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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

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The Willamette University Music Department provides a program of rigorous study in music performance, music composition, and music education within the broad spectrum of a liberal arts education. The department offers all students opportunities to develop musicianship, to perform the literature, and to understand the principles that will lead to a fuller intellectual grasp of the art.

The Fine Arts Building houses rehearsal rooms, music classrooms, faculty studio-offices, practice rooms, and the 1250 seat G. Herbert Smith Auditorium. The Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center houses the 450 seat Jerry E. Hudson Concert Hall, a rehearsal hall, percussion studio, music technology laboratory, several faculty studios, practice rooms, and the music office. A tracker-action organ is housed in the Cone Chapel located in Waller Hall. A Rodgers Digital organ is located in Hudson Concert Hall. The music section of the University library contains a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of musical scores, books, microfilm, CDs, videotapes, and recordings. Orchestra and band instruments are available for loan to music students.

Admission, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Music scholarships, and other forms of institutional financial aid are available to entering students. Music students applying for admission are encouraged to audition before members of the music faculty for a music scholarship. If an applicant is unable to appear in person, a performance tape may be sent instead of the personal audition and interview.

Student employment opportunities under the Federal Work-Study program also are available to music students. These opportunities include accompanying, work in the Music Office and various secretarial and clerical jobs for music faculty. Information regarding employment may be obtained from the Music Department Chair or the Director of Student Financial Aid.

Concerts and Recitals

The Music Department presents a regular series of concerts and recitals performed by university ensembles, students and faculty. Music students and faculty engage in extensive concert activities both on and off campus. The major performing ensembles of the department tour regularly throughout the Northwest, California and Canada.

Guest artists with the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series perform and present master classes on campus. The New Music at Willamette Series offers concerts organized by the Swindells Composer-in-Residence. In addition, the Music Department sponsors a weekly student recital to provide students with an opportunity to perform before faculty and peers and to experience repertoire from various media and music history periods. All music majors are encouraged to perform in these recitals. All performance majors are required to do so at least once each semester except for the first semester. All music events are open to the public and music majors are required to attend 15 performances per semester.

Music Ensembles

The following music ensembles are open by audition to all Willamette students regardless of major:

  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Music Ensembles
  • Dramatic Vocal Arts Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combos
  • Male Ensemble Willamette
  • Musical Theatre Workshop
  • Salem Chamber Orchestra
  • University Band
  • University Chamber Orchestra
  • University Women’s Choir
  • Waller String Quartet
  • Willamette Singers (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
  • Wind Ensemble

Music majors are required to participate in an ensemble every semester. Policies and specific requirements for the B.M. degree (Performance, Composition, Emphasis in Music Education) or the B.A. degree are outlined in the Music Student Handbook. This handbook is distributed to all music students at the beginning of every year. Any student contemplating a major in music is strongly urged to read the handbook thoroughly and contact the Music Department Chair before registering. Students may also contact the Music Department directly to obtain a copy of the music handbook.

Degree Programs

For Music majors the following degree programs are available:

Bachelor of Music - Emphasis in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music (Emphasis in Music Education) is the degree which best prepares the student to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree. (See the Education section for further clarification of this degree program.) This course of study is designed for those students who plan to teach music at the elementary or secondary level.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance is a professional program for those students who are preparing for careers as performers, scholars, private teachers and as teachers at the college level. Majors are offered in voice, piano, organ, harp, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

Bachelor of Music in Composition

The Bachelor of Music in Composition is designed for those students choosing careers as professional composers or music theorists. The program emphasizes creativity while at the same time preparing the student with a solid foundation in compositional technique. A significant component of the curriculum includes the investigation of musical structure and meaning in a wide range of styles and epochs.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree for music majors is designed for those students wishing to major in music while simultaneously taking a broader spectrum of elective and general courses in the College of Liberal Arts. See the catalog section which describes the B.A. degree and its requirements. For this degree at least 20 credits other than music must be earned for graduation. Music requirements for this degree appear later in the music section.

Double Degrees in Music and Liberal Arts

Some students may wish to earn a B.A. (or B.M.) degree in music as well as a second B.A. in another discipline. It is important for such a student to consult the catalog section on double degrees and the Registrar’s Office for information regarding the specific requirements which must be met to earn both degrees.

Instrumental Proficiency Requirement for Music Majors

No later than the end of the junior year all candidates for music degrees (other than performance) must demonstrate instrumental, or vocal proficiency equivalent to that normally expected after three or four years of advanced private study. A minimum of one year of study at Willamette on that instrument must precede the satisfaction of this requirement. (Performance majors should see "Performance Related Requirements" section in the music handbook.) Proficiency requirements are satisfied by a performance for a faculty jury or in a student recital. Memory and repertoire requirements for each degree program are outlined in the Music Student Handbook.

Senior Projects and Senior Recitals

During the senior year, each music major must satisfactorily complete a Senior Project, a Senior Seminar or present a Senior Recital, depending upon the degree sought.

The various majors satisfy this requirement as follows: Performance Majors - a Senior Recital; Composition Majors - a Senior Composition Project; Music Education Majors - Senior Seminar. Each student majoring in Music under the Bachelor of Arts program must complete either a Senior Recital or a Senior Research Paper.

All music majors must satisfy a set of basic music requirements as well as an additional set of requirements specific to each degree program. In addition, all degree candidates must satisfy the University's General Education Program. Bachelor of Music degree candidates are exempted from the portion of the General Education Program requiring study in a language other than English except as noted in the Voice Performance degree. Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates must fulfill the language requirement.

Note: Variable credit is given for Music 170, 270, 370 and 470: Applied Instrumental and Vocal Instruction (.25, .5, or 1). Performance majors take a one-hour lesson each week and are required to practice a greater number of hours weekly. Performance majors receive .5 credit for a one-hour lesson for the first two years of study. Upon passing the Qualifying Recital (by the end of the sophomore year) performance majors receive 1 credit for a one-hour lesson during the last two years of study. Non-performance majors who take a one-hour lesson per week earn .5 credit. Those non-performance majors who take a one-half hour lesson per week earn .25 credit.


Requirements for All Degrees in Music

University General Education Requirements

7-9 credits

Core Music Courses (minimum of 10.5 credits)

  • MUSC 130 Fundamentals of Music (.5)
  • MUSC 131, 133, 231, 233 Music Theory I, II, III, IV (.5 each)
  • MUSC 132, 134, 232, 234 Ear Training I, II, III, IV (.5 each)
  • MUSC 241 (TH; W) 342, 343 Music History I, II, III (1 each)
  • Private Lessons (1.5)
  • Music Ensembles (CA: 1 full credit required for MOI) (1.5)

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music Degree

University General Education Requirements

For this degree, at least 20 credits other than music must be earned for graduation.

Requirements (1.5-2 credits)


Bachelor of Music - Emphasis in Music Education

Minimum of 10.5 credits

Core requirements

  • Additional Private Lessons (2.5)
  • Additional Music Ensemble (CA) (.5)
  • MUSC 135 Foundations of Music Education (.5)
  • Successful completion of functional piano exam or Functional Piano Class II

1.5 credits from the following (1.5)

  • MUSC 154, 155 Brass, Percussion Class (.5 each)
  • MUSC 156, 157 String, Voice Class (.5 each)
  • MUSC 158 Woodwind Class (.5)
  • MUSC 239 Jazz Theory & Improvisation (.5)
  • MUSC 348 Secondary General Music Resources (.5)
  • MUSC 349 Elementary Music Resources (.5)
  • MUSC 352, 356 Vocal, Instrumental Music Resources (.5 each)
  • MUSC 359 Applications of Technology in Music Ed (.5)
  • MUSC 255, 435 Basic, Advanced Conducting (.5 each)
  • MUSC 491 Senior Seminar/Practicum in Music Ed (Fall .25, Spring .25) (.5)

Vocal Track

Instrumental Track

Recommended courses for either track

One class from the following

  • EDUC 305 (W) Introduction to Teaching (.5)
  • EDUC 335 (W) The School Teacher and Student (.5)


Bachelor of Music in Performance - Voice

Minimum of 14.25 credits

Core requirements

  • Additional Private Lessons (4.5)
  • Additional Music Ensembles (CA) (.5)
  • MUSC 102X Alexander Technique (.25)
  • MUSC 266, 267 Diction for Singers I, II (.5 each)
  • MUSC 331 (W) Style Analysis (1)
  • MUSC 351 Vocal Pedagogy (.5)
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History and Literature of Art Song (1)
  • MUSC 496 Senior Recital (.5)
  • Successful completion of functional piano exam or Functional Piano Class II

One year in French and German

One course per semester

One credit from the following (1)


Bachelor of Music in Performance - Piano

Minimum of 9.5 credits

Core requirements

  • Additional Private Lessons (4.5)
  • Additional Music Ensemble (CA) (.25)
  • MUSC 102X Alexander Technique (.25)
  • MUSC 251 Introduction to Piano Pedagogy (.5)
  • MUSC 331 (W) Style Analysis (1)
  • MUSC 496 Senior Recital (.5)
  • Successful completion of functional piano exam or Functional Piano Class II

1.5 credits from the following (1.5)

One course from Special Topics in Music History

  • MUSC 445 Masterpieces of Chamber Music (1)
  • MUSC 446 The Music of Wagner (1)
  • MUSC 447 The Music of Haydn (1)
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History and Literature of Art Song (1)

Bachelor of Music in Performance - String

Minimum of 9.25 credits

Core requirements

  • Additional Private Lessons (4.5)
  • Additional Music Ensemble (CA) (.5)
  • MUSC 102X Alexander Technique (.25)
  • MUSC 331 (W) Style Analysis (1)
  • MUSC 350 String Pedagogy and Literature (.5)
  • MUSC 496 Senior Recital (.5)
  • Successful completion of functional piano exam or Functional Piano Class II

One credit from the following (1)

One course from Advanced Topics in Music History (1)

  • MUSC 445 Masterpieces of Chamber Music (1)
  • MUSC 446 The Music of Wagner (1)
  • MUSC 447 The Music of Haydn (1)
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History and Literature of Art Song (1)

Bachelor of Music in Performance - Other Than Voice, Piano or String

Minimum of 9.25 credits

Core requirements

  • Additional Private Lessons (4.5)
  • Additional Music Ensemble (CA) (.5)
  • MUSC 102X Alexander Technique (.25)
  • MUSC 331 (W) Style Analysis (1)
  • MUSC 490 Independent Study: Pedagogy and Literature (.5)
  • MUSC 496 Senior Recital (.5)
  • Successful completion of functional piano exam or Functional Piano Class II

One credit from the following (1)

One course from Special Topics in Music History (1)

  • MUSC 445 Masterpieces of Chamber Music (1)
  • MUSC 446 The Music of Wagner (1)
  • MUSC 447 The Music of Haydn (1)
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History and Literature of Art Song (1)

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Minimum of 9-9.5 credits

Core requirements

  • Additional Private Lessons (2)
  • MUSC 236 (CA) Elementary Music Composition I (.5)
  • MUSC 237 (CA) Elementary Music Composition II (.5)
  • MUSC 336 Intermediate Music Composition I (.5)
  • MUSC 337 Intermediate Music Composition II (.5)
  • MUSC 497 Senior Composition Project (Fall .5, Spring .5) (1)
  • Successful completion of functional piano exam or Functional Piano Class II

One course from the following (.5-1)

One course from Special Topics in Music History (1)

  • MUSC 445 Masterpieces of Chamber Music (1)
  • MUSC 446 The Music of Wagner (1)
  • MUSC 447 The Music of Haydn (1)
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History of Literature of Art Song (1)

Requirements for the Music Minor (5 Credits)

The Minor Program in Music consists of 5 credits in Music chosen from the following courses in consultation with the Music Department.

Core requirements

One credit from the following (1)

  • MUSC 118 (W) Mozart: His Life, Times and Music (1)
  • MUSC 219 The Age of Beethoven (1)
  • MUSC 445 Masterpieces of Chamber Music (1) 
  • MUSC 446 The Music of Wagner (1) 
  • MUSC 447 The Music of Haydn (1) 
  • MUSC 462 (IT) History & Literature of Art Song (1)

1.5 credits from the following

  • Applied lessons (.25 each)
  • Applied ensembles (CA) (.25 each)

Faculty and Private Lesson Instructors

  • Martin K. Behnke, Professor (Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Music Education), Chair
  • Wade Baker, Instructor (Voice)
  • Blayne Barnes, Instructor (Violin, Vila), Sabbatical Replacement
  • Cindi Bartels, Instructor (Clarinet)
  • Stan Bock, Instructor (Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium)
  • Jay Chen, Instructor (Trumpet), University Band
  • Jean-David Coen, Associate Professor (Piano, Music History)
  • Kevin Deitz, Instructor (Electric, String Bass)
  • John Doan, Associate Professor (Guitar)
  • Marva G. Duerksen, Assistant Professor, (Music History, Music Theory)
  • Jeanne Eikrem, Assistant Professor (Flute)
  • Mike Hettwer, Instructor (Horn)
  • Mitch Iimori, Instructor (Bassoon, Oboe)
  • David Ingram, Instructor (Piano), Staff Accompanist
  • Janice Johnson, Instructor (Voice), Music Theatre Workshop
  • Anita S. King, Professor (Piano, Accompanying, Alexander Technique)
  • Robert King, Instructor (Piano)
  • Paul Klemme, Instructor (Organ), Male Ensemble, Willamette
  • Wallace H. Long, Professor (Choirs, Chamber Choir, Willamette Singers, Music Education)
  • Bruce M. McIntosh, Professor (Cello, Orchestra, Music Theory)
  • Warren Murray, Instructor (Percussion)
  • Mike Nord, Assistant Professor (Music Technology and Music Education)
  • John Peel, Professor, Composer-in-Residence, Swindells Scholar in Music (Composition)
  • Daniel S. Rouslin, Professor (Violin, Music Literature, Music Theory)
  • Ann Snelling, Staff Accompanist
  • Julian Snow, Instructor (Jazz Piano)
  • Allison Swensen-Mitchell, Instructor (Voice)
  • Christine Welch, Instructor (Voice Femina)

Course Listings

MUSC 029X (*CA) University Chamber Orchestra (.25)

Exploration of literature for chamber orchestra with special emphasis on music for strings. Spring semester may include performing in the pit for the production of Musical Theater Workshop. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to all students through interview

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Rouslin

MUSC 030X (*CA) Salem Chamber Orchestra (.25)

This orchestra unites university and community, student and professor, amateur and professional in the common cause of making music. The ensemble performs major orchestral works from all periods in five subscription series concerts each year. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Required concurrent enrollment in MUSC 029X, University Chamber Orchestra

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: B. McIntosh

MUSC 031X (*CA) Jazz Ensemble (.25)

Music in various modern jazz ensemble styles will be studied through rehearsal and performance. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to qualified instrumentalists by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Robblee

MUSC 032X (*CA) Wind Ensemble (.25)

The Willamette University Wind Ensemble is a large wind and percussion ensemble. The Wind Ensemble is not a set-instrumentation group. It is a pool of players from which many different ensemble configurations may be drawn. This system allows the Wind Ensemble to challenge the most talented and dedicated players on campus while allowing members with less time or experience to participate in a meaningful and artistic way. The ensemble performs music from a wide variety of styles, time periods, and traditions and gives two or three public concerts per semester. The Wind Ensemble is open to all students regardless of academic concentration. 

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: For the advanced musician, by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Robblee

MUSC 034X (*CA) Dramatic Vocal Arts (.25)

A workshop-based ensemble in which students research and prepare scenes for performance from traditional and contemporary musical theatre and operatic literature. Students participate in the development of thematic design, historical detail, and technical aspects of production. Semester culminates in a piano or instrumental-accompanied semi-staged public performance of scenes.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: St. John

MUSC 036X (*CA) Chamber Music (.25)

The coaching and performing of major works from the chamber music literature, with emphasis on rehearsal technique and small ensemble skills. Typical chamber groups are: Flute Choir, Trumpet Choir, Trombone Choir, Woodwind Quartet, Waller String Quartet, Brass Quintet, and Jazz Combo. Other chamber groups may be created depending on the availability of qualified instrumentalists. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 037X (*CA) Willamette Singers (.25)

Exploration of vocal jazz literature for small groups. Performs both on and off campus and tours annually. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Long

MUSC 040X (*CA) Chamber Choir (.25)

Exploration of choral literature from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary style periods, including both unaccompanied and instrumentally accompanied works. In some years a concert tour is taken. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to advanced musicians by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Long

MUSC 041X (*CA) Willamette Master Chorus (.25)

Exploration of choral literature from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary style periods, including both accompanied and instrumentally accompanied works. Class includes a mixture of Willamette students and community members. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Klemme

MUSC 042X (*CA) University Band (.25)

Exploration of a wide variety of significant literature for band representing many styles and periods. A considerable amount of sight reading will be included and a number of concerts of widely varied appeal will be presented. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to all students through interview

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Chen

MUSC 043X (*CA) Voce Femminile (.25)

Exploration of a wide variety of choral literature suitable for female voices. Particular attention will be given to the development of vocal technique and musicianship. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Ross

MUSC 044X (*CA) Male Ensemble Willamette (.25)

Exploration of a wide variety of choral literature suitable for male voices. Particular attention will be given to the development of vocal technique and musicianship. May be repeated for credit.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)

Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Klemme

MUSC 099X Seminar in the Art of Piano Accompanying (.25)

The study of the art of piano accompanying. Emphasis on sight reading and the development of the listening and interpreting skills necessary for successful ensemble performance. Weekly seminar which includes live performances by students, lectures, discussions and assigned listening. May be repeated for credit.

  • Offering:Every semester
  • Instructor: King (fall), Coen (spring)

MUSC 102X Alexander Technique for Musicians (.25)

This course is for students interested in exploring movement as it relates to playing a musical instrument or singing. Students will gain ease in performing and learn how improved coordination enables them to avoid fatigue, injury, and technical limitation. Open to majors and non-majors.

Prerequisite: Experience with singing or playing an instrument (need not be advanced)

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: King

MUSC 118 (W) Mozart: His Life, Times and Music (1)

This course investigates the life, times and music of Mozart particularly through his letters and those of his family, as well as the comments of his contemporaries. Although the course studies the unique qualities of his music, no musical training is required.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: B. McIntosh

MUSC 121 (CA) Creating Music with Technology (1)

Creating music offers insights into the composer's art and a means of personal expression. Current technology allows the opportunity to compose music even for those without traditional skills or training. Intended for the non-music major, this hands-on class will directly involve students in the creation and recording of original music and sound resources. Final project recordings will be presented in a virtual concert.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

Prerequisite: Students should have basic computing and computer file management skills

  • Offering: Alternate Springs
  • Instructor: Nord

MUSC 130 Fundamentals of Music (.5)

A technical course in music basics. Students will develop a working knowledge of keys and key signatures, scales, triads, rhythm and meter. The ear-training aspect of the course will include piano and singing skills, intervals, scales and the dictation of short motives. This is an entry-level course in music theory for music majors and minors, not a music appreciation course. Laboratory.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 131 Theory I (.5)

The course will include the basic techniques of melodic analysis and the fundamental principles of 18th- and 19th-century diatonic harmony. Course will examine the species counterpoint of Fux and the beginnings of diatonic harmony. Laboratory.

Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff/Nord

MUSC 132 Ear Training I (.5)

Rhythm, meter, scales, intervals, and functional harmony will be covered. Introduction to computer applications.

Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff/Nord

MUSC 133 Theory II (.5)

The course will provide the student with the study of seventh chords, modulations and chromatic harmony, through part-writing and analysis of music. Introduction to musical form includes the study of periodic phrase structure.

Prerequisite: MUSC 131, or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 134 Ear Training II (.5)

Continuation of MUSC 132 with harmonic content expanded to include progressions and melodies with secondary dominants and seventh chords. 

Prerequisite: MUSC 132 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 135 Foundations of Music Education (.5)

This course will explore historical, theoretical, political, philosophical, and practice-based issues with a view towards providing students a foundation for understanding the current state of music education. Foundations of Music Education seeks to empower each student to think critically, reflectively, and in an informed manner as they continue the process of becoming educators.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Nord

MUSC 142 (IT) The Conception of Death in Western Classical Music (1)

The course is intended for nonmusic majors. After an initial introduction to the vocabulary of musical phenomena (beat, rhythm, pitch, harmony, texture, form), the course will explore specific works, primarily of Western European, Russian, and American art music, that intersect with expressions of death in literature, ritual, or in a composer's own imagination. Music will be viewed as a text unto itself, as well as a means of elevating verbal text to new levels of expressiveness. Students may present more contemporary musical expressions of death in a final oral presentation.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts; Death Cluster

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Rouslin

MUSC 153 Functional Piano Class I (.25)

This course is designed for and limited to students in Bachelor of Music Degree programs. Includes basic piano technique of scales, arpeggios and chords as well as development of sight-reading, transposing and performance abilities adequate for functioning at the piano. Successful completion of this course and Functional Piano Class II is one way to satisfy the functional piano requirement.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: King

MUSC 153A Functional Piano Class II (.25)

Continuation of , further development of piano technique skills and application of transposition, sight reading and score reading abilities in more challenging examples. Successful completion of this course and MUSC 153 Functional Piano Class I is one way to satisfy the functional piano requirement.

Prerequisite: MUSC 153 or consent of the instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: King

MUSC 154 Brass Class (.5)

This class has two primary goals for each student: (1) the acquisition of a basic performance ability on and understanding of brass instruments including the acoustics, history, unique characteristics and other elements of each brass instrument; and (2) the acquisition of teaching techniques and resources for use in teaching brass for beginning brass classes of all ages and in a variety of settings, including elementary, junior high, middle and high schools, as well as in nonpublic school settings.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Bock

MUSC 155 Percussion Class (.5)

This course will involve the acquisition of a basic performance ability on percussion instruments, with some time devoted to developing the ability to teach concepts of playing percussion instruments to students. Much time will be spent developing a basic technique on snare drum, with the remaining time to be spent with timpani and other membranophones, the mallet percussion instruments, set drumming, the concert band or orchestra percussion section and the marching percussion section.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Hirsch

MUSC 156 String Class (.5)

The purpose of this course is to acquaint future music educators with the basics of string playing, tto ground them in pedagogical concepts designed to promote a love of music in beginning string students and to create beneficial physical habits as the student progresses on the instrument of choice. Limited to music majors.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Rouslin

MUSC 157 Voice Class (.5)

This course is designed for music education and music majors. It is intended to give the student an understanding of the physiology of the voice, how their own instrument functions and how to teach others to sing correctly. Identifying vocal problems in themselves and others and learning how to solve these problems through various teaching techniques is an important aspect of this course.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 158 Woodwind Class (.5)

This class has two primary goals for each student: (1) the acquisition of a basic performance ability on and understanding of woodwind instruments, especially flute and clarinet, including the acoustics, history, unique characteristics and other elements of each woodwind instrument; and (2) the acquisition of teaching techniques and resources for use in teaching woodwind for beginning woodwind classes of all ages and in a variety of settings, including elementary, junior high, middle and high schools, as well as in nonpublic school settings. Limited to music majors.

  • Offering: Alternate years, Spring
  • Instructor: Curtis

MUSC 159 Guitar Class (.25)

Development of applied guitar terminology; basic notation for melody and accompaniment; beginning left and right hand techniques; basic music theory as applied to guitar; learning how to practice and play by ear. Performance of music in a variety of styles to include folk, blues, classical, and contemporary.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Doan

MUSC 170 Applied Instrumental and Vocal Instruction (.25 or .5 or 1)

First year development of applied instrumental and vocal skills, starting with the student's level of attainment. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 190 Independent Study (.5 or 1)

Independent study in a course of one's choice. To be used at the discretion of an individual professor in order to fulfill a student's graduation requirements or to satisfy a student's interests. Such an option will usually be open only to seniors.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 207 (CA) Improvisation (1)

[Crosslisted with THTR 207]

Improvisation is an approach to music making that crosses boundaries of medium, style, and culture from rock to raga, jazz to new music. With a focus on free and semi-structured approaches, this class will experiment with a range of musical elements and ideas through hands-on improvisational performance. Interactive improvising with other art forms will also be explored. All instrumentalists/vocalists are welcome. No prior improvisational experience is necessary.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Nord, Christensen

MUSC 219 The Age of Beethoven (1)

Major works of Beethoven placed in historical perspective through a study of compositional styles before and after Beethoven to attempt to determine how his musical style reflects the Classic-Romantic spectrum of musical thought. Exploration of social change, artistic and philosophic thought from 1770 to 1830, with Beethoven's works interpreted in the light of the times of the French Revolution.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Coen

MUSC 231 Theory III (.5)

The course will provide a continued study of chromatic harmony as well as an in-depth study of musical form including simple-sectional forms and baroque continuous forms (invention, fugue, ritornello).

Prerequisite: MUSC 133 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 232 Ear Training III (.5)

The course will continue Ear Training II in melodic and harmonic dictation, keyboard harmony, performance of rhythmic patterns and sight-singing with the addition of harmony such as Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords. 

Prerequisite: MUSC 134 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 233 Theory IV (.5)

The course will focus on classical developmental forms (sonata, sonata-rondo, concerto), 19th-century harmonic practices and an introduction to 20th-century music (Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky and Schoenberg).

Prerequisite: MUSC 231 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 234 Ear Training IV (.5)

This course will continue Ear Training III in keyboard harmony, sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation and performance of complex rhythmic patterns.

Prerequisite: MUSC 232 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 236 (CA) Elementary Music Composition I (.5 each)

In this course students write pieces based on models from the Baroque and Classical periods. Concepts of harmony, phrase structure, form and articulation are developed in strict composition exercises. In consultation with the instructor, students also work on individual projects in free composition. A once-a-year concert or reading session is devoted to showcasing the students' work.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

Prerequisite: MUSC 233 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 237 (CA) Elementary Music Composition II (.5 each)

In this course students write pieces based on models from the Baroque and Classical periods. Concepts of harmony, phrase structure, form and articulation are developed in strict composition exercises. In consultation with the instructor, students also work on individual projects in free composition. A once-a-year concert or reading session is devoted to showcasing the students' work.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

Prerequisite: MUSC 236 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 239 Jazz Theory and Improvisation (.5)

This course is open to all students with a desire to understand jazz theory and jazz improvisation. Jazz chord theory and symbols, jazz scale theory, II, V, I chord progressions, the blues, application of jazz theory to jazz literature, beginning concepts of jazz improvisation. Students will apply theory to their own voice or instrument.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years, Spring
  • Instructor: Behnke

MUSC 241 (W; TH) Music History I (1)

This course is the first part of a three semester study intended to introduce the major styles and musical compositions of Western European culture. It covers the period from approximately 400 A.D. to 1620 and explores: Gregorian Chant through the beginnings of polyphony, English and Burgundian music at the close of the middle ages and Renaissance Music. Special attention will be paid to how music is created and experienced within a culture; how early music practice within the Catholic Church reflected various Mediterranean traditions; the aesthetic and religious dialogue surrounding the issue of text-setting, how concepts like dissonance are historically embedded, how socio-cultural factors influence music and conversely how music has influenced culture and society. Illustrations by means of lectures, score analysis, class performances and discussion.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: MUSC 231 and MUSC 232

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Coen

MUSC 251 Introduction to Piano Pedagogy (.5)

An introduction to the materials and methods available to the prospective teacher of piano. This course will also provide examination and understanding of the various pedagogic and technical issues, in their proper historical context, that emerge in the teaching of the standard literature. Various traditions of piano technique will be examined in addition to discussion of "graded" approaches to the development of musical thought.

  • Offering: Alternate years, Spring
  • Instructor: Coen

MUSC 255 Basic Conducting (.5)

Basic techniques of choral and instrumental conducting. Techniques needed by music education majors and also to enhance any musician's participation in a baton-conducted ensemble. Emphasis on practical problems to gain experience.

Prerequisite: MUSC 132 and consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Long

MUSC 266 Diction for Singers I (.5)

Principles of English and Italian phonetics for singing. Learning to apply the International Phonetic Alphabet to song texts in each language.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 267 Diction for Singers II (.5)

Principles of French and German phonetics for singing. Learning to apply the International Phonetic Alphabet to song texts in each language.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 270 Applied Instrumental and Vocal Instruction (.25 or .5 or 1)

Second year development of applied instrumental and vocal skills, starting with the student's level of attainment. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: MUSC 170; consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 290 Independent Study (.5 or 1)

Independent study in a course of one's choice. To be used at the discretion of an individual professor in order to fulfill a student's graduation requirements or to satisfy a student's interests. Such an option will usually be open only to seniors.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 331 (W) Style Analysis (1)

In this course students will apply the analytical techniques mastered in Theory III and IV to a few select works that will be studied in depth. The aim of the course is to enhance the students’ understanding of musical style as it applies to individual composers and to musical periods. The course requires the writing of several analytical papers.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: MUSC 233

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: King

MUSC 333 Counterpoint (.5)

Students will master the principles of melodic construction, voice-leading and harmonic progression through the writing of musical exercises. The first half of the course will focus on species counterpoint. The second half will adapt species counterpoint to include harmonic progression. The course will culminate in the writing of an actual piece in Baroque style.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 336 Intermediate Music Composition I (.5 each)

In this course the strict composition assignments employ chromatic harmony, serial procedures and larger formal designs. Contemporary orchestration techniques and notation are also introduced. Private lessons are devoted to a free composition project in consultation with the instructor. A once-a-year concert or reading session is devoted to showcasing the students' work.

Prerequisite: MUSC 237

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 337 Intermediate Music Composition II (.5 each)

In this course the strict composition assignments employ chromatic harmony, serial procedures and larger formal designs. Contemporary orchestration techniques and notation are also introduced. Private lessons are devoted to a free composition project in consultation with the instructor. A once-a-year concert or reading session is devoted to showcasing the students' work.

Prerequisite: MUSC 336

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 339 Digital Music Techniques (.5)

Students will explore digital music techniques through their application to creative projects. These techniques will include MIDI and Digital Audio sequencing, Digital Audio sound design, synthesis, and audio production techniques. Issues relating to the design and construction of digital music workstations will be addressed.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Nord

MUSC 340 Orchestration (.5)

This course will focus on the various families of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Ranges, transpositions, and idiomatic scoring for each instrument will be studied. Class projects include preparing scores for small instrument combinations and a final project preparing a full band or orchestral score.

  • Offering: Alternate Springs
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 342 Music History II (1)

The changes in Western music history from the early Baroque period through the classic and Romantic periods. Illustrations by means of class performances, score analysis and recordings. Readings in corollary cultural history.

Prerequisite: MUSC 233

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Coen, Duerksen

MUSC 343 Music History III (1)

A study of the major epochs and developments in music history in the modern and post-modern eras, from the premiere of Wagner's Tristan to the present.

Prerequisite: MUSC 342

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 348 Secondary General Music Resources (.5)

Strategies and methods of teaching General Music in secondary school settings. Topics will include music appreciation, history, theory, composition, alternative performance, and the special needs of adolescents. Active participation in classroom music activities will facilitate development of students' musical, pedagogical, creative, and critical thinking with a view toward empowering them to develop and carry out their own curriculum.

Prerequisite: MUSC 135

  • Offering: Alternate springs starting 2003
  • Instructor: Nord

MUSC 349 Elementary Music Resources (.5)

This course will explore strategies and methods of music education in elementary school settings with classroom practice as its frame of reference. Through active participation in classroom music activities, students will develop their own musical, pedagogical, creative, and critical thinking with a view toward empowering them to design and implement curriculum.

Prerequisite: MUSC 135

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Nord

MUSC 350 Seminar in String Pedagogy and Literature (.5)

The course will cover the elements common to pedagogies of all strings, violin through bass, and the elements unique to each instrument. The course includes philosophical and physiological approaches to teaching students of different ages. Included also is a review of some of the more common pedagogical literature and a consideration of different approaches. Each instrument's literature is studied for its appropriateness to students at various levels of development.

Prerequisite: Four semesters of private applied instruction at the college level

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: D. Rouslin, McIntosh

MUSC 351 Vocal Pedagogy (.5)

This course will examine the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument and study the history, theory, and practice of the teaching of singing in Western music. Direct observation of Willamette University voice faculty in studio lessons will be included in the course activities, which will culminate in the practical teaching experience of a series of lessons given by students.

Prerequisite: MUSC 170, MUSC 270 (four semesters of private voice instruction)

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 352 Vocal Music Resources (.5)

The course will include the study of choral literature, materials, principles, class procedures, ensembles, programming and performance, general administration and objectives in school vocal music on the secondary school level. Directed observation of vocal public school music practice will be included in course activities.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Long

MUSC 356 Instrumental Music Resources (.5)

The course will include the study of instrumental literature, materials, principles, class procedures, ensembles, programming and performance, general administration, and objectives in school instrumental music on the secondary and elementary school level. Directed observation of public school instrumental music groups will be included in course activities.

  • Offering: Alternate years, Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 359 Applications of Technology in Music Education (.25)

In hands-on fashion, students will explore a range of music software and hardware with a view toward developing strategies for music technology use in school settings. Topics will include computer-assisted instruction, computer-based creative approaches, keyboards in the classroom, WWW resources, and developing HTML instruction materials, creation/maintenance of music workstations. Closed to freshmen.

Prerequisite: MUSC 135

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Nord

MUSC 370 Applied Instrumental and Vocal Instruction (.25 or .5 or 1)

Third year development of applied instrumental and vocal skills, starting with the student's level of attainment. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: MUSC 270; consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 390 Independent Study (.5 or 1)

Independent study in a course of one's choice. To be used at the discretion of an individual professor in order to fulfill a student's graduation requirements or to satisfy a student's interests. Such an option will usually be open only to seniors.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 435 Advanced Conducting (.5)

The course follows and builds on expertise gained in Basic Conducting for the Music Education major. Advanced conducting technique, score preparation, rehearsal technique and the artistic and musical performance of advanced choral and instrumental literature.

Prerequisite: MUSC 255

  • Offering: Alternate years, Fall
  • Instructor: Behnke

MUSC 445 Masterpieces of Chamber Music (1)

An in-depth analytical study of music composed for small groups (2-13 instruments), this course will focus on selected works composed between 1750 and 1950 which have made a significant impact in the evolution of Western music. The format of the class is lecture and discussion with students and professor taking turns presenting. Live performances by students, faculty and visiting ensembles will be used whenever possible. Designed primarily for music majors.

Prerequisite: MUSC 343 or consent of instructor, Music History Period Course

  • Offering: Alternate years, Spring
  • Instructor: Rouslin

MUSC 446 The Music of Wagner (1)

A study of the music and artistic theories of Wagner, concentrating on the Ring operas, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal. The course will include analysis of musical structure and a study of the relations among drama, text and music. Writings from artists and philosophers contemporary with Wagner will be studied to provide intellectual, musical and political background.

Prerequisite: MUSC 343, Music History Period Course

  • Offering: Alternate years, Spring
  • Instructor: Peel

MUSC 447 The Music of Haydn (1)

A study of the music and relevant issues of aesthetics, style, genre, and form in the music of Haydn, concentrating on the string quartets, the symphonies, and the late vocal works. The course will include analysis of musical structure and a study of the relations among genre, style, and form. Writings from Haydn's early biographers and excerpts from contemporaneous reviews will provide insight into eighteenth-century assessments of his music. More recent discussions of the music of Haydn will acquaint students with present-day issues that arise in scholarly discussions of Haydn's music.

Prerequisite: MUSC 343

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Duerksen

MUSC 462 (IT) History and Literature of Art Song (1)

An examination of the development and repertoire of the art song genre (defined primarily as a work for a single voice with piano accompaniment) and of the response of composers of the German Lied, the French melody, and the English-language art song to the stimulus of a poetic text. Ability to read a piano-vocal score in musical notation is required. Reading knowledge of French and German is not required, but will be an asset to the student.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

Prerequisite: MUSC 343 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate Springs
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 470 Applied Instrumental and Vocal Instruction (.25 or .5 or 1)

Fourth year development of applied instrumental and vocal skills, starting with the student's level of attainment. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: MUSC 370; consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 490 Independent Study (.5 or 1)

Independent study in a course of one's choice. To be used at the discretion of an individual professor in order to fulfill a student's graduation requirements or to satisfy a student's interests. Such an option will usually be open only to seniors.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 491 Seminar in Music Education (.25)

A senior seminar and supervised practicum for students completing the Emphasis in Music Education program. Theoretical, philosophical, and practice-based issues will be explored. Individual projects will involve writing and teaching presentations. Register Fall and Spring of senior year.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Long, Nord, Behnke

MUSC 492 Conducting Internship (.25)

This course consists of one-on-one classes between the student and the conductor for either Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble or Orchestra. Preliminary time will be spent in the music library researching scores, then sight-reading with the ensemble, rehearsing and preparing a score with the ensemble for public performance.

Prerequisite: MUSC 435

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Behnke, Long, McIntosh

MUSC 496 Senior Recital (.5)

Preparation by all Bachelor of Music candidates in Performance, and by other suitable candidates, of representative works from all appropriate major stylistic periods. Required of all Performance Majors.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSC 497 Composition Senior Project (.5 or 1)

The final project is an original composition in a large-scale form: orchestra piece, wind quintet, string quartet, song cycle or choral cantata. The student will choose the particular medium and form in consultation with the professor. A defense of the composition before a panel of three faculty members will take place at the completion of the project. Required of all composition majors in the senior year, the course is taken one semester for a full credit or spread over two semesters for .5 credits each.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Peel