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Music Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

AUDITION

All potential music majors are required to audition either in person or by tape prior to registration. Based on an audition, music talent awards are available to students intending to major in music or music education.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Music, a student completes 42 hours in music, including:

  • 12 hours of music theory courses, including:
    • MUSC 161 Music Theory I
    • MUSC 261 Music Theory II
    • MUSC 361 Music Theory III
    • MUSC 461 Music Theory IV
    • MUSC 162 Sight Singing/Ear Training I
    • MUSC 262 Sight Singing/Ear Training II
    • MUSC 362 Sight Singing/Ear Training III
    • MUSC 462 Sight Singing/Ear Training IV
  • 12 hours of the following:
    • MUSC 171 History and Literature of Music I
    • MUSC 271 History and Literature of Music II
    • MUSC 371 History and Literature of Music III
    • MUSC 471 History and Literature of Music IV
  • 8 hours of applied music courses in major performance area, ordinarily one hour per semester*
  • 2 hours of MUSC 355 Conducting I
  • 5 hours of vocal or instrumental ensemble courses (see note below)
  • 3 hours of MUSC 499 Capstone: Music
    * Additional fee required for applied lessons.

All music majors are required to participate in an ensemble for eight semesters (at least five of which should be taken for credit) and meet departmental requirements for recital classes and concert attendance.

Students completing a bachelor of arts degree in music through Clarke’s music program must meet all departmental requirements, such as: an audition in major instrument and completion of the Theory Assessment Test prior to beginning the program, a sophomore review, skills assessments, and completion of performance and test requirements for graduation.

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Music Education, leading to K-12 certification in music education, a student completes 45 hours including all music courses as required for a bachelor of arts degree in music (with the exception of the primary performance area and ensemble requirement, in which music education majors may take only seven semesters of each due to their professional practice during the last semester), plus:

  • 15 hours of additional music courses which include:
    • 1 hour of MUSC 138 Composition I
    • 6 hours of vocal and instrumental techniques, including:
    • MUSC 241 Voice and Guitar
    • MUSC 244 Strings and Woodwinds
    • MUSC 246 Brass and Percussion
    • 2 hours of MUSC 348 Teaching Elementary Music
    • 2 hours of MUSC 351/EDUC 351 Special Secondary Curriculum and Methods: Music*
    • 2 hours of MUSC 356 Conducting II
    • 2 hours of MUSC 367 Orchestration and Arranging
      * This course may be included either here or with education courses.
        
  • 4 hours in a secondary applied area, selected from:
    • MUSC 111 Class Voice*
    • MUSC 131 Applied Studies: Voice*
    • MUSC 132 Applied Studies: Keyboard*
    • MUSC 134 Applied Studies: Strings*
    • MUSC 135 Applied Studies: Woodwinds*
    • MUSC 136 Applied Studies: Brass*
    • MUSC 137 Applied Studies: Percussion*
    • MUSC 139 Applied Studies: Guitar*
    • MUSC 113 Keyboard Skills (if the primary instrument is not piano
      * Additional fee required.
       
  • 27 hours of education courses including:
    • 1 hour of EDUC 100 Introduction to Reflective Teaching
    • 3 hours of EDUC 119 Multicultural Education
    • 3 hours of EDUC 125 Educational Psychology
    • 3 hours of EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
    • 3 hours of EDUC 202 Introduction to Exceptionalities
    • 2 hours of EDUC 357 Reading in the Content Area
    • 6 hours of EDUC 461 Student Teaching in Elementary Music*
    • 6 hours of EDUC 462 Student Teaching in Secondary Music*
      * These courses are taken during the professional semester.
       
  • Required general education courses, including:
    • GNED 110 Cornerstone I
    • GNED 111 Cornerstone II
    • PSYC 121 Child and Adolescent Development
    • One mathematics course
    • One U.S. history or American government course
    • One literature course
    • One biology course and one physical science course, one of which must include a laboratory experience.

All courses required for licensure must be completed with a grade of C or better. The course work for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Music Education may require summer school if the program is to be completed in four years.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Minor in Music, a student completes 20 hours including:

  • 6 hours of music theory courses, including:
    • MUSC 161 Music Theory I
    • MUSC 261 Music Theory II
    • MUSC 162 Sight-Singing/Ear Training I
    • MUSC 262 Sight-Singing/Ear Training II
       
  • 6 hours of music history courses, including:
    • MUSC 171 History and Literature of Music I
    • MUSC 271 History and Literature of Music II OR MUSC 371 History and Literature of Music III
       
  • 4 hours of applied music courses in a major performance area, ordinarily one hour per semester*
  • 4 hours of ensemble courses
    * Additional fee required for applied lessons.

For a Teaching Minor in Music, which consists of 24 hours, see the director of music education for specific course and Iowa Department of Education requirements.

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

Ordinarily, a student may apply for a major in music upon successful completion of the following:

  • MUSC161 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 162 Sight-Singing/Ear Training I
  • MUSC 171 History and Literature of Music I
  • Two semesters of applied music with successful performance in jury exams/jury recitals each semester
  • Evidence of success in MUSC 261 Music Theory II and MUSC 262 Sight-Singing/Ear Training II

At this time, the student must complete the following:

  • Submit completed application form to the academic affairs office
  • Submit a current portfolio including: repertoire list and self-assessment (see sophomore review document for specific descriptions) to the music department
  • Meet with music department faculty to:
    • demonstrate skills
    • perform selected pieces that show progress in the primary performance area
    • discuss the self-assessment document and goals at this stage of musical development~

Successful completion of these steps will result in full acceptance to the music department. The academic affairs office will notify each applicant of his/her status after the completion of the above steps.

A major in music education carries additional requirements as specified in the Teacher Education Handbook. For more information, consult the director of music education.

Students interested in combining music study with theatre, consult the Drama Department section of this catalog.

Students interested in combining music study with religious studies, consult the Religious Studies section of this catalog.


SCHOLARSHIP AND MUSICIANSHIP

In addition to the university requirement for good academic standing, music students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in their primary performance area and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their music courses. Music courses in which students earn a grade lower than C must be repeated. Furthermore, students must submit an annual self-evaluation of progress in the areas of practice, performance, repertoire and leadership within the music department. Students receiving music talent awards must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in music courses, an overall GPA of 2.5 and participate in an ensemble each semester.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP

Internships that provide the student with practical application of knowledge can be individually arranged to match the needs and interests of the student with the needs and activities of the coordinating business or organization.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT

Music and music education majors are required to use a variety of instruction, notation, composition and presentation technologies throughout their course of study.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

All music majors will complete the university research requirement by writing a research paper in MUSC 485 Senior Seminar.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

Requirements include a musical performance or a music project, and satisfactory completion of the senior test and MUSC 499 Capstone: Music.

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