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Music

Minors

Music

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Church Music

The Department of Music at Bridgewater College serves the various needs of the academic community with the Carter Center for Worship and Music as the site of most musical activity. Students from all majors are invited to participate in one or more of the choral, instrumental or chamber ensembles, and private study (applied music) is available to singers and players. Students who choose music as a career may focus on performance and/or elect to gain certification to teach vocal or instrumental music in the public schools. An emphasis in church music is offered to music majors and supported by the College’s choral tradition and rehearsal and performance facilities for organists. Internships in music and music-related fields can be arranged for those with special interests. Numerous courses offered by the Department of Music meet the College’s general education requirement in fine arts.

Music Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 48 credit hours including the following courses:

Development of the singing voice posture breathing vowels consonants intonation placement and resonance English German French and Italian diction and choral and solo literature in several styles. Practical methods in teaching vocal music. Prerequisite music major or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of brass instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Corequisite MUS 214 Prerequisite music major or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of woodwind instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of string instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of percussion instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Corequisite MUS 211 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 1

Scales in all keys chord progressions harmonization of melodies and sight reading. Students may place out of this course with a satisfactory performance on a playing test. Prerequisites two semesters of applied keyboard at the 200 level or a passing score on the keyboard diagnostic exam

Unit(s): 1

A continuation of keyboard skills study that prepares students to take the keyboard proficiency examination. Students may place out of this course with a satisfactory performance on a playing test. Prerequisites MUS 215

Unit(s): 1

Diatonic harmony voice leading and phrase structure. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 110

Unit(s): 3

Continuation of harmony and voice leading with an exploration of secondary functions. Analyses of classical forms including sonata and rondo. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 225

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style from the early Christian era to 1750 including medieval Renaissance and Baroque eras. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style including Classical and Romantic eras as well as music of the 20th century. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Band and orchestral instruments and voices and their classifications ranges and general use. The course includes writing and arranging music for vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. Prerequisite or co-requisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Exploration of chromatic harmony modal mixture the Neapolitan chord augmented sixth chords and musical forms including variations and fugue. Introduction to post-tonal harmony. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 226

Unit(s): 3

An examination of the lives and works of American composer George Gershwin and French composer Maurice Ravel. Though the two men had very different musical educations and cultural backgrounds their music shares certain key elements the influence of jazz impressionism neoclassicism and exoticism. This course will explore the songs and orchestral works of both composers as well as the cross-cultural interest between French and American composers in the 1920s and 30s.

Unit(s): 2

Elements of instrumental conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Elements of choral conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined choral and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

8 credit hours in applied music in the major performance area (300-level)
4 credit hours in applied music in the minor performance area
6 credit hours of ensembles

Jury examinations are required each year in the student's major performance area. Two public performances in the major performance area are required each year. A senior recital is required.

Teacher Certification-Choral/Music

Consists of completing a music major in voice or keyboard and a minor in keyboard or voice as well as participation in a choral ensemble during each year of residence and completion of the following professional education, music education, and field experience courses and requirements:

Choral literature styles forms and voicings from the Renaissance to the present. Historical considerations and performance practices are discussed and criteria for selection of music for choirs is developed. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 2

For future music teachers. Introduction to the melodic and harmonic instruments used in the elementary school. Selection and presentation of songs by rote and note rhythmic activities creative activities and listening materials for grades K-6. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

The methodology and philosophy of teaching music in the secondary school including general music music appreciation music theory and performing groups. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Admission to the education department and passing scores on the PRAXIS Examinations
Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as they relate to learners educational growth. The study of the physical social emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy motivation classroom management and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Explores cultural linguistic and academic diversity with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests Mathematics have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisites EDUC-201 and Sophomore standing.

Unit(s): 3

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluate comprehension critical thinking writing strategies listening and speaking skills are also addressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisites Section 2 of EDUC 302

Unit(s): 2

EDUC-372
Three-week full-day field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or through online delivery. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
350 admission to the TEP successful completion of EDUC 370303 and taken in the Interterm or summer before student teaching General education Experiential learning Note Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC 370-303.

Unit(s): 3

EDUC-452
Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13

Teacher Certification-Instrumental

Consists of completing a music major in a band or orchestral instrument and a minor in a band, orchestral or keyboard instrument as well as participation in an instrumental ensemble during each year of residence, and completion of the following professional education, music education, and field experience courses and requirements:

A study of the literature of the wind band from 1500 to the present day. Standard repertoire performance practice and conducting considerations are discussed in order to develop skills for selecting appropriate music for middle school through advanced high school bands. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 2

For future music teachers. Introduction to the melodic and harmonic instruments used in the elementary school. Selection and presentation of songs by rote and note rhythmic activities creative activities and listening materials for grades K-6. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

The methodology and philosophy of teaching music in the secondary school including general music music appreciation music theory and performing groups. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Admission to the education department and passing scores on the PRAXIS Examinations
Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as they relate to learners educational growth. The study of the physical social emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy motivation classroom management and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Explores cultural linguistic and academic diversity with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests Mathematics have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisites EDUC-201 and Sophomore standing.

Unit(s): 3

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluate comprehension critical thinking writing strategies listening and speaking skills are also addressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisites Section 2 of EDUC 302

Unit(s): 2

EDUC-372
Three-week full-day field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or through online delivery. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
350 admission to the TEP successful completion of EDUC 370303 and taken in the Interterm or summer before student teaching General education Experiential learning Note Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC 370-303.

Unit(s): 3

EDUC-452
Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13

Music Minor

Consists of 23-25 credit hours including the following courses:

Diatonic harmony voice leading and phrase structure. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 110

Unit(s): 3

Continuation of harmony and voice leading with an exploration of secondary functions. Analyses of classical forms including sonata and rondo. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 225

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style from the early Christian era to 1750 including medieval Renaissance and Baroque eras. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

-or-
History of Western musical style including Classical and Romantic eras as well as music of the 20th century. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

6 credit hours in applied music
4 credit hours of ensembles

And two additional courses chosen from the following:

American musical life from colonial times to the present. Samplings include music following both the European classical tradition (operatic choral symphonic etc.) and Americas popular tradition (ragtime jazz rock etc.). Specific topics in the general areas are treated in detail by individual research. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Designed to increase the appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. The history and techniques of American jazz will be examined by lecture demonstration and recordings. Differences in the music elements of the major jazz styles will be highlighted. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

A survey of musical practices from around the world and a study of the roles the music making plays within a cultural context. Music culture and the connection between the two will be understood through lecture recordings video and through fieldwork involving observation and interview. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education fine arts and music 2016 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 500

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style from the early Christian era to 1750 including medieval Renaissance and Baroque eras. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style including Classical and Romantic eras as well as music of the 20th century. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Exploration of chromatic harmony modal mixture the Neapolitan chord augmented sixth chords and musical forms including variations and fugue. Introduction to post-tonal harmony. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 226

Unit(s): 3

Studies focused on one or more great composers. Analyses of scores and recordings as well as historical documents such as reviews interviews memoirs and manuscripts. May be taken more than once for credit if the featured composers are different each time. Prerequisites MUS 110

Unit(s): 2

Elements of instrumental conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Elements of choral conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined choral and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

A jury examination and a public performance are required during each semester of applied lessons.

Church Music Emphasis for Music Majors

Consists of 19 credit hours including the following courses:

Choral literature styles forms and voicings from the Renaissance to the present. Historical considerations and performance practices are discussed and criteria for selection of music for choirs is developed. Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 2

Church music with studies in hymnology administration graded choirs choral techniques choral literature and worship. Offered on demand

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3
-or- an equivalent experience

And the remaining credit hours chosen from the following courses:

Introduction to the art of composing polyphonic music. Includes exploration of 16th century and 18th century styles. Prerequisites MUS 226 Offered on demand

Unit(s): 2

The study and practice of musical composition both traditional and modern. Prerequisite MUS 226 Offered on demand

Unit(s): 2

Elements of instrumental conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

-or-
Elements of choral conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined choral and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

For future music teachers. Introduction to the melodic and harmonic instruments used in the elementary school. Selection and presentation of songs by rote and note rhythmic activities creative activities and listening materials for grades K-6. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Upon approval of the Department and the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

Unit(s): 3