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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 or 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).

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 credit hours)
MU 236 Music Theory II (3 credit hours)
MU 336 Music Theory III (3 credit hours)
MU 436 Music Theory IV (3 credit hours)
MU 159 Sight Singing and Ear Training I (1 credit hour)
MU 259 Sight Singing and Ear Training II (1 credit hour)
MU 359 Sight Singing and Ear Training III (1 credit hour)
MU 459 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV (1 credit hour)
MU 345 Conducting (1 credit hour)

Performance Study
Private lessons in one’s major instrument are required for eight semesters. Additional semesters may be required to complete the Senior Recital.
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
MU 330 Private Lessons (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
G-MU 132/134 Ensemble (1 credit hour)
MU 375 Junior Recital (1 credit hour)
MU 475 Senior Recital (2 credit hours)
MU 150 Music Major Lab (0 credit hours)

History and Literature of Music
G-MU 161 Music Appreciation (3 credit hours)
G-MU 355 Music History & Literature I (3 credit hours)
G-MU 360 Music History & Literature II (3 credit hours)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:  45 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 credit hours)
MU 371 Methods for Teaching Choral Music (3 credit hours)
MU 372 Methods for Teaching General Music (3 credit hours)
MU 465 Advanced Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques (1 credit  hour)

and
Specialized Emphasis for Choral Studies
MU 274 Instrumental Techniques Lab (1 credit hour)
MU Vocal Pedagogy and Diction (3 credit hours)

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

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR MUSIC TEACHER LICENSURE:  14 hours

Music Minor

Musicianship
MU 136 Music Theory I (3 credit hours)

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

Enrollment in a large ensemble is required for six separate semesters. (Participation in one large ensemble per semester of residence is also required, even if not enrolled.)
G-MU 132 College Choir (1 credit hour) and/or
G-MU 134 College Band (1 credit hour)

History and Literature of Music
G-MU 161 Music Appreciation (3 credit hours)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR MINOR:  16 hours




Music Course Descriptions

G-MU 132 College Choir
0-1 hour, by audition with the choral director
The McPherson College Choir welcomes students and members of the campus community via audition. This mixed choir performs choral works from the Renaissance to the present in various styles, genres, and languages. The choir regularly performs on campus, in the community, and on regional, national, and international tours. College Choir meets The Arts requirement of the Humanities general education distribution requirement when taken for credit. Purchase of concert attire required.  (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 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. Course fee required. (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. Course fee required. (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. Software fee required. (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), by consent of Instructor
Vocal ensemble is a select performance ensemble formed by audition from members of the McPherson College Choir. It is designed to give students the opportunity to sing and perform vocal chamber repertoire 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), by consent of Instructor
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 234A Drum Line
1 hour (can be repeated), by audition and/or consent of Instructor
This course is designed to help students further their musical skills in a drum line setting. Students will rehearse and perform with others as a percussion unit. They will be taught music reading skills, musicality, music terminology, music history, and music theory. We will work on musical exercises designed to build technique as well as music to be performed on our own as a percussion ensemble. There are no prerequisites to the class, and there is no experience necessary. Instruments are provided. An audition and/or permission of the instructor are required. (Fall, Spring)

MU 234B Steel Drum Ensemble
1 hour (can be repeated), by consent of Instructor
This course is an introductory-level class geared for students who love the sound of steel drums and would like to play in a college steel drum band.  This hands-on class welcomes complete beginners, as well as schooled musicians. In this class, students work on fun musical pieces in an ensemble. Rhythm skills, technical skills, and cultural aspects will be addressed. Class pace moves according to skill level of enrolled participants. Instruments are provided. Various musical styles such as calypso, Afro-Cuban, Reggae, pop, jazz and classical will be explored. Limit of 8 students per section. Instructor permission is required. (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
1 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. Software fee required. (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)

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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 Woodwinds
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. Instructor permission is required. Course fee is required.

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. Course fee is required.

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. Course fee is required.

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. Instructor permission is required. Course fee required. Course fee is required.

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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. Prerequisites: 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. Software fee is required. (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
Materials and procedures for teaching vocal music in grades 7-12. Emphasis is placed on voice production, choral literature and rehearsal, diction, and administration of the classroom. 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
Materials and procedures for teaching general music in grades PreK-6. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic concepts of music as they relate to specific age levels, as well as studying the major approaches to music education. Proper vocal technique for young students and the teaching of music fundamentals is covered as well. This course is designed for music majors seeking music licensure. (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. Prerequisite: Private lessons.

MU 378 Vocal Pedagogy and Diction
3 hours, by consent of Instructor
A study of the mechanics of vocal production, including the physiology of the voice and methods of voice training. Also, through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, training in diction for French, German, And Italian languages. A teaching practicum serves as the capstone activity of the class. This course is designed for choral emphasis music majors seeking licensure. (Fall, 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. Software fee required. (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. Software fee required. (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.