Music Major

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. 

Bachelor of Arts in Music (areas of study):

  • Brass

  • Organ

  • Strings

  • Composition

  • Percussion

  • Voice
  • Guitar

  • Piano

  • Woodwinds

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 by the end of the first two weeks of the semester.

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 a second time, 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.

The music major requires a minimum of 56 credit hours.

All courses are offered at least once every three years. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. 

MUSC 105: Recital Attendance (8 semesters or every semester registered 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 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 116: History of American Pop Music
MUSC 221: African-American Music

MUSC 224: Jazz History

Performance Requirements and Music Electives
Applied Major (to level 4)
Ensembles (8 hours)

Choose 10 hours from the following electives:
AADM 350: Arts Criticism
MTHP 310: Recreational Music
MUSC: Literature and Pedagogy of a Major Instrument
MUSC 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402: Composition
MUSC 152, 153: Jazz Improvisation 
MUSC 300: Half Recital
MUSC 308: 20th Century Theory
MUSC 316: Vocal Diction and Pedagogy
MUSC 356: Conducting
MUSC 360: Advanced Conducting and Literature
MUSC 385: Instrumentation
MUSC 386: Choral Arranging
MUSC 400: Full Recital
THTR 349: History and Development of American Music Theatre

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 Drury Singers, Drury Chorale, Wind Symphony or Orchestra.
  4. Register for MUSC 105 each semester and attend a minimum of 10 concerts or recitals during the semester including all faculty recitals, senior recitals, and all “Guest Artist Series” concerts.
  5. Pass the piano proficiency examination.
  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.

Additional information and requirements are available in the music major handbook available in the music office or online.