Music

Music department

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

About our music program:

To serve students of all levels of interest and skill by enabling them to experience and express themselves through music and, in so doing, to exemplify Benedictine ideals of academic excellence, cultural development, personal integrity, and community service.

The B.A. degrees in Music and Music Education are offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus. Music education students choose one of two tracks leading to K-12 licensure: vocal music education or instrumental music education. A minor in music is also available. In addition, our department offers several courses, both in traditional formats and online, that support our Veritas General Education Program.

Please see advisement web pages for our music program schemas.

The music major (49 credits) and music minor (21 credits) are comprised, primarily, of courses in performance application (lessons and ensembles), theoretical foundations (analysis and synthesis), and historical foundations (context and culture). We are striving to create an integrative approach to our curriculum, which develops the whole musician and prepares you for whatever path you choose.

Students can declare a music major/minor at any point in their study. Students who major in music are required to audition to advanced standing for official acceptance into the program (required for graduation). It is also after this advanced standing audition that students will move to applied lessons at the upper division level. In order to remain in good standing, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 and must earn a minimum of a C- in all major courses.

Dr. Jeremy Craycraft
Department Chair
jcraycra@css.edu


BA Music Major Curriculum

Total: 49 credits
* Indicates courses approved in Veritas General Education Program 

Introduction to the Major/Minor, 4 credits
MUS 1000 - Basic Musicianship, 4 *

Theory, 12 credits:
MUS 1101 - Music Theory I, 4 (Pre-req. is Contemporary Musicianship)
MUS 3102 - Music Theory II, 4 (Pre-req. is Theory I)
MUS 3103 - Music Theory III, 4 (Pre-req is Theory II)

History, 12 credits:
MUS 3309 - World Music, 4 *
MUS 3113 - A History of Western Music I, 4 (Medieval to Baroque approximately)
MUS 3114 - A History of Western Music II, 4 (Classical to 20th Century approximately)

Applied Study (Private Lessons), 8 credits:
MUS 1713, 1715, 3713, and 3715 - Private Music Lessons - 1-4
(Recital Attendance required in these semesters, Register for MUS 1390, 0 cr.)

Ensembles, 6 credits:
MUS 1210 - Cantus Corde - 0-1 *
MUS 1211 - Vox Anima - 0-1 *
MUS 1212 - World Drumming Ensemble - 0-1 *
MUS 1214 - Steel Band - 0-1 *
MUS 3210 - Bella Voce - 0-1 *
MUS 3211 - Concert Choir - 0-1 *
MUS 3212 - Concert Band - 0-1 *
MUS 3213 - Jazz Ensemble - 0-1 *
MUS 3214 - String Orchestra - 0-1 *
MUS 3215 - Vocal Revolution - 0-1

Elective(s), 4 credits

MUS 2297: Milestone, for both majors and minors, 1 cr. (Under revision, currently Soph. Recital)

MUS 4297: Capstone, for majors only, 2 cr. (Needs revision, currently Senior Recital)


BA Music Major - Education Curriculum

Total: 59 music credits (Vocal); 61 music credits (Instrumental)+ 48 EDU= 107/109
* Indicates courses approved in Veritas General Education Program

Introduction to the Major/Minor, 4 credits
MUS 1000 - Basic Musicianship, 4 *

Theory, 12 credits:
MUS 1101 - Music Theory I (+Lab), 4 (Pre-req. is Contemporary Musicianship)
MUS 3102 - Music Theory II (+Lab) , 4 (Pre-req. is Theory I)
MUS 3103 - Music Theory III (+Lab), 4 (Pre-req is Theory II)

History, 12 credits:
MUS 3309 - World Music, 4 *(Music Education majors with no transfer credits must take two consecutive semesters of Steel Band or World Drumming Ensemble in lieu of World Music)
MUS 3113 - A History of Western Music I, 4 (Medieval to Baroque approximately)
MUS 3114 - A History of Western Music II, 4 (Classical to 20th Century approximately)

Applied Study (Private Lessons), 8 credits:
MUS 1713, 1715, 3713, and 3715 - Private Music Lessons - 1-4
(Recital Attendance required in these semesters, register for MUS 1390, 0 credits)

Ensembles, 6 credits:
MUS 1210 - Cantus Corde - 0-1 *
MUS 1211 - Vox Anima - 0-1 *
MUS 1212 - World Drumming Ensemble - 0-1 *
MUS 1214 - Steel Band - 0-1 *
MUS 3210 - Bella Voce - 0-1 *
MUS 3211 - Concert Choir - 0-1 *
MUS 3212 - Concert Band - 0-1 *
MUS 3213 - Jazz Ensemble - 0-1 *
MUS 3214 - String Orchestra - 0-1 *
MUS 3215 - Vocal Revolution - 0-1
MUS 2297: Milestone---Music Education students required to perform 30-minute recital; 0-1 cr. (under revision, currently Sophomore Recital)
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Music Education Courses
(Music Education courses are offered on an even/odd year sequence, and a fall/spring semester sequence, please refer to advisement schemas to ensure that 4-year degree plan is accurate)

All Music Education Majors (Instrumental and Vocal)
MUS 2251 Conducting, 2 cr.
MUS 3415 Teaching General Music I, 2 cr. (*under revision)
MUS 3416 Teaching General Music II, 2 cr. (*under revision)
MUS 3412 Vocal Pedagogy, 1 cr.
MUS _____ Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship, 2 cr. (In development-Fall 2020 start)

Instrumental Track Specific Courses
MUS 2411 String Instruments, 2 cr.
MUS 2412 Woodwind Instruments, 2 cr.
MUS 2413 Brass & Percussion Instruments, 2 cr. (*under revision, will be offered separately,
1-credit each)
MUS 3414 Advanced Instrumental Conducting & Literature, 3 cr.

Vocal Track Specific Courses
MUS 24__ Survey of Instrumental Techniques, 1 cr.
MUS _____ Choral Methods I, 2 cr. (*under revision)
MUS _____ Choral Methods II, 2 cr. (*under revision)
MUS 3413 Advanced Choral Conducting, 2 cr.

Education Courses:
EDU 1540 Intro to Teaching with 16-hour FE, 3 cr.
EDU 2600 Instruction Planning & Management, with Field Experience I*, 4 cr.
EDU 2160 Content Area Reading & Writing Secondary Methods, 2 cr.
EDU 2800 and EDU 2805 Teaching Proc. I and Field Exp., 4 cr.
EDU 2210 Ed Psych/Needs of Learners, 4 cr.
EDU 3250 Introduction to Exceptional & Special Needs, 3 cr.
EDU 3600 Technology Integration with Field Experience II, 4 cr.
EDU 3100 Teaching for Inclusion & Equity, 4 cr.
EDU 4600 Assessment with Field Experience III, 4 cr.
EDU 4800 Student Teaching, 16 cr. (includes EdTPA; covers Music Capstone requirement)


Music Minor

21 credits

Core, 12 credits

4  MUS 1000 Contemporary Musicianship (Veritas approved General Education course--Foundational skills course--prerequisite for Theory courses, not a prerequisite for History courses but recommended) and 

8 a combination of the following:

A. MUS 1713, 1715, 3713, 3715 Applied study &

B. Various MUS 1200 and 3200 options for Ensembles
(10 options outlined in the Major document - 4 lower division/6 upper division)

*We will require a minimum of 2 credits in either area above. If the student only takes 2 credits of applied lessons, they must be taken on her/his primary instrument)

Historical & Theoretical Foundations, 4 credits chosen from:
• 4 MUS ¬¬3113 History of Western Music I
• 4 MUS 3114 History of Western Music II
• 4 MUS 3309 World Music (*Veritas approved in Fine Arts)
• 4 MUS 1101 Music Theory I (MUS 1000-Contemporary Musicianship is a pre req.)

Electives, 4 credits chosen from:
Theory
• 4 MUS 1101 Music Theory I (MUS 1000-Contemporary Musicianship is a pre req.)
• 4 MUS 3002 Music Theory II (MUS 1101-Theory I is a prereq.)

Performance
• 4 MUS 4211 Various Chamber Ensembles/Accompanying
• 2 MUS 1200/3200 Secondary Ensemble (maximum credit given)
• 2 MUS 1700 Secondary Instrument applied study (maximum credit given)
• 2 MUS 1410 Beginning Piano Class
• 2 MUS 1411 Class Piano II (students can test into 2nd section)
• 2 MUS 1430 Guitar Class
• 2 MUS 2411 String Methods
• 2 MUS 2412 Woodwind Methods
• 2 MUS 2413 Brass and Percussion Methods (*under revision, will be divided into 2, 1-credit courses in future offerings)

Directing
• 2 MUS 2251 Conducting
• 2 MUS 3413/3414Advanced Conducting-Choral or Instrumental (prerequisite: Conducting)

History
• 4 MUS 3113 History of Western Music I
• 4 MUS 3114 History of Western Music II
• 4 MUS 3309 World Music (*Veritas Approved in Fine Arts)
• 4 MUS 3200 Pop Music and Political Movements (GCL offering, cross-listing)
• 2 MUS 2777 Music of Latin America (GCL offering, cross-listing)
• 2 MUS 2220 Dance, Gender, and Culture (GCL offering, cross-listing)

Final Project
1 MUS 2297: Milestone Project