Music (MUS)

Professor Sauerwein, Interim Chair

Professor Girtmon

Professor Xie

Specialty Instructor Geihsler

Specialty Instructor O. Rockwell

The Music Department seeks to produce transformational leaders in the musical arts who will have profound influence in their homes, workplaces, communities, concert stages, cultures, Christ’s Church and the world. Music majors will gain a real-world experience through public performance required in all degree paths.

Music Major (B.A.) – 48 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission.) 

  1. Major Courses (30 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, 384, 385
  2. Performance (10 hours)
    1. Ten hours in one music performance study area from within each family of instruments (i.e. brass, guitar, harp, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds)
  3.  Ensemble (6 hours)
    1. Six hours in music ensembles appropriate to chosen music performance study area.
  4. Music Elective (2 hours)
    1. Two hours of electives from the music catalog. 
  5. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Vocalists are required to pass Piano Proficiency Juries (See below).
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Major with Global Studies Emphasis (B.A.) – 64 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission.) 

  1. Major courses (48 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, and 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
    3. MUS 375 Ethnomusicology (3 hours) 
    4. IST 202, 300, 305, 444, 456 and BIB 408 (15 Hours in Outside Fields)
  2. Performance (10 hours)
    1. Ten hours in one music performance study area from within each family of instruments (i.e. brass, guitar, harp, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds).
  3. Ensemble (6 hours)
    1. Six hours in music ensembles appropriate to chosen music performance study area.
  4.  Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Vocalists are required to pass Piano Proficiency Juries (See below).
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Major with Worship Leadership Emphasis (B.A.) – 66 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission.)

  1. Major Courses (50 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 222, 223-224, 229 [substitute for 221], 321, 325, 380-381, and 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
    3. MUS 116, 231-232, 322, 371, 425 (12 hours in Worship Leadership)
    4. GDS 110 and MUS 382 (5 hours in Outside Fields)
    5. MUS 396 (3 hours Worship Arts Internship)
  2.  Performance (10 hours)
    1. Ten hours in one music performance study area
  3. Ensemble (6 hours)
    1. Two hours in music ensembles appropriate to chosen music performance study area
    2. Two hours in Worship Arts Lab (MUS 342)
    3. Two hours in Chapel Worship Team (MUS E11 through E15)
  4. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano or Guitar and Vocal Proficiency Juries (See below).
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams. 

Music Composition Major (B.M.C.) – 79 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission at end of freshman year.)

  1. Major Courses (42 hours)
    1. MUS121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 335, 336, 337, 338, 426, 435 (12 hours)
    3. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
  2. Composers Forum (6 hours)
    1. MUS EF# Composers Forum
  3. Performance (10 hours)
    1. Ten hours in one music performance study area from within each family of instruments (i.e. brass, guitar, harp, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds).
  4. Composition Performance (13 hours)
    1. Thirteen hours in private music lessons in composition
  5. Ensemble (6 hours)
    1. Six hours in music ensembles appropriate to chosen music performance study area
  6. Senior Recital (2 hours)
    1. Two hours in MUS 486 Senior Composition Concert
  7. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano Proficiency Juries (See below).
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Performance Major with Organ/Piano (B.M.P.) – 78 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission at end of freshman year.)

  1. Major Courses (45 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, and 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 337, 335 or 392, 423, 432 and 434 (10 hours)
    3. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
    4. MUS 485 Recital II (2 hours)
    5.  MUS357 or MUS359 Pedagogy - same as chosen music performance study area (3 hours)
  2.  Chamber Music (8 hours)
    1. Eight hours in MUSE9# Chamber Music and/or MUSE2# Accompanying.
  3. Performance (21 hours)
    1. Twenty-one hours in organ or piano performance study
  4. Ensemble (4 hours)
    1. Four hours in large ensembles appropriate to individual student abilities
  5. Senior Comp Exams
    1. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Performance Major with Strings (B.M.P.) – 80 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission at end of freshman year.)

  1. Major courses (41 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, and 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 337, 432, and 433 (6 hours)
    3. MUS360 String Pedagogy (3 hours)
    4. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
    5. MUS 485 Recital II (2 hours)
  2. Music Choice (2 hours)
    1. Counterpoint or Popular Music - MUS 335 or 392
  3. Chamber Music (8 hours)
    1. Eight hours in MUSE9# Chamber Music
  4. Performance (21 hours)
    1. Twenty-one hours in one music performance study area
  5. Symphony Orchestra (8 hours)
    1. Eight hours in MUSE4# Orchestra;.
  6. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano Proficiency Juries (See below)
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Performance Major with Voice (B.M.P.) – 78 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission at end of freshman year.)

  1. Major courses (41 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, and 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 337, 429, and 431 (6 hours)
    3. MUS 358 Vocal Pedagogy (3 hours)
    4. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
    5. MUS 485 Recital II (2 hours)
  2. Music choice (2 hours)
    1. Counterpoint/Popular Music - MUS 335 or 392
  3. Choir/Chorale (8 hours)
    1. Eight hours in choral ensembles (MUSEC#)
  4. Performance (21 hours)
    1. Twenty-one hours in vocal performance study
  5. Six hours in language study (See below). 
  6. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano Proficiency Juries (See below).
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Performance Major with Collaborative Piano (B.M.P.) – 78 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission at end of freshman year.)

  1. Major Courses (39 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, and 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 337, 423 (4 hours)
    3. MUS 357 Piano Pedagogy (3 hours)
    4. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
    5. MUS 485 Recital II (2 hours)
  2. Music Choices (4 hours)
    1. Counterpoint/Popular Music - MUS 335 or 392
    2. Music Literature Choice – MUS 431 or 432
  3. Chamber/Accompany (10 hours)
    1. Four hours in MUSE9# Chamber Music
    2. Four hours in MUSE2# Accompanying
    3. Two additional hours in MUSE9# Chamber Music and/or MUSE2# Accompanying
  4. Performance (21 hours)
    1. Twenty-one hours in piano performance study
  5. Ensemble (4 hours)
    1.  Four hours in large ensembles appropriate to individual student abilities
  6. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano Proficiency Juries (See below)
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

 

Music Education Major with Teacher Preparation Emphasis in Instrumental Music Education (B.A.M.E) – 92 hours to include:  

(Audition required for admission.)

  1. Music Courses (45 hours)
    1. MUS121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 337, 426 (4 hours)
    3. MUS 112, 113, 114, 115, 352 (7 hours)
    4. MUS 365-366 (2 hours)
    5. MUS 397, school placement (2 hours)
    6. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
  2. Education Courses (25 hours)
    1. EDU200, 202, 301, 309, 331, 342, 401
  3. Music Ensembles (12 hours)
    1. Seven hours in large instrumental ensembles (MUS E4#, E8#, E0#)
    2. Five hours in Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and/or Marching Band (MUS E7#, E9#, E0#
  4. Performance (10 hours)
    1. Ten hours in one music performance study area
  5. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano and Vocal Proficiency Juries (See below).
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Music Education Major with Teacher Preparation Emphasis in Vocal-Choral Music Education (B.A.M.E.) – 94 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission.)

  1. Music Courses (50 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124, 196, 221-222, 223-224, 321, 325, 380-381, 384 (29 hours)
    2. MUS 337 (2 hours)
    3. MUS 358, 429 (5 hours)
    4.  MUS 351, 355, 425, 430 (9 hours)
    5.  MUS 365-366 (2 hours)
    6. MUS 397, school placement (2 hours)
    7. MUS 385 Recital I (1 hour)
  2. Education Courses (25 hours)
    1. EDU200, 202, 301, 309, 331, 342, 401
  3. Choir/Chorale (7 hours)
    1. Seven hours in choral ensembles (MUSEC#)
  4. Performance (12 hours)
    1. Ten hours of music performance study in either Piano or Voice
    2. Two hours of performance study in the secondary area
  5. Juries/Senior Comp Exams
    1. Pass Piano and Vocal Proficiency Juries (See below). 
    2. All music majors must complete and pass MUS 495 Senior Comprehensive Exams.

 

Minor in Music 18 hours to include:

(Audition required for admission.)

  1. Music courses (8 hours)
    1. MUS 121-122, 123-124
  2. Performance Study (6 hours)
    1. Six hours in music performance study
  3. Ensemble (4 hours)
    1. Four hours of music ensembles.
  4. Not open to students majoring in music.

 

Minor in Dance Accompaniment (see Dance department)

Minor in Dance Accompaniment

15 hours to include: I. Eight hours of Dance/Music Study core (DAN 450, 390 and DAN 120, 360 or 361). II. Two hours in Beginning Ballet Technique, Beginning Modern Technique, or Improvisation. III. Five hours from Music Theory and Practice Electives (DAN 188, MUS 116, 121, 122, 231, 322, 231, Composition, Accompanying, Composer's Forum, or Select Private Lessons).


Honors Program: The music department offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department. The following academic courses may be taken as honors courses: MUS 221-222 and all 300 and 400 level academic courses. For other honors program policies, see “Honors Program” located in the “Administration of the Curriculum” section of the catalogue.

Studio Policy

All private studio instruction is governed by the Music Department Studio Policy, which also addresses departmental standards and expectations for end-of-semester juries, weekly practice hour requirements, Junior and Senior recitals, participation in Music Studio Class and area meetings, concert attendance, and the like. Students should read this document carefully when enrolling in Private Music Applied Lessons, and review it whenever it is updated (typically at the beginning of each semester).

Elective Private Music Applied Lessons (Audition required.)

A non-music major student may enroll in private music lessons in Private Music Applied Lessons in all band, keyboard, orchestra and vocal performance areas as well as guitar and composition for elective academic credit (one hour per semester) with approval granted from the Music Department on the basis of audition. The comprehensive list includes Brass – trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba; Composition; Guitar (Classical, Jazz, Bass); Harp; Keyboard – organ, piano, jazz piano; Percussion; Strings – violin, viola, cello and bass; Voice; Woodwinds – flute (including piccolo, flute and alto flute), clarinet (including soprano, alto and bass), oboe (including oboe and English horn), bassoon, and saxophone (including soprano, alto, tenor and baritone). Students may take private music lessons each semester of enrollment at Belhaven University based on teacher availability. All private studio instruction is governed by the Music Department Studio Policy. This document should be read carefully before a student enrolls for private instruction. Beginning students are required to take the appropriate fundamentals sequence in guitar, piano, and voice before enrolling in private lessons; exceptions may be allowed by audition. Completion of a fundamentals sequence does not guarantee admission into private study. Students must still be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient musicianship skills (including music literacy) and sufficient talent to make reasonable progress and to perform a successful jury. All students enrolled in private music lessons at Belhaven University are required to also enroll in MUS 100, Music Studio Class (see description below). All students enrolled in private music applied lessons will be assessed a supplemental instruction fee each semester.

Number Designations for Private Music Applied Lessons

After the MUS designation, private music applied lessons are designated for transcript/registration purposes by three digits: the first a letter indicating the specific instrument or family of instruments (B for brass, C for composition, G for guitar, H for harp, O for organ, P for piano, R for percussion, S for stringed instruments, V for voice, and W for woodwinds); the second and third combine to form two digit number denoting an instructor for that specific instrument or family of instruments.

Piano Proficiency Juries

Most music majors need to pass Piano Proficiency Juries. These students should enroll in MUS 117, 118 and/or 119 Piano Fundamentals I, II and III until all required Piano Proficiency Juries are passed. Piano Proficiency Juries occur during piano juries at the end of each semester. Students are strongly recommended to be studying piano during the semester that they take Piano Proficiency Juries. Piano Proficiency Juries are in seven levels. Refer to the Music Studio Policy for details on these levels. Any combination of levels may be presented at one time. These juries must be completed to meet graduation requirements.

Vocal Proficiency Juries

Vocal Proficiency is required for some music degrees and individual emphases. Some latitude is allowed based on natural vocal potential of students but reasonable proficiency is expected. Requirements are listed in the Music Department Studio Policy. Vocal Fundamentals courses (MUS 110-111) may be utilized as preparation for passage of Vocal Proficiency Juries.

Language Requirements

Music majors pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (Voice) are required to study one year of a foreign language. German or French are preferred. Exceptions must be approved by Music Chair and Voice Faculty.

Ensemble Requirements

Music majors are expected to be in one ensemble per semester until graduation requirements for their course of study have been fulfilled. Music ensembles should be chosen that are appropriate to the principal instrument. Up to sixteen credit hours count toward graduation.

Theory and Musicianship Placement Examination

When enrolling initially in Theory and Musicianship courses, students must take an examination to determine their placement in each sequence. Theory and Musicianship placements are independent of one another: for example, a student may be placed in Theory I and Musicianship II.

Musicianship Requirements

Courses in the musicianship sequence (Musicianship I-IV, see below) are repeatable for credit, and advancement to successive levels depends on the student receiving a grade of C or better in each level. Music majors must enroll in and complete four semesters of musicianship courses advancing to level IV (that is, passing Musicianship III with a grade of C or better) in order to meet graduation requirements.

Concert Attendance

All students enrolled in performance courses are expected to attend concerts sponsored by the music department. Music majors and minors will also be required to assist in concert production. All of this is specified in the Music Department Handbook.

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