Music


Music Enrichment and Travel Experience

One unique aspect of our degree
program is the inclusion of this
national and international
cultural travel experience. All
music degree candidates at
Texas Wesleyan are "required"
to enjoy this opportunity at least
once during their tenure in the
program.

Music

The music faculty at Texas Wesleyan University is well aware of career challenges facing students after graduation. We realize the demand for musical training in today's employment climate is vastly different than last century’s, and so we believe it is no longer realistic to apply 20th century educational traditions to 21st century culture and economy. Consequently, our focus is shifting from creating highly-skilled, specialized laborers to preparing balanced citizens who will serve their communities with music as one of their primary skills.

We prepare young musicians to become advocates for themselves, for music, for all the arts and for the best our society can be. We want to help students find new ways to connect with audiences on and off stage, bringing in new listeners without offending old. Our students acquire skills beyond traditional musical techniques, develop strategies for communicative performing, build meaningful interactive presentations and think critically about their relationship to audience and community. To do this, our students must converse well, think clearly, write persuasively and still perform excellently. Our new curriculum includes integrated arts study and musical enrichment and travel experiences that inform students about their world and wider opportunities for their artistic endeavors and creative contributions.

Music Instruction in the 21st Century

Well aware of the career challenges facing students after graduation, the Wesleyan music faculty realizes the demand for musical training in today’s employment climate is changing. We believe it is no longer realistic to apply 20th-century educational models to 21st-century culture and economy. With the goal to offer a range of options to the dedicated music professional-to-be, the Wesleyan curriculum now features three distinct baccalaureate degree tracks in music: 1) performance, 2) sacred music, and 3) music education.

Music Performance

Wesleyan has streamlined its Bachelor of Arts in Music degree so that it now contains 127 carefully selected, balanced and sequenced credit hours for completion. Students receive advanced training from highly accomplished faculty in their individual performance media, as well as courses in music theory, history, and literature, foreign language, interrelated arts, and general education. This focus strikes a harmonious balance between the highly skilled specialist in music and the well-rounded citizen who serves his/her community with music as a primary skill.

For the first time in its history, Texas Wesleyan now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Musicdegree with specialty track in Sacred Music. In addition to the same strong foundation in the core music classes as the other two curricula, students opting for the program in Sacred Music receive specialized training in music and worship, hymnody, and a rotation of four professional internships in Christian church settings. Graduation with this degree track positions them for, should they choose it, full accreditation in music worship from the Methodist church conference.

All-Level General Music Education

With their Bachelor of Music – All-Level Music Education degree, students pursue a fast-track toward music certification in the public schools of Texas. Classes are taught by highly trained music specialists in instrumental and choral methods, instrumental techniques, diction and pedagogy, as well as distinguished School of Education professors in the state-mandated education curriculum.

Graduates with this degree are fully certified to teach all grade levels of vocal, general, and instrumental music in Texas.

 

Texas Wesleyan University is also home to wonderful Music Venues.

Courses

Applied Performance

Registering for Private Music Instruction

There are three steps to registering for private music instruction:
1. Choose the appropriate title and course number (MAP XXXXC or MAP XXXXS);
2. Choose the desired or advised length of private instruction (1 or 2 credit hours);
3. Choose the appropriate section offering by instrument or area (listed below).

If you are not a music major or minor, you must receive permission from the chair of the Music Department before registering for applied performance (private lesson) instruction!

Students who are not majoring in the arts areas, and those not declaring a minor in music, may enroll for group performance instruction in Class Piano (MUS 1101 non-major section), Class Guitar (0087 or 0187), and Class Voice (MUS 1104). Exceptions to this policy require approval of the chair of the Music Department and are contingent upon faculty availability.

All students registering for either MAP XXXXC or MAP XXXXS must register for Recital Lab (MUS 0040 for music majors, and MUS 0041 for music minors).

One-credit-hour courses are 30 minutes in length; 2-credit-hour courses are 1 hour in length.

MAP 1100C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 1 hour

MAP 1200C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 2 hours

MAP 1101S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 1 hour

MAP 1201S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 2 hours

MAP 2100C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 1 hour

MAP 2200C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 2 hours

MAP 2101S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 1 hour

MAP 2201S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 2 hours

MAP 3100C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 1 hour

MAP 3200C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 2 hours

MAP 3101S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 1 hour

MAP 3201S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 2 hours

MAP 4100C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 1 hour

MAP 4200C. Music — Applied Performance — Concentration 2 hours

MAP 4101S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 1 hour

MAP 4201S. Music — Applied Performance — Secondary 2 hours

Section Numbers and Performances Areas for all
MAP XXXXC and MAP XXXXS Offerings
:

01—Voice 12—Bassoon
02—Piano 13—Trumpet
03—Piano-Jazz 14—Trombone
04—Guitar 15—French Horn
05—Bass 16—Euphonium
06—Drum set 17—Tuba
07—Percussion 18—Composition (by permission)
08—Flute 19—Jazz Voicing (by permission)
09—Clarinet 20—Conducting (by permission)
10—Saxophone 21—Special Studies (by permission)
11—Oboe
MAP XXXXC = Music - Applied Performance - Concentration

For music majors and declared music minors for the primary instrument or area of study. This course carries a fee of $60 per credit hour.

MAP XXXXS = Music - Applied Performance - Secondary

For music majors and declared music minors for the secondary or supplemental instrument or area of study, and for majors in art and theatre. This course carries a fee of $60 per credit hour.

0040. Recital Lab 0 hours

Music degree students are required to attend the scheduled concerts and recitals each semester for seven semesters. All students will receive a grade of "P" or "F" in this course.

0041. Recital Lab 0 hours

Non-majors taking private lessons must attend five recitals each semester of study. All students will receive a grade of "P" or "F" in this course.

 

Ensemble

0020. Opera Workshop 0 hours
0120. Opera Workshop 1 hour

Prerequisite: Vocal experience and consent of instructor
A practical course of vocal study and opera production. Included will be the study of opera history and styles in acting, stagecraft, and costuming. An opera and/or scenes will be staged each year.

0050. Wesleyan Singers 0 hours
0150. Wesleyan Singers 1 hour

Open by audition to experienced singers with a desire to perform serious choral literature. Performances include four concerts a year, regular touring opportunities, and other off-campus appearances.

0052. Wind Ensemble 0 hours
0152. Wind Ensemble 1 hour

The study and performance of serious contemporary wind literature. Four concerts are presented on campus each year in addition to a spring semester tour and other off-campus appearances. Open to student body by audition.

0060. Jazz Ensemble 0 hours
0160. Jazz Ensemble 1 hour

The study and performance of traditional and contemporary jazz literature. Open by audition to students with previous experience who desire further opportunity to learn stage band techniques.

 

Chamber Music

Small chamber music ensembles (saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet, jazz combo, piano accompanying, etc.) rehearse regularly, have weekly lessons, and perform in recital at least once during the semester. Open by audition to experienced instrumentalists.

Chamber Music Courses

0082. Chamber Music - Brass 0 hours

0182. Chamber Music - Brass 1 hour

0083. Chamber Music - Woodwind 0 hours

0183. Chamber Music - Woodwind 1 hour

0084. Chamber Music - Jazz Combo 0 hours

0184. Chamber Music - Jazz Combo 1 hour

0085. Chamber Music - Percussion 0 hours

0185. Chamber Music - Percussion 1 hour

0086. Chamber Music - Piano Accompanying 0 hours

0186. Chamber Music - Piano Accompanying 1 hour

0087. Chamber Music - Guitar Ensemble 0 hours

0187. Chamber Music - Guitar Ensemble 1 hour

0088. Chamber Music – Trouvères 0 hours

0188. Chamber Music – Trouvères 1 hour
A select, small vocal ensemble which performs a diverse repertory. Membership by audition only.

 

Courses

0256. Music Theory Fundamentals 2 hours

An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory for the beginning music student. Music reading ability not required as a prerequisite.

0257. Aural Skills Fundamentals 2 hours

An introduction to the fundamentals of ear training and sightsinging for the beginning music student. Music reading ability not required. If student cannot read music, concurrent enrollment in MUS 0256 is strongly recommended.

1101. Class Piano 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

1104. Class Voice 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A course designed to present basic vocal and musical techniques and ideas in a class format. It is for the non-major interested in taking voice. May be repeated as desired to cover additional periods and repertoire.

1105. Music Theory Preview 1 hour

Summer workshop designed to enhance music reading and knowledge of fundamental music skills. Includes rhythm studies, clef reading, keys and key signatures, intervals, triads, and seventh chords. Particularly useful as a preparation for MUS 1202 Music Theory I.

1201. Aural Skills I 2 hours

Prerequisite: Freshman placement examination
The study of melody, harmony, and rhythm through dictation and sightsinging.

1202. Music Theory I 2 hours

Prerequisite: Freshman placement examination
Techniques of music analysis, with an emphasis on part-writing, harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic patterns.

1203. Aural Skills II 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1201 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
Second semester of applied skills in elementary melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sightsinging techniques.

1204. Music Theory II 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1202 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
Study of chromatic harmony from secondary function to augmented sixth chords, plus modulation techniques.

1316. Music History: Western Period and Styles 3 hours

The first half of a two-semester sequence in music history for the undergraduate music major or minor. Beginning with the Greeks of antiquity (500 BCE) and ending with contemporary music, this course will present the changing face of Western music during the past two millenniums. Attention will be given to specific music periods and styles from these periods.

1317. Music History: Western Composers and Works 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3313
The second half of a two-semester sequence in music history for the music major or minor. Beginning in the late Middle Ages and moving to recent contemporary music, this course will provide information about the musical events and personalities of each era. Composers and works will be chosen on the basis of their perceived significance to the era.

2101. Class Piano 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

2102. Class Piano 1 hour

Prerequisite: MUS 2101 or consent of instructor

2103. Sophomore Barrier Exam 1 hour

Prerequisite: Completion of all Gateway Division courses
A combination of written examination, extended performance jury and personal interview executed and adjudicated by all members of the music faculty. Questions for the exam cover basic skills, knowledge, applications and understandings of fundamental course work completed by the student in the Gateway Division courses.

2111. Piano Pedagogy 1 hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A course open to experienced pianists. Includes a survey of teaching methods and materials and offers practical, supervised experience in teaching children and beginning adults. Required of students doing concentration in piano.

2121. Accompanying 1 hour

A study of the art of accompanying with practical class experience. Required of students doing concentration in piano. Open to any pianist with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

2131. Jazz Improvisation 1 hour

Prerequisite: MUS 1201, 1202, or consent of instructor
A course devised to develop the instrumental student's ability to analyze and perform improvisation of contemporary music. May be repeated once for credit.

2201. Aural Skills III 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1203 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
Applied skills in advanced melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sightsinging.

2202. Music Theory III 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1204 (A transfer student must have consent of instructor)
An introduction to the music and analytic methods of music since 1900.

2221. Music Literature 2 hours

A survey of major style periods from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Major composers and their works will be identified.

2242. Introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) 2 hours

Fundamentals of music sequencing, editing, and printing using Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) techniques.

2312. Music in America 3 hours

A chronological survey of various styles of American music from New England Psalm singing to the avant-garde, including art music, folk, and popular music and jazz. Course will include lecture, demonstration, discussion, listening, and participation.

2342. Introduction to Microcomputers in Music 3 hours

An introductory course presenting the computer, window navigation, menus, mouse movements, and the use of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Emphasis on digital multi-track recording (sequencing), with editing and mixing functions and computer- based music notation.

2365. Contexts for the Arts (ART 2365, THA 2365) 3 hours

This Integrated Arts Core (IAC) component will introduce philosophical, international, and aesthetic perspectives across the arts – architecture, dance, design, drama, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. The arts will be explored for the contexts in which they were/are made, for environments in which they are experienced today, and for changes in our perception of them over time and place. These explorations will consider socio-economic factors, belief systems, culture, race, gender, economics, and political influences. The course will utilize topic specific approaches, projects, team work, and direct investigations of cultural practices in the community and will help students understand the differences in communication styles and priorities as well as how the arts may be viewed and experienced outside our culture.

3111. String Instrumental Technique 1 hour

A practical introduction to the techniques of playing and teaching the violin, viola, cello, and string bass and a survey of literature and materials.

3112. Percussion Instrumental Technique 1 hour

Class instruction in the playing and teaching of percussion instruments and a survey of literature and materials.

3113. Woodwind Instrumental Technique 1 hour

Class instruction in the playing and teaching of woodwind instruments and a survey of literature and materials.

3114. Brass Instrumental Technique 1 hour

Class instruction in the playing and teaching of brass instruments and a survey of literature and materials.

3201. Counterpoint 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204
The study and writing of contrapuntal forms and techniques.

3221. Composition 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204
A study of composition techniques, including new methods of musical organization introduced in the twentieth century. Composition in small forms for simple media in a style of the student's choice. May be repeated for credit. May also be taken privately on the same basis as applied music.

3222. Survey of Musical Theatre 2 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A survey of major writers, composers, and production trends in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

3228. Fundamentals of Conducting 2 hours

A course designed to acquaint students with basic motor skills and techniques involved in conducting.

3241. Language/Diction 2 hours

A study of the phonetics and grammatical structures of the languages basic to singing English and Italian.

3242. Language/Diction 2 hours

A continued study of the phonetics and grammatical structures of the languages basic to singing German and French.

3310. Sociology of Music (SOC 3310) 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301
This course is intended to develop appreciation for alternative musical expressions especially as they pertain to musical traditions from the nonwestern world. Students will learn the context in which music is created, its value to the people whose culture it inhabits, the instruments upon which the music is played, and the transformation of music in different cultures. Music reading skills and knowledge of basic music principles are advisable.

3311. Principles of Music Education, Elementary 3 hours

A study of the foundations and principles of elementary school music instruction as an educational discipline for the music major.

3313. Music History I 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 1201, 1202, 1203, and 1204
A stylistic survey of western music from the Greek through the Baroque period.

3315. Music History II 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3313 or consent of instructor
A stylistic survey of western music from the classical period through the twentieth century.

3321. Studies in the History of Music 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the history of music.

3322. Studies in the Creation of Music 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the creative process in music.

3343. Survey of Musical Theatre (THA 3343) 3 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
A survey of major writers, composers, and production trends in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

3360. Music of Women Composers (WST 3360) 3 hours

A historical survey of the music of women composers from medieval times to the present.

3365. Innovations in the Arts (ART 3365, THA 3365) 3 hours

The Integrated Arts Core component is a series of case studies concerning innovations in the arts from their inspiration and conception through their influences on current practice in areas such as architecture, dance, design, drama, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Specific topics will vary each semester. Students will conduct and present research on a variety of topics associated with the case studies and engage in a series of dialogues and exercises with guest artists from a cross-section of arts fields. For each innovation topic, students will develop an individual or group project to demonstrate understanding of the theories and principles in the case studies. Students can expect to work both inside and outside of their chosen majors and areas of specialization.

4000. Senior Project 0 hours

Prerequisite: To be done in the final semester of residence
A culminating project planned and carried out by the student under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Projects may vary according to the student's interests and ability and may include a recital, lecture/recital, original composition, or analytical or historical paper.

4101. Senior Oral Exam 1 hour

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status
A one-hour comprehensive oral examination executed and adjudicated by three members of the music faculty. Questions for the exam cover a wide range of musical topics.

4102. Music Enrichment and Travel 1 hour

A learning-enhanced travel experience with emphasis on some aspects of the arts. Involves domestic or overseas travel and will be offered during Winter Break or May Term. Required once during the undergraduate semesters. A specific fee will be applied to defray travel costs.

4110. Vocal Pedagogy 1 hour

Teaching principles for group and individual instruction. Vocal problems, exercises, literature, and performance practices. Historical survey of methods and materials.

4200. Senior Project 2 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status
A culminating project planned and executed by the student under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Projects may vary according to the student’s interest and ability. Taken in the final semester of the degree plan in lieu of MAPC courses.

4201. Orchestration 2 hours

Study and practical experience in symphonic scoring for band and orchestra.

4211. Form and Analysis I 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204
The study of musical form and style, including binary, ternary, rondo, variations, sonata, and other formal designs in music.

4228. Instrumental Conducting 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3228
The conducting, interpretation, and organization of instrumental repertoire.

4229. Choral Conducting 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3228
The conducting, interpretation, and organization of choral repertoire.

4232. Advanced Instrumental Conducting 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 4228
Detailed study of conducting techniques and styles involving the more advanced repertoire for both large and small instrumental groups.

4233. Advanced Choral Conducting 2 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 4229
A more intensive study of all facets of choral conducting and literature, including the larger works.

4318. Instruction in Secondary School, Instrumental Methods and Materials 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3111, 3112, 3113, and 3114
Focuses on instructional strategies and curriculum development. Includes an analysis of the essential elements to be taught in Texas secondary schools as well as methods and materials for instruction in school music programs.

4319. Instruction in Secondary Schools, Choral Methods (EDU 4319) 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3228 3 hours
Focuses on instructional strategies and curriculum development. Includes an analysis of the essential elements to be taught in Texas secondary schools as well as methods and materials for instruction in school choral music programs.

4320. Music Study Tour (FAR 4320) 3 hours

Instructor-escorted tour to worldwide centers of musical interest. Students attend recitals and concerts in each location and visit sites of outstanding historical and cultural significance. No prerequisites or formal music background necessary. Fulfills the general education fine arts requirement.

4321. Studies in the Theory of Music 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the theory of music.

4322. Studies in the Performance of Music 3 hours

Prerequisite: Attainment Division status, MUS 2103
One in a sequence of four upper-level Attainment Division courses required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music degree candidates. Variable topics related to the performance of music.

4340. Senior Seminar 3 hours

Prerequisite: MUS 3314 or consent of instructor
Studies in selected historical, theoretical, and aesthetic topics in music utilizing advanced analysis skills and research methods. Students will write a research paper designed to be worthy of submission for graduate school admissions application.

4365. Collaborations through the Arts (ART 4365, THA 4365) 3 hours

This culminating, Integrated Arts Core (IAC) course is designed to inform, explore, and integrate processes of collaborating in the production and/or performance of the arts, including architecture, dance, design, drams, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. The course is designed in three segments. First, collaboration will be studied as a process of work in our culture, including the business area, in order for students to collect strategies and processes helpful to such work in the arts. Next, specific instances and case studies of collaborative experiences in the arts will be studied for application guidelines and idea generation. Finally, students will complete the semester with the faculty facilitator in teams and groups, with a collaborative performance or academic presentation as the final project. Students can expect to work both inside and outside of their chosen majors and areas of specialization, and to demonstrate analysis and synthesis skills in a number of ways in class activities and the final project.

4393. Internship I 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one’s major field of study.

4394. Internship II 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one’s major field of study.

Did you know?

Before 1989, Texas Wesleyan
University was Texas
Wesleyan College. This
designation is still displayed
atop the Oneal-Sells
Administration Building, itself a
Texas Historical Landmark.

 
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