Music

“Becoming a music major has been one of the best decisions I’ve made at Graceland. I’ve had so many opportunities to play in many types of performances — symphonic band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz band, pit orchestra for musicals, Afterglow worship services, marching band, variety shows. If you want to play music, regardless of the genre or setting or instrument, the Graceland music department will help you make it happen.” 

Robby Donarski ’20 

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Learn more about our program...

This program is being phased out at Graceland and incoming students will not be able to major or minor in Music effective Fall 2022. Current students and transfer students may still declare this major/minor, so long as they work with their Academic Advisor to be sure to complete the degree requirements by Spring 2026.

Not only do MUSIC majors receive individualized instruction from senior faculty, but our program also offers diverse performance opportunities, including chamber choir, jazz band, our elite Graceland Harmonium singers, concert choir and symphonic band.

Additionally, we regularly offer students the opportunity to perform at venues in surrounding cities and on tours throughout the United States — recent destinations include Phoenix, Denver, San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Additionally, Graceland’s liberal arts campus environment encourages critical thinking in many areas. We encourage participation in multiple ensembles within and outside of a student's primary concentration, allowing them to attain their degree in music while giving them room to pursue other passions like athletics or student leadership.

Offerings
Major, Minor
Field of Study
Visual & Performing Arts
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • BA Degree – Music Major

    In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Music must complete a minimum of 46 semester hours to include the courses listed below.

    Basic Musicianship 16 s.h.

    Music History and Literature 12 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:

    *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:

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

    Conducting – 1 s.h.

    Piano Proficiency – 2 s.h. or competency

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

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

    Courses Offered
    • MUSC1000Performance Attendance
      MUSC1000 Performance Attendance

      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.

    • MUSC1120Introduction to Music Technology
      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. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1140Chamber Singers
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1150Music Theory I
      MUSC1150 Music Theory I - 3 s.h.

      Encompasses the study of intervals, scales, and triads combined with sight singing and dictation of the same elements, as well as rhythmic dictation. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1160Music Theory II
      MUSC1160 Music Theory II - 3 s.h.

      Continuation of Music Theory I. Study of diatonic chords in major and minor keys, principles of voice leading and part writing, harmonic progressions, and cadences. Continued sight singing of tonal music and modal melodies, identification and dictation of intervals, melodies, rhythms, chords, and harmonic progressions. Dictation of up to two voices. Prerequisite: MUSC1150 Fundamental Musicianship I with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1230Aural Skills I
      MUSC1230 Aural Skills I - 1 s.h.

      Aural Skills I focuses on beginning study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory I. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    • MUSC1260Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque
      MUSC1260 Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC1300Concert Choir
      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. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1310Graceland Harmonium
      MUSC1310 Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

      Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    • MUSC1400The Graceland Orchestra
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1500Yellowjacket Drumline
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1510Applied Keyboard: Organ
      MUSC1510 Applied Keyboard: Organ - 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.

    • MUSC1530Applied Keyboard: Piano
      MUSC1530 Applied Keyboard: 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.

    • MUSC1600Jazz Ensembles
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1610Applied Instruments: Brass
      MUSC1610 Applied Instruments: Brass - 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

    • MUSC1630Applied Instruments: Percussion
      MUSC1630 Applied Instruments: Percussion - 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

    • MUSC1650Applied Instruments: Strings
      MUSC1650 Applied Instruments: Strings - 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

    • MUSC1670Applied Instruments: Woodwinds
      MUSC1670 Applied Instruments: 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.

    • MUSC1700Symphonic Band
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1730Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band
      MUSC1730 Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

      The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    • MUSC1750Applied Voice
      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.

    • MUSC2120Piano Class for Proficiency
      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. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Music major status and consent of instructor. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC2140Aural Skills II
      MUSC2140 Aural Skills II - 1 s.h.

      Aural Skills II is the second semester study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory II. Pre-requisite: Students wishing to take Aural Skills II must have passed Aural Skills I with a grade of “C” or higher, in addition to Music Theory I with a grade “C” or higher. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    • MUSC2150Music Theory III
      MUSC2150 Music Theory III - 3 s.h.

      Continuation of Music Theory II. Study of seventh chords, non-chord tones, mode mixture, and Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and borrowed chords. Continued sight singing and dictation to complement theoretical concepts presented. Intermediate ear training and sight reading, as well as intermediate identification and dictation of harmonic intervals, melodies, modes, rhythms, chords, and harmonic progressions. Prerequisite: MUSC1160 Fundamental Musicianship II with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC2160Music Theory IV
      MUSC2160 Music Theory IV - 3 s.h.

      Continuation of Music Theory III. Study of extended tonal harmony, as well as serialism and other post tonal styles. Advanced sight reading of tonal and atonal melodies. Advanced identification and dictation of rhythms and melodies of up to four voices, seventh chords, inversions, and harmonic progressions. Prerequisite: MUSC2150 Fundamental Musicianship III with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC2320Global Musics as Languages of Peace
      MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace - 3 s.h.

      Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    • MUSC2340Conducting I
      MUSC2340 Conducting I - 1 s.h.

      Study of conducting patterns and fundamental techniques including entrance, release, cue, dynamics, and tempo change. Prerequisite: MUSC1160 Fundamental Musicianship II with a grade of C or better. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC2350Musics of the World
      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, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    • MUSC2360Jazz History
      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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    • MUSC2400Music History II: Classical and Romantic
      MUSC2400 Music History II: Classical and Romantic - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3110Advanced Graceland Harmonium
      MUSC3110 Advanced Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

      Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    • MUSC3120Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band
      MUSC3120 Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

      The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    • MUSC3130Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance
      MUSC3130 Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance - 0-1 s.h.

      Participation on a leadership level in a small ensemble. (Will not count as an ensemble for music majors). May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3140Advanced Chamber Singers
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3150Advanced Graceland Choir
      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. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3160Advanced Graceland Orchestra
      MUSC3160 Advanced Graceland Orchestra - 0-1 s.h.

      Study, preparation, and performance of a wide range of orchestral literature. Performances on and off campus. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3170Advanced Yellowjacket Drumline
      MUSC3170 Advanced 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. Instructor consent required.

    • MUSC3180Advanced Jazz Ensemble
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3190Advanced Symphonic Band
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3330Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond
      MUSC3330 Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond - 3 s.h.

      This course examines major trends in twentieth- and twenty-first century Western Art Music and American vernacular music. There is a focus on the weakening tonality and functional harmony and the alternative methods introduced by composers during this time period. The impact of non-Western, pre-nineteenth-century music on global music, with a specific emphasis on popular American music, will be explored. Additionally, this course will explore the ways in which politics, nationalism, censorship, and technological advances have influenced and shaped music post 1900.

    • MUSC3510Advanced Applied Keyboard: Organ
      MUSC3510 Advanced Applied Keyboard: Organ - 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

    • MUSC3530Advanced Applied Keyboard: Piano
      MUSC3530 Advanced Applied Keyboard: 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

    • MUSC3610Advanced Applied Instruments: Brass
      MUSC3610 Advanced Applied Instruments: Brass - 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.

    • MUSC3630Advanced Applied Instruments: Percussion
      MUSC3630 Advanced Applied Instruments: Percussion - 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.

    • MUSC3650Advanced Applied Instruments: Strings
      MUSC3650 Advanced Applied Instruments: Strings - 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.

    • MUSC3670Advanced Applied Instruments: Woodwinds
      MUSC3670 Advanced Applied Instruments: 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.

    • MUSC3750Advanced Applied Voice
      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.

    • MUSC4700Senior Recital
      MUSC4700 Senior Recital - 1 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. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Music majors must pass all components of the Piano Proficiency exam before registering for this course.

    MUSC1000Performance Attendance MUSC1120Introduction to Music Technology MUSC1140Chamber Singers MUSC1150Music Theory I MUSC1160Music Theory II MUSC1230Aural Skills I MUSC1260Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque MUSC1300Concert Choir MUSC1310Graceland Harmonium MUSC1400The Graceland Orchestra MUSC1500Yellowjacket Drumline MUSC1510Applied Keyboard: Organ MUSC1530Applied Keyboard: Piano MUSC1600Jazz Ensembles MUSC1610Applied Instruments: Brass MUSC1630Applied Instruments: Percussion MUSC1650Applied Instruments: Strings MUSC1670Applied Instruments: Woodwinds MUSC1700Symphonic Band MUSC1730Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band MUSC1750Applied Voice MUSC2120Piano Class for Proficiency MUSC2140Aural Skills II MUSC2150Music Theory III MUSC2160Music Theory IV MUSC2320Global Musics as Languages of Peace MUSC2340Conducting I MUSC2350Musics of the World MUSC2360Jazz History MUSC2400Music History II: Classical and Romantic MUSC3110Advanced Graceland Harmonium MUSC3120Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band MUSC3130Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance MUSC3140Advanced Chamber Singers MUSC3150Advanced Graceland Choir MUSC3160Advanced Graceland Orchestra MUSC3170Advanced Yellowjacket Drumline MUSC3180Advanced Jazz Ensemble MUSC3190Advanced Symphonic Band MUSC3330Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond MUSC3510Advanced Applied Keyboard: Organ MUSC3530Advanced Applied Keyboard: Piano MUSC3610Advanced Applied Instruments: Brass MUSC3630Advanced Applied Instruments: Percussion MUSC3650Advanced Applied Instruments: Strings MUSC3670Advanced Applied Instruments: Woodwinds MUSC3750Advanced Applied Voice MUSC4700Senior Recital
    Course Descriptions
    MUSC1000 Performance Attendance

    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. Goal 2A.

    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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1150 Music Theory I - 3 s.h.

    Encompasses the study of intervals, scales, and triads combined with sight singing and dictation of the same elements, as well as rhythmic dictation. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1160 Music Theory II - 3 s.h.

    Continuation of Music Theory I. Study of diatonic chords in major and minor keys, principles of voice leading and part writing, harmonic progressions, and cadences. Continued sight singing of tonal music and modal melodies, identification and dictation of intervals, melodies, rhythms, chords, and harmonic progressions. Dictation of up to two voices. Prerequisite: MUSC1150 Fundamental Musicianship I with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1230 Aural Skills I - 1 s.h.

    Aural Skills I focuses on beginning study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory I. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    MUSC1260 Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1310 Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

    Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    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. Consent of instructor 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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1510 Applied Keyboard: Organ - 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.

    MUSC1530 Applied Keyboard: 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.

    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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1610 Applied Instruments: Brass - 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

    MUSC1630 Applied Instruments: Percussion - 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

    MUSC1650 Applied Instruments: Strings - 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

    MUSC1670 Applied Instruments: 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.

    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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1730 Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

    The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    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.

    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. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Music major status and consent of instructor. Goal 2A.

    MUSC2140 Aural Skills II - 1 s.h.

    Aural Skills II is the second semester study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory II. Pre-requisite: Students wishing to take Aural Skills II must have passed Aural Skills I with a grade of “C” or higher, in addition to Music Theory I with a grade “C” or higher. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    MUSC2150 Music Theory III - 3 s.h.

    Continuation of Music Theory II. Study of seventh chords, non-chord tones, mode mixture, and Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and borrowed chords. Continued sight singing and dictation to complement theoretical concepts presented. Intermediate ear training and sight reading, as well as intermediate identification and dictation of harmonic intervals, melodies, modes, rhythms, chords, and harmonic progressions. Prerequisite: MUSC1160 Fundamental Musicianship II with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    MUSC2160 Music Theory IV - 3 s.h.

    Continuation of Music Theory III. Study of extended tonal harmony, as well as serialism and other post tonal styles. Advanced sight reading of tonal and atonal melodies. Advanced identification and dictation of rhythms and melodies of up to four voices, seventh chords, inversions, and harmonic progressions. Prerequisite: MUSC2150 Fundamental Musicianship III with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace - 3 s.h.

    Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    MUSC2340 Conducting I - 1 s.h.

    Study of conducting patterns and fundamental techniques including entrance, release, cue, dynamics, and tempo change. Prerequisite: MUSC1160 Fundamental Musicianship II with a grade of C or better. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    MUSC2400 Music History II: Classical and Romantic - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    MUSC3110 Advanced Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

    Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    MUSC3120 Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

    The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    MUSC3130 Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance - 0-1 s.h.

    Participation on a leadership level in a small ensemble. (Will not count as an ensemble for music majors). May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    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. Consent of instructor 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. 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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC3170 Advanced 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. Instructor consent required.

    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. Consent of instructor 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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC3330 Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond - 3 s.h.

    This course examines major trends in twentieth- and twenty-first century Western Art Music and American vernacular music. There is a focus on the weakening tonality and functional harmony and the alternative methods introduced by composers during this time period. The impact of non-Western, pre-nineteenth-century music on global music, with a specific emphasis on popular American music, will be explored. Additionally, this course will explore the ways in which politics, nationalism, censorship, and technological advances have influenced and shaped music post 1900.

    MUSC3510 Advanced Applied Keyboard: Organ - 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

    MUSC3530 Advanced Applied Keyboard: 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

    MUSC3610 Advanced Applied Instruments: Brass - 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.

    MUSC3630 Advanced Applied Instruments: Percussion - 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.

    MUSC3650 Advanced Applied Instruments: Strings - 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.

    MUSC3670 Advanced Applied Instruments: 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.

    MUSC4700 Senior Recital - 1 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. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Music majors must pass all components of the Piano Proficiency exam before registering for this course.

  • Music Minor

    A minor in Music consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours in Music including:

    Basic Musicianship 8 s.h.

    Music History 6 s.h.

    Students may select one history course from the following options, and substitute for one of the above requirements:

    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:

    Senior/Capstone Recital – 1 s.h.
    During the final semester of applied study for the minor, students must concurrently register for their degree capstone recital. Students must perform a minimum of 25 minutes of recital repertoire.

    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:

    Performance Attendance – 0 s.h.

    Conducting – 1 s.h.

    Piano Proficiency – 1 s.h. or competency

    Courses Offered
    • MUSC1000Performance Attendance
      MUSC1000 Performance Attendance

      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.

    • MUSC1140Chamber Singers
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1150Music Theory I
      MUSC1150 Music Theory I - 3 s.h.

      Encompasses the study of intervals, scales, and triads combined with sight singing and dictation of the same elements, as well as rhythmic dictation. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1160Music Theory II
      MUSC1160 Music Theory II - 3 s.h.

      Continuation of Music Theory I. Study of diatonic chords in major and minor keys, principles of voice leading and part writing, harmonic progressions, and cadences. Continued sight singing of tonal music and modal melodies, identification and dictation of intervals, melodies, rhythms, chords, and harmonic progressions. Dictation of up to two voices. Prerequisite: MUSC1150 Fundamental Musicianship I with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1230Aural Skills I
      MUSC1230 Aural Skills I - 1 s.h.

      Aural Skills I focuses on beginning study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory I. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    • MUSC1260Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque
      MUSC1260 Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC1300Concert Choir
      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. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1310Graceland Harmonium
      MUSC1310 Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

      Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    • MUSC1400The Graceland Orchestra
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1500Yellowjacket Drumline
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1510Applied Keyboard: Organ
      MUSC1510 Applied Keyboard: Organ - 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.

    • MUSC1530Applied Keyboard: Piano
      MUSC1530 Applied Keyboard: 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.

    • MUSC1600Jazz Ensembles
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1610Applied Instruments: Brass
      MUSC1610 Applied Instruments: Brass - 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

    • MUSC1630Applied Instruments: Percussion
      MUSC1630 Applied Instruments: Percussion - 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

    • MUSC1650Applied Instruments: Strings
      MUSC1650 Applied Instruments: Strings - 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

    • MUSC1670Applied Instruments: Woodwinds
      MUSC1670 Applied Instruments: 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.

    • MUSC1700Symphonic Band
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC1730Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band
      MUSC1730 Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

      The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    • MUSC1750Applied Voice
      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.

    • MUSC2120Piano Class for Proficiency
      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. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Music major status and consent of instructor. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC2140Aural Skills II
      MUSC2140 Aural Skills II - 1 s.h.

      Aural Skills II is the second semester study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory II. Pre-requisite: Students wishing to take Aural Skills II must have passed Aural Skills I with a grade of “C” or higher, in addition to Music Theory I with a grade “C” or higher. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    • MUSC2320Global Musics as Languages of Peace
      MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace - 3 s.h.

      Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    • MUSC2340Conducting I
      MUSC2340 Conducting I - 1 s.h.

      Study of conducting patterns and fundamental techniques including entrance, release, cue, dynamics, and tempo change. Prerequisite: MUSC1160 Fundamental Musicianship II with a grade of C or better. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC2350Musics of the World
      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, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    • MUSC2360Jazz History
      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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    • MUSC2400Music History II: Classical and Romantic
      MUSC2400 Music History II: Classical and Romantic - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3110Advanced Graceland Harmonium
      MUSC3110 Advanced Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

      Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    • MUSC3120Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band
      MUSC3120 Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

      The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    • MUSC3130Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance
      MUSC3130 Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance - 0-1 s.h.

      Participation on a leadership level in a small ensemble. (Will not count as an ensemble for music majors). May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3140Advanced Chamber Singers
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3150Advanced Graceland Choir
      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. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3160Advanced Graceland Orchestra
      MUSC3160 Advanced Graceland Orchestra - 0-1 s.h.

      Study, preparation, and performance of a wide range of orchestral literature. Performances on and off campus. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3170Advanced Yellowjacket Drumline
      MUSC3170 Advanced 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. Instructor consent required.

    • MUSC3180Advanced Jazz Ensemble
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3190Advanced Symphonic Band
      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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    • MUSC3330Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond
      MUSC3330 Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond - 3 s.h.

      This course examines major trends in twentieth- and twenty-first century Western Art Music and American vernacular music. There is a focus on the weakening tonality and functional harmony and the alternative methods introduced by composers during this time period. The impact of non-Western, pre-nineteenth-century music on global music, with a specific emphasis on popular American music, will be explored. Additionally, this course will explore the ways in which politics, nationalism, censorship, and technological advances have influenced and shaped music post 1900.

    • MUSC4700Senior Recital
      MUSC4700 Senior Recital - 1 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. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Music majors must pass all components of the Piano Proficiency exam before registering for this course.

    MUSC1000Performance Attendance MUSC1140Chamber Singers MUSC1150Music Theory I MUSC1160Music Theory II MUSC1230Aural Skills I MUSC1260Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque MUSC1300Concert Choir MUSC1310Graceland Harmonium MUSC1400The Graceland Orchestra MUSC1500Yellowjacket Drumline MUSC1510Applied Keyboard: Organ MUSC1530Applied Keyboard: Piano MUSC1600Jazz Ensembles MUSC1610Applied Instruments: Brass MUSC1630Applied Instruments: Percussion MUSC1650Applied Instruments: Strings MUSC1670Applied Instruments: Woodwinds MUSC1700Symphonic Band MUSC1730Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band MUSC1750Applied Voice MUSC2120Piano Class for Proficiency MUSC2140Aural Skills II MUSC2320Global Musics as Languages of Peace MUSC2340Conducting I MUSC2350Musics of the World MUSC2360Jazz History MUSC2400Music History II: Classical and Romantic MUSC3110Advanced Graceland Harmonium MUSC3120Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band MUSC3130Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance MUSC3140Advanced Chamber Singers MUSC3150Advanced Graceland Choir MUSC3160Advanced Graceland Orchestra MUSC3170Advanced Yellowjacket Drumline MUSC3180Advanced Jazz Ensemble MUSC3190Advanced Symphonic Band MUSC3330Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond MUSC4700Senior Recital
    Course Descriptions
    MUSC1000 Performance Attendance

    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.

    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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1150 Music Theory I - 3 s.h.

    Encompasses the study of intervals, scales, and triads combined with sight singing and dictation of the same elements, as well as rhythmic dictation. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1160 Music Theory II - 3 s.h.

    Continuation of Music Theory I. Study of diatonic chords in major and minor keys, principles of voice leading and part writing, harmonic progressions, and cadences. Continued sight singing of tonal music and modal melodies, identification and dictation of intervals, melodies, rhythms, chords, and harmonic progressions. Dictation of up to two voices. Prerequisite: MUSC1150 Fundamental Musicianship I with a grade of C or higher. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1230 Aural Skills I - 1 s.h.

    Aural Skills I focuses on beginning study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory I. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    MUSC1260 Music History I: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Baroque - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1310 Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

    Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    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. Consent of instructor 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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1510 Applied Keyboard: Organ - 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.

    MUSC1530 Applied Keyboard: 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.

    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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1610 Applied Instruments: Brass - 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

    MUSC1630 Applied Instruments: Percussion - 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

    MUSC1650 Applied Instruments: Strings - 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

    MUSC1670 Applied Instruments: 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.

    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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC1730 Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

    The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    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.

    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. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Music major status and consent of instructor. Goal 2A.

    MUSC2140 Aural Skills II - 1 s.h.

    Aural Skills II is the second semester study of sight singing, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with Music Theory II. Pre-requisite: Students wishing to take Aural Skills II must have passed Aural Skills I with a grade of “C” or higher, in addition to Music Theory I with a grade “C” or higher. In the case of transfer students, an aural proficiency exam will be administered to determine placement.

    MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace - 3 s.h.

    Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    MUSC2340 Conducting I - 1 s.h.

    Study of conducting patterns and fundamental techniques including entrance, release, cue, dynamics, and tempo change. Prerequisite: MUSC1160 Fundamental Musicianship II with a grade of C or better. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    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, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    MUSC2400 Music History II: Classical and Romantic - 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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    MUSC3110 Advanced Graceland Harmonium - 0-1 s.h.

    Focus on learning and performing advanced repertoire, including those not traditionally performed in university choirs, with attention to advanced vocal technique and skills. Genres included (but not limited to): Classical, pop, jazz, gospel, a cappella/glee, and Broadway. Instructor consent required.

    MUSC3120 Advanced Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band - 0-1 s.h.

    The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band offers students from all majors the opportunity to perform in a dynamic ensemble that combines exciting musical selections with creative drill design. Repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of genres, ranging from symphonic literature to the most current popular music. The Graceland Yellowjacket Marching Band performs at selected athletic and recruitment events as determined by the course syllabus.

    MUSC3130 Advanced Chamber Ensemble Performance - 0-1 s.h.

    Participation on a leadership level in a small ensemble. (Will not count as an ensemble for music majors). May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    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. Consent of instructor 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. 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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC3170 Advanced 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. Instructor consent required.

    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. Consent of instructor 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. Consent of instructor required. Goal 2A.

    MUSC3330 Music History III: Twentieth Century and Beyond - 3 s.h.

    This course examines major trends in twentieth- and twenty-first century Western Art Music and American vernacular music. There is a focus on the weakening tonality and functional harmony and the alternative methods introduced by composers during this time period. The impact of non-Western, pre-nineteenth-century music on global music, with a specific emphasis on popular American music, will be explored. Additionally, this course will explore the ways in which politics, nationalism, censorship, and technological advances have influenced and shaped music post 1900.

    MUSC4700 Senior Recital - 1 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. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Music majors must pass all components of the Piano Proficiency exam before registering for this course.

  • 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, 2 courses from MUSC3280MUSC3290MUSC3310, and MUSC3320; and MUSC3400MUSC3360 and MUSC3390 as the appropriate methods courses) and the Combination Program.

    Courses Offered
    • MUSC3240Conducting II
      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 +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3280String Methods and Pedagogy
      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 +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3290Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy
      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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3310Brass Methods and Pedagogy
      MUSC3310 Brass Methods and Pedagogy - 2 s.h.

      For music education students. Methods of teaching brass instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3320Percussion Methods and Pedagogy
      MUSC3320 Percussion Methods and Pedagogy - 2 s.h.

      For music education students. Methods of teaching percussion instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3360Music in the Secondary School
      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. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, a grade of C or higher in MUSC2340 Conducting I and MUSC3240 Conducting II. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3390Music in the Elementary School
      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. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MUSC3400Vocal Methods and Pedagogy
      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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    MUSC3240Conducting II MUSC3280String Methods and Pedagogy MUSC3290Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy MUSC3310Brass Methods and Pedagogy MUSC3320Percussion Methods and Pedagogy MUSC3360Music in the Secondary School MUSC3390Music in the Elementary School MUSC3400Vocal Methods and Pedagogy
    Course Descriptions
    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 +This course is only offered every other year.

    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 +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. +This course is only offered every other year.

    MUSC3310 Brass Methods and Pedagogy - 2 s.h.

    For music education students. Methods of teaching brass instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    MUSC3320 Percussion Methods and Pedagogy - 2 s.h.

    For music education students. Methods of teaching percussion instruments and development of a minimal playing proficiency on each. Survey of materials for both private and class instruction. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, a grade of C or higher in MUSC2340 Conducting I and MUSC3240 Conducting II. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 2A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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. +This course is only offered every other year.

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Career Growth Ahead

A Music degree from Graceland University can help to prepare you for these careers: 

  • K-12 music teacher 
  • College instructor 
  • Music producer 
  • Music academy professional 
  • Orchestra performer 
  • Musical theatre performer 
  • Freelance musician 

       …and many other exciting fields. 

Employed in Field

35%

Music graduates

Estimated Salary

$72,400

Music graduates

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Tuition & Aid

An education from Graceland is one of the greatest investments you can make but we understand that cost is often a concern. See our direct undergraduate tuition costs, room and board and other student fees and use our tuition calculator to get an estimate of what your cost will be. Find out how what a sample Graceland financial aid award package looks like.

ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865

Why Graceland

 • Graceland’s small student-to-faculty ratio gives music majors customized instruction and allows for personal connections with faculty members. 

• Students study and perform in Shaw Center, a state-of-the-art performance facility that provides impeccable acoustics and seating options. 

• Students frequently have the opportunity to study and perform with visiting guest artists. 

• Music faculty maintain expertise in diverse areas of study, providing students with a unique learning experience. 

 “I love being a part of Graceland music because of the supportive faculty. They push me to become not only a better musician, but a better person in general every day.” 

Audry Briggs ’22 

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