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Music

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

This program provides a broad foundation in music and is also appropriate for students planning on graduate study. Following an audition for acceptance into the Music degree program, the choice of specialization is determined in consultation with a Music faculty advisor, but all students should begin the theory/aural skills sequence in the first year. All students must pass a piano proficiency exam, a basic aural skills proficiency exam, and complete the Mid-Level Review before the end of the sophomore year. All B.A. Music candidates are required to complete ten (10) electives beyond the core degree requirements. Students have the option of specializing in either Music Composition or Music Technology, but a specialization is not required. The Music Composition specialization requires two (2) additional electives. Participation in at least one large ensemble appropriate to the student's program (chosen from MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178) is required each semester of applied music study. Additionally, students are required to take at least one semester of a small ensemble (MU 171). A grade of C or higher must be earned in each music course counted toward the major. A minimum of 40 total credits must be at the 300-400 level (Music and non-Music courses).

MID-LEVEL REVIEW

All music majors must complete a Mid-Level Review prior to the junior year. The Review is normally conducted during the student's fourth semester of study, with adjustments made for transfer credits, participation in national and international exchange programs, and official leaves of absence. The Mid-Level Review consists of an application (information form, transcript, and reflective essay) and an assessment meeting between the candidate and the Faculty Review Panel. Application forms and additional information are available from the Music Department Office.

The purpose of the Mid-Level Review is three-fold: 1) to assess the student's academic progress, 2) to assess the student's artistic progress, and 3) to advise the student on academic, artistic, and career goals. Music Education and Music Performance majors whose academic record and/or artistic growth are not at an appropriate level based on state and national standards cannot continue in either of those two Bachelor of Music degree programs, but may continue to be a music major in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

51 credits

Core Courses

43 credits

IAMU 114 Music Cultures of the World (4 credits)
MU 100 Music Workshop (6 semesters, 0 credits total)
MUA 101, MUA 102, MUA 201, MUA 202, MUA 301, and MUA 302 Applied Music (6 semesters, 6 credits total)
MU 118, MU 119 Functional Piano I and II (1 credit each, 2 credits total) (Pianists/organists may substitute MU 181 Accompanying for MU 118 and MU 119 for a total 2 credits)
MU 151, MU 152, MU 251, and MU 252 Music Theory I-IV (2 credits each, 8 credits total) Students who do not pass the theory placement test given at the time of their audition are advised to seek a private tutor to eliminate this deficiency before starting the sequence of theory classes.
MU 161, MU 162, MU 261, and MU 262 Aural Skills I-IV (1 credit each, 4 credits total)
MU 171 Chamber Ensemble (1 credit)
MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178 Ensembles (1 credit each, to total 4 credits). Pianists/organists may substitute up to two semesters of MU 171 (Piano Ensemble) for these ensembles.
MU 281 Aural Skills Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credits)
MU 282 Mid-Level Review Assessment Exam (0 credits)
MU 283 Piano Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credits)
MU 310 Western Music Before 1700 (2 credits)
MU 312 Western Music After 1700 (4 credits)
MU 495 Seminar (4 credits each, must be repeated for a total of 8 credits)

Electives in Music

8 credits

Select from the following courses (all courses 4 credits unless noted):

  • IAMU 112 Latin American Music Survey
  • IAMU 115 Women in Music
  • IAMU 216 History of Rock & Roll
  • IAMU 218 History of Jazz
  • IAMU 242 Listening to America
  • IAMU 312 Latin American Music, Society & Culture
  • IAMU 330 Music of Africa & the Diaspora
  • IAMU 407 Teaching Music to Children
  • IAMU 417 Avant Rock
  • IIMU 241 Listening to Brazil
  • IIMU 243 Film Music History & Technique
  • MU 105 Voice Class (1 credit)
  • MU 110 Guitar Class (1 credit)
  • MU 171 Chamber Ensemble (0-1 credit)
  • MU 211 Introduction to Music Technology
  • MU 213 Composition I (2 credits)
  • MU 214 Composition II (2 credits)
  • MU 222 Musical Improvisation (1 credit)
  • MU 223 String Methods I (1 credit)
  • MU 225 Brass Methods I (1 credit)
  • MU 227 Woodwind Methods I (1 credit)
  • MU 229 Percussion Methods I (1 credit)
  • MU 290 Special Topics in Music (1-4 credits)
  • MU 298 Independent Study (1-8 credits)
  • MU 315 Conducting I (2 credits)
  • MU 316 Conducting II (2 credits)
  • MU 326 Applied Pedagogy (2 credits)
  • MU 335 Performance Literature (2 credits)
  • MU 498 Independent Study (1-8 credits)

ELECTIVES

Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.
Electives must include 16 credits outside of Music.
A minimum of 40 total credits must be at the 300 - 400 level (Music and non-Music courses)

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

120 credits


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