Program of Study

Graceland University offers a bachelor of arts degree with a major in music (B.A.Mus.). Composed of 42 semester hours, our music program includes private study (on their major instrument), ensemble participation, music theory and history, post-tonal studies, aural theory, form and analysis, music literature, conducting, piano proficiency and music technology courses to give you a well-rounded experience. Our teacher certification program with an endorsement in music is designed for students wishing to pursue a careers in teaching music. Students wishing to major in areas outside of music may also elect to pursue a minor in music.

B.A. Degree — Music Major

In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Music must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours to include the courses listed below.

Basic Musicianship 16 s.h.

  • MUSC1120 Introduction to Music Technology 2 s.h.
  • MUSC1210 Music Theory I 3 s.h.
  • MUSC1220 Music Theory II 3 s.h.
  • MUSC1230 Aural Theory I 1 s.h.
  • MUSC1240 Aural Theory II 1 s.h.
  • MUSC2100 Form and Analysis 3 s.h.
  • MUSC3220 Post Tonal Theory and History 3 s.h.
  • Competency on the Music Theory Placement Exam (70% or better)
         (Student's who do not receive 70% or better must enroll in MUSC1200 Fundamentals of Music 3 s.h.)

Music History and Literature 9 s.h.

  • MUSC1260 Music History I 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2400 Music History II 3 s.h.
  • Choose one of the following:
         MUSC2310 Music in the Church 3 s.h.
         MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
         MUSC2360 Jazz History 3 s.h.

Applied Music 10 s.h. in a single performance area

Music Majors: a jury is required at the end of semester in which lessons are taken.
Choose from the following:

  • Lower Division 4 s.h.
    • MUSC1510 Organ
    • MUSC1530 Piano
    • MUSC1610 Brass
    • MUSC1630 Percussion
    • MUSC1650 Strings
    • MUSC1670 Woodwinds
    • MUSC1750 Voice
  • Upper Division 6 s.h.
    • MUSC3510 Organ
    • MUSC3530 Piano
    • MUSC3610 Brass
    • MUSC3630 Percussion
    • MUSC3650 Strings
    • MUSC3670 Woodwinds
    • MUSC3750 Voice
  • Recital 0 s.h.
  • Recital MUSC4700

*Senior Recital required for graduation. Recital must have 40 minutes of prepared music.

Ensemble Music 0-1 s.h.
Students must enroll in an ensemble for 0-1 s.h. each semester of degree study and receive a grade of C or better to receive course credit for the music major. A minimum of 4 s.h. is required for graduation.
Choose from the following:

  • Lower Division
    • MUSC1140 Chamber Singers
    • MUSC1300 Concert Choir
    • MUSC1400 Orchestra
    • MUSC1600 Jazz Ensemble
    • MUSC1700 Symphonic Band
  • Upper Division
    • MUSC3140 Advanced Chamber Singers
    • MUSC3150 Advanced Concert Choir
    • MUSC3160 Advanced Graceland Orchestra
    • MUSC3180 Advanced Jazz Ensemble
    • MUSC3190 Advanced Symphonic Band

Performance Attendance 0 s.h.
Students must enroll in MUSC1000 Performance Attendance in each semester of degree study.

Conducting 1 s.h.

  • MUSC2340 Conducting I

Piano Proficiency 2 s.h. or competency

  • MUSC2120 Piano Class for Proficiency 1 s.h.
  • MUSC2120 Piano Class for Proficiency 1 s.h.

Students must pass a piano proficiency examination for graduation. Consisting of major and minor scales, sight-reading, harmonization, transposition and a prepared piece.

 

Music Minor

A minor in Music consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours in Music including:

Basic Musicianship 8 s.h.

  • MUSC1210 Music Theory I 3 s.h.
  • MUSC1220 Music Theory II 3 s.h.
  • MUSC1230 Aural Theory I 1 s.h.
  • MUSC1240 Aural Theory II 1 s.h.

Music History 3 s.h.

  • MUSC2400 Music History II or MUSC2350 Musics of the World

Applied Music 4 s.h. in a single performance area
Music Minors: a jury is required at the end of semester in which lessons are taken. Must be taken in the first four consecutive semesters after a Music Minor has been declared.
Choose from the following:

  • Lower Division
    • MUSC1510 Organ
    • MUSC1530 Piano
    • MUSC1610 Brass
    • MUSC1630 Percussion
    • MUSC1650 Strings
    • MUSC1670 Woodwinds
    • MUSC1750 Voice

Ensemble Music
Students must enroll in an ensemble for 0-1 s.h. each semester of degree study and receive a passing grade of C or better to receive course credit in the music minor.

Choose from the following:

  • Lower Division
    • MUSC1140 Chamber Singers
    • MUSC1300 Concert Choir
    • MUSC1400 Orchestra
    • MUSC1600 Jazz Ensemble
    • MUSC1700 Symphonic Band
  • Upper Division
    • MUSC3140 Advanced Chamber Singers
    • MUSC3150 Advanced Graceland Choir
    • MUSC3160 Advanced Orchestra
    • MUSC3180 Advanced Jazz Ensemble
    • MUSC3190 Advanced Symphonic Band

Music Technology 2 s.h.

  • MUSC1120 Music Technology

Performance Attendance 0 s.h.

  • Enroll each semester applied lessons are taken in MUSC1000 Performance Attendance

Conducting 1 s.h.

  • MUSC2340 Conducting I

Teacher Certification in Music

COMBINATION ENDORSEMENT (K-12) in Music: Students majoring in Music who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with an elementary and secondary Music endorsement must complete the BA degree in Music, the Music Endorsement (MUSC3240, 3 courses from MUSC3270, MUSC3280, MUSC3290, and MUSC3400; and both MUSC3360 and MUSC3390 as the appropriate methods courses) and the Combination Program.

 

Courses in Music

Theory, Literature, and Methods

MUSC1000 Performance Attendance 0 s.h.
Required attendance at regularly scheduled recitals, concerts, and special music programs. A corequisite of all applied music courses for Music majors and Music minors. Goal 2A

MUSC1120 Introduction to Music Technology 2 s.h.
Introduction to the use of computers in music production, music notation, and music education. Basic software and concepts in educational and music technology will be emphasized. Sources, selection, evaluation, creation, and implementation of electronic media for the musician and music educator will be covered. Prerequisite: Declared Music major. Corequisite: MUSC1210 Music Theory I and MUSC1230 Aural Theory I. Goal 2A

MUSC1200 Fundamentals of Music 3 s.h.
Introduction to fundamentals of music to develop understanding and skill in music notation and musical language. Topics covered include music notation, rhythm, meter, intervals, scales, key signatures, treble and bass clef, and triads. A grade of 70% or higher on Music Theory Placement Exam is needed to test out of MUSC1200.  Goal 2A

MUSC1210 Music Theory I 3 s.h.
Encompasses the study of diatonic chords in major and minor keys, principles of voice leading, root position part writing, harmonic progression, triads in first and second inversions, cadences, and dominant seventh chords. Prerequisites: Grade of 70% or higher on Music Theory Placement Exam or successful completion of MUSC1200 Fundamentals of Music with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite (for Music Majors only): MUSC1230 Aural Theory I. Goal 2A

MUSC1220 Music Theory II 3 s.h.
Continuation of Music Theory I. Topics covered include non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, secondary dominants chords, secondary leading-tone chords, modulation, mode mixture, the Neapolitan chord, and augmented sixth chords. Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUSC1210 Music Theory I and MUSC1230 Aural Theory I with grades of C or higher. Corequisite: (for Music Majors only): MUSC1240 Aural Theory II. Goal 2A

MUSC1230 Aural Theory I 1 s.h.
Sight singing and dictation of diatonic scales, intervals, triads, rhythmic groups, harmonic function, and tonal melodies. Prerequisite: Grade of 70% or higher on Music Theory Placement Exam or successful completion of MUSC1200 Fundamentals of Music with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite (for Music Majors only): MUSC1210 Music Theory I. Goal 2A

MUSC1240 Aural Theory II 1 s.h.
Continuation of Aural Theory I. Sight singing of tonal melodies, canons, and part music, treble, bass, and C-clefs. Dictation of tonal and chromatic melodies, rhythmic groups, harmonic intervals, and two- and four-part harmony. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUSC1210 Music Theory I with grade of C or higher. Corequisite: MUSC1220 Music Theory II. Goal 2A

MUSC1250 Survey of& Music Literature 3 s.h.
Introduction to the history of western art music, providing the basic terminology, styles of composition, listening skills, and learning techniques required to understand classical music. Focus on the western art music tradition, specifically from antiquity through the twentieth century. This course is only offered through the ACE program and is not taught on the Lamoni Campus. Goal 2A

+ MUSC1260 Music History I 3 s.h.
Detailed examination of music from the beginnings of Western Civilization through the conclusion of the Baroque period. Emphasis is placed on the listening and study of musical examples. Goal 2A

MUSC2000 Individual Study Goal 2A 3 s.h.

+ MUSC2100 Form and Analysis 3 s.h.
Study of form in music, this course covers music literature drawn principally from, but not limited to, the baroque through classical eras. Analysis of phrases, periods, binary and ternary forms, rondo, sonata-allegro, and concerto forms. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MUSC1220 Music Theory II. Goal 2A

MUSC2120 Piano Class for Proficiency 1 s.h.
Designed to aid students who need further study to pass the piano proficiency requirement. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Music major status and consent of instructor. Goal 2A

MUSC2310 Music in the Church 3 s.h.
Study of music in worship from antiquity through the Christian Reformers of Luther, Calvin into the Twenty-First Century of multiple genres of expression. A multi-denominational exploration including the song history of Community of Christ. Also explores hymn and praise song composition. Goal 2A

+ MUSC2340 Conducting I 1 s.h.
Study of conducting patterns and fundamental techniques including entrance, release, cue, dynamics, and tempo change. Prerequisite: MUSC1220 Music Theory II with a grade of C or better. Goal 2A

MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
Explores the musical history of the planet's diverse human communities. Music is not one universal language but a group of languages that express, shape and record human experience. An intensive study of how music works within the social and cultural context including a specific examination of indigenous music of West Africa, Latin America, China, Indonesia, and Japan.  Goal 4

MUSC2360 Jazz History 3 s.h.
Introduction to various jazz styles and performers through the listening, discussion, and lecture of important and representative musical works from each of these periods. A significant focus will be on the relationship between the music, style, and social and economic fabric. Goal 2A

+ MUSC2400 Music History II 3 s.h.
Study of music from the Classical through the Romantic periods, with attention to the evolution of styles and forms during these eras. Emphasis is placed on listening to examples of the music studied. Goal 2A

MUSC3000 Individual Study Goal 2A 1-3 s.h.

+ MUSC3220 Post Tonal Theory/History 3 s.h.
Study of the techniques of 20th-century compositions and investigation of composition practices, such as impressionism, atonalilty, serialism, aleatory or chance music, and electronic music all placed within their historical context. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MUSC2100 Form and Analysis and MUSC2410 Music History III. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3240 Conducting II 1 s.h.
Continuation and application of Conducting I skills with one-half emphasis on choral conducting applications and one-half emphasis on instrumental conducting applications. Prerequisite: MUSC2340 Conducting I with a grade of C or better. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3270 Brass and Percussion Methods and Pedagogy 2 s.h.
For music education students. Methods of teaching brass and percussion instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3280 String Methods and Pedagogy 2 s.h.
For music education students. Methods of teaching string instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3290 Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy 2 s.h.
For music education students. Methods of teaching woodwind instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3360 Music in the Secondary School 3 s.h.
Organization of junior and senior high school instrumental and choral classes including methods, materials, and program building. Several class sessions emphasize the subjects of a general music curriculum for the general student or nonperformer. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3390 Music in the Elementary School 3 s.h.
To provide the music major with the necessary knowledge, methods, and skills to build and administer an effective general music program in grades K-6. In addition to the fundamental learnings of the elementary classroom teacher, there is exploration of dominant trends in music teaching, current learning theories, and measurement and evaluation. Survey of materials, observation, and teaching of actual music classes in the elementary schools. Goal 2A

+ MUSC3400 Vocal Methods and Pedagogy 2 s.h.
Basic principles and practical methods underlying the teaching of singing to individuals and/or groups. Prerequisite: MUSC1410 or MUSC1750. Goal 2A

MUSC4000 Individual Study Goal 2A 1-3 s.h.

MUSC4700 Senior Recital 0 s.h.
Required of all music majors. Students will present a solo recital on their major instrument/voice consisting of 40 minutes of music. Students must perform and "pass" a pre-recital jury before the music faculty one month prior to the scheduled senior recital. Student may pick up a recital syllabus/application from the Division of Visual and Performing Arts office in Shaw Center. Prerequisite: Music majors must pall all components of the Piano Proficiency exam before registering for this course.

Applied Music — Group Instruction

MUSC1410 Voice Class I 1 s.h.
Introduction to the basic principles of vocal production and performance using the small class approach. Emphasis on folk songs, art songs, and easy arias in English. (No applied music fee.) Goal 2A

MUSC1420 Voice Class II 1 s.h.
Continuation of MUSC1410. Prerequisite: MUSC1410 and/or consent of instructor. (No applied music fee.) Goal 2A

MUSC1740 Piano Class 1 s.h.
For beginning piano students. Class approach to the learning of basic keyboard technique and orientation to both treble and bass clefs. With the aid of electronic equipment, students are able to work either individually or with other members of the class. May be repeated once for credit. Goal 2A

Applied Music — Individual Instruction

Applied Keyboard: (MUSC1510 Organ, MUSC1530 Piano) 1-2 s.h.
Individual instruction (private lessons) with emphasis on developing skills, improving technique, and learning repertoire. May be repeated for credit. (Applied music fee.) Goal 2A

Applied Instruments (MUSC1610 Brass, MUSC1630 Percussion, MUSC1650 Strings, MUSC1670 Woodwinds) 1-2 s.h.
Individual instruction (private lessons) with emphasis on developing skills, improving technique and learning repertoire. May be repeated for credit. (Applied music fee.) Goal 2A

MUSC1750 Applied Voice 1-2 s.h.
Individual instruction (private lessons) in vocal technique, performance, and repertoire. Emphasizes the study of English, American, and Italian art songs and arias. Vocal seminar is required. May be repeated for credit. (Applied music fee.) Goal 2A

Advanced Applied Keyboard (MUSC3510 Organ, MUSC3530 Piano) 1-2 s.h.
For students who have had four semesters of lower division applied music study on the specific instrument. May be repeated for credit. (Applied music fee.) Goal 2A

Advanced Applied Instruments (MUSC3610 Brass, MUSC3630 Percussion, MUSC3650 Strings, MUSC3670 Woodwinds) 1-2 s.h.
For students who have had four semesters of lower division applied music study on the specific instrument. May be repeated for credit. (Applied music fee.) Goal 2A

MUSC3750 Advanced Applied Voice 1-2 s.h.
Advanced individual instruction (private lessons) in vocal technique, performance, and repertoire. Emphasizes the study of arias and art songs in a variety of languages. For students who have had four semesters of MUSC1750. Vocal seminar required. May be repeated for credit. (Applied music fee.) Goal 2A

Ensemble Music

MUSC1140 Chamber Singers 0-1 s.h.
Vocal chamber ensemble of sixteen to twenty-four singers selected on the basis of voice quality, musicianship, blend, and sight-singing ability. Chamber Singers form on and off campus. Audition required. Goal 2A

MUSC1300 Concert Choir 0-1 s.h.
Graceland's largest choir offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through secular and sacred choral music.  Concert Choir performs both on and off campus. Audition required.  Goal 2A

MUSC1400 The Graceland Orchestra 0-1 s.h.
The Graceland Orchestra offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through the study, preparation, and performance of a wide range of orchestral literature. Performances on and off campus. Audition required. Goal 2A

MUSC1500 Yellowjacket Drumline 0-1 s.h.
The Yellowjacket Drumline offers students from all majors the opportunity to study and perform standard contemporary percussion literature. Students will perform at selected athletic & recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus. Additional information: 1) Not a required course for the B.A. Music Degree; 2) May not be counted toward elective hours within a major or minor; 3) May be counted solely as an elective course whose credits count toward graduation. Prerequisite: Students are required to audition. Goal 2A.

MUSC1600 Jazz Ensembles 0-1 s.h.
The Graceland Jazz Ensemble offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through the study and preparation of standard jazz band literature.  Repertoire for the GU Jazz Band is chosen from high quality jazz ‘tunes' spanning a diverse range of styles/genres including Swing, Big Band, Latin, Funk, Be-Bop, Cool, and Ballads.  The Jazz Band performs at least two concerts each semester.  Audition required.  Goal 2A

MUSC1700 Symphonic Band 0-1 s.h
The Graceland Symphonic Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through the study and preparation of standard and contemporary band literature.   The repertoire is chosen from a diverse selection of high quality wind band and chamber wind masterworks by well-known composers.  The Symphonic Band performs two concerts per semester.  No audition required. Goal 2A

# MUSC1800 Chamber Ensemble Performance 0-1 s.h.
The study and performance of music through participation in a small ensemble. Regularly scheduled rehearsals and public performance. May be repeated. Consent of Instructor required. Goal 2A

# MUSC3130 Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance 0-1 s.h.
Participation on a leadership level in a small ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A

Advanced Ensemble Music

MUSC3140 Advanced Chamber Singers 0-1 s.h.
Vocal chamber ensemble of sixteen to twenty-four singers selected on the basis of voice quality, musicianship, blend, and sight-singing ability. Members are expected to participate on a leadership level.  Chamber Singers perform on and off campus.  Audition required. Goal 2A

MUSC3150 Advanced Graceland Choir 0-1 s.h.
Graceland's largest choir offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through secular and sacred choral music. Members are expected to participate on a leadership level.  Concert Choir performs on and off campus.  Audition required. Goal 2A

MUSC3160 Advanced Graceland Orchestra 0-1 s.h.
Study, preparation, and performance of a wide range of orchestral literature. Performances on and off campus. Audition required. Goal 2A

MUSC3180 Advanced Jazz Ensemble 0-1 s.h.
The Graceland Jazz Ensemble offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through the study and preparation of standard jazz band literature.  Participation is on a leadership level.  Repertoire for the GU Jazz Band is chosen from high quality jazz ‘tunes' spanning a diverse range of styles/genres including Swing, Big Band, Latin, Funk, Be-Bop, Cool, and Ballads.  The Jazz Band performs at least two concerts each semester.  Audition required.  Goal 2A

MUSC3190 Advanced Symphonic Band 0-1 s.h.
The Graceland Symphonic Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to express themselves through the study and preparation of standard and contemporary band literature.  Participation is on a leadership level.  The repertoire is chosen from a diverse selection of high quality wind band and chamber wind masterworks by well-known composers.  The Symphonic Band performs two concerts per semester.  No audition required. Goal 2A

+Denotes an alternate year course.

#Will not count as an ensemble for music majors.