MUSI 100 Music Fundamentals (EA)
Introduces and develops basic skills in reading and writing musical notation, keyboard,
sight-singing and aural skills. For all students.
MUSI 101 Introduction to Music Studies (EA)
A course for music majors, music minors, and students contemplating the music major.
An introduction to skills required for advanced music study and success in professional
music careers. Emphasis on research, oral and written communication, and the acquisition
of appropriate listening skills through the study of history and literature. Course
includes an introduction to concepts associated with the study of music outside
the Western tradition.
MUSI 150 Introduction to Western Classical Music (EA)
A course designed to develop skills in listening to music and to introduce the literature
of Western art music. For all students regardless of background.
MUSI 180 Film Music
An overview of film music from the silent era to the present, covering important
composers and discussing the various techniques and aesthetic approaches involved
in combining music and film. Designed for all students.
MUSI 201 Musicianship Skills (EA)
Develops sight-singing, keyboard, and aural skills begun in MUSI 100, and introduces
rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic principles of tonal music. Development of ear training
and music writing skills. Students may elect to test out of MUSI 201 and receive
credit upon successful completion of MUSI 202. For students with an interest in
music as a major or minor; students must successfully complete or test out of MUSI
100 in order to enroll in MUSI 201. Prerequisite: MUSI 100 or successful completion
of a placement exam. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSA 300 voice and/or
piano lessons as needed.
MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony (EA)
Continues the development of solfege, aural, composition, analysis, and keyboard
skills begun in MUSI 201 and introduces the principles of diatonic harmony, counterpoint,
and structural analysis. Students must successfully complete or test out of MUSI
201 in order to enroll in MUSI 202. Lab. Prerequisite: MUSI 201. Corequisite: MUSA
300 piano (or equivalent).
MUSI 230 History of Jazz (EA)
A study of America’s true art form, jazz music, in its various forms and styles,
with a goal of understanding and appreciating how jazz music reflects the culture
and society of its time. For all students regardless of background.
MUSI 240 Pedagogy (EA)
A study of the principles and techniques of teaching applied music. Offered as needed.
MUSI 250 Introduction to Opera (EA, W2)
An introduction to some of the major works in the active operatic repertoire. Designed
for all students regardless of background.
MUSI 260 Classical and Popular Music since 1900 (EA)
An introduction to classical and popular music since 1900. Works covered range from
the late 19th century up to today. Designed for all students.
MUSI 270 Introduction to World Music and Dance (EA, W2)
Introduces and develops listening and communication skills through the study of
selected folk, popular, and classic musics, dance, and cultures around the world
including those of Africa, Asia, Europe, and Native and Ethnic America. Field study,
research, written projects, and oral presentations emphasized. Designed For all
students regardless of background. No prerequisite, although an introductory music,
anthropology, or sociology course may be helpful.
MUSI 280 Topics in Music (EA)
An introduction to individual composers, specific musical genres, or the art music
of a particular country. For all students regardless of background.
MUSI 301 Introduction to Chromatic Harmony and Twentieth-Century Practices (EA)
Continues the development of solfege, aural, composition, and keyboard skills and
introduces the principles of chromatic and twentieth-century harmony, counterpoint,
and structural analysis. Lab. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: MUSI 202.
Corequisite: MUSA 300 Piano
MUSI 302 Form and Analysis in Western Music (EA)
Form and analysis of music. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: MUSI 301.
MUSI 310 Conducting (EA)
The study of scores, interpretation, and movement. Emphasis is on the development
of a non-verbal vocabulary to artistically communicate with members of an ensemble
to solicit a predetermined musical result. Prerequisite: MUSI 202 or permission
MUSI 340 Choral Literature and Techniques (EA)
A study of choral literature, performance practice, rehearsal techniques, and various
aspects of administration related to choral ensembles. Offered as needed. Prerequisite:
MUSI 310 and permission of instructor.
MUSI 350 Instrumental Literature and Techniques (EA)
A study of instrumental music literature, performance practice, conducting, and
pedagogy. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: MUSI 310 and permission of instructor.
MUSI 360 Instrumental Methods (EA)
A study of instrumental performance techniques for winds, strings, and percussion.
Offered as needed.
MUSI 370 Composition I (EA) [AC]
Introduces principles of compositional craft, listening skills, and musical philosophies
and develops musical creativity through written projects, score study, readings,
and listening assignments. Required before the senior year for students pursuing
a senior project in composition. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: MUSI 201 and permission
MUSI 380 Composition II (EA)
Continuation of MUSI 370. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: MUSI 370 and permission
MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music (EA, HP, W2)
A study of the history and literature of Western art music from Antiquity through
the Baroque period. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: MUSI 101 or MUSI 150,
and MUSI 202, or permission of instructor.
MUSI 402 Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music (EA, HP, W2)
A study of the history and literature of Western art music of the late eighteenth
through early twenty-first-centuries. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite:
MUSI 101 or MUSI 150, and MUSI 202, or permission of instructor.
MUSI 430 Orchestration (EA)
Introduces ranges, transpositions, and characteristics of the standard orchestral
instruments, and techniques and characteristics of effective writing for various
instrumental combinations. Offered as needed. Recommended elective for students
pursuing a senior project in composition. Prerequisite: MUSI 202.
MUSI 440 Counterpoint (EA)
Development of principles introduced in MUSI 202 using a standard species approach
to tonal contrapuntal techniques. Offered as needed. Recommended elective for students
pursuing a senior project in composition or music theory. Prerequisite: MUSI 202.
MUSI 497 Senior Seminar
A culminating seminar course for music majors intended to synthesize analytical
techniques, stylistic sensitivity, and interpretive or creative skills. Emphasis
on oral and written communication. A primary focus is the preparation of the senior
project. Prerequisite: senior standing.
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 graduation, students must complete either
- four activity courses at the 200- or 300-level, or
- two activity courses at the 400-level, or
- one activity course at the 400-level and two at the 200- or 300-level.
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,
non-music majors may count only two course credits from music activity courses toward
graduation. Music majors may earn up to two additional course credits toward graduation
(for a total of four) from music activity classes. Music activity fractional credits
may NOT be combined with any non-music activity fractional credit for whole course
MUSA 000 Non-Credit Music Ensembles
The following music ensembles are open to all students by permission of the instructor.
No credit is offered for participation in these ensembles.
- 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. Prerequisite: concurrent participation in Choir.
- 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.
- 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.
Prerequisite: concurrent participation in Wind Ensemble except for guitar.
- Chamber Players. Chamber music ensembles at Hendrix such
as string quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, percussion ensemble, flute
choir and others. Corequisite: concurrent participation in wind ensemble or
MUSA 1RA Recital Attendance
In order to broaden their understanding of the protocol and challenges of concert
work and to gain a deeper acquaintance with the literature, music majors are required
to attend a majority of department-sponsored concerts and recitals during each of
six semesters. Although no course credit is awarded for this requirement, attendance
is monitored, and each successfully completed semester is recorded on the student
transcript. For specifics, majors should consult the Music Department Handbook.
MUSA 2CH Choir (EA) [AC]
Open to all students by audition, the Choir performs standard choral repertoire
from all stylistic periods. The ensemble performs both on campus and on tours within
Arkansas and to neighboring states. The Choir rehearses 80 minutes three times weekly.
Must be taken for a grade.
MUSA 2OR Chamber Orchestra (EA) [AC]
Open to all instrumental students by audition. The group performs classical repertoire
from all orchestral style periods on at least two concerts each semester. The Chamber
Orchestra rehearses 80 minutes three times weekly. Must be taken for a grade.
MUSA 2PB 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. (Taken for letter-grade only with 1/4 credit weight.)
MUSA 2WE Wind Ensemble (Band) (EA) [AC]
Open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion players on campus with appropriate music
background. 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 weekly.
Must be taken for a grade.
MUSA 2A1 Accompanying (EA)
Piano students may receive music activity credit if they rehearse and accompany
lessons for at least four hours each week during the course of a semester. Must
be taken for a grade.
MUSA 300 Applied Music (EA)
One half-hour instruction weekly. Fee: Private instruction—$150 per semester. Fee
is waived for students who must study piano or voice in order to complete MUSI 201
or MUSI 202 successfully. Private and class instruction in piano, organ, voice,
and string, wind, and percussion instruments. Adequate piano proficiency is a prerequisite
for organ study. Three hours practice (30 minutes daily for six days) required each
week. Nonmajors and music majors taking MUSA 300 in a secondary area may elect to
take MUSA 300 on a credit-only basis. In this case the student must declare intention
to take this course for credit only within the first two weeks of the semester at
the Office of the Registrar. All other policies regarding Credit Only courses also
apply. A module bearing AC Odyssey credit may be awarded.
MUSA 400 Applied Music (EA) [AC]
One hour instruction weekly. Fee: $300 per semester. Private instruction in piano,
organ, voice, and string, wind, and percussion instruments. Adequate piano proficiency
is a prerequisite for organ study. Six hours practice (60 minutes daily for six
days) required each week.
Students may enroll in MUSA 400 only after successful completion of an audition
before the music faculty. MUSA 400 is intended primarily for music majors and minors.
After successful completion of the audition, nonmajors may enroll in MUSA 400 if
there is space available. MUSA 400 must be taken for a grade.
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 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 until all three examinations
- MUSA 1AS Aural Skills Proficiency
- MUSA 1PP Piano Proficiency
- MUSA 1SS Sight Singing Proficiency