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Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music is designed to give the student a general experience in music within a liberal arts degree and to allow students to explore a minor in another area. The degree can be successfully combined with a minor emphasis in business administration, religious studies, and communication studies or with a declared minor in education certification leading to K-12 Missouri certification. With the foreign language requirement and the broad scopy of coursework this degree provides for excellent preparation to enter the field of music or for continued graduate study.

Department

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics or
  • EDUC 200 Law, Ethics, and Education (this course satisfies the Ethics requirement only if the student is pursuing teacher certification)
  • Foreign Language Requirement 6 hrs
  • Multicultural Requirement 3 hrs
  • (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)

Basic Musicianship Requirements 25 sem. hrs

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
  • *MUSI 123 Music in World Cultures 3 hrs
  • MUSI 134 Music Theory I 3 hrs
  • MUSI 135 Aural Skills I 1 hrs
  • MUSI 223 Music History I 3 hrs
  • MUSI 236 Music Theory II 3 hrs
  • MUSI 237 Aural Skills II 1 hrs
  • MUSI 338 Music Theory III 3 hrs
  • MUSI 339 Aural Skills III 1 hrs
  • MUSI 440 Music Theory IV 3 hrs
  • MUSI 441 Aural Skills IV 1 hrs
  • MUSI 326 Music History II 3 hrs

Ensemble requirements 7-8 sem. hrs

  • MUSI 160/360 The Jane Froman Singers 1 X 4 hrs
  • Students must take 3-4 semesters at MUSI 160/360 or have achieved junior standing to take 360.
  • MUSI 170/370 Show Choir (one semester hour) 1 X 2 hrs
  • Students must complete MUSI 170/370 twice or have achieved junior standing to take 370.
  • MUSI 180/380 Chamber Choir 1 hrs
  • Students must complete MUSI 180 or have achieved junior standing to take 380.
  • MUSI 183/383 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop 1 hrs
  • Students must complete MUSI 183 or have achieved junior standing to take 383.

D. Applied Music Requirements 14 sem. hrs

  • Students must choose either the vocal/choral or piano/accompanying track. Students must complete two semesters of applied lessons at each level to advance through the course sequence. MUSI 400 must be taken concurrently with MUSI 274 or 284.
  • Track A: Vocal Choral/Studies
  • MUSI 101 Recital Attendance (must be taken every semester) 0 hrs
  • MUSI 181/182/283/284 Applied Voice Lessons (students must complete two semesters of applied lessons at each level) 1 X 7 hrs
  • MUSI 174 Class Piano I 3 hrs
  • MUSI 275 Class Piano II 3 hrs
  • MUSI 400/490 Recital 1 hrs
  • Track B: Piano/Accompanying Studies
  • MUSI 101 Recital Attendance (must be taken every semester)
  • MUSI 171/172/273/274 Applied Piano Lessons 1 X 7 hrs
  • MUSI 184 Class Voice I 3 hrs
  • MUSI 285 Class Voice II 3 hrs
  • MUSI 400/490 Recital 1 hrs

Open Electives 32-36 sem. hrs

  • Following are four minor areas of study that will prepare the student for work or continued study in the areas of music education, stage performance, music management or church music leadership. Choosing a directed cluster of electives coursework is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Directed Music Education Cluster:
  • A declared minor in Education Certification is required. Courses required for state certification to teach are marked below with an asterisk. 22 sem. hrs
  • *MUSI 353 Basic Conducting 2 hrs
  • MUSI 300 Diction for Singers 3 hrs
  • MUSI 322 Masterpieces of Music 3 hrs
  • MUSI 323 Music of the United States 3 hrs
  • *MUSI 351 Choral Arranging 2 hrs
  • *MUSI 352 Introduction to Choral Literature 2 hrs
  • MUSI 354 Accompanying Techniques 2 hrs
  • *MUSI 386 Advanced Choral Techniques, Literature & Conducting 5 hrs
  • Directed Speech Communication Cluster: 20 sem. hrs
  • COMM 220 Introduction to Theatre 3 hrs
  • COMM 224 Film History and Analysis 3 hrs
  • COMM 320 Advanced Theatre 3 hrs
  • COMM 360 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3 hrs
  • COMM 380 Performance Studies 3 hrs
  • MUSI 183/383 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop 1 hrs
  • COMM 420 Advanced Acting and Production Techniques 3 hrs
  • COMM 399/499 Communication Internship 1 hrs
  • Directed Business Administration Cluster: 20 sem. hrs
  • ACCT 280 Accounting I (Financial) 3 hrs
  • MGMT 150 Introduction to Business 3 hrs
  • COMM 393 Organizational Communication 3 hrs
  • MGMT 330 Principles of Management 3 hrs
  • MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs
  • ARTS 140 2-D Design 3 hrs
  • ARTS 216 Graphic Design I 1 hrs
  • MGMT 499 Internship 1 hrs
  • Directed Religious Studies Cluster: 19 sem. hrs
  • PHIL 201 Introduction to Western Philosophy 3 hrs
  • PHIL/RELI 202 Introduction to Eastern Philosophies & Religions 3 hrs
  • PHIL/RELI 350 Philosophy of Religion 3 hrs
  • RELI 101 Religion and Human Experience 3 hrs
  • RELI/HIST 381 History of Christianity: The Early Church 3 hrs
  • RELI/HIST 382 Christianity in the Modern World 3 hrs
  • PHIL 455/399 Directed Study/Internship 1 hrs

A candidate for the baccalaureate degree with a major in Music must pass, with a satisfactory rating (grade of C or higher), MUSI 400 Recital as a culminating evaluative experience.

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