DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Chair: Greg Gruner (251) 460-6136
Professors: A. Bohnet, Bush, Gruner, Heavner, Holm
Associate Professors: Durant, Fresne
, P. Wood
Assistant Professors: Miller, Moore, Rowell, M. Sammons, Zoghby
K. Bohnet, Davis, Driskell
, Gilmore, Greenwood
, Noah, C. Sammons, Seebacher
, Sylvester, Taylor,
Department of Music web site
The Music Department of the University of South Alabama is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Degree programs are offered for those students pursuing careers in music performance, music education, music business, and those
who wish to combine studies in music with other academic disciplines.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN MUSIC
A minimum of 26 semester hours in music, including the following: MUT 112 and MUT
113; MUL 235, MUL 236, Applied Music (six hrs. at 200 level), MUO 111/MUO
117 (four hrs.),
six hours of electives in music at 300 level or above.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE (B.M.)
A total of 128 semester hours is required for the B.M.
degree. All students are required to complete the Music Core and General Requirements. In addition, they will complete the requirements in their chosen Concentration: Music Education, Music Business, Performance or Outside Fields. Only those students pursuing a degree in outside fields must have a minor in another discipline. An audition is required for acceptance into a music degree program. Contact the Department (460-6136 or www.southalabama.edu/music
) for audition requirements.
University residency requirements stipulate that at least 32 semester hours, including 1
5 hours in the major, must be completed in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major.
MUSIC CORE (54 hours)
Music Theory - 16 hours of MUT as required by advisor.
Conducting - 3 hours
Music Literature - 10 hours of MUL as required by advisor.
Major Ensemble - 7 hours
Concert Choir, Symphony Band, Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra,
or Marching Band
Applied Music (MUA or MUB) - 14 hours
Piano - 4 hours or equivalent proficiency examination.
200 level - 8 hours
300 or 400 level - 6 hours
MUE 102 or MUE
MUE 103 or MUE
MUE 202 or MUE
MUE 203 or MUE
MUA 100 (repeat six times with grade of "S")
REQUIREMENTS (35 hours)
Written and Oral Communication
EH 101, EH 102, CA 110
One literature course required, select from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236
History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Select from at least two disciplines, a minimum of three hours of
history required. AN 100, AN 101, GEO 114, GEO 115, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100
, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, ECO 215, ECO 216, SY 109, SY 112
Select a six hour sequence in literature or history:
EH 215 and EH 216, EH 225 and EH 226, EH 235, and EH 236, HY 101 and HY 102, HY 135 and HY 136
MA 110 or higher
Select two: BLY 101, BLY 102, CH 101, CH 103, CH 131, CH 132/CH 141, GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, GY 112, PH 101, PH 104, PH 114/PH 201, PH 115/PH 202
Music Education - Instrumental
MUE 120, MUE 141, MUE 241, MUE 342, MUE 345, MUE 346, MUE 444, MUE 455, MUS 201, EDM 310 or MUS 201,
MUT 362, EDF 315, EPY 351
400, SED 470
Electives (4 hrs.)
Music Education - Vocal
MUA 181 (repeat for two semesters), MUE 444, MUE 448, MUE 455, MUS 201, EDM 310 or MUS 201,
MUS 202, MUS 203, MUT 364, EDF 315, EPY 351, EDU
400, SED 470
Electives (4 hrs.)
Completion of a Music Education concentration and teacher certification requires a grade-point average of at least 2.5 on all course work attempted, no grade below a "C" in professional teacher education, and at least a 2.75
grade-point average on all work attempted in the teaching specialization (music).
Performance - Instrumental
MUA 300, Applied Music 400 level (6 hours), MUE 4** Pedagogy, MUL4** Literature, MUO 411/MUO
417, 4 semesters of small ensemble, 9 hours of electives in music at 300 level or above
Electives (16 hrs.)
Performance - Vocal
MUA 300, MUA 423, (6 hours), MUE 448, MUO 411, MUO 416, (4 semesters), MUS 202, MUS 203, LG 111, LG 151, 3 hours of electives in music at 300 level or above
Electives (14 hrs.)
Elective Studies in Business (35 hrs.)
MUS 204, MUS 304, MUS 305, MUS 404, MUS 470, ACC 211, ACC 212, ECO 215, ECO 216, MKT 320
Electives (4 hrs.)
Elective Studies in Outside Fields
MUA/MUB 300 level (2 hrs.), MUO 411/417, 3 hours of electives in music at 300 level or above. Additional Major or Minor specific requirements determined by academic area (18-30 hrs.)
Electives - variable to complete 128 hr. degree total.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MUSIC MAJORS
1. The piano proficiency is attained by successfully completing the class piano sequence (MUE 102, MUE
203) and achieving a passing score on the final exam of MUE 203.
2. Students with piano as their principal instrument, or others who have sufficient piano background may be placed in the Advanced Keyboard Musicianship Sequence (MUE 212, MUE
313) after an audition for the piano faculty.
3. Excess hours in piano required to complete the piano proficiency examination may not be counted toward graduation in music. Additional hours in piano beyond the proficiency may be counted toward graduation.
4. The piano proficiency must be completed before a student may enroll in Senior Recital or Student Teaching.
PLACEMENT IN MUSIC THEORY
Transfer students intending to take music theory must take a Theory Placement Examination. Contact the Music Office for details.
PLACEMENT IN APPLIED MUSIC CLASSES
All students not previously enrolled in private music study at the University of South Alabama must audition prior to enrolling. Contact the Music Office for audition requirements and scheduling.
All students enrolled in private music study must fill out a Teacher Preference form
for each Applied Music course in which they are enrolled. These forms must be filed in the Music Office before registration begins. Once a student is registered and knows their schedule, they must request the form back to complete schedule information and return to the Department Secretary.
Applied music is an integral and vital part of the total education in the field of music. In addition to performing in recitals, full-time music students are also required to attend concerts and recital class (MUA 100) for six semesters and take part in various programs given during their course of study.
Students choosing a minor in music must include applied music courses at the 200 level.
Credit for applied music is based on the minimum practice time per week, not on the length of the lesson period. Courses that show one hour's credit require one 30-minute lesson per week with a minimum practice period of 30 minutes per day. A two-hour course requires 60 minutes of lesson time a week and at least 60 minutes of practice time per day. Those that show three hours' credit require 60 minutes of lesson time per week with a minimum of two hours per day for practice. Satisfactory achievement and development are best achieved by practicing twice the above minimum requirements.
A student may take no more than two applied music courses in any given semester unless permission is obtained from the student's advisor, major applied teacher, and department chair.
Senior Recital Requirements
A public senior recital (MUA 400) is required for the BM degree. Specific requirements vary according to the chosen concentration. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for details.
APPLIED MUSIC LEVELS
Students must audition in order to enroll in Applied Music courses. Contact the Department of Music for information.
(Elective) is designated for students majoring in other academic disciplines (when possible) or music majors who wish to study in a secondary applied area.
(Major/Lower Division) is designated for the first four semesters of study as a music major. A student must pass an examination at the end of the fourth semester in order to enroll at the 300 or 400 level. Music minors will also enroll at the 200 level.
(Major/Upper Division) is designated for the junior and senior music major in all concentrations except Performance.
(Major/Performance) is designated for the junior and senior music major with a concentration in P
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree are not required to have an academic minor with the exception of the Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Outside Fields
The Department of Music sponsors performing organizations open to all students of the University, providing satisfactory audition requirements have been met. Ensemble participation is recognized as an essential literature class in music and music education. The appropriate MAJOR ensemble (Wind Ensemble, Chorale, Orchestra, Marching Band
, Symphony Band or Concert Choir) must be elected each semester that a student is enrolled as a full-time student in music. Lower division credit is for 1st and 2nd year students. Upper division credit is for 3rd and 4th year students and reflects increased responsibility and leadership within the section and/or ensemble as assigned by the conductor/director. Graduate credit requires assisting the conductor/director with logistics, rehearsals, and presentation of concerts. Each course number is to be repeated four times for a two-year sequence of the course. All Bachelor of Music Degree majors in guitar and piano must satisfactorily complete a minimum of six semester hours in a major ensemble, to be taken for three consecutive years and one semester hour in another ensemble in which they will play their principal performing instrument. Students are, in addition, encouraged to elect additional hours in both major and small ensembles. Consult the appropriate curriculum in the section entitled Music Organizations for the requirements. The organizations include the Concert Choir; University Chorale; Marching Band;
University Symphony Band; Wind Ensemble; Orchestra;
Jazz Band; Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Percussion, and Piano Ensembles; and Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop.
Note: No more than twelve credits in this area are applicable toward a degree.
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