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Music (CLA)

Students in the Asbury College of Liberal Arts may earn a Music major for the Bachelor of Arts degree through the School of Music. The Music (CLA) major is not available to School of Music students, including those in the dual degree program. Students in the College of Liberal Arts who are majoring in disciplines other than music may complete a minor in either applied music or instrumental jazz studies. The completion of a successful audition is required before a student can be certified as a minor. School of Music students may complete the minor in instrumental jazz studies.

Course Catalog

Requirements for a major

Music (CLA)

Total courses required Ten courses in Music plus one course in fine arts
Core courses MUS 113, MUS 114, MUS 123, MUS 124, MUS 213, MUS 223, MUS 230, MUS 334, MUS 450.
Other required courses Additional upper-level music history elective course credit (usually MUS 390). Two course credits in applied music in the primary instrument. Four semesters of participation in a major ensemble. One course credit in another fine art (theatre or art).
Number 300 and 400 level courses Four
Senior requirement and capstone experience Students pursuing the B.A. with a major in Music fulfill the capstone requirement by satisfactorily completing MUS 450, Senior Seminar. Students discuss a common set of readings designed to help synthesize their diverse experiences in music and complete a major research project on an approved topic, which consists of a written thesis and oral presentation.
Additional information Recital attendance each semester in residence as a declared major.
Recent changes in major Any student wishing to pursue a B.A. in Music, who has not previously auditioned for the School of Music either for acceptance into the School of Music or for a Music Peformance Award, must audition for a panel of faculty members at the time the major is to be declared. The major can be officially declared with the completion of a satisfactory audition (9/14/09). The requirement for one course credit in a fine art (theatre or art) outside music was added on 10/6/2009, effective for all who declare the major after this date.
Writing in the Major Students pursuing the B.A. with a major in Music fulfill the Writing in the Major Requirement in their core music courses (e.g., music theory and musicology sequences). Students write essays of varying lengths and in different situations, such as out-of-class assignments and in-class exams. Written work often includes, but is not limited to: composer biographies, descriptive writing about musical repertoire (i.e., descriptions about form, melody, harmony, rhythm, etc.), program notes, annotated bibliographies, introductory essays with a bibliography, and research papers.

Music (CLA)(Fall 2015)

Total courses required Ten + one course in fine arts
Core courses MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 121, MUS 240, MUS 265 or MUS 266, MUS 450.
Other required courses Additional upper-level music history elective (usually MUS 390). Four semesters participation in major ensemble. One course credit in another fine art (theatre or art). 3.75 course credits in music electives.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Two
Senior requirement and capstone experience Students pursuing the B.A. with a major in Music fulfill the capstone requirement by satisfactorily completing MUS 450, Senior Seminar. Students discuss a common set of readings designed to help synthesize their diverse experiences in music and complete a major research project on an approved topic, which consists of a written thesis and oral presentation.
Additional information 21 course credits in the liberal arts (outside music) are required. Any student wishing to pursue a B.A. in Music who has not previously auditioned for acceptance into the School of Music or for a music performance award must successfully complete an an audition to declare the major.
Recent changes in major This major has been redesigned to coincide with the changes to the School of Music degree curriculum effective Fall 2015.
Writing in the Major Students pursuing the B.A. with a major in Music fulfill the Writing in the Major requirement in their core music courses (e.g., music theory and musicology sequences). Students write essays of varying lengths and in different situations, such as out-of-class assignments and in-class exams. Written work often includes composer biographies, descriptive writing about musical repetoire (i.e., descriptions of form, melody, harmony, and rhythm), program notes, annotated bibliographies, introductory essays with a bibliography, and research papers.

Requirements for a minor

Jazz Studies

Total courses required 6.75 - 7.0
Core courses MUS 100, MUS 231, MUS 384, and MUS 386. Two course credits in applied music in the primary instrument. Four semesters of participation in Jazz Ensemble. Two semesters of participation in Jazz Combos.
Other required courses One elective course credit in jazz studies at the 300-400 level. One-quarter course credit in applied music in jazz piano (if piano is not the primary instrument). Two semesters of recital attendance.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Three

Music

Total courses required 6.25
Core courses MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 121, and MUS 265 or MUS 266.
Other required courses One elective course at the 300-400 level. Four semesters of recital attendance. Three elective courses chosen from MUS 124, 213, 214, 223, 224, 240, 265, 266, 290, 390, 395, applied lessons (requires audition), or large ensemble courses.
Number 300 and 400 level courses .75