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Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

nmalley@​knox.edu

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Courses

Requirements for the Music major

11 credits as follows:

  • Core: MUS 101, 102, 145, 245, and 246
  • Advanced: 5 credits, including at least one outside the European classical tradition
    • at least one of: MUS 361 or 363
    • at least one 300-level seminar: MUS 322 or 324
    • 3 elective credits, including at least 1 at the 300 level. Lessons may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • Capstone: MUS 399 or 400
  • Proficiencies: piano (to be completed within 3 terms of declaring a major) and two years of participation in ensembles

Requirements for the Music minor

6 credits as follows:

  • Core: MUS 101, 102, 145 and 245
  • Electives: 2 credits, of which at least one must be at the 300-level.

Requirements for certification in Music Education
Students who want to teach music in elementary or secondary schools may prepare for teaching certification. This demanding curriculum requires completing a major in music, a major in educational studies, and several courses specifically designed for music education. Students who complete these requirements and who pass the State of Illinois certification tests are qualified for recommendation for certification.

Students interested in music education should contact both Professor Lane (Music) and the chair of the Educational Studies Department as early as possible. In order to complete the program in four years at Knox, students must begin in their first year. Specific requirements to prepare for certification in music education are as follows:

  • Music: Completion of the course requirements for a major in music:
    • Core courses: MUS 101, 102, 145, 245, and 246
    • Electives: 5 credits as follows, including at least one outside the European classical tradition:
      • 1 credit in a style history course (MUS 361 or 363)
      • 1 credit in a seminar (MUS 322 or 324)
      • 3 elective credits, including at least one at the 300 level. Lessons may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
    • Capstone: MUS 399 or 400
    • Proficiencies: Piano and two years of participation in ensembles
  • Additional requirements in Music required for certification:
    • MUS 307 Instrumental Techniques I
    • MUS 309 Secondary Choral Methods
    • MUS 311 Fundamentals of Conducting
    • either MUS 308 Instrumental Techniques II, or MUS 310 Vocal Pedagogy
    • proficiency in an additional instrument
  • Educational Studies: a major in K-12 Special Content Areas (course descriptions available in the Educational Studies portion of the Catalog):
    • Introductory course: EDUC 201
    • Foundation courses: EDUC 202 or EDUC 203, EDUC 204, EDUC 205, EDUC 208(.5), EDUC 301, EDUC 310D
    • Methods course: EDUC 312D, EDUC 319
    • Student Teaching: EDUC 340 (3 credits)

Music Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

MUS 101. , MUS 102 Introduction to Music I, II. (1)

These courses equip students to listen to, understand, and discuss music from the Western tradition and around the world. Selected works and traditions are considered from a variety of analytical, historical and cultural perspectives. For MUS 101, the repertoire is drawn from the middle ages through the early 19th century. For MUS 102, the repertoire is drawn from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. ARTS; L. Lane; N. Malley; G. Chambers; B. Polay;

MUS 145. Music Theory I. (1)

Begins a three-course introduction to tonal harmony. MUS 145 will emphasize the foundational concepts and terminology of music theory, in particular those pertaining to note, interval, scale, chord, texture, counterpoint, phrase, and cadence. Work will include analysis and composition, as well as general musicianship training (i.e., sight-singing, transcription, and basic keyboard skills). Three class periods plus two Musicianship labs per week. ARTS; J. Huguet;

MUS 182. Voice Class. (1/2)

Class instruction in singing. Basic techniques, skills and vocal literature. This course is particularly for those who have musical ability but little or no previous vocal instruction. May be repeated once for credit; L. Wood;

MUS 195A. . (1)

Music is a powerful force, amplifying the message of a social movement, but beyond affirmation of political beliefs, what functions can music serve in a movement? Under what conditions can music affect social change and mobilize political resistance? How can we evaluate the effect of music on a movement community and on its society, state, or nation? Through global case studies representing both successful and failed social movements through history, this course considers the functions of music in social movements including ideological expression, education, conversion, identity formation, recruitment, mobilizaiton, transformative experience, ritual, fundraising, and internal debate.

MUS 210. Jazz History. (1)

This course broadens students' knowledge of the spectrum of recorded jazz with a heavy emphasis on listening, primary source readings, speaking, and critical writing. The course examines the basic musical elements that define jazz as a unique musical idiom by examining stylistic periods, major innovators, performers and composers, issues of improvisation, and musical practices. Primary source readings contextualize music through discussions of the complex relationships between jazz, ethnicity, gender economics, politics and social history. HUM; Cross Listing: AFST 210;BKST 210; DV; N. Malley;

MUS 220. Opera Workshop. (1)

This course focuses on the vocal and dramatic techniques required to perform opera, with some exploration of technical aspects of opera production. Each student is cast in at least one scene from an opera, appropriate for his/her voice, and is responsible for at least one aspect of production. The course culminates in a public performance of scenes from opera. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor and two terms of private voice; May be repeated once for credit; A. Meuth;

MUS 230. Case Studies in Musics of the World. (1)

This course broadens students' knowledge of non-Western musics. Heavy emphasis on listening, speaking, and writing critically. Through case studies from regions around the world, we examine musical sound, production, and consumption, and investigate the role music plays in culture, as it is incorporated into family, community, religion, Diaspora, politics, ritual, and aesthetic experience. HUM; DV; N. Malley; G. Chambers;

MUS 237. Music and Culture in the Americas. (1)

This class seeks to understand music making and dance as powerfully affective expressive cultural practices that people invest with social value and meaning. We will study a series of conceptual frameworks as well as basic music terminology for thinking about, listening to, and discussing music in specific cultural contexts. Case studies covered include music making in Cuba; Brazil; indigenous and mestizo musics in Peru; North American old-time country, music of the 'folk revival', and of the civil rights movement, among other case studies. This class is designed for non-music majors (although music majors are certainly welcome). Prerequisite(s): ANSO 102 or 261 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ANSO 237; DV; W. Hope;

MUS 244. Philosophy of Music. (1)

This course considers the nature of music and its significance. Our central question will be: in what ways can music be meaningful? More specific questions may include: What is a musical work? What determines whether performances are authentic or good? Why do we sometimes find music to be not just enjoyable but also intensely moving and even profound? We approach these questions through a careful examination of key texts and arguments in musical aesthetics, and with respect to a variety of musical styles. No special knowledge of philosophy or music is presupposed for students entering the class. HUM; Cross Listing: PHIL 244; B. Polite;

MUS 245. Music Theory II. (1)

A continuation of MUS 145, with an emphasis on music of the Classic Era and on techniques related to diatonic modulation. Work will culminate in an original composition in the style of Mozart or Haydn. Three class periods plus two Musicianship labs per week. Prerequisite(s): MUS 145; J. Huguet;

MUS 246. Music Theory III. (1)

A continuation of MUS 245, with an emphasis on music of the Romantic Era and on chromatic materials. Work will culminate in an original composition in the style of Chopin or Schubert. Three class periods plus two Musicianship labs per week. Prerequisite(s): MUS 245; J. Huguet;

MUS 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

MUS 254. Music of the African Diaspora. (1)

This course examines the transmission of music from Africa throughout Europe, South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. We examine the ways in which African musical systems have traveled, changed, and incorporated new sounds, how the African experience differs around the globe and how displaced communities share core social processes and characteristics. Students examine the concept of blackness as a broad and heterogeneous set of qualities that extend beyond the boundaries of Africanism and African-Americanism. Music studied includes West, North and South Africa, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Afro-Cuban Santeria, Samba, Candomble, Copeira, Merengue, and World Beat. Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: AFST 254; O; DV; N. Malley;

MUS 257. Songwriting Workshop. (1)

What makes a great song? This class provides a practical approach to addressing this question while posing the question: "How did some of the greatest 20th century American tunesmiths create songs that continue to endear us today?" Prerequisite(s): MUS 245; B. Polay;

MUS 260. Topics and Methods in Ethnomusicology. (1)

Ethnomusicology can be defined as the study of music outside the Western classical tradition, or as the study of music as cultural practice. Our modes of ethnomusicological inquiry may include structural functionalism, paradigmatic structuralism, Marxist explanations, literary and dramaturgical theories, performance theory, gender and identity issues, and postcolonial and global issues. Cross Listing: ANSO 260; O; DV; Staff;

MUS 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Music not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

MUS 303. Composition. (1)

The fundamental issues of music composition and practice. Short instrumental and/or vocal compositions are analyzed and created. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246 and permission of the instructor; B. Polay;

MUS 307. Instrumental Teaching Techniques I. (1)

This is the first of a sequential, two-term course that is dedicated to the preparation of successful teachers of scholastic instrumental music. Topics to be covered will include recruiting, scheduling, curriculum development, methods and materials, selecting literature, and running effective rehearsals. Emphasis will be placed on developing proper playing techniques and pedagogy for brass and percussion instruments. Some clinical observation experiences will be required. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246; D. Petrie;

MUS 308. Instrumental Teaching Techniques II. (1)

Continuing the format of MUS 307, this course will address the organizational and administrative aspects of teaching instrumental music. Emphasis will be placed on developing proper playing techniques and pedagogy for woodwind and stringed instruments. Some clinical observation experiences will be required. Prerequisite(s): MUS 307; D. Petrie;

MUS 309. Secondary School Choral Methods. (1)

This course will identify objectives, problems, and methods of teaching vocal music in the schools. Students will acquire functional knowledge of fretted and classroom instruments; methods of teaching singing, rhythmic, and listening activities; the changing voice; and beginning and intermediate choral techniques. Directed observation in elementary and secondary schools required. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246; C. Kellert-Griffiths;

MUS 310. Vocal Pedagogy. (1/2 or 1)

Includes methods of teaching voice, concentrating on posture, breath management, vowel clarity and placement, legato singing, diction, and developing good choral tone. Students sing for and teach each other. Course will normally be offered for 1 credit, but in exceptional circumstances Music Education students can apply for permission to take it for two terms at 0.5 credits each. Prerequisite(s): Three terms of MUS 300S; A. Meuth;

MUS 311. Fundamentals of Conducting. (1)

A study of basic conducting techniques, including conducting patterns, beat styles, attacks and releases as they apply to a variety of musical phrases and shorter pieces of music. Both vocal and instrumental musical examples will be used. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246; D. Petrie;

MUS 313. Intermediate Choral Conducting. (1)

Students continue to develop their conducting technique, both with and without the baton. Students also study score preparation and rehearsal technique, with a focus on choral literature. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246 and 311; L. Lane;

MUS 322. Seminar in 18th Century Music. (1)

This course considers musical culture of 18th century Europe. Our texts will include musical scores and recordings; treatments of music in contemporary criticism, journals, letters, and reviews; and present-day scholarship. Foci vary from year to year. Prerequisite(s): MUS 101, and either 245 or permission of the instructor; W; Course may be repeated for credit; Staff;

MUS 324. Seminar in 20th Century Music. (1)

This course examines the development of musical styles in the 20th and 21st centuries in relation to a variety of aesthetic, social and compositional concerns. Coursework includes score study, analysis and listening, readings in literary theory and the visual arts, and readings from current musicological scholarship. Prerequisite(s): MUS 102, and either 245 or permission of the instructor; W; Course may be repeated for credit; N. Malley;

MUS 345. Form and Analysis. (1)

This course examines, from both historical and critical points of view, some basic problems and techniques of musical structure as manifest in European art music of the 18th and 19th centuries. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246; O in comb. with 361 or 363; B. Polay;

MUS 346. Contemporary Tonal Harmony. (1)

This course examines harmonic and compositional procedures in tonal works from the 20th century. Included for study are works representing a wide variety of styles including that of Debussy, Delius, Ravel, Satie, Griffes, Scriabin, Bartok, Glass, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, and Ginastera. Prerequisite(s): MUS 246; B. Polay;

MUS 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

MUS 361. Music of the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. (1)

This course examines the music, composers and compositional styles of European music written between 1450 and 1750. Course work includes reading, listening, score study and discussion. Prerequisite(s): MUS 101 and 145; O in comb. with 345 or 363; L. Lane;

MUS 363. Music of the 19th Century. (1)

This course surveys 19th century composers from Beethoven to Mahler by examining symphonies, concertos, lieder, chamber music, piano music and opera. Prerequisite(s): MUS 102 and 246; O in comb. with 345 or 361; B. Polay;

MUS 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Music not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

MUS 399. Senior Capstone. (1/2 or 1)

Independent study in Music Theory, Musicology, Performance, or Composition with a faculty mentor. The capstone will be designed and agreed upon by the student and instructor according to the student's particular needs and interests. The capstone experience could include projects such as: A lecture/recital, a senior recital, a significant composition, or a major research paper. Staff;

MUS 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

MUSE 180. Applied Music Group Performance. (1/2)

Performance for one year in one of the faculty-supervised performing groups. Participation in all rehearsals and public performances is required for credit. Register in the final term in which the requirements for credit are to be completed. All MUSE credits are S/U graded.

MUSE 180A. Knox College Choir. (1/2)

L. Lane;

MUSE 180B. Knox-Galesburg Symphony. (1/2)

B. Polay;

MUSE 180C. Knox College Chamber Singers. (1/2)

L. Lane;

MUSE 180D. Knox College Jazz Ensemble. (1/2)

N. Malley;

MUSE 180G. Combos. (1/2)

N. Malley;

MUSE 180H. Galesburg Community Chorus. (1/2)

T. Pahel;

MUSE 180I. Small Ensembles. (1/2)

Staff;

MUSE 180K. Enharmanic Fire. (1/2)

P. Debes;

MUSE 180L. TriTones. (1/2)

L. Wood;

MUSE 180M. New Music Ensemble. (1/2)

J. Marasa;

MUSE 180N. Knox Chamber Winds. (1/2)

J. Marasa;

MUSE 180O. Knox Chamber Brass. (1/2)

D. Petrie;

MUSE 180P. Knox Chamber Percussion. (1/2)

J. Marasa;

MUSL 100. , A-ZZ Applied Music. (.0 or 1/2)

Private instruction at an elementary level in piano, organ, most stringed and wind instruments, and voice. May be repeated for credit. A maximum of 1.5 credits in each of MUS 100, MUS 200, and MUS 300 may be counted toward graduation. Note: There is a $335 fee for private lessons. See Other General Fees, under Tuition and Fees. Staff;

MUSL 100A. Bassoon. (.0 or 1/2)

A. Lyle;

MUSL 100B. Cello. (.0 or 1/2)

C. Suda;

MUSL 100C. Clarinet. (.0 or 1/2)

J. Marasa;

MUSL 100D. Double Bass. (.0 or 1/2)

S. Jackson;

MUSL 100E. Flute. (.0 or 1/2)

D. Cooksey;

MUSL 100F. Classical Guitar. (.0 or 1/2)

R. Pobanz;

MUSL 100H. French Horn. (.0 or 1/2)

J. Betts;

MUSL 100I. Oboe. (.0 or 1/2)

S. Faust;

MUSL 100J. Organ. (.0 or 1/2)

M. Harlan;

MUSL 100K. Percussion. (.0 or 1/2)

J. Brannon;

MUSL 100L. Classical Piano. (.0 or 1/2)

A. Mack; C. Dierlam; M. Harlan; J. Johnson;

MUSL 100M. Saxophone. (.0 or 1/2)

K. Malley;

MUSL 100N. Trombone. (.0 or 1/2)

B. Russell;

MUSL 100O. Trumpet. (.0 or 1/2)

D. Hoffman;

MUSL 100P. Tuba. (.0 or 1/2)

D. Petrie;

MUSL 100Q. Viola. (.0 or 1/2)

M. Comiskey;

MUSL 100R. Violin. (.0 or 1/2)

L. Polay;

MUSL 100S. Voice. (.0 or 1/2)

L. Lane; A. Meuth; L. Wood; T. Bostwick;

MUSL 100T. Jazz Guitar. (.0 or 1/2)

A. Crawford;

MUSL 100U. Jazz Piano. (.0 or 1/2)

K. Hart;

MUSL 100V. Euphonium. (.0 or 1/2)

D. Petrie;

MUSL 100W. Jazz Percussion. (.0 or 1/2)

J. Brannon;

MUSL 100X. Jazz Saxophone. (.0 or 1/2)

K. Malley;

MUSL 100Z. Jazz Bass. (.0 or 1/2)

A. Crawford;

MUSL 200. , A-ZZ Applied Music. (.0 or 1/2)

Private instruction at an intermediate level in voice, piano, organ and most stringed and wind instruments. Enrollment by permission only. For full list of instruments, see MUSL 100. Staff;

MUSL 300. , A-ZZ Applied Music. (.0 or 1/2)

Private instruction at an advanced level in voice, piano, organ and most stringed and wind instruments. For full list of instruments, see MUSL 100. (MUSL 300LL Rock/Pop Piano is available at the 300-level but not at the 100- or 200-levels. Piano proficiency is required for MUSL 300LL) Public performance is required. ARTS; Staff;

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