Music Courses

  • MU 1060/1061, 2060/2061, 3060/3061, 4060/4060;
    MU 1160/1161, 2160/2161, 3160/3161, 4160/4161
    University Chorus
    The University’s largest 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, a cappella 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 1064/1065, 2064/2065, 3064/3065, 4064/4065;
    MU 1164/1165, 2164/2165, 3164/3165, 4164/4165
    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 1082/1083, 2082/2083, 3082/3083, 4082/4083;
    MU 1182/1183, 2182/2183, 3182/3183, 4182/4183
    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 the basic concepts in jazz harmony, as well as introducing the fundamental concepts of jazz improvisation. 0-1 semester hour credit. Offered each semester.
  • MU 1084/1085, 2084/2085, 3084/3085, 4084/4085;
    MU 1184/1185, 2184/2185, 3184/3185, 4184/4185
    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, 2111/2112, 3211/3212, 4211/4212;
    Private Voice
    Private instruction in techniques of breath control, tone production, diction, phrasing, and interpretation. Lower division lessons meet ½ hour per week and upper division meet 1 hour per week. 2 semesters of lower division credit and jury approval are required to enter upper-level study. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered each semester.
  • MU 1121/1122, 2121/2122, 3221/3222, 4221/4222
    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 1/2 hour per week and upper division lessons meet 1 hour per week. 2 semesters of lower division credit and jury approval are required to enter upper level study. 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. Co-requisite: 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.  Co-requisite: 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 the student 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 basic techniques of playing the piano. Includes elementary note reading and fingering skills. 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 beginning semester of a student’s participation in the University Chorus or Faulkner Singers. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every fall semester.
  • MU 1191/1192, 2191/2192, 3291/3292, 4291/4292
    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 1/2 hour per week and upper division lessons meet 1 hour per week. Recital attendance is also required. 2 semesters of lower division credit and jury approval are required to enter upper level study. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.
  • MU 1193/1194, 2193/2194, 3193/3194, 4193/4194
    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 1/2 hour per week and upper division lessons meet 1 hour per week. Recital attendance is also required. 2 semesters of lower division credit and jury approval are required to enter upper level study. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered every semester.
  • MU 1195/1196, 2195/2196, 3295/3296, 4295/4296
    Private Guitar
    Private instruction in technical and musical skills associated with performing a wide variety of guitar music from various genres and periods. Lower division lessons meet ½ hour per week and upper division lessons meet 1 hour per week. Recital attendance is also required. 2 semesters of lower division credit and jury approval are required to enter upper level study. 1-2 semester hours credit. Offered each semester.
  • MU 2151
    Sight Singing & Ear Training III
    A continuation of MU 1152. Prerequisite: MU 1152. Co-requisite: 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. Co-requisite: MU 3342. 1 semester hour credit. Offered every spring semester.
  • MU 2223
    Introduction to Strings, Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion
    A study of basic techniques for string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Designed for vocal/choral music education majors. 1 semester hour credit. Offered odd spring semesters.
  • MU 2331
    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 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 2331. 3 semester hours credit. Offered even fall semesters.
  • MU 3341
    Music Theory III
    A continuation of MU 2342, with 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. Prerequisites: MU 2342 and permission of the instructor. 3 semester hours credit. Offered odd spring semesters.
  • MU 3373
    Vocal Pedagogy
    A study of vocal production teaching 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 4329
    Elementary Materials and Methods

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and instrumental 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
    May involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study, or creative expression. Conference 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 (1-3) will be set by the department chair 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 and BME music majors. Prerequisite: MU 3341 and departmental approval. 3 semester hours credit. Offered as needed.