Music

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Music
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B.A., B.M., M.A. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.A.: 130 credits; B.M.: 120 - 144 credits

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The music curriculum is designed to satisfy cultural and professional objectives. The B.A. degree in music provides a broad, liberal education with a concentration in music. The B.M. degree in music education offers thorough preparation in teacher training with sufficient time to develop excellence in performance areas. The B.M. degree in performance offers intensive specialization for those desiring professional training in music performance.

Recitals and concerts provide students with a variety of musical experiences which expand their regular curriculum.

The music department of UAF is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the national accrediting organization.

Major -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete a piano placement test during the first week of classes.
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:
      MUS F131 and F132--Basic Theory--4 credits
      MUS F133 and F134--Basic Ear Training--4 credits
      MUS F161-F362--Private Lessons (major area)**--12 credits
      MUS F190--Recital Attendance***--0 credits
      MUS F221 and F222--History of Music--6 credits
      MUS F231 and F232--Advanced Theory--4 credits
      MUS F233 and F234--Advanced Ear Training--2 credits
      MUS F253--Piano Proficiency--0 credits
      MUS F331--Form and Analysis--3 credits
      MUS F332--Introduction to Music Technology--3 credits
    2. Large ensembles****--6 credits
    3. Complete 6 credits from the following:
      MUS F421W--Music before 1620--3 credits
      MUS F422W--Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries--3 credits
      MUS F423W--Music of the Nineteenth Century--3 credits
      MUS F424W--Music in the Twentieth Century--3 credits
      MUS F410W--Women in Music--3 credits
  5. Minimum credits required--130 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Competency level of MUS F362 must be achieved in one performance area.
*** Recital attendance (MUS F190) is required of music majors enrolled in private lessons (MUS F161 - F362). MUS F190 must be successfully completed 8 times to meet the degree requirements.
**** MUS F101, F203, F205 or F211 wind and percussion instrumentalists are required to take a minimum of 4 credits in MUS F205--Wind Ensemble. Piano majors may substitute up to 2 credits of MUS F307--Piano Accompanying.
Note: Additional information applies to this degree. See "Notes for All Undergraduate Music Degrees" in the notes following the Music -- B.M. degree (Music Education).

Major -- B.M. Degree (Performance)

  1. Complete the following B.M. degree admission requirement:
    1. Audition on the major instrument.
  2. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, voice performance majors must complete one year of language study. Selection of the language will be made in consultation with the voice advisor.)
  3. Complete the following B.M. degree requirement: 3 credits of mathematics, computer science or statistics.
  4. Complete a piano placement test during the first week of classes.
  5. Complete the following degree and program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:
      MUS F161-F462--Private Lessons (major)--24 credits
      MUS F131 and F132--Basic Theory--4 credits
      MUS F133 and F134--Basic Ear Training--4 credits
      MUS F221 and F222--History of Music--6 credits
      MUS F231 and F232--Advanced Theory--4 credits
      MUS F233 and F234--Advanced Ear Training--2 credits
      MUS F331--Form and Analysis--3 credits
      MUS F332--Introduction to Computer-based Music Technology--3 credits
      MUS F351O--Conducting--3 credits
      MUS F390--Junior Recital--0 credits
      Large ensembles**--8 credits
      MUS F190--Recital Attendance***--0 credits
      MUS F490--Senior Recital--0 credits
    2. Complete 6 credits from the following:
      MUS F431--Counterpoint--3 credits
      MUS F432--Orchestration and Arranging--3 credits
      MUS F433--Seminar in Musical Composition--3 credits
      MUS F434--Advanced Harmonic Analysis--3 credits
      MUS F435--Private Lessons in Music Composition--2 - 4 credits
    3. Complete 6 credits from the following:
      MUS F421W--Music before 1620--3 credits
      MUS F422W--Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries--3 credits
      MUS F423W--Music of the Nineteenth Century--3 credits
      MUS F424W--Music in the Twentieth Century--3 credits
    4. Complete 9 credits from the following secondary area:****
      MUS F124--Music in World Cultures--3 credits
      MUS F153--Functional Piano--1 credit
      MUS F161-F162, F261-F262, F361-F362, F461-F462--Private Lessons (secondary performance area) 2 or 4
      MUS F223--Alaska Native Music--3 credits
      MUS F253--Piano Proficiency--0 credits
      MUS F307--Chamber Music--1 credit
      MUS F313--Opera Workshop--1 - 3 credits
      MUS F317--Arctic Chamber Orchestra--1 credit
      MUS F493--Special Topics--1 - 6 credits
  6. Minimum credits required--120 - 121 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** MUS F101, F203, F205 or F211. Wind and percussion instrumentalists are required to take a minimum of 4 credits in MUS F205 (Wind Ensemble). Piano majors may substitute up to 2 credits of MUS F307 (Piano Accompanying).
*** Recital attendance (MUS F190) is required of music majors enrolled in private lessons (MUS F161-F462). MUS F190 must be successfully completed eight times to meet the degree requirements.
**** Courses from 5b and 5c not already applied to program requirements may also meet this requirement.
Note: MUS F493 is repeatable up to 6 credits.
Note: MUS F153, F307, F313, F317 are repeatable for credit.
Note: MUS F161-F162, F261-F262, F361-F362, F461-F462 are repeatable up to 6 credits.
Note: Additional information applies to this degree. See "Notes for All Undergraduate Music Degrees" in the notes following the Music -- B.M. degree (Music Education).

Major -- B.M. Degree (Music Education)

Concentrations: Elementary, Secondary, K - 12

  1. Complete the following B.M. degree admission requirement:
    1. Audition on the major instrument.
  2. Complete the general university requirements.
  3. Complete the following B.M. degree requirement: 3 credits of mathematics, computer science or statistics.
  4. Complete a piano placement test during the first week of classes.
  5. Complete the following degree and program (major) requirements:*
    Large ensembles**--8 credits
    MUS F131 and F132--Basic Theory--4 credits
    MUS F133 and F134--Basic Ear Training--4 credits
    MUS F161 - F461--Private Lessons (major)--14 credits
    MUS F190--Recital Attendance***--0 credits
    MUS F221 and F222--History of Music--6 credits
    MUS F231 and F232--Advanced Theory--4 credits
    MUS F233 and F234--Advanced Ear Training--2 credits
    MUS F253--Piano Proficiency--0 credits
    MUS F331--Form and Analysis--3 credits
    MUS F332--Introduction to Music Technology--3 credits
    MUS F351O--Conducting--3 credits
    MUS F390--Junior Recital--0 credits
    MUS F432--Orchestration and Arranging--3 credits
  6. Complete the following education requirements:*
    1. Contact the School of Education for application procedures for admission to the teacher education program.****
    2. Complete the following:
      MUED F110--Becoming a Music Teacher in the 21st Century--2 credits
      MUED F201--Introduction to Music Education--2 credits
      MUED F315--Music Methods and Techniques--10 credits
      MUED F316--Practicum in Middle School Classroom Techniques--1 credit
      EDSE F482--Inclusive Classrooms for All Children--3 credits
      ANS/ED F420--Alaska Native Education (3)
           or ED F350--Communication in Cross-Cultural Classrooms (3)--3 credits
      PSY F240--Lifespan Developmental Psychology--3 credits
    3. Complete a multicultural elective*****--3 credits
  7. Complete one of the following concentrations:*
    Elementary
    1. Complete the following:
      MUED F309--Elementary School Music Methods--3 credits
      ED F452O--Elementary Internship--3 - 12 credits
    2. Minimum credits required--138 credits

    Secondary
    1. Complete the following:
      MUED F405W--Secondary School Music Methods--3 credits
      ED F453O--Secondary Internship--3 - 12 credits
    2. Minimum credits required--138 credits

    K - 12
    1. Complete the following:
      MUED F309--Elementary School Music Methods--3 credits
      MUED F405W--Secondary School Music Methods--3 credits
      ED F454O--Student Teaching K - 12--15 credits
    2. Minimum credits required--144 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** MUS F101, F203, F205, or F211. Wind and percussion instrumentalists are required to take a minimum of 4 credits in MUS F205--Wind Ensemble. Piano majors may substitute up to 2 credits of MUS F307--Piano Accompanying
*** Recital attendance (MUS F190) is required of music majors enrolled in private lessons (MUS F161-F462). MUS F190 must be successfully completed eight times to meet degree requirements.
**** Music education majors must have completed the necessary prerequisites and have been admitted to the teacher education program prior to acceptance for placement in student teaching.
***** Contact the Office of Certification and Advising (School of Education) for a list of approved courses that meet this requirement.
Note: Additional information applies to this degree. See "Notes for All Undergraduate Music Degrees" in the notes following the Music -- B.M. degree (Music Education) degree.

Notes for All Undergraduate Music Degrees

Note: The various music organizations maintained by the department offer participation for students in all academic divisions of the university. Music majors will be required to earn a minimum of 8 credits in large ensembles: MUS F101 (University Chorus), MUS F203 (Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra), MUS F205 (Wind Ensemble), or MUS F211 (Choir of the North). Students must be enrolled in one large ensemble during each semester of attendance at UAF.

Note: Each student (major or non-major) who enrolls in private applied or class lessons (excluding MUS F151K--Class Piano, MUS F151M--Class Voice, and MUS F151S--Class Guitar) must be concurrently enrolled in a large or small ensemble.

Note: Attendance at recitals and concerts provides students with a variety of musical experiences which expand their regular curriculum; therefore, attendance is mandatory for all majors. All applied music students enrolled in MUS F261 or higher level are expected to perform in student recitals during each semester of study.

Note: At the end of the sophomore year, all music majors must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency of performance in their applied major in order to advance to upper-division courses in music. A student may elect to continue study at the F200-level to prepare to pass requirements for admission to upper-division study.

Note: A piano proficiency jury examination must be successfully completed by the end of the student's second year in the program. See music department handbook for details.

Note: Students who desire to enroll in music theory or ear training courses will complete a placement examination and be allowed to enter at their appropriate level.

Minor

  1. Students must select from one of the options defined below:
    Option A
    1. Select twelve credits from the following courses:
      MUS F103--Fundamentals of Music--3 credits
      MUS F124--Music in World Cultures--3 credits
      MUS F131--Basic Theory--2 credits
      MUS F132--Basic Theory--2 credits
      MUS F133--Basic Ear Training--2 credits
      MUS F134--Basic Ear Training--2 credits
      MUS F221--History of Music--3 credits
      MUS F222--History of Music--3 credits
      MUS F223--Alaska Native Music--3 credits
      MUS F231--Advanced Theory--2 credits
      MUS F232--Advanced Theory--2 credits
      MUS F421W--Music before 1620--3 credits
      MUS F422W--Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries--3 credits
      MUS F423W--Music in the Nineteenth Century--3 credits
      MUS F424W--Music since 1900--3 credits
    2. Select two credits from the following music large ensemble courses:
      MUS F101--University Chorus--1 credit
      MUS F203--Orchestra--1 credit
      MUS F205--Wind Ensemble--1 credit
      MUS F207--UAF Jazz Ensemble--1 credit
      MUS F211--Choir of the North--1 credit
      MUS F319--Alaska Chamber Chorale--1 credit
    3. Select four credits from the following courses in private lessons or class lessons:
      MUS F151--Class Lessons--1 credit
      MUS F161-F462--Private Lessons--2 credits
    4. MUS F190--Recital Attendance (two semesters)--0 credits
    5. Total credits--18 credits

    Option B
    1. Select six credits from the following courses:
      MUS F103--Fundamentals of Music--3 credits
      MUS F124--Music in World Cultures--3 credits
      MUS F131--Basic Theory--2 credits
      MUS F132--Basic Theory--2 credits
      MUS F133--Basic Ear Training--2 credits
      MUS F134--Basic Ear Training--2 credits
      MUS F221--History of Music--3 credits
      MUS F222--History of Music--3 credits
      MUS F223--Alaska Native Music--3 credits
      MUS F231--Advanced Theory--2 credits
      MUS F232--Advanced Theory--2 credits
      MUS F421W--Music before 1620--3 credits
      MUS F422W--Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries--3 credits
      MUS F423W--Music in the Nineteenth Century--3 credits
      MUS F424W--Music since 1900--3 credits
    2. Select four credits from the following music ensemble courses:
      MUS F101--University Chorus--1 credit
      MUS F203--Orchestra--1 credit
      MUS F205--Wind Ensemble--1 credit
      MUS F207--UAF Jazz Band--1 credit
      MUS F211--Choir of the North--1 credit
      MUS F319--Alaska Chamber Chorale--1 credit
    3. Select eight credits from the following courses in private lessons or chamber music:
      MUS F161-F362--Private Lessons--2 credits
      MUS F307--Chamber Music--1 credit
    4. MUS F190--Recital Attendance (two semesters)--0 credits
    5. Total credits--18 credits

Note: No substitutions permitted between options. It is recommended that students contact the Music Department for advisement on appropriate course selections before selecting courses. All performance courses are subject to course enrollment studio space limitations. Large ensemble courses are available subject to currently available vacancies for different instrumental areas. Private lessons and large ensemble courses may require passing of a performance audition. Prerequisite requirements apply.


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