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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Students seeking a Bachelor’s degree in music may choose:

  • Music Major with a choice of emphases: Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, or Church Music
  • Music Education Major which leads to K-12 licensure in the State of Iowa
  • Arts Management Major

All Bachelor’s degrees in music require completion of the Waldorf Core Curriculum. Music Education majors must fulfill the Social Science requirement (VII) with EDU 120 and PSY 144, and the upper level Religion requirement (III) with REL 400.

The Music Major requires a minor in a second academic area. The Humanities Minor and Theatre Minor are designed to complete the Music Major. It is required for the Vocal Performance Emphasis and highly recommended for the others.

All music majors who have not passed the piano proficiency exam are required to study piano. Whether it is in piano class or in applied lessons is at the discretion of the music department.

Music Core for All Performance Emphasis, Church Music Emphasis and Music Education - 41 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MUS 101 Theory I 3
MUS 102 Theory II 3
MUS 103 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 104 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 201 Theory III 3
MUS 202 Theory IV 3
MUS 203 Aural Skills III 1
MUS 204 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS 215 Conductor’s Workshop 2
MUS 216 Music Arranging/Music Technology 1
MUS 300 World Music 3
MUS 301 Music History I 3
MUS 302 Music History II 3
MUS 318 Music History III 3
MSA   Applied Lessons 6
MSA   Major Ensembles 4
Students must also pass the Piano Proficiency Exam

Vocal Performance Requirements - 23-24 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MUS 111 Diction for Singers I 1
MUS 211 Diction for Singers II 1
MUS 311 Diction for Singers III 1
MUS 315 Conductor’s Workshop II 2
MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature 1
MUS 420 Vocal Literature 2
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 6
MSA 313 Half Recital, Voice 1
MSA 413 Full Recital, Voice 2
THR 132 Acting I 3
One course from the following:
GER 101-102 Elementary German 4
GER 201-202 Intermediate German 3
An academic minor is also required. A humanities minor or theatre minor is recommended

Instrumental Performance Requirements - 18 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MUS 315 Conductor’s Workshop II 2
MUS 316 Conductor’s Workshop III 2
MUS 384 Seminar: Instrumental Ensemble Literature 1
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 8
MUS 422 Instrumental Repertoire (guided study) 2
MSA 316 Half Recital, Instrumental 1
MSA 416 Full Recital, Instrumental 2
An academic minor is also required. A humanities minor is recommended.

Keyboard Performance Requirements - 19 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MSA 225 Collaborative Piano 2
MUS 315 Conductor’s Workshop II 2
MUS 316 Conductor’s Workshop III 2
MUS 421 Piano Literature (guided study) 2
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 8
MSA 314 Half Recital, Piano 1
MSA 414 Full Recital, Piano 2
An academic minor is also required. A humanities minor is recommended.

Church Music Requirements - 20-23 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MUS 315 Conductor’s Workshop II 2
MUS 330 Music and Worship and the Lutheran Tradition 3
MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature 1
MSA   Additional Applied Lessons 4
MSA 313-316 Half Recital 1
MUS 430 Church Music Practicum and Internship 6-9
One course from the following:
SPE 111 Essentials of Public Speaking 3
THR 132 Acting I 3
An academic minor is also required. A humanities minor is recommended.

Music Education Requirements - 17 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MSA 313-316 Half Recital 1
MUE 341 Methods of General Music in the Public Skills K-12 4
MUE 360 Percussion Skills 1
MUE 361 Woodwind Skills 1
MUE 362 Brass Skills 1
MUE 363 Vocal Skills 1
MUE 441 Methods of Performance Ensembles in the Schools 3
MUS 315 Conductor’s Workshop II 2
MUS 316 Conductor’s Workshop III 2
MUS 382 Seminar: Choral Literature 1
MUS 384 Seminar: Instrumental Ensemble Literature 1

Professional Education Core for Music Education - 37 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
EDU 144 Human Growth and Development 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDU 202 Introduction to Teaching Clinical 0
EDU 210 Human Relations for Teachers 2
EDU 230 Educational Media and Computers 1
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 395 Content Area Reading 2
EDU 400 Ethics and Religious Diversity in Public & Private Edu. 3
EDU 406 Elementary Music Student Teaching 6
EDU 411 Multicultural Practicum 2
EDU 421 Secondary Music Student Teaching 6
EDU 430 Capstone 1
EDU 460/465 Behavior Management for Elementary/Secondary 2
SPED 220 Exceptional Learners 3

Art Management Requirements - 65-68 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
BUS 101 Principles of Accounting 4
BUS 310 Principles of Management 4
BUS 313 Marketing Management 4
BUS 321 Organizational Theory and Behavior 4
BUS 412 Human Resources Management 4
CIS 101 Computer Applications I 2
CIS 101A Business Intelligence 1
MSA   Applied Lessons (one discipline) 6
MSA   Major Ensembles 4
MUS 101 Theory I 3
MUS 102 Theory II 3
MUS 103 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 104 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 300 World Music 3
MUS 301 Music History I 3
MUS 302 Music History II 3
MUS 318 Music History III 3
MUS 215 Conductor’s Workshop I 3
MUS 434 Arts Management Practicum and Internship 6-9
One course from the following:
SPE 111 Essentials of Public Speaking 3
THR 132 Acting I 3
The Art Management track does not need to complete the Music Core

Music Minor Requirements - 17 Credits

Requirements
Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
MUS 101 Theory I 3
MUS 102 Theory II 3
MUS 103 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 104 Aural Skills II 1
MUS   Electives 6
MSA   Applied Lessons (80s level, one discipline) 2
MSA   Major Ensembles 2
One course from the following:
MUS 301 Music History I 3
MUS 302 Music History II 3
MUS 318 Music History III 3