Music

The Georgetown College Department of Music is housed in Nunnelley Music Hall. The primary goal of the department is to provide a wealth of meaningful experiences with and about music for all members of our campus community. Within the historic and distinctive tradition of liberal arts scholarship for which the College is nationally recognized, the department strives for excellence, whether in the classroom, studio or ensemble setting. The Department of Music offers a wide and varied selection of courses for music majors, minors and those electing to further their ability, knowledge, appreciation and understanding in the area of music. All students entering the music program as a major or minor must successfully audition in their performance area. Acceptance as a music major is conditional upon approval by the music faculty. In addition, a music theory diagnostic test must be completed. Before being accepted into the B.M.E. program, an interview must be completed with the music education faculty.

Major in Music – Instrumental

(B. A. degree) Thirty-five hours including MUS 111, 112, 200, 211, 212, 311, 312, 335, 337, 425, 426, plus an additional thirteen hours of applied music in one field, for a total of 48. Participation in a primary ensemble is required for each semester of residence. The piano proficiency requirement must be met, and a senior recital and written field test are also required.

Major in Music – Keyboard

(B. A. degree) Thirty-five hours including MUS 111, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 335, 336 or 337, 349, 354, 425, 426, plus an additional thirteen hours of applied music in one field for a total of 48. Participation in a primary ensemble is required for each semester of residence. The piano proficiency requirement must be met, and a senior recital and written field test are also required.

Major in Music – Vocal

(B. A. degree) Thirty-five hours including MUS 111, 112, 200, 204, 211, 212, 302, 303, 335, 336, 425, 426, plus an additional thirteen hours of applied music in one field for a total of 48. Participation in a primary ensemble is required for each semester of residence. The piano proficiency requirement must be met, and a senior recital and written field test are also required.

Major in Church Music

(B.M. degree in Church Music) Forty-five hours including MUS 109 (two semesters), 111, 112, 127, 200, 211, 212, 311, 312, 316, 335, 336, 415, 422, 425, 426 plus an additional thirteen hours in applied music in one field, for a total of 58. Participation in a primary ensemble is required for each semester of residence. The piano proficiency requirement must be met, and a senior recital and written field test are also required.

Major in Music Education – Instrumental

(B.M.E. degree P-12 Instrumental Music) 70 hours for certification, including MUS 111, 112, 128, 200, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 301, 314, 318, 319, 320, 335, 337, 412, 425, 426; 14 hours of applied music (8 hours of 162, 6 hours of 362), and 7 hours of primary ensemble (105). Applied study and the primary ensemble must be reflective of the major performance medium. All B.M.E. Instructional Music students are required to participate in MUS 105 each semester except during the semester of student teaching.

A total of 24 hours of Professional Education courses are required, including, EDU 131, 233, 307, 337, 423, 473-474 (student teaching). Additional departmental requirements include:

  1. continuation jury examination,
  2. piano proficiency,
  3. senior recital,
  4. participation and membership in Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and
  5. written field test.

General Education requirements for B.M.E. majors are 42 hours. No minor is required. Upon successful completion of the B.M.E. degree Instrumental Music program, the student will be eligible for Kentucky certification in P-12 Instrumental Music.

Major in Music Education – Vocal

(B.M.E. degree P-12 Vocal Music) 72 hours for certification, including MUS 111, 112, 127, 200, 211, 212, 217, 259, 302, 303, 314, 316, 317, 319, 335, 336, 412, 425, 426; 14 hours of applied music (8 hours of 162, 6 hours of 362), and 7 hours of primary ensemble (102). Applied study and the primary ensemble must be reflective of the major performance medium. All B.M.E. Vocal Music students are required to participate in MUS 102 each semester except during the semester of student teaching.

A total of 24 hours of Professional Education courses are required, including, EDU 131, 233, 307, 337, 423, 473-474 (student teaching). Additional departmental requirements include:

  1. continuation jury examination,
  2. piano proficiency,
  3. senior recital,
  4. participation and membership in Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and
  5. written field test.

General Education requirements for B.M.E. majors are 42 hours. No minor is required. Upon successful completion of the B.M.E. degree Vocal Music program, the student will be eligible for Kentucky certification in P-12 Vocal Music.

Minor in Church Music

Twenty hours including MUS 111, 200, 335, 415, 422; three hours selected from 109, 112 or any other music courses numbered 200 and above; and four semesters of applied music in one field. Participation in a primary ensemble is required for each semester of residence.

Minor in Music

Twenty hours including MUS 111, 200, 335; seven hours selected from 112 or any other music courses numbered 200 and above; and four semesters of applied music in one field. Participation in a primary ensemble is required each semester of residence. The music minor is not a teaching minor.

Applied Music Except for students registered for MUS 160, applied students must participate in a primary ensemble in order to study privately each semester of study. The performance ensemble should be reflective of the student’s major instrument. Applied music courses may not be audited. Further information is provided below.

Ensembles

All Music Majors (B.A., B.M., and B.M.E.) and minors, as well as electives receiving music or discretionary scholarships, are required to participate in a primary ensemble each semester of residence except the semester of student teaching, where applicable. The performance ensemble must be reflective of the student’s performing medium (i.e., instrumental, piano, or vocal). Piano principals participate in an instrumental or choral ensemble, depending upon their background, to meet the ensemble requirement. Primary Ensembles are Chorale (MUS 101), Concert Choir (MUS 102), and Symphonic Band (MUS 105). Secondary ensembles include Chapel Brass (MUS 106B), Chamber Ensemble (MUS 106A), Jazz Ensemble (MUS 108), and Handbells (MUS 109). Participation in Concert Choir is required of all voice majors and minors. Participation in Chorale as an additional ensemble is optional. NOTE: The Fighting Tiger Pep Band is an extension of MUS 105.

Piano Proficiency

Majors in the B.A., the B.M., and the B.M.E. degrees are required to meet the standards of piano proficiency. This requirement may be satisfied by examination or by successfully completing the four-semester Class Piano (MUS 155-158) sequence. All music majors must have the piano proficiency completed by the end of the junior year, and prior to student teaching, if applicable.

Recital Hour

Monthly recitals afford opportunity for the development of performance skills in a public setting. Excluding the first semester of study, at the discretion of the studio professor, music majors are required to perform in their major area at least once during each semester of residence. Music minors are encouraged to perform at least once during the academic year. These requirements may be adjusted at the discretion of the applied study professor. Music majors and minors must attend a specified number of recitals and concerts each semester, including all student recital hours.

Organ Students

Students desiring to study organ must demonstrate, by audition, keyboard facility equivalent to five years of piano before beginning organ lessons. Organ majors or minors should show ability to perform on the piano pieces equal in difficulty to the simpler Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn sonatas and Bach two-part inventions. Students deficient in piano facility will be asked to enroll in private piano study to develop necessary facility for organ study.

Course Offerings

101. Chorale. (1 hour) An auditioned choral ensemble consisting of music majors, minors and electives who are selected to participate. The Chorale performs a variety of choral repertoire, including works from the Renaissance through the 21st Century. Numerous performances and concert tours are presented annually. Fall and Spring

102. Concert Choir. (1 hour) A non-auditioned choral ensemble with membership open to all students and members of the college community. Participation is required of all voice majors and voice minors. The ensemble will present Messiah during fall semester, and another major concert during spring semester. The Concert Choir also performs during Chapel and other on-campus services. Fall and Spring

104. Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop. (1 hour) Designed especially for voice majors, minors, and musical theatre minors, with an emphasis on study and performance of important operatic and musical theatre works of all periods. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Spring

105. Symphonic Band. (1 hour) A large instrumental ensemble engaged in the preparation and performance of a variety of music composed, arranged, or transcribed for wind and percussion instruments. The Symphonic Band performs each semester on campus and engages in regional tours. Participation requires the permission of the Director. Fighting Tiger Pep Band, an integral offering of the instrumental program at Georgetown College, performs at home football and basketball games, and travels throughout the country. Participation is open to students from across campus with the permission of the Director. Fall and Spring

106A. Chamber Ensemble. (1/2 hour) Studies representative literature and performs both on and off campus. Instrumentation may include wind and/or stringed instruments, and piano. Fall and Spring

106B. Chapel Brass. (1/2 hour) Studies representative literature and performs for Chapel services, recitals, and other functions both on and off campus. Fall and Spring

107. Music Appreciation. (2 hours) A study of the styles of music through listening, reading, and lecture. A reading knowledge of music is not required. Satisfies two hours of the general education requirements in Fine Arts. A general course designed for students other than music majors. Fall and Spring

108. Jazz Ensemble. (1/2 hour) A small instrumental group that studies jazz, rock, and popular music idioms through rehearsal and performances. Audition required. Fall and Spring

109. Handbells. (1/2 hour) An ensemble of approximately twelve-fourteen persons engaged in the preparation and performance of music written for bells. Fall and Spring

111/112. Basic Musicianship I and II. (4 hours each) Fundamentals of musicianship, including aural and writing skills, keyboard harmony, and analysis. Harmonic vocabulary includes functional use of diatonic triads in major and minor. Prerequisite: a satisfactory score on the written diagnostic test; (C grade or better in MUS 111 for MUS 112). Fall and Spring

127. Choral Literature. (2 hours) The study of choral literature with an emphasis on literature which can be used with elementary, middle and secondary school choral ensembles, as well as in church settings. Even Springs

128. Instrumental Literature. (2 hours) The study of instrumental literature appropriate for use in a public school instrumental setting (5-12). Emphasis will be placed on literature and composers important to the successful concert, marching or jazz band. Additionally, appropriate solo and ensemble literature will also be discussed. Even Springs

147. Liberal Arts Voice. (2 hours) Group instruction for students with limited or no background in singing. The course will also include the following segments: development of music-reading skills, basic anatomy and function of the breathing and vocal mechanisms, maintaining vocal health, major composers and performers of vocal repertoire, styles of vocal repertoire and an introduction to singer’s diction. Satisfies two hours of the general education requirements in Fine Arts. Required of elective choir scholarship recipients in their first year. Fall

149. Liberal Arts Piano Lab. (2 hours) Group instruction for students with limited or no background playing the piano. The course will also include the following topics: reading music, major piano composers and performers, representative piano works from the last three centuries, the evolution of the instrument, and piano maintenance. Satisfies two hours of the general education requirements in Fine Arts. Fall and Spring

153. Class Voice. (1 hour) Study of the basic foundations of singing designed for instrumental music education majors or non-music major/minors. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall

155-156-157-158. Class Piano. (1 hour) Group instruction in piano employing the facilities of the piano laboratory. Completing this sequence satisfies the piano proficiency requirement for music majors.

200. Score Study and Styles. (3 hours) A study of the stylistic characteristics of representative musical works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Periods, including a study of the relevant musical scores. A reading knowledge of music and successful completion of MUS 111 are required for this course. Spring

204. Opera and Musical Theatre Literature and Practicum. (2 hours) For music majors, minors, and musical theatre minors with a background in singing. A study of the history and development of opera and musical theatre from 1710 through current works. Course culminates in multiple performances of various scenes excerpted from opera and musical theatre literature. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Spring

211/212. Basic Musicianship III and IV. (4 hours each) Continuation of integrated study of fundamentals of music and musicianship. Harmonic vocabulary includes non-harmonic tones, seventh chords, modulation and altered chords. Prerequisite: MUS 111-112 with grade of C or above. Fall and Spring

213. Brass Instruments Class. (1 hour) A study of the fundamentals of playing and teaching brass instruments. Odd Springs

214. Percussion Instruments Class. (1 hour) A study of the fundamentals of playing and teaching percussion instruments. Even Falls

215. Woodwind Instruments Class. (1 hour) A study of the fundamentals of playing and teaching woodwind instruments. Even Springs

216. Stringed Instruments Class. (1 hour) A study of the fundamentals of playing and teaching violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Odd Falls

217. Class Guitar. (1 hour) This course involves group instruction on the guitar geared toward music education majors in the vocal music track. Registration is also open to other students who may desire to take the course as an elective. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Odd Falls

220. Accompanying Seminar. (1 hour) A study of accompanying/collaborating techniques for advanced piano students. Successful completion of this course is prerequisite for piano majors/minors to fulfill their primary ensemble requirement through accompanying duties. Prerequisite: four credit hours in applied piano (MUS 161P or MUS 162P), or equivalent, and permission of the instructor. As needed

233. Liberal Arts Conducting. (2 hours) Introduction to song leading for group singing. Additional material will include basic music skills necessary for music leading, organizing church music groups, and selecting literature. MUS 233 will meet with MUS 335, but will also have one separate class period per week. Prerequisite: MUS 107. Even Falls

259. Accompanying Lab. (1 hour) Group instruction in the skill of piano accompaniment. The course will include the following segments: score analysis, rehearsal preparation, and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: successful completion of the piano proficiency requirement. Fall

270. Topics in Music. (1-3 hours) As needed

301. Vocal Pedagogy for Instrumentalists. (1 hour) For B.M.E. instrumental music students, a study of the physical and acoustical foundations of singing with direct emphasis upon using this understanding in the teaching of singing, as well as improving the vocal technique of the individual. MUS 301 will meet twice each week-one class meeting concurrently with MUS 302, and one class meeting separately. Odd Falls

302. Vocal Pedagogy. (2 hours) A study of the physical and acoustical foundations of singing with direct emphasis upon using this understanding in the teaching of singing, as well as improving the vocal technique of the individual. Registration by permission of the professor. Even Falls

303. General Diction. (2 hours) A study of English, Italian, German and French phonology for the singer. This course includes intensive drills in pronunciation and the International Phonetic Alphabet. Registration by permission of the professor. Even Springs

304. Intermediate Opera and Musical Theatre Practicum. (3 hours) Designed especially for voice majors, minors and musical theatre minors with emphasis on study and performance of important operatic and musical theatre works of all periods. The course includes assistant directing, assistant stage management and other technical work in addition to performance skills. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Spring

305. Tunes for Twangers – a History of Country Music. (2 hours) Tunes for Twangers will present a history of country music in the United States. It is important to note that it is “a” history not “the” history of that which we know as country music. Through reading, discussion, listening and reflecting the early influences of country music through the music of today shall be examined with an emphasis on societal patterns that have always shaped this American art form. Satisfies two hours of the general education requirements in Fine Arts. Fall

307. History of Rock Music. (3 hours) Study of the origins, characteristics and stylistic development of rock and roll music from the early 1950s through the 1990s. Satisfies two hours of the general education requirements in Fine Arts. Spring

311. Counterpoint. (3 hours) Strict (species) counterpoint approached in a contemporary manner after Heinrich Schenker with application to the composition of music. Also includes the study of harmonic counterpoint in the music of J.S. Bach. Fall

312. Form and Analysis. (3 hours) Musical form beginning with the phrase and ending with the study of sonata form and the complete symphony. Spring

314. Foundations and Principles of Music Education. (2 hours) The study of the philosophical basis upon which modern music education rests. Attention will be given to the historical foundations and current influences and trends on music education today. Spring

315. Public School Music. (2 hours) Preparation for classroom teachers in elementary grades; fundamentals of music, singing, eurhythmics, listening, creative activities, planning use of adoptive texts. A course designed for elementary education majors. Fall and Spring

316. Elementary Music Methods and Materials (K-5). (3 hours) Study of the methodology, materials, and techniques of teaching general and vocal music in grades K-5. Classroom observation and teaching techniques are part of this course. Emphasis is on group activities and materials for teaching music to elementary school children. Classroom observation in the schools is required. Prerequisite: MUS 314. Odd Springs

317. Secondary Vocal Methods and Materials (6-12). (3 hours) Study of the techniques, methods and materials of teaching general and vocal music at the middle school and high school levels. Teacher competencies, teacher education, the instructional process, and creative methods for teaching in the secondary schools are examined. Latin diction will also be covered. Classroom observations in the schools are required. Prerequisite: MUS 314. Odd Falls

318. Instrumental Music Methods and Materials. (3 hours) A comprehensive study of the techniques, materials and methods utilized in the teaching of instrumental music at the elementary through secondary levels in the public school. Emphasis will be placed on readings, discussions and activities which promote in the student further understandings of: a philosophy of instrumental music education; knowledge of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments; a philosophy for contest/festival participation; selection of literature; and issues pertaining to the role and administration of the instrumental program in the public school. Classroom observation and laboratory experience in the public school is required. Prerequisites: MUS 314. Odd Falls

319. Computer Music and Classroom Technology. (3 hours) Study of the fundamental components of MIDI computer music hardware/software, and applications of other classroom technologies used in disseminating information and stimulating learning. Prerequisites: MUS 111-112; Piano Proficiency requirement met, or by permission of the professor. Even Falls

320. Advanced Instrumental Methods. (3 hours) An in-depth continuation of MUS 318 Instrumental Music Methods and Materials. Specific attention will be given to skills and abilities which will enable students to successfully supervise and administer instrumental programs in the public school. Emphasis will include a “total program” concept including techniques appropriate to the school concert, jazz and marching bands, as well as small ensembles. Special topics will include literature and score study for the concert band, style and interpretation for jazz band, computer-generated charting and notation for marching band, and literature and structure of small ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 318. Even Falls

335. Fundamentals of Conducting. (2 hours) A study of the fundamentals of conducting and rehearsal with emphasis on beginning technique applicable to music ensembles. Reading of musical scores with application via recordings and laboratory experience with class members. Fall

336. Advanced Choral Conducting. (2 hours) A study of specialized techniques of conducting and rehearsal applicable to choral ensembles. Reading and study of choral scores with application via recordings and laboratory experience with choral ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 335. Odd Springs

337. Advanced Instrumental Conducting. (2 hours) A study of specialized techniques of conducting and rehearsal techniques applicable to instrumental ensembles. Reading and study of instrumental scores with application via recording and laboratory experience with instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 335. Odd Springs

349. Piano Pedagogy. (2 hours) A study of the methodology, materials, techniques of teaching piano in both individual and group settings. Prerequisite: MUS 111 and two semesters of applied piano. As needed

354. Keyboard Literature. (3 hours) A study of standard keyboard literature from the Baroque era to the present, with emphasis on musical styles. Prerequisites: MUS 111 and MUS 200. As needed

404. Advanced Opera and Musical Theatre Practicum. (3 hours) Designed especially for voice majors, minors and musical theatre minors with emphasis on study and performance of important operatic and musical theatre works of all periods. The course includes directing, stage management and other technical work in addition to performance skills. Prerequisite: MUS 304. Spring

412. Arranging and Orchestration. (3 hours) Study of techniques used in instrumentation, arranging and adapting music for a variety of school ensembles. Study of principles of orchestration used in scoring music for orchestra and band. Prerequisites: MUS 111-212. Even Falls

415. Church Music Administration. (2 hours) A study of historical worship practices and the philosophy of the music ministry, with emphasis given to administering the choral and instrumental programs of the church. Odd Springs

422. Song of the Church. (2 hours) A study of congregational song from Biblical times through the 21st Century. Odd Falls

425. Music History to 1750. (3 hours) History of music from antiquity through 1750, related to the history of civilization. Emphasis on musical styles and forms through listening to representative works. (Satisfies two hours of the general requirements in Fine Arts.) Fall

426. Music History Since 1750. (3 hours) History of music from 1750 to the present. Emphasis on musical styles and forms through listening to representative works. (Satisfies two hours of the general requirements in Fine Arts.) Spring

440. Independent Study. (1-3 hours)

450. Seminar. (2 hours)

460. Music Internship. (1, 2, 3 hours)

470. Advanced Topics in Music. (1-3 hours) As needed

Applied Music

Private instruction in keyboard, band/orchestra instruments, and voice is offered during each of the first, second, third and fourth years, with material and performance meeting standards of increasing difficulty. One half-hour lesson per week plus one hour of practice per day for a term yields one hour credit. One half-hour lessons per week plus two hours of practice per day for a term yields two hours credit. Except for students registered for MUS 160 participation in a Primary Ensemble (MUS 101, 102, or 105) is required in order to study privately. Students who are not music majors or minors must have permission of the instructor to register for Applied Music. Applied music courses may not be audited.

160. Applied Music for Electives. (1 hour) Individual instruction in piano, organ, voice, band instruments and stringed instruments for music electives. Primary Ensemble requirement, Student Recital Hour performance and Jury Examination requirements are waived. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses.

161. Applied Music for Minors. (1 hour) Lower-level individual instruction in piano, organ, voice, band instruments and stringed instruments. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses.

162. Applied Music for Majors. (2 hours) Lower-level individual instruction in piano, organ, voice, band instruments and stringed instruments. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses.

361. Applied Music for Minors. (1 hour) Upper-level individual instruction in piano, organ, voice, band instruments and stringed instruments. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses.

362. Applied Music for Majors. (2 hours) Upper-level individual instruction in piano, organ, voice, band instruments and stringed instruments. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. At the time of a student’s fourth jury (at the end of the fourth semester of applied music study), the music faculty will make a determination as to whether or not the student will be allowed to continue applied music study at the upper division level. If, in the judgment of the music faculty, the student is not ready for upper division study, the student must repeat applied music at the 100 level until the faculty agrees that satisfactory proficiency has been attained. Applied music courses may not be audited.



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