Thiel College

Course Offerings


MUS 100: Music Appreciation
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

Perceptive listening and appreciation of musical elements, forms and style periods, including composer's lives, individual styles and representative works. Emphasis on western classical music, jazz, and American popular music.

MUS 115: Introduction to Music: Music Theory I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

An introductory course in music theory and its notation through analysis of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic elements of music. Study of scales, intervals and triads, with emphasis on developing basic keyboard skills.

MUS 154: Music Theory II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Tonal harmony in common practice: Study of scales, intervals, triads, harmonic progressions in terms of structure, procedures and application to four-part music writing. (P: MUS 115 or strong music background with consent of instructor)

MUS 224: Voice Class I
1 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Study of fundamentals of vocal production in a group setting. Weekly meetings include vocalization and application of techniques to songs.

MUS 234: Voice Class II
1 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

A continuation of MUS 224 in a second semester of study.

MUS 244: Private Voice I
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

Study of fundamental vocal technique in one 30-minute lesson of private instruction per week. Weekly vocalization and application of technique to song repertoire. Admission by consent of the instructor.

MUS 250/SEMS 250: World Music
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

The World Music Seminar course takes a survey approach to world music covering eleven music cultures. The course focuses on how to listen to and appreciate the music of different cultures, including an overview of distinctive musical and cultural elements, the historical and musical life of these varying geographic regions, and a closer look at specific cultures and genres of music within the larger region.

MUS 274: Private Piano
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A study of piano technique beginning at the student's current level. Practical application of techniques to piano literature. Admission by consent of the instructor.

MUS 284: Private String Instruments
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A study of string technique beginning at the student's current level. Practical application of techniques to appropriate string literature (violin, viola, cello, string bass).

MUS 294: Private Organ
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A study of organ technique beginning at the student's current level. Practical application of techniques to organ literature, with special emphasis given to hymns and church service music. Admission by consent of instructor.

MUS 304: Private Voice II
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

A continuation of MUS 244 in a second year of study. (P: Two semesters of MUS 244.)

MUS 314: Private Brass
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A study of instrumental technique beginning at the student's current level. Practical application of techniques to literature for the instrument.

MUS 324: Private Guitar
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A study of guitar technique beginning at the student's current level. Practical application of techniques to appropriate guitar literature. Students must have their own guitars.

MUS 334: Private Woodwinds
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A study of instrumental technique beginning at the student's current level. Practical application of techniques to literature for the instrument. Students must have their own instruments.

MUS 344: Private Percussion
1 CH   /  Lab Fee

A study of percussion techniques beginning at the student's current level. Students will receive instruction on several of the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, mallets and drum set. A focus on rudiments, style, technique, scales (mallets), musicality and practical application to appropriate percussion literature are emphasized.

MUS 354: History of Sacred Music
3 CH   /  WIC

Exploration of the development of Western sacred music styles, forms, performance practice, literature and composers from ancient times to the present. (P: MUS 100 and MUS 115 or consent of the instructor) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 364: Choral Conducting
2 CH

Choral Conducting prepares the student to rehearse and train a vocal ensemble for performance. The course covers basic conducting technique, selection of music, auditioning, rehearsal techniques and other practical information for planning and administering a choral program. (P: MUS 115 or consent of the instructor) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MUS 454: Church Music Practicum
2 CH

A practical approach designed to prepare students for careers or part-time careers as church musicians. The overall objective for this course is to provide a careful blend of training designed to equip students with the requisite intellectual and musical skills to succeed in the church music profession. Course work will include hymn playing, source materials for major denominations, choral conducting from the organ, techniques for handbell choirs, sacred organ literature, improvisation and service playing. (P: Two semesters of MUS 294, two semesters of MUS 466 and completion of MUS 154 and MUS 354 [or concurrent enrollment] and MUS 464 [or current enrollment]) Offered on demand for church music minors in junior or senior years.

MUS 463: Jazz Ensemble
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

Jazz Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble consisting of traditional big band instrumentation meeting weekly. The ensemble performs various genres including swing, funk, rock, etc. Open to students with previous playing experience on ensemble appropriate instruments or consent of the instructor.

MUS 464: Handbell Choir
2 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

Handbell Choir provides an instrumental performance opportunity for the student who may have had no previous ensemble experience. A musical background is extremely helpful. The Handbell Choir performs at several functions on and off campus during the school year. (P: MUS 115 or consent of instructor)

MUS 466: Thiel Choir
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A practical approach to the study of choral music from most historical periods of the Western music. Particular emphasis is given to performance practice. Four class sessions weekly lead to scheduled concert tours and other public appearances. Admission by audition with instructor.

MUS 467: Marching Band
1 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Students with instrumental or frontline experience are encouraged to join the THIEL TOMCAT MARCHING PRIDE. Students without marching band experience but with rhythmic prowess and wishing to have a band experience in college are encouraged to contact the band director to discuss participation. Marching band members experience a contemporary approach to marching combined with traditional and modern marching band literature with an emphasis on excellence in performance. A short pre-semester band camp and two weekly rehearsals during the fall semester culminate in performances at home football games as well as parades, band shows and campus events as they become available. This course can be taken for repeat credit by instrumentalists and frontlines alike.

MUS 468: Concert Band
1 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Instrumental group for woodwinds, brasses and percussion. Performs music of all periods in concerts on campus and elsewhere. Membership is open to students with previous playing experience or consent of instructor.

MUS 469: Chamber Singers
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

A practical approach to the study of choral music for small vocal ensembles, including madrigal and Renaissance forms. Thursday class sessions plus selected additional Tuesday rehearsals lead to participation in the Christmas Festival and spring Thiel Choir concert tour, and other appearances on and off campus. Admission by audition or consent of instructor and limited to students enrolled in MUS 466.

MUS 470: Greenville Symphony
1 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  Lab Fee

Students are encouraged to audition for participation in the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Students accepted to play with the symphony may register for course credit and use the credits for meeting both Integrative and total credit hour requirements. Admission by audition with the orchestra conductor. Interested students should contact Dr. Bray or the Academic Records Office to make arrangements.

THAR 104: Environmental Theatre
1 CH

In this course, students will learn about the theory and practice of site-specific performance practices and will develop their own site-specific performance pieces. No experience necessary. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

THAR 105: Performance Art
1 CH

A workshop-based course examining theoretical and performative approaches to creating Performance Art. Students will create a number of public performances over the course of the semester. No prior performance experience necessary. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

THAR 106: Autobiographical Performance
1 CH

In this course, students will learn about the theory and practice of autobiographical performance and develop and perform pieces drawn from their own experiences, feelings, and philosophies. No experience necessary. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

THAR 107: Improvisation
1 CH

The objective of this course is to develop improvisational techniques for ensemble long-form comedies. The methodology we will use follows guidelines set forth by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and our goal is achieving the elusive Harold. Whether we find him or not: You will laugh, and you will work extraordinarily hard. Instructor permission required for enrollment. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

THAR 110: Theatre Appreciation
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Theatre Appreciation is designed for the student who wishes to expand their understanding and appreciation of theater as an art form whether as an active participant, a reader of plays, or an audience member. With a focus on Western performance practices, students will be exposed to landmark theorists, performances, and texts from Ancient Greece to the Broadway musical. Does not count towards the theatre minor.

THAR 217: Introduction to Technical Theatre
3 CH

Principles, techniques and practical application of theatre crafts necessary to design and construct stage scenery, lighting and other effects. Aesthetic fundamentals of creating stage designs and the use of crafting and artistic techniques to transform creative ideas into actual theatrical experiences. Basic design in costume and make-up for stage. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

THAR 257: Introductory Acting
4 CH

A workshop-based introduction to the fundamental principles and mechanics of acting. Through analysis of critical writings and engagement with dramatic texts, the course develops an individual's consciousness of breath, vocal dexterity and physical bearing and presence. This course is intended for any student who may find themselves in front of an audience, from the stage to the boardroom to the lecture hall. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

THAR 287: Theatre History I: to the Renaissance
3 CH

This course is a survey of theatre history, from Ancient Greece to the European Renaissance, through the lens of dramatic literature. This course is designed for students who seek to explore a spectrum of dramatic literature in critical and historical context and develop the fundamental tools of dramatic analysis and production critique. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

THAR 297: Theatre History II: Renaissance to Today
3 CH

This course is a survey of theatre history, from the European Renaissance to the start of the 21st Century through the lens of dramatic literature. This course is designed for students who seek to explore a spectrum of dramatic literature in critical and historical context and develop the fundamental tools of dramatic analysis and production critique. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

THAR 307: Children's Theatre and Creative Dramatics
4 CH

A course covering the study and use of techniques in children's drama, with special emphasis on using creative dramatics with children, writing children's plays and performing before children at area grade schools. Instructor permission required for enrollment. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

THAR 347: Advanced Acting and Directing
4 CH

A course covering detailed study and use of the advanced techniques and methods used to develop characterization, and the study and practice of the art of directing. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

THAR 417: Theater Seminar
3-4 CH

This advanced-level theater seminar is offered on a regular basis with rotating topics including Stage Management, Musical Theater Performance, and Post-Colonial Drama. Credit hours and course fees vary according to topic. Offered at least every other year.

THAR 455: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary

THAR 487: Special Project
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester

Students may earn up to 4 CH per semester working on productions in nearly every capacity. Some students work in the afternoons building sets, repairing lights, running the box office, etc. Others work evenings during rehearsals stage managing, directing, or acting. Instructor permission required for enrollment.

THAR 497: Independent Study
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester

Students may earn up to 4 CH per semester working on productions in nearly every capacity. Some students work in the afternoons building sets, repairing lights, running the box office, etc. Others work evenings during rehearsals stage managing, directing, or acting. Instructor permission required for enrollment.