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.

There are 55 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
MUSC101Music Fundamentals 3 credits
Basic concepts of music theory: notation, scales, intervals, chords. No musical background necessary.
MUSC102Music Appreciation 3 credits
Introduction to music as artistic expression. No musical background necessary.
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 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUSC101 - Music Fundamentals or satisfactory performance of Music Theory entrance exam.
MUSC112Music Theory II 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC111 - Music Theory I. Melodic analysis and reduction. Students are encouraged to take MUSC115 - Music Skills II concurrently.
MUSC114Music Skills I 2 credits
Ear training, sight singing, keyboard harmony, and beginning guitar. Melodic and rhythmic dictation. Students are encouraged to take MUSC111 - Music Theory I concurrently. Prerequisite: MUSC101 - Music Fundamentals or satisfactory performance on the Music Theory entrance exam.
MUSC115Music Skills II 2 credits
Continuation of MUSC114 - Music Skills I. Sight reading, and melodic and rhythmic dictation. Keyboard performance of harmonic progressions. Introduction to figured bass. Students are encouraged to take MUSC112 - Music Theory II concurrently.
MUSC121Music History I 3 credits
Study of repertoire of major styles and composers. Middle Ages through the Baroque era.
MUSC122Music History II 3 credits
Study of repertoire of major styles and composers. Classical era into the 21st century.
MUSC125Choraliers 0 credits
MUSC130Concert Choir 1 credit
MUSC132Mary Martha Singers 0 credits
MUSC133Chamber Choir 0 credits
MUSC135Concert Band 1 credit
MUSC140Handbells 0 credits
MUSC152Chamber Orchestra 0 credits
MUSC153Chapel Brass 0 credits
MUSC154Drumline 0 credits
MUSC155Jazz Ensemble 0 credits
MUSC161Introduction to Conducting 1 credit
Introduction to basic conducting patterns and problems. Student will demonstrate leadership gestures and conduct a small group in folk melodies, hymntunes and chorales in duple and triple schemes. Preparatory beat anacrusis, the fermata and release will also be practiced.
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). Course may be taken repeatedly. Additional fees required. Scholarships may be available.
MUSC205Hymnody and Liturgics 2 credits
History and development of liturgical practices and hymnody. Emphasis on the Lutheran chorale, and the reformation of the liturgy. May substitute for religious studies credit for students who have completed RELG110 - Introduction to Christianity I and RELG111 - Introduction to Christianity II.
MUSC211Music Theory III 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC112 - Music Theory II. Emphasis on analysis. Study of fugue and classical forms. Part writing. Students are encouraged to take MUSC214 - Music Skills III concurrently.
MUSC212Music Theory IV 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC211 - 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 concurrently.
MUSC214Music Skills III 2 credits
Continuation of MUSC115 - Music Skills II. Chord progressions to include modulations. Keyboard realization of modulations. Students are encouraged to take MUSC211 - Music Theory III concurrently.
MUSC215Music Skills IV 2 credits
Continuation of MUSC214 - Music Skills III. Reading of open choral and instrumental scores at the keyboard, and figured bass. Students are encouraged to take MUSC212 - Music Theory IV concurrently.
MUSC235Hymnody and Liturgics 3 credits
The history and development of hymnody and liturgical forms in the Western Church, especially as they relate to the Lutheran Divine Service, pedagogy and devotion. Special emphasis on the chorale and hymnody of the traditions of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The course integrates the academic disciplines of music, history, and theology.
MUSC261Choral Conducting 3 credits
Techniques and rehearsal procedures. Repertoire and its historical place in liturgy, especially as it applies to the Lutheran tradition. Prerequisite: MUSC101 - Music Fundamentals or MUSC111 - Music Theory I.
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. Prerequisite: MUSC161 - Introduction to Conducting.
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). 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 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. Prerequisite: MUSC101 - Music Fundamentals or MUSC111 - Music Theory I or consent of instructor.
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 and MUSC122 - Music History II.
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 and MUSC122 - Music History II.
MUSC343Music of the 19th Century 3 credits
Examination of forms, styles, and musical ideals of Romantic composers. Prerequisites: MUSC121 - Music History I and MUSC122 - Music History II.
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, MUSC112 - Music Theory II, MUSC121 - Music History I, MUSC122 - Music History II.
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 and consent of instructor.
MUSC373Vocal Pedagogy 1 credit
Introduction to teaching of voice. Students will study various approaches to vocal instruction as well as methods and repertoire. Prerequisite: MUSC190 - Instruction IA 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). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Additional fees required. Scholarships may be available.
MUSC400Church Music Practicum 3 credits
For church music majors. Supervised practicum in the parish. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
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.
MUSC418Analysis and Composition 3 credits
Principles of composition and arranging. Analysis of significant styles and forms. Prerequisite: MUSC212 - Music Theory IV.
MUSC435Opera and Lyric Theatre 3 credits
A study of opera from the Florentine Camerata through Broadway Lyric Theatre. Form and Style. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MUSC440World Music 3 credits
Introduction to non-Western music of a diversity of cultures. Prerequisites: MUSC101 - Music Fundamentals or MUSC111 - Music Theory I and consent of instructor.
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. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
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). Primarily for students preparing for recital. May be combined with MUSC475 - 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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