The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music provides a comprehensive study in music, as well as 19-20 semester hour electives that can be taken in a different discipline(s). This program is appropriate for undergraduates who wish to major in music as a part of a liberal arts program. Depending on the choice of electives, it also affords opportunity for graduate and/or vocational opportunities in fields integrating with, or independent of, music.
The goals of the degree are to guide students into the pursuit of academic and artistic excellence within the framework of the Emmanuel College Philosophy, Mission, and Institutional Aims. Furthermore, the Music Department will seek to develop students who will make significant contributions to their world through the sharing of these artistic achievements.
The Music Department shares Emmanuel College’s commitment to a Christian liberal arts education and functions as an integral part of that commitment: to enrich the cultural experiences of the general student body, and to prepare music students for the professional practice of music in conjunction with other fields. We are committed to develop musicians who possess knowledge skills, and competence in the field.
Music program graduates should know the following:
1. Elements of the language of music: notation and analysis of pitch, rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture, form, and terminology applicable to instruments and voices.
2. Characteristics of artistic tone production, expressiveness, precise articulation, and correct performance practices of one’s major instrument or vocal concentration, and competence in one’s minor instrument
3. Fundamentals of music theory and practice of the tonal musical periods and basic concepts of contemporary styles: harmony, texture, voice-leading, transposition, and modulation.
4. History of Western musical styles and forms from the medieval to contemporary periods, including secular and sacred masterworks for solo voices, instruments, chamber, and large ensembles.
5. History of non-Western musical styles, elements, performance media, and forms.
6. Elements and principles of leading others to an understanding of music as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a part of intellectual and cultural heritage.
7. Influence of the Christian church on the history and practice of music.
8. Principles and assessment of ideas, methods and policies, in the arts and in music education for impact on the musical and cultural development of students.
Music program graduates should be able to do the following:
1. Identify, notate and perform rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials via aural and visual activities.
2. Demonstrate skills necessary for work as a general musician.
3. Analyze music of diverse styles and genres.
4. Recognize Western musical style periods, genres, and forms of major choral and instrumental masterworks, aurally and visually.
5. Recognize basic generic non-Western musical styles, elements, and performance media, aurally and visually.
6. Teach others in private studios, or private/public schools and churches, about music as an art form, a means of communication, and as part of their cultural and Christian heritage.
7. Evaluate musical ideas and assess methods of instruction using diverse learning systems, styles, and repertoires.
8. Lead music in Christian worship.
1. Students must complete an application for admission to the major.
2. Students entering the program must have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.00.
3. An audition and admission interview with the music faculty will be scheduled prior to the first semester registration. Students entering the program must pass the entrance audition, demonstration acceptable levels of proficiency on their chosen instruments, e.g., performing pitches and rhythms accurately.
Early audition during the senior year of high school is preferable. However placement interviews and auditions will be held during New Student Orientation when arranged with the music faculty in advance. For specific information concerning interviews, auditions, repertoire, scholarships, or departmental requirements, contact the Music Department in writing or call the Music faculty at the college telephone numbers.
Students who wish to audition for a music scholarship must complete the audition by March 1 to be considered for the fall semester. Contact the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.
4. Students not meeting the minimum standards of proficiency will be allowed to enter the program as a music minor. At the end of two semesters, students will be re-evaluated as to their progress in music theory and applied music. If an acceptable level of proficiency has been reached, the student will be admitted into the program as a music major. If not admitted, the student will remain as a music minor only.
1. Complete an audition in the primary applied music areas, for the purpose of classification.
2. Take a written placement test in music theory. Any student scoring below 75% will be required to enroll in MU140I (Music Theory 1 Intensive).
3. Maintain an average grade of B in each major applied music course and a minimum grade of C- in all other music courses.
4. Perform in Music Seminars and Department Recitals as scheduled.
5. Perform a final exam jury in each applied music course for which the student has registered.
Completion of required courses in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a minimum of 122 hours will qualify a student for graduation. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required.
The keyboard proficiency examination is a part of a continuing effort to prepare our graduates for their respective careers in the best and most thorough manner possible. It is included in the program because the development of basic keyboard skills is considered essential to success in all musical careers. Students should be able to demonstrate facility in the following areas: sight-reading, technique (scales, arpeggios & chord progressions), transposition, harmonization of a melody and score reading. The Music Faculty recommends that the keyboard proficiency exam be taken after four semesters of piano study. Satisfactory completion of this examination is required for graduation.
Additional Music Requirements
MU099 (Seminar) must be taken concurrently with every applied music course. Music Seminar, recital attendance, and recital performance are required of all music majors. The number of seminars and recitals is determined by the Music Faculty with regard the required number of events and Cultural Awareness Concerts scheduled for the semester.
Any student who does not pass the music theory placement exam will be required to take MU100 Music Fundamentals (1hr.) and MU060 Class Piano for Non-Majors (1hr.).
BACHELOR OF ARTS
LIBERAL ARTS CORE
EN 101, 102 (Freshman Composition) 6 hrs.
CM 130 (Intro to Communication) 3 hrs.
EN 200 (Intro to Literature) 3 hrs.
Foreign Language 3 hrs.
Social and Behavioral Science
History 3 hrs.
Psychology/Sociology/Economics/Political Science 3 hrs.
Natural Sciences/Mathematical Reasoning
Science (Lab Course) 4 hrs.
Mathematics 3 hrs.
BI 111 (Biblical Literature & History) 3 hrs.
BI 112 (Interpreting Biblical Literature) 3 hrs.
BI 300 (Gospel of John) 3 hrs.
TH 237 (Christian Ethics) 3 hrs.
PE 105 (Total Fitness) 1 hr.
FS 101 (Freshman Seminar) 2 hrs.
SS 400 (Senior Seminar) 1 hr.
Total 44 hrs.
MAJOR LOWER AND UPPER LEVEL COURSES
Foreign Language 3 hrs.
HU 200 (Art and Music Appreciation) 3 hrs.
Music Core Classes
MU 140,141 (Music Theory I & II) 6 hrs.
MU 142,143 (Aural Skills I & II) 2 hrs.
MU 220,230 (Music History I & II) 6 hrs.
MU 336 (Music Ministry) 3 hrs.
MU 336P (Music Ministry Practicum) NC
MU 240,241 (Music Theory III & IV) 6 hrs.
MU 242,243 (Aural Skills III & IV) 2 hrs.
MU 300 (World Music) 2 hrs.
MU 400 (Conducting) 3 hrs.
Pedagogy or Literature
(vocal, piano, or instrumental) 2-3 hrs.
Major Instrument 8 hrs.
Minor Instrument 4 hrs.
MU 099 (Music Seminar) NC
Large Ensemble (Chorale/Instrumental)* 8 hrs.
MU 495 (Senior Recital/Project) 1 hr.
Electives 19-20 hrs.
(Can be music or non-music electives, or a minor.)
Total 123 hrs.
*Students may take one semester of Musical Theater (MU201) and one semester of Emmanuel Singers (MU115) to count toward 2 hours of the 8 hours of required Ensemble credit.