Music Major

Studies offered in:

  • winds/percussion/strings
  • voice
  • piano
  • organ
  • guitar
  • composition

The Bachelor of Arts degree reflects the concepts, ideas, and values of the Drury undergraduate education. Music students enroll in a variety of courses offered in the music curriculum according to their area of interest: instrumental or vocal studies, composition, theory, history and literature. Music students receive individualized instruction from a faculty of highly trained musicians.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

MUSC 105: Recital Attendance (8 semesters or every semesterregistered as a music major)
MUSC 117: Music Theory I
MUSC 118: Music Theory II
MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I
MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II
MUSC 166: Piano Class I
MUSC 167: Piano Class II
MUSC 168: Piano Class III
MUSC 169: Piano Class IV
MUSC 211: Sophomore Review
MUSC 217: Music Theory III
MUSC 218: Music Theory IV
MUSC 219: Ear Training and Sight Singing III
MUSC 220: Ear Training and Sight Singing IV
MUSC 306: Form and Analysis
MUSC 321: History of Music I
MUSC 322: History of Music II
MUSC 493: Senior Seminar

Choose one course from the following:
MUSC 221: African-American Music
MUSC 224: Jazz History

Performance Requirements and Music Electives
Applied Major(to level 4)
MUSC 405: Applied Level Proficiency
Ensembles (8 hours)

Choose 10 hours from the following electives:
AADM 450: Arts Criticism
MUSC 152, 153 Jazz Improvisation
MUSC 170 Diction for Singers
MUSC 300: Half Recital
MUSC 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402: Composition
MUSC 308: 20th Century Theory
MUSC 310: Recreational Music
MUSC 316: Vocal Diction and Pedagogy
MUSC 334: Song Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 335: Choral Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 344: Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC: Literature and Pedagogy of a Major Instrument
MUSC 349: History and Development of American Music Theatre
MUSC 356: Conducting
MUSC 357: Choral Conducting
MUSC 358: Instrumental Conducting
MUSC 385: Instrumentation
MUSC 386: Choral Arranging
MUSC 400: Full Recital

Each student majoring in music is expected to:

  1. Complete the prescribed course of study for the particular degree.
  2. Complete at least eight semesters of an ensemble in a principal instrument.
  3. Complete at least eight semesters (or every semester registered as a music major, excluding semesters enrolled in internship or student teaching) of concert choir, concert band or college orchestra.
  4. Attend a minimum of 10 concerts or recitals during each of the 15-week semesters including all faculty recitals and all “Guest Artist Series” concerts.
  5. Pass the piano proficiency examination, or successfully complete MUSC 166, MUSC 167, MUSC 168, and MUSC 169.
  6. Achieve the required applied music level for the major.  Information concerning applied music  levels can be obtained in the music major handbook.
  7. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.  If a student’s GPA falls below 2.5, the student will have one semester to re-achieve the 2.5.  Failure to do so can result in removal from the major.

All students interested in majoring in music must perform and pass an audition before the music faculty.  Students who fail to pass this audition after two attempts will not be allowed to continue as a music major.  The audition must be completed before the end of their first semester as a music major.

After four semesters of study in music, all music majors must pass a sophomore review which includes performing their applied major jury before the music faculty.  If the student fails this review, they will no longer be allowed to continue as a music major.  Details of the sophomore review can be found in the music major handbook available in the music office or online.