Music

Music
Department Chair: Edward Turley
Faculty: J. David Arnott, Brian Campbell, Patti Cudd, James Dennihan, Richard
Dirlam, Andrea Fedele, Carolyn Finley, Marcie Hagen, Willem Ibes, Kim
Kasling, Patricia Kent, Robert Koopmann OSB, Lucia Magney, Marianne Meidl,
Maureen Putnam, Daniel Rassier, O. Nicholas Raths, Michael Sedki, Axel
Theimer, Bruce Thornton, Edward Turley, Gregory Walker, Philip Welter, Dale
White
Convinced that society’s highest aspirations must include musical creativity,
the music department seeks to broaden the cultural horizons of the students
of Saint Benedict's and Saint John's. Performance is at the heart of the
music program. Band, orchestra, ensembles, and a variety of choirs present
formal opportunities for students to develop their own musical abilities and
to take delight in the creativity of others. One-on-one private studio
lessons and a number of core fine arts courses invite all students to explore
the discipline of music and its contribution to world cultures.
Students majoring in music develop knowledge and skill in the basic elements
of music. They undertake an integrated study of the historical evolution of
these basic elements and, in their own right, learn to use this knowledge
verbally, aurally and in performance. The major combines intensive personal
study of a major instrument with strong collaboration with faculty members
and student peers in studio performance classes and weekly recitals.
Assessment
Assessment and review of student performance in music is compiled every
semester and reviewed by the faculty, with student input. Students complete a
self-assessment for each performance jury examination and senior students
complete a nationally recognized Major Field Test indicating their level of
mastery in music history and theory. Curricular review of all classroom
activity is gathered by the faculty on a rotating schedule, by division.
Major
The music department offers a program leading to a bachelor of arts degree
with concentrations in liturgical music, music composition, music education
(instrumental and/or choral for both elementary and secondary), music studies
and performance. The CSB/SJU Music Department is an accredited institutional
member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Basic Requirements (24 credits)
Required Courses:
111, 112, 121, 122, 211, 212, 221, 222, 335, 336.
Special Requirements:
All music majors are required to demonstrate basic musicianship, performance
ability on a major instrument and piano proficiency (if the major instrument
is other than keyboard). Some concentrations require additional proficiencies
and/or secondary instrument study (see below).
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble is required of majors
in all concentrations. All seniors successfully complete a final project as
their concentration requires.
Concentration in Liturgical
Music (46-53 additional credits)
Required Courses:
323, 324, 327, seven semesters in applied music of which at least five are in
one of the following: organ, voice or guitar (227, 337); supporting courses:
EDUC 390; THEO 180, 202, 350, 351.
Special Requirements:
Demonstration of organ and voice proficiencies are required (114);
demonstration of guitar proficiency is recommended. Organ majors must satisfy
a proficiency in service playing (342).
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.
Concentration in Music Composition
(28-36 additional credits)
Required Courses:
339, 340, 345, 346, seven semesters in the major instrument (227, 337), if
major instrument is not piano, continued piano study is recommended even
after successful completion of the piano proficiency examination, two
semesters of 357 or 359.
Special Requirements:
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.
Concentration in Music Education
(22-29 additional credits)
Sequences are offered for teacher candidates of Vocal Music K-12 license and
for Instrumental Music K-12 license.
Required Courses:
323, 324 (for choral education) or 316, 317, 318, 319, 325, 326 (for
instrumental education), seven semesters are required in the major
instrument(227, 337).
Special Requirements:
Students in music education are required to have a secondary instrument
(114). Those pursuing the choral education sequence who do not have voice as
their primary area of study must fulfill two levels of voice competencies;
levels of competence in major areas of performance are distributed by the
instructor.
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.
For instrumental education: seven semesters of large ensemble experience
(from 231, 233 or 238) and a minimum of two additional semesters of small
ensemble experience (from 237, 240 instrumental ensembles, or 241-243).
Note:
Students desiring a K-12 teaching license in vocal or instrumental music must
be accepted into the education department to complete a minor in education.
See education department listing for the supporting minor in education
requirements.
Students in music education may receive special credit towards some core
requirements. However, they are advised that a program in music fulfilling
Minnesota state licensure requirements may require a ninth semester, course
overloads and/or attendance at summer school. Students are urged to contact
the education department regarding requirements.
Concentration in
Music Studies
(24-28 additional credits)
Required Courses:
Eight semesters in the major instrument (227, 337); 8 credits from 327, 339-
354 (credits from 316-326 are also accepted).
Special Requirements:
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.
Concentration in Performance
(24-32 additional credits)
Required Courses:
Eight semesters in the major instrument (227, 337); 8 credits from 327, 339-
354 (credits from 316-326 are also accepted). Pedagogical courses under the
special studies division are recommended for this degree concentration.
Special Requirements:
Solo recital in the junior and senior years.
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for eight semesters.
Voice performance majors must meet proficiency in one language (French,
German, Italian or Spanish).
Minor (20-24 credits)
Required Courses:
111, 112, 121, 122, 150, (211 and 221 if placed out of 111 and 121), four
semesters of 227. Four credits of electives chosen from 152-159, 211, 221,
(211 and 221 not applicable as electives if placed out of 111 and 121), 227
(2 credits max.), 271-274, 325, 327, 342-02A, 358 (major role).
Special Requirements:
Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for four semesters.
Courses
(MUSC)
(Grading: S/U for 0 credit courses; A/F required for 1-4 credit courses)
100 Class Piano I. (1)
Group instruction for students with no previous study.
101 Class Piano II. (1)
Group instruction for students at an early intermediate level of study.
Prerequisite: 100 or permission of instructor.
102 Class Voice I. (1)
Group instruction for students with no previous study.
103 Class Voice II. (1)
Group instruction for students at an early intermediate level of study.
Prerequisite: 102 or permission of instructor.
104 Class Guitar I. (1)
Group instruction for students with little or no previous study.
105 Class Guitar II. (1)
Group instruction for students at an intermediate level of study.
Prerequisite: 104 or permission of instructor.
111 Comprehensive Musicianship I. (3)
Development of basic musicianship, beginning with fundamentals of notation,
music rudiments and basic harmonic functions. Concurrent registration in 121
expected.
112 Comprehensive Musicianship II. (3)
Further study of musicianship and harmony, including more advanced harmony
and study of basic forms. Concurrent registration in 122 expected.
Prerequisite: 111.
113 Piano, Organ, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Guitar, Percussion. (1)
Intermediate or advanced study for the non-music major. Prerequisite:
permission of instructor.
114 Secondary Instrument for Music Majors. (1)
121 Musicianship Skills I. (1)
Focused training in ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard harmony skills.
Concurrent registration in 111 expected.
122 Musicianship Skills II. (1)
Focused training in ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard harmony skills.
Concurrent registration in 112 expected.
150 Music Through History. (4)
An introduction to music in its historical and cultural perspective from
ancient Greek to contemporary. Emphasis is placed on Western and other than
Western cultures. Includes attendance at live performances. For music minors
and non-music majors.
151 Music Through Theory. (2, 4)
An introduction to the basic principles of melody, harmony and rhythm.
Various musical styles will be examined and analyzed using the tools of music
theory. Class requires attendance at some live performances. For non-music
majors.
152 Exploring World Music. (2)
An introduction to the many kinds of musical expression practiced around the
world through listening, reading and classroom discussion. Primary goals will
include becoming acquainted with the musical practices of selected cultures,
understanding the cultural contexts of diverse musical practices, and,
through comparison with other cultures, becoming more aware of the roles
music plays in our own lives and culture. No previous experience with music
is necessary.
156 Women in Music. (2)
A survey of the history of women in music from earliest times to the present.
It will include reading about women musicians, the study of their styles and
live and recorded musical performances. For non-music majors.
157 Piano Music from Bach to Jazz. (2)
This course is a survey of piano music from the late baroque to the present.
It will include readings on piano music, piano composers and piano
performers, the study of musical and performing styles, and live and recorded
musical performances. For non-music majors.
159 Men and Women in Music. (4)
This course will survey musical people - composers, educators and patrons -
and their music from the earliest times to the present. It will include
readings about men and women musicians, the study of music styles and live
and recorded musical performances. For non-music majors.
211 Comprehensive Musicianship III. (3)
Continued development of musicianship, harmony and form, including early
music, Baroque and Classical forms. Concurrent registration in 221 expected.
Prerequisite: 112.
212 Comprehensive Musicianship IV. (3)
Continued development of musicianship, harmony and form, including Romantic
and modern idioms. Concurrent registration in 222 expected. Prerequisite:
211.
221 Musicianship Skills III. (1)
Focused training in ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard harmony skills.
Concurrent registration in 211 expected.
222 Musicianship Skills IV. (1)
Focused training in ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard harmony skills.
Concurrent registration in 212 expected.
227 Major Instrument or Voice. (1)
Fundamentals of tone production. Development of technique and repertoire.
Performance class required. Prerequisite: interview with instructor before
registration.
231 Wind Ensemble. (0-1)
Performance of original wind (band) literature with particular emphasis on
the 20th century. Audition required.
232 Chamber Choir. (0-1)
Select Mixed Choir. Choral masterworks from the Renaissance to the present.
National and international touring. Audition required.
233 Orchestra. (0-1)
Performance of a wide range of music from the symphonic repertoire. Audition
required.
234 Men's Chorus. (0-1)
Great choral works from Palestrina to the present. National and international
touring. Open to all male students. Audition required.
235 Campus Singers. (0-1)
Select women's chamber group. Choral music of representative periods. Open to
all female students. Audition required.
237 Clarinet Ensemble. (0-1)
A select clarinet chamber group performing original works and transcriptions.
Permission of instructor.
238 Jazz Ensemble. (0-1)
Performance of contemporary literature for stage band. Audition required.
239 All-College Choir. (0-1)
Large choral ensemble for men and women. Meets once weekly.
240 Ensemble Performance. (0-1)
Pre-arranged vocal and instrumental ensembles. Weekly or biweekly coaching.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
240 Ensemble Performance; 240 Clarinet Choir; 240 Chapel Choir; 240
International Choir; 240 Woodwind Ensemble; 240 Jazz Combo; 240 String
Chamber Music; 240 Guitar Ensemble.
241 Saxophone Quartet. (0-1)
Intensive study of saxophone chamber music. Prerequisite: permission of
instructor.
242 Brass Choir. (0-1)
A select brass chamber group performing original and transcribed works for
12-18 players. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
243 Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Ensemble. (0-1)
The Percussion and Marimba Ensembles perform music generally written from
1930 to the present. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
244 Gregorian Chant Schola. (0-1)
Small, select singing ensemble of women and men perform Gregorian Chant at
liturgies of Saint John’s Abbey and other appearances. Audition required.
271 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the lower-division level. Permission of
department chair required. Consult department for applicability towards major
requirements. Not available to first-year students.
272 Topics in Popular Music/Jazz Studies. (1-4)
A study of a particular popular music or jazz historical period, style,
compositional technique or performance technique. The specific subject to be
studied will be announced prior to registration.
273 Instrumental Jazz Improvisation. (2)
The study and development of skills necessary for improvisation in the jazz
style including: tonal development, style awareness, harmonic knowledge,
nomenclature, technical development, and aural skills. Knowledge of major
scales in instrument, ability to read music, notation, intermediate
performance level on an instrument. For majors and non-music majors. Spring,
alternate years.
274 History of Jazz. (2)
A study of the history of jazz from its early roots and blues, to present day
forms. All periods will be covered including New Orleans, Chicago, Swing,
Bebop, Cool, Fusion, and Free Jazz Forms. We will study the stylistic
characteristics and major musicians past and present, as well as the
relationships between jazz and society during the 20th century. For non-music
majors. Fall, alternate years.
316 Woodwind Methods; 317 Percussion Methods; 318 Brass Methods; 319 String
Methods. (1)
Laboratory classes leading to basic performance and pedagogical competencies
in woodwinds, percussion, brass and strings.
323, 324 Choral Techniques I, II. (4,4)
Laboratory class for students preparing to be choral conductors. Choral
procedures. Conducting. Literature. Arranging studies. Prerequisites: 212,
piano proficiency and applied voice, enrolled in or completed 335 or 336 or
instructor's permission. Alternate years.
325 Basic Instrumental Conducting. (2)
Study and development of basic instrumental conducting skills.
326 Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Jazz Methods. (3)
Advanced study and development of instrumental conducting skills combined
with instrumental ensemble pedagogy and jazz methods.
327 Music for the Liturgy. (4)
A practical survey of music appropriate for use in liturgical celebrations.
Fall, every third year.
335 History of Music I. (4)
History of Western musical development from the Greek period to 1750. Study
of trends in style and form. Fall. Prerequisite: 112.
336 History of Music II. (4)
History of Western musical development from 1750 to the present. Study of
trends in style and form. Spring. Prerequisite: 112.
337 Major Instrument or Voice. (2)
Continuation of 227. Building of repertoire. Performance class required.
Prerequisites: 227 and permission of instructor.
338 Major Instrument or Voice. (4)
Continuation of study in techniques and repertoire. Performance class
required. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
339 Setting Notes. Creative Writing. (4)
Analyzing principles of composition. Application of materials in original
works. Prerequisite: 212. Fall, alternate years.
340 Music Designs. (4)
Advanced analysis of musical designs in historical context. Prerequisite:
212. Spring, alternate years.
Special Studies Program (316-327 and 339-371).
These courses are organized around special areas of advanced study in music
and vary from semester to semester in response to student needs and
interests.
341-343 Special Studies in Pedagogy and Techniques. (1-4)
Specific instruments and voice. Advanced study in solo repertoire such as
diction (voice) and stylistic articulation skills.
341 Piano Pedagogy; 342 Service Playing; 342 Organ Pedagogy and Techniques;
342 Singers’ Diction/Repertoire; 343 Vocal Pedagogy.
345 Special Studies in Orchestration. (2)
Study of scoring and arranging for large ensembles. Students will work with
scoring for both the standard orchestra and wind ensemble. Prerequisite: 212.
Spring, alternate years.
346 Tonal Counterpoint. (2)
Study of the analysis and writing of tonal counterpoint, especially that of
J.S. Bach. Prerequisite: 212. Spring, alternate years.
347 Special Studies in Theory, Analysis and Composition. (1-4)
Theoretical study of music, such as the analysis of a particular composition,
compositional techniques of a specific style of original works. Prerequisite:
212.
351 Piano Literature. (1-4)
A survey of literature for the piano from the earliest times to the present.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Spring.
357 Composition Projects. (2)
Individual training of advanced writing in contemporary styles. Prerequisite:
212.
358 Opera Workshop. (0-2)
In-depth study/presentations of classical to contemporary works.
Prerequisite: audition/consent of workshop director.
359 Electronic Composition Projects. (1-4)
Individual composition work in the Electronic Music Laboratory, utilizing
advanced techniques in hardware and software use. Prerequisite: permission of
instructor.
371 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)
Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. Permission of
department chair and completion and/or concurrent registration of 12 credits
within the department required. Consult department for applicability towards
major requirements. Not available to first-year students.
397 Internship. (1)
Individual projects tailored to student needs/career. Prerequisite: consent
of department chair.
398 Honors Senior Essay, Research or Creative Project. (4)
Required for graduation with "Distinction in Music." Prerequisite: HONR 396
and approval of the department chair and director of the Honors Thesis
program. For further information see HONR 398.