SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Church Music

MC103   Beginning Piano I     1 hour
A study of the fundamentals of music and simple piano repertoire for basic keyboard musicianship. Lab fee.

MC104   Beginning Piano II     1 hour
A study of chords and easier piano repertoire to further develop basic keyboard musicianship. Lab fee.

MC105   Intermediate Piano I     1 hour
The study and development of early intermediate piano literature and related musicianship skills. Lab fee.

MC106   Intermediate Piano II     1 hour
The study and development of late intermediate piano literature and related musicianship skills. Lab fee.

MC107   Hymnplaying I     1 hour
The study of the art of improvisation for congregational singing of four-part hymns, gospel songs, and choruses. The course includes chording with primary chords, short fill-ins, and harmonic expansion. Lab fee.

MC108   Hymnplaying II     1 hour
The study of the art of improvisation for congregational singing of four-part hymns, gospel songs, and choruses. The course includes chording, arpeggiation, transposition, and basic prelude and offertory arranging. Lab fee.

MC109   Beginning Guitar     1 hour
Beginning guitar musicianship developed through playing well-known tunes, basic chords, bar chords, various forms of accompaniment, and melody/chord combinations. Reading music is emphasized. No experience required. Lab fee.

MC110   Introduction to Classical Guitar     1 hour
A course emphasizing the fundamentals: guitar and hand positions, picking using the thumb and first three fingers, scales, and reading music. Some guitar experience preferable. Lab fee.

MC112   Music Theory I     3 hours
A study of the fundamental elements of music – melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, dynamics, and form – and their interaction through both aural and visual analysis. The study of chords includes emphasis on types of primary triads, inversions, and voice leading principles. Notation software is introduced. (Prerequisite: successful completion of Music Theory Entrance Exam)

MC113   Music Theory II     3 hours
An application of the fundamentals studied in Music Theory I. Four-part writing in major and minor keys using both primary and secondary triads is emphasized. Further study includes emphasis on chord progression, proper use of seventh chords and secondary functions. Notation software is utilized. (Prerequisite: MC112)

MC114   Aural Skills I     1 hour
Instruction in aural identification of major and minor scales, intervals, chords, rhythms, and melodies. Studies correspond with Music Theory I.

MC209   Elements of Conducting     1 hour
A study of techniques for conducting congregational and sacred choral music. Hymns, gospel song arrangements, and easy anthems appropriate for church and school choirs are studied and assigned for student practice. Style, interpretation and rehearsal techniques are studied.

MC212   Music Theory III     3 hours
A study of modulatory techniques, mode mixture, Neapolitan chords and augmented sixth chords. Notation software utilized. (Prerequisite: MC113)

MC213   Aural Skills II     1 hour
A continuation of Aural Skills I. Note-to-note and chord-to-chord relationships and longer patterns are drilled in class and with software. Studies correspond with Music Theory II. (Prerequisite: MC114)

MC214   Aural Skills III     1 hour
Aural drill in singing and notating longer and more complex melodies and harmonies at first sight or hearing. Studies correspond with Music Theory III. (Prerequisite: MC213)

MC304   Church Music Methods     3 hours
A study of methods and techniques for building, directing and maintaining children, youth, adult and senior adult choirs. Includes a survey of music for the graded choirs from various publishers.

MC307   Advanced Conducting     2 hours
A study of techniques for conducting congregational and sacred choral music. Standard choral literature is assigned for student practice. Tone, diction, style, interpretation, and rehearsal techniques are studied. For music majors and minors.

MC311   Music Theory IV     3 hours
Enharmonic use of chords, extended harmonies, and modal influences are studied. Includes an introduction of twentieth century music including serial procedures. (Prerequisite: MC212)

MC313   Aural Skills IV     1 hour
Aural drill in singing or notating longer and more complex melodies and harmonies at first sight or hearing. Studies correspond with Music Theory III. (Prerequisite: MC214)

MC314   Worship Leadership Seminar     1 hour
A course designed to teach the student current music technology, and development and rehearsal techniques of the worship team. (Prerequisite GC103)

MC401   Form and Analysis     2 hours
A course developing the basic skills needed to provide structural analysis of music with emphasis placed on the analysis of phrase structure and the important structural principles within binary, ternary, sonata, rondo, variation, and imitative forms. (Prerequisite: MC311 Music Theory IV, MC 313 Aural Skills IV)

MC402   Church Music Organization and Administration     2 hours
A thorough study of the scriptural purpose of music in the church. Organizational techniques and resources for effective music ministry are applied in local worship settings. Includes field experience.

MC403   History of Music I     3 hours
A survey of music history and literature from ancient times to 1750. Class work correlates with outside listening to recorded of music from various periods, styles, and composers.

MC405   History of Music II     3 hours
A survey of music history and literature from 1750 to the present. Class work correlates with outside listening to recorded and music from various periods, styles, and composers.

MC407   Hymnology     2 hours
The study of hymns from three perspectives: first, as they relate to literature, music, scripture, and theology; second, as they have evolved in history and in various cultures; and third, as they relate to the church’s tasks of proclamation, worship, education, and ministry.

MC408   Church Music Organization     1 hour
A student-directed worship service incorporating guitar, voice, keyboard and other instruments. This project is supervised by a music faculty member and is to be completed in a cooperating local church. (Prerequisite: MC314)

MC409   Church Music Internship     2 hours
A course which provides practical experience in music ministries. The course design will reflect individual student goals. The student is jointly responsible to a qualified supervisor in one local church as well as a faculty member of the University. (Prerequisite: MC304)