Minor

This minor is for students who are interested in expanding their understanding of music through study in music theory, music history, applied studies, and participation in ensembles. A limited number of music electives are also required.

REQUIRED COURSES: 10 CREDITS

NOTE: Students who pass the Theory Placement Test will be required to take MU203 Music Theory III instead of MU102 Music Fundamentals.

MU102 Music Fundamentals 3 credits

A study of basic musicianship with emphasis on the elements of music theory including the staff, scales, intervals, keys, signatures, etc. (Also open to non-music majors.)

Offered every spring.

MU103 Music Theory I 3 credits

This course will include studies in triad structure, inversions, voice leading, phrase structure, harmonic progressions, harmonization techniques, and non-harmonic tones.

Prerequisite:
MU102 Music Fundamentals
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test or consent of instructor.

Offered every fall.

MU104 Music Theory II 3 credits

A continuation of Theory I with emphasis on four-part writing for choral groups.

Prerequisite:
MU103 Music Theory I

Offered every spring.

MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I 1 credit

Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.

Prerequisite:
MU102 Music Fundamentals
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test.

Offered every fall.

Music History Courses: 2 Credits

Students must complete two (2) hours from the following:

MU100 Fine Arts Appreciation 2 credits

This is an introductory course to acquaint the student to a variety of fine arts. Appreciation for various forms of art plus an understanding of how Christian culture is influenced will be stressed.

Offered every fall.

or

MU107 Music Appreciation 2 credits

Music Appreciation is an introductory music course designed to enhance the listening enjoyment and appreciation of Western art music. The course will include a study of basic music theory, the distinguishing characteristics of the various style periods and prominent composers, musicians and their works. Attendance at musical events outside of class is required.

Offered every spring.

Recital

Students are required to earn four (4) semesters of Recital credit.

MU199 Recital 0 credits

This course is a field experience in designing and programming concerts.  When fulfilling the requirements of this course, students will be exposed to a broad variety of musical literature and concert formats and settings.  The requirements for the course include attending on and off-campus concerts and writing reaction papers to those concerts.

Offered every semester.

ENSEMBLE/APPLIED ELECTIVES: 4 CREDITS

Students must complete four (4) credits ensemble or applied electives. Choices include the following courses, or any 100-Level Applied Studies course (Piano, Guitar, or other instrument).

MU109 OCU Chorale 1 credit

The OCU Chorale is open to all students. A successful audition is required for admission. This course will focus on proper breathing, choral tone, diction, and overall musicianship by way of a diverse body of choral repertoire. Students will memorize music and learn common performance practice for various church, school, and civic performances. Some travel is required of students in this ensemble. (Repeatable)

Offered every semester.

MU111 Gospel Choir (Voices of Victory) 1 credit

Students will develop proficiency in skills related to choir/ensemble singing, such as breathing, choral tone, diction, and overall musicianship. The repertoire includes gospel and choir arrangements of hymns, coral songs, and contemporary worship music. A successful audition is required for admission to Choir. The audition is open to all OCU students.

MU119 Chamber Singers 1 credit

The OCU Chamber Singers is a select group of singers, and is open to all students with the completion of a successful audition. Students will focus on chamber music from a diverse body of repertoire, and will focus particularly on a capella singing. This course will focus on proper breathing, choral tone, diction, and overall musicianship. Some travel is required of the members of this ensemble. (Repeatable)

Offered every semester.

MU140 University Band 1 credit

Membership is open to students, faculty, staff and community members who wish to continue their musical study and who complete a successful audition. This ensemble emphasizes a high level of artistry and musicianship with the study and performance of a wide variety of fine band literature. For music majors, it provides an opportunity to observe rehearsal techniques, gives instrumental students an opportunity to conduct, as well as synthesizing other aspects of musical study.

Prerequisite:
Audition or consent of director.

Offered every semester.

MU145 Chamber Ensemble 1 credit

The Chamber Ensemble will explore the chamber music literature from various combinations of instruments. This ensemble emphasizes a high level of artistry and musicianship. Admission into the ensemble is by audition.

Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds Ensemble

MUSIC ELECTIVES: 2 CREDITS

Students must complete two (2) credits of music electives. Choices include the following courses, any ensemble, or any 100-Level Applied Studies course (Piano, Guitar, or other instrument).

MU211 Fundamentals of Conducting 2 credits

This course requires knowledge of the fundamentals of music. Conducting patterns are learned with an emphasis on establishing a clear and communicable style to direct an ensemble. Examples of music utilizing different meters, dynamics, and styles will be analyzed and directed.

Prerequisite:
MU102 Music Fundamentals

Offered fall, even years.

MU214 Voice Methods 1 credit

This course is designed to provide basic vocal instruction for non-voice majors (primarily music majors with an instrumental emphasis) and address basic principles of singing, including posture, breathing, resonance, phonation, and diction.

Prerequisite:
Music major or consent of instructor.

Offered fall, odd years.

MU252 Introduction to Instrumental Music 2 credits

This course serves to introduce vocal/choral majors to the fundamentals of instrumental instruction and performance.

Offered spring, odd years.