Worship Arts Minor

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Minor Requirements

19 credit hours

Complete the following:

Study of proper voice production, with emphasis on posture, breathing, and resonance. Studies from the standard repertoires, including English songs, Italian classics, German lieder, French art songs, oratorio and operatic arias, and selected contemporary works. Additional course fee is required.




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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.

Choose 1.5 semester hours from the following:

The Concert Choir is committed to excellent choral singing in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary sacred and gospel arrangements, spirituals, and hymn settings. The choir's combined commitment to excellence and ministry finds expression in concerts given on campus and in churches throughout the Northwest. Rehearsals are held four days a week. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: audition.
This ensemble sings a flexible repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals through contemporary vocal jazz settings and Christian contemporary gospel. Members present concerts in the Portland region and participate in various campus concerts. Prerequisite: audition and concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir.
A chorus of men's and/or women's voices using a variety of sacred and secular literature that is appropriate to members' skill level. Students learn proper tone production and sight-reading skills and experience rehearsal techniques that will prepare them for Concert Choir and/or singing beyond graduation. This class meets twice a week. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: instructor's permission at the beginning of each semester.
A vocal ensemble and rhythm section specializing in the preparation, study, and performance of vocal jazz. Performances are usually for university events and some off-campus concerts. Vocalists will learn to improvise and sing with style and tone appropriate to the idiom. Rhythm section players will learn how to effectively accompany, improvise, and play as a trio. Prerequisite: audition, instructor's permission, and concurrently enrolled in major ensembles.
The 300-level offerings of the same courses listed above also apply.

Choose 2 semester hours from the following courses:

Technical exercises, scales, and arpeggios in various rhythms; ├ętudes of varying difficulty, such as those by Duvernoy, Burgmuller, Heller, Czerny, and Clementi. Repertoire from the historical periods are studied, including selected contemporary composers. A select group of concerti are also studied. Additional course fee is required.
Basic study of pedal and manual techniques. Standard works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Additional course fee is required.
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 instructional fees 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.
Students must choose 2 semester hours from the following options based on their specialty:
  1. Keyboard specialists
    MUSI 380 Keyboard Improvisation and Service Playing (2 hours)
  2. Non-keyboard specialists
    Music theory and literature (MUSI) coursework (2 hours)