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804 Class Voice     2 Hours Class   Voice   gives   students   the   opportunity   to   improve   their   singing   in   the   context   of   a   safe,   fun,   learning   environment.   The   course covers   the   basic   elements   of   singing   and   encourages   students   to   use   their   voices   well   for   the   glory   of   God   by   improving   breathing, resonance,   diction,   and   expression.   Students   will   learn   from   each   other   as   well   as   from   the   instructor   by   giving   and   receiving constructive feedback. Everyone who takes this class must also take choir during the same term.
Music Department
204 Music Fundamentals       3 Hours This   course   covers   the   basic   rudiments   of   music.   Students   who   have   little   or   no   background   in   music   should   should   feel   right   at   home because   the   class   starts   at   the   very   beginning   and   builds   a   platform   for   reading   and   understanding   music   notation.   Students   will   learn how   to   use   solfège,   read   rhythms,   understand   key   and   time   signatures,   write   simple   melodies,   learn   new   songs,   and   follow   all   kinds   of musical markings. Students should leave the class with tools that will help them read music for the rest of their lives.
304 Music Theory I      3 Hours Building on the concepts covered in Music Fundamentals, this course digs into how music is put together. Whereas Fundamentals builds the basic structure, Music Theory I begins to add the interior detail like a designer who takes the frame of a house and turns it into an appealing place to live. The subjects covered in this course include scales, intervals, chords, melody writing, harmonization, and basic part writing. Students must take a placement test to make sure they are ready and eligible to take the course.
404 Music Theory II     3 Hours Building on the concepts covered in Music Theory I, this course digs even deeper into chords, harmonization, and part writing. It also includes a study of counterpoint, seventh chords, secondary dominants, and modulation. With the material presented in this course, students should be able to open a hymnal to any song and understand everything about how the piece is constructed rhythmically, melodically, and harmonically. If Music Theory I takes the inside of a basic structure and makes it appealing, this course adds interior decorations and furniture and makes it absolutely beautiful. Prerequisite: 304 Music Theory I
504 Choir       1 Hour Singing in a choir is one of the joys of life that combines truth, beauty, artistry, fun, and community in one package. In choir, students will enjoy preparing and presenting a quality program of sacred a cappella music from a variety of styles, composers, and historical time periods. Because of the limited rehearsal time and extensive repertoire, students are required to learn many of the pitches and rhythms outside of class time using sound files that are provided for that purpose. If tour is offered in a given term, all choir members are required to sing on tour. The number of participants in choir is limited. If any section has more students signed up than available spaces, students will be admitted according to the prioritization scale listed in Appendix D.  
604 Understanding and Enjoying Hymns     2 Hours A   handful   of   hymns   have   lasted   for   centuries;   all   of   the   others   have   ended   up   in   the   trash   heap   of   history.   Why   are   the   few   lasting hymns   so   special   that   generations   have   embraced   them   and   continued   to   sing   them?   What   makes   them   enduring?   In   this   class, students   will   discover   the   treasure   trove   of   hymns   that   are   available   to   the   body   of   Christ   today   and   what   makes   them   special.   From the   early   church   to   the   Middle   Ages   to   the   twenty-first   century,   enduring   hymns   have   shaped   and   enriched   the   body   of   Christ.   Take this course to sing and to enjoy the finest hymns in our hymnals.
704 How to Lead Singing       1 Hour Congregational singing should be a time of joyful and active participation, and songleaders can help make that happen. This course prepares students to lead congregational singing with confidence and care. Students will learn how to use a pitch pipe, how and when to conduct, how to choose appropriate songs, how to lead confidently and sensitively, and how to foster musical appreciation, skill, and participation in a congregation. Students should come to the class with a basic working knowledge of letter names, solfège, and key and time signatures.
904 Listening to and Enjoying Good Music     2 Hours In   this   course,   students   will   listen   to   lots   and   lots   of   music   to   develop   the   ability   to   understand   and   appreciate   some   of   the   finest, most   enduring   music   that   has   been   written   in   the   last   millennium.   Guidance   will   be   given   during   in-class   listening   to   help   students listen   more   effectively   on   their   own.   The   course   will   also   cover   basic   musical   vocabulary,   forms,   and   genres.   No   previous   knowledge of music is required.