Music minors study the history, theory and composition of music, using one or more instruments, including the voice, to aid their learning. The dedication involed in studying music is well-known and respected, making a background in music a desirable quality when looking to enter many fields.
Goes great with:
- Global Studies
- History/Social Science
- Human Services
- IHM Seminary Philosophy
- Pastoral & Youth Ministry
- Religious Education
- Sport Management
- Theatre Arts
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
A. Basic musicianship courses; all of the following:
This course is designed to be an introduction to music reading and understanding. The fundamentals of pitch and rhythm are covered along with ear training and score reading in this computer-assisted course.
Offered fall semester.
This is a continuation of Music Fundamentals I.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: MU130.
This course is designed for students interested in increasing their knowledge of the basic elements of music. Concepts covered include: keys, scales, simple and compound rhythms, intervals, triads, 7th chords, principles of voice leading, harmonic progression, cadences, phrases and periods.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: MU130 and MU131 (or equivalent proficiency; all students take an initial placement exam to determine theory proficiency).
The objective of this course is to develop aural skills involving melody, rhythm and harmony. Concepts covered include: identification of intervals, scales, triads, sight-singing and one voice melodic and rhythmic dictations. Classroom and lab components are both integral to this course.
Offered spring semester.
B. The following course:
This course is designed to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of music from its beginnings through medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles, including various styles of non-Western music.
This course is required for music majors and minors but is open to non-majors with the instructor's permission.
C. Music history; one of the following:
This course examines unique Western and non-Western aspects of jazz and its relationship to the Afro-American culture. It is intended to give students an introduction to various styles of jazz from its beginning in the early 1900s to the present. Students study the cultural context of jazz, what to listen for and some basic aspects of how it is performed.
Offered in alternate spring semesters.
This course is a writing intensive study of music history covering ancient, medieval, renaissance, and baroque western art music. A basic understanding of the history of western civilization is expected.
Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisites: MU130 or equivalent and MU150.
This course is a continuation of MU341. It is a writing intensive study of music history continuing through the classical, romantic and contemporary periods.
Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: MU341.
D. Four semesters of private instruction taken for credit in major performing instrument
E. Six semesters of ensembles
Janet Heukeshoven , D.M.A.
Chair, Music Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #58
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1675