This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.
The CCSU Department of Music is dedicated to the development of competent and aesthetically sensitive musicians, intellectually deepened by a broad liberal arts education. Within the context of the music education program, we prepare musicians for careers as the next generation of public school music teachers in Connecticut and beyond. At the same time our program prepares students with strategies to cultivate artistic leadership in their chosen field. We strive to foster in all students life-long connection and involvement with the art of music.
The performance and scholarship of our faculty serves as an artistic and intellectual resource for Connecticut.
A minor is not required with this major.
MUS 102 and three semesters of major ensemble are double counted in Study Area I.
MUS 121 Music Theory I will become MUS 237 Diatonic Harmony (2 credits, 3 contact hours)
MUS 122 Music Theory II will become MUS 318 Chromatic Harmony I (2 credits, 3 contact hours)
MUS 221 Music Theory III will become MUS 319 Chromatic Harmony II (2 credits, 3 contact hours)
MUS 222 Music Theory III will become MUS 408 Form and Analysis (2 credits, 3 contact hours)
Piano Classes (MUS 250, 251, 350, and 351) will each have 1 credit, 2 contact hours.
Aural Skills (MUS 115, 116, 215, and 216) will each have 1 credit, 2 contact hours.
As noted in changes in spring 2022, world music content is now interwoven over three semester of the music history sequence in place of a "stand alone" Ethnomusicology course.
Six semesters of:
Five of the six following:
Seven semesters of:
MUS 178, MUS 278, MUS 378, and MUS 478 are one credit each. BS students are required to take two semesters of MUS 178, MUS 278, MUS 378, and one semester of MUS 478 for a total of 7 credits.
Professional Education Requirements
MUS 101 Practicum in Music Education has for over 20 years been 1 contact hour but 2 credits. No-one remembers why. Students have asked about this as well. This is being adjusted so that contact hours and credit match. It will now be one contact hour and one credit for student and teacher.
MUS 310 General Music Education, 3 credits and 3 contact hours, has been revised and is going back to the structure of one semester covering K-12 general music and removing MUS 311.
Bringing back MUS 317 Secondary Methods will be a team taught course merging content covered in MUS 315 and MUS 316. All music education majors, instrumental or vocal, will take this class in place of MUS 315 or MUS 316. It will remain 4 credits and 4 contact hours.
General Education Requirements
Students in this program must take the following as part of their general education requirements:
Total Credit Hours: 59
Note: Students enrolled in MUS 177 must pay an extra fee of $200 each semester. Students enrolled in MUS 178, MUS 278, MUS 378, or MUS 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, MUS 278, MUS 378, or MUS 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/EDSC 421.
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.
Music Education majors must pass all portions of the piano proficiency before student teaching.
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 while completing MUS 351 Piano Class IV. Five of the eight categories of the piano proficiency exam must be passed before acceptance into the professional program. All of the exam must be passed the semester before student teaching.
The piano proficiency exam may be taken a total of four times, and students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency in all 8 categories to pass. Most students should begin taking this exam during their sophomore year.
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 a prepared intermediate-level piece from the recommended list, piece using a score;
- Playing a prepared intermediate-level piece from the recommended list, memorized;
- Playing the Star-Spangled Banner;
- Harmonizing a simple melody;
- Transposing the same melody up or down a major/minor second;
- Sight-reading a simple piano piece; and
- Sight-reading a simple accompaniment.