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Degree Requirements 2018-2019

All students interested in majoring in music should consult with the music department prior to or during their first semester of study at Augsburg University. Applying students are strongly encouraged to schedule a Fine Arts Scholarship audition during their senior year of high school or, if transferring, in the year prior to entering Augsburg University. Students intending to pursue a music major in any of the three music degree programs must declare their major, perform a sophomore/transfer music major qualifying jury, and complete the Music Department degree application by the end of their fourth semester of study. More detail is included in the Music Department Student Handbook posted on the Music Students site on Moodle.

Students interested in a double major within music or between music and another discipline should consult with their advisors before undertaking relevant course work.

Music Core

  • MUS 113 – Music Theory and Aural Skills I
  • MUS 114 – Music Theory and Aural Skills II
  • MUS 213 – Music Theory and Aural Skills III
  • MUS 214 – Music Theory and Aural Skills IV
  • MUS 231 – History and Literature of Music I
  • MUS 232 – History and Literature of Music II
  • One of MUS 331, MUS 332, MUS 333, or MUS 334
    • MUS 331 – Music of the Baroque Era
    • MUS 332 – Music of the Classical Era
    • MUS 333 – Music of the Romantic Era
    • MUS 334 – Music of the 20th Century
  • MUS 458 or 459 – Senior Recital
  • Performance Study on the principal instrument or voice in accordance with degree requirement
  • Four to eight semesters Large Ensemble/Chamber Music in accordance with degree requirement

Large Ensemble Options:

  • MUE 111 – Augsburg Choir
  • MUE 112 – Riverside Singers
  • MUE 114 – Masterworks Chorale
  • MUE 115 – Cedar Singers
  • MUE 121 – Augsburg Symphony Orchestra
  • MUE 141 – Augsburg Concert Band

Chamber Music Options:

  • MUE 113 – Vocal Chamber Music
  • MUE 122 – String Chamber Music
  • MUE 125 – Guitar Chamber Music
  • MUE 131 – Woodwind Chamber Music
  • MUE 142 – Brass Chamber Music
  • MUE 144 – Percussion Chamber Music
  • MUE 145 – Piano Chamber Music

Additional Requirements

  • Pass a piano proficiency test or MUS 238 – Class Piano 4
  • Pass a sophomore/transfer music major qualifying jury
  • Complete the Music Department degree application

Graduation Skills

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Music; Bachelor of Music, Major in Music Education; Bachelor of Music, Major in Performance

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT) and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skills in Speaking (S) and Quantitative Reasoning (QR) are met by completing the following courses:

S: MUS 341

QR fulfilled with QFA: PHY 119, GST 200, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, or MAT 164.

Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Writing (W), Speaking (S), and Quantitative Reasoning (QR) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Bachelor of Arts, Music Major, Concentration in Music Business

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is met by completing the following courses:

QR fulfilled with QFA: One of GST 200, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT163, or PHY119

Transfer Students

Transfer Students and Graduation Skills: Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Music Major, Bachelor of Arts

Offers the broadest education in liberal arts and prepares the student for the greatest range of graduate, business, and professional opportunities. Students who intend to pursue non-performance graduate study or desire to enter one of the many music-related business fields most often choose this course of study.

Faculty advisor: Reinaldo Moya

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUS 341 – Basic Conducting(S)
  • MUS 458 – Senior Recital
  • Eight credits of MUS electives
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in principal instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the principal instrument or voice from:
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the principal instrument/voice

Music Major with Music Business Concentration, Bachelor of Arts

The Music Business concentration prepares students to enter today’s music industry and to pursue career opportunity where the arts and commerce intersect. Courses in music, performing arts, and business combine with field observations and internships. These experiences prepare students for careers in fields such as arts management, promotion, the recording industry, and general music business. The program affords both the performing artist and the business student the opportunity to pursue music business studies. The Music Business concentration has two tracks: the Bachelor of Arts in Music with Music Business Concentration (designed with a music emphasis) and the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with Specialization in Music Business (designed with business emphasis).

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • MIS 260 – Problem Solving for Business
  • One of BUS 242 or BUS 254
    • BUS 242 – Principles of Management
    • BUS 254 – Entrepreneurship
  • MUS 162 – Entrepreneurship for Creative Business
  • MUS 205 – Legal Issues in Music, Entertainment, and the Arts
  • MUS 335 – Music Business
  • MUS 336 – Arts Management and Concert Promotion
  • MUS 408 – Current and Future Issues in the Music Industry
  • One of MUS 399 or BUS 399
    • MUS 399 – Internship
    • BUS 399 – Internship
  • MUS 458 – Senior Recital
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies – four semesters of 1 credit lessons in principal instrument/voice
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies – four semesters of 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the principal instrument or voice*
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the principal instrument/voice

*Students wishing to fulfill the large ensemble requirement in a performance area other than their principal instrument or voice may petition the department.

Business Administration with Specialization in Music Business, Bachelor of Arts

See Business Administration for requirements.

Music Education Major, Bachelor of Music

A fully accredited program (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association of Schools of Music, and Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board), the Music Education major offers students preparation for becoming licensed school music teachers and/or skilled teachers in studio and community settings. Those seeking licensure must complete requirements as specified by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, including coursework and student teaching, resulting in certification to teach at the elementary through secondary levels, with either a vocal/general or instrumental/general emphasis. In addition to applying to the Music Department, Bachelor of Music Education major candidates must apply to the Augsburg University Department of Education for acceptance to the Music Education licensure program. Those not pursuing licensure have a wider range of options for their degree programs. All course requirements in and beyond music must be complete prior to the student teaching semester. Admission to upper division music education courses requires an overall academic GPA of at least 2.50 and a music GPA of at least 2.75. Approval for student teaching requires an overall minimum academic GPA of 2.75 and a music GPA of 2.75. In addition to grades, applicants for student teaching placements are reviewed for appropriate professionalism, dispositions, and attitudes for school settings.

Faculty Advisor: Daniel Albert

Music Core (except for MUS 331, 332, 333, or 334*), Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUS 220 – Worlds of Music
  • MUS 303 – Introduction to Learning, Teaching, and Technology in Music
  • MUS 311 – Composition I
  • MUS 341 – Basic Conducting
  • MUS 352 – General Music Education Methods
  • MUS 353 – Special Education in Music Education
  • MUS 358 – Junior Recital
  • MUS 459 – Senior Recital
  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 200 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting
  • Complete either EDC 206 or both EDC 210 and EDC 211
    • EDC 206 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians
    • EDC 210 – Diversity in the School (or EDC 110) and EDC 211 – Minnesota American Indians
  • EDC 310 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting
  • ESE 300 – Reading/Writing in the Content Area
  • EDC 483 – Student Teaching: Initial License in PE, Music, Art, or ESL
  • MUS 494 – Music Teacher Performance Assessment & Student Teaching Seminar
  • MUS 355 – Music Methods: Strings
  • MUS 356 – Music Methods: Brass and Percussion
  • MUS 357 – Music Methods: Woodwinds
  • MUS 359 – Music Methods: Vocal
  • Choose one of the following areas of emphasis:
    • Vocal Emphasis:
      • MUS 251 – English Diction
      • MUS 252 – Italian Diction
      • MUS 253 – German Diction
      • MUS 254 – French Diction
      • MUS 342 – Choral Conducting
      • MUS 478 – Choral Methods in Music Education
    • Instrumental Emphasis:
      • MUS 344 – Instrumental Conducting
      • MUS 477 – Instrumental Methods in Music Education
    • Performance Studies and Ensembles – Students should choose the following courses in accordance with their area of emphasis**. Complete all of the following:
      • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice )
      • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (three semesters or 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice)
      • Large Ensemble – seven semesters on the principal instrument or voice
      • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the major

* Students majoring in music education are exempted from the Music Core requirement to complete one of MUS 331, MUS 332, MUS 333, or MUS 334.

** A Music Education major whose major instrument is piano, organ, or guitar is required to take a minimum of four additional semesters of lessons on an instrument/voice that corresponds with their large ensemble requirement.

Music Performance Major, Bachelor of Music

This major is a focused classical training program designed to develop the skills, artistic voice, and performing ability of the individual musician. This degree best prepares students who are interested in graduate school, professional performance opportunities, or private studio teaching. Acceptance to the program requires a half-hour formal audition and interview.

Faculty advisor: Jill Dawe

Requirements:

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice)
  • MUS 358 – Junior Recital
  • MUS 459 – Senior Recital
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the principal instrument or voice*
  • Chamber Music – four semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the principal instrument/voice

*For guitarists, harpists and pianists: either eight semesters of large ensemble or four semesters of large ensemble and four additional semesters of chamber music or other assignment in consultation with advisor.

Voice Majors:

  • MUS 251 – English Diction
  • MUS 252 – Italian Diction
  • MUS 253 – German Diction
  • MUS 254 – French Diction
  • MUS 435 – Voice Repertoire
  • MUS 359 – Music Methods: Vocal
  • *MUS Elective (2 credits)

*Voice students are strongly encouraged to take MUS/THR 235 Skills of Music Theater and/or MUE 294 or 494 – Opera Workshop.

Keyboard Majors:

  • MUS 436 – Piano Repertoire
  • MUS 456 – Piano Pedagogy
  • MUS Elective (2 credits)

Instrumentalists:

  • One of MUS 355, MUS 356, or MUS 357
    • MUS 355 – Music Methods: Strings
    • MUS 356 – Music Methods: Brass/Percussion
    • MUS 357 – Music Methods: Woodwinds
  • MUS Elective (4 credits)

Additional requirements:

BM performance major candidates must pass an extended performance audition and interview that is scheduled after completion of the sophomore/transfer music major qualifying jury.

Music Therapy Major, BS

Fulfills the academic and clinical requirements for eligibility to take the Music Therapy Board Certification Examination. The BS in Music Therapy is a four-and-one-half-year degree program, which includes a six month full-time internship in a clinical facility approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) or at a university-affiliated site. This course of study is chosen by students who wish to become professional music therapists. A minimum grade of C in all music therapy courses is required.

Faculty Advisor: Emma Moonier

Requirements:

Music Core (except for MUS 331, 332, 333, or 334*), Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUS 135 – Class Piano 1
  • MUS 136 – Class Piano 2
  • MUS 152 – Class Voice
  • MUS 158 – Class Guitar 1
  • MUS 237 – Class Piano 3
  • MUS 238 – Class Piano 4
  • MUS 258 – Class Guitar 2
  • MUS 271 – Introduction to Music Therapy
  • MUS 273 – Functional Music Skills
  • MUS 315 – Psychology, Culture, and Community in Music
  • MUS 340 – Music Therapy Methods I
  • MUS 345 – Music Therapy Methods II
  • MUS 374 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 375 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 376 – Music Therapy Assessment, Treatment and Clinical Processes
  • MUS 385 – Music Therapy Clinical Improvisation
  • MUS 458 – Senior Recital
  • MUS 474 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 475 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 480 – Music Therapy Senior Seminar
  • MUS 481 – Music Therapy Clinical Internship
  • BIO 103 – Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 203 – Lifespan Development
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in principal instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in the principal instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the principal instrument or voice
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the principal instrument/voice
  • Pass guitar proficiency test, piano proficiency test, and voice proficiency test

* Students majoring in Music Therapy are exempted from the Music Core requirement to complete one of MUS 331, MUS 332, MUS 333, or MUS 334.

Music Therapy Equivalency/Certification Program

The Music Therapy equivalency program is available to students who already have a bachelor’s degree in music and wish to meet the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) to become a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). This equivalency program prepares students for eligibility to take the Music Therapy Board Certification Examination. Depending upon the student’s degree and skill level, individual requirements will be outlined by the director of Music Therapy. There is a minimum two-year residency requirement, which includes participation in a major ensemble for four terms. Acceptance to the degree program requires the following:

  • Pass the sophomore/transfer music major jury and Music Department degree application
  • Pass guitar proficiency, piano proficiency, and voice proficiency

Music Minor

Faculty Advisor: Merilee Klemp

Requirements:

  • MUS 113 – Music Theory and Aural Skills I
  • MUS 114 – Music Theory and Aural Skills II
  • MUS 341 – Basic Conducting
  • One of MUS 231 or MUS 232
    • MUS 231 – History and Literature of Music I
    • MUS 232 – History and Literature of Music II
  • One additional course (2 credits or above) in music history or conducting (Other music courses may be approved by departmental petition)
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 0.5 credit performance studies in the principal instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – four semesters in a large Augsburg ensemble

Additional requirements:

Submit a Music Department application for minor by spring semester, sophomore year

Music Business Minor

The Music Business minor is a course of study designed both for the Music major desiring additional preparation in business and for the non-music major interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. With the Music Business minor, students are given the opportunity to enroll in coursework and participate in on-site field experiences that address specific professional skills necessary to enter today’s music industry. The minor is a collaborative program between the Music and Business departments.

Requirements:

  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • MIS 260 – Problem Solving for Business
  • MUS 162 – Entrepreneurship for Creative Businesses
  • MUS 205 – Legal Issues in Music, Entertainment, and the Arts
  • MUS 335 – Music Business
  • MUS 408 – Current and Future Issues in the Music Industry
  • MUS/BUS 399 – Internship (approved for the music business minor)
  • One of the following:
    • MUS 336 – Arts Management and Concert Promotion
    • BUS 301 – Business Law
    • BUS 254 – Entrepreneurship

Departmental Honors

Senior Music majors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in Music courses may apply for Music departmental honors by completing extended original work in their area of interest. Such work could include, but is not limited to, one of the following: defending a senior thesis, presenting an additional recital, composing a substantial piece(s), conducting a program, presenting a research paper, or some combination of any of the above.

Consideration for departmental honors requires a clearly written proposal that includes a project title, a transcript, and a brief music résumé to be submitted to the music faculty by November 1 of the senior year with outlined plans to complete the project by spring break of the senior year.

Piano Proficiency

All Augsburg Music majors are required to have basic piano skills that are either demonstrated by passing MUS 238 or by meeting the standard required by the Piano Proficiency Test offered at the end of each semester. Students come to Augsburg with a wide variety of prior training and experience in piano, and therefore can elect to develop their piano skills and prepare for the proficiency test in several ways. Students with extensive training may be able to simply pass the test; those with some training may register for private piano lessons; the majority of students are advised to take a piano placement test that determines their appropriate placement within a sequence of four class piano courses (MUS 135/136/237/238) designed to teach the skills of the piano proficiency test. To maximize student learning, it is strongly recommended that piano training is started during the first year, when piano study will complement and strengthen the student’s experience in the music theory and aural skills curriculum. Consult the Music Student Handbook for piano major and non-piano major requirements and test dates.


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