Music Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (MUSI)
(Textbook Information)

MUSI 0999 Music Seminar
(0) Fall and Spring
A weekly seminar/recital hour featuring student performances, master classes, and presentations by guest artists.

*MUSI 1100 Music Fundamentals
(3) as needed
Provides an introduction to elementary music theory, including scales, key signatures, staff notation, clefs, rhythm, meter, intervals, and general music terminology.

*MUSI 1101 Theory 1
(3) Fall
This course focuses on Diatonic Harmony and is designed to provide the student with the basics of music theory, including scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, beginning voice leading, harmony, figured bass, basic reductive and hierarchic graphing techniques. Some lab time will be devoted to Internet music resources and notation using FINALE. Other topics will include basic MAC computer skills, especially as they pertain to music theory and CAI in music theory. Must be taken with MUSI 1113.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1100 or passing score on Theory Placement Exam

MUSI 1102 Theory 2
(3) Spring
Continuation of MUSI 1101. This course focuses on Chromatic Harmony and Form and is designed to provide the student experience with intermediate-level music theory topics, including: phrase structure, non-chord tones, voice leading, harmony, figured bass, modulations, and form (binary, ternary, variations, etc.). Some lab time will be devoted to Internet music resources and notation using FINALE. Other topics will include basic MAC computer skills, especially as they pertain to music theory and CAI in music theory.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1101

MUSI 1103 Piano 1
(2) Fall
Beginning instruction in piano for music majors with no previous keyboard training. Development of basic reading skills. Open to non-majors with the approval of the instructor.

MUSI 1104 Piano 2
(2) Spring
Continuation of Piano 1 with additional emphasis on sight-reading.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1103 or permission of instructor.

MUSI 1105-1106 Applied Lessons
(1) Fall and Spring
Individual instruction in the student's choice of instrument or voice to develop technical proficiency, repertoire knowledge, and performance skills. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: audition and authorization by the chair
Section A – Voice
Section B – Piano
Section C – Organ
Section D – Guitar (Classical and Contemporary)
Section E – Percussion
Section F – Brass/Woodwinds
Section G – Composition
Section H – Strings

MUSI 1107-1108 Ensemble
(0-1) Fall and Spring
Performance organization(s) providing ensemble experience. May be repeated for credit. Performance ensembles may include LaGrange College Chamber Singers, LaGrange College Women's Chorus, LaGrange Symphony Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission of Instructor.

MUSI 1109 Beginning Class Instruction
(1) as needed
Through classroom instruction and performance practice, this course will develop the student's creative and performance talent, as well as develop basic skills in music reading. No previous training is required. Note: Students choosing Guitar should provide their own instrument.

  • Section A: Guitar – topics covered include guitar chords and basic accompaniment patterns
  • Section B: Voice – introduction to basic vocal technique, vocal literature, diction, interpretation, and presentation
  • Section C: Percussion – introduction to basic percussion techniques, rhythm patterns, and percussion literature
  • Section D: Composition – emphasis on basic song writing and/or composition using entry level music technology

MUSI 1110 Literature and Language of Music 1
(3) Spring
This course will acquaint students with the appropriate language needed for a precise discussion of music and the literature that corresponds to musical evolution since notation developed. The course will also have a strong listening component, thereby encouraging more discriminate listening.

*‡MUSI 1112 Music Survey
(3) as needed
A broad survey of music aimed at developing aesthetic awareness and critical analysis of music from diverse styles and genres.

MUSI 1113 Ear Training 1
(2) Spring
This course is designed to provide the student with basic sight singing and listening skills. Some lab time will be devoted to Internet music resources and notation using FINALE. Other topics will include basic MAC computer skills, especially as they pertain to music theory and CAI in music theory and ear training.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1100, MUSI 1101, or passing score on Theory Placement Exam

MUSI 1114 Ear Training 2
(2) Fall
Continuation of MUSI 1113.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1113

MUSI 1211 Composition Seminar
(1) Fall and Spring
Introductory compositional study in instrumental and vocal writing. Assigned and student-initiated composition projects may include woodwind quintet, percussion ensemble, and art song.

MUSI 2201 Theory 3
(3) Fall
Continuation of MUSI 1102. This course focuses on Form and 20th Century Techniques and is designed to provide the student with more advanced knowledge of music theory, including modulations, form (Sonata, Rondo, Concerto, etc.), introduction to pitch-class set theory, introduction to 12-Tone theory, and more recent musical trends. Some lab time will be devoted to Internet music resources and notation using FINALE. Other topics will include basic MAC computer skills, especially as they pertain to music theory and CAI in music theory.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1102

MUSI 2213 Ear Training 3
(2) Spring
Continuation of MUSI 1114. This course is designed to provide the student with a more advanced knowledge, sight singing, and listening skills. Some lab time will be devoted to internet music resources and notation using FINALE. Other topics will include basic MAC computer skills, especially as they pertain to music theory and CAI in music theory and ear training.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1114

MUSI 2239 Basics of Singing
(3) as needed
Topics covered include: basic vocal technique, vocal anatomy, breath management, maintaining vocal health, vocal registers, theatrics of singing, and basic score reading.

MUSI 2240 Diction for Singers
(3) as needed
This course trains students in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to pronounce foreign language art songs and arias. Emphasis is on IPA symbols applied to English, Italian, German, and French.

MUSI 2310 Orchestration
(3) as needed
Techniques of scoring for string, brass, woodwind, percussion instruments, and MIDI instruments.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1102 and MUSI 1114

MUSI 2390 Audio Engineering
(3) Fall
Classroom instruction in digital and analog audio engineering. Recording console operation, microphone placement and usage, mixing, tape based and hard disc recording, mastering, CD burning and troubleshooting.

MUSI 3105 – 3106 Applied Lessons
(2) Fall and Spring
This course is a continuation of private instruction begun in MUSI 1105-1106 and may be repeated for credit. In most cases, the student will be majoring in this instrument (or area).
Prerequisite: Audition and authorization by the Program Coordinator.

  • Section A – Voice
  • Section B – Piano
  • Section C – Organ
  • Section D – Guitar (Classical and Contemporary)
  • Section E – Percussion
  • Section F – Brass/Woodwinds
  • Section G – Composition
  • Section H – Strings

MUSI 3210 Advanced Composition Seminar
(1) Fall and Spring
Advanced compositional study of large-scale forms and genres. Assigned and student-initiated composition projects that include brass quintet, string quartet, art song, mixed-voiced choir, and chamber orchestra. Students may also compose works that use live or pre-recorded elements and/or techniques, music for video or short film, or other nontraditional means. All completed compositions that meet the required criteria for these listed performing groups will be rehearsed and recorded.

‡MUSI 3301 Music History 1
(3) Fall
The study of the western classical tradition, from earliest antiquity through Haydn and Mozart. Course will emphasize historical analysis and criticism, aural identification, and research.

‡MUSI 3302 Music History 2
(3) Spring
Music of the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, beginning with Beethoven. Course will emphasize historical analysis and criticism, aural identification, and research.

MUSI 3311 Counterpoint and Chorale
(3) Spring
This course will cover the writing and analysis of Species Counterpoint in both 16th and 18th century styles. Units will address problems unique to two-, three-, and four-voiced textures. Chorale style units will cover writing in a 4-voice (SATB) style, the realization of a figured bass into a 4-voiced texture, and analysis of Bach's Chorale style.

MUSI 3331 Christian Hymnody
(3) as needed
A survey of Christian hymnody in the English-speaking world from its roots in the early Christian Church to present day practices in worship. The study of selected hymns and hymn writers associated with a number of different Christian traditions will be included.

MUSI 3352 Jazz Theory and Popular Practice
(2) as needed
Theoretical foundations of the Jazz tradition, and consideration of related contemporary style: blues, fusion, rock, gospel, and current popular idioms. Aural skills emphasized, with keyboard harmony studies oriented to realizing technical comprehension of the material.
Prerequisite: MUSI 2201

MUSI 3366 Basics of Conducting
(3) Fall or Spring
Conducting techniques, score reading, rehearsal techniques for choral and/or instrumental ensembles.
Prerequisite: MUSI 2201

MUSI 3369 New Media
(3) Fall
Basic studio techniques, music sequencing, music printing, synthesizers, studio operation.
Prerequisite: MUSI 2390 (Audio Engineering)

MUSI 3384 Junior Recital
(1) Fall or Spring
A public performance of the student's creative work or talent presented during the Junior year. Please consult the Music Majors Handbook for specific recital requirements.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor

MUSI 4413 Business of Music Industry
(3) as needed
The study of basic issues pertaining to the music industry: music copyrights, music synchronization, musical mechanical licensing, standard music contracts, royalties, artists' advances and contracts, buyouts. Introduction to the major licensing organizations, i.e., ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the professional society of musicians.

MUSI 4460 Production Project
(3) Interim
A special projects course with hands-on participation and teamwork required. Each project is unique; specific content will be publicized in the semester preceding the course offering.

MUSI 4470 Internship
(1) Fall, Interim, Spring
A supervised, practical "real world" experience in a professional off-campus environment. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 4480 Opera Experience
(3) as needed
The study of selected operas and operatic excerpts that may result in staged performances.

MUSI 4484 Senior Recital
(1) Fall and Spring
A public performance of the student's creative work or talent presented during the senior year. Please consult the Music Majors Handbook for specific recital requirements.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor

MUSI 4486 Special Topics
(3) as needed
Class instruction for musical topics of a highly specialized nature. The content of this course will change based upon the expertise of the instructor and the needs of the students. May be repeated for credit.

MUSI 4495 Independent Study
(3) as needed
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor

MUSI 4488 Capstone Presentation
(1)
The capstone presentation is a senior-level investigation of a faculty-approved music topic.

MUTH 2100/2101 Dance for the Musical Stage I-IV
(0 – 1)
Introductory and Advanced jazz, tap, ballet & musical theatre dance including contemporary Musical Theatre (1950s, 60s & 70s, 80s and 90s) genres of Broadway. May be repeated for credit.

MUTH 3200 Musical Theatre Performance I
(3)
A study of musical theatre performance techniques including song and text analysis and practical performance experience in the preparation of a music theatre repertory for performance.
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

MUTH 3201 Musical Theatre Performance II
(3)
A continuation of MUTH 3200 with focus on advanced musical theatre selections and performances.
Prerequisite: MUTH 3200

MUTH 4352 History of Musical Theatre I
(3)
Intense study of musical theatre genres, composers, lyricists, performers, directors and choreographers and their contributions to this musical form in America from 1750 to the present. Includes consideration of how music theatre developed from, and reflected the cultural, social and political landscape of its time.

*Denotes MUSI courses that satisfy the Fine Arts requirement in the Core Curriculum.
‡Denotes MUSI courses that may substitute for a CORE Humanities course in the Core Curriculum.