Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Music

 

Faculty

C. Menoche, Chair; D. D'Addio, B. Kershner, C. Knox, L. Laurent, C. Parr,  P. Perry, J. Ribchinsky, T. Seddon (Dept. phone: 860-832-2912; fax: 860-832-2902)


Department Overview

The Department of Music offers a BS in music education and a BA in music with specializations in performance, jazz studies, or theory/composition. In addition to the undergraduate degree offerings, the department offers a minor in music as well as courses in the general education program, focusing on western art music, music theory, jazz history, world music, and music technology. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Full- and part-time faculty specializations include bass, bassoon, cello, clarinet, composition, computer technology, euphonium, flute, guitar, harp, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice.

To enroll as a music major, all students must apply separately to the Department of Music. Call the department for an application. Entrance auditions, along with a theory placement test, will be administered by members of the music faculty. Students with deficiencies in theory and/or piano may be required to take remedial courses, which would not be credited toward the degree.

 

Programs

Major in Music, BA (60 credits)

Core (25 credits)

MUS 114 Introduction to Music Technology 1
MUS 115 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 116 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 121 Music Theory I 2
MUS 122 Music Theory II 2
MUS 211 Ethnomusicology 3
MUS 215 Aural Skills III 1
MUS 216 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 221 Music Theory III 2
MUS 222 Music Theory IV 2
MUS 235 Music History I 3
MUS 236 Music History II 3
MUS 335 Music History III 3
  


Specializations (35 credits)

Specialization in Performance 

Seven semesters of:
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
 


10 credits from the following:
MUS 140  Ensemble 1
   or

MUS 141  Chorus 1
   or

MUS 142  Band 1
   or

MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 380  Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis 2

   or



MUS 401 Topics in Music 3
MUS 400 Project in Music 4
MUS 404 Topics in Performance 3
     
 

Specialization in Theory and Composition 

Seven semesters of:
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
   


Two to six semesters of:
MUS 141  Chorus 1
   or

MUS 142  Band 1
   or

MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
  


Up to 4 semesters of:
MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 1
MUS 295 Beginning Composition 2
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 380  Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis 2
MUS 390 Orchestration 2
MUS 395  Composition 3
or

MUS 405 Topics in Composers 3
MUS 400 Project in Music 4
 


Specialization in Jazz Studies 

Seven semesters of:
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
 


Eight semesters of:
MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 8
MUS 213 Jazz Styles and Chronology 3
MUS 273 Jazz Improvisation I 2
MUS 274 Jazz Improvisation II 2
MUS 380  Advanced Notation, Sequencing, and Sound Synthesis 2
MUS 400 Project in Music 4
 
 

Specialization in General Studies 

MUS 250 Piano Class I 2
and

MUS 251  Piano Class II 2
or pass piano proficiency exam
 
 

Six semesters of:
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors I 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
 
 

Eight semesters of:
MUS 141  Chorus 1
   or

MUS 142  Band 1
   or

MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
   or

MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 1
   or

MUS 148 University Singers 1
   or

MUS 149 University Chamber Players 1
Music electives  9-13


Major in Music Education, BS (Certifiable for PK-12 teaching, 66 credits)

MUS 114 Introduction to Music Technology 1
MUS 115 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 116 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 121 Music Theory I 2
MUS 122 Music Theory II 2
 
 

Six semesters of:
MUS 141  Chorus 1
   or

MUS 142  Band 1
   or

MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
MUS 211 Ethnomusicology 3
MUS 215 Aural Skills III 1
MUS 216 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 221 Music Theory III 2
MUS 222 Music Theory IV 2
MUS 235 Music History I 3
MUS 236 Music History II 3
 
 

Five of the six following:
MUS 259 Vocal Methods 1
MUS 261 Woodwind Methods 1
MUS 262 Brass Methods 1
MUS 263 Percussion Methods 1
MUS 267 String Methods: Violin and Viola 1
MUS 268 String Methods: Cello and Double Bass 1
MUS 269 Technology in Music Education 1
MUS 335 Music History III 3
MUS 367 Choral Conducting 2
MUS 368 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS 390 Orchestration 2
 


Seven semesters of:
MUS 178 Applied Music for Majors I 2
MUS 278 Applied Music for Majors II 2
MUS 378 Applied Music for Majors III 2
MUS 478 Applied Music for Majors IV 2
 


Professional Education Requirements (30 credits)
MUS 101 Practicum in Music Education 2
MUS 310 General Music Education, Part I (Grades PK-4) 3
MUS 311 General Music Education, Part II (Grades 5-12) 3
MUS 315  Choral Music Methods 4
   or

MUS 316 Instrumental Music Methods 4
MUS 402 Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDF 415 Educational Foundations 3
EDSC 420 Student Teaching - Elementary Music Education
4.5
EDSC 421 Student Teaching - Secondary Music Education 4.5
EDTE 314 Applied Learning Theories (K-12 Programs) 3
SPED 315 Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities 3

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must take the following as part of their general education requirements:

HIST 161 American History to 1877 3
   or

HIST 162 American History from 1877 to Present 3
PSY 236 Life-Span Development 3
PHYS 113 The Sound of Music 3
ENG 110  Freshman Composition 3

Note: This major does not require a minor.

Note: Students enrolled in MUS 177 must pay an extra fee of $300 each semester. Students enrolled in MUS 178, 278, 378, or 478 must pay an extra fee of $400 each semester. This fee is non-refundable and subject to change. All students enrolled in MUS 178, 278, 378, or 478 must perform in one student recital per year.

All music majors are required to enroll in MUS 090 every semester except while enrolled in either EDSC 420/421 or MUS 400.

All students must be enrolled in a major ensemble every semester in which they are enrolled as full-time music majors except the semester they student teach. All part-time students must be enrolled in a major ensemble for six semesters. The Department of Music reserves the right to assign students to major ensembles.

All music majors (BA and BS candidates) must successfully complete all portions of the sophomore review, which includes a written theory test, sight-singing, and piano proficiency. No student will be allowed to proceed to a 300-level music course until the sophomore review has been successfully completed.

The piano proficiency exam may be taken a total of four times, and students must demonstrate a minimum of proficiency in each category to pass. Most students should begin taking this exam during their sophomore year. Three categories of the exam must be passed before acceptance into the professional program. All of the exam must be passed before beginning student teaching.

The piano proficiency exam consists of the following:

  • Playing major and harmonic minor scales (up to 4 sharps and flats), two octaves, hands together;
  • Playing three intermediate-level pieces from the recommended list, including a chorale and a memorized piece;
  • Harmonizing a simple melody;
  • Transposing the same melody up or down a major/minor second; and
  • Sight-reading a simple piano piece and an accompaniment.

Minor in Music (18 credits)

Students planning to minor in music must consult the department chair for advisement.

Area I (9 credits)

Required:

MUS 109 Fundamentals of Music 3
   or

MUS 121 Music Theory I 2
and

MUS 115 Aural Skills I 1
 


Six credits of the following:
MUS 100 Search in Music 3
MUS 110 Listening to Classical Music 3
MUS 111 Music of the World's People 3
MUS 112 Computer Applications to Music 3
MUS 113 History of Jazz 3
MUS 115 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 116 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 121 Music Theory I 2
MUS 122 Music Theory II 2
 


Area II (4-6 credits)
MUS 114 Introduction to Music Technology 1
MUS 250 Piano Class I 2
MUS 251 Piano Class II 2
MUS 264 Voice Class 2
MUS 273 Jazz Improvisation I 2
MUS 274 Jazz Improvisation II 2
MUS 350 Piano Class III 2
MUS 351 Piano Class IV 2
MUS 380  Advanced Notation, Sequencing,
 
and Sound Synthesis 2
 


Area III (3-5 credits; any/all may be repeated for credit)
MUS 140 Ensemble 1
   or

MUS 141  Chorus 1
   or

MUS 142  Band 1
   or

MUS 143 Sinfonietta 1
   or

MUS 144 Marching Band  1
   or

MUS 147 Jazz Ensembles 1
   or

MUS 148 University Singers 1
   or

MUS 149 University Chamber Players 1
 


MUS 177 Applied Music 1

Note: Students enrolled in MUS 177 must pay an extra fee of $300 each semester.

 

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