Music

Music

Department Chair: Edward Turley

Faculty: J. David Arnott, Brian Campbell, Patti Cudd, James Dennihan, Richard Dirlam, Lisa Drontle, Andrea Fedele, Carolyn Finley, Marcie Givens, Amy Grinsteiner, Brenda Handel-Johnson, Andre Heywood, Kim Kasling, Mark Kausch, Patricia Kent, Robert Koopmann, OSB, Lucia Magney, John-Bede Pauley, OSB, Daniel Rassier, O. Nicholas Raths, Axel Theimer, Bruce Thornton, Edward Turley, Gregory Walker, Dale White

Music, one of the core Liberal Arts, is available to all students, regardless of one's major, and is a vital part of the curriculum of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. The joint CSB/SJU Music Department seeks to deepen students' understanding and appreciation of music through challenging courses, excellent choral and instrumental ensembles, and a comprehensive array of individual studio lessons. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in music with concentrations in liturgical music, music composition, music education (choral and/or instrumental for both elementary and secondary), music studies, and performance. The department also offers a minor in music.   
Performance is at the heart of the music program. Numerous large and small ensembles, both choral and instrumental, present opportunities for students to develop their own musical abilities and to take delight in the creativity of others.
Extensive musical opportunities are available for all students on campus regardless of their chosen major. All students are encouraged to participate in ensembles along with music majors and minors (pending audition), and all students are welcome to take studio lessons with permission of instructor.   The department offers courses designed for both the common curriculum and the music major or minor, depending on the students' level of interest and commitment.
Music is an expression of the human condition. Above all, the music department seeks to foster a life-long engagement with the art of music.

Assessment

Assessment and review of student performance in music is compiled every semester and reviewed by faculty. Students complete a self-assessment for each performance jury examination and students complete a nationally-recognized Major Field Test indicating their level of mastery in music history and theory. Curricular review of all classroom activity, applied lessons, and ensembles, is gathered by the faculty on a rotating schedule, by division.

Major

The music department offers a program leading to a bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in liturgical music, music composition, music education (choral and/or instrumental for both elementary and secondary), music studies and performance. The CSB/SJU Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Basic Requirements (24 credits)

Required Courses:
111, 112, 121, 122, 211, 212, 221, 222, 335, 336.
Special Requirements:
All music majors are required to demonstrate basic musicianship, performance ability on a major instrument and piano proficiency (if the major instrument is other than keyboard). Some concentrations require additional proficiencies and/or secondary instrument study (see below).
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble is required of majors in all concentrations. All seniors successfully complete a final project as their concentration requires. All music majors are required to take a Major Field Test in music at the end of the junior or senior year (MUSC XXX).

Concentration in Liturgical
Music (46-53 additional credits)

Required Courses:
323, 324, 327, seven semesters in applied music in one of the following: organ or voice (227, 337); supporting courses: EDUC 390; THEO 111, 202, 350, 351.
Special Requirements:
Demonstration of organ and voice proficiencies are required (114); demonstration of guitar proficiency is recommended. Organ majors must satisfy a proficiency in service playing (342).
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.

Concentration in Music Composition
(28-36 additional credits)

Required Courses:
260, 340, 345, 346, seven semesters in the major instrument (227, 337), if major instrument is not piano, continued piano study is recommended even after successful completion of the piano proficiency examination, two semesters of 357.
Special Requirements:
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.

Concentration in Music Education
(22-29 additional credits)

Sequences are offered for teacher candidates of Choral Music K-12 license and for Instrumental Music K-12 license.
Required Courses:
323, 324 (for choral education) or 316, 317, 318, 319, 325, 326 (for instrumental education), seven semesters are required in the major instrument(227, 337).
Special Requirements:
Students in music education are required to have a secondary instrument (114). Those pursuing the choral education sequence who do not have voice as their primary area of study must fulfill two levels of voice competencies; levels of competence in major areas of performance are distributed by the instructor.
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.
For instrumental education: seven semesters of large ensemble experience (from 231, 233 or 238) and a minimum of two additional semesters of small ensemble experience (from 237, 240 instrumental ensembles, or 241-243). Note: Students desiring a K-12 teaching license in vocal or instrumental music must be accepted into the education department to complete a minor in education.
See education department listing for the supporting minor in education requirements.
Students in music education may receive special credit towards some core requirements. However, they are advised that a program in music fulfilling Minnesota state licensure requirements may require a ninth semester, course overloads and/or attendance at summer school. Students are urged to contact the education department regarding requirements.

Concentration in
Music Studies
(24-28 additional credits)

Required Courses:
Eight semesters in the major instrument (227, 337); 8 credits from 260, 327, 340-354 (credits from 316-326 are also accepted).
Special Requirements:
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.

Concentration in Performance
(24-32 additional credits)

Required Courses:
Eight semesters in the major instrument (227, 337); 8 credits from 260, 327, 340-354 (credits from 316-326 are also accepted). Pedagogical courses under the special studies division are recommended for this degree concentration.
Special Requirements:
Solo recital in the junior and senior years.
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for eight semesters.
Voice performance majors must meet proficiency in one language (French, German, Italian or Spanish).

Minor (20-24 credits)

Required Courses:
111, 112, 121, 122, 150, (211 and 221 if placed out of 111 and 121), four semesters of 227. Four credits of electives chosen from 152-159, 211, 221, (211 and 221 not applicable as electives if placed out of 111 and 121), 227 (2 credits max.), 260, 271-274, 325, 327, 342-02A, 358 (major role).
Special Requirements:
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for four semesters.

Courses
(MUSC)

(Grading: S/U for 0 credit courses; A/F required for 1-4 credit courses)

100 Class Piano I. (1)
Group instruction for students with no previous study.

101 Class Piano II. (1)
Group instruction for students at an early intermediate level of study. Prerequisite: 100 or permission of instructor.

102 Class Voice I. (1)
Group instruction for students with no previous study.

103 Class Voice II. (1)
Group instruction for students at an early intermediate level of study. Prerequisite: 102 or permission of instructor.

104 Class Guitar I. (1)
Group instruction for students with little or no previous study.

105 Class Guitar II. (1)
Group instruction for students at an early intermediate level of study. Prerequisite: 104 or permission of instructor.

111 Comprehensive Musicianship I. (3)
Development of basic musicianship, beginning with fundamentals of notation, music rudiments and basic harmonic functions, including keyboard harmony skills. Concurrent registration in 121 expected.

112 Comprehensive Musicianship II. (3)
Further study of musicianship and harmony, including more advanced harmony and study of basic forms. Concurrent registration in 122 expected. Prerequisite: 111.

113 Piano, Organ, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Guitar, Percussion. (1)
Intermediate or advanced study for the non-music major. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

114 Secondary Instrument for Music Majors. (1)

121 Musicianship Skills I. (1)
Focused study in ear-training, rhythmic skills, and sight-singing. Concurrent registration in 111 expected.

122 Musicianship Skills II. (1)
Focused study in ear-training, rhythmic skills,  and sight-singing. This course builds on the skills learned in MUSC 121.  Concurrent registration in 112 expected.

150 Music Through History. (4)
An introduction to music in its historical and cultural perspective from ancient Greek to contemporary. Emphasis is placed on Western and other than Western cultures. Includes attendance at live performances. For music minors and non-music majors.

151 Music Through Theory. (2, 4)
An introduction to the basic principles of melody, harmony and rhythm. Various musical styles will be examined and analyzed using the tools of music theory. Class requires attendance at some live performances. For non-music majors.

152 Exploring World Music. (2)
An introduction to the many kinds of musical expression practiced around the world through listening, reading and classroom discussion. Primary goals will include becoming acquainted with the musical practices of selected cultures, understanding the cultural contexts of diverse musical practices, and, through comparison with other cultures, becoming more aware of the roles music plays in our own lives and culture. No previous experience with music is necessary.

156 Women in Music. (2)
A survey of the history of women in music from earliest times to the present. It will include reading about women musicians, the study of their styles and live and recorded musical performances. For non-music majors.

157 Piano Music from Bach to Jazz. (2)
This course is a survey of piano music from the late baroque to the present. It will include readings on piano music, piano composers and piano performers, the study of musical and performing styles, and live and recorded musical performances. For non-music majors.

159 Men and Women in Music. (4)
This course will survey musical people - composers, educators and patrons - and their music from the earliest times to the present. It will include readings about men and women musicians, the study of music styles and live and recorded musical performances. For non-music majors.

211 Comprehensive Musicianship III. (3)
Study of chromatic harmony, keyboard skills, and form and analysis of music from the Baroque through the Classical era. Concurrent registration in 221 expected. Prerequisite: 112.

212 Comprehensive Musicianship IV. (3)
Continued study of chromatic harmony, keyboard skills, and form and analysis of music from the nineteenth century up to the present. Concurrent registration in 222 expected. Prerequisite: 211.

221 Musicianship Skills III. (1)
Focused training in ear-training, rhythmic skills, and sight-singing. This course builds on the skills learned in MUSC 122.  Concurrent registration in 211 expected.

222 Musicianship Skills IV. (1)
Focused training in ear-training, rhythmic skills and sight-singing.  This course builds on the skills learned in MUSC 221.  Concurrent registration in 212 expected.

227 Major Instrument or Voice. (1)
Fundamentals of tone production. Development of technique and repertoire. Performance class required. Prerequisite: interview with instructor before registration.

230 Symphonic Band. (0-1)
Rehearsal and performance of a variety of band literature. No audition required.

231 Wind Ensemble. (0-1)
Performance of original wind (band) literature with particular emphasis on the 20th century. Audition required.

232 Chamber Choir. (0-1)
Select Mixed Choir. Choral masterworks from the Renaissance to the present. National and international touring. Audition required.

233 Orchestra. (0-1)
Performance of a wide range of orchestral masterworks from the symphonic repertoire. Audition required.

234 Men's Chorus. (0-1)
Great choral works from Palestrina to the present. National and international touring. Open to all male students. Audition required.

235 Women's Choir. (0-1)
Select women's chamber group. Choral music of representative periods. Open to all female students. Audition required.

237 Clarinet Ensemble. (0-1)
A select clarinet chamber group performing original works and transcriptions. Permission of instructor.

238 Jazz Ensemble. (0-1)
Study and performance of literature for the jazz ensemble. Audition required.

239 All-College Choir. (0-1)
Large Choral ensembles -- Mixed voice (men and women) and same voice (women only). Meets once weekly. No audition required.

240 Ensemble Performance. (0-1)
Pre-arranged vocal and instrumental ensembles. Weekly or biweekly coaching. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

240 Ensemble Performance; 240 Chapel Choir; 240 International Choir; 240 Woodwind Ensemble; 240 Jazz Combo; 240 String Chamber Music; 240 Guitar Ensemble; 240 Pit Orchestra.

241 Saxophone Quartet. (0-1)
Intensive study of saxophone chamber music. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

242 Brass Choir. (0-1)
A select brass chamber group performing original and transcribed works for 12-18 players. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

243 Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Ensemble. (0-1)
The Percussion and Marimba Ensembles perform music generally written from 1930 to the present. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

244 Gregorian Chant Schola. (0-1)
Small, select singing ensemble of women and men perform Gregorian Chant at liturgies of Saint John’s Abbey and other appearances. Audition required.

260 Introduction to Music Composition. (4)
This is an introductory course in the art and craft of musical composition. A number of compositional techniques will be explained and practiced, and students will compose original pieces of music of varying lengths. There will also be opportunities to listen to and discuss the music of recent composers. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: MUSC 112 and 122.

271 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the lower-division level. Permission of department chair required. Consult department for applicability towards major requirements. Not available to first-year students.

272 Topics in Popular Music/Jazz Studies. (1-4)
A study of a particular popular music or jazz historical period, style, compositional technique or performance technique. The specific subject to be studied will be announced prior to registration.

273 Instrumental Jazz Improvisation. (2)
The study and development of skills necessary for improvisation in the jazz style including: tonal development, style awareness, harmonic knowledge, nomenclature, technical development, and aural skills. Prerequisite: Intermediate performance level on instrument (knowledge of all major scales), ability to read music notation. For majors and non-music majors. Offered alternate years.

274 History of Jazz. (2)
A study of the history of jazz from its early roots and blues, to present day forms. All periods will be covered including New Orleans, Chicago, Swing, Bebop, Cool, Fusion, and Free Jazz Forms. We will study the stylistic characteristics and major musicians past and present, as well as the relationships between jazz and society during the 20th century. For non-music majors. Offered alternate years.

316 Woodwind Methods; 317 Percussion Methods; 318 Brass Methods; 319 String Methods. (1)
Laboratory classes leading to basic performance and pedagogical competencies in woodwinds, percussion, brass and strings. Offered alternate years.

323, 324 Choral Techniques I, II. (4,4)
Laboratory class for students preparing to be choral conductors. Choral procedures. Conducting. Literature. Arranging studies. Prerequisites: 212, piano proficiency and applied voice, enrolled in or completed 335 or 336 or instructor's permission. Alternate years.

325 Basic Instrumental Conducting. (2)
Study and development of basic instrumental conducting skills. Offered alternate years.

326 Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Jazz Methods. (3)
Advanced study and development of instrumental conducting skills combined with instrumental ensemble pedagogy and jazz methods.  Offered alternate years.

327 Music for the Liturgy. (4)
A practical survey of music appropriate for use in liturgical celebrations. Every third year.

335 History of Music I. (4)
History of Western musical development from the Greek period to 1750. Study of trends in style and form. Fall. Prerequisite: 112.

336 History of Music II. (4)
History of Western musical development from 1750 to the present. Study of trends in style and form. Spring. Prerequisite: 112.

337 Major Instrument or Voice. (2)
Continuation of 227. Building of repertoire. Performance class required. Prerequisites: 227 and permission of instructor.

338 Major Instrument or Voice. (4)
Continuation of study in techniques and repertoire. Performance class required. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

340 Music Designs. (4)
Advanced analysis of musical designs in historical context. Prerequisite: 212. Spring, alternate years.

Special Studies Program (260, 316-327 and 340-371).
These courses are organized around special areas of advanced study in music and vary from semester to semester in response to student needs and interests.

341-343 Special Studies in Pedagogy and Techniques. (1-4)
Specific instruments and voice. Advanced study in solo repertoire such as diction (voice) and stylistic articulation skills.

341 Piano Pedagogy; 342 Service Playing; 342 Organ Pedagogy and Techniques; 342 Singers’ Diction/Repertoire; 343 Vocal Pedagogy.

345 Special Studies in Orchestration. (2)
Study of instrumentation and scoring for small to large ensembles. Students will work with both standard orchestra and wind ensemble. Prerequisite: 212. Alternate years.

346 Tonal Counterpoint. (2)
Writing and analysis of tonal counterpoint, emphasizing the practice of J.S. Bach. Prerequisite: 212. Alternate years.

347 Special Studies in Theory, Analysis and Composition. (1-4)
Theoretical study of music, such as the analysis of a particular composition, compositional techniques of a specific style of original works. Prerequisite: 212.

351 Piano Literature. (1-4)
A survey of literature for the piano from the earliest times to the present. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Spring.

357 Composition Projects. (2)
Individual training of advanced writing in contemporary styles. Prerequisite: 212.

358 Opera Workshop. (0-2)
In-depth study/presentations of classical to contemporary works. Prerequisite: audition/consent of workshop director.

371 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. Permission of department chair and completion and/or concurrent registration of 12 credits within the department required. Consult department for applicability towards major requirements. Not available to first-year students.

397 Internship. (1)
Individual projects tailored to student needs/career. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

398 Honors Senior Essay, Research or Creative Project. (4)
Required for graduation with "Distinction in Music." Prerequisite: HONR 396 and approval of the department chair and director of the Honors Thesis program. For further information see HONR 398.

XXX Music Major Field Test. (0)
Required for graduation with a music major. Spring.