With experiences that encompass major choral/orchestral works, to European performance trips, appearances at professional conventions, opera workshops and jazz performance, a degree in music from St. Norbert College provides you with lots of opportunities.

Music Course Offerings

Music Ensembles

(one credit each and are repeatable)

MUSI 012 Wind Ensemble*
MUSI 014 Concert Band*
MUSI 015 Chamber Singers*
MUSI 016 Opera Workshop
MUSI 017 Concert Choir* (Men’s Chorus/ Women’s Chorus)
MUSI 018 Brass Ensemble
MUSI 019 Accompanying
MUSI 020 Vocal Jazz Workshop
MUSI 021 Jazz Ensemble
MUSI 022 Woodwind Ensemble
MUSI 023 Flute Choir
MUSI 024 Clarinet Choir
MUSI 027 Bell Choir

*denotes principal ensemble


Applied Music Lessons

Individual applied music lessons are available on a credit-only basis (no audits), and consist of a private lesson each week and a studio performance class. Lessons in each area (voice, brass, piano, etc.) are listed with two course numbers, representing upper and lower division lessons. Students may only register for upper-division classes following a minimum of four semesters at the lower-division level and successful completion of a comprehensive performance exam.

Students taking music lessons must also register concurrently for a principal ensemble: MUSI 012, MUSI 014, MUSI 015 or MUSI 017. Students participating in these ensembles are required to perform on their lesson instrument unless specifically directed by the applied Instructor.

MUSI 051, MUSI 061 Voice (two credits)
The study of vocal production, literature and performance techniques consisting of one lesson per week and participation in a voice studio class. MUSI 061 culminates in a recital performance. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 052, MUSI 062 Piano (two credits)
Lower division lessons emphasize the development of technical facility and knowledge of various styles of keyboard literature. Upper division lessons will concentrate on the preparation of specific selections for performance. For keyboard and piano pedagogy majors, MUSI 062 will culminate in a recital performance. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 053, MUSI 063 Brass (two credits)
One lesson per week on a brass instrument and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 063 culminates in a recital. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 054, MUSI 064 Woodwinds (two credits)
One lesson per week on a woodwind instrument and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 064 culminates in a recital. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 055, MUSI 065 Organ (two credits)
One lesson per week on the organ. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 065 culminates in a recital performance. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 057, MUSI 067 Composition (two credits)
One lesson per week of private composition and participation in a composition studio class. MUSIC 067 culminates in a recital performance of original works. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 058, MUSI 068 Percussion (two credits)
One lesson per week on percussion instruments and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 068 culminates in a recital performance. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.

MUSI 059, MUSI 069 String Bass (two credits)
One lesson per week on string bass and participation in an instrumental studio class. Lesson material is designed to give students a solid foundation in the areas of performance, literature and pedagogy. MUSI 069 culminates in a recital performance. Ensemble participation required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall and spring semesters.


Group Lessons

Group applied music lessons are open to all beginning-level students on a credit-only basis (no audits).

MUSI 101 Group Piano (two credits)
This course emphasizes basic sight-reading skills, scales, chords and repertoire of elementary pieces for the piano. Included in the course are basic concepts of music theory. The course is open to all students with no prerequisite or ensemble participation required.

MUSI 102 Group Voice (two credits)
This course emphasizes basic vocal production, performance technique and repertoire for the voice. Included in the course are basic concepts of music theory. The course is open to all students with no prerequisite or ensemble participation required.

MUSI 105 Group Composition (two credits)
This course is intended to foster and develop the individual’s unique musical vocabulary across a variety of genres while exposing students to basic techniques used in music composition including notation, engraving, instrumentation, arranging, improvisation and composition. Through practical guidance in the composition of original music and the exploration of a variety of compositional paradigms across multiple centuries, students will use current technology to arrange and create original works.


Methods/Theory/History

MUSI 150 Survey of World Musics – GS 5
This course provides a basic introduction of world music methods and problems, and surveys several non-Western musical cultures including the cultures of Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Southeastern Europe, Latin America, India and Native America. Students will listen to and analyze representative works, and do independent research on a pertinent topic.

MUSI 167 Comprehensive Musicianship 1
This is the first of a sequence of courses in which students will learn the elements of music and standard notation, aural and score analysis of compositions, style characteristics within their musical and historical contexts, and the development of composition, appreciation and interpretive skills. Basic music theory skills emphasized. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard labs are included. Fall semester.

MUSI 168 Comprehensive Musicianship 2
This course emphasizes part writing, and harmonic and formal analysis of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 167 or Instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

MUSI 176 Music Appreciation – GS 5
Designed for minors and non-majors, this course is concerned with the art of intelligent and perceptive music listening for those interested in increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of music. The course traces the development of music up to the present day. Various media are employed. Note: Course does not satisfy requirements for music majors.

MUSI 184 / AMER 184 History of American Popular Music – GS 5
The course will cover the history of popular music in the United States from the late nineteenth-century to the present day. Genres that will be discussed include modern styles such as rock, R & B, hip-hop, folk, country, jazz, ragtime, blues and early musical theatre. A chronological study of popular styles will expose students to important songwriters and performers and show how their music was influenced by elements like racial prejudice, political events and social structures. Modern technological influences (radio, recording media, television, computers) will also be explored.

MUSI 246 Vocal Diction
This course introduces students to the International Phonetic Alphabet for learning pronunciation of English, Italian, German and French song texts. Students will recite and sing songs in foreign languages with attention to translation, pronunciation, accent and inflection. Freshman or sophomore standing or instructor’s consent.

MUSI 267 Comprehensive Musicianship 3
The study of Western music of the Baroque era, including theoretical and formal analysis, stylistic development of compositional genres, and significant works examined in historical context. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 168 or instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

MUSI 268 Comprehensive Musicianship 4
The study of Western music of the Classic era, including theoretical and formal analysis, stylistic characteristics and significant works examined in their historical context. Ear training, sight singing, computer skills and keyboard skills are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 267 or instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

MUSI 289 Special Topics (two credits)
A course that is offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in music exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

MUSI 290 Independent Study (two credits)
Individual study of an approved topic in music under the supervision of a music faculty member. This course permits faculty and students to explore together a subject of special or personal interest. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

MUSI 315 Introduction to Opera – GS 10
This course is designed to meet the needs and interests of the general student rather than the music major. The course will view selected operas on videotape and study the development of opera from Monteverdi to the present, exploring the opera as a social and cultural phenomenon and as an expression of national musical styles. The course attempts to make the student aware not only of the history of opera in its many forms, but also to appreciate the extent to which modern music, including popular musical drama, is indebted to the success and popularity of opera. Note: Course not open to music majors.

MUSI 317 Evolution of Jazz – GS 10
The study of jazz from its origins in New Orleans to the present day. The course focuses on important performers and songwriters, types of literature, and an appreciation of jazz improvisation, as well as the interaction of social, political and economic elements that strongly influenced the genre. Audio and video presentations will be used extensively.

MUSI 321 Piano Pedagogy 1 (two credits)
Piano pedagogy explores the various theories of teaching the piano and technical analysis of the playing mechanism. Teaching methods and procedures are developed for establishing efficient practice and working with individual learning styles. Students will survey and evaluate teaching materials and learn to analyze the technical requirements of keyboard music. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

MUSI 322 Piano Pedagogy 2 (two credits)
This course is designed to give students experience in the practical application of piano-teaching skills and concepts of the mechanism. Prerequisite: MUSI 321 and instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

MUSI 329 Piano Literature (two credits)
This course is designed to provide the piano major with an understanding of significant forms in the history of piano music, the important compositions within these genres, and a functional and practical literature library of compositions for use in a variety of settings.

MUSI 336 / PHIL 336 Philosophy of Music – GS 10 and GS 12
The course will introduce students to fundamental problems and puzzles in the philosophy of music as well as engage students in musical experiences that provoke philosophical questions. Students will be exposed to music that challenges the presuppositions inherent in conventional American cultural expectations and the Western approach to musical experience more broadly. It will start by exploring the genesis of these questions in ancient Greek philosophy and culture and trace them through their re-emergence in the Enlightenment, modern, and postmodern eras.

MUSI 345 Vocal Literature (two credits)
This course is designed to provide the vocal major with an understanding of significant forms in the history of vocal music, the important compositions within these genres, and a functional and practical literature library of compositions for use in a variety of settings.

MUSI 347 Choral Repertoire (two credits)
This course is designed to provide the emerging choral conductor with an understanding of significant forms in the history of choral music, the compositions that hold preeminence within those genres, and a functional and practical repertoire library of compositions for use in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

MUSI 349 Vocal Pedagogy (two credits)
This course is designed to provide singers with an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and physics of singing and song production. As part of this course, students will teach voice lessons under the supervision of the instructor. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and instructor’s consent.

MUSI 362 Woodwind Methods (two credits)
Basic principles of teaching and performing on woodwind instruments. Fall semester, odd years.

MUSI 363 String Methods (two credits)
Basic principles of teaching and performing on string instruments. Fall semester, even years.

MUSI 365 Brass Methods (two credits)
Basic principles of teaching and performing on brass instruments. Spring semester, alternate years.

MUSI 366 Percussion Methods (two credits)
Basic principles of teaching and performing on percussion instruments. Spring semester, alternate years.

MUSI 367 Comprehensive Musicianship 5
Romantic and nationalistic music will be examined through the study of significant composers and their compositions. Emphasis is given to chromaticism, advanced harmonic analysis and extended forms within the historical context of the era. Keyboard labs are included. Prerequisite: MUSI 268 or instructor’s consent. Fall semester.

MUSI 368 Comprehensive Musicianship 6
The concluding course of the sequence, Comprehensive Musicianship 6, examines significant works from Impressionism through the musical experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will compose, write about music and learn advanced analytical techniques. Spring semester.

MUSI 370 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
This course will introduce students to jazz improvisation, or the spontaneous composition through the study of great soloists and their transcriptions. Emphasis is placed on common scales, modes and harmonic progressions. Mastering this skill requires intense practice and a deep knowledge of style, form and jazz harmony. The course meets two hours per week. Students will be expected to perform in the classroom setting.

MUSI 381 Introduction to Conducting (two credits)
Baton techniques and conducting problems utilizing a cross-section of instrumental and choral music from all periods. Students practice with live performers and are videotaped. Required of all music majors and minors. Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor’s consent. Spring semester.

MUSI 382 Advanced Choral Conducting (two credits)
A continuation of Introduction to Conducting, with advanced study in choral conducting, technique, score reading and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: MUSI 381. Fall semester.

MUSI 383 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (two credits)
A continuation of Introduction to Conducting, with advanced study in instrumental conducting technique, score reading, and rehearsal techniques. Members of the class will assemble to form a small ensemble to provide laboratory rehearsal experience. Prerequisite: MUSI 381. Fall semester.

MUSI 384 Orchestration (two credits)
A study of the instruments of the concert band and orchestra, their tonal characteristics and transpositions. Assignments involve scoring for orchestra, concert band and various small ensembles. Coursework includes score analysis, listening and computer generation of assignments. Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor’s consent. Spring semester, alternate years.

MUSI 389 Special Topics (two credits)
A course that is offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in music exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

MUSI 420 Merit Recital
A full recital with research paper for exceptional students in performance. Contingent upon completion of junior and senior recitals. Results in an automatic waiver of the eighth applied half-course during that semester. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

MUSI 489 Special Topics
A course that is offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in music exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

MUSI 490 Independent Study
Individual study of an approved topic in music under the supervision of a music faculty member. This course permits faculty and students to explore together a subject of special or personal interest. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent and approval of the associate dean for humanities and fine arts.