Music Major Degree Requirements

Music

The Music major provides a rigorous musical education in the foundational areas of the discipline (theory, aural skills, and history), presents a series of resource classes to best prepare students for future careers and study, and includes significant study in performance in both solo and ensemble settings. The major is designed to give each student the tools to succeed in a musical career. Students must choose a specialization in Performance, Theory/Composition, or Music Ministry; in addition, students who choose a Music Ministry specialization and seek rostered status with the LCMS specialization may additionally add the Director of Parish Music (DPM) certification to their degree program.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition to the Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

General Education Requirements

Global/Cultural

3 hours from one of the following courses:

    • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
    • HIS 2321 Western Civilization to 1715
    • HIS 2322 Western Civilizations from 1715
    • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
    • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
    • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
    • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
    • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

Music Requirements

(Course numbers ending in XX are in development as we transition to this new degree.)

Core Music Courses:
(Required of all majors in Music)
(Aural skills and Music Theory are generally taken as concurrent courses.)

    • MUS 2118 Aural Skills I
    • MUS 2119 Aural Skills II
    • MUS 3120 Aural Skills III
    • MUS 4120 Aural Skills IV
    • MUS 2214 Basic Conducting Techniques
    • MUS 2234 Music Technology
    • MUS 2334 Music Theory I
    • MUS 2335 Music Theory II
    • MUS 3336 Music Theory III
    • MUS 3337 Music Theory IV
    • MUS 3342 History of Music I
    • MUS 3344 History of Music II

Elective Hours:

A sufficient number of academic hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 39 must be upper-level.

Specializations:

Music majors must choose one specialization; each specialization requires additional coursework, private music instruction, ensemble participation, proficiencies, and capstone.

Performance
Additional Courses

    • MUS 3323 Advanced Conducting Techniques
    • MUS 3270 Performance Practice and Literature
    • MUS 3331 Music Pedagogy

One of (based on primary instrument):

    • MUS 2210 Diction for Singers I (voice)
    • MUS 3233 Piano Pedagogy (piano)
    • MUS 4212 Service Playing (organ)

Private Music Instruction

    • Primary: private instruction every semester enrolled in the major, minimum of 6, two must be3XXX level.
    • Secondary: two consecutive semesters required, any instrument.

Ensemble Requirement

  • Large Music Ensemble every semester enrolled, Small Music Ensemble for one full academic year.

Proficiencies

    • Piano proficiency

Capstone

    • 30-minute Junior half-recital (MUS 4105)
    • 60-minute Senior recital (MUS 4105)

Theory/Composition

Additional Courses: Choose any five (5) courses

    • MUS 3332 Orchestration
    • MUS 2250 Intro to World Music
    • MUS 2210 Diction for Singers
    • MUS 3336 Choral Methods
    • MUS 3270 Performance Practice and Literature
    • MUS 3331 Music Pedagogy

Private Music Instruction

    • Primary: composition instruction takes the place of primary instrument, minimum of 6, two must be 3XXX level.
    • Secondary: two consecutive semesters required, any instrument.

Ensemble Requirement

  • Large Music Ensemble for four semesters, Small Music Ensemble for one full academic year.

Proficiencies

    • Piano proficiency
    • Vocal proficiency

Capstone

    • 60-minute Senior recital (MUS 4105) of compositions by student, including at least one major work of length greater than 10 minutes.

Music Ministry

Additional Courses

    • REL 3345 Theology of Worship
    • MUS 3362 Worship and Music
    • MUS 3230 Resources for Modern Worship
    • MUS 3323 Advanced Conducting Techniques
    • MUS 3356 Choral Methods

Private Music Instruction

    • Primary: 6 semesters of private instruction required, two must be 3XXX level.
    • Secondary: two consecutive semesters required, must be piano, organ, guitar or voice.

Ensemble Requirement

  • Large Music Ensemble every semester enrolled, Small Music Ensemble for one full academic year.

Proficiencies

    • Piano proficiency
    • Guitar proficiency Vocal
    • proficiency
    • Audition

Capstone

    • 30-minute recital (MUS 4105), either Junior or Senior year Internship (MUS 4110)

 

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