Music Major (A)

The Music Department contributes to the spiritual, artistic, cultural, academic and co-curricular life aspects to campus life at the University. In doing so, the faculty is committed to blending talent and fellowship to the highest degrees of professional artistry in praise of the Lord's name. We additionally hope to impact our surrounding community while fulfilling our mission. 


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Goal #1. Students will exhibit competent performing skills on their major instrument.
  • Goal #2. Students will exhibit strong theoretical/historical knowledge, demonstrated in performance (recital) and communication (writing/speaking) skills.
  • Goal #3. Students will demonstrate competence in vocal, keyboard, and conducting performance skills at a professional level. 
  • Goal #4. Students will exhibit professional speaking, writing, and social skills appropriate to their major area. 
  • Goal #5. Students will demonstrate understanding of practical and aesthetic considerations (choosing music, teaching techniques, evaluation procedures, critical listening) appropriate to successful achievement in their chosen musical field.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements49
Electives or Minor26
Minor: Optional
Total Hours120

Major Requirements 

Required Courses
MUS 080Concert/Recital Attendance 10
MUS 204Keyboard Skills 22
MUS 240Music Theory I3
MUS 246Aural Theory I1
MUS 241Music Theory II3
MUS 247Aural Theory II1
MUS 242Music Theory III3
MUS 248Aural Theory III1
MUS 243Music Theory IV3
MUS 250Beginning Conducting3
MUS 251Aural Theory IV1
MUS 271Music History I3
MUS 272Music History II3
MUS 273Music History III3
MUS 351Advanced Conducting3
or MUS 445 Composing and Arranging
Applied Lessons (Studio) 314
Ensemble 40
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Chapel Choir
String Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra
Women's Chorale
Men's Chorus
MUS 499Recital2
Total Hours49

Students must register for MUS 080 every semester that they registered as a music major, with the exception of internship or student teaching semesters. 


Instructor permission required; students with previous piano experience may test out of prerequisites (MUS203; MUS206)


Minimum 2 credits each semester in principal area.


Students must participate in the ensemble of their principal instrument and take private instruction in their principal instrument for each semester on campus.


To gain degree-seeking status as a music major, a student must:

  1. Successfully pass the following:
    •  Qualifying audition with performance of two contrasting works on his/her principal instrument (to be completed at the end of two semesters of study);
    • For vocalists, aural examination of sight-reading, and tonal memory ability. For instrumentalists, sight reading and scales.
  2. Prepare a portfolio for musical activities (solo and ensemble) and examples of music course work. This portfolio is to be:
    • Presented at the time of the audition;
    • Returned to the student for additions to be made throughout the student's undergraduate career.
  3. Transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated by the music faculty for determination of credited coursework and hours.
  4. The deadline for auditioning is the end of the second semester from the time of declaration. There are three possible outcomes for an audition:
    1. Active - This grants formal acceptance into upper division status.
    2. Provisional - A repeat of the audition is requested by the Faculty at the end of the next semester to show more progress.
    3. Fail - The student is not accepted as a music major.