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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.

Bachelor of Arts in Music students should pass all coursework required for the major with a C or better. Students who fail to pass courses required for the major with a C or better after two attempts will no longer be allowed to continue in the major.

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. 

Musicianship

MUSC 105: Recital Attendance
0 credit hours

Music majors are required to attend weekly recital class and ten concerts each semester. Attendance will be taken at each event. S/U grading.

MUSC 117: Music Theory I
3 credit hours

Introduction to the basic music vocabulary. Elements of tonal music approached through hearing, writing and analytical; work in diatonic harmony and basic species counterpoint. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing I.

MUSC 118: Music Theory II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 117. 
Continuation of diatonic harmony with an emphasis on 4-part writing. Analysis of Bach chorales and an introduction to musical forms.All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing II.

MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I
1 credit hours

An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II
1 credit hours

An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 211: Sophomore Review
0 credit hours

All music majors are required to pass the sophomore review. Requirements are found in the Music Major HandbookS/U grading.

MUSC 217: Music Theory III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUSC 117, MUSC 118.. 
Introduction to chromatic harmony and discussion, writing assignments and analysis of musical excerpts from the Baroque and Classical periods. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing III.

MUSC 218: Music Theory IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUSC 217.
Continuation of chromatic harmony and introduction to twentieth century compositional techniques. Discussion, writing assignments and analysis of musical excerpts from the romantic era and the twentieth century. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing IV.

MUSC 219: Ear Training and Sight Singing III
1 credit hours

An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 220: Ear Training and Sight Singing IV
1 credit hours

An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 306: Form and Analysis
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 218. 
A study of musical form through the analysis of homophonic and contrapuntal compositions.

MUSC 321, 322: History of Music I and II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 118. 
A survey of the history and literature of music from Greco-Roman times to the present. Emphasis upon the study of musical forms and styles against the background of historic, artistic and cultural developments. This course requires 3 hours each semester. 

MUSC 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

A capstone experience for music majors.

Choose one course from the following (3 hrs.)

MUSC 116: History of American Pop Music
3 credit hours

This course examines the historical significance of popular music in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. We will focus on the musical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions ("the context") of genres ranging from the Minstrel Show and Tin Pan Alley to blues, jazz, swing, country, folk, soul, rock, disco and hip-hop.

MUSC 221: African-American Music
3 credit hours

The course is a study of the musical and cultural influence of African-Americans, from their West African roots to the present day, on American musical styles. Attention will be given to the mixing of these components with traditional European influences to shape such American musical genres as ragtime, blues, Dixieland, jazz, bebop, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz-rock, fusion and rock and roll.

MUSC 224: Jazz History
3 credit hours

This course is a survey of the history of jazz from its origins as African- American slave music to the present day. Topics will include musical trends, influential musicians and discussion of political, racial and social factors that have contributed to the development of the genre.

Performance Requirements and Music Electives 

Applied Major to level 4 (8 hrs.)
Ensembles (8 hrs.)

Choose 10 hours from the following electives

Literature and Pedagogy of a Major Instrument (2 hrs.)

AADM 350: Arts Criticism
3 credit hours

Designed to help students develop criteria for judging works of art and performances and to match them with potential audiences. Coursework includes readings in arts criticism as well as critiques of current art events. The course will also look at public policy for the arts at the state and federal level.

MTHP 310: Recreational Music
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Pass piano and guitar proficiency examinations.
Materials and methods in music therapy, nontraditional piano, guitar, hand bell and percussion techniques, musical movement, music activity leadership, arranging and improvisation techniques in music therapy.

MUSC 101: Introduction to Composition I
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Introduction to principles of composition. Written work modeled on analyses of representative forms. Original composition in various forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software. 2 cr (major)/1 cr (non-major).

MUSC 102: Introduction to Composition II
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 101. 
Introduction to principles of composition. Written work modeled on analyses of representative forms. Original composition in various forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software. 2 cr (major)/1 cr (non-major).

MUSC 201: Composition III
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 101MUSC 102
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 202: Composition IV
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 201.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 301: Composition V
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 202. 
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 302: Composition VI
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 301
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 401: Advanced Composition VII
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 302. 
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Advanced projects utilizing instruments and voices. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 402: Advanced Composition VIII
1-2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 401.
Original composition in various musical forms and styles. Advanced projects utilizing instruments and voices. Instruction in traditional manuscript preparation and music notation software.

MUSC 152: Jazz Improvisation
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Individual or small group. Introduction to principles of jazz improvisation, jazz theory, listening and transcription.

MUSC 300: Half Recital
1 credit hours

Students prepare thirty minutes of music for public performance on their major instrument. Achievement of applied level 4 is required before the student is eligible to register. Successful completion of the Recital Permission Hearing is required before the recital may be given. Requirement for the bachelor of music education degree. Only music majors will be allowed to present a half recital. Course fee required.

MUSC 308: Twentieth Century Theory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 218. 
Trends, techniques and leading composers of modern music, from the French Impressionists to the present.

MUSC 316: Vocal Diction and Pedagogy
2 credit hours

This course will focus on foreign language diction and vocal pedagogy. The diction portion will focus primarily on Italian, German and French, though other singing diction may be addressed as time permits. The vocal pedagogy portion will focus on the study of vocal science and how it relates to teaching singing. Pedagogy will be seen from a historical perspective and from modern science.

MUSC 356: Conducting
3 credit hours

This course introduces the fundamentals of conducting technique and pedagogy; greatest emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition of kinesthetic awareness and foundational control of conducting gestures.

MUSC 360: Advanced Conducting and Literature
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUSC 356.
This course is a continuation of Conducting and the capstone applied class in the music education curriculum, with particular emphasis placed on score study, good ensemble management practices, and the refinement of conducting skills necessary for success in the choral, orchestral, or wind band classroom. Students will explore both chorale and instrumental literature and develop an understanding of the performance practices of characteristic pieces from all the major stylistic periods. Beyond classroom work, students will also have the opportunity to conduct one or more of Drury’s concert ensembles during the course of the semester. As a required advanced course for the bachelor of music education, Advanced Conducting and Literature requires significant reading and preparation.

MUSC 385: Instrumentation
2 credit hours

Intensive study of transposition, range and scoring techniques of all instruments. Manuscript preparation includes transcription for band and orchestra or works from various media. Includes origin and evolution of symphonic instrumentation.

MUSC 386: Choral Arranging
2 credit hours

A study of techniques of arranging for voices in both large and small ensembles. Assignments will include writing for various combinations of voices in various musical styles.

MUSC 400: Full Recital
2 credit hours

Students prepare sixty minutes of music for public performance on their major instrument. Achievement of applied level 4 is required before the student is eligible to register. Successful completion of the Recital Permission Hearing is required before the recital may be given. Only music majors will be allowed to present a full recital. Course fee required.

THTR 349: History and Development of American Musical Theatre
3 credit hours

A study of the development of musical theatre in America from its roots in minstrels, burlesques and eighteenth and nineteenth century European forms through its variations of the twentieth century.


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.