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Major in Music

A music major requires a minimum of 45 credit hours. There are four possible areas of emphasis in the bachelor of arts music degree. Majors may emphasize music performance, music history and literature, music theory, or applied music leading to vocal secondary education licensure. Students pursuing a professional career in music are advised that the master’s degree is often considered the minimum training necessary. Prospective music majors, whether or not they plan to go on to graduate school, should select major courses carefully with regular advising from the department faculty. 

Music majors in the emphasis in applied music leading to vocal secondary education licensure track will be strongly encouraged to take a CLEP examination to pass out of MUTH 1310 Music Fundamentals in order to take MUTH 4320 Composition I as a theory elective. Additionally, majors in this emphasis must take MUHL 3322, Survey of Western Art Music and 3341 Music History II. Students in this emphasis will also be advised to complete at least two semesters in MUAP 4113 Concert Choir. Music majors pursuing the licensure emphasis will be required to pass a piano/keyboard proficiency exam. For students entering with little or no piano/keyboard background, it may be necessary to take up to eight hours of piano/keyboard classes (MUAP 1214 Class Piano, 1244 Class Piano II, 2284 Class Piano III, and 3265 Piano Skills) in order to fulfill this requirement. Music majors in the emphasis in applied music leading to vocal secondary education licensure track must meet with the music department chairperson each semester for advising.

Minor in Music

This curriculum is designed to provide opportunities in music learning for non-music major students through courses in listening, basic musicianship, music theory, music history, and courses of special interest to the student. The curriculum is not intended to prepare a student for a career in music and does not certify a student to teach privately or in public schools. A minor in music consists of 19 course hours, including: 

  • Two to five hours of music theory (MUTH), to be chosen from the theory course offerings in the department.
  • Six hours of music history and literature courses (MUHL), with emphasis on the development of heightened listening skills, covering the history and repertoire of musical style periods (e.g. Baroque or Classical) or musical genres (e.g. jazz, blues, or rock).
  • Eight to 11 hours of electives, to be chosen from departmental offerings in music history, theory, private instruction, applied class (voice, piano, and guitar), ensembles, and music education, with the added possibility of special studies in specific areas to be offered on the basis of student interest and need and the availability of faculty. The choice of the overall program design is subject to the approval of the chairperson of the music department or an advisor designated by the chairperson.
Updated 7.28.2008