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Degrees / Courses

 
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Aquinas College offers various programs of study leading to degrees in music that, together with a liberal arts curriculum, can provide a solid foundation for careers in music. In addition, the Music Department offers courses for Aquinas students who wish to broaden their appreciation and understanding of music through study or participation in one of the performing ensembles. Private lessons are also available.

 

All students considering any music major or minor should register for the following course as an introduction to the major: MCTH104 Basics of Music (3 credit hours AC in the General Education program). The Music Theory Placement Test is given during the Summer and throughout the year to evaluate students should they already qualify to pass out of this level. The Music Students' Handbook, which is available to students on-line, contains further information and specific requirements for students of music.


Students must earn a grade of B- or higher in all MCTH courses or pass the proficiency test for that course. Bachelor of Music Education degree candidates must earn a grade of C or above in All major, minor and Education courses. Additionally, students in the Music major or minor must earn a grade of Bin MCAP courses, must maintain a 2.7 GPA in the major, and earn at least a C in any other courses counted toward the minor, BA, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Music degrees. Any course other than MCAP and MCTH specified as required in the BSBA Dual Major must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. All Music or Dual Music and Business majors must also submit a portfolio each year, beginning at the conclusion of their Sophomore year on campus, to the Music Faculty for review at the time of Spring Jury hearings. A guide to creating the portfolio is in the Music Students' Handbook.


Students in the B.A. preparing to enter the job market upon graduation should consider having one or more Internships and additional course work in areas such as business and communications. Students preparing for graduate studies should consider additional course work in their chosen field of specialization. Discuss these goals with your music faculty advisor.


Prerequisites are in place from the School of Education for students in the Bachelor of Music Education path. Refer to the Education section of this catalog for information on the Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST). Sophomore or higher status Music students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and who have passed the MBST may register for EN201 Introduction to Education, the pre- or co-requisite for the other required EN and MCED courses.

 

At least one half of the required semester hours of music credits for the B.A., 30 semester hours of music for the Bachelor of Music Education or Bachelor of Music in Liturgical Music, and 33 semester hours of business and music combined for the B.S.B.A. must be taken at Aquinas College for the music major.

 

Degrees

Bachelor of Music Education - Choral Supervision >Download the Checklist (pdf)

Major Requirements (Piano) = Music Core (39 credits) plus 36 credits as follows: MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2); MCHL304 Choral Literature and Interpretation (2); MCEN343–443 College Chorus (1,1,1); MCAP325-425 Studio Applied Piano (2,2,2); MCAP323, MCAP324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1); Piano Proficiency (variable); MCAP165, MCAP166 Voice Techniques I and II (1,1); MCED105, 107, 109, 208, 285, 385, 414, 424 and 434 Music Methods and; Observation and Directed Teaching (20); Half-hour Graduation Recital.

Major Requirements (Voice) = Music Core (39 credits) plus 36 credits as follows: MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2); MCHL304 Choral Literature and Interpretation (2); MCEN343–443 College Chorus (1,1,1); MCAP341-441 Studio Applied Voice (2,2,2); MCAP323, MCAP324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1); Piano Proficiency (variable); MCAP125 Studio Applied Piano (2); MCED105, 107, 109, 208, 285, 385, 414, 424 and 434 Music Methods and; Observation and Directed Teaching (20); Half-hour Graduation Recital.


For teacher certification and to complete the degree, the State of Michigan requires 26 credits in the School of Education as follows: EN130; 201; 207; 209; 301; 454; 456; 461; and 498.


Note: Music Education Majors with a Voice or Piano primary instrument could fulfill the requirements of the BM in Liturgical Music by completing additional course work as follows: MCHL Literature in Applied area; Valenti Handbell Ensemble MCEN111–212; Theology TY131, 230 and 315; Music History MCHL130; one semester of MCAP Applied lessons and MCEN Chorus; Proficiency in Voice and Organ; and an Internship in Parish Music Ministry. See a Music Department Adviser to discuss this option.

 
Bachelor of Music Education - Instrumental Supervision >Download the Checklist (pdf)

Major Requirements = Music Core (39 credits) plus 36 credits as follows: MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2); MCHL305 Band and Orchestra Literature and Interpretation (2); MCEN355–455 College Band (1,1,1); MCAP351-451 Studio Applied Instrument (2,2,2); MCAP323, MCAP324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1); Piano Proficiency (variable); MCAP165, MCAP166 Voice Techniques I and II (1,1); MCED105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 208, 209, (waiving one course in primary instrument) 285, 423, and 433 Instrumental Techniques and Music
Observation and Directed Teaching (19); Half-hour Graduation Recital.

 

For teacher certification and to complete the degree, the State of Michigan requires 26 credits in the School of Education as follows: EN130; 201; 207; 209; 301; 454; 456; 461; and 498.

 
Bachelor of Music Degree: Liturgical Music Major >Download the Checklist (pdf)

Major Requirements = Music Core (39 credits) plus 36 credits as follows: MCTH341 Counterpoint (3); MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2);
MCHL130 Music in Liturgical Celebration (3); MCHL304 Choral Literature and Interpretation (2); MCHL327, 329, 330 or 331 Piano, Voice, Organ or Instrument Literature (2); MCAP165 Voice Techniques I (1); MCEN111–212 Valenti Handbell Ensemble (1,1,1,1); MCEN343–444 College Chorus (1,1,1,1); MCAP341-442 Studio Applied Voice; MCAP325-426 Studio Applied Piano; MCAP331-332 Studio Applied Organ; MCAP351-352; Studio Applied Guitar (2,2,2,2); MCED285 Elementary General Music Methods and Materials (4); Piano, Voice and Organ Proficiency (variable); Internship in Parish Music Ministry (3 credit minimum); Half-hour Graduation Recital; Theology requirements: 9 credits as follows - TY131, 230 and 315.

 
The Bachelor of Arts Degree: Music Major - B.A. >Download the Checklist (pdf)

Music Core (39 credits): MCTH113, MCTH114 Integrated Theory I and II (3,3;); MCTH115, MCTH116 Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II (1,1); MCAP123, MCAP 124 Piano Techniques I and II (1,1); MCAP125-226 Piano; MCAP131-232 Organ, MCAP165,166,142-242; Voice; or MCAP151-252 Instrument - Studio Applied Lessons (2,2,2,2); MCEN143-244 College Chorus or MCEN155-256 College Band (1,1,1,1); or MCEN 171-272 Jazz Ensemble for Jazz Emphasis (1,1,1,1); MCTH203, MCTH204 Integrated Theory III and IV (3,3); MCTH205, MCTH206 Ear Training/Sight-Singing III and IV (1,1); MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals (1); *MCHL350, *MCHL351 Music History and Literature I and II (3,3); MCTH352 20th Century Analytical Techniques (2) with CS 160 Midi-Music Publishing (T)

*for Jazz Emphasis replace MCHL 350 and MCHL 351 with MCHL 213 and MCHL 215.

 
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Music Major - B.A. with Performance Emphasis >Download the Checklist (pdf)
Music Core (39 credits) plus 20 credits as follows: MMCEN167 Chamber Ensemble (1); MCAP325-426 Piano; MCAP331-432 Organ, MCAP341-442 Voice; or; MCAP351-452 Instrument – Studio Applied Lessons (2,2,2,2); MCHL327, 329, 330 or 331 Voice/Instrument Literature (2); MCEN343-444 College Chorus or MCEN355-456 College Band (1,1,1,1); MCTH341 Counterpoint (3); MCTH415 Instrumentation and Orchestration (2); Proficiency in Piano; Senior Graduation Recital (45 minutes)
 
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Music Major - B.A. with Jazz Emphasis >Download the Checklist (pdf)
Music Core (39 credits) plus 20 credits as follows: MCTH102 Studio Recording I (2); MCTH157 Jazz Improvisation (1); MCEN 158 Jazz Combo (1); MCAP323, 324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1); MCAP325-425 Jazz Piano; MCAP341-441 Jazz Voice; or MCAP351-451; Jazz Instrument Lessons (2,2,2); MCTH371 Composing and Arranging for Jazz Ensemble (2) MCEN371-472; Jazz Band (1,1,1,1); MCTH415 Orchestration and Instrumentation (2); Proficiency in Piano; Senior Graduation Recital (45 minutes)
 
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Dual Major in Business & Music >Download the Checklist (pdf)

Major Requirements: Sixty-seven (67) semester hours minimum as follows: Theory MCTH113,114; Ear Training/Sight-Singing MCTH115,116; Studio Recording MCTH102,202; Piano Skills MCAP127,123 or MCAP123,124; History and Literature MCHL213, 214; College Chorus MCEN143,144, College Band MCEN155,156, Chamber Ensemble MCEN167,168, or Jazz Band MCEN171,172; Piano MCAP125,126, Organ MCAP132,132, Voice MCAP165,166,142, or Instrument MCAP151,152; Technology CS152, 160, 260; Economics ES213, 214; Mathematics MS151, 252 or 494; Accounting AG210, 211, (AG212, 213 and 214 in the evening program); Business BS106, 201, 202, 305, 332, 460 and 3 semester hours selected from BS442, 457 and 492; and an Internship in Music/Business Administration MCAP397.

 
Music Minor >Download the Checklist (pdf)
Requirement of twenty-five (25) semester hours in music as follows: Theory MCTH113, 114; Ear Training/Sight-Singing MCTH115, 116; History and Literature MCHL213; Conducting Fundamentals MCED315; MCAP Applied Instrument/Voice for 8 credits; College Chorus MCEN143-244 or College Band MCEN155-256; and one additional music credit in MCAP123 or 127 for Piano, MCAP138 for Guitar or MCAP165 for Voice.
 
Minor in Liturgical Music >Download the Checklist (pdf)
Requirement of twenty-four (24) semester hours: 15 semester hours in music as follows: Theory MCTH113, 114; Ear Training/Sight-Singing MCTH115, 116; History and Literature MCHL130 or 213; MCAP Applied Piano, Organ, Voice or Guitar for 4 credits; Piano or Organ Proficiency; and 9 semester hours in Theology as follows - TY131, 230 and 315.
 

Forms

Departmental/Guest Recitals
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Student Recitals
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Students' Recital Information Packet
Application for Student Recital and Recital Hearing (pdf) Recital Assistants (pdf)
AMC Recital Reservation/Contract (pdf) Recitalist's Timeline (pdf)
AMC Guidelines for use of Building (pdf) Standard Set Up (Diagram) for Kretschmer Recital Hall (pdf)
Procedures for Online Student Recital Program Information Submission (pdf) Waiver of AQ Dining Services (pdf)
Recital Rehearsal Schedule (pdf)  
 

Courses

Music Theory Courses

 
MCTH102 Studio Recording (2)
A 'hands on' introduction to the basics of sound recording. This class provides the opportunity to work on a personal project, while gaining knowledge of and experience with audio equipment, including the Pro Tools audio workstation.
 
MCTH104 Basics of Music (3) AC
This is a general course in music (with no prior experience in music required) introducing the student to the three fundamental parts of basic musicianship: 1) the rudiments of written music; 2) introduction to piano playing and music reading; and 3) an ensemble experience in instrumental or vocal music. This is also an introductory course for students who are considering a major or minor in music.
 
MCTH113, 114 Integrated Theory (3,3)
This two-semester sequence of courses is the study of the development of the materials of music and the cultivation of an appreciation and understanding of musical style through comprehensive analysis and composition. Harmonic materials of the 17th through 20th centuries are correlated with instruction in written and keyboard harmony, beginning in MCTH113 with basic diatonic intervals and chord structure and progressing in MCTH114 to common practice chord usage, including borrowed dominant harmonies. Analysis and composition studies culminate in a 16 measure original four-part chorale at the end of MCTH114, CS 160 must be taken while enrolled in either of these courses. MCTH113 is a prerequisite for MCTH114. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Music Theory Proficiency Exam.
 
MCTH115, 116 Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II (1,1)
This is the lab component of Integrated Theory 113, 114. Students learn to develop the ability to hear mentally what they see, as well as to reproduce it with their voices; to understand what they hear in musical sounds, as well as reproduce them in written form. MCTH115 is a prerequisite for MCTH114 and 116. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Proficiency Exam.
 
MCTH 157, 257, 357, 457 Improvisation (1,1)
Jazz Theory: beginning, intermediate, and advanced techniques. Direct applications will be made to your own applied instrument/voice.
 
MCTH202 Studio Recording 2 (2)
This class focuses on the use of audio effects, MIDI, sequencing, and learning to understand technical language such as audio specifications. As in the previous class, a personal project is used to experiment with newly acquired knowledge. Prerequisite: MCTH102.
 
MCTH203, 204 Integrated Theory (3,3)
This Class is designed to build upon the basic tenets of music theory covered in MCTH113/114. Over the course of two semesters a wide range of musical styles from the Baroque to the present will be explored. The emphasis is on more complex chords such as the Augmented 6ths and larger forms such as those from the Classic and Romantic eras. Prerequisites: MCTH113–116 and CS160; MCTH203, 205 are prerequisites for MCTH204, 206.
 
MCTH205, 206 Ear Training/Sight-Singing III and IV (1,1)
Students will further hone their ability to notate melody, harmony, and rhythm accurately “by ear” through dictation exercises. In addition, students will improve their ability to sing melodies and broken chords in rhythm on sight through sight-reading exercises. They must be taken concurrently with MCTH203 and 204. Prerequisites: MCTH113-116 and CS160.
 
MCTH310 Special Topics in Music (3)
Spring 2015: Composing in the 21st Century. This class will cover composition styles which began in the twentieth century. The instructor will guide the students through an exploration of the direction in which music composition is headed in the twenty-first century. Topics will include 20th century compositional styles and their use in current music composition. Students will create an original composition using techniques explored in the class. Publishing and copyright will also be introduced. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
 
MCTH341 Counterpoint (3)
Through score study and continual written practice, students will acquire the skills and techniques for writing counterpoint in the 18th-century styles. Prerequisite: MCTH204 and 206 or instructor approval.
 
MCTH343, 344 Composition (2,2)
Prerequisite: MCTH203 and MCTH205.
 
MCTH352 20th Century Analytical Techniques (2)
The music of the twentieth century is remarkably diverse in its styles and techniques; there is no single common practice in this music, rather, a wide spectrum of materials and treatments. This course is designed to familiarize students with the most widely used of these, including extended tertian harmony, quartal and secondal harmony, church modes, pandiatonicism, polytonality, interval sets, atonalism, twelve-tone serialism, synthetic scales, rhythmic and metric devices, and changes in music notation that have occurred due to the composition of music with aleatoric elements. Analytical systems developed by prominent composer/theorists will be studies (e.g. Hindermith, Hanson, Forte) and used along with the practices studied in earlier music theory courses. Compositions from the 20th Century will be considered in historical and analytical contexts. Prerequisite:MCTH204 and 206, MCHL350 and 351 or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCTH371, MCTH372 Composing and Arranging for Jazz Ensemble and/or Mass Media (2,2)
Prerequisite: MCTH203 and 205 or instructor approval.
 
MCTH398 Readings in Music Theory (Variable)
Independent study.
 
MCTH399 Independent Project (Variable)
Independent study. Study may cover, but not be limited to, the following areas: studio recording project; advanced composition; arranging or sequencing with midi technology; Schenker analysis.
 
MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2)
Through the study and application of a variety of integrative analytical models, the instrumentation/ orchestration student will demonstrate competence in his or her ability to understand and express in verbal and written language, all facets under study of the various acoustic qualities of string, wind, and percussion instruments plus an understanding of the conventional pitch range, transposition, and most characteristic scoring practices applied to all the musical instruments belonging to the aforementioned instrumental groupings. Prerequisite: MCTH352.
 

Music History and Literature Courses

MCHL/TY 130 Music in Liturgical Celebration (3)
Integrated study of music and liturgy; historical, theological study of basic liturgy and function of music in liturgy; musician’s role in a parish.
 
MCHL213 Music Appreciation (3) AC
This course is designed for the student who desires to cultivate an awareness of many repertoires and musical styles from earliest times to the present, through both a live performance and in-class listening survey of the world of music. Small fee.
 
MCHL214 The History of Popular Music (3) AC
Introduction to the many types of popular music; evolution, influence upon each other, personalities, times, and places; technological changes in means and media.
 
MCHL215 History of Jazz (3)
General introduction to jazz; origins of early jazz, places and styles of jazz development; emphasis on live and recorded music.
 
MCHL304 Choral Literature and Interpretation (2)
Taught concurrently with MCED 315 - Conducting Fundamentals, this course is designed to give the student choral conductor experience with and an awareness of the body of choral literature that exists, the masterworks, important choral composers and their compositions, and the stylistic practices associated with choral works from each of the various music periods. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 203, 204 or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCHL305 Band and Orchestra Literature and Interpretation (2)
Taught concurrently with MCED 315 - Conducting Fundamentals, this course is designed to give the student instrumental conductor experience with and an introduction to the standard repertoire of band and orchestra literature, the masterworks, important composers and their compositions, and the stylistic practices associated with instrumental works from each of the various music periods. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 203, 204 or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCHL310 Special Topics in Music (3)
 
MCHL327 Piano Literature (2)
Study of representative works of each era beginning with early organ and harpsichord music to Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and contemporary works.
 
MCHL329 Vocal Literature/Pedagogy (2)
Survey of vocal music for solo voice from the 17th century to present; application of the IPA system; review interpretive technique in all stylistic periods; study of the anatomy of the voice and current voice methods, texts and journals.
 
MCHL330 Instrumental Literature (2)
History of the instrument specific to student’s applied area, through the examination of its literature and interpretation from its beginning to the present.
 
MCHL331 Organ Literature (2)
History of the organ, its literature and registration from earliest times to present.
 
MCHL350 Music History and Literature I (3)
This course is designed to cultivate an awareness of the development of western music from Antiquity through the Classic Period. Students will gain knowledge and familiarity with the historical events, styles, forms, instruments, composers and compositions representative of the eras studied.
Prerequisite: MCTH114 and 116, or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCHL351 Music History and Literature II (3)
This course is designed to cultivate an awareness of the development of western music from the Romantic Period through present day. Students will gain knowledge and familiarity with the historical events, styles, forms, instruments, composers and compositions representative of the eras studied. Students will also be introduced to world music. Prerequisite: MCTH114 and 116 or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCHL398 Readings in Music History and Literature (Variable)
Independent study.
 
MCHL399 Independent Project (Variable)
Independent study.
 

Music Education Courses

MCED105 High Brass Techniques (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Music Education degree candidates who must have command of trumpet and French horn methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of them toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED106 Low Brass Techniques (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Instrumental Supervision degree candidates who must have command of baritone, trombone and tuba methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of them toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED107 High String Techniques (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Music Education degree candidates who must have command of Violin and Viola methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of them toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED108 Low String Techniques (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Instrumental Supervision degree candidates who must have command of Cello and Double Bass methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of them toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED109Woodwind Techniques I (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Music Education degree candidates who must have command of the Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of them toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED110Woodwind Techniques II (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Instrumental Supervision degree candidates who must have command of Oboe, English Horn and Bassoon methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of them toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program.
Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED208 Percussion Techniques (1)
This course is designed for all K-12 Music Education degree candidates who must have command of Percussion methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in the playing of the various types of percussion instruments toward the further goal of developing a band or orchestra program.
Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED209 Marching Band Techniques (1)
This course is designed to enhance the preparation of future Band Directors as part of their required course work for the K-12 Instrumental Supervision degree. This course will add a knowledge base in technical and philosophical areas of the discipline. The course will be equally divided between the technical elements of drill design and construction, and discussion and application of trends and philosophies in today’s school marching band programs. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED285 Elementary General Music Methods and Materials (4)
Principles, procedures, and materials used in grades K-6. National and State Standards in K-6 music education will be integrated into the course material, as well as the development of Classroom Management Plan.
Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative grade point average of 2.5
 
MCED310 Special Topics in Music (3)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative grade point average of 2.5
 
MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals (1)
Offered both as a basic course in conducting and concurrently with MCHL304 and 305 as a one-semester course requirement for all in the Choral and Instrumental music education as well as Liturgical Music programs, students in this course will learn and be drilled in the common, as well as some complex, meter conducting patterns. Cueing and basic interpretive gestures will be included. Prerequisite: MCTH113, 114, 203, 204; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite for Music Education majors; cumulative grade point average of 2.5; or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCED323 Advanced Conducting Techniques (2)
Offered as a continuation of MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals, this course is designed for those students showing marked skills in the art of choral conducting. During the course, thorough study and performance of a variety of musical works will help to hone one's skills. Emphasis will be placed on effective gesture in order to facilitate the communication that will evoke appropriate ensemble responses in performing literature from all musical eras. Prerequisite: Senior status; MCED315 and MCHL304 or 305, or approval of Chairperson.
 
MCED385 Secondary Choral Methods and Materials (3)
This course is designed to provide Choral Supervision students with the methods, materials and experiences needed to be successful teachers at the Junior/ Senior High School level. This course is complimented by MCED 315 Conducting Fundamentals and MCHL304 Choral Literature and interpretation. Philosophy of music education and the National and State Standards in music education
will also be studied. Prerequisite: MCED285; EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
 
MCED398 Readings in Music Education (Variable)
Independent study. EN201 is pre - or - co-requisite.
 
MCED399 Independent Project (Variable)
Independent study. Fee may be required. EN201 is pre - or - co-requisite.
 
MCED414 Observation and Directed Teaching (2)
Elementary Music - Choral. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.
 
MCED423 Observation and Directed Teaching (4)
Elementary and Junior High - Instrumental. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.
 
MCED424 Observation and Directed Teaching (2)
Junior High - Choral. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.
 
MCED433 Observation and Directed Teaching (4)
Senior High - Instrumental. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.
 
MCED434 Observation and Directed Teaching (3)
Senior High - Choral. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.
 
MCED437, MCED438 Piano Pedagogy (2,2)
Principles, procedures, and materials for instruction of piano in early, intermediate, and advanced levels.
 
Applied Studies and Ensembles
Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Classical and Jazz sections are offered.
Fee: See semester schedule.
 
MCAP123, 124 Piano Techniques I and II (1,1)
Required for the first year music major, Piano Techniques I and II are a sequence of two courses which are skill-based courses designed to give the Music major or minor a solid and focused beginning in melodic, harmonic, and scale playing on the piano. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123 to advance to MCAP124.
 
MCAP125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 Studio Applied Piano (2 each)
Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Classical and Jazz sections are offered.
Fee: See semester schedule.
 
MCAP127, 128 Group Piano Class (1,1)
Group approach to beginning piano skills. This class is taught in the music technology lab.
 
MCAP131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432 Studio Applied Organ (2 each)
Four-year sequence of private study, from beginning to advanced. Fee: See semester schedule.
 
MCAP138, 139 Group Guitar Class (1,1)
Group approach to the tablature, notation, and techniques in guitar performance.
 
MCAP141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Studio Applied Voice (2 each)
Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Prerequisite: MCAP 165/166. Fee: See semester schedule.
 
MCAP151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Studio Applied Instrumental (2 each)
Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Instruction in string, woodwind, percussion, or brass instruments. Please see semester schedule for instrument specific course and section numbers. Classical and Jazz sections are offered. Fee: See semester schedule.
 
MCAP165, 166 Voice Techniques Class I and II (1,1)
All beginning voice majors, minors or elective students will gain the necessary foundation, through study, exercises and songs, for successful vocal development at the college level. Study of a variety of song literature, the anatomy and physiology of the voice, Alexander Technique, and other current techniques will be incorporated as the basis for building a strong and healthy singing life or vocal career.
 
MCAP217 Accompanying Fundamentals (2)
Designed as an introductory course in basic techniques of accompanying through lecture, listening, and practical experience. Prerequisite: Basic keyboard skills; permission of instructor.
 
MCAP310 Special Topics in Music (3)

Fall 2014: Introduction to Professional Development for the Freelance Artist. This course is designed to introduce the basic skills necessary to develop a career in the arts. Entrepreneurship, writing, promotion, technology, online resources and business savvy are the main topics that will be covered in the class. The format of the class will consist of readings, lectures, discussions, films, and online videos. Specialists in the various fields will also be invited to the class to speak about their own professional experience. Students are expected to do weekly writing assignments and many hands-on projects including a final project that integrates a fieldwork component related to their major or research focus. Students should have some previous involvement with music or the arts and interest in learning to complete do-it-yourself projects. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

 
MCAP318 Accompanying Practicum (2)
A continuation of Accompanying Fundamentals with practical application of skills in a performance setting. Prerequisite: MCAP217.
 
MCAP323, 324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1)
A two-semester course in jazz techniques and applications designed specifically for music education majors. Because the piano is the most comprehensive and immediate source of tonal harmony in all music, particularly jazz, the course will necessarily center on the piano techniques required to explore, direct and understand the specifics of jazz harmony as they apply to the musical structures and various styles found in jazz performance. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP323 to advance to MCAP324.
 
MCAP399 Independent Project (Variable)
Independent study. Fee may be required.
 

 Ensembles

MCEN111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312, 411, 412 Valenti Handbell Choir (1 each) AC

Study and performance of original compositions and transcriptions of literature for handbells. An audition may be required.

(Left: the Valenti Handbell Ensemble, directed by Stephanie Wiltse)

 
MCEN143, 144, 243, 244, 343, 344, 443, 444 College Chorus (1 each) AC

Performance of vocal literature: masterworks to current styles. No audition required.

(Left: AQ College Chorus, directed by Mark R. Webb)
 
MCEN/TE250 Musical Theater Workshop (2)
Exploring the actor/singer/dancer by concentrating on acting the song, vocal production, dance, musical theatre auditions, and performance. Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisite: TE141 and MCAP 166 or Consent of instructor. Can be repeated once as TE/MCEN350.
 
MCAP399 Independent Project (Variable)
Independent study. Fee may be required.
 
MCEN155, 156, 255, 256, 355, 356, 455, 466 College Band
(1 each) AC
Performance of concert band literature: masterworks to current styles. Open to those with instrumental experience.
(Left: AQ Concert Band, direct by Dr. Paul Brewer)
 
MCEN158, 258, 358, 458 Jazz Combo, Instrumental or Vocal (1 each)
Application and theory of jazz improvisation techniques.
 
MCEN161, 162, 261, 262, 361, 362, 461, 462 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1 each) AC
Performance of jazz vocal literature: standards to current styles. Audition required.
 

MCEN167, 168, 267, 268, 367, 368, 467, 468 New Dimensions Percussion Group(S1), Flute (S2), Brass Ensemble (S2), Guitar Ensemble (S3), Chamber Strings (S4), and Chamber Choir (S5) (1 each) AC

Smaller Ensembles specializing in the varied literature for that family of instruments or voices. These are offered when strong student interest exists.

(Top left: AQ Chamber Choir, directed by Larry G. Biser)

(Bottom left: AQ Chamber Strings, directed by S. Catherine Williams, O.P.,)

 
MCEN171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 4771, 472 Jazz Band (1 each) AC

Big-band literature performed. Audition required.

(Left: AQ Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Paul Brewer)