Applied lessons:
The department offers a variety of applied lessons which are open to music majors and non-majors alike.  Because of the individual instruction included in these lessons, separate fees beyond normal tuition are required for private instruction. These fees are the cost per semester, and are billed by the Department Registrar at the end of registration each semester. Unless otherwise requested, applied lesson fees are billed to your student account:

  • Class piano, voice or guitar – $150.00
  • Applied lesson for music majors – 1 credit hour = 1/2 hour lesson per week – $200.00
  • Applied lesson for music majors – 2 credit hours = 1 hour lesson per week – $400.00
  • Applied lesson for non-music majors – 1 credit hour = 1/2 hour lesson per week – $475.00
  • Applied lessons for non-music majors – 2 credit hours = 1 hour lesson per week – $950.00

 

The Department of Music has 3 staff pianists who provide accompaniment for lessons and performances.  Accompanist plan costs are dependent on whether a student is giving a recital during a particular semester, accompanist fees range from $200-550 for instrumental students and $775-1,000 for vocal students.

Introduction to fundamentals of the keyboard. Familiar songs, sight-reading, transposition, chords, ensemble playing.

Repertoire may range from beginning materials to more advanced repertoire appropriate to the individual student.

Class lessons in voice will provide the non-major student an introduction to the fundamental techniques required to develop a stable and healthy singing voice. Students will explore the roots of vocal identity, breathing system, posture, initiating tone, vocal registration, optimizing tone quality, learning and performing a song. No previous vocal/choral experience necessary.

Repertoire may range from beginning materials to more advanced repertoire appropriate to the individual student.

Beginning instruction in folk guitar. Basic chords, notations, rhythm. No previous guitar experience necessary; guitars furnished.

A study of the pedagogies of string and percussion instruments and strategies for teaching them in a classroom setting.

A study of the pedagogies of brass and woodwind instruments and strategies for teaching them in a classroom setting.

Composition in various forms for voice, chorus, individual instruments and combinations of instruments. Instruction in private lessons or in groups.

J.S. Bach – A prelude and fugue from WTC, or two contrasting dance movements from a suite; a complete sonata by a Classical composer; a character piece from the Romantic period; a composition such as an etude or toccata from the 20th century; a piece composed since 1950.

Bach preludes and fugues of the first master period, chorale preludes, trio sonatas; works of Mendelssohn, Franck, and other romantics; selected 20th century and pre-Bach repertoire; service-playing, improvisation.

Technical work of the freshman year continued; scales and staccato exercises.  Moderately difficult songs by composers of romantic and contemporary literature. French and German pronunciation.

Scales and arpeggios in three octaves; Mazas Etudes Speciales, Kreutzer etudes; sonatas of Corelli and Handel; concertos by Rode, Viotti, and Kreutzer.

Continued work with technique; Segovia, diatonic scales; compositions by Sor, Milan, Tarrega, DeVisee.

A solo recital (which may be shared by two or three performers). Prerequisites: 4 student recital appearances, approved by the faculty in the student's applied music area, and a hearing at least two weeks prior to the recital. Recital fee assessed. Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

A 50- to 60-minute recital including music at senior level to be offered during the fall or spring of the final year of study. The student's research will be distributed at the recital. The recital fulfills the Graduation Recital requirement for the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance.  Performance majors only. Recital fee assessed. Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

A 20- to 60-minute recital, including music at the appropriate level of advancement, to be offered during the fall or spring of the final year of study.  The student's research will lead to two documents associated with the recital: 1) program notes 2) a theoretical and historical analysis of the works and a discussion of how the learner has generated new insights or interpretations that foster reflection and self-understanding. The recital fulfills the Graduation Recital requirement for the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education or for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music.  B.A. or music education majors only. For the Bachelor of Arts candidate, a culminating project which combines research and performance may be substituted for a solo or shared recital. This substitution may be made upon recommendation of the faculty. Recital fee assessed. Prerequisite: Completion of MUS 295 – Sophomore Assessment Conference

Open to all students without audition. Gives approximately two performances per semester on and off of the campus. Students learn to advance their choral performance skills. A wide variety of music is programmed.

All students whose principal applied study is piano or organ are expected to fulfill at least two semesters of their ensemble requirement in accompanying. Two credit hours of accompanying class are required for credit in accompanying, or for accompanying a recital. Students are urged to take this class as early in their studies as possible.

Handbell ringers perform on and off campus. Students must be able to read music. Instructor's consent required.

Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.

Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.

Rehearsal and performance of chamber music, selected to match the abilities of the students enrolled. Instructor's consent required.

All students whose principal applied study is piano or organ are expected to fulfill at least two semesters of their ensemble requirement in accompanying. In addition, these students are expected to accompany [with or without credit] every semester, except for the two semesters that, they are in a choral ensemble. Normally, one of the following is expected for one hour of credit: a) prepare to accompany a recital for one major; b) accompany lessons, jury examinations, and student recital appearances for one major; c) accompany lessons and juries for two non-majors [the equivalent of one 60-minute or two 30-minute lessons]; or d) accompany an ensemble.  Any work beyond this must be approved by the accompanist's principal applied instructor. Non-music majors may earn credit by accompanying lessons and juries for one 60-minute or two 30-minute lessons. Prerequisite: MUE-136.

Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.

Rehearsal and performance of orchestral works, selected to match the abilities of the students enrolled. Instructor's consent required.

Rehearsal and performance of works taken from standard ensemble literature; open to all qualified students by arrangement with the instructor. Instructor's consent required.

A select group of approximately 35-45 singers who represent the College in several concerts per semester both on campus and off. A music tour is planned each spring and other off campus experiences as opportunity arises. By audition only. Instructor's consent required. This course fulfills the General Educational experiential learning requirement.

Study of works for piano, four hands or two pianos. Instructor's consent required.

A community orchestra which rehearses and performs primarily at Meredith. Conductor's and instructor's consent required.

Recital and repertoire class attendance and written reflection; designed to give music students performance opportunities and experiences as well as to develop critical listening skills.

Introduction to the theory of music and its creation; fundamental aspects of melody and harmony explored in detail. Emphasis on rhythm and meter, notation, tonality, triads, composition and analysis, modulation, two-, three-, and four-voice writing, and functional harmony through dominant seventh chords. Three class hours weekly; at least one hour per week in the computer laboratory.

Introduction to the theory of music and its creation; fundamental aspects of melody and harmony explored in detail. Emphasis on rhythm and meter, notation, tonality, triads, composition and analysis, modulation, two-, three-, and four-voice writing, and functional harmony through dominant seventh chords. Three class hours weekly; at least one hour per week in the computer laboratory. Prerequisite: MUS-100.

Exploration of the keyboard aimed at fluency in basic chordal progressions in all keys and modes. Simple transposition of melodies stressing interval relationships and using basic accompanying patterns. Sight-reading. Methods of keyboard improvisation are introduced. Regular and accelerated sections are offered. Prerequisites: The ability to read music and some basic piano study.
 

Exploration of the keyboard aimed at fluency in basic chordal progressions in all keys and modes. Simple transposition of melodies stressing interval relationships and using basic accompanying patterns. Sight-reading. Methods of keyboard improvisation are introduced. Regular and accelerated sections are offered. Prerequisite: MUS-140.

Introduction to sight-singing and ear-training through the basic elements of intervallic relationships, rhythm, and chord structure. Emphasis on converting notation to musical sound and musical sound back to notation. Basic conducting patterns must be mastered in conjunction with sight-singing. Use of programmed computer instruction in a lab setting to drill these skills. Students must be able to read music and to match pitch.

Introduction to sight-singing and ear-training through the basic elements of intervallic relationships, rhythm, and chord structure. Emphasis on converting notation to musical sound and musical sound back to notation. Basic conducting patterns must be mastered in conjunction with sight-singing. Use of programmed computer instruction in a lab setting to drill these skills. Students must be able to read music and to match pitch. Prerequisite: MUS-150.
 

Review and continuation, through analysis and composition, of functional harmony. Seventh, ninth, and eleventh chords. Study of form, analysis, counterpoint, 20th century techniques. Harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS-101.

Review and continuation, through analysis and composition, of functional harmony. Seventh, ninth, and eleventh chords. Study of form, analysis, counterpoint, 20th century techniques. Harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS-202.

A course designed to impart an understanding of music as an element of liberal culture and to develop the power of listening intelligently. Masterworks in music literature will be learned. No technical knowledge is required.

An introduction of music from a global perspective, to music resources such as reference materials, to aural analysis of music and score analysis. Students learn to listen actively to music from folk, popular and art traditions, both Western and non-Western. The process of writing about music will be explored as well as career opportunities in music. This course is a foundation for more advanced studies in music history and literature and is designed for music majors and students with some formal music background. Required of freshman majors; prerequisite to music history and literature.

Reinforcement at the keyboard of harmonic vocabulary associated with MUS-202 and MUS-203. Emphasis on four-part texture, with controlled voice leading, through realization of abstract harmonic settings, figured bass and melody accompaniment. Development of basic functional skills, such as harmonization of melody, score reading, sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS-141.
 

Reinforcement at the keyboard of harmonic vocabulary associated with MUS-202 and MUS-203. Emphasis on four-part texture, with controlled voice leading, through realization of abstract harmonic settings, figured bass and melody accompaniment. Development of basic functional skills, such as harmonization of melody, score reading, sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS-242.

Continued development of ear-training, sight-singing, and conducting skills begun in MUS-150 and MUS-151. Prerequisite: MUS-151.

Continued development of ear-training, sight-singing, and conducting skills begun in MUS-150 and MUS-151. Prerequisite: MUS-252.

The primary objective of this course is to offer the student the tools necessary to identify, pronounce, and sing in Italian, Spanish, and English, using the International Phonetic Alphabet.  Skills will be enhanced through written and spoken exercises, and through the memorization and performance of sung repertoire.

Normally scheduled in the fourth semester of full-time study, the conference includes a jury performance and a conference with a faculty committee. Upon successful completion of the Sophomore Assessment Conference, the student will be authorized to register for upper-level applied studies, and for junior and graduation recitals. Pass/Fail only.

Open to freshmen and sophomores who have an interest in music and who would like to work individually with a faculty member on a project involving research, performance, or other creative endeavor in music. In conjunction with a faculty member, the student will formulate and execute a project at an intermediate level of complexity. The project will require a culminating experience involving a written report and/or a public presentation of its purpose, process, and outcomes. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. MUS-100.

Students will learn basic conducting patterns, techniques, and beginning rehearsal procedures for instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisites: MUS-101.

Advanced conducting techniques, score study, and rehearsal pedagogy culminate in laboratory setting with live musicians of diverse musical backgrounds and skill sets.

A study of the characteristics of instrumentation and ranges of the voice, wind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and string instruments. This course utilizes technology in orchestration and voice-leading techniques. Prerequisites: MUS-203, MUS-151, MUS-253.
 

This course is designed to give a student thorough experience in observing harmonic, melodic and formal structure of music of the Common Practice Period with attention given to their use in Modern music and exceptions to these formal practices in that era. Special emphasis will be placed upon studying both the harmonic language of this period and the typical formal designs known as: sonata, theme and variation, rondo, A B A, and sonata-rondo.  The course will cover these techniques in the works of representative composers.  Additionally, the course will examine the multi-movement designs of sonatas, symphonies and chamber music.  Prerequisite: MUS 203.

An introduction to music technology software and hardware, acoustics, digital audio, keyboard-based sequencing, and notation software.  Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio.  Students will gain a working knowledge of electronic sound systems, instrument and vocal amplification systems, recording and streaming systems, and individual and classroom music education instructional tools.  Students will complete independent projects in areas such as digital audio. music notation, sequencing, and incorporating music education technology pedagogy tools in a classroom setting.  Prerequisties: MUS 202 and MUS 203.

In this course students will apply the International Alphabet to German, French, and other languages in poetry and song.  Skills will be enhanced through written and spoken exercises, and through the memorization and performance of sung repertoire.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the literature, materials and pedagogy of her applied area. It will rotate through voice, keyboard and instrumental areas. Structure of the course will vary according to the applied area. Prerequisite: MUS-101.
 

Development of skills necessary for teaching in the applied studio through instruction of applied students, providing hands-on teaching experience under the close supervision of the instruction.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: MUS 493

A course focusing on preparation and performance of opera scenes or of a complete opera. This course offers singers in various stages of vocal development an opportunity to learn basic stagecraft. Emphasis on character development, ensemble acting, role preparation. Scenes and roles will be assigned, musically prepared, staged and presented in a performance at the end of each semester. Functions in collaboration with Capitol Opera Raleigh.  May be repeated for credit.
 

This course will explore effective business models and practices of the private studio, community music organization, public performance, and various academic environments, according to each student’s area of interest.  Students will hone skills for positions appropriate to their concentration, including but not limited to writing a cover letter, resume, and/or curriculum vitae; creating a portfolio specific to their area of expertise and desired career path; negotiating contracts and pay rates for private lessons and public performances; and establishing an online social media presence.  Students will meet with representatives of numerous music businesses and will have the opportunity to visit music businesses to observe successful administrative and entrepreneurial elements.  Prerequisite: MUS 295.

An introduction to individualized applied studio instruction.  Directed reading and discussion concerning technique and physiology, learning theory, and lesson planning.  Discussion of issues related to setting up a private applied studio.  Includes supervised teaching of private lessons and observation of experienced teachers.  Taught in rotation between sections for piano, vocal, and instrumental pedagogy.  Prerequisite:  MUS 101.

Research in topics related to music literature, history, or performance selected by the instructor, individual students, or the class. Different topics each semester.

Joint participation by students and faculty in the discovery, examination, and analysis of knowledge in music. The project must meet honors program thesis requirements as well as expectations of the music faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs only.

Open to junior and senior music majors or others with permission. In conjunction with a music faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project at an advanced level of complexity culminating in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: MUS-203 and 4 credits from courses MUS-315, MUS-316.

An internship in professional music designed to give students practical knowledge and experience preparing them for careers in the national not-for-profit and commercial music arena. For three hours credit students must work 120 hours in one approved professional music organization or with a private studio teacher. Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate in Professional Performance Program in music.

Designed for music education majors, this course is based on the development of concepts through a series of sequential music activities. Attention is given to formulating a philosophy of music education, Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze techniques and lesson planning. Public school observation and teaching are included. Prerequisites: MUS 203, 253, 300. Pre or Corequisite: EDU-232.

This course is designed to provide prospective music educators with appropriate instructional techniques for middle and high school choral and general music programs. Through lecture, discussion, observations and practical application, students will learn about and incorporate skills, philosophies and techniques into their practices. Off-campus observations and teaching experiences are required. Prerequisites: MUS 270, Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 232, MUS 203, MUS 253. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of instructor.

Provides music education majors with pragmatic approaches and pedagogical skills necessary to teach band and strings in secondary schools. Topics include philosophy, objectives, evaluation, motivation, administration, lesson plans, sequential instruction, marching band, professional development, jazz band, alternative string ensembles, score study, teaching with modeling/singing, hiring staff, traveling and rehearsing. In addition to regular, on-campus sessions, the class spends time observing and teaching instrumental classes at public schools. Instructors arrange these off-campus sessions, but students are responsible for their own transportation. Prerequisites: MUS 203, MUS 253, MUS 720. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 232 Open to students admitted to teacher education program or with permission of instructor.


Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

Contact Information
Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas
Head, Music Department
104 Wainwright
(919) 760-8536
jornellas@meredith.edu
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