Choral Department

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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The following courses are offered by the Choral Department. Please check with the department for a list of offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies those courses that have prerequisites.

MUS  F340 - Postural Alignment for the Musician

Biomechanical integration of the muscular and skeletal systems to promote a balanced and supported posture for all musical activities. Centering and relaxation skills. No more than two credit hours of course enrollment may be counted toward undergraduate music electives.

MUS  F461 - Ear Training for Conductors

Development of the ear and its application to the process of sight reading, especially as relates to score study and rehearsal for conductors. Emphasis on ability to "hear" scores through audiation. Students will sing choral scores at sight and refine intonation.

MUS  F462 - Score Reading

Students will receive training in score reading through playing choral and orchestral scores at the piano. The ability to play music of transposing instruments at sight will be taught through the study of clef reading.

MUS  F531 - Graduate Ear Training for Conductors

Study and performance of complex pitch and rhythmic combinations. Development of the ear and its application to the process of sight reading, especially as relates to score study and rehearsal for conductors. Emphasis on ability to "hear" scores through audiation. Students will sing choral scores at sight and refine intonation.

MUS  F532 - Graduate Score Reading

Students will receive training in score reading through playing choral and orchestral scores at the piano, including clef reading and transposition exercises for the study of major works.

MUS  F540 - Postural Alignment for the Musician

Biomechanical integration of the muscular and skeletal systems to promote a balanced and supported posture for all musical activities. Centering and relaxation skills. No more than two credit hours of course enrollment may be counted toward the diploma music course requirement or towards graduate other required credits.

MUS  G371 - Choral Conducting I

Conducting patterns applied to elements of interpretation. Practice in sight singing. Class forms practice choir.

MUS  G372 - Choral Conducting II

Choral conducting applied to tone, balance, diction, phrasing, and interpretation.

MUS  G535 - Master's Choral Conducting: Renaissance to 1700

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations based on score and era. Will include chironomy, chant, choral repertoire of the Renaissance, and the music of the early Baroque including compositions by Monteverdi and Schütz.

MUS  G536 - Master's Choral Conducting: 1700 to 1900

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations based on score and era. Will include baton technique and conducting of recitative. Major works and small forms from the choral and choral/orchestral literature will be conducted.

MUS  G537 - Master's Choral Conducting: 20th Century to Today

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations based on score and era. Mixed and asymmetrical meters and extended techniques will be included. Major works and small forms from the choral and choral/orchestral literature will be conducted.

MUS  G538 - Choral Rehearsal Techniques

The study of choral rehearsal techniques with an emphasis on appropriate sequencing, efficiency, and healthy vocal solutions to typical challenges. Topics will include rehearsal planning and structure, warm-ups, mechanics, voice care, and strategies to address intonation, rhythmic unity, coloratura, and vocal color.

MUS  G555 - Foundations in Choral Conducting

Techniques for the beginning choral conductor, including fundamentals of baton technique, rehearsal skills, choral sound development, and score preparation. May serve as a prerequisite for G560 Graduate Choral Conducting. Does not satisfy degree requirements for graduate choral conducting majors. May be used toward a doctoral minor in choral conducting.

MUS  G560 - Graduate Choral Conducting

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations of repertoire from a variety of time periods. For students majoring in fields other than choral conducting. May be taken more than once.

MUS  G604 - Master's Choral Conducting Performance

MUS  G661 - Doctoral Choral Conducting: Renaissance to 1700

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations based on score and era. Will include chironomy, chant, choral repertoire of the Renaissance, and the music of the early Baroque including compositions by Monteverdi and Schütz.

MUS  G662 - Doctoral Choral Conducting: 1700 to 1900

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations based on score and era. Will include baton technique and conducting of recitative. Major works and small forms from the choral and choral/orchestral literature will be conducted.

MUS  G663 - Doctoral Choral Conducting: 20th Century to Today

Study and development of effective gesture and stylistically appropriate interpretations based on score and era. Will include baton technique for asymmetrical and mixed meters, the pacing of accelerandi and ritardandi, and reading non-traditional notation. Major works and small forms from the choral and choral/orchestral literature will be conducted.

MUS  G664 - Choral Rehearsal Techniques

The study of choral rehearsal techniques with an emphasis on appropriate sequencing, efficiency, and healthy vocal solutions to typical challenges. Topics will include rehearsal planning and structure, warm-ups, mechanics, voice care, and strategies to address intonation, rhythmic unity, coloratura, and vocal color.

MUS  G810 - Doctoral Choral Conducting Performance I

MUS  G811 - Doctoral Choral Conducting Performance II

MUS  M535 - Master's Seminar in Choral Literature: Renaissance to 1700

An analytical and contextual study of choral repertoire from liturgical beginnings through the early Baroque.

MUS  M536 - Master's Seminar in Choral Literature: 1700 to 1900

An analytical and contextual study of choral repertoire starting with Bach, including music of Mozart, Haydn, and the early Romantics, ending with Brahms.

MUS  M537 - Master's Seminar in Choral Literature: 20th Century to Today

An analytical and contextual study of choral repertoire from the 20th century until today.

MUS  M555 - Foundations in Choral Score Analysis and Preparation

Introduction for the conductor to techniques of historical research, structural and stylistic analysis of choral literature.

MUS  M661 - Doctoral Seminar in Choral Literature: Renaissance to 1700

An analytical and contextual study of choral repertoire from liturgical beginnings through the early Baroque.

MUS  M662 - Doctoral Seminar in Choral Literature: 1700 to 1900

An analytical and contextual study of choral repertoire starting with Bach, including music of Mozart, Haydn, the early Romantics, and ending with Brahms.

MUS  M663 - Doctoral Seminar in Choral Literature: 20th Century to Today

C: G663 Doctoral Choral Conducting: 20th Century to Today. An analytical and contextual study of choral repertoire from the 20th century until today.

MUS  M664 - Topics in Choral Literature

Variable topics in the study of choral repertoire. May be repeated for different topics.  

MUS  X70 - University Choral Ensembles

Choral ensembles include the Oratorio Chorus, University Singers, University Chorale, NOTUS—Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Singing Hoosiers, and Opera Chorus.