Music

Matt Roberson, Chair    
ACU Box 28274
Abilene, Texas 79699-8274
Williams Performing Arts Center, Room 128
Phone: 325-674-2108
Email: matt.roberson@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, Associate 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 Big Purple Marching Band is a dynamic and exciting ensemble comprised of both music and non-music majors, established in the early days of Abilene Christian College.  The Big Purple is one of the largest co-ed organizations on the ACU campus.  The band is a vital part of the ACU Opening Ceremonies each year and prepares a themed half-time show each year to be performed at all home football games.
 
The Wind Ensemble is comprised of outstanding undergraduate wind and percussion players, including almost equal numbers of music and non-music majors.  The ensemble maintains a very active performance schedule.  Annual tours throughout Texas include performances in high schools, churches, and other concert venues.  In history, the Wind Ensemble has performed at six TMEA conferences and three CBDNA conferences.  In 2010, they toured internationally, traveling to Brazil for a spring break concert tour and campaign.  Every year, the Wind Ensemble closes the term with a brown bag concert for local elementary school children. 

The Concert Band is open to all students with no audition required.  The goal of the band is to provide an outlet for musical creativity offering maximum enjoyment with limited performance demands.  Students are challenged with high caliber music to continue their musical growth while pursuing their majors.

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 the oldest a cappella chorus in the Southwest.  Established in 1932 by the late Dr. Leonard Burford, A Cappella is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all musical eras.  A Cappella takes one short tour in the spring and gives four major concerts each year.  Music and non-music majors are accepted by audition only.

The University Chorale is a large chorus consisting primarily of freshmen and transfer students.  Chorale is open to music and non-music majors and no audition is required for students with high school choral experience.  The Chorus enables students to participate in choral activities without sacrificing substantial time from their major studies.  On special occasions, such as Opening Ceremony, Homecoming, Veteran’s Day, and Christmas Vespers, University Chorale and A Cappella perform together as the ACU Grand Chorus.

Jazz   
The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors and performs many different styles of music from the swing era to modern jazz.  This ensemble maintains an active performance schedule, both on and off campus, consisting of annual appearances at Sing Song, various social and community events, as well as participation in the Abilene Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Combos offer an opportunity for students to learn about jazz styles while performing in a small group of four to seven students.  These small ensembles consist of both music and non-music majors on various instruments.  They perform a broad range of jazz standards, as well as new compositions and arrangements by students and faculty.  Vocal Jazz opportunities are also available for vocalists who are interested in this idiom.  They perform in a wide variety of settings, from on-campus recitals to less formal gigs in Abilene and out of town.

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 Orchestra performs full orchestral literature and chamber music and is a vital contributor to the Department of music and the campus at large.  The Orchestra presents concerts throughout the year, serving as the pit for the Homecoming Musical, performing with annual opera productions, hosting the biannual Concerto/Aria Competition and presenting the annual Christmas Vespers.  Scholarships are available by audition for both music and non-music majors.

Opera   
The Opera Workshop is a training program for voice majors and non-majors designed to equip them with the skills to become a competent performer.  Students will learn the technical aspects of opera production, such as stage management, lighting, building sets, locating props, creating costumes, and handling publicity.  Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act, fully-staged Christmas Opera has become a yearly tradition each fall for this ensemble.

Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band   
Percussion Ensemble is made up of music and non-music majors and maintains an active performance schedule.  This outstanding ensemble performs a wide variety of literature, ranging from standard works to brand-new compositions.  Their excellent inventory of percussion instruments from around the world allows them to explore musical styles from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and Trinidad-Tobago.

The Steel Drum Band is a component of the Percussion Ensemble and has been a vital part of the Abilene musical community since 1992.  In addition to playing for numerous civic and private engagements, they have been featured as guest artists with local musical organizations, performed at the Percussive arts Society International Convention, and performed in such prestigious venues as the Wortham Center in Houston and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. 

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Special Events    

Concerto/Aria Competition
The bi-annual Concerto/Aria Competition affords gifted vocalists, instrumentalists, and pianists the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Orchestra in a spring concert.  Any private lesson student with the approval of their private instructor may audition to participate in the Concerto Concert.

Honors Recital
An Honors Recital is held in the alternating years to the Concerto/Aria Competition.  Faculty and guests judge the competition among interested music majors.  The final program features the selected vocalists, instrumentalists, and pianists in a public performance.

Guest Artists
Guest artists are frequently invited to present concerts for students and guests. Recent guest artist include Jazz professionals such as D.J. Logic and Christian McBride, and composer, Carter Pann. In addition, respected musical artists and clinicians with varied musical backgrounds are invited regularly to interact with students in master 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 (capstone and writing-intensive   
          course) 

    MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750-the Present

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (capstone course) 

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 
    ensembles)

Additional Selections in Music

    Selected from either content courses, private instruction, 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 private lessons and ensembles.)

    Suggestions include:

         MUST 232, 331, 332, 432

         MUSE 334

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

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 221 Music Private Instruction Instrumental or

         MPIM 421 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, MPIN 313 Minor Concentration - 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

128

 

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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-the Present  

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (capstone course)  

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 (capstone and 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 (capstone course)

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, students must meet the admission criteria described in the Teacher Education section.

 
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-the Present  

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (capstone course)  

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 (capstone and 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: Choral Organization and Administration 

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 Methods - 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 Methods - 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 (capstone course)

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, students must meet the admission criteria described in the Teacher Education section. 

 
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

129

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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-the Present  

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (capstone course)  

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  (capstone and 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 (capstone course)

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, students must meet the admission criteria described in the Teacher Education section.

 
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

129

 

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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-the Present  

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (capstone course)   

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 (capstone and 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

130

      
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-the Present 

    MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (capstone course)   

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 (capstone and 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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