2014–2015 Music Program (MUSC)

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

Faculty: Christopher Quinn (Director), Karlyn Bond (Chair), Michael Chipman, Brandon Derfler

Program Goals

Objectives

The Music Department at Westminster offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, and a music minor. The major has a built-in choice of emphasis: academic or performance; each student must pick one. The BA degree in music is an excellent choice for talented students who plan to pursue graduate work in music, for liberal arts students pursuing two majors in preparation for graduate school, and for musical pre-law or pre-med students. It is also a degree that would qualify students for any number of music-related jobs following college. Among musicians with sufficient talent and training for careers in the field, those with degrees in music are at an advantage over those without.

The Department of Music also offers opportunities for anyone on campus interested in making music, regardless of backgrounds or areas of formal study. School performing ensembles—open to capable and committed students and, in some cases, members of the community—include the Westminster Chorale, Westminster Chamber Singers, Westminster A Cappella Choir, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Jazz Ensemble, Westminster Flute Choir, Westminster Opera Studio, and Westminster Percussion Ensemble. Additionally, a course in chamber music is taught every semester. (All of the above require at least an informal audition.) Private lessons and LE survey courses in music are also available to students.

Program Requirements

An audition is required for status as a major or minor in music. Students must choose a primary instrument and audition on that particular instrument (e.g. piano, voice, guitar, violin, etc.). Live auditions are held each year on specific dates as announced on the Music Department Web page. Music major aspirants auditioning before the end of March who are planning to enroll as freshmen the following fall semester, will automatically be considered for music scholarships. All auditions taking place after March 31 will be for major or minor status only. Due to strict course sequencing, students wishing to graduate with a music major within a four-year course of study must begin their required course work fall semester of their freshman year, and audition for status no later than the end of their first semester. Students seeking a music minor must audition before their sophomore year and begin their required course work no later than fall semester of that same year. In order to maintain music major or minor status, each student must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in music courses, and additionally pass each required music course with a minimum grade of C-. All students must additionally meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to those of the music major: 1) 124 total hours, 2) 30 upper-division hours, and 3) Liberal Education Distribution. Transfer students wishing to complete a music major at Westminster must complete at least half their total number of required music credits at Westminster, and be enrolled in a performing ensemble each semester while at Westminster. Transfer students wishing to complete a music minor must complete a minimum of nine credits of music—including two semesters of ensemble credit—at Westminster College. For more information, email the Music Department Chair, currently Dr. Karlyn Bond, at kbond@westminstercollege.edu.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course descriptions.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Music major:

Music Major—Academic Emphasis


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
Creative Arts and Arts Survey requirements are fulfilled by meeting music major or music minor requirements.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Music majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.

   
II. Introductory Coursework 0–2  
MUSC 108 Keyboard Skills (first semester, if applicable) (2)    
III. Performance-Based Coursework 10–14  
Private Lessons (primary instrument) 4–8  
Four consecutive semesters are required.    
MUSC 191, 192, 291, 292 (1-2 credits each)    
     
Performing Ensembles 6  
One or more of the following must be taken six different semesters.    
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)   audition required
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)   audition required
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)   audition required
MUSC 175/375 Westminster Percussion Ensemble (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 185/385 Chamber Music (1)   audition required
MUSC 195/395 Westminster A Cappella Choir (1)   audition required
IV. Academic Coursework 35  
MUSC 171 Music Theory I (3)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 181, co-requisite

MUSC 271 Music Theory II (3)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 281, co-requisite

MUSC 371 Music Theory III (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
MUSC 381, co-requisite

MUSC 471 Music Theory IV (3)  

MUSC 371 & 381
MUSC 481, co-requisite

MUSC 181 Aural Skills I (2)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 171, co-requisite

MUSC 281 Aural Skills II (2)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 271, co-requisite

MUSC 381 Aural Skills III (2)  

MUSC 271 & 281
MUSC 371, co-requisite

MUSC 481 Aural Skills IV (2)  

MUSC 371 & 381
MUSC 471, co-requisite

MUSC 351 History of Western Classical Music I (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 352 History of Western Classical Music II (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 353 History of Western Classical Music III (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

Special Topics: Music History (6)   MUSC 351, 352 & 353
V. Elective Courses 8  
Eight hours of music coursework    
VI. Senior Project 1  
MUSC 421 Senior Project (1)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 62–68  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Academic Music Major

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 191
Music Ensemble
Foreign Language

MUSC 171
MUSC 181
MUSC 192
Music Ensemble
Foreign Language

Sophomore Year

MUSC 271
MUSC 281
MUSC 291
Music Ensemble

MUSC 292
MUSC 371
MUSC 381
Music Ensemble

Junior Year

MUSC 351
MUSC 471
MUSC 481
Music Ensemble

MUSC 352
Music Ensemble
(Music Elective and/or Special Topics Course in Music History)

Senior Year

MUSC 353
(Music Elective and/or Special Topics Course in Music History)

MUSC 421
(Music Elective and/or Special Topics Course in Music History)



Music Major—Performance Emphasis (instrumental)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Music majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

   
II. Introductory Coursework 0–2  
MUSC 108 Keyboard Harmony (first semester, if applicable) (2)    
III. Performance-Based Coursework 28  
Private Music Lessons (15)    
Two credits must be taken every semester except the eighth.    
MUSC 191, 192, 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492    
MUSC 420 (Senior Recital – final year) (1)    
Performing Ensembles (8)    
One of more of the following—in which the primary instrument is played—must be taken every semester.    
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)   audition required
MUSC 175/375 Westminster Percussion Ensemble (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 185/385 Chamber Music (1)   audition required
Conducting Courses (4)    
MUSC 301 Choral Conducting (2)    
MUSC 302 Instrumental Conducting (2)    
IV. Academic Coursework 32  
MUSC 171 Music Theory I (3)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 181, co-requisite

MUSC 271 Music Theory II (3)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 281, co-requisite

MUSC 371 Music Theory III (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
MUSC 381, co-requisite

MUSC 471 Music Theory IV (3)  

MUSC 371 & 381
MUSC 481, co-requisite

MUSC 181 Aural Skills I (2)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 171, co-requisite

MUSC 281 Aural Skills II (2)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 271, co-requisite

MUSC 381 Aural Skills III (2)  

MUSC 271 & 281
MUSC 371, co-requisite


MUSC 481 Aural Skills IV (2)
 

MUSC 371 & 381
MUSC 471, co-requisite

MUSC 351 History of Western Classical Music I (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 352 History of Western Classical Music II (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 353 History of Western Classical Music III (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

Special Topics: Music History (3)    
V. Elective Courses 3  
Three hours of music coursework    
TOTAL HOURS FOR INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE MAJOR 71–73  



Recommended Plan of Study for Performance Music Major—Performance Emphasis (instrumental)

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 191
Music Ensemble
Foreign Language

MUSC 171
MUSC 181
MUSC 192
Music Ensemble
Foreign Language

Sophomore Year

MUSC 271
MUSC 281
MUSC 291
Music Ensemble

MUSC 292
MUSC 371
MUSC 381
Music Ensemble

Junior Year

MUSC 351
MUSC 391
MUSC 471
MUSC 481
Music Ensemble

MUSC 352
MUSC 392
Music Ensemble
(Music Elective and/or Special Topics Course in Music History)

Senior Year

MUSC 301
MUSC 353
MUSC 491
Music Ensemble
(Music Elective and/or Special Topics Course in Music History)

MUSC 302
MUSC 420
MUSC 492
Music Ensemble
(Music Elective and/or Special Topics Course in Music History)



Music Major—Performance Emphasis (Vocal)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Music majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

   
II. Introductory Coursework 0–2  
MUSC 108 Keyboard Harmony (first semester, if applicable) (2)    
III. Performance-Based Coursework 28  
Private Music Lessons (voice)(15)    
Two credits must be taken every semester except the eighth.    
MUSC 191, 192, 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492    
MUSC 420 (Senior Recital – final year)    
Performing Ensembles (10)    
One of more of the following—in which the primary instrument is played—must be taken every semester.    
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1) 6 audition required
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1) 4 audition required
Conducting Courses (2)    
MUSC 301 Choral Conducting (2)    
IV. Academic Coursework 35  
MUSC 171 Music Theory I (3)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 181, co-requisite

MUSC 271 Music Theory II (3)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 281, co-requisite

MUSC 371 Music Theory III (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
MUSC 381, co-requisite

MUSC 471 Music Theory IV (3)  

MUSC 371 & 381
MUSC 481, co-requisite

MUSC 181 Aural Skills I (2)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 171, co-requisite

MUSC 281 Aural Skills II (2)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 271, co-requisite

MUSC 381 Aural Skills III (2)  

MUSC 271 & 281
MUSC 371, co-requisite


MUSC 481 Aural Skills IV (2)
 

MUSC 371 & 381
MUSC 471, co-requisite

MUSC 351 History of Western Classical Music I (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 352 History of Western Classical Music II (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 353 History of Western Classical Music III (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 201 IPA / English & Italian Diction for Singers (2) 4  

Choose two of the following:

   
MUSC 202 French & German Diction for Singers (2)    
MUSC 203 Vocal Pedagogy (2)    
MUSC 204 Art Song Literature Survey (2)    
MUSC 205 Opera Literature Survey (2)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR VOCAL PERFORMANCE MAJOR 71–73  



Recommended Plan of Study for Performance Music Major—Performance Emphasis (vocal)

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 191
Music Ensemble
Foreign Language

MUSC 171
MUSC 181
MUSC 192
Music Ensemble
Foreign Language

Sophomore Year

MUSC 271
MUSC 281
MUSC 291
Music Ensemble

MUSC 292
MUSC 371
MUSC 381
Music Ensemble

Junior Year

MUSC 351
MUSC 391
MUSC 471
MUSC 481
Music Ensemble

MUSC 352
MUSC 392
Music Ensemble

Senior Year

MUSC 301
MUSC 353
MUSC 491
Music Ensemble

MUSC 302
MUSC 420
MUSC 492
Music Ensemble

Diction, vocal literature, and vocal pedagogy courses (MUSC 201, 202, 203, 204, and 205 may be taken when offered and where they fit into schedules. Ideally, MUSC 201 – IPA / English and Italian Diction, would be taken first.  


Music Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Introductory Coursework 0–2  
MUSC 108 Keyboard Harmony (first semester, if applicable) (2)    
II. Performance-Based Coursework 4–6  
Private Lessons (primary instrument) 2–4  
Two consecutive semesters are required.    
MUSC 191, 192, (1-2 credits each)    
Performing Ensembles 2  
One of more of the following must be taken two different semesters.    
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)   audition required
MUSC 155/355 Westminster Flute Choir (1)   audition required
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)   audition required
MUSC 175/375 Westminster Percussion Ensemble (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 185/385 Chamber Music (1)   audition required
MUSC 195/395 Westminster A Cappella Choir (1)   audition required
III. Academic Coursework 16  
MUSC 171 Music Theory I (3)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 181, co-requisite

MUSC 271 Music Theory II (3)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 281, co-requisite

MUSC 181 Aural Skills I (2)  

MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 171, co-requisite

MUSC 281 Aural Skills II (2)  

MUSC 171 & 181
MUSC 271, co-requisite

MUSC 351 History of Western Classical Music I (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

MUSC 352 History of Western Classical Music II (3)  

MUSC 271 & 281
ENGL 110 (LE)

IV. Elective Courses 4  
Music Electives (4)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24–28  



Recommended Plan of Study for Music Minor

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year MUSC 108 (if applicable)
MUSC 191
Music Ensemble

MUSC 171
MUSC 181
MUSC 192
Music Ensemble

Sophomore Year MUSC 271
MUSC 281
Music Elective(s)
Junior Year MUSC 351 MUSC 352
Senior Year Music Elective(s) Music Elective(s)

Note: Ensemble and elective scheduling are flexible within the four-year plan of study, but the Department of Music strongly encourages every music minor to participate in a music ensemble whenever his/her schedule allows.