Music Studies

Music Studies is a generalized concentration allowing for individualized advisor/student design of upper-division Special Studies courses.  Many students in this curriculum enter the music business industry, teach private lessons, work in music and arts management, or pursue a profession outside of music. Students who are electing to double-major within the college/university frequently choose this sequence. The department recognizes the need for and value of a flexible and individualized concentration, as consistent with the orientation of a liberal arts institution.

Students should consult with their music department faculty advisor prior to registration.

Music Studies Degree Requirements

Core (Common to all Concentrations):

  • MUSC 111 - Comprehensive Musicianship I (3 credits)
  • MUSC 121 - Musicianship Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 112 - Comprehensive Musicianship II (3 credits)
  • MUSC 122 - Musicianship Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 211 - Comprehensive Musicianship III (3 credits)
  • MUSC 221 - Musicianship Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 212 - Comprehensive Musicianship IV (3 credits)
  • MUSC 222 - Musicianship Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 335 - History of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 336 - History of Music II (4 credits)

Lessons (8 Semesters):

  • MUSC 227 - Applied Voice/Instrument (for at least first four semesters) (1 credit)
  • MUSC 337 - Applied Voice/Instrument (upper division lessons; can be taken beginning in fifth semester) (1 credit)
  • MUSC 114 - Secondary Instrument (Recommended but not required) (1 credit)

Ensembles (7 Semesters):

  • MUSC 230 - Symphonic Band (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 231 - Wind Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 232 - Chamber Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 233 - Orchestra (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 234 - Men's Chorus (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 235 - Women's Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 237 - Clarinet Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 238 - Jazz Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 239 - All-College Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 240 - Choral Arts Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, String Chamber Music, Viola Da Gamba Ensemble, Brass Quintet (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 241 - Saxophone Quartet (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 242 - Brass Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 243 - Percussion/Marimba Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 244 - Gregorian Chant Schola (0-1 credits)

Music Studies Electives (choose at least 8 credits):

  • MUSC 260 - Introduction to Music Composition (4 credits)
  • MUSC 316 - Woodwind Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 317 - Percussion Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 318 - Brass Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 319 - Strings Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 323 - Choral Techniques I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 324 - Choral Techniques II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 325 - Basic Instrumental Conducting (2 credits)
  • MUSC 326 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Jazz Methods (3 credits)
  • MUSC 327 - Music for the Liturgy (4 credits)
  • MUSC 340 - Music Designs (4 credits)
  • MUSC 341 - Piano Pedagogy (1-2 credits)
  • MUSC 342 - Service Playing, Diction and Repertoire, Digital Tools for Musicians I & II, Vocal Repertoire Survey (1-4 credits)
  • MUSC 343 - Vocal Pedagogy (1-4 credits)
  • MUSC 345 - Special Studies in Orchestration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 346 - Tonal Counterpoint (2 credits)
  • MUSC 347 - Special Studies in Theory, Analysis, and Composition (1-4 credits)
  • MUSC 351 - Piano Literature (1-4 credits)

Music Major Field Test:

Required for graduation. Students are required, in the spring of their Junior or Senior year, to take a standardized Major Field Test covering Theory & Analysis, Literature, History, and Aural Skills. Students may take the standardized test only after completing the Music History sequence (MUSC 335 & MUSC 336). (0 credits)

Piano Proficiency Exam:

Students must pass the piano proficiency exam to graduate. The purpose of the exam is to ensure that each student can use the piano as a functional tool. Students must demonstrate proficiency in basic sight-reading, clef reading, simple harmonization, and transposition at the keyboard. (0 credits)