2010 - 2011 Music Program (MUSC)

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

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

Program Goals

  • A solid understanding of music theory from the common practice period to the present, including species counterpoint, tonal theory (i.e. harmony, the rules of voice leading, and four-part writing), and post-tonal theory
  • Aural skills sufficient for competent melodic/harmonic/rhythmic dictation and sight-singing--collectively necessary for a balanced understanding of music theory and the ability to learn music accurately and efficiently
  • Knowledge of the basic history of Western classical music--its forms and styles, and its connections to Western culture; and more in-depth knowledge of a few special topics within this overarching history
  • Excellence on a particular instrument or voice in solo and ensemble performance
  • The ability to write clearly and meaningfully about music and subjects relating to it

Objectives

The Department of Music at Westminster College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music as well as a music minor. The major and minor both offer a built-in choice of emphasis: academic or performance; each student must pick one or the other within the major or minor. The BA degree in music is an excellent choice for talented students who plan to pursue graduate work in music, for liberal arts students pursuing two majors in preparation for graduate school, and for musical pre-law or pre-med students. It is also a degree that would qualify students for any number of music-related jobs following college. Among those musicians with sufficient talent and training for careers in performance, those with degrees in music are unquestionably at an advantage over those without.

The Department of Music also offers opportunities for anyone on campus interested in music-making, regardless of their backgrounds or areas of study. School ensembles--open to capable and committed students and, in some cases, members of the community--include the Westminster Chorale, Westminster Chamber Singers, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Jazz Ensemble, and Westminster Flute Choir. Private lessons and LE survey courses in music are also available to all students.

Program Requirements

An audition is required for status as a music major or minor. Students must choose a major instrument and audition on that particular instrument (e.g. piano, voice, guitar, violin, etc.). Live auditions are held each year on specific dates as announced on the Music Department Web page. Music major aspirants auditioning before the end of March, who are planning to enroll as freshmen the following fall semester, will automatically and simultaneously be considered for music scholarships. All remaining auditions will be held for major or minor status only. Due to strict course sequencing, students wishing to graduate with a music major within a four-year course of study must begin their major fall semester of their freshman year. Students desiring a music minor must audition before their sophomore year. Students with transfer credits need to complete a minimum of nine credits of music courses, including two semester 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 major and minor. For more information, call the office of the Music Department Chair at 801.832.2435.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Music Major - Academic Emphasis

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
. Music majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. .
II. Introductory Coursework 2
. MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills 2
III. Performance-Based Coursework 10
. Private Music Lessons
(Take 4 consecutives semesters on major instrument)
MUSC 191, 192 Private Lessons
MUSC 291, 292 Private Lessons
MUSC 391, 392 Private Lessons
MUSC 491, 492 Private Lessons

Performing Ensembles
Take six semesters of any of the following:
MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1)
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)
4






6
IV. Theoretical Coursework 31
. MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 251 Music Theory III
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III
MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II
MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music History
3
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
3
3
9
V. Elective Courses 12
. Twelve hours of music coursework
Six of the hours must be non-performance credits
12
VI. Senior Project 1
. MUSC 421 Senior Project 1
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 64

Recommended Plan of Study for Academic Music Major

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108
MUSC 191
Music Ensemble
MUSC 151
MUSC 161
MUSC 192
Music Ensemble
Sophomore Year MUSC 152
MUSC 162
MUSC 291
Music Ensemble
MUSC 251
MUSC 261
MUSC 292
Music Ensemble
Junior Year MUSC 252
MUSC 262
MUSC 351
Music Ensemble
MUSC 352
MUSC 300
Music Ensemble
Senior Year MUSC 300 MUSC 300
MUSC 421

Music Major - Performance Emphasis

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
. Music majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. .
II. Introductory Coursework 2
. MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills 2
III. Performance-Based Coursework 27
. Private Music Lessons
On major instrument; two hours must be taken every semester, except the final semester
 MUSC 191, 192 Private Lessons
 MUSC 291, 292 Private Lessons
 MUSC 391, 392 Private Lessons
 MUSC 491, 492 Private Lessons

Performing Ensembles
Must be taken eight different semesters:
 MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1)
 MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)
 MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)
 MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)
 MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)

MUSC 301 Choral Conducting
MUSC 302 Instrumental Conducting
15







8







2
2
IV. Theoretical Coursework 25
. MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 251 Music Theory III
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III
MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II
MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music History
3
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
3
3
3
V. Elective Courses 6
. Six hours of music coursework 6
VI. Senior Project 1
. MUSC 420 Senior Recital 1
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PERFORMANCE MAJOR 69

Recommended Plan of Study for Performance Music Major

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108
MUSC 191
Music Ensemble
MUSC 151
MUSC 161
MUSC 192
Music Ensemble
Sophomore Year MUSC 152
MUSC 162
MUSC 291
Music Ensemble
MUSC 251
MUSC 261
MUSC 292
Music Ensemble
Junior Year MUSC 252
MUSC 262
MUSC 351
MUSC 391
Music Ensemble
MUSC 300
MUSC 352
MUSC 392
Music Ensemble
Senior Year MUSC 301
MUSC 491
Music Ensemble
MUSC 302
MUSC 420
MUSC 492
Music Ensemble

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 28
. MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills
MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II
MUSC 191 Private Lessons
MUSC 192 Private Lessons
Two consecutive semesters on major instrument

MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II

Performing Ensembles:
Must be taken two different semesters
 MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1)
 MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)
 MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)
 MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)
 MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)

MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music History
Music Electives
2
3
3
1
1
1
1


3
3

2







6
2
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 28

Performance Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 29
. MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills
MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II
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
Six consecutive semesters on major instrument

Performing Ensembles
Must be taken six different semesters
-MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1)
-MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)
-MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)
-MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)
-MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)

MUSC 420 Senior Recital
Must be given during or after the final semester of lessons.
2
3
3
1
1
3
3


6


6







1
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PEFORMANCE MINOR 29

Recommended Plan of Study for Music Minor

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108
MUSC 191
MUSC 151
MUSC 161
MUSC 192
Sophomore Year MUSC 152
MUSC 162
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.