2012 - 2013 Music Program (MUSC)

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Perfromance Major | Music Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Christopher Quinn (Director), Karlyn Bond (Chair), Michael Chipman, Brandon Derfler

Program Goals

Objectives

The Department of Music at Westminster College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a music minor. The major has a built-in choice of emphasis: academic or performance; each student must pick one or the other. 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 performing 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, Westminster Flute Choir, and Westminster Opera Studio. Private lessons and LE survey courses in music are also available to students.

Program Requirements

An audition is required for status as a music major or minor. Students must choose a primary 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 be considered for music scholarships. All auditions done after March will be 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. Transfer students who would like to complete a music minor at Westminster must complete a minimum of nine credits of music courses, including two semesters of ensemble credit, at Westminster College. 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.

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The Arts: Creative Arts and Arts Survey requirements are fulfilled by meeting music major or music minor requirements.

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. 8
 
II. Introductory Coursework 0-2
MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills (if applicable) (2)
 
III. Performance-Based Coursework 10
Private Music Lessons: 4
(Take four consecutive semesters on primary instrument)  
  MUSC 191, 192 Private Lessons  
  MUSC 291, 292 Private Lessons  
     
Performing Ensembles: 6
Take six semesters of one or more of the following:  
  MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (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 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)  
 
IV. Academic Coursework 31
MUSC 151 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 152 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 251 Music Theory III 3
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV 3
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III 1
MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV 1
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I 3
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II 3
MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music History 9
 
V. Elective Courses 12
Twelve hours of music coursework 12
Six of the hours must be non-performance credits  
 
VI. Senior Project 1
MUSC 421 Senior Project 1
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 62-64

Recommended Plan of Study for Academic Music Major

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108 (if applicable)
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 0-2
MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills (if applicable) (2)
 
III. Performance-Based Coursework 27
Private Music Lessons: 15
On primary 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: 8
Must be taken eight different semesters  
  MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (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 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)  
     
MUSC 301 Choral Conducting 2
MUSC 302 Instrumental Conducting 2
 
IV. Academic Coursework 25
MUSC 151 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 152 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 251 Music Theory III 3
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV 3
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III 1
MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV 1
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I 3
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II 3
MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music History 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 67-69

Recommended Plan of Study for Performance Music Major

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108 (if applicable)
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

Music Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 24-26
MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills (if applicable) (2)
MUSC 151 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 152 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 191 Private Lessons 1
MUSC 192 Private Lessons 1
Two consecutive semesters on major instrument  
     
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I 3
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II 3
     
Performing Ensembles: 2
Must be taken two different semesters  
  MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (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 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)  
     
Music Electives 6
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24-26

Recommended Plan of Study for Music Minor

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 191
MUSC 151
MUSC 161
MUSC 192
Sophomore Year MUSC 152
MUSC 162
 
Junior Year MUSC 351 MUSC 352
Senior Year    

Note: Ensemble and elective scheduling are 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 semester possible, beginning with the first semester of study.