Jun 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog

Music Major, BA


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Music Major Goalsstudents; band; classroom

The goals of the music major are to:

  • Help students understand and appreciate the theoretical and philosophical nature of music, its meaning and contribution to the individual and society in contemporary and past cultures.
  • Offer a program that includes diverse and liberal studies in music.
  • Prepare individuals for careers in the music and allied fields.
  • Provide adequate preparation for the pursuit of graduate work in music.
  • Develop sound musicianship and performance skills through studies in applied music, theory, and music literature.
  • Contribute to the enrichment of music life of Winston-Salem State University and the community.

Student Learning Outcomes - BA in Music

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the following:

  • Knowledge of music cultural heritage and history
  • Appreciation for musical creativity, reasoning, and the aesthetic value of music
  • The ability to communicate ideas musically, verbally, and in writing
  • Knowledge of organization and structures of music
  • Analytical skills necessary for listening, performing, and teaching
  • Skills necessary to perform music from a variety of periods, styles, and genres
  • Awareness of diversity of musical ideas throughout the world’s culture

Student Learning Outcomes – BA in Music-Music Education Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the following:

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills critical to the music profession
  • Utilize and create multimedia and relevant technology for music education
  • Demonstrate musicianship and proficiency in a major performance area as soloist and ensemble member
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music and related philosophies from past and present cultures
  • Demonstrate a standards-based music education program that meets the needs and interests of learners in grades K-12, including exceptional learners
  • Demonstrate a variety of teaching and evaluation methods, techniques, and strategies for application in music education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music literature and repertoire to maintain a high level of interest and involvement of students
  • Demonstrate proficiency in behavioral management skills that promote self-discipline, a positive learning climate, and self-concept that are conducive to successful musicianship and teaching

Student Learning Outcomes – BA in Music-Concentration in Music Business

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic framework and functions of different areas of the Music Industry
  • Demonstrate proficiency in recording studio techniques including signal flow, microphone types and placement, effects and dynamic processing, and audio editing and mixing
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a particular area of interest in the industry selected in consultation with the area coordinator, student advisor and the student that culminates in the completion of a Senior Project that is assessed by a faculty committee with a rubric. Areas of interest may include concert promotion, record production, development of a business plan relevant to the music industry, or another approved topic that demonstrates an advanced understanding of an area of the industry

Major Requirements

Students must be proficient in a major performance medium (voice, wind/percussion instrument, organ or piano). All majors must take piano and be able to demonstrate acceptable levels of proficiency.

Specialized Admission Requirements for the Major

Students who plan to major in music must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate performance proficiency in an applied area (voice, piano, flute, etc.) by auditioning on campus or by video tape recording should distance prohibit a campus audition.
  • Take a music theory skill assessment examination.
  • Take a keyboard skill assessment examination.
  • Complete a personal interview with music faculty.

Note: After being accepted, music majors failing to enroll in courses within the department for a year or longer will be required to re-audition for readmission into the department. 

Minimum Grade Requirement

Music majors must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each required course in their respective content areas.

Graduation

To be a candidate for graduation, a student must pass all exit criteria, including the Music Proficiency Examination, all components of the sophomore screening process, and a recital and/or an extended research project. In addition, teacher education candidates must successfully pass the student teaching phase of their preparation. This is done with the cooperation of the applied music instructor(s) and the major advisor and with the approval of the music faculty. Guidelines for all criteria are available within the department.

Student Organizations

The WSSU chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education operates within the music education area and is organized and governed by students with the assistance of the chapter advisor(s). All music education majors are eligible and encouraged to join this organization. Additional Greek music organizations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.

Sound University Music Group (SUMG) is a campus-based music organization with an interdisciplinary focus allowing students opportunities to gain knowledge of real world working environments via internships. Its mission is to expose students to industry situations in the areas of recording, marketing, management and finance/accounting to build experience and proficiency in preparation for entrance into the music industry.

Seminars, Master Classes, Recitals

All music majors are required to attend faculty, student, and visiting artist recitals, and master classes sponsored by the Lyceum Concert Series held at the university. Students are required to participate as performers on regularly scheduled student recitals/seminars. In addition, the university encourages and supports student attendance at musical events in the Winston-Salem community including the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra and the Piedmont Opera series.

Participation in Performance Groups

All music majors are encouraged to participate each semester in the music organization(s) representing their area(s) of performance concentration. Qualified students may elect to participate in more than one ensemble.

Music Major Courses

Foundation Courses  (10 semester hours)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MUS 2111   Piano Class I for Music Majors 1 hr
MUS 2112   Piano Class II for Music Majors 1 hr
MUS 2113   Piano Class III for Music Majors 1 hr
MUS 2114   Piano Class IV for Music Majors 1 hr
MUS 3301   Music Theory I 3 hrs
MUS 3303   Music Theory II 3 hrs
Total 10 hrs

 

Breadth Courses (20 semester hours required)

Applied Major Lessons (refer to Applied List) 4 hours required
Ensemble Courses (Refer to Ensemble Course List) 4 hours required
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MUS 3316   Music History I (spring only) 1 hr
MUS 3317   Music History II (fall only) 1 hr
MUS 4315   Music Theory III 3 hrs
MUS 4316   Music Theory IV 3 hrs
Total 20 hrs

 

Depth Courses

  

General Music Music Business Music Education Licensure
Choose 28 semester hours from this list of courses below Choose 21 semester hours from this list of courses below All courses listed below are required
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MUS 2104   Voice Class 1 hr MUS 2390   Survey of Music Literature 3 hrs MUS 2104   Voice Class 1 hr
MUS 2130   Strings Class (spring only) 1 hr MUS 3302   Overview of the Music Business 3 hrs MUS 2130   Strings Class (spring only) 1 hr
MUS 2140   Woodwind Class (spring only) 1 hr MUS 3310   Electronic Music 3 hrs MUS 2140   Woodwind Class (spring only) 1 hr
MUS 2150  

Brass Class

(fall only)

1 hr MUS 4228   Commercial Music Arranging 2 hrs MUS 2150  

Brass Class

(fall only)

1 hr
MUS 2160   Percussion Class 1 hr MUS 4230   Artist Management 2 hrs MUS 2160   Percussion Class 1 hr
MUS 2191   Beginning Jazz Impovisation 1 hr MUS 4231   Record Label Management (spring only) 2hrs MUS 2304   Introduction to Music Education 3 hrs
MUS 2304   Introduction to Music Education (fall only) 3 hrs MUS 4312   Studio Recording Techniques I (fall only) 3 hrs MUS 3307   Priniciples and Methods in Teaching -Elementary Schools 3 hrs
MUS 2390  

Survey of Music Literature

* required

3 hrs MUS 4313   Studio Recording II (spring only) 3 hrs MUS 3308   Principles and Methods in Teaching - Secondary Schools 3 hrs
MUS 3038   Special Topics 1, 2 or 3 hrs MUS 4130   Senior Recital/Project 1 hr MUS 3313  

Music for Exceptional Children or

Exceptional Children

3 hrs
MUS 3101   Choral Arranging (spring only) 1 hr MUS 4330   Music Business Internship 3 hrs SPE 3300  
MUS 3211   Music Activities in the Elementary Schools 2 hrs Choose one of the following electives MUS 3323  

Choral Conducting and Literature or

Instrumental Conducting and Literature

3 hrs
MUS 3226   Instrumentation and Orchestration 2 hrs ECO 2311   Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs MUS 3344  
MUS 3227   Marching Band Techniques 2 hrs MGT 2321   Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs MUS 3342   Technology in Musics 3 hrs
MUS 3302   Overview of the Music Business 3 hrs

MKT 2331  

Principles of Marketing 3 hrs MUS 4130   Senior Recital 1 hr
MUS 3305   Survey of Contemporary Popular Music 3 hrs Total 21 hrs EDU 3338   Psycholgical Foundations of Education 3 hrs
MUS 3310   Electronic Music (fall only) 3 hrs     EDU 4333   Responsive Pedagogy 3 hrs
MUS 3313   Music for Exceptional Children 3 hrs     EDU 4981   Observation, Student Teaching and Practicum  9 hrs
MUS 3323  

Choral Conducting and Literature

(fall only)

3 hrs     Total 21 hrs
MUS 3339   Afro-American Music 3 hrs
MUS 3340   Non-Western Music 3 hrs
MUS 3342   Technology in Music 3 hrs
MUS 3344  

Instrumental Conducting and Literature

(fall only)

3 hrs
MUS 4130   Senior Recital *required 1 hr
MUS 4228   Commercial Music Arranging 2 hrs
MUS 4230   Artist Management 2 hrs
MUS 4231  

Record Label Marketing

(spring only)

2 hrs
MUS 4312  

Studio Recording Techniques I

(fall only)

3 hrs
MUS 4313   Studio Recording Techniques II (spring only) 3 hrs
Total 28 hrs

Performance Core

4 Semesters of Ensemble (4 Semester Hours) (offered each semester)

4 Semesters of Applied Major Lessons (4 Semester Hours) (offered each semester)

 

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