In addition to applied organ and carillon at the secondary level, the Organ Department offers several courses that are open to students from other instrumental areas or degree programs. Please note: some courses may require instructor approval.
MUS C405/C505 – Organ Construction and Design
A historical and interactive study of the action and pipes of the organ, from the earliest European example to the latest developments in the organ building industry. Includes a lab component where the student has hands-on experience with university organs, performing basic maintenance routines such as tuning and repair.
MUS C504 – Keyboard Skills Review
Basic keyboard skills with an emphasis on hymn transposition, modulation, improvisation, sight reading, and figured bass realization.
MUS C510 – Service Playing Review
Foundational studies in the practical musical skills needed by a church organist: hymn playing, anthem accompanying, open-score reading, and console conducting.
MUS C540 – The History of Christian Worship and Sacred Music
Liturgical ritual and worship practices, with special emphasis on music and hymnody, from pre-Christian roots to modern day.
MUS C541 – Sacred Music: Philosophy and Practice I
An exploration of the practical demands and philosophical dimensions of a vocation in sacred music. Includes anthem repertoire, professional issues, and dynamics of leadership.
MUS C542 – Sacred Music: Philosophy and Practice II
A continuation of C541 as well as preparation for the job application process and professional portfolio development.