Music Majors

Course Description

The B.A. in Music offers three possible emphases: Music Performance, Music Studies, or Music Theory/Composition. Each emphasis consists of 15 credits, including at least five credits in residence and at least 11 credits of upper division (MUS 300+) courses. No course may be repeated. A second emphasis may be earned with an additional 15 credits in courses not counted toward any other emphases or majors.

Departmental Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to perform classical (Western art music), jazz, and popular (including contemporary Christian music) repertoire with authority and confidence as soloists, in small ensembles, and large ensembles.
  • Graduates will be able to explain the formal, melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, and textural structure of music, to facilitate musicianship in composing, conducting, performing, and intelligent listening.
  • Graduates will be able to notate melodies and rhythms accurately from hearing them and describe their patterns and motives.
  • Graduates will be able to sing melodies and rhythms accurately at sight.
  • Graduates will be able to sight-read music, harmonize melodies, and improvise at the keyboard.
  • Graduates will be able to arrange and/or re-orchestrate music idiomatically and suitably for vocal and instrumental ensembles as needed.
  • Graduates will be able to place any composition or composer in correct historical and stylistic context.
  • Graduates will be able to apply principles of music history to make their performances authentic and germane to the historical period of the work in question.
  • Graduates will be able to conduct vocal and instrumental ensembles in rehearsals and performances.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate music and music performances.
  • Graduates will be able to teach music to students of varying ages in different settings, depending on their particular call as music educator, music minister, or private music teacher.
  • Graduates will be able to write music in various styles and modeling various historical musical periods.
  • Music Education graduates will also be able to play and instruct on at least an elementary level in all orchestral instruments and voice.
  • Music/Business graduates will be able also to start and manage businesses involving music, such as music instrument and sheet music stores, arts management services, or Internet services.

Courses

Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Music Major

56 credits: 24 credits in residence, 25 credits upper division (MUS 300+). Required:

MUS 121A Theory I 3
MUS 121B Aural Skills I 1
MUS 122A Theory II 3
MUS 122B Aural Skills II 1
MUS 221A Theory III 3
MUS 221B Functional Keyboard Skills II 1
MUS 214 Intro to Music Literature 2
MUS 330 Conducting Skills 2
MUS 341 Music History I 3
MUS 342 Music History II 3
MUS 101/201/301 Applied Music 1
MUS 102/202/302 Applied Music 1
MUS 201/203/301/303/401 Applied Music 1
MUS 202/204/302/304/402 Applied Music 1
MUS 301/303/401/403 Applied Music 1
MUS 302/304/402/404 Applied Music 1
MUS 114A  or MUS 115A Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 114B or MUS 115B Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 114C or MUS 115C Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 114D or MUS 115D Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 314A or MUS 315A Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 314B or MUS 315B Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 314C or MUS 315C Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 314D or MUS 315D Concert Choir or Wind Ensemble 1-2
MUS 399 Recital 1

Each student is required to complete one of the three emphases described below. Each emphasis consists of 15 credits, including at least five credits in residence and at least 11 credits of upper division (MUS 300+) courses. No course may be repeated. A second emphasis may be earned with an additional 15 credits in courses not counted toward any other emphases or majors.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS

MUS 322 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 401/403 Applied Music 1
MUS 402/404 Applied Music 1
MUS 385 Pedagogy with Internship 2
MUS 421 Scoring and Arranging 3
MUS 499 Recital 1
Vocal Track:
MUS 384 Vocal and Choral Diction 3
Two credits from the following:
MUS 119/319 Vocal Jazz 1
MUS 116/316 Chambers Ensemble 1
DR 235/335M (Musical) Play Production 1-3

MUSIC STUDIES EMPHASIS

MUS 331 Choral Conducting 2
OR MUS 332 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS 421 Scoring and Arranging 3
Three credits from the following:
MUS 116/316 Chamber Ensemble 1
MUS 117/317 Jazz Band 1
MUS 118/318 Warner Chorale 1
MUS 119/319 Vocal Jazz 1
DR 235/335M (Musical) Play Production 1
MUS 100P Class Piano 2
MUS 100G Class Guitar 2
Seven credits from the following:
MUS 301C Composition 1
MUS 302C Composition 1
MUS 322 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 383 Resources in Worship Arts 3
MUS 384 Vocal and Choral Diction 3
MUS 385 Pedagogy with Internship 2
MUS 422 20th/21st Century Composition Techniques 2
MUS/PM 441 History, Theology, Philosophy of Worship 2
MUS/PM 442 Planning and Leading Worship 2

MUSIC THEORY/COMPOSITION EMPHASIS

MUS 322 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 421 Scoring and Arranging 3
MUS 422 20th/21st Century Arranging Techniques 2
MUS 301C Composition 1
MUS 302C Composition 1
MUS 401C Composition 1
MUS 402C Composition 1
MUS 499 Recital 1
Three credits from the following:
MUS 281 Woodwind Techniques 1
MUS 282 Percussion Techniques 1
MUS 284 Brass Techniques 1
MUS 285 String Techniques 1