2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2020  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music (B.A.)

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Major Requirements

Required music courses, especially music lessons, must be started as early as possible, preferably in the freshman year. In order to major in Music, a student must audition, and be accepted into the department by a designated member of the faculty. A minimum of 41 credits in music is required, and the student’s program must be approved in advance by the Department Chair.

The required courses are:

Music Theory courses:

One of the following advanced theory courses:

Music History courses:

A minimum of one course in Music History approved by the Music faculty.

Music Lessons:

Individual music lessons in the student’s principal instrument or in voice (MSI courses at the 100, 200, and 300 levels) (12 credits). Individual music lessons in a secondary area (2 credits). Voice majors must take MSC145: Language Orientation  (1 credit) for one semester.

Major Recital:


A student may substitute a senior thesis or composition for MSC400 . A detailed proposal must be submitted to, and approved by, the Department Chair.


Registration (0-1 credit) in at least one of the following ensembles every semester:

MSP153: University Chorus 

MSP241: Jazz Ensemble 

MSP243: Symphonic Band 

MSP249: Orchestra 

MSP363: Madrigal Chorus  

Music Education majors must also have at least two semesters in MSP 153 , MSP 243  or MSP 249  .


  • Additional three credits of electives in music 3 Credit(s)


All music majors will be required to pass comprehensive examinations in music history and theory and examinations in ear training and in piano proficiency before the end of the final semester.

Instrumental/Vocal Classes

Instrumental and vocal class instruction is designed to introduce students with little or no experience to the fundamentals of voice or an instrument. Students who wish to study voice or an instrument must begin with class instruction (MSC120-126) if they do not have any musical background. Open to all students. No audition is required.

Prerequisite: Students in guitar, woodwind, string, and brass classes must bring their own instruments. Instrument availability is limited. Rental information is available. Course fee.

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