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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/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 : 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 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 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 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 314 : Folk Music (3)
    • MUS 350 : Electronic Music II (3) [prerequisite: MUS 240 or permission of instructor]
    • 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

BA Music Learning Objectives