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Courses for the Music Major

The Music curriculum is designed to train music educators, performers and church musicians and to help all students gain a better understanding of and appreciation for a variety of musical expressions. This is achieved by providing studies and experiences relevant to a student’s background which develop skill in the performance of music, generate insight into the nature of music, and provide for an understanding of the relationship of music to the world in which we live. The Music Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in music. The music major will complete the Core Requirements listed below in addition to General Requirements. The music major will also select a concentration in Applied Music, Church Music or General Music (with or without Teacher Licensure). No minor is required in this area although students may elect to pursue a minor if they so desire.

To enroll in MUS 1623, 2613, and 2623, or to enroll in MUS 1641, 2631 and 2641 the student must have a grade of “C” or better in the preceding theory course, e.g., for MUS 1623 the student must receive a “C” or better in MUS 1613.

 

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Music Major
General Education & Degree Requirements 45 SH
Core Requirements
MUS 1453 Intro to Music Literature
MUS 1613 Music Theory I
MUS 1623 Music Theory II
MUS 1631 Ear Training I
MUS 1641 Ear Training II
MUS 2613 Music Theory III
MUS 2623 Music Theory IV
MUS 2631 Ear Training III
MUS 2641 Ear Training IV
MUS 3573 Music History I
MUS 3583 Music History II
MUS 3653 Conducting I
MUS 3663 Conducting II
Subtotal 31 SH
Applied Study (Primary 9, Secondary 6) 15 SH
Ensembles 7 SH
MUS 3810 Piano or Vocal Proficiency
MUS 1310 Performing Arts Lab (6 Semesters)
MUS 4810 or 4890 Senior Recital
Total of Core Requirements 53 SH
Concentration (choose one)
Applied Music Concentration
General Education & Degree Requirements 45 SH
Core Requirements (some of these satisfy General Education requirements) 53 SH
Concentration Requirements 15 SH
Voice Emphasis:
MUS 3483 Vocal Literature
MUS 4853 Vocal Pedagogy and Diction with Practicum
MUS 4863 Advanced Vocal Pedagogy and Diction with Practicum
Additional Applied Study 6 SH
MUS 3890 Junior Recital
MUS 4890 Senior Recital II
Piano Emphasis:
MUS 3473 Piano Literature
MUS 4833 Piano Pedagogy and Practicum
MUS 4843 The Art of Accompanying and Practicum
Additional Applied Study 6 SH
MUS 3890 Junior Recital
MUS 4890 Senior Recital II
Electives 13 SH
Total 126 SH
Church Music Concentration
General Education & Degree Requirements 45 SH
Core Requirements (some of these satisfy General Education requirements) 53 SH
Concentration Requirements 21 SH
MUS 2523 Intro to Church Music Ed
MUS 3533 Worship Forms and Practices
MUS 3543 Congregational Christian Song
MUS 4563 Intro to Church Music Administration
MUS 4573 Internship in Church Music Admin.
CST 2213 Introduction to Ministry
CST 2313 Introduction to Theology
Electives 7 SH
Total 126 SH
General Music Concentration
General Education & Degree Requirements 45 SH
Core Requirements (some of these satisfy General Education requirements) 53 SH
Electives 28 SH
Total 126 SH
General Music Concentration with Teacher Licensure
General Education & Degree Requirements 45 SH
Core Requirements (some of these satisfy General Education requirements) 53 SH
Music Education – Instrumental PreK-12 Endorsement students will substitute the following Courses for 4 hours of secondary applied study:
MUS 1111 Brass Methods and Pedagogy
MUS 1211 Percussion Methods and Pedagogy
MUS 1311 String Methods and Pedagogy
MUS 1411 Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy
Music Education – Instrumental PreK-12
Endorsement students will only be required to complete Level One of MUS 3810 Piano Proficiency (See Music Department Handbook for more information)
Music Education – Vocal/Choral PreK-12
Students will be required to complete Level Three of MUS 3810 Piano or Vocal Proficiency (See Music Department Handbook for more information)
Concentration Requirements 6 SH
MUS 3853 Music Methods and Curriculum PreK-5
MUS 3863 Music Methods and Curriculum 6-12
Teacher Licensure Requirements (see Teacher Education Handbook) 33 SH
Total 137 SH

 

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Course Descriptions

MUS 1111 Brass Methods and Pedagogy
Brass Class is designed to give students hands-on knowledge of brass pedagogy in a group setting. Students will learn the Common Elements approach to teaching all areas of brass, including (but not limited to) trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

 

MUS 1121 Percussion Methods and Pedagogy
Percussion Class is designed to give students hands-on knowledge of percussion pedagogy in a group setting. Students will learn the Common Elements approach to teaching all areas of percussion, including (but not limited to) snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, and accessory percussion.

 

MUS 1131 String Methods and Pedagogy
The purpose of this course is to provide music educators with basic information concerning topics related to teaching string instrumental music to public school students in a large classroom setting. Students will follow a course of study that addresses teaching methods, instrumental performance techniques, resources and literature, and administration of a string program.

 

MUS 1141 Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy
Woodwind Class is designed to give students “hands-on knowledge of woodwind pedagogy in a group setting. Students will learn the Common Elements approach to teaching all areas of woodwinds including, (but not limited to) flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone.

 

MUS 1310 Performing Arts Lab
Regular recitals and concerts are presented by faculty, guest artists, and selected students from the studios of applied music instructors. Attendance at these recitals is intended to provide a variety of live music and theater experiences for the student. A specified number of these recitals is required of all music degree candidates for six semesters. P/F grading system will be used.

 

MUS 1311 Masterworks Chorale
Masterworks Chorale is a chorus that combines the talents of both college and community singers. The group presents large-scale choral works, individual selections from renowned sacred and secular choral, opera, and theatre repertoire, and choral presentations of special thematic content and high artistic merit. Two concerts are presented each year with the possibility or other short campus and community performances when appropriate.

 

MUS 1321 Bluefield Concert Band
A non-auditioned ensemble that performs for on-campus and community events. Open to instrumentalists with high school band experience or equivalent.

 

MUS 1331 Bluefield Singers
A choir performing classical, folk and contemporary church music. Campus concerts plus area performances each year.

 

MUS 1341 Instrumental Small Ensemble
An auditioned ensemble that performs chamber literature for on-campus, local and regional events.

 

MUS 1351 Bluefield College Community Orchestra
An auditioned orchestra that performs works from standard orchestral literature. This ensemble is open to students and residents of the surrounding communities. The ensemble holds a weekly two-hour rehearsal.

 

MUS 1361 Bluefield College Athletics Band
An auditioned instrumental ensemble whose primary purpose is to perform for and in support of various Bluefield College athletic events.

 

MUS 1371 Variations
An auditioned SATB ensemble that performs the most challenging choral literature of all styles. Performance venues include on-campus events, regional and international tours.

 

MUS 1381 Opera Theatre Ensemble
Opera Theatre Ensemble engages singer/actors in the study, preparation, and performance of scenes and ensembles from selected operatic works. Experience in staging, production, set design and construction, and costuming is included in the course. The semester will culminate in a public performance at Bluefield College. When feasible, the ensemble will also travel to perform in the region for outreach and recruiting.

 

MUS 1391 Praise Singers
An auditioned ensemble that performs contemporary Christian music.

 

MUS 1413 Music Appreciation
An introduction to the most important forms, styles, and movements of Western music. Designed for non-music majors. Recital and concert attendance required.

 

MUS 1453 Introduction to Music Literature
A broad survey of music from the Renaissance to the present with a focus on general styles and forms. Designed for music majors or non-music majors with music background. Also includes an introduction to Non-Western musical forms and practices.

 

MUS 1603 Fundamentals of Music Theory and Ear Training
Intensive study of the elements of music including rhythm, notation, scales, intervals, and triads with correlated sight-singing and ear training. Recommended for incoming freshman with no background in theory and for upperclassmen who have not successfully completed Theory 1.

 

MUS 1613 Theory 1
A study of functional harmony, melodic structure, rhythm and form. Includes rudiments, part writing and analysis of music from various style periods.

 

MUS 1623 Theory 2
A continuation of MUS 1613. Includes the study of counterpoint through the analysis of music from the 16th and 18th centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 1613.

 

MUS 1631 Ear Training 1
The development of comprehensive musicianship skills through exercises in sight singing and aural perception. Should be taken concurrently with Theory 1.

 

MUS 1641 Ear Training 2
A continuation of MUS 1631. Should be taken concurrently with Theory 2. Prerequisite: MUS 1631.

 

MUS 2523 Introduction to Church Music Education
Study and practice of current and traditional philosophies, methods, and materials for use in the educational elements of music ministry. Includes principles of instruction in preschool through youth choirs, as well as handbell and Orff techniques. Prerequisites: MUS 1613.

 

MUS 2613 Theory 3
A study of advanced harmony. Includes part writing and the study of small forms through the analysis of music from various style periods. Prerequisite: MUS 1613, 1623.

 

MUS 2623 Theory 4
A continuation of MUS 2613. Includes the study of chromatic harmonies and large scale forms through the analysis of music from various style periods. Also includes a study of post-tonal theory and 20th century compositional techniques. Includes the study of set theory and serialism through the analysis of music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 2613.

 

MUS 2631 Ear Training 3
A continuation of MUS 1631 and 1641. Should be taken concurrently with Theory 3. Prerequisite: MUS 1641.

 

MUS 2641 Ear Training 4
A continuation of MUS 2631. Should be taken concurrently with Theory 4. Prerequisite: MUS 2631.

 

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MUS 3473 Piano Literature
A study of composers and representative works from the Baroque period to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1613, 1623.

 

MUS 3483 Vocal Literature
A survey of vocal literature from the Renaissance to the present. Includes a survey of significant operatic vocal literature. Prerequisite: MUS 1613, 1623.

 

MUS 3501, 3502, 3503 Directed Study in Music
A specialized course of study for qualified students. The course is offered on demand, and the credit hours are determined by the nature of the study. Prerequisite: JR/SR Standing.

 

MUS 3533 Worship Forms and Practices
A study of worship forms and practices in the Judeo-Christian tradition from Biblical times to the present. Includes a study of biblical, theological, philosophical, and historical foundations in liturgy. Includes practical application of those foundations in worship planning for various seasons in the church year.

 

MUS 3543 Congregational Christian Song
A survey of Christian song from the beginning of the Christian Era to the present. Historical analysis of hymns, and other congregational songs of the church with emphasis on their sources, development and application in contemporary worship.

 

MUS 3563 Introduction to Church Music Administration
A study of the principles involved in organizing and implementing a fully-graded music ministry, including leadership, audio/visuals, seasonal presentations, alternative worship ministries, budgeting, programming, and multiple staff relationships.

 

MUS 3573 Music History 1
A survey of the development of Western music with specialization in the composers, literature, and style movements, from antiquity through the Baroque. Emphasis will be given to stylistic and aural analysis. Prerequisites: MUS 1613, 1623, 1453.

 

MUS 3583 Music History 2
A continuation of MUS 3573, focusing on music from the Pre-Classical style period to the present. Emphasis given to aural and stylistic analysis. Prerequisite: MUS 3573 or Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 3653 Conducting I
An introduction to the basic techniques of conducting, score reading, interpretation and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 1613.

 

MUS 3663 Conducting II
Advanced choral conducting and rehearsal techniques are studied with an introduction to the basic techniques of instrumental conducting. Will include warm-up, rehearsal sequence, concert and contest preparation and the study and interpretation of works for orchestra, wind ensemble, and orchestral/choral works. Prerequisite: MUS 3653.

 

MUS 3810 Piano or Vocal Proficiency
Student will receive credit for this after passing all levels of the proficiency as indicated in the Music Department Student Handbook available from the Music Department Chair. Required of all music majors and minors. Music Education and Church Music concentrations should fulfill this requirement before entering student teaching or church music practicum. Prerequisites: Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 3853 Music Methods and Curriculum PreK-5
A study of contemporary teaching strategies and procedures recommended by Jacques-Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, and Comprehensive Musicianship. Includes curriculum development for general music class, Choral and instrumental ensembles and recorder are also included. Western and Non-Western musical traditional are examined. Prerequisite: MUS 1613, 1623 or Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 3863 Music Methods and Curriculum 6-12
A study of contemporary teaching strategies and procedures for choral and instrumental ensembles. Choral arranging techniques, instrumental methods and literature, show choirs and handbells will also be surveyed. Western and NonWestern musical traditions are examined. Prerequisite: MUS 1613, 1623, 3853 or Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 3873 Survey of Modern Band Methodologies and Marching Band Techniques
Modern Band Methodologies and Marching Band Techniques will be a comprehensive course covering all aspects of teaching and administering a middle school and high school band program.

 

MUS 3890 Junior Recital
Recommended for Applied pedagogy concentrations. Student will prepare thirty minutes of literature from the standard repertoire representing all style periods. For further guidelines see the Music Student Handbook available from the Music Department Chair. Prerequisites: two years applied study at the college level, Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 4573 Internship in Church Music Administration
A 135 hour internship in an approved area church under the direct supervision of the minister of music. Significant issues will be discussed in weekly class sessions or through online dialogue if internship is taken as a summer course. Prerequisite: MUS 3563 and Instructor’s Permission. SR Standing.

 

MUS 4810 Senior Recital I
Required for Church Music, General Music and Music Education concentrations. Student will prepare 30 minutes of literature from the standard repertoire representing all style periods. For further guidelines see the Music Student Handbook available from the Music Department Chair. It is recommended that the student complete this course before entering their student teaching or church music practicum. Prerequisites: three years applied study at the college level.

 

MUS 4833 Piano Pedagogy and Practicum
The study and application of principles for teaching piano. Includes information and skills needed to establish a private studio. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 4843 The Art of Accompanying and Practicum
The study and application of the principles of vocal and instrumental accompanying. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 4853 Vocal Pedagogy and Diction with Practicum
A study and application of the working of the vocal mechanism and the diagnosis and correction of vocal faults. An introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and its use in the study of the pronunciation of English, Latin, and Italian. Prerequisite: SO Standing or Instructor’s Permission.

 

MUS 4863 Advanced Vocal Pedagogy and Diction with Practicum
A continuation of MUS 4853. Study of the International Phonetic. Alphabet will include German and French. Includes information and skills needed to establish a private studio. Prerequisite: MUS 4853.

 

MUS 4890 Senior Recital II
Required for Applied pedagogy concentrations. Students will prepare 50-60 minutes of literature from the standard repertoire, representing all style periods. For further guidelines see the Music Student Handbook available from the Music Department Chair. Prerequisites: three years applied study at the college level.

 

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