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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Rhythmics I (SMU 104)

This experience-based course is designed to reinforce understanding of music concepts, enhance musicianship, and focus awareness on the physical demands of artistic performance through the use of rhythmics, a modified technique of the unique approach to music learning involving rhythmic movement created by Jacques Dalcroze. Rhythm reading, notation, analysis, and improvisation are also addressed in the course. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Keyboard Strategies 1 (SMU 105)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with little or no keyboard experience. This course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency in the major. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 2 (SMU 106)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with some keyboard experience. This course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level I in the major. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Class Voice I (SMU 129)

Instruction in the basic techniques of vocal production for non-voice and non-music majors. Non-music majors must demonstrate basic music reading knowledge or take SMU127 as a pre- or co-requisite. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

Diction I (SMU 139)

Beginning instruction in lyric diction for singers. Covers the International Phonetic Alphabet and the basics of Italian Diction. Prerequisite: SMU341. Fall semester. 1 credit.

Improvisation (SMU 155)

Private instruction involving basics of improvisation. 1 credit for one-half hour of weekly private instruction. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Permission required. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Harmony I (SMU 160)

The written study of scales, intervals, rhythms, triads, and their uses in four-voiced progressions. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory I (SMU 161)

The study of music theory through critical listening and performance. Emphasis on aural skill and sight singing development through solfeggio, rhythmic patterns, and the identification of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic content through listening, identification, and dictation. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony II (SMU 162)

Continuation of SMU160. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU160. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory II (SMU 163)

Continuation of SMU161. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU161. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Piano Ensemble (SMU 180)

This course is designed to give piano students experience with piano duet, piano duo, 6-hand, 8-hand or more, and piano literature. Permission required. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 0-1 credit. Fee.

Sinfonia at Seton Hill (SMU 181)

Study of relevant works for string ensemble/chamber orchestra through rehearsal and performance. Particular attention to proper ensemble technique. Intonation, rhythmic accuracy, bowing, and other instrumental technique are addressed. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit.

Griffin Band (SMU 182)

The Griffin Band is an instrumental ensemble/athletic band open to all Seton Hill University students. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Opera Workshop (SMU 183)

The goal of the opera workshop is to develop in the singer the interpretive and technical skills required in opera. These include dramatic interpretation of characters, staging, blocking, movement, and other elements of production. The workshop culminates in staged scenes and full productions of opera. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Women's Chorale (SMU 185)

An ensemble specializing in music for women’s voices. Auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (SMU 187)

Provides qualified students with the opportunity to perform in a semi-professional orchestra. Admission by audition. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit.

SHU Men's Glee Club (SMU 188)

Mien's choral ensemble. Auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Una Voce (SMU 189)

A select choral ensemble performing advanced literature. Tours yearly to various locations. Repeatable for credit. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Westmoreland Symphonic Winds (SMU 190)

A concert band open to musicians who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Admission by audition. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Woodwind Ensemble (SMU 192)

Performance of chamber music for woodwind instruments including double reed and mixed woodwind trios/quartets/quintets, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and flute choir. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Brass Ensemble (SMU 193)

Performance of chamber music for combinations of brass instruments including sextet, quintet, quartet, and brass choir. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Percussion Ensemble (SMU 194)

Performance of chamber music for combinations of percussion instruments. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Handbell Choir (SMU 196)

Performance of handbell music using 3-octave Schulmerich handbells. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Jazz Ensemble (SMU 197)

Performance experience of Big Band and Jazz Combo literature. Admission by audition. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Chamber Music (SMU 198)

Designed to provide string students experience in rehearsing, coaching, and performing chamber music. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Guitar Ensemble (SMU 199)

Performance of chamber music for guitar. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 3 (SMU 205)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with early intermediate keyboard experience, this course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level II in the major. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 4 (SMU 206)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with early intermediate keyboard experience, this course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level II in the major. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Class Voice II (SMU 229)

This course is designed to develop vocal performance skills begun in SMU129, at a more advanced level. Prerequisite: SMU129. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Diction II (SMU 239)

Continuing instruction in lyric diction for singers. Covers German and French. Prerequisite: SMU139. Spring semester. 1 credit.

Performance (sec) Piano (SMU 240)

Private instruction in secondary piano for music majors. Prerequisite: Demonstration of sufficient skill level or completion of SMU228. 1 credit for each one-half hour of weekly private instruction. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required. 1 or 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Performance (sec) Voice (SMU 241)

Private instruction in secondary voice for music majors and musical theatre majors. Prerequisite: Demonstration of sufficient skill level or completion of SMU229. 1 credit for each one-half hour of weekly private instruction. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required. 1 or 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Improvisation (SMU 255)

Private instruction involving the basics of improvisation through chord progressions analysis, scale study, and melodic construction. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required. 1 or 2 credits. Fee.

Composition (SMU 256)

Private instruction involving the basics of music composition. All students are required to have at least one composition performed either in the studio recital or in the jury at the end of the semester. Permission required. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 1 or 2 credits. Fee.

Harmony III (SMU 260)

A study of increasingly complex and chromatic harmonic practices including 20th century theory and a study of the primary trends including atonal, neoclassical, serial, and chance techniques. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU162. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory III (SMU 261)

Continuation of SMU163 with emphasis on increasingly complex melodies, rhythmic, and harmonic material. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU163. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony IV (SMU 262)

Continuation of SMU260. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU260. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory IV (SMU 263)

Continuation of SMU261. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU261. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from 1750 to Present (SMU 270)

Surveys pre-classical, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles in Western music with an emphasis on listening and music research. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Survey of Music Literature (SMU 271)

An introduction to the history of Western music. Emphasis on music of the high baroque and modern eras as well as listening. Serves as prerequisite to SMU272 for music majors. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from Antiquity to 1750 (SMU 272)

Surveys musical styles of the ancient world, chant, early polyphony, the Renaissance, and the Baroque with an emphasis on listening and music research. Fall semester. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

World Music (SMU 274)

This course provides an overview of traditions and transformations of music in global perspective, exploring music as a phenomenon of sound and culture. The course explores exemplary non-Western genres from a range of cultural and geographic areas and the complex combinations of social, historical, political, economic, and artistic factors that shaped different musics in various contest. As a result, this course is useful for students both inside and outside the formal discipline of music. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Conducting Fundamentals (SMU 325)

An introduction to conducting technique by developing the psychomotor skills required for successfully leading others in the performance of music. Prerequisites: SMU262 and SMU263. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music in Elementary Sch/Practicum (SMU 330)

Analysis of material, methods of procedure, and development of skills suitable for teaching general music classes in primary and intermediate grades. Field experiences, Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Performance (mjr) Voice (SMU 341)

Private instruction in voice for music majors as well as BFA students in musical theatre. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 2, 3, or 4 credits. Permission required. Fee.

10 Credits.

Performance (mjr) Organ (SMU 342)

Private instruction in organ for music majors. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 2, 3, or 4 credits. Permission required when chosen for 3 or 4 credits. Fee.

Survey of Christian Hymnody (SMU 356)

An examination of Christian hymn-tunes and texts: their historical patterns, the environment from which they emerged, significant individuals who have contributed to hymnody, and theories of singing hymns in corporate worship. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Orchestration (SMU 362)

The application of the principles of instrumentation, ranges, transposition, and voicing. Includes techniques of arranging for various small and large ensembles. Prerequisites: SMU262 and SMU263. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Advanced Conducting (SMU 365)

This course focuses on developing and refining conducting gesture, rehearsal methodology and technique, error detection, and score analysis through active, in-class participation and live rehearsals in front of established music program ensembles. The course covers both advanced instrumental and choral conducting techniques. Prerequisite: SMU325. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Literature and Pedagogy of Major (SMU 372)

Private instruction involving the survey and critical study of pedagogical and performance literature in the major field and applications of both in teaching situations. Required for the Bachelor of Music degree in sacred music and performance. Fall and spring semesters. 2 credits for one hour of weekly private instruction. Permission required. Fee.

2 Credits.

Recital (SMU 415)

Credit is offered for the senior recital in the performance and sacred music programs in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. The recital is prepared with the advice and consent of the major instructor. A pre-recital test is required. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music Forum (SMU 416)

A professional development course for music majors. Course content includes self-assessment of integrated learning objectives and degree and program requirements, student recital performance, recital and concert attendance, and current topics in the field, such as effective practice/performance strategies, health and wellness, career exploration, entrepreneurial skills, service to the profession, and professional performance practice. Fall and spring semesters. 0 credits. Pass/Fail only.

Sacred Music Practicum (SMU 440)

By arrangement. Permission required. Variable credit. Fee.

2 Credits.

The Hebrew Scriptures (SRT 200)

An introduction to the Old Testament, explores scholarly methods of analyzing and interpreting the scriptures; geopolitical and socioeconomic factors shaping the traditions of the people of Israel; and theological motifs of the Law, Prophets, and Wisdom writings. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

The Christian Scriptures (SRT 210)

An introduction to the New Testament, with an emphasis on the Gospels and the major Letters of Paul. The course includes political and cultural background, theological themes, and the relevance of these writings for life today. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Liturgy and Sacrament (SRT 250)

An exploration of the theological meaning and ritual celebration of each of the seven sacraments, the liturgical year, the role of the arts in worship, and the planning of meaningful liturgical celebrations for major life events. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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