Music

James H. Hegarty, Professor

April Mok, Assistant Professor

Laura G. Parker, Assistant Professor

Joseph D. Van Riper, Associate Professor

Rose J. Whitmore, Assistant Professor

Music Department goals provide for and encourage artistic development in music, encourage inner growth, contribute to excellence in church music, and develop an appreciation for the rich variety of musical expression and thought that contributes to a greater understanding among peoples through the following learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Perform and express themselves creatively both on and off campus.
  • Demonstrate essential historical and theoretical concepts in music.
  • Demonstrate character unfoldment through their professional and personal growth.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of multicultural musical styles.

Offerings are designed to give both majors and non-majors a broad introduction to music through performance, history, theory, and appreciation. The courses required of the music major provide a solid preparation for graduate study in music.

A grade of C or better must be attained in each of the following courses in order to complete the major: MUS 139 Fundamentals: Beginning or MUS 140 Fundamentals: Advanced, MUS 160 Musicianship I, MUS 170 Music Theory I, MUS 265 Musicianship II, MUS 266 Musicianship III, MUS 275 Music Theory II, and MUS 276 Music Theory III.

Piano Proficiency Requirement

The Music Department recognizes the essential need of its majors to have acquired a certain basic skill level on the piano in order to be successful students of music. This requirement supports the student’s work towards a solid grounding in music at the undergraduate level. The following steps will help students complete this requirement in a timely and meaningful way.

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in piano lessons as early as possible to prepare for completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam.
  2. Majors should pass the Piano Proficiency Exam as early as possible. If the student has not passed the exam by the end of the fourteenth week of fall semester of the sophomore year, he or she will be enrolled in piano lessons beginning in the spring semester of the sophomore year.
  3. The student must continue to take piano lessons through the semester in which he or she passes the exam. It is expected a student will complete the exam by the end of the junior year.

Studio Lesson Requirement

Studio lessons are available through the department. Degree-seeking students must register for MUS 120 Applied Lessons (50 Minutes) or MUS 130 Applied Lessons (25 Minutes). However, if registering for studio lessons for credit takes them beyond 18 semester hours in a particular semester, they may register for the non-credit lessons MUS 040 Applied Lessons (50 Minutes) and MUS 044 Applied Lessons (25 Minutes) that semester. Any combination of instruments in any combination of 50- or 25-minutes lessons may be taken. Non-degree seeking students may register to take studio lessons for non-credit. All lessons, with the exception of carillon, carry a fee.

Music majors are required to take studio lessons (MUS 120 Applied Lessons (50 Minutes) or MUS 130 Applied Lessons (25 Minutes), MUS 040 Applied Lessons (50 Minutes) or MUS 044 Applied Lessons (25 Minutes) each semester in which they are declared music majors. All performance majors are required to take MUS 120 Applied Lessons (50 Minutes) or MUS 040 Applied Lessons (50 Minutes). All music majors are required to participate in choir or orchestra each semester in which they are declared music majors, with a minimum of four semesters.

Music Minors

The music minors are designed to provide students with the opportunity to focus on specific areas of musical interest. Students work with the department chair and a music faculty member in the specific focus area to select courses that fulfill these interests and meet the requirements.

Preparation for Future Studies in Music Education

While Principia College does not offer a music education program, it is recommended that students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate study in music education be advised about their individual choice of study by music and education faculty. All students interested in the post-baccalaureate study of music education are strongly recommended to pursue the following work during the course of their music major:

One year of applied voice lessons
MUS 180Instrumental Techniques
MUS 182Choral Conducting
MUS 281Instrumental Conducting

Departmental Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will perform and express themselves creatively in a variety of musical communities.
  2. Students will demonstrate essential historical and theoretical concepts in music.
  3. Students will demonstrate character unfoldment through their professional and personal growth.
  4. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of multicultural musical styles.

College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes of Principia College: Defining a Liberal Education

The curricular and co-curricular programs at Principia College are designed for students to be lifelong learners, thinkers, and problem-solvers, to draw out spiritual and moral qualities indispensable to growth in Christian Science, and to cultivate an understanding of service to the Cause of Christian Science in meeting the global needs of the 21st century. To accomplish this, the College has established the following outcomes for its graduates. Students graduating from Principia College will:

  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate critical and generative thinking.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
  4. Be intentional learners.
  5. Be effective members of communities.
  6. Act on the basis of Principle.

MUS 040Applied Lessons (50 Minutes)0.0 SH[  ]

Applied instrumental or vocal instruction. Thirteen 50-minute lessons per semester, with two hours of practice daily. For applied music lessons for credit, refer to MUS 120.
Fee=$636.00.

MUS 044Applied Lessons (25 Minutes)0.0 SH[  ]

Applied instrumental or vocal instruction. Thirteen 25-minute lessons or equivalent per semester, with one hour practice daily. For applied music lessons for credit, refer to MUS 130.
Fee=$334.00.

MUS 050College Choir - No Credit0.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of choral literature focusing on concepts of style, ensemble, and vocal production. Open to the entire community without audition.

MUS 051Chorus for Musical0.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of chorus parts for the musical production. By audition only. Offered only in semesters when there is a musical production.

MUS 052Prin Music Tour - No Credit0.0 SH[  ]

Preparation of music literature for performance on tour focusing on style, ensemble, presentation, and tour logistics. A star (*) grade will be assigned until completion of the tour. Offered by invitation only. Offered on demand.

MUS 053Baccalaureate Choir0.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of choral selections for the Baccalaureate service held during commencement weekend. Open to the community without audition.

MUS 061Orchestra - No Credit0.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of instrumental literature covering style, expressive interpretation, and ensemble. Open to the entire community.

MUS 065Jazz Ensemble0.0 SH[  ]

Reading and rehearsing music from various big band and combo styles. Special attention is given to style awareness, ensemble, and improvisation techniques. Open to the entire community.

MUS 071Chamber Music - No Credit0.0 SH[  ]

Small chamber ensemble, vocal or instrumental. May be taken more than once.

MUS 080Student Recital - No Credit0.0 SH[  ]

Thirty-minute recital on instrument or voice, demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Subject to music faculty approval.
Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.

MUS 100Intro to the Art of Music3.0 SH[GEA]

Provides music listening skills, a knowledge of the elements and vocabulary of music, and an acquaintance with the styles and characteristics of classical music through the ages. Designed primarily for the non-major.

MUS 101Symphonic Masterworks3.0 SH[GEA]

A survey of symphonic masterworks. Focuses on the style characteristics of the great symphonic composers, a study of symphonic forms, and listening to selected symphonic masterworks. For majors and non-majors.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

MUS 102Operatic Masterworks3.0 SH[GEA]

A survey of operatic masterworks. Focusing on the style characteristics of the great opera composers through viewing complete performances of the operas studied. For majors and non-majors.

MUS 110Introduction to Computer Music1.0 SH[  ]

Students learn to use the computer to create music. Various methods are presented including sound design and graphic software for sound creation and performance. Collaborative performance such as laptop orchestra is emphasized. May be taken six times up to a total of six semester hours.

MUS 112Music Recording Techniques1.0 SH[  ]

A study of the methods and techniques necessary to make basic and intermediate level acoustic audio recordings in a studio environment, including microphone placement, effects processing, mixing, basic mastering, and the use of the computer software. Study of the role of the producer and recording engineer is emphasized. May be taken six times up to a total of six semester hours.

MUS 120Applied Lessons (50 Minutes)1.0 SH[  ]

Applied instrumental or vocal lessons. Thirteen 50-minute lessons per semester, with two hours of practice daily.
Fee=$636.00.

MUS 130Applied Lessons (25 Minutes)0.5 SH[  ]

Applied instrumental or vocal lessons. Thirteen 25-minute lessons per semester, with one hour of practice daily.
Fee=$334.00.

MUS 139Fundamentals: Beginning3.0 SH[  ]

Study of notation, rhythm, meter, intervals, scales, and triads. Melodic and rhythmic dictation and sight-singing. No musical background is required.

MUS 140Fundamentals: Advanced3.0 SH[  ]

Study of notation, rhythm, meter, intervals, scales, and triads. Melodic and rhythmic dictation and sight-singing.
Prerequisite: music background.

MUS 160Musicianship I2.0 SH[  ]

Sight-singing, melodic dictation, rhythmic studies, diatonic chord recognition, keyboard harmony.
Prerequisite: MUS 139 or MUS 140 (with a grade no lower than C).
Corequisite: MUS 170.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

MUS 165Jazz Ensemble1.0 SH[  ]

Reading and rehearsing music from various big band and combo styles. Special attention is given to style awareness, ensemble, and improvisation techniques. Open to the entire community. May be taken more than once.

MUS 170Music Theory I3.0 SH[  ]

A study of harmonic materials. Part-writing, tonal function, voice leading, harmonization of melody lines.
Prerequisite: MUS 139 or MUS 140 (with a grade no lower than C).
Corequisite: MUS 160.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

MUS 180Instrumental Techniques3.0 SH[  ]

Techniques, characteristics, and usage of brass, woodwind, and string instruments. Acquisition of playing ability on one instrument from each group.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

MUS 182Choral Conducting2.0 SH[  ]

Introduction to the basics of conducting choral music. Includes emphasis on conducting patterns, rehearsal pedagogy, vocal production, choral literature, score analysis, and choral performance practices.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

MUS 200Topics in Music History3.0 SH[GEA]

A comprehensive study of a notable composer or topic of music history. The course serves to acquaint students with a significant body of music and its importance in music history. Includes historical context, analysis, and listening. The title will be extended to describe the current topic, e.g., Johannes Brahms, Women in Music, Charles-Marie Widor, Native American Music, Legendary Pianists. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.

MUS 201Beethoven: The Great Master3.0 SH[GEA]

A survey of the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) including his symphonies, string quartets, piano music, chamber music, and "Fidelio." No music background is required.

MUS 203American Musical Theater3.0 SH[GEA]

An overview of the development of the modern American musical theater with emphasis on the music, lyrics, composers, writers, producers, directors, and the history and folklore of "Broadway." No musical background is required.

MUS 204The Jazz Tradition in America3.0 SH[GEA]

Explores the connection between jazz music and its cultural and social contexts. The heritage of the lives and music of jazz artists is discussed. Traces the legacy of jazz from its roots in African and American music to current styles. No musical background is required.

MUS 205The Creative World of Mozart3.0 SH[GEA]

A survey of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). An exploration of the beauty, peace, grandeur, drama, and grace of Mozart's operas, symphonies, piano concertos, chamber music, and choral music. No musical background is required.

MUS 206Student Recital1.0-5.0 SH[  ]

Thirty-minute recital on instrument or voice, demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Subject to music faculty approval. May be taken for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once.
Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.

MUS 207Popular Music in America3.0 SH[GEA]

A study of the popular music of America as the voice of the people in society and culture. The rich and varied styles of popular music are discussed in the context of the artists, recordings, and political events surrounding them. No musical background is required.

MUS 209Songs through Time3.0 SH[GEA]

Traces the development of solo song in Western culture. Includes discussion of the basic aspects of a song, important types of singing styles, and some famous singers. No musical background is required.

MUS 213Music of the World3.0 SH[GEA]

A selected survey of classical, popular, and folk music traditions from around the world. The role of music as ritual, mode of communication, and artistic expression is studied.

MUS 225Music Composition1.0 SH[  ]

Study of the methods and techniques of music composition including historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic considerations. Emphasis on preparation for students who intend to do a capstone in music composition. May be taken more than once.

MUS 227Field Studies in Music3.0 SH[GEA]

Field study of materials covered in music courses such as MUS 100, MUS 101, and MUS 102. Offered only as part of an abroad or field study program.

MUS 228Great Composers &Their Culture3.0 SH[GEA]

This course includes a study of the great composers and their individual cultures that will be experienced on a music abroad. A specialized survey of music, history, art, and culture directly related to countries visited and composers studied.

MUS 235Advanced Recording3.0 SH[  ]

Advanced study in music recording leading to a strong working knowledge of standard studio production practice. Microphone selection and placement, automation, critical listening skills, and session management will be discussed.
Prerequisite: MUS 112.

MUS 250College Choir1.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of choral literature focusing on concepts of style, ensemble, and vocal production. May be taken more than once. Open to the entire community.

MUS 251Chorus for Musical1.0-2.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of chorus parts for the musical production. By audition only. Offered only in semesters when there is a musical production. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken four times up to a total of eight semester hours.

MUS 252Principia Music Tour1.0-2.0 SH[  ]

Preparation of music literature for performance on tour focusing on style, ensemble, presentation, and tour logistics. A star (*) grade will be assigned until completion of the tour. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken more than once. Offered by invitation only.

MUS 261Orchestra1.0-2.0 SH[  ]

Preparation and performance of instrumental literature focusing on style, expressive interpretation, and ensemble. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken more than once. Open to the entire community.

MUS 265Musicianship II2.0 SH[  ]

Continuation of MUS 160.
Prerequisite: MUS 160 (with a grade no lower than C).
Corequisite: MUS 275.

MUS 266Musicianship III2.0 SH[  ]

Concentrates on practical musicianship, including harmonic and rhythmic exercises of increasing complexity. Literature from chant to 20th century, harmonic dictation, and intricate rhythms and keyboard skills are studied.
Prerequisite: MUS 265 (with a grade no lower than C).
Corequisite: MUS 276.

MUS 271Chamber Music for Credit1.0-2.0 SH[  ]

Small chamber ensemble, vocal or instrumental. May be offered for variable credit from one to two semester hours. May be taken more than once.

MUS 275Music Theory II3.0 SH[  ]

Analysis and exercises in common-practice harmony concentrating on advanced chromatic techniques and species counterpoint.
Prerequisite: MUS 170 (with a grade no lower than C).
Corequisite: MUS 265.

MUS 276Music Theory III3.0 SH[  ]

Analysis and exercises in two-part counterpoint. Study of 20th century styles including set theory, atonality, dodecaphony, and minimalism.
Prerequisite: MUS 275 (with a grade no lower than C).
Corequisite: MUS 266.

MUS 281Instrumental Conducting2.0 SH[  ]

Introduction to the basics of conducting instrumental music. Includes all essential beat patterns, expressive gestures, score-reading, learning of instrumental transpositions, and score reduction at the keyboard. May be taken four times up to a total of eight semester hours.
Prerequisite: completion of piano proficiency requirement.

MUS 303Junior Recital1.0-5.0 SH[  ]

Thirty-minute recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Subject to music faculty approval. May be offered for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once.
Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.
Class Level Restriction: Junior only.

MUS 321Music History I5.0 SH[GEA]

A study of musical styles and forms of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classic periods with considerable emphasis on listening to the music from these periods.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only.

MUS 322Music History II5.0 SH[GEA]

A study of musical styles and forms of the Romantic period through the present, with considerable emphasis on listening to music from these periods.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only.

MUS 391Form and Analysis3.0 SH[  ]

In-depth analysis of compositions from the Middle Ages to the present. Development of analytical techniques to enable the student to approach a piece of music and discover the essence of its structure, melody, harmony, texture, and style.
Prerequisite: MUS 265 and MUS 275.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 401Senior Project: Composition4.0 SH[  ]

An original composition prepared for performance, demonstrating competency in compositional devices and understanding of formal and idiomatic considerations. A written analysis is also required. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the composition is performed. May be taken twice.
Corequisite: MUS 407.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 402SR Project: Music Research5.0 SH[  ]

Fifty-page research paper on a special topic in music history or ethnomusicology. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the project is completed. May be taken twice.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 403SR Project: Adv Performance4.0 SH[  ]

Sixty-minute recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the recital is given. May be taken twice.
Corequisite: MUS 407.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 404Senior Project: Analysis5.0 SH[  ]

Analysis of a major work plus a paper presenting the analysis and placing the work in its historical and theoretical context. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the project is completed. May be taken twice.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 405SR Proj: Performance/Research5.0 SH[  ]

Thirty-minute recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles plus a 25-page research/analysis paper of the music performed. May be taken twice. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the recital is given.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 407Recital Program Notes1.0 SH[  ]

By writing program notes for the senior project, students learn how to use research and organizational skills to synthesize the knowledge gained during undergraduate study. Will receive star (*) grade until the term in which the project is completed. May be taken twice.
Corequisite: MUS 401, MUS 403 or MUS 408.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

MUS 408SR Project: Music Recital2.0,4.0 SH[  ]

Thirty-minute (minimum) recital of instrumental or vocal music demonstrating performance ability and understanding of various musical styles. May be taken twice up to a total of four semester hours. Will receive a star (*) grade until the semester in which the recital is given. Open only to students who double major in music and another area that also requires a capstone. Enrollment requires approval of the music faculty.
Prerequisite: demonstrated proficiency on instrument or voice.
Corequisite: MUS 407.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Music Majors only.