MUSC - Music
For students contemplating composition and related activities as occupations. Each student develops content in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of MUSC 3010 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Practical study of counterpoint as used in the works of Palestrina and other Renaissance-era composers. Includes study of line, voice-leading, rhythm, texture, and extensive analysis of the music of the period.
Practical study of counterpoint as used in the works of Bach. Includes study of the invention, chorale prelude and fugue, and extensive analysis of the music of the period. Prerequisite: MUSC 2020.
A historical survey from Debussy, Ives, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg to Bartók, Cage, Babbitt, and Glass. Involves musical analysis of works involving twentieth-century tonality, modality, the 12-tone method, set theory, microtonality, and aleatoric elements. Prerequisites: MUSC 2020 and MUSC 2040 or permission of instructor.
Covers arranging for choral ensembles of various voice groupings and abilities. Projects may include arrangements of folk songs, simplification or re-voicing of previously composed choral music, adapting choral parts to accommodate boys’ changing voices, limited ranges, and other exigencies. Prerequisite: MUSC 2020.
This course surveys choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the present appropriate for school and church choirs. Aspects of the course work include focus on performance practice and associated choral techniques for the purposes of conducting and teaching. Prerequisite: MUSC 3410 or permission of instructor.
Study of psalmody and hymnody in history and current practice; theological study of hymn texts and musical study of hymn tunes; practical application of hymnody in Christian worship and education.
Designed primarily for piano majors. Teaches the specific skills required for accompanying. Emphasizes art song literature, but also includes operatic and instrumental music. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Focuses on the correct pronunciation of foreign language sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: students must be voice majors of junior or senior status.
Solo art songs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are studied and performed, with emphasis on works by German, French, and American composers. Studies include analysis of style and idea in music and poetry, and the art of programming the song recital. Prerequisites: music major and junior or senior standing.
Studies important works from 400 years of operatic history, including Monteverdi through Glass. The history of operatic style is studied as are the development of recitative, aria, ensembles, and other aspects of operatic form. Prerequisites: MUSC 2020 and MUSC 2040.
Designed primarily for junior or senior piano majors. A survey of the standard keyboard literature for piano. Style analysis, performance-practice problems, and editions are emphasized. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Continues MUSC 4170. Prerequisite: MUSC 4170.
MUSC 4180 Piano Literature III (2) (previously Piano Literature II
Continues MUSC 4175. Prerequisites: MUSC 4170, MUSC 4175.
Examines the development of orchestral literature from the eighteenth century to the present. Study topics include sonata form, instrumentation, the concerto, the tone poem, and so forth. Major works from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, the German Romantic composers, and twentieth century composers such as Bartok, Hindemith, Schoenberg, Schwantner, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky will be covered. Prerequisite: MUSC 2040.
Teaching and administering the instrumental music program, grades 5-12, with emphasis placed on philosophy, facilities/equipment management, ensemble development (concert band/wind ensemble, orchestra, marching band, and chamber ensembles), and appropriate repertoire and methodology for technical and musical growth. Prerequisite: two semesters of MUSC 2120.
Studies the human voice and its registers, classification of voices, methods of practicing, analysis, style, and selection of literature. Prerequisite: junior or senior voice student or permission of the instructor.
MUSC 4255 Voice Pedagogy II (2)
Students enrolled in the Voice Pedagogy courses study the human voice through reading, writing, listening, and class discussion. Pre-requisite MUSC 4250.
Examines teaching materials from beginning through intermediate levels. Students gain supervised teaching experience. Prerequisite: junior or senior piano student or permission of the instructor.
Continues MUSC 4260. Prerequisite: MUSC 4260.
(formerly MUSC 3320) A survey of pedagogical techniques, conducting, and teaching materials for the development of the middle school and high school instrumental and vocal jazz program. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
Covers scoring and arranging for jazz ensembles of various sizes, from combo to jazz orchestra. Material covered includes melodic and rhythmic variation, reharmonization and voicing techniques, jazz instrumentation and orchestration, elements of form, and score and part preparation. Prerequisites: MUSC 1380 and MUSC 2020.
Continues MUSC 4340. Prerequisite: MUSC 4340.
Examines aspects of contracts, auditions, copyright, publishing, license (BMI, ASCAP, SESAC), union issues, promotion-marketing, taxes, grant applications, non profit organizations and foundations, exploration of careers in the music industry: entertainment law, retail, marketing, recording industry, arts management, self employment as a free lance musician (business owner, recording studio musician, teacher, composer, conductor, and so forth. Prerequisite: BUSN 3700 or permission of instructor.
Examines aspects of image building, promotion kits (letterhead, internet site, photography, video/audio discs (repertoire, recording, art work, copyright, licensing, promotion, sales, reviews, etc), working with a publicist, advertising agency, manager and/or agent, audience connections (targeting educational residencies, seminars, and conventions), contracts, aud
itions, professional organizations and memberships Prerequisite: MUSC 4360 or permission of instructor.
MUSC 4700 Advanced Topics in Music (2-3)
A capstone course synthesizing various aspects of music history, theory, performance practice, and/or vernacular and world music traditions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Course content varies each semester. See current course description book for subject matter for a particular semester. Credit may be in music history, music theory, music business, or music education. Prerequisites: MUSC 2020 and senior standing. May be repeated for credit.
This course focuses on improvement of sight-singing, ear training, dictation, and harmonic progressions and improvisation at the keyboard. The class requires the use of Kodàly moveable do solfége and rhythm syllables and German chromatic note names. Exercises also require conducting and analytical skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 2820 or permission of the instructor.
This select chamber choir is open to all students by audition. The Chorale performs a cappella and accompanied choral masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present, sometimes in cooperation with other Webster choirs. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for credit.
The Webster University Symphony Orchestra is comprised of advanced student musicians and studio faculty. The orchestra presents five concerts each year with repertoire from string and chamber orchestra to full symphonic settings. Prerequisite: audition. Instrumental majors who do not qualify will be placed in other instrumental ensembles. May be repeated for credit.
The Department of Music offers numerous smaller ensembles, including Jazz Singers, New Music Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, String Quartet, Sax Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, and the like. Enrollment in each of these ensembles is by permission of the appropriate instructor. Additional information is available from the Department of Music.
The Jazz Ensembles are combos of three to eight members that offer a practical approach to jazz styles and improvisation through rehearsals. The Jazz Ensembles perform a wide range of music from Coltrane, Ellington, Liebman, Mingus, and others on weekly Monday afternoon recitals as well as public concerts each semester. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for credit.
The Jazz Collective is an 18-piece ensemble that performs literature from all style periods of jazz, with focus placed on works from after 1960. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in improvisation, stylistic awareness, reading, and ensemble interaction. The ensemble performs several concerts each semester. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for credit.
The Wind Ensemble is open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion students. The ensemble is comprised of the brass ensemble, chamber winds, saxophone ensemble, and percussion ensemble, each of which is directed by a faculty specialist. These groups join together to form the Wind Ensemble. Emphasis is placed on literature that calls for one performer per part in works from the Renaissance through contemporary periods. The ensemble presents four concerts annually. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for credit.
The Opera Studio is open by audition to all Webster voice students. The ensemble presents opera scenes and complete works from the Baroque through contemporary periods twice annually. The ensemble frequently works with renowned guest directors and conductors, and receives assistance from Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for credit.
Available in piano, voice, organ, and all orchestral instruments.
Each student in consultation with the instructor develops the content for this advanced course in composition. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
Advanced work in formal analysis, including discussion of sectional forms (binary, ternary, rondo), canon and fugue, sonata and sonatina forms, and hybrid forms such as sonata form with fugal exposition, first-movement concerto form, sonata-rondo, etc. Review of chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: graduate standing or admission to combined degree (BM/MM) program.
This course is designed to prepare students to analyze twentieth-century Western music. Prerequisite: graduate standing or admission to combined degree (BM/MM) program.
This course covers selected topics in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music history. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
This course covers selected topics in Classical, Romantic, and twentieth-century music history. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
This seminar addresses the theoretical as well as practical processes of creating a career as a member of a professional ensemble, a free-lance musician, teacher, composer, or conductor. Topics covered could include creating professional work, organizing ensembles, publishing music and method books, and applying for arts grants. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
The student cultivates skills in conducting instruments and instruments with voices. The course includes studies in score reading, literature, score study, and other appropriate areas of general musicianship, depending on the individual needs of the student. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
The student cultivates skills in conducting voices and voices with instruments. The course includes studies in literature, score reading, diction, and other appropriate areas of general musicianship, depending on the individual needs of the student. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
These seminars and courses supplement the core and elective courses in the music education area by focusing on topics of current and special interest, such as specific methods and techniques for music teaching. This course may be repeated for credit if content differs. This course may not be completed by directed study.
This course concentrates on advanced topics and may include scoring and arranging, pedagogy, history and literature, performance practices, or musical form. This course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
The apprenticeship is a practicum in which a student serves in either a continuing position as a church musician or as an apprentice in a selected position. Supervision is by a Music Department faculty member. Emphasis is on practical experience in the following areas, as deemed appropriate by the supervisor: recruit and plan for, rehearse, and direct a church choir; play the organ for a variety of types of church services; develop and maintain special groups such as children’s choirs and bell choirs; budget for and administer a church music program and library; work with the church staff in a collegial and efficient manner. Students are required to maintain a well-organized and comprehensive log during the practicum.
This course focuses on original research in special projects in the field of music. Prerequisite: graduate standing in music and permission of the instructor.