Music

B.A. MajorMinor

Attaining a degree in music opens up a world of possibilities. Not only is music enjoyable and mentally stimulating, it can be financially rewarding as well. The music industry is filled with careers that can combine your passions for theory and performance.

As a music student at Concordia, you will participate in ensembles, either choral and/or instrumental, as part of the requirements for your major. Since ensemble participation doesn’t necessarily factor into your official course load, you may find that you have more opportunities within your schedule to take additional electives that interest you.

Concordia’s music department exists to prepare students to glorify God through the study, performance and teaching of music in the church and the world. As a university accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, we have award winning, published professors, and offer the largest music program in the GPAC. When you graduate with your bachelor’s degree in music, you will be able to perform, create, analyze and understand music in its historical, cultural, and religious context.

Professors

13:1
Student to faculty ratio

Experience Concordia's Music Department

Music Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Composer
  • Piano Teacher
  • Audio Mixer
  • On-Air Talent
  • Musician
  • and others

Graduate Schools

  • Emporia State University
  • University of Indiana-Bloomington
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • and others

Music Faculty

Discover opportunities to showcase your talent.

The Music Center

Concordia’s Music Department home is the Music Center, which contains teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, faculty offices, practice rooms, a music instruction laboratory with sixteen workstations, an electronic piano lab, a recording studio, libraries for ensemble and organ music and the 180-seat recital hall.

The Music Center
25+ Practice Rooms

Practice rooms are available for Concordia students, whether they are music majors or not, to hone their craft. There are pianos for use in most rooms, eleven rooms with pipe organs and five with SmartMusic accompanying software.

National Association of Music Schools
National Support

Concordia University, Nebraska is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities whose degrees and credentials adhere to national standards.

Performance Opportunities

Students at Concordia can perform in ensembles, regardless of major. There are also opportunities for individuals and groups to perform in the community. In the past, students have given concerts at the Red Path Gallery of Art, the band shell, the Evangelical Free Church and Seward’s Harvest Hall.

Music Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    Mu 102 Aural Skills I
    1
    An in-depth study of the fundamentals of music theory with emphasis on the development of aural performance and perception. Content includes melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and contextual listening and identification.
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    Mu 103 Music Theory I
    3
    The procedures of writing and analyzing music in the common practice idiom. Topics include notation practices (manuscript and using computer), triads and seventh chords, figured bass, lead sheet notation, setting texts to music, transposition, voice leading, part writing using triads, and cadences.
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    MuAp x71 Piano
    2
    The principal objectives of applied instruction are the development of performing competencies and the ability to read, understand, and bring to performance musical compositions. There are four levels of instruction. Students with no prior experience should register for 100-level. Students with prior experience or training should register for the 200-level. Advanced skills and abilities are required to register for 300 & 400 levels (instructor permission needed).
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    Principal Instrument 1 Credit Hour
    1
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    ENSEMBLE 4 total required
    1

Semester 2

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    Mu 104 Aural Skills II
    1
    A continuation of Mu 102. Content includes more advanced involvement in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and contextual listening and identification.
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    mu 105 Music Theory II
    3
    A continuation of Mu 103. Topics include non-chord tones, part writing and harmonization using seventh chords and secondary chords, modulations, and large-scale formal structures.
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    MuAp 272 Keyboard Skills
    1
    Focuses on realizing lead sheets and playing short pieces and hymns.
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    Principal Instrument 1 Credit Hour
    1
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    ENSEMBLE 4 total required
    1

Semester 3

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    Mu 202 Aural Skills III
    1
    A continuation of Mu 104. Content includes local chromaticism, melodic and harmonic modulations to closely related keys, and aural identification of these elements within the context of larger excerpts. Methods include sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation and analytical listening.
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    Mu 203 Music Theory III
    3
    A continuation of Mu 105. Topics include chromatic harmonies, borrowed chords, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and extended and altered harmonies. Analysis and composition based on techniques of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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    Mu 211 Music History to 1750
    3
    A survey of music literature and history from ancient times to about 1750.
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    MuAp 272 Keyboard Skills
    1
    Focuses on realizing lead sheets and playing short pieces and hymns.
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    Principal Instrument 1 Credit Hour
    1
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    Ensemble 4 total required
    1

Semester 4

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    Mu 204 Aural Skills IV
    1
    A continuation of Mu 202. Content includes those from prior semesters, plus modal and atonal melodies, and mixed and asymmetrical meters. Methods include sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation and analytical listening.
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    Mu 205 Music Theory IV
    3
    A continuation of Mu 203. Topics include analysis of and composition in the basic polyphonic techniques and procedures as found in the motet, invention, and fugue; analysis of significant larger forms of homophonic compositions as exemplified in theme and variations, rondo, and sonata–allegro; and analysis of and composition in the techniques and procedures of contemporary and electronic music
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    Mu 212 Music History since 1750
    3
    A survey of music literature and history from about 1750 to the present day.
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    Mu 213 World Music
    3
    A study of the unique musical styles and traditions associated with diverse world cultures, including Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the comparison of historical and contemporary performance practices.
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    MuAp 272 Keyboard Skills
    1
    Focuses on realizing lead sheets and playing short pieces and hymns.
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    Principal Insturment 1 Credit Hour
    1
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    Ensemble 4 total required
    1

Semester 5

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    0
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    Principal Instrument 1 Credit Hour
    1
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    Music Electives 3 Credit Hours
    3
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    Ensemble 4 total required
    1

Semester 6

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    Principal Instrument 2 Credit Hours
    2
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    Music Electives 3 Credit Hours
    3
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    Ensemble 4 total required
    1

Semester 7

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    Principal Instrument 1 Credit Hour
    1
  •  
    Music Electives 3 Credit Hours
    3
  •  
    Ensemble 4 total required
    1

Semester 8

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    Mu 493 Senior Project
    2
    The capstone experience in the undergraduate study of music. Normally consists of a public recital with a supporting written document. Enrollment limited to music majors. Students in education programs register for 1 hour; all others register for 2 hours.
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    Principal Instrument 2 Credit Hours
    2
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    Music Electives 3 Credit Hours
    3
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    Ensemble 4 total required
    9