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B.A., Music Major Program Curriculum

The College of Communication and the Arts offers major programs in music leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.  In the field of music, students have a choice of two different majors:

  1. Music (comprehensive tracks in performance, sound production and engineering, and musical theatre)
  2. Music Education (required for students seeking New Jersey certification in teaching music, and granted in tandem with a major from the College of Education and Human Services)

Music Performance Major

(Voice/Keyboard/Instrument)

Music is a competitive major.  Before a student is accepted into the music program, an audition must be successfully completed.  Students wishing to audition for admittance to the program should contact Dr. Dena Levine, Music Program chair, at: dena.levine@shu.edu.

I.  Music History Courses (6 credits)
MUHI 1201 History of Western Musical Styles 1* (3 credits)
MUHI 1202 History of Western Musical Styles II** (3 credits)
* Prerequisites MUTH 2500 and 2501
** Prerequisites MUTH 2510 and 2511

 
II. Theory (14 credits)
MUTH 2500 Theory of Music I (3 credits)
MUTH 2501 Aural Skills I (1 credits)
MUTH 2510 Theory of Music II (3 credits)
MUTH 2511 Aural Skills II (1 credits)
MUTH 3111 Theory of Music III (3 credits)
MUTH 4111 Theory of Music IV (3 credits)
 
III. Applied Music (28 credits)
 
A. Primary Instrument
(Select 16 credits on one instrument)
MUAP 2211 Private Piano Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 2231 Private Voice Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3291 Private Brass Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3391 Private Woodwinds Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3491 Private Strings Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3591 Private Percussion Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3691 Private Organ Instruction (16 credits)
 
B. Secondary Instrument
(Select 4 credits on one instrument)
MUAP 1011-1012 Beginning Piano I-II (4 credits)
MUAP 2211 Private Piano Instruction (4 credits)
MUAP 1131 Beginning Voice (2 credits)
MUAP 2231 Private Voice Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 1291 Beginning Instruments (2 credits)
MUAP 3291 Private Brass Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3391 Private Woodwinds Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3491 Private Strings Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3591 Private Percussion Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 1011 Beginning Piano (2 credits)
MUAP 3691 Private Organ Instruction (2 credits)
 
C. Ensemble (Select 8 credits)
MUAP 1141 Band (1 credit)
MUAP 1151 University Choir (1 credit)
MUAP 1161 Chamber Choir (1 credit)
MUAP 1183 Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (1 credit)
MUAP 1211 Orchestra (1 credit)
MUAP 1221 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit)
 
D. Conducting (2 credits)
MUAP 1182 Conducting Techniques for Vocal Ensembles (2 credits)
 
IV. Additional Requirements
A. Proficiency for a faculty jury at the end of each semester;
B. A formal recital in the senior year; senior recital dates and sites must be approved by the private instructor and the Music Program Chair; and
C. Fulfilment of requirements specified in the Music Major checklist.
 

Comprehensive Music Major (Music Education)

Music is a competitive major.  Before a student is accepted into the music program, an audition must be successfully completed.  Students wishing to audition for admittance to the program should contact Dr. Dena Levine, Music Program Chair, at: dena.levine@shu.edu.

I.  Music History (6 credits)
MUHI 1201 History of Western Musical Styles 1* (3 credits)
MUHI 1202 History of Western Musical Styles II** (3 credits)
*Prerequisites MUTH 2500 and 2501
**Prerequisites MUTH 2510 and 2511
 
II. Theory (14 credits)
MUTH 2500 Theory of Music I (3 credits)
MUTH 2501 Aural Skills I (1 credit)
MUTH 2510 Theory of Music II (3 credits)
MUTH 2511 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
MUTH 3111 Theory of Music III (3 credits)
MUTH 4111 Theory of Music IV (3 credits)
 
III. Applied Music (40 credits)
 
A. Primary Instrument
(select 16 credits on one instrument)
MUAP 2211 Private Piano Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 2231 Private Voice Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3291 Private Brass Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3391 Private Woodwinds Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3491 Private Strings Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3591 Private Percussion Instruction (16 credits)
MUAP 3691 Private Organ Instruction (16 credits)
 
B. Secondary Instrument
(select 8 credits on one instrument)
Note: All non-piano majors must study piano as their secondary instrument)
MUAP 1011 Beginning Piano I-II (4 credits)
MUAP 1131 Beginning Voice Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 2211 Private Piano Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 2231 Private Voice Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 1291 Beginning Instruments (2 credits)
MUAP 3291 Private Brass Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3391 Private Woodwinds Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3491 Private Strings Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3591 Private Percussion Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3691 Private Organ Instruction (2 credits)
 
C. Other Instruments (8 credits)
MUAP 1291-1294 Beginning Instruments (8 credits)
 
D. Ensemble (select 8 credits)
MUAP 1141 Pep Band (1 credit)
MUAP 1151 University Choir (1 credit)
MUAP 1161 Chamber Choir (1 credit)
MUAP 1183 Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (1 credit)
MUAP 1211 Orchestra (1 credit)
MUAP 1221 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit)
 
E. Conducting (2 credits)
MUAP 1182 Conducting Techniques for Vocal Ensembles (2 credits)
 
F. Methods (3 credits)
EDST 3513 Methods of Teaching Music (3 credits)
   

Minor Programs in Music

Minor programs are available in music history, music performance, music technology and musical theatre.  Requirements are as follows:

Music History Minor (20 credits)
MUTH 2500 Theory of Music 1 (3 credits)
MUTH 2501 Aural Skills I (1 credit)
MUTH 2510 Theory of Music II (3 credits)
MUTH 2511 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
MUHI 1201 History of Western Musical Styles I* (3 credits)
MUHI 1202 History of Western Musical Styles II** (3 credits)
MUHI 2010 Music as Cultural Dialogue (3 credits)
MUHI 3201 Research Methods and Writing about Music (3 credits)

*Prerequisites    MUTH 2500 and 2501
** Prerequisites MUTH 2510 and 2511 
 

Music Performance Minor

I. Basic Requirements (8 credits)
MUTH 2500 Theory of Music (3 credits)
MUTH 2501 Aural Skills I (1 credits)
MUTH 2510 Theory of Music II (3 credits)
MUTH 2511 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
MUHI 1201 History of Western Musical Styles I* (3 credits)
or
MUHI 1202 History of Western Musical Styles II** (3 credits)

*Prerequisites MUTH 2500 and 2501
** Prerequisites MUTH 2510 and 2511 
 

II.  Music Performance

A. Instrument/Voice
(select 8 credits on a Primary Instrument)
MUAP 1011 Beginning Piano I-II (4 credits)
MUAP 1131 Beginning Voice (2 credits)
MUAP 1140 Concert Band I (2 credits)
MUAP 1291 Beginning Instruments (2 credits)
MUAP 2211 Private Piano Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 2231 Private Voice Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3291 Private Brass Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3391 Private Woodwinds Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3491 Private Strings Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3591 Private Percussion Instruction (2 credits)
MUAP 3691 Private Organ Instruction (2 credits)
 
B. Ensemble (Select 4 credits)
MUAP 1141 Band (1 credits)
MUAP 1151 University Choir (1 credits)
MUAP 1161 Chamber Choir (1 credits)
MUAP 1183 Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (1 credits)
MUAP 1211 Orchestra (1 credits)
MUAP 1221 Jazz Ensemble (1 credits)
 
 
Music Technology Minor (18 credits)
MUTH 1099 Fundamentals of Music (3 credits)
MUAP 2146 Sound Production and Engineering I (3 credits)
MUAP 2147 Sound Production and Engineering II (3 credits)
MUAP 2148 Advanced Sound Editing, Mixing and Mastering (3 credits)
MUAP 2149 Sound, Technology and Culture (3 credits)
MUAP 2150 Entertainment Industry and Marketing Techniques (3 credits) 
 

Musical  Theatre Minor (22 credits)

I. Required Courses (12 credits)
MUTH 1099 Songwriting and Music Fundamentals (3 credits)
MUAP 1131 Beginning Voice (2 credits)
MUAP 1134 Music of Broadway (3 credits)
COTR 2631 Theatre History (3 credits)
MUAP 1175 Musical Theatre Workshop (1 credit)
 
II. Elective Courses (10 credits)
Please select a combination of the following:

MUAP 1151 University Choir (1 credit)
MUAP 2231 Private Voice (2 credits)
MUHI 1102 Music & Civilization (3 credits)
MUHI 1119 History of Opera (3 credits)
COTR 3626 Acting II (3 credits)
COTR 3621 Directing (3 credits)
COTR 2625 Scene Design (3 credits)
 

Certificate in Pastoral Music Ministry

To earn a Certificate in Pastoral Music Ministry, students are required to take 12 credits (5 courses) including:
CAST 1600/MUAP 1500 (3 credits)
CAST 2012/MUAP 2152 (3 credits)
MUTH 1099 (3 credits)
MUAP 1182 (2 credits)
MUAP 1151 (1 credit)

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