Degree: B.A., Music
Department of Music
The Department of Music functions as one component of the liberal arts institution. Cognizant of its mission the department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music that allows students to focus the major with elective courses. Students might use these electives to develop a specialization in composition, history, performance, technology, or theory. Additionally, students may pursue licensure to teach music through the College of Education. The music minor offers structure for students seeking a formalized music education to supplement another major. A number of ensembles offer performance opportunities for the University as well as community musicians. The department also serves the community at large through its offerings of cultural events — lectures, workshops, and concerts. This liberal arts orientation defines the goal of the major program — to allow students to pursue a specialized interest in music beyond a specific core of courses.
The objectives of the major program in music involve preparing students for graduate study as well as for careers in the performing arts, public school teaching, and many other areas. The music department’s Pollard Hall includes a small recital hall, a class piano laboratory, practice and rehearsal facilities as well as a recording studio, electronic music lab and media collection. Nearby duPont Hall houses the department’s music production lab.
The department presents a wide variety of public musical performances throughout the academic year. Students and faculty appear in general recitals, senior and faculty recitals, and chamber programs. The department and the University also sponsor visiting performers, composers, and lecturers in recitals, concerts, and master classes. The music department offers individual instruction in all traditional wind, string, and keyboard instruments and voice based on competitive auditions. A maximum of 12 credits in individual instruction and 10 credits in performing ensembles may be counted toward the minimum 120 credits required for a degree.
Students should balance their total program before exceeding these limits. Students planning to major in music should take MUTC 100 Technology for Musicians, MUTH 191 Diatonic Music Theory and MUTH 192 Diatonic Music Theory Skills in the first year. Prospective majors also should audition for admission to individual study in their performance area and to a musical ensemble. Incoming majors also should audition in the winter months for the Aurelia B. Walford and the Henry and Grace Spicer Scholarships, awarded to outstanding performers.
|MUTH 191||Diatonic Music Theory||3|
|MUTH 192||Diatonic Music Theory Skills||1|
|MUTH 291||Chromatic Music Theory||3|
|MUTH 292||Chromatic Music Theory Skills||1|
|MUTH 391||Post-Tonal Music Theory||3|
|MUTH 392||Post-Tonal Music Theory Skills||1|
|MUHL 375||Music Hist. I: Genre and Form||3|
|MUHL 376||Music History II: Narratives and Ideologies||3|
|MUTC 100||Technology for Musicians||3|
|Capstone (take in final year) 1||3|
|Music Seminar (take in final year)|
or EDUC 499
|Demonstrate functional keyboard skills by passing a piano proficiency exam 2|
|Select four semesters of studio lessons||4|
|Select four semesters of ensembles||4|
|Select an additional 8 credits||8|
Refer to College of Education program information for details about music licensure.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits