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Program Requirements

General Major:

The program for the general music major includes MUSI 121, 122, 211, 221, 222, and 420; at least one course chosen from MUSI 301, 302, or 304; two courses chosen from the 300-level music history courses as designated by the department; enrollment in applied lessons each semester the student is on campus (in the student’s major instrument or voice; only study in the declared major applied area will be counted toward the major GPA); enrollment in a Music Department ensemble during each semester the student is on campus (only one ensemble per semester will count toward the major GPA; that ensemble must involve the major applied area, except for pianists and guitarists); attendance at campus concerts, recitals, and music convocations, to be factored into the major applied grade each semester at professor’s discretion.

Music majors are required to demonstrate competence at the keyboard by passing all components of the piano proficiency exam by the end of the sophomore year. Declared music majors, or those contemplating the music major, must enroll in piano until passing the piano proficiency exam. Completing piano proficiency is a prerequisite for admission into 300 and 400 level music courses. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the department chair in unusual circumstances.

If the music major’s advisor is not a music faculty member, it is strongly urged that the student find an advisor in the music department by the end of the freshman year.

Students intending to declare a major in music should do so by the end of the freshman year (with approval from and in consultation with the music faculty). Music majors must declare a major applied area at this time.

Sequential courses must be taken and passed in sequence. Exceptions may be granted by the Department chair.

Major requirements may not be audited.

The culminating experience for music majors is an independent study (as part of the MUSI 420 course) in the senior year, consisting of an in-depth investigation of a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with a member of the music faculty. The topic must be approved by the music faculty.

Performance Emphasis:

Music majors who concentrate in performance present a half recital before the end of the junior year, and a full recital before the end of the senior year. All requirements for the general major apply.


All students (regardless of major) enrolled in applied or group lessons will take a jury exam at the end of each semester. Exemptions from this requirement may be given at the discretion of the applied professor. Consult the department for specific jury requirements.

Sophomore Evaluation:

In the sophomore evaluation, held at the end of the sophomore year, the music faculty evaluates a music major’s progress. Students are advised on strengths and weaknesses in music courses, ensembles, applied lessons, and piano proficiency. GPA and timely progress toward completing major requirements are also considered. In a successful evaluation, the music faculty will advise appropriate steps to address any perceived weak points and encourage the student to continue in the major.

Requirements for the Music Minor:

The minor in music is designed for those students who wish to develop both their performance skills and their general understanding of music. The minor requires two courses (taken in sequence) chosen from MUSI 121, 122, 221, or 222; MUSI 211; one course chosen from MUSI 203, 205, or 256; four semesters of applied music (including two semesters of piano if not the major applied instrument); and enrollment in four semesters of Music Department ensembles. In addition, attendance at campus concerts and recitals is expected each semester.

Teacher Certification:

Students seeking certification in music education take MUSI 121, 122, 211, 221, and 222; three courses selected from MUSI 252, 253, 254, or 255; one course selected from the 300-level music history offerings as designated by the Music Department; MUSI 301 and 304; student teaching in lieu of MUSI 420; enrollment in applied lessons each semester the student is on campus (in the student’s major instrument or voice; only study in the declared major applied area will be counted toward the major GPA); enrollment in a Music Department ensemble each semester the student is on campus. Music education majors present a half-recital during the junior year. Other requirements for the general major apply to all music education majors.

Elementary education majors seeking a content area in music must take the equivalent of 6 courses in Music. Included in the 6 courses must be: one semester of music theory and aural skills lab, MUSI 101 (Introduction to Music), four semesters of ensemble enrollment, four semesters of applied enrollment (two of which must be in piano).

Other requirements for certification are described on pages 58–65.

Recital Procedures:

A pre-recital hearing will take place three weeks before any student recital. All recital repertoire must be performed at the hearing. Following the pre-recital hearing, the music faculty will either allow the recital to go forward, require a postponement, or cancel the recital. The music faculty reserves the right to declare any degree recital unsatisfactory. In such an event, the recital must be presented again (for the music faculty only), within one month of the original performance date, and at a satisfactory level. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F in the major applied area for the semester.

Applied Music:

Performance instruction is available by audition or by consent of the instructor and consists of one half-hour weekly lesson with at least one hour of daily practice for one-quarter course credit per semester. With instructor’s consent and approval of the chair of the Music Department, music majors or other advanced students in special circumstances may study for one-half course credit per semester, requiring a one-hour weekly lesson and at least two hours of daily practice.

Lessons carry a $195.00 fee per semester for all students. Students enrolled in multiple lessons

pay only a single $195.00 fee for the semester.

(Odd-numbered courses [such as 145] carry one-quarter course credit per term; even-numbered courses [such as 146] carry one-half course credit.)

MUSI 145 - Piano

MUSI 145-2 - Beginning Class Piano for Majors/Minors

MUSI 145-3 - Advanced Class Piano for Majors/Minors

MUSI 146 - Piano

MUSI 151 - Voice

MUSI 152 - Voice

MUSI 153 - Guitar/Electric Bass

MUSI 154 - Guitar/Electric Bass

MUSI 155 - Strings

MUSI 156 - Strings

MUSI 161 - Woodwinds

MUSI 162 - Woodwinds

MUSI 165 - Brass

MUSI 166 - Brass

MUSI 171 - Percussion

MUSI 172 - Percussion


The following ensembles are open to all students by audition or by permission of the instructor.

Each carries one-quarter course credit per semester. A student will not be allowed to participate in an ensemble without registering for the ensemble. The student may choose to take an ensemble for credit, in which case a grade will be assigned and the course will apply toward GPA calculation and course credit toward degree, or for audit, in which case no course credit toward GPA or graduation will be assigned, but a grade of AU for completion or NAU for non-completion will be entered into the student’s official transcript. AU grades will be accepted as meeting ensemble requirements for music majors and minors.

MUSI 131 - Jazz Band

MUSI 134 - Vocal Chamber Music

MUSI 181 - Chorale

MUSI 182 - Chamber Orchestra

MUSI 184 - Concert Choir

MUSI 185 - Monmouth Winds

MUSI 186 - Monmouth College Pipe Band

MUSI 187 - Percussion Ensemble

MUSI 189 - Fighting Scots Marching Band (Fall) / Concert Band (Spring)