Music

Chairperson: Timothy Westerhaus
Professors: K. Hekmatpanah, R. Spittal, J. K. Waters, S.J. (Emeritus)
Associate Professor: T. Westerhaus
Assistant Professor: P. Hamlin
Senior Lecturer: D. Fague
Lecturer: J. Shank

The department offers two majors and three minors:

Bachelor of Arts, Music major
(required concentration in General Studies, Performance, Composition, or Sacred Music)
Bachelor of Arts, Music Education major
(required concentration in Choral and General Music or Instrumental and General Music)
Minor in Conducting (for Music or Music Education majors only)
Minor in Music
Minor in Jazz Performance

The Music major requires the completion of a concentration in Performance, Composition, Sacred Music, or General Studies. The Music Education major certifies the graduate to teach music in the elementary and secondary schools in the State of Washington and 47 reciprocating states.

Students majoring in music education may select one, two, or both concentrations: choral and general music or instrumental and general music. Students should consult the School of Education for additional course requirements to obtain teacher certification.

All music majors are required to be involved in a major ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, or choir) and applied lessons in their major instrument each semester after declaration as a music major. Majors in the performance concentrations are required to enroll in applied lessons for two credits every semester beginning the sophomore year. Students must audition to enter upper-division applied lessons (MUSC 331). All music majors are also required to pass a functional keyboard proficiency examination. Those students who are awarded music scholarships are required to be involved actively in the department, maintain high academic standards, and participate in a performing ensemble and applied lessons each semester.

All instrumental and chocal ensembles are open through audition to all students regardless of major. Individual lessons are also available in voice, piano, organ, guitar, woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion.

B.A. Major in Music: 45-54 Credits

Lower Division (30 credits)
MUSC 120 Introduction to Music Technology 1 credit
MUSC 131 Applied Lessons 4 credits
Ensembles(1)  4 credits
MUSC 140 Concert Choir
MUSC 144 Gonzaga Men's Chorus
MUSC 145 Gonzaga Women’s Chorus
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 150 Guitar Ensemble
MUSC 153 String Chamber Ensemble
MUSC 157 Liturgical Music Ensemble
 
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 211 Conducting 3 credits
MUSC 257(2) Creative Music Lab Ensemble 3 credits
(MUSC 257 is a 1-credit course that must be repeated for a total of 3 credits)  
MUSC 261 Music Theory III 3 credits
MUSC 261L Theory III Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 262(3) Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUSC 240 Piano Proficiency Exam 0 credit
Upper Division (9 credits)
MUSC 391 Music History I 3 credits
MUSC 392 Music History II 3 credits
MUSC 480 Music History Seminar 3 credits


(1)Sacred Music concentration students must take MUST 157 for 4 credits.
 
(2)Sacred Music concentration students do not take MUSC 257 as the content is covered in other required coursework.   
(3)MUSC 262 is not required for Sacred Music concentration students  

General Studies in Music Concentration: 6 credits

One Music elective from the following: 3 credits
MUSC 375 Jazz History
MUSC 346 The World of Opera
MUSC 399 Research Methods 3 credits
MUSC 491 Thesis/Oral Comprehensive Exam 0 credit
MUSC 499 Senior Thesis 0 credit


Performance Concentration: 10 Credits

MUSC 131 Applied Lessons 2 credits
MUSC 241 Upper Division Applied Exam 0 credit
MUSC 325 Half Recital 0 credit
MUSC 331 Applied Lessons 8 credits
MUSC 425 Full Recital 0 credit

Composition Concentration: 6 Credits

MUSC 326 Composition Junior Portfolio 0 credit
MUSC 364 Composition 2 credits
MUSC 426 Composition Senior Portfolio 0 credit
MUSC 464 Advanced Composition 4 credits


Sacred Music Concentration: 21 Credits

 
MUSC 131 Applied Lessons (Piano or Organ) 1 credit
MUSC 131C Applied Lessons (voice)  1 credit
Additional Ensembles: 2 credits
Chosen from: MUSC 140, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 153   
MUSC 241 Upper Division Applied Exam 0 credit
MUSC 320 Vocal Pedagogy 2 credits
MUSC 325 Half Recital
0 credit

MUSC 331 Applied Lessons 

4 credits
MUSC 364 Composition 2 credits
MUSC 497 Internship 3 credits
RELI 360 Liturgy  3 credits
One additional Religious Studies course selected from the following:  3 credits
RELI 370 Christian Spirituality
 
RELI 372 Christian Leadership
 
RELI 405 Christian Diversity
 
   

B.A. Major in Music Education: 51 Credits

Required Music Courses (both Music Education Concentrations)
Lower Division: 30 credits
MUSC 120 Introduction to Music Technology 1 credit
MUSC 131 Applied Lessons 4 credits
Ensembles 4 credits
MUSC 140 Concert Choir
MUSC 144 Gonzaga Men's Chorus
MUSC 145 Gonzaga Women’s Chorus
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 150 Guitar Ensemble
MUSC 153 String Chamber Ensemble
MUSC 157 Liturgical Music Ensemble
 
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 211 Conducting 3 credits
MUSC 257 Creative Music Lab Ensemble 3 credits
(MUSC 257 is a 1 credit course that must be repeated for a total of 3 credits)  
MUSC 261 Music Theory III 3 credits
MUSC 261L Theory III Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 262 Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUSC 240 Piano Proficiency Exam 0 credit
MUSC 241 Upper Division Applied Exam 0 credit
Upper Division: 6 credits
MUSC 391 Music History I 3 credits
MUSC 392 Music History II 3 credits


Required Music Education Courses: 10 credits (both Concentrations)
MUSC 131T Applied Conducting 1 credits
MUSC 133 Brass Techniques 1 credits
MUSC 134 Woodwind Techniques 1 credit
MUSC 135 String Techniques 1 credit
MUSC 136 Percussion Techniques 1 credit
MUSC 137 Vocal Techniques 1 credit
MUSC 139 World Music Methods 1 credit
MUSC 354 Music Education Methods 3 credits


Choral and General Concentration: 5 Credits

MUSC 140 Concert Choir 3 credits
MUSC 325 Half Recital 0 credit
MUSC 331 Applied Lessons (Voice) 2 credits


Instrumental and General Concentration: 5 Credits

Ensembles 3 credits
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 325 Half Recital 0 credit
MUSC 331 Applied Lessons (Instrument) 2 credits
For the B.A. in Music Education degree additional credits of education courses are required. For required course information consult the School of Education and the Music Department Handbook.

Minor in Conducting: 20 credits

(For Music Majors or Music Education Majors only)

MUSC 211 Conducting 3 credits
MUSC 131T Applied Conducting 4 credits
MUSC 332 Choral Conducting Lab 0 credit
MUSC 333 Instrumental Conducting Lab 0 credit
MUSC 325 Half Recital (major instrument or voice) 0 credit
Ensembles: 8 credits
MUSC 140 Concert Choir
MUSC 143 Chamber Singers
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra
Electives: 5 credits
MUSC 131 Private Lessons (in primary instrument)
MUSC 133 Brass Techniques
MUSC 134 Woodwind Techniques
MUSC 135 Strings Techniques
MUSC 136 Percussion Techniques
MUSC 137 Vocal Techniques
MUSC 140 Concert Choir
MUSC 143 Chamber Singers
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra

Minor in Music: 22 credits

MUSC 131 (or higher) Applied Lessons
(one instrument)
4 credits
Ensembles: 7 credits
MUSC 140 Concert Choir
MUSC 144 Gonzaga Men's Chorus
MUSC 145 Gonzaga Women’s Chorus
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 150 Guitar Ensemble
MUSC 153 String Chamber Ensemble
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 171 Music in the Humanities 3 credits

Minor in Jazz Performance: 22 Credits

MUSC 131 or higher Applied Jazz Improvisation
(primary instrument)
4 credits
Jazz Ensembles 7 credits
MUSC 149 Jazz Workshop Combo
MUSC 152 Gonzaga Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 161 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 162 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab 1 credit
MUSC 175 Jazz History 3 credits
Lower Division
MUSC 120 Intro to Music Technology
1.00 credit
Students will acquire skills and proficiency in applications and technology that will allow them to create music, including but not limited to digital recording and editing, publishing scores, and electronically generating music. Music majors must take this course concurrently with MUSC 162 and MUSC 162L.
MUSC 121 Piano Class I
1.00 credit
Designed for the pianist with no previous keyboard skills or note reading ability. Emphasis is on basic terminology, technique, and musical concepts. Literature includes classical to contemporary.
MUSC 122 Piano Class II
1.00 credit
A continuation of MUSC 121, designed for both the student with some past keyboard experience and music majors preparing for the keyboard competency exam. Includes review of basics, plus technique, sight-reading, harmonizing, transposition, improvisation, and literature.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 121 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 123 Guitar Class I
1.00 credit
Designed for the beginning guitarist. Emphasis on tuning, position, chords, and basic reading skills.
MUSC 124 Guitar Class II
1.00 credit
A continuation of Guitar Class I.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 123 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 125 Group Voice Class
1.00 credit
Designed for the beginning vocalist. Emphasizes the development of basic techniques of breath management, posture, tone quality, and diction. Includes study of vocal theory, exercise materials, and an introduction to standard vocal literature.
MUSC 130 Piano Proficiency Class
1.00 credit
Designed for Music majors who intend to take the Piano Proficiency Exam (MUSC 240). It will cover basic piano technique (scales, arpeggios, hand positions), playing a melody with an accompaniment, clef reading, sight-reading, and basic repertoire.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 161 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 162 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 131A Applied Piano
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied piano.
MUSC 131B Applied Organ/Harpsichord
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied organ/harpsichord.
MUSC 131C Applied Voice
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied voice.
MUSC 131D Applied Violin
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied violin.
MUSC 131E Applied Cello
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied cello.
MUSC 131F Applied Oboe
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied oboe.
MUSC 131G Applied Guitar
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied guitar.
MUSC 131H Applied String Bass
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied string bass.
MUSC 131I Applied Clarinet
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied clarinet.
MUSC 131J Applied Saxophone
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied saxophone.
MUSC 131K Applied Flute
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied flute.
MUSC 131L Applied Trumpet
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied trumpet.
MUSC 131M Applied Low Brass
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied low brass.
MUSC 131N Applied Percussion
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied percussion.
MUSC 131O Applied Jazz Piano
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz piano.
MUSC 131P Applied Bassoon
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied bassoon.
MUSC 131Q Applied French Horn
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied french horn.
MUSC 131R Applied Jazz Improvisation
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz improvisation.
MUSC 131S Applied Electric Bass
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied electric bass.
MUSC 131T Applied Conducting
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied conducting.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 211 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 131U Applied Jazz Bass
1.00- 2.00 credits
MUSC 131V Applied Harp
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied harp.
MUSC 131W Applied Viola
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied viola.
MUSC 131X Applied Jazz Guitar
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz guitar.
MUSC 131Y Applied Jazz Voice
1.00- 2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz voice.
MUSC 131Z Applied Jazz Drum Set
1.00- 2.00 credits
Designed to teach the basics of jazz drumming. Students will learn how to play within a wide variety of jazz styles including straight ahead swing, bossa nova, 12/8, ballad style, etc. Students will learn proper techniques including use of hi-hat, feathering on the bass drum, comping on all drums/cymbals, marking form and use of the proper equipment including brushes, sticks and mallets.
MUSC 133 Brass Techniques
1.00 credit
Designed to formulate principles for teaching the brass instruments. Discussion, demonstration, and performance on the brass instruments. Includes development of proper embouchure, tone production, intonation, range and tone quality. Representative repertoire and teaching materials studied.
MUSC 134 Woodwind Techniques
1.00 credit
Designed to formulate principles for teaching the woodwind instruments. Discussion, demonstration, and performance on the woodwind instruments. Includes development of proper embouchure, tone production, intonation, range and tone quality. Representative repertoire and teaching materials studied.
MUSC 135 Strings Techniques
1.00 credit
Designed to formulate principles for teaching the string instruments. Discussion, demonstration, and performance on the string instruments. Includes development of proper bowing, tone production, intonation, range and tone quality. Representative repertoire and teaching materials studied.
MUSC 136 Percussion Techniques
1.00 credit
Designed to formulate principles for teaching the percussion instruments. Discussion, demonstration, and performance on the percussion instruments. Includes development of snare drum technique, proper grip, striking action, and tone quality. Representative repertoire and teaching materials studied.
MUSC 137 Vocal Techniques
1.00 credit
Topic to be determined by instructor.
MUSC 139 World Music Methods
1.00 credit
This course is designed specifically for students in the B.A. in Music Education program. The course explores musical cultures throughout the world at the present time, including but not limited; Africa, the Americas, Asia, Near East, Europe, and the South Pacific. The course is designed to supplement the Music History sequence (MUSC 391,392,393) by encouraging appreciation for non-Western music and musical cultures that lie outside the Western canon, and will lead them to formulate principles and methodologies for applying their knowledge of world music to their teaching in the elementary and secondary schools.
MUSC 140 Concert Choir
1.00 credit
Audition required.
MUSC 143 Chamber Singers
1.00 credit
Audition required.
MUSC 144 Gonzaga Men's Chorus
1.00 credit
A choir open to all students, without audition. The Men's Chorus sings TTBB literature. May be repeated for credit.
MUSC 145 Gonzaga Women's Chorus
1.00 credit
The Women's Chorus sings SSAA literature. Audition required.
MUSC 146 Wind Ensemble
1.00 credit
The Wind Symphony performs new and standard literature for concert band and wind ensemble. Audition required.
MUSC 147 Symphony Orchestra
1.00 credit
The Symphony Orchestra is open to all members of the University and Spokane community. Audition or permission from instructor required.
MUSC 148 Chamber Ensemble
1.00 credit
Audition required.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 140 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 146 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 147 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 149 Jazz Workshop Combo
1.00 credit
Audition required.
MUSC 150 Guitar Ensemble
1.00 credit
Audition required.
Concurrent:
MUSC 131G
MUSC 152 Gonzaga Jazz Ensemble
1.00 credit
The Jazz Ensemble performs new and standard literature for big band/jazz orchestra. Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is limited to saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section players. An entrance audition at the beginning of the Fall semester is required.
MUSC 153 String Chamber Ensemble
1.00 credit
A chamber ensemble for string students. Students must be proficient on their instrument. Audition required.
MUSC 154 Percussion Ensemble
1.00 credit
The Percussion Ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from standard to non-traditional and ethnic music. Instructor permission required.
MUSC 155 Gonzaga Band
1.00 credit
Gonzaga Band is a non-performing beginning/skills band that will serve as a feeder to the instrumental ensembles in the music department. The class will focus on tone production, blend, balance, intonation, breath support, and other necessary skills for any student musician seeking to audition into music department instrumental ensembles.
MUSC 156 Gonzaga Drum Line
1.00 credit
GU Drum Line will consist of learning music and other protocol associated with the Gonzaga Bulldog Band. Students will concentrate on leaning proper technique on marching snare, bass drum, cymbals, and quads. They will focus on learning the Bulldog Band repertoire as well as several drum cadences and features that will be showcased at Men’s/Women’s/home games.
MUSC 157 Liturgical Music Ensemble
1.00 credit
The Liturgical Music Ensemble consists of singers and instrumentalists who lead music at the university's festive liturgies, student Masses, ecumenical liturgies, and interfaith services. The course utilizes a diverse repertoire of sacred music, including new compositions, contemporary arrangements, repertoire from the Catholic tradition, hymns, anthems, Mass settings, gospel music, and repertoire from global cultures.
MUSC 161 Music Theory I
3.00 credits
Review of music fundamentals, basic analysis, and the study of harmony through secondary dominants. Introduction to musical forms.
Concurrent:
MUSC 161L
MUSC 161L Theory I Ear Training Lab
1.00 credit
Course includes ear training, sight-signing, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.
Concurrent:
MUSC 161
MUSC 162 Music Theory II
3.00 credits
A continuation of MUSC 161.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 161 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 161L Minimum Grade: S
Concurrent:
MUSC 162L
MUSC 162L Theory II Ear Training Lab
1.00 credit
Course includes ear training, sight-singing, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 161 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 161L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
MUSC 162
MUSC 171 Music in the Humanities
3.00 credits
Historical survey of the development of music from antiquity to the present. Relationships between the other arts, philosophies, and social structures presented in context with the evolution of music. Emphasizes the understanding of music history through lecture, performance, and recordings.
MUSC 175 Jazz History
3.00 credits
A survey of jazz history including important musicians and recordings with the highest emphasis on aural discernment and critical listening skills. The lives, historical/social significance, and music of key jazz musicians of each style period will be studied through demonstrative lectures and audio/visual examples.
MUSC 185 Special Topics:
1.00- 3.00 credits
Course topic to be determined by Music faculty.
MUSC 190 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
MUSC 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
MUSC 211 Conducting
3.00 credits
Fundamental study of conducting and score reading, and analysis skill applicable to instrumental and choral ensembles.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 162 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 221 Piano Class III
1.00 credit
A continuation of MUSC 122, designed for both the student with some past keyboard experience and music majors preparing for the keyboard skills competency exam. Includes review of fundamentals, technical sight-reading, harmonizing transposition, improvisation, and literature.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 122 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 222 Piano Class IV
1.00 credit
A continuation of MUSC 221, designed for both the student with some past experience and music majors preparing for the keyboard competency exam. Includes review of fundamentals, plus technique, sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and literature.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 221 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 223 Guitar Class III
1.00 credit
A continuation of Guitar Class II, this course provides a survey of guitars styles from classical to contemporary.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 124 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 224 Guitar Class IV
1.00 credit
A continuation of guitar Class III, this course provides an advanced survey of guitar styles and techniques from classical to contemporary. Emphasis on application in performance.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 223 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 231 Vocal Diction I
2.00 credits
Part of a four-semester sequence of courses that explore subjects significant to singers. An introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and English, Italian, and Latin lyric diction, using IPA as it applies to vocal literature. Explores rules of pronunciation rules and practical application for singers as it relates to foreign language diction.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131C Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 331C Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 232 Vocal Diction II
2.00 credits
Part of a four-semester sequence of courses that explore subjects significant to singers. Applies the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to German and French vocal literature. Explores rules of pronunciation rules and practical application for singers as it relates to foreign language diction.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131C Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 331C Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 240 Piano Proficiency Exam
.00 credits
This course is required for all music majors. It is required prior to enrolling in upper division music courses.
MUSC 241 Upper Division Applied Exam
.00 credits
This course is required for students prior to enrolling in upper division applied lessons.
MUSC 246 The World of Opera
3.00 credits
An exploration of the high moments in the history of opera as well as an explanation of some common features of the genre constitute the principle ingredients of this course. By means of recordings and videotape, an ample sampling of opera productions punctuates the course through the semester.
MUSC 247 Music of Christian Tradition
3.00 credits
This course surveys sacred music from the early Christian church through the modern era. Music will be studied in the context of its liturgical, concert and dramatic performance, including music of the Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed (Calvinist) and other traditions. Genres will include the mass, motet oratorio, and passion and topics include plainchant, Renaissance polyphony, the Protestant Reformation, hymnody, psalmody, and developments in the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Issues of the 20th century will include reforms and non-western developments.
MUSC 248 Development of Western Music
3.00 credits
A survey of western music, with particular attention paid to the influence of Italian composers and performers on the development of western music from the Renaissance to the present. Class will take advantage of its Italian and European setting to visit sites of musical significance such as La Scala opera house in Milan, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the home of Mozart in Salzburg.
MUSC 249 World Music
3.00 credits
This course explores several musical cultures throughout the world, including but not limited to ; Africa, the Americas, Asia, Near East, Europe and the South Pacific. The course is designed to enhance each student’s appreciation of the diversity of music throughout the world, as well as the people that perform it.
MUSC 250 Music in America
3.00 credits
This course introduces various musical styles, influences, and composers of the United States from pre-Colonial times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the broad variety of music particular to American culture, and on music's importance in the cultural history of the nation. Students will demonstrate their understanding of American music history and its cultural relevance through writing, discussion, and aural examination.
MUSC 257 Creative Music Lab Ensemble
1.00 credit
The Creative Music Lab Ensemble (CMLE) is a contemporary chamber ensemble of varying instrumentation that explores traditional and non-traditional ways of thinking about and making music. Students will study, rehearse and perform a work by a groundbreaking 20th/21st Century composer, and student-created arrangements and compositions representing a wide variety of styles. CMLE allows students to actively learn about the creative musical process from ideation-to­-performance through direct experience at all stages. It fosters creativity and allows students to integrate their understanding of music theory, ear training and history in a way that permits them to more fully see their relevance and importance. Students develop themselves as well-rounded musicians and gain a deeper knowledge of music. It also gives future music educators the skills to compose, improvise, arrange, and model effective methods for teaching. Fall and Spring.
MUSC 261 Music Theory III
3.00 credits
Continuation of Music Theory II. Advanced ear-training skills, analysis, stylistic writing, and introduction to complex musical forms.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 162 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 162L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
MUSC 261L
MUSC 261L Theory III Ear Training Lab
1.00 credit
Course includes ear training, sight-singing, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 162 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 162L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
MUSC 261
MUSC 262 Music Theory IV
3.00 credits
Continuation of Music Theory III. Twentieth-century and contemporary harmony and composition.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 261 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 261L Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 290 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
Upper Division
MUSC 320 Vocal Pedagogy
2.00 credits
Part of a four-semester sequence of courses that explore subjects significant to singers. Surveys voice science, which includes the anatomy and mechanics of vocalization, breath, and hearing; the acoustics of singing; vocal health and maintenance; classification of voice type; and an introduction to voice analysis and teaching methods.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131C Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 331C Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 321 Song Literature
2.00 credits
Part of a four-semester sequence of courses that explore subjects of significant importance to singers. Surveys art song literature, history, and style, exploring major and minor composers of the German, French, Italian, British, and American repertoire.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131C Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 331C Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 325 Half Recital
.00 credits
Thirty minute degree recital required for those students majoring in Music Performance and Music Education. Presentation of recital requires successful audition one month before recital date.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
MUSC 331
MUSC 326 Composition Junior Portfolio
.00 credits
Public performance and recording of two or more compositions written for MUSC 364. Required of composition emphasis Music majors.
Concurrent:
MUSC 364
MUSC 331A Applied Piano
2.00 credits
Training in applied piano.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131A Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331B Applied Organ/Harpsichord
2.00 credits
Training in applied organ/harpsichord.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131B Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331C Applied Voice
2.00 credits
Training in applied voice.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131C Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331D Applied Violin
2.00 credits
Training in applied violin.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131D Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331E Applied Cello
2.00 credits
Training in applied cello.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131E Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331F Applied Oboe
2.00 credits
Training in applied oboe.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131F Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331G Applied Guitar
2.00 credits
Training in applied guitar.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131G Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331H Applied String Bass
2.00 credits
Training in applied string bass.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131H Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331I Applied Clarinet
2.00 credits
Training in applied clarinet.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131I Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331J Applied Saxophone
2.00 credits
Training in applied saxophone.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131J Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331K Applied Flute
2.00 credits
Training in applied flute.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131K Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331L Applied Trumpet
2.00 credits
Training in applied trumpet.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131L Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331M Applied Low Brass
2.00 credits
Training in applied low brass.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131M Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331N Applied Percussion
2.00 credits
Training in applied percussion.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131N Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331O Applied Jazz Piano
2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz piano.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131O Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331P Applied Bassoon
2.00 credits
Training in applied bassoon.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131P Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331Q Applied French Horn
2.00 credits
Training in applied french horn.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131Q Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331R Applied Jazz Improvisation
2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz improvisation.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131R Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 331S Applied Electric Bass
2.00 credits
Training in applied electric bass.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131S Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331U Applied Jazz Bass
2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz bass.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131U Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331V Applied Harp
2.00 credits
Training in applied harp.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131V Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331W Applied Viola
2.00 credits
Training in applied viola.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131W Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331X Applied Jazz Guitar
2.00 credits
Training in applied jazz guitar.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 131X Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 331Z Applied Jazz Drum Set
1.00- 2.00 credits
Designed to continue in the development and refinement of jazz drumming.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 241 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 332 Choral Conducting Lab
.00 credits
Choral Conducting lab to accompany Applied Conducting (MUSC 131T).
Concurrent:
MUSC 131T
MUSC 333 Instrumental Conducting Lab
.00 credits
Instrumental Conducting Lab to accompany Applied Conducting (MUSC 131T).
Concurrent:
MUSC 331T
MUSC 340 Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam
.00 credits
All students pursuing a Major in Music with a Jazz Performance Concentration must pass the Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam. Major and Minor ii-V-I progressions using rootless voicings in all keys, 2-hand accompaniment of 12-bar Blues, and chord progression sight-reading will be evaluated in the exam.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 346 The World of Opera
3.00 credits
An exploration of the high moments in the history of opera as well as an explanation of some common features of the genre constitute the principal ingredients of this course. By means of recordings and videotape, an ample sampling of opera productions punctuates the course through the semester.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 354 Music Education Methods
3.00 credits
Intended primarily for the music education major. Foundations, methods and materials for teaching instrumental and general music in the elementary and secondary schools.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 358 Keyboard Accompanying
1.00 credit
Keyboard students are assigned to student vocalists and instrumentalists by the instructor. Students attend weekly rehearsals, receive coaching and are required to perform at least once per semester.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 331A Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 364 Composition
2.00 credits
Two semester course: in the first semester, the required compositions include a solo instrumental piece and an instrumental duo or trio; and in the second semester, an accompanied song cycle or an a capella vocal piece or a work for solo instrument, sonata length.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 262 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 375 Jazz History
3.00 credits
A survey of jazz history including important musicians and recordings with the highest emphasis on aural discernment and critical listening skills. The lives, historical/social significance, and music of key jazz musicians of each style period will be studied through demonstrative lectures and audio/visual. Non-majors should register for MUSC 175.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 391 Music History I
3.00 credits
Survey of the history and literature of music from Antiquity through the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Periods.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 261 Minimum Grade: C and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 392 Music History II
3.00 credits
Survey of the history and literature of music in the Romantic Period, 20th Century, and New Millennium. Includes music of the Western classical and jazz traditions and global intersections.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 391 Minimum Grade: C
MUSC 399 Research Methods & Materials
3.00 credits
Designed for those students majoring in Music, General Studies Concentration, who are preparing to write their Senior Thesis.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 262 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 391 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 392 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 393 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 425 Full Recital
.00 credits
Sixty minute degree recital required for those students majoring in Music Performance. Presentation of recital requires successful audition one month prior to recital date.
MUSC 426 Composition Senior Portfolio
.00 credits
Public performance and recording of one or more compositions written for MUSC 364 or MUSC 464. Works performed for MUSC 326 are ineligible to meet this requirement. Required for Music Majors, Composition Concentration.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 326 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
MUSC 464
MUSC 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
MUSC 450 Jazz Theory and Analysis
1.00 credit
Designed to teach students chord/scale theory, application, and analysis. The course will cover harmonic major, ascending melodic minor, diminished, augmented, pentatonic, and synthetic scales as well as triad pairs and how they relate to the harmony over which jazz improvisers apply them. Further, students will transcribe and analyze instrumental jazz from three developmental eras of jazz: Bebop (1940-1950), Classic (1950-1960), and Modern (1960-present).
Prerequisite:
MUSC 340 Minimum Grade: S and MUSC 262 Minimum Grade: C
MUSC 462 Orchestration
3.00 credits
Study of instruments in the band and orchestra regarding range, color, quality, and technical restriction as applied to scoring for solo and ensemble performance.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 262 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 240 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 464 Advanced Composition
2.00 credits
This course continues studies in original music composition. The students work in larger forms for choir, chamber ensembles or for large instrumental ensembles. There are public presentations of these works either on the home campus or elsewhere. The works will become part of the Senior Portfolio. Required for Music Majors, Composition Concentration.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 364 Minimum Grade: D
MUSC 480 Music History Seminar
3.00 credits
An in-depth investigation of one particular topic of music. Students engage in analysis, research and practical application of a topic relevant to the discipline of music. Examples include a given composer, genre, and music performance issue. Spring.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 392 Minimum Grade: C and MUSC 391 Minimum Grade: C
MUSC 490 Directed Study/Readings
1.00- 3.00 credits
Directed Study/Readings requires completion of a form, and Department Chair permission and cannot be registered for via Zagweb.
MUSC 491 Thesis/OralComprehensive Exam
.00 credits
This course is designed to test students’ knowledge and retention of the information covered in their course of study. Required for Music Majors, General Studies Concentration.
Prerequisite:
(MUSC 291 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 391 Minimum Grade: D) and (MUSC 311 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 211 Minimum Grade: D) and (MUSC 390 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 391 Minimum Grade: D) and (MUSC 391 Minimum Grade: D or MUSC 392 Minimum Grade: D) and MUSC 462 Minimum Grade: D and MUSC 499 Minimum Grade: S
MUSC 497 Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
An Internship in Music is designed to give music majors an experience working within a professional organization and to develop hands-on career experiences. It is intended to prepare music majors for a career in the music and/or teaching profession. The student is responsible for securing the internship.
MUSC 499 Senior Thesis
.00 credits
Required for those students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Music, General Studies Concentration. A major research paper on a selected topic. The Senior Thesis will serve as a major component in the Oral Comprehensive Exam.
Prerequisite:
MUSC 399 Minimum Grade: D
 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.