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Music Course Descriptions

MUS 1060: BEGINNING CLASS PIANO (1 credit)

This class involves keyboard instruction in an electronic piano laboratory. Course is designed for beginners or students with limited keyboard experience.

MUS 1070: BEGINNING CLASS VOICE (1 credit)

The fundamentals of singing and speech, including information about the vocal instrument, vocal technique, and how to learn and perform simple songs. Designed for students who wish to learn more about singing for personal pleasure and enrichment in an interactive and supportive group environment. In addition, some exploration of vocal technique as it relates to other areas of endeavor, in particular public speaking. No singing experience or music background required.

MUS 1130: MUSIC SKILLS I (4 credits)

Basic materials and structures of music approached through analysis and experience. The four-semester theory sequence integrates sight-singing and keyboard skills with the analysis of harmony, form and contrapuntal procedures from the 16th through the 20th century. Intended for music majors; others by permission. Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous piano study required. Successful placement examination given on the first day of class..

MUS 1140: MUSIC SKILLS II (4 credits)

This course is a continuation of MUS 1130. Prerequisites: MUS 1130 or successful placement examination.

MUS 1150: THE ART OF LISTENING (4 credits)

This course involves music listening, designed for the non-music major, featuring discussion of representative works, trends and events in the history of classical and popular music. Includes works by European and American composers showing intercultural influences and various ethnic and indigenous traditions representative of the great periods of musical art. Also offered in Weekend College.

MUS 1180: WORLD MUSIC (4 credits)

This course for non-majors and majors explores the ways people across the world make music. While the course covers music from countries such as South Africa, Indonesia, Bolivia, India, Trinidad, and Bosnia, it also investigates music in the US, paying particular attention to hip hop and American Indian music.

MUS 2952 or 2954: INDEPENDENT STUDY (2 or 4 credits)

Prerequisites: Instructor and department chair permission.

MUS 2994: TOPICS (4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.

MUS 2994: TOPICS: MUSIC IN THE CHURCH (4 credits)

Church music has been a powerful factor in the development of nearly all western musical forms. This course explores the development of Christian musical traditions from the Middle Ages to the present and investigates the changing understandings of the role of church music throughout history. You will examine how music was used by worshipping Christians in different time periods and cultures, though the majority of the course will focus on western church music.

MUS 2994: TOPICS: HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC (4 credits)

This music course for both majors and non-majors examines rock music from its origins in the United States to the present. We will trace rock's development by exploring its many styles including Motown, progressive rock, punk, heavy metal, and grunge. We will also consider how rock contributes to our ideas of youth culture, violence, and race and gender identity. We will spend a lot of time listening to music, but you should be prepared to analyze rock music by reading a short novel and scrutinizing music videos as well.

MUS 2994: TOPICS: MUSIC IN THE TWIN CITIES (4 credits)

This course, designed for non-majors and majors alike, introduces you to some of the many musical cultures that thrive in the Twin Cities area. Designed as an experiential course, you learn through discussion and short lectures, as well as through concert experiences and fieldwork. A range of musical styles are explored including popular, classical and world music.

MUS 2994: TOPICS: WOMEN AND MUSIC (4 credits)

This course will explore the experience of women in popular and art music, examining their roles as performers, composers, and patrons in genres such as opera, rock, sacred music, rap and Renaissance song. We will investigate depictions of women in music as well as the cultural values that have influenced women's participation in musical traditions in the US and Europe and across the globe.

Music Ensembles

MENS 1201: ENSEMBLE: ST. CATHERINE CHORAL SOCIETY (1 credit)

This is a masterworks choir of 70-90 mixed voices, composed of students, faculty, staff and community singers. There is one rehearsal per week (Thursday evenings). The ensemble performs two concerts per year with a guest orchestra. Prerequisites: Audition required.

MENS 1401: ENSEMBLE: WOMEN’S CHOIR (1 credit)

This is the principal collegiate choral ensemble of St. Catherine's. The choir performs often throughout the year, both on and off campus, including alternate-year concert tours. Recent tours have included Europe, Texas and California. Repertoire is from every style period, with an emphasis on music by contemporary composers, particularly women. Two rehearsals per week. Prerequisites: Audition required.

MENS 1501: ENSEMBLE: LITURGICAL CHOIR (1 credit)

The Liturgical Choir serves the worshiping community of St. Catherine's at Sunday Eucharist, Advent Vespers, Baccalaureate Liturgies, and other special celebrations that take place throughout the school year. This choir, which is open to both singers and instrumentalists, learns, sings, and prays a diverse repertoire of music for worship, representing many cultures, genres and styles. Students will also be formed in the aspects of the vocation of music ministry from a liturgical and spiritual perspective. Rehearsals are Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00 PM and Sunday morning before Liturgy.

MENS 1601: ENSEMBLE: MADRIGAL SINGERS (1 credit)

This is a small vocal ensemble selected by special audition that meets during some fall semesters and presents the Renaissance Christmas "Feastes." Auditions are held in mid-September. Prerequisites: Audition required.

MENS 1701: ENSEMBLE: INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES (1 credit)

This involves instrumental trios, quartets, quintets, etc., devoted to the preparation of music for public performance. Prerequisites: Audition required.

MENS 1711: ENSEMBLE: PIANO ENSEMBLE (1 credit)

This involves the study and performance of duets, two-piano music and other chamber music that includes piano. Prerequisites: Audition required.

MENS 1720: STUDIO ACCOMPANYING (1 credit)

This is the study and performance of piano accompaniments for vocal or instrumental solo repertoire. At least two semesters required for piano majors. Prerequisites: Enrollment is by audition, and a performance-level equivalent to that of a junior piano major is expected.

MENS 1811: ENSEMBLE: STRING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1 credit)

In the String Chamber Orchestra, student musicians play side by side with seasoned professionals and explore a wide variety of string orchestra repertoire. The orchestra performs several times throughout the year. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings, from 7 - 9 p.m. Prerequisites: Audition required.

MENS 1901: ENSEMBLE: MUSIC THEATER WORKSHOP (1 credit)

This involves the musical and dramatic preparation of a musical show or opera, leading to complete performance with costumes, set and orchestra. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisites: Participation by audition.

MENS 1911: ENSEMBLE: MUSIC THEATER SCENES (1 credit)

This involves the musical and dramatic preparation of scenes from musical shows and opera to be presented in public performance. Offered periodically. Prerequisites: Participation by audition.

Music Lessons

MUSL 1310 to 4310: PIANO LESSONS (1 credit)

Half-hour or 50-minute lessons available. Register for course number 1310 the first two semesters of lessons, 2310 the third and fourth semesters, 3310 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4310 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: Previous piano experience or completion of MUS 1060 for MUSL 1310 For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1330 to 4330: VOICE LESSONS (1 credit)

Half-hour or 50-minute lessons available. Register for course number 1330 the first two semesters of lessons, 2330 the third and fourth semesters, 3330 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4330 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: Previous vocal experience for MUSL 1330; For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1350 to 4350: ORGAN LESSONS (1 credit)

Half-hour or 50-minute lessons available. A minimum of six hours per week practice is required. Prerequisites: Departmental approval required.

MUSL 1370 to 4370: CELLO LESSONS (1 credit)

Half-hour or 50-minute lessons available. Register for course number 1370 the first two semesters of lessons, 2370 the third and fourth semesters, 3370 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4370 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1371 to 4371: FLUTE LESSONS (1 credit)

Half-hour or 50-minute lessons available. Register for course number 1371 the first two semesters of lessons, 2371 the third and fourth semesters, 3371 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4371 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1372 to 4372: GUITAR LESSONS (1 credit)

Register for course number 1372 the first two semesters of lessons, 2372 the third and fourth semesters, 3372 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4372 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1373 to 4373: VIOLA LESSONS (1 credit)

Register for course number 1373 the first two semesters of lessons, 2373 the third and fourth semesters, 3373 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4373 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1374 to 4374: VIOLIN LESSONS (1 credit)

Register for course number 1374 the first two semesters of lessons, 2374 the third and fourth semesters, 3374 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4374 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.

MUSL 1377 to 4377: MISC. INSTRUMENTS LESSONS (1 credit)

Register for course number 1377 the first two semesters of lessons, 2377 the third and fourth semesters, 3377 the fifth and sixth semesters, and 4377 the seventh and eight semesters. Register for section D01 for 30-minute lessons, and section D02 for 50-minute lessons. Prerequisites: For all levels above 1000, two semesters of the previous level.