MUSIC

54-55 credit hours

WHY STUDY MUSIC AT TIU?

Notes on a page will never be as beautiful as the sound they make when played on an instrument or sung aloud. At Trinity, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your musical skills by seeking professional internships to expand your knowledge and gain experience. Leave TIU prepared to make an impact on the musical world.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Depending on your course load and goals, most music students finish their degree in 3-4 years. Course requirements total 54-55 hours. This includes 39 hours from the music core and 15-16 hours of emphasis-related courses. 6 hours of the major requirements meet general education requirements. 

DID YOU KNOW?

You will have the opportunity to perform both in groups and individually, participate in the rich musical culture of Chicago, travel with ensembles, and be proficiently trained in at least one instrument.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Music major is designed to provide a solid, broad-based foundation towards your understanding, teaching, and performance of music. This major has emphases in eight areas: arts administration, church music, contemporary music, music and missions, performance, piano pedagogy, psychology, and theory/composition. The Music major will prepare you for careers in private teaching, performance, music business or management and music ministry, as well as graduate study.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total 54-55 hours. This includes 39 hours from the music core and 15-16 hours of emphasis-related courses. 6 hours of the major requirements meet general education requirements. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Basic Conducting
  • Computers in Music
  • Music in Worship

Emphases:

  • Arts Administration
  • Church Music/Worship
  • Contemporary Music
  • Music and Missions
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Theory / Composition

Music Courses

REQUIRED COURSES (50-61 hours)
Course Title Credits
MUT 111 Introduction to the Music Major 1 hour
MUT 499 Senior Seminar in Music 1 hour
MUH 241 Introduction to Music History and Literature 3 hours
MUE 331 Basic Conducting 3 hours
MUH 341 Music History I 3 hours
MUH 342 Music History II 3 hours
MUT 121 Music Theory I 3 hours
MUT 122 Aural Skills I 1 hour
MUT 221 Music Theory II 3 hours
MUT 222 Aural Skills II 1 hour
MUT 223 Music Theory III 3 hours
MUT 224 Aural Skills III 1 hour
MUT 322 Music Theory IV 3 hours
MUZ 250-259
MUZ 350-359
MUZ 450-459
8 hours
Strongly Suggested
MUW 437X Music in Worship
EMPHASES
Each music major must choose at least one of the following eight emphases. 15-26 hours
ARTS ADMINISTRATION EMPHASIS
(15 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
BUS 113 Principles of Marketing 3 hours
BUS 115 Human Resource Management 3 hours
BUS 353 Management of Change 3 hours
MUS 372X/
CM 372X
Nonprofit Management 3 hours
BUS 373X Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hours
Strongly recommended:
BUS 392 Social Entrepreneurship 3 hours
CHURCH MUSIC EMPHASIS
(18 HOURS)

Course Title Credits
MUW 335 Musicianship for Worship 3 hours
MUW 437X Music in Worship 3 hours
MUW 438 Worship Resources 3 hours
MUW 450 Church Music Internship 3 hours
MUE, MUH,
or MUT Elective
3 hours
One course selected from the following options: 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine
CM 210 Ministry in its Cultural Context
CM 211 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry
Significant work in biblical studies strongly recommended
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC EMPHASIS
This emphasis area consists in its entirety of one semester’s study at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Contemporary Music Center (CMC) in Nashville, Tennessee.
MUSIC AND MISSION EMPHASIS
(15 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
BRS 360X Foundations of Intercultural Ministry 3 hours
BRS/PH 363X Survey of Religious Diversity 3 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministry 3 hours
MUH 211 Survey of World Music 3 hours
MUW 437X Music in Worship 3 hours
Suggested
Accelerated MA Intercultural Studies (double degree)
PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS
(15 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
MUT 361 Music Analysis 3 hours
Additional credit hours (not used to satisfy music core requirement) of MUZ 250-259, MUZ 350-359, MUX450-459 3 hours
MUH Elective 3 hours
Half recital (MUZ 350-359) and full recital (MUZ 450-459) required
Choose 6 hours of the following: 6 hours
Instrumentalists:
MUT 363 Instrumentation and Orchestration
MUZ 210 Music Ensemble
Vocalists:
MUE 439 Diction for Singers
MUZ 295 Vocal Performance Workshop (4 semesters)
MUZ 210 Music Ensemble (or additional hour lessons)
PIANO PEDAGOGY EMPHASIS
(15 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
MUE 323 Piano Pedagogy and Literature 3 hours
MUE 445 Internship in Piano Pedagogy 2 hours
MUT 361 Music Analysis 3 hours
MUZ 210 Music Ensemble 1 hour
MUH elective 3 hours
MUT elective 3 hours
Half recital required (MUZ 350-359)
Highly recommended
ED 260X Educational Psychology/Human Development
Full recital recommended (MUZ 450-459)
PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS
(26 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
Note: For this emphasis area, students must demonstrate guitar proficiency, and must choose the courses indicated by an asterisk (*) to fill General Education Requirements:
Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning:
BIO 140 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 hours
PSY 285X Statistics* 4 hours
Personal Growth, Health and Wellness:
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology* 3 hours
Choose one of the following: 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention
PSY 255 The Psychology of Addiction
Choose two of the following: 6 hours
PSY 300 Personality Theories
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 320 Learning and Motivation
Choose two of the following: 6 hours
PSY 372 Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology
PSY 374 Physiological Psychology
PSY 400 Therapeutic Psychology
THEORY/ COMPOSITION EMPHASIS
(15 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
MUT 363 Instrumentation and Orchestration 3 hours
MUT 445 Senior Project in Music Theory/Composition 2 hours
MUT 462 Stylistic Composition 3 hours
MUZ 250-259, 350-359, 450-459 Advanced Level Private Lessons–Composition 4 hours
Choose one of the following: 3 hours
MUT 361 Music Analysis
MUT 461 Modal Counterpoint

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Performer Choir Director
Composer Lyricist
Worship Leader Recording Engineer
Music Therapist Music Historian
Producer Orchestra Conductor

 

Music Scholarships

Trinity offers instrumental and vocal scholarships for both music majors and non-majors.

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ENSEMBLES:

Trinity’s Music Department provides a community of musicians who make music together for the glory of God. Ensembles include Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Community Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. Students in our ensembles present concerts and lead worship on campus, across the country, and around the world.

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