Music

Teaching Faculty

Professors Boehm and Krebs (chair)
Assistant Professors Morgan and Renshaw James

Description

The curriculum for the music major and minor is divided into three areas: Theory and composition, History and literature, and Applied lessons and ensembles. 

The theory and composition sequence includes MUSI 100, MUSI 201, MUSI 202, MUSI 301, MUSI 302, and electives MUSI 370, MUSI 380, MUSI 430, and MUSI 440. 

The history and literature sequence includes MUSI 101, MUSI 401, MUSI 402, MUSI 497 and electives MUSI 180, MUSI 230, MUSI 250, MUSI 255, MUSI 260, MUSI 270, and MUSI 280. 

The applied lessons and ensembles area includes MUSA 200, MUSA 300, and MUSA 400, and may be repeated to earn full course credits.

Major in Music

12 courses and other additional requirements distributed as follows:

  • MUSI 101 Introduction to Music Studies
  • MUSI 201 Musicianship Skills
  • MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony
  • MUSI 301 Introduction to Chromatic Harmony and Twentieth-Century Practices
  • MUSI 302 Form and Analysis in Western Music
  • MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music
  • MUSI 402 Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music
  • MUSI 497 Senior Seminar
  • MUSA SRP Senior Project
  • 4 course credits worth of music electives, which may include credits earned in MUSA 200, 300, and 400 (may be used to satisfy a music elective).
  • 6 semesters of applied music in the major instrument or voice (either MUSA 300 or MUSA 400) (may be used to satisfy a music elective) and
  • 6 semesters of the appropriate ensemble (MUSA 200)
  • 6 semesters of recital attendance (MUSA 1RA Recital Attendance )
  • 3 Music Proficiency examinations
              MUSA 1AS Aural Skills Proficiency
              MUSA 1PP Piano Proficiency
              MUSA 1SS Sight-Singing Proficiency

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the music major consists of a senior project. The senior project may take the form of a research paper, a lecture recital, a portfolio of original compositions, or a recital accompanied by written program notes. Preparation for this project is a part of MUSI 497 Senior Seminar. The option to select a composition portfolio requires students to have completed MUSI 370 Composition I and MUSI 380 Composition II.

Minor in Music

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • MUSI 101 Introduction to Music Studies
              or
    MUSI 150 Introduction to Western Classical Music
  • MUSI 201 Musicianship Skills
  • MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony
  • 1 music history/literature class from the following:
              MUSI 180 Film Music
              MUSI 230 History of Jazz
              MUSI 250 Introduction to Opera
              MUSI 255 Women in Music
              MUSI 260 Classical and Popular Music since 1900
              MUSI 270 Introduction to World Music
              MUSI 280 Topics in Music
              MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music
              MUSI 402 Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music
  • 1 course credit of private applied study (either MUSA 300 or MUSA 400)
  • 1 elective (MUSA 300/MUSA 400 classes may satisfy the elective requirement)

Note(s):

More specific information for Music Majors and Minors is available in the Music Department Handbook.

Lessons and Ensembles

Students interested in taking private music lessons and/or participating in any music ensemble should not pre-register. Instead, they should contact the appropriate member of the music faculty during the week of orientation and registration in the fall or during the first week of classes in the spring. Ensembles and lessons are open to all Hendrix students regardless of major.

The grade earned in each semester of a Music Activity class is included in the computation of the student's grade point average. However, to receive one complete course credit towards a music major, students must complete music activity partial course credits that sum to one whole credit.

    A complete course credit earned in this manner may be used to satisfy the Expressive Arts Learning Domain, except in the case where the student has opted to take a MUSA 300 private lesson on a credit-only basis with no grade. Any number of individual activity courses may be taken by a student. However, note that there is a limit of 2 course credits from partial credit courses from any department that can be used for the 32 courses required for graduation. Music majors may earn additional course credits toward the 32 required course credits for graduation from music activity classes as needed to meet the requirements of the major.

     

    Ensembles (for credit)

    Chamber Orchestra

    The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra performs at least two concerts per semester and rehearses three times per week. Repertoire is drawn from all historic periods with emphasis on the classic tradition, historic performance practice, working with living composers, guest artists and student soloists, dance, theatrical, and symphonic genres. Student musicians who play woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, and stringed instruments enroll in HCCO by audition and/or permission of the conductor. The orchestra is conducted by Mr. Geoffrey Robson.

     

    Choir

    The Hendrix Choir is an auditioned mixed voice choral ensemble that studies and performs repertoire from a broad spectrum of musical traditions and historical time periods. Recent projects have included performances of Latin American vocal music, gospel, and collaborative programs with the Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The Choir performs several times yearly, including the annual Candlelight Carol Services, and campus-wide events such as convocations and commencement. The Choir is conducted by Dr. Andrew Morgan and rehearses 80 minutes three times per week.

     

    Pep Band

     

    Open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion students with appropriate background. Pep Band rehearses for 110 minutes per week and performs at home football games. Students must perform an audition at the beginning of fall semester. Pep Band may not be used to satisfy the music major ensemble requirement. Pep Band carries neither EA Learning Domain nor Odyssey coding. The Pep Band is led by Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James.

     

    Wind Ensemble

    The Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group composed of students from a wide variety of majors on campus. Drawing from symphonic band, wind ensemble, and chamber winds repertoire, the ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works. The Wind Ensemble performs four concerts annually and rehearses 80 minutes three times per week. It is conducted by Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James.

    Ensembles (non-credit)

    Chamber Chorale

    Chosen from the membership of the Choir, the Hendrix College Chamber Chorale is a small select group that specializes in vocal chamber works from the Renaissance to the present. The Chamber Chorale rehearses two hours weekly. and is conducted by Dr. Andrew Morgan. Prerequisite: concurrent participation in Choir.

    Chamber Players

    Chamber music ensembles at Hendrix such as string quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, percussion ensemble, flute choir and others. For the fall semester, Dr. Stephen James is conducting a brass group. Co-requisite: concurrent participation in wind ensemble or orchestra.

     

    Jazz Ensemble

    The Hendrix College Jazz Ensemble is open to musicians interested in performing jazz literature that ranges from big band arrangements to progressive jazz. The ensemble rehearses ninety minutes weekly and is conducted by Dr. Barry McVinney. Prerequisite: concurrent participation in Wind Ensemble except for guitar. 

     

    Women's Ensemble

    Open to all women without audition, the Women's Ensemble performs music of all styles for treble voices. The ensemble rehearses two hours weekly and is conducted by Dr. Andrew Morgan.

     

     

     

    Program Course Listings

    The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

    Music Courses

    MUSI 100

    MUSI 101

    MUSI 150

    MUSI 180

    MUSI 201

    MUSI 202

    MUSI 230

    MUSI 240

    MUSI 250

    MUSI 255

    MUSI 260

    MUSI 270

    MUSI 280

    MUSI 301

    MUSI 302

    MUSI 310

    MUSI 340

    MUSI 350

    MUSI 360

    MUSI 370

    MUSI 380

    MUSI 401

    MUSI 402

    MUSI 430

    MUSI 440

    MUSI 497

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    Music Proficiency Exams

    All music majors are required to pass proficiency examinations in piano, solfege (sight singing), and aural skills. Music majors may attempt these exams at any time during their course of study, but no later than the semester in which MUSI 302 Form and Analysis in Western Music is completed. In addition, students are required to study piano each semester during the theory sequence until this part of the requirement is met. If a given Proficiency Exam is passed early, the student is not required to enroll in further study in this area of examination. Students who are unable to pass proficiencies in any of these areas are required to take the exams each successive semester until they are successfully completed. No grade will be awarded for MUSI 302 Form and Analysis in Western Music until all three examinations are passed.

     

    MUSA 1AS

    MUSA 1PP

    MUSA 1SS

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    Music Activities

    Any number of individual activity courses may be taken by a student. However, note that there is a limit of 2 course credits from partial credit courses from any department that can be used for the 32 courses required for graduation. Music majors may earn additional course credits toward the 32 course credits required for graduation from music activity classes as needed to meet the requirements of the major.

    MUSA 000

    MUSA 100

    MUSA 2CH

    MUSA 2OR

    MUSA 2PB

    MUSA 2WE

    MUSA 2A1

    MUSA 300

    MUSA 400

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