; 2) become aware of professional recordings and performances on their instruments; 3) study appropriate literature for their instruments.

MU 330G Guitar
Students will 1) address personal levels of skill and technique as appropriate for guitar; 2) become aware of professional recordings and performances on the instrument; 3) study appropriate literature for the instrument. Open to all students.

MU 330K Piano-Organ
Students will have the opportunity for musical growth both in performance of keyboard literature and in knowledge of the interrelationships between performance, history, and theory. Open to all students.

MU 330V Voice
Students will develop their ability to access musical and literary resources for vocal music; their understanding of appropriate vocal pedagogy; their ability to identify, through visual and aural analysis, composers and music representing diverse styles, periods, cultures, genres, and techniques of musical organization; and their ability to evaluate musical performances. Open to all students.

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MU 336 Music Theory III:
3 hours
This course is a continuation of Music Theory II. Students will be introduced to cadences, phrases, periods and sentences, non-chord tones, and diatonic seventh chords as they explore the structural elements of writing music at a more advanced level. This course is designed for music majors and for those students seeking music licensure. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 236 Music Theory II. Co-requisite: MU 359, Sight Singing and Ear Training III. (Fall, odd years)

MU 345 Conducting:
1 hour
A study of the fundamental conducting gestures, techniques, and score preparation. Additional focus is given to oral communication and writing related to the art of conducting and self­-evaluation. Pre-requisites: MU 336 or Instructor approval. (Fall, even years)

MU 359 Sight Singing and Ear Training III:
1 hour
A continuation of MU 259, Sight Singing and Ear Training II. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 259, Sight Singing and Ear Training II. Co-requisite: MU 336, Music Theory III. (Fall, odd years)

MU 370/CI 370 Methods for Teaching Instrumental Music:
3 hours, by consent of Instructor
This course provides an overview of and practical applications in the basic technical aspects of organizing, administrating, teaching, and conducting instrumental ensembles at the public school level. This course is designed for music majors seeking music licensure. (Spring, even years)

MU 371/CI 371 Methods for Teaching Choral Music:
3 hours, by consent of Instructor
Students learn choral literature, pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, rehearsal planning, music literacy strategies, assessment and grading, rehearsal management, and administration of a middle and high school choral program. This course is designed for students seeking music licensure. (Spring, odd years)

MU 372/CI 372 Methods for Teaching General Music:
3 hours, by consent of Instructor
This course is designed for students seeking music licensure and covers the methods and materials for teaching general music. (Fall, odd years)

MU 375 Junior Recital:
1 hour, by consent of Instructor
Students at the junior level will prepare a 25 minute recital to be given in the spring semester of their junior year.

MU 385 Vocal Pedagogy:
1 hour, by consent of Instructor
Vocal Pedagogy covers the anatomy, physiology, and function of the singing voice and provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts and methodologies of modern and historical vocal instruction. This course is designed for choral emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Fall, even years)

MU 390 Choral Techniques I:
1 hour, by consent of Instructor
This course prepares pre-professional choral music educators. Course content includes a survey of choral literature from antiquity to the present and rehearsal techniques associated with these style periods and genres. This course is designed for choral emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Fall, odd years)

MU 395 Choral Techniques II:
1 hour, by consent of Instructor
This course prepares pre-professional choral music educators. Emphasis is placed on how to develop musicianship, audiation, and vocal technique in the choral rehearsal. This course is designed for choral emphasis music majors seeking music licensure. (Spring, even years)

MU 436 Music Theory IV:
3 hours
This course is a continuation of Music Theory III. In this upper-level course, students will be introduced to advanced chromaticism secondary functions, modulations, and larger musical forms from major historic periods in music. Students will also explore materials and techniques used in Twentieth-Century Music. This course is designed for music majors and for students seeking music licensure. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 336, Music Theory III. Co­ requisite: MU 459, Sight Singing and Ear Training IV. (Spring, even years)

MU 459 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV:
1 hour
A continuation of MU 359, Sight Singing and Ear Training III. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 359, Sight Singing and Ear Training III. Co-requisite: MU 436 Music Theory IV. (Spring, even years) ·

MU 465 Advanced Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques:
1 hour, by consent of Instructor
This course provides students an in-depth study of band or choral teaching methods and advanced study and practice in band or choral conducting. Topics will include conducting and rehearsal techniques, score study and repertoire. This course is designed for music majors seeking music licensure. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MU 345. (Spring, odd years)

MU 475 Senior Recital
2 hours, by consent of Instructor
Music majors are required to complete this capstone experience. The student will complete an intensive preparation of skills and research in conjunction with a 50 minute performance recital. Prerequisite: Private lessons.