WCSU Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 : School of Visual and Performing Arts

Music and Music Education

Laurel Larsen, Chair
larsenl@wcsu.edu
VPAC 218B, Westside campus
(203)-837-8353
(203) 837-8630 (fax)

Jolee Dinho-Guerreiro, Department Secretary
dinhoguerreiroj@wcsu.edu
VPA 218, Westside campus
(203) 837-8350
(203) 837-8630 (fax)

Laura Piechota, Musical Arts Assistant
piechotal@wcsu.edu
VPA 207, Westside campus
(203) 837-8614
(203) 837-8630 (fax)

 

Faculty
L. Larsen, Chair, Keyboard, Music Theory, Sightsinging
M. Astrup, Applied Voice, Chamber Music
J. Begian, Associate Chair, Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies
M. Callaghan, Applied Horn, Music History, Sightsinging
M. Doiron, coordinator of Music Education, Symphonic and Concert Bands

J. Greene, Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Applied Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Ensembles
G. Haynes, Applied Percussion, Audio & Music Production, Chamber Music
R. Hirshfield, Applied Piano, Music Theory
K. Isaacs, Music Theory and Composition, Choral Ensembles
F. Jiménez, Applied Trombone, Conducting, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble
D. O’Grady, Coordinator of Audio & Music Production, Music Theory
K. Walker, Applied Flute, Chamber Music, Music History
J. Wiggins, Music Education, Choral Ensembles


Adjunct Faculty
A. Beals, Frankensax, Jazz Studies, Music History & Appreciation
K. Callaghan, Applied Bass
C. Chase, Applied Voice
R. Clymer, Applied Trumpet
G. Cuffari, Applied Bassoon, Chamber Music
A. DeChamplain, Jazz Voice, Jazz Studies
E. Dzubak, Applied Audio & Music Production, Music Industry Studies
F. Gawle, Music Education, Chamber Music

D. Gray, Applied Audio & Music Production
A. Grenci, Applied Clarinet, Chamber Music

R. Kondor, Applied Audio & Music Production
L. Mashburn, Applied Voice

L. Metcalf, Applied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Studies
R. Mazzacane, Applied Voice

T. Morcaldi, Applied Classical Guitar, Applied Jazz Guitar
C. Morrison, Applied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Studies
D. Noland, Applied Saxophone, Chamber Music
J. Oviedo, Applied Saxophone, Chamber Music
D. Perry, Applied Percussion, Applied Audio & Music Production
A. Rodgers, Applied Tuba/Euphonium, Chamber Music

D. Ruffels, Applied Jazz Bass, Jazz Studies
D. Scott, Applied Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Studies
J. Siegel, Applied Jazz Percussion, Jazz Studies
M. Snyder, Applied Oboe, Chamber Music
H. Taghavi, Applied Violin
P. Tomlinson, Applied Jazz Piano, Jazz Studies
S. Wagor, Applied Viola
R. Weidlich, Applied Voice
D. Weisz, Applied Jazz Trombone, Jazz Studies
K. Wessel, Applied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Studies

D. Westervelt, World Music
M. Wiley, Applied Cello
G. Winters, Music Technology


Overview
Western Connecticut State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Mission
The Department of Music at Western Connecticut State University is a friendly, vibrant, student-oriented unit in an institution of higher learning that serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. The faculty and staff of the department strive to meet the educational needs of a diverse student body through instruction, performance, scholarship and public service. Additionally, the department fosters the highest standards of teaching and research in its undergraduate and graduate programs and supports the establishment and continuation of a just and moral society through its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff and the achievements of its graduates.


Goals
The primary goals of the Department of Music are:

  • To provide a professional education for Music majors that develops, nurtures, and assures their competency in all aspects of the discipline;
  • To encourage development of the creative, intuitive, and intellectual capabilities of students, faculty and audience;
  • To provide an education for the greater university community that introduces them to the discipline of music through appreciation and performance, thus developing an informed group of advocates and affirming that music is an integral part of a classic liberal arts education;
  • To provide for and to enrich the cultural and educational life of the campus, city, state, and region through excellence in instruction, research, composition and performance; and
  • To support collaborations between music and related disciplines, and to cultivate and apply new approaches to performance, scholarship and education.

 

Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Arts in Music

As per NASM Standards and the stated purposes of the Department of Music, students studying music in a liberal arts framework are expected to acquire the following competencies in General Education, Musicianship, and Performance prior to graduation.

1. General Education

  1. The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively, and to communicate with precision, cogency, and rhetorical force.
  2.  An informed acquaintance with the mathematical and experimental methods of the physical and biological sciences; with the main forms of analysis and the historical and quantitative techniques needed for investigating the workings and developments of modern society.
  3. An ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives.
  4. Understanding of, and experience in thinking about, moral and ethical problems.
  5. The ability to respect, understand, and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines.
  6. The capacity to explain and defend views effectively and rationally.
  7. Understanding of and experience in one or more art forms other than music.

2. Musicianship

  1. The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture.
  2. An understanding of and the ability to read and realize musical notation.
  3. An understanding of compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  4. An acquaintance with a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  5. The ability to develop and defend musical judgments.

3. Performance and Music Electives

  1. Ability in performing areas at levels consistent with the goals and objectives of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed.
  2. Understanding of procedures for realizing a variety of musical styles.
  3. Knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of music beyond basic musicianship appropriate to the individual’s needs and interests, and consistent with the purposes of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed.

 

Learning Outcomes Common to all Professional Degree Programs in Music

(B.S. in Music Education, B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production, B.M. in Jazz Studies, B.M. in Performance-Vocal Emphasis, B.M. in Performance-Instrumental Emphasis)

As per NASM Standards and the stated purposes of the Department of Music, students enrolled in professional baccalaureate degree programs in music are expected to acquire the following competencies in General Education, Performance, Musicianship, Composition/Improvisation, History/Repertory, and Synthesis prior to graduation.

1. General Education

  1. The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively.
  2. An informed acquaintance with fields of study beyond music such as those in the arts and humanities, the natural and physical sciences, and the social sciences.
  3. A functional awareness of the differences and commonalities regarding work in artistic, scientific, and humanistic domains.
  4. Awareness that multiple disciplinary perspectives and techniques are available to consider all issues and responsibilities including, but not limited to history, culture, moral and ethical issues, and decision-making.
  5. The ability to identify possibilities and locate information in other fields that have bearing on musical questions and endeavors.

2. Performance

  1. Technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one major performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music concentration.
  2. An overview understanding of the repertory in their major performance area and the ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertory.
  3. The ability to read at sight with fluency demonstrating both general musicianship and, in the major performance area, a level of skill relevant to professional standards appropriate for the particular music concentration.
  4. Knowledge and skills sufficient to work as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation. Rehearsal and conducting skills are required as appropriate to the particular music concentration.
  5. Keyboard competency.
  6. Growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences. Ensembles should be varied both in size and nature.

3. Musicianship Skills and Analysis

  1. An understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses, and the ability to take aural dictation.
  2. Sufficient understanding of and capability with musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge and skill in compositional, performance, analytical, scholarly, and pedagogical applications according to the requisites of their specializations.
  3. The ability to place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.

Specific to the B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production

4.  Aural skills sufficient to make accurate and viable recording decisions associated with various applications and proper functioning of equipment.

4. Composition and Improvisation

  1. Students must acquire a rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music. It is the prerogative of each institution to develop specific requirements regarding written, electronic, or improvisatory forms and methods. These may include but are not limited to the creation of original compositions or improvisations, variations or improvisations on existing materials, experimentation with various sound sources, the imitation of musical styles, and manipulating the common elements in non-traditional ways. Institutional requirements should help students gain a basic understanding of how to work freely and cogently with musical materials in various composition-based activities, particularly those most associated with the major field.
  2. Comprehensive capabilities in various jazz idioms, including the ability to perform, improvise, compose, arrange, and score; and knowledge of jazz history and literature, including the cultural sources and influences of jazz.
  3. Ability to work as a performer and composer/arranger with a variety of jazz and studio music idioms in various settings and with various sizes and types of ensembles, including the ability to produce the appropriate expressive style of the music being created or presented. Independent studies, internships, field work, and similar experiences are strongly encouraged.
  4. Opportunities to hear fully realized performances of the student’s original compositions and/or arrangements; public presentation is an essential experience.

5. History and Repertory

  1. Students must acquire basic knowledge of music history and repertories through the present time, including study and experience of musical language and achievement in addition to that of the primary culture encompassing the area of specialization.
  2. Specific to the B.M. in Jazz Studies: Comprehensive capabilities in various jazz idioms, including the ability to perform, improvise, compose, arrange, and score; and knowledge of jazz history and literature, including the cultural sources and influences of jazz.

6. Synthesis

1. While synthesis is a lifetime process, by the end of undergraduate study students must be able to work on musical problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in    performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition/improvisation; and history and repertory.

 

Additional Learning Outcomes by Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Music Education

1. Music Competencies

As per NASM standards and the stated goals for this degree, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree program are expected to acquire the following essential musical competencies upon graduation:

  1. (1)  Conducting and Musical Leadership. The prospective music teacher must be a competent conductor, able to create accurate and musically expressive performances with various types of performing groups and in general classroom situations. Instruction in conducting includes score reading and the integration of analysis, style, performance practices, instrumentation, and conducting techniques. Laboratory experiences that give the student opportunities to apply rehearsal techniques and procedures are essential. Prospective teachers in programs with less focus on the preparation of ensemble conductors must acquire conducting and musical leadership skills sufficient to teach effectively in their area(s) of specialization.
  2. (2)  Arranging. The prospective music teacher must be able to arrange and adapt music from a variety of sources to meet the needs and ability levels of individuals, school performing groups, and in classroom situations.
  3. (3)  Functional Performance. In addition to the skills required for all musicians, functional performance abilities in keyboard and the voice are essential. Functional performance abilities in instruments appropriate to the student’s teaching specialization are also essential.
  4. (4)  Analysis/History/Literature. The prospective music teacher should be able to apply analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities. Teachers should be prepared to relate their understanding of music with respect to styles, literature, multiple cultural sources, and historical development, both in general and as related to their area(s) of specialization.

2. Specialization Competencies

As per NASM standards and the stated goals for this degree, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree program are expected to acquire the following essential specialization competencies:

  1. Music: All Levels, All Specializations. Listed below are essential competencies and experiences for programs whose published purpose is to prepare teachers in all or several areas (e.g., general, vocal/choral, instrumental, other). To fulfill this purpose consistent with this and other applicable standards, all of the specialization areas chosen are included in some manner in the curriculum as a whole. Specific forms of inclusion, proportions, and assignments are the responsibility of the institution.
    1. Knowledge and skills sufficient to teach beginning students on instruments and/or in voice as appropriate to the chosen areas of specialization.
    2. Knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education.
    3. Experiences in solo vocal or instrumental performance.
    4. Experiences in ensembles. Ensembles should be varied both in size and nature.
    5. The ability to lead performance-based instruction in a variety of settings.
    6. Laboratory experience in teaching beginning students in a variety of specializations.

Bachelor of Music Emphasis in Audio and Music Production
Students in the B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production degree will be expected to acquire the following essential competencies in the area of Music Industry Studies and Recording Technology/ Audio Production upon graduation, based on the stated purposes of the degree:

1. Studies in Music, Business, Music Industry

  1. Understanding of the overall function and structure of the music industry.
  2. Basic understanding of copyright law, publishing, contracts, and licensing.
  3. Understanding of administrative structures and practices associated with music organizations.
  4. Functional knowledge of computer and technological applications in the music industry.
  5. Acquaintance with approaches and means to professional development, including job-seeking strategies, and interview techniques.
  6. Understanding of entrepreneurship and history of the music industry.

2. Studies in Recording Technology

  1. Comprehensive capabilities in the basic techniques of audio recording, audio engineering, and studio sound, including but not limited to microphone theory and technique, knowledge of other peripheral equipment, and the ability to solve technical and artistic problems in the preparation of recordings for various purposes and in various settings.
  2. Fundamental knowledge of recording equipment and practice and the ability to apply this knowledge in recording situations. This includes but is not limited to equipment calibration, alignment, and testing, and studio set-up for various types of recordings in various professional settings.
  3. Aural skills sufficient to make accurate and viable recording decisions associated with various applications and proper functioning of equipment.
  4. Ability to develop specific recordings of professional quality from concept to technical and artistic process to finished work.

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

1. Essential Competencies, Experiences, and Opportunities

Expected Levels of Achievement:

As per NASM standards and the stated goals for this degree, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree program are expected to acquire the following essential competencies upon graduation:

  1. Comprehensive capabilities in various jazz idioms, including the ability to perform, improvise, compose, arrange, and score; and knowledge of jazz history and literature, including the cultural sources and influences of jazz.
  2. Ability to work as a performer and composer/arranger with a variety of jazz and studio music idioms in various settings and with various sizes and types of ensembles, including the ability to produce the appropriate expressive style of the music being created or presented. Independent studies, internships, field work, and similar experiences are strongly encouraged.
  3. Opportunities to hear fully realized performances of the student’s original compositions and/or arrangements; public presentation is an essential experience.
  4. Solo and ensemble experiences in a variety of settings. A senior recital is essential, and a junior recital is recommended.

Bachelor of Music in Performance-Instrumental Emphasis

1. Essential Competencies, Experiences, and Opportunities

Expected Levels of Achievement:

As per NASM standards and the stated goals for this degree, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Performance-Instrumental Emphasis degree program are expected to acquire the following essential competencies upon graduation:

  1. Comprehensive capabilities in the major performing medium including the ability to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level; knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature; and orientation to and experience with the fundamentals of pedagogy
  2. Solo and ensemble performance in a variety of formal and informal settings. A senior recital is essential, and a junior recital is recommended.

Bachelor of Music in Performance-Vocal Emphasis

1. Essential Competencies, Experiences, and Opportunities

Expected Levels of Achievement

As per NASM standards and the stated goals for this degree, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Performance-Vocal Emphasis degree program are expected to acquire the following essential competencies upon graduation:

  1. Comprehensive capabilities in the major performing medium including the ability to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level; knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature; and orientation to and experience with the fundamentals of pedagogy.
  2. For performance majors in voice, the study and use of foreign languages and diction are essential.
  3. Solo and ensemble performance in a variety of formal and informal settings. A senior recital is essential, and a junior recital is recommended.

 


Objectives for Music Majors

  1. Students will meet standards of musical performance (through applied music studies, ensembles and master classes) in accordance with NASM guidelines.
  2. Students will demonstrate competence in content-based areas of music history, theory, pedagogy, music technology and analysis.
  3. Students will demonstrate competence in skill-based areas of ear-training/sight-singing, improvisation, composition, keyboard competency and conducting.
  4. Additionally, Music Education students will demonstrate competence in planning, instructing and assessing student learning (for PK-12 students).


General Education Objectives
All degrees require the completion of the university’s general education curriculum.  For a complete description, please refer to the General Education Requirements under the Academic Programs & Degrees section of the most recent catalog.

 

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Science in Music Education

Bachelor of Music
Options:
B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production
B.M. in Performance: Vocal
B.M. in Performance: Instrumental
B.M. in Jazz Studies

Minor
Music


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC (B.A.)

Description: This degree is appropriate for students who wish to study music within the broader context of a liberal arts education. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH) that include major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 48 SH.  

MUS 103 World Music (IC)  3 SH 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2 SH 
MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (4 Semesters)  0 SH 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I  2 SH 
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II  2 SH 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5 SH 
MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 SH 
MUS 182 Applied Music (4 Semesters, 1 SH each)  4 SH 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2 SH 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 SH 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III  2 SH 
MUS 211 Sight Signing/Ear Training IV  2 SH 
MUS 225 Keyboard Competency III  .5 SH 
MUS 226 Keyboard Competency IV  .5 SH 
Optional: MUS 381 BA Music Capstone (CE, W3)   2 SH 
MUS 230 Music History & Literature I   3 SH 
MUS 231 Music History & Literature II (IL)  3 SH 
Music Electives (Any): SH for music electives vary.  Make sure it adds up to 12 by your last semester.  12 SH 
Performing Groups: (Minimum of 4 SH, .5 SH each)  4 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BA Music = 2.0. 

 

General Education: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad2021/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.

 

Sample Four Year Plan: BA Music
Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (FY)  0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2  MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. I  2  MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. II  2 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5  MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 
MUS 182 Applied Music  1  MUS 182 Applied Music   1 
Ensemble: (CP)*  .5  Ensemble: (CP, Rpt. 1)  .5 
MAT 100(P) Interm. Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Gen Ed: Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp (IC, Rpt. 2)  3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2  MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. III  2  MUS 211 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. IV  2 
MUS 224 Keyboard Comp. III  .5  MUS 226 Keyboard Comp. IV  .5 
MUS 182 Applied Music  1  MUS 182 Applied Music  1 
Ensemble  .5  Ensemble  .5 
MUS 230 Music History & Lit I   3  MUS 231 Music History & Lit II (IL)  3 
Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3  Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
       
Semester 5  SH  Semester 6  SH 
MUS 103 Word Music (IC)   3  MUS Elective  2-3 
MUS Elective  2-3  Ensemble  .5 
Ensemble  .5  Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 3  3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Free Elective  3 
Free elective**  3     
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
MUS 382 BA Mus Capstone (CE, W3) OR Gen Ed Breadth  2-3  Free Electives (number will vary)  10-12 
Mus Elective **  3-4  Music Elective  3-4 
Ensemble  .5  Ensemble  .5 
Free Electives  9     
Total Credits Required for the BA Music = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

*All Bachelor of Arts degrees at WCSU require that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of a C average in high school have met this requirement. However, you must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

**Music electives have variable credits. You must complete 12 SH to satisfy this degree. In addition, the total number of SH require is 120, so track your totals as you navigate your music elective options. 


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC EDUCATION (B.S.)

Description: The B.S. in Music Education degree prepares the student to apply for provisional PK-12 certification in the State of Connecticut. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in music education. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 47 MUS; Music Education/CERT 42 SH.  

MUS 108 Music Theory I  2 SH 
MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (7 Semesters)  0 SH 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I  2 SH 
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II  2 SH 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5 SH 
MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 SH 
MUS 180 or 181 Applied Music (4 Semesters, 2 SH each)   9 SH 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2 SH 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 SH 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III  2 SH 
MUS 211 Sight Signing/Ear Training IV  2 SH 
MUS 225 Keyboard Competency III  .5 SH 
MUS 226 Keyboard Competency IV  .5 SH 
MUS 317 Form & Analysis  3 SH 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 321 Choral Conducting OR MUS 322 Instrumental Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 390 or 391 Applied Music (Three Semesters, 2 SH each)   6 SH 
Performing Groups: Major (7 Sections, .5 SH each)  3.5 SH 
Performing Groups: Secondary (5 Sections .5 SH each)  2.5 SH 
Two Choir MUS 195 or MUS 295 (.5 each)   1 SH 
COGNATES  
MUS 230 Music History & Literature I   3 SH 
MUS 231 Music History & Literature II (IL)  3 SH 
HIS 148 or 149 American History (CT)  3 SH 
ENG OR WRT Writing Tier 2 (W2)   3 SH 
ED 206 Introduction to Education (IL, OC) B or better  3 SH 
ED 212 Educational Psychology II (IL) B or better  3 SH 
HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools B or better  3 SH 
EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education B or better  3 SH 
Music Education Certification Requirements 
MED 100 Voice Workshop C or better   1 SH 
MED 102 Woodwinds Single Reed Workshop C or better  1 SH 
MED 103 Brass Workshop C or better  1 SH 
MED 104 World Music in the Classroom C or better  1 SH 
MED 105 Strings Workshop C or better  1 SH 
MED 108 Woodwinds – Double Reed Workshop C or better  1 SH 
MED 110 Percussion Workshop C or better  1 SH 
MED 114 Guitar & Ukulele Workshop C or better  1 SH 
MED 206 Introduction to Music Education (C or better)  2 SH 
The pre-req for all 300-Level MED courses is successful completion of the Sophomore Barrier Exam and the Professional Program Interview.   
MED 303 Elementary Music Methods (C or better)   2 SH 
MED 304 Elementary Professional Development Experience (C or better)  .5 SH 
MED 312 Middle Level Methods (C or better)   2 SH 
MED 313 or 314 Secondary Instrumental or Choral Methods (C or better)  2 SH 
MED 316 Arranging (C or better)  1 SH 
MED 354 Secondary Professional Development Experience (C or better)   .5 SH 
MED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies  1 SH 
MED 320 Student Teaching  11 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BS Music Education = 3.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad2021/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BS Music Education

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (FY)  0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2  MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. I  2  MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. II  2 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5  MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 
MUS 180 Applied Music   2  MUS 181 Applied Music   2 
MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114   1  MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114   1 
MED 206 Intro to Music Education   2  MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114  1 
Major Ensemble (CP)*  .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Secondary Ens./Choral (CP, Rpt.1)   .5  Secondary Ens./Choral  .5 
MAT 100(P) Interm. Algebra OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR ENG (W2)  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  HIS 148 or HIS 149 Amer. Hist (CT)  3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2  MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. III  2  MUS 211 Sight Singing/  2 
MUS 225 Keyboard Comp. III  .5  MUS 226 Keyboard Comp. IV  .5 
MUS 180 Applied Music   2  MUS 180 Applied Music   2 
MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114   1  MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114   1 
MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114  1  MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114  1 
Major Ensemble   .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Secondary/Choral Ensemble   .5  Secondary/Choral Ensemble  .5 
MUS 230 Music History & Lit I   3  MUS 231 Music History & Lit II (IL)  3 
ED 206 Intro to Education (IL, OC)  3  ED 212 Ed. Psychology (IL, Rpt. 2)  3 
Semester 5    Semester 6   
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 390 Applied Music  2  MUS 390 Applied Music   2 
MUS 317 Form and Analysis  3  MED 316 Arranging  1 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2  Major Ensemble  .5 
MED 100/102/103/104/105/108/110/114   1  Secondary/Choral Ensemble   .5 
Major Ensemble   .5  MUS 321/322 Choral Instr. Conducting  2 
Secondary/Choral Ensemble   .5  MED 312 Middle Level Methods  2 
HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools   3  MED 303 Elem Ed: Music Ed Methods  2 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)   4  MED 304 Elem Ed: Mus. Ed Prof Exp  .5 
Gen Ed: Health & Wellness (HW)  2  ENG/WRT (W2) or Gen Ed: RPT 3  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MED 340 Assess. of Teaching Strategies (W3)   
MUS 390 Applied Music  2  MED 320 Student Teaching (CE)  11  
Major Ensemble   .5     
MED 313 or 314 Secondary Instrumental or Choral Methods        
MED 354 Secondary Professional Development Experience  .5     
EPY 405 Intro to Special Education  3     
Gen Ed: Breadth OR RPT 3  3     
Total Credits Required for the BS Music Education = 120; Minimum GPA 3.0. 

 

Special Music Education Requirements:

1. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the following courses for all Music Education majors:

MED 100 Voice Workshop
MED 102 Woodwind Workshop: Flute & Single Reeds
MED 103 Brass Workshop
MED 104 World Music in the Classroom
MED 105 String Workshop
MED 108 Woodwind Workshop: Double Reeds
MED 110 Percussion Workshop
MED 206 Introduction to Music Education
MED 303 Elementary Music Methods
MED 304 Elementary Professional Development
MED 316 Arranging
MED 353 Secondary Music Methods
MED 354 Secondary Professional Development School Experience

2. Apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance and present a minimum grade of “C” in a Tier I Writing Intensive Course.
3. Apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance and present a minimum grade of “B” in each of the following courses:

EPY 204 Adolescent Development in the School
ED 206 Introduction to Education
HPX 215 Health Issues in the Schools

4. Students applying for acceptance into the professional program must have passed the following music courses:

MUS 108, 109 Music Theory I & II
MUS 113, 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I & II
MUS 125, 126, 225, 226 Keyboard Competency I, II, III & IV
MUS 180, 181 Applied Music (4 semesters)
MUS 208, 209 Music Theory III, IV
MUS 210, 211 Sight Singing, Ear Training III, IV
MED 206 Introduction to Music Education (Must earn a “C” or better)

5. Students applying for acceptance into the professional program must first pass their Sophomore Assessment Examination before enrolling in professional program courses. FAILURE TO PASS THE SOPHOMORE ASSESSMENT EXAM WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT’S APPLICATION BEING HELD FOR CONSIDERATION UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER.

6. Students applying for acceptance into the Professional Program must adhere to the requirements as set forth in this catalog. (Please refer to the table of contents – Admission to Western section.)

  • Candidates for the Professional Program in Music must exhibit exemplary leadership and citizenship within the Department of Music (e.g. recital attendance, punctuality, demeanor, willingness to assist colleagues in need of help, etc.)
  • Candidates must be active members of the WCSU Student Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)..
  • Candidates must demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of professional work in their major field and show a genuine interest in teaching. Examples of this include working at summer music camps, volunteering at local schools, and teaching private lessons.

7. Students earning less than a “P” grade in student teaching may be required to complete additional student teaching and/or course work before receiving a recommendation for graduation and certification. Students must present at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA in academic and professional required courses to graduate as a Music Education major.
8. After completing the academic program and successfully completing student teaching, the PRAXIS II examination must be successfully passed. Although not a requirement for graduation, passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II exam are necessary for program completion and subsequent recommendation for certification.

 

Bachelor of Music (Three Degree Options)

BACHELOR OF MUSIC: EMPHASIS IN AUDIO AND MUSIC PRODUCTION (B.M.)

Description: This degree option is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in audio and music production. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in various professional programs in their specific area. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 70 SH.  

MUS 101 Evolution of Jazz & Rock Music  3 SH 
MUS 103 World Music  3 SH 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2 SH 
MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 SH 
MUS 112 Jazz Theory OR MUS 350 Studio Harmony and Arranging  3 SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (8 Semesters)  0 SH 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I  2 SH 
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II  2 SH 
MUS 118 Music Technology  3 SH 
MUS 119 Music Industry Studies  2 SH 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5 SH 
MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 SH 
MUS 180 or MUS 181 Applied Music (4 Semesters, 2 SH each)  8 SH 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2 SH 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 SH 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III  2 SH 
MUS 211 Sight Signing/Ear Training IV  2 SH 
MUS 216 Jazz & Commercial Piano I  .5 SH 
MUS 217 Jazz & Commercial Piano II  .5 SH 
MUS 240 Survey of Recording Technology  2 SH 
MUS 300 Electronic Music Composition & Sound Design   2 SH 
MUS 317 Form and Analysis  3 SH 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 340 Audio Production I  2 SH 
MUS 341 Audio Production II  2 SH 
MUS 370 Music Industry Practicum  2 SH 
MUS 380 Senior Capstone Project/Recital (CE, W3)  2 SH 
MUS 390 or MUS 391 Applied Music (Four Semesters, 2 SH each)   8 SH 
Music Electives (Any)  6 SH 
Performing Groups: Major (6 Semesters, .5 SH each)   3 SH 
Performing Groups: Choir (2 Semesters, .5 SH each)  1 SH 
COGNATES  
CS 110 Website Production (QR)  3 SH 
MUS 230 Music History & Literature I   3 SH 
MUS 231 Music History & Literature II (IL)  3 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BM Music: Audio & Music Production = 2.0. 

 

General Education: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad2021/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BM Music Audio and Music Production

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1   SH  Semester 2   SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (FY)  0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2  MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. I  2  MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. II  2 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5  MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 
MUS 180 Applied Music  2  MUS 180 Applied Music   2 
MUS 118 Music Technology   3  MUS 119 Music Industry Studies  2 
Major Ensemble (CP)*  .5  Major Ensemble (CP, RPT 1)  .5 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Gen Ed: Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
MAT 100(P) Interm. Math OR CS110 Web Design (QR)  3-4  CS 110 Web Design (QR) OR Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2  MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. III  2  MUS 211 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. IV  2 
MUS 216 Jazz & Comm. Piano I  .5  MUS 217 Jazz & Comm. Piano II  .5 
MUS 180 Applied Music  2  MUS 180 Applied Music   2 
MUS 101 Evolution of Jazz & Rock  3  MUS 240 Survey of Recording Tech.  2 
Major Ensemble   .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
MUS 230 Music History & Lit I   3  MUS 231 Music History & Lit II (IL)  3 
MUS 103 World Music (IC)  3  Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)   3 
       
Semester 5  SH  Semester 6   SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 390 Applied Music  2  MUS 390 Applied Music   2 
MUS 300 Elect. Music Composition   2  MUS 112 Jazz Theory OR MUS 350 Studio Harmony & Arranging  3 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2  MUS Elective   3 
MUS 317 Form and Analysis  3  Major Ensemble  .5 
MUS Elective  1-2  Ensemble: Choir  .5 
Major Ensemble   .5  Gen Ed: Health & Wellness (HW)  2 
Ensemble: Choir   .5  Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 2  3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4     

 

Semester 7   SH  Semester 8  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 340 Audio Production I  2  MUS 341 Audio Production II   2 
MUS 390 Applied Music  2  MUS 390 Applied Music   2 
Major Ensemble (CP)  .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
MUS 370 Music Industry Practicum   1  MUS 380 Senior Capstone (CE, W3)    2 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Free elective  6 
Free electives  2-3     
Total Credits Required for the BM Audio/Music Production = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

*Meet with your advisor to discuss your ensembles.  


BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE (B.M.): Vocal

Description: This degree option is designed for students who wish to pursue a performing and/or private teaching career in music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and participate in various professional programs in their specific area. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 77 SH.  

MUS 103 World Music  3 SH 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2 SH 
MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (8 Semesters)  0 SH 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I  2 SH 
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II  2 SH 
MUS 118 Music Technology  3 SH 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5 SH 
MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 SH 
MUS 186 OR 187 Applied Music (4 Semesters, 3 SH each)   12 SH 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2 SH 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 SH 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III  2 SH 
MUS 211 Sight Signing/Ear Training IV  2 SH 
MUS 214 Half Recital   1 SH 
MUS 225 Keyboard Competency III  .5 SH 
MUS 226 Keyboard Competency IV  .5 SH 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 380 Senior Capstone Project/Recital (CE, W3)  2 SH 
MUS 392 OR 393 Applied Music (Four Semesters, 3 SH each)   12 SH 
MUS 140 Repertoire Course I     1 SH 
MUS 141 Repertoire Course II   1 SH 
MUS 212 Diction for Singers  1 SH 
MUS 213 Diction for Singers  1 SH 
MUS 317 Form and Analysis  3 SH 
MUS 321 Choral or MUS 322 Instrumental Conducting  2 SH 
Music History Era Course   3 SH 
Music Electives (Any)  3 SH 
Performing Groups: Major MUS 195 or 295(8 Semesters, .5 SH each)  4 SH 
Performing Groups: Secondary/Chamber MUS 281 (6 Semesters, .5 SH each)  3 SH 
Performing Groups: Secondary/Chamber MUS 294 or 295 (2 Sem, .5 SH each)  1 SH 
COGNATES 
MUS 230 Music History & Literature I   3 SH 
MUS 231 Music History & Literature II (IL)  3 SH 
Two semester sequence of one a foreign language: German, French, or Italian   6 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BM Music Performance Vocal = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad2021/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BM Performance: Vocal
Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (FY)  0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2  MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. I  2  MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. II  2 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5  MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 
MUS 186 Applied Music  3  MUS 186 Applied Music  3 
MUS 103 World Music (IC)  3  MUS 118 Music Technology  3 
Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295 (CP)*  .5  Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295  .5 
Secondary Ens. MUS 281 (CP, Rpt.1)  .5  Secondary Ens. MUS 281  .5 
MAT 100/100P Interm. Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) or WRT 101 Composition I  3 
MUS 140 Repertoire I  1  MUS 141 Repertoire II  1 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2  MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. III  2  MUS 211 Sight Singing/  2 
MUS 225 Keyboard Comp. III  .5  MUS 226 Keyboard Comp. IV  .5 
MUS 186 Applied Music  3  MUS 186 Applied Music  3 
MUS 212 Diction for Singers  1  MUS 213 Diction for Singers  1 
Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295  .5  Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295  .5 
Secondary Ens. MUS 281  .5  Secondary Ens. MUS 281  .5 
MUS 230 Music History & Lit I   3  MUS 231 Music History & Lit II (IL)  3 
GER/IT/FR 162 Elementary I (IC)  3  GER/IT/FR 164 Elementary II (IC, Rpt. 2)  3 

 

Semester 5    Semester 6    
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 392 Applied Music  3  MUS 392 Applied Music  3 
MUS 317 Form and Analysis  3  MUS 214 Half Recital  1 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2  MUS 321 Choral or MUS 322 Instr. Conducting  2 
Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295  .5  Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295  .5 
Secondary Ens. MUS 281  .5  Secondary Ens. MUS 281  .5 
WRT 101 Composition I OR Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Music Elective  1 
Gen Ed: Health & Wellness (HW)  2  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
    Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 392 Applied Music  3  MUS 392 Applied Music  3 
Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295 (CP)  .5  Major Ensemble: MUS 195 or 295  .5 
Sec. Ens. Choral: MUS 294 or 295  .5  Sec. Ens. Choral MUS 294 or 295  .5 
Gen Ed: Oral Communication  3  MUS History Era Course  3 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  MUS 380 Senior Capstone (CE, W3)   2 
Gen Ed: Breadth  6  Gen Ed: Breadth   3 
    Free elective (varies)  3 
Total Credits Required for the BM Performance Instrumental = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

*Free Electives will vary depending on Math and Writing Placement. 

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE (B.M.): Instrumental

Description: This degree option is designed for students who wish to pursue a performing and/or private teaching career in music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and participate in various professional programs in their specific area. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 75 SH.  

MUS 103 World Music  3 SH 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2 SH 
MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (8 Semesters)  0 SH 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I  2 SH 
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II  2 SH 
MUS 118 Music Technology  3 SH 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5 SH 
MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 SH 
MUS 186 OR MUS 187 Applied Music (4 Semesters, 3 SH each)   12 SH 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2 SH 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 SH 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III  2 SH 
MUS 211 Sight Signing/Ear Training IV  2 SH 
MUS 214 Half Recital   1 SH 
MUS 225 Keyboard Competency III  .5 SH 
MUS 226 Keyboard Competency IV  .5 SH 
MUS 317 Form & Analysis  3 SH 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 321 Choral Conducting OR MUS 322 Instrumental Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 380 Senior Capstone Project/Recital (CE, W3)  2 SH 
MUS 392 or 393 Applied Music (Four Semesters, 3 SH each)   12 SH 
Music Repertoire Courses (Two Semesters, 1 SH each) Check with Advisor.   2 SH 
Music History Era Course   3 SH 
Music Electives (Any)  6 SH 
Performing Groups: Major (8 Semesters, .5 SH each)  4 SH 
Performing Groups: Secondary (6 Semesters, .5 SH each  3 SH 
Performing Groups: Choral (2 Semesters, .5 SH each)  1 SH 
COGNATES 
MUS 230 Music History & Literature I   3 SH 
MUS 231 Music History & Literature II (IL)  3 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BM Music Performance Instrumental = 2.0. 

 

General Education: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad2021/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BM Performance: Instrumental

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (FY)  0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2  MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. I  2  MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. II  2 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5  MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 
MUS 186 Applied Music  3  MUS 186 Applied Music   3 
MUS 103 World Music (IC)  3  MUS 118 Music Technology   3 
Major Ensemble (CP)*  .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Secondary Ensemble (CP, Rpt.1)  .5  Secondary Ensemble  .5 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  MAT 100/100P Interm. Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2  MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. III  2  MUS 211 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. IV  2 
MUS 225 Keyboard Comp. III  .5  MUS 226 Keyboard Comp. IV  .5 
MUS 186 Applied Music  3  MUS 186 Applied Music   3 
Repertoire 1   1  Repertoire 2   1 
Major Ensemble   .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Secondary Ensemble   .5  Secondary Ensemble  .5 
MUS 230 Music History & Lit I   3  MUS 231 Music History & Lit II (IL)  3 
Gen Ed: Quant. Reasoning (QR) or Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6    
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 392 Applied Music  3  MUS 392 Applied Music   3 
MUS 317 Form and Analysis  3  MUS 214 Half Recital  1 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2  MUS 321 Choral or MUS 322 Instr. Conducting  2 
Major Ensemble   .5  MUS Elective  3 
Secondary Ensemble   .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Secondary Ensemble  .5 
Gen Ed: Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3  Music History Era Course  3 
    Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)   3 

 

Semester 7    Semester 8   
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 392 Applied Music  3  MUS 392 Applied Music   3 
Major Ensemble (CP)   .5  Major Ensemble   .5 
Ensemble: Choral  .5  Ensemble: Choral  .5 
MUS Elective  3  MUS 380 Senior Capstone (CE, W3)  3 
Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  6 
Gen Ed: Repeat 2  3  Free Electives**  2 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3     
Total Credits Required for the BM Performance Instrumental = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

*Meet with your advisor to discuss your ensembles.  

**Total number of Free Electives will vary based on placement in Math and Writing. 


BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN JAZZ STUDIES (B.M.)

Description: This degree option is designed for students wishing to pursue a performing and/or teaching career in jazz and commercial music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in various professional programs in their specific area.  

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 70 SH.  

MUS 108 Music Theory I  2 SH 
MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 SH 
MUS 112 Jazz Theory  3 SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (8 Semesters)  0 SH 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I  2 SH 
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II  2 SH 
MUS 118 Music Technology  3 SH 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5 SH 
MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 SH 
MUS 186 OR MUS 187 Applied Music (4 Semesters, 3 SH each)   12 SH 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2 SH 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 SH 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III  2 SH 
MUS 211 Sight Signing/Ear Training IV  2 SH 
MUS 216 Jazz & Commercial Piano I  .5 SH 
MUS 217 Jazz & Commercial Piano II  .5 SH 
MUS 214 Half Recital   1 SH 
MUS 235 Jazz Improvisation I  2 SH 
MUS 236 Jazz Improvisation II  2 SH 
MUS 311 History of Jazz  3 SH 
MUS 314 Jazz Arranging  3 SH 
MUS 315 Jazz Pedagogy   2 SH 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2 SH 
MUS 380 Senior Capstone Project/Recital (CE, W3)  2 SH 
MUS 392 OR MUS 393 Applied Music (Four Semesters, 3 SH each)   12 SH 
Music Electives (Any)  4 SH 
Performing Groups: Major (8 Semesters, .5 SH each)  4 SH 
Performing Groups: Secondary (6 Semesters, .5 SH each)   3 SH 
Performing Groups: Choral (2 Semesters, .5 SH each)  1 SH 
COGNATES  
MUS 230 Music History & Literature I   3 SH 
MUS 231 Music History & Literature II (IL)  3 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BM Music: Jazz Studies = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad2021/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BM Jazz Studies

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation (FY)  0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 108 Music Theory I  2  MUS 109 Music Theory II  2 
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. I  2  MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. II  2 
MUS 125 Keyboard Competency I  .5  MUS 126 Keyboard Competency II  .5 
MUS 186 Applied Music  3  MUS 186 Applied Music   3 
Major Ensemble (CP)*  .5  MUS 118 Music Technology  3 
Secondary Ensemble (CP, Rpt.1)  .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Secondary Ensemble  .5 
MAT 100(P) Interm. Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
    Gen Ed: Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 208 Music Theory III  2  MUS 209 Music Theory IV  2 
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. III  2  MUS 211 Sight Singing/Ear Tr. IV  2 
MUS 216 Jazz & Comm. Piano I  .5  MUS 217 Jazz & Comm. Piano II  .5 
MUS 186 Applied Music  3  MUS 186 Applied Music  3 
MUS 235 Jazz Improvisation I  2  MUS 236 Jazz Improvisation II   2 
Major Ensemble   .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Secondary Ensemble   .5  Secondary Ensemble  .5 
MUS 230 Music History & Lit I   3  MUS 231 Music History & Lit II (IL)  3 
Gen Ed: Health & Wellness (HW)  2  Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3 
       
Semester 5   SH  Semester 6   SH 
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 392 Applied Music  3  MUS 392 Applied Music   3 
MUS 112 Jazz Theory  3  MUS 314 Jazz Arranging  3 
MUS Elective  2  MUS 214 Half Recital  1 
MUS 320 Basic Conducting  2  MUS Elective  2 
Major Ensemble   .5  Major Ensemble  .5 
Secondary Ensemble   .5  Secondary Ensemble  .5 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)  3 
    Gen Ed: Repeat 2  3 

 

Semester 7    Semester 8   
MUS 113 Convocation   0  MUS 113 Convocation  0 
MUS 392 Applied Music  3  MUS 392 Applied Music   3 
Major Ensemble (CP)   .5  Major Ensemble   .5 
Ensemble: Choral  .5  Ensemble: Choral  .5 
MUS 315 Jazz Pedagogy   2  MUS 380 Senior Capstone (CE, W3)  2 
Gen Ed: Breadth  6  MUS 311 History of Jazz   3 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  4-6 
Total Credits Required for the BM Audio/Music Production = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

*Meet with your advisor to discuss your ensembles.  

Minor in Music

To be considered for admission to the Minor program at WCSU, a student must enroll, matriculate, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in an academic major other than Music. Additionally, the student must formally audition for entrance into the Department of Music. A GPA of 2.8 must be achieved in the home major to be considered for a Minor in Music. An average GPA of 2.8 in all Music courses must be maintained to fulfill the requirements of the minor. Forms for applying for this minor area of study can be obtained in the Office of the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, VPA room 104, or in the Office of the Department of Music, VPA room 218.  Please contact the Department of Music at 203-837-8350 to schedule an audition.  Audition information is available online.

MUS 108, 109 Music Theory I & II (2-2) 4 SH
MUS 114, 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training I, II (2-2) 4 SH
MUS 230, 231 Music History & Literature I, II (3-3) 6 SH
MUS 182, 183 Applied Music (1-1) 2 SH
Music Performance Ensembles (.5-.5-.5-.5) 2 SH
Total Credits 18 SH

• A completed “Minor in Music Application Form” (available in the Office of the Department of Music, VPA 218) must be submitted to the Department of Music Chair.

• Upon successful completion of the requirements listed above, the student must notify the Registrar’s Office that this minor should be included on his/her official transcript.

 

MUS 113, Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire

All music students are required to enroll in MUS 113, Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire. MUS 113 meets each Monday and Wednesday at 1:00 in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall or designated studio performance areas. Students are required to attend no fewer than 80 percent of all recitals and 100 percent of all master classes. In addition, students are required to attend five additional concerts during each semester. Programs from these concerts are to be turned in at the end of each semester during juries.

 

Piano Proficiency

All students enrolled in the B.S. in Music Education, B.M. in Performance (vocal and instrumental), B.M. in Jazz Studies, B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production, or B.A. in music programs must complete piano proficiency requirements in their area as follows:

Bachelor of Science in Music Education: MUS 125, 126; MUS 225, 226; and/or pass Piano Proficiency Exam
Bachelor of Music in Performance: MUS 125, 126; MUS 225, 226; and/or pass Piano Proficiency Exam
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies/ Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Audio Production: MUS 125, 126; MUS 216, 217; and/or pass Piano Proficiency Exam
Bachelor of Arts in Music: MUS 125, 126; MUS 225/216, 226/217; or pass Piano Proficiency Exam

 

Juries

All students enrolled in applied music courses are required to present a jury at the end of each semester, unless they are presenting a degree recital or a Sophomore Assessment at the end of the semester in question. (Students performing degree recitals will be assessed for sight-reading and scale/rudiment proficiency only at their jury.) Students must fill out a jury assessment form with complete information regarding repertoire studied during each semester of study. Jury assessment forms are available in the Department of Music Office. Completed jury assessment forms, with faculty observations and comments, as well as video and or/audio recordings of the assessment are available for student review in the Department of Music Office in the semester immediately following each jury.

 

Sophomore Assessment Jury

All students enrolled in the B.S. in Music Education, the B.M. in Audio and Music Production, the B.M. in Performance, or the B.M. in Jazz Studies programs must pass a Sophomore Assessment Jury on their major instrument/voice, as well as pass proficiency examinations in keyboard competency and sight-singing. Students will also be evaluated for professionalism as exhibited over the course of the first four semesters.

Passing of the Sophomore Assessment Jury and proficiency examinations in keyboard competency and sight-singing is required prior to enrollment in upper-division applied music courses (MUS 390/391; MUS 392/393). The musicianship portion of the exam will take place after the successful completion of four semesters of musicianship courses (theory, keyboard competency, sight-singing/ear-training). The performance portion of the jury will take place after successful completion of four semesters of applied music on the student’s major instrument. The musicianship and performance portions of the exam will be administered consecutively on the same jury exam day.

Students may take their Sophomore Assessment Jury if the following criteria have been met:

1. Passing grade in four semesters of 100-level applied music as required for the student’s major (BS or BM).

2. Passing grade in four semesters of Music Theory (MUS 108, 109, 208, 209).

3. Passing grade in four semesters of Sight Singing and Ear Training (MUS 114, 115, 210, 211).

4. Passing grade in four semesters of Keyboard Competency (BS, BM Performance: MUS 125, 126, 225, 226); (BM Jazz Studies/BM Emphasis in Audio & Music Production: MUS 125, 125, 216, 217).

5. Passing grade in four semesters of MUS 113, Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire.

Note: Students may attempt one or both sections of the Sophomore Assessment a second time if unsuccessful the first time. Failure to pass the Sophomore Assessment a second time will preclude a student from continuing in the chosen degree program. Should a student fail the exam a second time, the Department of Music will send notification of a change of the major to a Bachelor of Arts in Music. The student may also select a different major in another department. A student who receives 3 marginal grades in the General Musicianship Skills & Professionalism section of the Assessment on their second attempt but also receives a unanimous grade of satisfactory in the separately labeled Professionalism area may, in consultation with the chair, petition for a third and final Assessment hearing. The Professionalism area will be an evaluation of a student’s classroom attendance, reliability, leadership, and overall deportment.

Specific Sophomore Assessment Requirements (Minimum)

Sophomore Assessment Exam Jury. Students are assessed for competency in sight singing and ear training as well as keyboard skills prior to advancement to upper-division applied study and coursework. Students are required to exhibit the following skills at the musicianship portion of the Sophomore Assessment Jury, to be taken at the end of their fourth semester of study:

a. Achievement in sight-singing at an acceptable level (e.g., sing examples from Music for Sight-Singing by Robert Ottman, using examples that imply a I, IV, V progression, or similar).

b. Harmonize and sing a simple song on the piano (selected by the faculty) in key of the students choosing.

c. Harmonize a melody on the piano at sight using diatonic chords I IV and V (i, iv and +v).

d. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Music Education area will transpose instrumental parts on the piano, playing in concert pitch.

e. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Music Education area will perform the accompaniment at the piano for a middle-level or high school-level choir piece, and demonstrate the ability to isolate given parts at the keyboard.

f. Students in the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Instrumental or Vocal) will accompany an instrumental or vocal student at the keyboard for a standard piece in the repertoire.

g. Students in the Audio/Music Production area are required to demonstrate basic keyboard knowledge including the ability to perform a prepared jazz standard, provide a harmonization for a given melody, and provide a bass line for a given progression.

h. Students in the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies area are required to demonstrate basic keyboard knowledge including the ability to perform a 12-bar blues melody and chord progression in all 12 keys and a prepared jazz standard with proper voicings.

+Students in the Bachelor of Music-Vocal Emphasis degree program will demonstrate the ability to prepare a piece of vocal music within three days (Three-Day Piece) and read text in another language (Italian, German, etc.).

Professionalism

The Professionalism area will be an evaluation of a student’s classroom attendance, reliability, leadership, and overall deportment. A student who receives 3 marginal grades in the General Musicianship Skills & Professionalism section of the Assessment on their second attempt but also receives a unanimous grade of satisfactory in the separately labeled Professionalism area may, in consultation with the chair, file a petition with the full-time faculty for a third and final Assessment hearing.

 

 

Applied Music Courses

Applied music courses are open to students enrolled in a Music degree program (B.A., B.M., B.S.) or the Music minor. All students must pass an entrance audition. Please see the Department of Music Student Handbook or go tohttps://www.wcsu.edu/music/audition/ for specific requirements for entrance auditions prior to enrolling in any music degree program. Students may register for lessons on their major instrument/voice only as defined in their degree program as follows:

a.     Bachelor of Arts. MUS 181, 182 (4 Semesters) 1 SH Credit.  Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program receive weekly half-hour lessons throughout the semester, plus an additional 6 hours of classroom instruction as a part of MUS 113 Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire. Students are expected to spend a minimum of three (3) additional hours of practice time per week in preparation for their applied lesson.

a.     Bachelor of Science in Music Education. MUS 180, 181 (4 Semesters); MUS 390, 391 (3 Semesters) 2 SH Credit. Students enrolled in these degree programs receive weekly one-hour lessons throughout the semester, plus an additional 6 hours of classroom instruction as a part of MUS 113 Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire. Students are expected to spend a minimum of six (6) additional hours of practice time per week in preparation for their applied lesson.

b.     Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Audio and Music Production.  MUS 180, 181 (4 Semesters); MUS 390, 391 (4 Semesters) 2 SH Credit. Students enrolled in these degree programs receive weekly one-hour lessons throughout the semester, plus an additional 6 hours of classroom instruction as a part of MUS 113 Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire. Students are expected to spend a minimum of six (6) additional hours of practice time per week in preparation for their applied lesson.

c.     Bachelor of Music in Performance MUS 186, 187 (4 Semesters); MUS 392, 393 (4 Semesters) 3 SH Credit. Students enrolled in this program receive weekly one-hour lessons throughout the semester, plus an additional 6 hours of classroom instruction as a part of MUS 113 Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire. Students are expected to spend a minimum of nine (9) additional hours of practice time per week in preparation for their applied lesson.

d.     Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies MUS 186, 187 (4 Semesters); MUS 392, 393 (4 Semesters) 3 SH Credit. Students enrolled in this degree program receive weekly one-hour lessons throughout the semester, plus an additional 6 hours of classroom instruction as a part of MUS 113 Convocation, Concert and Recital Repertoire. Students are expected to spend a minimum of nine (9) additional hours of practice time per week in preparation for their applied lesson.

Applied lessons are scheduled with the applied instructor either prior to or during the first week of classes. Applied instructor assignments are made by the Department Chair in consultation with each area’s applied instructors. A listing of applied lesson assignments is available in the Department of Music Office.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the faculty member in the case of an unavoidable conflict with the scheduled lesson time. Faculty members are obligated to provide make–up lessons only in the case of verifiable excuse or absence by the faculty member.

Students in the BM degree programs may request secondary (minor) applied music lessons in their Junior year. Approval for secondary lessons is granted on a case-by-case basis by the Department Chair. Students must show evidence of exemplary performance ability on their primary instrument to be considered for secondary applied lessons.
Each student will keep a studio notebook that will include lesson information and assignments, pedagogical feedback from Master Classes and information from Convocation. The notebooks will be checked at the Sophomore Assessment Exam and again at the final jury exam during Senior year.

All students taking applied music lessons pay the following fees: Applied Music $150 – $550 per course, per semester.

 

Secondary Applied Lessons
Students enrolled in the B.S. in Music Education, the B.M. in Audio and Music Production, the B.M. in Performance and the B.M. in Jazz Studies degree programs may enroll in a secondary applied area during their Junior year. To enroll in a secondary applied area, the student must:

A. Pass the Sophomore Assessment Jury on their major instrument or voice.
B. Exhibit an exemplary academic and performance record with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
C. Obtain approval from the primary applied instructor, as well as from the applied instructor of the secondary area.
D. Obtain administrative approval from the Department Chair.

Note: Students taking a secondary instrument may enroll in MUS 182/183 for a maximum of four semesters. They are subject to the additional fee of $550 for a half-hour lesson.

Recital Requirements

Students in all music programs must present at least one performance each semester at the Monday and Wednesday recitals and/or master classes. Compliance is monitored by area coordinators in jazz studies, brass and percussion, woodwinds, keyboard and strings, and voice. Failure to perform in at least one recital or master class in a given semester will result in the lowering of the final grade in Applied Music by one letter grade.

 

Half Recital
Students in the B.M. in Performance and B.M. in Jazz Studies programs must present a half-hour recital during their Junior year. Recital repertoire is selected after careful consultation with the student’s applied instructor. A pre-recital hearing must be performed at least four weeks prior to the recital. Please refer to the Department of Music Student Handbook for further information concerning proper procedures for the half recital.

 

Senior Capstone Project/Recital
Students in the B.M. in Performance and B.M. in Jazz Studies programs must present an hour-long recital during their Senior year. For students in the B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production option, completion of their capstone project consists of the production of a large-scale project such as a self-produced CD, film score, multimedia production, etc. Recital and project repertoire/content is selected after careful consultation with the student’s applied instructor. A pre-recital hearing or capstone project pre-screening must occur at least four weeks prior to the event or presentation of the final project. Please refer to the Department of Music Student Handbook for further information concerning proper procedures for the capstone project/full recital.

Note: Any B.S. in Music Education major wishing to present a half recital may register for the half recital with permission of the Chair.  Typically, B.S. Music Education students present a half recital during the last semester of applied music study.  B.S. Music Education students must conform to the requirements for half recitals as specified in the Department of Music Student Handbook and provide documentation of at least three solo performances during their time of study at the MUS 113 Convocation in order to be considered eligible for the half recital.

 

ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENTS BY DEGREE

WCSU Ensembles
MUS 191 Symphonic Band
MUS 192 Orchestra
MUS 195 Concert Chorale
MUS 280 Wind Ensemble
MUS 281 Opera Ensemble
MUS 282 Guitar Ensemble
MUS 283 Jazz Guitar Ensemble

MUS 284 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
MUS 287 Saxophone Quartet
MUS 288 Woodwind Quintet
MUS 289 Chamber Jazz
MUS 290 Chamber Percussion
MUS 291 Chamber Strings
MUS 292 Chamber Brass
MUS 293 Chamber Woodwinds
MUS 294 Chamber Singers

MUS 295 University Choir
MUS 296 Jazz Ensemble
MUS 297 Clarinet Quartet
MUS 388 Frankensax
MUS 396 Jazz Orchestra
MUS 397 New Music Ensemble

 

Major Ensembles
Decided by audition and advisement. The following list outlines the major and secondary ensemble requirements by degree and instrument. The first line indicates major ensemble requirements followed by the secondary/chamber ensemble requirements.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Voice eight semesters of 195 and/or 295
Percussion eight semesters of 191, 192, 195, 280, 289, 290, 296, 388, 396 and/or 397
Woodwind eight semesters of 191, 192, 195, 280, 287, 288, 289, 293, 296, 388, 396 and/or 397
Brass eight semesters of 191, 192, 195, 280, 289, 292, 296, 396 and/or 397
Piano four semesters of 195 and/or 295
combination of 2 SH of MUS 170-173 Piano Accompanying I & II
Guitar eight semesters of 282
String eight semesters of 191, 192, 280, 289, 291, 296, 396 and/or 397

Bachelor of Science in Music Education

Voice seven semesters of 195 and/or 295
five semesters of 281, 284, 294 and/or others
Percussion seven semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
three semesters of 289, 290, 296, 388, 396 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Woodwind seven semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
three semesters of 287, 288, 289, 293, 296, 297, 388, 396 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Brass seven semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
three semesters of 289, 292, 296, 396 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Piano/ seven semesters of 195 and/or 295
two semesters of 170-173 Piano Accompanying
one semester of 170-173 Piano Accompanying and/or others
Guitar/Jazz Guitar seven semesters of 191, 192, 195, 280, 282, 283, 289, 295, 296, 396 and/or 397
three semesters of 282, 283, 284, 289, 294, 295, 296, 396 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
String seven semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
three semesters of 291
two semesters of 195 and/or 295

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Audio and Music Production
Major Ensemble-Decided by Audition and Advisement

 

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Voice eight semesters of 195 and/or 295
six semesters of 281
two semesters of others
Percussion eight semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
six semesters of 290
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Woodwind eight semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
six semesters of 287, 288, 289, 293, 297, 388 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Brass eight semesters of 191, 192 and/or 280
six semesters of 292
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Piano eight semesters of 195 and/or 295
combination of 4 SH of MUS 170-173 Piano Accompanying and others
Guitar eight semesters of 282
six semesters of others
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
String eight semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
six semesters of 291
two semesters of 195 and/or 295

 

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Major Ensemble-Decided by Audition and Advisement

Jazz Guitar eight semesters of 283, 289, 296 and/or 396
six semesters of 282, 283, 284, 289, 388 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Jazz Piano eight semesters of 289, 296 and/or 396
six semesters of 191, 192, 280, 284, 289, 388 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Jazz Woodwind eight semesters of 289, 296 and/or 396
two semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
four semesters of 287, 288, 289, 293, 297, 388 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Jazz Brass eight semesters of 289, 296 and/or 396
two semesters of 191, 192, 280, and/or 397
four semesters of 289, 292 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Jazz Voice eight semesters of 284
two semesters of 289
two semesters of 195 or 295
Jazz Percussion eight semesters of 289, 296 and/or 396
two semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
four semesters of 284, 289, 290, 388 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295
Jazz String eight semesters of 289, 296 and/or 396
two semesters of 191, 192, 280 and/or 397
four semesters of 284, 289, 291, 388 and/or 397
two semesters of 195 and/or 295

Performance ensembles at WCSU are designed to give music students a wide variety of performing experiences. Students are encouraged to perform in as many different ensembles as their schedules will allow. Full-time Music majors must perform in a major ensemble, according to their voice/instrument, every semester. Ensemble credit in excess of the minimum will be applied as elective credit. Additional ensemble requirements are outlined in the program sheets of each degree program. Auditions for major ensembles and chamber ensembles are held during the first week of classes. Students are placed in ensembles appropriate to their ability/experience level. The student’s personal schedule, including work-related conflicts, is not a factor in ensemble placement. Any student who fails to meet their major ensemble obligations due to personal or work-related schedule conflicts will be required to take the ensemble an additional semester before graduation.

 

Admission Auditions for all Music Degree Programs

Students wishing to pursue degree programs in the Department of Music must adhere to the following criteria for admission:

1. Fulfill general admission guidelines found in this catalog for the university, school and department.

2. Perform and pass an audition, in person or through electronic media, for members of the faculty. The student, through this audition, must exhibit the standards and skill sets* required for entry into the Department of Music, including:

a. The ability to read and interpret standard musical notation.

b. The ability to produce an acceptable tone quality on one’s instrument or voice commensurate with entrance into the liberal arts program, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or one of two professional degree programs, the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) at the collegiate level.

c. The ability to accurately perform basic fundamentals associated with one’s instrument or voice, such as:

i. clear and focused tone quality;

ii. a clear and precise rhythmic concept;

iii. an understanding of the interpretation of musical line;

iv. acceptable intonation;

v. an understanding of the appropriate style of the selection; and

vi. clear and precise articulation/diction.

d. The ability to accurately perform repertoire on one’s instrument or voice commensurate with entrance into a liberal arts (B.A.) or professional degree program (B.M. or B.S.) at the collegiate level.

e. Complete and pass an interview for acceptance into the professional degree programs of BM-Audio & Music Production and BS-Music Education.

3. Take and receive a passing score on a sight-singing/ear-training examination. (This examination will be used for entrance.)

Information regarding audition dates and specific audition requirements for all performance areas may be obtained on the website or by contacting the Department of Music at (203) 837-8350.


Transfer Admissions
All students wishing to transfer into any degree program in music at WCSU must meet the criteria listed above, including those currently attending institutions holding articulation agreements with WCSU. All transfer applicants will be assessed in the areas of applied music, keyboard competency, music history, music theory, and sight-singing/ear-training to determine eligibility for matriculation as well as for transfer credits that may be accepted in individual coursework.


Transfer Review Process and Transfer Articulation Policy (TAP)
Western Connecticut State University, as part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU), accepts credits for non-music courses as per the Transfer Articulation Policy for students with an earned Associates Degree. Information regarding this specific classification of transfer credits can be found at the CSCU website. For the 2020-2021 academic year there are no approved “pathways” for community college students to utilize TAP and seamlessly enter Western’s Department of Music at the junior level.


Readmission To all Music Degree Programs
Music majors who withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University must re-audition and pass appropriate placement exams before being re-admitted into their respective degree program. Such exams include music theory, keyboard, sight-singing/ear-training, and music education workshop skills. Additionally, all Sophomore Assessment requirements may be re-examined. Note: Re-admission may be subject to availability of applied studio space.


Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Credit for AP testing will be accepted as follows:

Grade of 5 on AP Theory Test-MUS 108 Music Theory I (2 SH) (matriculated music majors).

Note: The Department of Music highly recommends taking MUS 108 Music Theory even if AP credit is granted.


Awarding of Credit
Credit Hour: A semester hour of credit is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

1.  One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks;

2.  or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time;

3.  or at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph 1 of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work and other engaged academic time leading toward the award of credit hours.

 

Use of WCSU Department of Music Facilities
Persons who use the music facilities at Western Connecticut State University must be registered students in the Department of Music at WCSU. Students must obtain proper identification from the Public Safety office at WCSU. Faculty, staff, and security officers are authorized to ask individuals to see their current and valid WCSU ID. Damage or vandalism of property belonging to the university or others is prohibited and may require restitution as well as subject persons responsible to disciplinary and/or legal action.

 

Building Hours / After Hours Access
The Visual and Performing Arts Center is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Music students may be put on an access list to use the practice room areas after hours and on the weekends. Students who wish to be on the access list must see the Department of Music Secretary. Your WestConnect ID card will allow access to the Visual and Performing Arts Center as well as individual practice rooms. Students are expected to “swipe out” of a practice room when they have finished their practice session, essentially locking the door for the next person. Students are responsible for the condition of the practice room and the equipment once they “swipe in” and will be charged any cleanup/replacement fees for damaged equipment while they are “swiped in” even if they were not in the room when the damage occurred.

 

Electronic Devices
The Department of Music adheres to a strict policy regarding the use of electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, tablet computers, laptop computers, etc.). Use of such devices during concerts, recitals and rehearsals is strictly prohibited. Students found texting, tweeting, or participating in other such activities will be asked to leave the premises and will forfeit their enrollment in the ensemble or class for the semester.

 

Audio and Video Recording
The audio and video recording of concerts, rehearsals and classes is strictly prohibited without authorization from the Department Chair. The posting of audio and video files on such web sites as YouTube, Instagram and Facebook is strictly prohibited in accordance with international copyright law.