The Music Program

The Department of Music offers three majors that lead to the bachelor of arts degree: arts administration with a performing arts concentration, a music degree and a music performance degree.

Three minors are offered: music, music history and sacred music, with concentrations in sacred music, in music and in music performance. Admission to the Department of Music as a major or minor is based upon a successful audition for the departmental faculty as well as the normal admission procedures. Only the students who show the most artistic and musical promise will be admitted to the music performance program. 

What Can I Do With a Major in Music?

Students obtaining a degree in music are prepared for a wide variety of careers in the music field. Those who desire to advance in their field are encouraged to continue their musical training by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree.

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Results

The graduate with a degree in music performance is prepared for a career in the music field, with a knowledge of music theory, history and aural skills that will assist their success and an understanding of the etiquette and professional standards required for a career in music. 

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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

Music Major Requirements (48-50 credits) 
Required each semester (16 credits):
MU 090 Recital Attendance - 0 credit
MU 325 Primary Instrument for Majors/Minors - 2 credits
(2 credits for eight semesters or a total of 16 credits)

Required courses (24 credits):
MU 108 Music History: Baroque and Classical Periods - 3 credits
MU 109 Music History: Romantic and Contemporary Periods - 3 credits
MU 115 Fundamentals of Music Theory - 3 credits
MU 205 Sight Singing, Ear Training and Solfeggio I - 3 credits
MU 206 Sight Singing, Ear Training and Solfeggio II - 3 credits
MU 208 Harmony I - 3 credits
MU 209 Harmony II - 3 credits
Any combination of ensembles selected from (8 credits):
MU 171 Marching Band - 1 credit
MU 175 Instrumental Ensemble - 1 credit
MU 180 Saint Vincent College Singers - 1 credit
MU 181 Musical Theater Workshop - 1 credit
MU 182 Opera Workshop - 1 credit
MU 185 Saint Vincent Camerata - 1 credit
Additional requirements for voice majors (2 credits):
MU 317 Diction for Singers: Italian, Spanish and Latin - 1 credit
MU 318 Diction for Singers: German, English and French - 1 credit

Music Major - Concentration in Sacred Music (54 credits)  
Required each semester (20 credits):
MU 090 Recital Attendance - 0 credit
MU 280 Supervised Sacred Music Practicum (.5 credits per semester) - 4 credits
MU 425 Primary Instrument for Performance Majors (2 credits for eight semesters or a total of 16 credits) Voice, Organ, Sacred Music Composition, Gregorian Chant

Required courses (26 credits):
MU 108 Music History: Baroque and Classical Periods - 3 credits
MU 109 Music History: Romantic and Contemporary Periods - 3 credits
MU 115 Fundamentals of Music Theory - 3 credits
MU 205 Sight Singing, Ear Training and Solfeggio I - 3 credits
MU 206 Sight Singing, Ear Training and Solfeggio II - 3 credits
MU 208 Harmony I - 3 credits
MU 209 Harmony II - 3 credits
MU 220 Form and Analysis - 3 credits
MU 280 Supervised Sacred Music Practicum (.5 credits per semester) 2 credits

Ensemble (8 credits):
MU 185 Saint Vincent Camerata (Camerata Scholars) - 1 credit

Additional Courses recommended (core curriculum requirements)
One or two of the following:
EM 725: Sacramental Theology and Liturgy - 3 credits
TH 325 Vatican II History and Theology - 3 credits
TH 330 Catholic Sacraments - 3 credits
TH 345 Christian Spirituality - 3 credits
LT 101, 102 Elementary Latin I and II - 6 credits
LT 203, 204 Intermediate Latin I and II - 6 credits

Music Minor Requirements (18 credits):
Students must successfully pass an audition to be admitted to this minor. Please contact the department chair to schedule an audition and receive audition guidelines.
Required each semester:
MU 090 Recital Attendance - 0 credit
Required courses (9 credits):
MU 108 Music History and Literature: Baroque and Classical Periods - 3 credits
MU 109 Music History and Literature: Romantic and Contemporary Periods - 3 credits
MU 115 Fundamentals of Music Theory - 3 credits
Two or three semesters of private instruction (3 credits):
MU 325 Primary Instrument for Majors and Minors - 1 or 2 credits
Any combination of ensembles or private instruction selected from (6 credits): Two semesters of piano study are recommended if the minor’s primary instrument is non-keyboard.
MU 225 Secondary Instrument for Majors and Minors - 1 or 2 credits
MU 171 Marching Band - 1 credit
MU 175 Instrumental Ensemble - 1 credit
MU 180 Saint Vincent College Singers - 1 credit
MU 181 Musical Theater Workshop - 1 credit
MU 182 Opera Workshop - 1 credit
MU 185 Saint Vincent Camerata - 1 credit
MU 325 Primary Instrument for Majors and Minors - 1 or 2 credits

Music Minor - Concentration in Sacred Music
Required Courses (Total 18 credits)
MU-325 Primary Instrument (6 credits)
An approved combination of Voice, Organ, Sacred Music Composition, Gregorian Chant or other courses related to the Concentration (2 credits of Gregorian Chant required)
MU-280 Sacred Music Practicum (1 credit - 2 semesters)
MU-185 Saint Vincent Camerata and/or Camerata Scholars - 6 credits (6 semesters)
One Music Theory or Music History Course (3 credits):
MU 115 Fundamentals - 3 credits
MU 205 Sight Singing - 3 credits
MU 208 Harmony I - 3 credits
or
MU 104 Monasticism - 3 credits
MU 106 World Music - 3 credits
MU 108 Baroque/Classical - 3 credits
MU 109 Romantic/Contemporary - 3 credits

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Prerequisites

Students must successfully pass an audition to be admitted to this major and minor. Please contact the department chair to schedule an audition and receive audition guidelines. Students may choose their primary instrument from one of the following instruments: voice, piano, organ, violin, viola, guitar (acoustic, classical, jazz, bass), flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn and trombone. 

Internships and Careers in Music

Students who complete the Music program may be employed or continue their education as:

  • Music organization managers
  • Church musicians
  • Private music teachers
  • Music performers and directors
  • Retail music
  • Recording studios and other music-related fields
  • Graduate school students
  • Learning Objectives

    By the end of their college education, Music students at Saint Vincent College will:

    • Students should be able to utilize discipline-based vocabulary.
    • Students should be able to offer critiques of their own performances and that of their peers and professionals.
    • Students should be able to be fluent in the performance practices of their respective instrument of study.
    • Students should acquire a knowledge of music theory, history and aural skills that will increase the level of their performance and their contributions to ensembles.
    • Students should have acquired advanced study on their instrument of study.
    • Students should have an understanding of the etiquette and professional standards that are required for a career in music.