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BA in Music

Overview:

The Music Department provides superior training for students interested in pursuing a professional music career, including preparation for such positions as performer, music therapist or research scholar. It also provides opportunities for persons choosing music as a minor or majoring in other fields to develop special musical abilities in an atmosphere that focuses upon the individual student's abilities, needs and interests.

The Music Department feels that it is most important to ensure that all students have the opportunity to become more musically literate and to foster a lifelong appreciation for music. The department endeavors to approach all musical learning within the context of the totality of all knowledge, integrating the musical experience with outside learning and knowledge. As a part of its outreach program, it provides private instruction and music therapy sessions to individuals in the community ranging from pre-school to adults in the Queens Music Academy.

The Music Department seeks to provide opportunities to hear a variety of live musical performances of superior quality by University ensembles and individual majors, as well as groups from the community and professional performing world. Through its contacts with local professional groups, arrangements can be made for students to study any standard orchestral instrument, including those not listed specifically in this section.

Admissions:

All students must demonstrate suitable proficiency on a primary instrument through a live audition prior to beginning a degree program in music in order that the faculty may consider the potential success of this academic track.

Transfer Students

Transfer students at the junior or senior level and second degree students whose first degree was not in music will be asked to complete the Sophomore Qualifying Exam. This includes testing in the areas of music history, music theory, sight-singing and applied performance. As a result, the music faculty will notify the student both of any need to refresh their skills in any tested area and will acknowledge sufficient preparation in their musical abilities.

Second degree or equivalency certificate students in Music Therapy who already have an undergraduate degree in music must audition for the Music Department, and complete all of the required courses in the undergraduate Music Therapy curriculum, including the professional internship. These students are exempted from the Sophomore Qualifying Exam requirement.

Requirements:

Writing-intensive course requirement

The writing intensive course requirement for the BA degree with a major in music is met with MUSC 322. The writingintensive course requirement for the BM degree with a major in music therapy is met with MUTH 402 as well as MUSC 322.

Sophomore Qualifying Exam

After completing four semesters of course work, all majors will be required to demonstrate suitable proficiency and progress in their major. This will include a review of academic progress, a jury exam which will include an oral examination as well as performance, and an assessment of theory and other music skill development. Students must pass this exam in order to remain in good standing in their degree program. In order to enter into the junior level as music majors, students must declare a major instrument.

Major Field Exam

During the spring of the senior year, all music majors will be required to take a major field exam in music history and music theory. This exam is for assessment purposes only.

Recitals

All students preparing recitals must be approved to present their recital as a result of a prerecital hearing no less than one month prior to the scheduled recital date. The jury for this prerecital hearing must include the applied instructor, the department chair and one other music faculty member.

Proficiency Requirement

All candidates for music degrees must be able to demonstrate basic piano proficiency to include scales, chords, prepared pieces, and if appropriate, accompaniment patterns and sight reading. Upon entering the degree program, those students unable to demonstrate such skills will be expected to fulfill specific piano requirements for their degree program as listed in the Catalog. Music Therapy degree candidates must also pass proficiencies in voice and guitar. All students must enroll in class studies or applied lessons in the appropriate area(s) until proficiency has been achieved. All students must be enrolled in at least one ensemble per semester in principal instrument field.

Ensemble Requirement

Students are required to be enrolled in one ensemble every semester, and may elect to be enrolled in more than one ensemble per semester. Large ensembles are Chorale (MUSC 187,188), Orchestra (MUSC 179,180) and Band (MUSC 177,178); small ensembles are Chamber Singers (MUSC197,198) and Small Ensemble (MUSC 185,186) for instruments and vocalists (including Wind, Guitar, Piano, Flute, Voice and others). Ensemble requirements for each of the degree programs are listed below. Regardless of when the requirements are met, students must continue to be enrolled in one ensemble each semester. Specific requirements, additional fees, information and changes not listed below are contained in the Music Department Handbook. Any requirements that are part of NASM guidelines will need to be followed regardless of requirements stated in a student's freshman year Catalog.

Concert attendance

All degree programs require 8 semesters of concert attendance, MUSC 10, 11, 20, 21, 30, 31, 40, and 41.

Core:

MUSC 103 Beginning Theory and Composition I
MUSC 103LTheory &Composition Lab L
MUSC 104 Beginning Theory and Composition II
MUSC 113 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I
MUSC 114 Sight-Singing and Ear Training II
MUSC 201 Introduction to World Music
MUSC 203 Theory and Composition III
MUSC 204 Theory and Composition IV
MUSC 213 Sight-Singing and Ear Training III
MUSC 214 Sight-Singing and Ear Training IV
MUSC 321 Music History and Literature I
MUSC 322 Music History and Literature II

Plus:

MUSC 157 Piano Class I
MUSC 158 Piano Class II
MUSC 159 Piano Class III
MUSC 160 Piano Class IV
MUSC 310 Conducting
MUSC 395 Functional Piano Class I
MUSC 396 Functional Piano Class II

Ensemble:

  • At least 2 large ensemble credits based on the primary instrument MUSC177/178, 179/180 or 187/188; pianists may choose any large ensemble.
  • At least 2 small ensemble credits based on the primary instrument MUSC 185/186 and/or 197/198. Applied Music 1 instrument (4 Hrs.)
Music Elective (3 Hrs.) (Students with voice as a primary instrument are encouraged to take 2 of these hours in MUSC 215 and 216)

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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