Music Major Requirements

Majoring in music at Heidelberg will teach you to create music through composition, arranging or improvisation, perceive music in the context of history and culture, perform solo and in a group, assess music using critical thinking skills, and involve music technology in your work as a performer, teacher, and scholar.

Major in Music (BMUS)

Required for all majors:

•  Major Ensemble (8 hours and each term of enrollment)
•  Performance Class (8 semesters)
•  Major Performance Area Instruction (8 semesters of private lessons)
•  MUS 107: History and Literature of Classical Music
•  MUS 213: World Music
•  MUS 246: History and Literature of the Romantic and Twentieth Century Periods
•  MUS 247: History and Literature of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Periods
•  MUS 122-22, 221-22: Music Theory I–IV
•  MUS 123-24, 223-24: Aural Training I-IV
•  MUS 499: Senior Recital/Project
•  Select one of the following concentrations


Concentration in Performance

Required:

•  Small Ensembles (2 semesters of enrollment)
•  MUS 091: Piano Proficiency I
•  MUS 115: Teaching and Performing with Technology
•  MUS 185-6: Piano Class
•  MUS 216: Conducting I (Choral)
•  MUS 309: Counterpoint
•  MUS 313: Form and Analysis
•  MUS 369: Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts
•  Music electives (20 hours) (9 hours for vocal emphasis)
•  Select one of the following areas of emphasis:

Instrumental/Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

•  MUS 335: Instrumental Pedagogy and Materials
•  MUS 397: Chamber Music I
•  MUS 398: Chamber Music II

Piano or Organ

•  Piano Accompanying (2 semesters)
•  MUS 321A: Piano Pedagogy
•  MUS 321B: Piano Literature or MUS 322: Organ Literature 

Strings

•  MUS 335: Instrumental Pedagogy and Materials

Vocal

•  Opera and Musical Theatre (2 semesters of enrollment)
•  Opera Workshop (2 semesters of enrollment)
•  GER 101: Introduction to German
•  FRN 101: Elementary French
•  MUS 118: Italian and German Diction
•  MUS 218: Latin and French Diction
•  MUS 415: Vocal Pedagogy
•  MUS 492: Song Literature
• Performance electives (9 hours) or Non-Major Performance Area sequence


Concentration in Composition/Theory

Required:

•  Major Performance Area (other instrumentation)
•  MUS 091: Piano Proficiency I
•  MUS 185/186: Piano Class
•  MUS 161: Composing with Digital Music Technology
•  MUS 209: Eighteenth Century Counterpoint
•  MUS 216: Conducting I (Choral)
•  MUS 307: Music of the Early Twentieth Century
•  MUS 308: New Directions in Music
•  MUS 309: Counterpoint
•  MUS 310: Counterpoint II
•  MUS 312: Orchestration and Band Arranging
•  MUS 313: Form and Analysis
•  MUS 339: Piano for Composition Majors
•  MUS 410: Pedagogy
•  MUS 411: History of Theory
•  MUS 490: Composition Portfolio
•  Music Electives: (4 hours) 


Concentration in Music Education

Required:

•  Small Ensembles (2 semesters of enrollment)
•  MUS 127/128: Non-Major Performance Area (not required for vocal emphasis) 
•  MUS 092: Piano Proficiency II
•  MUS 110: Introduction to the Teaching of Music and Related Careers
•  MUS 115: Teaching and Performing with Technology
•  MUS 163: Beginning Voice Class (not required for vocal emphasis) 
•  MUS 185/186: Piano Class (not required for piano or organ emphasis)
•  MUS 216: Conducting I (Choral)
•  MUS 312: Orchestration and Band Arranging (not required for vocal emphasis) 
•  MUS 313: Form and Analysis
•  MUS 316: Conducting II (Instrumental)
•  MUS 363: Music Education in Early Childhood and Elementary School
•  MUS 373: Choral Music Education in the Secondary Curriculum
•  MUS 374: Instrumental Music Education in the Secondary Curriculum
•  MUS 270: Percussion Class
•  MUS 273: Woodwinds Class
•  MUS 274: Woodwinds Class II
•  MUS 371: Brass Class
•  MUS 372: Brass Class II
•  MUS 375: Marching Band Techniques or 415: Vocal Pedagogy
•  MUS 379: Strings Class
•  MUS 285/286: Piano Class
•  EDU 200: Human Growth and Development
•  EDU 220: Principles of Teaching
•  EDU 229: Principles of Teaching Seminar: Multi-Age
•  EDU 347: Reading to Learn in the Content Area: Multi-Age
•  EDU 400: Curriculum/Organization of Schools
•  EDU 416: Seminar in Education
•  EDU 430: Student Teaching: Multi-Age
•  EIS 271: Individuals with Diverse Educational Needs
•  EIS 379: Prescriptive Assessment and Diagnosis
•  EIS 468: Communication and Collaborative Partnerships
•  Select one of the following areas of emphasis: Instrumental, Piano or Organ, Strings, Vocal. Your area of emphasis determines your ensemble participation, major area of instruction, and performance courses. 


Major in Music (BA)

Required:

•  Major Ensemble Participation (MUS 100 and MUS 200)
•  Music Performance Area Instruction (eight semesters of private lessons)
•  Performance Class (eight experiences)
•  MUS 091: Piano Proficiency Level 1
•  MUS 185/186: Piano Class
•  MUS 115: Teaching and Performing with Technology
•  MUS 121: Music Theory I
•  MUS 122: Music Theory II
•  MUS 123: Aural Training I
•  MUS 124: Aural Training II
•  MUS 499: Senior Recital/Project
•  Select an area of emphasis


Emphasis in Traditional Music

Required:

•  Major Ensemble Participation (MUS 300 and MUS 400)
•  MUS 107: History and Literature of Classical Music
•  MUS 213: World Music
•  MUS 246: History and Literature of the Romantic and Twentieth Century Periods OR MUS 247: History and Literature of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Periods
•  MUS 337: Music and the Liberal Arts
•  Five additional music semester hours


Emphasis in Popular Music

Required:

•  MUS 369: Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts
•  Four Small Ensembles Experiences OR THR 220: Experiential Learning in Theatre Performance
•  MUS 337: Music and the Liberal Arts
•  One music elective

One from:

•  MUS 107: History and Literature of Classical Music
•  MUS 213: World Music
•  MUS 246: History and Literature of the Romantic and Twentieth Century Periods
•  MUS 247: History and Literature of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Periods

Three courses from:

•  MUS 151: American Musical Theater
•  MUS 152: American Popular Music
•  MUS 153: Music in the Movies
•  MUS 154: Jazz in America
•  MUS 211: Journey of the Blues


Minor in Music

Required:

•  MUS 149: Understanding and Enjoying Music
•  Major Ensemble Participation (4 experiences)
•  Non-Major Applied Study (127-28 thru 427-28)
•  Six hours of music electives not covered below

Two from:

•  MUS 107: History and Literature of Classical Music
•  MUS 121: Music Theory I
•  MUS 122: Music Theory II
•  MUS 123: Aural Training I
•  MUS 124: Aural Training II

Two training/theory courses or one history course:

•  MUS 121-22, 221-22: Music Theory I-IV
•  MUS 123-42, 223-24: Aural Training I-IV
•  MUS 246: History and Literature: Romantic and 20th Century
•  MUS 247: History and Literature: Medieval, Renaissance, Early Baroque


This does not replace official academic requirements in the university catalog. Enrolled students will work their faculty advisor to ensure they meet all the requirements of their major. 

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