Major in Music

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Courses in music provide opportunities for enrichment through a variety of musical experiences, including classroom study, group and private lessons, and ensemble participation. The major in Music serves as a foundation for further study in graduate school and for careers in performance, composition, and education. Music majors choose either the Performance Emphasis track or the Non-Performance Emphasis track. The music minor, combined with a major in Business Administration or Communication, offers opportunities for careers in arts management, music broadcasting, and music business.

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Requirements for a major in music with performance emphasis

A minimum of 38 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

MUS151 Introduction to Music History 3
MUS210 Introduction to Music Theory 3
MUS220 Music Theory II 3
MUS320 Music Theory III 3
MUS330 Music Theory IV 3
MUS308 Music in Its Historical Perspective I 3
MUS318W Music in Its Historical Perspective II 3
MUS328 Music in Its Historical Perspective III 3
MUS098 Junior Recital 0
MUS099 Senior Recital 0

Plus 12 semesters of private instruction selected from the following:

MUS333 Private Instruction in Piano 1-2
MUS334 Private Instruction in Voice 1-2
MUS335 Private Instruction in Strings 1-2

Plus one additional MUS course at the 200 level or higher:

2-3
TOTAL: 38+
Vocal Performance emphasis majors are strongly encouraged to complete Spanish through the intermediate level.

Requirements for a major in music with non-performance emphasis

A minimum of 35 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

MUS150 Music Cultures in the United States 3
MUS151 Introduction to Music History 3
MUS210 Introduction to Music Theory 3
MUS220 Music Theory II 3
MUS320 Music Theory III 3
MUS330 Music Theory IV 3
MUS308 Music in Its Historical Perspective I 3
MUS318W Music in Its Historical Perspective II 3
MUS328 Music in Its Historical Perspective III 3

Plus 4 semesters of private instruction selected from the following:

MUS333 Private Instruction in Piano 1-2
MUS334 Private Instruction in Voice 1-2
MUS335 Private Instruction in Strings 1-2

Plus at least 4 hours of additional MUS coursework at the 200 level and above

4
TOTAL: 35+

Requirements for a major in music with teacher certification (Vocal Music, K–12)

35 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

MUS210 Introduction to Music Theory 3
MUS220 Music Theory II 3
MUS231 Choral Conducting 2
MUS250 Introduction to Music Education 2
MUS308 Music in Its Historical Perspective I 3
MUS318W Music in Its Historical Perspective II 3
MUS320 Music Theory III 3
MUS328 Music in Its Historical Perspective III 3
MUS330 Music Theory IV 3
MUS331 Advanced Choral Conducting 2
MUS333 Applied Piano (4 semesters & proficiency exam) 4
MUS334 Applied Voice (4 semesters) 4
TOTAL: 35

Plus the following Professional Education courses:

EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
EDU229 Educating the Exceptional Child 3
EDU350 Language and Literacy in Adolescence 1
EDU364A Music Education Diversity Practicum 1
EDU364B Music Education Content Practicum 1
EDU390 Educational Technology 2
EDU431W Educational Assessment 2
EDU435 Field Experience for Secondary Student Teachers .5
EDU445 Teaching Elementary Vocal Music 4
EDU446 Teaching Secondary Vocal Music 4
EDU455 Education Seminar 1
EDU464 Student Teaching 14
Plus all Content Area Standards requirements for a major in Secondary Education. See the Secondary Education Program Description.
All Music Education majors must pass the piano proficiency requirement prior to the student teaching experience (EDU464). In addition, to qualify for Student Teaching, a student must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the Music major outlined above. Enrollment in an ensemble for 0-1 credit is required in every semester except the semester of Student Teaching.

Requirements for a minor in music

22 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

MUS150 Music Cultures in the United States 3
MUS151 Introduction to Music History 3
MUS210 Introduction to Music Theory 3
MUS220 Music Theory II 3

Plus 4 semester hours selected from the following:

MUS333 Private Instruction in Piano 1–2
MUS334 Private Instruction in Voice 1–2
MUS335 Private Instruction in Strings 1–2

Plus an additional 6 hours of MUS coursework at the 300 level or higher.

6
TOTAL: 22
In all the above programs, enrollment in an ensemble for 0-1 credit is required in each semester when the student is enrolled in Applied Music (133, 134, 333, 334, or 335). Up to 3 semester hours of MUS281 or 382 may count toward the Music major or minor. All majors must meet a piano proficiency requirement. Vocal Performance and Music Education majors are also encouraged to take MUS285 Foreign Language Diction.

Pre-Music Therapy

Eureka College offers a pre-professional program for students interested in pursuing a career in music therapy. For more information, please consult the section on Pre-Professional Programs.

Arts Administration

See Arts Administration Emphasis within the Business Administration Major.