Degree Essentials

Music

Faculty

Professor Andy Carlson, Chair

Professor Andrew Carlson; Associate Professors: Ching-chu Hu, HyeKyung Lee; Assistant Professors: Christopher Bruhn, Wei Cheng, Mark Wade; Instructor/Asst. Professor Damien Mahiet; Instructors (part-time): Belinda Andrews-Smith, Tom Carroll, Nelson Harper; Affiliated Studio Instructors: Brett Burleson, Tim Carpenter, Casey Cook, Stephanie Henkle, Jed Hudson, Cora Kuyvenhoven, Richard Lopez, Leslie Maaser, Peter Mills, David Nesmith, Deborah Price, Sarah Ramsey, Doug Richeson, Seth Rogers, Steven Rosenberg, Debra Tucker, James Van Reeth, Kevin Wines, Ni Yan; Academic Administrative Assistant Pam Hughes

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The music curriculum combines theory and practice to provide students majoring in music with the necessary skills to excel in their area of concentration (performance, composition, history, and bluegrass). Students who complete the music major at Denison develop their full artistic, creative, and intellectual potential. They develop a working knowledge of both the history of Western music and the basic theoretical and formal concepts that will allow them to analyze musical works and reflect critically on musical performances. Students apply these skills in the performance of music both as soloists and within the context of larger ensembles. In addition to developing an understanding of performance practice appropriate to their area of study, our students experience music outside of the traditional Western canon (jazz, world music, American folk, African-American). In keeping with the goals of a liberal education, the department encourages students across the campus to seek private instrumental or vocal instruction and to participate in its varied ensembles, all in an effort to make music an integral aspect of life at Denison.

Music Major (B.A. Degree)

A major in music requires the completion of the requirements of the music core, the selected area of emphasis, performance requirements and the music portfolio.

Core: 5 courses 104 Music Theory I, 105 Music Theory II, 204 Music Theory III, 201 Music History I, 202 Music History II.

Performance Requirements Majors in music are required to complete the private lesson and recital or project requirements as specified in the area of emphasis. In addition to course requirements students must pass the appropriate Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Examinations. All majors and minors taking private lessons are required to perform a Performance Jury each semester unless they are registered for the junior or senior recital. Declared music majors must participate in one large ensemble each term. For specific ensemble requirements based on instrument or area of study, please refer to the Music Department Handbook. Students should take a mixture of large and small ensembles chosen in consultation with their private teacher, department chair, and area coordinator.

Private Lessons One (1) credit hour is given for one half hour (1/2) lesson per week and two (2) credit hours are given for one (1) hour lesson per week. A one (1) credit hour student is expected to practice 1 hour daily and a two (2) credit hour student is expected to practice 2 hours daily. Students enrolled in Private Lessons should also be concurrently enrolled in an ensemble. There is an applied music fee of $455 for each academic credit hour. All declared Music Majors and Minors will be given 1 waived credit hour for private lesson instruction each semester. At the discretion of the Music Department, Music Majors may have up to 4 credit hours waived and Music Minors may have up to 3 credit hours waived. Beginning students should opt for the class lessons in class piano, class voice and class guitar. There is no extra fee for class lessons. (For costs, see Dept. of Music Fees under College Costs in Catalog.)

Concert Attendance Journal All music majors and minors are required to submit a concert attendance journal each term. The journal is reviewed by the appropriate area coordinator and filed in the music office. Music students are notified at the beginning of each semester regarding the specific attendance requirements. Guidelines for the journal are available in the Music Office.

Emphasis Options

Composition (5 courses, plus lessons and seminar each semester) 206 Conducting and Orchestration, 329 20th Century Music, 217 Computer Music, one music elective, Private Lessons minimum 6 and 402 Senior Project or 401 Senior Recital

In addition, composition majors must enroll in 129 Composition Seminar each term, which satisfies the requirement for ensemble participation.

Music (5 courses, plus lessons and ensembles each semester) Three music electives, Private Lessons each term (8), two semesters of 129 Composition Seminar, and 401 Senior Recital or 402 Senior Project.

Music History (6 courses, plus lessons and ensembles each semester) Four Music History electives, four semesters Private Lessons (minimum 4), two semesters of 129 Composition Seminar, and 402 Senior Project.

History electives are determined in consultation with the Musicology coordinator.

Performance (4 courses, plus lessons and ensembles each semester) Performance audition, 206 Conducting and Orchestration, Private Lessons (2.0 hours each term), 2 semesters of 129 Composition Seminar, 301 Junior Recital and 401 Senior Recital.

Bluegrass (5 courses, plus lessons and ensembles each semester) 330 History of American Folk and Country Music, 337 History of Bluegrass Music, 135 Bluegrass Ensemble, 126 Bluegrass Seminar minimum 4 terms, 129 Composition (Seminar 2 terms), 301 Junior Recital and 401 Senior Recital

Music Minor

Performance Minor (4 courses, plus lessons & ensembles each semester) Performance Audition, Private Lessons (2.0 hours each term) (minimum 12), 201 Music History I or 202 Music History II, one elective, Ensembles (each term), 401 Senior Recital, 104 Music Theory I, Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exams, Performance Juries each term.

Admission by audition should be prior to enrollment in Denison. However, entry into the program will be possible up through fall semester of sophomore year. The Performance Minor would count toward graduation as an academic minor.

The applied lesson fee will be waived for music performance minors.

Music Minor (5 courses, plus lessons & ensembles each semester) 104 Musical Materials, 201 Music History I or 202 Music History II, 4 semesters of Private Lessons, 2 Music Electives, 4 semesters of Ensembles, Piano Proficiency Exam, Performance Juries each term.

Composition Minor (5 courses, plus lessons and ensembles each term 104 Music Theory I, 105 Music Theory II, 217 Computer Music, 329 20th Century Music, four semesters of Composition Lessons, 129 Composition Seminar each term, 402 Senior Project.

Bluegrass Minor (5 courses, plus lessons and ensembles) 104 Musical Materials, 330 History of American Folk and Country Music, 337 History of Bluegrass Music, 4 semesters of Bluegrass Ensemble, 4 semesters of private lessons (voice, violin, mandolin, banjo, bluegrass guitar, bass), 2 semesters of 126 Bluegrass seminar. Performance Juries each term. **Violin students pursuing the Bluegrass Minor will replace private lessons with MUSP 145-02, Fiddle Ensemble.

Music Electives

  • 206 Conducting and Orchestration

  • 216 Sound Editing and Recording

  • 217 Computer Music

  • 224 Advanced Computer Music

  • 314 Music in America

  • 319 World Music

  • 320 Women in Music

  • 325 Music of the Baroque

  • 326 Classical Era

  • 328 19th Century Music

  • 329 20th Century Music

  • 330 The History of American Folk and Country

  • 334 History of African American Gospel Music

  • 337 History of Bluegrass