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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015


Chair: Greg Gruner (251) 460-6136
Professors: A. Bohnet, Gruner, Heavner, Holm
Associate Professors: Durant, Fresne, Rowell, P. Wood
Assistant Professors: Mindock, Moore, Petersen, Zoghby, Rivera
Lecturers: Barker, Bemis, K. Bohnet, Davis, Driskell, Greenwood, Habib
, King, Leska, Noah, Seebacher, Sunderland, Sylvester, Thwaites, J. Wood
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.

A minimum of 23 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 , MUO 115, MUO 127, and MUO 130 or MUO 133 (four hours), three hours of electives in music at 300 level or above.
A total of 120-124 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, Elective Studies in Business and/ or Elective Studies in Outside Fields, or Performance. 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 15 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
MUT 361
Music Literature - 10 hours of MUL as required by advisor.
Major Ensemble - 7 hours in appropriate instrumental or vocal area.
Concert Choir, Symphony Band, Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra,
or Marching Band

Applied Music (MUA or MUB) - 14 hours
200 level - 8 hours
300 or 400 level - 6 hours

Piano - 4 hours or equivalent proficiency examination.
MUE 102 or MUE 212
MUE 103 or MUE 213
MUE 202 or MUE 312
MUE 203 or MUE 313
Recital Class
MUA 100 (repeat six times with grade of "S")
Senior Recital
MUA 400
Written and Oral Communication (9 hrs)
EH 101, EH 102, CA 110
Humanities (3 hrs)
One literature course required, select from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236
History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (12 hrs)
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
Sequence Requirement
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
Mathematics (3 hrs)
MA 110 or higher
Natural Sciences (8 hrs)
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 (32 hrs.)
MUO 111/411 or MUO 115/415, MUE 240, MUE 241, MUE 242, MUE 243, MUE 346, MUE 444, MUE 455, EDM 310 or MUS 201, MUT 362, EPY 351, EDU 400, SED 470
Music Education - Vocal (32 hrs)
MUA 181 (repeat for two semesters), MUE 444, MUE 448, MUE 455, EDM 310 or MUS 201, MUS 202, MUS 203, MUT 364, EPY 351, EDU 400, SED 470
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 (23 hrs.)
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 (8 hrs.)
Performance - Vocal (25 hrs.)
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 (6 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

Elective Studies in Outside Fields (24-36 hrs.)
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 (approximately 18-21 hrs.)
Electives - variable to complete 120 hr. degree total.
Music majors will satisfy the University of South Alabama requirement for Technology Proficiency through the successful completion of MUT 112, 3 cr., Basic Music Theory I. This is a required course for all music majors.

1. The piano proficiency is attained by successfully completing the class piano sequence (MUE 102, MUE 103, MUE 202, 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 213, MUE 312, 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.

Transfer students intending to take music theory must take a Theory Placement Examination. Contact the Music Office for details.
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 on-line to the Music Office before registration begins. Once a student is registered and knows their schedule, they must submit their schedule information to their Applied teacher.
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.
Students must audition in order to enroll in Applied Music courses. Contact the Department of Music for information.
100 Level (Elective) is designated for students majoring in other academic disciplines (when possible) or music majors who wish to study in a secondary applied area.
200 Level (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.
300 Level (Major/Upper Division) is designated for the junior and senior music major in all concentrations except Performance.
400 Level (Major/Performance) is designated for the junior and senior music major with a concentration in Performance.
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.
The Master of Music degree offers concentrations in Collaborative Keyboards, Music Education and Performance (Piano and Vocal). The program is designed to provide professional advancement for musician living and working along the Gulf Coast, produce research and/or performances, qualify students for admission to doctoral programs, and fulfill the mission of the University by offering high-quality teaching and public service that increases the education level of Alabama citizens, who can better participate in a global community and attain a higher quality of life.
The department's graduate faculty engage students to think critically as they address music practices and issues. Courses examine how music creates, sustains and changes personal lives, organizations, cultural institutions and society.
Each concentration consists of 32 credits hours, which culminate in performances, portfolios, recordings, or projects representing pedagogical work.
All applications must receive approval from the Graduate Coordinator of Music, the Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate Dean. The Office of Admissions should receive a resume limited to one page and three letters of recommendation addressing academic or professional abilities. Students are admitted each semester and must meet the following additional requirements:
Students must submit a satisfactory score on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test. The scores required for regular admission are:
  • GRE score on file. USA College code of GRE is 1880.
  • GMAT - A combined score of 800 or more when calculated as follows:
    200 x undergraduate GPA + GMAT score.
Undergraduate Requirements
Students must submit official copies of undergraduate transcripts indicating the following:
  • A bachelor's degree in music.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0
International Students
  • International students must submit documentation of TOEFL test scores of 525 or above (197 on computer based test or 71 on internet based test).
  • Students who are required to take the English Language Proficiency Examination and whose scores suggest an English language deficiency must take the appropriate English as a Second Language courses. These courses are not counted as part of the 32-hour degree program.
Departmental Admissions Requirements
  • Passing score in Graduate Music Theory and Music History Diagnostic Exam or Bachelor of Music degree from USA.
  • Admittance requirements per area of specialization:
    • Collaborative Keyboards
      • Audition - recording or live. Admittance determined by area faculty
      • Contact Piano Area Coordinator for date, time and location
    • Music Education
      • Teaching Certificate
      • Video of teaching: 10 - 25 minutes. Acceptability determined by music education faculty
      • Contact Music Education Area Coordinator for date, time and location
    • Performance Piano
      • Audition - recording or live. Admittance determined by area faculty
      • Contact Piano Area Coordinator for date, time and location
    • Performance: Voice
      • Audition - recording or live. admittance determined by area faculty
      • Diagnostic exam in vocal diction (Italian, German, and French)
      • Contact Vocal Area Coordinator for date, time and location
  • Diagnostic Exams
    • Students admitted to graduate degree programs in the USA Department of Music must take graduate diagnostic exams in music theory and history. USA graduates are exempt. Diagnostic exams are administered twice a year, in August and January. The results of the exams are advisory only; however, students may not take graduate-level history and theory courses until students have earned a passing score on the exams. Advisors receive the results of the diagnostic exams. Students consult with their advisors to determine appropriate history and theory studies.
  • Remedial Courses
    • Students who do not pass the diagnostic exams will be required to pass remedial courses) before enrolling in the graduate-level core course.
Students who do not meet the requirements for the regular admission may apply for provisional admission if they meet the following standards:
Undergraduate Requirements
Students must submit official copies of undergraduate transcripts indicating the following:
  • A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on all undergraduate work. Students with a GPA below 2.5 may want to consider enrolling in undergraduate classes to increase their GPA average before applying to graduate school. USA course work completed after graduation is automatically averaged into the final GPA. The USA Office of Academic Records computes transfer credit averages and can advise students in determining when the minimum GPA has been met.
Non-Degree Admission
Students may register for and complete up to 12 hours without formal entrance into the program.
Degree Requirements and Courses
Students must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of credit in approved 500-level courses. A minimum of 20 semester hours must be completed at the University of South Alabama. Up to 12 hours of USA courses taken while in another program (or non-degree status) may be applied. Only courses not applied to another degree may count. Maximum of 12 hours with grades of "A", "B", or "S" of approved transfer credit is allowed. If the university is non-accredited, the individual USA graduate program will determine if the quality and content of the courses meet the standards of the program.
Grade Requirements
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on all work attempted is required for graduation.
  • Courses in which a student receives a "D" or below will not be counted toward the degree program.
  • A maximum of two courses with a grade of "C" will be counted toward the degree program.
  • Students receiving four grades of "C" or below, regardless of the overall GPA will be dismissed from the program.
  • A student who receives a failing grade in a course for graduate credit may be dismissed from the program.
Time Limitations
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven calendar years.
  • Most students who take nine hours per semester complete the degree within a two-year period.
  • The time required for degree completion depends on how many courses a student can take each semester and the ability of that student to complete the recital(s) or final project(s).
Course Load
Six to ten credit hours per semester constitute a full-time course load.
Note: No more than twelve credits in this area are applicable toward a degree.
College of Arts and Sciences

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