2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2021  
2018-2019 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. Music majors complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree: 49-51 credits of core courses, 49-51 elective credits, and a minimum of 41 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 (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.


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  


  • 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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