General Studies: Music Concentration


A concentration in Music will lead to a degree in General Studies.

Both the Music and the Music Industry Concentration train students to seek professional careers as accomplished performers, recording artists – producers and/or pursue graduate studies. Culturally enriching experiences are provided through ensemble concerts, stage productions, workshops, and convocations. Additional professional opportunities are provided through internships, senior projects/recitals and recording projects.

Program Objectives for Music Concentration

The principal objectives identified within the concentration are

  • To teach basic musicianship skills [notation, reading, terminology, key signatures and chord analysis]. MUS 100 Music Fundamentals; MUS 101 Sight Singing and Ear Training; MUS 130 and 131 Piano Class I & II; MUS 201 – 202 Music Theory sequence; MUS 418 Form and Analysis; MUS 435 Conducting [Learning Outcome Two, Five, Six]
  • For students to demonstrate ability to complete and file five Music Business Forms [copyright, mechanical license, performing rights license, performing rights membership, mechanical  royalties calculation chart]. MUS 250 Music Industry Seminar; MUS 300 Introduction to Music Industry [Learning Outcome Six]
  • For students to study, listen to, and identify conventional composers, music and basic characteristics of music from European and Afro-Centric traditions. MUS 315-316 Music History (Baroque through 21st Century); MUS 320 African American Music; MUS 435 Conducting; MUS 480 Independent Study [Learning Outcome One, Two, Three, Four, Six]
  • To provide performance opportunities in ensembles and applied study. MUS 105 – 406 Applied Voice; MUS 330 – 331 – Music Theater; MUS 110 – 411 Ensemble (Chorus and/or Band for Instrumental students); MUS 440 Senior Recital

Vocal Track: [breath management, phrasing, diction, placement, repertoire, performance] MUS 105 – 406 Applied Voice; MUS 330 – 331 Music Theater; MUS 338 – 340 Vocal Diction; MUS 340 Vocal Pedagogy; [Learning Outcome One, Three, Four, Six]

  • To develop basic skill level in Music Technology: notational systems and sequencing for songwriting.  MUS 301 – 302 Music Technology; MUS 431 Recording Studio; [Learning Outcome Two, Five, Six]
  • To provide capstone recital and special recording project for the purpose of allowing a student to present culminating activity that demonstrates student’s artistic ability and musicianship in a public forum; to experience a real Music Industry working environment; and to provide a network that fosters career opportunities for the student. MUS 400 Special Project; MUS 431 Recording Studio; MUS 440 Senior Recital; MUS 480 Independent Study [Learning Outcome One, Two, Three, Five, Six]

Outcomes for Music Concentration

Upon completion of the Music Concentration program, a student will

  1. Demonstrate performance excellence in artistic expression;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of musical styles from Baroque through 21st Century;
  3. Broaden her/his appreciation of music from the European traditions as well as music from the African Diaspora;
  4. Be able to analyze and identify by listening and score identification diverse musical harmonies found in the music of Western composers;
  5. Will possess a broad understanding of Music Industry terminology and standard industry documents such as mechanical rights and copyright;
  6. Will be prepared to pursue careers in performance or graduate studies.

Music Performance Competencies

  1.        Music Performance students (voice, composition, instrument) will complete  the Comprehensive Theory and History Competency  Department  Examination during the first semester of the senior year.
  1.        Music Performance students must present a one hour capstone recital   project or composition project during the second           semester of their senior  year.