Music Courses

MUSI 100 Piano Class 1 credit
Instruction for this course is through group piano lessons for students with no piano background. Technique, sight reading, harmonization, transposition, and introductory repertoire are studied.

MUSI 103 Introduction to Music 3 credits
This course is an historical and aesthetic study of western art music that emphasizes learning to listen. Representative masterworks are studied and consideration is given to aesthetic functions and values. Preparing for and attending live concerts are essential parts of the course. An additional course fee is required.

MUSI 104 Out of the Blues and Into Rock
3 credits
This course focuses on the development of the African American genre of music known as blues and its impact on popular music as it developed in North America and Britain during the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. The student is expected to acquire a comfortable familiarity with the course content. Activities include lectures, readings, watching DVDs, listening to CDs, live in-class performances, and writing. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 104.)

MUSI 105 College Choir
1 credit
The Bethany College Choir performs music in a broad range of styles. Concerts are on campus and off campus on weekdays and weekends and sometimes during tours. Members attend two weekly rehearsals and performances and extra rehearsals as scheduled. Members are assessed the cost of purchasing appropriate formal concert attire. This course may be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 105.)

MUSI 106 College Wind Ensemble
1 credit
The College Wind Ensemble performs music in a broad range of styles. Members attend weekly rehearsals plus performances and extra rehearsals as scheduled. Concerts are on and off campus. Active student leadership is strongly encouraged. This course may be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 106.) Prerequisite: an audition is required.

MUSI 107 Rock Ensemble
1 credit
The Rock Ensemble composes, records, performs, and promotes original music in popular idioms. Members attend frequent rehearsals and recording sessions. The group presents live performances on and off campus and produces audio recordings (CDs) for distribution. In addition to composers and musicians, students interested in the technical and promotional aspects of the project are also encouraged to enroll. Active student leadership is strongly encouraged. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 107.) Prerequisite: An audition and/or interview is required.

MUSI 108 Guitar Class
1 credit
This course provides beginning instruction in guitar in a small classroom environment.

MUSI 109 Guitar Ensemble
1 credit
This course prepares and performs music appropriate to the instrument. Members attend weekly rehearsals, plus performances and extra rehearsals as needed. Active student leadership is strongly encouraged. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 109.)

MUSI 110 Digital Audio Production for Music
3 credits
This courser focuses on hands-on experience in multi-track recording of musical instruments using a digital audio workstation. It also sets the state for a additional work in digital editing, mixing, and mastering techniques. (This course may be taken for credit as COMM 110.)

MUSI 111-112, 211-212, 311-312, 411-412 Applied Piano
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in piano technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 111-112, 211-212, 311-312, 411-412.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 113-114, 213-214, 313-314, 413-414 Applied Guitar
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in guitar technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 113-114, 213-214, 313-314, 413-414.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 115-116, 215-216, 315-316, 415-416 Applied Voice
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in vocal technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 115-116, 215-216, 315-316, 415-416.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 117-118, 217-218, 317-318, 417-418 Applied Organ
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in organ technique and repertoire based on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 117-118, 217-218, 317-318, 417-418.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 121-122, 221-222, 321-322, 421-422 Applied Woodwind
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in woodwind technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 121-122, 221-222, 321-322, 421-422.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 131-132, 231-232, 331-332, 431-432 Applied Brass
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in brass technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 131-132, 231-232, 331-332, 431-432.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 141-142, 241-242, 341-342, 441-442 Applied Percussion
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in percussion technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 141-142, 241-242, 341-342, 441- 442.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 161-162, 261-262, 361-362, 461-462 Applied Strings
1 credit each
These courses provide individualized instruction in string technique and repertoire focusing on a student’s experience, ability, and needs. In addition to lessons, students meet periodically with the instructor and other students in a performance seminar. A lesson fee of $300 is required. (These courses may be taken for credit as FINA 161-162, 261-262, 361-362, 461-462.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MUSI 171 Music Theory I / Ear Training I
4 credits
This course provides an introduction to the stylistic practices of music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and also considers more recent and vernacular music. It begins with a review of music fundamentals including scales, intervals, and notational practices. The course continues with an examination of several melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal structures found in the music under consideration. The ear training component parallels the concepts presented in the music theory portion of the course as is appropriate.

MUSI 172 Music Theory II / Ear Training II
4 credits
This course continues the study of the harmonic, melodic, and contrapuntal practices of music from the 17th and 18th centuries, but may include study of more recent literature as well. The course begins with a review of topics from the previous semester and continues with an examination of concepts that will lead to a solid understanding of diatonic modulation and basic forms by the end of the semester. The ear training component parallels the concepts presented in the music theory portion of the course as is appropriate. Prerequisite: MUSI 171.

MUSI 210 Editing, Mixing, and Mastering Digital Audio for Music
3 credits
This course is the second in a series that addresses the processes of digital audio production for music. It is designed to focus on the processes of editing, mixing, and mastering digital audio for music. (This course may be taken for credit as COMM 210.)

MUSI 230 Conducting I
3 credits
This course is a study of basic conducting technique and ensemble repertoire. Students work with and without a baton in exploring the art of communication by gesture. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 230.) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MUSI 245 Baroque Composers
2 credits
This course emphasizes such major Baroque composers as Monteverdi, Schutz, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Rameau, Purcell, Handel, and J.S. Bach. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 245.)

MUSI 246 Classical Composers
2 credits
This course emphasizes such Classical composers as Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Cherubini, and early Beethoven. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 246.)

MUSI 247 Romantic Composers
2 credits
This course emphasizes such Romantic composers as Beethoven, Rossini, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Franck, and Brahms. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 247.)

MUSI 248 Modern and Non-Western Composers
2 credits
This course emphasizes modern and non-Western composers such as Debussy, Satie, Vaughan Williams, Schoenberg, Ives, Bartok, Stravinski, Barber, Schuman, Menotti, Britten, Penderecki, Stockhausen, Glass, Reich, and others. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 248.)

MUSI 250 Music History: Medieval-Classical
3 credits
This course is a detailed, chronologically-organized study of the development of western art music. Students are introduced to the research materials, repertoire, composers, and styles representative of each era. Attention is given to concurrent philosophical, religious, historical, and artistic events and movements. Emphasis is on the development of listening skills. An additional course fee is required.

MUSI 251 Music History: 18th-20th Centuries
3 credits
This course is a detailed, chronologically-organized study of the development of western art music from the 18th century to the present. Students are introduced to the research materials, repertoire, composers, and styles representative of each era. Attention is given to concurrent philosophical, religious, historical, and artistic events and movements. Emphasis is on the development of listening skills. An additional course fee is required.

MUSI 271 Music Theory III / Ear Training III
4 credits
Music Theory III provides an introduction to the stylistic practices of music from the 19th century and also considers more recent and vernacular music. It begins with a review of topics covered in Music Theory I and II and continues with the examination of advanced melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal structures such as chromatic harmony, extended tertian harmonies, and enharmonic modulation found in the music under consideration. The ear training component parallels the concepts presented
in the music theory portion of the course as is appropriate. Prerequisite: MUSI 172.

MUSI 272 Music Theory IV / Ear Training IV
4 credits
This course continues the study of the harmonic, melodic, and contrapuntal practices of music from the 17th century to the present and also considers modern vernacular music. The course begins with a review of extended tertian harmony. It then continues with an examination of topics such as set theory; serialism; polytonality; chance processes; minimalism; experiments
in timbre, texture, scalar formations, harmony, and rhythm; and extended instrumental and vocal techniques that characterize the compositional, theoretic, and analytic concepts of the 20th century. The ear training component parallels the concepts presented in the music theory portion of the course as is appropriate. Prerequisite: MUSI 271.

MUSI 330 Conducting II
3 credits
This advanced course of study builds on the techniques and repertoire introduced in MUSI 230. Emphasis is placed on rehearsal technique and performance practice as well as on the gesture. (This course may be taken for credit as FINA 330.) Prerequisite: MUSI 230.

MUSI 477 Senior Seminar
1 credit
This course is a review of material covered throughout the music curriculum with particular concern for a student’s area of concentration. Academic and professional career opportunities are explored. Guidance for the Senior Project and preparation for the Senior Comprehensive Examination are also provided.

MUSI 487-488 Independent Study
2-4 credits

MUSI 490 Senior Project
2-4 credits

MUSI 495 Graduation Audit
Non-credit
Registration for this course initiates a graduation audit process to verify that all requirements for graduation are scheduled to be met by the anticipated degree completion date.