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The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts degree in music is flexible enough to tailor your education to meet your specific needs and interests while providing you with the history, theory, basic musicianship and practical skills necessary to achieve a successful career in music. As a music major, you will be provided with the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of courses and ensembles, from jazz band to keyboard ensemble, as well as participate in performance groups such as Wind Ensemble, Orchestra or Concert Choir. 

Music Major Quick Facts

The music education major requires 100-105 credit hours of coursework specific to the major with an additional 32 credit hours for the University’s general education program, the Integrative Core. This allows students to explore areas of study outside their field of interest while developing essential leadership and communication skills that employers value. 

Students who choose to major in music at the University Mount Union have ample opportunities to showcase their talents outside of the classroom, including: 

  • Student Showcases which give students a chance to perform in front of an audience filled with faculty members, students, and other members of the Mount Union community.
  • The opportunity to join more than 15 performance groups including the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, the marching band, jazz band, the women’s chorus, repertory strings, and many more.
  • Extracurricular opportunities such as the Gospel Choir and theater productions.
  • Membership in student organizations for music students including Mu Phi Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Curriculum

As a music major at the University of Mount Union, you will study the history, theory, basic musicianship and practical skills in the field of music. As you pursue your Bachelor's in Arts degree in music, you will be provided with the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of courses and ensembles, from jazz band to keyboard ensemble, as well as participate in a musical performance group such as Wind Ensemble, Orchestra or Choir.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Composition and Improvisation: Students will acquire the ability to compose and/or improvise at a basic level in one or more musical languages.
  • Cultural and Historical Awareness and Context: Students will become aware of diverse culture, develop curiosity about American society and about other societies and the art, and will acquire the ability to place music, including music of various cultures of the world, repertoires beyond the area of specialization, and music of their own time, in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
  • Elements and Organizational Patterns of Music: Students will acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, and the ability to demonstrate this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analysis.
  • Historic and Stylistic Performance Practices: Student will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate historical and stylistic performance practices.
  • Independent and Cooperative Problem Solving: Students will work independently and cooperatively on a variety of musical problems by combining their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition and improvisation; and history and repertoire.
  • Keyboard Competency: Students will acquire keyboard competency.
  • Knowledge of the Profession: Students will understand basic interrelationships and interdependencies among the various professions and activities that constitute the musical enterprise.
  • Leadership and Collaborative Work: Students will acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation, including rehearsal and conducting skills as appropriate to the particular music specialization and degree program.
  • Lifelong Learning: Students will develop skills to become lifelong learners in the musical art, both as participants and as audience members.
  • Musical Form, Processes, and Structures: Students will acquire sufficient understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge in compositional, performance, scholarly, pedagogical, and historical contexts, as appropriate to their specialization and degree program.
  • Musical Value Judgments: Students will form and defend value judgments about music.
  • Secondary Performance Area: Students will acquire experience in a secondary performance area.
  • Technical and Musical Skill: Students will acquire technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one primary performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music specialization and degree program, including an overview understanding of the repertoire in the primary performance area, an ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertoire, the ability to read at sight with fluency, and the ability to perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.
  • Technology: Students will acquire a basic overview understanding of how technology serves in the field of music as a whole and a working knowledge of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialization and degree program.

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