Nov 25, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020 - 2021 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020 - 2021

Music, B.Mus



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Description

Music provides a comprehensive education in music at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and at the same time serves as a presenter of concerts, recitals, seminars, master classes and workshops for the campus community and the region. All students will be immersed in Music theory, Musicianship, instrumental/voice skills, and Music History.

What careers can this major prepare you for?

Music majors find themselves in many different careers, including: Performance artist, Arts Administrator, Community Arts Worker, Music Therapist, Event Manager, Music Teacher, Accompanists in various settings, Audio Production, Band/Choral Director, Composer, Conductor, Entertainment industry, Historian, Instrument Builder/Designer, College Professor, Librarian, Promoter, Song Writer/Producer

What skills are developed within this major?

Music majors understand styles and structures of music and apply this knowledge through performace. They connect to social trends and history, develop self-confidence and self-discipline, learn cooperatively, problem solve and creatively express themselves. Higher level Organization and Management skills are developed.

Hours Required for Degree


Minimum hours required for B.Mus. Composition: 86

Minimum hours required for B.Mus. Education: 98

Minimum hours required for B.Mus. Performance: 72-85

Minimum hours required for B.Mus. Music Therapy: 102

Major-Field Requirements


The Bachelor of Music is designed for the student who seeks primarily professional training. The Music Department offers training for B.Mus. majors in the areas of music education, composition, performance, and music therapy. These programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Private lessons in applied music are offered on campus. Students may register for either one or two half-hour weekly lessons. The last digit of the applied music course number indicates the amount of credit earned. Those who register for one half-hour lesson earn one semester hour; two half-hour lessons earn two semester hours. Special tuition fees are assessed for these courses. A successful performance audition is required for admission to music major status.

All music students are urged to consult the Music Department Student Handbook online for further clarification of the degree requirements listed below. The handbook contains full details and explanations of departmental and degree requirements.

Course work in areas of common experience includes performance experience in applied music and in ensembles, development of basic musicianship skills, knowledge of musical structures and styles in broad historical and cultural contexts.

1. Common Experience Courses


Course work in areas of common experience includes performance experience in applied music and in ensembles, development of basic musicianship skills, knowledge of musical structures and styles in broad historical and cultural contexts.

2. In addition, each major area of concentration requires applied music and ensemble participation as follows:


  • Music education: seven semesters of applied lessons (first four semesters: MUA 100-level lesson [1 credit per semester] and last three semesters MUA 300-level lesson [1 credit per semester]); seven semesters of major ensembles (MUS 101 MUS 102 MUS 104 , or MUS 105 ); and in addition one semester of small ensemble (MUS 106 ).
  • Composition: eight semesters of applied music (first four semesters: MUA 100-level lesson [1 credit per semester] and last four semesters MUA 300-level lesson [1 credit per semester]), and eight semesters of ensembles (MUS 100-level).
  • Performance: eight semesters of applied music (includes sixteen credits at the MUA 300-level); 10 credit hours of ensembles at the MUS 100-level; AND at least 2 credit hours of small ensembles at the MUS 100-level.
  • Music therapy: seven semesters of applied music lessons (first four semesters: MUA 100-level lesson [1 credit per semester] and last three semesters MUA 300-level lesson [1 credit per semester]); and a total of seven semesters of ensembles (MUS 100-level, 1 credit per semester), with six semesters of major ensembles and one semester of small ensemble (MUS 100-level).

Appropriate proficiency levels as defined by the School of Music faculty must be passed for students to progress to upper-level applied music study.

3. Areas of Concentration


Teacher Licensure

A full outline of requirements for the Ohio four-year Resident Educator PreK-12 teaching license in Music (valid for ages 3-21) can be viewed on the Education, Music, Grades PreK to 12, with Multi-Age Licensure  page.

Portfolio

All music education students are candidates for teacher licensure and, as such, are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experience using TaskStream.  For more information, students are advised to access the College of Education and Human Services  section of this catalog as well as the Student Portfolio Handbook, available at: http://www.csuohio.edu/cehs/students/taskstream/taskstream.html.

Music Education Competency Exams

Each year, students majoring in music education must meet specific criteria to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. These criteria are evaluated during Music Education Competency Exams (MEC). Failure to meet competencies may result in delayed completion of the degree or dismissal from the major. For complete information on MEC exams, students are advised to access the School of Music Handbook available at https://www.csuohio.edu/class/sites/csuohio.edu.class/files/media/music/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf.

Composition


A student choosing the option in composition must complete the following music courses in addition to the common experiences listed above:

Performance


A student choosing the option in music performance must complete the following courses in addition to the common experiences listed above:

Music Therapy


Completion of the program of study (including at least 1200 hours of clinical experience - minimum of 180 pre-internship and 1020 internship hours) leads to eligibility to sit for the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) exam. Once the candidate passes this exam, he/she is awarded the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

Honors Program Requirements


Students who have been admitted to the University Honors Program with a major in music must earn nine credits from the courses listed below in addition to the Honors Program core requirements in order to graduate with honors in Music.

The honors contract for each of the courses listed below involves additional requirements as follows:

MUS 411  and MUS 412 . Honors students contracting MUS 411  and MUS 412  will attend two graduate music history seminars at CSU and three musicological colloquia at Case Western Reserve University or a local American Musicological Society chapter meeting. Honors students will also meet three times with the instructor to discuss their final project. The final project must be longer than the ones of their peers and must demonstrate a more in-depth, rigorous, and analytical approach to the topic, similar to what is expected at the graduate level. Honors students are expected to use additional scholarly literature in comparison to their peers. To earn extra-credit, a student may also opt to write "applied" music history that would provide program notes for university ensemble concerts, or reviews of performances that could be submitted for publication in campus newspapers.

MUS 414 . Honors students contracting MUS 414  will write a more extensive paper than their peers. Through additional research, honors students will be involved more thoroughly with their selected research projects. By regularly meeting with the instructor, they will develop more refined research tools than their peers. They will also read additional, subject-specific material assigned by the instructor and discuss these readings with the instructor.

MUS 481  (Music Education and Music Therapy tracks only). Honors students contracting this course will, in addition to the performance requirements of the course, present a lecture regarding musical, educational, or therapeutic techniques in the field. The lecture may include performing repertoire appropriate for professional practice on secondary instruments.

MUS 482  (performance track), or MUS 485  (composition track). Honors students contracting one of these courses will, in addition to the performance requirements of the course, present a lecture pertaining to the repertory that will be performed. The lecture is to be part of the recital performance, and can take the form of a guided listening presentation, short historical or theoretical analysis, or an explanation of technical problems that were confronted in learning a particular piece.

University Scholars Requirements


Students who have been admitted to the University Scholars Program with a major in music must earn nine credits from the courses listed below to earn Scholars Distinction in Music.

The Scholars designation for each of the courses listed below involves additional requirements as follows:

MUS 411  and MUS 412 . Scholars students will attend two graduate music history seminars at CSU and three musicological colloquia at Case Western Reserve University or a local American Musicological Society chapter meeting. Scholars students will also meet three times with the instructor to discuss their final project. The final project must be longer than the ones of their peers and must demonstrate a more in-depth, rigorous, and analytical approach to the topic, similar to what is expected at the graduate level. Scholars students are expected to use additional scholarly literature in comparison to their peers. To earn extra-credit, a student may also opt to write "applied" music history that would provide program notes for university ensemble concerts, or reviews of performances that could be submitted for publication in campus newspapers.

MUS 414 . Scholars students will write a more extensive paper than their peers. Through additional research, scholars students will be involved more thoroughly with their selected research projects. By regularly meeting with the instructor, they will develop more refined research tools than their peers. They will also read additional, subject-specific material assigned by the instructor and discuss these readings with the instructor.

MUS 481  (Music Education and Music Therapy tracks only). Scholars students will, in addition to the performance requirements of the course, present a lecture regarding musical, educational, or therapeutic techniques in the field. The lecture may include performing repertoire appropriate for professional practice on secondary instruments.

MUS 482  (performance track), or MUS 485  (composition track). Scholars students will, in addition to the performance requirements of the course, present a lecture pertaining to the repertory that will be performed. The lecture is to be part of the recital performance, and can take the form of a guided listening presentation, short historical or theoretical analysis, or an explanation of technical problems that were confronted in learning a particular piece.

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