Music Studies

Learning goals:

  • Performance—Students integrate technical skills and knowledge to be able to complete a successful performance in a particular area of concentration.
  • Aural skills and analysis.
  • Music history—Students can place music in historical, cultural and stylistic contexts.
  • Composition and improvisation.
  • Technology—Students identify and employ appropriate technology applicable to their area of specialization.
  • Synthesis—Students integrate their music studies through a means appropriate to their curriculum.

Music Opportunities for Non-Music Majors. The department provides a variety of music opportunities for all students, regardless of their majors and career goals. Nonmajors may take upper-level music courses with permission of the instructor. The department also welcomes nonmajors in performing groups and private study upon a successful audition or permission from the instructor.

Career and Graduate Study Options and Outcomes. Graduates of the bachelor of music programs typically teach music within the northeastern region of the country or choose to pursue graduate study at major public and private universities. Graduates with the Bachelor of Arts degree either pursue graduate study or find employment in a broad range of music-related fields, such as arts management, theatre, music composition/arranging, business, sound and recording industry, public relations, newspapers, magazines, radio and television, sales, and consulting.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Susquehanna University believes that educators need to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills in the following four domains of teaching: (1) preparation and planning, (2) instruction and assessment, (3) creating a classroom environment of respect and rapport, and (4) professional responsibility. Collaborative programs between the university and area schools afford a variety of opportunities to develop and demonstrate professional knowledge and teaching skills. Candidates in the bachelor of music in music education degree complete the university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Piano and organ concentrates must choose to follow the vocal emphasis or instrumental emphasis requirements. The major lesson is in piano or organ, with the major ensemble corresponding to the emphasis selected. Regardless of the emphasis selected, all piano and organ concentrates are required to take MUSC:039 Voice Class.

Application to the Teacher Education Program. Students seeking admission to Susquehanna University’s teacher education program must meet requirements of both the teacher education program and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and formally apply to the university’s Department of Education. Application forms are available in the university’s Department of Education office. Acceptance into the program is determined by the teacher education program. The Department of Education reserves the right to determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Students may apply for admission to the teacher education program as early as the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students must apply and be admitted no later than the second semester of their junior year.

Requirements for admission to the teacher education program include the following:

  • Completion of at least 48 semester hours of coursework, including:
    • Three semester hours of English composition
    • Three semester hours of English/American literature
    • Six semester hours of college-level mathematics;
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and successful completion of Praxis I examinations;
  • Completion of one 40-hour externship (see below), with completed forms returned to the Career Development Center;
  • Current Act 34 and Act 151 clearances and fingerprinting;
  • Two letters of reference from university faculty; and
  • Submission of a completed Department of Education application form.

Students who have not been formally admitted into the teacher education program may not take more than 12 semester hours of education courses (including music education courses) without written permission from the coordinator of music education. Transfer students who wish to enter the program are evaluated on an individual basis by the coordinator of music education in consultation with the music education committee and the head of the department.

The Department of Music faculty, in consultation with the head of the Department of Education, reserves the right to make a judgment on the suitability of students for professional teaching practice. Practicum students and student teachers must follow the policies of the host school district. Practicum students and student teachers will be removed from a school site by a building administrator who gives as reason, therefore, one of the following: unsatisfactory teaching performance; immorality; incompetence; intemperance; cruelty; persistent negligence in the performance of duties; willful neglect of duties; physical or mental disability as documented by competent medical evidence, which after reasonable accommodation of such disability as required by law substantially interferes with the student teacher’s ability to perform essential functions of student teaching; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor; or persistent and willful violation of or failure to comply with the school laws of this commonwealth, including official directives and established policy of the board of directors. A student asked to leave a school site will be assigned a grade by the faculty based on the work completed and evaluations from the host district.

Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

semester hours

14

Music Literature

 

4

MUSC:152 World Music Perspectives

 

4

MUSC:245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras

 

4

MUSC:250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras

 

2

MUSC:350 20th-century Music

16

Music Theory

 

2

MUSC:161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:163 Ear Training I

 

2

MUSC:164 Ear Training II

 

2

MUSC:261 Theory III: Advanced Tonal Harmony

 

2

MUSC:262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis

 

2

MUSC:263 Ear Training III

 

2

MUSC:363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory and Serialism

34

Education

 

4

EDUC:240 Cognition and Classroom Learning: Early Childhood

 

2

MUED:200 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Public School Education and Music Education

 

2

MUED:339 Public School Music I: Foundations, Standards and Curriculum

 

2

MUED:340 Public School Music II: Assessment, Inclusion and Practicum

 

2

MUED:345 Instrumental Music Education Methods and Practicum

 

2

MUED:351 Choral Music Education Methods and Practicum

 

4

MUED:355 Music for Exceptional Children

 

0*

MUED:400:01 Student Teaching

 

4*

MUED:400:02 Classroom Performance

 

4*

MUED:400:03 Classroom Management

 

4*

MUED:400:04 Preparation and Planning

 

2*

MUED:405 Student Teaching Seminar

 

2

MUED:406 Organization and Administration of Public School Music

(* indicates capstone)

4

Conducting

 

2

MUSC:369 Beginning Conducting

 

2

MUSC:371 Instrumental Conducting (instrumental emphasis)

 

2

MUSC:372 Choral Conducting (vocal emphasis)

31-34

Applied Music and Other Courses (vocal emphasis 31 SH; instrumental emphasis 34 SH)

 

14

Major Lesson (seven semesters)

 

1

MUSC:034 Piano Class I (not required of keyboard concentrates)

 

1

MUSC:035 Piano Class II (not required of keyboard concentrates)

 

1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III

 

1

MUSC:038 Piano Technique (for piano concentrates only)

 

1

MUSC:039 Voice Class (instrumental and keyboard concentrates)

 

1

MUED:040 Brass Class I

 

1

MUED:041 Woodwind Class I

 

1

MUED:042 String Class I

 

1

MUED:043 Percussion Class

 

1

MUED:046 Brass Class II (instrumental emphasis)

 

1

MUED:047 Woodwind Class II (instrumental emphasis)

 

1

MUED:048 String Class II (instrumental emphasis)

 

2-3

MUSC:066 Collaborative Piano (third semester for keyboard concentrates who are exempt from MUSC:037)

 

1

MUSC:077 Training Ensemble

 

1

MUSC:084 Diction I (vocal emphasis)

 

7

Large Ensemble (seven semesters)

 

0

MUSC:503 Half Recital

 

0

MUSC:555 Forum (seven semesters)

Bachelor of Music in Performance. Music students who desire a specialized emphasis in performance may choose this degree option. Accepted majors possess superior skill in the given performance area and demonstrate that skill at forums and recitals. Students who complete this program typically continue study at the graduate level and/or teach in a private studio. Candidates complete the university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following courses with a minimum grade average of C (2.0 GPA). Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

semester hours

14

Music Literature

 

4

MUSC:152 World Music Perspectives

 

4

MUSC:245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras

 

4

MUSC:250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras

 

2

MUSC:350 20th-Century Music

16

Music Theory

 

2

MUSC:161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:163 Ear Training I

 

2

MUSC:164 Ear Training II

 

2

MUSC:261 Theory III: Advanced Tonal Harmony

 

2

MUSC:262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis

 

2

MUSC:263 Ear Training III

 

2

MUSC:363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory and Serialism

2

Conducting

 

2

MUSC:369 Beginning Conducting

18

Applied Music

 

16

Major Lesson (eight semesters)

 

0

MUSC:503 Half Recital

 

2

MUSC:500 Full Recital (capstone)

 

0

MUSC:555 Forum (eight semesters)

12

Specialized Courses

 

2

MUSC:361 Counterpoint

 

2

MUSC:399 Pedagogy (appropriate to applied area)

 

2

MUSC:450 Topics in Music Literature (appropriate to applied area)

 

6

Selected Topics, to be chosen from:

 

1

MUSC:079 Improvisation (a total of 2 semester hours of Improvisation may be applied toward the Specialized Courses requirement)

 

2

MUSC:370 Orchestration

 

2

MUSC:372 Choral Conducting

 

2

MUSC:371 Instrumental Conducting

 

4

PHIL:235 Aesthetics

Plus the following courses determined by student’s specialization and prescribed by the major adviser:

15

Other Courses, Vocal Concentrates

 

1

MUSC:034 Piano Class I

 

1

MUSC:035 Piano Class II

 

1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III

 

1

MUSC:084 Diction I

 

1

MUSC:085 Diction II

 

8

Large Ensemble (eight semesters)

 

2

Medium/Small Ensemble

12-13

Other Courses, Keyboard Concentrates

 

1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III (if exempt, MUSC:066 is required)

 

5

Collaborative/Medium/Small Ensemble

 

4

Large Ensemble (four semesters)

 

2

Applied Secondary Keyboard

1 MUSC:038 Piano Technique (piano concentrates only)

15

Other Courses, Instrumental Concentrates

 

1

MUSC:034 Piano Class I

 

1

MUSC:035 Piano Class II

 

1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III

 

8

Large Ensemble (eight semesters)

 

4

Medium/Small Ensemble

Bachelor of Music in Composition. Music students who desire a specialized emphasis in composing original works may choose this degree option. Accepted majors must possess skill in a standard performance area and also demonstrate potential as composers through a portfolio of notated works. Students explore a wide variety of musical styles with an emphasis on understanding compositional techniques that may be less familiar to them, such as those of 20th-century art music. Students who complete this program typically pursue graduate study leading toward professional activities as a composer, arranger or teacher. Candidates complete the university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following courses with a minimum grade average of C. Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

semester hours

14

Music Literature

 

4

MUSC:152 World Music Perspectives

 

4

MUSC:245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras

 

4

MUSC:250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras

 

2

MUSC:350 20th-century Music

20

Music Theory

 

2

MUSC:161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:163 Ear Training I

 

2

MUSC:164 Ear Training II

 

2

MUSC:261 Theory III: Advanced Tonal Harmony

 

2

MUSC:262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis

 

2

MUSC:263 Ear Training III

 

2

MUSC:363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory and Serialism

 

2

MUSC:361 Counterpoint

 

2

MUSC:370 Orchestration

5-6

Skills

 

1

MUSC:170 Introduction to Music Technology

 

2

MUSC:369 Beginning Conducting

 

1

MUSC:034 Piano Class I (instrumental/vocal concentrates)

 

1

MUSC:035 Piano Class II (instrumental/vocal concentrates)

 

1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III

 

2

MUSC:066 Collaborative Piano (keyboard concentrates; third semester for keyboard concentrates who are exempt from MUSC:037)

 

1

MUSC:038 Piano Technique (piano concentrate only)

36

Applied Music

 

10

Composition lesson (may be a combination of one- and two-credit lessons)

 

10

Applied lesson in one studio area (minimum of six semesters)

 

2

MUSC:500 Full Composition Recital (capstone)

 

0

Forum (eight semesters)

 

6

Large Ensemble (six semesters)

 

8

Music Elective (other than applied study and ensembles)

Bachelor of Arts in Music. Students interested in combining a solid foundation in music with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in another area may choose this degree. The Bachelor of Arts capstone may be an independent study project in music or a department-approved recital. (MUSC:506 Independent Study for two semester hours is always used for Bachelor of Arts capstone registration). Students who are double majors may elect a capstone in the other major in place of or in addition to the music capstone. Students complete university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following 45 semester hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

semester hours

14

Music Literature

 

4

MUSC:152 World Music Perspectives

 

4

MUSC:245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras

 

4

MUSC:250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras

 

2

MUSC:350 20th-century Music

8

Music Theory

 

2

MUSC:161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony

 

2

MUSC:163 Ear Training I

 

2

MUSC:164 Ear Training II

15

Applied Music (instrumental and vocal concentrates)

 

6

Major Lesson (six semesters of half-hour lessons)

 

1

MUSC:034 Piano Class I

 

1

MUSC:035 Piano Class II

 

1

MUSC:038 Piano Technique (for piano concentrates only)

 

1-2

MUSC:066 Collaborative Piano (for keyboard concentrates who place out of MUSC:034)

 

0

MUSC:555 Forum (six semesters)

 

4-6

Large Ensemble (keyboard concentrates: four semesters; all others: six semesters)

 

2

Collaborative/Medium/Small Ensemble (keyboard concentrates)

16

Applied Music (keyboard concentrates)

 

6

Major Lesson (six semesters of half-hour lessons)

 

0-1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III

 

1

MUSC:038 Piano Technique (for piano concentrates only)

 

2-3

MUSC:066 Collaborative Piano (third semester for keyboard concentrates who place out of MUSC:037)

 

0

MUSC:555 Forum (six semesters)

 

4

Large Ensemble

 

2

Collaborative/Medium/Small Ensemble (keyboard concentrates)

7 - 10

Other Courses

 

4

Any music courses other than lessons or ensembles

 

1-4

MUSC:501 Independent Study in Music (if used as capstone—MUSC:506, 2 SH)

 

3-4

Any two of the following:

 

2

MUSC:261 Theory III Advanced Tonal Harmony

 

2

MUSC:262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis

 

2

MUSC:263 Ear Training III

 

1

MUSC:037 Piano Class III (not for keyboard concentrates)

4

Course(s) Outside Music

 

Any course(s) with THEA, ARTG, ARTH or ARTS prefixes or PHIL:235 Aesthetics

Minors in Music. The Department of Music offers three minors: the minor in music theory/literature, the minor in music performance and the minor in music technology.

Minor in Music Theory/Literature. Before declaring a minor in music theory/literature, a student must pass the musicianship and written theory diagnostic tests, which can be arranged by contacting the department head. Note that approval of this minor does not guarantee a place in required music classes. Students must complete with a grade of C- or better 20 semester hours of coursework: either MUSC:152 World Music Perspectives or MUSC:101 Introduction to Music; MUSC:161 Theory I; MUSC:162 Theory II; MUSC:163 Ear Training I; and 10 or 12 semester hours of music electives from 200-level courses or higher chosen with the guidance of a member of the Department of Music. Elective credit in applied music and performing groups is limited to two semester hours of applied study and two semester hours of performing groups.

Minor in Music Performance. Before declaring a minor in music performance, a student must gain admittance to a performance studio. This is accomplished by contacting the department head to schedule an audition. In addition, the student must pass the musicianship and written theory diagnostic tests before gaining admission to the minor. Note that approval of this minor does not guarantee a place in required music classes. Students must complete with a grade of a C- or better 20 semester hours of coursework: either MUSC:152 World Music Perspectives or MUSC:101 Introduction to Music; MUSC:161 Theory I; MUSC:163 Ear Training I; four semesters of half-hour applied lessons; four semesters of a performance ensemble; and four semester hours chosen from MUSC:102 A Study of Jazz and MUSC:245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras.

Minor in Music Technology. Before declaring a minor in music technology, a student must obtain approval of the music technology adviser. Note that approval of this minor does not guarantee a place in the required music classes. Students must complete with a grade of C- or better 20 semester hours of coursework: MUSC:170 Introduction to Music Technology; MUSC:355 Audio Engineering Fundamentals; MUSC:356 Music Production in the Recording Studio; MUSC:367 Computer Music Composition; MUSC:368 Computer Music Performance; and three semester hours in an internship or music electives.