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Curriculum

The Music major blends traditional music education with the technological and professional requirements of today's job market. The curriculum is compact, with areas of focus in vocal performance, piano performance, instrumental performance, and commercial and popular music. The music core builds fundamental skills in analytical thinking through theoretical study and develops written communication ability within broad historical contexts. The concentrations focus on problem solving and adaptability in production and performance.

Learning Outcomes

The successful music graduate is expected to:

  1. Produce music which demonstrates critical thinking.
  2. Evaluate music with a cultural understanding of style.
  3. Apply concepts of music theory.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Music Major Requirements (44 credits)

MUSC 1000 - Music Through History (3 credits)

This course traces the development of music in Western culture, with an emphasis on music written and preserved from the Middle Ages to the present. The course encourages and enables students to recognize, analyze, and understand the materials of music (such as musical instruments and their properties, and the use of scales, modes and rhythms) as well as various musical forms (fugue, sonata cycle, overture). 

MUSC 1200 - Piano I (3 credits)

A laboratory class designed to integrate aural and written theory through the development of keyboard proficiency.

MUSC 1250 - Piano II (3 credits)

A laboratory class designed to further integrate aural and written theory through development of keyboard proficiency. Prerequisite: MUSIC 1200.

MUSC 1960 - Commercial Music Theory (3 credits)

This course will introduce fundamentals of music theory including chord progressions, song forms, and harmonic techniques used in commercial music. Students will develop the foundation to write and analyze commercial music. 

MUSC 2900 - Introduction to Commercial Music (3 credits)

This course will introduce and examine the music industry from a practical, historical, and contextual viewpoint. The music product will be considered as well as career options for students as developing producers and performers. Students will develop the foundation to produce and analyze commercial music. 

MUSC 2960 - Creating Commercial Music (3 credits)

This course will develop the necessary music theory fundamentals to create commercial music. Students will analyze commercial repertoire to more fully understand improvisation, stylistic interpretation, and application of technical skill. Prerequisite: MUSC 1960.

MUSC 3301 - Ensemble I (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

MUSC 3302 - Ensemble II (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: MUSC 3301.

MUSC 3303 - Ensemble III (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: MUSC 3302.

MUSC 3304 - Ensemble IV (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: MUSC 3303.

MUSC 3600 - Music of World Cultures (3 credits)

This course will introduce musical traditions from around the world and examine how cultural setting shapes the music. The meanings derived from musical styles and structures will be assessed through active and informed listening. Non-Western cultures studied may include West Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, and more. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2000H, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020. 

MUSC 4950 - Internship in Music (3 credits)

Internship in Music requires a 15-20 hour per week field or work experience for 16 weeks (or more) in the student's major area of study. Consult academic division for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and permission of department chair. Repeatable to 6 credits.

THEA 4930 - Senior Seminar (1 credit)

Seminar style course designed to synthesize coursework and performing experience with preparation for a professional career or graduate study in the performing arts. Course topics will include formulation of artistic philosophy, the business of the performing arts, professional development, interview/audition skills, and culminate in a final capstone performance or project. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit hours and permission of department chair.

Concentration (15 credits)

Select one of the following concentrations:

Complete all 15 credits from the following courses:

MUSC 2401 - Basic Applied Voice I (2 credits)

Applied studio are lessons one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

MUSC 2402 - Basic Applied Voice II (2 credits)

Applied studio lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2401.

MUSC 2700 - Musical Theatre Performance I (2 credits)

A two credit course which includes studio training in the techniques, repertoire, and business acumen required for the musical theatre professions. Prerequisite: MUSC 1200 or MUSC 1500 or MUSC 1800 or THEA 2020.

MUSC 3701 - Advanced Musical Theatre Performance I (2 credits)

A two credit course which includes advanced studio training in the techniques, repertoire, and business acumen required for the musical theatre profession. Prerequisite: MUSC 2700. 

MUSC 4401 - Advanced Applied Voice I (2 credits)

Applied voice lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. This is an advanced course requiring strong music skills, a knowledge of vocal repertoire and solid vocal technique. Registration for this class requires a private lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 3701.

MUSC 4402 - Advanced Applied Voice II (2 credits)

Applied voice lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. This is an advanced course requiring strong music skills, a knowledge of vocal repertoire, and a solid vocal technique. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 4401.

THEA 2000 - Voice and Movement (3 credits)

Study and practice in breathing, phonation, standard speech, text analysis, scansion and cold readings, as well as kinesthetic awareness, warm-up, use of space, stage movement, stage blocking, and stage combat.

Complete all 15 credits from the following courses:

MUSC 1500 - Beginning Voice (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop and reinforce fundamental vocal skills and techniques. 

MUSC 2411 - Basic Applied Piano I (2 credits)

Applied one-on-one lessons with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

MUSC 2412 - Basic Applied Piano II (2 credits)

Applied one-on-one lessons with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2411.

MUSC 2413 - Basic Applied Piano III (2 credits)

Applied one-on-one lessons with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2412.

MUSC 2414 - Basic Applied Piano IV (2 credits)

Applied one-on-one lessons with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2413.

MUSC 4411 - Advanced Applied Piano I (2 credits)

Applied Studio lessons are advanced one-on-one sessions with students and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2414. 

MUSC 4412 - Advanced Applied Piano II (2 credits)

Applied studio lessons are advanced one-on-one sessions with students and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 4411.

Complete all 15 credits from the following courses:

MUSC 1300 - Beginning Guitar Class (3 credits)

A course designed to learn basic rhythmic patterns and scales, standard chord sequences and progressions from different styles for the developing electric or acoustic guitar player.

MUSC 2421 - Basic Applied Instrument I (2 credits)

Applied instrument lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

MUSC 2422 - Basic Applied Instrument II (2 credits)

Applied instrument lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2421.

MUSC 2423 - Basic Applied Instrument III (2 credits)

Applied instrument lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2422.

MUSC 2424 - Basic Applied Instrument IV (2 credits)

Applied instrument lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 2423.

MUSC 4421 - Advanced Applied Instrument I (2 credits)

Applied instrument lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. This is an advanced course requiring strong music skills, a knowledge of repertoire, and a solid technique. Prerequisite: MUSC 2424. 

MUSC 4422 - Advanced Applied Instrument II (2 credits)

Applied instrument lessons are one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. This is an advanced course requiring strong music skills, a knowledge of repertoire, and a solid technique. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: MUSC 4421.

Select 15 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 2600 - Introduction to Arts Administration (3 credits)

This course introduces basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices relating to organizations in the arts industry. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of the arts industry, leadership in the arts industry, staffing, volunteerism, fundraising, and intellectual property. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

MUSC 1300 - Beginning Guitar Class (3 credits)

A course designed to learn basic rhythmic patterns and scales, standard chord sequences and progressions from different styles for the developing electric or acoustic guitar player.

MUSC 1500 - Beginning Voice (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop and reinforce fundamental vocal skills and techniques.

MUSC 2600 - Music Production I (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the use of computers in music production and music notation. Basic software and concepts in music technology will be explored and applied. Sources, selection, evaluation, creation, and implementation of electronic media for the musician will be covered in this course.

MUSC 4100 - Composition/MIDI (3 credits)

This course is designed to study in detail contemporary composition techniques including free pentatonic music, pandiatonicism, impressionism, polytonality, tonal contradiction, and interval harmony. Composition of music in the digital domain, from the basic concepts behind synthesizers and sequencers to production techniques such as mixing, mastering and signal processing will be covered. Prerequisite: MUSC 1800.

THEA 2060 - Technical Theatre (3 credits)

A laboratory approach to technical theatre with focus on backstage operations, crew assignments, and practical application in actual productions.

THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

This course provides the study of advanced techniques of lighting design and sound design, including exploration of various lighting/sound boards, and design styles. Students in this course complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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