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2023-2024 University Catalog 
  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Music, B.A., Composition Concentration


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BA Music

Students will demonstrate the skills requisite for artistic self-expression and the creation of high quality music. 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction through aural, verbal, and visual analysis. 

Students will be able to place music in the appropriate historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts. 

 

Curricula in Music

Students working toward the Bachelor of Arts in Music may elect one of four concentrations offered through the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development: Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Studies, or Performance. Students are admitted to the Music Major Program through an audition and upon recommendation of the faculty in the chosen concentration. Each concentration is tailored to a specific set of skills and knowledge, so students should follow the appropriate listing of courses.

The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Students majoring in music must meet the following requirements:

  1. Piano through MUS 1407  or equivalent as determined by placement examination, except where piano is the major instrument. Students must also pass a juried proficiency exam in order to graduate. MUS 1407  may not be used for music elective credit.
  2. Full-time students must enroll in one ensemble appropriate to their concentration each semester even though the six-hour requirement may have been fulfilled. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble every semester. Any student, whether full-time or part-time, who is enrolled in an applied music course, must enroll in an ensemble. Students should consult with their advisor before selecting an ensemble.
  3. All full-time Music majors are required to register for Student Recital Hour (MUS 1900 ) each semester and must meet attendance requirements. All Music majors enrolled in applied lessons are expected to perform in at least one Recital Hour each academic year (with the approval of the Applied Music Lesson instructor).

General Education Requirements


Mathematics Credits: 6 *


* See General Course Requirements and Approved Electives in the Liberal Arts Section.

Science


  • BIOS Credits: 3 3
  • BIOS or Physical Science Credits: 6 3

Humanities


  • FORL 1001 Credits: 3
  • FORL 1002 Credits: 3
  • ENGL Literature Credits: 3

Social Sciences


  • Social Sciences Electives Credits: 6

Total Credit Hours: 39


Other Requirements


  • FORL 1002 Credits: 3
     
  • FORL 2001 Credits: 3 8
    OR
  • FORL 1001 Credits: 3 8
     
  • Literature Credits: 3
  • Social Science 2000+ Credits: 6 2

Total Credit Hours: 12-15


Total Credit Hours: 51


Composition Concentration


Total Credit Hours: 24


Total Credit Hours Required: 126


  1. “C” or better required
  2.  Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least six hours at 2000-level or higher. See General Course Requirements and Approved Electives in Liberal Arts Section. NOTE: Students must earn six hours of 3000+ course work in non-music studies. The most efficient way to fulfill this requirement is to take at least six of the nine hours of required social sciences at the 3000+ level. Students may choose to fulfill the 3000+ requirement by tak­ing courses in other areas of concentration (i.e., humanities, business administration, sciences) but doing so will not reduce the number of social sciences hours required.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS.
  4. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407 . See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  5. Full-time students must enroll in one ensemble appropriate to their emphasis area each semester even though the six-hour requirement may have been fulfilled. At least two hours of ensemble must be at the 4000-level. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble every semester. Any student, whether full-time or part-time, who is enrolled in an applied music course, must enroll in an ensemble. Students should consult with their advisor to choose an ensemble.
  6. Nine hours must be non-ensemble, three of which must be at the 4000+ level. Three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  7.  Students registered for Recital must be concurrently enrolled in applied composition. Satisfies oral competency requirements.
  8. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or twelve credit hours in two languages.
  9. To be selected from Applied Keyboard, Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, or Percussion. Students may choose three 2-credit or two 3-credit lessons in consultation with their major professor.

Four Year Plan of Study


First Year of Enrollment


Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 17

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 17

Third Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours Required: 127


  1. All students must pass piano proficiency through MUS 1407 . See music major requirements listed under Curricula in Music.
  2. Full-time students must enroll in one ensemble appropriate to their emphasis area each semester even though the six-hour requirement may have been fulfilled. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble every semester. Any student, whether full-time or part-time, who is enrolled in an applied music course, must enroll in an ensemble. Students with an emphasis in piano or music studies should consult with their advisor to choose an ensemble.
  3. Nine hours must be non-ensemble, three of which must be at 4000. Three hours must be in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition/Arranging, or Jazz Improvisation.
  4. Required for all first-time full-time students.

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