Voice Ensemble (1 credit)
The Pine Manor Voice Ensemble gives students the opportunity to be part of a small choral ensemble on campus. Members collaborate to learn a program of diverse music from a spectrum of styles and cultures. Students focus on singing and performance techniques, while preparing for the presentation of choral music; there will be several opportunities to perform throughout the academic year. Prerequisite: Audition or permission.
Introduction to Music
Emphasizing informed and perceptive listening, this course introduces students to the elements of music: melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, color, and form. In addition, students explore repertoire and musical styles representing a variety of cultures and their historical, social and political contexts. Fall. Group: IV.
Music in Live Performance
Students will prepare for and attend seven concerts in the Boston area, each representing different styles and forms of music from classical, musical theater, world and jazz repertories. Class time is devoted to the acquisition of background information about various types of music, preparation for concerts, and discussion of past performances. Minimal ticket and transportation fee. Spring. Group: IV.
Singing I (2 credits)
Students learn the fundamentals of good singing, from breathing and posture to the basics of sight-reading. The class will prepare and perform appropriate ensemble works ranging from classical and folk, to gospel and popular styles. Fall. Group: IV.**
Singing II (2 credits)
This is a continuation of MU 141 Singing I. Spring. Prerequisite: MU 141 or permission of the instructor. Group: IV.**
Through this introduction to the language of music, students will learn the basics of rhythm and pitch, music notation, the structure of the keyboard, the nature of intervals, major and minor scales and keys, and the structure and relationships of diatonic triads. A primary goal will be ear-training through performance exercises and creative activities. Students will also learn to create music through Garage Band, a program for Mac computers. MU 200 is designed for singers, instrumentalists, future teachers who may use music to work with children, would-be composers and music minors who wish to become musically literate. The course is open as well to any other students who would like to increase their appreciation of all styles of music through a greater understanding of the basics. Spring, alternate years. Group: IV.
Music and Movement for Children
Appropriate for education students as well as other students with an interest in music; this course is designed to give students knowledge about music that will be useful to them in working with children. Basic skills of singing, playing the recorder, and sight-reading will be introduced. Also, students will learn singing and movement games that will develop children’s musical and rhythmic sensibilities. Fall. Group: II or IV, depending upon student registration.
Women in Music
This course is an elective for students with an interest in music or in Women’s Studies. Topics include: women as amateur and professional performers, teachers, patrons, composers, conductors and initiators of social change through music. The course considers the unique contributions of such outstanding women as Clara Schuman and Marian Anderson in classical music, Billie Holiday in jazz and Miriam Makeba in world music. We will also consider the role of women in folk music, rock music, rap music and music videos. Spring. Group: IV or IDS.
American Popular Music
American Popular Music is a historical survey covering the most important popular styles of music beginning in the early 20th century to the present. Blues, rock n roll, pop, disco, country, folk, heavy metal, rap, and hip-hop will all be explored along with important composers and performers. Critical listening skills will also be developed. The course further investigates how popular music, as an art form, has been a creative outlet for musicians/poets and has brought specific genres of music to the masses. Group: IV.
(2 credits each semester)
Students in the Vocal Performance Class collaborate to learn a program of diverse music to be presented at a public concert at the end of the semester. The program will include music from a variety of periods and styles, in English and foreign languages. There are opportunities for solo work, but emphasis is on learning to sing within a section. Students should complete either Singing I (MU 141) and Singing II (MU142) prior to taking Vocal Performance, or have permission from the instructor based on prior experience and/or ability. Fall and Spring. Group: IV.**
MU 153-154 (First year’s study)
Students in the first year of Vocal Performance class will master a set of vocal exercises and learn the basics of vocal production including breathing, posture, intonation, and diction. They will learn to blend their voices in a section and balance their section with others when singing harmony. A vocabulary of musical terms and symbols will be covered, and students will begin the process of learning to read music. They will also learn choral discipline.
MU 253-254 (Second year’s study)
Students in the second year of Vocal Per-formance class will continue to build on the skills gained the previous year. They will begin to take a leadership role within their section, sharing their knowledge and setting an example for new students.
MU 353-354 (Third year’s study)
Students in the third year of Vocal Per-formance class will continue to build on skills and knowledge gained in previous years. They will be expected to become leaders within their sections by leading sectional rehearsals and helping and encouraging newer students.
MU 453-454 (Fourth year’s study)
Students in the fourth year of Vocal Performance class will continue to build on skills and knowledge gained the previous years. They may take a leadership role within the entire group. Some ways in which the student might exercise their leadership role might be to work with the director to plan a program, teach a song to the class, or learn to conduct a song in the concert.
Private Instruction in Music
(2 credits each semester)*
MU 143–144 (First year’s study)
MU 243–244 (Second year’s study)
MU 343–344 (Third year’s study)
MU 443–444 (Fourth year’s study)
*Private instruction in voice, piano, and other instruments is given by Pine Manor College faculty. A semester’s instruction consists of thirteen 50-minute individual lessons, requiring 5 hours of outside preparation per week. Two credits per semester are earned when two or more consecutive semesters of private instruction are completed. Additional fee of $550 per semester required of all students, including cross-registrants.
Students who wish a less expensive option for Private Instruction in Voice may take half-lessons of 30 minutes each for a fee of $300 per semester with the permission of the instructor, Gail Abbey. Two credits for a course such as MU 143, usually taught in one semester, would thus be earned at the end of one year by students choosing the half-lesson option for Private Instruction in Voice. The option of half-lessons is not available for private instruction in an instrument.
Fall and Spring. Group: IV.**
**A pair of related 2-credit courses may be counted for degree requirements as a 4-credit unit upon completion of the second course. See page 39. Students may satisfy one Group IV requirement with a pair of related 2-credit courses in private instruction or singing.