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Bachelor of Music

Music Education: Pre K-12 Instrumental Music

Supporting Courses, 31-32 credits

  • MUSIC 115        Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116        Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 151        Music Theory I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Music Theory II, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 215        Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 253        Music Theory III, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 254        Music Theory IV, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 011   Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021   Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 045   Elementary Voice I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 1xx   First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx   First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Improvisation: 1-2 credits

Choose one from the following:

  • MUSIC 220        Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 142/342    Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 150/350    New Music Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165/365    Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 188/388    Hand Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 36 credits

  • AVD 329            World Music, 3 credits
  • EDUC 317          Teaching Music in Middle and Secondary Schools, 3 credits
  • EDUC 334          Teaching General Music in Elementary and Middle Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 333        Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 341        Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342        Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343        String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 345        Percussion Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 348        Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 353        Music History I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 354        Music History II, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx   Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx   Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 3xx   Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx   Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)

Upper-Level History/Theory Elective, 3 credits:

Choose one course:

  • MUSIC 423        Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 453        Materials and Design, 3 credits

Music Education: Pre K-12 Choral Music

Supporting Courses, 32-33 credits

  • MUSIC 115        Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116        Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 151        Music Theory I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Music Theory II, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 215        Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 253        Music Theory III, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 254        Music Theory IV, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 011   Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021   Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 031   Keyboard Musicianship III, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 041   Keyboard Musicianship IV, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 1xx   First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx   First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Improvisation: 1-2 credits

Choose one from the following:

  • MUSIC 220        Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 142/342    Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 150/350    New Music Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165/365    Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 188/388    Hand Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 35 credits

  • AVD 329            World Music, 3 credits
  • EDUC 317          Teaching Music in Middle and Secondary Schools, 3 credits
  • EDUC 334          Teaching General Music in Elementary and Middle Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 305        Diction for Singers I, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 306        Diction for Singers II, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319       Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (3 credits required)
  • MUSIC 333        Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 344        Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 353        Music History I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 354        Music History II, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 305   Third Year Voice I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 306   Third Year Voice II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 3xx   Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx   Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

Upper-Level History/Theory Elective, 3 credits

Choose one course:

  • MUSIC 423        Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 453        Materials and Design, 3 credits

Music Education: Pre K-12 General Music

Supporting Courses, 34-35 credits

  • MUSIC 115        Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116        Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 151        Music Theory I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Music Theory II, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 215        Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 253        Music Theory III, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 254        Music Theory IV, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 011   Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021   Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 031   Keyboard Musicianship III, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 041   Keyboard Musicianship IV, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 045   Elementary Voice I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 069   Elementary Guitar, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 1xx   First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx   First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx   Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Improvisation: 1-2 credits

Choose one from the following:

  • MUSIC 220        Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 142/342    Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 150/350     New Music Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165/365     Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 188/388     Hand Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 30 credits

  • AVD 329            World Music, 3 credits
  • EDUC 317          Teaching Music in Middle and Secondary Schools, 3 credits
  • EDUC 334          Teaching General Music in Elementary and Middle Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 333        Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 353        Music History I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 354        Music History II, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx   Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx   Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 3xx   Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx  Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)

Choose one of the following majors

Vocal Major:

  • MUSIC 319        Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUSIC 344        Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits

OR

Instrumental Major:

  • MUSIC 348        Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits

AND choose one of these:

  • MUSIC 341        Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342        Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343        String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 345        Percussion Techniques, 2 credits

Upper-Level History/Theory Elective, 3 credits

Choose one course:

  • MUSIC 423        Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 453        Materials and Design, 3 credits

Performance: Instrumental and Vocal

Supporting Courses, 31 credits

  • MUSIC 115         Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116         Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 151        Music Theory I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Music Theory II, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 215         Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 253         Music Theory III, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 254         Music Theory IV, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 011   Keyboard Musicianship I, 1credit
  • MUS APP 021   Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 031   Keyboard Musicianship III, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 041   Keyboard Musicianship IV, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 1xx     First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx     First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx     Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx     Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Upper-Level Courses, 41-55 credits

  • AVD 327             Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329             World Music, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 333         Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 353         Music History I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 354         Music History II, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Third Year Applied I, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Third Year Applied II, 3 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 3xx     Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required) (may be taken as lower-level ensemble)
  • MUS APP 4xx     Fourth Year Applied I: Literature and Pedagogy, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 4xx     Fourth Year Applied II: Literature and Pedagogy, 3 credits (must perform a full recital)
  • MUS APP 4xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Upper-Level History/Theory Elective, 3 credits

Choose one course:

  • MUSIC 423        Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 453        Materials and Design, 3 credits

Music Electives, 2-6 credits

Vocal majors choose 2 credits and instrumentalists choose 6 credits from the following:

  • MUSIC 311         Jazz Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319        Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (if not required below)
  • MUSIC 341         Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342         Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343         String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 344         Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 345         Percussion Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 348         Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 411         Applied Composition, 1-3 credits
  • MUSIC 417         Jazz Arranging, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits (may be repeated with different topic)

Additional Vocal Requirement, 18 credits

  • MUSIC 305         Diction for Singers I, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 306         Diction for Singers II, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319         Choral/Vocal Techniques: Vocal Pedagogy, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 319        Choral/Vocal Techniques: Choral Arranging, 1 credit

Foreign Language Requirement

Vocal Performance students must complete one of the following options:

  • Option 1:   Two semesters of French and one semester of German; or the equivalent
  • Option 2:   Two semesters of German and one semester of French; or the equivalent

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete the courses required of all emphases and the specific requirements in one of the areas of emphasis. All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music must complete a liberal arts requirement consisting of a minimum of 66 credits in addition to credits earned in Music courses. These 66 credits may include credits earned to fulfill requirements in an interdisciplinary minor and general education.

Required Courses of All Emphases

Supporting Courses, 29 credits

  • MUSIC 115         Ear Training and Sight Singing I, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 116         Ear Training and Sight Singing II, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 151        Music Theory I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 152        Music Theory II, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 215         Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training, 1 credit
  • MUSIC 253         Music Theory III, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 254         Music Theory IV, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 011   Keyboard Musicianship I, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 021   Keyboard Musicianship II, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 1xx     First Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 1xx     First Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx     Second Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx     Second Year Applied II, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 2xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Upper-Level Courses, 6 credits

  • MUSIC 353         Music History I, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 354         Music History II, 3 credits

Upper-Level History/Theory Elective, 3 credits

Choose one course:

  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 453         Materials and Design, 3 credits

Areas of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis.

Applied Music

Upper-Level Courses, 16 credits

  • MUSIC 333          Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx      Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx      Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 3xx      Minor Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 4xx      Major Ensemble, 1 credit (4 credits required)

Music Electives, 4 credits

Choose from:

  • MUSIC 305          Diction for Singers I, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 306          Diction for Singers II, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 319          Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (may be repeated with different topic)
  • MUSIC 341          Woodwind Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 342          Brass Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 343          String Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 345          Percussion Techniques, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 411          Applied Composition, 1-3 credits
  • MUSIC 423          Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits

Jazz Studies

Supporting Courses, 5 credits

  • MUSIC 220          Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 242          Jazz and Pop Literature, 2 credits

One of these:

  • MUS APP 143      Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 165      Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit

Upper-Level Courses, 16 credits

  • MUSIC 311          Jazz Improvisation, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 417          Jazz Arranging, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx      Third Year Applied I, 2 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx      Third Year Applied II, 2 credits (must perform a half recital)
  • MUS APP 4xx      Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

One of these:

  • MUS APP 343      Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)
  • MUS APP 365      Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

Music Electives, 4 credits

Choose from:

  • AVD 327              Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329             World Music, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 411         Applied Composition, 1-3 credits
  • MUS APP 342     Jazz Combo, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 365     Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit

Music History and Literature 

Upper-Level Courses, 16 credits

  • MUSIC 333         Basic Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUS APP 3xx     Minor Ensemble, 1 credit
  • MUS APP 4xx     Major Ensemble, 1 credit (2 credits required)

Music Electives, 8 credits

Choose from:

  • AVD 327             Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329             World Music, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 319         Choral/Vocal Techniques, 1 credit (may be repeated with different topic)
  • MUSIC 411         Applied Composition, 1-3 credits
  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits (may be repeated with different topic)

Upper-Level History/Theory Elective, 3 credits

Choose one course:

  • MUSIC 423         Seminar in Music Literature, 3 credits
  • MUSIC 453         Materials and Design, 3 credits
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