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MUSIC DEGREES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC

The Bachelor of Science in Music is a liberal arts degree for students who wish to major in music, irrespective of their specific career goals. We offer General, Theory/Literature and Performance tracks, with each providing solid instruction in music theory, history, and performance.

Many B.S. alumni have chosen professions outside of music, e.g. medicine, dentistry, law, physical therapy, radio/communication, and business. Others have entered the music profession directly or continued their education in well-respected music graduate programs.

General track

  • 46 credit hours of music coursework
  • An ideal companion for a second major or pre-professional curriculum

Theory and Literature track

  • 50 credit hours of music coursework
  • For students attracted to the academic aspects of music study

Performance track

  • 57-59 credit hours of music coursework
  • For students focused on developing their performance skills, as soloists and ensemble members
  • Students must exhibit solid preparation upon entering university

 

B.S. in Music

Hours

34
Core

MUCT 111-112—Music Theory I,II

6

MUCT 121-122—Aural Theory I,II

2

MUCT 211-212—Music Theory III, IV

6

MUCT 221-222—Aural Theory III, IV

2

MUHL 218—Music Styles & Repertories

3

MUPF 273—Basic Conducting

1

MUHL 320—Music of Middle Ages & Renaissance (W)

2

Select two (2) of the following courses:  
MUHL 321—Music of the Late Renaissance and Baroque Era (W) 2
MUHL 322—Classic and Romantic Music (W) 2
MUHL 323—Music in the Twentieth Century (W)
 
2

Appropriate MUPF Ensembles (3 hrs. must be upper division)

8

12
General Track

Required Courses

 

MUPF 189—Concentration

4

MUPF 389—Concentration

3

MUPF 489—Senior Recital

2

Upper Division Theory Elective

3

16
Theory and Literature Track

Required Courses

 

MUPF 189—Concentration

4

MUPF 389—Concentration

4

MUCT 313—Orchestration & Arranging
  or MUCT 315—Compositional Techniques

3

MUCT 413—Analysis of Musical Forms

3

MUHL 485––Music Seminar
 

2

Cognate Requirement  

French or German through the beginning level

6

23-25
Performance Track

Students are accepted into this track by audition only.

 

MUPF 189––Concentration

8

MUPF 389––Concentration

6

MUPF 489––Senior Recital

2

MUCT 413––Analysis of Musical Forms
 

3

Cognate Requirement  

French or German through the beginning level
Voice majors may elect Italian 

6

 

Piano Majors
 

MUED 316––Piano Pedagogy

2

MUPF 289––Accompanying

1,1

 

Voice Majors
 

MUED 317––Voice Pedagogy

2

MUPF 225-226––Singers Diction I,II

2,2

 

Organ Majors
 

MUED 318––Organ Pedagogy

2

MUPF 279––Service Playing

1,1

 

Orchestra/Band Instrument Majors
 

MUPF 334––Chamber Music

1,1

MUPF 344––Instrumental Literature

2


General Education
General education guidelines are found in the Catalog.

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN MUSIC EDUCATION

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a professional degree designed for students seeking licensure as music educators. Students choose either the Vocal/General or the Instrumental endorsement, with dual endorsement available. Graduates enter the professional teaching field directly, or pursue advanced music study at the graduate level.

  • 70-74 credit hours of music coursework
  • Degree carries K-12 certification, qualifying students to teach music at elementary, middle, and/or secondary levels.
  • 100% job placement of recent graduates

 

B.Mus. in Music Education, K-12 Certification

Hours

41
Core

MUCT 111-112—Music Theory I, II

6

MUCT 121-122—Aural Theory I, II

2

MUCT 211-212—Music Theory III, IV

6

MUCT 221-222—Aural Theory III, IV

2

MUCT 313—Orchestration and Arranging

3

MUHL 218—Musical Styles & Repertories

3

MUHL 320—Music of Middle Ages & Renaissance (W)
 

2

Select two (2) of the following courses:
MUHL 321—Music of the Late Renaissance and Baroque Era (W) 2
MUHL 322—Classic and Romantic Music (W) 2
MUHL 323—Music in the Twentieth Century (W)

2

MUPF 273—Basic Conducting

1

MUPF 373—Choral Conducting

2

MUPF 374—Instrumental Conducting

2

Appropriate MUPF Ensembles (3 hrs. must be upper division)

8

20-24
Voice/General Endorsement
Voice Concentration  

Concentration

12

MUED 317––Voice Pedagogy

2

MUPF 225––Singers Diction I

2

MUPF 489––Senior Recital

2

Music Elective
 

2

Keyboard Concentration - 24 Hours  

Concentration (piano or organ)

12

Applied Music (voice)

4

MUED 317––Voice Pedagogy

2

MUPF 279––Service Playing (Organ majors)
or MUPF 289––Accompanying (Piano majors)

1,1

MUPF 489––Senior Recital

2

MUED 316––Piano Pedagogy or MUED 318––Organ Pedagogy

2

24
Instrumental Endorsement

Concentration (one instrument: wind, string, or percussion)

12

Applied Music (one instrument from family outside of concentration 1,1)

2

MUED 236––String Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 246––Brass Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 256––Woodwind Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 266––Percussion Methods and Techniques

2

MUPF 489––Senior Recital

2

Dual Endorsement
Students seeking dual endorsement must complete all coursework in one of the above endorsements, plus six additional hours from the following list.  

MUED 246––Brass Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 256––Woodwind Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 266––Percussion Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 317––Voice Pedagogy

2

MUPF 129––Applied Voice

1,1

MUPF 225––Singers Diction I

2

38
Professional Core

MUED 250––Technology in Music Education

2

MUED 331––Music in the Elementary School

3

MUED 332––Music in the Secondary School

3

MUED 439––Pre-Student Teaching Seminar

1

EDUC 129––Introduction to and Foundations of Elementary Education
or EDUC 138––Intro to and Foundations of Secondary Education

3

EDUC 331––Educational Theory and Assessment

3

EDUC 338––Foundations of Inclusive Education

3

EDUC 343––Learning Theories and Classroom Management

3

EDUC 419––Philosophy and Leadership in Christian Education (W)

3

EDUC 434––Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

2

EDUC 464––Teaching Seminar

2

EDUC 473––Enhanced Student Teaching K-12

10

47-50
General Education

Area R

 

RELB 125 - Life and Teachings of Jesus

3

RELT 138 - Adventist Heritage

3

RELT 255 - Christian Beliefs

3

Upper division RELB/RELT elective course

 

3

Area I-1

 

ENGL 101 - College Composition I

3

ENGL 102 - College Composition II

3

COMM 135 - Introduction to Public Speaking

 

3

Area I-2

 

MATH course (exempt for ACT Math score 22+)

3

CPTE 100 - Computer Concepts

 

1

Area I-3a

 

HIST course

 

3

Area I-31, 3b, or 3c

 

History, Society and Culture or World Languages course

 

3

 Area I-4

 

BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS

Must take at least 3 hours from each of two sub-areas
or complete a two-semester science sequence course

 

6

Area S-1

 

NOND 101 - Southern Connections

 

1

Area S-2

 

 PSYC 128 - Developmental Psychology

   

Area S-3

 

Literature course

 

3

Area P-1  

PEAC 125 - Fitness for Collegiate Life

1

Two 1-credit ADAC, OLAC, PEAC, or RECR courses

2

PEAC 425 - Fit For Hire

 

1

 Area P-2

 

 HLED 173 - Health for Life

2

 

MINOR IN MUSIC

Hours
20
Required Courses

MUCT 111-112––Music Theory I and II

3,3

MUHL 218––Musical Styles and Representation

3

MUPF 189––Concentration

1,1

MUPF 273––Basic Conducting

1

MUPF 389––Concentration

1,1

Ensemble (at least two hours must be upper division)

4

 

 

Select one of the following courses:

 
MUHL 320––Music Middle Ages & Renaissance (W)  
MUHL 321––Music Late Renaissance & Baroque (W)  
MUHL 322––Classic & Romantic Music (W)  
MUHL 323––Music in the 20th Century (W)  

 

Apply Online

Questions?

Ken Parsons
kparsons@southern.edu
1.800.SOUTHERN
or 423.236.2886

 

Curriculum PDFs

B.S. in Music—General
B.S. in Music—Performance
B.S. in Music—Theory and Literature
B.Mus.—Keyboard
B.Mus.—Voice
B.Mus.—Instrumental
Music Minor

Sample Course Sequences »

University Catalog »

Music-Major Standing

To obtain freshman standing as a music major, students must:
1. Qualify for MUCT 111—Music Theory by taking a written music theory test.
2. Qualify for MUPF 189—Concentration by auditioning before the music faculty. Keyboard skills are assessed for all incoming students.

Aptitude must be demonstrated through an application filed toward the end of the freshman year before the student is accepted into one of the music-major tracks. Continuation in the music program is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward a degree, measured by regular assessment checkpoints.

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