Department of Music

Major & Minor

This is a general overview of the major and minor. For more information, please consult the current college catalog, or contact the department.

The Department of Music offers both a major and minor in music. For students interested in music education, the Department of Music, in conjunction with the Education Department, offers a degree in music with an emphasis in education.

Music Major & Minor

The concentration in music requires a minimum of 40 credit hours, which includes the fine arts core requirement. After completion of MUS 110 and MUS 111 in the fall semester of freshman year, students must complete:

  • Music 201: Theory I
  • Music 221: Theory II
  • Music 321: Theory III
  • Music 322: History & Literature of Music I
  • Music 323: History & Literature of Music II

In addition, students must take three credit-hours selected from any 400-level music history course, 12 credit-hours of Applied Music and five hours of music electives at the 300 or 400 level excluding private instrument/voice study.

All students declaring a concentration in music are required to pass a Music Department juried audition prior to registration for 300-level lessons. Typically taken at the end of the sophomore year, the quality of the performance and an established record of progress in studio lessons and juries at the 200 level will be determining factors for successful advancement to 300-level lessons.

Every semester, students majoring in music or intending to major in music must participate in the appropriate ensemble and enroll in private study on their primary instrument/voice.

During the senior year of study, as an extension of the 400 level of private study, students majoring in music are required to present a full recital on their major instrument/voice or a half recital and a project. The project may be in the areas of music theory, music history, music pedagogy, music composition or conducting. During the second jury of the 300 level of lessons, the music faculty will either approve a full recital or recommend the half recital/project option. If the second option is appropriate, then the student, with the advice of a faculty supervisor, will present a proposal for the project that will be due by the end of the first three weeks of the following semester. The project will be due no later than the end of classes during the semester in which a student will graduate.

Minor

The minor in music requires a minimum of 20 credit hours. Students choosing to minor in music must complete:

  • Music 110: Introduction to Music Studies
  • Music 111: Fundamentals of Music
  • Music 201: Theory I
  • Music 322: History & Literature of Music I
  • Music 323: History & Literature of Music II

In addition, students must take four semesters of lessons on an instrument or voice and four semesters of participation in a primary ensemble.

Music Major & Minor with an Emphasis in Education

The concentration in music with an emphasis in education requires a minimum of 47 credit hours, which includes the fine arts core requirement. The required courses are the same as the requirements for the Music Concentration EXCEPT in place of the five credits of electives (at the 300 and 400 level), students must complete:

  • Music 324: Beginning Conducting
  • Music 417: The Teaching of Music in the Classroom
  • Education 360: Philosophy of Education
  • Education 401: Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship

In addtion, students must participate in a primary ensemble (orchestra, choir, or band) for one semester on a secondary instrument/voice. Students must also pass a keyboard proficiency exam, which includes sight-reading, harmonization, basic improvisation, and performance.

During the senior year of study, as an extension of the 400 level of private study, students majoring in music are required to present a full recital on their major instrument/voice or a half recital and a project. The project may be in the areas of music theory, music history, music pedagogy, music composition or conducting. During the second jury of the 300 level of lessons, the music faculty will either approve a full recital or recommend the half recital/project option. If the second option is appropriate, then the student, with the advice of a faculty supervisor, will present a proposal for the project that will be due by the end of the first three weeks of the following semester. The project will be due no later than the end of classes during the semester in which a student will graduate.

Minor

The minor in music with an emphasis in education requires a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students choosing to minor in music must complete:

  • Music 110: Introduction to Music Studies
  • Music 111: Fundamentals of Music
  • Music 201: Theory I
  • Music 206: Advanced Understanding Music
  • Music 417: The Teaching of Music in the Classroom
  • Music 324: Beginning Conducting or Music 310: Music Pedagogy

In addition, the student must take four semesters of lessons on an instrument or voice and four semesters of participation in a primary ensemble, and one semester in a primary ensemble on a secondary instrument. Students must also pass a keyboard proficiency exam, which includes sight-reading, harmonization, basic improvisation, and performance.