Music

Area of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

Updated Fall 2013
The Music and Music Education majors support the following goals of Milligan College:

The music curriculum at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers The primary goal of the Music Area is to produce well-trained musicians who enjoy music and music making while also viewing music as a way to enhance and improve the quality of life.

All Milligan Students

Milligan College offers a wide variety of lessons including voice, piano, guitar, organ, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion instruments. In addition, the music area has numerous choral and instrumental ensembles. Applied study and ensemble participation are available to all students at Milligan College.

Music Majors and Minors: Admission to Program

In order to be appropriately placed in the music program at Milligan College, a prospective student must:

Music - B.A.

Students who select this major may wish to teach music privately in a studio, pursue a college teaching career, or a performing career. This degree is not a substitute for a music education degree.

Music - Performance

Required courses in the major:

*All music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study. (.5 hr)

**MUSC 101, 102 Piano as Secondary Concentration instead of applied study if the secondary area of concentration is piano (4 hrs)

*** In order to be eligible for a senior recital, students need to have successfully completed a junior recital.

Total number of required hours: 40


Music – Jazz Studies

Required courses in the major:

*All music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study. (.5 hr)
**MUSC 101, 102 Piano as Secondary Concentration instead of applied study if the secondary area of concentration is piano (4 hrs)

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the Jazz Studies emphasis in the major:

Total number of required hours: 40


To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Applied Study

Applied music study for the music major may be in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion. Either the principal or the secondary applied area for the music major must be piano, unless a proficiency (MUSC 207) in piano is demonstrated. Preparation for the proficiency will be developed through class instruction (MUSC 101, 102, 201 – Piano as a Secondary Concentration) unless it is the judgment of the piano faculty that a student’s substantial background in piano warrants private lessons (MUSC 104 – Applied Study-Piano). All music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study.

Each semester of their applied study, Music majors take a jury in their principal applied area, unless they have completed a junior or senior recital after mid-term. Please note that if you choose to continue your principal applied study in future semesters after completing your degree requirements, you will be subject to the course requirements in the syllabus about recital performance, juries, etc. Music majors also take a jury in their secondary area each semester of their applied study, unless their secondary instrument is piano. Students with piano as their secondary concentration take MUSC 207-Piano Proficiency when the professor deems the student prepared.

Ensembles

Music majors must participate in a primary ensemble which uses their particular applied study skill and is approved by their applied professor for six semester hours. (Primary Ensembles: Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Civic Band, and Orchestra.) Participation in ensembles will not result in tuition overload charges should the student exceed enrollment in more than 18 hours per semester due to the ensemble credit hours.

Concert and recital attendance (90%/semester of scheduled performances) is required of the music major for eight semesters. Failure to meet all recital attendance requirements results in a half a letter grade (5 points) reduction in every music class final average for the semester.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students’ achievement of learning outcomes in their major fields of study, will be fulfilled by successfully completing MUSC 408 Senior Recital, MUSC 490 Senior Project, or MUSC 499C Mentored Research. (In order to be eligible for a senior recital, students need to have successfully completed a junior recital.)

Music (minor)

Required courses in the minor:

*MUSC 101, 102 Piano as Secondary Concentration instead of applied study if the secondary area of concentration is piano (4 hrs)

Total number of required hours: 19

Applied Study

Applied music study for the music minor may be in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion. Piano must be either the principal or the secondary applied area for the music minor. Each semester of their applied study, Music minors take a jury in their principal applied area, unless they have completed a junior or senior recital after mid-term. Please note that if you choose to continue your principal applied study in future semesters after completing your degree requirements, you will be subject to the course requirements in the syllabus about recital performance, juries, etc.

Ensembles

Music minors must participate in a primary ensemble which uses their particular applied study skill and is approved by their applied professor for four semester hours. (Primary Ensembles: Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Civic Band, and Orchestra.) Participation in ensembles will not result in tuition overload charges should the student exceed enrollment in more than 18 hours per semester due to the ensemble credit hours.

Concert and recital attendance (75%/semester of scheduled performances) is required of the Music minor for four semesters. Failure to meet all recital attendance requirements results in a half a letter grade (5 points) reduction in every music class final average for the semester.

Music Ministry (minor)

The music ministry minor fits well with numerous majors. The study of music ministry may serve to foster students’ avocational interests as well as prepare them for more concentrated music studies in the future.

Required courses in the minor:

*MUSC 101, 102 Piano as Secondary Concentration instead of applied study if the secondary area of concentration is piano (4 hrs)

Total number of required hours: 22.5

Applied Study

Applied music study for the music ministry minor may be in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion. Piano must be either the principal or the secondary applied area for the music minor and be satisfied by class instruction (MUSC 101, 102 Piano as a Secondary Concentration) unless it is the judgment of the piano faculty that a student’s substantial background in piano warrants private lessons (MUSC 104 Applied Study-Piano). Each semester of their applied study, Music Ministry minors take a jury in their principal applied area, unless they have completed a junior or senior recital after mid-term. Please note that if you choose to continue your principal applied study in future semesters after completing your degree requirements, you will be subject to the course requirements in the syllabus about recital performance, juries, etc.

Ensembles

Music Ministry minors must participate in a primary ensemble which uses their particular applied study skill and is approved by their applied professor for four semester hours. (Primary Ensembles: Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Civic Band, and Orchestra.) Participation in ensembles will not result in tuition overload charges should the student exceed enrollment in more than 18 hours per semester due to the ensemble credit hours.

Concert and recital attendance (75%/semester of scheduled performances) is required of the Music Ministry minor for four semesters. Failure to meet all recital attendance requirements results in a half a letter grade (5 points) reduction in every music class final average for the semester.