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Music Degrees

The Bachelor of Science in Music offers three options:

  • The general track provides a broad liberal-arts base and complements a second major or pre-professional program.
  • The theory and literature track is excellent preparation for graduate study in theory, composition, and musicology. Graduates with this degree are typically headed for a career in teaching music at the college level.
  • The performance track is preparation for a career in performance and/or studio teaching. Graduates typically pursue professional music careers or attend graduate school.

 

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—Orchestra & 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 university Catalog, pages 32-37.

 

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree is for students who wish to teach music at the elementary or secondary levels. The School of Music has maintained a 100-percent job placement record for B.Mus. majors for many years.

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)

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

Voice/General and Instrumental Endorsement

MUED 246––Brass Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 256––Woodwind Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 266––Percussion Methods and Techniques

2

MUED 317––Vocal 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

49
General Education

A. Basic Academic Skills

 

1. English

6

2. Mathematics

3

3. Computer

3

4. Intro to Public Speaking

3

 

B. Religion

 

1. Biblical Studies (RELB)

3

2. Religion: RELT 138, 255

6

3. Upper-division elective

3

 

C. History

 

 

D. Language, Literature, Fine Arts 

 

1. Literature

3

 

E. Natural Sciences

 

1. Biology

3

2. Chemistry

3

3. Physics

3

4. Earth Science

3

 

F. Behavioral, Family, Health Sciences

 

1. HLED 173, PSYC 128

5

 

G. Activity Skills - 2 Hours

 

1. Recreational Skills (PEAC 225 required)

2

 

Minor in Music

Hours
20
Required

MUCT 111-112––Music Theory I and II

3,3

MUHL 118––Musical Styles and Representation

2

MUPF 189––Concentration

1,1

MUPF 273––Basic Conducting

1

MUPF 389––Concentration

1,1

Ensemble (at least two hours must be Undergraduate)

4

Music elective

1

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

University Catalog—PDF »

Music-Major Standing

To obtain freshman standing as a music major, students must qualify for MUCT 111—Music Theory by taking a written test in music theory and they must 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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