Jul 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Major, BA


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 demonstrate proficiency on their primary instrument. WSSU Music Faculty offer instruction in voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Additionally, all majors must take piano and be able to demonstrate acceptable levels of proficiency by passing the Piano Proficiency Exam at the end of the Piano Class course sequence.

Specialized Admission Requirements for the Major

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

  • Demonstrate proficiency on their primary instrument. WSSU Music Faculty offer instruction in voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
  • Students may audition on campus or by video, should distance prohibit an on-campus audition.
  • Apply separately to the Teacher Education Program (Music Education Licensure concentration only)

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

*Music Education majors are only required to take MUS 2114 - Piano Class IV for Music Majors  if they do not pass Piano Proficiency Exam during the semester they are enrolled in MUS 2113 - Piano Class III for Music Majors .

Breadth Courses (20 semester hours required)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Applied Major Lessons MUS 3164   Applied Music 1 hr
MUS 3165   Applied Music 1 hr
MUS 4164   Applied Music 1 hr
MUS 4165   Applied Music 1 hr
Performance Ensembles MUS   1 hr
MUS   1 hr
MUS   1 hr
MUS   1 hr
MUS 3316  

Music History I

(spring only)

3 hrs
MUS 3317  

Music History II

(fall only)

3 hrs
MUS 4315   Music Theory III 3 hrs
MUS 4316   Music Theory IV 3 hrs
Total 20 hrs

Performance Ensemble Courses (Refer to Performance Ensemble Course List) 4 hours required

Performance Ensemble Course List  

Depth Courses

  

General Music   Music Business   Music Education Licensure
Choose 28 semester hours from this list of courses below; MUS 2390 - Survey of Music Literature  and MUS 4130 - Senior Recital/Project  are required.   Choose 21 semester hours from this list of courses below:  MUS 4330 - Senior Project  is required.   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 Industry    3 hrs  

MUS 2130 - Strings Class    

(spring only)

1 hr

MUS 2140 - Woodwind Class  

(spring only)

1 hr   MUS 3305 - Survey of Contemporary Popular Music    3 hrs  

MUS 2140 - Woodwind Class  

(spring only)

1 hr

MUS 2150 - Brass Class  

(fall only)

1 hr   MUS 3310 - Electronic Music    3 hrs  

MUS 2150 - Brass Class  

(fall only)

1 hr
 

MUS 2160 - Percussion Class  

1 hr   MUS 4130 - Senior Recital/Project   1 hr  

MUS 2160 - Percussion Class  

1 hr
MUS 2191 - Beginning Jazz Improvisation   1 hr   MUS 4228 - Commercial Music Arranging   2 hrs   MUS 2304 - Introduction to Music Education   3 hrs
MUS 2304 - Introduction to Music Education   3 hrs   MUS 4230 - Artist Management   2 hrs   MUS 3307 - Principles and Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School  3 hrs
MUS 2390 - Survey of Music Literature  * 3 hrs  

 

MUS 4231 - Record Label Marketing  

(spring only)

2 hrs   MUS 3308 - MUS 3308 Principles and Methods of Teaching Music in Secondary School  *   3 hrs
MUS 3038 - Special Topics in Music   1- 3 hrs  

MUS 4312 - Studio Recording Techniques I  

(fall only)

3 hrs  

Choose one:

MUS 3313 - Music for Exceptional Children  

SPE 3300 - Exceptional Children in the General Education Classroom  

  3 hrs

MUS 3101 - Choral Arranging  

(spring only)

1 hr  

MUS 4313 - Studio Recording Techniques II  

(spring only) 

3 hrs  

Choose one:

MUS 3323 - Choral Conducting and Literature  

(fall only)

MUS 3344 - Instrumental Conducting and Literature  

(fall only)

  3 hrs
MUS 3211 - Music Activities in Elementary Schools (non-majors)   2 hrs  

MUS 4330 - Senior Project 

3 hrs   MUS 3342 - Technology in Music     3 hrs
MUS 3226 - Instrumentation and Orchestration   2 hrs  

Choose one:

ECO 2311 - Principles of Microeconomics  

MGT 2321 - Principles of Management  

MKT 2331 - Principles of Marketing  

3 hrs   MUS 4130 - Senior Recital/Project     1 hr

MUS 3302 - Overview of the Music Industry  

(fall only)

3 hrs           EDU 3338 - Psychological Foundations of Education     3 hrs
MUS 3305 - Survey of Contemporary Popular Music   3 hrs           EDU 4333 - Student Teaching Seminar     3 hrs

MUS 3310 - Electronic Music  

(spring only)

3 hrs           EDU 4981 - Observation, Student Teaching, and Practicum     9 hrs
MUS 3313 - Music for Exceptional Children   3 hrs                

MUS 3323 - Choral Conducting and Literature  

(fall only)

3 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/Project  * 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   Total   21 hrs   Total   39 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)