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Bachelor of Arts

Music

Program Overview

Students in the Music Degree program at William Jessup University receive a thorough grounding in both traditional and contemporary theory and practice courses. They develop performance skills and acquire new musical proficiencies appropriate to their chosen career path. The Music program provides opportunities for all students to be involved in a wide variety of performance groups who travel regionally to represent WJU.

Music department degrees and concentrations are designed, in agreement with the William Jessup University mission statement, to prepare graduates for leadership positions in the church and society as worship leaders, teachers, performers, ministers of music, accompanists, music industry personnel, and choral or instrumental directors. The curriculum structure, content, and time requirements enable students to develop the range of knowledge, skills, and competencies required for successful careers in the field of music and acceptance into post‐graduate degree programs. The curriculum stresses sound musicianship and active musical experience.

Program Details

University Choir & Orchestra

The William Jessup University Choir & Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Ruscica, performs the best of choral literature to audiences all over Placer County. Each year the group records a full length album and performs at a variety of venues including Jessup events and concerts and local area churches, as well as seasonal concerts. The University Choir & Orchestra is open by audition to all Jessup students and may be repeated for credit.

3 units

Jessup Concert Choir

The Jessup Concert Choir performs a variety of choral literature, including contemporary Christian choral anthems, worship songs, and gospel music. This choir performs in Placer County at local churches, as well as seasonal concerts. The Jessup Concert Choir is open by audition to all Jessup students and may be repeated for credit.

3 units

Master Works Chorale

Master Works Chorale provides students with performance group experience centered in traditional choral repertoire. The group emphasis is on rehearsal and performance of works drawn from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. The Master Works Chorale is open to all William Jessup University students regardless of major. The Chorale performs approximately three times each semester.

3 units

Jessup Jazz Band

The Jessup Jazz Band performs a variety of jazz repertoire and is designed to expose students to the best of jazz ensemble literature. This ensemble contributes to the campus and general communities through artistic and spiritual expression. Students are taught techniques unique to jazz, improvisation, and sight‐reading. Included in the repertoire are jazz standards, Latin jazz, swing, soul jazz, and blues. The Jessup Jazz Band is open by audition to all Jessup instrumentalists and may be repeated for credit.

3 units

Crossroads

Current groups include a performance repertoire of jazz, gospel, R&B, a cappella, and worship. Groups are formed based on current student abilities and giftings, and auditions are held each spring for the following year. Crossroads travels the Northern California area throughout the school year, leading worship and performing original songs and arrangements for various churches, high schools, and community events.

Interested in auditioning for the Fall 2018 semester?

Music auditions take place year-round during normal business hours (Monday-Friday). If you are interested in auditioning or would like more information about music scholarships, please contact Lauren Horst at LHorst@jessup.edu or 916-577-8093

MUS100‐400 Applied Lesson

One 30 minute private lesson per week in the area of voice, keyboard, or instrument specified as the applied major. Students must obtain a juried level 400 in one applied area before presenting their senior recital. Students are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills in non‐concentration applied areas as well.

4 units

MUS190P. Class Piano I

Class instruction in the development of a basic proficiency in piano. Emphasis is on note and rhythm reading, repertoire, sight
reading, scales, and basic chord progressions. May be repeated for credit.

1 units

MUS272 Music Theory I

A study of the basic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic components of music. Included in the course content will be scales, keys, triads, inversions, transposition, counterpoint, chord progressions, and non‐harmonic tones.

3 units

MUS274 Music Theory II

A review of diatonic theory, and an introduction to dominant and non‐dominantseventh chords, ninth, eleventh and other expanded harmonies, figured bass, Sonata Allegro and other forms, secondary dominants, keyboard harmony, and analysis.

3 units

MUS290P Class Piano II

Continuation of class instruction in the development of a basic proficiency in piano. Emphasis is on expanded note and rhythm reading, advancing repertoire, sight reading, scales, and chord progressions. May be repeated for credit.

3 units

MUS301-304 Ear Training I, II, III, & IV

A skills acquisition course covering sight singing, melodic intervallic, rhythmic and basic choral identification, reading, and dictation.

1 unit each

MUS310 Basic Conducting

An introduction to the basic skills and techniques of conducting: beat patterns, subdivisions, cues, releases, terminology, score preparation and preparatory gestures.

2 units

MUS367 World Music

A survey of the music of the non‐western world, including selected areas from Africa, Asia, and South America.

2 units

MUS372-374 Music Theory III & IV

A more advanced look at diatonic theory, and dominant and non‐dominant seventh chords, ninth, eleventh and other expanded harmonies, figured bass, Sonata Allegro and other forms, secondary dominants, keyboard harmony, and analysis.

2 units

MUS396. Master Works

Master Works provides students with performance group experience centered in traditional choral repertoire. The group emphasis is on rehearsal and performance of works drawn from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. The Master Works Chorale is open to all William Jessup University students regardless of major. The Chorale performs approximately three times each semester.

.5 units

MUS475 Music Internship

Students will be placed in a music ministry internship with a local congregation. Under supervision, they will apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the major to practical ministry situations.

3 units

MUS498 Senior Recital

Music Majors are required to present in the senior year a senior recital of 45 minutes to one hour prior to graduation. Students will register for M498 during the semester of their scheduled recital.

0 units

MUS100‐400 Applied Lesson

One 30 minute private lesson per week in the area of voice, keyboard, or instrument specified as the applied major. Students must obtain a juried level 400 in one applied area before presenting their senior recital. Students are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills in non‐concentration applied areas as well.

4 units

MUS190P. Class Piano I

Class instruction in the development of a basic proficiency in piano. Emphasis is on note and rhythm reading, repertoire, sight
reading, scales, and basic chord progressions. May be repeated for credit.

1 units

MUS272 Music Theory I

A study of the basic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic components of music. Included in the course content will be scales, keys, triads, inversions, transposition, counterpoint, chord progressions, and non‐harmonic tones.

3 units

MUS274 Music Theory II

A review of diatonic theory, and an introduction to dominant and non‐dominantseventh chords, ninth, eleventh and other expanded harmonies, figured bass, Sonata Allegro and other forms, secondary dominants, keyboard harmony, and analysis.

3 units

MUS290P Class Piano II

Continuation of class instruction in the development of a basic proficiency in piano. Emphasis is on expanded note and rhythm reading, advancing repertoire, sight reading, scales, and chord progressions. May be repeated for credit.

3 units

MUS301-304 Ear Training I, II, III, & IV

A skills acquisition course covering sight singing, melodic intervallic, rhythmic and basic choral identification, reading, and dictation.

1 unit each

MUS310 Basic Conducting

An introduction to the basic skills and techniques of conducting: beat patterns, subdivisions, cues, releases, terminology, score preparation and preparatory gestures.

2 units

MUS367 World Music

A survey of the music of the non‐western world, including selected areas from Africa, Asia, and South America.

2 units

MUS372-374 Music Theory III & IV

A more advanced look at diatonic theory, and dominant and non‐dominant seventh chords, ninth, eleventh and other expanded harmonies, figured bass, Sonata Allegro and other forms, secondary dominants, keyboard harmony, and analysis.

2 units

MUS396. Master Works

Master Works provides students with performance group experience centered in traditional choral repertoire. The group emphasis is on rehearsal and performance of works drawn from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. The Master Works Chorale is open to all William Jessup University students regardless of major. The Chorale performs approximately three times each semester.

.5 units

MUS475 Music Internship

Students will be placed in a music ministry internship with a local congregation. Under supervision, they will apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the major to practical ministry situations.

3 units

MUS498 Senior Recital

Music Majors are required to present in the senior year a senior recital of 45 minutes to one hour prior to graduation. Students will register for M498 during the semester of their scheduled recital.

0 units

Commercial Music Concentration

Introduction to Music Technology (MUS220)     2
Recording and Production I (MUS323)      2
Recording and Production II (MUS324)      2
Music Business (MUS352)      2
Instrumentation and Arranging (MUS356)      2
Applied lessons in a primary instrument or voice; must complete level 300      3

Music Composition Concentration

Introduction to Music Technology (MUS220)    2
Instrumentation and Arranging (MUS356)      2
Form and Analysis (MUS357)      2
Music Composition (MUS420)      2
Counterpoint (MUS421)      2
Music electives      2

General Music Concentration

Choose 12 units of music electives not found in the music core requirements. This concentration is intended for transfer students.

Music Education Concentration

Applied Group Woodwind Techniques (MUS332)  1
Applied Group String Techniques (MUS333)  1
Applied Group Brass Techniques (MUS334)       1
Applied Group Percussion Techniques (MUS335)       1
Instrumentation and Arranging (MUS356)      2
Advanced Conducting (MUS410)      2
Vocal Pedagogy (MUS440)      2
Music Education (MUS441)      2

Performance Concentration

Applied Music Lessons (MUS100‐400)      4
Junior Recital (MUS398)      1
Advanced Conducting (MUS410)      2
Vocal Pedagogy (MUS440)      2
Music electives      2

3 units

Worship Concentration

Worship Leading Lab I (MUS250)      1
Worship Leading Lab II (MUS251)      1
Seminar in Leadership Skills (MUS351)      1
Advanced Conducting (MUS410)      2
Worship in Contemporary Culture (MUS450)     3
Music Organization and Leadership (MUS455)   2
Music electives      2

MUS100‐400 Applied Lesson

One 30 minute private lesson per week in the area of voice, keyboard, or instrument specified as the applied major. Students must obtain a juried level 400 in one applied area before presenting their senior recital. Students are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills in non‐concentration applied areas as well.

4 units

MUS190P. Class Piano I

Class instruction in the development of a basic proficiency in piano. Emphasis is on note and rhythm reading, repertoire, sight
reading, scales, and basic chord progressions. May be repeated for credit.

1 units

MUS272 Music Theory I

A study of the basic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic components of music. Included in the course content will be scales, keys, triads, inversions, transposition, counterpoint, chord progressions, and non‐harmonic tones.

3 units

MUS274 Music Theory II

A review of diatonic theory, and an introduction to dominant and non‐dominantseventh chords, ninth, eleventh and other expanded harmonies, figured bass, Sonata Allegro and other forms, secondary dominants, keyboard harmony, and analysis.

3 units

MUS290P Class Piano II

Continuation of class instruction in the development of a basic proficiency in piano. Emphasis is on expanded note and rhythm reading, advancing repertoire, sight reading, scales, and chord progressions. May be repeated for credit.

3 units

MUS301-304 Ear Training I, II, III, & IV

A skills acquisition course covering sight singing, melodic intervallic, rhythmic and basic choral identification, reading, and dictation.

1 unit each

MUS310 Basic Conducting

An introduction to the basic skills and techniques of conducting: beat patterns, subdivisions, cues, releases, terminology, score preparation and preparatory gestures.

2 units

MUS367 World Music

A survey of the music of the non‐western world, including selected areas from Africa, Asia, and South America.

2 units

MUS372-374 Music Theory III & IV

A more advanced look at diatonic theory, and dominant and non‐dominant seventh chords, ninth, eleventh and other expanded harmonies, figured bass, Sonata Allegro and other forms, secondary dominants, keyboard harmony, and analysis.

2 units

MUS396. Master Works

Master Works provides students with performance group experience centered in traditional choral repertoire. The group emphasis is on rehearsal and performance of works drawn from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. The Master Works Chorale is open to all William Jessup University students regardless of major. The Chorale performs approximately three times each semester.

.5 units

MUS475 Music Internship

Students will be placed in a music ministry internship with a local congregation. Under supervision, they will apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the major to practical ministry situations.

3 units

MUS498 Senior Recital

Music Majors are required to present in the senior year a senior recital of 45 minutes to one hour prior to graduation. Students will register for M498 during the semester of their scheduled recital.

0 units
  • Ability to perform with excellence as a vocal or instrumental musician.
  • Proficiency in piano.
  • Proficiency in music theory and ear training.
  • Ability to analyze, compose, and arrange music for various vocal and instrumental media.
  • Acquisition of a broad knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of music literature through study and performance.
  • Knowledge of the history of music and worship and its relationship to contemporary society.
  • Familiarity with non-western music and musical forms.
  • Ability to develop and lead an effective music ministry, program or business based on sound biblical and educational principles.
  • Music Performer
  • Independent Artist
  • Worship Leader
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Management
  • Recording Engineer
  • Music Publishing
  • Music Business
  • Arranger/Composer
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Offerings

Bachelor of Arts

BA in Music

Concentrations

Commercial Music
Music  Composition
Music Education
Performance
Worship
General Music

Minor

Music Minor

Program Advisor

Tom Ruscica

Chair, Music Department

Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Stanley

Professor, Music

Lauren Horst

Administrative Assistant

Tom Ruscica

Chair, Music Department

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