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College of Liberal Arts
Department of Music available degrees.

 

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Music
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BA, BM, MA Degrees; Minor

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: BA: 120 credits; BM: 122 - 145 credits

The music curriculum is designed to satisfy cultural and professional objectives. The BA degree in music provides a broad, liberal education with a concentration in music. The BM degree in music education offers thorough preparation in teacher training with sufficient time to develop excellence in performance areas. The BM 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 complete a required number of credits of a large or small ensemble depending on the degree program. Please see the Student Handbook and consult with your teacher and/or advisor for the exact requirements for your degree program.

Each student (major or non-major) who enrolls in private applied lessons must be currently enrolled in a large or small 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 that expand and enrich their regular curriculum; therefore, registration for MUS F190 Recital Attendance is mandatory until majors have passed the required number of semesters for their degree program. 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. The jury panel may pass the student on to the next level of study or they may elect to have the student continue study at their current level to gain the necessary level of proficiency to advance to the next level. Competency levels required for each degree must be achieved in one performance area.

Piano proficiency requirements should be completed by the 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 or better in each course of their major concentration. MUS F493 is repeatable up to 6 credits. MUS F307, F313, F317 are repeatable for credit. MUS F161/ F162, F261/ F262, F361/ F362, F461/ F462 are repeatable up to 6 credits.

B.A. in Music Degree

Concentrations: General, Music Theory, Music History, Music Composition

1.     Complete the general university requirements.
2.     Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
3.     Complete an audition on the major instrument.
4.     Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
MUS F131 and F132--Basic Music Theory I and II--6 credits
MUS F133 and F134--Basic Ear Training I and II--4 credits
MUS F152–F154--Functional Piano+--3 credits
MUS F161–F262--Private Lessons (major area)**--12 credits
MUS F190--Recital Attendance--0 credit
MUS F221 and F222--History of Western Music I and II--6 credits
MUS F231 and F232--Advanced Music Theory I and II--4 credits
MUS F233 and F234--Advanced Ear Training I and II--2 credits
MUS F253--Piano Proficiency++--0 credit
MUS F331--Form and Analysis--3 credits
MUS F332--Introduction to Computer-based Music Technology--3 credits
MUS F476--Senior Project--3 credits
Large ensembles--4 credits
5.     Complete one of the following concentrations:

General

a.     Complete at least 12 credits from the following:
MUS F410W--Women in Music--3 credits
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 of the Twentieth Century--3 credits
MUS F431--Counterpoint--3 credits
MUS F432--Orchestration and Arranging--3 credits

b.     Complete at least 9 credits from the following:
MUS F207--UAF Jazz Band--1 credit
MUS F307--Chamber Music--1 credit
MUS F351O--Conducting--3 credits
MUS F361--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F362--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F426--Music Literature--2 credits
MUS F433--Seminar in Musical Composition--3 credits
MUS F434--Advanced Harmonic Analysis--3 credits

Music Theory

a.   Complete 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

b.   Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
MUS F410W--Women in Music--3 credits
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 of the Twentieth Century--3 credits

c.     Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
MUS F207--UAF Jazz Band--1 credit
MUS F307--Chamber Music--1 credit
MUS F351O--Conducting--3 credits
MUS F361--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F362--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F426--Music Literature--2 credits
MUS F435--Private Lessons: Music Composition--2-4 credits

Music History

a.   Complete at 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 of the Twentieth Century--3 credits

b.   Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
MUS F410W--Women in Music--3 credits
MUS F426--Music Literature--2 credits
MUS F431--Counterpoint--3 credits
MUS F434--Advanced Harmonic Analysis--3 credits

c.   Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
MUS F207--UAF Jazz Band--1 credit
MUS F307--Chamber Music--1 credit
MUS F351O--Conducting--3 credits
MUS F361--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F362--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F432--Orchestration and Arranging--3 credits

Music Composition

a.   Complete the following:
MUS F432--Orchestration and Arranging--3 credits
MUS F433--Seminar in Musical Composition--3 credits
MUS F435--Private Lessons: Music Composition--6 credits

b.   Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
MUS F410W--Women in Music--3 credits
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 of the Twentieth Century--3 credits
MUS F426--Music Literature--2 credits
MUS F434--Advanced Harmonic Analysis--3 credits

c.   Complete at least 6 credits from the following:
MUS F207--UAF Jazz Band--1 credit
MUS F307--Chamber Music--1 credit
MUS F351O--Conducting--3 credits
MUS F361--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F362--Private Lessons (major area)--2 credits
MUS F431--Counterpoint--3 credits

6.     Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Students with voice as their major instrument are also required to complete MUS F245 Singers Diction I or MUS F246 Singers Diction II.
+ As necessary to complete piano proficiency requirements.
++ Enrollment only following completion of piano proficiency requirements.

Major -- BM Degree (Performance)

  1. Complete the following BM 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. Screening for piano proficiency placement should occur 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--6 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 F253--Piano Proficiency--0 credit
      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 credit
      Large ensembles--8 credits
      MUS F190--Recital Attendance--0 credit
      MUS F490--Senior Recital--0 credit
    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 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--122 credits

* Students must earn a C grade or better in each course.

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

Major -- BM Degree (Music Education)

Concentrations: Elementary, Secondary, K - 12

  1. Complete the following BM 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--6 credits
    MUS F133 and F134--Basic Ear Training--4 credits
    MUS F161 - F461--Private Lessons (major)--14 credits
    MUS F190--Recital Attendance--0 credit
    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 credit
    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 credit
    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--133 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--130 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--145 credits

* Students must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** 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.

* Students must earn a C or better in each course.

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.