Music Courses

  • MU 1060/61-4060/61; MU 1160/61-4160/61 University Chorus

The University’s large choral ensemble. Members are selected by audition and commit to a demanding rehearsal and performance schedule that includes an annual spring tour. The group performs sacred, acappella music by composers from many nations representative of historical periods from the Renaissance to the present day. 0-1 semester hour credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1064/65-4064/65; MU 1164/65-4164/65 Faulkner Singers

A select, sixteen-voice chamber ensemble chosen from the ranks of the Faulkner University Chorus. The group prepares and performs music that demands the finesse and vocal agility of a highly-disciplined chamber ensemble. 0-1 semester hour credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1082/83-4082/83; MU 1182/83-4182/83 Faulkner Jazz Ensemble

Faulkner Jazz Ensemble is a traditional jazz combo/big band that performs music from a variety of jazz eras including swing, bebop, funk, and fusion. The group meets twice weekly and gives performances in the community and at least one on-campus concert per semester. While preparation for performances is the main focus of the ensemble, emphasis is also placed on studying basic concepts in jazz harmony, as well as introducing fundamental concepts of jazz improvisation. 0-1 semester hour credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1084/85-4084/85; MU 1184/85-4184/85 University Band

The University’s largest instrumental ensemble. Members are selected by audition and commit to a demanding rehearsal and performance schedule that includes marching band in the fall and concert band in the spring. 0-1 semester hour credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1111/12-2111/12; MU 3211/12-4211/12 Private Voice

Private instruction in techniques of breath control, tone production, diction, phrasing, and interpretation. Lower division lessons meet one-half hour per week and upper division lessons meet one hour per week. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1121/22-2121/22; MU 3221/22-4221/22 Private Piano

Private instruction in the technical and musical skills associated with performing a wide variety of keyboard music from various genres and periods.  Lower division lessons meet one-half hour per week and upper division lessons meet one hour per week. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1151 Sight-Singing & Ear-Training I

Focused study of the tonal and rhythmic relationships in music and how to hear and sing those relationships at sight. Includes principles of basic theory. Corequisite: MU 2341. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every fall semester.

  • MU 1152 Sight-Singing & Ear-Training II

A continuation of MU 1151. Prerequisite: MU 1151. Corequisite: MU 2342. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every spring semester.

  • MU 1153 Class Piano I

Group instruction in the basic techniques of playing the piano. Includes elementary note reading and fingering skills. Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of the piano. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every fall semester.

  • MU 1154 Class Piano II

Group instruction in the basic techniques of playing the piano. Includes elementary note reading and fingering skills. Prerequisite: MU 1153. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every spring semester.

  • MU 1173 Choral Sight-Singing

A study of the basic rudiments of music and sight singing skills needed for participation in the university choral program. May be required before or during the first semester of a student’s participation in the University Chorus or Faulkner Singers. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every fall semester.

  • MU 1191/92-2191/92; 3291/92-4291/92 Private Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion

Private instruction in the technical and musical skills associated with performing a wide variety of instrumental music from various genres and periods.  Lower division lessons meet one-half hour per week and upper division lessons meet one hour per week. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1193/94-2193/94; 3293/94-4293/94 Private Strings

Private instruction in the technical and musical skills associated with performing a wide variety of string music from various genres and periods.  Lower division lessons meet one-half hour per week and upper division lessons meet one hour per week. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 1195/96-2195/96; 3295/96-4295/96 Private Guitar

Private instruction in the technical and musical skills associated with performing a wide variety of guitar music from various genres and periods. Lower division lessons meet one-half hour per week and upper division lessons meet one hour per week. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 2151 Sight-Singing & Ear-Training III

A continuation of MU 1152. Prerequisite: MU 1152. Corequisite: MU 3341. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every fall semester.

  • MU 2152 Sight-Singing & Ear-Training IV

A continuation of MU 2151. Prerequisite: MU 2151. Corequisite: MU 3342. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every spring semester.

  • MU 2223 Introduction to Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

A study of basic techniques for string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments. 1 semester hour credit.  Offered odd spring semesters.

  • MU 2231 Music Literature

A historical and geographical survey of music around the world. Focuses on the cultivation of critical listening skills, an understanding of musical styles and structures, and the ability to listen perceptively to music. Prerequisite: MU 2342. 2 semester hours credit. Offered odd fall semesters.

  • MU 2341 Music Theory I

The study of music notation, scales, intervals, part-writing and performance styles. Co-requisite: MU 1151. 3 semester hours credit. Offered every fall semester.

  • MU 2342 Music Theory II

A continuation of MU 2341. Prerequisite: MU 2341. Co-requisite: MU 1152.  3 semester hours credit. Offered every spring semester.

  • MU 3010 Piano Proficiency Exam

A basic skills assessment in piano techniques for music majors. 0 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 3123 Class Woodwinds

This class is designed to prepare music education students to play and teach woodwind instruments to beginning and intermediate-level students. Techniques for successful beginning woodwind instruction and performance are studied, along with repertoire and resource materials.  Students’ teaching and playing competencies will focus on flute, clarinet, and saxophone, with an overview of techniques and issues with double reed instruments. 1 semester hour credit. Offered even fall semesters.

  • MU 3124 Class Strings

A study of basic playing and teaching techniques of string instruments including violin, viola, cello, bass. and guitar. 1 semester hour credit.  Offered odd fall semesters.

  • MU 3125 Class Brass

A study of basic playing and teaching techniques of brass instruments including trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.  1 semester hour credit.  Offered odd spring semesters.

  • MU 3126 Class Percussion

A study of basic playing and teaching techniques of percussion instruments including pitched, non-pitched and mallet instruments. 1 semester hour credit.  Offered even fall semesters.

  • MU 3174 Vocal Techniques for Instrumentalists

Group instruction in the basic techniques of singing, including breath control, tone production, diction, phrasing, and interpretation.  1 semester hour credit.  Offered odd spring semesters.

  • MU 3243 Orchestration and Arranging

A study of instrumentation with emphasis on learning to arrange for combinations of instruments and voices including small chamber groups, chorus, orchestra, and concert band.  2 semester hours credit.  Offered odd fall semesters.

  • MU 3331 Music History I

An in-depth study of the history of music from ancient times to 1750. Prerequisite: MU 2331. 3 semester hours credit. Offered even spring semesters.

  • MU 3332 Music History II

An in-depth study of the history of music from the end of the Baroque Period to the present. Prerequisite: MU 3331. 3 semester hours credit. Offered even fall semesters.

  • MU 3341 Music Theory III

A continuation of MU 2342, with the addition of chromatic idioms. Prerequisite: MU 2342. Co-requisite: MU 2151.  3 semester hours credit. Offered every fall semester.

  • MU 3342 Music Theory IV

A continuation of MU 3341. Prerequisite: MU 3341. Co-requisite: MU 2152.  3 semester hours credit. Offered every spring semester.

  • MU 3351 Choral Conducting

An introduction to basic choral conducting skills, including beat patterns, baton technique, cueing, non-verbal communication, score reading, and leadership.  Prerequisite: MU 2342. 3 semester hours credit. Offered odd spring semesters.

  • MU 3352 Instrumental Conducting

A study of instrumental ensemble rehearsal and conducting techniques with an emphasis on baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, transpositions and score reading. Prerequisite: MU 2342. 3 semester hours credit. Offered even fall semesters.

  • MU 3373 Vocal Pedagogy

A study of vocal production techniques for private voice teachers and choral conductors.  Includes an introduction to the physiology of the voice.  3 semester hours credit.  Offered odd fall semesters.

  • MU 4010 Senior Recital

The preparation and performance of a 45-minute recital on a student’s primary instrument. Required for all music majors.  0 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.

  • MU 4327 Choral Materials and Methods

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and instructional strategies needed to successfully teach choral music.  The course will focus on the development, organization, and maintenance of a choral program.  3 semester hours credit.  Offered even spring semesters.

  • MU 4328 Instrumental Materials and Methods

Advanced studies of the rehearsal techniques and repertoire selection appropriate for junior high and senior high bands. Overview of the organization of band programs from beginning levels through high school with emphasis on budgets and physical facilities. Also covers marching band rehearsal and drill design techniques. 3 semester hours credit. Offered even spring semesters.

  • MU 4329 Elementary Materials and Methods

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and instructional strategies needed to successfully teach music to elementary children. The course will focus on the development, organization, and maintenance of an elementary music program.  3 semester hours credit.  Offered even fall semesters.

  • MU 4331 Christian Aesthetics and Philosophies of Fine Arts

Utilizing the discussion approach, this course explores writings in Christian aesthetics and in Christian philosophies of art, dance, music, and theatre. 3 semester hours credit. Offered odd fall semesters.

  •  MU 2099/3099 Individual Study

The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study, or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring may be required, but no formal lectures or recitation. Quizzes, tests, and examination as appropriate. MU 2099 is open only to sophomores; MU 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by the department head and approved by the dean.

  • MU 4360 Music Internship

Supervised work experience in a professional, regional, community, or educational music environment. Required for all BA majors. Prerequisite: MU 3341 and departmental approval. 3 semester hours credit. Offered as needed.