2006 - 2007 Music Program (MUSC)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor | Performance Minor | Course Descriptions

Program Director: Karlyn Bond
Faculty: Karlyn Bond, Christopher Quinn

Program Goals

  • Basic aural skills such as sight-singing; interval identification by sound alone; and fluency in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation.
  • Basic knowledge of music theory, including an understandingwithin the tonal systemof basic harmony, the rules of voice leading and 4-part writing, and species counterpoint.
  • Basic knowledge of the history of Western art musicits styles and forms, and the basic connections and interactions between Western music and Western culture.
  • Basic proficiency on a particular musical instrument or voice, and the ability to convey genuine artistry and confidence in both solo and ensemble performance.
  • In general, a well-rounded education in music and sufficient training to allow students to spend the rest of their lives being not just connoisseurs, but also active, accomplished and enthusiastic amateur musicians.

Objectives

The Music Program at Westminster College offers academic and performance minors to students with musical backgrounds, and opportunities for anyone on campus interested in music making. Both music minor tracksacademic and performanceprovide a well-rounded and rigorous education in music, an education designed to prepare students to spend the rest of their lives being informed, thoughtful, and accomplished amateur musicians. School ensemblesopen to capable and enthusiastic students, minors and non-minors alikeinclude the Griffin Chorus, Westminster Jazz Combo, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and Westminster Chamber Singers.

Program Requirements

An audition is required for official status as a music minor. Students must choose a major instrument and audition with that particular instrument (i.e. piano, voice, guitar, violin, etc.). Auditions are held year-round; call the Music Department at 832-2435 for more information. Students with transfer credits need to complete a minimum of nine credits of music courses, including two semesters of ensemble credit, at Westminster College in order to fulfill the requirements for a music minor. A minimum 2.5 GPA in music courses must be maintained for the music minor.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

27

Piano Proficiency *
MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 250 Music Technology I
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II
MUSC 191-
-----------192 Private Instruction **

Performing Ensembles ***
MUSC 115 Griffin Chorus (1-3)
MUSC 125 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1-3)
MUSC 135 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1-3)
MUSC 315 Westminster Chamber Singers (1-3)

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4
4
3
4
4

2

6




TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

27

Performance Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

29

Piano Proficiency *
MUSC 151 Music Theory I
MUSC 152 Music Theory II
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II
MUSC 191, 192
-----------291, 292
-----------391, 392 Private Instruction **

Performing Ensembles ***
-MUSC 115 Griffin Chorus (1-3)
-MUSC 125 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1-3)
-MUSC 135 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1-3)
-MUSC 315 Westminster Chamber Singers (1-3)

MUSC 420 Senior Recital ##

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4
4
4
4


6

6





1

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PEFORMANCE MINOR

29

* Student must pass piano proficiency exam or take MUSC 121 (Class Piano).
** Student must enroll for two consecutive semesters on the major instrument.
*** Student must enroll for at least two semesters, consecutive or otherwise.
# Student must enroll for six consecutive semesters on the major instrument.
## Must be given during or after the final semester of lessons.