Music, B.S. (64 Credit Major)

The Department of Music offers a 64-credit major in Music leading to the B.S. degree. Entrance into this program is by examination.

The required courses and credits are distributed as follows:

 

Credits (64)

Foundation (3):

Credits
MSH 200Introduction to Music History and Culture

3

It is assumed that students entering the major are able to read music. Students who wish to major in music but cannot already read music must complete MST 100.

Music Theory (18):

Credits
MST 236Theory I

3

MST 237Theory II

3

MST 238Theory III

3

MST 239Theory IV

3

MST 315Orchestration I

3

MST 317Form and Analysis I

3

Musicianship (4):

Credits
MST 266Musicianship I

1

MST 267Musicianship II

1

MST 268Musicianship III

1

MST 269Musicianship IV

1

Music History (12) selected from the following:

Credits
MSH 331Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

3

MSH 332Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras

3

MSH 333Music of the Romantic and Early Modernist Eras

3

MSH 334Music Since 1945

3

MSH 350Topics in Ethnomusicology

3 (maximum 6 credits)

MSH 350: A variable topics course that may be repeated with a different topic.

Performance Instruction (6):

Six credits of private or group instruction on an instrument or voice to be selected from the following courses.

Credits
MSP 166Strings I

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 167Strings II

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 168Woodwinds I

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 169Woodwinds II

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 170Brass I

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 171Brass II

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 172Percussion

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 185Guitar 1

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 186Guitar 2

1 (can be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits)

MSP 190Group Piano 1

1 (maximum 4 credits)

MSP 191Group Piano 2

1 (maximum 4 credits)

MSP 192Group Piano 3

1 (maximum 4 credits).

MSP 210Instruction in Principal Instrument or Voice Private Instruction

1 (maximum 8 credits)

MSP 225Singing for the Stage

1

MSP 226Voice and Diction 1

1

MSP 227Voice and Diction 2

1

Ensemble (6):

Credits
MSP 100Chorus

1 (can be repeated to a maximum 8 credits)

MSP 200Guitar Ensemble

1

MSP 201The College Choir

1 (maximum 8 credits).

MSP 202The Chamber Choir

1 (maximum 8 credits).

MSP 203Concert Band

1 (maximum 8 credits).

MSP 204Orchestra

1 (maximum 8 credits).

MSP 205Ensemble for Voices and/or Instruments

1 (maximum 8 credits).

MSP 207Jazz Band

1 (can be repeated to a maximum 8 credits)

MSP 208Percussion Ensemble

1 (maximum 8 credits).

MSP 209Latin Band

1 credit (maximum 8 credits).

Students enrolled in MSP 210 (voice) must take a minimum of 2 semesters from one of the following: MSP 100, MSP 201, or MSP 202.

Students enrolled in MSP 210 (violin, viola, cello, acoustic bass) must take a minimum of 2 semesters of MSP 204.

Students enrolled for MSP 210 (woodwinds or brass) must take a minimum of 2 semesters from one of the following: MSP 203, or MSP 204.

Students enrolled for MSP 210 (piano) must take a minimum of 2 semesters from one of the following: MSP 100, MSP 201, MSP 202, MSP 205, MSP 207, or MSP 209.

Students enrolled for MSP 210 (percussion) must take a minimum of 2 semesters from one of the following: MSP 203, MSP 204, MSP 207, MSP 208, or MSP 209.

Students enrolled for MSP 210 (guitar) must take a minimum of 2 semesters from one of the following: MSP 100, MSP 200, MSP 201, MSP 202, MSP 205, MSP 207, or MSP 209.

*Students electing to enroll in 9 credits of ensemble can apply 3 of these credits to elective credit.
 

Electives to be taken from the following courses (12):

Credits
MSH 350Topics in Ethnomusicology

3 (maximum 6 credits)

MSH 335Defining Moments in Film Scoring History

3

MSH 369History of Jazz

3

MSH 280Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry

3

MSH 370American Popular Music

3

MST 221Fundamentals of Film Music

3

MST 245Introduction to Music Therapy

3

MST 246Music and the Brain

3

MST 316Orchestration II

3

MST 318Form and Analysis II

3

MST 319Composition I

3

MST 320Composition II

3

MST 321Creating Music with Computers

3

MST 322Recording Techniques and Studio Production

3

MST 323Scoring for Media

3 (can be repeated to a maximum 6 credits).

MST 370Music Internship

3 (may be repeated once with Departmental approval).

MST 371Practicum in Music Therapy

1 (may be repeated up to 3 credits).

MSP 230Piano for Music Teachers

2

MSP 445Conducting

3

MSP 446Conducting

3

A maximum of 3 credits of group instruction on an instrument or voice may be applied to Elective credit. Eligible courses: MSP 166, MSP 167, MSP 168, MSP 169, MSP 170, MSP 171, MSP 172, MSP 185, MSP 186, MSP 190, MSP 191, MSP 192, MSP 225, MSP 226, and MSP 227.

A maximum of 3 credits of additional ensemble may be applied to Elective credit. Eligible courses: MSP 100, MSP 200, MSP 201, MSP 202, MSP 203, MSP 204, MSP 205, MSP 207, MSP 208, MSP 209.

Other electives by permission of the Department.

Senior Project (3):

Credits
MST 496Senior Project

3

Note: Students studying with a private teacher approved by the Department of Music may petition the Department Chair to receive 1 to 6 credits.

Placement in Courses

A basic knowledge of music theory is required of all students who wish to major in Music. Students will demonstrate their ability to enter MST 236 (Theory 1) and MST 266 (Musicianship 1) by taking a placement examination. Successful completion of MST 100 will be accepted in lieu of the placement examination.

Piano Requirement

In addition to the major instrument, students must pass a proficiency examination in piano. Examples of the required level of proficiency are available in the Music Office (Music Building, Room 319). Students are expected to complete this requirement before their fifth semester.

Departmental Ensembles

All students, faculty, staff, and members of the community audition for the principal ensembles of the College. Music majors are required to participate in at least one ensemble per semester.

MSH 114, MSH 115 and MSH 245 are general education courses that do not count toward the major in Music.

Music BS Prior to Fall 2020

Music BS Prior to Fall 2019