Music

The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with options in music, music history and literature, and jazz studies, and Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees with options in composition, music education, and performance. Programs are also available leading to double majors in music with communication studies, elementary education, or psychology; and double degrees in music with computer science or business administration. The department also offers Master of Music (M.M.) degrees in music education or performance.

Faculty: Professor Parillo, chairperson. Professors Conley, Danis, Kent, Ladewig, and Pollart; Associate Professors Aberdam and Takasawa; Lecturers de la Garza, Frazier, and Thomas;  Director of Athletic Bands and Lecturer B. Cardany; Guest Artists/Teachers Aleo, Berney, Buttery, Ceo, Dennewitz,Hofbauer, Holt, Langfur, Langone, Monllos, Murray, O’Connor, Porter, Robison, Sims, Thorne, Uricco, and Zinno; Professors Emeriti Abusamra, Ceo, Dempsey, Fuchs, Gibbs, Lee, Livingston, and Rankin; Music Resources and Facilities Coordinator Heroux; Concert Manager Devine, Community Music Coordinator Murray; Accompanists Melissa Woolverton and Laura McEwan; Piano Technician Van Dine; Publicist and Editor Eastwood-Stokes; Fiscal Clerk Andrews; Secretary Dufault.

For information on the music minors, see the end of this listing.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Students selecting music as a major have three options: jazz studies, music, or music history and literature.

Transfer credits in music theory, music history, and performance must be validated by placement examination.

Music majors interested in a career in communication studies and music may complete a second major in communication studies. Bachelor of Arts degree candidates in music can also complete a double major with film studies, psychology, or elementary education. The music department offers a double degree combining music (B.A. degree) with computer science or business administration (B.S.). Contact the music department chair for more information.

Jazz Studies. Students selecting this option must complete 43 credits in musicianship and music performance as follows: Musicianship: MUS 119 (1) (fulfills URI 101 requirement), 120 (2), 121 (2), 122 (2), 225 (2), 226 (2), 424 (3), 106 (3), 221 (World Music Unit) (1), 222 (3), 322 (Jazz and Popular Music Units) (2), 280 (0), 480 (1). Music Performance: A: Six semesters of applied music study in the student’s principal area of jazz instrumental performance, (MUS 110W, 210W, and 310W) at 2 credits per semester (12). A successful audition is required prior to study in the principal applied area of jazz instrumental performance. Applied study for the B.A. in music with a jazz option is limited to the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, string bass, guitar, and drum set. B: Two semesters of major ensembles MUS 291, 292, 293, 394, 395, 397, and 398G (2). C: Two semesters of MUS 391 (2) and three semesters of MUS 396 or 398J (3). A successful audition is required prior to participation in jazz ensembles. D: MUS 350 with emphasis on jazz styles (0). E: Seven semesters of MUS 300 (0). Electives: 38 credits, of which a minimum of 30 must be in non-music courses. The department recommends that eight credits of electives be taken in music. At least six of these should be in upper-division music courses. Students who are deficient in keyboard skills must take MUS 171 (1) and 172 (1). MUS 171 and 172 may count as two of the recommended music electives.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these credits must be in courses at the 300 level or above.

Music. Students selecting this option must complete 36 credits in musicianship and performance as follows: Musicianship: MUS 119 (1); 120, 121, 122, 225, 226, 227, 228 (14); 221, 222 (6); 322 or upper-division music history course (3); 280 (0) and 480 [capstone] (1). Students who are deficient in keyboard skills must take MUS 171 (1). Performance: four semesters of the principal applied music area, at two credits per semester (8); three semesters of ensembles appropriate to the principal applied music area, MUS 291, 292, 293, 394, 395, 396, 397, or 398G (3); seven semesters of MUS 300 (0). A successful audition is required prior to study in the principal applied music area. Electives: 45 credits, of which a minimum of 30 credits must be in non-music courses. The department strongly recommends that 15 credits of electives be taken in music. At least six of these credits should be in upper-division music courses.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be at the 300 level or above.

Music History and Literature. Students choosing this option must complete 43 credits in musicianship and performance, as follows: Musicianship: MUS 119 (1); 120, 121, 122, 225, 226, 227, 228 (14); 221, 222, 322 (9); three upper-division music history courses (9); 280 (0) and 480 [capstone] (1). Students who are deficient in keyboard skills must take MUS 171 (1). Performance: four semesters of the principal applied music area, at two credits for two semesters and one credit for two semesters (6); three semesters of major ensembles appropriate to the principal applied music area MUS 291, 292, 293, 394, 395, 396, 397, or 398G (3); seven semesters of MUS 300 (0). A successful audition is required prior to study in the principal applied music area. Electives: 38 credits, of which a minimum of 30 must be in non-music courses. The department strongly recommends that eight credits of electives be taken in music. At least six of these credits should be in upper-division music courses. Other: nine credits of foreign language and proficiency through 103 in either French or German.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

Students selecting the Bachelor of Music degree program have three options: music composition, music education, or music performance.

Students can be admitted to the B.M. degree program only after a successful audition in the principal applied music area and should contact the Department of Music for specific requirements. Transfer credits in music theory, music history, and performance must be validated by placement examination.

All Bachelor of Music students must successfully complete Option I or Option II of the piano proficiency requirement. In Option I, students must pass all seven piano proficiencies by the end of their junior year. Piano proficiency examinations before the faculty examination committee are scheduled on a regular basis during the fall and spring semesters. In Option II students take MUS 171, 172, 271, and 272 and successfully pass each course with a grade no lower than a C. Failure to pass either option will require re-examination in succeeding semesters. The B.M. degree will not be granted until this requirement is fulfilled.

Students selecting Option I will need to demonstrate the following seven piano proficiencies: 1) Five-finger patterns, playing a vocal warm-up sequence, hands together; 2) scales, playing two-octave major scales up to three sharps and flats, and one-octave minor scales in all three forms up to three sharps and flats, hands together, by memory at a tempo of M.M.=144 per note; 3) transposition, transposing at sight two melodies selected by the examination committee, students will be asked to transpose the melodies up or down by either a half step or whole step; 4) harmonization, reading two melodies taken from any major or minor key chosen by the examination committee, improvising suitable accompaniments for the melodies by using diatonic triads and secondary dominants, and reading from chord symbols; 5) patriotic songs, playing America and The Star-Spangled Banner in a manner suitable for accompanying community or school singing; these accompaniments are to be prepared in advance; 6) sight-reading, playing at sight selections chosen from a simple accompaniment part and/or beginning-level solo scores; and 7) repertoire, playing two prepared piano pieces by contrasting composers; each piece must be approved in advance by a member of the piano faculty or an instructor of class piano.

No student should participate in more than three major ensembles in a single semester.

In addition, students select one of the following options:

Music Composition. Students selecting the music composition option must complete seven semesters of applied composition (MUS 110V, 210V, 310V, 410V), one or two credits per semester (10); seven semesters of the principal applied music area, two credits per semester (14); seven semesters of MUS 300 (0); and four semesters of secondary applied music areas, one credit per semester (4); MUS 171 and 172 are required as secondary applied music areas if students select piano proficiency option II. Students who have not passed the piano proficiency examination by the end of MUS 172 will be expected to take MUS 271 and 272, which can count as secondary applied music areas. Other secondary applied credits as needed must come from MUS 110-410 (in an applied area other than the principal applied music area) or MUS 169, 170, 173, 175, 177, or 179. Also required are six semesters of major ensembles MUS 292, 293, 394, 395, or 397 appropriate to the principal applied music area (6). For the studio composition specialization, credits in MUS 396 may be included. Also required are MUS 119 (1); MUS 120, 121,122, 225, 226, 227, 228, 416 (17); 221, 222, 322 (9); 235 (2) and 311 (2); 417, 420, and 421 (9) (for students wishing to specialize in studio composition, three credits of MUS 424 may be substituted for MUS 420); an upper-division music history course (3); MUS 450 Senior Composition Recital [capstone] (0); MUS 280 (0) and 480 [capstone] (2); and six credits of electives, at least three of which should be in upper-division music courses.

A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation.

Music Education. See “Teacher Education Programs” in Preprofessional Preparation and “Admission Requirements” in Education for admission requirements for teacher education programs. Completing all requirements in the music education option leads to an initial teaching certificate for music in grades K-12. Students selecting this option must complete 89 credits in Studies in Music and Professional Education, as follows:

Studies in Music (64 credits): seven semesters of the principal applied music area (instrument or voice must be selected from MUS 110-410 A-U only; applied study in jazz as the principal applied music area is not acceptable for the music education option), two credits per semester (14). Seven semesters of MUS 300 (0); senior recital MUS 450 [capstone] (0). Four semesters of secondary applied music areas, one credit per semester (4); MUS 171 and 172 are required as secondary applied music areas if students select piano proficiency option II. Students who have not passed the piano proficiency exam by the end of MUS 172 will be expected to take MUS 271 and 272, which can count as secondary applied music areas. Other secondary applied credits as needed must come from MUS 110-410 (in an applied area other than the principal applied music area) or MUS 169, 170, 173, 175, 177, or 179. Seven semesters of major ensembles appropriate to the principal applied music area, at 0-1 credit per semester (6). Major ensembles include MUS 292, 293, 394, 395, and 397; no more than two semesters of MUS 291 and/or 396 can count toward the major ensemble requirement. MUS 119 (1); 120, 121, 122, 225, 226, 227, 228 (14); 416 or 417 (3); 221, 222, 322 (9). MUS 169, 170, 173, 175, 177, 179 at a minimum of one credit each (6); 235 (2); 311, 312 (5).

Professional Education (25 credits): Students pursuing the music education option must apply for admission to the Office of Teacher Education in the School of Education; see Teacher Education Programs and “Admission Requirements” in Education for admission requirements. MUS 280 (0), 480 [capstone] (2); MUS 238, 339, 340, 341 (10); EDC 250 (1), 484 (12). PSY 113 (3) is required as a Professional Education course but also counts toward the Social Science requirement in the Basic Liberal Studies program. The piano proficiency examination Options I or II, the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge, and all courses required for the music education option, with the exception of MUS 480 [capstone], must be successfully completed before supervised student teaching (EDC 484). Students may wish to enroll in EDC 312 (3) in order to prepare for the Praxis II: Principles of Learning.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation.

Music Performance. All students in the music performance option must take the following music courses: eight semesters of MUS 300 (0); MUS 350 (0) and 450 [capstone] (0); MUS 119 (1); 120, 121, 122, 225, 226, 227, 228, 416 (17); 221, 222, 322 (9). MUS 235 (2) and 442 (2); 311 (2); 280 (0); 480 [capstone] (2). Students in the jazz option must take MUS 424 in place of MUS 416. Jazz option students must also take MUS 106 (3).

A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation. In addition, students must select one of the following five sub-options:

Classical Guitar: eight semesters of the principal applied music area. Two semesters of MUS 110T at two credits in the first semester and three credits in the second (5); two semesters of MUS 210T at three credits each (6); two semesters of 310T and 410T at four credits each (16). MUS 171 and 172 (2). Students who have not passed the piano proficiency examination by the end of MUS 172 will be expected to take MUS 271 and 272. Four semesters of major ensembles MUS 292, 293, 394, 395, 396, or 397 (4). Four semesters of guitar ensemble (MUS 398G) and three semesters of playing guitar in chamber music ensembles (MUS 398) (7). An upper-division music history course (3); an upper-division music theory course (3). Four credits of electives, at least three of which should be in upper-division music courses.

Jazz (limited to saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, string bass, and drum set): eight semesters of the principal jazz applied music area. Two semesters of MUS 110W at two credits in the first semester and three credits in the second (5); two semesters of MUS 210W at 3 credits each (6); two semesters of 310W and 410W at four credits each (16). MUS 171 and 172 (2). Students who have not passed the piano proficiency examination by the end of MUS 172 will be expected to take MUS 271 and 272. Four semesters of major ensembles MUS 291, 292, 293, 394, 395, or 397 (4). Two semesters of jazz studio ensemble (MUS 396), two semesters of jazz studio lab (MUS 391), and four semesters of chamber music ensembles/jazz (MUS 398J) (8). An upper-division music history course or an upper-division music theory course (3). Three credits of electives which should be in upper-division music courses.

Orchestral Instrument: eight semesters of the principal applied music area. Two semesters of MUS 110 at two credits in the first semester and three credits in the second (5); two semesters of MUS 210 at three credits each (6); two semesters of 310 and 410 at four credits each (16). MUS 171 and 172 (2). Students who have not passed the piano proficiency examination by the end of MUS 172 will be expected to take MUS 271 and 272. Eight semesters of major ensembles MUS 292, 394, or 397 (8). Three semesters of secondary or chamber music ensembles (3). An upper-division music history course (3); an upper-division music theory course (3). Four credits of electives, at least three of which should be in upper-division music courses.

Piano or Organ: eight semesters of the principal applied music area. Two semesters of MUS 110B or C and 210B or C at three credits each (12); two semesters of 310B or C and 410B or C at four credits each (16). All students pursuing this sub-option must pass the piano proficiency examination by the end of the second semester of the junior year. Keyboard majors can waive MUS 171, 172, 271, and 272, courses normally taken to develop the skills necessary to pass the piano proficiency examination. Four semesters of major ensembles MUS 292, 293, 394, 395, or 397 (4). Six semesters of piano accompanying (MUS 371) or playing piano in chamber music ensembles (MUS 398) (6). MUS 420 (3). An upper-division music history course (3). Six credits of electives, at least three of which should be in upper-division music courses.

Voice: eight semesters of the principal applied music area. Two semesters of MUS 110A at two credits in the first semester and three credits in the second (5); two semesters of MUS 210A at three credits each (6); two semesters of 310A and 410A at four credits each (16). MUS 171, 172, 271, and 272 (4). Eight semesters of major ensembles MUS 293 or 395 at zero or one credit per semester (7). Two semesters of chamber or other music ensembles (2). MUS 283 (3). Four credits of electives, at least three of which should be in upper-division music courses.

Students selecting voice must also take nine credits of foreign language in two or more languages. This requirement may be modified or satisfied by advanced placement.

Minors in Music

Jazz Studies. Students who wish to declare a minor in music using the jazz studies option must complete 19 credits in musicianship, performance, and electives as follows: Musicianship: MUS 106 (3), 120 (2), 121 (2), 122 (2), 171 (1), 221 (World Music Unit) (1), 322 (Jazz and Popular Music Units) (2), and MUS 300 for a minimum of two semesters (0). Music Performance: a minimum of four credits in the principal applied music area (MUS 110W, 210W, at one or two credits per semester) (4), and two semesters of MUS 391, 396, or 398J (2). Applied study in MUS 110W and 210W for the minor in jazz option is limited to the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drum set. Electives: The department strongly suggests that 3 credits be taken in MUS 101. Participation in other major ensembles is also encouraged. Major ensembles include MUS 291, 292, 293, 394, 395, 397, and 398G, pending audition. A successful audition is required prior to study in the principal applied music area and prior to participation in ensembles.

Music. This option gives students a broad-based background in music. Course work in this option is similar to that taken by students starting work toward a B.A. or B.M. degree in music. Students who wish to declare a minor in music using the music minor option must earn credit for MUS 111 (3) or 120 (2); 171 (1), 121 and 122 (4), 300 for a minimum of two semesters (0), and two 3-credit music history and literature courses selected from MUS 221, 322, 408, 430, 431, 433, 434 (or 222, if the student has the additional pre-requisites) (6). Additionally, students must earn a minimum of four credits in their principal applied music area (MUS 110-410, at one or two credits per semester) and four credits in major ensembles* appropriate to the principal applied music area (8). The minimum number of credits required for this option is 21-22. Students must pass an audition in their principal applied music area prior to registration for applied study in voice or on an instrument.

Music Performance. This option gives students the opportunity for a more concentrated study in voice or on an instrument. Students who wish to declare a minor in music using the music performance minor option must earn credit for MUS 111 (3) or 120 (2); MUS 121 and 122 or a music history course selected from MUS 101, 106, 221, 322, 408, 430, 431, 433, 434 (3-4); MUS 300 for a minimum of two semesters (0). Additionally, students must earn a minimum of eight credits in their principal applied music area (MUS 110-410 at one or two credits per semester) and six credits in major ensembles* appropriate to the principal applied music area (14). The minimum number of credits required for this option is 19-21. Students must pass an audition in their principal applied music area prior to registration for applied study in voice or on an instrument.

Music Voice Performance for Theatre Majors. The purpose of this option is to give students who are theatre majors the opportunity for more concentrated and focused study in voice and other areas of music. Theatre students who wish to declare this minor must earn credit for MUS 111 (3) or 120 (2) and 121 (2); a music history course selected from MUS 101, 106, 221, 322, 408, 430, 431, 433, 434 (3); MUS 300 for one semester (1). Additionally, students must earn a minimum of eight credits in voice over four semesters (MUS 110A (2), 110A (2), 210A (2), 210A (2)), and three semesters in MUS 395 (audition required), MUS 293 (1), or MUS 485 (1), with MUS 485 being limited to one semester. Students must pass an audition in voice prior to registration for applied study in voice. The minimum number of credits required for this option is 18.

Individual Music. This option gives students more flexibility. These students design and develop their music minor program under the advisement and sponsorship of a full-time music faculty member. Petitions outlining and justifying the desired music minor program must be presented by the faculty sponsor to the music faculty for approval. A minimum of 18 credits is required. Petitions should be submitted as early as possible in a student’s undergraduate program.

*Music ensembles include MUS 291, 292, 293, 394, 395, 396, and 397. Up to one semester of MUS 291 can count toward the major ensemble requirement in the music minor option; up to two semesters of MUS 291 can count toward the major ensemble requirement in the music performance option. Those with a major applied area in guitar can count MUS 398G for guitar ensemble as a major ensemble. Those with a major applied area in piano can count additional applied music credits (MUS 110-410) and/or accompanying (MUS 371) in lieu of the major ensemble requirements.