What courses will I take?

Courses required for the music major are listed in the College Catalog. The different areas of specialization within the music major--Music Education, Music Literature, Music Management, or Music Performance--have slightly different requirements. Study the catalog carefully and consult with your advisor to be sure that you take required courses at the appropriate time.

In general, all music majors take music lessons, participate in ensembles, and attend recitals (see MUS 1390) each semester. Courses in music theory, music history, and a variety of music skills, are taken in sequence. All music majors must also take piano class or lessons until they have completed the keyboard/sightsinging proficiency requirement (see MUS 2298). Sophomores and seniors give solo recitals on their major instrument/voice, as required by the concentration.

In addition to the standard courses listed in the catalog, we occasionally are able to offer courses on topics of special interest to our students. Let us know if you have ideas for special topics courses that you would like us to offer.

When should I take certain courses?

In general, 1000- and 2000-level courses are taken during the first and second year, 3000 and 4000-level courses during the second, third, and fourth years. Music majors take music theory during their first and second years. Music literature is taken during the first year. Music history courses may be taken during the second, third, and fourth years. Courses such as introduction to instruments and conducting should be taken as soon as possible, as they are prerequisites to second-year theory and music education methods.

Full-time students should complete the keyboard/sightsinging proficiency and officially apply to the major by the end of the sophomore year (see p. 18).

Lessons and ensembles are offered every semester. In addition to your major instrument or voice, be sure to register for piano lessons each semester until you have passed the keyboard/sightsinging proficiency.

When planning your course schedule, be aware that many courses required of all music majors are offered only once each year or every-other year. For example:

  • Music Theory courses are offered in sequence starting fall semester only.

  • Music Literature is offered only during fall semester.

  • Music History courses are usually offered in a two-year sequence. A course that is offered in your second year of study, for example, will not be offered again until your fourth year.

  • Other courses that are offered only every other year are: conducting, strings, brass, woodwinds, and music education methods courses. (Depending on need, second-year Music Theory may be offered in alternate years.)

Do keep track of where you are in your requirements and be sure to take courses that you need as soon as you are eligible to take them. It's a good idea to chart out your projected schedule for all four years (note that Music Education licensure will normally take longer than four years). Music faculty can help you do this.

What are the main differences among the four music concentrations?

The Music Performance Concentration places special emphasis on music performance. This concentration requires more credits (24) of music lessons than the other concentrations. Students present a full senior recital, in addition to the half recital required of sophomores. This concentration requires 73 credits in music courses. The General Education language requirement must be passed in French or German (or Italian).

The Music Education Concentration leads to professional licensure in K-12 public school music instruction. Music requirements total 72 credits, plus performance of two half recitals (sophomore and senior years). The Education Department requires 39 credits of education courses. The General Education language requirement must be passed in French or German (or Italian). Many licensure programs, including this one, take longer than four years to complete. The 4-year pledge does not apply to this or other secondary teacher licensure programs at St. Scholastica.

The Music Literature Concentration provides a basic liberal arts foundation in music. Requirements include 50 credits in music courses, including a 2-credit senior paper or project.

The Music Management Concentration combines the music major with a core of management courses. Students give a partial sophomore recital and study at least one semester at the 3000 level in their performance area. Students also complete an internship in music management. Music credits total 56. Credits in Management and related areas total 20.

General Education Requirements for all students total 52-60 credits; music courses count toward 8-12 credits of these requirements.