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The Department of Music maintains a philosophy of education which seeks to provide a means
for spiritual, intellectual and artistic development consistent with a liberal education.

With an annual schedule of more than thirty public presentations and an accomplished artist faculty, Briar Cliff's Music Department exemplifies the unity of musicianship and educational practice needed for success in the real world. Graduates from the music department make significant contributions in their respective communities: they are teachers and administrators in private and public schools and institutions of higher education; they own and operate private studios; they work as professional concert artists, accompanists, church musicians, and directors of regional theatres; and they are graduate students at major research universities. 

The core of every music curriculum is the individual lesson and performing ensembles. The music major focuses on voice, piano, and choral conducting. All music majors must enroll in applied music courses and take part in regularly scheduled performance seminars each term. Participation in at least one performing ensemble (Cliff Singers, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, or liturgical ensembles) each term the student is registered is required for graduation. The  department facilitates abundant opportunities to develop musicianship through performances in recitals and seminars, theoretical analysis, acquiring familiarity with musical styles throughout history, listening experiences, studies in keyboard skills, conducting and effective choral rehearsal techniques, and information technologies. 

 

Bachelor of Arts
The following are courses required for a major in Music:

MUSC 114 Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUSC 115 Music Theory II
MUSC 125 (American Popular Music) or 225 (Music of the World's Peoples)
MUSC 247 Music History and Literature I
MUSC 248 Music History and Literature II
MUSC 314 Music Theory III
MUSC 315 Music Theory IV
MUSC 437 Conducting I
MUSC 438 Conducting II

MUSC 439 is an elective and requires the permission of the instructor.

Students completing an endorsement in music education must also complete MUSC 345 and 440.

All music majors must complete the following requirements, each semester of registration: 1) voice and/or piano lessons, 2) choral ensembles, as determined by the faculty, 3) recital attendance, in addition music majors must complete 4) a piano proficiency exam, and 5) senior recital or senior project. The Department of Music will accept no grade below a C in any MUSC course. Students are required to pass WRTG with a C or better and are expected to demonstrate consistent quality in writing in all major courses. The music faculty will certify the general education service component and computer usage, moral/ethical reasoning, oral communication, research and writing in this major. All other degree requirements are outlined on page 71 of the BCU Catalog. 

Music majors are to register for recital attendance each semester of enrollment and are required to attend all music performances given by faculty and students, on and off campus. Music majors must pass the piano proficiency exam by the end of the second full year of study in order to continue in the program as a music major. Students pursuing an endorsement in music education may not student teach until the piano proficiency exam is completed. The proficiency exam in piano includes demonstrating the ability to perform vocal exercises, scales, chord progressions, choral score reading, harmonization, transposition, and the performance of vocal accompaniments. A senior recital or senior project, approved by the music faculty, must be completed before graduation. 

 

MINOR
Requirements: Six courses: MUSC 114, 115, 248, one of MUSC 125, 225, or 247 plus one elective. Six semesters of applied lessons in either voice or piano, six semesters of ensembles, and six semesters of recital attendance are also required for the music minor. Cliff Singers is the required ensemble for the music minor with vocal emphasis. 



TEACHING ENDORSEMENT
Requirements: For students wishing to pursue a career in teaching, the department of music offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in music education. A teaching major with both K-6 and 7-12 endorsement requires the courses necessary for the general music major plus MUSC 345, 440 and a minor in secondary education. Approval of certification in vocal and/or classroom music has been granted by the Iowa Department of Education. 

 

MUSIC COURSES (MUSC)

MUSC 114 Fundamentals of Music Theory I 3 sem. hrs. (FT)
An introductory course covering the basic elements of music including pitch, notation, rhythm, meter, scales, key signatures, modes, intervals and triads. This course is designed for the student with little or no background in music theory. Students with previous formal instruction in music theory may request to test out of this course by passing a Fundamentals Exam (see instructor). 

MUSC 114 Music Theory Lab I   1 sem. hr.                                                                                Sight singing and ear training lab corresponding to the regular lecture classes in Music Theory I. This course introduces students to sight singing using solfege syllables and to basic ear training skills. Exercises in keyboard harmony are also included.   

MUSC 115 Music Theory II 3 sem. hrs.
Continued study of tonality in vocal and instrumental music including four-part choral writing and voice leading procedures. Also includes harmonic cadences, nonharmonic tones, melodic organization, rhythm, texture, and dominant seventh chords.  Prerequisite: MUSC 114 or permission of instructor    

MUSC 115 Music Theory Lab II   1 sem. hr.                                                                  Sight singing and ear training lab corresponding to the regular lecture classes in Music Theory II. Basic practice in sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation. Exercises in keyboard harmony are also included.    

MUSC 125 American Popular Music (Online) 3 sem. hrs.
A music appreciation course focused on the history and evolution of rock music. Topics include ragtime, Tin Pan alley, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, country, soul, Motown, British invasion, folk psychedelic rock, southern rock, heavy metal, art and glitter rock, ska and reggae, punk rock, new wave, funk, disco, hip-hop and rap. All reading assignments, listening assignments, writing assignments, quizzes and exams are completed online.  

MUSC 220 Music Appreciation 3 sem. hrs. (AE)
A survey of music literature with the purpose of furnishing a basis for informed listening to  music. The course is designed to give an understanding of the various genres and forms of music, introduce different historical styles or art music, and expose the student to selection  from the standard art music literature. There will be some time spent exploring traditional folk  music, religious music, jazz, popular music, and music from the Eastern and Western cultures of the world. A large portion of the class will be used to explore traditional classical music. The elements of music will be introduced in order to help the student understand common terminology used while discussing music. There will be a great deal of listening to music in this course along with daily reading from the textbook.   

MUSC 225 One World: Music of the World's Peoples 3 sem. hrs. (MC)
An introduction to non-Western music encountered in Native America, East Asia, Africa, India,  Latin America, and the Middle East. This course explores musical cultures throughout the world  examining a panorama of musical expression - music as a universal activity, discovering how  other cultures create music and how they define it, how and when music is used in daily life and for special events, revealing how music is an expression of culture. Prerequisite: Honors student, music major or minor    

MUSC 247 Music History and Literature I 3 sem. hrs. (AE)
A study of musical developments in art music from their origins through the Pre-classical era  (1760-70). Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of styles, forms, instrumentation, and  performance practice. Areas to be explored include (but are not limited to): music of Antiquity; the development of Gregorian chant, organum, the isorhythmic motet, and the rise of the  secular song in the Middle Ages; the importance of the Mass, the Motet, and the Madrigal in the Renaissance; the beginning of opera and the rise of instrumental music in the Baroque and Pre- classical eras. The musical elements will be introduced and the student is expected to do aural  analysis and be able to identify through listening the music and forms from each of these period  of music history.    

MUSC 248 Music History and Literature II 3 sem. hrs. (AE)
A study of musical developments in art music from the Classical Period (1760-70) through to the  present day. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of styles, forms, instrumentation, and  performance practice. The emergence and development of the symphony, sonata, concerto,  art song, and opera will be studied as well as a variety of different music compositional styles. These styles include (but are not limited to): Classical, Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Neoclassicism, Primitivism, Serialism, Aleatoric music, Electronic music,  Neoromanticism, and Minimalism. Very little emphasis will be placed on popular music or jazz. The musical elements will be introduced and the student is expected to do aural analysis and be able to identify through listening to music and forms from each of these periods of music history.      

MUSC 314 Music Theory III 3 sem. hrs.
Continued study of harmony including non-dominant sevenths, secondary dominants and  leading tones, modulation and basic binary and ternary form. Introduction to altered chords including Neapolitan 6ths, borrowed chords and augmented 6th chords. Prerequisite: MUSC 115    

MUSC 314 Music Theory Lab III   2 sem. hrs.                                                                           Sight singing and ear training lab corresponding to the regular lecture classes in Music Theory  III. Intermediate practice in sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation. Exercises in  keyboard harmony are also included.   

MUSC 315 Music Theory IV 3 sem. hrs.
Introduction to late Renaissance polyphony, eighteenth-century counterpoint and the fugue.  Extended and chromatic harmony including 9th, 11th, and 13th chords. Sonata form, rondo  form, and variation technique. Introduction to contemporary music of the 20th and 21st  centuries including twelve-tone technique and set theory anaylsis.  

MUSC 315 Music Theory Lab IV   2 sem. hrs.                                                               Sight singing and ear training lab corresponding to the regular lecture classes in Music Theory IV. Advanced practice in sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation. Exercises in keyboard harmony are also included.   

MUSC 335 Music for Elementary Teacher 3 sem. hrs.
Provides background skills and materials in music necessary for the prospective elementary  teacher. Includes a study of methods and materials of music education in the elementary  school. Students are required to attend one weekly lab session in addition to the three class  periods.    

MUSC 340 Piano Pedagogy   2 sem. hrs.                                                              Interactive seminar focused on piano pedagogy, piano performance/technique and piano  repertoire. Various pedagogical techniques and learning theories will be discussed with the  primary focus on beginning level students in both private and group settings. The course will also survey current piano methods and investigate approaches to teaching technique, theory, sight reading, improvisation, and the business aspects of studio teaching. The performance component will focus on technical development, physical awareness, performance anxiety, memorization and style interpretation. Piano literature from the four principle style periods will be discussed and analyzed from a performance perspective. This will include both concert repertoire and teaching repertoire.Prerequisite: Departmental approval and permission of instructor.   

MUSC 345 Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School 3 sem. hrs.
A preparation for teaching music in the primary and intermediate grades. Activities for singing,
rhythm, listening, body movement and creative activities, with emphasis on curriculum development and lesson planning. For music major and minors only. Students must complete 20 hours of observation/teaching in an assigned field experience.

MUSC 437 Conducting I 3 sem. hrs.
The techniques and skills of communication via gesture are explored in this skill-oriented course. Emphasis on concise techniques, use of right and left hand, cueing, phrasing, negation, gesture of syncopation, and releases. Students who are not music majors or minors should obtain the consent of the instructor before registering for the course.

MUSC 438 Conducting II 3 sem. hrs.
Following successful completion of MUSC 437, this course is a continuation and development of  choral musicianship through conducting and study of choral literature. The addition of active  and passive gestures as well as left hand fluency will be emphasized in this course. In-class conduction of recitatives, anthems, and other literature serves to integrate and apply skills.  Prerequisite: MUSC 437  

MUSC 439 Choral Procedures 2 sem. hrs.
Following successful completion of MUSC 438, lectures and discussion will center around the  choral rehearsal. Error detection, problem-solving and sound refinement are the critical skills to be developed. It is intended and desired that a laboratory choir be found to facilitate hands-on learning. It is the marriage of these new skills to the basic conducting skills learned in previous semesters that constitute the ultimate goal of this class.  Prerequisite: MUSC 438 and permission of instructor   

MUSC 440 Methods of Teaching Music in the Secondary School 3 sem. hrs.
A comprehensive course dealing with teaching learning systems, materials, curriculum development and lesson planning in junior high and high school music programs. Students must complete 20 hours of observation/teaching in an assigned field experience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor    

MUSC IS   1 or 2 sem. hr(s).                                                                        Accompanying; Conducting; Vocal Pedagogy; Diction: German, French, Italian; Opera Workshop;  European Experience; Music Technology (required); Senior Recital or Senior Project (required). 

MUSC 175, 275, 375, 475 Independent Study 3 sem. hrs.
Open to students who wish to engage in directed research in a selected area. With departmental approval

Ensembles 1 sem. hr. each
Various performance opportunities are offered to all students by the music department.
Participation in all groups is decided by audition or permission of instructor.  

Chamber Choir 48M
Cliff Singers 50M
Jazz Ensemble 55M


MUSC Applied Music 1 sem. hr. each


Organ
Piano
Piano
Voice
Voice
Freshman & Sophomore
MUSC 250
MUSC 255A (1)
MUSC 255B (2)
MUSC 260A (1)
MUSC 260B (2)
Junior & Senior
MUSC 450
MUSC 455A (1)
MUSC 455B (2)
MUSC 460 (1)
MUSC 460B (2)


Class instruction in piano and voice is offered for students with little or no background.
An additional fee is charged for private lessons in organ, piano and voice.