College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Music (B.Mus., B.A.)
At-a-Glances

Minimum hours required for B.A.: 49

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Composition: 86

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Education: 93

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Performance: 78

Minimum hours required for B.-Mus. Music Therapy: 94

Minimum hours required for minor: 24

Contact information: Department chairperson, 216-687-2151.

Two degree programs are offered: the Bachelor of Music, for the student who seeks primarily professional training, and the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music, for the student who seeks to study music in its wider cultural context. The Music Department offers training for music majors in the areas of music education, composition, applied music, and music therapy. These programs have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Private lessons in applied music are offered on campus. Students may register for either one or two half-hour weekly lessons. The last digit of the applied music course number indicates the amount of credit earned. Those who register for one half-hour lesson earn one semester hour; two half-hour lessons earn two semester hours. Special tuition fees are assessed for these courses. A successful performance audition is required for admission to music major status.

All music students are urged to consult the Music Department Student Handbook online for further clarification of the degree requirements listed below.  The handbook contains other departmental standards and requirements not listed here.

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Bachelor of Music Degree

In addition to fulfilling the general course requirements of the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, B.Mus. majors are required to complete course work in areas of common experience in music and in courses specific to one of four areas of concentration: music education, composition, applied music, or music therapy.

  1. Course work in areas of common experience includes performance experience in applied music and in ensembles, development of basic musicianship skills, knowledge of musical structures and styles in broad historical and cultural contexts.
     
    The courses required in the common experience are:
  2. In addition, each major area of concentration requires applied music and ensemble participation as follows:
    • Music education: seven semesters of applied music and seven semesters of major ensembles, at least one semester must be in small ensemble.
    • Composition: eight semesters of applied music and six semesters of ensembles
    • Applied music: eight semesters of applied music (includes eight credits at the 100-level and eight credits at the 300-level) and 12 semester hours of ensembles, at least one semester must be in small ensemble
    • Music therapy: seven semesters of applied music and seven semesters of major ensemble, at least one semester must be in small ensemble.
    Appropriate proficiency levels as defined by the Department of Music faculty must be passed for students to progress to upper-level applied music study.
  3. Each area of concentration also requires degree candidates to present at least one recital as follows:
    • Music education: a 30-minute senior recital
    • Composition: a recital of representative works
    • Applied Music: two 60-minute recitals
    • Music therapy: a 30-minute senior recital

Areas of Concentration

Music Education

A student choosing the option of music education must complete the following courses in addition to the common experiences listed above:

Composition.

A student choosing the option in composition must complete the following music courses in addition to the common experiences listed above:

Applied Music

A student choosing the option in applied music must complete the following courses in addition to the common experiences listed above:

Music Therapy

Completion of the program of study leads to certification as a Registered Music Therapist with the Certification Board for Music Therapy. The mandatory internship must be completed at an AMTA approved facility. Note: There is a tuition surcharge for Consortium courses.

A student choosing the option in Music Therapy must complete the following courses in addition to the common experiences listed above:

The following courses are taught through the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium, which meets on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College:

In order to fulfill AMTA requirements, Music Therapy majors must take the following courses as part of their General Education (GenEd) requirements:

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Bachelor of Arts Degree

Major-Field Requirements

The program leading to a B.A. with a major in Music requires a total of 128 semester hours. The 33 semester hours listed under Common Experiences are required of B.A. students, except instead of MUS 233 and MUS 234,  B.A. students take MUS 235 and MUS 236. (Section 1 above). Eight semester hours in applied music or ensemble, 11 semester hours of music electives and a three-semester-hour senior project are also required.

The Music major provides for numerous electives (26 semester hours) outside of music as well as for the General Education Requirements of the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences requirements. The major's elective requirement provides the opportunity for broad coverage and even intensive work in other academic areas of interest. It also provides the additional background for an individually designed senior project which culminates the degree.

A full-time faculty member will be the principal adviser to and administrator of the program. Acceptance into the B.A. program in Music requires an interview with the program adviser and written confirmation from the program adviser of the student's acceptance as a candidate for the B.A. in Music. A successful entrance audition before a faculty committee is required of students whose focus in the B.A. program is to be performance. An entrance audition will also be required of applicants who have less than one year of private applied lessons at a recognized institution of higher education.

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Music Minor

A minor in Music consists of 24 semester hours. Students accepted for the minor in Music are required to select 8 semester hours from the Materials of Music, Harmony and Form, and Musicianship sequences; MUS 412 Music History II. Five semester hours in applied music and/or ensembles are required.

A minimum of 8 semester hours shall be at the 300-400 level.

A full-time faculty member will be principal adviser to and administrator of the program, coordinating students' interests with available course choices and documenting completion of the required courses and credits for official registry of the music minor on the students' transcripts. Acceptance as a minor in Music requires an interview with the minor adviser and written confirmation from the adviser of the student's acceptance as a minor in Music.

All students are required to participate in audio and video recordings with their ensembles and cede individual performances rights to such recordings.

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