Music

   

Contact Information
Paul Piersall, Interim Chair
ACU Box 28274
Abilene, Texas 79699-8274
Williams Performing Arts Center, Room 128

 

Phone: 325-674-2199
Fax: 325-674-2608
Email: piersallp@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/music

Majors: Instrumental Teacher Certification (BM)
             Music (BA)
             Piano Performance (BM)
             Piano Teacher Certification (BM)
             Vocal Performance (BM)
             Vocal Teacher Certification (BM)

 

Minor:   Music

 

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General Department Requirements
Special Events

Faculty
Pauline Kung Bjorem, Assistant Professor
Samuel L. Cook, Associate Professor
Cheryl Lemmons, Staff Accompanist
Paul Piersall, Professor
Julie Pruett, Assistant Professor
Michael Scarbrough, Professor
Gregory Straughn, Associate Professor
Allen Teel, Professor
Susan Teel, Instructor
Steven Ward, Associate Professor
Kay Williams, Associate Professor
Kevin Whitelaw, Instructor

Course Descriptions
Please see the
Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Music include those with the following designations: MPEI, MPEV, MPIM, MPIN, MPVM, MPVN, MUPC, MUPM, MUPN, MUSC, MUSE, MUSM, MUSR, MUST, MUVC.

Note: Some courses are offered less than once a year. Failure to complete these courses when they are offered may delay graduation.

 

The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Music degree (teacher certification and/or performance). See the Teacher Education section of this catalog for more information on teacher certification.

Introduction

The mission of the ACU Music Department is to prepare musicians for service and leadership throughout the world. A dedicated and talented faculty work with students in a caring, Christian environment. They teach and mentor in the classroom and studio using a wealth of experience gained from their performing, conducting, teaching, and composing careers. The faculty assists students in becoming outstanding performers, teachers, conductors, composers, and leaders in the music industry who reflect God’s creative force and presence in their music and lives.

To accomplish this mission, the music department has established four primary objectives:

  1. To develop and inspire students artistically as comprehensive musicians;
  2. To prepare students to teach capably and effectively in the school and studio;
  3. To provide training and direction for students who desire to perform professionally or who wish to utilize their music degree in the music industry; and
  4. To guide and encourage young musicians in seeking ways to live a Christ-centered life and be a Christian role-model within the music profession.

ACU music graduates combine their love of music with a variety of careers including music sales, instrument repair, school administration, worship ministry, musical theater and performance. They are teaching in their own private studios, composing scores for film, managing retail music stores, tuning and repairing pianos, testing musical instruments, writing and recording commercial jingles, managing touring musical groups, working with copyright laws, and teaching at colleges and universities.

Most graduates become music educators in the public schools and are highly sought after for positions throughout Texas. Directing a band, chorus, or orchestra is challenging and personally satisfying and generally receives a salary increment above state base. The Music Department also prepares students well for graduate study. More than 95 percent of the graduates who apply are accepted to the program of their choice and are consistently awarded outstanding performance and academic scholarships, as well as teaching assistantships.

The Department of Music at Abilene Christian University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools. Courses and degree plans satisfy requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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General Departmental Requirements

Admission Audition
Each entering major, whether a freshman or transfer student, must appear for an admission audition, held the weekend prior to the beginning of the fall term or by appointment. Students will be assigned to instructors on the basis of the audition. Those who audition for scholarships during the general scholarship auditions are not required to audition for admission to the department.

   Degree Recitals
A junior recital is required of all performance majors. A senior recital is required of all music majors, except for those under the Bachelor of Arts degree. A student must be enrolled in major private instruction during the semester of this recital.

Grades
Majors must receive a grade of “C” or better in all music classes. A course with a lower grade must be repeated for credit. Majors must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.25 for music major courses.

   Jury Examinations
Students studying privately in their major area of concentration are required to attend weekly performance labs and to appear for a jury examination before a faculty panel at the end of each semester.

   Piano Proficiency Exam
Every music major is required to pass the piano proficiency exam except students working toward the BA degree and piano majors. Students who do not pass the exam by the end of the sophomore year will register for piano each succeeding semester until they have passed. The examination measures the student’s ability to play all major and minor scales with both hands over two octaves, to sight read a piece of moderate difficulty, to harmonize a melody at sight and to perform a prepared piece. The exam is given once each semester. The four-semester class piano sequence is designed to adequately prepare the student for the piano proficiency exam.

Recital Attendance
All music majors who are full-time students must must successfully complete the requirements of Recital Seminar each semester, until eight semesters have been completed, whether for Credit or No-Credit.

Scholarships
Scholarships in music are available for voice, piano, band and orchestra. Interested students should contact the Department of Music for information, applications and audition dates. Auditions for the following school year begin in November and continue through March with scholarships being awarded in April. Instead of appearing in person for this audition, a tape may be mailed to the chair of the department prior to March 15.

   Sophomore Proficiency Exam
At the close of the fourth semester of private instruction, all music majors are required to take the sophomore proficiency exam. Majors may not enroll in upper-level private instruction and music core courses until the exam has been passed.

   Theory Placement Exam
All freshman music majors specializing in music must take the theory placement exam prior to registration. Students can receive credit for MUST 131, depending on the results of the exam. This exam also helps to identify students who may need special help in theory.

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   Music Performance Ensembles
The following ensembles are available to majors and non-majors. They may be taken for Credit/No-Credit (0 hours, but requires a participation fee). Ensembles are available for lower or upper level credit. The student does not have to be a music major to participate in any performance ensemble. See the Department of Music for details and information about auditioning for ensembles. Music majors are required to successfully complete the requirements of a major performance ensemble every semester. Music Education students are exempt from this requirement the semester during which they student teach. Band and orchestral instruments may be rented for a fee.

   Bands
The ACU marching band, or Big Purple, is known for its big sound and intricate field maneuvers. The Big Purple performs for all home football games and travels to at least one out-of-town game each fall. The band has also made halftime appearances for professional football games.

The Wind Ensemble is composed of students of outstanding musical ability selected by audition. This group takes an annual spring tour in addition to performing on the campus and in the Abilene area. The wind ensemble has performed for the College Band Directors National Association and the Texas Music Educators Association.

The Concert Band is another wind ensemble designed for students who wish to participate in a concert ensemble during the spring. This group does not require an audition and is open to all. Several campus performances are given by this group each spring.

   Chamber Ensembles
A variety of chamber music ensembles, including brass quintet, instrumental ensemble, piano ensemble, flute choir, string quartet, and woodwind quintet are open to qualified performers. Interested musicians should contact the proper faculty director to arrange an audition.

   Choruses
The A Cappella Chorus of Abilene Christian University is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all musical eras. Members are selected at the end of each spring semester. Remaining vacancies are filled at a general choral tryout during fall registration. A Cappella meets four days a week during each semester, takes one extended tour plus several shorter trips, and gives several major concerts a year.

The University Chorale, although primarily consisting of freshmen, is open by audition to all students. No audition is required for students with high school choral experience. This group meets three times a week and does not tour.

   Jazz
The Jazz Ensemble is selected by audition and includes musicians seeking an outlet in performance and training in the jazz idiom. Programs include campus concerts, local and out-of-town engagements, Sing Song accompaniment and studio recording experience.

The Jazz Combo offers an opportunity for students to learn about jazz styles while performing in a small group. Solo playing is emphasized.

   Musical Theatre
Music students have an opportunity to participate in the annual Homecoming musical produced in cooperation with the theatre department each fall. Other university productions such as Sing Song also give students experience in musical theatre.

   Orchestra
The ACU Orchestra is a small and varied group of instrumentalists who perform chamber music and symphonic repertoire from the eighteenth century to the present. A unique aspect of this ensemble is the opportunity for students to perform with faculty members in works chosen based on the group's participants.  Concerts are given once in the spring and fall semesters.

   Opera
The ACU Opera Workshop provides the opportunity for students to participate in opera scenes and an opera production. Opera Workshop provides training in character development, enhances singing and acting skills, and exposes students to the production end of opera, including costumes, sets and props.

   Percussion Ensemble/Steel Drum Band
The percussion ensemble/steel drum band is open to majors and non-majors. The group performs a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional percussion ensemble literature, ethnic drum ensemble music and Caribbean steel drum band music. The steel drum band performs for numerous off-campus events.

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Special Events

Composition Contest

An original music composition contest is held every April with cash prizes going to the winners. Although a student may elect to enroll in various composition courses, any student enrolled in a music lesson is eligible to enter the contest.

Honors Recital
In the spring of even-numbered years an honors recital is held featuring the department’s outstanding student performers selected from auditions.

Guest Artists
Each year the Department of Music sponsors a five-concert Guest Artist Series that brings in soloists and ensembles from around the nation. Recent guest artists have included mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, pianist Nelita True, the Harrington String Quartet, the Huntington Brass Quintet, and the traditional Irish band Last Night’s Fun. In addition, respected musical artists and clinicians with varied musical backgrounds are invited regularly to interact with students in classes and as guest conductors and lecturers.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

This degree is an appropriate course of study for undergraduates who wish to major in music as a part of a liberal arts program. This degree focuses on the literature of music rather than performance.

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to this program, a student must audition and satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

   MUSIC (BA)

BA: MUSIC DEGREE PLAN (MUSI)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (writing-intensive course) ....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication .......................................................... 3
History
     HIST 100-299 ..................................................................................................... 3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .......................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) ......................... 3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities ....................................................................................... 4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ........................................................................................................... 1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ...................................................................................... 41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 ........................................................................... 6
Fine Arts

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures ........................................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...................................................................................

2

2

TOTAL BA CORE ..................................................................................................... 25
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Theory

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard .........................................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ........................................

     MUST 211 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 212 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 231 Advanced Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ...........................................

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

Musicology

     MUSM 432 Music History II: The Common Practice Era ...........................................

     MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory ......................................

3

1

Additional Music Selections

     Suggestions include:

          MUST 232, 331, 332, 432

          MUSM 331, 441, 442

          MUSE 335, 337...............................................................................................

Student’s choice (may not include recital seminar or performing organizations)

 

 

 

9

 

Major Concentration (private instruction)
     Can be in two fields ............................................................................................. 12
Recital Seminar
     Eight semesters, credit or non-credit ..................................................................... 0
Performance Ensemble
     Each semester, credit or non-credit ....................................................................... 0
Additional Selections in Music
     Selected from either content or private instruction classes ................................... 9
TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 47
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................ 15
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

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Bachelor of Music Degree (BM)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to this program, a student must audition and satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

   MUSIC FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION (BM)

BM: INSTRUMENTAL (ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION) DEGREE PLAN (MTIA)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (writing-intensive course) ....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature (choose one): ENGL 221, 231, 262 .......................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication .......................................................... 3
History
     HIST 100-299 ................................................................................ 3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .......................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) ......................... 3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 1 activity ....................................................................................... 2
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ........................................................................................................... 1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ...................................................................................... 39
BM DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature: ENGL 222, 232, 263* ...........................................................................

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political scienceEDUC 221, sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

TOTAL BM CORE ..................................................................................................... 15

*The student must continue the sequence chosen for the University Core.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Theory

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard .........................................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ........................................

     MUST 211 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 212 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 231 Advanced Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ...........................................

     MUST 232 Advanced Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ..........................................

     MUST 332 Forms and Analysis ..............................................................................

     MUST 432 Orchestration and Arranging .................................................................

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

Music Specialization Skills

     MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting ...........................................................................

     MUSE 337 Intermediate Conducting ......................................................................

2

1

Musicology

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures ........................................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...................................................................................

     MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750 to the Present .....................................................

     MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory ......................................

2

2

3

1

Recital Seminar
     Eight semesters, credit or non-credit ..................................................................... 0
Performance Ensemble
     Each semester (except during Student Teaching, credit or non-credit ................... 0
INSTRUMENTAL CONCENTRATION
Pedagogy

     MUSE 110 Concepts of Percussion ........................................................................

     MUSE 115 Concepts of High Brasses .....................................................................

     MUSE 116 Concepts of Clarinet and Saxophone .....................................................

     MUSE 117 Concepts of Low Brasses ......................................................................

     MUSE 118 Concepts of Flute and Double-Reeds ......................................................

     MUSE 119 Concepts of Strings ..............................................................................

     MUSE 211 Concepts of Jazz and Improvisation .......................................................

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Major Concentration
     MPIM (major) ..................................................................................................... 14
Piano

     2 hours (or proficiency passed)* ..........................................................................
     *May substitute 2 hours in an ensemble if piano proficiency exam is passed.

2
TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 54
PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Reading and Education

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ............................

     EDUC 413 Professional Practice .................................................................

     READ 433 Introduction to the Reading Practice .....................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs (writing-intensive course) ..............

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching.........................................................

3

2

1

3

6

Other Required Courses

     MUSE 236 Vocal Concepts.....................................................................................

     MUSE 332 Elementary Music Techniques and Literature ...........................................

     MUSE 338 Band Methods: Marching Techniques and Wind Literature .........................

     MUSE 339 Secondary Music Methods – Instrumental ...............................................

1

3

2

3

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 24
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................ 3
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

Before taking more than 6 hours of any combination of EDUC classes, a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. 

 

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (2.7 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Core English with no grade lower than a “C” (in order to maintain admission status, the candidate must earn a C or better in all core English courses);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher. Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration.  Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Be enrolled in or successfully complete (“C” or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives (If admitted before completion of EDUC 211, admission will be contingent upon completing the course with a “C” or better. In the event that the student does not complete this course successfully, admission to the program will be suspended until this requirement is fulfilled.);
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete the first submission of the Teacher Education E-Portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. Complete the University Core Speech requirement with a B or better;
  11. Declare a major that includes certification;
  12. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

 

Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program, the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.7). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

 

Other Teacher Education Requirements:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.70, 2.70 GPA in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of "C" or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the thea and be admitted to the teacher education program during their first semester at abilene christian university to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the thea should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the office of career and academic development.
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Pass the piano proficiency exam, sophomore proficiency exam and present a 
     senior recital.

     Minimum grade for MUSE 332 and 333 ..................................................................

     Minimum grade in each required music course .......................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

 

 

C

C

2.50

2.70

33

132

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

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BM: PIANO (ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION) DEGREE PLAN (MTPA)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquitiy to 1750 (writing-intensive course) ....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature (choose one): ENGL 221, 231, 262 .......................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication .......................................................... 3
History
     HIST 100-299  ................................................................................ 3
Science
     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .......................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020, or higher (except MATH 147) ........................ 3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 1 activities ....................................................................................... 2
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ........................................................................................................... 1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ...................................................................................... 39
BM DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature: ENGL 222, 232, 263*...........................................................................

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political scienceEDUC 221, sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

TOTAL BM CORE ..................................................................................................... 15

*The student must continue the sequence chosen for the University Core.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Theory

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard .........................................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ........................................

     MUST 211 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 212 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 231 Advanced Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ...........................................

     MUST 232 Advanced Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ..........................................

     MUST 332 Forms and Analysis ..............................................................................

     MUST 432 Orchestration and Arranging .................................................................

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

Music Specialization Skills

     MUSE 236 Vocal Concepts ....................................................................................

     MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting ...........................................................................

     MUSE 337 Intermediate Conducting ......................................................................

1

2

1

Musicology

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures ........................................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...................................................................................

     MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750 to the Present .....................................................

     MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar ...............................................................................

2

2

3

1

Recital Seminar
     Eight semesters, credit or non-credit ..................................................................... 0
Performance Ensemble
     Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit ................ 0
Major Lessons
     MUPM ................................................................................................................. 14
Pedagogy

     MUSE 332 Elementary Music Techniques & Literature ..............................................

     MUSE 335 Concepts of Piano Performance .............................................................

3

3

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 52
TRACKS (Choose One)
VOCAL Track (MTPV)

     Minor lessons (voice) MPVN ..................................................................................

     MUSE 235 Instrumental Concepts .........................................................................

     MUSE 333 Secondary Music Methods .....................................................................

4

1

3

Track Total ........................................................................................................... 8
BAND Track (MTPB)

     MUSE 110 Percussion ..........................................................................................

     MUSE 115 High Brass ..........................................................................................

     MUSE 116 Clarinet/Saxophone .............................................................................

     MUSE 117 Low Brass ...........................................................................................

     MUSE 118 Flute/Double Reed ...............................................................................

     MUSE 211 Jazz Improvisation ...............................................................................

     MUSE 338 Band Methods ......................................................................................

     MUSE 339 Secondary Music Instrumental ..............................................................

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

3

Track Total ........................................................................................................... 11
ORCHESTRA Track (MTPO)

     MUSE 110 Percussion ..........................................................................................

     MUSE 115 High Brass ..........................................................................................

     MUSE 116 Clarinet/Saxophone .............................................................................

     MUSE 117 Low Brass ...........................................................................................

     MUSE 118 Flute/Double Reed ...............................................................................

     MUSE 119 Strings ................................................................................................

     MUSE 339 Secondary Music Instrumental ..............................................................

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

Track Total ........................................................................................................... 9
PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Reading and Education

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ............................

     EDUC 413 Professional Practice .................................................................

     READ 433 Introduction to the Reading Practice .....................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs (writing-intensive course) ..............

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching.........................................................

3

2

1

3

6

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 15
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................ 3
CERTIFICATION

This plan includes certification in band, choir, or orchestra with piano as the main instrument.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

Before taking more than 6 hours of any combination of EDUC classes, a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. 

 

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (2.7 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Core English with no grade lower than a “C” (in order to maintain admission status, the candidate must earn a C or better in all core English courses);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher. Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration.  Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Be enrolled in or successfully complete (“C” or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives (If admitted before completion of EDUC 211, admission will be contingent upon completing the course with a “C” or better. In the event that the student does not complete this course successfully, admission to the program will be suspended until this requirement is fulfilled.);
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete the first submission of the Teacher Education E-Portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. Complete the University Core Speech requirement with a B or better;
  11. Declare a major that includes certification;
  12. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

 

Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program, the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.7). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

 

Other Teacher Education Requirements:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.70, 2.70 GPA in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of "C" or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the thea and be admitted to the teacher education program during their first semester at abilene christian university to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the thea should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the office of career and academic development.
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Pass the piano proficiency exam, sophomore proficiency exam and present a 
     senior recital.

     Minimum grade for MUSE 332 and 333 ..................................................................

     Minimum grade for each required music course .....................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours (Vocal Track) ........................................................................

     Minimum total hours (Band Track) ........................................................................

     Minimum total hours (Orchestra Track) .................................................................

 

 

C

C

2.50

2.70

33

129

132

130

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

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BM: VOCAL (ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION) DEGREE PLAN (MTVA)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (writing-intensive course) ....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature (choose one): ENGL 221, 231, 262 .......................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication .......................................................... 3
History
     HIST 100-299  ................................................................................ 3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .......................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) ......................... 3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 1 activities ....................................................................................... 2
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ........................................................................................................... 1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ...................................................................................... 39
BM DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature: ENGL 222, 232, 263* ...........................................................................

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political scienceEDUC 221, sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

TOTAL BM CORE ..................................................................................................... 15

*The student must continue the sequence chosen for the University Core.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Theory

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard .........................................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ........................................

     MUST 211 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 212 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 231 Advanced Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ...........................................

     MUST 232 Advanced Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ..........................................

     MUST 332 Forms and Analysis ..............................................................................

     MUST 432 Orchestration and Arranging .................................................................

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

Music Specialization Skills

     MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting ...........................................................................

     MUSE 337 Intermediate Conducting ......................................................................

2

1

Musicology

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures ........................................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...................................................................................

     MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750 to the Present .....................................................

     MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory ......................................

2

2

3

1

Recital Seminar
     Eight semesters, credit or non-credit ..................................................................... 0
Performance Ensemble
     Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit ..................... 0
VOCAL CONCENTRATION
Concepts of Vocal Performance
     MUSE 336 Concepts of Vocal Performance ............................................................. 3
Diction

     MUSC 217 English and Italian Diction ....................................................................

     MUSC 218 French and German Diction ..................................................................

1

1

Major Concentration (major lessons)
     MPVM ................................................................................................................. 14
Minor Concentration (non-major lessons)
     MUPN ................................................................................................................. 4
TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 54
PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Reading and Education

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ............................

     EDUC 413 Professional Practice .................................................................

     READ 433 Introduction to the Reading Practice .....................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs (writing-intensive course) ..............

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching.........................................................

3

2

1

3

6

Other Required Courses

     MUSE 235 Instrumental Concepts .........................................................................

     MUSE 332 Elementary Music Techniques and Literature ...........................................

     MUSE 333 Secondary Music Methods – Choral Organization and Administration .........

1

3

3

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 22
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................ 3
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

Before taking more than 6 hours of any combination of EDUC classes, a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. 

 

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (2.7 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Core English with no grade lower than a “C” (in order to maintain admission status, the candidate must earn a C or better in all core English courses);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher. Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration.  Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Be enrolled in or successfully complete (“C” or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives (If admitted before completion of EDUC 211, admission will be contingent upon completing the course with a “C” or better. In the event that the student does not complete this course successfully, admission to the program will be suspended until this requirement is fulfilled.);
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete the first submission of the Teacher Education E-Portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. Complete the University Core Speech requirement with a B or better;
  11. Declare a major that includes certification;
  12. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

 

Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program, the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.7). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

 

Other Teacher Education Requirements:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.70, 2.70 GPA in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of "C" or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the thea and be admitted to the teacher education program during their first semester at abilene christian university to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the thea should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the office of career and academic development.
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Pass the piano proficiency exam, sophomore proficiency exam and present a 
     senior recital.

     Minimum grade for MUSE 332 and 333 ..................................................................

     Minimum grade in each required music course .......................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

 

 

C

C

2.50

2.70

33

130

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

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   PIANO OR VOCAL PERFORMANCE (BM)

BM: PIANO PERFORMANCE DEGREE PLAN (PIAP)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (writing-intensive course) ....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication .......................................................... 3
History
     HIST 100-299 ..................................................................................................... 3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .......................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) ......................... 3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities ....................................................................................... 4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ........................................................................................................... 1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ...................................................................................... 41
BM DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

TOTAL BM CORE ..................................................................................................... 15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Theory

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard .........................................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ........................................

     MUST 211 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 212 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 231 Advanced Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ...........................................

     MUST 232 Advanced Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ..........................................

     MUST 331 Counterpoint .......................................................................................

     MUST 332 Forms and Analysis ..............................................................................

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

Music Specialization Skills

     MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting ...........................................................................

2

Musicology

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures ........................................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...................................................................................

     MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750 to the Present .....................................................

     MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory ......................................

2

2

3

1

Recital Seminar
     Eight semesters, credit or non-credit ................................................................... 0
Performance Ensemble
     Each semester, credit or non-credit .................................................................... 0
PIANO CONCENTRATION
Concepts of Piano Performance

     MUSE 335 Concepts of Piano Performance .............................................................

     MUSM 441 Solo Piano Literature ...........................................................................

     MUSM 442 Ensemble Piano Literature ....................................................................

3

3

3

Piano Ensemble and Accompanying
     MPEI .................................................................................................................. 4
Major Concentration
     MUPM ................................................................................................................. 24
Minor Concentration
     Can be in two areas ............................................................................................ 4

Note: Piano majors may use four semesters of piano ensemble for performance ensemble.

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 71

Arrange selections to ensure 33 advanced hours.

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
     Foreign Language ................................................................................................ 6
TOTAL (replaces electives) .................................................................................. 6
ELECTIVES

     The performance degree includes no general electives
     (they are replaced by the Supplement for Major).

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Junior and senior recitals

     Minimum grade in each required music course .......................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

 

C

2.25

2.00

33

133

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

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BM: VOCAL PERFORMANCE DEGREE PLAN (VOCP)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (writing-intensive course) ....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication .......................................................... 3
History
     HIST 100-299 ..................................................................................................... 3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .......................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) ......................... 3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities ....................................................................................... 4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ........................................................................................................... 1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ...................................................................................... 41
BM DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

TOTAL BM CORE ..................................................................................................... 15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Theory

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training .................................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard .........................................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ........................................

     MUST 211 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 212 Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................................

     MUST 231 Advanced Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ...........................................

     MUST 232 Advanced Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ..........................................

     MUST 331 Counterpoint .......................................................................................

     MUST 332 Forms and Analysis ..............................................................................

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

Music Specialization Skills

     MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting ...........................................................................

2

Musicology

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures ........................................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...................................................................................

     MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750 to the Present .....................................................

     MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory ......................................

2

2

3

1

Recital Seminar
     Eight semesters, credit or non-credit ..................................................................... 0
Performance Ensemble
     Each semester, credit or non-credit ...................................................................... 0
VOCAL CONCENTRATION
Major concentration (major lessons)
     MPVM ................................................................................................................. 24
Minor Concentration
     (non-major lessons) ............................................................................................ 4
Concepts of Vocal Performance

     MUSE 336 Concepts of Vocal Performance .............................................................

     MUSM 331 Solo Vocal Literature ...........................................................................

     MUSM 439 Opera History .....................................................................................

3

3

3

Vocal Diction

     MUSC 217 English and Italian Diction ....................................................................

     MUSC 218 French and German Diction ..................................................................

1

1

Opera Workshop

     Four semesters, credit or non-credit

     MPEV 301 Opera Workshop ..................................................................................

 

0

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 69

Arrange selections to ensure 33 advanced hours.

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
     Foreign Language ................................................................................................ 6
TOTAL (replaces electives) ....................................................................................... 6
ELECTIVES

     The performance degree includes no general electives
     (they are replaced by the Supplement for Major).

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
     Junior and senior recitals

     Minimum grade in each required music course .......................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

 

C

2.25

2.00

33

131

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

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   Minor in Music

MINOR: MUSIC (MUSI)

     MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures .................................................

     MUSM 132 Music Literature ...........................................................

     MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ...................

     MUST 112 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training ..................

     MUST 131 Elementary Theory I: Analysis and Keyboard ........................

     MUST 132 Elementary Theory II: Analysis and Keyboard ......................

     Applied (private) lessons, two semesters minor lessons recommended ........

     Performance ensemble .............................................................................

     Recital seminar, two semesters .....................................................

     Choose 6 hours from:

          MUSE 211, 334, 334, 336

          MUSM 331, 431, 432, 439

          MUST 211, 212, 231, 232 .......................................................................

No more than 2 hours of applied lessons and no more than 2 hours of performance 
ensemble may be applied to the minor.

At least 6 hours must be 300-499.

2

2

1

1

3

3

2

2

0

 

 

 

6

 

 

TOTAL .................................................................................................................... 22

Completion of MUSM 131 and 132 satisfies degree core fine arts requirement.

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