Students during rehearsal for Mary Martha Singers in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center

Music Courses

This is a listing of Music (MUSC) classes available at Bethany. These are included in the requirements for the Music Major and other programs. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

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CodeCourse Title / Description
MUSC101Music Fundamentals 3 credits
This course will provide the student with an introduction to the basic concepts of music theory: notation, scales, intervals, chords. Student will learn to read, write and perform music in a fun and safe atmosphere. No musical background necessary. Fall semester.
MUSC102Music Appreciation 3 credits
Introduction to music as artistic expression. This course will provide an overview of music throughout the ages, studying different periods in history through the lens of the basic elements of music. Student will listen to and study a wide variety of musical styles from Gregorian Chant to modern popular music. No musical background necessary. Offered in the classroom Spring semester, and on-line Fall, Spring and Summer (on demand) semesters
MUSC111Music Theory I 3 credits
Building a foundation of diatonic harmonic vocabulary. Introduction to part-writing. Students are encouraged to take MUSC114 - Music Skills I - Music Skills I concurrently. This course is designed for students who have a basic knowledge of music notation, scales, intervals, and chords. Fall semester.
MUSC112Music Theory II 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC111 - Music Theory I - Music Theory I. Melodic analysis and reduction. Students are encouraged to take MUSC115 - Music Skills II - Music Skills II concurrently. Spring semester
MUSC114Music Skills I 2 credits
Ear training, sight singing, keyboard harmony, and recorder. Melodic and rhythmic dictation.Solfége syllables and hand symbols will be taught. Fall semester, every other year.
MUSC115Music Skills II 2 credits
Continuation of MUSC114 - Music Skills I - Music Skills I. Sight reading, keyboard performance of melody and harmony. Additional skills in score reading through the use of handbells. Spring semester, every other year.
MUSC121Music History I 3 credits
This course serves as an introduction to music history for the music or history major/minor, or the student with some musical background. This course covers in depth the repertoire, form, style and composers of the Middle Ages to the Baroque era using score analysis and study of history. The ability to read music is helpful. Fall Semester.
MUSC122Music History II 3 credits
This course serves as an introduction to music history for the music or history major/minor, or the student with some musical background. This course covers in depth the repertoire, form, style and composers of the Classical, Romantic and 20th Century eras using score analysis and study of history. The ability to read music is helpful. Spring Semester.
MUSC125Choraliers 0 credits
The Winter Musical is open to all students. Principal roles are chosen by audition; chorus is open to anyone without an audition. Student should register for this course whether on-stage or backstage. Rehearsals are once a week in the Fall Semester, and daily in January of the Spring semester with performances late January/early February. No experience is necessary. Fall/Spring Semesters, but finished in early February of Spring Semester.
MUSC130Concert Choir 1 credit
The Concert Choir is a mixed ensemble selected by audition at the beginning of the fall semester. Primary repertoire is drawn from the classic, sacred tradition. The group performs regularly in chapel, as well as the Christmas at Bethany concerts and the spring choir tour. Rehearses three days a week for 90 minutes each day.
MUSC132Mary Martha Singers 0 credits
Women’s Chorus chosen by audition in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Mary Martha Singers perform for Vespers, Christmas at Bethany, the Spring Choir tour and other various opportunities. Rehearses twice a week for 50 minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students can participate in Concert Band and Mary Martha concurrently as well as other musical organizations.
MUSC135Concert Band 1 credit
The Concert Band involves a wide variety of wind and percussion instruments, and welcomes musicians from any major. The fall semester features an alumni invite mid-semester and closes with the Christmas at Bethany concerts. The spring semester begins with preparations for tour either before or during spring break and concludes with a shared finale with the Chamber Orchestra. Rehearses four days a week for 50 minutes each day.
MUSC140Handbells 0 credits
Handbell Choir rehearses once a week and is chosen by audition in the fall and spring. Familiarity with reading musical notation is preferred. Handbells perform for Christmas at Bethany, the Spring Choir Tour, and occasionally in chapel
MUSC152Chamber Orchestra 0 credits
Chamber Orchestra rehearses once a week on Tuesday nights and plays each month in chapel. The primary concert in the fall is Christmas at Bethany, and the main concert in the spring is the finale with the Concert Band. We also go on a mini tour each year and frequently attend performances by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
MUSC153Chapel Brass 0 credits
May be offered concurrently with Concert Band, and membership is drawn, by audition, from Concert Band.
MUSC154Drumline 0 credits
Drumline rehearses once a week and performs nearly each week during the first two months of classes. In the past, performances have been at soccer and basketball games, cross country meets, Homecoming Weekend, Theatre Physics, and occasional travel to local high schools. The Drumline welcomes drummers and non-drummers alike. Fall Semester.
MUSC155Jazz Ensemble 0 credits
Jazz Ensemble rehearses once a week on late Monday afternoons and typically performs three times each semester. Not only do they enjoy performing a variety of styles from classic big band repertoire to today’s composers, but they also collaborate with many vocalists.
MUSC161Introduction to Conducting 1 credit
Introduction to basic conducting patterns and problems. Student will demonstrate leadership gestures and conduct a small group in hymn tunes and chorales in duple and triple divisions. Discussions include rehearsal and performance logistics. Fall Semester.
MUSC181ELS Certification Piano 1 credit
Private 30-minute lessons. Development of keyboard skills for the elementary classrooms of the schools in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, emphasizing basic keyboard proficiency leading to the performance of folk song, hymnody and the music of the Lutheran liturgy. Prerequisite: Consent of education department.
MUSC190Instruction I 1 credit
Private 30-minute lessons at all levels, beginner to advanced: piano, voice, organ, wind instruments (brass, woodwind), string instruments (violin, cello, guitar, etc.), percussion (snare, mallets, drum-set), and harp. Course may be taken repeatedly. Additional fees required. Scholarships may be available.
MUSC211Music Theory III 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC112 - Music Theory II - Music Theory II. Emphasis on analysis. Study of fugue and classical forms. Part writing. Students are encouraged to take MUSC214 - Music Skills III - Music Skills III concurrently. Fall semester.
MUSC212Music Theory IV 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC211 - Music Theory III - Music Theory III. Analysis of music from the 19th into the 21st century. Expansion of harmonic vocabulary. Students are encouraged to take MUSC215 - Music Skills IV - Music Skills IV concurrently. Spring semester.
MUSC214Music Skills III 2 credits
Keyboard and fretted instrument realization of modulations and progressions. Fall semester, every other year. Prerequisite: MUSC115 - Music Skills II.
MUSC215Music Skills IV 2 credits
Continuation of MUSC214 - Music Skills III - Music Skills III.Reading of open choral and instrumental scores at the keyboard. Exploration of world percussion instruments and rhythms. Spring semester, every other year
MUSC235Hymnody and Liturgics 3 credits
The history and development of hymnody and liturgical forms in the Western Church, especially as they relate to the Divine Service, pedagogy and devotion. Special emphasis on the chorale and hymnody of the traditions of the Lutheran church. The course integrates the academic disciplines of music, history, and theology. Also listed as RELG235 - Hymnody and Liturgics
MUSC261Choral Conducting 3 credits
Techniques and rehearsal procedures. Repertoire and its historical place in liturgy, especially as it applies to the Lutheran tradition. Spring semester, every other year.
MUSC262Instrumental Conducting 3 credits
The craft and tradition of instrumental conducting is explored through the study of preparatory skills, pedagogical concepts, posture, beat patterns, "stick" technique, and an introduction to band and orchestral repertory. Spring semester, every other year.
MUSC290Instruction II 2 credits
Private 60-minute lessons: piano, voice, organ, wind instruments (brass, woodwind), string instruments (violin, cello, guitar, etc.), percussion (snare, mallets, drum-set), and harp. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Additional fees required. Scholarships may be available.
MUSC303Music Communication and Technology 3 credits
Development of skills in the use of electronic and computer-generated materials and equipment. Music composition, arranging, and publishing.
MUSC307Survey of Organ History and Literature 2 credits
Broad historical survey of organ music, writings on organ music, and organ design.
MUSC309Service Playing and Repertoire 2 credits
Practical skills for the worship service. Varied hymn accompaniment. Vocal and instrumental accompaniment. Building a repertoire. Prerequisite: MUSC190 - Instruction I - Instruction I or consent of instructor.
MUSC317Piano Literature 2 credits
A survey of piano composers and compositions from 1830 to the present.
MUSC335Music Theatre 3 credits
A survey of the musical theatre, including history, repertory, form and style. From Gilbert and Sullivan to the present.
MUSC340Survey of World Dance 3 credits
A study of dance through form, style and rhetoric in various cultures.
MUSC341Music of the Renaissance and Baroque 3 credits
Examination of forms, composers, and musical ideals of Western music from 1450-1650. Prerequisites: MUSC121 - Music History I - Music History I and MUSC122 - Music History II - Music History II. Fall semester, every other year.
MUSC342Music of the Baroque and Classic Era 3 credits
Examination of the music of the high Baroque through the Classic era from 1650-1800. Prerequisites: MUSC121 - Music History I - Music History I and MUSC122 - Music History II - Music History II. Spring semester, every other year.
MUSC343Music of the 19th Century 3 credits
Examination of forms, styles, and musical ideals of Romantic composers. Prerequisites: MUSC121 - Music History I - Music History I and MUSC122 - Music History II - Music History II. Fall semester, every other year.
MUSC344Music of the 20th Century 3 credits
Beginning with Impressionism and Expressionism the course will explore music produced in the last 100 years. Recommended: MUSC111 - Music Theory I - Music Theory I, MUSC112 - Music Theory II - Music Theory II, MUSC121 - Music History I - Music History I, MUSC122 - Music History II - Music History II. Spring semester, every other year.
MUSC371Piano Pedagogy 1 credit
Introduction to the teaching of piano. Students in the course will study various approaches to piano instruction as well as methods and repertoire.
MUSC372Organ Pedagogy 1 credit
Through the study of a variety of organ method books the student will learn a manner of teaching appropriate for the student at hand. In addition, methods of teaching repertoire will be introduced, as well as how to develop an organ studio. Prerequisites: MUSC190 - Instruction I - Instruction I and consent of instructor.
MUSC373Vocal Pedagogy 1 credit
Introduction to the teaching of voice. Students will study various approaches to vocal instruction as well as methods and repertoire. Offered Fall every other year. Prerequisite: MUSC190 - Instruction I - Instruction I or consent of instructor.
MUSC390Instruction III 1 credit
Private 30-minute lessons: piano, voice, organ, composition, conducting, wind instruments (brass, woodwind), string instruments (violin, cello, guitar, etc.), percussion (snare, mallets, drum-set), and harp. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Additional fees required. Scholarships may be available.
MUSC417Counterpoint and Composition 3 credits
Study of strict species counterpoint. Analysis of 17th and 18th century counterpoint. Application of the contrapuntal practices relative to current composition. Prerequisite: MUSC212 - Music Theory IV - Music Theory IV.
MUSC418Analysis and Composition 3 credits
Principles of composition and arranging. Analysis of significant styles and forms. Prerequisite: MUSC212 - Music Theory IV - Music Theory IV.
MUSC435Opera and Lyric Theatre 3 credits
A study of opera from the Florentine Camerata through Broadway Lyric Theatre. Students will attend several live performances and learn about the history and performance practices of opera. This course also serves as an upper-division credit for the Theatre Major. Offered Fall every other year.
MUSC440World Music 3 credits
Introduction to non-Western music of a diversity of cultures.
MUSC475Recital 1 credit
Performance for students enrolled in private music lessons; program planned and directed by student and recital instructor. May be capstone for music major emphases. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
MUSC480Topics in Music 3 credits
Course content varies. Courses will reflect unique expertise and background of the faculty, as well as current research and development in the musical arts.
MUSC489International Study Tour 3 credits
Course allows the student to travel to a specific country, selected by the professor, and covers various aspects of the selected country or geographical area.
MUSC490Instruction IV 2 credits
Private 60-minute lessons: piano, voice, organ, composition, conducting, wind instruments (brass, woodwind), string instruments (violin, cello, guitar, etc.), percussion (snare, mallets, drum-set), and harp. Primarily for students preparing for recital. May be combined with MUSC475 - Recital - Recital for the music major capstone.Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Additional fees required. Scholarships may be available.
MUSC495Senior Seminar Music 3 credits
Capstone project for students majoring in music. Project is coordinated with faculty advisor.
MUSC499Music Internship 3 credits
Music-related field experience with an approved agency fulfilling an individual learning contract negotiated between student, faculty advisor, and worksite. Music majors only. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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