Music, B.A.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Critical Thinking3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural/International3
MUS 497 Bison image Capstone Project in Music1-2
Major Requirements
Applied 1001
Applied 1001
Applied 1001
Applied 1001
MUS 110The Professional Musician1
MUS 111 Cap graduation image Elementary Music Theory I2
MUS 112Elementary Music Theory II2
MUS 113 Cap graduation image Elem Aural Skills I2
MUS 114 Cap graduation image Elem Aural Skills II2
MUS 211Advanced Music Theory I2
MUS 213Adv Aural Skills I2
MUS 218Intro to Music Technology3
MUS 310Perf Arts Entrepreneurship1
MUS 497 Bison image Capstone Project in Music1-2
MUS 212 Cap graduation image Advanced Music Theory II2
MUS 214Adv Aural Skills II2-4
or MUS 217 Jazz Theory
MUS 290Music History to 17503
or MUS 250 Survey of Jazz
MUS 360 Cap graduation image Music History 1730 - 19003
or MUS 361 Music History Since 1900
Ensemble 200 Level1
Ensemble 200 Level1
Ensemble 200 Level1
Ensemble 200 Level1
Music Emphasis Area Courses3
Music Emphasis Area Courses3
Music Emphasis Area Courses3
Music Emphasis Area Courses3
Music Emphasis Area Courses3
MUS 179A Cap graduation image Class Piano1
MUS 179BClass Piano1
MUS 179C Cap graduation image Class Piano1
MUS 179DClass Piano1
Non-Music Elective 13
Non-Music Elective 14
Non-Music Elective 14
Non-Music Elective 14
Non-Music Elective 14
Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3
MUS 100Applied Music Laboratory (6 semesters)0

Major Information

  • All students desiring entry into the B.A or the music minor must be formally admitted to the music program. This admittance is based upon an audition in the student’s major performance area (instrument or voice) and an interview with the area faculty. Students desiring to enter the theory and composition area of emphasis should be prepared to show evidence of music theory study and/or compositions. Students should contact the music office to arrange for an audition and interview.
  • Candidates for the B.A. in Music must complete 51 credit hours of study in music.
  • Forty (40) credit hours must be earned in courses numbered 300-499.
  • All coursework in the music major must be completed with a grade of C or above. A course with a grade of D or F must be repeated with at least a grade of C to count for graduation or be used as a prerequisite for another required course.
  • Upon completion of the fourth semester of 100 level applied music study in the principal performance medium, students must pass a sophomore hearing to demonstrate achievement of the appropriate applied music level and for admittance to upper division (300-level) applied music study in the principal performance medium. Students are permitted a maximum of two attempts to pass the sophomore hearing.
  • Demonstration of piano proficiency is a graduation requirement in all music and music education degree programs. Completing MUS 179D Class Piano with a minimum grade of C satisfies this requirement.

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Four Year Plan

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music prepare for numerous careers in the music field. Students combine courses supporting a fundamental knowledge of music content with minor and/or elective courses in fields other than music. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program in music must select an emphasis area from the following: Commercial Music, General Music, Music History, Pedagogy, or Vocal Jazz.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
MUS 100 Applied Music Laboratory 0
MUS 111 Cap graduation image Elementary Music Theory I 2
MUS 113 Cap graduation image Elem Aural Skills I 2
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
MUS 179A Cap graduation image Class Piano 1
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT) 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
Applied 100 1
Ensemble 200 Level 1
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
MUS 100 Applied Music Laboratory 0
MUS 110 The Professional Musician 1
MUS 112 Elementary Music Theory II 2
MUS 114 Cap graduation image Elem Aural Skills II 2
MUS 179B Class Piano 1
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
Ensemble 200 Level 1
Applied 100 1
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
MUS 100 Applied Music Laboratory 0
MUS 179C Cap graduation image Class Piano 1
MUS 211 Advanced Music Theory I 2
MUS 213 Adv Aural Skills I 2
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
Core II Humanities (CT, WI) 3
Minor Elective 3
Ensemble 200 Level 1
Applied 100 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MUS 100 Applied Music Laboratory 0
MUS 179D Class Piano 1
MUS 212 Cap graduation image Advanced Music Theory II 2
MUS 214 Adv Aural Skills II 2
MUS 290
Music History to 1750
or Survey of Jazz
3
Non-Music Elective 3
Ensemble 200 Level 1
Applied 100 1
Music Emphasis Area Courses 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
MUS 100 Applied Music Laboratory 0
MUS 218 Intro to Music Technology 3
MUS 360 Cap graduation image
Music History 1730 - 1900
or Music History Since 1900
3
Music Emphasis Area Courses 3
Minor Elective 3
Non-Music Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MUS 100 Applied Music Laboratory 0
MUS 310 Perf Arts Entrepreneurship 1
Music Emphasis Area Courses 3
Minor Elective 4
Non-Music Elective 4
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Year
First Semester
Core II Natural/Physical Science 4
Music Emphasis Area Courses 3
Minor Elective 4
Non-Music Elective 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Core II Social Science (MC/I, WI) 3
MUS 497 Bison image Capstone Project in Music 1-2
Music Emphasis Area Courses 3
Minor Elective 3
Non-Music Elective 4
 Credit Hours14-15
 Total Credit Hours120-121