2009-2010 Music Program (MUSC)

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor | Performance Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Christopher Quinn (Director), Karlyn Bond (Chair)

Program Goals

Objectives

The Music Program at Westminster College offers academic and performance minors to students with musical backgrounds, and opportunities for anyone on campus interested in music making. Both music minor tracks--academic and performance--provide a well-rounded and rigorous education in music, an education designed to prepare students to spend the rest of their lives being informed, thoughtful, and accomplished amateur musicians. School ensembles--open to capable and enthusiastic students, minors and non-minors alike--include the Griffin Chorus, Westminster Jazz Ensemble, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Flute Choir, and Westminster Chamber Singers.

Program Requirements

An audition is required for official status as a music minor. Students must choose a major instrument and audition with that particular instrument (e.g., piano, voice, guitar, violin, etc.). Auditions are held year-round, but those who audition on audition days posted on the Music Department Web page will automatically be considered for incoming-freshman music-student scholarships. Call the Music Department at 801-832-2435 for more information. Students with transfer credits need to complete a minimum of nine credits of music courses, including two semesters of ensemble credit, at Westminster College in order to fulfill the requirements for a music minor. A minimum 2.5 GPA in music courses must be maintained for the music minor.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 27
  Piano Proficiency *
MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 161 Aural Skills
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II
MUSC 191-
--------192 Private Instruction **

Performing Ensembles ***
-MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1-3)
-MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1-3)
-MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1-3)
-MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1-4)
-MUSC 300N Westminster Flute Choir (1-2)

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 27

Performance Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 32
  Piano Proficiency *
MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 161 Aural Skills
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II
MUSC 191, 192
------- -291, 292
-------- 391, 392 Private Instruction **

Performing Ensembles ***
-MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1-3)
-MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1-3)
-MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1-3)
-MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1-4)
-MUSC 300N Westminster Flute Choir (1-2)

MUSC 420 Senior Recital ##
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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PEFORMANCE MINOR 32

* Student must pass piano proficiency exam or take MUSC 121 (Class Piano).
** Student must enroll for two consecutive semesters on the major instrument.
*** Student must enroll for at least two semesters, consecutive or otherwise.
# Student must enroll for six consecutive semesters on the major instrument.
## Must be given during or after the final semester of lessons.

Recommended Plan of Study for Music Minor

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year Piano Proficiency
MUSC 191
MUSC 151
MUSC 192
Sophomore Year MUSC 161
MUSC 291
(performance minors only)
MUSC 152
MUSC 292
(performance minors only)
Junior Year MUSC 351
MUSC 391
(performance minors only)
MUSC 352
MUSC 392
(performance minors only)
Senior Year MUSC 420
(performance minors only)
 

Note: Ensemble scheduling is flexible within the four-year plan of study, but the Department of Music strongly encourages every music minor to participate in a music ensemble every possible semester above and beyond the official requirement, beginning with the first semester of study. Additional ensemble experience contributes mightily to musical development and collaborative skills.