B.A. Music

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Fast Facts: Music Major and Minor

  • Prepares students for careers in education, the arts, and business and entertainment
  • Helps students polish skills for a music-related career
  • Truly integrates the Benedictine tradition, in which music helps students  balance  intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development; build community, share hospitality, value diversity and nurture a love for lifelong learning
  • All students (not just music majors) are welcome to perform in a variety of music ensembles, audition for select touring ensembles, take courses in a wide variety of musical topics, minor in music and apply for music scholarships
  • Music ensembles include: concert choir, women's choirs, Vocal Revolution, concert band, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, guitar ensemble, steel band, world drumming ensemble, drumline

Program requirements

Major: 50-77 credits (depending on concentration)
Minor: 26 credits (minimum of 10 credits must be gained through music lessons and ensembles)

Research or internships

Music education majors are required to complete student teaching. For other music majors, internships are optional. Some music majors teach pre-college students in the St. Scholastica Music Preparatory Department. Others have interned in music stores and symphonies.

Careers

With four concentrations of music study from which to choose, program graduates have many career opportunities available. CSS students have become music teachers at public schools in Minnesota and beyond; music studio and store owners; professional performers, church musicians, and symphony orchestra managers. Other alumni have gone on to graduate school as performers, educators, or music history or theory scholars at universities such as Yale University, Indiana University and Washington University in St. Louis. CSS music alumni also serve as faculty at Ohio State University, Viterbo College and Truman State University. Read this article from Forbes Magazine about the benefits and skills students can develop from studying music.

More information regarding the music program.

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Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse Music Education

Expand and Collapse MUS 1101 - Music Theory I

Basic musicianship course, including study of materials and language of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, chords, part-writing, analysis of masterworks. Approach is from both conceptual and performance standpoint: hearing, writing, playing, singing.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1102 - Music Theory II

Continuation of MUS 1101. Prerequisite: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1302 - Music Literature

Introductory course dealing with the great music of the world and its history, makers, styles. Prerequisite or taken concurrently: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1421 - Beginning Voice Class

Class voice for those who have not studied voice privately before. Course is open to majors whose performance area is other than voice and to nonmajors.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2111 - Advanced Harmony

Advanced study of harmonic practice as applied by composers from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 2112 - Form and Analysis

The study of form in Western art music . Prerequisite: MUS 2111

Expand and Collapse MUS 2251 - Conducting

Study of conducting technique, score study and responsibilities of a conductor of an ensemble. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2252 - Intro to Music Education

Provides an overview of the field of music education and licensure requirements. Corequisite: EDU 2800.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2297 - Sophomore Recital

Sophomore recital may be partial. Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2298 - Keyboard/Sightsinging Profcncy

Required of all Music majors. Exam includes the following skills at the keyboard: major and minor scales, memorized piece, sight reading, improvisation, transposition, accompanying. Exam also includes sightsinging.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2411 - String Instruments I

Beginning through intermediate techniques for playing violin-family string instruments. Focus is on one instrument with basic skills developed on other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2412 - Woodwind Instruments I

Beginning techniques for playing woodwind instruments. Student studies one instrument in depth for six weeks, then a second the next six weeks with the remaining time spent gaining a general knowledge of range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2413 - Brass & Percussion Instruments

Beginning techniques for playing brass and percussion instruments. Focus is on one instrument with general understanding of the range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3111 - Counterpoint

The study of 16th, 18th, and 20th-century contrapuntal procedures. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 3112 - Orchestration

Introduction to arranging and/or composing for strings, winds and percussion. Prerequisites: MUS 1102, 2411, and 2412 or 2413.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3298 - Music Education Proficiency

Required of all Music Education majors. Exam includes basic proficiency in improvisation, on recorder, and on a fretted string instrument such as guitar or ukulele.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3309 - World Music

Study of art, folk, and popular music of both Eastern and Western cultures and relationship of the music to the history, geography and society of the region. No prerequisites or musical experience necessary.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3310 - Hist Medieval/Renaissance MUS

Study of compositional techniques, notation, forms and performance practice in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time is included. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3311 - Hist Baroque/Classical MUS

Study of music of 1600-1800. Course includes study of suite, concerto, cantata, opera, fugue and other Baroque genres; study of sonata, symphony, concerto, opera, chamber music of the classical era; analysis of performance practice; relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3312 - Hist Romantic/20th Cent MUS

Study of music from 1800 to the present. Course includes study of harmonic developments, compositional techniques, forms, media; relation of music to social and political, literary and graphic arts developments. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3411 - Music Technology

Study of current technology for use in teaching music.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3412 - Vocal Pedagogy

Study of vocal performance pedagogy and vocal health, including the child voice and the changing voice. Prerequisite: MUS 1421 or MUS 1700 Sec. 24 Voice Lessons

Expand and Collapse MUS 3413 - Advanced Choral Conducting and Literature

Develops skills in conducting and rehearsal techniques plus knowledge of literature and materials for use in teaching choral music. Prerequisite: MUS 2251 and 2252.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3414 - Advanced Instrumental/Conducti

Develops skills in conducting and rehearsal techniques plus knowledge of literature and materials for use in teaching instrumental music. Prerequisite: MUS 2251 and 2252.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3415 - Teaching General Music

Develops knowledge and skills needed in order to teach general music. Prerequisite: MUS 2252.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3416 - Advanced Orchestration & Bands

Develops skills in composing and arranging for diverse groups represented by instrumental students in grades 5-12. Prerequisite: MUS 3112.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3417 - Choral Arranging

Develops skills in composing and arranging for diverse groups represented by choral and general music students in grades K-12. Prerequisite: MUS 3112.

Expand and Collapse MUS 4297 - Senior Recital

Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.

Expand and Collapse Music Literature

Expand and Collapse MUS 1101 - Music Theory I

Basic musicianship course, including study of materials and language of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, chords, part-writing, analysis of masterworks. Approach is from both conceptual and performance standpoint: hearing, writing, playing, singing.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1102 - Music Theory II

Continuation of MUS 1101. Prerequisite: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1302 - Music Literature

Introductory course dealing with the great music of the world and its history, makers, styles. Prerequisite or taken concurrently: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1390 - Recital Attendance

Minimum recital attendance requirement for Music majors: all Musicorums, all applied music seminars, nine additional concerts per semester.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2111 - Advanced Harmony

Advanced study of harmonic practice as applied by composers from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 2112 - Form and Analysis

The study of form in Western art music . Prerequisite: MUS 2111

Expand and Collapse MUS 2251 - Conducting

Study of conducting technique, score study and responsibilities of a conductor of an ensemble. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2298 - Keyboard/Sightsinging Profcncy

Required of all Music majors. Exam includes the following skills at the keyboard: major and minor scales, memorized piece, sight reading, improvisation, transposition, accompanying. Exam also includes sightsinging.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2411 - String Instruments I

Beginning through intermediate techniques for playing violin-family string instruments. Focus is on one instrument with basic skills developed on other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2412 - Woodwind Instruments I

Beginning techniques for playing woodwind instruments. Student studies one instrument in depth for six weeks, then a second the next six weeks with the remaining time spent gaining a general knowledge of range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2413 - Brass & Percussion Instruments

Beginning techniques for playing brass and percussion instruments. Focus is on one instrument with general understanding of the range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3111 - Counterpoint

The study of 16th, 18th, and 20th-century contrapuntal procedures. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 3112 - Orchestration

Introduction to arranging and/or composing for strings, winds and percussion. Prerequisites: MUS 1102, 2411, and 2412 or 2413.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3310 - Hist Medieval/Renaissance MUS

Study of compositional techniques, notation, forms and performance practice in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time is included. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3311 - Hist Baroque/Classical MUS

Study of music of 1600-1800. Course includes study of suite, concerto, cantata, opera, fugue and other Baroque genres; study of sonata, symphony, concerto, opera, chamber music of the classical era; analysis of performance practice; relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3312 - Hist Romantic/20th Cent MUS

Study of music from 1800 to the present. Course includes study of harmonic developments, compositional techniques, forms, media; relation of music to social and political, literary and graphic arts developments. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 4888 - Senior Thesis

Independent research project in which the senior Music Literature major uses primary and secondary sources to write a scholarly paper on an original topic in music literature. Project includes oral presentation to an audience of music students and faculty. Prerequisites: three of the following courses: MUS 3309, 3310, 3311, 3312.

Expand and Collapse Music Management

Expand and Collapse MUS 1101 - Music Theory I

Basic musicianship course, including study of materials and language of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, chords, part-writing, analysis of masterworks. Approach is from both conceptual and performance standpoint: hearing, writing, playing, singing.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1102 - Music Theory II

Continuation of MUS 1101. Prerequisite: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1210 - Men's Choir

Rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week. No audition necessary

Expand and Collapse MUS 1211 - Women's Choir

Rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week. No audition necessary.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1212 - World Drumming Ensemble

Study and performance of drumming repertoire from around the world including contemporary music and improvisation.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1213 - Drum Line

Study and performance of marching percussion repertoire.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1214 - Steel Band

Study and performance of steel band repertoire.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1302 - Music Literature

Introductory course dealing with the great music of the world and its history, makers, styles. Prerequisite or taken concurrently: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1421 - Beginning Voice Class

Class voice for those who have not studied voice privately before. Course is open to majors whose performance area is other than voice and to nonmajors.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2111 - Advanced Harmony

Advanced study of harmonic practice as applied by composers from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 2112 - Form and Analysis

The study of form in Western art music . Prerequisite: MUS 2111

Expand and Collapse MUS 2251 - Conducting

Study of conducting technique, score study and responsibilities of a conductor of an ensemble. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2297 - Sophomore Recital

Sophomore recital may be partial. Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2298 - Keyboard/Sightsinging Profcncy

Required of all Music majors. Exam includes the following skills at the keyboard: major and minor scales, memorized piece, sight reading, improvisation, transposition, accompanying. Exam also includes sightsinging.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2411 - String Instruments I

Beginning through intermediate techniques for playing violin-family string instruments. Focus is on one instrument with basic skills developed on other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2412 - Woodwind Instruments I

Beginning techniques for playing woodwind instruments. Student studies one instrument in depth for six weeks, then a second the next six weeks with the remaining time spent gaining a general knowledge of range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2413 - Brass & Percussion Instruments

Beginning techniques for playing brass and percussion instruments. Focus is on one instrument with general understanding of the range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3111 - Counterpoint

The study of 16th, 18th, and 20th-century contrapuntal procedures. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 3112 - Orchestration

Introduction to arranging and/or composing for strings, winds and percussion. Prerequisites: MUS 1102, 2411, and 2412 or 2413.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3210 - Bella Voce

Select women's ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal plus required sectional each week. Tours regularly. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3211 - Concert Choir

Select mixed ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal plus required sectional each week. Tours regularly. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3212 - Concert Band

Rehearsal and performance of quality band literature. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3213 - Jazz Ensemble

Rehearsal and performance of different styles of jazz through listening, playing and improvising. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3214 - String Orchestra

Rehearsal and performance of string ensemble repertoire from the Renaissance through the present. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3310 - Hist Medieval/Renaissance MUS

Study of compositional techniques, notation, forms and performance practice in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time is included. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3311 - Hist Baroque/Classical MUS

Study of music of 1600-1800. Course includes study of suite, concerto, cantata, opera, fugue and other Baroque genres; study of sonata, symphony, concerto, opera, chamber music of the classical era; analysis of performance practice; relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3312 - Hist Romantic/20th Cent MUS

Study of music from 1800 to the present. Course includes study of harmonic developments, compositional techniques, forms, media; relation of music to social and political, literary and graphic arts developments. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 4211 - Small Ensembles

Chamber music studied and performed in weekly rehearsals. Ensembles are open to all majors by audition. Ensembles include: flute ensemble, piano ensemble, woodwind quintet, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, brass ensemble, accompanying, recorder consort, and guitar ensemble.

Expand and Collapse Music Performance

Expand and Collapse MUS 1101 - Music Theory I

Basic musicianship course, including study of materials and language of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, chords, part-writing, analysis of masterworks. Approach is from both conceptual and performance standpoint: hearing, writing, playing, singing.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1102 - Music Theory II

Continuation of MUS 1101. Prerequisite: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1210 - Men's Choir

Rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week. No audition necessary

Expand and Collapse MUS 1211 - Women's Choir

Rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal per week. No audition necessary.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1212 - World Drumming Ensemble

Study and performance of drumming repertoire from around the world including contemporary music and improvisation.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1213 - Drum Line

Study and performance of marching percussion repertoire.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1214 - Steel Band

Study and performance of steel band repertoire.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1302 - Music Literature

Introductory course dealing with the great music of the world and its history, makers, styles. Prerequisite or taken concurrently: MUS 1101.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1390 - Recital Attendance

Minimum recital attendance requirement for Music majors: all Musicorums, all applied music seminars, nine additional concerts per semester.

Expand and Collapse MUS 1421 - Beginning Voice Class

Class voice for those who have not studied voice privately before. Course is open to majors whose performance area is other than voice and to nonmajors.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2111 - Advanced Harmony

Advanced study of harmonic practice as applied by composers from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 2112 - Form and Analysis

The study of form in Western art music . Prerequisite: MUS 2111

Expand and Collapse MUS 2251 - Conducting

Study of conducting technique, score study and responsibilities of a conductor of an ensemble. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2297 - Sophomore Recital

Sophomore recital may be partial. Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2298 - Keyboard/Sightsinging Profcncy

Required of all Music majors. Exam includes the following skills at the keyboard: major and minor scales, memorized piece, sight reading, improvisation, transposition, accompanying. Exam also includes sightsinging.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2411 - String Instruments I

Beginning through intermediate techniques for playing violin-family string instruments. Focus is on one instrument with basic skills developed on other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2412 - Woodwind Instruments I

Beginning techniques for playing woodwind instruments. Student studies one instrument in depth for six weeks, then a second the next six weeks with the remaining time spent gaining a general knowledge of range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 2413 - Brass & Percussion Instruments

Beginning techniques for playing brass and percussion instruments. Focus is on one instrument with general understanding of the range, techniques and characteristic sounds of each of the other instruments. Study includes a survey of instructional materials. Three class hours per week.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3111 - Counterpoint

The study of 16th, 18th, and 20th-century contrapuntal procedures. Prerequisite: MUS 1102

Expand and Collapse MUS 3112 - Orchestration

Introduction to arranging and/or composing for strings, winds and percussion. Prerequisites: MUS 1102, 2411, and 2412 or 2413.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3210 - Bella Voce

Select women's ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal plus required sectional each week. Tours regularly. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3211 - Concert Choir

Select mixed ensemble that rehearses and performs choral works from a variety of genres and historical periods. 3 hours of rehearsal plus required sectional each week. Tours regularly. Year-long commitment required. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3212 - Concert Band

Rehearsal and performance of quality band literature. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3213 - Jazz Ensemble

Rehearsal and performance of different styles of jazz through listening, playing and improvising. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3214 - String Orchestra

Rehearsal and performance of string ensemble repertoire from the Renaissance through the present. Prerequisite: audition.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3310 - Hist Medieval/Renaissance MUS

Study of compositional techniques, notation, forms and performance practice in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time is included. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3311 - Hist Baroque/Classical MUS

Study of music of 1600-1800. Course includes study of suite, concerto, cantata, opera, fugue and other Baroque genres; study of sonata, symphony, concerto, opera, chamber music of the classical era; analysis of performance practice; relationship of music to the social and political thought of the time. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 3312 - Hist Romantic/20th Cent MUS

Study of music from 1800 to the present. Course includes study of harmonic developments, compositional techniques, forms, media; relation of music to social and political, literary and graphic arts developments. Prerequisites: MUS 1102 and 1302.

Expand and Collapse MUS 4211 - Small Ensembles

Chamber music studied and performed in weekly rehearsals. Ensembles are open to all majors by audition. Ensembles include: flute ensemble, piano ensemble, woodwind quintet, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, brass ensemble, accompanying, recorder consort, and guitar ensemble.

Expand and Collapse MUS 4297 - Senior Recital

Recital permission must be passed a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the recital.

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