Curriculum & Courses

The Music Major

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in music may choose:

  • Music Major with a choice of emphases: Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Performance or Church Music
  • Music Education Major which leads to K-12 licensure in the State of Iowa
  • Arts Management Major

All bachelor’s degrees in music require completion of the Waldorf Core Curriculum. Music Education majors must fulfill the Social Science requirement (VII) with EDU 210 and PSY 144, and the upper level Religion requirement (III) with REL 400. The Music Major requires a minor in a second academic area. The Humanities Minor and Theatre Minor are designed to complete the Music Major. It is required for the Vocal Performance Emphasis and highly recommended for the others.

All music majors who have not passed the piano proficiency exam are required to study piano. Whether it is in piano class or in applied lessons is at the discretion of the music department.

Prefix Number Course Credit
Hours

Music Core Courses

 
MUS 101 Theory I 3
MUS 102 Theory II 3
MUS 201 Theory III 3
MUS 202 Theory IV 3
MUS 103 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 104 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 203 Aural Skills III 1
MUS 204 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 300 World Music 3
MUS 301 Music History I 3
MUS 302 Music History II 3
MUS 318 Music History III 3
MUS 215 Conductor's Workshop I 3
MSA   Applied Lessons (in one discipline) 6
MSA   Major Ensembles 4
    Piano Proficiency Exam  
       

Vocal Performance Core Courses

 
MUS 111 Diction for Singers I 1
MUS 211 Diction for Singers II 1
MUS 311 Diction for Singers III 1
MUS 315 Conductor's Workshop II 2
MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature 1
MUS 420 Vocal Literature 2
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 6
THR 132 Acting I 3
MSA 313 Half Recital 1
MSA 413 Full Recital 2

The vocal performance emphasis requires an academic minor. The humanities or theatre minors are recommended. German is required.

       

Instrumental Performance Core Courses

 
MUS 315 Conductor's Workship II 2
MUS 316 Conductor's Workshop III 2
MUS 384 Seminar: Instrumental Ensemble Literature 1
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 8
MSA 316 Half Recital 1
MSA 416 Full Recital 2

The instrumental performance emphasis requires an academic minor. The humanities minor is recommended.

       

Keyboard Performance Core Courses

 
MUS 225 Collaborative Piano 2
MUS 315 Conductor's Workshop II 2
MUS 316 Conductor's Workshop III 2
MSA 421 Piano Literature (guided study) 2
MSA 314/315 Half Recital 1
MSA 414/415 Full Recital 2

The keyboard performance emphasis requires an academic minor. The humanities minor is recommended.

       

Church Music Core Courses

 
Students will choose one of these two courses:
SPE 111 Speech 3
THR 132 Acting I 3
MUS 315 Conductor's Workshop II 2
MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature 1
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 4
MUS 330 Music and Worship and the Lutheran Tradition 3
MSA 313-316 Half Recital 1
MUS 430 Practicum and Internship 6

The church music emphasis requires a minor in religion.

       

Music Education Core Courses

 
Music Portion:
MUS 315 Conductor's Workship II 2
MUS 316 Conductor's Workshop III 2
MUS 384 Seminar: Instrumental Ensemble Literature 1
MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature 1
MUE 341 Methods of General Music in the Public Schools, K-12 4
MUE 441 Methods of Performance Ensembles in the Schools 3
MUE 360 Percussion Skills 1
MUE 361 Woodwind Skills 1
MUE 362 Brass Skills 1
MSA 313-316 Half Recital 1
       
Education Portion:
Students will choose one of these two courses:
EDU 460 Behavior Management for Elementary 2
EDU 465 Behavior Management for Secondary 2
EDU 210 Human Relations for Teachers 2
EDU 144 Human Growth and Development 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDU 202 Introduction to Teaching Clinical 0
SPED 220 Exceptional Learners 2
EDU 230 Educational Media and Computers 1
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 411 Multicultural Practicum 2
EDU 395 Content Area Reading 2
EDU 400 Ethics and Religious Diversity in Education 3
EDU 430 Capstone 1
EDU 406 Elementary Music Student Teaching 6
EDU 421 Secondary Music Student Teaching 6
       

Arts Management Core Courses

 
MUS 101 Theory I 3
MUS 102 Theory II 3
MUS 103 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 104 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 300 World Music 3
MUS 301 Music History I 3
MUS 302 Music History II 3
MUS 318 Music History III 3
MUS 215 Conductor's Workship I 3
MSA   Applied Lessons (in one discipline) 6
Students will choose one of these two courses:
SPE 111 Speech 3
THR 132 Acting I 3
MSA   Major Ensembles 4
CIS 101 Computer Applications I 2
CIS 101A Business Intelligence 1
BUS 101 Principles of Accounting 4
BUS 310 Principles of Management 4
BUS 313 Marketing Management 4
BUS 321 Organizational Theory 4
BUS 412 Human Resources Management 4
MUS 434 Arts Management Internship 6
       

Music Minor Courses

 
MUS 101 Theory I 3
MUS 102 Theory II 3
MUS 103 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 104 Aural Skills II 1
Students will choose one of these three courses:
MUS 301 Music History I 3
MUS 302 Music History II 3
MUS 318 Music History III 3
MUS   Electives 6
MSA 80s Applied Lessons at the 80's level in one discipline 2
MSA   Ensemble 2

Suggested Curriculum

Music Education

   

Semester I

Music Theory I 101, (3 cr.)
Aural Skills I 103, (1 cr.)
Applied Lessons, (1 cr.)
Piano Class or Lesson, (1 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
Diction I 111, (1 cr.)
English 101/106, (3 cr.)
Artistic Expression 120, (3 cr.)
Religion 103, (3 cr.)
Total of 16.5

Semester II

Music Theory II 102, (3 cr.)
Aural Skills II 104, (1 cr.)
Applied Lessons, (1 cr.)
Piano Class or Lesson, (1 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
English 102/107, (3 cr.)
Intro. to Teaching 201/202, (3 cr.)
Ed. Media 230, (1 cr.)
Human Growth 144, (3 cr.)
Total of 16.5

Semester III

Music Theory III 201, (3 cr.)
Aural Skills III 203, (1 cr.)
Applied Lessons, (1 cr.)
Piano Class or Lesson, (1 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
Conductor's Workshop I 215, (3 cr.)
Human Relations for Teachers 210, (2 cr.)
Educational Psychology 240, (3 cr.)
Exceptional Learners 220, (3 cr.)
Total of 17.5

Semester IV

Music Theory IV 202, (3 cr.)
Aural Skills IV 204, (1 cr.)
Applied Lessons, (1 cr.)
Piano Class or Lesson, (1 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
Woodwind Skills 361, (1 cr.)
Music History I, II, III, or World Music 300-302, 318, (3 cr.)
Lab Science Elective, (4 cr.)
Wellness 201, (1 cr.)
Total of 15.5

Semester V

Applied Lessons, (1-2 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
Conductor's Workshop II 315, (2 cr.)
Choral Literature 382, (1 cr.)
Music History I, II, III, or World Music 300-302, 318, (3 cr.)
Critical Inquiry, (3 cr.)
Math Elective, (4 cr.)
Ethics/Religious Diversity 400 (3 cr.)
Total of 17.5-18.5

Semester VI

Applied Lessons, (1-2 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
Content Area Reading 395, (2 cr.)
Behavior Management 460 or 465, (2 cr.)
Percussion Methods 360, (1 cr.)
Methods/Ensembles in Schools 441, (3 cr.)
Music History I, II, III, or World Music 300-302, 318, (3 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective, (1 cr.)
Total of 13.5-14.5

Semester VII

Applied Lessons, (1 cr.)
Ensemble, (.5 cr.)
Brass Methods 362, (1 cr.)
General Music Methods, (4 cr.)
Conductor's Workshop II 316, (2 cr.)
Instrumental Literature 384, (1 cr.)
Music History I, II, III, or World Music 300-302, 318, (3 cr.)
Speech 111, (3 cr.)
Total of 15.5-16.5

Semester VIII

Elem. Music Student Teaching 406, (6 cr.)
Sec. Music Student Teaching 421, (6 cr.)
Capstone 430, (1 cr.)
Total of 13

Summer

Multicultural Experience 411, (2 cr.)

 

 


Music Course Descriptions

MSA 001 Waldorf Choir (.5 cr.)

MSA 002 Sangkor (.5 cr.)

MSA 003 Waldorf Wind Symphony (.5 cr.)

MSA 004 Waldorf College Jazz Band (.5 cr.)

MSA 005 Schola Cantorum (.5 cr.)

Applied lessons can be taken at the non-major or the music major level. Lessons are designated with the MSA heading and the area of study by a one letter suffix as follow:
piano P
organ O
harpsichord H
voice V
woodwinds W
brass B
strings S
percussion D

MSA 113 Class Voice (1 cr.)

A class of beginning students in voice production as related to the art of singing. Introduction to vocal literature given with class performance required.

MSA 115 Piano Skills I (1 cr.)

MSA 116 Piano Skills II (1 cr.)

Designed for the beginning piano student who wishes to learn the introductory fundamentals of piano. Hand and body position, elementary use of chords, and harmonizations for simple songs, sight reading, and basic piano technique are emphasized.

MSA 171-172 designates lessons for non-majors and MSA 181-184 for majors. Availability of applied study with a Waldorf College faculty member is limited. Music majors and minors are given first priority, then those fulfilling scholarship obligations, followed by those who are members of Waldorf performing ensembles. Registration for lessons requires payment of a fee as outlined in the Music Department Handbook. Once lessons have commenced, the fee is non-refundable.

MSA 171 (1 cr.) 172 (2 cr.)

Applied study at the non-major level, 171 will be a half hour lesson for one credit. 172 will be an hour lesson for 2 credits. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. Permission of the instructor required. (Requires lesson fee) (Can be repeated for credit)

MSA 181, 182 (1 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, first year, first (181) and second (182) semester. Half hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. (Permission of the instructor required) (Requires lesson fee)

MSA 183, 184 (2 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, first year, first (183) and second (184) semester. Hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. (Permission of the instructor required) (Requires lesson fee)

MSA 215 Piano Skills III (1 cr.)

Designed as a continuation of Piano Skills I/II for the student who wishes to continue learning the fundamentals of piano. Harmonizations, transposing, open-score reading, sight reading, and intermediate level technique and repertoire studies are emphasized.

MSA 216 Piano Skills IV (1 cr.)

Designed as a continuation of Piano Skills III and as a final step or preparation before taking the Piano Proficiency exam. Harmonizations, transposing, open-score reading, sight reading, and intermediate level technique and repertoire studies are emphasized.

MSA 225 Collaborative Piano (2 cr.)

Study of the art of collaborating on the piano with singers, choirs, and instrumentalists. Emphasis on sightreading, open-score reading, ensemble work, and piano techniques applicable to accompanying.

MSA 281, 282 (1 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, second year, first (281) and second (282) semester. Half hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. (Permission of the instructor required) (Requires lesson fee)

MSA 283, 284 (2 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, second year, first (283) and second (284) semester. Hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. (Permission of the instructor required) (Requires lesson fee)

MSA 313 Half Recital, Voice (1 cr.)

MSA 314 Half Recital, Piano (1 cr.)

MSA 315 Half Recital, Organ (1 cr.)

MSA 316 Half Recital, Instrumental (1 cr.)

MSA 381, 382 (1 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, third year, first (381) and second (382) semester. Half hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. (Permission of the instructor required) (Requires lesson fee)

MSA 383, 384 (2 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, third year, first (383) and second (384) semester. Hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. Permission of the instructor required. Requires lessons fee.

MSA 413 Full Recital, Voice (2 cr.)

MSA 414 Full Recital, Piano (2 cr.)

MSA 415 Full Recital, Organ (2 cr.)

MSA 416 Full Recital, Instrumental (2 cr.)

MSA 481, 482 (1 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, fourth year, first (481) and second (482) semester. Half hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. Permission of the instructor required. Requires lessons fee.

MSA 483, 484 (2 cr.)

Applied study at the music major level, fourth year, first (483) and second (484) semester. Hour lessons. Further details are found in the Music Department Handbook. Permission of the instructor required. Requires lessons fee.

MUE 341 Methods of General Music in the Public Schools, K-12 (4 cr.)

A course designed for the music specialist who will be teaching and supervising in elementary, middle, and senior high school. Various school music methods are studied including Orff and Kodaly. Special emphasis is given to the National Standards developed by MENC. Grade level achievement and goals in the development of the child are examined. Teaching skills are developed in a laboratory teaching environment. The course will include assessment and testing. Membership in MENC is required. Includes 20 hours of field experience in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 201; MUS 201, 204 or consent of instructor)

MUE 351 Methods of Musical Drama in the Schools (2 cr.)

This course is designed to introduce students to the materials and techniques necessary for directing the performance of musicals in a secondary school setting. In addition to classroom lectures and discussions, students also observe rehearsals and performances of musicals in local area schools. Practical experience in musical drama production is provided through a separate two-hour credit course involving musicals sponsored by the Music Department. Offered only as needed. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program.

MUE 360-362

The following three courses cover the study of teaching and performance techniques and methods in each of the three categories of band instruments. Includes selection and care of instruments, basic literature, and rudimentary performance on instruments in each of the categories.

MUE 360 Percussion Skills (1 cr.)

Covers the basic skills of snare drum, tympani, mallets, and auxiliary percussion.

MUE 361 Woodwind Skills (1 cr.)

Covers the basic skills of the single reed, double reed, and flute instruments. A unique component of the class is a unit on the recorder as an introduction to woodwind playing.

MUE 362 Brass Skills (1 cr.)

Covers the basic skills of trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, and tuba playing.

MUE 441 Methods of Performance Ensembles in the Schools (3 cr.)

A comprehensive course in leading public school choral and instrumental music programs, from late elementary (beginning band and chorus) through high school ensembles. Includes recruitment methods, book selection, scheduling, budgeting, rehearsal procedures and techniques, motivation and classroom management, with special emphasis on advocacy. MENC membership required. Includes 20 hours of field experience and a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 201; MUS 202, 204, 215; piano proficiency; or consent of instructor)

MUS 101 Theory I (3 cr.)

Emphasis is placed on work in rhythms, major and minor scales, church modes, other scales, intervals and triads; and the construction of four-part chords. Original work involves the writing of melodies and rhythmic studies. (Concurrent registration with MUS 103 required)

MUS 102 Theory II (3 cr.)

A continuation of MUS 101. Further work in chord construction and part-writing. Work includes the writing of original compositions, harmonization of figured bass lines, and the analysis of compositions. Non-harmonic tones, cadences, modulation, dominant seventh chords, and some musical forms are studied. (Concurrent registration with MUS 104 required) (Prerequisite: MUS 101)

MUS 103 Aural Skills I (1 cr.)

This course involves exercises in dictation, rhythms, scales, modes, intervals, trials, and sightsinging. (Concurrent registration with MUS 101 required)

MUS 104 Aural Skills II (1 cr.)

A continuation of MUS 103. Further work is done in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation and sightsinging. (Concurrent registration with MUS 102 required) (Prerequisite: MUS 103)

MUS 111 Diction for Singers I (1 cr.)

Study of English and Italian diction through song literature. Students will develop a working facility of the International Phonetic Alphabet as applied to proper pronunciation of English and Italian.

MUS 201 Theory III (3 cr.)

A continuation of MUS 102. The various seventh chords, other chromatically altered chords, and some musical forms are studied by means of written exercises, analysis, and the writing of compositions. (Concurrent registration with MUS 203 required) (Prerequisite: MUS 102)

MUS 202 Theory IV (3 cr.)

A continuation of MUS 201, this course includes the introductory study of counterpoint, musical forms, and twentieth century devices and styles. (Concurrent registration with MUS 204 required) (Prerequisite: MUS 201)

MUS 203 Aural Skills III (1 cr.)

Continuation of MUS 104. Melodic and harmonic dictation, sightsinging, and study of the various seventh chords and chromatically altered chords make up the subject matter for this course. (Concurrent registration with MUS 201 required) (Prerequisite: MUS 104)

MUS 204 Aural Skills IV (1 cr.)

Continuation of MUS 203. (Concurrent registration with MUS 202 required) (Prerequisite: MUS 203)

MUS 211 Diction for Singers II (1 cr.)

Study of German diction through song literature. Students will develop a working facility of German pronunciation through continued study of the International Phonetic alphabet. (Prerequisite: MUS 111)

MUS 215 Conductor’s Workshop I (3 cr.)

The introductory course in the conductor’s workshop in which all of the conducting students form ensembles for the class members to conduct. The class introduces the study and practice of techniques of conducting, including conducting patterns, methods of interpretation, rehearsal techniques, and basic choral and instrumental tone building. (Prerequisite: MUS 101 or consent of instructor)

MUS 300 World Music (3 cr.)

Survey of music in non-western cultures, focusing on Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as consideration of the implication for missions and intercultural work posed by cultural-aesthetic sensitivity.

MUS 301 Music History I (3 cr.)

A musicological survey of western music from antiquity to 1600. Non-music-majors require permission of instructor. (Prerequisites: MUS 101,102)

MUS 302 Music History II (3 cr.)

A musicological survey of western music from 1600 - 1827. Non-music-majors require permission of instructor. (Prerequisites: MUS 101,102)

MUS 311 Diction 3 (1 cr.)

Study of French diction through song literature. Students will develop a working facility of French pronunciation through continued study of the International Phonetic alphabet. (Prerequisite: MUS 111)

MUS 315 Conductor’s Workshop II (Choral Conducting and Arranging) (2 cr.)

A continuation of MUS 215 Conductor’s Workshop I, this course serves to develop advanced choral conducting techniques. A choral arrangement is prepared by each student for performance by the class. (Prerequisites: MUS 101, 102, 215)

MUS 316 Conductor’s Workshop III (Instrumental Conducting and Arranging) (2 cr.)

A continuation of MUS 215 Conductor’s Workshop I, this course serves to develop advanced instrumental conducting techniques. An instrumental arrangement is prepared by each student for performance by the Waldorf Wind Symphony. (Prerequisites: MUS 101, 102, 215)

MUS 318 Music History III (3 cr.)

A musicological survey of western music from 1827 to present. Non-music-majors require permission of instructor. (Prerequisites: MUS 101,102)

MUS/THR 325 American Musical Theatre (3 cr.)

A study of American Musical Theatre from its beginnings to the present with a concentration on several significant works.

MUS/REL 330 Music and Worship and the Lutheran Tradition (3 cr.)

This course will examine the historic use of liturgy and music in Christian worship. Included will be a study of the evolving nature of worship, the Lutheran tradition, and the emergence of “contemporary worship.”

MUS 331 Vocal Pedagogy (3 cr.)

This course is designed to prepare the future studio voice teacher and choral director for the teaching of healthy vocal techniques. Course content will include anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanisms, beginning and intermediate instruction techniques, professional practice and organizations, and individual/group vocal instruction.

MUS 332 Piano Pedagogy (3 cr.)

This course is a survey of the art of teaching the piano. Course content will include a survey of beginning and intermediate piano methods, literature for the beginning/intermediate piano student, studio business practice, professional organizations, and group piano instruction pedagogy.

MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature (1 cr.)

Covers choral literature from the Western tradition, with an emphasis on literature appropriate for the middle and high school levels. Sequenced to coincide with Conductor’s Workshop II.

MUS 384 Seminar: Instrumental Ensemble Literature (1 cr.)

Covers all band and orchestra literature appropriate for the middle and high school levels. Sequenced to coincide with Conductor’s Workshop III.

MUS 420 Vocal Literature (2 cr.)

This course is a survey of art songs, oratorio, and operatic literature for the voice. Standard repertoire for all major vocal fachs will be examined through performance and listening.

MUS 421 Piano Literature (2 cr.)

This course will examine literature written for keyboard (piano) from the 16th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on solo literature of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

MUS 422 Instrumental Repertoire (2 cr.)

A survey of instructional, solo, and chamber repertoire for instrumentalists preparing for a senior recital.

MUS 430 Church Music Practicum & Internship (6-9 cr.)

A practical working experience will be provided within a church setting.

MUS 434 Arts Management Practicum & Internship (6-9 cr.)

A practical working experience in managing and/or working in an Arts related business.