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Courses of Study

The major in music develops basic musical skills expected of any serious musician. It will prepare students for advanced work in performance, composition, musicology, theory, music librarianship, church music, arts administration, music sales and publishing, music therapy, college and private teaching, and graduate study. The bachelor of arts with a major in music may be sufficient for initial positions in some of these areas. The music major may be effectively combined with other majors, minors, or special combinations of courses, such as language, business, theatre, and communications, to enhance the opportunities for specific employment or graduate programs. For students wishing to prepare for teaching music in the public schools, a cooperative program leading to certification is available through Moravian College.

Major Requirements

  1. Minor Requirements
  2. Teacher Certification
  3. Course Descriptions

Major Requirements:

The music major offers three areas of concentrated study: Performance, Music Theory/Composition, and Music History. Each of the concentrations includes the same core curriculum plus an area of specialization. The core curriculum includes three courses in music theory, two courses in music history, and four semesters of applied study on the student’s primary instrument. Completion of the core curriculum will ensure that every music major receives a thorough grounding in the three disciplines that comprise the study of music.

Core Curriculum
MUS 111 Music Theory I
MUS 112 Music Theory II
MUS 211 Music Theory III
MUS 221 Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque
MUS 222 Music History II: Classic, Romantic, Twentieth Century
MUS 901 Individual Applied Music I
MUS 902 Individual Applied Music II
MUS 903 Individual Applied Music III
MUS 904 Individual Applied Music IV


In addition to the core curriculum, each music major will complete three course units in one of the three concentrations: Performance, Music Theory/Composition, or Music History.

 

Performance Concentration
Students selecting the performance concentration will choose three course units in electives from the following areas:

One course unit in performance on the student’s primary instrument:
MUS 905 Individual Applied Music V
MUS 906 Individual Applied Music VI


One course unit in music theory/composition from:
MUS 212 Form & Analysis
MUS 213 Counterpoint
MUS 214 Techniques of the Avant Garde

One course unit in music history from:
MUS 224 History of the Symphony
MUS 225 World Music
MUS 226 American Music
MUS 227 Opera
MUS 228 History of Jazz
MUS 231 Women in Music
MUS 320-326 Music History: Selected Periods
MUS 330 Music History Seminar

Students intending to continue past the Bachelor’s Degree in Performance should perform a senior recital. This recital should be planned in consultation with the student’s applied music teacher.

 

Music Theory/Composition Concentration
Students selecting the music theory/composition concentration will choose three course units in electives from the following list. One of the courses must be MUS 212 Form & Analysis, MUS 213 Counterpoint, or MUS 214 Techniques of the Avant Garde:

MUS 137 Introduction to Electronic Music
MUS 212 Form & Analysis
MUS 213 Counterpoint
MUS 214 Techniques of the Avant Garde
MUS 311 Orchestration
MUS 312 Jazz Improvisation
MUS 315 Composition Workshop I
MUS 316 Composition Workshop II

Students intending to continue past the Bachelor’s Degree in composition should prepare a portfolio of works during their junior and senior years. Students planning on continuing on in Music Theory should prepare a major research paper in consultation with a member of the music faculty during the senior year.

Music History Concentration
Students selecting the music history concentration will choose three course units in electives from the following areas:

Two course units in music history from:
MUS 224 History of the Symphony
MUS 225 World Music
MUS 226 American Music

MUS 227 Opera
MUS 228 History of Jazz
MUS 231 Women in Music
MUS 320-326 Music History: Selected Periods

One course unit in music history:
MUS 330 Music History Seminar

Students intending to continue past the Bachelor’s Degree in Music History should prepare a major research paper in consultation with a member of the music faculty during the senior year.

In addition to the core curriculum and concentration requirements, it is strongly recommended that all music majors participate in ensemble work for at least four semesters.

 

Minor Requirments:
Students minoring in music must complete 5 courses as follows:

MUS 111 Music Theory I
MUS 112 Music Theory II

MUS 221 Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque OR
MUS 222 Music History II: Classic, Romantic, Twentieth Century

Any other course in music history
MUS 901-908 Individual Applied Music (two semesters) OR
MUS 910 Class Applied Music (two semesters)

Membership in an appropriate College ensemble is strongly advised in conjunction with this applied study.

MUS 101 Introduction to Music
and MUS 104 Workshop in Composition & Improvisation cannot be enrolled to fulfill any major or minor requirements although they may be useful for some students in preparing for required courses in the major and minor.

The Department of Music encourages students to take whatever music courses interest them. Historical courses are open to students without prerequisite. Applied music may be completed at any level from beginning to advanced. Courses in electronic music, utilizing advanced equipment, will be of special interest to some.
More advanced study may be undertaken in various areas in music through independent study following requisite preparation and with the permission of the appropriate instructor. Courses in addition to those required for the major may be completed to better prepare for graduate study or to meet certification requirements for public school music teaching. Many advanced courses in music theory and history are offered in alternate years.

 

Teacher Certification:

  1. There are currently a limited number of music majors who are also participating in the teacher certification program at Moravian College. The requirements for teacher certification are available upon request from the Department of Music. Students intending to enter the music education certification program in collaboration with Moravian College must register for MUS 111 Music Theory I during their first semester. It is extremely unlikely any student will be able to complete their studies in four years if they do not follow this advice.



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