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MUSC0200 Master Class (0)

Weekly one-hour recital and workshop required of music majors.

MUSC0250 Concert/Recital Attendance (0)

Music majors are required to attend a minimum of 10 concerts and recitals each semester, providing exposure to a wide variety of performances and repertoire.

MUSC0900 Fundamentals of Music (2)

Topics include music reading and conceptualizing, treble and bass clef notation, simple and compound time signatures, rhythmic notation, melodic notation, sol-fege singing, and Finale note entry software use. This class is required for those scoring below 75% on the Basics of Music pre-test. Offered Quad 1 fall semester. Credit for courses numbered below 1000 is not transferable. Corequisites: MUSC1210

MUSC1200 Beginning Music Theory I (2)

An introduction to the fundamentals of harmony and the use of analysis as the central activity in the study of music theory. Prerequisites: MUSC0900, or instructor's approval Corequisites: MUSC1210

MUSC1210 Beginning Music Theory I Laboratory (1)

An introduction to and application of aural skills, including sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, melodic and harmonic dictation. Corequisites: MUSC1200

MUSC1220 Beginning Music Theory II (3)

A further study and application of the fundamentals of harmony and the use of analysis as the central activity in the study of music theory. Prerequisites: MUSC1200 Corequisites: MUSC1230

MUSC1230 Beginning Music Theory II Laboratory (1)

A further study and application of aural skills, including sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUSC1200 Corequisites: MUSC1220

MUSC1260 Fundamentals of Acting (3)

A course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental skills necessary to acting and to explore the basic elements of the actor's art. This course will explore the physical, vocal, intellectual, and technical aspects of acting in a format that encourages freedom of imagination and personal growth. Offered: Every Fall.

MUSC1270 Introduction to Directing (3)

The study of the basic techniques of stage direction including play analysis, director/actor and director/designer communication, and technical problems of movement, composition, picturization, and blocking. Students will practice the craft by presenting in-depth research and script analysis and directing scene work. Offered: Alternate Spring Semesters.

MUSC1310 Digital Music and Technology (3)

An introduction to computer and sound technologies used in church, studio, classroom, and performing venues. Technologies will include applications in office-suite (word processing, data base, presentation, spread sheet), musical notation, musical composition, accompaniment, and digital recording as well as hands-on work in mixing and sound reinforcement.

MUSC2020 Survey of Performing Arts (3)

An introduction to the stylistic characteristics and cultural climate of the important artistic epochs in history. Includes both the western and the non-western traditions.

MUSC2094 Special Topics (1-3)

A concentrated study of one topic in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2096 Field Experience in Worship Arts (1)

Course is an overview of the ministry and work of a church worship pastor. During a 30-hour field experience the student, the music department supervising faculty member, and the cooperating local church music leader will coordinate for weekly meetings and assignments. Course is designed for observation and hands-on experience in music ministry in the church.

MUSC2110 Introduction to Worship Arts and Leadership (2)

An introductory course dealing with the call to ministry through music. Topics include fundamental philosophies of music in the church, current issues and practical considerations of a career in the church today. Offered: Alternate years; normally offered fall odd numbered years.

MUSC2200 Intermediate Music Theory I (3)

Study of harmony and analysis including modulation, romantic harmony, enharmonic functions, elementary forms and 20th century techniques. Prerequisites: MUSC1230, MUSC1220 Corequisites: MUSC2210

MUSC2210 Intermediate Music Theory Laboratory I (1)

Study and application of aural skills, including sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, four-part dictation and advanced harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUSC1220, MUSC1230 Corequisites: MUSC2200

MUSC2220 Intermediate Music Theory II (3)

Further study of harmony and analysis including modulation, romantic harmony, enharmonic functions, elementary forms and 20th century techniques. Prerequisites: MUSC2200, MUSC2210 Corequisites: MUSC2230

MUSC2230 Intermediate Music Theory Lab II (1)

Further study and application of aural skills, including sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, four-part dictation and advanced harmonic dictation. Prerequisites: MUSC2200, MUSC2210 Corequisites: MUSC2220

MUSC2240 Improvisation (3)

Group study and exercise of improvisation. Students will explore jazz, blues, classical, and popular styles. May be repeated for credit. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall even numbered years. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2250 Private Music Instruction in Instrument or Voice (1-2)

Private instruction in piano, voice, organ, strings, percussion, woodwind or brass instruments. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2251 Private Music Instruction in Instrument or Voice for the Music Major (1-2)

Private instruction in piano, voice, organ, strings, percussion, woodwind or brass instruments. Weekly 30 or 60 minute lesson, weekly Master Class and jury examination required. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC2260 Advanced Acting (3)

A continuation of Fundamentals of Acting, this course is designed to further explore the actor's art, and continue to develop the individual's technique. Offered: Alternate Spring Semesters. Prerequisites: MUSC1260, or instructor's approval

MUSC2350B Brass Methods (1)

Private or group instruction on one high and one low brass instrument, emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school instrumental programs. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring odd number years. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC2350P Percussion Methods (1)

Private or group percussion instruction emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school instrumental programs. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring even number years. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC2350S String Methods (1)

Private or group instruction on two string instruments emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school string programs. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall even number years. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC2350W Woodwind Methods (1)

Private or group instruction on two woodwind instruments emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school instrumental programs. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall odd numbered years. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC2370 Bella Voce (0-1)

Women's choir whose membership is open to non-majors as well as majors. Personnel chosen by audition. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2371 University Men's Choir (0-1)

Audition for placement in appropriate section. Choir sings in music department concerts, chapels, and selected churches and community events. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC2420 Musical Theatre Production/Opera Workshop (0-1)

Hands-on involvement in the performing of an opera, opera scenes, or a Broadway musical, including acting, singing, choreography, stage lighting and set construction. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2430 Jazz Revival (0-1)

A jazz ensemble with vocalists and instrumentalists chosen by audition, with a broad repertoire of jazz and popular music. Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2440 Orchestra (0-1)

Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2450 Chamber Ensemble (0-1)

A course designed for students ready to participate in a small chamber group. Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2451 Jazz Ensemble (0-1)

A course designed for students ready to participate in a jazz ensemble setting. Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2460 Concert Band (0-1)

Most woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments are represented in the Concert Band. Membership is open to majors and proficient non-majors. May be repeated for credit. Initial auditions each year are primarily for chair placement. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2470 Troupe (0-2)

Auditioned ensemble which will form the core of NNU’s theatre production. Members commit to a twice-weekly meeting time designed to foster ensemble and to build, staff and act in the production season. Production responsibilities will be assigned through consultation between the student and instructor. Intended for the student who wants a more intense and immersive experience in theatre production than participation in a play or musical can provide. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Audition.

MUSC2480 Theatre Production (0-1)

Hands-on involvement in the performing of a theatrical production, including acting, costuming, stage lighting, set construction and theatre management. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2490 University Choir and Orchestra (0-1)

An ensemble of select personnel chosen by audition. Ensemble's aims are to perform a variety of choral/orchestral literature from classical to contemporary. Membership open to majors and non-majors. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC2950 Field Experience in Music Management I (1)

Hands on experience managing a large ensemble through a tour, managing several small ensembles in small venue performances, or managing a large event like a festival or artist-in-residence visit. Management considerations include logistics, budgets, travel, housing and equipment needs for a variety of music groups. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC2951 Field Experience in Music Management II (1)

Hands-on experience coordinating marketing and logistics between campus departments for multiple performance venues. Management considerations include calendar, scheduling, communications and equipment needs for a wide variety of music performances. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC3150 Music Technology Lab (1)

Hands-on experience creating and maintaining a variety of computer and electronic music equipment systems. Taught in conjunction with existing courses in music technology. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC3200 Practicum in Worship Planning and Leadership (3)

A practical approach to the preparation for and leadership of music in varied worship settings. Includes traditional, evangelical, contemporary, and liturgical settings. Students will learn to create worship services using appropriate selections for varied situations, work with various types of accompaniment, and lead congregational music.

MUSC3210 Orchestration (3)

A study of the orchestral instrument families and exercises in writing scores for instrumental ensembles. Emphasis is placed upon full orchestra with secondary attention given to small ensembles and the special needs of school performing groups. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall even numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC2220, MUSC2230, or instructor's approval

MUSC3220 Counterpoint (3)

A study of 18th century counterpoint with emphasis on its influence on polyphonic writing of the 20th century. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring odd numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC2220, MUSC2230

MUSC3230 Composition (3)

The writing of original compositions, beginning with the song form and proceeding through the sonata form with emphasis given to stylistic elements. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring even numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC2220, MUSC2230, or instructor's approval

MUSC3260 Music History: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque (3)

An introduction to music literature from ancient times to 1750.

MUSC3270 Music History: Classic, Romantic and Modern (3)

An introduction to music literature from 1750 to the present.

MUSC3430 Performance Practices (1)

Development and improvement of skills leading to effective stylistic comparison and evaluation of live and recorded musical performances.

MUSC3440 Diction (3)

A study of Italian, German, French, and English diction employing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall odd numbered years.

MUSC3450 Teaching Music in the Elementary Schools I (2)

This class focuses on the major approaches to music education including Kodaly, Orff, Gordon's Music Learning Theory, Dalcroze, and Suzuki. This course includes a field experience. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall odd numbered years. Prerequisites: Junior classification., Program admission. Corequisites: MUSC3460

MUSC3460 Teaching Music in the Elementary Schools II (2)

This class focuses on the application of the learning theories presented in MUSC3450, procedures, and objectives in school music in the primary and intermediate grades. This course includes a classroom field experience and technology intensive lesson component. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall odd numbered years. Prerequisites: Program admission. Corequisites: MUSC3450

MUSC3470 Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools I (2)

This class focuses on strategies for instrumental/choral rehearsals and classrooms, materials, tools, and curricular structure common to the subject in the secondary schools. Prerequisites: Junior Classification., or instructor's approval Program admission. Corequisites: MUSC3480

MUSC3480 Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools II (2)

This class focuses on assessment and lesson planning in the secondary music rehearsal and classroom, as well as music advocacy, fund-raising, and program development issues. It will include a significant classroom field experience and a technology intensive lesson component. Corequisites: MUSC3470

MUSC3500 Northwesterners (0-1)

A small vocal ensemble of select personnel chosen by audition. Ensemble will perform vocal jazz, contemporary Christian and a cappella literature. Membership open to majors and non-majors. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC3600 Basic Conducting (2)

Introduction to the fundamentals of conducting techniques, rehearsal methods, and musical score reading. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall even numbered years. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC3610 Advanced Conducting (2)

Further study of conducting techniques, rehearsal methods and orchestral score reading. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring odd numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC3600, or instructor's approval

MUSC3620 Basic Conducting, Choral Methods, and Materials (3)

Introduction to the fundamentals of conducting, rehearsal methods, and choral scores. Topics include development of a school choral music program and finding choral music of various styles, genres, and cultures. Emphasis will be placed on classroom management for school choirs. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall even numbered years. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC3630 Advanced Conducting, Instrumental Methods, and Materials (3)

Introduction to instrumental conducting, including rehearsal techniques, and band and orchestral score-reading. Topics include development of a school instrumental program and finding instrumental music of various styles, genres, and cultures. Emphasis will be placed on classroom management for school bands. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring odd numbered years. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC3650 Advanced Audio Technology (3)

This course is designed to teach the technical aspects of multi-track recording, mixing, mastering, and producing digital audio and MIDI date. It is taught in lecture, discussion, and demonstration formats, with emphasis on student oral presentations using supporting recordings. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: MUSC1310

MUSC3750 Symphonic Literature (1)

A study of representative symphonic literature from the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern periods (18th, 19th, and 20th centuries). May be repeated for credit. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4000 Music Capstone Seminar (1)

This course will help students reflect on their undergraduate experience and plan for the future. Designated class sessions will be geared toward discussion, and result in written reflections on University Values.

MUSC4094 Special Topics (1-3)

A concentrated study of one topic in music. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC4100 Forms and Analysis (3)

A study of standard musical forms in music from the common practice period to the present. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered fall odd numbered years. Prerequisites: MUSC2220, MUSC2230, or instructor's approval

MUSC4250 Private Instruction in Instrument or Voice (1-2)

Private instruction in piano, voice, organ, strings, percussion, woodwind or brass instruments. Available to juniors and seniors who have reached an appropriate level of proficiency. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4251 Private Instruction in Instrument or Voice for the Music Major (1-2)

Private instruction in piano, voice, organ, strings, percussion, woodwind or brass instruments. Weekly 30 or 60 minute lesson, weekly Master Class and jury examination required. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4370 Bella Voce (0-1)

Women's choir whose membership is open to non-majors as well as majors. Personnel chosen by audition. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4371 University Men's Choir (0-1)

Audition for placement in appropriate section. Choir sings in music department concerts, chapels, selected churches and community events. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4390 Piano Methods (3)

A study of piano teaching materials and methods for the beginner through college level.

MUSC4410 Voice Methods (3)

A study of voice production, teaching methods and repertoire for the various voice classifications. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring even numbered years.

MUSC4420 Musical Theatre Production/Opera Workshop (0-1)

Hands-on involvement in the performing of an opera, opera scenes, or a Broadway musical, including acting, singing, choreography, stage lighting and set construction. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Audition or instructor's permission.

MUSC4430 Jazz Revival (0-1)

A jazz ensemble with vocalists and instrumentalists chosen by audition, with a broad repertoire of jazz and popular music. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4440 Orchestra (0-1)

Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4450 Chamber Ensemble (0-1)

A course designed for students ready to participate in a small chamber group. Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Audition or instructor's approval.

MUSC4451 Jazz Ensemble (0-1)

A course designed for students ready to participate in a jazz ensemble setting. Membership open to non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Audition or instructor's approval.

MUSC4460 Concert Band (0-1)

The Northwest Nazarene University Concert Band is a course of membership in the largest instrumental ensemble of the Department of Music. Most wind and percussion instruments are represented in the ensemble. Membership is open to proficient non-majors as well as majors. May be repeated for credit. Initial auditions each year are primarily for chair placement. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4470 Troupe (0-2)

Auditioned ensemble which will form the core of NNU’s theatre production. Members commit to a twice-weekly meeting time designed to foster ensemble and to build, staff and act in the production season. Production responsibilities will be assigned through consultation between the student and instructor. Intended for the student who wants a more intense and immersive experience in theatre production than participation in a play or musical can provide. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Audition.

MUSC4480 Theatre Production (0-1)

Hands-on involvement in the performing of a theatrical production, including acting, costuming, stage lighting, set construction and theatre management. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

MUSC4490 University Choir and Orchestra (0-1)

An ensemble of select personnel chosen by audition. Ensemble's aims are to perform a variety of choral/orchestral literature from classical to contemporary. Membership open to majors and non-majors. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required.

MUSC4950A Internship in Church Music (1-2)

Course designed to place students in a local church where, under the supervision of the instructor and the minister of music, the student will assume many of the responsibilities in the music ministry. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC4950B Internship in Audio Engineering (1-3)

Hands-on experience mixing, reinforcing and recording sound in musical performance venues. Students will learn about professional audio engineering equipment and techniques in chapel, church and/or studio settings. Prerequisites: MUSC1310, COMM2280

MUSC4980 Seminar in Music Business Management (3)

Topics researched and discussed in this seminar will include producing and selling a musical recording, creation and management of a recording label, marketing and promotion and copyright issues. Offered: Alternate years, normally offered spring even numbered years.