Degrees & Requirements

The music department seeks to provide opportunities for students to grow into independent, informed and creative musicians who will serve as advocates for our art in and out of the music profession.

  • Music (B.A.)

    MUSIC CORE (22)
    MUSC 401 20th and 21st Century Music (3)
    One course from: (.5-3)
    MUSC 425 Senior Recital (.5)
    MUSC 426 Senior Research Project (3) 

    Applied Music (6)
    Ensemble (3)
    Music Electives (6)
    Total40.5-43
    Additional requirement: (3-4)
    MATH 120 or above, OR
    STAT 161 or above

    All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency through examination and/or coursework before graduation. Those music students who do not have any background in piano will be required to enroll in piano classes until the requirement is fulfilled.

    The capstone experience will be 425 or 426, which will involve a recital or the completion of a senior research project in music.

  • Music-Core Courses

    MUSC 152 Music Theory I (3)
    MUSC 153 Aural Skills I (1)
    MUSC 162 Music Theory II (3)
    MUSC 163 Aural Skills II (1)
    MUSC 252 Music Theory III (3) Z
    MUSC 253 Aural Skills III (1)
    MUSC 262 Music Theory IV (3)
    MUSC 263 Aural Skills IV (1)
    MUSC 301 Music History I (3)
    MUSC 302 Music History II (3)
    Total22

  • Music--Teacher preparation--Grades PK-12 Choral/Vocal (B.A.)

    Departmental Requirements:
    Music Core (22)
    MUSC 203 Lyric Diction (3)
    MUSC 225 Introduction to Music Education (3)
    MUSC 226 Elementary Music Methods (2)
    MUSC 303 Conducting I (2)
    MUSC 304 Conducting II – Choral Methods (2)
    MUSC 325 Junior Recital/Research Project (.5)
    Primary Instrument (6)
    Secondary Instrument (3)
    Ensemble (3.5)
    Total47
    Additional Requirement: 
    MATH 120 or above (3-4)

    All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency through examination and/or coursework before graduation. Those music students who do not have any background in piano will be required to enroll in piano classes until the requirement is fulfilled.

    Licensure Requirements:
    EDUC 114 Introduction to Education (1)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience .5
    EDUC 305 Human Growth and Development (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    EDUC 370 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 440 Seminar: Teaching in Secondary School (2)
    EDUC 441 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School (10)
    EDUC 445 Foundations of Education (3)
    EDUC 449 Reading, Writing and Instruction in Content Areas (3)
    EDUC 450 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary School (3)
    Total32
    Additional Requirements
    One course from: (3)
    HIST 111 American History to 1861*
    HIST 112 American History since 1862*
    Laboratory Science* (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics** (4)
    Recommended
    One course from: (3)
    HHP 231 Personal Health
    HHP 232 School and Community Health
    HHP 251 Safety Education
    For middle school endorsement:
    EDUC 401 Practicum in Education (2)

    *Met as Modes of Inquiry Core Requirement.

    **Statistics 161 is required in addition to the mathematics requirement in the major.

    The student should select core courses to meet state licensure requirements while fulfilling college graduation requirements.

    Education 440, 441, and 450 are taken in the professional semester.

    Student Teaching is the senior project for teacher preparation.  

  • Music--Teacher Preparation--Grades PK-12 Instrumental (B.A.)

    Departmental Requirements:
    Music Core (22)
    MUSC 225 Introduction to Music Education (3)
    MUSC 226 Elementary Music Methods (2)
    MUSC 303 Conducting I (2)
    MUSC 305 Conducting II – Instrumental Methods (2)
    MUSC 325 Junior Recital/Research Project (.5)
    MUSP 101 Brass Methods (1)
    MUSP 102 Woodwind Methods (1)
    MUSP 103 Percussion Methods (1)
    MUSP 104 Strings Methods (1)
    Primary Instrument (6) Secondary  Instrument (6)
    Ensemble* (3.5)
    Total48
    Additional requirement:
    MATH 120 or above (3-4)

    *Ensemble must include 1.5 semester hours of MUSP 232 – Marching Band.

    All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency through examination and/or coursework before graduation. Those music students who do not have any background in piano will be required to enroll in piano classes until the requirement is fulfilled.

    Licensure Requirements: 
    EDUC 114 Introduction to Education (1)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 115 Early Field Experience (.5)
    EDUC 305 Human Growth and Development (3)
    EDUC 320 Technology and Instructional Design (3)
    EDUC 370 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 440 Seminar: Teaching in Secondary School (2)
    EDUC 441 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School (10)
    EDUC 445 Foundations of Education (3)
    EDUC 449 Reading, Writing and Instruction in Content Areas (3)
    EDUC 450 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary School (3)
    Total32
    Additional Requirements
    One course from: (3)
    HIST 111 American History to 1861*
    HIST 112 American History since 1862*

    Laboratory Science* (4)
    STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics** (4)
    Recommended
    One course from: (3)
    HHP 231 Personal Health
    HHP 232 School and Community Health
    HHP 251 Safety Education
    For middle schoolendorsement:
    EDUC 401 Practicum in Education (2)

    The student should select core courses to meet state licensure requirements while fulfilling college graduation requirements.

    *Met as Modes of Inquiry Core Requirement.

    **Statistics 161 is required in addition to the mathematics requirement in the major.

    Education 440, 441, and 450 are taken in the professional semester.

    Student Teaching is the senior project for teacher preparation.

  • Music-Performance (B.A.)

    MUSIC CORE (22)
    MUSC 325 Junior Recital/Research Project (.5)
    MUSC 401 20th and 21st Century Music (3)
    MUSC 425 Senior Recital (.5)
    Private Study in principal area (8)
    Ensemble pertinent to principal area (3)
    Total37
    For Piano performance area:
    MUSC 315 Literature for the Piano (1)
    MUSC 317 Collaborative Piano in Context (1)
    MUSC 319 Piano Pedagogy (1)
    For Voice performance area:
    MUSC 203 Lyric Diction (3)
    MUSP 240 Opera Workshop (1-4)
    MUSC 310 Literature for Voice with Piano (1)
    Additional requirement
    MATH 120 or 3-4 above, OR
    STAT 161 or above

    All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency through examination and/or coursework before graduation. Those music students who do not have any background in piano will be required to enroll in piano classes until the requirement is fulfilled.

    All performance majors are required to demonstrate their ability to continue in the performance degree program by participating in a sophomore performance review (twenty minutes of music and interview) in front of the music faculty. This requirement is designed to prepare the student for the juried junior and senior recitals.

    All performance majors are required to complete Music 325 and 425. The juried junior recital must include a minimum of twenty-five minutes of music, and the juried senior recital must include a minimum of fifty minutes of music. For piano majors, a juried, full-length collaborative recital or a piano pedagogy research paper of fifteen to twenty pages, approved by the music faculty, may be substituted for the junior recital. See the music department handbook for details about all recital requirements.

  • Minor in Music

    A student may minor in music by completing 152, 153, 162, 163, 301, 302 in sequence, one elective approved by the department chair, three semester hours in applied music, and two semester hours in ensemble.


  • This information is effective using the most recent Academic Catalog for more detailed course descriptions you can view the Academic Catalog here.

    For Current Students, you may check your individual degree requirements using Self-Service. More information in regards to this can be found on the Registrar’s page.