2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate 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. Music majors complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree: 49-51 credits of core courses (see page 45  ), 49-51 elective credits, and a minimum of 40 credits in their major. 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 (8 credits of MSI courses; including at least 4 semesters at the 200-level or above).  Individual music lessons in a secondary area (2 credits). Voice majors must take MSC145: Language Orientation  (1 credit) for one semester.

Major Recital:


Note:


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

Ensembles:


Music majors are required to participate in at least one of the following performing ensemble for 0 to 1 credit each semester.  At least 6 MSP credits are necessary to fulfill degree requirements.  

MSP153: University Chorus  

MSP241: Jazz Ensemble  

MSP243: Symphonic Band  

MSP249: Orchestra  

MSP363: Madrigal Chorus  

Electives:


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

Note:


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.

Degree Plan


Degree Plan for Music (B.A.)

 
Fall
Spring
First Year
 
 
UNV101: University Seminar I (3 credits) &
FYT-100: First Year Transitions (1 credit)
X
 
MSC211: Theory I (3 credits)
X
 
MSI Individual Lesson (1 credit)
X
X
MSP Performing Ensemble (1 credit)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
UNV102: University Seminar II (3 credits)
 
X
MSC212: Theory II (3 credits)
 
X
MSC220: History of Music through 1750 (3 credits) or
MSC221: Bach to Rock: Music from 1750 to the Present (3 credits)
 
X
Second Year
 
 
RTS225: Quest for the Ultimate (3 credits) or
PHL225: Quest for the Good Life (3 credits) (one each semester)
X
X
MSC300: Theory III (3 credits)
X
 
MSI Individual Lesson (1 credit)
X
X
MSP Performing Ensemble (1 credit)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
MSI Individual Lesson, Secondary (1 credit)
X
X
MSC301: Analysis (3 credits)
 
X
Third Year
 
 
MSC Advanced Theory (3 credits)
X
 
MSI Individual Lesson (1 credit)
X
X
MSP Performing Ensemble (1 credit)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
MSC Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Fourth Year
 
 
MSI Individual Lesson (1 credit)
X
X
MSP Performing Ensemble (1 credit)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
 
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
MSC400 (0 credits)
 
X
MSC490: Capstone (3 credits)
 
X

 

*Suggested Plan to Complete Degree Requirements


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