Music

Music department

"Let us rise in chanting that our hearts and voices harmonize."
(The Rule of St. Benedict, Ch. 19)

An education in music leads to an understanding of ways to explore the nature of existence, communicate to others and create works of enduring value. The mission of the Music Department is to serve students of all levels of interest and skill by empowering them to experience and express themselves through music and, in so doing, to help them exemplify Benedictine ideals of academic excellence, cultural development, personal integrity and community service.

Music courses help students develop skills and knowledge in music theory, music history and literature, and music performance. All areas of music study help students develop an understanding of aesthetic effects produced by the materials, organization and cultural context of a work of art.

Music majors may choose among four concentrations: Music Performance, Music Education, Music Literature and Music Management. Music Performance students may specialize in piano pedagogy. Music Education students choose one of two tracks leading to K-12 licensure: vocal music education or instrumental music education. Graduate credit may also be obtained in early music, although no graduate degree is offered. See "Graduate Program" for information and course descriptions.

Chair: LeAnn House, Ph.D.

Music major

Concentrations within the music major offer options to students who plan to pursue a profession in music (Music Performance, Music Education, Music Management) as well as students who want their music studies to provide a strong liberal arts foundation from which to pursue a range of professional interests (Music Literature).

Music Performance concentration

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 1421 or competency, 2111, 2112, 2251, 2297, 2298, 2411 or competency, 2412 or 2413 or competency, 3111, 3112, 3310, 3311, 3312, 4297, and four credits of music electives other than music lessons and ensembles. Music Performance majors must also take at least 24 credits of music lessons, at least four of which must be in the major instrument/voice at 4000 level, with a maximum of 32 credits allowed. An ensemble (MUS 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214, 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214, 4211, or approved off-campus ensemble) must be taken each semester for a total of at least eight semesters with a maximum of 12 credits allowed. MUS 1390 must be taken each semester. General education language requirement must be passed in French or German (or Italian).

Music Education concentration

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 1421, 2111, 2112, 2251, 2252, 2297, 2298, 2411, 2412, 2413, 3111, 3112, 3309, 3310, 3311, 3312, 3298, 3411, 3412, 3413 or 3414, 3415, 3416 or 3417, 4297. Language requirements must be fulfilled in French, German, or Spanish (or Italian). See also the Education Department for requirements for Secondary Licensure. Music Education students must take a minimum of 12 credits of music lessons on the major instrument/voice, completing the 4000 level, with a maximum of 24 credits allowed. An ensemble (MUS 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214, 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214, 4211, or approved off-campus ensemble) must be taken each semester for a total of seven semesters. At least four semesters must be in choir, band, or orchestra and three semesters must be in other ensembles. Music lessons and ensembles need not be taken while student teaching. MUS 1390 must be taken each semester.

Music Management concentration

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 1421 or competency, 2111, 2112, 2251, 2297, 2298, 2411 or competency, 2412 or competency, 2413 or competency, 3111, 3112 and two of these three courses: 3310, 3311, 3312; MGT 2120, MKT 2320; 12 credits of upper-division management electives to be chosen with adviser. Music Management students must take at least 14 credits of music lessons on the major instrument/voice, studying at least one semester at the 3000 level, with a maximum of 24 credits allowed. An ensemble (MUS 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214, 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214, 4211 or approved off-campus ensemble) must be taken each semester for a total of at least seven semesters with a maximum of eight credits allowed. MUS 1390 must be taken each semester. Electives in foreign languages and Management Communication are strongly recommended.

Music Literature concentration

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 2111, 2112, 2251, 2298, 2411 or competency, 2412 or 2413 or competency, 3111, 3112, 3310, 3311, 3312, 2-credit senior paper or project (MUS 4888). Music lesson requirement: 8 credits, including at least six semesters of music lessons in the main instrument/ voice and piano lessons until keyboard proficiencies are completed. Ensemble requirement: a minimum of four semesters of ensemble. MUS 1390 must be taken each semester.

Music minor

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 2251; at least 10 credits combined total of music lessons and ensembles - minimum of two semesters of lessons, minimum of two semesters of ensembles; four credits of electives chosen with the consent of the department chairman from MUS 2111, 2112, 2411, 2412, 2413, 3111, 3112, 3309, 3310, 3311, 3312 or 3281. Total of 26 credits.

Opportunities for additional experiences include:

  1. Teaching children in the St. Scholastica Music Preparatory Department under faculty guidance.
  2. Conducting or accompanying church choirs.
  3. Playing or singing in community ensembles.
  4. Performing for events on and off campus.

Admission

At the completion of the sophomore year, students make formal application to the department. Students not qualified by completion of their second year may need additional time to complete upper-division courses.

Minimum admission requirements are:

  1. Junior-level standing.
  2. (A) For Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Management students: admission to 3000-level of music lessons (includes giving a sophomore recital) and completion of MUS 2298 Keyboard/ Sight-singing Proficiency. (B) For Music Literature students: two semesters of music lessons on the main instrument/voice.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Retention requirements:

Students must earn a minimum of C- in all courses required for the major and remain in good academic standing with the College to maintain status as a Music major.

All Music majors (except senior Music Literature students) take music lessons in their major performance area each semester until performance requirements are satisfied. Performance finals are required each semester on the major instrument. Students may take a maximum of three music lessons/performance classes each semester. Music lessons may be taken for one, two or four credits (four-credit lessons require 50-minute lessons) each semester. See specific requirements for each concentration (above). Class piano or piano lessons must be taken each semester until completion of MUS 2298.

All Music majors (with exceptions noted above) participate in an ensemble each semester. Students in ensembles are expected to participate in all performances on and off campus and to attend any necessary extra rehearsals. See specific requirements for each concentration given above. Ensembles may be taken for one or zero credits.

Outcomes

Music major graduates will demonstrate:

  1. Skills and knowledge to convey musical ideas effectively in performance.
  2. Knowledge of and research competence in music history and literature.
  3. Analytical skills and knowledge of music theory, including application in compositional processes.
  4. Aesthetic awareness and critical judgment of musical works and performances.
  5. The ability to work and learn independently in projects such as recitals and research papers.