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Courses

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All students take courses in the University's BELL CORE and Music Common Core in addition to courses related to their major. For a complete course listing, please see the University Catalog

Music Common Core

Applied Study (private lessons and seminars)

Music Theory:
Theory I–IV
Aural Skills I–IV
Plus at least one additional course based on major

Music History:
Introduction to Music: History, Culture, and Style
History of Western Music: 1700–Present
Plus one additional course based on major

Piano Study (class or private study leading to proficiency)

Introduction to Digital Musicianship

Basic Conducting

At least one Ensemble each semester

Recital (Junior and/or Senior, based on major)

Electives (music or non-music)

Music Education: Instrumental Emphasis

For band and orchestral instruments

Intro to Music Education

Elementary Methods**

Middle School Methods**

Secondary Instrument Methods**

Brass Methods

Percussion Methods

Woodwind Methods I and II

String Methods

Additional study on a secondary instrument

Instrumental Conducting

Marching Band Methods

Music Ed. Seminar

Needs of Diverse Learners

Educational Psychology

Orchestration or Arranging

History of Music: Ancient–1700

Student Teaching

Music Education: Vocal Emphasis

For voice, guitar or keyboard

Intro to Music Education

Elementary Methods**

Middle School Methods**

Secondary Choral Methods**

Guitar Methods

World Percussion

Choral Conducting

Conducting Lab

Additional study in a secondary area (voice, guitar or piano)

Music Education Seminar

Needs of Diverse Learners

Educational Psychology

Orchestration or Arranging

History of Music: Ancient–1700

Student Teaching

*It is possible to add additional courses and obtain both instrumental and vocal
certification. Either emphasis can also include study of commercial music.

**Methods courses include field experiences.

Principal Instruments and Applied Study

Every music major has a “principal instrument” which also includes voice. “Applied study” or “applied lessons” means private lessons on your principal instrument. Applied study is similar for all majors. Students meet once a week for one-on-one lessons with an instructor and also in a “seminar” with other students studying in the same area. Seminars provide a chance to perform for your colleagues and teachers, to hear your friends perform and to discuss common issues related to music performance. Students also take “support courses,” one-credit courses that focus on the music, technique and topics related to their specific instrument or musical style.