M-MU 101 Music Theory I (3) A thorough study of music fundamentals including pitch notation, clefs, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads and their inversions, rhythmic notation, and beginning four-part vocal writing. The study of intervallic and melodic dictation and sight-singing (solfeggio) are also included. Time is spent encouraging students to develop a Biblical standard of music for their personal lives.
M-MU 102 Music Theory II (3) A review of primary triads and their inversions, the study of secondary triads, their inversions, melodic harmonization, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and writing for the piano. Common-practice period writing is analyzed. Aural skills (sight-singing, dictation) and keyboard proficiency skills will also be continued. Prerequisite: M-MU 101 Music Theory I
M-MU 201 Music Theory III (3) A study of seventh chords and diatonic modulation, secondary dominants, chromatic modulation, borrowed chords, and the Neapolitan. Extensive study of aural skills, analysis, and sight-singing continue. Prerequisite: M-MU 102 Music Theory II
M-MU 202 Music Theory IV (3) A study of additional modulation techniques, augmented sixth chords, modes, impressionist techniques, and 20th century harmonic techniques. Continued development of aural skills is stressed, with a strong emphasis on analysis, sight-singing, and dictation. The student will also produce three original compositions. Prerequisite: M-MU 201 Music Theory III
M-MU 203 Music History I (3) A survey of the historical development of Western art music from ancient civilizations through the Baroque era, within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Offered alternate years.
M-MU 204 Music History II (3) A survey of the historical development of Western art music from the pre-classical era to the present, within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: M-MU 203 Music History I
M-MU 303 Elementary Conducting (3) An introduction to basic conducting techniques (patterns, fermatas, releases, cues) for choral and instrumental groups. Application of conducting skills to achieve a desired style, mood, tempo. dynamics, and interpretation is also covered. Score preparation is discussed. Offered alternate years.
M-MU 304 Advanced Conducting (3) A continuation of Elementary Conducting (M-MU 303), designed to sharpen the skills already acquired and to develop an ability to communicate the more subtle nuances of music through stylistic conducting. Rehearsal and platform procedures and advanced score preparation are discussed. Exposure to instrument conducting will be given. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: M-MU 303 Elementary Conducting
M-MU 307 Music Philosophy Seminar (0) A 3-4 week course primarily for Music Education majors. It covers analysis and discussion of sacred music philosophies with a view to formulating a Scriptural philosophy of sacred music. Class is graded on a pass/fail basis. Offered alternate years.
M-MU 308 Choral Methods (3) A study of choral methods and materials for all choirs (children through adult). Choral programming is also discussed.
M-MU 309 String Methods (1) Designed to prepare music education majors to teach the orchestral stringed instruments by learning the fundamentals of playing each instrument in a hands-on experience and by the study of current methodology and teaching technique.
M-MU 310 Woodwind Methods (1) Pedagogical techniques for use with beginning woodwind players. Emphasizes instrument position, embouchure, fingering, and materials.
M-MU 312 Instrumental Ensemble Methods (3) Practical training in the development and leadership of instrumental ensembles in the church and school. Instrumental ranges, transpositions, and timbres are emphasized, along with methods and materials for ensembles and soloists.
M-MU 413 Brass Methods (1) Pedagogical techniques for use with beginning brass players. Emphasis is upon fundamental playing techniques, materials, and practical implementation for church and school settings.
M-MU 415 Percussion Methods (1) Pedagogical techniques for use with beginning percussion players. Emphasizes basic percussion rhythm patterns, stick positions, other techniques, and materials.
Ensemble participation is required for those with a music major or emphasis. All ensembles are taken for credit at no additional charge. All participants must commit to the high standards of the group (including the year-long commitment), whether the course is taken for credit or not.
M-MU 121, 122 Chorale (1 per semester) An organization of approximately 40 voices selected after audition before the choral faculty. Acceptability based upon good voice quality and musicianship (with a high priority on sight-reading). Exposure is given to varied types and styles of sacred choral literature. All members make a year-long commitment to the organization and participate in the Christmas concert, spring tour, spring concert, commencement activities, and a limited number of weekend performances before credit is given.
M-MU 125, 126 Handbell Ensemble (1 per semester) An organization of students selected after audition before the music faculty. Acceptability is based upon ability to read music well, along with good rhythmic skills. Ensemble members make a year-long commitment and participate in all scheduled events.
M-MU 127, 128 Concert Band/Orchestra (1 per semester) Open to all students on the basis of audition. Members make a year-long commitment and are involved in chapel, Bible and Missions conferences, Christmas concert, spring concert, commencement activities, and a limited number of ministry assignments, on and off campus, throughout the year.
Applied Lessons (M-MA)
Music lessons are given to those who are in the Music Ministries program or who have an emphasis in music ministries. Others who desire private lessons should confer with the music faculty before registering for lessons. All applied lessons students are required to practice 5-8 hours per week for each 25-30 minute lesson.
M-MA 060, 061 Piano Class (1) A course of 2 to 5 students for the beginning piano player. Easy keyboard technique and scales are studied. After achieving a satisfactory level of facility, private piano lessons are allowed. Offered upon demand. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission
M-MA 151 Voice Class (1) A basic study in the applied art of singing with special emphasis on a music ministry. The fundamentals of vocal production including posture, breathing, tone, quality, and diction are stressed. Sacred and standard repertoire are used. Offered upon demand. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission
M-MA 161, 162 Piano (1) Private instruction that enables students to develop and refine piano playing skills. Students study classical and sacred music, as well as technique and music theory. Prerequisite: Piano audition and instructor's permission
M-MA 171, 172 Organ (1) Private instruction offering training as a church organist. Sacred and standard music for the instrument are studied to develop techniques needed for service playing, accompaniment, and registration. Prerequisite: Fourth-grade level piano ability, proficiency in major and minor scales, technical studies, sonatas and hymn stylings plus instructor's permission
M-MA 181, 182 Voice (1) Private instruction guiding the student in the development of legitimate singing skills for a ministry of spiritual song. An attitude of sacred stewardship is cultivated in the care and proper use of the voice with attention given to posture, breathing, tone production, agility, diction, phrasing, and poise as aids to effectively communicating spiritual truth in song.
M-MA 191, 192 Instrument (1) Private instruction on an orchestral/band instrument with a view to its use in Christian ministry. Hymn and gospel song stylings and standard repertoire are used to develop the student's skills. Prerequisite: Audition and instructor's permission
M-CS 101 Education Seminar I (0) Required of all freshmen intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. The seminar sessions will help the student explore the many facets of teaching both as a ministry and as a profession. Self-evaluative and reflective activities and field experiences will be used to help the student solidify his or her decision related to entering a Faith teacher preparation program. Overviews of the requirements for each program will be presented, and the required tests for each program will be given through this course. A required component of the seminar is field experiences with related observation and reflective report.
M-CS 102 Education Seminar II (0) Required for all freshmen intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. Overviews the Faith performance-based teacher preparation program as well as the Chalk & Wire e-portfolio system used for portfolio development. A required component of the seminars is field experiences with related observation and reflective reports.
M-CS 201 Foundations of Education (3) A survey and study of the American school system including the development of the Christian school movement. The course presents a Biblical philosophy of life and the application of that philosophy to Christian education. Issues in public and Christian school education will be addressed and discussed.
M-CS 202 Elementary Methods and Materials (3) A foundational course dealing with the aim, materials, and methods of elementary school teaching. The fundamental skills of instructional planning and differentiated instruction of concepts are the focus. Emphasis is placed on effective oral communication in lesson presentation and questioning skills. Also discussed are preparation and use of technology and audiovisuals in the classroom and classroom management.
M-CS 205 Adolescent Growth and Development (2) A study of the theories and principles of the physical, mental, emotional, social, personality, and spiritual development of the adolescent. Students will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the developing adolescent and will realize the influence that various individuals and cultures have upon youth. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology and Counseling.
M-CS 206 Secondary Methods and Materials (3) An examination of the aim, materials, and methods of secondary school teaching. The fundamental skills of instructional planning, Biblical integration, and classroom management are the focus. Emphasis is placed on effective communication in lesson presentation, questioning techniques, and the teaching of content. The preparation and use of technology and other audio-visuals in the classroom are also taught.
M-CS 207 Human Relations for Teachers (3) Studies the Christian teacher's relationship to people of various identifiable subgroups in our pluralistic society and the impact of biases on an individual's ability to properly relate to others. Biblical principles related to human relations will be integrated in a variety of learning activities that will promote the development of social skills, a proper self-concept, and a respect for God-created human diversity.
M-CS 208 Child Growth and Development (3) A study of the spiritual, cognitive, physical, and social development of the child from birth to adolescence. The development of the child and the implications for teaching them is integral to the course of study. Emphasis is placed on fostering spiritual development.
M-CS 209, 210 Clinical Practice Seminar I, II (0) Required of all sophomores intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. The requirements of the performance-based teacher preparation program will be reviewed with a special emphasis upon the required field experiences. The students will update their electronic portfolios, and sophomore-level field experience requirements will be discussed and emphasized. Prerequisites: M-CS 101 & 102 Education Seminar I & II
M-CS 309, 310 Clinical Practice Seminar III, IV (0) Required of all juniors who are working toward a degree in one of the Faith teacher education programs. The requirements of the performance-based teacher preparation program will be reviewed with a special emphasis upon the required field experiences. The students will update their electronic portfolios, and junior-level field experience requirements will be discussed and emphasized.
M-CS 404 Elementary Reading Methods (1) An independent study for elementary music education majors that surveys reading methods. The course provides an overview of current approaches to reading, the reading process, and the relationship of the teaching/learning of reading to the teaching/learning of music. Prerequisite: M-CS 202 Elementary Methods and Materials
M-CS 405 The Exceptional Learner (4) An overview of the categories of exceptional learners and the legislation affecting their educational experience. Special emphasis is given to the causes, symptoms, and educational concerns of children with learning disabilities and the special needs of English language learners.
M-CS 408 Content Area Reading: Secondary (2) An examination of reading skills and instructional needs of secondary level students with emphasis on teaching and management techniques for a range of reading levels, including comprehensive strategies, basic study skills, coordination of reading instruction, and recreational reading.
M-MU 409 Teaching Elementary Music (2) An examination of methods, materials, procedures, and curricula for Music Education majors to equip them to teach music in the elementary school. Emphasis is on developing foundational skills upon which an elementary music program may thrive. Students will receive an overview of music fundamentals, the child's voice, and directing. Prerequisite: M-CS 202 Elementary Methods and Materials
M-MU 410 Teaching Secondary Music (2) A review of methods, materials, procedures, and curriculum for Music Education majors to equip them to teach music in the secondary school. Emphasis is given to the development, management, and organization of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: M-CS 206 Secondary Methods and Materials
M-CS 412 Student Teaching Seminar (0) A practical discussion of topics related to teaching in the Christian school as final preparation for student teaching. Topics covered include discipline and classroom management techniques, adjustments and transitions into full-time teaching responsibilities, the cooperating teacher, the college supervisor, responsibilities of the student teacher, and placement practices. In addition, the seminar will function as an opportunity for reflective assessments following the student teaching experience. Prerequisite: Phase IV approval or permission by the program chair
M-CS 414 Student Teaching (10) A fourteen-week assignment during which time the student teacher is under the guidance of an experienced, properly credentialed cooperating teacher. Following an orientation period during which the student teacher observes and gradually assumes teacher-related duties, the student teacher will transition into full-time teaching for several weeks. The student teacher will be responsible for all phases of the instructional process and is expected to follow the daily schedule and duties of the cooperating teacher. Prerequisite: Phase IV approval or permission by the program chair
M-CS 419 Praxis: Theory to Practice (3) A review of the principles and theories of teaching and learning in preparation for the student teaching experience. Topics of classroom management, discipline, classroom assessment, and standardized testing will be emphasized. The capstone requirement for this course is a 40-hour practicum in which the candidates will demonstrate their readiness for the student teaching experience. Prerequisite: Completion of, or satisfactory progress in, all M-CS methods courses; Phase III approval or permission by the program chair
Faith Pulpit DayMarch 30
This year's Faith Pulpit Day will focus on exposition in theology, preaching, and counseling.
Faith Missions ConferenceMarch 30-April 3
Finish My Work is the theme of this year's Missions Conference.
Spring Instrumental ConcertApril 10
Join us for a concert of sacred and classical music presented by the Faith Community Orchestra and Handbells.
Student Leadership SummitApril 16-18
Evangelist Will Galkin and Dr. Paul Hartog will help teens confront their culture rather than conform to it.
Chorale Concert at IRBCApril 18
The Chorale will present a special concert at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for people in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.
Commencement WeekendMay 7, 8
Find a full schedule of the 2015 commencement weekend events.