DEPARTMENT OF SACRED MUSIC 
 

A separate catalog that describes in detail Bachelor of Church Music, the Master of Church Music and Doctor of Church Music programs may be obtained from the Seminary. Church Music is a vital part of the life of the church, and the seminary is committed through these courses to equip Christians to minister effectively in music.
 

MU 301 Stories of Our Favorite Hymns (2)

Listening to and learning hymns; interpretation of hymns; historical backgrounds of authors, facts which resulted in song being written.

 

MU 302 Introduction to Psalms Song (2) 

Study of the sacred musical book of Psalms, writing’s David and Solomon.

 

MU 303 Western Music to 1700 (2) . . ..

A study of the music of Western Civilization from the beginning of the Christian era to the end of the seventeenth century.

 

MU 304 Music of the Eighteenth Century (2) 

A survey of musical style from that of the older contemporaries of Bach and Handel to the mature classicism of Haydn and Mozart.

 

MU 305 Music of the Nineteenth Century (2)

The music of Beethoven, The music of the Romantic Era, including those composers who belong primarily to the nineteenth century. 

 

MU 306 Music of the Twentieth Century (2)

A survey of musical trends from Debussy to the present, with special emphasis on Stravinsky, Schoenberg and his followers, Bartok and Hindemith. Avant-garde and electronic music are introduced, and a brief overview of the American scene is included. 

 

MU 307 Music of the Non-Western World (2)

A survey of the musical culture of the non-Western world; selected areas from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Far East; the role music plays in the social, economical, educational, religious and political lives of the people. 

 

MU 308 Independent Study (2)

Independent study in an approved topic in music. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.

 

MU 309 Elementary Ear-training and Sight-singing (2)

The course emphasizes tonic sol-fa sight-singing, ear training, dictation in all clefs, diatonic melody, intervals, and basic chord identity. Study of double, triple, and quadruple division of the beat; the dotted note. Two hours weekly.

 

MU 310 Elementary Theory (2)

Scales, keys, intervals, triads and their inversions, Problems of transposition, Principles of harmonic progression and voice-leading, Harmonization of basses and melodies, Non-harmonic tones, The dominant and non-dominant seventh chords, Phrase and period structure, Introduction to species counterpoint.

Keyboard harmony: 2 hours weekly.

 

MU 311 Advanced Ear-training and Sight-singing (3)

Practiced and intermediate reading and hearing of music in one through four parts. Course content includes diatonic, chromatic, and twentieth century harmonies. Drill in rhythm, intervals, clefs, and melodic and harmonic, dictation. Two hours weekly. 

 

MU 312 Advanced Theory (3)

Review of diatonic theory, and continuing through chromatic and twentieth

Century harmonies. Keyboard harmony: 3 hours weekly. 

 

MU 313 Elementary Counterpoint (2)

Introduction to 18th century contrapuntal techniques through the use of five species in two-part writing in major and minor modes. Canon, double counterpoint. Two-part invention. Attention is drawn to both instrumental and vocal texture problems. 

 

MU 314 ·Form and Analysis (3) 

Detailed structural analysis of homophonic forms with fugue and motive through simple and compound song form to larger forms of rondo and sonata form. Polyphonic forms of the invention, figure, and variations. 

 

MU 315·Instrumentation and Orchestration (2)

A study of the instruments of the orchestra and band together with practical work in orchestral and band scoring. 

 

MU 316 Composition (3)

Writing of original hymn tunes. Simple binary and ternary forms, leading into larger classical forms. Development and accompanimental devices are studied. Compositions 10 be written in which both contrapuntal and harmonic skill is demonstrated. 

 

MU 317 Individual Church Choir Lessons (2)

To be arranged with the instructor.

 

MU 318 Church Music for Children (2)

A study in planning and teaching methods; a survey of materials; classroom observations; instruction and participation in church musicals involving children.

 

MU 319 Church Music for Teenagers (2)

An analysis of the music available for teenagers, strategies for motivation teens to participate in church music; musical involving teenagers.

 

MU 320 Sound of Psalms (2)

Factors in the Psalms which promoted many of them to be put to music for presentation in the royal courts during David and Solomon’s time.

 

MU 321 Study of Songs of Psalms (2)

Factors that make the Psalms a rich storehouse for songs; why they inspire today.

 

MU 322 Strings Methods (2)

 

MU 323 Brass Methods (2)

 

MU 324 Woodwinds Methods (2)

 

MU 325 Percu5slon Methods (2)

 

MU 326 Piano Pedagogy (2)

 

MU 327 Chorale (2) 

The chorale is composed of approximately 40 men and women, selected by audition at the beginning of each semester. The repertoire includes major works and selected choral literature from major historical periods and styles. Activities include a fall retreat, Christmas concert, and annual spring tour, campus and community appearances.

 

MU 328 0rchcstra (2) .

The UTS Orchestra is comprised of students. And community instrumentalists. Music of all periods is performed, Membership by audition.

 

MU 329 Ladies Glee Club (2)

Composed of selected students who will receive training in principles of tone production, breath control, and phrasing as it pertains to ensemble singing. The glee club presents the annual carol and candlelight service, and appears in churches in the metropolitan area: Two rehearsals weekly.

 

MU 330 Wind Ensemble (2)

Emphasis on original works for wind ensemble. Membership is open to all interested students by audition. The Wind Ensemble performs in several concerts each year.

 

MU 331 Brass Choir (2)

Performs at various concerts and other events of the college, as well as in churches in the New York metropolitan area. Major works for brass ensemble are performed, in addition to instrumental accompaniments for college choral ensembles. Membership by audition.

 

MU 332 Chamber Music (2)

Study and participation in duets, trios, quartets, and various kinds of chamber music. Permission of the instructor required.

 

MU 333 Handbell Choir (2)

Ensemble experience is provided in the development of musical skills and handbell technique in particular. The Handbell Choir performs in the annual carol and candlelight service and other functions of the college, as well as in churches in and around the metropolitan area.

 

MU 334 Functional Piano Class (2)

A comprehensive course for beginners designed specifically for music education students who do not have the equivalent of at least one year of college piano. Emphasis is on harmonization, improvisation, sight reading, and development of elementary piano skills. Required for music education majors unless waived by examination.

 

MU 335 Fundamentals of Singing (2)

This course is designed for non-voice majors and beginning voice students in place of, or in addition to, private instruction. May be utilized by the Music Education major to meet proficiency requirements. This counts as applied music.

 

MU 336 Beginning Guitar Techniques (2)

Class instruction in the skills of playing and teaching the guitar for recreational and professional activities (church or school). The course is designed for students who have little or no previous experience in guitar performance. The class will also involve a study of elementary music theory, notation, transposition, song

leading, the use of the capo, and care of the instrument.

 

MU 337 Functional Piano Class (2)

Emphasis on skills needed by the public school music teacher-harmonization, improvisation, transposition, modulation, and sight reading. Exploration and performance of piano literature representative of various musical periods and compositional styles: Necessary technical studies. 

 

MU 338 Piano Accompaniment (2)

The principles of accompaniment as applied to the hymn, the art song from Schubert to DeBussy, operatic and oratorio excerpts and the accompaniment of stringed and wind instruments. 

 

MU 401 Sound of Living Waters (2)

Living waters defined. Styles, techniques, and forms of various musical periods studied and compared to the supernatural sound(etheric) which is heard in the sounds of living waters.

 

MU 402 Study of Living Waters (2)

How to hear living waters compared to ear training; how to use them to produce spiritual sources of spiritually rich, flowing tones of music; resultant creativity flow and its affect on the mind.

 

MU 403 Study the Gift of Wisdom in the Book of Wisdom (2)

A review of showing the importance of the gift of wisdom and equating the gifts from God and searching basic principles of wisdom; sources of wisdom for Christians today. 


MU 404 Study of the Holy Spirit and His Gifts (2)

In-depth study into each of the gifts of the spirit in I Corinthians 12; role of the gifts for society of modern times.

 

MU 405 Church Music Administration (2)

Philosophy of music ministry with consideration of administration and development of total church music program including a multiple-choir system and survey of choral and instrumental literature. 

 

MU 406 Hymnology (2)

A study of the development of Christian hymnody from its earliest times to the present; examination and criticism of hymns in the light of their function, spiritual values, and relevance in an age of change.

 

MU 407 Field Work (2)

Under supervision of a faculty member, the student assumes the responsibil ity of a church music program during each semester of his final two years of residency.

 

MU 408 Music and Worship (2)

Biblical, historical and theoretical approaches to music and worship; survey of significant liturgies and their function in worship and music; music and worship in non-liturgical churches, with an emphasis on a creative approach to future worship in the church.

 

MU 409 Service Playing and Improvisation (2)

A course in the practical aspects of service playing, including improvisation, modulation, choir accompaniment, anthem score reading, and congregational hymn playing.

 

MU 410 Field Work (2)

A continuation of MU 407

 

MU 411 Choral Conducting (2)

An introduction to the basic techniques of choral conducting. Experience with a laboratory ensemble is provided. Consideration of philosophical and pragmatic issues relating to choral groups in varied circumstances. 

 

MU 412 Choral Conducting Methods (2)

Continued development of conducting techniques,. repertoire selection, and performance considerations. Rehearsal techniques, With a laboratory ensemble.

 

MU 413 0rchestral Conducting (2) ... . .

Modem baton technique, interpretation, and score reading, using live music In the classroom as well as recorded works. 

 

MU 414 Theological Ethics (2)

Code of ethics between individual ministries. Standards of the golden rule and what it means in terms of the life of Jesus Christ alive in each of us today.

 

MU 415 Theological the Mind and Actions (2)

Purposes of music in Biblical times and the purposes of music today (hymns and inspirational music). Analysis of the powers in music an lyrics); principles of an ethical use of the powers of music; all age groups explored. Importance of musicians to conduct themselves as ministers of the Lord’s music.

 

MU 416 Theology of Personal Ministry (2)

Student develops a personal music ministry by power of prayer; specialized instruction and opportunities for performance in spiritual service; includes voice, piano, organ, or other musical instruments.

 

MU 417 Spirituality and Human Emotion (2)

Understanding a Biblical view on prejudice; its causes and consequences. Principles and guidelines for ministers and the church in dealing with emotional issues; all ages considered.

 

MU 418 Understanding the Human Condition (2)

Helping families or individuals deal with special problems by assisting in homes, church or other Christian service; designed to give the minister/student guided practical experience.

 

MU 419 Music in the Elementary School (3)

 

MU 420 Music in the Secondary School (3)

 

MU 421 Observation and Practice Teaching of Music 1 (3)

 

MU 422 Observation and Practice Teaching of Music 2 (3)

 

MU 423 Junior Recital (3)

 

MU 501 Music Theory (3)

The science of music and its related topics. The course can be repeated

for credit.

 

MU 502 Harmony (3)

The study of physical properties and characteristics of musical sound including a study of the structure, progression, and relation of chords. Music will be considered from the point of view of its chordal characteristics and relationships.

 

MU 503 Composition (3)

Emphasis in the course will be on writing musical scores that would be appropriate for selected scriptural passages.

 

MU 504 Church Music Administration (3)

Designed to give organized presentation and leadership to students who are interested in the music ministry of the church. The philosophy of church music, working with the pastor, the music committee, repertoire, and the historical aspects of worship are highlighted.

 

MU 505 Church Music Production Techniques (3)

The techniques, problems, and solutions of producing a large-scale church musical program are discussed, and implemented in an actual test case.

 

MU 506 Choral Conducting (3)

Arranging music, setting up the choir or orchestra, and the basic skills of choral conducting.

 

MU 507 Advanced Producing and Conducting (3)

Production and performance of professional arrangements in situations ranging from the small church to the large Christian school of college.

 

MU 508 History of Music (3)

A general survey course of the history and literature of music from the ancient times up to and including the Romantic period. 

 

MU 509 Contemporary Christian Music (3)

Trends in music today are seen in terms of the heritage of the Negro spirituals the evangelistic hymns and choruses of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the influence of contemporary secular music.

 

MU 510 Introduction to Music Research and Writing (3 ) 

In this course students will be introduced to the literature and techniques of doctoral research in music. Special attention will be given to the development of research proposals and the presentation of research, including individual guidance in the form and style of research writing. The course must be taken during the student’s first year in the program.

 

MU 511 Prospectus Development (3 ) 

In this one-week course students are given guidance in the development and writing of a prospectus for the dissertation. Prerequisite: a research proposal must be submitted to the student’s guidance committee by the April 1/November 1 deadline. The research proposal must be approved by the Division of Church Music Ministries by the last day of the semester.

 

MU 512 Program Proficiency (3)

This is not a course per se. Students in the residency or senior residency stage of the DMA degree program should register for this component in semesters in which no course work is taken. Each semester after completion of the oral comprehensive examination, students should register for dissertation writing in the appropriate major.

 

MU 513 Inactive Status (3)

This is not a course per se. Students who have prior approval from the Division of Church Music Ministries to cease all work on the doctoral program for the semester should register for inactive status. 

 

MU 514 Program Continuance (3)

This is not a course per se. Students who have prior approval from their guidance committee following a successful dissertation defense can continue editing the dissertation for one semester while registered for Program Continuance.

 

MU 515 Advanced Studies in Analysis and Composition (3) 

This seminar is designed as a study of the history of composition, style, and analysis throughout the history of western music. Special attention will be given to a variety of techniques of analysis, both tonal and non-tonal. Students will gain experience in composition in the styles of selected

eras and genres.

 

MU 516 Study in Music Theory (3) 

 

MU 517 Foundations of Music Learning (3) 

This seminar explores music learning theory, musical learning related to age and developmental stages, and musical aptitude and giftedness.

 

MU 518 History of American Music Education (3 ) 

This seminar recounts the roots, growth, blossoming, and current state of music education in American history.

 

MU 519 Music Education Research (3) 

This seminar will focus on the philosophical, historical, descriptive, experimental, and other variations of research employed in music education.

 

MU 520 Music Methodology in North America (3) 

This seminar examines the philosophy, history, practice, and contributions of the primary music education methods found in North America: Kodaly, Orff, Suzuki, Dalcroze, Gordon, Kindermusik, and others.

 

MU 521 Contemporary Problems in Church Music Education (3) 

This seminar is designed to bring focus on the resources anticipated for use in the dissertation. The seminar will enhance the student’s understanding

of the literature, articles, websites, etc., that will be considered for the bibliography of the dissertation.

 

MU 522 Directed Study in Music Ministry (3) 

 

MU 523 The Theology of Contemporary Hymnody (3) 

This seminar examines the biblical doctrines addressed in published collections of contemporary Christian music. Special attention will be given to songs published since 2000 and are used in congregational worship.

 

MU 524 Post-Reformation Hymnody in Britain and America (3) 

This seminar is an intensive study of the development of British and American hymnody from the Reformation to the present. Special attention will be given to those factors which were instrumental in the development of new hymnody and the controversies surrounding them.

 

MU 525 The Hymnody of Other Cultures (3) 

This seminar focuses on the hymnody and congregational worship practices of Asian, African, and Latin American cultures. Special attention will

be given to comparative analysis of how congregational song relates to the worship service.

 

MU 526 Music and Worship in the Biblical World (3) 

This seminar is a comprehensive study of the music, musicians, and instruments in Scripture. Special attention will be given to archaeological research in the field and implications for an understanding of worship in the biblical world.

 

MU 527 Advanced Studies in Music History and Literature (3) 

This seminar is a comprehensive study of the music and musicians of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Special attention will be given on traits that characterize the individual periods through listening and score analysis.

 

MU 528 Advanced Studies in Church Music History (3) 

This seminar is an advanced, comparative, and evaluative study of church music history, beginning with pre-Christian music, moving through music of the early church, and continuing through church music in the present era. Special attention will be given to discerning patterns in the development and evaluation of church music history.

 

MU 529 Directed Study in Music History, Hymnology and Literature (3) 

 

MU 530 Studies in Performing Arts Literature (3) 

This seminar is an intensive study of the origins and development of the forms and styles of performance literature through the twenty-first century. Emphasis is given to an analysis of performance practice considerations of the literature of each era and each composer.

 

MU 531 Advanced Study in Performance Pedagogy (3) 

This seminar is designed to provide further knowledge and additional skills and techniques required of the successful performance teacher. An introduction to physiology and anatomy as it relates to singing and playing is included.

 

MU 532 Advanced Studies in Improvisation (3) 

This seminar will examine improvisation historically, researching styles of improvisation through history with special interest in church music history. Students will be expected to plan, practice, and demonstrate improvisation skills and respond critically and analytically to the improvisations

heard throughout the seminar.

 

MU 533 Directed Study in Performing Arts (3) 

 

MU 534 Private Composition (3) 

This course is an advanced study which involves the writing of music in larger forms and in various styles. The course may be repeated at the discretion of the instructor (3hour lesson ).

 

MU 535 Directed Study in Composition (3) 

 

MU 536 Private Conducting (3) 

This course is designed for private study by doctoral students in advanced conducting techniques and literature (3 hour lesson).

 

MU 537 Orchestral Conducting (3)

The student is required to spend one semester in the role of associate conductor of an approved instrumental organization.

 

MU 538 Directed Study in Conducting (3)

 

MU 539 Private Organ (3) 

This course is designed for private study by doctoral students in advanced organ techniques and literature (3 hour lesson).

 

MU 540 Directed Study in Organ (3) 

 

MU 541 Private Piano (3) 

This course is designed for private study by doctoral students in advanced piano techniques and literature (3 hour lesson).

 

MU 542 Directed Study in Piano (3) 

 

MU 543 Private Voice (3) 

The course consists of private study of advanced voice techniques and literature ( 3 hour lessons). Independent work is expected.

 

MU 544 Directed Study in Voice ( 3)

 

MU 545 Contemporary Context of American Evangelical Worship (3) 

This seminar is an investigation into the major movements which have impacted Christian evangelical worship in America over the past twenty five years. Postmodernity and other influences, such as the ecumenical movement, the charismatic movement, contemporary Christian music, the church growth movement, and the emerging church will be examined in light of their effect on current worship practice.

 

MU 546 Comparative Study in Worship Practice (3) 

A study is made of worship practices across a variety of Christian denominations and expressions, including: Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist, Baptist, and Pentecostal. The seminar will feature a comparison of resources for corporate worship such as architecture, liturgy, and music.

 

MU 547 Worship and the Task of Disciple making (3) 

This seminar examines the various means by which corporate worship may contribute to the process of spiritual formation and spiritual maturation in the life of Christ-followers. Factors such as learning styles, worship environment, elements, and forms are analyzed as to how their usage within community at worship may aid in the development of Christian values resulting in spiritual growth.

 

MU 548 Contextual Dimensions in Current Worship Research (3) 

This seminar surveys recent research in worship related to the variables of gender, ethnicity, and generational age-group. Special attention is given to studies which investigate the impact these particular factors may have on current worship practices in evangelical churches in the United States.

 

MU 549 Advanced Studies in Historical Perspectives of Worship (3) 

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in an in-depth study of Christian worship from the time of the early Church through the twentieth century. Special emphasis is given to cultural, philosophical, and theological influences which have shaped the development and practice of worship for the Christian community over the past twenty centuries.

 

MU 550 Directed Study in Worship Ministries (3) 

 

MU 551 Supervised Reading Colloquium 1: Worship in Ministry and Practice (3) 

 

MU 552 Supervised Reading Colloquium 2: Contemporary Trends in Church Music (3) 

 

MU 553 Thesis in Music History, Literature, and Hymnology (3)

 

MU 554 Thesis in Church Music Ministry (3)

 

MU 555 Thesis and Lecture Recital: Conducting (3)

 

MU 556 Thesis and Lecture Recital: Organ (3)

 

MU 557 Thesis and Lecture Recital: Piano (3)

 

MU 558 Thesis and Lecture Recital: Composition (3)

 

MU 559 Thesis and Lecture Recital: Voice (3)

 

MU 560 Thesis of Church Music. (3) 

the student must meet the deadlines for the various phases of the thesis preparation and presentation.

 

MU 601 Church Music in the Local Church (3)

A study of the simple conducting patterns and principles for use in leading group singing, preparation of the song service, study and use of the hymnal, and a brief history of the more popular hymns. Equipment and materials, financial administration of music programs, music in the Sunday Bible school, and a Christian philosophy of music are highlighted in this course for the non-music major.

 

MU 602 Church Music Internship (3)

The student will be involved in a position for one semester in which they are responsible for the music ministry of a church under a supervisor.

 

MU 603 Choir Recital (3)

Required of all students prior to receiving the Master of Sacred Music degree. 

 

MU 604 Choir Recital (3)

Required of all students prior to receiving the Doctor of Sacred Music Degree.

 

MU 605 Supervised Reading Colloquium 3: Specialized Study in Concentration Area with Faculty Advisor (3)

 

MU 606 History/Hymnology/Ministry (3)

 

MU 607 Performing Arts (3)

 

MU 608 Solo Recital (3) 

This recital consists of a performance of approximately three hour in the appropriate performing medium and must reflect DMA standards.

 

MU 609 Dissertation in Music History, Literature, and Hymnology (4)

 

MU 610 Dissertation in Church Music Ministry (4)

 

MU 611 Dissertation and Lecture Recital: Conducting (4)

 

MU 612 Dissertation and Lecture Recital: Organ (4)

 

MU 613 Dissertation and Lecture Recital: Piano (4)

 

MU 614 Dissertation and Lecture Recital: Composition (4)

 

MU 615 Dissertation and Lecture Recital: Voice (4)

 

MU 616 Dissertation of Church Music. (4) 

The student must meet specific deadlines in the preparation and completion of the Doctor of Church Music dissertation.