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.

(1) Spring
Beginning instruction in piano for music majors with no previous keyboard training. Development of basic reading skills.

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

MUSI 1105-1106 Applied Lessons.
(0-2) 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, Women's Chorus, LaGrange Symphony Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission of Instructor.

MUSI 1109 Beginning Classical Guitar.

(1) as needed
Basic techniques of Classical guitar taught in a classroom setting, intended for non-music majors. The course includes fundamentals of reading music and understanding elementary music theory. In addition, students will study examples of simple folk music and music for worship. A selection of the most useful guitar chords, suitable for beginners, and basic accompaniment patterns will be taught to allow the students to accompany their singing. Students will need to own an acoustic guitar and plan for daily practice time.

MUSI 1110 Literature and Language of Music 1.
(2) 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 that include woodwind quintet, percussion ensemble, and art song. All completed compositions that meet the required criteria for these listed performing groups will be rehearsed and recorded.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1101

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 2203 Piano Class 3.
(1) Spring
Continuation of MUSI 1104 with emphasis on transposition and chord accompaniment. Upon completion of this course, the student should be prepared for the Piano Proficiency Exam. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1104

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 Diction for Singers: Part 1.

(2) as needed
A study of English and Italian art song literature, and correct rules of pronunciation. Trains students in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe English and Italian art songs.

MUSI 2240 Diction for Singers: Part 2.
(2) as needed
A study of French and German art song literature, and correct rules of pronunciation. Use of International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe French and German art songs.
Prerequisite: MUSI 2239

‡MUSI 2301 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.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1102 or permission of instructor

‡MUSI 2302 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.
Prerequisite: MUSI 1102 or permission of instructor

MUSI 2310 Orchestration.
(3) Spring
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 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 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 and Spring
A 30-minute public performance of the student's creative work and/or talent presented during the junior year.
Prerequisite: successful completion of the Pre-Recital Hearing

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) Fall, Interim, Spring
The study of selected operas and operatic excerpts that may result in staged performances.

MUSI 4484 Senior Recital.
(1) Fall and Spring
A one-hour public performance of the student's creative work and/or talent presented during the senior year.

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

*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.