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Music or Music + Secondary Education Major

The Fine and Performing Arts Department offers two tracks, one for Music majors, and the other for students pursuing majors in both Music and Secondary Education (Music Education).

Track One: Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music Areas of Study:

  • Brass
  • Organ
  • Strings
  • Composition
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Woodwinds

Requirements:

  • Perform and pass an audition before the music faculty 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. Details of the sophomore review can be found in the Music Major Handbook
  • Pass all coursework required for the major with a C- or better. 
  • Complete 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. 

The following courses are required for all Music Majors (25 hrs)

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

Prerequisite: MUSC 121An 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

Prerequisite: MUSC 122An 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

Prerequisite: MUSC 219An 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 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. 3 hours each semester.

MUSC 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

A capstone experience for music majors.

Choose one (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.

Track 1: Music (31 hrs)

MUSC 305: Piano Concepts for Music Therapy
1 credit hours

Private instruction with an emphasis toward meeting the piano competencies of the American Music Therapy Association; advanced studies in reading, harmonizing, transposing, chording (playing progressions as accompaniments) and improvising the musical preferences of clients. Each one-half hour lesson per week, plus a minimum of six hours practice per week, for one-semester grants one hour credit. Students may take either one or two hours credit each semester.

MUSC 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

A capstone experience for music majors.

Lessons and Ensembles (16 hrs.)

MUSC Ensembles (8 hrs.)

Electives (10 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 102Original 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 301Original 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 401Original 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.


Track 2: Music + Secondary Education (Music Education)

The Music and Secondary Education program is designed for students who wish to teach music at the elementary and secondary level. Upon successful completion of the requirements for this program, certification to teach instrumental and/or vocal music in kindergarten through twelve is recommended by the director of music education to the director of teacher education.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 63 hours
  • Department of Education courses needed to earn a major in Secondary Education
  • Pass all coursework with a C- or better

Lessons and Ensembles (15 hrs.)

MUSC Primary Ensemble (5 hrs.)
MUSC Secondary Ensemble (3 hrs.)
MUAP Applied Lessons in Major Instruments Level 4 (7 hrs.)

Music Education (varies depending upon vocal or instrumental certification)  (24-26 hrs.)

MUSC 106: Percussion and String Methods
2 credit hours

This course provides an applied survey of the string and percussion families. Students will acquire basic proficiency in these instruments and will gain an understanding of fundamental teaching pedagogy.

MUSC 154: Woodwind and Brass Methods
2 credit hours

This course provides an applied survey of the brass and woodwind families. Students will acquire basic proficiency in these instruments and will gain an understanding of fundamental teaching pedagogy.

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 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 370: Elementary Music Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MUSC 117, MUSC 118.  This course will examine pedagogical best practices and their practical application in the elementary music classroom. A survey of appropriate materials, texts, and approaches, as well as the study of various methods, such as Kodaly, Dalcroze, Susuki, and Orff, will be included. Some practical observation will be required.

MUSC 375: Secondary Music Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUSC 117, MUSC 118This course will examine pedagogical best practices and their practical application in the secondary choral and instrumental music programs. Approaches for teaching both performance and non-performance courses and will be explored. Additional emphasis will be placed on program administration. Some practical observation will be required.

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 120: Voice Class
2 credit hours

Basic physical and psychological principles of voice production, with particular attention to problems of tone, diction, development of vocal range and sight reading. Offered fall semester.

Choose One:

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.