Course Requirements

Primary instruments accepted are piano and voice.

Music "Core" Major (43-45 credit hours)

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree. In addition to general studies courses and electives, the core music major requires 43-45 credit hours. The aim of the core music major is to produce well-rounded musicians with:

  • Skill in music theory and aural perception 
  • Knowledge in the field of music history and literature 
  • Competence in their chosen performance area
  • A basis for all other music majors offered at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
    Music Therapy Major 

Music Core - Requirements

Please see the notes below for more information about the music elective and applied major area requirements.

Applied Music Area.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

Use of the computer and MIDI synthesizer keyboard to create, edit and perform music scores. Notation and sequencing software programs will be used. Winter, every year. Prerequisites: CS 101 and basic piano keyboard, or instructor’s permission.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

3 credit hours of music elective courses. Consult with advisor and see college catalog for details.

Music Core - General Studies Requirements

The following course counts as a general study requirement, but is also a music core requirement.

An introduction to the world of music, designed to develop skills and understandings leading to lifetime enjoyment of music. Attendance at a variety of performances will provide an experiential basis through which the benefits and value of music for living will be explored.

Music Core - Applied Music Area

Development of technical and interpretative skills in performance on a particular instrument or voice. Study of the applied music area is required each semester. New students can choose piano or voice as their primary instrument.

Applied Music Area. Individual, advanced piano study with focus on technique, performance practice, and repertoire for the music major whose primary instrument is piano. Required performances throughout the semester along with a final jury performance. Must have written permission of instructor to enroll. Prerequisite: Audition placement.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area. Individual piano study for music majors whose primary instrument is not the piano. Focus on technique, performance practice and repertoire of intermediate through advanced levels. Final jury performance required. Must have written permission of instructor to enroll. Prerequisites: MU 014 and/or successful completion of the piano proficiency exam.

Applied Music Area. MU021 Freshman Voice Class is required with first year of voice study. Includeds Italian diction. MU471 Language Diction for Singers is required with the second year of voice study.

Applied voice study in a class setting for non-music majors and for music majors for whom voice is not their principal performance area. Class meets for two hours per week. Course fee.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area. MU021 Freshman Voice Class is required with first year of voice study. Includeds Italian diction. MU471 Language Diction for Singers is required with the second year of voice study.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Music Core - Ensemble Requirements

Performance in College Chorale, Madrigals, Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, chamber music groups, band, jazz band or accompanying. Ensemble participation is required each semester, except during student teaching internships (if applicable).

Applied Music Areas

Study of the applied instrument and ensemble participation are required each semester. Applied subjects may be piano, organ, or voice. Music Therapy majors may select from additional instrumental applied subjects; please contact your advisor for details.

Applied music examinations (juries) are held at the end of each semester. Each student must perform at least one composition for each hour of primary-level credit undertaken. Memorization is required of piano and vocal students. Attendance at all music programs and Convocations is required.

All music majors must demonstrate piano proficiency in the areas of:

  1. All major and minor scales, as well as other scales and modes deemed appropriate by the music faculty
  2. Harmonization of melody
  3. Transposition
  4. Accompanying
  5. Sight playing. 

All Music majors are required to register for applied or class piano each semester until they pass the piano proficiency examination. Any substitutions for on-campus study of applied or class piano must be approved by the piano faculty and the student’s advisor. 

The piano proficiency exam must be passed before a student is eligible to begin an internship (music therapy). All components of the piano proficiency exam must be passed before a student receives a degree in music.

Music therapy students must also pass the guitar/voice competency exam prior to starting an internship. This exam is typically given in the second semester of junior year. Guitar study is included in the music therapy curriculum.

All major programs in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Minor (22-24 credit hours)

Music Minor

22-24 credit hours required.

At least four semesters of study in principle instrument or voice.

At least four semesters of participation in an ensemble.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Music Minor - Choose one

Choose one of the following courses.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Music Minor - Electives

Complete 1-3 credit hours of an approved music elective.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.