Department of Music

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses

Fine Arts Building, room 151, (501) 569-3294, (501) 569-3559 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
Lane, Jeremy, Professor

Professors:
Boury, Robert W.
Carenbauer, Michael G.
Holzer, Linda R.

Associate Professors:
Groesbeck, Rolf A.
Keating, Bevan T.
Richeson, David T.
Wen, Andy Y.

Assistant Professors:
Allen, Ferris
Hakutani, Naoki
Lind, Vicki

Instructors:
Law, Charles P.
Marinova-Pavlov, Kristina
Underwood, Michael P.

Research Associate:
Spencer, James W.
The Department of Music provides quality learning opportunities for majors; serves the needs of the general student population; advances teaching, performance, creativity, research and scholarship among its faculty; and acts as an educational and cultural resource for the university, the city of Little Rock, and Central Arkansas. The department holds accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music and the College of Education and Health Professions holds NCATE accreditation.

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Our faculty includes noted artists, teachers and scholars. Music majors may take courses in performance study of classical music and jazz, music history, theory and composition. The 300-seat Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall is the setting for the many concerts hosted by the department each year. Our facilities also include a state-of-the-art computer lab/classroom, fully mediated classrooms, and a fully equipped keyboard lab.

General Information

Admission to Music Programs

All prospective music majors must successfully complete an audition for full admission to the department. Auditions comprise three components; students complete each of these to assist the department in the appropriate class placement:

  1. Performance Audition. A performance audition of two contrasting pieces on a chosen principal’s instrument/voice. The results of the audition will determine placement with the appropriate private studio instructor and/or student ensemble. Additionally, the faculty uses the audition to determine whether a student will receive a scholarship offer.
  2. Theory Placement Assessment. This assessment ensures that students are familiar with conventions of musical notation in treble and bass clef, scales, key signatures, rhythm, meters and basics of triadic harmony, and allows the Music Department to place students in the appropriate music theory course(s).
  3. Keyboard Skills Evaluation. Each music major at UALR is required to pass a piano proficiency. This evaluation places students in the appropriate group piano course or in the appropriate level of private instruction.

Students may audition on specified days set by the department each year, or by appointment with the Department.


Scholarship Information

The Department of Music offers scholarships for qualified music majors. All scholarships are based on merit and are awarded after a live or recorded audition. Scholarship award conditions include meeting academic and enrollment requirements. Continuation of a music scholarship award is dependent upon affirmative evaluation of student work by UALR music faculty, maintaining a minimum GPA level, fulfilling performance requirements, and successful progress toward the declared major in music.

Grants-in-aid are available to students of any academic major for participation in selected ensembles. Grants are awarded for Concert Choir, Opera Performance, Gospel Chorale, the Trojan Pep Band, and the Wind Ensemble. Students holding grants are expected to maintain an appropriate grade point level. Renewal of grants is based on satisfactory review of student participation and academic standing. Grants-in-aid auditions are administered separately from scholarship auditions.


Advisement

Each student is required to seek advising before registration. Department of Music faculty members serve as advisors for students in their areas and work with students concerning semester schedules and career issues.


Ensembles

Department of Music ensembles are open to all UALR students. Ensemble directors hold auditions at the beginning of each semester.

Vocal Ensembles
Chamber Choir
Opera Theatre
Community Chorus
Opera Workshop
Concert Choir
Women’s Chorus
Gospel Chorale
Instrumental Ensembles
Trombone Choir
Wind Ensemble
Chamber Ensembles
Trojan Pep Band
UALR Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Combo
Guitar Ensemble
Indian Percussion Ensemble
Piano Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble

Contact the Department of Music Office, (501) 569-3294, for information about joining these groups.


Degrees

The Department of Music offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music. In addition to music courses all tracks consist of the following elements:

  • Core Requirements. All students must complete 44 hours of general education courses.
  • Language Proficiency. All students must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English or must complete courses through the Intermediate level (2311) to satisfy the UALR language proficiency requirement.

The Bachelor of Arts has the following additional requirement:

  • Minor. All students must complete a minor in the field of their choosing. Minors comprise approximately 18 hours course work and will be chosen after consultation with an advisor in the Department of Music.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (48 hours)

Music Theory (17 hours)
    MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
    MUTH 2381 Music Theory 1
    MUTH 2291 Aural Skills 1
    MUTH 2391 Music Theory 2
    MUTH 2292 Aural Skills 2
    MUTH 3381 Music Theory 3
    MUTH 3192 Aural Skills 3
    MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis
Music History and Literature (9 hours)
    MUHL 3331 Music History 1
    MUHL 3341 Music History 2
    MUHL 3381 American Music
    or MUHL 3361 History of Jazz
Music Performance-MUPR (8 hours)

Studio lessons 4 hours of which to be completed at the 3000- or 4000-level.
A minimum of 4 hours to be completed at UALR

Music Ensembles-MUEN (4 hours)
Piano Proficiency (4 hours)
    MUAP 1114 Piano Class 1
    MUAP 1164 Piano Class 2
    MUAP 2184 Piano Class 3
    MUAP 3165 Piano Class 4
Recital Attendance (0 hours)

Students must successfully complete 6 semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance

Music History Elective (3 hours)

One upper-level music history course (MUHL)

Electives (3 hours)

To be selected from any upper-level music course

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in Music-Music History Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (48 hours)

Music Theory (17 hours)
    MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
    MUTH 2381 Music Theory 1
    MUTH 2291 Aural Skills 1
    MUTH 2391 Music Theory 2
    MUTH 2292 Aural Skills 2
    MUTH 3381 Music Theory 3
    MUTH 3192 Aural Skills 3
    MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis
Music History and Literature (9 hours)
    MUHL 3331 Music History 1
    MUHL 3341 Music History 2
    MUHL 3381 American Music
    or MUHL 3361 History of Jazz
Music History Capstone (3 hours)

Topic to be selected in consultation with music history faculty.

    MUHL 4191 Music History Capstone I
    MUHL 4292 Music History Capstone II
Music Performance (8 hours)

Studio lessons 4 hours of which to be completed at the 3000- or 4000-level.
A minimum of 4 hours to be completed at UALR

Music Ensembles (4 hours)
Piano Proficiency (4 hours)
    MUAP 1114 Piano Class 1
    MUAP 1164 Piano Class 2
    MUAP 2184 Piano Class 3
    MUAP 3165 Piano Class 4
Recital Attendance (0 hours)

Students must successfully complete 6 semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance

Music History Elective (3 hours)

One upper-level music history course (MUHL)
To be selected from any upper-level music course

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in Music-Music Theory Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (48 hours)

Music Theory (17 hours)
    MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
    MUTH 2381 Music Theory 1
    MUTH 2291 Aural Skills 1
    MUTH 2391 Music Theory 2
    MUTH 2292 Aural Skills 2
    MUTH 3381 Music Theory 3
    MUTH 3192 Aural Skills 3
    MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis
Music History and Literature (9 hours)
    MUHL 3331 Music History 1
    MUHL 3341 Music History 2
    MUHL 3381 American Music
    or MUHL 3361 History of Jazz
Music Theory Capstone (3 hours)

Topic to be selected in consultation with music history faculty.

    MUTH 4191 Theory Capstone I
    MUTH 4292 Theory Capstone II
Music Performance (8 hours)

Studio lessons 4 hours of which to be completed at the 3000- or 4000-level.
A minimum of 4 hours to be completed at UALR

Music Ensembles (4 hours)
Piano Proficiency (4 hours)
    MUAP 1114 Piano Class 1
    MUAP 1164 Piano Class 2
    MUAP 2184 Piano Class 3
    MUAP 3165 Piano Class 4
Recital Attendance (0 hours)

Students must successfully complete 6 semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance

Music History Elective (3 hours)

One upper-level music history course (MUHL)

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Music-Music Education

Note: This degree is not yet offered by the Department of Music, which is in process of seeking Plan Approval from NASM, the accreditation agency.

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (62 hours)

College and/or Program Foundation Courses (46 hours)
Music Theory (15 hours)
    MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
    MUTH 2381 Music Theory 1
    MUTH 2291 Aural Skills 1
    MUTH 2391 Music Theory 2
    MUTH 2292 Aural Skills 2
    MUTH 3381 Music Theory 3
    MUTH 3192 Aural Skills 3
Music History and Literature (9 hours)
    MUHL 3331 Music History 1
    MUHL 3341 Music History 2
    MUHL 3381 American Music
    or MUHL 3361 History of Jazz
Music Performance (8 hours)

Studio lessons 4 hours of which to be completed at the 3000- or 4000-level.
A minimum of 4 hours to be completed at UALR

Music Ensembles (4 hours)

4 hours large ensemble

    MUEN 4113 Concert Choir
    MUEN 4140 Community Chorus
    MUEN 4150 Opera Production
    MUEN 4167 Gospel Chorale
    MUED 4192 Wind Ensemble
    MUEN 4194 Basketball Band
    MUEN 4101 Community Orchestra

2 hours small ensemble

    MUEN 4117 Chamber Singers
    MUEN 4137 Women’s Chorus
    MUEN 3184 Piano Ensemble
    MUEN 4153 Jazz Ensemble
    MUEN 4160 Jazz Combo
    MUEN 4173 Percussion Ensemble
    MUEN 4188 Guitar Ensemble
    MUEN 4196 Chamber Ensemble
Piano Proficiency (4 hours)
    MUAP 1114 Piano Class 1
    MUAP 1164 Piano Class 2
    MUAP 2184 Piano Class 3
    MUAP 3165 Piano Class 4
Recital Attendance (0 hours)

Students must successfully complete 6 semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance

Emphasis Areas Tracks or Concentrations (16-17 hours)
Emphasis One: Vocal Music Education (16 hours)
    MUED 2200 Foundations of Music Education
    MUED 3223 Global Styles and Practice
    MUED 3214 Vocal Pedagogy
    MUED 3315 Teaching Music in Performance Ensembles
    MUED 3322 Teaching General Music
    MUAP 3124 Conduction I
    MUAP 3225 Conducting II
Instrumental Techniques (1 hour)
    MUED 2101 Woodwind Techniques
    MUED 2102 Brass Techniques
    MUED 2103 Percussion Techniques
    MUED 2104 String Techniques
Emphasis Two: Instrumental Music Education (17 hours)
    MUAP 1104 Voice Class
    MUED 2200 Foundations of Music Education
    MUED 3223 Global Styles and Practice
    MUED 3315 Teaching Music in Performance Ensembles
    MUED 3322 Teaching General Music
    MUAP 3124 Conducting I
    MUAP 3225 Conducting II
Instrumental Techniques (3 hours)
    MUED 2101 Woodwind Techniques
    MUED 2102 Brass Techniques
    MUED 2103 Percussion Techniques
    MUED 2104 String Techniques

Minor (18 hours)

Secondary Education Courses
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills**
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum**
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents**
    SCED 4122 Classroom Management**
    SCED 4123 Adolescents w/Special Needs**
    SCED 4124 Adolescent Diversity Practicum**
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching & Professionalism**
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching/Clinical Experience** (concurrent with ARED 4194 Student-Teacher Seminar)

**Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED and TCED courses. GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to entering Block III of the Secondary Education minor.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Music Performance

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (66 hours)

College and/or Program Foundation Courses (57 hours)
Music Theory (17 hours)
    MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
    MUTH 2381 Music Theory 1
    MUTH 2291 Aural Skills 1
    MUTH 2391 Music Theory 2
    MUTH 2292 Aural Skills 2
    MUTH 3381 Music Theory 3
    MUTH 3192 Aural Skills 3
    MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis
Music History and Literature (9 hours)
    MUHL 3331 Music History 1
    MUHL 3341 Music History 2
    MUHL 3381 American Music
    or MUHL 3361 History of Jazz
Music History Elective (3 hours)

Any upper level music history course (MUHL)

Music Performance (16 hours)

Studio lessons 8 hours of which to be completed at the 3000- or 4000-level.
A minimum of 8 hours to be completed at UALR

Recital (0 hours)
    MUPR 3000 Junior Recital
    MUPR 4000 Senior Recital
Piano Proficiency (4 hours)
    MUAP 1114 Piano Class 1
    MUAP 1164 Piano Class 2
    MUAP 2184 Piano Class 3
    MUAP 3165 Piano Class 4
Recital Attendance (0 hours)

Students must successfully complete 6 semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance

Concentration (17 hours)
Vocal Music

Music Ensembles (8 hours)
A minimum of 6 hours large ensembles to be chosen from:

    MUEN 4113 Concert Choir
    MUEN 4140 Community Chorus
    MUEN 4150 Opera Production

A minimum of 2 hours small ensembles to be chosen from:

    MUEN 4117 Chamber Singers
    MUEN 4137 Women’s chorus
    MUEN 4167 Gospel Chorale
Performance Studies (9 hours)
    MUAP 3111 English Diction
    MUAP 3112 Italian Diction
    MUAP 3113 German Diction
    MUAP 3114 French Diction
    MUAP 3124 Conducting I
    MUED 3214 Vocal Pedagogy
    MUED 4192 Opera Workshop
    MUED 4192 SS: Production techniques
Instrumental Music

Music Ensembles (8 hours)

4 semesters large ensemble

    MUED 4192 Wind Ensemble
    MUEN 4194 Basketball Ensemble
    MUEN 4101 Community Orchestra

2 semesters small ensemble

    MUEN 3184 Piano Ensemble
    MUEN 4153 Jazz Ensemble
    MUEN 4160 Jazz Combo
    MUEN 4173 Percussion Ensemble
    MUEN 4188 Guitar Ensemble
    MUEN 4196 Chamber Ensemble
Performance Studies (9 hours)
    MUAP 3124 Conducting 1
    MUED 4252 Career Perspectives in Music
    MUTH 4310 Arranging
    MUAP 4292 SS: Instrumental Pedagogy
    MUAP 4192 SS: Instrumental Literature

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Music Education

Students following the degree requirements for Music Education are expected to minor in Secondary Education. See “Secondary Teacher Licensure” for details.


Minor in Music

The Music Minor is designed to provide opportunities in music for students who wish to pursue more detailed studies of the art, but who do not wish to complete one of the four areas of concentration. Courses for the minor may be drawn from any offered by the department for which the student meets the stated prerequisites. This curriculum is not intended to prepare a student for a career in music and does not certify a student to teach privately or in the public schools.

The minor consists of 19 semester hours, including:

Music Theory 2-5 hours
Music History and Literature 6 hours
Electives 8-11 hours
Total 19 hours

Transfer students who minor in music will need to complete a minimum of 9 semester hours in the Department of Music at UALR.


Group and Private Lesson
Group Lessons (MUAP)

The following performance classes are recommended for students with little or no formal musical training, who need to learn fundamentals of performance technique and reading music notation:

    MUAP 1203 Pop Guitar Class
    MUAP 1204 Voice Class I
    MUAP 1114 Piano Class I

Courses in Private Lessons (MUPR)

Credits earned on the basis of lesson duration. An upper- level course number implies advanced proficiency in performance technique and repertoire.

    MUPR 1xxx-Minor or elective study, may be repeated for credit
    MUPR 2xxx-First-year principal performance area for music major, 2 semesters. By audition only.
    MUPR 3xxx-Second-year major study, 2 semesters. By passing jury for MUPR 2xxx only.
    MUPR 4xxx-Optional third-year major study, 2 semesters. By passing jury for MUPR 3xxx only (may be repeated for credit).

A one-credit lesson means a 30-minute lesson weekly, and requires a minimum of one hour of daily practice. A two-credit lesson means a 55-minute lesson weekly, and requires a minimum of two hours of daily practice. BA music majors are expected to perform at least once per year in a public recital such as Student Recital Hour.

An applied music fee is charged for all individual instruction. See “Tuition and Fees.” Audition repertoire guidelines are available from the instructor in each performance area, and on the department website.

Areas of instruction offered:
—05 Trumpet
—06 Percussion
—15 French Horn
—16 Voice
—17 MIDI
—25 Trombone
—26 Piano
—27 Jazz Piano
—28 Improvisation
—35 Euphonium
—36 Harpsichord
—45 Tuba
—46 Organ
—50 Classical Guitar
—51 Electric Bass Guitar
—55 Flute
—56 Violin
—65 Clarinet
—66 Viola
—75 Oboe
—76 Cello
—78 Jazz Guitar
—79 Electric Guitar
—85 Bassoon
—86 String Bass
—87 Jazz Bass
—95 Saxophone
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Courses for Music Recitals (MUPR)

MUPR 3000 Junior Recital
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Performance of a 30-minute recital by students completing the third year of their music study.

MUPR 4000 Junior Recital
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Performance of a 60-minute recital by students completing the fourth year of their music study.