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
- Demonstrate performance excellence in artistic expression;
- Demonstrate knowledge of musical styles from Baroque through 21st Century;
- Broaden her/his appreciation of music from the European traditions as well as music from the African Diaspora;
- Be able to analyze and identify by listening and score identification diverse musical harmonies found in the music of Western composers;
- Will possess a broad understanding of Music Industry terminology and standard industry documents such as mechanical rights and copyright;
- Will be prepared to pursue careers in performance or graduate studies.
Music Performance Competencies
- Music Performance students (voice, composition, instrument) will complete the Comprehensive Theory and History Competency Department Examination during the first semester of the senior year.
- Music Performance students must present a one hour capstone recital project or composition project during the second semester of their senior year.