Course Descriptions – Music

MUS 1100 – Introduction to Musical Notation – 1 hour. Introduction to Musical Notation is a course designed for students who show, through a placement exam, that they need some additional preparation before successfully entering Music Theory I. The course is designed to teach students the basics of the musical score, and to develop an active acquaintance with basic rhythms and meters, the treble and bass clefs, and understanding and writing basic melodic intervals (both major and minor).

MUS 1107 – Voice Class – 1 hour. Voice Class is an entry level course for students who wish to learn to sing. The class works to build a solid foundation of vocal technique with an emphasis on good posture, breath management, developing resonance, proper vowel placement, accurate intonation, vocal health and an introduction to diction using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Additionally, students learn to develop musical artistry through phrasing, dynamics, vowel timbre and articulation. The class includes a variety of types of repertoire. The instructor chooses 1/2 of the repertoire the students will sing and the students are allowed to choose 1/2 of the repertoire. Students sing in front of the class very often, and those enrolled in the class learn how to be active and supportive listeners. Offered every semester.

MUS 1111- 4292 – Applied Music – 1-2 hours. Private instruction in voice, piano, organ, guitar, woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. Twenty-five or fifty minute lessons per week. All vocal and instrumental students are responsible for paying accompanist fees as set by the Music program Contact Music Program Director for details. Offered every semester.

MUS 1139 Aural Skills I – 1 hour. Aural Skills I is a beginning study of sight singing and dictation skills. To enhance a comprehensive understanding of music through the development of skills in sight singing and aural dictation. Through aural dictation exercises, students will demonstrate the ability to perceive aurally intervals, major and minor scales and triads, compound and simple meters, melodic outlines of scales and tonic and dominant harmonies, and harmonic progressions comprising primary triads. Co-requisite: MUS 1339 or permission of instructor. Offered in Fall.

MUS 1140 Aural Skills II – 1 hour. A continuation of the development of sight-singing an dictation skills to include recognition of melodies that outline primary triads, rhythms with subdivided beats, harmonies that include all diatonic triads, and elementary chromaticism. Through aural dictation exercises, students will demonstrate their ability to perceive aurally intervals, diatonic harmonies and melodies, musical forms (especially binary and ternary) and compound or simple meters with rhythmic values on the level of the subdivided beat. Prerequisite: MUS 1139. Co-requisite: MUS 1340. Offered in Spring.

MUS 1141-4142 Panther Pianists – 1 hour. Study and performance of piano solo, duet and ensemble repertoire combined with community outreach and performance.

MUS 1143-4144 – Kentucky Wesleyan Singers – 1 hour. Kentucky Wesleyan Singers is a choral ensemble of Kentucky Wesleyan College. This ensemble is frequently called upon to represent the college in concerts and services. Selections from the world’s greatest choral repertoire of multiple periods and styles are combined with examples of indigenous music, musical theatre, gospel songs, spirituals and popular song to form the core repertoire performed by this choir annually. Participation in this ensemble is contingent upon a placement hearing appointment with the Director. Offered every semester.

MUS 1145-4145 – Kentucky Wesleyan Band– 1 hour. Performance opportunities in concert literature, band, and other instrumental ensembles. Offered every semester. MUS 1339 –Music Theory I – 3 hours. Musical fundamentals, reading, eartraining, theory, rhythm, beginning analysis. Co-requisite: MUS 1139. Offered in Fall.

MUS 1340 –Music Theory II – 3 hours. Musical fundamentals, reading, eartraining, theory, rhythm, beginning analysis. Co-requisite: MUS 1340. Offered in Spring.

MUS 1353 – Music Appreciation – 3 hours. For non-music majors. A survey of music from the Medieval era to the present time. Emphasis upon enjoyment of music. Not open to music majors. Offered every semester.

MUS 2139 – Aural Skills III – 1 hour. A course designed to continue the students’ development of sight singing, aural dictation, and listening skills to include chromatic material and complex meters. To enhance a comprehensive understanding of music through the development of sight singing and aural skills with focus on chromaticism and advanced rhythmic organization. Prerequisites: MUS 1139, MUS 1140 or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: MUS 2339. Offered in Fall.

MUS 2233 – Lyric Diction for Singers – 2 hours. Basic diction in French, German and Italian. Required for students majoring or concentrating in voice. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 2276 – Orchestration – 2 hours. A study of the instruments in the orchestra, their ranges and functions; basic techniques of instrumental orchestrating and arranging. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 2277 – Instrumental Music Literature – 2 hours. Survey of instrumental literature. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 2303 – Ritual in Life, Liturgy, and Worship – 3 hours. This course provides an introduction to the Biblical, historic, and aesthetic values of ritual in worship that includes an interpretive methodology for theological study, an introduction to the history and meaning of religious ritual, the development of Christian worship from Jewish roots, the structure and integrity of the Church Year, the anatomy of hymns and hymnals, the Psalter, the Revised Common Lectionary, and an overview of ritual and worship in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Meets General Education requirements. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 2320 – History of Music I: – Beginnings through Baroque – 3 hours. History and literature of music from its early beginning to 1650, encompassing Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. Offered every other Fall.

MUS 2339 –Music Theory III– 3 hours. A study of the elements of simple and complex forms. Involves both analysis and aural recognition. Prerequisite: MUS 1340. Co-requisite MUS 2139. Offered in Fall.

MUS 3103 – Kantorei—Chamber Singers – 1 hour. Kentucky Wesleyan Chamber Singers, the most select vocal ensemble of the college., serves as musical ambassadors for the college, and is regularly called upon to represent the college in concerts and services. Selections from the world’s greatest chamber choir repertoire of multiple periods and styles are combined with examples of indigenous music, musical theater, gospel songs, spirituals and popular song to form the core repertoire performed by this choir annually. Entrance into this ensemble is by audition and permission of the instructor. Co-requisite: Kentucky Wesleyan Singers. Offered every semester.

MUS 3130 , 3230, 3330 – Special Topics – 1-3 hours. Various courses dealing with specific topics in music. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3147 – Junior Recital – 1 hour. A public performance of at least 30 minutes which demonstrates a variety of styles in classical music. Required for music majors, recommended for music education majors. All vocal and instrumental students are responsible for paying accompanist fees as set by the Music program Contact Music Program Director for details. Offered every semester.

MUS 3201 – Applied Music Literature: Vocal – 2 hours. Survey of vocal literature. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3202 – Applied Music Literature: Guitar – 2 hours. Survey of guitar literature. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3203 – Applied Music Literature: Piano – 2 hours. Survey of piano literature. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3205 – Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School – 2 hours. A comprehensive study of the methods and materials currently used by the music specialist in the elementary school. Required for music education majors seeking certification at the elementary level. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3219 – Methods of Teaching Music in the Middle School – 2 hours. A study of new methods and materials now used by the music specialist at the middle school level. Required for music majors seeking certification at the middle school level. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3220 – Methods of Teaching Music in Secondary School – 2 hours. A study of new methods and materials now used by the music specialist at the high school level. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3241 – Piano / Organ Pedagogy – 2 hours. A study of the various techniques and approaches in the teaching of Piano. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3245 –Guitar Pedagogy – 2 hours. A study of the various techniques and approaches in the teaching of guitar. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3248 – Accompaniment – 2 hours. An intensive study of standard concert vocal and instrumental literature as regards the art of accompaniment and collaborative piano. Required for piano performance majors. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3251 – Voice Pedagogy – 2 hours. A study of the various techniques and approaches in the teaching of voice. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3277 – Conducting – 2 hours. A study of the art of conducting, including the elements of gesture, score study and preparation, rehearsal technique and developing musical artistry. Particular attention will be given to proper posture, conducting patterns, hand independence, attacks and releases, dynamics and phrasing. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 3300 – Rock and Roll: Its Influence in Our Society – 3 hours. Although focusing largely on the field of rock music, this course exposes students to interdisciplinary material as they explore music and its relationship to history, sociology, psychology and communication. Students explore the role of various types of music in effective communication, and the role of music in shaping individual and social values and actions. Students will develop greater aesthetic awareness as regards various music styles, and will better understand music’s role in shaping, as well as being shaped by the human experience.

MUS 330 3 – All That Jazz—3 hours. The history of jazz from its turn of the 20th century beginnings to its growth into a worldwide American musical export. The history will be studied in the context of elements that make up all music and then the specific application of these elements in the history and performance of jazz. Special emphasis will be given to the development of jazz styles and innovations and an examination of the music itself through listening to performance of jazz styles and musicians.

MUS 3320 – History of Music II: Classical/Romantic Periods (1750-1850) –3 hours. A survey of the major composers of the classical and romantic eras and a study of the development of national styles. Offered every other Fall.

MUS 3325 – Music for the Elementary School – 3 hours. General preparation of teachers in the elementary grades. Teaching of role songs, ability to read music, rhythmic devices for general use and expansion of songs learned. May not be used as humanities elective. Offered in Fall.

MUS 3340 – History of Music III : Late Romantic to Present (1850-Present) – 3 hours. A survey of the music of the late 19th century and twentieth century with emphasis on current trends and development of electronic, aleatoric and other modern forms of musical expression. Study of our current century and musical innovations and trends. Offered every other Spring.

MUS 3360 — History of Musical Theater—3 hours. A study of the history and traditions of theater, dramatic literature, and theater/performance studies as constitutive of the evolution of theater as a social institution in the United States.

MUS 3370 — Music in Religion — 3 hours. Although focusing largely on the field of music, this course will expose students to interdisciplinary material as they explore music and its relationship to religion, as well as history, art, sociology, ethics, and communication. Students will explore the role of music in religion through the ages. Students will explore the role of music in shaping individual religious, social, and ethical values. Students will develop greater aesthetic awareness regarding various musical styles, and they will better understand music’s role in shaping, as well as being shaped by, the human experience.

MUS 3190/4190—Ensemble Assistantship—1 hour. This advanced ensemble assistantship course is designed to prepare the student for ‘live” rehearsal and conducting performances through proper preparation of scores, music analysis, advanced conducting techniques, communication techniques, and the basic understanding of successful rehearsal techniques. In addition, each student will serve as an assistant to one of the directors of a major performing ensemble at Wesleyan. In this role, the student will prepare works for rehearsals, conduct and teach rehearsals, and conduct these works in concerts. The student will also develop “the spirit of conducting” within physical and mime techniques/skills, listening skills, and verbal communication skills.

MUS 3193, 3293, 3393 – Internship – 1- 3 hours. Practical application of music training in a professional setting. Offered every semester.

MUS 4100, 4200, 4300 – Independent Study – 1-3 hours. Reading, research, and performance in music. Offered on an irregular basis.

MUS 4147 – Senior Recital – 1- hour. A public performance of at least 50 minutes which demonstrates a variety of styles in classical music. Required for all music majors. All vocal and instrumental students are responsible for paying accompanist fees as set by the Music program Contact Music Program Director for details. Offered every semester.

MUS 4227 – Music and Computer – 2 hours. This course is a hands-on musical project that will directly apply to and incorporate the use of a computer. The degree emphasis of the student (vocal, etc.) will determine the nature of involvement with the computer. Offered on an irregular basis.