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Music B.A.

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 41 to 42
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The music curriculum offers a wide range of courses for the music major. It also has strong appeal to the general student, especially in the activities of the instrumental and vocal ensembles. Objectives: 1. Musicianship: Students will demonstrate proficiency in aural and keyboard musicianship. 2. Performance: In their area of specialization, students will confidently interpret and perform a wide range of music literature in a public venue. 3. Music in a Historic and Cultural Context: Students will listen to and write about music critically and will be able to apply stylistic principles to the music they perform. 4. Music Theory: Students will have a command of undergraduate music theory concepts, contrapuntal techniques, and musical forms.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced. Students with advisers in other disciplines are strongly encouraged to consult regularly with a music faculty adviser.
Required Courses
Music theory courses (1101, 1102, 2101, 2102) are taken concurrently with piano lessons or functional keyboard for the Music Major, Mus 1111, 1112, 2111, 2112 until the piano proficiency test is passed. Students must enroll in MUS 1000 seven times.
MUS 1000 - Concert Attendance (0.5 cr)
MUS 1101 - Core Studies I: Music Theory I [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
MUS 1102 - Core Studies I: Music Theory II [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
MUS 2101 - Core Studies II: Music Theory III [FA] (4.0 cr)
MUS 2102 - Core Studies II: Music Theory IV [FA] (4.0 cr)
MUS 3101 - Core Studies III: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music [HIST] (4.0 cr)
MUS 3102 - Core Studies III: Classical, Romantic, and 20th-Century Music [FA] (4.0 cr)
MUS 4901 - Senior Project and Portfolio (1.0 cr)
Piano proficiency
7 credits in individual performance studies in the applied area, of which a minimum of two semesters must be in the MUS 32XX-Advanced Individual Performance Studies series.
Elective Courses
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 3051 - Piano Pedagogy I [ART/P] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3052 - Piano Pedagogy II [ART/P] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3311 - Conducting Techniques (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3321 - Instrumental Conducting and Materials (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3331 - Choral Conducting and Materials (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3353 - Music Arranging and Orchestration (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· MUS 3xxx
· MUS 4101 - Form and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· MUS 4102 - Counterpoint (4.0 cr)
· MUS 4103 - Seminar: Topics in Music History (4.0 cr)
· MUS 4110 - Seminar: Advanced Music Theory and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· MUS 4xxx
 
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MUS 1000 - Concert Attendance
Credits: 0.5 [max 3.5]
Prerequisites: major or minor
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
To be taken by all music majors and minors; involves attending a set number of music performance offerings during the semester, as a participant, audience member, and usher or stage manager. prereq: major or minor
MUS 1101 - Core Studies I: Music Theory I (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: major or minor or #, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
Typically offered: Every Fall
First course in a series of four. Scales, modes, and keys; simple and compound meters; basic triads, seventh chords, and harmonic techniques; initial analysis of scores; and introduction to two- and four-part writing. Introduction to sight-singing, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and aural error detection. Must have adequate skills in grand staff music reading at the start of the course. prereq: major or minor or instr consent, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
MUS 1102 - Core Studies I: Music Theory II (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101, major or minor or #, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
Typically offered: Every Spring
Harmonic structure, progression and tonicization, seventh chords, secondary dominants and sevenths, analysis of scores. Sight-singing with chromatic pitches; melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. prereq: 1101, major or minor or instr consent, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
MUS 2101 - Core Studies II: Music Theory III (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1102, major or minor or #, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modulatory techniques; chromatic harmony of the Classical and Romantic Periods; borrowed chords, Neapolitan and augmented sixths; ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords; altered dominants and chromatic mediants; harmonic and formal analysis of scores including binary, ternary, variation, sonata, and rondo forms. prereq: 1102, major or minor or instr consent, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
MUS 2102 - Core Studies II: Music Theory IV (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2101, major or minor or #, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
Typically offered: Every Spring
Model, pentatonic, whole-tone, and octatonic collections; analysis of scores including nonfunctional harmony; pitch class set, twelve-tone and other 20th- and 21st-century techniques. prereq: 2101, major or minor or instr consent, concurrent enrollment in piano class/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for majors and minors
MUS 3101 - Core Studies III: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Historical development of Western music and representative literature of the various periods and styles. prereq: 1102, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 3102 - Core Studies III: Classical, Romantic, and 20th-Century Music (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Historical development of Western music and representative literature of the various periods and styles. prereq: 1102, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 4901 - Senior Project and Portfolio
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Culminating activity that allows a graduating student to demonstrate competence as a musician. Projects may take the form of a solo recital, lecture-recital, research paper, chamber music recital, or other major study. Project should be determined in the student's junior year and approved by the music faculty. Majors taking Mus 3200 through 3223 normally satisfy this requirement with a senior recital. prereq: major, instr consent
MUS 3051 - Piano Pedagogy I (ART/P)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course is a study, demonstration, and discussion about the various elements of piano teaching methods, techniques, and materials for elementary and early intermediate levels. This includes analysis of various piano courses and piano literature, discussion of technical regimes, ideas for private and group lessons, and planning for the practical business aspect of teaching. Recommended for piano majors. prereq: 1200 or instr consent
MUS 3052 - Piano Pedagogy II (ART/P)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
This course covers much intermediate literature from each of the four major periods of music with practical ideas to put into immediate use by current teachers. Piano literature to motivate and retain students as well as the study of performance practices as they relate to each musical style are emphasized. prereq: 1200 or instr consent
MUS 3311 - Conducting Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of basic ensemble conducting skills. prereq: major or minor or instr consent
MUS 3321 - Instrumental Conducting and Materials
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Specialization of instrumental conducting and a survey of ensemble materials for various levels of ability and maturity. prereq: 3311, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 3331 - Choral Conducting and Materials
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Specialization of choral conducting and a survey of ensemble materials for various levels of ability and maturity. prereq: 3311, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 3353 - Music Arranging and Orchestration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02144 - Mus 3351/Mus 3352/Mus 3353
Prerequisites: 1102 or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploration of the theoretical process of transcribing and scoring music for different combinations of instruments and voices. Topics include vocal ranges and instrumental transposition. Arranging projects are assigned throughout the semester to develop practical skills. prereq: 1102 or instr consent
MUS 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
MUS 4101 - Form and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Analysis of musical forms, including harmonic and melodic structure of the phrase, the binary principle, the ternary principle, sonata allegro, rondo, and later alterations of the forms. prereq: 2102, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 4102 - Counterpoint
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2102 or #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Contrapuntal techniques of the 18th century with references to earlier 16th century species counterpoint. prereq: 2102 or instr consent
MUS 4103 - Seminar: Topics in Music History
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1102, major or minor or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A small, discussion-oriented seminar emphasizing a multi-faceted approach to an advanced musical topic. Topics vary each semester the course is offered and are determined by the instructor. Student work culminates in a semester-long research project and presentation. prereq: 1102, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 4110 - Seminar: Advanced Music Theory and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: 2102, major or minor or #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
A discussion-oriented seminar on an advanced aspect or aspects of music theory and analysis. Repertoire and techniques vary each semester the course is offered and are determined by the instructor. Student work culminates in a semester-long research project and presentation. prereq: 2102, major or minor or instr consent