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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.


Functional Piano Skills (SMT 100)

Development of piano repertoire for use with various special populations. Focus on tailoring musical skills to musical styles widely used in music therapy. Practical experience in leading group music, as well as stylistic use of the voice. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Introduction to Music Therapy (SMT 105)

Course provides an overview of the music therapy profession, including history, treatment process, research, current state of the profession, and future trends. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Functional Guitar Skills (SMT 110)

Development of guitar repertoire for use with various special populations. Focus on tailoring musical skills to musical styles widely used in music therapy. Practical experience in leading group music, as well as stylistic use of the voice. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

The Psychology of Music (SMT 120)

Study of psychological and physiological effects of music. Covers the science of music including psychoacoustics and how music is processed; functional uses of music in society; aesthetics and affect; music and personality; and analysis of psychological implications of musical properties (rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, tempo, voice, instrument). Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Music Strategies/Inclusion I (SMT 215)

Course provides an overview of the characteristics, development, and abilities of children and adolescents with diverse needs, both in educational and therapy settings. Strategies for adaptation and accommodation in and through music are explored, and approaches to management of the classroom and therapy setting are addressed. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Music Strategies/Inclusion II (SMT 220)

Course provides an overview of the characteristics, development, and abilities of adults with diverse needs in therapy settings. Strategies for adaptation and accommodation in and through music are explored, and approaches to management of the therapy setting are addressed. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Receptive Techniques in MT (SMT 305)

Explores existing music therapy receptive techniques, including song communication, lyric analysis, music and imagery, music and biofeedback, music and relaxation, and music listening. This course provides the student with first experiencing the technique, then designing and facilitating. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Recreative Techniques in MT (SMT 315)

Explores existing music therapy recreative techniques, including group singing, performance, structured rhythm activities, Orff, movement to music activities, song teaching, conducting, and therapeutic music lessons. This course provides the student with first experiencing the technique, then designing and facilitating. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Creative Techniques in MT (SMT 320)

Explores existing music therapy creative techniques including instrumental improvisation, vocal improvisation, movement improvisation to music, songwriting, clinical drum circle, and art and music experiences. This course provides the student with first experiencing the technique, then designing and facilitating. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Theory Development in Music Therapy (SMT 405)

An examination of historic, current, and burgeoning theories in music therapy, both in North America and globally, leading to the development of a unique personal music-based theory for clinical work. Prerequisites: SMT305 and SMT315. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Multicultural Music Therapy (SMT 415)

An examination of the multicultural needs of music therapy clients, with emphasis given to the acquisition of skills in ethnic musical forms, as well as a working knowledge of the impact of multicultural identity and music. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Clinical Practicum in Music Therapy (SMT 420)

45 hours of observation and participation in clinical setting. Weekly supervision with board-certified music therapist to discuss professional and clinical issues, as well as problem-solving with peer group. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Prerequisites: SMT105 and SMT120. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

5 Credits.

Special Topics in MT (SMT 425)

Deals with special topics determined by recent trends and developments in the field of music therapy which delineate attention for current practice. May include music in hospice/palliative care; use of songs in psychotherapy; or feminist perspectives in music therapy. Prerequisite: SMT305. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Internship in Music Therapy (SMT 430)

Six-month (1040 hours) internship at AMTA-approved clinical training site. This may take place at any approved facility in the United States. Fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. 2-4 credits.

1 Credit.

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 Guitar I (SMU 126)

Provides basic guitar instruction. 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 semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

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.

Percussion Methods (SMU 136)

Section 01 provides an introduction for music education majors to the skills to model and work effectively with students on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments in individual and ensemble settings. Section 02 provides an introduction to music therapy majors of the fundamentals of using percussion instruments in therapeutic settings with a variety of populations. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

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.

Harmony I (SMU 160)

The written study of music theory. Course content includes intervals, rhythms, major/minor scales and harmonic structures, lead sheets and figured bass, embellishing tones, and melodic form. 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 development through solfeggio, major and minor tonal pattern identification and responding, rhythmic reading and responding, and rhythmic dictation. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony II (SMU 162)

Continuation of SMU160 with mire advances theoretical concepts including four-voice part writing and secondary function, Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU160. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory II (SMU 163)

Continuation of SMU161 with more advanced skill development through solfeggio, rhythmic reading and responding, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation and score reading identification. 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 (marching/pep and concert bands) 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 opera workshop is designed 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. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Repeatable for 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 Guitar II (SMU 226)

Continuation of SMU126. Course is designed to lead students to develop the guitar skills necessary to pass the proficiency examination in guitar for the music therapy major. Prerequisite: SMU126. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

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.

Functional Vocal Skills I (SMU 230)

Development of vocal skills: singing in different styles, vocal improvisation, therapeutic use of voice (e.g., toning, speaking voice for relaxation), and vocal health. Prerequisites: SMU129 and SMU229. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Functional Vocal Skills II (SMU 235)

Continuation of SMU230. Development of vocal skills: singing in different styles, vocal improvisation, therapeutic use of voice (e.g., toning, speaking voice for relaxation), and vocal health. Prerequisite: SMU230. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Intro to Jazz Improvisation (SMU 236)

An introduction to the fundamentals of jazz improvisation and jazz accompanying for instrumentalists and vocalists. Designed to provide students with fundamental resources and techniques necessary for successful improvisation in the jazz genre. Prerequisites: SMU162 and SMU206. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Diction II (SMU 239)

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

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.

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)

Continuation of SMU162 with more advanced theoretical concepts including four-voice part writing, secondary function, modulation, modes, altered predominants, harmonic extensions and chromatic techniques. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU162. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory III (SMU 261)

Continuation of SMU163 with more advanced skill development through solfeggio, rhythmic reading and responding, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation and score reading identification. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU163. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony IV (SMU 262)

Continuation of SMU260 and includes the study of large-scale forms, counterpoint, atonality, and serialism. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU260. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory IV (SMU 263)

Continuation of SMU261 with more advanced melodic/modal, harmonic and rhythmic skill development through solfeggio, rhythmic reading and responding, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, score reading identification, and composition. 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.

3 Credits.

Rhythmics II (SMU 305)

This experience-based course is a continuation of SMU104 with emphasis on assisting students in designing and facilitating rhythmic experiences for application in music education and/or music therapy. Prerequisite: SMU104. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

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.

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.

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.

Nutrition for Life (SNT 160)

Introductory study of nutrition principles and their relationship to health. Discussion of topics such as vegetarianism, dieting, and eating disorders. Laboratory experiences investigating nutritional content of food and related topics. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall, spring, and summer and ADP Session 1. 3 credits. Fee.

Introductory Psychology (SPY 110)

An introduction to the history, concepts, principles, and problems of modern psychology including experiential study. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Lifespan Development (SPY 223)

An introductory study of the biological, cognitive, and social dimensions of development from conception to death. Designed especially for students in the physician assistant program or pursuing careers in health care. For non-majors and minors only. Spring semester. 3 credits.

Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)

Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)

Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

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