Music (BA)

Music Leadership

This emphasis prepares the graduate for community music-making in a secular setting, including community music-making, conducting, music with children, and studies in piano, guitar, and voice. Please work closely with your advisor.

Program Requirements

Required General Education

Explore the musics of the world and the cultures that they came from. Participation in off-campus musical events (concert/celebration/festival) required.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-08

Diverse Cultures: Gold

Pop Music USA - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Popular music is a multi-billion dollar industry today. What is it, and where did it come from? Learn about the origins of jazz in the music of African-Americans, its growth from Dixieland through the Big Band era (with the contributions of performers like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington) to its influences on musical styles in the present day.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Rock music has fans in every country and in every culture. It really is a universal language, but it didn't start that way. It began as black Rhythm and Blues in the 40's, and through to the present, minority groups have had a major influence on the music.

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Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Goal Area 11--Ensembles - Choose 2 Credit(s). 1st Year

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Prerequisites to the Major

To be accepted into the major, a student must: 1) Meet university requirements (minimum of 30 earned credits, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher) 2) Have a "C" or better in all required music courses

Major Common Core

Part I of a four semester sequence in Music Theory focusing on written music notation skills including scales, tonality, key modes, intervals, transposition, chords, cadences, non-harmonic tones and melodic organization.

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Part II of a four semester sequence in Music Theory focusing on written music notation skills including scales, tonality, key, modes, intervals, transposition, chords, cadences, non-harmonic tones and melodic organization.

Prerequisites: MUS 131 

Part I of the four semester sequence focusing on sight-singing and ear training.

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Part II of the four semester sequence focusing on sight-singing and ear training.

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Class instruction in keyboard. No experience with the keyboard is required. Functional skills, including technique, scales and chord progressions, solo playing, and ensemble playing are all incorporated. Assignments are made based upon the student's major and interests. Permission of Instructor required.

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This course will provide an overview of various music careers and will examine the attitudes and behaviors of successful professional musicians.

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Interview for admission to the music major. See your advisor for details.Grading Method

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Part III of a four semester sequence in Music Theory focusing on written music notation skills.

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Part IV of a four semester sequence in Music Theory focusing on written music notation skills.

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Part III of the four semester sequence focusing on sight-singing and ear training.

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Part IV of the four semester sequence focusing on sight-singing and ear training.

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A continuation of MUSC 119 Class Piano 1. Mastery of skills (technique, scales and chord progressions, solo playing, and ensemble playing) are demonstrated over the semester.

Prerequisites: MUSC 119

Prior to admission to 300- and 400-level classes, students are assessed by a cohort of music faculty. The assessment includes a review of academic progress, and a presentation or performance before the music faculty. For more information, please see your academic advisor.

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This writing-intensive course focuses on the repertory of Western Music from prehistory through 1800. It examines the ways that culture and patronage impacted music developments, and focuses on techniques appropriate to research, including finding, evaluating, and using sources.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, MUS 131 

Goal Areas: GE-02

This writing-intensive course focuses on the repertory of Western Music from 1800 to the present. It examines the ways that culture and patronage impacted music developments, and focuses on techniques appropriate to research, including finding, evaluating, and using sources.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, MUS 131

Goal Areas: GE-02

In this course music majors will learn how to market themselves, create their own brand and lay the groundwork for their post-college careers. The course will cover the basics of self-assessment, bio writing, resume building, networking, self-promotion, professional communications and presentations, e-portfolios, social media and other strategies used by professional musicians.

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Significant musical forms, past and present.

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Demonstrate mastery of musicianship skills through performance, conducting, arranging, collaboration and/or other creative activities, considering multiple musical genres. Demonstration of an awareness of social/historical context of music through a written/an or oral presentation. Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills.

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Major Restricted Electives

Music Technology - Choose 2 Credit(s).

An introductory course in musical creativity using technology, audio recording, and computer based music. Explore basic audio processing, routing, and live sound design, and creative projects that draw from experimental cinema, electoacoustics, EDM, and contemporary music. You don't have to be able to read music to take this class.SchedulingCheck current bulletin.

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Goal Areas: GE-13

Technology applications for the K-12 music educator.

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Primary Ensemble (2nd Year) - Choose 2 Credit(s).

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Lessons (2nd Year) - Choose 2 - 6 Credit(s). Students pursuing a Performance Emphasis register for 3-credit lessons each semester; students pursuing other emphases register for 1-credit lessons.

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Lessons (1st Year) - Choose 2 Credit(s). All lessons should be in the same performance area. Please see music advisor for more information.

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Introducing fundamental healthy vocal technique, practice techniques, performance practices, collaborative musicianship, stage deportment, basic solfege, and elements of critical listening. Learning skills that are applied to private study for all music majors and minors. May be repeated.

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Primary Ensemble (3rd Year) - Choose 2 Credit(s).

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Lessons (3rd Year) - Choose 2 - 6 Credit(s). Students pursuing a Performance Emphasis register for 3-credit lessons each semester; students pursuing other emphases register for 1-credit lessons.

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Initial preparations for capstone experience through performances and possible junior recital; Advanced techniques in pedagogy; Collaborative and independent musicianship developed; Introduction to entrepreneurial skills; Service or in-service activities. May be repeated.

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Build upon the principles of vocal production as they apply to singing songs from contemporary commercial genres; including popular songs, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, contemporary worship, and track singing. Emphasis is placed on posture, breathing, resonance, style, microphone technique, movement, program development, and presentation. Literature appropriate for each voice range and ability is studied. Audition required.

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In-Service - Choose 2 Credit(s). 2 Semesters (1 cr. per semester)

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Primary Ensemble (4th Year) - Choose 2 Credit(s).

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Secondary Ensemble - Choose 4 Credit(s). Pianists pursuing the Performance Emphasis are strongly encouraged to register for MUSP 215 and MUSP 315, Collaborative Piano.

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A select group of approximately 20 singers who perform works for small ensemble. The group tours regularly in the state and in the region. Prereq: audition required

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Goal Areas: GE-11

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Goal Areas: GE-11

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Experience in accompanying. Advanced pianists may participate in chamber ensembles. May be repeated.

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Concert Attendance - 8 Semesters required

Required for all music majors each semester in residence. May be repeated. P/N only.

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Studio Class - Every semester that a student is enrolled in lessons, Studio Class is a required corequisite. Six semesters required.

Master class where students perform for each other, and are critiqued by other students and faculty. Presentations may also be made on performance issues. Required each semester that a student is taking lessons.

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Emphasis Common Core

This emphasis prepares the graduate for community music-making in a secular setting, including community music-making, conducting, music with children, and studies in piano, guitar, and voice. Please work closely with your advisor.

The basics of establishing and maintaining a guitar ensemble or program in a school situation.

Prerequisites: none

This course is a prerequisite for Choral Musicianship (MUS 401/MUS 402) and Instrumental Musicianship (MUS 411/MUS 412). The course will develop basic conducting technique, acquaint the student with appropriate terminology, develop interpretive skills and gesture vocabulary.

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Kindergarten and elementary grades. For elementary education majors only.

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Audition required.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Introducing fundamental healthy vocal technique, practice techniques, performance practices, collaborative musicianship, stage deportment, basic solfege, and elements of critical listening. Learning skills that are applied to private study for all music majors and minors. May be repeated.

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Audition required.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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Working collaboratively with smaller vocal ensembles and vocal soloists at the keyboard in different styles and genres.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Emphasis Restricted Electives

Recommended General Education Courses - Choose 0 - 7 Credit(s).

This course is designed to provide a thorough introduction to the broad spectrum of theories and applications that make up the field of psychology

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

Basic descriptive and inferential statistics used in the analysis of sociological data.

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Goal Areas: GE-04

Recommended Minor: Psychology - Choose 0 - 8 Credit(s).

Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and personality development from conception to preadolescence. Focus on interplay between maturation and experience.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 

This class covers the development of the individual from the age of 11 to 19 years of age. Discussion will include aspects of both normal and abnormal development.

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Aging process and development during the adult years; psychology and psychological concerns of the aging individual; dealing with death.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Additional Recommended Electives - Choose 0 - 4 Credit(s).

Systems approach to the structure of the human body. The course is designed for students majoring in biology or health related programs. Lab included.

Prerequisites: none

Other Graduation Requirements

Choose 8 credit(s): take one series Language