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Course Descriptions

Theory & Literature Courses

1105 UNDERSTANDING MUSICAL NOTATION (3 hours)
An introduction to the basic elements of music to include pitch and rhythm notation, key signatures, simple intervals, and as well as major and minor triads. This course may be required of music majors whose music theory placement exam so indicates.

1110 UNDERSTANDING MUSICAL ARTS (3 hours)
An introduction to the fundamental precepts of music and the art of listening, to include a survey of the major musical trends in western civilization.

1113 WORLD MUSIC (3 hours)
A study of musical styles and concepts as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts throughout the world.

1199 VERNACULARS (1 hour)
An ensemble dedicated to the performance of popular (vernacular) music. Membership by audition.

1511 MUSIC THEORY I (3 hours)
A study of the elements of melody, rhythm, and harmony; introduction to part-writing and analysis skills; development of aural sight-singing. Based on placement test some students may be required to complete MUS 1105 before registering for this course. Corequisites: MUS 1516 and MUS 2135.

1512 MUSIC THEORY II (3 hours)
A study of advanced diatonic part writing and harmonic analysis, melodic structure, and form; introduction to chromaticism and modulation. Prerequisite: MUS 1511; Corequisites: MUS 1517 and MUS 2136.

1516 AURAL SKILLS I (1 hour)
A study and development of sight-singing and dictation skills in music. Corequisites: MUS 1511 and MUS 2135.

1517 AURAL SKILLS II (1 hour)
A continuation of the development of sight-singing and dictation skills to include recognition of melodies that outline primary triads, and of rhythms with subdivided beats. Prerequisite: MUS 1516; Corequisites: MUS 1512 and MUS 2136.

2110 JAPANESE MUSICAL THEATRE AND DANCE (3 hours)
Same as TA 2110. A semester-long study of styles and concepts as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts in the music/theatre traditions of Japan (Offered in alternate years.).

2111 SONGWRITING AND DEMO PRODUCTION (3 hours)
Acourse designed to help students gain a greater understanding of the art and craft of songwriting through active listening and careful analysis and then demonstrate that understanding through the composition of original works. The course also provides an introduction to computer based demo production.

2112 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY  (3 hours)
A semester-long study of current music technology from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Topics include acoustics, the audio chain, signal processing, multi-track recording, sound synthesis, MIDI, and live sound reinforcement.

2113 MUSIC IN FILM   (3 hours)
A course designed to provide study of musical styles and concepts in film within various historical, cultural, artistic, social, religious and or political contexts.

2521 MUSIC THEORY III (3 hours)
Continuation of Music Theory, to include expanded tonal resources, color chords, and musical forms. Prerequisite: MUS 1512; Corequisite: MUS 2525.

2522 MUSIC THEORY IV (3 hours)
Continuation of Music Theory to include expanded tonal resources, chromatic chords, and contemporary compositional devices. Prerequisite: MUSIC 2521; Corequisite: MUS 2526.

2523 THEORY OF POPULAR MUSIC (3 hours)
The course helps the student develop a theoretical understanding of popular music and apply it to his or her own musical creations. Prerequisite: MUSIC 1512.

2525 AURAL SKILLS III (1 hour)
A continuation of the development of sight-singing, dictation and listening skills to include chromatic material and complex meters. Corequisite: MUS 2521.

2526 AURAL SKILLS IV (1 hour)
A continuation of the development of sight-singing, dictation and listening skills to include chromatic material and complex meters. Corequisite: MUS 2522.

2601 SELECTED TOPICS IN MUSIC (1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline.

3112 AUDIO RECORDING (3 hours)
A semester-long study of multi-track audio recording. Emphasis is placed both on understanding and application of concepts and techniques required to produce a multi-track recording in the popular music vein. Prerequisite: MUS 2112.

3219 LITERATURE AND PEDAGOGY (3 hours)
A study of the literature appropriate to voice or an instrumental family as well as the pedagogy applicable to teach at various levels of development and difficulty. The course will be tailored as necessary to cover a specific instrumental group (e.g., keyboard, vocal, brass, woodwind), so students will enter the course through advisement.

3713 SURVEY OF MUSIC HISTORY I (3 hours)
A survey of historical trends and styles in music, including study and analysis of representative examples from the literature from ancient Greece and the early Christian era through the Baroque. Prerequisite: MUS 1511.

3714 SURVEY OF MUSIC HISTORY II (3 hours)
A continuation of MUS 2713 covering music from the Classic era to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1511.

3715 AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC (3 hours)
A semester-long survey of American popular music and its offshoots, especially form the rock-n-roll revolution of the 1950s to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 2523.

4101 SEMINAR (1-4 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research, and written reports on topics selected by the department. (Topics dealing with aspects of Music History and Music Theory are typical.)

4201 PRACTICUM (1-4 hours)
An application of theory and methods to specific areas of music in supervised experience.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the department faculty.

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A supervised application of theory to practice in a functional area related to music industry or other music area.


Sacred Music  and Worship Arts Courses

1801 MUSIC IN RITUAL, LITURGY AND WORSHIP (3 hours)
An introduction to the Biblical, historic and aesthetic values of music in worship that includes an interpretive methodology for theological study, the history and meaning of religion ritual, the development of Christian worship from Jewish roots, the structure and integrity of the Church Year, the anatomy of hymns and hymnals, the Revised Common Lectionary, the Psalter, and a study of music in the Hebrew Bible and New Testaments of the Bible along with some Jewish ritual. Same as REL 1801.

2801 PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS I (2 hours)
A study of music in the church from early Christian practices through the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation and the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and America.

2802 PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS II (2 hours)
A study of worship and music from the 19th through the early 21st centuries in a global perspective, including an introduction to the role of music in ministries as well as artistic standards for the praise band.

3801 THE CHURCH MUSIC PROGRAM (2 hours)
An application of the concepts of music and worship to adult, adolescent, and children's choirs, instrumental programs in the church, planning worship and rehearsals, developing and maintaining budgets, and recuriting and nurturing volunteers in music ministry.

4800 SACRED MUSIC INTERNSHIP AND SENIOR PROJECT (2 hours)
A semester of mentorship in a church under the supervision of a full-time pastoral musician to include a written project that entails planning the repertoire of choral, instrumental, and congregational music for the Advent/Christmas cycle and the Lenten/Easter cycle (completed in consultation with the supervising professor)


Music Education Courses

2221 STRING METHODS (1 hour)
The study of string instrument playing with emphasis on methods of teaching in the public schools.

2222 WOODWIND METHODS (1 hour)
The study of woodwind instrument playing with emphasis on methods of teaching in the public schools.

2223 BRASS METHODS (1 hour)
The study of brass instrument playing with emphasis on methods of teaching in the public schools.

2224 PERCUSSION METHODS (1 hour)
The study of percussion instrument playing with emphasis on methods of teaching in the public schools.

2225 RHYTHM SECTION METHODS (1 hour)
A study of basic techniques associated with modern rhythm section instruments (guitar, keyboard, electric bass and drums) with emphasis on the musical role of each and methods for teaching beginners on the same instruments.

3325 VOICE PEDAGOGY (3 hours)
A survey of the literature and techniques for private and class vocal instruction, designed for the prospective voice teacher.

3537 MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2 hours)
A study of the teaching of music in the elementary school with the introduction of Orff and Kodaly methods.

3546 CURRICULUM, METHODS & MATERIALS: MIDDLE & SECONDARY SCHOOL (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching music in the middle and secondary school.

4500 CAPSTONE IN MUSIC EDUCATION (2 hours)
Applications of music concepts, current research, teaching methods, and teaching strategies in the public schools (which may range from elementary through secondary schools, choral, and/or instrumental), that can be applied concurrent with the student teaching experience (EDUC 4007). Course objectives will include, but are not limited to, sequential lesson planning, practical teaching applications, and applications of current research and strategies in reflective practices, classroom management, and evaluation of learning skills in music.


Applied Music Courses

All students enrolled in a Major applied music course are required to perform on at least one Student Performance Hour and to perform before a faculty jury as part of the final grade.

Secondary private instruction is for non-music majors, or for music majors studying an instrument other than their primary performing medium, or enrolled in a concentration not requiring a recital. Major private instruction is for music majors studying their primary performance instrument. Performance achievement expectations are higher for major instruction than for secondary instruction. Major private instruction requires audition and Permission of Instructor.

0111 MUSIC SEMINAR (0 hours)
A practical study of music through observation and participation. (S/U grading)

0390 HALF RECITAL (0 hours)
A performance through which the student demonstrates in a public setting technical proficiency and mastery of performance practice, stylistic interpretation and artistic sensitivity in his or her primary performance medium. Practical aspects of the course include selecting dates for the hearing and the performance, assembling and preparing program materials, program printing, public announcements, and other logistical preparations. Student will present a program of approximately 20-30 minutes in length. Prerequisites: MUS 1512, MUS 1517, MUS 2136, MUS 3713, Junior standing, and successful completion of the Sophomore Performance Review. (S-U grading).

0391 RECITAL (0 hours)
A capstone experience in performance through which the student demonstrates in a public setting technical proficiency and mastery of performance practice, stylistic interpretation and artistic sensitivity in his or her primary performance medium. Practical aspects of the course include selecting dates for the hearing and the performance, assembling and preparing program materials, program printing, public announcements, and other logistical preparations. Student will present a program of 50-60 minutes. Prerequisites: MUS 2522, MUS 2526, MUS 2138, MUS 3714, MUS 0390, and Senior standing. (S-U grading).

0392 RECITAL: SACRED MUSIC (0 hours)
A capstone experience in Sacred Music performance through which the student demonstrates in a public setting technical proficiency and mastery of performance practice, stylistic interpretation and artistic sensitivity in at least two performance media, typically organ, voice, and/or choral conducting.. Practical aspects of the course include selecting dates for the hearing and the performance, assembling and preparing program materials, program printing, public announcements, and other logistical preparations. Student will present a program of 50-60 minutes. Prerequisites: MUS 2522, MUS 2526, MUS 2138, MUS 3714, MUS 0390, and Senior standing. (S-U grading).

2130 SECONDARY PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of piano performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2138.

2131 MAJOR PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of piano performance.

2132 MAJOR PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION (2 hours)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of piano performance.

2133 ACCOMPANYING TECHNIQUES (1 hour)
Study and practice in the specialized techniques of piano accompaniment for soloists and ensembles. May be repeated for credit for up to 3 semester hours.

2134 CLASS PIANO FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS (1 hour)
A laboratory introduction to piano and exposure to basic music fundamentals and keyboard materials for beginning pianist.

2135 CLASS PIANO I (1 hour)
Laboratory instruction at the beginning level offered as preparation for piano proficiency. Corequisite: MUS 1511.

2136 CLASS PIANO II (1 hour)
Laboratory instruction continuing at the beginning level and entering the intermediate level offered as preparation for piano proficiency. Corequisite: MUS 1512.

2137 CLASS PIANO III (1 hour)
Laboratory instruction continuing at the intermediate level offered as preparation for piano proficiency. Corequisite: MUS 2521.

2138 CLASS PIANO IV (1 hour)
Laboratory instruction at the advanced level offered as preparation for meeting piano proficiency. Satisfactory completion of this course will meet the piano proficiency requirement. Corequisite: MUS 2522.

2140 SECONDARY PRIVATE VOICE INSTRUCTION (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of vocal production and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2145.

2141 MAJOR PRIVATE VOICE INSTRUCTION (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of vocal production and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2145.

2142 MAJOR PRIVATE VOICE INSTRUCTION (2 hours)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of vocal production and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2145.

2145 CLASS VOICE (MUSIC & MUSICAL THEATRE MAJORS) (1 hour)
The study of the basic techniques of singing.

2146 CLASS VOICE (NON-MUSIC MAJORS) (1 hour)
The study of vocal production open to all students interested in learning to sing.

2150 SECONDARY PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A STRINGED INSTRUMENT(1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and playing techniques of a stringed instrument, including guitar and electric bass.

2151 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A STRINGED INSTRUMENT (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and playing techniques of a stringed instrument, including guitar and electric bass.

2152 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A STRINGED INSTRUMENT (2 hours)
Individual instruction in the literature and playing techniques of a stringed instrument, including guitar and electric bass.

2157 CLASS GUITAR (1 hour)
A study, with practical application, of the basic techniques of guitar playing at the beginning level.

2160 SECONDARY PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON AWOODWIND INSTRUMENT (1 hour)
Private instruction of the literature and playing techniques of an instrument of the woodwind family.

2161 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON AWOODWIND INSTRUMENT (1 hour)
Private instruction of the literature and playing techniques of an instrument of the woodwind family.

2162 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A WOODWIND INSTRUMENT (2 hours)
Private instruction of the literature and playing techniques of an instrument of the woodwind family.

2170 SECONDARY PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A BRASS INSTRUMENT (1 hour)
Private instruction of the literature and playing techniques of an instrument of the brass family.

2171 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A BRASS INSTRUMENT (1 hour)
Private instruction of the literature and playing techniques of an instrument of the brass family.

2172 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON A BRASS INSTRUMENT(2 hours)
Private instruction of the literature and playing techniques of an instrument of the brass family.

2180 SECONDARY PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS (1 hour)
Private instruction on the literature and playing techniques of instruments of the percussion family.

2181 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS (1 hour)
Private instruction on the literature and playing techniques of instruments of the percussion family.

2182 MAJOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION ON PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS (2 hours)
Private instruction on the literature and playing techniques of instruments of the percussion family.

2190 SECONDARY PRIVATE ORGAN INSTRUCTION (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of organ performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2138 or equivalent proficiency.

2191 MAJOR PRIVATE ORGAN INSTRUCTION (1 hour)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of organ performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2138 or equivalent proficiency.

2192 MAJOR PRIVATE ORGAN INSTRUCTION (2 hours)
Individual instruction in the literature and techniques of organ performance. Prerequisite: MUS 2138 or equivalent proficiency.

2225 RHYTHM SECTION METHODS (1 hour)
A study of basic techniques associated with modern rhythm section instruments (guitar, keyboard, electric bass and drums) with emphasis on the musical role of each and methods for teaching beginners on the same instruments.

3732 CHORAL CONDUCTING (2 hour)
A course designed to help the student develop an understanding of the basics of choral conducting and practice the techniques of conducting with musical examples provided in the text. Learning activities will include Performing Arts 117 class discussion, observation, performance attendance, and conducting various ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 1512.

3733 INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING AND ARRANGING (2 hours)
A course designed to help the student develop an understanding of the basics of conducting and arranging for instrumental ensembles. Skills will be developed through observations, practice exercises, and in real life applications with musical examples provided in the text. Prerequisites: MUS 3732.


Music Business Courses

2360 PRINCIPLES OF MUSIC BUSINESS (3 hours)
A broad survey of today’s music industry and its four primary sectors: performing (both for-profit and not-forprofit), recording, publishing, and merchandising. Topics include industry structure, careers and professions, statistics and trends, trade organizations and professional associations, as well as legal issues and the impact of emerging technology and media.

3361 INTERMEDIATE MUSIC BUSINESS (3 hours)
A practical examination of important topics related to the music industry and the application of basic business concepts, practices and skills to music. Prerequisite: MUS 2360.

3362 ADVANCED MUSIC BUSINESS (3 hours)
The application of business concepts to the planning, execution and assessment phases of an individually designed mock music business project. Depending on the interests of the student, the project may be either for profit or not. Prerequisite: MUS 3361.

4360 SENIOR MUSIC PROJECT (1 hour)
An individualized capstone project for Majors based upon the student’s area of musical interest. Completed in the student’s final semester, the project requires formal presentation before a faculty committee. Prerequisites: MUS 3362 Advanced Music Business and MUS 4401.


Ensemble Groups Courses

1190 CATAWBA COMMUNITY BAND (1 hour)
A performing ensemble composed of both college and community musicians with at least two years experience, to study and per-form traditional band music.

1192 SMALL ENSEMBLES (1 hour)
Performing ensembles created each year to conform with student talent and interests, which perform in concerts and for special events on campus and in the local community. Membership by audition.

1193 CATAWBA CHORALE (1 hour)
A performing group which sings music of various styles and periods, and performs for chapel services and in choral concerts.

1194 CATAWBA JAZZ BAND (1 hour)
An instrumental ensemble devoted to the study and performance of music from the major jazz movements, this group presents programs on and off campus as well as on planned tours. Membership by audition.

1195 CATAWBA WIND ENSEMBLE (1 hour)
A wind and percussion ensemble consisting of instrumental majors and non-majors which rehearses and performs advanced levelliterature representative of many styles. The college wind ensemble performs concerts both on and off campus for a variety ofaudiences. Membership by audition.

1196 CATAWBA SINGERS (1 hour)
A vocal ensemble which rehearses and performs a repertoire of music of the highest standards from many styles, this group functions in a public relations capacity for the College, touring to schools and churches. Membership by audition.

1198 HANDBELL ENSEMBLE (1 hour)
A handbell ensemble, performing a variety of music from the contemporary handbell repertoire, for special functions both on and off campus.

1199 VERNACULARS (1 hour)
An ensemble dedicated to the performance of popular (vernacular)
music. Membership by audition.