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Music Concentration and Minors

The School of Music offers minor and concentration options for students who wish to add musical training and knowledge to another major or education certification/licensure program. Each of the options below must be completed alongside a full major, and you must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit for graduation from North Park.

Music majors and non-majors alike are invited to audition for and participate in instrumental and vocal ensembles, where you’ll sing and play under the direction of expert musical faculty members.

Music Concentration for Early Childhood and Elementary Education Majors

Please note: This concentration will not be available for students starting in Fall 2015 or later.

18 semester hours 

  • History course (2 sh) — MUS 2050
  • Theory courses (8 sh) — MUS 1080, 1110, 2130
  • Performance practica (6 sh) — MUS 0100 (1 year), 1010 & 1020 (proficiency, see notes for further details), 3170
  • Ensemble (2 years participation) — Choose from MUS 0700, 0725, 0750, 0800, or 0810
  • Applied music lesson (2 sh) — courses appropriate to instrument/voice 

Download this academic planning guide for this concentration.

Learn more about the early childhood and elementary education majors.

Music Minor

22 semester hours

  • History courses (6 sh) — MUS 3010, 3020
  • Theory courses (12 sh) — MUS 1080, 1110, 1120, 2130, 2140
  • Performance practica (2 sh) — MUS 0100 (2 years), 1010 & 1020 (proficiency, see notes for further details) 
  • Ensemble (2 years participation) — Choose from MUS 0700, 0725, 0750, 0800, or 0810
  • Applied music lesson (2 sh) — courses appropriate to instrument/voice

Download the academic planning guide for this minor.

Music in Worship Minor

23 semester hours 

  • Church music courses (7 sh) — MUS 2040, 2210 (1/1), 3660, 3670
  • Theory courses (12 sh) — MUS 1080, 1110, 1120, 2130, 2140
  • Performance practica (0 sh) — MUS 0100 (2 years), Campus worship (1 year), MUS 1010 & 1020 (proficiency, see notes for further details)
  • Keyboard Skills: Level II proficiency
  • Ensemble (2 years participation) — Choose from MUS 0700, 0725, 0750, 0800, 0810, or 0850
  • Applied music lesson (4 sh) — courses appropriate to instrument/voice 

Download the academic planning guide for this minor.

Notes:

  • Keyboard skills: If you do not pass the proficiency test for keyboard skills, the added semester hours that result from required courses to meet this proficiency will count toward required degree totals for graduation (120 credit hours), but not as music credits.
  • Some music courses are offered only during an odd year or even year. Consult with your School of Music advisor, handbook, and the University catalog to insure proper course selection and availability.
  • You may need to take MUS 1060 and/or US 1065 prior to taking MUS 1080
MUS 0100 – Student Recital
This course is designed to offer students opportunities to listen to a variety of concerts and recitals, and to perform as soloists as well. In addition, guest artists conduct master classes on occasion during the Thursday afternoon sessions. Students registered for this course have a set number of requirements to attend General and Class Recitals that occur on Thursday afternoons, evening and weekend concerts, and recitals from the School of Music Concert Calendar. Students also have specific performance requirements associated with the General and Class Recitals.

MUS 0700 – Jazz Ensemble
A select group of wind, rhythm, and percussion players determined by audition. Repertoire includes music for large jazz groups from the big band era to the present. An on-campus concert is presented each term, along with occasional outside performances.

MUS 0725 – Concert Band
Open to all wind and percussion players, this group is dedicated to the performance of wind ensemble music, both original music and transcriptions. Performances include on-campus concerts each term.

MUS 0750 – University Orchestra
Devoted to the study and preparation of orchestral literature from the Baroque era to the present through regular rehearsal and performance. All instrumentalists are welcome. Principal positions and general seating are determined by audition.

MUS 0800 – University Choir
A select group of experienced choristers, determined by audition. Emphasis is placed on vocal development and performance, with major appearances annually on and off campus, and with regular national and foreign tours. The University Choir performs a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music. Cross-listed with MUS 5800.

MUS 0810 – Women's Chorale
A select group of female singers determined by audition. Emphasis is placed on vocal development and performance, with major appearances annually on and off campus, and with national and foreign tours periodically. The Women's Chorale performs a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music.

MUS 0850 – Gospel Choir
Open to all singers, the Gospel Choir performs music that originates in the African American religious experience, including both traditional and contemporary repertoire. The choir performs two concerts a year on campus.

MUS 0855 – Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble
A select ensemble of singers drawn from the larger Gospel Choir by audition. The repertoire features all forms of gospel as well as traditional spirituals. The emphasis is on off-campus performances with a major tour every other year.

MUS 1000 – Music Appreciation
Introduction to the art of music in Western civilization, and its elements, styles, and masterworks from the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis on repertoire study, listening, and concert attendance. On and/or off-campus concert attendance required. For the non-music major. Cannot be applied toward a major or minor in music.

MUS 1005 – Introduction to the Music Profession
Introduction to the Music Profession offers Bachelor of Arts or Music students to begin to make connections between their music study, the total academic program, and post-undergraduate activities. It will also provide a setting in which to share perceptions about intended professions; this process will then in turn create a supportive atmosphere to ease the transition from high school and prior artistic settings, to college, and eventually to the workplace. Guests who work in a variety of music fields will be invited to selected classes, and students will be assigned readings that will act as a basis for in-class discussions. Other goals of the course include an intensive focus on the ethical dimensions of the music profession, and an exploration of professional habits that will support success in the future.

MUS 1010 – Keyboard Skills I
For students with little or no piano study. Functional keyboard harmony, scales, transposition, simple score reading, sight-reading, improvisation, and repertoire. For music majors, minors, and concentrations. Placement by piano faculty.

MUS 1020 – Keyboard Skills II
For students with some piano study. Functional keyboard harmony, scales, transposition, simple score reading, sight-reading, improvisation, and repertoire. For music majors, minors, and concentrations.

MUS 1030 – Keyboard Skills III
For students with a minimum of 2-4 years of piano study. Functional keyboard harmony, scales, transposition, score reading, accompaniments, sight-reading, improvisation, repertoire, and skills required for specific majors. For music majors as required by degree track.

MUS 1040 – Keyboard Skills IV
For students with a minimum of 3-5 years of piano study. A highly focused and practical approach to the performance of music materials commonly used in music education and worship programs. Areas of study include: advanced score reading using C clefs; transpositions, and keyboard improvisation. For music majors as required by degree track.

MUS 1060 – Fundamentals of Music I
Study of pitch and rhythmic notation, meter, key signatures, major scales. Designed as a remedial class for music students or as an introductory class for non-majors. Does not fulfill GE requirements or music major elective requirements.

MUS 1065 – Fundamentals of Music II
Continuation of MUS 1060. Study of rhythm and meter, minor scales, intervals. Does not fulfill GE requirements or music major elective requirements.

MUS 1080 – Introduction to Musicianship
An introduction to basic skills and concepts that are foundational to further studies in music. Topics in music theory, aural skills, and keyboard harmony will be taught against the contextual background of a broad overview of stylistic periods in music history.

MUS 1110 – Aural Skills I
Sight singing and ear training through an aural approach to music rudiments including recognition, reproduction, and dictation. Includes rhythms, scale degrees, intervals, melodies and harmony in diatonic music of graded difficulty.

MUS 1120 – Aural Skills II
Continuation of sight singing and ear training through an aural approach to music rudiments including recognition, reproduction, and dictation. Includes rhythms, scale degrees, intervals, melodies and harmony in a diatonic music of graded difficulty.

MUS 1600 – El Sistema
An introduction to the El Sistema Philosophy of Music Instruction. The course will include information about the history of El Sistema; current developments in the movement; specific case studies of El Sistema-inspired programs in Venezuela, the United States and other countries; and other pertinent topics related to this philosophy of music instruction. Resources from greater Chicago and YOURS community will be linked to the curriculum of this course.

MUS 2000 – Introduction to Composition
Introduction to the craft of composition. Exercises and guided projects aimed at honing technique and developing a personal voice. Co-requisite: MUS 2130 or by permission of instructor.

MUS 2050 – Contemporary American Popular Music
A study of American popular music from the birth of rock-and-roll in the 1950s to the present. The basic elements of music will also be covered. Individual works are analyzed and placed within their cultural and historical frameworks. Listening and analysis.

MUS 2060 – World Music in Cultural Perspective
An introduction to the cultures and historical developments of major world regions and their global interactions, focusing on the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, using music as the primary form of cultural analysis. Music will be studied from an ethno-musicological perspective to provide insight into several world cultures and the historical events that shaped them. Listening and analysis will be components of this course.

MUS 2080 – Applied Methods: Brass
Introduction to the fundamentals of applied techniques specific to various instruments in the brass family.

MUS 2081 – Applied Methods: Woodwind
Introduction to the fundamentals of applied techniques specific to various instruments in the woodwind family.

MUS 2082 – Applied Methods: Percussion
Introduction to the fundamentals of applied techniques specific to various instruments in the percussion family.

MUS 2083 – Applied Methods: Strings
Introduction to the fundamentals of applied techniques specific to various instruments in the string family.

MUS 2110 – Aural Skills III
Sight singing and ear training through an aural approach to more advanced music including recognition, reproduction, and dictation. Includes rhythms, intervals, an introduction of chromaticism in scale patterns, melodies, and harmony.

MUS 2120 – Aural Skills IV
Sight singing and ear training through an aural approach to advanced music including recognition, reproduction, and dictation. Includes rhythms, intervals in an atonal context, more advanced chromaticism in scale patterns, melodies, harmony, and formal analysis.

MUS 2130 – Music Theory I
Study of basic elements of diatonic music. Topics include triadic harmony, non-chord tones, melodic organization, phrase structure, cadences.

MUS 2140 – Music Theory II
Continuing study of the principles of diatonic music. Topics include elements of melodic structure; pitch and rhythm, embellishing tones, melodic form and composition, and part writing with triads and seventh chords.

MUS 2155 – Technology in Music
An introduction to current software programs and their applications for music education, composition, and production. Music graphics, sequencing and pedagogical software and hardware will be used in this course.

MUS 2210 – Integration
Provides feedback and coaching for students involved in regular campus worship services. Team building, music selection, technical aspects and spiritual components of worship leading are discussed. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 2401 – Lyric Diction: IPA and Latin
An overview of the sounds of Latin and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. This course is a prerequisite for all other diction courses. Cross-listed as MUS 5421.

MUS 2402 – Lyric Diction: Spanish and English
An overview of the sounds of Spanish and English and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. Cross-listed as MUS 5422.

MUS 2403 – Lyric Diction: Italian
An overview of the sounds of Italian and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. Cross-listed as MUS 5423.

MUS 2404 – Lyric Diction: German
An overview of the sounds of German and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on the authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. Cross-listed as MUS 5424.

MUS 2405 – Lyric Diction: French
An overview of the sounds of French and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. Cross-listed with MUS 5425.

MUS 3000 – Music Bibliography
An introduction to the basic canon of library resources in music research. Study will include general library resources, bibliographies of composers, music, music literature, and music sources. It will give a broad view of dictionaries, encyclopedias, discographies, dissertations, and Festschriften as well as histories, library catalogs, periodicals, periodical indexes, thematic catalogs, monuments and electronic resources. A key project in the class will be providing an appropriate bibliography for a selected research topic. Cross-listed with MUS 5000.

MUS 3010 – Music History and Literature I
This survey of the history of western music from the Baroque period through the mid-Romantic period is designed to familiarize students with the genres, musical styles and important personalities of the eras. Through active listening and analysis, students will become familiar with the musical styles of the periods. Structured writing assignments will reflect professional scholarship in the field of music.

MUS 3015 – Medieval and Renaissance Music
A historical study of music, compositional techniques, and aesthetic concepts beginning with Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages proceeding through the late Renaissance. Listening and analysis.

MUS 3020 – Music History and Literature II
This survey of the history of western music from the late Romantic period through the present time is designed to familiarize students with the genres, musical styles and important personalities of the eras. Through active listening and analysis, students will become familiar with the musical styles of the periods. Structured writing assignments will reflect professional scholarship in the field of music.

MUS 3025 – Baroque Music
A historic survey of instrumental, vocal, and operatic music literature from the development of figured bass to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Reading, listening and analysis. Co-requisite: MUS 2140.

MUS 3035 – Music of the Classical Period
A survey of the Classical Period in the eighteenth century through the mature works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Reading, listening, and analysis. Co-requisite: MUS 2140.

MUS 3045 – Music of the Romantic Era
Using Masterworks from the early nineteenth century, an introduction to the main genres and styles of Romanticism through the late Romantic music of Mahler, Strauss, and Bruckner. Reading, listening and analysis. Co-requisite: MUS 2140.

MUS 3065 – 20th Century to the Present
The main genres and compositional techniques of European and American mainstream music. Major twentieth century aesthetic concepts and issues, (such as Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, the Second Viennese School, Primitivism, Futurism, Neoclassicism, Nationalism, Serialism, and the international Avant-Gardes) will be analytically studied. Co-requisite: MUS 2140.

MUS 3075 – Jazz History
A survey of the history of jazz. The material will be approached through selected readings, recorded listening examples, classroom discussion, and special projects.

MUS 3080 – Pedagogical Methods: Brass
Intermediate applied techniques and pedagogical methods for teaching beginning and intermediate players.

MUS 3081 – Pedagogical Methods: Woodwinds
Intermediate applied techniques and pedagogical methods for teaching beginning and intermediate players.

MUS 3082 – Pedagogical Methods: Percussion
Intermediate applied techniques and pedagogical methods for teaching beginning and intermediate players.

MUS 3083 – Pedagogical Methods: Strings
Intermediate applied techniques and pedagogical methods for teaching beginning and intermediate players.

MUS 3130 – Music Theory III
Study of principles of chromaticism in tonal music, including secondary functions, modulation, mode mixture, altered pre-dominants, and other advanced chromatic harmony. Formal analysis, introduction to counterpoint, study of inventions, and fugue. Short composition projects and analysis of 19th century works.

MUS 3140 – Music Theory IV
Study of compositional techiques in late 19th and 20th century music. Topics include linear chromaticism, use of synthetic scales and modes, post-tonal techniques in both centric, freely atonal and serial contexts. Introduction to pitch-class set theory. Analysis of major works in each of these areas.

MUS 3150 – Jazz/Pop Theory
Harmonic studies in jazz and pop idioms. Literature analysis, harmonization of melodies, keyboard realization, and voicing. Projects include small arrangements and original compositions.

MUS 3155 – Jazz Keyboard
This class will include the voicing of jazz chords; the techniques of harmonization; an exposure to jazz styles on the piano; and other appropriate concepts, building on the knowledge gleaned in MUS 3150 - Jazz/Pop Theory.

MUS 3170 – Conducting I
Beginning and intermediate conducting skills: beat patterns, baton technique, use of face, eyes, left hand; basic rehearsal planning; score preparation; psychology of conducting. An introduction to choral and instrumental methods and materials. Co-requisite: MUS 2140 or placement test.

MUS 3180 – Conducting II
An advanced study of the conducting concepts covered in MUS 3170. A more in-depth exploration of choral and instrumental methods and materials for the purpose of developing skills in applied musicianship.

MUS 3200 – String Pedagogy and Literature I
Pedagogy: examination of string techniques and pedagogical materials for teaching the beginning years of string playing. Supervised teaching and observation. Literature: historical approach to important string genres including the concerto, sonata, and chamber idioms from pre-Baroque through the twentieth century. Listening, score study, and performance practice.

MUS 3210 – String Pedagogy and Literature II
A continuation of MUS 3200.

MUS 3300 – Piano Pedagogy and Literature I
Pedagogy: methods and techniques of teaching. Supervised teaching and observation. Literature: study of masterworks from the 18th century through the middle of the 19th century with an emphasis on listening.

MUS 3307 – Materials and Methods for Elementary Music
An exploration of the current pedagogical practices with regard to elementary music education. Through the study of various musical philosophies and methodologies, along with the National Standards for Music Education, students will develop and practice appropriate lesson plans and assessment tools for teaching all types of learners the basic elements common to most music curricula. A survey of the most widely used pedagogical systems in music education (Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze) will be featured. Other topics include: theories of music learning, testing and measurement, assessment, multicultural resources and their applications, technology in the music classroom, arts integration strategies, and building a defense for arts in education.

MUS 3310 – Piano Pedagogy and Literature II
Pedagogy: methods and techniques of teaching. Supervised teaching and observation. Literature: study of masterworks from the middle 19th century to present day with an emphasis on listening.

MUS 3401 – Vocal Pedagogy I
Physiology of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing. Mentored clinical teaching with in-class observation and critique. Tests cover text and lectures. Cross-listed with MUS 5401.

MUS 3402 – Vocal Pedagogy II
A continuation of MUS 3401: Physiology of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing. Mentored clinical teaching with in-class observation and critique. Tests cover text and lectures. Researach paper on a voice related topic, either in the area of voice science or pedagogy. More emphasis on clinical teaching. Cross-listed with MUS 5402.

MUS 3408 – Secondary Choral Methods and Materials
Philosophies, techniques, methodologies, and administration of secondary school music programs for general music and vocal programs including curriculum, unit/lesson/rehearsal planning, vocal techniques, performance practice, conducting, skill building, and technology integration. Students will examine common challenges associated with secondary choral programs including advocacy, diverse learning populations, and various choral ensembles such as show choir. Relevant materials, resources, and repertoire will be examined to enable students to effectively teach from perspectives that are intentionally multicultural and interdisciplinary, and stylistically diverse.

MUS 3409 – Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials
Philosophies, techniques, methodologies, and administration of secondary school music programs for instrumental music programs including an overview of relevant repertoire, computer technologies, multicultural resources for concert band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, marching band, chamber ensembles, and class guitar.

MUS 3410 – Vocal Literature
Art song literature for the solo voice from the late 16th century to the present.

MUS 3450 – Opera Workshop
Emphasis is on the development of singing-acting skills through lecture, discussion, and exercises in character interaction using appropriate staging techniques. A scene recital is presented at the conclusion of the course. Scenes may be performed in a foreign language or in English. By audition. Cross-listed with MUS 5450.

MUS 3455 – Opera Production
For a select group of experienced singers cast through auditions by instructor. The skills developed in scene recital work will be called upon in this intensive preparation for a complete opera production. Chamber and full-length operas will be performed in yearly alternation, and may be performed in a foreign language or in English. Chamber operas will be performed with piano or an instrumental ensemble, and full-length operas will be with orchestra. Cross-listed with MUS 5455.

MUS 3500 – Introduction to Arts Administration
An introductory arts administration course that will approach a broad range of topics related to the nonprofit arts sector. The course will include lectures, discussions, readings, guest speakers, and visits to arts organizations in the region.

MUS 3600 – Brass Pedagogy and Literature I
Methods and techniques of teaching the beginning years of brass playing. Observation of Chicago area teachers. Supervised teaching.

MUS 3610 – Brass Pedagogy and Literature II
Study of major solo works and orchestral excerpts from the 17th century to the present with an emphasis on listening and performance practice.

MUS 3620 – Woodwind Pedagogy and Literature I
Methods and techniques of teaching the beginning years of woodwind playing. Observation of Chicago area teachers. Supervised teaching.

MUS 3630 – Woodwind Pedagogy and Literature II
Study of major solo works and orchestral excerpts from the 17th century to the present with an emphasis on listening and performance practice.

MUS 3640 – Guitar Pedagogy and Literature I
Methods and techniques of teaching the beginning years of guitar playing. Observation of Chicago area teachers. Supervised teaching.

MUS 3650 – Guitar Pedagogy and Literature II
Study of major solo works and orchestral excerpts from the 17th century to the present with an emphasis on listening and performance practice.

MUS 3660 – Church Music Literature
A survey of Christian sacred music meant to be performed by choirs (adult and children), organ, hand bells, and other ensembles, from various historical time periods and cultural groups, highlighting works appropriate for local church settings.

MUS 3670 – Congregational Music for the 21st Century Church
A survey of music for the gathered community to sing together in the context of Christian worship. Historical, contemporary, and global resources will be explored, including a survey of Christian hymnody, Taize, contemporary praise and worship, African American gospel, and songs from the world-wide church.

MUS 3690 – Youth Orchestra Techniques
The course will focus on orchestra pedagogy; youth orchestra rehearsal techniques; strategies for building an orchestra program through rehearsal and repertoire choices; rehearsal psychology with a specific emphasis on the unique context of YOURS (ethnic and cultural diversity, poverty, and others).

MUS 3700 – Brass Ensemble
Open to qualified performers, the Brass Ensemble explores original and transcribed music for brass from all periods. Performances include concerts, chapel services, and ceremonial opportunities.

MUS 3710 – Jazz Combo
A select group of musicians determined by audition. Jazz music of all eras is studied, with an emphasis on individual improvisation.

MUS 3725 – Woodwind Ensemble
The ensemble provides experience in small groups of mixed and/or similar woodwinds, depending on enrollment. Repertory will be selected according to available instrumentation. Emphasis on developing chamber music skills including intonation, ensemble, style, and interpretation.

MUS 3750 – Chamber Music/Strings
Small performing groups with two or more participants pursue the study and performance of literature for duos, trios, quartets, etc., with weekly faculty coaching. By audition.

MUS 3760 – Percussion Ensemble
Open to qualified performers, this ensemble will explore repertoire for diverse percussion combinations. Emphases will be on musicianship and versatility. Repertoire will be selected based on available instrumentation.

MUS 3770 – Chamber Music Ensemble
Open to qualified performers, this ensemble will explore repertoire for diverse instrumental and vocal combinations. Repertoire will be selected based on available instrumentation.

MUS 3800 – Handbell Choir
An ensemble that rehearses and performs handbell literature. Members may have an opportunity to conduct and compose for the ensemble.

MUS 3850 – Guitar Ensemble
The North Park Classical Guitar Ensemble is a performance course similar to the String and Wind Ensembles currently offered by the School of Music. Students will form guitar trios, duos, and quartets. They will study and perform an extensive array of guitar ensemble literature spanning the Renaissance Era though the 21st Century. The guitar ensemble will perform a minimum of 2 times each semester, once on the Student Chamber Music Concert and once on the Thursday afternoon general recital. In the event there is not a scheduled Student Chamber Performance, the ensemble will explore other performance opportunities or, at the very least, appear twice on the Thursday afternoon general recital. Additional performances throughout the semester will be encouraged. In addition to class time, student practice and preparation time will be required.

MUS 3890 – Chamber Singers
The Chamber Singers is a small, select group of singers, that performs music from many and diverse styles and periods. The goal for this ensemble is to function as a group of soloists in the true chamber style, performing music that profits from intimate renderings. Students participate in multiple performances both on and off campus including regular national and foreign tours. Auditions are competitive and based on the needs of the ensemble. Cross-listed with MUS 5890.

MUS 3910 – Topics in Music
Periodic intense investigations of selected topics such as: The Entrepreneurial Musician, Single Composer Survey, Film Music, Performer's Health, Advanced Music Theory, Jazz Improvisational Techniques and others.

MUS 4000 – Departmental Honors in Music
Advanced study and/or performance project for selected students. (For specific eligibility requirements, see the Honors heading near the beginning of the School of Music section.)

MUS 4150 – Counterpoint
Study of the principles of counterpoint through analysis of Baroque era contrapuntal genres and written exercises using a modified species approach.

MUS 4160 – Orchestration
A study of the ranges, techniques, timbres, and scoring of traditional orchestral instruments. Arranging for small instrumental ensembles is emphasized.

MUS 4165 – Songwriting
Introduction to the craft of songwriting. Exercises and guided projects aimed at writing and setting original lyrics as well as existing texts. Emphasis on songwriting related to faith expression.

MUS 4175 – Arranging
Practical techniques of arranging music for a variety of vocal and instrumental mediums and in a variety of stylistic genres. Focus on arranging for small ensembles found both in school and church contexts.

MUS 4250 – Practice and Aesthetics of Church Music
Introduction to biblical foundations for Christian worship and a survey of the wide spectrum of practices and theology expressed in worship arts, especially music. Visits and observation of Chicago area congregations. The use of aesthetic judgment in evaluating music and art used in worship. The worship leader's role as educator and change agent in the context of a servant leadership model. Students develop evaluative tools to facilitate these goals and articulate a personal philosophy of church music ministry.

MUS 4910 – Independent Study in Music
Study project as proposed by the student and approved by the faculty

MUS 4970 – Internship in Music
Students have an opportunity to work with a variety of professional organizations, including churches, in fields such as radio, arts management and church choir/music ministry leadership. Please see the internship section of the catalog for requirements and guidelines.

MUS 5000 – Music Bibliography
An introduction to the basic canon of library resources in music research. Study will include general library resources, bibliographies of composers, music, music literature, and music sources. It will give a broad view of dictionaries, encyclopedias, discographies, dissertations, and Festschriften as well as histories, library catalogs, periodicals, periodical indexes, thematic catalogs and monuments. A key project in the class will be providing an appropriate bibliography for a selected research topic.

MUS 5001 – Performer's Survey I: Art Song
After a brief summary of the origins of music for the solo voice beginning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, this class will focus on art song repertoire in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. As appropriate for each period, it will foster a system of analysis for performance preparation that involves melody, harmony, rhythm, and poetic synthesis. Assignments will include readings and research papers, as well as out-of-class listening. The course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5002 – Performer's Survey Ii: Opera
The origins of opera, beginning in the late 16th century. Opera of the 17th century will be explored using recorded examples to illustrate the development of early opera and the relationship between music, libretto, and forms. These relationships will continue to be a focus in Classical, Romantic, and contemporary opera as will the major operatic composers of each period. The objective of the course is to foster a broad knowledge of many operatic works and detailed knowledge of selected operas. Assignments will include readings and research papers, as well as out-of-class listening. The course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5003 – Performer's Survey III: Oratorio/ Cantata/Mass
Detailing the rise of the cantata out of the 16th century monadic style and the madrigal, this course follows the development of the cantata beginning with the 17th century cantata da camera and cantata de chiesa, the latter fully developed by J.S. Bach and others in the Baroque period. Cantatas and other extended works under different nomenclatures and in different styles, as developed in various countries, will be explored. Early oratorios, with dramatic elements not found in cantatas, will be studied as precursors to the larger oratorios of the late Baroque and on, when large choirs took positions of importance and drama resembled opera. The objective of the course is to foster a broad knowledge of many works in this genre and detailed knowledge of selected works from the Baroque through the Contemporary periods. Assignments will include readings and research papers, as well as out-of-class listening. The course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5100 – Performance Practica
Students registered for this course are required to attend and participate in various performance-related assemblies including, but not limited to, recitals and/or studio classes, specified in each semester's syllabus.

MUS 5300 – Applications in Musical Analysis
A practical application of music theory and analysis skills aimed at exploring the factors that give unity and coherence to musical masterpieces. The course will survey important analytic methods and techniques and apply them to a designated repertoire, to be determined in part by the performance repertoire of the class, and in part by representation of important works in various musical genres.

MUS 5310 – Chamber/Duo Instrumental Repertoire
Lecture/Performance class emphasizing collaborative techniques, knowledge of performance practice, and analytical skills needed to perform standard keyboard repertory in combination with other instruments from all historical periods. The course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5401 – Vocal Pedagogy I
Physiology of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing. Mentored clincal teaching with in-class observation and critique. Tests cover text and lectures. Expectations and requirements for MMVP students are higher than for undergraduates who may be enrolled in the class, in teaching, and on tests.

MUS 5402 – Vocal Pedagogy II
A continuation of the work of MUS 5401 Vocal Pedagogy I: Physiology of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing. Mentored clinical teaching with in-class observation and critique. Tests cover text and lectures. Research paper on a voice related topic, either in the area of voice science or pedagogy. More emphasis on clinical teaching. Expectations and requirements for MMVP students are higher than for the undergraduates in teaching, on tests, and in research.

MUS 5421 – Lyric Diction: Latin and English
An overview of the sounds of Latin and English and foundational rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. This course is a prerequisite for all other diction courses.

MUS 5422 – Lyric Diction: Spanish
An overview of the sounds of Spanish and the basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5423 – Lyric Diction: Italian
An overview of the sounds of Italian and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5424 – Lyric Diction: German
An overview of the sounds of German and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5425 – Lyric Diction: French
An overview of the sounds of French and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5450 – Opera Workshop
For experienced singers selected through auditions by the instructor. Emphasis is on the development of singing-acting skills through lecture, discussion, and exercises in character interaction using appropriate staging techniques. A scene recital is presented at the conclusion of the course. Scenes may be performed in a foreign language or in English.

MUS 5455 – Opera Production
For a select group of experienced singers cast through auditions by the instructor. The skills developed in scene recital work will be called upon in this intensive preparation for a complete opera production. Chamber and full-length operas will be performed in yearly alternation, and may be in a foreign language or in English. Chamber operas will be accompanied by piano or an instrumental ensemble, and full-length operas will be with orchestra.

MUS 5500 – Vocal Pedagogy Clinical
The first semester of a two-semester clinical teaching experience. Each student will teach 3 students per week (thirty minute lessons) or by advisement, one voice class (fifty minute class). A course supervisor observes all lessons at least twice in the semester and, in private consultation, critiques the student's teaching.

MUS 5510 – Vocal Pedagogy Clinical II
The second semester of a year-long clinical teaching experience. Each student teaches 3 students per week (thirty minute lessons) or by advisement, one voice class (fifty minute class). A course supervisor observes all lessons at least twice in the semester and, in private consultation, critiques the student's teaching.

MUS 5650 – Master Classes in Vocal Performance
The Master Class is a workshop on style and presentation of solo vocal works in art song, opera, or oratorio specifically for the purposes of preparing students for future auditions. A convincing performance is built on an authoritative interpretation as well its physical externalization. The interpretation is developed through the student's research of form, melody, harmony, text setting, and/or historical placement as appropriate. The externalization focuses on the contributions of the face, eyes, and gestures to a complete performance. The class schedule will be posted before registration and may involve evening or weekend hours. The course will address performance consideration for both singers and collaborative pianists.

MUS 5700 – Career Seminar
This seminar will focus on various aspects of a professional career in music including topics such as the audition process, setting up a teaching studio, writing resumes, management of business aspects and assessment of opportunities in the field.

MUS 5800 – University Choir
Graduate choral work builds on the undergraduate experience (see MUS 0800) with a more advanced level of execution expected. Graduate students may be offered leadership roles in the ensemble, as section leaders and/or soloists.

MUS 5890 – Chamber Singers
Graduate participation in Chamber Singers assumes a high degree of mastery of vocal skill, musicianship, and professionalism. The goal for this ensemble is to function as a group of soloists in the true chamber style, performing music that profits from more intimate renderings. Students participate in multiple performances both on and off campus. Auditions are competitive and based on the needs of the ensemble.

MUS 5910 – Independent Study in Graduate Music
Independent instruction in music at the Graduate level.

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