Catalog • 2011-2012

Music - Major/Minor

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Program Description

The music program at Cedar Crest is designed to provide a well-rounded interdisciplinary understanding of music practice, theory and history with an emphasis on vocal performances. Numerous opportunities to perform in Musical Ensembles are available – the Instrumental Ensemble, the Flute Ensemble, the All College Chorus, open to all students without an audition and the Cedar Crest Singers and Camerata Singers by audition. Applied music lessons are also offered to all students who wish to continue with voice or an instrument or begin study for the first time regardless of major.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the music major is to develop a broad base of skills in music performance and theory through coursework in the areas of history, performance and theory. Attention is paid to developing a career focus for the individual music artist. Emphasis is placed on understanding historically significant styles and genres of music, performing in an ensemble and developing personal goals for understanding and using music.

Program Requirements

All music majors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts. At least 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Competencies and Assessment in the Performing Arts

  1. An initial assessment of each student's prior skills and experience is done upon declaring the major in music
  2. Attendance at the First Friday Performing Arts Noon Series is required each term for declared majors. Presentations are required once each year. All presentations are expected to be works in progress and can be drawn from class work or independent work.
  3. Students are expected to be familiar by graduation with the major composers, styles and periods on the lists appropriate to their discipline.
  4. By spring of the junior year, students submit project proposals for approval. All majors are expected to make an oral presentation on a designated First Friday briefly presenting the progress and plans for their project in spring of the junior year.
  5. Senior Project: All majors must produce a major creative project in order to graduate. Students present a project proposal for departmental approval and seek an advisor for the project by April 1. No projects proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in PER 353.
  6. All Performing Arts Majors are required to participate in a minimum of two faculty supervised Musical Ensembles, Dance Productions, Theatre Productions and/or Performing Arts Practicums.

Music Major

Course Requirements for the Music Major

47 credits

MUS 101 Experiencing Music 3 credits
MUS Musical Epochs /Styles or Composers (3 x 4) 12 credits
MUS 210 Theory I 3 credits
MUS 215 Theory II or MUS 316 Conducting 3 credits
MUS 191 Applied Music (8 x 1) 8 credits
MUS Music Ensembles (4 x 1) 4 credits
PER 100 First Friday (4 x .5) 2 credits
PER252 Sophomore Seminar 3 credits
PER 255 Portfolio 1 credit
PER 353 Senior Project 5 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Fulfillment of LAC requirements for Music majors

Technology, Oral Presentation and Information Literacy requirements (for majors) are fulfilled through completion of the major and assessed in the following courses:

PER 255 Portfolio Preparation
PER353 Senior Seminar

Music Minor

Program Requirements for the Music minor

All music minors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts. At least 12 credits of course work in the minor must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Course Requirements for the Music Minor

18 credits

MUS 101 Experiencing Music 3 credits
MUS Musical Epochs /Styles or Composers (3x3) 9 credits
MUS 191 Applied Music (3 x 1) 3 credits
MUS 210 Theory I 3 credits