This course is a survey of the technology used to create, prepare, perform, and distribute music, with an emphasis on technologies for application in elementary and secondary school settings.
This course briefly considers the fundamental elements of music theory, including notation, scales, intervals, key signatures, meter and rhythm, and triads and their respective inversions. The majority of the course focuses on harmonic analysis, figured bass, cadences, non-harmonic tones, melodic organization, and texture/textural reduction.
This course is devoted to the development of aural skills through instruction in solfege-based sight singing, rhythmic dictation, simple melodic dictation, ear training, and functional keyboard/piano elements that include root position triads and selected major scales.
This course is designed as a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory I. Course content includes two- and four-part writing, harmonic progression, harmonic rhythm, dominant seventh chords, leading tone seventh chords, non-dominant seventh chords, and modulation.
This course is a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory Lab I. Course contents include sight-singing, rhythmic and melodic dictation, simple harmonic dictation, ear training and functional keyboard/piano elements that include inverted triads, root position seventh chords, all major scales, and selected minor scales.
This course investigates the development of music in western civilization. Emphasis is given to the significant role of church music in this history. The hallmarks of musical literature representing major periods of music history are studied in detail. Also, personalities, processes, and contemporary events are discussed, along with specific musical compositions. Music of antiquity through the early Baroque periods is examined. Special consideration is given to the development of polyphony, along with the evolution of certain genres, such as the Mass and the motet.
This course is designed as a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory II. The course covers secondary chord structures; binary and ternary forms; 18th-century counterpoint; extended and chromatic harmonic materials; an introduction to Classical period forms; and the continued development of part-writing, compositional, and analytical skills as they pertain to all musical materials and forms covered in this course.
This course is a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory Lab II. Course contents include sight singing of diatonic and basic chromatic music materials, part singing, the use of Kodaly solfege hand signals, melodic and harmonic dictation of diatonic musical materials, rhythmic dictation, and functional piano/ keyboard skills that include all one-octave major and minor scales, playing two-voice and simple three-voice parts, realizing basic chord lead sheets, seventh chords, and chord voicings.
This course is designed as a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory III. The course covers fugal, sonata, rondo, and other large forms; characteristics of music from the Romantic period and the 20th century, including extended tonalities and harmonic structures, modal and scalar resources, dissonance, atonality and twelve-tone techniques, and advanced rhythmic elements; an overview of musical elements found in popular music; and the continued development of compositional and analytical skills as they pertain to musical materials and forms covered in this course.
This course is a continuation of the work begun in Music Theory Lab III. Course contents include diatonic and chromatic sight singing, melodic and harmonic dictation of diatonic and chromatic musical materials, advanced rhythmic dictation, and functional piano/keyboard skills that include multi-octave major and minor scales, playing four-voice parts, realizing advanced chord lead sheets, and additional chord voicings.
This course is a continuation of the study begun in Music History and Literature I. In the study of Music History and Literature II, the development of the music of western civilization will be investigated with emphasis being given to the significant role of church music in that history. The hallmarks of musical literature representing the major periods of history will be studied in detail. Also, composers and performers, processes, and contemporary events will be discussed. During this second term of study, music of the classical period through the 20th century will be covered. Special consideration will be given to the development of particular genres (categorizations or classifications of music), such as the symphony, the sonata, etc.
Choral conducting requires the development of physical coordination and the mental discipline necessary to elicit expressive music making from a choral ensemble. Students learn the physical skills of traditional conducting patterns, entrances, and cutoffs. They develop a philosophical basis for choral conducting and the mental skills involved with score study, analysis, teaching basic vocal technique, how to pronounce words to produce the desired choral sound, and rehearsal preparation and techniques. Students conduct rehearsals of choral music in class.
This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to read, orchestrate, and arrange music for orchestra, band, and choir. It covers the study of orchestral and band instruments, their playing techniques, and their properties; instrumental transcription; scoring principles for band and orchestra; choral sound; scoring principles for choirs; and arranging techniques for choral music with and without orchestral accompaniment.
Students develop critical thinking as they cultivate teaching skills and examine the role of an elementary music teacher as an integral component in the musical, aesthetic, and social development of elementary children. The course will prepare students with competencies necessary to creatively formulate, plan, teach and evaluate a thorough elementary music program.
Students explore the philosophical basis, methods, and materials for teaching general music in secondary schools, as well as developing a firm grounding in the philosophy, methods, and materials used to enlist, engage, and train singers to produce expressive music through vocal ensembles at the secondary level.
Students develop advanced skills in conducting choral music, gain an introduction into instrumental conducting and a basic understanding of reading an instrumental score, and learn to develop total musicianship in the members of a choral ensemble through the organization and prosecution of effective and expressive choral rehearsals.
Entrepreneurship in Music
Students examine economic and fundraising issues related to music and employee entrepreneurial solutions to help in fundraising, financial viability, and marketing of music and music programs. Students examine elements of business plans, financial structures, finance, marketing, and management and organizational behavior, and leadership.
This course is a one-term upper-level music course that uses resources and literature to acquaint music majors with current methods and materials in piano teaching and their practical applications. This course also includes insights on business practices for music teachers, and an introduction to the latest music teaching technology and apps for iPad to enhance piano lessons.
All students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education must earn a total of 6 or more credits through participation in one or more ensembles. Each of these ensembles is 1 credit per semester.
Campus Choir provides the experience of singing in a fine church choir to any Johnson University student, staff, faculty, or community member. No audition or previous musical experience is required. Through participation in Campus Choir, members learn basic vocal technique and music reading skills, and experience the joy of praising God through choral music. This choir serves as a “lab choir” for Advanced Conducting students in the Spring Term and performs occasionally for chapel and/or other campus events.
University Choir is a select ensemble open to any student, faculty, staff, or community member. The choir prepares two concerts annually and sings in campus programs such as the Festival of Christmas Joy, Lessons & Carols, Homecoming, and commencement. The choir occasionally represents Johnson University at select events, conferences, and local churches. University Choir sings a wide variety of collegiate and sacred music that reflects the diverse musical nature of the ensemble.
This select, primarily a cappella ensemble is open to any student or community member by audition. The ensemble performs a wide repertoire of music that includes chamber music, church music, modern worship, vocal jazz, and modern a cappella. The ensemble represents Johnson University at select events, retreats, conferences, and worship services on and off campus. Vox Royale members rehearse with the University Choir one day a week and rehearse as a separate ensemble one day a week.
Choose 7 credits in one instrument (voice or piano) with an optional Senior Recital.
Students will complete 2 credits of either secondary instrument lessons or ensemble credit at the sole discretion of their advisor.