BA in Music

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Music Major

Total Credits: 45; Only grades of ‘C’ or better will count toward the major.
The requirements below are a reflection of the most recent degree requirements for the BA in Music. Please refer to your catalog year for the most accurate 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/Ear Training I (4) Offered every spring [prerequisite: MUS 200 Offered every fall]
  • MUS 206/216 : Music Theory II and Sight Singing/Ear Training II (4) Offered every fall [prerequisite: MUS 205 Offered every spring]
  • MUS 309 : Music Theory III (3) Offered every spring [prerequisite: MUS 205 and MUS 206]

Music History and Ethnomusicology

  • MUS 235 : Music History I (3) Offered every fall [prerequisite: MUS 100 (T1AC) or MUS 120 (T2H) Offered every semester]
  • MUS 236 : Music History II (3) Offered every spring [prerequisite: MUS 100 (T1AC) or MUS 120 (T2H) Offered every semester]
  • MUS 335 : Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3) Offered fall only [prerequisite: MUS 130 (T1AC) Offered every semester]

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

  • MUS 302 : Popular Music in America (3) Offered spring only [prerequisite: MUS 120 or MUS 130]
  • MUS 345 : Choral Masterworks (3) Offered spring only [prerequisite: MUS 120 or permission of instructor]
  • MUS 303 : Music and the Art of Environment (3) Offered spring only [prerequisite: MUS 100, MUS 120, or MUS 130]

Applied Experience

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

  • MUS 103 : Chorus (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 Performance, Musicology: History, Composition and Criticism, or Music Industry and Leadership

Performance (15 credits)

  • 6 credits of MUS 456: Advanced Private Lesson Instruction (1.5 or 3 credits/semester) Registration in MUS 456 requires the successful completion of an advancement jury. 
  • Choose 6 credits of Performance Electives from the following:
    • MUS 113 : Small Ensembles (.5 credits each)
    • MUS 220 : Introduction to Conducting (3) [prerequisite: MUS 100]
    • MUS 320 : Advanced Conducting (3) [prerequisite: MUS 220]
    • MUS 240 : Introduction to Diction for Singers (1) [instructor permission, corequisite: MUS 356, MUS 456]
    • MUS 340 : Advanced Diction for Singers (1) [prerequisite: MUS 356 or MUS 456]
    • 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 of electives from another concentration area

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

  • 12 credits chosen from the following courses:
    • MUS 301 : Intermediate Music Production and Technology Offered spring only [prerequisite: MUS 250 or THE 283 or THE 281, or permission of instructor]
    • MUS 304 : Music of the 20th Century (3)
    • MUS 307 : Film Music in History/Culture (3)
    • MUS 308 : Opera (3)
    • MUS 310 : Music in America (3) [prerequisite: MUS 120]
    • MUS 312 : Music Theory IV (3) 
    • MUS 318 : Music and Narrative (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 of electives from another concentration area

Music Industry and Leadership (15 credits) 

  •  2 required courses (6 credits):
    • MUS 301 : Intermediate Music Production and Technology Offered spring only (3) [prerequisite: MUS 250 or THE 283 or THE 281, or permission of instructor]
    • MUS 361 : Leadership in Music Organizations (3) OR THE 365: Arts Management (for Spring ’19)  Offered on a rotating basis [prerequisite: None]
  • 3 credits from the following (to be chosen in consultation with your advisor):
    • MUS 365 : Special Topics in Music Industry and Leadership (3)
    • MUS 480 : Independent Study in Music (TBD)
    • MUS 395 : Practicum in Music (TBD) 
  • 3 credits of a required internship:
    • MUS 495 : Internship in Music (to be chosen in consultation with your advisor)
  • Choose 3 credits of electives from another concentration area

ALL students pursuing a BA in Music will have the ability to: 

  • hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre/texture 
  • interpret and apply musical notation 
  • understand the compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these interact with artistic and cultural contexts 
  • exhibit knowledge of a wide selection of musical literature, principal eras, and genres 
  • conduct independent original research within a specific field of interest by identifying research methodologies and appropriate resources and to communicate this work effectively through writing and oral presentation 
  • demonstrate functional keyboard skills 
  • apply music knowledge through performance 

Students with a concentration in PERFORMANCE will have the ability to: 

  • demonstrate the technical skills required for expression in at least one major performance area.
  • sing or play with accurate intonation 
  • interpret and effectively communicate music from a varied repertoire and to perform stylistically across a variety of time periods and genres 
  • apply a knowledge of Music Theory and Music History to the interpretation and contextualization of repertoire for performance 
  • demonstrate skills in leadership and collaboration as acquired through regular participation in ensembles. Participation in ensembles should be varied in size and repertoire explored 
  • demonstrate the acquisition, development, and synthesis of such skills and knowledge through a senior lecture recital that reflects the student’s particular interests in the concentration and the breadth of repertoire studied in the applied studio 

Students with a concentration in MUSICOLOGY: History, Composition, and Criticism will have the ability to: 

  • investigate music in a critical way 
  • expand the range of analytical methods, theoretical perspectives, creative techniques, and research approaches developed in the music major core 
  • apply skills and knowledge developed in core music theory, history, and ethnomusicology courses to focused analytical, critical, and creative studies that may involve analyzing the style and structure of past and present music, investigating its place in history and culture, and/or creating works of musical art through a variety of media 
  • grow as thinkers, creators, and researchers through interactions with repertoires not included in the music major core 
  • connect and synthesize the components of the concentration (history, composition, criticism) in creative and critical ways 
  • demonstrate the acquisition, development, and synthesis of such skills and knowledge through a senior project that reflects the student’s particular interests in the concentration 

Students with a concentration in MUSIC INDUSTRY AND LEADERSHIP will have the ability to: 

  • articulate the variety of career paths available to students with a background in music industry and leadership
  • demonstrate proficiency in the technology and software essential for a career in the Music Industry
  • demonstrate entrepreneurial skills necessary for the all 21stcentury musicians
  • demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills 
  • demonstrate effective leadership skills and the ability articulate varied leadership models and theories
  • develop workplace skills through internships with on and off-campus arts organizations and arts initiatives

Based on the National Association of Schools of Music Handbook 2017-2018 Handbook, Section VII.D.