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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

MU 100 Foundations of Church Music (4) Prereq.: Open to all students except those with a music major, minor, or teaching field. In this foundational course for the church musician, students will learn basic theory concepts and songleading techniques. Students will also examine a variety of music issues. Fall.

MU 101 Music Theory I (4) The student gains a practical approach to the study of music fundamentals, including major and minor keys, scales, rhythm and meter, intervals, triads and seventh chords in all inversions. The student learns basic principles of voice leading through part-writing exercises in root position. Frequent aural exercises develop the student’s listening skills and encourage sensitivity to harmonic function. Meets 5 hours a week. Fall, Spring.

MU 102 Music Theory II (4) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 101 or music theory placement exam. The student builds on music fundamentals, including cadences, non-harmonic tones, and phrase analysis. The student learns to apply these principles through part-writing, using triads and dominant seventh-chords in all inversions, analyzing harmony and form, and harmonizing melodies. Frequent aural exercises continue to develop the student’s listening skills and encourage sensitivity to harmonic function. Meets 5 hours a week. Fall, Spring.

MU 105–106 Beginning Hymnplaying (1) Prereq.: Audition. These courses develop skills needed by a church pianist. Students learn how to accompany congregational singing using chording and improvisation in a traditional, evangelistic-style of playing. Students also learn piano solos suitable for offertories and perform them in class. MU 105: Fall. MU 106: Spring.

MU 117–317 Musical Workshop (1 each) Prereq.: Participation in the cast or chorus of the Thanksgiving or Commencement musical production; each level requires the preceding one. Students and faculty produce a fully staged, costumed, and lighted musical production.

MU 118–419 Opera Workshop (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. Students develop individual roles while learning to interact in the theatrical environment. Coursework culminates in a public performance.

MU 121–122 Vocal Class I, II (1 each) Prereq. for MU 121: Music placement test; prereq. for MU 122: MU 121. Open to all students except vocal music major, teaching field, or minor. Students learn the fundamentals of good vocal technique, communication, practice, and performance. Students demonstrate their progress through regular class workshops and performances. Meets 3 hours a week. MU 121: Fall. MU 122: Spring.

MU 145–146 Choral Workshop (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The student joins a choir that is created for a graduate music student with conducting proficiency. Rehearsals involve preparation for the student’s graduate choral conducting recital. This course does not meet undergraduate ensemble requirements.

MU 161–462 Chamber Music (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. This course allows music students the opportunity to perform an array of literature from sacred to classical in a variety of performance situations. Fall, Spring.

MU 200 Introduction to Music Education (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in ED 101 and sophomore or above with a major in music education. This course is designed as a foundational teaching skills course and involves the student in current reading, various methods of instruction, and the operation and use of classroom visuals and equipment. Observation and peer teaching are important elements of this course. This course is a prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level music education courses. Fall.

MU 201 Music Theory III (4) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 102 or music theory placement exam. The student learns music fundamentals, including melodic form, seventh chords, secondary dominant and secondary leading tone chords, and methods of modulation. Students learn to apply these principles through part-writing, harmonic analysis, and composition. Frequent aural exercises continue to develop the student’s listening skills and encourage sensitivity to harmonic function. Meets 5 hours a week. Fall.

MU 202 Music Theory IV (4) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 201. The student learns the musical styles and harmonies seen in 18th century composition. Students will complete exercises in counterpoint, classical style, chromatic harmony, modal change, and methods of modulation. Frequent aural exercises continue to develop the student’s listening skills and encourage sensitivity to harmonic function. Meets 5 hours a week. Spring.

MU 205–206 Intermediate Hymnplaying (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. These courses continue to build on skills learned in Beginning Hymnplaying, including modulation and transposition. Students will continue to develop skills for congregational playing, offertories, and accompanying for vocal solos. They will learn basic arranging techniques to create original piano solos. MU 205: Fall. MU 206: Spring.

MU 210 Music Education Practicum (1) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 200; music education major; and approval from chair of education. This course has been designed to expose the music education major to practical experience in an approved local Christian elementary or secondary school under the supervision of the music faculty. This course requires spending a minimum of 45 hours working at the school in actual teaching responsibilities along with a variety of other projects. This course is offered during Interterm and normally can be taken in the vicinity of the student’s home. Interterm.

MU 213 Appreciation of Fine Arts (3) The student examines the background necessary to evaluate and develop an appreciation for good music. Study begins with biblical principles for the development of a Christian philosophy of music. The basic elements of music are learned as well as brief histories of the periods of music and the composers of great music from each of these periods. Guidance is given in listening to classical music and learning to appreciate it. The students learn to intelligently appreciate creative art and develop a Christian philosophy of art. This course may be taken as a social science elective. Fall, Spring.

MU 214 Principles of Lyric Diction (3) Prereq.: VO 122. Students will continue to learn lyric diction principles including those for German and French languages. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to correctly use the International Phonetic Alphabet in pronunciation. Fall.

MU 220 Introduction to Music Technology (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 102. The student will examine computer notation and audio and MIDI recording technologies. The student will transcribe music to learn the art of music engraving and sequence, record, and mix MIDI and audio to create a track. Fall, Spring.

MU 221 Vocal Class III (1) Prereq.: MU 122. Students will gain a deeper knowledge of good vocal technique, communication, practice, and performance through regular class workshops and performances. Students will demonstrate their progress through performance of church music and classical repertoire. Fall.

MU 222 Vocal Class IV (1) Prereq.: MU 221. Students will learn vocal, technical, communicative, and musical skills through church music and classical repertoire, vocalization, and coaching with music faculty. Spring.

MU 226 Choral Methods (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 100 or 102. The student will learn choral conducting techniques, principles of score study, and how to effectively rehearse a chorus. Fall, Spring.

MU 230 Piano Accompanying (1) Prereq.: Music major, minor, or teaching field with keyboard emphasis. Pianists are instructed in accompanying techniques with emphasis given to the distinctions between accompanying for an instrumentalist, a vocalist, and a choir. Students are guided in arranging original piano accompaniments and given the opportunity to accompany within the class. Spring.

MU 231 Piano Accompaniment (1) Prereq.: PI 212 or piano secondary proficiency exam. Students are instructed in basic accompaniment techniques, guided in arranging original piano accompaniment, and given the opportunity to accompany within the class. Students are also assigned to prepare choral accompaniments. Spring.

MU 233–234 Hymn Keyboard Skills I and II (2 each) Prereq. for MU 233: PI 122 or 132; prereq. for MU 234: MU 233. Students apply the art of improvisation as it relates to keyboard accompanying in the church. The topics covered include congregational hymn playing and vocal accompanying and arranging piano preludes and offertories. Traditional hymn-playing principles are applied to a variety of hymns and gospel songs. MU 233: Fall. MU 234: Spring.

MU 272 Choral Conducting (1) Prereq.: MU 226 and choral conducting emphasis. The student develops conducting technique and learns how to achieve a good choral sound especially in the areas of blend, balance, intonation, and articulation. Spring.

MU 300 Methods and Materials for the Church Musician (2) Prereq.: MU 100. Students examine the principal theory, procedures, and basic methods used in giving private music instruction. Spring odd.

MU 301 History of Music (3) Prereq.: MU 201. This course provides a survey of Western music from ancient to Baroque with an emphasis on major composers and their works. Students will apply their knowledge through lecture, listening, and research. Fall.

MU 302 History of Music (3) Prereq.: MU 301. This course provides a survey of Western music from Galant to modern times with an emphasis on major composers and their works. Students will apply their knowledge through lecture, listening, and research. Spring.

MU 307 Woodwind Methods (2) Prereq.: MU 102. Students acquire basic performance and teaching fundamentals of woodwind instruments, which is especially helpful for prospective teachers. Fall.

MU 308 Strings Methods (2) Prereq.: MU 102. Students learn what is necessary to develop and maintain a strings program through instruction in purchasing instruments, making small repairs, creating fingerings and bowings, and comparing strings method books. Spring.

MU 310 Choral Writing and Arranging (2) Prereq.: MU 220 and at least “C-” in MU 201. Students learn the techniques of writing and arranging church and secular music for various vocal combinations. Fall, Spring.

MU 312 Instrumental Materials and Methods (2) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. The purpose of this course is to teach a basic understanding of what a quality band program should provide (its setup, procedures, and materials). Students gain practical experience in teaching individual music lessons and working with instrumental ensembles. Spring.

MU 313 Communication in Song (1) Prereq.: VO 221, 231, or MU 221. This course presents the principles and techniques of communicating the text and interpreting the meanings of music. The emphasis is on the music used in ministry. Students prepare and perform songs in class under faculty guidance. Spring.

MU 315 Elements of Conducting (2) Prereq.: MU 226. The student will learn instrumental directing techniques, principles of score study, and how to effectively rehearse a band and orchestra. Spring.

MU 321 Teaching Elementary Music (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 200 or SE 201, junior or senior music education major or second teaching field, and 12 hours of music with at least “C-.” Students learn concepts and methodology for successful private and group teaching at the elementary level. Fall.

MU 322 Teaching Secondary Music (2) Prereq.: MU 321. Students learn concepts and methodology for successful private and group teaching at the secondary level. Spring.

MU 325–326, 425–426 Advanced Hymnplaying (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. These courses prepare the student to fulfill the role of a church pianist. Students learn advanced hymn techniques, prepare traditional style accompaniments for congregational singing and vocal solos, and arrange a variety of songs for preludes and offertories.

MU 327 Voice Materials and Methods (2) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. Students learn various approaches for teaching voice, practical teaching methods, and vocal terminology. Students observe lessons and teach lessons under faculty guidance. Fall.

MU 328 Advanced Music Theory (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 202. The student will learn principles of formal analysis and will apply this knowledge by analyzing various works in two- and three-part form, sonata form, and rondo form. Meets 3 hours a week. Fall.

MU 329 Advanced Music Theory (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 328. Students analyze post-tonal repertoire through a survey of twentieth-century compositional styles. Advanced musicianship exercises and analysis will address aspects of pitch-class set and serial theory, as well as other techniques developed by contemporary composers. Meets 3 hours a week. Spring.

MU 335 Piano Materials and Methods (2) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. Students learn concepts and methodology for successful private and group piano teaching at the elementary level. Students demonstrate their knowledge by teaching an adult beginner. Fall.

MU 336 Piano Materials and Methods (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MU 335. Students learn successful private and group piano teaching at the intermediate level. Students demonstrate their knowledge by teaching an adult beginner. Spring.

MU 337 Instrumental Church Music Arranging (2) Prereq.: MU 201 and 220. Students craft effective and creative solo and ensemble instrumental arrangements, both accompanied and unaccompanied, and at various skill levels, for the church service setting. Spring.

MU 371 Choral Conducting (1) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform, MU 272, and choral conducting emphasis. The student continues to develop conducting technique and learns how to achieve a good choral sound especially in the areas of blend, balance, intonation, and articulation. Meets 3 hours a week. Fall.

MU 401 Counterpoint (2) Prereq.: MU 202. The student will study contrapuntal techniques used in the eighteenth century and apply them through writing of species counterpoint and formal analysis of invention and fugue. Spring odd.

MU 402 Church Music Philosophy and Administration (2) Prereq.: Junior or senior. The implementation of administrative guidelines for the total music program of a church is discussed. Students will examine topics including church music philosophy, planning, budgeting, program goals, church music education, promotion, and worship leadership. Fall.

MU 410 Brass and Percussion Methods (2) Prereq.: MU 102. The student gains a basic knowledge of the principles of performing and teaching brass and percussion instruments. Spring.

MU 418 Orchestration (2) Prereq.: MU 220 and at least “C-” in MU 201. Students receive practice in scoring music for various instruments for practical situations, such as school bands and orchestras. The ranges and limitations of various instruments are also learned. Spring.

MU 420 Music Teaching Internship (7) Prereq.: ED 419, MU 210, 321, 322, senior, and approval from chair of education. In this capstone course, music education majors spend one semester in supervised teaching at Pensacola Christian Academy in the private studio, rehearsal hall, and classroom. A weekly support seminar is included with the internship experience. Fall, Spring.

MU 441 Survey of Instrumental Literature (3) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. Students learn to identify style characteristics, important composers, their compositional styles, and representative works through a survey of etudes, solos, and chamber repertoire for the various brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments. Fall even.

MU 443 Survey of Piano Literature (3) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. Students learn to identify style characteristics, important composers, their compositional styles, and representative works for solo piano from the late seventeenth century through the present. Fall even.

MU 445 Survey of Song Literature (3) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. Students learn to identify style characteristics, important composers, their compositional styles, and representative works of English, German, and French art song literature. Fall even.

MU 446 Instrumental Conducting (2) Prereq.: MU 315. Students develop the techniques necessary for conducting band, orchestra, or other instrumental ensembles and further their experience with the orchestral repertoire. Spring.

MU 447 Survey of String Literature (3) Prereq.: Sophomore music platform. Students learn to identify style characteristics, important composers, their compositional styles, and representative works through a survey of etudes, solos, and chamber repertoire for the various string instruments. Fall even.

Private music for music majors: Coreq.: Music repertoire is required for all students enrolled in 200-level or higher. Sophomore Music Platform must be passed to officially become a music major. One credit hour is received per semester.

Recital: A recital is required of all music majors and will be presented under the direction of the music faculty during the senior year.

Private music for non-music majors: One credit hour per semester (if space is available).

Class music instruction: Open for non-music majors; placement test is required and students are grouped as to ability at the discretion of the music department. One credit hour is received per semester.

Music (non-MU)

CC 131–432 College Choir (1 each) The College Choir prepares songs for presentation in Campus Church each Sunday evening. Students sharpen sight reading, communication, and choral singing skills while praising the Lord in song. Meets 3 times a week. Fall, Spring.

CC 141–442 Spirit Singers (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The Spirit Singers is an ensemble of approximately 20 members that performs for Student Body programs, Christmas Lights, choral concerts, and various events. Meets 2 times a week. Fall, Spring.

CC 151–452 Symphonic Choir (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. This choir is comprised of approximately 50–70 students, who are exposed to a variety of choral selections of classical literature, as well as folk songs and spirituals. Students perform for Sunday Reflections and choral concerts. This course may fulfill ensemble requirements for voice majors and minors. Meets 3 times a week. Fall, Spring.

CE 351–454 Chamber Ensemble (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The Chamber Ensemble is a small chorus of approximately 30 members that performs for Sunday Reflections, choral concerts, and other occasions. This course may fulfill ensemble requirements for all voice majors and minors. Meets 3 times a week. Fall, Spring.

ES 131–432 Proclaim Ministry—Vocal (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The Proclaim Ministry Teams prepare a concert of church music for presentation in Bible-believing churches and Christian schools. Students sharpen communication skills while gaining valuable experience in church ministry activities. Requires Interterm and summer involvement. Fall, Spring.

ES 161–462 Proclaim Ministry—Strings (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The Proclaim Ministry Teams prepare a concert of church music for presentation in Bible-believing churches and Christian schools. Students sharpen communication skills while gaining valuable experience in church ministry activities. Requires Interterm and summer involvement. Fall, Spring.

HA 101 Harp Instruction (1) The students learn basic music theory and beginning pedal harp technique. Students practice and perform hymn arrangements in class in preparation for ministry in the local church. Fall, Spring.

HA 102–402 Harp Instruction (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The students apply the development of pedal harp technique to their playing. Students play solo and ensemble arrangements in class and/or church. Fall, Spring.

PC 151–452 Handbell Choir (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The Handbell Choir is a bell choir of approximately 13 ringers that performs for Sunday Reflections, Handbell Concerts, and other occasions. Fall, Spring.

PI 101–202 Piano Class (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. These courses are designed for students with little or no keyboard skill. Students learn rhythm, sight-reading, scales, and perform classical and church music pieces from beginning through intermediate repertoire. Students are grouped according to ability. PI 101, 201: Fall. PI 102, 202: Spring.

PI 111–212 Secondary Piano (1 each) Prereq.: Music placement test and music or music education major with instrument or voice emphasis; each level requires the preceding one. This series of courses is designed to give the vocal or instrumental major skill at the keyboard. Students learn scales, transposition, harmonization, four-part hymns, and classical works. During the last semester of study, emphasis is given to accompanying a performer in his/her proficiency. Students are grouped according to ability. PI 111, 211: Fall. PI 112, 212: Spring.

PI 151–452 Accompaniment Practicum (1 each) Prereq.: MU 230 or accompanying placement test; and Music Course Permit; each level requires the preceding one. The student gains practical experience accompanying vocalists and/or instrumentalists at least 2 hours per week. Fall, Spring.

PI 205–206 Advanced Piano Techniques (1 each) Prereq. for PI 205: PI 122 or 132; prereq. for PI 206: PI 205. These courses are resources for the intermediate and advanced pianist who desires freedom, control, and longevity in playing the piano. Through a series of sequenced exercises, the student develops his fingers and learns how to use relaxation and arm balance techniques. Fall, Spring.

PI 261–262 Piano Tuning and Repair (1 each) Prereq. for PI 261: MU 102 or permission of instructor; prereq. for PI 262: PI 261. Beginning with a survey of piano construction and nomenclature, students will examine an overview of both electronic and aural tuning methods, hands-on practice in tuning techniques, and an introduction to upright regulation and common repairs. Music and music education with piano or organ proficiency may count up to two semesters of this for their ensemble requirements. PI 261: Fall. PI 262: Spring.

SB 131–432 Symphonic Band (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. Symphonic Band offers any student with an instrumental proficiency the opportunity to use his performance skills in a variety of performing situations. Symphonic Band members perform a variety of band literature including standard band repertoire. Members of the Symphonic Band also have the opportunity to participate in the Eagles Pep Band. Fall, Spring.

ST 141–442 Orchestra (1 each) Prereq.: Audition. The orchestra is open to students with an orchestral instrument proficiency. The orchestra plays for musical productions alternate years and presents a classical concert every semester. Other opportunities include performing with choral groups for Sunday Reflections, seasonal productions, major musical stage productions, and Commencement. Fall, Spring.

ST 201 Strings Instruction I (1) Strings Instruction I is the introductory course for the four-semester program utilizing the Jaffé Strings Method. Students learn to play one of the standard stringed instruments in an orchestra setting. Fall.

ST 202 Strings Instruction II (1) Prereq.: ST 201. This course is a continuation of ST 201 with an emphasis on ensemble playing. Students learn tone quality, interpretation and style of classical music, and future development of technical skills. Spring.

ST 301–302 Strings Instruction III, IV (1 each) Prereq. for ST 301: ST 202; prereq. for ST 302: ST 301. This course is a continuation of the Jaffé Strings Method. Students receive continued development of individual techniques such as tone production, vibrato, martelé, and detaché bowings, and shifting through fourth position. This development is accomplished through arrangements of classical and church music. ST 301: Fall. ST 302: Spring.

VO 121 Vocal Instruction (1) Prereq.: Vocal music major, teaching field, or minor. Students will learn the fundamentals of good vocal technique, communication, practice, and performance. Students demonstrate their progress through class workshops and additional assignments. Fall.

VO 122 Vocal Instruction (1) Prereq.: At least “C-” in VO 121. Students will continue to learn foundational principles of good vocal technique, focusing on English and Italian diction for singing and performance through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students demonstrate their progress through class assignments and performances. Spring.

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