The paradigm below is one example of how this major may be completed. Students may use their elective credits to explore other majors or to enroll in skill-building courses in mathematics, reading, writing and/or study skills. With planning, students may use these credits to complete a minor, enroll in a practicum or internship, or study abroad.
|*||Students can apply no more than 4 semester credits of music ensembles toward the minimum graduation requirement of 122 semester credits.|
It is the responsibility of the student to complete all major and university requirements. Please refer to the university catalog for additional information regarding this major. Course title and content is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Please consult with your major advisor for the most current information.
Students enrolled in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the program director for the appropriate sequence of courses.
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
A. Music Core:
This course is designed to be an introduction to music reading and understanding. The fundamentals of pitch and rhythm are covered along with ear training and score reading in this computer-assisted course.
Offered fall semester.
This is a continuation of Music Fundamentals I.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: MU130.
This course is designed to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of music from its beginnings through medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles, including various styles of non-Western music.
This course is required for music majors and minors but is open to non-majors with the instructor's permission.
This course is designed for students interested in increasing their knowledge of the basic elements of music. Concepts covered include: keys, scales, simple and compound rhythms, intervals, triads, 7th chords, principles of voice leading, harmonic progression, cadences, phrases and periods.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: MU130 and MU131 (or equivalent proficiency; all students take an initial placement exam to determine theory proficiency).
This course is a continuation of Music Theory I. Concepts covered are non-chord tones, use of triad inversions, secondary functions, modulation, binary and ternary forms, mode mixture.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: MU160.
The objective of this course is to develop aural skills involving melody, rhythm and harmony. Concepts covered include: identification of intervals, scales, triads, sight-singing and one voice melodic and rhythmic dictations. Classroom and lab components are both integral to this course.
Offered spring semester.
This is a continuation of Ear Training I. The objective of this course is to continue to develop aural skills involving melody, rhythm and harmony. Concepts covered include: sight-singing, advanced one voice dictation, simple two voice dictation, identification of chord structures, error detection and simple harmonic dictation. Classroom and lab components are both integral to this course.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: MU170.
This course is a continuation of Music Theory II. Music Theory III, along with its predecessors, Music Theory I–II enables the student to think critically about music of all periods and styles. Concepts covered include: augmented 6th chords, enharmonicism, altered dominants, sonata form, and the breakdown of tonality.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: MU165.
This is a lab course and is a continuation of Ear Training II. The objective of this course is to continue to develop aural skills involving melody, rhythm and harmony. Concepts covered include: complex one voice dictation, two voice dictation, harmonic dictation and complex sight singing.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: MU175.
A comprehensive review of transcripts, a portfolio of work, and a juried performance examination normally occurring during the second semester of the sophomore year.
This course is intended to give students an introduction to the history of electronic music, MIDI applications including computer interfacing, and provide an introduction to music scoring, editing, recording and printing music using computers, music education software and music resources on the internet.
Offered fall semester.
This course is a writing intensive study of music history covering ancient, medieval, renaissance, and baroque western art music. A basic understanding of the history of western civilization is expected.
Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisites: MU130 or equivalent and MU150.
This course is a continuation of MU341. It is a writing intensive study of music history continuing through the classical, romantic and contemporary periods.
Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: MU341.
This course presents a detailed study of the major instrument families and the human voice, and how to score and arrange for them.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: MU160 and MU300.
B. Performance Studies:
- Applied Lessons: minimum of seven semesters of private lessons taken for credit on a major instrument or voice.
- Ensembles: minimum of seven semesters of participation in one or more vocal or instrumental ensembles (can be taken for 0 credit).
- Concert attendance requirement each semester of applied study.
C. The following courses:
This course is an introduction to the keyboard for music majors with limited keyboard background. Emphasis is on functional skills such as reading, transposing, harmonizing, improvising, and playing by ear, along with keyboard theory, technique, and repertoire.
A grade of "C" or higher in both the final exam and course are required to fulfill the piano proficiency requirement. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: music majors only.
This course is a continuation of Keyboard Musicianship I with further development of keyboard skills focused on raising the level of technical proficiency and increasing the students’ competence in keyboard improvisation, harmonization, sight reading, and scales.
A grade of "C" or higher in both the final exam and course are required to fulfill the piano proficiency requirement. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisites: MU125 and music majors only.
This is an advanced course designed for students who plan to conduct instrumental and choral groups in private and public schools, churches, or communities.
Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: MU160 or equivalent.
This course examines specific formal techniques used from 1700 to the 20th Century. All principle forms are studied, including Fugue, Sonata, Rondo and Sonata Rondo. In addition, the Lorenz method of analyzing bow forms used in the formal construction of 19th and early 20th Century music are explored in detail.
D. Recital Requirements:
The half recital is required for music performance majors as a preparation for senior recital and for music education majors.
The culmination of four years of university private music instruction and music department recital performing experience.
Required for music performance majors.
E. Either E or F or G:
Keyboard Emphasis; the following courses:
This course is designed to prepare music majors to become successful piano teachers. It includes demonstration and discussion of teaching techniques, methods, and material for group and individual instruction, focusing on the early to intermediate levels.
This is a course designed to survey literature available for keyboard, to help potential teachers choose solos, duos, and duets for all levels of performance.
F. Either E or F or G:
Voice Emphasis; the following courses:
This course is a survey of techniques and problems of voice instruction for individuals and vocal groups.
Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisites: MU181 and/or two semesters of private voice study. Required for classroom/vocal education majors.
This course is designed to help potential teachers choose literature for all types of voices.
Offered in alternate spring semesters.
G. Either E or F or G:
Instrument Emphasis; the following courses:
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of arts administration as it applies to the performing arts, visual arts, and arts services organizations. Arts explored include management models, marketing, development, finances and facilities management and planning. Students apply knowledge in these areas to an arts organization which they create in class. The course culminates with the students presenting their projects in executive session.
Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Special topics may be offered depending on student and faculty interests. Past topics have included advanced conducting, chamber music literature and current issues in music education.