Music

Courses

MUSC0200: Master Class

Credits 0

Weekly one-hour recital and workshop required of music majors, corresponding to the student's main instrument.  MUSC0200I - Instrument, MUSC0200P - Piano, MUSC0200V - Vocal

MUSC0250: Concert/Recital Attendance

Credits 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

Credits 2

Topics include music reading and conceptualizing, treble and bass clef notation, simple and compound time signatures, rhythmic notation, melodic notation, Solf├Ęge singing and Finale music notation 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.

MUSC1010: A Survey of Art and Music

Credits 3
An introduction to the stylistic characteristics and cultural climate of the important artistic epochs in history, including both the western and the non-western traditions.

MUSC1220: Beginning Music Theory II

Credits 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.

MUSC1310: Digital Music and Technology

Credits 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, and digital recording as well as hands-on work in mixing and sound reinforcement. Offered each fall semester.

MUSC2020: Survey of Performing Arts

Credits 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

Credits 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

Credits 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

Credits 3
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.

MUSC2220: Intermediate Music Theory II

Credits 3
Further study of harmony and analysis including modulation, romantic harmony, enharmonic functions, elementary forms and 20th century techniques.

MUSC2270: Music and Creativity

Credits 3

Students will engage in traditional and innovative approaches to music-making. Students will explore diverse music and cultures, including world music, popular music, and jazz, and develop skills in music creation, improvisation, and facilitation.

MUSC2350B: Brass Methods

Credits 1

Private or group instruction on one high and one low brass instrument, emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school instrumental programs. Fee: Additional fee required.

MUSC2350P: Percussion Methods

Credits 1

Private or group percussion instruction emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school instrumental programs. Fee: Additional fee required.

MUSC2350S: String Methods

Credits 1

Private or group instruction on two string instruments emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school string programs. Fee: Additional fee required.

MUSC2350W: Woodwind Methods

Credits 1

Private or group instruction on two woodwind instruments emphasizing the requisite skills to direct school instrumental programs. Fee: Additional fee required.

MUSC2371: University Men's Choir

Credits 0 1

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

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC2430: Jazz Combos

Credits 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. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC2950: Field Experience in Music Management

Credits 1
Hands-on experience managing a large ensemble through a tour or travel event, or a small ensemble through several performances, or managing an on-campus event like a festival or artist-in-residence visit. Management considerations include logistics, budgets, travel, meal, housing, and equipment needs for music groups. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites
Instructor's approval

MUSC2960: Field Experience in Audio Production

Credits 1
Hands-on experience mixing and producing live sound in a performing arts venue and/or recordings in a studio environment. Audio engineering considerations include logistics, technology, communication, and equipment needs for a variety of music and/or other groups. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites
Instructor's approval

MUSC3096: Field Experience in Worship Arts

Credits 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.

MUSC3200: Practicum in Worship Planning and Leadership

Credits 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

Credits 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.
Prerequisites
MUSC2220, MUSC2230, or instructor's approval.

MUSC3230: Composition

Credits 3
The writing of original compositions, beginning with the song form and proceeding through the sonata form with emphasis given to stylistic elements.
Prerequisites
MUSC2220, MUSC2230, or instructor's approval.

MUSC3430: Performance Practices

Credits 1
Development and improvement of skills leading to effective stylistic comparison and evaluation of live and recorded musical performances.

MUSC3440: Diction

Credits 3

A study of Italian, German, French, and English diction employing the International Phonetic Alphabet.

MUSC3450: Teaching Music in the Elementary Schools I

Credits 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.

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisites

Junior classification, Program admission required.

Corequisites

MUSC3460: Teaching Music in the Elementary Schools II

Credits 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.

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisites

Program admission required.

Corequisite Courses

MUSC3470: Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools I

Credits 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 required.

Corequisite Courses

MUSC3480: Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools II

Credits 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.

Corequisite Courses

MUSC3490: Choral Methods

Credits 3

Designed to help prepare students to become effective choral ensemble directors. Students will develop effective ensemble rehearsal strategies, including anticipating, identifying, and addressing intonation, pitches and rhythmic accuracy, balance and blend, technical challenges, and style and interpretation. Students will also focus on vocal production and technique and other vocal-specific topics.

MUSC3500: Northwesterners

Credits 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. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC3600: Basic Conducting

Credits 2
Introduction to the fundamentals of conducting techniques, rehearsal methods, and musical score reading.
Prerequisites
Instructor's approval

MUSC3630: Advanced Conducting, Instrumental Methods, and Materials

Credits 3

Introduction to instrumental conducting, including rehearsal techniques, and band and orchestral score reading. Additional topics include development of instrumental methods and finding instrumental music of various styles, genres, and cultures.

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisites

Prerequisite course or Instructor's approval

MUSC3650: Studio and Live Sound

Credits 3
Designed to teach the technical aspects of live or studio multi-track recording, mixing, mastering, and producing analog and digital audio and MIDI data. Lecture, discussion, and demonstration formats, combine with student presentations using supporting recordings. Offered alternate years, normally Spring even numbered years.
Prerequisite Courses

MUSC3700: Solo Recital for Music Majors

Credits 0

This 30-minute public performance fulfills a music major requirement. Repertoire is approved by the student's instructor and area coordinator. Advanced standing is required for eligibility. Refer to the music department handbook for hearing and scheduling details. The student must register for the recital semester.

Prerequisites

3000-level in performing area

MUSC3750: Symphonic Literature

Credits 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.
Prerequisites
Instructor's approval

MUSC3910: Solo Recital for Music Education

Credits 0

This public performance credit fulfills a music degree requirement for Music Education candidates. This recital consists of at least 30 and no more than 45 minutes of solo repertoire (actual performance time). The program must represent at least three art music periods (three languages for voice recitals), including one work for small ensemble (defined as three or more performers without a conductor). Students must achieve advanced standing in their major performing area before gaining permission to schedule their recital. The student is responsible for registering for the semester of the recital.

Prerequisites

3000-level in performing area

MUSC4000: Music Capstone Seminar

Credits 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.

MUSC4370: Bella Voce

Credits 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. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC4371: University Men's Choir

Credits 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. Fee: Additional fee required.

Prerequisites
Instructor's approval

MUSC4390: Piano Methods

Credits 3
A study of piano teaching materials and methods for the beginner through college level.

MUSC4410: Voice Methods

Credits 3

A study of voice production, teaching methods and repertoire for the various voice classifications.

MUSC4420: Musical Theatre Production/Opera Workshop

Credits 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 approval.

MUSC4440: Orchestra

Credits 0 1

An ensemble that performs varied works for both full and string orchestra.  Repertoire includes works from the Baroque era to the 21st Century.  Additionally, string players perform and tour with the University Choir and Orchestra.  The group is open to all NNU students and may be repeated.  Fees: Additional fee required. 

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC4450: Chamber Ensemble

Credits 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

MUSC4460: Wind Ensemble

Credits 0 1

The Northwest Nazarene University Wind Ensemble 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.

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC4490: University Choir and Orchestra

Credits 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.

Prerequisites

Instructor's approval

MUSC4660: Dance Technique

Credits 2

Courses in the various dance styles, including ballet, jazz, modern, and tap, which are applicable to the requirements of the musical theatre dancer. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC4700: Solo Recital for Music Majors

Credits 0

This 60-minute public performance fulfills a music major requirement. Repertoire is approved by the student's instructor and area coordinator. Advanced standing and successful completion of a 30-minute recital (MUSC3700) is required for eligibility. Refer to the music department handbook for hearing and scheduling details. The student must register for the recital semester.

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisites

4000-level in performing area

MUSC4950A: Internship in Church Music

Credits 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.

MUSC4980: Seminar: Music Business Management

Credits 3
Topics researched and discussed in this seminar will include producing and selling a musical recording, creating and managing a recording label, marketing and promotion and copyright issues.