Course Requirements

All students in the School of Music are required to enroll in the following music courses:

Musicianship  (36 credits)

Additional Courses

Applied Music 

Students may enroll in a maximum of 4 credits of applied study per quarter, with a maximum of 48 credits total. The requirements for applied study vary by degree program:

  • BM in performance, 48 credits
  • BM in jazz studies, 30 credits
  • BM in composition, 24 credits
  • BM in music education, 24 credits
  • BM in performing arts management, 24 credits
  • BA in music, 16 credits
  • BS in sound recording technology, 12 credits

Except performance majors, students may enroll in additional applied credits, which will count towards music electives.

Modern Language Option

If a music student wishes to study a modern language for a three-course sequence (12 credits), one quarter of language study (4 credits) may be used to replace a course requirement in Arts and Literature, Philosophical Inquiry, or Religious Dimensions. The remaining two quarters of language (8 credits) will be applied towards free electives.

MUS 110

MUSICIANSHIP I

(Autumn) Theory fundamentals - from keys, scales, and intervals, through seventh chords and four-part writing.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 120

MUSICIANSHIP II

Integrated study of theory/history pertaining to music of the Baroque period. Activities include readings, listening, analysis, and theory exercises.
Prerequisites:
MUS 110 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 130

MUSICIANSHIP III

(Spring) An integrated study of theory/history pertaining to music of the Classical period. Activities include readings, listening, analysis, and theory exercises.
Prerequisites:
MUS 120 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 210

MUSICIANSHIP IV

(Autumn) An integrated study of theory/history pertaining to music of the 19th and early 20th century. Activities include readings, listenings, analysis, and theory exercises.
Prerequisites:
MUS 130 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 220

MUSICIANSHIP V

An integrated study of theory/history pertaining to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Activities include readings, listening, analysis, and theory exercises.
Prerequisites:
MUS 210 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 230

MUSICIANSHIP VI

History of music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; readings of texts and articles; study of specific works.
Prerequisites:
MUS 220 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 111

AURAL TRAINING I

A six-quarter sequence of sight-singing and dictation, organized in coordination with the musicianship curriculum. Each quarter is a prerequisite for the following level.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 121

AURAL TRAINING II

A six-quarter sequence of sight-singing and dictation, organized in coordination with the musicianship curriculum. Each quarter is a prerequisite for the following level.
Prerequisites:
MUS 111 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 131

AURAL TRAINING III

A six-quarter sequence of sight-singing and dictation, organized in coordination with the musicianship curriculum. Each quarter is a prerequisite for the following level.
Prerequisites:
MUS 121 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 211

AURAL TRAINING IV

A six-quarter sequence of sight-singing and dictation, organized in coordination with the musicianship curriculum. Each quarter is a prerequisite for the following level.
Prerequisites:
MUS 131 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 221

AURAL TRAINING V

A six-quarter sequence of sight-singing and dictation, organized in coordination with the musicianship curriculum. Each quarter is a prerequisite for the following level.
Prerequisites:
MUS 211 is a prerequisite for this course.

MUS 231

AURAL TRAINING VI

A six-quarter sequence of sight-singing and dictation, organized in coordination with the musicianship curriculum. Each quarter is a prerequisite for the following level.
Prerequisites:
MUS 221 is a prerequisite for this course.

MUS 113

GROUP PIANO I

The first six courses in a two year (six-quarter) sequence of two one-hour classes per week using electronic piano labs. Curriculum is organized on the basis of six levels of functional keyboard competence, coordinated with the two-year Musicianship Studies experience described above. Emphasis is on sight-reading, harmonization, theory, score-reading, accompanying and ensemble playing. Note: Students with extensive previous keyboard experience may complete the competence requirements in fewer than six quarters.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 123

GROUP PIANO II

The second of six courses in a two year (six-quarter) sequence of two one-hour classes per week using electronic piano labs. Curriculum is organized on the basis of six levels of functional keyboard competence, coordinated with the two-year Musicianship Studies experience described above. Emphasis is on sight-reading, harmonization, theory, score-reading, accompanying and ensemble playing. Note: Students with extensive previous keyboard experience may complete the competence requirements in fewer than six quarters.
Prerequisites:
MUS 113 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 133

GROUP PIANO III

The third of three courses in a two year (six-quarter) sequence of two one-hour classes per week using electronic piano labs. Curriculum is organized on the basis of six levels of functional keyboard competence, coordinated with the two-year Musicianship Studies experience described above. Emphasis is on sight-reading, harmonization, theory, score-reading, accompanying and ensemble playing. Note: Students with extensive previous keyboard experience may complete the competence requirements in fewer than six quarters.
Prerequisites:
MUS 123 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 213

GROUP PIANO IV

The fourth of six courses in a two year (six-quarter) sequence of two one-hour classes per week using electronic piano labs. Curriculum is organized on the basis of six levels of functional keyboard competence, coordinated with the two-year Musicianship Studies experience described above. Emphasis is on sight-reading, harmonization, theory, score-reading, accompanying and ensemble playing. Note: Students with extensive previous keyboard experience may complete the competence requirements in fewer than six quarters.
Prerequisites:
MUS 133 is a prerequisite for this course.

MUS 223

GROUP PIANO V

The fifth of six courses in a two year (six-quarter) sequence of two one-hour classes per week using electronic piano labs. Curriculum is organized on the basis of six levels of functional keyboard competence, coordinated with the two-year Musicianship Studies experience described above. Emphasis is on sight-reading, harmonization, theory, score-reading, accompanying and ensemble playing. Note: Students with extensive previous keyboard experience may complete the competence requirements in fewer than six quarters.
Prerequisites:
MUS 213 is a prerequisite for this course.

MUS 233

GROUP PIANO VI

The last of six courses in a two year (six-quarter) sequence of two one-hour classes per week using electronic piano labs. Curriculum is organized on the basis of six levels of functional keyboard competence, coordinated with the two-year Musicianship Studies experience described above. Emphasis is on sight-reading, harmonization, theory, score-reading, accompanying and ensemble playing. Note: Students with extensive previous keyboard experience may complete the competence requirements in fewer than six quarters.
Prerequisites:
MUS 223 is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 265

MUSICAL TRADITIONS OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD

An introduction to the musical styles of world cultures and jazz. Required of all music majors.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 303

BASIC CONDUCTING PRACTICUM

An introduction to ensemble conducting. Students will learn to prepare a score and to execute a rehearsal with a live ensemble. Topics include score study, rehearsal skills, critical listening skills, and physical conducting skills. This course must be taken concurrently with Basic Conducting (MUS 304).
Prerequisites:
MUS 230 and MUS 231 are a prerequisite for this class.

MUS 304

BASIC CONDUCTING

An introduction to ensemble conducting. Students will learn to prepare a score and to execute a rehearsal with a live ensemble. Topics include score study, rehearsal skills, critical listening skills, and physical conducting skills. COREQUISITE: Basic Conducting Practicum (MUS 303).
Prerequisites:
MUS 230 and MUS 231 are a prerequisite for this class.

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