2013–2014 Music Program (MUSC)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Performance 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 cumulative 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.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Music major:

Music Major—Academic Emphasis


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

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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 10  
Private Music Lessons (4)    
(Take four consecutive semesters on primary instrument)    
MUSC 191, 192 Private Lessons
MUSC 291, 292 Private Lessons (4)
   
     
Performing Ensembles (6)    
Take six semesters of one or more of the following:    
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)   audition required
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)   audition required
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)   audition required
IV. Academic Coursework 31  
MUSC 151 Music Theory I (3)   co-requisite: MUSC 161
MUSC 152 Music Theory II (3)   MUSC 151, co-requisite: MUSC 162
MUSC 251 Music Theory III (3)   MUSC 152, 162, co-requisite: MUSC 261
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV (3)   MUSC 251, 261, co-requisite: MUSC 262
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I (1)   MUSC 108, co-requisite: MUSC 152, see course description
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II (1)   MUSC 151, 161, co-requisite: MUSC 152
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III (1)   MUSC 152, 162, co-requisite: MUSC 251
MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV (1)   MUSC 251, 261, co-requisite: MUSC 252
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I (3)   MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110 (LE)
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II (3)   MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110 (LE)
V. Elective Courses 12  
Twelve hours of music coursework (12)    
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 Prerequisites
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 credit hours must be taken every semester, except the final semester   see course description
MUSC 191, 192 Private Lessons
MUSC 291, 292 Private Lessons
MUSC 391, 392 Private Lessons
MUSC 491, 492 Private Lessons
  see course description
     
Performing Ensembles (8)    
Must be taken eight different semesters:    
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)   audition required
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)    audition required
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)   audition required
     

MUSC 301 Choral Conducting (2)

   
MUSC 302 Instrumental Conducting (2)    
IV. Academic Coursework 25  
MUSC 151 Music Theory I (3)   co-requisite: MUSC 161
MUSC 152 Music Theory II (3)   MUSC 151, co-requisite MUSC 162
MUSC 251 Music Theory III (3)   MUSC 152, 162, co-requisite: MUSC 261
MUSC 252 Music Theory IV (3)   MUSC 251, 261, co-requisite: MUSC 262
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I (1)   MUSC 108, co-requisite: MUSC 151
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II (1)   MUSC 151, 161, co-requisite: MUSC 152
MUSC 261 Aural Skills III (1)   MUSC 152, 162, co-requisite: MUSC 251

MUSC 262 Aural Skills IV (1)
  MUSC 251, 261, co-requisite: MUSC 252
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I (3)   MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110 (LE)
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II (3)   MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110 (LE)
MUSC 300 Special Topics in Music History (3)    
V. Elective Courses 6  
Six hours of music coursework    
VI. Senior Project 1  
MUSC 420 Senior Recital    
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 Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 24–26  
MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills (if applicable) (2)    
MUSC 151 Music Theory I (3)   co-requisite: MUSC 161
MUSC 152 Music Theory II (3)   MUSC 151, co-requisite: MUSC 162
MUSC 161 Aural Skills I (1)   co-requisite: MUSC 161
MUSC 162 Aural Skills II (1)   MUSC 151, 161, co-requisite: MUSC 152
Take two consecutive semesters on primary instrument    
MUSC 191 Private Lessons (1)   see course description
MUSC 192 Private Lessons (1)   see course description
     
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I (3)   MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110 (LE)
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II (3)   MUSC 152, 162; ENGL 110 (LE)
     
Performing Ensembles (2)    
Must be taken two different semesters    
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (1)   audition required
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required

MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)
  audition required
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)    
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)   audition required
     
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
Music Ensemble
Sophomore Year MUSC 152
MUSC 162
MUSC 251
MUSC 261
MUSC 292
Music Ensemble
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.