Music , Theory and Literature (MUSI) Courses

MUSI 100 Music Fundamentals
2 hours. This course provides a fundamental understanding of music by considering the basics of musical construction, with examples drawn from the history of music. A study of musical notation, interval recognition, elements of pitch and rhythm, scale and chord construction, essential concepts in harmony, and basic musical forms. The student will be able to experience these fundamental concepts at the piano. No musical or keyboard experience is necessary. This is a general education course for non-music majors.

MUSI 110 Understanding Jazz
2 hours. A study of various aspects and types of jazz, from blues to jazz rock. Students will discover the great jazz artists and learn how to listen to a variety of jazz idioms.

MUSI 120 The World of Music
2 hours. This course acquaints the liberal arts student with a broad range of musical styles reflecting diverse cultures, including classical, jazz and popular music. Various composers, performers and their music are listened to and studied. This is a general education course for non-music majors.

MUSI 121 Theory I
3 hours. A course designed to help the student systematically acquire basic information and interrelated skills that will be of value in future musical endeavors as performer, teacher or composer. Includes work in part writing, keyboard harmony, analysis and creative writing.
Corequisite: MUSI 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training I.

MUSI 122 Theory II
3 hours. A course designed to help the student systematically acquire basic information and interrelated skills that will be of value in future musical endeavors as performer, teacher or composer. Includes work in part writing, keyboard harmony, analysis and creative writing.
Corequisite: MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II.
Prerequisite: MUSI 121 Theory I.

MUSI 125 Voice Class
1 hour. May be repeated for credit. This course is intended to improve and strengthen the voice as a solo instrument. The ability to read music is helpful although not necessary. Attendance and class participation coupled with a minimum of four 15- to 30-minute individual practice sessions each week will enable consistent growth and increased strength. Students will sing individually to the group using exercises and songs worked on in class. The group format and class size provide an excellent built-in performance opportunity.

MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures
2 hours. An introductory thematic study of the roles of music in a variety of world cultures, with emphasis on listening to, viewing and understanding a broad selection of musical styles mostly outside the Western classical tradition.

MUSI 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training I
1 hour. A lab experience designed to develop proficiency in singing prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns and in taking basic melodic dictation.
Corequisite: MUSI 121 Theory I.

MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II
1 hour. A lab experience designed to develop proficiency in singing prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns and in taking basic melodic dictation.
Corequisite: MUSI 122 Theory II.

MUSI 135 Class Piano
1 hour. May be repeated for credit. Elementary- to intermediate-level class instruction in piano. This class is open to any student regardless of previous experience and does not require an instruction fee in addition to the normal tuition cost. Students working toward achieving the required piano proficiency may choose to study private applied piano with the instructor's consent rather than enroll for Class Piano. Required of all music majors who have not yet met the piano proficiency skill level.

MUSI 150 Keyboard Accompaniment
1 hour. This course provides "on-the-job training" and special insights and skills in the art of accompanying. A wide range of repertoire is studied, from accompanying classical solo artists to accompanying choirs (both classical and gospel), small ensembles and congregational singing.

MUSI 180 Introduction to Music Technology
2 hours. Introductory work with technological resources basic to work in the music field. Includes hands-on experience with MIDI and sequencing, music notation programs and desktop publishing, digital sound formats and basic Web authoring.

MUSI 190 Foundations of Music Education
1 hour. Required for music education majors. This course will lay the foundation for all music education courses that will be taken after. In this course, students will explore what it means to be a music educator and as the course continues will delve into the teaching process. Course content will include preparing and executing short teaching episodes, guided observation of master teachers in the field and keeping a journal of all activities done in the class. All students will join George Fox's Collegiate Music Educators National Conference chapter and will participate in the Oregon Music Educators Conference.

MUSI 200 Basic Conducting
1 1/2 hours. Introduction to the basic fundamentals of conducting for the music major, the music education major, and the future church musician. Emphasis is placed upon the mastery of simple conducting patterns, cues, and expressive gestures, and on common problems in leading group singing and in directing musical ensembles.

MUSI 210 Keyboard Literature
2 hours. Through a variety of keyboard music (harpsichord, piano, organ and synthesizer), students will acquire an understanding of diverse keyboard approaches from the Baroque through contemporary styles. Recommended for those especially interested in keyboard music.

MUSI 221 Theory III
4 hours. A continuation of Theory II. Includes chromatic harmonies and remote modulations. Introduction to 20th-century harmonic usage. Creative work is required.
Prerequisite: MUSI 122 Theory II.

MUSI 222 Theory IV
4 hours. A continuation of Theory III. Includes chromatic harmonies and remote modulations. Introduction to 20th-century harmonic usage. Creative work is required.
Prerequisite: MUSI 221 Theory III.

MUSI 225 Composition I
1 hour. Individual lessons in composition. Initial inquiry into organization of sound resources, developing techniques for working with musical materials, and composition in small forms. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: MUSI 122 Theory II and MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II, or instructor's permission.

MUSI 240 Body Mapping and Movement for Musicians
1 hour. Students will learn how to apply Alexander Technique and Andover Body Mapping principles to musical performance. The course strives to guide students to freedom and ease in body use to avoid injury and pain in music making. 

MUSI 250 Beginning Class Guitar
1 hour. This course offers vital foundational instruction in the techniques of playing guitar. Proper hand position, fingering, and strumming styles, and a broad range of chords are presented. Learn to read music, tab and understand basic concepts of theory. Have fun playing cool riffs, chord progressions and songs. Ideal for learning techniques applicable to leading worship.

MUSI 270 Music Techniques Instrumental I
1 hour. Fundamental instruction in the technique required to play music instruments at an intermediate level. Attention will be given to the technical aspects of music performance with an emphasis on the various demands related to teaching instrumentalists.
Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.

MUSI 271 Music Techniques Instrumental II
1 hour. Fundamental instruction in the technique required to play music instruments at an intermediate level. Attention will be given to the technical aspects of music performance with an emphasis on the various demands related to teaching instrumentalists.
Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II. (MUSI 270 is not a prerequisite for MUSI 271.)

MUSI 272 Music Techniques Vocal
1 hour. This course is designed to present a practical program to explain the physical, technical and artistic aspects of singing combining historical pedagogy with current research in acoustics and the physiology of the human voice. We will explore how to coordinate the activities of resonation, articulation, vibration and energization of the system to produce a freely functioning voice. Students will increase their aural awareness and understand the distinction between speaking and singing. They will learn to problem-solve and diagnose vocal stress in the role of teacher, observer and student.
Prerequisite: MUSA 105 VC Applied Voice or MUSA 305 VC Applied Voice or MUSI 125 Voice Class. (MUSI 270 and MUSI 271 are not prerequisites for MUSI 272.)

MUSI 273 Instrumental Music Techniques for Choral Conductors
1 hour. A technical overview of woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments designed for choral music education students. Emphasis on helping the student troubleshoot and teach the fundamentals of instrumental music.

MUSI 275 Field Experience
1-5 hours. Supervised experience in music apprenticeship as conductor, performer or composer.
Prerequisite: permission of music faculty.

MUSI 280 Vocal Diction
1 hour. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to sing accurately, idiomatically and expressively in English, Latin, Italian, French and German. Elements of lyric diction will be presented in ways that stress their connection to the meaning, color and expressive power of the text. We will use the International Phonetic Alphabet as a means of presenting and reinforcing the “sonic vocabulary” as well as rudiments of grammar and vocabulary that will enable the student to present the text clearly and with poetic intent. Music studied will be performed in class.

MUSI 285 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. Selected topics are offered as music electives when special needs arise or when sufficient enrollment permits. Course content includes specific interests of students and faculty.

MUSI 310 Counterpoint
2 hours. Principles of 16th- and 18th-century polyphony. Detailed study of the works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Original composition required.
Prerequisites: MUSI 221 Theory III and MUSI 222 Theory IV.

MUSI 311 Music History I
3 hours. A study of the development of music from antiquity through the 20th century. Comparisons are made to the development of the other arts. Concentrated study of music literature emphasizing the change in musical styles during the different historical periods.
Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.

MUSI 312 Music History II
3 hours. A study of the development of music from antiquity through the 20th century. Comparisons are made to the development of the other arts. Concentrated study of music literature emphasizing the change in musical styles during the different historical periods.
Prerequisite: MUSI 311 Music History I.

MUSI 320 Form and Analysis
2 hours. Detailed study of the structural components of music, including the motive, phrase and period. Application to principal contrapuntal and homophonic forms of the Classic, Romantic and Modern periods.
Prerequisites: MUSI 221 Theory III and MUSI 222 Theory IV.

MUSI 340 Creating, Planning, and Leading Worship
3 hours. The purpose of this course is to teach students how to plan, prepare and execute worship in various settings. Students will be exposed to different styles of worship services and different components and ordinances used in Christian worship services. We will also explore different technologies used in planning and leading worship.

MUSI 350 Music Theatre Performance
3 hours. An introduction to the acting, dance and vocal techniques required for music theatre performance and a formal study of the history of music theatre. Through in-depth scene study, vocal training, dance training and in-class performances, the student will be introduced to the various artistic challenges inherent in music theatre since its inception. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsals and performance of selected material. Additional course fee is required. (Identical to THEA 350).
Prerequisites: THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals and MUSA 105 VC Applied Voice or MUSA 305 VC Applied Voice or MUSI 125T Music Theatre.

MUSI 380 Keyboard Improvisation and Service Playing
2 hours. A practical course for pianists and organists seeking to discover creative approaches in programming and leading the congregation in inspirational worship and celebration.

MUSI 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

MUSI 400 Music and Christian Faith
2 hours. A study of the relationships between musical communication and Christian faith and practice. Also includes some preparatory modules for senior recital.
Prerequisites: MUSI 222 Theory IV and MUSI 312 Music History II or equivalents, and junior or senior standing.

MUSI 410 Elementary Music Methods
3 hours. Students will be introduced to the foundations of elementary music education including the National Standards and current teaching methodologies. Student observation and participation will provide the basis of an understanding of teaching music at the elementary level.
Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.

MUSI 411 Middle Level and High School Music Methods
3 hours. Students will investigate the many special teaching demands of music education at the secondary level. Vocal and instrumental music ensembles will be studied to determine the special requirements of these performance groups. Music courses at the secondary level will be examined to determine their individual teaching methodologies.
Prerequisites: MUSI 121 Theory I and MUSI 122 Theory II.

MUSI 425 Composition II
1 1/2 hours. Individual lessons in composition. Continuing work in composition including (but not limited to) composition in larger forms, digital media, multimovement forms and exploration of style resources.
Prerequisites: MUSI 225 Composition I and admission to upper-division study, or instructor's permission.

MUSI 430 Instrumentation and Orchestration
2 hours. A study of the instruments of the orchestra and band, including their ranges, characteristics and capabilities. Practical application of the principles of arranging and scoring for orchestral/band instrumental combinations.
Prerequisites: MUSI 221 Theory III and MUSI 222 Theory IV.

MUSI 460 Advanced Conducting
2 hours. A course designed to acquaint the student with advanced choral and instrumental literature. Basic conducting patterns are reviewed and adapted to all aspects of conducting: syncopation, cuing and expressive gestures.
Prerequisite: MUSI 200 Basic Conducting.

MUSI 475 Field Experience
1-5 hours. Supervised experience in music apprenticeship as conductor, performer or composer.
Prerequisite: permission of music faculty.

MUSI 485 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. Selected topics are offered as music electives when special needs arise or when sufficient enrollment permits. Course content includes specific interests of students and faculty.

MUSI 490 Degree Recital/Project
1 hour. Students prepare a project in cooperation with a faculty advisor. The project is presented before an audience and filed permanently in the music department.

MUSI 495 Special Study
1-3 hours. Individual research under the guidance of the faculty.
Prerequisite: permission of music faculty.

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