Music Major Requirements

2016 - 2017 Catalog

Music major leading to BA degree

A major in music leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 39 credits as follows:

  1. MUS 121, 161, 162, 163, 164, 201, 202, 261, 262, 365, 473 or 493 (thesis)
  2. Completion of one of the following sequences:
    1. History: three courses chosen from MUS 220, 221, 231, 232, 285 (FILM 285), 295, and 296
    2. Theory-Composition: MUS 361, 362, and 423
    3. Performance: three credits chosen from applied music courses at the 300-level or above; and six credits chosen from MUS 220, 221, 231, 232, 295, 296, 361, 362, and 423
    4. General: three courses chosen from MUS 205, 210, 221, 222, 231, 232, 285 (FILM 285), 295, 325, 326, 361, and 362.
  3. At least four credits of applied study in a primary applied area (in addition to any applied piano courses that may be required in order to complete the piano proficiency requirement)
  4. Enrollment in ensemble courses (108-116) is required every fall and winter term after declaring the music major
  5. Demonstrated piano proficiency by the end of the sophomore year
  6. Successful completion of MUS 200 every fall and winter term after declaring the music major.
  1. Required courses
    • MUS 121 - Worlds of Music

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      This course introduces students to musical cultures outside of the Western European tradition. Through readings, lectures, listening sessions, and research, students explore the musical traditions of Native American, African, African-American, Central and Southeastern European, Indian, Indonesian, Asian, Latin American, and Arab cultures. Whenever possible. attendance at a live concert of non-Western European music is included.


    • MUS 161 - Music Theory I

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Study of scales, triads, chord progressions; instruction in harmonic analysis and four-part writing from the 17th and 18th centuries and aural skills.


    • MUS 162 - Music Theory II

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      A continuation of MUS 161, including the writing and analysis of musical progressions and the study of chromatic harmony.


    • MUS 163 - Aural Skills I

      Credits: 1
      Planned Offering: Fall

      This course aims to develop fundamental aural skills through ear-training (rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation) and sight-singing (pitch and rhythm) via ear-training and sight-singing exercises in class, homework assignments, and regular practice in singing and rhythmic drilling. In addition, students work on introductory level improvisational skills in singing as well as basic keyboard skills.


    • MUS 164 - Aural Skills II

      Credits: 1
      Planned Offering: Winter

      This course aims to further develop fundamental aural skills through ear-training (rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation) and sight-singing (pitch and rhythm) via ear-training and sight-singing exercises in class, homework assignments, and regular practice in singing, rhythmic drilling, and keyboard harmony. In addition. students develop elementary level improvisational skills through guided materials including lead sheets.


    • MUS 201 - Music History I

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      A survey of music from the Middle Ages through the Baroque period.


    • MUS 202 - Music History II

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Student who take this course should have the ability to read music.  A survey of music from the Pre-Classical to the Late Romantic period.


    • MUS 261 - Music Theory III

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      A continuation of MUS 162, focusing on analysis of harmonies, forms, and styles from the Romantic period, impressionism, and the early 20th century. Includes an aural-skills component.


    • MUS 262 - Aural Skills III

      Credits: 1
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Intermediate proficiency in aural, improvisation, and keyboard skills. This course aims to advance each student's ear-training (rhythmic. melodic, and harmonic dictation) and sight-singing (pitch and rhythm) abilities via exercises in class, homework assignments, regular singing practice, rhythmic exercises, and online drilling. In addition, students continue developing improvisational skills in singing and keyboard skills in harmonic realization.


    • MUS 365 - Post Tonal Music

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      An historical and analytical approach to western art music composed after 1890. Students study major composers and significant musical movements and develop new analytical tools as the class explores music from Debussy to the present day.


    • MUS 473 - Senior Thesis

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      For theory composition students, this culminates in a recital of original compositions or an analytical thesis. For music history students, this culminates in the writing of a thesis. For performance students, this culminates in a formal recital. For general music students, this culminates in a project developed in consultation with the instructor.


    • MUS 493 - Honors Thesis (thesis)

      Credits: 3-3
      Planned Offering: Fall-Winter

      A summary of prerequisites and requirements may be obtained from the department head.


    • Completion of one of the following sequences:
      • History:

        three courses chosen from:

        • MUS 220 - Music in the United States, 1607-1970

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall 2011 and alternate years

          A study of musical styles in America from the time of the first settlers. Topics include Puritan psalms, patriotic music, songs of the Civil War, spirituals, gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz, rock'n'roll, musical comedy, popular song, and various trends in Classical music from the Moravians to the avant-garde. The course will cover major works by Ives, Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington.


        • MUS 221 - History of Jazz

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall

          A study of the development of jazz from its roots in turn-of-the-century New Orleans to contemporary styles. Strong emphasis is placed on listening and recognition of the performers and composers discussed.


        • MUS 231 - Classical Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall 2012 and alternate years

          Stylistic study of music of the last half of the 18th century. Emphasis on the symphonies, sonatas, choral music, chamber music, and operas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


        • MUS 232 - Romantic Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          Topics in the 19th century, including the symphony, the symphonic poem, program music, piano music, nationalism, song, and opera. Composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Mahler will be covered.


        • MUS 285 - Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick (FILM 285)

          FDR: HS
          Credits: r
          Planned Offering: Spring 2018 and alternate years

          How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980). The ability to read music is not a requirement for this course.


        • MUS 295 - Topics in Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
          Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit

          Selected studies in music with a focus on history and culture, non-classical genres, ethnomusicological topics, or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


        • MUS 296 - Spring-Term Topics in Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 4
          Planned Offering: Offered in spring when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit

          Selected studies in music with a focus on history and culture, non-classical genres, ethnomusicological topics, or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


      • Theory-Composition:
      • Performance:

        three credits chosen from applied music courses at the 300-level or above; and six credits chosen from:

        • MUS 220 - Music in the United States, 1607-1970

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall 2011 and alternate years

          A study of musical styles in America from the time of the first settlers. Topics include Puritan psalms, patriotic music, songs of the Civil War, spirituals, gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz, rock'n'roll, musical comedy, popular song, and various trends in Classical music from the Moravians to the avant-garde. The course will cover major works by Ives, Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington.


        • MUS 221 - History of Jazz

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall

          A study of the development of jazz from its roots in turn-of-the-century New Orleans to contemporary styles. Strong emphasis is placed on listening and recognition of the performers and composers discussed.


        • MUS 231 - Classical Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall 2012 and alternate years

          Stylistic study of music of the last half of the 18th century. Emphasis on the symphonies, sonatas, choral music, chamber music, and operas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


        • MUS 232 - Romantic Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          Topics in the 19th century, including the symphony, the symphonic poem, program music, piano music, nationalism, song, and opera. Composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Mahler will be covered.


        • MUS 295 - Topics in Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
          Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit

          Selected studies in music with a focus on history and culture, non-classical genres, ethnomusicological topics, or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


        • MUS 296 - Spring-Term Topics in Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 4
          Planned Offering: Offered in spring when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit

          Selected studies in music with a focus on history and culture, non-classical genres, ethnomusicological topics, or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


        • MUS 361 - Advanced Composition I

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall

          This course is the first step in the preparation for the senior composition recital. Original compositions are created and then performed during applied music recitals. Individual instruction is combined with a weekly seminar.


        • MUS 362 - Advanced Composition II

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          A continuation of MUS 361.


        • MUS 423 - Directed Individual Project

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

          May be repeated for degree credit with permission.


      • General:

        three course courses chosen from:

        • MUS 205 - Introduction to the Music Industry

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter 2017 and alternate years

          This course is a general overview and a study of the major functional areas of the music business. Emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship, students use a case study model for the analysis and synthesis of new ideas. Course work emphasizes the skills of discussion and listening, reflection and writing, and creative collaboration. This course engages students in learning the fundamentals of the music business while discovering ways to shape the industry's future


        • MUS 210 - Vocal Pedagogy

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter 2017 and alternate years

          This course focuses on the basic functions of vocal production and strategies for teaching healthy singing.


        • MUS 220 - Music in the United States, 1607-1970

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall 2011 and alternate years

          A study of musical styles in America from the time of the first settlers. Topics include Puritan psalms, patriotic music, songs of the Civil War, spirituals, gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz, rock'n'roll, musical comedy, popular song, and various trends in Classical music from the Moravians to the avant-garde. The course will cover major works by Ives, Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington.


        • MUS 221 - History of Jazz

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall

          A study of the development of jazz from its roots in turn-of-the-century New Orleans to contemporary styles. Strong emphasis is placed on listening and recognition of the performers and composers discussed.


        • MUS 222 - A Year in Jazz

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 4
          Planned Offering: Spring 2013 and alternate years

          An in-depth view of a one-year span in the history of America's only native art form. Students become absorbed in the era through the study of seminal recordings, historic videos, and readings. Research projects complete the term.


        • MUS 231 - Classical Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall 2012 and alternate years

          Stylistic study of music of the last half of the 18th century. Emphasis on the symphonies, sonatas, choral music, chamber music, and operas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


        • MUS 232 - Romantic Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          Topics in the 19th century, including the symphony, the symphonic poem, program music, piano music, nationalism, song, and opera. Composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Mahler will be covered.


        • MUS 295 - Topics in Music

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
          Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit

          Selected studies in music with a focus on history and culture, non-classical genres, ethnomusicological topics, or performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


        • MUS 325 - Conducting and Methods I

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          This course is designed to provide essential skills for basic conducting, including work on gesture, rehearsal techniques, vocal pedagogy, and logistical considerations.


        • MUS 326 - Conducting and Methods II - Choral

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          A continuation of MUS 325, with a focus on more advanced gesture and rehearsal techniques and choral literature and approaches from a broad spectrum of historical and cultural era and a variety of ensemble types.


        • MUS 361 - Advanced Composition I

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Fall

          This course is the first step in the preparation for the senior composition recital. Original compositions are created and then performed during applied music recitals. Individual instruction is combined with a weekly seminar.


        • MUS 362 - Advanced Composition II

          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter

          A continuation of MUS 361.


        • FILM 285 - Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick

          FDR: HA
          Credits: 4
          Planned Offering: Spring 2018 and alternate years

          How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980). The ability to read music is not a requirement for this course.


  2. Primary applied area:
  3. At least four credits of applied study in a primary applied area (in addition to any applied piano courses that may be required in order to complete the piano proficiency requirement)

  4. Enrollment in ensemble courses (108-116) is required every fall and winter term after declaring the music major
  5. Demonstrated piano proficiency by the end of the sophomore year
  6. Successful completion of MUS 200 every fall and winter term after declaring the music major.
    • MUS 200 - Recital Attendance

      Credits: 0
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. A course focused on the development of listening and performance skills through attendance at Department of Music concerts and recitals. Students attend at least 75 percent of the afternoon and evening events sponsored by the Department of Music. Students must also attend the music convocation that takes place one Friday afternoon each month during the fall and winter terms. Music majors must complete the course each term in residence after declaring the major. Music minors must complete two terms.