Professor Ching-chu Hu, Chair
Professors: Andrew Carlson, Ching-chu Hu; Associate Professors: HyeKyung Lee, Wei Cheng; Assistant Professors: Daniel Blim, Christopher Westover; Instructors: Belinda Andrews-Smith, Casey Cook, Nelson Harper, Pete Mills, Kevin Wines, Seth Rogers; Affiliated Studio Instructors: Brett Burleson, Tim Carpenter, Jackie Eichhorn, Stephanie Henkle, Cora Kuyvenhoven, Richard Lopez, Leslie Maaser, David Nesmith, Emily Patronik, Deborah Price, Sarah Ramsey, Doug Richeson, Steven Rosenberg, Andy Strietelmeier, James Van Reeth, 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, while developing 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 ensembles. In addition to developing an understanding of performance practice appropriate to their area of study, our students experience music outside the traditional Western canon (jazz, world music, American folk, African-American). In keeping with the goals of a liberal education, the department encourages students 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.
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.
Music Major (B.A. Degree)
A major in music requires the completion of the requirements of the five core courses and the requirements of the selected area of emphasis.
Private Lessons Music performance majors and performance minors must enroll for two-credit-hour lessons on their primary instrument; non-performance minors must enroll for one credit-hour lesson. The minimum number of required lessons must be taken on the same instrument (or voice). One credit hour is given for one half-hour lesson per week and two credit hours are given for one hour-long lesson per week. A one credit hour student is expected to practice 1 hour daily and a two 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 $500 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 Department of Music Fees under College Costs in the Catalog.) Students who drop private lessons after the drop date will still be responsible for their lesson fee.
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.
Large Ensemble: Declared music majors and minors must participate in at least one large ensemble each semester. Bluegrass Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble all satisfy the large ensemble requirement. Students should take a mixture of large and small ensembles chosen in consultation with their private lesson instructor. Students must be enrolled in the ensemble in which they perform.
Five core courses MUS 104 Music Theory I, MUS 105 Music Theory II, MUS 204 Music Theory III, MUS 201 Music History I, MUS 202 Music History II. The Music Department faculty strongly recommend that students complete Theory I and II during their first year in the program and that they continue with History I and II and Theory III in the second. All music majors must also pass the Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam or complete MUSP 127 and 128 Keyboard Skills I and II. In addition to the five core courses and a demonstration of keyboard proficiency, the following courses are required in each music emphasis option.
Composition MUSP 129 Composition Seminar (minimum 6 semesters), MUS 206 Conducting and Orchestration, MUS 329 20th Century Music, MUS 217 Computer Music, one music elective at the 300 level, Private Composition Lessons (minimum 6) and 402 Senior Project or 401 Senior Recital
In addition, composition majors must enroll in MUSP 129 Composition Seminar each term, which satisfies the requirement for ensemble participation.
Music (General) Three music electives at the 300 level, Private Lessons each term (minimum 6 semesters), Large Ensembles each term (minimum 6 semesters) two semesters of MUSP 129 Composition Seminar, and 401 Senior Recital or 402 Senior Project.
Music History Four Music History electives taken at the 300 level, Large Ensembles (minimum 4 semesters), Private Lessons (minimum 4 semesters), two semesters of MUSP 129 Composition Seminar, and 402 Senior Project.
History electives are determined in consultation with the Musicology coordinator.
Performance Performance audition, MUS 206 Conducting and Orchestration, Private Lessons, 2 hours each semester; minimum 6 semesters; Large Ensembles each semester; minimum 6 semesters, 2 semesters of MUSP 129 Composition Seminar, 301 Junior Recital and 401 Senior Recital.
Bluegrass MUS 330 History of American Folk and Country Music, MUS 337 History of Bluegrass Music, MUSP 135 Bluegrass Ensemble each semester, minimum 6 semesters; MUSP 126 Bluegrass Seminar, minimum 4 semesters; MUSP 129 Composition Seminar, two semesters; MUS 301 Junior Recital and MUS 401 Senior Recital, Private Lessons, minimum 6 semesters; Large Ensembles, minimum 6 semesters.
Performance Minor Performance Audition, Private Lessons, 2 hours each semester, minimum 6 semesters; MUS 104 Music Theory I, MUS 201 Music History I or MUS 202 Music History II; one music elective at the 300 level; Large Ensembles, each semester, minimum 6 semesters; MUS 401 Senior Recital, Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exams, Performance Juries each term. Performance minors must also perform in the Performance Minor Recital in the spring of their Junior year.
Admission by audition should be prior to enrollment in Denison. However, entry into the program will be possible up to the end of the first year. The Performance Minor would count toward graduation as an academic minor.
Performance Minors must be enrolled in one-hour, 2 credit hours, lessons for each term they are registered as a Performance Minor. The applied lesson fee will be waived for music performance minors.
Music Minor MUS 104 Music Theory, MUS 201 Music History I or MUS 202 Music History II, Private Lessons, minimum 4 semesters on the same instrument; 2 Music Electives at the 300 Level; Large Ensembles, minimum 4 semesters; Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam, Performance Juries each term.
Composition Minor MUS 104 Music Theory I, MUS 105 Music Theory II, MUS 217 Computer Music, MUS 329 20th Century Music; MUSP 129 Composition Seminar, minimum 4 semesters; Private Composition Lessons, minimum 4 semesters; Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam; 402 Senior Project.
Bluegrass Minor MUS 104 Music Theory I, MUS 330 History of American Folk and Country Music, MUS 337 History of Bluegrass Music, MUSP 135 Bluegrass Ensemble, minimum 4 semesters; Private Lessons, minimum 4 semesters (voice, violin, mandolin, banjo, bluegrass guitar, bass); 2 semesters of MUSP 126 Bluegrass seminar, Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam. Performance Juries each term. **Violin students pursuing the Bluegrass Minor will replace private lessons with MUSP 145-02, Fiddle Ensemble.
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