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The Whitworth Music Department strives to be a community of musicians that recognizes creativity as an essential aspect of being created in God’s image, and a place where individual and community creativity are blended toward a higher purpose. We prepare students for further studies and professional careers in music, as well as for vocational involvement in music, through the study of the discipline on both a theoretical and a practical basis.

MusicThis major will develop the following learning outcomes:

  • technical skill and musicianship in both individual and ensemble performance;
  • a strong foundation in music theory, analysis, and aural skills;
  • knowledge of a wide selection of musical literature, and an understanding of the aesthetic properties of style and the way they shape and are shaped by cultural and artistic forces;
  • an understanding of the intersection between musical art and worldview and of the vocation of the musician in community.

Note to all music majors: Additional information about course requirements and scheduling is included in the  Student Guide to a Music Major, which is available in the music department office.

Requirements for a Music Major, B.A. (47-50)

MU 110Music Theory I3
MU 111Ear Training I1
MU 112Music Theory II3
MU 113Ear Training II1
MU 210Music Theory III3
MU 211Ear Training III1
MU 212Music Theory IV3
MU 213Ear Training IV1
MU 225General Conducting2
MU 301Music History I3
MU 302WMusic History II3
MU 303Music History III3
MU 383Junior Recital0-1
MU R99Recital Hours (Seven semesters)0
Six credits of elective music courses6
Six semesters of private lessons6
(including at least two semesters at the 300-400 level)
Eight semesters of ensembles8
Piano proficiency0-2
May be met by passing a proficiency exam or by completing MU 241: Class Piano II, with a minimum grade of “B.” MU 141 may be required prior to MU 241. All incoming students must meet with the piano proficiency coordinator to determine their placement for piano study.

In addition to the requirements listed above, students may elect one or more of the following tracks:

Track I: Composition (52-58)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
Additional lessons at 300 and 400 levels4
MU 348Computer Applications in Music3
MU 432Instrumental and Choral Arranging2
Choose 2-3 credits from the following:2-3
Jazz in America
String Techniques
Percussion Techniques
Woodwind Techniques
Brass Techniques
MU 483Senior Recital0-2

Track II: Instrumental Performance (50-56)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
Additional lessons at 300 and 400 levels4
MU 427Advanced Conducting2
One of the following:1
Jazz Combo
Chamber Ensemble
One of the following:2-3
Jazz in America
Computer Applications in Music
Wind Literature
Symphonic Literature
Instrumental and Choral Arranging
Contemporary/Jazz Methods
MU 483Senior Recital0-2

Track III: Jazz Performance (53-58)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
Additional lessons at 300 and 400 levels4
Take four semesters of the following:4
Jazz Combo
Take one credit of the following:1
Private Jazz Arranging
MU 206Jazz in America3
MU 483Senior Recital0-2

Track IV: Music Ministry (61-65)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
MU 306History and Theology of Worship3
MU 307Church Music Techniques3
MU 427Advanced Conducting2
One of the following:2-3
Private Organ (two semesters)
Choral Literature
Music Methods in the Elementary School
Contemporary/Jazz Methods
Choral Techniques and Materials
TH 154Introduction to the Christian Faith3
Take two semesters:4
Internship in Ministry - Music
One course selected from the following:3
Christian Spirituality
Christian Theology
Great Christian Thinkers
Evangelism and Discipleship in the Postmodern Context

Track V: Piano Pedagogy (53-56)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
Additional lessons at 300 and 400 levels4
MU 330Piano Pedagogy2
MU 337Piano Literature2
Take two semesters of the following:4
Music Practicum

Track VI: Piano Performance (49-54)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
Additional lessons at 300 and 400 levels4
MU 330Piano Pedagogy2
MU 337Piano Literature2
MU 483Senior Recital0-2

Track VII: Voice Performance (53-58)

Music major requirements minus six credits of elective music courses41-44
Additional lessons at 300 and 400 levels4
MU 335Diction I: Italian, English2
MU 336Diction II: French, German2
MU 438Song Literature2
MU 439Vocal Pedagogy2
MU 483Senior Recital0-2

Requirements for a Music Education Major, B.A. (57-61)

MU 110Music Theory I3
MU 111Ear Training I1
MU 112Music Theory II3
MU 113Ear Training II1
MU 210Music Theory III3
MU 211Ear Training III1
MU 212Music Theory IV3
MU 213Ear Training IV1
MU 225General Conducting2
MU 301Music History I3
MU 302WMusic History II3
MU 303Music History III3
MU 383Junior Recital0-1
MU 427Advanced Conducting2
MU 432Instrumental and Choral Arranging2
MU 440Music Methods in the Elementary School2
MU 442Contemporary/Jazz Methods2
MU R99Recital Hours (Seven semesters)0
Six semesters of private lessons6
(Including at least two semesters at the 300-400 level)
Seven semesters of ensembles7
Piano proficiency0-2
May be met by passing a proficiency exam or by completing MU 241: Class Piano II with a minimum grade of “B.” MU 141 may be required prior to MU 241. All incoming students must meet with the piano-proficiency coordinator to determine their placement for piano study.
Choose one of the following tracks (courses listed below):9-10
Choral/General track
Instrumental/General track

Track I: Choral/General Track (57-60)

Core courses for music education major (listed above)48-51
MU 415Choral Literature2
MU 439Vocal Pedagogy2
MU 443Choral Techniques and Materials3
Take two semesters of the following:2
Private Piano
Professional education courses must be taken from the School of Education. Refer to the School of Education section in this catalog.

Track II: Instrumental/General Track (58-61)

Core courses for music education major (listed above)48-51
MU 331String Techniques1
MU 332Percussion Techniques1
MU 333Woodwind Techniques1
MU 334Brass Techniques1
MU 416Wind Literature2
MU 444Instrumental Methods and Materials3
Take one of the following:1
Class Voice
Private Voice
Professional education courses must be taken from the School of Education. Refer to the School of Education section in this catalog.

Requirements for a Music Minor (19)

Four semesters of private lessons4
Four semesters of ensembles4
MU 110Music Theory I3
MU 111Ear Training I1
MU 112Music Theory II3
MU 113Ear Training II1
One of the following:3
Listening to Music
Music of the Christian Church
Jazz in America
World Music Traditions
MU R99 Four semesters of recital hours0

Class Lessons

Class instruction. Fee in addition to tuition. Fall and spring semesters. 

MU 139Beginning Class Piano (for non-music majors)1
MU 141Class Piano I (for music majors)1
MU 241Class Piano II (for music majors)1
MU 140Beginning Class Guitar1
MU 142Class Voice1

Private Lessons

Weekly half-hour to one-hour lessons, available to all Whitworth students. May be repeated for credit at the same level. Fee in addition to the tuition.

MU 152, 252, 352, 452Private Brass1-2
MU 153, 253, 353, 453Private Guitar1-2
MU 155, 255, 355, 455Private Organ1-2
MU 156, 256, 356, 456Private Percussion1-2
MU 157, 257, 357, 457Private Piano1-2
MU 158, 258, 358, 458Private Strings1-2
MU 159, 259, 359, 459Private Voice1-2
MU 160, 260, 360, 460Private Woodwinds1-2
MU 161, 261, 361, 461Private Jazz Improvisation1-2
MU 162, 262, 362, 462Private Composition1-2
MU 163, 263, 363, 463Private Jazz Arranging1-2

Fine Arts Courses

FA 301 Power and Politics of Art: Italy/Germany3
Exploration of the arts (primarily visual arts and music) in Rome, Florence, and Berlin, with emphasis on the arts in relation to history, culture, and political systems. Jan Term, odd years.
FA 304 The Arts in Christian Worship3
Explore the ways that the arts have shaped and been shaped by Christian worship practice from the early church to the present, through study in Rome, Taize, and London. Students will visit cathedrals, museums, and other places of historical and cultural significance. Jan Term, even years.

Courses

MU 103 Listening to Music3
A course that will guide students in intelligent listening and understanding of Western classical music as well as of world music traditions and popular music compositions. Fall semester.
MU 104 Music of the Christian Church3
This course will guide students to listen intelligently and understand music in the history of the Christian Church. Attention will focus on the role of music in the life of Christian communities. This course includes visits to local church services. Periodic Jan Term offering.
MU 110 Music Theory I3
Notation, scale structure, intervals, simple harmonic progressions. Taken concurrently with MU 111. Fall semester.
MU 111 Ear Training I1
Ear training, sight singing. Taken concurrently with MU 110.
MU 112 Music Theory II3
Seventh chords, inversions, non-harmonic tones, modulations, altered chords, complex chord progressions. Prerequisite: MU 110 with a minimum grade of C. Spring semester.
MU 113 Ear Training II1
Ear training, sight singing. Taken concurrently with MU 112. Prerequisite: MU 111 with a minimum grade of C.
MU 139 Beginning Class Piano1
MU 140 Beginning Class Guitar1
MU 141 Class Piano I1
MU 142 Class Voice1
MU 149 Jazz Combo1
May be repeated for credit.
MU 152 Private Brass1-2
MU 153 Private Guitar1-2
MU 155 Private Organ1-2
MU 156 Private Percussion1-2
MU 157 Private Piano1-2
MU 158 Private Strings1-2
MU 159 Private Voice1-2
MU 160 Private Woodwinds1-2
MU 161 Private Jazz Improvisation1-2
MU 162 Private Composition1-2
MU 163 Private Jazz Arranging1-2
MU 167 Concert Band1
No audition required. Students may join if they have played an instrument in band at least through their junior year in high school, or have the consent of the instructor. Meets one evening a week and performs on campus once each semester.
MU 170 Chamber Ensemble1
By permission. Performance in a small instrumental ensemble. May be repeated for credit.
MU 171 Whitworth Choir1
By audition. Works of all periods, a cappella and accompanied. Annual tour. May be repeated for credit.
MU 172 Women's Choir1
By audition. Works from all periods for treble voices, a cappella and accompanied. Christmas tour, spring concerts. May be repeated for credit.
MU 173 Wind Symphony1
By audition. Primarily original works for band and wind ensemble. Bi-annual tour. May be repeated for credit.
MU 174 Jazz Ensemble1
By audition. All jazz styles. Annual concerts with guest artists, jazz festivals, tours. International travel opportunities during Jan Term. May be repeated for credit.
MU 175 Chamber Singers1
A select, small choral ensemble, the members being chosen from the Whitworth Choir. By audition. May be repeated for credit.
MU 177 Men's Chorus1
Must be able to match pitches; no previous choral experience required. Works of various styles and musical periods for men's voices, a cappella and accompanied. On-campus and local performance. May be repeated for credit.
MU 178 Whitworth Orchestra1
By audition. Works for full orchestra from all musical periods. Frequent concerts and bi-annual tour. May be repeated for credit.
MU 196 Topics in Music1-3
Selected lower-division topics in music. Periodic offering.
MU 206 Jazz in America3
Comprehensive review of the cultural settings from which jazz emerged. Major jazz styles, composers/ performers, and recordings. Spring semester.
MU 210 Music Theory III3
Continuation of topics in MU 112. Emphasis on traditional musical forms such as theme and variations, rondo and sonata, with some writing in these forms. Prerequisite: MU 112 with a minimum grade of C. Fall semester.
MU 211 Ear Training III1
Ear training, sight singing. Taken concurrently with MU 210. Prerequisite: MU 113 with a minimum grade of C.
MU 212 Music Theory IV3
An introduction to contemporary harmonic idioms. Composition assignments of varied natures. Prerequisite: MU 210 with a minimum grade of C. Spring semester.
MU 213 Ear Training IV1
Ear training, sight singing. Taken concurrently with MU 212. Prerequisite: MU 211 with a minimum grade of C.
MU 225 General Conducting2
Basic techniques of choral and instrumental conducting. Prerequisites: MU 110 and MU 111. Fall and spring semesters.
MU 235 Classical Music of the Western World3
A music appreciation course covering basic techniques for listening to classic pieces of music. Exploration of the historical forces that have influenced the great compositions of our culture. Periodic offering.
MU 241 Class Piano II1
MU 249 Jazz Combo1
MU 252 Private Brass1-2
MU 253 Private Guitar1-2
MU 255 Private Organ1-2
MU 256 Private Percussion1-2
MU 257 Private Piano1-2
MU 258 Private Strings1-2
MU 259 Private Voice1-2
MU 260 Private Woodwinds1-2
MU 261 Private Jazz Improvisation1-2
MU 262 Private Composition1-2
MU 263 Private Jazz Arranging1-2
MU 267 Concert Band1
See MU 167.
MU 270 Chamber Ensemble1
See MU 170.
MU 271 Whitworth Choir1
See MU 171.
MU 272 Women's Choir1
See MU 172.
MU 273 Wind Symphony1
See MU 173.
MU 274 Jazz Ensemble1
See MU 174.
MU 275 Chamber Singers1
See MU 175.
MU 276 Piano Accompanying1
See MU 176.
MU 277 Men's Chorus1
See MU 177.
MU 278 Whitworth Orchestra1
See MU 178.
MU 284 Opera Workshop2
Preparation of roles from opera and/or operetta, with performance at the end of the term. Acting, vocal techniques, stage movement. Audition required. Periodic Jan Term offering.
MU 285 Elective Recital0-1
Elective course for students taking private lessons. Departmental approval required. Fall and spring semesters.
MU 301 Music History I3
Musical styles, forms, composers from ancient times through the 18th century. Lectures, reading, score analysis, coordinated listening. Prerequisite: MU 112. Spring semester.
MU 302W Music History II3
Continuation of topics in MU 301, covering music from the 18th century through the late 19th century. Prerequisites: MU 210 and MU 301 required (CO 250 recommended). Fall semester.
MU 303 Music History III3
Continuation of the topics in MU 301 and 302W. Covers music from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: MU 302W. Spring semester.
MU 304 World Music Traditions3
Musical traditions of a variety of cultures, including Native American, African, East European and Indian. Special attention will be given to unique instruments, particularly those from Africa. The relationship of music to religion and politics will also be explored. Periodic offering.
MU 305 Leadership in Music3
Principles of leadership in the context of a study of famous composers of classical music. Study the lives of composers and explore the specific ways composers shaped the development of a rich artistic tradition. Fulfills the fine arts or humanities requirement. Continuing Studies only
MU 306 History and Theology of Worship3
History and theology of the practice of corporate worship and the role of music in worship from the Old Testament to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of congregational song in worship. Also listed as TH 306. Fall semester, even years.
MU 307 Church Music Techniques3
Survey of techniques and resources for a broad range of church music functions. Class sessions will include preparing the student to work with organs, handbells, children's choirs, worship teams, and audio/video technology in worship. Spring semester, odd years.
MU 329 String Pedagogy2
This course is designed to teach the art of studio teaching to string players. Through classes, observation, and a teaching practicum, students gain the tools and experiences necessary to become a highly qualified teacher. Prerequisites: music major or minor, or instructor permission. Jan Term, odd years.
MU 330 Piano Pedagogy2
Exploration of concepts, materials and methods. Prerequisite: music major, music-education major, or music minor. Fall semester, even years.
MU 331 String Techniques1
Techniques, materials, methods, application of scoring. Prerequisite: music or music education major. Fall semester, even years.
MU 332 Percussion Techniques1
Techniques, materials, methods and pedagogy for percussion instruments. Prerequisite: music or music education major. Spring semester.
MU 333 Woodwind Techniques1
Techniques, materials, concepts, and pedagogy for woodwind instruments. Prerequisite: music or music education major. Fall semester, odd years.
MU 334 Brass Techniques1
Techniques, materials, concepts, and pedagogy for brass instruments. Prerequisite: music or music education major. Spring semester, even years.
MU 335 Diction I: Italian, English2
Exposure to Italian and Latin diction through study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Listening, song texts and poetry, performance and score reading of baroque to 20th-century literature. Prerequisite: music major, music education major, or music minor. Fall semester, even years.
MU 336 Diction II: French, German2
Exposure to French and German diction through study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Listening, song texts and poetry, performance and score reading of baroque to 20th-century literature. Prerequisite: MU 335. Spring semester, odd years.
MU 337 Piano Literature2
Study of the major repertoire and its composers from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisite: music major, music education major, or music minor. Fall semester, odd years.
MU 344 Elementary Music: Music and Movement1
Curriculum and methods for teaching music and movement in the elementary school. Procedures, materials for teaching music in the self-contained elementary classroom. Designed for non-music majors. Fall and spring semesters, Jan Term. Prerequisite: EDU-201.
MU 348 Computer Applications in Music3
Students will use synthesizers, sequencers and computers to compose, arrange, orchestrate and/or publish music ranging from jazz to orchestral. Prerequisite: MU 110. Periodic Jan Term offering.
MU 349 Jazz Combo1
MU 352 Private Brass1-2
MU 353 Private Guitar1-2
MU 355 Private Organ1-2
MU 356 Private Percussion1-2
MU 357 Private Piano1-2
MU 358 Private Strings1-2
MU 359 Private Voice1-2
MU 360 Private Woodwinds1-2
MU 361 Private Jazz Improvisation1-2
MU 362 Private Composition1-2
MU 363 Private Jazz Arranging1-2
MU 365 International Culture Through Jazz3
A select group of Whitworth jazz students (enrollment by audition only) will travel to locations outside the United States and join with international students and instructors in various jazz classes, ensembles and concerts. Includes study of local history and culture through visits to historical and cultural sites in the host city. Offered periodically in Jan Term.
MU 367 Concert Band1
See MU 167.
MU 370 Chamber Ensemble1
See MU 170.
MU 371 Whitworth Choir1
See MU 171.
MU 372 Women's Choir1
See MU 172.
MU 373 Wind Symphony1
See MU 173.
MU 374 Jazz Ensemble1
See MU 174.
MU 375 Chamber Singers1
See MU 175.
MU 376 Piano Accompanying1
See MU 176.
MU 377 Men's Chorus1
See MU 177.
MU 378 Whitworth Orchestra1
See MU 178.
MU 383 Junior Recital0-1
Music majors only. Department approval required. Fall and spring semesters.
MU 385 Elective Recital0-1
Elective course for students taking private lessons. Departmental approval required.
MU 394 Music Practicum2
Supervised piano teaching experience, primarily intended for students in piano pedagogy track. Prerequisites: junior standing; music major, music education major, or music minor. Fall and spring semesters.
MU 415 Choral Literature2
History of choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisite: MU 210 (MU 301 recommended). Spring semester, even years.
MU 416 Wind Literature2
History of symphonic and wind band/ensemble literature from the baroque period to the present. Prerequisite: MU 210. Fall semester, odd years.
MU 417 Symphonic Literature2
Survey of major orchestral literature from the Baroque period to the present. Prerequisite: MU 210 required (MU 302W recommended). Periodic offering.
MU 427 Advanced Conducting2
Advanced techniques of choral and instrumental conducting. Score study. Prerequisite: MU 225 with a grade of "C" or better. Spring semester.
MU 432 Instrumental and Choral Arranging2
Practical application of arranging techniques for a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles. Transpositions, instrument and vocal ranges, principles of voicing and score production will be studied. Prerequisite: MU 210. Spring semester, odd years.
MU 436 Survey of Music Industry3
Designed to familiarize students with the primary components of the music industry as well as contracts, music licensing and copyrights. They will explore career options, develop a portfolio, and learn to write effective business letters, invoices and resumes. Periodic offering.
MU 438 Song Literature2
Survey of the great song literature of Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Scandinavia, and of the literature of English and Spanish languages. Study of style, characteristics, score reading, listening and recognition. Prerequisite: music major, music education major, or music minor. Spring semester, even years.
MU 439 Vocal Pedagogy2
A systematic study of vocal physiology and anatomy. Consideration of current teaching trends and preparation of materials for teaching. Prerequisite: music major, music education major, or music minor. Fall semester, odd years.
MU 440 Music Methods in the Elementary School2
Procedures, materials for elementary-school music teaching. For music majors and minors who may become elementary school music specialists. Teaching, observation of lessons, performance organization. Prerequisite: music major, music education major, or music minor. Spring semester, even years.
MU 442 Contemporary/Jazz Methods2
The study of instrumental and vocal jazz styles, pedagogy and technology. Primarily for music education majors, although it may be taken as an elective for those students wishing to learn about the technical and pedagogical side of jazz and contemporary music. Prerequisite: MU 112. Spring semester, odd years.
MU 443 Choral Techniques and Materials3
Techniques, problems in choral conducting, rehearsal procedure. Prerequisite: MU 225; music major or music education major. Fall semester, odd years.
MU 444 Instrumental Methods and Materials3
Rehearsal techniques, instrumental literature and materials, marching band techniques, program utilization. Prerequisite: music major or music education major. Fall semester, even years.
MU 449 Jazz Combo1
MU 452 Private Brass1-2
MU 453 Private Guitar1-2
MU 455 Private Organ1-2
MU 456 Private Percussion1-2
MU 457 Private Piano1-2
MU 458 Private Strings1-2
MU 459 Private Voice1-2
MU 460 Private Woodwinds1-2
MU 461 Private Jazz Improvisation1-2
MU 462 Private Composition1-2
MU 463 Private Jazz Arranging1-2
MU 467 Concert Band1
MU 470 Chamber Ensemble1
See MU 170.
MU 471 Whitworth Choir1
See MU 171.
MU 472 Women's Choir1
See MU 172.
MU 473 Wind Symphony1
See MU 173.
MU 474 Jazz Ensemble1
See MU 174.
MU 475 Chamber Singers1
See MU 175.
MU 476 Piano Accompanying1
See MU 176.
MU 477 Men's Chorus1
See MU 177.
MU 478 Whitworth Orchestra1
See MU 178.
MU 483 Senior Recital0-2
For music majors with performance track only. Prerequisite: MU 383. Fall and spring semesters.
MU 485 Elective Recital0-2
Elective course for students taking private lessons. Department approval required. Fall and spring semesters.
MU L99 Music Lab0
MU R99 Recital Hours0
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Chair

DEBORAH HANSEN

Professors

BRENT EDSTROMMARC A. HAFSODAN KEBERLEJUDITH SCHOEPFLINRICHARD STRAUCH

Associate professors

PHILIP BALDWINBENJAMIN BRODYDEBBIE HANSENSCOTT MILLER

Lecturers

CHRISTOPHER PARKINAMY PORTERTHOMAS SHOOK