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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

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

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MAJOR53 HOURS

MUSIC THEORY19

  • Continuation from Music Fundamentals, including study of chords in major and minor keys, voice leading, beginning four-part writing, and harmonic progressions.
    Prerequisite: MUS1010 with a C or higher, successful music theory placement exam, or consent of the instructor.
  • Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.
    Prerequisite: MUS1010 or successful music theory placement exam
  • Continuation of MUS2020, including study of cadences, phrases and periods, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and secondary dominant chords.
    Prerequisite: MUS2010 with a grade of C or higher
  • Continuation of MUS105.
    Prerequisite: MUS2011 with a grade of C or higher.
  • Continuation of Music Theory II. Modulatory techniques, mode mixtures, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, and enharmonic modulations.
    Prerequisite: MUS2012 or successful music theory placement exam
  • Continuation of MUS106.
    Prerequisite: MUS2013 or successful music theory placement exam
  • Continuation of Music Theory III.
    Prerequisite: MUS3010 or successful music theory placement exam
  • Continuation of MUS205.
    Prerequisite: MUS3011 with a C or higher
  • Structural principles and forms of homophonic music, particularly Baroque and Classical forms.
    Prerequisite: MUS3010 with a C or higher

MUSIC HISTORY9

*This course may be applied to GenEd Humanities requirement.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE25

  • 1000-level Major Applied Study4
  • 3000-level Major Applied Study6
  • 1000-level Secondary Applied Study3
  • Piano or Voice is recommended
  • Piano Proficiency0
  • 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.
  • Public performance of at least 50 minutes of music from a variety of historic and stylistic genera. Literature should be appropriate to the requirements for senior-level study and should include ensemble repertoire.
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: 2010 with a C or higher
  • Ensemble Electives7
Conducting Elective, choose one of the following:
  • Conducting techniques for leading choral ensembles, score analysis, study of diction, and musical styles. Expressive conducting of music selected from a broad repertory.
    Prerequisite: MUS4011
  • Instrumental conducting techniques, literature, and materials.
    Prerequisite: MUS4011

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