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Music, B.A.

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Music, B.A..

Courses Credits  
MUAP 101 Class Piano I 1 Info

Music majors and minors (except for students whose primary instrument is piano) will complete this first level of group instruction. Class includes fundamentals of notation and basic musicianship skills which include: repertoire, sight reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, and technique. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUAP 102 Class Piano II 1 Info

Elements of piano playing including touch, notation, rhythmic problems, major scales, and broken chords are covered. Instruction books, technical exercises, and studies of standard composers are given according to individual needs and the student's progress. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUAP 103 Class Piano III 1 Info

Elements of piano playing, including touch, notation, and rhythmic problems, major scales, and broken chords are addressed. Instruction books, technical exercises, and studies of standard composers are given according to individual needs and the student's progress. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUTH 103 Written Theory I 3 Info

The study of scales, keys, intervals, triads, seventh chords, chord progressions, cadences, harmonization of melodies and basses, non-harmonic tones, simple modulations, instrumental transposition, and analysis of simple song forms. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 103E.)

MUTH 103E Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1 Info

Hearing, singing, writing, and analyzing the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music are topics addressed in this class. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 103.)

MUAP 104 Class Piano IV 1 Info

This final class piano focuses on the individual progress of each student. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUTH 104 Written Theory II 3 Info

A continuation of Music Theory I. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 104E.)

MUTH 104E Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1 Info

A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing I. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 104.)

MUTH 203 Music Theory III 3 Info

A continuation of Music Theory II. Advanced modulations, consideration of the modes, secondary seventh chords, ninth chords, altered chords and augmented sixths, borrowed chords, ornamentation, analysis of form, scoring for instruments, and introduction to counterpoint. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 203E.)

MUTH 203E Ear Training and Sight Singing III 1 Info

A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing II. Advanced ear training, sight singing, study of more difficult rhythmic patterns and written harmony are addressed. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 203.)

MUTH 204 Music Theory IV 3 Info

A continuation of Music Theory III. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 204E.)

MUTH 204E Ear Training and Sight Singing IV 1 Info

A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing III. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 204.)

MUSG 209 Music Listening 2 Info

This course develops critical listening skills for a variety of both western and non-western musical styles. Music will be evaluated by objective and aesthetic criteria. Open to all students, this course is the prerequisite for Music History I.

MUSG 221 Elementary Conducting 2 Info

This course studies standard conducting patterns, develops the skill of both hand and baton directing, and emphasizes development of listening and leadership skills.

MUSG 309 Music History I 3 Info

This course is a survey of the development of musical styles and their creators from antiquity to 1750.

MUSG 310 Music History II 3 (WI) Info

This course is a survey of the development of musical styles and their creators from 1750 to the present day. This is a writing intensive course. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

MUED 324 Choral Rehearsal Techniques 2 Info

Further development of skill in conducting, principles of choral rehearsal procedures, and preparation of specific works are rehearsed with college choral organizations.

MUED 357 Elementary Music Methods 2 Info

Course includes development of philosophy of music education and objectives at the elementary level, survey, and evaluation of materials, and means of presenting those materials.

MUSG 418 Senior Recital 1 Info

The student will prepare a minimum of 45 minutes of music to be performed at a public recital. The recital and program notes must be approved by a faculty jury prior to performance. Final jury must be passed prior to presentation of the recital.

Available Emphases

Composition Emphasis

The Composition emphasis gives you a strong foundation in music theory and modern songwriting techniques. This program also exposes you to a wide variety of instruments to further your understanding of the range and artistic quality of the musical world. The Composition emphasis requires students to complete 6 credits of Ensembles and 4 credits of Applied Lessons.

Instrumental (Non-Piano) Emphasis

An emphasis for music majors. The Instrumental emphasis requires students to complete 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.

Piano Emphasis

An emphasis for music majors. The Piano emphasis requires students to complete 12-16 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.

Voice Emphasis

An emphasis for music majors. The Voice emphasis requires students to complete 6 credits of Ensembles and 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons.

Career Opportunities

  • Arranger
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Music Director
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Copyist, Transcriber
  • Lyricist
  • Merchant
  • Performer
  • Summer Camp Music Director