Music Major Core

THEORY CORE – (4 Terms, 16 Hours – Theory and Musicianship)
  • MUSC 1201 Theory I (2), MUSC 1203 Theory II (2)
  • MUSC 2201 Theory III (2), MUSC 2203 Theory IV (2)
  • MUSC 1202 Musicianship Skills I (2), MUSC 1204 Musicianship Skills II (2)
  • MUSC 2202 Musicianship Skills III (2), MUSC 2204 Musicianship Skills IV (2)
MUSIC SEMINAR – (2 Terms , 2 Hours – History, Styles, Performance, Vocabulary)
  • MUSC 1301 Music Seminar I (1), MUSC 1302 Music Seminar I (1)
HISTORY AND REPERTOIRE  (2 Terms, 6 hours)
  • MUSC 3301 History and Literature of Music I (3), MUSC 3302 History and Literature of Music II (3)
PRIMARY INSTRUMENT PRIVATE LESSONS (8 Terms, 8 Hours)
  • MUSC 1551 (1), MUSC 1552 (1)
  • MUSC 2551 (1), MUSC 2552 (1)
  • MUSC 3551 (1), MUSC 3552 (1)
  • MUSC 4551 (1), MUSC 4552 (1)
ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENT
  • Major Ensemble (6 Terms, 6 Hours)
SENIOR CAPSTONE
  • MUSC 4790 Senior Capstone in Music (2)

Required Electives

(Choose 6 additional hours of electives at the 3000-level or above)

Additional Requirements

  • Piano Proficiency – pass exam or take piano class
  • Recital Attendance (0) – every term

Additional Requirements of Music Majors

  • Recital Attendance every semester: Register for MUSC 1000 (0 sh) every term.
  • Diagnostic Exams: Diagnostic exams are administered to incoming students in keyboard and theory.
  • Applied Music: See catalog for more information regarding special fees for applied music lessons.
  • Piano Proficiency: Students should seek to satisfy the piano proficiency requirements no later than the end of the sophomore year.
  • Second-Year Review: At the end of the second year of applied study at PC, students will perform an extended jury with an interview with the faculty. Permission to continue with upper-level study and to perform public solo recitals is granted through this procedure.
  • Ensembles: Music majors must participate in a 1.0-hour ensemble every
    semester. Students will also select a minimum of four 0.5 semester hour ensembles for the major. The final semester of ensemble participation is waived for music education majors.
  • Competency in Music Technology: The department requires that students acquire a basic competency in music technology. A basic introduction to music tech is included in MUSC 1301 and 1302 and the use of notational and aural training software programs are required in music theory and musicianship classes. The use of recording technology and manipulation of audio files is required in applied experiences and in music history classes.

Minor in Music

The minor in music requires 22 hours, including

  • MUSC 1100, 1201, 1202, 1203, and 1204;
  • a minimum of six semesters of applied study in the student’s primary instrument in MUSC 1500;
  • a minimum of six ensemble hours; a minimum of four terms in MUSC 1000;
  • and additional hours from the following courses:
    • MUSC 1301, 1302, 1701, 1702, 1151, 2400, 2420, 2421, 2422, 2423, 2430, 3301, 3302, 3401, 3701, as many as two additional hours in MUSC 1500 or 1510, and as many as two additional hours in ensemble.

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

1000 Recital Attendance (0)

Required of all music majors and minors every semester. A mark of “S” or “U” is given dependent upon fulfillment of attendance at designated performance events. (Fall and Spring)

1100 Music Appreciation (3)

An introduction to art music with illustrations of various types and forms. Open to all students and required for those seeking teaching certificates.

1101 Survey of American Popular Music (3)

A general survey of popular music in America from the middle of the 19th century to the present time. The principal popular music genres of Musical Theater, Jazz, Country, and Rock will be the focus of this course. Composers, performers, and performing mediums of these styles will be discussed within their religious, political, and economic context in order to gain a greater appreciation for their meaning and role in society, and place in the development of contemporary American culture.

1151 Music of the World’s Cultures (3)

An ethnological survey of music from cultures outside the Western art music tradition, including Africa, the Middle East, India, Asia, Australia, North, Central and South America, and Western folk music. Focus will be on developing skills in listening and analysis and on understanding similarities and differences between the musical systems and expressions of various peoples.

1201 Theory I (2)

(CO: MUSC 1202) Reading musical notations, counting rhythms, scales, keys, intervals, triads, and chord names.

1202 Musicianship Skills I (2)

(CO: MUSC 1201) Develop basic aural/visual musical skills: scales, chords, and melodies.

1203 Theory II (2)

(PR: MUSC 1201 • CO: MUSC 1204) Diatonic part-writing and analysis.

1204 Musicianship Skills II (2)

(CO: MUSC 1203) Melodic and harmonic dictation, rhythmic dictation, and aural identification of phrase forms and cadences.

1500 Applied Lesson Half (0.5)

Half-hour private applied lesson. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

1510 Applied Lesson Full (1)

One-hour private applied lesson. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

1551 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

1552 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

1600 PC Choir (1)

A highly selective choral ensemble established for the study of sacred and secular choral literature. Open each semester to all students in the College by audition. The choir presents on- and off-campus concerts each term. (Fall and Spring)

1601 Cantare! (0.5)

Choral ensemble open to all PC male students. (Fall and Spring)

1602 Bella Voce (0.5)

Choral ensemble open to all PC female students. (Fall and Spring)

1603 Opera and Music Theatre Workshop (0.5)

Provides an opportunity for students to study, prepare, and present performances of opera and musical theater excerpts and complete works.

1621 Ringers (0.5)

A selective handbell ensemble. Open to all PC students but requires an audition with the Director. Purpose is to provide training to enable ringers to serve as performers and directors of handbell choirs in school, church, and community settings. (Fall and Spring)

1650 Wind Ensemble (1)

A laboratory for the study and performance of the best literature for wind ensemble/symphonic band. Membership is open to all students by audition and/or interview. (Fall and Spring)

1651 Jazz Band (0.5)

The study of jazz in its many and varied forms is the subject of this course. Literature will be eclectic and include New Orleans Dixieland, Chicago Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Coo, Hard Bop, Third Stream, Free Jazz, and Jazz Rock Fusion.

1652 Pep Band (0.5)

Performs at home football, basketball, and playoff games. Music is primarily pop, jazz, and rock arrangements. Open each semester to all students who play a band instrument. (Fall and Spring)

1681 Chamber Ensemble – Strings (0.5)

Laboratories in chamber music performance and study. All students who perform satisfactorily and independently on their instruments are eligible and accepted, to the limits of usable standard instrumentations. Performances for each group are required. (Fall and Spring)

1682 Chamber Ensemble – Winds (0.5)

Laboratories in chamber music performance and study. All students who perform satisfactorily and independently on their instruments are eligible and accepted, to the limits of usable standard instrumentations. Performances for each group are required. (Fall and Spring)

1683 Chamber Ensemble – Piano (0.5)

Laboratories in chamber music performance and study. All students who perform satisfactorily and independently on their instruments are eligible and accepted, to the limits of usable standard instrumentations. Performances for each group are required. (Fall and Spring)

1684 Bagpipe Ensemble (0.5)

Laboratories in chamber music performance and study. All students who perform satisfactorily and independently on their instruments are eligible and accepted, to the limits of usable standard instrumentations. Performances for each group are required. (Fall and Spring)

1685 Chamber Ensemble – Percussion (0.5)

Laboratories in chamber music performance and study. All students who perform satisfactorily and independently on their instruments are eligible and accepted, to the limits of usable standard instrumentations. Performances for each group are required. (Fall and Spring)

1690 Chamber Orchestra (1)

A college chamber orchestra that rehearses and performs compositions of different style periods written for string orchestra. Membership is open to all students who play a string instrument. (Fall and Spring)

1701 Beginning Functional Keyboard Skills (1)

The keyboard application of theoretical concepts including note reading; modes and scales; primary chords and inversions; and cadences, improvisation, harmonization, and transposition using primary chords.

1702 Intermediate Functional Keyboarding Skills (1)

The keyboard application of theoretical concepts including major and minor scales; major arpeggios; primary, secondary, and dominant seventh chords and inversions; cadences; improvisation, harmonization, and transposition using primary and secondary chords; two-part choral and instrumental readings; and transposition of B-flat, E-flat, and F instruments.

1710 Guitar Class (1)

Introduction to the basic skills of guitar playing with emphasis on demonstration and accompaniment techniques. Commonly used chords and chord progressions and a variety of strumming and fingerstyle accompaniment patterns will be studied.

2201 Theory III (2)

(PR: MUSC 1203 • CO: MUSC 2202) Part-writing and analysis with applied harmonies and modulations. Model compositions in the style of late Classical and Romantic composers.

2202 Musicianship Skills III (2)

(CO: MUSC 2201) Sight reading; melodic and harmonic dictation with diatonic and applied harmonies; and aural identification of simple forms.

2203 Theory IV (2)

(PR: 2201 • CO: MUSC 2204) Part-writing and analysis with 19th-century chromatic harmonies, model compositions in the style of late Romantic composers, and exposure to 20th century developments.

2204 Musicianship Skills IV (2)

(CO: MUSC 2203) Sight reading; melodic and harmonic dictation with chromatic harmonies and modal mixture; and aural identification of larger forms.

2400 School Music Methods (3)

A course designed to provide early education and elementary school specialists with specific musical skills and materials. Integration of music into the general classroom is the ultimate goal of the class.

2410 Piano Methods (1)

(PR: POI) Covers the history and philosophies of piano teaching and piano literature from 1700 to present, and piano pedagogy including current piano methods, aesthetics, and performance practice, injury prevention, and performance anxiety. Required prior to teaching in the Piedmont Music Program.

2430 Vocal Methods (0.5)

Instruction in the fundamental physiological design of the vocal mechanism with issues of vocal pedagogy, repertoire, and IPA for use with languages.

2551 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

2552 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

2701 Advanced Functional Keyboard Skills (1) (PR: MUSC 1702)

The keyboard application of theoretical concepts including major and minor scales and arpeggios; primary, secondary, and dominant seventh chords and inversions; secondary dominant chords; cadences, improvisation, harmonization and transposition using primary, secondary, dominant seventh, and secondary dominant chords; modulation; four-part choral and instrumental reading; two-part score reading of transposing B-flat, E-flat, and alto clef instruments; and accompany.The keyboard proficiency requirements are met with a final grade of “B” or better.

3210 Form and Analysis (3)

(PR: MUSC 2203 and 2204) Patterns and processes in music with an examination of prominent musical forms using specific musical examples of each as subject for analysis. Analysis will be performed visually using musical scores and aurally using musical recordings and live performances.

3301 History and Literature of Music I: Antiquity to 1750 (3)

(RE: MUSC 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204) The development of music from antiquity through the end of the Baroque with an emphasis on historical perspectives and theoretical concepts will be explored.

3302 History and Literature of Music II: 1750 to Present (3)

(RE: MUSC 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204) Perspectives and concepts introduced in MUSC 3301 continue to be developed from the Classical through the Contemporary periods.

3551 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

3552 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

3700 Recital (0.5)

Enrollment is concurrent with the appropriate private applied lessons. Students must perform a recital pre-hearing for designated members of the music faculty no more than four weeks and no less than ten days prior to the recital for approval of public performance. Copies of the recital program and a recording are placed into the student portfolio.

3701 Music Technology (3)

An introduction to the physics of sound, musical synthesis, MIDI, sequencing, and computer applications in music engraving and multimedia. This course is designed to provide hands-on experience with synthesizers and the world of music and the Apple computer.

3710 Conducting (3)

Basic concepts in conducting will be reviewed. Performance analysis, conducting gestures relative to choral and instrumental ensembles, rehearsal planning, choral and instrumental ensemble logistics, and the practical application of the preceding are included.

4002 Special Projects (1-6)

4003 Honors Research (3-6)

4004 Readings (1-3)

4005 Directed Studies (3-6)

4006 Seminar (1-3)

4007 Internship (1-3)

4008 Research (1-6)

4009 Special Topics in Music (3)

(May be taken more than once for credit) A study of a particular event, theme, or era within Music.

4210 Orchestration and Arranging (3)

(PR: MUSC 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 2201, 2202, 2203, and 2204) Investigation and application of techniques for the use of voices and instruments in composition and arranging.

4310 20th-Century Music (3)

The history, analysis, and aesthetics of composers, styles, and techniques of the 20th century.

4500 Composition (1)

Applied lesson in composition; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee.

4551 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

4552 Applied Lesson Major (1)

Music major applied lesson; meets for one hour each week. Additional fee. (Fall and Spring)

4790 Senior Capstone in Music (2)

Required of all music majors and consisting of two parts: 1) A creative component, normally a publicly presented recital; and 2) a research/analytical component based on recital repertoire or an approved alternative topic and supervised by the primary applied instructor or another of the full-time faculty.