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Degree Requirements

Music Requirements for the B.A. Degree


  • B.A. students must complete or exempt Music 10100, 13100, and 16100 before taking theory, theory practicum, or music history classes. In order to progress to Music 13200/16200 you must be able to match pitch, proving that you have what is known as a musical ear. Without that ability your music studies will prove to be exceedingly difficult. Once you have passed those three preparatory courses with a grade of B or better, or are exempted by examination, you may file your music major declaration with the department. You may get the declaration form from the department secretary who will have it approved by the chair.
  • All music majors must take Writing About Music. Music 21000 is the co- or prerequisite for Music History I–IV and Jazz History I-II. This course does not count towards the major but does satisfy the General Education requirement of a second level writing course.
  • For students without prior vocal training Class Instruction in Voice I (Music 16500) is highly recommended. Singing is a critical part of musicianship.
  • All B.A. music majors are encouraged to take private instruction on an instrument. Piano skills are critical for all musicians. For those who have not yet taken piano lessons Class Instruction in Piano I (Music 16400) is highly recommended. 
  • All music majors are expected to have a working knowledge of a music notation application such as Finale or Sibelius by the middle of Music 13200 (Theory I). Departmental tutoring is available for rank beginners. Music 21500 is highly recommended for notation neophytes.

Required Music Courses:

Theory I – III 9
Theory Practicum I – IV
8
Music History Sequence, choose three 9
Ensemble/Performance
2
Chorus 2
Music Electives
12
Total Credits 42
The BA degree in music is intended to complement a well-rounded liberal arts education.  Students are strongly recommended to structure their curriculum according to specific areas of interest.  The sizable number of elective credits within the degree is intended to provide this opportunity.  Typically, students will take the history, theory, theory practicum, and performance courses during their first years as music majors.  Then, based on these experiences, students may select one of a number of tracks within the BA around which they may pursue elective credits in their upper-level years as a major.

 

BA Tracks


Classical Composition

Electives: Composition (take twice), Instrumentation and Arranging, Counterpoint (taken as the Advanced Counterpoint graduate-level course).

Other recommendations: Theory IV, Music History IV, the complete Music History I–IV sequence (if not taken as part of the regular BA credits).

Academic

Electives: Theory IV, History IV, Advanced History Elective, Advanced Theory Elective.

Other recommendations: Counterpoint, Composition, the complete Music History I–IV sequence (if not taken as part of the regular BA credits).

Popular Music
Electives: Rock Analysis, Popular Music Composition, History of Popular Music, Socio-Cultural Studies of Popular Music, Rock Ensemble, Pop Vocal Workshop, Songwriting, The Musician Entrepreneur.

Other recommendations: Theory IV, the complete Music History I–IV sequence (if not taken as part of the regular BA credits), Counterpoint (taken as the Advanced Counterpoint graduate-level course), Orchestration.

 

Performance

Instrumental ensemble, Private Instruction (Music 48000), performing ensembles, The Musician Entrepreneur.


Music Education
Electives: Instrumentation and Arranging, Conducting, Class Instruction in Piano, Class Instruction in Voice, Jazz History, a fourth Music History.

 

Music Requirements for the B.F.A. Degree

  • B.F.A. students must complete or exempt Music 10100, 13100, and 16100 before being admitted to any of the programs listed below.
  • Music 21000 is the co- or prerequisite for Jazz History I-II and Music History I-IV.
  • All music majors are expected to have a working knowledge of a music notation software program such as Finale or Sibelius by the end of Music 13200 (Theory I).

For Classical Instrumentalists

Required Music Courses:

Ensembles (6 semesters) 6
Private Instruction (6 semesters) 12
Class Instruction in Piano I - II (required only of non-pianists) 2
Theory I - III 2
Theory Practicum I - IV
8
Music History (3 semesters) 9
Instrumentation and Arranging, or Composition 3
Music electives 15
Total Credits 64

***Graduating seniors are required to present a recital in their final semester at the college as part of their Music 49000 experience.


For Classical Vocalists

Students in this program must take or exempt Class Instruction in Voice I and II before taking Private Instruction.

Required Music Courses:

Chorus (4 semesters) 4
Vocal Ensemble (4 semesters) 4
Private Instruction 12
Class Instruction in Voice I - II 2
Class Instruction in Piano I - II 2
Theory I – III 9
Theory Practicum I - IV 8
Music History (3 semesters) 9
Music electives 14
Total Credits
64

***Graduating seniors are required to present a recital in their final semester at the college as part of the Music 49000 experience.


For Jazz Instrumentalists

Students in this program must take or exempt Theory I and Theory Practicum I before taking Jazz Harmony & Improvisation and Private Instruction.

Required Music Courses:

Private Instruction (6 semesters) 12
Small Ensemble (4 semesters) 4
Large Ensemble (4 semesters) 4
Jazz Harmony and Improvisation I - IV 16
Jazz Piano I - II 2
Jazz Repertory and Performance Practice I - IV 12
Jazz History I - II 6
Music electives 8
Total Credits 64

For Jazz Vocalists
Students in this program must take or exempt Theory I and Theory Practicum I before taking Jazz Harmony and Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Singers.
Required Music Courses
Jazz Harmony I - III  
6
Jazz Vocal Repertory and Performance I - IV 8
Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists I - IV
8
Jazz Piano I - II 
2
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (2 semesters)
2
Jazz Vocal Workshop (2 semesters)  
2
Studio Ensemble Singing (2 semesters)
2
Jazz History I - II  
6
Private Instruction (6 semesters) 
12
Music electives    
14
TOTAL CREDITS 64


For Music & Audio Technology Students (Sonic Arts)
Entry into the Sonic Arts program is by application only.  Applications are accepted from candidates attending City College or any other college or high school throughout the year.  Selected students must be ready to begin Music Theory I and Theory Practicum I (or higher levels of both) in the Spring of their first year of study.  Please visit the Degree Program  and the Admissions/Applications sections of the Sonic Arts Center website for more details.
Required Music Courses:
Introduction to MIDI & Audio Technologies I - II 6
Synthesis & Sound Design I - II 6
Digital Audio I - II 6
Microphone Applications I - II 6
Multi-Track Production Techniques I - II 6
Audio for Moving Images 3
Theory I - IV
12
Theory Practicum I - IV 8
Instrumentation & Arranging or Composition 3
Class Instruction in Piano I - II 2
Music History or Jazz History (2 semesters - one of which must be chosen from the Music History Sequence) 6
Total Credits 64
***Students may substitute the equivalent number of credits of Ensembles, Large Performing Groups, or approved electives for which they qualify, instead of taking Theory IV and/or Theory Practicum IV (departmental permission required). Advanced Recording, Mixing & Mastering (3 cr.), though not required, is highly recommended for all fourth-year students in the program.



Electives for Non-Majors

All courses except Private Instruction are open to students who meet the prerequisites. Students with an interest in a particular aspect of music may elect courses from among the following:

 

Basic Music
Introduction to Music, Jazz, or World Music 3
Elementary Musicianship 2
Beginning Keyboard Techniques 1
Beginning Piano 1



Vocal Classes
Chorus
1
Class Instruction in Voice I 
1


Music History
A Concise History of Jazz 3
Antiquity through the Renaissance 3
The Baroque through the Early Classic Era 3
The Classic-Romantic Era 3
Late Romanticism through the Present 3



Instrumental Ensembles

The following ensembles are open to non-majors by audition only:
Chamber Music 1
Orchestra or Chorus 1
Vocal Ensemble 1

 

EXEMPTION CREDIT

Students who feel they are eligible to be exempt from required or elective courses may choose to take the placement exams that are given during registration each semester. All students (majors and non-majors) with strong backgrounds in any area are urged to take these exemption exams in order to be placed in more advanced courses that will be appropriately challenging. Interested students should call the Music Office to obtain the dates of the next placement exam.