• Gracias Music offers a broad range of programs that mold talented students into true professionals of music.  Gracias Music offers three concentrations: Orchestra, piano, and voice. Student course schedules include both classroom instruction and individual lessons in their specific concentration of study for an average of 23 hours per week. Students engage in four terms of course work. Students will also take a Spiritual Development Session once a week.

  • Accompany [MUSC 111]
    Prerequisites: NONE. Piano majors only
    The first course of a four-term course sequence focusing on piano accompaniment for vocal musical pieces. Such components of effective accompaniment covered in this course sequence include simultaneous piano playing and reading of the literary text, defining the melodic character of a particular piece and its dynamic range, finding culmination points, caesuras, and recognizing vocal breathing patterns.

    Accompany [MUSC 112]
    Prerequisites: ACCL 110. Piano majors only
    The second course of a four-term course sequence focusing on piano accompaniment for vocal musical pieces. Such components of effective accompaniment covered in this course sequence include simultaneous piano playing and reading of the literary text, defining the melodic character of a particular piece and its dynamic range, finding culmination points, caesuras, and recognizing vocal breathing patterns.

    Chamber Music [ENSM 401]
    Prerequisites: NONE. Piano and orchestra majors
    The first course of a four-course term sequence. The chamber music course will equip the student with the ability to make music with others. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student will be introduced to a diverse set of works and to the different challenges each one presents.

    Chamber Music [ENSM 402]
    Prerequisites: CHMB 110. Piano and orchestra majors
    The second course of a four-course term sequence. The chamber music course will equip the student with the ability to make music with others. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student will be introduced to a diverse set of works and to the different challenges each one presents.

    Chamber Music [ENSM 403]
    Prerequisites: CHMB 120. Piano and orchestra majors
    The third course of a four-course term sequence. The chamber music course will equip the student with the ability to make music with others. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student will be introduced to a diverse set of works and to the different challenges each one presents.

    Chamber Music [ENSM 403]
    Prerequisites: CHMB 210. Piano and orchestra majors
    The fourth and final course of a four-course term sequence. The chamber music course will equip the student with the ability to make music with others. Under the guidance of the instructor, the student will be introduced to a diverse set of works and to the different challenges each one presents.

    Choir [ENSM 511]
    Prerequisites: NONE. All majors
    This is the first course of a four-term course sequence. Choir is comprised of a mixed chorus of male and female vocal students who perform accompanied and unaccompanied choral music. Choir repertoire explores various genres of choral music from Bach to modern day, such as Oratorio Requiem, Cantata, and Passion, as well as masterworks of world-renowned composers and choral music. Course work concludes with one or more seasonal concerts per term.

    Choir [ENSM 512]
    Prerequisites: CHOI 110. All majors
    This is the second course of a four-term course sequence. Choir is comprised of a mixed chorus of male and female vocal students who perform accompanied and unaccompanied choral music. Choir repertoire explores various genres of choral music from Bach to modern day, such as Oratorio Requiem, Cantata, and Passion, as well as masterworks of world-renowned composers and choral music. Course work concludes with one or more seasonal concerts per term.

    Choir [ENSM 513]
    Prerequisites: CHOI 120. All majors
    This is the third course of a four-term course sequence. Choir is comprised of a mixed chorus of male and female vocal students who perform accompanied and unaccompanied choral music. Choir repertoire explores various genres of choral music from Bach to modern day, such as Oratorio Requiem, Cantata, and Passion, as well as masterworks of world-renowned composers and choral music. Course work concludes with one or more seasonal concerts per term.

    Choir [ENSM 514]
    Prerequisites: CHOI 210. All majors
    This is the final course of a four-term course sequence. Choir is comprised of a mixed chorus of male and female vocal students who perform accompanied and unaccompanied choral music. Choir repertoire explores various genres of choral music from Bach to modern day, such as Oratorio Requiem, Cantata, and Passion, as well as masterworks of world-renowned composers and choral music. Course work concludes with one or more seasonal concerts per term.

    Diction [211]
    Prerequisites: Voice majors only
    In this course, students are taught how to accurately pronounce French words in French songs and arias using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

    Diction [212]
    Prerequisites: Voice majors only
    In this course, students are taught how to accurately pronounce German words in German songs and arias using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

    Diction [213]
    Prerequisites: NONE. Voice majors only
    This is the first course of a two-term course sequence. It covers pronunciation of Italian words using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

    Music History [HMUS 110]
    Prerequisites: NONE
    The first course in a three-term course sequence that offers a detailed study of the development of Western music from its beginnings to the beginning of the twenty-first century (with an introductory dealing with the music of Antiquity). Course will continually study music in its historical context, and will focus primarily on the history of music style, so the student can think like an historian.

    Music History [HMUS 120]
    Prerequisites: MHIS 110
    The second course in a three-term course sequence that offers a detailed study of the development of Western music from its beginnings to the beginning of the twenty-first century (with an introductory dealing with the music of Antiquity). Course will continually study music in its historical context, and will focus primarily on the history of music style, so the student can think like an historian.

    Music History [HMUS 210]
    Prerequisites: MTRY 120
    The third course in a three-term course sequence that offers a detailed study of the development of Western music from its beginnings to the beginning of the twenty-first century (with an introductory dealing with the music of Antiquity). Course will continually study music in its historical context, and will focus primarily on the history of music style, so the student can think like an historian.

    Music History [HMUS 220]
    Prerequisites: MTRY 120
    The final course in a four-term course sequence that offers a detailed study of the development of Western music from its beginnings to the beginning of the twenty-first century (with an introductory dealing with the music of Antiquity). Course will continually study music in its historical context, and will focus primarily on the history of music style, so the student can think like an historian.

    Opera Ensemble [ENSM 411]
    Prerequisites: NONE. Must be a voice-concentration student
    This is the first course of a two-term course sequence that must be taken during the third term of study. Students are introduced to basic stage movement and motions, stage etiquette, and dance. They learn about the vocal and verbal expressions involved in acting as they rehearse opera lines. Students also attend live operas in order to visualize the concepts and topics discussed in class.

    Opera Ensemble [ENSM 412]
    Prerequisites: OPCL 110. Must be a voice-concentration student
    This is the final course of a two-term course sequence that must be taken during the fourth term of study. In this course, students continue their studies on the opera stage by selecting and acting out one opera scene with their classmates. Students are given the opportunity to apply and practice Opera Class I and II concepts and topics, as well as attend live operas to further assist in visualizing in-class topics.

    Vocal Ensemble [ENSM 413]
    Prerequisites: OPCL 110. Must be a voice-concentration student
    This is the final course of a two-term course sequence that must be taken during the fourth term of study. In this course, students continue their studies on the opera stage by selecting and acting out one opera scene with their classmates. Students are given the opportunity to apply and practice Opera Class I and II concepts and topics, as well as attend live operas to further assist in visualizing in-class topics.

    Vocal Ensemble [ENSM 414]
    Prerequisites: OPCL 110. Must be a voice-concentration student
    This is the final course of a two-term course sequence that must be taken during the fourth term of study. In this course, students continue their studies on the opera stage by selecting and acting out one opera scene with their classmates. Students are given the opportunity to apply and practice Opera Class I and II concepts and topics, as well as attend live operas to further assist in visualizing in-class topics.

    Non-major Piano [MUSC 101]
    Prerequisites: NONE. Required of all students except piano majors
    The first course of a three-term course sequence specifically designed for non-piano concentrated music students to expand and develop musical thinking and reading musical text within the parameters of basic piano playing. Topics such as fingering, tempo, sight-reading, and articulation will be introduced.

    Non-major Piano [MUSC 102]
    Prerequisites: NONP 110. Required of all students except piano majors
    The second course of a three-term course sequence specifically designed for non-piano concentrated music students to expand musical thinking and reading musical text within the parameters of basic piano playing. Topics such as fingering, tempo, sight-reading, articulation, phasing, dynamics, and artistic expression in performance will be continually developed.

    Solfeggio [MTHY 101]
    Prerequisites: All majors 
    This is the first course of a four-term course sequence. Students learn the basic foundational music skills of ear training and sight singing in terms of tone and interval through simple classical pieces and music phrases. Students are ear-trained to write down what they hear and to sight-sing music pieces.

    Solfeggio [MTHY 102]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    This is the second course of a four-term course sequence. Students continue to work on ear-training and sight-singing skills using classical pieces and music phrases with tones and intervals of greater difficulty than Solfeggio I.

    Solfeggio [MTHY 103]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    This is the third course of a four-term course sequence. Students continue to develop their ear-training and sight-singing skills. They are introduced to new topics in simple atonal and music pieces with melodies that date from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

    Solfeggio [MTHY 104]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    This is the final course of a four-term course sequence. Students fine-tune their ear-training and sight-singing skills. Solfeggio III topics are covered, but with more difficult atonal and music pieces with melodies that date from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

    Orchestra [ENSM 501]
    Prerequisites: Orchestra majors only
    The first course in a four-course term sequence that involves all string players in a strings orchestral setting. The course comprises full rehearsals under the direction of a conductor, sectionals led by the teachers of the respective instruments, and quick study practice of technically challenging orchestral music. This course is required for all string-concentrated students.

    Orchestra [ENSM 502]
    Prerequisites: Orchestra majors only
    The second course in a four-course term sequence that involves all string players in a strings orchestral setting. The course comprises full rehearsals under the direction of a conductor, sectionals led by the teachers of the respective instruments, and quick study practice of technically challenging orchestral music. This course is required for all string-concentrated students.

    Orchestra [ENSM 503]
    Prerequisites: Orchestra majors only
    The third course in a four-course term sequence that involves all string players in a strings orchestral setting. The course comprises full rehearsals under the direction of a conductor, sectionals led by the teachers of the respective instruments, and quick study practice of technically challenging orchestral music. This course is required for all string-concentrated students.

    Orchestra [ENSM 504]
    Prerequisites: Orchestra majors only
    The fourth and final course in a four-course term sequence that involves all string players in a strings orchestral setting. The course comprises full rehearsals under the direction of a conductor, sectionals led by the teachers of the respective instruments, and quick study practice of technically challenging orchestral music. This course is required for all string-concentrated students.

    Music Theory [MTHY 111]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    The first course in theory and harmony will briefly review and summarize the fundamentals of notating music with the aid of the “Music Theory in Practice” series published by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. It will also introduce the fundamentals of harmony and voice leading from the common practice period.

    Music Theory [MTHY 112]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    The second course in theory and harmony’s four course sequence that will further examine the fundamentals of harmony and voice leading from the common practice period, continuing to work with Aldwell, Edward & Schachter, Carl, Harmony & Voice Leading.

    Music Theory [MTHY 113]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    The third course in theory and harmony’s four course sequence that will further examine the fundamentals of harmony and voice leading from the common practice period, continuing to work with Aldwell, Edward & Schachter, Carl, Harmony & Voice Leading.

    Music Theory [MTHY 114]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    The fourth and final course in theory and harmony’s four course sequence that will further examine the fundamentals of harmony and voice leading from the common practice period, continuing to work with Aldwell, Edward & Schachter, Carl, Harmony & Voice Leading.

    Theology I [LARTS 101]
    Prerequisites: All majors 
    This institutional course is required for all non-theology studies students for all terms of their respective programs. This course allows students to create depth in their hearts and minds while learning the ethos of Mahanaim from a spiritual perspective. This course meets five times a week, one hour per session.

    Theology II [LARTS 102]
    Prerequisites: All majors  
    This institutional course is required for all non-theology studies students for all terms of their respective programs. This course allows students to create depth in their hearts and minds while learning the ethos of Mahanaim from a spiritual perspective. This course meets five times a week, one hour per session.

    Theology III [LARTS 103]
    Prerequisites: All majors 
    This institutional course is required for all non-theology studies students for all terms of their respective programs. This course allows students to create depth in their hearts and minds while learning the ethos of Mahanaim from a spiritual perspective. This course meets five times a week, one hour per session.

    Theology IV [LARTS 104]
    Prerequisites: All majors
    This institutional course is required for all non-theology studies students for all terms of their respective programs. This course allows students to create depth in their hearts and minds while learning the ethos of Mahanaim from a spiritual perspective. This course meets five times a week, one hour per session.

    Graduation Recital
    Prerequisites: All majors
    This is a solo recital performed in front of students and faculty at the end of the students’ fourth term of study. Students have the option of performing an additional chamber ensemble as part of their recital schedule. This course is mandatory for program completion. Students will be graded on a pass or no-pass basis.