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Music Requirements

Type of degrees awarded:

  • B.A. in Music
  • B.A. in Music with a concentration in Fine Arts Management
  • B.M. in Music Education
  • B.M. in Performance (Voice or Piano)
  • A.A. with a concentration in Music

Requirements for the major in Music (B.A.):

  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.A. in Music, the student must audition successfully no later than the end of the fourth semester.
  2. Continuous enrollment in MUS 0710 (with a passing grade). 8 semesters total.
  3. 32 s.h. of MUS 1070, 1080, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2070, 2080, 2600, 2610, 2620, 3110, 3130, 3610, 4190, plus 2 additional courses in 4640, 4650, or 4660, and foreign language courses in one language through the 1020-level or demonstration of competence.
  4. Continuous enrollment in the major instrument is required. A minimum of 16 continuous semester hours of applied lessons (C or higher) is required for graduation. All students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or in voice Percussionists must complete no fewer than 16 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied percussion- orchestral. All students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or voice.
  5. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam is required.
  6. Continuous enrollment in ensemble in your major instrument or voice is required. A minimum of 8 credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS 3280/3290), or Women’s Chorus (MUS 3860/3870), approved string or orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble (MUS 3260 -3270) is required for graduation. Guitar majors must enroll in one of these ensembles whether guitar ensemble is scheduled or not in any given semester.
  7. A half recital in the major instrument is required for graduation.
  8. Enrollment in upper 3000-4000 level courses is predicated on successful completion of 1000-2000 level classes.
  9. Instrumental majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than two years. Qualified piano majors may be asked to accompany one of the choirs to fulfill requirement. Guitar majors, though not required, may participate in either the Marching Band or Concert Band with instructor’s permission.

Requirements for the major in Music Performance (B.M.):

  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music in Music Performance, the student must audition successfully no later than the end of the fourth semester.
  2. Continuous enrollment in MUS 0710 (with a passing grade). 8 semesters total.
  3. 32 s.h. of MUS 1070, 1080, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2070, 2080, 2600, 2610, 2620, 3110, 3130, 3610, 4190, plus 2 additional courses in 4640, 4650, or 4660; and foreign language courses in one language through the 1020-level or demonstration of competence; or a total of 6-8 s.h. of foreign language courses in two separate languages (must be French, German, or Italian) or demonstration of competence;
  4. Continuous enrollment in the major instrument is required. A minimum of 16 continuous semester hours of applied lessons (C or higher) is required for graduation. All students receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or in voice Percussionists must complete no fewer than 16 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied percussion- orchestral. All students receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or voice.
  5. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam is required.
  6. 8 credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS 3280/3290), or Women’s Chorus (MUS 3860/3870), approved string or orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble (MUS 3260 – 3270) is required for graduation.
  7. For instrumental majors, a minimum of two semesters of voice lessons or participation in Noblemen or Women’s Chorus (with instructor permission) is required.
  8. For vocal majors, a minimum of two semesters of instrumental lessons or participation in Marching Band or Concert Band (with instructor permission) is recommended
  9. A full recital and a half recital in the major instrument are required for graduation.
  10. Enrollment in upper 3000-4000 level courses is predicated on successful completion of 1000-2000 level classes.
  11. Instrumental majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than two years. Qualified piano majors may be asked to accompany one of the choirs to fulfill requirement. Guitar majors, though not required, may participate in either the Marching Band or Concert Band with instructor’s permission.
  12. Vocal performance majors must take Music 1650 and 2650 (diction).

Requirements for the major in Music Education (B.M.):

  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music Education, the student must audition successfully nolater than the end of the fourth semester.
  2. Continuous enrollment in MUS 071 (with a passing grade). 7 semesters total.
  3. 39 s.h. of MUS 1070, 1080, 1090, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2070, 2080, 2090, 2190, 2600, 2610, 2620, 3010, 3030, 3040, 3110, 3130, 3610, 4190, plus 1 additional course from 4640, 4650, or 4660. ; and foreign language courses in one language through the 1020-level or demonstration of competence; or a total of 6-8 s.h. of foreign language courses in two separate languages (must be French, German, or Italian) or demonstration of competence;
  4. Continuous enrollment in MUS 071 (with a passing grade). However, during the student teaching semester, enrollment in applied music, MUS 071 (Concert Attendance), and an ensemble is not required.
  5. Continuous enrollment in the major applied area is required. All students receiving a Bachelor of Music in Education are required to complete 14 continuous semester hours on one instrument or in voice (C average or higher) as a requirement to graduate. Percussionists must complete no fewer than 14 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied percussion/orchestral.
  6. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam is required. The Piano Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to the EDU 342 semester.
  7. For instrumental majors, a minimum of two semesters of voice lessons or participation in Noblemen or Women’s Chorus (with instructor permission) is recommended.
  8. For vocal majors, a minimum of two semesters of instrumental lessons or participation in Marching Band or Concert Band (with instructor permission) is recommended
  9. Continuous enrollment in ensemble in your major instrument or voice is required. A minimum of 8 credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS3280/3290), or Women’s Chorus (MUS 3860/3870), approved string or orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble
  10. Instrumental Music majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than 3 years.
  11. A full instrumental/vocal recital is required for graduation. This must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. In addition, each student will be required to create a presentation or paper as a Capstone Project as required by the Education Department and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This project must be approved by the coordinator of Music Education at the beginning of the recital semester.
  12. Enrollment in upper MUS 300-400 level courses is predicated on successful completion of MUS 1000-2000 level classes.
  13. Advancement into the education program: All students who wish to be licensed to teach must have completed the following requirements and met the grade standards before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher Education Program: Coordinator:

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least C+ (2.5) and a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course in the student’s major and in the professional licensure sequence.
  2. Passing score of 60% or better on the practice PRAXIS exam in the library during MUS 1090. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the mandatory attendance in a PRAXIS tutoring workshop at the student’s expense.
  3. Passing scores on the PRAXIS I—Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The test is offered in two formats, the Pre-professional Skills Test (a written format), and as a Computer Based Test. A combined score of 1100 on the SAT (Reading and Math) or any score of 550 or higher on either section, exempts a student from taking PRAXIS I in its entirety or on those particular sections. A score of 24 or higher on the ACT also exempts a student from PRAXIS I. Students should contact the Education Department secretary regarding possible exemption, test dates, and costs.
  4. The student must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 semester hours to include MUS1090, MUS 2090, and MUS 2190 ; from the academic core ENG 1010 and ENG 1020; MAT 1050; 3 s.h. of science; and from the professional education sequence EDU 2400 and SPE 2550.
  5. Three recommendations from faculty. Of the three recommendations, one must be from a faculty member in the student’s major and one must be from a faculty member in the Education Department.
  6. A pre-admission interview with the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee, the Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences, and the Subject Area Program Coordinator.
  7. Review and approval of the student’s application for admission to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee.
  8. A student must be admitted to Teacher Education before he/she will be allowed to enroll in the EDU 3000 and 4000 level courses in the professional licensure sequence or student teaching block (EDU 3300, EDU 3420, EDU 4070, EDU 4190, and EDU 4210. The Capstone Project is part of the student’s final semester of applied lessons, e.g., MUS 4310 - Applied Voice, in addition to their senior recital.
  9. Once a student is admitted to Teacher Education he/she is required to maintain the same grade standards required for admission to Teacher Education. A student whose grades fall below the required standards of a cumulative "C+" (2.5 GPA) and a "C" (2.0) or better in his/her major and licensure courses will meet with his/her advisor and the Chair of the Teacher EducationCommittee to plan a program to raise his/her grades to the required standard before going forward in the program.

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  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.A. in Arts Management (Music), the student must audition successfully no later than the end of the fourth semester.
  2. Continuous enrollment in MUS 0710 (with a passing grade). 8 semesters total.
  3. 32 s.h. of MUS 1070, 1080, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2070, 2080, 2600, 2610, 2620, 3110, 3130, 3880, 4190, plus 2 additional courses in 4640, 4650, or 4660; and foreign language courses in one language through the 1020-level or demonstration of competence;
  4. Continuous enrollment in the major instrument is required. A minimum of 16 continuous semester hours of applied lessons (C or higher) is required for graduation. All students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Arts Management are required to complete 16 semester hours on one instrument or in voice. Percussionists must complete no fewer than 16 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied percussion-orchestral.
  5. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam is required.
  6. Continuous enrollment in ensemble in your major instrument or voice is required. A minimum of 8 credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS 3280/3290), or Women’s Chorus (MUS 3860/3870), approved string or orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble (MUS 3260 -3270) is required for graduation. Guitar majors must enroll in one of these ensembles whether guitar ensemble is scheduled or not in any given semester.
  7. A half recital in the major instrument is required for graduation
  8. For instrumental majors, a minimum of two semesters of voice lessons or participation in Noblemen or Women’s Chorus (with instructor permission) is required.
  9. For vocal majors, a minimum of two semesters of instrumental lessons or participation in Marching Band or Concert Band (with instructor permission) is recommended
  10. Enrollment in upper 3000-4000 level courses is predicated on successful completion of 1000-2000 level classes.
  11. B.A. in Music with a concentration in Arts Management students must also complete the following courses: ARH 1510; THE 1620; ACC 2510; BUS 2250, 3430 and 3450; MKT 2510 and 3800.

Requirements for the minor: 16-19 s.h.—8-11 s.h. in music courses, including MUS 1070, 1080, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, plus 4 s.h. in applied lessons and 4 s.h. in major ensembles (Marching Band, Noblemen, or Women’s Chorus). Four semesters of MUS 0710 (with a passing grade). No senior recital is required for the minor.

Requirements for the A.A. Concentration in Music: 29-32 s.h.—17-20 s.h. in music courses, including MUS 1070, 1080, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2610, 2620, 2070, 2080, and 2600 plus 8 s.h. in applied music and 4 s.h. in major ensembles, (Marching Band, Noblemen, or Women’s Chorus) Four semesters of MUS 0710 (with a passing grade). No senior recital is required for the A.A.

Requirements for the Minor in Secondary Instrument/Voice: Applied lessons (8 semester hours – 4 semesters). No senior recital is required, but student must perform on semester student recitals and juries. This minor is only available to music majors.

Writing-Enrichment Course: MUS 3130


 

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