Music Course Offerings


MUSI 111 Music Theory I [3]
Introduction to basic music theory including scales, keys and chordal harmony. Introduction to computer music composition software.

MUSI 112 Music Theory II [3]
Continuation of MUSI 111 with further study of chordal harmony. Prerequisite: MUSI 111 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 121 Aural Skills I [1]
Develop the aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation.

MUSI 122 Aural Skills II [1]
Continuation of MUSI 121. Continue to develop the aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUSI 121 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 131 Piano I [1]
Begin developing keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. May be offered as a class or a private lesson.

MUSI 132 Piano II [1]
Continuation of MUSI 131. Continue to develop keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. May be offered as a class or a private lesson. Prerequisite: MUSI 131 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 170 Class Voice [1]
Develop voice and stage presence for successful performance as an ensemble or a solo singer focusing on breath management, resonance, diction, ear training, and music-reading. Recommended for students without previous music experience.

MUSI 171/271/371/471 Private Vocal Instruction [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute vocal lessons with a trained instructor. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information.

MUSI 172/272/372/472 Private Instrumental Instruction [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums, or organ lessons with a trained instructor. Other instrumental training offered on an as-needed basis. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information.

MUSI 190/290/390/490 Choir [1]
Have an opportunity for musical and spiritual growth through the study, performance, and introduction of choral music in various genres and styles. Develop vocal skills, learn and apply music theory and sight signing. The Choir represents Trinity at chapel services, seasonal concerts, special performances, congregational visits, and other events as needed throughout the academic year. Members are expected to attend all functions of the choir. Prerequisite: Audition at the beginning of each term, open to all majors.

MUSI 191/291/391/491 Touring Ensemble [1]
The Touring Ensemble is a select group performing traditional, contemporary sacred and secular choral music. Members are selected by audition and have had prior vocal experience and possess substantial music reading ability and aural skills. Members exemplify all aspects of the highest levels of professional choral musicianship in rehearsal and in stage performance. There will be a number of performances annually, many of which will be outside of class time. Since the expressed purpose of this group is to prepare for and present performances as ambassadors of Trinity Lutheran College, there will be opportunities to perform in a variety of churches, schools and collegiate venues. Members are required to participate in Choir. Performing ensembles may go on tour during the J-Term or during spring break. Prerequisite: Audition at the beginning of each year.

MUSI 192/292/392/492 Worship Band [1]
The Worship Band is an auditioned group of singers and instrumentalists that represent Trinity Lutheran College in chapel services, concerts, special events, school and church outings, and community functions. This ensemble performs a variety of musical styles and genres. Members will learn worship leadership skills, and vocal and instrumental skills. Members are required to participate in Choir. Performing ensembles may go on tour during the J-Term or during spring break. Prerequisite: Audition at the beginning of each year.

MUSI 211 Music Theory III [3]
Continuation of MUSI 112 with further study of chordal harmony. Prerequisite: MUSI 112 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 212 Music Theory IV [3]
Continuation of MUSI 211 with advanced study of chordal harmony and 20th Century practices. Prerequisite: MUSI 211 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 221 Aural Skills III [1]
Continuation of MUSI 122. Continue to develop the aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUSI 122 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 222 Aural Skills IV [1]
Continuation of MUSI 221. Continue to develop advanced aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUSI 221 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 231 Piano III [1]
Continuation of MUSI 132. Continue to develop keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. May be offered as a class or a private lesson. Prerequisite: MUSI 132 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 232 Piano IV [1]
Continuation of MUSI 231. Develop advanced keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. Address the needs of the Keyboard Proficiency Exam. May be offered as a class or a private lesson. Prerequisite: MUSI 231 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 242 Music History [4]
Study of Western music from the early Christian era through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classic eras. Prerequisite: MUSI 211 and MUSI 221 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 280 Directed Study [1-4]
Offers opportunity to study, research, and analyze, and integrate a subject of personal interest. Readings and projects are selected and facilitated under the direction of the professor. Submit an independent study proposal for approval by the professor and the academic dean before registering.

MUSI 312 Music Song Writing, Styles and Traditions [4]
Discuss and examine Music and Worship styles, traditions, and hymnody. Begin writing worship songs and/or other styles and genres, while learning concepts and practicing skills in song writing with music composition software. There will be interactive conversations and sharing of one another’s music. Prerequisites: MUSI 212 and MUSI 222 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 341 Music History [4]
Continuation of MUSI 242. Cover the evolution of Western music from the Romantic period through the 20th century’s response to new theoretical constructs, technologies, and popular and cross-cultural influences. Prerequisite: MUSI 242 or consent of instructor

MUSI 342 Worship, Music and Culture [4]
Explores the theology and history of worship from Biblical times through the present with particular emphasis on the role of music in liturgical and non-liturgical corporate worship. Discuss the use of liturgy, psalms, hymns, spirituals and modern worship songs within the context of the rapid cultural and technological changes of today. Topics include planning, preparing, and producing traditional and contemporary worship services that glorify God while ministering to the needs of the 21st century church. Prerequisite: MUSI 361 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 351 Aspects of Music Ministry [4]
Explore the various aspects of a vibrant music and worship ministry: Children’s Choir, Handbells, Praise and Worship Teams, Choir, and Band and Orchestra. Emphasis on how to begin, establish, schedule, budget, and administer a comprehensive program within the church or school context. A practicum experience within a church or school setting is required. Serves as a prerequisite for internships. Prerequisites: MUSI 123, 140, 212, 222, 340, 361 or consent of instructor

MUSI 353 Music Technology [4]
Introduction to the various technologies used in many of today’s church music ministries. Gain knowledge and technical proficiencies with live sound and recording equipment through lectures, research, discussions, class presentations, individual practice, and hands-on activities. Discussion of how to best arrange and amplify instruments in contemporary worship as well as amplify choirs for worship services or recording. Application in the context of an actual church worship service and rehearsal will be required. Prerequisites: MUSI 212, MUSI 222 and MUSI 361 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 361 Conducting I [1]
Instruction in basic conducting patterns, expressive techniques, interpretations of common musical styles and terminology, preparation of a piece for rehearsal or performance, rehearsal and vocal techniques, selection and ordering appropriate repertoire for a group and vocal/choral tone development. Prerequisites: MUSI 212 and MUSI 222 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 362 Conducting II [1]
Continuation of MUSI 361 as it builds upon the skills taught in MUSI 361. Develop critical listening and corrective skills and techniques. Further development of personal conducting techniques and skills are developed within a choral setting. Score study, programming and exploration of different types and styles of music and performance practices will be explored. Prerequisite: MUSI 361 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 396 Playfest [4]
Annual event where students are given the opportunity to audition for roles in a chosen production. Learn about set design, basic acting techniques, singing, vocal projection, character/role development and other related topics.

MUSI 398 Special Topics [1-4]
Explores special topics of faculty or student interest to broaden or deepen the curriculum. May involve a guest instructor, workshop, or seminar format.

MUSI 453 Global Music [4]
Explore music from other cultures, to appreciate and understand their spiritual and musical expressions. Opportunities to create different types and genres of music, and experience the performance of different pieces of music. Develop their own music canon of 20 pieces. Prerequisites: MUSI 212, MUSI 222 and MUSI 361 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 461 Church Music Rehearsal Techniques [1]
Address techniques for leading rehearsals and worship services in both traditional and contemporary settings; directing church choirs, worship teams, children’s choirs. Prerequisites: MUSI 212 and MUSI 222 or consent of instructor.

MUSI 470 Internship [4]
Required for all Music majors. Requirements for internships may be obtained from the department chair. Internships may occur the summer before or during your 4th year and must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Music Department.

MUSI 480 Music and Worship Senior Presentation [2]
All graduates must have a final presentation/capstone in the form of the presentation of a paper, a recital, or other performance. The Chair of the Music Department must previously approve this work in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

MUSI 499 Independent Study [1-4]
Offers opportunity to study, research, analyze, and integrate a subject of personal interest. Readings and projects are determined in collaboration with the professor. Submit an independent study proposal for approval by the professor and the academic dean before registering.