Department of Music

Fine Arts Building, room 151, (501) 569-3294, (501) 569-3559 (fax), ualr.edu/music

Interim Chairperson:
Lind, Vicki R., Professor

Professors:
Boury, Robert W.
Groesbeck, Rolf A.
Holzer, Linda R.

Associate Professors:
Hakutani, Naoki
Keating, Bevan T.
Richeson, David T.
Wen, Andy Y.

Visiting Assistant Professors:
Stephens, Emery
Szabo, Natalie

Director of Bands and Visiting Guest Artist:
Goff, Kenneth

Instructors:
Law, Charles P.
Underwood, Michael P.

Research Associate:
Wai-Kay Carenbauer

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.

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 in the department.   A performance audition of two contrasting pieces on the student’s principal instrument/voice is required of all students. The results of the audition will determine placement with the appropriate private studio instructor and/or ensemble.  In addition, a student may choose to use the audition for scholarship consideration (Information along with the application for scholarships is available on the website.) Several audition dates are posted on the department website, or students may audition by appointment by contacting the music office.

Students may also take a music theory and/or keyboard skills assessment as part of the audition process if the information is needed to place them in the appropriate music theory, aural skills, and/or piano proficiency courses.


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 UA Little Rock 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, Trojan Pep Band, and 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.


Academic Advising

Students majoring in, or interested in major in, programs in the Department of Music are advised in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center until they earn approximately 45 credit hours.

After reaching approximately 45 hours, music majors are required to seek advising in the department 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 UA Little Rock students. Ensemble directors hold auditions at the beginning of each semester.

Vocal Ensembles
Concert Choir
Chamber Choir
Community Chorus
Opera Workshop
Gospel Chorale
Instrumental Ensembles
Wind Ensemble
Chamber Ensembles
UA Little Rock 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:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music: Music Education

In addition to music courses all tracks consist of the following elements:

  • Core Requirements. All students must complete 35 hours of general education courses.
  • Language Proficiency. All students in Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Music (BM) Performance must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English or must complete courses through the Intermediate level (2311) to satisfy the language proficiency requirement. The Bachelor of Music (BM) Music Education degree does not carry a foreign language requirement.
  • Minor. All students in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Music (BM) Performance must complete a minor in the field of their choosing. Minors comprise approximately 18 hours of coursework and will be chosen after consultation with an advisor in the Department of Music. Bachelor of Music (BM) Music Education students are required to minor in Secondary Education.

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 (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

MUAP 1111 First-Year Experience in Music recommended.

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (48 hours)
Music Theory (17 hours)

MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
MUTH 1362 Music Theory II
MUTH 2291 Aural Skills I
MUTH 2361 Music Theory III
MUTH 2292 Aural Skills II
MUTH 2362 Music Theory IV
MUTH 2162 Aural Skills IV
MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis

Music History and Literature (9 hours)

MUHL 3331 Music History I
MUHL 3341 Music History II
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 UA Little Rock.r

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), and/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 (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

MUAP 1111 First-Year Experience in Music recommended

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (48 hours)
Music Theory (17 hours)

MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
MUTH 1362 Music Theory II
MUTH 2291 Aural Skills I
MUTH 2361 Music Theory III
MUTH 2292 Aural Skills II
MUTH 2362 Music Theory IV
MUTH 2162 Aural Skills IV
MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis

Music History and Literature (9 hours)

MUHL 3331 Music History I
MUHL 3341 Music History II
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 UA Little Rock.r

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), and/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.

MUAP 1111 First-Year Experience in Music is recommended.

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (48 hours)
Music Theory (17 hours)

MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
MUTH 1362 Music Theory II
MUTH 2291 Aural Skills I
MUTH 2361 Music Theory III
MUTH 2292 Aural Skills II
MUTH 2362 Music Theory IV
MUTH 2162 Aural Skills IV
MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis

Music History and Literature (9 hours)

MUHL 3331 Music History I
MUHL 3341 Music History II
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 UA Little Rock.r

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: Instrumental

General: 124 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Major
Musicianship (27 hours)

MUAP 2154 First-Year Experience/Music

Music Theory (17 hours)

MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
MUTH 2192 Aural Skills I
MUTH 2193 Aural Skills II
MUTH 2381 Theory I
MUTH 2391 Theory II
MUTH 3192 Aural Skills III
MUTH 3231: Form & Analysis
MUTH 3381 Theory III

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 (22 hours)

Applied Instruction (12 hours)

6 semesters total required; minimum of 2 semesters at upper-division level; minimum of 8 hours to be completed at UA Little Rock.

Recital (0 hours)

MUPR 3000 Junior Recital

Music Ensembles (6 hours)

6 semesters total required; minimum of 2 hours to be completed at UA Little Rock.

Piano Proficiency (4 hours)

MUAP 1114 Piano Class I
MUAP 1164 Piano Class II
MUAP 2184 Piano Class III
MUAP 3165 Piano Class IV

Recital Attendance

MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance (6 semesters)

Music Education/Professor Education (40 hours)

Music Education (19 hours)

1 hour of each of the following:
MUED 2101 Woodwind Techniques
MUED 2102 Brass Techniques
MUED 2103 Percussion Techniques
MUED 2104 String Techniques

MUED 2200 Foundations of Music Education
MUED 3115: Composing & Arranging for School Ensembles
MUED 3123 Global Styles and Practice
MUED 3214 Vocal Pedagogy
MUAP 3124 Conducting I
MUAP 3225 Conducting II

MUED 4315 Teaching Music in Performance Ensembles
MUED 4322 Teaching General Music

Education Minor (18 hours)

TCED 4383: Instructional Skills
TCED 4321: Teaching Diverse Learners

Education Elective (choose 1)
SPED 4301: Education of Exceptional Learners
ELEM 2302: Growth and Child Development
MCED 4310: Content Area Literacy

TCED 4330: Classroom Management
MUED 4600: Internship 

NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom.

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: Vocal

General: 125 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (1 hour1)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Major
Musicianship (27 hours)

MUAP 2154 First-Year Experience/Music

Music Theory (17 hours)

MUTH 1381 Introduction to Theory
MUTH 2192 Aural Skills I
MUTH 2193 Aural Skills II
MUTH 2381 Theory I
MUTH 2391 Theory II
MUTH 3192 Aural Skills III
MUTH 3381 Theory III

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 (22 hours)

Applied Instruction (12 hours)

6 semesters total required; minimum of 2 semesters at upper-division level; minimum of 8 hours to be completed at UA Little Rock.

Recital (0 hours)

MUPR 3000 Junior Recital

Music Ensembles (6 hours)

6 semesters total required; minimum of 2 hours to be completed at UA Little Rock.

Piano Proficiency (4 hours)

MUAP 1114 Piano Class I
MUAP 1164 Piano Class II
MUAP 2184 Piano Class III
MUAP 3165 Piano Class IV

Recital Attendance

MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance (6 semesters)

Music Education/Professor Education (34 hours)

Music Education (16 hours)

1 hour of each of the following:
MUED 2101 Woodwind Techniques
MUED 2102 Brass Techniques
MUED 2103 Percussion Techniques
MUED 2104 String Techniques

MUED 2200 Foundations of Music Education
MUED 3115: Composing & Arranging for School Ensembles
MUED 3123 Global Styles and Practice
MUED 3214 Vocal Pedagogy
MUAP 3124 Conducting I
MUAP 3225 Conducting II
MUED 4315 Teaching Music in Performance Ensembles
MUED 4322 Teaching General Music

Education Minor (18 hours)

TCED 4383: Instructional Skills
TCED 4321: Teaching Diverse Learners

Education Elective (choose 1)
SPED 4301: Education of Exceptional Learners
ELEM 2302: Growth and Child Development
MCED 4310: Content Area Literacy

TCED 4330: Classroom Management
MUED 4600: Internship 

NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom .

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.


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:

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

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

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.

MUPR 3000 Junior Recital

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Performance of a 30-minute recital by students completing the third year of their music study. Zero credit hours.

MUPR 4000 Junior Recital

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Performance of a 60-minute recital by students completing the fourth year of their music study. Zero credit hours.

MUPR 4101 Music History Capstone I

Initial stages of an individualized research project in music history (topic selected with instructor approval).

MUPR 4103 Music Theory Capstone I

Initial stages  of an individualized research project in music theory (topic selected with instructor approval).

MUPR 4201 Music History Capstone II

Completion of an individualized research project in music history (topic selected with instructor approval).

MUPR 4203 Music Theory Capstone II

Completion of an individualized research project in music theory (topic selected with instructor approval).

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
—96 Harp

Courses in Music

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for Music, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline:

MUAP – Applied Music
MUED – Music Education
MUEN – Music Ensemble
MUTH – Music Theory
MUHL – Music History and Literature
MUPR – Private Music