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Music Courses & Requirements

alum photoEnter the world of music: music ensembles, vocal and instrumental music lessons, a variety of music courses, a music minor and two music majors.

Music Degrees

Wittenberg offers a music minor and these two music majors:

  • The B.A. in Music (Bachelor of Arts in Music) leads to many different careers, because it allows considerable flexibility in course selection. It is often combined with a major or minor in another field, such as management, communication, biology, psychology, or English. Some students earn a B.A. in Music as a path toward a career in music therapy.

  • The B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education) leads to certification for public school instruction (choral, instrumental, and general music).

To declare a major in music (B.A. or B.M.E.), it is necessary to perform an audition that demonstrates satisfactory skill in vocal or instrumental performance.

Course Listings

  • To read complete descriptions of the music courses offered at Wittenberg, click here (p. 245).

B.A. in Music

student photoMusic Theory

  • MUSI 102: Basic Music Theory & Skills, 4 credits
  • MUSI 155: Intermediate Music Theory I, 2 credits
  • MUSI 257: Intermediate Music Theory II, 2 credits
  • MUSI 259: Analysis of Music after 1900, 2 credits

Aural Skills & Dictation

  • MUSI 156: Intermediate Music Skills I, 2 credits
  • MUSI 258: Intermediate Music Skills II, 2 credits

Keyboard Skills

  • MUSI 120: Functional Keyboard Skills, 2 credits
  • MUSI 221: Advanced Keyboard Skills & Improvisation, 2 credits

Music History / Musicology

  • MUSI 304: History of Western Music to 1750, 4 credits
  • MUSI 305: History of Western Music, 1750-Present, 4 credits

Other

  • Applied Music Lessons: 4 credits and recital or studio class performance annually.
  • Music Ensemble: 4 credits (Participation in music ensemble/ensembles is required of all music majors every semester on campus.)
  • MUSI 199: Music Practicum (every semester), for non-credit
  • MUSI 495: Senior Recital and Paper, or Music 498: Senior Project, 2 credits

student photoElectives in Music 10 credits, selected from at least two of these groups:

  • Music theory: MUSI 214, 355, 357, 450, or appropriate topics courses (Music 212 or 380)
  • Music history / musicology courses: MUSI 203, 205, 216, 220, or appropriate topics courses (Music 212 or 380)
  • Additional applied music lessons or Music 350 Introduction to Conducting or Music 351 Choral & Instrumental Conducting

TOTAL CREDITS: 42

B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education)

Music Theory

  • MUSI 102: Basic Music Theory & Skills, 4 credits
  • MUSI 155: Intermediate Music Theory I, 2 credits
  • MUSI 257: Intermediate Music Theory II, 2 credits
  • MUSI 259: Analysis of Music after 1900, 2 credits

Aural Skills & Dictation

  • MUSI 156: Intermediate Music Skills I, 2 credits
  • MUSI 258: Intermediate Music Skills II, 2 credits

Keyboard Skills

  • MUSI 120: Functional Keyboard Skills, 2 credits
  • MUSI 221: Advanced Keyboard Skills & Improvisation, 2 credits

Music History / Musicology

  • MUSI 304: History of Western Music to 1750, 4 credits
  • MUSI 305: History of Western Music, 1750-Present, 4 credits

Other

  • Applied Music Lessons, primary area: 7 credits and recital or studio class performance annually.
  • Applied music examination for advanced standing, for non-credit
  • Applied Music Lessons, keyboard area: 2 credits
  • Music Ensemble: 4 credits (Participation in music ensemble/ensembles is required of all music majors every semester on campus.)
  • MUSI 199: Music Practicum (every semester), for non-credit
  • MUSI 216: Musics of the World, 4 credits

student photoMusic Education and Pedagogy

  • MUSI 250: Technology for Music Educators, 2 credits
  • MUSI 350: Introduction to Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSI 351: Choral & Instrumental Conducting, 2 credits
  • MUSI 231, 232, 233, and 234: Instrumental methods & techniques, 1 credit each
       - MUSI 231: Woodwind Instruments
       - MUSI 232: Brass Instruments
       - MUSI 233: Percussion Instruments
       - MUSI 234: String Instruments
  • MUSI 235: Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy & Diction, 2 credits
  • MUSI 165: Introduction to Music Education, 3 credits
  • MUSI 463: General Music Methods, 4 credits
  • MUSI 464: Choral Music in the Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSI 465: Instrumental Music in the Schools, 3 credits
  • MUSI 494: Student Teaching, 12 credits
  • MUSI 497: Senior Portfolio Review, for non-credit

TOTAL CREDITS IN MUSIC: 74

student photoEducation

  • EDUC 103 or 104: Sociological Perspectives in Education or Philosophical Perspectives in Education, 4 credits
  • EDUC 120: Introduction to Students with Special Needs, 2 credits
  • EDUC 203: Early Childhood Development and Education OR Educ 213: Adolescent Development and Education, 3 credits
  • EDUC 312: Reading and Writing in Content Areas, 3 credits
  • Successful completion of the State Board of Education Examinations, for non-credit

TOTAL CREDITS IN EDUCATION: 12

Music Minor

  • MUSI 102: Basic Music Theory and Skills, 4 credits
  • MUSI 110: Understanding Music, 4 credits
  • Eight credits selected from courses in the range of Music 201-220 and/or 301-320
  • Applied Music lessons and/or Music Ensemble, 4 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 20

Music Courses, Lessons, and Ensembles

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Instrumental Ensembles (0 to 1 credit)

175. Jazz Ensemble
177. Chamber Orchestra
179. Symphonic Band

Choral and Vocal Ensembles (0 to 1 credit)

185. Wittenberg Choir
187. Wittenberg Singers

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