Music

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

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

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.

Notes for All Undergraduate Music Degrees

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 Symphony), MUS F211 (Choir of the North). Wind and percussion instrumentalists are required to take a minimum of 4 credits in MUS F205 (Wind Symphony). Piano majors may substitute up to 2 credits of MUS F307--Piano Accompanying.

Each student (major or non-major) who enrolls in private applied lessons must be currently enrolled in a large ensemble. Requirements for students registered for class lessons vary with disciplines and are at the discretion of the instructor.

Attendance at recitals and concerts provides students with a variety of musical experiences which expand their regular curriculum; therefore, registration for MUS F190 (Recital Attendance) is mandatory until majors have passed eight semesters and minors have passed two. All applied music students enrolled in MUS F261 or higher are required to perform in at least one student recital during each semester of study.

At the end of each semester, all music majors must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency of performance (Performance Juries) in their applied major in order to advance to the next level of study. A student may elect to continue study at the 200-level to prepare to pass requirements for admission to upper-division study. The performance jury at the end of the first semester of study serves as an audition for students wishing to enter a B.M. program in music education or performance. Competency levels required for each degree must be achieved in one performance area.

A piano proficiency jury examination must be successfully completed by the end of the student's second year in the program. See the Music Department Handbook for details.

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.

Students must earn a C grade (2.0) or better in each course of their major concentration. MUS F493 is repeatable up to 6 credits. MUS F153, F307, F313, F317 are repeatable for credit. MUS F161-F162, F261-F262, F361-F362, F461-F462 are repeatable up to 6 credits.

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

Major -- B.M. Degree (Performance)

  1. Complete the following B.M. degree admission requirement: 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 a piano placement test during the first week of classes.
  4. 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 credits
      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
  5. Minimum credits required--123 - 124 credits

* Courses from 4b and 4c not already applied to program requirements may also meet this requirement.

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

Concentrations: Elementary, Secondary, K - 12

  1. Complete the following B.M. degree admission requirement: Audition on the major instrument.
  2. Complete the general university requirements.
  3. Complete a piano placement test during the first week of classes.
  4. 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 credist
    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
  5. 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
  6. 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

* Music education majors must have completed the necessary prerequisites and be 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.

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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