2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Music, B.A.

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  • Mark A. Boyle, D.M.A.
  • Kathleen M. Campbell, M.M.
  • Ted A. DiSanti, D.A.
  • Laurie Fox, M.M.T., M.T.-B.C., L.P.C.
  • Edward Kuhn, M.F.A
  • Christopher M. Marra, Ph.D.
  • Sarah McMeekin, M.A., M.T.-B.C.
  • Jessica Vaughan-Marra, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives: B.A in Music

  1. Identify and work conceptually with the elements of music through analysis (e.g., aurally, orally, and visually), performance, and composition.
  2. Identify a wide selection of musical literature within principal eras and genres including Western and global cultures through listening, scholarly discourse, and written reflection.
  3. Develop and defend musical judgments through written reflection and scholarly discourse.
  4. Demonstrate growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular solo and ensemble performance, as well as attendance at concerts and recitals.
  5. Integrate emerging technologies in music through performing, composing, and arranging.
  6. Perform and/or compose attending to the compositional process, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  7. Sightread music at the degree required proficiency level.
  8. Perform at the degree required level on secondary instrument(s) through performance proficiency assessments.
  9. Perform at the degree required level on the major instrument from a cross-section of the appropriate repertoire.
  10. Synthesize a broad range of musical knowledge and skills while integrating the Foundational Musicianship and University Learning Objectives through self-directed study and the capstone assessment

Admission to the program in music is based on the successful completion of an audition for the music faculty, as well as admission to the University. Auditions are scheduled by appointment throughout the academic year. Consideration for music scholarships is determined by the quality of theentrance audition.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in music must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

All music students are evaluated in the sophomore year for a formative review. Students complete and present the Year Two Self-Assessment on the Attainment of the Integration of Music/University Objectives, and academic and music performance benchmarks are reviewed by the music faculty during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of this evaluation, students continue through their upperdivisional coursework.

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of coursework and assignments; successful completion of juries in the applied major; completion of all designated proficiencies in piano and voice. Students must also successfully complete Senior Performance Test with accompanying program notes and musician’s statement on how the attainment and integration of major and University learning objectives informed the performance.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

The design of the Bachelor of Arts in music is meant to facilitate flexibility in meeting student needs and interest. The degree is designed to allow for the inclusion of a minor as well as other coursework. As such, the degree can help prepare students for a variety of careers, within music, musicrelated, or outside of the field entirely. Possible career paths could include private studio teaching, management of an art school or facility, music industry, publishing, music criticism, or other music-related fields. Bachelor of Arts in music students will work with the advisor to help develop a course of study that best meets their needs and interests.

In addition, all music majors will have a performance examination (jury) on their major instrument each semester and perform in at least one student recital every semester. They must also participate in one music department major ensemble each semester and otherwise complete all requirements as identified in the ensemble documents.

Music Curriculum


Major Instrument

12 credits from:

SMU 337 -SMU 354  Performance

Total credits: 49

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