Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Music

    • MUSI 100 Repertory and Studio Class (0 sem. hrs.)

      A performance class for students of applied music for the purpose of gaining experience in public performance and increasing knowledge of music literature. Required of all music majors in each semester of the program; recommended for all other students registered for applied music lessons.

      NB: Pass/Fail course.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-1; 0-1)


    • MUSI 110 Fundamentals of Music (3 sem. hrs.)

      A course for teachers, youth workers, and recreation workers, as well as students who wish to pursue advanced theory studies but lack the appropriate background. Some topics covered: notation of pitch and rhythm, intervals, scales and modes, concept of key, triads and seventh chords, introductory melody, and accompaniment writing.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 131 Music History from 1600 to 1800 (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of music styles, forms, and composers of the European/Western art tradition in the 17th and 18th centuries. This course encompasses an evaluation of music of the Baroque and Classical style periods.

      Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory performance on the music placement test or MUSI 110; MUSI 110 may be taken concurrently. (3-0; 3-0)


    • MUSI 132 Music History from 1800 to Present (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of music styles, forms, and composers of the European/Western art tradition in the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. This encompasses an evaluation of Romanticism, Modernism, and more recent developments.

      Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory performance on the music placement test or MUSI 110; MUSI 110 may be taken concurrently. (3-0; 3-0)


    • MUSI 140 Applied Keyboard Musicianship (1 sem. hr.)

      The course is designed to prepare Music majors with keyboard skills generally expected of all musicians. Skills covered include score reading, transposition, simple harmonization, and improvising simple chordal accompaniment.

      NB: Opened to declared Music majors only.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-2 or 0-2)


    • MUSI 150 Music Appreciation: The Art of Listening (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introductory course for which previous musical background is helpful but not required. Lectures and prescribed listening are designed to encourage familiarity with compositions from the concert repertoire representative of significant musical styles and periods.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 225, 226 Music Theory (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      An integrated course including a brief review of basic rudiments of music, four-part written harmony, analysis, introduction to form and counterpoint. Harmonic elements include diatonic triads and their inversions, harmonizing of melodies and basses, dominant and diminished seventh chords and secondary seventh chords. Sight singing and ear training including melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials are included.

      Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory performance on the music placement test or MUSI 110. (3-2; 3-2)


    • MUSI 300 Current Worship Leadership Issues (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of contemporary trends and leadership issues in worship practice set in the context of the larger cultural shifts of the last 25 years. The course has two main areas of concern: theological and philosophical leadership issues for a biblical worship practice in a postmodern culture, and practical concerns relating to development of a vibrant local church worship ministry.

      NB: Offered on alternate years. See coordinator for details.

      Cross-listed: WSTU 300.

      Prerequisite(s): WSTU 200. (0-0; 3-0)


    • MUSI 310 Special Topics in Music (3 sem. hrs.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: Not offered every year. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Music or instructor's permission. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 320 Arranging for Worship Teams (2 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to arranging techniques for the most common instruments and voice groupings found in church worship teams. Materials are taken from contemporary songs and more traditional church repertoire. Student arrangements are performed as often as possible.

      NB: Offered on alternate years. See coordinator for details.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 225, 226 or permission of the instructor. (0-0; 2-0)


    • MUSI 325 Advanced Music Theory (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Advanced integrated study of music theory, including written harmony, form and analysis, and counterpoint. Harmonic elements include secondary seventh chords, dominant 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, chromatic harmony, modulation, and writing in two, three, and four parts. Further studies in harmonic and melodic dictation and sight-singing.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 225, 226. (3-2; 3-2)


    • MUSI 326 Advanced Music Theory (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Advanced integrated study of music theory, including written harmony, form and analysis, and counterpoint. Harmonic elements include secondary seventh chords, dominant 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, chromatic harmony, modulation, and writing in two, three, and four parts. Further studies in harmonic and melodic dictation and sight-singing.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 325. (3-2; 3-2)


    • MUSI 327, 328, 329 Composition (2 or 3 sem. hrs.)

      The study of composition with emphasis on the student producing pieces in a variety of genres and styles (generally short works for soloists, small ensembles, or digital media). The course format involves weekly sessions of a private or semi-private nature, with the instructor guiding the student in his or her work. (The workload expectations vary with the credit assigned, 2 or 3 sem. hrs. credit.)

      NB: May not be available every semester.

      Prerequisite(s): Prior studies in music theory, preferably MUSI 225, 226, and permission of the instructor. (0-1-0 or 0-1-0)


    • MUSI 330 Music History to 1600 (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of musical styles, forms, and composers up to 1600. This encompasses an evaluation of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance music.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 225, 226. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 331 Instrumental Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      The course is an introduction to representative instrumental solo, ensemble, and orchestra literature for the students particular instruments. Through study of primary literature (musical scores), source readings and secondary material the student is acquainted with standard instrumental literature and a variety of musicological and pedagogical perspectives on this body of music.

      Prerequisite(s): Admission to the instrumental performance stream or instructor's consent (upper level standing). (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 333 Keyboard Literature (2 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of solo music for keyboard instruments from the Renaissance to the present. Works for the harpsichord, clavichord, and piano are reviewed.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 225, 226; and 325, 326 (may be taken concurrently). (2-0 or 2-0)


    • MUSI 335 Choral Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      The development of sacred and secular choral music from the Middle Ages to the present. Forms and stylistic considerations are examined in representative choral works including the mass, the cantata, the oratorio, and other genres.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 225, 226; and 330 (latter may be taken concurrently). (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 336 Vocal Literature (2 sem. hrs.)

      A study of forms, idioms, and styles characteristic of solo and chamber song in western art music. Emphasis is on the literature available in Central Europe, the British Isles, and North America from the 16th century through to the 20th century.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 225, 226; 325, 326 (may be taken concurrently). (2-0 or 2-0)


    • MUSI 339 Vocal Performance Class (1 sem. hr.)

      A study of body movement and stage poise for various types of singing. The student learns correct diction in a number of common singing languages and becomes acquainted with repertoire for the voice.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 225, 226; or permission of instructor. (1-0 or 1-0)


    • MUSI 340 Introduction to Digital Recording (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to various aspects of the recording arts with emphasis on working within the digital (virtual) studio environment with Cubase and other Virtual Instrument software.

      Cross-listed: COMM 334.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 226 or instructor's permission. (1-3 or 1-3)


    • MUSI 341 Advanced Studio Techniques (3 sem. hrs.)

      Advanced study and practice of the technologies pertaining to professional digital recording.

      Cross-listed: COMM 434.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 340 or instructor's permission. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 350 Popular Music in the 20th Century

      This course examines the sources and evolution of popular music in the last century, popular music as both an expression of and a creative force in popular culture, popular music as the rhythmic antithesis of repression, popular music as a commodity of mass production and mass culture, and the means by which the development and cultural importance of popular music can be evaluated. Content and method emphasize inquiry arising from America's religious influence on popular culture and the reciprocal influence of popular culture on the Church, to develop a reasoned Christian perspective about popular music.

      Prerequisite(s): Upper level standing or instructor's permission. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 370 Junior Recital (1 sem. hr.)

      A 30-minute recital given by a student in the third year of the performance option. Recital program must be submitted to the Department coordinator for approval.

      Prerequisite(s): Admission to the performance option or by special permission.


    • MUSI 371, 372, 373, 374 Instrumental Techniques (1 sem. hr. each)

      The study of brass (MUSI 371), woodwinds (MUSI 372), elementary school classroom instruments (MUSI 373), percussion (MUSI 374), methods, and materials. Students are given basic instruction on several of the instruments in each section with strong components in performance (at the beginning level) and in instrumental pedagogical techniques for purposes of teaching in public or private schools or in church-related instrumental music programs.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 225, 226, minimum of four semesters of applied music lessons on major instrument or voice, or instructor's consent. (0-2 or 0-2)


    • MUSI 401 Worship Design and Leadership I (1 sem. hr.)

      A study of the principles and practice of designing effective worship services. This course is the classroom component related to local church practica, MUSI/WSTU 402 and 403.

      NB: WSTU 401.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 300 and upper level standing, or permission of the instructor. (1-0; 0-0)


    • MUSI 402 Worship Design and Leadership 2 (1 sem. hr.)

      A local church practicum covering the entire semester, with scheduled involvement to be determined early in the semester in cooperation with the ministry leadership of the local church. It is expected that the student is given individual hands-on responsibilities over the semester in areas of strength, as well as opportunities for growth in other areas. The student works under the immediate supervision of a staff or qualified lay leader in the local church and within the general supervision of a TWU instructor.

      NB: Pass/Fail course.

      Cross-listed: WSTU 402.

      Co-requisite: MUSI 401.

      Prerequisite(s): WSTU 300 and upper level standing; plus for those involved in leading worship teams in the practicum, MUSI 220 is required; MUSI 405 is recommended. For those involved in leading choir/ensembles in the practicum, MUSI 405 is required. (1-0; 0-0)


    • MUSI 403 Worship Design and Leadership 3 (1 sem. hr.)

      A continuation of the local church practicum of MUSI 402, typically in the same church. The practicum covers the entire semester, with scheduled involvement to be determined early in the semester in cooperation with the ministry leadership of the local church. It is expected that hands-on responsibilities in this semester are increased over those of MUSI 402. The student works under the immediate supervision of a staff or qualified lay leader in the local church, and within the general supervision of a TWU instructor.

      NB: Pass/Fail course.

      Cross-listed: WSTU 403.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 402. (0-0; 1-0)


    • MUSI 405 Introduction to Conducting (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the principles and techniques of choral and instrumental conducting. The acquisition of fundamental conducting skills, facility in score reading and analysis, and rehearsal techniques are emphasized.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 325, 326; open to non-Music majors by instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • MUSI 406 Advanced Conducting (3 sem. hrs.)

      The study of conducting techniques required for difficult examples using traditional compositional techniques and contemporary compositions, including aleatory music. Topics include the refinement of patterns and gestures, score preparation, and the psychology of musical organizations. Students from the class may be selected for performances with the campus ensembles.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 405. (0-0; 3-0)


    • MUSI 407 Choral Arranging (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to choral arranging techniques. Materials are taken from classical music, popular melodies, carols, and original melodies. Student arrangements are performed and discussed in class as often as possible.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 325, 326 (may be taken concurrently). (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 425 20th Century Music (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of representative musical literature spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, including compositional practice, analysis, and approaches to history. Analytical issues are examined in response to questions of structural integrity, pitch and temporal organization, and the relationship of recent musical discourse to the tradition of the common practice. Students develop critical interpretive tools through engagement with musicological literature that addresses issues of history, the relationship of music and culture and aesthetic value.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 325, 236. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 427, 428, 429 Composition (2 or 3 sem. hrs.)

      A continuation of MUSI 329, with emphasis on major works for larger ensembles. The study of composition with an emphasis on the student producing pieces in a variety of genres and styles (generally more extended works for a variety of ensembles or digital media). The course format involves weekly sessions of a private or semi-private nature, with the instructor guiding the student in his or her work. The workload expectations vary with the credit assigned (2 or 3 sem. hrs. credit).

      NB: May not be available every semester.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 329 and permission of the instructor. (0-1-0 or 0-1-0)


    • MUSI 430 Foundations and Principles of Music Education (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological foundations of music education. Topics covered include: program development, teaching methods, administration, supervision, and evaluation.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: EDUC 430.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 131, 132; 225, 226; and third or fourth year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 432 Songs of Faith (1 sem. hr.)

      An examination of meanings and purposes of sacred/church song in the context of the believing community, from Old Testament psalm to early church hymn, chant to Reformation hymn, revival hymn and gospel song to contemporary worship chorus. The course is concerned with seeing the varied musical and textual expression of God's people throughout their history, understanding these expressions within the worship culture of their time, and appreciating the breadth of repertoire of the church's songs.

      NB: Offered on alternate years. See coordinator for details.

      Cross-listed: WSTU 400.

      Prerequisite(s): WSTU 200 and upper level standing, or permission of the instructor. (0-0; 1-0)


    • MUSI 435 Concepts of Music Therapy in Special Education (3 sem. hr.)

      An examination of the underlying philosophical, methodological, and technical aspects of music therapy in special education; identification of aetiological and symptomological factors in various categories of exceptionality; study of the physical, developmental, psychological, behavioural and social characteristics of the exceptional child; explanation of the ways in which music can be used to help meet the needs of the mainstreamed exceptional child in the regular music classroom.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 325, 326; EDUC 302, 310 (or concurrent enrolment); PSYCH 105, 106; 214; and at least third year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • MUSI 450 Keyboard Pedagogy (1 sem. hr.)

      This course is designed to enable careful consideration of the dynamics of teacher and pupil interaction in private teaching, develop basic instruction skills at the piano with supervision and constructive feedback, enrich personal awareness of the current methods and materials available, and provide comprehensive coaching in studio management.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year standing in performance option or permission of the instructor. (1-1 or 1-1)


    • MUSI 460 Vocal Pedagogy (1 sem. hr.)

      Students study the anatomy and physiology of the breathing and phonatory mechanisms of the larynx, and the acoustical laws required for optimum resonation of the singing voice, with practical applications for interaction of teacher and pupil in private studio teaching. Students in the course give basic instruction in voice under the supervision of the instructor.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year standing in performance option or permission of the instructor. (1-1 or 1-1)


    • MUSI 470 Senior Recital (1 sem. hr.)

      A one-hour recital, demonstrating ability in a wide range of musical styles, given by a student in the fourth year of the performance option. Recital program must be submitted to the Department coordinator for approval.

      Prerequisite(s): MUSI 370 and normally two semesters of private study subsequent to the junior recital.

    • Applied Music

      A. Private Lessons

      There are 12 weekly lessons in each semester; Section A denoting half-hour lessons for 1 sem. hr. of credit, Section B denoting one-hour lessons for 2 sem. hrs. of credit


    • MUSA 1XX:

      For first year Music majors or others with substantial previous instruction.


    • MUSA 2XX:

      For second year Music majors or others with prerequisite.

      Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of lessons at the 100 level.


    • MUSA 3XX:

      For third year Music majors or others with prerequisite.

      Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of lessons at the 200 level.


    • MUSI 4XX:

      For fourth year Music majors or others with prerequisite.

      Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of lessons at the 300 level.


Lessons on additional instruments may be available by request.

    • Private Voice Lessons
      MUSA 110, 111, 210, 211, 310, 311, 410, 411.


    • Private Keyboard Lessons
      MUSA 120, 121, 220, 221, 320, 321, 420, 421.


    • Private Flute Lessons
      MUSA 130, 131, 230, 231, 330, 331, 430, 431.


    • Private Oboe Lessons
      MUSA 132, 133, 232, 233, 332, 333, 432, 433.


    • Private Clarinet Lessons
      MUSA 134, 135, 234, 235 334, 335, 434, 435.


    • Private Bassoon Lessons
      MUSA 136, 137, 236, 237, 336, 337, 436, 437.


    • Private Trumpet Lessons
      MUSA 140, 141, 240, 241, 340, 341, 440, 441.


    • Private Horn Lessons
      MUSA 142, 143, 242, 243, 342, 343, 442, 443.


    • Private Trombone/Euphonium Lessons
      MUSA 144, 145, 244, 245, 344, 345, 444, 445.


    • Private Tuba Lessons
      MUSA 146, 147, 246, 247, 346, 347, 446, 447.


    • Private Percussion Lessons
      MUSA 150, 151, 250, 251, 350, 351, 450, 451.


    • Private Violin Lessons
      MUSA 160, 161, 260, 261, 360, 361, 460, 461.


    • Private Viola Lessons
      MUSA 162, 163, 262, 263, 362, 363, 462, 463.


    • Private Cello Lessons
      MUSA 164, 165, 264, 265, 364, 365, 464, 465.


    • Private Bass Lessons
      MUSA 166, 167, 266, 267, 366, 367, 466, 467.


    • Private Guitar Lessons
      MUSA 170, 171, 270, 271, 370, 371, 470, 471.


    • Private Harp Lessons
      MUSA 172, 173, 272, 273, 372, 373, 472, 473.


    • B. Performing Ensembles

      Unless otherwise stated, membership is by audition and director&#8217,s consent. Ensembles rehearse three to four hours each week of the semester for 1 sem. hr. of credit.


    • Chamber Choirs
      MUSI 153, 154, 253, 254, 353, 354, 453, 454.


    • Concert Choir
      MUSI 181, 182, 281, 282, 381, 382, 481, 482.


    • Women's Chorus
      MUSI 163, 164, 263, 264, 363, 364, 463, 464.


    • Vocal Ensembles
      MUSI 161, 162, 261, 262, 361, 362, 461, 462.


    • Orchestra
      MUSI 145, 146, 245, 246, 345, 346, 445, 446.


    • Concert Band
      MUSI 147, 148, 247, 248, 347, 348, 447, 448.


    • Instrumental Ensembles
      MUSI 165, 166, 265, 266, 365, 366, 465, 466.

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