Music Course Offerings


MUSI 111 Music Theory I [3]
Introduction to basic music theory including scales, keys and chordal harmony. Introduction to computer music composition software.

MUSI 112 Music Theory II [3]
Continuation of MUSI 111 with further study of chordal harmony. Prerequisite: MUSI 111.

MUSI 121 Aural Skills I [1]
Develop the aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation.

MUSI 122 Aural Skills II [1]
Continuation of MUSI 121. Continue to develop the aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUSI 121.

MUSI 131 Piano I [1]
Begin developing keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. May be offered as a class or a private lesson.

MUSI 132 Piano II [1]
Continuation of MUSI 131. Continue to develop keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. May be offered as a class or a private lesson. Prerequisite: MUSI 131.

MUSI 170 Class Voice [1]
Develop voice and stage presence for successful performance as an ensemble or a solo singer focusing on breath management, resonance, diction, ear training, and music-reading. Recommended for students without previous music experience.

MUSI 171/271/371/471 Private Vocal Instruction (I,II,III,IV) [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute vocal lessons with a trained instructor. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information. An additional private lesson fee will be charged.

MUSI 172 /272 / 372/ 472 Private Piano Instruction (I,II,III,IV) [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute piano with a trained instructor. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information. An additional private lesson fee will be charged.

MUSI 173 /273 / 373/ 473 Private Guitar Instruction (I,II,III,IV) [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute guitar lessons with a trained instructor. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information. An additional private lesson fee will be charged.

MUSI 174/274 / 374/ 474 Private Percussion Instruction (I,II,III,IV) [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute percussion lessons with a trained instructor. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information. An additional private lesson fee will be charged.

MUSI 175/275/375/475 Private Organ Instruction (I,II,III,IV) [1]
Receive 12, 30-minute organ lessons with a trained instructor. Participate in a recital/performance. Open to all. Contact the department chair for more information. An additional private lesson fee will be charged.

MUSI 190/290/390/490 Choir (I,II,III,IV) [1]
Have an opportunity for musical and spiritual growth through the study, performance, and introduction of choral music in various genres and styles. Develop vocal skills, learn and apply music theory and sight signing. The Choir represents Trinity at chapel services, seasonal concerts, special performances, congregational visits, and other events as needed throughout the academic year. Members are expected to attend all functions of the choir. An additional choir fee may be charged. Prerequisite: Audition at the beginning of each term, open to all majors.

MUSI 191/291/391/491 Touring Ensemble (I,II,III,IV) [1]
A select group performing traditional, contemporary sacred and secular choral music. Members are selected by audition and have had prior vocal experience and possess substantial music reading ability and aural skills. Members exemplify all aspects of the highest levels of professional choral musicianship in rehearsal and in stage performance. There will be a number of performances annually, many of which will be outside of class time. Since the expressed purpose of this group is to prepare for and present performances as ambassadors of Trinity, there will be opportunities to perform in a variety of churches, schools and collegiate venues. Members are required to participate in Choir. Performing ensembles may go on tour during the EPIC-Term or during spring break. An additional ensemble fee may be charged. Prerequisite: Audition at the beginning of each year.

MUSI 192/292/392/492 Worship Band (I,II,III,IV) [1]
An auditioned group of singers and instrumentalists that represent Trinity in chapel services, concerts, special events, school and church outings, and community functions. Performs a variety of musical styles and genres. Learn worship leadership skills, and vocal and instrumental skills. Required to participate in Choir. Performing ensembles may go on tour during the EPIC-Term or during spring break. Prerequisite: Audition at the beginning of each year.

MUSI 211 Music Theory III [3]
Continuation of MUSI 112 with further study of chordal harmony. Prerequisite: MUSI 112.

MUSI 212 Music Theory IV [3]
Continuation of MUSI 211 with advanced study of chordal harmony and 20th Century practices. Prerequisite: MUSI 211.

MUSI 221 Aural Skills III [1]
Continuation of MUSI 122. Continue to develop the aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUSI 122.

MUSI 222 Aural Skills IV [1]
Continuation of MUSI 221. Continue to develop advanced aural skills needed for interval recognition, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Prerequisite: MUSI 221.

MUSI 231 Piano III [1]
Continuation of MUSI 132. Continue to develop keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. Prerequisite: MUSI 132

MUSI 232 Piano IV [1]
Continuation of MUSI 231. Develop advanced keyboarding skills including sight-reading, performance, and harmonization of simple melodies. Address the needs of the Keyboard Proficiency Exam. Prerequisite: MUSI 231.

MUSI 242 Music History I [4]
Study of Western music from the early Christian era through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classic eras. Prerequisite: MUSI 211 and MUSI 221.

MUSI 312 Music Song Writing, Styles and Traditions [4]
Discuss and examine Music and Worship styles, traditions, and hymnody. Begin writing worship songs and/or other styles and genres, while learning concepts and practicing skills in song writing with music composition software. There will be interactive conversations and sharing of one another’s music. Prerequisites: MUSI 212 and MUSI 222.

MUSI 341 Worship, Music and Culture [4]
Explores the theology and history of worship from Biblical times through the present with particular emphasis on the role of music in liturgical and non-liturgical corporate worship. Discuss the use of liturgy, psalms, hymns, spirituals and modern worship songs within the context of the rapid cultural and technological changes of today. Topics include planning, preparing, and producing traditional and contemporary worship services that glorify God while ministering to the needs of the 21st century church.

MUSI 342 Music History II [4]
Continuation of MUSI 242. Cover the evolution of Western music from the Romantic period through the 20th century’s response to new theoretical constructs, technologies, and popular and cross-cultural influences. Prerequisite: MUSI 242.

MUSI 351 Aspects of Church Music [4]
Explore the various aspects of a vibrant music and worship ministry: Children’s Choir, Handbells, Praise and Worship Teams, Choir, and Band and Orchestra. Emphasis on how to begin, establish, schedule, budget, and administer a comprehensive program within the church or school context. A practicum experience within a church or school setting is required. Serves as a prerequisite for internships.

MUSI 353 Music Technology [4]
Introduction to the various technologies used in many of today’s church music ministries. Gain knowledge and technical proficiencies with live sound and recording equipment through lectures, research, discussions, class presentations, individual practice, and hands-on activities. Discussion of how to best arrange and amplify instruments in contemporary worship as well as amplify choirs for worship services or recording. Application in the context of an actual church worship service and rehearsal will be required.

MUSI 361 Conducting I [1]
Instruction in basic conducting patterns, expressive techniques, interpretations of common musical styles and terminology, preparation of a piece for rehearsal or performance, rehearsal and vocal techniques, selection and ordering appropriate repertoire for a group and vocal/choral tone development. Prerequisites: MUSI 212 and MUSI 222.

MUSI 362 Conducting II [1]
Continuation of MUSI 361 as it builds upon the skills taught in MUSI 361. Develop critical listening and corrective skills and techniques. Further development of personal conducting techniques and skills are developed within a choral setting. Score study, programming and exploration of different types and styles of music and performance practices will be explored. Prerequisite: MUSI 361.

MUSI 453 Global Music [4]
Explore music from other cultures, to appreciate and understand their spiritual and musical expressions. Opportunities to create different types and genres of music, and experience the performance of different pieces of music. Develop their own music canon of 20 pieces. Prerequisites: MUSI 212, MUSI 222 and MUSI 361.

MUSI 461 Church Music Rehearsal Techniques [1]
Address techniques for leading rehearsals and worship services in both traditional and contemporary settings; directing church choirs, worship teams, children’s choirs. Prerequisites: MUSI 212 and MUSI 222.

MUSI 499 Music Senior Presentation [2]
All graduates must have a final presentation/capstone in the form of the presentation of a paper, a recital, or other performance. The Chair of the Music Department must previously approve this work in order to fulfill graduation requirements.