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Organ & Church Music Undergraduate Degree Options

Students new to KU in Fall 2013 (and all semesters thereafter) must follow the degree requirement check sheets posted here, which include the KU Core. Students who were admitted to their current degree at KU prior to Fall 2013, please continue to follow the requirements in place when you began. In some instances, students who began prior to Fall 2013 can elect to change to the new degree requirements that include the KU Core. Please contact Rita Riley in the School of Music Student Services Office, Room 450 Murphy Hall, if you have any questions.

Organ & Church Music Graduate Degree Options


Organ & Church Music Course Offerings

Specialized work in the organ curricula includes courses in the history of organ literature and design, organ pedagogy, and seminars on repertory, performance, practice, the history of organ building, and related topics. Specialized work in the church music curricula includes courses in service playing, the history of liturgy, anthem literature, children's choirs, bell choirs, the church and the arts, theological aesthetics, the history of church music, and hymnology.

Undergraduate Courses in Organ & Church Music
CHUR 222 Bales Chorale
A choral ensemble directed by student conductors in the Division of Organ and Church Music under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for credit. ACT.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer, Michael
Park, Song Yi
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 17508
CHUR 320 Church Music Practicum
Methods and materials of church music. May be repeated. LAB.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Burchfield, Katherine
W 01:00-01:50 PM BALE 107 - LAWRENCE
0 23078
CHUR 622 Bales Chorale
A choral ensemble directed by student conductors in the Division of Organ and Church Music under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for credit. ACT.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer, Michael
Park, Song Yi
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 17509
ORGN 100 Organ
Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 25363
IND Meszler, Alexander
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13399
ORGN 121 Organ
Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13400
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13401
ORGN 221 Organ
Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13402
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13403
ORGN 300 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 25364
IND Meszler, Alexander
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13404
ORGN 320 Studio Class in Organ - Lab
Studio performance of works prepared under individual instruction. May be repeated. LAB.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Mojica Martinez, Andres
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0 16351
ORGN 321 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13405
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13406
ORGN 421 Organ
Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13407
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13408
ORGN 422 Organ
Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13409
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13410
ORGN 502 Master Class in Organ - Lab
A class in the performance of advanced organ repertoire. For organ majors only or by consent of instructor. May be repeated. LAB.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Higdon, James
Bauer, Michael
F 01:00-01:50 PM BALE 107 - LAWRENCE
0 13411
ORGN 603 Institute for Organ and Church Music
A one-week intensive study program in performance, practice, and literature, advanced pedagogy, and church music. Normally offered during the summer session. May be repeated for credit. Graded S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 608 Organ Pedagogy
For seniors and graduate students majoring in organ or by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Materials and methods of pedagogy. Lectures, discussion, demonstration teaching, planning, and evaluation. One beginning or lower level organ student assigned to each class member with teaching done under supervision of class instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 622 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13412
IND Meszler, Alexander
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 20011
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13413
Graduate Courses in Organ & Church Music
CHUR 622 Bales Chorale
A choral ensemble directed by student conductors in the Division of Organ and Church Music under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for credit. ACT.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer, Michael
Park, Song Yi
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 17509
CHUR 801 Church Music Seminar I
History of Jewish music; history of church music and the thought about church music through the Middle Ages. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 802 Church Music Seminar II
History of church music and the thought about church music from the period of the Renaissance/Reformations through the Baroque era with special emphasis on hymnology, and anthem literature. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 803 Church Music Seminar III
History of church music and the thought about church music from the 19th century to the present with special emphasis on hymnology, and anthem literature. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 804 Church Music Seminar IV
A survey of sacred choral literature focusing on the development of the motet, the mass, and the cantata. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 805 Selected Topics in Church Music: _____
Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vogt, Kevin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 20575
CHUR 806 Service Playing and Improvisation I
Hymn playing, service playing techniques, anthem accompaniment, conducting from the console and improvisation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vogt, Kevin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 25732
CHUR 807 Service Playing and Improvisation II
Continuation of CHUR 806. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 808 History of Liturgy
The history of liturgy in Jewish and Christian traditions as well as historical criticism and interpretation of liturgy. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 809 The Judeo-Christian Tradition and the Arts
Readings, discussion and projects concerning architecture, visual art, literature, drama, poetry, dance, and film as they have developed in the Judeo-Christian tradition. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 810 Religion and the Arts
Issues in the relationship between religion and the arts. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 821 Church Music Colloquium I: Anthem Literature
A survey of significant anthem literature. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 822 Church Music Colloquium II: Handbells
Handbell history, literature, performance, and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 823 Church Music Colloquium III: Children's Choirs
A study of the history and literature of children's choirs, vocal characteristics of children, and rehearsal procedures with the children's choir. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 824 Church Music Colloquium IV: Hymnology
A study of the historical development of hymnody. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

CHUR 962 Improvisation
Applied study in improvisation at the organ. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 622 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13412
IND Meszler, Alexander
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 20011
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13413
ORGN 623 Senior Recital
Applied music lessons for undergraduate performance majors (Bachelor of Music). Must be taken in semester the senior recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Corequisite: ORGN 622. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 25815
LEC Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 25817
LEC Meszler, Alexander
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 25818
ORGN 702 Master Class in Organ - Lab
A class in the performance of advanced organ repertoire. For organ majors only or by consent of instructor. May be repeated. LAB.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Higdon, James
Bauer, Michael
F 01:00-01:50 PM BALE 107 - LAWRENCE
0 15661
ORGN 711 Organ
For graduate students not majoring in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13414
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13415
ORGN 720 Studio Class in Organ-Lab
Studio performance of works prepared under individual instruction. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Higdon, James
M 01:00-01:50 PM BALE 107 - LAWRENCE
0 15670
ORGN 800 Organ Building and Design
Acoustics; design, construction, and maintenance of organs; organ consulting, examination of organs. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 801 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design I
Organ literature and organ design from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Spanish, Italian, and English Baroque. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 802 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design II
Organ literature and organ design in the Dutch and German Baroque with special emphasis on J.S. Bach. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 803 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design III
French organ literature and organ design from the 17th century to the present. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 26021
ORGN 804 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design IV
German, North American, British, Scandinavian and Eastern European organ literature and organ design from the Classic era to the present. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 805 Selected Topics in Organ
An exploration of selected topics in organ design and literature. Topics change by semester. May be repeated for credit. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 16355
LEC Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 23431
ORGN 806 Organ Pedagogy
Philosophy, methods, and materials of organ pedagogy. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 807 Organ Study Tour
Study of European or North American organs through reading and site visits to instruments. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 811 Organ
For graduate students majoring in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 13416
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 13417
ORGN 921 Seminar in Performance: _____
A detailed study of organ repertoire, performance practice, the history of organ building as it affects the performance of a particular body of literature, liturgical or other extra-musical contexts, and other influences on musical style. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

ORGN 961 Directed Performance
Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. program in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 13418
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 13419
ORGN 965 Doctoral Recitals
Maximum credit, seven hours. May be repeated for credit. THE.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 13420
THE Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 13421
ORGN 970 D.M.A
A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13422
RSH Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13423
ORGN 972 D.M.A
A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13424
THE Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13425

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