2008-2009 Music Program (MUSC)

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

Director: Christopher Quinn
Chair: Karlyn Bond

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 Combo, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Chamber Singers, and Westminster Flute Ensemble.

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 auditioning before March will automatically be considered for incoming new student music scholarships. Call the Music Department at 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)

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4
4
3
4
4

2

6




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 420 Senior Recital ##

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4
4
3
4
4


6

6




1

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PEFORMANCE MINOR

32

* Student must pass piano proficiency exam or take MUSC 200U, Keyboard Skills.
** Student must enroll for two consecutive semesters on their major instrument.
*** Student must enroll for at least two semesters, consecutive or otherwise.
# Student must enroll for six consecutive semesters on their major instrument.
## Must be given during or after the final semester of lessons.