Course Descriptions

MUSI 1151-4151 – Concert Choir – 1 credit hour

An ensemble that focuses on the study and performance of thematic or larger choral literature. Emphasis is on choral musicianship skills in vocal production and aural theory. Some additional rehearsals required. Membership is by audition. Course rotation: Fall and spring.


MUSI 1161-4161 – Band – 1 credit hour

Ensemble engaged in the preparation and performance of a variety of music for wind and percussion instruments. The band will perform occasional concerts and play for various athletic events. Participation requires high school band experience, ability to read music, and permission of the band director. Course rotation: Fall and spring.


MUSI 1171-4171 – The Lindsey Wilson College Singers – 1 credit hour

Organized on professional standards to represent the college on and off campus as a performing arts ensemble, the choir studies and performs choral music from all eras, specializing in sacred a cappella anthem literature. Membership is by audition. Additional rehearsals required. Corequisite: MUSI 1151. Course rotation: Fall and spring.


MUSI 1201 – Piano Skills I – 1 credit hour

Beginning instruction in piano. Sight-reading: be able to read elementary pieces in a variety of keys and meters in the style of a single line melody, unison melody, or melody with accompaniment. Technique: 5-finger scales and positions in all major keys; I, IV and V chords in all major keys. Repertoire: play the pieces in each appropriate unit of the text. Functional skills: transpose patterns up or down a whole step (or more); harmonize simple melodies with I, IV, and V chords. Create simple melodies over ostinato basses. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Course rotation: Fall.


MUSI 1301 – Piano Skills II – 1 credit hour

Continuation of Piano Skills I. Sight-reading: be able to read elementary pieces in a variety of keys and meters with a variety of keyboard patterns and hand positions, finger extensions and contractions, and crossing fingers in the style of a melody with accompaniment and two-voice style. Technique: play hands together two-octave scales in all major and harmonic minor keys; play I, IV and V chords in all minor keys; and play all major and minor arpeggios and inversions hand over hand. Repertoire: play the pieces in each appropriate unit of the text. Functional skills: transpose melodies up or down a whole step (or more) and harmonize simple melodies with I, IV and V chords and add the first inversion ii chord. Play simple tunes by ear. Prerequisite: MUSI 1201 or instructor’s permission. Course rotation: Spring.


MUSI 1311-2311 – Private Piano – 1 credit hour

Individual piano instruction for the student with previous study and recital performance experiences in piano. The requirement appropriate to the student’s course level is contained in each syllabus. Takes students from their current level of ability and improves their technique and repertoire. Repeatable credit. ($75 lesson fee)  Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission and/or audition. Course rotation: Varies.


MUSI 1411 – Private Voice – 1 credit hour

Applied voice with emphasis on development of bel canto style of vocal production. Attention is given to the development of basic voice repertoire, good vocal habits, and diction. Repeatable credit. ($75 lesson fee)  Course rotation: Varies.


MUSI 1501 – Voice – 1 credit hour

Voice instruction with a laboratory component. Emphasis is given to developing repertoire, musicianship, sight-singing, and basic vocal production techniques. This course also serves to prepare advanced musicians for their auditioned or contracted roles within larger ensemble performances. Repeatable credit. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission and/or audition. Course rotation: Varies.


MUSI 1512-4512 – Applied Music – 2 credit hours

Applied lessons for the major instrument each semester. Includes participation in music program lab and recital series. Requires recital attendance. Senior recital required at 4000 level. Course rotation: Fall and spring.


MUSI 1613 – Music Theory I – 3 credit hours

Development of an applicable knowledge of music elements: rhythms and time signatures with division and subdivision, music notation, keyboard geography, major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals, chords in root position and inversion, dominant seventh chord structures, cadences, and non-harmonic tones with principles of diatonic harmony in four-part chorale writing. Includes development of sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony skills within a lab setting. Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week. Four hours a week. Course rotation: Fall.


MUSI 1713 – Music Theory II – 3 credit hours

Continuation of Music Theory I.  More intensive study of seventh chords, modulation, two-part and three-part form, utilizing both analysis and writing of music compositions.  Includes continual development of sight-singing, ear-training, and keyboard harmony skills within a lab setting.  Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week.  Four hours a week.  Prerequisite: MUSI 1613.  Course rotation:  Spring.


MUSI 2003 – Survey of Musical Masterworks – 3 credit hours

A historical overview of music history of Western civilization from the Middle Ages to present day. Substantial listening from all periods of music will help students identify and understand basic music terms, form, style, elements, and genres. Course rotation: Fall and spring.


MUSI 2103 – Music in American Culture – 3 credit hours

A study in American music that explores its significance, diversity, innovation, and influence. The course seeks to continually incorporate and define milestones within U.S. history and the resulting influence of communal music making on the social strata of such a diverse culture. Course rotation: Spring.


MUSI 2203 – Music Education P-5 – 3 credit hours

Explores teaching methods and materials for classroom teachers in the elementary grades for integration of music into teaching strategies with emphasis given to multiple intelligence theory. Music foundational concepts that pertain to pitch, rhythm, scales, harmony, and keyboard orientation are included. Also listed as EDUC 2203. Course rotation: Fall.


MUSI 2533 – History of Music Literature – 3 credit hours

An introductory study of music literature from the various historical periods to prepare the student for the study of music history. The course will integrate the musical parameters of form, analysis, and listening and combine significant biographical information on selected composers with detailed listening analyses of representative works. Course material will be taken from the Middle Ages to the modern period. Prerequisite: MUSI 1612 or instructor’s permission. Course rotation: Spring.


MUSI 3123 – Worship – 3 credit hours

Develops an understanding of Christian worship and church music through consideration of its biblical and historical backgrounds and through observation of its current practice. Experience in planning and conducting worship in a variety of settings. Also listed as RELI 3123. Prerequisite: RELI 1003. Course rotation: Spring of even years.


MUSI 3553 – Church Music Methods & Materials – 3 credit hours

Methods and materials for the administration of the church music ministry. Primary emphasis is given to techniques for directing age-graded choral and instrumental ensembles. A conducting component is included within a practicum setting. Also explores technology applications. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Course rotation: Spring of odd years.


MUSI 3TX1-3TX3 – Topics in Music – 1-3 credit hours

In-depth study of a particular topic in music beyond the range of listed courses. Topics and approaches will vary according to the instructor and may include advanced or specialized ensembles, choral festival performance travel, symphonic literature, composer/genre studies, etc. Variable credit. This course may be repeated for credit, up to a total of nine hours. Course rotation: Varies.


MUSI 4901 – Recital Capstone – 1 credit hour

Students will present a recital performance at an appropriate level of proficiency.  Note: Students must pass a recital hearing a minimum of two weeks before the recital performance.  Grading:  Pass/Fail.