Jun 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Jazz and American Music Studies Option, B.A.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:    

  1. a familiarity with the styles, genres, and forms of Western art music, and the most influential composers and compositions therein.
  2. the ability to accomplish a stylistic analysis of music from different eras in music history.
  3. an awareness of and skill in researching current issues in music history.
  4. the ability to describe musical styles, structures, and techniques precisely and articulately in writing and in speaking (oral discourse).
  5. aural comprehension-through dictation-of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form in various musical styles.
  6. skills in sight-singing of music from the Baroque through 21st-Century.
  7. skills in playing functional keyboard harmony.
  8. knowledge of the most pertinent concepts of tonal music: proper voice leading, harmonic motion within the circle of fifths, tonicization and modulation, sequences, chromaticism, and aspects of traditional small and large scale forms.
  9. knowledge of the most pertinent concepts of post-tonal music: modal scales and harmonies, twelve-tone serialism, quartal/quintal harmonies, polyrhythm, metric modulation, minimalist techniques, chance music, graphic music, and non-traditional forms.
  10. Every year, students in the Performance Option will demonstrate a level of mastery in an instrument  or voice as defined by the departmental standards (and recommended by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for the instrumental areas or National Association of Teachers of singing-NATS-for vocal studies).  
  11. At the end of their required piano studies, students in the History/Ethnomusicology Option,  Theory/Composition Option, and Piano Pedagogy Minor Option will be able to demonstrate proficiency in piano skills, as recommended by NASM.
  12. At the completion of their studies, students in the Music Minor will demonstrate a  proficiency, as defined by departmental standards and NASM or NATS, in the performance of either an instrument or in voice.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Option Requirements: Jazz and American Music Studies (19 Credits)

Required Courses (6 Credits)


Upper-level requirement: at least 9 elective credits either in MUSC and/or in the related requirements must be at the 300 or 400 level.
*a maximum of 3 credits of MUSC 165  may be applied to the elective total.

Departmental Writing Requirement

Each of the following courses includes a writing assignment in formal prose of about ten pages in length, following one of three approaches - analytical, historical, or a combination of these: MUSC 311 , MUSC 315 , MUSC 331 , MUSC 333 , MUSC 334 , MUSC 335 , MUSC 336 , MUSC 337 , MUSC 338 , and MUSC 339 . The organization of each paper should be clear, the writing appropriately literary, and grammatically and syntactically correct. The ideas should present a logical argument, as suggested by an earlier outline. The paper should be typed and doubled-spaced, with page numbers and one-inch margins. All sources consulted should be cited in a consistent manner in footnotes and a complete bibliography, following the standard format described in The Chicago Manual of Style or Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers. It is the music historian’s responsibility to oversee the implementation of the writing requirement and to enforce a fair and equal standard for all papers submitted.

Students who plan to attend graduate school are strongly advised to complete two years of foreign language study.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Second Year

Spring (16 Credits)

Third Year

Fall (15-16 Credits)

Elective in MUSC Credit(s): 3
​Related Requirement Credit(s): 3-4
S/ or S/U/ Credit(s): 3
Elective or U/ Credit(s): 3
M/ Credit(s): 3

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Electives in MUSC or Related Requirement Credit(s): 4
F/ Credit(s): 3
Electives Credit(s): 8

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credits)

Elective in MUSC Credit(s): 3
Electives Credit(s): 12

Spring (15 Credits)

Electives Credit(s): 15

Total Credit Hours: 120-121

* Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to take MUSC 139  and MUSC 140  in their first year of study and in conjunction with MUSC 189 .