Department of Music
The Curriculum


Through guided instruction by nationally and internationally
known music faculty, students
are exposed to a variety of
musical disciplines, including composition, theory, performance, and music history.

Introduction to Music Theory, Composition, and Performance

A survey course intended to develop the understanding of musical elements and form with the goal of preparing the student for the study of applied music. Recommended for non-music majors or minors who want to study music fundamentals.

MUSI 100 | Introduction to Music Theory, Composition and Performance.
Basic skills in theory, composition, and performance will be taught. Awareness and understanding of how music as a subject relates to other arts and sciences will also be developed. 3 semester hours. Fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

 

Music Appreciation

These courses offer access to various ways to listen to music and how to take full advantage of concert attendance. Ideal to fulfill the 3-credit hour Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 104 | Music Appreciation.
This course explores the history of Western Classical Music by focusing on each of its eras. It also offers access to various ways to listen to music and how to take full advantage of concert attendance. Provides detailed explanations and sound demonstrations of the basic musical elements and performing media. Periodically. IAI F1 900. 3 semester hours. Fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 105 | Music Appreciation: Medieval to Baroque.
Eight week modular course - Student cannot receive credit for MUSI 105 or 106 if MUSI 104 has been completed. 2 semester hours. Partly fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 106 | Music Appreciation: Classical to Contemporary.
Eight week modular course - Student cannot receive credit for MUSI 105 or 106 if MUSI 104 has been completed. 2 semester hours. Partly fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

 

Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboard Skills

Review fundamentals of music theory through advanced levels of music theory and aural skills. Generally for music majors and minors only, with departmental consent.

MUSI 101 | Music Theory I.
Examines basic theoretical elements in music including major and minor scales, chord progressions, and form as they apply to musical specific examples. Co-registration with MUSI 112 and MUSI 194 required for music majors. Co-registration with MUSI 112 required for music minors. Fall. 3 semester hours. Consent required for course to serve as Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 102 | Music Theory II.
Works with basic theoretical elements applying them to harmonization and simple modulations. Introduces simple forms including binary and ternary. Co-registration with MUSI 113 and MUSI 195 required. Spring. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 201 | Theory III.
An advanced theory course designed to cover chordal structures, formal analyses, development of aural skills, inversions, non-diatonic harmony, and sight-singing. Fall. IAI MUS 903. Prerequisite: MUSI 102. Co-registration with MUSI 212 required. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 202 | Music Theory IV.
A continuation of MUSI-201, with emphasis on twentieth-century procedures and theoretical concepts. Spring. IAI MUS 904. Co-registration with MUSI 213 required. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 112 | Aural Skills I.
Begin training of musical skills relating to pitch and rhythmic recall and recognition. Students will develop the ability to sing melodies in pitch and rhythm. Progression through Aural Skill courses dependent on course sequence or proficiency testing. Fall. Co-registration with MUSI 101 and MUSI 194. 1 semester hour. Partly fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 113 | Aural Skills II.
Second course in training of musical skills relating to pitch and rhythmic recall and recognition. Students will develop the ability to sing melodies in pitch and rhythm. Progression through Aural Skill courses dependent on course sequence or proficiency testing. Prerequisite: MUSI 101/112 or proficiency. Co-registration with MUSI 102 required. 1 semester hour.

MUSI 212 | Aural Skills III.
Third course in training musical skills relating to pitch and rhythmic recognition. Students will develop the ability to sing melodies in pitch and rhythm. Progression through Aural Skill courses dependent on proficiency testing. Prerequisite: MUSI 101/112 and 102/113 or proficiency. Co-registration with MUSI 201 recommended. Fall. 1 semester hour.

MUSI 213 | Aural Skill IV.
Fourth course in training musical skills relating to pitch and rhythmic recognition. Students will develop the ability to sing melodies in pitch and rhythm. Progression through Aural Skill courses dependent on proficiency testing. Spring. Prerequisites: MUSI 101/112, MUSI 102/113, and MUSI 201/212 or proficiency testing. Co-registration with MUSI 202 required. 1 semester hour.

MUSI 194 | Keyboard Skills.
Class instruction in piano. For beginning piano students who prefer to learn in a group setting. Can be repeated. 2 semester hours. Partly fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 195 | Keyboard Skills II.
To be taken after the completion of MUSI 194. Prerequisite: MUSI 194. 2 semester hours.

 

200-Level Courses in Music

MUSI 204 | Music Literature.
The study and exploration of the Western Music composed during the Baroque, Classical , Romantic, and Contemporary periods. This music literature (i.e. musical scores) will be examined according to each significant genre, utilizing the composers from these periods as a frame of reference and discussion. Significant non-musical areas that influenced changes (such as religion, politics, technology, and historical events) will also be investigated. Emphasis will be placed upon developing listening skills, score analysis and the ability to generalize music listening activities to music not previously encountered from these periods. Periodically. IAI MUS 905. 3 semester hours. Fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 207 | World Music.
An investigation of the diverse cultures as represented by their music. Native instruments, production strategies, and theoretical analyses provide the student with a foundation to better understand the role music plays both in these cultures as well as our own. The course focuses on non-western music. IAI F1 903N. Fall. 3 semester hours. Fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 208 | Women in Music.
This course examines the role of women in Western music which has historically been de-emphasized or even ignored until recently. The full extent of musical endeavors among women will be investigated along with some of the factors which accounted for the treatment many of these important composers and performers have received in the past. The primary focus will be directed toward Western art music, although contemporary and popular examples will also be presented. Spring. 3 semester hours. Fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 209 | The Psalms.
A historical study of the Psalms that examines their literary form-through music from the Biblical times to the present and exegeses. Their relevancy and prayerful application in our daily lives are examined. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 210 | Jazz History and Appreciation.
Jazz is America's original art form that reflects the cultural diversity that gave rise to it. African, Caribbean, European and Brazilian influences upon jazz as well as the impact of jazz on other forms of music will be discussed. The class will focus upon its historical development from pre Civil War through the 20th century, reflecting upon both its sacred and secular manifestations. The basic elements of music that distinguish jazz from other musical genres will be explored. The course seeks to cultivate an appreciation of the major figures within jazz history (such as Armstrong, Parker, Ellington, Monk, Davis and Coltrane) and their stylistic innovations as well as their contributions to American culture. 2 semester hours. Partly fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 211 | Rock History and Appreciation. This course explores the formative influences that gave rise to rock and pop music. It identifies its major figures, innovators and their contributions, as well the various styles that have developed in its history. The impact of social trends on rock music and the influence of rock music on society both are explored, as well as the role that technology has played in rock's evolution. Finally, other forms of music that have assimilated elements of rock music are identified and examined. 2 semester hours. Partly fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

MUSI 217 | Vocal Diction.
An advanced course in the study of English, Italian, Latin, German and French diction. The proper formation of vowel sounds, rules to follow in singing situations, and the International Phonetic Alphabet will be emphasized. This course will require research skills and include practicum experiences. Fall even. Prerequisite: Co-registration with MUSI-348. Applied voice or consent of instructor. 3 semester hours.

MUSI C 218 | Music and the Mind.
This course combines popular and academic sources in an overview of writers, thinkers, and researchers and their viewpoints regarding what it means to be musical. Special focus will be given to how people think and act musically. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 291 | Topics.
Special course focusing on topics related to the needs and interests of the student. Topics to include areas of music literature, theory, and pedagogy. Periodically. 1-3 semester hours.

 

Music History Courses

These courses focus on the origin and development of music from ancient times through contemporary times. Classes analyze the cultural contributions and pedagogical implications of these eras, with special emphasis on crucial events, significant individuals, and the development of important genres in music history.

MUSI 205 | Music History I.
Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Fall. IAI F1 902. Prerequisite: MUSI 102. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 206 | Music History II.
Classical through the modern periods. IAI F1 902. Spring. Prerequisite: MUSI 102, MUSI 205. 3 semester hours. Fulfills Fine Arts/Music core elective requirement.

 

Ensembles

Concert Band: A performing ensemble utilizing the wind band repertoire. Standard and new compositions will be performed in concerts each semester. May be repeated.

Concert Choir: A performing ensemble utilizing practical work and study of choral literature of all periods of music in concerts each semester. May be repeated.

Chamber Music Ensembles: Small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble dedicated to the mastery of performance technique through intimate ensemble experiences. Heightened teamwork, communication, and music reading skills are stressed. Students will be expected to perform at an advanced level and begin to apply professional management skills. A closer association with the audience is developed, providing the music student, vocal or instrumental, the ability to have an increased understanding of the impact their music-making has on the community. May be repeated. Lab fee: $100.00.

MUSI 121 | Concert Band.
IAI MUS 908. Instructor consent required. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 99. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 122 | Concert Choir.
IAI MUS 908. Instructor consent required. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 14. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 125 | Chamber Music Ensemble.
Co-registration in 200- or 300-level Applied Music required. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 14. 1 semester hour. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 126 | Percussion Ensemble.
A performing ensemble consisting of mixed percussion instruments. Performances each semester. IAI MUS 908. Instructor consent required. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 1.

MUSI 128 | Jazz Eagles.
A small mixed ensemble that performs standards of the jazz repertoire, improvisation, and ensemble skills. Audition required and concurrent registration in applied instruction with an emphasis in jazz techniques. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 14. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 129 Chamber Orchestra.
Fine Arts/Music core elective

 

Applied Music

Applied Instrumental: Non-Keyboard
All individual applied instruction classes must be taken in sequence. Students enrolled in these classes are required to pay a special applied fee. Non-music majors enroll in 100-level applied instruction. Advancement into 200- and 300-level applied instruction occurs through placement and proficiency testing. Music majors will enter at the 200-level applied instruction. Advancement into the 300-level will occur through placement and proficiency testing.

MUSI 140 | Applied Instrumental: Non-Keyboard.
IAI MUS 909. 1 semester hour. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 4. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 240 | Applied Instrumental: Non-Keyboard.
IAI MUS 909. 2 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 8. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 340 | Applied Instrumental: Non-Keyboard.
Consent required. 2 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 8. Fine Arts/Music core elective.


Applied Voice
All individual applied instruction classes must be taken in sequence. Students enrolled in these classes are required to pay a special applied fee. Non-music majors enroll in 100-level applied instruction. Advancement into 200 and 300 level applied instruction occurs through placement and proficiency testing. Music majors will enter at the 200-level applied instruction. Advancement into the 300-level will occur through placement and proficiency testing.

MUSI 148 | Applied Voice.
IAI MUS 909. 1 semester hour. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 4.Fine Arts/Music core elective

MUSI 248 | Applied Voice.
IAI MUS 909. 2 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 8. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 348 | Applied Voice.
2 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 8. Fine Arts/Music core elective.


Applied Keyboard
All individual applied instruction classes must be taken in sequence. Students enrolled in these classes are required to pay a special applied fee. Non-music majors enroll in 100-level applied instruction. Advancement into 200- and 300-level applied instruction occurs through placement and proficiency testing. Music majors will enter at the 200-level applied instruction. Advancement into the 300-level will occur through placement and proficiency testing.

MUSI 144 | Applied Keyboard.
IAI MUS 909. 1 semester hour. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 4. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 244 | Applied Keyboard.
IAI MUS 909. 2 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 8. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 344 | Applied Keyboard.
2 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 8. Fine Arts/Music core elective. 

 

Courses in Music Education

Method Courses
Study of the technical and artistic aspects of playing instruments in specific instrumental families with an emphasis on the repertoire used in teaching applied lessons in the elementary, junior high, and high schools levels. Students are required to perform basic pieces to show their competency in each of the instruments.

MUSI 130 | Woodwind Methods.
2 semester hours.

MUSI 131 | Brass and Percussion Methods.
2 semester hours.

MUSI 132 | String Methods.
2 semester hours.

MUSI 133 | Vocal Methods.
2 semester hours.


Observation Courses
The student will visit a host school to observe rehearsals, classes, contribute to special projects as proposed by the host teacher, and ask pertinent questions to the host teacher relating to the teaching and management of a band or choir class. This is a 12-week program course designed to cover a wide range of educational experiences. The students will record their experiences in a journal for revision and assessment by a Benedictine University teacher.

MUSI 241 | Sophomore Year Observation Experience.
Forty-eight total hours of observation to be completed: four-week elementary school observation, four-week junior high school observation, and a four-week high school program observation.  0 semester hours.

MUSI 242 | Junior Year Observation Experience.
Forty-eight total hours of observation to be completed: six weeks of elementary-level classes, six weeks of junior high classes, and/or six weeks of High school classes. 0 semester hours.

MUSI 342 | Senior Year Observation Experience.
An entire semester observing, teaching, and journaling. 12 semester hours.


General Courses in Music Education

MUSI 303 | Technology for Music Teachers.
This course surveys the standard music technology software and hardware used in music education today. Emphasis will be given to the areas of pedagogy, composition, music theory, and performance. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 351 | Principles and Procedures in Music Education.
This course surveys contemporary music education learning and pedagogical theories. Principles and practices of curriculum design applied to the development of the music curriculum. Individual or group work on elementary and secondary school music curriculum projects. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 352 | Instrumental and Choral Conducting.
Overview of choral conducting patterns. Score, voice and instrumental warm-up, and intonation. Tempo fluctuation, left hand, diction, discipline. Designed for music and music education majors. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 353 | Instrumental and Choral Ensemble Literature.
An advanced course focusing on the literature of choral and instrumental ensembles. Particular emphasis will be given to the ensemble literature needs of the student learners at the Elementary, Junior High, and High School Levels. Students enrolled in this course will learn the principles, techniques, and materials necessary for teaching the choral and instrument ensemble literature. Current trends and teaching strategies for diverse student abilities and needs are examined. Methods for teaching basic skills in music reading, listening, and arranging will be presented in the course. Prerequisite: MUSI 202. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 354 | Teaching K-12 Classroom.
The study of concepts and processes specific to and necessary for effective instruction in K-12 music education. Students explore various elementary and secondary music methods in both a classroom setting and in workshops by specialists in the field. 3 semester hours.


Student Teaching

MUSI 398 | Student Teaching.
The student will choose a school to student teach for a 16-week period. Students are expected to be ready to teach and prepare lesson plans, rehearse and teach sectionals, teach applied lessons, assist the host band or choir director in daily classroom tasks, teach a class using a lesson plan and give a test, conduct the band or choir during a concert. The students will record their experiences in a journal for revision and assessment by a Benedictine University teacher. Consent Required. 12 semester hours.

 

Instrumental Group Classes

MUSI 190 | Class Instruction in Voice.
For the student who wants to learn to sing but has never studied voice or cannot read music. Periodically. May be repeated. 2 semester hours. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 191 | Class Instruction in Voice II.
For the student who wants to continue to learn to sing but has never studied voice other than MUSI 190. 2 semester hours.

MUSI 196 | Class Instruction in Voice.
Instruction in voice for the beginning vocal student who prefers to learn in a group setting. 2 semester hours.

MUSI 198 | Class Instruction in Guitar I.
For the beginning guitar student who prefers to learn in a group setting. 2 semester hours. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 199 | Class Instruction in Guitar II.
For the beginning student who wants to continue to learn to play the acoustic guitar. Student must supply the instrument. Prerequisite: MUSI 198. 2 semester hours.

 

Junior and Senior Recitals

Preparation and presentation of a solo performance program. Weekly mentoring sessions until performance will include practice with the accompanist, discussion of proper performance etiquette and the preparation of program notes. Lab Fee: $150.00 for MUSI 250 and $300.00 for MUSI 350.

Recital Application Form (pdf file) | Jury Application Form (pdf file)

MUSI 250 | Junior Recital.
Co-registration with Applied Music at the 200 level and consent of Department required. 1 semester hour. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

MUSI 350 | Senior Recital.
Prerequisite: MUSI 250. Co-registration with Applied Music at the 300 level and consent of Department required. 2 semester hours. Fine Arts/Music core elective.

 

300-Level Music Courses

MUSI 313 | Music Pedagogy.
An advanced course focusing on the development of music teaching skills. Particular emphasis will be made in accordance to the needs of the students enrolled. Students will learn the principles, techniques and materials necessary for applied music instruction in studio and classroom settings. Current trends and teaching strategies for diverse student abilities and need are examined. Methods for teaching basic skills in music reading, listening and arranging will be presented in the course. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: 300 level applied instruction. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 323 | Music Practicum.
This course is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied music theory in music and experienced through applied music and ensembles. The areas of music arranging, conducting, and orchestration will be studied with special attention to their practical use in the current music business environment. The use of music technology to prepare assignments will also be a component of the course. Pre-requisite: junior standing. Spring, odd years. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 360 | Senior Seminar: Professional Portfolio.
The students will analyze the job markets and prepare analyses of current issues in the performing arts. Analyses of demographics affecting the operations and organization of art programs in the United States will be studied. Students will be required to create a portfolio of personal data to prepare for job searches, prepare for mock interviews and present exhibition of works. Prerequisite: junior standing. Spring. 3 semester hours.

MUSI 391 | Topics.
Special course focusing on various topics relating to the needs of the students and recent events and/or topics of interest. Topics to include areas of music literature, history, theory and pedagogy. Periodically. 1-3 semester hours.

MUSI 395 | Independent Study.
A course in which the student, under the supervision of the teacher, may study any one of the current music courses in an individual and independent manner. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1-3 semester hours. May be repeated. Maximum number of units allowed 3.

MUSI 397 | Internship.
A practical course intended to give those students who are qualified, an opportunity to do observingeither in a classroom or privatelyor to perform any practical job associated with his or her field under the supervision of the faculty. Each semester. Prerequisite: Department consent. 3 semester hours.