Catalog 2013-2014

Music

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No courses in music (MUSI) may be taken for credit by examination.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
First-Year Students

Students intending to major in music should begin the major music sequences in the first year. Failure to do so may mean an extra semester or year to complete the program.

Required first year courses are:

  • MUSI 111: Music Fundamentals I (2)
  • MUSI 113: Music Fundamentals II (2)
  • MUSI 120: Music and Culture (class size is limited) (4)
  • MUSI 124: Theory I (3)
  • MUSI 125: Ear Training I (1)
  • MUSI 126: Ear Training II (1)
  • MUSI 115: Introduction to Keyboarding (1) and/or MUSI 116: Basic Keyboarding (1)
    • or MUSI 121: Keyboarding I (1) and/or MUSI 122: Keyboarding II (1)

MUSI 111 and 113 are prerequisites to MUSI 124. All first-year students should register for MUSI 111 and 113. A placement test will be given during the first class meeting of MUSI 111. Based on the test outcome, students will be placed in either MUSI 124, 113 or retained in 111. MUSI 111 and 113 are half-semester courses.

MUSIC MAJOR DEGREES
General Requirements
  • Entrance Audition: To be admitted to a music major program, prospective students must audition for the music faculty.
  • Declaration of Major: Students interested in majoring in music should complete an academic program contract declaring a music major during their first semester of enrollment in the program. They will be assigned a music faculty advisor who will assure that the student receives help in exploring the various majors and in scheduling music study in the most efficient and economical manner. Majors can always be changed later. 
  • Ensemble Requirement: Music majors are required to participate every semester in one of the music ensembles specified in their major. (Exception: semesters involving study away and/or student teaching.) 
  • Keyboard Proficiency: Basic keyboard skills are required in all music majors (B.M., B.M.E., B.M.A., B.A.). Attainment of adequate keyboard skills is determined by successful completion (letter grade of C or better) in MUSI 122: Keyboarding II. 
  • Language Requirement: Vocal performance majors are required to take at least one year of language study (two regular semesters) in French or German (see department handbook).
  • Music Electives: MUSI 111, 113, 115, 116 may not count for music electives in a music major degree program. 
  • Grades and Grade Point Policy: Only grades of C or higher in music courses may be counted toward the major. Courses in which the student receives lower than a C must be repeated, unless the department authorizes substitute course work.
    Majors must maintain a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in academic music courses (private lessons and ensembles excluded) to remain in the program (see department handbook).
  • Music Major Assessment: Students pursuing Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) or Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) degrees will have their progress and potential assessed at the end of the first, sophomore, junior, and senior years. Assessments are made by the music faculty via progress reviews, juries, and public presentations. Outcomes are pass/fail; students who fail an assessment will not be allowed to continue in the music program (see department handbook).
MUSIC CORE
26 semester hours

The following core is required in all music degree programs:

  • MUSI 120: Music and Culture (4)
  • MUSI 121: Keyboarding I (1)
  • MUSI 122: Keyboarding II (1)
  • MUSI 124: Theory I (3)
  • MUSI 223: Theory II (3)
  • MUSI 224: Jazz Theory Lab (1)
  • MUSI 234: Music History I (3)
  • MUSI 333: Music History II (3)
  • MUSI 334: Twentieth-Century Music (3)
  • MUSI 125: Ear Training I (1)
  • MUSI 126: Ear Training II (1)
  • MUSI 225: Ear Training III (1)
  • MUSI 226: Ear Training IV (1)
Required Music Core Sequence

All entering first-year students who intend to major in music must follow the required music core sequence in the indicated years.

Year One: Fall Semester
  • MUSI 111/113: Fundamentals (prerequisite to MUSI 124)
  • MUSI 115/121/122: Keyboarding Class (1) per placement
  • MUSI 120: Music and Culture (4) (if preferred may take MUSI 120 in Spring Semester)
  • MUSI 125: Ear Training I
Year One: Spring Semester
  • MUSI 116/122: Keyboarding Class (1) per placement
  • MUSI 126: Ear Training II (1)
  • MUSI 120: Music and Culture (4) (if not taken in the Fall Semester)
  • MUSI 124: Theory I (3)
Year Two: Fall Semester
  • MUSI 121/122: Keyboarding I (1) per placement
  • MUSI 223: Theory II (3)
  • MUSI 225: Ear Training III (1)
Year Two: Spring Semester
  • MUSI 122: Keyboarding II (1) per placement
  • MUSI 224: Jazz Theory Lab (1)
  • MUSI 226: Ear Training IV (1)
  • MUSI 234: History I (3)
Year Three: Fall Semester
  • MUSI 333: History II (3)
Year Three: Spring Semester
  • MUSI 334: Twentieth-Century Music (3)
BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.) DEGREE
Major in Music

Maximum of 44 semester hours in Music, including:
  • Music Core: (26)
  • Ensembles (4)
    •  Choose from: MUSI 360-383 (4)
  • Private Lessons (5)
    • Choose from: MUSI 201-219 and MUSI 401-419
  • Upper-Division Core (3)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3), or MUSI 337: Analyzing Music (3)
  • Capstone Sequence (6)
    •  MUSI 398: Keystone: Introduction to Music Research (2)
    • MUSI 498: Music Research Seminar (2)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone Senior Project (fall/spring) (1, 1)

Also required for the B.A. degree are:

  • Meet College of Arts and Sciences Language Requirement (Option I, II) (one year of language)
  • Take a non-music arts elective course in visual arts, theatre or dance.
  • Cognate: An academic minor or second major outside of music.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION (B.M.E.) DEGREE
Major in Music
66 semester hours in Music; total 83 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Music Education: K-12 Choral (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Music Education: K-12 Instrumental (Band)
  • Bachelor of Music Education: K-12 Instrumental (Orchestra)

First-Year, sophomore, junior and senior assessments required.

Music Education Core
14 semester hours

All B.M.E. degrees include the following music education core courses:

  • MUSI 240: Foundation of Music Education (3)
  • MUSI 340: Fundamentals of Music Education (2)
  • MUSI 343: Materials and Methods for Secondary General Music (1)
  • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
  • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
  • MUSI 347: Adaptive Music (1)
  • MUSI 348: Practicum in Music Education (1)
  • MUSI 445: Conducting III (1)
  • MUSI 446: Conducting IV (1)
  • MUSI 469: Student Teaching Seminar (2)


Department of Education Sequence
17 semester hours

In addition to the music courses listed, all music education majors are required to take the following courses in the Department of Education. The WEST-E test must be passed prior to student teaching.

  • EDUC 391: Foundations of Learning (3)
  • EPSY 361: Psychology for Teaching (3)
  • EDUC 320: Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect (1)
  • EDUC 468: Student Teaching - Secondary (10)
K-12 Choral (Elementary Emphasis)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (6)
    • Choose from: MUSI 360-363 (one each semester)
  • Private Lessons (6)
    • Choose from: MUSI 204 and 404 (5)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (senior recital) (1)
  • Music Education Core (14)
    • MUSI 240: Foundations Music Education (3)
    • MUSI 340: Fundamentals Music Education (2)
    • MUSI 343: Secondary General Music (1)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 347: Adaptive Music (1)
    • MUSI 348: Practicum Music Education (1)
    • MUSI 445: Conducting III (1)
    • MUSI 446: Conducting IV (1)
    • MUSI 469: Student Teaching Seminar (2)
  • Concentration (14)
    • 2 semester hours from:
      • MUSI 241: String Lab I (1)
      • MUSI 243: Woodwind Laboratory I (1)
      • MUSI 245: Brass Laboratory  I (1)
      • MUSI 247: Percussion Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 421: Advanced Keyboarding (1, 1)
    • MUSI 440: Methods/Materials for K-9 I (2)
    • MUSI 441: Methods and Materials for K-9 Music II (2)
    • MUSI 443: Methods Secondary Choral (2)
    • MUSI 453: Vocal Pedagogy (2)
    • MUSI 457: Instrumental Music for Choral Educators (2)
K-12 Choral (Secondary Emphasis)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (6)
    • Choose from: MUSI 360-363 (1 each semester)
  • Private Lessons (6)
    • Choose from: MUSI 204 and 404 (5)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (senior recital) (1)
  • Music Education Core (14)
    • MUSI 240: Foundations Music Education (3)
    • MUSI 340: Fundamentals Music Education (2)
    • MUSI 343: Secondary General Music (1)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 347: Adaptive Music (1)
    • MUSI 348: Practicum Music Education (1)
    • MUSI 445: Conducting III (1)
    • MUSI 446: Conducting IV (1)
    • MUSI 469: Student Learning Seminar (2)
  • Concentration (14)
    • 2 semester hours from:
      • MUSI 241: String Lab I (1)
      • MUSI 243: Woodwind Laboratory I (1)
      • MUSI 245: Brass Laboratory I (1)
      • MUSI 247: Percussion Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 421: Advanced Keyboarding (1, 1)
    • MUSI 440: Methods/Materials for K-9 I (2)
    • MUSI 443: Methods Secondary Choral (2)
    • MUSI 444: Materials Secondary Choral (2)
    • MUSI 453: Vocal Pedagogy (2)
    • MUSI 457: Instrumental Music for Choral Educators (2)
K-12 Instrumental (Band Emphasis)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (6)
    • Choose from large ensemble: MUSI 370-371 (4)
    • MUSI 381: Chamber Ensemble (1)
    • Choose from: MUSI 370-371, 380 (1)
  • Private Lessons (6)
    • Choose from: MUSI 202-219; MUSI 402-419
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (recital) (1)
  • Music Education Core (14)
    • MUSI 240: Foundations Music Education (3)
    • MUSI 340: Fundamentals Music Education (2)
    • MUSI 343: Secondary General Music (1)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 347: Adaptive Music (1)
    • MUSI 348: Practicum Music Education (1)
    • MUSI 445: Conducting III (1)
    • MUSI 446: Conducing IV (1)
    • MUSI 469: Student Teaching Seminar (2)
  • Concentration (14)
    • MUSI 248: Voice Lab (1)
    • MUSI 241: String Lab I (1)
    • Lab Electives - Choose 4 semester hours from:
      • MUSI 243/244: Woodwind Laboratory I, II (1,1)
      • MUSI 245/246: Brass Laboratory I, II (1,1)
      • MUSI 247: Percussion Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 447: Methods for School Band Music (2)
    • MUSI 448: Materials for School Band Music (2)
    • MUSI 458: Choral Music for Instrumental Educators (2)
    • Choral Ensemble (2)
      • Choose from: MUSI 360-365
K-12 Instrumental (Orchestra Emphasis)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (6)
    • Choose from large ensemble: MUSI 370-371, 380 (1)
    • MUSI 381: Chamber Ensemble (1)
    • MUSI 380: University Symphony Orchestra (4)
  • Private Lessons (5)
    • Choose from: MUSI 202-219; MUSI 402-491 (5)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (recital) (1)
  • Music Education Core (14)
    • MUSI 240: Foundations Music Education (3)
    • MUSI 340: Fundamentals Music Education (2)
    • MUSI 343: Sec. General Music (1)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 347: Adaptive Music (1)
    • MUSI 348: Practicum Music Education (1)
    • MUSI 445: Conducting III (1)
    • MUSI 446: Conducting IV (1)
    • MUSI 469: Student Teaching Seminar (2)
  • Concentration (14)
    • MUSI 248: Voice Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 241/242: String Laboratory I, II (1,1)
    • MUSI 243: Woodwind Laboratory I (1)
    • MUSI 245: Brass Laboratory I  (1)
    • MUSI 247: Percussion Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 455: String Pedagogy (2)
    • MUSI 456: Methods and Materials for School Strings (2)
    • MUSI 458: Choral Music for Instrumental Educators (2)
  • Choral Ensemble (2)
    • Choose from: MUSI 360-365
BACHELOR OF MUSICAL ARTS (B.M.A.) DEGREE
Major in Music
62 semester hours, plus cognate
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (8)
    • Choose from: MUSI 360-383 (one each semester)
  • Private Lessons (8)
    • Choose from: MUSI 202-219 (4)
    • Choose from: MUSI 402-419 (4)
  • Upper-Division Core (6)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3)
    • MUSI 337: Analyzing Music (3)
  • Capstone Sequence
    • MUSI 398: Keystone: Introduction to Music Research (2)
    • MUSI 498: Music Research Seminar (2)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone Senior Project (fall/spring) (1,1)
  • J-Term - One Required
    • MUSI 390/391: Intensive Performance Study (4)
  • Electives (4)
    • Choose any MUSI 103-499 (not already used in the major. MUSI 111, 113, 115  and 116 cannot be used)
  • Cognate: An academic minor or second major outside of music. First-year, sophomore, junior, and senior assessments required.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC (B.M.) DEGREE
Major in Music

80 semester hours
  • First-year, sophomore, junior and senior assessments required.
  • For vocal performance: language study required.
  • * Credit to be taken in consecutive Fall/Spring Semesters; continuous non-jazz study throughout the program required.
CONCENTRATIONS
Composition
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (8) (one each semester)
    • MUSI 360-383
  • Private Lessons (22*) 
    • Choose from: MUSI 202-219, 402-419 (6)
    • MUSI 327: Composition (12)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (4)
  • Upper-Division Core (6)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3)
    • MUSI 337: Analyzing Music (3)
  • J-Term - One Required
    • MUSI 390/391: Intensive Performance (4)
  • Concentration Module (6)
    • MUSI 328: Electronic Media (2)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 398: Keystone: Introduction to Research (2)
  • Music Electives (8)
    • Choose from MUSI 103-499 (8) (not already used in the major. MUSI 111, 113, 115, and 116 cannot be used)
  • Non-Music Elective (4): Choose from Computer Science, Acoustics, Media
Instrumental (Performance)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (8) (1 each semester)
    • Choose from: MUSI 370-371, 380
  • Private Lessons (22*)
    • Principal Instrument (15)
      • Choose from: MUSI 205-219, 405-419 (5)
      • Choose from: MUSI 201, 205-219, 401, 405-491 (10)
    • MUSI 399: Keystone (jr recital) (3)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (sr recital) (4)
  • Upper-Division Core (6)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3)
    • MUSI 337: Analyzing Music (3)
  • J-Term - 1 required (4)
    • MUSI 390/391: Intensive Performance (4)
  • Concentration Module (7)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 358: Early Music Lab (1)
    • MUSI 381: Chamber Ensemble (2)
    • MUSI 420: Pedagogy (2) or MUSI 454: Instrument Pedagogy (2)
  • Electives (7)
    • Choose any MUSI 103-499 (not already used in the major. MUSI 111, 113, 115 and 116 cannot be used)
Organ (Performance)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensemble (8)
    • MUSI 381: Chamber Ensemble (1)
    • Music Ensembles (7)
      • Choose from: MUSI 360-383 (one each semester)
  • Private Lessons (22*)
    • MUSI 203 Organ (8)
    • MUSI 403: Organ (7)
    • MUSI 399: Keystone (jr recital) (3)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (sr recital) (4)
  • Upper-Division Core (6)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3)
    • MUSI 337: Analyzing Music (3)
  • J Term - One Required (4)
    • MUSI 390/391: Intensive Performance (4)
  • Concentration Module (7)
    • MUSI 219: Harpsichord (1)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 346: Conducting II (1)
    • MUSI 352: Organ - Improvisation (1)
    • MUSI 358: Early Music Lab (1)
    • MUSI 420 or 454: Pedagogy (2)
  • Electives (7)
    • Choose any MUSI 103-499 (not already used in the major. MUSI 111, 113, 115 and 116 cannot be used)
Piano (Performance)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (8)
    • Choose from: MUSI 360-363, 370-371, 380 (2)
    • MUSI 351: Accompanying (2)
    • MUSI 383: Piano Ensemble (2)
    • Piano ensemble electives (2)
      • Choose from: MUSI 351, 360-363, 370-371, 380, 383
  • Private Lessons (22*)
    • Choose from: MUSI 202/402: Piano (15)
    • MUSI 399: Keystone (jr recital) (3)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (sr recital) (4)
  • Upper-Division Core (6)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3)
    • MUSI 377: Analyzing Music (3)
  • J-Term (One Required)
    • MUSI 390/391: Intensive Performance (4)
  • Concentration Module (11)
    • MUSI 219: Harpsichord (1)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 358: Early Music Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 430: Piano Literature 1 (2)
    • MUSI 431: Piano Literature 2 (2)
    • MUSI 451: Piano Pedagogy 1 (2)
    • MUSI 452: Piano Pedagogy 2 (2)
  • Electives (3)
    • Choose any MUSI 103-499 (not already used in the major. MUSI 111, 113, 115 and 116 cannot be used)
Voice (Performance)
  • Music Core (26)
  • Ensembles (8)
    • Choral Ensemble: Choose from: MUSI 360-363 (one each semester)
  • Voice/Diction Private Lessons (22*)
    • Voice Instruction (13)
      • Choose from: MUSI 204/404
    • MUSI 399: Keystone (jr recital) (3)
    • MUSI 499: Capstone: Senior Project (sr recital) (4)
    • MUSI 355: Diction I (1)
    • MUSI 356: Diction II (1)
  • Upper-Division Core (6)
    • MUSI 336: Making Music (3)
    • MUSI 337: Analyzing Music (3)
  • J-Term - One Required (4)
    • MUSI 390/391: Intensive Performance (4)
  • Concentration Module (8)
    • MUSI 345: Conducting I (1)
    • MUSI 353: Solo Vocal Lit (2)
    • MUSI 358: Early Music Laboratory (1)
    • MUSI 366: Opera (2)
    • MUSI 453: Vocal Pedagogy (2)
  • Electives (6)
    • Choose any MUSI 103-499 (not already used in the major. MUSI 111, 113, 115 and 116 cannot be used)
  • Language (one year required) (8) Choose from FREN or GERM 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
MINORS
General Minor
22 semester hours including:
  • MUSI 120: Music and Culture (4)
  • One of the following: MUSI 115, 116, 121, 122 or 202 (1)
  • MUSI 124, 125, 126 (5)
  • 4 semester hours of Private Instruction: (MUSI 201-219)
  • 4 semester hours of Ensemble (MUSI 360-383)
  • One of the following: MUSI 101-106, 234, 333, 334
  • 0-1 semester hour of music elective to reach the 22 semester hour total
Specialized Minor
32 semester hours
  • Includes courses required in the General Minor as listed above (22 semester hours), plus:
    • 4 additional semester hours of Private Instruction (MUSI 401-419)
    • 6 additional hours from one of the Bachelor of Music concentration modules (see above) or in jazz study as listed below.
JAZZ STUDY AT PLU

Students interested in pursuing the academic study of jazz at PLU have three options:

Specialized Music Minor in Jazz
32 semester hours, including:
  • Courses in the general minor (22 semester hours), plus 4 additional semester hours of private instruction.
  • Six additional semester hours, including: MUSI 103, 224, and 427
  • Jazz students may fulfill the ensemble requirement in jazz-related ensembles.
Jazz study in combination with an outside, non-music field (Bachelor of Musical Arts degree)
62 semester hours

Jazz students may major in music under the B.M.A. degree while combining music studies with a non-music academic minor or second major. In this program, all private lesson and ensemble credit may be in jazz.

Jazz study in combination with non-jazz (classical) performance study (Bachelor of Music degree)
80 semester hours

Instrumental jazz students may major in performance (see Bachelor of Music above) in which up to half the studio instruction and recital literature can be in jazz (see academic program contract for details).

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

Special fee in addition to tuition. Private music lesson fees are non-refundable.

One Semester Hour

Fall and Spring Semesters: One half-hour private lesson per week (12 weeks) in addition to daily practice. January and Summer: Six hours of instruction to be arranged in addition to daily practice. Students in piano, voice, and guitar may be assigned to class instruction at the discretion of the music faculty.

Two Semester Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters: One-hour lesson per week (12 weeks) in addition to daily practice. Not offered in January or Summer.

Three or Four Semester Hours

By permission of department only; not offered in January or Summer.