Music at Aquinas College

Music Education Major —Choral Supervision (Piano) (BMEd)

Major Requirements: Seventy-eight (78) semester hours.

  • At least thirty (30) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This major must be combined with the Secondary Professional Preparation courses required for teacher certification.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher is required for the major.
  • Only courses with a grade of B- or better for MCAP courses, a C+ or better in MCTH courses, and a C or better in all other courses will count toward the major.
AQUINAS REQUIREMENTS
MUSIC EDUCATION CORE - 42 credits
MCTH113 Integrated Theory I (AT) 3.0
MCTH114 Integrated Theory II (AT) 3.0
MCTH115 Ear Training/Sight Singing I (AT) 1.0
MCTH116 Ear Training/Sight Singing II (AT) 1.0
MCTH/CS160 MIDI Music Publishing 1.0
MCTH203 Integrated Theory III 3.0
MCTH204 Integrated Theory IV 3.0
MCTH205 Ear Training/Sight Singing III 1.0
MCTH206 Ear Training/Sight Singing IV 1.0
MCTH352 Modern Analytical Techniques 2.0
MCHL350 Music History & Literature I (WI) 3.0
MCHL351 Music History & Literature II 3.0
MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals 1.0
MCAP123 Piano Techniques I 1.0
MCAP124 Piano Techniques II 1.0
MCENXXX Small Ensemble 1.0
College Chorus:
MCEN143 1.0
MCEN144 1.0
MCEN243 1.0
MCEN244 1.0
Studio Applied Piano:
MCAP125 2.0
MCAP126 2.0
MCAP225 2.0
MCAP226 2.0
MCHL360 Recital Seminars (SC) 1.0
Declaration of Major Hearing and Interview  
CHORAL SUPERVISION – 36 (thirty-six) credits
MCAP165 Voice Techniques Class I 1.0
MCAP166 Voice Techniques Class II 1.0
MCAP323 Jazz Piano Applications & Techniques I 1.0
MCAP324 Jazz Piano Applications & Techniques II 1.0
MCED227 Brass Techniques 1.0
MCED228 Strings Techniques 1.0
MCED229 Woodwind Techniques 1.0
MCED230 Marching Band and Percussion Techniques 1.0
MCED285 Elem. General Music Methods & Materials 4.0
MCED323 Advanced Conducting w/Lit and Interp 2.0
MCED385 Secondary Choral Methods & Materials 3.0
MCED414 Observation & Director Teach Elem/Jr. High -  
 Instrumental 3.0
MCED424 Observation & Directed Teach Jr. High Choral 2.0
MCED434 Observation & Directed Teach Sr. High Choral 3.0
MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration 2.0
College Chorus:
MCED343 1.0
MCED344 1.0
MCED443 1.0
Studio Applied Piano:
MCAP325 2.0
MCAP326 2.0
MCAP425 2.0
Piano Proficiency  
Graduation Recital (1/2 hour)  
Senior Portfolio Review  

For teacher certification and to complete the degree, the State of Michigan requires twenty-nine (29) semester hours in the School of Education as follows:

  • EN130
  • EN201
  • EN207
  • EN209 (WI)
  • EN301
  • EN406 (SC)
  • EN454
  • EN456
  • EN461
  • EN498

Courses

  • MCTH113, 114 Integrated Theory (3,3) QR

    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. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Music Theory Proficiency Exam. MCTH/CS160 must be taken while enrolled in either of these courses. MCTH113 is a prerequisite for MCTH114.

  • 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. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Proficiency Exam. MCTH115 is a prerequisite for MCTH114 and 116.

  • MCTH160/CS160 MIDI Music Publishing (1) AT

    This course is designed to teach anyone, even non-musicians, how to create professional looking music scores quickly with the aid of the computer for personal use and for transporting music to other instruments. This course is currently taught using FINALE software. The course also discusses the principles of MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing, and Analog vs Digital Recording.

  • 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 MCTH/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 MCTH/CS160.

  • MCTH352 Modern 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 studied (e.g. Hindemith, Hanson, Forte) and used along with the analytical 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 department chairperson.

  • MCHL350 Music History and Literature I (3) AT, WI

    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 MCTH116, or approval of department chairperson.

  • MCHL351 Music History and Literature II (3)

    This course is designed to cultivate an 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 department chairperson.

  • MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals (1)

    Offered both as a basic course in conducting and concurrently with MCED323 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 3.0; or approval of department chairperson.

  • 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 scaler playing on the piano. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Must be able to read music in both the treble and bass clefs. Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123 to advance to MCAP124. Prerequisites: Grand staff reading and its relationship to the keyboard.

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

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

  • MCAP125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 Studio Applied Piano (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private piano lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th C. and Contemporary works of increasing demands as the semesters continue. Fee.

  • MCAP165, 166 Voice Techniques Class I and II (1,1) AP

    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. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP165 to advance to MCAP166.

  • 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 MCAP123, 124; and in MCAP323 to advance to MCAP324.

  • MCED227 Brass Techniques Course (1)

    Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge of current brass (trumpet, fr. horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone and tuba) methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in public and private schools with the further goal of developing and maintaining a band or orchestra program. Philosophy, curriculum, administration and classroom management in relation to the band/orchestra program will be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • MCED228 Strings Techniques Course (1)

    Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge of current violin, viola, cello and bass methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in public and private schools with the further goal of developing and maintaining an orchestra program. Philosophy, curriculum, administration and classroom management in relation to the orchestra program will be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative GPA 3.0.

  • MCED229 Woodwind Techniques Course (1)

    Woodwind Techniques Course (1) Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge of current flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in administration and classroom management in relation to the band/orchestra program to be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 pre- or co-requisite; cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • MCED230 Marching Band and Percussion Techniques (1)

    Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge to successfully coordinate and prepare a high school marching band program of any size, and to introduce the current methods of percussion pedagogy and literature in public and private schools. Philosophy, curriculum, administration and classroom management in relation to the band/orchestra program will be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; Cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • 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 3.0

  • MCED323 Advanced Conducting with Literature and Interpretation (2)

    Building on the foundation provided in MCED315, MCED323 is designed to give the student conductor pursuing music education, church music, conducting or graduate school an experience with and an awareness of the body of literature from the masterworks and representative composers, and the appropriate performance practices associated with these works. In addition, students will research repertoire appropriate for use in middle school, high school and community music programs; and learn how to combine repertoire into a concert program. Compositions will differ each time the course is offered and will be selected from each of the stylistic music periods. The practical application of conducting and score study within each of the various styles will be featured. Prerequisites: Sophomore status, MCED315, 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 MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals and MCED323 Advanced Conducting with Literature and Interpretation. Philosophy of music education and the National and State Standards in music education will also be studied. Prerequisite: MCED285; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative grade point average of 3.0

  • MCED414 Observation and Directed Teaching Elementary Music (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters only. This course is the Elementary Music Choral section required of all B.M.Ed. in Choral Supervision candidates. During the Student Teaching semester (12 semester hours total), the candidate will complete a minimum 14-week internship in local Elementary, Middle and Secondary schools under the direct supervision of experienced certified and tenured Music Teachers. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Placements are made and secured no less than one semester in advance through the School of Education in consultation with the Music Department. Pre- and co-requisites: All other BMEd degree requirements must be completed; student must also register for MCED433 and EN498 and apply to the School of Education in the preceding semester (September 15 or January 15). Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.

  • MCED424 Observation and Directed Teaching Junior High - Choral (2)

    Offered fall and spring semesters only. This course is the Junior High - Choral section required of all B.M.Ed. in Choral Supervision candidates. During the Student Teaching semester (12 semester hours in total), the candidate will complete a minimum 14-week internship in local Elementary, Middle and Secondary schools under the direct supervision of experienced certified and tenured Music Teachers. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Placements are made and secured no less than one semester in advance through the School of Education in consultation with the Music Department. Pre- and co-requisites: All other BMEd degree requirements must be completed; student must also register for MCED414, 434 and EN498 and apply to the School of Education the preceding semester (September 15 or January 15). Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.

  • MCED434 Observation and Directed Teaching Senior High - Choral (3)

    Offered fall and Spring semesters only. This course is the Senior High - Choral section required of all BMEd. in Choral Supervision candidates. During the Student Teaching semester (12 semester hours in total), the candidate will complete a minimum 14-week internship in local Elementary, Middle and Secondary schools under the direct supervision of experienced certified and tenured Music Teachers. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Placements are made and secured no less than one semester in advance through the School of Education in consultation with the Music Department. Pre- and co-requisites: All other BMEd degree requirements must be completed; student must also register for MCED414, 424 and EN498 and apply to the School of Education the preceding semester (September 15 or January 15). Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.

  • MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2)

    Through the study and application of a variety of integrative analytical models, the instrumentation/orchestration student will demonstrate competence in theirge 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.