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Degrees in Organ & Church Music


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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer, Michael
Hofeling, Jacob
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 56966
CHUR 320 Church Music Practicum
Methods and materials of church music. May be repeated. LAB.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Classe, Ian
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0 61949
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer, Michael
Hofeling, Jacob
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 56967
ORGN 100 Organ
Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52912
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52911
ORGN 121 Organ
Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 55470
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52915
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52914
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52913
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 55471
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52918
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52917
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52916
ORGN 300 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 55472
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52921
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52920
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52919
ORGN 320 Studio Class in Organ - Lab
Studio performance of works prepared under individual instruction. May be repeated. LAB.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Hofeling, Jacob
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0 55427
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 55473
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52924
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52923
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52922
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 55474
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52925
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 55475
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52926
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Higdon, James
Classe, Ian
M 01:00-01:50 PM BALE 107 - LAWRENCE
0 52927
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 Spring 2017 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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 58935
ORGN 622 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 12 credits (3 each semester for 4 semesters) at the 121/221 levels. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 55478
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 58913
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 58286
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 52928
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer, Michael
Hofeling, Jacob
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 56967
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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 semester.

CHUR 805 Selected Topics in Church Music: _____
Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 56471
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.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHUR 807 Service Playing and Improvisation II
Continuation of CHUR 806. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 semester.

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

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 semester.

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

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

ORGN 622 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 12 credits (3 each semester for 4 semesters) at the 121/221 levels. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 55478
IND Bott, Seth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 58913
IND Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 58286
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-4 52928
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. Prerequisite: Corequisite: ORGN 622. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 63846
LEC Gender, Matthew
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 63848
LEC Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 63847
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0 52929
ORGN 711 Organ
For graduate students not majoring in organ. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 55480
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 52930
ORGN 720 Studio Class in Organ-Lab
Studio performance of works prepared under individual instruction. May be repeated for credit. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Higdon, James
F 01:00-01:50 PM BALE 107 - LAWRENCE
0 55411
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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017 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.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

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 Spring 2017 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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 55843
LEC Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 55410
LEC Vogt, Kevin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 61960
ORGN 806 Organ Pedagogy
Philosophy, methods, and materials of organ pedagogy. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 63849
ORGN 807 Organ Study Tour
Study of European or North American organs through reading and site visits to instruments. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 61124
ORGN 811 Organ
For graduate students majoring in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit three hours. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3-4 55481
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3-4 52931
IND Vogt, Kevin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3-4 61950
ORGN 899 Master's Recital
Master's Degree Recital: The Master's recital is the culminating event for the Master of Music degree and must be given before the Master's Final Oral Exam. Prerequisite: Corequisite: ORGN 811. THE.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 66092
THE Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 66093
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 Spring 2017 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 three hours. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3-4 64977
IND Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3-4 64978
IND Vogt, Kevin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3-4 64979
ORGN 965 Doctoral Recitals
Maximum credit, seven hours. May be repeated for credit. THE.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0-1 55482
THE Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0-1 52932
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 55483
RSH Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52933
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.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 55484
THE Higdon, James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 52934

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