Montana State University

Music

School of Music

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The Department of Music at Montana State University offers dynamic programs in music, music technology, and music education, preparing our students for various professions in music and music education, along with life-long musical enhancement.

Inspired by the belief that music is central to human ways of life, the Department affirms the University's mission to serve the people and communities of Montana by providing a musically enriched environment.

The Department is committed to contributing to the musical world through performance, scholarship, composition and leadership, and nurturing the musical expression, understanding, discovery, and creativity of its faculty and students.

The Department of Music offers classes to all students regardless of major. Some music courses satisfy University core requirements. Interested students may study band and orchestral instruments, voice, piano, and guitar. Membership in Department of Music ensembles is open to all students regardless of major. Some ensembles require an audition. All incoming music majors must demonstrate their level of musicianship through auditions, a theory pre-test, and a keyboard placement exam prior to acceptance in the program.

Curricula in Music


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree emphasizes the study of music within a broad program of general study. A non-teaching minor is offered by the Department of Music.

All music majors must enroll in Applied Music each semester of residency. All students will be placed, by audition, at the appropriate level of applied study. Advancement to the next level will be by performance jury and with the approval of the applied music instructor. A recital, or an appearance in a recital as soloist, must be completed before advancement to MUSI 395. Successful completion of at least one semester of MUSI 395 is required to graduate. All applied music students are expected to participate in the Department's band, choral, and orchestral ensembles.

Music majors are required to fulfill concert attendance through MUSI 100 every semester in residence.

Students in the BA music major or those seeking a music minor must achieve the grade of "C" or better in all required music courses. Further, a grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses that will be counted toward the 42 upper-division credits required in all degrees. Courses with a passing grade of D-, D, or D+ may only be counted toward the overall 120 credit requirement.

Freshman Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 140--Aural Perception I 1
MUSI 141--Aural Perception II 1
MUSI 105--Music Theory I 3
MUSI 106--Music Theory II 3
MUSI 135--Keyboard Skills I 1
MUSI 136--Keyboard Skills II 1
MUSI 195--Applied Music I 2
Ensemble 2
University Core and Electives17
Total 31
Sophomore Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 240--Aural Perception III 1
MUSI 241--Aural Perception IV 1
MUSI 205--Music Theory III 3
MUSI 206--Music Theory IV 3
Take two of the following:
     MUSI 230--Adv Keybd Skills:Repertoire 1
     MUSI 231--Adv Keybd Skills:Accomp 1
     MUSI 232--Adv Keybd Skills:Open Score Read 1
     MUSI 233--Adv Keybd Skills:Jazz 1
MUSI 295--Applied Music II 2
MUSI 307IA--World Music 3
Ensemble

2

University Core and Electives

13

Total 30
Junior Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
Take two of the following:
     MUSI 301--Music History I3
     MUSI 302--Music History II 3
     MUSI 303--Music History of the 20th Century3
MUSI 295--Applied Music II 2
Ensemble 2
Music Electives 3
University Core and Electives 17
Total 30
Senior Year Credits
MUSI 100Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 499R--Senior Thesis/Capstone 3
MUSI 295--Applied Music II 1
MUSI 395--Applied Music III 1
Ensemble 2
Music Electives 5
University Electives 17
Total 29

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.


BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION

The Bachelor of Music Education (K-12 Broadfield) degree leads to certification to teach music at all levels of the public schools. This degree allows a music major to select instrumental or choral music as a major field. The curriculum provides training in the alternate field so graduates are prepared to teach in both disciplines. Emphasis is equally divided among music pedagogy, performance, and historical and theoretical study. All options provide thorough training for graduate school. A selection of courses in music education, music theory, and music history are offered at the graduate level. A Master of Education degree with an emphasis in music is available through the Department of Education. Please see http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/educ/curriculumGrad/masters/profedOption/k12music.html for more information.

All music majors must enroll in Applied Music each semester of residency. All students will be placed, by audition, at the appropriate level of applied study. Advancement to the next level will be by performance jury and with the approval of the applied music instructor. A recital, or an appearance in a recital as soloist, must be completed before advancement to MUS 395. BME students must successfully complete at least one semester of MUSI 395 (Applied Music III) before student teaching. Music majors are required to fulfill concert attendance through MUSI 100 every semester in residence.

Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree students are classified as either Instrumental or Choral majors. As a portion of the required ensemble courses, choral majors are required to enroll in choir (MUSI 112, MUSI 312, or MUSI 426), complete one term of an instrumental ensemble, and fulfill the chamber music requirement through applied study. In the Instrumental category, string, piano and guitar majors are required to complete one term each of an instrumental, choral, and chamber ensemble. Wind-Percussion majors must enroll in MUSI 155 (Marching Band) for two semesters, and both a choral ensemble and a chamber music ensemble for one semester.

BME students must receive the grade of "C" or better in ALL music content and education classes to be approved for student teaching. BME students must also demonstrate guitar proficiency by either passing the guitar proficiency examination or completing MUSI 160 with a grade of "C" or better. Further, a grade of "C-"or better is required in all courses that will be counted toward the 42 upper-division credits required in all degrees. Courses with a passing grade of D-, D, or D+ may only be counted toward the overall 128 credit requirement. Deficiencies in any of these areas will be noted during the sophomore review.

Freshman Year Credits
COM 110US--Public Communication 3
EDU 202--Early Field Experience 1
WRIT 101W--College Writing I3
HDCF 150IS--Lifespan Human Devlpmt 3
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 140--Aural Perception I 1
MUSI 141--Aural Perception II 1
MUSI 105--Music Theory I 3
MUSI 106--Music Theory II 3
MUSE 130--Tech:Flute & Clarinet 1
MUSE 134--Tech:Percussion 1
MUSE 123--Techniques:Voice(instrument majors only) (1)
MUSI 135--Keyboard Skills I 1
MUSI 136--Keyboard Skills II 1
MUSI 195--Applied Music I 2
Ensemble 2
University Core (vocal) (9)
University Core (instrumental) (6)
Total 33-35
Sophomore Year Credits
EDU 222 or 223 3
MUSE 383--Foundations of Assessment 2
HDHL 106--Drug Health Issues 1
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSE 132--Tech: Brass 1
MUSE 135--Tech: Strings 1
MUSI 240--Aural Perception III 1
MUSI 241--Aural Perception IV 1
MUSI 205--Music Theory III 3
MUSI 206--Music Theory IV 3
MUSE 220--Intro to Comp App 2
MUSI 281--Diction: Latin,English,Italian(vocal majors only) (2)
MUSI 231--Adv Keybrd Skills:Accomp 1
MUSI 232--Adv Keybd Skills:Open Score Reading1
MUSI 295--Applied Music II 2
MUSI 301--Music History I 3
Ensemble 2
University Core (vocal) (3)
University Core (instrumental) (6)
Total 32-33
Junior Year Credits
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education 3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education 2
MUSE 131--Techniques:Sax, Oboe, Bassoon 1
MUSE 395--Teaching Practicum:General Music 1
MUSI 397--Methods:General Music3
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 440--Instrumentation & Arranging 2
MUSI 302--Music History II 3
MUSI 303--Music History of the 20th Century 3
MUSI 335--Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSI 336--Choral Conducting 2
MUSE 339--Conducting Practicum 1
MUSI 395--Applied Music III 2
MUSE 437--Instr Field Experience 1
MUSE 497--Instr Methods/Lit 5-12 3
MUSI 442--Vocal Pedagogy & Lit 2
Ensemble 2
Total 33
Senior Year Credits
EDU 495--Student Teaching: K-8 6
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 6
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12 2
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 3
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 307IA--World Music 3
MUSI 395--Applied Music III 1
MUSE 439--Choral Field Experience 1
MUSE 497--Choral Methods & Lit 5-12 3
MUSI 499R--Senior Thesis/Capstone 3
Ensembles 1
Total 29

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology offers undergraduate students an integrated experience in composition, sound design, audio technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration, within a broad program of general study. Music Technology courses provide students with the range of skills and experience they need to forge their own pathways in this constantly-changing field.

All Music Technology majors must enroll in Applied Music for a minimum of three semesters. Advancement to the next level will be by performance jury and with the approval of the applied music instructor. Successful completion of one semester at the MUSI 295 level or higher is required for graduation. All students must successfully complete a minimum of two semesters of ensemble performance.

Students without previous experience reading standard musical notation may need to complete MUSI 103 (Fundamentals of Musical Creation) before starting the Music Theory course sequence, as determined individually for each student in consultation with the Director of Music Technology and the Music Theory faculty.

All students will be placed, by audition, at the appropriate level of performance study. Placement in MUSI 195 will be at the sole determination of the studio professor. Students with less previous experience on their principal instrument are responsible for obtaining preparatory instruction and basic music-reading skills to reach the 195 level. Basic preparatory skills on guitar may be obtained via MUSI 160, MUSI 161, and /or MUSI 260 (Beginning Guitar/Intermediate Guitar), as determined by placement evaluation with the Guitar faculty.

Music majors are required to fulfill concert attendance through MUSI 100 every semester in residence, with the exception of Pre-Music Technology majors who have not yet taken Introduction to Digital Music (MUST 115).

Other requirements for Music Technology majors: Music Technology majors must complete either MUSI 301 or MUSI 302. Music Technology majors must receive the grade of "C" or better in all music content courses. Further, a grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses that will be counted toward the 42 upper-division credits required in all degrees. Courses with a passing grade of D-, D, or D+ may only be counted toward the overall 120 credit requirement. Music Technology majors must complete either MUST 382 (Interdisciplinary Projects 2) or CAA 490R (Collaborative Research/Creative Activity).

The Music Technology major requires each entering student to declare the pre-major and complete an initial course sequence before applying for the major. This gate ensures that students will have sufficient studio time and individual instruction, and that Department of Music resources can meet the needs of the student population. For the Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology, the pre-gate requirements are:
a) MUSI 140 and 141 (Aural Perception I and II)
b) MUSI 105 and 106 (Theory I and II)
c) MUSI 135 and 136 (Keyboard Skills I and II)
d) MUST 115 (Introduction to Digital Music)
e) MUST 125 (MIDI and Electro-Acoustic Composition )
f) Placement into MUSI 195 in one of the applied studios, or placement by audition in MUSI 260 (Intermediate Guitar), or successful completion of MUSI 161 (Beginning Guitar II) with a grade of "C" or better. Music Technology students wishing to study piano as their primary instrument may be accepted for applied study (MUSI 195) by the following methods:

  1. By earning an A- or A in MUSI 135 and MUSI 136.
  2. By earning a grade of "C" or better in a minimum of two semesters of Advanced Keyboard Skills ( MUSI 230, MUSI 231, MUSI 232, or MUSI 233); or
  3. By audition and subsequent permission of the instructor
Music Technology students wishing to study piano as a secondary instrument may be admitted to MUSI 195 only by fulfilling requirements #2 and #3 of the above.

Each spring, any Music Technology pre-major who has successfully completed all of these requirements may submit an application and portfolio for the gate. Successful completion is defined as a grade of "C" or better, with an average of "C" or better in each of the Theory sequence pairs (MUSI 140 & 141 and MUSI 105 & 106).

Any student who is not admitted past the gate may re-submit one additional time the following spring. When any of the required first-year courses have been attempted at MSU, a student's grade may change only by retaking that specific course in the Department of Music (i.e., no transfer credits or other course substitutions will count toward re-submission).

Students admitted past the gate may declare the Music Technology Major. Evaluation for the gate is based on three components:
1) GPA in the pre-gate course sequence
2) Composition portfolio submitted with the application
3) Service credits for participation and volunteerism in the pre-gate year.

Undergraduate Music Technology majors are required to be enrolled for a minimum of nine credits each semester, and to make consistent progress toward the degree requirements each semester until graduation. Any exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the Department Head and the Director of Music Technology. (For example, post-baccalaureate students pursuing a second bachelor's degree in Music Technology may be exempt from the 9-hour requirement.)

Music Technology is a broad field encompassing a wide variety of topics, and Music Technology programs at different institutions vary significantly in emphasis and curriculum order. Therefore, transfer credits for Music Technology courses (MUST 115, 220, 125, 341, 380, 382, 384, plus Music Technology electives) will not generally be awarded. The Director of Music Technology and the Music Department Head reserve the right to award transfer credits in exceptional circumstances, at their sole discretion.

Course fees are assessed to all students enrolled in MUST 115 and MUST 125. Annual program fees (subject to annual increase) are assessed to all Music Technology majors admitted past the gate. Course fees and program fees support emergent equipment needs and maintenance of the computer lab and individual studios. These fees will enable Music Technology students to accomplish their work efficiently and to gain necessary experience with the most up-to-date tools of the trade.

Freshman Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 140--Aural Perception I 1
MUSI 141--Aural Perception II 1
MUSI 105--Music Theory I 3
MUSI 106--Music Theory II 3
MUSI 135--Keyboard Skills I 1
MUSI 136--Keyboard Skills II 1
MUSI 195--Applied Music I (or)
MUSI 160/161--Guitar in Class I/II* 2
MUST 115--Introduction to Digital Music 3
MUST 125--MIDI & Electro-Acoustic Composition 3
University Core and Electives 12
Total 30
Sophomore Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 295--Applied Music II (or)
MUSI 260--Intermediate Guitar* 1
MUSI 195--Applied Music I* (1)
(if not previously completed)
Ensemble 1
MUST 220--Recording I 3
MUST 380--Interdisciplinary Projects I:Film 3
EELE 217--Science of Sound (or)
MUSI 485--Acoustic Composition 2
University Core and Electives

18

Total 31
Junior Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
MUSI 195/ 295--Applied Music I/II* (2)
(if not previously completed)
Ensemble 1
MUSI 301--Music History I(or)
MUSI 302--Music History II 3
MUSI 307IA--World Music 3
MUST 384--Film Scoring 3
MUST 341--Sound Design and Synthesis 3
MUST 382--Interdisciplinary Projects II (or)
CAA 490R--Collaborative Rsch/Creative Activity 3
EELE 217--Science of Sound (or)
MUSI 485--Acoustic Composition 2
MUST 305--Orchestration for New Media 2
University Core and Electives 9
Total 29
Senior Year Credits
MUSI 100--Concert Attendance 0
Music Technology Elective (or)
MUST 498--Internship 6
Computer Science or Business Elective 3
Upper Division Electives 6
Electives 9
MUSI 303--Music History of the 20th Century 3
MUST 499--Senior Project/Capstone Experience 3
Total 30

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Of the available elective credits:
14 must be in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Fine Arts except music.
3 credits must be in Computer Science or Business.
10 credits may be free electives (music or non-music).
The remaining 6 elective credits must be non-music.

* Guitar principals will be placed in the appropriate level of performance coursework (Beginning Guitar I, Beginning Guitar II, Intermediate Guitar or MUSI 195) by audition upon entry to the pre-major.


MUSIC MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

MUSI 105--Music Theory I 3
MUSI 106--Music Theory II 3
MUSI 140--Aural Perception I 1
MUSI 141--Aural Perception II 1
MUSI 195--Applied Music I 2
Take one of the following:
     MUSI 101--Enjoyment of Music 3
     MUSI 211--Masterworks in Music 3
MUSI 295--Applied Music II 2
MUSI 307IA--World Music 3
Music Ensembles 4
Music Electives 6
Total 28

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