Overview

Do you love playing, singing, composing and learning about music? Let your talents grow in a music program with a tradition of excellence. As a music student, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and plenty of opportunities to hone your craft.

 You’ll spend most of your time in the stately Conservatory of Music, built in 1913, the home of the Music and Theatre Department. It combines the beauty of the past with current technology and equipment necessary for a comprehensive education in music. Marble halls and staircase surround the elegant 720-seat Cecilian Auditorium. It also houses a Yamaha keyboard lab and a state-of-the-art music technology lab (featuring iMac computers). Practice facilities, studios, and classrooms are spacious and numerous, with windows overlooking the natural beauty of the SMWC campus.

All music programs at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College are accredited by NASM (National Association of Schools of Music).

Major

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 120 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree. In addition to general studies courses and electives, the core music major requires 43-45 credit hours. The aim of the core music major is to produce well-rounded musicians with:

  • Skill in music theory and aural perception
  • Knowledge in the field of music history and literature
  • Competence in their chosen performance area
  • A basis for every other music major offered at SMWC such as music therapy.

Auditions are required for this major.

Required Courses

Music majors take 43-45 credits in core courses. Must complete three (3) additional credit hours of music electives.

MU 025 Convocation
Campus | 0 Credits
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MU 110/120/210 Aural Skills I/II/III
Campus | 1 each Credit
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Three-semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading.

Campus 1 each Credit
MU 115/125/215/225 Music Theory I/II/III/IV
Campus | 3 each Credits
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A four semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Every year. Each course is a prerequisite for the following course in the sequence.

Campus 3 each Credits
MU 213 Music and Technology
Campus | 2 Credits
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Use of the computer and MIDI synthesizer keyboard to create, edit and perform music scores. Notation and sequencing software programs will be used. Spring, every year. Prerequisites: basic piano keyboard or consent of instructor.

Campus 2 Credits
MU 321/322/323 Music History I/II/III
Campus | 3 each Credits
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Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods. Every year. Prerequisite: MU 225 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 each Credits

General Studies Course

The following course counts as a general study requirement, and is encouraged for music majors.

MU 200 American Music: From Jamestown to James Brown and Beyond
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course introduces students to a rich and diverse history of American popular music. Students will listen critically to both recorded and live music, discussing and writing about the music itself and about its cultural and historical content and significance. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Applied Music Area

Music majors must study the primary applied instruments for credit each semester and must accrue at least 7-8 credits in that instrument for the degree.

Ensembles

Music majors must participate in an ensemble for credit each semester and must accrue at least 7-8 credits in ensembles for the degree.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The Music minor required 22-24 credit hours.

Required Courses

22-24 credit hours required. Choose between MU 322 and MU 323.
Must complete one (1) - three (3) additional credit hours of music electives.

MU 011 Piano Class I
Campus | 1 Credit
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MU 012 Piano Class II
Campus | 1 Credit
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Campus 1 Credit
MU 110 Aural Skills I
Campus | 1 Credit
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A course that develops concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading.

Campus 1 Credit
MU 115 Music Theory I
Campus | 3 Credits
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A course for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Every year.

Campus 3 Credits
MU 120 Aural Skills II
Campus | 1 Credit
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A course that develops concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading.

Campus 1 Credit
MU 125 Music Theory II
Campus | 3 Credits
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A course for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Every year.

Campus 3 Credits
MU 322 Music History II
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods. Every year. Prerequisite: MU 225 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
MU 323 Music History III
Campus | 3 Credits
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Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods. Every year. Prerequisite: MU 225 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits

Applied Music:

At least 4 semesters of study in the principal instrument or voice.

Ensemble:

At least 4 semesters of participation in ensemble.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Applied Music Exams for Music Majors

Applied music examinations (juries) are held at the end of each semester. Each student must perform at least one composition for each hour of primary-level credit undertaken. Memorization is required of piano and vocal students. Attendance at all music programs and Convocations is required.

Each music major must demonstrate piano proficiency in the areas of:

  • All major and minor scales, as well as other scales and modes deemed appropriate by the music faculty
  • Harmonization of melody
  • Transposition
  • Accompanying
  • Sight playing.

Each Music major is required to register for applied or class piano each semester until they pass the piano proficiency examination. Any requested substitutions for on-campus study of applied or class piano have prior approval by the piano faculty and the student’s advisor.

The piano proficiency exam must be passed before a student is eligible to begin an internship (music therapy). All components of the piano proficiency exam must be passed before a student receives a degree in music.

Music therapy students must also pass the guitar/voice competency exam prior to starting an internship. This exam is typically given in the second semester of junior year. Guitar study is included in the music therapy curriculum.

All major music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Career Paths

The Bachelor of Arts in Music at SMWC is a comprehensive, liberal arts degree program that prepares students for various careers in music, and allows them to choose among many paths of graduate study. The coursework is structured to allow students to combine a music major with a degree in another field. The courses in the BA in Music make up the music core of studies for Music Therapy.

Two of the more obvious music career paths for graduates are maintaining a private teaching studio, or working as a freelance performer. But, many other options for music careers are available. Some of the full-time musical organizations that are continually looking for high-quality musicians to fill their rosters include:

  • Military bands and choirs
  • Symphony orchestras
  • Professional choirs
  • Churches

Other settings which offer viable music jobs for the graduate with a music major:

  • Music libraries
  • Music retailers
  • Arts administration

Many of these positions require non-specific degrees, but the person holding a music degree will have an advantageous knowledge of the subject matter. Some employers in the general workplace also prefer to hire those with a music major, knowing the discipline and work ethic one must possess to complete such music programs.