Degree Requirements

2018 - 2019

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The music department serves the whole Denison community, offering courses and concerts that allow students to develop their artistic, creative, and intellectual potential. We believe that performance and intellectual study of music mutually deepen and strengthen one another. Our music majors and minors attain fluency in music through rigorous study of music history, theory, and technique, and apply this knowledge in performance and analysis. In accordance with the ideals of a liberal arts education, our department offers a broad exposure to musics across time and place. We open music classes, lessons, and ensembles to the entire campus, forming not only an integral part of life at Denison, but also a tool for connecting our students with the broader community. By modeling a vibrant community of musicians and audiences, we foster a culturally and ethically informed citizenship with a lifelong passion for the arts.

Music Major (B.A. Degree)

Performance Requirements

Majors in music are required to complete the private lessons 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 core 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 core and small ensembles chosen in consultation with their private teacher, department chair, and area coordinator.

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 one hour daily and a two-credit-hour student is expected to practice two hours daily. Students enrolled in Private Lessons should also be concurrently enrolled in an ensemble. There is an applied music fee of $515 for each academic credit hour. All declared Music Majors receive two waived credits (three with chair's permission) for private lesson instruction each semester; Performance Minors receive two waived credits and General Minors receive one waived credit. 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 in the Annual Costs section of 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.

Core Ensemble

Declared music majors and minors must participate in at least one core ensemble each semester. Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble all satisfy the core ensemble requirement. For composition majors/minors and bluegrass majors, Composition Seminar and Bluegrass Seminar respectively satisfy core ensemble requirements.  Students should take a mixture of core and small ensembles chosen in consultation with their private lesson instructor. Students must be enrolled in the ensemble in which they perform. Students wishing to substitute their core ensemble must submit a Core Ensemble Substitution form and receive approval from the Music Department to do so. The request form is available from the Music Department Office and is to be submitted before the Add/Drop deadline.

Emphasis Options

Five Core Courses

MUS 104Music Theory I - Musical Materials
MUS 105Music Theory II - Harmonic Systems
MUS 204Music Theory III - Methods of Analysis
MUS 201Music History I
MUS 202Music 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 - Keyboard Skills I and MUSP 128 - Keyboard Skills 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 (Majors/Minors)
  • MUS 217 - Computer Music
  • One music elective at the 300-level
  • Private Composition Lessons (minimum 6)
  • and MUS 402 - Senior Project or MUS 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)
  • Core Ensembles each term (minimum 6 semesters)
  • Two semesters of MUSP 129 - Composition Seminar
  • MUS 401 - Senior Recital or MUS 402 - Senior Project

Music History

  • Four Music History electives taken at the 300-level
  • Core Ensembles (minimum 4 semesters) 
  • Private Lessons (minimum 4 semesters)
  • Two semesters of MUSP 129 - Composition Seminar, and MUS 402 - Senior Project

History electives are determined in consultation with the Musicology coordinator.

Performance

  • Performance audition
  • MUS 206 - Conducting and Orchestration
  • Private Lessons, 2 credit hours each semester; minimum 6 semesters
  • Core Ensembles each semester; minimum 6 semesters
  • Two semesters of MUSP 129 - Composition Seminar, MUS 301 - Junior Recital and MUS 401 - Senior Recital

Bluegrass

  • MUS 330 - The History of American Folk and Country Music (Majors/Minors)
  • MUS 337 - History of Bluegrass Music (Majors/Minors)
  • 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 at the 100 level, minimum 6 semesters
  • Core Ensembles, minimum 6 semesters
  • Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam or MUSP 127 - Keyboard Skills I and MUSP 128 - Keyboard Skills II

Music Minor

Performance Minor 

  • Performance Audition
  • Private Lessons, 2 credit hours each semester, minimum 6 semesters
  • MUS 104 - Music Theory I - Musical Materials, MUS 201 - Music History I or MUS 202 - Music History II
  • One music elective at the 300-level
  • Core 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 every spring semester up through their senior 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 I - Musical Materials, 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
  • Core Ensembles, minimum 4 semesters
  • Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam
  • Performance Juries each term

Composition Minor

  • MUS 104 - Music Theory I - Musical Materials
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory II - Harmonic Systems
  • MUS 217 - Computer Music
  • MUS 329 - 20th Century Music (Majors/Minors)
  • MUSP 129 - Composition Seminar, minimum 4 semesters
  • Private Composition Lessons, minimum 4 semesters
  • Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam
  • MUS 402 - Senior Project

Bluegrass Minor

  • MUS 104 - Music Theory I - Musical Materials
  • MUS 330 - The History of American Folk and Country Music (Majors/Minors)
  • MUS 337 - History of Bluegrass Music (Majors/Minors)
  • MUSP 135 - Bluegrass Ensemble, minimum 4 semesters
  • Private Lessons, minimum 4 semesters at the 100 level (voice, violin*, mandolin, banjo, bluegrass guitar, bass)
  • Two semesters of MUSP 126 - Bluegrass Seminar
  • Keyboard Proficiency and Performance Skills Exam or MUSP 127 - Keyboard Skills I and MUSP 128 - Keyboard Skills II 
  • Performance Juries each term

*Violin students pursuing the Bluegrass Minor will replace private lessons with MUSP 145 - Class Strings Ensemble-02, Fiddle Ensemble.

Music Electives  

The following courses are considered to be music electives:

MUS 206Conducting and Orchestration
MUS 216Sound Editing and Recording
MUS 217Computer Music
MUS 224Computer Music II
MUS 303Beethoven's Hero (Majors/Minors) (W)
MUS 314Music in America (Majors/Minors)
MUS 315Popular Musical Theater in America
MUS 319Music and Globalization (Majors/Minors)
MUS 320Women in Music (Majors/Minors)
MUS 325Music of the Baroque
MUS 326Classical Era: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven (Majors/Minors)
MUS 32819th Century Music (Majors/Minors)
MUS 32920th Century Music (Majors/Minors)
MUS 330The History of American Folk and Country Music (Majors/Minors)
MUS 331Film Music and Sound
MUS 332Music and Sexuality
MUS 334History of African American Gospel Music (Majors/Minors)
MUS 335Latin American Music History
MUS 337History of Bluegrass Music (Majors/Minors)
MUS 339The History of Rock Music (Majors/Minors)

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