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The following core courses are required of all music students as part of their major.
 
NOTE: Timely progression in the music core is contingent upon the passing of all aspects of one’s entrance audition. To eliminate conditional music admission, we strongly recommend early (pre-college) piano and instrumental studies especially for prospective Music Teacher Education majors. Such studies should include sight reading, sight singing, sight playing, and accompanying. Early serious study minimizes one’s conditional music acceptance.
 
Students who complete the core requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in Music will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate the ability to perform and/or produce a varied repertoire of music
2. Demonstrate a basic proficiency in oral skills and notation
3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a variety of musical works
4. Demonstrate the ability to describe and evaluate musical styles and music performances
5. Compose and arrange melodies for solo and instrumental combinations using music software such as Finale and Sibelius
6. Define, describe, and identify various musical styles and literature of Western and non-Western culture
 
Music Core Curriculum:
MU 090 Music Recital Class-every semester of residence.......................................0 hours
MU 165, 166, 265, 266, 365, 366, 465, 466 Individual Instruction and
Laboratory.............................................................................................................16 hours
MU 211-212 Theory I and Laboratory**...................................................................6 hours
MU 217, 218 Sight Singing, Ear Training, and Dictation............................................2 hours
MU 220 Music Repertoire..........................................................................................3 hours
MU 311-312 Theory II and Laboratory***..................................................................6 hours
MU 315 Form and Analysis........................................................................................3 hours
MU 317, 318 Sight Singing, Ear Training, and Dictation............................................2 hours
MU 320, 321, 322 Music History I, II, III.....................................................................9 hours
MU 360 Conducting...................................................................................................3 hours
MU Ensemble (MU 201, MU 202, MU 204, MU 205, MU 207)..................................8 hours
MU 499 Recital..........................................................................................................0 hours
Total........................................................................................................................58 hours
**Must be taken concurrently with MU 217, 218
***Must be taken concurrently with MU 317, 318
Minor is not required
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Arts in Music
This degree offers a broad-based study of music within a liberal arts curriculum. Students interested in general music as a double major are encouraged to pursue this degree. In addition to the core requirements, students can elect one of five areas of concentration: general music, piano, voice, instrument, or composition.
 
Students who complete the B.A. in Music will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate the ability to perform standard repertoire at a required level
2. Demonstrate the ability to interpret standard repertoire with appropriate performance practice
3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, notate, sightread, and conduct various repertoire related to their instrument
 
Major Requirements:
Music Core...............................................................................................................58 hours
MU 328 Church Music and Worship..........................................................................3 hours
Music elective (upper division).................................................................................. 3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................64 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and Recording Arts
A professional degree designed to prepare undergraduate music composition and recording arts majors to meet the entrance requirements for graduate schools, schools of music, conservatories, and professional pursuits.
 
Students who complete the B.M. in Music Composition and Recording Arts will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Compose and arrange music within specific guidelines
2. Analyze various musical scores and identify the contrapuntal devices that are used
3. Record and produce music with major music software and hardware
4. Demonstrate the knowledge of using microphones for live or studio recording projects
5. Score and produce music using music notation programs and virtual instruments
6. Score music for common orchestral instruments
7. Demonstrate the knowledge of the basic theory of musical acoustics
8. Demonstrate the knowledge of the applied theory of musical acoustics
 
Major Requirements:
Music Core Curriculum............................................................................................. 58 hours
MU 270 Music Acoustics............................................................................................ 2 hours
MU 314 18th Century Counterpoint............................................................................3 hours
MU 316 Orchestration.................................................................................................3 hours
MU 328 Church Music and Worship...........................................................................3 hours
MU 371 Digital Orchestration......................................................................................2 hours
MU 470 Audio Workstation I........................................................................................3 hours
MU 471 Audio Workstation II.......................................................................................3 hours
MU 472 Virtual Instruments.........................................................................................2 hours
Total.........................................................................................................................79 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select:
Personal Development:
MU 170 Introduction to Music Technology ...............................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Choral or Instrumental Major
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and qualifies a person to teach either vocal/choral or instrumental music. After graduation, students may apply for the Alabama Class B Certificate: Vocal/Choral or instrumental music, grades preschool-12; and the SDA Basic Teaching Certificate: Music, grades preschool-12. Refer to the Department of Education section in this bulletin for program outline. Program advisor: L. Lacy.
 
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
This is a professional degree and is designed to better prepare undergraduate vocal music majors to meet the entrance requirements for graduate schools, schools of music, and conservatories, or to teach studio voice.
 
Students who complete the B.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate through teaching practicum the understanding of the breath cycle, phonation, the vocal tract, and vocal health to a party inexperienced in the art of singing
2. Demonstrate the ability to pronounce English, German, French, Italian, and Latin with correct phonemes
3. Demonstrate knowledge of operatic literature for beginning voice students with appropriate libretto and character study
4. Demonstrate ability of teaching private lessons though a supervised practicum
5. Demonstrate an understanding of representative composers, poets, and works, with extensive listening and performing in class
 
Major Requirements:
Music Core Curriculum............................................................................................58 hours
MU 140 English and Italian Diction...........................................................................3 hours
MU 141 French and German Diction........................................................................3 hours
MU 326 Vocal Literature - Song Repertoire..............................................................2 hours
MU 362 Opera Workshop I or MU 363 Opera Workshop II.......................................2 hours
MU 383 Anatomy for Singers....................................................................................3 hours
MU 384 Vocal Pedagogy...........................................................................................3 hours
*Modern Foreign Language......................................................................................6 hours
Total.......................................................................................................................80 hours
*Two semesters of same language (French, German, Spanish or Italian).
 
General Education Requirements:
Student must select the following:
Personal Development
MU 170 Introduction to Music Technology................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education,major, minor or free electives.
 
Minor in Music
MU 090 Music Recital Class.....................................................................................0 hours
MU 165-466 Individual Instruction and Laboratory
(three hours must be upper division)....................................................................6 hours .
MU 211-212 Theory I and Laboratory.......................................................................6 hours
MU 217, 218 Sight Singing, Ear Training, and Dictation...........................................2 hours
MU 320 or MU 321 or MU 322 Music History ..........................................................3 hours
MU 360 Conducting..................................................................................................2 hours
MU Ensemble (MU 201, MU 202, MU 204, MU 205, MU 207).................................2 hours
MU 499 Recital..........................................................................................................0 hours
Total.......................................................................................................................21 hours
 
NOTE: Music fees, in addition to tuition, are assessed for certain courses (see department course fees).
 
Minor in Recording Arts (Only offered to music majors)
MU 270 Music Acoustics...........................................................................................2 hours
MU 371 Digital Orchestration....................................................................................2 hours
MU 470 Audio Workstation I......................................................................................3 hours
MU 471 Audio Workstation II.....................................................................................3 hours
MU 472 Virtual Instruments.......................................................................................2 hours
MU 165 CMP, MU 166 CMP, MU 265 CMP..............................................................6 hours
Total.......................................................................................................................18 hours
 
NOTE: Music fees, in addition to tuition, are assessed for certain courses (see department course fees).
 
General Education Requirements: Student must select the following:
Personal Development
MU 170 Introduction to Music Technology................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
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