Bachelor of Arts inMusic

Majoring in Music involves the study of the history of music, music theory and composition, and the performance of one or more instruments. How does music convey emotions, thoughts and ideals? How are certain vocal techniques developed? How do computer-based music technologies work? You’ll specialize in one of three tracks (Applied Music, Music History, or Music Theory and Composition) as you take 44 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Music Curriculum Overview

Students in the Music major expand their creativity, analytical, research and writing skills while studying music performance, programming, analysis, composition, history, literature, education and worship music. The music program is led by accomplished and caring faculty who give one-on-one attention to students in a nurturing community where competition is downplayed.

Prerequisites
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 101 Basic Musicianship 2
MUS - 111 Class Piano I 2
MUS - 112 Class Piano II 2
MUS - 120 Listening to Life:West. Clscl 2

Basic Musicianship is designed for the student with little background in music. This course will present concepts needed for an understanding of the basic fundamentals of music theory. Students will also have an introduction to ear training and the keyboard. (Offered every spring. No prerequisite. This course can serve as a prerequisite for MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

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This is the first of two courses in a beginning piano instruction sequence. Through group class instruction students are given a practical knowledge of the keyboard and an understanding of the tonal-rhythmic structure of music. Keyboard skills requisite for handling classroom music situations or for personal enjoyment of music are developed. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous keyboard experience may be exempt by examination. Can serve as a prerequisite to MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

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This is the second of two courses in a beginning piano instruction sequence. Through group class instruction students are given a practical knowledge of the keyboard and an understanding of the tonal-rhythmic structure of music. Keyboard skills requisite for handling classroom music situations or for personal enjoyment of music are developed. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous keyboard experience may be exempt by examination. Can serve as a prerequisite to MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

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Using music primarily from the classical Western tradition, this course teaches music listening skills, relates music to history and culture, and reveals music as a conveyer of human emotions, thoughts, and ideals. The course also touches briefly on ethnic folk music, global art music, and popular music (American jazz, musical theatre, and pop music.) (This course earns 2 credits towards the 4 credit Fine Arts component of the general education curriculum. Offered every fall and spring, summers to be announced. No prerequisite. Can serve as a prerequisite to Music History.)

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Required: 29 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 201 Musicianship I 4
MUS - 202 Musicianship II 4
MUS - 301 Musicianship III 4
MUS - 302 Musicianship IV 4
MUS - 321 Music History I 3
MUS - 322 Music History II 3
MUS - 323 Music History III 3

This course begins with a brief review of music fundamentals (scales, keys, intervals and triads) and continues with four-part harmonic writing, and basic analysis. Exercises in keyboard harmony, sight singing, and dictation are included in the course.(Offered every fall. Prerequisite: MUS101 or equivalent as determined by music placement test.)

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Students continue to learn four-part harmonic writing, including the use of inversions and seventh chords. Exercises in analysis incorporate the study of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form. Dictation, sight singing, and keyboard harmony are continued. (Offered every spring. Prerequisite: MUS201 or equivalent.)

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Students learn to write in the contrapuntal style of the 18th century. Chromatic harmonies and a study of classical period forms are also included in the course. Dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are continued. (Offered every fall. Prerequisite: MUS202 or equivalent.)

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Students explore the new directions composers have taken in the 20th century and compose their own pieces in various contemporary styles. Keyboard harmony, dictation, and sight-singing are continued. (Offered every spring. Prerequisite: MUS301.)

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This course explores the Ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods of Western music. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites: MUS120 or MUS121, MUS201.)

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This course explores the 18th and 19th centuries of Western music. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites: MUS120 or MUS121, MUS201. MUS321 is preferred, but not required.)

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This course explores Western Music from the late 19th century to the present. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites MUS 120 or 121 and 201. MUS 321 and 322 preferred but not required.

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Applied Music (8 Credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 494 Sr Project:Conducting Recital 2
MUS - 495 Sr. Project: Recital 2

The student will conduct a public recital of an instrumental and/or vocal ensemble for which they have selected literature, prepared scores, rehearsed the ensemble, and prepared a program. The conducting experience may involve regularly scheduled university ensembles and student organized ensembles. This project is done with the supervision of the appropriate faculty conducting teacher. This is an option for the capstone experience for the Music Major in the Applied Music track. As part of this capstone, students will submit a written essay describing how the experience implemented and was supported by the Framework for Learning. (Offered on demand. Prerequisites: MUS456 or MUS457 and consent of instructor.) Honors Lesson fee applies.

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The student will present a public recital on their primary instrument, building on private lesson study over several semesters. This project is done with the supervision of the student's primary applied teacher. This is the capstone experience for the Music Major in the Applied Music track. As part of this capstone, students will submit a written essay describing how the experience implemented and was supported by the Framework for Learning. (Offered on demand. Prerequisites: MUS9xx and consent of instructor.) Honors Lesson fee applies.

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Music History (8-10 Credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 493 Senior Project: Thesis 2
MUS - 430 History of Sacred Music 4
MUS - 431 Congregational Song 4

The student will research a musicological topic, write a documented thesis and present their research in a public lecture/demonstration. This project is the capstone experience for the Music Major in the Music History/Literature track. As part of this capstone, students will submit a written essay describing how the experience implemented and was supported by the Framework for Learning. (Offered on demand. Prerequisites: MUS321, MUS322, MUS323 and consent of instructor.) Honors Lesson fee applies.

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An examination of the practice and theology involved in the music of the church enables students to evaluate music in relationship to worship. (Offered on demand. Prerequisite: MUS321 or MUS322.)

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Students examine the theology and history of congregational song, including psalms, liturgical chants, canticles, Latin and Greek hymnody, the Lutheran chorale, the English hymn, and contemporary sacred songs. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisite: MUS120 or 121.)

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Electives
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 424 Keyboard Literature 2
MUS - 425 Choral Literature 2
MUS - 426 Instrumental Literature 2
MUS - 427 Organ Literature 2
MUS - 365 Elect Instrmt Tech & Pedagogy 2
MUS - 444 Instrumental Arranging 1
MUS - 445 Choral Arranging 1
MUS - 890 Composition Lessons 1
MUS - 990 Honors Composition Lessons 2
MUS - 492 Composition Recital 2

A survey of keyboard instruments, literature and styles from 1600 to the present, excluding that which relates directly to the organ. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisites: MUS120 or 121, MUS840 or other previous private piano study.)

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A study of the choral literature from the Renaissance through the present (including global choral music) forms the material for this course. Choral composers and representative compositions from each era are studied. The historical perspective on choral music is discussed and a filing card reference library developed. (Offered odd falls. Prerequisites: MUS120 or 121, MUS202 or consent of instructor.)

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Instrumental literature will emphasize literature for school-aged groups. Instrumental composers and compositions are studied through lecture, listening, reading, and student presentations. Students also develop a level II and III, four-year curriculum for band and orchestra. Teaching strategies based on the National Standards for Arts Education will also be discussed. (Offered even falls. Prerequisites: MUS120 or 121, MUS202 or consent of instructor.)

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This course surveys organ literature of various historical, national, and stylistic types. Historical organ design, performance practice and aesthetics are emphasized. (Offered even falls.) Prerequisite: MUS120 or 121.

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This course introduces students to a range of computer-based music technologies. Extensive work is done with the music notation/MIDI program, Finale. Students will also explore using pre-set patches, sequencing, and creating new synthesized sounds. CD ROM programs for music history, music education, music theory, and ear-training will also be explored. Students will be expected to log lab hours in the music technology studio. This course is an elective in all music majors, minors, and emphases. (Offered every spring. Prerequisites: music reading ability, computer literacy. Studio course.)

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Instrumental arranging focuses on the practical aspects of scoring and is approached in terms of understanding how composers have traditionally written for instrument(s) and ensembles. (Offered even springs. Prerequisites: MUS201, current or previous enrollment in MUS202.)

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This course is designed for the musician wishing to make effective settings for choral groups. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisites: MUS301, current or previous enrollment in MUS302.)

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1 credit each, repeatable. Meets 1/2 hour per week. May not be taken pass/no pass. These courses may be repeated with credit. Individual lessons on the standard orchestral and band instruments and voice stress proper tone production, phrasing and style. Special techniques unique to the instrument are studied. Material covered includes standard works for the instrument. All lessons include studio classes scheduled throughout the term as a lab time. This course is open to students who have had MUS201. (Offered every semester. Prerequisites: MUS201; approval and placement by instructor. Private lesson fee.)

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2 credits each, repeatable. Meets 1 hour per week. May not be taken pass/no pass. Each of the above 800 level individual lessons may be taken as weekly one-hour lessons with the instructors approval. Honors lessons may be taken in conjunction with recital preparation. Private lessons are also available for composition. (Offered every semester. Prerequisites: MUS202 and MUS890; music reading ability, previous study at the 800 level and/or approval and placement by instructor. Private lesson fee.)

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The student is challenged to compose a major piece or group of pieces. Students are challenged to begin to develop a personal language, one that gives evidence of skill, imagination and originality and that communicates effectively to an audience. This project is the capstone experience for the Music Major in the Music Theory/Composition track. As part of this capstone, students will submit a written essay describing how the experience implemented and was supported by the Framework for Learning. (Offered on demand. Prerequisite: MUS990) Honors lesson fee applies.

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. David Mennicke Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, Music Department Chair

Dr. Mennicke's teaching expertise covers choral conducting, voice training, music education, church music, musical theatre, and music arranging.

Shari Speer Term Faculty in Music

Shari is professor of voice at Concordia, where she maintains an active voice studio, teaches class voice, diction, opera workshop and conducts the Jubilate Choir.

Nathan Kennedy Term Faculty of Music

Nathan Kennedy teaches the music theory sequence, applied and class piano, pedagogy, and accompanying, and accompanies the choirs and opera workshop.

Monica Murray Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Murray is an active performer in the Twin Cities.

Career Potential

You’ll also experience real learning beyond the classroom, with performance opportunities at monthly recitals, campus concerts, studio classes, daily chapel services, local church services, on international and U.S. tours and for many community functions. Because we design our music program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a musician, conductor, composer/arranger, music publisher, music marketer, music therapist, church musician or other music-related professional.

  • Church Music
  • Conductor
  • Performer
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Composer / Arranger
  • Music Sales / Marketing
  • Music Management
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Writer
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