COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Music Courses (MU)


MU-1103 Music Fundamentals (2 credits)

Students will learn the elements of music: pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, chord construction, ear training, and solfege.

MU-1110 Music, Worship, and the Church (1 credit)

This is an introductory course designed to give the non-Music major a basic understanding of the nature of corporate worship and the role of music in worship and ministry. Required for non-Music majors who score 15 or higher on the MU-1130 diagnostic test or who transfer credits to be applied toward MU-1130 Exploring Music.

MU-1111 Music Theory I (3 credits: 4 class hours weekly)

Elements of music, four-part writing, composition and improvisation, sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony will be studied. Required for BMus and BA students.

MU-1112 Music Theory II (4 credits: 5 class hours weekly)

Expanded harmonic materials from MU-1111 Music Theory I, further training in four-part writing, composition, improvisation, analysis, sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony will be studied. Required for BMus and BA students. Prerequisite: MU-1111 Music Theory I or consent of instructor or chair.

MU-1130 Exploring Music (3 credits)

Students will be introduced to basic music skills, outline music history and styles, and discuss the role of music in worship and ministry. Designed for non-Music majors. Students who pass a fundamentals diagnostic test have the option to substitute certain other music courses upon approval of the Music Department.

MU-1131 Church Music Philosophy (2 credits)

Students will study the biblical principles of music in ministry. Objectives are developed and criteria are established for evaluating the total church music program, with special emphasis on worship and evangelism. A comparative study of liturgies is included.

MU-2206 Conducting I (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

This is a study of congregational and choral techniques as well as principles of musical expression. One class session per week is considered a lab experience. Prerequisite: MU-1111 Music Theory I or consent of the instructor.

MU-2211 Music Theory III (4 credits: 5 class hours weekly)

This is a continuation of the study of harmony, sight singing, keyboard harmony, and ear training as found in Music Theory I and II. Study of secondary dominants, diminished sevenths, modulation, borrowed chords, modal mixture, and extended chromaticism. Incorporates harmonization from a figured bass, a given soprano, or an original melody. Ear training, keyboard harmony, and sight singing relate to the work covered in written harmony. Prerequisite: MU-1112 Music Theory II.

MU-2212 Music Theory IV (3 credits: 4 class hours weekly)

This is a continuation of the study of harmony, sight singing, keyboard harmony, and ear training as found in MU-2211 Music Theory III. Study of augmented sixth chords, chords of the ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth, application of part-writing procedures to instrumental music, alto and tenor clefs, introduction to jazz and popular music techniques, and introduction to modern techniques. Incorporates harmonization from a figured bass, a given soprano, or an original melody. Ear training, keyboard harmony, and sight singing relate to the work covered in written harmony. Prerequisite: MU-2211 Music Theory III.

MU-2213 Survey of Music Literature (3 credits)

A historical approach to the literature of music of Western civilization and related visual arts, with a general overview of composers and their styles from 500 AD to the present will be covered. An introduction to world music will be included.

MU-2217, 2218, 2219, 2220 Diction for Singers I-IV (1 credit per each course)

This is an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which is used in the phonetic analysis of English, Italian, German, and French diction as applied to the solo voice. Prerequisite: MU-2217 (English Diction) must be completed before taking MU-2219 or MU-2220.

MU-2238 Introduction to World Music (2 credits)

Students will study and analyze the music of ethnic/people groups by examining cultural traditions, belief systems, and practices of world cultures. Prerequisites: MU-1130 Exploring Music, MU-1111 Music Theory I, or consent of the instructor.

MU-2240 Ethnomusicology Research (1 credit)

Taken concurrently with MU-2238 Introduction to World Music, this course features research using primary source materials, and culminates in a major written project describing one music culture or subculture. Prerequisites: MU-1130 Exploring Music, MU-1111 Music Theory I, or consent of the instructor.

MU-2244 Music Drama Workshop (2 credits)

Students are introduced to the art of acting while singing. Areas of study may include acting, singing in ensemble, constructing sets and costumes, and relating resources that can be used in the local church or other ministry contexts. May be repeated with consent of the instructor. Not offered every year. This course is required for students in the Bachelor of Music—Voice emphasis. All other interested students should discuss the possibility of enrolling with the instructor one semester prior to the beginning of the course.

MU-2248 Planning Contemporary Worship (2 credits)

Students will learn how to plan worship services using a wide range of materials, including music styles from praise choruses to hymnody, drama, technical support, and visual elements. Prerequisites: MU-1130 Exploring Music, MU-1111 Music Theory I, or consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-2268 Songwriting (2 credits)

Students will learn how to write songs based upon the following styles: chant, early polyphony, art songs, national anthems, folk songs, popular songs, commercial music, hymns, and Christian contemporary music. Not offered every year.

MU-3303 Music Theory V (2 credits)

This includes an analysis and techniques of composition for modern music, including polytonal set theory, 12-tone, electronic, and aleatoric applications. Prerequisite: MU-2212 Music Theory IV or consent of the instructor.

MU-3305/3306 Piano Service Playing I/II (2 credits per each course)

This involves a study of the various roles that a pianist is expected to take in corporate worship: accompanying and/or leading congregational singing (either with the piano alone or as a part of an ensemble of one or more additional instruments); accompanying choirs, solos, or ensembles (vocal or instrumental); and providing appropriate solo material. Prerequisite: 2000-level Piano or Organ study or consent of the instructor.

MU-3307/3308 Organ Service Playing I/II (2 credits per each course)

This involves a study of the various roles that an organist is expected to take in corporate worship: accompanying and/or leading congregational singing (either with the organ alone or as a part of an ensemble of one or more additional instruments); accompanying choirs, solos, or ensembles (vocal or instrumental); leading (conducting) choirs or ensembles from the organ console; and providing appropriate solo material. Not offered every year. Prerequisite: 2200-level Organ study or consent of the instructor.

MU-3310 Western Vocal Music from 1500 to 1750 (2 credits)

Students will be guided in a historical analysis of the major vocal music forms in Western music from 1500–1750 with in-depth studies of musical examples. Attention is given to societal trends, issues, and mores as they relate to the discipline of music. Prerequisite: MU-2213 Survey of Music Literature. Not offered every year.

MU-3317 Conducting II (1 credit 2 class hours weekly)

A continuation of MU-2206 Conducting I, students will prepare and study larger works. One class session per week is considered a lab experience. Prerequisite: MU-2206 Conducting I.

MU-3318 Conducting III (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

A continuation of MU-3317 Conducting II, students will learn specialized conducting techniques, repertoire, choral diction, and rehearsal techniques. One class session per week is considered a lab experience. Prerequisite: MU-3317 Conducting II.

MU-3320 The Symphony from 1720 to 1880 (2 credits)

Students will examine the origins and maturation of the genre known as the symphony, from its emergence in the mid-eighteenth century to the work of the late Romantics such as Brahms and Mahler. Also included is an exploration of societal trends, other art forms, tangential historical events, and current issues as applicable. Prerequisite: MU-2213 Survey of Music Literature. Not offered every year.

MU-3328 Applied Ethnomusicology (3 credits)

Students will be exposed to the ideas and tools for cross-cultural music ministry. Topics include ethnomusicology research, planning for cross-cultural music ministry, setting up music workshops, strategies for developing and disseminating indigenous Christian music, and more. The focus is on learning to empower a group of people to create culturally appropriate Christian music and to use it successfully in evangelism, worship, and church planting. Real-life case studies from around the world will be considered to determine what sociocultural factors will encourage or impede the development of indigenous Christian music. Prerequisites: MU-2238 Introduction to World Music, MU-2240 Ethnomusicology Research, and MU-2212 Music Theory IV. Not offered every year.

MU-3330 American Musical Heritage from 1500 to the Present (2 credits)

Students will examine the various periods, people groups, cultures, and musics in America, beginning with indigenous people groups and culminating in the popular styles of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MU-2213 Survey of Music Literature. Not offered every year.

MU-3331 Church Music Arranging (2 credits)

The process of arranging music for church will be studied. Students will write arrangements for a variety of settings and instruments. Prerequisite: MU-1112 Music Theory II. Not offered every year.

MU-3334 Principles of Music Technology (2 credits)

Students will expand upon their knowledge of music technology, including an introduction to MIDI. This course also includes a survey of music recording and reproduction hardware and software, addressing such topics as microphones, stereo recording techniques, audio editing and mixing in digital audio workstation software, and audio plugins. Prerequisites: MU-1130 Exploring Music, MU-1111 Music Theory I, or permission of instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-3337 Instrumental Methods I (2 credits)

This is a study of materials, methods, and techniques for training school and church orchestras, bands, and instrumental ensembles of woodwinds and brass. Not offered every year.

MU-3338 Instrumental Methods II (2 credits)

This is a study of materials, methods, and techniques for training school and church orchestras, bands, and instrumental ensembles of strings and percussion. Not offered every year.

MU-3340 Early Childhood Music Ministries (1 credit)

Students will be prepared to minister to young children in a church or Christian preschool setting by studying music curricula and methods that integrate Christian songs, folk songs, Bible stories, and movement. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-3344 Leading the Children’s Choir (2 credits)

This will involve strategies for the successful leading of children’s choirs. Included are examination of purposes for children’s music ministry, gaining knowledge regarding music curricula, developing techniques for the leading of children’s ensembles, and engaging with the principles of administration. Prerequisite: MU-2206 Conducting I; MU-2206 may be taken concurrently.

MU-3348 Conducting IV (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

Designed to introduce the non-Instrumental Music Emphasis student to the technique of conducting instrumental ensembles, areas covered include score study, transposition, tuning systems, musical terms, and large ensemble seating arrangement. Prerequisite: MU-3317 Conducting II. Not offered every year.

MU-3349 Current Practices in Worship Leading (2 credits)

A hands-on study of how to rehearse and arrange for small contemporary ensembles, this course incorporates voice, instrument, and rhythm sections. Prerequisites: MU-1130 Exploring Music or high score on diagnostic test, MU-1111 Music Theory I, or consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-4401 Form and Analysis (2 credits)

This is a study of basic structures and procedures of musical compositions. Historical contexts and practical applications for performance are emphasized. Prerequisite: MU-2212 Music Theory IV or consent of the instructor.

MU-4403 Orchestration (2 credits)

This course is designed to give the church musician knowledge and practice in scoring and arranging for orchestral instruments. Prerequisite: MU-2212 Music Theory IV. Not offered every year.

MU-4405 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint (2 credits)

Students will study and apply the principles for writing and analyzing eighteenth-century counterpoint, featuring invention, canon, and fugue. Prerequisite: MU-2212 Music Theory IV. Not offered every year.

MU-4409 Topics in Music (2 credits)

This is a study of selected topics in music to be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic of study differs.

MU-4410 Directed Study in Music (1–3 credits)

Under departmental guidance, students conduct individual research in specific areas of music of interest to them. Offered by student request and approval of the chair and subject to faculty availability.

MU-4411 Vocal Literature (2 credits)

This is a survey of the art song: sacred and secular songs from the seventeenth century to the present. Prerequisite: 3000-level Voice study or consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-4422 Piano Performance Literature (2 credits)

A survey of piano literature from the Baroque period to the present, students will analyze the works of major composers. The emphasis of this course is on performance practice and teaching. Prerequisite: 2000-level Piano study. Not offered every year.

MU-4424 Organ Performance Literature (2 credits)

A survey of organ literature from the Middle Ages to the present, students will analyze the works of major composers. The emphasis of this course is on performance practice, organ building styles, and registration. Not offered every year. Prerequisite: 2000-level Organ study.

MU-4426 Collaborative Piano (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

This course is designed to teach the skills and techniques of rehearsing and collaborating with vocal and instrumental soloists and keyboard ensembles (2 pianos, 4-hands, organ-piano duets). Mainly a lab experience (performance class setting). Prerequisites: 3000-level Piano study, 3000-level Organ study, or consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-4430 Piano Pedagogy (2 credits)

Students will study the principles of teaching piano, with emphasis on beginning students of all ages. A survey of current method series and the pedagogy of hymn playing are included. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

MU-4431 Instrumental Performance Literature (2 credits)

In this survey course, students will review instrumental materials available for performing and teaching from various styles and periods. Music for the church service is emphasized along with the specialized needs of the student. Prerequisite: 2000-level Instrument study. Not offered every year.

MU-4434 Advanced Music Technology (2 credits)

Advanced MIDI topics, including orchestral mock ups, sound design, mixing, and introduction to multimedia as applied to the church are covered in this course. Prerequisite: MU-3334 Principles of Music Technology or consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-4441 The Song of the Church (2 credits)

This is a survey of congregational song for Christian worship in the context of the history of the church, with consideration of the Psalms and other hymns in Scripture, Greek and Latin hymns, hymns of the Reformation, English and American hymns, the gospel song, and modern trends in hymn writing. Standards for the analysis and evaluation of hymns, hymn tunes, and hymnals are developed.

MU-4442 Church Music Ministries (3 credits)

Designed to give the developing church musician the tools for effective service in the pastoral ministry of music in the local church, students learn skills in administration and organization, as well as oversight of children’s and youth choir programs, rhythm sections, sound systems, and handbell ensembles.

MU-4448 Instrumental Conducting (2 credits)

Baton techniques, score study, tuning systems, and adapting music for bands and orchestras are studied in this course. Required for BMus Instrument emphasis. Prerequisite: MU-3317 Conducting II. Not offered every year.

MU-4449 Vocal Pedagogy (2 credits)

This course is designed to acquaint the prospective voice teacher with the science of vocal instruction and to guide that future teacher into the establishment of an individual pedagogical technique. Prerequisite: 2000-level Voice study or consent of the instructor. Not offered every year.

MU-4450 Church Music Internship I (2 credits)

This is a summation course for the Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship. It is designed to help students discern their potential in vocational music ministry, while providing a group context to exchange experiences from internship assignments. An acceptable internship assignment is a supervised church-related ministry that encompasses a full year. It must include no less than a semester of supervised observational experience and a semester of supervised practical experiences. The required time commitment at the church is three to eight hours per week.

MU-4451 Church Music Internship II (1 credit)

This is a continuation of Church Music Internship I. Prerequisite: MU-4450 Church Music Internship I.

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Applied Music Lessons (ML)


Instruction in piano, organ, voice, and instruments is offered in class and private lessons.

Class Lessons
Students who have had no instruction in piano should complete one semester of class instruction before they are eligible for taking private lessons. Class instruction in other areas may be provided as well and may be required of the beginning student.

 Private Lessons (available for credit only)
One half-hour lesson plus five hours practice per week—1 semester hour
One hour lesson plus ten hours practice per week—2 semester hours

Music majors who are registered for private lessons in their primary applied area are required to attend a performance class conducted by their instructor, and have specific requirements for attendance at music programs and recitals. Music majors are expected to perform in recitals at least once per semester on the recommendation of their instructors. Jury examinations are held at the end of each semester for all students taking lessons.

COMPOSITION

ML-1150-1152, 2250–2252, 3350–3352, 4450–4452 Composition Lesson

Specific semester requirements for composition forms and techniques are available in the Music Department Blackboard site.

CONDUCTING

ML-3330 Conducting Lesson (1 credit)

Specific semester requirements are available on the Music Department Blackboard site. Prerequisites: Conducting I, II, III (MU-2206, MU-3317, MU-3318). Either course may be repeated.

PIANO

ML-1105 Piano Proficiency (1 credit)

Basic keyboard skills in sight-reading, hymn playing, technique, accompaniment, harmonization, and memorized repertoires. This course may be repeated until the piano proficiency exam has been passed.

ML-1106 Piano Class (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

Fundamental piano techniques for those with no piano background.

ML-1112 Intermediate Piano Class (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

Continuation of ML-1106 Piano Class. Prerequisite: ML-1106 or consent of the instructor.

ML-1160–1162, 2260–2262, 3360–3362, 4460–4462 Piano Lesson

Specific semester requirements are available on the Music Department Blackboard site. All courses may be repeated.

ORGAN

ML-1107 Organ Class (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

Fundamental organ techniques for those with piano background. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

ML-1170–1172, 2270–2272, 3370–3372, 4470–4472 Organ Lesson

Specific semester requirements are available on the Music Department Blackboard site. All courses may be repeated.

VOICE

ML-1108 Voice Class (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

An introduction to singing for students with no previous vocal instruction. This course emphasizes the basic principles of vocal technique: posture, breath management, vocal tone, and diction. Other areas related to music, text, and performance ministry will also be covered. Not offered every semester.

ML-1180–1182, 2280–2282, 3380–3382, 4480–4482 Voice Lesson

Specific semester requirements are available on the Music Department Blackboard site. All courses may be repeated.

INSTRUMENT

ML-1110 Guitar Class (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

Study of the fundamentals of guitar skills appropriate for leading singing in group settings.

ML-1111 Intermediate Guitar Class (1 credit: 2 class hours weekly)

Study of intermediate guitar skills appropriate for ministry settings.

ML-1140–1142, 1190–1192, 2240–2242, 2290–2292, 3340–3342, 3390–3392, 4440–4442, 4490–4492 Instrumental Lesson

Specific semester requirements are available on the Music Department Blackboard site. All courses may be repeated.

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Music Ensembles (ME)


Chorale, Men's Collegiate Choir, Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble and Symphonic Band each tour twice yearly in the United States and Canada, with occasional international tours in the summer.

ME-1131 Chorale (1 credit)

Open to all students on the basis of audition.

ME-1132 Men's Collegiate Choir (1 credit)

Open to male students on the basis of audition.

ME-1133 Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble (1 credit)

Open to female students on the basis of audition.

ME-1134 Symphonic Band (1 credit)

Open to all students on the basis of audition.

ME-1135 Oratorio Chorus (1/4 credit)

Open to all Moody Bible Institute students and employees for the study and performance of standard oratorios.

ME-1137 Chamber Music (1/2 credit)

Open to all students on the basis of audition. Brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, handbell ensemble, string ensemble, world music ensemble and jazz ensemble are some of the options. Not every ensemble offered every semester.


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