BA in Music

The BA in Music is designed to prepare musicians with a high level of musical skill and a strong foundation in music theory, history, and applied performance.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Perform at a collegiate level as a vocalist or instrumentalist.
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    Apply knowledge of music theory and the historical context of music to musical performance.
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    Demonstrate functional vocal and accompanying skills.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    An introductory music course designed to enhance the listening enjoyment and appreciation of Western art music. Includes a study of basic music theory, distinguishing characteristics of style periods and prominent composers, musicians and their works. Attendance at musical events outside of class is required.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    MU331Music History I3

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

MUSIC MAJOR 47 HOURS

MUSIC THEORY16 HOURS

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    Continuation from Music Fundamentals, including study of chords in major and minor keys, voice leading, beginning four-part writing, and harmonic progressions.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 Music Fundamentals with a C or higher, successful music theory placement exam, or consent of the instructor
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    Continuation of MU103, including study of cadences, phrases and periods, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and secondary dominant chords.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU103 with a grade of C or higher
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    Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 or successful music theory placement exam
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    Continuation of MU105.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU105 with a grade of C or higher.
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    Continuation of Music Theory II. Modulatory techniques, mode mixtures, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, and enharmonic modulations.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU104 or successful music theory placement exam
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    Continuation of MU106.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU106 or successful music theory placement exam
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    Continuation of MU205.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU205 with a C or higher
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    Structural principles and forms of homophonic music, particularly Baroque and Classical forms.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU203 with a C or higher

MUSIC HISTORY6 HOURS

In addition to General Education Core Requirements

MUSIC PERFORMANCE25 HOURS

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    100-level Major Applied Study4
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    200-level Major Applied Study6
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    Secondary Applied Study (Piano or Voice is recommended)3
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    Piano Proficiency0
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    Attendance at on- and off-campus musical performances. Appreciation of a variety of musical literature and concert formats, and observation of elements that help create an effective performance.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Culmination of the student’s applied and fundamental music studies. Encompasses the senior recital and written projects that explore historical and theoretical aspects of the senior recital literature.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
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    Conducting patterns with an emphasis on establishing a clear and communicable style to direct an ensemble. Students analyze and direct music using a variety of meters, dynamics, and styles.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: MU104, with a C or higher
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    Ensemble Electives7
Choose one of the following:
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    Conducting techniques for leading choral ensembles, score analysis, study of diction, and musical styles. Expressive conducting of music selected from a broad repertory.
    Offered: Spring, odd Semester; Prerequisite: MU211
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    Instrumental conducting techniques, literature and materials.
    Offered: Spring, odd Semester; Prerequisite: MU211

ELECTIVES24 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

BA in Music students are encouraged to consider the certificates in piano, violin or vocal pedagogy as an option that offers the possibility of a secondary income stream.

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