BA in Music

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Music Major

Total Credits: 45; Only grades of ‘C’ or better will count toward the major.
*Effective for students entering Fall 2016 and after. Still under the old catalog? Click HERE for degree requirements.

Music Major Core Curriculum (30 credits)
The following courses are required of ALL Music Majors, regardless of Concentration.

Music Theory 

MUS 205/215 : Music Theory I and Sight Singing and Ear Training I (4) Offered every spring
MUS 206/216 : Music Theory II and Sight Singing and Ear Training II (4) Offered every fall
MUS 309 : Music Theory III (3) Offered every spring

Music History and Ethnomusicology

MUS 235 : Music History I (3) Offered every fall
MUS 236 : Music History II (3) Offered every spring
MUS 335 : Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3) Offered fall only

Choose one of the following Tier II Writing intensive classes (offered on a rotating basis):

  • MUS 302 : Popular Music in America (3) – Tier II Writing Intensive Course – Offered spring only
  • MUS 345 : Choral Masterworks  (3) – Tier II Writing Intensive Course – Offered spring only
  • MUS 303 : Music and the Art of Environment (3) Tier II Writing Intensive Course- Offered spring only

Applied Experience

Four semesters (4 credits) of large ensemble experience to be chosen from the following:

  • MUS 103 : Concert Chorale (1) Offered every semester
  • MUS 107 : Concert Band (1) Offered every semester

Capstone Experience

MUS 490 : Senior Project in Music- Tier III Writing Requirement and Capstone Experience (3)

*All Music Majors must successfully complete the Keyboard Proficiency Exam prior to graduation.

Music Majors will choose a concentration in either Performance or Musicology: History, Composition and Criticism.

Performance (15 credits)

  • 6 credits of MUS 456: Advanced Private Lesson Instruction (1.5 or 3 credits/semester)
  • Choose 6 credits of Performance Electives from the following:
    • MUS 113 : Small Ensembles (.5 credits each)
    • MUS 212 : Class Percussion (3)
    • MUS 217 : Class Voice II  (3)
    • MUS 218 : Class Guitar II (3)
    • MUS 214 : Class Piano II (3)
    • MUS 220 : Introduction to Conducting (3)
    • MUS 320 : Advanced Conducting (3)
    • MUS 240 : Introduction to Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 340 : Advanced Diction for Singers (1)
    • MUS 356 : Private Lesson Instruction (1.5 or 3 credits/semester)
    • MUS 456 : Advanced Private Lesson Instruction (beyond the 6 credits required above)
    • MUS 365 : Special Topics in Performance (3)
    • MUS 480 : Independent Study in Music (TBD)
  • Choose 3 credits from the Musicology Concentration

Musicology: History, Composition, and Criticism (15 credits)

  • 12 credits chosen from the following courses:
    • MUS 304 : Music of the 20th Century (3)
    • MUS 308 : Opera (3)
    • MUS 310 : Music in America (3)
    • MUS 312 : Music Theory IV (3)
    • MUS 314 : Folk Music (3)
    • MUS 350 : Electronic Music II (3)
    • MUS 355 : Music with an Edge (3)
    • MUS 365 : Special Topics in Music (3)
    • MUS 372 : Multimedia Composition (3)
    • MUS 480 : Independent Study in Music (TBD)
  • Choose 3 credits from the Performance Concentration

Learning Outcomes for BA in Music