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Music Department


In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all — the department of music seeks to provide a means for spiritual, intellectual and artistic development consistent with a liberal arts education. With an annual schedule of more than 30 public presentations and an accomplished artist faculty, our department exemplifies the unity of musicianship and educational practice needed for success in the real world.

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Undergraduate Programs

Music

Music

Music

The music major focuses on voice, piano and choral conducting. We're committed to helping you develop as a musician, and applying your talent toward success in the real world! Read More »

Music Education

Music Education

Music Education

Are you interested in teaching music? Pick up a music education endorsement. Read More »

Opportunities

All-State Choral Music Camp

All-State Choral Music Camp

High school students, prepare for the 2015 Iowa All-state Choral Competition at this intensive (but fun!) three-day workshop. Read More »

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir

A selectively auditioned ensemble, the Chamber Choir functions as the most advanced choral organization at Briar Cliff University. Read More »

Choir Tours

Choir Tours

Briar Cliff’s choirs have toured to a variety of domestic and international destinations including Italy, Hawaii, France, the Caribbean and more! Read More »

Cliff Singers

Cliff Singers

Cliff Singers

You can audition for the Cliff Singers no matter what your major is at BCU. The renowned choir tours annually and has performed at local, regional, national and international venues. Read More »

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Audition for the jazz band and earn class credit. The student-created group performs on and off campus, at various nightclub venues throughout the region. Read More »

Liturgical Ensembles

Liturgical Ensembles

Liturgical Ensembles

Help energize Mass and special services by joining a liturgical ensemble at Briar Cliff. Read More »

Productions

Productions

Briar Cliff’s music and theatre departments frequently join forces to put on a Broadway musicals, operas and other productions. Read More »

Scholarships

Scholarships

BCU offers music scholarships to recognize and encourage talented student musicians who are looking for a liberal arts education. Read More »

 

Courses

MUSC 114 - Music Theory I
MUSC 114L - Music Theory Lab I
MUSC 115 - Music Theory II
MUSC 115L - Music Theory Lab II
MUSC 125 - American Popular Music (Online)
MUSC 220 - Music Appreciation
MUSC 225 - One World: Music of the World's Peoples
MUSC 247 - Music History and Literature I
MUSC 248 - Music History and Literature II
MUSC 250 - Applied Organ Lessons
MUSC 255 - Applied Piano Lessons
MUSC 260 - Applied Voice Lessons
MUSC 314 - Music Theory III
MUSC 314L - Music Theory Lab III
MUSC 315 - Music Theory IV
MUSC 315L - Music Theory Lab IV
MUSC 335 - Music for Elementary Teacher
MUSC 340 - Piano Pedagogy
MUSC 345 - Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary School
MUSC 437 - Conducting I
MUSC 438 - Conducting II
MUSC 439 - Choral Procedures
MUSC 440 - Methods of Teaching Music in Secondary School
MUSC 450 - Applied Organ Lessons II
MUSC 455 - Applied Piano Lessons II
MUSC 460 - Applied Voice Lessons II
MUSC 48M - Chamber Choir
MUSC 50M - Cliff Singers
MUSC 55M - Jazz Ensemble
MUSC IS - Independent Study

Faculty

Sean Burton
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
712-279-5548

Sister Mary Day, O.S.F.
Associate Professor of Music; Music Department Chair
712-279-5567

Robert Gibson
Instructor of Jazz
712-279-1625

Jeremy Owens
Associate Professor of Music
712-279-5479

Richard Steinbach
Professor of Music
712-279-5550