Music

Gregory Peterson (department head)

Required for a major: MUS 121, 122, 121L, 122L, 231, 231L, 244, 250, 332, 332L, 345, 346, 490 (or 491 or 493), and 7 semesters of private lesson study in the student's major applied area. Writing in the major is completed with MUS 244 and 346.

The above courses are the music major core. A sequence of courses can be arranged to allow a student to begin a major in the sophomore year.

Recital requirement: All music majors must present a half recital or its equivalent in general recital appearances.

Ensemble requirement, piano proficiency, recital attendance: All music majors must complete an ensemble requirement which may be satisfied in a variety of ways. (See music department policies booklet.) Music majors are also required to meet a piano proficiency requirement and to attend recitals as directed by departmental policy.

Transfer students: Prior to initial registration, all transfer students must make an appointment with the Music department head to determine the number of music credits and other requirements for the major that will be accepted for transfer. Any transfer student expecting to graduate as a music major at Luther College must complete at least 8 hours of course work in the department and at least 3 semesters of private lesson study in the student's major applied area while at Luther College.

Permission to continue major: Acceptable musical and academic progress, regularly reviewed by the music faculty, shall permit the student to continue as a major in the department.

Required for certification to teach music K–8 and 5–12: Completion of the music major, completion of the music education minor K–12, and student teaching at elementary and secondary levels. See education department for K–12 minor requirements.

Required for a minor: MUS 121, 122, 121L, 122L, MUS 244, 345, or 346, four semesters of applied music study, and a minimum of two additional elective courses (totaling 4-6 credits) with at least one course from the following: MUS 231/MUS 231L, 236, 237, 244, 247, 248, 250, MUS 272, 345, 346 (with instructor's permission), and MUS 445 but not MUS 273 or applied music. The student must also satisfy the ensemble requirement with four semesters of participation (or an approved equivalent) and fulfill the current recital attendance requirement during two of the semesters he/she is registered for private lessons.

Study plans: Upperclass students are encouraged to develop supplemental study plans with their advisors in one of the following areas: church music, instrumental performance, jazz, theory/composition or vocal/opera performance. For further information, see Recommended Study Plans in the latest edition of the music department policies.

Music Management Concentration: To complete the music management concentration a student is required to complete a major in music and a minor in management, or a major in management and a minor in music.

Music Courses

MUS 110 Musicianship Workshop

  • 1 hour

This course is designed to help students acquire basic musicianship skills (primarily singing, rhythm, keyboard, and notation) that will aid them in their theory and ear-training courses at Luther. It is offered as a optional one-hour supplement to Theory I (Music 121). Co-requisite: MUS 121, MUS 121L.

MUS 111 The Materials of Music

  • 2 hours

Students with little or no music theory background are provided an opportunity to study and make music through singing with solfege, playing the piano, composing and studying scores. This course prepares students for music theory and ear training 121/121L.

MUS 120 Introduction to Musical Styles

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression

Designed to acquaint the general student with music as one of the humanities. Development of perceptive listening; a survey of western music as an art form.

MUS 121 Theory I

  • 3 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression

An intensive study of music fundamentals and materials followed by an introduction to part writing in two voices (counterpoint). Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples. Music 131 is the honors section of Theory 1.

MUS 121L Ear Training I

  • 1 hour

A study including sightsinging, rhythmic performance, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible. Music 131L is the honors section of Ear Training I.

MUS 122 Theory II

  • 3 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression
  • Prerequisites: MUS 121 and 121L

A continuation of Theory I. Covers part-writing in four voices, harmonic function, phrase structure, sequences, the harmonization of melodies and basses, and an introduction to chromatic harmony. Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples. Music 132 is the honors section for Theory II.

MUS 122L Ear Training II

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: MUS 121 and 121L

Continuation of Mus 121L. Taken concurrently with Mus 122. Music 132L is the honors section of Ear Training II.

MUS 131 Theory I - Honors

  • 3 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression

Honors section of theory for first-year students. A placement test is required before registering for any section of music theory.

MUS 131L Ear Training I - Honors

  • 1 hour

Honors section of ear training for first-year students.

MUS 145 Orchestral Repertoire For Harp

  • 1 hour

This is a one-credit course covering the performance and rehearsal aspects of harp in orchestral playing and other ensembles employing the harp. Course includes marking and pedaling harp parts, pre-rehearsal preparation including listening to recordings and studying scores, and ensemble practice and performance including conducting skills. Students may register regardless of orchestral experience.

MUS 227 Music/Performing Arts in the Elementary Classroom

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 185 or 215

This course presents methods of teaching music/performing arts for use in the classroom by the elementary teacher. Topics included are: basic music/performing arts concepts, presenting music/performing arts to elementary children and an overview of such programs in the elementary school including content, methods and materials for instruction.

MUS 231 Theory III

  • 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 122 and 122L

A continuation of Theory II. Covers chromatic harmony and voice leading, modulation, modal mixture, and styles and techniques relating to music of the twentieth century and beyond. Activities include written exercises, keyboard exercises, composition exercises, and the analysis of musical examples.

MUS 231L Ear Training III

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: MUS 122 and 122L

A study including sightsinging, rhythmic performance, keyboard and improvisation exercises, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible.

MUS 236 Music, Worship and Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression

A study of the theology and history of worship in society within the principal branches of the church, from Biblical times through the present, with particular emphasis on defining and illustrating the musical expressions of corporate worship within the context of the rapid cultural and technological changes in the 20th century. Offered alternate years.

MUS 237 Worship and Music in the Life of the Church

  • 2 hours

This course will familiarize students with the role that music plays in liturgical and non-liturgical worship. It will include practical topics such as planning and selecting instrumental and vocal repertoire, directing a church music program, hymnody, and congregational worship life. Offered alternate years.

MUS 238 Composition Workshop

  • 1 hour

A workshop for students interested in exploring composition and improvisation. Students are exposed to a range of musical styles and compositional practices, and these musical explorations result in original compositions which are workshopped and performed. Class culminates in a concert of new works. No prerequisites, but some previous study of music theory is highly beneficial.

MUS 244 Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, And Baroque

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Historical
  • Prerequisites: MUS 122 and 122L

This course offers a survey of sacred and secular music from Antiquity to 1750. Students will examine the origins of many musical conventions that we take for granted, such as meter, musical notation, polyphony, and tonality, and will learn about the composers and theorists responsible for these innovations. The origins and development of many genres, including the cyclic Mass, motet, madrigal, sonata, concerto, and cantata, as well as opera, will be explored. We will also consider the institutions and technological advances that allowed for these developments, including the patronage system and the invention of the printing press. Historical, social, and political factors that shaped the repertory and affected musical life during this period will also be investigated.

MUS 245 Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Intercultural

Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa is a travel course that promotes intercultural exchange through music. Music from the western tradition is learned and presented along with learning and presenting traditional Namibian and South African music in local languages. This takes place in church services, through choral exchanges and concerts, and in schools, hospitals and informal settings. Students also learn about the history of Namibia, its fight for independence and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa through visits to sites of cultural and historic importance. Offered every four years during January term.

MUS 247 History of Jazz

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts, Historical, Intercultural

A survey of the history and development of jazz, from the 1890s to the present. Includes origins and early jazz through the modern jazz era. Listening activities focus on the major figures of each historical period. Offered alternate years. (Same as AFRS 247)

MUS 248 World Music Cultures

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Intercultural, Human Expression

An introduction to music cultures outside of the West, which may include the art and vernacular musics of Africa, the Americas, East and South Asia, and Northern and Eastern Europe. The course will be grounded in theoretical perspectives from ethnomusicology, exploring both sound structures and social structures as well as the relationships between them. This course is intended for students fluent in reading and writing Western notation, and able to hear and speak analytically about aspects of musical sound (meter, scale, texture).

MUS 249 Listening Live in London and Vienna

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression, Intercultural

This is a course devoted to listening carefully and thoughtfully to live music, and to broadening the contexts that inform our listening experiences. It is intended for students from all majors, with discussions centering on music and benefiting from the varied academic and experiential backgrounds of the students. Taking full advantage of the range of musical performances available and the rich musical history and cultures of London, we spend approximately the first two weeks of the course attending concerts in the evenings and spend the afternoons visiting sites that help provide the context for the music we hear. Morning class time is devoted to discussions not only of music, but of art, literature, and historical and current events as they relate to the cultural climate of the musical works. For the remainder of the course, we travel to another city or series of smaller towns for a different set of listening experiences to explore different functions, audiences, and styles of music making. As a group, we explore the ways in which our knowledge and differing perspectives affect the experience of listening to musical performances. Offered alternate years, during January term.

MUS 250 Introduction to Conducting

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 332 AND MUS 332L

A study of fundamental gesture, technique, and score preparation. Additional focus is given to oral communication and writing related to the art of conducting and self-evaluation.

MUS 265 Diction for Singers I: Italian and German

  • 2 hours

Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet as an aid to learning accurate pronunciation for singing Italian and German. (First seven weeks, Italian; second seven weeks, German.) Offered alternate years.

MUS 266 Diction for Singers II: French and English

  • 2 hours

Use of International Phonetic Alphabet as an aid to learning accurate pronunciation for singing French and English. (First seven weeks, French; second seven weeks, English). Offered alternate years.

MUS 267 Vocal Literature I: Italian/Spanish and German

  • 2 hours

An historical survey of the art song from c. 1600 to the present day. The course is designed to correspond with "Diction for Singers." Alternate years, each area of study receiving seven weeks.

MUS 268 Vocal Literature Il: French and British/American

  • 2 hours

An historical survey of the art song from c. 1600 to the present day. The course is designed to correspond with "Diction for Singers." Offered alternate years, each area of study receiving seven weeks.

MUS 272 Symphonic Music

  • 2 hours

A survey of the repertoire of the orchestra including literature from the 17th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on concepts of style and historical evolution. Offered alternate years.

MUS 273 Chamber Music

  • 1 hour

Instruction in the literature for small ensembles. Ensembles should be approved by an instructor before registration. Open to all students regardless of major. All ensemble members must be registered. This is a chargeable credit and will count toward the 36 credits for the year.

MUS 332 Theory IV

  • 3 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 231 AND MUS 231L

A continuation of Theory III. A culmination of theory study, which focuses on the large-scale tonal organization of entire compositions or movements, with an emphasis on conventions relating to form and style. Covers traditional instrumental and vocal forms, contrapuntal genres, and popular music forms. The course emphasizes writing and speaking about music and includes an introduction to library research.

MUS 332L Ear Training IV

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: MUS 231 AND MUS 231L

A continuation of 231L. Normally taken concurrently with 332.

MUS 345 Music History II: Classical and Romantic

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Historical
  • Prerequisites: MUS 122, MUS 122L, MUS 244

This course offers a survey of vocal and instrumental music from approximately 1730 to 1900. We will trace the development of major genres, including the symphony, string quartet, concerto, aria, and oratorio. Students will consider how Classical composers contributed to Western Art Music by inventing or codifying some of the most enduring genres and forms and by creating the Galant style. We will then explore how Romantic composers transformed the genres, forms, and harmonic language inherited from Classical composers. Many of these changes resulted from a desire to express emotions and ideas through music, as we will see. Historical, social, and political factors that affected music and musical life will also be investigated.

MUS 346 Music History III: Post-1900 Music And World Music

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: MUS 332, MUS 332L, MUS 345

The first half of the course examines major trends in twentieth- and twenty-first century Western Art Music and American vernacular music. We will observe a weakening of tonality and functional harmony and explore the alternative systems that composers introduced. The influence of non-Western music, pre-nineteenth-century music, and popular music on Western Art Music will also be explored, as will the ways that nationalism, censorship, politics, and advances in technology shape music from this period. The second half of the course introduces students to the music of some non-Western cultures. Taking a case study approach, we will investigate the music of select cultures from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, focusing on the instruments, methods of organizing music, performance contexts, and the significance and meaning of music-making in each culture. We will examine how music helps to express identity and how transmission and globalization affect music. We will conclude by studying a North American musical tradition outside of the Western Art Music sphere, from an ethnomusicological perspective, exposing students to some of the methodologies and key questions of the field.

MUS 351 Advanced Conducting: Choral

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 250

A detailed study of rehearsal techniques, musical components and conducting expressiveness and effectiveness related to a choral rehearsal. Addictional attention is given to a general choral repertoire survey and written self-evaluations. Strongly recommended for vocal performance music majors and required for vocal music education majors.

MUS 353 Conducting: Instrumental

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 250

A study of advanced gesture technique as applied to instrumental rehearsal and performance. Additional attention is given to rehearsal techniques, score study, accompaniment, and performance practice.

MUS 356 Electro-Acoustic Music

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

An introductory course in electro-acoustic music in which students: 1) listen to music which uses technology in an essential way, 2) study the physics of sound and digital signal processing, and 3) create original music using a digital audio workstation. The course culminates in a recital of original works. This course is normally required as preparation for advanced independent work in the Presser Electronic Music Studio. Offered alternate years.

MUS 362 Opera Workshop: Scenes

  • 1, 2, or 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 130 (private voice instruction) and consent of voiceinstructor

The study, rehearsal and staging of operatic repertoire (such as arias, scenes or one-act operas) through public performance and/or in-class assignments. Credit is dependent on role(s) and other duties assigned. This course may be repeated for credit.

MUS 363 Opera Workshop: Production

  • 1, 2, or 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 130 (private voice instruction) and consent of voiceinstructor

The study, rehearsal and performance of a music faculty directed opera. Credit dependent on role(s) and other duties assigned. This course may be repeated for credit.

MUS 371 Orchestration

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 332

A study of the fundamentals and practices of arranging and composing for large ensembles. Course culminates with readings of student arrangements and/or compositions. Offered alternate years.

MUS 376 Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

A performance seminar for pianists. Students are coached in repertoire that requires keyboard accompaniment. The goal is for pianists to develop and refine skills unique to the art of accompanying while becoming familiar with a wide variety of musical styles. Emphasis on vocal accompanying with additional consideration of instrumental repertoire.

MUS 445 Performance Practices of the Renaissance And Baroque Periods

  • 2 hours

A historical study of the interpretation of music based on reading from the letters, diaries, essays, critical reviews, and performance treatises of the period. Seminar format with a substantial performance project. Open to music majors, or by consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 446 Performance Practices of the Classical And Early Romantic Periods

  • 2 hours

A historical study of the interpretation of music based on reading from the letters, diaries, essays, critical reviews, and performance treatises of the period. Seminar format with a substantial performance project. Open to music majors, or by consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

MUS 454 16th Century Counterpoint

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 332

A study of the sixteenth century modal counterpoint style of Palestrina. Written exercises lead to the composition and performance of a mass movement.

MUS 455 Analytical Studies

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: MUS 332

This course is designed to further the analytical skills of a student through intensive study of selected works from music literature. About six pieces will be studied in a semester, with the choice of scores representing a variety of styles, periods, and the special interest of students enrolled in the course. Offered alternate years.

MUS 469 Advanced Ear Training

  • 1 hour
  • Prerequisites: MUS-332, MUS-332L

A continuation of music 332L. Offered alternate years.

MUS 485 Seminar

  • 1, 2, or 4 hours

MUS 490 Senior Project

  • 1 hour

MUS 491 Senior Project in Music Education

  • 1 hour

This senior project option is open to seniors in the music education program only. Focus is on creation of a research-based Developing Portfolio.