Degree Requirements

Degrees/Majors

Bachelor of Arts

  • Music Major
  • Music Major/Music Business Concentration

Bachelor of Music

  • Music performance major
  • Music education major

Bachelor of Science

  • Music therapy major

Music Therapy Equivalency Certificate

  • Offers students with an undergraduate degree the preparation necessary to meet the AMTA requirements for becoming a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Music Minors

  • Music
  • Music Business

Degree and Major Requirements

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 jury 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.

Because of the heavy curricular demands inherent in any single Music Department degree program, students are strongly encouraged to avoid declaring double majors entirely within the department, i.e. attempting two music degree programs simultaneously. In those rare cases where such a scenario seems both warranted and feasible, students are required to petition the department for acceptance of their proposed degree plan prior to formally declaring their double majors.

Music Core:

  • MUS 101 – Materials of Music I
  • MUS 111 – Aural Skills I
  • MUS 102 – Materials of Music II
  • MUS 112 – Aural Skills II
  • MUS 201 – Materials of Music III
  • MUS 211 – Aural Skills III
  • MUS 202 – Form and Analysis
  • MUS 212 – Aural Skills IV
  • MUS 231 – History and Literature of Music I
  • MUS 232 – History and Literature of Music II
  • MUS 331 – Music of the Baroque Era
    •  or MUS 332 – Music of the Classical Era
    •  or MUS 333 – Music of the Romantic Era
    •  or MUS 334 – Music of the 20th Century
  • MUS 458 or 459 – Senior Recital
  • One to four semester(s) Performance Study on the major instrument 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 (refer to the Music Department Student Handbook for detail)

  • Pass a piano proficiency test
  • Pass a sophomore/transfer music major qualifying jury
  • Complete the Music Department degree application
  • Pass 3 music repertoire tests

Graduation Skills

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music 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, or MAT 146

Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy

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 363

QR fulfilled with QF: PSY 215 or SOC 362 (choose one) and QA: MUS 372

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Music Business Concentration

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: PHY 119, GST 200, MAT 145, or MAT 146

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, BA

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: Douglas Diamond

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUS 341 – Basic Conducting
  • MUS 458 – Senior Recital
  • Eight credits of MUS electives
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in major instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the major instrument or voice from:
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the major instrument/voice

Music Major with Music Business Concentration, BA

The Music Business major 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 record 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 major 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).

Augsburg College full-time students may elect to take one course each semester at McNally Smith College of Music providing that they meet all McNally Smith College of Music requirements. A list of approved electives from MSCM for the music business major is available in the Augsburg music office. McNally Smith courses cannot be used as a substitute for any required Augsburg course specifically listed within a degree program. This program is open to sophomores through seniors. There is no additional fee for this program.

Faculty advisor: TBA

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • MIS 260 – Problem Solving for Business
  • BUS 242 – Principles of Management
    •  or BUS 254 – Entrepreneurship
    •  or BUS 200 – Exploring Business as a Vocation
  • MUS 105 – The Music Business
  • MUS 245 – Arts Management and Concert Promotion
  • MUS 399 – Internship
    •  or BUS 399 – Internship
  • MUS/BUS – Elective (Augsburg or MSCM course)
  • MUS 458 – Senior Recital
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies – four semesters of 1 credit lessons in major instrument/voice
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies – four semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the major instrument or voice
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the major instrument/voice

Business Administration with Specialization in Music Business, BA

See Business Administration for requirements.

Music Education Major, Bachelor of Music

A fully accredited program (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Minnesota Board of Teaching), the Music Education major offers students the preparation necessary to become music teachers in public schools. This coursework and preparation includes 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 Minnesota Department of Education for acceptance to the Music Education licensure program which is granted only to students who successfully complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Music Education major. All Music requirements must be completed prior to student teaching. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all Music courses is necessary for the Music Education licensure program.

Faculty advisor: Michael Buck

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUS 311 – Composition I
  • MUS 341 – Basic Conducting
  • MUS 358 – Junior Recital
  • MUS 459 – Senior Recital
  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 200 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting
  • EDC 210 – Diversity in the School or EDC 110 – Teaching in a Diverse World (Freshman only)
  • and EDC 211 – Minnesota American Indians
    •  or EDC 206 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EDC 310 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting
  • ESE 300 – Reading/Writing in the Content Area
  • ESE 325 – Creating Learning Environments
  • ESE 370 – K-12 Methods: Music
  • EDC 410 – Learners with Special Needs
  • EDC 490 – School and Society
  • EED 481, 483 – Student Teaching: Elementary K-6
  • ESE 485, 487 – Student Teaching: Secondary
  • 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/THR 235 – Skills of Music Theater

Instrumental Emphasis:

  • MUS 344 – Instrumental Conducting
  • Music elective or approved courses

Performance Studies and Ensembles:

Students should choose the following courses in accordance with their area of emphasis*.

  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (two semesters of 1 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (two semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the major instrument or voice
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the major

*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 (see the Music Department Student Handbook).

Faculty advisor: Jill Dawe

Requirements:

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (two semesters of 1 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (two semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • MUS 358 – Junior Recital
  • MUS 459 – Senior Recital
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the major instrument or voice*
  • Chamber Music – four semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the major 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:

  • MUS 356 – Music Methods: Brass/Percussion
    •  or MUS 357 – Music Methods: Woodwinds
    •  or MUS 355 – Music Methods: Strings
  • 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). This course of study is chosen by students who wish to become professional music therapists. A minimum grade of 2.5 in all music therapy courses is required.

Faculty Advisor: Roberta Kagin

Requirements:

Music Core, Additional Requirements and the following:

  • MUS 271 – Introduction to Music Therapy
  • MUS 274 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 275 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 340 – Music Therapy Techniques and Materials I
  • MUS 345 – Music Therapy Techniques and Materials II
  • MUS 363 – Expressive and Creative Arts in Healing
  • MUS 372 – Psychological Foundation of Music I
  • MUS 373 – Psychological Foundation of Music II
  • MUS 374 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • MUS 375 – Music Therapy Practicum
  • 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
  • EDC 410 – The Learner with Special Needs
  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 362 – Statistical Analysis
    •  or PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • MUP 1xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 1 credit lessons in major instrument/voice)
  • MUP 3xx – Performance Studies (four semesters of 2 credit lessons in the major instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – eight semesters on the major instrument or voice*
  • Chamber Music – two semesters of chamber music/small ensemble courses on the major instrument/voice
  • Pass guitar proficiency test

Music Therapy Equivalency/Certification Program

The Music Therapy equivalency program is available to students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to meet the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to become professional music therapists. 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 and successful completion of a two-year music theory equivalency test. Acceptance to the degree program requires the following:

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

Music Minor

Requirements:

  • MUS 101 – Materials of Music I
  • MUS 102 – Materials of Music II
  • MUS 111 – Aural Skills I
  • MUS 112 – Aural Skills II
  • MUS 341 – Basic Conducting
  • MUS 231 – History and Literature of Music I
  •  or 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 1 credit performance studies in the major instrument/voice)
  • Large Ensemble – four semesters in a large Augsburg ensemble

Additional requirements:

  • Pass one music repertoire test
  • 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:

  • MUS 105 – The Music Business
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • MIS 260 – Problem Solving for Business
  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • MUS/BUS 399 – Internship (approved for the music business minor)
  • One of the following:
    • MUS 245 – Arts Management and Concert Promotion
    • BUS 301 – Business Law
    • BUS 254 – Entrepreneurship

All of the above courses plus eight additional music credits beyond MUS 105 and MUS 245 (maximum of four credits in MUE and/or MUP courses)

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.

Piano Proficiency

All Augsburg Music majors are required to have basic piano skills that meet 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.

Music Repertoire Tests

These four tests are intended to encourage students to become lifelong listeners by requiring students to familiarize themselves with many of the masterpieces of the classical music repertory from the Middle Ages to today. Consult the Music Student Handbook for the lists of pieces required by all four repertoire tests and the call numbers for the repertoire test CDs at Lindell Library. Each academic year a specific repertoire test is offered twice: once at the end of the fall semester, and again at the end of the spring semester. Music majors are required to pass three music repertoire tests, transfer students must pass two, and Music minors must pass one.

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