Music

Matt Roberson, Chair    
ACU Box 28274
Abilene, Texas 79699-8274
Williams Performing Arts Center, Room 120
Phone: 325-674-2199
Email: mxr12b@acu.edu
Fax: 325-674-2608
Web: www.acu.edu/music

Faculty
Pauline Kung Bjorem, Associate Professor
Derek Brown, Instructor
Samuel L. Cook, Associate Professor
Cheryl Lemmons, Staff Accompanist
Jason Missal, Lecturer
Rick Piersall, Assistant Professor
Julie Pruett, Associate Professor
Michael Scarbrough, Professor
Gregory Straughn, Associate Professor
Allen Teel, Professor
Susan Teel, Instructor
Steven Ward, Professor
Kay Williams, Professor

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

Minor:   
Music

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.

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.

The ACU Singers is a small vocal ensemble organized in fall 2011. The ensemble consists of 15-20 singers and gives students an opportunity to participate in a smaller group.  Rehearsal are on Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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 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 Program provides the opportunity for students to participate in opera scenes and an opera production. The ACU Opera 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
Guest artists are frequently invited to present concerts for students and guests. Recent guest artist include well known saxophonist, Jeff Coffin. 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)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
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  

Musicology

    MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures  

    MUSM 132 Music Literature  

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

    MUSM 432 Music History II: The Common Practice Era  

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory  

Recital Seminar

    Eight semesters, credit or non-credit  

Additional Major Requirements

English

    Sophomore Literature  

Foreign Language

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, or FLSP 221, 222

 

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

 

(2)1

(1)1/1

3

3

1

 

0

  

 

3

 

6

 

27

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (TRACKS)  

General BA: MUSI

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)

Additional Selections in Music

    Selected from either content, private instruction classes, or ensembles  

Major Concentration (private instruction)

    Can be in two fields  

Performance Ensemble

    Each semester, credit or non-credit  

TOTAL 

 

JAZZ Track (MUJZ)     

Additional Music Selections  

Select at least one course (remaining credit may be fulfilled by any music courses, including additional lessons and ensembles.)

    Suggestions include:

         MUST 232, 331, 332, 432

         MUSE 334

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

Major Concentration (private instruction)  

Performance Ensemble

Each semester, credit or non-credit (5 semesters in Jazz Ensemble; 3 semesters selected from the following options at the discretion of the ensemble directors: Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble (guitar, bass, and piano Jazz Track students may satisfy this requirement in the jazz ensemble or jazz combo))

Private Jazz Lessons (two semesters on major instrument with either the same private lesson instructor or other appropriate instructor)

    MPIM 211 Music Private Instruction Instrumental or

         MPIM 411 Music Private Instruction Instrumental  

Additional Jazz Courses

    MUSM 231 Survey of Jazz 

    MUST 233 Jazz Theory and Improvisation 

    MUST 333 Jazz Composition and Arranging 

    MUSE 221 Jazz Pedagogy 

    MPIN 312 Music Private Instruction Jazz Piano Non-Major or

         MPIN 313 Music Private Instruction Jazz Piano Non-Major 

TOTAL 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 


9

 

12

 

0

30

 

 

7

 


 

 

 

 
 

8

 

 
 
 
 
0

 
 

 

4

 

3

2

2

2

 

2

30

ELECTIVES

 

Minimum

15

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

2.25

2.00

33

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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)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
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  

Music Specialization Skills

    MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting  

    MUSE 337 Intermediate Conducting  

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  

Recital Seminar

    Eight semesters, credit or non-credit  

Performance Ensemble

    Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit  

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  

Major Concentration

    MPIM (major)  

Piano

    2 hours of MUPC and/or MUPN (or proficiency passed)* 

    *May substitute 2 hours in an ensemble if piano proficiency 

      exam is passed.

 

Bible

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

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

 

2

1

 

(2)1

(1)1/1

3

1

 

0

 

0

 

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

14

2

 

 

 

 

 
(3)1

51

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS  

Reading and Education

    EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and

         Multicultural Perspectives  

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology 

    EDUC 413 Professional Practice  

    EDUC 433 Introduction to the Reading Process   

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

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching 

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  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

 

3

(3)1

2

1

 3

6

 

1

3

 2

3

24

 

ELECTIVES

 

Minimum 

0

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

75

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

 

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC 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. 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 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required 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. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  9. A declared major that includes certification;
  10. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification 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 (2.75). 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.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 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.

 

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 
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  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.


 

C

C

2.75

2.75

33

131

 

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

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
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  

Music Specialization Skills

    MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting  

    MUSE 337 Intermediate Conducting  

Musicology

    MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures  

    MUSM 132 Music Literature  

    MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750 to the Present  

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar  

Recital Seminar

    Eight semesters, credit or non-credit  

Performance Ensemble

    Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit 

Major Lessons

    MUPM  

Pedagogy

    MUSE 236 Vocal Concepts 

    MUSE 332 Elementary Music Techniques & Literature  

    MUSE 335 Concepts of Piano Performance  

Bible

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

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

  1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

 

2

1

 

(2)1

(1)1/1

3

1

 

0

 

 0

 

14

 

1

3

3

 

 (3)1

49

TRACKS (Choose One)  

VOCAL Track (MTPV)  

    Minor lessons (voice) MPVN  

    MUSE 235 Instrumental Concepts  

    MUSE 333 Secondary Music Methods  

Track Total  

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  

Track Total  

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  

Track Total 

 

4

1

3

8

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

3

11

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

9

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS  

Reading and Education

    EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives  

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology 

    EDUC 413 Professional Practice  

    EDUC 433 Introduction to the Reading Process  

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

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching 

TOTAL

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

 3

(3)1

2

1

 3

6

15

ELECTIVES  

 Minimum

0

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  (MTPV) 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  (MTPB) 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  (MTPO) 

 72

75

73

CERTIFICATION  
This plan includes certification in band, choir, or orchestra with piano as the main instrument.  
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC 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. 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 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required 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. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  9. A declared major that includes certification;
  10. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification 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 (2.75). 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.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 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.

 

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 
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)  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.


 

C

C

2.75

2.75

33

128

131

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

Please see the University Requirementssection of this catalog.

 
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  

Music Specialization Skills

    MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting  

    MUSE 337 Intermediate Conducting  

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  

Recital Seminar

    Eight semesters, credit or non-credit  

Performance Ensemble

    Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit 

VOCAL CONCENTRATION

Music Pedagogy

    MUSE 235 Instrumental Concepts  

    MUSE 336 Concepts of Vocal Performance  

    MUSE 332 Elementary Music Techniques and Literature  

    MUSE 333 Secondary Music Methods - Choral Organization 
          and Administration  

Diction

    MUSC 217 English and Italian Diction  

    MUSC 218 French and German Diction  

Major Concentration (major lessons)

    MPVM  

Minor Concentration (non-major lessons)

    MUPC and/or MUPN  

Bible

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

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

 

2

1

 

(2)1

(1)1/1

3

1

  

0

  

0

 

 

1

3

3

3
 

 

1

1

 

14

 

4

 

(3)1

 58

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS  

Reading and Education

    EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives  

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology 

    EDUC 413 Professional Practice  

    EDUC 433 Introduction to the Reading Process  

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

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching 

TOTAL

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

3

(3)1

2

1

 3

6

15

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

0

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

73

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC 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. 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 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required 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. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  9. A declared major that includes certification;
  10. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification 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 (2.75). 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.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 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.

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 
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  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 
 

C

C

2.75

2.75

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PIANO OR VOCAL PERFORMANCE (BM)     

BM: PIANO PERFORMANCE DEGREE PLAN (PIAP)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
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  

Music Specialization Skills

    MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting  

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   

Recital Seminar

    Eight semesters, credit or non-credit  

Performance Ensemble

    Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit 

PIANO CONCENTRATION

Concepts of Piano Performance

    MUSE 335 Concepts of Piano Performance  

    MUSM 441 Solo Piano Literature  

    MUSM 442 Ensemble Piano Literature  

Piano Ensemble and Accompanying    

    MPEI   

Major Concentration

    MUPM  

Minor Concentration

    Can be in two areas  

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

TOTAL  

Arrange selections to ensure 33 advanced hours.

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

 

2

 

(2)1

(1)1/1

3

1

 

0

 

 0

 

 

3

3

3

 

4

 

24

 

4

 
 

68

 

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Bible

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

TOTAL

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

 (3)1

0

ELECTIVES  

 Electives 

6

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

74

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  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

C

2.25

2.00

33

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BM: VOCAL PERFORMANCE DEGREE PLAN (VOCP)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
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  

Music Specialization Skills

    MUSE 334 Beginning Conducting  

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   

Recital Seminar

    Eight semesters, credit or non-credit  

Performance Ensemble

    Each semester (except during Student Teaching), credit or non-credit 

VOCAL CONCENTRATION

Major concentration (major lessons)

    MPVM 

Minor Concentration (non-major lessons)  

Concepts of Vocal Performance

    MUSE 336 Concepts of Vocal Performance  

    MUSM 331 Solo Vocal Literature  

    MUSM 439 Opera History  

Vocal Diction

    MUSC 217 English and Italian Diction  

    MUSC 218 French and German Diction  

Opera Workshop

    Four semesters, credit or non-credit

    MPEV 301 Opera Workshop  

TOTAL 

Arrange selections to ensure 33 advanced hours.

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

 1

1

3

3

1

1

3

3

2

2

 

2

 

(2)1

(1)1/1

3

1

 

0

 

 0

 

 

24

4

 

3

3

3

 

1

1

 

 

0

66

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR 

Bible

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

TOTAL

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

 (3)1

0

ELECTIVES  

Electives 

6

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

72

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  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

C

2.25

2.00

33

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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 

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

Recital seminar, two semesters  

Choose 6 hours from:

     MUSE 334, 335, 336

     MUSM 331, 431, 432, 439

At least 6 hours must be 300-499.

TOTAL  

Completion of  MUSM 131 and 132 satisfies university requirement.

2

2

 1

1

3

3

 2

2

 
 

0

6

 

 

 

22

 

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.    

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