Music

Faculty/Staff

Jonathan Wall, Chair;  Rudyard Dennis, Marc Élysée

Adjunct: Dorla Aparicio, John Boyd, Margaret Griffith, Ana Scarone, Gary Wilcox

Aims of The Department

The students will develop the skills of listening, hearing, and identifying the elements of music.

The students will develop an understanding through music theory of the foundation of music and apply analytical skills to enrich performance.

The students will gain knowledge and understanding of music history and musical styles.

The students will be able to apply knowledge of musical styles and performance traditions to their repertoire.

The students will develop skills of technical presentation which will allow them to apply their knowledge of styles in a sensitive performance, both in solo and in ensemble work.

The students will learn methods and principles of music pedagogy.

Entrance Requirements

Incoming students in the Music Degree programs will be examined in two areas: practical piano skills and performance.

  1. All incoming Majors and Minors must audition for the music faculty during the first week of their first semester in residence. There are three results to the incoming auditions: Admittance into the Dept of Music as a major or minor, Provisional Status (in which the student must take lessons and re-audition the following semester) and No Admittance.
  2. A functional piano performance exam will be given to all incoming music majors. The details of the exam are given in the Piano Proficiency Folder and available upon request to any current or prospective student. If students are unable to pass the exam they are required to take piano lessons (MUPF 151)  starting no later than the second semester in residence.  Modification to the piano performance exam can be made in the event of physical handicap.
  3. Success in Music Theory I (MUCT 111) requires basic background knowledge of music theory.  Incoming students with theory deficiencies are encouraged to study during the previous summer.  The fundamentals of music may be learned online or through self-guided texts or software.  Contact the Southwestern Adventist University music department for further information.

General Requirements for Music Majors

The guidelines found here are not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.  Students should consult the Music Major Handbook which is available from the Music Department.  Other than required courses which are found in the bulletin degree descriptions, the Music Major Handbook contains the policies by which the department is operated.

  1. Ensembles:  The music majors and minors are required to take a major ensemble each semester in residence.  The major ensembles are the Wind Symphony or Orchestra for instrumentalists and both University Singers and Mizpah Choraliers for singers.  Keyboard majors may choose according to their talents and interests.
  2. Recitals:  The music majors and minors are required to be active members of Southwestern's Recital series each semester in residence.  The students participation in the recitals will be contingent on their performance for the required masterclasses that preceed each recital.
  3. Music Juries:  The music majors will perform each semester for the fulltime music faculty.  If their major performance professor is an adjunct teacher, that teacher will be included.  A poor jury (Applied Music Examination) performance may result in the student being placed on probationary status as a music major or minor.  Regular improvement is expected.
  4. Practice:  Majors will practice 150 hours per semester, while minors will practice 75 hours per semester in their major performance area. Weekly practice sheets detailing each practice are to be filled out and turned in at the beginning of each lesson.
  5. Continuing status:  A student's acceptance into and official continuation in the music program is contingent upon the student's satisfactory academic and performance progress.  A letter from the chair, written in advisement with the major's performance teacher, will be placed in the student's file at the end of each school year, encouraging and/or noting areas needing improvement.
  6. Senior recital:  All music majors will perform a senior recital.  This is normally given in the final semester of residence.  A pre-senior recital, performed before the music faculty at least three weeks before the senior recital, is required. Music minors are encouraged to perform either a senior recital or joint recital at the discretion of their major instructor.
  7. Recital attendance:  Music majors and minors will attend all faculty, general student, guest and senior recitals.  These dates will all be posted by the second week of the semester.
  8. Off-campus recitals:  The music major should plan to attend at least two approved off-campus recitals each semester, minors are required to attend one.

Private lessons:  The music majors and minors will take lessons from one of the teachers at Southwestern Adventist University or one provided by the school. If lessons are taken from non members of the Southwestern teaching faculty without permission, this will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program.

Programs

  • Music, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Music, B.MUS
  • Minor in Music

Music, B.A.

MUCT 111 Music Theory I 3
MUCT 121 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
MUCT 151 Music Theory II 3
MUCT 161 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
MUCT 221 Music Theory III 3
MUCT 251 Music Theory IV 3
MUCT 315 Form and Analysis or
MUCT 414 Orchestration and Arranging 3
MUED 280 Basic Conducting 1
MUEN Music Ensemble (lower division)* 2
MUEN Music Ensemble (upper division)* 2
MUHL 311 Music History I 3
MUHL 312 Music History II 3
MUPF Applied Music 7
MUPF 468 Senior Recital 1
Total: 36

*One major ensemble required for each semester in residence.

Bachelor of Music (B.MUS)

MUCT 111 Music Theory I 3
MUCT 121 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
MUCT 151 Music Theory II 3
MUCT 161 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
MUCT 221 Music Theory III 3
MUCT 251 Music Theory IV 3
MUCT 315 Form and Analysis 3
MUCT 414 Orchestration and Arranging 3
MUCT 416 Composition 1
MUED 280 Basic Conducting 1
MUED 380 Choral Conducting 2
MUED 381 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUED ** Technique & Pedagogy 2
MUEN Music Ensemble (lower division)* 2
MUEN Music Ensemble (upper division)* 2
MUHL 311 Music History I 3
MUHL 312 Music History II 3
MUPF Applied Music 7
MUPF 468 Senior Recital 1
Total: 46

*One major ensemble required for each semester in residence.

\\ String Majors will take MUED 373; Voice Majors will take MUED 451; Piano Majors will take MUED 452;  Instrumental Majors will take MUED 453

Minor in Music

MUCT 111 Music Theory I 3
MUCT 121 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
MUCT 151 Music Theory II 3
MUCT 161 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
MUHL 221 Survey of Music 3
MUED 280 Basic Conducting 1
MUED 380 Choral Conducting or
MUED 381 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUED Pedagogy 2
MUEN Ensemble 2
MUPF Applied Music 4
Total: 22

Courses

MUEN - Ensembles (1 hour)

Prerequisite for 300 level courses: 4 semesters credit at the 100 level in the same ensemble.  (Fall, Spring)

*MUEN 115 MUEN 315 Choraliers
*MUEN 113 MUEN 313 University Singers
MUEN 123 MUEN 323 Piano Ensemble
MUEN 133 MUEN 333 Chamber Music
*MUEN 145 MUEN 345 Symphony Orchestra
*MUEN 155 MUEN 355 Wind Symphony
MUEN 153 MUEN 353 Southwestern Brass

Membership in all ensembles are by permission of instructor.

*An ensemble fee of $50 is applied to all participating students.

Music Performance

MUPF - Applied Music (1 hour)

Prerequisite for 300/400 level courses: 2 semester credit at 100/200 level in the same performance area.

Private instruction with major teacher in piano, voice, organ, brass woodwinds, percussion, and strings are to be taken on a weekly basis. (Fall, Spring)

Organ lessons with instructor's permission.

MUPF 111/211 MUPF 311/411 Strings
MUPF 131/231 MUPF 331/431 Voice*
MUPF 141/241 MUPF 341/441 Brass
MUPF 151/251 MUPF 351/451 Piano
MUPF 161/261 MUPF 361/461 Organ
MUPF 171/271 MUPF 371/471 Woodwinds
MUPF 182/282 MUPF 382/482 Percussion
MUPF 191/291 MUPF 391/491 Guitar

MUPF 468 - Music Major Senior Recital (1 hour)

The final semester of applied music lessons for the music major, culminating in the senior recital. Instrumental students will perform in Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and 20th Century styles.  Singers will perform in a minimum of three languages. (Fall, Spring)

Music History & Literature

MUHL 221 - Survey of Music (3 hours)

Music in western civilization including music fundamentals and a brief history from antiquity to the present. Presented by recordings, visuals, and lectures.  (Fall)

MUHL 311 - Music History I (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 251

A study of the history, style, and musical forms of the antiquity through the Baroque period.  Music analysis and listening assignments will supplement lectures.  An introduction to the library research skills used in the field of teaching and the use of primary and secondary sources including the use of a on-line data bases will be discussed as well as publication styles. (Fall)

MUHL 312 - Music History II (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUHL 311

A study of the history, style, and musical forms of the Classical period through the twentieth century. Music analysis and listening assignments will supplement lectures. (Spring)

Music Education

MUED 253 - Music in the School (3 hours)

Music in the School is a class that focuses on the practical aspects of teaching music in a diverse classroom setting.  Catering to the both elementary and secondary concentration areas, this course covers learning and teaching styles, theories and strategies and the ability to engage students in a mixed classroom environment.  Students will also engage in activities designed to sharpen critical thinking as well as acquaint themselves with current trends in the discipline of music education.  This course will help prepare beginning teachers to understand different aspects of diversity and how they can address these differences in their teaching.

MUED 275 - Diction for Singers (2 hours)

Must be enrolled simultaneously in MUPF 131 or MUPF 331 (Applied Voice Lessons)

Introduction to proper pronunciation necessary for singers. Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as the basic principals of Italian, French, German and English diction.

MUED 280 - Basic Conducting (1 hour)

Prerequisite: MUCT 151

The study and drill of basic conducting patterns and coordination of hand and baton techniques. (Fall)

MUED 380 - Choral Conducting (2 hours)

Prerequisite: MUED 280

The study of choral repertoire from all periods as well as emphasis on score reading, rehearsal techniques, and conducting problems with regard to choral ensembles.

MUED 381 - Instrumental Conducting (2 hours)

Prerequisite: MUED 280

Conducting patterns applied to elements of interpretation. Emphasis on score reading, rehearsal techniques, and conducting problems. Practical application in active musical organizations.

MUED - Technique & Pedagogy (2 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 151

An introduction to teaching and performing through intermediate level. Performance techniques, pedagogical methods and materials, maintenance and practical teaching experience. (Offered on alternating years)

MUED 371 Percussion

MUED 372 Brass

MUED 373 Strings

MUED 374 Woodwind

MUED 451 Voice

MUED 452 Piano

MUED 453 Instrumental Pedagogy

Music Theory

MUCT 111 - Music Theory I (3 hours)

Co-requisite: MUCT 121

An integrated study of harmony, keyboard harmony, form, and aural training, focusing mainly on common period tonel practice.  (Fall)

MUCT 121 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I (1 hour)

The lab component to accompany Music Theory I. (Fall)

MUCT 151 - Music Theory II (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 111 or permission of the instructor. Co-requisite: MUCT 161

A continuation of the concepts begun in MUCT 111, focusing mainly on Classical period style. (Spring)

MUCT 161 - Ear Training and Sight Singing II (1 hour)

The lab component to accompany Music Theory II. (Spring)

MUCT 221 - Music Theory III (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 151 or permission of the instructor

The study of harmony, form, and aural skills based on the chromatic style of the Romantic period. (Fall)

MUCT 251 - Music Theory IV (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 221

The study of harmony, form, and composition based on a wide variety of 20th century styles. (Spring)

MUCT 315 - Form and Analysis (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 251

A study of musical form, both polyphonic and homophonic, covering the period of common practice and emphasizing the late Baroque and Classical periods.

MUCT 414 - Orchestration and Arranging (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MUCT 251

The technical aspects of and sound qualities of instruments. Arranging for a variety of instrumental groups.

MUCT 416 - Composition (1 hour)

Prerequisite: MUCT 221 or permission of the instructor

A composition seminar focusing on the smaller forms, including ABA, theme and variation and sonatina, as they pertain to contemporary composition. Class will also include lectures on melodic and harmonic development, form, and listening to significant 20th century musical movements. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Selected Topics

MUSC 291 - Selected Topic (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Approval by department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and methods of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

MUSC 491 - Selected Topic (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Approval by department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and methods of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

MUSC 492 - Music Internship (1-3 hours)

Permission of department chair

An on-the-job, career-oriented internship program for advanced training in the following areas: conducting, accompanying, church music, school music, professional music (such as concert hall, orchestra, symphonic chorus), and private studio. The internship is limited to those students who are in their senior year of study. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.