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.
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
MUSC111Music Theory I 3 credits
Building a foundation of diatonic harmonic vocabulary. Introduction to part-writing. This course is designed for students who have a basic knowledge of music notation, scales, intervals, and chords.
MUSC112Music Theory II 3 credits
Continuation of MUSC111 - Music Theory I - Music Theory I. Melodic analysis and reduction, analysis of musical phrases and form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 folk melodies, hymntunes and chorales in duple and triple schemes. Prepatory beat anacrusis, the ferrmata 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), 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. Emphasis on analysis. Study of fugue and classical forms. Part writing.
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. .
MUSC214Music Skills III 2 credits
Perform individual notes and chords on the guitar through reading of standard notation, tablature, and chord diagrams. Basic approaches to songwriting and chord progressions explored. Identification of intervals through sound and foundational improvisation techniques
MUSC215Music Skills IV 2 credits
Use of sight singing through solfege and Curwen hand signs. Basic drum set, piano, and vocal warm up skills introduced. Understanding of time signature and rhythmic subdivisions through active production of sound. Recognize dictation of rhythms and basic melodies in standard notation.
MUSC221Music History I: Middle Ages & Renaissance 3 credits
Study of repertoire of major styles of composers from ancient times through the Renaissance.
MUSC222Music History II: Baroque & Classical Eras 3 credits
Study of repertoire of major styles and composers of the Baroque and Classical eras.
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. Course is cross-listed with RELG235 - Hymnody and Liturgics.
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 or consent of instructor.
MUSC321Music History III: Romantic & Modrn 3 credits
Study of repertoire of major styles and composers from the Romantic and Modern eras.
MUSC335Music Theatre 3 credits
A survey of the musical theatre, including history, repertory, form and style. From Gilbert and Sullivan to the present.
MUSC361Choral Conducting 3 credits
Choral techniques and rehearsal procedures. Repertoire and its historical place in liturgy, especially as it applies to the Lutheran tradition.
MUSC362Instrumental 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.
MUSC374Piano Pedagogy and Literature 3 credits
Introduction to the teaching of piano. Students in the course will study various approaches to piano instruction as well as methods and repertoire. A survey of piano composers and compositions from 1830 to the present.
MUSC375Vocal Pedagogy and Literature 3 credits
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.
MUSC376Instrumental Pedagogy 3 credits
Introduction to teaching of instruments. Students will study various approaches to instruction on various instruments as well as methods and repertoire. Prerequisite: MUSC190 - Instruction ID 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.
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. Prerequisite: 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), 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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