Bachelor of Arts Degree - Music

A Bachelor of Arts in Music major may select a band instrument, voice, or keyboard as the major performing area. He/she must complete a minimum of six semesters of applied lessons, at least two of which must be taken at the 300 level. A minimum requirement of six semesters in a major performing ensemble (Concert Band, Chorale) must also be fulfilled in his/her major performing area. (The Bachelor of Arts major with keyboard as the major performing area may substitute accompaniment of an approved vocal ensemble for major ensemble credit. However, the six credits still must be earned over six semesters).

Degree Requirements:

General Education Courses

Major Courses

Foreign Language Requirement

Electives

Degree available in Bismarck

 

RECITAL/CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT

 

Music majors must present a recital in the major applied music area during the senior year of study. It is recommended that all music majors present a junior recital. Students must have permission from their applied lesson instructor prior to registering for the recital. For the senior recital, students must be registered in at least the seventh semester of applied study for the major applied instrument. Students must be enrolled in at least the second semester of 300 applied level study during the semester of the recital. B.A. music students not pursuing a performance-oriented area of interest may present a capstone project in lieu of the senior recital. For the junior recital, students must be registered in at least the sixth semester of private lessons for the major applied instrument and have the permission of the applied instructor. The recital will be graded by at least three members of the music faculty, including the applied instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program will demonstrate thorough preparation for a variety of musical careers through: PERFORMANCE, SCHOLARSHIP, and LEADERSHIP.

PERFORMANCE

1.1 Primary Instrument. Students will perform from a cross section of musical styles and repertoire with technical accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, intonation, musicality, appropriate diction, and stylistic appropriateness in rehearsal and performance. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, IV, and VI.)

1.2 Ensembles. Students will perform with effective ensemble skills in both small and large group settings. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.)

1.3. Sight Reading. Students will read and perform music at sight. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, and VI.)

1.4 Secondary Instruments. Students will perform with a basic proficiency on piano. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, IV, and VI.)

SCHOLARSHIP

2.1 Research. Students will identify sources and tools for historical, cultural, theoretical, and educational research in music, as well as produce formal research papers and informative program notes. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, V, VI, and VII.)

2.2 Analysis. Students will analyze and evaluate written music and musical performance, including aural and cognitive comprehension of harmonic, formal, structural, stylistic, and compositional music concepts. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, V, and VI.)

2.3 Communication. Students will effectively share research, analysis, musical interpretation, etc. in a variety of ways, including written, verbal, and non-verbal forms of communication. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, V VI, and VII.)

2.4 Synthesis. Students will synthesize learning from music academics with the technical and expressive elements of applied/ensemble music in performance. Students will arrange for and conduct a variety of ensembles synthesizing learning from music academics with the technical and expressive elements of applied/ensemble music. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII.)

LEADERSHIP

3.1 Entrepreneurship. Students will be responsible for their own educational and career paths by engaging opportunities to excel in their art, including, but not limited to, service learning projects. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, V, and VII.)

3.2 Professionalism. Students will actively engage music as a profession through membership in professional organizations and participation in professional activities. Students will demonstrate the ethical and respectful behavior of music professionals. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, V and VII.)

3.3 Self-Reflection. Students will self-monitor progress of academic and performance projects; self-evaluate and reflect on completed projects; and make reflective decisions for continual growth. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII.)

Requirements

Music Major Courses

MUSC 122Music Theory and Analysis I

3

MUSC 123Kodaly, Solfege and Ear Training I

1

MUSC 124Music Theory and Analysis II

3

MUSC 125Kodaly, Solfege and Ear Training II

1

MUSC 130Piano Keyboard Skills I

1

MUSC 131Piano Keyboard Skills II

1

MUSC 215Basic Conducting

2

MUSC 222Music Theory and Analysis III

3

MUSC 223Kodaly, Solfege and Ear Training III

1

MUSC 224Music Theory and Analysis IV

3

MUSC 225Kodaly, Solfege and Ear Training IV

1

MUSC 230NPiano Proficiency Exam

0

MUSC 326Music History and Literature I

3

MUSC 327Music History and Literature II

3

MUSC 328Music History and Literature III

3

MUSC 333Music Technology

2

Large Ensembles

6

Applied Music

6

Recital or Capstone

1

Electives in Music

7

Music or Related Electives

8

Total Credit Hours: 59